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Music through the Lockdown! - with Phil Meadows.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Saxophonist, composer and educator Phil Meadows has instigated a number of initiatives to help him, and his listeners, get through the current Covid-19 lockdown. Details attached.

Phil Meadows writes;

Music through the Lockdown!

Fill your time with Phil


I hope that you, your friends and your family are keeping safe!
With us all in lockdown, I’ve spent the past week making lots of content to help you make the most of your new found free time. Here’s a list of what you can check out and how you can support its creation:


The Underpass Returns:
The second edition of my online radio show has now been released and is available for your ears. It features 45 minutes of my favourite music, uniting genres from across the globe and bringing unsigned artists together in the same playlist as major label acts. Click here to listen.

Launching my… Online Jazz School:
With ensembles closing their doors, many people have been left without a musical outlet, so I have created my very own jazz school. Packed full of video lessons, hand-outs and quizzes; it’s a fully interactive online platform where you have weekly challenges to complete and upload and one hour per week of live Q&A with me.
All of this costs less than a single one-to-one lesson and as an extra bonus, those who sign-up in the next couple of days get a free download of my Lifecycles album. Click here to learn more.

Social Media Channels:
I’m keeping my social media channels up to date with lots of extra tips, tricks and fun musical activities so do make sure you check them out and interact with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can also support me…
As you’ll be aware, all of this content takes a lot of time and effort to prepare. I absolutely love making this stuff available for free as I believe that music should be open-access wherever possible, so that everybody gets a chance. That’s why I’ve set up a Patreon, where if you are feeling generous, you can support the creation of my content for as little as £3 p/m (a cup of coffee) or £5 p/m (a pint). Click here to learn more.


Instagram: @philmeadows
Twitter: @PMeadowsMusic

Barbican extends temporary closure to 30 June 2020.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The Barbican today announced the extension of its temporary closure period, with all events now postponed or cancelled until 30 June 2020. Statement attached.

Barbican extends temporary closure to 30 June 2020

The Barbican today announced the extension of its temporary closure period, with all events now postponed or cancelled until 30 June 2020.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said:
“Cancelling and postponing events at this scale really isn’t in our nature. However, having reviewed the current Government advice and looking at how long social distancing measures are likely to be in place, we feel we’re very unlikely to be open until at least the end of June. We therefore felt the best approach was to inform audiences, as well as the artists and organisations we work with, as soon as we could. We’ll continue to keep reviewing the closure date over the coming weeks.”

“To close our building was a poignant moment for us all. We’ll be back as soon as we can and are already looking forward to the moment we can reopen our doors. Until then, we’re continuing to focus on our digital offer, as we look to bring the best of the Barbican to audiences online.”

Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund, with information on how to claim this published here.
Due to the number of events being cancelled and tickets being refunded, the box office is initially prioritising processing refunds for events before 1 May, with ticket bookers for events after this date being contacted about refunds shortly.

The Barbican is encouraging audiences to donate to the organisation to enable it to keep investing in the artists and organisations it works with. It’s also asking audiences to consider donating to its Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.

The Barbican is also promoting its archive of high-quality digital content, which is available for everyone to read, watch or listen to for free. This includes the Barbican Sessions, which capture musicians playing around its iconic spaces; the Nothing Concrete podcast, which explores music, cinema, visual art, theatre, architecture and everything in between; and long read articles and videos to enjoy, all inspired by the Centre’s international arts programme.

A curated mix of digital content from across the art forms will be regularly shared, featuring artists from across the Barbican’s programme. Audiences can follow this on a daily basis via Barbican social channels or sign up to its mailing list via the Barbican website to receive a weekly round-up. This digital content can all be accessed here:

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.

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 29/03/2020.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Stay home, stay safe….and listen to the radio

This week’s show is now available to listen at any time at

Orchestra Nazionale della Luna - There’s still life on earth (BMC)


Agile Experiments - Alive in the Empire (Bandcamp )


Miklós Lukács Cimbiosis Trio - Music From The Solitude Of Timeless Minutes (BMC)


Francesco Cusa & The Assassins - The Uncle (Improvvisatore Involontario )


Øyvind Brække sextet - Wilderness (Losen)


Pericopes + 1 - UP (Losen)


Tineke Postma - Freya (Edition)


Ville Herrala - Pu (We Jazz Records)


European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00  Sunday/Weds 6pm Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT (Birmingham) Monday 6pm


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 From Our Living Rooms”, Online Music Festival and Fundraiser to run from April 1st - April 7th 2020.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The schedule has been announced for the "Live From Our Living Rooms" online festival with a line up including Chick Corea, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Linda Oh, Joe Lovano, Becca Stevens and more

Publicist Lydia Liebman writes;

First off, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the outpouring of support for the Live From Our Living Rooms Online Music Festival and Fundraiser. To see the music community at large rally around this cause is incredibly uplifting and we are certain this event will raise a lot of much needed money for struggling artists here in NYC. In particular, thank you to all the outlets that spread the news including Rolling Stone, Jazzwise, All About Jazz, Jazziz, The Telegraph, Broadwayworld and many others.

Secondly, and the main focus of this note - the schedule is out!

The general gist is this:
(all times are EST)

11:30am: Children’s Show
3:00pm: Masterclass
7:00pm: Musical Performance
8:00pm: Musical Performance

See the full schedule here.




Live From Our Living Rooms: An Online Music Festival and Fundraiser Runs April 1st through April 7th

Featuring Chick Corea, Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano, Linda Oh & Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride and more

All proceeds will provide emergency relief to New York City musicians whose freelance careers have been impacted by COVID-19.

Presented by Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and nonprofit partner, MusicTalks

Work for NYC’s musicians has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic as performances have been cancelled and venues have closed indefinitely. Live From Our Living Rooms Music Festival and Fundraiser will help to fill in the gap for struggling musicians by bringing the joy of music live-streamed from artists’ homes in NYC to viewers anywhere in the world. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate online, raising funds to provide performance grants awarded to musicians during this crisis.

Organized by NYC musicians Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and their nonprofit partner MusicTalks, the festival is proud to present a stellar lineup of artists contributing their time and talents to this cause. As the community is doing its part to stay safe and help prevent the spread of the virus, a stellar line-up of musicians will perform solo or in small groups who live under the same roof. Starting on April 1 and continuing through April 7, there will be 28 performances in 7 days: 2 evening performances, 1 masterclass or interdisciplinary presentation and 1 children’s show. Shows will be streamed on Crowdcast and simulcast on each artist’s Facebook pages.

Participants include Chick Corea, Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano, Linda Oh & Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez & Thana Alexa, Owen Broder, Sirintip, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, Tali Rubenstein, Michael Mayo, and many others.


The organization is soliciting tax deductible donations from audience members and institutional funders to provide performance grants to NYC musicians who submit an application and meet our performance grant criteria. The application for air will be released on March 31st and due back by April 8th with payouts to be processed before the end of the month. More information about the application, eligibility and deadlines can be found here.

All performances are free for viewers, but every dollar counts. Find out more at

About MusicTalks:
MusicTalks offers uniquely personal and informal concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles performed by the finest artists in New York. MusicTalks aims to break down the barriers between musicians and audiences by infusing engaging and interactive conversation into the concert experience. Audiences will form new connections to the music and have an experience that truly makes Music Talk.




Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Satchmo Award to Rachel and Mat Domber of Arbors Records.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Florida based Jazz Club of Sarasota has presented its prestigious Satchmo Award to Rachel Domber and her late husband Mat, founders and operators of Clearwater based Arbors Records.

We have received the following press release regarding the presentation of this award;

Jazz Club of Sarasota presents prestigious Satchmo Award to Rachel and Mat Domber of Clearwater-based Arbors Records

Sarasota, FL: The Jazz Club of Sarasota presented its prestigious Satchmo Award to Rachel Domber and her late husband Mat, founders and operators of Clearwater-based Arbors Records, on March 12 at a reception that was part of the pandemic-interrupted Sarasota Jazz Festival. The presentation had been planned as an important part of the Jazz Club’s 40th Anniversary Festival and was hastily rescheduled as musicians and audiences departed under an advisory from governmental officials.

Ed Linehan, president of the Jazz Club and managing director of the Sarasota Jazz Festival, said, “We are very pleased to honor the work of Rachel Domber and her late husband Matthew by presenting them with the Satchmo award, the Jazz Club’s highest recognition. This recognition commemorates the contributions of jazz great Louis Armstrong, nicknamed ‘Satchel Mouth’ or ‘Satchmo. We also thank The Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial Foundation, which sponsors the award in memory of Jazz Clubfounder Hal Davis.

“The Jazz Club created the Satchmo award in 1987 to honor those who have made a unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz, our original art form. I can’t think of anyone who fits that definition better than the Dombers,” Linehan said. “Through their efforts, Arbors has produced hundreds of albums since 1989, representing many classic styles of Jazz. The Arbors catalogue reads like a Who’s Who of American jazz of the last half century, including recordings by our own Dick Hyman—an NEA Jazz Master—and Ken Peplowski.”

Mat Domber was a New York-based lawyer with real estate interests in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He was also a jazz fan, record collector and listener, beginning with his preteen visits to Nick’s in Greenwich Village. He and his wife Rachel founded Arbors Records as an act of generosity, creating a culture of support and kindness that continues to this day.

“We started in 1989 without thinking of establishing a record label, but only to try to give our friend Rick Fay something he could sell on the bandstand. It grew into a labor of love and we now have over 400 recordings in our catalog,” Rachel said. The impetus was their friendship with Rick Fay, an outstanding reedman, singer, and composer who had been in the music business for over 40 years, mostly as a performer at the Disney parks in California and Florida, but who had never recorded as a leader.

Arbors changed that with their first release and Fay’s first album, Rick Fay’s Hot Five: Live at Lone Pine. Starting with Dixieland recordings by various Rick Fay groups, the highly regarded niche company now embraces traditional, contemporary, and classic jazz as well as the swing styles of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and beyond. The label, which describes itself as “Your Home of Contemporary Jazz and Swing,” features nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz performers as well as rising stars.

Beyond making records, Arbors was also the originator and producer of the acclaimed March of Jazz weekend jazz parties in Clearwater, Florida, starting with Bob Haggart’s 80th birthday in 1994 and continuing through 2012, when Mat died and Rachel needed some time to regroup.

Arbors is also a sponsor of the Sarasota Jazz Festival and the Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic in Clearwater Beach, Florida, as well as the Arbors Invitational Jazz Party, geared toward pianists, which began in 2002. In addition, Arbors president Rachel Domber was also president of the Statesmen of Jazz, an ensemble of legendary senior musicians who toured the world from 1998-2010 and recorded two Arbors CDs. In keeping with their generous nature, the Dombers never took reimbursements for their administrative, travel, or other costs. Instead, 100 percent of the proceeds went to the musicians and to nonprofit organizations that promote the continuation of jazz.

“I am very thrilled to have this award and I know Mat is so very happy too,” Rachel said, regarding the unique trophy designed by sculptor Frank Eliscu, who also designed the Heisman Memorial Football Trophy. “It was a surprise—and a tremendous feeling—to look at the list of other Satchmo recipients and realize that Arbors Records has recorded and supported many of them. They include of course Ken [Peplowski] and Dick [Hyman], whose new Lerner and Loewe album Counterpoint we’ve just released.” Among other Satchmo winners that Arbors has recorded as leaders (with Satchmo award dates in parentheses) are NEA Jazz Masters George Wein (1987) and Milt Hinton (1988); Bob Haggart (1999); Jerry Jerome (2002); Bucky Pizzarelli (2003) and John Pizzarelli (2003), Svend Asmussen (2012), and Wycliffe Gordon (2016). Those recorded as sidemen include Peter Appleyard (2007), Jeff Hamilton (2018), and the most recent winner, Houston Person (2019).

In keeping with its philosophy of supporting talent young and new, the latest Arbors recordings, released in 2018-2020, include two Lerner and Loewe projects: the previously mentioned Counterpoint by Satchmo winners Dick Hyman (2001) and Ken Peplowski (2014), and Adrian Cunningham and His Friends Play the Tunes of Lerner and Loewe. Other new releases are Professor Cunningham and His Old School Swing Disney;  James Suggs: You’re Going to Hear From Me; Ken Peplowski and Diego Figueiredo; Amizade; Dave McKenna in Madison;  Warren Vache: Songs Our Fathers Taught Us; and a new album, Everyone Wants to Rule the World, due out this month, pairing the hot young trio La Lucha with jazz stars Ken Peplowski, Diego Figueiredo, Chuck Redd, last year’s Satchmo winner Houston Person, and others.

Arbors doesn’t restrict its generous support of jazz to recordings and festivals. As coronavirus-related government closings have put many musicians (and others) out of work, Rachel and Arbors Records have stepped up to the plate. On March 18 she wrote, “This weekend in New York City we are recording a large group of musicians so we can give them some income during this difficult time. The musicians committed to this venture are Ken Peplowski as leader, along with Houston Person, Russell Malone, Nicki Parrott, Phil Stewart, Peter Washington, and Ehud Asherie.  I don’t know if it will come off because of a possible New York City shutdown, but we will see.” Unfortunately the health situation in NYC canceled this plan, but Rachel is undaunted. In fact, under her sponsorship, guitarist Diego Figuereido is recording the last few original songs for his Arbors album Antartica in his native Brazil, where recording studios are still open.

