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Loz Speyer’s Time Zone

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



Loz Speyer – Trumpet

Martin Hathaway – Alto Saxophone

Phil Dawson – Guitar

Dave Manington – Double bass

Gaspar Sena – Drums

Maurizio Ravalico – Voice



Time Zone returns to the Vortex for the first time since the 2019 launch of album “Clave Sin Embargo” – with their own unique deep fusion of Cuban music and Jazz.

An ensemble led by a trumpeter/composer who has absorbed the essence of Cuban music and distilled it quite cunningly into an improvisatory context with no compromise to either culture. Gritty, graceful sounds with a dark-light intensity.”
– Kevin Legendre, Echoes Music Magazine

Loz Speyer’s music for Time Zone emerged from the experience of living between London and Santiago de Cuba, studying the roots of Cuban music, collaborating and performing there with local musicians – and starting an Anglo-Cuban family. Key elements of music and culture began to reappear in altered form in his own compositions, charged with the emotional urgency and maybe irony of bridging two far removed worlds “with no compromise to either culture”.

The compositions are played with passion and commitment by this fine band, who all have the breadth of experience, the spirit, and the sense of humour necessary to enjoy playing these unusual forms and really do them justice.

“A fresh perspective on that heritage by way of his London-based ensemble’s taste for raw punky downtown improv via New York, all the way through to free-jazz elements. But the music’s convivial dance sensibility sourced from son, batá and salsa is always apparent… Cohesive and engaging.” – Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise

“He is more than simply a trumpeter blowing a wonderfully powerful horn, but a socially conscious artist making a somewhat angular statement… You would be hard-pressed to find music so vibrant and viscerally energetic than the eight pieces on Clave Sin Embargo.” – Raul de Gama, Latin Jazz Network (Canada)


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