Adam Bishop Quartet


Date: 7 February 2023
End Date: 7 February 2023
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM


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Adam Bishop – Alto Saxophone
Nick Tomalin – Piano
Dominic Howles – Double Bass
Matt Fishwick – Drums


The Adam Bishop Quartet was formed in 2021 after a 13 year break from jazz with the purpose of performing the original arrangements of “bebop” repertoire from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s while avoiding any compositions by Charlie Parker. Composers such as Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, John Lewis, George Shearing and Dizzy
Gillespie form the main core of sources. Far from being a museum piece, instead they show the charm and innovation of this music in it’s original form.
At this evenings concert, the second set will be the exceptional but often overlooked Harold Land album “The Fox”.

Adam Bishop – Alto Saxophone
Born in England, Adam was raised in Canberra, Australia. He studied Jazz Performance at the Canberra School of Music receiving a Bachelor of Music there in 1995. His studies have also included time in New York with Ralph Alessi, Mark Turner, Mark Helias and Barry Harris. He arrived in London in early 1998 and quickly became involved with many of the finest musicians in London.As well as saxophone, Adam is proficient on the clarinet and bass clarinet. He has performed and recorded with: Tomorrow’s Warriors, Polar Bear, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Larry Bartley Septet, Duffy, Bukky Leo’s Black Egypt, Frank Sinatra Jr, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, The John Wilson Orchestra, Kate Williams Septet, Jazz Xchange, Stefano Kalonaris, Roberto Pla’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, the London Jazz Orchestra, Synergy, NYJO, The Rat Pack Orchestra and the RTE  Concert Orchestra and Big Band.
Adam is also active in the West End show scene having performed in The Rat Pack, GuysAnd Dolls, White  Christmas, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Mrs Henderson Presents, La Clique and Annie.
His album “Sanctuary” was released in early 2007 on Bishwan Music.
“A gorgeously lyrical saxophonist” Chris May – Allaboutjazz
“One to watch” Chris Parker – Vortex Review
“A high quality debut album that speaks of even better things to come.” 24Dash

Nick Tomalin – Piano
Nick Tomalin is a jazz pianist and composer who has been working as a professional musician and educator for over 20 years. Nick studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and completed his post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1994.
Nick has performed at many prestigious jazz venues in London including the 606 Club, the Jazz Café, the Vortex and Ronnie Scott’s, both with his own band, and as sideman for some of the country’s leading jazz musicians including Jim Mullen, Mark Lockheart, Stan Sulzman and Alan Barnes. In 1998 he played keyboards for the UK tour of the Motown tribute musical “Dancing in the Streets” featuring Edwin Starr and Jackie Graham.
In 2001 he wrote a show – “Molly and the Owl” – aimed at introducing younger children to jazz, for which he wrote both the story and the music. In 2005 he embarked on an Arts Council funded tour of the show which was a huge success. The piece was recorded and is now available to download from CD Baby and iTunes.
In 2021 Nick released a Christmas duo album with saxophonist Mark Allaway called Winter Chimes which featured a variety of seasonal songs, some traditional, some more unusual. Nick has recently formed a ‘Shades of Shearing’ Quintet dedicated to performing the compositions and arrangements of British pianist George Shearing
Nick has been involved in jazz education at all levels. He is one of the principal tutors on the Grafham Water Jazz Weekends and he also runs educational courses for E17 Jazz.

Dominic Howles – Double Bass
Having spent his early years in Jamaica and Hong Kong, Dominic Howles moved to Somerset at the age of 13 to encounter two things that were a shock to the system. He started playing bass guitar and a few years later and was lucky enough to regularly attend a jazz workshop run by the renowned saxophonist and arranger, John Barton. This led to the transition to double bass when he was 20. This also coincided with a move to Bristol where he played on the jazz scene there with players like John Baggot, Josh Johnson, Andy Hague and Ben Waghorn.
In 1990 Dominic got the gig with The Tommy Chase Quartet which resulted in him moving to London. He then studied on the Post Graduate Jazz Course at the Guildhall school of music from 1991-1992.
Since then, he has worked with the likes of Alan Barnes, Don Weller, Tim Whitehead, Anita Wardle, Stacy Kent, Tim Richards, Blue Harlem, Gary Smulyan, Nick Brignola and many others.
Dominic has also branched out into arranging and composing for himself and others. He has released 3 CDs under his own name with the latest being Along Came Benny (2019) featuring Dave O’Higgins–Sax, Steve Fishwick– Tpt, Nick Tomalin/Ross Stanley–Piano and Matt Fishwick—Drms.
His latest project is The Dominic Howles Septet which will be releasing a CD in 2023.

Matt Fishwick – Drums
One of the most highly regarded drummers on the UK jazz scene.Matt grew up in Manchester, UK with his twin brother Steve. They played their first gigs together in Manchester before moving to London in 1994 to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Since graduating, Matt has lived and worked in New York and London, performing at renowned venues such as Small’s, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smoke, The Iridium, Ronnie Scott’s; worked throughout Europe and performed on many recordings in the UK, Europe and USA.
He has shared the stage/studio with many great musicians including Bass players Bob Cranshaw, George Mraz, Peter Washington, Earl May, Dave Green, Michael Moore, Mike Karn, Clovis Nicholas, David Wong; Piano players Jeb Patton, Cedar Walton, Michael Weiss, Sacha Perry, John Colianni, John Bunch; Saxophone players Grant Stewart, Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Pete King, Frank Basile, Osian Roberts, Dmitri Baevski, Frank Wess; Trumpet players Steve Fishwick, Joe Magnarelli, Joe Wilder, Jeremy Pelt, Warren Vache, Anders Bergcrantz; Guitarists Joe Cohn, Larry Coryell, Philip Catherine, Colin Oxley, Jim Mullen,  Howard Alden, Dave Cliff.
Matt continues to live, work and teach in London.