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Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield - Autumn programme, September - December 2021.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jazz at The Lescar has returned to live performances and will be presenting events at four venues across Sheffield - The Lescar, Yellow Arch Studios, Hope Works and Theatre Deli. Listings attached.

Jez Matthews of Jazz at The Lescar writes;


We’re really getting things up and running in Sheffield again. Very excited to be putting on gigs at 4 venues across the city, including The Lescar, Yellow Arch Studios, Hope Works and Theatre Deli. Below is a list of what we’ve got coming up so far;


Archipelago / Thursday 16th Sept / Yellow Arch Studios
Nominated in the 2021 Jazz FM awards for UK Best Jazz Act, a vibrant trio from the North East with an atmospheric and creative mix of improvised music and jazz with electronics, alt-rock and song-writing, bound together by restless creativity and originality. Featuring Faye MacCalman on saxophone/clarinet/vocals/synth, John Pope (Bass/FX) & Christian Alderson (Drums/Percussion).


Stuart McCallum / Wednesday 22nd Sept / The Lescar
A welome return to The Lescar for a brilliant guitarist with an intimate solo set guaranteed to be something quite special. Mixing jazz, alt folk, and ambient electronica, Stuart McCallum is best known perhaps for his association with the Cinematic Orchestra, and his duos with Rioghnach Connolly (The Breath), and Mike Walker. Atmospheric, subtle and truly beautiful music.
‘Master guitarist McCallum’s music is heaven sent. Beautifully crafted, warm blooded, folk and jazz inspired magical stuff….’ WRITTEN IN MUSIC


Let Spin / Saturday 25th Sept / Hope Works
A truly all-star band, featuring members of Melt Yourself Down, Led Bib, Beats & Pieces Big Band, Sarathy Korwar, Moss Project, Liran Donin’s 1000 boats, and Vula Viel, with Moss Freed (guitar), Ruth Goller (bass), Chris Williams (sax), and Finlay Panter (drums). Their music moves quickly from thrashy punk to heavy grooves, euphoric improv and more reflective territory, with influences including Rage Against The Machine, Bill Frisell, JS Bach, and Middle Eastern folk music.
“A new prog-jazz supergroup” — Jazzwise
“British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle” — Uncut


Corrie Dick Trio / Wednesday 29th Sept / The Lescar
A unique line-up created especially for this gig, and led by award-winning Corrie Dick (Dinosaur, Elliot Galvin Trio), a drummer who’s music embodies a sense of joy, abandon, and freedom in his music, with a dynamic and open-minded approach that draws on influences from Celtic folk music, contemporary jazz, and African rhythms. Corrie is joined in this trio by his colleague from the band Glasshopper, an innovative, sensitive and expressive sax player, Jonathan Chung, and Tom Wheatley on bass, an exceptional and creative improviser.


Nicola Farnon Quartet / Wednesday 6th October / The Lescar
A true Sheffield legend, and a wonderful swinging bass player and vocalist, Nicola Farnon is joined for this gig by Jim Corry, a sax player who’s playing credits include Jamiroquai, Mark Ronson, and Corinne Bailey Rae, as well as appearances at jazz festivals across the world. On piano Richard Weatherall has played with Bobby Wellins, Richard Iles and Mark Nightingale, and the band is completed by another Sheffield legend, a fine propulsive drummer, Phil Johnson.


Unfurl / Wednesday 13th October / The Lescar
Featuring some of the finest musicians in the North of England, Unfurl are led by Olivia Moore - violin, with Gavin Barras - double bass, Jim Faulkner - guitar, Jack McCarthy - percussion, and John Ball - tabla. Their music has been heard across the country at jazz festivals including Manchester, Marsden, Marlborough, Brecon and London Jazz Festival, and combines Indian ragas with jazz improvisation; its beautiful meditative music, subtle, yet full of life.


balo + Power Out / Friday 15th October / Theatre Deli
A double bill featuring two contrasting and innovative approaches to improvised music from inspiring and creative musicians based in Sheffield.
balo are Manon McCoy (harp) and Will Shaw (drums). Their music is thoughtful, atmospheric, delicately balanced and interactive, mixing improvisation and composition with an approach and instrumentation that’s original, beautiful and evocative.
Power Out is Sarah Heneghan, a drummer who’s music extends the drum kit to include drum machines and bassline sequencers in a vibrant mix of beats, danceable grooves, loops and textures. She’s performed previously at Manchester Jazz Festival, No Bounds Festival, and Sage Gateshead’s Sage Sessions.


Andre Canniere Quintet / Wednesday 20th October / The Lescar
Playing music from their latest album ‘Ghost Days’, US trumpeter Andre Canniere (Maria Schneider, Becca Stevens, Ivo Neame, Yazz Ahmed) makes a really welcome return with a wonderful band featuring Tori Freestone - tenor saxophone, Brigitte Beraha - voice, Rick Simpson - piano/keyboards, Tom Farmer - double bass, Andrew Bain - drums. Contemporary, thoughtful and passionate music.


