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Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield - Programme for June and July 2024.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Jez Matthews has forwarded full details of the forthcoming regular jazz events at The Lescar Hotel, Sheffield during June and July 2024.

Jez Matthews writes;

12th June / Radhika de Saram Quartet featuring Ivo Neame
An urgent and exciting mixing of jazz and Sri Lankan folk songs and rhythms, composer and multi-instrumentalist Radhika de Saram (Chineke! Orchestra, The Smile, Little Simz) charts a very personal journey in music with an international and all-star band of acclaimed musicians drawn from the London jazz scene, including Zhenya Strigalev (JZ Replacement, Tim Lefebvre) on saxophone, Ivo Neame (Phronesis) on keys and Billy Pod (Jim Mullen, Rob Luft ) on drums, playing music from Radhika’s debut album ‘From the Crow’s Nest’ released in 2023.


19th June / ESPIAL
Translucent, intimate and intense music from a trio featuring award-winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, keyboard player David Beebee, and drummer/vibraphonist Martin Pyne. Their music builds on layers of sound from the vibraphone and Fender Rhodes piano, mixing improvisation with evocative compositions and thoughtful, probing saxophone lines. Espial’s new album “The Act Of Noticing” was released in May on Sheffield-based label Discus Music. By turns lyrical, powerful, tender, delicate, mysterious.

26th June / Alice Zawadzki and Rob Luft
Unmissable, enchanting and virtuosic, two performers who are amongst the most distinctive and sought after musicians on the European jazz scene, combining energy, musical poetry and wit on a mix of songs in different languages and styles. Vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki is an original, committed and passionate performer, nuanced, expressive and lyrical. Guitarist Rob Luft has a uniquely identifiable sound, deftly virtuosic and expressive, and deservedly drawing comparison with guitar legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Unmissable, a really special and intimate evening.

3rd July / Claire Cope Quintet
Lyrical, optimistic and vibrant new music from a quintet led by Marvin Hamlisch award-winning composer and pianist Claire Cope, featuring the stunning and internationally acclaimed harp playing and vocals of Tara Minton (Björk, Tony Kofi) alongside a line up of the some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene, with saxophonist/clarinettist Rob Cope (Rob Luft, Elliot Galvin, Halle Orchestra) bass player Gavin Barras (Matthew Halsall) and drummer Johnny Hunter (Michael Moore, John Pope, Sloth Racket).

10th July / Plinio Dourado’s The Brazilian Spirit of Jazz
We’re delighted to welcome back to The Lescar a true legend of the Sheffield scene, Plinio Dourado (drums) with a really great quartet featuring Alain Felice (keyboard) Marcus Borges (bass), and Franck Nicolas (trumpet); a fluid and exciting collaboration of French and Brazilian musicians, and vibrant music drawing on the relentlessly shifting and subtle rhythms and harmonies of jazz, samba, bossa nova, and a mix of standard and original tunes.

17th July / Greg Abate with the Euan Palmer Trio
US sax legend Grammy nominee Greg Abate, former lead alto player with the Ray Charles Orchestra is joined by a great UK rhythm section. Greg’s playing history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, and a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world. An engaging and fiery performer yet also lyrical and melodic, surely musical sparks will fly as he meets three leading lights from the vibrant Birmingham Jazz scene, a dynamic responsive trio led by drummer Euan Palmer with BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist Nick Manz (piano), James Owston (bass).

24th June / Ruth Goller’s Skylla
With an acclaimed new album on Chicago’s International Anthem label, surely one of the most original unclassifiable sounds in music, Skylla is the creation of bassist, vocalist, composer and environmentalist Ruth Goller (Alabaster de Plume, Rokia Traoré, Shabaka Hutchings), and features two other acclaimed vocalists, Lauren Kinsella (Snowpoet), and Alice Grant (Matthew Herbert’s Big Band), joined for this gig by Will Glaser (drums), bringing a sensitive extra dimension to this unique and very personal music, mysterious shifting and dynamic layers of harmonised vocals, electronic sounds, and melody.

31st July / A Hologram Maze
Marking the release of their debut album ‘The Beauty of a Co-Pilot’,  warm, reflective, open-hearted, lyrical jazz from Birmingham-based pianist/composer David Austin Grey and a dynamic band of the finest UK improvisers, playing with a deep sense of understanding and common purpose. Music that shifts from sweet and tender to frenetic and energising, played with warmth and character. With David Austin Grey (Piano /Electronics), Sam Wooster (Trumpet), TBC - Tenor Sax & Flute, Shivraj Singh (Bass) and Nathan Jones (Drums & Percussion) “A band with crazy telepathy who really enjoy the music.” (Mr. Scruff)


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