24th April 2021 8:00pm
Donations Please on the night £0.00
Box Office Closed
AuB perform exciting, fun, groove-laden original UK jazz with an electronic edge.
Jazz Steps are proud to present this exciting quintet for another of their hugely popular livestream events from Peggy’s Skylight (Nottingham), the third in a diverse programme.
AuB (pronounced ORB) is the London ensemble masterminded by two young saxophonists making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists intent on doing things their way: Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock.
Usually presented as a quartet, the twin tenors tradition is continued - on this special occasion fronting a quintet with bassist Conor Chaplin, drummer James Maddren and synth player Maria Chiara Argirò.
This music is expansive and progressive, it interweaves cross-rhythms with deft melodies and catchy hooks. The intensity and youthful boldness are contrasted with dynamic nuance and complex interplay, performed throughout with a cutting-edge fluidity. AuB melds contemporary jazz sounds and an adventurous and electronic soundscape with a risk-taking spirit.
“AuB’s compositions are tight and authentic, never self-indulgent, and when the synths are deployed they add weight rather than covering up for a lack of invention. There’s freshness and originality here; an auspicious debut from the London-based ensemble.” – London Jazz News
“AuB are a twin tenor ensemble ready to make cataclysmic waves in the sound of UK jazz.. “this is adventurous, risk-taking music.” – Jazzwise
"As a player he [Tom Barford] clearly has technique to burn but it’s his writing skills that suggest that he’s going to be a major presence on the British jazz scene for many years to come." The Jazz Mann
Their debut eponymous album 'AuB' is out now on Edition Records and available here: https://aubmusic.bandcamp.com
NB: this is a livestream only session lasting approx 8:00 - 9:00pm. For artist donations please use this link: ko-fi.com/jazzsteps (different from the Peggy's Skylight usual link)
Peggy's has takeaway food available | click here
James Maddren Drums
Conor Chaplin Bass
Alex Hitchcock Sax
Tom Barford Sax
Maria Chiara Argiro Synths