Nick Smart and Stan Sulzmann
@ the 606 Club
18 November 2015
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Nick Smart biography
Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, Nick Smart is an internationally
renowned jazz educator, trumpeter and musical director who has given
guest masterclasses and performances around the world. In 2013 he
was the winner of the prestigious Parliamentary Award for Jazz Education.
In the UK he is recognised as one of the leading musicians on the
London jazz scene, where as well as being in regular demand as a
sideman to players of all generations, he continues to record and
tour with his own projects.
Smart’s versatility as a trumpet player has allowed him to
perform alongside many international jazz stars including George
Russell, Bob Brookmeyer, John Hollenbeck, the New York Voices, Mike
Gibbs and Dave Douglas, as well as most of the leading names on
the UK jazz scene. Amongst other things Nick is currently a member
of the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, in a new quartet from saxophonist
Stan Sulzmann and just recorded for the new album of vocalist Christine
Tobin in her interpretations of Leonard Cohen songs. As an acclaimed
musical director of large ensembles, Nick conducts the Stan Sulzmann
Big Band (Neon Orchestra) and the Troyka large ensemble, “Troykestra.”
He also performs internationally as the regular soloist with the
James Taylor Quartet.
Stan Sulzmann biography
For over twenty years Stan Sulzmann has been at the forefront
of European contemporary jazz. An instantly recognisable sound coupled
with breathtaking technique, as well as a boundless creative imagination,
has meant that his talents have been sought after by a host of discerning
musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans, Gwilym Simcock, Mike
Gibbs, Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland, and John Taylor.
In recent times he was a featured soloist with the N.D.R. Big Band
in Hamburg alongside Chet Baker, and has been seen on major British
tours with David Murray and the New York Composers Orchestra. In
his work as a leader Sulzmann has constantly striven to explore
fresh approaches to making jazz music. Take, for example, his Aspects
of Paragonne band, which featured two keyboard players and tuned
percussion, or the two bass player line up of the Steam Bass Band.
Never one to rest on his laurels, his current quartet sees him
alongside the major talents of guitarist John Parricelli ,Laurence
Cottle on bass and drummer Ian Thomas. The duo with pianist Nikki
Iles has received great acclaim both for its live performances and
the stunning debut album Treasure Trove.
An accomplished and distinctive composer, Sulzmann has written
for small groups and large jazz orchestras alike. Recent work has
included pieces for the London Trombone Quartet and the Guildhall
School of Music Jazz Orchestra. He has also written a number of
pieces for The European Jazz Ensemble. He recorded his own Big Band
album “Birthdays Birthdays” on Village Life label with
soloists such as Paul Clarvis, Ken Wheeler, John Parricelli, Julian