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Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield - programme for February, March, April, May 2020.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Jez Matthews writes;

We’re really excited about this programme. It ranges from intense rhythmic adventures at the various meeting points of jazz, hip hop, punk and electronic music with JZ Replacement, Jasmine and Let Spin, intimate and joyful piano trios (Sam Leak and Joe Webb), to Brazilian music (Plinio Dourado), fresh new talent from the London scene (Ella Hohnen-Ford and Dominic Ingham’s Quintet), heartfelt and original investigations of classic jazz standards (A Hologram Maze), award-winning contemporary jazz (2018 UK Jazz Ensemble of the Year, ARQ), and the very best Northern-based musicians (Caroline Boaden with her Quartet).

Jazz Promoter of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Tel. 0774 020 1939


26th February JZ Replacement (Zhenya Strigalev and Jamie Murray) / £8
A blast of rhythmically intense music. Saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Eric Harland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks, Joseph “Foley” McCreary) and drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer) have featured at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival, Porto Jazz Festival and toured the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Russia. Playing music from their new album “Disrespectful” out in March 2020. Drum and Bass meets Eastern European Folk Music, with a touch of John Zorn.
“A cross between Aphex Twin, Jimi Hendrix and Art Pepper…” Jazzwise

4th March Ella Hohnen-Ford / £8
Surely a future star, vocalist Ella Hohnen-Ford visited us with Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet a couple of years ago. We’re delighted that she’s coming back as band leader, inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Shirley Horn and Sarah Vaughan, she has distinctively captivating sound, both versatile and harmonically astute. Ella is joined for this gig by a great rhythm section featuring former BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist Noah Stoneman on piano, Will Sach on bass, and Dave Hamblett (Magic Lantern) on drums.

11th March Sam Leak Trio / £8
For a number of years one of the country’s finest pianists, Sam Leak brings his regular trio, a first class team of Simon Read (bass), and Will Glaser (drums). Inspired by the likes of Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley, Sam recorded a fine duo album with NYC pianist Dan Tepfer as well as leading his acclaimed band Aquarium for several years. This trio’s music is joyful, folk inspired and full of inventive energy and rhythmic and harmonic interaction.

18th March A Hologram Maze / £8
From the ever energetic and creative Birmingham jazz scene, pianist and composer David Austin Grey returns with a brand new project, featuring Nathan Jones (drums), Shivraj Singh (bass), Chris Young (alto sax), Georgie Wells (voice). Delving deep into classic jazz standards, with music that is both heartfelt and intimate, and stamped with the sincerity and originality that are the hallmarks of David’s music.

25th March Jasmine / £8
Bringing together influences from jazz and hip-hop, Leeds-based Jasmine feature members of Tetes de Pois, layering horn parts and electronics with an acoustic jazz line-up to produce energetic, fresh and different sounding new music. Led by Jasmine Whalley (alto saxophone) with Ben Haskins (guitar), George MacDonald (piano), Owen Burns (bass) and George Hall (drums). Selected by Jazz North to be part of their ‘Jazz North Introduces’ scheme, Jasmine look set to make a big impression.

1st April ARQ / £9
A welcome return for this acclaimed quintet of UK jazz legends, winners of Ensemble of the Year at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. ARQ are led by 2019 Ivors Composer award-winner Alison Rayner (double bass), with Buster Birch (drums / percussion), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones), and Steve Lodder (piano). Nuanced, folk-infused melodies and bustling rhythmic interplay, accomplished and accessible music from one of the finest and longest running bands in the UK.

8th April Joe Webb Trio / £8
One of the most in-demand musicians on the London jazz scene, (playing with Corrie Dick, Rob Luft, Kansas Smitty’s House Band), inspired by and emulating influences from Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson to Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau, Joe Webb is a uniquely exubrant, swinging, and technically assured pianist, joined in this phenomenal trio by Tom Farmer (bass), and Shane Forbes (drums) both members of UK jazz legends Empirical. Really unmissable, and just to finish things off nicely we’re hiring a piano for this gig to really show off Joe’s artistry.
“….exceptionally promising young pianist. His playing is rare and has an unusual sense of delicate beauty.” - Huw Warren

15th April Caroline Boaden / £8
Originally from Sheffield, and one of the most respected and experienced drummers around, with a career that has taken in playing with a diverse range of artists including Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Peter King, Eberhard Weber, and Jimi Tenor, Caroline Boaden is at last bringing her own band to The Lescar, a wonderful collaboration featuring four highly individual musicians, Jamil Sheriff (piano/keys), Ed Harrison (double bass), and Stella Midgley (lap steel guitar/guitar/vocals), mixing both original and familiar songs, and music that will without doubt be strongly rhythmic, but also occasionally meditative.

22nd April Plinio Dourado’s Brazilian Spirit of Jazz / £8
Based in Sheffield, respected drummer/percussionist Plinio Dourado brings together a great international line-up of musicians featuring Robson Barros on bass, Nunu Neto guitar and voice, Alain Felici on keybord, and another Sheffield favourite, Kent Roach making a very welcome return on saxophone. Expect to hear melodic and rhythmically alive music inspired by and infused with the music of Plinio’s Brazilian roots.

29th April Dominic Ingham Quintet / £9
Jazz violinist, singer and composer Dominic Ingham brings a brilliant band of talents from the London jazz scene, celebrating his debut album ‘Role Models’, with Jonny Mansfield on vibraphone, David Swan on piano, Will Sach on bass and Boz Martin-Jones on drums. Dominic has performed with Bonsai, Jonny Mansfieldʼs Elftet, Camila Mezaʼs Nectar Orchestra and indie rock band Blaenavon, as well as touring across the UK and Europe taking in Ronnie Scotts, Love Supreme, The Royal Albert Hall, and EFG London Jazz Festival. Soaring, melodic and lyrical music.
“A rare treat…should be heard live whenever possible” Kit Downes

6th May Let Spin / £8
A truly all-star band, featuring members of Melt Yourself Down, Led Bib, Beats & Pieces Big Band, Sarathy Korwar, Moss Project, Liran Donin’s 1000 boats, and Vula Viel, Let Spin consist of Moss Freed (guitar), Ruth Goller (bass), Chris Williams (sax), and Finlay Panter (drums). Four great individual voices yet with a really cohesive group sound. Their music moves quickly from thrashy punk to heavy grooves, euphoric improv and more reflective territory, with influences including Rage Against The Machine, Bill Frisell, JS Bach, and Middle Eastern folk music. Their 3rd album is scheduled for release in Spring 2020 on Efpi Records.
“A new prog-jazz supergroup” — Jazzwise
“British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle” — Uncut

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Lynne Arriale Trio-  US and European live dates 2020 - 2021.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

We have received the following press release;

US Piano Master Lynne Arriale Brings Trio to Pizza Express Soho October 2020.


March 14, 2020 • Snug Harbor, LA
March, 21, 2020 • Cafe Coda, Madison, WI
March 22, 2020 • BLU Jazz Club, Milwaukee, WI
April 29, 2020 • Jazz Showcase, Chicago
May 1, 2020 • The Dunsmore Room, Minneapolis, MN
May 4, 2020 • Birdland Theatre, NYC
May 8, 2020 • Side Door, Old Lyme, CT
October 9, 2020 • Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
October 10, 2020 • Chorus Club, Lausanne, Switzerland
October 11-12, 2020 • Pizza Express, London
March 5, 2021 • Jazzclub Uster, Uster, Switzerland
March 6, 2021 • Sijthoff, Leiden, The Netherlands
March 7, 2021 • Catharinakapel, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

Pianist/composer, Lynne Arriale, has performed on international concert stages over the past 25 years. Jazz Police called her “the poet laureate of her generation.” She has touched the hearts and inspired the imaginations of audiences worldwide and has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, bandleader and composer.

“Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her…She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.” JazzTimes

“Chimes of Freedom,” Lynne Arriale’s 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Europe for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer Jasper Somsen, drummer, E.J. Strickland, and guest vocalist, K.J. Denhert.

In “Chimes,” her most passionate artistic statement to date, Lynne reflects on freedom, cultural diversity, and her wish that all refugee families may reach an inclusive safe harbor among the democratic nations of the world.

This remarkable collection features seven of Lynne’s original, deeply personal works. The spiritual,”Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” together with Lynne’s evocative “Journey,” “The Dreamers,” “3 Million Steps,” “Hope,” “The Whole Truth,” and “Lady Liberty” weave a dramatic narrative, crowned by the trio’s collaboration with K.J. Denhert singing Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom” and Paul Simon’s “American Tune.”

“Chimes” is a worthy and timely successor to Lynne’s critically acclaimed “Give Us These Days”; a thematically-related suite that considers the transient nature of human existence.

Lynne is known throughout the jazz world for the clarity, honesty and lyricism of her melodic lines, her virtuoso technique, and her genius for creating a synergistic environment around the trio, whose sound is greater than the sum of its parts.

Her albums have topped the Jazzweek US Radio Charts and have been on numerous “Best Of” lists including The New Yorker, United Press International, JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Jazz History Online. She toured with the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with iconic jazz pianists, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. Arriale has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell and Marian McPartland.

The world’s great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center and performances at Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea Jazz, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier. Lynne has toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, South America, South Africa, the US and Canada.

Arriale’s live TV and radio appearances and concert performances include Profile of a Recording Artist, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas, CNN/FN Biz, the BBC, Radio France and German National Television. Press features include Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, The London Times and cover stories for JazzEd, One Way and M Magazines.

A devoted educator, Lynne Arriale has conducted educational clinics and masterclasses throughout the world and is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Lynne Arriale has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer and arranger. With stunning clarity, purpose and emotional force, that voice now rings out with “Chimes of Freedom.”

Dutch double bassist/composer/producer, Jasper Somsen has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Paolo Fresu. Jasper produced ten albums for Challenge Records, which includes four albums as a leader.

Enoch Jamal “E.J.” Strickland is world-renowned drummer and composer who has appeared on over 60 albums. He is in great demand in New York’s jazz scene and has toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Russell Malone, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring and Nnenna Freelon. As a bandleader, E.J. has released three albums.


“Lynne Arriale’s remarkable career is graced by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds.”

“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz”

“She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.”

“Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day.”

“A singular voice as a pianist and leader ... a powerhouse.”

“She belongs among the poets. Truly distinctive, her improvisations weave a seductive combination of lyricism and muscle…essential listening.”

”The poet laureate of her generation”

“Lynne Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz”

“Whether given to introspection or taken by extroversion, she remains a force of nature.”

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester, UK tour, March 2020.

Friday, February 14, 2020

We have received the following press release;


Three weeks until debut UK Tour for million selling German singer

Tour visits Eastbourne, London, Birmingham and Manchester

Sussex-born musician looking forward to revisiting his UK roots

In just three weeks, million selling crooner Max Raabe and the hugely talented Palast Orchester from Berlin will present their debut UK Tour.

The internationally acclaimed singer and musicians promise to take audiences back in time on a musical journey of romance and sophistication, revisiting the ‘Roaring Twenties’ a century on from what was an exciting new era for music, dance, style, and fashion.

Now it’s the turn of the UK to experience the warmth, charm and elegance of Max Raabe & Palast Orchester first-hand with tour dates in Eastbourne, London, Birmingham, and Manchester which form part of a wider international tour.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester open their UK tour on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne; followed by London’s Cadogan Hall on Wednesday 4 March 2020; Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Thursday 5 March 2020; and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday 6 March 2020.

The UK tour is extra special for one member of the orchestra, Ian Wekwerth who was born in Sussex – and is looking forward to performing on home soil.

Formed in the 1980s, the then group of college friends have since grown into a hugely successful 13-piece ensemble – becoming one of Germany’s biggest selling acts, winning praise, rave reviews, and a legion of fans across the globe.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester are well-respected in Germany, having dominated the music charts for many years while staying true to their unique style and genre.

They recently released a new MTV Unplugged album which went straight into the Top 10 in the German pop charts – reaching Number 2 in early January 2020, alongside Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Leonard Cohen with places at the top of the charts.

Stylish 57-year-old Max Raabe is famous for performing while impeccably dressed in white tie and tails, and is joined by 12 musical maestros from the Palast Orchester.

Dashing, dapper and debonair, Max believes the timeless melodies and songs of the 1920s and 1930s have an inherent magic. He combines nostalgic flair with pop-star appeal, along with a good dose of self-irony and dry comedy.

The tour is timely given the nation’s fascination with all things vintage, including Downtown Abbey, Gosford Park and Brideshead Revisited.

Together, Max and the orchestra present the most stunning classic and timeless repertoire in their original arrangements. With a distinctive sound, audiences will be captivated by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester as they are transported to yesteryear to experience high style and musical glory in the most sumptuous way – making this show one of a kind, and the hottest ticket in town.

Max Raabe explained: “This style of music is popular across the world. You understand the message regardless of language – you feel the music, it’s powerful. As a child, I completely fell in love with this music. My aim is to entertain the audience during the concert and transport them out of reality. Music was written to take the audience away from their everyday problems. And it still works today.”

Pianist and accordionist, Sussex-born Ian Wekwerth is a founder member of the Palast Orchester. Born in Cuckfield, Ian has fond memories of visiting the seaside at Eastbourne, Brighton, Newhaven and Hastings as a child – and especially London to see his grandparents who lived in Golders Green and were jazz music enthusiasts. An early sign of where his love for music may have come from.
Ian commented: “My grandfather was a huge jazz fan and used to play records on his huge 1950s record player. The sound was tremendous! That’s where I heard Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman and pianists Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Earl Hines, and Fats Waller for the very first time. The music fascinated me as a child, I sensed vibes that I didn’t have with classical music.
“As a teenager I taught myself improvisation from a book I discovered in a shop just off Oxford Street – strange the things that stick in your memory. That’s what kept me interested in playing piano, and is what I draw from to this day. And I still always make a point of visiting Golders Green when in London.”
Ian moved to Berlin in 1974 at the age of 11. He later went on to study aeronautical engineering at university, during which time he met Max and his fellow musicians. Ian’s career in engineering continued until 1995, when the orchestra turned professional. Berlin remains home for Ian, who is married with three grown-up children.
Ian continued: “I have been with the band since the beginning in 1986 – and we’ve continued to grow together sharing marriages, births, and life. I couldn’t wish for a better job. To be part of the orchestra’s growth from a student band to what we are today is a huge gift. In moments of reflection I am still fascinated by our path.
“We are blessed with Max at the helm. At the start, he didn’t see himself as the ‘front man’. We all had a go at introducing the songs to see who should take the role. I went first, and purposely did it so badly that Max immediately stepped in. His dry humour and wit are key elements of the show, and people leave our concerts with a huge smile on their face.”

Max Raabe was born 1962 in Lünen and has always sung – from the youth choir to even on his bicycle. He moved to Berlin in his early twenties to study opera. He financed his studies with small performances, and in 1986 he founded the Palast Orchester with a number of fellow students. They are now the worldwide leading band of music from the era of the Weimar Republic.

Max has received numerous awards for his commitment to remembering the music of the 1920s and 1930s, including the ECHO Classic in 2000 for his interpretation of Mack The Knife; Paul-Lincke-Ring Of The City Of Goslar in 2005; the cultural prize of his hometown Lünen in 2007; and the Order Of Merit Of The State Of Berlin in 2012.

Their appeal is diverse and far reaching. Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester performed at the star-studded wedding of singer Marilyn Manson and model Dita Von Teese at a castle in Ireland in 2005.

The show will feature diverse range of music and songs including the hilarious Rosa, Reizende Rosa (Rosa, Ravishing Rosa); romantic tune Tonight Or Never; the classic Kurt Weill’s Mack The Knife; alongside standards including I Won’t Dance, Night And Day, and Sweet Sue.

These first UK tour dates will give music fans the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and atmosphere of this very special show and era before Max and the musicians continue on a worldwide international tour visiting Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the United States Of America – including the iconic Carnegie Hall in New York this April.


‘We are in a nightclub somewhere in Weimar-era Berlin, just before things go to heck. The air dances. The world is in love.’
Los Angeles Times

‘Stylish, grace and vitality, his comic timing is flawless.’
The New York Times, Carnegie Hall


Facebook:    /maxraabepalastorchester

Twitter:        @Max_Raabe_PO

Videos:        Official trailer –


Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7.30pm
Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4BP
Box Office:    01323 412000

Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7.30pm
5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
Box Office:    020 7730 4500

Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7.30pm
8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA
Box Office:    0121 644 6140

Friday 6 March 2020 at 7.30pm
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Box Office:    0161 907 9000

About Max Raabe:
In 1992, Max Raabe wrote his first hit Kein Schwein ruft mich an (Why Does No One Call), and appeared on stage in Heinrich Mann´s Der blaue Engel (Blue Angel) under the direction of Peter Zadek.
Since 2007, Max has succeeded the German comedy-legend Loriot as Honorary MC for the annual Berlin opera gala of the German AIDS foundation. He has performed at many charity events including for the Opera Village project in Africa founded by Christoph Schlingensief, Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now, and the Berlin City Mission. Max also supports the project Schools Against Racism and Children’s Home Romania.
During Summer 2010, Max collaborated with producer, singer and composer Annette Humpe to compose, sing and produce music for the album Küssen kann man nicht alleine (One Cannot Kiss Alone), which was awarded Platinum in 2012. The successful duo’s second album Für Frauen ist das kein Problem (For Women It’s No Problem) was released in 2012 and won Gold the following year.
In Summer 2017, Max Raabe teamed up with pop specialists Annette Humpe, Christoph Israel, Peter Plate, Ulf Leo Sommer, Daniel Faust, and Achim Hagemann. Together they wrote the album Der perfekte Moment .. wird heut verpennt (Sleeping Through The Perfect Moment). The album was released late 2017. Max has tour the album alongside original 1920s arrangements. Two singles went to become successful music videos. In August 2018, Der perfekte Moment .. wird heut verpennt reached Gold status.
As well as successful international career with the Palast Orchester, Max performs with pianist Christoph Israel. Their album, Über´s Meer (Over The Sea), was released by Universal/Decca in 2010.

The Green Note, Camden Town, London - latest newsletter.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Upcoming Highlights! A tribute to Joni + Brazilian Folk, Indie-Americana + more!

Hello Music Lovers!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re all doing well…

We just wanted to tell you about some of our upcoming highlights over the next couple of weeks.

First off, we wanted to tell you about a special show featuring SALLY BARKER and ANNA RYDER, entitled ‘Sandy, Joni & Me’. Yes, you guessed it, it’s a tribute to none other than Joni Michell and Sandy Denny, by two very special musicians. They will be playing songs by both Sandy and Joni, exploring the singer/songwriter legacy that was forged in the early ’70s. For those of you not already familiar with her from her previous Green Note appearances, Sally Barker is a veteran folk-blues singer/songwriter who became Tom Jones’ finalist on The Voice UK 2014 after reducing her mentor, and many watching the TV, to tears with her performances. Sally has toured with Sir Tom, Bob Dylan and Robert Plant. Sally is joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Ryder who has worked with Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader and Julianne Regan (All About Eve). They brought this show to Green Note last year, and we can guarantee that it will be a very special night, that any fans of Joni Michell and Sandy Denny will not want to miss!

Other upcoming highlights include… master storyteller and a stunning fingerstyle guitar player JOHN BLEK (“A force of nature” The Irish Times) who is known for his enthralling live shows full of humour, pathos and impassioned musical delivery (Thurs 27th Feb); An EP preview from CAMPBELL SIBTHORPE, whose music paints rich, beautifully striking stories of love and death with the tenderness of Sufjan Stevens and the flourishing complexities of Fleet Foxes (Weds 19th Feb); And a special triple bill featuring blues/folk/soul singer-songwriter CONNOR SELBY who will be supporting The Who on their upcoming tour, renowned rock-blues guitarist/songwrtier SAIICHI SUGIYAMA and outstanding singer JADE LIKE THE STONE (Sun 16th Feb). 

We also have some fantastic shows coming up in our Basement Bar, so make sure you check out the listings for this too!  Some selected highlights include… a debut from Brazilian folk duo TELECOTECO who play songs with the swing of Samba and the sophistication of Choro melodies (Fri 21st Feb), folk singer-songwriter BITY BOOKER with her hypnotic finger-picking style and elastic voice, playing a special gig to celebrate the magic of Winter (Sun 23rd Feb), a Green Note debut from highly acclaimed Australian jazz singer KAREN LANE who presents a night of sensual Bossa Novas, vibrant Samba and lithe Swing (Fri 28th Feb), and a special show from THE VINTAGE COWBOYS, celebrating the legend of the Old West (Sat 29th Feb) with a vividly tuneful and fun evening, and having seem them live at another venue recently we can vouch that this show will be one you won’t want to miss!

Do make sure to check out the live events page on OUR WEBSITE for full listings and follow us on social media (links below) to be kept up to date and to see what else we have coming up as there’s far too much to mention here!

We hope to see you at one of our shows very soon!

Lots of love,

Immy & Risa xx


Alice Phelps Trio
Fri 14th February
A selection of very special vintage love songs, murder ballads and heartbreak blues.

Deborah Carew Swing Trio: Valentine’s Special
Fri 14th February
The music of love… Original arrangements from the early Jazz era (1920s - 40s)... Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Fats Waller and more.

Drums of the World - drum workshop
Sat 15th February
Global adventures in rhythm. An exciting and interactive drum workshop presented by Elephant Drums and led by Adam Teixeira.

The Sparrows of Paris
Sat 15th February
Vintage French jazz and Musette music from the 1920s to 50s.

The Folly Brothers
Sat 15th February
“...a gritty, rootsy mélange full of sweeping licks, pumping bass lines and tasty harmonies, successfully blending a modern country twang with rollicking bluegrass.” – Steve Harvey, editor, Acoustic Magazine

Connor Selby
+ Saiichi Sugiyama
+ Jade Like the Stone
Sun 16th February
Moonshine presents… Three extremely talented artists share the stage.

Daria Kulesh
Mon 17th February
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, “bold, exotic, impressive” Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene.

Megan O’Neill
Tue 18th February
Irish born singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill, an integral artist in the currently booming UK Country Music Scene. “one of the rising stars” - uDiscover (2018)

Campbell Sibthorpe
- EP Preview
Wed 19th February
Singer-songwriter Campbell Sibthorpe invites you to preview his beautiful new EP ‘Ytown’ with full band.

‘Beyond Vocals’ Open Mic Night
Thu 20th February
An intimate open mic night and a platform for new aspiring singers with an interest in Jazz, Folk, Experimental and Improvised music

Our Man In The Field
Thu 20th February
Superb soulful indie-Americana from pedal steel, guitar, upright bass and drums London 5-piece Our Man In The Field, with support from piano based singer songwriter Hannah Nicholson (Ellie Goulding/ Maz- Snarky Puppy).

Fri 21st February
Brazilian folk duo whose music has the swing of Samba and the sophistication of Choro melodies!

Man The Lifeboats
Fri 21st February
Raucous, upbeat folk music, for those who like a drink with their tunes!

The FB Pocket Orchestra
Sat 22nd February
Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago.

The Vagaband
Sat 22nd February
Extraordinary blend of Americana, toe-tapping folk-jazz and soulful rock… “constantly delights and surprises…” ***** Americana in Technicolour

Dreaming in Winter with Bity Booker
Sun 23rd February
London-based folk singer-songwriter plays a special unplugged gig celebrating the magic of winter

Joni, Sandy & Me – Sally Barker with Anna Ryder
Sun 23rd February
Sally Barker and Anna Ryder are delighted to bring some of the songs of both Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny to the stage, exploring the singer/songwriter legacy that was forged in the early ‘70s.

Gutter Street Nights - ‘Chances’
Mon 24th February
Six performers share six original pieces of work all written under the theme ‘Chances’.

Open-Mic hosted by
Rob Thom
Tue 25th February
Everyone welcome! Whether you’re coming along to play or just to chill out in a fun, friendly atmosphere, kick back and enjoy the music…

M G Boulter + Louis Brennan
Tue 25th February
New Roots presents perfect contemporary singer-songwriter double-bills in miniature, tonight with troubadours MG Boullter (★★★★ Mojo / ★★★★ Uncut) and Louis Brennan ( ‘.. a master’ GQ Magazine).

Polly Paulusma
& Annie Dressner
Wed 26th February
In this special co-headline evening, these formidable songwriters and friends support one another to present heart-felt acoustic music, songwriting and harmonies

Suzanne Noble
Thu 27th February
Bawdy blues from the likes of Bessie Smith, Lil Johnson, Blu Lu Barker plus jazz standards to make you laugh and cry. Not for the fainthearted!

Don Gallardo
Thu 27th February
“A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene’s true journeymen” - Rolling Stone. Also featuring special guest, Danny George WIilson.

John Blek
Thu 27th February
“A force of nature” The Irish Times… “a master of subtlety in realms of folk-informed pop.” The Thin Air

Karen Lane
Fri 28th February
“Sensually funky and soulful.” JAZZ UK… Expect to hear sensual Bossa Novas - vibrant Samba and lithe Swing.

Copper Viper
+ Karl Culley
Fri 28th February
An acoustic Folk duo and an English fingerstyle guitarist feature in tonight’s exciting Roundtable Collective double bill

The Vintage Cowboys
Sat 29th February
“A music-box of vintage treasures” - Sir Michael Parkinson

Philip Rambow
& Martin Belmont
Sat 29th February
A blend of Country, R&B and Rock’n'Roll - from gentle ballads to swinging rockers. Think George Jones meets Creedence Clearwater!

Matinée Show: Rebet Asker-Greek Roots Series
Sun 1st March
Greek Rebetiko… a series of songs from a selection of the greatest Greek composers…

Ewan Bleach
Sun 1st March
1920s and 30s jazz and blues

Sun 1st March
Jazz @ Green Note presents… An exciting new group presents fiery and soulful original musical

Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN


The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - programme for the week ahead.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Two scintillating vocalists - Luca Manning ❤️day and Filomena Campus Saturday. A feast of experimental music delivered by Mopomoso + others Sunday.

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
14 - 20 Feb 2020  

This weekend love is in the air! We have two fabulous vocalists to create ambience and ardent affection without the usual cliches. Friday’s songbird is Luca Manning with his band, and Saturday’s song bird is multi-talented Sardinian vocalist Filomena Campus with her magnificent quartet. By the way we’ve stocked up with loads of fizz for the weekend… just letting ya’ll know.

Jazz on a Sunday afternoon will be the MOPOMOSO collective - the standard bearers for experimental and improv in the UK, led by the energetic guitarist John Russell. More experimental music from the LiamNoble/MarkSanders/Smith Trio later in the evening.

Monday, charming duo - Encuentro - drawn on styles such as the Argentine tango and other Latin American folk forms with some jazzy elements.

Tuesday MoonMot launches a new album ‘Going Down the Well’. Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne of LUME are behind this UK/Swiss collaboration.

Chris Sharkey/Mark Sanders are back with pianist Kit Downes for more moving colours, textures and rhythms on Wednesday.

Thursday for his monthly residency Evan Parker invites Matt Wright, John Edwards and Mark Sanders to play with him… you know what I mean.

We’ve recently added a benefit concert for legendary, South African, free jazz drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo.  As a founding member of The Blue Notes he has outlived all the other members of this iconic band. Moholo-Moholo remains the last man standing but in somewhat poor health. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Moholo-Moholo. Check out the triple bill line up! Volunteers’ choice for the coming week is MoonMot.

Hope to see you at the club!

LUCA MANNING + BAND: Valentine’s Day Special
Friday 14 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Saturday 15 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

MOPOMOSO: Afternoon Sessions
Sunday 16 February 2pm
£8 / Members £4 / Student members £4

Sunday 16 February 7.30pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Monday 17 February 8pm
£10/ Members £5 / Student members £5

MOONMOT ‘Going Down the Well’ - Album Launch
Tuesday 18 February 8pm
£10/ Members £5 / Student members £5

CHRIS SHARKEY& MARK SANDERS: The Orchid and the Wasp + KIT DOWNES (solo)
Wednesday 19 February 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

EVAN PARKER invites ...
Thursday 20 February 8pm
£12 / Members £6 / Student members £6

Friday 21 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Friday 21 February 11pm
£4 / Members £4 / Student members £4


Our monthly session in the intimacy Downstairs, curated by Nicki Heinen.
This month:
Mark Waldron
Seraphima Kennedy
Fran Lock
JP O’Malley
Music from the magnificent singer Reem Khelani and pianist Bruno Heinen

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 - full line up announced.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Global Stars From Across The Worlds Of Jazz, Soul, R&B, Blues And Pop Set For Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020.

Gregory Porter, Saving Grace ft. Robert Plant & Suzi Dian, Imelda May, Booker T Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Seb Rochford’s Pulled By Magnets, Ibibio Sound Machine, Stacey Kent, Tony Allen, Laura Jurd, Liebman Brecker Copland Quintet and many more for 6-day event in May

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 returns in May with a broad spectrum of world-class contemporary jazz, blues, soul, R&B and pop. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Cheltenham The Festival Town from May 5-10, this year’s programme once again delivers a balance of core jazz and mainstream offerings from today’s biggest stars, heritage legends and next-generation talent, with an impressive spread of UK exclusives and special commissions in the mix.

Coinciding with the Early May Bank Holiday, which moves to Friday (8 May) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, this year’s festival will host R&B funk legends KC & The Sunshine Band, UK soulstress Beverley Knight, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May with the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band and and multi-million-selling vocalist Emeli Sandé. Blues/folk-inspired co-operative Saving Grace unveil their brand-new project featuring singers Robert Plant and Suzi Dian, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and cultural pioneer Nitin Sawhney will showcase music from his seminal record Beyond Skin alongside repertoire from his 20-album career, while Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Booker T Jones returns to the Festival with material from his new album Note By Note. The Festival’s Artistic Curator Gregory Porter opens the 6-day event with a concert at the 2000-seat capacity Henry Westons Big Top and has selected various acts for the ‘Gregory’s Picks’ series: Lizz Wright, Keyon Harrold, Makaya McCraven and Gary Bartz & Maisha, announced last month.

The Parabola Arts Centre programme presents a snapshot of the global landscape of jazz today, with this year’s line-up stronger and more diverse than ever. Award-winning trumpeter Laura Jurd presents her latest boundary-pushing project Stepping Back, Jumping In featuring a 14 piece-ensemble, Seb Rochford unveils Pulled By Magnets – a new band exploring Seb’s Anglo-Indian heritage featuring Pete Wareham on saxophone and Neil Charles on bass and Portuguese rock-fuelled outfit The Rite of Trio perform their UK debut as Cheltenham’s pick from the 12 Points Festival European jazz showcase. Anglo-Swiss quintet YDivide celebrate Switzerland’s lively jazz scene, legendary jazz vocalist Norma Winstone teams up with German pianist Pablo Held and there’s a special 50th anniversary concert reinterpreting Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland led by guitarist, vocalist and arranger Denny Ilett, who has assembled a 16-piece band of leading UK jazz musicians including Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Iain Ballamy and many more. Also featuring is Neil Charles: Dark Days, a brand-new Anglo-American project inspired by writer James Baldwin’s searing essays set to deliver a dramatic and engaging take on contemporary black music. It stars US flautist Nicole Mitchell and vocalist Tara Middleton from the Sun Ra Arkestra, drummer Mark Sanders, pianist Pat Thomas and composer/bass player Neil Charles.

Elsewhere, a brand-new group fronted by three of contemporary jazz’s leading instrumentalists, saxophonist David Liebman, trumpeter Randy Brecker and pianist Marc Copland bring their quintet to the Everyman Theatre. British singer Lianne Carroll pays tribute to the legendary Carole King with a concert at The Daffodil and million-selling US vocalist Stacey Kent will delve into the Great American Songbook with acclaimed saxophonist Jim Tomlinson at the Everyman Theatre. 

The Festival’s long-standing partnership with BBC Radio 2 continues with special broadcasts throughout the weekend including Squeeze live in concert and a New Orleans-themed Friday Night Is Music Night with Guy Barker’s Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Taste-making DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson takes up residence at Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter – a new pop-up venue, where in addition to his own DJ set will showcase some of the acts he’s championing right now on the UK scene: alt singer-songwriter Rosie Lowe, punk jazzers Melt Yourself Down and the genre-bending Nubiyan Twist.

Also on the bill and representing the UK’s kaleidoscopic jazz scene are SE London collective Steam Down, jazz/hip-hop/soul-influenced vocalist and guitarist Oscar Jerome and 8-piece Afrobeat outfit KOKOROKO. Elsewhere, Ibibio Sound Machine, fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams will explore a tapestry of African and electronic soundworlds and iconic drummer Tony Allen pays homage to the late South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. And set for Cheltenham are some of the most in-demand blues artists currently touring the world: recent Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’, US bassist and founding member of blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot Danielle Nicole and harmonica extraordinaire Errol Linton.

The Festival offers a range of inspirational opportunities for young people such as the family programme in the Yahama Discovery Space with shows for all ages from babies upwards, the popular ‘Jazz It Up’ showcase on the Free Stage for local schools, and Musicate – a year-round primary school music teaching and appreciation programme.

Equally committed to emerging talent, this year’s programme will also feature a double bill showcase from Amahla & Rosie Tee - two artists from last year’s Free Stage who will perform in the Jazz Arena and receive a mentoring session with key industry figures. Students from the jazz course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire combine with pupils from the Siena Jazz-Accademia Nazionale Del Jazz in Italy for the Birmingham Exchange concert, and once again the …around town programme will oversee 90 free gigs throughout Cheltenham in pubs, clubs, streets and shopping centres. Covering acoustic singer-songwriters to explosive big bands, dancers, artists and street performers, …around town offers a platform for up-and-coming artists to showcase their work to agents and promoters.

This year also sees the introduction of ‘Jerwood Jazz Encounters’; an 18-month scheme offering intensive support to four artists to develop their knowledge and understanding of showcasing music in unusual spaces and new formats, culminating in the commission of four new works for presentation in 2021. They are Elliot Galvin, Lara Jones, Witch ‘n’ Monk (Heidi Heidelberg and Mauricio Velasierra) and Faye MacCalman.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 is hosted in a tented festival village in the town centre’s Montpellier Gardens featuring the Henry Westons Big Top stage, Jazz Arena, Free Stage, Yamaha Discovery Space, a programme of family activities and events and a food, drink and market area. The Festival reaches beyond the festival village into Cheltenham bringing jazz to venues throughout the day until late into the night.  These include Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College Parabola Arts Centre, Hotel du Vin, The Daffodil and a new pop-up venue Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter plus a dozen more clubs and bars and three street stages in the …around town programme supported by Cheltenham BID.

Tickets go on sale to Members at 10am on Wednesday 26 February 2020 and on general sale from 10am on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

Cheltenham Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 2

Principal Partner: Henry Westons Vintage Cider

Who’s Who in Cheltenham Jazz Festival;

Dave Gaydon – Head of Programming
Dave Gaydon has recently joined Cheltenham Festivals, taking over from Emily Jones. He was Head of Music at legendary London venue The Roundhouse for eight years and also launched his own bookings and events business GOAT Music. 

Tony Dudley-Evans – Programme Advisor
Tony has been involved with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival since its beginnings 24 years ago, initially as Chair of the Jazz Advisory Group, then as Artistic Director and, finally, for the last eight years as Programme Advisor.

Becky Woodcock - Freelance Producer for ...around town & Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme

Sam Slater – Freelance Family Programmer

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 Listings:

Tuesday 5th May

Denny Ilett sings Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole
The Daffodil

Gregory Porter With Special Guest Lizz Wright
Henry Westons Big Top

Wednesday 6th May

Danielle Nicole
Jazz Arena

Liane Carroll: Carroll Sings King
The Daffodil

Henry Westons Big Top

Thursday 7th May

Oscar Jerome
Jazz Arena

Emma Smith ft. Jamie Safir
The Daffodil

Friday Night Is Music Night – Walkin’ To New Orleans: The New Orleans Story
Henry Westons Big Top

Bebel Gilberto
Everyman Theatre

Kansas Smitty’s Takeover
The Daffodil

Late Night Jam Sessions
Hotel du Vin

Friday 8th May

Jazz Babies: Bam! Babies’ Academy of Music
Yamaha Discovery Space

Jazz Exchange: Siena And Birmingham
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Keyon Harrold
Jazz Arena

Bamako To Birmingham: Amadou & Mariam And The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Henry Westons Big Top

Sam Frankie Fox & Ricardo Rocha
Yamaha Discovery Space

Jazz Kids: Alex Woods Trio
Yamaha Discovery Space

Neil Charles: Dark Days
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Kansas Smitty’s
Everyman Theatre

Makaya McCraven
Jazz Arena

Shake Stew
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Booker T. Jones
Henry Westons Big Top

Lizz Wright
Everyman Theatre

Georgia Cécile
The Daffodil

Gilles Peterson Presents: Rosie Lowe
Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

Pulled By Magnets
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Shaun Escoffery
Jazz Arena

Saving Grace ft. Robert Plant & Suzi Dian
Henry Westons Big Top

Stacey Kent
Everyman Theatre

Gilles Peterson Presents: Melt Yourself Down
Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

Leila Martial: Baa Box
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Gilles Peterson DJ Set
Warehouse @ The Bewery Quarter

Late Night Jam Sessions
Hotel du Vin

Kansas Smitty’s Takeover
The Daffodil

Saturday 9th May

Jazz Babies With Holly Thomas
Yamaha Discovery Space

Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Global Folk Adventures With Katie Stevens
Yamaha Discovery Space

Showcase: Amahla & Rosie Tee
Jazz Arena

Holly Thomas
Hotel du Vin

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Hotclub Of Jupiter
Yamaha Discovery Space

Double Bil: Judi Jackson & Jalen N’Gonda
Henry Westons Big Top

Electric Lady Big Band
Everyman Theatre

Yamaha Sessions
Yamaha Discovery Space

Nitin Sawhney
Jazz Arena

The Rite Of Trio
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Imelda May & Ronnie Scott’s Big Band
Henry Westons Big Top

Keb’ Mo’
Everyman Theatre

Myra Melford & Snowy Egret
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Rejoice: Tony Allen Celebrates Hugh Masekela
Jazz Arena

Errol Linton
The Daffodil

Gilles Peterson Presents: Nubiyan Twist
Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

Emeli Sandé
Henry Westons Big Top

Liebman / Brecker / Copland Quintet
Everyman Theatre

Mette Rasmussen & Chris Corsano
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Giles Peterson Presents: Steam Down
Warehouse @ The Brewery Quarter

Late Night Jam Sessions
Hotel du Vin

Kansas Smitty’s Takeover
The Daffodil

Sunday 10th May

Yamaha Sessions
Yamaha Discovery Space

Norma Winstone & Pablo Held
Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids & Surprise Guest
Jazz Arena

Brilliant Brass!
Yamaha Discovery Space

Ibibio Sound Machine
Henry Westons Big Top

Family Sing With Juliet Kelly
Yamaha Discovery Space

Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Parabola Arts Centre

Gary Bartz & Maisha
Jazz Arena

Yamaha Sessions
Yamaha Discovery Space

Beverley Knight
Henry Westons Big Top

Jazz Arena

KC & The Sunshine Band
Henry Westons Big Top

Byron Wallen - new album and UK tour dates.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We have received the following press release;


Released 21st February 2020
Twilight Jaguar Recordings

The New Album and UK Tour From Trumpet Maestro Byron Wallen

“His quartet creates a joyous head of steam. Odd time signatures abound, but Wallen remains funky and accessible.” - The Times

“Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of the fragmentary lyricism of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry,” - The Guardian

February 2020 will see the release of Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, the new and much anticipated album from innovative and renowned British jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen. It is his first recorded release in 13 years, and overall his fifth solo publication following his previous album Meeting Ground (2007) for which he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards

Portrait: Reflections On Belonging is a journey from Wallen’s sumptuous experiences of decades of extensive travelling, studying contemporary and indigenous cultures and connecting with people from all over the world, to realigning himself with the colourful kaleidoscope that is his own local community. He explains: “This album is a meditation and reflection on the powerful impact that music has had on my life. It was conceived whilst sitting in the central square in Woolwich, an area of South East London. I was struck by the community around me with its mixture of cultures and nationalities, from Nepalese elders to young Nigerian men, Somali mothers with their children, a new Eastern European contingent and descendants of families who used to work in the docks and at the Arsenal. Music paved my way to travel and see the world, meeting people from all different cultures andwalks of life. The study of music and the process of striving to become a better musician furnished me with a deeper knowledge of self and a gift I could share on so many different levels.

In PORTRAIT I am meditating on identity, culture and what it means to belong. The compositions, workshops, performances, and social interaction born out of this project deepened my artistic and personal relationships with the people in my neighbourhood. The album pays tribute to the heart, soul and vibrant provenance of the community I call my home.”

The project Portrait emerged from Wallen’s passionate engagement with his immediate surroundings through teaching, performing, leading workshops and ultimately collaborating with local artists. The album cover portrait has been created by Woolwich based visual artist Marc Drostle. Special guest vocals from Plumcroft Primary School resonate on several tracks and perfectly demonstrate the theme of community spirit that runs throughout the album. The band, Byron Wallen’s Four Corners, will tour the UK in early 2020 and endeavour to replicate the same level of social synergy wherever their live shows take them.

Byron Wallen’s music is distinctive and individual, his passionate musical knowledge and his fascination with the human spirit is evident in all of his music. Byron’s creative output is deeply influenced by his experiences with musicians on his travels around the world, including countries such as South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, East Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Indonesia and his parents’ homeland Belize. Skilfully combining these influences with true and wide-ranging elements from the jazz tradition make his music stand out as an inimitable, one of a kind sound.

Having studied with luminaries such as Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis, and played alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Andrew Hill, Red Snapper, Mulatu Astatke and King Sunny Ade, Byron Wallen is a revered and respected musician in jazz, world music and beyond. His Gayan Gamelan projects, notably his recent adaptation of Boards of Canada’s seminal album Music Has the Right to Children, have won widespread critical acclaim from media, peers and music fans alike for the beautiful marriage of traditions from Indonesia and EastAfrica, and its fusion with the urban sounds of modern dance music and contemporary classical styles.

On the album Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, Byron Wallen plays the trumpet, flugelhorn, shells, piano and percussion. He is accompanied by his dazzling ‘Four Corners’ band made up by Rob Luft on guitar, Paul Michael on bass and Rod Youngs on drums, and joined on several tracks by the ardent African percussion expert Richard ‘Olatunde’ Baker with his congas and talking drums. The overall result is a sublime listen, ultimately providing hope and inspiration by way of creativity, unity and togetherness.

Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice.

Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite (1994), was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach.

Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition towards conceptualising music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the nature and science of sound.

Widely recognised as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, The BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.

The PRS For Music Foundation’s commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’, which forms the foundation for his album Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, forges new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community.

Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation Award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO Awards. In 2017 he was honoured with the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.

2020 Tour Dates:

TUE 24th MARCH           East Side Jazz                     Leytonstone

THU 26th MARCH           Modern Jazz @ CUC Wine Bar     Cambridge

SAT 4th APRIL               The Verdict                     Brighton

SUN 5th APRIL               Herts Jazz Club                   St Albans

FRI 1st MAY                 Calstock Arts Centre               Calstock

SAT 2nd MAY               Tinners Moon Festival               Ashburton

SUN 17th MAY               Legends Festival                   Birmingham

WED 10th June             National Centre for Early Music     York

THU 11th JUNE             Bonington Theatre           Nottingham

SAT 12th SEPTEMBER         Shrewsbury Jazz Network         The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury

THU 17th SEPTEMBER         Jazz at Future Inn                 Bristol

SAT 19th SEPTEMBER         The [email protected] George           South Molton

WED 23rd SEPTEMBER       Dorchester Arts                   Dorchester

FRI 2nd OCTOBER           Bracknell Jazz                     Bracknell

TUE 6th OCTOBER           Jazz Hastings                     Hastings

WED 14th OCTOBER         The Lescar                       Sheffield

New jazz streaming platform launched in the UK.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Launch of the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming service for jazz.

A brand-new jazz streaming platform, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, is set to transform the way the genre is consumed when it launches in the UK on Wednesday 12th February. Jazzed is the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming destination for jazz and will offer an integrated experience for fans to listen, watch and read about the music they love. The service features a vast array of hand-curated audio channels, exclusive video content, podcasts, documentaries, interviews and much more.

Entering the market at a time when jazz is enjoying a huge surge in popularity, jazzed will offer an unprecedented variety of content and be an endless source of discovery. The platform recognises the dialogue between jazz and popular culture for over a century from early pioneers to celebrated icons, hip hop samplists to the beat of Brazil. Individual channels focus on unique ecosystems from the sound of New Orleans and Polish jazz to artist-only havens in an array of moods, grooves and discovery. Users will be able to peer round the corners of normality into the avant-garde or be uplifted by Latin jazz and Salsa beats; indulge in some of the greatest funk ever recorded; zone out with quiet soundscapes or get on board with the next thing in THE place to hear brilliant new jazz, all the time.

The platform’s video content will offer music videos, artist interviews, live concerts and sessions whilst its editorial content will be drawn from a variety of sources led by an exclusive relationship with US jazz publication JAZZIZ, whose archive of in-depth features, interviews and album reviews is second to none.

Licensing terms have been agreed with all the major labels as well as with PPL representing the independents.

Jazzed CEO Jonathan Arendt:
“There’s strong evidence that mainstream streaming services are not meeting the needs of specialist music fans. We know that jazz listeners are interested in a deeper experience than offered by mainstream platforms and believe that jazzed, with its rich artist meta-data, HD audio quality, premium video content and beautifully curated channels is the solution.”

Jazzed is a subscription service and at launch will provide initially two tiers – jazzed, an ad-funded freemium tier with 10 audio channels and comprehensive video and editorial offering, and jazzed+, a premium tier priced at £5.99 a month which offers a deeper curated experience of 40+ audio channels with an extensive choice of exclusive video and editorial.

Jazzed premium, a full on-demand tier providing a vast audio and video catalogue of jazz and its derivative genres, as well as more exclusive content, will be launched later this year in premium HD quality.

Jazzed will be available on iOS, web player and via SONOS at launch.

jazzed was co-founded by former Jazz FM boss Jonathan Arendt (CEO), digital tech music pioneer Frank Taubert (COO) and former Bertelsmann and Sony Music executive Marcel Engh (CMO).

Montréal International Jazz Fest 2020 announces second wave of acts for 41st season.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Montréal International Jazz Fest announces second wave of artists for 41st season, June 25–July 4, 2020

41st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
A constellation of bright musical stars and exciting new artists added
to the 2nd wave of lineup!

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group, in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is overjoyed to present the latest additions to an already stellar lineup for the 41st edition of the fest, which takes place from June 25 to July 4, 2020. From the biggest names in jazz like Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, and Dave Holland to genre benders like The Bad Plus and The Cinematic Orchestra, there is something for everyone. Afrobeat fans will be moved by the rhythms of KOKOROKO while reggae lovers won’t want to miss Jamaican singer Protoje and his dynamic riddims. Guitar legend Taj Mahal and his quartet make another triumphant return to the FIJM while local favourites The Barr Brothers team up for an exclusive show with Les Filles de Illighadad from the Saharan Desert to bring the blues back to its roots. Cutting edge artists like Woodkid and Petit Biscuit will represent some of the best music from France, while Kendrick Lamar collaborator BJ The Chicago Kid will prove why he is a Top Dawg worth watching. There are so many interesting acts to take in and still more to be announced in the future! See below for more details!

Double program : DeJohnette • Coltrane • Garrison | John Scofield & Dave Holland duo
Maison Symphonique, June 26, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
Twenty years ago, Jack DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison together for the first time to perform the music of John Coltrane at The Brooklyn Museum. This configuration of historical significance has now been reborn. Representing the prestigious lineage of today’s great jazz families, the DeJohnette • Coltrane • Garrison Trio explores open improvisation in addition to their own compositions.
Both recognized without dispute as one of the finest jazz interpreters on his instrument, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Dave Holland join forces to present audiences with a new conversation. Performing as a duo, these longtime colleagues bring their diverse musical backgrounds and infinite talents to the stage, each contributing original compositions to the set list and putting their stamp on a selection of jazz standards as well. Those familiar with their individual artistry can expect nothing less than a unique and compelling meeting of their musical minds — virtuosity, enjoyment, and depth.

Emilie-Claire Barlow, 20th anniversary
Maison Symphonique, July 2, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
The Ontario band gained worldwide attention when their interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” exploded on YouTube, garnering over 187 million views. Since then, the band has released a string of successful original songs, sold out venues across the globe, and collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world (Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki). They will be presenting their latest album, Here we go!, to the Montreal audience.

The Cinematic Orchestra
Maison Symphonique, July 3, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
It’s been twelve years since The Cinematic Orchestra released a studio album. At the time, in 2007, Ma Fleur was recognized for its bold departure from the group’s sonic traditions. In the years since, it’s been continuously celebrated, with tracks like To Build A Home reaching huge audiences, spilling out of televisions, cinemas and radios long after its release. Their most recent show at Corona in November was completely sold-out and they are returning to Montreal with a definitive new album that explores a timeless question of vital importance in 2019—what to believe? Founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime musical collaborator Dominic Smith enlisted album contributions from old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend, and Tawiah.

MTELUS, June 25, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
Stepping out from behind the camera, Yoann Lemoine became one of the few music video directors to embark on a recording career of his own, with a number of releases under the guise of Woodkid. His debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, arrived in March 2013. The album received largely enthusiastic reviews, and fared well commercially, rising to number two on the French album charts, and going Top Ten in Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. The young creative went on tour to support the album, with a groundbreaking performance at London’s Brixton Academy alongside the BBC Orchestra. 2014 started off well for Woodkid, with his having been invited to perform and partake in a discussion about the New York minimalist movement with Philip Glass at the Museum of Modern Art of Saint Etienne. Later that year he won the award for Best Stage Performer at the Les Victoires de la Musique. He returned in 2016, having collaborated with German pianist Nils Frahm on a soundtrack for French photographer JR’s short film Ellis. During July of 2016, he delivered another highly innovative performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which featured a whole host of guests including Son Lux and Guillaume Brière.

Petit Biscuit
MTELUS, June 26, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
After the success of Petit Biscuit, his first EP, the wunderkind of French electro released his debut album Presence. Across all 14 tracks, the LP combines ambient, techno, and house, with tailored arrangements, both classical and modern. A personal and creative opus stretched over intricate rhythmic patterns that transforms the 2015 rookie into a distinguished artist. Armed with his array of machines, Petit Biscuit is crafting the sound of tomorrow, a wild blend of digital and analogue, of live and pre-recorded samples, of techno, pop and hip-hop.

MTELUS, July 2, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
At only 20, Rilès has already put together his own recording studio while pursuing English studies and working as a singer-songwriter. He is involved in every aspect of his artistic project, producing his records and directing his videos, in the DIY spirit. His music blends rap, R&B and pop, with influences ranging from Kabyle music and capoeira to American hip-hop (Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Timbaland…).

MTELUS, July 4, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, and industry experts and observers agree that Protoje, born Oje Ken Ollivierre, is playing an important role in what has become known as the “Reggae Revival.” Leading the militant band The Indiggnation, this powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje has released his last album in 2018 : A Matter of Time.

The Barr Brothers with Les Filles de Illighadad
Opening act: les Filles de Illighadad
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 26, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
For the first time, the Montreal outfit’s three members—namesake siblings Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé—went empty-handed into the studio. Improvisations that lasted hours at a time, with grooves inspired by India, West Africa and 808s. Then the band took that racket and distilled it into 11 songs. At times the sound’s all twinkling, the score for a lost John Hughes film; at other times it’s whetted, searching, like the stuff of Lhasa de Sela or Led Zeppelin’s III. It’s this tension, this dither, that lives at the centre of Queens of the Breakers. The sound of a band still playing, even occasionally reimagining, their rock’n’roll. They will be joined by female led avant-rock group, Les Filles de Illighadad, who make Future Tuareg music. Mixing traditional percussion with electric guitars, Les Filles brings ancient village folk music into the modern era. Drawing on traditional tende music, the forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar, Fatou and Les Filles breath new life into the genre. Hypnotic guitar riffs, driving rhythm, and polyphonic resonant vocals combine to create organic sound, that is both timeless and natural. A wholly original project, from a band that just last year had never left their village. Their first studio production.
Les Filles de Illighadad play their own set as the opening act, and then they will join the Barr Brothers for an exclusive live collaboration that will take the audience on a musical journey through blues that will inspire and amaze.

