Our previous events...

Huw V Williams Trio ~ October 2021

A stunning night of original music, played with great passion by the Huw V Williams Trio, celebrating not only the release of their debut album Equidistant Between, but also the final gig of a UK tour. Another capacity audience and it was good to see lots of new faces amongst our loyal band of regulars.

Huw V Williams ~ bass & compositions

George Crowley ~ saxophones

Devin Gray ~ drums


Confront Recordings ~ September 2021

The sell-out audience was treated to an exhilarating evening of spontaneous music making celebrating 25 years of the pioneering Confront Recordings record label. A dream team formed especially for our return to live gigs. It felt great to be back!

'It was as though you'd never been away!' Roger Gow

Mark Wastell ~ percussion

Dominic Lash ~ double bass and electric guitar

Ed Jones ~ saxophones

Pigfoot ~ October 2020

It felt incredibly special to present our one and only 'socially distanced' gig of 2020. Pigfoot, with their wild musicality and wry humour, were the perfect band to chase away the lockdown blues for our music starved listeners. Everyone had a ball!

'The first notes were like a blinding flash of light' - Jez Matthews, Jazz At The Lescar.

Chris Batchelor ~ trumpet and cornet

James Allsopp ~ baritone saxophone and bass clarinet

Liam Noble ~ piano and keyboards

Paul Clarvis ~ drums

Mike De Souza Trio ~ November 2019

This vibrant young trio closed our 2019 series in great style with their energetic improvisations and daring explorations of Mike's intricate compositions. The band's absorbing performance had the attentive audience on the edge of their seats. Check out their superb new album Slow Burn.

Mike De Souza ~ guitar

Huw V Williams ~ basses

Jay Davis ~ drums

Somersaults ~ October 2019

Ace rhythm team, Mark Sanders and Olie Brice, returned to Listen! in the company of the legendary ICP Orchestra's celebrated reedsman Toby Delius. This outstanding trio played propulsive, joyous improvised music ranging from swinging free jazz to exquisite timbral and textural explorations. Enthralling, spontaneous music-making of the highest order!


Tobias Delius ~ tenor saxophone & clarinet

Olie Brice ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ drums 

Sloth Racket ~ September 2019

It was such a huge pleasure to welcome back the first band ever to play at Listen!. The mighty Sloths ended their UK tour in rousing style, conjuring 'a sonic amalgam of riff, composition and free improvisation.' (Chris Searle). A triumphant return to Cambridge!

Cath Roberts ~ baritone saxophone

Sam Andreae ~ alto saxophone

Anton Hunter ~ guitar

Seth Bennett ~ double bass

Johnny Hunter ~ drums

Pale Blue Dot ~ July 2019

Johnny Hunter's reflective compositions were beautifully played by this outstanding, intuitive ensemble. Music encapsulating the perspective and stillness that might be possible from the outer reaches of our solar system.

Johnny Hunter ~ drums

Mark Hanslip ~ tenor saxophone

Gemma Bass ~ violin

Aby Vulliamy ~ viola

Mick Bardon ~ cello

Otto Willberg ~ double bass

BABs ~ June 2019

We celebrated our second anniversary in great style with a rare live performance from one of our favourite trios. The group performed music ranging from rich, evolving ambient textures to energetic electronica-influenced improvisation. The acoustic instruments were expertly blended with electronic real-time processing creating a hypnotic, haunting sound world. The musicians set the scene perfectly, each performing a mesmerizing solo set to start the evening.


Olie Brice ~ double bass
James Allsopp ~ bass clarinet and solo tenor saxophone
Alex Bonney ~ electronics and solo trumpet

Reel Tangle ~ May 2019

We were pleased to present the first ever performance by the improvising supergroup Reel Tangle. While drawing on their shared love of free jazz and improvisation, the quartet wove a skein of exploration in sound, melody and time around Rachel's composed framework of text and themes.

Rachel Musson ~ saxophones and voice

Jason Yarde ~ alto saxophone
Olie Brice ~ double bass
Mark Sanders ~ percussion

Ensemble Entropy ~ April 2019

This dynamic ensemble explored the spaces between contemporary composed music and free improvisation. Lola de la Mata and James B Wilson were present to introduce their beautiful new compositions. 

Matt London ~ tenor saxophone

Loré Lixenberg ~ voice

Georgia Cooke ~ flute

Alison Blunt ~ violin

Seth Bennett ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ drums 

Alexander Hawkins ~ April 2019

We were delighted that Alexander Hawkins chose to celebrate the release of his new solo piano album, 'Iron Into Wind', with this special concert in the Bateman Auditorium at his alma mater, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. 


