Marc Cary Focus Trio set for UK double dates


focus-trio-250Motéma label-signed Washington DC-based group Marc Cary Focus Trio are set to make their UK debut with two performances in London next week. Hotfooting it from weekend showcases at the big JazzAhead! exhibition and showcase in Bremen, Germany this weekend where they will be performing as part of a Motéma showcase night alongside labelmates bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Will Calhoun. Pianist Cary and his band of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Sameer Gupta will be hitting the award-winning south London venue Hideaway, Streatham for their first ever UK gig on 29 April, in what will be the first in a series curated under the banner of Chris Philips Presents… in association with Jazz FM and Hideaway and will also feature an opening support spot from new jazztronica band, J-Sonix – an off-shoot of six-piece latin-funk band J-Sonics (who also appear at Hideaway on 15 May).  

Marc Cary has been a powerful presence on the US scene since the 1990s, working with neo-soul, hip hop and jazz artists ranging from Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove and Q-Tip, through to Dizzy Gillespie, Shirley Horn and a long-running partnership with revered singer Abbey Lincoln. With his Focus Trio, Cary explores a wide-angle mix of hard hitting yet melodic modern jazz, Indian rhythms, Fender Rhodes melodies and frenetic group improvisation as featured on their latest album, Four Directions. Kevin Le Gendre reviewed the album in Jazzwise last October, saying: “With a wide range of colours, rhythmic invention and above all wistful melodicism, Four Directions is more than another piano trio record. This is an electro-acoustic tour de force that stands on the conviction that innovation can spring from deep within traditions rather than tradition.”  

Cary then appears the next night, 30 April, at the second annual UNESCO World Jazz Day concert at Hall One, Kings Place, having made an explosive contribution to the inaugural event last year at the Brixton-based SGI Buddhist centre. Click here for more info on this exciting bill that also features Headhunters founding member Bennie Maupin alongside the UK all-star Human Revolution Orchestra.  

– Mike Flynn

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