The new instalment of weekly jazz events at the Royal British Legion in Llay, near Wrexham, begins again on Tuesday, February 9 as North Wales Jazz proudly present The Weave.
This exciting, melodic and entertaining sextet was conceived by trumpeter Martin Smith and comprises some of Liverpool’s best established musicians.
Featuring artful front-line interplay between Martin, Tony Peers (also on trumpet) and Tony Ormesher (guitar), the band draws on a vast and diverse well of experience but has its roots firmly in bop.
British jazz star Digby Fairweather says of The Weave, who came on to the scene in August 2012 with the release of their eponymous debut album: “Great music in which the true spirits of jazz walk benignly and contentedly.”
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On trumpet, the band’s leader Martin Smith is a musician who values his contribution to original music above all else—an outlook which has seen him pursue a rich and eclectic career, including studying in New York with renowned trumpeters and ex-Frank Sinatra band members Bobby Shew and Marvin Stamm.
His first album with his quartet, Cushfoot, was championed on national radio by Michael Parkinson and Humphrey Lyttelton and he has recorded with well-known bands such as Super Furry Animals, The Lightening Seeds and appeared on Later With Jools Holland with The Coral.
Along with Martin, The Weave’s distinctive front-line is completed by Tony Peers and Anthony Ormesher. The former is a popular trumpet player on the Liverpool scene who has played extensively in Europe with artists such as Mari Wilson, Albert Lee and John Martyn and the latter is an award-winning virtuoso jazz guitarist who has made a name for himself playing with the cream of British jazz, as well as with the renowned Magic Hat Ensemble.
With Rob Stringer (keyboards), Hugo Harrison (double bass) and Tilo Pirnbaum (drums) the band can boast a full line-up of highly individual players combining to create a unique sound.
Since their formation The Weave has enjoyed success at numerous festivals and clubs throughout the country after winning tour support when they were selected as Northernline Ambassadors by Jazz North.
Recent highlights for The Weave have been a performance at London’s Spice of Life venue and their debut CD being featured on Jazz FM’s Dinner Jazz with Helen Mayhew and featuring prominently at the Liverpool Jazz Festival.
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For their concert at the Royal British Legion they will be performing some material from their recently released second album Knowledge Porridge.
The performance commences at 8.30pm and admission is £6.50, concessions £5.50, school children £3. Further information is available from North Wales Jazz on 01745 812260 and at www.northwalesjazz.org.uk.