Tori Freestone and Rory Simmons Album Launch 22 April at the Forge + big press update + other concert dates + preview track!


We releasing two debut albums next month:  Tori Freestone’s In The Chop House and Rory Simmon’s new project Monocled Man’s debut Southern Drawl.  The two trios will be performing around the UK throughout the year and we’re excited to announce that on April 22 2014 at the Forge in Camden both bands are appearing in a WWR Showcase event double header official album launch concert. 

Monocled-Man-CoverAnyone who books tickets will receive a free 22-track WWR sampler album, which showcases a big swath of our catalog.  All ticket buyers have to do is send us the confirmation email from the Forge (or quote the reference if you book on the phone) to and we’ll send you the download code for your sampler album.  There’s also discounts for musicians and students. It’s going to be a great night of music so check it out!



Speaking of gigs, we’ve just updated Rory Simmon’s upcoming Monocled dates on our Events page, and here’s a quick snapshot of what’s coming up:

Dempseys, Cardiff, Wales April 15th
Forge, London April 21st (Launch party)
Amersham Arms, London, April 29th
Hare And Hounds, Birmingham, June 26th
Jazz In The Round at the Cockpit Theatre, London BBC Radio 3, June 30th 

Also, we’re very happy to see that JazzFM has been playing Rory’s release.  Check out a track from his album below:


toriTori Freestone has had a lot of great press in the run up to her release as well.  Here’s a glowing 4 star review from Marlbank, a great interview of Tori for International Women’s day over at London Jazz, a great live-review from a gig up by Newcastle and one from Leeds, some JazzFM love, and it was great to see Tori featured on the cover of JazzUK’s gig guide for March.

 Check out a track from her upcoming album below:



Jeff Williams to lead UK Quintet April 8th April at SE Collective

LOGObannerWWR Artist and master drummer Jeff Williams has released two critically-acclaimed albums with us (look out for his June release w/ Lee Konitz!), most recently The Listener as well as his debut Another Time, both featuring his NY based quartet of John O’Gallagher, Duane Eubanks and John Hebert.  He divides his time throughout the year in London, and his UK based quintet (personnel below) has been gaining some steady steam w/ various dates across the UK and a stand-out tour last summer in Brazil. If you head over to Jeff’s site you’ll see he has a special live album from their concerts there last year.  Lucky for Londoners, Jeff will be at the SE Collective on Tuesday, April 8th.  Details below:



Jeff Williams UK Quintet   Tuesday 8 April

Finn Peters
Josh Arcoleo
Phil Robson
Sam Lasserson
“A treasure of a group” – Jazzyblogman

Nick Vayenas with glowing reviews from Jazz Mann and Jazzwise

NV LOW RESTrumpeter, trombonist and vocalist Nick Vayenas has released two albums with us, the latest Some Other Time features a collection of originals and covers and a bumper crop cast in Doug Wamble guitar, Patrick Cornelius sax and Rudy Royston on drums.  The album is still getting some good love in the press and he’ currently being featured in the March edition of Jazzwise Magazine with a quote from the review stating:

“This is a real pendulum swing of an album, metronomically shifting between self-penned, funky instrumentals and more low-key, laidback sung standards. Nick Vayenas demonstrates an easy mastery of both trombone and trumpet… The alternating formula works really nicely – a great mix of pure chops and tender wit.”
Jazzwise Magazine

And also we’ve been alerted to this thorough review from The Jazz MannClick here to visit the album page to hear sounds and purchase, and check out a track from the album below.  Thank you!

BIG NEWS: Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer, Michael Janisch, Jeff Williams release ‘First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1’ June 10, 2014

WWR is very proud to announce a special release, an album that’s been in the works for four years!

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Check sound samples for entire record First Meeting here, and a sneak peak full-length trio performance below (more soon).

