Betty Accorsi Quartet Presents The New Album 'Growing Roots'
Thursday 8th December 2022
Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table
The Hampstead Jazz Club proudly presents an evening to celebrate Betty Accorsi’s latest album “Growing Roots” released on Friday 15th July with support from the Help Musicians MOBO Grant. The quartet features acclaimed London musicians Daniel Hewson (piano), Andy Hamill (bass) and Scott MacDonald (drums).
The album is a journey along the coastal area of Brighton, where Betty took six pictures and wrote one song for each picture. Her songwriting will use influences as diverse as Pat Metheny, Björk and the Great American Songbook to transport the audience right into each scene, complemented by Betty’s flamboyant soprano improvisation, blending Coltrane,
Garbarek and Surman.
Betty Accorsi is an Italian saxophone player, multi-instrumentalist and composer. In Italy, Betty was involved in projects spanning from contemporary music ensembles with composer Salvatore Sciarrino to the progressive rock band Psicosuono, which released two albums “Eta Carinae” and “Metropoli.”
Betty is part of acoustic duo called Sloth in the City, formed in 2018 with percussive fingerstyle guitar player Andrea Martelloni. Their EP Remember Music, recorded in 2021 in London, is composed of originals that blend jazz forms with Celtic folk and Mediterranean music.
The Betty Accorsi Quartet was founded with pianist Finn Carter and drummer Scott MacDonald, some of the finest musicians to graduate from Goldsmiths and very popular in the South East of London. The quartet also features in-demand bassist Andy Hamill (Van Morrison, Martin Taylor, Ibrahim Maalouf). In December 2020 they released “The Cutty Sark Suite”, an album of original compositions that introduced the Quartet’s sound as jazz blending elegant soprano melodic lines with an intense rhythm section that is punk-like at times.
The second album “Growing Roots” was released on the 15th July 2022 featuring pianist Daniel Hewson (Groove Armada, Madonna, Incognito), drummer Scott MacDonald and bassist Andy Hamill. Betty’s approach has evolved into a refined, evocative, lyrical jazz blending her many influences into a cinematic style reminiscent of Pat Metheny, John
Surman, and Jan Garbarek. “Growing Roots” was funded by Help Musician’s Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Award.
“Her compositions take you where she says the music belongs” – Simply Jazz Talk
“In a short space of time, Betty Accorsi has staked her claim as a talent to listen out for forging a quartet that is distinctive and able to interpret her constantly shifting compositions” – Jazz Views
“… simply elegant, superbly crafted, sumptuously melodic jazz…” – All about Jazz
Lead – Betty Accorsi (sax and vocals)
Piano – Daniel Hewson
Drums – Scott MacDonald
Bass – Andy Hamill
Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.
For £20.00 Tickets:
Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.
For £15.00 Tickets:
This is a fully seated event. Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm