Big Bad Wolf
Big Bad Wolf
Entry Requirements: Under 18s to be accompanied by an appropriate adult
Jazz/rock quartet Big Bad Wolf, featuring Owen Dawson (Trombone), Rob Luft, guitar, Michael De Souza (Bass) & Jay Davis (drums), recently released their debut album, “Pond Life”, to rave reviews from the British Jazz media, with a 4 Star Review in Jazzwise, with Mike Flynn (The magazine’s Editor) describing it as “One of the best albums I’ve heard this year”. John Fordham also gave the album a glowing review in The Guardian, writing that “the title track affirms how inventively the quartet juggle tone colour”. The London based band’s sound features washy guitars, ambient vocals and brassy hooks within their slightly unconventional line-up of trombone, guitar, bassVI and drums, with their influences ranging through Bjork to Radiohead to Bill Frisell. Big bad Wolf successfully bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock, forging a modern style but at the same time keeping the spontaneous elements of the jazz tradition.
Big Bad Wolf
Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves... this distinctive sound arises largely from the band's consistently egalitarian process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All four band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on the prestigious jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey, brought to the table by each member to the group. From the band’s first experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.
“I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs” - Jez Nelson, BBC radio 3 (Jazz on 3)