Ana Moura
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 28, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results. Her stage presence embodies the spirit of the iconic fadista, capturing the attention of Caetano Veloso, Mick Jagger, and Prince, which gave rise to inspired crossover collaborations and performances with these musical giants in rock, pop, and jazz. Moura released her seventh full-length album, Desfado, in 2013 to quadruple platinum sales and her 2016 release, Moura, went platinum in her native Portugal.

Taj Mahal Quartet
Opening act: Christone Kingfish Ingram
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 29, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
“When I began, soul was something people had. It wasn’t a style of music,” Taj Mahal says. No matter where we come from, we are all part of the same circle. We all want to dance, to get out of our heads, and tap into ourselves. When delivered by the Taj Mahal Quartet, the blues can take us there. For more than 40 years, Grammy-winning legend Taj Mahal, internationally renowned bassist Bill Rich, and revered percussionist Kester Smith have taken blues on a joyride through reggae, funk, jazz, cajun, and more, leaving a trail of swinging hips and raised palms in their wake. In 2019, guitarist and lap steel master Bobby Ingano joined the group, and the trio became the Taj Mahal Quartet. The four-match musical virtuosity with downhome grit unlike anyone else: a blend of sophistication and humble familiarity that is equally at home on a shotgun-shack porch or a Carnegie Hall stage. According to Taj, the collaboration extends far beyond the Taj Mahal Quartet themselves. “Music is like theater to a lot of people—they’re watching it,” he says. “Well, you can watch it, but you’re supposed to participate. The audience is just as much a part of the music as the musicians are.” Taj pauses, then adds with a warm laugh, “I do like it when they dance.”

Avishai Cohen Trio, Arvoles
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 30, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
Few journeys have been as adventurous and unpredictable as the musical one Avishai Cohen has led for more than twenty years. The vast discography of this beloved Israeli bassist and composer is marked by the constant evolution that defines this bandleader. His previous release 1970, his biggest commercial hit to date, introduced him to a pop-oriented audience that was mostly unaware of the richness of his repertoire. Last year, Avishai recorded his latest album titled Arvoles at the prestigious Nilento Studio in Sweden. On this tour, he’ll be celebrating his 50th birthday by performing 50 concerts in 50 different countries.

The Bad Plus
Monument National, June 27, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton Montréal
The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. For the past two decades, they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. Their first album with the new lineup, 2018’s Never Stop II, won huge critical acclaim and kick-started a new era for the trio in a way they could not have foreseen – a period of renewed energy and excitement. Their 2019 release on Edition Records, Activate Infinity, sees the journey evolve further. This will be the first time the band comes to the festival since Orrin Evans joined them!

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Monument National, June 28, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton Montréal
During his 15-year career, Ambrose Akinmusire has paradoxically situated himself in both the centre and the periphery of jazz, most recently emerging in classical and hip-hop circles. Motivated primarily by the spiritual and practical value of art, Akinmusire wants to remove the wall of erudition surrounding his music. He aspires to create richly textured emotional landscapes that tell the stories of the community, record the time, and change the standard. While committed to continuing the lineage of black invention and innovation, he manages to honour tradition without being stifled by it.

Tommy Emmanuel, CPG
Monument National, June 29, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton
Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. Or at least they would if he were the kind of artist who was ever satisfied. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows worldwide every year. Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band — drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar, and a vocal melody simultaneously. No loop pedals, no overdubs, just one man and ten fingers.

BJ The Chicago Kid
Club Soda, June 29, 9p.m, Les Couleurs SAQ
It’s been a long time coming for BJ the Chicago Kid. After four mixtapes and one indie classic, he’s now dropping his major-label debut on Motown, the modern yet deeply soulful In My Mind. You’ve been hearing his voice everywhere though, on the songs by some of the greatest artists of our era (Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Kehlani, and ScHoolboy Q’s Grammy Award-nominated smash “Studio”). Notable collaborations include Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs, Ty Dolla $ign, Xzibit and, most recently, OG Maco, Joey Bada$$ and Hannibal Burress.

Marianne Trudel & John Hollenbeck : Dédé Java Espiritu
L’Astral, June 28, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
The happy and highly creative encounter of pianist and composer Marianne Trudel with drummer and composer John Hollenbeck took place a few years ago while the latter was getting established in Montreal. A piano, a drum set, a thousand ideas. “Dédé Java Espiritu” plunges the listener into an infinite panorama of colours and rhythms. Where catchy grooves, enchanting melodies, surprising sonorities, and joyous spontaneity go hand in hand. This new duo will be releasing an album in spring 2020.

Emie R Roussel Trio
L’Astral, June 29, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
Winner of the Stingray Rising Stars award at the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival, the Félix for Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 Gala de l’ADISQ for their third album “Quantum,” and the 2013–2014 Opus Prize for Jazz Album of the Year for their second album “TRANSIT,” the Emie R Roussel Trio has established itself as an essential part of the contemporary Canadian jazz scene, with a quick ascent since 2010. The trio consists of Emie R Roussel on the piano, Nicolas Bédard on bass, and Dominic Cloutier on drums. Together, they play creative, mesmerizing jazz with undeniable enthusiasm and chemistry. They will celebrate the Trio’s 10 years.

Bïa chante João Gilberto, with Jordan Officer, Andréa Lindsay and Paulo Ramos
L’Astral, July 2, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
João Gilberto, the father of Bossa Nova, died on July 6, 2019. Bïa learned he had passed away while she was on stage at Festival international de jazz de Montréal. She dedicated a song to him, and thousands of voices in front of her sang sorrowfully. A year later, she is dedicating a whole concert to him Desafinado, Garota de Ipanema, One note samba — all the best titles from Gilberto’s songbook for a suave, superb night with special guests.

Ezra Collective
L’Astral, June 26, 10:00p.m, Le Club Heineken
UK quintet Ezra Collective released their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy in spring 2019. It follows 2017’s genre-bending EP Juan Pablo: The Philosopher. A creatively defiant album, You Can’t Steal My Joy seamlessly marries the delicacies and classic sounds of jazz with afrobeat, hip-hop and dancehall rhythms for a sound that cements them as one of the UK’s most exciting acts.

Mike Casey - new album and US live dates.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We have received the following press release;

For Feb 19 (Audio), Feb 26 (Music Video) Release
Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Re-Imagines Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”

Mike Casey is a melody poet. The New York based story-telling songwriter, producer, and sonic alchemist is a multi-talented force whose soul stirring saxophone sound and creative use of phrasing reaches out with love and embraces your musical desires, one note at a time.

After his 3rd album (A remix project, working with producers like Emmy winning Apple Juice Kid to re-imagine cuts from his first two albums that were recorded live at The Side Door in a variety of hip hop styles, tracing back to his own childhood DJing roots), recent single Venus, (a musical prayer for peace inspired by The Venus Project),  Mike kicks off his 4th album Law of Attraction rollout with a meditative re-imagination of Nat King Cole’s classic “Unforgettable”.

Recorded in Brooklyn NYC in July 2018 with his longtime trio (Matt Dwonszyk, Corey Garcia)  right before leaving to Spain for a yearlong master’s in Contemporary Performance/Music Production with Berklee’s Valencia campus, Mike’s arrangement radically downshifts the tempo to a minimal, sparse ballad with a haunting re-harmonisation. Over two days in a hot basement studio without air conditioning, the trio (with Grammy nominated pianist Benito Gonzalez of Pharaoh Sanders/Kenny Garrett esteem joining on 3 tracks) recorded what would become the 15 tracks that make up Mike’s 4th release “Law of Attraction”. The music was recorded “old-school”, all in one room, the musicians facing each other, with no isolation and no studio tricks.

Equal parts inspired by his love for Houston hip hop’s “chopped-n-screwed” slowed music concept, Charles Mingus’ dark, dreamy harmonic counterpoint, and the arranging style choices of Betty Carter (who he began exploring in depth while in an immersive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in 2015), the arrangement was originally conceived in late 2015 and originally intended to be featured on the 2016 Side Door show that resulted in 14 first takes live and ultimately his debut and sophomore live album releases, The Sound of Surprise (2017) and Stay Surprising (2018) but didn’t make the cut.

Twice a month from mid February through mid October Mike will release either a new track or music video from the album, with the full album coming late October and an EP of alternate takes & outtakes coming mid November.

Mike is on tour at the following venues to support Law of Attraction’s 10 month rollout:

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (Washington DC, Feb 13)
Side Door Jazz Club (Feb 28, Old Lyme CT)
Headroom (Jersey City NJ, Feb 29) featuring Grammy nominated special guest pianist Zaccai Curtis
SXSW (Austin TX, March 18)
Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, April 2)
Montpelier Arts Center (Riverdale MD, May 1)
More dates TBA soon

More about Mike:

Bringing the joy of jazz across genre lines to a diverse young audience around the world, Mike’s music passed 4.2 million streams in less than the first 3 years of his recording career (against all odds, without a record label or a team - an anomaly in the genre). On a mission to be a passionate vessel for “jazz” in the 21st century, his searing sound, always aiming to connect emotionally and tell a story, demands the attention of the listener. This is not your parent’s elevator music.

“I’m not interested in sizzle over substance,” he says. “Improvising, or as I like to think of it, spontaneous composing, is not about displaying skill for ego’s sake. I aim to deliver each musical statement with power, honesty, and passion to connect with audiences.”

Fresh off his trio’s headlining showcase at Barcelona’s Future Music Forum (one of EU’s top mainstream music industry conferences), APAP showcase in NYC,  and packed USA Return shows in Philadelphia, New York, and Augusta GA, recent praise for Mike’s music and journey have come from both within and outside the jazz world: Huffington Post, Forbes, Music Ally, Radio Primavera Sound, Worldwide FM, Downbeat, Jazz in Europe, Songtrust, Jazz FM, DJbooth, Connecticut Magazine, WBGO, Evernote, Rapchat and much more along. Mike is endorsed by Yanagisawa saxophones, and recently worked with industry leader Splice to create their first ever saxophone sample pack.

JZ Replacement - new album and UK live dates.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Z Replacement is a dynamic new international project from saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland) and drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer).

Frequent collaborators and quiet stalwarts of the London jazz scene, the duo have been racking up vast acclaim performing independently and alongside the finest the genre has to offer. Having performed together in Jamie Murray’s solo project “Beat Replacement” just two years ago, they discovered a natural symbiosis and appreciation for free-flowing experimentation. This inspired them to explore their individual playing styles and influences and work together to refine their collaboration into something more precise without compromising on the pliability that their recently found connection has afforded them.

Both Zhenya and Jamie have covered an enormous amount of sonic terrain in their own rights before meeting, and the amalgamation of their most consummate ideas are now being combined to create something that is all at once organic, original, frenetic and highly danceable. Whilst some easy comparisons to their more traditional sensibilities are easily made, their new album ‘Disrespectful’ draws on elements of Breakbeat, Eastern European folk and free jazz, whilst also calling to mind a broad spectrum of influences from the likes of John Zorn to David Bowie to Zach Hill and Miles Davis.

JZ Replacement’s serendipitous partnership has also inspired the duo to look further afield to develop and challenge their sound. In this vein, the album was recorded with LA bass master, Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Wayne Krantz, Elvis Costello, Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana). Zhenya has already played and recorded with Tim on various projects, including many of their own gigs and their last release.

Their new album ‘Disrespectful’ is an incredibly unique listen, building on a sound that has seen them fast become one of the key proponents of the scene, having already successfully performed at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival, Porto Jazz Festival, Rainy Days Festival and Jazz Province Festival. They have also toured internationally across the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Russia, and have further dates planned for 2020.

UK tour dates:

JZ Replacement - Duo:
20 February - Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
21 February - 91 Club, London
26 February - Lescar, Sheffield
28 February - Cript, London
27 April - Whisky Bar, Manchester
7 May - Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
4 June - Soundcellar, Pool

JZ Replacement with Tim Lefebvre
5 March - Northern Guitars, Leeds
6 March - Workshop at Trinity College of Music, London
7 March - Vortex Jazz Club, London (launch show)

‘Disrespectful’ coming on 13th March via Russian jazz tastemaker label, Rainy Day Records.

The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - programme for the week ahead.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Come on a musical journey where past meets present and East meets West. Plus a Swedish vocalist whose compositions are always poetic and alluring.

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
7 - 14 Feb 2020

Friday night we invite you to come on a musical journey with the Talinka Quartet which features vocalist and lyricist Tali Atzmon. The band’s album launch Rainbow Over Kolonaki brings together a strong line up which also includes Gilad Atzmon and Yaron Stavi who are joined by Jenny Bliss for this evening’s trip into the intimate ‘journeys of life’ . Saturday award-winning vocalist and composer Emilia Martensson brings her latest project Loredana Tour to the club. Always nuanced with a complete palette of sounds that are both celebratory and touched with a hint of sadness.

This week’s jazz on a Sunday afternoon is our resident London Jazz Orchestra which is alway a joy to catch because of the number of London’s finests who perform in it. In the evening the stage will be occupied by former Loose Tubes founding member Chris Batchelor, and his latest creative adventure - Zoetic -  with a line up that includes Paul Clarvis, John Paricelli, Steve Watts. and Margrit Hasler.

Freedom - the Art of Improvisation is back on Monday, the Daisy George Trio on Tuesday, an album launch by Mezcla - a hot world jazz fusion ensemble - on Ubuntu Records.

A Triple bill coming up on Thursday with Resolute, J-Frisco + Arthur O’hara Trio: That is three for the price of one! Friday is the Feast of Saint Valentine and we have the young talented, award-winning vocalist Luca Manning for you to feast on.

Look out for Henry Lowther’s Still Waters 21 February.  Henry should be made a national treasure…he’s the only person I’ve met who played at Woodstock!  Another week to look forward to. Hope to see you at the club!

Friday 7 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Saturday 8 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Sunday 9 February 3pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Sunday 9 February 7.30pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Monday 10 February 8pm
£6/ Members £3 / Student members £3

Tuesday 10 February 8pm
£10/ Members £5 / Student members £5

MEZCLA - Shoot the Moon Album Launch
Wednesday 12 February 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Thursday 13 February 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

LUCA MANNING + BAND: Valentine’s Day Special
Friday 14 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Also this month…

Filomena Campus Quartet ft Steve Lodder, Dudley Phillips and Rod Youngs
Saturday 15 February 8pm

Matt Sulzmann/Stan Sulzmann Quintet
Friday 21 February 8pm

Barry Green Quartet ft. Steve Buckley
Sunday 23 February 7.30pm

The Shape of Jazz to Come Series presents: Joel Waters Trio+ Sam Norris Trio
Tuesday 25 February 7.30pm

Tel Trio featuring Elliot Galvin
Wednesday 26 February 8pm

Vortex Jazz Club
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London, N16 8AZ

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More names announced for Love Supreme 2020.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Love Supreme 2020 // The Roots, Candi Staton, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Nubya Garcia, Louis Cole Big Band Amongst Acts Joining Line-Up.

Over 30 additional acts announced today join Anita Baker, performing her final ever UK show, TLC, Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes and Charles Lloyd on an expansive bill for Europe’s biggest outdoor jazz festival.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 3rd – 5th 2020, has revealed the next wave of artists lined-up to perform at this summer’s event.

Joining Anita Baker, TLC, The Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes and Charles Lloyd on the bill for the 3-day event are an array of star names from across the jazz and soul spectrum including veteran Philadelphia hip-hop group The Roots, who perform their only UK show of the year, US soul queen Candi Staton, who comes to the UK in celebration of her 80th birthday, disco legends Sister Sledge, modern funk singer, guitarist and Vulfpeck member Cory Wong, pioneering acid jazz collective Brand New Heavies and LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole who makes his debut at the festival with his boundary-pushing Louis Cole Big Band.

The festival will once again present a multitude of acts from the forefront of the UK’s thriving new music scene including a highly anticipated new project from Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, trailblazing saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Afrobeat eight-piece KOKOROKO, inventive London-based septet Nérija, much-talked-about South London singer Greentea Peng and neo-soul sensation Yazmin Lacey.

Additional offerings will include a wellness and yoga area, secret swimming, organised hill walks across the South Downs, a host of activities aimed at children, the return of the long-table-style banqueting restaurant Lazy Bird Kitchen, the Supremium VIP area, which will offer a range of premium benefits plus the opportunity to watch exclusive artist performances, and the Jazz Lounge, which will present a range of artist interviews, talks, panel discussions and film screenings. The festival will also see the return of an expanded Bands & Voices area which presents cabaret, spoken word and swing dance lessons by day and live music and DJs late into the night.

Love Supreme 2020 full line-up to date:

Anita Baker (first UK show in 13 years + last ever UK performance)

The Roots (only UK show of 2020)

TLC (celebrating 25 years of CrazySexyCool)

The Isley Brothers (first UK shows in 10 years)

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Sergio Mendes

Sister Sledge

Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits

Candi Staton

Dhafer Youssef

Louis Cole Big Band

Nubya Garcia

Brand New Heavies

Mayra Andrade

Avishai Cohen Big Vicious

Cory Wong



Greentea Peng

Harold López Nussa

Snowboy & The Latin Section

MF Robots

Melissa Aldana

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Yazmin Lacey

Charlotte Adigéry

Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst

Sasha Keable


Michael Janisch Band

Quentin Collins Sextet

Neue Grafik Ensemble

Mamas Gun

Jazz Morley

Graham Costello’s Strata

Georgia Cécile

Rob Luft

Fergus McCreadie Trio

Kathrine Windfeld Sextet

Now in its 8th year, Love Supreme is Europe’s biggest outdoor jazz festival and will return to the picturesque setting of the South Downs in East Sussex from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2020.

Additional names will be announced in due course.

Tickets start at £54 and are available from

Le Quecumbar, Battersea, London -  Highlights for February 2020.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Le QuecumBar Swinging Into Spring - FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
What’s on @ Le QuecumBar - February 2020

Full listings at

Fri, Feb 7, 2020
7:00 PM
Jon Miyawaki Gypsy Swing Duo

Sat, Feb 8, 2020
7:00 PM
Pete ‘Tiger’ Sheppard - Duo Gypsy Jazz

S.O.L COLLECTIVE SEXTET - Brazilian, Blues, Classical and Latin American music
  6 maybe even 7 ! virtuoso enthusiastic young musicians making great music at a ticket price thats a gift
The eclectic S.O.L Collective appears in many line ups/forms, tonight it will be London based musicians: Ollie Clark Guitar James Larter Cajon Stuart Zender Bass Freddy Wordsworth Trumpet Justine Bui Violin Chris Cohen Violin
Performing for the first time at Le Q we are very proud to have them on our stage
A different style a different vibe, another first, hits our stage.
Join us - wine dine, listen with your mouth full and chill to stylish lilting rhythms, thoughtful floating melodies and sensitive romantic compositions plus more so much more ....
The sound is a mix of Brazilian, Blues, Classical and Latin American music as well as condensed versions of music from their new album.
Catch a taster here:
Their 12 track debut album - ‘Reveries’ is available here.
Reveries by S.O.L Collective:
Doors open at 6pm best dining tables allocated on arrival
We reserve the right when nec to implement a £25pp min spend on food and drink as the musicians receive all the ticket monies for their performance.

2003 - 2020
With a septet of Le QuecumBar’s Allstars
Since 2003 we have been supporting Django Reinhardt Gypsy Swing and the musicians who play his music Gypsy and non Gypsy and continue the legacy along with other forms of world Gypsy Music and Swing.
Thanks to them and our wonderful long term customers and supporters we are here to celebrate 17 swinging years. Le QuecumBar & Brasserie - the premier French live Gypsy Swing/Jazz venue since 2003
We celebrate with our home grown musicians - every one a star in their own right!
We have hosted new musicians and famous musicians all have supported and been supported in the aim of keeping Gypsy Swing/Jazz, Jazz Manouche alive and kicking in the heart of London, keeping the music live and accessible.
In 2010 we hosted the first ever Gypsy Jazz Festival of London - sold out, Jazz Manouche over 9 days in celebration of Djangos 100th Birthday - the first LONDON GYPSY JAZZ FESTIVAL we now celebrate our 17 years of Gypsy Swing Heaven.
Come and enjoy this musical celebration evening enjoy a complimentary welcome Le Q Bellini and a FREE souvenir live recording CD from our in house Le Q Records label
Join us for our 17th Anniversary Celebration, featuring a sizzling all-star line up of Le QuecumBar’s original Allstars our longest standing supporting musicians for 17 years who helped make Le QuecumBar what it is and keep Gypsy Swing swinging in London - the way it should !
Le QuecumBar Allstar Septet Simon Moore guitar Ducato UKs finest Gypsy Swing Rhythm player Robin Katz Guitar Pete “Tiger” Shepherd Andy Aitchison on violin George Trebar rocking double bass Dan Teper vocals and accordion
Watch this space ..
Wine, dine and prepare to be well swung with an exciting evening of irresistibly stomping Gypsy Swing
Musicians receive all ticket money - therefore we reserve the right to implement a min spend on food & drinks of £25 pp when necessary

Tues, Feb 11, 2020
7:00 PM

Thur, Feb 13, 2020
Fancy Junket’s Swinging French Vocal led Duo

Valentines Concert Cabaret Special
with Café Manouche Quartet
Valentines Day - Limied spaces Voted the most romantic place in London for a first date! Music Mood Wine and Food and romance ..
Tonight Cafe Manouche with fab female vocals SOCIETY SOIRÉE, CAFE CABARET, DINNER - Come and get loved up to Cafè Manouche: a young Gypsy jazz & swing band formed by three brothers and featuring sultry vintage female vocals from sassy Natalia.
A sparkling romantic night of chic 30s 40s elegance, where Gypsy-Swing rhythms fuse with swing favourites, music from the 1920s to the 50s, including Parisian Waltzes, Hot Swing and touches of Latin and Bossa Nova all played in the distinctive style of guitar legend Django Reinhardt causing a foot stomping hot club stir and setting the romantic scene. Cafè Manouche will delight you with a Romantic repertoire interprated by the enchanting, seductive and powerful voice of Natalia.
Wine and dine in our romantic Parisian atmosphere where several couples have proposed, subsequently married and now celebrate their anniversaries here.
The £35 course set menu is mandatory as the minimum spend on food tonight is £35 pp - drinks not included - plus 15% service
1st sitting: 6.00/6.30pm - 8.30pm, music performance 7.15 pm- 8. 15 pm
2nd sitting: 9.00pm to finish music performanc 9.45 pm - 10. 45pm
♥‘Love is in the air’! ♥
Why not have a lavender, rose or peach Belini on arrival ...choose a sumptous wine and sit back and soak up the evenings entertainment
You can book your tickets for either the early or late sitting (the £15 ticket money – goes directly to the musicians)
£35 mandatory 3 course Menu
FOREPLAY Smoked salmon rolls with horseradish coleslaw Endive, apple, blue cheese and walnut salad Pan seared buttered garlic squid with chorizo V Soup of the day V Catalan mushrooms with chillie garlic and parsley Duck pate with warm onion marmalade
INTERCOURSE with vegetables, potatoes or salad Le QuecumBar Coq au Vin Pan Poached Fillets of sea bass Duck confit Pork fillet medallions in honey & B-B-Que sauce V Aubergine Bake Vegan Med. vegetable tart Traditional Savoi Tartiflette & V option
AFTERGLOW Tarte Au Citron - Tarte Au Pomme Home made Tirimasu - Creme Brulee - Chocolate Mousse Coffee, Liqueurs, Brandy, Calvados, Port, Whisky all priced separately
We reserve the right to swap menu items. As we only have one card machine please bring cash for faster bll payment 15% service will be added to the bill.

CARAVAN CIRCUS - Hot Gypsy Guitar, Accordion & Bass Trio
  A unique and captivating combination of guitar, accordion, bass, and swinging vocals;  Caravan Circus brings a fresh, fun new twist to Gypsy Swing.
  Come and enjoy an evening of Django Reinhart inspired music, played by some of the c ity’s finest Gypsy swing musicians!
When necessary on concert nights we reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food and drink as the musicians retain all the ticket revenue and in order to bring such artists to our stage

THE GALICIO TRIO - Gypsy band playing Gypsy Swing and Jazz
Come and hear The Galicio Trio their debut performance here at the temple of Gypsy Swing - The Gypsy players of The Galicio Trio play in a timeless combination of accordion and 2 guitars.
THE GALICIO TRIO The young talented London based Nunu, Diego and Bambi -represent the Gypsy heritage of Django, playing Gypsy, Swing, Jazz and a mix of traditional cultural Gypsy tunes. Wine, dine and enjoy this fresh young talent.
Musicians recieve all ticket money - therefore we reserve the right to charge a min spend on food & drinks of £25pp

FRANCES WISE - Sultry Vocal Swing
Join us for an evening of smooth, stylish and sultry swing courtesy of Frances Wise. Prepare to be mesmerised and enchanted by her swinging and sensual sounds from the Great American Songbook and beyond.
An evening of temperature rising, tounge-in-cheek musical flirtation!

Why not take advantage of our Early Bird Special? Every Friday and Saturday between 6pm - 6:45pm you can enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and a glass of wine for just £29.00 (min 2 persons, £5 supplement for steak).
Call us on 0207 787 2227 to book a table.

On Wednesdays Le QuecumBar is available to hire for all manner of private events. We have two stages, a stocked bar, a variety of musical instruments, a beautiful garden and an atmosphere like no other, what more could you possibly ask for?
Our space is also available to hire during the day, and is the perfect backdrop for photo and video shoots, book launches, poetry readings and workshops.
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Our jam session continues to be one of our most popular and buzzing nights, so do make sure to come and check it out. Bring your instrument or just yourself; it’s always a craic and still the best value night at Le Q; FREE music all night, and you never know who may appear…

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie, 42-44 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HX

tel: 02077872227

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Spike’s Place Jazz Clubs - programme for March 2020.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

From Sonia Nulder via Facebook;

March 2020 - Gigs at BRENTWOOD

Spike’s Place. Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4TJ. Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm
Chris Dean (trombone/vocals - leader of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra) with The John Pearce Trio

Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm
Jo Harrop – vocals Al Nicholls with Ted Beament – piano Manuel Alverez – bass & Rod Brown - drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 17th – 8.00pm – Closed

Tuesday 24th March – 8.00pm
Pete Neighbour with Ted Beament - piano Simon Thorpe – bass & Richard Pite - drums

March 2020 - Gigs at BECKENHAM

Spike’s Place. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3SR.
Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless

Thursday 5th March – 8.30pm
Zoe Francis with the Jim Mullen Trio

Thursday 12th March – 8.30pm
Pete Neighbour with Ted Beament - piano Simon Thorpe – bass & Richard Pite - drums

Thursday 26th March – 8.30pm
Matt Wates – alto sax with the Leon Greening Trio

March 2020 - Gigs at SAFFRON WALDEN

Spikes Place at Saffron Walden
Saffron Suite, High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ
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For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 19th March – 8.30pm
Mark Crooks Quartet plays the music of Johnny Mandel
Admission £12.00

Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion to appear at Leuven Jazz Festival, Belgium.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Award winning jazz vocalist heading to Leuven Jazz Festival.

Award winning Tyneside jazz musician, Zoe Gilby, looks to add some continental inspiration

Hailing from Northern England, the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019, Zoe Gilby, takes her stunning vocals and unique stage presence to Leuven, Belgium, in late March, for the city’s Jazz Festival.

Situated just twenty-five kilometres east of the Belgian capital of Brussels, Leuven is the eighth largest city in the country, and fourth on Flanders whilst also being able to boast a plethora of musical talent on Charles de Beriot. Arthur de Greef, Jonathan Vandenbreck, and Selah Sue, as well as the esteemed violinmaker, Thomas Meuwissen.

Zoe is most certainly placing herself amongst esteemed company and, somewhat understandably, she cannot wait for her and husband Andy Champion, to take on their cosmopolitan adventure.

“Andy and I have been to Belgium on holiday before, a few years ago, and it’s an amazing place”, began Zoe. “In fact, Andy has performed in Gent, Brussels and Sint-Niklaas with other acts so we’re no strangers to the country.”

A ten-day long jazz festival (running from the 19-29 March) of the highest order, Zoe will be performing on the Sunday afternoon, the timing affording the opportunity for the pair to take in some of the delights of both the festival, and of the city and its surrounding areas.

Bringing her duo performance alongside husband and bass player, Andy Champion, to the festival’s ‘Female Focus,’ Zoe added: “I am so honoured to be included alongside other female singers, pianists, drummers and trumpeters.It really will be a meeting of the female powers of modern jazz, although it’s not just a focus on the women in jazz.
“I’m also delighted to be performing with my fantastic double bass playing husband, Andy Champion and it’ll be a pleasure to be able to share our duo project.
“It’s intense to perform as just voice and bass but the buzz we create from our duo is about embracing space, and exploring energies that just the two of us can create.
“It’s a soundscape with two instruments.”

With over sixty concerts performed on eighteen venues over the course of the festival, it’s a true, city event.

“You just need to wander the streets and you’ll feel the jazz all over town,” continued Zoe. 
“The festival certainly reflects the spirit of Leuven as a music city and its programme looks immense”.
“Both Andy and I, which I’m sure people will agree, will be fully enriched following the trip as well as it affording us further song-writing inspiration.”

Alongside headline acts which include Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn, Julian Lage Trio, Jakob Bro & Jesse van Ruller, Philip Catherine & Eric Legnini, LG Jazz Collective, The Breath, Incognito and LTJ Bukem, Zoe’s performance takes place on Sunday 29 March at 14:00 at the Huiskamer familie Hermans-Pini – places are at a premium so it’s urged to visit—andy-champion for further information.

Leuven Jazz Festival (English) and (Dutch)

Zoe Gilby music videos;

Moostak Trio - debut album and UK live dates.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

We have received the following press release;



“Harry has an unbelievable tone and approaches the guitar in a very unique way” Chris Montague of TROYKA

Exciting London-based guitarist and composer Harry Christelis presents his debut album with Moostak Trio, featuring two of the UK’s finest players, Andrea Di Biase (Kenny Wheeler, Maria Chiara Argiro Group) and Dave Storey (Dave Storey Trio, Tom Barford Group).

Worldwide Release: 27th March 2020
Format: CD / Digital Download / Streaming
Label: Clonmell Jazz Social

Track List
1. Blues For Jo 6.12
2. Orbit 1.18
3. Stella 5.58
4. Ocean 1.53
5. Solenangis/Edits 5.52
6. Frenzy 0.42
7. Haring Tree 3.30
8. Jelly 1.10
9. The Garden 3.18
10. Zero Hours 7.01
11. Rhyme 1.13
Total 38.32

Harry Christelis - Guitar / Electronics / Compositions
Andrea Di Biase - Double Bass
Dave Storey - Drums

Moostak Trio’s self titled debut album is the first release from guitarist, composer, and band leader Harry Christelis, and takes the listener on an emotional journey as the band seamlessly blends jazz and folk harmonies with free improvisation and immersive sonic landscapes.

The longstanding collaboration between Harry Christelis, Andrea Di Biase, and Dave Storey started typically through a love of playing standard jazz repertoire, using it as a platform to explore a wealth of musical possibilities, and to develop a strong connection through improvisation. As concerts across London continued for the trio, Christelis introduced his own compositions into the mix, blending his love of jazz tradition with that of folk and electronic music.

Purposely keeping his compositions uncluttered, so to leave plenty of space for interpretation, he found his music taken to new heights by the masterful approach of Di Biase and Storey. This approach is evident throughout their debut record, with each musician having freedom to explore the vast space between the written notes, and using it to instigate highly interactive conversations between the instruments.

Though there are clearly many influences that span across the album, the music is tied together beautifully through the trio’s dreamy sound palette. Tracks like ‘Blues For Jo’ and ‘Stella’ are rooted in the compositional traditions of jazz and blues, while ‘Solenangis/Edits’ and ‘Zero Hours’ are explorations of free and modal playing. Yet, all compositions across the record are seamlessly entwined by the bands impressionistic and conversational approach, as they mix bop-likemelodies with lush sonic textures and drones. The album also includes five totally improvised short pieces, ‘Orbit’, ‘Ocean’, ‘Frenzy’, ‘Jelly’, and ‘Rhyme’, which came to be through the bands spontaneous interpretation of a chosen word (words that became the names for each piece). Although these tracks stand on their own, they also act as beautiful segues between the written compositions, leading the listener through the ever changing energy of the record.

The recording method is also an integral part of the overall sound of the album, as the band set up together in one room and laid down all the music straight to tape. Through this approach, authentic to many classic jazz recordings, the band was able to capture the most accurate representation of their live sound, and further added to the musicians need to interact in the moment. As this method gives no chance for redoing parts, it can be a daunting prospect for any musicians to take on. However, Christelis saw this as an essential element of how he wanted to record the music, and it has clearly paid off in the free-flowing and spontaneous feel of the album.

This record is a powerful statement of intent from Harry Christelis and his trio. Thoughtful and understated in approach, and interjected with moments of fire and intensity, it is a record that deserves deep listening from start to finish to appreciate the emotional journey that the band takes you on.

All compositions by Harry Christelis
Recorded and mixed by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory, London, April 2019
Mastered at The Carvery
Artwork Design by Theo Christelis


02/04 - Soundcellar, Poole
03/04 - Hot Numbers, Cambridge
05/04 - Southampton Modern Jazz Club, Southampton
07/04 - Flute & Tankard, Cardiff
08/04 - Fougou Jazz, Torquay
14/04 - The Old Church, London (ALBUM LAUNCH)


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An appeal on behalf of Jimmy Cobb.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Jimmy’s daughter, Serena Cobb, writes;

Support For Jimmy Cobb

My name is Serena Cobb. I am raising funds for my father, legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb in his time of need.

My father started playing professionally at 18 years old. He recorded the highest selling jazz record in history “Kind of Blue” at age 30, and as we’ve just celebrated his 91st birthday this January, he has recently released two records and is still doing everything he can to give himself to the music. He’s dedicated the last 70 years of his life to the art of jazz, and although there’s nothing he’d rather do than continue to support himself and his family while doing what he loves, it has become far too difficult of a task. He’s no longer able to perform at the rate he used to, and at his age, one would expect that. But until recently, that hasn’t been the case at all.

Mentally and spiritually my father is as youthful and energetic as ever, but for the past 2 years he’s been dealing with some medical issues that have been causing severe challenges for him physically.  Unfortunately he has been unable to receive proper treatment due to financial struggles. Although he has been pushing himself to work in order to get some medical attention while still maintaining daily life…it just isn’t enough. We’ve often been left in a position to have to choose between medical attention and his basic necessities. As the days pass, he continues to become more and more in need of assistance.

Doctors have recommended limited performance over the next year so that he can get the proper rest. During this time, we will need to cover both his personal and medical expenses. We’ve chosen a holistic approach which requires 100% out of pocket coverage for both treatment and visits, as it isn’t covered by insurance. He is also currently in need of a full time caregiver. These major pieces are in addition to all of his medications, supplements, bills and daily expenses, meals, cleaning etc.

As a humble and very private man who has always been the strength in both his family and his community, he wouldn’t dare complain or ask for help, however; in order to care for him properly, our family is in dire need. He has been doing his best to fight through but I’m sad to say that the work he loves so much has become more than he can handle at the moment.

I come to you all, as his community, friends, fans, colleagues, family members, jazz lovers, music lovers, and fellow humans and ask that you help me help my father. By showing him some of the love that he’s shown the world, through both his spirit and his music, this could shine a whole new light on his life. As much as it saddens me to have to ask for help, I know my father truly needs it, and it would be unfair of me NOT to reach out and give him a fighting chance at getting better.

We ask that if you are able and find it in your hearts, to please donate whatever you can. No amount is too small. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.


Line up announced for Steinway Two Pianos Festival 2020.

Monday, February 03, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Steinway Two Pianos Festival with Joe Stilgoe, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello and more.

The wonderful Steinway Two Pianos Festival takes places in London soon with some amazingly talented pianists - full info is below.

Steinway Two Pianos Festival with Julian Joseph & Jason Rebello
Friday March 13th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Soho, LondonW1D 3RW
Two shows – 7pm and 10pm
Julian Joseph and Jason Rebello Return
In 1995, at London’s revered Wigmore Hall, the renowned jazz pianist Julian Joseph hosted a series of sold out jazz concert partnerships, one evening of which was a two-piano concert with Jason Rebello. That concert is still talked about as one of London’s greatest jazz experiences. The recording of Julian and Jason’s 12-minute improvised rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” bears repeated listening as a classic experience of two jazz masters, not only playing brilliantly as individual pianists, but also listening, interacting and responding together.
Twenty three years later JBGB Events were thrilled to bring Julian and Jason together again at PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho for The Steinway Two-pianos Festival 2019 for their first reunion, not to recreate the past but to excite and entertain with their current brilliant jazz skills moulded into one unique performance.
They performed so brilliantly together to a wildly appreciative packed out audience that we had no hesitation in extending the invitation to perform again in 2020, not just for one performance but, to satisfy the audience demand, for two concerts on Friday March 13th.
Julian Joseph
“The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever.” - Peter Hepple, The Stage
Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian has devoted his long career to championing jazz across the British Isles and into the far corners of the globe. He has forged a reputation beyond his formidable skills as a composer and performer and is universally recognised as a highly knowledgeable and engaging broadcaster, musical ambassador and cultural advocate.
Over the past 35 years, Julian has made ground-breaking advances for jazz in the UK and was the first to headline a late-night concert at the BBC Proms with his All Star Big Band. As a composer Julian has written original works for symphony orchestra, big band and chamber ensemble, and received major commissions from the BBC, the City of London Festival and the London Jazz Festival.
His operas and dance works have given children a rare opportunity to perform in and discover both classical and jazz music. Trench Brothers (2014) – dramatised Black British soldiers’ experiences of the First World War and his new operatic work, based on the legend of Tristan and Isolde, was premiered to critical acclaim at London’s Southbank Centre in the autumn of 2018.
Julian has been at the forefront of initiatives to introduce jazz into mainstream music education, culminating in the foundation of his own Jazz Academy in 2013. He has published his first book, “Music of Initiative”, in 2018, sharing insights into the philosophy and practice of jazz performance.
Jason Rebello
“In terms of sheer ability and potential, Jason is probably the finest young jazz musician this country has produced. His playing has great poise and maturity” - Stuart Nicholson, author Jazz: The Modern Resurgence
Jason was classically trained beginning at age 19 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He emerged in the late 1980s as an original, innovative jazz pianist influenced by Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. In his early 20s he recorded three solo albums, beginning with his outstanding debut album, A Clearer View (1990), which was produced by Wayne Shorter and is a “must have” in any collection of great jazz albums. He also worked with Jean Toussaint, Tommy Smith, and Branford Marsalis.
In his mid-20s Jason took a break from music to pursue interests in Buddhism. He later stated, “I think this was because I was enjoying a level of success that made me feel increasingly alienated.”
In 1998 Sting invited Jason to join his band and toured for the next six years recording three albums. He then became a member of Jeff Beck’s band, touring for a further six years and recording three albums. During these years with Sting and Beck, Jason also worked with Chaka Khan, Des’ree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson, Manu Katché, Phil Collins, and Peter Gabriel.
In May 2013, after twelve years of touring as a session and support musician Jason re-established himself as a solo jazz artist and in November 2013 released the album “Anything But Look” featuring Will Downing, Omar, Joy Rose, Jacob Collier, Tim Garland and Pino Palladino.
He was voted Best Pianist in the 2017 British Jazz Awards and appeared in the “2 Pianos, 6 Pianists” London Jazz Festival Concert at The Other Palace in 2018. Jason is now the regular accompanist to award winning vocalist Clare Teal and teaches music at his alma mater, Guildhall School of Music and Bath Spa University.
First Show:
Doors open 5.30pm
Music at 7.00pm
Tickets: £30
Second Show:
Doors open 9.30pm
Music at 10pm
Tickets: £30

Joe Webb & Jamie Safir + Jack Stephenson-Oliver & Dominic J Marshall
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
For this special Steinway 2-Piano Festival lunchtime show, we present four of the finest young UK jazz pianists in a spectacular double bill: Joe Webb with Jamie Safir and Jack Stephenson-Oliver with Dominic J Marshall.
14 March 2020 12:00pm 1:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £15.00

Joe Stilgoe + James Pearson
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Join Joe Stilgoes and James Pearson for the second night of the Steinway Festival. Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. He has created a fresh sound for jazz in the 21st century, known for writing songs that feel like they’ve been around for years, and adapting classics that sound as though they were just written. Over the course of his varied career he has become a true modern-day entertainer, known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world.  James Pearson is a pianist, composer and creative tour de force. He is the Artistic Director at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club where his trio are the house band. There last album ‘Swing the Club’ recorded live at the venue received excellent reviews across the board.The recording was ranked at No.6 in the Sunday Times albums of 2009 and sold out four nights at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club in New York.
14 March 2020 5:30pm 7:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £25.00
14 March 2020 9:30pm 10:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £25.00

Ian Shaw & Liane Carroll
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
King and Queen of British jazz vocals, Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw make a special appearance for two shows only. Two stunning voices, two magnificent singer-pianists, two great friends whose rapport makes every gig they play as informal as a kitchen sing-song. Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll who have four BBC jazz awards between them bring personality, musical class and incorrigible wit to a repertoire that covers the jazz songbook, contemporary songs as well as their own originals. Prepare for an emotional roller coaster with this multi award winning pair.
“[Carroll] deeply soulful, wonderfully honest” The Times
15 March 2020 12:00pm 1:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £25.00
15 March 2020 6:00pm 8:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £25.00

Steinway Two Pianos Festival
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Monday March 16th @ PizzaExpress Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RW
After two sensational and much appreciated concerts in the 2016 and 2018 London Jazz Festivals, our 2 Pianos, 6 Pianists, 12 Hands & 60 Digits concert arrives at Dean Street for the Steinway Two Pianos Festival.
We present an evening of stunning, original performances and improvised piano magic, and above all pure entertainment from 6 of the UK’s greatest jazz pianists.
The evening will feature a range of piano styles, including Harlem stride, ragtime, boogie-woogie, gospel, blues, swing, be-bop & modal.
You will enjoy solo piano performances from all six, along with pre-planned duets and rotating duets showcasing every pianist improvising with the other five in turn, concluding with a manic improvised finale featuring all six together.
The jazz great pianists performing in the Steinway Festival are:
Rob Barron – described as “one of the most creative and versatile pianists of his generation”, released his first album as leader “What’s In Store” to critical acclaim in 2016, with a piano style evoking his passion for the American tradition, citing Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton and Hank Jones as major influences. He is a professor of jazz piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Tom Cawley - has performed worldwide – with some of the country’s leading artists, most notably Peter Gabriel, with whom he has also recorded two albums and a live DVD. He has performed, recorded and broadcast extensively over the last ten years. Tom leads the house band at Ronnie Scott’s club, and is a professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music.
Graham Harvey - studied jazz piano for five years in the eighties in the USA. Returning to the UK he spent 11 years as musical director for jazz funk band Incognito. For the past eight years he has been the pianist for Grammy nominated singer Stacey Kent and regularly plays with the Dave O’Higgins quartet.
David Newton – is the most respected pianist working with the finest vocalists and instrumentalists in European jazz. He is, in the late Sir John Dankworth’s memorable phrase, “a National treasure”. David has been voted the best in the British Jazz Awards for a record breaking 15 times.
Joe Stilgoe — the internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter has released 5 critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK Jazz chart. Whether its performing intimate music in the “Just The Two Of Us” Concerts with Claire Martin; on the West End stage in High Society or with his Big Band on larger concert hall stages, Joe creates a compelling rapport with audiences. His willingness to involve audiences in improvisations was seen to great effect in his 2016 debut in our 2 pianos festival.
Gareth Williams – is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers in the UK. He has been described as “a fantastic improviser” by John Fordham in The Guardian and Jazzwise observed “Gareth is the embodiment of creative energy, a physical player who gets wrapped up in his work, with a keyboard command that’s both impressive and well-directed”
Doors open 7pm
Performance 8.30pm
Tickets £25
Brought to you by JBGB Events

Robert Mitchell & Ashley Henry
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Composer/pianist ROBERT MITCHELL is a throwback to that powerful tradition of artistic mastery in pursuit of transcendence. he regularly works with the legendary Courtney Pine CBE, French saxophone great Julien Lourau, French sax innovator Stephane Payen, young saxophonist Tom Harrison, Cuban violinist Omar Puente, Miles Bould’s USONIC, Orphy Robinson’s All Stars, South African education, percussion and conflict resolution genius Eugene Skeef, and new free jazz/radical poetry group StagerLee Wonders.
26-year-old ASHLEY HENRY released his debut studio album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter on Sony Music in September 2019. Offering a journey into the visionary mind of one of the UK’s most creative young talents, the 15-track album draws on a heady brew of influences from jazz, beats, hip-hop, punk and grime and features collaborations with an impressive collective of innovators including Makaya McCraven, Keyon Harrold, Ben Marc, Luke Flowers, MC Sparkz, Jaimie Branch, Binker Golding and Joshua Idehen. Having recently embarked on an extensive world tours with both Loyle Carner and Christine And The Queens, Henry is a young pianist with a rapidly growing international profile.
17 March 2020 6:30pm 8:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £18.00

Nikki Yeoh & Zoe Rahman
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Recognised as two of the most groundbreaking contemporary jazz composers of their generation, pianists Nikki Yeoh and Zoe Rahman will have you at the edge of your seat as they share their talents across two grand pianos. Featuring specially arranged music from their outstanding solo piano records Solo Gemini and Dreamland, this pair will challenge the boundaries of piano playing in a hugely entertaining way.
“Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply rooted in the language of improvisation, is open to a range of music that leans as much to populism as it does high art.” - Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Radio 3
“One of the finest young pianists in Europe.” The Observer on Zoe Rahman
18 March 2020 6:30pm 8:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £20.00

Dado Moroni & Danny Grissett
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
In this Steinway Festival exclusive, two renowned International jazz pianists - Dado Moroni and Danny Grissett - perform together for the first time in PizzaExpress Jazz Club. Dado is making his debut in the club for the first time as part in a 2-piano setting. Grissett was seen most recently in London with Vanessa Rubin during the London Jazz Festival.
Dado Moroni
One of the world’s great jazz pianists. He is from Genova, Italy, and is self taught, like so many of the greatest jazz musicians. His first influences were Art Tatum, Errol Garner, Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. He tried to learn their solos by ear, and at age 11 met jazz pianist Flavio Crivelli who introduced him to Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and other more modern pianists - at that time - Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans.
He started playing professionally at age 14 with the leading jazz musicians in italy such as Gianni Basso and Sandro Gibellini, and went on to be invited to play with artists like Chet Baker, Franco Ambrosetti and Johnny Griffin. He became house pianist at the famous WIDDER BAR in Zurich playing with Jimmy Woode and Alvin Queen, and not long aftrewards he recorded under is own name with Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Franco Ambrosetti and Tullio de Piscopo. Since then he has been regarded as one of the world’s great jazz pianists, and has shared the stage with just about everyone including Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Bud Shank, Buddy De Franco, Zoot Sims, Ron Carter, Grady Tate James Moody, Ray Brown and many more.
Pianist Danny Grissett established himself on the LA Jazz scene in the 90’s. Under guidance of drummer Billy Higgins, he began performing with distinguished artists such as George Coleman, Jackie McLean, and Ralph Moore. In 2002 he joined drummer Roy McCurdy in the trio of John Heard. Danny moved to New York, and within the first few months he became a sideman of choice for artists such as Vincent Herring and Vanessa Rubin. He now performs all over the world with such notables as Benny Golson, The Mingus Big Band, Marcus Strickland, Russell Malone, Steve Nelson, Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, and is a member of the Tom Harrell quintet.
19 March 2020 6:30pm 8:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £25.00

Guy Chambers + Reuben James
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Guy Chambers is one of the most successful British songwriters of his generation, having had hit songs with Robbie Williams (Angels, Rock DJ, Millennium), Kylie Minogue, James Blunt, Katie Melua, Caro Emerald, Mark Ronson, Katy B etc… He has recently released his first solo album, entitled ‘Go Gentle Into The Light’, a selection of piano solo interpretations of some of his many hits. Joining him is fast-emerging singer, songwriter and pianist Reuben James who was named Rising Star at the British Jazz Awards in 2014. He quickly went on to become an important member of the current UK jazz scene and now boasts an enviable CV which includes collaborations with the likes of Chris “Daddy” Dave, Jason Marsalis, Soweto Kinch, Moses Boyd, Abram Wilson, Zara McFarlane, Jean Toussaint and Theon Cross amongst many others. 2019 has seen James perform at the Dubai Jazz Festival supporting Alicia Keys, and open for Kamasi Washington on his UK tour.
20 March 2020 5:30pm 7:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £30.00
20 March 2020 9:30pm 10:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £20.00

Mike Westbrook & Jonathan Gee
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Following a legendary encounter in the 2017 Festival, Mike Westbrook and Jonathan Gee, pianists of contrasted backgrounds and generations, come together again. Mike -‘one of Britain’s most creative, experimental and daring composers’ (The Times) and Jonathan - ‘a performer of flexibility, resourcefulness and technical command to rival any of his generation’ (The Guardian)- meet across two Steinways to exchange ideas, share passions, and as the Financial Times critic put it ‘swap dissonance and support each other’s fancies’.
Mike Westbrook’s compositions include large-scale works for jazz and classical ensembles as well as stage musicals, experimental theatre, film and TV. His Big Band Rossini was the first jazz work ever presented in the BBC Proms. The Westbrook Blake, settings of the poetry of William Blake has been described as “perhaps the greatest work in all British Jazz” (The Independent). His song writing collaboration with vocalist/librettist Kate Westbrook has ranged from Jazz Cabaret to Opera and includes original song cycles, notably their latest album Granite. Mike has lead a succession of big bands and small groups since the 1960s, toured internationally and made over fifty albums. He is currently performing with Kate’s Granite Band, and with his West Country based big band The Uncommon Orchestra. The Orchestra will perform his composition On Duke’s Birthday, dedicated to the memory of Duke Ellington, at Ronnie Scott’s club on April 29th., Ellington’s birthday. Mike has recently released two highly acclaimed solo albums, recorded in Paris and produced by the late Jon Hiseman, PARIS and Starcross Bridge.
21 March 2020 12:00pm 1:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £20.00

JoAnne Brackeen + Dena DeRose
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Multi-award winning pianist Joanne Brackeen’s unique style of playing commands attention. In addition to her captivating and complex improvisations, she has written intricate, rhythmically daring compositions in a wide stylistic range.
Dena DeRose was described has “the most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn” by Joel Siegel of the Washington City Paper. She not only awes her audiences and music critics with her facility on the piano and her swinging, soothing vocal style but, as Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury aptly put it, “... she exudes joy ... what soul!”
21 March 2020 5:30pm 7:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £50.00
21 March 2020 9:30pm 10:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £35.00

Dom Pipkin and Joe Mac
The Rolling Blues of New Orleans
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
Piano from New Orleans is unlike any other – from the brothels and “Spanish tinged” jazz to the flaming virtuosity of the piano “professors” of the blues and soul eras – the sheer colour and rhythm of this style transports the listener to a land of excess and exoticism.  Dom Pipkin has been a regular performer in New Orleans for fifteen years, with appearances alongside legends Allen Toussaint and Dr John, and is recognized as one of the Europe’s best interpreters of the style.  Fast making a name for himself is London-born Joe Mac with playing credits ranging from Michael Kiwunaka to Spiritualised.
Dom Pipkin has been associated with the world of New Orleans piano for the last fifteen years. Having studied with Jon Cleary in New Orleans and jammed on the streets and in the bars of that city he absorbed the sounds of artists such as Dr John and Professor Longhair to such an extent that film director Lily Keber – maker of the award-winning documentary on James Booker describes Pipkin as her favourite interpreter of the maverick genius piano players work.  Pipkin conducted a highly successful tour on the subject of New Orleans piano entitled “Smokin’ Boogie”, introducing theatre audiences to the compelling story of early jazz – with Jelly Roll Morton, through to the RnB kings Fats Domino and Dr John.  He shared a stage with Allen Toussaint and Ellis Marsalis at the international “Piano Night” in New Orleans in 2014, and jazz star Jamie Cullum says “I can’t hold a candle to this guy”.  Hugh Laurie describes Pipkin’s style as “straight from the source”.  Pipkin has supported Dr John and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and worked with artists as diverse as Pee Wee Ellis, Paloma Faith, Guy Barker, Paul Weller and David Byrne.
Whilst running a jamming workshop for New Orleans music in London Pipkin picked up on the raw talent of Joe Mac, another UK piano player who had been quietly refining his own take on the genre, citing the same influences, and demonstrating true swagger and sensitivity in his playing and singing.  Mac’s talents have been recognized and used by artists such as Spiritualised and Michael Kiwunaka, and he’s in constant demand on the session and live music scene .  His debut album is well underway, recorded with a supporting cast of the cream of British talent. 
New Orleans piano represents a blend of the spice of Latin American, boogie woogie, funk, early jazz, and bues styles. Like the people and cuisine of this culturally rich region the music is a true “gumbo” blend of styles – at once florid, then hard driving, endlessly rhythmic and utterly spellbinding.  Listen to the sounds of Dr John Professor Longhair, Champion Jack Dupree, Huey ‘Piano” Smith and James Booker brought to life on this is a unique evening with two very special musicians. 
“Love your piano playing!” – Eric Bibb
“Currently lighting up the British blues and RnB scene.  Very very good indeed!” – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
22 March 2020 6:00pm 8:00pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £20.00

Liam Noble & Kit Downes + Maria Chiara Argiro & Bruno Heinen
PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
During the Steinway 2-Piano Festival, we have the pleasure to present a double-bill show that features 4 of the most highly esteemed pianists from the London jazz scene. This is a rare opportunity to hear two piano duos in an intimate setting, with a second grand piano being provided by the legendary Steinway & Sons. For the first set, two of the most exciting young jazz pianists on the scene, Maria Chiara Argiro and Bruno Heinen collaborate, bringing together influences from European folk and classical music, their styles reconciling the intellectual with the emotional. For the second set, the rebelliously inventive Liam Noble will partner up with pianist’s pianist Kit Downes to create something genuinely new. Both highly skilled as well greatly sympathetic musicians, this promises to be a very special encounter. On Mother’s Day, come and enjoy an eclectic piano show at PizzaExpress Jazz Club to hear four distinctive and exquisite voices in a unique concert that could be an early 2020 highlight.
“A significant new voice in creative music” - Downbeat
Roman born - London based pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argiro is known for her original project Maria Chiara Argiro Group as well as featuring in many other projects such as Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats, These New Puritans and Heritage Orchestra. Her debut album The Fall Dance was released by Odradek Records in November 2016 and was followed by two London sold-out shows at PizzaExpress and The Vortex, and a 2017 UK tour with the support of the Arts Council England. In 2019 she released her second album Hidden Seas, which has been critically acclaimed both by the press and the audience.
During her career, Argiro has developed her own style of jazz with a twist of contemporary genres inspired by her numerous tours with bands such as These New Puritans and drawing on a wide variety of influences including Radiohead, Shai Maestro, Tigran Hamasyan, Kneebody, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Bjork, Jon Hopkins, Shostakovich and Scriabin.
“Eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite” - John Fordham
London based pianist, composer and contemporary improviser Bruno Heinen had released eight albums under his own name with different formations, from He has also worked with artists such as Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint and Julian Arguelles amongst others.
He was taught by the late John Taylor and Pete Saberton, and has just completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title ‘Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch’.
As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to two piano’s and percussion (for a project with Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble (for a commission in 2017 from the Camerata Alma Viva). In 2009, Bruno was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award.
“his subtle musical intelligence and breadth of sympathy make him such a versatile creative presence in contemporary UK jazz.” - London Jazz News
After studying music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London, pianist and composer Liam Noble started to build a reputation of note playing with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett. His first CD, a solo entitled “Close Your Eyes” was released in 1994, and contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations. This mixture of approaches has characterized his music ever since.
His latest album The Long Game (Edition Records 2019) sees Liam Noble exploring new territories in his own unique musical world. Working with long term collaborators Tom Herbert and Seb Rochford, Liam has created music that’s a marriage of opposites.
“It testifies to his world-class stature” - The Guardian
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world playing piano, church organ and harmonium with his own bands (‘ENEMY’, ‘Troyka’ and ‘Elt’) as well as with artists such as Squarepusher, ‘Empirical’, Benny Greb and Sam Amidon. He has written commissions for Cheltenham Music Festival, London Contemporary Orchestra, Ensemble Klang at ReWire Festival, the Scottish Ensemble, Cologne Philharmonie and the Wellcome Trust.
Kit performs solo pipe organ and solo piano concerts - and also plays in collaborations with saxophonist Tom Challenger, cellist Lucy Railton, composer Shiva Feshareki and with the band ‘ENEMY’. He is also currently working with violinist Aidan O’Rourke, composer Max de Wardener and in an organ trio with Reinier Baas and Jonas Burgwinkel. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he himself studied and now holds a Fellowship.
22 March 2020 12:00pm 1:30pm PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) Available £15.00

PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street

020 7439 4962

Agile Experiments, new album release & live performance programme at The Empire Bar, Hackney, London

Monday, February 03, 2020

We have received the following press release;

“Our aim is to bring attention back to bringing attention” Dave De Rose

Release 27 March 2020
Available via

John Edwards Double Bass, Dan Nicholls Synths, samples & FX,  George Crowley Saxophone & FX, Dave De Rose Drums

Album Launch 1 April 2020 - The Empire Bar, Hackney
with Tom Herbert electric bass & FX, Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX, Dave De Rose drums

Hook up to your best speakers or headphones.  Agile Experiments release their 5th vinyl, capturing a wild meeting in Hackney’s Empire Bar of John Edwards, Dan Nicholls and George Crowley with the incitement of drummer and Agile Experiments catalyst, Dave De Rose. 

