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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

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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

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
10 - 17 January 2020  

PENNY RIMBAUD/EVE LIBERTINE with Ed Jones, Liam Noble & Kate Shorrt  
Friday 10 January 8pm
£12/ Members £10/ Student members £6

Saturday 11 January 8pm
£15 / Members £10 / Student members £7.50
Due to laryngitis Vimala is unable to perform. This gig is now John Etheridge’s Blue Spirits Trio

LONDON JAZZ ORCHESTRA celebrates Kenny Wheeler’s 90th Birthday Concert
Sunday 12 January 3pm
£10 /  Members £5 / Student member £5

Warriors International present: FREEDOM - The Art of Imptovisation
Monday 13 January 8pm

Tuesday 14 January 8pm
£10 / Members £10 / Student members £5

  Wednesday 15 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student member £5

Thursday 16 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5

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

Friday 17 January 11pm

Coming soon…

Jean Toussaint Quartet
Saturday 18 Jan 8pm

Tom Rainey w/ Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorsen
Tuesday 21 Jan 8pm

Luca Sisera’s Roofer
Wednesday 22 January 8pm

Chris Sharkey, Charles Hayward, Jack Wyllie
Friday 24 Jan 8pm

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

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The Jazzmann on the Radio!

Friday, January 10, 2020

8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Jazz with John Hellings
The best in Jazz music with John Hellings.

As part of the programme John Hellings will talk to Ian Mann about The Jazzmann website, including the history of the site, Ian’s personal tastes in jazz. the current British jazz scene and the recent accolade of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for “Best Media” for The Jazzmann site.

The programme will be available to listen to on line for one month following the initial broadcast at

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

Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio - new album and North American tour dates, January 2020.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Guitarist/Oudist Gordon Grdina debuts Nomad Trio with Matt Mitchell & Jim Black on Nomad - Out Friday, Jan 10.

Nomad, the debut album from Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio is out Friday, January 10, 2020 via Skirl Records. Stream “Nomad”

Led by the adventurous and visionary guitarist and oud master Grdina, the trio features two more of contemporary jazz’s most free-roaming musical thinkers: pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Jim Black.

Adventurous guitarist and oud master Gordon Grdina brings together two of contemporary jazz’s most free-roaming music thinkers to form the Nomad Trio

Teaming Grdina with the limitless pianist Matt Mitchell and the playfully experimental drummer Jim Black, Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio refuses to set down stylistic roots throughout its debut album Nomad, due out January 10, 2020 via Skirl Records

“The prevailing ambience is one of dark mystery, but the ruggedness of Grdina’s tone makes for
a palette of rich contrast.” – David R. Adler, JazzTimes (review of Think Like the Waves)

“[Gordon Grdina is] a player of unbridled musical ingenuity.” – Raul da Gama, World Music Report

A musician’s life is an inherently nomadic one, which can make things difficult when trying to get three of modern jazz’s most in-demand artists into one room at the same time. Vancouver-based guitarist and oud player Gordon Grdina had wanted to bring together pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Jim Black for several years before their busy schedules allowed them to finally join forces. The results turned out to be well worth the wait, as Nomad, the debut from Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio, is thrilling high-wire act of complex interplay and sparks-flying electricity.

Nomad, due out January 10, 2020 via Skirl Records, will be released concurrently with Resist, a politically-charged album by the Gordon Grdina Septet on saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s Irabagast label. The Nomad Trio music was penned by Grdina with these musicians and their vast array of experiences in mind – an idea that the composer found incredibly liberating. “Knowing what Matt and Jim can do, the possibilities were wide open,” he says. “I could be as imaginative as I wanted to be, which was really exciting.”

The name of the trio definitely reflects the members’ travel-heavy lifestyles, but in the case of Grdina, Mitchell and Black it also points to the wandering tastes and wide-ranging inspirations of all three musicians. Grdina’s music explores uncommon convergences between adventurous jazz and improvisation, indie rock and classical Arabic music. His diverse projects bridge the divides between contemporary chamber music and avant-garde experimentation, combining unique artists and instrumentations to craft singular sonic landscapes in projects like Square Peg (with Mat Maneri, Christian Lillinger and Shahzad Ismaily), The Marrow (with Mark Helias, Hank Roberts and Hamin Honari) and his Quartet with Oscar Noriega, Russ Lossing, and Satoshi Takeishi.

Mitchell’s boundary-free playing roams between the acoustic and the electronic, the intricately composed and the extemporaneously improvised, meshing with the soulful strains of the Dave Douglas Quintet, the expansive labyrinths of Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, and the metal-jazz fusion of Dan Weiss’ Starebaby alike. Black’s forward-thinking approach to the drums came to prominence in the ground-breaking quartet Human Feel before joining Berne’s influential quintet Bloodcount, and has since forged a unique path splicing jazz with rock, electronica and Balkan influences through bands like AlasNoAxis and Pachora.

In Mitchell’s case, Grdina praises the pianist’s keen focus, saying, “There’s always an intensity to Matt’s playing that I love. He’s somebody that really pushes the music and is one hundred percent committed to it.” As for Black, whose playing has been an influence on both of his triomates, Grdina says, “Jim is able to take these off-kilter rhythms and make them sound cohesive. No matter how adventurous I was in my writing, he made it all groove, so that even the most complicated music feels good, like it all has a backbeat.”

That combination of the joyful and the cerebral is vividly on display out of the gate, as opener “Wildfire” captures the beauty and violence of animals in their natural habitat. Like many of Grdina’s compositions, its title comes from the site of its inception: “Wildfire” was composed while he was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada, an institution renowned as much for its natural splendor as for the brilliant music it has spawned. “You’re writing music in a cabin while deer stroll right up to your window, You’re literally in the wild” Grdina recalls. “That beauty is part of it, but the song also has this fire and intensity to it.”

Opening with a knotty solo statement from the bandleader, “Nomad” offers a mission statement for the trio, its gnarled melodic line embodying the restlessness and search for a foothold suggested by the name. Mitchell’s churning solo joins with the tumultuous rumble of Black’s drums to conjure a sense of unsteadiness that bleeds into Grdina’s assertive, serrated turn. “Ride Home,” written while Grdina was wrapping up an exhausting tour with a rock band, feels laden with the edgy weariness and tense anticipation of a long-overdue return.

The haunting “Benbow” recalls a stay in a historic northern California hotel, its age present in both alluring and unsettling ways that reminded Grdina of the ill-fated Overlook Hotel from The Shining – albeit in the much more inviting summer months. The album takes a turn for the autumnal on “Thanksgiving,” written during the holiday but also in gratitude for the opportunity to play with such stellar musicians. Mitchell’s shimmering introduction to “Lady Choral” reflects the music’s origins in a dream – one in which Grdina humorously struggled to pronounce the name of fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. The slip of the tongue produced this stunning, chorale-like piece that is the album’s sole showcase for Grdina’s virtuosic oud playing.

“It feels like all of us are constantly moving, both literally and musically,” Grdina sums up. “Everybody’s always touring like mad, and musically it feels like we have to find our roots wherever we happen to be.  It’s a fascinating challenge to stay grounded while doing things you’ve never done before and moving in new directions toward places you’ve never been.”

Gordon Grdina
Gordon Grdina is a JUNO Award winning oud player/guitarist whose career has spanned continents, decades and constant genre exploration throughout avant-garde jazz, free form improvisation, contemporary indie rock and classical Arabic music. His singular approach to the instruments has earned him recognition from the highest ranks of the jazz/improv world. Grdina has studied, composed, performed and collaborated with a wide array of field-leading artists including Colin Stetson, Gary Peacock, Paul Motion, Jerry Granelli, Mats Gustafsson, Dan Mangan, Mark Feldman, Eyvind Kang, Matt Mitchell and Jim Black.

Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio – Nomad
Skirl Records – Skirl 044
Release date January 10, 2020 – Recorded January 27, 2018

TOUR DATES – Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio;

Wednesday, January 8, Orpheum Annex, 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tickets: $20. Doors 7:00, Show 8:00 PM  

Thursday, January 9, OWF Festival, Halifax, Canada
9 PM MacAloney Room at the Dalhousie Arts Centre

Friday, January 10, LA Vitrola, 4602 St-Laurent, Montreal, Canada
Tickets: $15. Doors 8:00, Music 9:00 PM.

Saturday, January 11, Gig Space, 953 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, Canada
Tickets: $25, $15 Students. Doors 7:00, Music 7:30 PM, 613-729-0693

Sunday, January 12, Zula Music an Arts Collective, Hamilton, Canada
Tickets: $15. Early Show 3 PM 289-993-1993.
Something Else Creative Music Series.

Monday, January 13, The Rex, 194 Queen St W, Toronto, Canada
Tickets: $15. 9:30 PM, 416-598-2475

Tuesday, January 14, Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 734-769-2999
Doors: 7:30, Music 8:00 PM

Thursday, January 16, Elastic Arts, Chicago, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL
Tickets: $10. 2 sets starting at 9 PM., 773-772-3616

Friday, Jan 17, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, New York, NY
Tickets: $10 EARLY SHOW 6 p.m.,

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

Email address to contact us .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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

Nick MacLean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali - UK tour, February 2020.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

We have received the following press release;

feat. Brownman Ali
UK/Scotland Tour   [ ]
Canadian 26-year old rising star jazz pianist NICK MACLEAN brings his multi-award winning modern-jazz quartet to the UK & Scotland featuring acclaimed trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI.

his February, Canada’s multi-award-winning NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. BROWNMAN ALI embarks on an international tour of the UK and Scotland, bringing them across the Atlantic ocean from their hometown of Toronto, Canada. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star NICK MACLEAN—a 6x Global Music Award winner, a graduate of the University Of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto—this contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history

Maclean’s quartet heavily features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet players—BROWNMAN ALI, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by New York City’s Village Voice.  Recognized as an internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast, he currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY & Toronto, Canada and is a 2x National Jazz Award winner.  This jazz veteran is best known globally as the last trumpet player with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group GURU’s JAZZMATAZZ, having replaced Donald Byrd in that seminal ensemble.  Ali & Maclean stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 2 of Toronto’s top-tier 20-somethings: JESSE DIETSCHI on upright bass, and TYLER GOERTZEN on drums.

This tour features many nights of deeply exploratory, hard-swinging modern-jazz audiences will not want to miss.


Thr-Feb-06, 09pm: EDINBURGH, SCO - concert @ The Jazz Bar

Fri-Feb-07, 08pm: GLASGOW, SCO   - concert @ Swing

Sat-Feb-08, 11pm: SOUTHPORT, UK - concert @ Southport Jazz Festival

Tue-Feb-11, 08pm: LIVERPOOL, UK - concert @ Kazimier Stockroom (Parrjazz)

Thr-Feb-13, 08pm: ALTRINCHAM, UK - concert @ Cinnamon Club

Fri-Feb-14, 08pm: ILMINSTER, UK - concert @ Ilminster Arts Centre

Sat-Feb-15, 07pm: ASHBURTON, UK - concert @ Ashburton Arts Centre (Brownman Akoustic 4-Tet)

Sun-Feb-16, 07pm: LONDON, UK   - concert @ Brasserie Zedel (Live at Zedel)

Mon-Feb-17, 08pm: EXETER, UK   - concert @ Exeter Phoenix (Fougou Music)

All shows feature jazz trumpet iconoclast BROWNMAN ALI, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by the New York City Village Voice Magazine.

Full, detailed tour info at:


“Rites of Ascension [...] is a tribute to Herbie Hancock’s elemental 1960s Blue Note era recordings, and a daring original musical statement on its own. ... These four musicians [...] have a great synergy and drive, and some serious chops. Their renditions of Hancock’s four classics are full of energy and forward momentum while managing to retain the unhurried character of the earlier compositions.  Maclean’s creative mind and aesthetics are obvious in every aspect of this album, his piano solos both lyrical and invigorating, supported by a stellar rhythm section. The album features fiercely strong trumpet solos from Brownman Ali, indicative of Freddie Hubbard’s style at times and distinctively unique.”
—Ivana Popovic, The WholeNote (Toronto, Canada)

“Rites Of Ascension ... here’s a hot CD by a Canadian-based jazz group playing four pieces by Herbie Hancock mixed in with a plethora of original tunes by the leader (Nick Maclean) and trumpeter Brownman Ali… this band is like a tonic; they wake you up and put some pep in your step!  An outstanding album, one that should put the Maclean Quartet firmly on the musical map. No two ways about it, the Nick Maclean Quartet has staked out its claim in the jazz world and intends to stick around.”
—Lynn Rene Bayley, The Art Music Lounge (Cincinnati, USA)

“From Canada comes this updated soul jazz in the vein of the Blue Note acid jazz compilations. Fresh and youthfully joyful reworkings of three Herbie Hancock standards lead the disc off before we settle into several of pianist Maclean’s own compositions. Key to the sound is the gloriously expressive trumpeter Brownman Ali, who contributes one of his own tunes here, the funky “Madness of Nero”, as well as producing.”
—Hobart Taylor, KUCI 88.9FM (California, USA)

“Rites Of Ascension is one of the best [recordings] I have heard this year (and I receive about 60 + per month).  Well above average, and that Brownman Ali is just fantastic and sure rings a bell for me!  Nick Maclean’s compositions and renditions of Herbie’s stuff is of the highest standard.  Bring them to Montreal please!”
—Richard Therien, CKVL 101.1 FM (Montreal, Canada)

“Pianist and composer Nick Maclean, 26 years old at the time of this recording, is in very much the spirit of Hancock, which is to say that this album is very much about Maclean’s artistic voice (and those of his carefully chosen colleagues)... inspired by Hancock while also presenting a highly individual and distinct evolution from the source material.”
—Dave Restivo, Canadian Jazz piano giant (Toronto, Canada)

NICK MACLEAN QUARTET feat. Brownman Ali:
Nick Maclean - piano (
Brownman Ali - trumpet (
Jesse Dietschi - bass (
Tyler Goertzen - drums


This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’s explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto’s jazz piano community, 26 year old NICK MACLEAN.  Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.

Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group has been busy in the Ontario jazz club circuit and featured in numerous festivals and concert series including multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. In addition to their original material, the ensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz masters including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry & Cole Porter.

The group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Jesse Dietschi on bass and Tyler Goertzen on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.

The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album “Rites Of Ascension” features 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto. Produced by Brownman Ali, this new disk was released on October 31st, 2017 and was nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’, it won 3 ‘Gold’ Global Music Awards in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’.

About Bandleader NICK MACLEAN;

Born in Ottawa, NICK MACLEAN is “one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to come along in the last few years ” (Adrean Farrugia, Juno winning jazz pianist) and has quickly become one of the most in demand 20-something piano players in that city’s bustling jazz scene. Nick holds a Bachelors of Music from Humber College and a Masters of Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with some of Canada’s leading jazz musicians including David Restivo, Bernie Senensky, Nancy Walker, David Occhipinti, Andrew Downing, Chris Donnelly, and David Braid. Among his list of mentors Nick has studied and performed with “Canada’s pre-eminent jazz trumpet player” (NYC Village Voice), the highly decorated BROWNMAN ALI who signed Maclean to his Brooklyn-based jazz label BROWNTASAURAS RECORDS in 2016 and later brought him on board as a label manager. Nick leads two multi award-winning ensembles, the hard-swinging NYC-style jazz ensemble the NICK MACLEAN QUARTET - a foursome that delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings - and the groove-based, electric jazz project SNAGGLE - a fearlessly muscular yet introspective group likened to a cross between ‘electric-era Miles Davis’ and ‘Rage Against The Machine’. From Miles Davis & Herbie Hancock to Weather Report & Snarky Puppy, Maclean’s musical influences are diverse. Maclean is hard at work on a solo piano record taking influences from his two divergent ensembles as well as some of the greatest jazz piano players in history - Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Brad Mehldau.


Trinidadian-born, NYC-schooled & heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, multi award-winning trumpet player Brownman Ali stands at the forefront of innovation in the Canadian jazz community.  A 2x National Jazz Award winner—with a list of awards & accolades being far too long to list here—he is the protege to Grammy-winning trumpet legend, RANDY BRECKER, and he tirelessly leads 8 unique ensembles of his own including the internationally acclaimed, Miles Davis influenced, BROWNMAN ELECTRYC TRIO.  Now splitting his time between Toronto, Canada & Brooklyn, New York, he spent 4 years as the featured trumpet player with GURU’s JAZZMATAZZ, doing 4 world tours, catapulting him into the hip-hop history books.  He has since worked with a wide assortment of A-list artists such as Jay-z, Missy Elliot, Mos Def, Beyonce, Paul Simon and Quincy Jones.  In 2009 he launched his own record label: Browntasauras Records, which saw the Electryc Trio’s two now celebrated recordings garner a substantial number of awards & press. The label is not only a home to all 8 of Brownman’s own ensembles, but now looks to sign the hottest 20-somethings in jazz.  The Browntasauras roster includes the NICK MACLEAN QUARTET, SNAGGLE, MODUS FACTOR, ALI BROS, JASON WILSON & DIVISION ONE and CHELSEA MCBRIDE’S SOCIALIST NIGHT SCHOOL.  Now, using the label as a breeding ground for new and visionary talent in the modern jazz realm, Browntasauras and Brownman himself are widely regarded as vanguards for the evolution of Jazz in Canada.

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!

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

Friday, January 03, 2020

Happy New Year! Musical Highlights!

Hello music lovers,

Happy new year!!! Hope 2020 has been treating you well so far…

We’ve taken a bit of a break over the holidays but we’re back as from tonight, with our usual exciting and eclectic programme of music seven nights a week! With shows both in our main venue, our basement bar, as well as occasional ventures further afield, there are plenty of musical treats to choose from to kick start your new year!


Our first few shows this weekend have already sold out - our first few weeks back after the Xmas break tend to be very busy! However, we still have tickets available for THE LONDON DJANGO COLLECTIVE this Sunday (5th Jan). This promises to be a real treat for gypsy jazz fans! The collective comprises of musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. They remain in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of gypsy jazz forward into the vibrant London jazz scene. Can’t wait!

The following week (Tues 7th Jan) sees the return of the phenomenal UK Roots/Blues singer EMMA KING who has been described by The Blues Magazine as “A sound that sits mid-point between the gospel soul of Aretha Franklin and the dirty blues of Fleetwood Mac…really something special” - she totally blew us away when she last played for us in August, and we can’t wait to welcome her back! Next week also sees the welcome return of blues and roots duo MA POLAINE’S GREAT DECLINE (Fri 10th Jan) who have been described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, or “a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara”.

Other upcoming highlights include Somerset Acoustic duo THE PORTRAITS (Tues 14th Jan) recently described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “Irresistible and Irrepressible”. The Portraits storytelling song style, a worldly mix of Anglo-Irish harmonies and upbeat catchy tunes, provides the backdrop to a recurring theme of unity and peace. We’re also really looking forward to a Green Note debut from Latin American ensemble ‘SAVIAR‘ (Weds 15th Jan) - an acoustic trio with a fiery, yet warm combination of instruments (Harp, Flutes/Panpipes, Guitar and voice), and a unique style rooted in the sound of the Andean mountains and the planes of Colombia and Venezuela, with explorations of other traditions.


Just to remind you that once in a while, we also do shows at other venues, and spread the Green Note vibe further afield… This month, we have three shows as part of our ‘Green Note hits the Road’ series…

The new solo project from Hey Rosetta frontman TIM BAKER at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston (Weds 22nd Jan) is already SOLD OUT, but we do still have tickets for two upcoming shows at the Water Rats in Kings Cross - JAKE MORRELL who had been touted as ‘The nation’s favourite new British male country artist’ (Thurs 16th Jan), and US country-Americana act AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS (Sat 18th Jan), who make a “traditional, honky-tonk-flavored sound bursting with driving rhythmic ambition, enchanting melodies and deeply poetic lyrics.” (Maverick Magazine). We first saw this band when they played Green Note a couple of years ago, and have to say, they were one of our favourite new discoveries. Not many tickets left for this one, so get ‘em quick!

And 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 we have coming up in 2020.  Hope to see you at one of our shows very soon! 
Lots of love,

Immy & Risa xx


Heidi Vogel
Fri 3rd January
“Surely one of the great jazz voices of modern times” Vamos London

Dom and the Ikos
Fri 3rd January
“…a highly impressive pianist… Fans of Diz Watson, Jon Cleary and Dr John, as well as their late predecessors, should keep an eye out for this band.” (Blues In Britain magazine) / “I can’t hold a candle to this guy. He’s a great piano player” (Jamie Cullum, live on Radio 2)

Diz ‘Honeybear’ Watson + Tony ‘Groco’ Uter
Sat 4th January
An exuberant mix of New Orleans style piano, Barrelhouse, Rhythm and Blues, Rock n Roll, and Boogie Woogie!

Trio Manouche
Sat 4th January
World-class gypsy swing ensemble performing the works of Django Reinhardt and their own up-beat quirky original compositions in the style of Hot Club de France

Joe Northwood Trio
Sun 5th January
Saxophonist Joe Northwood will be performing the material from his new album… memorable melodic lines with highly percussive group improvisation.

The London Django Collective
Sun 5th January
Music born out of the desire to create a local and innovate forum for musicians influenced by the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt. The Collective remains in the spirit of Django, whilst pushing the genre of gypsy jazz forward into the vibrant London jazz scene.

Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent
Mon 6th January
“Fiery virtuoso” fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk & trad + Tad Sargent - one of the most versatile bodhran players, accomplished backers, and knowledgeable trad musicians on the London scene.

Emma King
Tue 7th January
“A sound that sits mid-point between the gospel soul of Aretha Franklin and the dirty blues of Fleetwood Mac…really something special” The Blues Magazine

Francesca Belmonte + Pepe Belmonte
Thu 9th January
Talented brother and sister bring alternative Blues to the stage… Expect new music and new sounds.

Fraser & The Alibis
Fri 10th January
The hippest in Blues, Bop and Boogaloo… fiery, fresh jazz from a foundation deeply entrenched in the roots of the genre.

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
Fri 10th January
Taking inspiration from the 1940’s jazz of Billie, the blues grit of the Wolf, and the genre sidestepping of Waits… broken down roots music!

