NOA ALVAREZ TRIO

  • Noa Alvarez

  • Ben Gilbert

  • Paul Michael

20151030

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Noa Alvarez

Noa was born in San Sebastián, Spain. Introduced to jazz at an early age by her father, she fell in love with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday. Although she studied classical piano for many years, it was the spontaneity of jazz that kept drawing her.

After living abroad for a few years and marrying into a musical family, she moved to London and rediscovered her passion for the genre.

Noa is a regular on the London jazz scene, having performed in jazz clubs such as The Ronnie Scotts bar, The Spice of Life, The Vortex, The Bull's Head, The Pheasantry, Charlie Wrights, Ram Jam Club etc as well as various jazz festivals, private clubs such as The Savile Club in Mayfair and iconic venues such as The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Her repertoire covers standards from the Great American Songbook, beautiful ballads and cheeky 1950s numbers, as well as latin bossa nova grooves, which she sings in English and Portuguese, drawing inspiration from her Spanish roots.

Ben Gilbert

Pianist Ben Gilbert has been performing and recording professionally since 2002 having graduated from the University of Sunderland BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music programme.

Between 2002 and 2009 he worked extensively in the north of England with his trio and several other groups – The Blofeld Experiment, Extreme Measures, Charity Case and Andy Hardie and the Free Radicals. Since moving to south west London in 2009 he has been working with the Stan Reynolds Big Band, Emily Saunders, Fiona Stein Quartet, a re-modeled Ben Gilbert Trio and the Tony Heiberg Quintet as well as holding a residency as a solo pianist at The Oxford and Cambridge Club.

As a composer Ben has written and arranged music for productions of ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ (Ray Herman), ‘Arabian Nights’, ‘Blood Wedding’ (Lorca), ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (Chaucer) and ‘Cabbages and Kings’ – an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, as well as developing material for various ensembles.

Ben has held posts at The Sage Gateshead as Course Leader and Tutor for the Jazz for Everyone programme of workshops and as the principle Jazz Piano and Improvisation tutor at the prestigious Weekend School and Open Studio. He coordinated workshops and masterclasses for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival working with artists such as Guy Barker and his Orchestra, Tim Garland, Gwylim Simcock, Nikki Iles, Sheila Jordan, Cleveland Watkiss and Gilad Atzmon.

Ben met Noa in early 2012, and after falling in love with his sensitive and intuitive playing, she invited him to perform with her at the first of many concerts together.

Paul Michael

Paul is a Trinity College alumni and a highly in demand session musician. He has performed all over the UK in clubs such as Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, The Forge, The Bull's Head, Pizza Express Jazz Club and King's place to name but a few. Amongst others, he has supported Julian Joseph, a towering figure in contemporary jazz, as well as working alongside Carlos Acosta, Principal Guest Artist of the Royal Ballet, on a project that culminated with a series of performances at The Royal Opera House in London.