‘Afro- and Brazilian jazz meet dub, free improv and spiritual jazz-rock in a sonorous clash of universal sound’.

‘Rapid-fire guitar work with variety and energy’ – The Guardian

‘Phil Dawson and his quartet are really smoking at the mo. No wonder the London jazz young guns are ripping it up with bands like this leading the way. Miss them at your peril’ – Russ Jones (Future World Funk)

‘A great guitarist’ – Tony Allen

A new project from the sometime guitarist with bands such as Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Lokkhi Terra, Cubafrobeat and Soothsayers, who is also known for work with iconic artists like Hugh Masekela, Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, Khaled and Osibisa.

The band features Matheus Nova (bass), well known for his collaborations and contributions to projects with Antonio Forcione, Ed Motta, Saravah Soul and Jazzinho; Marius Rodrigues (drums) deep knowledge of grooves from all over the planet has helped him contribute to a large catalogue of folk, fusion, pop, jazz as well as Brazilian recording projects.

There are trio, quartet or quintet versions of this project. The guitar, bass and drums combination puts a variety of groove sources through the blender: from David Bowie tunes to Marcos Valle and Joao Donato; original tunes have been forged from flavours of Ghanaian hilife, Brazilian baiao and desert blues from Mali as well as jazz references from Jim Hall to Tony Williams to Sonny Sharrock and Pharaoh Sanders.

The band often features the amazing Maurizio Ravalico (percussion) and Rowland Sutherland (flutes) both of whom have amazing musical pedigrees. Rowland’s flute textures and lines together with Maurizio’s self-designed sonic universe and openness to free exploration push the quintet to more spontaneous musical territory peppered with true roots grooves – ‘Agharta’ meets Ebo Taylor. The quartet (Dawson, Nova, Rodrigues, Ravalico) follows a similar road to spontaneity with a slightly rockier edge.

Phil Dawson – guitars
Matheus Nova – bass
Marius Rodrigues – drums
Rowland Sutherland (flutes)
Maurizio Ravalico (percussion)



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Phil Dawson Quartet w/Marius Rodrigues, Matheus Nova, Maurizio Ravalico, 91 Living Room, London E1, 16th March

w/ Dele Sosimi, Cape Town, South Africa, 23-25 March

w/ Nina Miranda, Maurizio Ravalico - Burgh House, London NW3, 27th March

w/ Hilife Allstars, Zedel, London, 13th April

w/Cubafrobeat, Jazz Cafe, London, 29th April

w/Cubafrobeat, World Village Festival, Helsinki, 25th May

w/Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Leeds, 26th May

Phil Dawson trio w/Jon Clark and Guillaume Ottaviani, Harry Cook, Cheltenham, 30th May

w/Francis Fuster, London 8th June

w/Yung Afrikan Pioneers, London 13th June

w/Namvula, Rhythm Tree Isle of Wight, 14th July

Phil Dawson/Chris Cobbson duet, Cheltenham, 18th July

w/Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra, Wilderness festival, 4th August

Felabration w/ Falz, Awilo, A.Star etc, Indigo at the O2, 30th August