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August 2017

 

20th: The Gittisham Hall Jazz Band, The Smugglers Inn, St Erth, Praze, Cornwall 1pm – 3.30pm

21st: Alan Newman at the Bournemouth Trad Jazz Club – More details

24th – 27th: Rye International Jazz & Blues FestivalWebsite

25th: The Darktown Strutters at South Molton Jazz Club, North Devon – Website

31st – 3rd September : Wall 2 Wall Jazz Weekend Abergavenny – Weekend Events Listings here

September 2017

31st August – 3rd : Wall 2 Wall Jazz Weekend Abergavenny – Weekend Events Listings here

1st – 30th: 606 Club London Listings – A Whole Month of Jazz at the 606 Club – Download Listings Here

1st: Moriaty return to The Barrel House, Totnes, Devon this September for another night of dirty blues…Moriaty were formed during a hazy and muddy T in the Park in 2010, where two guys from different Devonian bands decided to get together to make some cool music. The literature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are heavy influence, springing to life once more Professor James Moriarty in a new, dirty, bluesy form! Moriaty Website

3rd: Sunday 3rd, Lunchtime: Jo Harrop at the 606 Club, London :

A talented young singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs a beautiful, straight-ahead set of classic jazz standards, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Already highly experienced she includes performances at the likes of the Jazz Cafe, Pizza On the Park, St. Martins In The Fields and Momo’s and has been featured on Courtney Pines’ Radio 2 show ‘Jazz Crusade’. For this first Sunday jazz lunch concert in September Jo will be paying tribute to the great Nat King Cole, accompanied by her wonderful trio featuring Harry Sankey, guitar, Will Barry-piano & Henry Gilbert, bass.

https://soundcloud.com/jo-harrop

https://youtu.be/CKDhmVvxzAo

3rd:  Sunday 3rd, evening: Anita Wardell at the 606 Club, London

A BBC Jazz & British Jazz Award winner, Australian vocalist Anita Wardell is another of those powerful and impressive singers who hail from “down under”. An established and experienced musician, Anita not only performs jazz standards in her own inimitable style but she is also universally recognised as one of the best “scat” singers on the international jazz scene. Her three CD’s (“Noted” and “Kinda Blues” on the Proper label and “The Road” on Specific) have each received glowing praise, and are a showcase for her interpretative skills and vocal agility. For this 606 show, Anita will be performing songs from her upcoming CD, “A Strange New Street”, featuring e-workings of standards such as “I Want To Talk About You” taken at a faster tempo and including an exciting improvised section and the beautiful ballad, “It Might As Well Be Spring” as well as a contemporary arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”. A much-vaunted teacher and educationalist as well as performer, Anita is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded jazz vocalists in Europe.

http://www.anitawardell.com/

https://youtu.be/i64R9i3RKL0

7th: Ben Cox Band at the Cinnamon Club, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ. Fresh from Ronnie Scott’s & Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Ben Cox Band will play a full quintet gig for you.
Ian Shaw produced Ben’s first album, which saw Claire Martin record a duet with the band & on the second album Liane Carroll joined Ben on vocals. We love this band here at The Cinnamon Club and they just get better every time. Details

7th: Brandon Allen’s Tribute to Gene Ammons at the 606 Club, London

Expat Australian saxophonist Brandon Allen’s wonderfully fluent and incisive sax playing has been heard in prestigious venues all over Europe and at numerous festivals around the world, including the Womad World Music Festival, Reading Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, The Vittoria and Terrassa Jazz Festivals in Spain, Manly Jazz Festival in Australia and the London Jazz Festival. In London alone he has performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, BBC Big Band and Omar, which gives you an idea of just how good he is. This gig is in honour of Gene Ammons, one of the founders of the Chicago style of tenor saxophone playing whom Brandon holds in the highest of regard. While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Lester Young, Ben Webster or Charlie Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day (his recording of “My Foolish Heart” made Billboard Magazine’s black pop charts in 1950). The soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts Ammons as a founder as well. In addition to Brandon on sax, the lineup for this 606 show features Dutch keyboardist Bas Van Lier (piano/keyboards and Hammond organ), along with bassist Arnie Somogyi and Matt Home, drums.

