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Eddie Parker’s Airborn

Doors 7:45 PM, Music 8:30 PM – 2 set(s) of music



Eddie Parker – Flutes, Keyboards, Piano

Rob Luft – Guitar

Dave Manington – Double bass

Jay Davis – Drums



When the 21-year-old Rob Luft sat in for John Parricelli for a few nights during Loose Tubes’ reunion set at Ronnie Scott’s in 2014, the spark of an idea kindled. A few years later that inner mounting flame took the form of what Eddie describes as a “posh covers band”, playing modern classics by John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. Alongside his internationally acclaimed jazz flute playing Eddie is a superlative pianist and keyboard player (“my Dad started me on piano when I was 4”, he says), and the band is also a vehicle for this hitherto largely unknown side. After some deliberation on what to call the band and with a brand-new original set composed by Eddie, Airborn was born.

Eddie Parker: Flutes, Keyboards, Piano – Loose Tubes, Bheki Mseleku, Nduduzo Makathini, Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Debussy Mirrored Ensemble; ‘World-class flute player, fine composer, inspiring bandleader’ – The Times; “relaxed, informal yet unpretentiously musicianly, all presented with warmth and good humour” – Chris Parker; “Eddie Parker has a deliciously rich coppery tone, tells subtle stories in his solos, and is a fine composer into the bargain” – John Fordham

Rob Luft: Guitar – Nominated “British Jazz Musician of the year” – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018; “Breakthrough Act of the year” – Jazz FM Awards 2018; “thoughtfully virtuosic head-turner” – The Guardian; “an original guitarist to be prized” – The Irish Times “; “One of the most exciting young jazz musicians to have emerged on the UK jazz scene.” BBC Radio 3

Dave Manington: double bass – Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Gwylim Simcock, Riff Raff, Tori Freestone Trio,Yazz Ahmed Quartet, founder member of Loop Collective, nominated for Ivor Novello Award 2022

Jay Davis: Drums  – Performed at Umbria Jazz Festival, Jimmy Glass (Valencia), Jazzwerkstatt (Graz), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Die Nato (Leipzig), Pizza Express Dean street, Ronnie Scott’s (London), Jamboree (Barcelona); “An intelligent and impressive presence” – The Jazz Mann


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