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K Music 2020, London’s Festival of Korean Music, various venues, London.

Dates: Friday, October 30, 2020 - Monday, November 16, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following press release;

K-MUSIC 2020
London’s Festival of Korean Music
30 October – 16 November 2020

DG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) | Friday 30 October | LONDON Kings Place


SooJin Suh & Kit Downes | Monday 16 November | LONDON PizzaExpress Holborn


Plus online programme of performances + talks




We are delighted to announce that K-Music, London’s festival of Korean music, returns this year as a live and digital event with live concerts and a selection of streamed performances and talks.  The Festival will run from Friday 30 October to Monday 16 November, with the final live concert becoming part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.  The live shows include multi award-winning nine-piece ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) and an exciting and completely new collaboration between experimental drummer/composer SooJin Suh and British pianist/composer Kit Downes.


A fantastic programme of online concerts and talks will run between the two live concerts and we have divided them into categories.  K-Music Greats includes artists that have performed at previous K-Music festivals, are some of the biggest names in Korean music. This year they include Songlines Award Winners Black String and Jambinai and the sensational singer Heemoon Lee alongside Prelude and NomNom.  For K-Music Critic’s Choice we have selected world-renowned groups Coreyah, Leenalchi and Sinnoi, who are enjoying growing success.  K-Music Specials will stream full-length concerts and include a new performance from gayageum trio Hey String as well as an outstanding collaboration with Park Jiha, Kyungso Park, Woojae Park and Soona Park.


Artists in the K-Music Encounters category will discuss their work before presenting some unique collaborations and one-off pieces and this year include Yoon Jeong Heo, Kyungso Park & Soona Park and the renowned pansori artist Jaram Lee.  A K-Music Encounters Special features a new collaboration from Jae Il Jung, music director of Parasite.  The final category, K-Music New Talent, offers a chance to hear fresh sounds from Korea’s up-and-coming new groups and this year we showcase Dongyang Gozupa, Gray by Silver, Dal:um and Gonia.




ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil)
Friday 30 October, Kings Place
ADG7 (Ak Dan Gwang Chil) made their world debut in 2019 at Womex and GlobalFEST to much press acclaim. With the explosions of a pop rock cabaret and the grooves of funk, the group draw on the sacred shamanic and secular ritual music and folk song of the Hwanghaedo region in western North Korea, their music expressing the true meaning of liberation and South Korea’s desire for reunification. The nine-member group perform traditional instruments – zithers, flutes, drums and gongs – with three powerhouse singers and together they create an exuberant, contemporary interpretation of the spirit of Hwanghaedo.
Band members include Won Meon Dong Maru on gayageum (zither); Grace Park on ajaeng (zither); Kim Yak Dae on daeguem (bamboo flute); Lee Man Wol on piri (bamboo oboe) and saenghwang (free reed mouth organ); Chun Gung Dal and Sunwoo Bara on percussion; and Hong Ok, Wol Seon and Meong Wol on vocals.
“The show has all the trappings of K-Pop – choreographed singers, candy-coloured costumes and bouncy, upbeat, often swinging songs that link the concision of folk tunes to the catchy repetition of pop, with cymbals for drive and flute and zither lines for instrumental hooks.”  NEW YORK TIMES
“A most astonishing show musically and immensely entertaining” Bob Boilen, NPR


SooJin Suh & Kit Downes
Monday 16 November, Pizza Express
SooJin Suh is one of Korea’s leading experimental drummers who studied music from the age of 5 and graduated from City College, New York.  She has released four albums (TheMoon in Your Hand, Strange Liberation, Colorist and Embrace) and is a member of K-Music 2018 performers, Near East Quartet, whose eponymous album came out on ECM in the same year.
BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Prize-nominated pianist/composer Kit Downes is also an ECM artist, playing solo as well as with his own bands (ENEMY, Troyka, Elt and Vyamanikal).  SooJin Suh and Kit Downes will be accompanied by Ruth Goller on bass for this collaboration, which is exclusive to the K-Music Festival in partnership with the EFG London Jazz Festival and promises to be a classic.


