'Gil Evans in Miniature' - Project

An exciting new sextet comprising six of the UK’s most sought after musicians, collectively celebrating the music of major jazz composers such as Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Gibbs, and John Lewis, in a programme of personal favourites.


"When I toured with Gil Evans and his British Orchestra in 1983 his sound world left such a lasting impression that when I put together this new band in 2016 the sound I was aiming for was Gil Evans in Miniature: structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos. I chose the players simply because they were the best, and amongst the finest jazz soloists in the country" (Mo Foster)


Available for Bookings from April 2018.


To book or for more information

Email:bookings@mofosterandfriends.com

BAND MEMBERS

MO FOSTER

Bass Guitar and band leader: After forming 70’s progressive jazz/rock group Affinity (managed by the late Ronnie Scott) his career blossomed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass-guitar player, working with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Gerry Rafferty, the London Symphony Orchestra, and establishing himself as a much sought after and highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist, author, and raconteur.
http://mofoster.com

RAY RUSSELL

Electric Guitar and Fx: Session player, collaborator, band member, arranger, composer, producer and visiting Professor of Music at Leeds University, Ray has worked with Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, Mark Isham, Anthony Jackson, Simon Phillips
http://rayrussell.co.uk

JIM WATSON

Keyboardist, Pianist, Organist, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger: Jim has worked with with Manu Katche, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Katie Melua, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford, Patti Austin, Richard Bona, and Lalo Shifrin.
http://www.jimwatson.net

CHRIS BISCOE

Reeds (Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Baritone Sax, Alto Clarinet). Band-leader, composer, Chris has worked with Mike Westbrook, Liam Noble, George Russell, Hermeto Pascoal
http://www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk

NIC FRANCE

Drums and Percussion: has worked with Loose Tubes, David Gilmour, Bill Withers, Mose Alison and teaches at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
nicfrance/home

CORRINA SILVESTER

Percussion: worked with Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla, Hans Zimmer Live at Hammersmith, on stage at Royal Opera House, held many Principal Percussion chairs in London’s West End theatre, Monty Python at O2, and Drum Captain for London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
http://corrinasilvester.com

THE REPERTOIRE

Three Views Of A Secret

Django

Freedom Jazz Dance

Gone Gone Gone

Gone

The Pan Piper

Jelly Rolls

Mood

Sing Me Softly Of The Blues

And On The Third Day

Some Echoes

Miles Beyond

Yellow Hill

Self Portrait

On Your Way Down

So Far Away

14 W 55th St

Oh No

■ Jaco Pastorius

■ John Lewis

■ Eddie Harris

■ George Gershwin

■ Gil Evans

■ Gil Evans

■ Gil Evans/Miles Davies

■ Miles Davis/Ron Carter

■ Carla Bley

■ Mike Gibbs

■ Mike Gibbs

■ John McLaughlin

■ Django Bates

■ Mike Mainieri

■ Alan Toussaint

■ Mo Foster/Ray Russell

■ Mo Foster/Ray Russell

■ Mo Foster


TESTIMONIALS

"The band was superb”

Clem Cattini (drum legend)


“A splendid night”

Chris Welch (Journalist)


“Excellent show - Superb sound throughout. It was a masterclass”

David Stark (Songlink)


“Such great music - a natural high - so many great influences coming out”`

Mark Garfield (Music Publisher)


“Beautiful chemistry”

Ray Russell


“Such an inspiration”

Alan Boyd (Film Maker)


“A rare night of great music - lovely vibe, immaculate sound - the music connects very directly”

Malcolm Edmonstone


“Mo’s bass sound was amazing, particularly the fretless, wow!”

Martin Petersen(Bass Gallery)


“The band needs more shows! It was such a great night - would be a shame if more people didn’t get to see them perform”

Natascha Rogacki (Fragile Management)


“This is whatever the opposite of "unwatchable" is. So much going on there between these wonderful musicians.”

Ken Appleby (Pindrop Events)


“Great to be there, great to watch and listen to now.”

Charles Harris