Winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2005
London Calling. The UK's creative music scene is fairly buzzing with talk of Led Bib, a raucous five piece who are opening up a rich seam between the jazz musician's crafted approach and the muscle of a rock band at full throttle. Drummer Mark Holub leads this raw, exhilarating collective that wantonly references John Zorn and The Clash, and his fellow pugilists are alto saxists Chris Williams and Pete Grogan, bassist Liran Donin and keyboardist Toby McLaren.
Taking their cue from the success of London groups like Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, both of whom unlocked the potential that long lay dormant in the English punk legacy and the spirit of '79, Led Bib are moving the aesthetic onward, and are themselves a vivid motif of the renewed creative energy in English jazz.