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tells me it was all happening at the ZOO...
Find out our old news below,
most recent at the top:
frank and detailed review of Psychodrama by JazzMann
"An adventurous offering with much worthy of praise, not least the
contribution of guest trumpeter Guy Barker."
Read more on the Psychodrama
A nice review of "Psychodrama" at FATEA
Magazine - read it on the Psychodrama
ZOO, Stuart McCallum
and the Beats and Pieces Big Band joined
forces with promoters the Jet Collective
and Leicester's Y Theatre
to present "Jazz x 3".
Comments about the event, and the performers,
Zoo were excellent, detected some Allan Holdsworth influences in the playing of
one R.Clegg, with a bit of Mahavisnu thrown in!" Y
Y Theatre hosted one of the most imaginative and innovative jazz performances
I've heard for a long time."
"First up was Stuart McCallum playing
ambient style solo guitar, sometimes enhanced with electronic loops. Amazing Grace
showed his musicality as he did something new with a hymn, while original Vital
Space added electronic reminiscent of John Martyn. John Coltrane's Blue Train
was the highlight."
up were Zoo. I could have listened to more of John Sanderson's reeds, and there
was a moment of genius in the introduction to original Walking Not Running with
Middle Eastern sounding bass clarinet and wordless vocals..."
with a fanfare of blazing horns, the Beats & Pieces Big Band announced their
arrival in style, playing witty, innovate arrangements." Leicester
We're sorry to report the passing away of our great friend, performer
and educator, David Ives. David played and toured with us a few years ago, and
he and Vera were always great supporters of our musical activities.
play two sets at the delightful CafeBar
Contemporary in Nottingham. A superb venue, with a great sound team, lovely
staff, good food...what more could we want?!
are delighted to announce that the latest CD "Psychodrama" was
today launched on iTunes. Listen
to the tracks on iTunes. Listen
to longer tracks on MySpace. Visit
the Psychodrama website.
idst and Martin
Taylor play to a capacity audience as part of the Jet
Collective's "Jazz x 3" event at Leicester's Y
Theatre. Pictures in the Gallery
kicked off the 2010 gigging season with an invitation-only event at Norman
Cross Gallery, near Peterborough, to showcase their latest material. Big "thank-yous"
to everyone who came to the Gallery and made it such a great event. Pictures
in the Gallery.
Shooting videos of "Could've" and "Breathing In"
at the G2 Studios in Sheffield, with
Dan from Light Engine Films.
Pictures | Video
to GO Outdoors for use of their parking)
are delighted to be part of Jazz Times Three, featuring Martin Taylor,
If Destroyed Still True, and ZOO, at the Y Theatre in Leicester on 16th May 2010.
Details on the Gigs page.
collective / Y Theatre collaboration
#7 has a name: "PSYCHODRAMA". More stuff in the CDs
& February 2010||Recording|
over-dubbing and mixing the new album...
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December 2009 ||Recording|
UK trumpeter Guy Barker came to the Greenhouse studio in Derbyshire to record
material for the new ZOO album. Photos
December 2009 ||Recording|
relocated to Ian's spacious house to spend two intensive days recording the fifteen
(yes, fifteen!) core tracks for the new album. And we're delighted with the results!
Thank you to Ian, Jennifer and Madeleine for allowing us to take over your ground
migrated the ZOO website to a new server at Easily. We now have 10x more webspace,
allowing us to bring all our photography back on-site,
and also to have enough space for the mp3s of the tracks on the new album.
played Spice Jazz at Cambridge Circus, central London. Thanks (not really!) to
Ken and Boris for the Congestion Charge (which clearly doesn't work!), and TFL
for over-zealous traffic wardens - hardly conducive to bands trying to deliver
live jazz to the city. Genuine thanks to all at The Spice of Life.
Viva in Hornsey tonight unavoidably cancelled
played the Hockley Hustle at Escucha with Pete Johnson, The Hot Club, Jazz Junction,
Squib, Mandy Tatton, Matt Chandler and Me & Mrs Jones. The whole Hustle (200
artists at 20 venues) raised over £20,000 for charity.
The video for "Big Red Bus" is in Audiotube's top 5 playlist
this week - view via the ZOO Video Page.
now have the timings for ZOO's appearance at the Hockley Hustle event on 25th
October: we'll be playing from 9:45 to 10:15 pm. More details on the Gigs
The video for "Big Red Bus" is topping the Audiotube
playlist - view via the ZOO Video Page.
play a stonking gig at the Yardbird jazz club in Birmingham. Thanks to everyone
there for making it such a great evening. Plus we got a brief mention on Janice
Long's show on Radio 2!
