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Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield, listings March - May 2018.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Jez Matthews writes;

Jazz at The Lescar Listings March - May 2018

This programme features four very different trios, proving the endless variety that’s possible with just three musicians: Elliot Galvin starts us off with music from his amazing new album, and finishing his tour at The Lescar. We’ve also got Paradise Trio featuring Richard Iles, Mike Walker and Les Chisnall with their perfectly formed and very beautiful chamber jazz, and Vula Viel return in May; they’re sure to lift the roof off the place with their intense and vibrant African-influenced music. We’re also really excited to present a new trio with George Crowley, Rob Luft and Tim Giles; that’s a heavy line-up! We’ve also got a focus on vocalists this time, with Alice Zawadzki joining Rob Luft and sure to bring some extra magic to the Lescar backroom in April, Sara Coleman brings her soulful vocals with a fantastic quartet the week after that, and Brigitte Beraha will feature with a phenomenal line-up in Dave Manington’s wonderful Riff Raff, in May. Teduloca are a great new Northern-based quartet playing great contemporary jazz with a strong link to Sheffield and they bring they’re nationwide tour to us in March, incredible pianist John Law brings his Congregation, which features Roller Trio’s James Mainwaring in April, and rounding off the programme in their own inimitable and eccentric style, we’re delighted to welcome back Shatner’s Bassoon.

21st March 2018 Elliot Galvin Trio / £7
Three musicians at the forefront of their generation, led by brilliant maverick pianist Elliot Galvin, and touring with a brilliant new album ‘The Influencing Machine’, Elliot’s third as leader, out on Edition Records in January, and set to be one of 2018’s best releases. Two of the band are at the core of the Mercury-nominated Dinosaur, Elliot and drummer Corrie Dick, and they’re joined by bass player Tom McCredie to form one of the most unique, bold and idiosyncratic piano trios on the European jazz scene. The music is a leap forward for the trio, incorporating electronic sounds from analogue synths, Hammond Organ, self-hacked children’s toys found in charity shops, and also electric guitar added to the mix. Unmissable, fresh, and relevant music.

28th March 2018 Teduloca / £7
Dynamic and utterly contemporary, Teduloca bring a heavy combination of swing and grooves mixed with thoughtful harmonies, all played by a first class quartet line up, featuring award-winning tenor sax player Nadim Teimoori, Sam Dunn (guitar), Martin Longhawn (organ), Tim Carter (drums). Based in the North (guitarist Sam Dunn is from Sheffield, you may have caught him playing with Perpetual Motion Machine, and also Alan Barnes/Jamie Taylor), Teduloca come to us as part of a UK wide tour in advance of the release of their first album.
‘Nadim’s voice on the tenor is thoughtful, melodic, harmonically advanced, and creative. Beautiful!’ Chris Potter
‘Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners.’ Judy Carmichael

4th April 2018 Alice Zawadzki and Rob Luft / £7
A unique and unmissable duet from two stars of the new UK jazz scene. Vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki’s is an original, committed and passionate performer. A distinctive presence on the creative European music scene with a supple voice and strongly lyrical violin playing, she has performed all over the world and her music has appeared in major films and TV series. Award winning guitarist Rob Luft is one of the most sought after musicians around, his debut album ‘Riser’ being one of 2017’s finest, acclaimed across Europe. Their energy and virtuosity on a mix of folk songs in different languages and styles, combined with Alice’s own original music, is sure to create a very special and intimate evening for us all at The Lescar. Really, don’t miss this!

“beguiling, unorthodox and pure”  The Independent /  “Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with” -Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 (about Alice Zawadzki)
“...a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes. ... Luft’s sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face…” The Irish Times

11th April 2018 Sara Coleman / £7
One of the UK’s finest musicians, singer/songwriter Sara Coleman visits us as part of a tour showcasing her new album, taking in a whole run of prestigious venues and festivals, not least the Cheltenham and Bristol jazz festivals. Sara is an award-winning artist and educator who’s career takes in work with the likes of Laura Mvula, Lianne Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, appearances at the BBC Proms and many festivals across the UK, also sharing stages with the likes of Claire Martin and José James. She brings a wonderful quartet that showcases her love of classic songwriting and instinctive improvisational energy, featuring Rebecca Nash (keys), Ben Markland(bass), and Steve Banks (guitar). Soulful, assured and emotionally direct music.

