Jazz Coventry
At The Albany Club

The Albany Club is delighted to be the home of Jazz Coventry. We've had some world class musicians play in recent times and hope to continue to grow as a venue with a national and international reputation. Everyone welcome, around 8:00pm onwards.

The Ant Law Quintet

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Thursday 19th May, 8.00pm

British guitarist Ant is “a game changer” according to The Guardian. He lives in London and leads his own quintet. His 4th album ‘The Sleeper Wakes’ (Edition Records) was released on the 24th July 2020 to great acclaim

With the exception of infrequent, heavily disguised arrangements of standards and songbook classics, the group performs Ant’s compositions exclusively. His compositional voice continues to develop, drawing together and entwining a number of musical traditions. The instrumentation is an acoustic jazz quartet: alto sax, piano, acoustic bass & drums with the addition of Ant’s electric guitar. Through this sonic prism they explore harmonies from jazz/western classical music, rhythms from South India, grooves from contemporary music and even rock/folk influences. All five musicians are at the forefront of the contemporary jazz scene in London. And all are equally devoted to jazz history and traditional forms as they are driving jazz forwards and thinking freely about creative music making.

Reedsman Michael Chillingworth plays alto saxophone, and on earlier recordings with this group he also played soprano saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Originally from Watford in north London, Mike graduated from the Guildhall and has become a passionate educator and a busy sideman. Recently he has appeared with Kit Downes, Stan Sulzmann, Gareth Lockrane and John Taylor. He can be heard on several notable albums including Richard Turner’s Round Trip, Andrea DiBiase’s Oltremare Quartet and large ensemble Troykestra’s album. He is feared by most of London’s reed places for his fluent technique and rhythm.

Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene and a founder member of the Loop Collective. He has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe including Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Pete King and Yazz Ahmed. He’s also in demand for a broad range of ensembles from South America to the Balkans, but the musicians he is most passionate about playing with are his contemporaries, many of whom he has worked with since moving to London to study at the Guildhall. His debut quartet album “Headrush” was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim.

Pianist Ivo Neame is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-looking groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He has in recent years collaborated with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the London Sinfonietta. Originally from Kent, Ivo discovered music at an early age by playing his parents' piano, albeit with drumsticks. Ivo graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2003. Since then, he has performed/recorded with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as Kenny Wheeler and Hermeto Pascoal. His fifth album ‘Moksha’ was released on Edition in 2018. He can often be heard alongside one of Europe’s top multi-instrumentalists Jim Hart, with whom he collaborates extensively.

Dave Hamblett currently works with Snowpoet, Seafarers, Flying Machines, The Magic Lantern, Josienne Clarke, Miguel Gorodi Nonet and Duncan Eagles. After graduating from the Royal Academy, Hamblett has become a first call drummer, working with Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Julian Arguelles, Abram Wilson, Stan Sulzmann, Phronesis, Kit Downes, Trish Clowes, Norma Winstone and more. In addition to extensive touring/recording as a sideman, Hamblett is an accomplished bandleader and composer. In 2013 he released his debut album on Whirlwind Recordings to wide critical acclaim, garnering glowing reviews from the Guardian, the Evening Standard, the Irish Times and Jazzwise as well as radio play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and BBC Radio Scotland.

The Band

  • Ant Law - guitar

  • Mike Chillingworth - alto sax

  • Ivo Neame - piano

  • Dave Manington - bass

  • Dave Hamblett - drums

- See more about Ant Law here

Tickets £12, students £6 – Cash or Card on the Door

For booking in advance contact Neil McGowan on 07811 203727 or neil.mcgowan@btinternet.com

For more detail of all Jazz Coventry gigs visit: www.jazzcov.co.uk

Planned Program – 2022

9th June: The Roberto Bossard Quintet

22nd September: The Julian Siegel Quartet

20th October: The Matt Ridley Quartet

10th November: The Alan Barnes Octet – David Copperfield Project

8th December: The Zoe Gilby Quintet featuring Toni Kofi


16th March: The Dime Notes

We present a wide range of music from mainstream through Bebop to adventurous contemporary jazz.

Artists appearing are the best available groups, usually active on London's jazz scene, and American and European musicians when available. Young emerging bands are regularly featured and groups presented are normally regular working bands rather than soloists plus rhythm sections.

Gigs are usually held once a month upstairs in the concert room which comfortably holds 200 people. Visit www.jazzcov.co.uk for more information on upcoming gigs.

For more detail of all Jazz Coventry gigs visit: www.jazzcov.co.uk

For booking in advance contact Neil McGowan on 07811 203727 or neil.mcgowan@btinternet.com