We've had a great week, rehearsing with Guy Barker (who's not only
an amazing trumpter, but a smashing bloke as well), (pics)
and then performing at the Bonington Theatre with Guy, to a large and enthusiastic
crowd (pics). Huge thanks to Tim on sound,
Bob on lights, Simon and Faye for taking photos (Photos
by Simon Mackney).
of the collaboration and Bonington Theatre gig with Guy Barker, ZOO are reviewed
by Alan Joyce in the Nottingham Evening Post - read the
review on the Review Page.
The video for "Big Red Bus" can now be viewed on Audiotube
via the ZOO Video Page.
The video was shot
on the 7th March by students from De Montford University, Leicester, UK
July 2009 ||Gigs|
will be playing at this year's Hockley Hustle in Nottingham on 25th October. Details
on the gigs page.
The weather was kind - but only just!
All three of our festival
appearances were blessed with fine weather - but it was a near thing.
rained overnight before the Lichfield Jazz Festival (pics)
on 27th June, but the huge marquee was pretty immune to the elements anyway. But
fine afternoon weather meant the audience could spread onto the rugby pitch for
'al fresco jazz'.
The MetOffice had warned of a 'light shower' affecting the
private party in the walled garden at Norman Cross Gallery (pics),
but instead we had a torrential downpour just before starting the first set. We
were ok under our (well, Stamford RiverCare's!) marquee, and the audience sheltered
in the Gallery. When the sun came out, everyone returned for a perfect summer's
afternoon of music.
Prolonged rain was forecast before the Stamford RiverCare
gig on 12th July (pics), but our concerns
that the riverside site might be too boggy, or flooded, were unfounded, and it
was a perfect afternoon, albeit rather windy, and with just a light shower at
Such are the trials and tribulations of playing music in tents!
The weather can do what it wants now - the rest of our gigs are indoors!
Read a review of ZOO's performance at the Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz
& Blues Festival by The JazzMann.com
on the Reviews Page
are delighted to announce a gig at "the hottest jazz venue in London"
- SpiceJazz - on November 12th. Details
on the gigs page.
Festival reminder: ZOO will be the opening act on Saturday
27th June at the 20th Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz and Blues Festival. And then we'll
be on again at 4pm. More info
on the Lichfield website, or ring 01534 262223
The video for "Big Red Bus" can be viewed on Youtube
via the ZOO Video Page.
The video was shot on
the 7th March by students from De Montford University, Leicester, UK
ZOO's new album 'END OF THE TELEGRAPH WIRES' is now available for download through
i-Tunes and others.
can also hear samples of every track on the album website at www.endofthetelegraphwires.co.uk,
and buy the CD from i-tunes,
our record company (Red Admiral),
the JazzCDs website, and
from the Sales page on this site.
More gig dates: Yardbird (Birmingham), 6th September; Stamford RiverCare, 12th
July. Details on the Gigs page.
are delighted to confirm the performance details of our collaboration with Guy
Barker: after a week of rehearsing at the Greenhouse studio, we'll be
performing with Guy at The Bonington Theatre in Nottingham on 13th August.
Tickets are £10 from the Box Office on 0115 956 0733. Details
on the Gigs page. (Presented in association with JAZZ
ZOO continue working with ace trumpter Nick
Smart at our second collaboration workshop, as part of the EMJazz "Rhythm-a-ning"
We now have details of the two gigs which will feature Nick: 4th
May at Sleaford Live Festival (The Hub), and 17th May at the Yardbird Jazz Club
in Birmingham. Details on the Gigs Page.
of 'Dirty' and 'Leave it all behind' are topping the Audiotube charts! Thanks
to everyone for watching and listening.
ZOO are now part of the Audiotube video portal. Find us on the
Admiral Channel in the audioblog, and the videos for 'Dirty' and 'Leave it
all behind' can also be found on the main Red
ZOO are delighted to announce some new gig dates on 2nd May (Cheltenham Jazz Fringe),
6th June (Bournemouth) and 4th July (Rutland private party) - details on the Gigs
ZOO cruise around Leicester on a double-decker bus, shooting a video of "Big
Red Bus" with staff and students from DeMontfort University. Pics
ZOO work with ace trumpter Nick Smart
at our first collaboration workshop, as part of the EMJazz "Rhythm-a-ning"
ZOO travel to Camden Lock in London to shoot a video of "Energy" with
Layla and Greg from BalconyTv. Big thanks
to old friend Paul from Oz, and Lynne and her assistants, for roady-ing the gear
up onto the balcony. Pics | Video
and Photo Shoot|
ZOO renew their working relationship with LightEngineFilms,
shooting a video for "Leave It All Behind", off the new album "End
of the Telegraph Wires", at the Escucha
Club in Nottingham. Pics. Video.
At the same time we had some new individual and group pictures taken for the portfolio
by Simon Mackney.
ZOO Year from the ZOO Crew|
ZOO are delighted to
announce collaborations with two of the UK's leading jazz trumpeters.
The outcome of being
selected for the EMJAZZ "Rhythm-a-ning" competition (see 23rd
November 2007) is to rehearse and perform with Nick
Smart between March and May 2009, culminating with performances at or
around the Newark Jazz Festival.
