Randy Roberts & The Capital Strokes are an Italian funk band bringing the sound of mid 70's grooves directly into the now with a combination of tight musicianship and explosive energy. Led by frontman Randy Roberts, this group has become a stable presence at Porretta Soul Festival from 2012 onwards, and has taken their particular blend of Funk, Soul, Jazz and R&B to clubs far and wide in Italy and beyond, such as Switzerland (including Estival in Lugano), Montenegro, Serbia and Romania.
Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 16th July 2015. A link to the show can be found here:
The Boogie Wonderland Show - 16/07/2015 - Randy Roberts & The Capital Strokes in Conversation by Radio Winchcombe on Mixcloud
Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, Beats & Pieces Big Band see themselves as a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. They’re an extremely tightknit bunch, meeting as students in Manchester and growing up and developing musically individually and collectively within the city’s exciting scene. First playing together as Beats & Pieces in 2008, today these fourteen musicians know each other inside out socially and musically, and this familiarity is part of what sets them aside from a lot of other big bands today. The music is an expression of the band’s members and their varied musical backgrounds and activities, all brought together in Ben Cottrell’s inspired writing. His compositions reflect the diversity of music that people of their generation have grown up surrounded by, and as such are influenced as much by Michael Jackson, Björk or Radiohead as they are Duke Ellington, Gil Evans or Loose Tubes.
The band’s debut album Big Ideas was released to critical acclaim in March 2012 on Efpi Records, a small Manchester-based label also run by Ben. Since then, Beats & Pieces have performed in Ireland, Germany, France and Norway; received airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6music; and received awards for Best UK Newcomer at the 2013 Jazz FM Awards and Ensemble of the Year at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Now the band’s eagerly awaited follow-up ALL IN is set to take their music to an even wider audience.
They couple gale-force collective energy and confidence to startlingly original material (most of it by its rising-star leader Ben Cottrell) that acknowledges big-band traditions while radically modernising them” The Guardian
“Their performance would have reassured anyone who wonders whether the big band tradition can connect with a twenty something audience that knows its Radiohead but thinks that Stan Kenton is probably a window-cleaner in Coronation Street” The Times
“There hasn’t been a ‘live’ British big band since Loose Tubes with the same degree of energetic spontaneity and enjoyment of performing as this one” Jazzwise
Our current touring lineup is as follows (with links to twitter where available):
Ben Cottrell : director
Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte : saxophones
Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters : trumpet
Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh : trombone
Anton Hunter : guitar
Richard Jones : piano/Rhodes
Stewart Wilson : bass
Finlay Panter : drums
There have been many many more amazing musicians that have played with us, including:
Sam Andreae, Rob Cope, Kenji Fenton, Jo McCallum, Sam Rapley, Helen Wilson : saxophones/reeds
Paul Burton, Nick Conn, Tim Cox, Mark Francis, Louise Godfrey, Alex Hambleton, Alex Kelly, Owain Roberts, Paul Strachan : trombone
Jamie Brownfield, Adam Chatterton, Aaron Diaz, Dave Greenland, Chris Snead, Nick Walkley : trumpet
Mick Bardon, Nick Blacka, Grant Russell, Harrison Wood : bass
Chris Illingworth, Patrick Hurley : piano
Jim Molyneux, Alex Tod, Rob Turner : drums
George Dennis, Tullis Rennie : electronics
Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 9th July 2015. A link to the show can be found here:
The Boogie Wonderland Show - 09/07/2015 - Beats and Pieces Big Band in Conversation by Radio Winchcombe on Mixcloud
Following an exciting summer, performing all over the Netherlands, Tin Men and the Telephone (TM&T) are preparing a new tour, featuring two of Holland’s most celebrated jazz musicians: Guitarist Anton Goudsmit and viola player Oene van Geel. Their showcase at the Dutch Jazz World Meeting caused a buzz among many international programmers, opening doors to perform at festivals all around the world. Since the release of their debut album Moetjenou?! in 2010, they have received rave reviews from major newspapers and magazines, which praise the group's originality and endless creativity: seductive, funny, challenging, wicked, but always with great musical depth and strong rhythms. To the unsuspecting audience, what might have seemed like a normal jazz piano trio soon enters an entirely different world. Rather than necessarily relying upon the jazz standard for inspiration, they find melody and rhythm in the sounds of everyday life: the experience of being on hold, directions from car navigation devices, ring-tones, screaming football reporters, the abrasive screech of traffic, or animal sounds. What is normally overlooked or may otherwise appear a nuisance becomes the catalyst for creativity, pushing the boundaries of improvisation and the communicative power of music itself. Tin Men and the Telephone draw on the harmonic depth of modern classical music and contemporary jazz as much as the visceral rhythms of hip-hop and Balkan music. They provide a multimedia performance that comments on modern society and the role of modern communication, always with the tongue firmly in the cheek, sacrificing neither intelligence nor wit to make their creatively cogent point. TM&T have always succeeded in reaching different and larger audiences and their listeners span from pure jazz lovers to people who may not otherwise appreciate improvised