View from the Tower will be back Sunday 23 June 16:00 @ the Vortex Jazz Club
A word from Dan Messore:
Preparation for the "View From The Tower" residency are steady and underway. There is lots of exciting new music coming in from the likes of Mike Chillingworth, Dave Hamblett, Garteh Lockrane and more. It's a real privilege to explore this collection of music with such beautiful musicians and the steadily increasing audience and interest in the project has breathed life into it's sails. These will be a fabulous series of concerts and I hope to keep expanding the potential for this project. It's a honouring and soulful learning experience to have the opportunity to work with the heritage material of British jazz. Next instalment is with Eliot Galvin (piano), Dave Hamblett (drums), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Joe Wright (sax), Tom Farmer (bass) and myself on guitar. Sun 23rd June 4pm at The Vortex.
The last few months I've been touring "The Bloody Ballad Of Mary Maid" a macabre Tarentino-esque theatre piece which has been on national tour and ended its run at Soho Theatre a week ago. Off to Edinburgh for August and the festival. It's a great show and it's lots of fun. I'm playing surf/rockabilly/country/ blues on my trusty Telecaster and it's been a treat to do my best Danny Gatton impression. Finger picking good.
Also, I've been heavily into organ trios recently. Especially that of Bernstein/Stewart/Goldings, John Scofields' Trio Beyond and the infamous Larry Young Unity record. I've been writing and rehearsing for a new group with Tim Giles on drums and Ross Stanley on organ and Garteh Lockrane on flute. Finding myself in very fortunate surroundings, these guys are just awesome and I look forward to our first gig June 11th at Amersham Arms.
Indigo Kid is a project that guitarist / composer Dan Messore has run run for three years which came out of his collaboration with saxophonist / composer Iain Bellamy. The result was the birth of 'Indio Kid' based on Iain's image of Dan as a little feral country boy. For their first album 'Indigo Kid' (Babel) 2012, they were joined by Tim Harries (bass) and Gethin Jones (drums). Indio Kid will hit the road on a Jazz Services tour between May 16-27 with the Vortex Jazz Club gig marking the end of the tour. TICKETS KATAN500: Where did you get the idea for Indigo Kid? DAN MESSORE: Indigo Kid is a project that I've been running for 3 years now. I had been writing with the intension of combining my influences. At this time I came into contact with Iain Ballamy. He showed interest in what I was doing and we began chatting, gigging and developing my work. This was an incredible experience for me, giving me confidence to follow my heart and also focus to refine my experimentation. It became mutually agreed that we wanted to record, Indigo Kid was born. The name for the group comes Iain's view of me as a little feral and country, it stuck! When discussing who to use on the recording, Iain introduced me to bassist Tim Harries and I introduced him to drummer Gethin Jones. Both were perfect choices. KATAN500: Is there a new Indigo Kid album in the pipeline?
DAN MESSORE: I was very recently in the studio recording "Indigo Kid II". The line up on this new record is Martin France on drums, Tim Harries on electric bass and Trish Clowes on sax. With Iain guesting on several tracks. I'm really happy with this new recording, advancing and evolving the concept of the music deeper into the place where it belongs. Trish has been a great presence and influence. I worked closely with Martin and Tim with the material and identiy of the compositions. Tim and I are mixing the tracks in June and I can express how enjoyable and growing it is to work in this capacity with such an experienced musician. More on this soon... KATAN500: When are you playing at the Vortex in London? DAN MESSORE: 27 May. Ya'll come down now...
Indigo Kid Jazz Services Tour May 16-27 16th - Dempseys, Cardiff 17th - Bebop Club, Bristol 20th - Beaver Inn, Appledore 21st - St Ives 22nd - Teingmouth 23rd - Jazz Steps, Nottingham 24th - Rush Hour, Birmingham 26th - The Groove Inn, Leeds 27th - The Vortex, London
Dan Messore: 'Right then people..."View From The Tower" residency @ Vortex lives on. Next instalment is Sun 23rd June 3.30pm...more music, more arrangements, more great playing from this bodacious line up (thats right bodacious...like auspicious but a bit more have it!...so I'm told :) With Elliot Galvin (piano), Joe Wright (tenor sax), Gareth Lockrane (flute), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Tom Farmer (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums) and yours truly humbly in such company at the helm on public saxophone (guitar). Feet have been found, grooves have been put in pockets, we're all tuned up and we are ready to set sail on some cool tunes from British past and present. Hope to see you there Boom!' Dan x View from the Tower continues its exploration and celebration of British jazz composers and is curated by Dan Messore who brings together a collection of the finest musicians from the UK who in turn bring their own influences and interpretations to the pieces they play. Just remember it's 'bodacious' ...