Deelee Dubé
Sat 11th January
“A Beguiling Soulfulness” Jazz Times / “Miss Dubé, the first British recipient of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Award, has a voice of the purest gold.” Jazz In Reading, 2019

Moscow Drug Club
Sat 11th January
...brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!

Matinée Show: Rebet Asker-Greek Roots Series
Sun 12th January
Greek Rebetiko… a series of songs from a selection of the greatest Greek composers…

Sun 12th January
London-based Klezmer band whose exuberant sound evokes the spirit of the Jewish celebrations of bygone times whilst merging with urban sounds from around the Balkans, Istanbul and New York.

Josh Flowers
Sun 12th January
Returning musician sings songs for the long ride home, driven by storytelling, humour and nostalgia.

Miriam Jones
Mon 13th January
British Columbia’s Miriam Jones returns to the UK for her first London appearance since 2017. “Emotive performances that combine darkness and soul but warmth and accessibility too” – Maverick

Marcus Bonfanti & The Delta Duo
Tue 14th January
“Utterly spellbinding” The Times / “The next British blues guitar hero” The Guardian

The Portraits
Tue 14th January
Somerset Duo with a storytelling song style. A worldly mix of Anglo-Irish harmonies and upbeat catchy tunes, provides the backdrop to a recurring theme of unity and peace

Gutter Street Letters
Wed 15th January
Have you ever wanted to say something to someone but never got the chance? An old friend? A former boss? Your childhood pet? Come down to Gutter Street…

Wed 15th January
An acoustic trio with a fiery, yet warm combination of instruments, rooted in the sound of the Andean mountains and the planes of Colombia and Venezuela.

Miranda Joy
Thu 16th January
Up-and-coming London-based singer-songwriter performing meaningfully written songs with a powerful and soulful voice

Jake Morrell
Thu 16th January
The nation’s favourite new British male country artist… ‘It’s great to see Jake Morrell flying the flag for British Country’ Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 2

Rob Corcoran & The Necessary Evils
Thu 16th January
New Roots presents Christy Moore-endorsed roots troubadour Rob Corcoran with full five-piece band, plus support from Louis Brennan (‘a master story-teller’ UNCUT).

Paddy Milner
Fri 17th January
A mix of original & standard blues, honey tonk, N’Awlins, ragtime, boogie & more with one of the world’s leading blues players on piano & vocals.

The Mountain Firework Company
Fri 17th January
Irish Mountain Music for City Folk… “They really pack a punch with their full-on rocking acoustic bluegrassy folk” Folk Radio UK

Sat 18th January
Jazz, blues, rock and gypsy incorporated into a unique sound.

Amanda Anne Platt
& The Honeycutters
Sat 18th January
“In between the country-pop music of today and the gritty sound of yesterday you find The Honeycutters with a country-Americana sound that catches the ears of both the young and old. Musically, they make a traditional, honky-tonk-flavored sound bursting with driving rhythmic ambition, enchanting melodies and deeply poetic lyrics.” Maverick Magazine

Errol Linton
Sat 18th January
Three times winner of ‘UK Blues Harmonica Player of the year’, Errol Linton plays eclectic British blues, but with a nod to his Carribbean heritage.

De Fuego
Sun 19th January
Award-winning guitar duo, who play energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music

Woody Guthrie
& “Old Man Trump”
Sun 19th January
Professor Will Kaufman’s newest show - tells the story of Guthrie’s battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord, Fred C. Trump, father of the US president.

Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN

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

Friday, January 03, 2020

Kicking off with The Exiles 2-day Residency with a stellar line up including Jason Rebello, Steve Williamson, Winston Clifford and Calum Gourlay

Welcome to the Vortex Jazz Club
3 -  10 January 2020  

THE EXILES (1st Night)
Friday 3 January 8 pm
£18/ Members £15/ Student members £8
The all-star Exiles return with an exciting new lineup for two New Year gigs at the Vortex, where they have played sold out shows for several years. Includes US Vocalist Stroman, saxophonist Steve Williamson, pianist Jason Rebello, drummer Winston Clifford and bassist Calum Gourlay.

THE EXILES (2nd Night)
Saturday 4 January 8pm
£18 / Members £15 / Student members £8
Scott Stroman, vocals
Steve Wiliamson, tenor and soprano saxophones
Jason Rebello, piano
Calum Gourlay, bass
Winston Clifford, drums

Sunday 5 January 7.30pm
£10 /  Members £5 / Student member £5
A stellar youthful line up not to be missed! Will Barry – piano, Joe Downard– bass, Will Cleasby -drums

Monday 6 January 8pm
£10 /  Members £5 / Student member £5
Another not-to-be-missed superb line up with Oli Brice (bass), Alex Bonney (trumpet), Chris Biscoe (sax), George Crowley ( sax/clarinet), Jeff Williams (drums). The interaction between composed and improvised music is some of the best around - inventive, vibrant, fluid and imaginative.
One of the most interesting and satisfying bands on the current UK scene -  Richard Williams

Tuesday 7 January 8pm
£10 / Members £10 / Student members £5
Ewan Moore joins forces with some of the UK’s finest talents to showcase his latest project Pitchfork. With a nod to the work of Elvin Jones’ Drum Machine and Tony Williams’ Lifetime, this drummer-led quintet, blends an organic sound and sense of unity with an openness to explore new sonic landscapes. Band members include Roella Oloro (piano), Joe Elliott (sax), Lewis Borland A/sax), Michael Shrimpling (bass).

  Wednesday 8 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student member £5
The Sean Payne Quartet featuring Elliott Sansom (piano), Freddie Jensen (bass) and Felix Ambach (drums) have been playing together collectively for a year and have a repertoire comprised almost entirely of original music. As the main composer for the band, Sean’s original music is influenced predominantly by John Taylor and Wayne Shorter but also has influences stemming from European classical composers such as Dutilleux and Ravel and other composers such as Paul Motion and Milton Nascimento.

Thursday 9 January 8pm
£10 / Members £5 / Student members £5
“The idea for the quartet came from my Big Band in residence at The Vortex Jazz Club. I write a new work each month for every gig. It’s hard to start a piece from scratch: I usually have a shell of an idea in place so I can write something. Occasionally, I workshop sketches hoping they will translate into an arrangement. With this approach, I experiment with form & instrumentation. Band members include Josephine Davies (sax), Kieran Mcleod (trombone). James Maddren (drums).
“This confident debut bristles with potential” - Sussex Jazz Magazine
“I have a sense that in years to come we may be looking back on this CD as an important step in the career of all four of these musicians” - London Jazz News

Friday 10 January 8pm
£12 / Members £10 / Student members £6
Liam Noble (piano), Kate Shortt (cello), Ed Jones (saxes).
The poertry of Jazz and the Jazz of poetry

Coming soon…

John Etheridge & Vimla Rowe
Saturday 11 Jan 8pm

London Jazz Orchestra -  Kenny WheelerBirthday Concert
Sunday 12 Jan 7.30pm

John Warren Nonet
Tuesday 14th Jan 8pm

Jean Toussaint Quartet
Saturday 18 Jan 8pm

Tom Rainey w/ Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorsen
Tuesday 21 Jan 8pm

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)
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Le Quecumbar, Battersea, London - January highlights and listings.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Le QuecumBar New Year, New Music - JANUARY NEWSLETTER
What’s on @ Le QuecumBar - January 2020

Thurs, Jan 2, 2020
7:00 PM
Trifle Nippy’s Trumpet led Swing Band

Fri, Jan 3, 2020
7:00 PM
Piano and Swing, Blues and Jazz Vocals with AVA GOLDING

Sat, Jan 4, 2020
Pete ‘Tiger’ Sheppard - Duo Gypsy Jazz

Sun, Jan 5, 2020
6:00 PM
Miss Jones’ Vintage Blues & Swing
Join the queen of vintage blues, swing and rock & roll, Miss Jones for a glamorous evening celebrating all things vintage!
Miss Jones’ blues-infused singing and guitar playing hail to the great Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Django Reinhardt Robert Johnson, Elvis & Peggy-Lee to name a few. Endorsed by luxury Italian guitar company Lengardo Guitars, come and see a true rock and roll vintage queen in action!
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.

Mon, Jan 6, 2020
6:00 PM
Galicio Trio - Hot, Swinging Gypsy Jazz
Come and preview Django’s birthday guest band!
Join us for an evening of hot, sizzling swing with one of the best Gypsy Swing trios in town.
The Galicio Trio boasts three of Swing’s greatest Kings in this timeless combination of accordion and double guitar. Wine, dine and be amazed!

Tues, Jan 7, 2020
7:00 PM

Thurs, Jan 9, 2020
7:00 PM
Jon Miyawaki Gypsy Swing Guitar Duo

Fri, Jan 10, 2020 6:00 PM HOWLING STRINGS Gypsy Swing Duo Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person after 8pm

Sat, Jan 11, 2020 6:00 PM Storming accordion/vocal virtuoso - ROMAN VOLOSHCHUK Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

Back at Le Que, ...something you’ve never heard….UNMISSABLE CONCERT!! Harp Bazaar was born in the minds of Tara Minton (harp&vocals), Duncan Menzies (fiddle) and Filippo Dall’Asta (guitar) in London in late 2015. The three musicians met on a session and embarked on a unique musical experiment: Harp Bazaar combine the majestic and delicate sound of the harp with the speed and erratic energy of traditional Gypsy swing.
The band has held a year-long residency at North London’s favourite music pub - The Boogaloo, toured Italy in July 2016 and performed at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2017… Welcome to the new world of Harp Bazaar, something you’ve never heard before!

Marta Gornitzka Sings & Swings
Join rising swing star Marta Gornitzka for a relaxed evening of sultry swingers from the Great American Songbook along with a generous serving of much loved Gypsy classics. You’ll have your feet tapping whole night through!
Marta’s classic voice is perfectly paired with a delicious glass of vino and our decadent menu for a Sunday to remember.

Thu, Jan 16, 2020 7:00 PM The Simon Moore Gypsy Swing Guitar Duo FREE before 8pm £6 per person from 8pm

Fri, Jan 17, 2020 7:00 PM Sax led piano vocals swing jazz duo - Bernie Holder Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

Sat, Jan 18, 2020 6:00 PM Swinging vocals guitar and trumpet from songstress Louise Balkwill Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

Rhythme Futur
Rythme Futur will get your feet tapping with an eclectic mix of Django classics and swing. all performed with the virtuosity of seasoned Jazz and Gypsy music performers.
Double Bass virtuoso George Trebar will be joined by Rythme Futur guitar stars Simon Moore and Nils Solberg, who between them have played with Bryan Ferry, Clare Teal, and many others - Not to be missed!

The Old Jelly Rollers
The Old Jelly Rollers are a musical collective who encompass the raucous, joyful spirit of the birthplace of jazz. They are bound to get your feet shuffling with their line up of some of London’s finest young musicians!
The band is lead by up-and-coming songstress Louise Balkwill, named by multi-award winning singer Liane Carroll as a singer to listen out for. Come and move to the beat of the streets of New Orleans!

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 6:00 PM Antonio Marzinotto Jazz Guitar Duo FREE before 8pm £6 per person from 8pm

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 6:00 PM Swing vocal duo with guitar - Louise Balkwill Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

Sat, Jan 25, 2020 7:00 PM Frances Wise’s Sultry Vocal Swing Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

With Gary Potter, wizard of swing & Galicio Trio
Djangos double bill Birthday Celebration Swing like Django - this year we serve up a double act celebration with Le Q Patron GARY POTTER Quartet UKs finest Django style wizard of Swing supported by Londons newest Gypsy, band THE GALICIO TRIO Guitars and accordion - Nunu, Diego and Bambi -representing the Gypsy heritage of Django, playing Gypsy Swing, Jazz and a mix of traditional cultural Gyspsy tunes. Why not come with friends and enjoy a 4 person special ticket @ £78 Wine & dine with us and soak up an amazing swing filled Django celebration night. Be prepared to swing in your seats with this hot line up. Gary plays with an unique infectious joy and a style his own, jumping seamlessly from Django Gypsy style to finger picking country style never missing a beat or straying from the melodie of Djangos tunes and much loved timeless swing numbers. Seating allocated on arrival
Two nights of UKs finest wizard of Swing with the legendary Gary Potter Quartet
Every year we celebrate Djangos birthday in style the Django way traditional Swing guitar as it should be ... Hot rythms - melodic swing - sweet vocals - lyrical seductive swing arrangements and stunning improvisations from Gary, tonight supported by a stonking band of special guests the London Gypsy band The Galicio Trio Be prepared to be swinging in your seats with this first time unique line up .........................................
If you miss Sunday Gary will be here again on Monday
For those long time fans out there here is some original footage of Gary Potter 1990 from the documentary Djangos Legacy—-6k Seen jamming with Gypsy Jazz legends: Serge Krief, Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, & Babik Reinhardt jamming
Please be aware about our policy during the evening: When nec we reserve the right to implement a £25 pp minimum spend on ticketed concert nights to be able to support our 5 star musicians, as the musicians receive ticket monies .

Thu, Jan 30, 2020 7:00 PM The Simon Moore Gypsy Swing Guitar Duo FREE before 8pm £6 per person from 8pm

Fri, Jan 31, 2020 7:00 PM The Red Hot Rags - Vintage swing with vocalist Jessica De Giudici Arrivals before 8pm - FREE - £6 per person from 8pm

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…

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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Call us on 0207 787 2227 to book a table.

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

tel: 02077872227

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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
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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.

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

Friday, December 20, 2019



TEL: 020 7352 5953 / EMAIL : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / WEB: http://www.606CLUB.CO.UK


Thu 2nd 8:30 - Liane Carroll & Friends - vocal/piano-led modern jazz feat. Roger Carey-bass; Russell Field-drums

Fri 3rd 9:30 - Kat Eaton - vocal-led jazz/Groove band feat. Joe Glossop-piano; Nick Atkinson-guitar; Jon Cox-bass; Sebastian Hankins-drums

Sat 4th 9:30 - Alex Hitchcock - sax-led modern jazz feat. Will Barry-piano

Sun 5th
1:30 - Lunchtime Special: Greg Davis - sax-led mainstream jazz feat. Paul Eldridge-piano; Sandy Burnett-bass & Special Guest: Denia Ridley-vocals
8:30 - Noel McCalla/Derek Nash “Some Kinda Wonderful”: Tribute to Stevie Wonder – vocal/sax-led jazz/groove feat. Neil Angilley-piano; Tim Cansfield-guitar; Jonathan Noyce-bass; Nic France-drums

Mon 6th 8:30 - Hayley Sanderson &.Jamie Squire - vocal-led band feat. Jeff Leach-kybd; Matt White-gtr; Dale Davis-bs; Neal Wilkinson-drms; Tor Hills-vocals

Tue 7th 8:30 - Freddie Gavita - trumpet-led modern jazz quartet feat. Tom Cawley-piano

Wed 8th 8:30 - Marta Capponi - vocal-led Jazz/Latin quartet feat. Jo Caleb-guitar; Dario Di Lecce-bass; Emiliano Caroselli-drums

Thu 9th 8:30 - John East Project - organ/vocal-led jazz septet feat. Nigel Price-gtr; Jim Hunt-sax; Scott Baylis-trpt; Dan Hewson-trombone; Steve Pearce-bass; Mark Fletcher-drums

Fri 10th 9:30 - Tony O’Malley - vocal-keyboard-led groove band feat. Richie Aikman-guitar; Sonny Winslow-bass; Ally McDougal-drums

Sat 11th 9:30 - Mornington Lockett - sax-led modern jazz quintet feat. Mike Gorman-piano; Geoff Gascoyne-bass; Mark Fletcher-drums and Special Guest!

Sun 12th
1:30 - Closed for Private Event
8:30 - **606 Club Special** Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe - vocal & vocal/piano jazz cabaret £17

Mon 13th 8:30 - Dan Torres - vocal-led groove/contemporary band feat. Richie Aikman-guitar/vocals; Will Looms-guitar; Sonny Winslow-bass; James Compton-drums

Tue 14th
8:00 - Dan Reinstein - sax-led modern jazz quintet feat. Shanti Jayasinha-trumpet; Tim Lapthorn-piano
9:45 - Dill Katz - bass-led modern jazz trio feat. Leon Stenning-guitar

Wed 15th 8:30 - Trish Clowes - sax-led modern jazz feat. Ross Stanley-piano; Tom Farmer-bass; Tim Giles-drums

Thu 16th 8:30 - Lily Dior - vocal-led jazz/Groove feat. Dave Lewis-sax; Tim Lapthorn-piano; Geoff Gascoyne-bass; Rod Youngs-drums

Fri 17th 9:30 - Coalminers - Americana 8 piece band feat. Joe Glossop-piano; Rob Updegraff-guitar; Ben Somers-sax; Spencer Brown-bass and Pat Levett-drums with Tommy Hare-vocals + Special Guest!

Sat 18th 9:30 - Graham Harvey - piano-led modern jazz quartet feat. Jeremy Brown-bass; Josh Morrison-drums & Dave O’Higgins-sax

Sun 19th 1:30 - Lunchtime Special: Daniela Clynes - vocal-led jazz feat. John Crawford-piano; Guille Hill-guitar; Simon Little-bass
8:30 - Never the Bride - vocal-led Blues band feat. Nikki Lamborn-vocals; Catherine ‘Been’ Feeney-kybd/gtr/vcls; Maxime Obadia-guitar; David Levy-bass; Fergus Gerrand-drums

Mon 20th 8:30 - Paul Dunlea’s “4 Corners” - trombone-led modern jazz feat. Steve Hamilton-piano; Michael Janisch-bass; Andrew Bain-drums

Tue 21st
8:00 - RMQ - modern jazz quartet feat. Geoff Mason-trombone; Steve Rubie-flute; Adam King-bass; Winston Clifford-drums
9:45 - Jazz from the Royal Academy of Music feat. the Kyran Matthews Band - sax-led modern jazz

Wed 22nd 8:30 - Alice Zawadzki - vocal/violin-led modern jazz feat. Rob Luft-guitar; Fred Thomas-piano/banjo/drums; Misha Mullov-Abbado-bass

Thu 23rd 8:30 - **Musicians Xchange** Gabor Subicz – trumpet-led modern jazz feat. Tim Lapthorn-pno; Arnie Somogyi-bs; Lloyd Haynes-drums & Special Guest: Paul Booth-sax

Fri 24th 9:30 - Beverley Skeete & Friends - vocal-led Groove band feat. Nial Tompkins-gtr; Adam Saunders-pno/kybds; Clint Williams-bass; John Jackson-drums & Special Guests!

Sat 25th 9:30 - Patrick Clahar - sax-led modern jazz quartet

Sun 26th
1:30 - 606 Gospel Lunch feat. Special Guest: Junior Robinson and his Gospel Group
8:30 - Vimala Rowe - vocal-led jazz quartet feat. Giazonne Reyes-piano; Nick Pini-bass

Mon 27th 8:30 - **606 Club Special** Pete Ray Biggin - drum-led Groove band feat. Oscar “OsKeyz” Stieler-keyboards; Luca Campaner-guitar; Sean Freeman-sax; Tom Walsh-trumpet; Rick Leon James-bass £15

Tue 28th 8:30 - Emilia Martensson - vocal-led jazz/contemporary feat. Barry Green-pno; Sam Lasserson-bs; Jon Scott-drms

Wed 29th 8:30 - Neil Angilley - piano-led Jazz/Latin trio feat. Davide Mantovani-bass; Davide Giovannini-drums

Thu 30th 8:30 - Shez Raja’s Journey to Shambhala - bass-led jazz/groove band feat. Vasilis Xenopoulos-sax/flute; Lewis Moody-kybs; Sophie Alloway-drums with Monika Lidke-vocals & Special Guest: Oren Marshall-tuba

Fri 31st 9:30 - Samara - Latin/jazz quintet feat. Steve Rubie-sax/flute; Liliana Chachian-vocals; John Crawford-piano

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:

The Jazz Standard, New York City, programme for January 2020.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

We have received the following press release;

January at Jazz Standard

The Music of Bob Brookmeyer – Directed by Ryan Truesdell
Lizz Wright
David Murray Octet “Revival”
Vijay Iyer Solo & Trio

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 January. On January 7–8, we present the music of the late great Bob Brookmeyer (1929–2011) played by an all–star band under the direction of Ryan Truesdell. Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright performs January 11–12, followed by saxophone colossus David Murray and his Octet Revival, January 16–19. The award–winning pianist/composer Vijay Iyer performs solo on 1/29; with his trio on 1/30–31, and with his trio plus special guest Wadada Leo Smith on 2/1–2. Our “Mingus Mon­day” series contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performing 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, and 1/27. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of January 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


1/1 Regina Carter Quartet
Regina Carter – violin
Carla Cook – vocals
Nat Adderly Jr. – piano
Chris Lightcap – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums
A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, violinist Regina Carter has been widely hailed both for her 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 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) Music Charge: $35

1/2–1/5 Sean Jones Quartet
Sean Jones – trumpet
Brett Williams – piano
TBA – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums
Since his childhood years singing with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Fast–forward to 2004, when Wynton Marsalis offered Sean the position as lead trumpeter in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a position he held for six years. In that same year, Sean Jones released his disc debut Eternal Journey (Mack Avenue); he and his bands have since released a total of eight albums including their latest, Live From Jazz At The Bistro (2017). “Given his exemplary technique and imposing stylistic reach, traits previously displayed on an impressive series of studio sessions,” wrote Mike Joyce for All That Jazz, “it’s not surprising that trumpeter Sean Jones con­sistently puts the wind in his band’s sails on this St. Louis concert recording.” As a sideman, Jones has worked with some of the best: Illinois Jacquet, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Gerald Wilson. In 2011, he was selected by Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter for their interna­tional Tribute to Miles tour. 
Music Charge: $30

1/6 Mingus Big Band
“Among the giants of jazz, composer, bandleader, and string bass player Charles Mingus ranged the fur­thest ­stylistically. While focusing on bop, especially hard bop, his performances explored all of the other main currents in jazz – the New Orleans style, swing, free jazz, and fusion – and other genres as well – blues, rhythm & blues, boogie woogie, and gospel music.” – From The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld (1992) Music Charge: $30

