Hugh Pascall Quintet

Sunday 25 June 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

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Hugh Pascall – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
James Allsopp – Tenor Sax & Bass Clarinet
Liam Dunachie – Piano / Rhodes
Oli Hayhurst – Bass
Jay Davis – Drums

Hugh Pascall tours the UK in spring and summer 2023, presenting new music from his forthcoming second album Viewfinder, alongside music from his 2022 debut album Borderlands with a quintet of star musicians from the UK scene.
Influenced by musicians like Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Hugh’s music is a lyrical, vibrant and modern approach to post-bop jazz. Melodic, swinging and modal explorations are complimented by atmospheric and expressive ballads rich in harmony and character.

An award-winning trumpeter and composer, Hugh studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire, graduating with a 1st class BMus in Jazz and LRAM diploma. In February 2023 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) by the Academy’s honours committee, in recognition of a significant contribution to UK jazz.

In 2022 his quartet completed a 20 date tour of the UK for his debut album Borderlands, to critical acclaim. As a featured sideman he’s performed and recorded with a huge variety of artists, playing at festivals and jazz venues across the country and throughout Europe. Recent projects include recording with New York guitarist Peter Bernstein as a member of the acclaimed David Ferris Septet and performing in Europe with The Last Poets.
He’s also currently a member of Tony Kofi’s Inside Straight and of rising star guitarist Aidan Pope’s Octet.

“An outstanding soloist” London Jazz News
“Exemplary hard bop” Jazz Journal
“The most beautiful, elegant and melodic delivery” London Jazz News
“Fluent, lyrical solos that unfold gradually and gracefully” The Jazzmann

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The rest of the band:

James Allsopp – Tenor sax –
One of the most celebrated saxophonists in the UK today, James’ career started with his studies – a BMus in Jazz performance with second study classical clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music. After graduating, James started his own bands and received the BBC Jazz Award for innovation and a Ronnie Scott Jazz Award for his first album in 2008. As well as working with his own projects he has played as a sideman for Dr John, The Last Poets, Django Bates, Polar Bear and Jamie Cullum amongst others.
As well as performing he teaches both saxophone and clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Liam Dunachie – Piano and Fender Rhodes
Liam Dunachie is a pianist, composer and arranger based in London. Originally from Shropshire, he began his musical training as a treble chorister in Hereford Cathedral Choir and later studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar in its world renowned choir under Stephen Layton. At Cambridge he studied composition with Robin Holloway and Richard Marlow and co-directed the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra with which he toured Budapest, Rome and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
After graduating from Cambridge, Liam won a scholarship to study jazz piano and arranging at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he studied with Malcolm Edmonstone, Nikki Iles and Scott Stroman among others. He has performed with the London Jazz Orchestra at the Vortex Jazz Club and appeared with many different groups and artists at prestigious venues in London including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Savoy Hotel, The Arts Club and The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.
As an accompanist and session pianist he has worked for a wide variety of organisations, including BBC2’s “The Choir” with Gareth Malone, Opera Up Close, and has worked in several of London’s premier recording Studios including Air, Angel and The Pool.
As a composer and arranger he has also produced arrangements in recent months for the City of London Sinfonia and had his work performed by Trinity College Choir on a recent tour across the USA and Canada. He has also worked as a Musical Director for National Youth Music Theatre.

Oli Hayhurst – Bass
Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the UK jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He is involved in a wide range of music playing with stars of jazz, classical and world musics. He has been featured on over 60 albums and toured extensively.
Whilst still a student under the late Jeff Clyne he was touring with Gilad Atzmon and playing with Irish folk singer Cara Dillon. He was a founder member of Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, playing on their first two albums. In 2004 with singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma he toured Europe opening for Bob Dylan. In 2006 he was featured on Zoe Rahman’s Mercury nominated album, ‘Melting Pot’ which also won the Best Album award in the 2006 parliamentary jazz awards. He continued to play with Zoe Rahman until 2011 playing at festivals throughout Europe and recording a further three albums. This was the first of frequent pairings with Gene Calderazzo which have been continued in the bands of Julian Siegel and Pharoah Sanders. He rekindled some folk associations in 2006-7 playing in Parallelogram with Lau and Brian Finnegan. He has held long associations with Tenor saxophonists Tim Whitehead and Sam Crockatt playing in both their groups since the early 2000s. As a member of Ray Gelato’s Giants from 2008-15 he toured all over Europe, north Africa and Brazil and held annual residencies at Ronnie Scott’s in London and the Blue Note Milan. He has been a regular in Pharoah Sanders’ quartet for European dates since 2012 playing with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dan Tepfer, Joe Farnsworth, Gene Calderazzo and William Henderson.
Latest projects include working with Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood, Georgia Mancio’s songbook with the great pianist Alan Broadbent, Kate William’s string quartet meets piano trio project 4 plus 3 and Hannes Riepler’s quartet featuring Chris Cheek.
He has also worked with artists as diverse as Melanie C, Vanessa Mae, Bill McHenry, Tom Rainey, Alison Balsom, Kirk Lightsey, Maria Ewing, Bobby Wellins, Koby Israelite, Reem Kelani, Collabro, Thomas Lang, Il Divo, Kit Downes, John Law, Bob Monkhouse, Ian Shaw and both Michael Rosens, the poet and the saxophonist.

Jay Davis – Drums
Jay Davis is an award-winning drummer and composer based in London. a proud recipient of the Yamaha Jazz scholar prize, Jay studied with drummers Dave Walsh, Jeff Williams and Martin France at Leeds College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music respectively.

Jay has performed throughout the UK, Europe and Asia at festivals and venues including umbria jazz festival, Jimmy glass (Valencia), Jazzwerkstatt (Graz), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), die nato (Leipzig), Pizza express dean street (London) and paradox (Tilburg).
Jay plays in several creative projects as well as leading his own band Badtrad and contributing as co-leader to big bad wolf alongside Owen Dawson and Mike de Souza.

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