The A.S.Q. (The Annika Skoogh Quartet) are an exciting band and led by Swedish singer Annika Skoogh. Annika is a vibrant jazz singer with a natural talent who brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances. Her band’s music is innovative and fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards, material by other composers and original compositions boldly re-imagined for the modern audience in their own unique way. Annika’s ensemble of highly accomplished musicians and some of the finest are; Matt Carter (keys), Al Swainger (electric bass) and Coach York (drums) and they provide the perfect anchor for her assured and soulful vocals. The band is currently in the process of recording their first album which is set to be released early Summer. In the meantime, please go to the Media page to listen to some live gig recordings.
Matt Carter (Keys) a very young and talented pianist, who has quickly established himself as one of the busiest musicians in the South West. He is in very high demand accompanying local jazz singers but also top jazz musicians like Alan Barns, Brandon Allen, Mike Outram and Greg Abate. Matt has performed at prestigious venues such as the 606 jazz Club, The Boisdale Canary Wharf, The Stables (Milton Keynes) to name but a few. He has worked with internationally known artists such as Joss Stone, Beverly Knight, Mica Paris and Angelo Starr. Highlights with Joss Stone have included a TV performance on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and European Parliament in Brussels.
Al Swainger (Bass) is one of the most versatile and busiest bass players around and was voted 5th at the British Jazz Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In great demand for all styles of jazz, soul, funk, pop and rock. He’s also a core member of Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen (Best Small Band, British Jazz Awards 2012), art rockers Grice and the Craig Milverton Trio (Best Pianist, British Jazz Awards 2010). He has worked with a host of international names including Paul Jones, Jim Mullen, P.P. Arnold and Scott Hamilton to name but a few.
Coach York (Drums) is self taught and a complete natural. Over the years he has worked extensively with most of the top names on the British Jazz scene, accompanying people like Peter King, Jim Mullen, Bill Le Sage, Don Rendell, Alan Barnes, Iain Ballamy, Mike Outram, Simon Spillett and many others. He works regularly with the Craig Milverton Trio. He can often be found backing the well-known vocalists Louise Parker and Maggie Reeday, accompanying the sax player Martin Dale. He is also the regular drummer in the Mike Westbrook Big Band.