Looking back on Arbors’ three decades and its significant impact on the world of jazz, Rachel said,  “It has all been worth it.  And I’m very proud to receive the Satchmo Award. It gives me the energy and inspiration to keep going on.”

For further information about Arbors Records, visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 727.252.0123, (727 )866-3042, or 1.800.299.1930.

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz, America’s original musical art form. The Club has provided over 50 jazz-related events each year for over 40 years. Chief among them is the highly respected Sarasota Jazz Festival, presented every March. In addition to producing numerous jazz events, over the years the Club has granted over $250,000 to aspiring young jazz musicians.

To learn more, visit,email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or phone 941.366.1552 (W-F, 9-5).


Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 22/03/2020.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

European Jazz Hour First Broadcast – March 22nd

Stay in,
stay safe
and listen at any time at

Gina Schwartz – Panonica (crackedanegg records)


Meta Zero - Prometheus (QFTF)


Steve Houben - 7/7 (Igloo)


Max Nagl Trio - Moped (Jazzwerkstat)


Vula Viel - What’s not enough about that (Vula Viel)


Gabriele Fava - I can see the Darkness fall (Dodicilune)


Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den stora frågan - Are you Happy (Moserobie)



European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00  Sunday/Weds 6pm Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT (Birmingham) Monday 6pm


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

Pianist Fergus McCreadie releases home-made CD to help take fans’ minds off Covid-19 crisis.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Award-winning Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio release a live EP, "Live at Black Mountain", on Friday, March 27 2020. Available for a limited period through Bandcamp. Details attached.

Rob Adams has forwarded the following information regarding this forthcoming release;

Pianist McCreadie releases home-made CD to help take fans’ minds off crisis

Award-winning Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio release a live EP, Live at Black Mountain, on Friday, March 27.

The recording, taken from the group’s recent concert for Black Mountain Jazz in Abergavenny, is comprised of tracks from the trio’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards Album of the Year-winning debut album, “Turas”, along with group improvisations, and will be available for a limited period through Bandcamp.

“We didn’t intend to release any of the music from the recording,” says McCreadie. “But given the strange circumstances we all find ourselves in, it gives us a chance to keep in touch with our audience. David, Stephen and I are also really pleased with the concert and feel it’s one of the best we’ve played so far, so it makes sense to share it with the people who have supported us.”

All the CDs and sleeves will be specially made by McCreadie for each order. There are no plans to make the recording available digitally and the CDs will only be available for three months.

McCreadie, who has been playing livestreamed concerts with the trio, with singer Luca Manning and solo in the absence of live performances during the COVID-19 crisis, added: “We’d be privileged if people wanted to have an hour of us live in their homes. Hopefully it can bring some comfort and relaxation in this muddled and confusing time. If people can forget where they are for even just a minute and be tied to the moment, that is an incredibly affirming thing.”

The Fergus McCreadie Trio, “Live at Black Mountain” is available at the suggested minimum price of £6 including post and packaging here:  (link goes live on Friday March 27 2020).

Alan Broadbent - new album and special videos.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pianist Alan Broadbent has been forced to delay the release of his new album "Broadbent plays Brubeck". He has given permission for two live videos to be released to be enjoyed by those in isolation.

We have received the following information from Jan Matthies Music Management;

We planned to release “Broadbent plays Brubeck” (piano trio with string orchestra recorded at Abbey Road in London) on Alan’s birthday on April 23.

Please find the video trailer here:

Due to the current crises we postpone the release to a later date this year.

To lighten up these days for everyone a little bit Alan gave his permission to release 2 very special videos that you might be able to share with your audience? Or enjoy for yourself:

1. Irene Kral with Alan Broadbent, Frank Dela Rosa (bs) & Benny Barth (drs) 1977. 33:09 min
A live set recorded September 11, 1977 at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society 30 minutes south of San Francisco on Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay.
It is concluded by a very rare interview with Irene.

2. Alan Broadbent Trio live in Lustenau, Austria on March 23, 2012 (Phil Steen bs, Kai Bussenius dr) 1:48:27 h
This is the first concert in Europe under Alan’s own name. (first full-length concert video published)
The trio met for the very first time 1h before the concert with a 10min soundcheck.
Alan was on full jetlag having arrived on the same day.

Alan Broadbent – – 2-time Grammy Winner

“…one of the greatest living jazz pianists.” – LA Times

“a close encounter with a jazz titan” – DownBeat Magazine

Bruno Heinen Trio - new album and live performances.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Pianist and composer Bruno Heinen will release his new trio album "Out of Doors" on May 22nd 2020. There will be a Livestream on 25th March and hopefully tour dates from May onwards. Press release att

We have received the following press release;

New album from Bruno Heinen with new Trio.  First 3 planned dates on tour now cancelled, but live streaming from Kansas Smittys
25 March -  7pm

Out of Doors
(Heinen Records. CD HRBHCD01 / Vinyl HRBHLP01)
RELEASE:  22 May 2020
LAUNCH:  5 June 2020 – Kings Place, London

Bruno Heinen piano/Fender Rhodes, Andrea Di Biase bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

Bruno Heinen introduces his new trio with their debut album Out of Doors and a Spring/Summer tour of 15 dates across the UK.  Joining him, his long-time musical partner, Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase, and acclaimed US drummer, who we now think of as our very own, Gene Calderazzo.

An original suite by Bruno, the starting point for Out of Doors was the eight Hungarian folk melodies used by Bela Bartók in his 1920 composition 8 Improvisations Op. 20.  Bruno also cites a particular passion here for Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle, Alice Coltrane’s Journey in Satchidananda, Chick Corea’s Now he Sings Now he Sobs, and the piano music of Ligeti and Ravel.

Over the 8 movement Out of Doors, Bruno’s roots in impressionistic classical music are concentrated by Andrea’s classical training and deep understanding of European jazz and Gene’s renowned groove and swing.

The Trio promises a live experience both reflective and radiant, over their 15 date UK tour through Spring/Summer 2020, with the album launch at Kings Place on Friday 5 June.

Bruno Heinen has released 8 albums since 2012’s Twinkle Twinkle of Dialogues Trio with Julian Siegel, up to 2019’s solo Pretty Things reworkings of David Bowie’s music.  Number 9, Out of Doors, is released on his own label, on vinyl and CD, and distributed by Hoxton Vinyl for physical, and digitally by Amuse.

Tour dates;

Thurs 14 May
COVENTRY Tin Arts Centre, Coventry Canal Basin Units 1-4, CV1 4LY.  £8/£10

Sun 24 May
LONDON Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ

Fri 5 June
LONDON Kings Place 90 York Way, London N1 9AG *ALBUM LAUNCH*
£14.50 / £9.50

Mon 8 June
ASHBURTON Arts Centre 15 West St, Newton Abbot TQ13 7DT

Tues 9 June
ST IVES Jazz Club, Gabriel StreetTR26 2LU

Wed 10 June
CARDIFF Flute and Tankard 4 Windsor Place, CF10 3BX

Sat 13 June
BRIGHTON Verdict 159 Edward St, Kemptown, BN2 0JB

Sun 14 June
SOUTHAMPTON Modern Jazz Club, Mango Basement, 5 Canute Rd, SO14 3FH

Wed 1 July
SHEFFIELD Lescar 303 Sharrow Vale Rd, Sharrow S11 8ZF

Thur 2 July
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Gosforth Civic Theatre Regent Farm Rd NE3 3HD

Fri 3 July
GLASGOW Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Fri 18 September
BIRMINGHAM Jazz, 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St, B1 3HE
£ various, from £5-15


Bruno Heinen - Currently professor of jazz piano and composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Bruno is a London based improvising pianist, composer and educator. In 2009 he was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Composers Award, and he has recently completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the RNCM investigating improvised counterpoint. He has collaborated with artists such as Shabaka Hutchings, Denys Baptiste, Jean Toussaint, Heidi Vogel and Sir Simon Rattle amongst others.  As a composer, Bruno has written for groups ranging from sextet to 2 pianos and percussion (for a project with Pete Saberton), and from big band to classical string ensemble for a 2017 commission from Camerata Alma Viva.

Andrea Di Biase - Double Bass player and composer based in London/Milan, Andrea began working with Bruno in Dialogues Trio in 2012.  He studied classical double bass at Conservatory of Milan and jazz post-graduate at Guildhall, and has played with world class jazz musicians including Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Pete Saberton and Asaf Sirkis, and was part of the last group of legendary trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler.

Gene Calderazzo - Currently residing in the UK, New York musician Gene Calderazzo has established himself as one of the busiest drummers on the international jazz scene. Notable performances have included Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Steve Grossman, Eddie Henderson, The NDR, Mike Gibbs, Bheki Mseleku, UMO, Sting, Radiohead, James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius, Gary Husband, Wayne Krantz, Bobby Watson and Eddie Gomez amongst others.

Supported using public funding
by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Album promo video;

“eclectic, eccentric, unobtrusively erudite” John Fordham, Guardian

Brecon Jazz Club and Festival and Hot Club, Cardiff - audio files to enjoy listening to while self isolating from Covid-19.

Monday, March 23, 2020

As part of their latest e-mail out to Brecon Jazz Club members Lynne Gornall & Roger Cannon have provided audio links to previous Club and Festival performances. Details attached.

Lynne and Roger are happy for these files to be shared with the wider jazz public. The bulk of the latest Brecon Jazz Club email appears below;

Hello Everyone

Our lovely social gatherings and enjoyment of jazz music together, often following meals provided by cafes and restaurants around the town, have been life-affirming for all of us, and over the many years that we have been running.

We thank you and the team, venue, food providers, for all this support.

Because of current circumstances, we are suspending these monthly jazz gatherings: musicians should not travel or get together to rehearse, our venue must close, members need to stay away.

It feels like a period of social austerity - but things will return in time, and music and the arts will be some of the most important things in our well-being.

Of course, whilst we all like and enjoy live music, the documentation of jazz and other genres through recordings, is also one of the wonders of our world.

So please take time to ‘listen again’: to some of last year’s Brecon Jazz Festival concerts, with sound files created by Rhys Phillips. For info, we also have an ongoing project in collaboration with Brecon Volunteer Bureau, to edit and produce many more of our Jazz video recordings for public access. Let’s start with an audio of Samantha Wright Quintet (two clarinets, piano, bass, drums) at BJ Festival, Friday 9th August 2019 (at the Muse); then we are giving you the whole works: full sets (Guildhall concerts-hi quality), single tracks (lower res recordings but fab music) Gareth Roberts’ ‘Ellington’ Quartet, Sat 10th August (Wellington Hotel), Ross Stanley (Muse), Ocaso (Castle Hotel), Gethin Liddington (Wellington) Sunday lunchtime 11th August…What times we’ve had!
Full sets / single tracks / ‘Birdland’ compilation, best of BJF2019 : you can also download these, thanks to Rhys’ dedicated support and work.


Another amazing friend, Paul Dunleavy, has recorded and produced many Cafe Jazz live music events in Cardiff, over several years, including most of our monthly ‘Hot Club’ sessions too. You will see and hear many of the artists who have come to play for us in Brecon, sometimes in different combinations or lineups. The splendid Victoria Klewin did a set for us at Cafe Jazz with musicians Adam Stokes & Ashley Long, and this fresh memory of a lovely jazz voice and trio is the latest (and last, for now) in Paul’s collection: just checked the link and it really cheered us up - Cheek to Cheek, what a great number, see those musicians at work and loving what they do! Enjoy:-

And please, share your favourites with us and others. We have Facebook pages -

Fb Brecon jazz club:

Fb Clwb jazz Aberhonddu:

Our best wishes to all, keep well and in touch. Till we have more live music, please enjoy the pleasures of concerts we have been proud and privileged to stage and hear only last year…we will be sending more links out in due course. Thanks to the musicians and sound people for these treasures.

Lynne & Roger
Brecon Jazz Club
Contact - Email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

A message of hope from Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The organisers of the 36th Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival are still hopeful of staging the Festival from July 17th to 26th 2020. Statement attached.

We have received the following media announcement;


The 36th Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival


The Jazz Festival feels it important to clarify our current position regarding how it is, and might in the future, be affected by the coronavirus situation.

As of today, we intend to continue with the plans to present The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival from July 17th to 26th.

We will closely monitor the development of the effects of the virus, and if it becomes apparent that it would not be appropriate to adhere to these dates then we will re-arrange for later in the year as appropriate.

The festival is more or less in place at the moment with 150 confirmed performances in 85 venues with bands and artists from the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, the USA and Lithuania all in place.

We will continue to evaluate the position of the festival fortnightly as events develop, and continue preparing the programme of events for public release by the end of May.

Venues, artists, festival partners and associates and festival fans have all been informed of the position.

I will be pleased to discuss any element of the festival at any time.

Jim Simpson
Festival Director

Big Bear Music
Po Box 944
B16 8UT, England
Tel: 0121 454 7020

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The Jazzmann Gigs and Events Listings – Statement regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Ian Mann shares his thoughts on the role of the Jazzmann site during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The Jazzmann Gigs and Events Listings – Statement regarding Covid-19 restrictions.

Saturday March 21st 2020


Yesterday’s government decision to close ALL places of entertainment effectively makes our ‘Gigs & Events’ pages irrelevant for the foreseeable future.

