News for ZOO


 2013-02-03 14:05:28

ZOO new album 'MILLIONS'

ZOO release their new album 'MILLIONS' on Friday Feb 8th, on Red Admiral Records, and promote it with a gig at Matt & Phred's, Manchester on the same night.

ZOO’s new album ‘MILLIONS’ sees them build on the success of ‘PSYCHODRAMA’ with 12 upbeat original tracks melding jazz, prog & funk together to create their most ambitious effort yet, full of exciting grooves, sublime melodies and expansive ideas.
Tracks include the energetic opener ‘Day for night’, the minimalist influenced ‘City’, the samba ‘Memory Game, the three diverse movements of ‘Sweeter than Nocturnes’, the hard funk of ‘We don’t need to know’ and the swinging ‘Everything & nothing’, first premiered at Matt & Phred’s in 2011.


 2011-06-23 08:40:33


Performance Sun 26th June, Stanton Village Hall, Stanton in Peak, Derbyshire, DE4 2LX8pm. £5

Eight musicians from the JET Collective (including 3 from ZOO) will spend a weekend inventing a new suite of music inspired by Derbyshire Landscapes and then performing it on the Sunday evening - who knows what will happen?
Jet Collective is a recently formed group of professional Derbyshire jazz musicians who have come together to collaborate and explore musical opportunities outside our usual bands.

Our first venture will take place on the weekend of June 25th and 26th when the musicians will gather in Stanton in Peak Village Hall to invent and rehearse a new piece of music inspired by the varied Derbyshire landscapes.
Rather grandly, we call it the Derbyshire Suite. We will premiere the new music on the Sunday evening and hope later to take it on tour.

You are invited (with a modest donation of £5) to come and hear and see what we produce. It should be an experience to remember.

The musicians are Steve Salfield and Sara Littlefield on saxophones, Reg Clegg on guitar and bass, voice and production, Pat Sprakes on guitar and double bass, Paul Biggins on keyboard, bass and guitar, Wendy Kirkland on keyboard and vocals, Karen Clegg on vocals, piano and melodica, Clive Loveday on drums.

We don’t have any idea what we will produce so it’s high risk for us and for you if you come to listen! So live dangerously and I hope you can make it.
I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?



 2010-12-07 10:33:40

ZOO form JET Collective

ZOO have formed the East Midlands Artist-led network as part of an initiative to both bring other collectives and networks to the East Midlands, as well as take emerging original contemporary jazz from the East Midlands to other areas of the UK, and collaborate with the artists.


 2010-12-07 10:29:49

ZOO play final JET Collective show of the year

ZOO perform at the prestigious Nottingham Contemporary CafeBarLive as part of the last JET Collective show of the year, along with a set by guitarist Stuart McCallum. Wed Dec 15th at 8pm. Free Entry


 2010-12-07 10:29:45

ZOO play final JET Collective show of the year

ZOO perform at the prestigious Nottingham Contemporary CafeBarLive as part of the last JET Collective show of the year, along with a set by guitarist Stuart McCallum. Wed Dec 15th at 8pm. Free Entry


 2010-07-28 09:18:07

ZOO at CafeBar Contemporary, Nottingham 24.7.10

A last-minute gig goes down a storm at Nottingham Contemporary's CafeBar Venue, on a balmy summer evening. Two sets of live 'Psychodrama' plus selected cuts from the previous albums.


 2010-07-08 14:59:37

Videos for 'Breathing In' and 'Could've' from new album 'PSYCHODRAMA'

Two selected tracks from the new album 'PSYCHODRAMA', 'Breathing In' and 'Could've', are now available as videos :

'Breathing In' (featuring Guy Barker)


These videos will shortly be available on the Audiotube site at higher quality. ZOO have had tremendous success on Audiotube, regularly being artist of the week and month; their most successful video to date 'Big red bus' with over 11,500 views.


 2010-07-08 14:32:38

ZOO release new album 'PSYCHODRAMA' featuring special guest Guy Barker

At the end of November, ZOO returned to the studio to record their new album, 'PSYCHODRAMA', which features special guest GUY BARKER collaborating on 8 of the 12 tracks, following their successful collaboration with Guy in August 2009 culminating with a performance at Bonington Theatre, Nottingham.
The follow up to the acclaimed 'End of the telegraph wires', includes much of what has been developed and performed live throughout 2009/10, and showcases an expansive mix of original contemporary instrumental and vocal tracks, and is released on 12th July and is exclusively available on i-tunes for 6 weeks, before a worldwide digital release.
During 2009, ZOO also completed an EMJAZZ collaboration with trumpeter Nick Smart, performing at the Sleaford Live festival, and followed this with appearances at the Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, as well as an appearance on Balcony TV. ZOO have already showcased the album at the Jazzx3 event at the Y Theatre, Leicester, alongside Martin Taylor & IDST, and are set to tour the album in the spring of 2011.


 2009-08-04 18:10:06

Collaboration with Guy Barker

ZOO's collaboration with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Guy Barker culminates with a performance at Bonington Theatre, Nottingham on Thursday August 13th at 8pm.
Tickets are £10 / £8 concessions, available from the Box Office on 0115 956 0733.


 2008-11-26 16:19:42

New Album

ZOO will release their new album, 'End of the telegraph wires' on Red Admiral Records in Jan/Feb 2009, and will preview it at a couple of dates in December (The Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham and Dexter's Jazz Club in Nottingham).
It is the first album to feature the new expanded line-up featuring John Sanderson on saxes, flute and bass clarinet and Ian Beestin on drums/percussion. Also features guests David Ives on flute/EWI, Ben Lee on trumpet and Michael Aggio on clarinet.


 2008-01-10 16:54:33

ZOO winners of Best Jazz Artist award

ZOO are delighted to announce that they were chosen as Winners of the 'Best Jazz Artist' Award at the 2007 Glasswerk Uk New Music Awards in London.
They were also nominated finalists for two other awards - 'Best Trio' and 'Best Use of Instruments.' Many thanks to all who supported and voted for us.


 2008-01-10 16:51:25

East Midlands Jazz 'Rhythm-a-ning' project

ZOO have bee selected for the East Midlands Jazz 'Rhythm-a-ning' project collaboration with major UK Jazz artist, which will feature development sessions and three high profile performances in Autumn 2008.
Supported by Lottery through Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts.


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