Emily Francis Trio

Emily Francis Trio

Sunday 17 March 2024
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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The Emily Francis Trio bring their brand of prog-jazz for their debut appearance here at Ashburton Arts. Marking their 10th anniversary, their new EP, featuring four singles, captures their melodic, intense, genre-bending style, and immersive, hard-hitting interplay.

Led by keyboardist Emily Francis (fresh from touring with Toyah Willcox and King Crimson founder Robert Fripp) and featuring writing collaborator and bass maestro Trevor Boxall, and drum superstar Jamie Murray, the band fuses their own style of high-energy, melodically-driven jazz with sounds from the worlds of progressive rock and pop, electronic music, and influences spanning the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Their musical influences include artists from the current US electro-jazz scene, such as Donny McCaslin, Kneebody and FORQ, prog supremos Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Peter Gabriel, and jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, and Avishai Cohen. As well as these influences, the band combines their collective experience from other original or session work.

Jamie’s outstanding original projects include collaborations with iconic musicians such as bassist Tim Lefebvre and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, as well as appearing alongside artists such as Alfa Mist, Camilla George, Golden Mean and hosting his own Late Late show at the famous Ronnie Scott’s.

Trevor makes regular appearances with blues superstar Connor Selby as well as collaborating with the future nodding Origin Quartet, who recently featured saxophonist Paul Booth and supported Dennis Rollins. As well as her work with Toyah & Robert,

Emily is no stranger to the session world. Appearing regularly with soul songstress Jo Harman, other credits include Andrea Bocelli & family, Comedy Game Night (house band), Rumer, Ward Thomas, Julia Jacklin, Soom T and more. Never wanting to remain still, the band continues to push sonic boundaries, delivering a high impact show from beginning to end.

“Francis transcends her many influences to create a sound that is very much her own, skilfully blending acoustic and electric elements to create a rich tapestry”
The Jazz Mann

“A band with a fresh and very alive sound with a keen ear for progressive jazz”

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