Steve Fishwick Quintet
“Contemporary hard bop from four excellent practitioners.” – All About Jazz)
Steve Fishwick trumpet, Alex Garnett saxophone, @Mike karne bass, Matt Fishwick drums
Well-known as a fleet and expert bebopper, Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpeters to come from the U.K. He is rapidly gaining a global reputation due to his flawless technique and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. Heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late, great Kenny Dorham, Steve grew up in Manchester and played his first professional gigs while still in his early ‘teens before leaving for London to study at the Royal College of Music. He has played with most leading U.K. jazz musicians including Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and Mike Carr among others.
Steve is accompanied by Ronnie Scott’s Allstar Alex Garnett, one of the leading saxophonists in the U.K. and mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in-demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. He has a reputation as a fearsome soloist and has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Scott Hamilton and Van Morrison.
American saxophonist and bassist Mike Karn has been involved in the New York jazz scene for more than 20 years and in that time he has worked with many of the music world’s most creative artists. Mike began to seriously pursue the bass in 2007 and within a few years he was working with some of New York’s best musicians, including tenor great Lew Tabakin, jazz vocal legend Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Heath’s big band, as well as with his brother Albert “Tootie” Heath on numerous occasions including engagements at the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, and the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Like his twin brother, Matt Fishwick became interested in music at an early age and, together with Steve, entered the thriving Manchester jazz scene a few years later. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and met many like- minded musicians that have since made an impact on the London Jazz scene and internationally; these include Tom Cawley, Gareth Lockrane, Orlando Le Fleming and tenor saxophonist Osian Roberts.
“From cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces to fast-paced, explosive, unison playing”
Fleece Jazz, - Colchester