However as all the entries would have to be removed individually I have decided to keep them in place. I intend to dedicate the time that would have been spent in taking them down to reviewing recorded music instead.

Similarly, several new stories that have already been published will include tour dates that will now not happen. For similar reasons these will stay in place, and like the gig listings will automatically drop off the system when they reach their expiry date.

I think that everybody knows by now that live music is on hold indefinitely and I don’t envisage myself reviewing another live show for some quite some time.

As I have intimated I will spend this period of enforced isolation by reviewing more recorded music and tackling some of the backlog of CDs at Jazzmann Towers.

I feel desperately sorry for all my friends in the jazz community – performers, promoters, venue owners, record label owners, publicists, photographers and everybody else affected by this unprecedented crisis. The whole thing is a disaster for the music industry and for the economy as a whole.

All I can realistically do is to keep well, keep the site going and to review as many albums as possible. I’d urge everybody reading this to support the artists by buying their music and merchandise on line and by subscribing to the numerous livestream performances that the ever enterprising musicians are putting out on the web for our entertainment as we ride out this crisis.

Jazz will survive. It always does.

Stay safe and stay sane everybody. See you on the other side of all this.

Best wishes to you all.


An appeal from the Green Note, Camden Town, London.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Green Note is among the London venues that have been forced to close due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Its proprietors have appealed to music lovers to make donations to keep help the venue going.

Immy & Risa, proprietors of the Green Note have issued the following statement;

COVID-19 Update - A call for support!

To all our Green Note followers,

We were of course hoping to be able to email you as usual with exciting news about all our upcoming shows, but as you all know, things have taken an unprecedented turn due to the coronavirus outbreak and its knock on effects…

We have taken the heart-breaking decision to cancel or reschedule all our shows over the coming weeks, and close the doors of Green Note until further notice.

The safety of our artists, audience members and staff is our priority, and this felt like the only responsible course of action we could take. If you have booked a ticket for a show, you will be contacted by email with details of the rescheduled date or if the show is cancelled, you will automatically be refunded.

As a small, independent venue, this will have a huge impact on many levels and as you can imagine, means we are in for a very tough time: our lovely, loyal staff’s source of income is under threat, musicians have been left in the devastating position of having gigs cancelled… and finally, our beloved venue, which relies on all of your support (buying tickets, coming to see shows, buying food and drinks at the bar) is standing empty. Without our usual sources of income, Green Note is under critical threat and if any of you are in a position to help, we would be very grateful.

There is a growing online movement to support grassroots venues suggesting that people who have a ticket for a cancelled show, can opt not to receive a refund, but instead choose to use this as a donation towards helping the venue through this difficult time. However, the ticket provider we use processes refunds automatically, so do not offer us this option.

Nevertheless, if you would like to make a donation to show your support, you CAN do so by clicking the link here.
Every little helps, and we will use these donations towards retaining our hard-working, dedicated team and helping the venue come through this difficult period. We would be so grateful for any support you can offer.

This is obviously an extremely challenging time for musicians as well, who overnight have lost a large part of their livelihoods. We encourage you to support musicians directly through their own websites by purchasing their music and merchandise.

Currently we’re just firefighting, picking up the pieces and getting on top of the admin for all the cancelled and rescheduled gigs. However, once things have settled somewhat, we will be changing our focus and hope to come up with creative ideas and ways to continue working with and supporting our musicians during this period of closure.

We are DETERMINED to survive this and will be doing our best to get our shows back on track as soon as possible! This too shall pass…. We know we have a loyal community of supporters and music fans out there, and are very much hoping to be back with our usual exciting and eclectic programme of music sooner rather than later!

Hope you all stay healthy and stay safe…

Lots of love,

Immy & Risa xx

Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN

Nominations announced for Jazz FM Awards 2020.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The full list of nominees for the 2020 Jazz FM Awards has been announced. Details are included in the attached press release.

We have received the following press release;


Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Jacob Collier, Celeste, Philip Bailey, Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Jazzmeia Horn and more nominated for the Jazz FM Awards 2020

The nominations for the Jazz FM Awards 2020, produced by Serious, have been announced today, recognising the best emerging new artists, contemporary icons and established stars from across the worlds of jazz, soul and blues. More than ever, this year’s shortlist reflects the genre’s rude health and the melting pot of sounds and influences which make up its rich multicultural history.

Represented this year are the likes of legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, iconic soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis, powerhouse jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, and blues singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’.

Four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, and Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Yazz Ahmed, Binker Golding, Xhosa Cole and Ashley Henry are amongst the British artists nominated, showcasing the exceptional musical diversity and talent bursting from the UK scene right now. 

The night will feature an array of world-class performances and a host of special guests, to be revealed very soon. 


Once again, the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Award and Impact Award recipients will be announced ahead of the ceremony. Music greats such as George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Don Was & Blue Note Records and the late Hugh Masekela have received these special awards in previous years. 

A new category Venue of The Year launches this year with Church of Sound, Love Supreme Festival and Manchester’s Band On The Wall amongst those in contention, which in addition to Album Of The Year and the PRS For Music UK Jazz Act Of The Year will be decided by public vote.

Andrea C. Martin, CEO, PRS for Music, said: “I am delighted that we are once again supporting the Jazz FM Awards, celebrating the brightest stars in the jazz, soul and blues community. The UK Jazz Act of the Year award is always hotly contested and we’re looking forward to seeing who the public vote as the winner. Congratulations to everyone nominated across all the awards, your creativity, innovation and vision continues to inspire us.”


Public voting is open now at and will close on Wednesday 15th April at 23:59.

The Jazz FM Awards is made possible with support from PRS for Music, PPL, Mishcon de Reya, Hampstead Jazz Club, Saint Lucia Wellness Festival, Cambridge Audio, Arqiva, Oanda, British Airways, Shoreditch Town Hall, Yamaha UK, Blue Orchid Hotels and Saville Row Gin.

High res photos are available from here.

Full list of 2020 nominations:

Sponsored by Cambridge Audio
Rosie Turton
Xhosa Cole
Yelfris Valdés

Sponsored by Oanda
Jacob Collier
Jazz re:freshed

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

Sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club
Binker Golding
Mark Kavuma
Shirley Tetteh

Sponsored by Saint Lucia Wellness Festival
Branford Marsalis
Charles Lloyd
Kris Davis

Sponsored by British Airways
Anderson .Paak
Philip Bailey

Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels
Keb’ Mo’
Gary Clark Jr.
Jon Cleary


Alice Zawadzki
Georgia Cécile
Judi Jackson



Joe Armon-Jones
SEED Ensemble
Yazz Ahmed

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

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


Impact Award

Gold Award

PPL Lifetime Achievement Award


Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio - latest playlist.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available at

Raoul Björkenheim - Solar Winds (Long Song Records)

Live People Ensemble - High Water (Fancy Music)

Gard Nilssen Supersonic Orchestra - If you listen carefully the music is yours (Odin)

Graham Costello’s Strata - Cygnus (Gearbox)

Miko Pettinen Why Not - Two Suites for The Change (Eclipse)

Rymden - Live on Earth (Jazzland)

European Modern Jazz on the radio;

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00  Sunday/Weds 6pm Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT (Birmingham) Monday 6pm

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)


Several London jazz venues to close on a temporary basis during Covid-19 outbreak.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A number of London venues are to close their doors on a temporary basis during the Covid-19 outbreak. These include The Barbican Centre, The Jazz Cafe, Camden and Jazz Cafe POSK.

Many London jazz venues appear to have closed their doors on a temporary basis due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Jazzmann strongly advises readers to check with individual venues before considering attending or travelling to any potential gig, a scenario that now applies to all areas of the country.

We have received the following statement from the Barbican, the words mirroring the sentiments of several other similar statements that we have received.

Please see below the public information just published on the Barbican website regarding the temporary closure of the Barbican to safeguard public health:

The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to new UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. The safety of our staff and audiences is our most important consideration, so we’ve taken the decision to fully close the building during this period.

We’re sorry to the artists and audiences affected and recognise the significant impact that this closure will have on all those we work with or that are due to attend our events.

Please keep checking this page for the latest information on refunds for cancelled events. As we’re having to cancel or postpone a large number of events, please be patient with us and try to avoid contacting our box office at this stage and we’ll be providing full information as soon as we can.

The Barbican relies on box office income and donations to deliver our programme, pay staff and artists and to run our building. The current situation presents a very significant financial challenge to us, alongside the artists and organisations we work with, so, if you’re able, please consider making a donation to help support our future work.

Thanks for bearing with us during this unprecedented situation and we hope to be able to welcome you back to the Barbican soon.



Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2020 cancelled.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It is with deep regret that Cheltenham Festivals has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival. Official statement attached.

The organisers of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival have made the following public statement:

It is with deep regret that Cheltenham Festivals has taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival. The safety of our Festival-goers, artists, staff, volunteers, partners and the wider community is our priority, in relation to COVID-19.

Our charity was born in 1945 during the second world war as a response from the creative community to a global crisis. Since this time, we have brought the very best artists, writers and scientists to Cheltenham; created unique experiences and a year round outreach programme to engage everyone with science and the arts. We are determined to secure our work for the future with the help of all those who have been so generous to support our Festivals over the years.

We know the cancellation of our Festivals will be disruptive and disappointing. We ask for support and patience as we navigate our way through these unprecedented times and consider different options.

Extraordinary circumstances such as this pandemic have serious financial consequences for us. As a not-for-profit charity we hope our supporters and audiences will be willing to work with us to find a way forward.

Ali Mawle Director of Learning and Public Engagement said: “When this crisis subsides, we are going to need culture more than ever to lift the spirits, foster community and galvanise creativity. We ask supporters to help us safeguard the future of Cheltenham Festivals so we can continue to play our part locally, nationally and internationally. We are brimming with ideas of how to bring world-class culture to Cheltenham in the months to come.”

Cheltenham Festivals Senior Management Board

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Friday, March 13, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available at

Felix Zurstrassen – Nova (Igloo Jazz)

Johnny Hunter - Pale Blue Dot (Northern Contemporary)

Lenny Sendersky - Blues Mizrahi (Losen)

Linley Hamilton - For the Record (Teddy D Records)

Nikolov – Ivanovic Undectet - Frame and Curiosity (Coolabel/Absilone )

Jesper Hoiby - PlanetB (Edition)

PLOT - Cadenza (Whyplayjazz)

European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00  Sunday/Weds 6pm Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT (Birmingham) Monday 6pm


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 at The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff - programme for April 2020.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Brenda O'Brien of Jazz at The Flute & Tankard has forwarded detailed listings of the programme for April 2020. Schedule attached.

Jazz At The Flute and Tankard
4 Windsor Place Cardiff
CF10 3BX
contact 02920496802
Start 9.00pm Finish approx 11.00pm
Admission £7 / Students £5

Tuesday 7th April               -   
Moostak Trio - Album release tour.
Harry Christelis (guitar/electronics/compositions). Andrea Di Biase (double bass) and Dave Storey (drums).
Expect a seamless blend of free immersive sonic landscapes. 

Wednesday 8th April - Olly Chalk trio - more info to follow

Tuesday 14th April - Cambircan - more info to follow

Wednesday 15th April -TBC

Tuesday 21st April - Banshee Therapy Session - 
Through the medium of Free Jazz, improvised music and groove, This is a chance to express yourself, to let go of your musical inhibitions and release some                                     tension. Open to all musicians, all instruments, all genres, it’s a place to try new things, meet new people and explore your instruments. Always a great

Wednesday 22nd April -  Jonny Mansfield Quartet - Jonny Mansfield (Vibraphone), Will Barry (piano), Will Harris (bass) and Boz Martin-Jones (drums).
They will be playing a mixture of his new music, which will be released on his up and coming EP, and music from his recent album Elflet. Check his music out on https://youtube/jmkSygyMJbl

Tuesday 28th April - Matt Griffiths and Friends. Matt makes a flying visit to Cardiff from his adopted home of Berlin. Matt (drums), Michael Blanchfield (keys) and John Close (guitar). They will be playing a mix of favourite standards inspired by Wes Montgomery, Melvin Rhyne and Peter Bernstein.  Plus in the second set there will be a Special Guest. 

Wednesday 29th April - Huw V Williams Quartet-  Huw comes to Wales with a few friends from Berlin.
Huw(bass), Mark Pringle (piano), Jonathan Lindhorst (sax) and Max Santner (drums).   

The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London - Late Nights and New Talent.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Vortex is beginning a new late night series of events highlighting emerging jazz talent. Schedule attached.

The Vortex has forwarded the following information;

Late Nights and new talent at The Vortex.

Over the next couple of months, we have an incredible series of Late Night shows here at the Vortex featuring young up-and coming talent from across London and the UK. And now we have discount tickets to see the late show if you’re attending the main show before for only a fiver! So take a look below, see what new sounds and fresh ventures we have in store and stick around to the early hours, from 23:00 with our late nights!

A hundred leagues away from the established canons of jazz, Kouma features Romain Dugelay, baritone sax, keyboards, Damien Cluzel on guitar and Leo Dumont on drums. 11th March.

As part of the Jazz Connective programme on the 12th of March, grab tickets for the award-winning Irish vocalist’s new trio which explores themes of ecology and the natural world through song writing and improvisation.

