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Jazz Herstory presents… Alison Rayner Quintet

Alison Rayner, Poplar Union, Jazz Herstory, women in jazz, jazz, music, arts centre, east London
Alison Rayner, Poplar Union, Jazz Herstory, women in jazz, jazz, music, arts centre, east London

A stalwart of the British jazz scene, Alison Rayner’s Quintet is “purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band”.

Bass player and composer Alison Rayner has been on the British jazz scene for many years and is well known for being a proactive member of the jazz community, running gigs and touring internationally with the band, Guest Stars.

 As leader, Alison ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences. A long-time Charlie Haden admirer as well as a Jaco Pastorios and Stanley Clarke fan, Alison is supported by some of the most accomplished musicians in the UK today.

Expect terrific grooves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation. The influences are diverse, with traits of funk, folk and Afro-Cuban dance music.

Line Up

Alison Rayner on double bass
Buster Birch on drums/percussion
Deirdre Cartwright on guitar
Diane McLoughlin on saxophone
Steve Loddder on piano

Praise for Alison and A Magic Life

Purposeful, full-toned and melodic – those are the qualities of Alison Rayner’s music, in her roles as both bass player and composer’ The Observer

★★★★ ‘A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other’ Jazzwise

★★★★★ ‘…infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ BBC Music Magazine 

‘A Celebration of life itself’ LondonJazzNews


LIVE ‘The Trunk Call’ from the latest album ‘A Magic Life’

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About Jazz Herstory

Jazz Herstory presents female led bands playing jazz now, spanning styles, sounds and generations. Showcasing the richness of jazz being made in the UK today and celebrating the women who contribute, Jazz Herstory presents award winning bands and instrumentalists, composers of national and international acclaim and people making waves locally.

We aim to share: to bring women from the background to a balanced foreground in jazz. Female instrumentalists have not been part of the story of jazz as much as their male counterparts and we want to play a part in writing a more balanced story from here on in and dissolve stereotypes in the process.

Jazz Herstory, Women in Focus Festival, Poplar Union, International Women's Day 2018, East London, Jazz, Music

Thu 28 June 7.30pm-9.30pm

£5 / £7 on the door / £3 conc.
Age range: 14+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

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