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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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