Big Bad Wolf

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Last Show: Wednesday 28 th February 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Having released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Pond Life’ in July 2017, Jazz- Rock  Quartet Big Bad Wolf now bring their distinctive music featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves to the Dean Street stage. This band have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles, and strive to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of each genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Radiohead to Bill Frisell. This show will see them perform the music from 'Pond Life' alongside more recent material.

 

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"Chill-out music with verve"

Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard

Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves this distinctive sound arises largely from the band's consistently egalitarian process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All four band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on the prestigious jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Radiohead to Bill Frisell, brought to the table by each member to the group. From the band’s first experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition. 

July 2017 saw Big Bad Wolf release and tour their debut album, Pond Life, to rave reviews across UK and European media. This was made possible through generous funding from Help Musicians UK (Development Grant - Peter Whittingham Award) and The Arts Council (Grants For The Arts). This show will see them perform the music from 'Pond Life' alongside more recent material.

Band Lineup

Owen Dawson (trombone/synth/vocals)

Rob Luft (guitar/vocals)

Michael De Souza (fender bass VI/vocals)

Jay Davis (drums)