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Gareth William’s Glow Quartet

Trish Clowes (sax)

Gareth Williams (piano)

Martin France (drums)

Sam Burgess (bass)

Tonight the Glow Quartet rhythm section comprise of in-demand bassist Sam Burgess (Curios, Ronnie’s House Band) and legendary drummer Martin France (Spin Marvel, John Taylor, Loose Tubes).

Gareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player, his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of world-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “Us3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, George Coleman and Jim Mullen. He has been MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for many years. Gareth won the 2013 British Jazz Awards (piano).

Described as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has made quite an impact in the relatively short time she has been on the UK jazz scene. Following her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, in 2008 she won the Peter Whittingham Development Award that allowed her to form her first ensemble, Tangent followed by her first, eponymously named CD on Basho Records in 2010. Her second album on Basho was released in 2012 and was followed by a UK tour that featured the likes of Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Martin France. At the same time her ‘Iris Nonet’ was short-listed for the 2013 BASCA British Composer Awards. Trish curates her own festival Emulsion, the entire festival being broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and her third album, ‘Pocket Compass’, was launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 alongside the premiere of her first BBC commission “The Fox the Parakeet & The Chestnut”, an event which was the culmination of her two years as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Other performance highlights include Celtic Connections 2014, the ‘Under Your Wing’ project featuring Norma Winstone and BBC Radio 3 Free-Thinking Festival 2014 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Gareth and Trish have worked together a few times in the last year, and recently decided to create a more formal collaboration in the “Glow Quartet”. The idea behind the band is to bring generations and styles of musicians/music together, playing arrangements of standards and originals from the two of them. As Gareth describes it, “…it’s an interactive band, taking risks taking the good stuff from both more traditional improvised music and contemporary ideas”.

“…dynamite pianist” Evening Standard;

“Williams… fantastic improviser” The Guardian;

“Gareth Williams…a jewel of a player” Jazziz;

“Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” Telegraph;

“Clowes…a great great talent.” Jamie Cullum;

“Clowes…a young woman brimming with the surprise and ever-inventive singularity of her magic” – Morning Star |

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