"Guitarist Chris Allard played in various styles and all of them were a knockout.
touches of Scofield and Martino on different tunes, but all in all it was a masterful and original display.
We think we will be hearing a lot more from this very talented musician.
Sunday, September 27th
Chris Allard Quartet
Described by the legendary Pat Martino as “a real guitar player”, and by Jamie Cullum as "one of the great guitarists in this country", Chris Allard cites Pat Metheny, Radiohead and Miles Davis among his influences, and while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, his group encompasses elements of rock, World, classical, blues and folk.
A former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Chris has worked with numerous artists from the worlds of jazz, popular and classical music, including Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Gwyneth Herbert, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Carleen
". . . impeccable, whether playing acoustic guitar or finding variety in a whole range of subtle effects."
"Allard dodges any jazz-bluesy rock clichés on his electric solo with a bold, rounded sound and patiently-shaped sense of melodic direction." -Jazzwise
Anderson, Claire Martin, Jamie Cullum, Madeline Bell, Il Divo, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band and Ken Peplowski.
A musician whose playing is both lyrical and understated, Chris will be performing material from his latest critically acclaimed album, xxxxxx, plus his previous releases, Jupiter Island, Open Spaces and Invisible Landscape - all of which garnered a plethora of plaudits in Jazzwise, Musician and Guitarist. There'll also be a few standards thrown in for good measure.
Chris Allard (Guitar),
Tickets: £15 / £13 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm