MAP Studio Cafe, London



  • Date: 26th May 2018
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio
  • Venue: Satori

Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio led by saxophonist Josephine Davies. Their focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led to their debut album being released in 2017 to wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe; “irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat); “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise); “spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe)

Satori is a contemporary jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble.

Their debut album was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings to wide acclaim; “What makes the album so striking is Davies’ refusal to abandon melody even as she lets go of defined changes. Her irrepressible tunefulness not only leads the improvisers in fruitful directions but also offers the listener an open door into the music” (Downbeat Magazine); “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” (All About Jazz); “Satori is so full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation that one can only take pleasure in the listening” (UK Vibe)

Josephine Davies: Originally from the Shetland Islands, saxophonist, composer and band-leader Josephine Davies now works at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene. She is resident tenorist and composer for the London Jazz Orchestra and is featured on the recent, highly acclaimed big band album from saxophonist Pete Hurt.

Dave Whitford: Hailing from Cornwall, Dave discovered a passion for music at school where he started playing the bass guitar aged 13, later becoming one of London’s most in-demand side-men. He was the late great saxophonist Bobby Wellins’ bassist for many years, and current projects include Christine Tobin’s group and Liam Noble’s Trio.

Paul Clarvis: Originally trained in classical percussion, Paul demonstrates a unique style of musicianship which can be heard across genres ranging from the joyfully raucous ‘Pigfoot’ to the sensitive duo with pianist Liam Noble. He is also hugely in demand as a session player and can be heard on countless films including Star Wars and Harry Potter.

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8pm. Tickets £8
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