January 1/7–1/8 The Music of Bob Brookmeyer Directed by Ryan Truesdell
Ryan Truesdell – conductor
Tim Ries, Ethan Helm, Donny McCaslin, Lucas Pino – reeds
Scott Robinson, Owen Broder, Donny McCaslin – reeds
Augie Haas, Tony Kadleck, Nadje Noordhuis, Riley Mulherkar, Tim Hagans – trumpets
Mike Davis, John Mosca, Alan Ferber – trombones
George Flynn – bass trombone
Gary Versace – piano
Drew Gress – bass
John Hollenbeck – drums
Wendy Gilles – voice
Robert Edward “Bob” Brookmeyer (1929–2011) gets the tribute he so richly deserves this week when Ryan Truesdell conducts an all–star big band in four sets of music composed and/or arranged by the valve trombonist, pianist, and eight–time GRAMMY Award nominee. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained widespread public attention as a member of Gerry Mulligan’s piano-less quartet from 1954 to 1957; later collaborators included Jimmy Raney, Zoot Sims, and Stan Getz. As a leader, Brookmeyer released albums on Prestige, World Pacific, Mercury, Atlantic, and United Artists (including The Ivory Hunters, an LP of piano duets with Bill Evans). “It’s a rare occurrence to have complete pro­grams of Bob’s music played in New York, the city that was his home for much of his career,” says Ryan Truesdell. “These Jazz Standard concerts will honor what would have been Bob’s 90th birthday (12/19/2019) and will consist of music that he wrote throughout his career, most notably for his European–based New Art Orchestra, for Mel Lewis & the Jazz Orchestra, and for Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, plus vocal arrangements from Bob’s final album Standards (ArtistShare, 2011). Many of the band members have personal connections to Bob Brookmeyer and his music, and played with him in a variety of settings.” Music Charge: $30

1/9 Melissa Aldana Quartet
Melissa Aldana – tenor saxophone
Shai Maestro – piano
Pablo Menares – bass
Kush Abadey – drums
In the decade since her 2009 graduation from Berklee, the career of Melissa Aldana has gone from strength to strength. In 2010, she released her debut album, Free Fall, released on Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music; in 2013, at age 24, she was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Reporting her win, the Washington Post described the tenor saxophonist as representing “a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” Now her 2019 CD, Visions, represents a major fulfillment of that possibility. As jazz journalist Nate Chinen wrote for WBGO: “Melissa Aldana…has the elusive ability to balance technical achieve­ment against a rich emotional palette. Visions, her finest album, was inspired by the inner life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; it’s a brilliant showcase for a band that includes this year’s breakout star, Joel Ross, on vibraphone.” Don’t miss this special appearance by this rising star – for one night only, and only at Jazz Standard! Music Charge: $30

1/10–1/11 Lizz Wright
Lizz Wright – vocals
Chris Bruce & Adam Levy – guitar
Kenny Banks Sr. & David Cook – piano, organ
Ben Zwerin – bass
Jack DeBoe – drums
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a “vocalist of substance more devoted to song than to image,” Lizz Wright has frequently and happily moved beyond the sometimes restrictive category of “jazz singer” to excel in a multiplicity of styles including pop, soul, and gospel. Her acclaimed Joe Henry–produced album Grace (Concord Music, 2017) was hailed as “a lulling yet ringing affirmation of Wright’s deeply rooted connection to the South and its music. Although it was recorded in Hollywood – with Henry’s associates among the core and ancillary musicians – and consists primarily of covers, the album is Southern through and through, and as personal as any of Wright’s previous recordings, with resolute faith, enduring romantic devotion, and earthly gratitude among the prominent themes.” (Andy Kellman, AllMusic) In addition to her own albums, Lizz Wright has appeared on recordings by David Sanborn, Danilo Perez, Regina Carter, and Jakob Dylan.
Music Charge: $35

1/12 Tivon Pennicott With Strings
Tivon Pennicott – tenor sax
Keyon Harrold – trumpet
Joe Saylor – drums
Yasushi Nakamura – upright bass
Yoojin Park – violin
Jae Young Bea – violin
Luis Casal – violin
TBA – violin
Marco Sabatino – viola
Joshua Kail – viola
Amy Kang – cello
Reenat Pinchas – cello
Johannes Felscher – double bass
Tivon Pennicott is a three–time GRAMMY Award-winning tenor saxophonist for his performances on Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society (2012); and on singer Gregory Porter’s Blue Note albums Liquid Spirit (2013) and Take Me To The Alley(2017). Other significant sideman credits include Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Ari Hoenig (The Pauper & the Magician and NY Standard), and Kenny Burrell (Be Yourself). The saxopho­nist is a fixture on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as a regular member of the Stay Human Band with Jon Batiste. Meanwhile, Pennicott has developed impressive skills as a leader since the 2014 release of his debut CD Lover of Nature. This important Jazz Standard one–nighter features the Tivon Pennicott Quartet in collaboration with a large string section, and spotlights the music of his forthcom­ing sophomore CD.  Music Charge: $30

1/13 Mingus Big Band
“Among the giants of jazz, composer, bandleader, and string bass player Charles Mingus ranged the furthest stylistically. While focusing on bop, especially hard bop, his performances explored all of the other main currents in jazz – the New Orleans style, swing, free jazz, and fusion – and other genres as well – blues, rhythm & blues, boogie–woogie, and gospel music.” – From The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld (1992) Music Charge: $30

1/14 Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Special Guest Anat Cohen
Michael Leonhart – trumpet, leader
Anat Cohen – clarinet
Jazz Standard welcomes the electrifying Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) back to our bandstand for another evening of genre–crossing big–band modernism. This evening’s program featres the Brazil Suite with special guest clarinetist Anat Cohen. In 2019, the MLO released its second album, Suite Extracts Vol. 1 (Sunnyside), featuring widely disparate compositions (including songs by Fela Kuti, Howlin’ Wolf and Ornette Coleman) curated into suites that formed anarchic yet coherent thoughts on many of the leader’s chief musical passions. Suite Extracts Vol. 1 featured 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

1/15 TBA

1/16–1/19 David Murray Octet “Revival”
David Murray – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Lakecia Benjamin – alto saxophone
Josh Evans – trumpet
Terry Green III – trombone
Mingus Murray – guitar
David Bryant – piano
TBA – bass
Russell Carter – drums
Writing for The New York Times in 1988, Peter Watrous posed the question: “The jury is still out on whether David Murray will be remembered as a virtuoso saxophonist, or as a composer of startlingly original compositions.” Over the subsequent three decades, the clear answer has emerged: He is both, and this next–generation revival of Murray’s Octet is sure to put any doubts to rest. “Growing up in a reli­gious, musical family in Berkeley, California, I would at times find myself in the middle of an old-fashioned ‘revival’ tent, not far from my home. All denominations were welcome to this spectacular event, which featured traveling preachers, healers, speakers, and lots of worshipers seeking spiritual reju­venation. This event originated in the American South and made it all the way to my neighborhood. The purpose was to unearth or bring back people’s belief in God, to be reinvigorated with the holy spirit of the Lord. My Octet of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s was quite popular in those decades. My wish for a ‘Revival’ of this Octet with a new and fresh lineup seems to be the direction in which the music is taking me, as a way to inspire others and motivate a new crew of creative musicians.” (David Murray) Music Charge: $30

1/20 Mingus Big Band
“Mingus packed his music so full of life, so full of the noise of the city, that thirty years in the future someone listening to ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’ or ‘Hog Calling Blues’ or any of those other wild steam­rolling things wouldn’t be sure whether that wail and scream was a horn on the record or the red-and-white siren of a prowl car shrieking past the window. Just listening to the music would be a way of join­ing in with it, adding to it.” (From But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer) Music Charge: $30

1/21 TBA

1/22–1/23 Kendrick Scott Oracle
John Scofield. David Sanborn. Terence Blanchard. Joe Sample & The Crusaders. Kendrick Scott’s years of sideman work with these major artists “opened my eyes to playing the moment; not the past. It has been a revelation in my music and in my daily life.” The dues he paid also prepared Scott to lead his own exceptional quintet Oracle with John Ellis, Mike Moreno, Taylor Eigsti, and Joe Sanders. “Each of them possesses a powerful transparency in their sound that cuts to the core of the music, and embraces the others around them. I want to thank each of them for their integrity in, and away from, music.” The ambitious 12–track song cycle A Wall Becomes A Bridge is the latest Blue Note Records release from Kendrick Scott Oracle.
Music Charge: $30

1/24–1/26 Dave Stryker Quartet featuring Warren Wolf
Dave Stryker – guitar
Warren Wolf – vibraphone
Jared Gold – Hammond B3
McClenty Hunter – drums
In 2013, Dave Stryker hit on an album concept based on instrumental interpretations of classic r&b and pop tunes from his high school years in Omaha, Nebraska. The album, entitled Eight Track, proved to be a career breakthrough for the guitarist some three decades after his entry into bigtime jazz as a sideman with organist Jack McDuff. The radio and sales reaction to the first Eight Track CD led to two further volumes – and the result, says Stryker, has been “not only fun, but musically rewarding. Playing these classic melodies from the ‘70s has been a great way to connect with people and bring more people to the music, whether they remember the songs or are just discovering them. I enjoy the challenge of finding my way into these tunes by putting my own stamp on them through the arrangements and playing.” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” “Pretzel Logic,” “Too High,” “This Guy’s In Love With You” – any and all of these indelible songs could be part of the Stryker sets this week, with special guest Warren Wolf on vibes. Make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $30

1/27 Mingus Big Band
“His relentless drive to excavate his music from the deepest recesses of his feelings and memories comes from the completeness with which he is involved with that music. Some men make nonviolence a way of life; others find an enveloping reason for their existence in painting or socialism or biochemistry. With Mingus, his core of living is being as honestly and fully expressive as he possibly can through music.” – Nat Hentoff, from his liner notes for Candid LP Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (1960) Music Charge: $30

1/28 Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Chris Brubeck – bass, trombone
Dan Brubeck – drums
Mike DeMicco – guitar
Chuck Lamb – piano
With this Jazz Standard appearance, Chris and Dan Brubeck mark the start of the centennial year of their father: legendary pianist Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920–December 5, 2012). The brothers have been making music together practically all their lives, having cut their first record together in 1966. Over the decades, they’ve experimented with various styles in various groups before settling into a solid, still–adventurous groove with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb in the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The group paid loving homage to Dave Brubeck on its 2012 album LifeTimes. “The playing that takes place on LifeTimes– the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos – just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered.” (Michael Jones, Seattle Times, 11.17.2012) Music Charge: $30

1/29–2/1 Vijay Iyer

“A self–taught pianist with a scholarly background, Vijay Iyer arrived at jazz stardom through a side door. But in the past five years or so, he has increasingly been invited into some of music’s most rarefied spaces, largely because of his iconoclasm, not in spite of it. Genre definitions have largely dissolved; nondenominational leaders are needed.” (Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times, 6.7.2017) Jazz Standard is proud to present the award–winning pianist, composer and bandleader in this multi–format, multi–night engagement.

1/29 Vijay Iyer Solo
A rare and special opportunity to hear Iyer unaccompanied. “Anyone who has seen Vijay Iyer live knows the man is an inventive musician; his grace on the stage is staggering, as are his composing talents and his mastery of the piano.” – James Brock, Paper City (Houston TX), September 2016 Music Charge: $30

1/30–1/31 Vijay Iyer Trio
Vijay Iyer – piano
Linda May Han Oh – bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Vijay Iyer joins forces with bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, both acclaimed composers and bandleaders in their own right. “Modern jazz in peak form…Navigating strong emotions with as much sensation as reason, this music makes close listening cathartic.” (Michelle Mercer, DownBeat)
Music Charge: $35

2/1 Vijay Iyer Trio Plus Special Guest Wadada Leo Smith
Vijay Iyer – piano
Stephan Crump – bass
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
With Special Guest
Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
In this lineup of the Trio, the pianist joins forces with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Both are longtime members of the Vijay Iyer Sextet, voted “Jazz Band of the Year” in the 2018 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. With a very special guest Wadada Leo Smith! “…A highly maneuverable vehicle for his African, Indian and math–inspired rhythmic ideas, now at a dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.” (John Fordham, The Guardian, 1.29.2015) Music Charge: $35

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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Jazz Journeys Photographic Exhibition & Documenting Jazz Conference to open in Birmingham in January

Thursday, December 12, 2019

We have received the following press release;

“Jazz Journeys: Everyday Life” Photographic Exhibition opens in Birmingham.

This new exhibition features photographs and musicians’ quotes from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham. The project, at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, brought together jazz scholar, Dr Pedro Cravinho and freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer. The exhibition launches in mid-January 2020 and is linked to the Documenting Jazz 2020 international jazz conference to be held at Birmingham City University (BCU) between 16-18 January.
By using photography, as one of the outputs of their project, the Jazz Journeys exhibition aims to reveal some of the issues and constraints that jazz musicians face through their musical careers. Homer’s photography of the six musicians involved in the project shows them cooking, teaching Taekwondo, reflecting on care work, looking after their kids, repairing instruments and writing plays as well as the more well-known music teaching

The participants were pianist David Austin Grey, sax players Alicia Gardener-Trejo, Chris Young and Joey Walter, violinist and vocalist Ruth Angell, and 2018 Young Jazz Musician of the Year Xhosa Cole. 

In addition there will be a multi-media projection of Homer’s pictures contrasting fast paced performance shots with a slower paced images from the project – curated by artist Tony McClure who has also acted as a consultant to the exhibition.
Jazz Journeys Exhibition
Find out more about these musicians lives and what they do as well as play jazz by visiting the exhibition at Centrala in Digbeth, Birmingham. 
Venue: Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5RT
Tel: 0121 513 0240 Web:
January 15th to February 1st 2020
Open Wednesdays to Saturdays 12 – 8 pm

Documenting Jazz Conference

Focus on the theme, ways of documenting, will bring together in the West Midlands in January 2020 a significant number of national and international delegates from across the academic, archive, library, and museum sectors to explore and discuss proposals on jazz as visual culture, and its distinct representations: photography, press, cinema, television, and web. Additionally, the conference will address other ways of documenting jazz, challenging the narratives surrounding jazz as a male-dominated domain, and the way those affected havbeen marginalised from this music history. 

Venue: Birmingham City University,Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7BD
January 9th to 31st 2020 
Contact: Dr Pedro Cravinho (Conference Chair) at [email protected]
During the Documenting Jazz 2020 Conference, there will be a smaller exhibition of photographs of the musicians featured in the Everyday Jazz Lives project taken in performance by Brian Homer.

Social Media;

Twitter: @bcmcr_bcu

Dr Pedro Cravinho
Twitter: @pedrocravinho

Brian Homer
Twitter: @brianjhomer
Instagram: @brian.homer

Tony McClure

More information:
Brian Homer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 07958 339745

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.

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

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF


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.

JazzLeeds - programme for December 2019 and January 2020.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Steve Crocker writes;

A very Jazz Christmas coming your way!

Some winter warmers…
Six gigs to choose from this month, plus a special jazz jam session if you want to join in! We are really pleased to present award winning saxophone player Karen Sharp who provides the finale to our Women Jazz Leaders series this autumn. We have two big bands for you - the Chapel FM Jazz Collective and Christmas Party favourites the Tom Sharp’s Big Band. We’ve also a tribute to Miles Davis, a Rush Hour Jazz featuring bluesy saxman Jon Taylor and a Jazz Cafe at Inkwell with an all star rhythm section! But we start with something quite intriguing this Sunday at Inkwell ...

Kim Macari and John Pope @Inkwell Sun 1 Dec 1.30pm
Kim Macari trumpet and spoken word, John Pope bass and electronics
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the project of trumpeter Kim Macari centred around the power of storytelling to deliver great truths, to entertain and to take people on a journey. Music & spoken word in the great tradition of Celtic storytellers. Kim is joined by the endlessly inventive. A welcome return to Leeds for Kim who trained at Leeds College of Music and is now making a name for herself nationally.  John Pope (bass/electronics) an improviser and composer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Balancing a career as a session musician with an expansive creative practice, John funnels a lifelong engagement with jazz, funk, rock music, pop-culture and mysticism through the cracked vessel of the free improviser.
@Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW   £9/7 25 and under £5 . Kids under 16 free
Tickets http://

Karen Sharp Quartet @Seven Arts Thurs 5 Dec 8pm
Karen Sharp: tenor/baritone sax; Nikki Iles: piano; Dave Green: bass; Steve Brown: drums.
“Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing” — Downbeat Magazine, February 2019
Karen Sharp, a multiple award winner, will be appearing with her long established line-up of Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown – world class musicians who also happen to be great friends. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting, incorporating free flowing improvisation with almost telepathic ensemble playing.
They will be performing music from their new album, ‘Another Place’ which includes familiar, lesser-known and original tunes showcasing the unique spirit of a band with a shared passion for strong melodies, group interplay and respect for the jazz tradition.
Support from “Harmony Row” vocal harmonies and jazz trio
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm music 8pm £16/14 (25 and under £8)

Tribute to Miles: Kind of Blue and Milestones @Seven Arts Sunday 8 Dec 1.30-4pm
Tom Sharp- Trumpet, Jasmine Whalley - Alto Sax, Eliot Richards - Tenor Sax, George Macdonald – Piano, Josh Smout – Drums., Fergus Quill bass
What are the two greatest jazz album ever made? Perhaps it’s an impossible question, but there are strong candidates in “Milestones” and “Kind of Blue”, recorded by the Miles Davis Sextet in 1959. Fergus Quill’s Sextet set out to recreate the magic!
@Seven Arts 1.30pm -4pm £10/8 (25 and under £5)

Chapel FM Jazz Collective @Roundhay Bar on Park Lane, Friday 13 Dec 8pm
Led by musician, composer and pianist Dave Evans, ChapelFM Jazz Collective has built a reputation as a vibrant and dynamic big band that plays a fantastically diverse range of music to please both the head and the heart. Expect great vocals, exciting grooves and great jazz solos as you listen to a range of jazz, funk, neo-soul, afro-beat and original tunes.
Jazz at Bar on Park Lane Roundhay LS8 2EJ Tickets £10/8 25 and under £5

Christmas Jazz Cafe and Jam session @Inkwell Arts Sunday 15 Dec 1.30pm
Our final Christmas jam session is always the best! Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Jazz Workshop will be performing their Christmas party pieces and we’ve borrowed Matt Anderson’s trio for the afternoon to play a few tunes and support the jam - Albert Palau piano , John Marley bass and Jay Davis drums. Lovely veggie food in the cafe too… Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW £7/5 Performers and under 16’s free. Doors 1.00pm music 1.30pm

Rush Hour [email protected] Arts Wed 18 Dec 6-7pm with Jon Taylor
John Taylor sax, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass, Dom Moore drums
Graduating from Leeds College of Music around the same time as Alan Barnes and Snake Davis, Jon Taylor earned his musical spurs on the QE2 backing cabaret acts. Nowadays he gigs as a soloist and band leader and also enjoys busking. “If there’s a tune I’ve got to learn, I’ll busk it several times before I do it on stage. I’ve never counted, but I know well over a thousand tunes.”
Jon aims to spread a little musical joy. “I like to play tunes that people know.”
That shouldn’t be difficult with his extensive repertoire of standards from the great American songbook, jazz classics, latin numbers and blues, as well as tunes not usually associated with jazz – maybe a Christmas tune or two…
Rush Hour Jazz – Jon Taylor with the Jazz Leeds Trio Wednesday Dec 18th 6-7pm pay as yoiu feel collection Seven Arts Leeds 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS73PD

Xmas Party with Tom Sharp’s Big Band @Seven Arts Dec 19th 8pm
Saxes: Ben Lowman, Anna Chandler, Rose Sharp, Will Howard, James Boyes
Trumpets: Tom Sharp, Joe Roughton, Toby Brazier, Ciarán Diston
Trombones: Tom I’Anson, Chris Burge, Pat Martin, Oli Smedley
Rhythm: Chris Lloyd (pno), Will Powell (gtr), Sam Jackson (bass), Joshua Smout (drums). Featuring special guest singer Adam Gouldin.
Silly Hats time! Led by trumpet virtuoso Tom Sharp, this 18-piece big band were the 2016 winners of the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. They have played at our Jazz Leeds Festivals in bout 2017 and 2018.
Drawing on some of the finest musicians in the Yorkshire area, many of whom are outstanding soloists in their own right, the band features classics from the golden age of big bands, a giant xmas raffle and maybe a carol or two….
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD Thursday Dec 19th Tom Sharp’s Big Band £14/12 Doors 7.30pm music 8-11pm

That’s it for 2019 but we’ll be back in January 2020 with more great jazz (and a little soul too…) plus a new evening Jazz Workshop from Dom Moore at Inkwell - see below

Sun Jan 5 Jam session @Inkwell 1.30pm £7/5 performers free.Blow the winter blues away with a new year jazz jam at Inkwell

Sun Jan 12 Emily Brown quintet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8 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.

Sun Jan 19 Teena Lyle Quintet @Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7 Teena is a legend- vibes soloist, percussionist, keyboard player singer and member of the Van Morrison Band

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

Our new evening jazz players group led by Dom Moore – remeber Dom’s players session at the Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall? Well they are back meeting fortnightly Monday evening 13 January 7-9pm @Inkwell – all players (and singers) welcome, loits of tunes, lots of fun £10 Contact Dominic Moore .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Jazz Leeds Sunday workshop – learn to play jazz fortnightly Sunday mornings @Inkwell 10-12pm tutored by Dom Moore and Fergus Quill £10 Contact Jean Watson .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Our new (red!) Spring jazz leaflet is out this week - pick up a copy at Seven Arts, Inkwell, Chapel Allerton Library, Leeds Visitor Centre etc or email us at including your address and we’ll send you one

Weblinks: our website is so check out our programme of events there

Follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites too. For updates about jazz gigs in the north follow the Northern Jazz Live blog

Be a JazzLeeds Trustee! We are currently looking to recruit new volunteer members to our Board to help us manage our existing programme of gigs and build on our past success. We are particularly keen to
recruit people who have skills and experience in any of the following areas: Fundraising,Business development, Web design and Graphic design, PR and Marketing, Community engagement and inclusion, Event producing. Specialist skills aren’t essential: a love for jazz is the foremost requirement, and we don’t expect volunteers to have a comprehensive knowledge of jazz and its artists - enthusiastic newcomers would be very welcome, and being a Board member is itself an exciting learning experience.
If you are interested then please send an email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) giving us an idea of how you would like to be involved by 20 December .

