Some months back my friend Dan Ecclestone, frustrated by the lack of opportunities for local jazz musicians to play original music (as opposed to standards and old repertoire) outside of a couple of good but infrequent student-led nights, came up with the concept of the Off Centre Collective, a group of local creative jazz-based bands who could perform on a semi-regular basis in Cambridge. Fast forward to today and we’re eagerly anticipating the first OCC event which is taking place next Wednesday 6 November with my quartet Vesperados and Dan’s band EM.
The event will be at St Philip’s Church on Mill Road, which has recently been completely refurbished with a quality PA system, video projection and more put in. As a result, it looks like being a cracking medium-sized music venue (i.e. not a drafty pew-filled church).Doors are at 19:00 with the Vesperados kicking off at 19:30, followed by a short break then EM to close the night, finishing at about 22:00. Entry is £5 on the door and we’re having a BYOB policy. There’s a lovely cafe area in which to have a drink and a nibble in the break and we’re happy for people to sip through the music too.
Both our groups will be showcasing our original material. For Vesperados that means a heady mix of Latin American rhythms, cool, sophisticated dialogue between trumpet and sax and plaintive melodies. EM will be bringing their brand of film soundtrack-influenced prog-jazz and are packing a string section to boot.
For the Facebook-types among you, see here for the event page. Hope to see a good crowd in as the future of the night depends on this being a success!