Sam Quintana’s Wandering Monster made their second Jazz North Introduces appearance at the 25th Marsden Jazz Festival on the main stage at The Marsden Mechanics. Playing shortly after mid-day on the Saturday the band played an uplifting set which received a standing ovation from members of an enthusiastic festival audience.
Next festival date will be in early 2017 at Southport with further showcase dates across the year leading up to a final date at Scarborough Jazz Festival 2017 at the end of September 2017.
Wandering Monster is:
Sam Quintana – Bass
Ben Powling – Tenor Sax
Calvin Travers – Guitar
Aleks Podraza – Piano/Keys
Tom Higham – Drums
About Wandering Monster
Since getting together in the autumn of 2014, Wandering Monster has honed a sound which demonstrates a combination of intricately arranged off-kilter grooves, in your face hooks and lengthy collective improvisation sections. Influences taken from the rhythmic complexity of modern jazz are juxtaposed with the intensity of classic blue note recordings.
The band features, Ben Powling on tenor saxophone, Calvin Travers on guitar, Aleks Podraza on piano/keyboards and Tom Higham on drums. Also associated with projects such as Zeitgeist and Stretch Trio, these musicians are amongst the most active on the Leeds music scene.
Their debut two track EP was recorded at Leeds Fold and was released on the New Jazz Records label in March complete with a live video from the recording by Maria Alzamora.
Listen to the Wandering Monster EP wanderingmonsteruk.bandcamp.com
For more information about booking Wandering Monster please email bookingsATjazznorth.org (replace AT with @).