"Passionate... superb... heartfelt" GUARDIAN "Excellent, imaginative and absorbing work" JAZZ JOURNAL "Engaging, hugely varied, well-presented, characterised by élan and enthusiasm" JAZZWISE”

Album Launch Celebration

Sharp Little Bones is the house band of Peggy's Skylight (a multi-award-winning jazz venue) featuring bassist and composer Simon Paterson, drummer Andrew 'Woody' Wood and keyboardist Paul Deats. Joined by MOBO-nominated, multi-BBC Jazz and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi, they form a virtuosic quartet playing compositions that reach deep within and far outside the jazz canon. Their sound has a fresh, contemporary appeal: an eclectic audio melting pot of jazz, funk, blues, bop and electronica.

Expect to hear a well-crafted set, taking listeners “on a journey” through hard swingers, groove-led pieces full of vibe. catchy post-bop, beautiful sax and bass-led melodies, spacious ballads, spiritual energy and expansive atmospheres. Within well-crafted, melodic writing and tight, energetic, rhythmical arrangements, there's freedom for expressive solos and intuitive, group-led improvisation. Their debut album, Sharp Little Bones (Volumes I & II), is out now on the Ubuntu Music record label.


“Finding the right musical direction, the right musicians, sounding original, authentic and — an often overlooked ingredient — having a desire to communicate: Sharp Little Bones ticks all those boxes” Stuart Nicholson


engaging… hugely varied, well-presented double album characterised by élan and enthusiasm - this would be good to hear live - Rating: ★★★★ Peter Vacher, Jazzwise


“a very impressive début; [they are] to be praised for releasing a recording comprised entirely of original music. Composer Paterson succeeds in his mission to write jazz tunes that are both interesting and accessible, and he is well served by an excellent, highly exciting live band  Rating: ★★★★ The Jazz Man


“Paterson’s varied compositions elicit excellent, imaginative and absorbing work from each of his colleagues, with the performances sometimes fluently mixing the moods in the development of a single piece. There is nothing here that is disposable. Either disc would have made an entirely satisfying album” Barry Witherden, Jazz Journal


"Passionate… superb… heartfelt" The Guardian 


The music and sound immediately felt unique, and the band’s performance got the crowd whooping. The audience demanded more… this night was a pleasure to behold, London Jazz News


A strong debut from a trio offering contemporary jazz sounds that reach back to the standards era but remain resolutely modern in feel. It’s a tricky balancing act, but this band pulls it off; a sumptuous treat, well worth a listen

Rating: ★★★★ Rob Mallows, Kind of Jazz

"Paterson's playing on several instruments is deft" Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal


This debut album on the Ubuntu label is a very good example of contemporary composition and playing with a firm nod the classic jazz era. If the opportunity arises to see and hear them live I will take it! Simply Jazz Talk

Formidable work…tunes are strong on structure…and you get a certain narrative arc within each piece” Marlbank


The sum of all parts makes Sharp Little Bones’ prolific recording a must have release and an excellent addition to this years’ musical canon. Bebop Spoken Here


“The groups judicious use of both acoustic and electronic instruments is beautifully demonstrated” Matt Fripp, Jazzfuel


Despite being a “new” band, Sharp Little Bones’s music is mature. The songs bristle with energy and a certain amount of daring born of surety and delight in their music….organic and polished. This is a band to watch to see what happens next”. Ben Miller, Jazz Views


“You’ll be hearing plenty more from Sharp Little Bones here on Jazz FM I have no doubt” Jez Nelson, Jazz FM

Excellent double album…packed with hooky tunes, tight grooves, and deft group interplay, it's well worth checking out”   Record Collector



“Just to say how much I enjoyed the gig at Peggy’s last night. The last two tunes (and performances) in particular were phenomenal. I grinned all the way home”  

“Another fantastic evening with Sharp Little Bones. Such amazing playing and so many great tunes”  

“Tremendous #sharplittlebones gig last night at a packed @peggysskylight. Great tunes by @angelsinthearch and great playing by @tonykofi and the rest of the band”  

“Simon Paterson @anglsinthearch Wow! What an amazing composer!”

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