Described in Jazzwise Magazine as evoking a “Metheny-esque lyricism”, guitarist Steve Banks presents Steve Banks Quintet featuring musicians from the forefront of UK jazz.
The quintet showcases Steve’s original compositions encompassing deep contemporary grooves, Brazilian and swing influences, lush harmonies and memorable melodic hooks. The rich and dynamic musical landscapes created by the quintet are redolent of The Impossible Gentlemen, Maria Schneider, Fred Hersch and Bill Frisell, providing a showcase for Steve’s expressive, resonant and distinctive voice.
Steve Banks – guitar
Steve’s captivating style and versatility is featured on recent recordings and performances across the UK with Sara Colman, Greg Cordez and We Are Leif. In 2021, Steve will be releasing ‘Emboldened’, an ACE supported suite of his original music alongside recording an album of compositions with the quintet.
“A remarkable guitarist” - Fringe Jazz
“Steve Banks brings a crisp lyricism that mimics Colman’s flight patterns then deviates in fascinating directions” - Dave Sumner, Best of jazz on Bandcamp (Sara Colman’s What We’re Made Of)
Rebecca Nash – piano
Highly respected and in-demand UK pianist and composer. Rebecca’s recent album ‘Peaceful King’ on Whirlwind records was received with enthusiastic acclaim in both UK and US.
“One of the freshest most creative talents in the UK at this present time” UK Vibe
Sam Crockatt – saxophone
Royal Academy graduate, Whirlwind recording artist including three critically acclaimed albums as leader and Parliamentary Jazz Award winner.
“’Mells Bells’ further burnishes Crockatt’s substantial reputation” John Fordham, The Guardian
Henrik Jensen – bass
Royal Academy graduate, Babel recording artist including three critically acclaimed albums as leader.
“Jensen is thoughtful, richly chordal and attractively Charlie Haden-like on the bass” John Fordham, The Guardian
Mark Whitlam – drums
First call jazz drummer in the South West, played and toured with many celebrated musicians including Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy.
“Whitlam’s neatly energetic drumming is consistently bright, inventive and responsive” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann