Pigfoot


Chris Batchelor trumpet: Liam Noble piano:James Allsopp baritone sax: Paul Clarvis drums

Pigfoot burst onto the London scene in 2013 with their highly original take on New Orleans jazz ‘21st Century Acid Trad’, recorded live at the Vortex. At their ongoing Vortex residency ‘Pigfoot Play’ they have been extending their repertoire in all directions, with gigs dedicated to Opera, Motown, Elvis, Bacharach and the music of 1972, all spontaneously transformed by the band’s wild musicality and wry humour.

This imaginative approach to popular material by the all star line up has been met with critical and audience acclaim at Swanage, Bedford, Scarborough, Brecon and London Jazz Festivals. They have just completed recording their second CD “Pigfoot Shuffle” due for release in September 2019.
 
Here they turn their genre-bending skills to re-workings of a range of classic material; Led Zeppelin’s raucous “Black Dog”, the 70’s funk of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman”, the South African township transformation of a Mozart aria from “The Marriage of Figaro” and, typically, a medley of Elvis Presley and Wagner material.
 
The Pigfoot sound has also developed, with the  introduction of Liam Noble’s creative and individual keyboard setup, which allows Chris Batchelor and James Allsop to combine as a flexible and powerful frontline, egged on by the inspired eccentricity of Paul Clarvis’ sparky and spiky drumming. Anything can happen.
 

"There is all the musical intelligence you would expect from these four superb jazz musicians, along with a whole lot of heart and joy. There is also an admirably subversive glint in every eye. Damn, do these guys have a good time!"
Peter Bacon thejazzbreakfast.com

You can see Pigfoot here - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mXte2Am8Ck

You can buy Pigfoot Shuffle here -
http://chrisbatchelor.bandcamp.com
 


Zoetic

Chris Batchelor trumpet: Margrit Hasler viola: John Parricelli guitar: Steve Watts bass: Paul Clarvis percussion

Introducing Zoetic, a new project from award-winning composer and trumpet player, Chris Batchelor.

Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers, this new ensemble sees Batchelor further honing and distilling the approach he established in his writing for Loose Tubes and Big Air.

Batchelor’s distinctive compositions for Zoetic are the outcome of his long lasting immersion in a wide range of music in London’s varied scene, from East African guitar band grooves to echoes of wistful European folk themes and sinuous lines reminiscent of Arabic music. Add the influence of Batchelor’s original voice throughout and you have a rich source of inspiration for this exceptional group of musicians: Margrit Hasler on viola, John Parricelli on guitar, Steve Watts on double bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion.

Touring the UK in Spring 2020 with funding from the Arts Council of England

You can see Zoetic here -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eoc5OSDxT9g
 
 

Zone-B

Chris Batchelor trumpet: Steve Buckley alto sax: Rob Luft guitar: Tome Herebert bass: Gene Calderazzo drums


An exciting new group led by the telepathic frontline combination of Steve Buckley and Chris Batchelor, who have enjoyed a long and fruitful playing partnership which started even before the formation of Loose Tubes in the 1980's.

They went on to feature in bands such as Microgroove, Taxi Pata Pata and Bosco D'Oliveira's Grupo Folia before making several influential albums as co-leaders, including the ground breaking multi-track recording Life As We Know It. 

The international group Big Air that they subsequently formed with Myra Melford, Jim Black and Oren Marshall in 2002 received universal critical acclaim and their CD was described as "the best British jazz record for 20 years" by Brian Morton in Jazz Journal.

Re-united in Zone-B, Buckley and Batchelor have joined forces with the world class rhythm section of Rob Luft, Tom Herbert and Gene Calderazzo to present fiery and soulful original music inspired by the range and depth of the musical experiences they have had together.

You can see Zone-B here:

https://youtu.be/jIzX4Orf94E

http://youtu.be/-HB2FYEFmy0

http://youtu.be/e8YRIDJ8xBU

 


Big Air


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 lee@gogobetween.com

 


Batchelor/Melford/Sanders


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 Parker

www.vortexjazz.co.uk/gig-reviews/2009/november/batchelor-melford-sanders.html


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
http://www.liamnoble.co.uk

 

Mark Lockheart's In Deep

Mark Lockheart tenor: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Liam Noble piano: Jasper Høiby bass: Dave Smith drums
www.marklockheart.co.uk

 

Simon Purcell Quintet

Simon Purcell piano: Chris Batchelor trumpet: Julian Siegel tenor: Steve Watts bass: Gene Calderazzo drums
www.simonpurcell.com