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Hackensack: Josh Heaton's Mouth of Words | Wandering Monster

  • Cafe Jazz 21 Saint Mary Street Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1PL United Kingdom (map)

Hackensack Sessions

Come! Dear friends! To the valley of the FRESH and NEW to taste the joy-nectar of life from the cascading waterfall of sound that is Hacksackappening right here on the 7th Feb at 9pm! Grasp your chance to experience the reverberations of TWO quintets of noble sonic explorers from the far reaches of the land (the north).

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Hackensack is a double bill night dedicated to the fresh and the new and occurs on the first Thursday of every month during the students' term times.

Tickets Choose which you pay

Big Price - £10 - for the arts supporter who would like to chip in that bit extra towards Hackensack's longevity and be remembered dearly
Medium Price - £7 - for the awesome audient, supporting the Hackensack without quite the glamour and philanthropy associated with the big price
Little Price - £5 - for the music lover who's thinking "that's all well and good but I’m a student who’s on a budget here and I come to bloody everything anyway so stop pestering me for cash"


1st set Josh Heaton’s Mouth of Words

Josh Heaton tenor sax
Rachel Head alto sax
Zach Breskal drums
Kumar Chopra guitar
Matheus Prado double bass

Josh invites you into his brain with this captivating band. Original music and spoken word come together to say something personal about the overwhelming world in which we live. 

Mouth of Words


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2nd set Wandering Monster

Sam Quintana double bass & compositions
Ben Powling tenor saxophone
Calvin Travers guitar
Aleks Podraza piano & keys
Tom Higham drums

Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the northern scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.  Despite hailing from the musical melting pot of Leeds, the monster has been unleashed across the north of England at a number of jazz festivals after winning the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award. Notable performances include support slots for Seamus Blake, Trio HLK and Mammal Hands.

'Thoughtful music; melodic, flowing and measured, with enough twists and turns to keep everyone engaged-' 

Mike Walker (Dave Holland, Tal Farlow, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell)

Wandering Monster



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Earlier Event: February 6
Olivia Maddafari Quartet | John Close Trio
Later Event: February 8
Amser Jazz Time