Welcome

Hello and welcome to robanstey.co.uk, have a look around and get in touch if you have any questions or enquiries!

Here is my latest news and keep going to the bottom of the page for a bit about me.


News

Ska'd For Life website up and running!

Just finished the new website for Dan Nicholls' "Ska'd For Life", check it out!! www.skadforlife.com

Lluis Mather Quartet @ Cheltenham Jazz festival reviewed!

After a great festival this year Lluis' gig in the town hall pillar room was reviewed on thejazzmann.com. Click here for the full review!

Moon Unit Unveiled

New collaberative band lead by trumpeter Aaron Diaz debuted at this years inaugural Harmonic Festival in Birmingham. With influences from Frank Zappa to Arve Henrikson and everywhere in between this band look to develop a truely unique sound with contributions from all its members. After a further performance at Flatpack Film festival and some fine tuning; this project next appears at the new Mostly Jazz Festival in July.

Appearances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2010

The Lluis Mather quartet and Sid Peacock Big Band are both appearing at Cheltenham International Jazz festival on 3rd May. Lluis is on at 12pm and Sid at 4.30pm. Please come and support these gigs, they are both truely unique and experimental projects, I am playing double bass with Lluis and trombone with Sid's band, its going to be a really exciting day for me and it would be great to see some of you there!

Lluis Mather Quartet wins the Dave Holland Ensemble Prize 2009

The Lluis Mather Quartet featuring Lluis on sax, Dave Greatrex on guitar, Jim Bashford on drums and myself playing bass won the 2009 Dave Holland ensemble prize hosted by Birmingham Conservatoire. It was a great evening of music with sets from the birmingham based Sam Wooster quartet and the returning Dan Nicholls with his new project "Hyderabad".

The prize was adjudicated and presented by Dave Holland himself who commented that he had thoroughly enjoyed all of the performances. The quartet will get an oppertunity to record as part of the prize and will hopefully also perform at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Cobweb Collective

The cobweb collective in birmingham runs several jazz nights areound the city. The ever energetic atmosphere in the Yardbird on thursday nights has become a regular stopping point for touring bands from all over the country. More recently The Cross in Moseley has become a hot jazz venue with the first gig of the autumn featuring the ever impressive Kit Downes trio.


A little about me...

Now a resident of London, I lived and worked in Birmingham after graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2008. I am a multi-instrumentalist playing Trombone, Double Bass and Electric Bass.

On Bass I have been fortunate enough to play with many of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene including John Randall, Alex Merritt, Dan Nicholls, Freddie Gavita, Adam Jackson and Ben Bryden to name a few. Currently involved in (bink!) and Birmingham based ensemble MoonUnit (lead by trumpeter Aaron Diaz) In April 2009 I was also lucky enough to play in the UK quartet of legendary saxophonist Carlos Garnett, and in May 2009 toured with acclaimed Irish singer Camille O'Sullivan. More recently I have toured with New York based saxophonist Ben Bryden's international quartet which featured Reinier Baas (gtr) from Amsterdam and Austin Walker (drums) from New York, in the summer of 2010 and with MoonUnit later that year.

Trombone credits include the Conservatoires UK Big Band, Mike Fletcher's "More Or Less Ensemble" and his Big Band, Sid Peacock's "Surge", Aaron Diaz's "ZappaJazz", the Huw Rees Octet and various other ensembles largely based around the Midlands.

© Robert Anstey 2012