Wednesday 28 September, 2022
Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start (UK time)
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
Neff and his all-star group featuring Graeme Flowers, Davide Mantovani and Davide Giovannini will present an action packed night of progressive Latin jazz steaming with Puerto Rican “Sabor” and a Nordic cool called “Sisu.”
“Neff Irizarry has embarked down a path traveled by few guitarists in contemporary jazz and certainly contemporary Latin jazz! To execute all the montunos, guajeos, necessary harmonizations, and to solo with clarity and fire is a tall order but Neff is certainly up to the task.”
—Steve Khan, guitarist
The Voice of Latin Jazz Guitar
For questions or further details, please email SOAS Concert Series coordinator Georgie Pope on email@example.com
A highly talented composer, guitarist, author and educator specializing in Latin and contemporary jazz, Neff Irizarry follows in the footsteps of Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, and Steve Khan. His unique blend of progressive Latin jazz is a display of Puerto Rican “Sabor” and a Nordic cool called “Sisu.”
Featured in The European Real Book (Sher Music Co., 2007), Neff has joined the ranks of the most esteemed European composers of jazz. And, with his new work, “Contemporary Latin Jazz Guitar”, Neff has provided the most comprehensive book on Latin Jazz Guitar ever written.
His critically acclaimed debut CD Nepenthe in 2000, which was produced by Grammy Award-winning bassist Jimmy Haslip, features the guitar in a Latin jazz context without the piano.
Neff ’s creativity, dedication, and solid groove as a guitarist have also enabled him to perform with Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Haslip, Lonnie Liston Smith, Victor Mendoza, Brian Melvin, Anders Bergcrantz and Deniss Pashkevich, among others at numerous international clubs and festivals.
A B.M. and M.M. graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Neff believes in the power of education and self-development. As a result, Neff has been an in-demand educator with over twenty years of experience in Northern Europe as a teacher and clinician.
Graeme Flowers, Trumpet
Trumpet player Graeme Flowers has performed live on TV and in concert with Quincy Jones, Taylor Swift, Paul Weller, Harry Styles, Robbie Williams, and The Heritage Orchestra with Pete Tong.
In 2008/09 Graeme performed on a world tour with Kylie Minogue, playing at all the major arenas globally, including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Graeme also played on Gary Barlow’s UK tour at the end of 2021.
In the studio, Graeme has recorded on the albums of Leona Lewis, John Newman and Tom Walker, plays the main theme tune to the BBC kids TV shows the Go Jetters, and can be heard on the soundtracks for movies such as Early Man, Shaun the Sheep, and The Amazing Maurice, and also the Netflix Documentary ‘Our National Parks’.
Graeme has toured extensively with Kyle Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s bass playing son. He has performed on, and written music for three Clint Eastwood movie soundtracks (Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Grace is Gone), and played at all the major Jazz festivals and clubs in America, Japan, Europe, Indonesia and South Africa.
Within Jazz and World Music, Graeme has played live with Tom Scott, Charlie Hunter, Deodato, Gregory Porter, Cubafrobeat, Justin Thurgur, Hexagonal, Saravah Soul, Lokkhi Terra, Snowboy, Dele Sosimi, Wara, and Juanuta Euka.
Davide Mantovani, acoustic and electric bass:
Davide was born in Ferrara, Italy in 1965. His interest in music started at four with the piano. He then progressed on to the guitar, and from there to the electric and acoustic bass. His father was one of the founders of the Ferrara Jazz Club (now a major Italian venue). That enabled him to meet, and sometimes jam with, some of the greatest Jazz legends including Al Grey, Phil Woods, Chet Baker.
Since his arrival in London in 1991, he has explored several other genres and built up a solid experience on both live and studio scenes, playing with some illustrious Jazz, World and Pop artists including Lisa Stansfield, Baaba Maal, Seckou Keita, Zoe Rahman, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello, Natacha Atlas, Mulatu Astatke, Joao Donato and many more.
He is also a renowned composer and band leader. He recorded and produced six albums, one of which, “Choices”, was voted “Jazz album of the Week” on the Evening Standard.
Some of his compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction), BBC Radio 4 (Loose Ends), Channel 4 (Three Minutes Wonder), CNN (Kuwait documentary), JazzFM.
Davide Giovannini: drums:
Davide is a composer, drummer, percussionist, vocalist and studio producer. He was part of the afro-cuban percussion duo Afroshock. He leads his brazilian-jazz group Minas Project and with Master Tabla Drummer/ Producer Kuljit Bhamra he recently formed Spiders Tango. He worked with Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Bjork, Lisa Stansfield, James Galway, Vanessa Mae, Marcos Valle, Roy Ayers, Toninho Horta, Bebel Gilberto, Marlena Shaw, Cubanismo, Snowboy, Herman Olivera, Alex Wilson, Down To The Bone and many more.