Roella Oloro is a British composer and multi-instrumentalist of Nigerian and Jamaican descent. She studies at Trinity Laban and is a member of Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline, which has seen her perform throughout the London jazz scene, as well as regularly attending jams at Ronnie Scott’s, The Haggerston, Troy Bar and Steamdown amongothers.
Snazzback blend jazz, afrobeat, hip-hop and electronica into a cosmic melting pot. Fiery improvisation lies at the heart of the band’s ethos and their high energy live shows have helped build their reputation as one of the most exciting acts to come out of Bristol’s burgeoning music scene.
Jumping off from the sonic springboard of Afrofuturism, grime and future soul, all fused together with the fearless spontaneity of jazz, and comprised of Ahnansé, members from Sons Of Kemet, Kokoroko, Triforce, Sawa Manga and the Cassie Kinochi’s SEED Ensemble, the Steam Down Orchestra are set to raise the roof of the Goods Shed on the Saturday of Jazz Stroud
Jazz Friday is a full-sized Big Band of around 25 musicians. Their music ranges through Swing, Soul, Blues, Funk and Latin Jazz. They play at private functions, street markets, festivals, church events, park bandstands and fetes and are continually updating our repertoire with exciting new charts.
Sounds For A Small Space presents Triofolio
Triofolio combine interests in modern jazz, improvisation, and a tactile approach to acoustics. Bass clarinettist Chris Cundy, an international touring artist is joined here by father and son rhythm section Paul K Scott and Saul Scott.
Fusing together elements of jazz, hip-hop and future soul, six-piece Bristol collective Laimu harness carefully crafted arrangements led by sultry vocals. Hovering somewhere between quirky funk records from the 70s, and the ever evolving soundscapes of hometown Bristol, this musical outfit have honed their signature sound to deliver an innovative reflection of their influences.
Tommy Charles and Andrew McKenzie have been hosting the monthly Stroud Jazz Jam Sessions for over 14 years. From 12.30pm they will be presenting Blue Jazz, Mike Adcock, Ben Roscow , Utrillo, Scythia and Dom Franks. The evening will culminate in an Open Jazz Jam Session at 9pm
Sounds For A Small Space presents Mermaid Chunky
Mermaid Chunky’s current performances are made up of tailor made, art film projections accompanied by sound scapes of drum machines, synthesisers, saxophone, recorder, wind up toys, robotic cats and floating lyrical phrases.
Trumpeter Paul Jordanous is one of the most demanded horn players in Europe. He has brought together some of the most exciting players on the UK jazz scene to create his ensemble to play his own compositions, which are a unique & accessible mashup of styles from jazz & pop to soul, R&B and hip hop. This particular formation of the group has been playing together for around 5 years and has just recorded their second album which is due for release later this year.
The Dan Berkson Quintet perform modern jazz with a strong sense of both history and innovation. Drawing equally from the great piano ensembles of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans and the sounds of psychedelic, Fender Rhodes-based music, they bring their own musical identity communicated through Berkson’s compositions.
Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play. Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, MRT brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio.
Jakobin is a 21-year-old UK Funky and Bass DJ and Producer based in Bristol. Hailing from Madagascar, Jakobin stays true to his roots and is influenced by the eclectic African music culture and the sub basses from around the world. In particular, the hard African percussions and melodic sounds which are detectable throughout his UK Funky tracks. Catch him Saturday May 25th at Sama Sama Stroud.
Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on trumpet with her quartet. Recent solo release Ley Lines on The Vinyl Factory follows Emma-Jean’s acclaimed Walrus EP and maintains her trajectory as one of the most talented young musicians in the business.
With a keen desire in improvisation, Vels Trio’s sound can be characterised by their heavy grooves, emotionally charged songwriting, coupled alongside expressive, progressive modern musicianship to create an excitingly frenetic, and irresistibly engaging live sound structures.
