Acoustic Alchemy

Acoustic Alchemy
Triple Grammy-nominated super group Acoustic Alchemy has spent over 30 years at the forefront of contemporary jazz. The band has appeared at some of the world's major jazz festivals and at many internationally renowned jazz clubs.

Acoustic Alchemy was "born in the UK and forged in the USA." Originally signed to MCA Records, the band has released more than 18 albums to date and boasts a huge fan base across the world. Their annual tours across the USA are legendary, as is their annual 12-night Christmas residency at London’s celebrated Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.

Alchemy’s music offers the best of jazz, soul and funk. Their unique sound is formed around a beautiful mix of nylon and steel acoustic guitars, played by group founder Greg Carmichael and fellow guitarist Miles Gilderdale. Super-tight funky grooves are provided by incredible US session stars Gary and Greg Grainger on bass and drums. The Grainger Brothers’ talent and prowess in the world of music and rhythm is unparalleled. Gary and Greg have recorded and performed with the likes of Whitney Houston and John Scofield, to name but a few.

Acoustic Alchemy was formed by Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael in 1985, and their first 3 albums were recorded for MCA. Soon after, they moved to jazz label GRP and a further six albums followed. Positive Thinking in 1998 was to be Acoustic Alchemy's last album with original frontman Nick Webb, who sadly passed away in 1998.

Miles Gilderdale, who had previously worked with Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Curtis Mayfield, and Jools Holland, joined the band, and the label was changed to Higher Octave Music. The debut album on the label, The Beautiful Game, (2000), was more experimental, borrowing from several genres of music. AArt (2001) was released a year later and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

A further seven albums and several lockdown projects later, the band are about to embark on a 28-date tour of the USA and are ready to bring their mix of smooth jazz, soul and funk to the festival world once again.

Funkgurus are delighted to represent Acoustic Alchemy for live appearances across Europe.


Pizza Express Soho images courtesy of Andy Sheppard -


Career | Shows | News | Links

  • Java Jazz Festival
  • Dubai Jazz Festival
  • Blue Note Jazz Clubs
  • Pizza Express Jazz Club
  • St Lucia Jazz Festival
  • Live From Daryl's House
  • Jazz Alley
  • The Birchmere
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