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Ant Law Quartet  -  Sun Mar 03, 2013  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
Scottish born guitarist Ant Law kept a pretty low profile on the jazz circuit when he first moved to London following studies at Edinburgh University and then the prestigious Berklee College of Music. But he was using the time wisely, to develop a personal approach to his instrument (helping to pioneer the 'perfect fourths' tuning system), and to write a raft of distinctive tunes that combine a straightahead approach with some intriguing harmonic twists and turns.

The period of development certainly paid off: when he did hit the jazz scene, it was with an immediate impact. National jazz agency Jazz Services was so impressed by his new quartet that they provided financial assistance for him to record a debut CD, and went on to help with a national tour - of which this gig at the Bridge forms a part.

The high esteem in which Ant's work is held is also reflected in the quality of the musicians he's recruited to his quartet. Tom Farmer is one of the most in-demand bassists on the London scene, perhaps best known for his work with Empirical, while James Maddren is the hottest young drummer to emerge since Seb Rochford. Saxophonist Michael Chillingworth has a lower national profile, but he's a key member of the influential F-ire Collective, working with such stars as Kit Downes and Jim Hart, as well as leading his own highly regarded quartet. Taken together, the four members of the Ant Law Quartet demonstrate that the jazz tradition is still alive and kicking, and in extremely safe hands.

This gig is a co-promotion with Splinter @ the Bridge, and is made possible with support from Jazz Services.