SOME PAST CONCERTS BY
HENRY SPENCER AND JUNCTURE:
RONNIE SCOTT'S JAZZ CLUB
- 2 years running Sold Out Main Shows
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
- Performance filmed by Mezzo TV
MARLBOROUGH JAZZ FESTIVAL
- Winner of Best Newcomer Award
PIZZAEXPRESS JAZZ CLUB, SOHO
- Plus Strings, Sold Out
MANCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL
THE SPICE OF LIFE
- Sold Out
ST IVES JAZZ CLUB
UK TOUR and many more...
Henry Spencer and Juncture is a quintet led by the multi-award winning composer and trumpet player, Henry Spencer. With collaboration of Grammy Award Winner Dave Darlington in New York, he released his debut album The Reasons Don't Change on Whirlwind Recordings, receiving critical acclaim across Europe and the UK. His quintet, 'Henry Spencer and Juncture' is featured on The Reasons Don't Change, along with the addition of strings on several compositions.
Henry Spencer and Juncture is:
Henry Spencer - trumpet, flugelhorn and compositions (Winner of Emerging Excellence Award, Winner of Best Newcomer Award at Marlborough Jazz Festival)
Ant Law - guitar (Tim Garland, Jason Rebello, Ant Law Trio)
Andrew Robb - bass (Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Jazz Musician of the Year 2009)
David Ingamells - drums (Yamaha Jazz Outstanding Musicians Scholar 2013, Winner of Chartered Surveyors' Prize 2013)
Matt Robinson - Piano (BBC Radio 3, Yamaha New Jazz Sessions)
From touring and performing regularly, including sold-out appearances at Ronnie Scott's main show for two years running, and at London Jazz Festival (filmed/broadcast by Mezzo TV), the group draws upon years of playing together, resulting in a deep musical understanding and interaction between the musicians. This musical empathy, along with Henry’s fresh compositional approach led them to winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Marlborough Jazz Festival and The Emerging Excellence Award.
Drawing on influences from jazz, rock and minimalism, the group creates an exciting and emotive sound world with a focus on emotional and creative expression.
ABOUT THE MUSIC: FROM HENRY
I’ve always been interested in singer songwriters - to the extent that I was one for a while. Still now, when composing I often come up with lyrics as part of the writing process. A big reason for this is because lyrics allow us to be unambiguous and openly honest. They can be an accessible way to communicate sincere emotional expression for both the listener and performer.
I approach instrumental music in the same way - with as much emotive clarity as if the music had lyrics. It’s an outlet with the same emotionally evocative intent. It’s a release.
This intangible, abstract kind of expression goes beyond our ability to communicate with words. It’s possible for the listener to engage with the music in a more personal way. Without lyrics the listener and performer are freer to interpret the music, relating it to their own individual understanding.
Each composition on this album is a response to and my way of dealing with specific personal experiences. I’ve always been drawn to music and art that is driven by sincere emotional intent and creative expression derived from genuine experience.
SOME PRESS, AWARDS & REVIEWS:
Winner of Emerging Excellence Award 2014 (HMUK)
Winner of Best Newcomer Award at Marlborough 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
‘Contender for Album of The Year’ - All About Jazz
‘Spectacular… A striking debut’ - The Guardian
★★★★★- InMusic (Germany)
‘Henry Spencer is considered one of the great talents of the British jazz scene. His great talent lies in his emotive, fluid and poetic sonority, drawing a high level of recognition... Listen to Spencer's genius on this disc.’
‘the most exciting improvising and modern jazz writing that you'll find
anywhere in the UK’
- Barbican Jazz Club
THE REASONS DON'T CHANGE
MULTI-GRAMMY AWARD WINNER COLLABORATION
Made with collaboration of Multi-Grammy Award Winning Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Dave Darlington:
‘Mixing Henry Spencer’s new album was the most fun I’ve had in a long time! His skillful compositions and colorful arrangements had me tipping back in my chair and just listening, soaking in the rich beauty of his soulful playing and the air tight grooves. Backed by a stellar ensemble and with the steady hand of co-producer Paul Whalley on the tiller, this project went smoothly from beginning to end. The proof is in the music!’The producer, Paul Whalley, a Platinum Producer has worked with other Platinum award-winning record producers such as Labrinth and Mushtaq Udin including recently on the new Justin Timberlake album. He has worked with labels such as Universal, Polydor, Decca and Sony BMG.