Jimi Hendrix Meets Miles Davis

Played by the Linley Hamilton Quintet

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Last Show: Tuesday 18 th February 2020

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix were two of the most ground breaking and influential musicians of the 20th century. Linley Hamilton host a night in celebration of the most iconic songs from Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis repertoire, in a colossal collision of both musicians' musical individuality. Jimi's virtuosity and innovative use of heavy distortion in Rock and Blues had taken the whole music world by storm, even influencing jazz musicians like Miles Davis, who had himself begun experimenting with his own form of jazz rock later to be known as fusion.

Jimi and Miles were both admirers of each other’s music, and in Miles' biography he mentions jam sessions together in his NY apartment in 1970. They planned later that year to record an album together, but unfortunately this was not to happen due to Jimi's untimely death. One can only imagine what musical mastery these two giants would have created if one of the greatest musical collaborations in music history had taken place. This concert is Linley Hamilton’s Quintets interpretation of two of the most iconic musicians of the 20th Century and what their collaborations might have sounded like.

Linley has been a key part of the Irish music scene for over thirty years and since then he has juggled a career as a trumpet player with being a BBC Jazz Broadcaster and an educator. There have been many career highlights in the past with significant performances or recordings with Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Foy Vance, Jacqui Dankworth, ASIWYFA, Oppenheimer and Gareth Dunlop to name a few, but he is working just as hard as ever these days and is celebrating success with his own recent albums ‘Taylor Made’ and ‘In Transition’, which he recorded with his quintet of Johnny Taylor piano, Julien Colarossi guitar, Damien Evans bass and Dominic Mullen drums.

The last ten years has seen a concerted effort to reroute himself back to Jazz, and in 2009 he graduated from DIT Dublin with a 1st Class Masters in Jazz Performance and the celebrated Student Academic Medal. Since then he has completed his PhD in Jazz Performance at Ulster University Magee, and is now as such, ‘Dr Jazz!’ His Radio Show enters its tenth year on Friday nights at 10pm on BBC Radio Ulster, ‘Jazz World with Linley Hamilton’, which has been shortlisted twice for the Irish Radio Awards.

In February 2014, Jazz UK dedicated 3 pages of their magazine to profiling him and his continued work in the UK. Since then, he has been a featured Soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, playing tunes from his latest albums at Derry Jazz Festival, and taking up a full-time Lecturing post at Ulster University. ‘Making Other Arrangements’, has been recorded and is due for release in March 2018. It features Linley as the Soloist with his own 21-piece band – full rhythm section, woodwind and a 12-piece String section. Arrangements were by Cian Boylan with tracks including ‘Here’s to Life’, ‘After the Love Has Gone’ and ‘What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life’…heady times indeed… His new album due for release in March 2020 is ‘For the Record’, an album of original material that sees Linley joined by Adam Nussbaum drums, Mark Egan bass, Cian Boylan piano and Derek ‘DOC’ O’Connor sax.

Band Lineup

Linley Hamilton (trumpet)

Cian Boylan (piano/keys)

Guitar Special Guest : Marc Guillermont (France)

Rami Lakkis (bass)

Bence Bolygo (drums)