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

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Jez Matthews of Jazz at The Lescar has forwarded details of a typically exciting and varied programme for February, March, April and early May 2020. Fully detailed listings attached.

Jez Matthews writes;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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