Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet

Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick QuintetThis recently formed band is an exciting collaborative project between Alex and Steve and also James Maddren (drums), John Turville (piano) and Mick Coady (bass). The band played a storming set at Ronnies late show in June (see/hear below) and is set to continue with some exciting dates later in the year.

The band plays arrangements of Jazz Standards by the group and frequently explores the music of Kenny Dorham/ Joe Henderson, John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano/ Warne Marsh. Over time the band will start to play some music of Alex’s written specifically for this ensemble.

This is a very exciting project and there is a fantastic synergy amongst all members of the band which makes for very entertaining, stylish and nuanced modern jazz.

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Steve Fishwick

Steve Fishwick

Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpet players ever to come from the UK, and is rapidly gaining a global reputation thanks to his flawless technique, and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. He is one of an increasing number of trumpeters who have been heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late great Kenny Dorham, a figure often overlooked (and undeservedly so) in the pantheon of Jazz Trumpet Legends. As well as “K.D.”, Steve cites Art Farmer, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw among his favourite players, but his style is very much his own. Trumpet great Wynton Marsalis recently said about him “Steve has his own style. He plays from the bottom to the top of the horn whilst maintaining the integrity of the chords. I can’t think of another trumpet player that can do what he does.” Legendary Jazz critic Ira Gitler had this to say ‘My question is where has Fishwick been hiding? Hip middle register melodious bebop, but when Steve lights his wick he becomes a flying fish, soaring above the waves, totally in control!’