See you soon at one of our concerts…

Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds
Dec 2019

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

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)


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)

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

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)

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:

For more information, please visit:

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.”

Winter Jazz Festival 2020, New York City, first wave of artists announced.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

We have received the following press release;

2020 NYC Winter Jazzfest First Wave of Artist Announcements, Mark Guiliana as Artist-in-Residence & Much More 

Announcing the
Celebrating 16 Seasons,
January 9-18, 2020,
Presenting The Full Spectrum of Jazz
Spotlighting Social Justice, Gender, Climate & Wellness


A Pioneer of Jazz Drumming, Will Present Multiple Projects Over the Course of the Festival

The festival’s signature multi-artist, multi-venue experience on January 10 and 11 in ten Manhattan venues; and January 17 at five Brooklyn venues featuring over 125 different groups and 500+ musicians


BBC Music Introducing & PRS Foundation Present 4th Annual British Jazz Showcase
Hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson
Featuring Moses Boyd, Kokoroko, Sarathy Korwar, Poppy Ajudha

Celebrating the jazz legacy of Detroit and honoring the late great trumpeter Marcus Belgrave
with Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan, Louis Hayes and many more

Over a dozen drummers will celebrate 100 years of the life and music of Art Blakey

Brazilian singer/guitarist performs at The Town Hall


Talks, panels, and workshops will be offered on topics affecting our jazz community including social justice, immigration, gender balance, climate, and wellness

Hotel partner The Moxy (East Village) will host Winter Jazzfest artists and audience for registration, box office, special events, artist lounge, and more
* Click Here for Special Hotel Room Rates Available for all Ticket Buyers and Their Guests *

We are thrilled to announce the initial list of artists featured at the 16th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest! Please mark your calendars for January 9-18, 2020.

In our 16th year we present an unprecedented TEN CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS of unique programming.  Since our founding in 2005, NYC Winter Jazzfest (NYCWJF) has cemented a reputation as a hotbed of cultural discovery, supporting the rich growth and continued vitality of the jazz community.

Praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and countless other national publications, the NYCWJF continues to grow at a rapid pace, from the original one-day single-location program, to a 2020 schedule that will put over 150 groups comprising over 600 artists on 20 stages over 10 nights, throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. In 2015, the festival was voted “#1 Jazz Festival in North America” by JazzTimes Magazine, and has become a pivotal destination for arts leaders and the cultural cognoscenti who visit the city early every year.

The weekend multi-venue, multi-artist marathon has, in particular, become recognized as a crucial, unique New York nightlife offering, giving audiences full access to all participating venues and dozens of groups performing from early evening, deep into the wee hours of the morning.  NYCWJF is an unparalleled experience for all consumers of jazz, experimental sound and global creative impulses - from hardcore fans to novice new listeners. In 2019, that meant cumulatively welcoming over 14,000 audience members. In 2020, the festival is expected to grow to an estimated 15,000 audience members in attendance.

Conceived originally as an event to showcase the latest and most cutting edge jazz acts during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, and founded by New York concert impresario Brice Rosenbloom, NYCWJF has become the definitive all-inclusive jazz event that offers a “state of the union” of jazz and its many stylistic camps from hot swing to avant-garde to post-bop, jazz-funk, fusion, hypermodern through-composed music and jazz-inflected world music.  From party bands to ambient electronic groups to the most advanced compositional approaches –audiences sample everything the jazz world has to offer. As a destination event, attendees regularly travel from other states and countries to attend the festival. Many in the industry see it as jazz’s answer to SXSW.

NYC Winter Jazzfest has adopted a focus on jazz intertwined with social issues – racism, Black Lives Matter, immigration, gun control, gender, police brutality, climate change, and mass incarceration. This year the festival holistically integrates wellness (including subtopics such as lifestyle, community, meditation, mental health, healthcare, addiction and mindfulness).

NYC Winter Jazzfest’s signature two-night marathon will take place Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11 with performances at the recently reopened marquee venue Webster Hall as well as Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Zinc Bar, Subculture, The Bitter End, NuBlu, The Dance, SOBs, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  A week later, on Friday January 17, the festival will host its first-ever Brooklyn-based “Marathon” night in venues including Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade, National Sawdust, and more.

In 2020, NYCWJF welcomes pioneering drummer, composer and bandleader Mark Guiliana as our 2020 Artist-In-Residence. Guiliana will appear as a leader and collaborator in at least six configurations including Beat Music, Unholy Row, Mark Giuliana Jazz Quartet with Gretchen Parlato, Space Heroes, Mark Giuliana + Kneebody, and a closing night Beat Music Improv show with many special guests TBA.

Once again NYCWJF is proud to partner with BBC Music Introducing & PRS Foundation for a fourth annual British jazz showcase, curated by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson. This year’s edition will see four upcoming UK jazz acts perform at Le Poisson Rouge. This year’s acts include. Kokoroko, Moses Boyd, Poppy Ajudha and Sarathy Korwar. Gilles Peterson will host the showcase to be recorded and later released on 6Music.

For three years NYCWJF has joined festivals across the globe in striving for gender parity on our festival stages. We are proud to be part of PRS Foundation’s Keychange program, through which we have pledged to achieve a gender balance at our festival. We will also be hosting a Keychange panel discussion as part of our Winter Jazzfest Talks series.

Winter Jazzfest celebrates Detroit’s jazz history and the legacy of late trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. The evening begins with a conversation led by author and historian Mark Stryker on the rich history of Detroit Jazz. Vocalist, composer, producer Joan Belgrave (widow of Marcus Belgrave) will present the vocal segment of this journey swinging with her Detroit Sound Ensemble. Then the Marcus Belgrave Legacy Ensemble performs with Marcus Belgrave’s protégés Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, JD Allen, Dwight Adams, Theo Croker, Kelvin Sholar, and Ali Jackson. Next performing the Detroit Jazz Royalty Ensemble composed of Jazz Masters Ron Carter, Louis Hayes and Sheila Jordan joined with Detroit-born pianist Johnny O’Neal. Closing will once again be Marcus Belgrave’s protégés in the ensemble “Taking it Forward” with Robert Hurst, Karriem Riggins, Ali Jackson, JD Allen, Dwight Adams, Theo Croker, Greg Glassman, Kevin Sholar, and joined by Kassa Overall.

NYCWJF curates a unique night with Revive Music that celebrates the life and music of Art Blakey in his Centennial year. Expect over a dozen drummers paying respect and offering rhythmic nods to Blakey’s work in a “round robin” model.

Brazilian singer-songwriter/actor Seu Jorge became an international star after his performance as Knockout Ned in the Oscar-nominated City of God and his work in the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in 2004 which gave the world a fresh and emotive baritone repertoire of David Bowie’s greatest hits. Jorge’s active musical career integrates stylings of reggae, pop, electronic, and jazz into his own music and is credited with reinvigorating Brazil’s samba scene. Seu Jorge performs a unique set of originals and covers with special guests at The Town Hall.

Winter Jazzfest is proud to partner with The Moxy Hotel, Steinway & Sons, WBGO, doNYC, Revive Music, and Tree-Nation.



Art Blakey Centennial

Becca Stevens

Ben Williams “I Am A Man”

Blacks Myths

Brandee Younger’s Soul Awakening

Bright Dog Red

Chris Lightcap’s SuperBigmouth

Connie Han Trio


Donny McCaslin Group

Eubanks Evans Experience

From Detroit to the World - Celebrating the Jazz Legacy of Detroit and Marcus Belgrave

George Burton

Gilles Peterson

Godwin Louis

Golden Valley Is Now

Gregoire Maret and Romain Collin’s “Americana” w/ Marvin Sewell

Halvorson & Dieterich

Harish Raghavan ‘Calls for Action’

Heroes Are Gang Leaders featuring James Brandon Lewis

Hypnotic Brass Band

Igmar Thomas’s Revive Big Band

Ikebe Shakedown

Issac Delgado

Jamie Baum & Short Stories “Of Struggles and Triumphs”

Jessica Pavone Quartet

Jessica Jones Quartet

Joe Russo

Joey Alexander

José James “No Beginning No End 2”

Kalia Vandever

Kassa Overall

Kat Edmonson

Kneebody + Mark Guiliana


Kung Fu


Lakecia Benjamin Presents Pursuance : The Music of the Coltranes

Louis Hayes


Makaya McCraven

Mark Guiliana (Artist in residence)

Marquis Hill: New Gospel Revisited

Mary Lattimore

Matthew Whitaker

Michael Olatuja’s “Lagos Pepper Soup”

Morley: Sphere Ensemble

Moses Boyd

Nate Wooley’s Columbia Icefield

Nikara and Black Wall Street

Nir Felder Trio

Nite Bjuti feat. Val Jeanty, Candice Hoyes and Mimi Jones

Pasquale Grasso

People’s Champs

Phony Ppl

Poppy Ajudha

Quiana Lynell

Rene Marie

Ron Carter

Salami Rose Joe Louis

Samantha Boshnack’s Seismic Belt

Sarathy Korwar

Sasha Berliner

Seu Jorge

Sheila Jordan


Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn

Steven Bernstein’s [email protected]

Sunny Jain Wild Wild East

Susan Alcorn Quintet

The Bogie Band featuring Joe Russo

The Cookers

The Jazz Gallery All Stars

Theo Bleckmann’s Mixtape

Theo Croker’s Star People Nation

Tim Berne’s Absint w/ David Torn and Aurora Nealand

Tineke Postma Four


+ Many more artists TBA

(subject to change)

ABOUT NYC Winter Jazzfest
NYC Winter Jazzfest is a destination for avid jazz fans, industry professionals, and new listeners to come together and experience the exciting and vibrant contemporary jazz scene. Since the inaugural year in 2005, the festival has grown organically, with more artists performing and a continually increasing audience—proving the true vitality and urgency of this music. NYC Winter Jazzfest programs inclusive of a broad spectrum of musical styles under the banner of jazz while working intimately with like-minded curators like Revive Music, Search & Restore and others to prove jazz’s continued relevance and influence over contemporary music. Inherent to the tradition of jazz as protest music, Winter Jazzfest has made a priority to support and highlight artists who create music with relevant messages of social justice and positive change to help amplify and inspire through the music. Founded by Brice Rosenbloom (BOOM Collective) in 2005 to celebrate jazz’s richness and vitality NYC Winter Jazzfest’s influence ripples out further every year. In 2020 Rosenbloom is proud to partner with independent entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and Dayglo Ventures. Dayglo Ventures creates unique and meaningful entertainment experiences, owns and operates live music venues including Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, the music festival Lockn’, Relix,, Fare Thee Well and Jazz & Colors (which is curated by Brice Rosenbloom).

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll.  JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups – the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music – the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana’s drumming was a primer mover of Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.

BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians across the United Kingdom. With over 500,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Music Introducing website and over 200,000 artists registered, BBC Music Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and the Asian Network.  BBC Music Introducing also gives up-and-coming artists broadcast opportunities on BBC radio, television and online alongside the chance to perform at major festivals and showcases. Big name artists including Slaves, Florence + The Machine, George Ezra, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Pale Waves, Sam Fender and Lewis Capaldi all received BBC Music Introducing support at the start of their careers. Since its launch in 2007, BBC Music Introducing has brought thousands of acts to hundreds of different stages, including Glastonbury, Big Weekend, Latitude, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds, as well as international showcases like SXSW in Texas and Eurosonic in the Netherlands.

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £32 million to over 6,800 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas.|@PRSFoundation

Moxy East Village is located at the heart of, you guessed it, New York’s East Village. The neighborhood where rock ‘n’ roll, renegade art, LGBTQ+ activism and generations of immigrants all merged to give birth to American counterculture. Moxy celebrates the neighborhood’s spirit of experimentation with 286 design-driven bedrooms, co-working spaces, and tech-savvy amenities, as well as cultural programming that reflects the richly diverse part of town.

WBGO is the global leader in jazz radio, broadcasting from the jazz capital of the world. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly-supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. WBGO reaches a weekly audience of more than 400,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. Through programs such as Jazz Night in America, produced in partnership with NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and WBGO’s position as content provider to NPR, its reach extends to millions more across the country. From its home base of Newark, New Jersey, Public Radio station WBGO has long been an anchor institution in community engagement through its partnerships, concerts, education and news programming.

doNYC is the place to find out what to do in New York City. From concerts to comedy, film to food, and charity events to book readings, doNYC is the one-stop destination for planning your week. Plus, we are constantly giving away free tickets, backstage passes, and exclusive prizes. Signing up is free and easy, and also allows you to discover and promote events, share your picks with others, buy tickets online, and be the first to know about all the awesome happenings throughout the five boroughs.

Tree-Nation’s mission is to reforest the world, bringing sustainable development to communities and regenerating the biodiversity of the planet. Tree-Nation supports global reforestation projects with specific goals such as fighting desertification and works with organisations and companies to support reforestation projects by integrating planting trees with their products and services, fighting the impact of climate change. Tree’s capture carbon and absorb it to release oxygen, and forests act as the planets air conditioning units, cooling the planet and cleaning the air for us, as well as cleaning our water systems, and bringing back water to dry zones. A trees roots can reach for water where plants cannot, and bring it back to the surface so that other fauna can flourish, and streams come back to life. Tree-Nation supports reforestation projects in many parts of the world, including Europe, but our focus is in tropical zones. Trees in the tropics grow faster so they capture carbon faster. This is also where we see heavy deforestation and where 85% of our terrestrial biodiversity is threatened, with many species on the brink of extinction. Please support the mission to create a completely Co2 neutral Winter Jazz Festival by planting trees with us and Tree-Nation! When purchasing your NYC Winter Jazzfest tickets you have a new option to offset your carbon footprint by purchasing trees to be planted in your name. Build a profile on their site and start planting your own virtual forest. Environmentally conscience people all around the world are joining Tree-Nation to help reforest our planet.

Visit for more details.


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.

Tom Bancroft’s In Common, UK tour, January and February 2020.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tom Bancrift has forwarded the following information;

Tom Bancroft’s In Common

Strip away the surface features and jazz, electronica, Scottish traditional music and Indian classical music all share:
• drone
• groove & rhythm
• collective and individual improvisation
• melodies and scales/raags
• vocal rhythmic patterns

This project led by Tom Bancroft starts with the bodhran and the tabla and a drone, adds Indian Classical Violin and improvising jazz guitar, and continues adding layers and voices from different traditions,in a creative project that focuses on the common ground between Scottish music, jazz, Indian music and electronica.

Sharat Chandra Srivastava (violin), Gyan Singh (tabla), Tom Bancroft (bodhran & drums),Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops), Sophie Bancroft (voice),Gina Rae (voice).

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In Common Bio:

Unique Music From Experimental Fusion Ensemble
In Common ensemble brings together a unique fusion of styles and influences, stripped to their core elements and combined to make something individual and personal. In Common’s debut album ‘Love & Stillness’ brings together jazz, Indian classical music, Scottish traditional music and electronica, capturing the essence of each style through showcasing the skills of a highly accomplished group of musicians, each of whom understands their respective disciplines to the highest degree.

In Common are the vision of drummer, composer and bandleader Tom Bancroft, previously head of Scottish jazz record company Caber Music. He has performed with musicians ranging from jazz musicians like Sun Ra & Geri Allen, folk musicians like Martyn Bennett & Aidan O’Rourke, through to genre-defying projects like Bill Wells and the Grit Orchestra. Added to composing music for jazz orchestra, live dance, multi-media, theatre and film, and studying music in Africa and India -Bancroft’s varied career makes him one of the few people with the necessary experience to put together a project of this nature and make it work so well.

Having impressed audiences and critics alike with his previous work with Trio Red, described in a 4* review by The Guardian as “riveting…complex, twisting, percussion- powered episodes…a shot-in-the-dark venture that turned into a world-class trio in a week” and by The Telegraph as “a gamble that has paid off…the interplay between musicians…has a miraculous ease and the musical range is wide”, Tom Bancroft returns with a venture that is just as daring and even more intriguing.

The two vocalists in the group and the band leader are members of the Pathead Music Collective:a group of fifteen professional musicians living in a small Midlothian ex-mining village, in which Bancroft curates a series of experimental concerts with Lau’s Martin Green (another resident).

The group also features the skills of one of India’s most dynamic musicians - Delhi based violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava and his long term musical partner Gyan Singh on tabla, both from the North Indian Classical tradition. Srivastava and Singh are truie viruosos of their tradition as well as very experienced at collaborating with musicians around the world. Live they bring fantastic energy to the band’s shows.
The line up is completed by guitarist Graeme Stephen - one of the leading creative forces in Scottish jazz and Bancroft’s long term musical partner.

Each player provides their own unique contribution to the ensemble, minimising all surface features and focusing on the key musical components that they universally share – namely drone, groove and rhythm, collective and individual improvisation, melodies and scales / raags and rhythmic vocalpatterns. The result is unprecedented: the sound of an inimitable ensemble performing truly unique music.

In Common Are:

Sharat Chandra Srivastava violin
Gyan Singh tabla
Tom Bancroft bodhran & drums
Graeme Stephen guitar & loops
Sophie Bancroft voice
Gina Rae voice

Tom Bancroft’s In Common Jan 2020 UK Tour Dates/Info

Sun Jan 19th Middlesborough
Town Hall
01642 729 729

Wed Jan 22nd Traverse
0131 228 1404 7.30pm

Thu Jan 23rd Barn at
01330 825431 8pm

Fri Jan 24th
Pathhead Village Hall
07974 983701 7.30pm

Sun Jan 26th
Herts Jazz Club, St Albans 0333 666 3366 7.30pm

Tue Jan 28th Oxford

Wed Jan 29th
Pizza Express
London 020 7439 4962 8.30pm

Thu Jan 30th
EastsideJazz Club
at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
0121 331 5909

Sun Feb 2nd Jazz At
The Merchants House
0141 221 8272 7.30pm

Animal Society, UK Tour, October / November 2019.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Upcoming Shows;

Clark’s on Lindsay Street
Dundee, UK

The Mad Hatter
Oxford, UK

Bristol, UK

6.00 pm
The Front Room, Southbank Centre
London, UK

The Hug and Pint
Glasgow, UK

The Jazz Bar
Edinburgh, UK


Middlesbrough Town Hall
Middlesbrough, UK

Animal Society is a riotous new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in the void between Rage Against The Machine, Pat Metheny and EST. Ringleader Joe Williamson, guitarist and winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year 2018, presents ​bold new music – 21st-century electric jazz with the uncompromising power of a stadium rock band.

The band’s debut EP, ‘RISE’ makes a strong statement, with a sound rich in detail and full of warmth and character, with towering riffs and hook-driven melodies front and centre. Their exciting live shows are full of joyful musical interplay and soaring improvisations, by 5 musicians at the forefront of the new wave of Scottish jazz.

The band features not one, but two keyboard players – Alan Benzie (winner of the Billboard Prize at Berklee College of Music, USA), provides lush jazz voicings and solos, and newest member Craig McMahon (Pronto Mama) provides a touch of the electronic, including powerful synth basslines and ethereal sound effects. Graham Costello (known for his own group, STRATA) creates a firestorm behind the kit, propelling the music forward, whilst Gus Stirrat’s electric bass pins it all down.

Guitarist Joe Williamson writes all the music here. Many years before being awarded Young Scottish Jazz Musician of The Year at the Glasgow Jazz Festival 2018, Joe’s love for music was cultivated by many hours listening to metal and punk as a teenager and jamming in the local folk music community. After discovering jazz, Joe moved to Glasgow and established a reputation as a fresh musical voice on the guitar and a sophisticated composer, winning the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award and releasing two albums with collaborative quartet Square One. Animal Society brings together these diverse influences and much more in a fresh take on the heavier side of jazz-rock.

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


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 at any time

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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


Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon - new album and UK live dates October 2019 - January 2020.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

We have received the following press release regarding the album and tour;

Three Worlds Records - THE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT by Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon - Friday 18 October 2019


6th October - Herts Jazz, St. Albans

11th October - Wakefield Jazz

15th October - Norwich Jazz Club

19th October - Jazz Cafe Posk, London (album launch)

5th November - Hastings Jazz Club

7th November - Birmingham East Side Jazz Club

22nd November - The Bear Club, Luton

17th January 2020 - Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland, Colchester

Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon returns with a new album and tour following the success of their debut release Strong Tea.  “I chose the title The Freedom of Movement to reflect my career, not only travelling the world performing but also moving between many different genres of music,” explains Rattigan.  “The freedom to do both these things has always excited me as a musician and in all the truly wonderful experiences that I have had, the highlight has undoubtedly been forming the group Pavillon.”

Rattigan has composed and arranged nine new compositions for Pavillon.  The 12-piece band features the following leading musicians, each one of a player of note: Martin Speake, Andy Panayi and Mick Foster on saxophone; Percy Pursglove, Steve Fishwick and Robbie Robson on trumpet; Mark Nightingale on tenor trombone; Sarah Williams on bass trombone; Hans Koller on piano; Dave Whitford on double bass and Martin France drums.  “It is a joy to write for these amazing and creative jazz musicians and I leave space in the compositions for creativity through improvisation,” says Rattigan.  “The music in The Freedom of Movement is reflective at times but also optimistic and I hope, uplifting.”

Jim Rattigan:
Jim Rattigan is one of the UK’s leading French horn players and widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn.  He has performed with many globally renowned artists including, Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul McCartney, George Michael and Adele.  Rattigan has recorded with all the London symphony orchestras including soundtracks for the James Bond and Lord of the Rings series and he was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 1995.  After leaving the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Rattigan started playing jazz full time with the likes of Hans Koller, eventually forming his own quartet with Koller, Dave Whitford and Gene Calderazzo.  Working with musicians such as Percy Pursglove and Robbie Robson in various ensembles run by Mike Gibbs inspired Rattigan to form his own 12-piece band named Pavillon after the French word for the bell of the French horn.