Following on from Sara Dowling’s Set with Michael Kanan on the 20th of March, KOMA are a young and tight jazz outfit displaying artistic dexterity beyond their years, which met playing together in the Tomorrow’s Warriors programme.

Following on from Byron Wallen’s Portrait album Tour on the 21st March, Alto saxophonist Rachael Cohen performs with heavyweights James Copus, Tom Farmer and Jon Scott.

Following on from ‘Twins: Celebrating Bird and Diz’ on the 3rd of April, Sen3 are An exciting new genre-hopping guitar trio have emerged from London’s melting pot.

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

T: 020 7254 4097 (Mon-Fri 12-6pm)

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The Brass Monkeys - forthcoming live dates in 2020 and potential UK tour in 2021.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Brass ensemble The Brass Monkeys have a short series of UK live dates coming up in 2020. They are also seeking bookings for a full tour of the UK during 2021.

The Brass Monkeys write;

The Brass Monkeys – a mix of some of the UK’s most exciting players explore the textures and timbres that a group of excellent improvisers can bring to this music.
In the spring of 2021, The Brass Monkeys are looking to tour across the UK. We have put together a great line-up that embraces an vibrant mix of youth and experience.

The Brass Monkeys Are:

Trumpets/flugels – Chris Dowding (Natural Causes, Rude 2.0);
Charlotte Keeffe (Space Painters, Keeffe/Macari Duo)
French horn – Jim Rattigan (Pavillon, Haden/Bley Liberation Music Orchestra)
Trombones – Annie Whitehead (Rude 2.0, Penguin Café Orchestra); Kieran McLeod (New World, Julian Argüelles Septet);
Saxes/clarinets – Paul Jolly (The People Band, Loverly)
Tuba/leader – Ben Higham (Monk Inc., Arthur, Loverly)
Drums – Olly Blackman (Hackney Colliery Band, Quadracerotops)

The repertoire is half original and a range of material from all kinds of sources including tunes by Herbie Nicols, Bill Frisell, Lillian Hardin-Armstrong, Archie Shepp, Jonas Gwangwa, Lester Bowie, Taj Mahal, Thelonious Monk, Dudu Pukwana……… The key element in all our music is the opportunity for interplay between the musicians which is at the organic heart of this band. This is achieved in part by a combination of improvising contexts; solos, duos, trios and full ensemble interactions stimulate the essential spontaneity. Basically, we are all ears.

Over the years ensemble members have worked with (to name a few) Joan Armatrading, Lianne Carroll, Elvis Costello, Julia Doyle, Joe Gallivan, Joe Jackson, Chris MacGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Louis Moholo Moholo, Laura Mvula, Maggie Nicols, Natural Causes, Courtney Pine, Dudu Pukwana, The People Band, John Russell, Paul Rutherford, John Stevens, The Style Council, Keith Tippett, Jah Wobble, Robert Wyatt….

Fees – We are applying to the Arts Council for tour support. We are interested in offers including possible door splits.

Upcoming Gigs;

Camouflage, Norwich –Thursday 7th May
Lichfield Jazz Festival – Saturday 31st May
Karamel, London – Thursday 2nd July

Recent Gigs;
18/1/20 – Pizza Express Live, Soho, London
4/10/19 – The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London
20/8/19 – Pizza Express Live, Soho, London
10/5/19 – The Bear Club, Luton
9/5/19 – Camouflage, Norwich

Ben Higham
+44 (0) 7703 403922

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Spike’s Place Jazz Clubs - programme for April 2020.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Spike's Place chain of jazz clubs has announced its programme for April 2020 with events taking place in Beckenham, Brentwood, and Saffron Walden.

From Sonia Nolder via Facebook;

April 2020 - Gigs at BECKENHAM

Spike’s Place. Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3SR.
Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless listed otherwise.

Thursday 2nd April – 8.30pm
James Scannell - saxophone with Gabriel Latchin – piano Simon Woolf – bass & Paul Cavaciutte - drums

Thursday 9th April – 8.30pm
Ted Beament – piano Murray Salmon & Les Cirkel

Thursday 23rd April – 8.30pm
Jo Harrop vocals & Al Nicholls - sax with Ted Beament Manuel Alverz – bass & Rod Brown

April 2020 - Gigs at BRENTWOOD

Spike’s Place. Bardswell Club, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4TJ. Tel 01245 420475. For more info, visit or join our Facebook page. Admission £15 non-members, £12 members unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday 7th April – 8.00pm
James Scannell - saxophone with Matyas Geyer – piano Simon Woolf – bass & Paul Cavaciutte - drums

Tuesday 21st April – 8.00pm
Derek Nash - saxophone with Graham Harvey – piano Geoff Gascoyne – bass & Clark Tracey - drums


April 2020 - Gigs at SAFFRON WALDEN

Spikes Place at Saffron Walden
Saffron Suite, High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ
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For advance bookings contact: Susan 01245 420475

Thursday 16th April – 8.30pm
Matt Wates with the Leon Greening Trio
Admission £12.00

Bebel Gilberto - new album and UK, European and North American tour dates.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Brazilian vocalist & songwriter Bebel Gilberto will release her new album "Agora" on May 1st . She will be touring in the UK, Europe & N.America in May & June including a date at Cheltenham Jazz Fest.

We have received the following press release;

Bebel Gilberto - new album Agora released 1st May 2020.

World renowned Brazilian singer-songwriter
To release first new studio album in six years
1st May on [PIAS] Recordings

CD / Digital - 1st May 2020

Vinyl - 5th June 2020

[PIAS] Recordings is thrilled to announce the worldwide release of a stunning new album by the iconic ground-breaking Brazilian artist Bebel Gilberto entitled Agora (“Now”) on 1st May 2020. This is Gilberto’s first new studio album in six years and was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent). Agora will be available 1st May on CD & all digital formats and 5th June on vinyl - Listen to Gilberto’s intoxicating new single “Deixa” HERE.

“I have gone through a lot while we were writing and recording this album. I lost my best friend, then six months later my Mom and then six months after that my Dad. It was very hard for me and still is,” says Bebel Gilberto. “I took a different approach with Agora, supported by the love and confidence I received from my long-time friend and producer of the album, Thomas Bartlett. Thomas trusted me - and let me be me. The album as a result is a little bit crazier, more mature and extremely sincere.”

World renowned and multi-Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto has been enchanting fans and critics worldwide since her solo debut release in 1986. She catapulted onto the global music scene with a track on the celebrated compilation CD, RED HOT + RIO, followed by the worldwide success of her hit breakout album Tanto Tempo in 2000. The album featured her trademark electronic bossa nova, taking over clubs around the world and positioning Bebel as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists since the ‘60s. Critically-acclaimed albums to follow included Bebel Gilberto (2004), on which she refined her sound to create an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a Brazilian composer, and Momento (Six Degrees 2007), which masterfully showcased her skills at fusing all her musical styles. Bebel’s 2009 Grammy-nominated album All in One (Verve), brought to forefront more of Bebel’s personality and love for organic rhythms. In 2014, Bebel Gilberto released a beautiful concert DVD called Bebel Gilberto in Rio in Brazil, featuring a superb live concert on the beaches of Rio. Returning to her trademark sultry Brazilian rhythms infused with electronic beats, Bebel followed up with the album Tudo, released in August 2014 on Sony to great media acclaim.


1. Tão Bom

2. Agora

3. Cliché

4. Bolero

5. Essence

6. Na Cara

7. Deixa

8. Raio

9. Yet Another Love Song

10. O Que Não Foi Dito

11. Teletransportador

Live dates :

02 May - BRISTOL Fiddlers

04 May - LONDON Royal Festival Hall

06 May - DUBLIN National Concert Hall

07 May - CHELTENHAM Jazz Festival

09 May - BASEL Volkshaus

11 May - ROTTERDAM Bird

12 May - AMSTERDAM Paradiso

13 May - PARIS New Morning

15 May - VIGO Teatro Afundación

16 May - LISBOA Tivoli

18 May - SAN SEBASTIAN Teatro Victoria Euenia

20 May - BARCELONA Barts

22 May - CASTELLON Auditorio De Castellon

23 May - ANDORRA Auditorio Nacional

27 June - MONTREAL Jazz Festival

Album pre-order here;

Ben Wendel signs to Edition Records.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Saxophonist Ben Wendel, of the group Kneebody, has signed a solo deal with Edition Records. He will release his debut album for the label, "High Heart" in September 2020.

We have received the following press release from Edition Records;

Ben Wendel Signs to Edition.

We are proud and excited to announce that saxophonist Ben Wendel has signed to Edition for his new album ‘High Heart’ with Shai Maestro, Gerald Clayton, Michael Mayo, Joe Sanders and Nate Wood, due for release in Sept 2020.

High Heart is a play on the phrase “High Art, Low Art.”

“This project reflects my continued effort to create art that is personal and relevant in an increasingly impersonal time. The song titles refer to different challenges I’ve experienced while interfacing with a global audience. For example, the song “More” refers to the dangers of technological overuse and losing perspective, while the song “High Heart” refers to the human desire to connect and express through these new mediums at the risk of feeling isolated and cut off.

The digital age has created a profound paradigm shift and challenged what it means to be an artist. This changing perception of art and culture is aptly summarized in a recent study:

“For today’s audiences, the definition of culture has democratized, nearly to the point of extinction. It’s no longer about high versus low or culture versus entertainment; it’s about relevance or irrelevance…it is up to cultural organizations to reassert culture’s purpose in an increasingly complex world, by powerfully articulating and delivering on their essential impact.” (Kelton Global)

Ultimately, High Heart is a project of hope, and for me, a focused and personal statement in a time where it has become harder for all artists to find their way through the noise.”

Dinosaur announce new album ‘To The Earth’ and UK and European tour dates for May/June 2020.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Dinosaur, the quartet led by trumpeter & composer Laura Jurd will release their third album "To The Earth" on Edition on May 15th 2020. The band will be touring in the UK & Europe during May & June.

We have received the following press release;


Mercury-nominated, British Jazz super-group Dinosaur return with the announcement of their highly anticipated 3rd album ‘To The Earth’, which is due for release on Edition Records this May.

The new record celebrates a decade of music-making as a band and is accompanied by a further announcement of new EU and UK tour dates, including their most ambitious UK show to-date at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London – full dates below.

Dinosaur’s latest offering finds them in a more acoustic setting, presenting brand new material that reflects on 10 years of miraculous interplay, whilst maintaining the sonic elasticity of their previous, more “plugged-in” album ‘Wonder Trail’. Playing the compositions of bandleader and multi-award-winning composer, Laura Jurd, Dinosaur explore Laura’s distinctive yet ever-evolving music with playful abandon and technical prowess, earning them a reputation as some of the most remarkable UK jazz musicians of their generation. Having played at some of the world’s most iconic jazz festivals including North Sea, Molde and Montréal, the band goes from strength to strength as they enter their 10th year of trumpet-led, improvisatory magic.

‘To The Earth’ is vertiginous in it’s scope carrying the listener through a vast array of moods and themes, whilst also taking the band into new territories across moments of revelatory spontaneous composition. Tracks such as ‘Slow Loris’ see clarinet-like synth blend seamlessly with Conor Chaplin’s bassline whilst the band effortlessly flit between tumultuous and mellifluous motifs. Whereas further into the album tracks such as ‘Held By Water’ sees the band lean the acoustic sound of the new record into new London jazz crossover domain with drummer Corrie Dick’s drum machine-esque rhythms and pianist Elliot Galvins’ almost ambient electronic swells before developing into a more Middle Eastern based Trumpet groove. These intricacies and multifarious journeys are described by jazz pianist Liam Noble in the album’s liner notes as being “peculiarly British” with “a lightness of touch and occasional flirtation with silliness, but never too much.”

Laura cites British musicians such as Liam Noble, Chris Batchelor and Huw Warren as well as Norwegian piano trio ‘Moskus’ and more historic artists such as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis all as key influences on this music. However, it’s clear that the significance of these influences is found in Laura and the band’s ability to build on these ideas throughout their flexible career of achievements rather than mimic them.

Speaking about the new album, Laura says:

“My discography to date, as Dinosaur and albums under my name, is the result of an unavoidable necessity to express and share a wealth of musical interests - from folk influenced counterpoint, to song-writing, Stravinsky-inspired harmony to the use of analog synthesis and looped grooves. Whilst this may well dizzy the narrative surrounding my output, jazz (in its most typical form) has always played a huge role in my life and the life of this band.

‘To The Earth’ is simply a collection of joyfully crafted melodies, which we can dive into and explore as improvisers. It makes so much sense that this is the music to surface after a decade of playing together. This way of making music has been there from the very beginning and something we have developed together over the last 10 years.

I am constantly knocked out by the musicianship and sense of ensemble I experience in Dinosaur. Playing with Elliot, Corrie and Conor, feels like putting on the most comfortable pair of shoes - where anything from sitting back in the warmth of it all, running with the smallest of ideas to taking risks can be executed with utmost presence … trust. A space in which the sounds take care of us and we take care of them.”