This meeting, during London Jazz Festival November 2019, is just one of the many ongoing occasions since Agile Experiments started in 2015.  The simple idea of pleasure and alertness to the moment of spontaneous creation, and surprise encounters between musicians and audiences, has now generated the participation of over 35 musicians and dancers on the UK scene, and 10+ on the Greek scene. 

Agile Experiments are released on vinyl only. Vinyl available early March, on request. In a hand-written, white label vinyl format, these collectable records have so far shipped all over the world and the first releases in 2018, Agile Experiments vol.1 & 2, have joined the National cultural heritage of the British Library’s Sounds archive.

The experiment continues with London dates coming up;

The Empire Bar, 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ

5 February-  John Edwards dble bass Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX Dave De Rose drums

11 March-  Ruth Goller elec bass & FX Tom Challenger saxophone Dave De Rose drums

1 April-  Tom Herbert elec bass & FX Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX Dave De Rose drums

13 May-  Colin Somervell dble bass George Crowley saxophone & FX Dave De Rose drums

3 June-  Dave Smith drums Marius Mathiszik guitar, loops & FX Dave De Rose bass & FX

8pm doors   //  9pm music   //  Free entrance   //

Dave De Rose instigated Agile Experiments in 2015, starting outside The Agile Rabbit Pizzeria in Brixton Village, and inviting musicians to join him for these entirely improvised 1 hour no-break no-rules sessions to a passing

audience of Brixton Market. Gradually through common interest a loose collective has formed under the casual guidance of De Rose and a series of combos gathered for eight one-hour sessions in a DIY studio space Camberwell, London in 2016.  In 2018 thirteen cuts from these sessions were compiled onto two vinyl releases Agile Experiments vol.1 & 2.  In 2019 another two LPs were released. London - The Ultimate Guide of Avant-Garde-Step - sides A & B featured further cuts from the original sessions alongside new extracts captured during live performances in London venues. For Athens September 2019 Dave De Rose embarked on a mission to Athens in order to engage, perform and capture a fresh new sound with Greek musicians.


Agile Experiments with Ruth Goller, George Crowley

Agile Experiments Athens - Siotas/Aggelopoulos/De Rose

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Dave De Rose is an Anglo-Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, educator & sound engineer based in London. Moving to the UK from Rome in 1996 he studied Jazz at Guildhall, graduating with Distinction winning the Carlton Cranberry Award, and working on both live and recordings.  He has extensively toured with popular music bands Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Mark Ronson & The Business International, Mulatu Astatke, Rokia Traore, and recorded with Bastille, Jamie Cullum, Roisin Murphy, Scroobius Pip, Flying Ibex and Vula Viel.
He has self-released 13 records on his own label, and currently performs and records with Electric Jalaba, Forest Binary, and Trio Trekke – all with new albums. 
His latest project Agile Experiments has caught the imaginations of musicians and the underground experimental jazz vinyl community world-wide.  The project has released four LPs in two years: “Agile Experiments vol.1” (April 2018) , “Agile Experiments vol.2” (September 2018), “London - The Ultimate Guide to Avant-Garde-Step – sides A & B” (June 2019) and “Athens” (September 2019).

John Edwards, double bass
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, his status as one of creative music’s finest bassists has seen him working with a vast range of musicians, including Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, John Wall, Joe McPhee, Louis Moholo Moholo, Peter Brötzmann, Wadada Leo Smith.

Dan Nicholls has an approach to music-making with keyboards and computers that defined the ‘mathrobeat’ Strobes. He runs the project Free Movements (including Dave De Rose), is touring with Killing Popes and has worked with the likes of Squarepusher, Mathew Herbert, Goldie, and The Heritage Orchestra .

George Crowley is an extremely versatile saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and promoter who has in recent years developed a strong use of electronics.  Aside from his own project Can of Worms and outings with Brass Mask and Vula Viel he can be heard with Melt Yourself Down, Julian Argüelles’ Septet, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, the Michael Chillingworth Septet, Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and the Olie Brice Quartet.

Performed live at The Empire Bar, Hackney on 21st November 2019
Captured by Oliver Keen
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Dave De Rose at FLBS December 2019

Laila Biali - new single and album plus North American tour.

Monday, February 03, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Laila Biali Releases ‘Sugar’ - the New Single from Upcoming Album “Out of Dust”.

Laila Biali’s new album “Out of Dust”
to be released
Friday, March 27, 2020 on
Chronograph Records

Inspired by a poem about sugar addiction, by Rebecca Reynolds, the track is a driving, toe-tapping anthem for not feeling so guilty about life’s guilty pleasures.

The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali.

For nearly every major triumph-a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world-the singer-songwriter has faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache-but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life’s greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

This hard-won optimism is apparent in the music. Instead of giving into the darkness, Out of Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on.

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, “Revival.” Transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, she sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / C’mon on down.” This fervor animates the entire album, even its quieter, more personal moments: “Wendy’s Song,” a piano ballad dedicated to the friend she lost to cancer, turns the details of a single life into a powerful epic; “Glass House,” which she wrote with her husband, frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide; “Take the Day Off,” a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son, bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing with Biali singing that it’s OK to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis.

Track Listing:

1. Revival
2. Monolith
3. Glass House
4. Wendy’s Song
5. Sugar
6. Alpha Waves
7. Au pays de Cocagne
8. Take Me To The Alley
9. The Baker’s Daughter
10. Broken Vessels
11. Take The Day Off


February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café
February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series

Jazz at The Manor, Bolehall Manor Club, Tamworth - Spring programme 2020.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Peter Mann writes;

Please find below a list of forthcoming events at Jazz at the Manor, Tamworth (Bolehall Manor Club, Amington Road, Tamworth,Staffs. B77 3LH.)

8pm start - 10.30 finish. £10 on the door.

March 9th - Paul Sawtell Quartet: Paul on vibes, Edgar Macais on keys, Garry Alcock on drums and bass tbc.

April 13th - Alex Clarke Quartet - Alex on sax - keys, bass and drums tbc

May 11th - Art Themen Trio - Art Themen on sax, George Double on drums and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ

June 8th - Chris Gumbley & Al Gurr - Chris on sax / clarinet, Al on keys.

July - tba

Calstock Arts, Cornwall - Jazz programme, February to May 2020.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

We have received the following information;

Calstock Arts is a community arts centre located in a beautifully converted Chapel on the banks of the River Tamar.
We programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions.


Xhosa Cole Quartet at Calstock Arts, Calstock, S.E Cornwall
Saturday February 8th 2020
Tickets: £12 advance, £13 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
website: www.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award – aged 22 – Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of the finest talent based in the UK.
Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and trumpeter Mark
Kavuma, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard Bop greats. With a repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce, this band lights up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era.
Featuring classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards, as well as original works from members of the band.

The Schmoozenbergs
Friday 21 February
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with flavours of Eastern Europe and the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. With roots in Gypsy Jazz and influences beyond, their two guitars, violin and double bass bring you irresistible rhythms, evocative melodies and playful improvisation to create an upbeat and heart-warming sound.
Their live show is a mixture of original music from their new album, alongside imaginative interpretations of classic jazz and swing tunes by the likes of Django Reinhardt, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.
The perfect gig for a February evening!
Sam Stennett – Guitar
Tom Brydon Smith – Guitar
Ron Phelan – Double Bass
Gina Griffin – Violin
“The musicianship is excellent, laidback and accomplished…played with love and abandon” (
“Unashamedly good time, beautifully played music” (Fatea Magazine)

The Balagan Café Band
Sunday 15 March
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £7 under 18s, £25 family (2+2),  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan Folk melodies, through to Folk music of Western Europe, The Balagan Café Band fuses these threads into a coherent sound that is both energising and evocative.
Christian Miller has worked with a cross section of fine musicians including Nigel Price and Adrian Cox, with music ranging from New Orleans jazz and swing through to bop, contemporary jazz and electric fusion.
Richard Jones is an exciting young British violinist recognised for his innovative sound, approach and adaptability within a broad range of musical contexts. Previous appearances at Calstock Arts has seen Richard play alongside Christine Tobin, Gabrielle Ducomble and Nicolas Meier.
Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists. She has also appeared at Calstock Arts previously, with a stand out performance as part of the Interchange dectet in 2018.

Craig Milverton Trio presents A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Sunday 26 April
Tickets: £12 advance, £13 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 18s,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Craig Milverton, one of Britain’s finest Jazz pianists.
Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz pianists and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. Featuring some of his best known compositions, this is a must for all Peterson fans and those who love Jazz that swings.
Craig is joined by gifted young bassist Ashley John Long and the great swinging drummer Nick Millward. The trio regularly accompanies artists such as Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth and Scott Hamilton.
“Britain’s nearest to Oscar Peterson” Digby Fairweather

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners Band
Friday 1 May
Tickets: £14 in advance, £15 on the door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, Under 21s and students with ID £8,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
One of the UK’s most innovative, exciting and original trumpeters, Byron Wallen draws inspiration from Blues, African rhythms and the music of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk.
Byron will be touring his new album ‘Portrait’, featuring his dazzling Four Corners band, led by himself on trumpet and conches, Paul Michael on bass, Rod Youngs on drums and Mike De Souza on guitar.
A varied career has seen him tour and record with other exciting musicians including George Benson, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and in 2019, an outstanding gig at Calstock Arts with Jean Toussaint.
“Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry. Just as frequently he will seem closer to Asian or North African music, or reveal an informed appreciation of some of the earliest trumpet pioneers in jazz.” The Guardian
Supported by Help Musicians, MOBO Trust and Arts Council England.

Calstock Arts
The Old Chapel
Sand Lane
PL18 9QX

Telephone: 01822 833183

e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Line up announced for La Linea - London’s Latin Music Festival.

Friday, January 31, 2020

We have received the following press release;


An exclusive collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London featuring Steam Down & Theon Cross: Mestizo, Ana Tijoux, Fernando Otero, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café and much more for La Linea’s biggest event to date.

“La Linea has spent years building an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music” - Time Out

La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival – has unveiled more shows for its milestone 20thedition. Celebrating the bold and the new from across the diverse and increasingly popular Latin music world, this year’s anniversary event will host an array of world exclusive commissions, one-off UK concerts and specially curated shows from April 15th to May 4th across the Capital.

Joining Bebel Gilberto, Juana Molina, Tino Contreras, Sara Correia, Melingo, Lina_ Raül Refree and Weyler: Maradona in Mexico for La Linea 20 is the global premiere of Mestizo – a brand-new collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London featuring Steam Down, Theon Cross with Colombian musicians at the Electric Brixton. Originating from a British Council exchange programme last September where Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Steam Down travelled to Colombia to perform at Bogotá’s Jazz En El Parque, they secured studio time with members of the city’s inspirational independent scene. Now ready to present to the world at La Linea, the result is a brand-new sound that draws on the diaspora roots of the British and Colombian musicians.

Pioneering French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux makes a welcome return to the festival with a concert at the Jazz Café, while Grammy-winning Argentine pianist and composer Fernando Otero will showcase his beautiful compositions and interpretations of repertoire from Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez at Southbank’s Purcell Room. A classically-trained virtuosic pianist, Otero has developed a unique sound that fuses contemporary-classical soundscapes, improvisation and tango.

A very special 20th anniversary show from one of the most celebrated London-based Colombian bands, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café, will take place at East London’s Rich Mix. Having led the way for salsa music in the UK for over two decades, Lorza and his esteemed ensemble remain amongst the finest exponents of the “salsa con vibes” style anywhere in the world.

La Linea will also host a one-day event for Cinco De Mayo at Peckham Levels, celebrating Mexican x USA border culture. Curated by Mexican Londoner Paola Feregrino and Movimientos head honcho Callum Simpson, the ‘frontera’ take-over will offer everything from installations, photography, live music & DJ sets, film and talks, as well as Mexican food, cocktails and tequila. Indie-mambo party starters Orkesta Mendoza headline the music programme with more shows and DJ sets to be announced very soon.

Created in 2001 by Como No, the UK’s main producer of live events from Latin America, to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects, La Linea has built a global reputation for bringing together a host of outstanding Latin music artists in London every April and May. La Linea 20 is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tino Contreras appearance at LaLinea is supported by The Anglo Mexican Foundation.

Mestizo is a British Council programme, co-produced with La Linea and supported by the PRS Foundation.

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La Linea 2020:

Juana Molina    
Wednesday 15 April
The Jazz Cafe    
£22 in advance
Doors 7pm

Sara Correia  
Saturday 18 April
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

Wednesday 22 April
The Jazz Cafe    
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

LoLA MC Showcase
Friday 24 April
Rich Mix  
£12 in advance

Fernando Otero
Saturday 25 April
Purcell Room
£17-£27 in advance
Show starts at 7.45pm

Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café
+ El Swing DJs: Gerry Lyseight & Johnny G
Saturday 25 April
Rich Mix
£15 in advance
Doors 8pm

Tino Contreras  
Monday 27 April
EartH Theatre  
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm - 10:30pm

Ana Tijoux
Thursday 30 April
Jazz Cafe
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm

Featuring Theon Cross, Steam Down, León Pardo, Diana Sanmiguel, N. Hardem, Daniel Michel, Marco Fajardo, Alejandro Cifuentes and more
Friday 1 May
Electric Brixton
£17 in advance
Doors 9pm - 3am

Lina_ Raül Refree
Saturday 2 May
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

Weyler: Maradona in Mexico
Saturday 2 May
Rich Mix
£15 in advance
Doors 8pm

Cinco De Mayo feat. Orkesta Mendoza
Peckham Levels
Saturday 2 May
Free entry
Doors 12pm to 1am

Bebel Gilberto + Fémina
Monday 4 May
Royal Festival Hall  
Doors 7pm

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The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - programme for the week ahead.

Friday, January 31, 2020

An ECM vocalist who mixes Albanian folk with Jazz, the music of Cannnonball Adderley, a prog-jazz super group, and more adventurous sounds.

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
31 Jan - 7 Feb 2020

Start the weekend with ECM vocalist Elina Duni in a duo with New Generation Artist and guitarist Rob Luft who will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Fred Thomas. Sensitive and enchanting is the best way to describe Duni’s take on Balkan folk songs and more familiar jazz genres. If you haven’t already got your ticket for this one get a move on because this gig is close to sold out.
Volunteers’ pick - British award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi expresses his passion for Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley in his Portrait of Cannonball.
Described as ‘a new prog-jazz supergroup’ by Jazzwise Let Spin has a new album coming out this spring with their hallmark sounds of elusive melodies, heavy grooves and euphoric improv.
Another band with an album due for release this spring is AUB led by two saxophonist Alex Hitchcock and Tom Barford.
More African jazz this week from guitarist Tony Dudu and Gumbe Jazz - the sounds of the African Diaspora.
Check out Partikel - a contemporary jazz trio with new material to delight audiences.
Our valentine’s day special is euphonious vocalist Luca Manning - to quote Ian Shaw this young guy has one of the most beautiful, most honestly - delivered voices… 29 February look out for veteran vocalist and lyricist Norma Winstone - mistress of wordless improvisations with John Parriceli and Huw Warren. Winstone is simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Hope to see you at the club!

Friday 31 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Friday 31 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Sunday 2 February 3pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Sunday 2 February 7.30pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Tuesday 4 February 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Wednesday 5 February 8pm
£12.50 / Members £6 / Student members £6

Thursday 6 February 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Friday 7 February 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50



FRI 07 FEBRUARY 2020, 10PM
£5.00 on the door


Emilia Martensson
Saturday 8 February 8pm

Mezcla - Shoot The Moon
Wednesday 12 February 8pm

TRIPLE BILL - Resolute + J Frisco + Arthur O’Hara Trio
Thursday 13 February 8pm

Liam Noble, Mark Sanders, Harrison Smith Trio
Sunday 16 February

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

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Budapest Music Center, Hungary, February 2020 newsletter.

Friday, January 31, 2020





2020 JANUARY 31 FRIDAY 20:00
After two decades of performing in different ensembles, saxophonist Boštjan Simon formed in 2017 his own Slovenian-Italian quintet, entitled There Be Monsters, after an English term used to designate, in old maps, realms of unknown, unexplored territories supposed to be inhabited by monsters and other mythological creatures. As Boštjan puts it, the band’s music “focuses on the area of ​​the dividing line between familiar and unknown, composed and open soundscapes.”
Boštjan Simon (tenor and soprano saxophone), Mirko Cisilino (trumpet), Luigi Vitale (vibraphone), Goran Krmac (tuba), Bojan Krhlanko (drums)

We live in a time when the boundaries between our analog and digital lives are becoming more blurred than ever. The members of the band explore these fused concepts in a dialogue of interchanging sounds, sometimes arising from an indistinguishable code. With this convergence of musicians – constantly orbiting each other – comes the expression of inner ruminations on our current collective consciousness. These colliding perspectives bring about different realities and sensory experiences, leaving us with the need to further process and explore.
Jani Moder (guitar, effects), Igor Matković (trumpet, electronics), Jani Hace (bass, effects), Žiga Kožar (drums, percussion), Murat (beatbox, effects)

2020 FEBRUARY 14 FRIDAY 20:00
Innertextures, working since 2004 in different lienups, represents New York City based Slovenian saxohonist Igor Lumpert’s passion for musical journeys to new and daring places – as proven by the quartet’s two tremendous former gigs at the Opus. Eleven, their fourth album, released in 2018 on Clean Feed recrods, earned critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
Igor Lumpert (tenor saxophone), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), Masa Kamaguchi (double bass), Kenny Grohowski (drums)

Richard Strauss: Sextex from the opera ‘Capriccio’ / Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op. 135 / Bálint Bolcsó: senza f[…] / Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major
Continuing their string quartet series key by key, the Classicus Quartet ventures into the F tonality.
Classicus Quartet:
József Rácz (violin), Réka Baksai (violin), Péter Tornyai (viola), Tamás Zétényi (cello)
Guests: György Konrád (viola), István Varga (cello)
Introduction by Zoltán Farkas, music historian

Israeli born bass player, producer and composer, Liran Donin, and his exciting and high energy band, 1000 Boats, featuring world class musicians is currently touring their debut album 8 Songs. With Liran’s distinctive powerhouse groove and his virtuosic approach to electric and double bass, his innovative sound brings together both his long-standing involvement at the forefront of the jazz music scene alongside his musical background.
Liran Donin (double bass and vocals), Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone), Maria Chiara Argiro (piano), Ben Brown (drums)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 / Symphony No. 5
C Major, C minor. Three flats, eight years and a whole world separates these two works with which we launch our new talk-show Beethoven series. It’s quite unbelievable the route the hard-of-hearing composer of “Fate” Symphony had travelled. One sole, not even too long walk of life was enough for him to lay the wide foundations for Romanticism that only the modern art could employ in full in designing reckless skyscrapers. The contrast between the two symphonies show the effect the revolution of individuality had in a world ruled by regulations and traditions, the first and most important hero of which revolution would celebrate his 250th birthday this year.
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, conductor and host: Máté Hámori

2020 FEBRUARY 07 FRIDAY 19:00

Máté Balogh: JoycEnd / One Hundred Famous Views of Edo / László Sándor: Ha folyóvíz… – for solo violin / Offertorium musicum – excerpts / Péter Tornyai: Triptychon – nach Schubert / Esti kérdés – recitativo and aria / fiori sfiorati
The closing concert of László Sándor’s lecture series features works by three prominent Hungarian composers of today, Máté Balogh, László Sándor, and Péter Tornyai.
Máté Bán (flute), Csaba Klenyán (clarinet), Éva Osztrosits (viola), Tamás Zétényi (cello), Csaba Fervágner (double bass), András Németh and Gábor Monostori (piano), Dóra Pétery (harpsichord, synthesizer), Samu Gryllus (electric bass), Tamás Schlanger (percussions), conductor:  Máté Balogh and László Sándor
Capella Silentium Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Boglárka Terray

2020 FEBRUARY 07 FRIDAY 20:00
“Eclectic, impassioned and mind-blowing, Let Spin have shifted up a few more gears into the stratosphere – and it’s a blast”  LondonJazz
Chris Williams (alto saxophone), Moss Freed (guitar), Ruth Goller (bass guitar), Finlay Panter (drums)

15:30 Lecture by János Bali (in Hungarian)
17:00 Concert by the A:N:S Choir
Missa Au travail suis, Missa Fors seulement
Barnabás Hegyi, Péter Patay, Bertalan Nagy, Márton Ujházy, András Koncz, Pál Benkő
Johannes Ockeghem was the most famous – and indeed, most mysterious – composer of the Franco-Flemish School in the last half of the 15th century, and is often considered the most influential composer between Guillaume Dufay and Josquin des Prez. In addition to being a renowned composer, he was also an honored singer, choirmaster, and teacher. The lamentos written upon his death clearly show that the following generation of composers saw him as a father figure – despite the fact that all signs point to his extraordinary independence, fantasy, and his irrational degree of freedom. János Bali’s series expores Ockeghem’s art, personality, and life with musical performances following the lectures.

Exit Universe playfully create haunting melodies, weaving piano, vocals, vibraphone, marimba, drum pad and a glockenspiel into a colourful tapestry of sound that just might put a spell on you.
Susana Sawoff (vocals, piano), Raphael Meinhart (marimba, vibraphone, drum pad, synthesizer, percussion, glockenspiel)

2020 FEBRUARY 09 SUNDAY 19:30
Joseph Haydn: Divertimento in F Major Hob.III:10 / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A Major Wq 8 / Joseph Haydn: Trio in E-flat Hob.XV:36 / Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in G Major Wq 9
C. Ph. E. Bach was born in Weimar as the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, in 1714. He never had a teacher other than his father, for whom he had enormous respect throughout his life. During his lifetime, Carl Philipp Emanuel was esteemed as the bearer of the name Bach. In the 19th century, on the rediscovery of his father’s works, the Bach boys including Carl Philipp Emanuel were largely overshadowed. However, the music of C. P. E. Bach always had its passionate enthusiasts and interpreters. Today, those endeavours in this field hallmarked by Miklós Spányi and Concerto Armonico are recognized worldwide. Spányi’s recording for Swedish BIS Records of C. P. E. Bach’s entire concertos for keyboard started in 1994. The entire works series comprising 20 albums was finally completed in 2014, in time for the 300th anniversary of the birth of the composer. The series that attracted international attention is today considered a benchmark in the interpretation of the composer’s music.
Concerto Armonico, artistic director: Miklós Spányi, concert master: Gábor Homoki

Inspired by several musical research travels in various regions of Ukraine,  G À N N A awakens the Ukrainian folklore for a second spring and takes its listeners on a journey. Highly virtuoso and playful, but also full of melancholy, the musicians immerse themselves in the history and the mystery of the various music traditions and create a neo-native language.
Ganna Gryniva (voice, compositions, arrangements, loop station), Musina Ebobissé (tenor saxophone), Povel

The music of the Attila Gyárfás Trio is free and ethereal on one hand, while it surprises with sharp contrasts and reveal longer-term metamorphoses on the other. Their present concert is the debut of the trio’s second album, Randomity.
Márton Fenyvesi (guitar), Marco Zenini (double bass), Attila Gyárfás (drums)

2020 FEBRUARY 14 FRIDAY 19:00
Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 (Op. 50) / Orthodox chorus movements (arranged by Péter Tornyai) / Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59 Nr. 2 in e minor “Razumovsky”
Formerly knows as the Rondo Quartet, the Dohnányi Quartet’s three concerts of this season are linked by their Russian aspects. In his three string quartets, dedicated to the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Count Razumovsky, Beethoven worked on several Russian folk themes. In addition to one of the three Beethoven string quartets (Op. 59, 1806) each concert presents also a work by Russian composers of different periods, Tchaikovsky (1871), Prokofiev (1931) and Schnittke (1983). And as an evocation of an important root of Russian culture, the Rondo Quartet plays Eastern Orthodox choral music between the works, this time of course being reworked for stringed instruments.
Áron Dóczi (violin), Dávid Pintér (violin), Péter Tornyai (viola), Orsolya Mód (violoncello)

2020 FEBRUARY 16 SUNDAY 19:30
Kristóf Bacsó is one of the most outstanding and versatile artist and composer of his generation. With the Modern Art Orchestra, being one of its founding members, he released in 2014 Circular, an album with his compositions. Several of them will be featured on the present concert. Special guest is singer Ági Szalóki, who appears as a soloist in a brand new Bacsó composition.
In the first 15 minutes of the concert, saxophonist Daniel Varga, participant of the MAO Master Class will be introduced as soloist and as composer of the preceding joint workshop.
Kristóf Bacsó (saxophone, composer); Dániel Varga (saxophone, composer - MAO Masterclass); Ági Szalóki (voice); Modern Art Orchestra, Artistic director: Kornél Fekete-Kovács

2020 FEBRUARY 17 MONDAY 18:00
The Argentinian composer Fabián Panisello is the founder and artistic director of one of Spain’s leading contemporary music groups. The Plural Ensemble presents works by leading contemporary composers and regularly collaborates with Péter Eötvös. This time, at the personal invitation of Peter Eötvös, he will come to Budapest to teach young conductors and composers during an international workshop. The public meeting will give the opportunity to the Hungarian audience to hear about Panisello’s inspirations as a composer as well as his work as a senior teacher at the Reina Sofia Academy of Music in Madrid and guest professor at the China Conservatory in Beijing.
PROGRAM of the mini-concert: Choral refletions – Biltine (viola solo) / Canciones de Silvia (soprano-piano duet)
Imai Ayane (soprano), Emese Mali (piano), András Kurgyis (viola), Host: Gergely Fazekas

2020 FEBRUARY 17 MONDAY 19:30
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Orage – from the Comédie Ballet Platée / Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for two Violins in d Minor BWV 1043 – 1st Movement / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Edvard Grieg: Sonata in C Major („Sonate facile”) K 545 / Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto in G Major Op. 58 – 2nd Movement / Johannes Brahms: Scherzo / Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, Nr. 8. / Georg Friedrich Händel – Johan Halvorsen: Passacaglia / Camille Saint-Saëns-Jasha Heifetz: The Swan / Edward Elgar: Love’s Greeting / Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo from the Háry János Suite / Astor Piazzolla: Tango Etude for Flute / Aram Khachaturian: Galop / Béla Kovács: After you Mr. Gershwin
The famous, XVIII. century court orchestra of Mannheim was described by Mozart as an army made up by only generals. In turn, Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra is a musical formation based on the interplay of soloists. Ten instruments: violins, flutes, clarinet, viola, cello, double bass and piano – who has ever heard such a line up? And yet, this is the formation what the resident composer, pianist and artistic director of the ensemble, Apor Szüts, dreamed of. From one hand, this is a bonsai tree-like mini orchestra, and an expanded string quartet on the other. The ensemble is capable of everything in Apor’s transcriptions: orchestral pieces, concertos, solo compositions are played in reflecting the original experience, but in a different way. Known artpieces, in a special musical reading.
Zoltán Bácsy-Schwartz (violin), Gyula Váradi (violin), Vanessza Korb (violin), Kata Koppán (viola), Zsuzsanna Csabay (flute), Leonóra Liszkay (flute), Dániel Ali Lugosi (clarinet), Bence Bánkövi (violoncello), Jenő Puporka (contrabass), Apor Szüts (piano, artistic director)

2020 FEBRUARY 18 TUESDAY 19:00
(Valan - Az angyalok völgye)
Hungarian thriller-drama, 2019, 97 min. - In Hungarian
director, script writer: Béla Bagota
cinematographed by Dániel Garas
music by Albert Márkos
Béla Bagota’s first feature film is a suspenseful and heart wrenching psychological thriller, a completely new voice in Hungarian filmmaking. The screening will be introduced by film- and music critic László Kolozsi (in Hungarian).
Guests: Béla Bagota - director, Albert Márkos - composer

“We are grieving a great musician, a wonderful person, György Kurtág’s visionary partner. She was an inspiring and passionately frank person whose attitude towards music was kindled by a deep affection, and for whom making music was a moral stance.” György Kurtág Jr.
Márta Kurtág, a pianist and teacher who shared a 72-year collaboration with her husband, the prominent avant-garde composer György Kurtág, profoundly influencing his work and joining him in dual recitals that acquired a legendary reputation in their later years, died on October 17, 2019 in Budapest. She was 92. We are remembering Márta in the presence of her colleagues, former students, and admirers at the BMC Concert Hall. The proceeds from the concert are offered for creating Márta Kurtág’s tombstone.
Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Gábor Csalog (piano), András Kemenes (piano), Heinz Holliger (oboe, piano)

“Certainly, his chops are impressive, but Multitasking offers tracks that are more ideas than songs; they’re still compelling and catchy, and always meticulously constructed.” (Downbeat Magazine)
Kuba Więcek (saxophone), Michał Barański (double bass), Łukasz Żyta (drums)

2020 FEBRUARY 21 FRIDAY 20:00
“Existing at the nexus of modern, classical music and extreme metal, Inhumankind have a completely unique sound. Aggressively played flute, acoustic bass, and occasional vocals are excellently employed to create compositions that are simultaneously sparse and complicated, awkward and confident.” Colin Marston
Pablo Selnik (flute, vocals), Àlex Reviriego (double bass)

The trio is the result of a search for the balance that forms the music: melody, harmony and rhythm, placing equal importance on each element. Eva Fernández Trio’s new album, Yo pregunto, is a selection of poems by Pizarnik, Storni, Costafreda and Cortázar, composed by the singer and saxophonist with the guitarist Josep Munar.
Eva Fernandez (saxophone, vocals), Josep Munar (guitar), Enric Fuster (drums)

László Sáry: Collage, Tango, Broadway boogie-woogie / Kotyogó kő egy korsóban / Pentagramm / Diana búcsúja / Tranquillity / Concerto classico / Etűdök gőzmozdonyokra / Emlék
“I have never cared about the problem of individual style. There was always some external effect, impression or experience taking part while writing most of my pieces. Actually I don’t think I have an own style or voice. In my opinion the practice of art is a cognition process. The cognition of our world and ourselves. I suppose the role of individuality is like a limit, which doesn’t allow to experience other, different opinions, perceptions, cultures. My goal isn’t to dispose of individuality, but to expand it to be able to experience the most various things.” - said in an old interview László Sáry. At this ceremonial concert the audience will get to know the representative compositions of his life-work. The 80 years old composer, László Sáry will also attend this concert.
József Balog (piano), Gábor Csalog (piano), László Sáry (piano, whistle), Amadinda Percussion Group, Ligeti Ensemble

2020 FEBRUARY 23 SUNDAY 18:00
Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 / Fabián Panisello: Chamber Concerto – Hungarian Premiere / Hankyeol Yoon: Theaterleben – Premiere / Leonardo Marino: AUTORITRATTO – Premiere
The main subject of this year’s first masterclass of the Eötvös Péter Foundation is chamber music and chamber orchestra. Young conductors from different countries around the world, with the help of artists from the Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda (the permanent orchestra partner of the foundation), will gain experience for a week on how to interpret and play chamber music. The course will be led by Péter Eötvös and Gregory Vajda, as well as the Spanish composer Fabián Panisello of Argentinean origin, who will be teaching his piece for the first time in Hungary. The concert will also be the first introduction of young conductors and composers participating in the Foundation’s mentoring program in 2020. The program can be followed live on the Foundation’s Youtube channel.
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Conductors: Holly Hyun Choe, Joanna Slusarczyk and selected young conductors

2020 FEBRUARY 25 TUESDAY 20:00
Oded Tzur returns to the club with material from his latest album. Here Be Dragons, recorded in June 2019 at Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, and produced by Manfred Eicher, will be released on ECM just before the quartet’s international tour, including Opus.
Oded Tzur (tenor saxophone), Nitai Hershkovits (piano), Petros Klampanis (double bass), Johnathan Blake (drums)

In the summer of 2019, András Dés and his three fellow-musicians found a special “studio” for the recording of the debut album of their Rangers Quartet: one of the hidden nooks and corners in the woodlands of Bakony was chosen as its location. András Dés didn’t take his usual set of percussion with him at all, but chose instead to play on the trees, the stones and the water: the forest itself. Although they won’t be able to bring the woods back to the club, they surely will evoke the special atmosphere of einschließlich, their brand new album on BMC Records.
János Ávéd (saxophone), Márton Fenyvesi (guitar), Mátyás Szandai (double bass), András Dés (percussion)

Axiom disclose an amazingly rich and expressive realm, made of assorted moods, energy, strength, impressive depths of sound as well as hypnotic ostinatos. Listeners will enjoy free improvisations, explosive rhythmic arrangements, dreamy interludes.
Chris Speed (saxophone), Bojan Zulfikarpašić (piano, Fender Rhodes), Matt Penman (double bass), Dejan Terzic (drums, percussion)

2020 FEBRUARY 28 FRIDAY 20:00
Gorilla Mask is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde.
Peter Van Huffel (alto and baritone saxophones, effects), Roland Fidezius (electric bass, effects), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums, percussion)

15:30 Lecture by János Bali (in Hungarian)
17:00 Concert by the A:N:S Choir
Missa cuiusvis toni, Missa prolationum
Zoltán Gavodi, Zoltán Czier, Márton Ujházy, Pál Benkő
Johannes Ockeghem was the most famous – and indeed, most mysterious – composer of the Franco-Flemish School in the last half of the 15th century, and is often considered the most influential composer between Guillaume Dufay and Josquin des Prez. In addition to being a renowned composer, he was also an honored singer, choirmaster, and teacher. The lamentos written upon his death clearly show that the following generation of composers saw him as a father figure – despite the fact that all signs point to his extraordinary independence, fantasy, and his irrational degree of freedom. János Bali’s series expores Ockeghem’s art, personality, and life with musical performances following the lectures.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K.136 / Ilona Dobszay-Meskó: Silenzio udibile – Premiere / Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4 / István Láng: Three Sentences from the Romeo and Juliet
Benjamin Britten was only 20 when he composed his piece Simple Symphony, based on his own piano pieces written in his early teens. Mozart was 16 years old when he wrote his famous Divertimento for Strings which remains extremely popular to this day. Do the teenagers of the 21st century write such mature pieces as Mozart or Britten did? And what do they think about Romeo and Juliet, the most famous love story of literature? István Láng finished his piece exactly 50 years ago, which alludes to certain sentences from Shakespeare’s tragedy. What did those sentences mean 50 years ago and what tdo they mean now? And why is silence so important to Ilona Dobszay-Meskó? The new season of the Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra promises to answer these questions and more.
Budapest Strings, Artistic Director: Károly Botvay, Host: Szabolcs Molnár music historian

Two great musicians who call themselves “citizens of jazz-land” have stepped out into a unified world without borders. They brought with them an incomparable wealth of improvisation, of technical knowledge, of the creation of rhythmic and melodic fantasies, as well as every shade of tone and dynamics and also an excellent ability in creating a balance between musical liberty and constraint. They have absorbed: unusual metres, enchanting, entrancing, dancing and painful, joyful and plaintive melody patterns from Southern and South Eastern Europe, Asia Minor and other areas, unexpected and even surprising throbbing rhythms and grafted all of these on to their own music. They have fulfilled the moral duty of every musical artist by cheering up or saddening the listeners, causing them to contemplate, placing them into a gentle state of ecstasy. And in addition – what few manage to do – they have given a cathartic experience to the music lover listening to their “SOUNDS”. (Emil Petrovics)
Károly Binder (piano), Mihály Borbély (saxophone)

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Shabaka Hutchings to host “Propaganda” a weekend of music, art and spoken word at The Barbican.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We have received the following press release;

The Barbican announces details of Propaganda – a weekend of music, art and spoken word, curated by jazz artist Shabaka Hutchings

A weekend of music, art and spoken word curated by Shabaka Hutchings
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May 2020
Barbican Hall & foyers, LSO St Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Giles’ Cripplegate
Tickets £10 – 20, plus free events
Produced by the Barbican
On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 30 January 2020
On general sale on Friday 31 January 2020

One of the foremost proponents of the current British jazz scene, Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumnus, saxophonist, clarinettist and band leader Shabaka Hutchings curates Propaganda – a Barbican weekend of music, art, spoken word and some very special collaborations. The music programme will include an eclectic mix of jazz, improv and experimental elements, electronica, Caribbean sounds and African traditions from South Africa, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Shabaka Hutchings says: “The inspiration for the programme and artists I’ve chosen for the weekend is propaganda. I’ve tried to find a point of intersection between my practice as an artist and an abstract idea of what propaganda entails: a directed means of altering the lens by which large groups of people process the information that determines the parameters of their imaginative reality. The political becomes artistic and the artistic becomes political.

“The aim of each work chosen to be performed over the course of the weekend is to broaden our capacity to feel and to rekindle the energy needed to see the world with the potentiality of dreaming new futures and applying ourselves to action when we exit the concert hall.”

There will be seven ticketed sessions across the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, LSO St Luke’s and St Giles’ Cripplegate, plus a non-ticketed programme over the weekend in the Barbican foyers curated in collaboration with Skin Deep; plus free post-show sets on the Barbican’s ClubStage on Friday and Saturday nights.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Shabaka Hutchings performing alongside Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia + Mantombi Matotiyana with Dizu Plaatjies
A world premiere performance of a new work by Mica Levi, written for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda + King Ayisoba
Danalogue: Suite of the Elements
The Rolling Calf
Kit Downes Quintet
Shabaka & the Ancestors + Maâlem Houssam Guinia + Anthony Joseph
A programme of free events created by Skin Deep
Post-show ClubStage performances on Fri and Sat by DJ Noss and Ammar 808


Skin Deep
Fri 8 – Sun 10 May 2020, Barbican Level G
The Propaganda weekend features a non-ticketed programme in the Barbican foyers created by Skin Deep. This will include a contribution from interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE with further programme details tba.
A creative powerhouse that is redefining culture, amplifying voices of colour through discussions of race, politics and activism, Skin Deep is an online platform, a biannual print publication and a curator of live events. Telling the stories others don’t, they collaborate with creatives, musicians, writers, artists and activists to produce and platform original, thought-provoking, fresh and accessible content.
Produced by the Barbican

Friday 8 May 2020
Shabaka Hutchings with Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia
+ Mantombi Matotiyana with Dizu Plaatjies
Featuring the world premiere performance of a Mica Levi piece, written for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings
Fri 8 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
The Propaganda weekend kicks off with an exciting double-bill featuring octogenarian South African Xhosa singer and traditional master bow and harp player (uhadi, umrhubhe, isitolotolo) Mantombi Matotiyana in what will be her first London appearance. She will give a solo, stripped-down performance, accompanied only by traditional African multi-instrumentalist Dizu Plaatjies. The son of a Xhosa healer and founder and former leader of South Africa’s internationally celebrated marimba group, Amampondo, Plaatjies rediscovered Matotiyana when they met at his father’s house, and she has since featured on several of his albums. Her solo debut album Songs of Greeting, Healing and Heritage came out in 2019.
Also in the first half of the concert will be the world premiere performance of a new work, written by musician, producer and composer Mica Levi for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings.
The second half of the concert features a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, which was commissioned and premiered by Benny Goodman, performed here by Shabaka Hutchings and Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia. The evening concludes with a performance of Hutchings’ orchestral suite Babylon – an amalgamation of jazz, minimalist classical music and electronica – performed by Shabaka Hutchings, his band Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia.
Produced by the Barbican

DJ Noss
Fri 8 May 2020, Barbican ClubStage, Level -1, post-show
The post-show ClubStage event on Friday night is an extended DJ set by Martiniquan DJ Noss, featuring live ancestral Bèlè drumming and Noss’s eclectic mix of electronic music, bridging the gap between the musical styles of Africa and her diasporas. Through his music, DJ Noss tells his version of the story of Martinique, summoning the past, redefining the present and imagining the future.
Produced by the Barbican

Saturday 9 May 2020
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda + King Ayisoba
Sat 9 May 2020, LSO St Luke’s, 2pm
Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee
Propaganda Session Two features a solo set from Ghanaian traditional musician King Ayisoba who is a master of the kologo (a two-stringed lute instrument). Renowned for his trademark vocal sound and fierce, uncompromising music, The Wire magazine described him as ‘the style’s undisputed trailblazer’, who is bringing the kologo sound to great popularity both in Ghana and abroad.
The evening then continues with Algerian raï singer Sofiane Saidi – who has been called “the prince of raï 2.0” as he takes the classic raï genre and sparks it up for the 2020s – performing alongside his band Mazalda. Together they create a fresh take on the music, which fuses Arabic and Algerian folk elements with Western rock. Saidi’s and Mazalda’s album El Ndjoum came out in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Danalogue: Suite of the Elements
Sat 9 May 2020, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 5pm
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
Producer (The Comet is Coming, Snapped Ankles, Alabaster Deplume, Flamingods) and keyboard player Dan Leavers aka Danalogue presents his new spiritual project Suite of the Elements as part of Propaganda. Most known for his synthesiser and production work in Mercury Nominated trio The Comet is Coming, this project sees Danalogue write in a new context. A composition for church organ, tape loops, drums, gongs, percussion and flute, the piece explores the qualities and atmospheres of the ancient hermetic elements: Water, Earth, Air, Fire and Aether. The work contains influences of minimalism, jazz and psychedelic music. Danalogue (organ, piano) will be joined on stage by Betamax (drum kit, percussion), Rosanna Ter-Berg (flute, percussion), Cathy Eastburn (gongs & singing bowls) and Raimund Wong (cassette tape loops and effects). Danalogue returns to the Barbican’s contemporary music programme following his participation in Video Jam x Basquiat in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Sat 9 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
Details for PROPAGANDA SESSION FOUR to be announced in due course.

Ammar 808
Sat 9 May 2020, Barbican ClubStage, Level -1, post-show
Ammar 808 is a project produced and developed by acclaimed Tunisian producer and arranger Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, Kel Assouf), which takes audiences into the dark realms of North African futurism. Here they will present a live electronic set.

Sunday 10 May 2020
The Rolling Calf
Sun 10 May 2020, Milton Court Concert Hall, 2pm
Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee
Propaganda Session Five sees a set by The Rolling Calf – a black power trio featuring vocalist Elaine Mitchener, saxophonist Jason Yarde and bassist Neil Charles. Their avant-garde performances combine texts by revolutionary African-Diasporic thinkers with collective electroacoustic improvisation.
Produced by the Barbican

Kit Downes Quintet
Sun 10 May 2020, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 5pm
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
Composer, pianist and organist Kit Downes plays a set alongside a small ensemble featuring Lucy Railton (cello), Tom Challenger (sax), Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad (vocals) and Phelan Burgoyne (drums). Presenting material from his second record for ECM, Dreamlife of Debris (2019), Downes creates beautifully modulating soundscapes – from quiet meditations to menacing drones.
The new album, which was inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book The Rings of Saturn, carries forward the story that began on the first album, Obsidian, extending and developing its processes and core ideas. But where Obsidian was (almost exclusively) a solo church organ album, part of Kit’s plan for Dreamlife was to put the organ in a broader context, and also to bring the piano into the larger compositional picture.
Produced by the Barbican

Shabaka & the Ancestors
+ Maâlem Houssam Guinia
+ Anthony Joseph
Sun 10 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
The final session as part of the Propaganda weekend sees a set by Moroccan Gnawa musician Maâlem Houssam Guinia who returns to the Barbican’s music programme following a collaboration with producer James Holden in 2016. The closing set comes from Shabaka & the Ancestors, presenting new material from their upcoming second album. The evening also features spoken word contributions from poet and musician Anthony Joseph who returns to the Barbican following his Windrush: A Celebration project as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Shabaka Hutchings
London-born and Barbados-bred Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, most notably: Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors, which he distinguishes less by the music they make than by the different combination of personalities. Hutchings embraces influences from the sounds of London’s diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle, and dub. He studied classical clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Artists’ curated weekends at the Barbican
Previous artists’ curated weekends at the Barbican have included Nico Muhly’s A Scream And An Outrage (2013); Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, celebrating the 50th birthday of the label (2014); Mountains and Waves: Bryce Dessner and New American Music (2015), Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding (2016) and Max Richter and Yulia Mahr’s Sounds and Visions (2018). 

About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble. 

Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7550

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS,

Ronnie Scott’s announces new jazz festival “Milestones”.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Marcus Miller, Incognito, Courtney Pine & Omar, and Jazzie B are the first acts to be announced, with the festival to be held on Sunday 26th July at Alexandra Palace.

World-famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s has today announced the launch of Milestones, a brand-new one-day jazz festival, which will take place at Alexandra Palace in North London on Sunday 26th July.

This comes after a landmark year of 6 th anniversary celebrations in 2019, which culminated in a spectacular sold-out gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in October. Milestones Festival promises to transport Ronnie Scott’s world-class line-up of acts outside of the club’s walls in Soho, and into the stunning grounds of Alexandra Palace.

There will be three stages: the Main Stage outside, the Indoor Stage in Ally Pally’s newly refurbished Theatre, and the DJ Stage. Confirmed to play are American superstar bassist Marcus Miller, funk and soul legends Incognito, British jazz icon Courtney Pine with special guest Omar, and DJ, producer and founder of Soul II Soul, Jazzie B. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Simon Cooke, Managing Director at Ronnie Scott’s says: “We had an extraordinarily successful 60th anniversary here at the club, and wanted to build on the momentum of our activity in 2019 by launching what we believe will be the most exciting jazz festival in London. Milestones, as the name suggests, will mark a new era for Ronnie Scott’s, where we can take the Ronnie’s name and the greatest musicians and acts from the world of jazz to an even bigger audience.  We have been looking to do something different for a while and I guess an outdoor day/ evening festival is about as different as we could get from the club in Soho.”

Nick Lewis, Head of Music and Promotions at Ronnie Scott’s says: “When the team at Alexandra Palace offered us loan of the site for the day, it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Alexandra Palace is a stunningly beautiful backdrop for a festival with beautiful views over the city; it also has history in live jazz (the Capital Radio Jazz Festival ran there from 1979-1980). We’re incredibly excited to be bringing a one-day, proper music festival to this part of town.”

Alex Losardo, External Events Programmer and Manager at Ronnie Scott’s says: “To have the opportunity to program a music festival with the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in such a historic place, Alexandra Palace, is humbling to say the least.  Right now, in London we are in a moment where there is an incredible amount of world-class music being created and performed live.  I am thrilled to be a part of this team,presenting such a special outing for the first time”.

Simon Fell, Events Director at Alexandra Palace, says: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ronnie Scott’s to Ally Pally this summer. The line-up looks amazing, the setting is superb and it should all make for a brilliant day. Ronnie Scott’s have an ever-growing history of putting on great shows here at Ally Pally and it’s exciting to expand this to a packed one-day festival. I can only encourage you to come along and join in.”

Festival attendees will also be able to sample delicious street food, craft ales and cocktails, and there will be a VIP bar for Ronnie Scott’s members.

Early bird tickets will go on sale at 12pm midday on Thursday 30th January via
See Tickets here
and are priced at:
- £39.75 + booking fee (Adults)
- £26.50 + booking fee (6-15-year olds)
- Under 5s go free but need a ticket to enter

Visit to find out more about the festival and get updates on the line-up as further acts are announced.




Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

First names announced for NN North Sea Jazz Festival, 2020.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Archie Shepp, Gregory Porter, And Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade’s Mood Swing Quartet Amongst Acts Announced For NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2020

The world’s largest indoor music festival returns to Rotterdam from 10-12th July 2020 for its 45th edition.

This summer, the NN North Sea Jazz Festival will celebrate its 45th edition when it returns to the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam from 10th-12th July with arguably its most high-profile line-up to date. The first wave of artists announced includes a vast array of some of the most successful and revered singers of all-time including Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Jill Scott, George Benson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Michael Kiwanuka and Gregory Porter.

The festival will also offer a selection of the biggest and best acts from across the jazz spectrum including Herbie Hancock, who celebrates turning 80 with a special anniversary concert, the much-anticipated reunion of Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade who bring their Mood Swing Quartet to the festival, a tribute to John Coltrane by Archie Shepp, a special collaboration between Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez and Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen and his project Big Vicious. There is also once again a strong contingent of UK acts performing at this year’s festival including Shabaka Hutchings with his Shabaka & The Ancestors project, Kokoroko, Nérija, Nubya Garcia and Stacey Kent amongst others.

More acts will be announced in due course. The current line-up can be found here: 

Less than an hour’s plane-ride away or a direct train from London St Pancras, the North Sea Jazz Festival is easily accessible from the UK and has built an unrivalled reputation since its inception in 1976 as one of the most unique and eclectic events in the musical calendar. Having played host to the likes of jazz greats Miles Davis and Ray Charles all the way through to D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai and Earth, Wind and Fire, the North Sea Jazz Festival is a legendary event unlike any other and will this year present more than 1000 musicians in over 150 performances across its 3 days.

With early bird tickets already sold out, day tickets go on sale Friday 1st February, and will be available to buy here: 

NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2020 - Rotterdam Ahoy

Thursday 9 July:
Grand opening Night with John Legend

Friday 10 July: Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, Brittany Howard, Burna Boy, George Benson, Jazzmeia Horn, Jill Scott, Joe Bonamassa & Metropole Orkest, Jordan Rakei, Kurt Elling & Danilo Pérez, Kokoroko, Lionel Richie, Louis Cole Big Band, Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC, Mark Lettieri Group, Nérija, This Edition ft. Jeff Ballard, Jasper Høiby, Pablo Held, Verneri Pohjola, Julian Argüelles and many more

Saturday 11 July: Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Diana Ross, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Gustavo Santaolalla, Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, Hiromi, Ibrahim Maalouf, James Carter Organ Trio, Little Simz, Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael Kiwanuka, Mood Swing Quartet ft. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Nubya Garcia, Nona, Typhoon, Yola and many more

Sunday 12 July: Alicia Keys, Ari Lennox, Avishai Cohen Big Vicious, Baby Rose, Black Pumas, Gregory Porter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola’s Band “Viento y Tiempo”, Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander Trio, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio ft. Johnathan Blake, Mudita, New Cool Collective, SFJAZZ Collective, Shabaka And The Ancestors, Stacey Kent, TaxiWars and many more


Day tickets: € 99,00 (excl. service fees), with CJP discount: € 79 (excl. service fees)

3 day tickets: € 250 (excl. service fees) sold out

Group ticket (up to 10 persons): € 820 (excl. service fees)

Junior ticket (up to 15 yrs): € 25 (incl. service fees)

Grand opening night John Legend: from € 60 (excl. service fees)


Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist - first broadcast 26th Jan 2020

Available now on

Rez Abassi/Isabelle Olivier – Oasis (Yellowbird)

Jon Shenoy – Draw by Four - Salinas Song (Senoise)

Elliot Galvin - Live in Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition)

Levitation Orchestra - Inexpressible Infinity (Rough Trade)

Markus Reuter – Truce (Moonjune)

Jaak Sooaar-Alexei Kruglov – Tchaikovsky (ArtBeat)

European Modern Jazz on the radio;

At any time;

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday/Weds 6pm Sunday 5am EDT

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Tim Kliphuis Trio - forthcoming UK concerts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tim Kliphuis writes;

Tim’s upcoming UK dates.

Dear all,

A belated best wishes for the year 2020!

The Tim Kliphuis Trio look back on a very full and fulfilling 2019, with the Queens Hall premiere of the Stirling Queen (with fiddlers Patsy Reid and Clare Friel) as a high point.
Here’s a clip with Clare:

These next 6 months will see me in the States, Russia (twice), Poland, Portugal, Switzerland but of course the UK as well. For those in the North, next month features five concerts there!

A special one will be the Keswick Music Society concert together with our Scottish friends Su-a Lee (cello), Seonaid Aitken (violin) and Liam Lynch (viola).

On 16 May, a very special concert with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, playing my very own Violin Concerto! A good time to go, if you fancy a wee holiday on the island:

Here are the upcoming Trio dates:

Murton, England
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Highlights Tour
Trio ‘Swinging the Classics’ feat. Ross Milligan (gtr)
CA16 6LZ

Orton, England
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Trio, Highlights Tour
‘Swinging the Classics’
Orton Market Hall
Market Street
CA10 3RL

Tarset, England
Friday, February 14, 2020
Trio, Highlights Tour
‘Swinging the Classics’
Tarset Village Hall
Lanehead, Hexham, 1NT
NE48 1NT

Hornby, The Institute, Lancs
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tim Kliphuis Trio (w/ Nigel Clark back on gtr)
The Institute
Main Street, Hornby
Lancaster, Lancashire
For tickets call: 015242 22227

Keswick, Cumbria
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Afternoon Tim Kliphuis Trio children’s concert
Theatre by the Lake
Lake Road, Keswick
CA12 5DJ
*Free for under 18s. Adult tickets (not included in Membership) £5 from the Theatre Box Office 017687 74411.

Keswick, Cumbria
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Tim Kliphuis Trio w/ Su-a, Seonaid, Liam - The Brandenburg Seasons
Theatre by the Lake, Lake Road,
Keswick, CA12 5DJ

Hope to see some of you there!

Best wishes,
Tim, Roy, Nigel

Tim Kliphuis
The Netherlands

Tim Kliphuis - violin
Nigel Clark - guitar
Roy Percy - double bass

Jazz at The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff - programme for March 2020.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jazz at the Flute and Tankard March 2020 Listings

Jazz at the Flute and Tankard
4 Windsor Place Cardiff CF10 3BX
Contact 02920496802
Start 9.00pm Finish 11.00pm
Admission £7 / Students £5

Tuesday 3rd March         -    Jim Bashford Quartet
Jim Bashford (drums & composition), James Owsten (bass), Bruno Heinen (piano)  and Chris Young (alto sax) Brings his magic and great lineup to Cardiff. Due to illness and availability of players he has had to reschedule his tour till 2021.  However he wants to play for you with this great band.

Wednesday 4th March     -    Alex Lockheart Group - Alex brings a wonderful band playing all originals composed by himself and Dave Bush. Should be a great one.
Monday 9th March         -    Joel Harrison from NYC - Joel (guitar), Michael Janisch (bass), David Binney (sax)
                                and Gerard Cleaver (drums) pop into The Flute and Tankard during their European

Tuesday 10th March       -    RWCMD Student Showcase - 1st Set - Pierce Joyce’s Electronics and his Acoustic Friends
                                2nd Set - Saida

Wednesday 11th March     -    Powercut - Clem Saynor brings this great collaboration of musicians to give you two sets of great music.Clem Saynor (bass guitar), Timmy Boomer (keyboards), Sam Robertson
                                (tenor sax) and Ryan Thrupp (drums)

Tuesday 17th March       -    Sam Leak Trio - Sam (piano), Simon Read (bass) and drummer tbc.(bound to be good). Brilliant musicians, brilliant music         ,

Wednesday 18th March     -    Banshee collaboration with Raymond MacDonald (founder of the Glasgow
                                Improvisers’ Orchestra a saxaphonist who has released over 60 CDs and toured
                                and broadcast worldwide + Robert Smith a Cardiff based improviser and composer
                                best known for his work with Wonderbrass and The Heavy Quartet. He has been
                                a leader in improvised Music in South Wales since 1987. Banshee Therapy run
                                a monthly improv session at this venue and it is great that they are able to
                                to provide the context for this visit by Raymond MacDonald.

Tuesday 24th March       -    RWCMD Student Showcase - 1st Set - Ollie Wyatt and Friends
                                2nd Set -  Whatthehelliwell

Wednesday 25th March     -    Joe Webb Trio - Joe (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) and Shane Forbes (drums).
                                This brilliant trio will be performing all new original music. These guys are
                                  top notch musicians!                               


Emilia Mårtensson, latest newsletter.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Emilia Mårtensson writes;

Emilia Martensson-Happy 2020

Happy 2020 Lovely People
I know I am a little late to the party to wish you all a Happy New Year. Food poisoning decided to pay a visit on the 1st of January which knocked me out completely. I am choosing to view it as a free cleansing spa deluxe sensation a’  la 2020. Thanks to the beautiful people looking after me,  I am now back and looking forward to being alive and making new music, and to TOUR my NEW ALBUM! Thank you ALL for your support and creative contributions towards my album ‘LOREDANA’, which came out in November on Babel Label.


Emilia Mårtensson & Barry Green Quartet at 606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6th February-Seven Arts Centre Leeds, UK

7th February-Sheffield Jazz, UK

8th February-The Vortex, London, UK

9th February-‘Intimate House Concert’ at a Secret London Location w2. (Email me: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to book). UK

10th February-Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK

25th February-Watermill Jazz, Dorking,UK

3rd March- Halmstad Stads Bibliotek, Sweden

4th March-Varberg Teater, Sweden

5th March-Löfdalens Folkhögskola, Sweden

6th March-Hylte folkbibliotek, Sweden

7th March-Parken Trelleborg, Sweden

13th March-Trieste Hotel, Verona,Italy

17th March-Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

It has been such an inspiring and incredible journey making this album, especially as so many of you decided to partake in the creative process by answering my four questions about your mother-child relationship! I am excited to finally going on the road together with Adriano Adewale on percussion, Luca Boscagin on Guitar, Fulvio Sigurta on Trumpet and Sam Lasserson on Bass to play this new music and continue the conversation about one of the relationships that perhaps shape us as people the most.
I hope to see you at one of our upcoming tour dates. (See dates below).

Lots of Love/Emilia

2019 highlights

The release of my new album ‘LOREDANA’ Listen/Download HERE
Babel Label, November 2019
Loredana’ explores the adversity and the wilderness of the term mother, celebrating the infinite observations about the ‘mother – child relationship’, and how this can shape us throughout our lives.

A dream came true! I got to bring one of my projects to America thanks to ‘Made in The UK’ and The Rochester Jazz Festival! A memory I’ll always treasure.

Jazz Alloy- ‘A Swedish and UK Music Mixer’. I ran this new project for 5 months during 2019 at The Vortex Jazz Club in London in collaboration with Musik Centrum Öst in Stockholm. We brought together five brand new collaborations between Swedish and UK based musicians and they each performed a gig at The Vortex in London. I am vary proud of this project and we are hoping to continue this project in to 2020 so stay tuned!

Guesting and recording with RTV Bigband, Slovenia
A week to remember was also working together with RTV Slovenia Big Band. Conductor and arranger Lojze Krancan beautifully arranged my songs for the big band and we performed and recorded together n Ljubljana in October. I look forward to sharing this new recording with you soon.

Another dream coming through in 2019 was putting on my very first festival. This Vocal festival took place in Izola on the coast of Slovenia where my mother is originally from. The days were spent workshopping a wide range of vocal techniques and approaches including song writing. Headlining artists were The Magic Lantern, Fini Bearman and ELDA Trio, all who performed on the main square of the old town. For details regarding next years festival and my annual Jazz Course in Izola visit:

We recorded a new Kairo’s 4tet album in 2019!!!! I am so happy that Adam Waldmann’s project is back in my life and super excited to be featured on four beautiful tracks on the new album! News about this release coming soon. In the meantime you can listen to the last album HERE

Further information at

Phronesis - latest newsletter and European live dates.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Phronesis write;

Happy New Year from Phronesis for 2020


Dear fans, colleagues, friends and family,

A belated Happy New Year to you all! I’m worried that rules might have been broken with this ill-timed greeting and there’s some kind of goodwill cutoff point! Either way I hope everyone had a lovely break and managed to charge their batteries for 2020.

Phronesis are very grateful to all those who have come to gigs in 2019 and showed unfailing support to the band. We are very lucky to have these opportunities - the special connection or communion between musicians and audience during gigs is an amazing thing to experience. It is the antidote to all of the appalling things happening in the world currently and the reason why we became musicians - to able to feel some kind of unity and connection with other people on the planet, even if they are total strangers. The powers that be would rather we live divided, isolated lives; however, this is the special power of music - it can unite all of us.

2019 was a full-on year and we continued to perform music from our album We Are All around the globe. One of the highlights was a tour with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band in Germany and Belgium. We played an unforgettable gig in Bozar in Brussels, which is a fantastically sumptuous venue in the centre of town. Working with the Big Band on a regular basis was such a special treat and we were lucky to develop and reinvent our music with such experienced musicians. The process was one of gradual evolution (much like everything else in jazz!) and as we played more gigs we managed to find areas of freedom and spontaneity in a context that isn’t necessarily associated with those two adjectives.

Other notable performances included a piano trio triple-bill gig in Liège, Belgium. The other bands were the Bad Plus and the Shai Maestro trio. It was fascinating to contrast the varied approaches to small group composing and improvising and we felt honoured to participate at this event. We also appeared the following festivals: Smida (Romania), Reykjavik (Iceland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Mondriaan and Nijmegen (Holland), Palatia (Germany) and Vossa Jazz (Norway). We are sincerely thankful to all those that asked us to perform at these fantastic events and for all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Jazz festivals rely on volunteers and huge amounts of goodwill and we would like to show our appreciation for both the sung and the unsung heroes out there!

Finally, we rounded off the year with a very enjoyable tour in the UK which culminated in two consecutive performances at Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho. We performed this concert tour without set lists; this made us play our own music differently and forced us to reinvent some of the structures that we have been working with for many years. I suppose that this is the real challenge for jazz musicians; to get on stage every night and do something fresh and new within the music to keep it a living, breathing organism. We had some amazing experiences and we are looking forward to continuing!

2020 Phronesis performances:

30/01/2020: Nova Jazz Festival, Switzerland

31/01/2020: Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria

16/02/2020: Minsk Winter Jazz Festival, Belarus

06/04/2020: Jazz Nouveau Festival, Bucharest, Romania

Finally, there are plans to record a new Phronesis album in 2020 so please, watch this space!

Love Ivo, Jasper and Anton

606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London, listings for February 2020.

Friday, January 24, 2020


TEL: 020 7352 5953 / EMAIL : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / WEB:

Sat 1st 9:30 - Gilad Atzmon - sax-led modern jazz feat. Ross Stanley-piano; Yaron Stavi-bass; Billy Pod-drums

Sun 2nd
1:30 - Lunchtime Special: Fleur Stevenson - vocal-led swing jazz feat. Pete Billington-piano; Piers Green-sax; Adam King-bass
8:30 - Anita Wardell - vocal-led modern jazz feat. Robin Aspland-piano; Jeremy Brown-bass; Steve Brown-drums

Mon 3rd 8:30 - Jill Marie Cooper - vocal-led 6 piece Groove band feat. Matt White, Nick Fitch-gtrs; Fabio D’Andrea-kybds; Rodolfo Neves-bass; Shane McKibbin-drums

Tue 4th 8:30 - David Gordon - piano-led modern jazz trio feat. Oli Hayhurst-bass; Paul Cavaciuti-drums

Wed 5th 8:30 - **Album Launch** Rachel Sutton - vocal-led jazz feat. Roland Perrin-piano; Curtis Ruiz-bass; Paul Robinson-drums

Thu 6th 8:30 - Marco Marconi - piano-led modern jazz trio feat. Emiliano Caroselli-drms & Special Guest: Mark Wade (US)-bs

Fri 7th 9:30 - **Album Launch** Clement Regert’s “Wild Card” - guitar-led Jazz/Groove feat. Andy Noble-organ; Sophie Alloway-drums with Graeme Flowers-trumpet; Leo Richardson-sax & Special Guest: Imaani-vocals

Sat 8th 9:30 - Alex Garnett “Bird Is the Word” - sax-led modern jazz quartet feat. Leon Greening-piano; Dave Chamberlain-bass; Matt Skelton-drums

Sun 9th
1:30 - Lunchtime: 606 Gospel Special feat. Kathy McLeish, Sophie Harriot, Silla Mosley & Adel Tuzani-vocals; Peter Yarde Martin-pno; Miko Giedroyć-Hammond organ; André Gabriel-gtr/bs; Joe Malone-drms
8:30 - Emma Hatton - vocal-led mainstream jazz/cabaret feat. John G Smith-piano; Don Richardson-bass £14

Mon 10th 8:30 - Todd Sharpville - guitar-led blues feat. Steve Large-kybds; Matt Round-bass; Mark Mondesir-drums £14

Tue 11th
8:00 - Dan Reinstein - sax-led modern jazz quintet feat. Tim Lapthorn-piano; Steve Rose-bass & Special Guest: Art Themen-sax
9:45 - Leon Stenning - guitar-led modern jazz trio feat. Jules Jackson-bass; Nic France-drums

Wed 12th 8:30 - **606 Club Special** “All Fired Up” - 14 piece tribute to Maurice White and Earth Wind & Fire feat. Derek Green-vocals; Trevor Barry-bass; Dave Arch-piano/kybd; Tim Cansfield, Tony Remy-guitars;
Tom Walsh-trpts; Karlos Edwards-perc/vocal; Andrew Small-drums £21

Thu 13th 8:30 - **Album Launch** Purdy - vocal-led singer/songwriter feat. Jamie McCredie-guitar; Tim Sentance-piano; Tom Moore-bass; Dan Western-drums

Fri 14th 9:30 - **Valentine Night Special**
Jo Harrop vocal-led jazz quintet with Vasilis Xenopoulos-sax; Sam Watts-piano; Jihad Darwish-bass; Saleem Rahman-drums
Special set menu £55 + £20 music-

Sat 15th 9:30 - Karen Sharp - sax-led modern jazz quartet feat. Mark Edwards-piano; Colin Oxley-guitar; Simon Thorpe-bs; Darren Beckett-drums

Sun 16th
1:30 - Lunchtime Special: Josephine Arthur - vocal-led mainstream jazz quartet feat. Carl Orr-guitar; Steve Thompson-bass; Matt Fisher-drums
8:30 - Gwyneth Herbert - vocal-led singer/songwriter with Rob Luft-guitar and Special Guests!

Mon 17th 8:30 - Dino Baptiste - vocal/piano-led Blues/Boogie Woogie band w. Theo Jobst-sax; Seb Read-bass; Alessandro Cinelli-drums

Tue 18th
8:00 - Rob Barron - piano-led modern jazz trio feat. Conor Chaplin-bass; Josh Morrison-drums
9:45 - Jazz from the Royal Academy of Music: with Matthew Read - bass-led modern jazz trio

Wed 19th 8:30 - **606 Club Special** Tim Whitehead with Special Guests: Giovanni Mirabassi-piano & Toku-trumpet/vocal - sax-led modern jazz quintet feat. Dave Whitford-bass; Milo Fell-drums

Thu 20th 8:30 - Luna Cohen’s “Brazilian Jazz Night” - vocal-led Brazilian/Jazz quartet feat. Sam Watts-pno; Rob Luft-gtr; Matheus Nova-bass; Uccio Gaeta-drums

Fri 21st 9:30 - Redtenbacher’s Funkestra - 7 piece bass-led jazz/funk w. Stefan Redtenbacher-bs; Liam Dunachie-kybd; Piers Green-sax; Paul Jordanous-trpt; Mike Outram-gtr; Mike Sturgis-drms & Helena May-vocals

Sat 22nd 9:30 - Brandon Allen Sextet - sax-led modern jazz feat. Sam Mayne-alto sax; Mark NIghtingale-trombone; Ross Stanley-piano; Tim Thornton-bass; Ian Thomas-drums

Sun 23rd
1:30 - Lunchtime Special: Shireen Francis - vocal-led mainstream jazz w. Josh Kemp-sax; Gunther Kurmayr-pno; Manuel Alvarez-bass; Dave Ingamells-drums
8:30 - Dana Gillespie and The London Blues Band - vocal-led blues band feat. Dino Baptiste-pno; Jake Zaitz-gtr; Artie Zaitz-bass; Mike Paice-sax/harmonica

Mon 24th
8:30 - Celebrating Duncan Lamont - Small group & Big Band jazz celebrating one of the UK’s finest jazz writer/arrangers feat. (amongst many others) Esther Bennett, Tina May, Sarah Moule, Daniela Clynes & Elaine Delmar-vocals; Andy Panayi, Jimmy Hastings-saxes; Noel Langley, Martin Shaw, Yazz Ahmed-trpts; Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell-trbs; John Crawford-piano; Andy Hamill-bass; Steve Taylor-drums; Phil Hopkins-perc

Tue 25th 8:30 - Natalie Williams – vocal-led modern jazz feat. Phil Peskett-piano; Al Cherry-guitar; Rob Mullarkey-bass; James Maddren-drums

Wed 26th 8:30 - Ant Law - guitar-led modern jazz feat. Matt Robinson-pno; Fergus Ireland-bs; Ernesto Simpson-drums £14

Thu 27th 8:30 - Monika Lidke - vocal-led jazz/folk feat. Matt Chandler-guitars; Jakub Cywiński-bass; Adam Teixeira-drums; Adam Spiers-cello and Special Guest: Alina Bzhezhinska-harp

Fri 28th 9:30 - Samara - Latin/jazz quintet feat. Steve Rubie-alto sax/flute; Liliana Chachian-vocals; John Crawford-piano

Sat 29th 9:30 - Derek Nash - sax-led modern jazz feat. Neil Angilley-piano; Phil Scragg-bass; Mike Bradley-drums

ISQ - latest newsletter.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Irene Serra writes;

ISQ NEWS - Hello 2020! We’re excited and trying to get you addicted…

HNY! 2020 is already in full swing at the ISQ headquarters with album reviews coming in, performances tomorrow and next week and the planning of a live video session in February.

The “Requiem For The Faithful” Tour continues this year with lots of exciting live dates coming up. First up is JAZZLINES at 5PM on Friday 24th January at Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The performance is FREE OF CHARGE so there’s no excuse not to come down if you’re in the area! Then we head to Maidenhead to play the beautiful Norden Farm Arts Centre on Thursday 30th January and head north again to Nottingham on Saturday 1st February to play the wonderful Peggy’s Skylight. Please feel free to spread the word with any music-loving friends you might have in those areas and/or come down and listen to what we’ve been getting up to over the holidays! It wasn’t all mince pies and Tofurky…

Finally, we’ve launched our brand new SHOP page on our website where you can buy all the ISQ goodies! A friend’s birthday coming up? Want to gift someone who made you smile? Any reason is a good reason for supporting independent artists! 😀

Link to the ISQ Merch Shop :

Much love,
Irene @ ISQ

PS. Note for VINYL ADDICTS: We will be releasing “Requiem For The Faithful” in vinyl soon through Bandcamp so we’ll be keeping you posted on when that becomes available!

“..rock-inflected chords, subtle electronic effects and impassioned vocals…”
Many thanks to London Jazz for this wonderful review of our album, “Requiem For The Faithful” . Read the full review HERE and then listen to the album and/or come and see us live to hear what all the fuss is all about!

“...the totally sublime vocals of Irene Serra…” - JAZZ FM
Massive thanks to Tony Minvielle for playing “Stone” and other tracks off the new album on JAZZ FM on his excellent programme Folded Space. Listen to his show every Sunday night for a heady mix of jazz, nu-Jazz, Soul and eclectic grooves! #jazzsinger #nujazz #jazzfm



Friday 24th January | JAZZLINES THSH, Birmingham

Thursday 30th January | Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Friday 1st February | Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

Friday 21st February | Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames

Tuesday 3rd March | Parr Jazz, Liverpool

Friday 29th May | Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield

Tuesday 2nd June | Pizza Express Soho, London

Jazz North expands Jazz Camp for Girls for 2020.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

We have received the following press release;


Following the success of 2019’s Jazz Camp for Girls, Jazz North has made the camp bigger for 2020 and is taking it to more places across the north of England including Sage Gateshead and The Northern Jazz Centre in Doncaster.

Overall, six weekend workshops will take place in February and March in Gateshead, Greater Manchester, Huddersfield, Cumbria, Lancaster and Doncaster aiming to offer an unforgettable first experience for girls aged between 9 and 15 years. They will have the opportunity to flourish under the mentorship of female role models, discover improvisation and playing in a band, and to develop their confidence. Now, instead of just one day, the camp will run for a weekend, and instead of just one weekend, the camp will take place on three weekends across the north, giving more girls the opportunity to take part.

Addressing the gender imbalance in jazz, Jazz North’s initiative was inspired by the success of a similar project created by JazzDanmark and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Jazz Camp for Girls Project Manager Helena Summerfield says the need is still there. “Our pilot Jazz Camp for Girls in 2019 was a great success and confirmed the need for such provision in the region,” says Helena. “We aim to build on this foundation now and reach even more young musicians. The project aims to give girls a really positive experience of playing in a band; the emphasis will be on finding their own voice when improvising and creating new music together. Jazz Camp for Girls will also develop supportive working relationships between the partner organisations and celebrate female role models from the world of jazz.

We have a fantastic group of inspiring tutors from across the north lined up to work with our girls. I am delighted that we have been able to extend the course from one day to a weekend, through generous funding from The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation, as this will allow everyone to work in more depth and have twice the fun.”

Previous participant Alice aged 14 said last year’s jazz camp “was good because it was well organised and your parents got to come at the end to see what you’d been doing. It made you feel more confident about improvising because some girls hadn’t really improvised before. I thought it would be good to meet other girls that play the saxophone and other jazz instruments.”

The camps will be led by professional female musicians including Alice Grace, Helen Pillinger, Lara Jones, Megan Roe, Jilly Jarman, Kathy Dyson, Helena Summerfield, Cat Miles, Sonia Mellor and Hannah Brady.

Partners working together on the project are Sage Gateshead, Musica Kirklees, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, Sheffield Music Hub, Rotherham Music Service, BlueJam Arts, Trafford Music Service, Lancashire Music Service, University of Huddersfield and Marsden Jazz Festival.

Those interested in Jazz Camp for Girls can book via the Jazz North website:

 Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls Venues and Tutors
Date Venue Partner Organisation Tutors

15 &16 February
The Sage, Gateshead
The Sage
*Alice Grace (vocals)
*Ben Helm (guitar)

15 &16
Trafford Music Service, Sale
Trafford Music Service
*Helena Summerfield
*Helen Pillinger (sax, Dalcroze)
*Simone Manunza (guitar).

15 &16
University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
University of Huddersfield,
Marsden Jazz Festival
Musica Kirklees
*Lara Jones (sax)
*Megan Roe (guitar)

7 & 8
Blue Jam Arts, Penrith
Blue Jam Arts
Jilly Jarman (keys, vox)

7 & 8
venue TBC
Lancashire Music Service
*Kathy Dyson (guitar)

28 & 29
The Northern
Jazz Centre,
Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
Rotherham Music Service
Sheffield Music Service
Mark Ellis (sax)
Cat Miles (sax)
*Sonia Mellor (trumpet)
*Hannah Brady (w.wind)
*Travis Finch (guitar)

 Jazz North was awarded funding for Jazz Camp for Girls from Ronnie Scott’s Charity Foundation, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and Golsoncott Foundation.

 Jazz North is the jazz development agency in the north funded by Arts Council England as a sector support organisation. Established in 2012 with a ground-breaking approach to

Jazz North | 0300 800 5299 | | @jazz_north |
Supporting and nurturing jazz across the north, it uses the power of collective partnership working to build networks between musicians, educators, promoters and venues, to grow audiences for jazz and to inspire children and young people to make music:

 JazzDanmark provides counseling, information and networking events and financial support for the jazz industry in Denmark:

 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been around since 1979 and is one of Europe’s biggest jazz festivals. More than 1,300 concerts are spread over approximately 120 venues (jazz clubs, concert halls, theatres, squares and gardens) throughout Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.

Peter Slavid’s European Jazz Hour - Playlist for programme first broadcast on January 19th 2020.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid’s European Jazz Hour: PLAYLIST

First Broadcast January 19th

Sun Mi Hong – Match and Fuse Festival (Zurich)

Gorilla Mask - Brain Drain (Clean Feed)

Almeida | Duynhoven | Klein - Live at the BimHuis (Clean Feed)

According to the Sound – Prism-a-ning (Losen)

Issie Barratt’s Interchange - Donna’s Secret (Fuzzy Moon Records)

Keita-Bronniman-Niggli - Kalan Teban (Intakt)

Simone Graziano - Sexuality (Auand)

3TM – Lake (WeJazz)

Elliot Galvin - Live in Paris, At Fondation Louis Vuitton (Edition)

European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Chris Ingham -  Newsletter January 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Chris Ingham writes;

Chris Ingham Newsletter January 2020


On behalf of JBGB Events, I’m delighted to host a series of five weekly repertoire nights in February/March 2020 at London’s superb cabaret venue Crazy Coqs in the basement of Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly.

Wed 5 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 12 Feb 2020 (7pm)
HOAGY! with PAUL HIGGS trumpet, JOE PETTITT bass

Wed 19 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 26 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 4 March 2020 (7pm)

Twitter: @LiveAtZedel       Instagram: @liveatzedel     Facebook: @LiveAtZedel

HOAGY! Live 2020
“Captures the spirit of a 20th-century giant…a delightful package” **** OBSERVER
Wed 15 Jan RADLETT Centre
Wed 12 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs
Sat 9 May SOUTHEND Jazz Centre
Sun 10 May NEWPORT Apollo Theatre
Thurs 25 June DISS Corn Hall
Thurs 2 July MARLOW Jazz
Fri 3 July STAPLEFORD Granary
Sat 4 July ALDEBURGH Jubilee Hall
Fri 10 July BURFORD Jazz
Sun 12 July STROUD Sub Rooms

“The phenomenally gifted Mark Crooks…the quartet is everything you could wish for – swinging, supple and, most importantly, always appropriate. Ingham’s mastery of the subtle differences in style is impressive”
Fri 10 Jan BURFORD Jazz
Wed 19 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs
Sat 9 May BERKHAMSTED Jazz Club
Fri 22 May BURY ST EDMUNDS Hunter Club
Sat 23 May SOUTHWOLD Arts Centre
Fri 2 Oct IPSWICH St Peters by the Waterfront

“A vibrant and moving homage” DOWNBEAT
Wed 5 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs (trio)
Tues 14 April CHELTENHAM Jazz
Thur 30 April NEWTON Village Hall
Fri 1 May ASHBY DE LA LAUNDE Village Hall
Sat 2 May FECKENHAM Village Hall
Sun 3 May WINTHORPE Community Centre


Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind (2019), a documentary by director Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Amazon Prime.

Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones’ Road To Altamont (2020), a documentary by Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Amazon Prime.

How The Beatles Changed the World (2017), a documentary by Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack and talking head contributions by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Netflix and to listen to here.

Wartime Crime (2017), a six-part documentary series by Symettrica broadcast on Discovery (US) and Yesterday (UK) featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on UKTV Play and to listen to here.

Thanks for reading. See you round the clubs.

All best wishes

Partikel mark ten years together with new album and UK tour dates.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Partikel mark 10 years together with new album and dates.

Partikel mark 10 years together with new music and a new album for 2020.
Over the past ten years Partikel have forged a reputation as “one of the most exciting trios in improvised music” Jazz Podium.

After releasing their first album with F-IRE back in 2010 they went on to perform their unique music at venues and festivals all over the world. Their journey so far has seen the band open for trumpet master Tomasz Stanko at Cadogan Hall in London, headline Ronnie Scott’s with their ‘String Theory’ collaboration, two tours to China, performances at Vancouver Jazz Festival and Rochester Jazz Festival USA and countless tours around Europe.

To mark this milestone Partikel will be releasing a new album of music this Autumn with progressive German based label Berthold Records and are kicking off the year by releasing the first of three videos showcasing some of the new material. Click below to watch their performance of ‘Catford Muse’

Partikel have some upcoming dates around London over the next few months before they head into the studio:

29th Jan - Bulls Head, Barnes

6th Feb - The Vortex Jazz Club

11th Feb - The Floating Jazz Club, Vauxhall

20th Feb - Marquis of Westminster, Westminster

2nd March - Kansas Smitty’s

5th March - The Fox, Twickenham

18th March - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

26th April - Foyles (NYJO Jam session midday)

12th May - Crazy Coqs Cabaret, at Brasserie Zedel

The new album will be released this coming October along with a UK and European tour, dates to be announced. For booking inquiries contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Touring lineup:

Duncan Eagles - Saxophone
Max Luthert - Bass
Eric Ford - Drums


“A continuous musical narrative with many detours exceeding all expectation” JazzTheTik ☆☆☆☆☆

“Supple trio finds new warmth and appeal” The Guardian ☆☆☆☆

“Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority” All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆

“Eagles’s tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It’s another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit.” BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆

Pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony to play winter & spring concerts in Massachusetts & New York states.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Acclaimed pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony’s schedule of winter and spring performances includes stops around Massachusetts and in New York City. Gardony continues to celebrate his well-received 2019 recording La Marseillaise. According to Jeff Tamarkin of JazzTimes, “Gardony relishes variety and thrives on a skilful navigation of dynamics…on-the-fly creativity at its most developed.”

Shows in Boston (Jan. 21), Pittsfield (Feb. 15), Marblehead (March 12), Framingham (March 21), Plymouth (March 27), Norwell (April 4), and New York City (June 4)

Gardony’s live album features original compositions, jazz standards, a classic Italian song, and two spontaneously created pieces

“Armed with a piano style that encompasses Bill Evans’s elegance, Herbie Hancock’s drive and Keith Jarrett’s passion, Gardony’s music … creates a meditative state conducive to the attainment of man’s most enduring and timeless aspirations.”  – Eugene Holley, Village Voice

“He is a great musician and that’s all you need.” – Dave Liebman

Acclaimed Hungarian-born pianist Laszlo Gardony has a busy winter and spring ahead, with several solo, trio, and other shows in Massachusetts and New York. For full schedule visit

∙ Tuesday, January 21, 6 p.m. at The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. Trio performance featuring Gardony, bassist Ron Mahdi, drummer Yoron Israel in support of the Jazz Scene in Boston photo exhibit. Co-sponsored by JazzBoston. For information visit

∙ Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $30, $25 advance, $20 members. For information visit

∙ Thursday, March 12 at Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $35. For information call 781-631-2608 or visit

∙ Saturday, March 21 at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. Solo piano concert. Tickets $25, $22 members. For information call 508-405-2787 or visit

∙ Friday, March 27 at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court St., Plymouth. Trio concert and album celebration concert for La Marseillaise with Gardony, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Yoron Israel. Tickets $25. For information visit

∙ Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at James Library and Arts Center, 24 West St., Norwell. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $30, $25 seniors, $15 students. For information visit

∙ Thursday, June 4, 8 and 10 p.m. at Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, New York City. Gardony with the Christian Artmann Quartet featuring flutist Artmann, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, drummer Jeff Hirshfield and guest vocalist Elena McEntire. For information visit

Gardony’s latest release La Marseillaise reflects his love of performing jazz standards, composing new and original music, and improvising in the moment. The live solo album, recorded in March 2019 as part of Berklee College of Music’s Keys Fest, was released October 25, 2019 on Sunnyside Records.

“When you are performing, what you are bringing into focus is the moment,” says Gardony of his concept for playing piano before an audience. “What you play has to sound alive, and that requires a careful reading of the moment. That’s what makes jazz stand apart from any other genre: There’s a real mastery of the intuitive moment.”

La Marseillaise is Gardony’s third solo piano album in seven years. “Being an improviser, when you plan a concert you pay a lot of attention to the possibilities: a repertory that is in play for the performance,” Gardony says. “It’s not like you put a setlist together and say ‘I’m going to stick to this no matter where the improvisation takes me.’ As you play each piece it leads you to the decision of what should be next. That keeps the performance inspired as the music flows in the moment, but it also assures that you create a story—not just within the five minutes or so of a tune, but also a longer story arc for the whole performance.”

The story of La Marseillaise, then, is one of joy. Gardony was in an upbeat mood on the day of the concert; felt inspiration coursing through him as he played; and, as the performance progressed, the connection with the audience felt increasingly strong, generating a sense of uplift that inevitably infected the music. It was the joy not just of creation, but of communication.

Laszlo Gardony was born in Hungary in 1956, and has no memory of a time when he didn’t play the piano. Nor was it ever simply something for a little boy to bang on. “I always improvised and made music,” Gardony says. “One of my first songs was written for my grandmother when I was about six. Throughout school, I would improvise for up to three hours a day.”

At seven, he began training classically, but by then his improvisational relationship to the piano was entrenched. When he began attending the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, he chose a major that would allow him to study African music and jazz as well as classical (though with separate auditions for each). He then earned a master’s degree in education from Eötvös Loránd University and began establishing his career as a jazz musician; however, with such a career being difficult to sustain in Europe at that time, he cast his eye on the United States, winning a full scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1983.

Upon his graduation in 1987, Gardony accepted an offer from Berklee to join the faculty. A year later, he inaugurated his American recording career with The Secret, featuring bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Ian Froman. It was 1989 that proved Gardony’s breakthrough year, however, with both a victory in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a critically acclaimed album, The Legend of Tsumi, with Dave Holland and Bob Moses. He then worked regularly through the 1990s as both a leader and sideman, while continuing to teach at Berklee (where he became a full professor in 1997).

In 2001, Gardony formed a trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, which has been his first-call musical outlet ever since. “It’s very telepathic the way we work together,” he says. “They immediately pick up on the feel of the music. I don’t have to explain the vibe much at all. We have had great, great concerts together, and we definitely want to keep it going.”

Nevertheless, Gardony also appreciates experimenting with the solo piano’s possibilities. In 2012 he released Clarity, an entirely improvised album that gained much praise. He followed it with 2017’s Serious Play, this time a solo piano collection of standards as well as fully improvised pieces.

La Marseillaise offers the best of three worlds: composed original tunes, in-the-moment improvisations and creative covers of standards. “As you master the art of improvisation, you can trust your immediate judgement: What needs to come next? And is it going to be in the context of an original, a standard or an improvised piece?” Gardony says. “I love that freedom, and joyful responsibility solo piano brings.”

Peter Hum - new album and tour of Eastern Canada, March 2020.

Monday, January 20, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Introducing Peter Hum - “Ordinary Heroes”.

Even in the darkest of times, there were so many ordinary heroes who gave us hope and succor…. It is they who helped change things for the better.”
In November 2016, activist and actor George Takei shared these words while recalling the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. After Donald Trump’s election win, Takei meant to give consolation and strength to progressive-minded people recoiling at the rise of Trump and Trumpism.

Ottawa jazz pianist Peter Hum has similar intentions with his new album Ordinary Heroes. Its 10 original compositions were inspired by his social and political concerns and are meant to uplift and even mobilize today’s ordinary heroes.

The album features an all-star Canadian sextet of long-time friends, making modern mainstream jazz that thrums with interaction and personality. Tearing through urgent pieces such as Crises and Reckonings and Rabble Rouser, swinging forcefully through Cassandra and Fake News Blues, or girding spirits with Spare Hearts, Tears for the Innocent and Ordinary Heroes, Hum and company sound like an instantly recognizable and compelling band.

The album will be released worldwide on Friday, March 6th, 2020.

The group is going to be touring Eastern Canada to celebrate the release. 

March 6, 2020, 3 p.m.
Carleton University, Ottawa
Masterclass with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Dave Smith (trumpet), Sam Kirmayer (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 6, 2020, 8 p.m. to midnight
Options Jazz Lounge, Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata
No cover
Peter Hum Quartet with Sam Kirmayer (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 7, 2020, 8 p.m., three sets
Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, 1254 Mackay St., Montreal
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Dave Smith (trumpet), Sam Kirmayer (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, Ottawa
$25, tickets available here
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Dave Smith (trumpet), Sam Kirmayer (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 11, 2020, noon to 1 p.m.
Doors Open for Music at Southminster
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank Street in Old Ottawa South
Admission is by freewill offering ($5 - $20 is suggested)
Peter Hum (piano), Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Chris Pond (bass)

March 11 and 12, 2020, 9:30 p.m., two sets
The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar, 194 Queen St W, Toronto
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Dave Smith (trumpet), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 14, 2020, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., three sets
The Jazz Room, 59 King St N, Waterloo
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Dave Smith (trumpet), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 19, 2020
Baba’s Lounge, 181 Great George St, Charlottetown, PEI
Peter Hum Trio with Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 20, 2020
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI
Peter Hum Quintet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Paul Tynan (trumpet), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 21, 2020
Schwartz School of Business Auditorium,  St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Paul Tynan (trumpet), Kevin Brunkhorst (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

March 23, 2020
Gilmora Hall, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Peter Hum Sextet with Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone), Paul Tynan (trumpet), Kevin Brunkhorst (guitar), Alec Walkington (bass), Ted Warren (drums)

A little more about Peter Hum…

Pianist Peter Hum has been a mainstay of the jazz scene in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, for almost three decades. As a bandleader and sideman in his hometown, he strives to make modern mainstream jazz that uplifts listeners with forthright lyricism, strong evocations of moods, and energetic, unfettered improvising.

Largely self-taught, Peter was bitten by the jazz bug when he was a teenager in the 1970s, exposed to the music of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. He counts himself very fortunate to have performed with such Canadian jazz legends as Sonny Greenwich, Phil Nimmons, Reg Schwager and Pat LaBarbera. Over the years, Peter’s own projects have included such stellar peers as saxophonists Kenji Omae, Joel Miller, Frank Lozano and Mike Allen, guitarists Mike Rud and Roddy Ellias, and drummers Ted Warren, Dave Laing and Andre White.

Peter has released two albums, A Boy’s Journey, in November 2010, and Alpha Moment, in September 2015. Both albums were supported by City of Ottawa arts grants, and the second recording was additionally supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Peter’s third album, Ordinary Heroes, is slated for release in 2019. A collection of original compositions addressing the social and political tumult of the times, the album features a Canadian all-star sextet that includes Peter’s long-time friends Kenji Omae (tenor saxophone / Antigonish, NS), Dave Smith (trumpet, New York), Mike Rud (guitar / Montreal), Alec Walkington (acoustic bass / Montreal) and Ted Warren (drums / Guelph, ON).

Peter lives with his wife and son in Ottawa, where he is also a full-time journalist with the Ottawa Citizen.

JazzLeeds - Programme, Spring 2020.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Steve Crocker writes;


Not long now before the JazzLeeds international Spring 2020 programme starts at @SevenArts in Chapel Allerton!  We’ve a great opening to the season on Thursday 6 February when we welcome Swedish jazz singer Emilia Mårtensson Quintet. Over the last decade, Emilia has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the European jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016’ at the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden. Her band with guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson – they’ve have been picking up rave reviews.

The international flavour continues the following week on Saturday 15th February where we have a superb quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. US pianist Ethan Iverson, one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus, and Britain’s Martin Speake on sax – reviving a partnership with that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality also from Calum Gourlay on bass and Jorge Rossy, from the Brad Mehldau trio on drums.

March sees a welcome return by one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw, teaming up with urbane saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, irrepressibly brilliant pianist Jamie Safir as part of their “What’s New” tour – a treat in store on Thursday March 19th .

The end of the month has another spectacular evening concert, as pianist and composer Nikki Iles brings her 18 piece orchestra, a superb band featuring Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp and Gareth Lochrane amongst others to Seven Arts. Featuring commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, the superb band she has assembled will showcase the depth and range of her writing and arranging. Expect great jazz from top-drawer musicians highlighting Nikki’s distinctive creative voice – on Saturday 28 March.

After Easter we've a welcome return by “Sound of 59”, a group by bassist Adrian Knowles that were such a hit at last year’s Jazz Leeds Festival. They’ll be celebrating International Jazz Day with music from a pivotal year in jazz history. 1959 was special – it saw the release of classic jazz albums by Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and many others. “Sounds of 59” features some of the best of jazz musicians from Leeds, recreating the music with both music and visual displays - thought provoking music with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo – Thursday 30 April is
the diary date.

This is followed on Thursday 7 May by the visit of Lukas Oravec a wonderful young Slovakian trumpet player who plays and writes with lots of fire and creativity. His music has a distinctive sound as does his playing. Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. Putting it all together is pianist (and Head of the Jazz at Leeds College of Music) Jami Sheriff. Dave Walsh is on drums, Pete Turner on bass.

Finally to end the Spring series, a real treat - busy top-notch NYC Ari Hoenig makes a welcome return visit to Leeds on Thursday 14 th May with a trio of guitarist Tom Ollendorff and bassist Conor Chaplin. They deliver sharp, streetwise modern jazz that borrows as much from drum ‘n’ bass as much as it does from pristine ECM and dirty downtown aesthetics.

As well as evening concerts, we also feature the best of musicians from the region and beyond in our Sunday Afternoon Jazz Programme at Seven Arts and Inkwell in Chapel Allerton. This Spring we have three great jazz guitarists - British legend Gary Boyle, Canadian maestro Jeff Hewer, and Norwegian rising star Eirik Svela, and two award winning singers – Newcastle based Zoe Gilby and our own Louse Gibbs.

If you like to dance we’ve just the thing for you - “The Mabgate Swingers” and “Soul Surgeons”.

Saxman Ed Kainyek makes a welcome return to his home city, and we’ve also a welcome return from Wakefield violinist Dom Ingham with his superb quintet and two big bands, “Strictly Smokin Big Band” from Newcastle and our own Leeds College of Music student big band.

More details of our Spring 2020 programme are given here,uk

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Compete date listing:

 Sun Jan 26 Gary Boyle Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun Feb 2 Jeff Hewer Quartet @ Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7

 Thus Feb 6 Emilia Mårtensson @Seven Arts 1.30pm £16/14

 Sun Feb 9 Soul Surgeons @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sat Feb 15th Ethan Iverson/ Martin Speake Quartet @Seven Arts 8pm £16/14

 Sun Feb 23 Ed Kainiek Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun Mar 1 Eirik Svela group @ Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7

 Sun Mar 8 Zoe Gilby Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Thus 19 Mar Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir @Seven Arts 8pm £20/£18.

 Sun Mar 22 Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm

 Sat 28 Mar Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra £20/£18.

 Sun April 5 Spring Jazz Café @Inkwell 1.30pm

 Sun April 12 Mabgate Swingers Party @Seven 1.30pm

 Sunday April 19 @Inkwell and April 26 @ Seven Arts – “College Collection 2019” 1.30pm

 Thus April 30 “Sound of '59” @Seven Arts 8pm £16/14

 Sun May 3 Dom Ingham Quintet @Seven Arts £10/8

 Thus 7 May Lukas Oravec Quintet feat. Alex Garnett £14/12

 Thus May 14 Ari Hoenig Trio £16/14

 Sun May 17 Jazz Jam session @Inkwell 1.30pm £7/5 performers free.

 Sun May 24 “A Great Day in Harlem” – Strictly Smoking Big Band @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun May 31 LCoM Student Union Big Band @ Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

Our Venues:

Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Jeff Williams ‘Bloom’ Trio, UK tour, May 2020.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

We have received the following press release;

‘Dazzling Freebop’ Jeff Williams ‘Bloom’ Trio, May 2020 UK Tour.

It speaks volumes when the bustling opening track of drummer Jeff Williams’ new piano trio release, Bloom, is revealed as “just us warming up, getting our headphone mix together”! For that’s the remarkable, spontaneous quality which his partnership with pianist Carmen Staaf and double bassist Michael Formanek delivers across ten numbers individually penned by each, plus a Buster Williams interpretation.

Jeff Williams has worked alongside Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, and John Abercrombie, in addition to leading his own groups for some time; and for the last few years, in the States, he has played in saxophonist Dan Blake’s quartet with pianist Leo Genovese and bassist Dmitry Ishenko. “One time when Leo was unavailable, Carmen stepped in, and I felt a real connection with her playing”, recalls the drummer. “We talked about the idea of a trio, after which I ran into Michael (we first met in the 1970s, gigging together in New York). That was the eureka moment – it bloomed outta nowhere, hence the album title.”

Including new piano trio arrangements of earlier numbers, Jeff jests that he shares Thelonious Monk’s attitude (when the great piano man was asked why he plays the same tunes all the time) that “I want people to hear them!” The harmonic beauty of ‘Another Time’, for instance – originally recorded with two horns and bass – is enhanced, thanks to Staaf’s invention and the colourful refractions of Williams’ cymbals (including a1950s K Zildjan ride); and the furtive, chromatic, 7/8 propulsion of ‘Scrunge’ segues into impatiently-grooving ‘Search Me’.

Staaf’s ‘Short Tune’ and ‘New York Landing’ reflect her bright personality – syncopated, picturesque and carefree with, as the drummer enthuses, “a certain quirkiness I like, plus a lot of technique in reserve – and there are few young musicians I know who can play the blues like that.” Williams, too, hails Michael Formanek’s ruminative ‘Ballad of the Weak’: “To me, that’s Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Mingus – all of that quality”; and fast-swinging ‘A Word Edgewise’ features typically vibrant bass soloing.

She Can’t Be a Spy’ (a New York Times requote: ‘She can’t be a spy – look what she did with the hydrangeas’) impetuously strains at the leash, with no specific chord changes – “a fun challenge, taking it to the edge of the cliff”; and Buster Williams’ ‘Air Dancing’ (from charts passed to Jeff by the man himself) continues the tender sophistication passed down by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Breezy ‘Northwest’ was recorded with Frank Kimbrough some years ago, and Staaf’s gamelan-like ‘Chant’ provides a meditative, droplet-piano, arco-bass conclusion.

“I grew up listening to many piano trios, especially Ahmad Jamal’s from around 1958–1962 – so that influenced my playing. But there’s no fixed concept, and this was simply a case of ‘Let’s see what we can do with it’. I’ve always played with people who inspire me, enjoying the conversation, going into some depth; and often thinking about the musicians, rather than the instrumentation. So I hope Bloom will allow us to flourish in pursuing this trio further.”

Bloom Tour May 2020;

12 / 13 - De Montford University, Leicester (Workshops /Gig)
14 - Eastside, Birmingham (Conservatoire)
15 - Wakefield Jazz
16 - Newcastle Jazz Cafe
17 - National Early Music Centre, York
18 - Pizza Express, Dean St, Soho, London.
19 - The Bear Club, Luton
20 - Watermill Jazz, Dorking


“On Bloom Jeff Williams, Michael Formanek and Carmen Staaf fleck the music with micro tensions while fully genuflecting to melody. Allure dominates the informality they fashion, their attractive improvs managing to be both heady and charming.”
Jim Macnie # I pick NPR Critics Poll

“It’s always a treat when the real thing comes along and this particular Jeff Williams trio is undoubtedly that.”

“... The trio excel at this kind of robust, highly virtuosic playing, and there’s a sense of freedom and fun to the proceedings.”

“Once you have the right tunes, then all you need is really good players who mind the material and listen to each other and make good choices in the moment. Jeff Williams’s album “Bloom” is the sound of that plan coming together.”

“Bloom” documents the already remarkable empathy between the three musicians and embraces a wide variety of jazz styles, while simultaneously establishing a strong group identity.”
The Jazzmann

“...Williams has built a truly crafty cohort to carry out his mission of nurturing spontaneity.”

“...though what makes you sit up and pay attention the most is Staaf’s pianism. It’s brilliant, enriched stuff, as rugged as it is lush. “

” In a world with so many piano trio albums released every month, “Bloom” stands out on the strengths of its compositions and the excellent musicianship of Jeff Williams, Carmen Staaf, and Michael Formanek.”
Tempest Blog spot

“... to instantly discern the true cohesiveness of this trio, just listen to Formanek’s sprightly “A Word Edgewise” or the gracefulness imbued in Staaf’s bluesy “New York Landing.”
★★★★ All About Jazz

“The real joy in Bloom is to sit and listen to Jeff Williams.”
Part Time Audiophile

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The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - programme for the week ahead.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday soukous band KASAI MASAI followed by Late Night Grass Roots: HOSS PROJET. Saturday former Art Blakey Messenger Jean Toussaint brings his 4tet.

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
17 - 24 January 2020.

