The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet features two of the most exciting and versatile musicians on the jazz scene today. Both multi-instrumentalists, they perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. With inspiration drawn from the all-time heroes of reed players, Amy Roberts and Richard Exall perform well crafted arrangements that pay homage to Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Earl Bostic, BennyGoodman, Eddie 'Lockjaw" Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker and many more. Together, Richard Exall and Amy Roberts have produced a product that successfully crosses the traditional divides of the jazz world, performing melodic and intricate arrangements that wow audiences and appeal to listeners of all styles of music.
The Quintet were voted "Band of the Year" at the end of 2014 by Rochdale Jazz Society, and have continued to go from strength to strength! One particular highlight was their tour to Sweden which included performances at the Hallevik Jazz Festival to sell out crowds. They will be returning to Hallevik in 2016!!
Amy and Richard have recorded 2 albums together, "Why Not", and most recently, "Hodge-Stic".... Both can be purchased via the CD's page!
The current line-up features...
Amy Roberts - flute, clarinet & alto sax
Richard Exall - clarinet, tenor & alto saxes, vocals, arranger.
Bill Coleman - double bass
David Ferris - piano
Nick Millward - drums