24th July 2019
In association with Hampstead Jazz Club
Boisdale and Hampstead Jazz Club (HJC) are pleased to present after 2 sell out shows in 2018 at HJC, Spirit Fingers a contemporary jazz quartet based in Los Angeles born during the breakout of West Coast Get Down scene that birthed Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, Miles Mosley, and many others. Their sound combines the very best of early-’70s jazz fusion (complete with ambitious tempo shifts and key changes), hip-hop, pop, and modern funk. Spero – bandleader, pianist, and chief composer and arranger – is a formally trained musician with a degree in Music Composition and Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his school career, Spero met Herbie Hancock at the Ravinia Festival and the elder musician took him under his wing and introduced him not only to new ways of hearing and writing music in his head, but also to Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism; Spero has been a practitioner ever since. Before moving to Los Angeles, he played with drummer Makaya McCraven, saxophonist Frank Catalano, trumpeter Marquis Hill, and others on the Windy City scene. After moving to the West Coast, Spero became a touring and studio musician and the musical director for Halsey. He formed Spirit Fingers in 2015 with internationally renowned bassist Hadrien Feraud, guitarist Dario Chiazzolino and drummer Mike Mitchell.
“…Pianist Greg Spero has a way with plaintive loopingpatters..and is adeot at building solos of great melodic richness. The group really dazzles when piano, bass and guitar combine for some truly jaw-dropping unison lines.” – Mike Flynn, Jazzwise Magazine
This is a limited run of shows in London not to be missed, as it’s high energy Jazz Fusion at its best.
Greg Spero – MD/piano
Dario Chiazzolino – guitar
Max Gerl– bass
Mike Mitchell (aka Blaque Dynamite) – drums
ABOUT THE VENUE
Jools Holland is Boisdale’s Patron of Music presenting the very best in jazz, blues and soul and occasionally rock’n’roll. Described as “London’s No 1 jazz venue” by Tatler Magazine, Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a two-floor venue overlooking the fountains of Cabot Square, which comprises an award winning restaurant, four private dining rooms, The Oyster Bar & Grill, The Cigar Terrace, the world’s most extensive whisky bar (over 1000 malt whiskies!), and a stunning walk in cigar humidor & shop.
The food offering ranges from an excellent value bar menu with a wonderful selection of burgers starting at £7.95 and an A La carte menu celebrating great British ingredients with flair and imagination. The dry aged Aberdeenshire steaks are simply amazing! You can also enjoy fabulous cocktails, a good selection real ales and draft lagers as well as an outstanding wine list with over 200 bins.
ALL ACTS AND TICKET PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION, CHANGE AND AVAILABILITY.