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Josephine Davies – Satori (2nd show)


Josephine Davies – saxophone

Will Glaser – drums

Dave Whitford – bass



Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of presence and inner spaciousness away from the clutter of thought, and reflects saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies’ fascination with Japanese philosophy. It is her most recent artistic project, in which she demonstrates a continuing evolution of sound and style in both her playing and her writing. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument as well as the frequent absence of regular harmonic sequence allows the compositions to serve as a loose base for the spontaneity and creativity of the players, giving rise to a uniquely integrated trio sound.

Featuring the irrepressible musicality of saxophonist Josephine Davies, drummer James Maddren, and bassist Dave Whitford, Satori is an ever-evolving ensemble that defies the categorization of either avant-garde or mainstream jazz, instead shifting deftly and dynamically through various imaginative soundscapes according to where their shared inspiration takes them.

Their third album ‘How Can We Wake?’ was released on Whirlwind Recordings in October 2020 to wide acclaim. Inspired by the writings of the Indian sage Patanjali, this suite of pieces was recorded live in the atmospheric setting of North London’s Oxford Tavern and is a beautifully creative and magical offering from this inimitable trio.


Definitely a band to watch.” ★★★★1/2 – Downbeat Magazine

Winning immediacy.” ★★★★ – Mojo Magazine

Refreshingly imaginative and invigorating.” – All About Jazz

Inventive, Lyrical” – Jazzwise Magazine

Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful.” – UK Vibe

Fluent, Imaginative.” ★★★★ The JazzMann



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Please note the following:

  • Please buy tickets in advance as there will be no door sales.
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