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Ragas Live Festival - 24 Hour Livestream Event - 21st - 22nd November 2020.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Nov 21-22 ,2020, 7pm EST to 7pm EST, Ragas Live Festival from New York City will feature legends of global music from 13 cities around the world for a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.

We have received the following information regarding this online event;


Ragas Live Festival finds a rare COVID Silver Lining and goes over the top

 


Imagine if you asked every one of your musical heroes to please play a short set for you from their home. Now imagine they all said “Sure!” and agreed to play something no one else has ever seen.


The founders of NYC’s Ragas Live Festival knew they couldn’t have a 24 hour live festival this year. They decided to live stream the festival, and quickly realized the extent that the internet could break down the barriers of festival logistics. With artists like Terry Riley, Zakir Hussein, Toumani Diabate, Andy Statman, and Betsayda Machado sidelined by the pandemic, they saw an opportunity- and Nov 21-22, 7pm EST to 7pm EST, Ragas Live Festival will feature legends of global music from 13 cities around the world for a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.


24 hour Ragas Live Festival, Nov 21, 7pm EST- Nov 22, 7pm EST? Info here- check out the list of performers….!
https://ragaslive.storyamp.com/

 

Brooklyn Raga Massive - Ragas Live Festival 2020 reimagines the world music festival with an epic 24-hour, 24 set Live Broadcast
11/21/2020 - Venues Around the World, Global at 7pm EST


From the Storyamp website;


Ragas Live Festival 2020 reimagines the world music festival with an epic 24-hour, 24 set Live Broadcast
From Mysore to Madagascar artists in 13 cities will contribute to a celebration of ‘Community, Unity, and Harmony,’ 


Terry Riley, Zakir Hussain, Toumani Diabate, Betsayda Machado
among the global music icons contributing to “24 hours of global resonance”


Presented by Brooklyn Raga Massive +
Pioneer Works + Rubin Museum of Art + NYC Radio Live the free event will feature over 90 musicians November 21-22nd from 7pm-7pm


Over the past nine years Ragas Live Festival has grown to become a vital element in the cultural landscape of New York City. Since its inception in 2012 when 50 musicians volunteered to create an FM-Broadcast at WKCR 89.9 FM-NY with the theme of “Community, Unity, and Harmony,” the festival has expanded to become a popular live event at locations including The Rubin Museum of Art and for the last few years, Pioneer Works. 


As the initial broadcast blossomed into an annual event, it attracted global attention, expanded the audience of Indian music, and documented and catalyzed what the New York Times would declare a “A Raga Renaissance Flowering in Brooklyn.” Now, Ragas Live has transformed that renaissance into one of the live music industry’s rare COVID-era success stories, managing to bring together over 90 musicians, from the deserts of Rajasthan to the mountains of Kathmandu, to perform remotely from 13 global cities in a celebration of ‘Community, Unity, and Harmony’.


The producers,  Pioneer Works, The Rubin Museum of Art, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and the podcast NYC Radio Live have teamed up to reimagine what a global music festival could be in the COVID era.  Listeners and viewers will be invited to take a journey from Japan to Nepal to Venezuela as the musical offerings flow between traditional presentations and cross-cultural, genre-blurring collaborations.  The entire event will be available free to all as a video livestream at live.pioneerworks.org/ragas and broadcast as audio on WKCR-FM 89.9 FM and http://www.wkcr.org.


They’ll be cutting edge cross-cultural performances: Terry Riley will be performing raga based   improvisations from Japan preceded by Brooklyn Raga Massive who will be premiering a 24 person performance of In D their homage to Riley.  The group will be releasing In D as an album, concurrently with the festival.  Amir ElSaffar will be collaborating with the Brooklyn Raga Massive as well with Raga Maqam a 14 piece ensemble that explores the intersections between maqam, the tonal language of Arab, Turkish, and Persian traditional music, and raga, the classical music of the Indian subcontinent. Andy Statman, the legend of klezmer and bluegrass will be exploring both Jewish doinas and ragas from the 200 year old synagogue B’nai Jeshurun. 


Founder and Executive Producer of Ragas Live Festival David Ellenbogen says, “This has always been a festival with a pan-global vision. This year that dream is fully being realized.  We’ll have artists and listeners from every continent. We reached out to many of our heroes, like Terry Riley, Toumani Diabate, Betsayda Machado and Zakir Hussain and to our astonishment, they all said yes.  These are the people that have changed the history of music. The artists felt a kinship with our idealistic vision and we are all working together to make it happen. We’ll have both artists and audience all around the world: it will be 24 hours of global resonance.”


Lauren Crump Associate Producer says; “Music will win the day, it won’t be a 24 hour news cycle, it will be a 24 hour music cycle. This is a landmark event in the history of contemporary music.”


Zakir Hussain will perform a tabla solo from San Francisco, Toumani Diabate will perform kora from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo will perform in El Clavo, Venezuela and Terry Riley from Japan.  Other highlights include Womanly Voices (of Jodhpur RIFF) performing from the Mehrangarh Fort in the Deserts of Rajasthan, Parvathy Baul singing traditional Baul music from rural West Bengal, Prince Nepali in Kathmandu, Toko Telo the Malagasy supergroup in Madagascar, Grammy award winner Vikku Vanaykram in Chennai, India and Andy Statman the legend of Klezmer and Bluegrass performing from temple B’nai Jeshrun, a nearly 200 year old synagogue in Manhattan. 


Says the festival’s Artistic Director Arun Ramamurthy, “These legendary musicians are the torchbearers of their traditions who have brought their music forward. To have them all participating is so inspiring.”


“The fact that we can’t safely do live performances this year, actually opened up new opportunities for our audience.” Ellenbogen explains,  “Some people were lucky to see for example Betsayda Machado’s group when they toured in the last few years, but to see them perform next to the river in their own hometown of El Clavo is the next level. Our audience will follow that up with a concert from Prince Nepali in the mountains of Kathmandu.”


“Indian Classical Music is uniquely time specific, a system called Raga Samay. With the Raga Samay system, the music harmonizes with the essence of each time of day,” explains founder David Ellenbogen,  “Certain modes will only be played at sunrise to capture that particular feeling while others may be reserved to match the essence of deep night.  All 24 sets of the Ragas Live Festival honor this time system to create a larger immersive experience. This vision has brought an entire artistic community together and inspired its music to new heights. This year as cross cultural collaborations are inhibited due to COVID, we are also presenting a lot of traditional music, like Malagasy music of Madagascar, the 800 year old djele tradition of West Africa, and Afro-Venezuelan music on their own terms.  Everyone who tunes in will become part of a international audience, together, in real time, we’ll share many moments of beauty and transcendence.” 


“I love Indian Music, I love Indian culture, I’m doing this because I think it’s a beautiful idea and I want to share life and music” says Toumani Diabate, the legendary Kora player, who will perform a set from Côte d’Ivoire.


Ragas Live Festival 2020 will be streamed live on Pioneer Works Broadcast at http://www.live.pioneerworks.org/ragas


For more info, merch and to donate to the festival, please join the community on the festival home page at http://www.live.pioneerworks.org/ragas


Artists include:


Terry Riley (Himitsu, Japan)


Zakir Hussain (San Francisco, USA)


Toumani Diabate (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)


Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo (El Clavo, Venezuela) 


Brooklyn Raga Massive: In D (Manhattan, NYC, USA)


3G feat T.H. Vikku Vinayakram & Selvaganesh (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)


Andy Statman (Manhattan, NYC, USA)


Womanly Voices (of Jodhpur RIFF) (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India)


Alam Khan (Kentfield, CA, USA)


Derek Gripper (Cape Town, South Africa)


Krishna Bhatt (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


Amir ElSaffar - Raga Maqam (Brooklyn, NY, USA)


Toko Telo (Morondava, Madagascar)


Mysore Nagaraj & Karthik Nagaraj (Mysore, Karnataka, India)


Ali Akbar College of Music Percussion Ensemble (San Rafael, USA)


Dhun Dhora (featuring the Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan) (Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India)


Swapan Chaudhuri (San Rafael, USA)


Parvathy Baul (Kamardanga, West Bengal, India)


Jay Gandhi & Arun Ramamurthy (Manhattan, NYC, USA)


Roopa Mahadevan (Brooklyn, NY)


Prince Nepali (Kathmandu, Nepal)


Flute Shashank (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)


Anantha Krishnan and Charumathi Raghuram (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)


Abhik Mukherjee & Samarth Nagarkar (Brooklyn, NYC, USA)


Ask Hafiz (Manhattan, NYC, USA)

 

 

Locations:


Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


Brooklyn, NYC, USA


Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


El Clavo, Venezuela


Himitsu, Japan


Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India


Kamardanga, West Bengal, India


Kathmandu, Nepal


Manhattan, NYC, USA


Morondava, Madagascar


Mysore, Karnataka, India


San Francisco, USA


San Rafael, USA


Cape Town, South Africa


Dispatch Details


EVENT NOTES:
Live Streamed from Around the World!


TICKET PRICE(S):
FREE


VENUE LINK:
Click here
https://live.pioneerworks.org/ragas/

 

VENUE CITY, STATE:
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VENUE:
Venues Around the World
Ragas Live Festival has grown to become a vital element in the cultural landscape of New York City. Since its inception in 2012 when 50 musicians broadcast the theme of “Community, Unity, and Harmony” from WKCR, the festival has expanded to become a popular event at locations including The Rubin Museum of Art and Pioneer Works.

 

Oxford American Presents Virtual Jazz / Civil Rights Outreach Programs with the Jazz Musicians of No Tears Suite on November 5th & 6th, 2020.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

This two-day program will be broadcast from Marigny Studios in New Orleans and consist of two exciting virtual events (all event details attached).

We have received the following press release;


Oxford American Presents Virtual Jazz / Civil Rights Outreach Programs with the Jazz Musicians of No Tears Suite on November 5 & 6

 

Really pumped to let you know the Oxford American, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site are elated to present: No Tears Suite: Live from New Orleans, a collaboration with the National Park Service. This impressive two-day affair will be broadcast from Marigny Studios in New Orleans and consist of two exciting virtual events (all event details below). 


The first is a panel discussion, Civil Rights in Jazz: Then and Now, on Thursday, November 5 at 7PM CST, that will focus on the deeply rooted, sometimes subtle ways in which the jazz genre has impacted the Civil Rights movement in America. Moderating the event is journalist and public radio veteran Gwen Thompkins. Thompkins is currently the host of Music Inside Out on WWNO and the New Orleans correspondent for NPR’s World Cafe program. Panelists include renowned New Orleans saxophonist, Kidd Jordan—a devotee of free improvisation, but fluent in a wide variety of settings and genres. Jordan has performed and recorded with artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., Ornette Coleman, Ellis Marsalis, Archie Shepp, Fred Anderson, and William Parker among many others. The panel will also feature No Tears Suite composers Christopher Parker and Kelley Hurt, as well as saxophonist Bobby LaVell.


On Friday, November 6, No Tears Suite musicians will engage in local outreach by teaching a virtual jazz masterclass. The event is private and limited to participating schools, but will simultaneously engage high school and university students both in New Orleans and in Little Rock, Arkansas, including band students at Little Rock Central High School, University of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Little Rock Episcopal Collegiate School.


Both are free and will be accessible to the public! Register for these events here.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oa-presents-civil-rights-in-jazz-then-and-now-panel-discussion-tickets-125102283297

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020
Panel Discussion: Civil Rights in Jazz: Then and Now
7PM CST | FREE
Moderated by Gwen Thompkins
Featuring: Kidd Jordan, Christopher Parker, Kelley Hurt & Bobby LaVell
Event link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oa-presents-civil-rights-in-jazz-then-and-now-panel-discussion-tickets-125102283297


Friday, November 6, 2020
Private Jazz Outreach Programs
Contact for information on participating

 

Mahakala Music and Oxford American Present No Tears Suite, A Monumental Ode to the Little Rock Nine, out on September 25th, 2020


Written by Little Rock musicians Christopher Parker and Kelley Hurt, featuring Grammy award-winning drummer Brian Blade, bassist Bill Huntington, trumpeter Marc Franklin, and saxophonists Bobby LaVell and Chad Fowler, the Suite was performed at Central High School in 2017 in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock Nine desegregation crisis.


Concurrent bonus release of a streaming-only free live recording of the No Tears Suite conducted by Geoffrey Robson features the jazz septet and a sixteen-piece Arkansas Symphony Orchestra ensemble playing expanded orchestral arrangements written by Grammy-nominated arranger, composer, and bassist Rufus Reid.


Genre: Jazz, Black Liberation Music
RIYL: Charles Mingus, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble


About No Tears Suite;


In September 1957, 61 years after the “separate but equal” ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson, in Little Rock, Arkansas, nine Black high school students finally broke through the threshold of Little Rock Central High School after a month of facing protestors and blockades by the Arkansas National Guard. No Tears Suite, composed by Arkansas-native and music teacher Christopher Parker and his wife, jazz vocalist Kelley Hurt, was initially written to commemorate and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s historic enrolment and their continued courage and fortitude, which has inspired every generation thereafter.


When the piece premiered in September 2017, the group of Grammy award-winning drummer Brian Blade, bassist Bill Huntington, trumpeter Marc Franklin, and saxophonists Bobby LaVell (tenor) and Chad Fowler (alto) was so successful in communicating Hurt and Parker’s vision, that the composers began to explore how they could continue to expand the No Tears Suite. Their solution manifested itself in a new collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, with the incomparable, Grammy-nominated arranger, composer, and bassist Rufus Reid penning the orchestral arrangements, flawlessly infusing the sweeping grandeur of the ASO’s 16-piece ensemble into the No Tears Suite—the live orchestral version of the suite that premiered in March 2019 in Little Rock, will be available as a free streaming-only bonus album on the same day that the studio version is released (by CD and digitally) from the Arkansas based label, Mahakala Music.


Largely inspired and informed by the memoir Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of the Little Rock Nine, the music of No Tears Suite reflects the resilience of those students as they ascended the steps of Central High School in 1957 and shifted the course of American history. The tension of inequality and oppression felt by these students is felt on “Roll Call,” as Hurt details the lives of those involved Little Rock Nine and others involved in Arkansas’, and America’s, educational integration over an unsettled and lamenting pool of instrumentation. But ultimately, No Tears Suite emphasizes emotions of power and joy, highlighting the significant progress and lasting brightness the Little Rock Nine brought to Arkansas and the country. “Jubilate” bounces and uplifts, and “Don’t Cry (Warrior’s Song)” struts with a confidence and strength—similar to Mingus’ composition on the same subject matter, “Fables of Faubus,”—Hurt sings words of grit and motivation over the soulful swing: “Beaten, bruised, yeah you refused / there are no cowards here.”


No Tears Suite never loses sight of the astounding humanity of the nine students that prompted the piece in the first place. In speaking on the development of the music, Parker said, “We just wanted to put the spotlight on those kids… how can anyone not be proud of those kids?”


Written by members of the Little Rock community, for the Little Rock-based literary magazine, Oxford American, about a pivotal moment in the city’s civil rights history, No Tears Suite is the result of and a testament to a community that believes in celebration, perseverance, and growth, and serves as an enduring reminder of the progress made and the progress still required.

 

Christopher Parker & Kelley Hurt - No Tears Suite [CD / Digital]


September 25th, 2020 - Mahakala Music + Oxford American


Pre-order: https://www.oxfordamericangoods.org/collections/good-listening/products/no-tears-suite-cd


1. Overture
2. To Be A Kid
3. Roll Call
4. Don’t Cry (Warrior’s Song)
5. Crisis
6. Jubilate


Studio Album
Christopher Parker - composition, piano
Kelley Hurt - composition, vocals
Brian Blade - drums
Bill Huntingon - bass
Bobby LaVell - tenor saxophone
Marc Franklin - trumpet
Chad Fowler - alto saxophone


Live Bonus Album (free; streaming only)
Rufus Reid - bass, symphonic arrangement, orchestration
Geoffrey Robson - conductor
Christopher Parker - composition, piano
Kelley Hurt - composition, vocals
Brian Blade - drums
Bobby LaVell - tenor saxophone
Marc Franklin - trumpet
Chad Fowler - alto saxophone
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra


https://www.oxfordamerican.org/notears

 

Oxford American Presents: Creating the No Tears Suite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUzKv-H7MMY&t=1s

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 18/10/2020.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 18/10/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Colin Steele Quartet – Joni (Marina)

 

Giampero Locatelli - Ground 71 (AMP Music)

 

Reuter-Motzer-Grohowki - Shapeshifters (Moonjune)

 

Michel Benita Quartet - Looking At Sounds (ECM)

 

Rick Simpson - Everything All Of The Time: Kid A Revisited (Whirlwind)

 

Terje Rypdal - Conspiracy (ECM)

 

Zeuthen-Anderskov-Vestergaard - Ecstatic Embrace (ILK)

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Nicolas Meier to present “The Live Streaming Guitar Festival”, December 3rd - 13th, 2020.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Guitarist Nicolas Meier will present a Livestreaming Guitar Festival featuring fifteen guitarists and twelve concerts during December 2020. Details attached.

Nicolas Meier writes;


As you may know, I have been doing weekly Live Streaming Concerts since April from my Garden/Studio. It has been great fun with decent audience and donations. It also kept me sane playing with lots of musicians/friends…:-)


So I thought before Christmas (Dec 3-13th), I wanted to share my experience with all the jazz guitarists I know living around London… So I decided to make a LIVE STREAMING GUITAR FEST


15 guitarists / 12 concerts


All information is at http://www.meiergroup.com/guitarfest


also a video to present it… https://youtu.be/4nv91eCsqXM

 

The line up features;


Nicolas Meier


Chris Montague


Clement Regert


Matt Chandler


Nigel Price


Pete Oxley


Dominic Ashworth


Hannes Riepler


Giorgio Serci


Carl Orr


Ant Law


Dave Preston


Chris Allard

 

http://www.meiergroup.com

Scottish Jazz Award 2020 Winners Announced.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards were unveiled on the night of Sunday 18 October, at a virtual ceremony hosted by Suzanne Bonnar & Luca Manning. Press release including list of winners att

We have received the following press release;


SCOTTISH JAZZ AWARDS 2020 WINNERS UNVEILED


The winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards were unveiled last night, Sunday 18 October, at a virtual ceremony hosted by Suzanne Bonnar and Luca Manning.


Stand-out artists from Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene were honoured in seven categories, with more than 2,500 public votes cast online to decide which artists scooped prestigious awards including Best Instrumentalist and Rising Star.


The Services To Scottish Jazz Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were selected by a panel of industry specialists, including press and promoters from across the UK.


Revered music writer, jazz critic and agent Rob Adams was awarded the Services To Scottish Jazz Award and this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Ken Mathieson.


Ken ran the very first Glasgow International Jazz Festival in 1987, before devoting himself to playing and arranging for Fat Sam’s Band, Picante and his award-winning Classic Jazz Orchestra. Ken joins an esteemed hall of fame which includes Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd and last year’s winner Martin Taylor.


Glasgow based nu-jazz collective corto.alto, who released new music every three weeks from their hub at 435, scooped two awards – Best Band and Best Album – for their collection of releases.


Acclaimed pianist Fergus McCreadie picked up the Best Instrumentalist Award after securing a record deal this summer, while Paisley’s Kitti was crowned Best Vocalist after recently releasing her debut EP.


The Rising Star Award was given to young trombonist and singer Anoushka Nanguy who has already performed with the SNJO and is making waves on the Scottish jazz scene.


The live-streamed awards included video messages from previous winners Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith from the SNJO, Georgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie and Marianne McGregor, and exclusive performances from Fergus McCreadie and Laura MacDonald.


Winners of the 8th Scottish Jazz Awards are as follows:


Rising Star Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Anoushka Nanguy


Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club
Kitti


Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Fergus McCreadie


Best Band Award sponsored by Love Supreme Jazz Festival
corto.alto


Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD
corto.alto - Live From 435 Vols 1, 2 & 3


Services To Scottish Jazz Award sponsored by Ticketmaster
Rob Adams


Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland
Ken Mathieson


Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival and Producer of the Scottish Jazz Awards, said:
“Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first virtual Scottish Jazz Awards ceremony and to everyone who cast their vote to select this year’s winners. The categories were hard fought so a big congratulations to everyone who was nominated.
“The Awards have given us a chance to look back on what has been an incredible year for Scottish jazz, despite the challenges thrown our way, and to recognise some of the most talented and revered musicians in Scotland. Well done to everyone who was honoured, I hope everyone took the chance to raise a toast to the wealth of talent in the industry.”


The Scottish Jazz Awards are produced as an independent event by the organisers of Glasgow Jazz Festival and supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


You can watch the awards back on the Glasgow Jazz Festival My Player channel.

 


Glasgow Jazz Festival
The Glasgow International Jazz Festival was founded in 1987, when Glasgow was bidding to become the European City of Culture for 1990. The city had studied the competition and worked out that all major cities in Europe had a jazz festival. If they had one, then so should Glasgow.
From the very beginning, the Glasgow International Jazz Festival brought some of the biggest names of jazz to the City –1987’s programme included singer Sarah Vaughan, Chick Corea, Taj Mahal, Benny Carter and Carol Kidd. Other top headliners include Miles Davis (during the European City of Culture year 1990), Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Guy, Michael Brecker and Tony Bennett. 


Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit http://www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and http://www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland


Note;
As the Awards were moved from their scheduled date in May 2020 due to Covid-19, the time period for eligible album releases was extended to cover albums released up until the end of July 2020. Last year’s winners were ineligible for nomination in the same category for this year.


Nominating Panel for Scottish Jazz Awards 2020


Agnese Daverio           Jazz & Blues Festival                 Promoter                   Edinburgh


Alan Steadman             Jazz at Hospitalfield                 Promoter                   Arbroath


Alison Kerr             The Herald & Scotsman           Press                         Glasgow


Christoper Barr           Glasgow Life                   Promoter                   Glasgow


Emma Marsh               Swing                         Promoter                   Glasgow


Grace Black             Langtoun Jazz Festival             Promoter                   Kirkcaldy


Graeme Knox               Whighams Jazz Club                 Promoter                   Edinburgh


Jill Rodger               Glasgow Jazz Festival               Promoter                   Glasgow


Jim Gilchrist             The Scotsman                     Press                         Edinburgh


Joe Rattray                                         Promoter                   Glasgow


Keith Mcrae               Blue Lamp                     Promoter                   Aberdeen


Rebecca Vasmant                                       Promoter                   Glasgow


Seb Scotney               London Jazz News                 Press                         London


Sushil Dade               BBC Radio Scotland                 Media                       Glasgow

Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival Receives Lifeline Grant.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival, which is taking place from 16th to 25th October 2020, has been awarded £50,040 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).

We have received the following press release;


Jazz Festival Receives Lifeline Grant

The Birmingham Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival has been awarded £50,040 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary announced yesterday.


The Birmingham Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced yesterday. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department foe Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.


Originally the Birmingham Jazz Festival, the Festival was founded in 1985 and since then has provided 10 days of the best of jazz (over 200 performances) every July. As well as highlighting the talents of fine local and nationally known musicians, the Festival has hosted jazz stars of the magnitude of Miles Davis and the Count Basie Orchestra and been highly successful in discovering young talent from Europe and introducing many bands and musicians to the British public. As a Festival of largely free events in a wide variety of settings, many informal, it has a unique reputation for involving the community.


In 2020, inevitably, the July Festival had to be cancelled, to be replaced by a Virtual Jazz Festival on the same dates and a much smaller live Festival (approximately 30 events) on October 16th-25th. The Festival’s sister-company, Big Bear Music, has found income from agency and promotion work much reduced, endangering the future of the Festival.


Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:
‘This is more vital funding to protect cultural gems across the country, save jobs and prepare the arts to fight back. Through Arts Council England we are delivering the biggest ever investment in the arts in record time. Hundreds of millions of pounds are already making their way to thousands of organisations.
‘These awards build on our commitment to be here for culture in every part of the country.’


Chair Arts Council England Sir Nicholas Serota said:
‘Culture is an essential part of life across the country, helping to support people’s wellbeing through creativity and self-expression, bringing communities together, and fuelling our world-class creative industries.
‘This latest set of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund builds on those announced recently and will help hundreds of organisations to survive the next few months, ensuring that the cultural sector can bounce back after the crisis. We will continue doing everything we can to support artists and cultural and creative organisations, with further funding to be announced in the coming weeks.’


Founder and Director of the Birmingham Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival Jim Simpson said:
‘This award by the Culture and Recovery Fund is literally a life-saver. With the lack of income owing to the virus it was difficult to be optimistic about the future of a festival that means so much to the community. Thanks to the generous and far-sighted action of the Culture Recovery Fund there will be a Birmingham Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival in July 2021.’


The 36th edition of the festival is currently in progress. The full updated programme is available to view online at http://www.birminghamjazzfestival.com 


For further information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), phone 0121 454 7610 [0121 454 7020 when back to normal] or visit the website http://www.birminghamjazzfestival.com


The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival returns for its 36th year at the later than usual dates of 16-25th October, having originally been scheduled for 17-26th July prior to the onset of COVID-19.
The festival regularly presents over 200 performances in over 100 venues across the West Midlands, featuring bands and musicians from across the UK, Europe and further afield.
Since its 1985 debut, the Festival has generated over £80m for the region’s economy, put on an amazing 6,755 performances – mostly for free – and attracted a total audience in excess of 2.9 million people.
In 2017 the Festival received The Lord Mayor’s Award, from Cllr Carl Rice “in recognition of outstanding achievement and exceptional service to the City of Birmingham and its people through inspirational and dedicated work”.

 

EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 - line up announced.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The line up has been announced for the 2020 EFG London Jazz Festival which take place from Friday November 13th to Sunday November 22nd and which will feature a mix of live and on line performances.

We have received the following press release;


EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2020
FRIDAY 13 - SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER


JAZZ LEGENDS REVISITED


This year the EFG London Jazz Festival presents a blend of live music and digital streams in a wide-ranging programme, including the celebration of some of the greatest jazz legends. With performances from many of the UK’s finest musicians, the Festival pays tribute to Pharoah Sanders, who has just turned 80, Charlie Parker on his 100th anniversary and Jaco Pastorius.  BBC FOUR presents Ronnie’s:  Ronnie Scotts & his World-Famous Jazz Club and the Barbican Cinema screens Billie, a documentary about the life of Billie Holiday.


SEED Ensemble Celebrating the music of Pharoah Sanders (Barbican, live + streamed on Saturday 14 November).  Celebrating the life and work of spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders, the Mercury Award-nominated SEED Ensemble perform from his much revered repertoire.  Led by alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, the lineup features trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey (Kokoroko) and guitarist Shirley Tetteh with special guests just confirmed: Shabaka Hutchings, Ashley Henry, Richie Sievwright and Yahael Camara Onono.  This live show is completely sold out: tickets are available for the livestream.


Tomorrow’s Warriors present Charlie Parker Songbook (Church of Sound, free stream on Friday 20 November). Two pillars of the London jazz scene, Tomorrow’s Warriors + Church of Sound, join forces for the first time in celebration of Charlie Parker’s 100th anniversary, with a specially curated set from Bird’s songbook, performed by some of Tomorrow’s Warriors finest alumni, Nathanial Facey (saxophone), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), Moses Boyd (drums) and led by Gary Crosby, who makes a rare live appearance on upright bass.


Gwilym Simcock:  Tribute to Jaco Pastorius (606 Club, on 19 November). Recently touring with guitarist Pat Metheny and described by Chick Corea as “a creative genius”, pianist Gwilym Simcock performs his Tribute to Jaco Pastorius, dedicated to the iconic US bass player, accompanied by two musicians of international standing – bass guitar player Laurence Cottle (Van Morrison, Bill Bruford) and drummer Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton, Sting).


Films:  there is a gala screening of the thought-provoking and potent film, Billie, directed by James Erskine, documenting the tumultuous life, career and spirit of the iconic Billie Holiday at the Barbican Cinema on 15 November and BBC FOUR focuses on a legend of the UK jazz scene in Ronnie’s:  Ronnie Scott & his World-Famous Jazz Club.


For a comprehensive guide to the festival please go to: http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/whats-on


For information on all Serious shows please go to http://www.serious.org.uk

Kidderminster Jazz Club to re-open in November 2020.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Kidderminster Jazz Club will re-open on Thursday, November 12th 2020 with a performance by vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais and his quartet. Details attached.

Annette Gregory of Kidderminster Jazz Club writes;

I am writing to let you know that I am attempting to re-open in November
Smaller numbers but I am going to try.


Roger Beaujolais
Thursday 12th November 2020
Kidderminster Jazz Club
Kidderminster Town Hall DY10 1DE
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Performance starts at 7:30pm

 

Annette Gregory
Kidderminster Jazz Club


https://www.kidderminsterjazzclub.co.uk


https://www.facebook.com/page/@kidderminsterjazzclub


https://www.twitter.com/@kidderminsterj2


Further information from http://www.rogerbeaujolais.com


THU
12
NOV
2020
THE ROGER BEAUJOLAIS (WEST COUNTRY) QUARTET - TRIBUTE TO MILT JACKSON
7.30pm
Kidderminster Jazz Club, Kidderminster Town Hall, Vicar St, DY10 1DE
With Dave Newton on piano, Paul Jefferies on double bass & Kevin O’Rourke on drums.

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 11/10/2020.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 11/10/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid’s European Jazz Hour


First broadcast on October 11th and now available at any time at mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Django Bates’ Beloved - Tenacity (Lost Marbles)

 

Maria Baptist/Jan von Klewitz - Facing Duality (Maria Baptist Music)

 

Ray Russell - Fluid Architecture (Cuneiform)

 

Max Nagl Quintet - Pdorvk (rude noises)

 

Josephine Davies - How can we wake (Whirlwind)

 

Roberto Ottaviano - Rhapsodies/Resonance (Dodicilune)

 

Hervé Perez feat. Alex Hegyesi - Garden of Secrets (Discus)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Ben Rosenblum - New album and livestream performance dates, October and November 2020.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New York based pianist & accordionist Ben Rosenblum launches his new album "Kites and Strings" with an online 'listening party' on October 16th, followed by other livestream events. Press release att.

We have received the following press release;

Fri. Oct. 16 – Livestream Ben Rosenblum album release listening party

 


Pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger Ben Rosenblum hosts an online listening party this Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EDT to celebrate the release of his vivid, beautiful and buoyant album Kites and Strings. 


Rosenblum will talk a bit about each piece and its inspiration and answer questions about the album. Join the party via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages.
https://www.youtube.com/user/benrosenblummusic or https://www.facebook.com/benrosenblummusic/. 


Featuring pieces ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Neil Young plus Rosenblum’s beguiling originals with Bulgarian, klezmer, rock and Latin, the album, out Oct. 16 via One Trick Dog, has been hailed as “luminous” and “soaring.” 


“A witty, skilful composer, the multi-instrumentalist leads his first full band outing in fine form with playing and writing that are second to none,” – Midwest Record.

 

Full list of Rosenblum’s Livestream Dates:


• Friday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.: Listening party for Kites and Strings album launch.


• Sunday, October 25 at 4 p.m. via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages


• Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages


• Wednesday, November 18 at noon EDT – Livestream concert for Music at Southminster in Ottawa.  Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/MusicatSouthminster/ 


• Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages


Ben Rosenblum Solo Live Stream events can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/user/benrosenblummusic or https://www.facebook.com/benrosenblummusic/ 


• Select Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning on 10/27 streaming with Jasper Dutz.  Tune in on Jasper’s Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/championshogo.

 


Kites and Strings, the debut recording from the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project features the rising pianist/accordionist/composer/arranger’s stellar sextet and special guests

From Leonard Bernstein and Neil Young to Bulgarian Women Vocalists and Rosenblum’s beguiling originals, the music showcases a brilliant cast of improvisers, including trumpeter Wayne Tucker, guitarist Rafael Rosa, reed expert Jasper Dutz, bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Ben Zweig
 

                             
Ben Rosenblum doesn’t just invite a diverse array of influences into his music. While his projects reflect his potent and deeply rooted point of view, the pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger positively thrives on a thrum of contrasting approaches. With Kites and Strings, his third album as a leader and the debut of the Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project, he’s convened an exceptionally vivid cast of collaborators and provided them with a program of arrestingly beautiful pieces. Slated for release on October 16, 2020 via One Trick Dog, the album is the work of an artist who’s found that his voice contains multitudes.


Regularly employed by some of jazz’s most revered masters, Rosenblum has already established a national profile as bandleader by logging thousands of miles on the road, playing some 100 gigs annually with his trio at clubs, theaters, schools and community centers, and relishing the opportunity to bring jazz into communities where fellow musicians rarely play.


Kites and Strings features some of the most compelling young players on the New York scene including trumpeter Wayne Tucker, guitarist Rafael Rosa, Jasper Dutz on tenor sax and bass clarinet, bassist Marty Jaffe, and drummer Ben Zweig, with vibraphonist Jake Chapman, trombonist Sam Chess and pianist Jeremy Corren expanding the sextet on several tracks. “These are all great jazz musicians who are steeped in the music’s history, and they all have very different approaches to the music,” he says. “My bandleader heroes often worked like that. Think of Astor Piazzolla’s Tango: Zero Hour when he put together a traditional tango violinist, a rock-influenced electric guitarist, and a jazz pianist. I love seeing the way people’s different styles play off of each other and combine into something beautiful and unique.”


Encompassing rock and klezmer, Latin American rhythms and Bulgarian harmonies, Kites and Strings marks a major leap for Rosenblum as a composer/arranger. He gained widespread notice with his 2017 debut Instead (One Trick Dog), a confident trio session featuring drum legend Billy Hart and bass master Curtis Lundy that earned four stars from DownBeat Magazine. After holding his own with two revered improvisers he followed up in 2018 with River City (One Trick Dog), a trio with his rapidly rising contemporaries bassist Kanoa Mendenhall and drummer Ben Zweig. Kites and Strings introduces Rosenblum as a composer/arranger with a capacious palette of textures and voicings and firm command of form. The project also establishes him as the newest member of a small, extraordinary keyboard cadre made up of players equally expressive on piano and accordion, a talent-laden club that includes Gary Versace, Sam Reider, Rob Reich, and Rio de Janeiro-born Vitor Gonçalves, who’s a particular source of inspiration for Rosenblum.


The album gathers together compositions Rosenblum’s been developing over the past decade, opening with “Cedar Place,” a hat tip to the inestimable pianist/composer Cedar Walton. The propulsive bass line and one-chord vamp section bring to mind the deceptively simple elegance and forceful swing of Walton’s standard “Bolivia.” The buoyant title track bobs and weaves with a 7/4 pulse inspired by the effortlessness of odd-meter feels in Venezuelan merengue or Bulgarian hora, evoking the celebratory meter with interwoven lines by accordion, trumpet and vibes. The accordion also figures prominently in “Motif From Brahms (op. 98),” which borrows a dozen bars directly from the titular composer before some gorgeous piano work by Jeremy Corren (who’s been heard recently with vibraphonist Joel Ross).


Rosenblum originally intended “Fight or Flight” for the violinist Benjamin Sutin’s klezmer jazz combo Klazz-Ma-Tazz, and the piece just keeps adding diverting attractions after the circus-like accordion figure, with a snapping trumpet fanfare and distortion-tinged guitar solo. Another highlight is Rosenblum’s gorgeously orchestrated arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere,” which recalls Lee Morgan’s rendition on the trumpeter’s posthumously released album, Standards. Corren digs into the bittersweet melody. “I knew Jeremy would shine on this,” Rosenblum says. “I love his playing on more melodic pieces. His voice leadings are unlike anyone else, and his supportive accompaniment frees me up to play the melody on accordion.”


Rosenblum turns Neil Young’s elegiac “Philadelphia” into an arresting jazz ballad, and gives the band an angular blues to stretch out on with “Laughing On the Inside.”  The album closes with Rosenblum’s arrangement of “Izpoved,” a piece he distilled from the beloved recording Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares Vol. 2. Featuring Jasper Dutz’s thick, sinuous bass clarinet work, the piece captures the haunting, otherworldly quality of the all-women Bulgarian vocal ensemble.


In many ways Rosenblum’s welcoming aesthetic reflects his cosmopolitan upbringing in New York City. A Gotham native born on March 29, 1993, he earned a BA in philosophy from Columbia University while also studying piano at Juilliard in a joint degree program. But before he was out of high school he’d connected with his first mentor, esteemed Israeli-born pianist Roy Assaf. Knowing that the most essential jazz education is acquired on the bandstand, Assaf connected Rosenblum with first-call drummer Winard Harper who was just starting a new jam session in Jersey City to bring jazz back into his home community. “He had a small budget so he got young musicians like me for the house band, and that ended up being an incredible experience,” Rosenblum says. Assaf also connected him with veteran vocalist Deborah Davis, a veritable New York institution, who took him under her wing “and taught me so many tunes and how to accompany a singer,” he recalls.


Davis recommended Rosenblum to bassist Curtis Lundy, who became another invaluable mentor, “somebody who provided tough love in a way that was great for my development,” he says. “I needed to hear about getting my left hand together and being rhythmically solid, how to lead a piano trio, the importance of listening to certain recordings. I’ve been so fortunate in getting to play with these masters. I also received some beautiful instruction from Bruce Barth at Columbia and Frank Kimbrough at Juilliard. I continue to learn the most playing with other people. I’m surrounded with great young musicians who are never shy about telling me if they hear something different.”


Nebula showcases a dazzling cross section of rising New York talent. Trumpeter Wayne Tucker, who delivers consistently crackling work throughout Kites and Strings, has been touring with vocalist Cyrille Aimée recently. He and Puerto Rican guitarist Rafael Rosa, who’s part of the brilliant wave of Latin American musicians transforming the New York scene, are a few years older than Rosenblum and were shaped by a different peer group. “Wayne has a ton of experience in jazz and also in the R&B/hip hop world, and he’s bringing in that musical attitude. His swing is more laid back. I love pairing him with Jasper, who studied with Walter Smith III and is more classically minded. He’s got a deep relationship with the bass clarinet. I love how different they are, yet how committed they are to the blend.”


The group is built upon Rosenblum’s working trio with bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Ben Zweig, whom Rosenblum has toured with throughout the United States and internationally for several years. They are a highly sympathetic unit that renders any time signature with a relaxed flow. “I love playing with them so much,” he says. “They’re willing to be as adventurous musically as I want to be. I’ve never been a hyper-specialist. I want to explore a lot of different styles. The two of them have such a deep knowledge of traditional jazz and hard bop and how to swing, but they’re willing to spend the hours to learn about, say, Brazilian music in a deep way.”

 


Best known as a highly adaptable pianist, Rosenblum started to focus on the accordion about five years ago. He studied with Vitor Gonçalves, and the dearth of jazz accordion players meant that he “received opportunities that really pushed me to get better on the instrument,” he says, like touring around Europe with New York-based Croatian jazz vocalist Astrid Kuljanic. A weekly Manhattan gig with her band featuring the great Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato allowed him to begin to fully explore the instrument and start thinking about it compositionally. “The accordion introduced me to all kinds of international styles – South American, klezmer, Romanian, and Irish music,” he says. “I subbed in the pit for Fiddler On the Roof, which really got my accordion chops up. It’s always a work in progress, and I’m having a great time with it.”