And then in August 2009 we're planning to work with Guy
play two gigs: at The Yardbird,
Birmingham and Dexter's Jazz Club, Nottingham, to pre-launch the new CD "End
of the Telegraph Wires". Huge thanks to Tom at The Yardbird for sound,
and to Jake at Dexter's for the opportunity to play there again. Also to Brian
for the superb photos.|
on the radio: a one hour interview with Airomee Wind on The Que98.2
highlights video of ZOO's gig at Escucha in Nottingham in October can be found
on YouTube - check the Video page |
play The Hubb, Nottingham, with John Sanderson and David Ives|
Date: ZOO will be playing the Yardbird
Jazz Club in Birmingham on 7th December 2008. More details on the Gigs
page soon. Pics in the Gallery |
play The Hubb, Nottingham, with John Sanderson and Ian Beestin. Pics in the Gallery|
highlights video of ZOO's gig at The Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham in July
can be found on YouTube - check the Video page |
finished recording and mixing the new CD "End of the Telegraph Wires",
it has a new website: www.endofthetelegraphwires.co.uk,
and it's now with Copysound for mastering and duplication. And we absolutely love
Dates: ZOO playing two gigs in Nottingham on 5th and 9th October - details
on the Gigs page.|
do you file a ZOO video?|
Between The Feeling and Maria Carey! Entertainment
The link is here: http://music.entertainment-focus.com/musicvideos.php
though it's probably changed by now...
video of ZOO's second single "Dirty" is now on YouTube - check the Video
play a storming gig at Birmingham's Yardbird
Jazz Club, with John Sanderson on saxes & flute and Ian Beestin on drums
& percussion. Pics here...huge
thanks to the guys at Yardbird, especially Tom on the mixing desk. Video
record a live acoustic version of "Mutual" at BBC Radio WM in Birmingham,
and are interviewed by Lee Stone for the evening's "DriveTime" programme.
Pics here, vid
record a video for "Dirty" with LightEngineFilms
in various secret locations around Sheffield. Pics
here; video here. |
play the Whitwick
Live Trek event, in support of the Alzheimer's
Society. Over £3,000 raised; pics
catches Peter Grant at The Key in
Peterborough - great voice, great band and great atmosphere.|
play Dexter's Jazz Club in Nottingham. Pics
here; thanks to Jake for the return invitation.|
Whilst in the USA, Karen gave a live interview on The
Que 98.2 Internet Radio station, with DJ/artist Airomee Wind and James Thalman
of the Deseret News. Que 98.2 currently have the new single "Dirty"
at No.2 on their playlist. "Annie" has also been added to their playlist.
"At number two this week
'Zoo' with their song of growing popularity 'Dirty' made it to number two this
week. We'll be interviewing Zoo live on The Que 98.2 on 'Jazz Class' live Sunday
evening at 9PM MST/Utah time"
date: ZOO playing at the Yardbird
Jazz Club, Birmingham, on 27th July 2008. Details on the Gigs
play a private event at the Norman
Cross Gallery near Peterborough. Pics here.|
Thanks to Derek and Mary for hosting the event, and the brilliant audience.
are added to the playlist roster of Que98.2
FM internet radio in Utah, broadcasting from 3pm to 4am UK time.|
new single "Dirty" gets national radio play on Tom
Robinson's programme on BBC 6 Music.|
play two sets at The Little Theatre
in Leicester. Pics here.|
Jan for organising and promoting the event, and the staff at the Theatre.
(but NO THANKS to the over-zealous car parking attendant who ticketed both of
play for the new single "Dirty" on Rutland
Radio's chart show.|
of the new single "Dirty" by FATEA Records - see the Reviews
announce another gig at Dexter's Jazz Club in Nottingham - 20th May.
Details on the Gigs Page . This will also be where we
launch our next single, "Dirty", from the "Greenhouse"
have started to use Photobox to store pics from gigs, recordings and rehearsals.
