ABOUT US

ATLANTICUS is a unique British-American musical partnership bringing together two powerfully distinct musical personalities to explore their common interest in the rich transatlantic heritage of jazz.

Tenor saxophonist and composer Peter Fraize has established a formidable presence as player, composer and educator in his native Washington DC and across the East Coast jazz circuit. A trip to the UK in 2016 saw him establishing a connection with keys man Terry Seabrook, a prime mover on Brighton’s vibrant jazz scene with a national reputation as a forward-looking and original bandleader. The pair bonded over their mutual fascination with the timelessly popular Hammond organ jazz format, looking back to the masters of the genre such as Jimmy Smith and visionary modernists like Larry Young, and forward to contemporary practitioners Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Goldings. Swiftly recruiting firebrand young trumpeter Jack Kendon and powerhouse drummer Milo Fell to complete the classic quartet line-up, the new band set out on a comprehensive UK touring schedule that included a show-stopping performance at Love Supreme Jazz Festival alongside appearances at a string of major UK jazz clubs in 2018. At the end of that 20-date tour, the band entered the studio to record their debut album Blue Haven in a single day, capturing the excitement of their live set and the almost supernatural road-tested empathy of the band in eleven thrilling performances. They have since embarked upon several month-long tours of the UK, recording a follow-up album at the conclusion of each. The most recent, 2023’s Oceanic Tour, featured the premiere of the multimedia ‘Oceanic Suite’ which explored themes of wildlife, sustainability and climate change, supported by Arts Council England.

The band's repertoire is based around original compositions by Peter and Terry, with some re-workings of material from the classic repertoire. Blue Haven and 2022’s Upstream encompass a range of the classic sounds associated with the organ genre, revitalised for the contemporary scene: the hot modal swing of ‘That’s What’, the punchy hard bop stylings of ‘Blue Haven’ and the bluesy swagger of ‘Let’s Walk’ are balanced by the intricate boogaloo groove of ‘Swank’, the angular funk of ‘Upstream’ and the montuno-infused misterioso vibe of ‘The Mentalist’. “Blue Haven was a chance for us both to really get into something new,” says Peter. “Terry really has all the proper Hammond organ skills on top of the modern harmonic chops that makes him a great match for my music.” “For me jazz is a global music, but it has its history in the United States and this project is an opportunity for me to further my connection with the whole amazing story of American jazz - there’s a particular energy in Peter’s playing and his compositions that is so inspiring!” says Terry.

ATLANTICUS is a fresh take on a deep tradition, given new impetus by the transatlantic meeting of four superb musicians. Utterly authentic, effortlessly swinging, it acknowledges its roots without ever being overwhelmed by them to produce a truly original and satisfying statement.

A US Tour is planned for the spring, with a UK tour to follow in the summer of 2024. Both will be in support of their forthcoming Oceanic album.