StrayHorn quartet was formed in 2010 to play the original groove-driven compositions of Cheltenham-based saxophonist Dom Franks, a former winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician competition. The band honed its sound through appearances around the West - notably at the Cheltenham and Stroud Jazz Festivals - into a lean, but melodic take on contemporary jazz. StrayHorn’s sound is built from the supple Afro-tinged rhythms of young Bristol-based drummer Matthew Jones (Phantom Limb), supplemented by acoustic bassist Will Harris and Cheltenham piano powerhouse Alex Steele. With stylistic influences including Kenny Garret’s energetic post-bop, the harmonic language of British pastoral composers and the African drumming of the Parisian Goutte-d’Or, where Dom lived for a time, StrayHorn’s sound is modern, but accessible jazz, with melodies that linger.
Dom Franks - alto and soprano saxophones
Alex Steele - piano
Will Harris - acoustic bass
Matthew Jones - drums