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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 12:00am
Matt Halsall + Zara McFarlane, Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars Tell a Friend Add to FavouritesDate: Thursday 24th January Doors open time First House 18:00Ticket Prices:£15.00 - £25.00Featuring:Matt Halsall + Zara McFarlane Support: The Ronnie Scotts All Stars Book Your Tickets Now 26 year old trumpeter, composer, arranger, DJ, producer and band leader. Halsall picked up the trumpet at just 6 years old after being taken to a jazz gig by his parents. From the age of 14 Matt has toured the world playing in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Holland, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Australia and America. His debut album ‘Sending My Love’ was released in October 2008 on the newly formed independent jazz label Gondwana Records. The album received rave reviews and heavy airplay from the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Stuart Maconie (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and Mike Chadwick (Jazz FM).You can buy the album on cd and mp3 online at:www.gondwanarecords.com Album quotes: “A real pleasant surprise of the last few weeks of picking up music. A beautiful 5-track album… you know I’m always happy when I can find some new jazz, something fresh, new players, new generations, holding the flame, keeping it alight…new music from Matthew Halsall from Manchester, album called Sending My Love... “ Gilles Peterson - BBC Radio 1 Worldwide The album was also in Gilles Peterson’s top 40 albums of 2008. “A meditative player, one more into setting moods than high tempos, he’s made a fine album here, one that should appeal to those who revel in the reflective work of Miles Davis and Bill Evans.” Fred Dellar - Mojo Magazine “A really incredible album - a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing - not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the album - which is beautifully composed, and put together with a sense of spirit that takes us back to Strata East at its most sophisticated in the 70s!... Tremendous stuff throughout - a record that held us rapt from start to finish…” Dusty Groove America “It's an exquisite piece of jazz… especially 'Reflections' and 'Freedom Song'. Beautiful stuff and highly recommended!” Fat City Records “Jazz lovers... this one's a treasure. Matthew Halsall's "Sending My Love" is one of those rare albums that is truly more than the sum of its parts. While a lot of "nu-jazz" is either mawkish nostalgia, a too-clever pastiche of the old and new, or an awkward grope after something edgy. This just nails it on the head. This album doesn't try to recapture something lost or pose as something hip--it's just flipping beautiful, unpretentious jazz.”Zara McFarlaneAnybody keeping an eye on the ongoing development of the British jazz scene will have noticed Zara McFarlane in the last few years. The 28 year-old London vocalist has made a string of impressive appearances with musicians who do no choose their collaborators without careful consideration – Denys Baptiste, Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica All Stars to name but some. McFarlane’s appearance on the latter’s 2006 Motown-themed album Motor City Roots revealed a singer whose power was offset by delicacy, as was clear from her sensitive handling of Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour.All of these experiences have furthered the growth of Zara McFarlane as an artist in the most complete sense of the term and the singer made good on her potential when she issued her self-produced EP, Until Tomorrow in 2010. The 6 track mini-album was evenly split between original compositions such as Captured and standards like the perennial jazz favourite On Green Dolphin Street. There was enormous poise in the way that McFarlane handled the melodic line and chord changes of a piece but what was arguably as impressive was the fact that she asserted herself as a thoughtful lyric writer.