Josephine Davies – sax
Simon Purcell – piano
Amy Baldwin – bass
Jon Scott – drums
KAIYO have performed both as a duo (Simon & Amy) and as a trio with the addition of Jon Scott on drums. Tonight they are expanding into a quartet with saxophonist Josephine Davies .
The trio of London-based musicians are drawn to the interactive potential of the jazz piano trio, taking inspiration from some of the great facilitators of group improvisation in jazz, Bill Evans, Jimmy Guiffre and Miles Davis. Featuring the lyrical improvising voice of Amy Baldwin and Simon Purcell’s original compositions and reimagined standards, this collaborative ensemble is a 3 way musical affair complemented by the percussive invention of Jon Scott.
Tonight they are joined by saxophonist Josephine Davies. Winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Award ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the year’, Josephine Davies is a musical artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene, pushing the boundaries of jazz with her current main artistic project Satori – a sax/bass/drums trio with an emphasis on extended and collaborative improvisation. It is a project that combines her seeking of freedom of expression with her interest in Japanese philosophy and lifestyle.
Now becoming equally known as a composer, her unique voice is a blend of classical, jazz and folk music, creating an intensely dynamic sound infused with the Nordic quality of her Shetland roots. Deeply influenced by the American composer Maria Schneider, Josephine was resident composer and tenor player for the London Jazz Orchestra from 2011-2016, and now has her own big band ‘The Enso Ensemble’.
As a saxophonist she is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise Magazine), “strong and authoritative” (The JazzMann) and “with winning immediacy” (MOJO Magazine).
Internationally acclaimed pianist and educator Simon Purcell came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band ‘jazz train’ (with Martin Speake, Cleveland Watkiss et al), a quartet with Julian Arguelles and numerous appearances with visiting american artists (such as Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Jean Toussaint, Valerie Ponomarev etc) at London’s Bass Clef club and occasional weeks at Ronnie Scott’s.
His quintet “Red Circle” with Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Steve Watts and Gene Calderazzo recently appeared at Ronnie Scott’s club and their cd “Red Circle” has received widespread acclaim.
Playing credits of top drawer – financial times!
One of the jazz cds of the year – mobo magazine
Favourite cd of the year – allaboutjazz.com
Amy Baldwin is a dynamic and interactive soloist active in a wide range of jazz performance. She has accompanied many of britain’s most famous artists Including Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Wellins, Liane Carroll, Anita Wardell, Martin Speake, Tina May, Stan Robinson, Dierdre Cartwright, Irene Serra and Tracey Mendham.
Through her work in music education, Amy is prominent in the development of young female artists, leading the girls in jazz days at the guildhall school of music and drama, as well as an associate educator with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
An active freelancer, Amy also occupied the bass chair in the West End Cuban musical “Murderous Instincts”. She is a member of Tricity Vogue’s all-girl swing band and the Chrissie Lee Big Band.
Jon Scott is one of the most creative young players on theUK and European jazz scene, with a broad range of stylistic influences and a restless desire to push into new musical territories, he is in constant demand as both an empathetic sideman and creative collaborator
Currently a member of Gogo Penguin, Jon was also the drummer for 2011 Mobo “best jazz” award winners Kairos 4tet, French tenor star Julien Lourau’s “Groove Retrievers” Project, Dice Factory, George Crowley’s Can Of Worms, Rory Simmons’ “Monocled Man”, and Anglo-German collaboration Paragon(nominated for the 2012 Neuer Deutsche Jazzpreis).
Jon works regularly with the progressively-minded Pianists Ivo Neame and Alex Hawkins, as well as elder statesmen of UK jazz such as Henry Lowther, Pete Hurt and Jim Mullen.
He appears with Shabaka Hutchings award-winning “Sons Of Kemet”.