Garland-Locke-Simcock All Star Trio

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Last Show: Saturday 15 th February 2020

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

A truly world class trio of international virtuosi, packing colossal punch. A rare encounter to hear them stretch out in this format, where lyricism, brilliant compositions and knife-edge improvisation all radiate in equal measure.

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“Few world-class jazz improvisors are comparably imaginative composers, but the British reeds player Tim Garland is that rarity”

The Guardian

Grammy winning saxophonist / composer Tim Garland started working with the now legendary vibist Joe Locke in the mid nineties in the trio Storms/Nocturnes.

He has invited another long term stage-buddy Gwilym Simcock (currently with the Pat Metheny band) to perform repertoire from all three artists.

A long term member of Chick Corea’s various groups, Garland has a solid reputation as both composer and mercurial saxophone player.

Locke is a six-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year” Award, has received two Earshot Golden Ear Awards for “Concert of the Year” and the 2013 Hot House NYC Jazz Awards for Best Vibes Player, and keeps topping critics and readers polls.

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Jazz states “In the select group of contemporary vibes players, Locke has claims to head the list.”.

Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene.  He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’. Gwilym has been hailed as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, and his music has been widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible’, and above all ‘wonderfully optimistic’.

A member of Garland’s Lighthouse Trio for ten years, he co-runs The Impossible Gentleman as well as globe-trotting with Pat Metheny’s current quartet. His latest CD on ACT, is called Near And Now.