Out and About… Stapleford Granary
Stapleford Granary is a beautiful Arts Centre with outstanding facilities set in a converted 19th century farm complex. It is situated at the foot of the Gog Magog Downs just 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge. A home for the culturally curious, Stapleford Granary host an all year-round concert programme of indoor and outdoor events, art exhibitions and educational workshops.
Kate Romano, CEO of Stapleford Granary explains the appeal now that Autumn is here.
‘There’s something very special about returning to the Granary’s concert hall as the nights draw in. Perhaps it’s the warmth of the soft yellow brick walls and the woody smell of Douglas fir combined with the thrill of live music-making – an unbeatable blend of familiarity and exploration. From delicate instrumentals and swinging classics to a brass-fuelled party band, we present a season of world class jazz to while away the longer autumn evenings and bring an upbeat twist to your Sunday lunchtimes.’
This October and November, expect to see a varied programme of events.
Liam Noble has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile and inventive pianists, as a soloist, leader and sideman. The Guardian described his recent album – The Long Game – as ‘a terrific, rhythmically wily, electronics-steeped adventure’. Discover a compelling mix of acoustic piano and electronics from Liam Noble Trio on Sunday 9th October at 12pm
Espen Eriksen Trio was formed in 2007 and has released six critically acclaimed records on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. The trio’s unique and acclaimed sound is founded upon highly melodic and lyrical instrumentals, described by the Independent as ‘delicate, ambiently inclined’. They play at the Granary on Friday 14th October.
A jazz saxophonist with a gift for melody, Josh Kemp is known for his lyrical improvising style and imaginative compositions and collaborations. As part of a major UK tour, his ‘Coltrane Project’ – Kemp’s personal tribute to John Coltrane and his 1964 studio album A Love Supreme – comes to the Granary on Friday 28th October. Josh is joined by Alex Hutton (piano), Dave Mannington (double bass) and Steve Storey (drums).
Following his sold out performance last year, we welcome back Bill Laurance on Friday 4th November. This multi-GRAMMY award-winning pianist, composer and arranger was initially known for his work with Snarky Puppy and his subsequent flourishing solo career has yielded four acclaimed albums as a bandleader. Mike Flynn in Jazzwise Magazine described his 2019 album Cables as ‘heartfelt and complex, sophisticated and soulful, menacing and mesmerising’.
The prolific and versatile British saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes has been described as ‘one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times’ (The Guardian). She plays at the Granary on Sunday 6th November with Ross Stanley, one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and organists.