BOOKINGS 
 
  Clare HIRST | Claude DEPPA Band featuring Andrea Vicari  
 
The Deppa Hirst Band has performed at Marlborough Jazz Festival and is booked to appear at the Ipswich Jazz Festival in June in a concert to be recorded by the BBC; and the Swanage Jazz Festival in July. The music is a mixture of Claude and Clare's eclectic compositions with influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae. This highly danceable and uplifting band features internationally acclaimed master-drummer Brian Abrahams from South Africa. Completing the lineup is pianist; composer and broadcaster Andrea Vicari and multibassist Dorian Lockett, here on electric bass.

ENQUIRIES and BOOKINGS contact Clare Hirst
clarehirstsax@gmail.com

Claude Deppa CLAUDE DEPPA – TRUMPET
At the forefront of the African jazz music scene is South African born trumpeter and composer Claude Deppa. His music, dizzyingly eclectic, incorporates African, world, Afro-Cuban, jazz, improvised, soul, funk and European chamber music, all of which he plays with a brilliant and pungent sound. Deppa has performed with a rich array of contemporary international jazz talent, including Dewey Redman, Art Blakey, Carla Bley, Miriam Makeba, Archie Shepp, Courtney Pine,Brotherhood Of Breath, Andy Sheppard, District Six, Harry Beckett, The Grand Union Orchestra, Billy Jenkins, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Steve Williamson
Clare Hirst CLARE HIRST – SAXOPHONES
Clare has played live and on recordings with artists such as David Bowie, The Communards, Mica Paris, The Bellestars and Maxi Priest, she spent some time working with Mervyn Africa before embarking on a solo career based around her Quartet. Since then she has played with many of the country’s finest jazz musicians including Tony Kofi, Art Themen, David Newton, Alan Barnes, ClareTeal, Mark Nightingale, Byron Wallen, Don Weller, Jim Mullen and Dick Pearce. She has performed concerts in USA, Japan, Hong Kong and extensively in Europe including many TV performances. Her performance with David Bowie on Live-Aid can be seen on the Live-Aid DVD
  DORIAN LOCKETT – BASS
studied at the Guildhall School of Music before playing with the likes of Denys Baptiste, Alan Barnes, John Horler, Dave O'Higgins, Phil Robson,Simon Spillett, Dick Pearce, Don Weller, Chris Tobin, Tim Whitehead, Tim Garland etc. Most recently he recorded albums with 80s punk legend Hazel O'Connor and has performed in Europe with DotTime Records artist Paola Vera, and Spanish harmonica virtuoso Antonio Serrano.

BRIAN ABRAHAMS – DRUMS
Brian Abrahams is an internationally renowned drum master who has played with Abdullah Ebrahim, Howard Johnson, Robin Eubanks , Buster Williams, Delfayo Marsalis, Craig Handy, Dewey Redman, Jim Pepper, Sonny Fortune, Arthur Blythe, GaryBartze, Jimmy Witherspoon, David Murray, Don Cherry etc. The list is far to long to mention.

ANDREA VICARI - PIANO and KEYBOARDS


Claude Deppa – Trumpet, Clare Hirst – Saxophones, Andrea Vicari – Piano, Dorian Lockett – Bass, Jordan Hadfield – Drums

 
 
The Mirror Band international jazz ensemble

After the UK-wide success of their JazzExtemporeUK project Andrea Vicari (piano, UK) and Elvis Stanic (guitar, Croatia) have teamed up together again to produce a new album.

The Mirror

Elvis Staniç - As a jazz graduate of Berklee school of music, Elvis Stanic has worked both in the UK and Croatia gaining several awards in his musical journey. Most recently Elvis has toured with Jazz Extempore and played at the 2014 Scarborough jazz festival and various venues in the UK. He has performed at several major jazz festivals in Europe including Montreaux and has performed with such musicians as Django Bates and The National Croatian Radio-Television Big Band.
http://www.elvis-stanic.hr

Mornington Lockett - One of the most technically accomplished saxophonists on the London jazz scene, Mornington has played with the Ronnie Scott band, Martin Drew’s ‘The New Couriers’ and Stan Tracey’s band. He has also recorded and played with US organ legend Jimmy Smith, Jack de Johnette, Neils HO Pederson, Arturo Sandoval, Jim Mullen, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Sarah Jane Morris and US bass guitarist Joe Hubbard.