Lee Konitz is “one of the most consistently brilliant, adventurous and original improvisers in the jazz tradition” (John Zorn). His recorded legacy is massive and uniquely influential, stretching back to his recordings in the late 1940s with the Claude Thornhill Band, Lennie Tristano and Miles Davis, and his debut as leader in 1949.
This recording, First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1, made six decades after those first outings, still portrays a great master with the determination and the means to continue to explore and to break new ground. Although the four individual co-leaders of this collaborative album, Konitz, bassist Michael Janisch, pianist Dan Tepfer and drummer Jeff Williams, have a web of cross-connections going back in some cases several decades, this is their first appearance on the same stage as a quartet. Konitz’s recordings in London are rarities; just a handful of dates from the 1970s and 1980s exist along with a recent date with the great bassist Peter Ind. It is also a very rare outing for Lee Konitz on soprano saxophone, which he plays on three tracks here.
Aged 82 at the time this recording was made, Lee Konitz had deepened and pushed further his highly original way of improvising. The repertoire is ostensibly of well known standards, known to the players, but they serve as a jumping-off point for the quartet to head off in any direction. The whole context is one of spontaneity and immediacy. As the First Meeting sleeve-note says. “There was no rehearsal, plan or preconceived idea of the music’s end result.

The music on this album is extracted from six hours of music recorded over two nights in May, 2010. Under Mr. Konitz’s instruction, anyone could start playing a melody and the rest of the band could join in, or not. As a result, First Meeting features some stellar solo intros alongside duo, trio and of course full quartet performances. This first volume also captures the more concise statements that were recorded, where tunes were started and finished. The quartet also explored some freer and more exploratory paths, and these selections will form a Lee Conitz at Pizza Express London 19/5/2010subsequent album.

The sessions were instigated by US-born, London-based Michael Janisch, the bassist who had made his home in the UK in early 2005. Michael got to know Konitz when performing together at the Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2008. That first, successful meeting led to the invitation for these sessions two years later. Janisch had a monthly residency at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street, London, which ran from Sept 2009 until Nov 2011. In retrospect, Janisch describes these sessions as a pinnacle of that residency. In his own words: “Lee said to us before the show, ‘I dont want to talk a set list through, and make sure you don’t play the way you normally play, just keep those ears open to anything.’ When I listen to the music we recorded I hear a lot of peaks and valleys. At times we are very connected and its really buzzing. Other times we’re checking each other out, sitting back and allowing the music simmer a little, to see what happens, and sometimes I can tell we didn’t even know what was next. And it is in those moments where Lee tends be decisive, to shine. The songs were just vehicles for on the spot improvisation.

A week before the recording, Konitz gave me an interview looking forward to the sessions, and to playing with these younger musicians. He was in a benign mood: “I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. But emotion is the main point. What it’s all for is to make an emotional contact. When I’m playing, when I ‘m listening to myself, that’s always what I’m listening out for, and hearing. The more notes you play, the less attention you can pay to each one. So I tend to put more faith in single notes. Held notes. I’m lucky I can still play. I’m enjoying it more than ever.

– Sebastian Scotney (Editor of London Jazz), Feb. 2014



BIG NEWS: WWR to release legendary bassist Paul Jackson’s next album, featuring his new trio + tour dates.

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“This is the first recording of the Paul Jackson Trio; it is something old and something new, and everything that I love to play. I’m playing with excellent musicians that are like my  family and I hope everyone can enjoy this music as much as I do playing it.  Love to you all!”

– Paul Jackson

Whirlwind Recordings is elated to announce the signing of legendary bassist, vocalist, composer & arranger Paul Jackson and his new trio featuring Xantonè Blacq (keys, vocals, percussions), and Tony Match (drums).

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Bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Paul Jackson is known as the “Musician’s Musician”.  As a founding member of the Headhunters under Herbie Hancock, Paul’s creative output has shaped a sound that launched a new direction in contemporary music.  He is one of the world’s most important and influential electric bassists– and certainly one of the most studied and copied– with generations of bass players around the globe inspired by his signature and infectious grooves.

After years of touring the globe and performing with the likes of Hancock, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Chick Corea and countless other visionaries, Jackson has assembled his new trio featuring the multi-instrumentalist Xantoné Blacq and first-call drummer Tony Match.  The Paul Jackson Trio have been touring to sold-out audiences at festivals and top clubs in Asia and Europe of late (some tours featuring special guests Randy Brecker and Pee Wee Ellis) and have excitedly developed a new repertoire of Paul’s music to be recorded after their European tour this month in London at WAX Studios, to be released soon after on Whirlwind Recordings.

