Pianist Barry Green returns to the Vortex in trio format with drummer Jeff Williams and saxophonist Steve Buckley.
Barry studied classical and jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and now plays regularly in jazz venues all over the UK, including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street, the 606 Club, The Wigmore hall, The purcell room and The Vortex. He has also played internationally in clubs and festivals in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Croatia, Turkey, Italy and France. He has headlined at the Cork jazz festival with the Charles McPherson qrt, the Berlin jazz festival with Ingrid laubrock and in 2014 appeared at the North Sea Jazz festival with the Ian Shaw qrt.
“The pianist can effortlessly sustain a graceful Bill Evans-like lyrical swing, but also massages the ideas of the others. His contemporary references give him a broad sweep, and he has much to do with this set’s freedom from bop-standard rigidities…The pianist wraps a light tracery around Speake against ringing cymbal and thumping keynotes on Jitterbug Waltz, and then plays a pungent solo…” – John Fordham,The Guardian