"One of the most accomplished contemporary improvisers ...with a fearsome technique and an advanced harmonic approach " Time Out

Andrea Vicari - piano
Elvis Staniç - guitar
Mornington Lockett - saxes
Dorian Lockett - double and Electric basses
Nic France - drums

Andrea Vicari is currently promoting the new CD 'The Mirror' with a series of performances by the band featuring Mornington Lockett on Saxes; Elvis Stanic, guitar; Dorian Lockett on double bass; plus brilliant session drummer, Nic France.

Jazz Extempore

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The ‘Mirror’ is a suite of music initially commissioned from Andrea Vicari by ‘Leasowes festival’ 2007 in Shropshire and now recorded with Mornington Lockett on sax, Dorian Lockett on bass and Nic France on drums. The music is all Andrea Vicari original compositions based on varied styles and grooves from Flamenco to South African rhythms; whilst showcasing the extraordinary improvisational skills of virtuosos Mornington Lockett (sax) and Elvis Stanic (guitar) - as well as her own piano playing described by JazzUK magazine as " a constant delight - intense, probing, and generating a seemingly endless succession of ideas”

Tours dates include "The Vortex", North London; Birmingham Jazz at Symphony hall, Way Out West, Richmond; Shrewsbury Jazz Network; The Karamel Klub; Stratford Jazz (upon Avon); Fleet Jazz; The Oval Tavern Croydon.

SAMPLE TRACKS
1. Prosperity 3. Caliban's Dance 5. El Pinguino 9. 6s and 7s
 
 
 
 
Jazz Extempore
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Jazz Ex-Temporé
international jazz ensemble

Andrea Vicari - piano (UK)
Elvis Stanic - guitar (Croatia)
Rico de Jeer - double bass (Holland)
Hristo Yotsov - drums (Bulgaria)

Andrea Vicari is currently promoting the new CD 'Round Trip' with a series of performances by the band featuring Elvis Stanic, guitar; Rico de Jeer on double bass; plus brilliant Bulgarian drummer, Hristo Yotsov. Check out the myspace page for future events.

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The music of ‘Jazz Extempore’ draws on the cultures, folk music and compositions of all the band members. The use of accordion and acoustic guitar gives the music an earthy feel with some beautiful folk melodies. The music is accessible but still has depth and some outstanding playing.

East & West "combining eastern folk elements with the west of a traditional and contemporary jazz sound" BBC R3 Jazz Line-Up

"more success for the international project JazzExtempore….an important international jazz unit with conspicuous access to the European jazz scene" JazzHr (Croatia)
JazzExtemporé Live at Hideaway Jazz Club in London

East and West "demonstrates (JazzExtemporé's) apparently never-ending scope for harmonic creativity and highly-focused improvisation"
The Musician Magazine

"fabulous, fluid playing by all with Andrea’s sweet, choral vocal tone gelling the irregular bar lengths into a melodic melange."
London Jazz News

"Sari Gellen "Medina’s haunting vocals and violin performed in unison add an authenticity that takes this number beyond the jazz sphere and into a class of it’s own." Jeanie Barton, London Jazz News - October 2013
 
 
 
 
Jazz Ambassadors
The Jazz Ambassadors
all woman contemporary jazz ensemble
The ‘Jazz Ambassadors’ is a new group featuring originals and and original arrangements of standards, showing off the talents of some of the UK’s best musicians.
Andrea Vicari - piano
Tori Freestone / Rachel Musson - sax
Laura Jurd/ Yazz Ahmed - trumpet
Paola Vera – voice
Ellie Smith / Rosie Turton - trombone
Julie Walkington - bass
Sophie Alloway - drums

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Andrea Vicari leads this combo and this latest project is one of many groups she is involved in.

Paola Vera | Voice graduated from Trinity and is now making her mark on the jazz scene as well as studying for a jazz masters at the Royal Academy of music. Last year she and Andrea performed in the 2011 Steinway Two Piano festival at the Pizza Express jazz club which was broadcast on Radio 3.

Laura Jurd | trumpet can be found playing with the London Sound Painting Orchestra, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and the Elliot Galvin Group, as well as being director of the Chaos Orchestra. She leads her own ensembles which can be found playing around London and the South East. Influenced by the likes Stravinsky and Bartok as well as Miles Davis and the European improvised music scene, Laura is currently working with a string quartet and improvising musicians, in a project which combines elements of classical composition and improvisation.She was awarded the 2011 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and recently received the Musician’s Benevolent Fund Development Award as co-founder of the ‘Chaos Collective’ .
Tori Freestone | sax studied at Leeds and The Guildhall and was regional finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year. She co-leads ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’, releasing a debut album in 2007 and a second album ‘Cash Cows’ in 2010, both on the FMR record label, with a third album due to be released on Jelly Mould Jazz Records in 2012. She has played saxes/flutes/violin with many groups in varying styles including NYJO; The Creative Jazz Orchestra; country legend Lee Hazlewood; Cuban group ‘Orquesta Timbala’, and Neil Yates’ Large Ensemble. More recently she has played with Andy Sheppard; The Ivo Neame Quintet and Octet with Jason Yarde, Jasper Hoiby and Jim Hart; Rory Simmons’ ‘Fringe Magnetic’ featuring Jamie Cullum on vocals; and ‘Solstice’, featuring Brigitte Beraha and John Turville.
 
Yazz Ahmed | trumpet
Tipped as a rising star by Jazzwise and Time Out, Yazz Ahmed won great reviews for her debut at Ronnie Scott’s, leading her own quintet and in opening the Jazz In The Round series at the Cockpit Theatre with her vibraphone and bass trio. She has played alongside Toshiko Akiyoshi, Rufus Reid, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Williamson and Sir John Dankworth. She works regularly with the London Jazz Orchestra, Tomorrow’s Warriors and Jazz Jamaica. In 2012, Yazz represented Bahrain in the Cultural Olympiad, joining renowned musicians from the Arabian Gulf in collaboration with Transglobal Underground. During November 2012, Yazz was involved in a cultural exchange project, ‘Interplay’, working with musicians from Britain and Sweden as a composer and performer. The collaborators for ‘Interplay’ included Denys Baptiste, Samuel Hallkvist and Michala Ostergaard-Nielsen.Yazz has recorded and performed with, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the Manic Street Preachers, Swing Out Sister, Twiggy and the Urban Soul Orchestra. She plays flugelhorn on Radiohead’s albums The King of Limbs and, Live From The Basement, which was screened worldwide during July 2011. Yazz’s debut album, Finding My Way Home, featuring bass virtuoso, Janek Gwizdala and clarinetist, Shabaka Hutchings, was released in August 2011. The album is a collection of original compositions and improvisations, exploring the sounds and rhythms of Yasmeen’s Arabic heritage, revisiting memories from her early childhood in Bahrain. These are contrasted with pieces reflecting the classic British jazz from the 1950s and 60s, which was the soundtrack to her teenage years and was her gateway into improvised music.

 
Julie Walkington | bass is a sought after bassist and has performed with such musicians as Georgio Mancio and Claire Martin. She and Andrea worked together in a show about Chet Baker which featured at the 2007 London jazz festival. She has worked with many of London’s jazz musicians such as Claire Martin, Anita Wardell, Huw Warren, Chris Biscoe, Jim Mullen and has recorded with Tina May, Tony Coe, Georgia Mancio and Barb Jungr with whom she also toured extensively. Currently, Julie is working with Georgia Mancio, Tina May, Shireen Francis, Tammy Weis, Naadia Sheriff, Jez Franks and Geoff Eales amongst others.


Sophie Alloway | Drums is one of the most in demand drummers in the UK. She has toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand with Roots Manuva. As well as performing on Later With Jools Holland, Mercury Music Prize, BBC Introducing, and playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. She has also toured with the Michael Jackson musical'Thriller'. Recording sessions for Roots Manuva, Hazel O'Connor, Paula Rae Gibson, Wagga Man/Theo Gordon (producer), John Hogg, Lei-An, as well as numerous gigs/recordings as a jazz drummer including with Stan Sulzman and Mornington Lockett.


ANDREA VICARI Also available in Quartet and Trio formats featuring musicians such as Mornington Lockett, James Maddren, Pete Wareham, Mike Bradley, Simon Pearson, Steve Waterman, Quentin Collins, Tim Whitehead, Ingrid Laubrock and Nic France.
 
 
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