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1st – 31st: 606 Club London Listings – A Whole Month of Jazz at the 606 Club – Download October Listings
15th: Oli Rockberger Band, The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
Doors 7.30, for 8.15pm start
£14/£12 (OAP’s/students) Jazz / Singer Songwriter
Oli Rockberger (Piano & Vocals), Hannah Read (Fiddle & Vocals), Giorgio Serci (Guitar), Michael Janisch (Bass), Marijus Aleksa (Drums
This is a sort of crossover gig with our acoustic programme as the artists within Oli’s band play many sides of the acoustic spectrum.
Occasionally someone comes along that has a natural stage persona with a voice that works within the genre they have chosen to occupy; plays piano really well; that writes tunes and lyrics that groove and tell a story; and makes a connection with your ear….I got that with Oli Rockberger
The natural jazz grooves that easily crossover to soul, folk and pop are easy to hear and have a hook which is engaging and pleasing. The inclusion of folk violinist and vocalist Hannah Read (Sounds of Separation, Bruce Molsky, and Rosanne Cash & Julie Fowlis) makes for an interesting combination harmonically
I put on Oli a few Christmases ago to only a small audience, on the old upright piano; and I really enjoyed his performance.
Since then he’s been a regular keyboardist for the very popular Laura Mvula with whom he also provides backing vocals and moved back to London after 10 years of living in New York following graduating from Berklee College of Music.
Now, British soul-jazz singer/pianist Oli Rockberger is set to release his new album, Sovereign, on 20 October at Pizza Express Jazz Club London and is on the Whirlwind Recordings label.
Rockberger has recently relocated to London after an extended stay in the US where he toured and recorded extensively with the likes of Carly Simon, John Mayer, Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker, Steve Jordan, Nathan East, Becca Stevens, Louis Cole and Chris Dave’s Drumhedz.
The keyboardist now divides his time between touring with Jazz FM Award-winning singer Laura Mvula and leading his own band, which tours for several UK dates to support the album release
“Oli can conjure up echoes of Randy Newman, Todd Rundgren and Peter Gabriel, yet still inhabit a sound world all of his own…” Jazzwise
Tour dates are: Soundcellar, Poole (12 Oct); Jazzata Bristol (15 Oct), The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (18 Oct); Album launch at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London (19-20 Oct) and EFG London Jazz Festival @ Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho (14 Nov); for full biog and a chance to listen to the album go to Oli’s website at http://www.olirockberger.com/
20th: 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.
22nd: Malija –The Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Bristol, BS3 1JF
Doors 7.30, for 8.15pm start
£14/£12 (OAP’s/students) Jazz
Mark Lockheart (Saxes), Liam Noble (Piano), Jasper Høiby (Bass)
MALIJA is Mark Lockheart’s (Loose Tubes co-founder, Polar Bear) current small group with the amazing Liam Noble (Christine Tobin, Dave Liebman) on piano and Jasper Høiby (Phronesis) on bass.
They formed the group as a result of an invitation to perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival 2014 in New York and from the very first rehearsal had so much fun and musical empathy. They had all worked together previously on Mark’s 2009 album ‘In Deep’ but this time they all decided to share the writing between them and explore a sound world without drums.
The pleasure of this trio in their close relationship is infectiously evident all over the set.” The Guardian (UK)
This sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences since its debut album release “The Day I Had Everything” on Edition Records.
Driven by a commitment to ‘in-the-moment improvisation’ and collective musical banter, the band’s idiomatic sweep through bluegrass, tango, abstract grooves and shimmering landscapes is delivered with flair and playful abandon.
Three distinctive compositional voices, all hugely influential in the London scene, combine to form a unique sounding group
“….deliciously abstruse riches a-plenty, peppered with humour, melodic wit, irregular groove and a vivid descriptive quality.” MOJO
Malija has just recorded its second CD entitled ‘Instinct” and will be playing UK dates in their autumn tour and again in early 2018.
Top class Jazz from top musicians, early booking is advised??
