Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley

photograph by Chris Kelly

Saxophonist Trish Clowes and pianist Ross Stanley have been carefully crafting their unique sound world over a number of years, performing their own material, arrangements of music from jazz, folk and church organ traditions, and free improvisations. The duo’s appearances include Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall (with Stanley making use of the organ), Galway Jazz Festival, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Buxton International Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, and St George’s Bristol. In March 2024, Clowes and Stanley released their album ‘Journey to Where’ to wide critical acclaim, out on Stoney Lane Records.

Out now on Stoney Lane Records

The duo enjoy working with material from anywhere. Their concerts often include music by Duke Ellington, Geri Allen, Osvaldo Farrés, Lili Boulanger, Nikki Iles, Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as original compositions, two of which are dedicated to Clowes and Stanley’s respective heroes, Wayne Shorter and John Taylor. At the heart of their ever-evolving programme of music lies interpretations of a Marcel Dupré prelude (Prelude III from Trois Preludes et Fugues) and Herbert Howells’s Gloucester Service – two beloved works from Stanley’s time as an organ scholar at Marlborough College.

“Two of the absolute masters we have in this country … so deeply devoted to their craft as improvisers.” 
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

” … vital music full of swing, emotion and atmosphere … a deep understanding, a musical bond, a little bit of magic perhaps.”
★★★★½ from Philip Watson for The Irish Times

“…it’s a thing of rare beauty, indeed…”
Ellen Cranitch, RTÉ Lyric FM

“… chockablock with paired back yet infectiously joyful and emotional compositions, including her take on Duke Ellington’s ‘Prelude to a Kiss’, which is stunning”
David Mouriquand, Euronews.culture

“…the sense of home [Clowes] has playing [at Wigmore Hall] gives this release an intimacy that befits the richness of the relationship between these stellar performers… what will be one of the best releases of the year.”
★★★★ from Andy Robson, Jazzwise

“This is just sublime… it conveys the complexity of meaning, the intricacy of emotion”
Dave Sumner, The Best Jazz on Bandcamp, March 2024

“a sublime partnership of which UK jazz fans out to be proud…”
Presto Music

Marco Boccitto, L’idealista, Rai Radio 3

“…music that is always warm, close, as if in a whisper without fuss we were welcomed to the comfort of home.”
★★★★ – Caravan Jazz

“… clearly the duo is a meeting of minds and prodigious ability, the past learning and absorptions etched evocatively worn lightly.”
★★★★ from Marlbank

photograph by Zoé Casas
photographs by Alice Phillips

“Blurring the lines between improvisation and composition, this intuitive duo artfully muddies the waters of jazz and classical, traditional and contemporary vocabulary.”
★★★★ from Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

“The absorbing and seamless eclecticism of Journey to Where is a record worth going back to, the moods and atmosphere it conjures seem to evolve on each subsequent listen.”
★★★★★ – UK Vibe

“These two musicians are a formidable partnership… Both players are gifted with an extraordinary musical intelligence allied to a prodigious technical ability… It was a fascinating evening… There really was something for everybody.”Andrew Petch, The Shropshire Star

“an impressive duo set… interacting brilliantly with both energy and delicacy”Tony Dudley Evans, promoter & writer

Pianist and organist Ross Stanley is a Yamaha artist, Hammond endorsee and two times winner of a British Jazz Award in the organ category. After being awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College, Stanley studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and since then his musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him work with musicians and ensembles such as Eddie Gomez, Seamus Blake, the Hamish Stuart Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, Nostalgia 77 Octet, Tom Jones, Alfie Boe, Maceo Parker, and Pino Palladino. Philip Watson of The Irish Times remarked “there are echoes in [Stanley’s] singular playing of the quiet virtuosity of John Taylor, the harmonic sophistication of Bill Evans and the lyrical fluency of Wynton Kelly.”

Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described as “an improviser to be reckoned with” (Downbeat Magazine) and “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” (The Guardian). Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes has released a number of critically acclaimed albums, and she is currently an Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall. Her band MY IRIS have been hailed as “the jazz of the future” (Augsburger Allgemeine), and she has a new quintet project, EYES UP, with US trumpeter Dave Douglas. Having been previously commissioned to write for ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, Clowes will appear as a guest soloist with the NDR Big Band (Germany) in November 2024, performing a new set of her own music.

photograph by Chris Kelly

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