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First Friday of every month
November 1st: Matt Anderson Quartet + Alex Merritt Quartet
The first of *two* November gigs at the Con beckons, with a pair of exceptional tenor-lead Quartets!
Matt Anderson Quartet:
Matt Anderson - sax / compositions
John Turville - piano
Dave Whitford - bass
Jay Davis - drums
We're excited to welcome London-based saxophonist and Dankworth Prize-winning composer Matt Anderson to the Con for the first time with his Quartet!
The band brings together seemingly distinct musical influences, for example exploring the common ground between the folk music reminiscent of Matt's rural upbringing in the North Yorkshire Moors, the bluesy, country strains of Bill Frisell and Scandinavian jazz, culminating in a lyrical and personal Afro-Celtic sound world.
The band has performed across the UK as well as appearing at Bimhuis, Amsterdam; Jimmy Glass, Valencia and Jamboree, Barcelona.
The Quartet is completed by the excellent rhythm section of John Turville, Dave Whitford and Jay Davis.
“Memorable melodies, adeptly interwoven influences... unhurriedly stylish... (Anderson) can
deliver an ear-catching tenor sax flourish, but knows the value of understatement and uses it
well. This is solidly-crafted small group jazz that knows its history, but wears its learning
Jon Turney, London Jazz News
Alex Merritt Quartet:
Alex Merritt - sax
Miguel Gorodi - trumpet
Oli Hayhurst - bass
Tim Giles - drums
The brilliant saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt is no stranger to the Con Cellar, but for this gig he joins us with a brand new Quartet, opting for a chordless formation featuring young trumpeter of the moment Miguel Gorodi and the peerless rhythm team of Oli Hayhurst and Tim Giles.
It's anyone's guess what they might play for us, but with a lineup like that, you can be sure that it'll be a brililant and immersive set!
‘Merritt is not only an artist to watch, but also to listen to, as one would a dawn chorus: with eyes closed and mind opened’
Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz
----As ever, doors 8:30, music from around 9pm. Tickets cash on the door only.----
We hope you can come and join us!
Meanwhile, the EFG London Jazz Festival is not far away, and we're hosting a *triple bill* with new music from Alice Leggett, George Crowley and Sam Jesson on November 15th!
Tickets on sale now ---> HERE <---
Our listing on the LJF website ---> HERE <---
These gigs usually sell out in advance, so don't delay....
Sept 6th: AuB + Bruno Heinen Trio
Oct 4th: Toby Boalch Quartet + Jonny Mansfield Quartet
Nov 1st: Alex Merritt Group + Matt Anderson Quartet
Nov 15th: LJF SPECIAL - Alice Leggett Quartet / George Crowley solo / Sam Jesson Trio
Dec 6th: Peace on Earth (Stillman / Herbert / Skinner) + Mike Chillingworth Quartet
Jazz at the Con Cellar presents the best in original music, on the first Friday of the month. Positioned a few streets away from Camden Town Tube and Camden Road Overground station, The Constitution pub and Con Cellar Bar (as it’s basement is best known) has built a glowing reputation for itself over the years, housing some of the most creative musicians from the UK and abroad.
The Con Cellar @ The Constitution, 42 St. Pancras Way, Camden, London, NW1 0QT