 

The pleasure the musicians take in each other’s company comes through bright and clear on Kites and Strings. It’s like one of those famous New York parties where you never know who’s going to walk through the door or what’s going to happen next. And you’re invited.


http://www.benrosenblummusic.com

 

 

Jazz FM Awards To Take Place At Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London on October 27th 2020.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Jazz FM Awards 2020, which were postponed earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, will now take place at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on October 27th. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;


Norah Jones Amongst Artists To Be Honoured At Jazz FM Awards 2020


*Rescheduled Ceremony To Take Place At Ronnie Scott’s This Month*


**Nominees include Celeste, Jacob Collier, Moses Boyd, Charles Lloyd, Anderson .Paak, Branford Marsalis and Earth Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey**

 

 

The Jazz FM Awards 2020, which were postponed earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions, will now take place at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho on October 27th. Also announced today is the recipient of this year’s Impact Award, one of the evening’s special awards, which will be presented to multi-million-selling singer and pianist Norah Jones, and the first ever Jazz FM Awards headline sponsor in the form of foreign exchange company OANDA.


The ceremony will adhere to all government guidelines and will be a closed event that will be livestreamed on both the Jazz FM and Ronnie Scott’s Facebook pages alongside special dedicated programming on Jazz FM.


Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts:
“There’s so much to say!  Firstly, I’m so pleased that we are now in a position to move forward with a celebration of the ‘Jazz FM Awards 2020 with OANDA’.  I’d also like to thank OANDA for showing their continued support and faith in our annual celebration and upgrading their support to headline sponsor.
Elsewhere, it’s been a tough few months for everyone in our community so a real moment to allow the brilliance to shine through is most welcome.  Venues have of course also suffered terribly so to be able to partner with the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club as our “base” for this year reminds people that live music is still there and vitally important. I thank Fred Nash and his team for loving the idea as much as us.
And finally… congrats to Norah Jones and her Impact Award.  Norah has done so much to bring jazz music to the greater public and her 50 million record sales and 9 GRAMMYs® prove it. This year’s Jazz FM Awards with OANDA is shaping up to be not only rather unique, but also something incredibly special.”


Ronnie Scott’s General Manager Fred Nash:
“We felt that Ronnie’s was the perfect place to host the awards.  The connection between Jazz FM and Ronnie’s is longstanding, and we hope this continues for many years.”


Since launching in 2013, The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA has become one of the most highly anticipated events in the music industry calendar, providing an opportunity to celebrate both emerging artists and established stars from across the genre’s increasingly vibrant and diverse community. Previous recipients include the likes of Quincy Jones, George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, The Rolling Stones, Gregory Porter, Don Was, Hugh Masekela, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Esperanza Spalding, Laura Mvula and Georgie Fame.


Amongst the nominees this year are legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, iconic soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, genre-bending Anderson .Paak and the Mercury-nominated drummer Moses Boyd. The PPL Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Award recipients will be announced in due course.


The Jazz FM Awards with OANDA is made possible with support from PRS for Music, PPL, Mishcon de Reya, Cambridge Audio, Arqiva, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Blue Orchid Hotels, Denbies and Saville Row Gin.

 

Full list of 2020 awards and nominations:


IMPACT AWARD
Norah Jones


GOLD AWARD
TBA


PPL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
TBA


BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Cambridge Audio
Rosie Turton
Xhosa Cole
Yelfris Valdés


THE DIGITAL AWARD
Sponsored by Oanda
Chiminyo
Jacob Collier
Jazz re:freshed


THE INNOVATION AWARD
Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya
Jazz re:freshed
Moses Boyd
Sarathy Korwar


INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Binker Golding
Mark Kavuma
Shirley Tetteh


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
Branford Marsalis
Charles Lloyd
Kris Davis


SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
Anderson .Paak
Celeste
Philip Bailey


BLUES ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels
Keb’ Mo’
Gary Clark Jr.
Jon Cleary


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Alice Zawadzki
Georgia Cécile
Judi Jackson


PUBLIC VOTE


PRS For Music UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
Joe Armon-Jones
SEED Ensemble
Yazz Ahmed


ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Arqiva
Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Binker Golding – Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers
Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Jazzmeia Horn – Love and Liberation
SEED Ensemble – Drift Glass
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia


VENUE OF THE YEAR
Band on the Wall, Manchester
Church of Sound
Love Supreme Festival
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
The Verdict, Brighton
Vortex, Dalston

 

About Jazz FM:
Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990, and celebrating its 30th birthday year in 2020. Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and entire team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular jazz shade; their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone. As the UK’s only dedicated jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this - setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the jazz community. No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.


About Bauer Media UK:
Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately-owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

Big news from Green Note!! - The Green Note, Camden Town, London - latest newsletter, October 2020.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Green Note has forwarded its latest newsletter including news of its receipt of an Arts Council Culture Recovery Fund grant plus details of forthcoming online musical events.

Big news from Green Note!!


What a day it’s been so far! We woke up this morning to the news that Green Note had been successful in our bid to the Culture Recovery Fund and have been awarded a grant of £92K via the Arts Council! We have been in a state of limbo and uncertainty for so long, not knowing what our next steps should be, and whether our venue would survive the coming months… So this news was extremely welcome and much needed. Needless to say, we are delighted, grateful and extremely relieved!!!


This grant will enable us to cover our costs and survive the next 6 months, so we now know that whatever happens, our venue is safe until at least March 2021. We are so pleased that we can continue to support our amazing musical community that makes us what we are.
We won’t be opening to the public yet as that’s still not a viable option for us, but we have plans in the pipeline to expand our live streaming projects, so watch this space!


We also wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the Music Venue Trust as well as to everyone who supported our #SaveGreenNote Crowdfunding campaign!! Without your help, we wouldn’t have managed to make it through the last few months of closure to reach this point, so your role in the survival of Green Note has been invaluable. We really value and appreciate how our loyal community of musicians and music lovers rallied round us during this difficult time, and we do look forward to returning to some sort of normality and seeing you all again in the (hopefully) not too distant future.


Now that our funding is in place, we can continue with the job of doing what we love- bringing you the best live music! We have a lot of exciting plans in the pipelines, but for now we are continuing with our twice weekly live streamed series - ‘Virtually Green Note’ - broadcast via our YouTube channel and our FaceBook page every Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, and available to watch on our YouTube for a week after. Each episode features 3 artists playing ‘in the round’, which makes for a really fun and interesting show, featuring original songs and chat from the artists, plus each of them playing a cover song, specially selected for the show.


Hope you’re all doing well out there. We miss you!!

Lots of love,


Immy & Risa xx

 

LIVE STREAMS COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS…


Marty O’Reilly + Andrew Duhon + Vanessa May
Marty O’Reilly
+ Andrew Duhon
+ Vanessa May
Wed 14th Oct

 

Alice Phelps + Rob Picazo + The Bombadils
Alice Phelps
+ Rob Picazo
+ The Bombadils
Fri 16th Oct

 

Steve Tilston + Blue Rose Code + Karrie O’Sullivan Holmes & Jimmy Smyth
Steve Tilston
+ Blue Rose Code
+ Karrie O’Sullivan Holmes & Jimmy Smyth
Wed 21st October

 

Pete Gow + Luke Tuchscherer + Sam Coe
Pete Gow
+ Luke Tuchscherer
+ Sam Coe
Fri 23rd October

 


Open-Mic hosted by
Rob Thom
Tue 27th October
Online (via Zoom)

 

http://www.greennote.co.uk/production/the-marriage-ginger-cowgirl-hannah-rose-platt/
The Marriage
+ Ginger Cowgirl
+ Hannah Rose Platt
Wed 28th October

 

Robbie Cavanagh + Demi Marriner + Jonny Morgan
Robbie Cavanagh
+ Demi Marriner
+ Jonny Morgan
With special guest host
‘Whispering’ Bob Harris
Fri 30th October

 


...AND MORE!


PLEASE KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WEBSITE/ SOCIAL MEDIA AS WE ANNOUNCE NEW SHOWS EVERY WEEK.


AND IF YOU MISSED THESE FANTASTIC SHOWS THIS WEEK, THEY’RE STILL AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR A FEW MORE DAYS!

 

Grace Pettis + Josh Okeefe + Pepe Belmonte
Grace Pettis
+ Josh Okeefe
+ Pepe Belmonte
Available til Wednesday 14th Oct

 

Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders + Sadie Jemmett + Bity Booker
Ben Savage & Hannah Sanders
+ Sadie Jemmett
+ Bity Booker
Available til
Friday 16th Oct

 

Green Note,
106 Parkway,
London,
NW1 7AN


http://www.greennote.co.uk

 

JazzLeeds announce new autumn 2020 evening programme.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

JazzLeeds have announced their programme of evening events for October, November and December 2020. The majority of the events will also be livestreamed. Details attached.

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds writes;


JazzLeeds announce our new autumn evening programme.

 

Thanks for coming to our outside events and making our summer so successful - we’ve been really overwhelmed by the support we have received from you and this has enabled us to keep the live jazz flame going.

We hope you enjoy our new international season that starts at the end of this month bringing some of the finest musicians in the world to Leeds. We have one of the most exciting young jazz pianists on the European jazz scene, Gergus McCreadie from Scotland, one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw, the superb Satori fronted by one of the rising UK stars of the saxophone Jospehine Davis, the unstoppable Nigel Price, with his guitar tribute to Wes Montgomery, and our Christmas party with Sound of 59 - Adrian Knowles smallish big band diving into the recording from that famous jazz year. All distanced or course, with table service and the opportunity to choose from either and early or a later performance at Seven Arts. We’ve reduced the ticket prices a little as well in recognition of the shorter concerts.


Also in this newsletter we have news of our live recordings - we realise that not everyone wants to come to live events so there will be the opportunity to purchase a ticket to watch a high quality HD recording of our events by John Chamberlain.


But to start - those evening gigs, starting on Thursday 29 October at Seven Arts…...

 

Fergus Mcreadie Trio
Thursday evening 29 October 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds. Two performances at 7pm and 8.45pm
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums. Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas” and are releasing a new album “Cairn” in the new year
£14/12,  25 and under £7
Tickets in advance
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/fergus-mccreadie-trio-early-evening-performance/e-gjzvbb (7pm performance)
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/fergus-mccreadie-trio-later-evening-performance/e-qxvjlg (8.45pm performance)
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/fergus-mccreadie-trio-live-recording/e-rqomrv (live recorded broadcast)

 

Ian Shaw with Jami Safir and Iain Ballamy “What’s New”
Thursday evening 12 November @Seven Arts Leeds. Two performances at 7pm and 8.45pm
One of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw, teams up with legendary UK saxophonist, Iain Ballamy (who has played with Hermeto Pascoal, Loose Tubes, Norma Winstone) and irrepressibly brilliant pianist Jamie Safir (Will Young, Elaine Delmar, Judi Jackson). Expect a gloriously lyrical travelogue from early American song through Ellington, Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn to Joni Mitchell. With Shaw’s comedy chops, Ballamy’s ability to push a melody somewhere magical, and Safir’s symphonic piano playing, there’s plenty to look forward to…
Tickets -
Early evening show 7-8.15pm https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/ian-shaw-with-iain-ballamy-and-jamie-safir-early-evening-show/e-dvzjpv
Later evening show 8.45-10pm https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/ian-shaw-with-iain-ballamy-and-jamie-safir-later-evening-show/e-gjzlvv
Recorded broadcast (16 November 7pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/ian-shaw-with-iain-ballamy-and-jamie-safir-recorded-broadcast/e-bxqpry

 

Josephine Davis “Satori”
Thursday evening 26 November @Seven Arts Two shows at 7pm and 8.45pm
Tickets £14 full price £12 concessions £7 (half price) for 25’s and under.
Josephine Davies – Sax, Oli Hayhurst – Bass, James Maddren – Drums
A melodic and intimate gig by this superb trio. Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio with a focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led by saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies who won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Their 2017 debut album attracted wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe while their 2018 follow up ‘In The Corners Of Clouds’received equally glowing reviews. “irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat); “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise); “spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe).
Tickets on sale
Early evening concert (7pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/josephine-davis-and-satori-early-evening-concert/e-zjbdko
Later evening concert (8.45pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/josephine-davis-and-satori-later-evening-concert/e-jyjrzp
Recorded Broadcast (7pm on Sun 29 Nov) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/josephine-davis-and-satori-live-recording/e-gjzklq

 

Nigel Price Quartet and “Wes Reimagined”
Thursday evening Dec 3rd 2020 Two performances 7pm and 8.30pm £14/12 conc
25’s and under £7
Nigel Price – Guitar, Ross Stanley –  Hammond, Joel Barford – Drums,Vasilis Xenopoulos – Tenor Saxophone. Nigel Price is one of the UK’s leading jazz guitarists and a tireless supporter of live music, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back, leading his Organ Trio in an evening of tunes made famous by the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery. Nigel Price is one of the most hardworking jazz musicians in the UK, managing to secure an Arts Council-funded tour even during lockdown, and guaranteed to provide an evening of foot-tapping straightahead bebop with a funky edge. The Trio’s special guest Vasilis Xenopoulos brings a committed melodic tenor saxophone edge to the band, in the tradition of Dexter Gordon.
Tickets -
Early evening performance (7pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/nigel-price-organ-trio-feat-vasilis-xenopoulos-early-evening-concert/e-xkxayl
Later evening performance (8.45pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/nigel-price-organ-trio-feat-vasilis-xenopoulos-later-evening-concert/e-prapeq
Recorded broadcast (on Sunday Dec 6th)  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/nigel-price-organ-trio-feat-vasilis-xenopoulos-live-recording/e-zjbayo

 

Xmas Party - “Sound of ‘59”
Thursday evening Dec 17th 2020 Two performances 7pm and 8.30pm £14/12 conc
25’s and under £7
Joel Purnell Tenor Saxophone, Jim Corry Alto Saxophone, Mark Chandler Trumpet, Kevin Holbrough Trombone, Jason Scott Piano, Adrian Knowles Double Bass, Caroline Boaden Drums A welcome back to this group by bassist Adrian Knowles that were such a hit at last year’s Jazz Leeds Festival. Celebrate International Jazz Day with this pivotal year in jazz history. 1959 was special – it saw the release of classic jazz albums by Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and many others. “Sounds of 59”, led by bassist Adrian Knowles and featuring some of the best of jazz musicians from Leeds, recreate the music with both music and visual displays.
Tickets - Early evening performance (7pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/sound-of-59-early-evening-performance/e-qxvzeq
Later evening performance (8.45pm) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/sound-of-59-later-evening-performance/e-xkvyry
Recorded broadcast (7pm on Sunday Dec 20th)  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/sound-of-59-live-recording/e-ejkdao


More information wwwjazzleeds.org.uk


All concerts are at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS73PD

 


Other news…


Our recorded concerts
Due to the current restrictions, audience numbers are limited. We also realise some people prefer to come to live concerts at present so have arranged for jazz pianist and photographer John Chamberlain to record some of our concerts live and broadcast a few days after the event. Tickets for these can be purchased on our ticket site for this broadcast.


The recent wonderful blues concert by James O’Hara and the Bluebirds is the first of these - tickets are still available to see HD quality live stream here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/bluebirds-live-recording-from-sun-4-october/e-krpvgr. Check it out - 75 minutes of Leeds blues royalty enjoying themselves - only £5. once you have bought the ticket we’ll send you the direct link. Last Sunday’s Means and Ends concert (see below) will also be live recorded for broadcast


Jazz Leeds Autumn Season Tickets
See all five of our evening concerts listed above for £60 fuill price £50 conc (25’s and under £30). See some great music and support JazzLeeds (and the work we do to help local musicians and audiences). Here is the link https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/autumn-2020-jazzleeds-season-ticket/e-oypqvl


Sunday afternoon jazz
11th October 1.30pm “Means and Ends“– an organ jazz combo featuring Ben Lowman sax, Jamie Taylor guitar, Martin Longhawn organ and Steve Hanley drums. Laid back grooves and hard swinging Blue Note tunes plus some Oscar Peterson standards. One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8
Tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/means-and-ends-feat-ben-lowman-and-jamie-taylor/e-rqomav


Sunday afternoon 18th October 1.30pm Catimba - Latin Jazz with Raquel Alvaro, Vincente Margueles piano, Andy Leggett bass, Brendan Bache drums One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8
Sunday afternoon Sun 25th October: Henry Botham solo 1.30pm. Henry Botham is one of the UK’s leading solo Stride, Blues and New Orleans pianists most noted for his work with 52 Skidoo, No Good Beatniks and The Nightcreatures. One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8


Rush Hour Jazz
After a summer of weekly outside gigs we are reverting to a monthly format at Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road LS73PD, 6-7pm on the second Wednesday of each month – free with payf collection.
Oct 14th Superb jazz vocalist Kate Peters and her Quartet 6-7pm @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm


Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our main website at http://www.jazzleeds.org.uk  Email address to contact us .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


All this supposes that we can still put on concerts in the autumn of course. But we’ve kept going so far, with your support. So - see you soon - distanced -at one of our gigs, or maybe on line! Stay safe!


Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds

 

Thurs, Oct. 15 2020: NEC Jazz Orchestra in livestream concert celebrating Duke Ellington.

Monday, October 12, 2020

In a concert streamed live from New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the NEC Jazz Orchestra celebrates Duke Ellington on Thursday, October 15 with Reminiscing in Tempo: Music of Duke Ellington.

We have received the following press release regarding this event;


NEC Jazz Orchestra Celebrates the Music of Duke Ellington
With Livestream Performance from iconic Jordan Hall on Thursday, October 15


In a concert streamed live from New England Conservatory’s iconic Jordan Hall, the NEC Jazz Orchestra celebrates the genius of Duke Ellington on Thursday, October 15 with Reminiscing in Tempo: Music of Duke Ellington. The program, conducted by Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst, will feature Ellington’s early masterpiece “Reminiscing in Tempo” along with many of his other early compositions, including “Daybreak Express,” “East St. Louis Toodle-oo,” “The Mooche,” “Stompy Jones,” and “Transblucency.”  Joining the Orchestra is guest vocalist Isabel Crespo Pardo. 

There will be half-hour sets at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT. For the full program and to watch the performances, log on to https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-jazz-orchestra-reminiscing-tempo-music-duke-ellington.

Other upcoming NEC Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation department concerts, some of which will be pre-recorded, will air:

• Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. – NEC Gospel & NEC Composers Ensemble

• Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. – NEC Jazz Orchestra

• Monday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Contemporary Improvisation Department Concert

• Tuesday, December 8 at 8 p.m. – Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra Concert

• NEC will also present twelve Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department Ensemble Concerts, Monday, November 2 – Tuesday, November 24.  Showcasing the musical innovators of tomorrow, these one-hour concerts feature student ensembles each coached by a member of NEC’s renowned faculty. 

NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967. He soon hired saxophonist Carl Atkins as the first department chair, as well as other greats including NEA Jazz Master George Russell, pianist Jaki Byard and Ran Blake. The foundation of its teaching and success begins with the mentor relationship developed in lessons between students and the prominent faculty artists. In addition to its two jazz orchestras, faculty-coached small ensembles reflect NEC’s inclusive approach to music making, with ensembles focused on free jazz, early jazz, gospel music, Brazilian music, and songwriting, as well as more traditional approaches to jazz performance.

Students are encouraged to find their own musical voices while making connections and collaborating with a vibrant community of creative musicians, and ultimately to transform the world through the power of music. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers and has an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of jazz, while the faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters.

New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world for over 150 years. With 800 music students representing more than 40 countries in the College, and 2,000 youth and adults who study in the Preparatory and Continuing Education divisions, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training with internationally-esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC’s alumni, faculty and students touch nearly every aspect of musical life in the region; NEC is a major engine of the vital activity that makes Boston a musical and cultural capital. With the recent appointment of Andrea Kalyn to serve as NEC’s 17th President, the Conservatory is poised to embark on a new chapter at the forefront of innovation in education and music.

 

https://necmusic.edu/concerts

Dave Stryker -  Streaming from Birdland, New York City, Friday, October 16, 2020 7:00 PM.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Guitarist Dave Stryker will perform a livestream set from Birdland on Friday October 16th 2020. The performance will remain available on demand until November 16th. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;

 

Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2019 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls for the 10th time.


http://www.davestryker.com


TICKETS & INFO:


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dave-stryker-streamed-from-birdland-tickets-124599888621?


Birdland is proud to present our new streaming video platform: Radio Free Birdland! Hosted by Stellar.com!


About this Event


Radio Birdland is proud to present and evening with Dave Stryker in a special solo concert premiering on October 16th at 7pm!


Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 30 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was recently voted once again into the 2019 Downbeat Readers and Critics Polls for the 10th time.


Can’t make the premiere? Buy an on demand ticket instead! On Demand is available from October 16 through November 16.


Date And Time
Fri, Oct 16, 2020, 12:00 AM BST


Location
Online Event

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 04/10/2020.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 04/10/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Mino Cinelu/Nils Petter Molvær - SulaMadiana (Modern Recordings/BMG)


Roberto Bindoni Unquiet Quartet - Mediterranean Cowboy (Alfa Music)


IPA - Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform)


Peter Bruun - All Too Human - Because You’re Worth It (ILK)


Toby Brazier Sextet - Crisis Point (self)


WACO - WACO (Ora fonogram)


Yves Rousseau Septet - Fragments (Yolk)


Dominik Wania - Lonely Shadows (ECM)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;

 

At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Klemens Marktl - October 2020 newsletter.

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Austrian drummer, composer & bandleader Klemens Marktl has forwarded his latest newsletter including details of his forthcoming live performances, among them a 3 night residency at Tube's Cafe, Graz.

Klemens Marktl writes;

October News 2020

 


Klemens Marktl - Markt(l)Xperiment on the road


Slowly we get back to normal. I´m happy for the 3-days-engagement at Tube´s Cafe in Graz from 22nd till 24th of October. See you there!

 

Tour Dates;

 


Saturday, October 17th, 7.30 pmKMQ
Klemens Marktl Quartet @ ZWE, Vienna
Klemens Marktl – drums & comp
Michael Erian – sax
Oliver Kent – piano
Philipp Zarfl – bass

 


Thursday, October 22nd - 24th, 7.30 pmMarktlXperiment
Markt(l)Xperiment @ Tube´s Cafe, Graz
Klemens Marktl – drums
Michael Erian – sax
Urs Hager – piano
Danny Ziemann – bass
Flip Philipp – vibraphone

Friday, October 30th, 8.30 pmKM Porgy Bess
Markt(l)Xperiment @ Porgy & Bess, Vienna
Klemens Marktl – drums
Michael Erian – sax
Oliver Kent – piano
Danny Ziemann – bass
Vid Jamnik – vibraphone


http://www.klemensmarktl.com/


https://www.facebook.com/klemensmarktlaustria/

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 27/09/2020.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 27/09/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Playlist for Show 38 – First broadcast Sept 27th 2020

 

Available now on http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 


Michael Wollny - Mondenkind (ACT)

 

Adam Baldych - Clouds (ACT)

 

Marius Neset - Tributes (ACT)

 

3’Ain - Debute EP (Choux de Bruxelles)

 

Charlotte Keefe Quartet - Live (Bandcamp)

 

Nubya Garcia - Source (Concord)

 

Vittorio Cuculo - Between (Alfa Music)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions - four composers announced.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Four early career composers have been selected for Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions. Each composer will create a new 12-15 minute piece, which will be filmed and digitally broadcast in early 2021

We have received the following press release;


Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions – four composers announced


Jazz South is pleased to announce an exciting and diverse line-up of four early career composers from across the Jazz South region who have been selected for Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions. Each composer will create a new piece for digital broadcast from a venue in the Jazz South region in early 2021 and will be offered a package of mentoring to support the delivery of the commission.


A panel from the jazz industry, including representation from artists, educators, producers and promoters selected the composers based on innovation, ambition, and the artistic aspiration of each commission. Open to early career composers in jazz and improvisation, there was a strong response to the scheme with proposals for new music. The final selection represents a range of rising talent from across the South.


The 4 selected composers are: drummer, synthesist and recording engineer Tim Davies (Oxfordshire); jazz vocalist Lucinda Fosker (Berkshire); multi-instrumentalist Roella Oloro (Gloucestershire); saxophonist and arranger Asha Parkinson (Kent).


The commissions will feature an exciting variety and approach to new compositions: Tim Davies will create a work for modular synthesiser and jazz ensemble; Lucinda Fosker will write music inspired by the River Thames; Roella Oloro will explore the concept of a perfumer mixing a new scent in music; Asha Parkinson will devise an extended piece for large ensemble integrating contemporary jazz and Arabic musical cultures.


Kevin Appleby, Strategic Lead for Jazz South said:
“Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions is an opportunity to support early career jazz composers at an exciting stage of their creative and professional development, with what may be their first commission. We are thrilled to work with these talented artists from the South, to support them in realising and profiling their commission concepts to audiences, as well as offering them the opportunity to gain input and widen their networks with mentors from the profession.”


Tim Davies said:
“I’m delighted to have been selected for the Breakthrough Commissions scheme. I will be composing a piece for modular synthesiser and jazz quintet that will explore the parallels of improvisation found between synthesis and jazz performance. As my first commission, this is an invaluable opportunity for me and I look forward to working with Jazz South in bringing these ideas to life.”


Roella Oloro said:
“I am super excited to be taking part in the Jazz South Commissions scheme. There aren’t always that many opportunities in my area (Gloucestershire) for young jazz musicians. That is why I find it so encouraging to hear of an organisation supporting the talent down here. Yes, I’m truly proud to represent! I hope my partaking in this scheme will inspire more young people from South England to sign up for Jazz South Commissions in the coming years!”


Breakthrough Commissions is part of a wider Jazz South programme offering over £30,000 towards commission projects for artists working in jazz and improvisation in the Jazz South region, outside of London.

 


More details on the Jazz South Commissions and each artists’ proposal can be found here:
https://jazzsouth.org.uk/2020/10/jazz-south-breakthrough-commissions-4-composers-announced/


Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions
Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions were announced on 24 June 2020. The initiative is aimed at early career composers, resident in the Jazz South region. Four awards of up to £3,000 per commission have been made for pieces between 12-15 minutes, supported by a package of mentoring.
The Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions are part of a wider three-part commission scheme, including Platform South Commissions and Jazz South Radar Commissions.
Read more: https://jazzsouth.org.uk/current-projects/jazz-south-commissions/


Jazz South
Jazz South supports the development of jazz across the South of England covering a wide area outside London (https://jazzsouth.org.uk/about-us/), working with artists, promoters and educators. Launched in 2018, and funded by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence programme, Jazz South is led and hosted by nationally renowned concert hall and live music producing organisation, Turner Sims Southampton
(http://www.turnersims.co.uk/) and supported by the University of Southampton. Turner Sims is a founder member of the Jazz Promotion Network, and a member of the Europe Jazz Network. Turner Sims’ media partners include Jazzwise.


Follow Jazz South on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JazzSouthUK).


http://www.jazzsouthorg.uk

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra releases video ‘single’ featuring guest vocalist Kurt Elling.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The SNJO's third video of the pandemic features guest singer Kurt Elling on a vocalese interpretation of the John Scofield composition "Jeep on 35°". Goes live on the SNJO Youtube channel on 30th Sep.

We have received the following press statement regarding this release;


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra releases its third video of the pandemic featuring Kurt Elling

 


Transatlantic connection inspires fiery orchestral manoeuvres

 


Feistiness, defiance, creativity, and down-home gospel-blues grooves fire up the latest video “single” from the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Courage: Jeep on 35°.


Featuring special guest, Chicagoan vocalist Kurt Elling, the video captures singer and orchestra in exuberant form in front of an enthusiastic Glasgow audience at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Jeep on 35° is a composition by triple Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Scofield, here given a vocalese with attitude by Nina Clark, the English musical activist and 21st century minstrel.


Taken from the song cycle Syntopicon, which brings human traits and values including knowledge and wisdom, good and evil, language and joy to musical life, Jeep on 35° was chosen to represent courage, and Elling doesn’t hold back. He inhabits lyrics and melody with huge personality and a masterly range of rich vocal tones and agile phrasing.


At the time of the concert, Elling and the SNJO had already toured Scotland three years previously. They had also headlined at London Jazz Festival and Jazz Sous les Pommiers in Normandy and recorded together in New York. The resultant familiarity allows Elling to be, at once, the star singer and one of the band, revelling in both an exchange of sophisticated, creative improvisations and a fiercely committed, bluesy conversation with SNJO director, saxophonist Tommy Smith.


“We collaborated with Kurt again the following year to celebrate Sinatra’s centenary and on a dynamic choral project entitled Spirit of Light in 2017, and he always delivers, as you would expect from an artist who is widely regarded as the world’s top jazz vocalist,” says Tommy Smith. “Jeep on 35° is prime Kurt Elling and the orchestra was on great form that night too.” 


Arranged by Chicago-born pianist and composer Jim McNeely, Courage: Jeep on 35° follows two previous videos released by the SNJO during the Covid-19 pandemic, a special arrangement of Sam Cooke’s civil rights era classic A Change is Gonna Come, with musicians from New York, San Francisco, London and Scotland, and Free Your Mind, a showcase for Texas-born rising vocal star Jazzmeia Horn.


The video goes live on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, 30th September: https://youtu.be/-pXQyOrhTMA

Le Quecumbar, Battersea, London -  Further highlights for October 2020.

Friday, September 25, 2020

London's home of gypsy jazz has forwarded details of some more of its highlights for October 2020.

New opening hours: OPEN FROM 5PM EVERY DAY!
Music from 7 - 9.50pm
Closing at 10pm
LIVE MUSIC IS BACK WITH A SWING!!!
Wine, dine, and be entertained!


Thurs, Oct 1, 2020
7:00 PM
Trifle Nippy’s Duo

Fri, Oct 2, 2020
6:00 PM
Rod Fogg’s Hot Swinging Gypsy Guitar Duo

Sat, Oct 3, 2020
6:00 PM
Pete ‘Tiger’ Sheppard - Duo Gyspy Jazz


Sun, Oct 4, 2020
6:00 PM
Muted Affair jazz trio
Muted Affair is a young, London-based jazz trio offering an exciting take on the classic tunes known by jazz lovers across the world, melding twentieth century jazz classics with their own unique style.


Mon, Oct 5, 2020
6:00 PM
The Hot Strings Review featuring Louise Messenger
‘The Hot Strings Review comprises Mike Piggott (Violin), Laurence Corns (Guitar/Vocals) and Tom Wheatley (Double Bass). Founded by Mike Piggott who has been described by the New York Times as ‘one of the best jazz fiddlers anywhere’, they will be exploring the repertoire of 30s giants such as Stuff Smith, Fats Waller and Slim Gaillard with smoking intensity. Collectively the group has worked with a wide range of artists from different genres such as Bert Jansch, Peter Green, Martin Taylor, Bucky Pizzarelli, Madeleine Peyroux, The Bhundu Boys and Bryan Ferry. This gives them a unique take on the music, making them not just your average Gypsy Swing Band.
To add a sweet, sultry quality to the show they will be joined by singer Louise Messenger who, as a recent arrival from Australia has been making quite a name on the London swing scene. As a dancer herself she has won the heart of the Lindy Hop community and is described by Adelaide’s Theatre Guide as ‘a performer of immense talent conveying a love of her craft for the enjoyment of her audience’..

 

Tues, Oct 6, 2020
7:00PM
TUESDAY’S FREE, & SIZZLING, GYPSY SWING JAM SESSION



Thurs, Oct 8, 2020
7:00 PM
Piano and Swing, Blues and Jazz vocals with AVA GOLDING

 

 

SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER
Loco Ironico - Up Close & Personal
Think Dr John,Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Buena Vista.
Loco Ironico is The brainchild of British singer-songwriter Joe Cang and Italian musician and composer Matteo Saggese.
Loco Ironico is The brainchild of British singer-songwriter Joe Cang and Italian musician and composer Matteo Saggese.
Songs of GMO crops, shipwreck and elusive future physical fitness that draw on New Orleans jazz, Cuban tango and Caribbean calypso.
Think Dr John,Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Buena Vista.
‘We started writing on a rainy day in London and quickly realised that this was music that wanted to be made in one go, no tricks, smoke or mirrors, just people, instruments, microphones and music all together live in one room, capturing the unique moments as they happen.
So, in a tiny medieval village in the mountains near Naples, nourished by the warmth, peace and pace of village life, they set up a studio in an old house with Jerry Boys at the recording controls and featuring the likes of Phil Manzanera, Sarah Jane Morris, Tony Remy and Steve Sidwell
Building on the critically acclaimed Carpe Afternoon with their second album Mambo Gumbo and their EP The Covers mixing sounds, styles and songs together into a slow-cooked sonic stew for your musical nourishment.
A recent review of their London show at Pizza Express Dean St described them as:
“Rich, alive and with roots in sounds that have been sorely missing from an homogenising landscape, Loco Ironico are the real deal.”
As Joe says: ‘This is music for those with a taste for the ironic and laconic and for those who prefer whisky to tonic”
Please be aware about our policy during the evening: When nec we reserve the right to implement a £25 pp minimum spend on ticketed concert nights to be able to support our 5 star musicians, as the musicians receive ticket monies .


MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER
Classic Jazz Vocals with Joe Diodato
Joe Diodato is an Italian Jazz Vocalist and Composer. In 2018 he moved to London, he formed a Trio and started gigging in many London’s venues and clubs. A few months later, Joe formed a Quartet and in June 2019 he released his first EP “Ma’ Groove”: It combines classic and modern jazz with contemporary funk and soul, and was influenced by Joe’s collaboration with emerging artists from the South East London jazz scene.
Joe has become a household name in many of London’s top venues, including Vortex Jazz Club, Ninety One Club, Spice of Life, JazzTrain, Karamel, Oliver’s, Luna Lounge, Buenos Aires Cafe, Prince of Greenwich, Hand of Glory, Clapton Hart and others.
Joe models his practice on many of his influences such as Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Chet Baker, Jamiroquai, Pino Daniele and many more.
His music combines classical and modern jazz with contemporary funk and soul: a mix of Joe’s original compositions, which lyrics are in English, Spanish,
Italian and standards from the American Songbook, the South-American Latin jazz repertoire, the Classical Neapolitan and Italian Songbook.

 


CONTINUED THIS MONTH
~MISHMASH~
FREE Eclectic Acoustic Wednesday Showcase
Wednesday 16th, 23rd, 30th
Join us for a new, weekly event: a showcase of eclectic acoustic music!
Every week a variety of local musicians will come together to bring you a show in several acts, fusing together a wide variety of genres from Soul to Blues to Jazz and Rock. Guaranteed no monotony here, every week will be different, and every act will suprise and delight in their own way!
MishMash is also a great place for creative souls to exchange ideas and converse with the wider community. Be ready for a night of boundless inspiration!

 

SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER
Sunday Extravaganza - The Saloon League
Love glamour, fun and pop tunes with a vintage style makeover?
Love glamour, fun and pop tunes with a vintage style makeover? The Saloon League are the band for you!
Wine dine and be wowed a swinging romantic night
Delivering a show-stopping performance with famous pop tunes rearranged in vintage music styles (Swing, Rockabilly, Gypsy jazz, New Orleans style), Expect to hear music from Lady Gaga, Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead and many more!
A 4-piece band who’ve been playing together for over three years, The Saloon League includes drums, bass, guitar and fab female vocals.
The group have entertained audiences in many renowned venues such as Primo Bar, Quaglino’s, The Green Rooms, The Ned and many more.
We reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food & drinks as musicians receive all the ticket monies.

 


SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER
Fiesta Flamenca Ensemble
Anita and Ramon met in London where they joined forces creating Fiesta Flamenca, a wonderful display of flamenco dance and guitar combined with Latin American songs. This spellbinding show, after many years, still captivates the audience from across the world. What Anita and Ramon share is an underlying musicality and soulful sound that is an integral part of their expression. Their combined talent are woven together creating a dazzling display of virtuosity and emotions that spark the imagination of their audience transporting them to the heart of Andalucia.  Anita la Maltesa whose sensual voice and breathtaking footwork evokes the true spirit of traditional flamenco and Ramon’s inspirational guitar playing has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form by mining the richness of its traditions while continuing to recall many other genres of music. The result is a marriage of both traditional flamenco dance and guitar with Latin American music, creating a spectacle of virtuoso performances and euphoria that can only be described as “breathtakingly beautiful”.

 

NOT TO BE MISSED
Monday 26th October 2020
Prestige Concert
Sarah Jane Morris & Tony Remy
“…a transcendent mix of cold fury and compassion” THE OBSERVER
“…this is a remarkable album…for its ambition, its sound world, its powerful stories and, at its centre, the breath-taking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane
Morris’s voice..” JAZZWISE
Sarah-Jane Morris is the British soul, jazz and r&b singer who topped the UK pop charts for a month in 1986 (with The Communards’ disco version of ‘Don’t Leave Me
This Way’) and then eloquently and joyously sidestepped the mainstream ever after. Morris’s magnificent soul voice and emotional power would have brought multiple
Grammy awards and celebrity status to most singers with her charisma and drive. But for over 25 years of a unique career, Morris has steered by her own star, not the
music industry’s, and that independence has brought her a devoted audience, inspired by her belief in the power of song to change hearts and minds.
Sarah Jane is doing a series of intimate concerts accompanied by the virtuoso guitarist Tony Remy to promote “Bloody Rain” and her forthcoming tribute to John
Martyn “Sweet Little Mystery”.
John Martyn produced a canon of music that is both breathtakingly bold and achingly tender in its complex, atmospheric beauty. Martyn’s music influenced a generation of
his peers, friends and fans alike. His contribution continues to resonate many years after his passing. He has picked up endless acclaim worldwide from those fortunate
enough to be seduced by his unique voice and instrumental mastery; and his music will live forever in the annals of popular music history. Sarah Jane Morris, through
her own brilliant interpretive vocal talents, has picked up this torch to shine a light on this great musical maverick, illuminating his life’s work, in her inspirational new show.
**Tony Remy** is one of the world’s most exciting guitar players of any genre. His hard- edged rhythmically driven approach is enriched with jazz intuition and bluesy soul. Live on stage, his relentless invention and incredible raw energy can set the crowd on fire. The reputation he has gained within the jazz community worldwide is fast making a legend out of this North London musician. He has toured and recorded with a wide range of musicians which include: Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Julian
Joseph, Freddy Hubbard, Jean Toussaint, Steve Williamson, Lonny Liston Smith, Lenny White, Omar, Steps Ahead, Gary Barlow, Simply Red, US3, Cleveland Watkiss, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronny Laws, Nelson Rangell, Connor Reeves, Maysa Leak, Down to the Bone, Matt Bianco, Karen Ramirez, Noel McKoy, Annie Lennox, Craig David, Icognito, M-People and many more.
Dedicated to the people of Africa and the music of that continent that has inspired so many artists for so long, Bloody Rain brings together a stunningly diverse group of performers. Among a raft of guests on the album are the Zimbabwe-born singer Eska, Senegal’s Seckou Keita on kora, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Adam Glasser
from South Africa, American/Israeli jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen, the UK-Caribbean saxophonist Courtney Pine and the former James Brown arranger Pee Wee Ellis - and of course the soulmates from Morris’s touring band including guitarist and co- writer of many of the new songs Tony Remy, Sting sideman Dominic Miller, Henry Thomas, Martyn Barker, Tim Cansfield and Adriano Adewale. On vocals Morris is accompanied on the album by a magnificent choir – well-known British jazz singer Ian Shaw, her son Otis Coulter, Janine Johnson, Lilybud Dearsley, Gianluca Di Martini and Roberto Angrisani. Bloody Rain is an ambitious collection of love-songs, tributes, warnings and protests that Sarah Jane regards as one of the best albums of her life.
**Musicians recieve all ticket money - therefore we reserve the right to charge a min spend on food & drinks of £25pp**

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Why not take advantage of our Early Bird Special? Every Friday and Saturday between 5pm - 6:45pm you can enjoy a delicious 3 course meal and a glass of wine for just £29.00 (min 2 persons, £5 supplement for steak).
Call us on 0207 787 2227 to book a table.


