Jazz in Kent, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury - programme for March, April and May 2019.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
We have received the following press release;
Jazz in Kent Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.
The Jazz Sessions Season at The Gulbenkian Theatre opens March 1st.
Founded in Ramsgate by jazz vocalist Sabina Desir, The Jazz Sessions has steadily grown in the last 18 months and welcomed artists from across the genre to perform in venues which have been as diverse as the genre its self. The idea behind the sessions was to attract established International artist to the East Kent area, to show how rich the music form is and also to provide educational opportunities for those with an interest in music. Audiences have been wowed by Ronnie Scott’s regular guitarist Ofer Landsberg and composer pianist Alex Hutton who performed with Spoken Word Poet Neil Sparke (Jah Wobble/Transglobal Underground). Veteran drummer Doug Sides (sideman of Phil Woods, Benny Golson and Blue Mitchell) performed Sumbio with his Trio.
March 2019 marks the start of a spectacular season showcasing cult figures of the U.K Jazz scene and a Grammy award winner. London-born pianist, keyboard player and composer Jessica Lauren opens the season as part of a partnership between the Gulbenkian Theatre and POW! Jessica has been a cult figure on the U.K’s Jazz scene since the early 1990’s. Drawing on a wide range of influences which include Jazz,Soul,Blues..Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, Jessica has created her own distinctive sound and musical personality. She very much engages and entertains her audience. She performs her critically acclaimed album Almeira. She is joined on stage by award-winning saxophonist Josephine Davies. There is a free workshop before the performance which will encourage participants to combine hearts and voices through Gospel /Blues songs, demonstrating the power of words.
The Jazz Sessions at Gulbenkian also include:
Jean Toussaint, Fri 26 Apr,
The Steve Williamson Experience + StringTing, Fri 24 May.
The Gulbenkian Theatre opened to the public in 10 June 1969, and so in 2019 we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary. Details of events to mark the occasion will be announced on 4 March 2019. Gulbenkian is a key part of the University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for and with the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University of Kent’s commitment to Public Engagement proving an interface between the University and the local and wider community Gulbenkian has a particular commitment to the creative empowerment of children and young people and talent development.
Arts Council England NPO
On 1 April 201, Gulbenkian became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. To find out more about this please see the Arts Council England website.www.artscouncil.org.uk
University of Kent
Kent CT2 7NB
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann enjoys two very different albums recorded in 2018 by the Italian born, London based saxophonist and composer Tommaso Starace.
Ian Mann is educated and entertained by the first date of a tour celebrating the life and music of trumpeter Dizzy Reece performed by pianist Trevor Watkis and a stellar international quintet.