Meet The Band: Seamus Blake Trio
30 January 2017
Ahead of Seamus Blake’s Orpheus Project tour (which runs 3rd February until 10th
February), we thought we’d introduce you to the two exceptional UK musicians Seamus will be collaborating as a trio. Both Ross and James were top of Seamus’s call list for his Orpheus Project, having played and recorded with them in a different setting – Mark McKnight’s quartet. (Do or Die, Whirlwind Records 2011)
Ross Stanley (organ)
Born in 1982, Ross became playing piano at age 4 and by his teens he was awarded a scholarship at the prestigious Malborough. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ross has developed a strong reputation amongst both musicians and audiences all over the UK and is in high demand as a sideman. Some of the artists he has toured, recorded and performed with include Will Vinson, Dennis Rollins, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins, Joel Frahm and Liane Carroll as well as pop acts like Goldie and Simply Red.
Check out Ross in action with Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard Unplugged – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsyo557ywCY
James Maddren (drums)
James is a London based drummer and composer. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he studied with Martin France and upon graduating, was awarded the Principal Award for Outstanding Studentship. He is the go-to drummer for innumerable UK jazz musicians including Gwilym Simcock, Ivo Neame, Will Vinson and Kenny Wheeler.
Here’s a video of James playing trio with Kit Downes and Petter Eldh – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi_9i4Ygon0