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This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Ivo Neame has recorded and performed with many great musicians and bands in the UK and abroad, including Hermeto Pascoal, the Cinematic Orchestra, Phronesis and Marius Neset to name a few. The Ivo Neame Quintet features some of the most unique and creative musicians working in the UK. Their ability to improvise with subtlety and reckless abandon in equal measure results in music that is fresh, uncompromising and brimming with energy.
Ivo Neame (piano), Jim Hart (vibes), Jasper Hoiby (bass), Tori Freestone (sax/flute), Dave Hamblett (drums)
"Makes Herbie Hancock's “the Prisoner” sound like “the Pensioner" - Iain Ballamy on Yatra
Ivo Neame is a distinctive jazz musician in that he is equally at home on saxophone and piano. This double life has seen him make notable contributions to some of the finest jazz groups in the vanguard of the dynamic UK jazz scene. The Ivo Neame Quintet has performed to enthusiastic audiences up and down the country and beyond, serving the general public with their unique style of original music. Ivo's music is a living, breathing contradiction - complex yet accesible, considered yet spontaneous, traditional yet forward-thinking.
Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he grappled with the hothouse music environment with varying degrees of success. Since leaving the Academy in 2003 he has reconnected more deeply with music, and has gone on to perform and record with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as David Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Hermeto Pascoal.
As a bandleader he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums and has toured in the UK and abroad with the Ivo Neame Quintet. His Edition Records release 'Caught in the Light of Day' was rated the 4th best jazz album of 2010 by MOJO magazine and received 4 star reviews from the Guardian and the Irish Times among others.
Ivo's most recent album 'Yatra' was released in September 2012 to universal critical acclaim. From Jazzwise magazine: 'a virtuosic artistry at play that lifts this album to heights that compare favourably with what Django Bates had achieved at an equivalent stage of his career. It's that good.'
Recently he has been lucky enough to receive various awards including a MOBO for best jazz act (Kairos Quartet), Album of the year 2010 in both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines (Phronesis) and winner of the Jazz category for the London Awards for Art and Performance 2012. He was also nominated for UK jazz instrumentalist of the year at the 2012 Jazz FM annual awards.
Originally from Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing drums and piano at age four and soon furthered this to include tuned and orchestral percussion.
A founder member of London's LOOP collective he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene as a soloist and and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay and he was recently a special guest with Wynton Marsalis.
Jim has been nominated for Musician of the year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he also received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was also selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009.
"One of the UK's most creative new jazz artists" - The Guardian
Copenhagen-born, London-based, bassist Jasper Høiby created Phronesis in 2005, following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Phronesis were nominated for 'Best Jazz Ensemble' in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in April, featured on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine in August, and nominated for 'Best Jazz Act' at the prestigious 2010 MOBO Awards.
Their third album 'Alive' (Edition Records), was released in July 2010 to great critical acclaim and chosen as 'Jazz Album of the Year' by Jazzwise and MOJO Magazines. Høiby has performed and recorded with a number of high profile projects including; Django Bates, Mark Lockheart, Julian Joseph, Marius Neset and Kairos 4tet to name but a few.
Tori Freestone attended the Leeds College Undergraduate and Guildhall Postgraduate jazz courses and was regional finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in '96. She has played with a variety of groups including NYJO, Andy Sheppard,Lee Hazlewood, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Orquesta La Timbala, and Neil Yates as well as co-leading the quartet 'Compassionate Dictatorship' and her own trio, with performances including Glastonbury, the Big Chill, the Royal Festival Hall main stage, Ronnie Scotts, the London, Cork, Brecon, Jersey, Manchester, Haskovo (Bulgaria) Elb (Germany), Brecon and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and performances/recordings for the 'Loop' and FMR labels as well as for Jazz on 3 and BBC Radio 2.
"Freestone makes for a very impressive listen…robust tenor work" Jazzwise
Since moving to London in 2006 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Dave Hamblett has been building a reputation as one of the most in demand contemporary jazz drummers in London. On graduating from RAM last year, David was awarded a Yamaha scholarship for outstanding jazz musicians, and was recently nominated as a finalist for the worshipful company of musicians award. As a sideman David has worked with Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Abram Wilson Quartet, Nick Smart's "Jazz Matanzas", Elizabeth Shepherd amongst others and has performed throughout the UK and Europe.
As a bandleader and composer Dave has received airplay on Jazz FM and a feature in Jazzwise magazine, and has just recorded his debut album.
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