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‘Virtually’ Brecon Jazz Festival, online event.

Dates: Friday, August 07, 2020 - Sunday, August 09, 2020

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We have received the following press release;




The Jazz Festival’s 37th year record has been saved from the ravages of the Covid-19 virus that has swept the world since early 2020.


While many other events have been cancelled, a local band of organisers joined up with the musicians involved and worked with others to create new partnerships that will keep the jazz alive. They have invited the artists to commit planned BJF performances to video – and asked them to “make it personal - this is for Brecon”.


So, rather than miss a year, the places and spaces of BJF2020 will be ‘virtual’, and the get-togethers online. But is also an ambitious plan to present Brecon and its Jazz Festival across a wider world. With over 100 musicians, including from USA, France, Poland, Italy, Argentina, Spain and Uruguay participating, there is a huge
potential to showcase Wales and to attract interest and new followers globally. 


British and Welsh jazz talent is on full display too, and many Welsh musicians have jumped at the chance to work with leading jazz names and international lineups.


It is very hard, of course, and challenging, to produce ‘jazz’ when bands cannot physically get together and lineups may be spread across different countries. So the organisers have decided to make the Festival FREE this year and accessible to all.  They are achieving this on a tiny budget and with no Welsh ‘arts’ funding, though
support has come from Brecon Town Council and donations from the Friends of Brecon Jazz, Festival well-wishers and help from Jazz Club members. The team urges everyone who loves and supports the jazz Festival to consider making a donation, no matter how small. There is a link on the website, see below.


‘Virtually Brecon Jazz’  and the ‘Festival online’  will be delivered by a three-way partnership, between Brecon Jazz Club, Ratio Studios & Productions in Wales, and the online music hosting service VIALMA, which is based in France and UK, The jazz Club team has created the Festival and artistic programme, the project and the
framework, the media team at RATIO Studio have advised the artists on creating their performances, and in several cases provided studio/recording facilities to them, while the team at Vialma is hosting and supporting the 3 days of events. It is also helping to circulate and publicise BJF as a whole.


Festival ‘visitors’ will be asked merely to provide an email address to enjoy all of the thirty or more events which have been produced for BJF2020. And at Vialma’s
suggestion, the whole Festival will be released from Friday 7th August and remain active and online throughout the whole of the month! So for the first time, you will be able to experience all of Brecon Jazz in your own time and watch your favourite performances again. No one need miss out on Brecon Jazz this year!


Who is appearing?


US artists LaVon Hardison, Steve Lehman, Eddie Roberts.


From Wales, the Siglo Big Band, Josie Sinnadurai’s ‘Brujas’ with guest Gerard Cousins, Hot Club Gallois, Joe Northwood, Ruth Bowen & Mike Chappell, Huw Warren, Dominic Norcross.


Top UK names Bryan Corbett, Barb Jungr, Deelee Dubé, Tony Kofi ….and many many more.


And in another special initiative, the team is planning to provide ‘showreels’ of the Jazz material so that the cafes and outlets of the town can reflect the music of the surrounding Festival on the ‘jazz weekend’ in August – Friday-Sunday 7,8,9 August. For more information about venues and what you can expect to see, look out
for the announcement in next week’s Brecon & Radnor Express.

Check the ‘Edition 37’ of the festival Website, where you can alsmake a donation or offer to help. Contact (email) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check:

BJF2020 performers;


Steve Lehman
LaVon Hardison with Jim Barber Trio
Deelee Dubé & Juan Galiardo Trio
Barb Jungr – fundraiser for Side by Side with Refugees
Josie Sinnadurai’s Brujas Flamenco Trio
The Siglo Section Big Band Dir. Matt Lush
Tango Jazz Quartet of Argentina
Ruth Bowen Quartet with Mike Chappell
Transatlantic Hot Club
Nurdle: Joe Northwood
Yurie Hu and Huw Warren
Eddie Roberts: Tribute to Grant Green
Elaina Hoss, Dominic Norcross and John-Paul Gard
Will Barnes host: Talking Guitars and international guests
Bryan Corbett Quartet
Alternate Cake Swing
Rachel Starritt Trio
Hot Club Gallois
Preservation Jazz
Victoria Klewin & Denny Ilett, Chris Jones
Manushan - Iranian Flamenco Jazz
Alan Barnes meets Atsuko Shimada Trio
Alina Bzhezhinska and Tony Kofi
Lenore Raphael, Hilliard Greene & Glen Manby

