Tonight we are pleased to welcome back to the Club one of the finest pianists in Europe with a special quartet gig featuring the brilliant award-winning Norwegian guitarist Hans Mathisen. A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason Rebello has been at the forefront of the international music scene for the last 20 years. His extraordinary ability is highlighted by the fact that he was already an established performer by the age of 21, being described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianists to emerge in Britain [today]…” and by 1993, at the age of 24, he already had three highly successful albums under his belt. As well as promoting his own groove/crossover music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found international recognition. He toured the world with Sting for more than six years before moving to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck, with whom he still performs. A combination of remarkable technique and musical adaptability has enabled Jason to work with many artists across the musical spectrum including the likes of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pee Wee Ellis, Joss Stone, Madeline Peyroux and Manu Katche. In 2013 he released his first solo album in 13 years, "Anything But Look", that received universal critical acclaim, with AllAboutJazz saying "Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer's triumphant return to the spotlight.” Award-winning guitarist Hans Mathisen is one of Norway's leading jazz musicians. A graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium in the early 90's, Hans has gone on to establish an enviable reputation both at home and abroad as a player of depth and integrity. He cites Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery as influences on his fluent, melodic playing, but it is fair to say that he has established a sound and approach of his own that has won many plaudits over the years. His first album, “Quiet Songs”, released in 2005, was the recipient of the Spellemannprisen, Norway's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, and since then he has produced two further albums, all to considerable critical acclaim. As well as a performer Hans is also a composer of some note, with a number of film music scores and major commissions to his name as well as an educator, teaching on the music program at Sandefjord videregående skole. A consummate musician it is with enormous pleasure that we welcome this truly impressive improviser to the Club this evening. Supporting these two great musicians tonight will be two of the finest rhythm section players in the country, Yuri Goloubev (Gwilym Simcock, Bob James) bass and Ben Reynolds (Claire Martin, Joe Stilgoe) drums. This promises to be a very special night featuring this amazing line up, booking definitely advised.
“Jason Rebello…inspired”Time Out; “In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably [one of the finest…jazz musicians this country has produced.” Jazz: The Modern Resurgence; "Mathisen...exquisite original melodies, exquisite interplay and exquisite solos” JazziNorge