“I am super happy with my new trio. When we’re improvising I get the same feeling that I felt when playing with Herbie and The Headhunters.  This band has everything I need.  To add extra excitement, I am looking forward to featuring special guests who will play with our fine rhythm section.”
– Paul Jackson

Michael Janisch, WWR owner, bassist and life-long fan of Mr. Jackson says of the signing.  “Paul Jackson is one of my very top heroes on electric bass. I started playing at 10 years of age and luckily for me my music teacher gave me the album Thrust by Herbie Hancock later in my teens, and it blew my mind.  I still play– and teach my students– the bass lines from this album today. His feel is otherworldly, as if he’s singing right through his instrument, both when comping and soloing.  And his groove cuts right to your bone; it’s something that cannot be taught.   The way he interacts with the band while holding it down set the highest bar for all electric bassists and to my ears very few have attained this level ever since.  I have always aspired to touch this greatness and I’m literally over the moon about this new signing.  I met Paul for the fist time at his show in London a few months back at Ronnie Scotts, which in itself for me was a dream come true, especially as he allowed me to play on his bass!  And I’m pinching myself to know that I’m going to be working with him on his new project and releasing the finished result on my label.  It’s also great to see WWR continue to branch out musically which is what I’ve always intended.”  

Catch Paul on tour this month!

The Paul Jackson Trio is embarking on a big tour starting in a few days (featuring Pee Wee Ellis on sax)
ahead of their debut recording.

Upcoming MARCH 2014 European Tour 

16/March Sun Stockholm Sweden – FASHING
17/March Mon Paris France – DUC DES LOMBARDS
18/March Tue Paris France – DUC DES LOMBARDS
19/March Wed Kassel Germany  THEATER KASSEL
20/March Thu Stuttgart Germany – BIX
21/March Fri Szczecin Poland FREE BLUES CLUB
22/March Sat Ternitz Austria : TERNITZ CULTURAL THEATER
23/March Sun Vienna Austria  KULTURVEREIN JAZZ CLUB
24/March Mon Hannover Germany  JAZZ CLUB HANOVER
27/March Thu Canary Islands Spain
28/March Fri Rouen France : JAZZ CLUB CHAT VER
29/March Sat Minden, Germany  JAZZ CLUB MINDEN

Keep in touch with the PJT by liking their brand new
FACEBOOK PAGE as well as follow them on TWITTER


Meet the Paul Jackson Trio



Bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Paul Jackson is known as the “Musician’s Musician”.  As a founding member of the Headhunters under Herbie Hancock, Paul’s creative output has shaped a sound that launched a new direction in contemporary music.  He is one of the world’s most important and influential electric bassists– and certainly one of the most studied and copied– with generations of bass players around the globe inspired by his signature and infectious grooves.

Born in Oakland, California in 1947, Jackson began playing bass at the age of nine. Considered by many of his teachers to be a musical prodigy, he performed with the Oakland Symphony by the age of fourteen where he expanded his musical interests to include performance levels on bassoon and piano.

His inspirations carried him into study with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The strong teaching foundation led him into teaching seminars for years with institutions such as A.N. Contemporary of Music (Tokyo), Pan School of Music (Tokyo), Musashino School of Music (Tokyo), Berkley School of Music (Boston), University of California Santa Cruz and San Jose State University. Paul has been an adviser for the Osaka School of Music in Japan since 2002.
Jackson’s composing has not gone without recognition as well, beginning with Grammy-Award Nominations in 1974, 1975 and 1976 for song-writing the world famous “Chameleon” “Hang Up Your Hang-ups” and “Spider”, respectively.  His critically-acclaimed solo albums to date include Black Octopus (1979 Toshiba EMI/Platform) (Re-released 2010 Backdoor), Mike Clark & Paul Jackson The Funk Stops Here (1992 Enja), Clark/Jackson/Wagnon Conjunction (2001 Buckyball), Strandberg Project feat. Paul Jackson (2005 Schoots), & Funk On A Stick (2005 Backdoor).