Full online programme details will be available from Thursday 1st October at


31 Oct, 5pm:  K-Music Greats I:  Jambinai


2 Nov, 7pm:  New Talent I & II:  Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um


3 Nov,7pm:  K-Music Encounters I:  Yoon Jeong Heo


4 Nov, 7pm:  K-Music Encounters II:  Kyungso Park & Soona Park


4 Nov, 7.25pm:  K-Music Encounters Special:  Jae Il Jung


5 Nov, 7pm:  K-Music Encounters III:  Jaram Lee


6 Nov, 7pm:  K-Music Specials I:  Hey String


7 Nov, 5pm:  K-Music Greats II:  Black String

9 Nov, 7pm:  New Talent III & IV:  Gray by Silver + Gonia


10 Nov, 7pm:  Critics’ Choice I:  Coreyah


11 Nov, 7pm:  Critics’ Choice II: Sinnoi


12 Nov, 7pm:  Critics’ Choice III: Leenalchi


13 Nov, 7pm:  K-Music Specials II:  Park Jiha, Kyungso Park, Woojae Park & Soona Park


14 Nov, 5pm:  K-Music Greats III:  Heemoon Lee + Prelude + NomNom


K-Music 2020 is produced and directed by the Korean Cultural Centre UK and Serious.  For more Korea-related events visit

Best of K-Music Festival CD:


2020 Festival youtube -


Music from Parasite:


Free fundraising Community Concert feat.  Jazz Factory, Zone Club, Carrivick Sisters, afternoon outdoor event at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wilts.

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following press release regarding this event;

Newly reopened Wiltshire Music Centre celebrates its musical community with a fundraising concert

Booking is now open for Wiltshire Music Centre’s Community Concert which will take place from 12pm-4pm on Saturday 26th September. The free-to-attend concert will celebrate the musical community at WMC, featuring performances by many of the local ensembles and groups who regularly rehearse and perform there, including Wiltshire Young Musicians, the Zone Club and many more, plus a special performance by sensational West-Country folk duo, the Carrivick Sisters.

Taking place on the back lawn of the Centre with allocated areas for families to picnic in a socially distanced way, the event is the perfect way to enjoy live music in the last of the summer sunshine. For many of the musicians, this will be the first live performance for many months and will celebrate both their return to music-making and the important role WMC plays in the creative community of Wiltshire.

“We have been anticipating this moment for months. There have been many sleepless nights wondering when and even if we might get back to sharing live music together again here at WMC. So we couldn’t be more delighted that this moment has arrived and it is completely fitting that we celebrate our return to live events with the young musicians and local ensembles who are the beating heart of the Centre.” James Slater, Artistic Director at Wiltshire Music Centre.

Any donation received on the day will be in aid of the Centre’s Community Fundraising Appeal, which aims to raise £60,000 to enable its reopening and ambitious community engagement programme. Through its work as a community centre, concert hall and creative learning hub, Wiltshire Music Centre supports the wellbeing of over 65,000 a year. So far, almost £40,000 has been received towards the Appeal, including match-funding of £10,000 from the Medlock Charitable Trust.

The full concert line-up includes an exciting mix of classical, jazz and folk performances by local ensembles of all ages and abilities.

Providing group performance opportunities for young players at beginner and intermediate stages, the Wiltshire Young Musicians have called WMC home since the Centre opened 23 years ago. WMC’s Wiltshire Jazz Academy was launched during lockdown in partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). During lockdown, virtual monthly sessions with Mike Daniels and NYJO tutors have provided an opportunity for players to develop their technique and improvisation skills, and learn more about the world of jazz music.

Also taking to the stage will be members of Zone Club, WMC’s award-winning monthly creative group for young learning-disabled adults. The ‘Clubbers’ meet monthly to create their own music, lyrics, dance and films and will be performing songs written during virtual sessions live for the first time.

Several of the groups that use the rehearsal space at the Centre will also be performing. There will be a swinging set by Jazz Factory, which offers members a chance to play and sing all styles of jazz in rehearsals and performances at WMC. Local musicians Mike Daniels and Felicity Courage will also bring groups to perform. The Cantamus Chamber Choir, run by Mike, regularly performs a wide range of chamber music and occasionally larger works often with other local and national groups. Mike will also bring his Brass Quintet which was formed to perform concerts for toddlers and now entertains listeners of all ages across Bath and Wiltshire. Meanwhile, Felicity Courage will bring together her singing students to perform solos and in small groups.

