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Pat Thomas / Alison Blunt + Annie Kerr

@ The Verdict, 59 Edward Street, BN2 0JB

Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas studied classical piano from the age of 8 and started playing jazz from the age of 16. He has since gone on to develop an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music. He has played with Derek Bailey in Company Week (1990/91), AND (with Bailey and percussionist Steve Noble), The Tony Oxley Quartet, The Celebration Orchestra and in Duo with Lol Coxhill as well as numerous other collaborations both in the UK and abroad.

“Pat Thomas sits in the front rank of British improvisers.” – James Linbloom, Opprobrium

“Unlike other pianists whose virtuosity seems to be racing ahead of their thought processes Thomas always seems supremely in command of his gift, and his playing, no matter how free and ready to tangle with abstraction, always carries a charge of authoritative exactitude.” – The Jazzmann

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Alison Blunt + Annie Kerr

Alison Blunt is one of the UK’s leading improvising violinists – when she isn’t performing at an international festival, she’ll be working on a film or dance commission, recording a children’s album and generally eluding pigeonholes.

Violinist Annie Kerr can be heard regularly playing in her duo with Gus Garside, alongside classical recitals and poetry readings.

“Alison Blunt’s playing is unique. Eerie gut-ripping rattles and chokes from hell are interrupted by ringing notes of heavenly hope. I have never heard anything like it” – Jeffery Taylor.

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The Wildcard Quartet

Gus Garside: double bass
Kev Moore: electronics
Alistair Strachan: cornet / electonics
Ade Fettucini: guitar / wind instruments

4thirtythree / Meshmass / Home From Home

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Stuart Revill: guitar / loops / percussion
Tim Rancelant: sax / spoken word / percussion
Chris Parfitt: piano / sax/ flute / loops / percussion / voice

4thirtythree create instant compositions out of loops, snatches of spoken word and whatever else comes off the tops of their heads. Their debut album Switch was described as “refreshingly free of cliché, proudly non-idiomatic and actually kind of fun” by Daniel Spicer in Jazzwise magazine.

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Peter Pick: saxophone
Richard Miles: electronics

Peter Pick and Richard Miles reconvene their longstanding collaboration in a new guise. Peter manipulates pre-recorded loops and plays alto sax and Richard plays various stringed instruments, some of which have had their frets cruelly removed. The combination, a mixture of unpredictable improvisation and selected nuggets from all over the place contrives to combine solidity with surprise.

Home From Home 

Mary Revill: voice
Stuart Revill: guitar

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Kodian Trio

£6 / £5 members / unwaged

Andrew Lisle: drums
Dirk Serries: electric guitar
Colin Webster: alto and baritone saxophone

Andrew Lisle, Dirk Serries and Colin Webster first played together as members of a quartet with Amsterdam-based saxophone player John Dikeman and recorded a Live at Cafe Oto album that appeared on Webster’s Raw Tonk Records. As a trio they now have a studio album out – it’s called ‘I’, and it’s on 180 gram vinyl on Rotterdam’s tonefloat presents a new wave of jazz label.

Andrew Lisle may be familiar to Safehouse regulars from his visits with Shatner’s Bassoon, who’ve shaken the panels of the Good Companion’s function room on a number of wonderful occasions.

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Kodian Trio … blast through five tracks, mashing free improv clicks and clatters with free jazz-inspired hoots and hollers, all wrapped up in a waistcoat of gimlet-eyed punk attitude.
– Paul Margree, We Need No Swords

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Jamie Sturrock: electric guitar and shakuhachi
James Parsons: drums
Alistair Strachan: cornet / electronics

Last seen performing in a wind-battered gazebo on Brighton’s East Beach for Burning of the Clocks on the winter solstice, this trio regroup for more tangential explorations.

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Wildcard Quartet

Roger Turner + Chris Biscoe / In Threads

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at The Verdict, 159 Edward St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JB – www.verdictjazz.co.uk/

Tickets on sale now: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/354271

Roger Turner is best introduced by this quote from Eugene Chadbourne: “a master drummer who plays modern improvised music with the panache of a classic swing drummer”.

