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IN COMMON feat. Matthew Stevens & Walter Smith III

29 March 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


SoundCellar are very excited to present the USA quartet IN COMMON as part of a European tour. The group is led by saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens and also features bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Jonathan Barber.

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Growing out of the long-standing collaboration between saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens, IN COMMON celebrates community, language and an ethos shared by an exceptional and diverse group of musicians in the American improvised music scene. Smith and Stevens have recorded three albums featuring musicians of all ages, backgrounds and experience in new combinations, including Marcus Gilmore, Joel Ross, Linda May Han Oh, Micah Thomas, Harish Raghavan, Nate Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis and Dave Holland. All three In Common albums offer a unique chance to hear musical conversations among musicians from all corners of the scene, sometimes playing together for the first time.

Over the last twenty years, Smith and Stevens have collectively played on over 150 albums, and performed at virtually every major jazz festival in the world with artists such as Roy Haynes, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dave Douglas, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Moran and Herbie Hancock.

Smith lives in Boston, where he is Chair of Woodwinds at Berklee College of Music. Stevens lives in New York City and is a Professor of Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins.

Completing the line up is bassist Harish Raghavan (who has worked with Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland, Vijay Iyer and Gerald Clayton) and drummer Jonathan Barber (who has worked with Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Kenny Barron and Erykah Badu).

This gig will be held at The Avocet (formerly The Cow), next to Parkstone Railway Station. Please note the 20:00 (8 pm) start time for the foreseeable future

Entry is £20 + booking fee in advance. We know this gig is going to be particularly popular, so booking in advance through the below link is recommended.

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29 March 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).

(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for most of our gigs – please check individual listings for details. They are subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.