Pianist, composer, band-leader and willing side-man… Steve Tromans is a man for all seasons and a wide range of music. And he works hard! Take this week – he’s out in different bands on three consecutive nights.
But let’s hear about it from the man himself:
The first gig is tonight (Wednesday) at K2 Indian Restaurant, on Alcester Road in Moseley Village, and features a quartet of Holly Jones (of TG Collective fame) on flute, plus myself on piano, Miles Levin on drums, and Mike Green on bass. The quartet first worked together in a series of gigs at the end of last century, and this latest outing will provide an opportunity to stretch-out again on a series of standards, including tunes by Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Steve Kuhn. 8.30pm start time, free entry, and great food, if you’re tempted to dine while you check out the band.The second gig, tomorrow (Thursday), is at the Yardbird Jazz Club, in Birmingham city centre. This gig will feature one of my newest bands – a quartet of myself on keyboard, Tom Ford on electric guitar, Ash Trigg (from Sam Wooster’s Husk band) on electric bass, and Ben Kane on drums. The three players are among the best in the current crop of young jazz/improv musicians on the Birmingham scene. The gig will be a mixture of free funk (think Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time in the 1970s), Miles Davis’s late-1960s/1970s performance ethic, and some original pieces of mine, written specially for the event. 8.30pm start time, free entry, and a jam session following the band’s sets, likely to run until the small hours. One not to miss…The third and final gig in this busy week’s performing schedule is at the Ort Cafe, on Friday. This is in place of the Roller Trio’s planned performance, which has now been cancelled. The good news is that there will be a trio of Chris Bowden on alto saxophone, Miles Levin on drums, and myself on piano. We will be performing a series of jazz standards in our own particular way. Expect mercurial alto saxophony from Bowden, and the shifting rhythmical sophistication of Levin’s drumming, interwoven with the harmonic and structural experiments of my own keyboard work. 8.30pm start time, free entry (but donations welcome), great vegetarian food, and a real art-cafe vibe and a listening crowd (one of my favourite venues for jazz performance at the moment).Hope to see some of you there!Further info: http://www.steve-tromans.co.uk/ (check out the “Concerts” page).