Bassist Chris Mapp has a few high profile gigs coming up which show his versatility and increasing activity at the free end of jazz as well as in the use of more electronics.
He’s part of the Birmingham/Chicago musical axis this evening and tomorrow in the company of fellow Brummies Steve Tromans, Mike Hurley and Miles Levin, and from Chicago Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy. They are all at Urban Coffee in Birmingham city centre tonight and at the Lamp Tavern in Digbeth tomorrow evening, where they will be joined by Paul Dunmall. Full story here.
On 20 March he is part of the Jonathan Silk Quintet at The Yardbird in Birmingham, and a week later leading his band Gonimoblast he is supporting Polar Bear at the Hare And Hounds in Kings Heath. Gonimoblast also includes Sam Wooster on trumpet, Leafcutter John on electronics, Dan Nicholls on keyboards and Mark Sanders on drums. For more about that gig go here.
And Chris is a very busy man at the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival with three performances in two days. On 3 May he is part of the Paul Dunmall Sextet and is also doing a late night solo bass and electronics gig as part of the Festival’s Edge Project, while on 4 May he is part of Nearly Hot Club Four. More about all of those on the Cheltenham Jazz Festival website here.
And you can keep tabs on Chris’s movements as well as hear his music via Soundcloud and Bandcamp on his smart new website with full gig listings here.