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Stroman/Jonsson/Mick + Royal Academy of Music Junior Band

This recently formed international jazz-trio featuring American singer, Scott Stroman, Swedish saxophonist Cennet Jonsson and English pianist  Alcyona Mick, is presenting tonight a mix of original compositions and jazz standards. Melodic music with an intricate rhythmical twist.

Scott Stroman and Cennet Jönsson have collaborated for more than 20 years in many different constellations. They have also toured all over Europe with drummer legend Billy Cobham in the group NorthbyNorthwest and performed with big bands, choirs and symphony orchestras.

Alcyona Mick is a young English pianist and composer, based in London, active in the International scene in jazz and ethnic music. She is the leader of her own group Blink, a member of the London Jazz Orchestra and has recently been  touring worldwide with Arabic singer Natasha Atlas.

The first session will feature a student band from the Royal Academy.

“As Patron of the Junior Acadamy at the Royal Acadamy of Music I’d like to thank The Vortex for inviting a group of our outstanding young musicians to perform at the club on November 12th. Since it’s establishment in 2003 the Youth Acadamy has been nurturing some of the most talented young musicians in the UK and this performance will give the Vortex audience an opportunity hear that the future of Jazz in the UK is in good hands. I hope you can join us for this special event”.                                   –     Dave Holland

Tonight’s concert features a fantastic group of young virtuosos, with a maturity and enthusiasm across all styles of music which belies their youth. Led by Gareth Lockrane (course leader since 2011, taking over from course founder Nick Smart), the players are Alex Ridout, Luke Vice-Coles (trumpets) Sean Payne, Sam Norris, Asha Parkinson (saxes) Ella Hohnen-Ford (vocals), Charlie Heywood (guitar), Jonathan Connell (piano) Freddie Jensen (bass) and Luca Caruso (drums). The set will feature a wide range of music, including some pieces by the new junior jazz course patron, the iconic bassist Dave Holland (who has taken over the role from the late Kenny Wheeler).

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