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ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet + gavrielle gg

Blow the Fuse celebrates 30 years 1989-2019 with their new season
RESISTANCE – 30 years of Blow the Fuse.



★ Winners: Jazz Ensemble of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
★ Shortlisted: Best Small Group 2018 British Jazz Awards
★ Alison Rayner Runner-up: Best Double Bass 2018 British Jazz Awards

Described by LondonJazzNews as ‘a celebration of life itself’ ARQ’s music is ‘inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality, frequently inspired by personal experiences’ (the ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are known for their vibrant, communicative performances. They’ll be previewing the new music from their third album – working title ‘Short Stories’ – to be released later this year.

Alison Rayner – double bass
Buster Birch – drums
Deirdre Cartwright – guitar
Diane McLoughlin – saxophones
Steve Lodder – piano

‘Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine

‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic…a beautifully integrated band’ ★★★★ The Observer

‘Unified musical dexterity, not a note wasted and with sound as story — clear and undisguised, deeply affecting and unashamedly open’ The Morning Star

‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other’ ★★★★ Jazzwise


gavrielle gg:
American-born jazz influenced singer-songwriter guitarist, now resident in England.
Her debut album Playing the Changes was released in September 2018, produced by Carol Grimes and features a great line-up: Alison Rayner, Steve Lodder, Carol Grimes, Diane McLoughlin, Winston Clifford and Paul Cheneour.

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