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Alison Rayner Quintet  -  Thu Nov 22, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
Alison Rayner has played with a myriad of jazz artists such as guitarists John Etheridge and Tal Farlow, vocalist Ian Shaw, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, and drummer Denardo Coleman. In the 80s she spent five years with the critically acclaimed Jazz-Latin group 'the Guest Stars’, touring major international jazz venues and festivals and recording three albums.

"A big, beautiful bass sound that comes from the heart. Highly intelligible music, characterized by individuality, spirit and a sense of freedom”
Val Wilmer, author, ‘As Serious As Your Life: the Story of the New Jazz’

Since 1989 she has co-run London’s Blow the Fuse Jazz Club and record label, and in 2012 started her quintet ARQ to focus more on composing and developing her own group sound. The band’s profile has risen rapidly, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, 'A Magic Life'. Described by the Guardian as 'spirited, eloquent and graceful' and by the Observer as 'purposeful, full-toned and melodic, a beautifully integrated band', their music is awash with infectious grooves, lyrical melodies and a music founded in jazz but with folk, rock, classical and world music influences. Their recent 35-date 'Magic Life' UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club.

"The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail –but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic”

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from

This ‘Women Make Music’ concert is presented in association with the Jazz Coop, and is financially assisted by the PRS Foundation