Ivo Neame is a distinctive jazz musician in that he is equally at home on saxophone and piano. This double life has seen him make notable contributions to some of the finest jazz groups in the vanguard of the dynamic UK jazz scene. The Ivo Neame Quintet has performed to enthusiastic audiences up and down the country and beyond, serving the general public with their unique style of original music. Ivo’s music is a living, breathing contradiction – complex yet accesible, considered yet spontaneous, traditional yet forward-thinking.
Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he grappled with the hothouse music environment with varying degrees of success. Since leaving the Academy in 2003 he has reconnected more deeply with music, and has gone on to perform and record with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as David Binney, Seamus Blake and Hermeto Pascoal.
As a bandleader he has recorded two critically acclaimed albums and has toured in the UK and abroad with the Ivo Neame Quintet. His Edition Records release ‘Caught in the Light of Day’ was rated the 4th best jazz album of 2010 by MOJO magazine and received 4 star reviews from the Guardian and the Irish Times among others.
New projects have included the ‘Ivo Neame Octet’ album which was released on Edition Records in October 2012. This album will feature regular cohorts Jasper Hoiby and Jim Hart and new collaborators such as Shabaka Hutchings and Tori Freestone.
Recently he has been lucky enough to receive various awards including a MOBO for best jazz act (Kairos Quartet), Album of the year 2010 in both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines (Phronesis) and winner of the Jazz category for the London Awards for Art and Performance 2012.