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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

 

 

Pianist Noah Haidu celebrates his “Doctone” multi-media project with upcoming album release concerts on Monday, September 28th and Friday, October 2nd 2020.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Haidu’s innovative multimedia project featuring music, a book, and film explores the genius of pianist and composer Kenny Kirkland. Press release attached.

We have received the following information;


On his new multimedia release Doctone, acclaimed pianist Noah Haidu takes a deep dive into the music of one of his major influences, the late, great pianist and composer Kenny Kirkland. It’s the first project dedicated entirely to Kirkland’s original music.


Haidu celebrates the release on Monday September 28, the late Kirkland’s 65th birthday, with a concert and livestream from Bop Stop in Cleveland.


On Friday, October 2, “The Music of Kenny Kirkland,” a livestream from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, features a concert and interviews with Haidu, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Billy Hart, as well as film excerpts.


Doctone includes:


– A recording of Kirkland’s music featuring Haidu with Billy Hart, Steve Wilson, Gary Thomas, Todd Coolman, Jon Irabagon and Daniel Sadownick, to be released October 2, 2020 via Sunnyside Records.

 

An original book and documentary film about Kirkland’s life featuring interviews with Sting, Jason Moran, Billy Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ronnie Burrage, Rodney Jones, Steve Wilson, Mark Sherman, Todd Coolman and Kenny’s brother, among others.

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

 


Pianist Noah Haidu celebrates DOCTONE with upcoming album release concerts on Monday, September 28 and Friday, October 2


Haidu’s innovative multimedia project featuring music, a book, and film explores the genius of composer Kenny Kirkland.

 

“Haidu is one of the finest young jazz lions…with jazz luminaries like trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon gracing the band as part of a core quintet, rising above their powerful performance is quite an accomplishment and Haidu does just that.” – Edward Blanco, JazzTimes


“Haidu’s ability to express deep feelings is striking.” – Tony Hall, Jazzwise (UK)


Book and film to feature interviews with Sting, Jason Moran, Billy Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ronnie Burrage, Rodney Jones, Steve Wilson, Mark Sherman, Todd Coolman and Kenny’s brother, among others


Pianist Noah Haidu has etched out an uncompromising identity as a pianist and composer by balancing cutting edge songwriting with stirring improvisations. On his new Sunnyside release Doctone, Haidu reaches a new level of self-expression while exploring the work of one of his major influences, the late Kenny Kirkland. Haidu will celebrate the project with two album release concerts, one on what would have been Kirkland’s 65th birthday, and the other on the album release date.


∙ Monday, September 28 (Kirkland’s 65th birthday), album release concert 7 p.m. EDT at Bop Stop, 2920 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland. With Haidu, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Rudy Royston. Limited number of $40 tickets available. Concert will also be livestreamed. For information and tickets call 216-771-6551 or visit https://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2020/09/28/noah-haidu-trio-with-rudy-royston-and-eric-wheeler-doctone-live-stream-and-concert-bop-stop.


∙Friday, October 2 (album release date), “The Music of Kenny Kirkland,” trio concert featuring Haidu, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Billy Hart. Haidu will also host a discussion with Williams and Hart about Kirkland. Excerpts from the film about Kirkland will also be shown. Livestreamed from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. EDT. For information visit https://bkcm.org/event/sunnyside-records-album-release-concert-doctone/.

 


As Noah writes in the liner notes: “Doctone is the first recording dedicated entirely to Kirkland’s original music. I view Kenny as the most unique composer and pianist of his generation. Because he died young and avoided the spotlight, his brilliant compositions have been overlooked for too long.”


Doctone is a multimedia project which includes a recording of Kirkland’s music, as well as an original book by Haidu and a film directed by Jeffrey Chuang. The documentary about Kenny’s life and his contribution to music will be released on what would have been his 65th birthday, September 28, 2020.


When Haidu went into the studio in the summer of 2019 to record an album of music by Kirkland he set aside most of his preconceptions about making records. “I typically set out to build a cohesive statement with each album so that the pieces fit together like chapters in a book. This project was different. I didn’t work through the repertoire on many gigs or do a lot of rehearsing, though I’ve always been moved by these songs. The result was that in the studio I had a visceral response to material that was fresh and emotionally compelling. Kenny was known as Doctone by his close friends. I never got to know Kenny, but after working on this project I sometimes feel as though I did.”


Haidu’s choices of collaborators added perspective to this passion project. Billy Hart is a relentlessly creative and vital drummer who both Haidu and Kirkland worked with early on in their development. Bassist Todd Coolman propels the band forward with a fluid, effervescent beat; tenorist Gary Thomas brings his remarkable language to Kirkland’s compositions; while contributions by saxophonist Jon Irabagon and percussionist Daniel Sadownick stretch the tonal palette. The masterful yet gritty alto/soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson seems to “breathe” the music rather than play it.


Haidu’s connection with Kirkland goes back to Noah’s youth when Kirkland turned pop music on its head playing jazz solos and keyboard grooves in Sting’s early “post-Police” tours. Over the years, Haidu has mined many of the raw musical elements which caught his ear in those early days. Regarding Kirkland’s influence, Noah says: “The greatest lesson I take from him is a certain ‘devil may care’ attitude to performance: once you have enough vocabulary and genres to draw on you just go for it and see where the inspiration leads.”


Haidu recorded Doctone at a point of peak creativity. His extended six-part suite Infinite Distances received 4.5 stars from DownBeat Magazine and made that publication’s “Best Albums of the Year” issue in 2018. Perhaps as a reaction to his father passing away a few days before Infinite Distances was released, Haidu has since found new avenues of expression during his performances. Haidu says of his evolution: “Although these days as a composer I gravitate towards long-form, through-composed pieces, as a performer I feel an urgency to express musical ideas and emotions spontaneously, so that changes the repertoire. I don’t often play my most complex pieces in public.”


In early 2019 Haidu toured with a new band featuring Hart and Coolman and the inception of this trio gave Haidu the opportunity to present a fresh repertoire centered around Kirkland’s original compositions. Hart had a strong connection with the music. Kenny had been on his first two recording dates as a leader and they had played together during the 1970’s on various fusion, Afro-Latin, and avant-garde projects.


By summer 2019 the band decided to record nine of Kenny’s songs over a couple of days. The sessions were documented on video, and the musicians talked throughout about their relationship to Kenny and his music. Hart recalled the origins of some of the pieces and shared that he was having an “emotional reaction” to recording the music. Steve Wilson talked about the inspiration he felt when first hearing Kirkland with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet in the early 1980’s and how that band had inspired him and his contemporaries.


The album opens with a spontaneous yet lyrical free improvisation from Haidu and Hart: “Those were the first notes we played when we sat down in the studio. The opener captures a certain reverential melancholy that we were feeling about recording music by Kenny.”  Noah later titled the piece “The Doctor of Tone” in reference to Kirkland’s nickname. “Midnight Silence” offers a slow rendering of Kirkland’s dense yet gorgeous harmonies, sliding into new tempos and time signatures for Haidu’s solo and Wilson’s excursions. The brooding theme “Blasphemy” follows. Unlike Kirkland’s concise original recordings these versions feature improvisations which build to wailing explorations as the band reaches peak after peak. Kirkland’s two most well-known pieces are also included. The sinewy melody of “Steepian Faith” is treated with a funky odd-metered counter-point before finding its way back into the deeply joyful groove suggested by the original. The haunting “Dienda” is initially given an extended “out of time” exploration by Haidu, Hart, and Coolman before introducing the pulse and finally ending in a gospel-tinged 3/4 chorus. Gary Thomas’s unique melodic language and Haidu’s fiery soloing are heard on “Mr J.C.” “Tonality of Atonement” is a multi-directional trio statement, inspired by Hart’s initial encounters with Kirkland on the 70’s avant-garde scene. “Chambers of Tain” and “Fuschia” feature some of Kirkland’s most adventurous rhythmic ideas while “Chance,” first recorded by Kirkland and Hart on Hart’s 1984 album Oshumare, serves as a moody set closer.


Looking back on Kirkland’s impact, Haidu says “Kenny bridged so many musical worlds: Blues, R&B, fusion, modern jazz, and 20th century classical.” After Kirkland’s passing in 1998 Noah began collecting recordings and interviews to learn more about the pianist. In 2007 when he sat down with Branford Marsalis to talk at length about Kirkland’s life and music, the conversation left him eager to know more about Kenny. “I researched every article I could find and I started writing an unofficial biography without any particular plan to publish it. Although he was at the very top of his profession, Kenny wasn’t interested in fame. He didn’t record as a leader until his mid-30’s and he wasn’t motivated to become a big star. I can definitely relate to that.” Noah continues to interview Kirkland’s contemporaries, planning to complete his book and release a short film directed by Jeffrey Chuang documenting Kenny’s life on Kirkland’s 65th birthday, September 28, 2020.


At age 19 Haidu had studied at Rutgers University for about a year with the great pianist Kenny Barron. But Noah was soon skipping classes to sit in at jazz clubs in Barron’s hometown of Philadelphia. After his second year, Haidu left college and moved to Brooklyn to devote all his time to practicing and gigging with artists such as Essiet Essiet, Duane Eubanks, Walter Perkins, Melvin Sparks, Jeanie Bryson, and Norman Connors.  After the debut of his first album Slipstream, All About Jazz said of Noah “the cat can play his butt off.”


In 2011 Haidu was called a “rising star” in JazzTimes and “an important new talent” in Jazzwise magazine. His subsequent albums and sideman work have seen him collaborating with Ambrose Akinmusire, Mike Stern, Buster Williams, Jeremy Pelt, Sharel Cassity, and Mark Whitfield Jr. After a 2015 MOCA concert his music was music dubbed “vibrant and adventurous” in the Miami Herald. New York Times writer Giovanni Russonello called him “an artist of focus and vision.” In 2017 DownBeat Magazine featured Haidu in an article entitled “Subversive Soul” and singled him out as an “assertive pianist and innovative composer.”  In addition, DownBeat gave his suite Infinite Distances 4.5 stars and chose it as a 2017 Best Album of the Year.

 


https://www.noahhaidu.com/

 

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)

New Jersey Jazz Society Presents: Virtual Jazz Social: Dave Stryker Remembers Vic Juris, Sunday September 20th 2020.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Dave Stryker will pay tribute to his fellow guitarist , the late Vic Juris. He will perform live from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 20th on the New Jersey Jazz Society Facebook page (NJJS).

We have received the following press release;


New Jersey Jazz Society Presents: Virtual Jazz Social: Dave Stryker Remembers Vic Juris.

 


Virtual Jazz Social:
Dave Stryker Remembers Vic Juris
With Special Guests
Mike Moreno and Kate Baker Juris
Sunday, September 20th
4-5 p.m.
Live on the New Jersey Jazz Society
Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyJazzSociety/

 


By Mitchell Seidel


The jazz world is anchored by people like guitarist Vic Juris, musicians possessing such talent they can be counted on to seamlessly lead or support sessions of all sorts. Throughout his career, Juris supported funky organists, boppish horn players and even the ultra-modern saxophonist David Liebman, who in a post-mortem tribute pronounced him “the hardest worker I have known.”


We can proudly call the Jersey City native “local talent” who lived most of his life in North Jersey. Indeed, when he wasn’t on the road, Juris could be found playing somewhere in the region. Coronavirus notwithstanding, it’s odd to see jazz listings and not find that Juris is performing somewhere locally. “I always have gigs,” he said in 2017. “I always make sure that I’m playing, and that there’s a challenge in it for me.” Juris died December 31, 2019, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, at the age of 66 after a six-month battle with liver cancer.


Anyone who follows guitarists can tell you they’re a close-knit bunch. They go to each others’ gigs, check out their compatriots’ compositions and albums, and, in the case of guitarists Dave Stryker and Juris, lived in the same West Orange neighborhood. There was always a sense of mutual admiration when they got together and jammed or simply crossed paths and talked shop.


An example of that will be on display on September 20 at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, when Stryker will give a nod to his late friend while performing some of his own material as well. Stryker will perform live from 4-5 p.m. on the New Jersey Jazz Society Facebook page (NJJS).


Ever since he arrived in New Jersey from his native Omaha some 40 years ago, Stryker has been ubiquitous on area stages and in clubs. He has performed with such notables as organist Jack McDuff and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, among others and has numerous album credits as a writer and arranger, some 50 as an album sideman, and nearly as many under his own name.