Conversations, talks, guests video;


Maciek Pysz
Erika Lyons
Ashley J Long (Dave Jones)
Xhosa Cole meets Steve Lehman
Mood Indigo Events
Paula Gardiner and Huw Warren BJ Reflections
Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi
Josie Sinnadurai
Around Brecon
Jazz Heritage Wales
Tribute to Café Jazz

BJF events are available online from 12 Noon UK time each day
- can be accessed until 30 August 2020



Festival Opening & Mayor’s Welcome
Bryan Corbett Quartet, with Al Gurr, Ben Markland, Neil Bullock
Victoria Klewin & Denny Ilett, with Chris Jones
Talk: A Musician’s Life, Maciek Pysz, guitar
Hot Club Gallois: Richard Jones, Xenia Porteous, Luke Archard, Mike Morgan
Barb Jungr with Simon Wallace, Jamie Safir – Fundraiser for Side by Side
The Siglo Section Big Band Dir. Matt Lush & Laurence Collier+
Conversation: Tony Kofi & Alan Barnes, saxes
Lenore Raphael & Hilliard Greene, with Glen Manby
BJ2020 Interviews and Virtual Tour, Jazz Heritage Wales, Swansea
Talk: Mood Indigo Events, with Janet McCunn & Terence Collie
Video: Brecon Greetings / Jazz Clubs Wales / Friends of Brecon Jazz

+Siglo Big Band: Siobhan Waters, Elijah Jeffery, Joe Northwood, Vicky Perrio, Josh Heaton, Sam Robertson, Jessica Ruth Morris, Laurence Collier, Joe Bentley, George Martin, Ted Smith, Peter Johnson, Russell Evans, Ben Thorpe, Peter Richards, Matt Lush, John Close, Will Davies, Alex Burch.




Preservation Jazz 1, with Intro. Alun Jones & Paul Dunleavy PJ Society
Ruth Bowen Quartet, with Mike Chappell, Pete Bowen, Phill O’Sullivan
Manushan, with Aîda Nosrat & Babak Amir Mobasher
Deelee Dubé & Juan Galiardo Trio, with Rafa Sibajas, José Luis Gómez
Steve Lehman Solo, incl. pre-concert interview with Xhosa Cole
Tango Jazz Quartet: Gustavo Firmenich, Horacio Acosta, Martin Rao deVita, Mauricio Pasculli
Rachel Starritt Trio, with Clement Saynor, Alex Goodyear
Nurdle: Joe Northwood, with Tom Berge, Paolo Adamo
Community Jazz & Ukes, Ian & Rachel Cooper
Alan Barnes & Atsuko Shimada Trio, with Rafa Sibajas, José Luis Gómez
Yurie Hu and Huw Warren
Transatlantic Hot Club: Adrien Chevalier, Ben Creighton Griffiths, Roberto Gervasi, Philip Ambuel - followed by Tribute to Café Jazz



Preservation Jazz 2, with Intro. Alun Jones & Paul Dunleavy PJ Society
Brujas: Josie Sinnadurai, Carmen Yruela, Eri González, with Gerard Cousins
Conversation: Ashley J Long (bassist, composer), talks to Dave Jones
LaVon Hardison & Jim Barber Trio, with Bill Fletcher, Greg Evans
Talk: A Dancer’s Journey, Aberhonddu to Andalucia, Josie Sinnadurai
Alina Bzhezhinska & Tony Kofi
Eddie Roberts Quartet, with Chris Spies, Nate Edgar, Jeff Franca
Talk: Music Therapy, Erika Lyons
Will Barnes & Guests ‘Talking Guitars’: Andy MacKenzie, Deirdre Cartwright, Remi Harris, Dario Napoli, Wayne Wilkinson
Alternate Cake: Philippe Cann, Jean Guyomarc’h, Léa Ciechelski, Matthieu Torsat
Talk: Reflections on Brecon Jazz: Huw Warren & Paula Gardiner
Elaina Hoss, Dominic Norcross and John-Paul Gard (closing concert)

James Riley + Emilia Martensson, outdoor event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston, London.