Greg Abate Quartet / Wednesday 3rd November / The Lescar
A return for an acclaimed powerful and distinctive NYC musician and former Ray Charles lead alto sax player, Greg Abate, who joins us in Sheffield as part of a UK-wide tour, playing music in the classic jazz tradition, with a great swinging rhythm section led by pianist Pete Rosser. An unmissable gig!


Tom Ollendorff Trio / Wednesday 10th November / The Lescar
A wonderful guitarist, melodic, nuanced and sensitive, Tom Ollendorff has drawn praise from both critics and fellow musicians, and is joined in this first class trio drawn from the very best of the London jazz scene by Conor Chaplin (Dinosaur) on bass and Lyon-born Marc Michel on drums. Their album ‘A Song For You’ is out now on Barcelona-based label Fresh Sound New Talent. Subtle yet insistent and powerful music.
“Tom Ollendorff is one of the world’s finest guitarists. His music is complex, yet rooted in melody and feeling.” Gilad Hekselman


Webb City / Wednesday 24th November / The Lescar
One of the most in-demand musicians on the London jazz scene, (playing with Corrie Dick, Rob Luft, Kansas Smitty’s House Band and his own trio), inspired by and emulating influences from Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson to Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau, Joe Webb is a uniquely exuberant, swinging, and assured pianist, joined in this trio celebrating the music of the great Art Tatum by an assured and rhythmically astute line-up in Will Sach (bass) and Dave Archer (guitar).
“….exceptionally promising young pianist. His playing is rare and has an unusual sense of delicate beauty.” - Huw Warren


The Magic Lantern / Thursday 25th November / Yellow Arch Studios
Sure to be a sell-out gig, we’re so excited to welcome back The Magic Lantern, the musical moniker for singer-songwriter Jamie Doe, an artist who blurs the boundaries between folk, jazz and contemporary music. His music has a unique, emotional quality, joyful, moving, and honest. With a full band of drawn from London’s creative jazz scene (Matt Robinson – piano, Chris Hyson – bass, Dave Hamblett – drums and Zac Gvirtzman – horns) they’ll playing music from his newly released fourth album, ‘A Reckoning Bell’.
“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special.” - Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music
“Extraordinary. Beautiful poised singing, amazing lyrics. Hypnotic!” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music


Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat / Wednesday 1st December / The Lescar
This Leeds-based quintet led by award-winning saxophonist Emma Johnson mix evocative and memorable tunes with strong melodic improvisation from some of the best musicians in the north, including Fergus Vickers on guitar, Richard Jones (Beats & Pieces) on piano, Angus Milne on bass, and Steve Hanley (Shapeshifters, Family Band) on drums. With a really strong, distinctive and engaging sound, Emma has worked with the likes of Gregory Porter, Olly Murs and Fold. Fresh and original lyrical contemporary jazz.


Lilli Unwin / Wednesday 8th December / The Lescar
A standout pre-lockdown gig at The Lescar left us in no doubt that we wanted to invite Lilli Unwin back as soon as possible. An enchanting and soulful singer, her original songs address universal themes of love, longing and loss through honest and fearless female stories. A member of the London Vocal Project, she performed in the world première of Jon Hendricks’ Miles Ahead in New York in 2017. Insightful music, played with poise and imagination


Four in One / Wednesday 15th December / The Lescar
A festive treat! Join us for vibrant, inventive versions of classic jazz tunes by the likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, and more, played by a first class line-up from the Leeds jazz scene featuring Will Howard on tenor sax, a wonderfully lyrical and sensitive musician, and an interactive and swinging rhythm section of Sam Quintana (Wandering Monster, Shapeshifters) on bass, Steve Hanley (Shapeshifters, Family Band) on drums, with one of the country’s most innovative and creative pianists, Jamil Sheriff.


Tickets for Yellow Arch Studios gigs can be purchased from their website.
Tickets for all other gigs, at The Lescar, Theatre Deli, and Hope Works, can be purchased by emailing us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or messaging us via Facebook. Tickets will also be available on the door at all gigs, subject to availability.
For more information, contact Jez Matthews on 0774 020 1939.

Jazz Promoter of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Jazz at The Lescar is an award-winning jazz promoter based in Sheffield, hosting one of the UK’s longest running weekly jazz nights, as well as occasional gigs at other venues around the city, covering a wide range of contemporary music, from local, regional, national and international touring artists, and showcasing the depth, creativity, and vibrancy of the jazz and improvised music scenes.

Run by musicians on a voluntary, not for profit basis, the nights are funded entirely through ticket sales for the gigs, and our legendary raffle!