JAZZ @ SILVER

Free Contemporary Jazz Night

They say that music is the language of the soul, but nothing could be truer for BTL JAZZ.
The significance of sound and uniqueness of style are on full display with each performance.
Feel free to browse the site and check out some of their creative productions below.

 

VLADIMIR MILLER TRIO

Jazz @ Silver
Saturday 16th March
Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 
The Silver Builder
60 Dock Road 
E16 1YZ

Vladimir Miller is a pianist, composer and bandleader whose bands blend Jazz, Eastern European and World influences. He currently leads his own quartet Vlad Miller and Notes from Underground.

Vladimir is also the pianist, principal composer and musical director of the Moscow Composers Orchestra, and works with vocalist Helen McDonald in the world music ensemble Ancestral Collective.


Experience and skilful musicianship combine to form the basis of this quartet. It includes Madras-born Les Booth (six- string conga bass), who has worked with many well know artist including the legendary singer Billy Eckstine.

Born in Guyana, drummer Dave Rohoman has been well known on London jazz scene for many years, began his career after being spotted by Ian Dury.

Adrian Northover (alto and soprano saxes) performs regularly on the London and European improvisation scene, and with the London Improvisers Orchestra.


Vlad Miller Quartet ‘Notes From Underground’ perform modern jazz and contemporary classical compositions by the pianist Vladimir Miller whose writing is largely stimulated by jazz, Eastern European and Russian music traditions. Evocative melodies weave into captivating improvisations lending itself to engaging and exciting live performances.


Audience members have described their music as “captivating”, “excellent musicianship”, “high in energy and free-spirited”.
Their first album ‘Diaghilev’s Dance’ was inspired by the life of the famous Russian impresario Diaghelev, and his dance troupe ‘The Ballets Russes’.


Vladimir Miller has been a composer and MD for the celebrated Moscow Composers’ Orchestra, and more recently written and recorded for the Krugly Big Band Orchestra in Moscow, Russia.


 
 

ADRIANA BLU SINGS

Jazz @ Silver

Saturday 20th April

Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 

The Silver Builder

60 Dock Road 

E16 1YZ

Adriana Blu started her music career in Spain when she was just sixteen.
From music competitions she quickly jumped to live stages singing jazz  standards with some of the best musicians from North Spain and Cuba.  She became lead singer of the Santander Jazz Big Band and main  singer-dancer in the self-produced musical "Jazzmovie" with Orlando  Peláez, one of the best dancers and choreographers in Spain.
Her own sound came to life when she set up her band Adriana Blu & The Sugars with cuban, venezuelan and flamenco musicians, together they recorded two albums including some original songs as "Love never dies", "Ego", "Qué pasó".
Adriana Blu & The Sugars opened for Segovia Festival where artists like Chano  Dominguez or Martirio were performing as well and toured around cities  and music venues in Spain.
Adriana´s silky and sensual voice evokes the era of the jazz divas but  it´s her deep emotion and latin energy which makes it a unique 
performance to feel.

 
 

RIO KAI TRIO

Jazz @ Silver

Saturday 11th May 

Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 

The Silver Builder

60 Dock Road 

E16 1YZ

Award-winning bassist Rio Kai is a prolific fixture in the London jazz scene, playing in such bands as SEED Ensemble and Nerija. A recent winner of the Best Newcomer of the Year Award with Nerija, Rio's playing style includes foundations of jazz coupled with energetic rhythmical phrases and blistering lines as well as bowed work.

 
 

GUIDO'S SPANNOCCHI "AHEAD ONLY" TRIO

Jazz @ Silver

Saturday 15th June 

Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 

The Silver Builder

60 Dock Road 

E16 1YZ

Guido Spannocchi is a Vienna born London based saxophonist currently about to release his third album. His previous albums Ahead Only in 2017 and Terms & Conditions in 2018 have gained him international press reviews and radio airplay.

Together with his trio, Guido has toured through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France and the UK and has had a major tour in Brazil. He also hosts several regular nights in renowned Jazz clubs in London.

Collected during childhood, as well as various tours, the repertoire and compositions focus on eastern European lullabies combined with Brazilian and world rhythms in a unique harmonic structure. These come to life particularly through the interplay of the band members. Consisting of alto saxophone, double bass and drums - this ensemble is as fragile as it is transparent and never ceases to take the listener on a journey through uncharted territory.


WHY? ‘An exciting deep jazz album creating a real buzz’ Paul Bradshaw, Worldwide FM


‘Wonderfully real jazz’ Christian Bakonyi, Austrian National Radio OE1


‘A modern day Ornette Coleman’ Tony Kofi

‘The perfect antidote’ Tamsin Snow

 
 

KATE THOMAS

Jazz @ Silver

Saturday 20th July 

Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 

The Silver Builder

60 Dock Road 

E16 1YZ

The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently. Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club. Kate's early interest in languages continued unabated, leading her not only to sing Italian opera, on a chair, in a restaurant, in a place called 'Bas Vegas', but also to translate a love letter into Russian for a neighbour!

 
 

BASIL HODGE

Jazz @ Silver

Saturday 17th August

Showtime 8 pm - 10 pm 

The Silver Builder

60 Dock Road 

E16 1YZ

Basil’s interest in music and the piano started at junior school. His quest to become a jazz musician started in earnest when he undertook classical training and then private studies with pianist/composer Tim Richards 1986 – 89. He rounded off his training at Goldsmiths College London in 1991.

His professional career started in the summer of 1993 as a freelance musician and by leading his piano trio. Steadily he rose up the ranks to play with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Pete Wareham and RenatoD’Aiello. In November 2003 Basil produced and released his debut CD ‘My Guardian Angel’ featuring his original compositions, which led to a distribution deal with New Note Records. The CD received critical acclaim and airplay.


Basil has been leading his bands (trio, quartet and quintet) since 2000 and he has performed in such venues as Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth and National Theatre Foyers, the Swanage and Ealing Jazz Festivals, The Vortex Jazz Club, The Crypt, Boxford Fleece, Watermills Jazz, The Bonnington Theatre and the Brighton Jazz Club.


His second album ‘Sound Reasoning’ was released in October 2009, distributed by Proper Note Ltd. The CD displays 10 more fresh and exciting originals from Basil’s pen which confirmed his stature as an established composer. ‘Sound Reasoning’ received rave reviews including a 4-star rating from Jack Massarik (Evening Standard). Basil also did a three-year stint – solo piano/piano duos at The Savoy, The Rochester and Claridges hotels.

Basil appeared on Claire Martin’s Jazz Line Up show (BBC Radio 3) to talk about his new album and musical influences. He also performed a live solo piano piece for the programme. Three of the main jazz DJs from Jazz FM, Helen Mayhew, Mike Chadwick and Sarah Ward have all recently played Basil’s music.

 
 

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