A bit more about us…

23 May

Finally OVER – recitals, exams and university stress!!!

As we were celebrating the fabulous weather outside we had a chat/interview about us andthe Labyrinth and we decided to share its conclusions with you 🙂

Tom in 5 words: frank, astute, trustworthy, laid back and uh.. normal, i guess…

Well, Joe was not that modest: Best Hair in the world. 🙂

and JJ: confident, ambitious, friendly, zealous, odd-humored.

We got a bit nostalgic and remembered some great group moments like… our London Road Trip, “rocking red socks with boat shoes in 09′ – labeled by some as the most invotive moment in mens wear since the duke of windsor ordered a tuxedo in dark blue” (Joe)… or, from Tom’s point of view, the birth of the tune ‘Two-eyes’.

We didn’t agree on the group’s best tune either as JJ voted for ‘Tenuous Link’, Tom for ‘Prince and the Porpoise’ and Joe, just to relax us went for ‘Pillars of creation part one’ – “because I don’t play on it, I get a chance to drink beer, fix my gear and take a deep breath.”

What else?? Oh yes… a few recommendations:

JJ – Will Vinson

Tom – Steely Dan and ‘Dolpin Dance’ by Herbie Hancock

Joe – New York based guitarist Gilad Hekselman with his tune New York Angels

See ya!!!!


Cheltenham Jazz Festival – late update

10 May

So last week the much awaited festival took place and The Labyrinth was there with some of us actually performing.

We’re really busy with this week’s recitals but we couldn’t leave it behind without sharing some thoughts on it, even if written by the specialists:

“The 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival saw considerable changes this year with a new outdoors tented square and jazz arena, the end of the Jerwood Rising Stars programme and a guest director in Jamie Cullum. The festival also incorporated a vibrant Norwegian strand as well as a programme of free jazz curated by comedian Stewart Lee.” (Jazz Wise Magazine)

“While the 2010 Cheltenham jazz festival had kicked in last week with Elaine Page singing standards, and the weekend included guest artistic director Jamie Cullum‘s sell-out show for the pop-angled Pursuit album, the event remained its quirky self. An absorbing Sunday programme ran from Empirical’s tight postbop and Carla Bley’s whimsical music to a jazz renaissance for guitar star John Scofield, who is currently swapping his recent gospel-wailing repertoire for pungently harmonised ballad playing and headlong Charlie Parker bop classics.” (Guardian)

“No set explored tradition more thoroughly than that of the bassist Dave Holland with the group of the flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela. Holland improvised brilliantly on flamenco forms, while the guitarist Josemi Carmona returned the compliment on Holland’s compositions. This band’s first appearance outside Spain promised great things for the future. Catch the group at the Barbican in July.” (Times Online)

LIVE Recitals from The Labyrinth’s members

8 May

So…here we are…  the Labyrinth will have their Third year recitals. Joe, JJ, Toby and Tom will be Live this week at the Conservatoire. So we have the following:

Arena Foyer at the Birmingham Conservatoire

Tom – Tuesday, May 11th at 1.30pm

Toby – Wednesday, May 12th at 10.30am

JJ and the JJ Wheeler Quintet – Thursday, May 13th 2.30pm

Joe – Thursday, May 13th at 5.30pm

We’ve had a nice bit of hype from PR people, various big names including Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard and a successful gig at Cheltenham Jazz Festival last week, so should be in good shape.

The events are open to everyone so it would be lovely to see lots of friendly faces !

The minoTOUR is ON

7 May

It’s official!

This summer we’re playing around the country on our first tour!

We know for sure that we’ll be passing through Leeds, Birmingham and Harrogate but we’ll bring you more details soon!

For now we’re busy with our final exams (yes, university flies and we’re soon going to leave the Conservatoire) but in our heads we’re already on stage so we keep coming up with new ideas for tunes… FOCUS!!!

Anyway, we hope we’ll finish this well and can’t wait to see you all!


7 May

Hello guys!

We’re the Labyrinth Quartet, a young and fresh jazz band based in Birmingham UK. We put this blog together for old and new friends, hoping that our music will reach all our fans easier in the era of web 2.0.

For the ones who don’t know us, The Labyrinth Quartet was formed in 2007 (originally under the name ‘Tyrant’). We were just students with big dreams but that never stopped us from working as professionally as possible. We write our own music, original tunes mixing jazz with various genres such as rock, latin, funk etc. For now, you can listen to us on our My Space page, but soon we’ll be all over the web.

You’ll find out a lot more about each of us soon, but until then:

  • Joseph F Howell – Guitars and Effects
  • Toby Boalch – Fender Rhodes and Synths
  • Tom Moore – Bass
  • JJ Wheeler – Drums

wish you a lovely weekend!