Trish Clowes joins Simcock, Arthurs and Hutchings in the New Generation

This just in from Basho Music, the label of saxophonist Trish Clowes, who, in addition to a new album (see the end of this post for our review), now has even more reason to crack open that bottle of bubbly. And, on the back of trumpeter Laura Jurd’s recent success, w winning the Worshipful  Company Of Musicians Young Jazz Award, it’s added proof that in 21st century Britain instrumental jazz is at last losing its “men only” tag. Hurrah!

Saxophonist, composer and Basho records recording artist Trish Clowes has been announced as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2012-14. Trish is the first female jazz artist on the scheme. The New Generation Artists scheme was launched in 1999 and aims to nurture young musical talent. Other jazz musicians to have been featured in the scheme include pianist Gwilym Simcock, trumpeter Tom Arthurs and saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings.

Clowes is a distinctive and open-minded artist with an instantly recognisable, graceful tenor sound in part influenced by Stan Getz. Her debut album Tangent (Basho SRCD 33-2) saw her experimenting with composing for jazz ensemble and orchestra. Her new album and in the night-time she is there (Basho SRCD 41-2) further develops this strand of her work, fully integrating a string quartet with the music’s core focus on improvisation. The Arts Desk described it as ‘powerful, lyrical and with a sound world that varies from the austere to the ecstatic.’ The string quartet includes star violinist Thomas Gould and the album also features guest appearances from Gwilym Simcock and vocalist Kathleen Willison.

Trish has toured the UK with her Tangent Quartet (featuring guitarist Chris Montague, bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren) with the support

of Jazz Services and Arts Council England. Following the success of Tangent, she was invited by Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson to perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2011, with the performance broadcast on Radio 3. Trish also curated and organised Emulsion, a new platform for composition and improvisation fusing the worlds of classical music and jazz. This premiered at the Vortex in May 2012 and featured four new commissions from Iain Ballamy, Luke Styles, Rory Simmons and Clowes herself.

During this year’s London Jazz Festival, Clowes will perform at St. James’ Church, Piccadilly on 15 November in a special performance featuring the music of Kurt Weill as conceived by the saxophonist, composer and arranger Barbara Thompson.

With interest in both the jazz and classical worlds, Clowes is the ideal artist for the New Generation scheme, able to adapt to a range of musical contexts and always keen to explore new avenues.

Trish Clowes launches her new album and in the night-time she is there on Basho Records at King’s Place on 29 September and will appear at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in duo with guitarist Chris Montague to celebrate the BBC New Generation Artist Award on Tuesday 9 October.

Reviewing for thejazzbreakfast, JJ Wheeler had this to say about Trish’s new album.

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