Funding for the NJJS Socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

http://www.davestryker.com

 

Giant Step Arts honours legacy of John Lewis with free series in Central Park, New York City.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Giant Step Arts creates Walk With The Wind – a free series of jazz performances in Central Park honouring the legacy of U.S. Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;


Giant Step Arts honors legacy of John Lewis with free series in Central Park.

 

Groundbreaking artist-focused non-profit Giant Step Arts creates Walk With The Wind – a free series of performances in Central Park honoring the legacy of U.S. Representative and civil rights leader John Lewis.

 


Saturday, September 19 – Leap Day Trio with Matt Wilson, Mimi Jones and Jeff Lederer

Sunday, September 20 – Joel Ross Quartet with Sergio Tabanico, Craig Weinrib and Rashaan Carter

“Giant Step Arts [is] a nonprofit dedicated to giving underappreciated but visionary jazz musicians the support they need to make quality live albums. Palmer is a…thrifty improviser with a vast dynamic range and an ambitious composer.” – Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

Finding new ways to support musicians during the pandemic
When the pandemic hit, Jimmy and Dena Katz, creators of Giant Step Arts, the groundbreaking, artist-focused non-profit dedicated to supporting visionary jazz musicians as they create adventurous new music, realized that it would be a while before they could continue their work commissioning, showcasing and recording music by some of modern jazz’s most innovative artists. 
Now they’ve created Walk with the Wind, a series of free performances in Central Park honoring the memory of John Lewis. Performances, which are acoustic and feature small groups, take place at 1 p.m. on The Mall in Central Park. In the event of bad weather, they will be rescheduled. They will continue as long as the weather allows. Upcoming performances include:

• Saturday, September 19 – Leap Day Trio with drummer Matt Wilson, bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and saxophonist Jeff Lederer

• Sunday, September 20 – Vibraphonist and Blue Note recording artist Joel Ross Quartet with saxophonist Sergio Tabanico, drummer Craig Weinrib and bassist Rashaan Carter

• Saturday, September 26 – Drummer Nasheet Waits with saxophonist Mark Turner and bassist Rashaan Carter

• Sunday, September 27 – Saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist Immanuel Wilkins with drummer Nazir Ebo and bassist Burniss Earl Travis

• Sunday, October 4 – Saxophonist Darius Jones with drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Dezron Douglas

“The pandemic has been disastrous for musicians, many of whom normally earn a living through live performances and tours,” says Katz. “We’ve presented and recorded music in various venues, including partnering with the non-profit Jazz Gallery, but the current circumstances have forced us to improvise. We wanted to find a way to continue supporting musicians, bring them together with audiences, safely, and enable them to have a payday! Walk with the Wind, honoring the legacy of the great American John Lewis, is one way we are accomplishing this, and the response has been tremendous. Our goal is to raise enough money from foundations and donors so that we can have performances each spring and fall.” 

The series began August 28 with Wayne Escoffery’s trio and has also featured The Marquis Hill Quartet, the Michael Thomas Trio, Marcus Strickland Trio, and the Eric McPherson Trio.

 

Giant Step Arts
Founded by renowned photographers Jimmy and Dena Katz in January 2018, Giant Step Arts is an innovative, artist-focused non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and showcasing the work of some of modern jazz’s most innovative artists. In an era where it is increasingly difficult for musicians to earn a living, Giant Step Arts offers the artistic and financial resources to create bold, adventurous new music free of commercial pressure. Musicians have total control of their artistic projects and Giant Step Arts is committed to fostering their careers by providing promotional material and publicity services.
For the musicians it chooses to work with, by invitation only, Giant Step Arts:
• presents premiere performances and compensates the artists well
• records these performances for independent release
• provides the artists with 700 CDs and digital downloads to sell directly; artists retain complete ownership of their masters
• provides the artists with photos and videos for promotional use
• provides PR support for the recordings

“Giant Step Arts does not sell any music,” Katz says. “Our goals are to help musicians make bold artistic statements and to advance their careers.  We are also trying to increase our funding so we can help more musicians.”

Jimmy Katz
Through his award-winning photography with wife Dena Katz, and his esteemed work as a recording engineer, Katz has spent nearly 30 years helping to shape the way that audiences see and hear jazz musicians. Katz has photographed more than 550 recording sessions, many historic, and 200 magazine covers. Whether taken in the studio, in the clubs, on the streets or in the musicians’ homes, his photographs offer intimate portraits of the artists at work and in repose and capture the collaborative and improvisatory process of jazz itself. Recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association award for jazz photography in both 2006 and 2011, Katz’s work has been exhibited in Germany, Italy and Japan. Among the world-renowned artists he’s photographed are Sonny Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Cassandra Wilson, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, John Zorn, Pat Metheny, and Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to his well-known visual art, Katz is an esteemed recording engineer who has worked with artists including David S. Ware, Joe Lovano, Harold Mabern, William Parker, Benny Golson, and Chris Potter, among others.

 

https://www.giantsteparts.org/

 

September 19th / 20th / 21st,  2020 - a weekend of jazz courtesy of Kenilworth Arts Festival and JazzWM.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Kenilworth Arts Festival and Jazz West Midlands are to present a series of online jazz events. Artists are Sam Quintana Trio, Phil Robson / Christine Tobin Duo and Trish Clowes / Ross Stanley Duo.

Dave Logan of Kenilworth Jazz Club writes;


Like buses, virtual jazz gigs, you wait ages then any number turn up!
Thanks to Kenilworth Arts Festival and JazzWM you can enjoy a weekend of Jazz without leaving home, a risky business I’m informed.

 

19.09.2020 -  Sam Quintana Trio
https://jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-09-19/sam-quintana


20.09.2020 -  Christine Tobin & Phil Robson
https://jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-09-20/christine-tobin-phil-robson


21.09.2020 - Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley
https://jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-09-21/trish-clowes-ross-stanley-live


Thanks to Arts Council Funding, please support us.

Dave

Le Quecumbar, Battersea, London -  Highlights for October 2020.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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

We have received the following information;


SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER
MUTED AFFAIR
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.
Tickets to be put up on our website soon, keep your eyes peeled!

 

Monday 5th October
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’.

 

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.
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 necessary 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.

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Why not take advantage of our Early Bird Special? Every day between 6pm - 7pm 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…

 

AS EVER, THERE IS PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO as we continue, with your kind patronage, to bring you the very best in Gypsy Jazz and swing.

 

Do check out our listings
Merci à tous et à bientot…

 

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


tel: 02077872227


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http://www.quecumbar.co.uk

 

 

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

Brigitte Beraha / George Crowley Duo - online performance, 30th September 2020.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Vocalist / pianist Brigitte Beraha and saxophonist / clarinettist George Crowley will perform an online concert on September 30th 2020. Hosted by the Global Music Foundation. Details attached.

Brigitte Beraha writes;


Online gig: Wednesday 30th September


Online gigs have been a positive development during these times, with people from all over the world able to log in to watch.  In July George Crowley and myself performed for audiences through the screen.  This was a joyful event and we are happy that Global Music Foundation have invited us to perform again.  Remember this means you can watch from wherever you are in the world! (assuming you are reading this means you have an internet connection. All very warmly welcome!


Wednesday 30th September
9PM Paris, 8PM London, 3PM NY, 12PM LA
Online Concert with George Crowley (tenor sax/ clarinets)
Hosted by the Global Music Foundation


Click here to book;
https://www.gmfjazzsummit.com/concerts-online


http://www.brigitteberaha.com

 

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

Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley, Livestream Concert Presented by: Kenilworth Arts Festival & Kenilworth Jazz Club, Monday 21st September, 2020.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Saxophonist Trish Clowes and keyboard player Ross Stanley will perform a livestream concert on Monday, September 21st 2020. Details attached.

TRISH CLOWES AND ROSS STANLEY
Presented by: Kenilworth Arts Festival & Kenilworth Jazz Club
ONLINE: Event )
Monday 21st September, 2020
Door time: 6:45pm, Start time: 7:00pm
All ages


From Kenilworth Jazz Club;
Monday 21st September, 2020
Door time: 6:45pm, Start time: 7:00pm
During this difficult time for live jazz fans this could be the concert you’ve been looking for. As part of this year’s Kenilworth Arts Festival we are pleased to announce a joint promotion featuring one of my favourite saxophonists Trish Clowes and the outstanding pianist Ross Stanley. This will be a live stream on Zoom.Don’t be frightened the Zoom software is free and easy to download and use. A link will be emailed to you the day before the concert. The artists will do a “live"one hour set followed by an informal Q&A.Please support us if you can.

 

This is an online event. You will need to download Zoom (free) in order to access the live concert. A link will be emailed to you the day before the concert. The artists will do a one hour set followed by an informal Q&A.

 

Tickets: £8.00 + £0.80 Booking fee = £8.80
Link for tickets:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/505813

 

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

 

The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - Club to reopen, Friday September 11th 2020.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Vortex will reopen on September 11th 2020 with a performance by the Tom Cawley Trio. Details of the forthcoming programme are attached.

STATEMENT FROM THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB:

We’re delighted to announce the re-opening of the club from 11 September. Things will be a little different with reduced capacity, socially-distanced seating, shorter set times as well as table service for drinks, but hey it’s a sign of the times, be assured the quality of music remains the same!

 

FORTHCOMING PROGRAMME:
From the Vortex website;
http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/events/

 

FRI 11 SEPTEMBER 2020
TOM CAWLEY TRIO
Line-up: Tom Cawley – piano Sam Burgess – bass Chris Higginbottom – drums
Acclaimed pianist and composer Tom Cawley presents original tunes and idiosyncratic interpretations of jazz standards.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20

 

SAT 12 SEPTEMBER 2020
ALINA BZHEZHINSKA TRIO
Line-up: Alina Bzhezhinska – harp Tony Kofi – saxophones Julie Walkington – double bass
Internationally renowned harpist ALINA BZHEZHINSKA, award-winning jazz saxophonist TONY KOFI and world class bassist JULIE WALKINGTON.
Time: 8 - 10PM
£20

 

FRI 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
BRIGITTE BERAHA / BARRY GREEN
Line-up: Brigitte Beraha – voice Barry Green – piano More info coming soon.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20


SAT 19 SEPTEMBER 2020
SHIRLEY SMART TRIO
More info coming soon.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20


FRI 25 SEPTEMBER 2020
TRISH CLOWES TRIO
Line-up: Trish Clowes – saxophone Chris Montague – guitar Ross Stanley – organ Trish Clowes is joined by her friends Chris Montague and Ross Stanley for a special night.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20


SAT 26 SEPTEMBER 2020
IVO NEAME TRIO
Line-up: Ivo Neame – piano Tom Farmer – bass James Maddren – drums
Over the last ten years, Ivo Neame has led ensembles that have performed all over Europe.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20

 

FRI 02 OCTOBER 2020
NIKKI YEOH – SOLO GEMINI
Line-up: Nikki Yeoh – Solo piano concert.
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20


SAT 03 OCTOBER 2020
EMRE / IDRIS / LIRAN
More info coming soon

 

FRI 09 OCTOBER 2020
CALUM GOURLAY’S OBVIOUS TRIO
Line-up: Calum Gourlay – bass Helena Kay – tenor sax James Maddren – drums A special first time trio gig with Calum’s long time collaborators Helena Kay and James Maddren.…
Time: 7.30 - 10PM
£20

 

Vortex Jazz Club,
11 Gillett Square,
Dalston,
London,
N16 8AZ

 

T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk

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

 

 

Le Quecumbar, Battersea, London -  Highlights for September 2020.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

London's home of gypsy jazz has reopened its doors for live performances. Highlights of the September 2020 programme are attached.

What’s on @ Le QuecumBar - September 2020

LIVE MUSIC BACK FROM TUESDAY 1st SEPTEMBER!!


We are excited to get live music back on the stage starting on Tuesday with our FREE and sizzling Gypsy Swing jam session! All Gypsy Jazz musicians welcome to come and jam together. We are of course making sure that the government guidelines are respected, so come on down and make some music in our safe environment, or come and cheer the musicians on!

 

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie - the premier French live Gypsy Swing/Jazz venue since 2003 celebrates post covid with home grown musicians of many years - every one a star in their own right!
We have hosted new musicians and famous musicians all have supported and been supported in the aim of keeping Gypsy Swing/Jazz, Jazz Manouche alive and kicking in the heart of London, keeping the music live and accessible.
In 2010 we hosted the first ever Gypsy Jazz Festival of London - sold out, Jazz Manouche over 9 days in celebration of Djangos 100th Birthday - the first LONDON GYPSY JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Musicians receive all ticket monies.



SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

 

Thurs, Sept 3, 2020
7:00 PM
Tom Williams Duo


Fri, Sept 4, 2020
6:00 PM
Rod Fogg’s Hot Swinging Gypsy Guitar Duo


Sat, Sept 5, 2020
6:00 PM
Pete ‘Tiger’ Sheppard - Duo Gyspy Jazz

 


MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER
Jack Calloway & His Jazz Hounds
Recently returning from their second home of New York City, Jack Calloway & His Jazz Hounds brings you the finest in hot jazz from the 1920’s, 30’s and early 40’s. Jack, a graduate of Greenwich Village Music School, NYC, specialising in Hot Jazz music, is a veteran performer headlining countless Swing Dance and Revival events, festivals and galas and appearing with some of the biggest names in the Hot Jazz scenes across the UK, Europe and USA. The Jazz Hounds were founded in the Old Duke in Bristol in 2013 and over the past seven years have taken the international music and dance scene by storm. Twice selling out the world-famous Bristol Old Vic within their first four years of playing together.  Usually seen as an authentic 7 piece dance band, they return to the UK with a set formatted especially for LeQuecum Bar and a more intimate band setting.
We reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food & drinks as musicians receive all the ticket monies.

 

Tues, Sept 8, 2020
7:00PM
TUESDAY’S FREE AND SIZZLING GYPSY SWING JAM SESSION


Wed, Sept 9, 2020
7:00 PM
Piano and Swing, Blues and Jazz vocals with AVA GOLDING

 

SUNDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
Caravan Circus - Grooving SWINGING electro Gypsy, Swing and vocals
This international mix of musicians - serve up a flavoured spicy electro Gypsy and Swing bash whilst you wine and dine and swing in your seats.
Another first - we are delighted to introduce a driving bubbly entertaining hot act - Caravan Circus deliver their music with impact, panache - humour and joy.
They reproduce the sound of the 30s 40s swing era, with an electro Gypsy grooving twist that swings with a whole lot of punch.
A Jazz Manouche Swing Band with an electro edge - great foot tapping arrangements with English, Italian and French classic swing vocals, of favourite vintage and modern tunes that will have you rockin in your seats.
Usually performing as a quartet they join us tonight with a Trio line up that packs a musical wallop.
Guillaume Hermet - From France, magic fingers guitar and vocals, Francesco Asaro The Godfather of Bass with charming Sicilian voice, Jean - From Paris with stye Philippe Lou, brushes drums and hand percussion.
Come and join the musical circus and enjoy an evening of Django Reinhardt inspired music with a modern but swinging rock steady drive.
If necessary on concert nights we reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food and drink as the musicians retain all the ticket revenue and in order to bring such artists to our stage.


NEW 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!
First night acts:
8pm - Jezmond Farren
8.45pm - Lost Souls
9.30pm - Katmandino

 



SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
“The Magnificent 8” Original QuecumBar Allstars Octet
THE MAGNIFICANT 8 - The fabulous, Le QuecumBar Original Allstars Octet
Serve up a stonking steaming Gypsy Swing filled evening of entertainment, whilst you, wine and dine and are reminded why the Hot Club sound will always remain Hot - Swing is the key
Tonight we will also be giving away a souvenir CD from our own label Le Q Records
64 magic nimble fingers play tonight for your pleasure - musicians who have played here since the opening 17 years ago, a true testament to their dedication, talent and support - all true disciples of Django Hot Club Swing - prepare to be well swung and feel the groove of an exciting evening of irresistibly stomping authentic Gypsy Swing born in the great Parisiene 30s
THE MAGNIFICANT 8 - Le QuecumBar Original Allstar Octet
Simon Moore Guitar
Dave Ahmed Guitar
Robin Katz Guitar
Pete “Tiger” Shepherd Guitar
Ducato Piotrowski rhythm Guitar
Andy Aitchison on violin
Jonny Gee on rocking double bass
Dan Teper vocals and accordionn
Le QuecumBar & Brasserie - the premier French live Gypsy Swing/Jazz venue since 2003 celebrates post covid with home grown musicians of many years - every one a star in their own right!
We have hosted new musicians and famous musicians all have supported and been supported in the aim of keeping Gypsy Swing/Jazz, Jazz Manouche alive and kicking in the heart of London, keeping the music live and accessible.
In 2010 we hosted the first ever Gypsy Jazz Festival of London - sold out, Jazz Manouche over 9 days in celebration of Djangos 100th Birthday - the first LONDON GYPSY JAZZ FESTIVAL.
Musicians receive all ticket moneys.

 

MONDAY 21st SEPTEMBER
Sextet - Brazilian, Blues, Classical and Latin American music by the S.O.L.Collective.
Live music is back 5 ! virtuoso enthusiastic young musicians making great music at a ticket price thats a gift
The eclectic S.O.L Collective appears in many line ups/forms, tonight it will be London based musicians. We are very proud to have them back on our stage, they last played here pre lockdown to an enthusiastic audience.
A different style a different vibe, hits our stage post lockdown - Music is back!
Join us - wine dine, listen with your mouth full and chill to stylish lilting rhythms, thoughtful floating melodies and sensitive romantic compositions plus more so much more ....
The sound is a mix of Brazilian, Blues, Classical and Latin American music as well as condensed versions of music from their new album
Line up:
Ollie Clark - guitar
James Larter - Cahon
Stuart Zender - Bass
Freddy Wordsworth - Trumpet, Keyboard
When necessary on concert nights we reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food and drink as the musicians retain all the ticket revenue and in order to bring such artists to our stage

 




SUNDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER
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.
**Musicians recieve all ticket money - therefore we reserve the right to charge a min spend on food&drinks of £25pp**


MONDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
Trifle Nippy’s Trumpet-led Swing Band
Let Lewis Taylor (aka “Trifle Nippy”) and his band of guitar and double bass take you on a playful adventure through time with his effortlessly lyrical, irresistibly smile-provoking and foot-tapping trumpet sounds, straight from the Golden Era of Swing!
Nippy nods to the trumpet greats; Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden and the great swing players of times gone by - come and grab a slice of Trifle’s shoe fly pie!
Lewis Taylor - Trumpet Harrison Dolphin - Guitar Lorenzo Morabito - Double Bass
If necessary on concert nights we reserve the right to implement a minimum spend of £25pp on food and drink as the musicians retain all the ticket revenue and in order to bring such artists to our stage.


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Why not take advantage of our Early Bird Special? Every day between 6pm - 7pm 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


.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.quecumbar.co.uk

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)

 

A return to the Crazy Coqs with live performances and live streamings, September and October 2020.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

London based promoters JBGB Concerts have announced a series of live events at the Crazy Coqs cabaret venue at Brasserie Zedel, one of which will also be live streamed. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;


A return to the Crazy Coqs with LIVE performances and LIVE streaming!

 

Delighted to let you know of a series of live concerts taking place in London over the next 2 months - including new info on a LIVE STREAM of Tina May and James Pearson ALBUM LAUNCH - New songs from Duncan Lamont.

 

JBGB Concerts are back and open for business.
Please support these wonderful musicians playing for you again.
We’re back at Crazy Coqs in September and we have all the COVID protocols in place.
And only 44 tickets available for each show to maintain social distancing.
So it’s going to be a very special first toe back in the water….

 

Joanna Eden – sings the magical music of Joni Mitchell
Wednesday September 9th @ Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel
20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Show 7pm Tickets £20
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/booking/?eventId=358711
https://jbgbevents.com/joanna-eden-%E2%80%93-sings-the-magical-music-of-joni-mitchell.html
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s “Clouds” we present the outstanding singer/pianist Joanna Eden.
Following on from success with Jazz at The Movies Swinging Christmas and her Embraceable Ella show, Joanna returns to Crazy Coqs with this further celebration of the life and music of Joni Mitchell the iconic US singer/song writer, following her sold out Joni Mitchell music show in London’s Jazz Divas 2019 Series at The Pheasantry and at Pizza Express earlier this year.
Joanna was for nine years a vocal teacher and mentor of multi-Grammy winning singer Sam Smith.
Starting as a finger-picking folkie and winding up as a jazz-savvy experimentalist, Joni Mitchell has brought a sharp eye, light touch and an agile trill of a voice to her songs, which have often dissected her romances and skewered myopic governments.
Mitchell became a critical sensation on Detroit’s folk scene, and her notices led to a series of successful engagements in New York. These early Mitchell songs “Both Sides Now”, “Eastern Rain”, “The Circle Game”, “Chelsea Morning” & ”Clouds” have become standards.
Joanna on piano, with accomplished guitar virtuoso, Lewis Andrews, make a compelling musical duo.
Sit back and enjoy Joanna’s fabulous interpretation here of “My Old Man” and enjoy this, and so many more Joni Mitchell gems.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=6oM1ypL8bzE&feature=emb_logo
“ Joanna is the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Nora Jones” – Guardian
“ Joanna so captivated The Pheasantry audience, a pin drop would have resonated,” – JBGB Events
https://jbgbevents.com/

 


Elaine Delmar sings Gershwin and Porter
Thursday 17th September @ 7pm
Tickets £25 https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/elaine-delmar-sings-porter-gershwin/
Elaine Delmar has long been established as a singer of the very highest calibre - with the voice, looks and personality that have captivated world-wide audiences.
She’s equally at home, whether entertaining a concert audience, or performing in the more intimate cabaret/small theatre settings.
Her American Song Book presentations sold out at London’s The Other Palace and The Pheasantry and in a spectacular show for the London Jazz Festival.  This concert captures all the emotion and sheer pleasure of the most wonderful songs from a wonderful artist.
Elaine was awarded best vocalist in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
For her appearance at the Crazy Coqs, Elaine is accompanied at the piano by Barry Green.
https://jbgbevents.com/elaine-delmar-sings-porter-and-gershwin-12.html

 


Clare Teal and Jason Rebello – Two shows 7pm & 9:30pm
Friday 18th September Tickets £35 https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/clare-teal-jason-rebello/
Returning to Crazy Coqs following her two acclaimed and sold out 2018 shows, and celebrating the reopening of London’s leading jazz Cabaret room, we welcome the outstanding vocal delights of BBC broadcaster Clare Teal.
This further opportunity to hear her evocative voice spanning a wide range of delightful songs, combined with her self-deprecating northern wit, makes these concerts a must get to Friday night out.
For these two concerts at Crazy Coqs, Clare is once again joined by her regular accompanist, the brilliant pianist Jason Rebello, winner of the British Jazz Awards 2017 Best Pianist, followed by his triumphant concert in the 2018 London Jazz Festival.
https://jbgbevents.com/concert-1.html  /  https://jbgbevents.com/clare-and-jason-concert-2.html

 


Trudy Kerr sings Doris Day
Thursday 1st October Show 7pm Tickets £20
https://jbgbevents.com/trudy-kerr-sings-doris-day-3.html
After her wonderful sold out debut at Crazy Coqs show in 2019 with the audience on their feet singing along with the finale, it’s a warm return to Trudy Kerr performing more of the music of Doris Day.
Doris Day wasn’t just a great actress – she was one of most expressive jazz singers of her generation.
Despite the glittering film career that earned her numerous awards and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Doris Day said that the best time of her career was when she was a big band singer. She just love singing, with a sparkling style and had “ a voice so fresh you could smell it,” - Andy Williams.
Even in her 70’s she commented that “The happiest times in my life were the days when I was travelling with the band”.
With her lilting contralto voice, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, she was a top box office draw and sensational recording artist, with many hit songs including “Que Sera Sera”, “A Secret Love”, “When I Fall In Love”, “Sentimental Journey”, “It’s Magic” and the everlasting jazz standard “Lullaby Of Broadway”
Trudy Kerr is renowned as one of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists. Mojo Magazine says of her singing “Trudy Kerr is the genuine article - She is a Joy!” All About Jazz has described her as “100% real jazz musician with fluid phrasing and a mellifluous, warm and sensuous tone.”
Trudy has released ten albums on the Jazzizit Record Label and has collaborated both live and in the studio with a legion of world class musicians
To sing the music of Doris Day, Trudy is accompanied on piano by the much in demand award winner Tom Cawley and on double bass by jazz legend Geoff Gascoyne.