‘To The Earth’ is out 15th May via Edition Records – Pre-order HERE

Tour dates:

04/04/20 - Transition Festival, Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
15/05/20 - Le Baie Des Singes, Cournon D’Auverge, FRANCE
16/05/20 - Theatre Municipal, Rouen, FRANCE
17/05/2020 - Brotfabrik, JazzFest Bonn, GERMANY
28/05/20 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
06/06/20 - ElbJazz, Hamburg GERMANY
16/06/20 - David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Festivities, UK
17/06/20 - Jazzlines, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
18/06/20 - Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK
19/06/20 - The Verdict, Brighton, UK
20/06/20 - The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh, UK
17/09/20 - KAAP, Brugge, BELGIUM
18/09/20 - Paradox, Tilburg, NETHERLANDS

Dinosaur is:

Laura Jurd – trumpet
Elliot Galvin – piano
Conor Chaplin - double bass
Corrie Dick – drums

More info about Laura Jurd:

Laura Jurd is a trumpet player, composer and improviser from the UK.  A recipient of multiple awards and a BBC New Generation Artist from 2015-2017, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most distinctive and creative composer-performers to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Performing regularly throughout the UK and Europe, she leads the 2017 Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur who have performed at North Sea, Montreal and Molde International Jazz festivals to name a few. A highly active composer, Laura is equally at home writing for contemporary chamber groups and orchestras as she is writing for jazz ensembles and improvising musicians. Frequently creating works that present musical ingredients from outside the world of jazz music, within the realms of a jazz band, she has by been commissioned by the likes of the BBC Proms and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ligeti Quartet and the Northern Sinfonia. In light of this, Laura recently received a prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers as well as a 2019 Ivor Composer Award.

A passionate educator, Laura also teaches composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; jazz trumpet at Goldsmiths University; works with the National Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Jazz Collective.

‘To The Earth’
15th May 2020
Edition Records


1. To The Earth
2. Slow Loris
3. Mosking
4. Held By Water
5. Absinthe
6. Banning Street Blues
7. For One

All tracks written by Laura Jurd except for Absinthe, which was written by Billy Strayhorn

Peter Slavid - latest ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

My latest show is now available at

Collocutor - Continuation (On the Corner Records)

Majid Bekkas - Magic Spirit Quartet (ACT)

Joachim Kühn & Mateusz Smoczyński - Speaking Sound (ACT)

Erlend Apneseth - Fragmentarium (Hubro)

Shri - The Letter (Jazzland)

JZ Replacement (Zhenya Strigalev & Jamie Murray) - Disrespectful (Rain Day Records)

Rosario Giuliani - Love in Translation (Jando Music/Via Veneto Jazz)

European Modern Jazz on the radio;

At any time

Weekly: 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00  Sunday/Weds 6pm Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT (Birmingham) Monday 6pm

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)


Robert Mitchell - new solo piano album, book of poetry and UK live dates, April to July 2020.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Robert Mitchell will release his new solo piano album Rainbow Mountain / Can We Care on 24th April together with his second volume of poetry, "City Of Sanctuary". He will also play a series of gigs.

Robert Mitchell

Piano solo – album launch & poetry book publication

Robert Mitchell “The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care” (CD, digital)
label: Depth of Field
catalogue number: DOF003
Digital Distributor: Electronfarm Records
Photos & Artwork: Carl Hyde
UK release date: 24th April 2020 - TBC

UK album launch performance:
Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, 26th April 2020
Hebden Bridge Town Hall, 3pm

Robert Mitchell releases a new CD, “The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care”. This is his 10th album and third, after “Equinox” (2006) and “The Glimpse”, piano solo recording. The album was recorded live at The Jazz Café, London in July 2018. While “The Glimpse” (2013, Whirlwind Recordings) focused on Mitchell’s fascination with a number of great pianists who have defined left hand only composition, teaching and performance, alongside left hand cultural connotations, “The Rainbow…” explores these ideas furthered by his experiences and music making since, in a live, long, improvised set. Simultaneously, Robert will launch his second volume of poetry “City Of Sanctuary” (Recast Music Education). The album is dedicated to the memory of Cecil Taylor.

Here is what Robert Mitchell says about the recording as a Long Form Piano Improvisation
(excerpt from the liner notes):
I have long admired this approach to pianistic expression. And so I had wanted to do a recording like this - and the opportunity felt right when I was asked to perform as a part of this concert (before the Grammy winner Vijay Iyer and his band). The further I have spent in reverence of a number of piano icons in Jazz and Improvised music - the more I consider this to be a rite of passage. Especially since the likes of Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock (together or separately), Keith Jarrett, Marilyn Crispell, Keith Tippett, Borah Bergman and a number of others have set such high standards and have left such a rewarding legacy. It demands a deep focus from practitioner and listener especially as we step outside of the 3.5min pop song, the 8-10min small Jazz group tune, the big band medley, the classical piano sonatas (unless a single movement from visionaries like Scriabin to Sorabji and beyond) and into a different global sonic stratosphere. We are in the spiritual latitude of ecstatic drum music, the shamanic call, the raga, the trance, the transformative DJ mix - but via an instrument that would not be present in any of those. The listener is being asked to experience a journey and a sense of time that is still not the norm in the cultural experience in the west. I see Sun Ra literally spinning around while playing that infinite glissando (fueled by an out of body impetus). I also see this type of approach as becoming more anachronistic in these times of such information overload and at direct odds with a deliberately divided, compartmentalized and distracted consciousness (when we desperately need more strong links between ourselves and our supreme universe).

Over his nearly 30 years entrenched in the art of music, Robert Mitchell has recorded ten albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in more than 40 countries.
Over the years he has worked with with Billy Harper, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine CBE, Alicia Olatuja, Orphy Robinson, Steve Coleman, Phil Ranelin, Omar Puente, Ernesto Simpson, Dayme Arocena, Jason Rebello, Shirley Smart, Basement Jaxx, Dub Colossus, Daniel Casimir, Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth MBE, and many others. He leads the bands Epiphany3, Panacea, and True Think. He had works performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Emulsion Sinfonietta, amongst others.
Apart from being a pianist, composer and innovator, he is a festival creator and curator as well as a highly respected educator. Robert has won awards - BBC Jazz Awards (Innovation, as part of the F-ire Collective), Best Jazz Album (BBC DJ Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards) and has been nominated for many more including 2017 British Jazz Composer Award.
In 2020 the BBC4 programme “Jazz 625 – for one night only” for which Robert was Musical Director and band leader won Broadcast Award 2020 (Best Music Programme).
Robert is proud to have been a Steinway Artist for a decade.

Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care

Dates (UK):

24 April – Vortex Jazz Club, London

26 April – Hebden Bridge Piano Festival – Album & Book Launch

6 June – Arch1, London

11 June – Karamel, London

18 June – Jazz Refreshed, London

10 July – The Lit & Phil, Newcastle

Further dates TBC and Robert Mitchell continues touring in 2020/21, including with his new band True Think (selected gigs):

17 March – Steinway 2Piano Festival: Robert Mitchell and Ashley Henry - Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

30 March – Jazz In The Round: Jazz 625 Special (feat. Larry Bartley Jean Toussaint/Rod Youngs/Robert Mitchell), The Cockpit Theatre, London

14 April – TRUE THINK – Pizza Express Jazz Club, London – with special guest Masumi Endo (dance)

23 May – TRUE THINK – 91 Living Room, London

29 May -  TRUE THINK - The Crypt, London

Jonathan Gee / Gaetano Partipilo, Hisashiburi debut album and UK and Italian tour dates.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Hisashiburi, the Anglo-Italian quartet co-led by Jonathan Gee & Gaetano Partipilo is to release its debut album "Re-imagining The Beatles" in March 2020. The quartet will be touring in April and July.

Jonathan Gee has forwarded the following press release;

UK pianist Jonathan Gee ( Pharoah Sanders, Tony Kofi )and Italian saxist Gaetano Partipilo ( Paolo Fresu, Dee Dee Bridgewater ) are releasing the first album of their Hisashiburi project with bassist Guiseppe Bassi and drummer Fabio Accardi.

It is called Reimagining The Beatles and is released by Motonokai in March. It features compositions by Gee and Partipilo and transformed Lennon/McCartney songs . Motonokai are a celebrated arts funding body who specialise in Japanese/Italian collaborations. The cover photo is by noted Japanese photographer Yoshie Nishikawa.

Jonathan Gee, originally awarded ‘ Most promising newcomer ‘ by The Guardian, is one of the leading pianist/singers on the UK jazz scene, appearing at for instance New York’s Lincoln Centre, Shanghai Jazz Festival, The QEH and On Radio 3’s In Tune, and he has eight self penned cds to his name. He has worked with Mike Westbrook, Art Farmer, Pharoah Sanders, Mark Murphy,Tony Kofi and Tim Whitehead.

Gaetano Partipilo is known for an original style characterised by a strong mixture of avant- garde and tradition. His latest album Daylight on the label of the godfather of Italian jazz, Paolo Fresu. He has played with everybody from Jason Moran to Dee Dee Bridgewater to Billy Cobham.

Guiseppe Bassi, one of the most in demand bassists in Italy for the last 20 years has a number of highly praised albums to his name as well as having graced the bands of for instance Lew Tabackin ( recently at Pizza Express ) and pianists Dado Moroni, John Hicks and Mal Waldron.

Fabio Accardi has been heard at North Sea Jazz, Hong Kong Fest, in Chicago and Paris, often as a band leader, and has a number of albums out, particularly with his acclaimed band Precious.

Hisashiburi Tour Dates;

This their fourth tour.

3rd April Chichester Jazz Club

4th April Nottingham Peggy’s Blue Skylight

6th April London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho official UK launch

16th April Palazzo Pesce, Mola di Bari

17th April Cineteatro Apulia, Cassano

18th April Duke Jazz Club, Bari

15th July Lichfield Arts Fest

16th July Oxford The Spin

TBC Edinburgh Jazz Fest

TBC Tokyo launch

Twitter @jonathangeetrio

Tom Green Septet, new album and UK and Italian live dates.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Trombonist and composer Tom Green will release his new septet album "Tipping Point" on 17th April 2020. He has a number of live shows scheduled in the UK and Italy in the coming months.

We have received the following press release;

Spark! album release - TIPPING POINT by the Tom Green Septet - Friday 17 April 2020.

Tom Green Septet
Spark! – 008
Album release: Friday 17 April 2020


21 April - Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London (album launch)

21 May - Brentwood School

4 June - Cambridge Modern Jazz Club

25 June - La Mortella, Ischia, Italy (double bill with Misha Mullov-Abbado Group)

20 September - Omnibus, Clapham

“A band with big sound, and big prospects…” The Guardian

Tipping Point is the latest recording by the Tom Green Septet and eighth release on the innovative young label - Spark!.  Trombonist Tom Green’s distinctive compositions are elegant and lively contemporary chamber jazz tunes with rich harmony, propulsive grooves, and memorable melodies at their heart.
The assured solos from all the band members show how the intuition in their collective playing has developed during tours across the UK and abroad following the release of their critically acclaimed debut, Skyline, in 2015.  “The Septet are all prize-winning bandleaders, composers and performers in their own right,” says Green.  “James Davison and I grew up together and were attending jam sessions in pubs when we were teenagers, and I have known Misha Mullov-Abbado almost since he started playing double bass.  Some, like Scott Chapman, Sam James and Sam Miles, I have met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, almost 7 years ago. Tommy Andrews shares with me a love of nature and can often be found up a mountain or in a bothy in Scotland, as well as being one of the most in-demand lead alto players in London.”

Tipping Point celebrates the importance of hope and positive action when addressing individual and global challenges in a rapidly changing world.  “Tipping point” is a phrase that has become more and more common recently to describe global changes, whether the subject matter is climate change, politics or upheavals within society,” explains Green.  “The title track in particular reflects this; it is unsettled, with shifting tonal centres and alto saxophone, trombone and trumpet solos building towards a climax before a quiet unresolved ending.”

20% of album sales will be donated to the charities Trees for Life: rewilding the Scottish Highlands by restoring the Caledonian Forest, and Cool Earth: working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation.

Tom Green:

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and 2017 Eddie Harvey Arranger’s Award, Tom Green is an accomplished trombonist, composer and arranger.  He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and plays regularly in the UK at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex and 606 club, as well as on national and international tours.  Green set up the label Spark! in 2014 with drummer JJ Wheeler to support emerging jazz and creative music artists.

Tom Green Septet: Tom Green - trombone; James Davison - trumpet/flugelhorn; Tommy Andrews - alto/soprano saxophones; Sam Miles - tenor saxophone; Sam James – piano; Misha Mullov-Abbado - double bass and Scott Chapman – drums.


Ian Shaw – Iain Ballamy – Jamie Safir, new album and UK live dates.

Monday, February 24, 2020

The trio of vocalist Ian Shaw, saxophonist Iain Ballamy & pianist Jamie Safir will release the live album "What's New" on 3rd April 2020. They will play a short series of live shows in March & April.