Like other highly talented, creatively motivated engineers of music, Paul has expanded his career to other mediums such as playing on the sound track of Paramount’s “Death wish” and “Dirty Harry”. He was a music director for the touring company of “Don’t Bother, I Can’t Cope”, spent a year and a half with the Radio Free Europe and has appeared with the Oakland Symphony as well as Herbie Hancock on Midnight Special (ABC-TV).  Moreover, time out to compose the scores for film and other hefty projects was sandwiched in between Jackson’s constant touring over the years, where he has appeared at numerous jazz festivals such as the De Hagg, Pori, Spain, Montreaux, Newport and Paris. All in all, Paul Jackson is a million mile flyer since his eighteenth birthday.

paul-jackson-230x150Since 1985, Paul moved his residence to Japan and continued to be active in many aspects of the Japanese music scene. Live concerts with nation-famous artists such as Char, Tsutomu Yamashita, Sadao Watanabe have been performed in between composing/arranging music for TV commercial films and movies. In 1987, Paul started one of his life-long projects, Jazz for Kids, which is a voluntary concert performed at Japanese schools with an aim to introduce Black American History through music and slide presentation. More than 80 schools across Japan has been visited by Paul and his band, which has been introduced on NHK, the only Japanese governmental TV station. The associated documentary was made by the ministry of Education.herbie_1974

Notable tours from recent times include the long-awaited re-union of the Headhunters, materializing with the release The Return of the Headhunters and Evolution Revolution, which did major touring through the U.S.A. and Europe. The Blue Note tour across Japan with Mike Clark and Jack Walrath from the U.S.A. was a standout occasion, and the tour with Char was a great success, all confirming to Paul’s fans and music critics of his enormous talent as producer, bassist and vocalist.

 As of late, Paul has been touring, teaching, producing and collaborating with a number of visionary artists from Asia to the USA, and currently resides in Western Japan.  His most recent project, The Paul Jackson trio, featuring the multi-instrumentalist Xantoné Blacq and drummer Tony Match, has been touring to sold-out audiences at festivals and top clubs around Asia and Europe developing their new repertoire, and will be recording their debut release for the prolific new London-based imprint Whirlwind Recordings.

Paul Jackson has performed with (a select list) Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason, Billy Cobham, Alfonso Mouzon, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Neil Shawn, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter, Errol Garner, Chick Corea, Lenny White, Tsutomu Yamashita, Stevie Wonder, John Scofield, Sheira E., Arito, Flora Purim, Buster Williams, Lee Ritenour, Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius, The Pointer Sisters, Tower of Power, Shawn Philips, Patty Labell, Terumasa Hino, Larry Graham, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Clarke, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Parker, Jr., James Gaddson, Pete Escovedo, David Garibaldi, Takehiro Honda, Char & Takayuki Inoue.


Paul Jackson Trio - Photo by Kim Matthäi Leland - 5Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist (keyboards, percussion) Xantoné Blacq’s musicality fuses Jazz-Funk, Soul, Afro and Latin music with ethnic sounds from around the world. No stranger to the big live stage, Xan performed with a wide range of artists from many genres including Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Candi Staton, Jessie J, Randy Brecker, Tom Browne and Nigel Kennedy amongst many others. He is a successful producer having released music with record companies in Japan, U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and many European labels. He has also remixed for numerous high level artists including Earth Wind & Fire.

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Tony Match is a first-call French drummer and producer. For fifteen years he has worked with the cream of world-class jazz musicians, both as a music producer, musician and musical director: Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Paul Jackson, Richard GallianoRick Margitza, Kurt Elling, Charlie Haden, Ernie Watts, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Randy Brecker, Flavio Boltro, and Jesse Davis. Match has composed, produced and mixed more than a hundred tracks on major & leading independent labels, including an album for Deutsche Grammophon.

 Here’s a great video of Paul laying it down w/ Herbie in 1979

“A very impressive debut album.” The press rolls in for JC Sanford’s forthcoming release + PRE ORDER Physical copies now available!!

JC Sanford FB We’ve just received a great review from Jazz Inside New York Magazine on JC Sanford’s forthcoming May release which we reprint below. 

To celebrate, we’re now offering pre-orders of the Physical CD. Head over to the album page and grab one now and we’ll ship these out the week before the release (May 13th). 