 

Tina May and James Pearson - Album Launch
New songs from Duncan Lamont With Tina May &  James Pearson
Two shows Tuesday 13th October 7pm & 9:30pm
https://jbgbevents.com/tina-and-james-concert-1.html
A First for JBGB Events - LIVE STREAMING
Tina May & James Pearson - Concert 1 @7pm
LIVE PERFORMANCE
Tickets £25
LIVE STREAMING Tickets £8 per person
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/new-songs-from-duncan-lamont-with-tina-may-and-james-pearson/
For Concert 1, we offer both a Live Performance at the venue or a chance to be part of the audience via LIVE STREAM
JBGB Events are offering Live Streaming on the First of Two concerts on the same evening debuting the live performance of the sadly departed Duncan Lamont’s new album.  Tragically Duncan passed away before he could perform the songs live, but Duncan’s family insisted that Tina and James proceed to give Duncan a wonderful sign off.
The now departed Duncan Lamont commissioned a new album of his songs from Tina May and James Pearson.  Sadly, Duncan passed away before he got to perform them. But instead of dropping the idea, his family demanded Tina and James proceed to make it a final sign off to Duncan.
They have done it. Tonight’s concerts provide an opportunity to drench yourselves in Duncan’s new songs with their imaginative, witty and emotional lyrics and sensitive stylish swinging music
Tina is recognised as an outstanding interpreter of Duncan’s music. Her engaging personality, coupled with her ability to bend the notes, with her distinctive original phrasing and improvisations, ensures her concerts never cease to surprise and amaze.
JBGB Events are enthusiastic promoters of the new album launch.
And thrilled to be doing it at the re-opening of London’s greatest Cabaret jazz venue Crazy Coqs

 

For details on more forthcoming shows please visit https://jbgbevents.com/

 

Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel
20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED


http://www.brasseriezedel.com

 

 

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.  

Fri & Sat, August 21 & 22 2020 – Andrew Cyrille Quartet Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard, New York City.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard continues on Fri Aug 21& Sat August 22 at 9 p.m. EDT with Andrew Cyrille Quartet w. Bill Frisell, guitar, David Virelles, piano & keyboard & Ben Street, bass.

Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 featuring
Andrew Cyrille Quartet


Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard continues on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 at 9 p.m. EDT with Andrew Cyrille Quartet with Bill Frisell on guitar, David Virelles on piano and keyboard and Ben Street on bass. Tickets are $10, available at villagevanguard.com. 

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule;


Shows take place on Fridays and Saturdays at @ 9pm EDT and last approximately 75 minutes.

• August 21 & 22 – Andrew Cyrille Quartet with Bill Frisell on guitar, David Virelles on piano and keyboard and Ben Street on bass.

• August 28 & 29 – David Murray / Lafayette Gilchrist Duo

• September 4 & 5 – The George Cables Trio featuring Essiet Essiet on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.

• September 11 & 12 – The Bill Charlap Trio with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.


• September 18 & 19 – Bill Charlap & Wynton Marsalis


• September 25 & 26 – Kenny Barron Trio with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.


• October 2 & 3 – The Dayna Stephens Quartet with Aaron Parks on piano, Ben Street on bass and Jaimeo Brown on drums.


• October 9 & 10 – Tom Harrell with Jaimeo Brown on drums, piano and bass TBA.

Please continue to check the website and follow the club on Instagram @vanguardjazz and Facebook for updates.

On February 22, 2020 the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City.  On March 16th the club closed its doors indefinitely. On Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2020, the club began Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard with the Billy Hart Quartet.

 

Village Vanguard,
178 7th Ave S.
New York, NY 10014

 

Phone: 212-255-4037


Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.villagevanguard.com

 

SoundCellar, Poole presents: “In Our Own Space - Music and Conversation”  series of interactive online sessions with leading international jazz musicians.

Friday, August 21, 2020

SoundCellar in Poole have set up a series of interactive online sessions with top musicians performing a live set from their ’space’, followed by a live Q&A. Forthcoming schedule attached.

John Ferguson of SoundCellar Poole writes;


This is our tenth year of presenting live contemporary music here in the South of England, but of course we have recently had to adapt in these changing times.  We have now set up a series of interactive online sessions with top musicians performing a live set from their ’space’, followed by a live Q&A, which we have called “SoundCellar presents: In Our Own Space - Music and Conversation”. These are proving to be very successful as audiences crave live quality music.


SoundCellar presents: In Our Own Space – Music and Conversation with:


Top NYC guitarist PETER MAZZA - Thurs 27th Aug here https://soundcellar.org/event/peter-mazza-guitar/


Super duo of pianist IVO NEAME and guitarist ANT LAW - Thurs 17th Sept here https://soundcellar.org/event/ivo-neame-piano-and-ant-law-guitar/


Acclaimed NYC pianist GLENN ZALESKI - Thurs 24th Sept here https://soundcellar.org/event/glenn-zaleski-piano/


Top saxophonist/composer TRISH CLOWES and master keyboardist ROSS STANLEY - Thurs 8th Oct here https://soundcellar.org/event/trish-clowes-sax-and-ross-stanley-piano/

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

Fri & Sat, August 7 & 8, 2020 – Bill Frisell Trio Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard, New York City.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard continues on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 at 9 p.m. EDT with guitarist Bill Frisell's Trio featuring Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

We have received the following press release;

Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 featuring
Bill Frisell Trio

Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard continues on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 at 9 p.m. EDT with Bill Frisell Trio featuring Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Tickets are $10, available at http://www.villagevanguard.com

 


Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule;


Shows take place on Fridays and Saturdays at @ 9pm EDT and last approximately 75 minutes.

• August 7 & 8 – Bill Frisell Trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

• August 14 & 15 – No Performances.

• August 21 & 22 – Andrew Cyrille Quartet with Bill Frisell on guitar, David Virelles on piano and keyboard and Ben Street on bass.

• August 28 & 29 – David Murray / Lafayette Gilchrist Duo

• September 4 & 5 – The George Cables Trio featuring Victor Lewis on drums.

• September 11 & 12 – The Bill Charlap Trio with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.


• September 17 & 18 – Bill Charlap and Wynton Marsalis.


• September 25 & 26 – Kenny Baron Trio with Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums.


• October 3 & 4 – The Dayna Stephens Quartet with Aaron Parks on piano, Ben Street on bass and Jaimeo Brown on drums.


• October 9 & 10 – Tom Harrell with Jaimeo Brown on drums, piano and bass TBA.

Please continue to check the website and follow the club on Instagram @vanguardjazz and Facebook for updates.

On February 22, 2020 the Village Vanguard, the world’s oldest continuously operated jazz club, marked its 85th year in the basement at 178 7th Avenue South in New York City.  On March 16th the club closed its doors indefinitely. On Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, 2020, the club began Streaming Live at the Village Vanguard with the Billy Hart Quartet.


Village Vanguard,
178 7th Ave S.
New York, NY 10014


Phone: 212-255-4037


Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


http://www.villagevanguard.com

 

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

Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Abergavenny to go digital for 2020.

Friday, July 03, 2020

The Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, organised by Black Mountain Jazz, which will take place during October will be going digital in 2020 due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Statement attached.

Organiser Mike Skilton has issued the following press release;


STOP PRESS


wall2wall Jazz Festival 2020

 

Hopefully, this finds you all well - we have news about October’s w2w festival.


First The Bad News


It is highly likely that a ‘live’ festival, similar in format to previous years, will not be possible in 2020. The continuing ban on large gatherings indoors and the social distancing rules are obstacles that might be with us for some time.


Outdoor events may be allowed, subject to any social distancing rules in place, but these are not suitable for an October festival.


To further complicate matters, any events proposed for the October wall2wall Jazz Festival need to be planned now - there is not the flexibility of making decisions nearer the date.

 


Now The Good News


Having given the matter some considerable thought, we are proposing we go forward this year with a ‘virtual’ festival - scheduled for October.


Virtual events can take several formats but, generally speaking, they are either ‘live streamed’ or ‘pre-recorded’. Having had experience of the former with our festival three years ago, we recognise the cost and difficulties associated with ‘live streaming’ and pre-filming appears to be a much better option.


We have taken advice on technical issues involved in the different approaches and we see the best option as being pre-recorded events over the summer months and the ‘canned’ material programmed and broadcast as an October festival.


This ‘base’ formula will allow for an element of live streaming by having a presenter who can introduce the pre-recorded events. With that ‘live’ base established, other live streamed virtual elements become possible.


We already had some artists booked for the festival and we have discussed our ideas with them, including the need to ‘think outside of the box’ and get new approaches that will make the virtual programme exciting and of wide interest.  They have expressed enthusiasm in being involved, both in the festival and ideas for developing it.


We have looked at some possible inclusions for the programme but there is much more to do.  We have also done some early costings and, subject to fine tuning, the virtual project appears financially viable.


As we progress with planning, we will update you on developments and hopefully there will be the support we need to make this a huge success.


Regards
Mike and the BMJ team


Black Mountain Jazz
promoters of the
wall2wall Jazz Festival


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http://www.blackmountainjazz.co.uk

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


About BBC Radio 3;


We believe arts and music make the world a better place by bringing people together through shared experience and understanding, providing a place of inspiration, and a means to navigate a complex world.


At BBC Radio 3 we want to enable as many people as possible to have life changing musical and arts experiences. We aim to provide listeners with time out from a busy world through full-length artistic performances and slow radio that takes the time it takes.


We pride ourselves on being a commissioner and interpreter of complex culture; shining a new light on well-loved artistic works and investing in new artistic talent to bring cutting edge work to audiences everywhere.


We are one of the most significant commissioners of contemporary classical music anywhere in the world and the biggest broadcaster of live classical concerts including the BBC Proms.


From classical music to arts discussion, documentaries to essays, drama to sound art, video games and film music, to jazz, world, ambient, electronic and the avant-garde, there is a Radio 3 for everybody – we welcome you to join us on BBC Sounds, DAB, online, and on FM.

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/

Serious Announces Participants of Fifteenth Edition of Take Five Programme.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Live music producers Serious have announced the participants of the fifteenth edition of their prestigious talent development scheme "Take Five". Press release, including details of individuals, att.

We have received the following press release;


SERIOUS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS OF FIFTEENTH EDITION OF TAKE FIVE PROGRAMME


Live music producers Serious are proud to announce the participants of the fifteenth edition of their prestigious talent development scheme Take Five – an annual programme that offers mentorship and opportunities to eight of the finest emerging jazz and improvising musicians from across the United Kingdom, funded by the PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, Arts Council England, Night Dreamer, Garrick Trust and Serious Trust.


Going back fifteen years, the programme has brought through the likes of Seb Rochford (of Polar Bear), Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming), Yazz Ahmed, and Nubya Garcia – serving as a pivotal moment in their careers that led to wider recognition, touring, record deals, and more.


This year’s eight participants are an eclectic group, demonstrating the vibrancy and variety of the UK’s burgeoning jazz scene and offering a taste of what is to come from the genre in the coming years. They are:


Jasdeep Singh Degun (sitar, voice)


Jelly Cleaver (guitar, voice, producer)


Jemma Freese (keyboards, piano, voice)


John Pope (double bass, bass guitar)


Noemi Nuti (voice, Paraguayan harp, flute, and more)


Rosie Turton (trombone)


Sam Eagles (saxophone)


Sarathy Korwar (drums, tabla, percussion)


The scheme centres around a week-long residency that brings the artists together with music industry experts, giving them a chance to learn about the complexities of the business in an intimate setting, and offering them the chance to take some time out from their usual busy touring/recording schedules and step back and think about how to advance their music and careers. They also get to collaborate on a series of pieces that each of them arranges for the entire group, directed by the esteemed composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde.


Due to the complications around COVID-19, this year’s residency has had to be postponed to early 2021, but the ongoing mentorship of the scheme continues apace, with Serious providing the artists with guidance and funding through what is an especially difficult time for all musicians. 

This year’s Take Five programme also marks the beginning of a new series of performances by the artists which are directly linked to their participation in the programme – taking the form of the inaugural “Take Five Showcase” as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in November 2020. Other aspects of the scheme such as mentorship, funding and marketing support will create further opportunities for the artists to reach a wider audience and gain a greater foothold in the rapidly evolving music industry.


For more information about the artists, you’ll find their biographies below and on Serious’ website here: https://serious.org.uk/what-we-do/work-with-artists/edition-xv-2020


To listen to each of the artists’ music, check out this YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVysr8RrgbqFHUdCS9uBD8bB_htUTiMoB 

To find out more about Take Five, please visit our website here: https://serious.org.uk/what-we-do/talent-development/take-five


Joe Frankland, CEO of PRS Foundation said ‘Take Five offers important opportunities at timely career stages and we’re delighted to be supporting this latest edition. So many exciting and creative jazz musicians have benefitted from the programme including Shabaka Hutchings, Shirley Tetteh, Zara McFarlane, Peter Edwards and Laura Jurd to name a few. I look forward to seeing what these participants do next’.

