Sunday 22 September 2019
Kevin Flanagan & dave gordon trio - COFFEE CONCERT
Sunday Coffee Concert
Coffee from 11:00 Concert 12:00 £12/£8 under 16
Kevin Flanagan - Saxophone
Dave Gordon - Piano
Bass - TBA
Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass. USA. After dropping out of high school, he co-founded the group Antares, an improv and jazz-based cooperative which toured New England and the UK in the mid-70’s to early 80’s. During this period he was also involved in blues and popular music, both performing and recording. He settled in the UK in the mid-80’s and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with Ben E. King, B.B.King, Paul Weller, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols and Portishead, as well as various West African High Life and salsa groups. He gradually became primarily involved in jazz, playing with his own group and the Tommy Chase Quartet at festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brighton and festivals in Europe in Milan, Paris, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the North Sea Jazz Festival. He spent much of the 90’s collaborating with Chris Ingham in FIQ, releasing two highly acclaimed CD’s, Zanzibar and Textile Lunch. A graduate of Goldsmiths University, with a post graduate degree in composition from ARU (where he lectures), he later studied composition at the University of Sussex with Martin Butler, and has had works commissioned and performed by orchestras in London and Cambridge.
Dave plays both with Riprap and with his own trio, and for him jazz and Baroque music have remained equally irresistible forces. He has played with the Theo Travis Band and the Pete Oxley Band, having performing at Ronnie Scott’s and at numerous international jazz festivals, and has released a number of CD’s. Dave also works as a solo improviser with the London Contemporary Dance School, as a harpsichordist with the Academy of Ancient Music and other Baroque orchestras and in New Zealand and Australia as a recitalist. As a composer, he writes not only for his trio, but also for BBC Radio 3, and has recorded CD’s with his crossover band Respectable Groove and the band Zum. He recently won an AMI award for composing a community opera. Dave is also currently working with Chris Garrick and the singer Jacqui Dankworth.
“a richly gifted player, with a sparkling style and boundless imagination, able to move from one mode to another with great skill” – Phil Johnson (The Independent).