Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet

The Quintet have just finished recording their debut album of all original material written by Alex, leading UK trumpeter Steve Fishwick and pianist John Turville. Incorporating influence from the music of Joe Henderson/ Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano/ Warne Marsh; the band has, over the last 5 years of playing together, developed its own brand of sophisticated contemporary jazz that draws on the strength of both leaders as accomplished players but also as very individual composers. The rhythm section of John Turville (piano) Mick Coady (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums) are a perfect complement to the frontline and complete a very exciting quintet!

Following many successful club dates around the UK throughout 2018 at venues such as Ronnie Scotts (see extracts from a previous show here below), The Vortex and Swansea Jazzland the quintet will look to tour the UK through late 2019/ early 2020 aiming for an album release around spring 2020.

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 that will appeal equally to jazz afficianados and more mainstream audiences.

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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!’