Jade is a contemporary jazz quartet pulled together by jazz trumpeter Nick Malcolm with inspirations as diverse as composer/producer JDilla and English church music.
The four players – who are each exceptional in their field – bring strong musical personalities to bear in interpreting and improvising the band’s original music, which combines acoustic and electronic sound. Their debut CD Real Isn’t Real is due for release in early 2018.
For nearly a decade now Nick Malcolm has been recognised as one of the leading jazz trumpet talents in the South West and beyond. Renowned both for the rich tone of his playing and his commitment to improvisational interaction he has given an individual voice to the many projects he has been part of over the years.
Up to 2015 he led the Nick Malcolm Quartet, featuring pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Ric Yarborough. The group played original compositions combining the rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation. They released two albums; ‘Glimmers’ (2012) on FMR records and ‘Beyond These Voices’ (2014) on Nick’s own Green Eyes label. The albums received excellent reviews, with Richard Williams calling the group ‘a highly evolved mechanism in which four voices create a sense of perfect integration’. Most recently they had a live gig broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s flagship program ‘Jazz on 3’ and appeared at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014. He recorded his third album with this band, ‘Real Isn’t Real’, with the addition of a second quartet of female vocalists in September 2015. Nick gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation towards the making of this album. For a number of years Nick also co-led the improvising trio ‘Alphabets’ with cellist Hannah Marshall and vocalist Lauren Kinsella.
As a sideman Nick is a founder member of Eliza Carthy’s ‘Wayward Daughter’ as well as of vocalist Emily Wright’s ‘Moonlight Saving Time’. He is a member of Rebecca Nash’s Atlas, The Greg Cordez Quintet and George Cooper’s Jazz Defenders. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Roger Turner, Gail Brand, Dominic Lash, Laura Jurd, Get The Blessing’s Jake McMurchie, Guillaume Viltard, Shabaka Hutchings, Josienne Clarke, Jim Moray and UK soul artist Pete Josef . In November 2013 he was chosen to take part in Take Five Edition IX, a professional development scheme for emerging creative jazz musicians run by Serious.
He has studied with Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Batchelor, Dave Wickins and Ralph Alessi and teaches jazz trumpet at Wells Cathedral School.