https://brandonallen.co.uk/gene-ammons-project

https://youtu.be/Otg4NZD4h8E

10th: Salena Jones at the 606 Club, London

From the eastern state of Virginia in the US (& a direct descendant of Crazy Horse, the Indian Sioux warrior) singer Salena Jones began her career under the name of Joan Shaw. Based in New York, working with her own “Blues Express Orchestra”, Joan toured widely across the US with “King” Curtis in her band (whom she named), Johnnie Ray, Laverne Baker, Arthur Prysock and Frankie Lyman. Joan then performed regularly at now legendary New York venues the Village Vanguard, Minton`s Playhouse and Wells Supper Club, while Leonard Feather, the noted jazz critic for “Downbeat” magazine, named her as one of his choices as “most promising newcomers”,  together with Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. In 1965 however, London beckoned, and her management recommended a name-change to Salena Jones. She was soon booked to appear at Ronnie Scott`s for two weeks but, such was the audience reaction that she was held over for another week, and then another: eventually appearing for seven consecutive weeks – still a record after all this time for one of the most famous clubs in the world. Since then, Salena has worked with Dexter Gordon, Louis Armstrong, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Mark Murphy, Lionel Hampton…to name just a handful. Salena’s band for this 606 date – her first – includes famed soloists Martin Shaw, trumpet & Alan Barnes, sax.

http://salenajones.com/

https://youtu.be/8eVeQRwuuxg

12th: Wine, More Wine & Song – wines from Marques de Riscal, tasting menu and live jazz featuring John Crawford & Rosanna Brandi at 606 Club, London

The 606 presents a night we’re calling “Wine, More Wine & Song” which will showcase wines from Spain’s famed Rioja region, along with a bespoke three-course tasting menu and music by Italian singer Rosanna Brandi, pianist John Crawford and their quartet. Of Spanish and English heritage and a noted authority on Latin piano, John has authored books including “Globetrotters: Ten Pieces in Styles from around the World” for Oxford Press & “Exploring Latin Piano” for Schott, making him the perfect choice to lead the musical accompaniment for the evening. Spanish winemaker Marques de Riscal, named “European Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast, will serve three of its finest wines, including the last available stock of its 2010 Finca Torrea, widely considered to be one of its most successful Riojas and a standard bearer for the brand. A unique experience and something a little different for those who enjoy the finer things in life!

https://www.johncrawfordpiano.com/

https://youtu.be/LWrsZUkjfHs (Rosanna Brandi)

https://youtu.be/6PBd_c9JffU (John Crawford)

14th: Steel Pan Fusion appearing at  the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh. Booking details – www.eventbrite.com

14th: The Retrosettes at the Cinnamon Club, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ. The Retrosettes are a vintage band that makes new songs sound old and old songs sound retro. Chic and cool, they take popular songs currently in the charts and classic songs we all know and give them the Retrosettes treatment.  Their influences are very varied but include Motown and Northern Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Ska and Reggae. The vintage sound is created with instruments from the 60s and 70s and played with a love of classic music from that period. Details

15th: Steel Pan Fusion appearing at  the HiFi Club, Leeds. Booking details – www.eventbrite.com

16th: Steel Pan Fusion appearing at  the Black Swan, Newcastle. Booking details – www.eventbrite.com

17th: Barb Jungr at the 606 Club, London

Described as “Britain’s most gifted song stylist” and “one of Europe’s most intriguing and intelligent interpreters of the contemporary song” multi-award-winning vocalist Barb Jungr has successfully combined the intricacies of cabaret with the power of jazz to create a unique concept of popular music. It is little surprise that her recordings have been chosen “Album of the Year” by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Washington Post. A regular performer these days in the US as well as the UK, Barb was the recipient of the “Best International Artist” in New York’s “Backstage Awards for Excellence in Cabaret”. For this 606 gig, Barb is featuring her programme of songs by Bob Dylan, recorded on the 2014 album “Hard Rain” considered to be one of the definitive interpretations of Dylan’s work such as that Jung was dubbed “the female voice of Bob Dylan”. Jazz critic and authority Will Friedwald (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Village Voice, Newsday, New York Observer et al) has since singled out Barb’s Dylan canon as worthy of an entire chapter in his upcoming book “The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums” to be published this October.

http://www.barbjungr.co.uk/

https://youtu.be/oCplstWgjyU

19th: Two sets: Samuel Eagles Quartet/Jazz from the Academy featuring Tom Smith at the 606 Club,London

