Big Bad Wolf
Wednesday 19 April 2017
Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves. The band has developed an exciting, individual style that incorporates strong rock influences whilst preserving the characteristic intricacies and nuances of jazz. From the start the band’s primary focus has been on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.
“I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3 (Jazz On 3)
This distinctive sound arises largely from the band’s consistently egalitarian process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All four band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on the prestigious jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey, brought to the table by each member to the group.
Big Bad Wolf are proud winners of the 2015 Zealous X Music Category
Line up: OWEN DAWSON (TROMBONE), ROB LUFT (GUITAR), MICHAEL DE SOUZA (BASS VI), JAY DAVIS (DRUMS)