Shatner’s Bassoon are a group of six Leeds based composers/improvisers. Since forming in 2010 they have embarked on four tours of the UK, had numerous projects funded by PRSF and Arts Council England, had a live show featured on BBC Jazz on 3, released three albums on their own label - 'Wasp Millionaire Records' and have been selected by Jazz North as 'Jazz Ambassadors of the North' on their 'Northern Line' program.
Shatner’s Bassoon are..... “wistfully romantic . . . sounds like a monkey eating cornflakes" (The Guardian). "Shatner’s Bassoon are … being silly … intricate … be proud." (Tinderbox Festival). "the opening … is (unusually) no exaggeration" (London Jazz News) “…which continues to unsettle the listener” (Jazz Yorkshire) “…a group of musicians deconstructing composition and improvisation and developing a sound which is entirely of its moment and its surroundings.” (Jazz Yorkshire) Shatner’s Bassoon are “…remarkably beautiful … Physical[ly] … an incredible sight" (Gail Brand, BBC Jazz on 3) “… for the passive listener” (Jazz Yorkshire). Watch out for … Craig Scott … during moments of fun.” (BBC Jazz on 3) “The effect … is one of unease and perplexity.” (Jazz Yorkshire)“Prepare to have your perceptions mangled” (Jazzwize) “…In short the only constant … is a degree of restlessness…” (London Jazz News)
Shatner's Bassoon are.............
Johnny Richards - keyboards, circuit bent delay pedal Ollie Dover - alto and bari sax/clarinet Michael Bardon - bass, homemade synths Craig Scott - guitar, homemade electronics Joost Hendrickx - drums, percussion