We'll gradually move all our Gallery Images there,
but for now pics from our recent gigs at Nottingham and Stamford can be found
for ZOO! At the Parliamentary Jazz Awards: http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/,
by 28th February.|
are delighted to announce that they will be a playing an invitation-only event
at the Norman Cross Art Gallery
near Peterborough, on 26th April. Details on the gigs
play a set at the Boomerang
Returns Club in Stamford. Thanks to Graham and Bernard for sound and stage
assistance, our fellow performers Vicki
Clayton and Andy Whittle, and Rachel,
for getting us the gig in the first place and bringing a crowd of friends!|
play two sets at Dexter's Jazz Club in Nottingham. A big thank you to the
friendly and enthusiastic audience, and especially to Jake for inviting us, and
Brian for taking photographs which should be on the site soon.|
of "Greenhouse" in Jazzwise
- see the Reviews page|
now delighted to confirm that the line-up for the Boomerang
Returns gig in Stamford on 9th February will include Andy
Whittle and Vikki Clayton. See
the Gigs Page for more.|
are now listed on the JazzCDs
website, from where you can buy the "Greenhouse"
CD. Thanks to Maisie for helping to set it up.|
have signed onto the Unsigned
Chart website, and uploaded music files and photos.|
HAPPY ZOO YEAR from the ZOO Team|
catch the excellent Geoff Gascoyne Project,
featuring Jamie Cullum, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Trudy Kerr and The Juno String Quartet,
at the Derby Assembly Rooms.|
- ZOO are delighted to announce that we have been selected by EMJAZZ to partake
in their Rhythm-a-ning project. This is an artist development project which will
support seven creative jazz groups based in the East Midlands in taking their
music to the next level by rehearsing and performing with leading UK jazz musicians.
The project was devised by EMJAZZ and is supported by the Lottery through Arts
Council of England's Grants for the Arts. ZOO look forward to this collaboration
next year, leading to three gigs at prestige jazz venues in the East Midlands.
[Read more about
diary dates: ZOO will be playing 2 sets at the Little Theatre in Leicester on
21st April 2008, and 2 sets at Dexter's Jazz Club in Nottingham on 5th
February 2008. More on the gigs page.|
is interviewed by Derby
Evening Telegraph for an article appearing on Saturday 10th November.
"Suddenly" will also be on their website as a non-downloadable mp3.
the interview here (Derby ET) or here
(on the Zoo website).|
win the Best Jazz Artist category at the Glasswerk
New Music Awards in London. Thanks to everyone for their support
and votes in the earlier rounds, and also to all the artists, bands, organisers,
promoters and staff at AKA London for
a really excellent evening. Pics in the Gallery.|
from the album "Greenhouse"
is released as a single.|
have a page on the new Listen2Listings.com
website, to promote gigs and 'build the fan base'!|
new date for the cancelled Boomerang
gig in Stamford is 9th February 2008|
good news - our soon-to-be-released single "Suddenly" will get some
airplay on Rutland Radio this Saturday,
6th October between 6pm and 7pm. Thanks to Graham Wright at Rutland for his continued
have set the ball rolling on their next recording project, selecting 18 potential
tracks for inclusion on the new CD. We'll start laying down the backing tracks
at an intensive studio session soon.|
very nearly made it onto BBC
Radio London's "Late Show" midnight session this Thursday...but
they've decided not to include any more live performances.|
advanced notice: ZOO and guests will be providing music at the Stamford
RiverCare River Day on 1st June 2008.|
are finalists - i.e. in the TOP THREE - of our THREE categories at the Glasswerk
Music Awards - 'Best Jazz Band' and 'Best
Use of Instruments' and 'Best Trio'.
Naturally we're a bit chuffed! Thanks to every single person who voted for us...now
it's up to the judges. We'll be at the awards at AKA
London on October 17th, so expect some photos here soon after!|
August 2007|| |
Release and Review
Advance notice: the track "Suddenly" from
the "Greenhouse" CD will be released
as a single on 15th October 2007.
has already reviewed "Suddenly"; here's an excerpt: 'Suddenly' is slick
and sexy, gently persuasive and very easy on the ear. There's no self-indulgence
to be found anywhere here - ok, I know it's only a single of just over four minutes
but Zoo keep it all nicely laid back and very much a no-frills kinda thing. Subtle
percussion offers loads of space for the expansive bass work to cast its magic
and with delicate piano and flute set against the bright, precise vocals the whole
thing melds seamlessly into a damn fine piece of nu-jazz - as chilled as you want
it to be or, as vibrant as you want to make it." More...
ZOO have made it to the final selections for the 'Best
Jazz Band' award...
AND are in the top 12 for the other two
categories 'Best Trio' and 'Best
Use of Instruments'.
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now has a SNOCAP
MyStore page, where you can listen to and buy tracks from 'Greenhouse'.|
have the chance to appear at 3 venues on the Musicfinity Tour:|
Sat 6th October: The Fez Club, Reading
Fri 19th October: The Orange Club,
Sun 28th October: Carrow Road, Norwich
If we get enough
votes, we get to appear as part of the tour at these venues.
vote for ZOO, click on the link below and register as a listener:
and then hit the vote button on ZOO's page - www.musicfinity.com/zoo
Thanks for your votes!
catch the award-winning guitarist Martin
Taylor at an intimate gig in Lincoln Cathedral.|
support the Cascade Dance performance
of "Unravel" at the Lava Bar in Tunbridge Wells. Thanks to Tom, Sam,
all the dancers and an appreciative audience for an excellent evening of dance
and music. We look forward to working with Cascade
Dance in the future. And thanks to Colin
for coming to see us! Pics here.|
catch the awesome Steely Dan at the NIA
Academy in Birmingham. |
Music Awards: ZOO are a seeded band in all 3 of our categories, and are therefore
already through to round two of the voting - |
Looking good in the Jazz
section - ZOO are the only seeded band, with only 3 other acts appearing in R1
In the 3 Piece section, ZOO are 3rd on list of the leaderboard of
seeded acts (out of 25).
