The Vortex & Cafe OTO celebrate Evan Parker's 70th. 21, 23, 25 Oct at The Vortex
Liam Noble’s long standing trio returns with music from their 5 star album “Brubeck” combined with compositions from Bud Powell. Their interactive and imaginative approach brings these timeless classics into the 21st century. With Dave Whitford (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums).
“Brubeck” is the Liam Noble Trio‟s first recording, despite working together for many years, both as a rhythm section and an autonomous group. Liam has long been known for his highly original piano playing, his in depth knowledge of a number of the great jazz masters including Ellington and Bill Evans. But his longstanding admiration for Dave Brubeck is clearly demonstrable in this fascinating collection of some of Brubeck‟s best known pieces.
“…a brilliant pianist…” John Fordham, The Guardian
After studying music at Oxford University and the postgraduate course at the Guildhall, Noble became the regular pianist with Stan Sulzmann (in both duo and quartet settings) on John Taylor’s recommendation. He went on to work in the bands of Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett, Tim Whitehead and John Stevens as well as recording and touring with cult minimalist composer Moondog. During this period, he also performed with John Taylor (as part of Stan Sulzmann’s two piano quintet), Kenny Wheeler and Lol Coxhill.
Dave has just recently joined the trio of ex Sting and Wayne Shorter alumnus Jason Rebelo and is also a regular member of the Bobby Wellins Qtet.
He has also worked with Marc Copland, Steve Lacy, John Taylor, The BBC Big Band, Kirk Lightsey, Evan Parker, Henry Lowther, Gilad Atzmon, Byron Wallen, Jim Mullen, Clare Teal, Steve Argüelles, Joe Lee Wilson, Stan Sulzmann, Eddie Prevost, Hans Koller, Phil Robson, Anita Wardell, Martin Speake and Trevor Watkiss
Dave Wickins‟ approach to drumming is unique. His playing is both spontaneous and disciplined, combining the creativity of free improvisation with strong reference to form and structure. Dave is said to be one of the UK scene’s best kept secrets. He is an amazing and mischievous percussionist, manipulating whispering brushes, judiciously applied mallets and breathing cymbals. Dave, who originally studied with Philly Joe Jones, works with Liam Noble, Harry Beckett and Bobby Wellins plays in Kirk Lightsey‟s European trio, with Joe Lee Wilson, Martin Speake and with Peter Churchill. He also runs the Glamorgan jazz summer school, now relocated to Trinity College of Music in London.