'A captivating performance, the acoustically superb auditorium made Hawkins' use of dynamics and overtones an added joy.' - Listener, John Sharpe.


A memorable evening for the enthusiastic audience!

j a d e  ~ March 2019

Trumpeter Nick Malcolm's new quartet captivated the enthusiastic audience with their absorbing performance.

The band deconstructed Nick's original compositions with great imagination and flair, using contemporary improvisation and sampling to create a spellbinding atmosphere.


Nick Malcolm ~ trumpet

Jake McMurchie ~ saxophone

Will Harris ~ double bass

Ric Yarborough ~ drums and samples

Warmer Than Blood ~ February 2019

Guitarist Chris Montague's latest trio project performed mesmerising new music composed by Chris, combining intricate textures, dark pools of harmony, kinetic group improvisation and percussive prepared piano. The evening opened with an enchanting solo bass guitar and vocal set from Ruth Goller.


Chris Montague ~ guitar

Ruth Goller ~ electric bass

Kit Downes ~ piano

Butcher/Edwards/Sanders ~ January 2019

We were thrilled to open our 2019 programme with an evening of lucid and captivating free improvisation featuring three undisputed masters of the art. In a rare trio performance these three phenomenal musicians worked their spontaneous magic to the delight of the attentive audience.


John Butcher ~ saxophones

John Edwards ~ double bass

Mark Sanders ~ percussion

Total Vibration ~ September 2018

Channelling the free spirit of Ornette Coleman, Geri Allen and Charles Mingus, the quartet's bold approach to improvising turned every tune into a riveting brass-fuelled adventure. A tantalising two trumpet treat for the enthusiastic capacity crowd.


Laura Jurd ~ trumpet

Chris Batchelor ~ trumpet

Tom Herbert ~ double bass

Corrie Dick ~ drums

Olie Brice, Rachel Musson, Mark Sanders ~

June 2018

This exceptional trio of thoughtful, impressive improvisers came together and created compelling new music. Spontaneous music-making at its very best!


Olie Brice ~ double bass

Rachel Musson ~ saxophones

Mark Sanders ~ percussion 

Elliot Galvin Trio ~ March 2018

Unfortunately this gig fell victim to the 'Beast from the East' which brought adverse weather conditions that swept the UK. The band was frustratingly snowbound in Scotland and unable to reach Cambridge.


Do check out their exhilarating new music where analogue sythesis and electric sounds orbit the acoustic world of piano, bass and drums.


Elliot Galvin ~ piano, synthesizer and toys

Tom McCredie ~ double bass and guitar

Corrie Dick ~ drums and percussion

What Love ~ February 2018

A project born of a deep love of Charles Mingus' work as a composer and philosopher of music. This was a jubilant celebration of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.

Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan ~ trumpet

George Murray ~ trombone

Ollie Dover ~ alto saxophone and bass clarinet

Simon Prince ~ tenor saxophone and flute

Cath Roberts ~ baritone saxophone

Adam Fairhall ~ piano

Johnny Hunter ~ drums

Seth Bennett ~ double bass and leader

Pigfoot ~ January 2018

New Orleans jazz, opera, Elvis, 70's funk and Bacharach are all fair game for this all-star line-up's genre-bending skills.  Their imaginative approach to popular music brought a smile to everyone's faces. A powerful and flexible front line egged on by spiky and eccentric drumming, the perfect band to kick off the new year!

James Allsopp ~ baritone saxophone and bass clarinet

Chris Batchelor ~ trumpet and cornet

Paul Clarvis ~ drums

Liam Noble ~ piano and keyboards

Yana ~ October 2017

A trio of respected improvisers, creating open, living music. After 10 years of playing together, their music flows with magical ease, providing accessibility in fantastic grooves and improvised melodies. The trio has developed a process entirely focused on producing highly expressive live music, a free-wheeling, spontaneous mix of styles. We were delighted that Yana chose our event to launch their new Two Rivers Records album, 'baby/people'.

Joshua Blackmore ~ drums

Dave Kane ~ double bass

Corey Mwamba ~ vibraphone

Sloth Racket ~ June 2017

The ensemble played Cath's compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results ranged across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves. Music for open ears - the perfect opening night for Listen!

Cath Roberts ~ baritone saxophone

Anton Hunter ~ guitar

Sam Andreae ~ tenor saxophone

Seth Bennett ~ double bass

Johnny Hunter ~ drums