And in Best Use of Instruments section, ZOO are 2nd
on list out of 10.
To vote for us: please register here first: http://www.musicfinity.com/c.asp?awards
and then vote here: www.musicfinity.com/zoo.
to - and buy - 'Greenhouse' tracks on i-Tunes.|
are delighted to announce a collaborative performance with Cascade
Dance in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 21st July. The venue is the Lava Bar on
St Johns Road, TN9 4PE - map;
flyer (jpg, 190k).|
play Envirofest at Rufford Country
Park. The rain held off, and a number of bands and dancers entertained the
crowds in the courtyard of Rufford Abbey, before ZOO closed the show, with David
Ives guesting on flute. Pics here.|
play the Stamford RiverCare event.
A perfect day of warm sunshine and light winds complemented ZOO's new jazz grooves,
David Ives' jazz piano solo spot, and Scott
and Sebrena Riley's acoustic soul set. The audience lounged on the grass and soaked
up the music (and probably the contents of the beer tent next door!), and it was
a great day for all the charities and environmental groups who attended. Pics
feature in a short article in Peterborough's vibrant new "Art and Soul Magazine"
- read it here.|
have been entered into the Glasswerk
awards in three categories :|
Best Trio | Best Jazz Band | Best Use
To vote for ZOO, click on the link below and register
as a listener
and then hit the vote button on ZOO's page - www.musicfinity.com/zoo.
The awards ceremony is in October at AKA
London. Thanks for your votes!
gets a good review at the FATEA
Records website: " 'Greenhouse' " is highly evocative and entertaining
that draws heavily on jazz and mixes it into intimate and rich harmonies"
... ' "Greenhouse" reaches out and enchants.'|
play the 'Taste' event in Durham. Huge thanks to family and friends and
everyone who turned up for this lovely relaxed evening, and to the organisers
for inviting us. Even the weather was...mostly...good! Pics
have more details about who will be joining us on stage at the RiverCare
event in Stamford on the 3rd June: Scott and Sebrina Riley. "Sebrina
has a sound that has been described as Acoustic Soul. Heralding from Birmingham
this young 26 year-old has already performed on BBC radio, as well as in Londons
Leicester Square. Her future is definitely one that will be a bright one!"
new CD Greenhouse is officially released...|
and was launched at the Normanton
Acoustic Club the following day. We also played two new tracks - "White"
and "Disguise". Big thanks to John
Montague and everyone there for a great evening. Pics
on the radio! We chatted and played a track ("Annie") from Greenhouse
with Graham Wright on Rutland Radio.
Pictures in the Gallery. Listen
to the interview (mp3, 4Mb)|
for ZOO on the Stamford
Mercury website! That way we'll be guaranteed a slot at the Riverside
Festival on 7th July. You may want to listen to some of
the mp3s on our site, rather than their rather ropey version of "Wilderness"!|
Also, downloads of "Dirty" and "This Time" from Greenhouse
can now be found on Z00's MySpace.
gig dates: Normanton, 8th May; Durham, 18th May; Envirofest
at Rufford, 17th June. More info on the Gigs page.|
party in Mansfield.|
out ZOO's new page on the MusicFinity
website...and vote for us!|
played a 30 minute set as special guests of the Grand
Central Chorus at a Charity Show in aid of 'Coping with Cancer', at the 'Y
Theatre' in Leicester. A few Zoo firsts: first gig in a theatre, first gig with
a curtain, first gig that required us to set-up in ten minutes, and de-rig in
five minutes, behind said curtain, first gig with a dressing room!|
a great time! Thanks to Mick for asking us, Ron for impeccable management, Len
(the compere without compare!), and Steve and Martin at the Y for stage and light
assistance. Pictures in the Gallery.
now that everything's been signed, we can announce a deal with Red
Admiral Records. Greenhouse will be released nationally on their label
- check out your local record shop soon.|
At the same time, we've signed a
publishing deal for the tracks on Greenhouse with Cringe
And we're on the verge of sorting out the promotion
of the new album...more soon.
Meanwhile, we've had the glass master of Greenhouse
from CopySound for checking, and as soon
as we get the MCPS codes, they'll be pressing the first batch.
Ives plays flute on some of the Greenhouse tracks; he also plays a mean piano:
check out his YouTube PianoCam!
