Jazz Lates: Philip Clouts Quartet
About the artist
On Saturday 16th October 2021 we are delighted to welcome Philip Clouts Quartet to our stage for the first time.
Cape Town-born pianist/composer Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.
As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its offshoot ZubopGambia, with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara, Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots and since movingto Dorset in 2006 he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionistic compositions that complement his world music interests, resonating with strong themes and packing a mighty rhythmical punch.
The latest CD from the Philip Clouts Quartet is one of the first wave of releases on the new jazz imprint from prestigious label Odradek Records. On this album, entitled Umoya (named from the Zulu word for life force), Clouts’ African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music and Afrobeat, and further to pan-European folksong and soul-jazz. Joined by rising star saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Tim Fairhall and drummer Dave Ingamells, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.
Secondary act: DJ Javier
Javier has been DJ-ing in the UK since his arrival, playing Salsa and Timba Cubana, Reggaeton, latin Hip-Hop and R & B to suit the occasion.
He was a finalist in the Bacardi’s DJ Competition at Havana, Hanover Square in 2003 and featured in iD :London magazine as one of the UKs leading emerging acts in the urban latin music scene. He has been voted ‘best Cuban DJ’ in the UK at Cuba Uk’s International Cuban Salsa Congress, November 2006, 2007 & 2008.
Along his career, Javier has supported many of Cuba’s greatest musicians in concert in the UK and France. These include ‘los Van Van’, ‘Pupy y los que son son’, ‘Maykel Blanco’, Havana De Primera, ‘Elito Reve’Y Sy Charangon, ‘Sierra Maestra’, ‘Osvaldo Chacon’, ‘Paulito FG’, ‘Sur Caribe’, ‘Manolito Simonet y su trabuco’ y ‘Candido Fabre’.
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