Near Jazz Experience

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Last Show: Wednesday 7 th September 2022

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

The NJE was formed by multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards, bassist Mark Bedford and drummer Simon Charterton in the spring of 2010. Terry and Simon cut their musical teeth with Norwich punk-funk band The Higsons, whilst Mark is better known as the bassist in Madness

“The sound of three musicians delighting in their synergy and relishing the unknown.”

London Evening Standard

Mainstays of the NJE sound are Edwards’ double-sax technique - playing alto & tenor simultaneously, Charterton’s polyrhythmic funk patterns and Bedford’s fluid but grounding basslines. The whole is a near-jazz experience - just what you’d expect from musicians who have worked with people as far-flung as PJ HarveyJerry DammersSpiritualizedRobert WyattAlex HarveyGallon Drunk, Big Star, The Nightingales and Ian Dury. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg...

The band has recorded with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and On-U Sound maestro Adrian Sherwood. Most of the material is original, but look out for their stylish covers of Voodoo Child and Bowie’s Five Years which will have you grinning from ear to ear.