Three Worlds Records:

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.

Chris Barber retires after 65 years as a top band leader and pioneer of blues in Britain.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

We have received the following press release;


The Big Chris Barber Band will carry on as a tribute to his rich musical legacy.

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe.

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after having a million-selling hit with Petite Fleur that year, featuring clarinetist Monty Sunshine.

Barber’s passion for Afro-American music brought many American blues and gospel legends to Britain who appeared with his band, including Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Together with his business partner Harold Pendleton, Chris opened the celebrated Marquee Club in London in 1958 where many British blues performers were first showcased including Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and The Rolling Stones.

Chris Barber’s influence on the European music scene has been an extremely significant one, ranging from traditional jazz to Chicago blues, always played with great dedication to the music he loved. In fact, Barber led a band for more years than his hero Duke Ellington, who achieved a mere half-century!

Now that Chris has retired, The Big Chris Barber Band will carry on as a tribute to his rich musical legacy.

Born in Welwyn, Hertfordshire in 1930, Chris became an avid collector of jazz and blues records before buying his first trombone at age 18 and formed a semi-professional band in 1949 when he recorded for the first time. He studied trombone and double-bass at the Guildhall School of Music and assembled his first professional band in 1953, fronted by trumpeter Ken Colyer. Colyer was replaced by Pat Halcox in 1954 who remained with Barber for 54 years.

Chris also featured a skiffle group with singer/guitarist Lonnie Donegan, which led to a national craze for such blues-based music. The powerful blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who later married Chris, starred with his band for 20 years.

Over the years Barber successfully developed his Jazz and Blues Band and, due to his love of Duke Ellington’s music, in recent times he augmented his personnel and renamed it The Big Chris Barber Band featuring many talented young musicians, bringing a new lease of life to his music and touring widely. The band recorded prolifically over the years in its many forms with numerous special guests.

Barber was awarded the OBE in 1991. His autobiography Jazz Me Blues, co-written with Alyn Shipton, appeared in 2014.

The double album “Memories of My Trip” featuring his career-spanning collaborations with other jazz, blues, skiffle and gospel luminaries is being re-issued in CD format 11th October by The Last Music Company.


Watch: Chris Barber with Andy Fairweather Low and Jools Holland

At the time of writing, quotes were available from:

“There is no more important musician in my life than Chris. Nobody has done more to shape the musical scene that I am part of than Chris. I was lucky enough to tour as a guest with Chris and his great band. I will continue to tell people about the importance of his musical footprint. You’ve done more than enough Chris…time to sit back and pass the baton on.”

“Chris Barber’s influence on British popular music, be it through playing jazz, creating skiffle or promoting R&B, has been immense. His role in inspiring the world-beating British groups of the 1960s cannot be overestimated.”

“I used to see Chris regularly when he came to Manchester with his band in the early Fifties and it is amazing that he’s continued to entertain worldwide fans throughout so many years. Ever since those early days he has always been a good and supportive friend to me and his legion of fans. I was sorry to hear that he is retiring from live performances and I sincerely wish him well. We will miss him entertaining us with his
unique trombone playing and leadership.”

“There’s a short path from Chris Barber’s front door to the first British rock records and my first musical passion, Lonnie Donegan. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was Chris playing bass on Donegan’s ‘Rock Island Line’, which turned out to be inspirational for so many British rockers. Chris Barber’s contribution has been immense, and I salute him”

“Without Chris Barber, the sum total of Britain’s contribution to popular music would be ‘Green Door’ by Frankie Vaughan.”

“From ‘Rock Island Line’ until today, Chris Barber has always been like a father- figure to me; I cherish the times when he invited me to sing and play with his band – and when he returned the compliment by gracing (or, as he liked to put it, ‘infesting’) the stage or recording-studio with The Blues Band. An inspiration and a role-model; thank you, Chris!”

“Chris Barber’s work in so many areas of jazz, blues and popular music since the end of the Second World War has been immense and often criminally underrated. It is very sad to hear that he is retiring from live performances which he continued to give with energy and panache until well into his ninth decade. He achieved great success and popularity during his long career but few of his stature have had such an influence on the development of British music across so many styles and generations.”

Artist website

Label website


Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

I’ve been away for a few days, so this week there are two weekly shows together, now available at

Previously broadcast on Target Radio, Pure Beat Radio, CAB Muzik Radio and Vibesquad radio.  Sadly has now closed 😢

Monk Spent Youth - Monk Spent Youth - F-IRE

Johnny Mansfield – Elftet – Edition

Pozak Trio – Kintsugi - Losen

Rob Cope - Gods of Apollo - Ubuntu

Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann - The Change -Rainy Days

Yves Theiler Trio – WE - Intakt

Rosario Bonaccorso Quartet - A new Home - Jando Music

Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - To whom who buys a record - Odin

Bushman’s Revenge - Et hån mot overklassen - Hubro

Christophe Rocher’s New Origin - New Origin - Nautilus

Aki Takase – Hokusai - Intakt

Giuseppi Campisi - A traveler point of View - Alfa Music

Okan Ersan – Nibiru - self

Per Mathisen Sounds of 3 – Edition2 - Losen

Rebecca Nash - Peaceful King - Whirlwind

Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen - 13 compositions - WePlayJazz

Johnny Mansfield – Elftet – Edition

European Modern Jazz on the radio; at any time (from the previous week) 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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Jazz North introduces Yaatri.

Friday, August 02, 2019

We have received the following press release;


Jazz North is giving one emerging band the chance to showcase their music at six leading jazz festivals in the north. Yaatri, based in Leeds, are the latest beneficiaries of Jazz North Introduces, a scheme which will offer them high-profile exposure at festivals in Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool, Gateshead, Manchester and Durham, alongside career support and promotion.

The band was selected from a wide range of applications after impressing a selection panel of festival directors, professional musicians, promoters and educators who prioritised musical excellence in musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential. “The music of Yaatri is technically accomplished but with a sensitive musical spirit,” explains panel member Neil Campbell, Artistic Director of Liverpool International Jazz Festival.
“The band’s compositions are performed with great subtlety and taste and boast wonderfully distinctive and beautiful vocals. Compositionally it seems to me there is a clear sense of purpose in the bands fusing of atmospheric jazz with rhythmic and melodic ideas from Indian classical music.”

A genre crossing quintet, Yaatri blend complex composition and ethereal soundscapes. The influences of the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, give their music a strong sense of purpose and journey.

Applications for Jazz North Introduces were open to bands at an emerging stage in their career, with a commitment to living, working or studying in the north of England.

Yaatri will also receive a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, professional mentoring, a photo-shoot and assistance in creating
an electronic press kit.

Jazz North | 0300 800 5299 | | @jazz_north |

Jazz North is the jazz development agency in the north of England funded by Arts Council England as a sector support organisation. Established in 2012, it has a ground-breaking approach to supporting and nurturing jazz across the north. Jazz North 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:

More about Yaatri can be found on the band’s Facebook page:

Jazz North’s partners in Jazz North Introduces are:
DJazz Festival
Gateshead Jazz
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Liverpool International Jazz Festival
Manchester Jazz Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Leeds College of Music

Jazz North Introduces Festival Showcases:
Lancaster Jazz Festival – September 2019
Marsden Jazz Festival - October 2019
Liverpool International Jazz Festival – February 2020
Gateshead Jazz – March 2020
Manchester Jazz Festival – May 2020
DJazz Festival – June 2020

Paul Booth - new album and UK tour dates 2019/20.

Friday, July 26, 2019

We have received the following press release from Ubuntu Music;


Paul Booth
Ubuntu Music – UBU0034
Album release: Friday 30 August 2019

Album launch: 27 August 2019
Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London
& concert dates (see below)

“Paul Booth’s compositions on Travel Sketches have a great sense of flow.  It’s all so frictionless and natural, there’s nothing of that feeling of effortfully ‘playing over the changes’.”
Sebastian Scotney – Editor, LondonJazz News

Internationally renowned saxophonist Paul Booth returns to his roots with a stylish new album of original compositions.  Travel Sketches features leading musicians Steve Hamilton on keyboards, Dave Whitford on double bass and Andrew Bain on drums.  “We are friends who make music together.  There’s an empathy when we play, unspoken directions that lead us to constantly re-interpret the music we are playing,” explains Booth.  “The album was recorded one afternoon in a live playing situation and most of the tracks were first takes.  I really wanted my compositions to feel as though they were written by the whole band and somehow, I think we achieved this.”

Travel Sketches was inspired primarily by places Booth visited whilst on tour with different artists.  “I wrote ‘Seattle Fall’ one rainy autumn day, during a tour with Steve Winwood. Looking for solitude in a Seattle theatre, I found a beautiful old piano and the inspiration was set.”  Along with ‘Seattle Fall’ and ‘Tuscan Charm‘, a tune evokes the delights of Tuscany following a lengthy Italian tour,  Peter Gabriel’s ‘Don’t Give Up’ has been chosen as a single release.  “It has been played many times at our gigs and will typically close an evening. It is my hope that the listener leaves with a sense of self and hope.  The positive message, woven in with my own interpretation, will hopefully trigger or—dare I say it—INSPIRE the ideals and ethics of future generations,” says Booth.  “In order to succeed…Don’t give up on the hard work it takes. The life you can live through music is the most fulfilling and rewarding life. Trust me, I’m living it now!”



Aug 27 - Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London (album launch)

Sept 6 - The Verdict, Brighton

Oct 16 - Flute & Tankard, Cardiff (Cardiff Jazz)

Oct 24 - Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham

Oct 25 - Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland

Dec 2 - NQ Jazz @ The Whiskey Jar, Manchester


March 27 - International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Canterbury (featuring the Festival Chamber Orchestra)

May 14 – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

May 27 – Fougou Jazz, Torbay, Devon

Paul will also be performing music from the album with the La Havana house band:
August 30 2019 - La Havana Jazz Club @ Coastguard Studios, Southsea
October 11 2019 - La Havana Jazz Club, Chichester

Paul Booth:
From his early acclaim as a prize-winning saxophonist Paul Booth has continually refined and expanded his talents as a solo artist, composer, arranger and bandleader, whilst establishing an elite reputation as a first-call sideman for major contemporary music artists.  He has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Riverdance, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies, The BBC Big Band, Jamiroquai and the Eagles.  Booth currently performs with the Patchwork Project, featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Giorgio Serci, Rod Youngs, Davide Mantovani & Satin Singh; the Bansangu Orchestra which he co-founded with Giorgio Serci and Kevin Robinson and an organ trio with Ross Stanley and Andrew Bain.

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. 

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Laura Mvula to receive honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

Friday, July 19, 2019

We have received the following press release;


- Birmingham’s ‘richness and diversity’ and the ‘wonderfully inspiring’ Royal Birmingham Conservatoire both contributed to the Ivor Novello award winner’s formative years in music

- The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumna’s song ‘Sing to the Moon’ will feature in the BBC Last Night of the Proms concert this year, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

- Birmingham native is already Birmingham City University Alumna of the Year 2014 and was nominated for the Brit Critic’s Choice Award in 2013 and nominated for the Mercury Prize twice in 2013 and 2016

Laura Mvula, the acclaimed British singer and composer, will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University at a ceremony this month, marking her outstanding contribution to music.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composition graduate and city native is set to receive the honour from the University’s Chancellor and fellow Midlander Sir Lenny Henry before an audience of music and art graduands at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday 23 July (from 2.30pm).

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Laura said, “I’m humbled and delighted to be receiving such an immense honour. From primary school through to Conservatoire studies, Birmingham - with its richness and diversity - was the soil in which the seeds of my formative years of music were sown. The Conservatoire gave me the tools and confidence to experiment and express myself. It’s incredible to think that from this wonderfully inspiring place, so many amazing opportunities have been mine and I have developed into the artist I am today - and am still growing. I’m so grateful.”

Recognised as one of the brightest musical talents to emerge from the city in recent years, following a place on the Brits Critic’s Choice Award shortlist Laura achieved mainstream global success in 2013 with the release of breakout single ‘Green Garden’ and debut album Sing to the Moon that year, landing her first of two Mercury Prize nominations.

The songwriter and musician’s unique exploration of jazz, R&B, soul and pop – drawing on her classical training at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - produced a now Gold-certified work described as ‘bewitchingly beautiful’, ‘the fanfare arrival of a unique new voice’ and ‘an extraordinary sensation of light, air, and space’ by international music critics.

Laura has gone on to record, perform and collaborate with some of the biggest names in contemporary and classical music including Niles Rogers, Tom Odell, London Symphony Orchestra, Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkestra – including a concert as part of the BBC Proms – and released second album The Dreaming Room in 2016.

Crowned MOBO Best Female Act and Best R&B Act 2013, Birmingham City University Alumna of the Year in 2014, and Ivor Novello Album Award winner in 2017, the 32-year-old laid foundations for her career following her graduation from the prestigious Conservatoire as a member of a capella group Black Voices and in the role as director of Lichfield Community Gospel Choir.

In 2018, the world premiere of a new Laura Mvula work ‘Like A Lion’ at BBC Proms, which set three poems by the Nigerian poet and novelist to a gospel-inspired collection of three pieces of music, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike. Later that year, Laura performed in the world class Symphony Hall as the special guest of singer, musician and producer David Byrne.

The Birmingham City University alumna’s song ‘Sing to the Moon’, taken from her 2013 debut album, will feature in the 2019 Last Night of the Proms concert, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert will be broadcast across BBC One and Two.

Peter Slavid’s European Jazz Hour - Playlist for week of 7th July 2019.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

Last week’s show, now available at any time at

Playlist for week of 7th July 2019;

Max Petersen Trio - Divine Traces - QFTF

Zwitschermaschine - System for Us - WhyplayJazz

Elephant 9 - Psychedelic Backfire I - RuneGrammofon

Mikael Mani Trio – Bobby - Smekkleysa

Mondongo – Gastromantic - UR Records

Partisans – Nit-de-Nit - Whirlwind

Liam Noble - The Long Game - Edition

Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann - The Change - Rainy Days

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Scottish jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith to be presented with OBE .

Monday, July 01, 2019

Tommy Smith writes;

Scottish Jazz Saxophonist Tommy Smith to be presented with OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 2nd at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

At the age of 52, you can’t help contemplate, if you’ve done enough for your country. I certainly have had a very stagnated career since focusing on the SNJO from 1995 to present, Spartacus Records in 2000, my youth orchestra from 2002, the Scottish Jazz Federation, the RCS jazz programme in 2009, and its adjacent Summer jazz school.

Soon, I hope to spend more time on my own career writing, practising and touring. All I ever imagined, as a young player, was to excel in a small quartet, trio or duo. I never wished to start a National orchestra nor develop a University Jazz programme, but Scotland was in dire need of them - and as I saw every country on the planet flourish with those elements we lacked whilst touring internationally with Gary Burton. Somebody, me, had to stick their career on the line and get their hands mucky to begin the long wait and develop the basics, that was sorely neglected.

It’s been over a quarter of a Century now since my first 24-week jazz programme at Napier University in 1993, and Scotland STILL needs a proper jazz infrastructure equal to our European neighbours regarding promoters, festivals, record companies, agents, improvised music in high schools, radio, and TV, etc., Even though we a small country, we can do it!

The young talented next generation of creative musicians sweeping our country like [Fergus McCreadie, Joe Williamson, Helena Kay, Graham Costello, Matthew Carmichael, Mark Hendry, Kornelijus Pukinskis, Brodie Jarvie, Rachel Cohen, Tom Stephenson, Stephen Henderson, Alan Benzie, Pete Johnstone, Andrew Robb, Corrie ter Dick, Joseph Wright, John Fleming, John Lowrie, Ben Mac, Lauren Macdonald, etc., to name but a few..] need an immense amount of support so they can flourish, develop and tour internationally; they deserve it! Although, many have already left Scotland.

Finding and hooking up with international agents, while working in Scotland, is like trying to find a Dodo or a Tasmanian Tiger.

Hopefully, as we live through this new digital age, the zeros and ones will assist this new generation of Scottish improvisers to circumnavigate any barriers that confront them. Good luck to them, they’ll need it, as it is a tough terrain ahead from 2020 onwards.

On Tuesday, at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, I am to be presented with my official OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of Jazz at the RCS and Artistic Director of the SNJO for services to Education and Jazz Music. I’m am very grateful for the honour and truly thank the people or person who nominated me. It will be a wonderful day for my family and me.

Truthfully, my heart is here in Scotland but for the community of improvising musicians to be equals on the World stage, the European stage, we still have a long way to go.

So raise a glass, and toast to the 2nd Enlightenment!

P.S. Perhaps my solo career needs to wait a little longer.

Best regards,

Tommy Smith


Swing From Paris, performance schedule for July 2019.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Swing From Paris write;

Upcoming gigs in July.

On Thursday 4 July we’re in Warwick in the excellent jazz club that takes up residence in Coffee#1 on the high street. Then we’re off to Sherston for their annual Boules Festival on 13 July; and back to our favourite restaurant Petit Coco on 22 July.

We’re in Birmingham on 23 July for their eclectic jazz festival: at the Brasshouse at 12.30pm and then the Three Tuns in Sutton Coldfield from 8.30pm. We finish off July with a trip to Moreton-in-Marsh at the Bell on 27 July, and Theoc House in Tewkesbury on 31 July.

For details on other upcoming performances, visit the gig list.

Swing from Paris

Fenner Curtis - violin,
Andy Bowen - guitar,
Sam Hughes- guitar and
Steve Laming - double bass

4 July, 7.30pm Warwick Jazz club, Coffee#1
13 July, 12noon Sherston Boules Festival
22 July, 7.30pm Cheltenham Petit Coco Bistrot
23 July, 12.30pm Birmingham Brasshouse
23 July, 8.30pm Sutton Coldfield The Three Tuns
27 July, 8pm Moreton-in-Marsh The Bell Inn
31 July, 8pm Tewkesbury Theoc House

Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist for 29th and 30th June 2019.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

then on at any time (from the previous week)

Playlist for week of 29/30 June

Beyond Us
Clean Feed

Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson
As we see it
Clean Feed

Stahls Trio
Kalltorp Sessions

Elephant 9
Psychedelic Backfire I & II

George Haslam
Ancient & Modern

Laura Jurd
Stepping Back, Jumping In

Matti Salo Quartet
Luova Records

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2019 Jazz Awards.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tommy Smith writes;

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2019 Jazz Awards.

I am extremely delighted to announce the 2019 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland JAZZ AWARDS

Kornelijus Pukinskis

Mark Hendry
sponsored by Mark McKergow

Ben MacDonald

Saxophonist Alexander Bone named as winner of the 2019 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Royal Academy of Music announces the ninth recipient of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize

The Royal Academy of Music and Edition Records are pleased to announce that the 2019 winner of the ninth Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize is the talented saxophonist and composer, Alexander Bone.

The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize is awarded each year to a young artist who demonstrates excellence in both performance and composition, and is selected from all graduating jazz musicians at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The prize includes the release of the artist’s proposed recording on the Edition Records label: Alexander Bone will release his album in 2020.

Bone follows in the footsteps of eight highly acclaimed previous winners including saxophonist Josh Arcoleo, vocalist Lauren Kinsella and last year’s winner, vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield, whose Elftet album on Edition Records, was released this month on 21 June.

The judging panel, which consisted of Edition Records founder and CEO Dave Stapleton, the Academy’s Head of Jazz, Nick Smart, and Evan Parker, saxophonist and lifelong collaborator of the late Wheeler, met in June to decide the winner.

Evan Parker said;
“Alexander Bone impressed me not just in his writing, arranging and playing abilities, but in his giftedness in all three aspects of music performance.  The added quality, which was decisive in his winning the prize, is his keen sense of how to project all these skills.  He had not just assembled some like-minded and very gifted players to run through his charts, he seemed to have inspired them to share his vision for how a band can communicate, firstly amongst themselves, but by doing this to generate real involvement from the audience.”

Edition Records Founder and CEO Dave Stapleton commented;
“Each and every year I’m amazed at the breadth of talent and musicianship that is presented to us. The skill, command and facility they have as players is inspiring, and compositionally they are armed with a vast ability to write for both large and small ensembles with originality and vibrancy. Alexander Bone is a musician that exudes all these qualities in bucket loads, is energetically confident yet humble and engaging. We are looking forward to working with him in developing his career, which has already seen him win awards and acclaim. To collaborate with him on his debut and to consolidate the praise he has earned, will be a joy.”

About Alexander Bone

Alexander Bone is a 22 year old saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer based in London. The inaugural ‘BBC Young Musician - Jazz Award’ winner, he has performed twice as a soloist on the BBC Proms. First on ‘The Last Night of the Proms’ in September 2015, performing two of his own orchestral arrangements broadcast on BBC Two. Most recently he performed as part of the 2018 Young Musician Prom at the Royal Albert Hall alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra. He previously worked with this orchestra in 2016, when he recorded for ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’ on BBC Radio 2.

Alexander works closely as a studio and touring musician with artists including Nile Rodgers, Rudimental, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Newton Faulkner and Kylie Minogue. Alongside this, he leads his own bands playing original music at venues & festivals across the UK & Europe including London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts (Jazzwise Festival) and Manchester Jazz Festival. In 2018, the ‘Alexander Bone Quartet’ toured Czech Republic for 2 weeks.

As a composer, he has received commissions from Marsden Jazz Festival and Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra.

In 2016, he was voted the winner of the British Jazz Awards “Rising Star” by members of the public and in 2019 he was presented the Richard Turner Award through the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied jazz saxophone.

Alexander is a Yanagisawa Saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist, and recipient of the 2019 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. He is set to record for Edition Records later this year.

Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist for 22nd and 23rd June 2019.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

then on at any time (from the previous week)

Playlist for weekend of 22/23 June:

A special programme of recent Italian releases

Masimiliano Milesi - Oofth (Auand)

Danilo Tarso – Playing Chess Keyboards (Dodicilune)

Bardo - Imperfetto Orario (Alfa Music)

Nico Catacchio – Kinesis (Alfa Music)

Satoyama – Magic Forest (Auand)

Francesca Gemma – Ad Libitum (Dodicilune)

Note Noir – Nadir (Alfa Music)

Francesco Caligiuri Quintet - Renaissance (Dodicilune)

Trio Galactus – Trio Galactus (Improvvisatore Involontario)

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The National Youth Jazz Orchestra launches the NYJO Jazz Exchange.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We have received the following press release;

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra launches the NYJO Jazz Exchange:

Young musicians to take charge of their artistic voice

Today, NYJO announces the most exciting development in its 54-year history: the NYJO Jazz Exchange, a two-year national project encouraging young professional musicians to take charge of their artistic voice.

For the first time, NYJO’s national professional programme will reach those seeking alternatives to the traditional jazz orchestra format, through the creation of a new ensemble.

Launching in January 2020, the NYJO Jazz Exchange will empower ten musicians to identify their creative needs and drive their own professional careers. They will be supported by world-class mentorship, regular rehearsals, paid performances and masterclasses.

Recruitment will welcome both nominated and self-nominated applicants, with particular focus on regions outside London. NYJO will work closely with the jazz community to identify suitable applicants.

The first ensemble will be coached by award-winning instrumentalist, Orphy Robinson MBE. Orphy works in a variety of forms including jazz, free improvisation and funk, and has a long-standing association with classical violinist Nigel Kennedy.

Orphy said:
“It is a privilege to be leading the NYJO Jazz Exchange. This exciting new project will provide progressive professional opportunities to those who don’t identify with traditional musical education routes. As a young player, I would have benefited enormously from this scheme. The jazz scene is constantly changing, and it’s important that NYJO does too.”

The NYJO Jazz Exchange is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Peter Sowerby Foundation.

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director at Arts Council England said;
“We are pleased to support the National Youth Jazz Orchestra as it develops the careers of outstanding emerging professionals. Supporting musicians by providing space and resources within a flexible framework, encouraging creative risk-taking and valuing young artists’ voices and ideas is an important investment the future health of the jazz community.”

David Aspinall, Chair of Trustees at the Peter Sowerby Foundation said:
“This grant for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra builds on a successful round of activity supported by the Peter Sowerby Foundation for young people in Yorkshire. We look forward to seeing the talent and potential that it uncovers for the future benefit of jazz development nationwide.”

About the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJYO)
Since its founding in 1965, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) has grown from one jazz orchestra to a multi-faceted organisation working in jazz education at all levels. Alumni include Guy Barker, Laura Jurd, and Amy Winehouse. NYJO works in partnership with over 90 music education organisations to level the playing field in jazz education, creating and supporting infrastructure in cold spots so that every young person can reach their potential in jazz, no matter their background or postcode.

About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

About the Peter Sowerby Foundation
Peter Sowerby Foundation was established in 2011 to distribute the personal wealth of Dr Peter Sowerby through grants to organisations that meet his charitable objectives and those of his late wife, Ann. The Foundation awards grants in its two key areas of interest, Breakthroughs in Healthcare (including terminal illness & hospices and end of life care) and Good Causes (including community, environment & conservation, education and arts).

Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist for 15th and 16th June 2019.

Friday, June 14, 2019

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

then on at any time (from the previous week)

Playlist for weekend of 15/16 June:

Tori Freestone - El Mar de Nubes (Whirlwind)

Baiju Bhatt Red Sun - Eastern Sonata (QFTF)

Eclectic Maybe Band - Reflection In A Moebius Ring Mirror (Discus)

Exoterm - Exits into a Corridor (Hubro)

Liam Noble: 2 tracks - The Long Game: (Edition)

Philipp Schiepek - Golem Dance (Enja Records)

Terkel Nørgaard - With Ralph Alessi (WePlayJazz)

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Turner Sims, Southampton announces 2019 Autumn season.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Turner Sims launches jazz autumn 19 series

Journeys through your imagination
Journeys are an integral part of our lives, whether physical, mental, or emotional, literal or imagined, planned or enforced. In our jazz series with international and UK artists, you will find many meeting points of musical journeys – be it shared history, style crossovers or family ties. Now officially open for booking - we welcome everyone to explore #InspiringMusic. Discover our 3 jazz stories from across his season:

Jazz Greats from the US
Composer and pianist Carla Bley’s journey has taken her from working in New York’s legendary Birdland jazz club in the 1950’s to being named a Jazz Master by America’s National Endowment of the Arts in 2015. Her visit with long-time trio partners Steve Swallowand Andy Sheppard is one highlight of our jazz series which also includes US saxophonist of the moment Chris Potter with his CircuitsTrio featuring James Francies and Eric Harland.

Collide - Merge - Create
Groundbreaking contemporary jazz composers & 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 the extraordinary sisters Ingrid & Christine Jensen, the newly-assembled 18-piece Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra unites a galaxy of Canadian, US and European musicians. Blurring the lines between classical and jazz, discovering the possibilities of eight saxophones in full battle, the Apollo and Artvark saxophone quartets create a new sound world together as a cohesive whole.

Global Connection
Internationally acclaimed singer Natacha Atlas performs music from her new Whirlwind release Strange Days, a pioneering marriage of jazz and the mystique of Arabic vocals. She is joined by Randolph Matthews who is known for mixing original music with surprising reworks of classic repertoire. For those wishing to explore more connections between East and West, the Debashish Bhattacharya Trio’s fusion of Indian ragas and bluesy Western music might be the way to go.

To book, call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or visit (no online booking fee).

TURNER SIMS AUTUMN 2019 SEASON … explore #InspiringMusic


Tue 24 Doric String Quartet #classical

Sat 28 Alina Bzhezhinska’s HipHarp Collective #jazz #harp

Sun 29 Side by Side with SÓN #turnersimspresents #classical #family


Tue 1 Isata Kanneh-Mason #classical #piano

Fri 4 Mark Lockheart’s Days on Earth #jazz

Sun 6 Borodin Quartet with Barry Douglas #turnersimspresents #classical #piano

Tue 8 Carla Bley Trio #jazz #piano

Fri 11 JigDoll Ensemble #folk #voice

Tue 15 Angela Hewitt #classical #piano

Thu 17 Debashish Bhattacharya Trio #global #jazz #voice

Sat 19 Aziza Brahim #global #voice

Tue 22 Lawrence Power #turnersimspresents #classical

Fri 25 Mathias Eick Quintet #turnersimspresents #jazz

Sat 26 Eden Stell Guitar Duo #turnersimspresents #classical


Fri 1 Apollo and Artvark | Two Saxophone Quartets Collide and Merge #classical #jazz

Sat 2 Natacha Atlas with special guest Randolph Matthews #jazz #global #voice

Tue 5 London Sinfonietta | Turning Points - the Emergence of Minimalism #classical

Fri 8 Southampton Film Week: Salomé #film #global

Tue 12 Hot Club of Cowtown #jazz

Fri 15 Ingrid and Christine Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra #jazz

Sun 17 Southampton Film Week: Teatime with Stan and Ollie #film #piano

Tue 19 Stephen Hough #classical #piano

Thu 21 Moya Brennan | The Voice of Clannad #folk #voice #harp

Fri 22 Chris Potter Circuits Trio feat. James Francies and Eric Harland #turnersimspresents #jazz

Tue 26 Quatuor Bozzini #turnersimspresents #classical

Thu 28 Reza Pakravan | Africa’s Forgotten Frontiers: Sahel #lecture #global

Fri 29 USV with Mônica Vasconcelos #turnersimspresents #global #voice


Thu 5 London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble #turnersimspresents #classical

Fri 6 Nikki Yeoh and Zoe Rahman Duo #jazz #piano

Sat 14 Joe Stilgoe | Christmas at the Movies #jazz #voice

Sun 15 Jingle Bell Jazz #jazz #family

Tue 17 Fretwork with Elin Manahan Thomas | An Elizabethan Christmas #classical #folk #voice

Thu 19 The Mellstock Band | Christmas Frolics #folk


Thu 9 Beethoven, Wordsworth & the French Revolution #turnersimspresents #classical #piano

Thu 16 Joanna MacGregor #classical #piano

Sat 18 Kairos 4tet featuring Emilia Mårtensson #jazz #voice

Sat 25 Candlemas: Gregorian Chant Re-invented #turnersimspresents #voice #piano

Thu 30 Catrin Finch and Cimarrón #global #harp

Fri 31 Ute Lemper | Rendezvous with Marlene #jazz #voice

TURNER SIMS AUTUMN 2019 SEASON … explore #InspiringMusic

A few words about some of our prominent programming strands:

Our Classical series includes chamber music, orchestra concerts and intimate solo recitals. SÓN, our orchestra in association, hosts a participatory concert in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust, and our associate artist Lawrence Power returns for a duo programme with Simon Crawford-Phillips. String quartet fans can look forward to Quatuor Bozzini, Doric String Quartet and Borodin Quartet with Barry Douglas. Our Piano Series sees recitals fromIsata Kanneh-Mason, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, and Joanna MacGregor, while “Beethoven, Wordsworth and the French Revolution” features the Jupiter Ensemble with David Owen Norris performing on an 1826 Broadwood pianoforte. Eden Stell Duo play Spanish, baroque and classical pieces for guitars, whereas the London Sinfonietta present minimalist works by Glass and Reich. Finally, the London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble returns for a second concert in their 70th anniversary year and Fretwork and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas ring in the festive period with “An Elizabethan Christmas”.

Folk music friends can look forward to Hannah James, who has been an unmatched force of innovation in British folk for nearly two decades, appearing with her JigDoll Ensemble. Performing in period costumes, the Mellstock Band celebrate “Christmas Frolics” on a mix of early and modern instruments.

You won’t have to travel far to listen to music from Africa, Asia or South America this autumn as our Global series sees stunning Sahrawi vocalistAziza Brahim, Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya and Egyptian-British vocalist Natacha Atlas perform here in Southampton. Welsh harpistCatrin Finch embarks on tour once again with the Columbian group Cimarrón, and a joint concert of the University of Southampton Voices with Brazilian singer Mônica Vasconcelos unites local and international talent. Reza Pakravan’s RGS lecture about the Sahelian belt complements this series.

Equally, our Jazz series will take you on an excursion around the extensive musical territory that is jazz. Alina Bzhezhinska’s HipHarp Collective puts a lesser known inhabitant of this territory into the spotlight, whilst Apollo and Artvark unite for a double-saxophone-quartet concert. Looking farther geographically, expect to encounter Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick, Canadians Christine and Ingrid Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra, Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown, the Chris Potter Circuits Trio featuring James Francies & Eric Harland, or the Carla Bley Trio, a landmark group in jazz history. UK jazz favourites Kairos 4tet make a long-awaited return together with vocalist Emilia Mårtensson, and Mark Lockheart presents his ‘Days on Earth’ project with a star studded ensemble. Adding even more captivating voices to this season, Natacha Atlas interweaves jazz and Arabic vocals together with special guest Randolph Matthews, Joe Stilgoe brings musical moments of movie history to life for Christmas, and Ute Lemper shares her story of a personal encounter with Marlene Dietrich.

Also: film, family events, free lunchtime concerts and more.

Turner Sims Southampton is a nationally renowned concert hall and live music producing organisation. With over 70 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)


Nils Landgren to receive the German Order Of Merit.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We have received the following press release from ACT Records;

Nils Landgren to receive the German Order Of Merit

Stockholm / Munich, 2019-06-13 (ACT)
Nils Landgren is to receive the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) from the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. This award is in recognition of Landgren’s major contribution to the German music scene. The award will be presented to him today, 13 June 2019 by Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, German Ambassador to Sweden, at the Ambassador’s official residence in Stockholm.

Nils Landgren, who is Swedish, is one of the most successful and versatile jazz musicians in Europe today. And it was audiences all over Germany who first found a special place in their hearts for “Mr. Red Horn – and they did so right from an early stage in his career. Landgren’s activity is wide ranging: besides the “Nils Landgren Funk Unit”, he appears in smaller line-ups more focused on modern jazz. The tours and albums associated with his “Christmas With My Friends” series have meanwhile become a natural part of the festive season in Germany. His guest appearances with all kinds of projects and at countless concerts have an impact far beyond the jazz scene. Today, Nils Landgren’s presence can fill the country’s major classical concert halls. His rise to prominence now makes him one of the most visible public figures representing jazz and jazz-related music in Germany.

Nils Landgren has also had a particularly far-reaching involvement in German musical life: he was artistic director of JazzFest Berlin first in 2001 and then again from 2008 to 2011 ; he has been artistic director of the JazzBaltica Festival since 2012; he has been a lecturer at the Musikhochschule (conservatoire) in Hamburg since 2006 and professor of jazz trombone there since 2014. Through his roles as mentor, teacher, friend, promoter and as a supportive colleague on stage, Nils Landgren has had a decisive influence on the careers of countless young musicians. He consistently seeks out emerging jazz talent from all over Europe and has influenced the career development of musicians such as Esbjörn Svensson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Wolfgang Haffner, Lars Danielsson, Ida Sand, Rigmor Gustafsson, Jessica Pilnäs, Johan Norberg, Jeanette Köhn, Michael Wollny, Eva Kruse, Lisa Rebecca Wulff, Janning Trumann, Ingolf Burkhardt, Peter Weniger, Tini Thomsen, Nicole Johänntgen…they have all benefited from a close association with Nils Landgren.

Landgren is often invited back to contribute to projects with large ensembles such as the NDR Big Band, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Bochum and Osnabrück, the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, the Philharmonie Sachsen Anhalt, the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the ensembles of the Young Euro Classics Festival and JazzBaltica - and many others. Nils Landgren plays an active role in charitable work and cultural politics: his “Funk for Life” project supports and is partnered with Médecins Sans Frontières (doctors without borders) and gives opportunities for musical education to children and young people in Africa; in 2017 he spoke and played in front of a crowd of thousands in Berlin at a mass demonstration organised by the pro-European citizen’s initiative “Pulse of Europe”.

Nils Landgren has been an exclusive artist with the German jazz label ACT since 1994. This has led to the release of over 30 albums with him as leader, plus several more on which he as either appeared as a guest or been the producer. Nils Landgren first met ACT founder and label proprietor Siggi Loch exactly 25 years ago at JazzBaltica. That encounter was not only the beginning of a highly successful and close collaboration between the two men, it also had much more widespread consequences: the ACT label has gone on to release more than 100 albums by Swedish artists.

Nils Landgren has already been the recipient of several awards, notably a Swedish Grammy for his lifetime’s work. He has also received royal medals in Sweden, both the ‘Litteris et Artibus’ and the ‘Medaljen för Tonkonstens Främjande’(medal for the promotion of music), the Sir George Martin Music Award and prizes in Germany such as the Joachim-Ernst-Berendt-Ehrenpreis from the city of Baden-Baden and the Kunstpreis (art prize) in Schleswig-Holstein.

More about Nils Landgren including a complete discography on the ACT website.

Jazz50 - New England Conservatoire Jazz Studies Department 50th Anniversary series of events.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

We have received the following press release;

NEC Celebrates 50th Anniv. of Groundbreaking Jazz Dept.

NEC celebrates the 50th anniversary of its internationally renowned Jazz Studies Department during the 2019-2020 season.

To commemorate the anniversary of the first fully accredited jazz program at a music conservatory and celebrate the department’s vibrant legacy and its place as one of the top jazz education programs in the world, NEC will host Jazz50, a year-long series of concerts and events featuring many of the school’s distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests.  The celebration will take place in Boston and New York City.

NEC’s Jazz50 programs include Boston events featuring the NEC Jazz Orchestra with Alan Pasqua and Antonio Sanchez; Jazz Advance: The Legacy of Cecil Taylor featuring an all-star line-up including Matthew Shipp, Bruce Brubaker, Dan Tepfer, Ran Blake, Ethan Iverson, Joe Morris; a weeklong residency and concert by Luciana Souza; and The Music of Gunther Schuller featuring the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

NYC events in March 2020 will include an NEC Faculty All-Star Group featuring Fred Hersch, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart and Cecil McBee at the Jazz Standard; Dominique Eade and Fred Hersch at the Jazz Standard; and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (alum) as well as the NEC Alumni Big Band at the Sheen Center.

“First-rate professors…. illustrious students.” — The New Yorker

“NEC’s jazz studies department is among the most acclaimed and successful in the world; so says the roster of visionary artists that have comprised both its faculty and alumni.” — JazzTimes

Faculty and alumni performers include Antonio Sanchez, Alan Pasqua, Matthew Shipp, Bruce Brubaker, Dan Tepfer, Ran Blake, Ethan Iverson, Joe Morris, Luciana Souza, Fred Hersch, Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Dominique Eade, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and more

New England Conservatory (NEC) celebrates the 50thanniversary of its internationally renowned Jazz Studies Department and first fully accredited jazz program at a music conservatory. To commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the department’s vibrant legacy and its place as one of the top jazz education programs in the world, NEC will host Jazz50, a year-long series of concerts and events featuring many of the school’s distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests.  The celebration will take place during the 2019-2020 academic year in Boston and New York City.

“I’m very grateful for Gunther Schuller’s farsightedness and efforts in establishing the Jazz department in 1969, the first fully-accredited program in a conservatory,” says current Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst. “I’m also grateful to the faculty and students who have established NEC as a leader in the world of jazz education over the past 50 years. It’s been deeply humbling to share the responsibility of shepherding this noble mission for the past 18 years, educating students in the transformational art form of jazz, developing communication between unique individual human voices.  I’m excited to have this opportunity with Jazz50 to celebrate the achievements of NEC’s past and present, while looking forward to our future.”

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967. The foundation of itsteaching and success begins with the mentor relationship developed in lessons between students and the prominent faculty artists.  In addition to its two jazz orchestras, faculty-coached small ensembles reflect the NEC’s inclusive approach to music making, including ensembles focused on free jazz, early jazz, gospel music, Brazilian music, and songwriting, as well as more traditional approaches to jazz performance.

Students are encouraged to find their own musical voices while making connections and collaborating with a vibrant community of creative musicians, and ultimately to transform the world through the power of music. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers and has an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of jazz, while the faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters.

NEC’s Jazz50 programs include Boston events featuring the NEC Jazz Orchestra with Alan Pasqua (alum) and Antonio Sanchez (alum); Jazz Advance: The Legacy of Cecil Taylor (alum) featuring an all-star line-up including Matthew Shipp (former student), Bruce Brubaker (faculty), Dan Tepfer (alum), Ran Blake (faculty), Ethan Iverson (faculty), Joe Morris (faculty); a weeklong residency and concert by Luciana Souza (alum); and The Music of Gunther Schuller featuring the NEC Jazz Orchestra.

NYC events will include an NEC Faculty All-Star Group featuring Fred Hersch (alum, former faculty), and current faculty members Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart and Cecil McBee at the Jazz Standard; Dominique Eade (alum, faculty) and Fred Hersch (alum, former faculty) at the Jazz Standard; and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (alum) as well as the NEC Alumni Big Band at the Sheen Center. 

“This anniversary provides us the opportunity to reflect on half a century of leadership in jazz education at New England Conservatory, and to celebrate the importance of jazz in both the history and future of American music,” says NEC President Andrea Kalyn.

The first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory, NEC’s program was the brainchild of Gunther Schuller, the jazz historian, horn player, composer, author, and conductor. Principal Horn in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at age 19, Schuller had discovered Duke Ellington as a teenager and pronounced jazz as important as classical music. Named President of the Conservatory in 1967, he moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum.  By September 1969, he had gotten his unprecedented program approved by the National Association of Schools of Music and began offering classes. Closely allied to the Jazz Studies program was his Third Stream department, which came along a few years later and which linked classical and jazz into a new genre.
Schuller chose his jazz faculty with a connoisseur’s discernment.  The first department chair was saxophonist Carl Atkins.  Composer and NEA Jazz Master George Russell, who conceived the Lydian Chromatic Concept (which has importantly influenced jazz greats from Miles Davis to Maria Schneider), began a Conservatory association that continued for 35 years. Pianist Jaki Byard, called a “walking encyclopedia of jazz,” brought his eclecticism and generosity of spirit to his NEC teaching. And Ran Blake, who Schuller had discovered pushing a broom at Atlantic Records, came to NEC in 1968 and became the first chair of the Third Stream Department in 1972.
During the early years of jazz at NEC, Atkins formed a trio composed of Donald Pate on bass, Harvey Mason on drums, and Ron Fransen on piano. With Atkins as saxophonist and coach, the group toured jazz festivals recruiting students and attracting national attention to the new NEC program. 
Among the earliest students to enroll were Stanton Davis and Ricky Ford. Brought in by Ran Blake, Ford fronted the house band at Wally’s Café while playing in Jaki Byard’s big band and Schuller’s repertory band at the Conservatory.  “My participation in the NEC jazz ensemble under Jaki’s direction prepared me for entrée into the Ellington Orchestra,” Ford has recalled.
By the time Schuller retired as President of NEC in 1977, the list of jazz graduates was already impressive. They included Anthony Coleman (who has returned to teach at NEC), Marty Ehrlich, Fred Hersch, Jerome Harris, Michael Moore, and Bo Winiker. 
Throughout the history of NEC’s Jazz Studies program, the faculty has been distinguished by its wide range of important artists including trumpeters Ralph Alessi and John McNeil; saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Giuffre and Steve Lacy; drummers Billy Hart and Bob Moses; pianists Fred Hersch and Jason Moran; bassists Dave Holland and Cecil McBee; and trombonist-composer-arranger Bob Brookmeyer.  Vocalist Dominique Eade, who graduated in 1984, became the first jazz performer to receive an NEC Artist Diploma in 1989, joining the faculty and becoming a magnet for gifted young vocalists such as Kris Adams, Rachael Price, Luciana Souza, Sara Serpa, Lisa Thorson and Patrice Williamson.       
So illustrious is NEC’s jazz faculty that six of the most eminent have received MacArthur “Genius” grants (Lacy, Russell, Blake, Schuller, Moran and Miguel Zenón).  In addition, Schuller, Brookmeyer, Russell, and Ron Carter have all been named NEA Jazz Masters.
Similarly, prominent former NEC students reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz and includes: Darcy James Argue, Bruce Barth, Richie Barshay, Jamie Baum, Don Byron, Regina Carter, Freddy Cole, Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Dominique Eade, Marty Ehrlich, Anton Fig, Ricky Ford, Satoko Fujii, Roberta Gambarini, Jerome Harris, Fred Hersch, Roger Kellaway, Sunny Kim, founding members of Lake Street Dive, Brian Landrus, Mat Maneri, Harvey Mason, Michael Mayo, Andy McGhee, Bill McHenry, John Medeski, Vaughn Monroe, Ingrid Monson, Michael Moore, Alan Pasqua, Noah Preminger, Matana Roberts, Jamie Saft, Antonio Sanchez, George Schuller, Sara Serpa, Matthew Shipp, Luciana Souza, Chris Speed, Cecil Taylor, Dan Tepfer, Ryan Truesdell, Tom Varner, Cuong Vu, Phil Wilson, Bo Winiker, Bernie Worrell and Rachel Z.

