Andy Hague Quintet -
Featuring Ben Waghorn on Sax
Special Guest - Gareth Williams on
Took place on Wed 22nd March 2006 with a sparse
audience of 62 loyal fans and our Soundman Jake who sacrificed the art of Football for a
higher playing field.
Hague and his Quintet
have several broadcasts to
their credit, and made National tours with the help of Jazz Services and
included Brecon, Edinburgh, Swanage and Glastonbury. The repertoire combines
Andy's catchy original compositions with fresh treatments of jazz standards. A
recent highlight for the band occurred when they were joined by Wynton Marsalis
and members of the Lincoln Center Orchestra in an impromptu after-hours jam
session in the bar of Bristol's Colston Hall. The band is a fiery modern quintet
in the Art Blakey mould led by trumpet player, composer, arranger Andy Hague who
is serious about his jazz; he travelled to Banff in Canada to study with Kenny
Wheeler and Dave Holland. Ben Waghorn, who plays tenor sax, is a very facile
player with a rich sound who was featured in the soundtrack of the TV series
‘Cracker’, he is a former member of Tommy Chase’s Quartet.
Recently Ben and Andy contributed to the soundtrack of a new movie, featuring
flavour of the month actress Helen Hunt and
called ‘A Good Woman’.
Andy's Quintet gave us a fine programme of Standards and Original
compositions to give vent to the expertise present on Stage.
This assembly gave us magnificent insights as to Andy's arrangements and fine
solo work ensued. The presence of Gareth Williams prompting probing and
interpreting Harmonics was a sheer delight. All the copies of their latest album
'Walk the Walk' were eagerly snapped up and again we are grateful for these
superb musicians gracing our Stage with such high standards for such low fees.
We lost £74 on the night - if we had sold only ten more tickets that would have done it.
Concert Programme - First set
Voodoo - by Jim Rotondi
Walk the Walk - original by Andy Hague
I Hadn't Anyone Till You - Ray Noble
Chief Blackwater - by Kenny Garrett
If Ever I Would Leave You - Lerner and Lowe (Camelot)
Uncle Fester - original by Andy Hague
original by Andy Hague
Abraham - original by Andy Hague
Sao Paulo - Kenny Dorham Original
Ballad - without a title? (How can this be)
Cheeseberger - original by Andy Hague
Trumpet, Flugel --
Recorded four broadcasts for the BBC's Jazz Notes programme, and
three CD's as band-leader, plus many appearances as a session musician including
the albums by Portishead and their Live in New York video.
He has received
composition commissions from Bristol Brass Consort, South West Jazz, & Jazz at
the Albert. Theatre work includes Blues Brother, Soul Sister [Bristol Old Vic
production starring Kwame Kwei Amah & Ruby Turner] & Hold On [national tour
starring Peter Straker & Ruby Turner]
Andy Hague Website
Waghorn [tenor sax]
Ben plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, Bb flat and bass
clarinet, flute and alto flute. He started playing in local jazz bands in
Bristol at the age of fourteen, before joining London based hard bop drummer
Tommy Chase in 1989. This resulted in gigs all over the country and the
recording of album ‘Rebel Fire’ in 1990. Ben was also a member of NYJO
between 1991 and 1995, touring and recording a number of albums during this
period. An extensive period of touring followed, during which time he played
with Sonia, Sinita and Luke Goss, as well as theatre leading to a stint in the
West End with ‘West Side Story’. Ben was also pursuing a busy recording career
playing for TV, Film and radio, and bands such as Portishead and Goldfrapp at
this time. More recently He has been involved in a wide range of projects
including Keith Tippetts’ larger ensemble ‘Tapestry’ and a piece written by
Keith for two saxophone quartets and the BBC singers. Ben has toured and
recorded with latin jazz group ‘Sirius B’ and been involved with productions at
Bristol Old Vic. He has played alongside the likes of John Critchenson, John
Etheridge, Damon Brown, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon and Steve Waterman and has
also played at Jazz Festivals nationally and Internationally. He also composes
for his own jazz quartet.