The 606 has always been home to London’s young jazz community, dating back to its after-hours jam sessions at the Club at its original location on Kings Road. While the Club’s late night activities are now considerably less free form, its status as a platform for developing jazz talent is as sturdy as it always was, showcasing the most exceptional talent emerging from the UK’s conservatoires. Saxophonist Samuel Eagles (brother of fellow sax player Duncan Eagles), was tutored by sax great Mornington Lockett (who has been closely associated with the 606 since its inception). Samuel subsequently gained a place in the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Jazz band, where he was directed by respected educator & “Head of Jazz” Nick Smart. Graduating with a BMus (Hons) in Jazz Performance from Trinity College of Music – and studying with Grammy Award-winning, US-born saxophonist and former Jazz Messenger, Jean Toussaint – Samuel recorded his first album, “Next Beginning” which was hailed as a promising and engaging debut by Jazzwise and The Guardian (“His deftly swerving post – bop inventiveness illuminates” – John Fordham). Since then, Samuel has worked with worked with Moses Boyd, Ant Law, Ollie Howell, Derek Nash, Eric Ford, Chris Draper, Theon Cross, Ed Riches & Laurie Lowe among many others. He has appeared at London, Marlborough, Lancaster, Thames, Barga and Oldenburg jazz festivals, and continues to perform at UK jazz clubs and major venues in the capital such as The Vortex, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and The Spice of Life. His current project, “Spirit” features some of British jazz’s present-day torch bearers – Sam Leak (piano), Ralph Wyld (vibes), Duncan Eagles (tenor sax), Max Luthert (double bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums) – whose debut album of original material – “Ask Seek Knock” – was just released on prestigious Whirlwind label in June 2017. The second set will showcase the talents of Royal Academy of Music student & BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist 2014 and 2016, saxophonist Tom Smith and his band.

http://www.samueleagles.co.uk/samuel-eagles.html    http://www.tomsmithsax.com/

https://youtu.be/o_NS84Go1Sg (Samuel Eagles) https://youtu.be/KEugWB-tULA (Tom Smith)

22nd – 24th : Scarborough Jazz Festival – Festival Site

23rd: Steel Pan Fusion appearing at  the Tabernacle, London. Booking details – www.eventbrite.com

26th: East Grinstead Jazz Club hosts Dave O Higgins at the Dorset Arms – see insert below or website

28th: Musician’s XChange Programme featuring Sándor Molnár at the 606 Club, London

The 606 Club’s “Musician’s XChange Programme” was founded to facilitate artistic dialogue as well as performance opportunities for British jazz musicians in Europe and European jazz musicians in the UK. It’s most significant partner is the Budapest Jazz Club in Hungary and through this partnership, leading British artists including Liane Carroll and Mornington Lockett have appeared at the venue, while Hungarian musicians of commensurate stature have been featured at the 606. For this latest iteration, the award-winning Hungarian saxophonist Sandor Molnar, a Jazz studies graduate from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 2011 who went on to achieve his masters from the University of Graz, will be leading a brilliant quartet featuring UK-based musicians Gareth Williams-piano, Yuri Goloubev-bass & Martin France-drums. The music, a mix of contemporary jazz standards and originals, will be an exhilarating example of pan-European collaboration at the very highest level of virtuosity.

https://www.reverbnation.com/sandormolnar

https://youtu.be/akhzmd7W8go

29th: The Loney band at the South Molton Jazz Club.  They’re not prejudiced, they’ll play jazz, funk, soul or latin. But for this gig, it’s jazz.  Virtuoso guitar from Jules Moberly, with Becky Loney singing, John Bangham on keyboards and vocals, Frank Rawle on drums and cajon, and Lee Thommen on bass.  They were a big success the last time they appeared at the club and we are happy to welcome them back. The South Molton Jazz Club meets on the last Friday of every month at the George Hotel, South Molton to hear the best in live music. A different band every month, covering the whole spectrum of jazz. www.SouthMoltonJazzClub.com    www.facebook.com/loneyband/

30th: Fiona Ross appears At Arch 1, Unit 1,West Ham Arches , London. £15

Fiona Ross Arch 1 Promo Poster

October 2017

6th – 8th: Marsden Jazz Festival – Festival Site

13th – 15th: Herts Jazz Festival : Festival Site 

Herts Jazz is pleased to announce the line-up for its seventh Herts Jazz Festival taking place on 13-15 October at the Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City.

Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band gets the ball rolling on the Friday night. Saturday night climaxes with The Golden Age of British Big Bands with the Pete Long Orchestra and the Festival concludes on Sunday evening with a rare performance of the late Bobby Wellins’ Culloden Moor Suite featuring Mornington Lockett and graduates from the Purcell School of Music. Artists appearing throughout the weekend include Jay Phelps, Gary Husband, Art Themen’s “New Directions”, Hexagonal, Clark Tracey’s Hexad tribute and Alan Barnes’s Octet performing the recently commissioned “Fish Tales”.

The festival will have a similar format to previous years which was so popular, with free of charge sessions (for Weekend and Day ticketholders) in the foyer during the lunch and dinner intervals and after hours. The free sessions also feature stars from the British jazz scene such as Derek Nash, Leon Greening and Jim Mullen. The Festival is again being supported by Arts Council England, Fazioli and Cambridge Drums.

Festival Director, Clark Tracey, said, “We are so excited to have three big bands with us for the first time. It is great to see our good friend Georgie Fame returning on the Friday and very special to be able to present the Culloden Moor Suite in memory of Bobby Wellins who sadly died last year. We continue to introduce young musicians to the jazz festival world with St Albans Music School Ensemble and students from the Purcell School performing on the Sunday. It is all going to be rather special!”

27th – 29th: Whitley Bay Jazz Fest – Website

27th: The Annika Skoogh quartet, an exciting band led by Swedish singer Annika -at South Molton Jazz Club, North Devon – Website. She is an accomplished and adventurous jazz singer who has picked a fine band for this modern jazz project. Her quartet are Matt Carter ( keys), Al Swainger ( electric bass) and Coach York ( drums).  The music is original compositions, innovative and fresh interpretations of timeless jazz standards and material by other composers. Together the group produce a passionate and exciting sound.

November 2017

10th – 19th: EFG London Jazz Festival – Festival Site – some events listed below

KEITH TIPPETT OCTET with MATTHEW BOURNE
Friday 10 November, Kings Place
An evening to celebrate a seminal and inspirational figure in the evolution of UK jazz since the 1960s.

Keith Tippett unveils a brand new duo with fellow pianist Matthew Bourne – himself one of the most provocatively talented artists of a later generation – alongside the Octet who plays on his most recent, acclaimed recording ‘The Nine Dreams of Patrick Gonogon’, in music that carries echoes of Irish folk themes, Ellington and Mingus, but which is entirely of Tippett’s own making, with a band of precociously talented young players as well as the assured presence of drummer Peter Fairclough‘simply breathtaking’ (Guardian)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

British artists supported by PRS Foundation Talent Development Partnership with Serious

 

MICHAEL JANISCH QUARTET WITH Rez Abbasi + HENRY SPENCER’s JUNCTURE + ZHENYA STRIGALEV TRIO

Whirlwind Recordings Blows a Storm
Friday 10 November

Killer triple bill from the increasingly active London-based record label.

Whirlwind head honcho, bassist Michael Janisch, leads a terrific Stateside Quartet with the Pakistani/American guitarist Rez Abbasi – rapidly emerging as one of today’s major new voices on his instrument – alongside saxophonist Walter Smith III and the brilliant drummer Clarence Penn.  Award-winning trumpeter Henry Spencer’s ‘gleaming tone’ (Jazzwise) lies at the core of an exciting young band playing out of the tradition with an invigorating freshness and attitude, whilst saxophonist Strigalev’s zany trio takes that same  tradition by the scruff of the neck, combining ‘hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism’ (Guardian) in equal measures.

 

ZAKIR HUSSAIN – Crosscurrents with DAVE HOLLAND and CHRIS POTTER

Saturday 11 November, Barbican

Charismatic and captivating, the live performances of tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain are aurally and visually stunning

– a master of the Indian classical tradition, and a musical world traveller whose creative collaborations transcend boundaries.  His newest collaboration explores how jazz influenced the popular music of India, tracing a story that harks back to the Hollywood musicals of the 30s and 40s and India’s burgeoning film industry.