Finally finally...we've just had all of our gear PAT tested! By Ian Godlington
finished mixing the Greenhouse CD, and it will shortly be going to CopySound
for mastering and copying. The artwork for the CD is also nearly complete.|
We also have some exciting news about a publishing and distribution deal with
a record label, but more on that when everything's agreed.
learnt that the Stamford Riverside
Festival won't be happening this year, as costs have spiralled and the main
sponsor has pulled out. There's an open meeting at the Newage Social Club on Wharf
Road on Sunday 4th February to discuss other ways of staging live music events
in Stamford. Update: there will, in fact, be a 'slimmed down' Riverside
Festival on July 7th, and we hope to be there...|
Zoo Year from the ZOO team!|
ZOO! We play at Rachel's birthday at Barrow
House on Derwentwater in the Lake District. Pics
classic synchronicity, the band catch the same performers at two different venues:
Paul sees John Montague and
Diane Ponzio at Stamford
Arts Centre, just a few days before Reg and Karen see them at the Normanton
Acoustic Club. And if YOU get a chance to see them, take it - superb playing
more events to announce:
ZOO are delighted to be playing two sets at the YHA's
Barrow House in
the Lake District on 11th November, to celebrate Rachel's birthday. Rachel
booked us for the Stamford Rivercare
2006 event having seen us at the Stamford
Riverside Festival in 2005.
Speaking of Rivercare, the 2007 event
will be on Sunday 3rd June, and ZOO (and friends) will be back!
we're very pleased to be performing as special guests of the Grand
Central Chorus at a Charity Show in aid of 'Coping with Cancer', at the 'Y
Theatre' in Leicester city centre, on 17th March 2007.
continues on mixing the Greenhouse CD, which is progressing well.
we're busily writing new material for the next album!
play two sets at Envirofest at Rufford
Country Park. Once again the weather was kind, and the crowd enjoyed sets
by ZOO, Elmoe and Tamara
Reeves. Pics in the gallery. Thanks
to all involved, and especially Sean for the sound, Huw & Claire for photos,
and the staff at Rufford.|
play the Acoustic Lounge Summer
Session at the Smoke Rooms in Clapham, London. Forced indoors into the upstairs
lounge by the increasingly violent 'summer' weather, we nevertheless had a great
time at this lovely and unique venue. Big "Thank You's" to everyone
there, particularly the other singers and players, and especially to the Lounge
Team of Alastair, Craig, Darrel, Sam and Simon, who made us feel very welcome
and did a great job on our sound. And special mention to Diane for supporting
us and taking photos...pics in the Gallery.|
Ufford to Rufford (via London!) - ZOO have added another festival to the summer
tour: we'll be playing at Envirofest at the Rufford
Country Park (nr Ollerton, Notts) on Sunday 27th August. More details
as and when...|
our gig at The Acoustic Lounge
in Clapham, London has changed dates :- we'll now be playing on Sunday 13th
August as part of their Summer Sessions, and NOT Tuesday 15th August. More
info on the Gigs page|
play the Ufford Ales Beer Festival
at The White Hart, Ufford, near
Stamford. Thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed an afternoon of ale and
live music, in the lovely setting overlooking the village. Pics
with great sadness that we learn of the deaths of brothers Terry and Tony Dixon,
in a fishing accident on the Welsh coast. Terry and Tony were talented musicians,
Terry being the front-man and Tony being the drummer in the Jake Salu Band, which
had great local success in the late 1990s. Our thoughts are with their families.|
date for the diary: continuing the ZOO 'summer season' of Sunday afternoon open
air mini-fests, we'll be at the Ufford
Ales Beer Festival, at the White
Hart in Ufford, near Stamford, Lincs, on Sunday 30th July. The beer
fest will be open from 12 noon until 6pm, and we'll be playing from around
2 until 5:30. More on the Gigs Page.|
ZOO get a rave review of
"Endangered Species" from Spare
suspect that anyone who enjoys contemporary jazz will already be familiar with
the work of Zoo. The trio from Derbyshire come across as highly polished professionals
with their feet stuck firmly in the style of music they obviously love. Everything
on this CD oozes of class, from the exquisite musicianship, stylised vocals, crisp
and clear production and packaging. A quality piece of work and must have for
all jazz lovers."
play the Deepdale Food
and Drink Festival in beautiful North Norfolk; pictures in the Gallery.|
- 11th June 2006
Guitar Festival - a great event of gigs and workshops. Personal highlights
include workshops with David Qualey,
Clive Carroll, Dave
Kelbie and Angelo Debarre. P|
to everyone who kept their fingers crossed for fine weather...Sunday 4th June
was a glorious day, and the RiverCare
Event in Stamford was a great success. Pics of ZOO and Ayla in the Gallery.|
gig notice - we'll be playing all afternoon at the Deepdale
Food and Drink Festival, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast, on Sunday
11th June. Details on the Gigs page.|
gig notice - London's Acoustic Lounge
- 15th August - more details on the Gigs page soon...|
news on the Rivercare gig (4th June in Stamford,
Lincs): we're delighted to announce that Ayla
Schafer will be guesting. Ayla is an incredibly talented singer/song-writer/guitarist/pianist
who has recently worked in the studio with Reg and Karen.|
now have pages on MySpace and
Spare Room Music|
gig confirmed: Sunday 2nd April 2006 at the Glasshouse in Derby
(formerly the Vida Cafe Bar). Kick off 8:30pm; lots of new material to showcase.
