The Steve Darlington Quintet was formed for the explicit purpose of playing compositions beloved by Steve, the bandleader, but which are rarely played and deserve to be known much more widely. Discovering the music of the Woody Shaw provided Steve with the initial inspiration to form the band. Woody was great genius who tragically died at the age of 44 when he was at his peak. Woody’s approach to composing and improvising represented major developments in the language of jazz and deserves far wider recognition.
The Steve Darlington Quintet plays music in a driving post bop style.
Steve Darlington (alto) – Steve has a wide experience of playing in small jazz groups and has played with the legendary Peter Jacobsen, Dave Cliff, Dick Pierce and Bill Watrous. He has also supported Jerry Bergonzi on a UK tour. He currently plays lead alto in the Rebel Yell Jazz Orchestra which is dedicated to playing the music of Francy Boland and which has some of the most challenging sax ensemble charts ever written.
John Eacott (trumpet) – John is very well known on the London jazz scene for playing with the legendary Loose Tubes, Georgie Fame and Sarah Jane Morris plus many others. He has also composed scores for film music and played with a wide variety of music ensembles.
Tom Hooper (drums) – Tom graduated from the Royal Academy’s famous jazz courses and has played with artists as diverse as Johnny Dankworth, Grace Jones and Simple Minds.
Caroline Cooper (piano) – Caroline She has played with Vasilis Xenopolis, Matt Wates, Nigel Price, Mark Nightingale and Henry Lowther, to name just a few, and is currently touring in a tribute to Chet Baker.
Clive Brown (bass) – Clive has an incredibly wide experience playing double bass in ensembles as diverse as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a multitude of small jazz groups. He is also currently touring in a tribute to Chet Baker
8.30pm. Tickets £8
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