Three Way Stretch




Three Way Stretch  is an exciting  meeting of artistic skills,  featuring  three of the UK’s finest improvisers,  Malcolm Earle-Smith (trombone/vocals/effects pedals),  Liam Noble (piano) and Dave Wickins (drums).    Widely  varied in repertoire,    the trio draws from  different eras of the jazz spectrum to produce a sound which is unique : a blend of  incisive and expressive trombone,  blues-tinged vocals,  angular and edgy piano and a  range of percussion textures  which  are both driving and lyrical.  The result is a   vibrant,  groovy ensemble which contrasts solo contributions with a strong collective approach.   Releasing it's first EP in October 2017,  the group has attracted considerable attention,  performing gigs at London jazz venues including  The Vortex,  Kansas Smittys,  Jazz Nursery, and Karamel.  A new album will   be released in early  2019





Malcolm Earle-Smith  Malcolm is a  versatile and inventive trombonist and vocalist whose soulful and swinging improvisations are inspired by  Jazz  from the 1920s to the present day. After graduating from the Guildhall in 1989,   Malcolm joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra,  then going  on to  work with many well established  names on the British Jazz Scene,  including Kenny Baker,  Jack Parnell,  John Dankworth,  Don Weller and Henry Lowther. In the late 1990s he studied with the American trombonist Jimmy Knepper,  and developed a friendship until Knepper's death in 2003.  Malcolm  has also toured extensively with Bryan Ferry,  featuring on two of his albums,  As Time goes By and The Jazz Age.   He has recorded twice under his own name:  Lyric Trombone (1996)  and Things are Looking Up (2007)   both of which  feature standard and original compositions. Malcolm is a committed educator and at present holds a Senior Lectureship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire,  London.


Liam Noble  Liam first started building his reputation in the early 1990s playing in the bands Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett.   In 1997 he joined the Bobby Wellins Quartet  the trio of which became the Liam Noble Trio,  receiving  a 5 Star review in the Guardian of their Album Brubeck.   Since then Liam has performed widely with  with musicians from  both Europe and the USA,  including Phil Robson,  Julian Siegel,  Christine Tobin,  Evan Parker,  Zhenya Strigalev,  Larry Grenadier and Eric Harland,  gaining a reputation as a jazz pianist of world class stature.  Liam holds posts as Lecturer in Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music. He has published 4 volumes of transcriptions of the Bill Evans Trio, and a book of original compositions “Jazz Piano; An In Depth Look at the Styles of the Masters. 


 Dave Wickins   Dave is said to be one of the UK scene's best kept secrets.  His approach to drumming is unique,  combining a hard swinging approach with a distinctive sense for melody and expression.  Dave, who originally studied with Philly Joe Jones, was for many years a member of  the  Bobby Wellins Quartet. He is a sought after percussionist in   trio setting,   and at present plays with  the trios of  Kirk Lightsey (European trio),  Liam Noble and Peter Churchill. He is also a professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and runs the Original UK Jazz Summer School at the Royal Welsh College of Music. 







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