AND DON’T FORGET…
On Wednesdays Le QuecumBar is available to hire for all manner of private events. We have two stages, a stocked bar, a variety of musical instruments, a beautiful garden and an atmosphere like no other, what more could you possibly ask for?
Our space is also available to hire during the day, and is the perfect backdrop for photo and video shoots, book launches, poetry readings and workshops.
Please enquire at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.


THE TUESDAY NIGHT JAM
Our jam session continues to be one of our most popular and buzzing nights, so do make sure to come and check it out. Bring your instrument or just yourself; it’s always a craic and still the best value night at Le Q; FREE music all night, and you never know who may appear…

 

 

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie, 42-44 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HX

 

tel: 02077872227

 

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http://www.quecumbar.co.uk

 

 

Bruno Heinen Trio - Livestream performance 29th September 2020 plus details of UK tour re-scheduled to April / May 2021.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Pianist Bruno Heinen will lead his trio in a livestream performance on 29th September 2020. The trio will then tour the UK in April and May 2021. Details attached.

Publicist Lee Paterson has forwarded the following information;


Bruno Heinen Trio are finally all getting together to play, since the cancellation of their spring/summer tour for Out of Doors album, released 22 May 2020.

 

VIA ZOOM organised by Streams at Honolulu Bay
Tuesday, September 29 at 8pm:  Bruno Heinen – piano, Andrea Di Biase - double bass, and Gene Calderazzo - drums
https://www.honolulurecords.com/streams-in-honolulu-bay


Bruno solo livestream for Bamzu
Wednesday 28 October : https://www.bamzu.co.uk/


Trio tour now re-scheduling for April 2021 at:

 

23 April - LONDON Kings Place


27 April - COVENTRY Tin Arts Centre


2 May - SOUTHAMPTON Modern Jazz Club


3 May - ASHBURTON Arts Centre


4 May - ST. IVES Jazz Club


13 May - NEWCASTLE Gosforth Civic Theatre


14 May - GLASGOW Centre for Contemporary Arts

 

 

Ubuntu Music Live Series at London’s Jazz Café starts Tuesday 29 September 2020.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Ubuntu Music has announced a series of live shows featuring a number of its recording artists at the legendary Jazz Café in London. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;


Ubuntu Music Live Series at Jazz Café starts Tuesday 29th September


Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce a series of live shows featuring a number of its finest recording artists at the legendary Jazz Café in London.


On Tuesday 29th September a double album launch show kicks off the Autumn series - trumpeter James Copus presents his debut album, Dusk and bassist Joe Downard presents his debut Seven Japanese Tales.


Trumpeter Jay Phelps brings his Afro-Cuban vibe to the venue on Friday 16th October, celebrating Live at The Cockpit, his upcoming Ubuntu release.


The “Golden Girl of Jazz” (London Evening Standard), saxophonist Camilla George, performs at the Jazz Café on Thursday 19th November.


Quentin Collins and Brandon Allen’s powerhouse quartet QCBA, are joined by the incomparable R&B/soul singer, Omar, for two shows on Saturday 28th November.


The stalwart Darius Brubeck Quartet returns to Jazz Café on Sunday 20th June 2021.


Additional shows at Jazz Café, showcasing Ubuntu Music artists, will be announced soon.

 

The Jazz Cafe
5 Parkway
Camden
London
NW1 7PG

 

Jazz Café: https://thejazzcafelondon.com


Ubuntu Music: http://www.weareubuntumusic.com
Ubuntu Music, a division of Ubuntu Management Group, is a progressive recorded music label that is committed to bringing quality, accessible jazz and related music genres to increasingly wider audiences. Our approach includes collaborative efforts with an array of performing artists who have a passion for jazz and who possess unique and diversified talents.

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 20/09/2020.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 20/09/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Tim Garland - Refocus (Edition)

 

Antoine Pierre Urbex Electric - Suspended (Outnote)

 

Graham South Quartet - By and By (EFPI)

 

The Auanders - Text(us) (Auand)

 

Maik Krahl - Fraction (Challenge)

 

OM - OM (Intakt)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;

 

At any time;

 

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:

 

http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00

 

http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT

 

http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Wall2Wall Virtual Jazz Festival, Abergavenny, 12-18 October 2020, tickets now available on line.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Tickets for selected events at the forthcoming Wall2Wall Virtual Jazz Festival are now available for purchase on line. Details attached.

From the Black Mountain Jazz website; http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/wall2wall-jazz-festival/


The Corona virus pandemic has frustrated plans for most live music events and the need to find alternatives has been a priority.


The wall2wall Jazz Festival, promoted by Abergavenny’s Black Mountain Jazz, has been no exception and this year it will be a ‘virtual’ event.


There are different ways of producing a ‘virtual’ music event.  Our approach has been to to record the programme live in The Melville Theatre during the summer months and then – keeping to the planned October festival dates – we will stream the resulting videos.

Tickets;


At the early planning stage, we took two important decisions:


artists should be paid the full fee that they would expect for a live performance; and we would engage the very best sound, camera and editing technicians.
These decisions have cost implications and ticketing the festival’s programme is necessary.  However, we have kept ticket prices low.


Viewing Videos;


Video cannot be accessed until their October first streaming date – details are on the programme pages.


They can then be watched by clicking the ‘VIEW VIDEO’ button – this is also on the programme page. A box will appear and you enter the video ‘access code’.


Follow the same procedure to watch the video again – and as often as you wish. It will be available until 20th November 2020.


The ‘access code’ will be on the event ticket, which will be sent to you by email.


Please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any problems.


The Programme;


The box office is now open for the following:


Fergus McCreadie & Luca Manning
The Kim Cypher Quintet
Remembering Peggy Lee
The Claire Roberts Trio: Carmen McCrea Sings Monk
Remembering Charlie Parker
The Zoe Gilby Trio


Also coming to the festival and details will be posted soon:


Jass to Jazz
Tango Meets Jazz
Tomorrow’s Headliners

 

Friday 16th October 2020 at 9pm
Kim Cypher Quintet
One of the UK’s most exciting saxophonists, vocalists and composers, Kim Cypher heads to the VIRTUAL wall2wall Jazz Festival with her band of top UK musicians.
Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’.
The Quintet’s set list provides a great mix of music spanning many genres with a quirky, jazzy twist together with Kim’s own original material.
Kim’s highly successful debut album tour included sell-out shows across the UK in 2017/18 including top London jazz clubs and some great venues and festivals. Her new album tour kicked off with a sell-out show in February 2019 with special guest Pee Wee Ellis.
The line up for this special event features some of the most highly regarded musicians in the UK:
Kim Cypher – sax and vocals / Mike Cypher – drums Chris Cobbson – guitar / Mike Green – double bassAnders Olinder – keys and piano
With a phenomenal line up like this performing a fabulous selection of music, this is without doubt an event not to be missed!
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/kim-cypher-quintet-friday-16th-october-2020-9pm/

 

CLAIRE ROBERTS TRIO: CARMEN MCREA SINGS MONK
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 5pm
Claire Victoria Roberts grew up in South West Wales, hearing her dad perform gypsy jazz fiddle. She went on to train classically in Manchester, before branching out into bluegrass, Western Swing and improvised fiddle style.
She now performs as a violinist and vocalist with renowned Western Swing band The Swing Commanders.
Her love of swing music and appreciation for great female jazz singers led her to produce a debut album of old-time, jazz and country blues, which was released in January.
In this show she ventures further into the bebop vocal style of one of her biggest inspirations, Carmen McRae.
A singer brave enough to tackle the music of Thelonious Monk, Carmen’s iconic phrasing and storytelling will be reimagined in Claire’s stripped back performance as Claire sings ‘Carmen sings Monk’.
Claire will be joined by Grant Russell on bass and George King on piano.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/claire-roberts-trio-thursday-15th-october-2020-9pm/

 

FERGUS MCCREADIE AND LUCA MANNING
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 7pm
In the days before CORONA virus and global lockdown, Black Mountain Jazz Club hosted its final club night of live Jazz in The Melville Theatre, Abergavenny to a full house.
An extraordinary gig from a young Scottish Parliamentary Jazz Award winner 2019, jazz pianist, Fergus McCreadie and his Trio. Together, they presented their first multi award winning album TURAS in a performance that had our BMJ audience sitting in the palm of their hands in pin drop silence – and the response afterwards was of an extraordinary evening, hard to better.
Since then, impressively, Fergus has been signed to prestigious jazz recording label Edition for the release of his second album in 2021.
Edition CEO Dave Stapleton declared, “ Fergus is a complete and well-rounded musician, a passionate communicator and consummate performer, a composer of elegant, nuanced and captivating music as well as a pianist and improviser of exceptional ability and originality.”
In the meantime another Scottish young Parliamentary Jazz Award winner 2020 also created a first album that has also made waves in the UK jazz world and beyond. Young Scottish jazz vocalist and composer, Luca Manning.
When The Sun Comes Out was Luca’s first album and featuring Fergus McCreadie, was first released on 17 October 2019 with its launch gig at the London Jazz Festival on the 18th of November at The Phesantry in Chelsea.
“With When The Sun Comes Out, Luca Manning has not just released a hugely impressive debut album but hopefully presented the first chapter in a long association with Fergus McCreadie that will only strengthen and deepen over time. In the meantime, this is an album that should be savoured and enjoyed. Unreservedly recommended.” Nick Lea, Jazz Views.
This coming together of fresh talent has created an album that has made the jazz world sit up and take notice.
As well as over an hour of beautiful music, the video includes an intriguing interview with Fergus and Luca.
The resulting recording is extraordinary, not to be missed and will, in our opinion, age like a good wine, to be revisited time and again.
So, welcome to The Melville Theatre, Abergavenny – pour a glass of your favourite tipple and be royally entertained by a truly talented and exciting new generation of UK’s rising jazz stars.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/fergus-mccreadie-and-luca-manning-saturday-17th-october-2020-7pm/

 

REMEMBERING PEGGY LEE
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 9pm
Peggy Lee was a prolific and loved performer, reigning over seven decades and recording over a 1000 songs. She is recognised as both a songwriter and performer with lifetime achievement awards and entries into the Hall of Fame.
Join us in Remembering Peggy Lee@100 celebrating the 100th birthday of this singing legend.
With so many GREAT songs to choose from, we have selected three talented and very different singers to perform their own selection of tunes in celebration of this enormously important and influential 20th Century artist.
With a commentary of Peggy Lee’s life story interspersed with some great performances recorded live at The Melville Theatre in Abergavenny, we have created a celebration of Peggy Lee@100 that should not be missed.
Remembering Peggy Lee@ 100- a virtual wall2wall Jazz Festival 2020 celebration of one of the greats!
Becki Biggins: Vocalist
Debs Hancock: Vocalist
Victoria Klewin: Vocalist
Guy Shotton: Piano
Nick Kacal: Double bass
Alex Goodyear: Drums
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/remembering-peggy-lee-17th-october-2020-9pm/

 

REMEMBERING CHARLIE PARKER
Sunday 18th October 2020 at 7pm
Considered one of the musical geniuses of the 20th Century, saxophonist Charlie Parker, otherwise known as “Bird”, would have been 100 in 2020.
His legacy reaches across the generations, influencing and inspiring musicians across the globe. He succeeded in personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.
With a commentary of Charlie Parker’s complex life story interspersed with some great performances recorded live at The Melville Theatre in Abergavenny, we have created a celebration of Charlie Parker@100 that should not be missed.
Ben Waghorn brings a lifetime of professional saxophone experience, performing in wide ranging genres of music styles. He has toured extensively and has a deep passion for the music of Charlie Parker.
Martha Skilton is a sought after freelance Saxophone player.  Martha a is based in South Wales, having studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She plays in a wide variety of jazz and music bands throughout the UK.
Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol. Working as both a soloist and a lead player in a variety of musical contexts, Jonny has received much critical acclaim for his fiery playing.
Dave Jones is a hugely versatile pianist and composer,classically trained at Cambridge. He is the perfect choice for this fast paced, exciting and challenging gig.
Ashley John Long is a virtuoso double bassist and composer, active in a diverse range of musical idioms – including jazz and improvisation, session music, and early and contemporary chamber music.
Alex Goodyear is a widely sought after young talent. A freelance Drummer and Percussionist based in Cardiff, he recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/remembering-charlie-parker-18th-october-2020-5pm/

 

THE ZOE GILBY TRIO
Sunday 18th October 2020 at 9pm
Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today.  She was the winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year 2019.
Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion, creating a powerful collection of songs with a strong narrative.
An engaging repertoire of storytelling and atmosphere, her stockpile of music also includes an adventurous blend of contemporary composers from Kate Bush to Pink Floyd and the sensitive treatments of jazz standards, completes this particular storybook.
“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements of tunes by both jazz and pop composers. It is the qualities of the original songs that make this jazz vocal album stand out from the pack”  The Jazzmann : Twelve Stories Album Review.
Zoe Gilby: vocals
Andy Champion: double bass
Mark Williams: guitar
Sit back and enjoy a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge.
Viewing alone (Single): £10.00
Viewing with others (Family): £15.00
Booking the correct ticket will be appreciated
http://blackmountainjazz.co.uk/the-zoe-gilby-trio-18th-october-2020-9pm/

 

Live Jazz returns to Sheffield Jazz with a three gig season starting on 20 November 2020.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sheffield Jazz has announced a series of three gigs featuring leading British jazz musicians with events taking place at Crookes Social Club during November and December 2020.

Vincent Keddie of Sheffield Jazz writes;

The musicians are eager to play and we know that many of our audience are equally eager to see them and once again experience genuinely live jazz. We believe that our plans take all reasonable measures to reduce the risk of infection and we believe that our audience is now ready to support us and come to the gigs.


The season is a very good and varied one which starts with the Freddie Gavita Quartet whose 2017 Sheffield gig was a great success. Subsequent gigs are the George Crowley Trio featuring Rob Luft on guitar; a welcome return by Josephine Davies’ wonderful Satori trio; and finally the season is rounded off by Clark Tracey’s exciting sextet comprising some of the best of the UK’s younger jazz talent.


Although the closure of the Crucible means that the planned gig at the Studio cannot go ahead, the large size of the Crookes Social Club hall makes social distancing easier to achieve there. For details of the various counter-infection measures which we have developed in collaboration with the Club and the underpinning risk assessment please see the Sheffield Jazz website (http://www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk/).  The main elements of these measures are: a strict audience size limit (100 maximum) and advance booking only, 1 metre distancing between tables, service of drinks to tables (no bar service), separate entrance and exit, managed queuing, wide corridors, ready access to sanitisers and enhanced washing facilities, and modified heating and ventilation arrangements. Audience members will be expected to wear face coverings on arriving and departing and when moving around the hall.

Tickets are available at: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz . Due to Covid-19 restrictions entry is by advance booking only but in the event of gigs being cancelled or postponed ticketholders will be entitled to tickets for a later gig or to a full refund.


Because of the risk of infection via leaflets we will be relying wholly on online marketing for this season. See the SJ website (http://www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk/) for more details of the season. 

 

Sheffield Jazz Autumn 2020 Season


Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD. Tel: 0114 266 0114 
Start 7.00 pm, Finish 9.30 pm.                   
Prices: Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £13, Students with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s free. To reduce infection risk and aid Track and Trace, ADMISSION IS BY ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY, FROM http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz


For more details about concerts, including any changes to the line-ups, visit http://www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk and click on the links.


Anti-Covid-19 measures: The large size of the Crookes hall makes social distancing much easier to achieve. Additional measures to guard against infections include: strict audience size limit (100 maximum) and advance booking only, service of drinks to tables (no bar service), separate entrance and exit, managed queuing, wide corridors, ready access to sanitisers and enhanced washing facilities, and modified heating and ventilation arrangements. Audience members are expected to wear face coverings on arriving and departing and when moving around the hall.


Although Sheffield Jazz's concerts are held primarily for adults, we very much welcome attendance by young people but please note that Sheffield Jazz and its volunteers cannot be responsible for the welfare of any unaccompanied youngster under the age of 16.

 

Friday 20 November
at Crookes Social Club at 19.00
George Crowley Trio
George Crowley: sax; Rob Luft: guitar; Tim Giles: drums
George Crowley has established himself as a key player within London’s burgeoning creative jazz and improv scene. His energy and expressive, warm saxophone sound mark him out as a musician to watch. He is accompanied here by Sheffield favourite Rob Luft, a tremendously fluent and innovative guitarist and the versatile Tim Giles on drums. A fine trio playing George’s original music and covering a diverse territory, with the music predominantly being driven by very strong melody, from lyrical folk
to more contemporary electronic textures.
“a fine young composer/player who knows where the music has been and where he’s headed with it.” – John Fordham, The Guardian.
http://www.georgecrowleymusic.com/


Friday 27 November
at Crookes Social Club at 19.00
Satori
Josephine Davies: sax; Oli Hayhurst: bass; James Maddren: drums
A melodic and intimate gig by a fine trio whose 2018 gig at Crookes was extremely enjoyable. Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio with a focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led by saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies who won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Their 2017 debut album attracted wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe while their 2018 follow up ‘In The Corners Of Clouds’ received equally glowing reviews.
“irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat);
“consistently inventive” (Jazzwise);
“spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe). 
http://www.josephinedavies.co.uk/


Friday 4 December
at Crookes Social Club at 19.00
Clark Tracey Sextet
Clark Tracey: drums; Sean Payne: alto sax; Alex Ridout: trumpet; Daniel Higham: trombone; Will Barry: piano; James Owston: bass
Following a great gig at Crookes with his quintet in 2018, Clark Tracey returns to Sheffield with this line-up of gifted young musicians augmented to a sextet. From his own experience of over 40 years in jazz, Clark leads them through bebop to post-bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way. Aside from Clark, who is a six-time winner of Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Alexandra Ridout won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2016 with Sean Payne the runner-up while James Owston was also a finalist in the 2018 competition. Highly impressive pianist Will Barry has been seen in Sheffield with Jasper Hoiby’s and Alex Hitchcock’s
bands. Since its inception this band has continued to impress audiences at clubs and festivals with a maturity beyond their years.
http://www.clarktracey.com

 

Sheffield Jazz aims to bring the best of national and international jazz to the city, providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds in the Sheffield City Region and throughout Yorkshire, to hear and learn from some of the greatest of current artists.
It is a company limited by guarantee and a charity and it is managed by a small committee of Directors/Trustees (all unpaid) supported by a team of volunteers.

JazzLeeds -  Jazz Update, September and October 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

JazzLeeds will continue to present socially distanced live jazz performances both outdoors and indoors at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton during September and October. Details attached.

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds writes;

September and October Jazz update


Latest live JazzLeeds news in September


The situation is changing all the time, but we recognise the imporatance of live jazz and imrprovised music in lifting people’s spirits, so we’ll keep going (socially distanced of course) as long as possible, We’ve live jazz gigs from Leeds in the Seven Arts Courtyard (if dry), Sunday afternoons 1.30-3.30pm and every Wednesday evening 6-7.30pm in September and then live jazz and blues gigs inside Seven Arts during October .


Svarc- Hanley-Longhawn - jazz funk at Rush Hour Jazz – tonight Wed 23 Sept 6-7.15pm
Leeds Guitarist Nik Svarc, Drummer-Percussionist Steve Hanley and Keyboardist Martin Longhawn join the dots between Jazz-Rock and Hammond funk, discovering an interesting angle for an old-school sound mixed with some hyper-catchy hooks and grooves’-JAZZWISE


Tom Sharp quartet – Sunday afternoon jazz 27 September 1.30-3.30pm
Featuring some of the best young musicians in Leeds, and featuring the expressive jazz trumpet of Tom Sharp, with Nico Widdowson on piano, Fergus Quill bass and Josh Smout drums .


Kate Peters Quartet play Rush Hour Jazz – Wed 30th Sept 6-7.15pm
Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north of England. .
A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre and she has had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing artists, such as Candi Staton, Jaki Graham, Roachford, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves) and Angie Brown.
‘Sultry, sexy, fruity vocals.’ (JazzLeeds)
‘The vocals here are simply angelic.’ (iTunes)
‘Kate is a singer with a wonderful sense of timing.’ (jazzcrazy)


All the courtyard gigs are table service, distanced, payf outside gigs. If wet then they will take place inside the Seven Arts building.


Jazz and blues in October


Looking ahead to October and our gigs inside distanced gigs at Seven Arts. Seating will be restricted to 40 people maximum and we will be having concerts with one long set rather than having an interval. For popular concerts we will be having two separate ticketed performances on the same day,


Sunday 4th October we have a blues session – James O’Hara with the Bluebirds
Featuring popular blues singer and guitarist James O Hara, the local legend that is Cleve Frecketon on vocals and keyboard, John Burr on harmonica, Barkley McKay keyboard and guitar, Courtny Thomas bass and Gordon Kilroy drums.  There will be two separate performances of an hour each for this popular gig. Performance times at 1.30pm and 3.15pm. Tickets for each performance £10/8


Sunday afternoon 11th October “Means and Ends”
An organ Jazz combo featuring Ben Lowman sax, Jamie Taylor guitar, Martin Longhawn organ and Steve Hanley drums. Laid back grooves and hard swinging Blue Note tunes plus some Oscar Peterson standards
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8


Sunday afternoon 18th October 1.30pm “Catimba”
Latin Jazz with Raquel Alvaro, Vincente Margueles piano, Andy Leggett bass, Brendan Bache drums One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8


Sun 25th October: Sunday afternoon – Henry Botham .
Henry is one of the UK’s leading solo Stride, Blues and New Orleans pianists
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8


29th October: Thursday evening – Fergus Mcreadie Trio .
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums £14/12
Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. The trio concerts have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio festival. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals.  Playing music that reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies, they brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe during their Spring ’19 tour. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise. “Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman, 5* review of Turas.  “real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” – The Times http://www.fergusmccreadie.co.uk/
There will be two separate performances of this popular gig- performance times – 7pm and 9pm


Tickets to all our indoor concerts are available on https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds


All the inside gigs are table service, distanced, payf, and we ask you to wear masks, and give us your contact detail for track and trace


Stay safe, stay cool, keep supporting our live jazz!


Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds


Copyright © 2020 JazzLeeds, All rights reserved.


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.

Pericopes + 1 on tour in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland September / October/ November 2020.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Italian trio Pericopes + 1 will be touring in Europe during Autumn 2020. Details attached.

We have received the following newsletter;

Thrilled to perform all across Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland! For this first leg of the UP tour, fantastic Italian drummer Ruben Bellavia will join us on stage. Stay healthy and come to see us!


#UP TOUR;

23/09 – Winterthur (CH) – ESSE Musicbar

24/09 – Singen (DE) – Jazzclub Singen

25/09 – Gallneukirchen (AT) – Kulturinitiative Gallnsteine

26/09 – Berlin (DE) – Private Concert

27/09 – Wangelin (DE) – Wangeliner Garten

28/09 – Berlin (DE) – Kühlspot Social Club

21/10 – Munich (DE) – Jazz Club Unterfahrt

22/10 – Frankfurt (DE) – Jazz-Initiative Frankfurt am Main e.V.

23/10 – Thionville (FR) – Wine Note Club

24/10 – Paris (FR) – Festival Jazz Sur Seine 2020 Sunset Sunside

25/10 – Troyes (FR) – Bar Associatif Expression Libre

11/11 – Parma (IT) – ParmaJazz Frontiere Festival

 

Emiliano Vernizzi: sax, electronics
Alessandro Sgobbio: piano, fender rhodes, electronics
Ruben Bellavia: drums

 

Bandcamp: http://www.bit.ly/UP__BandCamp

Spotify: http://www.bit.ly/UP__Spotify

AppleMusic: http://www.bit.ly/UP__AppleMusic


Emi, Alessandro, Nick & Ruben


A SUCCESSFUL SYMBIOSIS OF MODERN JAZZ, ELECTRONIC ORCHESTRAL AND EFFECTS.
ANDREAS EBERT


http://www.pericopes.it

 

K-Music 2020 - London’s Festival of Korean music returns 30 October - 16 November 2020 with live and digital shows.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

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. Details attached.

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


Tickets:  http://www.serious.org.uk/k-music


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. 


LIVE CONCERTS;


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 http://www.serious.org.uk/k-music


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 http://www.kccuk.org.uk

 

Best of K-Music Festival CD:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Tc8cXGuz64GcO8RqHG5yN?si=nTZMu_r4S66Q3J4hC7_jWA

 


2020 Festival youtube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVysr8RrgbqF9LF2Pz-3U5dFMcToFLJCH


Music from Parasite: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XRuEEbhMF9Q4TcJBw4GqP?si=ju1YUz8PTEGbtGsoXTkhVg

 

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 13/09/2020.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 13/09/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

First Broadcast on September 13th and available now on http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


János Ávéd - Balance (BMC)

Brigitte Bereha - Lucid Dreamers (LetmeOut records)

 

Magpie Trio - live (self)

 

Hang em High - The Kidnapping of Ståle Storløkken (Boomslang Records)

 

Craig Green - Love Notes in Binary Code (Discus)

 

Dave Milligan Quartet - Momento (Bandcamp)

 

Falb Holub Satzinger - A room for you (Jazzwerkstat)

 

BlueBlut - Andenborstengürteltier (Plagdichnicht)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Hull Jazz Festival celebrates the return of live music in November 2020.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Hull Jazz Festival is back with four days of events at Hull Truck Theatre from 12th - 15th November. Artists include John Helliwell, Vimala Rowe, Kate Peters,Snake Davis, Alina Bzhezhinska, Tony Kofi.

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

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: http://www.hulltruck.co.uk


Full listings can be found on the Hull Jazz Festival website:
https://hulljazzfestival.co.uk/whats-on/.

Jazz South Radar Commissions – 10 composers announced.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Jazz South has announced 10 composers for Jazz South Radar Commissions. Each will create a new 12-15 minute piece for up to 3 performers, which will be filmed & digitally broadcast in late 2020.

We have received the following press release;


Jazz South Radar Commissions – 10 composers announced


Jazz South is thrilled to announce an exciting and diverse line-up of ten composers from across the Jazz South region who have been selected for Jazz South Radar Commissions. Each composer will create a new 12-15 minute piece for up to 3 performers, which will be filmed and digitally broadcast in late 2020.


A panel from the jazz industry, including representation from venues, artists, promotion and jazz journalism selected the composers based on innovation, ambition, and the artistic aspiration of each commission. Open to composers in jazz and improvisation of any career stage, there was an extensive response to the scheme with over 50 proposals for new music. The final selection represents a range of established and rising talent from across the South.


The 10 composers are Olie Brice (E Sussex), Josephine Davies (E Sussex), Alex Hawkins (Oxfordshire), Andrew Hayes (Bristol), Hannah Jacobs (Oxfordshire), John Martin (N Somerset), Randolph Matthews (Kent), John Miles (Hampshire), Robert Mitchell (Surrey) and Rebecca Nash (Bristol).


The commissions will feature an array of original ideas and combinations: Josephine Davies with an all-female trio; Randolph Matthews telling untold stories of the lives of black sailors; John Miles writing a narrative aimed at children; Rebecca Nash combining electronic samples and live performance. Full details on all ten composers and their proposal can be found on the Jazz South website.


Tamsin Mendelsohn, Jazz South Manager, said:
“We created Jazz South Radar Commissions to highlight the stunning jazz composer talent that exists across the south of England outside London. The digital broadcasts enable us to profile their new commissions, as well as regional venues who programme jazz, and we are excited to share all of this with the widest audiences later in the year.”


The ten artists are delighted to begin work on their original compositions. These will be digitally broadcast in late 2020, with more details to be announced in October.


Composer Randolph Matthews said:
“I am so happy to receive the news that my application was accepted by Jazz South. Creating and presenting music matters to me. It’s fundamental to my well-being and satisfaction of sharing something meaningful to society. The Jazz South Commission has given me the opportunity and scope to work with some great musicians in the south east area to improvise, craft music and share something for all to experience.”


Composer Rebecca Nash said:
“Being chosen for the Jazz South Radar Commission Scheme is such an opportunity to focus on writing new material, and to work creatively as we continue to live through such uncertain times. I’m delighted to be working on some exciting new music with the brilliant Nick Walters (which we will be releasing in due course), and we are both very appreciative of this support. Thank you Jazz South.”


Radar Commissions is part of a wider Jazz South programme offering over £30,000 towards commission projects for artists working in jazz and improvisation in the Jazz South region, outside of London.


More details on the Jazz South Commissions and each artists’ proposal can be found on the Jazz South website:
https://jazzsouth.org.uk/2020/09/jazz-south-radar-commissions-10-composers-announced/

 

Jazz South Radar Commissions
Jazz South Radar Commissions were announced on 24 June 2020. The initiative is aimed at composers from all career stages, based permanently in the Jazz South region. Ten awards of up to £1,250 per commission have been made for pieces between 12-15 minutes, for no more than three performers. Applications were invited exclusively from composers, who are to commence their writing period between September – October 2020. The Jazz South Radar Commissions are part of a wider three-part commission scheme, including Platform South Commissions and Jazz South Breakthrough Commissions.
Read more: https://jazzsouth.org.uk/current-projects/jazz-south-commissions/


Jazz South
Jazz South supports the development of jazz across the South of England covering a wide area outside London (https://jazzsouth.org.uk/about-us/), working with artists, promoters and educators. Launched in 2018, and funded by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence programme, Jazz South is led and hosted by nationally renowned concert hall and live music producing organisation, Turner Sims Southampton
(http://www.turnersims.co.uk/) and supported by the University of Southampton. Turner Sims is a founder member of the Jazz Promotion Network, and a member of the Europe Jazz Network. Turner Sims’ media partners include Jazzwise.


Follow Jazz South on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JazzSouthUK).

Savage Ticket - Video Contest For Jazz Musicians and Fans.

Monday, September 14, 2020

The US media platform Savage Ticket has announced a video contest for musicians and fans to share how they fell in love with jazz. The grand prize for the winner is $2500 with 100 prizes of $100.

We have received the following information;


Savage Ticket is launching a video contest for musicians and fans to share how they fell in love with jazz. The jury features legendary jazz musicians and Grammy Award winners such as Al Di Meola, Dorthaan Kirk, and Karrin Allyson, and the grand prize for the winner is $2500. Beyond that 100 participants will be rewarded with $100 for their videos, and Savage Ticket is making a $50,000 donation to The Jazz Foundation of America’s Covid-19 Musicians in order to support artists in need.


Enter here;
https://www.savageticket.com/how-i-fell-in-love-with-jazz

 

WELCOME TO THE
HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH JAZZ
Video Contest & The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund

 

Just a few months ago, before the COVID pandemic, no one would have imagined a time when musicians couldn’t play together, when there were no gigs, and when playing for live audiences was not possible. We all need music in our lives—COVID or NO COVID. Connecting through music is more important now than ever. We also wanted to show our support to artists during these times when live performance is on hold . That’s why we are sponsoring the How I Fell in Love with Jazz contest.


Music has the incredible power to move us, to inspire us, to stir us up, and to bring us joy, peace and tranquility. Music touches the hearts and souls of millions, connects us and brings us together. We believe that the unifying power of music and its healing power can bring hope and light to the world.


Jazz music occupies a very special place in the universe. It is an international art form. It is a language and a platform for personal expression, creativity and spontaneity. Jazz is created “in the moment” and yet, it remains timeless. The range of Jazz idioms and styles is vast, yet its interpretation creates a unique and extremely personal connection between artists and listeners, unlike that of any other form of artistic expression. Jazz transcends cultures and borders. It is universal and provides a common bond to bring disparate peoples closer together. We wanted to find a way to share the joy of Jazz with each other.


So, here’s what we would like to know: How did you fall in love with Jazz?


We are looking for 60-second video diaries detailing how Jazz fans and performers alike fell in love with Jazz music. You don’t need to be a performer to enter. You just need to be a lover of Jazz music. Simply, pull out your recording device and tell us how your passion of Jazz came to be. Be creative as to how you present your story!


1ST PRIZE - $2,500
2ND PRIZE - $1,000
(100) CROWD FAVORITES - $100 EACH
Plus,
A CHARITABLE DONATION OF $50,000 TO THE JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA’s COVID-19 MUSICIANS’ EMERGENCY FUND

 

A donation of $50,000 has been made to The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund from the Kent and Martha Savage Family Charitable Fund.


Donate to JFA here;
https://jazzfoundation.org/donate/

For more details, please see our Official Rules.
https://www.savageticket.com/jazz-official-rules

 

*NO REGISTRATION FEE OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

 


MEET THE JUDGES


AL DI MEOLA
Al Di Meola—Jazz guitar hero and perennial poll-winner. Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as a virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Al Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. To learn more about Al and his music, visit https://www.aldimeola.com/


DORTHAAN KIRK
Dorthaan Kirk—honored as a 2020 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—our country’s highest honor for Jazz. Dorthaan, widow of Rashaan Roland Kirk, has been a lifelong ambassador of Jazz and has often been referred to a New Jersey’s first lady of Jazz. She has been active as a curator and producer of Jazz events, is an avid supporter of musicians and jazz education for youth, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her community-based initiatives in the arts, such as the Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity. To learn more Dorthaan’s recognition as an NEA Jazz Master, visit https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/nea-jazz-masters-qa-dorthaan-kirk/


KARRIN ALLYSON
Karrin Allyson—is a five-time Grammy Nominee in the category of Best Jazz Vocal. A highly acclaimed Jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter Ms. Allyson is widely recognized as one of the most gifted voices of her generation. The most recent releases by Karrin are her all-original “Some of that Sunshine” and “Shoulder to Shoulder: Centennial Tribute to Women’s Suffrage featuring Karrin Allyson Sextet.” The New York Times, called her a “singer with a feline touch and impeccable intonation.” To learn more about Karrin and her Music, visit karrin.com


HOUSTON PERSON
Houston Person—a legendary “Boss Tenor,” Jazz saxophonist, and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is best known for his work in soul jazz. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982. Houston has recorded over 75 albums in his career as a soloist and bandleader including recordings with Charles Brown, Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Janis Siegel, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Cedar Walton, plus Billy Butler, Don Patterson, Grant Green, Sonny Phillips, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and others. To learn more about Houston and his music, click: https://inter-jazz.com/web/artists/houston-person/


NORIKO UEDA
Noriko Ueda—a pre-eminent Jazz Bassist, composer, and bandleader. Noriko was the B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient for the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a winner of the BMI Charlie Parker Award for Jazz composition. Noriko tours with The Diva Jazz Orchestra, Artemis Jazz-supergroup, and with her own trio and orchestra. She has performed at many historical Jazz venues including Carnegie Hall, Blue Note New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center/Dizzy’s Club, John F Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, Blue Note Tokyo, and Birdland. To learn more about Noriko and her music, visit norikoueda.com

 

GO OVER THE GUIDELINES
https://www.savageticket.com/jazz-contest-guidelines

 

WHAT DO I SUBMIT?
​To enter our contest, you need to submit a short video (max. 60 seconds) telling us how you fell in love with Jazz. You may also include how your love for Jazz has evolved over the years, your favorite Jazz genre/musician/band/song/album, etc. and what makes that choice special for you.
Your video must be in English. You can submit up to three entries throughout the contest.
***You must be a legal resident of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) or the UK in order to enter this contest.


HOW SHOULD I PRESENT MY STORY?
Feel free to tell YOUR Jazz love story in YOUR own way. Your video can be as simple as you telling your story on camera with a background that you feel is appropriate or it can be a more elaborate production with multiple camera angles, edits, special effects, and props. The most important thing is that your story is told enthusiastically and passionately in a way that will help viewers to understand your love for Jazz music.


WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
All accepted video entries will be displayed in our online gallery allowing for public viewing and voting. Entries with the highest number of votes will be further evaluated by our panel of judges, who will determine the first-prize winner and second-prize winner. To “get out the vote,” we encourage you to promote yourself like crazy! Light up all your social media platforms, and let your friends, family and followers know. Read the full guidelines here.

​Submission and Voting Period: October 1, 2020 @ 8 AM ET - October 31, 2020 @ 11:59 PM ET


Judging Period: November 3, 2020 @ 12 AM ET- November 17, 2020 @11:59 PM ET

EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 - first two shows revealed.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Full details of the first two live performances announced for the 2020 EFG London Jazz Festival have been announced. These will feature Cassie Kinoshi's SEED Ensemble and Shabaka Hutchings.

We have received the following press release;


EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 - first two shows revealed

 


EFG London Jazz Festival
Friday 13 – Sunday 22 November 2020

 


First two shows of the Festival revealed


SEED Ensemble and Special Guests Celebrating the music of Pharoah Sanders: Live from the Barbican


Shabaka Hutchings with Britten Sinfonia:  Live from the Barbican  

The Barbican will be the home for two major shows in the EFG London Jazz Festival, which this year will be Living in Two Worlds, presenting both live and online performances.  The Festival programme for 2020 will be announced on Thursday 24 September with a special free stream running from 8pm over on efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk. The below events provide a sneak peak as to what to expect this year, both events going on sale Friday 11 September, 10am

 


Saturday 14 November 2020, Barbican Hall, 8pm
SEED Ensemble and Special Guests Celebrating the music of Pharoah Sanders:  Live from the Barbican
Tickets £20 & £12.50 (live stream) + bkg
In celebration of the life and work of spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders, who turns 80 in October, Cassie Kinoshi and SEED Ensemble perform from his much-revered songbook, live streamed from the Barbican Hall as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.   
Mercury Award-nominated SEED Ensemble is led by alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi and their ten piece line-up features some of London’s most exciting and innovative young jazz musicians, including trumpeter Sheila-Maurice-Grey (Kokoroko) and guitarist Shirley Tetteh (Maisha).  Their music is a vital part of London thriving jazz scene and comes from the bustle of the city alongside the Caribbean and West African influences of Kinoshi’s heritage, exploring a blend of genres through original compositions and improvisation.  This concert is co-produced by the Barbican and Serious in association with the EFG London Jazz Festival. 

