Live At The Spotted Dog

by Various Artists

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    6 panel digipak printed on lovely textured reverse board, with extensive sleeve notes from Tony Dudley-Evans, and original cover design by Tom Chapman. And, of course, a CD of splendid music!

    Includes digital pre-order of Live At The Spotted Dog. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 26, 2018
    item ships out on or around January 24, 2018

      £10 GBP or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Live At The Spotted Dog. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases January 26, 2018

      £7 GBP


  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 9 Stoney Lane Records releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Live At The Spotted Dog, Gonimoblast Live - with Maja S.K Ratkje and Arve Henriksen, Fragment, In The Tree, Release The Penguins, Retrospection, Little Things, A Moveable Feast, and 1 more. , and , .

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Stan Sulzmann with Big Band - The Thrill Is Gone
Stan Sulzmann with Big Band - Westerly
O'Gallagher / Bain / Janisch - Extralogical Railman
O'Gallagher / Bain / Janisch - The JJ I Knew
Jonathan Silk's Fragment - First Light
Ben Lee Quintet - Beginning Of The End
Ben Lee Quintet - Talk To You
Sean Gibbs' Fervour - Cheer Up Old Bean


Presenting an eclectic collection of live recordings and new music from five dynamic bands, centred around a whole host of Birmingham's finest jazz musicians, Live At The Spotted Dog captures the underground buzz, artistic heart and raw energy of the ever-evolving Birmingham jazz scene - from international stars to local heroes, and some of the brightest young bands touring the UK.

Recorded over three nights in 2016, Live At The Spotted Dog features groups led by the burgeoning talents of guitarist Ben Lee, drummers Jonathan Silk and Andrew Bain, and trumpeter Sean Gibbs, alongside internationally acclaimed saxophonists Stan Sulzmann and John O'Gallagher.

The album opens with the rich saxophone sound and three works from the prolific Sulzmann, accompanied by a 17-strong big band of Birmingham musicians, and is followed by an inventive improvising trio led by Andrew Bain, featuring compelling Brooklyn-come-Birmingham alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, with the agile and ever in-demand bassist Michael Janisch.  Three of the most exciting young talents to emerge from the city follow - Jonathan Silk's Fragment band of strings with rhythm section, featuring trumpeter Percy Pursglove; guitarist Ben Lee's beguiling quintet; and Sean Gibbs' five-piece trumpet-fronted band Fervour.

Rooted amongst the industrial rough edges of Digbeth, near to a blue brick Victorian railway viaduct, a derelict tea warehouse and an old custard factory, the Spotted Dog adds a warmth and intensity to the music that brings musicians and audiences invitingly close together.  Since 2010, this unassuming pub in the 'peaky blinder' territory of Birmingham has hosted weekly jazz gigs deep into the night, founded by saxophonist Mike Fletcher with Miriam Pau, and continued by the inimitable partnership of Jonathan Silk and Richard Foote.  Even Wynton Marsalis once popped in for a jam.
With liner notes from Tony Dudley-Evans, the 75 minutes of music across nine tracks are accompanied by an inclusive digital download of the CD audio along with additional bonus material.  Live At The Spotted Dog is released on Stoney Lane Records on January 26th, 2018.

* The album was generously supported by Kickstarter donations, with the weekly Spotted Dog sessions unswervingly supported by landlord John Tighe, audience contributions, Jazzlines, and of course the countless creativity and selfless presence of innumerable musicians along the way.  

"It is a scene of great variety that does not have one particular recognisable sound; in a sense variety itself is the key characteristic of the Birmingham scene." - Tony Dudley-Evans


releases January 26, 2018

#SLR1878 - Released January 26th, 2018

Recorded and mixed by Luke Morrish-Thomas
Mastered by Alejandro Merola
Produced by Sam Slater, Jonathan Silk and Richard Foote
Art/design by Tom Chapman


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