New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world for over 150 years. With 800 music students representing more than 40 countries in the College, and 2,000 youth and adults who study in the Preparatory and Continuing Education divisions, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training with internationally-esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC’s alumni, faculty and students touch nearly every aspect of musical life in the region; NEC is a major engine of the vital activity that makes Boston a musical and cultural capital. With the recent appointment of Andrea Kalyn to serve as NEC’s 17th President, the Conservatory is poised to embark on a new chapter at the forefront of innovation in education and music.

NEC Jazz50 Events
October 17, 2019 – March 21, 2020 in Boston and New York City


Thursday, October 17, 2019 | NEC Jazz Orchestra with Alan Pasqua and Antonio Sanchez
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall
The NEC Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the anniversary of NEC’s Jazz Studies Department by playing music drawn from throughout its 50-year history, including George Russell’s “All About Rosie” and Jaki Byard’s “Two Five One.” Featured guests will include alums Alan Pasqua and Antonio Sanchez. The department’s first chair, Carl Atkins, will assist current chair Ken Schaphorst in conducting.
There will be a post-concert Jam Session at 9:30 p.m. in Brown Hall.

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Jazz Advance: The Legacy of Cecil Taylor
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall
Among NEC’s many prominent alums, Cecil Taylor stands out for his influence over the history of jazz. Taylor’s significant legacy will be recognized with a series of piano solos featuring NEC faculty and alums: Ran Blake, Bruce Brubaker, Ethan Iverson, Matthew Shipp and Dan Tepfer. Ensemble performances will include Steve Lacy’s “Rain” as well as an ensemble led by NEC faculty member Joe Morris.
There will be a pre-concert Panel Discussion, open to public at 5 pm in Brown Hall.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | Luciana Souza: Grow Your Art Residency Concert
7:30 pm, Brown Hall
Grammy-winning NEC alum Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters.  She returns to her alma mater for a week-long collaborative residency with NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department. From November 3 – 7, Souza will work with students, discuss lessons learned in the music business, ways to take charge of one’s career in the rapidly changing world and more, culminating in this performance with NEC students.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | The Music of Gunther Schuller
7:30 pm, Jordan Hall
One of Gunther Schuller’s first orders of business as president of NEC was to create the first fully accredited jazz program in a music conservatory in 1969. To honor his musical vision, Schuller’s compositions and arrangements will be performed by the NEC Jazz Orchestra, with the help of his son and NEC alum George Schuller.

New York City

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | NEC Jazz50 Faculty All-Stars
7:30 and 9:30 pm, Jazz Standard, NYC
NEC has always boasted an impressive faculty. But this quartet, featuring NEC alum and former faculty member Fred Hersch, with current faculty members Donny McCaslin, Billy Hart and Cecil McBee, sets a new standard—each member a leader in the world of jazz, in addition to being a dedicated teacher.

Friday, March 20, 2020 | Dominique Eade and Fred Hersch
7:30 and 9:30 pm, Jazz Standard, NYC
NEC faculty member Dominique Eade was not only the first jazz artist to receive NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma, but she is also the teacher of many of the most prominent jazz vocalists working today including Sofia Koutsovitis, Jo Lawry, Michael Mayo, Rachael Price, Luciana Souza and Sara Serpa. She joins with the legendary NEC alum and former faculty member, Fred Hersch, for the night.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and NEC Alumni Big Band
8 pm, Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
Darcy James Argue is one of many prominent jazz composers to have studied at NEC, working with the legendary Bob Brookmeyer. Darcy’s ensemble will be joined by an all-star group of NEC alums, including Dominique Eade, Marty Ehrlich, Brian Landrus, Tony Kadleck, Curtis Hasselbring, Josh Roseman, Jennifer Wharton, Frank Carlberg, Jerome Harris, Kim Cass.

Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist for 8th and 9th June 2019.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid Radio Playlist – week commencing 8/9 June

Jo Beyer – JO (Unit Records)

Avishai Cohen – Arvoles (Sunnyside)

Partisans – Nit-de-Nit (Whirlwind)

Elvind Austad Trio - Northbound (Losen)

Thomas Dahl & Court – Quilter (Losen)

Kino Trio - Il Cielo Sopra Berlino (Babel)

Leila Martial - BAA Box (Laborie Jazz)

Alexi Toumarila - Sphere (Edition)

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

Last week’s show, now available at any time at

Anders Jormin – Poems For Orchestra (Losen)

Trish Clowes – Ninety degrees gravity (Basho)

Le Rex – Escape of the Fire Ants (Cuneiform)

Eyolf Dale & Ander Roligheten - Departure (Edition)

Keith Tippett - The Unlonely Raindancer (Discus)

Max Stadtfeld – Stax (ACT)

Teun Verbruggen - Chasing Penguins (Rat Records)

Two Pianos – The Long Line (Odradek)

The Comet is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)

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Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield,  Programme June - August 2019.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Jez Matthews writes;

Here is the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next few weeks up to the beginning of August.

We’re particularly happy to host US guests sharing the stage with brilliant Sheffield-based musicians in two wonderful, and very different gigs, Jamie Taylor and Sheryl Bailey in a great guitar duo, and Greg Abate featuring with the always swinging Nicola Farnon Trio. Also based in Sheffield, the Cesca Grace Quartet make their Lescar debut, supporting the critically acclaimed trio led by Tori Freestone. Jamie Taylor is also with us for the return of powerful sax player Joel Purnell.

We’re also really pleased to welcome tours from some of the finest talent from around the UK and Europe. Trumpet innovator Tom Syson is with us in early June, and a Scottish/Dutch collaboration LoLanders are sure to fire up the Lescar backroom later in the same month. Two of London’s most engaging and innovative vocalists join us, with Brigitte Beraha and Fini Bearman bringing their own projects, the latter a re-imagining of the music of David Bowie.

Two incredible bass talents bring their own very fiery, but also quite different projects John Pope and Huw V Williams are with us in July and August respectively. And finally we’re delighted to welcome in July alto sax player Rachel Head with a fine sextet of new talent from the Cardiff jazz scene.

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

5th June 2019: Tom Syson / £8
With one of the very best debut albums in recent years, Tom Syson is a remarkable and original voice on the trumpet. Touring with a brand new album, ‘Different Coloured Days’, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, the album title is inspired by his experience with anxiety, and features an award-winning and acclaimed line-up: Tom Barford on tenor sax (2017 Kenny Wheeler Prize Winner, Jazzwise - ‘Future star of the UK Jazz Scene.’), David Ferris on piano (2014 Mike Gibbs Prize Winner, Helen Mayhew Jazz FM - ‘One to watch.’), Pete Hutchison on double bass (Dixie Strollers) and Jonathan Silk (Soweto Kinch) on drums. Tom Syson has been lead trumpet in the European Radio Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as performing with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and performing at prestigious venues across the UK. Sure to be a really special gig.
‘Fabulous young trumpeter and composer…one of the stars of the UK to look out for…marvellous young player’ Sarah Ward, JazzFM
‘It’s a bold statement from an exciting new voice’ *** - Jazzwise

12th June 2019: Tori Freestone Trio + Cesca Grace Quartet / £9
With a new album, ‘El Mar de Nubes’ on Whirlwind Recordings, award-winning saxophonist Tori Freestone and her trio have rightly drawn rave reviews, mixing a strong folk influence with latin and brazilian elements. This is interactive and melodic yet robust music, brought to life by a first class line-up of Tim Giles (drums) and Dave Manington (bass). The trio have toured Europe extensively playing Germany, Spain, Italy and Austria including some of the most prestigious European festivals.
“Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound”. John Fordham, The Guardian **** review, UK
Supporting Tori, we’re delighted to present a wonderful quartet led by Sheffield-based vocalist Cesca Grace, and featuring Duncan Roche (keys), Ben Evans (bass) and Will Shaw (drums). Cesca is a distinctive and captivating singer, and a fine arranger with an eclectic set of influences encompassing contemporary jazz, fusion and flamenco, backed up by a great versatile and dynamic band. You may have caught them at our Holt Cafe gig last October. We’re really happy to present them at The Lescar.

19th June 2019: Lolanders / £9
A unique collaboration premiered at Celtic Connections in January and bringing together a line-up of six friends and individualists, with Scots saxophonist/piper Fraser Fifield, Dutch viola maestro Oene van Geel, Aberdonian Graeme Stephen (guitar), Glaswegian Sodhi Deerhe (tabla) and two Dutch musicians Mark Haanstra (bass guitar) and Udo Demandt (percussion) in a really electric mix of jazz, folk and improvisational influences from the Netherlands, the Scottish Highlands, Indian music, and Scandinavia. They visit us ahead of appearances at Glasgow Jazz Festival and Amsterdam’s famous Bimhuis. Vibrant, distinctive and energising music.
LoLanders is a Jazz Promotion Network/Going Dutch project co-funded by Dutch Performing Arts and Creative Scotland.

26th June 2019: Babelfish duo (Brigitte Beraha + Barry Green) / £8
One of the most original vocalists on the UK jazz scene, Brigitte Beraha is joined by versatile and subtle pianist Barry Green, in a wonderful duo version of their acclaimed Babelfish band. They mix jazz, latin, classical, folk and improvised music, English, French and Italian lyrics, and produce beautiful, thoughtful, and intimate gems of musical invention. Babelfish’s 3rd album ‘Once Upon a Tide’ is launched at Kings Place in London at the end of June. Hear the music first at The Lescar!

Saturday 29th June 2019 at Holt Cafe: Jamie Taylor & Sheryl Bailey / £10, £7 students, £5 under-18s
A perfect way to spend a summer’s evening at the atmospheric Holt Cafe. An intimate meeting of two incredible guitarists from opposite sides of the Atlantic. Sheffield-based Jamie Taylor, one of the UK’s leading jazz guitarists and teachers, and a Hofner Artist, meets acclaimed New Yorker Sheryl Bailey, described as having ‘one of the most compelling tones of her generation’ and being ‘among the best bop guitar players’. Sheryl is a former finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar competition, and a Professor at Berklee College of Music. Together Jamie and Sheryl are guaranteed to bring you an effortless and deeply knowledgeable mix of swinging lyricism, and dynamic invention.
“She is one of the new greats of her chosen instrument” Downbeat Magazine (about Sheryl Bailey)

3rd July 2019: John Pope Quintet / £8
With this all-star line-up of Northern musicians, powerful Tyneside bass-player John Pope (Archipelago) brings a wonderful mix of open-hearted and quirky compositions with dynamic anything-goes improvisation, hard swinging grooves and influences ranging from Ornette Coleman and Tom Waits, to Mingus and the Pixies. Nothing less than a joyful racket, music alive with possibility. Featuring Jamie Stockbridge (Alto Sax), Faye MacCalman (Tenor Sax, Clarinet), Graham Hardy (Trumpet), and Johnny Hunter (Drums).
“Irresistable joie de vivre” – Jazzwise

10th July 2019: Greg Abate with the Nicola Farnon Trio / £9
After their sellout performance two years ago, we had to ask this band back! Sheffield bass and vocal legend, Nicola Farnon and her brilliant swinging trio, featuring virtuoso Canadian pianist Piero Tucci, and drummer Phil Johnson are joined for this unique concert by US sax legend and Grammy nominee Greg Abate, formerly lead alto player with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and who’s recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.  Nicola Farnon is a first class bass player and vocalist, always so entertaining, and with a wonderful pulsating trio too, in Piero Tucci and Phil Johnson. The very best authentic and swinging jazz.
“... his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“The Nicola Farnon Trio combine first class musicianship with a genuine enthusiasm …. Time and again Farnon’s bass playing swung, her winning vocals a delight.” - Scarborough Jazz Festival

17th July 2019: Rachel Head Sextet / £8
Following an appearance last November at London Jazz Festival, we’re delighted to welcome alto sax player Rachel Head with a sextet formed in Cardiff and playing her own compositions and arrangements. Their music is full of strong engaging and melodic compositions, and driving grooves, inspired by the classical, jazz and folk worlds. Featuring Rachel Head (alto sax), Tom Newitt (tenor sax), John Close (guitar), Frazer McIntosh (piano), Aeddan Williams (double bass), Zach Breskal (drums).

24th July 2019: Joel Purnell & The Jamie Taylor Trio / £8
Hold on tight for one of the UK’s finest sax players, a formidable and expressive virtuoso, critically acclaimed Joel Purnell brings a driving and energising all-star rhythm section with strong links to the Sheffield scene, led by Jamie Taylor (Guitar) with Jez Ashby (Bass), and Caroline Boaden (Drums). Expect hard-swinging grooves, in a style reminiscent of jazz legends John Coltrane and Michael Brecker.

31st July 2019: This is Not America - Fini Bearman/Tom Cawley/Calum Gourlay / £8
We’re delighted to welcome back vocalist Fini Bearman (described by London Jazz News as ‘a true jazz artist’) with pianist Tom Cawley (Curios, Acoustic Ladyland, Peter Gabriel), and bassist Tom Herbert (Acoustic Ladyland, The Invisible, Polar Bear). This brand new project reimagines songs by David Bowie. An intimate and exposing lineup will provides the perfect stage for three of the UK’s finest musicians to revisit and explore some of Bowie’s most loved songs, as well as delving into some of his lesser-known back catalogue. A perfect combination, and unique take on this amazing music.

7th August 2019 : Huw V Williams Trio / £8
A brilliantly creative and expressive bass player, we welcome back Huw V Williams with a dynamic and edgy trio comprising George Crowley (tenor sax), and from NYC, Devin Gray (drums). Huw has played with the likes of Jim Black, Jason Rebello and Huw Warren, Devin is an exciting drummer at the cutting edge of the New York jazz scene, having performed with the likes of David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Jensen, Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Drew Gress and Sam Rivers. George Crowley is simply one of finest sax players around, with critically acclaimed albums featuring the likes of Kit Downes, and a string of associations placing him at the beating heart of the creative London jazz scene. A phenomenal trio that will certainly lift the roof off The Lescar.

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist for 1st and 2nd June 2019.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

then on at any time (from the previous week)

Playlist for week commencing 1/2 June;

Anders Jormin – Poems For Orchestra (Losen)

Trish Clowes – Ninety degrees gravity (Basho)

Le Rex – Escape of the Fire Ants (Cuneiform)

Eyolf Dale & Ander Roligheten - Departure (Edition)

Keith Tippett - The Unlonely Raindancer (Discus)

Max Stadtfeld – Stax (ACT)

Teun Verbruggen - Chasing Penguins (Rat Records)

Two Pianos – The Long Line (Odradek)

The Comet is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery (Impulse)

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)



21st century music education could keep disengaged young people in school, research says.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Hip-hop and grime: 21st century music education could keep disengaged young people in school, research says

Research by the UK’s Birmingham City University has revealed the positive impact of music education on young people at risk of educational exclusion.

Commissioned by national music charity Youth Music, the four-year research project titled ‘Exchanging Notes’ found that young people at risk of exclusion at the outset of the programme maintained high levels of attendance (>95 per cent) throughout the project.

There was an increase in participants performing above expectation in Maths and English over the course of the programme, from 14 per cent to 21 per cent and 15 per cent to 28 per cent of participating pupils respectively.

The study, launched at the University’s Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences on Wednesday 22 May, also found that the programme helped some young people who had previously been excluded to re-enter mainstream education.

The project started by looking at young people’s music interests and brought music genres such as grime and hip-hop into the classroom with the help of music industry professionals and local music-making projects.

It includes 14 recommendations for 21st century music education and highlights the importance of music education for young people at risk of educational exclusion.

The need for partnership working between schools and out-of-school music education providers for this new model of teaching music is highlighted in the recommendations.

Dr Victoria Kinsella, Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City University, explained: “During the four years of Exchanging Notes, project partners re-evaluated what it means to be and to become a musician.
“We explored new understandings of what constitutes musical knowledge - going beyond measures of success based on musical standards, or level of skill, but taking account of musical and communicative practices that were more ethical and democratic.”

Music education, music industries and music sit at the heart of Birmingham City University’s creative offering, with courses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Media and the institution’s School of Computing and Digital Technology enabling students to pursue careers both on and off stage.

Matt Griffiths CEO of Youth Music said: “We believe our proposed new model is a win-win for all partners – including schools, Music Education Hubs, music industry, multi-agency partners and local music-making projects – and most importantly young people.
“Schools can offer an inspirational music curriculum that better supports social and emotional wellbeing; the music industry talent pipeline grows and is more diverse; and young people’s lives in music are completely connected both in and out of school.”

The full report is available to read online here;

Youth Music’s summary of the research can be found here:

About Birmingham City University
With over 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University puts students at the heart of everything it does, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

About Youth Music
Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people develop personally and socially, as well as musically. It works particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through. Young people take the lead in choosing what and how they want to learn, making music of every style and genre.
Youth Music’s work is funded by the National Lottery via Arts Council England, which enables it to support more than 350 music-making projects each year, reaching 89,000 children and young people aged 0-25. But there’s more to do. Right now, Youth Music can only invest in about 40% of the projects applying for funding, so it’s calling for more donations to help even more children and young people.
It’s grateful to People’s Postcode Lottery and the other trusts, foundations, companies and individuals who donate and fundraise to help the charity provide additional music-making opportunities.


Randy Brecker receives Highlights In Jazz annual award.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz
New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Randy Brecker
Receives Highlights In Jazz Annual Award

Last Thursday night (5-16-19 ) at Tribeca Performing Arts Center Highlights In Jazz producer Jack Kleinsinger presented trumpet great Randy Brecker with their annual award.

Every year since 1974 Highlights In Jazz has honoured a living jazz musician for their ‘matchless musical achievements’.

Previous honourees have included Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, Maxine Sullivan, Hank Jones, Sonny Fortune and Dr. Billy Taylor to name a few.

A stellar lineup of jazz masters and rising stars celebrated Randy at the May 16th concert.
Pianist George Cables, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Danny Gottlieb, drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, vocalist Veronica Swift, and saxophonists Peter Anderson and Will Anderson and trombonist Joe McDonough.

Visit The The UNF Jack Kleinsinger Highlights in Jazz Archive

Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy - new album and international tour dates.

Monday, May 13, 2019

We have received the following press release;

Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy Celebrates Art Blakey with “LEGACY” Due out May 20 + Newport Jazz Festival.

It was announced that the Messenger Legacy will be performing this year at the Newport Jazz Festival! This performance will cap off a busy summer which will find the group performing at the The Kennedy Center, Bird’s Basement in Australia, the Blue Note in Beijing, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, among others.

This iconic group’s forthcoming album, Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door will be out on May 20. As a reminder, this is a double disc, recorded live in October last year. The Messenger Legacy includes Blakey alums Peterson, Bill Pierce, Bobby Watson, Brian Lynch, Geoffrey Keezer and Essiet Essiet. The release of Legacy coincides with Blakey’s centennial celebration.

Ralph Peterson’s Messenger Legacy to Celebrate Art Blakey’s Centennial
at 2019 Newport Jazz Festival!
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Following the May 20th Release of Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door

Featuring the Messenger Legacy Band:
Ralph Peterson, Bobby Watson, Bill Pierce, Brian Lynch, Geoffrey Keezer and Essiet Essiet

When it comes to Art Blakey, there is no living drummer more suited to honoring his legacy than the incomparable Ralph Peterson. As the last drummer chosen by Blakey to play by his side in the Jazz Messengers Two Drummer Big Band, Peterson is tasked with the unique responsibility to carry forth Buhaina’s torch and tradition. Peterson and his Messenger Legacy are thrilled to officially announce their forthcoming performance at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.

Joining an incredible bill of artists including Herbie Hancock, Common, Thundercat, and others, this appearance on Saturday, August 3rd follows the May 20th (RP’s 57th birthday!) release of Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at the Side Door. Peterson’s mission comes full circle as the album mark’s what would have been the Blakey’s 100th birthday. Due out on Peterson’s own Onyx Productions label, Legacy presents Peterson in the company of five undisputed authorities and alumni of the Blakey tradition: saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet. This double album was recorded live in October 2018 at the Side Door in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

In addition to the performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, the Messenger Legacy will be performing at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, CA on May 19th, Jazz Alley in Seattle, WA on May 21 and 22 and the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, MI on May 24 and 25. A highlight performance will be on May 31 when the Legacy Messenger Band will perform at the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In June, the group will perform in Melbourne, Australia at Bird’s Basement (June 5-9) and in Beijing, China at the Blue Note (June 13 and 14).

The release of Legacy comes during a particularly prolific period in Peterson’s career. This is the sixth edition in his “Alive” series of live recordings and his third release in six months. In October, Onyx Productions released the I Remember Bu: Alive Vol. 4 at Scullers with the GenNext Big Band and Inward Venture: Alive Vol. 5 at the Side Door with this quintet Aggregate Prime. Both albums received widespread international attention and resulted in features in Downbeat Magazine and Jazziz Magazine, among others.

More information on the release of the new album can be found here.

More information on the Newport Jazz Festival can be found here.

