(bink!) is a new, vibrant young band featuring the exciting combination of a trombone and alto saxophone frontline. Each musician brings individual influences and a unique approach to improvisation, resulting in an eclectic and distinctive sound.
It began in September of 2010 as a project to bring close friends from different parts of the country together to start a band where each member has an equal input into not only the compositions themselves but also the creative process in which they are realised.
Featuring Adam Jackson on alto saxophone, Richard Foote on trombone, John Lowrie on the drums and cymbals and Rob Anstey on bass, (bink!) are planning to go on a 'mini tour' of the UK and record their first album in the summer of 2011.
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Adam Jackson - Sax
Adam Jackson graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2008 and currently lives in East Kilbride, Scotland. One of the most exciting young alto saxophonists in the country, Adam has played in some of the UK's biggest jazz festivals including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz and Blues Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a member of the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and can be heard playing with some of Scotland's finest musicians such as Tom Gibbs, Euan Burton and Ryan Quigley to name a few. A talented composer and a highly original and emotive improviser make Adam's performances unique and exhilarating to hear.
Rob Anstey - Bass
Rob Anstey is a bassist and trombonist currently living in London. He has performed extensively around the UK and abroad as well as featuring at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Vienne Jazz Festivals. As part of the Lluis Mather quartet he won the Dave Holland ensemble award at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2009. In 2010 Rob toured with New York based saxohonist Ben Bryden; and is a current member of Sid Peacock's 'Surge' and 'Macondo Village Band', Mike Fletcher's 'M.O.L.E' and Aaron Diaz's collective ensemble 'Moon Unit'.
John Lowrie - Drums
Originally from Dumfries, John began his musical life as an accordionist, taking lessons from the age of four. He began playing piano in Dumfries Youth Jazz Group before switching to drums and studying with Alyn Cosker and Tom Gordon. He has toured with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and with the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, with which he continues to perform regularly. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2009, John is also active on the Scottish folk scene. In popular jazz magazine Jazzwise he was named Glasgow Herald journalist Rob Adams 'one to watch in 2010' . "John Lowrie leads a young group that showcases his all round musical ability and superbly channelled energy". John is in his 2nd year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studies on the new jazz degree, headed by internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tommy Smith.