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Jazz Herstory presents… Alison Rayner Quintet

Alison Rayner, Poplar Union, Jazz Herstory, women in jazz, jazz, music, arts centre, east London
Alison Rayner, Poplar Union, Jazz Herstory, women in jazz, jazz, music, arts centre, east London

Alison Rayner Quintet is a vital and creative jazz quintet led by bass player Alison Rayner, whose profile has risen dramatically over the past four years, with extensive touring and critical acclaim for their second album, ‘A Magic Life’.

Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful’ and by the Observer as ‘a beautifully integrated band’, their music is inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic, possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. Their combination of richly nuanced compositions – frequently inspired by personal experience – with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and a love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole.

They have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving national and international radio play and four and five star reviews in jazz and national press. Their recent 35-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour, supported by Arts Council England, concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. ARQ’s 2018 touring includes summer festivals and Autumn Europe dates.

Praise for Alison Rayner Quintet

Inspired by real-world ideas, people and situations but infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures’ ***** BBC Music Magazine

A gorgeous album synthesising mood, melody and the interplay between musicians totally at home with each other.’ **** Jazzwise

A celebration of life itself’  LondonJazzNews

The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces are full of delightful colour and detail –but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic.’ **** thejazzmann.com

Line Up

Alison Rayner double bass | Buster Birch drums/perc | Steve Lodder piano
Diane McLoughlin saxophone | Deirdre Cartwright guitar

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About Jazz Herstory

Jazz Herstory presents female led bands playing jazz now, spanning styles, sounds and generations. Showcasing the richness of jazz being made in the UK today and celebrating the women who contribute, Jazz Herstory presents award winning bands and instrumentalists, composers of national and international acclaim and people making waves locally.

We aim to share: to bring women from the background to a balanced foreground in jazz. Female instrumentalists have not been part of the story of jazz as much as their male counterparts and we want to play a part in writing a more balanced story from here on in and dissolve stereotypes in the process.

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