Friday 17 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Friday 17 January 11pm

Saturday 18 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

MOPOMOSO: Afternoon Sessions
Sunday 19 January 2.30pm
£8/  Members £4 / Student member £4

Sunday 19 January 7.30pm
£10/  Members £5 / Student member £4

Monday 20 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

Tuesday 21 January 8pm
£20 / Members £15 / Student members £15

  Wednesday 22 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student member £5

Thursday 23 January 8pm
£12 / Members £6 / Student members £6

Friday 24 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50

Coming soon…

African Jazz Orchestra directed by Serge Ngando-Mpondo
Saturday 25 Jan 8pm

Roseie Frater-Taylor
Sunday 26 Jan 7.30pm

Run Logan Run
Tuesday 28 January 8pm

Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo ft. Fred Thomas
Friday 31 January 8pm

*CRAIG TABORN SOLO*  28 February 8pm

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)
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More names announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Gregory Porter To Open Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020

** Lizz Wright, Makaya McCraven, Keyon Harrold and Gary Bartz & Maisha also join line-up for 6-day event in May

It is announced today that multi-Grammy-winning singer Gregory Porter will open this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival with a headline show at the 2000-capacity Big Top on Tuesday 5th May. Porter also reprises his role as Artistic Curator and has been involved in programming a series of artists for the festival.

Undeniably one of the best voices of our generation, Porter has also revealed today that he will release his sixth studio album All Rise on Decca Records/Blue Note in April, and will kick off his much-anticipated UK tour of the record at Cheltenham.

One of Porter’s picks is American vocalist and composer Lizz Wright, who will perform at the Everyman Theatre on Friday 8th May. Wright will present songs from her latest critically-acclaimed album, 2017’s Grace, and has also been invited by Porter to guest during his show at The Big Top on the opening day of the festival.

Porter has also selected two unmissable shows at the Jazz Arena on Friday 8th May from Chicago-based drummer and producer Makaya McCraven, who won ‘International Jazz Act of the Year’ at the Jazz FM Awards 2019, and trailblazing US trumpeter Keyon Harrold, plus a concert from influential post-bop saxophonist and composer Gary Bartz. Bartz’s band for this show, which takes place on Saturday 9th May, will be London 6-piece Maisha, widely regarded as the UK’s leading spiritual jazz outfit.

These names join Bebel Gilberto, a double bill of Blind Boys of Alabama and Amadou and Mariam, and David Liebman/Randy Brecker/Marc Copland Quintet, who were announced at the end of last year.

The full Cheltenham Jazz Festival programme will be revealed on Wednesday 12th February. Tickets go on sale to Members on 26th February and General sale is on 4th March.

Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic: Spring Tour 2020.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Chris Batchelor writes;

I am writing to let you know about the Zoetic Spring Tour starting on February 9th at the Vortex.

Zoetic is a new band of old friends, in some ways a mirror image to Pigfoot - quieter and lyrical, and playing mostly original material. We have a 12 date tour across the country supported by Arts Council England.


Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and a BBC Jazz Award, this new ensemble sees Batchelor further honing and distilling the approach he established in his writing for Loose Tubes and Big Air.

Zoetic was formed in 2018 to create an exceptional group of musicians who have played together for years in many other ensembles. Guitarist John Parricelli and bassist Steve Watts were fellow members of the hugely influential big band Loose Tubes, for which Batchelor was a key composer and arranger. The addition of violist Margrit Hasler and percussionist Paul Clarvis results in a unique and intriguing collective sound, rich in textural possibilities.

Batchelor’s distinctive compositions for Zoetic are the outcome of his long lasting immersion in a wide range of music in London’s varied scene, from East African guitar band grooves to echoes of wistful European folk themes and sinuous lines reminiscent of Arabic music.





Feb 9th - Vortex Jazz Club, London

Feb 27th - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

March 13th - Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

March 16th -Beeston Library, Notts.

March 17th - Worksop Library, Notts.

March 18th - Southwell Library, Notts.

April 24th - Listen!, Cambridge

May 9th - The Hive, Shrewsbury

May 14th - Lauderdale House, London

May 15th - Birmingham Jazz, 1000 Trades, Birmingham

May 20th - Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz on the Radio’ playlist.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Peter Slavid writes;

I’m pleased to tell you that in addition to the stations listed below, my show will in future be available as a podcast on the newly revived The and online at Cofton Radio community station in Birmingham

Now available at

Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet - When Angels Fall (Whirlwind)

UROK – Urok (Chant Records) 11.05

Alison Rayner Quintet - Short Stories (Blow the Fuse) 18.15

Fosterchild - Dear Earthling (ILK Music) 25.30

Run Logan Run – Koan (Bandcamp) 29.45

Zac Gvirtzmann - Crouch End Concert (self) 36.50

Soweto Kinch - Black Peril (Soweto Kinch Records) 43.05

European Modern Jazz on the radio 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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Remi Harris, UK tour dates, January - May 2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dani Harris writes;

We’ve been busy booking up Remi Harris’ 2020 tour and have three exciting shows. The tour will kick off at the end of January with the unveiling of Remi’s brand new trio show Light & Shade. Fusing several genres, it is his most diverse and eclectic show to date and features music ranging from the acoustic jazz, swing and gypsy jazz of the 30s and 40s to the psychedelic rock and blues of the 60s and 70s. Remi will play a variety of acoustic guitars and electric guitars; accompanied by double and electric bass, and drums.

In February, he will be launching Remi Harris & The Electric Beat Combo. This new project showcases 60s and 70s psychedelic instrumental rock and blues, and features guitar, bass and drums. There will be lots of jamming, blues and big riffs and might get loud!

Remi will also continue to present the Remi Harris Duo throughout 2020. With a variety of guitars and a ukulele, he will perform with double bassist Tom Moore. Concert goers can expect a spectacular night of virtuoso guitar playing - with influences from jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, funk, classical and world music. Musically the show is a reflection of Remi’s artistic influences - with repertoire ranging from Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix and all things in between, including The Beatles, Peter Green and new compositions from his anticipated third album.



Internationally renowned jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris has announced dates for his 2020 tour, which will see him present exciting new projects at over 40 theatres and music venues up and down the country.

Remi, who was born in Hereford, says “I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road and I’m especially excited to be playing a variety of styles and projects within this tour”

Remi’s music has reached new audiences and he continues to gain recognition for his virtuoso talent, with the recent honour of his first signature model from Fylde guitars. This further cements Remi’s reputation as a leading guitarist in his field.

Jamie Cullum, International Star, said, “Remi Harris is an incredible guitarist, I’m absolutely blown away by his talent.”

In his career to date, Remi has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum and live on BBC Radios 2 & 3.

From the day Remi was born his mother of French origin chose the name Remi, inspired by the musical scale DO-RE-MI. His first album is called ‘Ninick’ in memory of his mother. Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has an increasing following on YouTube and social media around the world and a growing reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

At the British Jazz Awards 2017, Remi came second place in the ‘Guitarist of the Year’ category - being beaten to the top slot by legendary Martin Taylor MBE, who describes Remi as “brilliant”.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine named Remi one of the “Acoustic Acts of 2017”, and he has headlined numerous international festivals and played countless prestigious venues around the world.

“extraordinary musician”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“The standard of playing is stunning”
Guitar Techniques Magazine

“remarkable, genre-defying take on gypsy jazz guitar…”
Total Guitar Magazine

For further information please call manager: Dani Harris on 01584 881564 | 07814 986 868
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Sat 18th Jan         Pudleston Village Hall, Herefordshire - Yardbird Arts Blues Band featuring Vince Ballard

Tues 21st Jan Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire - Jazz & Blues with Loz Garratt and Brad Webb

Thu 30th Jan The Stables, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - Light & Shade

Fri 31st Jan Linton Village Hall, Herefordshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 1st Feb The Fold, Billericay, Essex - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 7th Feb CICCIC, Taunton, Somerset - with The Electric Beat Combo

Sat 8th Feb West Malvern Social Club, Worcestershire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Fri 14th Feb The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Sat 15th Feb Ludlow Brewing Company, Shropshire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Tues 18th Feb Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire

Sat 22nd Feb Cossington Village Hall, Somerset - with Alan Barnes & Tom Moore

Fri 28th Feb Wakefield Jazz Club, West Yorkshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sun 1st Mar Sunflower and I, Cardiff - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 6th Mar Lighthorne Village Hall, Warwickshire - Light & Shade

Sat 7th Mar Crich Glebe, Derbyshire - Light & Shade

Sat 14th Mar Weobley Village Hall, Herefordshire - Light & Shade

Tues 17th Mar Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire

Fri 20th Mar Priory Hall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 27th Mar The Spring, Havant, Hampshire - Light & Shade

Sat 28th Mar Thornbury Jazz Festival, Gloucestershire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sun 29th Mar Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny - Light & Shade

Sat 4th Apr Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire - Light & Shade

Sat 18th Apr The Chequers Village Hub, Barkestone Le Vale, Leicestershire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 25th Apr Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight - Light & Shade

Fri 1st May St Austell Arts Centre, Cornwall - Light & Shade

Sat 2nd May The George Hotel, South Molton, Devon - Light & Shade

Sat 9th May Hullavington Village Hall, Wiltshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 16th May Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Suffolk - Light & Shade

Fri 22nd May Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - Light & Shade

Sat 23rd May Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, Derbyshire - Light & Shade


Animal Society, UK live dates, January and March 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Joe Williamson writes;

I’m delighted to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Do it Differently’ Fund by Help Musicians UK, and this has allowed us to record a new single and video, for release in February.

We’ll also be touring the UK in March - see below for a list of our gigs!

Tour dates:

19/01 MIDDLESBOROUGH - Town Hall
02/03 MANCHESTER - NQ Jazz at The Whiskey Jar
03/03 BIRMINGHAM - Jazz at the Spotted Dog
04/03 BRISTOL - The Old England
05/03 LONDON - The Vortex Jazz Club
07/03 LUTON - The Bear Club
08/03 NEWCASTLE - Jazz North East at The Bridge Hotel

More information at;

Melt Yourself Down announce new album + UK headline tour, April / May 2020.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

We have received the following press release;


“Perfect for dancing around the house naked to” – TIME OUT

“An almighty eruption of creativity” – GUARDIAN

London 6-piece Melt Yourself Down are set to release their third studio album ‘100% YES’, out on 27 March. The band also announce a UK headline tour, including a date at London’s Lafayette on 22nd April. Melt Yourself Down have also written original music for the opening and end credits of new BBC sitcom ‘King Gary’.

Formed in 2012 by Mercury nominated sax innovator Pete Wareham and fronted by vocalist Kush Gaya, Melt Yourself Down rose from the ashes of Pete’s previous outfit Acoustic Ladyland and from everything he learned with Polar Bear. His work in reinventing and defying musical genres has paved the way for acts such as Comet is Coming, Black Flower and Sons of Kemet, to name a handful.

With their current single ‘Every Single Day’ being added to BBC 6 Music’s playlist for a second consecutive week, this new music is the band’s most vital yet. Working with production legends Youth and Ben Hillier, the band have re-imagined themselves and created a bruising re-up of their signature sound with added synths, anthems and epic joyrides for their upcoming new album, ‘100% YES’.

The hard hitting track Every Single Day explores the toxicity of social media platforms; “I’m a series of clicks and likes”, says Kush. The weaponisation of data is currently at the forefront of much debate and concern and Melt Yourself Down’s direct approach is blunt yet incredibly absorbing and inspiring.

The album’s searing opener ‘Boot and Spleen’ is inspired by the dark history of British colonialism in India. “The conversation that we’re having in this song is: What is it to be British?” says Kush. “What’s that identity now, in 2019? What sort of behaviours are allowed towards minorities, or from minorities towards the majority?”

There’s no simple answer to those questions but Melt Yourself Down are asking them anyway. They play into a great tradition of British insurgents that spans decades and genres, from the Sex Pistols to Radiohead, from Kate Tempest to Young Fathers. Yet the band’s lineage is also connected to jazz’s rich history of sticking a middle finger to The Man. “Jazz was the wild, dirty music of the 20s, 30s,” says Kush. “It was not a sit down, polite, experience.” Pete adds: “my favourite kind of jazz is when it feels dangerous”

The album as a whole presents an unflinching focus on the pressing realities of life in Britain today. ‘Born in the Manor’ takes on the Grenfell tragedy amidst looming synths and staccato brass, as Kush’s vocals morph from menacing speak-raps to a desperate wail. Lyrics indict the powers that be whose negligence allowed the West London fire to happen: “Born in the manor / Born in the gutter / For dem it don’t matter / Blacker, whiter, browner / You burn in a tower.”

The track ‘Crocodile’ is about the terrifying Russian drug Krokodil which literally melts people’s flesh. Kush says. “It’s about youth decay. It was very reminiscent of my time in Bristol where quite a few of my friends got addicted to crack, some died, some are still hooked. It is about boredom and desperation, unhealthy party scenes, having too much time on their hands and doing crap jobs.”

The record closes with the album’s title song ‘100% YES’. Brimming with optimism as the title suggests, the track highlights the band’s unparalleled skill and craftsmanship as musicians.

The desire to create new sonic pathways is an integral philosophy to Melt Yourself Down, whose two critically-lauded albums to date have alchemised influences from noisy No Wave to Nubian rhythms to create an eclectic and pan-global kind of party-punk. But their epochal third album ‘100% YES’ is their strongest statement yet, representing both a peak of musical synthesis for the band as well as a personal triumph.

This is a record set to establish Melt Yourself Down at the forefront of today’s music innovators, and a timely document of the increasingly complex nature of Britishness, whilst at the same time bubbles with excitement and hopefulness.

“So much has changed in the world since we started writing in 2016” says Pete. “We couldn’t ignore any of it and this new music is borne from our feelings of extreme cultural restlessness”.

‘100% YES’ is out on Decca Records on 27 March.


Wed   22     Apr     Lafayette, London

Thu     23     Apr     Patterns, Brighton

Fri     24     Apr     Elsewhere, Margate

Sat     25     Apr     Are You Listening? Festival, Reading                                

Tue     28     Mar   The Brudenell, Leeds

Wed   29     Apr     Bullingdon, Oxford

Thu     30     Apr     Esquires, Bedford

Fri     1       May   Hebden Bridge, Hebden

Sat     2       May   Junction 2, Cambridge                                

Mon   4       May   The Loft, Southampton

Tue     5       May   Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Thu   7     May     Jam Jar, Bristol

Sat   9     May   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Adrian Litvinoff - January 2020 newsletter.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Adrian Litvinoff writes;

A New Year begins ...

Reasons to be cheerful

After a relaxing and calm holiday it seems that ‘it’ is all kicking off again!  Fortunately this includes some juicy musical prospects as the year unfolds.

I’m pleased to have been asked to play bass for the Stratford Jazz Jam in January (Jamuary?)  My occasional visits there have been most enjoyable, and of course the house band is first class!

SugarDaddies resume with a Friday Night Blues Party in January. This may be the last one for a little while, as we understand that refurbishment of The Somerville Arms may occasion its closure for a few weeks in February.  Let’s make it a good ‘un!  The ‘Daddies are then back at Leif Bar early in February.

February also sees a new departure for In The Moment.  Alan Wakeman, Interplay’s super-musical sax man, is bringing his side project The Rockin’ Hams to The Nelson Club, Warwick. The Hams play Alan’s entertaining arrangements of retro pop classics - tunes like Telstar, The Sweeney, and Whole Lotta Love.  The acclaimed singer Hannah White will join the band with her personal tribute to Dusty Springfield.  Hannah’s credits include Alexander O’Neal, Kenney Jones and Ringo Starr, so expect a high-octane performance!

Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla are also stepping out - this time at The Tin Music & Arts in March.  It’s another In The Moment promotion - those guys are busy! If you were disappointed to miss Shkayla’s Belgrade gig in October (weren’t we all!) then this one is for you.

Thursday 16th January 7.30pm
Stratford Jazz Jamm
House Band:
Dionne Sambrook sax, Adrian Litvinoff bass, Tom Haines drums, Jay Riley piano
The Other Place
Stratford on Avon
CV37 6BB
01789 403493

Friday 17th January 8.30pm
Steve Roberts (gtr, harmonica, voc)
Adrian Litvinoff (bs, keyboards, voc)
Rich Westwood (dms, voc)
Guest blues singers and players welcome to sit in
Friday Night Blues Party
Somerville Arms
Campion Terrace
Leamington Spa
CV32 4SX
01926 426746

Saturday 8th February
Steve Roberts (gtr, harmonica, voc)
Adrian Litvinoff (bs, keyboards, voc)
Rich Westwood (dms, voc)
LEIF Tearooms and Piano Bar
116 Warwick St.
Leamington Spa, CV32 4QP

Friday 21st February
£9 advance, £12 door
In The Moment presents
Vintage Sounds & Dusty
The Rockin’ Hams with Hannah White (voc)
Alan Wakeman ten, sop sx, Will Osborn ten sx, Ben Drouet bari sx, Katie Samways bari sx Jules Hunt kbds, Russell Swift bs gtr, Alan Savage dms.
The Nelson Club
21 Charles Street
CV34 5LE
01926 490080

Friday 20th March
£7.50 advance
£10.00 door
In The Moment presents
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla
Joe O’Donnell (vln) Martin Barter (kbd) Si Hayden (gtr) Adrian Litvinoff (bs) Karen Milne (dms)
The Tin Music and Arts
Canal Basin
St. Nicholas Street
Coventry CV1 4LY
024 7623 0699

Jazz at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA - Spring Season 2020.

Friday, January 10, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Jazz at Princeton University Spring Season, Featuring Claudia Acuña and Dafnis Prieto

Jazz at Princeton University presents noteworthy spring season
February 22 – May 9, 2020
Guest artists include Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña & Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto

2nd annual Princeton University Jazz Festival slated for Saturday, April 18, 2020

Faculty groups are led by Jazz at Princeton head Rudresh Mahanthappa,
Trineice Robinson-Martin, Matthew Parrish, Darcy James Argue

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a noteworthy spring 2020 season, February 22 – May 9, 2020. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña, and Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto. After a resoundingly successful inaugural year, Jazz at Princeton will also present the second annual Princeton University Jazz Festival on April 18, 2020.

“Our fall concerts were a great success,” says Mahanthappa. “We look forward to welcoming more of jazz’s most inventive artists to work alongside our accomplished students. The second edition of the annual Princeton University Jazz Festival will be a highlight.”

Jazz at Princeton’s major student ensembles include the Creative Large Ensemble directed by Darcy James Argue, Small Groups I and A directed by Mahanthappa, Small Group X directed by Matthew Parrish, and the Jazz Vocal Collective directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin.  Spring season concerts include:

Saturday, February 22 – Jazz Vocal Collective with Claudia Acuña
Hear the renowned Chilean jazz singer, songwriter, and arranger share the stage with Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC) in a concert that bridges cultures and traditions. The JVC is Princeton University’s elite small jazz student ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin.
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets $15, $5 students. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or
Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling. Born July 3, 1971 in Santiago and raised in Concepcion, Acuña established herself on the Chilean jazz scene in her early 20s. When she arrived in New York City in 1995, Acuña quickly gained recognition as a leading voice on a scene rapidly being transformed by a wave of brilliant Latin American musicians. She plunged into collaborations with masters such as Jason Lindner, Harry Whitaker, Arturo O’Farrill, Guillermo Klein, and bassist Avishai Cohen, who co-produced her critically hailed 2000 debut Wind From the South (Verve). Her five albums as a leader established Acuña as a creative force, from 2002’s Rhythm of Life (Verve) and 2004’s Luna (MaxJazz) through 2008’s In These Shoes (Zoho Music) and 2009’s strikingly beautiful En Este Momento(Marsalis Music). Whether putting her stamp on popular Latin American ballads, reimagining jazz standards from a South American perspective, or infusing Afro-Caribbean material with a wide rhythmic sensibility, Acuña stands out as a passionate and emotionally incisive singer with a gleaming, burnished bronze tone. For much of the past decade she’s put her recording career on the backburner to focus on raising her son. Instead of touring, she’s stayed closer to home, where her keen intelligence and intrepid spirit has made her the vocalist of choice for many of jazz’s most creative figures. She’s thrived by pursuing multiple musical directions with artists such as Susie Ibarra, Billy Childs, Henry Threadgill, the Rodriguez Brothers, and Elio Villa-Franca. Acuña brings all of her far-flung experiences to bear on Turning Pages, an album that documents a major creative leap. Her key collaborator was Colombian-born string wizard Juancho Herrera, who produced the album, co-wrote several songs, and had a major hand in most of the arrangements. As much as Turning Pages points toward the future, the album is also an act of reclamation and recovery, as Acuña takes stock of her past via songs new and old. It’s the work of a woman reborn from the ashes, stronger, wiser, and more expressive than ever. Ready once again to take on the world, she’s eager to reconnect with longtime fans and build new audiences.

Thursday, April 9 – Jazz Small Group X – Led by Matthew Parrish
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
The Princeton University Jazz ‘Ensemble X’ performs under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish. This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60’s where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a septet with several featured trio performances.

Saturday, April 18 – Princeton University Jazz Festival
Noon, Richardson Lawn. Free and open to the public. Information at
A free day-long outdoor lineup of today’s top jazz stars coming together in exciting formations and alongside Princeton University’s exceptional student jazz ensembles. Lineup includes Somi, Greg Tardy with Small Group X, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls, and Chris Potter with Small Group I. Other artists TBA.

Thursday, April 23 – Jazz Vocal Collective – Led by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC), Princeton University’s elite small jazz ensemble that features solo voice, will join director Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and showcase their original arrangements of classic and contemporary jazz compositions.

Wednesday, April 29 – Jazz Small Groups I and A – Led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
Jazz at Princeton University’s Small Groups I and A, directed by award-winning saxophonist and program director Rudresh Mahanthappa, present an evening of jazz at its most intimate in a showcase of improvisation and inspiring interaction.

Saturday, May 9 – Dafnis Prieto and Creative Large Ensemble
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets $15, $5 students. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or
Jazz at Princeton University’s season comes to a close with GRAMMY Award-winning Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, educator, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto joining Darcy James Argue’s Creative Large Ensemble.
From Santa Clara, Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various honors include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a 2018 GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet in 2006, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader featuring several of his own projects and music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and most notably for his own bands, ranging from duets to big band, and including the distinctively different groups featured on seven acclaimed recordings as a leader: About The Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul For a Walk, Si o Si Quartet: Live at Jazz Standard, Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio, Triangles and Circles, and Back to the Sunset. He has received commissions, grants, and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University, and Meet the Composer. In 2016 Prieto published the critically acclaimed drumming instructional book, A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms.

Jazz at Princeton University under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form.  Our goals are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regard to improvisation and composition, and emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity. Offerings of this program include academic course work, performing ensembles, master classes, private study, and independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic, and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom.

Hailed by Pitchfork as “jaw-dropping… one of the finest saxophonists going,” alto saxophonist, composer and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa is widely known as one of the premier voices in jazz of the 21st century. He has over a dozen albums to his credit, including the acclaimed Bird Calls, which topped many critics’ best-of-year lists for 2015 and was hailed by PopMatters as “complex, rhythmically vital, free in spirit while still criss-crossed with mutating structures.” Rudresh has been named alto saxophonist of the year for seven of eight years running in DownBeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Polls (2011-2013, 2015-2018), and for five consecutive years by the Jazz Journalists’ Association (2009-2013) and again in 2016. He won alto saxophonist of the year in the 2015-2017 JazzTimes Magazine Critics’ Polls and was named the Village Voice’s “Best Jazz Artist” in 2015. He has also received the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among other honors, and is currently the Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Director of Jazz at Princeton University.

Born in Trieste, Italy to Indian émigrés in 1971, Mahanthappa was brought up in Boulder, Colorado and gained proficiency playing everything from current pop to Dixieland. He went on to studies at North Texas, Berklee and DePaul University (as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop) and came to settle in Chicago. Soon after moving to New York in 1997 he formed his own quartet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer. The band recorded an enduring sequence of albums, Black Water, Mother Tongue and Codebook, each highlighting Mahanthappa’s inventive methodologies and deeply personal approach to composition. He and Iyer also formed the duo Raw Materials.

Coming deeper into contact with the Carnatic music of his parents’ native southern India, Mahanthappa partnered in 2008 with fellow altoist Kadri Gopalnath and the Dakshina Ensemble for Kinsmen, garnering wide acclaim. Apti, the first outing by Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition (with Pakistani-born Rez Abbasi on guitar and Dan Weiss on tabla), saw release the same year; Agrima followed nine years later and considerably expanded the trio’s sonic ambitions.

Mahanthappa has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Mark Dresser, Danilo Pérez, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the collaborative trios MSG and Mauger, the co-led quintet Dual Identity with fellow altoist Steve Lehman, and another co-led quintet with fellow altoist and Chicago stalwart Bunky Green (Apex). His exploratory guitar- driven quartets on Samdhi and Gamak featured David Gilmore and Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, respectively. In 2015 he was commissioned by Ragamala Dance to create Song of the Jasmine for dancers and a hybrid jazz/South Indian ensemble. He was also commissioned by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet to compose a chamber piece, “I Will Not Apologize for My Tone Tonight,” which can be heard on the quartet’s 2015 double- disc release Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1. 

Mahanthappa is a Yamaha artist and uses Vandoren reeds exclusively.

Woolworth Center of Music Studies
Administrative Office 310
Princeton, NJ 08544-1007

Telephone: (609) 258-4241
Fax: (609) 258-6793

Jazz Divas Series 2020 at The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Jazz Divas Series 2020 @ Pizza Express: The Pheasantry
152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT
Tel: 020 7439 4962

(The nearest underground station is Sloane Square - District and Circle Lines)

Capturing the spirit, character & flavour of Pizza On The Park, JBGB Events present, with their Pizza Express Live venue partners, the fifth and largest yet, Jazz Divas Series 2020

At the leading jazz cabaret venue, The Pheasantry on London’s Kings Road Chelsea, on Friday and Saturday evenings, over the four months of March to June, they will feature eight of the greatest female jazz singers from the U.K. and USA.

Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Polly Gibbons, Louise Clare Marshall, Sarah Moule, Janet Planet, Emma Smith and Tammy Weis.

With their wide range of voices and musical styles, audiences can sit back, relax and enjoy distinctive and compelling interpretations and improvisations of the greatest songwriters and lyricists, with this Jazz Divas series delivering just pure, stylistic musical magic.

For anyone who just enjoys great music, JBGB Events Jazz Divas 2020 Series has something for everyone. They look forward to your company.

Friday 6th March Polly Gibbons – The Music of Ray Charles & Nina Simone with James Pearson – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Polly Gibbons is a major presence on the UK Jazz scene, having been nominated twice as “Best Jazz Vocalist” by JAZZ FM and the BBC. She embraces the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B. Her repertoire and the style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, opening with George Benson and Gladys Knight and at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers - and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has garnered her many new fans. No better artist to launch our 2020 series and with the music of Ray Charles and Nina Simone.
“Polly Gibbons is unmistakably a class act, getting classier fast.*****”- The Guardian

Saturday March 7th Liane Caroll - Solo
Show 1 @ 6pm - Show 2 @ 9pm
Tickets £25
Liane has been an award winning pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years, with performances all marked out with the word Entertainment and voted Best British Jazz Vocalist - British Jazz Awards 2013 & 2016
She has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to interpret a song.
Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE (in the 2017 & 2018 London Jazz Festivals in St John’s Smith Square) and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she appeared at Glastonbury Festival 2017.
Equally at home in intimate jazz venues -with a solo performance at The Other Palace, and in vast performance spaces in the 2016 BBC Late Night Proms at The Royal Albert Hall
She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz – she is jazz” – MOJO Magazine

Friday April 3rd Sarah Moule
The Songs of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn with Simon Wallace – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
The music of Duke Ellington has been inspiring Sarah and pianist Simon Wallace ever since they both discovered jazz. Sarah regularly includes Ellington songs in her live set and performed a concert of Ellington’s arrangements with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra at Brecon Jazz Festival. Simon was hooked after hearing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old. Together they celebrate the genius of the Duke with a collection of his greatest songs and those of his right-hand man Billy Strayhorn plus some rare Ellington gems.
“Exquisitely textured arrangements…such a compelling interpreter of a lyric”- Jazz Journal

Saturday April 4th Emma Smith sings the Music of Blossom Dearie
with Jamie Safir – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Emma is an award-winning vocalist who has appeared on Graham Norton, Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, at the Royal Albert Hall with NYJO, at London’s Crazy Coqs as a Worshipful Company of Musicians Gold Medalist and at jazz clubs and festivals all over the world. She is a BBC Radio 3 Presenter, hosting ‘Jazz Now’ for last 3 years.
The remarkable distinctive voice and personality of American Blossom Dearie has captivated Emma for many years. She graced Pizza On The Park on several occasions so this opportunity to hear her music again through Emma’s stunning voice, should not be missed. Enjoy memorable gems including “I’m Hip”, “Peel Me A Grape” and many more.
Emma is accompanied by her long-time associate Jamie Safir on piano, who has been Will Young’s pianist of choice for several years, and with whom Emma has recently recorded a new album before embarking on a national 2020 tour.
“If you want a name for the future, then don’t wait too long to beat a path to the door of Emma Smith… she’s in her twenties, but this should, be a major career” – Daily Telegraph

Friday 1st May Louise Clare Marshall sings the music of Sergio Mendes
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Whether performing on tour with BBC’s Jools Holland or Roxy MusicElla Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin’s American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Electronic, Classical or Gospel music. And all the while, her voice resonates, crackles, pops and burns as a phoenix rises from the flame.
In this Jazz Divas concert Louise gives voice to the producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes whose influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy® Awards winner.
Currently a featured singer with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Louise has worked with David Gilmour, Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Steve Winwood to name but a few.

Saturday 2nd May Jacqui Dankworth and Butterfly’s Wing
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25
The celebrated singer Jacqui Dankworth, following her previous London sold out musical excursions at Crazy Coqs and London Jazz Festival Concerts at The Other Palace comes to the Jazz Divas 2020 Series at The Pheasantry with Butterfly’s Wing, a unique chamber jazz group of four outstanding musicians, to perform original music interspersed with new arrangements of classic songs.
Chris Garrick -violin,
David Gordon - piano
Rupert Giller- cello
Jacqui invites us into her wonderfully transparent sound-world - by turns magical, witty, powerful – with a range of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.
“Spine-tinglingly beautiful. The most expressive voice of her generation”. - The Observer

Friday 5th June Tammy Weis and Whisper Of The Souls
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Growing up in Canada Tammy was already singing at the tender age of three. In June 2000 she released her debut album “Legacy”, in memory of her mother, which was internationally received and led to appearances on national and international TV and radio, as well as gigs at the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, In London she has performed at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express and The Other Palace – singing the music of Julie London, as well as venues all over Europe.
Now resident in England and Portugal, Tammy has been heard on Radio stations across the country, including Jamie Cullum’s show on BBC Radio 2, Jenni Murray’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Robert Elms BBC Radio London.
This Jazz Divas concert will feature her new album of Tammy’s creative gypsy jazz music settings of the poems of the legendary Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and the greatest poet in the evocative Portuguese language.
“Isn’t she great! Now there’s a vocalist”— Michael Buble

Saturday 6th June Janet Planet and the Music of Nancy Wilson
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25
Arriving from the US for her U.K. debut in this concluding concert of our Jazz Divas 2020 Series, we welcome Janet Planet,  the sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.
This concert marks the international launch of Janet’s latest show, paying homage to the iconic 1962 Capitol Records release of Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley featuring songs from that album, “Happy Talk”, “The Masquerade Is Over” “Unit 7” and so many more, supported by saxophonist and husband Tom Washatka with Jim Watson - piano, Geoff Gascoyne - double bass and Matt Home -drums.
In 2017 Planet was acknowledged by the GRAMMY Foundation for her recording “Janet Planet – Just Like A Woman – The Music Of Bob Dylan”.
Janet’s determination and creative output continues to take her around the world through her recordings and live performances. with tours across the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Europe.
She leaves listeners assured that there is a soul in this “Planet”.

The Pheasantry is an historic Georgian building originally used to raise pheasants for the royal household.

It’s had many distinguished residents including Augustus John and Annigoni. Famous ballerina Serafima Alexandrovna Astafieva opened her school here on the first floor in 1916. She taught prima ballerinas Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn here.

It was also the home of Eleanor Thornton, thought to have been the model for The Spirit of Ecstasy mascots on the bonnets of Rolls Royce cars.
Dylan Thomas used to drink here when it was a club in the 1930’s.

In 1976 the six-year campaign to save The Pheasantry from dereliction reached a peak. Under the patronage of Sir John Betjeman, the Friends of The Pheasantry wanted the building restored with residential studios, an art gallery, and exhibition space. They were not successful in preventing the adjoining development, but the front and gateway of the Pheasantry survived, heavily restored, as part of the rebuilding of 1971-81, forming a restaurant hemmed in by shops and offices.

The Pheasantry nightclub was the venue for early UK gigs by Lou Reed, Queen (band) and Hawkwind, among others, and was the place where singer Yvonne Elliman was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, leading to her role in the original soundtrack recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eric Clapton lived on the top floor in the late 1960’s. In his latest autobiography he tells of visits from George Harrison where they would take acid and write songs. On one occasion Eric narrowly avoided arrest on drug charges by fleeing out of the back of the building just as Sergeant Norman Pilcher, a detective with a knack for arresting rock stars, buzzed the intercom with ‘postman, special delivery’ and burst in.

It now houses Pizza Express on the ground floor and in the basement is the stylish Pheasantry music room seating 80 diners with a superb stage, sound and lighting equipment where JBGB Events bring superb musicians for individual evenings and series of cabaret presentations.

Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre, Soho, London - Season Two, February 2020.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre Season Two


Soho Sounds: Jazz – Wednesdays
Join us every Wednesday for a night that will take you back to the swinging spirit of bohemian Soho in an intimate and seriously stylish setting. Soho Sounds: Jazz will showcase the very best vocal jazz on the scene, with a different prestigious guest singer joining our wonderful house band every week. Featuring Alex Webb on piano, Pete Hill on drums and Andy Champion on double bass, confirmed vocalists include Lauren Bush, Jo Harrop, and Fil Straughan.

The House Band:

Alex Webb (piano)
Alex Webb is a pianist, arranged and songwriter whose songs have been performed by many UK and international jazz artists.  Known particularly for working with vocalists, he has also created and produced a series of words-and-music shows including Strayhorn the Songwriter, Charlie Parker on Dial, Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee and Cafe Society Swing, which has enjoyed theatre runs in London and New York where it won a New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’.  He recently co-composed and produced the musical Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne with actor/writer Camilla Beeput and has been touring with the show ‘A Portrait of Cannonball’, celebrating saxophonist Cannonball Adderley.  He has also worked in music radio, music publishing, at live music venues and as a news and features journalist.  ‘Plays the piano as nimbly as Fred Astaire dances’ –

Andy Champion (double bass)
One of the most sought-after electric bassists on the UK jazz scene, Champion graduated from Newcastle College in 1998, initially working throughout the UK and Europe as an electric bassist and drummer. But after taking up double bass in 2003 he rapidly built a reputation that has led to recording and performing with top names such as Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland, Jason Yarde and Andy Sheppard. In 2013 he was awarded a place on Serious’ ‘Take Five’ development scheme for outstanding young musicians; he has since played alongside major international figures including Marc Ducret, Marilyn Crispell and Matt Maneri.  He also has a long-standing duo project with jazz vocalist Zoë Gilby.

Pete Hill (drums)
Growing up in Brighton surrounded by a broad palette of influences including Rock, Soul and Jazz, Pete Hill has always admired fusion bands such as Weather Report and Jaga Jazzist as well as straight-ahead jazzers.  He attended the jazz course at Chichester College at the age of sixteen and went on to the jazz programme at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London; now living in London, he plays with many of the top UK instrumentalists and is a fixture on the club scene.


5th Feb 2020, Fil Straughan
Owner of an astonishingly rich soul voice – often compared to Luther Vandross – Straughan makes a rare appearance as a jazz vocalist of the first order.  He has previously worked with Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Ed Sheeran and many others.  He is also a busy songwriter, with five albums, largely of original material, under his belt.  His most recent, the double CD ‘Conversations with Myself’ was released in April 2014.  In between his solo releases he has added vocals and writing to a wide variety of projects, from jazz to House, including UK Shakatak’s George Anderson’s 2 CD projects ‘Expressions & Positivity’.

12th Feb 2020, Lauren Bush
Born and raised in Canada, Lauren relocated to London six years ago.  Early in her career she was lucky enough to open for trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson; she has since performed at the Victoria International Jazz Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall and London’s Pizza Express. Lauren was a top 20 finalist in the Riga Jazz Stage Competition in Riga, Latvia in 2014 and was a Top 5 Finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2016, travelling to New Jersey to compete with the other four finalists where she performed for jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Dianne Reeves and Christian McBride.  Her recent debut album, ‘All My Treasures’ was produced by vocal jazz master Ian Shaw.

19th Feb 2020, Sandra Nkaké
A rare London visit for this Paris-based cult singer.  Growing up in both Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris, singer-songwriter Sandra Nkaké was used to moving between two cultures and two climates.  Her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris – first to become a journalist and then an English teacher – did not prevent her from living a double life as a singer and an actress in pieces that blended theatre and music.  She began to make a name for herself in the Paris music scene of the noughties, working with artists from many different backgrounds: Jacques Higelin, Daniel Yvinec and the National Jazz Orchestra, Julien Lourau, Nana Vasconcelos, Ji Mob and her own group project, Push Up.  Recently she won rave reviews for London appearances in Georgia Mancio’s ReVoice festival at the Pizza Express and in the London Jazz Festival show ‘Strayhorn The Songwriter’ at the Cadogan Hall.  Her most recent album, ‘Tangerine Moon Wishes’, was released in 2017.

26th Feb 2020, Jo Harrop
Durham-born jazz singer Harrop ‘was born to sing jazz!’ according to Blues & Soul magazine.  Her warm, intimate voice reflects her childhood absorption of the records of Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Julie London & Peggy Lee, the vocal masters who inspired her to sing.  In the pop world she has provided backing vocals for major names including Neil Diamond, Liann Rimes and Enrique Iglesias; her co-written song ‘Little Laughter’ was recorded by Acoustic Alchemy on their album ‘Radio Contact’.  She has worked all the London jazz venues including the Jazz Café where she supported The Blind Boys of Alabama; her fans include composer Howard Blake OBE and jazz pioneer Courtney Pine CBE.  Jo Harrop recently guested on the recent album ‘Call Me Lucky’ by Alex Webb & The Copasetics; her own album, ‘Songs For The Late Hours’ was released in 2018.

Boulevard Theatre
6 Walker’s Court

Weekly from 5th Feb to 26th Feb
Wednesdays at 10.30pm

JazzLeeds - programme for January 2020.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Steve Crocker writes;

A very jazzy new year to you…

It’s been a lovely end of the year for us - thanks to you. You came out in such large numbers for our Jensen Sisters Whilwind Jazz Orchestra, Karen Sharp Quartet and our Christmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra at Seven Arts that we had to close the doors. We also said goodbye to one of our venues -the Bar on Park Lane Roundhay - with the wonderful Chapel FM Collective. We’ve got lots of great concerts coming up in January too, but before letting you know about that here is a bit of advance warning about our Spring Evening concert series 2020 starting in February. You can get one of our bargain Season tickets for all seven concerts and get to see all the artists listed below, not to mention some superb support bands too:
Emilia Mårtensson Quintet Thus Feb 6
Martin Speake International Quartet with Ethan Iverson Sat Feb 15th
Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir Thus 19 Mar
Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra Sat 28 Mar
“Sound of ‘59” @Seven Arts Thus April 30
Lukas Oravec Quintet feat. Alex Garnett Thus 7 May
Ari Hoenig Trio Thus May 14

Season tickets are available from our box office site here: for £80 or £65 concessions (half price for 25s and under) and more details about the concerts are on the Jazz Leeds website here:

So how about the coming month? Well the first two concerts we’re pleased to say are both by women led bands, singer Em Brown and vibe-ist Teena Lyle

Emily Brown Quintet
Sunday afternoon 12 January 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free
Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Ed Barnwell piano, Fergus Quill bass Caroline Boaden drums.
Emily Brown is an experienced jazz singer with a gift for harmonic risk-taking and accessing emotional depth in a song. You can expect to hear jazz, blues, soul & some ear-opening detours – all classics but delivered in Emily’s warmly alert & soul enlarging style.
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 4PD.
Tickets in advance

Teena Lyle Quintet feat. Rod Mason
Sunday afternoon 19 January 2020 1.30-4pm £10/8 @Inkwell
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free
Teena Lyle, vibes, vocals and piano, Rod Mason saxes, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom moore drums
Teena Lyle is is a leeds legend- vibes soloist, percussionist, keyboard player singer and current member of the Van Morrison Band. She charmed us with her superb appearance at Rush Hour Jazz in October. She’s just back from a Van Morrison tour in Las Vegas and ready for for a full afternoon of jazz in Leeds along with popular saxman “Mr Room Darkener” Rod Mason
@Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW
Tickets are available on the door or online

Gary Boyle Quartet
Sunday afternoon 26 Janaury 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free

Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums
Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle who has an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist
Gary was born in India - his family moved to England when he was eight years old. In his teens he started playing small clubs and then in 1962 relocated to Hamburg to play R’n'B in The Top Ten Club. Boyle returned to England in 1964 to play in Millie Small’s backup band, opening for The Rolling Stones in sold-out tour. He then worked in Dusty Springfield’s band The Echoes and became a member of Brian Auger and the Trinity. After attending the Leeds College of Music, in 1969 he worked as a session musician with musicians Keith Tippett, Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Stomu Yamashta’s short-lived band “East Wind”, Bert Jansch and Norma Winstone. In 1973, Gary founded the jazz fusion band Isotope with Jeff Clyne Brian Miller and Nigel Morris. This line-up gigged around the United Kingdom extensively. Following the departure of Jeff Clyne and Brian Miller in March 1974, Laurence Scott (keyboards) and Hugh Hopper (bass, formerly of Soft Machine) joined Boyle and Morris. This line-up toured Europe twice and the United States once, and recorded Isotope’s second LP “Illusion”. Live sessions from Germany can be heard on “Golden Section” (Cuneiform Records), with some tracks featuring Aureo de Souza on percussion.
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD.
Tickets on door or in advance

Other news…

Rush Hour Jazz this month-  Wed 15 January with Leeds saxman Brendan Duffy and the Jazz Leeds Trio @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf collection

Our Jazz Instrumental Workshops led by Fergus Quill and Dom Moore are back on Sunday on Sun Jan 19 10am-12 midday at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton £10/8 per session

Our Jazz Players sessions for more experienced musicians are back! Led by Dom Moore at Inkwell on Mondays -7-9 pm they start on January 13th and January 27th. £10/8 per session. Just turn up and play or for more information contact Dominic Moore

The JazzLeeds Voices Choir will be back after Easter - watch this space…!

If you want to join any of these classes or just want to come along and try them out then contact us below - all are welcome.

No Jazz Leeds Festival this summer as we’ll be taking a break - we will be back in 2021. We will be putting on a Jazz Leeds All-Dayer in July 2020 at the Wardrobe, Leeds - save the date of Saturday 18 July. More information soon. 

Our Venues:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our website at

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See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker


Jazz at The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff - Programme for February 2020.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

We have received the following information;

Jazz at the Flute and Tankard
4 Windsor Place Cardiff CF10 3BX
Contact 02920496802
Start 9.00pm Finish 11.00pm
Admission £7 / Students £5

Jazz at the Flute and Tankard February 2020 Listings

Tuesday 4th Feb -      Matheus Prado Septet - 
Seven musicians bring together their eclectic musical backgrounds form new conncetions between modern and traditional music.
British contemporary harmonies driven by energetic Brazilian and African rhythms create their unique aesthetic, where improvisation carves new musical pathways through every performance.  Following the paths pioneered by Hermeto Pascoal and Kenny Wheeler, bringing folk melodies forward into a modern context.Come on a journey with them tonight, it will give you so much pleasure.

Wednesday 5th Feb - Dave Jones Quartert - Dave (piano), Andy Hague (drums), Ben Waghorn (sax) and Ashley John Long (d/b).
Featuring music from thier new album “Is That The Time”. Yes it’s another must, not to be missed.

Tuesday 11th -  RWCMD Showcase - Two sets, two student bands. Great night. 

Feb 12th - TBC

Feb 18th - TBC

Feb 19th - TBC

Feb 25th   -  Henrik Jensen - Followed by Thirteen
Henrik brings his amazing music and fantastic musicians to the Flute.   

Feb 26th -            RWCMD Showcase - Two sets, two student bands. Great night. 

Jazz Cafe POSK, Hammersmith, London - Programme for January / February / March 2020.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Polish Jazz Cafe POSK · 238-246 King Street · Hammersmith, London W6 0RF

Saturday 11 January Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra - 70th Birthday Celebration.
Friday 17 January     Way Out West presents… Charlie Parker evening…
Saturday 18 January The Rhythm Swing Quintet - New Album Preview
Friday 24 January     Janet’s Jazz Night…Guests & Jam
Saturday 25 January Monika Lidke
Friday 31 January     Willie Garnett Big Band
Saturday 1 February Havana Good Time Band - Latin Buena Vista night!
Friday 7 February     Way Out West presents… My Funny Valentine: Love Themes
Saturday 8 February Kelvin Christiane Quartet - The music of Joe Henderson
Sunday 9 February   Imperial College Big Band & Durham College Big Band
Saturday 15 February Denmark Street Big Band Valentines Special
Friday 21 February   Janets Jazz Night
Saturday 22 February   Irene Serra
Friday 28 February   Willie Garnett Big Band
Saturday 29 February   Wild Whispers
Friday 6 March         Way Out West present… Horace Silver + Blue Note Tribute
Saturday 7 March     Tassos Spiliotopoulos - UK Tour and Album Launch
Saturday 14 March   WIld Card
Friday 20 March     Janet’s Jazz Night - Guests and Jam Session
Saturday 21 March   Quantum Trio - Jazz from Poland
Friday 27 March     Willie Garnett Big Band

Copasetic Foundation - live shows, January - May 2020.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Copasetic Press Release, January 2020

After an exceptionally busy 2109, the Copasetic Foundation hits the ground running in 2020 with shows by McAlmont & Webb, a new season of jazz at Soho’s Boulevard Theatre and many other gigs.

McAlmont & Webb: ‘The Last Bohemians’ on tour.

David McAlmont and Alex Webb take their band to four venues to promote their recent CD release, McAlmont’s first in a decade.  The album has received rave reviews: ‘McAlmont is a swinger at heart … effortless authority, seductive and sassy’ – Mojo (****); ‘A winning partnership between the stylish vocalist and the talented pianist & composer’ – Jazz Journal (****);  ’He really has got the chops … an artist with soul’ – (Jazz Album Of The Week, 8th Dec) The Sunday Times.

Thursday 13 February
McAlmont & Webb at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL.  Tickets & info:

Saturday 4th April
McAlmont & Webb at The Bear Club, 24a Guildford Street, Mill Yard, Luton LU1 2NR
Tickets & info:

Friday 17th April
McAlmont & Webb at The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews​, Stanthorpe Road​, Streatham SW16 2BF.  Tickets & info:

Friday 1st May
McAlmont & Webb at The Haymarket, Wote St Basingstoke RG21 7NW.  Tickets & info:

Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre, Walkers Court, Soho W1F 0BT. 
The Wednesday jazz lates series continues as follows; tickets & info:

Wednesday 5 February
Owner of an astonishingly rich soul voice – often compared to Luther Vandross – Straughan joins the Alex Webb Trio to launch the second season of Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre.  Making a rare appearance as a jazz vocalist of the first order, Straughan has previously worked with Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Ed Sheeran and many others.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 12 February
Rising star vocalist Lauren Bush joins the Alex Webb Trio in this second season of Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre, Walkers Court, Soho W1F 0BT.  Downbeat magazine praised her ‘unique phrasing, perfect diction and scatting abilities’.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 19 February
The virtuoso jazz-soul-world vocalist Sandra Nkake makes a rare London visit from her Paris home to flex her remarkable jazz chops with the Alex Webb Trio at the Boulevard Theatre.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 26 February
Jo Harrop & British Standard Time return to the Boulevard Theatre in London’s Soho to present an evening of British songwriting at its best, mining a rich seam of material and presenting it in a cool, contemporary jazz format in a band led by pianist Alex Webb.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Other shows:

Tuesday 14 January
‘A Portrait of Cannonball’ with Tony Kofi (alto) and Andy Davies (trumpet) makes its debut at the East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone – ‘an absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year’ (London Jazz News).  Tickets & info:

Friday 7 February
‘Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee’ comes to Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ.  Tickets & info:

Friday 14 February
Legendary soul singer and original Soul II Soul vocalist Rose Windross joins pianist Alex Webb and group for a Valentine’s Day special at the intimate Hampstead Jazz Club.  Windross will show the lyrical side to her singing and her love of jazz giants like Ella and Sarah Vaughan in a set of songs curated especially for Valentine’s Day.  Tickets & info:

Friday 20 March
‘David McAlmont presents Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall’ makes its debut at ‘Under The Bridge’, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.  ‘Spookily, unnervingly like Holiday,’ said  Tickets & info:

As usual, all Copasetic productions and gigs are listed here:

Best wishes and a Happy New Year from the Copasetic Foundation

Fergus McCreadie Trio, UK Tour, January / February / March 2020.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Album of the Year winner in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019, Glasgow-based pianist Fergus McCreadie takes his trio on the road during January, February and March, with dates in England, Wales and Scotland including the group’s first appearances at the 606 Club in London and at Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton.

McCreadie, whose debut album, “Turas”, also won Album of the Year at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019, reaching the last ten from almost 300 contenders, plans to release the follow-up album later in the year.

“It was amazing to win at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, especially being on the same shortlist as great musicians like Jean Toussaint, Adrian Cox and Sons of Kemet,” says McCreadie, who was also shortlisted as Newcomer of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. “We have the material ready for a second album and will be going into the studio in early January.”

McCreadie’s trio, which features Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017, David Bowden on bass and Jazzwise One to Watch 2018, Stephen Henderson on drums, plays;

NQ Jazz at the Whiskey Jar, Manchester on Monday 13th January, followed by

Middlesbrough Town Hall (19th January),

Crookes Social Club, Sheffield (31st January),

Turner Sims, Southampton (8th February),

Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham (20th February),

Melville Centre, Abergavenny (23rd February),

St Giles Church, Elgin (29th February),

606 Club, London (4th March)

and the Cinnamon Club, Altrincham (5th March).

Julian Argüelles Quartet - UK Tour, February 2020.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Award Winning Saxophonist / composer Julian Argüelles
Announcing UK Quartet Tour - February 2020

The Julian Argüelles’ Quartet will tour across the UK with eight dates starting in London at the Pizza Express Soho, February 11 to 23. The tour includes several dates in Scotland where Arguelles has not toured as a leader since 2009 ( when he featured legendary US guitarist, John Abercrombie, and New York musicians Michael Formanek bass and Tom Rainey drums).

Argüelles is an award-winning saxophonist who presents a unique mix of exciting contemporary jazz infused with Spanish rhythms, South African grooves and classical nuance. His quartet currently features the UK’s most active and talented improvisers; Ivo Neame piano, Conor Chaplin bass and James Maddren drums.

A leading light in the contemporary jazz field across Europe, Argüelles has been compared to sax legends Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd (UKVibe), while the on-stage chemistry with his Quartet has been likened to Keith Jarrett’s renowned 1970s European quartet (Jazzwise). Live YouTube Clips HERE.

Argüelles has built an impressive reputation for presenting world-standard music that now spans three decades. Undeniably, a lot has happened since his early Loose Tubes days including fifteen CDs as a leader and over a hundred as featured guest with Kenny Wheeler, Phronesis, Django Bates and Hermeto Pascoal to name just a few. This year will mark thirty years since the release of Argüelles’ very first CD as a leader, Phaedrus, with the late great British pianist John Taylor, Martin France drums and Mick Hutton bass. Now available for Download along with three other CDs from Argüelles’ back catalogue; Home Truths, Inner Voices and Scapes.

Tour Dates:

The tour includes several dates in Scotland that will be formally announced pending Creative Scotland funding.