We have received the following press release;

Ian Shaw – Iain Ballamy – Jamie Safir

Silent Wish SWRCD1
Official album release: Friday 3 April 2020


Thursday 19 March - 7 Arts, Leeds

Thursday 2 April - Cooper Hall, Frome

Friday 3 April - Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (album launch event)

Tuesday 21 April - Watermill, Dorking

Saturday 26 September - Scarborough Jazz Festival

“Three great jazz voices entwining. Captivating.”
Robert Elms BBC Radio London

What’s New is the latest collaboration between two internationally renowned British jazz musicians - vocalist Ian Shaw and saxophonist/composer Iain Ballamy – and Jamie Safir, one of the finest young pianists of his generation.  “This recording is a return to how it all started - under the wise advice of Ronnie Scott, thirty years ago - and a discovery of the art of the great popular song,” explains Shaw.  “To be able to sing these songs with one of Ronnie’s favourite horn players, Iain Ballamy, who played with Cedar Walton and me exactly twenty years ago on my US release, In A New York Minute, was pure joy.  One of the pleasures of making jazz is how it transcends generation. Jamie Safir, the in-demand pianist of our day, here in the UK and in Europe, completes this convergent, thrilling and completely live album.”
From the title song by Bob Haggart and Bernstein’s ‘Some Other Time’ to the Bacharach and David classics ‘Alfie’ and ‘You’ll Never Get To Heaven’, What’s New is a beautiful collection of songs celebrating love and hope, music that is rich in its portrayal of human connections.  Many of the songs featured were favourites of Ballamy’s father, who recently passed away, and the album is dedicated to his memory.

Ian Shaw:
Management through Charlotte Keech at Viva Voca: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Iain Ballamy:

Jamie Safir:

Ian Shaw is the recipient of two BBC Jazz Awards and a Parliamentary Jazz Award and has sung with Quincy Jones, Kurt Elling and Al Jarreau among many others.

A founder member of Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy has also collaborated with many leading musicians including with Hermeto Pascoal, Gil Evans, Bill Bruford, Joanna MacGregor and Carla Bley.

Jamie Safir has worked with Claire Martin, Clare Teal and rising star vocalists Alice Zawadzki and Judi Jackson and performs with Will Young.  He will release his debut album later this year.

Distribution through Absolute/Universal:

Shabaka And The Ancestors - new single and album and US tour dates March - June 2020.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Shabaka And The Ancestors, led by saxophonist & composer Shabaka Hutchings, will be touring in the US from March to June in support of their forthcoming single and album releases. Press release att.

We have received the following press release;

New Single from Shabaka And The Ancestors “The Coming Of The Strange Ones” On impulse!


Ahead of their album release on March 13, Shabaka & The Ancestors release their second single “The Coming of the Strange Ones” with an accompanying hypnotic visualizer. Listen to the single here and watch the visualizer here .

“The Coming of the Strange Ones” is one of the few instrumental tracks on the record, with a pacing groove reminiscent of Shabaka Hutchings’ soca-driven outfit Sons Of Kemet.  Shabaka & the Ancestors stretches out the space for Mthunzi Mvubu to wail on the alto sax, weaving in harmony and rhythm with Shabaka’s tenor sax.

Shabaka wrote poems for each song on this record, and for this song he writes:
The Coming of the strange ones
They who had seen war and the darkness
They who visioned the future
Speaking in tongues
Dancing in praise

“Shabaka And the Ancestors [...] is Hutchings’ most overt attempt to express the spiritual concerns of improvisational music of the African Diaspora — specifically, SA’s rich traditional of gospel melody, community outspokenness, and jazz power — in the context of today’s world.” - AFROPUNK

We Are Sent Here By History is a record mixing African and Afro-Caribbean traditions. Recorded in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa over two years, the LP explores the function of the griot in West African culture. The griot holds the town’s stories and is the living archive of local history. Meanwhile, in Afro-Caribbean culture, the calypsonian is a different sort of griot: They weave socially conscious lyrics within upbeat party songs, reaching more people due to the music’s festive nature.

In turn, We Are Sent Here By History is a jazz-centered trip equally suited for open-air festivals and nightclubs. “This album is an attempt to further this griot tradition within a transatlantic modern-day context,” Shabaka writes in the band’s manifesto.
Watch the video for Shabaka & the Ancestors first single “Go My Heart, Go To Heaven,” directed by Akinola Davies, Jr.

South African performing artist/vocalist Siyabonga wrote the album’s lyrics based on how the instrumentals made him feel; Shabaka formed a narrative and wrote poems based on lines from his lyrics. The poems are meant to be a gateway for listeners to develop their own narrative, or to think deeper about the themes presented to them by the album.
The lyrics and poems are accessible here

“Ideally, everyone has a different experience according to how they respond to the poetry,” Shabaka says. “In times like these, where we’re seeing the collapse of a lot of institutions that we thought would continue for a very long time, we need to start rethinking what it means to be alive, what it means to support, what the idea of progress means.”


Shabaka Hutchings - Tenor Sax and clarinet

Mthunzi Mvubu - Alto Sax

Siyabonga Mthembu - Vocals

Ariel Zamonsky – Double bass

Gontse Makhene - Percussion

Tumi Mogorosi – Drums

Nduduzo Makhathini (Fender Rhodes), Thandi Ntuli (piano),Mandla Mlangeni (trumpet) on select tracks


They Who Must Die

You’ve Been Called

Go My Heart, Go To Heaven

Behold, The Deceiver

Run, The Darkness Will Pass

The Coming Of The Strange Ones

Beasts Too Spoke of Suffering

We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood)

‘Til The Freedom Comes Home

Finally, The Man Cried

Teach me How To Be Vulnerable

03/25 – Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID

03/26 Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID

03/27 – The Momentary – Bentonville, AR

03/28 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN

03/30 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

04/02 – Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN

04/03 – Mission Creek Festival – Iowa City, IA

04/04 – Constellation Room – Chicago, IL

04/05 – Constellation Room – Chicago, IL

06/15 – Lodge Room (Jazz is Dead) – Los Angeles, CA

06/18 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

06/19 – Star Theatre – Portland, OR

06/21 – DC Jazz Festival – Washington, DC

The Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire - Jazz Programme for March / April / May 2020.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Claudia Lis of The Hermon Chapel Arts Centre in Oswestry has forwarded details of the venue's jazz programme for Spring 2020. Fully detailed listings attached.

Claudia Lis writes;

The Hermon
Thursday, 5 th March 2020
doors/bar 8pm
concert starts 8.30pm
Early Bird £10 / Adult £13 / 16 & under £5
Tickets & Info: or 01691 662196
Clark Tracey Quintet ft. James Copus
The Hermon Jazz spring programme gets off to a well-impressive start with the Clark Tracey Quintet, a group that acts as a springboard and showcase for exceptionally talented young Jazz musicians who make their way onto the UK-scene. The group has recently recorded its debut CD entitled No Doubt and has already received critical acclaim for its live appearances at Ronnie Scott’s Club, Swanage Jazz Festival and the South Coast Jazz Festival. The young players are led by distinguished drummer Clark Tracey, who has been at the forefront of British jazz for over 40 years, starting his own career as professional, performing musician in 1978 at the tender age of 17 when joining the bands of his father, iconic pianist Stan Tracey CBE. This concert will be a delightful treat for anybody who appreciates an evening of music routed in British Jazz traditions
laced with the spirit of youthful exploration!
‘Copus is a more exciting trumpet player than Miles.’ - Bebop Spoken Here
‘Think of all the qualities that make a great trumpeter: a full brassy tone, dazzling runs and immaculate articulation, a range that sends the high notes soaring into the stratosphere, imagination and sensitivity … James has all these and more.’ - Ian Mann, The JazzMann
‘Sansom is certainly an emerging talent.’ - Ian Mann, The JazzMann
BBC Young Jazz Musician Finalists
- James Copus - trumpet
- Sean Payne - alto sax
- Elliott Sansom - piano
- James Owston - bass
& Clark Tracey – drums
Please note that only the first thirty ADV-tickets are sold at the Early Bird; price of £10, so early booking is recommended!
As a freelance drummer, Clark has had the opportunity to work alongside many jazz greats from America as well as most of the UK’s top names. He has recorded more than 100 albums, 15 under his own name, and worked in more than 50 countries around the world. He runs a weekly jazz venue and the annual Herts Jazz Festival in Hertfordshire, for which he received the British Empire Medal in 2019. As an educator, he is currently Visiting Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and has released an instructional book ‘Exploring Jazz Drums’ for Schott Publishing. He has received awards for the Best Drums category in the British Jazz Awards for six years. This year he completed writing the jazz content for the latest Trinity College Syllabus 2020.

The Hermon
Sunday, 5 th April 2020
doors/bar 6.30pm
concert starts 7pm
Early Bird £8 / Adult £10 / 16 & under £5
Tickets & Info: or 01691 662196
The Hermon’s N-Ex-T (= New Experimental Tones) concerts series invites its audience yet again to be daring and experimental in their choice of music for an evening out in our beautiful chapel space! In this series of unusual and out of the box musical experiences, we invite some of the best performers on the scene to explore the adventurous nature of live performance through the mediums of composition, improvisation, motion and sound manipulation whilst embracing the abstract and the avant-garde. Another night for the most curious and open-minded audiences who wish to venture with us into unchartered audio-visual territory and visit the numerous birthplaces of artistic originality! DO NOT FEAR, JOIN US INSTEAD!!!
Having drawn yet again inspiration from the underground scene and progressive music publications such as The Wire we proudly present this month experimental trio BOBHOWLER - THE FLYING BEAST FROM THE MIDLANDS!
“An adventurous and intriguing set of music from a quietly talented musician.” - London Jazz News (about Andrew Woodhead)
Bobhowler [bɒb’aʊle] [noun. Black Country dialect] - a very large moth!
Bobhowler is a collaborative trio featuring
ANDREW WOODHEAD is an award-winning composer and musician working across a wide variety of contexts, taking in jazz, free improvisation, electronica, folk and new music. As well as performingaround the UK and abroad, he also curates the Birmingham-based concert series FIZZLE, and is co- director of IDEAS OF NOISE FESTIVAL.
More about Andrew:
TOM MILLS is a London-based electronic musician active on the free improv scene. He and Gardener-Trejo began performing as a duo in 2013. Inspired by improvisers such as PETER BROTZMAN and DEREK BAILEY as well as early 90s Birmingham techno, Mills explores the extensive range of soundscapes and textures of the Theremin within the trio.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer ALICIA GARDENER-TREJO is a key figure on the Birmingham jazz and improvised music scenes where she has been active since 2007. Whilst at the BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, she studied with Iain Dixon, Mike Williams, Hans Koller and John Taylor. She played alongside GARY SMULYAN and NORMA WINSTONE in the CONSERVATOIRE JAZZ ORCHESTRA and in 2013, took the baritone chair in ARNIE SOMOGYI’S MINGUS BIG BAND PROJECT.
She regularly performs across the UK as a sidewoman and runs her own 11-piece ensemble BOBTAIL, which released its debut EP in 2017.
More about Alicia:

The Hermon
Friday, 17 th April 2020
doors/bar 8pm
concert starts 8.30pm
Early Bird £10 / Adult £13 / 16 &aunder FREE
Tickets & Info: or 01691 662196
Julian Costello Quartet - ‘Connections Tour’
“The musical and cultural polarity displayed by this International group from their diverse backgrounds is proof that open music can provide the perfect meeting place to create something unique” - Iain Ballamy
“Julian Costello is a sax lyricist, telling his stories of life’s ups and downs with perfect alteration of tone to impart strength, humour and even frailty at times whilst the other players intuitively alter their stances, apart from their solo passages, where their inner nature springs to the fore.” - Sammy Stein for Jazz in Europe
“…full of warmth and humanity,…..inventive soloing.” - Bruce Lindsay for All About Jazz
Hermon Jazz welcomes back London-based saxophonist Julian Costello, this time with his formidable quartet featuring musicians from the UK, Poland, Canada and Italy. Formed in 2016, the group scooped up plenty of recognition for their first collective recording ‘Transitions’ in 2017 produced at the Artesuono Studios in Udine in Italy with ECM-engineer Stefano Amerio and released on 33Jazz records. After prolific touring in the UK, France, Poland, Germany and Belgium the band is now on the verge to releasing their new album ‘Connections: Without Borders’. Strongly motivated by culturally diverse influences, Costello recorded in the Oslo studios of Norwegian pianist Øystein Sevåg in Norway with Berlin-engineer Sebastian Ohmert. Costello shares his thinking regarding the process of creating music collectively: “Music doesn’t have boundaries and nor should it! Our new album is inspired by how musicians and music travels like nature. Open to new ideas and influences from what should be an open world when sadly some choose to put up borders.”
Julian Costello - saxes
Maciek Pysz - guitars
Michele Tacchi - bass
Adam Teixeira - drums
Please note that only the first thirty ADV-tickets are sold at the ;Early Bird price of £10, so early booking is recommended!