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Featuring: Emilia Martensson
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From Facebook;

7.00 pm
James Riley + Emilia Martensson
Public · Hosted by James Riley, Woodburner


Tuesday, 18 August 2020 from 19:00-22:00

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF London


Woodburner is proud to present our outdoor summer festival, with troubadour James Riley and Swedish vocalist Emilia Martensson.

This event will be operating with reduced capacity, and a host of measures to ensure that social distancing is observed and government guidelines are followed. For our full COVID-19 safety precautions, please click here:



With a disarmingly candid folk voice and a songwriting sensibility drawn straight from the golden era of pop music, beatnik troubadour James Riley has spent the past few months hard at work, even amongst the tumult and inertia of lockdown.

After a 2-year stint in Nashville James Riley released his debut album “Transatlantica” in early March this year. With an entire summer of touring wiped off the calendar, James took to the roof of his house in Tottenham, and began live streaming concerts for his online audience, which soon drew attention from his neighbours and the wider community. Soon the rooftop shows were racking up hundreds of thousands of views, drawing coverage from the BBC & The Guardian, whilst also helping to contribute to a campaign that has raised more than 50K for food banks since March.

After 17 weeks of consecutive rooftop shows, James is delighted bringing his full band to Dalston Curve Garden, playing his first show on solid ground since March. Expect folk stylings in the vein of JOHN MARTYN, RY COODER and NINA SIMONE, and few extra surprises to boot.

“A bit of a folk genius” - Janice Long, BBC RADIO WALES

“Fantastic” – Robert Elms BBC RADIO LONDON

“It hooked us on first listen…from the harmonies to the guitar work there’s nothing to not like” - FOLK RADIO UK



Emilia Mårtensson is a London-based Swedish vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her three latest album releases, Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting vocalists on the UK Jazz scene, and was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted within the folklore and countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.

Her NEW project ‘Loredana‘ was released on the 3rd of November 2019 on BABEL LABEL, (UK).

‘Loredana’ explores the adversity and the wilderness of the term mother, celebrating the infinite observations about the ‘mother – child relationship’, and how this can shape us throughout our lives. Initially inspired through four specific questions that Emilia asked her audience about their relationship to their mothers, her boundary pushing and original music crosses borders between Scandinavian folk, jazz and art.pop. The new album features guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson.

Emilia is supported by PRS for music foundation and was awarded the ‘Women make music’ funding scheme for her latest project ‘ELDA Trio’. She was selected for the ‘Made in The Uk’ Scheme in 2019, which took her and her ELDA Trio to Rochester Jazz Festival in New York where she performed two sold out shows at Christ Church. Elda trio features Brazilian percussion player Adriano Adewale and Slovenian Accordion player Janez Dovc. Their debut album ‘ELDA’ celebrates the beauty and importance of exploring and merging cultures.

Emilia is the featured vocalist in several projects and has been collaborating, both as singer and as a composer, with artists such as Iain Ballamy(Uk), Kit Downs(Uk), Eric Legnini(Fr), Jasper Hoiby (Uk) and Monocled Man, (UK). Her most acclaimed collaboration led to a MOBO Award with the British group ‘Kairos 4tet’.

In the past Emilia has also received recognition from The Observer as ‘The new face of British jazz’ in 2012, and in 2013 she was chosen by ‘Svensk Jazz’ for Pulsslags Turnen, which took her on a two week long tour around Sweden to promote her album ‘Ana’. Her success as a band leader also led her to be chosen to partake in ‘The Take Five’ Artist Program delivered by national music producers Serious in 2015.

Emilia is a regular performer at some of Europe’s leading venues and festivals and has appeared at The London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Sunset Sunside in Paris, Fasching in Stockholm, Ljubljana Jazz Festival and The Love Supreme Jazz Festival in UK to name just a few.

Both of her solo albums ‘And so it goes’ (Babel Label-2012’) and ‘Ana’ (Babel Label-2014) were listed in the ‘top ten best albums’ by JazzWise.



Since our first season in 2013, our event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has always inspired audiences in a unique and thrilling way. This season of events captures the essence of a weekend rural festival in the centre of Dalston on a Tuesday evening.

The phenomenal surrounds of the garden combine with delicious pizzas from David Latto, and a supreme and ever-evolving roster of acts, to create a magical atmosphere which brings people together in a friendly and welcoming space.

