Jazz Plus Ensemble

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Last Show: Saturday 9 th October 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Jazz Plus Ensemble brings together young musicians from across the UK to reinvent the ‘Big Band’ sound. This exciting 18-piece ensemble, led by the original writing and arranging of Musical Director Chris Jones, will be performing live for the first time. The group will play music from their debut album ‘Collective’, along with brand new material that showcases the new directions of the Big Band genre, as well as the talents of star young players including Matthew Sulzmann (Neon Orchestra), David Sear, Matthew Jacobs and Alistair Martin (NYJO).    

“What comes across is joie de vivre and some refreshing experiments – both in terms of source material and Chris Jones’s arrangements”

Alyn Shipton – Jazzwise Magazine

“Impressive arrangements, frequently dynamic ensemble playing, incisive solos, the Jazz Plus Ensemble's debut recording is set to receive many plaudits and all of them will be fully deserved.” – Bebop Spoken Here

“The arrangement by Jazz Plus Ensemble Musical Director Chris Jones is a creative and explosive rendition which breathes life into Nao's classic tune, with the music video cut in such a way which ensures the audience absorbs the action and dynamism of the group.  Each member and section bounce off each other with vigour and excitement. Vocalist Laura Paul's lucid style effortlessly stamps her own distinctive mark onto Nao's vocal line, whilst soloists Matthew Sulzmann (soprano sax) and David Sear (trombone) perform valiantly.” – Jazz Revelations

Band Line Up

Saxes: Daniel Garel, Matthew Sulzmann, John Somerton, Josephine Colter, Felicity Evans
Trumpets: Noah Lawrence, Alexander Astbury, Joey Penaliggon, Alistair Martin
Trombones: David Sear, Chris Jones, Laura Piggford, Luke Bentley
Piano: Matthew Jacobs
Guitar: Ollie Farley
Bass: Jonathan Berry
Drums: Tristan Bacon
Vocals: Laura Paul Musical Director: Chris Jones
Band Manager: Charles Price