Jack Hues (real name: Jeremy Ryder) studied composition at Goldsmith’s College, London and at the Royal College of Music, London. He went on to have worldwide success with the rock band Wang Chung during the 1980’s (www.wangchung.com). His movie credits include the soundtracks “To Live And Die in LA” (1985) and “The Guardian” (1990)– dir: William Friedkin and “Act of Memory” – dir: Jack Ryder (2011). His songs have appeared in numerous movies including “The Breakfast Club” (1986), “The Fighter” (2010) and in TV series including “The Walking Dead” (2010). Worldwide chart successes include “Dance Hall Days” (1984) and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” (1986) and collaborations include Tony Banks (Genesis), Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears) and Eg White (Adele). Jack founded The-Quartet with Sam Bailey in 2005. They have released 2 albums, produced by Chris Hughes for his Helium record label, and a third on Free Range Recordings, to wide critical acclaim. 2 further Quartet albums are planned for official release this year, plus a detailed, remastered Wang Chung Retrospective to be released in 2019. Jack is currently working on a new solo album to be released in 2019.
Sam Bailey is an improvising pianist and composer equally at home in the world of contemporary music or jazz. Whether working with more open improvisers such as Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell or William Parker or more jazz-orientated musicians such as Tony Coe, John Etheridge or Norma Winstone, Sam maintains his distinctive creative personality as an improvising musician. As well as being a founding member of Jack Hues and the Quartet Sam leads a quartet called Spock, a duo with composer and turntablist Matt Wright (hwww.matt-wright.co.uk/bailey+wright.htm) and a large improvising ensemble called Canterbury Scratch Orchestra inspired by Cornelius Cardew’s performance art collective of the same name. Sam is currently completing a practice based PhD in improvised music and runs a successful series of weekly improvised and experimental music, film and poetry events called Free Range (www.free-range.co).
Double bass player and composer Liran Donin has been taking the UK music scene by storm since his arrival from Israel in 2000. After gigging and recording in Tel Aviv he moved to London to pursue his musical career and explore his passion for Jazz and North African music. His playing has proved to be infectious becoming an in demand bass player, recording and touring with top world contemporary artists such as Mulato Astatke, Mercury award nominated band Led Bib, Brooklyn based Indie rock band Here We Go Magic, Rachel Unthank, Arun Ghosh (www.myspace.com/arunghosh) and tabla maestro Pandit Sharda Sahai to name but a few.
Drummer composer and bandleader Mark Holub has been at the forefront of UK creative music since his arrival in the UK from New Jersey (USA) in 2000. He is most notably known as the bandleader and composer for Led Bib (www.ledbib.com). This band, one of a wave of jazz groups that are revitalizing the UK jazz scene, were nominated for the Mercury Prize 2009 (one of 12 albums of the year) and were also winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2005. With Led Bib Mark regularly tours across the UK and continental Europe. His music has been broadcast across worldwide media, including, BBC 2, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, ORF (Austria), XFM, Radio 1 (Prague), BBC Radio 3, Radio 6 (NL), BBC Radio 4 and college radio across the US. Led Bib released their 5th album on Cuneiform Records in January 2011.