JC Sanford Orchestra – review from Jazz Inside New York Magazine (March 2014 edition)

VIEWS FROM THE INSIDE – Whirlwind Recordings WR 4652 – An Attempt At Serenity; Your World Alone; 2nd & 7th (Brooklyn Vignette #5); Brownieland (Brooklyn Vignette #1); Pre- Systems; Robins In Snow; Views From The Inside; Inter-Systems; Sunset Park, Sunset Park (Brooklyn Vignette #2); Sky Good; Systems Two (Brooklyn Vignette #6); Verrazano Bikeride (Brooklyn Vignette #3)

PERSONNEL: JC Sanford, composer, conductor, trombone; Taylor Haskins, Matt Holman, trumpet, flugelhorn; Mark Patterson, trombone; Jeff Nelson, bass trombone, tuba; Chris Korner, French horn; Dan Willis, oboe, piccolo, flute, soprano; Ben Kono, English horn, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, alto; Chris Bacas, clarinet, soprano, tenor; Kenny Berger, contra-alto clarinet, bassoon, alto flute; Meg Okura, violin, electronics; Will Martina, cello, electronics; Jacob Garchik, accordion; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Aidan O’Donnell, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion

By Scott Yanow

Simplifying matters a bit, big bands in jazz can be divided into three different categories. There are the swing bands that often cater to dancers and nostalgia. There are the hard-swinging bop-oriented bands that play to sit-down audiences but often inspire their fans to tap their feet. And then there are the concert jazz bands. Stan Kenton was a pioneer in that field, featuring a big band where the imaginations of arrangers could largely run free. These jazz orchestras perform music that is open not only to the influences of modern jazz and the avant-garde but also to modern classical music. A good example is Maria Schneider’s orchestra or any large ensemble that utilizes the arrangements of Bob Brookmeyer.

The JC Sanford Orchestra falls into the third category. Sanford is equally skilled as an arranger-composer and a trombonist. As a player he has worked with Danilo Perez, George Schuller and Matt Wilson, and his unusual trio Triocracy which is comprised of just his trombone and two saxophonists (Andy Laster and Chris Bacas). As a writer Sanford has contributed music that is performed by Dave Liebman, Lew Soloff, John Abercrombie and a variety of big bands. He founded the Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly and conducts for the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Joel Harrison 19, the Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra. In addition, Sanford has worked with the Andrew Green Sextet, Meg Okura’s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra, and Sound Assembly.

Views From The Inside is JC Sanford’s debut CD as a leader. His orchestra has rather unusual instrumentation including seven brass (counting his own trombone), four reed players who perform all types of woodwinds, violin, cello, accordion, vibes, bass and percussion. Sanford utilizes the ensembles as a separate instrument by itself which often interacts with and challenges the soloists. His 12 pieces on Views From The Inside evolve as they go, never settling into repeated chord changes or conventional swing. Sanford’s music is often dramatic and cinematic, usually explores several different moods in each piece. Although a complete play-by-play would be difficult, here are a few highlights of the CD. “An Attempt At Serenity” lives up to its title for one can feel the lead voice (which becomes trumpeter Matt Holman) struggling to relax despite the difficulties of life. The dissonant long tones from the ensemble and the guttural playing of Kenny Berger on contra-alto clarinet make it hard at times although a certain peace of mind finally wins out. Three brief numbers (“Pre-Systems,” “Inter-Systems” and “Systems Two”) feature trumpeter Taylor Haskins and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, often as a duo. “Your Word Alone” is an unpredictable mini-suite that at one point has Dan Willis’ powerful soprano flying over the raging ensemble. “2nd & 7th” is a showcase for Mark Patterson’s trombone while “Brownieland” has some unusual sounds from Jacob Garchik’s accordion. “Sunset Park,” which is taken in 5/4 time, is playful on its surface but actually quite moody and dark, Sanford gets a chance to be in the spotlight on trombone during “Robins In Snow” and “Verrazano Bikeride.”

Most impressive is the 15-minute “Views From The Inside.” Written originally for the Take Dance Company, it musically portrays several different person’s reactions, feeling and perceptions towards the same event. It ranges from introspective to a bit violent (particularly when Ben Kono is heard on bass clarinet), becomes quite busy and involved, and is both episodic and fascinating.

All in all, a very impressive debut by JC Sanford.





RELEASE DAY! Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar’s ‘Leave the Door Open’ is out now, worldwide!

Harrison PACKOUT TODAY!! Congrats to Joel and Anumpam!

