Zhenya Strigalev presents JZ live at Le Bovary Jazz Club – Thursday, the 30th of March 2023 at 8.30 p.m.
“JZ” is a fresh high energy and intense new project (used to be called JZ Replacement) lead by saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks) and featuring drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer). It’s a London based project and has already been successfully presented at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival and Porto Jazz Festival, Inntone Jazz Festival…They have also toured in Germany, Austria, Spain… Their album came out last year with special guest Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Wayne Krantz, Knower…)
The music is inspired by Zhenya and Jamie’s musical journeys and studies, and these ideas are combined to create an organic and very original sound. Some people hear Indian influences, some Charlie Parker, some Chris Dave or Michael Brecker. The focus here is to create something very tight and precise (which is often not possible with bigger groups) while being totally free and creative. There are a lot of heavy swinging grooves, complex melodies as well as some, more catchy and simple, which will please everybody (although that’s not the goal).
“…fascinatingly intense, winding and staccato performance – a real orchestrated duo…” – London Jazz News
Since graduating from London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music, where he was invited on the full scholarship, Zhenya has cut a dynamic path between the London and New York jazz scenes. He’s worked with some of today’s most forward thinking musicians (including Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tim Lefebvre, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Alex Sipiagin, William Parker, Aaron Parks, Joseph “Foley” McCreary from Miles Davis fame, Larry Grenadier) and has appeared at many prestigious jazz festivals and concert venues, performing extensively in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Austria, Britain, Switzerland, Chile, Argentina, Peru…He has recorded 4 albums with his groups Smiling Organizm and Never Group and his music is regularly played on BBC radio as well as national radio stations in Austria, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Australia, France. You can also see his concerts around the world on the French music TV station, Mezzo Live HD. He enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered, and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolds: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself”. “JZ” is his latest achievement.
“A maverick at the heart of modern jazz.”
★★★★ The Telegraph
A forward thinking and conceptual player, with a solid groove style yet an open minded approach to free experimentation, his performances are always fresh and exhilarating! With a strong sense of writing, his compositions are personal and original, with an electronic – Jazz – Fusion style attached to them. He has played with most of his contemporaries and peers in the London Jazz Scene as well as crossing into the electronic pop world. He has played and recorded with jazz giants including the Sun Ra Arkestra Members Knoel Scott and Cecil Brooks as well as many other musicians in today’s Jazz scene. Currently, Jamie is involved in a number of projects, often touring Europe and the USA as a side man and also as a band leader. His current projects “JZ Replacement” and “Beat Replacement” has enabled Jamie to perform across the world in the Jazz/crossover scene. Having performed with his own bands on a regular basis at Ronnie Scott’s and some major festivals including, The Love Supreme, Glastonbury & Afro punk in New York, Jamie Murray is a name to keep an eye on. Recently Jazzwise magazine featured him in the “Shape of Jazz to come 2019” and “A drummer to watch out for” in Rhythm drummer magazine. His influences spread through a wide spectrum including greats as Vinnie Colaiuta, Elvin Jones, Dan Weiss, Jeff Porcaro, Ed Blackwell & Mark Guiliana just to name a few. He hopes to create a blend of personal expression through this mix of heroes as well as incorporating his own style and ideas.”Phenomenal UK drummer puts the fun back into fusion” – Jazzwise “The most disrespectful drummer in London” – Chris Phillips JazzFm “A young killer” – Kurt Elling
Some press about JZ latest album:
“…none of these frenetic tracks settles for long without flipping identity, echoes of Eastern folk and Indian classical poking through.”
— Andy Cowan, MOJO ⋆⋆⋆⋆
“This perky debut from the London-based duo combines extreme precision with punkish attitude to create snottily syncopated sounds that are both spiked and danceable.”
— The Wire
“But it also reflects radical DIY movements from punk through to fire-starting drum and bass that propel Strigalev’s hurtling, naïve, spiky, themes with their machine-gun staccato.”
— Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise
“…the way Lefebvre and Murray run through variations on a groove that’s sometimes arty punk-funk and other times just punk reminds me of Battles, especially given the drum sound here, which often has a sharp alt-rock ring. Meanwhile, Strigalev’s sax is a staccato pulse, each note clearly defined with a twitchy, hypercaffeinated focus.”
— Phil Freeman, Stereogum
” Their imaginative approach is front and centre on each track, letting listeners dream up their own visualisations. It’s an incredible listen from beginning to end, building a sound that’s both unique and familiar.”
— Danielle Holian, Headstuff
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