Under the direction of Cameroonian master musician Alphonse Daudet Touna, the Bristol-based Helele is a monstrous rhythm machine powered by the spirit of West African Afrobeat. With Alphonse’s balofon, percussion and vocals at the heart of the sound, adding to the rhythmic drive of Ron Phelan (bass), Lisa Cherian (percussion) and Greg White (drums). Vibrant soloists Dino Christoldoulou (sax) and Neil Smith guitar are the icing on the cake.
Formed in 2014, Fabled is the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist, Sam Rapley. This is richly atmospheric and expressive music which draws from Rapley and his fellow musicians shared love of jazz ensembles, literature, classical musicians, world music, modern composition and indie-folk. Taking inspiration from the likes of Mammal Hands, Gogo Penguin, Polar Bear and Tigran Hamasyan whilst undertones of Debussy, Ravel, Peter Broderick and Lau can also be heard throughout.
The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Ríoghnach Connolly. Based in Manchester, their unique take on alt-folk journeys from lush, beguiling storytelling to uplifting, punch-the-air anthems. At its heart is Rioghnach’ s deeply soulful, utterly engaging, stop-you-in-your-tracks voice alongside Stuart’s understated brilliance and their exquisitely crafted, personal songs
Allysha Joy is best known for performing in the Melbourne Hip Hop collective 30/70, and their success over the past two years has lead her to further challenge her expression in a project of her own. Allysha Joy is pushing boundaries as a keys player, poet, singer and producer, releasing her first solo record in 2018. Zakia (resident DJ at the Jazz Café and NTS radio) plays spiritual jazz, psychedelic soul and other celestial grooves from across the planet.
Alabaster Deplume’s ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, raucous energetic saxophone interludes and unique poetry that attempts to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society.
“The guy absolutely blew my mind... album of the week for me” – Gilles Peterson, BBC 6music
An electronics master of both modular synth and Max/MSP who over the years has self-assembled quite the collection of bespoke controllers for his musical performances, the centrepiece of John’s current live show is an arresting light-activated interface which enables a torch-controlled live performance like no other.
With support from:
Funk in Session house band
Burrda Legree: Imogen Dash:vocals, Oliver Green: drums, Stan Lear and Cameron Burr: guitar
Hot on the heels of their performance at Maida Vale for Gilles Peterson's U.K. Jazz special on BBC6music, Bristol based experimental electronic jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble make their Stroud debut!
As a multi-instrumentalist and established DJ who divides his time between the club and the live circuit, Pete Cunningham defies categorisation. He initially bubbled up amongst an emergent class of young guns coming through the Wolf Music and Church stables, alongside Seb Wildblood, Medlar & Frits Wentink. With his name now established, Cunningham has brought his history of playing in bands around full circle and the latest stage of his career has taken shape to reflect this: enter Ishmael Ensemble.
2017 saw the Ishmael Ensemble’s first EP, Songs for Knotty, followed by a remix for Detroit techno demigod Carl Craig. These formative steps have become a sprint in 2018, as a string of 7”s entitled Severn Songs began flowing out across the year. The Bristol-inspired records variously bridge fleet-footed jazz, lush downtempo, modulated electronica, Fourth World tones, and all manner of stirring sonic swells. This overall thrum of activity shows a group bristling with confidence and itching to prise open new possibilities.
Tickets: £8 advance £9 otd
Tickets: £6 paper tickets - buy directly from our office or cafe at SVA, 4 John Street. Daytime opening times:Tues - Sat 10am-3pm, or during our evening events.
Top Live press quotes:
“Ishmael Ensemble's live set is an inspiration” Clash Magazine
“These guys just get better with every release” Gilles Peterson, BBC6 Music
“Absolutely gorgeous” Tom Ravenscroft, BBC6 Music
“Beautiful music” Dan Snaith, Caribou
“Unfolds like a shimmering stone skipping across a lake. Gorgeous” XLR8R