Jason Yarde's "Wah" plus Duo with Andrew McCormack

Tickets £8, Doors 7pm, Music 8pm

Jason Yarde’s Wah! plus Duo with Andrew McCormack

Jason Yarde – alto sax
Larry Bartley – bass
Mike Pickering – drums
plus special guest Andrew McCormack - piano


A special double performance featuring Jason in an intimate duo with award winning pianist Andrew McCormack followed by a second half with his ground breaking trio "WAH"

Jason started his playing career on alto and soprano with the Jazz Warriors at 16, going on to MD this landmark orchestra and becoming one of its principal writers. He has also performed in a wide variety of bands including work with Louis Moholo, Afro Blok, Mano Ventura and the big bands of Manu Dibango, Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Hugh Masekela and many others. His own bands include the multi-award-winning J-life and Acoutastic Bombastic, and his prolific talents as composer, arranger, musical director and producer have led to projects with dance companies and classical orchestras such as the BBCCO and the LSO.

As a composer, Jason's music has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable - as well as composing for his own performance projects, Jason has written for dance, music theatre, opera and TV. He is also a brilliant musical director, and his highly distinctive arranging style reflects the numerous artists and ensembles he has worked with. In addition to composing, arranging and performing, Jason Yarde has enjoyed much success as a record producer. He has recently completed the debut CD by rising star UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and he is one of the foremost producers at UK independent Jazz label Dune Records.

“The group modulates easily from spacious post-bop to dirty grooves via Ornette-ish noise, showing a creative approach to form…” Jazzwise

"...it's fascinating to witness how seamlessly Yarde's writing and improvising intertwine... Swing, hip-hop, improv, you name it, he can make it all sound as if it was meant to live together, and he's getting better at it all the time…” The Guardian