Jim Hall Piano / Keyboards
Keith Tulip The Basses
Martin Wake Drums / Percussion
John Hall Saxophones
Jim - Hilton Ruiz the Latin jazz piano player has had a massive influence on Jim Hall’s own piano playing. After seeing Hilton ‘live’ at Ronnie Scott’s club Soho in the early nineties he decided from that moment on jazz, especially “in your face” Latin jazz, was the way forward for him. Jim has had a varied musical career playing both trumpet and piano. There are some interesting fReady Steady Gone,.
Keith’s introduction to music in the early sixties was playing piano via the revitalised “Methodist Movement” (c/o the local piano teacher and under the watchful eye of Mum who was the local church organist)
Through the seventies, eighties, nineties and naughties gave Keith the opportunity to play Bass in a string of successful line-up’s such as The Zeroids, Hot Snax, Clean Slate, The Heat, Private Eye, Quadrant 4, The Squad to name just a few, chasing fame and fortune in London whilst playing the local Pub, Club, College and Night-club scene providing Keith the opportunity to play a wide variety of musical styles with some already established and very talented musicians too numerous to mention here (apologies). Eventually in an effort to satisfy his desire for one line-up to be able to play a variety of different music styles with the help of Jim Hall formed a Dance band called Frontline which played at weddings, functions and special events all over the North of England. Keith's passion for Jazz was rekindled at this time with the opportunity to join the original Redemption Quintet playing the local pub and college circuit, culminating with a memorable weekend of gigs in Prague.
The start of the twenty first century was incredibly busy for Keith playing everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Rock and Pop, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and taking any deps that came his way dropping in on a variety of live and recording sessions with some great local musicians. Common sense prevailed to the point where the difficult decision was made to curtail the frenzy and focus on just a couple of lifetime musical passions.
Redemption was dragged kicking and screaming from its original format into our current Latin-Jazz take on the new set of numbers with a revised line-up.
The Basses are;
"Ophelia" Double Bass - Stentor Instruments
"El Capitan" Acoustic 4-string bass - Epiphone
"The Giraffe" Electric 6-string bass - Dr Bass Custom
"The PJ" Electric 4-string Bass - Dr Bass Custom
"The Mutt" Electric 4-string Fretless Bass - Dr Stu Burns Custom
Thomastic (Spiracore and Flats) / De Darrio Phospher B's and Half-rounds/ La Bella Super Steps (on the 6)
Amplification by Mark Bass
Speakers by Electro-Voice
Redemption deliver hard driving Bebop, Latin and funk jazz
"We do it because we love it"
Martin’s musical career started with organ lessons aged seven, switching to piano when he was ten, around the same time began studying drums and Orchestral Percussion. Martin had lessons with local respected teachers Barry Black and Geoff Hutchinson who took him to Grade 8 drum kit aged just fourteen and Grade 8 Orchestral Percussion and Grade 6 Piano before leaving school. (While still at school Martin also had lessons on electric and classical guitar – but his first love was always percussion).
Throughout his youth he played in many local ensembles such brass bands, wind bands, rock and blues bands, various orchestras, such as Durham Sinfonia, Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and several cover / original bands with school friends. A music degree at Lancaster University followed where he became involved with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind band, Big band along with other local ensembles in the Lancaster and Kendal area's.
Martin returned home to his native North East after completing his degree and began working as a Peripatetic drum teacher in schools. His first love was always performing and he spent the next seven years playing with local rock, pop and punk bands, recording their own original material and performing in venues all over the UK.
In 2006, NEU2 (North East U2) - a top UK tribute to the rock band U2 – asked him to join and he spent the next few years playing everything from pubs, clubs, theatres, weddings and corporate events across the UK. After taking a break in 2009, NEU2 returned to action on a slightly lower scale and can still be found performing across the region from time to time. Martin is also a member of a few function bands which regularly perform at venues across the North East.
Martin enjoys performing all styles of music but has always had a love for jazz. He had not had the opportunity to play jazz since being in the university big band many years earlier. Martin jumped at the chance to join Redemption and get his teeth into something altogether different to his usual musical activities, providing him with the outlet he needed to challenge himself and reinvigorate his love for music and performing.
The round tea-chests are;
As pictured above a Pearl Master Studio
"The Blue one" a 1970's Premier Bonsai special
Crymbals are a mix of Zildjan and Sabian
Sticks are Vater Fusion
John's musical influences are varied. Within the Jazz world they include John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. Jazz has been a life long passion and having the opportunity to write and perform music with other like minded musicians has been fantastic. Playing straight ahead Latin and funk jazz has enabled John to progress both musically and instrumentally. Redemption is upon us, you could also see John in the Blues band Raw Spirit.
Tenor sax - Selmer 80 Super Action - Serie 2
Alto sax - Selmer mark VI
Soprano sax - Borgani
Tenor sax - Guardala Crescent / James Morgan
Alto sax - Meyer medium chamber / Lawton 6 Star B
Soprano sax - Selmer S 80 C
AKG Bug, Samson Studio Condenser