Bill Laurance returns with a new album and a brand new live show. Third album Aftersun has dance and African Percussion at its heart, and combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre bending exploration. 2015 was a fantastic year for Bill Laurance, touring across the UK with the Bill Laurance Project and Snarky Puppy, as well as being awarded best Breakthrough act at the JazzFM awards. Joining the Snarky Puppy pianist on his third project are some of the most talented musicians from around the globe.
Drums: Richard Speven
A pioneer in the fusion of live and electronic drums, artist and producer in his own right having released two of his own records to critical acclaim, Spaven is one of the premier drummers in the world.
Artists worked with include Jose James, Flying Lotus, The Cinematic Orchestra, Incognito, Guru’s Jazzamatazz, and Gregory Porter.
“Spaven is the point where Jazz meets the world.” Jose James, Bluenote records
Bass: Jon Harvey
Founder of London based electro groove collective Native Dancer, Harvey is one of the most sought after bass players in the country. Composer, producer and arranger Harvey plays, writes and produces with a wide range of artists including Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie Cullum, Andrea Triana, Elle King and Aronas.
“The Bass of Jon Harvey is fat and punchy” Julian Maynard-Smith, The Jazz Rag
Percussion: Felix Higginbottom
Founder of Hans Prya, a band fusing a wide range of styles, Higginbottom was one of the featured musicians at Brighter Sound’s Snarky Puppy residency at Manchester’s Band on the Wall in 2013. The young genius has already toured the world at the age of only 24, including tours with Incognito and Snarky Puppy members Robert Sput Searight and Nate Worth.
“Higginbottom is one of my favourite percussionists outside of the Snarky guys because he’s a drummer too!” Robert Sput Searight
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.