RECENT CONCERTS BY HENRY SPENCER & JUNCTURE INCLUDE:
Belgrade Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, EFG London Jazz Festival (Broadcast by Mezzo TV), The Vortex Jazz Club (SOLD OUT), Marlborough Jazz Festival (Winner of Best Newcomer Award), PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho (Plus Strings, SOLD OUT), The Spice of Life (SOLD OUT), Spin Jazz Club, St Ives Jazz Club and many more.
Henry Spencer is an award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader of his group ‘Henry Spencer & Juncture’. With his group and Grammy Award winning Dave Darlington in New York (whose credits include Miles Davis, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson) Spencer released his album, ‘The Reasons Don’t Change’ (Whirlwind Recordings), receiving critical acclaim across Europe. InMusic (DE) awarded 5/5 stars saying, “Spencer is one of the great talents of the British jazz scene drawing a high level of recognition. Listen to Spencer's genius”, and All About Jazz said, “Contender for Album of the Year”.
Since then, his growing international touring schedule, radio and TV broadcasts, including Mezzo TV and major festivals, have led to the increase of audiences internationally.
Henry is currently working on his new album, collaborating with two Platinum-selling producers, who have worked with artists such as John Lenon, Kate Bush, Richard Ashcroft and a composer for London Symphony Orchestra.
Henry Spencer's music touches jazz, rock and minimalism and is sometimes cinematic. The music’s “astonishing dynamic variety” (Manchester Jazz Festival) combines highly intense, raw energy and evocative outlets, with moments of intimate, heart-felt, emotionally-led, lyrical melodies - almost as if there were actually words being sung.
Henry’s unusual and personal approach to writing and performing gives the music its rare and impactful strength; emotionally drawing in as well as exhilarating the listener. Henry is driven to write and perform to deal with personal experience (much like a singer songwriter, see below), but he also considers the listener, engaging them so they relate it to their own experience.
‘I’ve always been most interested in music that’s driven by sincere emotional intent and deals with genuine experience. I want to draw in the listener so they engage with the music, relating it to their personal experience - with as much emotive clarity as if the music had lyrics. It’s an outlet, a release…I often use lyrics as part of the writing process.’
The deep musical understanding between the musicians combined with Henry’s fresh compositional approach led them to winning both the Best Newcomer Award at Marlborough Jazz Festival and The Emerging Excellence Award (HMUK).
Henry Spencer & Juncture
Henry Spencer – Trumpet, Compositions
Ant Law – Guitar
Matt Robinson – Piano
Andrew Robb – Bass
David Ingamells – Drums
"Astonishing dynamic variety, compositional flair and a measured vigour mark out this fast-rising star of the London scene and his multi-award-winning and close-knit band: emotive and evocative music that touches jazz, rock and minimalism and makes for an energising sound of its own." - Manchester Jazz Festival
"Henry Spencer's music has a unique focus and quality rarely experienced from others of his generation... Originals with real meaning"
- Paul Pace, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club