Acclaimed saxophonist MARTIN SPEAKE returns to SoundCellar as a member of the Anglo-European quartet UNIVERSAL CONNECTION. The group also features Hans Koller on piano, Anders Christensen on bass and Anders Mogensen on drums.
PLEASE NOTE: This gig is in the Jolliffe Suite at The Thistle Hotel, The Quay, Poole BH15 1HD.
Ticket link below
Although British jazz and jazz on the continent are continuing to thrive on their respective local levels, not many truly Anglo-European groups have managed to connect with such ease and shared understanding as Universal Connection, the quartet of Martin Speake, Hans Koller, Anders Christensen, and Anders Mogensen.
Koller (born in Bavaria, Germany but resident in England since 1991) and Speake (London born and bred) have both been at the forefront of the London jazz scene for a number of years. Internationally, Speake has recorded for ECM records with musicians such as Paul Motian and Bobo Stenson. Koller has recorded and toured with Europe’s leading big bands such as the NDR in Hamburg, and the WDR in Cologne. Koller is also the last musician to have recorded with the legendary soprano player Steve Lacy.
Koller and Speake both worked with bassist Anders Christensen during his 10 year stay in London. Copenhagen-based Christensen has toured and recorded with countless jazz legends, most worth mentioning would be his 12 years touring and recording with Paul Motian.
Christensen and Mogensen have worked together as a celebrated Danish rhythm team throughout the years, and have been part of some of the most groundbreaking bands on the vibrant jazz scene in Scandinavia.
Mogensen is a busy sideman touring and recording with Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Hagans and Walt Weiskopf among many others.
This international quartet is testament to the vibrancy, beauty, and imagination of jazz old and new.
This gig is in the Jolliffe Suite at The Thistle Hotel, The Quay, Poole BH15 1HD. Free onsite parking available, please make sure you register your registration number at the reception.
Please note the 20:00 (8 pm) start time for the foreseeable future
Entry is £13 + booking fee in advance through the below link, or £15 on the door
All advance ticket buyers will receive an exclusive link to a video of the evening’s performance, available for one monthShare this event
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 over 90% of our gigs, but 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.