A Short Period Of Silence But Two Great Gigs In Early June

I will be on a short post-Cheltenham break from 10th to 27th May, so there will be a period of silence on this site.

There are, however, two excellent gigs in early June, both over the the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee holiday.

Friday 3rd June 8pm Michael Moore John Pope Johnny Hunter Hexagon Theatre at mac

Michael Moore is an American saxophonist who has lived and played in Amsterdam for most of his career. He is a member of the ICP (Instant Composers Pool) originally established by the great pianist Misha Mengelberg, as well as leading his own groups, notably a group with the splendid name of Available Jelly. His playing brings together the jazz tradition with the more experimental European approach. The tour has been put together by bass player John Pope from the very exciting Archipelago trio; John and Michael have met and enjoyed playing together, and they are now embarking on a six date tour which comes to Birmingham on the fourth date. They are joined by the equally brilliant drummer Johnny Hunter. Book at https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/tde-john-pope-trio-featuring-michael-moore

Tom Challenger Trio + Canyon Sunday 5th June 2pm Centrala Space, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham

In my opinion Tom Challenger is one of the most interesting young saxophonists playing in the UK today. I have heard him play in many different contexts, with Evan Parker at The Vortex, with Kit Downes Vyamanikal project (church organ + sax) and with his own Uncanny Valley group. Here he will be playing with two top improvisers in bass player Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders. In support will be Canyon, a duo of pianist Tom Harris and drummer Kai Chareunsy. These two played a wonderful set at Symphony Hall’s Friday Housewarming session recently. Expect exciting interactive improvisation from the Tom Challenger Trio and warm and witty exchanges from Tom and Kai in Canyon. You can book at https://centrala-shop.co.uk/products/fizzle-presents-tom-challenger-trio-canyon-06-06-2022

Both gigs are over the Platinum Jubilee weekend; hopefully people will celebrate by coming to these excellent gigs!

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