John Law's Re-Creations
wall2wall Jazz Festival
- Friday 30th August 2019
- Melville Centre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny NP7 5UD
- £14.00 Friends of BMJ
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- John Law: piano
- Josh Schofield: saxophones
- James Agg: double bass
- Billy Weir: drums
John Law has played at fifty plus festivals worldwide and recorded over thirty albums.
Since his early beginnings as a classical child prodigy, then training as a classical concert pianist – and later changing over to jazz, contemporary composition and creative music in 1983 – John Law has gained the reputation as being one of Europe’s leading jazz pianist/composers.
Started in 2016, his Re-Creations project began as a fun project, with the aim of playing lots of different tunes from different genres. It very quickly developed, as the arrangements became more complex and interesting.
As well as jazz classics (like Monk, Miles Davis and Gershwin), the Quartet’s repertoire includes tunes from pop/rock/indie (e.g. Pink Floyd, Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder, Bon Iver, Michael Jackson, Radiohead).
Gradually, classical pieces started appearing in the repertoire, such as Re-Creations’ version of Kyrie from Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Satie’s Gymnopédie.
Saxophonist Josh Schofield is one of the UK’s rising jazz talents. He’s studying for a Masters degree in jazz at the Amsterdam Conservatory, having graduated from the Birmingham Conservatory. In the Midlands, he played alongside bassist Dave Holland and others and was a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. With the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra he appeared with singer Claire Teal and American trumpeter Bobby Shew.
Bassist James Agg plays in Dom Franks’s Strayhorn, whose début album has been played on BBC 3 and other UK radio stations. He’s also a member of the band Tipitina, with whom he’s appeared several times at Ronnie Scott’s. The Tadlib Collective Quintet, led by flautist Tadek Reid, includes him among its number as a strong bass presence and as a composer of contemporary material. His versatility extends to playing guitar, keyboards, percussion, trombone, trumpet and ukulele. He’s also been an arranger and backing singer.
Drummer Billy Weir was born in Cheltenham and played in the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra. After graduating from the South West Music School and the National Youth Jazz Collective, he joined the Birmingham Conservatory jazz course, on which he was taught by Mark Turner, John Taylor, Clark Tracey and Jeff Ballard among others. In 2014 he won the Tony Levin Drum Prize in the category Most Swinging Drummer. He’s also a member of the Bristol-based Funk band The LBJBs. He has also performed at the UK National Drum Fair alongside saxophonist Jean Toussaint and bassist Arnie Somogyi.