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I'm very excited to announce my UK-wide tour with my MJQ band (more below about that and the album) and US/Canadian tenor great Grant Stewart, which is being funded by the Arts Council. The theme of the tour is "Sonny Rollins with the MJQ".

The lineup is:
Grant Stewart, tenor sax; Nat Steele, vibraphone; Gabriel Latchin, piano; Dario di Lecce, bass; Steve Brown, drums.

We're touring February 4 - 18 all over the UK, playing 17 gigs and giving 2 workshops in that time, and then recording an album. For full info about the tour and the gigs we're doing, visit the "February 2020 MJQ Tour" page.

Dates around the UK in February 2020

Tue 4th Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking
Wed 5th Public workshop at LCCM, London 5 - 7pm
Wed 5th Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London (11pm)
Thu 6th Folkestone Jazz Club, Folkestone
Fri 7th Royal Festival Hall Foyer, London South Bank (1pm)
Fri 7th Steyning Jazz Club, Steyning (8pm)
Sat 8th Lincoln JazzPAC, Lincoln
Sun 9th Lincoln Cathedral Jazz Mass (10.15am)
Sun 9th Peggy’s Skylight Jazz Club, Nottingham (6pm)
Mon 10th Severn Jazz, Worcester
Tue 11th Theatr Clwyd, North Wales Jazz
Wed 12 Concorde Club, Eastleigh
Thur 13 Shepperton Jazz Club, Shepperton
Fri 14 Malcolm Frazer house concert, Manchester
Sat 15 Bear Club, Luton
Sun 16th Cramphorn Theatre, Chemlsford (12.15pm)
Mon 17th The Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town (London)
Tue 18th Fleet Jazz at the Harlington, Fleet

There's been lots of press over the past few days online. There's an article that's just been published in JazzWise Magazine, a really nice writeup in JazzJournal, a nice piece by Martin Chilton on the LondonJazzNews blog, and a really extensive interview with me about the music, the process of putting the tour together, and future plans by Nick Lea over at JazzViews.
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My debut album, “Portrait of the MJQ,” is a swinging take on the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet and my debut album under my own name. It came out on Trio Records following the sold out launch at Ronnie Scott’s at the end of 2017. It was recently “Jazz Choice of the Month” in BBC Music Magazine and it’s been receiving rave reviews in the jazz press, with new reviews continuing to pour in. Have a look on the MJQ page for the latest!

The album features pianist Gabriel Latchin, Italian bassist Dario Di Lecce, and drummer Steve Brown, and consists of stellar favourites such as ‘Django’, ‘Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise’, ‘Bags Groove’, and a complete performance of ‘La Ronde Suite’.

We're about to go into the studio to record a followup featuring Grant Stewart, so keep your eyes peeled!
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Some recent gig & album reviews:

"One of the best gigs of the LJF." Joanne Shurvell (Forbes Magazine)
“Sheer delight.” Peter Vacher (Jazzwise)
“Vibrant.” - Bruce Lindsay (JazzJournal)
“Compelling.” Ian Mann (TheJazzMann)
“A refreshing treat for the ears.” Rebecca Franks (BBC Music Magazine)
“Vital intensity…” Dave Gelly (The Observer)

I’m a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. I’m a principally self-taught musician and I specialise in playing straight ahead, swinging jazz, unashamedly influenced by players like Milt Jackson, Victor Feldman, Cal Tjader, Dave Pike and others. I’ve been described by UK drumming legend Clark Tracey as “one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced.”
You can buy a copy of the album using the PayPal button on the right - it is not necessary to have a PayPal account. Select the destination (UK, Europe, USA) and press “Buy Now”. Postage is included in the price.
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After an excellent year of gigs in 2019, with a very successful BopFest in November (by far the biggest turnout we've ever had and some absolutely incredible music, including a commission from Steve Fishwick), the focus has been on the tour with Grant Stewart and my MJQ project.

I'm happy to report that we received Arts Council funding and are doing a 14 day, 17 gig tour all over the UK plus two workshops, followed by a recording session to document the music we've been doing for an upcoming album. One of the gigs is being filmed and will be put up on YouTube, so keep your eyes peeled for that. For full info about the tour, check the February 2020 MJQ Tour page.
A remarkble young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition.
Dave Gelly (Observer)
OK, I am now officially a fan!!
Joe Locke