“It’s absolutely marvellous to be singing together at WMC after 6 months in. We’ve been rehearsing in much reduced numbers and socially distanced - but it feels super! We’re really looking forward to our first post-lockdown performance at the Community Concert.” Mike Daniels, Director of the Cantamus Chamber Choir

The Concert’s energetic finale performance will come from local folk stars The Carrivick Sisters who are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Having grown up in South Devon, the duo are known for their entertaining live performances and tight vocal harmonies, and have previously run Sunday Folk sessions for young players at the Centre.

To find out more about the event and book free tickets, visit:

Saturday 26th September, 12pm-4pm
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ


About Wiltshire Music Centre:

The Wiltshire Music Centre (WMC) was originally founded in 1997 in Bradford on Avon as a rehearsal space for young musicians, and over the last 23 years has blossomed into a professional concert hall of national repute. Each year the Centre welcomes some of the world’s finest classical, jazz, folk and world musicians, alongside emerging young artists and local talent. The combination makes for a refreshingly diverse programme of over 150 concerts every year. The Centre is also a vibrant Creative Learning hub, delivering c. 30 projects across Wiltshire every year, as well as a community hub, which is home to many local groups and creative practitioners. The Centre is home to the West of England Youth Orchestra (c. 60 participants), the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (c. 30 participants), and leads a monthly Zone Club for learning disabled young adults (c. 30 participants), Wiltshire Jazz Academy, schools projects, the Celebrating Age Wiltshire programme and various workshops, industry events and masterclasses with world-class musicians.

Nubya Garcia at The Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020


Barbican Centre

Silk Street,

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From the Barbican website;


Nubya Garcia
Live from the Barbican
Thu 29 Oct 2020, 20:00,Barbican Hall


A rising star from the exciting London jazz movement, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Nubya Garcia performs from her energetic, successful debut album, SOURCE.

Nubya’s hypnotic, freeflow jazz takes its influences from across the Caribbean and Latin America, drawing deeply from her family’s roots. Dub reggae, cumbia, afrobeat and neo-soul can all clearly be heard alongside more traditional jazz rhythms.

Her debut album SOURCE is a dynamic and exploratory collection that has positioned her as one of the most exciting artists in the UK. Garcia had gained critical acclaim ahead of her solo release with her collectives Maisha and Nérija, and through frequent collaborations with prominent jazz musicians from the UK and abroad.

To keep you safe we’re keeping to the 2m rule and have fewer available seats in our venues. We’re also cleaning more often. It’s essential for you to wear a mask and book your tickets before you come.

In our seated venues, we have specially-distanced seating clusters. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household/bubble. We ask you to not swap seats when you arrive so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

Produced by the Barbican


We’ll be welcoming a limited audience back into the Hall for these autumn concerts (subject to government guidelines).

Buying your ticket
Tickets for the live performance in the Hall are £20.

Tickets are available as single tickets or in groups of twos, threes and fours. You can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from your own household/bubble. We ask you to not swap seats when you arrive so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.
If government guidance changes and we’re unable to have a live audience in the Hall, we’ll convert your ticket into a live broadcast ticket so you can watch the show at home - we’ll refund the price difference.

On the night
We’re working hard to make this a high quality experience for everyone, whether you’re with us live in the Hall or watching from home. Due to the technical requirements of streaming a live performance, if you’re in the Hall you might notice cameras and operators are visible, and staging, lighting and sound levels might change.
To give you some more information about the performance, we’ll send you a digital programme the day before the concert.

Hull Jazz Festival at Hull Truck Theatre, Hull.

Dates: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following information;

Hull Jazz Festival celebrates the return of live music this November

We’re delighted to announce that Hull Jazz Festival is back this November, with four days of events at Hull Truck Theatre, the first live events in the theatre since lockdown. Highlights include a new project from Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell, performing with the Singh String Quartet and Hammond maestro John Ellis,  and two special guest slots with vocalist Vimala Rowe, who’ll perform with Alina Bzhezhinska Hip Harp Quartet and Tony Kofi Quintet.


Hull Jazz Festival celebrates the return of live music this November!


Hull Jazz Festival is delighted to be back with a series of live shows at Hull Truck Theatre from 12 th – 15 th November, the first live events in the Theatre since
lockdown. In a first for Hull Jazz Festival, all shows will also be livestreamed to a global audience.


The new line-up features some previously announced artists plus two new shows, including a brand new piece by Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell on Sunday
15 th November. He’ll be performing new arrangements of Supertramp’s Ever Open Door and other tear-jerking ballads, accompanied by the incredible Singh String
Quartet and Hammond organ maestro John Ellis.


