Taking Flight - Press kit



A new release from Cardiff based saxophonist and composer Joe Northwood. His first full-length album, Taking Flight showcases a body of work composed and developed with his ‘Tuk Tuk’ trio over the past few years.

The writing has an undeniably contemporary feel yet with a firm foot in the past, citing a range of influences, from legends like John Coltrane and Joe Henderson, to modern the greats of Mark Guiliana, Avashai Cohen and Ben Wendel.

With the absence of a chordal instrument, their highly percussive group improvisations create a strong intertwining sound, rich in textures and subtle soundscapes.

“...as ecstatic and free as just about anything this side of the 1970s.” The Jazz Mann

Winner of the 2018 ‘Jazz For Jed’ Bursury

4 stars - Tuk Tuk w/Nick Malcolm - Ian Mann



Joe is a leading force of the South Wales jazz scene, both as a performer and a promoter. Having moved to Cardiff to study in 2006, he has built up links around the Welsh capital and into the South West of England as one of the most creative musicans in the area.

In 2017, Joe set up a jazz promotion company, Echo Music, to help boost the local scene, creating a gig guide to the creative music community in Cardiff.

Youtube Highlights

‘Tuk Tuk’ - Tuk Tuk Trio

‘Petit Lapin’ - Tuk Tuk Trio