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Pete Horsfall + The Cosimo Matassa Project

Arabian Love Call 7 inch single launch

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

We are delighted to present two of the UK’s leading New Orleans exponents performing on the same bill Pete Horsfall’s New Orleans Trumpet Kings and The Cosimo Matassa Project - launching their new Arabian Love Call 7 inch single. Don’t miss out on this unique double helping of Blues!

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"Like James Hunter before him, frontman Dai Price is a man to watch." - Phil Alexander (Mojo magazine)

Pete Horsfall - “Ravishing.” The Guardian

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The Cosimo Matassa Project are true messengers of 1950’s New Orleans. Playing tunes by well-known artists from that era such as Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Art Neville and Big Joe Turner, they also like to unearth lesser-known gems by the likes of Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew and Tami Lynn. They will be at the Pizza Express Dean Street with the full six piece band to launch their debut 7 inch vinyl. Over the last couple of years the band have become a staple on the London music scene - regularly appearing at Ronnie Scott’s, Brasserie Zedel, The Nightjar and Pizza Express. They are so dedicated to the Louisiana spirit they’ve even produced their own brand of hot sauce!

The Cosimo Matassa Project are a London band working to conjure up the unique rhythm ‘n’ blues flavours that emerged from New Orleans in the 1950s.

At the core of the band are pianist and arranger Al Dunn (Loudon Wainwright / Richard Thompson), singer and double bassist Dai Price (Dai & The Ramblers) and drummer Roy Pfeffer (The Big Smoke Family). They’re often joined top London session players with credits that include Allen Toussaint, James Hunter and Van Morrison. Over the last couple of years the band have become a staple on the R’n’B circuit, gigging around London clubs and bars such as Nightjar in Old Street, Brasserie Zedel in Mayfair and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.

The entire project is born out of respect for the artists who passed through Cosimo Matassa’s studios, a genuine love for the music and a desire to summon up the sheer joy that pervades all of Cosimo’s recordings. Playing tunes by well-known artists from that era such as Fats Domino and Big Joe Turner, the band also like to unearth lesser-known gems by the likes of Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew and Tami Lynn, as well as throwing in some original songs.

Pete Horsfall’s NEW ORLEANS TRUMPET KINGS is a celebration of the music of legendary trumpeters Louis Armstrong and Henry “Red” Allen. Featuring classics from the streets of New Orleans, the show’s specially selected material also includes rarities from the back catalogues of these two giants of modern music. Recognised as a ‘truly original new voice’ (Jazz FM) on the UK Jazz Scene, Pete Horsfall is proud to present this new show at London’s iconic Pizza Express Soho venue.

Peter Horsfall is an acclaimed trumpet player, vocalist and songwriter based in the UK. A vibrant and formidable presence on the London jazz scene, Peter has developed a reputation as a consummate bandleader and an innovative producer.
Peter's latest album Nighthawks received critical acclaim, including a four star review in the Guardian. Described by All About Jazz as 'one of the year's most original releases', the record was featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM.
Peter performs at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. These include The Lincoln Center (NYC), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Sunset/Sunside (Paris), North Sea Jazz Festival (NDL), the Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival, The Jazz Cafe, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Southbank Centre, La Spezia Jazz Festival (IT) and many more.

“Wonderful. Truly an original new voice.” Jazz FM

“A bittersweet beautiful voice” BBC Radio 3

Dai Price (double bass and vocals)
Al “dente” Dunn (piano)
Roy “Chilli” Pfeffer (drums)
Damien Hand (saxophone)
Dave Priseman (trumpet)
George Simmonds (trombone)