Doors 7:45 PM, Music 8:30 PM
Josephine Davies – Saxophones
Rachael Cohen – Alto Saxophone
Helena Kay, Adam Bishop – Tenor Saxophone
Tamar Osborn – Baritone / Bass Clarinet
Anna Drysdale – Horn
Olli Martin, Tom White – Trombone
Sarah Williams – Bass Trombone
Tom Walsh, Nick Smart, Ruben Fowler, Robbie Robson – Trumpet
Alcyona Mick – Piano
Dave Whitford – Bass
Shane Forbes – Drums
Award winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies brings her 17 piece jazz orchestra to the Vortex for the second time. She has been writing for large ensembles for the past 15 years, beginning during her residency as tenor saxophonist in the London Jazz Orchestra. This was an opportunity for her to experiment with ideas and sounds, and eventually begin her own big band.
Deeply inspired by a range of composers from Vince Mendoza to Stravinsky to Rufus Wainwright, Josephine’s writing focuses on flowing melodies, rich harmonies and creative use of instrumental textures. Tonight’s concert features her new suite ‘Ascension’, a series of 8 pieces representing the 8 parts of the Celtic Wheel of the Year, bringing a much needed celebration of nature, connection, and renewal to our fragmented times.
“Definitely a band to watch.” ★★★★1/2 (Downbeat Magazine)