PROJECTS

Full album Further Afield (Live) is available to stream and purchase via bandcamp.com - linked below:

Further Afield is a large-ensemble project led by trumpeter and composer Ashton Smith. This suite of music, written for jazz octet, is based on Ashton's travels outside of England. Each piece in the suite is inspired by a different place in the world - such as Niagara Falls, the Greek island of Rhodes, and Portugal's Praia de Vilamoura.

"Powerful, complex scores that reveal the depths of his harmonic knowledge whilst leaving plenty space for the soloists to emerge from the ensemble with all guns blazing."

- Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here, Feb. 2021

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A small-band project led by Ashton on trumpet and flugelhorn, inspired by the music of Kenny Wheeler, Freddie Hubbard, and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The band play a range of repertoire - arrangements and compositions influenced by the straight-ahead jazz tradition, whilst experimenting with different combinations of front-line by varying the use of the three horns, sometimes appearing as a quartet.

I have been fortunate enough to play with and record alongside some amazing musicians. The projects and albums I have been a part of are linked below: