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Thursday 27th Mar 8pm
Bonington Theatre
Tickets - £10.00
£8 concs/£5 students/children

Paul Towndrow Sextet

Paul Towndrow (alto/soprano) Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor) Tom MacNiven (trumpet) Tom Gibbs (piano) Mark Hodgson (bass) Doug Hough (drums)

Please note the line up change - See bottom of page for full biographies

After studying with Joe Lovano in Boston, Towndrow toured with the Bad Plus, played with saxophone quartet Brassjaw, and now leads his own regular quartet. His recent album Six By Six sees the band augmented by MacNiven and Wiszniewski to give a horn-packed post-bop set propelled by the formidable rhythm section of Hamilton, Janisch and Cosker, featuring a mix of original compositions and unusual standards.

Visit the Paul Towndrow Myspace web site (with music)

Please note: Youtube video's may have different line ups to this concert and are for general listening only


Paul Towndrow - Alto Saxophone Winner of the 2003 World Saxophone Competition Audience Prize, Paul Towndrow has released 3 solo albums and ours regularly in both his quartet and sextet format. Recent performances include jazz festival appearances at Montreux, London, Brecon and Cheltenham. Paul can also be heard regularly with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, saxophone quartet Brass Jaw, and pop group Hue & Cry. He has also recently toured with American power trio, The Bad Plus and Venezuelan piano sensation Leo Blanco. www.myspace.com/paultowndrow

Konrad Wiszniewski - Tenor Saxophone Studied at Berklee College of Music 2003-2004. During this time, invited by the BBC to represent Britain in the European Jazz Orchestra with concerts in Istanbul, Turkey.On return from Berklee, joined the European Youth Jazz Orchestra for a tour of Europe and Brazil, whilst also being commissioned to compose and arrange a piece for the junior band. Performances include BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line-Up's 5th birthday show, performing alongside fellow saxophonist Tim Garland, trumpeter Guy Barker and pianist Julian Joseph. Recent engagements include concerts with vocalists Claire Martin, Jacqui Dankworth and the RTE Dublin Concert Orchestra. www.myspace.com/konradwiz

Tom MacNiven - Trumpet Tom MacNiven has long been considered a key player on the Scottish Jazz scene and one of the UK's top jazz trumpeters. He is a regularly featured soloist and member of The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. As a freelance musician he has toured internationally and is in high demand throughout the UK as a session player. His own projects have included The Tom MacNiven Quintet, Neural Interface and Soap. www.myspace.com/tommacniven

Mark Hodgson- Bass Born in Kendal, Cumbria . In 1995 he moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.In 1999 Mark left London and moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he was based for four years, returning to the UK in 2003. Mark has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians, from members of The Police and The Rolling Stones to Paul McCartney, Jamie Cullum, Lizz Wright and The London Symphony Orchestra. Mark has also worked with Cedar Walton, Phil Woods, Steve Grossman, Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Kenny Wheeler and Greg Osby. Since returning to London Mark has been involved in a diverse range of projects, including Bill Bruford's 'Earthworks', Billy Cobham's 'Art Of 5', The Bill Charlap Trio, Tim Garland's 'Underground Orchestra', and The Julian Joseph Trio. www.myspace.com/hodgebass

Tom Gibbs - Piano Tom studied for a BA and MA at the University of York. His MA was supervised by one of his heroes, pianist John Taylor. Tom graduated in 2006 with distinction. Whilst at York, he also received ongoing tuition from Julian Arguelles (who played on his final recital) and also Nikki Iles, Mike Walker, Mark Bassey and Chris Batchelor. In the summer of 2006, Tom attended the School for Improvisational Music intensive summer course in New York. www.myspace.com/tomgibbsmusic

Doug Hough - Drums Doug Hough studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music under the tuition of Gene Calderazzo. Since leaving with a degree Doug has been privileged to share the bandstand with Jean Toussaint, Julian Seigel, Martin Speake, Evan Parker, Julian Arguelles, Scott Hamilton, Mike Williams and Hans Koller. Now living in Glasgow, Doug has become one of the most in demand drummers on the Scottish jazz scene. www.myspace.com/doughoughdrums

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