Gary Willcox’ Drummer/Composers Project ft Chris Batchelor & Julian Siegel.


Date: 18 October 2022
End Date: 18 October 2022
Type: closed
Time 8.00 – 11.00

Tickets – £12

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Gary Willcox – drums
Chris Batchelor – trumpet
Julian Siegel – sax

Gareth Williams – piano
Oli Hayhurst – bass


Gary Willcox is a drummer /bandleader . His quintet focuses on on the music written by drummers.

These sets of music have been put together to provide audiences with a glimpse of the contribution that drummers have made to Jazz across the decades, not only as instrumentalists but also when they’ve moved into other musical areas, as composers. The music covers the eras ‘Bebop & Beyond’ and includes tunes by Elvin Jones , Kenny Clarke, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Stewart & others and consequently covers BeBop, Modal, ECM , 90’s NuBop. Despite the wide variety of music in the set, this band creates a unified sound which brings continuity to the project.The musicians are given space to interpret the music in their current way, rather than it being a Showcase of Styles or a recreation of the past. This reflects the flexibility of the music and the musicians that wrote it.

The musicians in the band are well known to UK Jazz and the East Sideaudiences – Chris Batchelor on trumpet (Pigfoot, Big Air, Loose Tubes) , Julian Siegel on saxes(his own quartet and big band , Partisans), Gareth Williams on piano (Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Iain Ballamy) and Oli Hayhurst on bass (Julian Seigel, Pharoah Sanders, Zoe Rahman) and Gary Willcox on drums (Loz Speyer’s Inner Space, WayOutWest, Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Profiles).

The band have done  some performances at Ronnie Scotts  in the Late Late Show

“……inspiring and ‘in the moment’ playing. Love it! “. – Jerry Bergonzi