Listen! presents...

John Butcher, John Edwards, Mark Sanders

lucid and captivating free improvisation 

Top drawer photography: Mr Peter Freeman
Top drawer photography: Mr Peter Freeman


We are delighted to open our 2019 programme with the improvising supergroup of John Butcher, John Edwards and Mark Sanders - described by the Free Jazz Blog as "a union of sonic and temporal explorers".


Having worked together in a variety of different settings over many years, these three phenomenal musicians finally joined forces as a trio in 2016, playing live at London's Cafe Oto and recording their stunning debut album 'Last Dream of the Morning'.


'A conversation between improvisers that provides nourishment to both the listeners and each player. This music is about the instant. Creation from decades of practice that appears like a lightning strike.'
Mark Corroto ~ All About Jazz


John Butcher ~ saxophones

John Edwards ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ drums 



The trio's first recording 'Last Dream of the Morning' was released in 2017 on Relative Pitch Records. 


'An ethos of sheer quality' Morning Star


'Veering from punchy confrontation to breath-held spacious emptiness via distant rumble-gong-shimmer, each track contains more ideas than most other bands' entire albums.' Jazzwise magazine

Friday 11th January 2019

Unitarian Church, 5 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW

£12 cash on the door, or £10 (plus £1 booking fee) online from

Doors and bar 7.30pm, music 8pm.

Coming soon...

Warmer Than Blood

Saturday 2nd February

The new trio project from guitar maestro and composer Chris Montague, featuring Kit Downes (piano) and Ruth Goller (bass). Intricate textures, dark pools of harmony, layered melodies, kinetic group improvisation and percussive prepared piano.



Tuesday 5th March

Trumpeter and composer Nick Malcolm's latest venture deconstructs his original compositions through sampling and contemporary improvisation. With Jake McMurchie (saxophone), Will Harris (bass) and Ric Yarborough (drums).


Family Band

Friday 29th March

Powerful and freewheeling music combining moments of fierce intensity, introspection and the blues. Kim Macari (trumpet) Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor saxophone) Tom Riviere (bass) and

Steve Hanley (drums). 



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