Leave the Door Open (click here to purchase)

March 11, 2014

Joel Harrison –
Electric, National Steel,
Acoustic & Baritone Guitars
Anupam Shobhakar – Sarode
Gary Versace – Piano, B3 Organ & Accordian
Hans Glawischnig – Double & Electric Bass
Dan Weiss – Drums & Tabla

Plus Special Guests:
David Binney –
Alto Saxophone
Todd Isler – Percussion
Bonnie Chakraborty – Voice
Chandrashekar Vase – Voice

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Leave the Door Open
is the debut album from Multiplicity, a multi-cultural, genre-defying collaboration between Guggenheim Fellow and world-renowned American guitarist Joel Harrison and North Indian-native, virtuoso classical Sarodist and composer Anupam Shobhakar. The album beams with an amalgamation of styles influenced from the worlds of Indian Classical, jazz, blues and roots music, featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest contemporary creative musicians in the world: Gary Versace (piano, B-3 organ, accordion), Dan Weiss (drums and tables), Hans Glawischnig (acoustic & electric bass), as well as special guests David Binney (alto saxophone), Todd Isler (percussion), Bonnie Chakraborty and Chandrashekar Vase (vocals).

The music was cooperatively developed and composed by the two leaders between 2010 and 2012 as a result of Shobhakar being featured in a multi-movement work Harrison composed for sarode, classical percussion quartet and jazz quintet. The two developed an immediate rapport, sharing an eagerness to learn about and experience as much music as possible. And it’s a natural pairing, as each leader has been involved with a remarkable amount of diverse music over the years: Harrison has released 15 albums to date, has won multiple awards for composition and is known for being a restless soul who is no stranger to taking risks with his music, while Shobhakar hails from the Maihar Gharana, a family whose contribution to the world of Indian instrumental music is unparalleled. Shobhakar’s ability to operate so far outside the usual confines of his instrument is remarkable, and he is known for his wide-ranging compositional palette as well, which has been influenced by his experiences performing in rock bands just as much as classical Indian music.

Harrison explains, “We both added components to each other’s compositions and worked hard to figure out how to reconcile our different backgrounds. We felt strongly that we should include a ‘folk’ element, adding straight-to-the-heart simplicity with the thornier jazz pieces. As principles of Indian music slowly work their way into the jazz lexicon, alliances such as ours are becoming less rare. It’s a fascinating journey to be taking part in.”

Check out a video of some live performances to see what’s in store.

WWR Recordings Showcase Event: April 29 2014, Patrick Cornelius Quartet + Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio double bill at the Pizza Express Pheasantry

Patrick CorneliusNia_Lynn_-33Announcing an upcoming
Whirlwind Recordings Showcase Event!  

 Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio &
Patrick Cornelius’ Quartet

 Show Time 8:30pm / Doors Open 6:30pm
On: Tue 29 Apr 2014
Price: £20.00 per person
Door Time: 6:30pm
Set Time: 20:30pm
 AT:  The Pheasantry | 152 Kings Road
Chelsea,  London, SW3 4UT

Excitedly, Whirlwind Recordings is offering a free 22- track WWR sampler album-download to those who purchase tickets in advance. To download, ticket- buyers simply send their email confirmation or receipt to and they’ll be sent the sampler. The sampler track consists of a random selection of highlight tracks from our many releases.


Nia Lynn’s Bannau Trio perform music from

                                           ‘Points of View’

“An elegant display of craft within a demandingly exposed format.” – The Guardian
“Pristine vocals with a strong technical command.” – Marlbank
A fresh and original sound; beautiful music from three of the best musicians on the British scene.
-Norma Winstone

Points of View is the debut WWR release from vocalist and composer Nia Lynn and her Bannau Trio, which features the world-renowned flautist Gareth Lockrane and star pianist Ross Stanley. The album (which features guest Norma Winstone) was one of the most standout and original vocal releases on the UK scene in 2013 and features nine sparkling songs written by Lynn, with unique interpretations of covers from Ralph Towner, Tom Waits, Nikki Isles and more. Lynn is known as one of the UK’s most creative vocalists and emotive songwriters, with the ability to sing deeply personal self-penned compositions to counterpointing lines alongside some of the most advanced instrumentalists on the scene, a true ‘musician’s vocalist.’ Lynn and her Bannau Trio have been quietly ploughing their own path in the contemporary chamber jazz world since 2005, while drawing heavy influence from the ‘singer songwriter tradition’ which ties in with Nia’s love of lyric craft and poetry (she is also a published poet). 

