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Ashley Henry and the re: Ensemble

01 / 07 / 2017
Ashley Henry and the re: Ensemble

Ashley Henry is one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, from such luminaries as Kirkland, Glasper, Moran, Madlib and Dilla, yet also steeped in the traditional sounds of masters like Hancock and Monk. Ashley plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes from a lifetime immersed in jazz and this has been picked up on by other musicians. He has already toured the UK & internationally alongside many bands and ensembles, appearing in renowned venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café and the Royal Albert Hall.

As well as performing regularly with some of the UK's leading jazz musicians such as Gary Crosby and Jean Toussaint, Ashley has also recently toured with grammy award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard and performed alongside artists such as Pharoahe Monch and Akua Naru. Recently, he made it to the finals of the UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa in 2016 and was the youngest on the bill for the 2015 International piano trio festival where performed alongside the likes of Robert Glasper. Ashley's trio are clearly influenced by hip-hop but have their roots firmly rooted in jazz – this is the next generation putting their feet down and flexing their muscles.

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