Ben Waghorn Website
Williams - Piano
One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the
UK scene, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public
acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s.
Born in 1968 into a highly musical family, Gareth took up the piano at the age
of five. He turned professional after graduating in English Literature from
Cambridge University in 1990 and went on to study music at London’s Guildhall,
initially on guitar, later switching to piano. It is mainly as a pianist that
Gareth has earned a glowing reputation both in the UK and abroad over the past
few years, but his singing and guitar playing have gained increased recognition
in their own right.
An electrifying performer, he has been described as “…a
fantastic improviser” by John Fordham in The Guardian and “If
you’ve seen Williams perform, you’ll know that he’s the embodiment of creative
energy, a physical player who gets wrapped up in his work, with a keyboard
command that’s both impressive and well-directed” by
Peter Vacher in Jazzwise.
Gareth has since worked as pianist/MD for internationally acclaimed jazz
singer Claire Martin (several times winner of the British Jazz Singer of
the Year awards) and has also been involved in arranging her music, writing
original compositions for her band, singing and playing guitar. He appears with
her on ‘Offbeat’ (Linn Records, UK/Honest, US) as well as ‘Make This City Ours’
(Linn Records, UK/Honest, US) which was recorded in New York and stayed at
Number One for three weeks in the Gavin Radio Play Charts. Recordings with
Claire also include ‘The Very Best of Claire Martin’ and her latest album ‘Too
Darn Hot’ (all on Linn Records).
Gareth has also worked with many international jazz greats, including Art
Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank, James Moody and Dave Liebman, plus
top British musicians such as Martin Taylor, Martin Drew, Tim Garland and
Iain Ballamy. He has also toured extensively both in Britain and abroad with
award winning Scottish tenor player Tommy Smith.
Vosloo [Bassist & Composer]
BA(hons) Jazz Studies, from Leeds College
Due to Dave
Goodier's illness the bass chair was superbly deputised by Riaan Vosloo.
He is the rock around which everyone else swirls.
one of the busiest players in London, Riaan works with guitarist Gary Boyle,
pianist Matthew Bourne, Andy Coleman, Clair Teale, Alan Barnes, Stan Sulzman,
Steve Waterman, Peter King, Matthew Bourne and vocalist Rosie Brown, EST and Nostalgia 77 Octet.
appears on the latest album by percussion superstar Trilok Gurtu.
Drums studied music with David Wickens, Dave Hassel and Kevin Nutty and
Graduated from the Trinity College of Music with a First Class BMus degree in
2001. He gained the Prestigious Archer Scholarship and went on to study
with Bobby Lamb for a further Year The majority of Graham's work comes as
a jazz drummer playing in London and in Jazz clubs around the UK. Graham's
current projects include the Filthy Six. More
commercial ventures in music include Nostalgia 77 Octet. Bobby Wellins, Ben
Clatworthy, Mark Nightingale, Graham Harvey, Victoria newton, Tim Whitehead,
Matt Wates, Marc Copeland.and Sophie
Andy Hague Quintet's CD "Walk the Walk" is a full 74 minutes of music,
consisting of 7 originals & 3 arrangements of standards.
The line-up is Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Dave Goodier -
bass & Simon Gore - drums.
There is some fine playing from everyone, and I think we have recorded a really
Samples in Real Audio:-
Walk the Walk
Moods Long Short
Who Can I Turn To
& togetherness are impressive, matching the fire of Art Blakey's groups" -
Musicians' Union Magazine
"Each of the ten tracks on this CD is a gem, showing off both the versatility of
the players and the well-established empathy they have together...the soloing is
stylish throughout" - Venue Magazine.
Our first visit to the Players Theatre and Concert Jazz and, as regulars at the
old Ronnie's, The Stables etc, we were delighted at the atmosphere and the
quality of the music. Although not experts, we thought the Quintet were very
together and supportive of each other and the individual musicians superb -
Gareth Williams' improvisation was especially impressive. Tremendous value - we
will be back with Jazz loving friends. Also enjoying 'Walk the Walk' CD I