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The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival 2023: Josephine Davies Trio

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Award ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the year’, Josephine Davies will play tracks from How Can We Wake? the latest release from her acclaimed trio project Satori.


Josephine Davies continues to assert her unique presence across the crowded landscape of international jazz with the latest release from the acclaimed trio project that she has been developing since 2016 under the name of Satori. This latest iteration reunites her with two of the UK’s most uncategorisable talents: both Dave Whitford on bass and James Maddren on drums combine a fearsome level of accomplishment with a fearless appetite for improvisation that makes them the perfect partners in this venture.

This album captures a particular moment of presence as the band perform a suite of pieces, poised in the space between composition and the mindful spontaneity of collective improvisation. Taking the writings of the Indian sage Patanjali as an inspiration, Davies created the pieces for How Can We Wake? as sets of melodic and rhythmic parameters for the trio to explore in the heat of the present moment. The powerful combination of fearless free improvisation and melodic empathy from these gifted players creates a powerful and timely statement.



Saxophone: Josephine Davies

Drums: James Maddren

Bass: Oli Hayhurst


Also on 07 Dec

7:30pm – Zoe Rahman Trio

Each band costs £20. Book two events in the same night and get £10 off and free entry to a screening of the film Revelations in Small Steps.




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Josephine Davies
Winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Award ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the year’, Josephine Davies is a musical artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene, pushing the boundaries of jazz with her current main artistic project Satori – a sax/bass/drums trio with an emphasis on extended and collaborative improvisation. It is a project that combines her seeking of freedom of expression with her interest in Japanese philosophy and lifestyle.

Now becoming equally known as a composer, her unique voice is a blend of classical, jazz and folk music, creating an intensely dynamic sound infused with the Nordic quality of her Shetland roots. Deeply influenced by the American composer Maria Schneider, Josephine was resident composer and tenor player for the London Jazz Orchestra from 2011-2016, and now has her own big band ‘The Enso Ensemble’.

As a saxophonist she is known for her melodic focus, versatility and unique style which has been described as “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise Magazine), “strong and authoritative” (The JazzMann) and “with winning immediacy” (MOJO Magazine).