Rob Luft Band
LONDON Omnibus Theatre
1 Clapham Common North Side
The word is out on Rob Luft – hotly tipped by The Times to “achieve great things” , the award-winning young guitarist plays from his debut Edition CD Riser.
A winner of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Music Prize as well as placing second in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, tonight he presents the music from his debut album Riser on Edition Records with talented cohort bassist Tom McCredie, Joe Wright (tenor saxophone), Joe Webb on keyboards and drummer Corrie Dick.
Identified as having 'boundless technique' by Lee Ritenour, we can certainly agree with John Fordham writing in The Guardian that 'guitarist Rob Luft is a player the jazz scene will certainly be hearing plenty from.'
Catch one of the jazz stars of the future in action, Rob's debut release ‘Riser’ from earlier this year was very well received, and the brilliant launch concert at Kings Place was sold out. Rob’s quartet features some of Scotland’s finest
Also on at Omnibus Theatre, and free to attend, is The Jazz Gig, a specially commissioned photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer Jim Grover, which captures the intensity, emotion and movement of jazz musicians in full flow. The set of 35 black and white images feature celebrated young jazz talents including Rob Luft, Misha Mullov-Abbado (playing in Kath Haling’s group) their bands and other musicians.
Grover sought to create a narrative, a musical journey, which mirrors the rhythm and noise of a jazz gig. He was influenced, in part, by a short-lived Japanese photographic movement, Provoke, whose style included blurred images that captured fleeting moments.
Grover adds: 'I wanted to bring to life the beautiful sounds, emotions, and intensity of a jazz gig through a series of still images. Not an easy thing to do! Only if you hear music when you see some of the images, will I have succeeded.'
The photographs were taken at Omnibus Theatre during four separate jazz concerts during this summer. More information at jimgroverphotography.com