More Tour Dates:

Sun. May 19th, 2019 Half Moon, CA Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
Tues. & Wed. May 21st & 22nd, 2019 Seattle, WA Jazz Alley
Fri. May 24th & Sat. May 25th, 2019 Ann Arbor, MI Blue Llama Jazz Club
Fri. May 31st, 2019 Washington DC The Kennedy Center
Tues. - Sun. Jun. 5th-9th, 2019 Melbourne, Australia Bird’s Basement
Thurs. Jun. 13th & Fri. Jun.14th, 2019 Beijing, China Blue Note
Sat. July 13th, 2019 Sani, Greece Sani Festival
Sun. July 14th, 2019 Umbria, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
Thurs. Oct. 10th, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA August Wilson Cultural Center
Fri. Oct. 11th - Sun. Oct. 13th, 2019 Old Lyme, CT Side Door Jazz Club (Live Recording)
Fri. May 1st, 2020 New York, NY Jazz at Lincoln Center

An appeal on behalf of Kenny Burrell.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Katherine Burrell writes;

Support Kenny Burrell

My name is Katherine Burrell. I am raising funds for my husband, Kenny Burrell. He is a legendary jazz guitarist who has contributed much to the world of music. Following his 85th birthday concert at Royce Hall, he suffered an accident that led to a two year medical leave. He is still in recovery, on sabbatical, and writing his autobiography, as well as two other books. I am taking care of Kenny at home. His medical expenses exceed our monthly income. Additionally, we were both victims of identity theft and bank fraud, and the bank has refused to return the stolen funds, which totaled more than $60,000. In the process of mismanaging our claim, the bank returned payments I made to creditors, seriously impacting our credit scores. We no longer qualify to rent an apartment or open lines of credit and/or loans. We are also currently in litigation with our HOA which has been costly, such that I have spent almost all of our savings and life insurance policy. We are facing foreclosure and consequent homelessness. I am fearful of homelessness for Kenny’s sake, and terrified of how I will care for him if left without a home. We will have to move out of our apartment in the next 1-2 weeks for demolition, which will include mould remediation, lead abatement, and major construction. None of this will be covered by insurance, and the HOA will pass all of the costs to us. I can’t maintain Kenny’s health and safety in that kind of environment, and have no place to relocate nor the funds to do so. It is my fervent, heartfelt desire to continue to care for Kenny as he deserves given who he is and all that he has given to the world through his music, and the beautiful spirit from which it emanated. It saddens and embarrasses me to desperately need and request help, but it is necessary at this point. If anyone is willing to help us at this time, I would deeply appreciate it, and I will do my best to pay you back in the future. Thank you, and God bless you.

Donate HERE

Jazz North selects seven bands for seventh round of Northern Line.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

We have received the following press release;


Since 2013, Jazz North’s Northern Line has supported 67 jazz artists and ensembles from across the north with over 700 gigs. Now, seven more northern-based ensembles have been selected to join the scheme. Beyond Albedo, freesetrio, John Pope Quintet, Nishla Smith Quintet, Not Now Charlie, Rafe’s Dilemma and SogoRock will have the chance to benefit from the initiative.

The scheme enables the artists to reach new audiences and tour beyond their home area, which Nishla Smith from the Manchester-based Nishla Smith Quintet sees as a great opportunity: “Becoming a northern line artist is really amazing and helpful for us because my band is fairly new and we’re trying to make in roads and develop out of Manchester. It’s really exciting to have that opportunity to tour and make new connections and spread out over the north.”

Jazz North’s northern line Project Manager, Lucy Woolley, says the bands were selected by an independent panel of industry professionals, promoters and musicians: “They were chosen as they represent the variety of high-quality, new and exciting music being made by fantastic artists and performed in the north of England.” Previously there have been nine bands chosen for the programme per year, but this time it will be seven. “A smaller roster of seven artists allows us to work more closely on artist development and business skills, alongside their touring activity,” explains Lucy. “This will create a legacy that will support these young artists throughout their future musical careers.”

Jazz North’s Northern Line is the organisation’s flagship programme that supports jazz artists through subsidised touring, mentoring and industry support. All round seven bands can expect subsidised gig performances at festivals and in venues, minimising financial risk. All artists will perform at Jazz North’s northern line Showcase Day at Lancaster Jazz Festival on Friday 13th September 2019 in front of national and international jazz promoters. A promotional pack of each ensemble will be produced and one-to-one mentoring with Jazz North is on offer to identify individual areas of support.

Jazz North’s Northern Line Round Seven Artists

Beyond Albedo (Leeds/Sheffield)
Lara Jones saxophones, FX pedals / Tim Knowles electric guitar, bass guitar, FX pedals / Ben Gaunt synths / Sarah Heneghan drums, drum machine
Retro-futuristic synth-jazz drawing on jazz traditions yet pushing in new exploratory and experimental directions: moments of East-West fusion and Afro-spiritualism give way to pulsating sci-fi electronica with an energetic and danceable quality.

freesetrio (Leeds)
Jemma Freese voice, keyboards / Chris Sellers bass / Theo Goss drums
Heavy triphop dark jazz with twisted lyrics, sliding vocals and eerie harmonies making for a powerful, dark and layered sound. Dealing with subjects such as self-reflection, inner demons and truths, the band creates a trance-like atmosphere influenced by Massive Attack, Goldfrapp and Aphex Twin.

John Pope Quintet (Newcastle/Manchester)
John Pope double bass / Jamie Stockbridge alto saxophone / Faye MacCalman clarinet, tenor saxophone / Graham Hardy trumpet / Johnny Hunter drums
Drawing on ‘60s avant-jazz and hard bop, but with a modern, European sensibility, their open-hearted, quirky compositions and dynamic, ‘anything-goes’ improvisations are played with swinging groove, referencing Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, and The Pixies: a joyful racket full of rewards for the adventurous listener.

Nishla Smith Quintet (Manchester)
Nishla Smith vocals / Aaron Wood trumpet / Richard Jones piano / Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley bass / Johnny Hunter drums
Nishla’s original songs have a delicate, quirky but deceptively simple air about them – she has a quietly commanding presence and a relaxed but assured delivery that wins over audiences instantly. Her often dreamy and melancholic aura is offset with her energetic and imaginative band of Manchester’s finest young contemporary improvisers.

Not Now Charlie (Newcastle)
Jamie Toms saxophone / Pawel Jedrzejewski guitar / Richard Campbell piano / Ian Paterson bass / Mark Johnson drums
A fast-rising young band playing in a variety of styles directly connected to their inspirations: traditional jazz, prog rock, neo soul, R&B and folk – memorable melodies, infectious grooves and a keen, finely-tuned sense of tight ensemble playing.

Rafe’s Dilemma (Leeds)
Eleanor Begley vocals, loops / Jamil Sheriff keyboards / Sam Vicary bass guitar / Katie Patterson drums
Commissioned for Bolton Worktown Festival to celebrate Bill Naughton’s play Spring and Port Wine, Rafe’s Dilemma mixes jazz, electronica and rock to tell the story of a family on the edge. Using spoken word, improvisation, synthesised soundscapes and carefully crafted songs, the material explores our emotions towards families through music, with an electric perspective.

SogoRock (Leeds)
Ferenc Lakatos synth / Matt Hines saxophone / Nik Svarc guitar / Bela Horvath piano, keyboards / Alexander Miller bass / Joshua Gumbs drums
Led by resident Hungarians Bela and ‘Laky Franz’ with their fellow LCoM alumni, SogoRock (meaning ‘brother-in-law’) resists classification: the band blends elements of jazz, fusion, funk, rock and gospel along with the musical heritages of each player with an open spirit and impeccable musicianship.

Jazz North is the jazz development agency in the north of England funded by Arts Council England as a sector support organisation. Established in 2012, it has a ground-breaking approach to supporting and nurturing jazz across the north. Jazz North 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:

Jazz North’s Northern Line project supports and develops a roster of artists by:

encouraging regional promoters and new/rural promoters to take risks by programming northern line ensembles

absorbing some of those risks by subsidising the cost of artists’ fees

offering professional development opportunities

strengthening and extending the northern touring circuit

providing a shop-window for the music, artists, promoters, the northern jazz scene and Jazz North

presenting a day-long showcase at Lancaster Jazz Festival 2019 at which all selected ensembles perform to the public and invited promoters

filming/recording every showcase performance for the artists’ showreels

offering artist photo-shoots and interviews for each band

Lancaster Jazz Festival is an artist and volunteer-led organisation that is now in its ninth year. It aims to promote contemporary and pioneering music from around the UK in beautiful spaces and stages around the city of Lancaster at an annual September festival and at selected year-round events. The team, backed up by the festival’s members, work year-round with local arts organisations to help emerging and developing artists, to promote contemporary music, and to support music and jazz education. Lancaster Jazz Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is a Help Musicians’ UK National Grant Programme Recipient:

Jazz North | 0300 800 5299 | | @jazz_north |

Rob Luft selected for BBC New Generation Artist scheme.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

We have received the following press release from Edition Records;

Rob Luft selected for BBC New Generation Artists scheme.

Guitarist Rob Luft, who released his debut album ‘Riser’ in 2017 as part of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, has been selected for the BBC New Generation Artists scheme. Following in the footsteps of previous Edition artists Laura Jurd and Misha Mullov-Abbado, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Rob, he he explains:

“I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme this autumn, and to have the opportunity to work with their team until December 2021. For me, this has come at an incredibly fortuitous moment as I prepare to hit the studio with my quintet to record my second album for Edition Records to be released in 2020!” Rob Luft.

RISER [2017]

The wunderkind, award-winning London based guitarist Rob Luft delivers one of the best debut records in many years.

“So young and so talented! JAMIE CULLUM, BBC RADIO 2 (UK)

“23-year-old Londoner Rob Luft has delivered the most fully-realized and rewarding debut album from a guitarist-composer since Julian Lage’s 2009 outing, Sounding Point…he has concocted a remarkably original statement that highlights his prodigious chops and his singular gifts as a composer-arranger and sonic provocateur.” DOWNBEAT 4 ½ STARS (USA)

“Guitar virtuoso makes enticingly vivacious debut” THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Jazz FM Awards 2019 - winners announced.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

We have received the following press release;

International Stars Line Up For Jazz FM Awards 2019.

Blue Note and Don Was, Jacob Collier, Sons of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, Steam Down & Kamasi Washington and more honoured at this year’s ceremony.

Ringo Starr pays tribute to Don Was, Aretha Franklin remembered and an unforgettable closing performance from UK jazz frontrunners Steam Down amongst highlights from International Jazz Day celebration.

Don Was, Blue Note Records, Ringo Starr, Beverley Knight, Jacob Collier, Quincy Jones, Sons of Kemet, dodie, Simon Mayo, Makaya McCraven, BBC’s Dead Ringers, Steve Levine, Swing Out Sister, and Nubya Garcia were among the music and entertainment industry figures who featured in this evening’s Jazz FM Awards 2019 – the most prestigious event in the UK jazz calendar.

Hosted by Jazz FM presenters Chris Philips and Jez Nelson, and coinciding with UNESCO’S International Jazz Day, the ceremony took place at Shoreditch Town Hall in East London, honouring a diverse list of artists ranging from elder jazz statesmen through to the next generation vanguards. Don Was and Blue Note Records collected the prestigious PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising the label’s supreme contribution to jazz history for the past eight decades. Was, also known for his production work with pop and rock stars including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John, and Bonnie Raitt, has been the label’s President since 2012 and played a tremendous role in its continued prosperity into the 21st century. Ringo Starr was on hand to congratulate his good friend and collaborator:

“Good evening everybody, just wanted to say a few words on behalf of Don Was for the Jazz FM Awards. You’ve played on a lot of my tracks over the years… Congratulations, I’m sure you’re all having a great night. Peace and love – you deserve it, love you Don!”

24-year-old prodigious multi-instrumentalist and 2-time Grammy-winner Jacob Collier received the PRS For Music Gold Award. Presented with the honour by radio personality Simon Mayo, Collier’s manager Quincy Jones also sent in a special message:

“My dear brother Jacob Collier, it is such an honour to have you as a member of our QJP [Quincy Jones Productions] family, and I couldn’t be prouder of all that you’ve accomplished at your age brother. I have socks older than you! It has been an absolutely beautiful journey to witness your growth over the past few years, and the only direction you can go from here is up… Sending my big love and props for being awarded with the Jazz FM Gold Award… Keep on kicking on brother, YOLO!”

The night was filled with memorable moments, including an emotional tribute to the late Aretha Franklin from Beverley Knight, who brought the house down with her powerful version of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman”. The public voted Nubya Garcia as the UK Jazz Act of the Year nodding to her meteoric rise over the past 12 months, and Sons of Kemet won Album of the Year for the critically-acclaimed ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’; a welcomed feat after being snubbed at the Mercury Prize Awards last year. BBC’s celebrated political sketch show Dead Ringers made a comical appearance with Lewis MacLeod and Duncan Wisbey presenting Sons of Kemet their award as President Trump and Jools Holland.

The vibrancy of the UK’s thriving young jazz scene was once again a key theme throughout the night, with 23-year-old Poppy Ajudha reigning supreme over Leon Bridges and Jose James as Soul Artist of the Year, Cassie Kinoshi, who leads the immensely popular SEED Ensemble bagging Breakthrough Act of the Year, and rising jazz singer Cherise Adams-Burnett receiving the Vocalist of the Year Award after opening the ceremony with a captivating stripped-back performance in duet with Blues Artist of the Year winner Eric Bibb.

The evening closed with an incendiary performance from South London collective Steam Down, who were dual winners in the categories of The Innovation Award and Live Experience of the Year Award for their residency show featuring US jazz giant Kamasi Washington. In an unexpected twist the band were joined on-stage by International Jazz Act of the Year winner Makaya McCraven, the prolific Chicago-based drummer who has been pivotal in connecting thriving underground scenes from around the globe.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Breakthrough Act sponsored by GHS Global Hospitality
Cassie Kinoshi

The Digital Award sponsored by Oanda
Louis Cole

The Innovation Award sponsored by Mishcon De Reya
Steam Down

Instrumentalist Of The Year sponsored by Savile Row Gin
Jean Toussaint

International Jazz Act Of The Year sponsored by Lateralize
Makaya McCraven

Soul Act Of The Year sponsored by RCS
Poppy Ajudha

Blues Act Of The Year sponsored by British Airways
Eric Bibb

Vocalist Of The Year sponsored by Denbies
Cherise Adams-Burnett

UK Jazz Act (Public Vote) sponsored by Cambridge Audio
Nubya Garcia

Album Of The Year (Public Vote) sponsored by Arqiva
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile

Live Experience Of The Year (Public Vote) sponsored by Yamaha UK
Steam Down featuring Kamasi Washington

PRS for Music Gold Award
Jacob Collier

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award
Don Was and Blue Note Records

The Jazz FM Awards 2019 is a partnership between Jazz FM and Serious and is sponsored by PRS for Music, PPL, Shoreditch Town Hall, Mishcon de Reya, Lateralize, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Arqiva, Oanda, RCS, Warsteiner, Savile Row Gin, Denbies, GHS Global Hospitality, and Yamaha UK.

About Jazz FM:
Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone. As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this - setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.
No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.

About Bauer Media UK:
Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Serious:
Serious is a producer of live jazz and international and contemporary music. Working with artists and partners from the UK and internationally, Serious creates and produces a diverse range of concerts, tours, festivals and live events. Serious creates and produces the EFG London Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 25th year in 2017.
In addition, Serious is Associate Producer at London’s Barbican. Serious provides Talent Development opportunities for emerging and established artists and delivers an extensive learning and participation programme.

Soweto Kinch joins Royal Conservatoire, Birmingham as a visiting tutor.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

We have received the following media release;





On UNESCO International Jazz Day (Tuesday 30 April), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is pleased to announce that acclaimed musician and broadcaster Soweto Kinch is to join its Jazz Studies team as a Visiting Tutor.

The award-winning saxophonist and MC, who has strong connections with Birmingham, brings close to two decades of experience in international touring, recording, composition and radio work to the course, beginning with a public performance alongside two bands drawn from the school at the Conservatoire’s Eastside Jazz Club on Thursday 30 May.

The announcement of Soweto Kinch’s appointment is the latest in a series of academic and industry developments that are helping to establish Birmingham as a new centre of the UK’s contemporary jazz scene, as well as contributing to the genre globally. A considerable community of jazz musicians, academics and industry professionals are now embedded at the state-of-the-art facilities at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and within the leading Jazz Research Cluster at Birmingham School of Media to collaborate and innovate internationally.

“I’m honoured and excited to join the Jazz Studies team. Having had a loose connection with the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media for over 15 years, it’s great to formalise what’s been a fruitful relationship, and to build on great musical partnership. I’m looking forward to joining some inspirational teaching staff as well as connecting the dots of arts and music across Birmingham’s communities with this vibrant faculty to help develop a music scene that occupies a vital place within the national jazz landscape.”  – Soweto Kinch

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Jazz Studies course, led by Jeremy Price, has a student community of around 80 students at any one time and has produced a number of notable alumni over the years including Percy Pursglove, Mark Hanslip, Alcyona Mick, Alex Woods, Tom Syson and Tim Thornton. The core department team consists of Andrew Bain, John O’Gallagher and Percy Pursglove with many international names in jazz also on the Visiting Tutor team including Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, John Turville, Mark Hodgson and Clark Tracey.

“The opportunities and resource of talent we have here is truly exceptional. When you couple that with the international jazz venue that is Eastside Jazz Club, the whole package becomes an indisputably world class proposition. On International Jazz Day it’s well worth noting that in this academic year alone we have sent students and staff to Siena Jazz, European Jazz Lab with Hamburg Hochschule and the Elb Jazz Festival, Thai International Jazz Conference in Bangkok, the jazz composition and arranging conference in Denver Colorado, Bogata Colombia exchange, Paris Conservatoire collaboration at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and a big band project with Milan Conservatorio.” - Jeremy Price, Head of Jazz Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

A significant number of international projects are being delivered by jazz researchers across Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Arts Design and Media including the development of a ground-breaking app exploring the experience of jazz festivals in online environments and the use of digital technologies in the planning and management of music festivals. The technology is being researched by Professor Nicholas Gebhardt and Dr Craig Hamilton and tested in partnership with Cheltenham Jazz Festival with the latest version in use at the 2019 edition which starts this week.

The annual music festival is also a project partner for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) research project led by Dr Sarah Raine. This project will explore the experience of women jazz musicians active in the UK as a means to support Cheltenham Jazz Festival in their Keychange (PRS Foundation) pledge for a 50/50 gender balanced programme by 2022.

“As a major international music event, Cheltenham Jazz Festival has an important role to play in developing artistic and research-led relationships with key institutions. We have a strong focus on talent development and offering unique content to our audience, and our partnership with staff and students from schools across Birmingham City University, in particular Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham School of Media, enriches the programme and develops artists through an exchange project, jam sessions, free stage gigs, the festival app and research around career progression for women jazz artists. This can only come about due to the depth and breadth of jazz talent in the city of Birmingham.” – Emily Jones, Head of Programming Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The Birmingham City University Jazz Research Cluster is also home to several major international publications, has an excellent track record of being awarded external funding and provides committee members and regular participants for the Rhythm Changes conference, now the largest gathering of jazz scholars globally.

Parkside, the University’s important new arts, design and media facility is now home to an archive of written, printed and visual materials on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. The substantial British Institute of Jazz Studies collection also acts as a satellite of the National Jazz Archive, together with other jazz-related materials and collections held at the Parkside Building.

The materials at the ADM (Arts, Design and Media) Archives are accessible to the public by email appointment (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and are managed by Dr Pedro Cravinho – who also leads the pilot research project in partnership with professional jazz photographer Brian Homer, ‘Everyday Jazz Life: a photographic project on contemporary jazz musician’s lives in Birmingham’.

Alongside Birmingham City University’s jazz studies, research and performance output, lies a flourishing jazz scene. Venues including Town Hall & Symphony Hall, The Spotted Dog, midlands art centre, The Lamp Tavern, 1000 Trades, Hare & Hounds, The Jam House, PizzaExpress Live and the CBSO Centre regularly host performances by local, national and international artists and bands, promoted by organisations such as Jazzlines, Birmingham Jazz, Fizzle, Leftfoot and TDE Promotions. Record labels, collectives and festivals including Stoney Lane, BRC, Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul, Surge Orchestra and Birmingham Jazz Festival continue to offer opportunities and employment for industry professionals, including in retail, production, programming, composition, touring and marketing.

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every 30 April to celebrate the art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.

Walter Smith III named as Chair of Woodwind at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

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Saxophonist and Bandleader Walter Smith III Joins Berklee as Chair of the Woodwind Department

Berklee has named saxophonist Walter Smith III as chair of the Woodwind Department. Smith, a Berklee alumnus who recently released his fifth album as a leader, is widely recognized as an accomplished performer and composer, and an inspired educator. Smith takes up the position on May 1.

“Bill Pierce has left a strong legacy of excellence and achievement which we will continue to build on, looking towards the future with an emphasis on creating more opportunities for the students in the constantly evolving musical landscape,” said Smith. “I can’t wait to get to work with the world-class woodwind faculty as we continue to provide the perfect environment for the world’s most talented young musicians.” 
“Returning to Berklee is very special to me since it’s the place where my whole career in music began,” he added. “Much of the faculty that I was mentored by and worked with during my time in school are still at Berklee in some capacity, making it feel like home.”

“I am tremendously excited about Walter re-joining our community. His success as a performer, educator and jazz artist will help lead our school into the future,” said Ron Savage, dean of the Professional Performance Division. “I am happy for our students, faculty and staff alike. Walter Smith is a worthy heir to the Berklee legacy left by Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and many others.”

In the jazz tradition, Smith developed under the wings of many of the greats. He is or has been a member of several legendary groups, recording and touring with artists including the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s Voyager, Jason Moran’s In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, A Christian McBride Situation, Christian Scott Group and the Sean Jones Quintet.

Smith has performed all over the world, appearing in virtually every international jazz festival, and at famed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. In addition, he has shared the stage with or appeared on recordings with many jazz notables, including Mulgrew Miller, Eric Reed, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bill Stewart, Ralph Peterson, and a host of others. Smith has appeared on over 100 recordings released worldwide.

Smith’s latest album, Twio, features his longtime trio of Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland, with guest appearances by Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

Originally from Houston, TX, Smith comes to Berklee from Indiana University, where he served as associate professor of jazz studies.

About Berklee
Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online. Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world’s most inspired artists, Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni—hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy Awards.
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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