Looking for a jazz quintet for your performance of Zimbe!?
Alexander L’Estrange is delighted to offer advice and assistance with booking your jazz musicians (piano, bass, drums, alto sax and percussion*) and may even be available to play piano or bass for your performance.
*Percussion instruments required: shakers/maracas, 2 bongos, 2 congas, pair of agogo bells, tambourine, triangle, mark tree, rainstick
N.B. Band parts need to be hired from Faber Music: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet was originally formed to play for the premiere of Zimbe! in Dorking, November 2008.
The name is inspired by the Paul Simon song from his African album Gracelands.
The Call Me Al Jazz Quintet line-up on the CD:
Simon Allen (alto sax) is a busy performer and jazz educator; he works with Stan Tracey’s groups, alongside jazz stars such as Mornington Lockett, Alan Barnes and Mark Nightingale.
Adam Riley (percussion) has performed with many artists from the jazz and Latin fields. He was the drummer for the West End show Zorro and deputises for other shows, including Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Alexander L’Estrange (piano) is an ABRSM Jazz Examiner and Trainer and has played alongside jazz legends, including the late Sir John Dankworth, and on the TV series Howard Goodall’s 20th Century Greats.
Mike Bradley (drums) has been in demand on the UK and international jazz and pop/funk scene for over 25 years, featuring in several West End shows, such as Thriller Live!
Alexander L’Estrange (bass) has shared the stage as bassist with Kenny Wheeler and was the bass player for The Swingle Singers’ 40th Anniversary World Tour of 2003.
Other jazz musicians who have played with the Call Me Al Jazz Quintet:
Luke Allwood (piano) was part of the original line-up for the Dorking premiere. He studied jazz piano with Alexander L’Estrange whilst at Christ’s Hospital School Music and went on to study Music at King’s College, London. His influences include Bill Evans and Michael Brecker.
John Turville (piano) is one of London’s young rising stars on the jazz scene. Click here for his website. Winner of the London jazz instrumentalist award 2010 and Promoters Choice Award 2009, he has performed all over the UK and Europe leads his own trio, which have recently recorded their second CD.