The Alex Curtis Quartet

featuring special guest Noemi Nuti

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Last Show: Thursday 2 nd March 2017

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Tonight, Alex’s new quartet will be joined by rising star Noemi Nuti on vocals to perform fresh arrangements of music by the Police, Paul Simon and the Beatles alongside a  collection of jazz standards and original music from their forthcoming album ‘Patterns, Habits and Changes,’ out later this year. Drawing on a whole range of influences, the band demonstrates outstanding musicianship and very strong collective writing skills (3 of the quartet are established composers.) For this show, the quartet will feature the highly acclaimed George Crowley on Tenor Saxophone.  Expect highly original arrangements/compositions, heavy grooves and some outstanding group interaction. This will be an exciting and hugely entertaining gig, booking essential.

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“Rarely does a player so young debut with such a fully rounded tone and range of writing skills, so keep a keen ear out for Crowley: the future could yet be his.”


Alex Curtis has a multifaceted career as a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He has worked in many different genres which stems from his interest in all styles of music which began at an early age. A skilled composer and arranger, Alex has worked with several top vocalists including Beth Hirsch (Air), Katina Kangaris, Daisy Chute, Noemi Nuti and Ana Silvera. In 2011, Alex collaborated with Ana for a ground breaking sellout series of concerts at the Roundhouse in London. For this, he arranged Ana's songs for choir, small band and string quartet to much critical acclaim.

Noemi Nuti was born and raised in New York from Italian descent. Noemi has performed at numerous London venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, The Crazy Coqs, the 606 Club and Islington Assembly Hall, and toured the UK as well as further afield in Brazil.Most recently, Noemi has launched her Latin influenced debut album, 'Nice to Meet You', at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London. The album, released on the new independent Ubuntu Music label, has received extensive airplay on Jazz FM in 2015. She has toured in summer 2015 with her band including a headline show at Ipswich Jazz Festival's closing night and debuted her music in New York City in July 2015.

George Crowley, since arrival in the capital in 2007, has steadily established himself as a key player within the city's burgeoning creative jazz and improv scene, and increasingly well known further afield, performing across the UK and Europe.

As a performer he is active across a range of styles; whether infusing melodic through-composed writing with open, searching improv in his own Can of Worms, channelling fiery avant-parade ghosts in Brass Mask, weaving through the polyrhythmic Ghanaian trance of Vula Viel or exploring more traditional repertoire, Crowley's energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician who demands attention.

He can also be found playing with bands and musicians such as Melt Yourself Down, Julian Argüelles' Septet, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, the Michael Chillingworth Septet, Rick Simpson's Klämmer and the Olie Brice Quartet featuring Jeff Williams. Outside of the world of jazz and improvised music he has worked with artists such as Boy George and Culture Club and Mount Kimbie.

Band Lineup

Alex Curtis (piano)

George Crowley-Tenor (sax)

Sophie Alloway (drums)

Dave O’Brien (bass)

Naomi Nuti (vocals)