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Tom Harrison Quartet ft. Fabrice Tarel

Tom Harrison – alto saxophone
Fabrice Tarel – piano
Percy Pursglove – bass
Tim Giles – drums
Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison brings a special lineup to The Vortex to showcase the talents of the internationally recognised French pianist and composer Fabrice Tarel. After meeting during their studies at Leeds College of Music in 2007, this concert marks a musical reunion after almost 10 years! The group also features Birmingham-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Percy Pursglove, and Tim Giles, one of the most in-demand drummers in London’s musical landscape.

Tom Harrison:

For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. 2016 saw the release of Harrison’s second album Unfolding In Tempo, described by BBC Music Magazine as a “stormy, no-holds barred live set.” The group was a success with audiences as well as critics, with a major tour of festivals and theatres across the UK. Tonight’s concert is Harrison’s last major London appearance before embarking on a lengthy and ambitious tour of the US in April with David Lyttle.

“Melodic and imaginative … Soulful, bluesy alto”
Matthew Wright, Jazzwise

“Combining simplicity of melody with sophisticated detail and hints of Traneish spirituality…Harrison is one to watch”
Dave Foxall, Jazz Journal

Fabrice Tarel:
Fabrice Tarel has forged a very personal sound world. A varied composer and fearsome improviser, the musical landscapes of his compositions seamlessly succeed each other, blurring the lines between writing and improvisation. Characterised by throbbing osinatos, certain passages reveal a hypnotic atmosphere, while others, more intimate, reveal themselves in all sensitivity. This unique approach has seen his eponymous trio travel across Europe, including Jazz a Vienne and Jazz a
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