Monday 27 April 2015

Gig Preview: Bobtail & Simon Read Octet at Sproggits

                                                     Alicia Gardener-Trejo by Helen Cooper

Monday 27th April 
Sproggits Presents: Simon Read Octet & Alicia Gardener-Trejo's Bobtail
Wharf Chambers, Wharf St, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
Doors 8pm, Music from 8.30pm
£3-10 (Pay what you can afford)

Tonight in Leeds there's a chance to hear not one but two large ensembles. Sproggits, an improvised music night run by guitarist Harry Orme, will host two groups led by Leeds bassist Simon Read and Birmingham's Alicia Gardener-Trejo. The night starts a little earlier than usual to make sure there's time to fit everything in so be sure to get there in good time.

Simon Read Octet

A familiar face on the Leeds jazz scene, monster bass player Simon Read brings his wonderful octet to Wharf Chambers as part of their UK tour. You can hear the band's latest release at

 Laura Jurd – Trumpet
Ben Lowman – Alto Sax
Will Howard – Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Kevin Holbrough – Trombone
Michael De Souza – Guitar
Jamil Sheriff – Piano
Simon Read – Bass
Sam Gardner – Drums 

Alicia Gardener-Trejo's Bobtail

 Large ensemble Bobtail perform a suite of music based on the life of Sybil - a woman possessed by 16 separate personalities. The band features Chris Maddock, Chris Brown, Elliot Strand, Faith Hellier, Beetung Goo, Tom Dunnett, David Sear, Tobie Carpenter, David Ferris, Adam Jarvis and John Hirst, alongside Miriam Pau on narration. You can listen to a taster here:

N.B. Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect 

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