Alison Rayner 'ARQ' Quintet

‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic…a beautifully integrated band.’ The Observer
Date : 10 / Jun / 2021
Time : Doors 7:00pm, Jazz 7:30pm
Address : 43 St.Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR
Tel : 07827 012875

Alison Rayner ‘ARQ’ Quintet

St.Andrew's Street Baptist Church

Alison Rayner – double bass  Buster Birch – drums/perc  Deirdre Cartwright – guitar
Diane McLoughlin – saxophones  Steve Lodder – piano 

ARQ Bassist & composer Alison Rayner’s award-winning quintet combine richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-infused melodies; this, along with their love of improvisation, creates a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ play ‘songs without words’ and are lauded for their vibrant, communicative performances.

Alison Rayner (bass, composer) has been playing jazz and other contemporary styles since the mid-70s. She spent five years in the 80s with critically acclaimed Latin-jazz group The Guest Stars, touring all major international jazz venues and festivals across seventeen countries and recording three albums.

She currently leads ARQ, widely celebrated from six years of extensive UK and European touring and critical acclaim for their first two albums ‘August’ (2014) and ‘A Magic Life’ (2016), receiving national and international radio play and four and five-star reviews in jazz and national press.
ARQ’s third album Short Stories (released Oct 2019 on Blow the Fuse Records) is now receiving extensive radio play and press acclaim, with one of the pieces receiving an Ivor Novello Award. The ‘Short Stories’ album and tour is supported by ACE and PRS Foundation Women Make Music.

A celebration of life itself.’  LondonJazzNews

‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic…a beautifully integrated band.’ The Observer

Visit Alison’s website HERE