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Cape Town-born pianist/composer Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honoring jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.

As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its offshoot ZubopGambia, (with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara), Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots and since moving to Dorset he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionistic compositions that complement his world music interests, resonating with strong themes and packing a mighty rhythmical punch.

Philip Clouts’ career has included playing at Ronnie Scotts, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glastonbury and Womad festivals, with regular radio play on Jazz FM and the BBC including the Jamie Cullum Show.

Melodic Global Jazz

Philip Clouts – Piano
Samuel Eagles – Saxophone,
Tim Fairhall – Double Bass
Ted Carrasco – Drums

The best of British jazz” Chris Phillips Jazz FM

Gospel-powered earthiness…relaxed funkiness”. The Guardian

Clouts’ compositions are strong and likeable. The quartet’s playing is similarly engaging, a feeling of optimism pervading the tunes with a life force of its own” All About Jazz

Website Philip Clouts Quartet

 

Support Act – ROB D’L + Special Guests Maiuko & Alexander Keen

Rob studied classical piano at the Trinity College of Music, and, following a 30-year career as an architect, now focuses on Jazz performance, composition and arrangement.

Over the last five years he has studied and played mainstream and Latin jazz with educators and performers including Tim Richards and Sara Dhillon (of Morley College, City Lit and Royal College of Music).  In 2020 he released an album of 12 songs together with jazz singer and fine artist Graham Cole called ‘Shining Hour’.

Rob first performed with Maiuko and Alex Keen at a jazz retreat on the Greek island of Symi in 2021. This intense week of jazz music will happen on the island again, later in 2023, where he will be performing with Maiuko and Alex as part of the annual Symi Festival in September.

 

 

Tickets £15 | Doors from 6.30pm
Unreserved seating
A PortCaia Production in association with The Tower Theatre

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(Thursday) 7:30 pm