Described as 'snortingly evocative of Evan Parker' (John Fordham - The Guardian), and possessing 'a palette that could turn effortlessly from blissy to deep and dense.' (LondonJazzNews.Com), Alam is not an artist that is easily typecast, evident in a truly eclectic body of work as both a leader and in-demand sideman.
A graduate of both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban where he won the Gold Medal (the college’s highest award), Alam soon found himself nominated as a finalist for the Worshipful Company Young Jazz Musician of the Year and has gone from strength to strength since.
Nathoo’s first composition credits came in 2012 on the eponymous trio album ‘MAP’ before releasing his first record as a leader, ‘Quintet’, in October of the same year. 2016 brought along the jazz standards project ‘Fours’, featuring a smorgasbord of London’s finest musicians in a totally relaxed, unscripted recording.
The most recent project 'Cerberus Distracted' is a dark and adventurous 3-sax led quintet that has featured John O'Gallagher and Chris Williams on the alto, Tom Challenger and Mark Lockheart on the tenor, Huw V Williams on bass along with Jeff Williams and Peter Ibbetson on drums. The band is hoping to continue developing repertoire to record in the near future. Watch this space!
As a sideman, Alam is active in a diverse range of projects. Recent credits include touring with Jason Moran’s ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ and featuring in the Nu Civilisation Orchestra’s sold out Ronnie Scott’s shows performing music from the CTI label. Alam has also been performing the music of Eric Dolphy with the Rory Simmons ‘Ironman’ septet, headlining the highly acclaimed monthly event ‘Jazz In The Round’. Amongst other credits is platinum selling UK soul legend Mica Paris’ jazz group, the highly acclaimed Huw V Williams ensemble ‘Hon’, (whose debut record entered the 2016 end of year jazz list for The Telegraph), talented Portuguese guitarist/composer Vitor Pereira’s quintet, virtuoso UK trombone star Tom White’s jazz ensemble, rising jazz superstar Anthony Strong’s quintet, as well as Canadian bass player/composer Eric Guy’s ‘Egotrip’.
Previous credits: Recorded for Irish hip-hop trio Hare Squead, MOBO nominated (Best Newcomer) Elli Ingram's EP 'Sober', as well as featuring as a soloist on McFly's 'Memory Lane' UK tour, including their 10 year anniversary 'Live at The Royal Albert Hall' DVD.
Dr John, Josh Ritter, performances and radio broadcasts for Giles Peterson in Porto and on BBC Radio1 with the Heritage Orchestra featuring Jose James, various recording sessions for SHYFX and Bodyrocks, touring with Red Snapper and Mercury Prize nominees Friendly Fires, and playing in the award winning production of 'Five Guys Named Moe' starring Clarke Peters ('The Wire', 'Treme').
Jazz Jamaica All-Stars, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Ollie Howell, Filipe Monteiro, Oriole.
'Snortingly evocative of Evan Parker' - John Fordham, The Guardian
'dynamic, expressive lyricism and elegant phrasing, and a palette that could turn effortlessly from blissy to deep and dense.' - Geoff Winston, LondonJazzNews.com
'Extraordinary technique, developing an interesting and individual voice'- Sebastian Scotney
'Nathoo's tone was warm but his sound surprisingly powerful'- Chris Parker
'Nathoo's patient development was impressive'- John Fordham
'a rising star in British contemporary jazz'- Spoonfed