Lucy Bampton, Head of Creative Programme, Help Musicians said: ‘We are delighted to once again support the Take Five programme and to play our part in offering the next generation of inspirational jazz artists a platform to develop their artistic and leadership skills. Help Musicians is committed to supporting musicians from all genres and walks of life, and with Take Five and 30 years of our Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, we hope to continue to contribute to helping jazz musicians find a way to thrive. This year has been, and continues to be, challenging for musicians but by working in collaboration to ensure initiatives such as this exist we can ensure there are development opportunities in the face of adversity.’


Abel Selaocoe, musician and participant of Take Five Edition XIV said of the programme: ‘Serious and Take Five have been so crucial in connecting me with those that can impart incredible musical knowledge and lend a hand in understanding all other aspects that make being on stage possible. All the while having a chance to sculpt a unique voice to show on some fantastic platforms.’

 

Take Five 2020 artist biographies


Jasdeep Singh Degun - Sitar, Voice
Awarded the Yuva Sangeet Ratna ‘Musician of the Year’ at the National Indian Arts Awards 2016, Jasdeep is fast establishing a name for himself as a rising star of the Indian classical and contemporary music scenes. An active musician and sitar player, Jasdeep has performed internationally in many high profile productions and prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace, the Amphitheatre in Doha, and the Royal Albert Hall at the 2014 BBC Proms to name a few.
As a British-born composer, Jasdeep has developed a well-rounded sense of musicality and sensitivity towards not only Indian Classical music but many other different styles and genres of music. He has gained a rich experience in collaborative work across art forms and regularly creates music for classical and contemporary ensembles. He has recently been commissioned by Opera North to write and perform a new concerto for Sitar and Orchestra titled ‘Arya’, to go on tour in 2020.
Jasdeep has worked with musicians and producers such as Guy Chambers, Cerys Matthews, Melanie C, and Vangelis as a regular studio session musician and was awarded a Sky Academy Scholarship to work on ‘Anomaly’, his debut album of contemporary and classical music. As part of the scholarship, Jasdeep is currently mentored by the illustrious multi-instrumentalist and producer, Nitin Sawhney. Jasdeep continues to push the boundaries of Indian classical music in the UK as well as developing his unique versatility as a promising young artist.

Jelly Cleaver - Guitar, Voice, Producer
Jelly Cleaver is a band leader, singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer based in South London. She’s been called ‘the next artist to make an impact on London’s Jazz Scene’ by Supreme Standards and recently received the Steve Reid Award. With an eclectic taste in music, Jelly is heavily involved in both the jazz and DIY/punk scenes in London. She’s also an activist, and a strain of political dissent runs through her music.
Her latest album, The Dream Jazz Manifesto, was released in May 2019, receiving critical acclaim and radio play by BBC Radio 1xtra, Rinse FM, Jazz FM, Worldwide FM, Soho Radio and others. She has been a featured guest numerous times on stations like Worldwide FM and GW Jazz. She has also performed at the Jazz Café and Pizza Express in London and several times in Bristol as well as festival appearances at We Out Here, Brainchild, Jazz Stroud, DJazz and the London Jazz Festival. As part of Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline she has also performed at multiple festivals such as Love Supreme, Wilderness, Women of the World and supported Monty Alexander at Cadogan Hall.
She has played in the live bands of a number of artists including Cherise Adams-Burnett, Loucin Moskofian, Katie Moberly, Kasia Konstance and Queen Colobus.




Jemma Freese - Keyboards, Piano, Voice
Jemma Freese started playing piano around the age of 10 and quickly discovered that she liked making up songs and only enjoyed playing her own material. As a teenager, she was heavily influenced by Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Muse and Tom Waits, this fed into her interest in jazz as a vocalist as well as piano player. From the age of 17 she started writing her own songs to help her get through the bullying she went through at school. She then went on to study Pop Composition and Jazz vocals at Leeds College of Music from 2014-2017 for which she graduated with First honours.
Jemma is now a full-time musician and teach vocals and piano/ keyboard at Leeds Music Academy and has done numerous jazz and improvisation workshops with Jazz North and BlueJam Arts in Penrith aimed at young females. Her projects include J Frisco, an avant-garde/ electronic/ punk/ experimental/ jazz trio; freese trio, a triphop/ electronica/ grunge/ darkjazz band where she composes all the music; DOMI, an electro-pop band with members from the UK, Czech Republic and Norway; Eva Eik, a 4-piece alternative electronic Scandi-pop band where she is one of the composers; Maximo Park where she is the keyboardist/ backing vocalist; and No Fixed Identity, a duo where she improvises on the keyboard, creating a dark/ spoken word/ hiphop/ experimental/ electronic/ jazz sound.

 


John Pope - Double Bass, Bass Guitar
John Pope is a bass player and composer based in the North East of England. His main focus as a creative musician explores the boundaries and combinations of jazz, free improvisation, rock and experimental music. His primary projects include a chord-less quintet of Northern musicians (John Pope Quintet, Northern Line 2019 ambassador artists), an ongoing composition project blending structured pieces and free improvisation with a flexible ‘chamber group’ ensemble (developed during Sage Gatesheads ‘Summer Studios’ 2019).
John is also co-leader of the avant-jazz trio CARTOON with UK improv veterans Chris Biscoe and Roger Turner, and a founding member of award winning garage-jazz band Archipelago, lead by Faye MacCalman (Take Five Edition XIV). Alongside these projects he performs as a sideman in many varied groups across the jazz and improvised music spectrum, including The Lindsay Hannon Plus (2015 Northern Line Artists) and Ponyland (2018 Northern Line).
In addition to working in jazz he is an active member of the UK improvised music scene. He has performed solo as an improviser around the country, as well as in collaboration with internationally recognised artists, including appearances at festivals across the country (London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, TUSK and Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the Sage) as well as internationally in prestigious venues such as Bimhuis (Holland) and Area Sismica (Italy).
In addition to his career as a performer, John is a committed practitioner of education and community outreach as a composer/arranger and facilitator.

 


Noemi Nuti - Voice, Paraguayan Harp, Flute
Born in New York City, from Italian descent, Noemi’s musical personality has always been characterised by a fusion of Mediterranean and metropolitan sounds. She graduated from Trinity College of Music, London with a master’s in Jazz and received a BA in Music from Brunel University on Classical harp.
Her debut album Nice to Meet You was produced and featured trumpet sensation Quentin Collins and was the first release on the up-and-coming Ubuntu Music Label. It received wide critical acclaim across the board. Six out of eleven tracks have been featured on various radio shows, two of which on the highest possible rotation on Jazz FM.
She has toured around the UK with her own band during 2015 and 2016 with notable performances supporting Brazilian legend Marcos Valle at Islington Assembly Hall and headlining on the closing night at Ipswich Jazz Festival as well as establishing herself on the London music scene.
In 2017, Noemi collaborated with sax legend Jean Toussaint, pianist extraordinaire Liam Noble and a fantastic Brazilian rhythm section at London’s renowned Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho. She regularly tours with Andrew McCormack’s Graviton internationally as lead singer, playing in prestigious venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 Jazz Club, the Vortex as well as Europe.
Noemi has released her second album Venus Eye in March 2020, on the Ubuntu Music Label. Noemi has composed nine out of the eleven tracks and is both the lead vocals and harmonies singer on the album and Paraguayan and classical harp player.

 


Rosie Turton - Trombone
Rosie Turton’s musical path is defined by her unwavering desire to explore new territories: sounds, cultures, textures and collaborations, she’s always open to discoveries. A mainstay of the new London Jazz scene, Rosie started the trombone at age 11. She played with Tomorrow Warriors which was instrumental in Rosie’s development as a musician and is still involved with them these days, returning to run workshops and performing with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. There, she met some key pillars of London’s burgeoning new jazz scene: Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones and Sheila Maurice-Grey amongst others. Like them, she went to Trinity College of Music and started jamming at the Steez night. From that period was also born Nérija, a 7-piece collective newly signed to Domino Records that she’s part of. In addition to that, Rosie is involved with a variety of artists. From collaborating with jazz collectives Where Pathways Meet and Steam Down, to recording with Jitwam and Hollie Cooke, she has also recently performed with notable artists Soweto Kinch, Jason Yarde, Sampa The Great and Gaika.
In 2015, following her explorative nature, she got really interested in Indian Classical Music for its soundscape and meditative feeling. Influenced by spiritual jazz forebears such as Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, she went on a trip to North India and began an exploration of the parallel musical paths of jazz and Indian ragas.
After exploring the eclectic music scenes of London, New York and the Himalayas, Rosie put together a group of her own. The group, lead by strong melodies blends the sound of trombone, violin and electronics over a bed of interlocking grooves and soundscapes. She released her first EP with this group, ‘Rosie’s 5ive’ on Jazz Re:Freshed, the release of which lead her to be listed as ‘One to watch 2019’ by The Guardian.

 


Samuel Eagles - Saxophone
During his 7 year career, Samuel Eagles has placed himself in many circles from Bebop to contemporary Jazz and from Afro beat to artistic alternative original music. Samuel is constantly using this wealth of experience to search for new paradigms in his own music which has earned him much critical acclaim nationally and internationally throughout almost a decade.
Born and raised in London, Samuel caught the attention of Saxophonist Mornington Lockett who saw his vast potential and therefor went on to mentor him. Gaining a place at the prestigious Junior Jazz program at The Royal Academy of Music Samuel was under the wing of Nick Smart where his early musical promise was nurtured. Later Eagles was accepted into Trinity College of Music and master Jean Toussaint went on to mentor Samuel long after graduation. In 2017 Eagles performed at The Bucharest International Jazz Festival where he and his band SPIRIT went onto win the festivals prestigious award. In the same year he also won an award in the global ‘7 Virtual Jazz Club’ competing among many heavy weight bands and musicians. Eagles’s F‐IRE debut album ‘Next Beginning’ was released in 2014 and his 2nd album, released in 2017 on Whirlwind Records were both received with rave reviews. Gaining over 430K streams on Spotify, this enabled Samuel to begin touring internationally in Europe. Samuel now surrounds himself with some of the UK’s torch bearer’s such as Sam Leak, David Hamblett, Ralph Wyld, Ant Law, Max Luthert, Daniel Casimer and many more. Samuel plans to release his next album in 2020.

 


Sarathy Korwar - Drums , Tabla, Percussion
Born in the US, Sarathy Korwar grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India. He began playing tabla aged 10, but was also drawn to the American music that he heard on the radio and leaking through the doorway of his local jazz music shop. He moved to London where he trained as a classical tabla player under the guidance of Sanju Sahai at SOAS, focusing on the adaptation of Indian classical rhythmic material to non-Indian percussion instruments.
Korwar has since established himself as one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, leading the UPAJ Collective - a loose band of South Asian jazz and Indian classical musicians brought together through a love of collaboration and improvisation who set up a residency at the Jazz Café in London. Korwar has collaborated with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, clarinettist Arun Ghosh and producer Hieroglyphic Being, as well as groups Penya and Ill Considered. He has toured with Kamasi Washington, Yussef Kamaal and Moses Boyd.
Korwar’s daring debut album, Day To Day, recorded with the support of the Steve Reid Foundation, was released by Ninja Tune in 2016. The album fused traditional folk music recorded with the Sidi community in India with contemporary jazz and electronics.
In November 2018, Gearbox Records released a triple vinyl live album by Sarathy Korwar and UPAJ Collective. My East Is Your West, performed and recorded at a sold out Church of Sound show, a critically-acclaimed take on the cultural appropriation of ‘spiritual’ Indo-jazz, the three hour show was recorded following a single 45-minute rehearsal. The resulting album was awarded The Guardian’s Contemporary Album of the Month.
Korwar released his second studio album, More Arriving, through The Leaf Label in July 2019, an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, and as such is a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances.

 

Jazz Coalition Commission Fund Awardees Announced.

Friday, May 22, 2020

The first round of Jazz Coalition Commission Fund recipients has been announced with a total of fifty one commissions to artists. Press release, including full list of recipients, attached.

We have received the following press release;

Jazz Coalition Commission Fund Awardees Announced;

 

FIRST ROUND OF JAZZ COALITION COMMISSION FUND GRANTEES ANNOUNCED!

 

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

 


We are thrilled to announce the first round of Jazz Coalition Commission Fund recipients here. Because of your support we are able to award 51 commissions to the following deserving artists. Our esteemed jury of peers and colleagues voted and with a tie, we ended up at 51 total grantees.


