Scott Stroman, vocals
Steve Wiliamson, tenor and soprano saxophones
Jason Rebello, piano
Calum Gourlay, bass
Winston Clifford, drums
The all-star Exiles return with an exciting new lineup for two New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they have played sold out shows for several years. US Vocalist Stroman has performed with Billy Cobham, Rufus Reid, Dizzie Gillespie, Youssou N’Dour, Bobby Wellins and others. Saxophonist Steve Williamson, hailed as a major voice since bursting on the scene with the Jazz Warriors in the 1980s, was the first artist recorded on Verve Records since Charlie Parker; later self-exiled from the scene, he has returned with a vengeance and recently performed Stroman’s recreation of Coltrane’s Africa/Brass. Jason Rebello is a consummate artist who, after touring the world with Sting, Jeff Beck and others, has returned to the British jazz scene, leading his own group, creating solo projects, and appearing with Tim Garland and numerous others. Calum Gourlay leads and composes for his Calum Gourlay big band as well as being bassist of choice for many top UK artists. Winston Clifford, proclaimed Best Drummer in the 2018 British Jazz Awards, has performed worldwide with Art Farmer, Stanley Turrentine and Freddie Hubbard as well as Williamson, Stroman, and many others. Together they perform a satisfying blend of standard and newly created songs with virtuosity, freshness, and joy.