Mark Heaney's 'Extemporize'

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Last Show: Tuesday 26 th September 2017

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Extemporize are a Jazz quartet from London. Extemporize were formed in 2017 by drummer Mark Heaney a prolific UK drummer who has been described as "one of the most jaw dropping players in the UK" by Rhythm magazine and "Mindblowing" by Modern Drummer.

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“This is pretty cool – great compositions, very good performances all around and creating a cool atmosphere.Extemporize seem to be a mix of Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Nils Petter Molvaer”

Wulf Müller A&R Okeh Records

The band features, Pete Billington on keys, Jerry Soffe on bass and Stuart Henderson on trumpet. Their debut album Capital captures the excitement and energy of their live performances and is a raw, gritty, organic recording that reflects on the times we live in and the bands name and approach to their music.

If you had any doubts about the relevance of jazz music in 2017, this project from London, England will set you straight. Extemporize’s Capital, released in May, is an absolute cracker. These 13 polished, impossibly groovy tracks are proof positive that nu jazz is an art form to be reckoned with. (Baddpress)

“Showcases a band generating energy and a raw, gritty sound very much in line with current fashions in jazz. And there’s groove by the bucketful”. (London Jazz news)

"Deep grooves and masterful musicianship. A bold and often dazzling listening. Enormously impressive” (Rhythm magazine)

"There’s plenty of vitality and personality in the approach, The thing moves, and there’s an immediacy in the writing and performance ethic that makes the whole thing rattle and rip”. (Marlbank)

Band Lineup

Mark Heaney (drums)

Pete Billington (keys)

Stuart Henderson (trumpet)

Jerry Soffe (electric bass)