Festival favourites saxophonist Snake Davis and guitarist and singer-songwriter Gareth Moulton open the festival on Thursday 12 th November with an evening of
gorgeous mellow pop, rock, jazz and soul music.


Friday 13 th November sees a celebration of the music of one of the jazz world’s most loved female voices with The Kate Peters Band: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald. First
formed in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of Ella’s birth, the band performs classic arrangements from across Ella’s career, recorded with the likes of Nelson Riddle,
George Gershwin, Count Basie and Chick Webb.


A double bill on Saturday 14 th November opens with Alina Bzhezhinska Hip Harp Project with special guest Vimala Rowe. With a growing reputation for innovation, this new project sees Ukrainian/Polish harpist Alina Bzhezhinska pay homage to some of jazz, funk and hip-hop’s greatest innovators. Her new quartet draws from a
variety of influences, including Dorothy Ashby’s Afro-harping, Alice Coltrane’s spiritual outputs and Sun Ra’s jazz experimentation, as well as 90’s trip-hop and Kuti-
esque Afrobeat rhythms.


Alto sax master Tony Kofi wraps up the Saturday double bill with his Quintet and their loving celebration of jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.  The group traces
the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through to work with Miles Davis and the soul-jazz of the late 1960s. Expect Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Sack O’Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, as well as a guest vocal spot by Vimala Rowe, exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.


Hull Jazz Festival Director David Porter said: “We’re proud and delighted to be re- opening Hull Truck Theatre and bringing back live music after months of uncertainty. We’ve all missed the buzz and thrill of extraordinary music played by some of the world’s best artists and we’ve worked with our friends at Hull Truck to
introduce new safety measures so that our audiences, artists and staff can enjoy a safe and comfortable experience”.


All shows will be socially distanced in the main auditorium at Hull Truck Theatre and limited to around 100 people. Covid-secure guidelines will be published on the Hull Truck Theatre website and their box office team will be available to answer any questions on 01482 323638. Tickets for both the live events and livestreams will be
available from the Hull Truck Theatre website:


Full listings can be found on the Hull Jazz Festival website:


Hull Truck Theatre
50 Ferensway

Gypsy Dynamite, “Cafe Dynamite” album launch at Brasserie Zedel, London.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

More details

From Facebook;

9.30 pm
Cafe Dynamite Album Launch
Public · Hosted by Gypsy Dynamite


Brasserie Zédel
20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED London

020 7734 4888
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Our new album ” Cafe Dynamite ” will officialy be launched October 22nd 2020 at Live at Zedel
We cannot wait to share with you all our new tunes so make sure you save the date

Al Scott Trio at The Eleanor Arms, London E3.

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

Featuring: The Al Scott Trio

More details

From Facebook;

8.00 pm
Al Scott Trio
Public · Hosted by The Eleanor Arms, Al Scott Trio and George Trebar


Al Scott writes;
The trio are back for the first gig since lockdown! I’ll be in the company of two great players, George Trebar & Jason Reeve on bass & drums. It’s been years since I’ve played at The Eleanor Arms and looking forward to being back again. NUMBERS ARE LIMITED TO 15, so grab a ticket before the event. Music starts at 8pm, we’ll play 3 sets throughout the evening.


The Eleanor Arms
460 Old Ford Road, E3 5JP London.

07896 208707
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Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla at The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry (tbc).

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

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Friday 30th October tbc Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry
02476 230 699

From The Tin Music & Arts website;

In The Moment presents: Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
£7.50 advance / £10 door


Due to the ongoing uncertainty of when live music will be allowed to restart the organisers have decided to postpone this show to Friday 30th October.

Tickets will be valid for new date. Thank you for your understanding.

Tickets – £7.50 in advance, £10 at the door
Doors 7.30 pm
Ages 14+
In The Moment presents Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla – progressive Celtic rock

Coventry resident Joe O’Donnell, born in Limerick, Ireland, is one of the finest Celtic rock violinists and composers. Best known for his fiery and innovative playing in East of Eden, Headstone and The Woods Band (pre-Steeleye Span), he also recorded with Thin Lizzy and Henry McCullough. His acclaimed 1977 concept album, ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’, featuring Rory Gallagher, was remastered and re-released in 2017.

