Chris Batchelor trumpet: Liam Noble piano:James Allsopp baritone sax: Paul Clarvis drums
A fresh look at Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Fats Waller et al. Debut CD "21st Century Acid Trad" released to critical acclaim on Village Life January 2014.
"..stunning in their originality and almost anarchically gleeful sense of fun. Pigfoot reminded us that this music was once raucously subversive and intensely joyous."
Matthew Wright - londonjazznews.com
You can see Pigfoot here -
Chris Batchelor trumpet: Margrit Hasler viola: Chris Montague guitar: Steve Watts bass: Paul Clarvis drums
Happy House is the newest project that Chris leads. Having played with Steve Watts and Paul Clarvis for decades in many different bands, here they are heard in an exciting new combination with Margrit Hasler and Chris Montague.
Their unusual instrumentation and the breadth of the repertoire creates a highly original sound. The front line of Batchelor’s trumpet and Hasler’s viola forms a rich and flexible voice, expertly supported and stimulated by the dynamic all star rhythm section of guitarist Montague, bassist Watts and drummer Clarvis.
Happy House are equally at home with the delicate, folky Americana of Bill Frisell, the splashy themes of Ornette Coleman, the energetic drive of Arthur Blythe’s idiosyncratic material, or Batchelor and Montague’s inventive original compositions. This is all delivered with great flair and sensitivity to style, as you would expect from a group full of bandleaders.
You can see Happy House here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJV5BT3AoXQ
Chris Batchelor trumpet: Pinise Saul vocals: Jason Yarde alto: Harry Brown trombone: Adam Glasser piano: Dudley Phillips bass:
Frank Tontoh drums
"I heard the Township Comets playing Dudu Pukwana's music, and Chris McGregor's legacy, and that was fantastic too. It was really like hearing those wonderful bands with Dudu in all over again." John Fordham - Jazz On3 review of London Jazz Festival
The Township Comets play the searing, joyous music of South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in township jazz and the European free scene. Featuring many former members of Dudu Pukwana's Zila, including vocalist Pinise Saul.
You can see Township Comets here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIjeEftLfE
Chris Batchelor trumpet: Steve Buckley reeds: Myra Melford piano: Oren Marshall tuba: Jim Black drums
Genre-mashing international quintet, Big Air is a collaboration between UK jazz artists and some of the leading US players - Chris Batchelor & Steve Buckley (Loose Tubes) , Myra Melford, Jim Black & Oren Marshall. Their first release on Babel won five star reviews from The Guardian, BBC Music Magazine and was described in Jazz Journal by Brian Morton as "the best British jazz record for 20 years".
For bookings contact Lee Paterson +44 (0)7947 103892 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Batchelor trumpet/electronics: Myra Melford piano: Mark Sanders drums/electronics
"Batchelor and Melford are highly compatible musical partners with a similar ability to explore the hinterland between freedom and structure, and in Sanders they found an ideal collaborator, so this was a consistently absorbing, thoughtful, considered yet immediately enjoyable evening's music."
Chris is also a member of the following groups;
Liam Noble's Brother Face
Liam Noble piano: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Shabaka Hutchings clarinet: Dave Whitford bass: Dave Wickens drums
Mark Lockheart's In Deep
Mark Lockheart tenor: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Liam Noble piano: Jasper Høiby bass: Dave Smith drums
Julian Argüelles Octet
Julian Argüelles reeds: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Iain Dixon reeds: Mark Bassey trombone: Mike Walker guitar: Nikki Iles piano: Steve Watts bass: Martin France drums
Peter Danstrup's Reptiles
John Tchicai tenor saxophone, bass clarinet:
Chris Batchelor trumpet
: Claus Højensgård Andersen alto horn:
Lise Munch french horn: Peter Dahlgren trombone:
Daniel Herskedal tuba:
Peter Danstrup acoustic bass guitar, double bass:
Stefan Pasborg drums
Simon Purcell Quintet
Simon Purcell piano: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Julian Siegel tenor: Steve Watts bass: Gene Calderazzo drums
w Luz Elena vocals: Wilmer Sifontes percussion