Bossanova and Beyond – a Michael Coates quartet

Michael Coates, acclaimed saxophonist, has assembled an exciting quartet for a concert of easy-listening jazz and light music.

Michael CoateCoatess moved to London from Toronto, Canada in 1992 and within a few weeks was becoming known at jam sessions in the West End.  He has since appeared in dozens of venues on the London jazz scene including Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho.  In 1998 Michael collected BBC’s Jazz Soloist of the Year award, and recorded as a featured soloist with the BBC Radio Big Band.  In that same year Michael released his debut CD “This Is” featuring his original compositions.

Award-winning jazz vMancinoocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio, is one of the Europe’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her unfailing integrity, emotional commitment and ever-evolving imagination, produces music of beauty and bite whether classic jazz, Latin or modern song repertoire or her own bold new writing. In April 2017 Georgia launched her 6th album – Songbook – with a sold-out debut headline show at world-renowned Ronnie Scott’s described as “unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year” (Jazzwise)

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The Welsh pianist / composer / improviser Geoff Eales has enjoyed an incredibly varied career in music. At Cardiff University he studied composition under Professor Alun Hoddinott and piano with Martin Jones. He was awarded a PhD for his large-scale work, An American Symphony, and his chamber setting of the Dylan Thomas’ poem, In the Beginning for tenor, horn and piano.

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Dave Green started his musical career playing a tea-chest bass in local skiffle groups before buying his first double bass at fifteen.  Local gigs followed, often with neighbour Charlie Watts and trumpeter Brian Jones.  Turning professional in 1963 he joined the Don Rendell Quintet, where he remained until 1969.  He has worked with Benny Goodman on TV, and with Humphrey Lyttelton, with whom he remained for eighteen years.  He has led his own group Fingers, and has worked and recorded with numerous groups in all styles of jazz.  His list of credits would fill a book.