11 Feb – Pizza Express Soho, London -

12 Feb - Wells Maltings, Norwich -

18 Feb – Scotland (venue tbc)

19 Feb – Edinburgh, Scotland (venue tbc)

20 Feb – Scotland (tbc)

21 Feb - Glasgow - City of Music Studio, Scotland -

22 Feb – Catstrand, Castle Douglas, Scotland -

23 Feb - The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans -

Julian’s website:

Social Media links:,

Record Label:

More info on Julian Argüelles:

Born in Birmingham, UK in 1966 to Anglo Spanish parents, Argüelles has toured and recorded throughout the world with leading musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal, Dave Holland, John Taylor, Loose Tubes, Carla Bley, Django Bates, John Scoffield, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Mario Laginha and Bill Frisell. He left the UK in 2015 to take up a Professorship at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria where his is attracting many new students to study. It is the oldest established jazz course in Europe. He is proud of his Birmingham roots and was delighted to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2017 for services to music.

Argüelles’ rapidly growing audience, built over the past 30 years, has an extraordinary reach for a jazz artist. His concerts attract a wide ranging age from early 20s upwards. Always keen to diversify, Argüelles has begun to reach out to jazz and classical music fans across Europe through his work with LAN Trio, with superstar Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha and the phenomenal Norwegian percussionist, Helge Andreas Norbakken. In 2019, he published “Etudes for the Modern Saxophonist” (available from Astute Music).

“Whatever the format, Arguelle’s music imbues depth, complexity, sonority and above all, a musical generosity of spirit which simply electrifies the bandstand.” Kenneth Killeen, Improvised Music Company Ireland, 2019

Argüelles’ management is pro-active in the promotion of concerts, developing innovative press strategies, building lasting relationships with journalists, and continuous engagement with fans. Social media plays a large part of any campaign, raising awareness, growing our base, and increasing ticket sales through inventive online merch giveaways, artist interaction competitions and exclusive releases.

Julian is currently professor of jazz saxophone at the Institute of Jazz, Graz, Austria. More information HERE. He was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for his services to jazz in 2017 and is a recipient of a Parliamentary Jazz Award (2016) for his CD “Let it be Told” (Basho). Tracks from this CD continue to be the most streamed on Spotify.

MoonMot - debut album and UK and European tour dates

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Cath Roberts has forwarded the following press release;


MoonMot – Going Down The Well – Unit Records – UTR4933
(Release date: 14 February 2020)

Tour dates 2020

17 February - Manchester (UK): NQ Jazz
18 February - London (UK): The Vortex
19 February - Sheffield (UK): Jazz At The Lescar
21 February - Bristol (UK): Bebop Club
1 March - Liverpool International Jazz Festival (UK)
8 March - Arnhem (NL): Metropol
9 March - Gent (BE): Hot Club
10 March - Amsterdam (NL): De Peper
12 March - Basel (CH): Off Bar
13 March - Bern (CH): BeJazz
14 March - Stuttgart (DE): Kiste

Going Down The Well is the debut album from UK/Swiss collaborative sextet MoonMot, a project bringing together Swiss musicians Simon Petermann (trombone/electronics) and Oli Kuster (Fender Rhodes/electronics) with the UK’s Dee Byrne (alto saxophone/electronics), Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone), Johnny Hunter (drums) and Seth Bennett (double bass). The album was recorded at BeJazz, Bern in March 2019 and is released by Swiss label Unit Records in February 2020.

The band;

MoonMot emerged at the 10th edition of the Jazzwerkstatt Bern festival in 2017, when Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts of LUME were invited by Jazzwerkstatt artistic directors Marc Stucki and Benedikt Reising to perform as part of a CH/UK collaborative project. As artist-run platforms for improvised and original music, LUME and Jazzwerkstatt Bern share a lot of common ground, including a focus on the creation of new work and new ensembles. After the initial concert in Bern, LUME organised the return leg of the exchange: a slot supporting The Thing at London Jazz Festival 2017. In March 2019 under its new name MoonMot, the sextet reconvened for a six date Swiss tour including a performance at the BeJazz Transnational competition in Bern. While on tour they recorded Going Down The Well, showcasing compositions from all six band members.

Bern based trombonist Simon Petermann focuses on contemporary forms of improvisation and the tonal extension of the trombone through electronic processing. He has performed extensively with the Fischermanns Orchestra holding the position of musical director since 2013.

Also from Bern, pianist, keyboardist and composer Oli Kuster has a special interest in the field of jazz and electronics. He has composed music for released three albums as bandleader for the Oli Kuster Kombo.

Baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts’ primary outlet is her band Sloth Racket, which has toured widely and released several albums, and its large ensemble iteration Favourite Animals.

Alto saxophonist Dee Byrne has released two albums with her quintet Entropi, and is involved in collaborations including electronics duo Deemer and European quintet Ydivide.

Double bass player Seth Bennett leads his own projects Elegies, En Bas and What Love and plays in many other groups including Sloth Racket, Fragments Trio and Metamorphic.

Drummer Johnny Hunter also leads his own ensembles and is a member of many others including The Spirit Farm, John Pope Quintet and Beck Hunters.

More information and background;

The album will be released on LP, CD and digital download, as well as being available across all streaming services. It is released on 14th February 2020 and is currently available to pre-order from
MoonMot are touring in Europe to support the release, with dates in Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Unit Records
Established in 1983, Unit Records is a leading Swiss label operating at the intersection of jazz, contemporary classical and electronic music. Under the artistic direction of guitarist Harald Haerter since 2005, the label has become an important platform for cutting edge music emerging from the Swiss and wider European scenes.

Cath Roberts and Dee Byrne have worked together since 2013 under the banner of LUME, always with a focus on new original/improvised music. Activities so far have included gig series and residencies, a double-bill UK tour, LUME stages at the Barbican as part of London Jazz Festival, and two editions of our own LUME Festival. LUME releases music through an offshoot label, Luminous.

Jazzwerkstatt Bern
Jazzwerkstatt Bern is an annual festival of adventurous music taking place in Bern, Switzerland. Directed by musicians Mark Stucki and Benedict Reising and founded in 2007, the multi-day event features artists from around the world as well as showcasing local musicians and acting as a catalyst for new artistic collaborations.

WorldService Project -  UK Dates 2020 and fifth album news.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

WSP write;

UK Tour Dates 2020 and fifth album

Happy New Year! WSP had a quieter 2019 than usual, but still ended the year with a bang, playing 10 shows across Italy, as well as bringing together new material for the upcoming fifth album.

Other 2019 highlights were the amazing Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, some UK dates at our favourite venues and the penultimate season of ‘Brexit; the unholy mess’.


Jan 9th: Number 39, Hopstar Brewery Tap - DARWEN, details here

Jan 10th: Hyde Park Book Club - LEEDS, details here

Jan 12th: The Crescent - YORK, details here

March 1st: The Lighthouse - DEAL, venue here

Fifth album to be released Autumn 2020

WSP will be heading into the studio in March to record brand new material for their as yet untitled fifth album. We’ll be back in touch around then with news on lineup changes, the new ‘look’ of the band, autumn dates, album name, release date etc etc!!
Lots to look forward to!!! In the meantime, come along to a UK date to hear sneak previews of new material!

Spike’s Place Jazz Clubs - programme for February 2020.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

From Sonia Nolder via Facebook;

February 2020 - Gigs at BECKENHAM

Spike’s Place. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3SR.
Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless

Thursday 6th February – 8.30pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates the music of Shelley Manne
Mark Crooks – sax Jim Davidson – trumpet Leon Greening – piano Jeremy Brown – bass & Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Thursday 13th February – 8.30pm
Robert Fowler Quartet

Thursday 27th February – 8.30pm
Paul Hart – violin – Mark Crooks – saxophone Colin Oxley – guitar and Simon Woolf - bass

February 2020 - Gigs at SAFFRON WALDEN

Spikes Place at Saffron Walden
Saffron Suite, High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ
E mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 20th February – 8.30pm
Dave O’Higgins- saxophone with Graham Harvey – piano Jeremy Brown – Bass and Josh Morrison - drums
Admission £12.00

February 2020 - Gigs at BRENTWOOD

Spike’s Place. Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4TJ. Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 4th February – 8.00pm
Matt Skelton Celebrates the music of Shelley Manne
Mark Crooks – sax Jim Davidson – trumpet Leon Greening – piano Jeremy Brown – bass & Matt Skelton – drums
Admission £16.00 members £13.00

Tuesday 11th February – 8.00pm
Zoe Francis with the Jim Mullen Trio

Tuesday 18th February – 8.00pm
Mark Crooks Quartet plays the music of Johnny Mandell

Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Vincent Keddie writes;

Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.

It’s not too long to wait for the Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.  It’s a great opening to the season at the Crucible on Friday 24th January when we welcome the international stars of the Jean Toussaint quartet. We can expect seriously exciting music from both Jean himself and his acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack, who impressed so much in Jean’s last Sheffield appearance. They’re followed by the phenomenal young pianist Fergus McCreadie and his trio at Crookes on 31st January - one of the hottest, most exciting young bands in European jazz at the moment, his Scottish-inflected jazz winning rave reviews.

The international flavour continues as Swedish vocalist Emilia Martensson and her band arrive at Crookes on 7th February with a fine reputation. A truly original artist, her personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and countryside of her native Sweden. On 21st February one of UK’s most creative and fluent sax players Martin Speake plays at Crookes with a brilliant quartet, featuring Ethan Iverson (Bad Plus) on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and Jeff Wiliams on drums. February closes with a visit to the University’s Firth Hall where the Barry Green trio play - a welcome return after his stand-out gig a couple of years ago at the Crucible and who has played with stars such as Ian Shaw, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins.

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings his Anthropology octet to Crookes on 6th March to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. After a short break, the 20th March at Crookes sees the welcome return of Ant Lawand his very talented guitar-led quartet, to perform music from their third album “Life I know”, currently receiving 5 star reviews. To close March, on the 27th Nikki Iles brings her 18 piece orchestra, a superb big band featuring Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp and Gareth Lochrane which will demonstrate the depth and range of her compositions.

After Easter we’re back at Crookes on 17th April with Trish Clowes’ My Iris - thought provoking music with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. This is followed by the visit of Alan Barnes +11, here to celebrate his 60th birthday with a collection of tunes from 1959 - an exceptional and iconic year for jazz with Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, Mingus’ Ah Um, Thelonius Monk at Town Hall and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out all likely to feature in Alan’s repertoire. We return to Firth Hall on Thursday 30th April when Jason Rebello brings the trio that played such a brilliant gig at the Crucible in 2017. Finally, our last gig of the before the summer break is Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band at Crookes on 8th May - an eagerly awaited return after her hugely popular gig last year and here to play her new album “Polyhymnia”, a celebration of female creativity. Expect colourful melodies resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East with her sonorous trumpet lines.

Full details of our Spring 2020 programme are given below

Friday 24 January at Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)
Jean Toussaint Quartet
Jean Toussaint: sax; Andrew McCormack: piano; Daniel Casimir: bass; Ben Brown: drums
Seriously exciting music from a saxophonist of international stature - from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the mid-eighties, to high profile collaborations in many jazz styles. Having impressed packed audiences at the Crucible Studio with his sextets in recent years Jean Toussaint now brings another excellent band to showcase his and their talents in the more intimate quartet format, featuring the acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack who so impressed as part of Jean’s most recent Sheffield performance.

Friday 31 January at Crookes Social Club
Fergus McCreadie Trio
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums
Do not miss this gig! Although you may not yet have heard of him, Fergus McCreadie is a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the hottest, most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment and winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. Their concerts, highlighting their thrilling virtuosity, brilliantly attuned collective dynamism and their music’s huge emotional charge, have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio Festival in 2019. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise

Friday 7 February at Crookes Social Club
Emilia Martensson Band
Emilia Martensson: vocals; Luca Boscagin: guitar; Adriano Adewale: percussion; Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet; Sam Lasserson: bass
Over the last decade, Emilia Mårtensson has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards.But you won’t find her simply churning out hackneyed jazz standards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.

Friday 21 February at Crookes Social Club
Martin Speake Quartet feat. Ethan Iverson
Martin Speake: sax; Ethan Iverson: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Jeff Williams: drums
The return of a great quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. Britain’s Martin Speake, one of our most fluent and creative sax players, revives a partnership with Ethan Iverson (one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus) that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality backed by the excellent Calum Gourlay on bass and the great Jeff Williams on drums.

Thursday 27 February at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
Barry Green Trio
Barry Green: piano; Oli Hayhurst: bass; Boz Martin-Jones: drums
A welcome return of one of the best pianists to play in Sheffield in recent years. Barry Green’s 2017 gig at the Crucible Studio was a particular success. He has played in jazz clubs and festivals across the UK and internationally for the last twenty years, touring and recording with artists such as Ian Shaw, Charles MacPherson, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins. Two more albums recorded in New York are planned for 2020. This trio gig explores some new original compositions that will feature in this recording.

Friday 6 March at Crookes Social Club
Anthropology Band
Martin Archer: saxophones; Charlotte Keeffe: trumpet; Chris Sharkey: guitar; Anton Hunter: guitar; Orphy Robinson: vibraphone; Pat Thomas: keyboards; Dave Sturt: bass guitar; Adam Fairclough: drums
Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings a highly talented octet of musicians to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is about finding the atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement.

Friday 20 March at Crookes Social Club
Ant Law Quartet
Ant Law: guitar; Michael Chillingworth: alto sax; Tom Farmer: bass: James Maddren: drums
A welcome return to Sheffield by Ant Law and this very talented guitar-led band. Described as “an innovator” and “a game changer” by The Guardian, Ant Law started this band around 2010 and the line-up has remained pretty constant since then. They will be performing music from their third album ‘Life I Know’, released (to 5 star reviews) on Edition in November 2018. “The album naturally revolves around Law’s writing. By turns intricate and complex or stripped-back and gentle, there is a warmth to his tunes and guitar work”…London Jazz News.

Friday 27 March at Crookes Social Club
Nikki Iles Orchestra
Julian Siegel: tenor sax, bass clarinet; Tori Freestone: tenor sax, flute; Karen Sharp: baritone/tenor sax, clarinet;  Gareth Lochrane: flute, alto flute; Paul Jones: alto sax, flute; Andy Schofield: alto/soprano sax, flute; Trumpets: Henry Lowther, Tom Walsh, Nick Smart, James Copus; Trombones: Gordon Campbell, Richard Henry, Harry Maund, Ollie Martin; Nikki Iles: conductor/piano/accordion; Mike Walker: guitar; Steve Watts: bass; Ian Thomas: drums
Another big band treat at Crookes Social Club! Award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles’ Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz. Featuring commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, the superb band she has assembled will showcase the depth and range of her writing and arranging. Expect great jazz from top-drawer musicians highlighting Nikki’s distinctive creative voice.

Friday 17 April at Crookes Social Club
Trish Clowes’ My Iris
Trish Clowes: sax; Chris Montague: guitar: Ross Stanley: piano/organ; James Maddren: drums
Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns with My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring. Expect thought provoking music – an exhilarating mix of brooding tunes with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. ‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …**** Dave Gelly, The Observer

Friday 24 April at Crookes Social Club
Alan Barnes + 11
Alan Barnes: alto/baritone sax and clarinets, plus: trumpets: Pat White, James Copus; trombones: Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell; Howard McGill: alto/ woodwinds; Robert Fowler: tenor/ woodwinds; Andy Panayi: tenor/ woodwinds; Mick Foster: baritone/ woodwinds; Robin Aspland: piano; Sam Burgess: bass; Matt Skelton: drums
Alan Barnes celebrates his 60thbirthday with a collection of tunes from his birth year in large-group format with new arrangements by trombonist Mark Nightingale. Even though it was set in an exceptionally fertile decade, 1959 still stands out as a remarkably fruitful year for jazz albums. ‘Kind of Blue’, ‘Giant Steps’, ‘Mingus Ah Um’,  ‘Thelonious Monk at Town Hall’ and Dave Brubeck’s ‘Time Out’ are all iconic recordings from that year. Expect joyous playing, outstanding virtuosity, variety and Alan’s inimitable sense of humour. This gig has been made possible by generous financial support from a member of our audience.

Thursday 30 April at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
Jason Rebello Trio
Jason Rebello: piano; Yuri Goloubev: bass; Asaf Sirkis: drums
Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90’s. Jason has worked mainly with electronic keyboards in his own groups (as well as with Sting and Jeff Beck), but in 2016 he decided it was time to return to the instrument he loves and released his debut solo piano album “Held” which was rated best album in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. His trio gig at the Crucible Studio was one of the highlights of our 2017 programme and we couldn’t wait to bring him back with this brilliant trio.

Friday 8 May at Crookes Social Club
Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band:
Yazz Ahmed: trumpet and flugelhorn; George Crowley: bass clarinet; Ralph Wyld: vibraphone; Naadia Sheriff: piano; Dudley Phillips: bass guitar; Corrina Silvester: percussion; Martin France: drums.
A welcome return following her hugely popular 2018 Crookes gig. Yazz Ahmed’s 2017 album “La Saboteuse” was widely judged to be a jazz album of the year, blending western and Middle Eastern influences. This is a rare opportunity to experience Yazz’s new album “Polyhymnia”, performed by her Hafla Band. The music is a celebration of female courage, determination and creativity. “Rich, powerful, colourful, exciting and highly evocative. Ahmed’s most ambitious and most successful work to date…” The Jazz Mann. Expect undulating rhythms, melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East and sonorous trumpet lines.

Sheffield Jazz aims to bring the best of national and international jazz to the city, providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds in the Sheffield City Region and throughout Yorkshire, to hear and learn from some of the greatest of current artists.
It is a company limited by guarantee and a charity and it is managed by a small committee of Directors/Trustees (all unpaid) supported by a team of volunteers.

Dave Jones Quartet, new EP and 2020 tour dates.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Dave Jones writes;

The Dave Jones Quartet’s forthcoming new EP is called ‘Is That The Time?’ - it’s Dave’s 10th Jazz CD, and is being launched at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), London, on 22nd Feb 2020.

Here’s the video for this new release , and the Quartet’s gig list so far for 2020 is…

6th January - North Devon Jazz Club, Appledore
5th February - The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff
22nd February - Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), London (lunchtime).
3rd April - The Be-Bop Club, Bristol
7th April - St.Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall
5th June - Birmingham Jazz
24th June - Fringe Jazz, Bristol

Andre Canniere - new album and UK live dates, February - May 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

We have received the following press release from Whirlwind Recordings;

We are pleased to announce the release of:

Ghost Days
by Andre Canniere
February 14th 2020

CD * DL * 12”  LP - 180 Gram - Limited Edition

Andre Canniere - trumpet, flugelhorn
Tori Freestone - tenor saxophone
Brigitte Beraha - voice
Rick Simpson - piano/keyboards
Tom Farmer - double bass
Andrew Bain - drums

The US-born, London-based trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere is set to follow up his acclaimed The Darkening Blue with a new release on Whirlwind for February 2020. Entitled Ghost Days, it reunites him with singer Brigitte Beraha and saxophonist Tori Freestone, and introduces a new, all-star UK rhythm team of Rick Simpson(piano) Tom Farmer (bass) and Andrew Bain (drums).

Six of the album’s seven original compositions were inspired by a unique collaboration between Andre and the poets/writers Malika Booker and Rebecca Lynch. Each piece had a poem as its starting point, defining the overall mood and the rhythm and phrasing of the melody, and the emotional message of the lyrics is beautifully delivered by Beraha to create a unity of atmosphere throughout the album. The songs deal with loss, anxiety and disappointment, but are leavened with humour and a powerful sense of hope that reaches its climax in the final instrumental track, ‘Endure’.

A Pennsylvania native, Andre first developed his career in New York where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Becca Stevens, Donny McCaslin, Kate McGarry, Ingrid Jensen and Darcy James Argue, and this album is full of the kind of innovative cross-genre exploration for which those artists are renowned. ‘Suicides’ matches a lyric by Malika Booker (actually about ladybirds!) with a powerful funk inspired groove and some hot blowing from Bain and the horns. ‘Colours’ uses Lynch’s poem to create a punchy piece of jazz-inflected post-rock that recalls Radiohead as much as Miles Davis. The mood is both sombre and uplifting, and this carries over into ‘Erasure’, where Canniere took the rhythm of the first line of Booker’s extended poem about loss and used it to create the main melody. Beraha then develops it into an astonishing improvisation that builds and builds in intensity, switching from fragments of lyrics into pure wordless extemporisation over a driving rock beat. ‘My Star’ has the hushed, relaxed simplicity of a Norah Jones tune, until it opens out into a pair of truly breathtaking solos from Canniere and Simpson. ‘It’s almost like a pop tune - but I really liked the way Rick plays on this, so I shortened the form a bit so he could take a solo too!’ ‘The Arrival’ takes a tale of an expectant father as an extended metaphor for the anxiousness attending the birth of any creative project, with Malika’s lyrics evoking the image of a trumpet player, though it’s Freestone who takes the lead with a powerfully charged solo. ‘One More Down’ matches Lynch’s evocative lyric about a missing person with Canniere’s exploration of negative harmony concepts over which Simpson creates a dazzling solo statement as Farmer and Bain lock into a precision groove.

All the vocal-based material was toured by the band extensively before they went into the studio: the sureness with which they deliver the arrangements is testament to how thoroughly each musician assimilated the concept. Canniere’s ears are open to influences from across the musical spectrum,  but he insists that he sees this music as jazz, informed by the language of his primary inspirations Miles and Freddie Hubbard as much as by the sounds he’s absorbed from rock and pop. For the last track, however, Canniere wanted to try something different: an exercise in classic-era jazz spontaneity, with the arrangement brought fresh into the studio and recorded in a single take. The message is intended as a political statement - ‘The reason I called it ‘Endure’ is because that’s what we’re doing now - enduring and hoping something better will come - something is around the corner that will change things’


20 Feb - Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham

22 April - Pizza Express, London

14 May - Soundcellar, Poole

24 May - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

25 May - NQ Jazz, Manchester

26 May - Parrjazz, Liverpool

27 May - Lescar, Sheffield

Swansea Jazzland - programme for 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

From the Swansea Jazzland website

Swansea Jazz 2020 Events @The Garage
1st Friday & 3rd Wednesday Every Month
Sponsored by Dr. Adrian Lloyd

The Garage Music Venue
47 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0NP
07802 912789

FRIDAY February 7th, 8.45pm: JEFF HOOPER BAND Swing, Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll Revue
A live show, packed with timeless hits from the greats. It’s the swingiest, funkiest, toe tapping fun show in the country!

Wednesday February 19th 8.30pm : SIMON SPILLETT

Friday March 6th 8.45pm : LI HARDING & Gary Phillips Band
Sassy Jazz/Blues and Soul from the Wales’ renowned Jazz & Blues vocalist Li Harding and her all star Band!

Wednesday March 18th 8.30pm : GARY POTTER
UK’s finest gypsy jazz guitarist - “He’s brilliant” - George Harrison

Tommy Blaize is quite simply one of the world’s finest vocal talents. As lead singer of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing band, Tommy’s powerful yet sensitive performances have helped create some of the most memorable TV moments of recent times.

Wednesday April 15th 8.30pm : GEORGINA JACKSON
“I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the Savoy stage with Georgina Jackson on a couple of occasions, on behalf of Children in Need. Her marvellous voice and musicianship, with Ronnie Scott’s band, has been a delight.” Sir Terry Wogan

FRIDAY May 1st: 8.45pm SARAH MEEK - Louis & Ella Tribute show
Sarah brings a new youthful energy to jazz with her powerful and versatile delivery coupled with an engaging stage presence and wide musical knowledge that has found her Welsh, UK and international audiences.

Wednesday May 20th 8.30pm : TINA MAY - 52nd Street Heroes
Since forming her first quartet in the early 1990s, Tina May’s astonishing vocal ability and hypnotic stage presence has won her worldwide acclaim.

FRIDAY June 5th 8.45pm : SHAKATAK
“This music still glows as brightly as that first hearing…Shakatak aren’t just a band, they were the soundtrack to our lives” RONNIE SCOTT’S House Magazine (UK)

Wednesday June 17th 8.30pm : Slide by Slide - Gordon Campbell/Chris Dean
Two of the country’s finest trombonists GORDON CAMPBELL and CHRIS DEAN get together to bring you a jazz concert packed with virtuosity , invention and humour

Wednesday July 15th 8.30pm : GREG ABATE
Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

FRIDAY September 4th 8.45pm : CLAIRE MARTIN
Linn recording artist Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards eight times during her career which spans over three decades.

Sunday Jazz Suppers @ Langland Brasserie;
Langland’s Brasserie, The Seafront
Brynfield Road, Langland,
Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4SQ

SUNDAY February 9th : DANIEL JOHN-MARTIN & Dave Cottle Trio
Violinist/vocalist From Paris : one of the most talented and sought after violinists of his generation.
Dinner from 7pm, music commences at 8.30pm. (Ends around 10.45pm)

SUNDAY March 15th : BECKI BIGGIINS & Dave Cottle Trio
AWARD WINNING Jazz vocalist and saxophonist with her new show ‘It’s a mans world”
Dinner from 7pm, music commences at 8.30pm. (Ends around 10.45pm)

The Left Bank Village, Hereford - new jazz programme for 2020.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Ian says;

I hope the people of Herefordshire (and beyond) will support this new project which will be bringing some of the leading figures of contemporary British jazz to Hereford. For me it will be great to see musicians of this calibre playing practically on my doorstep, instead of having to make the usual forty to fifty mile drive. But to succeed this new venture needs the support of local people, I do hope my fellow Herefordians will join me in getting behind it.

Forthcoming events are listed below, details sourced from the Left Bank Village website;

29th January 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm £12.00
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of the finest talent based in the UK. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats. They will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works from members of the band.
Line Up: Xhosa Cole – Sax, Jay Phelps – Trumpet, James Owston – Bass and Jim Bashford – Drums

7th February 2020 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm £12.00
ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising. Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.
Line Up: Iain Ballamy – Sax, Huw Warren – Piano, Percy Pursglove – Bass/Trumpet and Mark Whitlam – Drums.

6th March 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clark grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra up to the present day. Within that context he has toured worldwide and recorded extensively. Over his whole career he has recruited the best young players emerging on the British jazz scene.
Line Up: Clark Tracey – Drums, Elliot Sansom – Piano, Sean Payne – Sax, James Copus – Trumpet, James Owston – Bass.

10th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This is part of the tour organised by Jazz West Midlands and showcases Lockheart’s new quartet. This brand-new group explores Mark’s multi-faceted outlook on music, through a new set of original compositions plus a few older ones for good measure; and even a Duke Ellington tune. Urgent and exciting grooves and improvising all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s unique but memorable tunes. Wide ranging influences from Ellington, Shorter, Gil Evans, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach and even Kraftwerk. All delivered by a stellar band of stars.
Line Up: Mark Lockheart – Saxophones, Elliot Galvin – Keyboards, Tom Herbert – Bass and Dave Smith – Drums.

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Chesterfield Jazz Club - new venue for 2020 and details of programme for the first six months.

Monday, December 23, 2019


Wendy Kirkland of Chesterfield Jazz Club writes;

New line-up for our new club venue, for 2020!
Olde House Chesterfield, Chesterfield, S40 4RN

Line-up for 2020 now announced!

16/1 Tommaso Starace
20/2 Chris Bowden
19/3 Chris Gumbley Phil Woods tribute
16/4 Shirley Smart
21/5 Marianne Windham
18/6 Ray Butcher

I’ve finalised the second half too, but will release those details in the new year.

Olde House
Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 4RN

The start time will be slightly earlier - 8pm, and we will be finishing slightly earlier at 10pm or thereabouts

The ticket price will now be £10 for physical tickets from the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, or online at

The walk-in door price will be £12. Take advantage of the cheaper price by booking online or by getting tickets from the Visitor Information Centre.

If anyone has a suggestion as to another shop that might sell our tickets for the same commission as the VIC, which is 10%, please do let us know.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020.
Many thanks for supporting our club and helping it to grow from 2012 to today.

See you later!
Wendy, Pat and the team.

Jure Pukl - new album and US, European and Japanese tour dates in 2020.

Friday, December 20, 2019

We have received the following press release from Whirlwind Recordings;

‘Broken Circles’ by Jure Pukl - February 21st 2020.

We are pleased to announce the release of:

Broken Circles
by Jure Pukl

February 21st 2020
CD * DL * 12” LP - 180 Gram - Limited Edition

Jure Pukl - saxophone
Joel Ross - vibraphone
Charles Altura - guitar
Matt Brewer - double bass
Kweku Sumbry - drums, percussion

The sociopolitical and environmental focus on our world seems to be stronger than ever, predominantly for all the wrong reasons. But consequential calls for action can also summon a positive uprising of both energy and creativity - something particularly evident in the story behind Broken Circles from New York-based saxophonist/composer Jure Pukl, with new music that reflects empathy and respect. Previous Whirlwind releases Hybrid (2017) and Doubtless (2018) featured more spatial quartet and dual-tenor environments. But Pukl has also been honing this quite different quintet sound with the arresting line-up of guitarist Charles Altura, vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Kweku Sumbry.

“We’ve been playing in New York for a while now,” explains Pukl, “including Smalls, Fat Cat and The Jazz Gallery, and I am drawn to how the watercolor feel of guitar and vibes changes the sound, quite different to piano, and sometimes even blurs those textures. I hear Joel as another prominent melodic voice, and Charles contributes hugely to the arrangements.” Alongside the dexterity of bassist Matt Brewer is the astonishing talent of Kweku Sumbry. “He moved here a couple of years ago,” enthuses Pukl, “and comes from a strong African-family percussion tradition. Hearing this album, my very good friend, drummer Howard Curtis, exclaimed: ‘Wow, who’s the drummer? He sounds like a percussionist playing drums!’ - and that’s exactly what he is. So most of the pieces were written (with input from Pukl’s saxophonist wife, Melissa Aldana) with this group in my head.”

Apparent from the opening bars of ‘Sustained Optimism’ is the fluidity of this quintet, where Pukl’s constant stream of tenor invention is echoed in the rapid elegance of guitar and vibes, supported by electrifying rhythm section; and the title track’s similar determination chimes with scintillating shared phrases and improvisation. While ‘Separation’ (a favourite of Pukl’s) echoes themes of broken communities and relationships repeated across the globe, its mellow beauty serves to remind us of our responsibilities to one another; and a Chilean kalimba - “the sound of love, positivity and compassion” - announces a sublime quintet arrangement of previously recorded ‘Compassion’.

Buoyant ‘Triumph of Society’ - an anthem for change that starts with us all - trades tenor against vibes, also featuring remarkable guitar and drum solos, towards an almost symphonic conclusion; and Pukl’s pensive bass clarinet in ‘Gloomy Sunday’ - a 1930s Hungarian tune with dark associations - also finds the light. Elsewhere, busy 11/8 ‘Half Past Five’ swirls with abandon; ‘Kids’ (charmingly introduced by two young sax students) is a contemplative falling-phrase paean to the next generation; and sprightly soprano conclusion ‘Sky is the Limit’ confirms the overarching joy in this album.

Jure Pukl resolutely recognizes his artistic direction: “The music I’m making is evolving - here, I’ve stepped away from piano, added vibraphone and guitar, and have taken time to concentrate more on the compositional aspects. I see myself developing not just in jazz terms, but also influenced by my classical training.” Broken Circles clearly mirrors that concept of self-awareness, maturity and confidence.


January 10
Winter Jazz Festival, The Dance, NYC, US

January 23 & 24
Sam First, Los Angeles, US

March 1st
Max Klub Velenje, Slovenia

March 2nd
Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

March 3rd & 4th
Igor Butman’s Jazz Club, Moscow, Russia

March 5th
Prishtina Jazz Festival, Kosova

March 7th
Ibiza Jazz Festival, Spain

March 25 & 26
Smalls Jazz Club, NYC, US

April 10-20
Japan tour - details coming soon

Mabon -  “The Last Huzzah!”,  UK Tour, February - July 2020.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Mabon write;

⛄Merry Christmas! ❄ Nadolig Llawen! ⛄ Nollick Ghennal! ❄ Bon Noel!⛄


Here’s a word to wish all our Mabon family, friends and fans a very happy Christmas indeed.  Scroll on down for a new live video and some last-minute shopping options - but first, the full list of confirmed dates on our farewell tour next spring, “The Last Huzzah!”

Yes, here it is folks, our final tour.  We’ve had some great fun at these lovely venues across the years.  Come and hear some of your old favourites, alongside some brand new music for the tour - and join us for “The Last Huzzah!”

14/02/20 - PONTYPRIDD - Hawthorn Community Centre
15/02/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Solva Memorial Hall
20/02/20 - CAERNARFON - Galeri Caernarfon
21/02/20 - DEVON - Pavilions Teignmouth
22/02/20 - MONMOUTHSHIRE - The Narth
05/03/20 - ABERGAVENNY - (new date) Borough Theatre
06/03/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Penally Village Hall
07/03/20 - PORTHCAWL - Cwlwm Celtaidd festival
30/04/20 - ALDERSHOT - West End Centre
01/05/20 - NEW MILTON - Forest Arts Centre
02/05/20 - FAREHAM - Ashcroft Arts Centre
07/05/20 - CARDIGAN - Theatr Mwldan
08/05/20 - BUILTH WELLS - Wyeside Theatre
09/05/20 - GLYN CEIRIOG - Ceiriog Centre
20/05/20 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts
21/05/20 - LONDON - Cecil Sharp House
22/05/20 - CARDIFF - Saint David’s Hall
23/05/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Fishguard Folk Festival
11/06/20 - DORSET - Bridport Arts Centre
12/06/20 - DEVON - Plough Arts, Torrington
13/06/20 - POWYS - Llanbedr Village Hall
18/06/20 - HEREFORDSHIRE - Weobley Village Hall
19/06/20 - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - Geddington Village Hall
10/07/20 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall
11/07/20 - SOMERSET - Priddy Folk Festival

And more summer festival dates to be announced, watch this space!

A year ago, we sent you a rehearsal recording of a new set in progress, ‘The Lowender Peran Polkas’.  Here’s that same set played on the fabulously floral stage of Llangollen International Eisteddfod this summer.
And if you like that, keep a really close eye on our Facebook in the new year - we’ll be sharing a whole heap of new videos to banish any winter blues and to get you in the mood for our spring tour.

Thanks again for your support this year.

Have a lovely Christmas,
And our best wishes to you for a terrific and tuneful new year in 2020.

and all of MABON.

Gair amserol i ddymuno’n dda i holl gyfeillion y band - Nadolig Llawen ichi gyd!

Dyma fideo newydd sbon ichi, a chynnig siopa funud-ola… ond yn gynta, y rhestr derfynol o’n gigs yn y gwanwyn.  O fis Chwefror ymlaen byddwn ni ar ein taith olaf: “The Last Huzzah!”
Ry’n ni wedi dwli ar chware yn y lleoliadau yma ar hyd y blynyddoedd - ymunwch a ni i glywed eich hen ffefrynnau, ac hefyd gerddoriaeth newydd sbon ar gyfer y daith.

14/02/20 - PONTYPRIDD - Canolfan Gymunedol Hawthorn
15/02/20 - SIR BENFRO - Neuadd Goffa Solfach
20/02/20 - CAERNARFON - Galeri Caernarfon
21/02/20 - DYFNAINT - Teignmouth Pavilions
22/02/20 - SIR FYNWY - The Narth
05/03/20 - Y FENNI - (dyddiad newydd) Theatr Borough
06/03/20 - SIR BENFRO - Neuadd Pentref Penalun
07/03/20 - PORTHCAWL - gwyl Cwlwm Celtaidd
30/04/20 - ALDERSHOT - West End Centre
01/05/20 - NEW MILTON - Forest Arts
02/05/20 - FAREHAM - Canolfan Ashcroft
07/05/20 - ABERTEIFI - Theatr Mwldan
08/05/20 - LLANFAIR-YM-MUALLT - Theatr Wyeside
09/05/20 - GLYN CEIRIOG - Canolfan Ceiriog
20/05/20 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts
21/05/20 - LLUNDAIN - Cecil Sharp House
22/05/20 - CAERDYDD - Saint David’s Hall
23/05/20 - SIR BENFRO - Gwyl Werin Abergwaun
11/06/20 - DORSET - Canolfan Celfyddydau Bridport
12/06/20 - DYFNAINT - Plough Arts, Torrington
13/06/20 - POWYS - Neuadd Pentref Llanbedr
18/06/20 - SIR HENFFORDD - Neuadd Pentref Weobley
19/06/20 - SIR GOGHAMPTON - Neuadd Pentref Geddington
10/07/20 - LERPWL - Neuadd Philharmonig
11/07/20 - GWLAD YR HAF - Gwyl Werin Priddy

Mae mwy o ddyddiadau ar gyfer yr haf i’w cyhoeddi hefyd, felly cadwch lygad barcud am gyhoeddiad yn y flwyddyn newydd!

Amser yma llynedd, bu inni anfon trac atoch chi a recordiwyd mewn ymarfer, ‘The Lowender Peran Polkas’.  Dyma’r un trac eto, ond chwech mis yn hwyrach, ac ar lwyfan fawreddog Eisteddfod Rhyngwladol Llangollen.
Ac os oes oedd hynny wrth eich bodd, dilynwch ni ar Facebook, lle byddwn ni’n rhyddhau fideo newydd sbon unwaith yr wythnos drwy gydol mis Ionawr.

Nektar - U.S. Tour, January / February / March 2020.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

We have received the following press release from MoonJune Music;

NEKTAR - The Legendary Rock Band - World Tour & New Album    

NEKTAR The Legendary Rock Band is touring the world in 2020. NEKTAR have released first single ‘SkyWriter’ this Fall from their forthcoming new album ‘The Other Side’ which is officially coming in January 2020. Under the guidance of Leonardo Pavkovic from MoonJune Music and the original band member and bassist Derek Moore (now also the band’s manager), NEKTAR is celebrating 5 decades of rock-n-nektar-n-roll in the best way possible - going on the road! The band features three original members, two former members and one new member, and will commemorate the sadly missed Roye Albrighton, the original guitar player and vocalist, who passed in 2016. The regenerated band show their full power at the recent ProgStock Festival in Rahway, NJ on October 13 this year, and confirmed and announced 2020 shows are:

JANUARY 8 - Sellersville, PA (Sellersville Theater)
JANUARY 9 - Kennett Square, PA (Kennett Flash)
JANUARY 10 - Dunellen, NJ (NJ ProgHouse @ Roxy & Dukes)
JANUARY 11 - Baltimore, MD (Orion Studio)
JANUARY 12 - Baltimore, MD (Orion Studio)
JANUARY 14 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
JANUARY 15 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
JANUARY 16 - New York, NY (The Iridium, 2 shows)
FEBRUARY 8 - Manchester, NH (The Rex Theater)
FEBRUARY 9 - South Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
FEBRUARY 10 - Boston, MA (The Middle East Upstairs)
FEBRUARY 11 - Northampton, MA (The Iron Horse)
FEBRUARY 12 - Pawling, NY (Daryl’s House)
FEBRUARY 20 - Albany, NY (Linda WAMC Arts Center)
FEBRUARY 21 - Auburn, NY (Auburn Public Theater)
FEBRUARY 22 - Hamburg, NY (Hamburg Palace Theater)
FEBRUARY 23 - Toronto, ON (Garrison)
FEBRUARY 25 - Westland, Detroit, MI (The Token Lounge)
FEBRUARY 26 - Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom)
FEBRUARY 28 - Cincinnati, OH (The Ludlow Garage)
FEBRUARY 29 - Indianapolis, IN (Irving Theater)
MARCH 01 - Chicago, IL (Reggie’s)
MARCH 02 - Milwaukee, WI (Shank Hall)
MARCH 03 - Minneapolis, MN (Granada Theater)
MARCH 04 - Kansas City, MO (recordBar)
MARCH 05 - Edwardsville, IL (Wildey Theater) SOLD OUT!!
MARCH 07- Edwardsville, IL (Wildey Theater, 2 shows) SOLD OUT!!
MARCH 08 - Fayettsville, AR (George’s Majestic Lounge)

Promo Video:

Derek “Mo” Moore - bass, vocals
Ron Howden - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ryche Chlanda - guitars, lead vocals
Randy Dembo - bass, bass pedals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Kendall Scott - keyboards
Mick Brockett - special effects, lights and lyrics
Maryann Castello - back vocals
Maureen McIntyre - back vocals

New album on Cherry Red Records:







Worldwide exclusive booking: Leonardo Pavkovic @ MoonJune Music

More USA East Of Mississippi gigs to be confirmed in May 2020.
USA West of Mississippi tour: June 2020.
Of course: Latin America, Europe and much more! STAY TUNED!

on Cherry Red Records:

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho, London - listings for January and February 2020.

Friday, December 13, 2019

We have received the following press release;



Wednesday 1st January 2020
The Fatback Band is one of the most acclaimed disco, soul and funk groups to have ever emerged from America. Hugely influential and still playing live shows that blow audiences away, they are an original group from New York City who have put out a total of more than 35 albums. Along the way they have had countless hits, have served up many club anthems and have been to the White House, as well as having their music featured on cult TV shows like The Sopranos and Sky TV UK’s Revisita de la Liga show. The group has played mesmeric shows all over the world at places like the Lincoln Centre, Southport Weekender and all over Ibiza as well as Marbella Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, London’s Jazz Cafe and more besides.
Line-up: Bill ‘Fatback’ Curtis (Percussion / Band Leader); Gerald Thomas (Conductor / Keyboards); Edward Jackson (Saxophone); Xavier Zachary Guinn (Bass Guitar); Darryl McAllister (Guitar); Ledjerick Todd Woods (Trumpet); Montreal Parker (Drummer); Marell Glenn (Keyboards); Isabella Gordon (Singer)
Doors: 5.30pm & 9.30pm / £45.00 - £60.00

Thursday 2nd January 2020 - Saturday 4th January 2020
Sarah-Jane Morris is delighted to be starting the New Year at Ronnie Scott’s, celebrating her 60th birthday celebrations and their 60th anniversary with 5 shows! Sarah Jane is one of Britain’s most influential jazz and R&B singers, who topped the UK pop charts in 1986 (with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’). Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power has garnered praise and admiration worldwide for over 30 years. Inspired by the unwavering belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds, Sarah Jane has always followed her own star. She will be performing songs from “Sweet Little Mystery – The Songs of John Martyn” and her classic hits, and will be accompanied on stage by the talented Tony Remy, Tim Cansfield, Henry Thomas and Martyn Barker, with special guest Dominic Miller on all shows. Jason Rebello will be special guest on 2nd January
Line-up: as above.
Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £25.00 - £52.50

Sunday 5th January 2020
Eliane Correa is a young Latina pianist, MD and composer based between London and Havana. During her early years in London she became known for her work as a bandleader, composer and pianist in her Cuban fusion project, Wara, which went on to tour both in the UK and internationally, release several records and win three LUKAS Awards. Eliane Correa & La Evolución is a fresh, high energy 12-piece Cuban salsa orchestra which includes some of the best Cuban and Latin musicians in the UK, playing a selection of fiery original material, Cuban style covers of world-famous hits and some Cuban classics revisited with a young, modern flavour.
This show will have the pit section of the room cleared of tables, so get your dancing shoes ready!
Line-up: see website for details.
Doors 6.30pm / £15.00 - £40.00

Sunday 12th January 2020
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional). Shane Hampsheir, a singing sensation, is making huge waves in the music industry as an outstanding jazz and swing soloist. A born entertainer, Shane is a striking performer invariably compared with Michael Buble and with a voice to match.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm / £13.50 - £16.50

Monday 6th January 2020 - Tuesday 7th January 2020
Hear the fabulous music of jazz icons Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and John Coltrane played like you’ve never heard it before, as performed by award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon. Unclassifiable, charismatic, a central figure on the British and world jazz scenes, Gilad Atzmon performs a homage to arguably the greatest saxophonists in jazz history. On the night, Gilad will be accompanied by the Sigamos String Quartet, adding depth to Bird and Trane’s classic compositions.
Line-up: Gilad Atzmon (Alto Sax/ Tenor Sax/Clarinet); Ross Stanley (Piano); Yaron Stavi (Bass); Enzo Zirilli (Drums); Ros Stephen (Violin); Marianne Haynes (Violin); Felix Tanner (Viola); Laura Anstee (Cello).
Doors 6.00pm / £25.00 - £42.50

Wednesday 8th January 2020 - Thursday 9th January 2020
NYJO is a glittering showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians, combining a hard-swinging rhythm section and a raft of hugely talented soloists, to bring you the very best in British big-band jazz. Under the Artistic Direction of Mark Armstrong, the 23-piece orchestra perform around 40 concerts a year nationally and internationally, and aim to inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians with education work wherever they tour. Over its 53-year history, NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale, Gwilym Simcock and Mercury Award Nominee Laura Jurd. NYJO’s recent highlights include a highly acclaimed appearance at the BBC Proms in August 2018, and a collaborative concert tour in September 2018 to Germany and Holland with their German and Dutch national youth jazz orchestra equivalents BuJazzO and NJJO entitled Three Nations Under One Groove. Line-up: see website for details.
Doors 6.00pm / £25.00 - £42.50

Friday 10th January 2020 - Saturday 11th January 2020
The Italian guitarist and bandleader Nicola Conte brings his most recent album ‘Let Your Light Shine On’ to Ronnie Scott’s. On the album, Conte works with an ensemble of stars including trombonist Gianluca Petrella, trumpeter Theo Croker, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Magnus Lindgren, and singers Zara McFarlane, Bridgette Amofah and Carolina Bubbico. Recorded in Bari, Italy and Johannesburg, South Africa, ‘Let Your Light Shine On’ is a cohesive and powerful work of art that crosses the border between soul and spiritual Afro-jazz.
Line-up: Nicola Conte (guitar); Gianluca Petrella (trombone and keys); Bridgette Amofah (vocals); Simon Moullier (vibes and keys); Luca Alemanno (double & Electro-bass); Teppo Makynen (drums); Timo Lassy (alto sax);  Abdissa Assefah (percussion).
Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £25.00 - £52.50

Sunday 12th January 2020
Kishon Khan’s Lokkhi Terra have over a number of years now been quietly establishing themselves as one of London’s more unusual heavyweight outfits, described as “stunning headliners… A majestic multi-cultural blend of sounds… effortlessly builds bridges between rolling Indian raga rhythms, Afro-Cuban grooves, Acid Jazz/ funk and free flowing improvisation” (Time Out). Included amongst the band members are London’s top Cuban musicians, adding their infectious rich musical history to the city’s melting pot. When the band wanted to explore Cuban links with another of their favourite traditions, Afrobeat, who better to bring in then one of the Afrobeat originators, maestro Dele Sosimi: “Sosimi creates some of the most bewitching grooves in modern African music” (E Jazz News). Bringing together two Yoruba speaking musics, with different accents and from different sides of the Atlantic. Havana meets Lagos in London in a Cuban-Afrobeat experience.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors 6.30pm / £25.00 - £42.50

Sunday 12th January 2020
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kai Hoffman is a versatile, vivacious performer described as “A true entertainer, and we don’t see so many of those anymore!” (Jim Caruso @ Birdland, NYC). Here she pays tributes to some of jazz’s greatest songstresses.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm / £13.50 - £16.50

Monday 13th January 2020
A multi-award winner, including a special Honorary Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2017, Jim Mullen is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe. Originally from Glasgow he made his name working with a number of seminal bands through the 70’s and 80’s including The Average White Band and his own highly acclaimed jazz/funk band “Morrissey Mullen”.  A highly prized sideman as well as leader Jim also includes work with the likes of Mose Allison, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame and Gene Harris on a stellar CV.
Jim will be performing with his quite remarkable 9-piece band featuring a who’s who of UK jazz, who also wrote most of the arrangements.
Line-up: Jim Mullen (Guitar); Steve Fishwick (Trumpet); Mark Nightingale (Trombone); Nigel Hitchcock (Alto Sax); Julian Siegel (Tenor Sax/Bass Clarinet); Gareth Lockrane (Flute); Gareth Williams (Piano); Mick Hutton (Bass); Tristan Mailliot (Drums).
Doors 6.00pm / £23.50 - £37.50

Tuesday 14th January 2020
Elephant9 is a musical monster. It may sound bold, but there is no other way of describing this band. Music is at its purest and strongest when it feels free, dynamic and ever evolving. In a time where music - more often than not - is held back by electronic devices, set timeframes and rigid song structures, it’s refreshing to witness the exact opposite. The mix of their collective preferences and unique musical abilities make Elephant9 stir up a unique, uncontrollable and extrovert sound that aims to entertain and mesmerize its audience.
Line-up: Stale Storlokken (hammond/rhodes/electronics); Nikolai Haengsle (electric bass); Torstein Lofthus (drums).
Doors: 6.00pm / £12.50 - £28.50

Wednesday 15th January 2020 - Saturday 18th January 2020
Jeremy is a powerful and highly impressive drummer, who is equally at home playing pop, rock, funk or straight-ahead jazz. He’s played with the likes of Tom Jones, Ryan Adams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Neil Diamond, The Finn Brothers, Madeleine Peyroux, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jason Rebello, Tim Garland, and Wayne Krantz. He was the regular drummer with American icon Sheryl Crow for over 7 years. Jeremy also toured the world for 5 years with Noel Gallagher’s band The High Flying Birds and is currently one of the three featured drummers with the iconic band King Crimson. Join Jeremy and his band as they pay tribute to iconic, multi award-winning American rock band Steeley Dan. Co-founded by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan have sold over 40 million albums and wrote classic songs such as Rickki Don’t Lose That Number, Deacon Blues and Hey Nineteen.
Line-up: see website for details.
Weds-Thurs: 6.00pm
Friday – Sat: 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £30.00 - £52.50

Sunday 19th January 2020
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is the club’s longest running residency, and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer, up close and personal. While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting-edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors 6.30pm / £20.00 - £47.50

Sunday 19th January 2020
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
The ever-popular Bobby Hackett influenced cornetist and singer Digby Fairweather performs a special Sunday lunch with his all-star group.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm / £13.50 - £16.50

Monday 20th January 2020 - Tuesday 21st January 2020
We present a very special double bill: “One of the most distinctive and compelling jazz singers on the scene” (DownBeat), San Francisco native Mary Stallings has appeared alongside jazz greats including Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Orchestra over her stellar career. With her supple sense of swing, blues-inflected phrasing, and matchless gift for empathic interpretation, it’s easy to see why The New York Times declared her “perhaps the best jazz singer alive today”. The James Pearson trio will also be paying tribute to a piano great, Bill Evans.
Line-up: see website for details.
Doors 6.00pm / £30.00 - £47.50

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - Thursday 23rd January 2020
Internationally renowned for his masterful performances in a variety of musical styles, world class violinist Omar Puente is nothing short of a true virtuoso. Puente has worked with the likes of Courtney Pine and Denys Baptiste and appears at Ronnie’s with his own hard-driving, rhythmically lithe band. Born in Santiago de Cuba, Puente learned his love of violin from his father. As a student at Santiago’s finest music school, Omar studied classical music under world-renowned professors. At night he would hide in Santiago’s dark, smokey passages to listen to – and be inspired by – legendary trovadores Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa in a bid to explore his Cuban heritage. It is this unique fusion of classical technique and Cuban rhythms that makes Puente’s music so bewitching.
Line up: Omar Puente (violin); Al MacSween (keyboards); Frank Portundo (bass); Flavio Correa (bata drums); Oscar Martinez (congas); Fernando Depestre (drums).
Doors: 6.00pm / £30.00 - £45.00

Friday 24th January 2020 - Saturday 25th January 2020
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is one of Europe’s foremost contemporary big bands, winning the Best Big Band at the British Jazz Awards. On Friday 24th January, they present Alba: Songs of Scotland to celebrate Burn’s Night featuring special guest, the inimitable Eddi Reader, as together, they richly re-imagine Scotland through uplifting music, beautiful arrangements, and a truly unmistakable Scottish voice. On Saturday 25th January for the 6.00pm show, they present Torah, a tour de force for tenor saxophone and orchestra and for the 10.30pm show, they will present Atomic Mr Basie, dedicated to the library of iconic jazz figures Count Basie.
Line-up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £25.00 - £52.50

Sunday 26th January 2020
Our monthly blues show featuring top performers from the world of jazz and blues music! Co-Led by Pianist/Vocalist Paddy Milner and explosive funk, blues and jazz guitarist Tony Remy (Incognito, Annie Lennox and Craig David) and featuring superb guitarist/vocalist Marcus Bonfanti, the electrifying Blues Explosion specialises in blues music from Chicago to the Delta, West Coast and British. Expect blues classics from Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Cray amongst others.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.30pm / £30.00 - £47.50

