Alto sax and new wave pianist join quartet at the Arms jazz night

Allison Neale
Allison Neale

Two artists from the London scene call at the Bedford Arms for the next Monday Night Jazz.

Alto saxophonist Allison Neale will be joined in a quartet by pianist Rob Barron on Monday, February 23 at 8.30pm.

American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra.

She frequently tours the UK with her current quartet, which also features acclaimed jazz pianist Leon Greening, bassist Julian Bury and drummer Steve Brown and has two CDs to her name - Melody Express with guitarist Dave Cliff and Blue Concept with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh, both on 33 Records.

Her latest CD, I Wished on the Moon, was released this year on the Trio Records label and features the quartet as well as Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

Rob Barron studied jazz at the Leeds College of Music the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Since then he has been part of a new wave of young jazz pianists playing in the hardbop tradition, drawing influences from piano greats such as Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones and Mulgrew Miller.

A mainstay of the London jazz and studio scene, Rob has performed with artists such as Al Jarreau, Marlena Shaw, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer and Benny Golson, The BBC Big Band, The Ronnie Scotts All-stars, Jacqui Dankworth, Ian Shaw, Clare Martin, Dave O Higgins to name a few. He plans to record his debut quartet CD later this year.

Completing the quartet will be Guildhall graduate Pete Hutchison on double bass and Mark Hale on the drums who will host the proceedings.

The venue is on Bromham Road and admission is free with a contribution asked of the audience at the end of the first of two sets.