The Collaborators  - Chris Biscoe & Roger Turner
Chris Biscoe and Roger Turner played their first duo gig in 1967 and have played together many times since then, but rarely played in public. This tour of England sees them working with local musicians in cities around England: John Pope in Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, Corey Mwamba in Derby, Mick Beck in Sheffield, Pat Thomas in Oxford, John Edwards and Liam Noble in London.

Each performance will be a unique event with a diverse range of instrumentations. While the backgrounds of all the musicians ensures that jazz will never be far from the mix, the aim is to approach each gig with minds open to the spirit of pure improvisation.

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Tour aided by Jazz Services/PRSF Touring Support Grant.
The Musicians
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ROGER TURNER - drums and percussion
Roger Turner is best introduced by this quote from Eugene Chadbourne  ‘master drummer who plays modern improvised music with the panache of a classic swing drummer’.

Roger has been playing in areas of music related to, but not always part of, jazz since the 1960s and has an astounding set of credits. Here are just a few: Elton Dean, Alan Silva, Annette Peacock, Lol Coxhill, Toshinoro Kondo, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor.

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Chris Biscoe
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CHRIS BISCOE - alto and soprano sax, alto clarinet
Chris Biscoe’s career has included work with many leading composers such as George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Hermeto Pascoal, Chris McGregor, collaborations as diverse as those with Alan Barnes and Evan Parker, bebop, freebop, hardbop, fusion, contemporary, improv and some jazz. Currently leading the Profiles Quartet with Tony Kofi, Disorder at the Border with Ben Davis and members of Chaos collective, and several other projects.

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JOHN POPE - double bass
John Pope is a young musician based in Newcastle on Tyne winning admiration from visiting musicians (he was talent spotted for this collaboration by Roger Turner) and working mostly in the north of England. Recent appearances have been with Mike Hurley, Lauren Hayes, Christos Michalakos.
John Pope
COREY MWAMBA - vibraphone
A dynamic performer mostly working in the area of improvised music he leads a trio with Joshua Blackmore and Dave Kane, works with Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, has recorded with Arun Ghosh and Argentum, and appeared with Pat Thomas, Lol Coxhill, Tony Kofi, Evan Parker and the Quantic Soul Orchestra.
Corey Mwamba
MICK BECK - bassoon
Mick Beck has been a creative force in and around Sheffield since forming the ground-breaking improvising big band Feet Packets. Originally a saxophonist, he has worked with J D Parran, Derek Bailey, Steve Noble, Chris Burn and Pat Thomas. Currently leading the Something Else Trio and a new big band, Gated Community.
Pat Thomas
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PAT THOMAS - piano
Starting with early classical piano studies, Pat Thomas entered free improvisation via jazz when a teenager. He uses an unusually wide range of approaches to piano, keyboard and electronics. He has appeared with Lol Coxhill, Tony Oxley and Derek Bailey’s Company.
John Edwards
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JOHN EDWARDS - double bass
If you look for John online one of the first things to come up is a youtube clip called ‘John Edwards Crazy Double Bass Demonstration’.  He came to prominence in B-shops for the Poor. Since then he’s played with everyone.
Liam Noble
photo: Helena Dornellas
LIAM NOBLE - piano
Liam has taken his own idiosyncratic approach to exploring the jazz tradition, producing several highly praised recordings and working extensively with such figures as Christine Tobin, Bobby Wellins, Stan Sultmann, Ingrid Laubrock and Phil Robson. His new quintet includes Chris Batchelor and Shabaka Hutchings.
Chris Biscoe: email: biscoechris (at) waitrose (dot) com
On November 21st 2013 in Oxford The Collaborators played a double bill opposite Nonstop Tango (

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On November 28th 2013 at the Sage, Gateshead, The Collaborators played a double bill with Sonsale (Andy Champion, Sylvain Parrifourcq, Corey Mwamba)

Tour aided by Jazz Services/PRSF Touring Support Grant.

Thanks to Paul Bream who set up the Newcastle gigs which became the foundation of this tour.
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