The Hermon
Saturday, 16 th May 2020
doors/bar 8pm
concert starts 8.30pm
Early Bird £10 / Adult £13 / 16 & under £5
Tickets & Info: or 01691 662196
Chris Montague’s Warmer Than Blood ft. Kit Downes & Ruth Goller
Warmer Than Blood is the new trio of critically acclaimed composer and guitarist Chris Montague who received in 2017 the ‘Jazz Composer Of The Year’ award by the Arts Foundation, an organisation which has been recognising and supporting artists of all disciplines for the past 25 years. Partners in crime are Grammy-award nominated ECM recording pianist Kit Downes and renowned electric bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Let Spin). The dynamite trio have collaborated extensively in recent years establishing a distinct musical intuition and bond. Montague’s latest compositions provide a fresh sonic exploration between the three artists. The unusual mix of electric bass, piano and guitar creates spellbinding soundscapes of dark textures, visceral pools of harmony, kinetic improvisation and percussive prepared piano. This concert is part of this amazing trio’s May 2020 debut album launch tour across Europe - don’t miss them!
Chris Montague - electric guitar
Kit Downes - piano
Ruth Goller - electric bass
Chris was born in Gateshead and began playing guitar at an early age.  Some of the musicians and bands Chris has worked with have included Troyka, Squarepusher, Benny Greb’s Moving Parts,
Janek Gwizdala, Monocled Man, Charlie Watts, Django Bates, Shinya Fukumori, BJ Cole, Colin Town’s Blue Touch Paper, Nick Smart’s Trogon and Trish Clowe’s Tangent.
As a composer Chris has received several commissions to write for different musicians, including Royal Academy of Music Big Band, Threads Orchestra, EFG London Jazz Festival and several large guitar ensemble pieces for Hull and London Jazz Festivals.
Chris was made an associate member of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2013, an award that recognises former students for their contribution to the music environment, in which they have been active since graduating.
Please note that only the first thirty ADV-tickets are sold at the Early Bird price of £10, so early
booking is recommended!

The Hermon
Saturday, 23rd May 2020
doors/bar 8pm
concert starts 8.30pm
Early Bird £10 / Adult £13 / 16 & under £5
Tickets & Info: or 01691 662196
Psycho Yogi - Jazz Fusion Band
Psycho Yogi is an extraordinary trio of three musicians who bring together their respective instrumental and vocal skills in creating fearless music of great diversity that wittily delivers social and political critique without losing its great entertainment value for even one minute! With numerous CD releases to their name, Psycho Yogi now sets out to share material from their most recent album ‘Accident Prone’, a collection of tracks with lyrics that question western social values underpinned by an abundance of unusual time signatures and rich chord structures to stimulate the listener’s musical imagination. Front man Chris Ramsing has a unique vocal style that blends spoken word with what is considered traditional - a concert for all who wish to have their funny bone tickled!
“A curious racket which borrows from the likes of Frank Zappa and King Crimson… but which stands convincingly on its own two feet.”; -TNT, UK
“Imagine King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Tom Waits, Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the BBC Youth Jazz Orchestra all playing together. There is some phenomenal playing on here - probably one of the best
bunch of musicians that have graced this page.”  - Rhythm Magazine, UK
“Psychoyogi are more than a little different. When others are content to cash in on trendy musical resurgences, they attempt what is perhaps the impossible, a new direction in music.” - Beat Magazine (Australia)
“;Accident Prone is a forty minute musical journey through a warped but incredibly intelligent mind and you will be a changed person when you come out the other side…’ - Progradar
Chris Ramsing – guitar/vocals
Chris Sansom – bass/vocals
Arnold Lane – drums
Please note that only the first thirty ADV-tickets are sold at the ;Early Bird price of £10, so early booking is recommended!

The Hermon
Hermon Chapel
Chapel Street
SY11 1LF

+44 (0)1691 662 196

Sam Leak Trio, “The Craft of Sound” UK tour, March / April / May 2020.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Pianist and composer Sam Leak has announced that he will be touring the UK with his trio during the spring of 2020 on the Arts Council funded "The Craft of Sound" tour. Press release attached.

Sam Leak writes;

We’re going on tour!

I’m very happy to be able to share with you that we’ve just had our Arts Council funding bid accepted and consequently we’ll be going on tour in March! I’m tying the theme for this one in with my background in music psychology, and with discoveries I’ve made through working on my PhD.

“The Craft of Sound” Tour kicks off on March 4th 2020!

“Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber Jazz of a very high order”
MOJO Magazine

Sam Leak | Simon Read | Will Glaser

“The Craft of Sound” Tour

A 13-date Arts Council England supported UK tour

The Sam Leak Trio will perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. Conjuring up the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett’s 1960s trios, the ensemble maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the UK Jazz movement of the moment. Drawing on Leak’s background in music psychology the music will be interspersed with fascinating insights about music and how we perceive it.

Featuring SIMON READ on double bass, and WILL GLASER on drums, the band mainly perform Sam’s original material, notably including the music from his recent album release “Adrift,” recorded in duet with Lee Konitz/Ben Wendel pianist Dan Tepfer, and which Marcus O’Dair has called ‘astonishing.’ Described as “compelling” and “reaching far beyond the jazz loop” by the Guardian’s John Fordham, ‘Adrift’ is a unique composition for two pianos that explores the range of colours and possibilities offered by the unconventional lineup. Sometimes densely complex, at others eerily sparse; the writing is engaging and melodic, conjuring up images of a snow-brushed New York in winter. The composition was originally written for 2014’s Steinway festival, held at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club. The success of this performance led the pianists to record the album at the Yamaha Piano Rooms in Midtown New York in January 2016.

“the music is magical… constantly evolving and engaging…”
The New York City Jazz Record

“This is assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it’s trying to do - and succeeds”
Daniel Spicer, BBC Music Magazine

“The Royal Academy of Music’s jazz programme has produced a remarkable crop of newcomers in recent times: notably the Mercury-nominated pianists Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes. Now comes Sam Leak, an artist of comparable promise…Leak is a subtle storyteller who keeps the grooves and colours changing.”
John Fordham, The Guardian


4th March - The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

5th March - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

6th March - JATP, Bradford - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

7th March - The Globe, Newcastle - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

9th March - The Whiskey Jar, Manchester - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

10th March - Parr Jazz @ Liverpool Philharmonic - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

11th March - The Lescar, Sheffield - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

15th March - The Vortex, Dalston - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

17th March - The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

1st April - Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

2nd April - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

12th May - The Spotted Dog, Birmingham - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

16th May - The Verdict @ Brighton Fringe Festival - “The Craft of Sound” Tour - Sam Leak Trio w. Simon Read & Will Glaser

Tony Kofi’s “Portrait of Cannonball”, new album and UK tour dates, March - September 2020.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Saxophonist Tony Kofi will release the live album "Another Kind Of Soul", a tribute to Cannonball Adderley on 24th April 2020. His 'Portrait of Cannonball' band will be touring extensively during 2020

We have received the following press release;

New Tony Kofi album salutes Cannonball Adderley.

Saxophonist Tony Kofi will release ANOTHER KIND OF SOUL, a tribute to Cannonball Adderley who was an early inspiration for him, on 24 April on The Last Music Company label. The live recording features Kofi’s quintet with Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, Andrew Cleyndert on bass and drummer Alfonso Vitale.
The album will be released in limited edition vinyl and in digital formats.


A splendid slice of hard bop heaven in tribute to the jazz giant.
BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi will release ANOTHER KIND OF SOUL on 24 April on The Last Music Company label. The album, recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in November/December 2019 by Paul Riley, features his quintet with Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The session traces the explosive music of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley from his first sessions as leader in the mid- 1950s through his work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

The album is available in limited edition vinyl – the medium of Adderley’s era – to best replicate the ambience of this remarkable live recording. It will also be released in digital formats.

Kofi cites the work of Adderley as an early inspiration. “The first recording I ever heard of Cannonball’s was of the Quintet with the opening track “Arriving Soon”. It opens with his lone saxophone. I was 17 and from that moment on, I was hypnotized as if the pied piper had called out to me. I swore that before I got a good technique on the saxophone, I would first acquire a voice that people could recognise and relate to. Cannonball’s sound is like a human voice. He had his own personal sound, which is like finding the rarest diamond that only belongs to you. His sense of rhythm was a revelation,” says Tony Kofi of the jazz giant.

The setlist includes Adderley brothers classics like “Things Are Getting Better”, “Work Song” and “Sack o’Woe” and boasts two originals. “A Portrait of Cannonball” explores Adderley’s breadth of style and was composed for the project by Alex Webb. “Operation Breadbasket” is a Kofi composition which pays tribute to Cannonball’s support of young jazz musicians.

“Selecting the material was a really tough decision because we have so many, but we chose a combination of his really famous pieces and some not so well known…” says Kofi. He continues: “...and the great thing about recording live is it gives you a real edge to perform and record – it’s a wonderful feeling, when you connect with the audience, and they with you. A lot of the solos I played were inspired by this connection.”

Tony Kofi’s quintet will tour in support of the album, beginning this spring


1 A Portrait of Cannonball 02:22 (Alex Webb)
2 Operation Breadbasket 02:17 (Tony Kofi)
3 Another Kind of Soul 04:35 (Nat Adderley)
4 Stars Fell on Alabama 06:01 (Frank Perkins/Mitchell Parish)
5 Things Are Getting Better 07:25 (Julian Adderley)
6 Sack O’ Woe 07:32 (Julian Adderley)
7 Work Song 06:14 (Julian Adderley)

2020 TOUR DATES (as at 18/2/20):

28 March Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Hampstead Jazz Club, London (quartet)

24 April Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Underground, Royal & Derngate, Northampton (Northants Contemporary Jazz)

25 April Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

12 May Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

24 May Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Letchworth Broadway Theatre

30 May Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Kino-Teatr, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex

31 May Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Northwood House Cowes, Isle of White Jazz Weekend

4 June Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Hideaway Live, London

5 July Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London

17 July Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball featuring Vimala Row - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull Jazz Festival

18 July Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

2 September Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

11 September Tony Kofi’s Portrait of Cannonball - Birmingham Jazz


“Cannonball” Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz. Hailed as ‘the new Bird’ on his emergence, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz. Born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa,Florida, on 15th September 1928, he attended the US Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s. Spanning bebop to jazz-funk, he was a unfailingly inventive and communicative virtuoso. He died on 8th August 1975; 2020 would have been his 92nd year.

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and was nominated for an award MOBO in 2008. Born in Nottingham to West African parents, Tony spent a four-year period at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, on a scholarship music diploma. Since then, he has performed with the World Saxophone Quartet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson and many others. Between 2003 and 2004, Tony was an integral part of the Anglo-American Big Band of Andrew Hill and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra; he has also recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Ornette Coleman, as well as with his own bands. Kofi’s previous release, POINT BLANK, a 2018 collaboration with The Organization, garnered a five-star review in BBC Music Magazine among other plaudits. The Guardian has described his improvisational skill as having “ arrestingly raw power…”

Andy Davies comes from Swansea in South Wales. Now based in London, he regularly performs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and often hosts Ronnie Scott’s Late-Night Jam Session. He leads the Andy Davies Quartet which is a showcase for his composing, and has done pop session work with artists such as Will Young and McFly. He has appeared on television shows The Paul O’Grady Show and the Michael Parkinson Show. Andy is also an accomplished session musician whose trumpet playing has featured on the BBC1 programme Stephen Fry in America.

Alex Webb is a songwriter, arranger and pianist; his songs have been recorded by jazz singers China Moses, Mina Agossi, Sandra Nkake, Liane Carroll, Allan Harris, Alexia Gardner and Alexander Stewart, among others. He has created a number of ‘words-and-music’ productions, including ‘Lush Life’ (about composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn), ‘Charlie Parker on Dial’ and ‘Cafe Society Swing’. ‘Cafe Society Swing’ has enjoyed two theatre runs in London and one in New York, where it starred Charenee Wade, Allan Harris and Cyrille Aimée and received a New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’. He recently created a musical about Lena Horne, ‘Stormy’ written with actress Camilla Beeput. His latest album with singer David McAlmont, ‘The Last Bohemians’ was released in November 2019.

Alfonso Vitale was born in 1991 in Messina, Italy. He started playing the drums at the age of three and became a regular fixture at local jazz club ‘La Sosta’, sitting in with visiting veteran stars like Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Steve Swallow and others. In 2013 he graduated from the Conservatoire A. Corelli with a degree in classical percussion. Soon after moving to the UK, he became a regular sideman with tenor saxophonist Renato D’Aiello at Ronnie Scott’s Acoustic Jazz Lounge and found a comfortable footing on the London scene. More recently Alfonso returned from a three months sabbatical in the Big Apple, New York City,
honing and extending his skills as an exponent of his stylistic passion in the style of the old jazz masters.

Andrew Cleyndert began playing bass while still at school and, on leaving in 1981, immediately embarked on a musical career backing jazzmen such as Peter King and Art Farmer as house bassist in a jazz club in Manchester. On moving to London he began playing with Bobby Wellins and the Don Weller/Bryan Spring Quartet, Clark Tracey and Iain Ballamy and quickly established himself on the jazz scene as well as touring with such US visitors as Bobby Watson, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, Charlie Rouse, Benny Green, Junior Mance, and the European quartet of Gene Harris. In the noughties he started his own record label promoting musicians such as Stan Tracey, Junior Mance, Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Don Weller, and Karen Sharpe; and to date has released almost 50 albums as well as producing countless others. He was also a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet/Quartet for a number of years and was a long-standing bassist for the much-missed Stan Tracey.

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

Sunday, February 16, 2020

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

Jez Matthews writes;

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

Jazz Promoter of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Tel. 0774 020 1939


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Lynne Arriale Trio-  US and European live dates 2020 - 2021.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

American pianist & composer Lynne Arriale will lead her trio on a series of live dates in the US & Europe during 2020 / 21. The schedule includes two nights at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London.

We have received the following press release;

US Piano Master Lynne Arriale Brings Trio to Pizza Express Soho October 2020.


