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Queen's Head
Monmouth

 

Sunday 08/04/18……ALBINO FROGS

 

Wednesday 11/04/18 Duski Make a Wish Tour 2018

Aidan Thorne's Duski project has grown over the years both in compositional strength and unity as a coherent playing outfit. Thorne's writing certainly does provide a refreshing repertoire which echoes broad and diverse sources. Duski is a young contemporary band, with plenty to say. Well worth listening to, bringing whatever 'jazz music' is, bang up to date!

This is a contemporary group playing fresh, original music that deserves to be seen and heard. Ian Mann, The Jazzmann.
P.S. If you were wondering about the band name, Duski was christened by the poet Martin Daws, the Young People’s Laureate for Wales who simply thought the music sounded “dusky” - perhaps not so surprising considering the David Lynch / Twin Peaks influence. It’s also a play on the Welsh word “Dysgu” meaning “to learn”, as in “Dysgu Cyfri” a Gareth Roberts tune meaning “Learning to Count”.

 

Sunday 15/04/18……RAGTIME JUG ORCHESTRA

 

Wednesday 18/04/18 JPG trio

With his melifluous right hand, poly harmonic left hand and a groove-some left foot, John Paul-Gard brings his hammond sound back to the Queens. Top that with the powerhouse of Toby Perrett on drums and hyper-dexterity of Matt Hopkins on guitar.

The most strutful groove in Funkdom!

 

Sunday 22/04/18……NORTH STAR(MATT/TAMZIN)

 

Wednesday 25/04/18 Maurice El Medioni

Film launch, Music and Food

***** 8.00 start, film starts at 8.30 sharp ***** Eclectic Films will be showing a new film 'Maurice El Medioni', and celebrating all that is Middle Eastern Jazz with a specially devised set from the fabulous Eira\Snow. Arabic snacks will also be served at the bar. Who could ask for anything more?

The film celebrates the life and music of the Godfather of PianOriental, 'Maurice El Medioni' It’s a musical reminder that we are all, at our roots, the same people. We hope it will also act as a reassuring presence to stave off prejudice and celebrate rather than be suspicious of difference.

As Maurice points out 'we are all refugees'.
Using his diary, Maurice explores the musical influences that built his unique style of music - a fusion of Arabic, Jewish, Andalucian and American rhythms that see his left hand play Boogie while his right hand plays Rai.

 

Sunday 29/04/18…….THE DRIFT

 

Sunday 06/05/18…….FEDORA CHIC

 

Sunday 13/05/18……WILL KILLEEN

 

Wednesday 16/05/18 John Law's Re-Creations project

Alongside jazz tunes by Monk and others, arrangements of tunes including Adele, Daft Punk and Kate Bush, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, two tunes by Radiohead

 

Sunday 20/05/18…….BIG HUT NO CATTLE

 

Sunday 27/05/18…….SP3..PAYNE/HOBDAY/MISKIMMEN

 

Wednesday 30/05/18

Adam Pultz-Melbye double bass, Simon Rose baritone saxophone, Paul Stapleton sound sculpture. Astonishingly creative gig with Stapleton's home created instrument and Berlin based Rose's sympathetic baritone, under pinned by Pultz-Melbye's sonorious bass playing.

 

Sunday 03/06/18…….RED RIVER BLUES

 

Wednesday 06/06/18 TrioHLK

Jazz guitar, contemporary classical piano and masterful percussion.

 

Sunday 10/06/18…….BELLEVILLE SWING

 

Wednesday 13/06/18 Kevin Figes Quartet

***** Jazz Special *****

Figes' Quartet play his own distinctive compositions and have performed all over the UK for many years to enthusiastic audiences to widespread critical acclaim and airplay
. There is a striking level of empathy and interplay within the Quartet that comes from a combination of highly accomplished players, all great improvisors in their own right, who have worked closely together for some time.
The compositions are constantly developing to produce work which is challenging and contemporary . Influences include David Binney, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, John Escreet, Hermeto Pascoal, Soft Machine and much '70s prog rock. The aim is to produce personal music in a fearless and evolving way.
Kevin Figes (Saxes and compositions), Jim Blomfield (Piano), Riaan Vosloo (Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums)

 

Sunday 17/06/18……DAN JAMES

 

Wednesday 11/07/18 Burum

Welsh super group bringing jazz and Welsh folk tunes together as one.

 

Wednesday 18/7/18 Hiby-Bardon-Hession

***** Jazz Special *****

Having played an astonishingly powerful gig at the Queens in 2016 the Hiby-Bardon-Hession trio return to bring an intense evening of extemporised collective soundscapes.
The combined but restrained focus of their last performance was akin to the darkening and impending thrill of a brewing thunderstorm never quite breaking but bound to at any minute. A delight for the audible senses spilling out to the cliches of hair raising on the arms and neck and of course the unbelievable, near telepathic, understanding of the players drawing you in like a rip-tide on a dark night.

A world class trio from three players with huge international reputations combining Wuppertal and Leeds in a common European understanding.
Hans Peter Hiby - tenor/alto saxophones, Michael Bardon - double bass, Paul Hession - drum set ()

 

Wednesday 12/09/18 Tassos Spiliotopoulos' Swedish Band

Tassos returns from Stockholm with his quartet.

 

Wednesday 14/11/18 7Steps - Miles Davis contemporary interpretations

Tomos Williams (Burum) brings his Welsh/Irish band using the breadth of the Miles Davis catalogue.


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