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Shanti Jayasinha's Quintet

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photo of Paul Shanti Paul Jayasinha Trumpet and Flugelhorn
photo of Patrick Patrick Clahar Saxophone
photo of John John Crawford Piano
photo of Andy Andy Lafone Bass
photo of Davide Davide Giovannini Drums

Patrick Clahar’s sound on the tenor sax is without equal. It has a modern clearness, but is rooted in the soulful, raw sound of Coltrane. If you listen to his work on Bill Bruford’s CD‘Footloose and Fancy-free’ you will hear a real musician with an unerring sense of line and form and a mature concept with something to say.

Patrick, of Caribbean extraction, brings his wide experience of the London scene. He is and has worked with the Jazz Warriors, Jazz Jamaica, Julian Joseph Big Band, Julian Joseph and Jason Rebello 4tets, Incognito, Tony Remy, Alex Wilson, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Stevie Wonder, Basia, Jocelyn Brown, James Brown, Dina Carroll, Desiré, Mica Paris, Lulu, Sister Sledge, Omar, Pete Townsend, Dave Stewart, Carleen Anderson, Beverly Knight, Diana Ross and Bobby Womack.

John Crawford, of Spanish/English origin, must be one of the most under-rated pianists in the UK. He can reel off amazing Chick Corea or McCoy Tyner inspired lines, but really likes to dig in to and play with the rhythm. He loves to throw in explosive flamenco bursts or ultra-modern angular Cuban piano riffs. Watch out!

As a bandleader his groups have gone to finals in several European jazz band competitions and one of them, Root Position won the People’s Choice Award in Getxo, Spain (1996). He is in Grupo X, a regular favourite at London’s Jazz Cafe. Their debut album, ‘X-posure’ was at No.1 on PY’s Jazz FM chart for February 2001. He has also worked with percussion legend Giovanni Hidalgo, Jimmy Bosch, Bobby Matos, Johnny Blas, Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, Orlando Watusi and Danny Silva, as well as Snowboy, Mônica Vasconcelos, Orquesta La Clave and Roberto Pla.

Uruguayan Andy Lafone can slot into any groove you throw at him. He is intensely musical and always has the right phrase for any given situation. He can funk it up with the best, yet his roots are in the music of S. America.

He runs the well-known band Negrocan, which uses Afro-Uruguayan and Samba grooves and has hit the dance charts across Europe and Japan. He has backed world famous Latin Artists such as Airto Moreira, Nana Vasconcelos, Geraldo Azevedo, Charlie Palmieri and Chocolate Armenteros, played in Europe’s top Latin Jazz Band ‘Snowboy and the Latin Section’ for years and recorded seven albums with him as well as doing several European tours. He toured and recorded with platinum selling artist Basia and has appeared in all the major European jazz festivals including Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festival. In the band ’Da Lata’ he toured worldwide, playing at major venues in China, Japan, USA and South Africa. Currently he is the rock at the centre of the Grand Union Orchestra’s huge world music projects.

Italian Davide Giovannini is as exciting a drummer as they come. He has the fire of a Latin combined with an amazing natural ability and musical mind. His creation of groove is only matched by his extensive knowledge - he studied both folkloric Afro-Cuban music and the modern style of Cuban drumming in Havana.

He is the central figure in the rhythm sections of Snowboy and Alex Wilson, as well as touring the world with Brazilian Marcos Valle (the only non-Brazilian in the band). He has recorded with Björk, Paul McCartney, Lisa Stansfield, Pet Shop Boys, James Galway, Steve Williamson, Roy Hargrove, John Scofield, Mondo Grosso, Bebel Gilberto, and Da Lata. His live work also includes Steve Winwood, Roy Ayers, Marlena Shaw, Cleveland Watkiss, Herman Olivera, Negrocan, Smoke City, Izzi Dunn, Bobby Watson, Jim Mullen, Jesus Alemany’s Cubanismo, and Jocelyn Brown.

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