It’s a community of music-lovers joined to celebrate the warm months in a carefree and supportive atmosphere, with a compelling live soundtrack.


Limited seats are available in the auditorium, with a separation of at least 1m between each chair.
Tables can also be booked as a single block for groups which are cohabiting or in a ‘bubble’ together.

A full document regarding our Covid-19 precautions can be found here:

PLEASE NOTE this is an outdoor concert which will go ahead regardless of the weather. Please bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs if rain is forecast.

Mesadorm + Alice Zawadzki, outdoor event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston, London.

Date: Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Featuring: Alice Zawadzki
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From Alice Zawadzki via Facebook;

7.00 pm
Mesadorm + Alice Zawadzki
Public · Hosted by Mesadorm, Woodburner


Tuesday, 1 September 2020 from 19:00-22:00

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF London


Woodburner’s festival at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, with Bristol-based collective Mesadorm and singer/violinist Alice Zawadzki.



Mesadorm’s emotive and skilled melding of the pastoral and synthetic is the result of a unique combination of experienced musicianship, diverse cultural tastes and the strong bonds of friendship, with songwriting firmly aimed at the space between the piercing domestic observations of Suzanne Vega and the elemental other-worldiness of Bjork, drawing on contemporary influences including Caribou, Grizzly Bear and Sylvan Esso as well as legendary female luminaries like Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.

The band’s 2018 debut album ‘Heterogaster’, produced by guitarist Aaron Zahl, forms a sublime melting pot of heartfelt anguish and celebration, combining shuddering electronica and tender instrumentation, balancing memorable hooks and leftfield themes. It both pops and fizzes, hurts and soothes.

Aside from the emotional heft of Mesadorm’s music, the pedigree of its members is also not to be underestimated. Between them, Mesadorm’s members have played with Paloma Faith, Goldfrapp, Rae Morris, Frank Turner, The Unthanks, The Magnetic North, toured with London Grammar and fronted major-label signing Vaults as well as singing on John Lewis’ 2016 Christmas Ad. But whilst Mesadorm is a band founded on a history of professional musicianship and successes, it is now propelled forward by a renewed passion for creative endeavour and ambitious expression.

The album’s emotional weight has been felt by audiences nationwide as the band toured the record throughout the last 2 years, before turning their efforts to the more delicate yet equally affecting ‘Epicadus’ released on Babylegs Records in April 2018 produced by Tim Allen (Bat for Lashes // Adrian Utley). This acoustic album illuminates the abilities of the band to wring universal sentiment from subtle arrangements: think of it as the subversive birdsong that follows ‘Heterogaster’s’ epic downpour. The band are now working on their next album with Tim Allen at Invada Studios in Bristol.

In the space between the personal and the global, the throb of the night and the glint of the dawn, the crushing weight of a significant ending and the promise of a fresh start; Mesadorm’s music awaits.



Loosely connected to the jazz world but realistically inhabiting her own realm,  Alice Zawadzki is a vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London, with considerable repute as “a genuine original” (The Guardian), and a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.

Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) create a sound which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté who took Alice under her wing and on tour as a teenager, an extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions, “all propelled in a voice of velvet suppleness and gutsy emotional power” (The Arts Desk).


She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at major UK venues and festivals, including the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, the London Jazz Festival, the Vortex, Celtic Connections, and internationally at festivals from Taipei International Jazz Festival (Taiwan) to Coventry Calling (Massachusetts, USA) to Sűdtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada), Musicá Impopular (Brazil), Usina Del Arte (Argentina) and many more.

Her 2019 release, ‘Within You Is A World Of Spring’ (Whirlwind Recordings), was described by Jazzwise Magazine as ‘a cornucopia of delights’, and features a who’s-who of celebrated players, including guitarist Rob Luft, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado, pianist, drummer and producer Fred Thomas, taegum player Hyelim Kim, and the Amika string quartet. This second solo album was met with vigorous critical praise, including being awarded Contemporary Album of the Month by The Guardian newspaper in October 2019, making the Top 20 Albums of 2019 from John Fordham and Jazzwise Magazine, as well as a host of other warm national and international reviews, BBC and Jazz FM radio play, live radio sessions, and a nomination for British Vocalist of the Year from Jazz FM.

