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Chip Wickham
Oct 2017 12

Chip Wickham

Rich Mix

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GoGo Penguin & Matthew Halsall collaborator goes solo, bringing his astounding live show to Rich Mix

Manchester raised saxophonist and flutist Chip Wickham has spent over 25 years in the business, and he sure knows how to get a crowd going. Wickham’s smooth and emotional playing has earned him a place as a close working member with established producers such as Nightmares on Wax, Jimpster, and Graham Massey and as part of Craig Charles’ Fantasy Funk Band.

Though he has collaborated with artists of many different disciplines, Jazz has always been his first love. He found himself working with award winning UK trumpeter Matthew Halsall, playing live and eventually appearing on Halsall’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album Sending My Love. This scene enabled Chip to work with some of the best UK jazz musicians, such as Nat Birchall and Rob Turner, who went on to form Blue Note act GoGo Penguin. This highly influential group of musicians had a long lasting influence on Chip, which can clearly be heard in his own album.

After the release of his album La Sombra, Wickham is set to bring his own beautiful, wistful music to the jazz lovers of London. His new sound is testament to his heroes Roland Kirk, Yuseef Lateef & Harold McNair. Golden early Blue Note era of jazz / Impulse Records.

“Chip Wickham is a genius. The way he writes, the vibe he creates. Double groovy!” – Craig Charles

“Majesterial and electrifying stuff”  – 9/10 Blues and Soul Magazine

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