Sunday 26th January 2020
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
TJ Johnson (Piano/Vocals) Sings and plays a choice selection of material from the repertoire of the three late great urban blues singers, Jimmy Witherspoon, Big Joe Turner and Joe Williams.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm / £13.50 - £16.50

Monday 27th January 2020 - Wednesday 29th January 2020
Ruby Turner is a national and international treasure, having already been awarded with the prestigious Gold Badge Award, for her contribution to British music. “Soul, Gospel, and R&B: Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove” (Guardian). Coming to Ronnie’s for three nights in January and three nights in February.
Line up: Ruby Turner (vocals); Nick Marland (Guitars); Simon Moore (Drums); Mark Walker (Keys); Paul Pryor (Bass/MD).
Doors: 6.00pm / £45.00 - £62.50

Thursday 30th January 2020
A unique launch night for Swiss music festival ‘Zermatt Unplugged’ with which Ronnie Scott’s has been proudly working with for the past few years. Presenting an evening of music from our very own Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, house singer Natalie Williams and very special guest Curtis Stigers (who you can also see at Zermatt Unplugged festival 2020!).
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.00pm / £45.00 - £80.00

Friday 31st January 2020 - Saturday 1st February 2020
The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan as “The Queen of Sass.”  And it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breath-taking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well… fun! Her heart wrenching musical stories have audiences in tears just before her comedic relief has them in stiches. Aubrey Logan loves music, loves performing and loves her fans. And it shows. “My relationship with the audience is the most fun I can legally have!” she says.  Very few artists can concentrate so fully on the music and yet be so connected to the people who have come to hear her. And that connection is magic.
Line up: Aubrey Logan (Vocals, Trombone); Nick Petrillo (Keys); Tabari Lake (Bass Guitar); Dave Johnstone (Drums); Katherine Deal (BGVs); Verushka Grebenar-George (BGVs).
Doors: 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £30.00 - £52.50


Sunday 2nd February 2020
One of the UK’s finest Big Bands teeming with first-call players and appearing under the Musical Directorship of award-winning band leader Pete Long. The Ronnie Scott’s Big Band is comprised of some of the greatest talents on the UK jazz scene and this time presents a tribute set to Tubby Hayes, who would have been 85 in 2020.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors: 6.30pm/£30.00 - £47.50

Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
Blue Harlem have been widely regarded as one of the top swing/jump-blues bands on the London scene for over 15 years. They have become regular favourites at venues such as the world famous Ronnie Scott’s, The 100 Club, The Hippodrome, Hideaway, Jitterbugs and many, many more
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm / £13.50 - £16.50

Monday 3rd February 2020 - Wednesday 5th February 2020
Ruby Turner is a national and international treasure, having already been awarded with the prestigious Gold Badge Award, for her contribution to British music. “Soul, Gospel, and R&B: Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove” (Guardian). Coming to Ronnie’s for three nights in January and three nights in February.
Line up: Ruby Turner - vocals, Nick Marland - Guitars, Simon Moore - Drums, Mark Walker - Keys, Paul Pryor - Bass (MD).
Doors: 6.00pm / £45.00 - £62.50

Thursday 6th February 2020
Cuban trumpet player and composer Yelfris Valdés plays tracks from his debut album For the Ones.
Yelfris Valdés is a Cuban artist, composer and trumpet player. He began studying classical music at the age of 8 and began touring the world as a professional musician at the age of 16. At 25 he graduated with the highest honours from The College of Arts in Havana. During this time he recorded, performed and toured with some of Cuba’s most exciting musicians. In 2014 he moved to London and positioned himself very quickly as one of the most in demand trumpet players in the capital’s music scene since. Due to his versatility and improvisation abilities he has been requested to play with big international stars from the likes of Madonna, The Clash and Michael Kiwanuka to multi-Grammy award winning pianist Chucho Valdés and the last edition of African Express with Damon Albarn, Rokia Traoré amongst others.
Line up: Yelfris Valdes (Trumpet); Al Macsween (Keys); Marcus Mcneish (Bass); Ayoze Alejandro (Drums); Sylvain Couesmes (Machines);
Doors: 6.00pm/ £12.50 -35.00

Friday 7th February 2020
At such a young age, Reuben James has already demonstrated he is an exceptional pianist performing with the late, great New Orleans trumpeter, Abram Wilson, as well as Birmingham’s Jazzlines Quartet, in an impressive support slot for the legendary jazz saxophonist, Wayne Shorter. His ambition is simple - to bring a new flavour of jazz to the UK scene.
Raised on an eclectic mix of jazz, gospel, hip hop and classical music, Reuben James is the new kid on the block. His confident, flowing approach belies his years – already in demand as a sideman playing on the records of Sam Smith, Callum Scott and Ruby Turner catch him here with his own trio playing originals and standard
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.00pm & 10.30pm/£17.50 - £47.50

Saturday 8th February 2020
Young, charismatic trumpeter/arranger Matt Roberts returns to Ronnie Scott’s with his acclaimed BigISH Band to celebrate an album which is 50 years old this year - the legendary Freddie Hubbard album ‘Red Clay’- Following an electrifying performance at the London Jazz Festival in 2019.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors: 6.00pm & 10.30pm/£30.00 - £52.50

Sunday 9th February 2020
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is the club’s longest running residency, and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer, up close and personal. While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting-edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors 6.30pm / £20.00 - £47.50

Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
Frank Cognoscenti performs as Frank Sinatra in a range of unique shows spanning Sinatra’s incredible career.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 12pm/£15.00 - £20.00

Monday 10th February 2020
A special tribute from a terrific British saxophonist to an American legend – Denys Baptiste celebrates Joe Henderson’s Blue Note albums. A leading light on the London jazz circuit for over 20 years now, you rarely see a jazz saxophonist as talented as a soloist and bandleader, who is accorded such respect from his musical peers across the board. Denys Baptiste’s immense talent - built on a foundation of powerful technique and an ability to improvise effortlessly and confidently across a wide range of musical styles - can only be matched by his creative energy and musical endeavour which we have been lucky to experience at the club over the many years of him performing here. His CV, as you would expect, is littered with collaborations with top draw artists including Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Incognito, Manu Dibango and Steve Williamson.
Line-up: 6.00pm/£25.00 - £42.50

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th February 2020
There are jazz singers. Then there is Judi Jackson. Hers are the qualities possessed by the greats. Astounding range. Immaculate pitch. That indefinable ‘thing’. A twenty-something from Roanoke, Virginia, Jackson arrived in London in 2017. Her first European tour sold out. Little wonder: alongside covers made famous by her idols are originals that sound like classics. Judi grew up singing in the church choir, performing in school musicals and attending Music Lab, the youth programme at Virginia’s famed Jefferson Centre, it was there she met trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis, who duly sent her a box of recordings by the greatest jazz divas ever. At 16 she opened for Mavis Staples. Aged 18, she teamed up with Snarky Puppy to record her song, ‘Only Love’. Then came a job at JALC, New York, and a residency in Doha, where she met her British manager. Jackson recently became the first artist-in-residence at the Savoy Hotel, and was nominated for Best Vocalist at the 2019 Jazz FM Awards.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.00pm/£25.00 - £42.50

Friday 14th February 2020
Vocalists Emma Smith presents a very special show designed to get hearts fluttering this Valentine’s Day! Emma is an award-winning vocalist who has appeared on Graham Norton, Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, at the Royal Albert Hall with NYJO, at London’s Crazy Coqs as a Worshipful Company of Musicians Gold Medalist and at jazz clubs and festivals all over the world. She is a BBC Radio 3 Presenter, hosting ‘Jazz Now’ for last 3 years. Ashton Jones is one of the UK’s most promising funk, soul vocalists and songwriters, rapidly becoming known for his vibrant and dynamic live performances. With influences including James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James and Prince, and a throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic, Ashton delivers soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto with an audience captivating brand of energy, flare and musicianship.
Line-up: see website for details
Doors: 6.00pm & 10.30pm/£40.00 - £60.00

Saturday 15th February 2020
Miles Davis once said, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was a central figure in the development of modern jazz characterised by his fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and explosive improvisation. Despite a tragically short life, “Bird” introduced many revolutionary concepts to Jazz and helped create the benchmark for modern music. To this day, his incredible legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of performers and composers around the world. Back in the early 1970s, bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a Saxophone section with rhythm that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker’s transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music: and so formed Supersax. The nine-piece group was an immediate hit around the world, producing a dozen albums and winning a Grammy award. Fast-forward to 2013, when Alex Garnett had an ingenious idea of his own: Supersax in the UK. Inspired by a deep love of Parkers music, Garnett set about assembling the talent needed to stock such a precision-oriented group, and to make the London Supersax concept a reality.
Line-up: Alex Garnett (Leader/Baritone Sax); Nigel Hitchcock & Sammy Mayne (Alto Sax); Graeme Blevins & Brandon Allen (Tenor Sax); James Pearson (Piano); Sam Burgess (Bass); Chris Higginbottom (Drums); Steve Fishwick (Trumpet).
Doors 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £30.00 - £52.50

Sunday 16th February 2020
Our monthly blues show featuring top performers from the world of jazz and blues music! Co-Led by Pianist/Vocalist Paddy Milner and explosive funk, blues and jazz guitarist Tony Remy (Incognito, Annie Lennox and Craig David) and featuring superb guitarist/vocalist Marcus Bonfanti, the electrifying Blues Explosion specialises in blues music from Chicago to the Delta, West Coast and British. Expect blues classics from Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Cray amongst others.
Line up: see website for details.
Doors: 6.30pm / £30.00 - £47.50

Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
Blue Town Project is a selection of some of the greatest bittersweet songs of the last century, - including, “The Meaning of the Blues”, “A New Town is a Blue Town”, “Spring Can really Hang You up the Most”, “A Flower is A Lovesome Thing”,” Daydream”, “Who Will Buy”, “Song For Elena”, “Early Autumn”, Lyrics which capture our moods, whether daydreaming, reminiscing, hopeful or heartbroken.
Line up: Zoe Francis (vocals); Jim Mullen (guitar); Ross Stanley (piano).
Doors: 12pm/£13.50 - £16.50

Monday 17th February 2020
Drummer and composer Kendrick Scott released his Blue Note debut ‘We Are the Drum’ four years ago in 2015. Produced by Derrick Hodge, Scott’s creative confidant and musical brother, it earned rave reviews and reiterated how Oracle, Scott’s long-running working group, is one of the most thoughtfully powerful jazz bands of its generation. That gorgeous new album from Scott and Oracle is called ‘A Wall Becomes A Bridge’. Scott says he “loves to create things for conversation. So I wanted the idea to speak about a certain president.” Many of us would argue that 45 is all wall and no bridge, but Scott sees a silver lining in this increasingly absurd political age. “With all of these different issues coming to the forefront, we can now say, ‘Things like systemic racism still exist and we need to deal with them.’ More people are paying attention to the government, and that level of intensity is what we need—as is that level of intent in how we vote and how we live and how we treat others. All of those things are a bridge.”
Line up: Kendrick Scott (drums); Joe Sanders (bass); John Ellis (Sax); Michael Moreno (Guitar); Taylor Eigsti (Piano).
Doors: 6.00pm / £25.00 - £42.50

Tuesday 18th February 2020 - Wednesday 19th February 2020
KCL, the iconic, genre-bending powerhouse trio led by visionary guitarist Wayne Krantz and featuring drummer Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting, John Mayer) and bassist Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band, David Bowie), held a Thursday-night residency at NYC’s 55 Bar throughout the first decade of the new millennium. Cutting live recordings from the club and posting them online in the early days of the internet and touring only sporadically, KCL developed a thoroughly original style of interactive group improvisation inspired in part by the great Miles Davis Quintet of the 60s, but played out in spontaneously generated contexts of heavy funk, rock and electronica instead of straight-ahead swing. As other instrumental bands of the day dabbled in derivative fusion and retro-jazz, KCL became an underground phenomenon, cultivating an international following of devoted fans of every stripe looking for an alternative creative music that served the mind, body and spirit. Relentlessly grooving, always innovative, never complacent - KCL made contemporary music that resonated beyond category.
Line-up: Wayne Krantz (guitar); Keith Carlock (drums); Tim Lefebvre (bass).
Doors 6.00pm / £25.00 - £42.50

Thursday 20th February 2020 - Sunday 23rd February 2020
“Someone should post a storm warning before a Kenny Garrett concert.” - WASHINGTON PO
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
Line-up: see website for details.
Doors Thurs 6.00pm, Fri-Sat 6.00pm & 10.30pm, Sun 6.30pm / £35.00 - £55.00

Ronnie Scott’s Sunday Jazz Lunch combines superb jazz with a top-notch Sunday roast (optional).
SONY recording artiste Earl Okin has been one of the UK leading Jazz and Bossa Nova vocalists for years and has given concerts and appeared at Jazz festivals around the world, including the Cork International Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, where he caused a sensation.
Line up: see website for details
Doors: 12pm/£13.50 - £16.50

Monday 24th February 2020 - Saturday 29th February 2020
Booker T. Jones Celebrates The Release Of His Memoir Time Is Tight. In an emotional musical journey, Booker T will perform the songs that make up the fabric of his musical identity. Booker T. & the M.G.’s staples like Green Onions are woven into defining moments from his journey after Stax, when he produced and recorded with artists as diverse as Bill Withers, Willie Nelson, and Carlos Santana. The evening culminates with new original music, highlighting the soaring guitar and vocals of his son and collaborator Teddy Jones. After the show, Booker T will greet fans and sign copies of Time is Tight.
Line-up: see website for details.
Doors: Mon-Tues 6.00pm, Weds-Thurs 5.30pm & 9.30pm, Fri-Sat 6.00pm & 10.30pm / £65.00 - £85.00

Ronnie Scott’s
47 Frith St, London, W1D 4HT
Box office 020 7439 0747

All listings are correct at the time of publication – details may change.


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Turner Sims, Southampton launches Spring 2020 jazz series.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Turner Sims launches Spring 2020 jazz series

Discover outstanding artists in Southampton

As our Year of Journeys continues, we celebrate the musical pathways of current stars, award winners and artists of the future. The jazz series especially is jam-packed with a wide variety of sounds, styles and artistic ideas. Our concert hall offers you an experience like no other, combining excellent sound with an intimate setting. Find out more about the stories behind our concerts through these three highlights from across the jazz series:

Award-winners and nominees
Our jazz series opens with the astonishing Fergus McCreadie Trio who recently won the Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Turas, their self-released debut album. Cassie Kinoshi’s Mercury-nominated 10-piece outfit SEED Ensemble presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians. Star-trumpeter Theo Croker’s album Star People Nation, described by Croker himself as an intimate exploration into ‘the everyday rituals of blackness’, is currently nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award.

Reasons to celebrate
We celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell with Sara Colman and her 10-piece ensemble. Songs from exceptional albums such as Clouds, Court and Spark, Blue, Ladies of the Canyon, and Hejira are treated to lush string orchestrations and soaring horn lines. We welcome back Tim Garland, one of the UK’s most formidable saxophonists and composers, to collaborate with the young talent of Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). Super group Acoustic Triangle, one of the most original and respected British ensembles, celebrates their 20th anniversary this summer.

Good vibes from century to century
All-star vintage quartet The Dime Notes takes us back in time to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, with the stomping riffs and sultry melodies of the 1920s. Fast forward to the 2020s, Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet presents their very own cinematic sound, sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism.

To book, call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or visit (no online booking fee).


What is #TSP? It stands for Turner Sims Presents. #TSP events are exclusive to us, which means that they are not presented anywhere else in the UK. Some of them are produced by us, often in collaboration with the artists, and we are very proud to present you these special events.


Sat 1 SÓN with John Lill | Beethoven Gala #Classical #Piano #TSP #Orchestral

Sat 8 Fergus McCreadie Trio #Jazz

Sun 9 In The Alps with Juliet Fraser #Classical #Voice #TSP      

Tue 11 Chiaroscuro Quartet #Classical

Thu 13 London Klezmer Quartet #Global #Folk

Tue 18 Västerås Sinfonietta #Classical #Orchestral

Sat 22 Sean Shibe #Classical

Sat 29 Portico Quartet #Jazz


Sun 8 Joglaresa | Boogie Knights #Folk #Teatime

Tue 10 Felicity Aston | Polar Exposure #Global #Lecture

Sat 14 SÓN w. David Owen Norris | Jupiter Unwrapped #Classical #Family #TSP #Orchestral #Intro

Sun 15 SÓN with James Mayhew | The Painted Planets #Classical #Family #TSP #Orchestral

Tue 17 Joseph Moog #Classical #Piano

Thu 19 Olcay Bayır | Dream for Anatolia #Global #Voice

Fri 20 Theo Croker | Star People Nation #Jazz

Thu 26 La Serenissima | The Godfather #Classical #Intro

Sun 29 The Inside-Out Piano #Piano #Family


Sat 4 SEED Ensemble #Jazz

Sat 18 SYJO with Tim Garland #Jazz #TSP

Tue 21 Dudok Quartet Amsterdam #Classical #TSP

Fri 24 Clara Sanabras with University of Southampton Voices #Global #Voice #TSP
Tue 28 Paul Lewis #Classical


Thu 7 Lawrence Power and Vilde Frang | 12 Strings #Classical #TSP

Tue 12 Takács Quartet #Classical

Fri 15 Sam Sweeney Band #Folk

Sat 30 Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian #Global

Sun 31 The Dime Notes #Jazz #Teatime


Fri 5 Lau Unplugged #Folk

Sun 7 Edward Lear The Musician #Classical #TSP #Teatime #Intro

Thu 11 Sara Colman Band | In Celebration of Joni Mitchell #Voice #Jazz

Fri 12 Flook #Folk

Thu 18 Recorder Extravaganza #Classical #TSP

Fri 19 Beatrice Rana #Classical #Piano #TSP

Sat 20 Acoustic Triangle | Celebrating 20 Years


A few words about some of our prominent programming strands:

Our #Piano Series sees a welcome return for Paul Lewis with a programme featuring two composers – Beethoven and Schubert - with whom he is synonymous.  The series also sees debut recitals from two past winners of Gramophone’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award:  Beatrice Rana, who gives an exclusive recital to close the season, and Joseph Moog whose programme includes Liszt’s extraordinary solo piano transcription of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

Lovers of #Classical music can look forward to more Beethoven features elsewhere in the season as we mark his 250th anniversary.  Hear two of his late quartets performed by the Chiaroscuro and Takács quartets, and for his Emperor concerto SÓN are joined by John Lill, in what is one of three visits our Orchestra in Association makes during the season.  Young people from local schools performing with guests Palisander in our Recorder Extravaganza, and the University Music Department’s concert including a new work by Zoe Sones also give a flavour of those musicians who could be headlining at Turner Sims in years to come. Alongside early music energy from Joglaresa and La Serenissima, and a first visit from charismatic guitarist Sean Shibe, we spend an afternoon celebrating the great Victorian musician, polymath and populariser of the limerick Edward Lear.

Look out for a special weekend of science and discovery in March with guests David Owen Norris and James Mayhew, and the music of Mozart, and Holst, his ever popular The Planets, on the menu. Viola and violin player Lawrence Power’s two year journey with us as Associate Artist draws to a close with two visits which reflect the range of his musical interests: from the sheer scale of Swedish orchestra the Västerås Sinfonietta in February – which features Lawrence as guest soloist along with cellist Paul Watkins – to the intimacy of string duos which brings celebrated violinist Vilde Frang to Turner Sims for the first time, and for a first ever duo programme.

A string duo of a different hue brings traditional music of Iran courtesy of Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian, part of a #Global strand that includes singer Olcay Bayır, and the London Klezmer Quartet. The vibrant #Folk scene is represented by Lau and Flook as well as violinist and veteran of the mighty Bellowhead Sam Sweeney.

#Jazz continues to offer an array of musical encounters.  Beginning with vintage melodies from the 1920s courtesy of quartet The Dime Notes we encompass everything from a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell with singer Sara Colman to the ambient sounds of Portico Quartet, from the 20th anniversary celebration from jazz supergroup Acoustic Triangle to the mix of styles perfected by Mercury Prize nominees SEED Ensemble, and Grammy 2020-nominated star trumpeter Theo Croker. Don’t miss Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra’s latest adventure, this time with star saxophonist Tim Garland.

Also: talks, family events, teatime concerts, free lunchtime concerts and more.

Turner Sims Southampton is a nationally renowned concert hall and live music producing organisation. With over 75 promoted concerts a year, some of them devised and programmed exclusively by us with the artists involved, we are proud to contribute to the creative scene in the South of England and welcome all to discover #InspiringMusic.

Turner Sims Southampton is provided by University of Southampton and gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England. Since 2018, Turner Sims hosts and leads the jazz development programme Jazz South. Our media partners are leading magazines Gramophone, Jazzwise and Songlines. Our current Associates are viola player Lawrence Power (Associate Artist), Edition Records (Associate Label), and SÓN (Orchestra in Association). We are proud to be a member of the following organisations: British Association of Concert Halls (BACH), Europe Jazz Network and Jazz Promotion Network.

Follow Turner Sims on Facebook, Twitter (@TurnerSims) and Instagram (@turner_sims)
To book, call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or visit (no online booking fee)

The Jazzmann wins 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “Best Media”.

Monday, December 09, 2019

The Jazzmann is proud to have been announced as the winner in the Media section at the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Details of the winners in all ten categories are attached.
The recipients of the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 3 December 2019 with the ten categories representing the diversity of the UK’s jazz scene.

Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and presented at the PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, the awards presenters included British politicians and UK musicians including APPJAG co-chair Kelvin Hopkins and jazz industry figures Jon Newey, Deirdre Cartwright, Danielle White, Steve Crocker, Simon Cooke, Gary Crosby OBE, Kevin Le Gendre and Baroness Coussins.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) at the Houses of Parliament in London. The group consists of over a hundred members drawn from across the UK political parties. The awards were the brainchild Bob Blizzard (Waveney MP), a long-time enthusiast of the jazz genre who was concerned that there was a lack of national recognition for the work of jazz performers and venues across the UK.

The winners were:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies

Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie’s “Turas”

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Xhosa Cole

Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz, Dorking

Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles

Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine

Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther

Ian adds;

I am very pleased and proud to have received this Parliamentary Jazz Award and it is very satisfying to see my work receiving national recognition.

I am indebted to many people for helping to make the Jazzmann site a success, particularly my wife Pam for allowing me to indulge my passion for music and jazz in particular, and who has acted as the driver to countless gigs up and down the country. Sometimes I think we clock up nearly as many miles as the musicians.

Thanks to my friend Keith Hall whose own success as a sports journalist helped to get me started on this road and to James Powis and Phil Dunsford, my “technical advisors” who designed the site and continue to administer it, dealing with all the IT issues that a computer illiterate such as myself would otherwise find insurmountable. Without these two guys there would be no Jazzmann.

Thank you to to all the guest contributors who have written articles for the site over the years, particularly Trevor Bannister, Tim Owen, Sean Wilkie, Clive Downs and Tom Gray.

Thank you too to all the photographers who have given permission for me to use their work, particularly Tim Dickeson, John Watson and Zoë White

Thank you to all the publicists, record labels and individual musicians for forwarding CDs for my attention. Sorry, but these days it’s physically impossible to review them all, but the music is still very much appreciated.

Similarly thank you too to all the promoters, venue owners and Festival organisers, locally and nationally, for allowing me to cover your live events.

The Awards Ceremony was a wonderful demonstration of how close a community British jazz is, with the Award winners coming from all over the UK - Scotland, Newcastle and even rural Herefordshire! It’s a community that I’m very proud to have been accepted into and to be a part of.

Congratulations to all the other Award Winners, and my thanks to all those who voted for me during the selection process.


Fringe Jazz Bristol - Programme for January / February / March / April 2020.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Jon Taylor writes;

Here is the Fringe Jazz Gig List for the first three months of 2020.


32 Princess Victoria Street
Clifton Village

Every Wednesday at 8PM

in association with TREBLEROCK Guitar Shop


2nd Jan       JAMES MORTON & FRIENDS - £15
                  James Morton - Sax
                  Alex Hutchings - Guitar
                  Jonny Henderson - Hammond Organ
                  Ian Matthews - Drums

8th Jan       TONY ORRELL’S BIG TOP - £12
                Jake McMurchie - Sax
                Dan Moore - Keyboards
                Riaan Vosloo - Bass
                Matt Brown & Tony Orrell - Drums

15th Jan     KEVIN FIGES QUARTET - £10
                Kevin Figes - Alto Sax,
                Jim Blomfield - Piano,
                Riaan Vosloo - Bass
                Mark Whitlam - Drums

              Mark Lockheart - Sax
              Huw Warren - Piano
              Yuri Goloubev - Bass
              Zoot Warren - Drums

29th Jan     THE MUSIC OF PAT METHENY - £12
                Matt Hopkins - Guitar
                John Pearce - Violin
                Dave Newton - Piano
                Will Harris - Bass
                Mark Whitlam - Drums

              Paul Dunmall - Saxophones
              Percy Pursglove - Trumpet
              Olie Brice - Bass
              Jeff Williams - Drums

12th Feb     GARY ALESBROOK - £12
              The Stories We Tell Ourselves
              Gary Alesbrook - Trumpet
              Phil King - Vocals
              Anders Olinder - Piano
              Will Harris - Double Bass
              Ian Matthews - Drums

19th Feb     JAMES MORTON & FRIENDS - £15
                  James Morton - Sax
                  Alex Hutchings - Guitar
                  Jonny Henderson - Hammond Organ
                  Ian Matthews - Drums

26th Feb     IAIN BALLAMY QUARTET - £15
              Iain Ballamy - Sax,
              Jason Rebello - Piano,
              Percy Pursglove - Trumpet & Double Bass
              Mark Whitlam - Drums

4th March   DAN NEWBERRY QUARTET - £10
                Dan Newberry - Sax
                Guy Shotton - Piano
                Ashley John Long - Double Bass
                Alex Goodyear - Drums

11th March   JONNY BRUCE QUARTET - £10
                Jonny Bruce - Trumpet
                Tom Gorst - Tenor
                John-Paul Gard - Hammond Organ
                Jon Whitfield - Drums

                John Pearce - Violin
                Dave Newton - Piano
                Will Harris - Double Bass
                Ian Matthews - Drums

25th March -  THE JAZZ DEFENDERS - £12
                Nick Malcolm - Trumpet
                Nick Dover - Tenor Sax
                George Cooper - Piano
                Will Harris - Double Bass
                Matt Brown - Drums…

1st April       MARTIN SPEAKE TRIO - £15
                Martin Speake - Alto Sax
                Mike Outram - Guitar
                Jeff Williams - Drums

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

Hi all,

This is my final regular show of the year - now available as usual at

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting two more shows with my favourite albums of the year. Originally broadcast as three one hour shows I have managed to sqeeze 28 tracks in - I hope you enjoy the selection.

I have, of course, received a few albums since I drew up those shows and they will get played in January.

Sam Eastmond – Gulgoleth (Chant Records)

Fredrik Ljungvkist Trio – Atlantis (Moserobie)

Johnsen/Sahlander/Moen – 1+1=3 (Losen)

Lars Greve/Jeppe Zeeberg – Danevirke (Centifuga)

Gebhard Ullmann - mikroPULS (Intuition)

Levitation Orchestra - Inexpressible Infinity (Astigmatic Records)

Remote Viewers Trio - Notes Lost in a Field (self)

Stephane Payen – Workshop - More Conversations with the Drum (OnzeHeuresOnze)

Sylvia Bolognesi - Young Shouts (Fonterossa)

Ingrid Laubrock - AkiTakase – Kasumi (Intakt)

Electric Lady Big Band - Electric Lady Big Band (self)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Darius Brubeck Quartet - new live album and UK tour dates 2020.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Ubuntu Music - LIVE IN POLAND by the Darius Brubeck Quartet - 13 December 2019 / launch concert at the Jazz Cafe - 14 December & 2020 concert dates

Darius Brubeck Quartet


Ubuntu Music – UBU0033

Album release: Friday 13 December 2019

The Darius Brubeck Quartet will be launching Live in Poland on Saturday 14 December at the Jazz Cafe, London.
They will also be celebrating Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, released 60 years ago to the day.


March 15 – Shoreham on Sea, The Ropetackle Arts Centre

March 19 – Bristol, St George’s

April 3 – Dorchester Arts Centre

April 11 – Maidstone, Pizza Express Jazz Club

April 18 – Loughton, Methodist Church (National Jazz Archive gig)

April 21 – Milton Keynes, The Stables

April 23 - Newcastle on Lyne, New Vic Theatre

April 30 – Aylesbury, St Mary’s Church

May 9 – Derby Theatre

May 16 – Birmingham, 1000 Trades (Birmingham Jazz & Jazz West Midlands)

May 28 – London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

June 11 – Devizes, The Corn Exchange

Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experiences as a pianist, bandleader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.

Brubeck’s latest release, Live in Poland, was recorded at the prestigious Blue Note in Poznan and celebrates his father’s historical concert tour in Poland in 1958.  “I was invited to Poland three times in 2018, the 60th anniversary of the 1958 classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s tour of this country. With the end of World War I in 1918, it was also the 100th anniversary of Polish independence,” explains Darius.  “Szczecin (where I played on stage for the first time when I was 10 years old) was the first stop on the 1958 tour and the first city visited during my initial trip. I appeared for one number, inevitably ‘Take Five’, with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as part of the celebrations.”

Brubeck was deeply moved to find that the Solidarity Museum in Poland associated his father’s tour with the beginning of the movement that liberated Poland from Soviet domination. The third time Szczecin Jazz invited him back with his London-based quartet was for a tour of the six cities where the Dave Brubeck Quartet had performed; the first American jazz group to play behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, starting in – you guessed it – Szczecin.  “Suffused with political meaning for the audience and my boyhood memories of witnessing the devastation left by war with my late brother Michael and my parents, this was no ordinary concert tour.”

The Darius Brubeck Quartet features Dave O’Higgins on saxophone, Matt Ridley on double bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums and has been together for 12 years. The plan was to record every night of the tour and choose the best takes but, in the end, it was decided that the last night at the Blue Note in Poznan was it. “You might say the album should’ve been called Live in Poznan.  However, this performance was the culmination of a tour of sold out concert halls and standing ovations.  The band was at a peak, especially in terms of communication with each other and the audience,” concludes Brubeck.

Darius Brubeck:

Bookings through Time & Talent Agency: Clive Johnson – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Ubuntu Music:
Ubuntu Music, a division of Ubuntu Management Group, is a progressive recorded music label that is committed to bringing quality, accessible jazz and related music genres to increasingly wider audiences. Our approach includes collaborative efforts with an array of performing artists who have a passion for jazz and who possess unique and diversified talents.

Distribution through The Orchard:

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available on

Shake Stew - Gris Gris (Traumton)

Bravo Baboon – Humanify (Auand)

Ghost Horse - Trojan (Auand)

Giuseppe Millaci - The Endless Way (Hypnote)

Calum Gourlay - New Ears (Ubuntu)

Marek Napiórkowski – Hipokamp (Agora)

Eve Risser – part of Après un Rêve(Clean Feed)

Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia (ropeadope)

Lyder Øvreås Røed - The moon doesn’t drink (Jazzland)

Nikola Bankov - Bright Future (AmpMusic)

They Will Flock - The Game (self)

Stephan Oliva – Orbit (Yolk)

Adalberto Ferrari - Unstable watercolours (Dodicilune)

Magic Malik - Jazz Association (jazzandpeople)

PBB’s Bread and Fox - This is Sour Music (Trouble in the East)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield, Programme December 2019 - February 2020.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jez Matthews writes;

Here is the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next three months up to the end of February. Its a wide-ranging programme as ever, really showcasing the multitude of directions in which the world of jazz and improvised music is heading.

The last three gigs of 2019 start with BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Xhosa Cole, with an incredible quartet in early December, followed by the lyrical contemporary jazz of Matt Anderson, and we finish the year with an intimate vocal/instrumental duet double bill (Zoe Gilby/Andy Champion + wilkins/harris).

We kick off 2020 with a nine piece brass jazz-rock explosion, courtey of Young Pilgrims, followed by the bass led grooves of Liran Donin, and the stunning line-up from one of 2018’s very best albums, coming to The Lescar at last! After that we have the subtle and approachable rhythms and harmony of NYC duo AfuriKo, making a very welcome return. Two incredible vocalists bring contrasting trios in January and February; Lauren Kinsella with her beautiful and innovative music, followed by an enchanting and soulful singer, Lilli Unwin.

In February we present three bands from the cutting edge of the jazz/improvised music scenes, with an exciting double bill of Raph Clarkson’s RESOLUTE, mixing free jazz, spoken word and electronics, plus the Arthur O’Hara Trio, following an appearance at the Love Supreme Roundhouse Day festival. They’re followed quickly by the energetic and fiery UK/Swiss line-up MoonMot, mixing freedom with composition.

We’re also really happy that students can now get in at a £5 discounted rate to these gigs, such a great opportunity to see all these incredible bands in our intimate (and newly redecorated!) space in the backroom of The Lescar.

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4th December:
Xhosa Cole Quartet / £9 or £5 (students)
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year, tenor sax player Xhosa Cole, is joined by an all-star quartet featuring fellow finalist bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, and repertoire inspired by the music of legends Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce. A band overspilling with charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity.

11th December:
Matt Anderson Quartet / £8 or £5 (students)
Led by the warm-toned and expansive tenor sax of Matt Anderson, beautiful and strongly lyrical music, with influences from the folk music of the North Yorkshire Moors to legends Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins, and bluesy, country strains reminiscent of Bill Frisell. Featuring Alberto Palau (Charles McPherson, Jean Toussaint) on piano, Jay Davis (Big Bad Wolf, Alex Hitchcock Quintet) on drums and Will Harris (Michelson Morley, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton) on double bass, they visit us following performances around Europe including Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, and Jamboree in Barcelona.

18th December:
DOUBLE BILL: Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion + wilkins/harris / £9 or £5   (students)
A peaceful and intimate end to our programme for the year, two very different vocal/instrumental conversations.
Zoë Gilby is a stylish and distinctive vocalist, her musical relationship with virtuoso bassist Andy Champion is one of deep swinging empathy, a hypnotic exploration of space and time, inspired by the legendary Sheila Jordan.
wilkins/harris bring an interactive, captivating mix of folk, classical and jazz, combining beautiful melodies, improvisation and heartfelt songs. Tom Harris (composition, piano) and Becca Wilkins (vocals) look set to make a big impression, having supported Kandace Springs at the 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

8th January:
Young Pilgrims / £9 or £5 (students)
An explosion of sound, infectious melodies and improvisation from this nine-strong line up. The brass-heavy rock-influenced music of Young Pilgrims has gained them fans across Europe with intense live performances from the Commonwealth Games to London’s South Bank, to Paris Jazz Festival to Love Supreme Festival. Trombones: Richard Foote, Kieran McLeod, Trumpets: Mike Adlington, Sean Gibbs, Sam Wooster, Baritone Saxophone: Chris Maddock, Sousaphone: Michael Owers, Drums: Jonathan Silk, Euan Palmer

15th January: Liran Donin’s 1000 Boats /£9 or £5 (students)
With one of the best albums of 2018, 1000 Boats mix powerful grooves and a virtuosic double-bass led approach influenced by the likes of Avishai Cohen and Omer Avital. Led by Liran Donin (Led Bib, The Unthanks, Polar Bear, Mulatu Astatke, Chrissie Hynde), this incredible high energy band features Josh Arcoleo (Mark Guiliana) tenor, Chris Williams (Let Spin) on alto , Maria Chiara Argirò (These New Puritans) piano and Ben Brown (Waaju) on drums. Unmissable.

22nd January: AfuriKo / £8 or £5 (students)
NYC-based duo AfuriKo are percussionist Akiko Horii and pianist/keyboardist Jim Funnell. Playing African infused jazz, they bring together spellbinding rhythms and contemporary jazz harmony with elements of pop, funk, reggae, Bulgarian and Enka music. They visit Sheffield following appearances around the world including the US (ShapeShifter Lab), France (Sunset Sunside), Germany (JazzLab), and Nepal (Kathmandu Jazz Festival).

29th January: Lauren Kinsella / Tom Challenger / Dave Smith / £8 or £5 (students)
Unique, beautiful music from three innovative artists whose music was premiered at the 2018 London Jazz Festival, exploring themes of conservation and nature through vocalist Lauren Kinsella’s compositions and text, with Tom Challenger (tenor sax), and Dave Smith (drums). You may have seen Lauren with Snowpoet or in duet with Kit Downes, with whom Tom also has a long running musical partnership, recorded recently on ECM. Dave Smith plays in Robert Plant’s solo project, as well as the Cloudmakers Trio, and Mark Lockheart Quintet.

5th February: Lilli Unwin / £8 or £5 (students)
An enchanting and soulful singer, Lilli Unwin brings a brilliant trio featuring much sought after guitarist Rob Luft, and Rupert Cox (NYJO, Kansas Smitty’s House Band) on keys. Lilli’s original songs address universal themes of love, longing and loss through honest and fearless female stories. A member of the London Vocal Project, she performed in the world première of Jon Hendricks’ Miles Ahead in New York in 2017. Insightful music, played with poise and imagination.

12th February:
DOUBLE BILL: RESOLUTE + Arthur O’Hara Trio / £9 or £5 (students)
Two original and totally distinctive bands representing different aspects of the stunningly varied UK jazz and improvised music scenes.
RESOLUTE bring together free improvisation, grooves, ambience, poetry, spoken word, noise and contemporary jazz to produce fiercely original music. Gboyega Odubanjo: vocals, Raph Clarkson: trombone, FX, vocals, Phil Merriman: keyboards, Simon Roth: drums.
“The music runs the gamut from free jazz freakiness to warbling bloopy electronica….” – Thomas H Green, the arts desk
The Arthur O’Hara trio visit us following an appearance at the Love Supreme Roundhouse day festival, and draw on influences including Thundercat, Sons of Kemet, and Kneebody to produce music that brings together jazz, funk and rock,. Chelsea Carmichael - tenor sax, Arthur O’Hara - electric bass, Ed Harley - drums.
”...explosive moments with a cooler minimalism”- jazzwise magazine

19th February: MoonMot / £8 or £5 (students)
A vibrant collaboration between UK band Word of Moth (Dee Byrne - alto sax, Cath Roberts - baritone sax, Seth Bennett - bass, and Johnny Hunter - drums), and Swiss musicians OIi Kuster (keys) and Simon Petermann (trombone, electronics). Originally formed at Jazzwerkstatt Bern, they mix original composition with exploratory improvisation, acoustic and electronic sounds to create powerful, fiery and driving music.

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Now available at

November 14th 2019

Andrea Ferrari - Essential Lines (Dodicilune)

Brun, Courtois, Fincker - Les Demons de Tosca (BMC)

Frank Amsallem - Gotham Goodbye (Jazz & People)

Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara (Cuneiform)

Nigel Hitchcock – Hitchgnosis (Eight Inch Clock)

Peuker 8 – Radiance (Whyplayjazz)

Magic Malik - Fanfare XP Vol II (OnzeHeuresOnze)

Nat Birchall - The Storyteller (Jazzman Records)

Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirrored Ensemble – Reflections/Transformations/Improvisations (self)

Evgeny Sivtsov – Zoo (Rainy Day)

Makar Kashitsyn - Jazz Animals (Rainy Day)

Bowman Trio – Persistence (wejazz)

Harris Eisenstad - Canada Day Quartet Live (clean feed)

Longboard - Being Wild (Yolk)

The Way Out - The Way You Are (Insulamusic)


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The Jazz Standard, New York City, programme for December 2019.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Jazz Standard Announces December Concert Schedule.

December at Jazz Standard

Charles McPherson Quintet ‘80th Birthday Celebration’
Louis Hayes: “Serenade For Horace”
Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O with Special Guest Camila Meza
Carmen Lundy

New York City, NY —JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout December. From December 5–8, we celebrate the 80th birthday of veteran alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, followed by drummer Louis Hayes appearing December 13–15 with the Horace Silver tribute Serenade For Horace. Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O with special guest Camila Meza perform December 17–18, and singer/songwriter Carmen Lundy spotlights the music of her new album Modern Ancestors from December 19–22. Our “Mingus Mon­day” series contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, and 12/30 as well as Mingus Orchestra appearing 12/2. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of December per­form­ances at Jazz Standard, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit

ALL SHOW TIMES: 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
Train No. 6 to East 28th Street

Student Discounts restrictions apply
Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE and
an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Enjoy weekly Sunday lunch (except 12/22 and 12/29) | Music 2-3:00 p.m. (doors open @ 1:00 p.m.) Tickets: Free

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
Artists and schedules are subject to change


12/1 Maria Schneider Orchestra
Marking its 15th consecutive year, the annual Maria Schneider Orchestra Thanksgiving residency returns to our stage. For the past quarter–century, beginning with her orchestra’s debut album Evanescence (1994), composer/conductor Maria Schneider has developed a deeply personal way of writing for her 17–member collective; like Duke Ellington, she has tailored her compositions to highlight the individually expressive voices of her soloists. In July 2018, Maria Schneider was awarded the highest honor in jazz, as a recipient of the 2019 Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In late August of this year, Schneider and the orchestra began recording a new album entitled Data Lords. “These days, I feel my life greatly impacted by two very polarized worlds: the digital world, and the organic world,” says Maria Schneider. “While one world clamors desperately for our constant attention, the other really doesn’t need any of us at all. Amidst the noise and the clamoring, it now requires great effort for us to take real breaks from the digital world so that we can fully access the organic world that sustains us. Feel­ing both of these opposite worlds represented in my recent music, I have decided to make this a two-album release reflecting these two polar extremes.”
Music Charge: $40

12/2 Mingus Orchestra
Our popular Mingus Monday series resumes tonight with the eclectic Mingus Orchestra, deploying its blend of “jazz” and “non–jazz” instrumentation to perform some of the legendary bassist/composer’s most adventurous compositions.
Music Charge: $30

12/3 TBA

12/4 Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet ‘Capturing Spirits’ CD Release
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
Martin Bejerano – piano
Matt Clohesy - bass
Colin Stranahan – drums
As both an assured band leader and a valued sideman, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily burnishing his reputation as one of the most compelling composer/performers on the New York scene. He’s been a key contributor to various bands led by organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and also has gigged and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, and Don Friedman; as a leader on his own dates, Kreisberg has been able to enlist the talents of drummer Bill Stewart and organist Gary Versace (among other skilled players) for albums on Criss Cross, Mel Bay, and his own imprint New For Now Music. To herald the release of a new CD, Capturing Spirits – JKQ Live!, Kreisberg has assembled an exceptional quartet for this Jazz Standard one–nighter including the gifted pianist Martin Bejerano (check out his album Trio Miami as well as his work on discs by master drummer Roy Haynes and the great guitarist Russell Malone). This is an evening not to be missed, trust Dr. Lonnie Smith when he says Kreisberg is “a passionate musician with great vision…constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”
Music Charge: $30

12/5–12/8 Charles McPherson Quintet ‘80th Birthday Celebration’
Charles McPherson – alto saxophone
Yotam Silberstein – guitar (12/5–12/6)
Terrell Stafford – trumpet (12/7–12/8)
Jeb Patton – piano
David Wong – bass
Billy Drummond – drums
“Charles McPherson is the very definition of excellence in our music,” says Wynton Marsalis. “He’s the definitive master on his instrument. He plays with exceptional harmonic accuracy and sophistication. He performs free–flowing, melodic and thematically developed solos with unbelievable fire and an unparalleled depth of soul.” All of us at Jazz Standard are delighted to be hosting this 80th birthday celebration for this 12–year veteran of the Charles Mingus bands who made his recording debut as a leader in 1964 with his classic Prestige album Bebop Revisited! “Finding a saxophonist versed in the language of bebop may not provide much in the way of revelatory thrills, but witnessing an authentic master of the art, like the altoist Charles McPherson, can still elicit a genuine spinal chill.” (The New Yorker)
Music Charge: $30

12/9 Mingus Big Band
“He’s really an almost shy man and he tries to be boisterous to cover it up. Half the time he’s frightened of one thing or another, like a little boy. But when he stops talking and starts playing, the virtuoso, the genius, comes shining out. That’s a different Mingus.” – Elvin Jones, from “A Walk In The Park” by Whitney Balliett (The New Yorker, 5.18.1968)
Music Charge: $30

12/10 Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Special Guest Keyon Harrold
Michael Leonhart – trumpet, leader
Keyon Harrold – special guest trumpeter
Frank Greene, Dave Guy, Scott Wendholt – trumpets
Ray Mason – trombone
Jeff Nelson – bass trombone
Dave Pietro, Jason Marshall, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Donny McCaslin – saxes/woodwinds
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
Claudia Chopek – violin
Erik Friedlander – cello
Nathan Koci – accordion
Robbie Mangano – guitar
Joe Martin – bass
Kevin Raczka – drums
Elizabeth Pupo Walker – percussion
Jazz Standard welcomes the electrifying Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) back to our bandstand with Special Guest Keyon Harrold for another evening of genre–crossing big–band modernism following on the release of the MLO’s new album Suite Extracts Vol. 1 (Sunnyside). This surprising collection finds the MLO playing other people’s material but in the Leonhart way — with widely disparate compositions ranging from Fela Kuti to Spinal Tap to Howlin’ Wolf to Ornette Coleman curated into suites, forming anarchic yet coherent thoughts on many of the leader’s chief musical passions. Suite Extracts Vol. 1 features notable guests Chris Potter, Nels Cline, Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Erik Friedlander and many others in the context of a vibrant and unclassifiable 20–piece ensemble. “There’s a certain abandon and freedom in all the material,” says Michael Leonhart of his latest release. “A lot of it has a backbeat, which the first album really didn’t. This album is more muscular in many ways. It reflects what we’re doing live: less of the pastoral, transcendent mood pieces, the sonic baths, and more of the groove interaction.”
Music Charge: $30

12/11 Harish Raghavan ‘Calls for Action’ CD Release
Harish Raghavan – double bass
Immanuel Wilkins – alto saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Micah Thomas – piano
Kweku Sumbry – drums
Proclaimed “one of the most exciting young bassists in jazz” by The New York Times, Harish Raghavan is best known for his years–long affiliation with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire as well as his collabora­tions, on stage and on disc, with Kurt Elling, Vijay Iyer, and Charles Lloyd to name but a few. His new album Calls For Action features an entirely new program of music penned by Raghavan and a top–shelf band comprised of some of the city’s rising–star players; it was produced by another of Raghavan’s long­time musical associates, saxophonist Walter Smith III. “Calls for Action is a culmination of a year’s de­velopment with this band, which enabled us to explore the music to develop a strong cohesiveness?— the process also greatly aided in my development as a composer. The pieces range from reflections of key moments, to people who’ve had a profound impact on my life, while others are calls to ignite action.” (Harish Raghavan)
Music Charge: $30

12/12 Bill O’Connell & The Afro Caribbean Ensemble
Bill O’Connell – piano
Lincoln Goines – bass,
Robby Ameen – drums
Roman Diaz – congas & percussion
After a 40-year long career that has seen him excel as a leader, soloist, arranger, musical director, and accompanist for some of the most celebrated names in jazz and Latin music, Bill O’Connell can lay claim to a track record of artistically eclectic triumphs that few of his peers can match. As a recording artist, his 13 dates as a leader have drawn universal critical acclaim; his skills as a pianist and arranger have been tapped by a diverse range of noted leaders including Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, Jon Lucien, Emily Remler, and Steve Slagle. Today, O’Connell’s professional life brims with new opportunities to express and fulfill his singular music vision as both a respected music educator and band leader. His latest CD, Wind Off The Hudson (Savant), is the disc debut of Bill O’Connell’s Afro Caribbean Ensemble (ACE) and features outstanding contributions from trombonist Conrad Herwig and saxophonists Ralph Bowen & Craig Handy. “…A steady though occasionally under-documented force in the music for decades, putting his dependable pianistic stamp on many absorbing projects…” (Dan Bilwasky, AllAboutJazz review of Monk’s Cha Cha) “O’Connell composes with freedom and authority.” (Carlo Wolff, DownBeat review of Heart Beat)
Music Charge: $30

12/13–12/15 Louis Hayes: “Serenade For Horace”
Louis Hayes – drums
Abraham Burton – tenor saxophone
Joe Doubleday – vibraphone
Anthony Wonsey – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass
There are few living musicians better qualified – by virtue of their chops and their history – to mount an effective tribute to pianist/composer Horace Silver than Louis Hayes. Reviewing his 2017 album Serenade For Horace in All About Jazz, Victor Schermer noted that “at 80, Hayes’ drumming is as superb and as youthful as ever…He brings together a group of seasoned, dedicated musicians to honor Silver, not by imitating or outdoing him, but by playing his music with great fidelity to Silver’s ideas and the hard bop period which he helped to innovate.” Born and raised in Detroit, in 1956 Louis Hayes moved to New York to replace Art Taylor in the Horace Silver Quintet; he recorded five Blue Note albums with Silver before joining Cannonball Adderley in 1959 for a six–year stint. The drummer’s legendary career included extended stays with the groups of Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner as well as co–leadership of the Cannonball Legacy Band (with saxophonist Vincent Herring). Don’t miss this special engagement by one of the great masters of the music, Louis Hayes!
Music Charge: $35

12/16 Mingus Big Band
“A knockout band, full of players who combine ensemble spirit and instrumental mastery with the quirky roughness and individualistic timbres needed for Mingus’ turbulent scores. It is thrilling to hear such big music in a small room: the audience immerses itself in this complex, highly emotional music to a degree that is impossible in a concert hall or festival stadium.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian)
Music Charge: $30

12/17–12/18 Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O with Special Guest Camila Meza
Matt Wilson – drums & percussion
Jeff Lederer – reeds
Paul Sikivie – bass
Camila Meza – guitar, vocal
Universally recognized for his melodic percussive style and his gifts as a composer and bandleader, drummer Matt Wilson is one of today’s most admired jazz artists. The most surprising and purely enter­taining of his many projects (as both leader and sideman) is Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O, with bass­ist Paul Sikivie and multi–reeds whiz Jeff Lederer. Jazz Standard is thrilled to welcome back this festive ensemble for the eighth consecutive year. As noted in The New York Times, Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O “represents some­thing more than a side project or a symptom of sea­sonal op­portunism. It has its own gait and style.” A medium–tempo shuffle on “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing?” Check. A klezmerized version of the Hanukkah song “Eight Candles?” Check. A mash–up of “Angels We Have Heard on High” with Albert Ayler’s anthemic “Angels?” Check. “Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O provides Yuletide greetings so eloquent and mind–bending even the nastiest of Scrooges will want to pay attention.” (DownBeat) For this special holiday engagement, the Tree–O will be joined by a very special guest: the enchanting singer/guitarist Camila Meza, a Jazz Standard headliner in her own right.
Music Charge: $30

12/19–12/22 Carmen Lundy CD Release
Carmen Lundy – vocals
Andrew Renfroe – guitar
Matthew Whitaker – piano
Kenny Davis – bass
Kassa Overall – drums
One of the finest singer/songwriters in jazz makes a much–anticipated return to our stage while riding high on her splendid new Afrasia Productions album, Modern Ancestors. “I have always felt that the jazz singer by definition is associated with standards from the past century, our Ancestors,” says Carmen Lundy. “The idea of Modern is simply to give the music I write and sing the chance to be seen and heard in the now: authentic 21st century jazz. My vocal influences include many of our great and most recent predecessors: Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, John Coltrane. This project pays tribute to these fine artists, and to the cultural and musical contributions from the diaspora: the Modern Ancestors who left behind a legacy and defined the sound and spirit of Jazz, the music of our time and all times.”
Music Charge: $35

12/23 Mingus Big Band
“Everything he’s done on record is part of the essential Mingus…He is one of those relatively few jazz figures who has inexorably accumulated a wholly singular body of work – like Duke and Monk and Miles and Trane…All of Mingus’ music is a symphony fused from the parts of his life, like a book.” – Nat Hentoff, from his liner notes to The Art of Charles Mingus: The Atlantic Years(Atlantic SD 2–302)
Music Charge: $30

12/24–12/25 Jazz Standard Closed For The Holiday

12/26–12/27 Raul Midón Trio
12/28-12/29 Raul Midón
Raul Midón – guitar, vocals
The New York Times has called Raul Midón “a one–man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” On his latest album If You Really Want (Artistry Music/Mack Avenue, 2019), Midón’s singular voice and fluid guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest, the GRAMMY® Award–winning Dutch ensemble that has collaborated with artists from Al Jarreau and Elvis Costello to Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy. Midón – who earned his first GRAMMY nomination for his 2017 album Bad Ass and Blind – worked hand in glove on If You Really Want with conductor/composer/arranger Vince Mendoza to create beautifully dynamic arrangements for fresh versions of six favorites from past Midón albums alongside four previously unrecorded songs (“If You Really Want,” “Ride On A Rainbow,” “Ocean Dreamer” and “All Love Is Blind”). Jazz Standard is proud to welcome this extraordinary artist back to our bandstand, where he’ll be performing with his trio on December 26–27 and solo on December 28–29.
Music Charge: $35

12/30 Mingus Big Band
“He was already a perfectionist when he came out of Los Angeles’ Watts district in the early 1940s to work with drummer Lee Young. He was an awesome bassist by 1947, when he recorded with Lionel Hampton. By 1955, he had become a major composer, indeed, a creative force influencing the development of jazz. His recordings from the mid–1950s disclose luminous intelligence and energy that was sometimes barely controlled.” – from Jazz Masters: Reflections on the Music & Some of Its Maker by Doug Ramsey (1989, University of Arkansas Press)
Music Charge: $30

12/31 New Year’s Eve with Regina Carter Quintet [Also appearing January 1, 2020]
Regina Carter – violin
Carla Cook – vocals
Nat Adderly Jr. – piano
Chris Lightcap – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums
7:30 p.m. show includes three–course dinner and music charge ($150 per person)
10:30 p.m. show includes three–course dinner, champagne toast, and music charge ($225 per person)
There’s no more elegant or jazzy way to swing in the New Year than a night at Jazz Standard with Regina Carter! A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, the violinist has been widely hailed both for the mastery of her instrument and her drive to expand its possibilities. Her eclectic discography includes Freefall, a stellar collaboration with pianist Kenny Barron; Paganini: After A Dream, a program of light classics and Latin American compositions performed on the maestro’s own priceless violin; and her shimmering tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Ella: Accentuate The Positive. In 2018, Ms. Carter was named artistic director of the New Jersey Performing Arts All–Female Jazz Residency; and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Improvised Solo for “Some Of That Sunshine,” the title track from vocalist Karrin Allyson’s album. “Ms. Carter is widely considered the finest jazz violinist of her generation, a hard–charging soloist whose precisely focused tone and graceful way with a ballad hint at her long years of classical training.” (The New York Times)

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid Playlist – October- now at

Previously broadcast on 91.8HayesFM; Target Radio and PureBeat Radio


Martin Archer - Anthropology Band (Discus)

Nat Birchall - The Storyteller (Jazzman Records)

Benjamin Luhis – Social Music (Bandcamp)

Florian Hoefner Trio - First Spring (Alma Records)

Ingi Bjarni - Tenging - (Losen)

Sverre Gjørvad - Voi River - (Losen)

Per Texas Johansson - Stråk på himlen och stora hus – (Moserobie)

MPH – Taxonomies (Discus)

Mihály Borbély Quartet – Grenadilla (BMC)

Carsten Dahl Trinity - Painting Music (ACT)

Faith Brackenbury - Knife Angel (Lonely Duck Records)

Free4Arts - When I Come Across (AudioCave)

Petros Klampanis – Irrationalities (Enja/Yellowbird)

Pulcinella – Ca (BMC)

Yves Robert, Bruno Chevillon, Cyril Atef – Captivate (BMC)

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennin - 50 years after (Trost)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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Carlos Santana announces European dates on Miraculous 2020 World Tour.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Carlos Santana Announces Miraculous 2020 World Tour Dates

The iconic guitarist is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of Abraxas

Ten time GRAMMY®-Award, three time Latin GRAMMY®-Award winning rock icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has announced he will hit the road across Europe this spring for the Miraculous 2020 World Tour. Making stops with his band in Italy, Germany, UK, Scandinavia, and more, they will perform passion-filled songs from their fifty year career, including fan favorites from Woodstock to Supernatural and beyond. The tour will commemorate two very important milestones in the iconic guitarist’s career: the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece Abraxas. Come find out why Santana has had a song in the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960’s.