A few decades later, and whilst the West embraced Indian classical music, India itself absorbed the jazz spirit, with musicians such as pianist Louiz Banks and guitarist Sanjay Divecha leading the way – both featured in tonight’s concert in a terrific ensemble alongside singer/violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, with jazz stars Holland and Potter, playing an exclusive European date.

 

MICHAEL WOLLNY + ANDREAS SCHAERER + VINCENT PEIRANI + EMIL PARISIEN

and ADAM BALDYCH with HELGE LIEN TRIO

ACT at 25

Saturday 11 November, Cadogan Hall

Pianist Michael Wollny, accordionist Vincent Peirani, saxophonist Emil Parisien and the extraordinary vocal gymnastics of Andreas Schaerer – four stand-out individual talents from the ACT Records roster join forces in an all-star quartet that re-defines the range of their various instruments – not just cutting loose from the boundaries of jazz, but doing it in a way which energizes and takes the audience by storm.

Individually, all four have made a massive impact at previous Festivals, but and the release of their collaboration – ‘Out of Land’ marks the boundless potential that these emergent forces will have in the European jazz of the future.  The virtuosity of Polish violinist Adam Bałdych enables him to pass with astonishing ease through all kinds of borders: the boundaries of his instrument, the barriers between genres, the seams between composing and improvising in his collaboration with the brilliant Norwegian pianist Helge Lien in a heady mix of jazz, Polish and Norwegian folk music.

ACT have championed the cause of new European music for some 25 years – tonight’s concert takes their message into a new dimension.

 

SOOTHSAYERS + ARUN GHOSH SEXTET + LOKKHI TERRA

Saturday 11 November, Rich Mix

World jazz hits the Rich Mix stage big time – three great bands, all with new recordings emerging this year.

The deeply soulful afro-dub grooves of Soothsayers define the music of a band that’s attained cult status over the years, whilst Lokkhi Terra take a musical journey from the melas of Bangladesh to the streets of Habana, via Lagos and on to the streets of London.  Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh brings his latest take on Indo-jazz to complete a stellar night.

 

ROLAND PERRIN: Rio Amazonas

Hertfordshire Chorus + Blue Planet Orchestra + Roland Perrin Trio + Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School choir, Rhodes Avenue School. David Temple, conductor

Sunday 12 November, Barbican (matinee)

Jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves, Baroque counterpoint and symphonic architecture combine in the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin.  Inspired by the Amazon River and region; its topography, its multitude of insects, the mystery of its remote tribes, and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar. Rio Amazonas is also an inner reflection on our primal selves – performed by a heady mix of jazz trio, massed choirs, and string orchestra.

‘Music full of contrasts, dramatic but hip and swinging too.  Impressively flexible choral writing integrated into the instrumental texture – musically terrific.’ (Guardian)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

 

LED BIB + SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER + WORLD SERVICE PROJECT- a Match&Fuse special

Sunday 12 November, Rich Mix

The buzz around Swiss power trio Schnellertollermeier has been noisily growing for a few years, fusing the anarchy of punk with dazzling instrumental dexterity – booming, bone-rattling, and ‘spectacularly undaunted fury’ (Guardian).

Led Bib  – ‘lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine’ (Time Out) – celebrate their latest, highly rated RareNoise album – making sound that draws in audiences of bebop diehards and thrash metal headbangers in equal measures, whilst World Service Project continue to create musical mayhem – ‘like Downton Abbey run by anarchists, a mesmerising combination of brutality and dark humour’ (Jazzwise). Three bands who, in true Match&Fuse style, threaten to blow the Rich Mix roof with a joint blast of sheer energy.

 

KNOWER
Monday 13 November, Scala

KNOWER are hot futuresonic funk-pop. The LA duo of drummer-producer Louis Cole and vocalist Genevieve Artadi will be joined by an all-star band including Thundercat’s sideman Dennis Hamm (keys), Sam Wilkes (bass) and special guests.

Currently touring their fourth album Life, they cross dubstep grooves, jazz harmonies and funky vocals into an imaginative off-world experience. Known for their racy performances and infectious energy, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi’s performance ‘will be leavin’ y’all on your knees, beggin’ for more.’ (Quincy Jones)

 

ZARA McFARLANE
Wednesday 15 November, Rich Mix

Celebrating an eagerly-awaited third Brownswood album, produced by long time collaborator Moses Boyd, Zara McFarlane has long been recognised as one of the most talented jazz-inspired singer/songwriters to come out of the UK scene – a further milestone in a year which also sees her performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’,  Her previous album gathered a clutch of awards (MOBO, JAZZ FM), drawing from influences as widely ranging as the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.  The next stage in the story promises to be fascinating.