22nd Charlie Wood Band at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Memphis singer/songwriter Charlie’s eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music. “He’s the essence of soul and blues.” – Paloma Faith.
22nd: Art Themen & Konrad Wiszniewski with Clark Tracey Trio at Herts Jazz Club, 7.30 pm-10.00 pm
Screen 2, Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City
The return of our esteemed HJ Patron, Art Themen, this time with an exceptional tenor player from Glasgow, Konrad Wiszniewski. We’re flying Konrad down for this one performance so do make a point of catching this rare event. A recipient of a Parliamentary Jazz Award and numerous Scottish Jazz Awards have made Konrad a sought after player by some of the country’s top names including the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, Brass Jaw, The Colin Steele Quartet, Martha Reeves and many more.
Tickets: Advance: £3 students/£11 members/£14 concessions/£15 full. Walk-ups: £5 students/£13 members/£16 concessions/£17 full.
Box office: 0300 3039 620
26th: Clare Teal and Her Big Band 7.30pm From swing to sublime ballads, Clare Teal’s Mini Big Band concerts are renowned across the country for their energetic exuberance.Backed by a spectacular band of first rate musicians, award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Clare provides an evening of toe tapping big band songs which appeal to all and have the audience dancing in the aisles.
The rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years with music from Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin, and honouring the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee throwing forward to more modern songsmiths such as Van Morrison, Sting and Clare herself.
As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band promise a sparkling night of inspired music and unbridled entertainment, performed by the very best. For more info please visit www.clareteal.co.uk Thursday October 26th @ Hall for Cornwall Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL Show time: 7:30pm Box Office Tel: 01872 262466
27th – 29th: Whitley Bay Jazz Fest – Website
5th Theatralis presents Monk Misterioso: A Journey into the Silence of Thelonius Monk, at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club The subtitle is taken from the enigmatic pianist’s last seven years of his at times turbulent life, when he stopped talking and playing, totally isolating himself from the world.
9th: Marco Marconi at the 606 Club, London Coming on the heels of the successful launch of his album “Trialogue” on the 33Jazz label at the 606 this past June, Italian pianist Marco Marconi and his trio are back to feature music “which is a mix of my brand new original compositions plus really well known songs that I have arranged in a jazz setting…including a…medley of music from Star Wars”. Truly a virtuoso, Marco initially studied classical piano before moving on to study Jazz at the Music Conservatory of Perugia, completing two diplomas and a post-grad in jazz, all with honours. After a breakout performance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2009, Marco moved to the UK in 2012, and his undeniable passion and enthusiasm has been translating to an ever expanding fan base ever since.
10th – 19th: EFG London Jazz Festival – Festival Site
10th: KEITH TIPPETT OCTET with MATTHEW BOURNE at Kings Place (London Jazz Festival)
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
10th: MICHAEL JANISCH QUARTET WITH Rez Abbasi + HENRY SPENCER’s JUNCTURE + ZHENYA STRIGALEV TRIO (London Jazz Festival)
Whirlwind Recordings Blows a Storm
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.
11th – 26th: Cambridge International Jazz Festival – Tickets & Info
12th Martin Taylor & Alison Burns: Celebrating 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald, at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Focusing on the classic recordings Ella made with Joe Pass.
12th: Jazz Before Jazz Was Jazz, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD 4pm – 11pm
Every great saga needs a prequel. Long before jazz made it on record in 1917, its foundations had been laid in the slave songs of American plantations, African polyrhythms, and the European classical tradition. In recognition of 100 years of recorded jazz, arts education charity, The Arts Society and East London music dynamo, Kansas Smitty’s are coming together to tell the story of the way jazz became Jazz. Press Release JAZZ BEFORE JAZZ WAS JAZZ – Kansas Smitty’s & The Arts Society – 12th November 2017
Tickets are priced from £15 and are available online: https://billetto.co.uk/e/jazz-before-jazz-the-pre-history-of-jazz-tickets-210775
13th: Sara Dowling at 606 Club, London (London Jazz Festival)
Sara is a simply exquisite vocalist. Beginning her musical career as a cellist (after graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music and becoming a music teacher), she switched gears entirely in 2010 to focus on singing. Taking her love of the Great American Songbook and standards from that period, she has blossomed into a mesmerising performer, with a whimsical elegance that endears her to everyone who is lucky enough to see her live. This 606/London Jazz Festival show will focus on songs associated with classic films, another passion of Sara’s which will make for a thoroughly entertaining and memorable night. Also an in-demand composer, working with prestigious publishers and labels including EMI, Sony, ATV and Warner, Sara’s truly come into her own.