18th April 2018 John Law’s Congregation / £7
Pianist John Law did a wonderful gig for us a couple of years ago, so we’re very excited to welcome him back. One of Europe’s leading jazz pianist/composers, with 40+ recordings, he’s played at venues and festivals worldwide, including London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, the Bimhuis, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Mixing contemporary jazz with rock and electronic music, the quartet line-up now features James Mainwaring (from Mercury Prize nominees, Roller Trio) on sax, guitar and electronics. With a new recording, their music has a very direct appeal, full of great anthemic melodies, mixed with more complex harmonies and rhythms.
“One of the under-recognised giants of British modern jazz/new music piano”  Downtown Music Gallery, New York

25th April 2018 The Paradise Trio / £7
The return of three incredible musicians, all based in Manchester, playing absolutely beautiful music. Richard Iles on flugelhorn, is a fluid improviser who’s list of playing credits includes Kenny Wheeler, Vince Mendoza, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, John Taylor, and many others. Mike Walker (Impossible Gentlemen, George Russell) on guitar, is simply one of the UK’s most renowned guitarists; you may have seen him at The Lescar in his duo with Stuart McCallum. Les Chisnall is a wonderful pianist much deserving of wider recognition, as well as being a highly respected educator. Their music is conversational, reflective, engaging and intimate.

2nd May 2018 Crowley / Luft / Giles / £7
Three of the most acclaimed acclaimed and virtuosic musicians around combine to form an explosive trio. George Crowley (Melt Yourself Down, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, Corrie Dick’s Impossible Things, Olie Brice, Mount Kimbie) is an expressive and energetic tenor sax player with a wonderful sound. Award-winning guitarist Rob Luft’s ‘Riser’ was one of 2017’s finest albums, and he comes to us as one of the most sought after musicians on the UK scene, a versatile musician with an extraordinary, yet always tastefully deployed technique. Another award winner, drummer Tim Giles (Fraud, Art Farmer, Charles McPherson, Ben Lamdin, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone), has spent his career at the cutting edge of the music, a skilled, creative and energetic drummer.

9th May 2018 Vula Viel / £8
We welcome back Bex Burch, surely one of the most energetic and focussed performers on the UK scene, with an incredible line-up that features two absolute legends in Ruth Goller (electric bass), and Jim Hart (drums). Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Vula Viel’s music is intensely rhythmic; a uniquely engaging mix of African, punk and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood). Hear the music from their upcoming album ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ for the first time at The Lescar. Book early!
“One of my discoveries for the London Jazz Festival.. Good is Good” Gilles Peterson
“Beautiful .. Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.. That music deserves good reactions!” Iggy Pop

16th May 2018 Riff Raff / £8
A phenomenal line-up of the best UK talent, with a new album on Loop Records ‘Challenger Deep’; bass player Dave Manington’s Riff Raff bring a whole load of influences from folk, electronic music and contemporary classical music together in a truly accessible mix, with melodic, empathetic ensemble playing, grooves, wordless vocals, complex harmonies and expressive improvisation.
Featuring Brigitte Beraha – Vocals (Kenny Wheeler, London Jazz Orchestra), Tomas Challenger – Tenor Saxophone (Foufolah, Red Snapper), Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset) – Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Hammond Organ, Rob Updegraff – Guitar (Alani, Beth Rowley/Zigaboo Modeliste), Dave Manington - bass (Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Pete King and Alan Barnes ), Tim Giles - drums (Iain Ballamy, Art Farmer).

23rd May 2018 Shatners Basson / £7
Eccentric, idiosyncratic, razor sharp, and unlike anything else! Shatner’s Bassoon emerged from the defiantly creative Leeds improv scene in 2010. Influenced by the likes of Tim Berne, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, Tyshawn Sorey, they bring influences and experience from eastern European folk, Hindustani music, Brazilian music, straight ahead and free jazz, reggae, metal, contemporary classical and musique concrete. Their music is densely constructed, with intense riffs, ambient textures right next to heavy grooves, and subverting cliche and convention to produce something that is both sinister and surreal. With Michael Bardon - bass/electronics, Ollie Dover - sax/clarinet, Joost Hendrickx - drums/electronics, Johnny Richards - keys/electronics and Craig Scott - guitar/electronics.

From the Jazz at The Lescar website;

Every Wednesday The Lescar is home to the best weekly jazz night in Sheffield. With a diverse range of music from local, regional and national touring artists who showcase the depth and vibrancy of the UK Jazz scene, it’s an all year round jazz festival on your doorstep!
Music starts at 8.45 pm, doors 8.15 pm.
Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday).

Jez Matthews
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