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Stoop Quintet album recording

A project by: Dave Smyth


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Help the Stoops get their debut album recorded...

Stoop Quintet

We are a jazz quintet that formed at the University of York just under 18 months ago. In this short amount of time we have achieved a great deal and we are now asking for donations to help us take the next step and record our debut album. Having built strong support in York, where the group originated, we have performed at various clubs and festivals, including the The Vortex in London. We have also been invited to perform as the 'Young & Serious' featured group at this year's EFG London Jazz Festival.

Stoop Quintet are Jonathan Brigg (piano/compositions), James Mainwaring (saxophones), Alex Munk (guitar), Mick Bardon (double bass) and Dave Smyth (drums).

The project

We are now looking to record our first album and this is where we need your help. We have set a minimum target of £1500 - if we could achieve it, this figure would allow us to spend two days in a good quality studio (importantly, with a high quality piano!), get the tracks professionally mixed and mastered and then release it as a digital download.

The ideal amount (£3200) would allow us to go one step further, giving us the funds to release the album as a physical CD, get it stocked in music stores, and also give us some money to promote it - a hugely important aspect! 

If you can make a gift, we have some great rewards to say thank you: from previews of our music, to actual CDs, up to your very own performance.  If you're into jazz we know you'll love them. Thank you!


I think your music sounds cool and I'd like to help, but I'm not in a position to donate anything!

That's absolutely cool, you can still help by spreading the word, just hit the 'I want to help' button above to let others know about this campaign! 

Thanks for reading this far and for donating - we really appreciate every donation!

We'll be updating this page with our progress once the campaign is over, but in the meantime you can keep upto date via these links:





1 year, 7 months ago

We're excited to announce that our debut album 'Confession' will be launched in February 2016!

We'll be announcing more details, including how to claim your rewards, soon - thanks for all of your continued support!

2 years, 7 months ago

Album recording!

After a highly enjoyable gig at the EFG London Jazz Festival last month, we're excited to be just over a week away from finally recording the album! We're busy planning lots of things for next year for the launch, too - more details soon.

In the meantime, we received a couple of lovely reviews of the LJF gig - take a look if you couldn't make the gig:

2 years, 9 months ago


We thought we'd drop you all a quick line to give you an update on our project's progress. We've now selected and booked the studio for late December so we should be looking at an album release date of mid/late 2015 which is very exciting!

Before the recording we have two gigs lined up that we would like to draw your attention to. The first of these is on Friday 31st October at Heath Street Church in Hampstead, London. Tickets are £10 in advance and there is an early bird offer of £7 if booked before the 24th October. If you selected concert tickets as your reward, please let us know if you would like to redeem that here. More info below:


Our other gig is on Wednesday 19th November as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. This is a free event at 6pm in the Southbank Centre Foyer. Full details available at the link below:


It would be great to see you at one (or both!) of these gigs and please introduce yourselves so that we can thank you in person.

Thanks again for your support, 

Stoop Quintet


2 years, 11 months ago

Final push!

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far - we've been completely blown away by the generosity and support we've received over the last few weeks!

As we head into the final two days of the campaign we're delighted to announce that we've already soared past our minimum target. The money we've raised allows us to get the recording studio booked and the recordings mixed and mastered, but we still need your help. 

Our big target of £3200 will give us the opportunity to publish the CDs and promote the album - an equally important bit!

We have around £900 left to raise and we're asking everyone who can to help us in these closing stages. Whatever you can donate or whoever you can spread the word to, it would be great if you can help us in this final push!

The link to share is http://crowdfund.stoopquintet.co.uk and our Twitter handle is @stoopquintet.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported us - we can't wait to start getting to work on the recording!

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Really hope this all works out for you. Jo H x

Good luck Jon and the Stoops- looking forward to hearing the finished CD! Sue and Jim x

Good luck guys with the project!

Hi Jon hope you reach your target. Good Luck! Carmel and Tony x

Good luck

Wishing you all the very best with this venture!