BUT we are not done, and we aim to continue to raise more money to fully fund another round of commissions. Please continue to help us spread the word and increase our impact. Download your Membership assets and also find the group PSA featuring supportive artists below. Please share on your socials far and wide. With your support, together we will spark new creativity!


LIST OF GRANTEES

Aaron Myers
Aaron Parks
Alexa Tarantino
Alfredo Colon
Amir ElSaffar
Amirtha Kidambi
Anthony Wilson
Ashley Henry
Ben Lamar Gay
Ben Williams
Bertha Hope
Brandee Younger
Brandon Ross
Camila Meza
Camille Thurman
Chris Morrissey
Christian Sands
Christine Jensen
David Torkanowsky
Dayme Arocena
DJ Logic
Dred Scott
Elio Villafranca
Greg Ward
Herlin Riley
Jaimie Branch
James Brandon Lewis
James Carter
Jazzmeia Horn
Joel Ross
John Santos
Johnathan Blake
Jon Cowherd
Jon Hassell
Kate Gentile
Lakecia Benjamin
Linda May Han Oh
Melissa Aldana
Mino Cinélu
Monnette Sudler
Nduduzo Makhathini
Orrin Evans
Rio Sakairi
Roy Nathanson
Sara Serpa
Shabaka Hutchings
Tarus Mateen
Tim Berne
Vincent Herring
Wallace Roney Jr.
Wayne Horvitz

 

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.

 

Enjoy this Public Service Announcement video from some of our biggest supporters including John Scofield, Dianne Reeve, Chucho Valdes, Terri Lyne Carrington, Arturo O’Farrill, Luciana Souza and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrUF5aMzsSY

 

https://www.jazzcoalition.org/

 

 

 

 

 

140 UK Music Venues Removed from ‘Critical’ List ………For Now.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The success of the Music Venue Trust's recently launched "Save Our Venues" campaign has seen 140 venues removed from the 'Critical' list. Press release attached.

PRESS RELEASE


#saveourvenues Campaign Sees 140 UK Music Venues Removed from ‘Critical’ List ………For Now.


London, May 19th 2020 – Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that the #saveourvenues campaign launched three weeks ago today has now resulted in 140 grassroots music venues being removed from its ‘critical’ list.


#saveourvenues, which has so far raised over £1.5m in donations, was initiated by MVT in response to the continued economic threat to over 500 grassroots music venues throughout the UK.

As a result of donations from music fans, music industry companies and other organisations, alongside important interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor’s Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England 140 grassroots music venues are now protected from imminent closure. The work done by the MVT crisis intervention team in providing legal and planning advice, liaising with landlords and helping venues navigate through the complex bureaucratic process to access help, has also been instrumental during this campaign.


The artist community are supporting the campaign with donations and live events and a number of virtual festivals have also taken place or are scheduled, including Independent Music News Lockdown, Vive Le Rockdown, Colston Hall Presents and Liverpool Digital Music Festival. Over 150 events have already taken place with many more lined up in the coming weeks.

However, this activity does not mean that any these 140 venues are protected permanently and MVT are calling for more music industry donations and governmental intervention to help secure their long-term future, particularly around the issue of the rent relief for grassroots music venue tenants.


Mark Davyd, founder and CEO of MVT said, “The fact we have managed to remove 140 grassroots music venues off of our critical list in the last three weeks is, of course, a cause for celebration but we are not complacent as this is only a relatively short-term fix. Whilst the immediate threat of closure for these venues has been halted they are still under real threat in the coming months as are over 400 others. This is a good start and we can’t emphasise how grateful we are to those music fans, music industry companies and public organisations who have supported the #saveourvenues campaign so far, but we cannot relax as we still have a mountain to climb to secure the long-term future of this sector. We still desperately need more music industry companies to step up and help with donations alongside real action from government specifically around rent relief, more financial help and clearer guidance.”


For more information on the #saveourvenues campaign please visit: http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk


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.

 

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 17/05/2020.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on May 17, which is transmitted by a number of UK and international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist;

 

First broadcast on May 17th and now available at any time at mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 

Dinosaur - To the Earth (Edition)

 

Antti Lötjönen Quintet East - ALQE (We Jazz Records)

 

Chip Wickham - Blue to Red (Lovemonk)

 

Maisha & Gary Bartz - Night Dreamer Direct​-​To​-​Disc Sessions (Brownswood)

 

Gary Husband & Markus Reuter- Music of our time (Moonjune)

 

Peter Rosendal - Trickster (Stunt Records)

 

Dinosaur - To the Earth (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)

 

Satoko Fujii receives 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pianist and composer Satoko Fujii has received a 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music. Press release attached, including details of other award winners.

We have received the following press release;


Acclaimed pianist and composer Satoko Fujii receives
2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music

The pioneering avant-garde artist is among a dozen honorees

 

One of the most original pianists in free jazz.” – Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“An improviser of rumbling intensity and generous restraint.” –Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

“The Ellington of free jazz.” – Cadence Magazine

Internationally acclaimed improvisor Satoko Fujii is one of a dozen members of the international improvised music community to be honored with a 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music from The Horse with No Name.

“I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be recognized with so many other remarkable creative musicians. It means so much to receive this acknowledgement,” says Fujii, a tireless, prolific and versatile pianist, composer and accordionist.

Other 2020 recipients are Raymond Boni, Peter Brotzmann, John Edwards, Mats Gustaffson, Okkyung Lee, Arto Lindsay, Paul Lytton, Sam Newsome, Alexander von Schlippenbach, LaDonna Smith, and Nate Wooley.  These respected members of the international improvised music community “represent a spectrum of ages and diverse backgrounds, have been chosen for their artistic intelligence, independence, and integrity,” says John Corbett of Corbett vs. Dempsey.

This year, in a period of unprecedented turbulence and challenge, the Instant Award in improvised Music is conferred on twelve respected members of the international improvised music community. These individuals, who represent a spectrum of ages and diverse backgrounds, have been chosen for their artistic intelligence, independence, and integrity.”

Underwritten by an anonymous patron and musical devotee, the Instant Award in Improvised Music is presented to outstanding improvisors. Previous Instant Award recipients are Susan Alcorn, Joe McPhee, Ikue Mori, and Evan Parker. Corbett vs. Dempsey is proud to be the official mouthpiece for the Horse With No Name.

For information visit https://www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2020/05/01/instant-award-improvised-music-2020-recipients/.

Critics and fans alike hail Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. She’s “a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a bandleader who gets the best collaborators to deliver,” says John Fordham in The Guardian. In concert and on more than 80 albums as a leader or co-leader, she synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock, and folk music into an innovative style instantly recognizable as hers alone. A prolific bandleader and recording artist, she celebrated her 60th birthday in 2018 by releasing one album a month from bands old and new, from solo to large ensemble. Franz A. Matzner in All About Jazz likened the twelve albums to “an ecosystem of independently thriving organisms linked by the shared soil of Fujii’s artistic heritage and shaped by the forces of her creativity.”

Over the years, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music, including her trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black and an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring drummer Tatsuya Yoshida of The Ruins. Her ongoing duet project with husband Natsuki Tamura released their sixth recording, Kisaragi, in 2017. “The duo’s commitment to producing new sounds based on fresh ideas is second only to their musicianship,” says Karl Ackermann in All About Jazz. Aspiration, a CD by an ad hoc quartet featuring Wadada Leo Smith, Tamura, and Ikue Mori, was released in 2017 to wide acclaim. “Four musicians who regularly aspire for greater heights with each venture reach the summit together on Aspiration,” writes S. Victor Aaron in Something Else. As the leader of no less than five orchestras in the United States, Germany, and Japan (two of which, Berlin and Tokyo, released new CDs in 2018), Fujii has also established herself as one of the world’s leading composers for large jazz ensembles. Recent and forthcoming projects include a 2019 solo album, a duo recording with vibraphonist Taiko Saito, and a new release by Fujii ensemble Kaze featuring Ikue Mori.

 

https://satokofujii.com/wp_site/

 

Announcing JAZZ COALITION; Formed By Jazz Industry Professionals to Commission Artists During Lockdown.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Jazz Coalition is a diverse network of jazz industry professionals, artists & supporters dedicated to raising funds and commissioning artists to create new work in response to these challenging times

We have received the following press release;

Announcing JAZZ COALITION; Formed By Jazz Industry Professionals to Commission Artists During Lockdown


http://www.jazzcoalition.org


GLOBAL JAZZ COMMUNITY UNITES TO LAUNCH JAZZ COALITION - A COLLECTIVE OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, MUSICIANS, ADVOCATES & FANS CONTRIBUTING TO A COMMISSION FUND SUPPORTING ARTISTS TO CREATE NEW WORK


Jazz Industry Veterans Brice Rosenbloom (NYC Winter Jazzfest),

Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management),

Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Productions)

Join Forces to Form Jazz Coalition

 

Musicians today face economic ruin unless organizations intervene providing resources and hope. Given the current reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timeline of resuming live performances worldwide is uncertain. There is an immediate need to keep artists in the global jazz community actively creating and compensated for their work.


For this reason, professionals in the jazz field, spearheaded by Brice Rosenbloom, founder of NYC Winter Jazzfest, Gail Boyd, an entertainment lawyer and artist manager at Gail Boyd Artist Management, and Danny Melnick of Absolutely Live Entertainment, a veteran concert and festival promoter, have aligned to launch Jazz Coalition.


Jazz Coalition is a diverse network of jazz industry professionals, artists, and supporters dedicated to raising funds and commissioning artists to create new work in response to these challenging times.


“With daunting uncertainty now within the live music industry and specifically in jazz,” says Rosenbloom, “we realize the need to selflessly pivot and unite the jazz community in an immediate effort to commission musicians and nurture their creativity,” adds Rosenbloom.  “These commissions will create a new canon of work reflecting our collective resilience.”


“Jazz musicians have always composed music to reflect the times we are living in,” Boyd adds. “The idea that musicians will receive a grant to compose music at this time serves the purpose of documenting where they are, what they are thinking, and how they are coping at this very crucial time in our history. I am proud to be a part of the team that is helping to make that happen.”


Melnick notes a mantra of NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan: “Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.” Melnick adds, “With that spirit at heart, we have come together during this unprecedented time to start a global movement in support of, and encouragement for, the jazz artists who create beautiful and timeless music. We know this isn’t a panacea but we hope to uplift as many musicians and listeners as possible.”


Many jazz musicians are also joining Jazz Coalition to support their colleagues in need. “As you know, and as you can probably testify, we are living in some very challenging times. And these challenging times have affected our jazz community,” remarks GRAMMY and TONY award winner and NEA Jazz Master, Dee Dee Bridgewater.

 


Additionally prominent jazz educators and musicians have donated their own funds already to Jazz Coalition. Founder of Berklee College of Music’s Institute For Jazz and Gender Justice, and 3x GRAMMY-winning drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington adds, “We’re all struggling one way or another during this time of social distancing, especially the arts community. It is crucial that artists are able to remain creative and be compensated.” University of Pittsburgh Director of Jazz Studies, flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell continues, “I know that the independent musicians are some of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus because they can’t work, they can’t perform, they can’t help bring people together right now.“

 

Encouraging others to support the commission fund, saxophonist and GRAMMY-winner and 14-time nominee Joe Lovano values the process “to create new works for the future in this time of need and renewal.”  Meanwhile South African pianist, composer and healer Nduduzo Makhathini deeply expresses the artistic responsibility. “This is indeed a difficult time. But also an interesting time. It is a moment to reflect. It is a moment to think about new innovations. It is also a moment to think about new sonic imaginings. More than ever artists’ creation requires a deeper level of deliberateness.“

 

Major artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Scofield and Joshua Redman have contributed to Jazz Coalition and asked others to donate as well.

 

How It Works;


Individuals and industry members may support artists by becoming Jazz Coalition members. Membership is possible by registering a minimum contribution of $100. Individuals, if they are able, are encouraged to give more to maximize overall impact, and increase the number of commissioned artists.


Coalition members have the privilege of nominating artists to be considered as recipients of the Commission Fund. Selected from the list of nominees through a jury process, grantees will each receive $1000 to commission new work for existing or new ensembles. Artists will premiere their work at Jazz Coalition partner venues, when live concert assembly restrictions are eventually lifted.


Jazz Coalition members are encouraged to recruit fellow colleagues and potential supporters to join the team and help grow the Commission Fund further.  All contributions will be collected by the 501(c)(3) organization Search & Restore, and are fully tax deductible.