Patrick Cornelius

 Patrick Cornelius’ Quartet w/ special guest Alex Garnett plays music from
‘Infinite Blue’

“A dynamic New York altoist.” – The Guardian
“A self-assured young saxophonist in the postmodern mainstream.” -The New York Times

Patrick Cornelius is no stranger to UK audiences, having toured extensively across the British Isles for well over a decade. Infinite Blue is the second album for Whirlwind Recordings by the award-winning New York-based saxophonist and composer, and represents the refinement of melodic concepts that he has been exploring for years (and over the course of 3 previous solo albums). Every song written for this new release tells a discrete story, either from the composer’s personal experience or some corner of his imagination. To bring such specifically programmatic music to life, he enlisted an A-List of musicians with a keen ability to accompany and improvise with an ear towards musical narrative, including pianist Frank Kimbrough, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, trombonist Nick Vayenas, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Tonight he is joined by three truly world class musicians in WWR label boss Michael Janisch on double bass, NY-based drummer Paul Wiltgen (Dave Binney, Kurt Rosenwinkel) and piano star Ross Stanley (Seamus Blake, Lianne Carroll, Stan Sulzman).  Excitedly, special guest saxophonist Alex Garnett (Rolling Stones, Wynton Marsalis) will be joining the proceedings on a few numbers.


And the press starts rolling in big for Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar’s ‘Leave the Door Open’ w/ 5 Star reviews + new Promo Video!

JH-S&S 006-6in.jpgWe’re very excited about the colorful music that Joel Harrison and Anupam Shobhakar have concocted for their debut release ‘Leave the Door Open‘, an album gleaming with diversity and breadth which launches worldwide this coming week on the 11th of March.  Hot off the press we have two glowing reviews (one a 5 star!) from Germany and a great one from Marlbank, which we print highlights of below.  Underneath, we present the brand new promo video which goes into depth talking about this unique release. We recommend watching it in full screen.   Stop by next week when the album launches to pick up your copy!  Thanks for stopping by.


“Harrison & Shobhakar offer precise musical diversity. Some people might say that jazz was yesterday? MULTIPLICITY aka LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN proves the opposite.” 5 Stars, DieRedaktion (Germany)

“The album thrills with an impressive mix of Indian Classical, jazz, blues and folk. Besides the two heads of the project, there is an illustrious selection of core musicians to the ensemble. An excellent collection of creative forces.”
Rhein Main Magazin (Germany)

“Harrison and Shobhakar blend more than well, and they produce a nuanced meshing of ancient and modern musical styles that include the inclusion of traditional Bengali music and an African-American spiritual harnessing incendiary improvisational resources to spectacular effect at certain points.” Marlbank

BIG NEWS: Simon Purcell to release long-awaited album, ‘Red Circle’ ft. Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor on Nov 10, 2014!

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Red Circle is the debut WWR release from international acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell, currently the Head of Jazz at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music in London. Purcell originally came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band “Jazz Train” (with Martin Speake, Cleveland Watkiss, Dale Barlow et al), a quartet with Julian Arguelles (Loose Tubes), numerous appearances with or opposite visiting American artists at London’s Bass Clef Club and occasional weeks at Ronnie Scott’s.

As a passionate educator and thinker about music, Simon’s musicianship increasingly served educational ends, contributing to the development of jazz education in the UK (awarded Jazz Educator of the Year by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group). Now after nearly three decades of teaching in London’s top conservatoires, this long overdue album marks Simon’s return to a more active performing career.

Purcell’s band is comprised of some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades. They’re also a bunch of old friends with years of playing experience, and in this spirit the music was recorded in one room with no real isolation between instruments, giving the album a ‘live date’ feeling. The rhythm section is made up of double bassist Steve Watts (Printmakers, Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy) and Gene Calderazzo (Partisans, Pharoah Sanders, Joey Calderazzo, Zoe Rahman) dating back to the Bass Clef days. Julian Siegel (Partisans, Joey Barron, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, John Taylor) and Chris Batchelor (Big Air, Loose Tubes, Brotherhood of Breath, Hermeto Pascoal) are robust and individual musical personalities providing conceptual counterpoint that ensures the music-making is always more than the sum of the parts. As a result, the intention behind the material (all by Purcell) is less about complex themes, instead providing attractive contexts for improvisation where these artists can masterfully stretch out.

While citing British pianists John Taylor, Pete Saberton and Gordon Beck as important influences, this music is very much informed by the universal traditions of jazz and improvised music from across the globe. Listen also for the “bonus” track featuring the incomparable & soulful Liane Carroll.