ZOE GILBY TRIO
SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER 2014
A show that combined excellent musicianship and literate, intelligent song writing and arranging with good humour and a pleasingly unpretentious approach.
Ian Mann enjoys another marvelous jazz evening at the Hive in Shrewsbury.
The following review can be found on the Jazzmann website
NICK MALCOLM QUARTET
SATURDAY 7TH JUNE 2014
It was a great evening as Shrewsbury born Nick Malcolm returned with his own Quartet to the Hive.
This was the finale of a UK tour, sponsored by Jazz Services, which was promoting their new album 'Beyond these Voices'.
The evening was also special for SJN as John Hellings from local BBC Radio Shropshire and Hereford & Worcester came and interviewed a cross section of the network and the band's leader for his programme.
This was broadcast on Sunday 6th June 2014 at 8pm.
It really means a lot to me to come and play in Shrewsbury. I was born there (in Bishop street) and whilst my family moved away when I was two, I feel a real sense of connection to both the town and the countryside around it. Actually all of the Welsh borders. A lot of what the music on the new record is about is the contrast dichotomy between sound and silence, peace and noise and I'd say that the countryside always reminds me of what I'm trying to get to in my music. I'm particularly fascinated with the fact that Shrewsbury feels kind of on the edge of a wilder more open place in the mountains of north Wales.
I've been back a couple of times since to play at the folk festival with Jim Moray. That's been particularly nice as the music he makes and the other music I heard at the festival is also I think, a real celebration of the English countryside.
STEVE MELLING TRIO
SATURDAY 10TH MAY 2014
"To me it was sheer joy - a rare privilege to be up close to such brilliant creative and cohesive improv in the true spirit of jazz. " Laurie Grey
" They were outstanding. Steve's a world class pianist..." Geoff James
More to follow soon