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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Yoga classes are available Tuesday mornings and Thursday lunchtimes. If you fancy taking time out to relax and revitalise during your day, why not come and try out a session?
Duck Baker, guitar
Alex Ward, clarinet
John Edwards, bass
Steve Noble, drums
Duck Baker is an American fingerstyle guitarist best known for his work as a soloist in various styles, from traditional music to blues, gospel, ragtime, most styles of jazz, and free improvised music. His involvement in all these styles dates back to 1970s. But Baker has also adopted the solo fingerstyle approach to group settings, and has been worked with the likes of John Zorn, Roswell Rudd, Eugene Chadbourne, and many other avant-garde musicians over the years.
He formed a trio with clarinetist Alex Ward when he moved to London from San Francisco in 2005, and John Edwards replaced Joe Williamson as bassist when the latter moved to Stockholm in 2010. The trio performs music by such great jazz composers as Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, but the main focus is on Baker’s original writing, and it’s fair to say that these two masters are both strong influences. Drummer Steve Noble joins to make it a quartet on several numbers, and the emphasis here is more on free jazz and improvisation.
For listeners who have followed the development of free music and cutting-edge jazz in London in recent years, Baker’s cohorts probably need less introduction then he does himself, as all three are vital and very visible contributors. John Edwards is one of the most sought-after bassists on the scene; it would be easier to list important contemporaries he hasn’t worked with than those he has. Alex Ward’s abilities as a clarinetist first attracted attention when he was with Derek Bailey when still a teenager, and in many other contexts in the years since, but he has rarely had the opportunity to prove his facility with harmonically challenging jazz that he has in Baker’s groups. Like Alex, Steve Noble first attracted attention working with Bailey’s Company. He has also worked extensively in groups with Lol Coxhill, Pat Thomas, and Alex Ward, among others.
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The Vortex Jazz Club
Live Jazz Award winner in the
2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
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Tue 31 Dec
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