Joe’s long-established band Shkayla (‘Stories’) fuses the spirit of the Celtic tradition and progressive rock. It features top Midlands musicians Si Hayden, Martin Barter, Karen Milne and Adrian Litvinoff. The band delivers enormous energy, and also the delicacy of Celtic music.

“….an alchemical marriage of rock and folk…” – Let It Rock


The Tin At The Coal Vaults

The Tin Music and Arts | Units 1 - 4, The Canal Basin, CV1 4LY | Tel : 02476 230 699 | Registered Charity No. : 1152636


The EFG London Jazz Festival Friday 13 - Sunday 22 November 2020 “Living in Two Worlds”, Live / Virtual event.

Dates: Friday, November 13, 2020 - Sunday, November 22, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following press release;

EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 coming this November.

The EFG London Jazz Festival
Friday 13 - Sunday 22 November 2020


Living in Two Worlds
This year EFG London Jazz Festival will be an event that is both live and digital - Living in Two Worlds - and will run from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 November.


The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 have meant we have had to rethink how music is experienced to create a Festival that is accessible to a wide audience and transcends borders.


We aim to bring together exclusive live concerts, a digital platform that streams live and bespoke content, new commissions, interactive creative engagement projects, rare archive recordings, films, talks, interviews, webinars and a series of broadcasts.
The plan is for this to be a major live and digital event that lives in two worlds at the same time.

We are also thrilled to present our new Festival design, inspired by the multiple sounds and unifying nature of jazz, reaching out to audiences everywhere.

We continue our commitment to the UK jazz scene and its connections to the global arena, showcasing the best of international talent, new work, new collaborations, unique performances, audience interaction, and our collaboration with clubs, communities and other producers.

The programme, details on venues, tickets, and online viewing options will be announced in September.

‘Great international festivals such as the EFG London Jazz Festival show that London is open to creativity and to people from across the world’ (Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London)


‘The best jazz festival on the planet’ (Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3)


‘A dazzling display across the musical spectrum’ (★★★★★ The Guardian)

‘I played the EFG London Jazz Festival a number of times, and every time it’s been a pleasure, a privilege’ (Herbie Hancock)


Scarborough Jazz Festival, The Spa, Scarborough, Yorkshire.

Dates: Friday, February 12, 2021 - Sunday, February 14, 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

More details

We have received the following press release, issued in June 2020;

Scarborough Jazz Festival Postponed Until February 2021


This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival has been postponed from September until February 2021.


With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve, the decision has been made to move the 3-day festival held at Scarborough Spa to the weekend of 12-14 February 2021.


The festival line-up remains unchanged barring one act, Swiss band VEIN who have touring commitments in Canada but it is hoped they will be part of the September 2021 Festival.


Due to the date change, the festival’s Earlybird weekend ticket offer has been extended until the end of October and customers only need to get in touch if they can’t make the rescheduled festival when a full refund will be given.


Mike Gordon, The Scarborough Jazz Festival Director said:
“Sadly, but as you probably anticipated, the Scarborough Jazz Festival will not take place in September. However, the good news is that we have decided to postpone the event until 12th to 14th February 2021. I have been in touch with all the performers we had booked for September and I’m delighted to say that of the seventeen acts only one cannot manage the February dates. I have had numerous very positive comments about the programme and we are all looking forward to a wonderful weekend-the sun has been known to shine on Scarborough in February!  Hope to see you then”.


The Scarborough Jazz Festival line-up features a host of established jazz musicians alongside many new faces: the ground breaking pianist Fergus McCreadie; violinist John Pearce (with Dave Newton); the eleven piece Elftet led by vibes player Johnny Mansfield and gypsy jazz from Djanco.


The highly respected pianist Nikki Iles has put together a Who’s Who of British jazz with her 19-piece Jazz Orchestra.


Another big outfit, Hans Koller – Bird Migration, will be celebrating the anniversary of Charlie Parker one of the great jazz legends and the smaller combos on the bill represent some of the UK’s most creative musicians: Julian Joseph Trio, Jean Toussaint All Star 6tet, Karen Sharp Quartet, Dave O’Higgins & Rob Luft Quartet, Phil Robson’s Organ Trio and Zoe Gilby’s Quartet who will perform her Aurora project.


Offering something very different will be the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project with 12 guitars on stage; words and music spinning a tale from Rafe’s Dilemma; and undoubted surprises from world class singer Ian Shaw, with Iain Ballamy and James Safir.


