LOCUS at The Jazz Bar, EdinburghBelow are two reviews written about LOCUS during their UK tour in November. Ian Mann’s review was written about their EFG London Jazz Festival appearance, and Rob Adams’ review refers to their date at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh. Corrections are given in […] and italics.

LOCUS at London Jazz Festival – Ian Mann

The early evening free performance at the QEH Front Room was by Locus, a young sextet co-led by alto saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper and trumpeter Kim Macari. The pair were joined by Riley Stone-Lonergan on tenor sax, Sam Leak on piano, Tom Wheatley on double bass and Jay Davis at the drums.

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VIDEO: Fat Face Trio NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Contest

Our friends Fat Face Trio are back in North Carolina after their UK tour in summer 2014. They have entered the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest with High Tops, a tune written by their tuba player Molly Jay and arranged by trumpeter Matt Postle. The winner is announced on February 12th and our fingers are crossed for them!

NEWS: Apollo Collaboration at HEART, February 21st

Dean Mongerio We’re thrilled to announced another Apollo Connect collaboration taking place on February 21st at HEART in Leeds. The band will be a two tenor chordless quartet featuring US saxophonist Dean Mongerio and Riley Stone-Lonergan.

American tenor saxophonist Dean Mongerio has performed extensively across the US both with jazz musicians like Rufus Reid and Sam Rivers and as a pop sideman with acts like The Temptations and The Drifters. Since 2011, Dean has been based in London and is set to release a new album in 2015.

Riley Stone-LonerganRiley Stone-Lonergan is a musician well-known and respected on the Leeds and London jazz scenes. Winning a Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award in 2012, he has since worked extensively across the UK as  a sideman and will debut his new quartet as a leader in April 2015 with gigs in Leeds and at Ronnie Scotts in London. He is set to release an album this year with sextet LOCUS.

Tickets for this gig are available through HEART and cost £8/6.

Apollo Connect is a series of performances brings together musicians from different cities and scenes and provides a rehearsal and performance space for the musicians to collaborate and perform together, broadening the networks of the musicians and creating unique one-off concerts for audiences.

NEWS: LOCUS to release Live Album


Following on from another successful UK tour in November 2014, LOCUS are to release a live album of their music on New Jazz Records, a label established in 2014 and run by composer James Hamilton. This will mark the first Apollo Jazz Network CD release.

The album will be released in this year so stay tuned for teaser tracks and news on when and how you can get your hands on it!

Until then, visit New Jazz Records to learn more about them and listen to their releases.