Acclaimed jazz quintet to play in Wellingborough

Double bassist and composer Alison Rayner is bringing her quintet to the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on April 20.

Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 8:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:21 pm
The quintet have built a substantial and wide ranging audience over the past two years

Rayner has been playing jazz and other styles of music since the mid-‘70s.

In the ‘80s she spent five years with the critically acclaimed jazz/Latin group the Guest Stars touring major international jazz venues and festivals, also recording three albums with them.

She currently leads ARQ, her contemporary jazz quintet, who have built a substantial and wide ranging audience over the past two years. They released their acclaimed debut album August in 2014, with second album A Magic Life released last year.

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Talking about her latest album, she said: “I was inspired to call the album A Magic Life because of two recent incidents. The loss of a friend last year, who wrote in her own epitaph about how magic her life had been, then a chance encounter with a young boy, who asked me ‘Is music stronger than magic?’

“I replied that to me, music is a merging of magic and logic. These events set me on a course of thinking about connections between memory, mortality, magic – and music.”

Rayner also plays and records with acoustic world trio Koral Society, the Deirdre Cartwright Group, trumpeter Chris Hodgkins’ quartet and vocalist Carol Grimes. She has co-run Blow the Fuse Records & Blow the Fuse Jazz Club in London since 1989. Joining her will be Deirdre Cartwright, Diane McLoughlin, Steve Lodder and Buster Birch. Doors open at 8pm, £12.50.