Henrik Jensen’s ‘Followed By Thirteen’

Monday 1 November 2021
7:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Book tickets here – £14 or £10 or £7 you choose

Henrik Jensen – double bass
Esben Tjalve – piano
Mark Whitlam – drums

“The balance between composition and improvisation, as in the best jazz, disappears so that one is left with a complete and perfectly coherent performance”  Chris Barber
 Jazzviews (full review here)

“It is so cool and laid back that I too wanted to lay back and just wallow in the sound. Even the more uppish numbers had such a relaxed feel about them that I wasn’t sure if I wanted a late night cocktail or a cup of cocoa…As for Jensen himself, Denmark produced, arguably, the world’s greatest jazz double bassist – no name needed – and it suffices to say that Henrik Jensen is in that league.”   Lance Liddle, 
Bebop Spoken Here (full review here)

Double Bass player and composer Henrik Jensen released his third album Affinity in March 2020, a collection of incendiary tracks performed by his quartet Followed By Thirteen. Their 2016 album Blackwater received a wide range of complimentary accolades from The Guardian, Evening Standard, London Jazz News and various other influential critics. Affinity is a whole new proposition, generating an emphatic, melodic sound and lyrical flow in celebration of the Double Bass. Building on the work done by other great bass band leaders like Dave Holland, Charles Mingus and Drew Gress. Followed By Thirteen is an ensemble of musicians at the top of their game and who deeply respect each others individual merits and sensitively represent each part.

Reviewers of the band’s previous album wrote:

“a highly thoughtful and skilfully executed jazz album” Stephen Graham, Marlbank.

“This cosmopolitan line-up works superbly well” Bebop Spoken here

“a rewarding listen” Alyn Shipton, BBC, London Jazz.

“bristling with such obvious vitality and ebullience” Adrian Pallant, AP reviews.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Thu 14 October: some minor changes below to make clearer, and adding a request to take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to an event at the Arts Centre

Mon 19 July: We will continue with everything listed below, which have been in place since 17 May. We have added a new protocol for sitting in the balcony, making face masks compulsory there:

  • As levels of Covid infections are increasing again in this area (on 14 October), we request that everyone take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and that you don’t come if this is positive. In this case, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the end of the event, by emailing boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly. From October, when necessary, we are switching on the electric heaters in the main hall, even though the windows are open. This makes the central part of the hall warmer. The seats at the sides under the balcony don’t get as much benefit from this.
  • We recommend wearing face masks whenever inside the building. We particularly ask everyone to wear a mask when in the bar area, unless medically exempt; and…
  • Anyone who sits in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with no exceptions. This is: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask – the seats in the balcony are naturally separated; and (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
  • Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If enough are available, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you. Otherwise, you can order drinks at the bar, one person at each end of the bar at a time, and take them immediately to your seat.
  • All members of the audience should wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
  • There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.