Roger has been playing in areas of music related to, but not always part of, jazz since the 1960s and has an astounding set of credits. Here are just a few: Elton Dean, Alan Silva, Annette Peacock, Lol Coxhill, Toshinoro Kondo, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor.
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chrisbiscoeChris Biscoe’s career has included work with many leading composers such as George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Hermeto Pascoal, Chris McGregor, collaborations as diverse as those with Alan Barnes and Evan Parker, bebop, freebop, hardbop, fusion, contemporary, improv and some jazz. Currently leading the Profiles Quartet with Tony Kofi, Disorder at the Border with Ben Davis and members of Chaos collective, and several other projects.


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In Threads

James Parsons: drums
Verity Spott: cello
Daniel Spicer: trumpet, blowy things and percussion

In Threads features members of Paniak, Bolide, Four Manatees, Binnsclagg and West Hill Blast Quartet. They have an album out on Beartown records.

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The Wildcard Quartet

Trevor Watts and Stephen Grew / West Hill Blast Quartet

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at The Verdict, 159 Edward St, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JB – www.verdictjazz.co.uk/

Tickets on sale now: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/350674

Since the 1960s Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer. He is the only founder member of The Spontaneous Music Ensemble still left – other founder members were John Stevens & Paul Rutherford, and later members included Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. His Amalgam group began in 1967 with bassist Barry Guy and trombonist Paul Rutherford, and he was a founder member of Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra. He was the instigator behind the Moire Music Group and The Drum Orchestra, which involved musicians from North and South Africa and Latin America. He has played with many great US jazz musicians, including Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Kent Carter, Rashied Ali, Steve Swallow and Bobby Bradford. http://www.trevorwatts.co.uk

Stephen Grew is a pianist and electronic keyboard player based in Lancaster UK. He is in several bands, Grutronic, an electronic improvising quartet, Grew quartet, an acoustic 4 piece, and also plays with violinist Graham Clark, drummer Tony Bianco and saxophonist Evan Parker.

West Hill Blast Quartet

Ron Caines: saxes
Gus Garside: double bass
Andy Pyne: drums
Dan Spicer: reeds/trumpet/percussion

Ron Caines was, in the late 1960s, a founder member of pioneering UK Prog-psych group East of Eden, and has been a key member of improvising collectives in both Bristol and Brighton. Gus Garside has been active as a musician since the 1970s. He is a mainstay of Safehouse, and is a member of the long-running string trio, Arc, with Sylvia Hallett and Danny Kingshill and of the electro-acoustic duo, Static Memories. Andy Pyne has played drums in a wide variety of contexts, including a duo with Thurston Moore, freak-Improv with The Black Neck Band Of The Common Loon, No-Wave with Medicine and Duty, and punk poetry with Map 71. Dan Spicer is a member of the chaotic improvising sextet, Bolide, one third of the trio In Threads, and a performer of solo spoken word, poetry and improvisation.


West Hill Blast Quartet is where these four individuals come together to make improvised statements informed by a shared love of free jazz and influenced by the spirits of masters such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.They have released two CDs on Foolproof Projects, ‘Blast #1’ and ‘Blast #2.’

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Wildcard Quartet

Adrian Northover and Daniel Thompson, with Gus Garside and James Parsons

PLEASE NOTE: This show is at the Coach House, 22 Walpole Rd, Brighton BN2 0EA

Adrian Northover (saxophones) and Daniel Thompson (acoustic guitar)

A duo combining both close listening and an intense dialogue, Adrian and Daniel are like two weavers working on a single musical carpet. While instrumental expectations are challenged by a constant ‘push and pull’ between the pair they never lose the thread that binds them as patterns emerge and submerge in an ever changing music.

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Collectively they have performed throughout the UK and Europe and have played and recorded with Evan Parker, Steve Noble, Adam Bohman, John Edwards, Billy Bang, The London Improvisers Orchestra, Simon Rose, John Russell, Jean-Michel Von Schouwberg, Lol Coxhill, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Neil Metcalfe, Alex Ward and Pat Thomas, to name but a few.

For this gig they will perform as a duo, and will then be joined by Gus Garside and James Parsons on double bass and drums.

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Wildcard Quartet

Ripsaw Catfish

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Cath Roberts: baritone saxophone
Anton Hunter: guitar

This Manchester and London-based duo formed in 2013 to explore improvised and composed music, and whatever lies between those things. They employ a collection of pre-composed elements which can be drawn upon, or not, during the course of an improvisation.

