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Masterclass: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock Quartet // Jazz

Friday 9 December 2022 / 3:00pm – 5:00pm / Room 219

Ant Law & Alex Hitchcock 4tet feat. Jeff Ballard

Ant Law: British guitarist Ant is “a game changer” according to The Guardian. He lives in London and leads his own quintet. His 4th album “The Sleeper wakes” (Edition Records) was released on the 24th July 2020 to great acclaim.

Jeff Ballard: At the age of 25, Ballard went on the road for eight months annually from 1988 to 1990 with Ray Charles, backing one of music’s biggest stars, perfecting his time feels and tempos from playing with Charles nightly on the bandstand for three years.

In 1990 Ballard moved to New York and jumped into the transformative scene that was developing there at the time. He began collaborating with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, and Ben Allison, among others who were mixing jazz tradition with their own influences, ranging from Middle Eastern rhythms to electronica and modern hip hop.