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We announce with very heavy hearts the death of Debbie Dickinson. She was a close personal friend, our ’Seventh Sister’ in The Guest Stars and a great supporter of Blow the Fuse. We knew Debbie for nearly 40 years. From the days of the Sisterhood of Spit, Sunday nights at the Kings Head, and as the manager of The Guest Stars she toured the world with us. She was a strong, brave, funny and intrepid woman who was greatly loved by all of us and who will be sadly missed by the larger jazz community, her partner Lorraine and her friends, colleagues and students at City University. Feeling your warmth and seeing you smiling on us still….we miss you.


ARQ have won ‘Jazz Ensemble of the Year’ in the 2018 APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018. Other nominees were Dinosaur, Ezra Collective and Beats & Pieces Big Band.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us, it’s an honour given the wonderful groups also shortlisted.

ARQ topped the Peoples vote at the British Jazz Awards where Alison Rayner was also runner up for Bass Player of the year.

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This year Blow the Fuse celebrate 30 years. Started in 1989 by musicians and composers Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner who were members of the internationally acclaimed jazz group The Guest Stars, BTF have played a crucial role in raising awareness about women jazz musicians and importantly giving them support, a space and opportunity to perform in times which have sometimes been very challenging.

They have been very much part of the new resurgence of jazz musicians, which contain many talented young women. Beginning in 2012, Blow the Fuse seasons Tomorrow the Moon one small step for women’ have featured groups led by composers Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Laura Cole, Dee Byrne, Sophie Tetteh, Lauren Kinsella, Roz Harding, Nikki Iles, Shama Rahman, Daphna Sadeh, Flo Moore, Chelsea Carmichael, Camilla George and Nubya Garcia.

They’ve have managed many UK jazz tours with new musical works, innovative collaborations and educational projects and they run the Blow the Fuse record label.

Blow the Fuse were shortlisted for the Services to Jazz award (outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK) in the 2018 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Congratulations to winner Jill Rodger and all her work on the Glasgow jazz festival.

 Performances for the ‘Resistance’ season take place at the Vortex Jazz Club and the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church Street. See our gigs page for details on all our events.

ARQ New Album ‘Short Stories’

ARQ are returning to the studio this year to record a new album. Working title ‘Short Stories’. In the meantime…

March 28 Leicester Jazz House
April 5 Map Studio Cafe Kentish Town
May 30 Vortex Jazz Club
May 31 Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival
June 8 Bromley Youth Music Trust
June 27 Hampstead Jazz Club
June 28 Orpington Jazz Club

August 25 Aberjazz Festival Fishguard
September 29 Albany Empire Deptford
September 30 Ashburton Live
October 1 St Ives Jazz Club
October 11 Bracknell Jazz, South Hill Park
October 12 Marsden Jazz Festival
November 5 Soho Pizza Express tbc
November 8 Wakefield Jazz Club
November 9 Brighton Verdict
November 15 Kings Place EFG LJF tbc

March 12 Jazz Coventry
March 13 Birmingham Jazz
March 14  Shrewsbury Hive
March 31 Liverpool Parr Jazz – tbc
April 1 Sheffield Lescar
April 2 Nottingham, Bonington Theatre
April 3 Derby Jazz
April 5 Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club

…infused with the kind of heady imagination that transforms their resonances into a series of vivacious musical adventures.
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

‘A Celebration of life itself ‘ LondonJazzNews

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