Details and flyer on the Gigs page. Now
cancelled due to a double-booking at the venue. |
an intensive 3-day stint in the studio, ZOO lay down the basis of the next CD
and EP project, code name "Greenhouse". The foundations of 19 tracks
are recorded, representing the cream of the band's collective writing over the
last year. More pics in the Gallery.|
ZOO Year from all at the ZOO team|
advance date for your 2006 diary: ZOO are delighted to be playing at the Welland
River Day, an event organised by the Stamford
RiverCare Group, on Sunday 4th June 2006. More details on the Gigs
return to the Vida Cafe Bar in Derby for an evening of 'festive jazz', including
an arrangement of 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen' that was so chilled it froze
the audience! Only one pic...|
gig date confirmed: Sunday 18th December at Vida in Derby. Details on the
Plus: Karen's been working on video projection
sequences, Reg has got a new job as a Youth Music Worker with Notts County Council,
and Paul is teaching guitar. It's all go at ZOO!
catch Madeleine Peyroux at Warwick
Arts Centre. Some lovely playing and singing by this very talented lady.|
Rain", "A-19" and "In Different Places" have been approved
for distribution on the iSound site. This
means the songs are available on all sections of the web site, not just our artist's
play a storming gig at the Vida Cafe Bar in Derby...pictures
sorry to hear that Brian Marrs of Worcester's superb venue The
Marrs Bar has had a motorcycle accident and will be laid up for a few weeks.
Take it easy, mate, and get well soon.|
involvement with The Works Rockschool Project culminates with the Showpiece
Gig and A&R Industry Seminar in Worksop. Details
at The Works website.
starts on the new CD project - working title "Greenhouse"
- with the selection of tracks. It's been a prolific year, and tempting as it
may be to produce a 3-disk compilation, we've identified 14 definitive tracks
to start recording.|
back! We hope you've had a good summer.
are now listed in iSound.com
"iSOUND.COM is creating the ultimate online music community. Whether
you are a fan, a musician or a record label, we are the place to be for all that
is music online."
catch Antonio Forcione and his Quartet at Southwell Minster - a truly breath-taking
display of musicianship in a truly magnificent setting.
out more about Antonio and his latest recording "Tears of Joy" at www.antonioforcione.com
ZOO date for your diary: after a summer break, we're back at the Vida Café
Bar in Derby on Tuesday 18th October. More details on the gigs
play the Derby Beer Festival at Ye Olde Dolphin Inn - pictures
return to the excellent Stamford Riverside Festival - pictures
Folds visits De Montfort Hall in Leicester to play the gig postponed from
last November, and treats us to a storming performance of material from the new
album, and favourites from previous releases. Thanks, Ben - well worth the wait!|
gig: we're playing at the Derby Beer Festival, in Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, on Wednesday
20th July. Details on the Gigs Page.|
learn that Andy Hawkins, our good friend who recorded and engineered 'Sinistra'
and 'Discovery of Land' at Five Mile
High Studios in Peterborough, is moving to Leeds to join the Pravda
studio. At some time in the future we'll work together again; in the meantime,
good luck and best wishes, Andy.|
play the Vida Café Bar in Derby: great place, great people, and a real
possibility of regular gigs there. Pictures
festival date for your diary: we're playing Stamford Riverside Festival again,
on Saturday 2nd July. Details on the Gigs Page.|
performs specially composed film music as part of Musical Futures project 'Image
Junction', with Halle Orchestra ALEAtronic
group, Confetti Studios and students
from Fairham Community College, Nottingham. Promoted by guitarist Chris Summerlin
- website honeyisfunny.com|
hard at 'work' writing and rehearsing for the next CD, plus listening to new quality
output from a variety of artists, including Doves
and Madeleine Peyroux. Some site
changes - we've updated the Links page to be more useful,
removed a few obscure image links, and we'll be changing the Gallery
page to be more, well, interesting! Stay warm! And vote
for Kim: 09011 2112 01! |
gig date: Sunday 22nd May, at Vida Café Bar in Derby. Details on
the Gigs Page.|
Reg as an extra in BBC1's afternoon play "The Good Citizen" - he's a
Greetings from ZOO! Wishing you all a happy and healthy time.|
Species is mastered and duplicated at CopySound,
and we are delighted with it (modesty, modesty!). Get your copy for £10
- ordering details on the Order page.|
finally get to see Sting at the NEC (following his tour cancellation in May).
