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SAX: Josephine Davies' acclaimed album SATORI released in 2017 celebrates 'simplicity of melody and harmony'. Riding on a wave of success the popular trio head back into the studio in the spring to record a second album. Featuring James Maddren (drums) and Dave Whitford (bass) - to be released autumn 2018 on Whirlwind Recordings.

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VIBES: Jim Hart's highly respected and expanded Cloudmakers (now Five) releases new album TRAVELING PULSE 23 Feb. Book now to attend the release party @ The Vortex 20 January as part of their European Tour. Album avail for pre-order now with 2 tracks for immediate download from the Whirlwind website.

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TRUMPET: American now UK resident Andre Canniere worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Bjorkestra, Ted Poor, Ingrid Jensen embarking on his second UK tour of 'The Darkening Blue' with a stellar line-up: Tori Freestone,s., Ivo Neame, p., Michael Janisch b., Brigitte Beraha v., Andrew Bain, d.

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BASS: ARQ concluded a massively successful 30-date ‘Magic Life’ UK tour with a sold-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. Their world domination continues with a clutch of dates in 2018 - always open to adding more.

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VOX/PIANO:"Mellow and stylish" Clive Davis, Sunday Times. PIANO DIVAS celebrates the work of female pianist singers. Ever-growing in popularity one of Wendy Kirkland's tunes recently featured on Clare Teal's Radio 2 Sunday night show.

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TRUMPET: Jay Phelps poised to release no less than TWO albums on the leading American collaborative independent label Ropeadope.

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VOCALIST: The UK-bound (British born) Aussie star Jo Elms will be presenting new material showcasing her trademark soulful and high octane vocals. Available summer 2018.

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STEEL PAN: Brighton-based Mark Cherrie has top notch credentials having performed with Jimmy Ruffin, Edwin Starr, The Drifters, Paul Young etc - and is on a mission to de-Worldify the image of the steel pan by proving that it can be a serious jazz instrument. New album 'Joining the Dots' features the cream of UK jazzers. CLICK AND LISTEN!

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OUD/GUITAR: High praise from Phil Robson of Stefanos Tsourelis' new trio and debut NATIVE SPEAKER, "... I love his melodic, direct way of playing & the empathy of the trio here”.

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TRUMPET:"Contender for Album of the Year" - All About Jazz. Henry Spencer's debut THE REASONS DON'T CHANGE is now booking 2018 tour dates.

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HARMONICA: Adam Glasser, one of the world's top jazz harmonica virtuosos releases 'SA and Beyond', a celebration of music from his native South Africa this spring.

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GUITAR: New Album ASTROMETRICS making huge waves. Busy guitarist Matt Chandler leads his trio 14 January @ Forest Tavern, Forest Gate & 21 January @ Southampton Modern Jazz Club.

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PIANO: The MOBO award-winner is currently touring her lauded solo project 'Dreamland'.

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BEJE: Bristol European Jazz Ensemble. A statement about the UK's inescapable connection to mainland Europe? You bet! Now booking for summer '18 venues and festivals.

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GROOVY AND SOULFUL: Tristan has charted on the UK Soul Chart several times and is a sponsored group with Jazz Promotion Network and Dutch Performing Art's 'Going Dutch' programme.

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VENUE: The Cellar Club, Hemel Hempstead featuring Dee Byrne's Entropi, 22 Feb.

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“Superb, captivating” Time Out ★★★★ 26 January: VOCALIST Josie Frater and DRUMMER Steve Taylor jointly showcasing material from new album ‘Hours’. recorded with an all-star cast of UK jazz virtuosos blending Brazilian, Jazz, Pop and world-beats:A Nu-jazz-fusion extravaganza.

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DRUMS: Released April 2018 - highly anticipated live album of a mesmerising gig recorded @ The Vortex in June. Click image for VIDEO taken during the live recording. Catch the quintet @ THE HIVE, Shrewsbury 13 January.

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