w/ The Wandering Yak serving 6-9pm.
The Thursday Night Jazz tradition was introduced to Hot Numbers Gwydir Street by Nick Hill, known to Cambridge locals from his previous residencies at the Elm Tree and the Cricketers. We now welcome Mark Hale, a frequent guest of Nick's and outstanding Drummer, to bring fresh talent from the UK Jazz scene every Thursday. Our live music is funded through the generosity of the audience with a suggested donation of £5.
April 21st: Ralph Wyld - Vibraphone
Ralph Wyld is a London-based vibraphonist, percussionist and composer, whose recent accolades include the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize 2015, and the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2015. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music jazz course, Ralph is making his name playing original, contemporary music with groups such as the Tim Richards Hextet, John Martin’s ‘Hidden Notes’ and Rick Simpson’s ‘Klammer’. He is set to release his debut album in 2016, on leading European Jazz label Edition Records.
In 2014 Ralph formed his own ensemble, Mosaic, for which he composes all the music. The band played in the 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival at Omnibus Arts Centre, where it also had its first gig a year earlier, and has performed at other London venues such as The Vortex and the 606 Club. In addition, Mosaic played in a masterclass with Dave Holland at the Royal Academy, which prompted London Jazz News to tweet “Ralph Wyld’s writing/textures caught the ear”. As it is to feature on Ralph’s debut release, the band will be touring the country towards the end of 2016.
Beyond his own group, Ralph is in demand as a sideman. He currently plays with a wide range of musicians and groups, including Yazz Ahmed, Tim Richards Hextet, Sam Eagles Quartet, Rick Simpson’s ‘Klammer’, John Martin’s ‘Hidden Notes’, JJ Wheeler’s ‘Come Back Stronger’, drumless co-op Pacha Mama, and Troykestra, the big band incarnation of Troyka. Through these groups and others, he has played at venues up and down the country, including gigs in the London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals. He has also recorded with Tim Richards, Sam Eagles, John Martin, and Troykestra whose subsequent record won the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Album of the year.