2016 ZOO EPs PROJECT
ZOO new EP1 : ‘Shoot’ – released May 2016 /
Live launch Sat Oct 8th Nottingham Contemporary, 8pm
ZOO return after a three year absence with an updated line up and a trio of EPs to launch.
The new EPs are ZOO’s first release on JETWorks Records. Their previous four albums were all on Red Admiral Records, but following the sad passing label boss Chris Ashman, the band have decided to go forward on their own label, originally established by companion ensemble JET Collective. The new EPs and all previous albums are available on i-tunes, amazon and all worldwide digital platforms.
Following the acclaimed 'Millions' album, new drummer Jonathan Curtis has taken over from Ian Beestin,
and brings a new energy and drive to the latest energetic and streamlined sound from ZOO. With a fresh batch of new material, which principle writers Reg, Karen & Paul have been creating over the last year, the band have decided to release them as 3 x 4 track EPs, 'Shoot', 'Grow' & ' Bloom', rather than hold on for the full album all at once.
ZOO previewed the EP1 on May 1st 2016 at Baresca in Nottingham, and now launch it along with preview tracks from EP2 ‘Grow’, at Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday October 8th, with support from DJ Daddio (Andy Cale).
EP 2 will be recorded in Dec 2016, the set being completed with EP3 in spring 2017.
The current line-up features :
Paul Biggins on piano, bass & spanish guitar, electronics & live sound
Karen Clegg on piano, keyboards, melodica, flute & lead vocals
Reg Clegg on lead & nylon guitar, upright bass, electric bass, backing vox, electronics & production
Jonathan Curtis on drums/percussion
John Sanderson on Tenor & Soprano Saxes, flute and bass clarinet.
The first EP1, 'Shoot', features four exciting uptempo numbers, definitely in the cross-over zone of jazz-dance-funk-fusion, with their usual sinister lyrical bent, and crammed with dynamic grooves and lots of beats.
2013 - ZOO ALBUM : MILLIONS’
ZOO’s album ‘MILLIONS’ (Feb 2013) saw 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.
2010 - ZOO ALBUM : 'PSYCHODRAMA' with special guest GUY BARKER
'PSYCHODRAMA', with special guest GUY BARKER collaborating on 8 of the 12 tracks, was released to great acclaim in July 2010, following their successful collaboration and performance with Guy in August 2009 at Bonington Theatre, Nottingham. The follow up to the acclaimed 'End of the telegraph wires', includes much of what had been developed and performed live throughout 2009/10, and showcases an expansive mix of original contemporary instrumental and vocal tracks. During 2009, ZOO also via EMJAZZ collaborated with trumpeter Nick Smart, performing at the Sleaford Live festival, and followed with appearances at the Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Balcony TV. ZOO have already showcased the album at the Jazzx3 events at the Y Theatre, Leicester, alongside Martin Taylor, IDST, Beats & Pieces and Stuart McCallum.
2008 - ZOO ALBUM : ‘END OF THE TELEGRAPH WIRES’
2008 saw the release ‘End of the Telegraph Wires’ - Paul Biggins, Karen Clegg and Reg Clegg with the expanded line-up of John Sanderson and Ian Beestin - stretched out their nu-century jazz-fusion sound, along with regular collaborators David Ives, Ben Lee and Michael Aggio. The album spawned the hugely successful videos for ‘Big Red Bus’ and ‘Leave it all behind’.
2007 - ZOO ALBUM : ‘GREENHOUSE’ & Best Jazz Artist Award
2007 was a breakthrough year for the East Midlands based outfit. The band picked up Best Jazz Artist at The Glasswerk New Music Awards in London, beating off fierce competition to pick up the award. 2007 also saw them sign to Red Admiral Records and release their first studio album on the label,‘Greenhouse’, which was released to widespread acclaim and airplay on BBC6 for the single (and video) ‘Dirty’.