Static Memories

Dan Powell & Gus Garside have been working together on improv project The Static Memories since 2007. Dan Powell (laptop/guitar/sampler/effects) began making sound for installation works in London in the mid 90’s and was involved in live arts group OMSK. Since moving to Brighton in 2000 he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music. He is a member of Brighton based collective The Spirit of Gravity and has performed across the UK. Dan is also a member of free improv duo Nil with Chris Parfitt. Gus Garside (double bass/electronics) has worked in a variety of musical settings – jazz, contemporary music, pop, cabaret, dance, theatre and, most importantly, improvised music where he has performed with many leading players.

They will be joined by Alistair Strachan on cornet and electronics for this performance.

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Wildcard Quartet

Weavels + Rothko Veil

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Mick Beck: bassoon
Chris Cundy: bass clarinet
Alex Ward: electric guitar

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A rare and special treat for fans of deep reeds – veteran improvisor Mick Beck lays down bassoon, Chris Cundy flies around him on bass clarinet, while Alex Ward shreds away on guitar. They have a new album out called ‘The Living Puzzle’ – highly acclaimed, as you can see below:


“The bassoon appeared in 1920s jazz recordings but bass clarinet had a deeper impact on the music. Inspired by Eric Dolphy, Cundy took it up, developing extended techniques such as multiphonics, circular breathing and micro-harmonics. Like Beck, his work shows the dividends of fighting against instrumental constraints, and they engage in agile, deep-toned dialogue, with Alex Ward’s scrabblings mostly less prominent in the mix….. The playing is garrulous and, tonally, this is very ugly beauty. “

– JULIAN COWLEY, WIRE

“There’s something quintessentially English about this music: as absurd as Monty Python or The Goons and as quietly subversive as the films of Lindsay Anderson, while never drawing unnecessary attention to the diffident brilliance of its three protagonists. It’s true that the whole set fizzes with a surreal humour … but it’s directed and kept aloft by some devilishly accomplished musicianship. Hear how Alex Ward digs into frenzied shredding of the electric guitar, while Chris Cundy’s clarinet swoops and shrieks like an angry peregrine falcon, and Beck’s bassoon pokes around in the undergrowth – while all three investigate different aspects of the same puzzle.”

– DANIEL SPICER, WIRE

Rothko Veil

Ron Caines: tenor and soprano sax
Alice Eldridge: cello

Their recent debut set at Spirit of Gravity went down a storm:

“They recorded the album in 2011, and this may have been the first time they’d played together since and it really felt like something special right from the start. They started with “Sukran” one of the themes off the album, and it was a really good choice . Alice’s thrummed cello almost a bass part circling loop like while Ron’s lyrical playing really set the mood for the rest of their set and gave him a great starting point to work from… Alice going through chamber music sonorities and rhythmic parts to drones and over the bridge harshness, while Ron really let fly as the evening progressed.”
– SPIRITOFGRAVITY.COM

Listen to the album below:

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Foils + Aeolipile

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Mark Sanders: drums
John Edwards: double bass
Frank Paul Schubert: soprano sax
Matthias Muller: trombone

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“This avalanche in the canyon of free jazz comes from a musical liaison between Germany and UK, the favourable meeting between the excellent wind Berlin-based duo by Frank Paul Schubert, whose empathy with his soprano saxophone and the other elements of the band has a dynamite shape on this record, and Matthias Muller on trombone, and John Edwards (bass) and Mark Sanders (a real octopus on drums!), two brilliant improvisers from the vibrant English scene.

This fourtet gave rise to two impressive sessions of so instinctively head-banging and constantly spinning free-jazz that you might wonder what kind of power pill they swallowed to blast their musical energy: the two impressive sessions on ‘The Jersey lily’… sometimes sound like a proper battle between the two duets (Bass Vs Drums and Trombone Vs Soprano Saxophone!), which scrambled their instruments by means of an overwhelming roller coaster of sounds, techniques and musical scuffles for more than 75 incendiary minutes….” from Creative Sources website.

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Full-throttle free-jazz head rush from Jason Williams (Hysteresis) on sax, Tom Roberts (Bolide/Infinite Gaaah) on bass and Andy Pyne (Kellar/Map 71/Medicine & Duty et al) on drums.

Plus – the Wildcard Quartet