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The Vicky Tilson Quartet

Formed in the earlier part of 2009, the VTQ explores a diverse range of musical influences and themes, including jazz, rock, unrequited love and the credit crunch. They have released one album (Picture from Jitske) and one EP (Tales from a Forgotten City). The band changed its line up at the end of 2011 and is now hipper and hotter than ever, mainly thanks to the addition of their Swedish drummer, Reinis. Vicky's compositions are becoming evermore esoteric and a new album is in the process of being recorded this year.

DEE BYRNE – alto saxophone
A freelance saxophonist based in London, Dee graduated from the Masters course at Trinity College of Music in 2011. Dee composes for and leads contemporary jazz group: Entropi, is the other half of electro-acoustic ‘two-piece' orchestra: Deemer, co-founder of Zonica - a six piece improvised electronics ensemble, and plays regularly with Xantone Blacq as well as the Soul Immigrants (P-Vine records Japan). Other projects include the Vicky Tilson Quartet, Paul Baxter's Destination Out, Saxoctopus (eight piece saxophone ensemble) and Word of Moth (collaboration with Cath Roberts).

Stuart started out playing rock ‘n’ roll and blues in various bands before going on to study Jazz Guitar at Trinity College of Music, graduating in 2003. He started playing gigs on the London scene in 2001 and continues to be active with work ranging from solo guitar to performing in groups. Stuart has represented a number of top musical agencies in London and performed in numerous locations and venues including the Gherkin, Somerset House, Tower Bridge, the Jazz Cafe and the Vortex.

VICKY TILSON – double bass/compositions
Formerly a classically-trained pianist (Grade 7) and oboist (Grade 6), Vicky took up classical double bass at 14 for one school year, gaining ABRSM grades 1, 3 and 5. Shortly after, a long spell in hospital dashed her hopes of a place at music college and forced her into an unorthodox pathway so she took up the bass guitar and rock music in an attempt to do some modern music (there was no jazz in her school), whilst studying a BA (Hons) in Film & Communication at Middlesex University. After various original rock bands, demo CDs and airplay on radio she succumbed to the calling of jazz in August 2003 and attended Jazz Academy under the guidance of Michael Garrick. It changed her life. Evening and weekend classes at the City Literary Institute in central London followed, taking in jazz piano, harmony & ear training and woodshedding. Four years' later she gained a place on the Guildhall School of Music MMus Jazz course and graduated in 2008.

Vicky has previously performed with Tony Kofi, Henry Lowther, Quentin Collins, Kate Williams, Nick Smalley and Chris Allard and at venues including The Vortex, Pizza Express-Dean Street, Charlie Wright's, Oliver's and the Manchester Jazz Festival. She gained an RSL Level 3 Diploma with distinction as a Music Educator from Rock School and QTS as a secondary school music teacher. Vicky has studied double bass with Paul Moylan, Jeff Clyne, Steve Watts and Michael Janisch. She writes for her own quartet, who were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in December 2010, and have received plaudits from established musicians for their first two albums. Acclaimed saxophonist Tony Kofi has said: "So keep your eyes and ears open and welcome Vicky Tilson to the world jazz stage."

Reinis Axelsson grew up in Visby, Sweden. He moved to London after studying music for 4 years and has since worked with many different bands of different genres. For the last 9 years Reinis has been working extensively abroad with bands such as The Bongolian, Firemouth and the TJ Johnson band. He recorded 2 albums with the Andy Davies Quartet and has performed in Asia as well as all over Europe and Britain. He also is the drummer in rock band The Last Detail. Reinis also likes to sail long boats, pillage and plunder. When he grows up he wants to be a fireman.