 


Wednesday 18 November 2020, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Shabaka Hutchings with Britten Sinfonia:  Live from the Barbican
Tickets £20 & £12.50 (live stream) + bkg
Saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and band leader Shabaka Hutchings is one of the foremost proponents of the current British jazz scene, playing in a variety of groups, most notably Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming and Shabaka & the Ancestors, embracing influences from the sounds of London’s diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle and dub.  In this concert his background as a classically trained artist will take centre stage. Blurring the lines between jazz and classical music he performs Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, written for the ‘King of Swing’ Benny Goodman, alongside Britten Sinfonia, followed by Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, and a solo improvisation on clarinet.  Britten Sinfonia will conclude the programme with a performance of Copland’s musical portrait of 19th century pioneers, Appalachian Spring. 

 


The EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 brings 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 full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 24 September.


For information on all Serious shows please go to http://www.serious.org.uk 

 

New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings - Crowdfunder and New Releases.

Friday, September 11, 2020

A Crowdfunding campaign has been launched by ‘Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music’ to establish a bespoke record label in which to present unique international jazz & improv.

Wesley Stephenson has supplied the following information;

New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings - Crowdfunder and New Releases

 

In July, as a response to Covid-19, a Crowdfunding campaign was launched by ‘Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music’ to establish a bespoke, ethically driven record label in which to present unique international jazz and improvisation recordings.


As the festival had to be cancelled this year along with live performance events, and the difficulties facing many independent artists and music businesses, our intention was to react creatively and positively in which to create new work and presentation opportunities.


Further details are attached alongside a link to the Crowdfunder where you can find full details about the project and the first artist releases.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-jazz-and-improvised-music-recordings


Whilst the initial crowdfunder has finished there is an ‘always on’ button which allows people to keep making donations if they wish for ongoing costs and future releases,


New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings - Press Release (July 2020)


Launching this October in association with the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music we are crowdfunding to establish a bespoke, ethically driven record label run by artists in which to present unique international jazz and improvisation.


New ideas and new sounds for a new decade.


Pre-order our first releases, pay it forward and pledge to be part of something new as we put down the foundations for an environmentally-friendly label supporting artist independence, investing in independent music studios and supporting carbon neutral sustainable businesses to manufacture and deliver our products.


Established in 2017, the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music was set to present the fourth edition this coming October 2020, but like many others, due to Covid-19, it is not possible to stage this year’s event.


The idea of a label directly associated with the festival has been considered for a number of years, and now with some freedom of time, and a lack of live performance situations on offer to artists and audiences, we’ve decided this is a great moment to put alternative plans to action. Whilst the postponement of this year’s festival was not a decision anyone wished to make, it has been taken to ensure the wellbeing of all involved.


However, with restless energy and putting the little grey cells into action, we hope to react positively and creatively by continuing to present high-quality jazz and improvised music through a different channel.


NEW JAZZ AND IMPROVISED MUSIC RECORDINGS


Our initial crowdfunder has been launched to generate enough income for our first three releases with audiences buying advance copies, or simply investing into our set up costs. The level of funding is set to cover the production costs of manufacturing our first three ecologically friendly CD pressings, alongside some studio costs and creating an online digital presence through a website and Bandcamp.


The Artistic Director and Producer of Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music will work closely with local and international musicians, graphic designers and studio engineers to create high-quality bespoke releases, with every aspect of the music production through to graphicartwork and presentation given full attention to detail.


Given the international nature of releases and flexibility currently required with social distancing, recordings will come from a number of studios and live performance situations. In Newcastle Upon Tyne future plans include working with both Blast and Blank Studios in Ouseburn for recording and mastering to ensure the high quality audio of each release.


There are no festival tickets to buy this year but we sincerely hope audiences might invest in this new initiative as we continue to engage world class jazz and improvising musicians and encourage sustainability for crucial independent music studios and carbon neutral manufacturing plants.

 

RELEASES and PRODUCTION


Each release will be presented through CD’s in Eco Digipacks made entirely from 100% recycled card, egg boxes and cork. Sleeves will also be banded with a recycled matt card Obi strip adding a collectors element and emphasising the unique label identity. Further emphasising the sustainable nature of our releases each digipack will be housed in 100% compostable and biodegradable environmentally friendly wrap.


Our products will be manufactured in a carbon neutral pressing plant using 100% renewable energy and similarly delivered through a carbon neutral courier, finally arriving at your door in fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging envelopes.

 

THE ARTISTS and PROJECT RELEASES


JOHN POPE QUINTET
Project Release: Debut Album
Featuring John Pope (Bass) / Faye MacCalman (Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet) / Jamie Stockbridge (Alto Saxophone) / Graham Hardy (Trumpet) / Johnny Hunter (Drums)
The debut album from the Northern UK based Quintet with recording dates set for this coming
October and a subsequent album support tour throughout 2021.
Releasing: January 2021


PAUL TAYLOR
Project Release: Via
An urgent collection of new Solo Piano recordings entitled ‘Via’ recorded in March 2020 just priorto lockdown measures being imposed.
Releasing: December 2020


LAURA TOXVAERD / JACOB ANDERSKOV / MARIA FAUST
Project Release: Live from Winterjazz in Copenhagen 2020
The Danish / Estonian Trio of Saxophones and Piano recorded live at Winterjazz in Copenhagen, February 2020.
Releasing: November 2020

 

 

 

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Between The Lines Festival, curated by Serious, will go ahead during October 2020 with live performances at Kings Place and Cafe Oto. Details, including full line up, attached.

We have received the following press release;

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

 

BETWEEN THE LINES
Wednesday 7 – Thursday 29 October | LONDON
Tickets onsale tomorrow Friday 11 September, 10am at serious.org.uk/btl


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


ERASED TAPES: ANNE MÜLLER, DANIEL THORNE, HATIS NOIT
Wednesday 7 October | LONDON Kings Place as part of the Luminate series


LEAFCUTTER JOHN, HELEN PAPAIOANNOU, SKYLLA (RUTH GOLLER, LAUREN KINSELLA, ALICE GRANT)
Thursday 22 October | LONDON Café OTO


THE SPECTACULAR EMPIRE: LORAINE JAMES, GLOR1A, DEMIGOSH
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: https://annemuller.bandcamp.com/album/heliopause
Daniel Thorne: https://vimeo.com/118694971
Hatis Noit: https://youtu.be/0v0HacvKcK8 


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: https://youtu.be/XaCOvylhxks
Skylla: https://vimeo.com/340450443 
Helen Papaioannou: https://youtu.be/wGjhaBLelgc 

 

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
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
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: https://youtu.be/R-hqMQug3aQ
GLOR1A: https://youtu.be/9hpO5gsm_5g
DEMIGOSH: https://youtu.be/HGDrC_2YmCA

 

VENUES:

 

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

 

LONDON Cafe OTO
18 - 22 Ashwin Street
London
E8 3DL

 

EFG London Jazz Festival Launch Thursday 24 September 2020.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The EFG London Jazz Festival is to present an on line launch event revealing details of the Festival line up. Information attached.

We have received the following press release;


EFG London Jazz Festival Launch 2020
Thursday 24 September | 8pm

 

This year the 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 2020.

 


Plunge into our world for a 30 minute Launch extravaganza revealing November’s:


• Live concerts and club shows


• Special digital streams


• Creative engagement projects


• International collaborations


and much more


Watch on our YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/Londonjazzfestival


and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/londonjazzfestival


or at http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

 

As a sneak peak, the first two shows go onsale Friday 11 September, 10am:


SEED Ensemble and Special Guests Celebrating the music of Pharoah Sanders: Live from the Barbican


Shabaka Hutchings with Britten Sinfonia: Live from the Barbican


Please sign up to our mailing list and follow or socials for further announcements.

 

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.

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 06/09/2020.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 06/09/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Ulf Wakenius - Taste of Honey (ACT)

 

Nicholas/Viklický/Dvorský/Wickin - One Two Three Four (BeBoss records)

 

Floating Circles Quartet - Humble Travelers (self)

 


Lynn Cassiers - Yun (Clean Feed)

 

Rymden – Söndan [single] (Jazzland)

 

Vincent Peirani / Emile Parisien - Abrazo (ACT)

 

Robert Mitchell - The Rainbow Mountain_Can We Care (Depth of Field)

 

Rava/Herbert/Guidi - Live Album (Accidental records)

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00

http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Gretchen Parlato Signs To Edition Records.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

American vocalist Gretchen Parlato has signed to Edition Records and will release her new album "Flor" in Spring 2021. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;


Gretchen Parlato Signs To Edition Records


Edition Records are extremely proud and happy to announce the signing of Grammy-nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato, with a long-awaited new album, Flor, to be released Spring 2021.


Gretchen returns after a six-year focus on motherhood with Flor: a project celebrating her love and admiration for Brazilian music. Flor weaves new sonic textures of guitar, cello, and percussion/drums, exquisitely complementing the intensity and delicacies of Gretchen’s signature voice.


“In Portuguese, flor means flower. The title represents a blossoming, an opening, an offering, and a return.” says Gretchen. “Flor is the nostalgia of something familiar and the breath of something new. It is detail, it’s listening; it’s rooted, yet growing and giving. It’s both simple and mysterious.” Gretchen continues, “My art has always reflected my life. These days, I’m finding the balance between artistic creativity and nurturing motherhood. My purpose now has both a higher and deeper meaning, and this project is a musical representation of that journey.”


Flor marks Gretchen’s momentous return during a period of extraordinary change in the music industry and the world. “We are all here now, seeking the balance of comfort and acceptance with the need for compassion, love, and drastic change. Flor represents our joy, our sorrow, our connection to nature, and our connection to each other. I am honoured to share this music with the world, and am grateful to Edition Records for welcoming me to their family.”


Since the early 2000’s Gretchen Parlato has justly earned her reputation as one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. Featured on over 85 albums, four as a leader, Gretchen received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Live in NYC (2013) and a coveted 4.5 star review from Downbeat Magazine with the DVD hitting No. 1 on the iTunes best music video list. The Lost and Found (2011) received more than 30 national and international awards, including the Downbeat Jazz Critics Poll No.1 Vocal Album of 2011 and iTunes Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her 2009 sophomore release, In a Dream, was Jazz Times Critics Poll Vocal Album of 2009 and hailed by Billboard as “the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009.”


http://www.gretchenparlato.com


Flor features the superb trio of Marcel Camargo on guitar, Artyom Manukyan on cello, and Léo Costa on percussion and drums, with special guests Gerald Clayton, Mark Guiliana, and legend Airto Moreira.

 

JazzLeeds - Jazz in September and October 2020.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

JazzLeeds continue to present socially distanced performances at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. Programme for September and October 2020 attached.

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds writes;


Jazz in the Courtyard-  September


Live distanced jazz gigs from Leeds in the Seven Arts Courtyard (if dry), Sunday afternoons 1.30-3.30pm and every Wednesday evening 6-7.30pm. If the weather is wet the gig will be held inside the venue (also distanced). (all this of course depends on the local lockdown situation in Leeds - if that changes we may need to reschedule concerts).


Rory Ingham, trombone and Dom Ingham violin, Will Harris bass, Jonny Mansfield vibes – Wed 9 Sept Rush Hour Jazz 6-7.15 pm
Rory, Dom and Jonny are all staying in Yorkshire at present – so we thought let’s hear them all together at our Rush Hour gig. Their bands and music will familiar to our jazz audience through contemporary jazz groups like Bonsai, and Elftet. Bassist Will Harris is actually coming up from Bristol too! This will be a lovely example of how the lockdown can produce some rare music!


Jennie Hammond sings Blossom Dearie – Sun 13 Sept 1.30-3.30pm.
Jennie Hammond interprets the songs of Blossom Dearie, a remarkable vocalist jazz pianist, and composer from the bebop era who was able to bridge the gap between west side rhythm and east side lyrical content throughout her career. Jennie Hammond has been singing ever since she can remember. She has studied the vocal greats of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horne, Carmen McRae, Norma Winstone, Carol Kidd and Blossom Dearie to name but a few and was gigging by the age of 14. Jenny went on to study at the Leeds College of Music taking lessons from Tina May and singing with the Ellington Repertory Orchestra. Her voice has a beautiful naïve quality but with the assurance and maturity of phrasing that has been likened to that of Astrud Gilberto. Her quartet has Jason Scott on piano, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums.


Will Howard Trio – Wed 16 Sept Rush Hour Jazz 6-7.15pm
Leeds’ wizard of the tenor saxophone plays the music of the jazz giants from Dike Ellington onwards- with Elliott Roffe on bass and Will Blackstone drums


Sunday Jazz Jam session 13th Sept 1.30-3.30pm:
A courtyard jazz jam session with the JazzLeeds Trio supporting people who wish to come and sing or play. Numbers for the jam session limited due to Covid 19 restrictions. Please contact Steve Crocker if you would like to play email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) PWYF donations. Starts 1.30-3.30pm


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


Please check for updates on our web page http://www.jazzleeds.org.uk or the Seven Arts web page http://www.sevenleeds.co.uk

 

Jazz and blues inside - October


Looking ahead to October and our gigs inside distanced gigs at Seven Arts. Seating will be restricted to 40 people maximum and we will be having concerts with one long set rather than having an interval. For popular concerts we will be having two separate ticketed performances on the same day,


Sunday 4th October we have a blues session - James O’Hara with the Bluebirds
Featuring popular blues singer and guitarist James O Hara, the local legend that is Cleve Frecketon on vocals and keyboard, John Burr on harmonica, Barkley McKay keyboard and guitar, Courtny Thomas bass and Gordon Kilroy drums.  There will be two separate performances of an hour each for this popular gig.
Performance times at 1.30pm and 3.15pm. Tickets for each performance £10/8


Sunday afternoon 11th October The Organ Jazz combo featuring Ben Lowman sax, Jamie Taylor guitar, Martin Longhawn organ and Steve Hanley drums.
Laid back grooves and hard swinging Blue Note tunes.
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8


Sun 25th October: Sunday afternoon - Andrew McCormack solo
At the pinnacle of his creative powers, Andrew’s piano performance with Jason Yarde was one of the highlights of our 2018 season. He returns to play music based on his highly praised recent “Solo” album.
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8 http://www.mccormackmusic.com/


29th October: Thursday evening - Fergus Mcreadie Trio .
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums £14/12
Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. The trio concerts have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio festival. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals.  Playing music that reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies, they brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe during their Spring ’19 tour. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise. “Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman, 5* review of Turas.  “real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” – The Times http://www.fergusmccreadie.co.uk/
There will be two separate performances of this popular gig
Performance times - 7pm and 8.45pm


Tickets to all our indoor concerts are available on https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds


Stay safe, stay cool, keep supporting our live jazz!


Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds

Barbican announces autumn programme and welcomes audiences back to the Barbican Hall. These events will also be livestreamed.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Live music and live audiences return to the Barbican this autumn with a newly curated, streamed concert series Live from the Barbican, which takes place in the Hall between 4 October and 13 December.

We have received the following press release;


Barbican announces autumn programme and welcomes audiences back to the Barbican Hall


The Barbican today announces an innovative new programme of live events, digital content and artist development opportunities for the autumn. After successfully reopening its Galleries and the Conservatory in July/August followed by Cinema 1 last week, the Barbican continues its phased reopening with new events, installations and in-person activities to welcome more audiences back into the Centre. The autumn programme also sees an expanded online offer as well as providing new initiatives and support for artists to create new work and space for a range of community projects.


Autumn programme highlights include: 

 


Live music and live audiences return to the Barbican this autumn with a newly curated, streamed concert series Live from the Barbican, which takes place in the Hall between 4 October and 13 December 2020 with a digital audience alongside a socially distanced live one. The line-up, announced today, includes The Divine Comedy, The Kanneh-Mason Family, Emmy the Great, Sir Antonio Pappano, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings and Sir Bryn Terfel.


To celebrate Michael Clark’s creative friendship with musician Jarvis Cocker, Cocker’s recently formed band JARV IS… will perform an exclusive set from within the Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer exhibition in the Barbican Art Gallery.


Inspired, a new theatre and dance-themed podcast series in conversation between Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Danny Boyle, Jamie Hale and Hannah Gadsby, and Dickie Beau and Fiona Shaw sharing personal stories about the things that impact their work or influence them creatively.


Showcasing world cinema, rare animations, art-films and live events, Barbican Young Programmers will present the fifth edition of the Chronic Youth Film Festival, while participants in the first ever Emerging Film Curators’ Lab, will present four live cinema events. Both Barbican Young Programmers and Emerging Film Curators’ Lab are film curation training programmes, designed to encourage a variety of voices and points of views to be expressed on screen.


From 1 October 2020, two digital installations will appear in the Barbican’s public spaces on Level G of the Centre: Playing Democracy by artist Ling Tan, a giant, interactive two player game of Pong which explores ideas around social structures; and Nye Thompson’s INSULAE (Of the Island), created using Google Earth.


Barbican Theatre’s Open Lab scheme will be open for applications for 2020/21 from 14 September 2020, supporting six emerging and mid-career performance artists to develop new ideas that respond to the times in which we’re living.


Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is inviting applications from young artists for the 2020/21 cohorts of the following programmes: Young Poets, Young Film Programmers and Young Visual Arts Group.


Over the autumn, the Barbican will collaborate with Culture Mile to explore new ways of working with local artists and communities through a series of pilot community residencies, new artist commissions and funding opportunities. The first project, Considering Breath, will commission artists to create new artistic work on the theme of breath. At the heart of artists’ responses will be current events, including the Black Lives Matter protests, the respiratory virus Covid-19, and access to clean air in cities. 


Squish Space, the Barbican’s multi-sensory adventure for children aged five and under, will be offering a new series of digital prompts for parents/carers and their children to enjoy at home over the autumn.


Barbican Box will be opening applications for secondary schools and colleges in Harlow and Manchester, exploring theatre-making and visual art with students and teachers from December 2020 to July 2021.


As part of London Craft Week 2020, Barbican Shop will be hosting a series of online craft workshops in collaboration with STORE STORE.

 

Already announced;


Opening on 7 October 2020, Barbican Art Gallery stages the first ever major exhibition on the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Michael Clark.
Critically acclaimed installation A Countervailing Theory – the first-ever UK commission by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola – continues in The Curve throughout autumn.


Christopher Nolan’s audacious new Sci-Fi Tenet (UK/US 2020) stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson and is screening in Cinema 1 until 17 September 2020. Barbican Cinema will also host a special screening of David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet in Cinema 1 on 28 September 2020.


Leytonstone Loves Film returns for a second year to celebrate Leytonstone’s cinema community from 16 September to 4 October 2020 through small-scale film screenings, online watch parties, talks and workshops with partners including Apne Film Club, E17 Films, Cheap Cuts Doc Fest, Forest Film Club, Leytonstone Pop Up Film Club, Stow Film Lounge, We Are Parable and Women Over Fifty Film Festival (WOFFF).


Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: ‘This is a significant step forward for us and we’re delighted to expand our offer through the autumn, gradually opening up our venues and providing space for artists and communities to connect. Our autumn programme features concerts from some of the most exciting musicians working today, a podcast series of conversations between some of our leading creative minds, alongside a whole range of work by new and established artists.
‘With the challenges facing the arts and our society, we’re particularly pleased to be able to give research and development space for artists to develop work that responds to the time we’re living in through initiatives including our Open Lab programme. We’re also very excited to bring people in local communities together through events such as Leytonstone Loves Film.
‘We know that not everyone will be able to join us in person, so we’re building on our digital offer, delivering events and initiatives that can be experienced online as well as in person.
We’re fortunate to present this rich variety of work thanks to the continuing support of the City of London Corporation, our founder and principal funder, and the generosity of all our patrons and supporters.’

 


The Barbican is encouraging audiences to make a donation so it can keep investing in the artists and organisations with whom it works. Audiences are also being asked to consider donating to the Centre’s Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.


Autumn programme – full details below;


In line with government guidelines, new safety measures are in place including operating at reduced capacity, timed entry slots to ensure a safe flow of visitors through the space, with tickets needing to be booked online at barbican.org.uk in advance of a visit. Safety and visitor information is available here: barbican.org.uk/your-visit/coronavirus-advice/essential-safety-information


Digital content is available via the Barbican’s website through Read, Watch & Listen, Cinema on Demand, Live from the Barbican and its social channels. In addition, podcasts can also be accessed by subscribing to the Nothing Concrete podcast via Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


Music;


Live from the Barbican: a series of newly curated livestreamed concerts


Live from the Barbican, is a new concert series for streaming and live audiences which takes place in the Hall between 4 October and 13 December 2020.


The series features an eclectic mix of artists and introduces a new concept for the Barbican: for the first time, it will bring the live experience online for a wider, global digital audience alongside a reduced, socially distanced live audience. All performances will be streamed live from the Barbican Hall on a pay-to-view basis, and tickets for the live experience in the Hall will also be available for all concerts, if Government guidance continues to permit this. Over 100 free stream passes are being offered to communities in London, Manchester, Harlow and Norfolk, through Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning’s work in schools and communities.


The programme includes:


Celebrated bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Britten Sinfonia in an intimate evening of music close to his heart (4 Oct 2020)


Scottish multi-instrumentalist and contemporary composer Erland Cooper and ensemble will perform special arrangements interspersed with spoken word and visuals (10 Oct 2020)


Revered chamber pop group The Divine Comedy present a selection of songs from across their career, performed by a six-piece band (14 Oct 2020)


Singer-songwriter Emmy the Great presents material from her upcoming album April / 月音 (17 Oct 2020)


The seven brothers and sisters of the Kanneh-Mason family perform their first public concert in London (22 Oct 2020)


Celebrated Northumbrian songsmith Richard Dawson presents a special solo set (25 Oct 2020)


Award-winning tenor saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia performing material from her new album SOURCE (29 Oct 2020)


Sir Antonio Pappano will be joined by friends and long-time collaborators tenor Ian Bostridge, soprano Dame Sarah Conolly, and the Carducci Quartet (1 Nov 2020)


BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo and soprano Anu Komsi give the world premiere of the chamber orchestra version of Magnus Lindberg’s Accused (6 Nov 2020)


Cassie Kinoshi and SEED Ensemble will mark the 80th birthday of spiritual jazz icon Pharoah Sanders. Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 (14 Nov 2020)


Saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and band leader, Shabaka Hutchings performs alongside Britten Sinfonia a programme featuring Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2020 (18 Nov 2020)


Physicist Professor Brian Cox joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska to explore the questions raised by music and the Cosmos (13 Dec 2020)


Tickets are £20 for live audiences in the Barbican Hall and £12.50 to access the livestreams. Tickets will go on sale to Barbican Patrons on Wednesday 9 September, Barbican Members on Thursday 10 September and on general sale on Friday 11 September via the Barbican website. Information on how to access the livestream can be found here. Information about safety measures that are in place at the Centre can be found here.


The Barbican’s resident orchestra the London Symphony Orchestra returns to the Barbican Hall with a very special series of eleven concerts from 27 November and throughout December. Sir Simon Rattle conducts all the concerts which feature all five Beethoven piano concertos with guest soloist Krystian Zimerman. Each programme is performed twice in one day at 15.30 and 18.30 to audiences in the Barbican Hall and recorded for future broadcast.


Theatre and Dance


Barbican launches new podcast series


Inspired is a new theatre and dance-themed in-conversation podcast series in which some of the amazing artists the Barbican works with share their personal stories about the things that impact their work or influence them creatively. Part of the Barbican’s Nothing Concrete podcast, episodes of Inspired will be released weekly starting at the end of September.
Episode 1 sees co-founder and co-artistic director of Barbican Artistic Associate, Boy Blue, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante talk to Oscar-winning director, Danny Boyle, about process, collaboration, unlikely inspirations and the power of film, music and British creativity.
In Episode 2, Jamie Hale, curator, poet, writer, performer and director, whose work, NOT DYING, was developed through our Open Lab programme, talks to multi-award-winning Australian comedian, Hannah Gadsby, who rose to international fame with shows including Douglas and Nanette. Their powerful discussion explores their experiences of turning trauma into art and how being truthful about difference could help improve accessibility of arts spaces for future generations.
Winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, actor Dickie Beau, best known for breathing new life into the art of lip-syncing, speaks to mentor and friend, Fiona Shaw in Episode 3. The actor and director is renowned for her extensive theatre work and popular roles in film and TV such as Harry Potter, Killing Eve and Fleabag. Their poetic, and at times philosophical conversation navigates creation and perfection, the self on stage, intricacies of language and grabbing the audience’s attention.

 

Inua Ellams: Poetry + Film / Hack - Spirited Away (PG)
Thu 17 Sep 2020, Zoom (advance booking required)
Inua Ellams returns to the Barbican with a free online watch party for a Poetry + Film / Hack of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away on Thursday 17 September. Audiences will be able to watch the film on their own platforms from 7pm followed by the Poetry Hack on Zoom from 9.30pm. The Zoom doors will be open from 6.45pm for an introduction from Inua Ellams. 
The award-winning poet and playwright has curated a host of talented poets who will read new work created in response to the Oscar-winning classic from Studio Ghibli. The poets are Andy Craven-Griffiths, Amy Key, Zaffar Kunial, Raheela Sulemaan and Belinda Zhawi. Their collective experience ranges from storytelling and theatre to radio and television and includes the passionate voices of Barbican Young Poets alumni, with Michelle Tiwo co-curating the event. 
Spirited Away from Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, explores the life of a young girl, Chihiro, who wanders into a supernatural world where witches rule and those who disobey them are turned into animals. The specially commissioned poems will explore the key themes from the story including childhood and the blurred lines between good and evil.


Barbican Open Lab is launching call for submissions
Barbican Theatre’s Open Lab scheme will be open for applications for 2020/21 from Monday 14 September. This programme nurtures and develops creative talents from a range of backgrounds and contexts, supporting the development of socially engaged, inclusive performance that has the potential to reach new audiences.
The Theatre’s Open Lab supports six emerging and mid-career performance artists to develop new ideas in ways that respond to the times in which we’re living. The programme accepts proposals from artists and companies who are at the early stages of a project, idea or question and will support successful candidates as they experiment with projects that observe the social distancing guidelines at the time.
The Barbican is committed to nurturing and developing talented new voices from a multiplicity of backgrounds, practices and contexts. People from an ethnic minority, including Black artists/Black-led theatre companies, LGBTQ+ artists/companies, and d/Deaf and disabled artists/companies are encouraged to apply.
More information and details about how to apply for the 2020/21 Barbican Open Lab will be announced soon. This is the first opportunity to apply for the Open Lab programme this year. There will be a second opportunity for artists from other disciplines to apply for Open Lab later in the year.


Cinema

 

Tenet
Fri 4 - Thu 17 Sep 2020, Cinema 1
John David Washington and Robert Pattinson star in Christopher Nolan’s audacious new Sci-Fi Tenet (UK/US 2020), a captivating new thriller in which a secret agent must fight against the onset of World War Three.
With suave suits, international locations and an impressive supporting cast including Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, Himesh Patel and Michael Caine, this is compelling viewing.

 

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
Mon 28 Sep 2020, 7pm, Cinema 1
In his 94 years, Sir David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.
After the film, audiences will have the unique chance to watch a special, exclusive conversation between Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin, filmed for broadcast in cinemas only.

 

Chronic Youth Film Festival
Sat 3 - Sun 13 Oct 2020, Cinema 1 & Cinema on Demand
Originally scheduled to take place in March, the Barbican Young Programmers (aged between 16 and 25) have re-worked their international programme for Chronic Youth Film Festival 2020 to screen in Cinema 1 and stream online on Cinema on Demand.
Programme highlights includes the UK premiere of Q’s Barbershop (Denmark 2019, Dir Emil Langballe), a captivating insight into Black masculinity from a Danish barber shop; Una banda de chicas (Argentina, 2019, Dir Marilina Giménez), a sonically charged exploration of all-women bands in Argentina; and Black Audio Film Collective’s Twilight City (UK 1989), a poetic rumination on London’s rapid physical and social change during the 1980s from the perspective of Black and Asian communities. Featuring personal recollections from journalists and academics including Homi Bhabha, Paul Gilroy and George Shire, the film, which has been likened to Patrick Keiller’s London (UK 1983), is linked by a fictional letter from a daughter to her mother in Domenica. Screening in the same programme is Dear Babylon (UK 2019) by rising star Ayo Akingbade, which reflects on the current insecurities of social housing in the city.
Also screening in the Chronic Youth Festival is A First Farewell (2018, China) the debut film from Xinjiang born filmmaker Lina Wang about two young Uighur children from North-western China who are experiencing their childhoods in a minority community.
The Barbican is now recruiting for the next cohort of Young Film Programmers to deliver Chronic Youth events in 2021. Details about how to apply can be found here.

 

Emerging Film Curators’ Lab
October and December 2020
The new Emerging Film Curators’ Lab supports people looking to establish themselves in the UK cinema exhibition sector. In June eleven individuals took part in the first free digital Lab; four selected events will be presented to audiences in October and December.
From the candy-coloured worlds of legendary animator Amy Lockhart, to the thoughtful observations of filmmaker Joanna Priestley curator Christopher Childs’ event Enter the Brainbox (Sat 24 Oct), explores the dreams and nightmares of animation’s underground and will include a pre-recorded paper cut-out animation demonstration by Childs.
Dancing Nymphs and Nature: the cinema of Nao Yoshigai (Sun 25 Oct) is programmed by Serena Scateni. A rising artist from Japan, filmmaker and choreographer Nao Yoshigai “choreographs image and sound” to depict women confronted by societal limitations. This shorts programme will include a video introduction by Nao Yoshigai, followed by a conversation between Serena Scateni and Dr González-López on women in Japanese cinema.
Featuring short films about fat pole dancers, radical collectives and escapes from fat camps, Grace Barber-Plentie offers a vision of fat utopia in Reframing Fat Bodies (Sat 5 Dec) in which fat bodies are freed from the restraints of modern society and allowed to be fluid, free, sexy and radical.
Maria Paradinas and Emma Bouraba (previous Barbican Young Programmers) will present Rayhana Obermeyer’s I Still Hide to Smoke (2016, France) (Tue 8 Dec). Set in Algiers, in the women’s hammam bath, where traditional rules can be challenged, the event, includes an introduction by Rayhana Obermeyer, and a post screening panel discussion to explore the multiple ways in which women challenge oppression during conflict and post-conflict situations.
Barbican Cinema on Demand is supported by the BFI FAN Resilience Fund, awarding National Lottery funding, and the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk business support fund.


Level G


Ling Tan: Playing Democracy
Thu 1 Oct 2020 – Apr 2021, Level G
Playing Democracy is a new interactive installation by artist Ling Tan, designed as a giant two player game of Pong which explores ideas around social structures, collective responsibility and agency in participation.
Projected onto a wall, participants can modify the rules of the game as they play, either collaborating with each other on opposite sides or even violating the rules as they go, bringing into question ideas around social structures, the implications of influencing them and our interaction with other people. Players can adjust its fairness, equality and freedom parameters to increase the difficulty of the game. By working together the game can be played longer, or players can compete to win.
The piece is designed to be suitable for all age groups.


Nye Thompson: INSULAE (Of the Island)
Thu 1 Oct 2020 – Apr 2021, Level G
Flying at drone height over digitally-rendered waves, INSULAE [Of the Island] is a video installation by Nye Thompson. In the age of Brexit, this work contemplates the impact of island geography on national identity, through a perpetually looping virtual tour of the waters just off the British coastline. With the ocean as a metaphorical buffer between the UK and the rest of the world, the viewer is taken on an endless patrol of our watery borders.
Both installations have been commissioned in partnership with Lumen Art Projects.


Visual Arts


Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Tue 11 Aug 2020 – Sun 24 Jan 2021, The Curve
Free Admission but tickets will need to be booked in advance of visiting via the Barbican website.
Barbican Art Gallery presents A Countervailing Theory, a site-specific installation for The Curve and the first-ever UK commission by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola. An epic cycle of new work unfurls across the 90-metre long gallery, exploring an imagined ancient myth conceived by the artist. An immersive soundscape by renowned conceptual sound artist Peter Adjaye fills the space in response to Ojih Odutola’s work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication featuring a new text by acclaimed writer Zadie Smith and an interview with the artist.
Executed in pastel, charcoal and chalk, the installation features a series of 40 drawings, each work acting as an individual episode within an overarching narrative. Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories she presents. Set within a surreal landscape inspired by the rock formations of Plateau State in central Nigeria, the works depict the tale of a fictional prehistoric civilisation, dominated by female rulers and served by male labourers. Drawing on an eclectic range of sources, from ancient history to popular culture, Ojih Odutola investigates the power dynamics at play within this community.
The exhibition will also be available to experience digitally via a free online introduction unfolding across the 90-metre long Curve gallery and narrated by Toyin Ojih Odutola. The video can be watched on the Barbican’s YouTube channel.


Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer
Supported by Bottega Veneta
Wed 7 Oct 2020 – Sun 3 Jan 2021, Barbican Art Gallery
Media View: 6 October 2020, 10am – 1pm
This autumn, Barbican Art Gallery stages the first ever major exhibition on the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. Exploring his unique combination of classical and contemporary culture, Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer unfolds as a constellation of striking portraits of Clark through the eyes of legendary collaborators and world-renowned artists including Charles Atlas, BodyMap, Leigh Bowery, Duncan Campbell, Peter Doig, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sarah Lucas, Silke Otto-Knapp, Elizabeth Peyton, The Fall and Wolfgang Tillmans.
2020 marks the 15th year of Michael Clark Company’s collaboration with the Barbican as an Artistic Associate. This exhibition, one of the largest surveys ever dedicated to a living choreographer, presents a comprehensive story of Clark’s career to date and development as a pioneer of contemporary dance who challenged the furthest intersections of dance, life and art through a union of ballet technique and punk culture. Films, sculptures, paintings and photographs by his collaborators across visual art, music and fashion are exhibited alongside rare archival material, placing Clark within the wider cultural context of his time. Contributions by cult icons of London’s art scene establish his radical presence in Britain’s cultural history.
To celebrate Clark’s creative friendship with musician Jarvis Cocker, Cocker’s recently formed band JARV IS… will perform an exclusive set from within the Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer exhibition in the Art Gallery. Further details about this exciting event will be announced soon.
Following its opening at the Barbican, Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer will move to V&A Dundee and be on view from 30 October 2021 to 6 February 2022.


Creative Learning


Recruitment opens for Young Creatives 2020/21 programmes
Through a range of free talent development programmes, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning provides opportunities for 16–25 year-olds to thrive in the creative industries.
Applications for the 2020/21 cohort of Young Poets, Young Film Programmers and Young Visual Arts Groups are now open.
These programmes are designed to develop young people’s artistic practice alongside gaining valuable experience in curating, programming, marketing and project management. The programmes also offer the opportunity to meet other creatives and take part in online meet-ups, artist-led workshops and work collectively to produce and curate a public, digital showcase. The 2020/21 editions of these three programmes will be delivered through a combination of digital and in person activity.
The Barbican is looking for individuals who are passionate about visual culture, film or poetry and excited to explore creating new ideas and working collaboratively with like-minded people. To find out more about each programme and how to apply, please visit: barbican.org.uk/take-part/young-creatives


Squish Space launches new digital season
Squish Space, the Barbican’s multi-sensory adventure for children aged five and under, will be offering a new series of free digital prompts for parents/carers and their children over the autumn. Designed by Squish Space creators India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson, the activities will be available online on the Barbican’s website for everyone to take part in and enjoy at home.
While Squish Space at the Barbican remains temporarily closed, India and Lisa invite children and their families to explore play and creativity in their own homes, encouraging intergenerational making with the whole family.


Barbican Box – Coney announced as lead artist for National programme
Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning are excited to announce that applications will open in October for Barbican Box with regional partners Harlow Playhouse and HOME in Manchester, as part of their Esmée Fairbairn funded National Development Programme. This cross-arts Box will explore theatre-making and visual art with secondary schools and colleges in both areas from December 2020 to July 2021.
This year’s Box programme will be designed and curated by award-winning interactive theatre-makers Coney. Coney create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part. Their work takes place anywhere that people gather: in theatres, schools, museums, on the streets and online.
Coney will work closely with teachers and students to create a Box that explores play, adventure and collective making, responding to themes of social impact, emotional health and playful activism. They will also develop a CPD programme, activities for the classroom and learning resources for teachers, and work alongside other artists and theatre-makers towards a live showcase event at Harlow Playhouse and HOME.
Designed to be accessible to all schools, including specialist providers, Barbican Box introduces young people to imaginative and adventurous approaches to creating, and enriches the school curriculum by connecting schools to professional arts programmes and venues.

 

Community Projects


Communities In Residence
Over the autumn, the Barbican will collaborate with Culture Mile to explore new ways of working with local artists and communities through a series of pilot community residencies, new artist commissions and funding opportunities.


Considering Breath
The first initiative, Considering Breath, is presented by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning. This commission will support artists and partners to create new artistic work on the theme of breath, reflecting on the social and political dimensions of breathing, the inequalities surrounding this, and the impact upon health and wellbeing. Current events, including the Black Lives Matter protests, the respiratory virus Covid-19, and access to clean air in cities, will be at the heart of artists’ responses. 
The programme will work with artists and partners including Headway East London, Sam Winston, Seenaryo and Barbican Guildhall Young Creatives.
People will be invited to join in with activities and creative prompts, both online and at the Barbican, culminating in a collective installation presented on Barbican’s Level G.
Considering Breath has been generously supported by Wellcome.
More information about future commissions and in-residencies will be announced soon.


Imagination Fund
Culture Mile are offering ten micro-grants supporting local people to develop ideas for the Culture Mile area – creative, cultural or community – which will help create a better future. The fund will be open to all and any ideas – community gardening, workspace, creative workshops, arts projects, local radio. The deadline is Monday 5 October 2020. For details of how to apply visit: culturemile.london/


Leytonstone Loves Film
Wed 16 Sept - Sun 4 Oct, Leytonstone
Leytonstone Loves Film returns for a second year to celebrate film culture and Leytonstone’s exciting cinema community through a reimagined programme of small-scale film screenings, online Watch Parties, talks and workshops.
Produced by the Barbican in partnership with local residents and organisations and the London Borough of Waltham Forest, the free community-powered programme will bring people together through movies and storytelling in a safe and enjoyable way and provide a platform to showcase the work of filmmakers, industry creatives and cinema enthusiasts in the local area. More information about the official programme can be found at leytonstonelovesfilm.com.


Barbican Shop
Barbican Shop workshops in collaboration with STORE STORE (part of London Craft Week 2020)
Wed 30 Sep – Thu 8 Oct 2020
As part of London Craft Week 2020, Barbican Shop will be hosting a series of online craft workshops in collaboration with STORE STORE, an innovative London based community project. Running from 30 September to 8 October, the creative workshops will showcase a series of craft skills including weaving, embroidery, quilting and mending, with guidance from cutting-edge designers, makers and artists.
In addition to the workshops, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning will work with STORE STORE to showcase products in store the Barbican Shop – all created in After School Club workshops by students from Barking & Dagenham.
Full details and booking information for the workshops can be found on the Barbican website here.


Public information
http://www.barbican.org.uk


About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.
The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble.

