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Donovan Haffner Quintet & Tom Sheen Quartet

Scintillating double-bill of fresh upcoming London jazz talent.

Saturday 09 March 2024


Tickets: £12 - £18.50

Donovan Haffner Quintet

Donovan Haffner is a 22 year-old alto saxophonist who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, undertaking a BMus degree, specialising in jazz.
Donovan has played with a multitude of professional musicians including the big contemporary British names such as Moses Boyd, and Jay Phelps, and European contemporary names such as Rasmus Sorenson.

Gary Crosby OBE, Alex Davis and Binker Golding of Tomorrow’s Warriors were amongst some of his mentors in his earlier years. Donovan’s musicianship has already seen him play London jazz gigs at Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café, The Vortex and Pizza Express Soho and Holborn as well as appearing at festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival, Pitchfork Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, We Out Here and Brainchild.

Donovan leads his own quintet featuring band members Donovan Haffner (alto sax), Francisco Garcia de Paredes (guitar), Alex Wilson (piano), Will Sach (double-bass) and Harry Ling (drums).

The quintet primarily features Donovan’s original compositions, influenced by artists such as Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, Ambrose Akinmusire, Walter Smith III, Wayne Shorter, and many more. His compositions are mainly neo-bop but with his own unique twist.

Tom Sheen Quartet with Rachael Cohen

Tom Sheen is an emerging bassist from London, who has already played with internationally renowned musicians including JD Allen, Rachael Cohen, and Jason Brown. Tom’s quartet features Rachael Cohen (alto saxophone), Sultan Stevenson (piano) and Kai MacRae (drums).

He got his start at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy and Tomorrow’s Warriors, and now studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Donovan Haffner Quintet & Tom Sheen Quartet

Date Saturday 09 March

Tickets £12 - £18.50

  • Doors: 6:30 pm
  • Stage: 7:30 pm

Where WHB Embassy Gardens, 3 Ponton Road, SW11 7BD

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