14th: David Gordon Trio at 606 Club,London (London Jazz Festival)
David Gordon is an accomplished pianist, harpsichordist and composer who is highly regarded as both a jazz and classical artist. For London jazz audiences, his current project “Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band” proved to be a vehicle of both substance and style that provided a bird’s eye view into the history of the enigmatic Russian piano-poet, composer and mystic Alexander Scriabin, who was hugely famous in his lifetime but drifted into obscurity after his death in 1915. That show offered a witty and bracing retrospective of Scriabin’s works, and we anticipate that that same deft intelligence will be brought to bear in David’s new programme to be debuted here at the 606 for London Jazz Festival, which “pays homage to the great masters of eighteenth century Italian music… to create a new kind of jazz”. The night also features Italian bassist Rosario Bonaccorso as well as Trio regular, Paul Cavaciuti on drums.
16th: Dayna Stephens at 606 Club,London (London Jazz Festival)
American saxophonist Dayna Stephens is something of an undiscovered pleasure. He has worked with the biggest stars on the contemporary American jazz scene, from Brad Mehldau, Kenny Barron & Ambrose Akinmusire to Chris Potter, Roy Hargrove, Larry Grenadier and Julian Lage in a career that has just recently seen him rising buoyantly to the top with the release of his latest, eighth album, “Gratitude”. The title has particular significance as Stephens, who attended Berklee of College of Music on full scholarship as well as the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (studying with Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock), has only lately fully recovered from a kidney transplant, which kept him sidelined from a more vigorous performance schedule. Now that this vastly talented musician and composer is back in full form, this 606 EFG London Jazz Festival appearance will be his first live show in London in 17 years. With a voluptuous and contemplative sound described by London Jazz News as “a thing of beauty”, Stephens’ occasional bursts of speed are made even more electric by virtue of their dynamic contrast &element of surprise. American national radio network NPR Music summed up his approach as fashioning “supple, searching improvisations that brim with melodic cogency” while Downbeat Magazine simply called him “an artist full of composure and imagination”. This is sure to be an immensely rewarding evening of contemporary modern jazz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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+
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.
17th – 19th: Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Devon – Website
19th Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock + Michael Spearman Trio, at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Two of Scotland’s finest bring appreciative audiences some of the most beautiful, haunting and iconic pieces in the jazz repertoire.
22nd: Jason Rebello with special guest Hans Mathisen at the 606 Club London
“Back by popular demand”, this is the second performance of the year at the Club by one of the finest pianists in Europe, Jason Rebello, with special guest Hans Mathisen, the brilliant award-winning Norwegian guitarist. Pianist Jason Rebello’s extraordinary ability is highlighted by the fact that he was already an established performer by the age of 21, being described by Jazz FM as “[one of] the most gifted and fluent pianists to emerge in Britain [today]…”. As well as promoting his own groove/crossover music he also found time to work with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar. However, it was in 1998 when he was invited to replace the late Kenny Kirkland in Sting’s band that Jason found international recognition, touring the world with Sting for more than six years before moving to the band of guitar legend Jeff Beck. In 2013 Jason released his first solo album in 13 years, “Anything But Look”, that received universal critical acclaim, with AllAboutJazz saying “Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated on a delightful recording that marks the pianist/composer’s triumphant return to the spotlight.” Guitarist Mathisen cites Pat Metheny and Wes Montgomery as influences on his fluent, melodic playing, but he has established a sound and approach of his own that has won many plaudits over the years. His 2005 album, “Quiet Songs”, was the recipient of the Spellemannprisen, Norway’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards, and his 2014 record, “The Island”, which featured Jason Rebello on piano, was another beautifully conceived and rendered outing.