About This Event
Since our first season in 2013, our event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has always inspired audiences in a unique and thrilling way. This season of events captures the essence of a weekend rural festival in the centre of Dalston on a Tuesday evening.
The phenomenal surrounds of the garden combine with delicious pizzas from David Latto, and a supreme and ever-evolving roster of acts, to create a magical atmosphere which brings people together in a friendly and welcoming space.
It’s a community of music-lovers joined to celebrate the warm months in a carefree and supportive atmosphere, with a compelling live soundtrack.

Limited seats are available in the auditorium, with a separation of at least 1m between each chair.
Tables can also be booked as a single block for groups which are cohabiting or in a ‘bubble’ together.

A full document regarding our Covid-19 precautions can be found here:

PLEASE NOTE this is an outdoor concert which will go ahead regardless of the weather. Please bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs if rain is forecast.


Ben Powling Quartet, outside, early evening performance at The Courtyard, Seven Arts, Leeds.

Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2020

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Live jazz continues at Seven Arts Leeds - we’re putting on live (socially distanced) jazz in the open air at Seven Arts courtyard featuring the best of jazz from the great city of Leeds and of course the bar will be open.

Ben Powling Quartet - Wednesday Aug 5, 6-7.15pm: Contemporary jazz group featuring Word Service Project frontman Ben Powling on sax with Ben Haskins guitar Sam Quintana bass Josh Smout drums

Pay as you feel - rush hour jazz in the open air in Seven Arts Courtyard - fully distanced, table service.

Weather permitting of course, so if there is any doubt please check our web page or the Seven Arts web page .

Running these socially distanced gigs is new to us and to the staff at Seven Arts. They are weather dependent and the courtyard is only a small space with a limit of 30 people at a time. The staff at Seven Arts may ask you to sit inside the venue (socially distanced of course) until a seat becomes available outside - if they do, please do as they say. We want the music to continue for everybody’s sake. We’re the only jazz club operating with a live audience in the UK, so lets not lose it.


JazzLeeds is an independent voluntary music promoter based in Chapel Allerton Leeds. Our aim is to promote high quality contemporary jazz and related musics. 2017 is our tenth anniversary year and we are pleased that we won the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Award for venue of the year.

Seven Arts,
31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Phone: 0113 262 6777


Loire Music Summer School at Domaine de Bel Air Estate, Cerans Foulletort, Le Mans, France.

Dates: Sunday, August 02, 2020 - Friday, August 14, 2020

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From the Loire Music website;

Loire Summer School: 2nd to 14th August
We are still planning for the Loire Summer School 2020 to go ahead from 2nd August to 14th August.
Course protocol will comply with French social distancing regulations and Loire Music will aim at all times to provide a safe and fun environment for the summer school participants.

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)


AuB in Stage 2 at The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2020

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From AuB via Facebook;

8.45 pm
AuB in Stage 2 at The Stables
Public · Hosted by The Stables MK and AuB


Tuesday, 6 October 2020 from 20:45-22:00

The Stables MK
Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU Milton Keynes


AuB are the London based quartet masterminded by two young saxophonists, Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock, musicians who are making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists intent on doing things their way. AuB refers to the meeting of two musical minds: instrumental sounds melded into one group resonance.

The twin tenors tradition has a long history but with AuB it’s the collaborative writing process and blending of individual styles that drives the group sound. Together with bassist Fergus Ireland and drummer James Maddren, AuB amalgamates contemporary jazz sounds and an adventurous and electronic soundscape with a risk-taking spirit and a degree of unpredictability, nuance and intense improvisation.

Scarborough Jazz Festival, The Spa, Scarborough, Yorkshire.

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

Featuring: Various Artists
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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’ concert series at CLF Art Café, Peckham, London.

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

Featuring: Various Artists

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We have received the following press release;


OCTOBER | LONDON CLF Art Café, Bussey Building, Peckham

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Originally set to take place in May, we’re extremely fortunate to have been able to rearrange the entire series to take place in October and can’t wait to share these unique sets of showcases with you. 

Serious is very proud to present a new 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 in the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.  

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.
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.
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Finally 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), experimental /genre-bending RnB artist GLOR1A, and rising Afro-Irish rapper DEMIGOSH.
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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.

Kandace Springs at Alexandra Palace Theatre, London.

