Lots to look forward to in 2019 - a trio record, more solo sets - watch this space!
In addition to the long-running monthly gig at the Con Cellar, I'm excited to be curating a weekly Wednesday gig at Hackney Empire Bar. It's a brilliant space, perfectly equipped for music, and I'm very excited to try and establish it as a jazz space, in addition to the excellent Sunday jam session there, run by Hannes Riepler.
6th - Tom Smith's Gecko
13th - Hannes Riepler Trio
20th - Freddie Gavita Quartet
27th - Rory Simmons Septet
GEORGE'S 2nd ALBUM 'CAN OF WORMS' OUT NOW!
'Can of Worms' page at Whirlwind Recordings
'It’s rugged, clever, crisply played contemporary jazz, from a fine young composer/player who knows where the music has been and where he’s headed with it.' John Fordham, The Guardian
'Can of Worms looks towards a freer approach towards form and tonality... It's really impressive stuff from start to finish.' 4* Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
'It all bodes well for the future, with Crowley's development as a player and writer promising much.' 4* Bruce Lindsay, AllAboutJazz
'There’s something challenging and satisfying in the way Crowley’s compositions unfold, rarely predictably, with written passages jostling with fully improvised sections for attention. This is music that clearly seeks to avoid being pigeon-holed, wanting to splice elements from a variety of musical worlds and for the most part succeeding.' 4* Music OMH
'Crowley’s strong melodies are used to serve a robust improvisatory impulse and one senses that here is a young musician who is pushing his own musical boundaries and relishing the opportunity of doing so.'
4* Recommended The Jazz Mann
'A satisfying melange of post bop, free-er sounds and rhythmic variety make this an interesting collection, rewarding repeated listening.'
'Overflowing with writhing, jostling spontaneity, but with sufficient compositional structure to keep a lid on things, London-based saxophonist George Crowley’s new two-tenor quintet recording is a veritable powerhouse of creativity.' AP Reviews
'Chattering free jazz-y horn dialogues and surging Afro-Cuban-edged themes gave way to cooler, wormier high-register unisons, with a gospel tinge at times that recalled something of Mingus... the thunderous applause and whoops at the end of the second set was thoroughly deserved.' Jazzwise live review