What’s On: The Alison Raynor Quintet, The Albany Theatre, Deptford

A celebrated jazz group will take to the stage at The Albany theatre in Deptford on Sunday.

The Alison Raynor Quintet or ARQ are a renowned group with decades of experience in the international jazz scene.

They won the Ensemble Of The Year award at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the People’s vote for Best Small Group at the 2018 British Jazz Awards.

Now they return for a live show ahead of their new album release, Short Stories.

ARQ’s music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-tinged melodies along with their love of improvisation.

Short Stories is available in CD, digital and vinyl formats.

Alison Rayner, who is the double basist in the group, said: “My music is allegorical and I write songs without words about experiences, places and feelings.

“Short Stories was inspired by the sudden losses of three young people within close family and friends.
“Their stories were too short but through my music I want to celebrate the joy they brought to our lives.”

As the co-founder of artist development partnership Blow The Fuse, Rayner has promoted jazz events and touring, also producing records on Blow the Fuse Records.

Blow the Fuse have played a crucial role in promoting women jazz musicians for more than 30 years.
Their series Tomorrow the Moon has provided many emerging women jazz artists with the support, space and opportunity to perform.

ARQ have been awarded funding by the Arts Council and the PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund.

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