Weekend, Day & Session Tickets for the rearranged festival are now back on sale and can be purchased via

Scarborough Jazz Festival
New Dates: 12-14 February 2021
Scarborough Spa

Full Line Up;

Friday 12th February
12.30pm: Rafe’s Dilemma
2.15pm: John Pearce & Dave Newton
4pm: Oxley/Meier Guitar Project
7pm: TBC
8.45pm: Julian Joseph Trio
10.30pm: Hans Koller - Bird Migration Big Band-A Celebration of the Centenary of Charlie Parker

Saturday 13th February
12.30pm: Djanco featuring Andy Aitchison
2.15pm: Karen Sharp Quartet
4pm: Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy, Jamie Safir -What’s New
7pm: Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra
8.45pm: Zoe Gilby – ‘Aurora’
10.30pm:  Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet

Sunday 14th February
12.30pm: The Fergus McCreadie Trio
2.15pm: Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet
4pm: Dave O’Higgins & Rob Luft Quartet
7pm: Phil Robson’s Organ Trio
8.45pm: The Alan Barnes Octet - ‘Jazz Portraits’



‘Between The Lines’ Festival at Kings Place and Cafe Oto London.

Dates: Wednesday, October 07, 2020 - Thursday, October 29, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following press release;

Between the Lines saved by relocation - one of the only live festivals in London this year.

Wednesday 7 – Thursday 29 October | LONDON
Tickets onsale tomorrow Friday 11 September, 10am at


As the world opens its doors once more, we’re thrilled to say we’ve saved our series of music that transcends genre, Between the Lines, to be one of the only live event Festivals in London this year. We’ve successfully relocated the venues and kept the same dates to ensure all booked audience can still enjoy the shows - with more tickets onsale tomorrow Friday 11 September from 10am


Wednesday 7 October | LONDON Kings Place as part of the Luminate series


Thursday 22 October | LONDON Café OTO


Thursday 29 October | LONDON Café OTO


Serious is very proud to present a 2020 edition of Between The Lines – our concert series of music that transcends genre – joining forces with some of our favourite artists, labels and collectives to co-curate a series of performances of boundary-pushing music throughout October


Each night features a collection of musicians at the forefront of musical experimentation, ranging from neo-classical cello to Japanese Gagaku, an acapella vocal group to modular synth improvisation, and queer IDM to experimental RnB. 


First, on Wednesday 7 October our friends at Erased Tapes have curated a beautiful triple bill, continuing their Erased Tapes 2020 series, featuring German cellist and Nils Frahm collaborator Anne Müller’s first live appearance in London since the release of her debut album Heliopause, a solo set from Immix Ensemble founder and saxophonist Daniel Thorne, and the enchanting London-based Japanese voice artist Hatis Noit, plus some surprises on the night. This night is part of King’s Place’s Luminate series - shining a light on new music creation today, becoming less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts.
This show is part of Kings Place’s Luminate series - less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts. Luminate taps into this bold, exploratory landscape in a series of shows that will provoke and inspire.
Anne Müller:
Daniel Thorne:
Hatis Noit:


Then on Thursday 22 October we are joined by legendary electronic musician and producer Leafcutter John, who has put together a night of new collaborations and projects spanning the wide range of his extensive musical output. He’ll be performing with saxophonist and composer Helen Papaioannou in a first-time collaboration, and to support he’s invited his friend Ruth Goller (of Melt Yourself Down and Vula Viel fame, amongst others) who will perform with her new trio Skylla, featuring vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant. Presented in association with Border Community. 
This show will be socially distance seated at Café OTO in Dalston.
Leafcutter John:
Helen Papaioannou: 

