29th December 2012: Tickets are now on sale for The Walter Smith III Project ft WWR’s Michael Janisch: 2 London shows only at the Pizza Express Jazz Club of 15 date UK tour
Ticket’s are now on sale for a first in London– the inaugural headlining performances of one of contemporary music’s finest voices: saxophonist and composer Walter Smith III. The two nights are presented by WWR’s own Michael Janisch (who also will be performing as double bassist) alongside first call American-based musicians Matthew Stevens on Guitar and Jamire Williams on drums. The band will be doing a tour around a big portion of the UK (see flyer below), and kick things off with two nights at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Both shows start at 8:30 pm, and are two sets. Book now for what The Guardian has recently called ‘one of the first big jazz stories of 2013’!
Here’s the official blurb from the Pizza Express:
Arguably the most celebrated, in-demand, and talked about tenor saxophonist of his generation in contemporary jazz music, Walter Smith III makes his exciting debut at PizzaExpress as a leader. Known around the world by musicians and fans alike for his breathtaking and engaging improvisations, direct and instantly recognizable sound, and ground breaking albums (which blend tradition and modernity like few artists in this age), Smith has been the first call tenorist of choice for the likes of superstars Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride and Jason Moran, and has recently been seen touring the UK with Blue Note recording artist and new trend setter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. He is joined by Christian Scott’s bandmates Mathew Stevens (guitar) and Jamire Williams (drums), as well as leading bassist Michael Janisch, a regular favourite at the club. These two nights are the band’s only London shows of a 15-date UK-wide tour. Not to be missed!
“…the development of his ideas can only be described as a journey that never ceases to lose momentum…” – Jazz Times.
Mathew Stevens (Guitar), Michael Janisch (Double Bass), Jamire Williams (Drums).