A distinctive mix of Jazz-fusion and songwriting with electronic and acoustic instruments. ZOO create a unique blend of warm, absorbing and emotive, beautifully intimate and atmospheric music, with rich harmonies and instrumentation. Formed in 2000, ZOO have been praised for their distinctive vocal and instrumental approach and laid-back style, and their well crafted music has earned them a national reputation, being compared to Miles Davis, St Germain, Al Di Meola, Jamiroquai, Pat Metheny, Radiohead, Lalo Schifrin, Isley Brothers, Massive Attack, Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Pentangle and Cleo Laine.
ZOO have collaborated with Guy Barker and Nick Smart, and played Jazz clubs across the country, including Manchester (Matt & Phreds), Birmingham (Yardbird) and London (Spice), as well as the Lichfield Jazz Festival, Cheltenham JF, Sleaford Live, Stamford (twice) and Kilsyth. ZOO have played alongside artists such as Beats & Pieces, Stuart McCallum, Martin Taylor at venues such as the Y Theatre in Leicester, Bonington Theatre, Nottingham and Nottingham Contemporary.
MILLIONS Feb 2013
EP1 : SHOOT May 2016
PSYCHODRAMA July 2010
END OF THE
TELEGRAPH WIRESDec 2008
GREENHOUSE April 2007
ENDANGERED SPECIES Nov 2004
IN BETWEEN THE SILENCE Nov 2003
DISCOVERY OF LAND July 2002
SINISTRA May 2001
ZOO's 7th recording project commenced in November 2009, with three days spent at Ian's spacious house to record the backing tracks to 12 new numbers. Additional recordings and overdubs continued into December at the Greenhouse studio, including a day with our great friend GUY BARKER. Further recording and mixing continued into 2010, and the album was released on the Red Admiral label in July 2010.
ZOO's 8th recording project began in the spring of 2012 with a major recording session at Ian's studio. Further overdubs, refinement and polishing were added at the Greenhouse studio during 2012, with the album released on the Red Admiral label in February 2013.
The new ZOO EP1 'Shoot', the first of three new EPs by the new line up featuring Jonathan Curtis on drums. New EP of 4 tracks recorded at Mansfield Old Library Studios; launched at Baresca on 1st May 2016. Released on JetWorks label.
ZOO's EOTTW recording project began in November 2007 with the capturing of backing and foundation tracks for a number of new songs, and continued into 2008 with collaborations involving some of the leading Midlands jazz artists. Launched on 16th February 2009 on the Red Admiral label.
'Greenhouse', was begun in January 2006, and is a 14 track album of material written during 2005. "Greenhouse" was released on 7th May 2007, their debut release on Red Admiral Records.
Written and recorded by the trio between February and October 2004, 'Endangered Species' is the first album by the new trio line-up.
ZOO's third album of original material was recorded during the summer of 2003. ZOO recorded and arranged the material at Old Knows rehearsal studios in Nottingham with overdubs at the Greenhouse.
In April 2002, ZOO returned to Peterborough's Five Mile High Studio, and engineer Andy Hawkins, to record their second EP 'Discovery of Land'. The resulting four-track EP was launched at gigs in Nottingham in July 2002.
In May 2001 ZOO recorded their first EP, called 'Sinistra'. The five tracks reflect the breadth of the band's interests, ranging from the bossa nova of 'Extraordinary' to the stark 'The White Room' to the uplifting 'I Believe'.
shoot grow bloom
ZOO LIVE PERFORMANCE GALLERYfeaturing
Bonington Theatre, Nottingham (with Guy Barker)
Matt & Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester
Yardbird Jazz Club, Birmingham
The Y Theatre, Leicester
Lichfield Jazz Festival
Balcony TV, Camden Lock, London
Best Jazz Artist at the Glasswerk New Music Awards, London
BBC WM Radio session
DMU Video Shoot
Piano, Bass, Spanish Guitar, Mandolin, Live Sound
Vocals, Piano, Synth, Melodica, Flute, Recorder, Talkbox
Electric & Nylon Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Production
Tenor, Soprano, Alto & Baritone Saxes, Flute, Bass Clarinet