While Santana will highlight songs from both his Supernatural and Woodstock eras on the Miraculous 2020 World Tour, he will also feature what he calls “the new hymns and songs of tomorrow.” The band (which also features Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums) will also perform energy-infused songs from Santana’s 2019 album Africa Speaks, produced by maverick hitmaker Rick Rubin. NPR called it Santana’s “best record in decades” and The New York Times said it “ranks with the fiercest albums in Santana’s 50-year career.”

“When you come to a Santana concert, the miraculous happens. Miraculous means, transforming darkness into delight. I feel like a 20-year-old on stage playing with this band, and they deliver high energy on every song. When we hit the stage, we know we will touch your heart and make you dance, sing, cry, laugh and leave your baggage behind. Our vision-mission is designed to elevate, transform and illumine consciousness to make you want to embrace your own light and allow for miracles and blessings to flow from your own heart.”

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than five decades—from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. Santana will continue headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, with 2019 dates in October and November and 2020 dates in January, February and May. For tickets and information click here:

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Santana’s Miraculous 2020 World Tour Europe Dates:
3/14/20 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
3/15/20 - Zürich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion Zürich
3/17/20 - Kraków, Poland - TAURON Arena Kraków
3/19/20 - Budapest, Hungary - Budapest Arena
3/20/20 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle
3/22/20 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
3/23/20 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
3/24/20 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
3/26/20 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro
3/27/20 - London, UK - The O2
3/29/20 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena
3/31/20 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
4/2/20 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
4/3/20 - Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe
4/5/20 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena

About Carlos Santana:
Coming off the celebration of two epic milestones in 2019 - the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his legendary performance at Woodstock - Carlos Santana now looks to 2020 and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of his masterpiece Abraxas. To date, Santana has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys. He won a record-tying nine Grammys for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin Grammys. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time;” he has joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two bands to have an album reach the Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. In 2018, he released his first MasterClass. In it he teaches the art, heart and soul of guitar, reaching deep into the spirituality and tonality of his playing to help students become more authentic and expressive artists. In January, Santana released the EP In Search of Mona Lisa (Concord Records), followed by this summer’s energy infused full-length album of new material Africa Speaks. NPR called it Santana’s “best record in decades” (NPR) and The New York Times said it “ranks with the fiercest albums in Santana’s 50-year career.” Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.


Lau Unplugged UK Tour, May / June 2020.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Lau write;

Dearest Lau-ites

We’re very much looking forward to performing our new acoustic show in 2020 and announce that our Unplugged Tour is now on sale! Tickets for these shows and our upcoming Munich, Dublin, London and Glasgow dates are at the website now.


Wed 20/5 GREENOCK The Beacon Arts Centre
Thu 21/5 STIRLING The Tolbooth
Sat 23/5 GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead - Hall 2
Mon 25/5 SALTAIRE The Live Room
Tue 26/5 HEBDEN Bridge Trades Club
Thu 28/5 BODMIN St Petroc’s Church
Fri 29/5 LYME REGIS Marine Theatre
Sat 30/5 FALMOUTH Tolmen Centre
Sun 31/5 CALSTOCK Calstock Arts

Tue 2/6 CARDIFF Acapela Studio
Wed 3/6 BRISTOL St George’s
Thu 4/6 FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse
Fri 5/6 SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims
Mon 8/6 CAMBRIDGE St Barnabas Church
Tue 9/6 HARPENDEN Harpenden Public Halls

Hope to see you out there somewhere.
Love from the trio Lau

Kris Drever - guitar,vocals
Aidan O’ Rourke - fiddle
Martin Green - accordion

George Benson announces UK Shows - June/July 2020.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

We have received the following press release;

George Benson announces Uk Shows - June / July 2020

The legendary George Benson proudly announces -  eight UK shows in June/July 2020. This includes one night at London’s most iconic venue, the Royal Albert Hall on July 2nd , 2020. 

The live shows will feature George Benson’s masterful guitar playing, and Benson and his band will perform his Greatest Hits from his impressive back catalogue - which includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time), Turn Your Love Around, Inside Love , Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes and more…

Benson’s latest album, the critically acclaimed ‘Walking to New Orleans’, the jazz guitar legend’s tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. This is his 45th album and his first recording since 2013’s ‘Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole’.  Tour dates below:-

JUNE 2020

21 - Manchester Bridgewater Hall

23 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

24 - Leeds First Direct Arena

26 - Cardiff St David’s Hall

27 - Bournemouth International Centre

29 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

30 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion

JULY 2020

2 - London Royal Albert Hall

Ticket Prices:

£48 - £68 - Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Southend

£55 & £65 - Leeds

£46 - £67.50 - Bournemouth

£45 - £80 with box seats at £90 - London

Tickets are available from / 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct

Benson is one of America’s great guitarists, a virtuoso who’s been honoured by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master. He’s won a dynamic 10 Grammys, including record of the year for his triple platinum ‘Breezin’. His wins include Record of the Year for “This Masquerade” (1977), Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Breezin’” (1977) and “Mornin’” (2007), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “On Broadway” (1979) and “Give Me the Night” (1981), and Best R&B Instrumental Performance for “Theme From Good King Bad” (1977) and “Off Broadway” (1981)

Nobody has more succinctly described George Benson’s musical evolution than the guitarist himself did in his 2014 autobiography: “...from blues cat to blues-jazz cat…from blues-jazz cat to jazz cat…from jazz cat to soul-jazz cat…and from soul-jazz cat to R&B-jazz cat.”

Dave Gaydon appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival Head of Programming.

Friday, October 25, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Cheltenham Festivals announced today that former Roundhouse Head of Music Dave Gaydon has been appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s new Head of Programming.

Following a glorious eight-year reign as Head of Music at legendary London venue The Roundhouse, Dave Gaydon moved on to launch his own bookings and events business GOAT Music.

He replaces Emily Jones, who moves to The Sage, Gateshead to become Senior Producer with responsibility for talent development, new commissions and cross-genre festivals.

Gaydon said “I am delighted and feel privileged to be part of the Cheltenham Festivals family at this incredibly exciting time for jazz music as the Festival approaches its 25th year. There are a whole host of amazing contemporary artists I’m looking forward to programming alongside the heritage jazz legends that Cheltenham Jazz Festival is so well known for.”

Director of Festivals, Ian George said “We are delighted that one of the best music programmers in the business is coming on board for Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s next exciting chapter. I look forward to working closely with Dave to ensure Cheltenham continues its position as one of Europe’s leading Jazz Festivals and to strengthen even further our talent development programmes.”

Gaydon will remain as director of GOAT Music continuing to work across venues and festivals in the UK and India.

About David Gaydon
Gaydon was solely responsible for putting the Roundhouse firmly on the international live music map as a highly respected, much in-demand venue, continuing the musical legacy that The Roundhouse has been growing since first becoming a performance space in the late 1960s. Managing the legendary BBC Electric Proms for five years, Gaydon also brought in the 30-day iTunes Festival and Mercury Awards as well as multiple festivals including Short Circuit festival of Electronica, the award winning Reverb Festival of contemporary classical music, Turning Point festival showcasing the positive voice of young people and Roundhouse Rising emerging music festival. In 2010 Gaydon programmed and produced the now seminal Zappa Festival to much acclaim and pulling in a vast international audience.
Gaydon also managed and guided the team that work with 11-25s on creative music projects and artist development. 1000s of young people have been through the various programmes under his tenure with past alumni including Maya Jane Coles, Little Sims and Maverick Sabre.
More recently Gaydon completed an 18-month stint as Head of Programming for LW Theatres during which he doubled occupancy rates at The London Palladium though introducing a compelling programme of concerts, film, dance, comedy and family entertainment.
As a musician himself, Gaydon has played at music venues and festivals across the world and is highly passionate about music performance and practice with broad and varied tastes and extensive knowledge of many genres.

About Cheltenham Jazz Festival
In association with BBC Radio 2
5-10 May 2020
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is an international showcase for the best names in the jazz scene today alongside fresh new talent. The Festival has successfully reached out to new audiences, particularly young people, through its pioneering education programmes. Musicate is an ambitious primary school outreach programme devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals with the aim of inspiring a love of music to last a lifetime.

About Cheltenham Festivals
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a registered charity behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four inspirational festivals have been at the forefront of the UK’s cultural scene since the inaugural Music Festival in 1945.

JBGB Events - programme at EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

We have received the following press release;

JBGB Events present - EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 TOP programme

Music, styles, singers, instrumentalists, small groups, big bands and choice for everyone.

There is something here for all tastes.

And an unrepeatable offer of a 15% discount on all tickets if you book for three or more concerts.

November 15th - 24th 2019 @ The Other Palace Studio,
Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA
(just round the corner from Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace).

Friday November 15th @ 8pm
Big Band Bash with Down For The Count

Saturday November 16th @ 8pm
Georgia Mancio – Open The Door.
A Celebration of Female Artists–-celebrating-great-female-musicians.html

Sunday November 17th @ 7pm
Alan Barnes Sherlock Holmes Suite
– The Sound of The Baskervilles

Monday November 18th @ 8pm
Alexander Bone Quartet with Nikki Iles

Tuesday November 19th @ 8pm
Derek Nash Funk Experience with Louise Marshall

Wednesday November 20th @ 8pm
Gabrielle Ducomble Parisian Jazz & Tango

Thursday November 21st @ 8pm
Stan Getz – a Musical Portrait with Chris Ingham

Friday November 22nd @ 8pm
Brilliant Brazil with Luiz Morais Sextet

Saturday November 23rd @ 3pm
Gareth Lockrane Big Band

Saturday November 23rd @ 8pm
Portrait of Cannonball with Tony Kofi Quintet

Sunday November 24th @ 7pm
New Orleans – More Early Years with DixieMix


EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 @ St Johns Smith Square
Westminster, London, SW1 3HA

Friday November 22nd @ 7:30pm
Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi

Saturday November 23rd @ 7:30pm
The Voices of Jazz

Sunday November 24th @ 7pm
The Music of Gil Evans – Miles Ahead Porgy and Bess

Please check out for the whole range of our forthcoming JBGB Events Concerts.

The Jazz Standard, New York City, programme for November 2019.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

November at Jazz Standard

Bria Skonberg
Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim & João
Bill Frisell
Maria Schneider Orchestra

New York City, NY —JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout November. Rising–star trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg appears 11/1–11/3, and from 11/14–11/17 Brazilian singer/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária offers a special program of music by Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto. Guitarist Bill Frisell performs for five nights in three distinctive formats including trio (11/19–11/20), solo (11/21–11/22), and with his all–star group Harmony (11/23–11/24); and the Maria Schneider Orchestra returns to the bandstand on 11/26–11/27 and 11/29–12/1. Our “Mingus Mon­day” series contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, and 11/25. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of November per­form­ances at Jazz Standard, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit

ALL SHOW TIMES: 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
Train No. 6 to East 28th Street

Student Discounts restrictions apply
Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE and
an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Enjoy weekly Sunday lunch | Music 2-3:00 p.m. (doors open @ 1:00 p.m.) Tickets: Free

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
Artists and schedules are subject to change


11/1–11/3 Bria Skonberg CD Release
Bria Skonberg – trumpet, vocal
Patrick Bartley – saxophone
Ben Paterson – keys
Doug Wamble – guitar
Devin Starks – bass
Darrian Douglas – drums

Canadian–born and New York–based, the singer, trumpeter and composer Bria Skonberg has been de­scribed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her genera­tion.” Her 2016 album Bria (Sony Masterworks/OKeh Records) won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top Five on the Billboard Jazz charts. She collaborated again with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi–GRAMMY Award winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony/OKeh album, With A Twist, released May 2017. In the spring of 2019, Skonberg joined the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour for a series of 26 concerts in 16 states and Canada, sharing the stage with such next–generation jazz peers as singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, and pianist Christian Sands. This Jazz Standard engagement celebrates a much–anticipated new album by this multi–talented musician. “Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth.” (The New York Times)
Music Charge: $30

11/4 Mingus Big Band
The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band kicks off another month of our long–running “Mingus Monday” residency honoring the life and music of jazz legend Charles Mingus (1922–1979). “Melodies were pouring out of him, in the gospel–jazz mode of ‘Haitian Fight Song.’ ‘Better Get It In Your Soul’ and ‘Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting’ shared the ecstatic roots and a 6/8 rhythm that made them intoxi­cating. He caught the ferocity of a Baptist church, its call and response, its canons, its rippling rhythms as the congregation strove for rough unison of individuals rather than unanimity. He remade these ingredi­ents into improvised intensity.” – From Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro (2000, Oxford University Press)
Music Charge: $30

11/5 OASIS featuring Rez Abbasi & Isabelle Olivier
Rez Abbasi – acoustic guitar
Isabelle Olivier – harp & electronics
Sameer Gupta – tabla
Michael Sarin – drums

He (Rez Abbasi) is an award–winning American guitarist and composer whose 2017 album Unfiltered Universe was praised by DownBeat’s John Murph: “The music grabs hold of both your imagination and heart with equal alluring power. Rez Abbasi proves again to be more than a superb guitarist; he’s a clever conceptualist, too.” She (Isabelle Olivier) combines mastery of the concert harp with electronic experimentation, and is a past collaborator with musicians in 20 countries. Together, Abassi and Olivier have built on their successful duet performances by adding two gifted percussionists, Sameer Gupta (tabla) and Michael Sarin (drums), for what promises to be an exceptional and exciting evening of unclassifiable musical creativity. Make your reservations now to preview the group’s forthcoming Enja/Yellowbird album! 
Music Charge: $30

11/6–11/7 Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Soul Resurgence with Special Guest Big Chief Donald Harrison
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Donald Harrison – alto saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Mike King – keyboards
Ben Williams – bass
Mike Mitchell – drums

All of us at Jazz Standard are delighted to welcome Maurice “Mobetta” Brown back to the bandstand. Maurice’s talents have found him at home in three worlds – contemporary jazz, blues–rock and cutting–edge hip hop – with stage and recording credits that range from Aretha Franklin to Dr. Lonnie Smith. A 2011 GRAMMY Award winner for his contributions to the Tedeschi–Trucks Band’s debut album, Revelator, Maurice Brown arrives on our stage fresh from touring with Anderson Paak, at the helm of a true all–star band featuring alto sax dynamo Donald Harrison Jr. and vibes master Joel Ross. “Blessed with as much instrumental technique as improvisational imagination, as much jazz erudition as appetite for innovation, he does not fit neatly into anyone’s profile of how a rising jazz soloist sounds. He offers the enthusiasm of youth alongside the achievements of more seasoned musicians.” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)
Music Charge: $30

11/8–11/10 Kenny Werner Quartet CD Release
Kenny Werner – piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 Organ
Dave Liebman – tenor & soprano saxophones
Scott Colley – bass
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums

Kenny Werner founded his first trio in 1981 at a time when he also played piano and contributed tunes and arrangements for the Village Vanguard Orchestra (then led by drummer Mel Lewis). The pianist went on to write, record and perform with several premier European jazz ensembles, including the jazz orches­tras of Cologne, Stockholm, and Denmark; as a sideman, he recorded with Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Lou Rawls, just to name a few. In 2010, the Brooklyn native won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his Half Note Records CD No Beginning No End, an extended work utiliz­ing over 70 musicians; in 2017, he released a masterful trio recording, Animal Crackers. This week at Jazz Standard, Kenny Werner leads a true all–star band featuring saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington in a celebration of his Newvelle Records release Church On Mars. “Perfection. 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician!” – Quincy Jones.
Music Charge: $35

11/11 Mingus Big Band
“I studied Bird’s creative vein with the same passion and understanding with which I’d studied the scores of my favorite classical composers, because I found a purity in his music that until then I had only found in classical music. Bird was the cause of my realization that jazz improvisation, as well as jazz composi­tion, is the equal of classical music if the performer is a creative person.” (Mingus, quoted in Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro)
Music Charge: $30

11/12 Michael Leonhart Orchestra CD Release
Michael Leonhart – conductor, trumpet
Philip Dizack, Jordan McLean, Billy Aukstik, Carter Yasutake – trumpet
Frank Cohen – trombone
Reggie Chapman – bass trombone
Dave Pietro – tenor saxophone
Jason Marshall – baritone saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
Pauline Kim – violin
Emily Hope Price – cello
Robbie Mangano – guitar
Ron Oswanski – accordion
Kevin Raczka – drums
Elizabeth Pupo–Walker – percussion
Daniel Freedman – percussion
Jazz Standard welcomes the electrifying Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) back to our bandstand for another evening of genre–crossing big–band modernism – and a celebration of the MLO’s new album Suite Extracts Vol. 1 (Sunnyside). This surprising collection finds the MLO playing other people’s material but in the Leonhart way — with widely disparate compositions ranging from Fela Kuti to Spinal Tap to Howlin’ Wolf to Ornette Coleman curated into suites, forming anarchic yet coherent thoughts on many of Leonhart’s chief musical passions. Suite Extracts Vol. 1 features notable guests Chris Potter, Nels Cline, Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Erik Friedlander and many others in the context of a vibrant and unclassifiable 20–piece ensemble. “I realized a long time ago that it’s not even about the music you play, it’s the spirit with which you approach it. To me that breaks down the barrier between pop, rock, funk, jazz, classical, abstract, musique concrète — it’s all expression.” (Michael Leonhart)
Music Charge: $30

11/13 Dan Weiss Trio
Dan Weiss – drums
Jacob Sacks – piano
Thomas Morgan – bass

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the top five drummers in jazz, Dan Weiss’s innovative technique and forward–thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. With his piano trio, he’s released the albums Now Yes When (2006) and Timshel (2011), both critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endless creative improvisation. Weiss also leads a 16–piece large ensemble that features some of New York’s most gifted musicians; this group’s two Pi Recordings CDs, Fourteen (2014) and Sixteen: Drummers Suite (2016), have placed high on multiple critics’ polls. This special evening at Jazz Standard features the Dan Weiss Trio with Dan’s peerless partners in sonic exploration, pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan. Forthcoming releases include New Trio Plus 1recording with Sacks, Morgan, and bassist Eivind Opsvik; and a new duo recording by Dan Weiss with guitarist Miles Okazaki.
Music Charge: $30

11/14 – 11/17 Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim & João
Vinicius Cantuária – voice, guitar
Helio Alves – piano
Paul Sokolow – bass
Adriano Santos – drums
Dendê – percussion

Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária, now in the fifth decade of his professional career, is revered for his deeply personal adaptation of the bossa nova, integrating this classically Brazilian form with jazz, avant–garde and pop. On his 2015 album Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim, the artist performed songs from the catalog of the iconic composer including such lesser– known gems as “Caminhos Cruzados” and “Por Causa de Voce,” which Jobim composed in the late 1950s before the bossa nova craze hit the U.S. This week, Vinicius Cantuária revisits the songs of two Brazilian masters, Jobim and João Gilberto – don’t miss him! “Vinicius Cantuária is the doyen of Brazilian singer–songwriters – more melodic than Caetano Veloso, more consistent than Gilberto Gil, and with more talent than Max de Castro, Otto and Patricia Marx put together. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talk­ing about him as the new Tom Jobim.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian, 1.29.2014) 
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday & Saturday

11/18 Mingus Big Band
“By using his band like an artist uses color in his palette, treating it like a complex instrument and using it to think with, Mingus resembled the man he admired the most, Duke Ellington. The bassist brought back to modern jazz the right texture and variety of sound that had been so eroded by the rather predictable formula of bebop…Despite his fierce emotions, or perhaps because of them, Mingus created a more com­plex structure as a way of controlling feeling.” – From Jazz Greats by David Perry (1996, Phaidon Press Ltd.)
Music Charge: $30

11/19–11/24 Bill Frisell
“Stylistically unclassifiable and uncontainable by nature,” (The New Yorker), guitarist Bill Frisell returns to Jazz Standard for six nights of exploratory improvisation and spirit–lifting songs in three distinctive formats.

11/19–11/20 Bill Frisell Trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell – guitar
Tony Scherr – bass
Kenny Wollesen – drums

“The quiet Seattle maestro has become the Jimi Hendrix of contemporary music’s quirkier forms, revolu­tionizing the palette of the electric guitar, and inspiring artists from avant–rockers to electronic producers. One of his most empathic partnerships has been this occasional but long–matured trio with Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums.” (John Fordham, The Guardian, 7.18.2017)
Music Charge: $35

11/21–11/22 Bill Frisell Solo
Bill Frisell’s catalog has been cited by DownBeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” and his 2018 solo guitar album Music IS (Sony Masterworks/OKeh Records) ranks among his best. All tracks were written by the artist: Some were newly composed for the date (“Change In The Air,” “What Do You Want”) while others were past classics reworked for solo performance (“Pretty Stars,” “Monica Jane”). “Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory.” (The Chicago Reader)
Music Charge: $35

11/23–11/24 Bill Frisell Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Luke Bergman
Bill Frisell – guitar
Petra Haden – voice
Hank Roberts – cello, voice
Luke Bergman – bass, guitar, voice

October 4, 2019, marked a special date in Bill Frisell’s long career: The release of Harmony, his first album as a leader for the fabled Blue Note label. Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, Harmony features an unusual quartet format focusing on harmony of the vocal sort, in which the gifted singer Petra Haden takes the lead but cellist Hank Roberts and guitarist/bassist Luke Bergman also chime in with vocals. (Frisell himself remains a staunch non–singer.) “If I think back throughout my whole life, all the music that I’ve loved, why can’t it all be there at the same time? You can play a Bob Dylan song and you can play a standard song or a Charlie Parker song, and they can fit together. Why not? There’s no reason why you can’t have ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Red River Valley’ on the same album. They’re both beautiful songs.” (Bill Frisell)
Music Charge: $35

11/25 Mingus Big Band
“Mingus craved acceptance, not in the sense of being paranoid, but he wanted affirmation. He knew that his music was not accepted by many, although some of the greatest moments I ever had in jazz were listening to him when his band was rolling.” – Rev. John Gensel, quoted in Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro.
Music Charge: $30

11/26–12/1 (Closed for thanksgiving 11/28) Maria Schneider Orchestra
Marking its 15th consecutive year, the annual Maria Schneider Orchestra Thanksgiving residency returns to our stage. For the past quarter–century, beginning with her orchestra’s debut album Evanescence (1994), composer/conductor Maria Schneider has developed a deeply personal way of writing for her 17–member collective; like Duke Ellington, she has tailored her compositions to highlight the individually expressive voices of her soloists. In July 2018, Maria Schneider was awarded the highest honor in jazz, as a recipient of the 2019 Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In late August of this year, Schneider and the orchestra began recording a new album entitled Data Lords. “These days, I feel my life greatly impacted by two very polarized worlds: the digital world, and the organic world,” says Maria Schneider. “While one world clamors desperately for our constant attention, the other really doesn’t need any of us at all. Amidst the noise and the clamoring, it now requires great effort for us to take real breaks from the digital world so that we can fully access the organic world that sustains us. Feel­ing both of these opposite worlds represented in my recent music, I have decided to make this a two-album release reflecting these two polar extremes.”
Music Charge: $40

Natasha Seale ‘Rosemary Clooney, A Life In Song’, UK live dates 2019/20.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

We have received the following press release;

‘Jazz Lady’ Natasha Seale Reprises 50 Years of Rosemary Clooney Magic.

“A hugely enjoyable journey through the life of one the best singers of the 20th century - Natasha brings her own blend of pizzazz and musicality, creating new life into these wonderful songs. Not to be missed.”
Claire Martin OBE

Singer/actress/songwriter Natasha Seale fronts an all-star band to celebrate the life and music of the iconic vocalist Rosemary Clooney whose voice captured the essence of a bygone era. Former West End leading lady Natasha presents her heartfelt tribute to “The girl with a laugh in her voice” through a blend of narrative and a repertoire drawn from the delights of the 1950’s popular song book.
Jonathan Lee - drums, Robert Rickenberg double bass, Natasha Seale - vocals, Jenny Carr - keys

Natasha’s infectious energy and superb vocal performance takes audiences on a journey through Rosemary’s rich and diverse career spanning 50 years. The music ranges from swing to Latin with some classic favourites such as ‘Come on-a My House’ to the Concord years featuring songs by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and recently premiering at the Stables in Wavendon to critical acclaim.

The Stage

“Seale is superb.”
Edinburgh Evening News

The Independent

“A delight to listen to.”
Evening Standard

Natasha Seale - The ‘Jazz Lady’
Whether performing beloved vintage tunes with a contemporary twist, belting out soul classics or skipping breezily over Latin rhythms, Natasha Seale possesses a timeless vocal quality that adapts to any repertoire.
Hailed as ‘a Jazz lady at heart’ by Bebop Spoken Here, Natasha, formerly a leading lady in London’s West End, (Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Mamma Mia) announced a side-step into the world of acoustic jazz and pop music with her critically acclaimed album A Bigger Sky in 2017. This collection of nine self-penned tunes “exploring luxurious jazz/pop” and ‘“timeless torch songs” was described as “A musically accomplished, if not ground breaking body of material with plenty of nice touches.” by Nigel Beaham-Powell (BASCA, PRS, Ivors’). Natasha is an accomplished actress as well as a skilled songwriter and received an Honours degree in Acting (LIPA) followed by a Masters in Songwriting (Bath Spa) before embarking on her solo career.
Recently Natasha has turned her hand to writing again with her new show ‘Rosemary Clooney – A Life in Song’ in which she fronts an all star band to celebrate the life and music of the iconic vocalist Rosemary Clooney through a blend of narrative and repertoire drawn from the 1950’s popular song book.


13 Oct - Swansea Jazzland: Llanglands Restaurant

13 Nov - Mill Hill Jazz Club

13 Dec - OLLIE VEES, Leighton Buzzard ‘Rosemary Clooney’s White Christmas’

14 March - Riverhouse Barn Arts Walton-On-Thames


ISQ “Requiem For The Faithful” UK tour 2019 - 20.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Irene Serra writes;

We will be releasing our 3rd album, “Requiem For The Faithful” on Friday 27th September and touring the UK. ISQ has had a change of personnel so now it’s Naadia Sheriff on piano and synth.


Monday 30th September - Single Launch - Orbit | Pizza Express Soho, London

Tuesday 8th October - St.Ives Jazz Club

Wednesday 9th October - The Flavel

Thursday 17th October - Hermon Chapel, Oswestry

Thursday 24th October - Jazz @ Future Inns, Bristol

Friday 25th October - Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton

Saturday 26th October - Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton

Thursday 21st November -  Concert Series | Royal Holloway University, Surrey

Sunday 27th November - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Wednesday 3rd December - Fougou Music, Torquay


Thursday 30th January | Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Friday 1st February | Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

Friday 21st February |Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames

Tuesday 3rd March | Parr Jazz, Liverpool

Friday 29th May | Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


Now available on

Marstrander Trio - Old Times, Beautiful Boy (Losen)

Sketchbook Orchestra - Ungatz (ORF)

Quentin Collins Sextet - Road Warrior (Ubuntu)

Thomas Grimmonprez Quartet - Big Wheel (Outnote Records)

Enrico Fazio Critical Mass - Wabi Sabi (Leo)

Pago Libre - Cinemagique 2.0 (Leo)

Pyjaen - Debut Album - Deep Matter

Leo Richardson – Move - Ubuntu

Shahin Novrasli - From Baku to New York - Jazz Village

Ahmed Jamal – Ballades – Jazz Village

Krokofant - Q - Runegrammofon

Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic - Visions for two - ACT

Petter Eldh - Koma Saxo - wejazz

Tini Thompsen’ s Maxsax – Shift - 393 records


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BBC’s Autumn Jazz Highlights Unveiled.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

We have received the following press release;

BBC’s Autumn Jazz Highlights Unveiled

The BBC today unveiled a number of jazz programmes at the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The initiatives include swathes of BBC Radio 3 content including a 6 hour overnight jazz takeover, a jazz collection on BBC Sounds, a partnership with Jazz FM which will see BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds broadcast Jazz FM content for the first time and Jazz FM to share key recordings from BBC Radio 3. There will also be a new jazz programme focussing on the emerging scene presented by composer and arranger Corey Mwamba, and high profile artist portraits on television including a seminal new feature documentary on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson for BBC Two.

As part of the BBC’s commitment to showcasing the outer fringes of jazz, BBC Radio 3 will be launching a brand new programme, Freeness, a showcase for cutting edge improvised music in all its forms, linking the freedom-oriented roots of jazz to the vibrant underground scenes of the UK and beyond. The programme will be presented by Derby-based vibraphone player and composer Corey Mwamba and will appear on Saturday nights from the 2nd November.

BBC Radio 3 will also be joining forces with Bauer Media for the first time in a unique partnership between commercial radio and public service. Shared content will appear on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, and whilst the two stations have collaborated before with a digital pop-up BBC Music Jazz, this will be the first time BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting content from Jazz FM on the network, with Jazz FM similarly sharing Radio 3 content from recorded concerts with their audiences in a reciprocal deal.

James Purnell Director of Radio and Education commented: “As a jazz lover myself, I’m very proud of our track record in supporting the jazz scene and we are keen to ensure we are playing our part in its future too through a jazz collection on Sounds and a plethora of new programmes and partnerships. I’m delighted we’ll be working once again with our friends at Jazz FM, and their owner Bauer Media for the first time, to share content this EFG London Jazz festival, ensuring as many people as possible can discover great jazz programming.”

Nick Pitts at Jazz FM commented: “Jazz is all about collaboration and continually smashing boundaries, so it’s great for Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 to be breaking new ground once again, working closely with each other coming together for the love of jazz to share this music with our audiences everywhere!”

Other upcoming jazz content includes Radio 3 broadcasts from the EFG London Jazz Festival opening gala concert, Jazz Voice, and new for this year there will be a two hour J-Z event at RIBA hosted by Jumoké Fashola. Other content includes a ‘Jazz Fix’ programme presented by Tina Edwards which will suggest a playlist for a public figure, encouraging them to fall in love with jazz for the first time.

A special six hour overnight show as part of BBC Radio 3’s London Jazz Festival programming, will see the station transform the late night schedule into a heady mix of jazz including the best concerts from around Europe, BBC music content linked to the London Jazz Festival and sessions from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artists.

BBC Radio 2 will cover the London Jazz Festival through The Jamie Cullum Jazz Show, inviting a range of live jazz festival guests to perform on the programme. All of the BBC Radio content will appear on BBC Sounds and a dedicated ‘jazz collection’ will be created in order to make the content easy to find and available on demand.

Meanwhile Head of BBC Music Television Commissioning, Jan Younghusband, confirmed that some of the UK’s emerging jazz artists will be reflected in the new run of Later with Jools Holland on BBC Two. BBC Two and BBC Four will also schedule a number of high profile new television documentaries this autumn. Highlights include a seminal programme on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson with a London Jazz Festival screening on 16th November 2019. The programme features unseen archive and contributions from greats like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter amongst others. There will also be a BBC Four film on Bluenote by Sophie Huber. Whilst for next year a Billie Holliday programme has been commissioned and it has also been confirmed that the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician on BBC Four is to be held at the London Jazz Festival in 2020.

Commenting on the television jazz commitment, Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning said: “Jazz is a key part of the television music programming mix – we’re pleased to play a vital role in finding the talent of the future whilst also bringing new perspectives to musical legends through incredible access documentaries. Jazz lovers new and old are in for a treat.”

New Jazz Club for Kidderminster.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Club organiser Anette Gregory writes;

I am starting a new Jazz Club in the Kidderminster Area.

The date will be the 3rd Oct 2019 -
Opening show will be - Wendy Kirkland
Kidderminster Jazz Club will be on once a month
I have the wonderful and full support of the district council supporting me
It will be at the Kidderminster Town Hall.

Kidderminster Jazz Club
Kidderminster Town Hall DY10 1DE.

More details at

Alison Rayner Quintet - new album and UK live dates 2019/20.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Released 25th October 2019

ARQ release Short Stories – their 3rd album – in October 2019. ‘ARQ’ are a renowned and widely celebrated group with decades of experience at the forefront of the international jazz scene. Their long list of accolades include winning ‘Ensemble Of The Year’ award at the prestigious 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the People’s Vote for ‘Best Small Group’ at the 2018 British Jazz Awards. Now they return with a brand new album and an extensive series of UK live dates.

ARQ’s music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-tinged melodies. Along with their love of improvisation, this creates a compelling and coherent whole, creating a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ are known for their vibrant, communicative performances, so remaining accessible and appealing to those who appreciate a range of genres.

The new album Short Stories is available in CD, digital and vinyl formats, released on Blow the Fuse Records and distributed by Proper Music.

As Rayner says: ‘My music is allegorical and I write songs without words about experiences, places and feelings. Short Stories was inspired by the sudden losses of three young people within close family and friends. Their stories were too short but through my music I want to celebrate the joy they brought to our lives.’

As the co-founder of artist development partnership ‘Blow The Fuse’, Rayner has promoted jazz events and touring, also producing records on Blow the Fuse Records. Blow the Fuse have played a crucial role in promoting women jazz musicians for over 30 years: their critically acclaimed series in recent years Tomorrow the Moon has providing many emerging women jazz artists with the support, space and opportunity to perform.

Rayner has played on around 30 albums and performed with artists such as American guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez and UK players such as Jean Toussaint, Ian Shaw and John Etheridge.

ARQ have been awarded funding by both the Arts Council and the PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund, both glowing endorsements and further testament to the quality and ability of the group. Short Stories is an imaginative and accomplished body of work, destined to be enjoyed by jazz and discerning music lovers alike.

2019 Live Dates:

September 29                 Albany Empire                         LONDON

September 30                 Ashburton Live                       DEVON

October 1             St Ives Jazz Club                       CORNWALL

October 5             NC Jazz                                 NORTHANTS

October 11           Bracknell Jazz Club                   BERKSHIRE

October 12           Marsden Jazz Festival                 YORKSHIRE

October 13           Leeds Jazz                               YORKSHIRE

November 8         Wakefield Jazz Club                   YORKSHIRE

November 9           The Verdict                             BRIGHTON

November 15                 Kings Place (Jazz Festival Launch)      LONDON

December 19         Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall     HERTS


February 26           Pizza Express Jazz Soho               LONDON

March 12               Jazz Coventry                         MIDLANDS

March 13               Birmingham Jazz Club                 MIDLANDS

March 14               Shrewsbury Hive                       SHROPSHIRE

March 31               Liverpool Parr Jazz                     MERSEYSIDE

April 1                 Sheffield Lescar                       YORKSHIRE

April 2                 Nottingham Bonington Theatre       NOTTS

April 3                 Derby Jazz                             DERBYSHIRE

May 3                   Colchester Arts Centre             ESSEX

ARQ are: Alison Rayner (double Bass), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Steve Lodder (piano), Buster Birch (drums / percussion).

Short Stories
Recorded by Chris Lewis at Livingston Studio 1, London
Mixed by Chris Lewis
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks
Produced by Alison Rayner & Deirdre Cartwright
Released on Blow the Fuse Records BTF1914
Distributed by Proper Music

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire - programme September 2019 - March 2020.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

From the Hermon Chapel website Further details available here.

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre,
Chapel Street,
SY11 1LF,

Box Office
01691 662 196
Business Hours
Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm


The Blanket Boy: A Comical Clown-Hood Adventure
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Thu 12 Sep 2019,
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 14 Sep 2019,
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Hermon Jazz: BONSAI - Award-winning Jazz/Funk Fusion Band
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 15 Sep 2019,
7:00PM - 9:30PM

OJO OPEN REHEARSALS - Oswestry Jazz Orchestra in Action
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Tue 17 Sep 2019,
8:00PM - 10:00PM

Hand Drums & Percussion - A Full Day Course with Rick Wilson
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 21 Sep 2019,
10:30AM - 4:00PM

OJO OPEN REHEARSALS - Oswestry Jazz Orchestra in Action
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Tue 24 Sep 2019,
8:00PM - 10:00PM

The Blackheart Orchestra
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 29 Sep 2019,
7:00PM - 9:30PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Thu 3 Oct 2019,
8:30PM - 10:30PM

OFFA EVENTS: Green & Matthews - Modern Day Balladeers
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Fri 4 Oct 2019,
8:00PM - 10:30PM

Modal Jazz: A Guide to Improvisation for All Instruments and Voice
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 5 Oct 2019,
10:00AM - 12:30PM

The Washboard Resonators – Swinging Music from the 20’s, 30s & 40s
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 5 Oct 2019,
8:30PM - 10:30PM

N-Ex-T: (New Experimental Tones) Somersaults: Brice, Delius & Sanders
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 6 Oct 2019,
7:00PM - 9:30PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 12 Oct 2019,
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Hermon Folk: SALTHOUSE
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 13 Oct 2019,
7:00PM - 9:30PM

Hermon Jazz: ISQ - Requiem For The Faithful Tour
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Thu 17 Oct 2019,
8:30PM - 11:00PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 19 Oct 2019,
12:00PM - 2:00PM

Modal Jazz: A Guide to Improvisation for All Instruments and Voice
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 2 Nov 2019,
10:00AM - 12:30PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 3 Nov 2019,
7:00PM - 9:30PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 9 Nov 2019,
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 10 Nov 2019,
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 16 Nov 2019,
12:00PM - 2:00PM

THE LITTLE UNSAID - Winners Of The Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sat 16 Nov 2019,
8:30PM - 11:00PM

GUITAR, THE HEART OF SPAIN - Durrant & Moore Guitar Duo
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 17 Nov 2019,
5:00PM - 9:00PM

MERRY HELL ACOUSTIC - Folking Awards Best Band Winners 2019
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 1 Dec 2019,
7:30PM - 10:00PM

Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Sun 22 Mar 2020,
7:00PM - 10:00PM


The Ivors Academy Gold Badge 2019 Recipients Announced.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

We have received the following press release;


Ceremony will celebrate outstanding contributors to the music creator community

Chris Philips, Nikki Iles and Odaline de la Martinez amongst those recognised

Broadcaster Edith Bowman to host ceremony

September 2019:
The Ivors Academy has announced the first round of recipients collecting a Gold Badge, which takes place at The Savoy in London on 11 October. The 2019 ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Edith Bowman.

The event, now in its 46th year, is presented by the songwriting and composing community and celebrates exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or support creativity and the professional lives of The Ivors Academy members. Contributions from right across the industry will be acknowledged from the worlds of music publishing, production and broadcasting, to champions of urban, dance, jazz and contemporary classical music.

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge recipients for 2019 are:

Odaline de la Martinez, distinguished composer and conductor and Artistic Director of Lontano ensemble

Jane Dyball, major music publishing influencer and former CEO of the MPA Group

Olga FitzRoy, award-winning engineer and mixer and dedicated campaigner for self-employed families, fronted by ‘#SelfieLeave’ Bill

Nikki Iles, critically acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator

Omar Lye-Fook MBE, leading icon of British soul music, prolific singer, songwriter and artist

Thalia Myers, exceptional pianist and teacher who is a powerful advocate of new music

Trevor Nelson MBE, multi-Award winning broadcaster and champion of urban music

Chris Philips, highly respected broadcaster who has dedicated himself to the promotion of Jazz in the UK

Lohan Presencer, pioneer of electronic music and culture, Chairman of the Ministry of Sound Group

Vanessa Reed, dedicated to supporting and improving conditions for composers, artists and music organisations. President & CEO of New Music USA and former CEO of PRS Foundation. This is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy has said:
“For over 45 years we have presented Gold Badges to acknowledge those who have enriched and inspired the music creator community. The Ivors Academy is honoured to celebrate this diverse group of truly remarkable individuals, and pay tribute to their influence as highly influential champions of songwriters and composers in the UK.”

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge is sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music. They take place at The Savoy in London from 11.30 to 16.30 on Friday 11 October, beginning with a drinks reception and followed by a three course lunch and afternoon presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or follow us @IvorsAcademy


Europe-wide support for next generation of jazz stars launched in Scotland.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Europe-wide support for next generation of jazz stars launched in Scotland by top festivals and music educators

A new generation of world-class jazz musicians training in Scotland are at the forefront of an ambitious new Europe-wide artist development programme unveiled today (5 September).

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (EJBF) are joining with Europe’s leading jazz teaching institutions and festivals in a ground-breaking initiative that will see Scotland’s top young Jazz musicians study and perform in Germany, Norway, and Italy, as well as bringing some of Europe’s best young artists come to Scotland to play and learn.

The Jazz Workshop is a three-year programme funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Plus initiative. This is the largest project of its kind which aims to build connections between leading music schools and festivals, bringing together education and the professional jazz industry in talent development.

The partners – top music schools and conservatoires from Parma, Hamburg, Nuremberg, and Oslo, plus Nuejazz, Elbjazz, Parma Frontiere, and Oslo Jazz Festivals - are in Scotland today to mark the start of this important moment in the development of jazz in Europe.

The ambitious initiative’s aims include creating new repertoire, developing greater synergy between emerging musicians and professional jazz scene and enhancing international collaborations. 

Professor Tommy Smith, OBE, Head of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:
“Jazz, by its very nature, is the essence of collaboration and breaking down borders so I’m delighted that Scotland’s jazz community of teachers, young artists along with its top festival are coming together in this brilliant way with our European counterparts.
“There have been waves of young jazz artists emerging from Scotland, England and other parts of Europe journeying through our RCS programme since 2009, and now exciting times are here to see many of them realise their dreams and being promoted at our festivals and clubs.”

Roger Spence, Producer, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, said:
“Scotland is producing a wealth of world-class jazz musicians and we’re absolutely delighted to be part of this ground-breaking opportunity to help them and their European contemporaries develop and shine on the international stage.
“This is a much-welcome investment in the future of jazz here in Scotland and across Europe and it’s going to be a real pleasure for me personally and for audiences in Scotland to play a part in nurturing the next generation of exciting jazz musicians.
“In 40 years of promoting jazz in Scotland, there has never been such a group of extraordinarily-talented musicians coming through at the same time and the Royal Conservatoire is to be credited for the role it’s playing in nurturing and developing talent, as are the range of organisations across the country who are working with primary and secondary school-age young people and introducing them to the artistry and pleasure of jazz.”

One of the most exciting aspects of Scotland’s contemporary cultural landscape has been the emergence of a group of hugely talented young jazz musicians. Even in their early twenties, a number of them are major figures on the Scottish jazz scene, attracting large audiences at festivals and clubs and making strides into the international market.

They include Fergus McCreadie and Matt Carmichael, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s highly-acclaimed Jazz programme.

Pianist Fergus McCreadie celebrated his 22nd birthday leading his trio in a packed concert at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (EJBF), his fifth consecutive year as a leader at the festival. His trio has already performed at Oslo Jazz Festival and headlined at high profile clubs and concerts in Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania, as well as all over Scotland and England. This autumn they play headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London and Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Saxophonist Matt Carmichael is 20 and recently completed his second year at RCS. He also headlined a show at EJBF this year and his quartet play the respected Latitude Festival then tour in England including a performance at Kansas Smitty’s in London in September.

EJBF has also announced talent development projects funded by the Scottish Government and Edinburgh City Council’s Place programme, which will link young Scottish musicians with peers from Norway and Belgium over the next few months.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is consistently recognised as one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings), endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.
Building on its roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has become one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education institutions, offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, production, film and education. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout its innovative curriculum.
More than 1200 students are currently pursuing degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland across its specialisms. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland works in partnership with all of the national artistic companies to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is number one in Scotland for graduate employability (Higher Education Statistics Agency (2016/17) with 99.2% of graduates in employment or further education (or both) six months after graduating.
Located in the heart of Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is also a busy performing arts venue; it hosts more than 600 public performances each year and welcomes an audience of more than 50,000 annually.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland teaches more than 3000 part-time learners every year through its Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning departments, as well as national widening access programmes.

Edinburgh Jazz Festival was established in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike’s initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. By the mid-80s the Festival had added ticketed events, and had broadened its musical policy to encompass swing and mainstream jazz and occasionally some more modern groups.
A Princes Street parade was launched and free events in the Grassmarket and Princes Street Gardens. A blues weekend centred on the Caledonian Brewery in Slateford was added. The administration became professional and significant sponsorship, especially from brewery companies, helped the Festival to present many major international names from the worlds of classic and swing jazz. Amongst the regular visitors were Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, The Black Eagles Jazz Band and the Hot Antic Jazz Band.
From the Festival’s commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the “star system”) and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.

Labelled as “the most exciting new talent to emerge from Scotland in a decade” (Jazz Scotland), the Fergus McCreadie Trio is poised to take a place as one of Jazz’s most compelling outfits. Comprising McCreadie on piano, David Bowden on bass and Stephen Henderson on drums, the music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music. The compositions are new, fresh and exciting - but they also strike that point of familiarity for a listener that can make them seem like songs they have known since childhood. Improvisational freedom clashes with the rugged beauty of Scottish landscape to create a space where an audience can languish in the vivid imagery of Scotland’s scenery while also being challenged by the unpredictable nature of improvised music. Particularly notable about the trio is their deep empathy and connection with one another - the band have a group dynamic that can only be achieved through years of playing, performing and recording together.
In 2018, the trio released their debut album, Turas (Scottish Gaelic for Journey) to rave reviews. The album features eight original compositions, designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of the band’s native land. From the West Hebrides to the East Neuk of Fife, the music paints an evocative picture of the landscapes it has taken inspiration from. The Scotsman described the album as “Erik Satie on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” while famous magazine JazzWise labelled the trio as “simply outstanding”. The strength of the album was affirmed at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, where the trio were awarded the prize for Best Album. McCreadie, Bowden and Henderson are also awards winners in their own right - McCreadie is a winner of the Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards, while Bowden is a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician and Henderson named “one to watch” by JazzWise.
In 2019, the trio embarked upon their first international tour - their 18 concerts took them to Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ronnie Scott’s in London, as well as across Scotland. Future plans include more dates in Autumn (including a performance at Stockholm Jazz Festival), and another album in 2020.

Matt Carmichael is a tenor/alto saxophonist and composer originally from the highlands of Scotland. He began playing saxophone aged 11 and was introduced to jazz music a few years later by teacher Allon Beauvoisin. He was inspired to take music more seriously after hearing Scottish groups such as Brass Jaw, SNJO and TSYJO.
Matt is studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has performed with the JM World Jazz Orchestra, The Mark Hendry Octet, NYJO, Tom Mcguire and the Brassholes, Fergus McCreadie, Paul Harrison, Jonny Mansfield and many more. Performing highlights to date include Newport Jazz Festival USA, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Latitude Festival, Love Supreme, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Celtic Connections.
Matt composes his own music influenced by jazz and folk which has had radio play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and BBC Scotland.

Gregory Porter announces thirteen date UK tour - May 2020.

Monday, September 02, 2019

We have received the following press release;

MAY 2020

With four nights at the Royal Albert Hall

Gregory Porter, international best selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour - which takes in four nights at the historic Royal Albert Hall – May 19/20/22 & 23.

Tickets go on sale 9.00am – Friday 6th September.

With his irresitible warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums ‘Liquid Spirit’  and ‘Take Me To The Alley’.


MAY 2020

9 - Manchester Arena

10 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

11 - Leeds First Direct Arena

13 - Glasgow SEC Hydro

14 - Newcastle Utilita Arena

16 - Birmingham Resorts World Arena

17 - Hull Bonus Arena

19/20/22&23 - London Royal Albert Hall

25 -Bournemouth International Centre

26 -Brighton Centre

London ticket prices:  £45 - £75 with box seats at £90

Regionally ticket prices are:  £60, £50 & £42.50

Tickets available from the venues direct or the 24 hour ticket hotline – 0844 888 9991

Gregory Porter, launched last month, ‘The Hang’, a brand new ten week podcast series, where you will be able to listen to Porter’s warming speaking voice on a weekly basis, where he sits down with distinguished guests from the fields of art and entertainment.

Porter, released his first ever live album in 2018: ‘One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’, to critical acclaim.

They don’t come much cooler than Gregory Porter… a tour not to be missed.

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, Day Ten, Sunday 24th November 2019.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, Day Ten, Sunday 24th November 2019.

Ian Mann on the final day of the Festival and performances by Led Bib, Asha Parkinson, Tara Cunningham. Isobella Burnham and Eddie Gomez.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 - Day Nine, Saturday November 23rd 2019.

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 - Day Nine, Saturday November 23rd 2019.

"Super Saturday". Ian Mann visits five different venues for performances by Daylight Music, Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Jean Toussaint Sextet, Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra and Ben Williams & Sound Effect