 

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS,

 

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to finally reopen on 19 September 2020.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will be the first to take to the stage on September 19th. Press release including full listings for September & October attached

We have received the following press release;


Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to finally reopen on 19 September 2020


On August 1st the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club was to throw open its doors for the first time in 137 days having been closed due the global Corona Virus pandemic.  The government had announced that indoor live music venues could re-open, but then, just a day before the first act was to take to the stage, it was to postpone its decision and the club remained closed.


Following the huge disappointment from staff and customers alike, Ronnie Scott’s are thrilled to announce it is to finally re-open on September 19th


The Soho-based club will open with a reduced capacity of 50% , and with all the safety measures you would expect - deep cleaning, 100% fresh air air-conditioning, sanitizer stations in key areas, thermal checks on arrival and strict social distancing measures in place. It is particularly proud of the elegant screens that separate some seating areas which actually compliment the décor!  Modelled on the heady jazz joints of yesteryear and blessed with a warm, intimate setting and a unique seating layout, Ronnie Scott’s is able to observe distancing guidelines without losing any of the cosy atmosphere that audiences love.


Despite government restrictions being relaxed on August 15, the club made the decision to delay opening rather than risk further cancellations. The delay allowed the club to review its covid-safety measures with the benefit of hindsight, observing the practices of others in the hospitality sector.


As Fred Nash, Ronnie Scott’s General Manager explains, “ We are proud to have scored 100% in a covid-safety audit without compromising the great atmosphere of the club and not putting in measures which are quite frankly, weird or unnecessary.  We’ve all experienced strange trips to a pub”, he continues, “ where you have to navigate a seemingly pointless one-way system, download an app to order a drink only to find it doesn’t work .  We believe we can welcome customers back safely whilst maintaining the old- school hospitality values we are known for.  We’re certain that when our customers return, they will feel we have got it just right”.


The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will be the first to take to the stage on September 19.  Featuring vocal sensation, Natalie Williams and the club’s Musical Director, James Pearson, the band present the ‘The Soho Songbook’; classic music from the jazz greats.  Over the coming weeks, the club presents it usual mix of established jazz royalty and rising stars covering bebop to contemporary and cutting edge . Confirmed artists include jazz vocalist and Puppuni Sister, Emma Smith playing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, young lion, Mark Kavuma, a prominent trumpet player on the British jazz scene, old-school jazz funksters, James Taylor Quartet, scalding hot saxophonist and rapper and Soweto Kinch and genre-blurring pianist, Ashley Henry .


As Fred Nash observes, “We hope our customers, and our members, have missed live music as much as we have.  I think it is what everyone needs right now”


Ronnie Scott’s would like to thank everyone at The Music Venue Trust and UK Hospitality who have worked tirelessly with the government on helping to get businesses like theirs , to open again, safely.


SEPT/OCT LISTING


Sat 19 Sept The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars perform the Soho Songbook


Sun 20 Sept (lunch) Tom Seals


Sun 20 Sept (evening) The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars perform the Soho Songbook


Weds 23 Sept Emma Smith with Jamie Safir Trio - Portrait of Ella


Thurs 24 Sept The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars – ‘Time Out - A Musical Portrait of Dave Brubeck’


Fri 25 Sept Natalie Williams Soul Family


Sat 26 Sept Natalie Williams Soul Family


Sun 27 Sept (lunch)  100 years of jazz piano with James Pearson


Sun 27 Sept (evening)  Ray Gelato and the Giants


Mon 27 Sept Ray Gelato and the Giants


Thurs 1 Oct James Taylor Quartet


Fri 2 Oct James Taylor Quartet


Sat 3 Oct James Taylor Quartet


Sun 4 Oct (lunch) Paul Ryan and Jamie Safir: ‘Celebrating Tony and Bill 45 Years on’


Sun 4 Oct (evening) Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion Quintet                      


Weds 7 Oct Pete Long and Simon Spillett present ‘A Celebration of The Jazz Couriers’


Thurs 8 Oct Jason Rebello


Fri 9 Oct   Ian Shaw


Sat 10 Oct Reuben James


Sun 11 Oct (lunch) Celebrating Doris Day’s life in film, TV and on record


Sun 11 Oct (evening) Cassidy Janson


Mon 12 Oct The Horne Section - 10th anniversary celebration


Tues 13 Oct The Horne Section - 10th anniversary celebration


Thurs 15 Oct Soweto Kinch


Fri 16 Oct Lianne Carroll


Sat 16 Oct Lianne Carroll


Sun 17 Oct (lunch)  Down for the Count


Sun 18 Oct (evening) Tom Seals


Fri 23 Oct Ashley Henry


Sat 24 Oct Ashley Henry


Sun 25 Oct (lunch)  ‘Song for My Father’: Celebrating The Music of Horace Silver              


Sun 25 Oct (evening) Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion Quintet  


Weds 28 Oct Byron Wallen


Thurs 29 Oct Omar Puente Cuban sextet


Fri 30 Oct Mark Kavuma Milestones and more


Sat 31 Oct   Citrus Sun

Tickets and more information available http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk


47 Frith Street
Soho
London
W1D 4HT


Reservations;

T: +44 (0)20 7439 0747

F: +44 (0)20 7437 5081

 

Chesterfield Jazz Club to reopen on 17th September 2020.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Chesterfield Jazz Club is set to relaunch on Thursday 17th September 2020 with a performance by guitarist Carl Orr. The event will also be livestreamed. Details attached.

Musician and Club organiser Wendy Kirkland writes;


Tickets now on sale for Carl Orr at Chesterfield Jazz, 17th Sept.

 


Tickets are now on sale for the relaunch of Chesterfield Jazz Club, and we’re delighted to report that Carl Orr, the wonderful guitarist who has worked with Billy Cobham, George Duke and many other international jazz stars, has today confirmed that he will be joining us on 17th September. Visit http://www.carlorr.com to learn more about Carl. He was set to join Pat earlier in the year for Two’s Company, so we are thrilled he can come and work with us.


Please note there is now only one adult ticket price of £12 on the website. Those with membership cards have the option to pay £10 on the door, although we would like to encourage online ticket purchase if possible, to minimise the infection risk of handling cash. We will have disinfectant spray for any bank notes, but would ask if you intend to pay on the door, that you could please tender the correct amount, again to minimise transfer risks.


In the current situation we expect numbers to be much lower than average as we are only able to accommodate 70 in the room with safe distancing measures in place, while our usual outgoings remain the same as pre-lockdown.
For this reason, we have introduced an optional donation facility which can be applied at the time of ticket purchase - you will see this come up after you select the number of tickets you require.
The donation is not subject to further booking fees, and is a total cost to be added to the ticket purchase amount, it is not per ticket.
50% of the respondents to our recent survey said they would be willing to pay up to £15 for a ticket and 25% said they would be willing to pay £20 for a temporary period of time, until capacity returns to pre-lockdown levels.
This is, of course, completely up to you. There is absolutely no pressure to donate, this step can be skipped completely.


If you are not ready to attend in person, there is a live stream option. How does this work? We will live stream to a YouTube link that cannot be seen unless you have purchased a ticket. Before the concert, you will receive the link and you simply click on it on your tablet, smartphone or smartTV. If using a tablet or phone, you can also cast the concert to a smartTV rather than access it through the YouTube app on the TV. The concert will be streamed in HD video quality with stereo sound via up to 6 microphones and will utilise several camera angles to create a live broadcast feel, operated by our streaming guru. Full instructions will be sent to anyone who purchases a link to the live stream, and you can always ask us if you have any questions.


Tickets can be bought here http://www.bit.ly/cfieldjazz for either in-person or live stream concert format.


We look forward to welcoming you back to the club!


Wendy and Pat.

 

Chesterfield Jazz,
The Olde House,
Loundsley Green Road,
Chesterfield,
Derbyshire S40 4RN.

 

https://chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com/

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 30/08/2020.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 30/08/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Radio Playlist

 


Now available at any time at mixcloud.com/ukjazz (First broadcast on August 30th)

 

Speake/Koller/Christensen/Mogensen - Universal Connection (Self)

 

Dusan Jevtovic - If you see me (self)

 

Christoph Irniger Trio - Open City (Intakt)

 

Howard Riley - More Listening, More Hearing (Slam)

 

Martin Küchen & Landæus Trio- Mind the Gap of Silence (Clean Feed)

 

Raphaël Pannier Quartet - Faune (French Paradox)

 

Stanley J. Zappa-Simo Laihonen - Muster Point (We Jazz records)

 

WHO Trio - Strell (Clean Feed)

 

Christian Lillinger - Open Form for Society (Plaist)

 

 

NB: Lockdown has resulted in a high number of new album releases.  As a result I currently have a backlog of at least four weeks of albums to get through. I try to play albums as near to release date as possible so for those of you who send me albums - please try and get them to me a bit earlier if possible.

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

The Jazz Cafe, Camden, London to reopen on 19th September 2020.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Live music events will resume at the famous London venue The Jazz Cafe on Saturday 19th September 2020 with the visit of Dele Sosimi. Statement attached.

Becca McLeish of The Jazz Cafe has forwarded the following statement;


THE JAZZ CAFE IS BACK
FROM SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

I am extremely excited to share the news that The Jazz Cafe is back as a socially distanced seated venue from September 19th.

 

 

After a five month hiatus, the infamous Jazz Cafe is back with a whole new look from September 19th, as veteran Dele Sosimi returns to his spiritual home for the long-awaited reopening of one of London’s most beloved venues.


Closure in March, in what has been an unprecedented time across the entire industry, the venue opens its doors with new measures in place as a fully seated socially distanced venue. Harking back to the Jazz Cafe of thirty years ago, the seated layout mirrors how it was initially concepted back in 1990. With a restaurant still operating upstairs and table seating for drinks downstairs, the venue is able to return to some semblance of its former self but with varying degrees of regulations following the beleaguered-lockdown.


On the reopening, head booker Ruari Frew exclaims, “We’re still a long way off where we need to be, and it will be very difficult to operate financially but we owe it to all the people who make the live industry tick to give this a go. Our world is largely made up of freelancers, many of whom fell through the gaps of any government support. It’s crucial that we get as many people as possible working again in a safe environment. Although it’s not sustainable in the medium or long term, for now it’s exciting to have musicians on stage in front of an audience, engineers in booths and bar staff serving drinks again.”


The venue is one of the first to reopen and will be operating seven days a week, with double shows happening every Saturday and Sunday. Some highlights include the return of Jazz Cafe favourite Dele Sosimi; Light of The World take to the stage for their album launch; the incredible Etta Bond gifts us once again with her incredible voice; one of London’s most promising new talents Lola Young steps up; as do the hotly-tipped 4-piece band Balcony; there’s a very special fundraiser for Beirut with an incredible lineup to be confirmed. Plus many many more.


In what will be an entirely new way of operating for the venue, and possibly a look into the future of live music, this is at least a step in the right direction. But with a very long road ahead, the much loved Jazz Cafe will need all the help it can get in order to guarantee its survival and support all the artists, promoters, management, production crew, engineers, security, ticket vendors, bar staff, and all those that work behind the scenes to make the venue what it is.


For full listings and tickets please visit
https://thejazzcafelondon.com/

 

The Jazz Cafe
5 Parkway
Camden
London
NW1 7PG

 

 

Wiltshire Music Centre reopens with celebratory community concert and new season of live events.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

On Tuesday 1st September, the Wiltshire Music Centre, based in Bradford on Avon, will reopen its doors and has announced a free celebratory community concert and new season of live events.

We have received the following press release;


Wiltshire Music Centre reopens with celebratory community concert and new season of live events


On Tuesday 1st September, the Wiltshire Music Centre reopens its doors and brings live music back to Wiltshire. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, renowned live music venue Wiltshire Music Centre has lain dormant for over six months. On 18th March, all events and activities at the Centre were suspended until further notice and the enormous financial challenge that this brought about threatened their very return.


In July the Centre launched a £60,000 Community Fundraising Appeal to help to reopen the venue and deliver an exciting Autumn Winter programme that puts the community centre stage. With the closure impacting over 65,000 people who regularly play, teach, learn, listen and enjoy music through WMC programmes, the aim was to get back to business as soon as possible: to continue delivering vital creative community projects, reopen the Centre for community use, and deliver a mini concert series with opportunities for live and digital audiences.


With over £32,871 raised to date, Wiltshire Music Centre is now able to take its first steps into turning these bold plans into reality. Funds raised through the appeal will enable the Centre to reprise its role as a vibrant and busy community centre, welcoming back teachers, students, choirs, ensembles and community groups for activities in the Centre’s nine teaching and practice spaces. New measures have been put in place across the venue to keep visitors, musicians and staff members safe, including new room layouts and a one-way system, clear signage and hand sanitiser across the building, and the wearing of a face covering is highly recommended.


“As a base for baby and toddler groups, a rehearsal space for local choirs and bands, a meeting place for invaluable support groups and with over 2,700 music lessons every year, WMC is almost never quiet! We’ve missed the bustle of people coming into the building every day to enjoy music together, the hubbub of activity from young musicians and conversations in corridors between artists and teachers lending professional support to one another. The exceptional past six months have demonstrated just how important our role is as a community centre first and foremost.” Maud Saint-Sardos, Chief Executive


To celebrate its reopening, on Saturday 26th September the Centre plans to host a FREE community concert, featuring performances by many of the local groups who work out of the Centre – including Wiltshire Young Musicians, the Zone Club and many more – followed by an energetic performance by local folk stars the Carrivick Sisters. Bring the family, a picnic and the sunshine if you can for this fantastic outdoor concert on the lawn, which marks the start of WMC’s return to live events.


From October to December, funds raised through the appeal will also enable WMC to deliver a dynamic mini concert series by world class jazz, classical and folk artists. Kicking off with a sensational night of jazz cabaret with star singer Claire Martin and Nikki Iles, and featuring our resident artists the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tom Poster and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, as well as award-winning folk group Leveret, the series will comprise 15 concerts performed live from the WMC stage.


Priority booking for the new season will open for Friends in late September, with shows on sale to the general public from the beginning of October. News about booking will be released on the website and social media in the coming weeks.

With social distancing in place, live audience capacity will be limited for these events. However, during September, WMC’s recording studio will be transformed into a new state-of-the-art broadcast suite, following a major digital investment to enable high quality livestreaming from the WMC auditorium funded through a government Bounce Back loan and donations from generous benefactors. Audiences will be able to tune in from home to experience the quality and joy of WMC’s visiting artists performing live from the WMC auditorium, which boasts one of the finest acoustics outside of London. Eight concerts are planned to be broadcast, with ticket income from digital audiences together with funds raised through the Appeal helping to underpin the Centre’s community programmes.


“We are very proud to be able to present a mini season of live and online events in the coming months, and the opportunity to “get back to normal” by inviting some of our regular artists to perform again on the WMC stage feels very special. We also look forward to developing our online offer and to provide new opportunities to engage in music making for both our concert audiences and wider community. The transformational impact of our new live stream broadcast capabilities is very exciting and we will make sure that the online experience is as rich and interactive as the live one. We look forward to sharing the new season with you and to welcoming you back to the Centre very soon.” James Slater, Artistic Director.


From September, WMC will lead the second phase of the Celebrating Age Wiltshire project in partnership with Age UK, Community First and arts and cultural organisations across the county. Livestreamed and pre-recorded concerts, one-to-one support and outdoor performances will support the wellbeing of thousands of vulnerable older people including those living with dementia and their carers. Meanwhile, monthly Zone Club creative sessions for young learning-disabled adults are set to continue, together with progression opportunities for young musicians through the West of England Youth Orchestra, Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Wiltshire Jazz Academy, alongside new projects working with Wiltshire schools to provide additional music activities and support for pupils when they return.


Reopening the Centre, gradually reintroducing live events and committing to vital community projects would not be possible without early donations to the Centre’s Community Fundraising Appeal and the generosity of its Friends, sponsors and supporters. While the Centre has explored all financial avenues to continue its work, with the current uncertainty surrounding the arts and creative industries every pound helps, so please help us to reach our £60,000 target and put the community centre stage.


To find out more about the appeal and how you can get involved, visit: https://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/community-fundraising-appeal

 

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.


https://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/


Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ

Box office 01225 860 100

All other enquiries 01225 860 110

 

https://www.facebook.com/WiltshireMusicCentre/

 

https://twitter.com/wiltshiremusic

 

https://www.instagram.com/wiltshiremusic/

 

 


 

New Generation Jazz TV present The Cinematic Live Sessions.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

New Generation Jazz are to present a series of regular livestream performances, "The Cinematic Live Sessions", plus a weekend livestream festival "The Cinematic Live Weekender" from 3-6 Sept 2020.

We have received the following information;


NEW GENERATION JAZZ are proud to announce the launch of THE CINEMATIC LIVE SESSIONS online gig series.


https://www.facebook.com/newgenjazz/


http://www.instagram.com/newgenjazz/channel


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI1FlEMqSgQvxG7AHUKvgHQ


We have worked with a selection of the brightest young UK jazz artists to create a series of 30 minute concert videos, shot in our own film studios with a multi-camera team in high definition video and high quality audio to create a stunning representation of these emerging talents in full flight.


Each artist also collaborated with our cinematographer to create a focus track video to showcase their sound and their unique performance presence.
In addition, each of our artists contributed to our series of short instructional clips, giving out advice and insights into their own approach to creating music, and making this available to the people to spread the word far and wide.


Each concert video will be livestreamed on Facebook Live and Youtube Live on our New Generation Jazz pages.


THE CINEMATIC LIVE SESSIONS programme for Autumn 2020 is as follows:


Jackson Mathod - livestream goes out on Facebook and Youtube Live August 27th.


Cinematic Live Weekender - September 3rd-6th.


Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory Octet - September


Sultan Stevenson Trio - October


SUDO - October


Yadasofi - November

 

The series premiered at midnight on Friday 14th August with the release of the focus track video for “India” by JACKSON MATHOD
https://youtu.be/zsdk5OBzjCg

 

For a week in July the New Generation Jazz team created our very own film studio in the Ropetackle Centre Shoreham. Using the full depth of the auditorium we captured each of our featured artists performing a continuous concert set in the round. Under the direction of Oli Corrigan, ably assisted by the Ropetackle’s Tom Dalton, we also created a single-track feature video for each artist, and a series of special Tips From The Players educational videos, inspired by the Lincoln Centre’s Jazz Academy series.


All this content will be broadcast via Livestream on our website, over our social media channels, and in collaboration with our media partners at the amazing Don’t Get Weary website https://www.dontgetweary.com/.


In partnership with Jazz South we also present THE CINEMATIC LIVE WEEKENDER virtual festival of livestream gigs and artist Q&A sessions taking place over 3rd-6th September -stand by for more details!

 

More about New Generation Jazz.
Since 2015 New Generation Jazz have been dedicated to promoting the finest young British jazz artists to the wider community. Based out of the multiple award nominated Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton, we’ve presented five years’ worth of gigs and workshops by the brightest and best of the UK’s emerging jazz scene, at a time when more young UK artists are making headlines than ever before. Ezra Collective, Nerijá, Seed Ensemble, Nye Banfield, Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet, Sam Leak, Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock, Tom Barford, Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory, Misha Mullov Abbado, Camilla George, Ife Ogunjobi, Rob Luft, Ashley Henry, Alexandra Ridout and many many more -
the breadth and variety of talent we been fortunate enough to work with has been stunning. We’ve run our own successful Summer School, partnered with Soundcrash and Kemp Town Carnival to create stage takeovers, and continued to work with our friends at Love Supreme to programme the ever-popular Bandstand Stage.


http://www.newgenerationjazz.co.uk

 

The global COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we live, and of course New Generation Jazz has been impacted. Like the rest of the UK’s culture industry we have had to radically reimagine the way we will be operating. Fortunately thanks to support from Arts Council England, our wonderful artists and the amazing community of fans we will be able to continue to promote the very best rising UK talent. While live events remain impossible we will be moving our operations online to our New Generation Jazz TV multi-platform format to bring you a spread of high quality livestreams, educational videos, interactive events and exclusive online content from the very best emerging talent.

 

ADDITIONAL, PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED INFORMATION REGARDING THE CINEMATIC LIVE WEEKENDER

 

Jazz South is delighted to be supporting New Generation Jazz to present The Cinematic Live Weekender, a virtual festival weekend of livestream broadcasts and interactive Q&A sessions from some of the South East’s brightest and best jazz musicians, filmed from Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre.

 


Taking place from Thursday 03 September to Sunday 06 September, the events will be streamed via the New Generation Jazz Facebook and YouTube live channels.


https://www.facebook.com/JazzSouthUK/posts/2409485372688914

 

https://twitter.com/JazzSouthUK/status/1297820944610795522


FULL PRESS RELEASE:

THE CINEMATIC LIVE WEEKENDER
Thursday September 3rd - Sunday September 6th 2020


In response to the shutdown of live music, New Generation Jazz have launched their CINEMATIC LIVE SESSIONS of livestream concert broadcasts, bringing together artists and audiences at a time when lockdown has driven them apart. Now they have combined forces with Jazz South to tap into the wealth of jazz talent across the region, and created an exciting virtual festival weekend of livestream broadcasts and interactive Q&A sessions from some of the South’s brightest and best jazz musicians. The raw power of Barnacles’ urban take on the drums n’ brass: the heartfelt sincerity of Abi Flynn’s jazz-inflected nu soul: Howes3’s urgent, contemporary gospel funk: and the carnivalesque, genre-crossing theatrics of Mark Edwards’ Cloggz Ensemble will all combine to create a memorable weekend of unforgettable talent.

 

Each artist will perform a 40 minute set of original material shot in stunning HD quality in our specially created studio in Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre, and streamed via our Facebook and Youtube live channels. The artists will be available for a live interactive Q&A session after each performance.

 

SCHEDULE:

 

Thursday 3rd September
6pm - 6.40pm Barnacles - Livestream set.
6.40pm - 7pm Barnacles live interactive Q&A session.

 

Friday 4th September
6pm - 6.40pm Abi Flynn - Livestream set.
6.40pm - 7pm Abi Flynn live interactive Q&A session.

 

Saturday 5th September
6pm - 6.40pm Howes3 - Livestream set.
6.40pm - 7pm Howes3 live interactive Q&A session.
Sunday 6th September

 

6pm - 6.40pm Cloggz - Livestream set.
6.40pm - 7pm Cloggz live interactive Q&A session.

 

Tamsin Mendelsohn, Manager at Jazz South, said:
“Jazz South is delighted to be supporting New Generation Jazz in profiling and supporting such an exciting selection of rising talent from the region through the
Cinematic Live Weekender. Filming at local venue, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham, New Generation Jazz’s high quality cinematic broadcasts will capture
the very best emerging bands, bringing these talented artists to jazz fans everywhere.”

 

MORE ABOUT NEW GENERATION JAZZ
Since 2015 New Generation Jazz have been dedicated to promoting the finest young British jazz artists to the wider community. Based out of the multiple award nominated Verdict Jazz Club in Brighton, we’ve presented five years’ worth of gigs and workshops by the brightest and best of the UK’s emerging jazz scene, at a time when more young UK artists are making headlines than ever before. Ezra Collective, Nerijá, Seed Ensemble, Nye Banfield, Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet, Sam Leak, Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock, Tom Barford, Mark Kavuma’s Banger Factory, Misha Mullov Abbado, Camilla George, Ife Ogunjobi, Rob Luft, Ashley Henry, Alexandra Ridout and many many more -
the breadth and variety of talent we been fortunate enough to work with has been amazing. We’ve run our own successful Summer School, partnered with Soundcrash and Kemp Town Carnival to create stage takeovers, and continued to work with our friends at Love Supreme to programme the ever-popular Bandstand Stage.
https://www.newgenerationjazz.co.uk/

 

The global COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we live, and of course New Generation Jazz has been impacted. Like the rest of the UK’s culture industry we have had to radically reimagine the way we will be operating. Fortunately thanks to support from Arts Council England, Jazz South, our wonderful artists and the amazing community of fans we will be able to continue to promote the very best rising UK talent via our CINEMATIC LIVE SESSIONS programme of online events.


MORE ABOUT JAZZ SOUTH
Jazz South is a three-year Ambition for Excellence development programme funded by Arts Council England and led and hosted by Turner Sims Southampton, nationally renowned concert hall and live music-producing organisation. Jazz South supports artists, promoters and educators in the South of the UK through projects, commissioning and partnerships. Flagship programmes include Platform South, supporting promoters to bring selected high quality bands from the South to audiences across the region, and Jazz South Commissions, a new three-part programme offering over £30,000 towards commission projects for composers working in jazz and improvisation in the Jazz South region. Jazz South Commissions are about innovation, ambition and artistic aspiration, and aim to support and celebrate the vibrant range of jazz talent in the
region.

 

https://jazzsouth.org.uk/

“Exploring Music” radio show, hosted by Tigran Arakelyan, launched by KPTZ Radio in Port Townsend, Washington State, USA.

Friday, August 28, 2020

KPTZ is to present a new weekly music program called Exploring Music, hosted by Tigran Arakelyan, Artistic Director & Conductor of Port Townsend Symphony. A diverse program will include jazz content.

We have received the following press release;


Conductor/Podcaster Tigran Arakelyan is hosting a new radio show in WA State with diverse programming.


He has interviewed jazz stars such as: Christian McBride, Vijay Iyer, Diane Schuur, Wadada Leo Smith, John Daversa, Ran Blake, Ali Ryerson and others.


Exploring Music, with Host Tigran Arakelyan, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Port Townsend Symphony. Sundays from 3-4PM on KPTZ 91.9FM or online at KPTZ.org.

 

KPTZ is pleased to present a new weekly music program called Exploring Music, hosted by Tigran Arakelyan, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Port Townsend Symphony. The show will air every Sunday from 3-4PM. Tigran will be sharing music that has inspired him throughout the years, and also playing new discoveries, in all genres.


“I am thrilled to join the KPTZ family as a host. I have been a guest numerous times since April of 2017 and love listening to KPTZ’s diverse programming. I want to thank Phil Andrus (longtime KPTZ host) for his support and encouragement during the past few years. Although my passion and work are in classical music, I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Growing up in Armenia and Los Angeles, I was exposed to genres ranging from folk, jazz and pop to rock, classical, hip-hop and more. On this show I will share music that has inspired me throughout the years but will also challenge myself to discover new works in all genres to share with all of you. There will be occasional guests from the vibrant Port Townsend arts scene or artists who are visiting to perform.” -Tigran Arakelyan, Host of Exploring Music


“Tigran Arakelyan’s wide reach across various genres of music brings the kind of artistic stretch I like on KPTZ. He can include classical to jazz to folk genres, and go out to the experimental. Yet it all makes sense together.” -Larry Stein, KPTZ Director of Programming


“Rising Star” - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator


Seattle Weekly described his interpretation of Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 1 as “confident, convincing, lyrically phrased, and excellent tempo”.


Tigran Arakelyan is an Armenian-American conductor and podcaster. He is the Music Director of Northwest Mahler Festival, the Port Townsend Symphony and Assistant Conductor of California Philharmonic. As the Music Director of Federal Way Youth Symphony and the Bainbridge Youth Orchestras, he has grown both organizations to the
highest youth enrollment in history. Recently, he made his Walt Disney Concert Hall conducting debut and has played alongside Sir James Galway during his induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Tigran won awards from The American Prize and at the Global Music Awards. He has programmed diverse
concerts with works by William Grant Still, Amy Beach, Alma Mahler, Fanny Mendelssohn, Vasily Kalinnikov and conducted regional premieres by renowned composers Paul Hindemith, Keith Jarrett and James Cohn, among others.


Since 2009, Tigran has taken his orchestras to many unconventional venues from bars and cideries to cafes and homeless shelters. Invited by Maestro Morlot, Tigran earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Washington where he was the first student in the inaugural class of Ludovic Morlot and David A.
Rahbee.


As the host of Let’s Talk Off The Podium podcast (over 120 episodes), he interviewed legendary musicians such as: Evelyn Glennie, George Walker, Mark O’Connor, Christian McBride, David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Richard Stoltzman, Ludovic Morlot, Sharon Isbin, Vijay Iyer, Christopher Theofanidis, and a long list of others.


For more information about Tigran please visit, http://www.tigranarakelyan.com


https://kptz.org/

Drummer and composer Nasheet Waits joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty.

Friday, August 28, 2020

New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

We have received the following press release regarding this appointment;


Renowned Drummer and Composer Nasheet Waits Joins New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Faculty.


“Waits built a group identity that resembled his own drum sound (aerated and unfastened, but deeply enmeshed in tradition) while drawing out the best in a crowd of younger compatriots. Few moments spoke more directly to what jazz is about, as a music and a practice.” – Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

 


New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has hired renowned drummer, composer and educator Nasheet Waits to join the jazz faculty beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year. In addition to his work as a leader, Waits is widely known for his performances and recordings with a jazz greats including Antonio Hart, Geri Allen, Greg Osby, Marc Cary, Andrew Hill, Wallace Roney and many others.


“I’m thrilled that Nasheet Waits has agreed to join the faculty at NEC. I’ve been a fan of his playing for many years,” says Ken Schaphorst, Chair of NEC’s Jazz Studies Department. “He’s also played with many of our faculty and alums, including Fred Hersch and Jason Moran. I’m looking forward to our students getting the opportunity to work with Nasheet. His involvement in the jazz tradition and as well as more innovative approaches to music makes him perfectly suited to continue the legacy of jazz education at NEC.”


“It is with excitement and pleasure that I join the faculty at NEC! I look forward to contributing to the rich legacy of progressive education that has preceded me,” comments Waits.


Nasheet Waits is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist Frederick Waits (Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner). Waits began his studies at Morehouse College where he majored in psychology and history, before switching to music and continuing his studies at Long Island University from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music with honors. While attending Long Island University, Waits studied privately with renowned percussionist Michael Carvin who provided a vast foundation upon which Waits added influences from his father, as well as mentor Max Roach. It was Roach that first gave Nasheet’s formidable talent an international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble M’BOOM. Among the highlights of Nasheet’s tenure with M’BOOM was a live concert performance with special guests Tony Williams and Ginger Baker.


Nasheet’s talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked Waits to originate the percussion chair of his first quintet. Waits remained a standing member of Antonio’s various ensembles through 1998, recording three albums and touring nationally and internationally in noted venues, jazz festivals, as well as live television and radio performances. 


Most recently Waits has been a member of Andrew Hill’s various bands, Fred Hersch’s trio, and Jason Moran’s Bandwagon which earned accolades for having “the most exciting rhythm section in jazz” (JazzTimes). Nasheet has performance or recorded with Geri Allen, Mario Bauza, Hamiett Bluiett, Abraham Burton, Ron Carter, Marc Cary, Steve Coleman, Stanley Cowell, Orrin Evans, Stefon Harris, Andrew Hill, Bill Lee, Jackie McLean, The Mingus Big Band, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Greg Osby, Joshua Redman, Vanessa Rubin, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney, Jacky Terrason, Bunky Green, and Mark Turner. He has recorded and toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States, and has been heralded for his musicality and creativity by such virtuosos as Ed Thigpen, Max Roach, Andrew Hill, and Stanley Cowell. 


NEC’s Jazz Studies Department was the brainchild of Gunther Schuller, who moved quickly to incorporate jazz into the curriculum when he became president of the Conservatory in 1967. He soon hired saxophonist Carl Atkins as the first department chair, as well as other greats including NEA Jazz Master George Russell, pianist Jaki Byard and Ran Blake. The foundation of its teaching and success begins with the mentor relationship developed in lessons between students and the prominent faculty artists. In addition to its two jazz orchestras, faculty-coached small ensembles reflect NEC’s inclusive approach to music making, with ensembles focused on free jazz, early jazz, gospel music, Brazilian music, and songwriting, as well as more traditional approaches to jazz performance.


Students are encouraged to find their own musical voices while making connections and collaborating with a vibrant community of creative musicians, and ultimately to transform the world through the power of music. The program has spawned numerous Grammy winning composers and performers and has an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of jazz, while the faculty has included six MacArthur “genius” grant recipients (three currently teaching) and four NEA Jazz Masters.


New England Conservatory (NEC) is recognized internationally as a leader among music schools, educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world for over 150 years. With 800 music students representing more than 40 countries in the College, and 2,000 youth and adults who study in the Preparatory and Continuing Education divisions, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for students, providing them with performance opportunities and high-caliber training with internationally-esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. NEC’s alumni, faculty and students touch nearly every aspect of musical life in the region; NEC is a major engine of the vital activity that makes Boston a musical and cultural capital. With the recent appointment of Andrea Kalyn to serve as NEC’s 17th President, the Conservatory is poised to embark on a new chapter at the forefront of innovation in education and music.

 


https://necmusic.edu/jazz

 


https://necmusic.edu/faculty/nasheet-waits

 

606 Jazz Club, Chelsea, London - Live Music Four Nights a Week Plus Livestreaming Through 606 Online.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Live music events have resumed at the 606 Club with reduced audience capacity, but with selected performances also being livestreamed globally. Details attached.

Laura Thorne, Marketing Manager at the 606 has forwarded the following information;


606 Club: Live Music Four Nights a Week Plus Livestreaming Through 606 Online


Hello all you connoisseurs of culture and lovers of live music - it’s certainly been a while since we’ve been in touch with you, and we hope that all of you are keeping well in spite of the trying circumstances in which we find ourselves.

 


As you might already know, the 606 was forced to close in March in response to the coronavirus crisis along with so many other businesses. However, we have now re-opened Sunday through Thursday nights - one of the first venues in London to do so - and are slowly starting to resume our usual activities, albeit with a reduced number of staff (I am only here part-time at the moment for example).

 


We have recently confirmed most, though not all of our September schedule, which is on the website here: https://www.606club.co.uk/events/. The musicians performing during the first few weeks of opening include mainstays of the UK jazz and soul scene such as Liane Carroll, Tony Kofi, Wayne Hernandez, Georgina Jackson, Alice Zawadzki, Noel McCalla and Derek Nash, many of whom have been working at the the Club for decades or longer.

 


Obviously safety has to be paramount and the Club completed a twelve-page risk assessment, developing a comprehensive list of health and safety measures to limit exposure while maintaining the atmosphere customers know and love. These protocols can be reviewed in full on the Club’s website (https://www.606club.co.uk/blog/covid-19-safety-protocols-30-july/).

 

However in addition to opening to live audiences, the Club now has a state-of-the-art livestreaming platform developed during the lockdown period. Named 606 Online Live, it is currently live streaming shows on Saturday and Sunday nights to the UK and beyond, with re-streams in the UK and multiple time zones targeted to New York, Los Angeles, Australia and Japan. Streams cost an average of £4.99 each - visit https://www.606club.co.uk/account/videos/live/ to find out more.

 

It is vitally important that we reach out to as many people as possible as we try and recover from these months of lockdown!

 


Thank you so much and all very best wishes from the 606 Club.

 

Laura

 

606 Club
90 Lots Road
Chelsea
London
SW10 0QD

 

020 7352 5953

 

http://www.606club.com


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Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 23/08/2020.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

This week's programme is a special feature on the French Orchestre National de Jazz. Available via Mixcloud and a variety of UK and international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Radio Playlist


This week’s programme is a special feature on the French Orchestre National de Jazz


1. Rituels – double album - new release - Artistic Director Frédéric Maurin


2. The Party (from 2014) (Artistic Director Daniel Yvinec)


3. Dancing in Your Head (s) – La Galaxie Ornette - new release - Artistic Director Frédéric Maurin

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;

 

At any time;

 

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:

 

http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00

 

http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT

 

http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Jazz West Midlands - new video content featuring Bruno Heinen.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Jazz West Midlands promoter's network has announced that a new digital concert featuring pianist Bruno Heinen is now available for viewing.

We have received the following information;


Jazz West Midlands Digital Programme

 

Bruno Heinen - Live “Out of Doors played Indoors”


Video Link; https://jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-08-08/bruno-heinen


This new live performance commissioned by Jazz West Midlands exclusively for you to enjoy from a the renowned Pianist.  This artist was chosen by The Tin venue in Coventry. London-based improvising pianist and composer Bruno Heinen presents a solo rendition of movements from his debut album with the Bruno Heinen Trio. The album features Bruno on piano and Rhodes, as well as Italian bass virtuoso Andrea Di Biase (Kenny Wheeler), and acclaimed US drummer Gene Calderazzo (Pharoah Sanders). Inspired by Hungarian folk melodies used by Béla Bartók, Heinen’s 8-movement suite Out of Doors has just been released to critical acclaim

 

Bruno has a new Trio, waiting to tour the UK, with Andrea Di Biase on Bass & Gene Calderazzo on drums.  He has released their first albumin called “Out of Doors” and is available from:

 

Digital ‘Out of Doors’ Album Link: https://album.link/gb/i/1502378364


Link to buy ‘Out of Doors’ CD/Vinyl: https://brunoheinen.shop/


Support Bruno’s next trio project: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/BrunoHeinen

 


WE HAVE COMMISSIONED FURTHER NEW WORK FROM A RANGE OF JAZZ MUSICIANS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.

 

IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, WHY NOT MAKE A DONATION TO THE MUSICIANS USING THE LINK BELOW.  ALL MONIES RAISED WILL GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support

 

We at Jazz West Midlands are trying to keep jazz alive for you, in the absence of our regular weekly/monthly programmes and Festivals; by creating a series of sound and vision experiences broadcast via our website. Over the coming weeks and months we will be listing a series of favourite jazz artists for you to listen to, in a series recorded just for you jazz gigs, by musicians Jazz West Midlands Promoters have supported in the past.
The musicians will be paid for their content, so anyone wishing to contribute can do so by sending a donation over to Jazz West Midlands - details available by clicking on the donations button below..


PLANNED PROGRAMME
Over the next few weeks, and maybe months, we will be commissioning jazz musicians to record just for Jazz West Midlands Promoters a short set of tunes, mixing original and standard tunes.  The gigs will be featured on our website just as a normal gig. Except the video content will be on the gig page itself.
Please support the musicians and West Midlands Jazz Promoters in these trying times.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support


The West Midlands Promoter Network Members are:

Birmingham Jazz
Clun Valley Jazz - Bishop’s Castle
Jazz Coventry
Jazz @ Wolverhampton
Kenilworth Jazz
Kidderminster Jazz
Left Bank Village - Hereford
Leamington Jazz
Lichfield Jazz
Stratford Jazz
Sugarmill - Stoke
The Tin - Coventry

 

See website for full details of the local promoters http://www.jazzwestmidlands.org

Second round of Jazz Coalition grantees announced.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

The second round of Jazz Coalition Commission Fund recipients has been announced. Press release, including full list of recipients, attached.

We have received the following press release;

 

SECOND ROUND OF JAZZ COALITION COMMISSION FUND GRANTEES ANNOUNCED!

 


We are thrilled to announce the second round of Jazz Coalition Commission Fund recipients. Thanks to the support of our community members as well as some important institutional donors, we are able to award additional commissions to the following deserving artists.


Our esteemed jury of musicians, journalists, and industry members voted on close to 170 additional names and with a few ties, we ended up at 53 total grantees for this round. To date, through the generous support of our members, Jazz Coalition has been able to disburse $103,000 in funds to musicians.