 

CHRISTIAN SCOTT

Wednesday 15 November, Electric Ballroom

Ever-inventive and relentless trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah combines instruments ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic — and some completely new — in a genre-splitting new vision of Stretch Music.

Following his electrifying sold-out Scala show at the EFG London Jazz Festival, this Grammy-nominated artist returns with a new band, new album, ‘Ruler Rebel’, the first record from his new series The Centennial Trilogy. Detailing a new vision and sound for Scott and his band, ‘Ruler Rebel’ promises an audio adventure in a way listeners never heard before.

Stretching the work of Trap music with West African beats and New Orleanian styles — ‘Ruler Rebel’ will speak to a myriad of issues from xenophobia to gender equality, evaluating the social political realities of the world using sound.

 

JAZZ AROUND THE WORLD – Ranjana Ghatak & Liran Donin

Thursday 16 November, Wigmore Hall (11am)

This interactive schools concert explores jazz from around the world. Internationally renowned singer Ranjana Ghatak has a classical Indian vocal music background and has evolved a style of her own that reflects contemporary Britain. She performs with bass player Liran Donin from Mercury Prize-nominated band Led Bib, in a concert that combines engaging performance with interactive activities designed to support and extend the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

 

YAZZ AHMED – La Saboteuse

Friday 17 November, Kings Place

The live London launch of her most recent Naim CD, trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed takes a further step in a musical journey that embraces her Bahraini roots alongside the new moves and grooves of today’s jazz radicals.  Undulating rhythms and melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East, and her own sonorous trumpet lines, combine in music of cinematic breadth.

‘Ahmed takes you on a beautiful journey of forward-thinking jazz compositions.’ (Twistedsoul)

‘A potent mix of post-bop lyricism and modern fusion soundscaping makes connections with both head and heart.’ (Bandcamp)

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

British artists supported by PRS Foundation Talent Development Partnership with Serious

 

WORLD OF JAZZ

Saturday 18 November, Wigmore Hall (11am)

A dynamic showcase of jazz music, this interactive concert introduces families to new sounds from across the genre. Performed by internationally renowned singer Ranjana Ghatak, alongside bass player Liran Donin from Mercury Prize-nominated band Led Bib, this vibrant performance brings together a wide variety of contemporary jazz especially for families. For ages 5+

 

JOE ZAWINUL Stories of the Danube + TERENCE BLANCHARD QUINTET WITH THE BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Sunday 19 November, Barbican
A rare performance of Joe Zawinul’s grand orchestral vision of one of the world’s great rivers, conducted by his friend Kristjan Järvi.

In Stories of the Danube the rich textures of the orchestral palette meet the fire and momentum of contemporary jazz, as the music follows the course of the river through continental Europe and into the Black Sea. Järvi was a close collaborator with Zawinul in the years before his untimely passing – and tonight pays tribute to this seminal composer, keyboard virtuoso and co-founder of Weather Report.

Alongside the symphony the trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and his Quintet will join the BBC Concert Orchestra in the UK premiere of a new extended piece, Herbie Hancock: By Himself, which was inspired by Hancock’s impressionistic piano solos. Complemented with music drawn from the composer’s score for the recent Robert de Niro film The Comedians, it’s a piece which harks back to that classic Blue Note sound of the 1960s and is a perfect accompaniment to the sweeping evocation of the Danube.

Part of our 25 for 25 commissioning programme.

11th -26th: Cambridge International Jazz Festival – Tickets & Info

17th – 19th: Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Devon – Website

24th: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at Berts Jazz Bar, Belfast. More artist info here

December 2017

1st: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at The Basement,York. More artist info here

8th: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at The Pelican Club, Nottingham. More artist info here

 

February 2018

1st – 4th: Southport Jazz Festival – Website

 

March 2018

15th – 18th: Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival – Website

 

May 2018

2nd – 7th: Cheltenham Jazz Festival – Website

3rd – 7th: Ribble Valley Jazz Festival – Website

10th – 13th: Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival – Website

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