The Cross in Moseley is the venue for a very special band this evening. In a warm-up gig for their London Jazz Festival appearance, the Michael Janisch/Aruan Ortiz Group, comprises not only the London-resident, US bass player and the Cuban keyboard player but also US alto saxophone giant Greg Osby and one of that country’s finest drummers Rudy Royston.
British jazz lovers have had the opportunity over the last few years to really get to know the muscular bass playing of Michael Janisch, whether leading one of his own bands or sitting in with groups in as wide a variety of venues as the Barbican main hall or an upstairs pub room. What they haven’t had, and especially in an upstairs pub room, is the chance to hear Ortiz, Osby or Royston.
Aruan Ortiz has performed and recorded under his own name and with played with Wallace Roney, Esperanza Spalding, Greg Osby and Terri Lynne Carrington, since studying classical music in Cuba and Spain, and jazz at Berklee College, where he is associate professor of Afro-Cuban jazz ensembles.
Greg Osby has been a major innovator in US jazz for over 20 years, has played with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jaki Byard and Jack DeJohnette, as well as recording 15 albums under his own name for Blue Note records, increasingly incorporating his New Orleans influences, before establishing his own label, Inner Circle Music.
Rudy Royston is the go-to drummer in New York for band leaders like Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, David Gilmore, Don Byron and Craig Handy.
The Michael Janisch/Aruan Ortiz Group is at The Cross in Moseley this evening from 9pm. Tickets on the door. More information at cobwebcollective.com