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Melford, Goldberg and Batchelor Quintet

From London's Vortex, Jez Nelson presents American pianist Myra Melford and clarinettist Ben Goldberg performing in a quintet including British trumpeter Chris Batchelor.

American pianist Myra Melford and clarinettist Ben Goldberg join forces with a band of British musicians featuring trumpeter Chris Batchelor, in concert.

Known for her virtuosic approach, Myra Melford has carved a path as one of the most important players in the avant garde world since bursting onto the downtown New York scene in the early 90s. Spending formative years with mentors such as Jaki Byard, Don Pullen, and Henry Threadgill, her career has spanned a huge range of projects - two of which she draws on for this special London performance. Meeting Loose Tubes trumpeter Chris Batchelor in the band Big Air and most recently working with celebrated clarinettist Ben Goldberg in a duo project, the three share composition duties in this new grouping at the Vortex in Dalston. Bassist Steve Watts and drummer Tim Giles - both staples of the London scene - complete the transatlantic line up for a programme of ambitious new music.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Miranda Hinkley.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Introducing at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival

    • Mammal Hands

      Bustle (Montreal Jazz Festival)

      Composer: Nick Smart / Jesse Barrett

  • Melford, Goldberg and Batchelor Quintet in concert at the Vortex, London on 23 April 2015

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      One Through Eight

      Composer: Ben Goldberg

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      Miniature

      Composer: Myra Melford

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      30-31

      Composer: Ben Goldberg

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      The Kitchen

      Composer: Myra Melford

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      Huckster

      Composer: Chris Batchelor

  • John Fordham in conversation with Myra Melford

    • Leroy Jenkins

      Dancing On A Melody

      Composer: Leroy Jenkins

      • Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival Of America.
      • Tomato.
    • Charles Mingus

      So Long Eric

      • Complete Live in Amsterdam.
      • Jazz Collectors.
  • Melford, Goldberg and Batchelor Quintet in concert at the Vortex, London on 23 April 2015

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      98 Pence

      Composer: Chris Batchelor

    • Melford, Goldberg and Batchelor Quintet

      Ethan's Song

      Composer: Ben Goldberg

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      Montevideo

      Composer: Myra Melford

    • Melford, Goldberg Batchelor Quintet

      Long Last Moment

      Composer: Ben Goldberg

  • Myra Melford

    Times Of Sleep And Fate

    Composer: Myra Melford

    • Snowy Egret.
    • Yellowbird.

Line up:

Ben Goldberg (clarinet); Chris Batchelor (trumpet); Myra Melford (piano); Steve Watts (bass); Tim Gilles (drums)

Broadcast

Jazz Now

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