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10th Anniversary UK Tour Autumn 2017

To mark the tenth anniversary of the quartet an extensive tour has been programmed, bookended by two London dates, and including Grimsby Jazz Club, which was one of the original debut tour venues.

Composer and pianist Philip Clouts will be presenting new material alongside pieces from recent release ‘Umoya’ with inspirations from African and other world musics. On saxophone is Samuel Eagles, fresh from launching his own ‘Spirit’ project, and the rhythm section comprises Alex Keen on bass and Dave Ingamells on drums.

Tour dates are Karamel, London (5 Oct) London; Grimsby Jazz at Old Clee Club, Grimsby (18 Oct); Number 39, Darwen (19 Oct); Zing Café, Lincoln (Fri 20 Oct); Lescar, Sheffield (25 Oct); Players Theatre, Davenham (26 Oct); Catstrand, New Galloway (27 Oct); Hippodrome, Eyemouth (28 Oct) Partick Hill Bowling Club, Glasgow (29 Oct ); Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (30 Oct); Future Inn, Bristol (9 Nov); Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport (10 Nov); Ram Jam Club, London (30 Nov).

Wales Tour Summer 2016 

Philip Clouts will be playing a wide selection of his compositions in a project specially curated by Brecon Jazz Club-the Philip Clouts Welsh Quartet which is a collaboration between Clouts and three rising jazz talents from the South Wales scene, Tamasin Reardon (alto sax), Linus Fenton (bass) and Matt Griffiths (drums). Live dates are Brecon Jazz Club (19 July), Queens Head, Monmouth (20 July), Span Jazz, Narberth (21 July) and the Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff (22 July).

Spring touring 2016

The quartet will be appearing as part of the Linconshire Jazz Week on Saturday 7th May at the Playgoers Theatre in Louth.

Other tour dates are the Lion, Nottingham (8 May), Karamel, London (2 June) Fleece Jazz, Suffolk (3 June) and the Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames (17 June).

Review in The Guardian:

"Eagles gets into the spirit of both Clouts’ cultural openness and feel for dance grooves with his snaking, whooping soprano sax... The rhythm section play with precise ebullience under Clouts’ electric keys…The township bounce of Umoya’s title track makes it a standout of the set, with the unpretentiously light-stepping delivery that has made this group a popular live-show draw." John Fordham

From the Liner Notes to Umoya:

“Eagles’ phrasing lends itself perfectly to the immediacy of Clouts’ melodic writing, and to the conversational nature of the group as a whole…the end result is one of attractiveness with the added headiness of exotic flavours and joyous, dancing rhythms.”  Rob Adams

Autumn 2015 New CD, New UK Tour

The new CD Umoya (titled from the Zulu word for life force), features rising star Samuel Eagles on sax and is one of the first wave of releases on the new jazz imprint from prestigious classical label Odradek Records.

The album release will coincide with a tour of England and Scotland including dates at Bridport Arts Centre (23 Oct) the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (26 Oct), The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (29 Oct) the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (30 Oct) and a London album launch at Café Posk on Saturday 17 October. 


Summer Touring 2014

Following a warm reception for CD ‘The Hour of Pearl’ (London Jazz podcast, plays on Jamie Cullum, Jazz on 3, Late Junction, many positive reviews) the Philip Clouts Quartet toured the UK this summer including appearances at the Southport Jazz Festival (May 10) and Devizes Festival (June 14). The band also appeared on July 4 in the Wigmore Hall ‘Lates’ series.

Hour of Pearl 2013

Philip has been interviewed on London Jazz News. Listen to the podcast here

Reviews are rolling in for The Hour of Pearl, including:

Jazzwise “Pulsating groove-orientated music…distinctive…spiritual and soul jazz…strongly melodic themes” 

AllAbout Jazz “combines lightness of touch with a rhythmic sensibility: a winning combination.”

Culture Capital “Alive and lyrical, artfully structured" 

IanMann "Well written, attractively melodic, stylistically varied and superbly played.”