Several grantees expressed gratitude while also cautioning their responsibility to reflect the present moment in society. Pianist, organist and composer Willerm Delisfort commented on receiving his commission noting an “opportunity to contribute music that could possibly change hearts and minds of many, especially during these challenging times when many are simply angry, and tired of being angry.”


Similarly composer, vocalist, and educator Fay Victor noted that “receiving this grant will enable me to create a work that will surely represent the unrepresented. I am still considering, but leaning toward writing an improvised choir piece featuring black female voices.”

 

Drummer, composer and Berklee College of Music professor Ralph Peterson, Jr. brought up a different aspect he hoped to highlight. “I am humbled and honored to receive this Jazz Coalition grant! The Jazz Coalition works to create empowering experiences of all kinds for artists in our community. In addition to the commission, I look forward to working with the Coalition on future projects including, but not limited to health and wellness.”


Composer, pianist and educator Michele Rosewoman, known for her work at the intersection of jazz and sacred Afro-Cuban traditions, expressed gratitude and reflected on the current moment. “This much appreciated commission is an encouraging opportunity for musical reflection and expression. It helps the community continue to strive and to thrive. A recent review of my poetry/spoken word and the introspection of these unusual times seems to be providing a spark for new music, for which words are igniting the form and direction. Something different will come out of all of this—humanity is being pushed towards change and being given an opportunity to right some wrongs. The arts will of course reflect the times.”


First round commission artists pianist Orrin Evans, saxophonist-vocalist Camille Thurman, vibraphonist Joel Ross and South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini have completed and premiered their commissions on various livestreams. Saxophonist Alfredo Colón, trumpeter Wallace Roney, Jr. and Wayne Horvitz have already completed their commissions, but not premiered them to date.


Meanwhile, other first round Jazz Coalition commission artists including Aaron Parks, Alexa Tarantino, Anthony Wilson, Amirtha Kidambi, Ben Lamar Gay, Christine Jensen, Daymé Arocena, Greg Ward, Jaimie Branch, Jon Cowherd, James Brandon Lewis, Linda May Han Oh, Johnathan Blake, Kate Gentile, Elio Villafranca, Melissa Aldana, Roy Nathanson and Tim Berne have all indicated that their commissions are in progress and their premiere performances are yet to be scheduled. Please check our social media and newsletters for scheduled performances.


The Jazz Coalition aims to continue to raise money to fund additional commissions. Please continue to help us by donating, spreading the word and increasing our potential impact. Download your Membership assets and also find the group PSA featuring supportive artists below.


With your support, together we will spark new creativity!


LIST OF SECOND ROUND GRANTEES;


Aaron Johnston
Allison Miller
Ari Brown
Aruan Ortiz
Ava Mendoza
Carla Bley
Carmen Staaf
Connie Han
Cyrille Aimée
Darius Jones
Diego Urcola
E.J. Strickland
Edward Wilkerson Jr.
Eric Person
Eric Revis
Fabian Almazan
Fay Victor
George Schuller
Helen Sung
Immanuel Wilkins
JD Allen
Jorge Vistel
Josh Sinton
Justin Brown
Justin Faulkner
Keyon Harrold
Lesedi Ntsane
Makaya McCraven
Marcus Shelby
Maria Grand
Matt Wilson
Melanie Charles
Michael Formanek
Michael Mayo
Michelle Rosewoman
Milena Casado Fauquet
Morgan Guerin
Nick Dunston
Ralph Peterson
Ray Drummond
Richie Goods
Ronnie Cuber
Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Sarah Hughes
Steven Bernstein
Sullivan Fortner
Sylvie Courvoisier
Theo Bleckmann
Theo Crocker
Tom Harrell
Wendy Eisenberg
Willerm Delisfort
William Parker


Read about Jazz Coalition at WBGO
https://www.wbgo.org/post/jazz-coalition-announces-first-wave-awardees-its-commission-fund#stream/0

 

Enjoy this Public Service Announcement video from some of our biggest supporters including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Batiste, Joshua Redman, Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano, Shabaka Hutchings, Kat Edmonson, Mark Guiliana & Gretchen Parlato and more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slozISaam50

 

Help us spread the word!
Please follow us, tag @JazzCoalition & use hashtag #JazzCoalition:


Together we can continue to grow the Commission Fund and impact more jazz musicians worldwide – so please help us spread the word by sharing on your channels and social media.


http://www.jazzcoalition.org

 

Tomorrow’s Warriors launches #IAMWARRIOR annual appeal - To give young jazz talent a bright future.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Pioneering talent development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors has launched its #IAMWARRIOR annual appeal to raise £100k to keep its Learning Programme free this year. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;


Tomorrow’s Warriors launches #IAMWARRIOR annual appeal - To give young jazz talent a bright future

 


Pioneering talent development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors launches #IAMWARRIOR annual appeal to raise £100k to keep its
Learning Programme free this year


Join The Movement – Give Young Jazz Talent A Bright Future


http://www.gofundme/IAMWARRIOR2020


Asset pack https://bit.ly/3l2lPxt 

 

Tomorrow’s Warriors is proud to launch its annual appeal #IAMWARRIOR via crowdfunding page http://www.gofundme/IAMWARRIOR2020 and its stunning fundraising film, with a call for all those who love music and care about nurturing the next generation of talent to join the movement to give young jazz talent a bright future.


With the aim to raise £100,000, the #IAMWARRIOR 2020 appeal will be matched with funds from a range of trusts and foundations.  


Tomorrow’s Warriors needs the generous help of donations to keep its acclaimed Learning Programme £free for the next generation of UK Jazz musicians and keep it accessible across cultural divides and barriers, keeping the scene rich, diverse and growing from the grass roots upwards, with a particular focus on Black musicians and young women.


Free access to this programme has proved crucial in nurturing the nascent talent and early careers of so many of the most exciting UK artists currently tearing up the international jazz scene. Tomorrow’s Warriors’ alumni include Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Sheila Maurice-Grey, Cassie Kinoshi and Nérija, Femi Koleoso and Ezra Collective, Binker Golding, Shabaka Hutchings and Sons of Kemet, Eska, Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch, Zara McFarlane, Camilla George, Cherise, Nathaniel Facey and Empirical, Peter Edwards, Jason Yarde, Robert Mitchell, Byron Wallen…the list goes on. 


Nubya Garcia, Award-winning saxophonist/recording artist said “Tomorrow’s Warriors was the first place where I felt I had a place as a woman in jazz, and, crucially, as a black woman in jazz.”


As a black-founded and black-led organisation, Tomorrow’s Warriors plays a vital role within its community and the wider music industry and over three decades and has been credited with literally changing the face of UK jazz.   

 

Bassist Gary Crosby OBE, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors said: “I know there are young people from a similar background to me who, if given the opportunities, can create great art. It is about equity and access for exceptional talent, regardless of background, the world needs to hear their music. Black lives have always mattered at Tomorrow’s Warriors and we celebrate and support black music culture and the rich cultural heritage of jazz. We are launching #IAMWARRIOR our annual appeal to continue making a difference to the lives of the next generation of under-represented young people coming through our programme, through Covid and beyond.”

 


Shabaka Hutchings Award-winning saxophonist/Impulse recording artist  said “More or less every black jazz musician who has come up in the past 20 years in the UK has been a part of it [Tomorrow’s Warriors] in some way or form. It’s done a lot to try to diversify the landscape.”  


Janine Irons MBE, Co-founder and CEO of Tomorrow’s Warriors added “The pandemic has presented a number of challenges that we absolutely must overcome. Throughout lockdown we have provided much needed continuity to our young people via virtual learning sessions, keeping them supported and in continual development of their skills. But the we lost 112 confirmed live gigs between March-September 2020 alone, wiping out 100% of a vital income stream needed to keep our engines running and to continue providing the unique and extensive support to young jazz musicians who are so under-represented in the scene. We want to continue providing the necessary support to young people, then hit the ground running and resume our hugely trusted and respected Learning and Events Programme when it is safe to do so, but we need your support to survive this crisis.”


Based at Southbank Centre in London, Tomorrow’s Warriors offers a pioneering, comprehensive programme of learning and training which, in particular, champions and supports young black and female talent and those who come from challenging circumstances that would be a barrier to accessing opportunities to pursue a music career. 


Since inception, in 1991, Tomorrow’s Warriors has reached over 10,000 young people aged 11-25 through its unique Young Artist Development Programme, providing each musician with between 1,000-5,000 hours of free jazz training and development.


All donations will allow Tomorrow’s Warrior to keep the UK jazz scene dynamic and fresh and grow its remarkable community of artists and audiences, even in the face of massive challenges to the cultural economy.  

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 16/08/2020.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 16/08/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Available now at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Oddjob - Jazzoo (Headspin/Outnote)

 

Joachim Kühn & Trummerschlunk - Playing Probabilities (ACT)

 

Emma-Jean Thackray - Um (Night Dreamer Records)

 

Amanita Jazz Trio - Calandra (Manitù records)

 

Roots Magic - Take Root Among The Stars (Clean Feed)

 

Reza Askari Roar - Magic Realism (QFTF)

 

Painting Jazz Duo - Classica (Dodicilune)

 

Fillipo Vignato - Heidelberg (Auand)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Live Music at Artis, Blackheath, London during August, September and October 2020.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Funkyfeet Events is working in conjunction with Artis Blackheath for a series of live jazz events on Saturday nights during August, September and October 2020.

We have received the following information via Facebook;


Funkyfeet Events in conjunction with Artis Blackheath welcomes you to an evening of fine dining, signature cocktails and live music.


As we continue the live jazz throughout August, we’re honoured to have an amazing line-up perform at Artis Blackheath in the coming weeks and months.


August 2020:
22nd August - Mark Kavuma & Artie Ziatz (Back to back)
29th August - Artie Zaitz & Jake Zaitz


September 2020:
5th September - Dylan Jones + Guests
12th September - Jonny Liebeck (with band)
19th September - Ziarkas, Noble, Remon Trio
26th September - Donovan Haffner + Guests


October 2020:
3rd October - Becky Handley Trio
10th October - Queen Colobus
17th October - Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo Quartet
24th October - Gary Crosby and the Residents
31st October - The Jazzy Ron Musical Experience


Due to the current social distancing guidelines these are all seated, table service only events so be sure to book a table in advance:


Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.artisblackheath.co.uk


Artis Blackheath
No. 1, Lawn Terrace, Blackheath, London SE3 9LJ


Phone: 020 8852 0700

 

Nicolas Meier - Garden/Home Live Streaming Concerts, August / September / October 2020.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Guitarist Nicolas Meier has announced a further series of weekly livestream events for the coming weeks, featuring his playing alongside a roster of impressive guests. Details attached.

From the Meier Group website;
http://www.meiergroup.com


Garden/Home
Live Steaming Concerts

 


Wednesday August 19th - Swiss Concert with Max Jendly
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Max Jendly on piano
Antoine Ogay on acoustic bass
Nicolas Meier on guitar
Session 1) at 2pm: https://youtu.be/tcUMxjjzPf4
Session 2) at 5pm: https://youtu.be/THB2grl390g


Wednesday August 26th - The NM World Group
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Demi Garcia on percussion
Richard Jones on violin
Kevin Glasgow on bass
Nicolas Meier on guitar
Session 1) at 2pm: https://youtu.be/FRBrsMcJIt0
Session 2) at 5pm: https://youtu.be/GJXIF0gsozA


Thursday September 3rd - Piano with James Pearson
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
James Pearson on piano
Sam Burgess on acoustic bass

Nicolas Meier on guitar

Wednesday September 9th - The NM Standard Trio
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Jakub Cywinski on acoustic bass
Eric Ford on drums
Nicolas Meier on guitar


September 24th - Birthday Solo Guitar in Turkey
Session 1) time TBC
Nicolas Meier on guitar


October 1st - Guitar with Carl Orr
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Carl Orr on guitar
Nicolas Meier on guitar


Wednesday October 7th - Sax with Greg Heath
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Greg Heath on sax
Davide Mantovani on bass
Nicolas Meier on guitar


Thursday October 15th - The NM Acoustic Trio
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Demi Garcia on percussion
Jakub Cywinski on acoustic bass
Nicolas Meier on guitar


Wednesday October 21st - Lizzie and Marianne
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Lizzie Ball on violin
Marianne on acoustic bass
Nicolas Meier on guitar


Thursday October 29th - Jobim and Ellington
Session 1) at 2pm. Session 2) at 5pm
Paul Jefferies on bass
Eric Ford on drums
Nicolas Meier on guitar


More to come…

 

https://www.meiergroup.com/csgi

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra announces new video featuring Jazzmeia Horn.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

American vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is the special guest on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s new video, Free Your Mind, which is due online on Tuesday 18th August 2020.

Tommy Smith has forwarded the following press release;

Jazz singing star invites you to Free Your Mind


The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra announces new video featuring the sensational Jazzmeia Horn


She’s supremely talented. She’s inventive. She’s very switched on and she’s not afraid to speak her mind. She is Jazzmeia Horn and when she made her Scottish debut with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in November 2019, she entranced audiences in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth with her singing.


Now the Texas-born rising star, who has earned GRAMMY nominations with her first two albums, is the special guest on the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s new video, Free Your Mind, which is due online on Tuesday 18th August.


The video follows last month’s acclaimed Nelson Mandela tribute, which featured the SNJO with transatlantic guests, San Francisco-based singer Kenny Washington and New York-based vibes master Joe Locke performing Locke’s arrangement of soul legend Sam Cooke’s civil rights anthem A Change Is Gonna Come.


Free Your Mind was written by Ms Horn, who channels her social observations as well as her personal experiences into her compositions and singing. It was arranged by Bill Dobbins and recorded during the singer’s concert with the SNJO at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 19 November.


“The first time I heard Jazzmeia Horn, at Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, I was hypnotized by her presentation of each lyric,” says Smith. “It was so vivid and credible, her storytelling and improvisation took jazz singing to another level. After the concert I bought her CD and decided that we had to introduce her to audiences in Scotland.”


Critics were enthralled by Ms Horn’s performance with the SNJO, with London Jazz News’s reviewer describing her singing as “stunning” and singling out Free Your Mind as “surely destined to be a standard of the future.”


Ms Horn, who has been mentored by top singing talents Bobby McFerrin and Jon Hendricks, of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, grew up in Dallas and was given the name Jazzmeia by her grandmother, a church pianist and jazz fan. Still in her twenties, she won the coveted Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2015 and cites the great jazz singers Sarah Vaughan and Abbey Lincoln among her influences.


Free Your Mind will be available to view on YouTube from 2pm on Tuesday 18th August https://youtu.be/cW-QHnW-WE8

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 09/08/2020.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 09/08/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist


Now available at mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Huw Warren - Live at Ucheldre Vol 2 (Bandcamp)

 

Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato (Dyad Records)

 

Derek Yao - May (Colliding Lines)

 

Spike Orchestra - Splintered Stories (Tzadik)

 

Andrea Mellace - Scirocco (UR Records)

 

Mattias Risbergs Mining - Zauberberg (Kullen Reko)

 

Giovanni Francesca - Màrgo (Auand)

 

On Dog - Dielectric (ILK)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)


#nosmoothjazz

Jazz West Midlands - new video content featuring the Paul Clarvis Trio.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

The Jazz West Midlands promoter's network has announced a further digital concert featuring drummer Paul Calarvis and his trio featuring Kathy Jordan (vocals) and Liam Noble (piano).

We have received the following information;


Welcome to Jazz West Midlands Digital Content - Paul Clarvis Trio

 

Paul Clarvis Trio - Live


A special live recording by a fantastic trio, favourites of jazz fans across the region.  This long set put together by Paul, is a selection of great tunes to bring pleasure during this lockdown. Born in Enfield, and famous for the Enfield Sound, Paul was the late Leonard Bernstein’s preferred percussionist in London and featured as a soloist on the last night of the Proms in 1996 in a concerto for saxophone and drum kit by Sir Harrison Birtwhistle. In 1998 he was chairman of the Percussion judges for the BBC Young Musician of the Year and together with his partner Sonia Slaney he started Villagelife Records. Paul also helped Rick Smith with the drum arrangement for theLondon Olympics opening, and assisted in the training of the ceremony’s 1000 drummers. After studying music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London, Liam Noble started to build a reputation of note playing with Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett. His first CD, a solo entitled “Close Your Eyes” was released in 1994, and contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations. This mixture of approaches has characterised his music ever since. Liam holds posts as Lecturer in Jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music. He has published 4 volumes of transcriptions of the Bill Evans Trio, and a book of original compositions “Jazz Piano; An In Depth Look at the Styles of the Masters”, both published by Hal Leonard. Cathy Jordan (born in Scramogue, County Roscommon in 1972) is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki. She has been the lead vocalist for the traditional Irish music band Dervishsince 1991, and is a solo performer as well. Jordan is also member of another group called The Unwanted. Her first solo album, entitled “All the Way Home”, was released in January 2012.


Enjoy…


Line Up: Liam Noble - Piano, Kathy Jordan - Voice & Paul Clarvis - Drums

 

TO VIEW THE LIVE VIDEOS JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BUTTON BELOW
https://jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-08-15/paul-clarvis-trio

 

WE HAVE COMMISSIONED FURTHER NEW WORK FROM A RANGE OF JAZZ MUSICIANS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.


IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, WHY NOT MAKE A DONATION TO THE MUSICIANS USING THE LINK BELOW.  ALL MONIES RAISED WILL GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support


We at Jazz West Midlands are trying to keep jazz alive for you, in the absence of our regular weekly/monthly programmes and Festivals; by creating a series of sound and vision experiences broadcast via our website. Over the coming weeks and months we will be listing a series of favourite jazz artists for you to listen to, in a series recorded just for you jazz gigs, by musicians Jazz West Midlands Promoters have supported in the past.
The musicians will be paid for their content, so anyone wishing to contribute can do so by sending a donation over to Jazz West Midlands - details available by clicking on the donations button below..

 

PLANNED PROGRAMME
Over the next few weeks, and maybe months, we will be commissioning jazz musicians to record just for Jazz West Midlands Promoters a short set of tunes, mixing original and standard tunes.  The gigs will be featured on our website just as a normal gig. Except the video content will be on the gig page itself.
Please support the musicians and West Midlands Jazz Promoters in these trying times.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support

 

The West Midlands Promoter Network Members are:

 

Birmingham Jazz
Clun Valley Jazz - Bishop’s Castle
Jazz Coventry
Jazz @ Wolverhampton
Kenilworth Jazz
Kidderminster Jazz
Left Bank Village - Hereford
Leamington Jazz
Lichfield Jazz
Stratford Jazz
Sugarmill - Stoke
The Tin - Coventry


See website for full details of the local promoters http://www.jazzwestmidlands.org

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 02/08/2020.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 02/08/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Available now at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

 


Hedvig Mollestad - Ekhidna (Rune Grammofon)

 

Julian Costello - Connections without borders (33Jazz)

 

mu:n - Fabrics (QFTF)

 

Hans Lüdemann Trio Ivoire XX - Enchanted Forest (Kullen Reko)

 

The Granite Band - Earth Felt the Wound (Westbrook Records)


Le Mirifique Orchestra – Oh! My Love (Artie’s Records)

 

Otis Sandsjö - Y-Otis2 (We Jazz records)

 

Ant Law - The Sleeper Wakes (Edition)

 

Elias Stemeseder & Max Andrzejewski - Light/Tied (WhyPlayJazz)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT

 

http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Match & Fuse releases Live Selections 2012-2016 on Bandcamp to support artists and the Vortex Jazz Club, London.

Monday, August 03, 2020

The Match & Fuse organisation is going to release two compilations of live music recorded at their festivals & tours. Profits will be distributed to the artists, with a share of 15% to the Vortex.

We have received the following press release;

 

Match & Fuse releases Live Selections 2012-2016 on Bandcamp to support artists and the Vortex.

 


Bandcamp pre-order: 3 August. 
https://matchandfuseliveselections.bandcamp.com
Release dates: 7 August 2020 (Volume 1); 4 September 2020 (Volume 2)

 


Match&Fuse, the trailblazing network championing daring, original and underground music, is going to release two compilations of live music recorded at their festival and tours. The eclectic selections, featuring acclaimed artists from across Europe, will be released digitally on Bandcamp Friday on 7 August and 4 September 2020. While the majority of the profits will be distributed to the artists, a share of 15% will be donated to the Vortex Jazz Club to support creative scenes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Match&Fuse promotes the widest sense of jazz, electronic, experimental and singer-songwriter music, mostly with a progressive zest. Featured across the two albums are musicians from France, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, the UK, Ireland, Norway and Germany. Part of our ethos is to ‘match’ then ‘fuse’ artists from different countries in order to encourage networking and extend opportunities for gigs abroad, so they can fully flourish. Volume 2 especially will highlight and celebrate collaborations of UK artists with their international counterparts.

 

Alongside tracks by bands such as Snorkel and Brass Mask, there will be fuses of Alice Zawadzki with Alex Roth and Kalevi Louhivuori, Leafcutter John with Isabel Sörling, Rachel Musson with The Jist and Troyka with Pulcinella amongst others. Also featured are tracks from Match&Fuse founders Dave Morecroft (WorldService Project) and Matthew Jacobson (ReDiviDeR) and our close counterparts from Toulouse, Alfie Ryner. Genre-wise… if you can find a word for it, let us know. Expect piano trio sounds next to raw free improv, hard-hitting punk, pristine floating melodies, experimental electronics and ambient soundscapes.       

 

These compilations are prompted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on musicians, sound engineers, promoters and the many creative souls involved in live music. Venues like the Vortex Jazz Club needing help was another spur it meant so much to us at Match&Fuse - we had most of our UK events there (and our after-parties).

 

Carlos Boix, one of Match&Fuse’s treasured sound engineers, suggested releasing live recordings taken from our previous UK festivals as a way of drawing attention to the impact. “I thought there were some really good recordings that I felt we could distill and use,” says Carlos. “Lockdown meant I had the time to go through them.” Match&Fuse producer Daniela Gerstmann and founder Dave Morecroft set about contacting musicians and making it all happen.


The artists featured played a vital role by carefully selecting their own tracks from recordings of their gigs. Without these musicians, the music they create and the risks they take, our events would not exist. As Bandcamp showed its support for artists by waiving their fees on the first Friday of each month since the pandemic started, we decided to release the albums on Bandcamp Fridays in August and September.

 

Track listing of Volume 1:


1         Raksi Chaparak – Pulcinella (FR)

2         Ogotomelli – Snorkel (UK)

3         Dry Heat – Zodiak Trio (DE)

4         Alice – Twinscapes (IT)

5         Goldberg Variations – LABtrio (BE)

6         Sweet Time – ReDiviDeR feat. WorldService Project and Alfie Ryner (IE, UK, FR)

7         Oliver Reed – Troyka feat. Pulcinella (UK, FR)

Artwork:  Gismervik and Simone Merné


Sound engineer: Carlos Boix


Bandcamp link: https://matchandfuseliveselections.bandcamp.com/

 

Marathon Music Group Launch Jazz Division ‘New Soil’.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Marathon Music Group has launched a new division, New Soil, which will specialise in UK Jazz. Press release attached.

Marathon Music Group Launch Jazz Division ‘New Soil’ Headed By Federico Bolza - Press Release


Marathon Music Group has launched a new division, New Soil, which will specialise in UK Jazz.


Headed by former Sony VP of Strategy Federico ‘Fred’ Bolza, New Soil aims to engage the dynamic UK Jazz scene with flexible, innovative partnerships covering traditional record label services, artist management and audience development, and launches with three new client signings: Ill Considered, Theon Cross & London based concert promoter Church of Sound.


New Soil is committed to forging creative, bespoke agreements, utilising Marathon Music Group’s infrastructure to align with the culture of the contemporary jazz community in the UK. It aims to provide strategy, infrastructure, amplification and monetisation for artists, labels and live concert promoters looking to release their catalogues of live recordings.


New Soil will join Marathon Music Group’s already diverse group of labels and divisions, which already cater for a wide range of innovation, musical styles and genres and include: Marathon Artists, Marathon Labs, Moves Recordings, Mahogany Recordings and DMY Recordings.

 

Paul Rene Albertini, Chairman and CEO at Marathon Music Group stated:
“We’ve been captivated by the vitality and creative edge of the UK Jazz scene for some time. New Soil provides support and scalability for some of the best musicians out there. This new addition to our growing family of music divisions is testament to our label group’s wide-ranging interest in different genres”

 

Federico Bolza, Director of New Soil said,
“Jazz is having a moment, moving beyond its narrow genre confines and making its way towards wider audiences. New Soil will accelerate that shift and Marathon’s digital expertise and knowledge of audience marketing makes them the perfect partner.”


Launched in partnership with Tileyard London, New Soil will be based at its new ‘Acorn’ development.

 


About Marathon Music Group
Marathon Music Group partners with established and developing artists across diverse music cultures. We amplify their creative vision, help find their audiences and build sustainable careers with a leading- edge approach to marketing, smart long term investment and flexible artist friendly partnership deals. Established in 2012, the roster has expanded to a global enterprise with the creation of 5 distinct label imprints: Marathon Artists, Moves Recordings, Mahogany Recordings, DMY Recordings and New Soil.


https://www.marathonmusic.group/

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 26/07/2020.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 26/07/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


First broadcast on July 26th and available now at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Pago Libre Sextet - Platz Dada (Leo)

 

Pago Libre - Mountain Songlines (Leo)

 

Gorm Askjær Trio - Blodmånen og Dig (Jaeger Community Music)

 

Practically Married - Short Step (Bandcamp)

 

Practically Married - Inventions in time Vol 1 & 2 (Bandcamp)

 

Humair Blaser Känzig - 1291 (Outnote)

 

Stefano Coppari - Scarlet (Auand)

 

Leonardo Radicchi Arcadia Trio - Robin Eubanks - Mediterranea (Alfa Music)

 

Darriforcq-Hermia-Ceccaldi - Kaiju eats cheeseburgers (Hector)

 

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Oysterband - UK Tour, March 2021.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Folk rock sextet Oysterband have announced the dates for their next UK tour, scheduled for March 2021. Details attached.

From the Oysterband newsletter;

Announcing: Oysterband’s
2021 Tour

 

Back on stage where they belong, with a new album to unveil next year and classic live tracks -  uplifting songs for uncertain times!


“We’ve never been more pleased to say…..Meet You There.”

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW;


Tue 02 Mar 2021
BRISTOL
ST GEORGE’S
http://www.botw.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13354893


Wed 03 Mar 2021
EXETER
CORN EXCHANGE
http://www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-2021


Fri 05 Mar 2021
SALISBURY
CITY HALL
http://www.botw.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13354907


Wed 10 Mar 2021
CANTERBURY
GULBENKIAN THEATRE
http://www.folkinthebarn.co.uk/Whatsnewinfo/aspx?id=283


Thu 11 Mar 2021
LONDON
CECIL SHARP HOUSE
http://www.efdss.org/whats-on/26-gigs/oysterband-2021


Fri 12 Mar 2021
BURY ST EDMUNDS
THE APEX
http://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/details.cfm?id=593147&ins=791791


Sat 13 Mar 2021
LEICESTER
Y THEATRE
http://www.botw.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13354913


Sun 14 Mar 2021
MILTON KEYNES
THE STABLES
http://www.stables.org/event/oysterband


Thur 25 Mar 2021
MANCHESTER
RNCM THEATRE
http://www.botw.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13354892


Fri 26 Mar 2021
LEEDS
BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
http://www.botw.ticketline.co.uk/order/gateway/13354891


Sat 27 Mar 2021
GATESHEAD
THE SAGE GATESHEAD
http://www.bandonthewall.org    (more details soon)


atb
John,  Alan,  Ian,  Al,  Adrian,  Pete x


OYSTERBAND
c/o Running Man, PO Box 12018, Coggeshall CO6 1ZJ, UK

email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


URL:    http://www.oysterband.co.uk

Twitter: @Oysterband1

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oysterband/124838504248510

 

 

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 19/07/2020.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 19/07/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Recent releases from:


James Copus - Dusk (Ubuntu)

 

Joe Downard - Seven Japanese Tales (Ubuntu)

 

Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos - Jazz in the Space Age (Cara)

 

Frank Martino Disorgan - Ego Boost (Auand)

 

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet +1 - Racing a Butterfly (Brooklyn jazz Underground)

 

Strufaldi-Rosati - Profundo (Auand)

 

Frankfurt Radio Big Band - Kriegel_Today (Mig-music)

 

Trevor Watts - Lockdown Solos (Hi4Head)

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 12/07/2020.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 12/07/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


First broadcast on July 12th - now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz and at http://www.thejazz.uk

 

Kasper Tranberg - Suite Dilation (ILK)

 

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano - Arctic Riff (ECM)

 

JAF Trio - JAF Trio (WeJazz Records)

 

Dave Ingham Group - A sea of Green (self)

 

Schwaar – Oester – Franklé - Travellin’ Light (Leo)

 

Stéphane Spira - Improkofiev (Jazzmax)

 

Michael Olatuja - Lagos Pepper soup (Whirlwind)

 

Daniel Herskedal - Call for Winter (Edition)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

“Save The Vortex” Crowdfunder campaign launched.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

After more than 30 years as one of the most important live Jazz venues in the world, The Vortex needs financial help to survive. A #SaveTheVortex fundraising appeal has been launched on Crowdfunder.

We have received the following information regarding this appeal;

#SaveTheVortex: donate to our crowdfunder!

 


“Vortex is this little club that presents the biggest, widest flavours of all music doggedly; with adventure and a deep sense of commitment to musicians. I’ve never known a venue in 35 years that has been so important. Save the Vortex. It’s a wonderful place to be” Ian Shaw, Jazz Singer


After more than 30 years as one of the most important live Jazz venues in the world, Vortex needs your help to survive. Whilst other venues opened up last week, we’ve been forced to remain closed. With no income since March, no government support, and no rent relief from our landlord, we are literally fighting for survival.


We recently launched our #SaveTheVortex fundraising appeal on Crowdfunder. It costs £20,000 a month for us to be able to pay our rent and cover our basic costs. That’s just over £650 a day.  With no clear idea of when we will be able to re-open the club to a live audience and no associated income, we are completely reliant on the generosity of our loyal supporters and the public to keep going.


“Vortex is my haven from the demands of the road. Vortex is for me, a space to play free jazz. I cannot imagine life without it.” Evan Parker, Saxophonist


We need your help to survive this period of closure, so that we can once again welcome you through our doors, smile and enjoy great music together, as part of the Vortex community.


Help us to survive: please give what you can. You’ll not only be supporting Vortex, but also ensuring that jazz musicians can continue to have a place to play to audiences and earn a living.


Every donation makes a difference.


Donate here;
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-the-vortex

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 05/07/2020.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 05/07/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Radio Playlist

 

Now available at https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/first-broadcast-on-july-5th/


Henri Texier – Chance (Label Bleu)


Courtois/Fincker/Erdmann - Love of Life (LaBuissonne/ECM)


Das Rad - Adios al Futura (Discus)


Ettore Fioravanti - Opus Magnum (Alfa)


Francesco Cataldo - Giulia (Alfa)


Gast Waltzing And The Orchestra National de Jazz Luxembourg - Hope (Mig Music)


Waaju - Grown (Olindo Records)


AuB - AuB (Edition)

 

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

The EFG London Jazz Festival Friday 13 - Sunday 22 November 2020 “Living in Two Worlds”.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

This year's 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. Press release attached.

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.


he 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)


http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

Jonny Mansfield - new single and “Album in a Day”.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Multi-instrumentalist Jonny Mansfield has released a new single "Syringa", featuring the voice of Ella Hohnen​-​Ford. He is also planning to write, perform, mix and release an album in a single day.

Jonny Mansfield writes;

“I wanted to let you know of a project I’m working on called ‘album in a day’ (working title). On August 6th, I’m going to be undertaking the challenge of creating an album in a day - getting up really really early, composing all the music (each track with a different compositional process), recording all the instruments, mixing and mastering the audio then releasing the album at midnight on Bandcamp.


The idea for this album came from a workshop. I was saying to the students - ‘the success of being a musician is not about winning the awards or getting the great reviews, it’s the process of creating and connecting with people, which results in developing your process.’ After the class, I was thinking how I could put my words into actions and ‘album in a day’ came to mind”.


Jonny Mansfield has also released the single “Syringa” which is now available on Bandcamp here;
https://jonnymansfield.bandcamp.com/track/syringa-ft-ella-hohnen-ford


http://www.jonnymansfield.com


Newsletter - http://jonnymansfield.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd0780968726c72485a4d2725&id=feb01f2655

 

 

 

Cath Roberts Newsletter, Summer 2020.

Friday, July 03, 2020

Saxophonist, composer, improviser and bandleader Cath Roberts has forwarded her latest newsletter, including details of recordings newly available on Bandcamp.

Cath Roberts writes;

The newsletter of saxophone player Cath Roberts

 

Hello
Well, with live performances still on hold there isn’t a massive amount to report in this season’s newsletter, but here’s a roundup of a few things I’m involved in online. And the courgette flowers are out! As usual you can keep up with what goes on between these emails by checking in on my website and/or following me on Twitter.

 

Live recordings update and another Bandcamp Friday…


Since the last newsletter I’ve been working on my live recordings Bandcamp site, and there are now eight sets up there. For this week’s Bandcamp Friday (today!) I’ve published two new ones; a trio with Andrew Lisle and Seth Bennett from LUME in 2015, and a duo with Benedict Taylor (full length set this time) from Flim Flam in 2018. The trio only played together once, and listening back to this recording has made us want to do more when it’s possible to meet and play together again. The set with Benedict was the only time we’ve shared the bill with another baritone saxophone and viola duo….of course, Alan Wilkinson and Ivor Kallin…a great night.


https://cathrobots.bandcamp.com/album/trio-set-at-lume-november-2015


https://cathrobots.bandcamp.com/album/duo-set-at-flim-flam-july-2018

 


If you’re able to buy music, today is a good day to do it while Bandcamp waive their revenue share once again to support artists during the pandemic. The income from my live sets is split between the players, so if you enjoy the music do feel free to ‘pay on the door’ by naming your price for a download. And anything from the Sloth Racket Bandcamp site will go towards helping us to record and tour again once these things become possible. In these uncertain times, we appreciate the support!


https://slothracket.bandcamp.com/

 

Duo release with Alex Bonney on oem
A new release! Coming out next week on Martin Clarke’s label oem is a duo set from me and Alex Bonney. Martin recorded this in February at Hundred Years Gallery - in what seems like another world. Great to have it out there! Release day is 8th July, and there’s a nice review from A Jazz Noise to give you an idea of the vibe…


https://oemrecords.bandcamp.com/


http://www.alexbonney.co.uk/


https://ajazznoise.com/cath-roberts-alex-bonney-live-at-hyg/

 

Gillian Whiteley Isolation Improv drawing/video
And finally, I’m part of a nice project by the Sheffield artist Gillian Whiteley (aka Bricolage Kitchen), who has been doing a series of videos in lockdown called ‘Isolation Improv Drawings’. Gillian asks improvisers to send her a recording of them playing at home, then films herself responding to the improvisation in the form of a charcoal drawing. Check out her drawing to my solo bari improv, and loads of other improvisers too, over on her website.
https://bricolagekitchen.com/isolation-improv-drawings/


That’s it for now I think. I’ll be back with another newsletter in the Autumn. Hope everyone is doing okay, and take care!


Cath


http://cathrobertsmusic.co.uk/

 

https://twitter.com/cathrobots

Latest video from West Midlands Jazz Network - featuring guitarist Ant Law.

Friday, July 03, 2020

The latest video in the series from West Midlands Jazz Network features guitarist Ant Law introducing a number of performances featuring his playing with a variety of different line ups. Details att.

Latest video from West Midlands Jazz Network.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ybrG0G9CM4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR07DA56Yq0bLI2yifl7n7ENE5gKhzHMps9WHSdBE6stsHImiTwYCE_5N4w


The programme features performances by Ant Law solo, with his regular quintet featuring Mike Chillingworth (alto sax), Ivo Neame (piano), Tom Farmer (double bass) and James Maddren (drums) and with a quartet featuring Chillingworth, Ferg Ireland (double bass) and Marc Michel (drums).


From the Jazz West Midlands website;
http://www.jazzwestmidlands.org

 

One of the UK’s finest guitarist and innovators has put together a short selection of his tunes, alone and with others.


A British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his own group, dubbed “An exciting band to hear live” by John Fordham. Ant was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he lived until the age of 16. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as Arabic music. He began playing piano and guitar around the age of 8. Throughout his teens he gravitated towards the guitar. A history teacher gave him a video of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing live at the El Mocambo, which was a huge influence, along with videos of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Queen, and later on Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.


You can contribute to supporting jazz musicians by making a donation. 
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support

 

 

 

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 28/06/2020.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 28/06/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

This week’s radio playlist;


Available now at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Juhani Aaltonen - The Father, the Sons & the Junnu (Moserobie)

 

Max Plattner - II (Cracked Anegg Records)

 

Mortality - Mortality (Eclipse)

 

Kalevi Hämäläinen Group - First Days of Summer (Eclipse)

 

Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri - Hypnosis (Eclipse)

 

Stahlwerk - Stahlwerk (Hout Records)

 

Henri Texier - Chance (Label Bleu)

 

Nathalie Darche - 15 Berceuses (Yolk)

 

Keys & Screws - Some More Jazz (NoBusiness Records)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)


Because there are so many new releases at the moment it is sometimes taking up to four weeks before I can get round to playing an album, so an early copy well before release will help.

Thanks

P

Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 30th June at 20:00.Press release including profiles of the winners are attached.

We have received the following press release;


Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary
Jazz Awards


The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 30th June at 20:00


The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.


The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.


John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: “These Awards demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 15th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are delighted to work with, and we are extremely grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”


Chi Onwurah MP, Deputy Chair of APPJAG: “This has been another really strong year for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in terms of talent and nominations. The well deserved recipients are a veritable who’s who of names that have made a real impact on the music and helped make the UK one of the world’s leading jazz territories”. 