Jazz Coalition is currently jurying the inaugural 50 commission recipients which will be awarded this week. As more money is raised additional commissions will be awarded.


About Jazz Coalition Commission Fund;


A collective of industry professionals, musicians, advocates and fans, Jazz Coalition identifies needs affecting the jazz and improvised music community, and strategizes response solutions and opportunities. With an initial silent funding goal of $50,000, deserving recipients will receive $1,000 micro-grants through a nomination and jury selection process among coalition members.

 

The funding pool will have a secondary stage with a public fundraising campaign and additional outreach to grow the fund and increase the number of grantees. Recipients will share their works-in-progress via livestream events, which will be promoted through the Jazz Coalition website, our social media as well as partner email lists, websites and social media.  Artists will eventually premiere their commissioned works at partner venues when public assembly is safe again.


Coalition members may support the Commission Fund by contributing to the fund directly and by attracting new donors. Coalition members will participate in the nomination and juried selection process of recipients.

 


Coalition Members To Date

 

Aaron Goldberg, musician

Aaron Johnson, Knitting Factory Management

Adam Schatz, Search & Restore

Alexander Threadgold

Amy Pearce, Serious Productions

Andreas Scherrer, Company of Heaven

Ann Braithwaite, Braithwaite & Katz Communications

Anna Becker, On Stage At Kingsborough

Anna Sala, AMS Artists

Ariana Hellerman, Downtown Brooklyn Partnerships

Arturo O’Farrill, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Ashley Kahn, Journalist/Educator/Author

Bari Koral, Artist/Educator

Bill Bragin, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center

Bonnie Wright, Fresh Sound Series

Branford Marsalis, musician

Brendan Rawson, musician

Bria Skonberg, musician

Brice Rosenbloom, Winter Jazzfest

Carine Zuber, Moods (Switzerland)

Chad Fowler, musician

Chris Mees, B Natural Agency

Chris Weller, Big Fish Booking

Cynthia Herbst, American International Artists, Inc.

Dahlia Ambach Caplin, Verve Music Group

Dan Atkinson, Western Jazz Presenters Network

Dan Tepfer, musician

Danny Melnick, Absolutely Live Entertainment

Darlene Chan, Playboy Jazz Festival

Dave Willard, musician

David Bither, Nonesuch Records

Dee Dee Bridgewater, musician

Donna Fritchey, Allentown Symphony

Ed Arrendell, The Management Ark

Ed Trefzger, Jazz Week

Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall

Enzo Capua, Umbria Jazz

Eric Oberstein, artist manager/producer

Erika Elliott, City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage & Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Esperanza Spalding, musician

Fabian Almazan, musician, Biophilia Records

Fleurine, musician

Frank Malfitano, Syracuse Jazz Festival

Gail Boyd, Gail Boyd Artist Management

Gary Moffie, musician

Glenn Siegel, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares

Greg Williamson, UpperWest Music Group

Hans Wendl, artist manager and record producer

Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalists Association

Ina Dittke, artist manager and booking agent

Isabel Soffer, Live Sounds

Jack Walsh, BRIC Arts

James Krents, Verve Music Group/Impulse Records

Jan Ole Otnæs, Nasjonal Jazzscene (Norway)

Jana Herzen, musician, Motema Music

Janis Burley Wilson, August Wilson Center

Jason Olaine, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Foundation of America

Jean-Noël Ginibre, Loop Productions

Jill Davidson, The Cabot

Jill Sternheimer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jim Fahey, Symphony Center Presents Jazz

Joan Belgrave, musician

Joe Lovano, musician

Joe Pignato, Bright Dog Red

Joel Chriss, J. Chriss & Co.

John Comerford, Paradigm Studio

John Gilbreath, Earshot Jazz

John Murph, Journalist/DJ

John Newcott, WBGO-FM

John Nugent, Rochester International Jazz Festival

Jonas Herbsman, Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber Herbsman, LLP

Josh Feigenbaum, music producer

Josh Jackson WRTI-FM

Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance

Joshua Redman, musician

Julie Lokin New Audiences

Karen Kennedy 24/Seven Artist Development

Ken Druker, Verve Music Group

Kris Davis, musician, Pyroclastic Records

Larry Buchas, supporter

Laura Quinlan, Rhythm Foundation

Lee Mergner, JazzTimes

Lois Gilbert, JazzCorner

Louis Marks, Ropeadope, Renew Music

Luciana Souza, musician

Lukas Frei, Cirquid Music

Lydia Liebman, Lydia Liebman Promotions

Marc Kaplan, SubCulture

Mark Christman, Ars Nova Workshop

Mark Jacobson, UMS/University of Michigan

Mark Rini, Groov Marketing & Consulting

Mark Rochon, musician

Marty Ashby, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Matt Merewitz, Fully Altered Media

Maurice Bernstein, Giant Step

Maurice Montoya, Maurice Montoya Artists

Maurin Auxéméry, Montreal Jazz Festival

Meghan Stabile, Revive Music

Meshell Ndegeocello, musician

Michael Dorf, City Winery

Michael Orlove, Rebeca Rodriguez Family

Michele Amar, France Rocks

Mike Bindraban, Good Music Company

Mike Epstein, Epstein & Co

Myles Weinstein, Unlimited Myles

Nels Cline, musician

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Nick Lewis, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (UK)

Nicole Mitchell, musician

Pascal Pilorget, Giant Steps

Paul Siegel, Rolling Fork Music

Peter Schulze, Sendesaal Bremen

Peter Shapiro, Dayglo Ventures

Rachel Z Hakim, musician

Rainbow Robert, Vancouver Jazz Festival

Reiner Michalke, Stadgarten, Monheim-Triennale

Reza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV

Robin Burgess, Burgess Management

Ron Ozer, Arden Concert Gild

Rudresh Mahanthappa, musician

San Jose Jazz

Sara Donnelly, South Arts

Sarah Geledi, Jazz Night in America

Sarah Humphries, ECM Records

Scott McNiece, International Anthem

Scott Southard, IMN Agency

Sébastien Vidal, TSF Jazz

Seth Abramson, Jazz Standard, Rabbit Moon Productions

Seth Rosner, Pi Recordings

Simon Rentner, WBGO

Steve Frumkin, JWP Agency

Steve Milliken, JusticeAid

Sue Auclair, Sue Auclair Promotions

Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival

Susan Brink, journalist

Ted Kurland,The Kurland Agency

Terri Lyne Carrington, Berklee College of Music Instituate for Jazz and Gender Justice

Thomas Rome, artist manager

Thomas Vermynck, J.A.W Family

Toby Tumarkin, IMG Artists

Todd Barkan, Keystone Korner Baltimore

Todd Walker, Outermost Agency

Tom Gaughan

Tom Windish, Paradigm Agency

Tony Zambito, JazzBuffalo

Vijay Iyer, musician



To join please visit;
http://www.jazzcoalition.org

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz On The Radio’  playlist, 10/05/2020.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on May 10th, which is transmitted by a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

European Jazz Hour 18 – May 10th

 

New Releases

 

Chris Biscoe - Wobbly Rail 5 (Bandcamp – 50% for http://www.refuge.org.uk)

 


Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid - Shards & Constellations (Intakt)

 

Marie Kruttli - The kind of Happy One (QFTF)

 

inDOLPHYlity - Out to punch (ARFI)

 

Two of the many bands I had been looking forward to seeing at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival last weekend….. Roll on 2021


Shake Stew


The Rite of Trio

 

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)

 

Emily Dankworth, Alec Dankworth and Demi Garcia - new video, “Calico Skies”.

Friday, May 08, 2020

"Calico Skies" by Paul McCartney, featuring Emily Dankworth, Alec Dankworth and Demi Garcia, recorded 'under lockdown'. Links to video attached.

Alec Dankworth writes;

Tamborine ~ Alec Dankworth Newsletter


Hi there,
Its been a while since the last newsletter.


I hope you might like to watch the latest video produced ‘under lockdown’.
Calico Skies by Paul McCartney, featuring Emily Dankworth, Alec Dankworth and Demi Garcia.


Emily’s YouTube channel:
https://youtu.be/qjja7jZX77M 


Alec’’s YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqsDYNAwjobUnZ70dGn4JXw


Keep safe,
Alec


http://www.alecdankworth.com

Justin Adams & Mauro Durante, new online content and rescheduled UK tour.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The world music duo of Justin Adams & Mauro Durante have rescheduled their UK tour for November 2020. In the meantime new online content has been released for the enjoyment of audiences.

Serious have forwarded the following press release;


JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE

Rescheduled from May, we welcome this new collaboration on tour this November. All purchased tickets remain valid


Tuesday 17 November | MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
Wednesday 18 November | BASINGSTOKE Anvil
Sunday 22 November | LONDON Purcell Room
Monday 23 November | BRISTOL The Louisiana

 


Tickets from serious.org.uk/JustinAndMauro

 

Watch our film about how these two master musicians met and developed their unique sound together through friendship and shared love of international music. From different musical paths; one post-punk, rock, and blues, the other from the trance of Taranta, folk, and traditional, their music builds up a frenzy of passion and elation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYIAhHHRm1E&feature=youtu.be

 

Justin Adams, guitarist, producer and composer, has been a creator of wonders with Robert Plant in the Sensational Space Shifters. His production on landmark albums by Tinariwen and Rachid Taha highlights his feel for North African groove, while his award-winning collaborations with Juldeh Camara linked griot tradition with raw blues spirit. His work with artists such as Jah Wobble and Sinead O’Connor was infused with the spirit of post-punk London, while his solo guitar album Ribbons was cited by Songlines magazine among the top 50 albums of the past decade. 

 


This new collaboration with Mauro Durante stems from a concert led by Ludovico Einaudi, the legendary Notte de Taranta in Puglia, where the two first played together, recognising kindred spirits in the trance rhythms of Taranta which transcend “melancolia” or the blues. Mauro Durante toured the world for many years with Ludovico Einaudi playing violin and frame drums. He is one of the leading players in the pizzica style of Southern Italy and leads Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who have played great festivals all over the world. Last year they were featured in their own concert at the BBC Proms (where Justin Adams guested with them) and they won Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards.


They have also released new music separately during lockdown:


Justin Adams presents his contemplative response to current times in this thoughtful music video for new track ‘Endless Ocean’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G254VokXc08&feature=youtu.be

 


Mauro Durante’s beautiful video of unity, WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME DANCE, was directed by Gabriele Surdo and has garnered over 400k views online and rising. It has also been projected on buildings around the world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MxRG0Jpdak&feature=youtu.be
https://www.facebook.com/wereallinthesamedance/


In Southern Italy, music and dance were once used to exorcise the poison of the Taranta spider. Today, in the midst of a global emergency, music comes out of the walls of a house in Puglia. 112 dancers film themselves performing a dance with their smartphones. In their rooms, houses, on rooftops, balconies, on fire escapes… Everywhere. Everybody on the same music. We’re all in the same dance.

 

 

‘Quarantine and seclusion were getting overwhelming.  I was feeling sad and scared, then I grabbed my violin, wrote a piece and got the idea of making a video out of it, involving dancers from different parts of the world who would film themselves from their own quarantine.

 


After speaking to my wife Silvia, a dancer, and my friend Gabriele Surdo, one of the most talented film directors I know, we started almost feverishly, daydreaming and traveling in thought. Hundreds of people responded to our appeal - friends, colleagues and people completely unknown to us. People who shared their time, their distant bodies, moving in unison.

 


We are excited, moved. We are not alone’ (Mauro Durante)

 

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

 

 

Barbican announces new digital content, pays tribute to NHS, and appoints interim Artistic Director.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

The Barbican has made more free digital content available, including a tribute to the late drummer and founding father of Afrobeat, Tony Allen. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Barbican announces new digital content, pays tribute to the NHS and appoints interim Artistic Director


The Barbican today announces new digital content available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free. All content is available at barbican.org.uk/readwatchlisten and via the Barbican’s social channels.


Highlights include:


A Tony Allen playlist, curated by Strut Records in tribute to the legendary Afrobeat drummer, who last appeared at the Barbican in 2019


Complicité’s award-winning production of The Encounter (2015), filmed at the Barbican, accompanied by a live discussion event and public Q&A with Simon McBurney


A specially recommissioned and recorded conversation between Karen Knorr and Anna Fox, two of the artists featured in Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020) in the Art Gallery


Family favourites chosen by Barbican Cinema curator Susie Evans to keep the over 5s entertained during lockdown

 

Inspired by the Barbican’s international arts programme, the curated mix of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme.


