Former Mercury Music Prize nominee playing live in Welwyn Garden City

11:57 22 June 2014

Kit Downes will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Kit Downes will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

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A former Mercury Music Prize nominee will be performing live in Welwyn Garden City.

Kit DownesKit Downes

Acclaimed jazz pianist Kit Downes will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club with his trio.

They will be playing outside Humphrey’s Cafe in the Hawthorne Theatre complex at Campus West from 7.30pm tonight (Sunday).

Having been together since their first year at the Royal Academy of Music, Kit Downes, bass player Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren have been performing as a trio since 2005.

Their music walks a line between the improvised and the composed, using an eclectic mix of influences.

They have played at the London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s British Jazz Festival, BBC2, BBC Radio 2 and 3 Live Broadcasts, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Coutances Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and toured extensively throughout Germany and Austria.

Their first album was nominated for the Mercury Music Award in 2010 and their second album was voted number four in Jazzwise’s Albums of the Year in 2011.

Kit also plays regularly with Stan Sulzman, Troyka, The Golden Age of Steam, Sam Crockatt and Clark Tracey, and has played with Joe Locke, Gilad Atzmon, Empirical, Gerard Presencer, Seb Rochford, Ian Ballamy, Peter Ind, Gwyneth Herbert, John Warren and Eugene Skeef.

He has also performed with British bands Fraud, Asaf Sirkis’ Inner Noise, Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Acoustic Ladyland, Nostalgia 77, 2000 Black, Silhouette Brown and Dennis Rollins’ Badbone and Co.

Advance tickets for Kit’s Herts Jazz Club show on Sunday cost £3 students, £8 members, £10 concessions and £11 full.

Walk-ups are £5 students, £9 members, £11 concessions and £13 full.

* For more information about Herts Jazz Club, see www.hertsjazz.co.uk

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