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

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We have received the following press release regarding this event;

The Women Who Raised Me

Saturday 31 October 2020, 7.30pm
LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre

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Kandace Springs’ London show has been successfully rescheduled to the autumn for all the enjoy. Her new Blue Note album, The Women Who Raised Me, is out now

Kandace Springs will bring her soul-drenched vocals to the classic Alexandra Palace Theatre to perform from her upcoming Blue Note album, her most personal work yet. Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, it is her loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to become bone of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time, a journey that has taken in a tour with Gregory Porter and a string of sold out concerts in the EFG London Jazz Festival. As Prince once said, ‘Kandace Springs has a voice that could melt snow’. 

The album will feature her interpretations of songs that she first heard growing up in Tennessee, ranging from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, through 60’s legends Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield, to modern greats like Sade and Lauryn Hill.

‘With her mature musical personality, impeccable taste, and talent, Springs makes each piece her own’ (★★★★ The Times)

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Serious produces a year-round programme of major concerts, festivals and national and international tours, learning and participation and talent development programmes, as well as specially commissioned bespoke events. Parallel to this it has established a registered charity, Serious Trust, to fundraise and support the next generation of artists and audiences through its artist development, learning and participation and commissioning programmes.


Shrewsbury Django Fest at The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury.

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

Featuring: Various Artists
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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!

Equinox at Black Mountain Jazz, Melville Centre, Abergavenny.

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020

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From the Black Mountain Jazz website;


Sunday 23rd August 2020: 8pm
Bar opens at 7.30pm

Melville Theatre: Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, NP7 5UD

£12 Standard
£10 Friends of BMJ
Students £3 on the door

Equinox features some of the finest musicians from the South West recreating and arranging tunes from the Hard Bop era.

They usually perform as a quartet but for this Black Mountain Jazz performance they line up as a trio.

Steve Mathers on saxaphone brings a unique and diverse approach to music. He has toured across Europe and the UK with various bands, solo artists and as a soloist.  He has played along side members of the Ronnie Scotts All Stars.

John-Paul Gard is no stranger to BM Jazz.  He is one of the most experienced electric organ musicians in the country and regularly performs with his own project, as well as with The Jon Dalton Organ Trio and The George Benson Tribute Band. 

Dave Smith is one of the most in demand drummers on the British alternative/improv music scene. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from West African percussion to jazz drumming, his explosive style and musical sensitivity give him the versatility to play in many musical environments.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen at Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020


Barbican Centre

Silk Street,

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We have received the following press release regarding this event;

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Thu 19 Nov 2020, Barbican Hall, 8pm

Tickets £22.50 – 27.50 plus booking fee

Purveyors of contemporary ambient and electronic inspired music, A Winged Victory for the Sullen return to the Barbican’s music programme this autumn in a concert covering a cross-section of their material old and new. The duo – a collaboration between Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran – has nurtured a cult status over the past decade as one of the most experimental voices in contemporary-classical music today.

Both artists are also important innovators in their own right and they have separately had a hand in iconic film scores and game-changing ambient-classical groups. Their material together has produced a series of records for Erased Tapes and Kranky, and their latest 2019 album The Undivided Five marked their Ninja Tune debut. It is only their second piece of original music outside of film, TV and stage commissions, and sees them pay greater heed to the small details in their sound than previously, channelling influences from Debussy to Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Undivided Five is their fifth release, and they have embraced the serendipitous role of the number five, inspired by artist Hilma af Klint and the recurrence of the perfect fifth chord.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen return to the Barbican’s contemporary music programme following two sold-out shows at Milton Court Concert Hall in October 2014 and their headline appearance in the Barbican Hall in December 2015, which also featured Hauschka as a special guest.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire

On sale to Barbican members on Thu 5 Mar 2020
On general sale on Friday 6 Mar 2020

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
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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


Ant Law Quintet ‘Life I Know’ at The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Featuring: Ant Law Quintet
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The Hive, Shrewsbury

5 Belmont,

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Ant Law
Life I Know
£18 / £9 Under 22

Ant Law is the innovative guitarist/composer/and leader of this quintet with some of the finest musicians in British jazz today. “Life I know” is the title of the band’s third album. Abounding in warmth and energy, the quintet is an exciting band to hear live.

Ant Law               Guitar

Michael Chillingworth       Reeds

Ivo Neame             Piano

Tom Farmer             Bass

James Maddren         Drums

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

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

Featuring: Various Artists
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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

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