Between The Lines x The Spectacular Empire Showcase
On Thursday 29 October we team up with The Spectacular Empire – an artist collective led by experimental grime/dancehall artist GAIKA – who have put together a triple bill of spectacular proportions of artists at the cutting of edge of London’s RnB and hip hop scene. Featuring Hyperdub’s IDM producer Loraine James (whose debut album For You And I was named The Quietus’ Album of 2019), genre-bending RnB artist GLOR1A, and rising Afro-Irish rapper DEMIGOSH.
Showcasing artists at the forefront of 21st Century Afro-futurism and politically charged music, The Spectacular Empire and its artists’ endeavours are especially relevant during a crisis that has disproportionately affected ethnic minorities, and we look forward to welcoming them to Between The Lines in October.
Loraine James
North London native Loraine James is an electronic producer who effortlessly blends Electronica and IDM with whispers of jazz and ambience all wrapped up in the artists key avant-garde aesthetic and sensibility. Having recently released Button Mashing on New York Haunted, Loraine has gone on to sign with Hyperdub for her next release, For You And I.
GLOR1A is an experimental multidisciplinary music artist creating music that cannot be boxed in, her sound is rooted in electronic, RnB and hip hop with her powerful soulful voice commanding the sonic experience. GLOR1A creates one-off otherworldly live environments for the audience to enjoy. Her first EP was championed by CLASH and Notion and we are excited for more music in 2020.
DEMIGOSH is a solo act, active member of London-based Afro-Irish collective Blackfish, and psych rock band Shadeemus. Whilst he has always been involved in collaborative music making and performance, he began carefully crafting his own sound 5 years ago when he made a critical move from Dublin to East London to pursue a career in music.
His creative impulse stems from an urgent need to reconnect with his Nigerian Yoruba roots, and to integrate this rich cultural heritage with western musical perspectives and indie influences afforded to him by his Irish upbringing. His contemporary and spiritually charged lyrics flow easily between English and Yoruba interwoven with his full bodied and intricate production work to present a post-apocalyptic afro-futurist vision of DEMIGOSH.
Loraine James:


LONDON Kings Place (Hall One)
90 York Way
N1 9AG

18 - 22 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL


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Serious are one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultant, Serious are committed to ensuring that music is accessible to all, and that artists have opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Our charity Serious Trust is crucial in enabling this ambition through supporting our talent development, learning & participation and commissioning programmes.


Shrewsbury Django Fest at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury.

Dates: Friday, October 16, 2020 - Sunday, October 18, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

More details

From Chris Quinn via Facebook;

We’re very pleased and excited to announce confirmed artist for the 1st Shrewsbury Django Fest include;


October 16th - 18th 2020. @ The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury
Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UY

Plus more incredible artists TBA! Like our page to get ticket link info! Tickets go on sale Sunday 8th March 14:00 GMT!

Tickets are ON SALE NOW! - Friday’s evening concert includes, The Manouchetones followed by the Fapy Lafertin / Paulus Schäfer Quintette with Christiaan Vanhemert on Violin. Saturday features UK gypsy jazz legends Gary Potter and John Wheatcroft Qt backing the incredible Sara Oschlag, if that’s not enough straight after we have Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius!! Sunday night we have the amazing Remi Harris duo, the all star jam, more bands, jams in the hotel and around the town. Gigs in the bar! Workshops, Masterclasses, guitar demos… it’s going to be a phenomenal weekend! Get your tickets before we sell out!

Wall2Wall, Digital Jazz Festival,  Abergavenny.

Dates: Monday, October 12, 2020 - Sunday, October 18, 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

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Mike Skilton of Black Mountain Jazz writes;

We have moved the wall2wall Jazz Festival to later in the year so as to avoid a clash with the August bank holiday. The 2020 festival will be Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October.


The Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, organised by Black Mountain Jazz, which will take place during October will be going digital in 2020 due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Statement attached.

Organiser Mike Skilton has issued the following press release;




wall2wall Jazz Festival 2020

Hopefully, this finds you all well - we have news about October’s w2w festival.


First The Bad News


It is highly likely that a ‘live’ festival, similar in format to previous years, will not be possible in 2020. The continuing ban on large gatherings indoors and the social distancing rules are obstacles that might be with us for some time.


Outdoor events may be allowed, subject to any social distancing rules in place, but these are not suitable for an October festival.


To further complicate matters, any events proposed for the October wall2wall Jazz Festival need to be planned now - there is not the flexibility of making decisions nearer the date.


Now The Good News


Having given the matter some considerable thought, we are proposing we go forward this year with a ‘virtual’ festival - scheduled for October.


Virtual events can take several formats but, generally speaking, they are either ‘live streamed’ or ‘pre-recorded’. Having had experience of the former with our festival three years ago, we recognise the cost and difficulties associated with ‘live streaming’ and pre-filming appears to be a much better option.


We have taken advice on technical issues involved in the different approaches and we see the best option as being pre-recorded events over the summer months and the ‘canned’ material programmed and broadcast as an October festival.