The full list of recipients is as follows:


Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Cherise Adams-Burnett
On the cusp of releasing her own music, Cherise Adams-Burnett is quickly becoming recognised as a fiercely talented vocalist and musician.
Since graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in late 2017, Cherise has performed at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, ranging from the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall to the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C, along with Festival performances including the UK’s Love Supreme.Owing much of her earlier development to the highly-regarded educational group Tomorrow’s Warriors, nowadays she is glad to be involved in developing younger musicians through the same program as a both tutor and workshop leader.
https://www.cherisemusic.com


Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Sarah Tandy
Sarah Tandy is a unique voice within the new UK jazz generation. Coming from a background which encompassed vintage jazz LPs, classical music and Coleridge poetry, her music has been shaped by London’s thriving and diverse live music scene, where jazz is the shared language in an ever-shifting musical landscape. She has swiftly risen to become one of the most in-demand players of her generation, with stints on keys for Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Maisha, Where Pathways Meet, Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Daniel Casimir, Binker Golding, Clark Tracey and many more. She is also a member of Ronnie Scott’s house band, the W3 Collective. Festival Appearances include Love Supreme Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival and two performances with her trio at the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival supporting Robert Glasper. In an earlier incarnation, she has also appeared as a classical soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
https://www.sarahtandy.com


Jazz Album of the Year
‘Finding Home’ - Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio
Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.
Kate has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including ‘Made Up’ (with her septet) and ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins). Both were in Mojo magazine’s top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Kate is a founder member of Way Out West, a collective of jazz musicians based in West London which has been programming regular gigs for over ten years. Kate is also an experienced educator and is currently teaching on the jazz degree courses at the Guildhall School of Music And Drama, and Middlesex University.
Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three is collaboration between acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams, vocalist Georgia Mancio, and the Guastalla string quartet. It was launched in spring 2016 with a short UK tour and support from Arts Council England. Kate continues her longstanding musical partnership with award-winning vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio: Finding Home: Kate Williams’ Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio was premiered on 6th October 2017 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. The CD Finding Home was released in summer 2019, coinciding with a 14-date UK tour which received support from Arts Council England.
Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her music references classic jazz alongside her own astonishing writing and stamped with an unfailing emotional integrity.
In 2017 she released ‘Songbook’ – co-written with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent - to universal acclaim and a sold out debut at Ronnie Scott’s. Other credits include Bobby McFerrin, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Gwilym Simcock, Pat Metheny (lyric approval), and the renowned ReVoice! Festival and new series Hang, Kate Williams and multiple nominations in the Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards.
http://www.kate-williams-quartet.com
http://www.georgiamancio.com


Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Nikki Iles Big Band
Award winning Nikki Iles has been at the forefront of British jazz for over three decades, playing and recording with Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Tony Coe and Rufus Reid. Her legendary warmth and generosity as a teacher – backed up by her considerable profile as a player and composer – have inspired generations of jazz musicians. She is currently Professor of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall and the Royal Academy of Music, but she is much in demand further afield. Nikki is also a tireless promoter of younger talent, teaching regularly in Bedford schools as well as being part of the core team on regional summer courses – specifically NYJO and the NYJC.  Her publishing profile – through Oxford University Press – now brings all sorts of musicians into jazz from other genres.
Nikki’s 20 piece Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz, gathering together commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, all played by the remarkable band she has assembled. The depth and range of the exhilarating writing and arranging suggest it will be less like a debut, but more like seasoned hand and a distinctive voice, with the music bought to vivid life by a top drawer band, featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians – often bandleaders in their own right – including Gareth Lockrane, Tori Freestone, Mike Walker, Julian Siegel, Henry Lowther, Nick Smart and Karen Sharp.
http://www.nikkiiles.co.uk


Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Luca Manning
Luca Manning is young jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow. Luca has had the opportunity to perform at various festivals across the UK – opening for the likes of Georgie Fame and Becca Stevens. His ability as not just a consummate vocalist, but also as a gifted improviser, continues to enthral audiences and shows maturity well beyond his years. In 2018, Luca was voted ‘Rising Star’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and was also nominated in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category.
Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself. He is in his third year at the Guildhall School of Music on the Bmus Jazz degree and already has played major London venues such as Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho leading his own ensembles. He has also become a vocal chair holder with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra since January 2018, a member of the London Vocal Project (2018), and in December 2017, was invited by Liane Carroll to guest on her sold-out Christmas show at Ronnie Scott’s. Luca has just released ‘A Sleepin’ Bee’ with Threebop, a vocal group where Luca appears alongside Ella Hohnen-Ford and Rosina Bullen.
https://www.lucamanningmusic.com


Jazz Venue of the Year
PizzaExpress Jazz Club
PizzaExpress Founder Peter Boizot was a jazz lover and constantly sought ways to include music in his restaurants, whether at PizzaExpress branches from the late 1960s, and at his other ventures Pizza on the Park and Kettner’s from the 1970s. The flagship venue at 10 Dean Street, London has hosted internationally acclaimed jazz artists since its first ticketed show, Bud Freeman, on 26th May 1976, including Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Van Morrison, Carla Bley, Monty Alexander, Amy Winehouse, and thousands more. The jazz club presented the UK debuts of Gregory Porter, Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, e.s.t., Norah Jones, among many others. The 2019 programme included appearances by John Scofield, Benny Golson, Houston Person, Joel Ross, Jakob Bro, David Benoit, Joachim Kuhn, Eddie Henderson, as well as young and up-and-coming artists, album launches, festivals like Sounds of Denmark, the Steinway 2-piano Festival, London Latin Jazz Fest, and more than 30 shows in the EFG London Jazz Festival. PizzaExpress Live also run The Pheasantry in Chelsea, and venues in Holborn, Birmingham and Maidstone, programming almost 2000 shows across the five venues.
http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com


Jazz Media Award
Corey Mwamba “Freeness” BBC Radio 3
Corey Mwamba is the presenter of Freeness on BBC Radio 3. Born and based in Derby, Dr Corey Mwamba’s commitment to jazz and improvised music in Britain and Ireland drives all aspects of his work, whether through making, presenting, promoting, or researching music.
Corey predominantly plays vibraphone and dulcimer. He is recognised as a highly creative improviser and composer working across a wide range of jazz and contemporary music. Mwamba’s distinctive approach and tone is instantly recognisable in any context: a potent blend of pure sound, highly melodic phrases and ethereal textures; barely whispered chords and ear-piercing robotic screams.
Corey won a PRSF/Jerwood Foundation Take Five artist development award in 2007; was short-listed for the Innovation category in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2008; and received nominations for “Rising Star on Vibraphone” in the DownBeat Annual Critics’ Polls.
https://www.coreymwamba.co.uk/
Reduced Listening are the producers of BBC Radio 3’s “Freeness”. They are an audio company making radio, podcasts, drama and documentaries. They work with the BBC and arts institutions, alongside cutting edge musicians, artists, and with people who have a story to tell.
https://www.reducedlistening.co.uk/


Jazz Education Award
Jon Eno BEM
Jon Eno was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to jazz music education. Jon is recognised in the world of jazz education as an ambassador for youth music. He set up the East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra in September 2002, together with Hot House Music Schools Ltd.
Students from beginner level to some of the best in the country travel great distances to work with the Hot House team and be part of their ensembles.
Performance is encouraged wherever and whenever, from formal black tie concerts, to outdoor bandstands, to small group jazz and solo work. He is a trusted mentor figure to whom many students have turned to for support and many of his students have gained entry to the top music colleges and gone on to work as professionals in the music industry.
Jonathan also established a gospel choir and a saxophone group for adults with some musical background or none at all, that provides the same inspirational opportunities as the youth sections.
He regularly arranges fund-raising events for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Marie Curie.
https://hhmusic.co.uk/


Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse
Blow the Fuse was formed in 1989 by musicians and composers Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner who were members of the internationally acclaimed jazz group The Guest Stars. They’ve played a crucial role in raising awareness about women jazz musicians and importantly giving them support, a space and opportunity to perform in times which have been very challenging.
They have been very much part of the new resurgence of jazz musicians, which contain many talented young women. Beginning in 2012, Blow the Fuses’ Tomorrow the Moon seasons ‘one small step for women’ have featured groups led by composers Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Laura Cole, Dee Byrne, Sophie Tetteh, Lauren Kinsella, Roz Harding, Nikki Iles, Shama Rahman, Daphna Sadeh, Alexandra Ridout, Chelsea Carmichael, Camilla George and Nubya Garcia.
They’ve have managed many UK jazz tours with new musical works, innovative collaborations and educational projects and they run the Blow the Fuse record label.
http://www.blowthefuse.com


Special APPJAG Award
Jazzwise
Jazzwise magazine was launched in April 1997. It was initially funded by jazz educator Charles Alexander and featured a core group of writers including Jon Newey, who as editorial director relaunched Jazzwise in 2000 aiming to challenge the top American jazz titles for the best jazz writing and design.
In 2019 year Jazzwise celebrated its 20th anniversary, and it is the UK’s biggest selling jazz magazine in both print and digital editions and Europe’s leading English language jazz magazine. It has assembled a team of the UK’s most authoritative jazz writers, including Stuart Nicholson, John Fordham, Peter Vacher, Kevin Le Gendre, Brian Priestley and Val Wilmer, and co-founded the young jazz writer’s initiative, The Write Stuff, with Serious, designed to help new creative music writing.
Jazzwise is as deeply committed in encouraging the next generation of jazz musicians as it is about keeping the music’s colossal legacy alive and highly significant in a constantly changing musical landscape.
Jazzwise was purchased by independent publishers, the Mark Allen Group, in 2013 and formed the cornerstone of a now growing music division. Jon Newey became editor in chief and director in 2015 and promoted Mike Flynn to editor. Mike joined Jazzwise in 2006.
https://www.jazzwise.com/

 

The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom. The awards have been running since 2005.


The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the inaugural meeting on 26th February are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP and the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy.


The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Will Riley-Smith and Louis Flood. The contact address is: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 21/06/2020.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 14/06/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Misha Mullov-Abbado - Dream Circus (Edition)

 

Omri Ziegle Tomorrow Trio - All Those Yesterdays (Intakt)

 

Shabaka and the Ancestors - We are sent here by history (Impulse)

 

Go-Go Penguin - Atomised (Blue Note)

 

Alexandre Herer - Nunataq (Onze Heures Onze)

 

Klaus Kugel - NEMU (Various digital)

 

Silke Eberhard Potsa Lotsa XL - Silk Songs for Space Dogs (Leo)

 

Benjamin Moussay - Promontoire (ECM)

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Jazz Awards - Winners, 2020.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has announced the winners of its 2020 Jazz Awards Details attached.

Tommy Smith writes;


The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 Jazz Awards.

 

Third-year BMus saxophonist Matt Carmichael won the Fog Arts Prize in Jazz Improvisation, presented to a jazz student who made the most significant advancement in the pursuit of excellence in improvisation.

 


The winner of the George Duncan Prize for Jazz Composition was Richard Glassby, first-year Master’s drummer, for composing an outstanding original suite of music.

 


The third-year BMus guitarist James Mackay won the Joe Temperley Prize for Jazz Arranging sponsored by Mark McKergow, awarded at the discretion of the Head of the Jazz to any jazz student who expertly and imaginatively arranged a jazz standard or an original composition.

 


Tommy Smith, Head of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Congratulations to each of our wonderful award winners. Every year it is a great challenge to choose the winners of our three distinguished RCS Jazz Awards.”
“The awards really underline the high level of accomplishment reached by our students. I’d also like to thank our sponsors of the jazz awards, without whom there would be no prizes.”

 


More information on studying Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is available at: rcs.ac.uk/jazz

 

RCS JAZZ AWARDS 2020
PRIZE
VALUE
RECIPIENT

 

Fog Arts Prize in Jazz Improvisation
An annual award to be presented at the discretion of the Head of the Jazz, to any BMus or MMus jazz student who has made the most significant advancement in the pursuit of excellence within the realm of improvisation.
£300
Matt Carmichael BMus 3

 

George Duncan Prize for Jazz Composition
An annual award to be awarded at the discretion of the Head of the Jazz, to any BMus or MMus jazz student who has composed an outstanding work for a small or large-scale ensemble.
£300
Richard Glassby MMus
A Suite of Original Music
What the Bop, Vehement, Eclipse, Corruption, In and Out


Joe Temperley Prize for Jazz Arranging (sponsored by Mark McKergow)
An annual prize to be awarded at the discretion of the Head of the Jazz, to any BMus or MMus jazz student who has expertly and imaginatively arranged a traditional jazz standard for small or large-scale instrumentation.
£300
James Mackay BMus 3
Along Came Betty

Wayne Wilkinson - A Message to Brecon Jazz Club and solo guitar performance of “Tin Roof Blues”.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

American guitarist Wayne Wilkinson was due to visit Wales in May to play shows in Brecon & Cardiff. He has now sent a Youtube message to Brecon Jazz Club, plus a dazzling solo guitar performance.

Lynne Gornall of Brecon Jazz Club writes;


American guitarist Wayne Wilkinson with his wife Sherri and drummer Todd Williams, had been planning to fly from Colorado to visit us for what would have been another standout jazz evening at the Muse, and joined by Erika Lyons on bass - what a treat! We’d also arranged an informal gig for them at the Castle Hotel, with bassist Ian Cooper, and then a performance at Cafe Jazz Cardiff too. So disappointed, we and they. But we asked Wayne if he’d record a message and some music just for us. He was delighted to do so, and you’ll find it here -


Wayne Wilkinson, Greeting to Brecon Jazz Club:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubNBV7Nkqz0

Music Venue Trust Leads Calls For £50m From Government To Save Grassroots Sector.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents 100s of grassroots music venues, has issued an urgent warning to the UK government that an immediate cash injection of £50m is needed to prevent mass closures

The Music Venue Trust has issued the following statement;

MUSIC VENUE TRUST LEADS CALLS FOR £50M TO SAVE GRASSROOTS SECTOR


90% of Music Venues and Festivals Facing Permanent Closure.


London, June 19th 2020 – Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has issued an urgent warning to the UK government that an immediate cash injection of £50m is needed to prevent mass closures in July, August and September.


The catastrophic effects of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to MVT identifying a sector-specific rescue package as being fundamental to the survival of a large number of its member venues.


In addition, they are proposing a one-off cut in VAT on ticket sales for the next three years for venues and promoters.


The live music industry in the UK, which generates £5.2bn for the UK economy and a further £2.7bn in export revenues, is facing a substantial loss of infrastructure, with 90% of venues and festivals currently facing permanent closure. This would result in the total collapse of the sector and thousands of job cuts including promoters, production companies, managers, agents, artists and others, which form part of an inter-dependent eco-system that is the UK music industry, alongside the loss of very substantial VAT and income tax receipts by HM Government.


Mark Dayvd, CEO of Music Venue Trust, said, “When we eventually emerge from lockdown, grassroots music venues, the absolute bedrock, the foundations, the cornerstone on which our world beating £5.2 billion per year industry has been built, are going to be essential to live music bouncing back. It is therefore economically short sighted and frankly ridiculous to put a £5 billion a year industry at long term risk for lack of a short term £50 million investment.”


The UK also has the highest rate of VAT on tickets for cultural events for any similar country in Europe and this proposed cut would ease the intense financial pressure on the sector as it returns to normality.


Music Venue Trust launched its #saveourvenues campaign in April, which has so far successfully raised over £2m to help support grassroots music venues through this crisis.


Mark Dayvd said, “The generosity shown towards our #saveourvenues campaign since we launched it in April has been staggering. The £2m we have raised to date has saved literally hundreds of venues in the short term, but the situation is still dire and relying on donations simply isn’t sustainable as we move into a recovery phase. With that in mind let’s act now and protect what we have, because what we have is incredible and it is ridiculous to put ourselves in the position where we might permanently lose it for less than 1% of the income it generates for us every single year. £50 million in financial support and a temporary tax cut, that’s all we are asking.  Who loses if this doesn’t happen? Not just the venues, not just the artists, not just the audiences, not just our communities. The government is the biggest loser of all here; billions of pounds of future tax revenues is on the line. Every other serious cultural country in the world is acting to protect its future talent pipeline…. and they don’t even have the incredible talent and the vibrant pipeline we have in the UK. We need our government to step up we need them to do it now.”

 

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. 
We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible. 


Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.


http://www.musicvenuetrust.com

 

Lionel Loueke signs to Edition Records.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Guitarist, vocalist and composer Lionel Loueke has signed to the British label Edition Records. "HH", his debut release for the label will see him re-imagining the music of Herbie Hancock.

We have received the following press release fro Edition Records;

Lionel Loueke Signs to Edition


We’re thrilled to announce the signing of legendary guitarist Lionel Loueke to Edition Records. In October, Lionel will release his brand new album ‘HH’ - re-imagining the music of his friend and mentor, Herbie Hancock. A collection of Herbie’s music as you’ve never heard it before from one the most in-demand guitarists on the planet!

The remarkable, distinctive and singularly unique guitarist and composer Lionel Loueke releases his new album for Edition Records, titled HH, performing music of his long-term mentor, the legendary Herbie Hancock, in October 2020. Known for his ability to “transform the guitar into a virtual Afro-Western orchestra” (Jazz Times), he is a musician who transcends genre to create unparalleled sounds. In a deeply personal tribute, Lionel takes Herbie’s best-known compositions (including Cantaloupe Island, Watermelon Man and Rock It), and creates something entirely fresh and new.
Never has Herbie’s music been played like this!

 


Lionel Loueke on signing to Edition Records:


“I am excited to work with Edition Records on this personal album. It’s like joining a musical family since some of my friends like Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Jeff Ballard, Zakir, and many more, are already on the label. I really like the way Edition records listen to the artist first, with a professional and artistic guidance.


I have been playing with The Master Herbie Hancock for more than 15 years, and still it wasn’t easy to work on his music because the originals are already so beautiful and he keeps developing them every time we play on stage. The challenge was to put my own imprints on these masterpieces. To rethink them with my touch on it. He is my mentor and I feel very lucky to be part of his musical journey. It’s a gift to learn that much from him - humanly, spiritually and musically speaking.


Being from Benin in West Africa, I carry in my playing the curve of my life. As we are going through a rough time, with the Coronavirus pandemic, I can say that Love, Humanity, Spirituality and Music give me Freedom and Hope on a daily basis - and those are lessons I learnt from Herbie. This project is beyond music in other words. It was a need for me to play his music.”

 

http://www.editionrecords.com

 

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist - a programme of duos.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 14/06/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

This week’s radio playlist


Now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


A programme of Duos


Jean-Louis Matinier/Kevin Seddiki - Rivages (ECM)


Guillaume Orti & Stéphane Payen - Volume 1 (Diatribe Records)


Euphorials - Konstance Volume 1 (F-IRE)


Ingrid Laubrock/Kris Davis - Blood Moon (Intakt)


Gary Husband & Markus Reuter - Music of our time (Moonjune)


Obradovic-Tixier duo - The boiling stories of a smoking kettle (Naim)


Samuel Blaser/Marc Ducret - Audio Rebel (Blaser Music)


Énergie Noire - Disclosed Motions (Onze Heures Onze)


Tom Taylor/Matthew Herd - First Light (Bandcamp)


Jim Hart & Ivo Neame - Multiverse (Edition)


Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid - Shards & Constellations (Intakt)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire Announce Rescheduled Tour Dates.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire have announced the rescheduled dates for their Miraculous Supernatural Tour. The tour will now begin on June 18, 2021 in Chula Vista, CA & end on August 28 in Tampa, FL

We have received the following press release;


Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire Announce Rescheduled Dates for Miraculous Supernatural Tour

 

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire are pleased to announce the rescheduled dates for their Miraculous Supernatural Tour. The tour will now begin on June 18, 2021 in Chula Vista, CA and end on August 28, 2021 in Tampa, FL; the full list of rescheduled dates are below. Previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates, unless ticket holders opt for a refund within 30 days. Emails will be sent to ticket holders notifying them of their options. A new date for the postponed George, WA show will be announced soon. Unfortunately, previously scheduled shows in Montreal and Nashville have been cancelled due to scheduling issues, and refunds will be available at point of purchase. To purchase tickets for the 2021 tour, please visit http://www.santana.com.


Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire: Miraculous Supernatural 2021 Tour


6/18/21         Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
6/19/21         Los Angeles, CA         Banc of California Stadium *with special guest WAR
6/22/21         Mountain View, CA     Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/23/21         Concord, CA             Concord Pavilion
6/25/21         Ridgefield, WA           Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
6/29/21         Salt Lake City, UT       USANA Amphitheatre
6/30/21         Denver, CO               Pepsi Center
7/2/21         Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/3/21         Tinley Park, IL           Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/5/21         Clarkston, MI             DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/7/21         Burgettstown, PA       S&T Bank Music Park
7/9/21         Noblesville, IN           Ruoff Music Center
7/10/21         Cincinnati, OH           Riverbend Music Center
7/11/21         Milwaukee, WI           American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
7/16/21         Dallas, TX               Dos Equis Pavilion
7/17/21         Woodlands, TX           Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
8/7/21         Hershey, PA             Hersheypark Stadium
8/8/21         Toronto, ON             Budweiser Stage
8/11/21         Mansfield, MA         Xfinity Center
8/13/21         Uncasville, CT           Mohegan Sun Arena *Santana only; EWF will not be performing
8/14/21         Wantagh, NY             Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/15/21         Holmdel, NJ             PNC Bank Arts Center
8/18/21         Syracuse, NY           St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/19/21         Camden, NJ             BB&T Pavilion
8/21/21         Bristow, VA             Jiffy Lube Live
8/22/21         Bethel, NY               Bethel Woods Center for the Arts        
8/25/21         Atlanta, GA             Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/27/21         West Palm Beach, FL   iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds
8/28/21         Tampa, FL               MIDFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

Ladysmith Black Mambazo plus support Muntu Valdo -  UK tour rescheduled to May/June 2021

Friday, June 12, 2020

This tour has been re-scheduled from June 2020 to May/June 2021. All tickets remain valid. Press release including new itinerary attached.

We have received the following press release from tour promoters Serious;

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

+ Muntu Valdo

MAY/JUNE 2021


Saturday 15 May | YORK Grand Opera House

Sunday 16 May | BIRMINGHAM Town Hall

Monday 17 May | MILTON KEYNES Theatre

Tuesday 18 May | GUILDFORD G-Live

Thursday 20 May | BRISTOL St George’s

Friday 21 May | LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre

Saturday 22 May | BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion

 

Monday 14 June | MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall

Tuesday 15 June | EDINBURGH Usher Hall

Wednesday 16 June | LONDON Richmond Theatre

Thursday 17 June | DUBLIN National Concert Hall

Saturday 19 June | SAFFRON WALDEN Saffron Hall

Sunday 20 June | LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall (two shows - 2.30pm & 7.30pm as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown)

Monday 21 June | BRIGHTON Theatre Royal

with more shows to be added

Bookings and more information: http://www.serious.org.uk/Mambazo 

 

This tour was rescheduled from June 2020 to May/June 2021. All tickets remain valid.

 


Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive vocal groups. For sixty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

 


‘Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work’ (Guardian)

 


They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and have been touring the world ever since and have won five GRAMMY Awards.

 


‘With their cheeky scissor-kicks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo were pretty spry for a 60-year-old choral group. Their line-up has evolved but the South Africans’ close-knit harmonies are just as faultless as they were on Paul Simon’s Graceland, which brought them international fame.’ (★★★★☆ Telegraph)

 


For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. Nelson Mandela called Ladysmith “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”. The group’s joyously energetic performance combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering, chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly choreographed dance moves.

 

‘Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant’ (Daily Telegraph)

 

 

‘It’s not just their sound but their look and their athleticism. They bounded on, promising an evening of “peace, love and harmony” from South Africa to the world and surely no one failed to pick up the joyous vibes as they sang and joshed with one another, and the audience.’ (★★★★☆ theartsdesk)

 


These performances will celebrate the life and music of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and are dedicated to his memory. 

 


When Joseph formed the group that became Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 60 years ago, he had a dream of a South Africa living in harmony. For all his life he created beautiful vocal music that came to speak to the whole world with a call for peace and love. Joseph retired in 2014 and handed leadership of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his four sons Thulani, Msizi, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa, who carry Joseph’s message into the future.

 


We are delighted to announce that Muntu Valdo will be opening for Ladysmith Black Mambazo on this tour. Cameroon-born Muntu Valdo’s music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. 


‘Pure spiritual uplift’ (Metro)


‘Using a box of tricks to double-track his guitar and voice live, he added layers of sound to create full-textured, soft songs about peace, love and Cameroonian witchcraft and charmed the audience’ (Financial Times)

 

He’s travelled all over the world, supported and played alongside some of the great names of African and international music including, Manu Dibango, Ali Farka Touré, Damon Albarn, Richard Bona, Boubacar Traoré and Lucinda Williams just to name a few


‘Sensitive guitar playing and a dreamy, voice with distinctively textured, self-created loops and rhythms. A compelling live sound with an airy, poetic feel that’s a bit Brazilian, a bit Cape Verdean, while keeping a toe in the world of international busking folk’ (Telegraph)


His new album, titled SAWA BLUES will be released later this year. Hear the first few track releases here https://soundcloud.com/muntu-valdo


Watch Muntu’s recent livestreams here; https://www.facebook.com/pg/muntu.valdo/videos/

 


For information on all Serious shows please go to http://www.serious.org.uk


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. 
http://www.serious.org.uk

 

Rocking In The Free World, a special one day free festival, is planned for Saturday 22 May 2021 at Herrington Park, Sunderland.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Two enterprising Sunderland men have come up with an ambitious way of saying thank you to key workers – by organising a free concert at Herrington Park, headlined by Emeli Sandé,

We have received the following press release;

EMELI SANDÉ TO HEADLINE FREE NORTH EAST CONCERT TO THANK FRONTLINE STAFF…


Two enterprising Sunderland men have come up with an ambitious way of saying thank you to frontline staff – by organising a free concert at Herrington Park.


Friends Andrew Kennedy and Ben Potts were so touched by the job being done by NHS and other essential staff during the Covid-19 crisis that they wanted to express their thanks in a really special way.


And now Rocking In The Free World – a special one day festival – is now planned for Saturday 22 May 2021 – headlined by multi award winning singer Emeli Sandé, along with a whole host of other artistes.


Freelance recruitment consultant Andrew came up with the idea because he saw at first hand the challenges facing the NHS through his wife Jan, a sister who heads up the emergency admissions unit at South Tyneside Hospital.


He enlisted the support of Ben, whose band, North East rock tribute group, The Sons of Eden, played at his wedding and will also now be performing at the festival.


Songwriter and vocalist Karen Harding has also added her name to the line-up, as has South Shields-based Christian Yu, a nurse from the Philippines who is also a singer songwriter.


“We’re just two ordinary blokes who wanted to put on something extra ordinary,” said Andrew,


“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response so far and we’ve had so many people say it’s a great idea and also offering to help.


“We’ll be adding more acts as time goes on and we’re hoping this will be a really amazing and memorable event for everyone.”


The organisers have also set up a Just Giving page to help raise £20,000 towards financing the event, which can be reached at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrew-kennedy-5?utm_term=DRXZZaJvB


Anyone wanting tickets can register at the website at http://www.rockinginthefreeworld.co.uk

Jazz West Midlands Promoter Network announces further digital concert content.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Jazz West Midlands promoter's network has announced a further digital concert featuring guitarist Ralf DeCambre and his trio with Andy Gayle (sax) and Eddie Powell (drums).

We have received the following press release;

Welcome to Jazz West Midlands Digital Content - Double Dig Gig

 

Ralf DeCambre Trio - Live
Another live performance commissioned by Jazz West Midlands exclusively for you to enjoy.  This is a trio of old friends playing on an Allotment Garden garden live to camera - warts and all (a little windy at times). This may also be a world first, they have never appeared in the open air together before - so a world premiere just for you.
Enjoy…
Line Up: Ralf DeCambre - Guitar, Andy Gale - Saxes & Eddie Powell - Drums
TO VIEW THE LIVE VIDEO JUST CLICK ON THE LINK BUTTON BELOW
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-06-21/ralf-decambre-trio


WE HAVE COMMISSIONED FURTHER NEW WORK FROM A RANGE OF JAZZ MUSICIANS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.


IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, WHY NOT MAKE A DONATION TO THE MUSICIANS USING THE LINK BELOW.  ALL MONIES RAISED WILL GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support


We at Jazz West Midlands are trying to keep jazz alive for you, in the absence of our regular weekly/monthly programmes and Festivals; by creating a series of sound and vision experiences broadcast via our website. Over the coming weeks and months we will be listing a series of favourite jazz artists for you to listen to, in a series recorded just for you jazz gigs, by musicians Jazz West Midlands Promoters have supported in the past.
The musicians will be paid for their content, so anyone wishing to contribute can do so by sending a donation over to Jazz West Midlands - details available by clicking on the donations button below..
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/jazz-musicians-support


PLANNED PROGRAMME
Over the next few weeks, and maybe months, we will be commissioning jazz musicians to record just for Jazz West Midlands Promoters a short set of tunes, mixing original and standard tunes.  The gigs will be featured on our website just as a normal gig, except the video content will be on the gig page itself.
Please support the musicians and West Midlands Jazz Promoters in these trying times.

 

The West Midlands Promoter Network Members are:

 

Birmingham Jazz
Clun Valley Jazz - Bishop’s Castle
Jazz Coventry
Jazz @ Wolverhampton
Kenilworth Jazz
Kidderminster Jazz
Left Bank Village - Hereford
Leamington Jazz
Lichfield Jazz
Stratford Jazz
Sugarmill - Stoke
The Tin - Coventry


See website for full details of the local promoters


This programme of Digital Gigs has been part funded by the Arts Council England Emergency Fund.


http://www.jazzwestmidlands.org

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 7th June 2020.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 06/07/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


This week’s radio show now available at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 


Chris Montague - Warmer than Blood (Whirlwind)


Dave Storey Trio - Jouska (Impossible Ark records)


Anders Fillipsen & The Black Nothing - Stilleben (ILK)


Florian Arbenz - Convergence (Florian Arbenz Hammer Recordings )


Julie Campiche Quartet - Onkalo (Meta records)


Lukas Aichinger - Thinker try to Dance (Waschsalon Records.)


BROM - Dance with an idiot (Trost)


Christy Doran’s Sound Fountain - Lift The Bar (Between the Lines)

 

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm


http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

Barbican announces rescheduled concerts for 2021.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

The Barbican has announced that a selection of concerts that were due to take place at the Centre between March and July 2020 have now been rescheduled for 2021, subject to Government guidance.

We have received the following press release;


Barbican announces rescheduled concerts for 2021

The Barbican has announced that a selection of concerts that were due to take place at the Centre between March and July 2020 have now been rescheduled for 2021, subject to Government guidance.


Huw Humphreys, Barbican’s Head of Music said
“This is an extraordinarily challenging time for the arts and artists. At the Barbican, we exist to bring artists together, to create together and to connect people across the world, and so this current situation goes against everything we’re here to do. By putting these rescheduled concerts on sale, we want to support artists and our partners in the music industry, and make sure we’re able to get up and running as soon as the guidance allows us to. Until then we are looking how we can stay connected to artists and audiences in different ways.”


The rescheduled concerts and artists include:

Shabaka & the Ancestors, featuring Shabaka Hutchings, one of the foremost proponents of the current British jazz scene (now on 24 January 2021)
Irish-American vocalist and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan (now on 28 January 2021)


Celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in recital performing Beethoven sonatas (now on 23 February 2021)


Singer, songwriter and composer Damon Albarn’s new project The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows (now on 30 March 2021)


A MoodSwing Reunion, featuring generation-defining jazz musicians and long-time collaborators Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade (now on 11 July 2021, produced by the Barbican in association with Serious)


Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux are joined on stage by Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris in Spell Songs, a musical celebration of wild nature inspired by Macfarlane and Morris’s book The Lost Words (now on 3 February 2021, produced by Serious)


Britten Sinfonia & Opera Rara collaboration, Donizetti’s rarely performed Italian opera set in the West Indies, Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo (now on 8 July 2021, promoted by Britten Sinfonia)


Please see below for further information on the individual concerts. All concerts are subject to Government guidance at the time and in the case of a concert cancellation, ticketholders will be eligible for a full refund.


Tickets will go on sale from 1 June to previous ticket holders, to Barbican Members from 3 June, and on general sale from 5 June. Tickets booked previously for Anne-Sophie Mutter and MoodSwing will remain valid for the new dates.


Due to the most recent Government guidance on social distancing measures, the remaining concerts due to take place at the Barbican in July have now been cancelled. Ticketholders are eligible for a full refund.


Inspired by its international arts programme, the Barbican’s website features a curated mix of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles that enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme during the temporary closure. The Barbican digital content is available at http://www.barbican.org.uk/readwatchlisten and via the Barbican’s social channels.


FURTHER DETAILS ON RESCHEDULED CONCERTS
Please find below further information on the rescheduled concerts, promoted by the Barbican. For further information and photos, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Barbican Communications Team.



Shabaka & the Ancestors
Sun 24 Jan 2021, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
Shabaka & the Ancestors will present material from their second studio album We Are Sent Here By History (Impulse! Records, 13 March 2020), which explores African and Afro-Caribbean traditions and can be described as a modern-day griot.
Shabaka & the Ancestors formed in 2016. Shabaka Hutchings – one of the foremost proponents of the current British jazz scene, Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumnus, saxophonist, clarinettist and band leader – had been flying to Johannesburg to play with trumpeter and bandleader Mandla Mlangeni, who connected him to a group of South African jazz musicians that Hutchings admired. After several sessions, their first album Wisdom of Elders was made and established them as a sudden force in spiritual jazz.
The original concert was scheduled as part of the cancelled Propaganda weekend of music, art and spoken word curated by Shabaka Hutchings, 8-10 May 2020.
Produced by the Barbican
Find out more here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/shabaka-and-the-ancestors


Aoife O’Donovan
Thu 28 Jan 2021, Milton Court Concert Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
Sought-after Irish-American vocalist and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan makes her Barbican music programme debut in Jan 2021, in an intimate concert at Milton Court Concert Hall, performing solo and with a string quartet featuring fiddle player Jeremy Kittel. Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Her most recent one being the band project I’m With Her, comprised of O’Donovan and fellow singer-songwriters Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. Their debut album, See You Around, was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim.
As a solo artist, O’Donovan has released two studio albums: In the Magic Hour (2016) and her debut solo album, 2013’s Fossils.
O’Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the bluegrass string band Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile and is one-third of the female folk-noir trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, Aoife O’Donovan has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas and is currently a member of the house band on Chris Thile’s Live From Here public US radio variety show.
The original concert was scheduled for 22 May 2020.
Produced by the Barbican
Find out more here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/aoife-odonovan


Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lauma Skride
23 February 2021, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 46 plus booking fee
Celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the Barbican to perform three Beethoven violin sonatas together with pianist Lauma Skride: Numbers 4, 5 (Spring) and 9 (Kreutzer).
The original concert was scheduled for 8 April 2020.
Part of Barbican Presents.
Find out more here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/anne-sophie-mutter-plays-beethoven


Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows
Tue 30 Mar 2021, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £20 – 40 plus booking fee
Singer, songwriter and composer Damon Albarn’s new project The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows, which is inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, will receive its UK premiere at the Barbican in March 2021. The title is taken from a John Clare poem entitled Love and Memory.
Albarn has been a frequent visitor to Iceland for almost three decades and has in this time found musical inspiration in its nature and landscapes. This new piece – inspired by Albarn’s long-time love for Iceland – will see the musician perform this very personal piece in its entirety with an ensemble and specially commissioned visuals.
Damon Albarn is a singer, songwriter, composer and producer, and founder member of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
On Sunday 17 May 2020, Damon Albarn performed music from The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows as part of Boiler Room’s ‘Streaming From Isolation’ series in support of The Global FoodBanking Network. Available to watch here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlS6GCZR1Q0&feature=youtu.be
The original concert was scheduled for 26 May 2020 as part of Inside Out.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Rain Dog Productions
Find out more here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/damon-albarn-the-nearer-the-fountain


Redman, Mehldau, McBride, Blade: A MoodSwing Reunion
Sun 11 Jul 2021, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £30 – 49.50 plus booking fee
Generation-defining jazz musicians and long-time collaborators saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Brad Mehldau, drummer Brian Blade and bassist, composer and arranger Christian McBride return to the Barbican in summer 2021 to revisit their classic 1994 album, MoodSwing.
Performing tracks from the record, along with new material, the jazz supergroup reunites for this very special show. MoodSwing broke the mould for jazz recordings in the 1990s, creating a sound that reached beyond cerebral arrangements and delivered contemporary jazz with emotion and expression.
The original concert was scheduled for 9 July 2020.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Serious
Find out more here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/moodswing


BARBICAN TEMPORARY CLOSURE INFORMATION
The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed, with concerts also cancelled for July. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund. Information on how to claim this is published here. Anyone who has tickets up until the end of June has been contacted by the Box Office. 
The Barbican is encouraging audiences to make a donation so it can keep investing in the artists and organisations with whom it works. Audiences are also being asked to consider donating to the Centre’s Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.
https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/support-us/for-individuals/make-a-donation
https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/support-us/make-a-donation/support-our-partners


About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.
The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble. 

 


Public information
http://www.barbican.org.uk

 

The Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS.

Scarborough Jazz Festival Postponed Until February 2021.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

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. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

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 http://www.scarboroughjazzfestival.co.uk 

 

Scarborough Jazz Festival
New Dates: 12-14 February 2021
Scarborough Spa
http://www.scarboroughjazzfestival.co.uk 

 

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’

 

An appeal from Tim Kliphuis.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis is seeking support to help finance the recording of "The Five Elements" - the brand new, filmic piece about the Corona Virus crisis

Tim Kliphuis writes;

Support Tim’s recording of “The Five Elements” - the brand new, filmic piece about the crisis.


The Five Elements - a composition for the crisis

 

Dear all!


Many of you donated to support my composition process last April. We have a result: an epic, 30-minute filmic piece about the crisis, written in the crisis!

Here is a fragment of the piece and a live message from me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRUusRxL8n4&feature=youtu.be

This piece, The Five Elements, will be recorded in my home town on 6 July, together with the Trio and 9 top players who’ve lost all their income. A composition that raises questions about our relationship with this planet, and with each other, and ends in a message of hope.


Could I ask you to support the realisation of this big recording by adopting a few musical bars? The town is supporting and the studio has been given to us for free. But we’re not there yet!

The bars are € 10 each.
To sponsor, go to http://www.timkliphuis.com/music-shop and choose your preferred amount (scroll down from the banner).


Of course you receive a download of the recording, but there are also signed CDs, your name in the booklet (if desired) and tickets to a Tim Kliphuis show near you.

All the funds we raise go directly to the musicians.

 

I really appreciate your support!
Best wishes,
Tim


Tim Kliphuis
The Netherlands
http://www.timkliphuis.com

 

BBC Young Jazz Musician returns in 2020 to celebrate young talent in UK jazz.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Following the success of the first three editions, the biennial BBC Young Jazz Musician competition returns in 2020 to support & celebrate the wealth of young talent on the UK jazz scene. Details att.

We have received the following press release;


BBC Young Jazz Musician returns in 2020 to celebrate the wealth of young talent in UK jazz


Following the 2018 edition, won by rising star saxophonist Xhosa Cole, this year’s competition again provides a platform for young jazz performers.


Following the success of the first three editions, the biennial BBC Young Jazz Musician competition returns in 2020 to support and celebrate the wealth of young talent on the UK jazz scene.


In a continued joint effort to showcase the most talented up-and-coming instrumentalists and singers to audiences across the UK, the BBC Young Jazz Musician Final will be hosted as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November, and broadcast on BBC Four.


Entries for the competition are now open, with a deadline in mid-July, and full details on how to apply can be found on the BBC Young Musician website.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/17dfbRRtRt825dkDfHyPHwN/bbc-young-jazz-musician-2020


From the initial entries, up to 25 semi-finalists will be selected, out of which 5 young performers will go on to appear at the Final. The finalists will have the opportunity to play with the internationally acclaimed Nikki Yeoh’s Infinitum, led by British jazz composer and pianist Nikki Yeoh and featuring her rhythm section of siblings Michael Mondesir (bass) and Mark Mondesir (drums).


