JN: You’re tastes are well known to be eclectic. Is categorising your music difficult with the new band?
ß: Something I have always struggled with is how to define my music, feeling the pressure to put it in a box; namely just by citing singers who have influenced me and hoping for the best. With this new band I am endeavouring not to concern myself with such worries and let the music speak for itself. Its not wholly jazz but it is heavily influenced by that music. I also listen to a lot of singer-songwriters, as well as various world music.
JN: But your band is generally comprised of jazz musicians…?
ß: Collaborating with these wonderful musicians is enabling my music to organically develop without a strong genre/stylistic bias; having faith that there will be an inherent thread throughout the music, however eclectic it appears on paper. Sure, these guys are all accomplished jazz musicians but with this music I see that jazz is more in the process than the product. Whilst I could align myself with a handful of musicians who are creating music in a similar way, as aforementioned I am shunning pigeonholing and I would urge you to come to the gig at the Jazz Nursery and see/hear for yourself.
JN: What things inspire your songwriting?
ß: This project is immensely exciting for me and the guys are an absolute treat to create music with. I sing about a whole range of things from friendship, love and loss, dancing and sunrises, being a fool, and saving the planet, set to open, free evocations, grooves, some funny time signatures, and luscious, crunchy (at times) harmony.
Thu 3rd July 2014
We welcome to the Nursery for July:
George Crowley’s Can of Worms with Tom Challenger, Dan Nichols, Sam Lasserson & Jon Scott
Calum Gourlay Solo Set
As usual we are running a bring-your-own-bottle scheme. No bar at the Nursery. Feel free to bring as much or as little as you like. No corkage fee.
JAZZ NURSERY, Arch 61, Ewer Street, SE1 0NR. 7.30pm.
£10 on the door / £5 concessions
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Don’t want to bring your own bottle? In association with Waterloo Wines SE1, we encourage you to purchase from their fine selection of wines at a special price that will be delivered to your table on the night click here for Wine Service. Table reservations are a good idea when using this service.
directions: from Southwark (LU), walk towards union street and take the entrance by the railway arches, by the boxing gym. Jazz Nursery is a few more arches up on the left hand side.