music. The ensemble is consequently much in demand for lectures and workshops at art schools and universities. They have performed not only at major jazz festivals in the Netherlands, such as the North Sea Jazz festival, but also at major theater festivals such as Oerol and De Parade, renowned classical venues such as Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, het Concertgebouw, and famous pop temples such as Paradiso. Recent international concerts include Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon (FR), Vortex (UK), Konstanzer Jazzherbst (DE), B-flat (DE), and Music Village (BE). "Si t'étais venu pour du bompa jazz, tu t'es trompé d'adresse: Tin Men & the Telephone expérimente, bouscule, innove, irrite, séduit...en un mot injecte du sang neuf à la Note Bleue!" - Le blog de critiques de concerts, Music Village, Bruxelles "If you came for grandpa’s jazz, you are at the wrong address: Tin men & the Telephone is experimenting, jostling, innovating, irritating, seducing … in one word inject new blood into the Blue Note!" - Le blog de critiques de concerts, Music Village, Bruxelles
Tony Roe - piano
Bandleader Tony Roe (1979) began playing the piano at the age of 6. He studied classical piano with Rian de Waal at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Driven by a strong interest in music technology and electronics he enrolled at the School of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University and joined classes in Music Technology at the High school of Arts in Utrecht. Meanwhile he performed as keyboard player and sound designer in several bands. In 2002 Tony moved to the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he was educated by Kris Goessens, Karel Boehlee and Rob van Bavel. He graduated in 2009 as performing jazz pianist with a “10 with distinction” (A++). Tony’s efforts to incorporate electronics into live jazz performance and to cross the borders with contemporary classical music began at the Conservatory. He benefitted from regular visits to New York where he took lessons with Ari Hoenig, Jason Moran and Jean-Michel Pilc. Since September 2010 Tony is engaged in the doctoral program in musical arts – docARTES - running at the Orpheus Institute in Gent, Belgium. His research aims at finding new ways of improvisation in jazz music with visuals and other media that are fully interactive with the music. In recent years, Tony has performed and toured with TM&T as well as several other ensembles and bands. Among them are Asko Schönberg ensemble, Room Eleven (Universal Music), Tetzepi, Tarhanna, OOOO, and Yuri Honing. Tony has played at many stages in the Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Japan, the Netherlands, Serbia, and South Africa. In 2009 Tony took the initiative to establish TM&T. Most of the music played and all of the visuals are developed by TM&T itself. In developing electronic interactivity, Tony works closely together with Industrial Designer and close friend Olger Star.
Lucas Dols - bass
Lucas Dols started playing bass guitar in several rock bands before switching to the double bass. He graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2006, where he studied with Frans Jan van de Hoeven, Ernst Glerum, Arnold Dooyeweerd and Ruud Ouwehand. Lucas played with various jazz and pop bands, including Room Eleven (2 times Gold and 1 Platinum in the Netherlands), Marzio Scholten band, Renske Taminiau, Quincey, Black Gold 360, Felix Schlarmann group, Wicked Jazz Sounds, and Jam de la Creme. He also played with renowned musicians such as Yuri Honing, Benjamin Herman, Philip Harper, Tom Beek, Hans Dulfer, Deborah Carter, Peter Tiehuis, Leah Siegel, Simone White, Randal Corsen, Lars Dietrich, Yaniv Nachum, Ben van Gelder, Matangi Quartet, Jasper Blom. Lucas toured in Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and the US. These tours included festivals such as the Montreal Jazz festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Aglantzia Jazz Festival, Quebec Summer Festival, Joy of Jazz Festival Johannesburg, Marktrock Leuven, Popkomm Berlin, Sziget Festival, Art Guitar Fest Belgrado, Toronto Jazz Festival and more. “Dols functions as the anchoring complement to Roos, just as Ron Carter did for Williams so many years ago” Textura Canadian review, Black Gold 360
Borislav Petrov - drums
Borislav Petrov (born in Sofia, Bulgaria) started playing drums at age 14. In 2002 he moved to the Netherlands to pursue his jazz education at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, an American jazz school in Groningen. He was mentored by the American jazz drummers Ralph Peterson and Owen Hart. He obtained his Masters Degree from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2008. As a member of the folk-jazz band "Rakia", formed by Dimitar Liolev in Groningen, Borislav began experimenting with the integration of Bulgarian folk rhythms into jazz and vice versa. Eventually, this led to his first attempts to compose original music fusing Bulgarian folklore and jazz. His own group "Jazzanitza" (started in 2008) is a result of that effort. In 2008, together with fellow musician Alex Simu, he established a large ensemble for East-European jazz, the "Modern Balkan Jazz Orchestra". In 2008 Borislav completed a study on Bulgarian folk rhythms and drumming styles, titled “Long And Short Beats: The Mystery of Bulgarian Rhythms” which will be summarized in a book with the same title. It focuses on the essence of Bulgarian irregular meters and offers a comprehensive method for recognizing and assimilating them. Borislav toured and performed in many different countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India (Rajasthan), Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey,
Below is the track listing for the Boogie Wonderland show dated 2nd July 2015. A link to the show can be found here:
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