Shirley Smart - cello
John Crawford - piano
Demi Garcia Sabat - drums/percussion
Special Guest ; Nicolas Meier - guitar
Trailblazing cellist/composer Shirley Smart draws together jazz and influences from North Africa, Middle East, Balkans, and South America.
"Long Story Short" drawing on Smart's unique background which includes 10 years living and working in Jerusalem, as well as studies at the Guildhall School of Music, International Yehudi Menuhin Academy and Jerusalem Centre for Creative Music. Shirley has performed with acclaimed musicians including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, Yasmin Levy, Mulato Astatke, Robert Mitchell, Antonio Forcione, and Alice Zawadzki among others, as well as leading her own projects. The trio features two of the UK’s leading lights in world-influenced jazz – John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion, and special guest Nicolas Meier on guitar. “Long Story Short” is released on 33 records.
"Smarts playing is particularly remarkable throughout. She readily demonstrates a wide range of techniques incorporating an understanding of improvisation drawn from a jazz background and her extensive knowledge of Arabic maqam" - Songlines Magazine
" Shirley Smart can now be considered one of the best improvising cellists in the UK" - The JazzMann
"..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time." - Kind of Jazz
VORTEX FUNDRAISING T-SHIRTS:
March 2 2018 two iconic musicians and old friends Dave Holland and Evan Parker joined forces in a fundraiser to show, as well as give their support to the Vortex Jazz Club – a fine institution that has help many a musician at the start of their career. The club has existed without any core funding after its establishment by founder David Mossman over twenty-five years ago. The club needs financial help to keep its operations going. We hope you will show your support by taking out a membership, coming to gigs or donating. You can make a donation by clicking the “donate” tab. We also have some new fundraising T-shirts with a fab design that was commissioned by Tim Berne (Snake Oil) with graphics by Steve Byram.