Word has quietly been spreading for a while now, so we might as well tell y’all…our second release is going to be JJ Wheeler Quintet’s debut album, Unconventional.
Having spent the last two years playing club dates & festivals around the UK (including a successful UK Tour in Spring 2011 and Cheltenham & Swanage Jazz Festivals), the Quintet have finally entered the studio to document just some of the original writing from the young drummer/bandleader. Highlights include the crowd-favourite arrangement of Radiohead’s Everything In Its Right Place as well as the epic set-closer telling the story of legendary Birmingham figure, Cider Mickey.
In July 2011 the JJ Wheeler Quintet were featured as part of the BBC Proms series, recording a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 from the Royal Albert Hall, London, and have also gained critical acclaim in both musician and media circles.
In follow-up to the album-release, the group will be undertaking two tours in 2012 (March & Sept) as well as various one-off club & festival dates. Venues booked so far include the towns/cities of London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Manchester, Leeds, Shrewsbury etc, so watch this space for more details!
“One of the UK’s hottest Jazz acts.” – Metro Newspaper
“One to watch out for” – JazzWise Magazine
“The young drummer’s band reminds me of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3
“But what makes the group outstanding is the musicians’ excellent use of dynamics, the essential light and shade of top-quality performance.” – John Watson, Express & Star
“I enjoyed it a lot. Great performance!” – Dave Holland
“Really beautiful. Great tunes. Not much more I can say!” – Jeff Ballard