Moscow Drug Club
23 Dec 2023
MOSCOW DRUG CLUB… named after the song
A curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Latin Tinge, French musette and storytelling meet…..
Imagine having a few to drink and staggering arm in arm into the darkness of an eastern European cobbled street and stumbling into a bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after-hours jam with the local Tziganes.
Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen & Eartha Kitt,
Moscow Drug Club deliver an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.
Meet the club…….
Katya Gorrie was brought up in a theatre family and started working professionally at the age of 11. She toured with her parent’s company as a young actor dancer and singer, learning as she went and inspired to study all three disciplines. Trained in both classical and jazz vocals, Katya eventually left the theatre and dance behind to focus on a career in music. Never far from her roots, Katya has managed to fuse all her experience into the performer she is today. Katya has written, produced and recorded seven albums to date and toured in North America, Europe and the UK.
Bristol based Jonny Bruce is one of the most in demand trumpet players on the scene today. Working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, Jonny has received much critical acclaim for his fiery trumpet work. From Bobby Shew, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis to Kelis and Illa J, his trumpet has seen him perform at venues and festivals across the world with many greats from a variety of genres. Aside from his big band and small group work, he is a passionate educator, the Musical Director of the Bristol Community Big Band, and his trumpet has recently been featured on the BBC drama series The Outlaws.
When he’s not playing with MDC, bassist Andy Crowdy can be heard with jazz legends such as Art Themen or John Etheridge, or playing guitar and keyboards in his Led Zep Project. He enjoys teaching and has written many pieces for both bass and guitar, putting his Masters Degree in Composition to good use. Andy’s role in MDC allows him to both lay down a solid grooving foundation to the rhythm section and to offer up flashes of virtuosity when the time is right!
Classically trained pianist, accordionist and bandoneon player Mirek Salmon has his BMus from the University of Cardiff. He has composed music for the British Film Institute BBC television and of course Moscow Drug Club. Mirek writes and performs for Tango band Tango Calor
Guitarist/singer Will Edmunds has been part of the South West music scene for over a decade, playing swinging jazz with Moscow Drug Club, writing country songs with Elles Bailey and touring as a sideman with numerous established artists. He also fronts his own blues band, teaches guitar, and manages a farm in the Welsh hills.
Andy Bowen is a jazz guitarist inspired by Django Reinhardt, George Barnes and Charlie Christian. He has performed throughout the UK at many leading jazz festivals and has shared stages with many leading European gypsy jazz players.