Alex Garnett Quartet

United Kingdom

Alex Garnett
07973 241061


After freelancing on the UK scene for over 20 years, in April 2011 Alex Garnett will release his first CD as a leader, Serpent, on Michael Janisch's new label, Whirlwind Recordings. In conjunction he will be embarking on a Jazz Services supported tour throughout the UK with his current quartet. Although Alex has appeared on many albums through the years as a sideman and as a member of various collectives, the release of this, his debut album as leader, comes as the result of a musical vacation made to New York in 2009. There, he collaborated with three top class musicians, Anthony Wonsey, Michael Janisch and Willie Jones III in the famous Brooklyn studio Systems Two, to create music in the true spirit of jazz, with minimal pre-meditated preparation.

Alex Garnett was born into a family of musicians in London and has enjoyed a varied musical career as both a jazz artist and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist. He is a regular sideman choice for top visiting American artists when touring in Europe, and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide, appearing at such prestigious venues and festivals as the Blue Note, Birdland, the Perugia, North Sea, Granada, Vittoria, Barcelona, Montreux, and Oslo Jazz Festivals, with varied artists such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Humphrey Littleton, Scott Hamilton, Seamus Blake, Joel Frahm, Carlene Anderson, Ruby Turner, Gilad Atzmon, Van Morrison, Jools Holland, and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. He is also one of the headlining musicians of the current Ronnie Scotts All Stars pool.

Ross Stanley studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London and has since racked up an impressive CV with credits including Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Jim Mullen, Guy Barker, Seamus Blake and the Steve Howe Trio. Stanley was recently nominated for Best Instrumentalist in the 2010 London Jazz Awards and the Worshipful Company Of Musicians Jazz Medal for Young Musicians 2010 and is planning his first album of original compositions to be released in 2012.

Michael Janisch is a native of the USA currently living in London. Described as “always hip, melodic, and bouncey” - The Times, Janisch is “a muscular, fluent player with an irresistible pulse and virtuosic soloing technique,” – JazzWise. He has shared the stage with many of jazz’s legends such as Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, Dianne Reeves, Gary Burton, Hal Crook, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Garzone, Mark Turner, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Donny McCaslin, Joel Frahm, Joe Locke, Aaron Goldberg, Vincent Herring, Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Will Vinson, Darren Barrett, Kendrick Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jochen Rueckert, Jason Palmer, Patrick Cornelius, Jaleel Shaw, Jeremy Pelt, Warren Wolf, and many more. He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, The Hollywood Bowl, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz, and The North Sea Jazz Festival.

Enzo Zirilli was born in Turin and studied piano at the G.Verdi Conservatoire.
As a drummer he has toured with Gloria Gaynor and since 1996 worked with the Italian pop/jazz singer Rossana Casale. He has played at major festivals, theatres and jazz clubs across Europe with musicians such as Steve Grossman, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Robert Bonisolo, Luigi Bonafede, George Garzone, Randy Brecker, Antonio Forcione, Ares Tavolazzi, Franck Avitabile, Stefano Di Battista, Gary Bartz, Ira Coleman, Larry Schneider, Peggy Stern, Alberto Marsico, Ron Ringwood, Donovan Mixon and Salvatore Bonafede. He currently works with the Enrico Pieranunzi quintet and trio and with the Moroni Dice trio and quartet.

  • “Alex Garnett…one of Great Britain’s most accomplished post bop ?musicians” –

• Ross Stanley - (piano)
• Michael Janisch - (acoustic bass)
• Alex Garnett - (tenor saxophone)
• Enzo Zirill - (drums)

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