Sun, January 28, 2018
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Tom Barford's 'asterope' at The Hen & Chicken
Tom Barford's ‘Asterope’ burst onto the UK Jazz scene back in 2014 and have been successfully developing a unique group sound/compositional voice that is unlike anything on the scene today.
London based the group features the overwhelming talents of Pianist Rupert Cox, Drummer Dave Storey, Guitarist Billy Marrows and Bassist Flo’ Moore
Saxophonist Tom Barford grew up in a musical family but came to Jazz after some lessons with jazz educator Will Osborne. Tom joined the Junior Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music aged 16, before going on to gain a place on the Undergraduate Jazz Programme at the Academy in 2013 and earning a First Class Hons degree in 2017.
2017 also saw Tom winning the prestigious 2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize in association with the Royal Academy of Music.
'We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the jazz firmament.' – Evan Parker
Tom's writing for this group is largely influenced by various bands and musicians such as The Golden Age of Steam, Mark Lockheart, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Paul Motion and Iain Ballamy.
They will be releasing Asterope’s debut album with this group in 2018 on the renowned record label "Edition Records". The Album was recorded in January 2017 at Real World Studios and produced by saxophonist Iain Ballamy.
‘A wonderful young player…..It’s so exciting to hear him grow!’ – Stan Sulzmann"
The Hen & Chicken, 210 North Street, Bedminster