Ferg Ireland Trio

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Last Show: Thursday 20 th April 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Led by veteran bassist Ferg Ireland (Jason Marsalis, Soweto Kinch, Kansas Smittys), The Ferg Ireland Trio featuring MOBO award winning saxophonist Nathaniel Facey (Empirical) and ECM recording artist, drummer James Maddren (Kit Downes, Jacob Collier, Gwilym Simcock) have been playing together for almost a decade and this is reflected in the telepathy of their musical conversation. The twists and turns of their dialogue delve deep into the dark heart of Contemporary Jazz, tempered by their shared reverence for the tradition, taking influence from the deep spirituality of Coltrane, the playful sax-bass-drums trio of Sonny Rollins and beats from 21st century London. Tonight they will be premiering new compositions and a new direction ahead of recording the follow on album to their widely lauded first releases.

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"an Inexhaustible Creative Powerhouse”

Jazzwise Magazine

Ferg Ireland is one of London’s most versatile and in demand Bassists. Having performed and recorded with some of the biggest Artists in the world including Taylor Swift, Sam Smith Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter and Incognito, US Jazz legends such as Jason Marsalis, Johnny O Neal and Leroy Jones, and is a constant feature of many of the leading UK Jazz artists (Kansas Smittys/Soweto Kinch/Reuben James/Ashley Henry/Empirical/22A/ and many more) "…his playing throughout illustrates why he's so in demand; with a simply awesome if unorthodox technique put in the service of a powerfully individual musical imagination, simultaneously grounding the harmony and sending it into unexpected directions.”-Jazzwise Magazine

He has toured extensively across the world, playing renowned venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, The Jazz Cafe, The Barbican, Kings Place, The Cadogan Hall, Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival(NL), Rochester Jazz Festival (USA), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Duc De Lombards(FR) AB Club (Belgium) ,Soundwave Festival (Croatia), Usadba Jazz Festival (Moscow) NeuJazz Festival (Norway) , Sao Paulo Cultural Centre (Brazil) , Blue Note Milan (IT) Olympia (FR), JazznoJazzFestival/Moods (Zurich) Le Spezia Jazz Festival (Italy) and many others. 

Ferg's playing and compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 1,2,3,4 and 6Music, JazzFM, and featured on taste-making underground stations Worldwide FM and NTS Radio. He has recorded at world famous studios including Abbey Road and Maida Vale and appeared on records released by Sony, Universal, Island, K7 and respected Jazz labels Edition and FreshSoundNewTalent. His songwriting and production have been licensed by Disney,Warner Brothers and used in advertising for brands such as Versace. He has also modelled for music focused campaigns by British menswear brands Drakes, Thomas Farthing and Ellesse.

Band Line Up

Ferg Ireland (double bass)    

Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone)   

James Maddren (drums)