The winner of the 2018 edition was Birmingham saxophonist Xhosa Cole, who went on to be awarded as Jazz Newcomer of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, as well as performing in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues.


Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning Jan Younghusband says: “We are so delighted that we can continue with BBC Young Jazz Musician this year, and give these incredibly talented musicians a platform to perform. Encouraging young talent at this time has never been more important and we are thrilled to partner again with the EFG London Jazz Festival to make this possible.”


BBC Young Musician Executive Editor Paul Bullock says: “It’s a thrill to be launching the next edition of BBC Young Jazz Musician and again be providing an opportunity for young British jazz performers to showcase their wonderful talents. The circumstances we are currently experiencing came at a time when “Jazz” in the UK was enjoying a real renaissance. As we begin our 2020 search, we look forward to hearing the latest crop of talented newcomers as part of this new wave, and to celebrating their dedication and fearless art.”


Saxophonist Xhosa Cole, BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 says: “Winning the 2018 Competition proved to me the power of consistency, sincerity and patience. The award has put my career in fast forward and I have had so many opportunities since then, it’s hard to list them all. I once heard the quote: ‘When the elevator to success fails, you take the stairs’ and this quote summarises the story for me in a weird way. At the competition I was waiting at the elevator door to see if it would take me onwards and upward, and as luck would have it, it did. Now it’s up to me to get myself together musically and personally – and get to be the player I want to be. But the competition has proved to be an incredible springboard for me – beyond any of my initial dreams.”


Pianist and Composer Nikki Yeoh says: “I am delighted to be performing with the next wave of the UK’s finest jazz musicians at the BBC Young Jazz Musician Finals 2020. Having been a semi finalist judge in 2018, I’ve witnessed at first hand the high calibre of musician that this competition attracts. The BBC Young Jazz Musician contest provides a valuable platform for the art form of Jazz, not only for the contestants and the winner but also for all of the young musicians who will switch on and feel inspired, having a ‘THAT ’s where I fit’ moment!


The 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician launch comes in the week following the completion of the Category Finals for the BBC Young Musician classical competition – with highlights of the Category Finals and concerts in full now all available on iPlayer. The five Young Musicians who are progressing to the Semi-Final for the classical competition – which is scheduled for broadcast in the Autumn – are: 16-year-old pianist Thomas Luke; 18-year-old oboist Ewan Millar; 17-year-old French horn player Annemarie Federle; 16-year-old percussionist Fang Zhang; and 18-year-old violinist Coco Tomita.


BBC Young Musician and BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020 are managed and produced by BBC Studios Entertainment and Music Wales, and commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning, for BBC Four.


The final of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020 is presented as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, event supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

 


BBC Young Jazz Musician online;


BBC Young Jazz Musician website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/youngjazzmusician


Twitter: @BBCYoungMus


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BBCYoungMusician


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Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 31/05/2020.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 31/05/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist for my latest show

 

Now available any time at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


Jon Balke - Discourses (ECM)


Bruno Heinen - Out of Doors (Heinen Records)


Aldo Bagnoni - The Connection (Alfa Music)

 

Urs Blochlinger Revisited - Harry Doesn’t Mind (Leo)


Sanja Marković - Ascension (AMA Records)


Daniel Bingert - Berit in Space (Moserobe)


Kalle – Introducing (jazzland)


Nice Chair - The Game (self)


David Helbock - single (ACT)


Zoon van snooK - Se•pa•ra•ción (Lo Recordings)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts

 

Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm


http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 

Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

Jazz Lockdown shows from Leeds.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds is broadcasting a weekly jazz lockdown video show in Leeds on Sunday afternoons, plus the monthly "Jazz Unlocked" radio magazine show on ELFM radio. Details attached.

Steve Crocker writes;

I’ve been doing a weekly jazz lockdown video show in Leeds on Sunday afternoons - the links are all here
https://www.jazzleeds.org.uk/jazz-leeds-lockdown-sessions/
It includes lots of local national and international videos from our jazzleeds archives as well as some living room sessions from Leeds jazz artists and (of course) the famous JazzLeeds raffle for the Wensleydale cheese (!)


I’ve also started a monthly “Jazz Unlocked” radio magazine show on ELFM radio about jazz in Leeds with news, interviews and some latest recordings from bands from the city
Links to that are here…
https://www.jazzleeds.org.uk/chapelfm-and-jazz-leeds-new-radio-show-jazz-unlocked/


Love doing this - back to my jazz radio roots! Might give up the live music and keep doing this!


Regards

Steve


JazzLeeds website;
http://www.jazzleeds.org.uk

 

New York City musicians Alexa Tarantino & Steven Feifke present Sunday Livestreams via Crowdcast.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Alto saxophonist & educator Alexa Tarantino & pianist & composer Steven Feifke have pooled their talent resources and set out to perform every Sunday as a cohabitating duo in a “quarantine concert.”

We have received the following press release;


NYC Musicians Alexa Tarantino & Steven Feifke Present Sunday Livestreams via Crowdcast - Now Entering Week 12   

 


SAXOPHONIST ALEXA TARANTINO & PIANIST STEVEN FEIFKE HUNKER DOWN WITH SUNDAY EVENING QUARANTINE CONCERTS
With pre-concert chats and intimate performances from their NYC home, honouring Ellington, Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Jobim, Jackie McLean — the list grows…

 

ne of the first weekly jazz livestream concerts instituted after the lockdown (Sunday 8pm - chat at 7pm), with $5 access available live or on-demand at http://www.crowdcast.io/stevenandalexa (higher contributions welcome)


25 percent of each week’s proceeds benefit the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, other selected organizations helping communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis


Alto saxophonist and educator Alexa Tarantino and pianist and composer Steven Feifke, both busy and sought-after musicians, were coming off their respective stints on the road in March 2020 when a new reality hit: they, and everyone, were going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, living in the frightening, radically uncertain time of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

With limited options but a lot of drive, they pooled their talent resources and set out to perform every Sunday as a cohabitating duo in a “quarantine concert.” Each week would focus on a specific jazz theme. Jokingly dubbing themselves Alexa Quarantino and Steven Lock-and-Feifke, they began with an evening of vibrant originals on March 15. They continued with weeks devoted to Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Jackie McLean, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Songs of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. To generate discussion and welcome audiences even more warmly into their home, they initiated a pre-concert chat and Q&A an hour before each show, fielding questions about everything from that week’s theme to the art of practicing and other musical fine points. Both highly qualified educators, Feifke and Tarantino have an engaging way of framing each week as a historical topic, offering insights of great benefit to students tuning in.

 

Tarantino and Feifke are lighthearted and funny co-hosts, honing their repartee week by week, finding their way forward in a medium that’s new to them, as it is to a lot of fellow musicians. Since the first installment, the clarity of the audio and video has grown considerably. They started with a MacBook Pro camera and USB microphone but have since stepped up with Neumann and Oktava mics, Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface and Sennheiser puck mic for talkback, using Loopback to send and mix audio into one virtual output. A high-definition VDO 360 USB video camera allows for multiple preset angles that can be changed during the set. Finally, OBS Streaming Software allows Feifke and Tarantino to send all audio and video to Crowdcast.

 


No matter the tech setup, Tarantino and Feifke always come ready to play: the second the music starts we hear the sound of two accomplished jazz virtuosos, entirely focused and giving their all. Upcoming concerts will celebrate Songs of Springtime (May 31). New themes are brainstormed continually, with the input of friends and fans, and set lists winnowed down through weekly Instagram polls (@stevenfeifke, @alexatarantino). Tarantino’s new Posi-Tone quartet recording Clarity will see release on June 5, so the duo will devote June 7 to music from the album (which features Feifke, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Rudy Royston). Future themes include Thelonious Monk (June 14), Steven Feifke’s original music (June 21 – Feifke’s birthday with onscreen celebration!), and Simply Sinatra (June 28).


“We’re very lucky,” says Tarantino, “in that we do a lot in terms of writing and arranging and teaching as well as performing, so we’re staying afloat, and we didn’t necessarily want to look at these quarantine concerts as a way to pay rent.” Feifke adds: “But there are so many musicians in really tough situations, and we wanted to do something to give back and support our local scene. So we decided to donate 25 percent of our proceeds to different organizations making a difference in this crisis.” Each organization receives funding for four weeks of concerts before the next is chosen. For those wishing to donate at a higher level, Feifke and Tarantino have established a tiered sponsorship, from Platinum ($250+) to Gold ($100+), Silver ($50-$99) and Bronze ($25-$49). The Platinum sponsorship is a special opportunity that allows Feifke and Tarantino to offer their pre-concert conversations at no charge to the public.


Feifke and Tarantino are not stopping at quarantine concerts: they’ve just launched A Step Ahead Jazz, which will offer “Summer Jazz Online,” an immersive experience for all ages and ability levels (June 29-July 3). Tarantino is founding director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, and with its unavoidable cancelation this year, another major chunk of her professional calendar was upended. A Step Ahead Jazz is poised to fill the gap and break new ground in online jazz education.
https://www.astepaheadjazz.com/summerjazzonline

 

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, clinician and adjudicator across the globe, named one of five top alto saxophonists in the 2019 JazzTimes Critics Poll. The New York Times praised her for her “lovely, ardent way of improvising” and her “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered [compositions].” She holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She’s performed in a wide variety of ensembles including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s OGRESSE, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and LSAT (a co-led quintet with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian). Her 2019 Posi-Tone album Winds of Change prompted PopMatters to rave, “The band sounds distinct, not cookie-cut…. Wow, your ear says. More, please.”

 

Steven Feifke is an award-winning pianist, composer and orchestrator with degrees from New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with true luminaries of composition and orchestration, Gil Goldstein and Jim McNeely. His big band music has been featured by the Malmo Band in Switzerland, and his orchestral music was debuted in August 2019 at the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy. Feifke has also written original works for television and film media; his music can be heard on Jerry Seinfeld’s hit Netflix show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” He’s a two-time semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano competition and has been featured as a piano sideman on notable recordings by Ulysses Owens, Jr., Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Danny Janklow and Alexa Tarantino. In 2018 he received an Arts Mid-Hudson “Pros Meet Pupils” grant for his curriculum designed to teach students jazz history through performance. He currently sits on faculty at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he teaches composition and arranging. His 2015 septet debut, Peace in Time, will soon be followed by his debut big-band recording featuring Ulysses Owens, Jr. and Veronica Swift.

 

Today - The Romanian Cultural Institute in London’s final broadcast in a series featuring musician Lucian Ban. Previous episodes still available to view. Details attached.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London has been joining forces with the acclaimed musician Lucian Ban for an immersive exploration of the jazz world in the time of pandemic.

We have received the following information;

Jazz Festivals & Presenters: What’s Next?


The Romanian Cultural Institute in London has been joining forces with the acclaimed musician Lucian Ban for an immersive exploration of the jazz world in the time of pandemic. The final episode, which will be streamed live on Thursday 28 May from 16.00, concentrates on the future of some of the most significant European jazz events in an unmissable dialogue with Pelin Opcin, EFG London Jazz Festival Director, Nadin Deventer, Artistic Director of JazzFest Berlin, Patricia Jochheim, Jazz Programmer at Opderschmelz Art Centre - Dudelange Luxemburg and Olivier Conan, Director Opera Underground - Opéra de Lyon.

 

“The artists will try to highlight the challenges and the community’s reaction, on both sides of the Atlantic, during the global crisis. Cancelled tours and concerts, closed halls and clubs, postponed festivals- which are the questions and, moreover the answers of this challenge? How can practitioners and institutions, artists and critics contribute to the new reality and to the idea of hope?” (Lucian Ban)

 


The conversation can be followed on the Romanian Cultural Institute’s Facebook page.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782905539264/

 

Previous online conversations:


Thursday 7 May 2020. Guests: Lucian Ban (pianist & composer), Mihai Iordache (saxophonist, percussionist & composer), George Dumitriu (violist, guitarist & composer), Corey Mwamba (musician & presenter of Freeness show on BBC Radio 3)
Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=237051084236546


Thursday 14 May 2020. Guests: Lucian Ban (pianist & composer), Alex Simu (clarinettist, saxophonist & composer), Wesley Stephenson (programming director for ‘Jazz North East’ & festival producer for ‘Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music’), Henning Bolte (journalist)
Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=242874510299890


Monday 25 May 2020. Transylvanian Folk Songs: Karl Lippegaus interviews
Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri,
Link: https://youtu.be/qI9gvuAuqnI

 


For details about the events, please visit http://www.icr-london.co.uk

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 24/05/2020.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 24/05/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist

 

European Jazz Show 20 – First broadcast May 24th

 

Now available at any time at https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/first-broadcast-may-24th/

 

John Law’s Congregation – Configuration (Ubuntu)

 

Clover - Vert Emeraude (Yolk)

 

Lucien Ban/John Surman/Mike Manieri - Transylvanian Folk Songs (Sunnyside)

 

Fernandino Romano - Totem ft Ralph Alessi (Losen)

 

Greg Foat - single from Symphonie Pacifique (Strut)

 

Luka Sguera’s AKA - Berlin Sessions (Auand)

 

Multitraction Orchestra - Emerge Entangled (Bandcamp)

 

Stefan Orins - Summer’s Hopes (Circum Disc)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


http://the-jazz-uk.radiowebsite.co/podcasts


Weekly:


http://www.hayesfm.org.uk 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00


http://www.targetradio.co.uk  Sunday/Weds 6pm

 

http://www.purebeatradio.co.uk Sundays 7pm

 

http://www.cabmuzikradio.com Sunday 5am EDT


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 7pm

 


Please send downloads to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (or physical CDs to me at 27 Pembroke Rd, Ruislip, HA4 8NQ)

 

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The All-Party Parliamentary Appreciation Group (APPJAG), the influential jazz enthusiasts' lobby group of MPs & Peers, is urging Arts Council England to restore the National Lottery Projects Grant.

We have received the following press release;


The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants


When Arts Council England announced its £160 million emergency rescue package to deal with the coronavirus crisis in March 2020, arts organisations and individuals alike were rightly delighted by such a swift and positive response.


However, an important creative cause is in danger of falling through the cracks. Jazz music, an increasingly dynamic cultural force, and a renowned and invaluable stimulus to many kinds of musicmaking beyond its own borders, has in recent years been significantly dependent on the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme for the planning of tours and creative projects. The scheme has now been suspended to release funding for the emergency measures - but no provision for its jazz commitments has been suggested in Arts Council England’s responses to queries.


The All-Party Parliamentary Appreciation Group (APPJAG), the influential jazz enthusiasts’ lobby group of MPs and Peers, is now urging Arts Council England to restore the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme at the earliest opportunity. Individuals and bands seeking to organise tours 12 months or longer ahead cannot wait for the present crisis to be resolved and need to begin approaching promoters and venues now.


On March 28, APPJAG co-chairs John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, and deputy chair Chi Onwurah MP wrote to Darren Henley, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Council England, to raise these concerns. Following an exchange of correspondence on the subject, Darren Henley’s closing response on April 20 observed that protecting the infrastructure of venues used by performing artists required the Arts Council’s full capacity at present, and that although future planning would be difficult for some time, ‘our view is that wider and much greater uncertainties remain, such as what government restrictions may be in operation in the future, and the economic consequences of the intervening period on culture’s infrastructure.’


APPJAG is of the opinion that this response is particularly unhelpful in the jazz context, and will continue to urge Arts Council England to expedite the restoration of the National Lottery Project Grants Scheme with urgency, if ACE is not to make worse an already bad situation for jazz music in the culture-funding pecking-order. It would be ironic if bands and musicians whose current live work has been cancelled, should also find themselves with no work next year - hopefully in post-Covid-19 conditions - due to the withholding of a relatively modest investment that would enable them to set up their 2021 bookings now.


For further information please contact:
Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the inaugural meeting on 26th February are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP, the Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy. APPJAG run the Parliamentary Jazz Awards that celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom. The awards have been running since 2005.
The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Will Riley-Smith and Louis Flood. The contact address is: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

Jazz West Midlands Promoter Network announces Digital Concert Programme.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Jazz West Midlands promoter's network has announced a series of digital concerts including performances featuring Tina May/Alan Barnes/ Arnie Somogyi, the Joy Ellis Duo and Orjan Hulten's Orion.

We have received the following information from Jazz West Midlands;

Jazz Network WM


We at Jazz West Midlands are trying to keep jazz alive for you, in the absence of our regular Friday and Festival programmes; by creating a series of sound and vision experiences broadcast via our website. Over the coming weeks we will be listing a series of members favourite jazz artists for you to listen to, in a series recorded just for you jazz gigs by musicians Jazz West Midlands Promoters have supported in the past.
The musicians will be paid for their content, so anyone wishing to contribute can do so by sending a donation over to Jazz West Midlands - details available by clicking on the donations button below..


PLANNED PROGRAMME
Over the next few weeks, and maybe months, we will be commissioning jazz musicians to record just for Jazz West Midlands Promoters a short set of tunes, mixing original and standard tunes.  The gigs will be featured on our website just as a normal gig. Except the video content will be on the gig page itself.
Please support the musicians and West Midlands Jazz Promoters in these trying times.


Welcome to Jazz West Midlands Digital Content - May - Barnes - Somogyi
Tina May, Alan Barnes & Arnie Somogyi - Live
The first live performance commissioned by Jazz West Midlands exclusively for you to enjoy.  This is a trio of old friends playing a a garden - somewhere in the Home Counties. recorded live at Home. This is a world first, they have never appeared in the open air together before - so a world premiere just for you.
Enjoy…
Line Up: Tina May - Vocals, Alan Barnes - Saxes & Arnie Somogyi - Bass
TO VIEW THE LIVE VIDEO JUST CLICK ON THE WEBSITE LINK BUTTON BELOW
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-05-30/tin-may-alan-barnes-arnie-somogyi

 

WE HAVE COMMISSIONED FURTHER NEW WORK FROM A RANGE OF JAZZ MUSICIANS;

31st May 2020
Joy Ellis - Duo at Home
This is a gig at home gig from the singer songwriter Joy Ellis and her partner, specially recorded for the West Midlands Jazz Network - through Birmingham Jazz. Enjoy:
Line Up: Joy Ellis - Voice/keyboard & Adam Osmianski - Drums
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-05-31/joy-ellis-live

 

6th June 2020
Orjan Hulten & Orion
Some of you may remember the fantastic Tour of the West Midlands by Orion led by Orjan Hulten.  This most original band from Sweden are well know across Europe and were very well received on their UK Tour. Here are four tracks that Orjan has sent over to share with you:
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-06-06/orjan-hulten-orion

 

IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, WHY NOT MAKE A DONATION TO THE MUSICIANS USING THE LINK BELOW.  ALL MONIES RAISED WILL GO TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS.
DONATE HERE;
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wwwjazzwestmidlandsorg

 

The West Midlands Promoter Network Members are:


Birmingham Jazz
Clun Valley Jazz - Bishop’s Castle
Jazz Coventry
Jazz @ Wolverhampton
Kenilworth Jazz
Left Bank Village - Hereford
Leamington Jazz
Lichfield Jazz
Stratford Jazz
Sugarmill - Stoke
The Forge - Telford
The Tin - Coventry


See website for full details of the local promoters


This programme of Digital Gigs has been part funded by the Arts Council England Emergency Fund

Artists announced for Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowships to present jazz at festivals across England during 2021.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Four jazz artists have been commissioned to create ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals across England in 2021. They are Elliot Galvin, Faye MacCalman, Lara Jones and Witch ‘n’ Monk.

We have received the following press release;


Artists announced for Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowships to present jazz at festivals across England

 


Four jazz artists have been commissioned to create ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals across England. They are Elliot Galvin, Faye MacCalman, Lara Jones and Witch ‘n’ Monk.

 


Each artist has been awarded a Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship which will give them the chance to experiment with presenting jazz in unusual spaces and the digital realm. The 18-month programme will equip the artists with the skills and contacts they need to develop bold new work.  Each Fellowship includes R&D funding, in-depth mentoring, a two-day Creative Lab hosted by Birmingham City University and specialist support from digital partner The Space.


The artists have already started developing ideas for site-specific or digital works for presentation at some of the leading music festivals in Europe in 2021 to include Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Oxford Contemporary Music and Sage Gateshead.


Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin said “I am fascinated by presenting music in new contexts and communicating work to audiences in new ways. This Fellowship will allow me to build on my creative ideas with the support and guidance of industry professionals to help me realise a new installation piece that is in dialogue with its environment, playing with context as much at content. This is something that I have worked on before, but never with the support network that this Fellowship provides, allowing the work to develop to its full potential.”


Faye MacCalman is an improvisor, performer and composer who will use the Fellowship to explore issues around mental health. She said: “I’m really excited for the potential of this piece to grow and document the very human but still difficult to talk about experiences of mental health, and to test the boundaries between music, spoken word and art. I want to learn more about making music for spaces where the public can engage outside of the usual jazz circuits or concert halls and developing new ways of working that can have a social impact.”


Lara Jones is a saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator who has been working on a series of compositions based on train stations and train journeys. She said: “Having become fascinated by the sounds of the stations/trains and the stories that are told, I’m interested in presenting my work in the place in which the music has been inspired and composed. I can’t wait to work with a space where it can become so intrinsic to the music, performance and audience that the music couldn’t exist without it.”


Witch ‘n’ Monk (formerly Bitch ‘n’ Monk) is the twinning of nonconformist Colombian flautist Mauricio Velasierra and anarchic soprano and guitarist Heidi Heidelberg. They said: “It is rare to have the chance to incubate a radical new artistic idea, with the support of a dedicated team of experienced and specifically chosen mentors. We are looking forward to developing a new format for musical performance that combines aspects of the promenade theatre experience, engaging with socio-political issues and a direct connection with the audience. As musicians experienced in live performance and recorded music, we will have the opportunity to explore some completely new artistic techniques, as well as building on those we have developed over many years, and recontextualise them in completely new settings.”


John Opie, Deputy Director of Jerwood Arts said: “Many congratulations to the five artists selected for Jerwood Jazz Encounters. Their ideas in response to the programme’s premise of fashioning new pieces for unusual spaces are really inspiring and I am excited for the journey of conversations and making that they are going to take over the coming eighteen months. The current situation is really tough on artists, so we’re pleased to offer this small reprieve from the gloom, especially as it is all about thinking laterally and ambitiously.”


Artist Biographies


Elliot Galvin
Elliot Galvin is a pianist and composer whose work spans a variety of mediums. His main artistic vehicles are his trio, who have released 4 albums to date including ‘The Influencing Machine’ that was named one of the albums of the year in both Downbeat and Jazzwise, and his freely improvised solo piano project with which he recently released a critically acclaimed live album. Along with this he is a prolific composer, being commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, Ligetti Quartet, St. John’s Smith Square amongst many others. He is also a key member of the mercury nominated band Dinosaur and one half of the Binker Golding / Elliot Galvin Duo.
https://www.elliotgalvin.com/


Faye MacCalman
Faye is an improvisor, performer and composer playing saxophone, clarinet and voice with a boundary challenging ear. After growing up in the North of England, spending time at school in the Australian countryside and honing her ears as an improvisor in Montreal playing in tiny spaces with legendary instrumentalists, her music making quickly took on this uprooted and adventurous influence, crossing different sound worlds fearlessly and with a raw storytelling honesty.  Blending influences from jazz, folk-blues, experimental pop-rock and the avant-garde. Faye composes for and leads award winning, genre defying band ‘Archipelago’, as well as performing solo and in collaboration with likeminded artists across the UK and beyond. Faye is also placing a growing emphasis on the social impact of music making, and as a member of North East organisation ‘Creative Spaces’, providing workshops to isolated communities focused on making the therapeutic benefits of music accessible. In 2018 with an HMUK ‘Peter Whittingham Development Award’ Faye co-created a new residency ‘BETWEEN WAVES’ for female-identifying artists from around the UK to create new music with Archipelago in Newcastle. In 2019 Archipelago received support from BBC Introducing and were selected to perform at Latitude Festival, with Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) including them in his festival highlights show.
https://fayemaccalman.wordpress.com/


Lara Jones
Lara Jones is a saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator based between Leeds and London. She is a member of award-winning bands J Frisco and Beyond Albedo. As a soloist, Lara has recently completed her place on Manchester Jazz Festival’s Hothouse Programme which commissioned her to write a new series of audio-visual based works for saxophone & electronics of which she is now receiving composition mentorship from Anna Meredith through Brighter Sound. Lara has performed across the UK & Germany at venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Cafe Oto, The Vortex, Kings Place & festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival & Tubax International Festival. She has supported many artists including Courtney Pine, Novelist, Portico Quartet, Laura Jurd & Matthew Bourne.
http://www.larajonesmusic.com


Witch ‘n’ Monk
Witch ‘n’ Monk (formerly Bitch ‘n’ Monk) is the twinning of nonconformist Colombian flautist Mauricio Velasierra and anarchic soprano and guitarist Heidi Heidelberg. The driving force of the duo is a shared commitment to depict the multiverse, through an un-compromised, new musical language of composition and improvisation that travels fluidly between forms.
This multiverse is constructed with a collection of Latin American flutes radically manipulated with effects and extended techniques, anarchic soprano vocals that move seamlessly and suddenly between characters and timbres, analogue electronics and a jazz-punk guitar/bass hybrid. The essence of their collaboration is encapsulated in the name; dark and light, feminine and masculine, punk and Romantic, free-form and intricately composed. Exploring extremes and creating contrast are fundamental to their work and thus they tread upon the edges of genres. Celebrated in the jazz, contemporary classical and DIY underground music scenes they have played across the UK and Europe, at prestigious venues and festivals such as London, Manchester and Umea Jazz Festivals, Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Paris’ La Cigale, but also they produce avant-garde live film scores performed at communist Italian skateparks or among the thorn bushes in overgrown East London gardens.
Their previous releases ‘Fulafalonga’ and ‘We Are Peering Over’ were released in 2014 and 2016 to critical acclaim and their new album will be released in May 2020.
http://www.bitchnmonk.com/


Cheltenham Jazz Festival 28 April – 3 May 2021
In association with BBC Radio 2
Cheltenham Jazz Festival features headline acts, cutting-edge jazz and unique collaborations. It started in 1996. Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity which creates world-class cultural festivals and year-round accessible talent development, outreach and education programmes. Over 225,000 visitors a year are inspired by its Literature, Science, Jazz and Music Festivals. http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz


Gateshead Jazz
Gateshead Jazz is the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof - Sage Gateshead (an international music centre in the North East of England). Its focus is on attracting new audiences with cutting-edge artists joining established names, platforming talent from across the North. Sage Gateshead welcomes around 500,000 visitors a year and has a long standing commitment to Jazz, with a year-round programme to serve and grow new audiences as well as develop new artists. http://www.sagegateshead.com


Jerwood Arts
Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together through our exhibitions and events in London, as well as across the UK. http://www.jerwoodarts.org


Manchester Jazz Festival
mjf is the city’s longest running music festival and champions regional artists and celebrates musical innovation. Accessible to all, mjf features five days of contemporary jazz from the north west, UK and abroad, with national premieres of original work and international debuts. http://www.manchesterjazz.com


OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music)
OCM is a unique producer that works to develop and present the highest quality and most innovative new music and sound-based live events, to engage diverse local and national audiences with its work, and to deepen understanding and appreciation of musical cultures from within the UK and worldwide. OCM works in four key areas: presenting a regular concert programme in Oxford, commissioning and producing new work in Oxford and across the UK, running artist development programmes, and delivering a programme of education and outreach (mostly in Oxford). Our commissions and projects focus on placing inspiring music and sound based work in places and situations that will reach a large and diverse audience. http://www.ocmevents.org


The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects, offers online audience and digital skills development, and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences. http://www.thespace,org

 

Mabon reschedule their “Last Huzzah!” tour to 2021.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Welsh folk/rock band Mabon, led by accordionist Jamie Smith have forwarded their latest newsletter, including details of their farewell tour, now re-scheduled for the spring of 2021.

A Good-News MABON Newsletter!


REMATCH!


As you know or will have guessed, a global pandemic foiled our farewell tour, ‘The Last Huzzah!’  So we’ve moved the goalposts!


Instead of retiring gracefully this summer as planned, we’ve rescheduled as many as possible of our cancelled gigs into one noisy burst next spring - HUZZAH!


We *will* still play one last, vibrant blast of MABON music - we hope that you will come and join us in the Easter holidays of 2021.

 

There may not be tickets available yet as many venues are closed, but SAVE THESE DATES!


Tues 30/03/21 - CARDIFF - Saint David’s Hall


Weds 31/03/21 - DEVON - Pavilions Teignmouth


Thurs 01/04/21 - LONDON - Cecil Sharp House


Sat 03/04/21 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall


Tues 06/04/21 - DORSET - Bridport Arts Centre


Weds 07/04/21 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts


Fri 09/04/21 - BUILTH WELLS - Wyeside Arts


Sat 10/04/21 - CARDIGAN - Theatr Mwldan


These are the shows confirmed so far (subject to a few things we can’t predict in these uncertain times) - but we hope we can fit in just a couple of other dates too, so keep your eyes peeled!


As well as these theatre shows, most of our 2020 festival bookings have asked us to play in 2021 instead.  We will perform at as many of those events as we possibly can, for sure.


(Also, what would have been our very last gig this year, may still happen:
31/10/20 - NEWQUAY - Lowender Peran
Watch this space to see if it will go ahead.)


Here’s a big shout out to any venues which we haven’t been able to reschedule yet, or may not even be able to visit again.  We were gutted to miss our last chance to play at the wonderful Plough Arts in Torrington; the lovely trio of West End Centre, Forest Arts and Ashcroft Arts in Hampshire; Canolfan Ceiriog in the glorious Ceiriog Valley; Fishguard Folk Festival which would have been great fun this weekend; and some wonderful small venues and village halls, where we always have such a warm welcome and some riotous shows!

 

 

NEW VIDEO!
Because we had to cancel our tour gigs, here’s a WHOLE MABON CONCERT to ensure you don’t get withdrawal symptoms.
Filmed at Llangollen’s iconic International Eisteddfod last year, you’ve already seen one or two snippets of it - now here’s the full, unedited set.
It features some of our newer music, and a couple of time-honoured favourites - some of the tunes you would have heard had you been able to join us this spring.
Please do Share with anyone you think might enjoy it, and let us know if you enjoy the show - we certainly did!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXgrPrEEy4&feature=youtu.be

 


SUPPORT THE BAND


Some of you have been in touch to ask if our musicians will manage ok without the gig income we rely on - thank you so much for your concern!


It’s true that many musicians are pretty stuffed at this point, and most or all of our livelihood has vanished.


There are two ways you could support the band at this time, should you wish to:


1. You could VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP to top up your CD or T-shirt collection, or to buy presents for friends.  We’re even still offering our back catalogue at half price - happy days. https://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/shop/


2. We have set up a crowdfunder, for anyone who would like to make a contribution to supporting the band. 

So if:


you were going to attend a MABON show this spring, and would consider contributing some of your ticket money;


you’ve enjoyed the Llangollen video and would like to throw a few quid into the virtual hat;


or just if you feel you’d like to support the band in a very direct way while our musicians can’t do the work we usually do;


then hit the donate button below - and thank you.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-last-huzzoops?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet


Support MABON’s musicians with a donation
Do stay in touch!  It’s always lovely to hear from you, so do use our email or Facebook or Twitter to say hello.


Our best wishes to you and yours:
we hope you stay well and happy.


Iolo
and all of MABON.

 

 

NEWYDDION DA!


AMDANI - ETO!


Fel y gwyddoch neu ddyfaloch, perodd y pandemig inni orfod canslo yr holl gyngherddau oedd yn weddill ar ein Taith Ola’ eleni.  Felly, ry’n ni’n newid y drefn!


Yn lle ymddeol ar ddiwedd yr haf fel oedd y bwriad, fe ail-drefnon ni gymaint o gigs ag oedd yn bosib, a’u cywagu mewn i wyliau’r Pasg flwyddyn nesa.  Yei!


Fe *wnawn* ni gael cyfle i ddod atoch chi i ddweud ffarwel - gobeithio dewch chithau i glywed ein taith OLA-ola yn 2021!


Dyma’r rhai a gadarnhawyd hyd yma - cadwch y dyddiadau’n glir!


Maw 30/03/21 - CAERDYDD - Neuadd Dewi Sant


Mer 31/03/21 - DYFNAINT - Pavilions Teignmouth


Iau 01/04/21 - LLUNDAIN - Cecil Sharp House


Sad 03/04/21 - LERPWL - Neuadd Philharmonic


Maw 06/04/21 - DORSET - Bridport Arts


Mer 07/04/21 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts


Gwe 09/04/21 - LLANFAIR-YM-MUALLT - Canolfan Wyeside


Sad 10/04/21 - ABERTEIFI - Theatr Mwldan


Yn ogystal a’r theatrau yma, mae’r rhan helaeth o’r gwyliau a’n gwahoddod i chware eleni, wedi gofyn inni ystyried 2021.  Fe wnawn ni’n gorau glas i chwarae’r gwyliau hynny.


(Hefyd, mae yna un gig eleni falle fydd yn digwydd o hyd, sef:
31/10/20 - CERNYW - Lowender Peran
Bydd hi’n dibynnu beth yw’r drefn erbyn hynny - croesu bysedd amdani!)


Dyma anfon ein cyfarchion mwya gwresog at y lleoliadau hynny lle falle na chawn ni gyfle i chware eto: Plough Arts yn Nyfnaint; triawd West End Centre, Forest Arts ac Ashcroft Arts yn Sirgigmoch; Canolfan Ceiriog yn Nyffryn gogoneddus Glyn Ceiriog; Gwyl Werin Abergwaun fasai wedi bod yn hyfryd benwythnos yma; a rhai o’n hoff lefydd i chware, y neuaddau pentre bychain lle ry’n ni’n cael croeso mor gynnes a noswethiau mor hwylus.

 


FIDEO NEWYDD!
Gan inni orfod canslo’n holl gigs leni, ac er mwyn ichi beidio gweld ein heisiau ni ormod, wele GYNGERDD GYFAN ichi.
Fe rannon ni un neu ddau drac o’r gig yma eisioes, a ffilmiwyd ar lwyfan brydferth Eisteddfod Ryngwladol Llangollen llynedd - nawr dyma;r gyngerdd gyfan ichi mewn un talp bywiog.
Fe glywch chi rywfaint o’n cerddoriaeth newydd, yn ogystal a rhai hen ffefrynau - blas bach o beth baswn ni wedi bod yn chware ichi gwanwyn yma.
Wnewch chi ei Rannu gydag unrhywun fasai’n ei fwynhau?  Gobeithio y mwynhewch chi’r gwylio, gymaint ac y gwnaethon ni’r chwarae.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXgrPrEEy4&feature=youtu.be

 


CEFNOGWCH Y BAND


Mae’n amser chwithig ar gerddorion ar hyn o bryd, a’n gwaith wedi diflanu dros nos.  Pe carech gefnogi cerddorion MABON, mae dwy ffordd dda fan hyn…


1. Gallech ymweld a’n SIOP AR-LEIN er mwyn llanw unrhyw fylchai yn eich casgliad CDs a chrysau-T; neu eu prynu fel anrhegion i’ch cyfeillion. Ry’n ni’n dal i gynnig ein holl recordiadau heblaw’r un mwya newydd am hanner pris - ewch am fargen!
https://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/shop/


2. Ry’n ni wedi creu tudalen ar-lein i bobl fasai’n hoffi dangos eu cefnogaeth drwy gyfranu.  Felly os:


oeddech chi’n bwriadu dod i’n gweld eleni, ac ydych chi’n fodlon rhoi peth o’ch arian tocyn o hyd;


wnaethoch chi fwynhau’r fideo Llangollen ac yn teimlo’r hoffech daflu rhywbeth yn yr ‘het’ digidol;


neu os am unrhyw rheswm hoffech wybod eich bod yn cefnogi cerddorion mewn ffordd uniongyrchol iawn tra nad allwn wneud ein gwaith arferol;


gwasgwch y botwm glas isod.  Diolch o galon
.https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-last-huzzoops?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet


Cefnogwch gerddorion MABON drwy gyfrannu
Aroswch gyda ni!  Mae wasted yn braf cael clywed wrthoch chi, pe carech gysylltu drwy ebost neu Facebook neu Dwitter.

 

Dyma’n dymunuiadau gorau am iechyd da i chi a’ch teulu; a diolch eto am eich cefnogaeth a’ch brwdfrydedd.


Iolo
a phawb yn MABON.

 

Lockdown News from Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Enterprising folk musicians Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have instigated a number of initiatives to help ensure their artistic and financial survival during lockdown. Newsletter attached.

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer write;


Lockdown News from Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki & Jonny in Lockdown

 

It’s been nearly 10 weeks since our last face-to-face gig. As with all touring musicians we very quickly lost all of our touring work, currently around 6 months, but we can’t be sure that we will have any touring until next year. To this end we’ve been trying to figure out ways of making a living. We’ve been selling CDs and books. We’ve been teaching using Skype and Zoom. We also have a PayPal tip jar. We have a YouTube playlist of some of the videos we’ve put together over this time - click here! http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/corona-how-to-help/


Vicki has been working on creating nyckelharpa teaching resources, these are all on her blog - The Nyckelharpa Effect. Although it is based on teaching the Nyckelharpa, there are lots of tunes, exercises, play-along videos and even a virtual session at Halsway Manor Bar where you can play along with both of us.
http://nyckelharpaeffect.blogspot.com/?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Jonny has been creating an incredible soundscape album which he will probably run a kickstarter on. More about that when it’s closer to completion!


We’ve converted almost every corner of our house to different tasks. We have a recording room (spare room) and also a film studio (the lounge), which swaps between green screen for videos and a stage set for LiveStreaming.


This brings us onto the most exciting thing and that is we have two livestream events coming up. We did a our first livestream half hour slot about a month ago and we discovered how much we had missed playing to real people - even if we couldn’t see them.


Chester Folk Festival have decided to go online and have put together an ambitious program using Zoom and YouTube Premiers. We are doing a Meet the Artist at 3pm on Monday afternoon in Zoom (Community Centre) and also the Monday evening concert in Marquee 1 at 8pm (YouTube premier). There are details on their website and we’ll put up links as soon as we have them on our FaceBook page. https://www.chesterfolkfestivalonline2020.co.uk/?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Folk Weekend Oxford are putting on a series of events and we are honoured to have been asked to do a full set Zoom concert for them. This is particularly exciting for us as it means that we can reach people all over the world - so if this email has found its way to Sweden, or the USA - you can come and see us from the comfort of your own homes! Register your interest now! Come and be our audience.
https://folkweekendoxford.co.uk/component/eventbooking/zoom-events/vicki-swan-and-jonny-dyer.html?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Stay safe out there and hope to see you all again in person before too long!

Vicki & Jonny


http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/covid


http://www.facebook.com/swandyer


https://www.instagram.com/swandyermusic/