Leicester Jazz House presents Kate Williams Quartet featuring Mike Outram
The quartet will pay tribute to pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Emily Remler. Both were also prolific composers so this evening's performance will include some of their original tunes as well as some of their unique takes on well-known standards. The programme will also include tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as some originals by Kate.
Pianist and composer Kate Williams has gained a reputation as both a distinctive writer and performer. She has released several CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including Made Up and Atlas And Vulcana (with her septet) and Smoke And Mirrors (with tenor legend, the late Bobby Wellins).
In 2016 she formed Four Plus Three, an ensemble featuring her trio with string quartet. The following year, they performed at the 606 with special guest John Williams (Kate's father) on guitar. John also features on Kate's album with vocalist Georgia Mancio: Finding Home: Kate Williams' Four Plus Three Meets Georgia Mancio. It won album of the year at the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Guitarist Mike Outram has toured internationally and recorded with Carleen Anderson, Mike Farris, Laurence Cottle, Hamish Stuart, Tim Garland, Theo Travis, Steven Wilson, Nikki Iles, and Laura Rossi. He is Guitar Professor at The Royal Academy, Trinity Laban & The Guildhall, London, and leads an online community of over 700 guitarists at ElectricCampfire.com
Kate Williams – piano
Mike Outram – guitar
Dave Whitford – bass
David Ingamells – drums
"Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own" – The Observer
Leicester Jazz House CIC is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organisation bringing contemporary jazz of the highest quality to Leicester and the county.
They have been a leading local jazz organisation for over thirty years and are one of the Midlands based voluntary jazz organisations, partly funded by Arts Council England, working cooperatively under their new regional organisation "mjazz".