24th: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at Berts Jazz Bar, Belfast. More artist info here
27th: Andy Caine’s “Crate Diggers” at the 606 Club London
Singer, songwriter & guitarist Andy Caine has had been playing at the 606 with Strictly Come Dancing’s Tommy Blaize for the last five years, as well as working alongside Tommy on the hit BBC show. However, to say that Andy’s recording credits are vast is the understatement of the century – this versatile musician has performed with platinum artists including Tears for Fears, Bananarama, Robbie Williams, Erasure, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Marc Almond and by his estimation, almost every boy band produced by Simon Cowell! For this 606 date however, Andy will step up the mic leading his own sextet, performing a selection of his favourite classic R&B and soul favourites. Andy’s cracking band includes guitarist Paul Stacey (Oasis, Black Crowes, Crowded House), bassist Chris Dodd (Wynton Marsalis, Gary Burton), drummer Ian Thomas (Strictly, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney) & Latin/soul percussionist Pete Eckford (Vibraphonic, The Herbaliser, Dave Lewis “1Up”, Zara McFarlane).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8zVvTfoAcI (with Tommy Blaize)
1st: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at The Basement,York. More artist info here
3rd: “Remembering Acker at Christmas” Grace Black and Ray Martine will open the show with a selection of Christmas tunes then Hamish McGregor will lead a band of Scottish musicians in a programme celebrating the music of Acker Bilk – Adam Smith Theatre Beveridge Suite, Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy.
Tickets on sale at Adam Smith Box Office – 01592 583302 – or online – http://www.onfife.com/whats-on/detail/k107-presents-remembering-ackerat-christmas
3rd Oxley/Meier Guitar Project at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Expect a musical melange, including Pat Methenyesque songs, Hot Club swing, Latin cool and Turkish music.
8th: John Jacks and Edie Rose appear at The Pelican Club, Nottingham. More artist info here
17th Jason Fredericks Cinematic Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Music of Vince Guaraldi at Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club Paying homage to the genius of composer Vince Guaraldi and creator Charles M. Schulz, the trio perform music from the classic 1965 animated TV special.
1st – 4th: Southport Jazz Festival – Website
15th – 18th: Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival – Website
23rd -25th: March Manouche: March Manouche is a UK Gypsy Jazz festival that takes place in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales. Initially focussing on only UK acts, the festival is now growing to welcome acts from all over the world. The festival takes place over a weekend in March, and includes concerts and workshops from some of the best players in Gypsy Jazz. With both scheduled jams in friendly local pubs and a jamming friendly campsite, you can play 24 hours a day!
The idea for March Manouche Festival came after the founders, Stewart, Neil, and Meg, visited Cloughtoberfest in Ireland in October 2014. Starting their own festival was briefly talked about in the car on the return journey. By the next day, somewhat to Neil and Meg’s surprise, Stewart had built a website, set up a festival PayPal and made a Facebook page.
March Manouche was born!
The first festival in 2015 was a resounding success, so an extra pair of hands was recruited, and Ali joined the team.
2017 saw the festival’s first international acts; Jorge Bravo from Chile and Dario Napoli from Italy.
In addition to the four organisers, March Manouche wouldn’t be able to happen without a fab team of regular helpers, including Paul Airey, Paul Kent and Ted Lawson, as well as all of the incredibly welcoming pubs and venues across Menai Bridge who let Gypsy Jazz descend upon them every March.
The next March Manouche festival is set to be bigger and better than ever, and the whole team can’t wait to welcome you back to Menai Bridge for a swinging weekend of toe-tapping Gypsy Jazz.
2nd – 7th: Cheltenham Jazz Festival – Website
3rd – 7th: Ribble Valley Jazz Festival – Website
10th – 13th: Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival – Website