Following their critically acclaimed debut album in 2015 the Button Band have been busy performing at venues in the London area and are embarking on a UK wide tour in May 2017 to promote the release of their second album “Emilie”.
This quartet of in-demand young players was founded in 2012 by inventive guitarist Andy Button, alongside Andy Woolf on tenor sax, Dave Manington on bass and Marek Dorcik on drums.
Between them they have worked with such luminaries as Gwilym Simcock, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Lockheart, Mark Anthony Turnage and Marius Neset.
All four members make regular appearances on the London jazz scene and the band featured in last year’s prestigious London Jazz Festival. The group blends melodic content with sophisticated forms and incorporates elements of various genres from country, blues and South-African township jazz. to angular post bop. The Button Band showcases Andrew Button’s distinctive writing, a highly melodic, unpretentious, accessible, modern British instrumental jazz.
“Reminiscent of Bill Frisell’s cross-genre explorations” - London Jazz
“Upbeat township swing straight out of the Loose Tubes mould, good-humoured and infectious.”- Geoff Winston
Featuring some of the most active and in demand young Jazz musicians on todays scene…
Andy Woolf – Tenor Sax
After graduating from the guildhall Andrew Woolf has dedicated himself to exploring and performing in a variety of musical styles. Initially classically-trained, he has expanded his musical landscape and now performs regularly on saxophone and clarinet in a variety of settings, ranging from modern jazz and improvisation ensembles such as Soma Quartet, Madwort Saxophone Quartet and more recently his own quintet, to projects embracing other musical cultures such as traditional Brazilian group Clube do Choro UK and modern Afrobeat bands Afrik Bawantu and Ozi Ozaa. He is also a singer with the London Vocal Project, which has
performed with Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone.
“… warm-toned mellifluous tenor saxophone… with elegant phrasing” - LondonJazz review
Dave Manington – Double Bass
Dave Manington studied composition at Nottingham University 94-97 then attended the Guildhall School of Music Postgraduate Jazz course. Since leaving he has been in demand for a wide range of different ensembles in a variety of styles.
Dave composed for and led his own jazz septet for several years, and now leads a quartet which is part of London’s ‘LOOP’ collective, whilst also contributing music to many other projects. Dave’s music has recently been heard on Radio 3 and on television. He has also accumulated extensive studio experience recording albums and sessions as a sideman playing with luminaries like Mark Lockheart, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Pete King, Martin Speake, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Salena Jones, Roberto Pla, Martin Shaw and John Etheridge amongst others. He’s played all around Europe and appeared in the Katmandu Jazz Festival, Cyprus Paradise Jazz, Swanage, London and Brecon jazz festivals. He was also nominated for a Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal Award in 2006
Marek Dorcik - Drums
Marek started playing drums at the age of 13 and studied classical music between the ages of 14 and 20 at the Conservatoire in his home town in Slovakia. But it was in jazz where he found his true passion. Since moving to the UK in 2006, Marek has been in constant demand from Britain’s top jazz artists, such as Mike Walker, Alan Barnes and Stuart McCallum, and has toured Europe many times with a range of different jazz projects.