The Vicky Tilson Quartet - Biography

Bass-led modern jazz from this Guildhall trained bassist/composer, who combines deep Mingus- style grooves and pastoral melodies with gritty textures on top provided by guitarist Stuart Fiddler and alto sax ace Dee Byrne.









DEE BYRNE – alto saxophone

A freelance saxophonist based in London, Dee graduated from the Masters course at Trinity College of Music in 2011. Dee composes for and leads contemporary jazz group: Entropi, is the other half of electro-acoustic ‘two-piece' orchestra: Deemer, co-founder of Zonica - a six piece improvised electronics ensemble, and plays regularly with Xantone Blacq as well as the Soul Immigrants (P-Vine records Japan). Other projects include the Vicky Tilson Quartet, Paul Baxter's Destination Out, Saxoctopus (eight piece saxophone ensemble) and Word of Moth (collaboration with Cath Roberts).








Stuart started out playing rock ‘n’ roll and blues in various bands before going on to study Jazz Guitar at Trinity College of Music, graduating in 2003. He started playing gigs on the London scene in 2001 and continues to be active with work ranging from solo guitar to performing in groups. Stuart has represented a number of top musical agencies in London and performed in numerous locations and venues including the Gherkin, Somerset House, Tower Bridge, the Jazz Cafe and the Vortex.



VICKY TILSON – double bass/compositions

Born in Wiltshire, this West Country lass swapped her idyllic existence for the hustle of London, a degree in Film and after much soul-searching, a double bass and place at the Guildhall on their post-grad jazz course. Formerly a classically-trained pianist and oboist, she rebelled against her music teachers and took up the bass guitar and rock music in an attempt to do something more modern (there was no jazz in her school). After various original bands, CDs, radio airplay and the ubiquitous nonsense that comes with an unsigned band, the calling of jazz became too much and she succumbed in August 2003 to a Michael Garrick Jazz Academy course. It changed her life. She has subsequently performed with Tony Kofi, Henry Lowther, Quentin Collins, Kevin Davy and at venues including The Vortex, Pizza Express – Soho, Charlie Wright's and the Manchester Jazz Festival.





Reinis Axelsson grew up in Visby, Sweden. He moved to London after studying music for 4 years and has since worked with many different bands of different genres. For the last 9 years Reinis has been working extensively abroad with bands such as The Bongolian, Firemouth and the TJ Johnson band. He recorded 2 albums with the Andy Davies Quartet and has performed in Asia as well as all over Europe and Britain. He also is the drummer in rock band The Last Detail. Reinis also likes to sail long boats, pillage and plunder. When he grows up he wants to be a fireman.








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