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Empirical - 'Wonder is the Beginning' album launch with Jason Rebello

The multi award-winning UK jazz ensemble launch their long-awaited new album, with special guests

Friday 15 March 2024


Tickets: £15.00 to £20.00

Join the multi award-winning UK jazz ensemble Empirical for the launch of their long-awaited new album Wonder is the Beginning, which will be released on Whirlwind Recordings on the day of this concert.

Having started their journey in 2007, Empirical make a triumphant return, re-taking their rightful place at the centre of the UK scene, with their first full-length release since 2016.

Empirical is still a reliable touchstone of contemporary British jazz at its most sophisticated. 


Wonder is the Beginning is a mature musical statement that shows the band’s fire is still undimmed and their commitment to maintaining the legacy while forging their own unique path is as strong as ever.

The personnel of the quartet have remained the same for fifteen years featuring Nathaniel Facey (alto sax), Tom Farmer (double bass), Shaney Forbes (drums) and Lewis Wright.

For this show Lewis, who lives in the United States, will be replaced by Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone). As on the album, special guest Jason Rebello adds his unmistakable presence on piano as well as the towering reputation he’s built over a thirty-five-year international career.

This was the height of contemporary jazz from risk-taking players with real commitment.

Calgary Herald

Empirical’s trademark combination of complex, thoughtful writing and spontaneous improvisation is enabled by the absolute trust that comes from years of collective music making, and is at the heart of what makes Empirical stand out consistently on the musical landscape.

Empirical, around for an astonishing 15 years already, are one of the great British contributions to European jazz.

Empirical - 'Wonder is the Beginning' album launch with Jason Rebello

Date Friday 15 March

Tickets £15.00 to £20.00

  • Doors: 6:30 pm
  • Stage: 7:30 pm

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

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Accessibility: World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens is a fully accessible venue. If you have any questions or special requirements, please email

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