MALCOLM EARLE SMITH TRIO
Wednesday 30th November 2022
Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table
Hampstead Jazz Club presents highly respected vocalist and trombonist Malcolm Earle Smith in an evening of jazz standards delivered in his own distinctive, swinging and entertaining style. Fronting a stellar trio featuring Chris Eldred (piano) and Sam Ingvorsen (bass), Malcolm will perform selections from his recently released and acclaimed album ‘Vocal Intent’ as well as some classic songs by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.
“…breathes new life into old standards with huge flair” (Dave Gelly, Guardian April 2022).
With a passion for the whole tradition of jazz, Malcolm’s music features many influences including those from New Orleans, 1930s Swing, Bop and more contemporary jazz styles.
Malcolm’s love of many different styles of jazz has made him a versatile performer as well as a distinctive voice on the UK Jazz scene. In 1989, after studying at Exeter University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, occupying the lead trombone chair for two years.
He has since performed with a variety of artists including Kenny Baker, John Dankworth, Henry Lowther, Martin Speake and Liam Noble. His debut album ‘Lyric Trombone’ (1996) received wide acclaim, including encouraging words from American trombonist Jimmy Knepper, one of Malcolm’s major influences.
He has also worked with soul artists Ronnie Spector and Martha Reeves and has twice toured with Bryan Ferry, featuring on two of his albums ‘As Time Goes By’ and ‘The Jazz Age.’ More recently, Malcolm has gigged widely with the acclaimed Basin Street Brawlers and Three Way Stretch, a trio which also features Liam Noble and Dave Wickins, and draws on a wide range of jazz styles to achieve their unique sound. Their album ‘I’ll be Seeing You’ (2020) is dedicated to the memory of Dave Wickins.
As a vocalist, Malcolm has developed a distinctive, swinging style and an exciting approach to scat singing. ‘Things are Looking Up’ by VoxCity5 (2007), features Malcolm alongside acclaimed vocalist Nia Lynn in his original arrangements for two voices and rhythm section. His most recent and very favourably reviewed release, ‘Vocal Intent‘ (April 2022) is Malcolm’s first all-vocal album and features four former students, all now highly respected performers on UK jazz scene and beyond: Leo Richardson (saxophones), Chris Eldred (piano), Conor Chaplin (bass) and Douglas Marinner (drums).
“Listeners who enjoy swinging jazz singing in the 1950s tradition of Jackie Paris and Mel Torme will certainly want to pick up Malcolm Earle Smith’s Vocal Intent” – Scott Yanow. LA Jazz Scene, July 2022
“I think that you will find VOCAL INTENT a great pleasure: it’s not the ordinary run-of-the-mill Bb product, but every song, every lyric is handled with loving intelligence” – Michael Steinman, Jazzlives, April 2022
Vocals and Trombone – Malcolm Earle Smith
Piano – Chris Eldred
Bass – Sam Ingvorsen
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