Zoe Rahman at St Ives Jazz Club

There’s a change to the advertised gig at St Ives Jazz Club on May 26th (amended in gig list and news article). Their news release follows.


An unmissable gig. Zoe will be playing music by some of her favourite musicians – Abdullah Ibrahim, Duke Ellington, JoAnne Brackeen, Thelonious Monk as well as some of her own compositions and music from her latest album, ‘Where Rivers Meet’, which features jazz interpretations of Bengali music.

“A remarkable pianist by any standards, Zoe Rahman is quickly becoming an unignorable presence on the British Jazz scene. She can slip from Monkish percussiveness to extreme fragility with assurance, and sustain a mood with the simplest of devices. There are influences of both Middle Eastern and South African music, but her style is distinctively her own.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

“Rahman’s composing is as striking as her improvising. Exhilarating as she can be, Zoe Rahman is also a subtle and hypnotically absorbing interpreter of ballads”. Jazz UK

Described in The Observer newspaper as “one of the finest young pianists in Europe”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on contemporary jazz scene. Her ‘Where Rivers Meet’ ensemble is short-listed for the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: Ensemble of the Year. Her second album, ‘Melting Pot’, was short-listed for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize and was voted ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ at the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The album has been hailed as “one of the most distinctive piano trio albums” (Jazzwise magazine), a “fantastic new album” (Courtney Pine, BBC Radio 2), and “in every way, an impressive sequel to her debut” (Jazz Review).

Her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘The Cynic’, with drummer Winston Clifford and bassist Jeremy Brown, was short-listed for the BBC Radio 3 jazz album of the year review in 2001 and was described in Straight no Chaser magazine as “one of the best jazz albums of the year”. Following the success of her debut CD, Zoe was nominated in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards. In 1999 she won the ‘Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ Award, which led to her recording three tracks on a Jazz FM-produced compilation, with drummer Daniel Crosby and bassist Orlando Le Fleming.

Born in Chichester, UK, Zoe studied music at Oxford University and jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she had lessons with the inspirational pianist JoAnne Brackeen. While in America she formed her own trio which featured bassist Joshua Davis and the renowned drummer Bob Moses.

She has been the featured artist on Radio and Television programmes such as BBC4’s ‘Women In Jazz’ documentary, Jools Holland’s BBC Radio 2 show, Charles Hazlewood’s BBC Radio 2 show, Courtney Pine’s ‘Jazz Crusade’ on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Women’s Hour’, BBC London’s ‘Now’s the Time’, Andrea Oliver’s ‘The Selector’, Northern Broadcasting Internet Radio, Resonance FM and Julian Joseph’s Jazz series for Meridian Television. She has performed live on the BBC World Service and on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and music from her Melting Pot album has also been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Record Requests’.

More at www.zoerahman.com.


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