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Biography

Ashley Henry is one of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences

Ashley Henry – born November 1991 when the last Kuwait oil fires extinguished, Miles Davis passed away, Gang Star released ‘Step in the Arena’, South Africa held its first cricket international in 20 years, PC World opened in the UK, Wynton Marsalis releases ‘Blue Interlude’, Freddie Mercury departed, Branford Marsalis finishes ‘The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born’ and the first performance of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III took place.

 

Born and raised in South London, England, United Kingdom, Ashley Henry’s listening and visual styles, range from Sinead Harnett, Digital Underground, ZuZu, Margot Fonteyn, Era Istrefi, Freddie Mercury, and Dreezy – through to having fans that include the abstract artist Gareth Nyandoro, being an advocate for the legend pianist Abdullah Ibrahim…and being a big 6LACK fan.

 

In 2016 Ashley Henry graduated from Royal Academy of Music, performed with Jason Marsalis and collaborated with legends Terence Blanchard and Jean Toussaint. He is the youngest ever to hit the bill for the International Piano Trio Festival performing with Robert Glasper, and top that year by achieving a childhood dream of performing in the final of the Unisia International Piano Competition in South Africa.

 

16 January – 9 March 2017 sees Ashley Henry recording his second full studio sessions in London. Collaborating with Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra), MC Mattic (Nowadays France & NY), the Legendary Jean Toussaint, Monte Booker (Soulection), Alicia Olatuja (President Obama Inaugurations – Unlimited Myles), Moses Boyd (Brownswood) and Anthony Joseph (Strut Records).

 

Six track recordings will be written, produced and performed by Ashley Henry + RE-Ensemble, with the schedule to include the entitled track Easter and the seminal cover of Pressure, written by late indie punk trio The Enemy (retitled Beautiful Pressure w/vocals).

 

In January 2017 – at only 25 years, Ashley Henry is commissioned as guest resident Musical Director for both Jazz Café, London and Ronnie Scotts, London and is a FADER MAGAZINE 2017 Emerging Artist.

 

March 2017 sees Ashley Henry nominated for this year’s Jazz FM Award as Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Live Experience of the Year, the latter for his performance at the London Southbank.

2017

1st June-

Klangvocal Festival (China Moses) – Dortmund, Germany

3rd June-

Festungsanlage (China Moses) – Germersheim, Germany

4th June-

Jazz in Duketown (China Moses) – Den Bosch, Netherlands

15th June-

Ronnie Scott’s (w Quentin Collins Quartet) – London

30th June-

Intl. Musikfest (China Moses) – Austria

1st July-

Love Supreme Jazz Festival (Ashley Henry) – UK

5th July-

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (Ashley Henry supporting Ambrose Akinmusire)

6th July-

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (Ashley Henry supporting Ambrose Akinmusire)

11th July-

Les Grimaldines (China Moses) – Grimaud, France

12th July-

Stimmen Festival (China Moses) – Saint Louis, France

14th July-

Swanage Jazz Festival (Jean Toussaint “Young Lions” Quintet)- Swanage, England

19th July-

Spice of Life  (Quentin Collins Quartet) – London

21st July-

Colston Hall (Outlook Orchestra featuring Roots Manuva, Horace Andy, Dawn Penn, Lloyle Carner, Congo Natty + More) – Bristol

28th July-

Openjazzfest (China Moses) – Slovakia

29th July-

Sani Jazz (China Moses) – Greece

17th August-

Helsinki Festival (Ashley Henry) – Helsinki, Finland

18th August-

Helsinki Festival (Ashley Henry) – Helsinki, Finland

19th August-

Helsinki Festival (Ashley Henry) Helsinki, Finland

5th September- 

Outlook Festival (Outlook Orchestra featuring Roots Manuva, Horace Andy, Dawn Penn, Lloyle Carner, Congo Natty + More) – Croatia