2nd March Universal Connection
SPEAKE / KOLLER / CHRISTENSEN / MOGENSEN
Fringe Jazz presents the Anglo-European group, Martin Speake's UNIVERSAL CONNECTION at The BRISTOL MUSIC CLUB, 76 St Paul's Road, Clifton. Bristol BS8 1LP on Wednesday 2nd March at 7PM. Tickets £18.
Martin Speake - Alto Sax,
Hans Koller - Piano
Anders Christensen - Double Bass,
Anders Mogensen - Drums
Doors Open 7pm
Performance Starts at 7.30pm
Although British jazz and jazz on the continent are continuing to thrive on their respective local levels, not many truly Anglo-European groups have managed to connect with such ease and shared understanding as Universal Connection, the quartet of Martin Speake, Hans Koller, Anders Christensen, and Anders Mogensen.
Hans Koller (born in Bavaria, Germany but resident in England since 1991) and Martin Speake (London born and bred) have both been at the forefront of the London jazz scene for a number of years. Internationally, Speake has recorded for ECM records with musicians such as Paul Motian and Bobo Stenson. Koller has recorded and toured with Europe's leading big bands such as the NDR in Hamburg, and the WDR in Cologne. Koller is also the last musician to have recorded with the legendary soprano player Steve Lacy.
Koller and Speake both worked with bassist Anders Christensen during his 10 year stay in London. Copenhagen-based Christensen has toured and recorded with countless jazz legends, and is probably best known for his 12 years touring and recording with Paul Motian.
Christensen and Anders Mogensen have worked together as a celebrated Danish rhythm team throughout the years, and have been part of some of the most groundbreaking bands on the vibrant jazz scene in Scandinavia.
Mogensen is a busy sideman touring and recording with Jazz Greats such as: Bob Berg, David Liebman, Steve Swallow, Marc Johnson, Brecker Brothers, Gary Thomas, Django Bates, Tim Hagans, Walt Weiskopf, Lew Soloff and Ray Anderson.
This international quartet is testament to the vibrancy, beauty, and imagination of jazz old and new.