Podcasts can be accessed from the Read, Watch & Listen page or by subscribing to the Nothing Concrete podcast via Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


While the artistic programme moves online, the entrance to the Centre on Silk Street now displays a message of thanks to the NHS (download the image here), and on Thursdays the Conservatory will be illuminated in blue to coincide with the weekly nationwide applause for NHS workers and carers.


Meanwhile, the Barbican has recently appointed Leonora Thomson as interim Artistic Director, following Louise Jeffreys’ departure from the role in April this year. Leo first joined the Barbican in 2008 as Head of Communications, and in 2010 became Director of Audiences and Development. In 2015 she joined Welsh National Opera as Managing Director, where she worked until last year.


Leo Thomson, interim Artistic Director, Barbican said:
“We’re really pleased that people are enjoying the programming we’re curating for them on our Read, Watch & Listen page. We’re presenting a range of content that showcases the uniqueness of the Barbican’s artistic offer, exploring the times we’re living through but also bringing inspiration and joy. I’m thrilled to be working at this incredible institution. Although it’s strange not being in the building, it’s still an honour to help the organisation through this difficult period.”


Digital highlights


Alongside previously announced online highlights including a Nothing Concrete podcast series with Stephen Fry – the second episode of which will be available on Wednesday 13 May, Ballet Black’s streaming of Ingoma (2019), two short films commissioned for the cancelled The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape concert, a live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green, Birds Eye View director Mia Bays and Barbican curator Sonia Zadurian about The Assistant, and a Q&A with Barbican Visual Arts Curator Alona Pardo about the exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, this week’s new digital content includes:


Music

Celebrating Tony Allen
Following the sad news of legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen’s death on 30 April 2020, the Barbican’s Spotify channel now hosts a playlist: Barbican Profile: Tony Allen, as a tribute. A career retrospective, this playlist is curated by Strut Records and covers the full breadth of music performed by Tony Allen, beginning with his work with Fela Kuti and ending with his final track with Gorillaz.
Tony Allen last performed at the Barbican on 21 February 2019 in a collaborative concert alongside producer and composer Jeff Mills and he celebrated his 70th birthday with a special concert at the centre in 2010. Bryn Ormrod, Creative Producer at the Barbican said: “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of legendary Tony Allen. Tony was a beautiful person with a unique talent and a wicked sense of humour, it was easy to feel affinity with him. His drumming changed music forever; a pioneer of Afrobeat along with Fela, he also had a deep love of jazz, to which he returned with a recent release on Blue Note. We were honoured to have him grace the Barbican stage on many occasions - most recently with Jeff Mills. He leaves an indelible, joyful imprint and legacy in our hearts, minds and ears.”
The playlist is compiled by Quinton Scott at Strut. The label specialises in archive compilations ranging from African, Caribbean and Latin styles to underground disco and post-punk and has also released new studio projects by Mulatu Astatke, Pat Thomas, Seun Kuti, Ebo Taylor and more.


Cinema


Curators’ Picks


This week’s Cinema Curators’ Picks come from Susie Evans, as she suggests family favourites to keep the over 5s entertained during lockdown. Susie is curator of films and workshops for the Barbican’s hugely popular Saturday morning Family Film Club and the annual Family Film Weekender.


For children (and adults) Buster Keaton’s slapstick never loses its appeal. Susie recommends three shorts: One Week (USA 1920), The Scarecrow (USA 1920) and The Haunted House (USA 1921). Another Family Film Club perennial favourite for the whole family is Kirikou and the Sorceress (France/ Belgium 1998, Dir Michel Ocelot) (U), a captivating animation based on traditional west African folk tales.


Also on her list of must-sees is the ever-popular Moomins and the Comet Chase (Finland 2010, Dir Maria Lindberg) (U), which follows the lovable Tove Jansson characters on further adventures; Alfonso Cuarón’s beautifully shot A Little Princess, (UK 1995) (U), about a young girl’s tribulations at boarding school; and Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (France/ Belgium 2017, Dir Patrick Imbert) (U), a quirky trio of stories following the trials of a put upon fox and his rivalry with the local chickens. Susie Evans’ picks will be available on the Barbican’s Read, Watch & Listen page.


Please note that subscription fees apply for selected streaming platforms.

 

Theatre and Dance


The Encounter available to stream
For one week, from Friday 15 – Friday 22 May, Complicité’s award-winning production of The Encounter (2015), co-produced with and filmed at the Barbican, is available to stream here. Directed and performed by Simon McBurney, it will be accompanied by a live discussion event and public Q&A on Wednesday 20 May at 7.30pm. Audiences can register for the event at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xx91TL0fTuSMyesYwDVKXg.


Cheek by Jowl podcast
Every Friday, Cheek by Jowl’s Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod release a new podcast, in conversation with the host Lucie Dawkins. Insights into theatre, acting, directing and life are discussed around a particular theme each week. The podcast is available here.


Visual Arts


Karen Knorr and Anna Fox in conversation
On Tuesday 12 May, the Barbican releases a recording of In Conversation: Karen Knorr and Anna Fox on Mixcloud. Originally part of the public programme for Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020), and cancelled due to the temporary closure of the Centre, this talk has been specially recommissioned and recorded. The artists, both featured in the exhibition, discuss their practise, career experiences and the show.


Revisiting Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (2016)
Every Thursday from 14 May the Barbican Instagram channel @barbicancentre hosts #ThrowbackThursday, looking back into the archives at some of the standout exhibitions of the last 15 years. This week focuses on Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (2016) which was curated by iconic British photographer Martin Parr.


Exploring the archive
Past Barbican Art Gallery exhibitions can be experienced via the Google Arts & Culture platform. Virtual walk-throughs of The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined (2016), The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 (2017) and Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (2018), as well as long-reads on a range of exhibitions and topics including the Lee Krasner: Living Colour (2019) show, are available.


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. 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.

 


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. 


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Public information

http://www.barbican.org.uk

 

Melody Gardot calls out to musicians to join her remotely on her new charity single ‘From Paris With Love’.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Melody Gardot has put a call out to musicians across the globe to perform in place of a standard orchestra on her new charity single.Press release att.

We have received the following press release;

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER
MELODY GARDOT
CALLS OUT TO MUSICIANS AROUND THE WORLD TO JOIN HER, REMOTELY, ON NEW SINGLE
‘FROM PARIS WITH LOVE’


WATCH A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM MELODY ON INSTAGRAM HERE https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_keL0CKv-4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

On International Jazz Day, the world-renowned jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Melody Gardot, put a call out to musicians across the globe to perform in place of a standard orchestra on her eagerly-awaited new single – entitled ‘From Paris With Love’ via Decca Records to benefit healthcare workers and other musicians.


Like many, amidst the constraints of this pandemic, Gardot has been forced to put the recording of her newest studio album on hold.  The situation has inspired her to launch a personal initiative dedicated to musicians from around the world who are also currently confined to their homes.  The principle is simple: bring together an orchestra of strings and wind instruments who are currently unable to work and pay them as if they were in the studio together.


“There are so many magnificent artists and musicians on the planet who are not able to live their art or exercise their profession right now. I am at home in Paris waiting like everyone else. I realised we can try to do something beautiful all together and come out “virtually” from our confines to continue producing. I hope this project will give love and hope” explains the singer, who is waiving her profit on the track to support the charity Protégé Ton Soignant (see below for details).


Musicians apply via http://www.melodygardot.com. They will be sent musical charts, backing tracks and instructions with which to record and film themselves performing the piece at home.


Individual parts for the final recording will be chosen from submissions by Melody and her long-time collaborators, multi-Grammy winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux), multi-Grammy winning conductor, arranger and composer Vince Mendoza (Bjork, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello) and legendary engineer Al Schmitt.


Any musician chosen and featured in the final recording will be paid a fee relative to a standard UK union recording wage.


This single, once assembled will also be accompanied by a video, featuring all participating musicians, performing from their homes, dotted around the globe.

‘From Paris With Love’ will be a taste of the direction Gardot is heading for her next album, details of which are to be revealed soon.


Decca and Melody are waiving their profit on this track and will pay a minimum of £0.50 to the charity Protégé Ton Soignant for each permanent download sold in the UK and 0.20p for each permanent download sold outside of the UK or for every 150 streams.

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast May 3rd 2020.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show, which is transmitted on Mixcloud and by a number of UK & international stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid Radio Playlist

 

First broadcast May 3rd - now available at mixcloud.com/ukjazz


AKA Moon - Opus 111 (Out there)

 

Dominic Ingham Quintet - Role Models (self)

 

Master Oogway - Earth & Other Worlds (RuneGrammofon)

 

I like to sleep - Daymare (RuneGrammofon)

 

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues (ECM)

 

Julius Windisch Quartet - Chaos (Hout records)

 

Verneri Pohjola - The Dead Don’t Dream (Edition)

 

Martial Solal & Dave Liebman - Masters in Paris (Sunnyside)

 


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)

Tango Jazz Quartet - new videos produced for the benefit of audiences during Covid-19 lockdown.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Gustavo Firmenich, leader of Argentina's Tango Jazz Quartet has forwarded a series of eight new videos for fans to enjoy during lockdown. Details attached.

Gustavo Firmenich writes;

I hope you are well and handling the difficult situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic in the best way. The musical family could not be oblivious to this hard blow and surely we share anxieties and uncertainties, but surely each of us also does not stand still and each one will be looking for a way for better things to come out of this crisis. Tango Jazz Quartet is working to try to contribute its little grain of sand so that the music accompanies each of those who are isolated in their homes and concerned about their present and future. So the group did not stop working and produced a series of videos with different themes from their repertoire.
And nothing better than to share them and offer them selflessly to those who have trusted us and have given us the honor of being able to play in your venue.
Below are the links to the material that the group has produced so far that, if you wish, you can show to your audience.

 

A FUEGO LENTO
https://youtu.be/VIAaI1pqyRg


CUANDO TU NO ESTAS
https://youtu.be/MAPW5LWu3F4


DOÑA UBENZA
https://youtu.be/w1JRMabd08c


EL ULTIMO CAFÉ
https://youtu.be/Yyf3i_t6Sl4


MILONGA DE LA ANUNCIACION
https://youtu.be/EVIGt_He2Uw


SILBANDO
https://youtu.be/Ng40jBWmosw


ZAMBA PARA OLVIDARTE
https://youtu.be/Ef2CBCcgKgc


QUEDATE EN CASA (STAY AT HOME)
https://youtu.be/cxV0xqxR_zg

 

http://www.tangojazzquartet.com

 

Ian adds;

Thanks to Gustavo for forwarding these videos for TJQ’s fans in the UK to share. Tango Jazz Quartet have been frequent visitors to Europe and have performed on several occasions at Black Mountain Jazz in Abergavenny, which is where I got to meet Gustavo and the rest of the band. I’m delighted to share these videos with the Jazzmann audience and wish Gustavo and his bandmates well in these strange and challenging times.

 

 

Vitor Pereira introduces his new ‘Electric Chamber’ quartet with a series of new videos.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Portuguese born, London based guitarist Vitor Pereira has formed a new quartet featuring cellist Shirley Smart. The group hopes to record later in 2020 but has already issued a series of live videos.

Vitor Pereira writes;


I just thought about taking advantage of all this time spent at home during this crazy days to introduce you to my new band. We got some videos made just before the coronavirus hit. We’re planning to record something before the end of the year, but for now hope you enjoy these videos.

Electric Chamber is the latest band of guitarist Vitor Pereira
Once upon a time, on a particularly grey and rainy London day Vitor decided to dig into his old and forgotten folders of composition sketches and unfinished songs hidden away in the depths of his laptop.
Under a folder called “chamber” he found examples of music he had written years ago as an attempt to explore using a cello in some sort of chamber jazz setting.
The fragments of music sounded incredibly interesting and the potential for creating a new sound which explores elements of chamber classical music and the freedom and looseness of jazz was evident.
Electric Chamber was born!!


Shirley Smart – cello
Alam Nathoo – tenor sax
Adam Teixeira – drums
Vitor Pereira – guitar/compositions

 

“What if Ravel traveled through time and made a jazz band with cello, saxophone, drums and electric guitar”
……. Well, it would probably be something quite different but it might just tempt you to check out my new chamber jazz band’s videos:

 

https://youtu.be/WtoOv_RU6Bg

https://youtu.be/G7wIs1DLkdw 

https://youtu.be/fWe-4WH80SA

https://vitorpereira.net/index.php/electric-chamber

https://www.facebook.com/electricchamber

https://www.facebook.com/vitorpereiraquintet

https://twitter.com/varpereira