This ‘base’ formula will allow for an element of live streaming by having a presenter who can introduce the pre-recorded events. With that ‘live’ base established, other live streamed virtual elements become possible.


We already had some artists booked for the festival and we have discussed our ideas with them, including the need to ‘think outside of the box’ and get new approaches that will make the virtual programme exciting and of wide interest.  They have expressed enthusiasm in being involved, both in the festival and ideas for developing it.


We have looked at some possible inclusions for the programme but there is much more to do.  We have also done some early costings and, subject to fine tuning, the virtual project appears financially viable.


As we progress with planning, we will update you on developments and hopefully there will be the support we need to make this a huge success.


Mike and the BMJ team


Black Mountain Jazz
promoters of the
wall2wall Jazz Festival


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Milestones Jazz Festival, curated by Ronnie Scott’s at Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London.

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

More details

From the Milestones Festival website;


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




Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY


Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield ,East Yorkshire.

Dates: Friday, July 09, 2021 - Sunday, July 11, 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

More details

From the Burton Agnes website;

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2021
Postponement from 2020 to 2021 due to the impact of coronavirus

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival will not take place in 2020 (originally planned for 17th to 19th July 2020). All plans are postponed until 2021, when the Festival will run during the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2021. Everyone who purchased tickets for the 2020 dates has been emailed, or written to if we do not have an email address, to explain the changes. Their tickets are valid for the 2021 dates. If you purchased tickets for the 2020 dates, and have not had an email or letter from us dated 9th April 2020, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01262 490324 during normal office hours for more information.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for the 9th to 11th July 2021
For tickets, click ‘Ticket and Prices’ link.

‘Now this is a proper music festival.’ The Times

‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I’ve ever attended’ The Independent

‘They say that good things come in small packages. This may be one of the summer’s smallest gatherings, but it’s also one of the most sophisticated…’ Daily Mail

One of The Daily Telegraph’s best fifteen festivals for the over 50s.

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, which began in 2007, will next take place over the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th July 2021. Music will come from the main stage in the grounds, the late night acts in the bar tent, inside the Great Hall, and from our cafe and shops courtyard.

For details of the 2021 line up click on the ‘Line Up’ link.


If you don’t already know, then read on…

The festival is uniquely set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately piles, our very own Burton Agnes Hall! Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from our manicured lawns and inside our ornately carved Great Hall. There is civilised camping with hot showers in the adjacent park field, children’s entertainers, local ale and food, late night acts in the bar tent and open mic performances in our shops and cafe courtyard.
Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK’s hottest jazz and blues acts?

We provide music for all tastes, from those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine in the majestic grounds; to the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers. Delicious baking from our courtyard cafe will be served in the tea tent; with locally roasted coffee brewed on our Gaggia coffee machine. There is a fabulous range of locally sourced food on our food lawn; next door to our vintage ice cream van and its real dairy ice creams. Award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away.

There is camping for tents, caravans and motor homes in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. The child in all of us is taken care of by balloon artistry and face painting, and highlights of Burton Agnes’ grounds including a woodland adventure playground, a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with forest creatures to find.


“Wow what a weekend absolutely perfect” Alison Hillier

“The whole experience was brilliant…the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family, protecting tradition and heritage yet creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again.” Tom and Hildy Young

‘Just wanted to pass on our congratulations for a truly excellent day…we had been to the Jazz Festival before and really enjoyed ourselves soaking up the very special atmosphere. We will be back and will recommend to our friends and family.’ Susan Silver

“Great festival! Thank you all so much. As usual we were made to feel most welcome, we enjoyed the music, the food and the setting. We will be coming next year, for me it’ll be 10/10….Best wishes to one and all.” Annie Bourton Card and Marion Wheeler

“We shall be joining you next year and hope for a line up just as special as this years. Our very kind regards to Simon and his family, and to all the hard-working staff at the lovely Burton Agnes Hall.” Alan and Kim Brown

“Another brilliant weekend at your spectacular home, you kindly share with a few hundred music fans…Tickets bought for next year looking forward already.” John and Jan Pepper

“WOW, another brilliant weekend…can’t fault the line up and of course Simon doing his bit, wonderful to see him mingling and chatting to us punters even though I’m sure he must have a really hectic weekend…Thank you to Simon and family and all of the Burton Agnes team who work so hard for our entertainment.” Val and Dave Bareham

If you would like to receive information about the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information please visit:
Telephone 01262 490324