Philip Clouts (piano, composer)
Philip Clouts was born in South Africa and brought to Britain as a baby. His father, the poet Sydney Clouts, was a great fan of South African music and throughout Philip’s childhood the house resounded to the strains of Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and township jazz. It was the pianists who particularly caught Philip’s ear, especially Abdullah Ibrahim and Chris McGregor, and that’s where it all started.
Philip Clouts is founder member, composer and pianist in Zubop ‘that spirited, hugely enjoyable jazz outfit, which takes the whole world of music as its home territory’ (The Observer). 4 CDs have been released on 33 Records and performances have been in a wide variety of venues and festivals in the UK and Europe, including WOMAD, Glastonbury, Berlin Worldbeat Festival, Brewery Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix, Frankfurt Sinkkasten, London Vortex.
Zubop developed into ZubopGambia, a collaboraton with BBC World Music award winner Juldeh Camara and other West African master musicians, which has done two major UK tours and headlined at festivals. A concert at Ronnie Scott’s, London, where they “managed to raise the roof” (fRoots magazine) was released as a live album.
Other work has included playing with virtuoso folk fiddler Chris Haigh in Klezmania, a group playing Klezmer music with elements of jazz improvisation, and touring with singer Gary Howard of the Flying Pickets.
Philip has released a trio CD of his compositions entitled “Direction South”which was praised in Jazz UK as “An enormously enjoyable set of accessible but distinctive originals. Like the compositions, Clouts’ solos are thoughtful and persuasively structured”
Since 2007 the Philip Clouts Quartet has been a major focus of his composing and playing.
Samuel Eagles (saxophones)
When still in high school, Samuel toured Europe and played in the Barga Jazz Festival with the Kingston Youth Big Band. Alongside this he was being tutored by renowned saxophonist, Mornington Lockett, performing with Lockett on many occasions including the Bulls Head, Thames Jazz festival and various venues in London.
He became lead alto in ‘The Jazz Funk Collective’, touring with them for three years around London and Ireland performing at venues such as The Blue Note, The Boom Boom Room and Galway Jazz club. Soon after this he was accepted onto the Jazz course at Trinity Laban, one of Europe’s top music colleges. For four years he studied under renowned musicians including Russell Van Den Berg, Jason Yarde, Mark Lockhart and Jean Toussaint, the latter continuing to mentor him for a further 2 years after graduation. He currently leads his own quartet which performs regularly around London and the UK. His critically acclaimed debut album ‘Next Beginning’ has been released on the renowned F-IRE Label, launched at the Pizza Express in The EFG London Jazz Festival.
Tim Fairhall (double bass)
Tim Fairhall has toured internationally with world music star Yasmin Levy and has made many contributions to the UK jazz scene including work with the John Martin Quartet, the Markov Chain, and duo and sextet groupings with saxophonist Tom Ward.
Ted Carrasco (drums)
Ted Carrasco has played with Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes at many great venues including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho, the 606 Club and the Vortex. He also plays with Soul music titans The Baker Brothers.