Shrewsbury Jazz Network presents Nick Malcolm Quartet

The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE (phone 01743 234970)

Saturday 7th June at 8 pm

Tickets £12, members £10, under 16s £6 from the Hive or Pengwern Books, Fish Street or Cannonball Records, Stoke.

Nick Malcolm Quartet play original music on the frontier of structure and free improvisation. Featuring four highly individual improvisers they create beauty and surprise by merging and deconstructing rhythmic cycles, timbral dimensions and melody in unexpected ways, resulting in interactive, intense and thrilling performances. Having made a big impression at The Vortex and Manchester and Ealing Jazz Festivals in summer 2011, they completed a Jazz Services supported tour of the UK in June 2012 which marked the release of their first album, ‘Glimmers’, on FMR records.

Last Autumn the quartet recorded a gig at The Vortex for broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz on 3' earlier this year . 

The quartet are now about to release their next  cd ‘Beyond These Voices’, on Green Eyes Records with linear notes by Liam Noble. They  begin a national tour supported by Jazz Services towards the end of May.

The Hive will be the last gig of their tour and the line up for the band with Nick Malcolm will be: Ollie Brice - bass, Alex Roth - guitar and Ric Yarborough - drums.

Nick Malcolm is an original, exciting and heart-felt improviser. His rich, warm sound and sense of improvisational daring inform each and every musical situation and he plays with a total commitment to the music in the moment, whatever the stylistic context.

Ollie Brice is a Jazz and free improv bassist , composer and bandleader. He says " I love being in this band, Nick writes fantastic and original music and I'm really proud of the new recording "

He has performed with Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Mark Hanslip, Mark Sanders, Alexander Hawkins and Mulatu Astatke, among many others.

"Consistently inspired" - The Wire

Alex Roth, a guitarist, composer, improviser and bandleader is carving out a unique place for himself within the UK's contemporary music scene. Taught by Phil Robson and Mike Walker he is inspired by a wide range of musical traditions and works with some of the leading artists of his generation including Lauren Jurd, Corrie Dick, Joe Wright and Alice Zawadski.

Alex has a really unique approach as both a composer and a guitarist, using sonic colours and texture in a way I haven't often heard done as effectively since Mr Frisell first came onto the scene......” - Phil Robson

Ric Yarborough is a talented award winning drummer who was taught at Birmingham Conservatoire by the great Tony Levin and later by Clark Tracey. His music takes him all over the world and with his band Threenil he has supported Wayne Shorter and Jamie Cullum.


Nick Malcolm also co-leads an improvising trio with cellist Hannah Marshall and Kenny Wheeler Award winning vocalist Lauren Kinsella.

He has played at the 606 Club, Brecon, Cheltenham, Glastonbury and Oxford Festivals, Kings Place, London Jazz Cafe, Cafe Oto and Ronnie Scotts and is a member of vocalist Emily Wright’s ‘Moonlight Saving Time’ (recently selling out Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho).

He has worked with musicians as diverse as Roger Turner, Gail Brand, Dominic Lash, Get The Blessing's Jake McMurchie, Guillaume Viltard, Shabaka Hutchings, Kevin Figes and in May 2013 toured the UK with British Folk stars Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray.

In November 2013 he was chosen to take part in Take Five Edition IX, a professional development scheme for emerging creative jazz musicians run by Serious. He has studied with Chris Batchelor, Dave Wickins and Ralph Alessi and teaches jazz trumpet at Wells Cathedral School.

'...a supremely gifted musician...a trumpet player for the twenty first century fully conversant with the post-war history of his!' - BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

'The trumpet technique is impressively controlled, and he finds original things to play on the simplest songs. The quartet is a marvel of invention and interaction...' - MOSTLY JAZZ IN BRISTOL

Another ‘must see’ gig, See you there!


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