Cambridge Jazz Festival - Jazz FM's Chris Philips Jazz in The Round

Saturday 25 November 2023
Cambridge Junction

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The jazz-heads late-night hangout of choice, Jazz in the Round bring their monthly cutting edge nights to the Cambridge Jazz Festival!
Curated and hosted by Jazz FM's Jez Nelson and Chris Phillips, this year the JITR bring Maria Rehekova Topo'lana (Flute 6 piece band), Rebecca Nash (duo), Maddy Coombs (quartet) to the festival.
Maria Rehakova – Flute, Voice, Alto FluteGustavo Clayton Marucci – Clarinet, Bass ClarinetSam Knight – Tenor SaxophoneEddie Lee – PianoSam Ingvorsen – Double bassFloyer Sydenham – Drum kit
Maria Rehekova is a jazz flautist, singer and composer based between London and Bratislava. She studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and was the flute chair for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Combining jazz tradition with songs Maria grew up singing in her childhood Slovak folklore group, TOPOĽANA is a jazz folk fusion sextet packed with some of the freshest young talent on the London jazz scene.
Since the band formed in 2016, they have gigged extensively around the UK, Slovakia and Czech Republic, building an enthusiastic audience and even reaching the finals for “BJD 2019” Young Talents competition. During their last tour in June 2022 (UK, SK, AT, CZ, PL), they recorded their debut album, which will be coming out next Spring. At their performance at The Vortex Jazz Club, they will be performing music from this upcoming album.
“An enticing blend of woodwinds & Maria’s flute with occasional heartfelt vocalising tracing Slovak folk melodies crossing over into jazz sensibilities… a fresh sound enthusiatically received!”  The Spice of Life tea
“High quality performance full of emotions and sincere love and devotion to music” Dávid Oláh,
“It’s the blend of folklore, traditional jazz phrases and eagerness of young musicians that make Topoľana unique” Soňa Juríková, SkJazz
Rebecca Nash presents ‘Redefining Element 78’ - feat Nick Malcolm on trumpet.
Redefining Element 78, is a brand-new work by British pianist-composer Rebecca Nash, commissioned by Bristol Jazz Festival and released on Whirlwind Recordings. Firmly established as one of the most exciting contemporary jazz composers/band leaders in the UK, pianist Rebecca Nash is now garnering an international reputation for her distinctive sound, full of artistry and heart.
Her music blends bold melodies with electronic elements and grooves, placing them within ethereal harmonic soundscapes.The suite, a collection of eight pieces is curiously centred around precious metals; Platinum, Osmium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium, and Palladium. The music's excitement comes from a creative tension between detailed through-composed sections and large swathes of free improvisation. The deep sense of trust and connection between Nick and Rebecca, combined with expansive, other-worldly compositions leads to spontaneous, daring, and unpredictable music making.  
Maddy Coombs – Saxophone
Menelik Claffey – Double bass
Sultan Stevenson – Piano
Zoe Pascal – Drums
Maddy Coombs is a tenor saxophone player based in London, and her band has been playing together for a long time in various different forms after first meeting through Tomorrow’s Warriors classes when they were younger. The band offers a unique sound taking inspiration from lots of different music that they love, but mostly jazz.
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