We weren't disappointed!|
Species is finished and ready for copying...
well soon" to Ben Folds, who
has just had to cancel his European tour due to a respiratory infection.
mourn the premature departure of John Peel, broadcaster, champion of unsigned
bands and genuine nice bloke. Paul met John and Sheila at Newmarket Races once,
and left John with a copy of Discovery of Land. Probably
not really to John's taste, but we'd like to think he listened to at least one
track. Read John's
obituary on the BBC web site.
lang appeared on BBC's "Later
with Jools Holland" and only got to sing one song (a beautiful rendition
of Cohen's "Halleluyah"). What a waste! Fortunately she also guested
on Johnnie Walker's Drivetime
BBC Radio 2 programme and played a number of songs, as well as giving a candid
and good humoured interview.
continues mastering Endangered Species.|
Plus one for
the geeks: a change to the way the ZOO websites link to each other, and other
sites: now always in the same browser window, as recommended by Jakob
Neilson. If you want to open a page in a new window, right-click on the link
and select 'Open in New Window'.
September breaks in Ireland and Scotland, ZOO reconvene to put the finishing touches
to "Endangered Species". Launch
is imminent... |
play the Kilsyth International Carnival - pictures
Kilsyth Festival at Glasgow looms large
on the 15th. Latest information is that we'll be playing on Stage 1 between 2.35
and 3.00pm, and then on Stage 2 between 4.45 and 5.30pm. Our set lists include
long-established 'classics' such as "Extraordinary",
"Driving In The Rain",
"The White Room", "Not
There" and "Waiting"
(though extensively re-worked in their current arrangements!), and new material
from the forthcoming "Endangered Species"
CD including "In Different
Places", "Somewhere Else", "A19",
"Big Rain" and "That's
It". [Links are to mp3s, ranging in size from 1 to 2 Mb; A19 is 4Mb].|
A number of the tracks include our first public use of the electronic rhythms
which now feature throughout our music. Fingers crossed for good weather; hope
to see you there - come over and say 'Hello'; we may be in a Zoo, but we don't
continues on the "Endangered Species"
CD - launch date is end August - plus rehearsing for the Glasgow
festival, plus working on new material which is destined for a new album,
working title 'Greenhouse'. ZOO has also been accepted into the fopp
Unsigned Network, and CDs ("In Between The Silence", and an "Endangered
Species" Preview CD holding the three tracks below and "You")
should be appearing in fopp's chain of shops. Brilliant! Plus some new pics in
each entered a song into the BBC Radio 2 'Search for a Songwriter' competition
- Karen submitted "Green &
Red", Paul submitted "That's
It", and Reg entered "In
Different Places". All three songs are from the new "Endangered
Species" CD; click on the links to hear mp3s of the tracks (all around
played the Stamford Riverside Festival,
and had a great time. Details and pictures
here. Roll on Glasgow on 15th
continues with recording parts for the new CD "Endangered
Species", plus yet more new material for the CD after that (including
a rather cool new arrangement of "Summertime"!).
now have the times for our slot at the Riverside Festival
on 3rd July at Stamford: 13:40 to 14:10. And we also have a set list: "In
Different Places", "Extraordinary",
"The White Room", "Somewhere
Else", "That's It" and
"Waiting". See you there...
hopeful that we'll be playing two 30-minute sets at Glasgow.
Gallery page created, collecting the various photos
from around the Zoo web sites and coralling them all onto a few pages.|
on Endangered Species continues, with intensive writing, rehearsing and
recording. A track list is drawn up, plus ideas for packaging and promotion -
more on the Endangered
Species web site.|
more festival dates: Stamford Riverside
Festival on 3rd July and Kilsyth International Carnival (KIC) near Glasgow
on 15th August. More details on the gigs page.|
spends two weeks in Andalucia, the home of flamenco, and fails to play any guitar.
At all. Hopeless!]
shoot with David Taylor.|
website established for CD #4, "Endangered Species" - more...|
website mp3s recoded at reduced quality ('radio' rather than 'CD') to decrease
file size and reduce download time. More...|
celebrated their 4th birthday by starting work on the 4th album, working title
"Endangered Species". More...|
added from "In Between The Silence": check the Zoo
mp3 list, or the track list on the "In
Between The Silence" web site.|
3rd CD "In Between The Silence" is launched in Spring 2004. More...|
changes: both Simon and Denise have decided, independently, to leave ZOO, citing
'musical differences'. Karen, Paul and Reg will continue with ZOO in a trio format,
and would like to thank Simon and Denise for their invaluable input over the last
continue to edit and refine the new 12-track CD "In Between The Silence".|
start to record a new CD, using digital recording technology in their rehearsal
site make-over: new photos, mp3s, etc.|
return to Worcester's "Marrs Bar" for a headline gig. Pic
gig with Lorna and Silverman at the "Marrs Bar" in Worcester.|
perform in Nottingham as part of the Radio 1 'One Live' Event.|
2nd CD "Discovery of Land" is now available. More...|