March 14, 2020 • Snug Harbor, LA
March, 21, 2020 • Cafe Coda, Madison, WI
March 22, 2020 • BLU Jazz Club, Milwaukee, WI
April 29, 2020 • Jazz Showcase, Chicago
May 1, 2020 • The Dunsmore Room, Minneapolis, MN
May 4, 2020 • Birdland Theatre, NYC
May 8, 2020 • Side Door, Old Lyme, CT
October 9, 2020 • Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
October 10, 2020 • Chorus Club, Lausanne, Switzerland
October 11-12, 2020 • Pizza Express, London
March 5, 2021 • Jazzclub Uster, Uster, Switzerland
March 6, 2021 • Sijthoff, Leiden, The Netherlands
March 7, 2021 • Catharinakapel, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

Pianist/composer, Lynne Arriale, has performed on international concert stages over the past 25 years. Jazz Police called her “the poet laureate of her generation.” She has touched the hearts and inspired the imaginations of audiences worldwide and has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, bandleader and composer.

“Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her…She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.” JazzTimes

“Chimes of Freedom,” Lynne Arriale’s 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Europe for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer Jasper Somsen, drummer, E.J. Strickland, and guest vocalist, K.J. Denhert.

In “Chimes,” her most passionate artistic statement to date, Lynne reflects on freedom, cultural diversity, and her wish that all refugee families may reach an inclusive safe harbor among the democratic nations of the world.

This remarkable collection features seven of Lynne’s original, deeply personal works. The spiritual,”Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” together with Lynne’s evocative “Journey,” “The Dreamers,” “3 Million Steps,” “Hope,” “The Whole Truth,” and “Lady Liberty” weave a dramatic narrative, crowned by the trio’s collaboration with K.J. Denhert singing Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom” and Paul Simon’s “American Tune.”

“Chimes” is a worthy and timely successor to Lynne’s critically acclaimed “Give Us These Days”; a thematically-related suite that considers the transient nature of human existence.

Lynne is known throughout the jazz world for the clarity, honesty and lyricism of her melodic lines, her virtuoso technique, and her genius for creating a synergistic environment around the trio, whose sound is greater than the sum of its parts.

Her albums have topped the Jazzweek US Radio Charts and have been on numerous “Best Of” lists including The New Yorker, United Press International, JAZZIZ, JazzTimes and Jazz History Online. She toured with the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with iconic jazz pianists, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. Arriale has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid, Larry Coryell and Marian McPartland.

The world’s great jazz festivals and concert stages have invited Lynne to perform, including five performances at the Kennedy Center and performances at Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea Jazz, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier. Lynne has toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, South America, South Africa, the US and Canada.

Arriale’s live TV and radio appearances and concert performances include Profile of a Recording Artist, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas, CNN/FN Biz, the BBC, Radio France and German National Television. Press features include Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, The London Times and cover stories for JazzEd, One Way and M Magazines.

A devoted educator, Lynne Arriale has conducted educational clinics and masterclasses throughout the world and is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Lynne Arriale has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer and arranger. With stunning clarity, purpose and emotional force, that voice now rings out with “Chimes of Freedom.”

Dutch double bassist/composer/producer, Jasper Somsen has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Paolo Fresu. Jasper produced ten albums for Challenge Records, which includes four albums as a leader.

Enoch Jamal “E.J.” Strickland is world-renowned drummer and composer who has appeared on over 60 albums. He is in great demand in New York’s jazz scene and has toured, performed, and recorded with some of the greatest names in contemporary music: Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Lizz Wright, Russell Malone, George Colligan, David Gilmore, Vincent Herring and Nnenna Freelon. As a bandleader, E.J. has released three albums.


“Lynne Arriale’s remarkable career is graced by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds.”

“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz”

“She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.”

“Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day.”

“A singular voice as a pianist and leader ... a powerhouse.”

“She belongs among the poets. Truly distinctive, her improvisations weave a seductive combination of lyricism and muscle…essential listening.”

”The poet laureate of her generation”

“Lynne Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz”

“Whether given to introspection or taken by extroversion, she remains a force of nature.”

Byron Wallen - new album and UK tour dates.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Trumpeter and composer Byron Wallen will release his new album "Portrait: Reflections On Belonging" on February 21st 2020. He will be touring extensively in the UK from March to October.

We have received the following press release;


Released 21st February 2020
Twilight Jaguar Recordings

The New Album and UK Tour From Trumpet Maestro Byron Wallen

“His quartet creates a joyous head of steam. Odd time signatures abound, but Wallen remains funky and accessible.” - The Times

“Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of the fragmentary lyricism of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry,” - The Guardian
February 2020 will see the release of Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, the new and much anticipated album from innovative and renowned British jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen. It is his first recorded release in 13 years, and overall his fifth solo publication following his previous album Meeting Ground (2007) for which he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards

Portrait: Reflections On Belonging is a journey from Wallen’s sumptuous experiences of decades of extensive travelling, studying contemporary and indigenous cultures and connecting with people from all over the world, to realigning himself with the colourful kaleidoscope that is his own local community. He explains: “This album is a meditation and reflection on the powerful impact that music has had on my life. It was conceived whilst sitting in the central square in Woolwich, an area of South East London. I was struck by the community around me with its mixture of cultures and nationalities, from Nepalese elders to young Nigerian men, Somali mothers with their children, a new Eastern European contingent and descendants of families who used to work in the docks and at the Arsenal. Music paved my way to travel and see the world, meeting people from all different cultures andwalks of life. The study of music and the process of striving to become a better musician furnished me with a deeper knowledge of self and a gift I could share on so many different levels.

In PORTRAIT I am meditating on identity, culture and what it means to belong. The compositions, workshops, performances, and social interaction born out of this project deepened my artistic and personal relationships with the people in my neighbourhood. The album pays tribute to the heart, soul and vibrant provenance of the community I call my home.”

The project Portrait emerged from Wallen’s passionate engagement with his immediate surroundings through teaching, performing, leading workshops and ultimately collaborating with local artists. The album cover portrait has been created by Woolwich based visual artist Marc Drostle. Special guest vocals from Plumcroft Primary School resonate on several tracks and perfectly demonstrate the theme of community spirit that runs throughout the album. The band, Byron Wallen’s Four Corners, will tour the UK in early 2020 and endeavour to replicate the same level of social synergy wherever their live shows take them.

Byron Wallen’s music is distinctive and individual, his passionate musical knowledge and his fascination with the human spirit is evident in all of his music. Byron’s creative output is deeply influenced by his experiences with musicians on his travels around the world, including countries such as South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, East Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Indonesia and his parents’ homeland Belize. Skilfully combining these influences with true and wide-ranging elements from the jazz tradition make his music stand out as an inimitable, one of a kind sound.

Having studied with luminaries such as Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis, and played alongside legendary musicians such as George Benson, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Andrew Hill, Red Snapper, Mulatu Astatke and King Sunny Ade, Byron Wallen is a revered and respected musician in jazz, world music and beyond. His Gayan Gamelan projects, notably his recent adaptation of Boards of Canada’s seminal album Music Has the Right to Children, have won widespread critical acclaim from media, peers and music fans alike for the beautiful marriage of traditions from Indonesia and EastAfrica, and its fusion with the urban sounds of modern dance music and contemporary classical styles.

On the album Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, Byron Wallen plays the trumpet, flugelhorn, shells, piano and percussion. He is accompanied by his dazzling ‘Four Corners’ band made up by Rob Luft on guitar, Paul Michael on bass and Rod Youngs on drums, and joined on several tracks by the ardent African percussion expert Richard ‘Olatunde’ Baker with his congas and talking drums. The overall result is a sublime listen, ultimately providing hope and inspiration by way of creativity, unity and togetherness.

Byron Wallen (b. 1969) was raised in a musical family and as a child studied classical piano, euphonium, trumpet, flute and drums. In the mid 1980’s the trumpet became Wallen’s primary instrument of choice.

Wallen’s first major work, Tarot Suite (1994), was inspired by a love of mythology and symbolism, which reflected the archetypal journey of human life through an interdisciplinary pan-continental approach.

Wallen’s study of cognitive psychology has aided his transition towards conceptualising music as a medium for healing. Wallen raises awareness and invokes change by unlocking boundaries through the nature and science of sound.

Widely recognised as a seminal figure in Jazz, Wallen is an acclaimed writer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum; PRS, The BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also composed soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones.

The PRS For Music Foundation’s commission ‘Anthem for Woolwich’, which forms the foundation for his album Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, forges new links between schools, venues, musicians and residents to strengthen the resilience and promote the cohesion of the community.

Wallen has received the BBC Jazz Innovation Award (2003) and has been nominated several times for the MOBO Awards. In 2017 he was honoured with the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.

2020 Tour Dates:

TUE 24th MARCH       East Side Jazz               Leytonstone

THU 26th MARCH       Modern Jazz @ CUC Wine Bar   Cambridge

SAT 4th APRIL           The Verdict               Brighton

SUN 5th APRIL           Herts Jazz Club             St Albans

FRI 1st MAY           Calstock Arts Centre           Calstock

SAT 2nd MAY           Tinners Moon Festival           Ashburton

SUN 17th MAY           Legends Festival             Birmingham

WED 10th June         National Centre for Early Music   York

THU 11th JUNE         Bonington Theatre       Nottingham

SAT 12th SEPTEMBER       Shrewsbury Jazz Network       The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury

THU 17th SEPTEMBER       Jazz at Future Inn           Bristol

SAT 19th SEPTEMBER       The [email protected] George       South Molton

WED 23rd SEPTEMBER     Dorchester Arts             Dorchester

FRI 2nd OCTOBER       Bracknell Jazz               Bracknell

TUE 6th OCTOBER       Jazz Hastings               Hastings

WED 14th OCTOBER       The Lescar               Sheffield

New jazz streaming platform launched in the UK.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

'Jazzed', a brand new audio / visual streaming platform was launched in the UK on February 12th 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Launch of the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming service for jazz.

A brand-new jazz streaming platform, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, is set to transform the way the genre is consumed when it launches in the UK on Wednesday 12th February. Jazzed is the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming destination for jazz and will offer an integrated experience for fans to listen, watch and read about the music they love. The service features a vast array of hand-curated audio channels, exclusive video content, podcasts, documentaries, interviews and much more.

Entering the market at a time when jazz is enjoying a huge surge in popularity, jazzed will offer an unprecedented variety of content and be an endless source of discovery. The platform recognises the dialogue between jazz and popular culture for over a century from early pioneers to celebrated icons, hip hop samplists to the beat of Brazil. Individual channels focus on unique ecosystems from the sound of New Orleans and Polish jazz to artist-only havens in an array of moods, grooves and discovery. Users will be able to peer round the corners of normality into the avant-garde or be uplifted by Latin jazz and Salsa beats; indulge in some of the greatest funk ever recorded; zone out with quiet soundscapes or get on board with the next thing in THE place to hear brilliant new jazz, all the time.
The platform’s video content will offer music videos, artist interviews, live concerts and sessions whilst its editorial content will be drawn from a variety of sources led by an exclusive relationship with US jazz publication JAZZIZ, whose archive of in-depth features, interviews and album reviews is second to none.

Licensing terms have been agreed with all the major labels as well as with PPL representing the independents.

Jazzed CEO Jonathan Arendt:
“There’s strong evidence that mainstream streaming services are not meeting the needs of specialist music fans. We know that jazz listeners are interested in a deeper experience than offered by mainstream platforms and believe that jazzed, with its rich artist meta-data, HD audio quality, premium video content and beautifully curated channels is the solution.”

Jazzed is a subscription service and at launch will provide initially two tiers – jazzed, an ad-funded freemium tier with 10 audio channels and comprehensive video and editorial offering, and jazzed+, a premium tier priced at £5.99 a month which offers a deeper curated experience of 40+ audio channels with an extensive choice of exclusive video and editorial.

Jazzed premium, a full on-demand tier providing a vast audio and video catalogue of jazz and its derivative genres, as well as more exclusive content, will be launched later this year in premium HD quality.

Jazzed will be available on iOS, web player and via SONOS at launch.

jazzed was co-founded by former Jazz FM boss Jonathan Arendt (CEO), digital tech music pioneer Frank Taubert (COO) and former Bertelsmann and Sony Music executive Marcel Engh (CMO).

Montréal International Jazz Fest 2020 announces second wave of acts for 41st season.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A second wave of artists, including the British acts Ezra Collective and Kokoroko has been added to the line up of the Montréal International Jazz Festival, which takes place June 25–July 4, 2020.

We have received the following press release;

Montréal International Jazz Fest announces second wave of artists for 41st season, June 25–July 4, 2020

41st edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
A constellation of bright musical stars and exciting new artists added
to the 2nd wave of lineup!

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group, in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is overjoyed to present the latest additions to an already stellar lineup for the 41st edition of the fest, which takes place from June 25 to July 4, 2020. From the biggest names in jazz like Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, John Scofield, and Dave Holland to genre benders like The Bad Plus and The Cinematic Orchestra, there is something for everyone. Afrobeat fans will be moved by the rhythms of KOKOROKO while reggae lovers won’t want to miss Jamaican singer Protoje and his dynamic riddims. Guitar legend Taj Mahal and his quartet make another triumphant return to the FIJM while local favourites The Barr Brothers team up for an exclusive show with Les Filles de Illighadad from the Saharan Desert to bring the blues back to its roots. Cutting edge artists like Woodkid and Petit Biscuit will represent some of the best music from France, while Kendrick Lamar collaborator BJ The Chicago Kid will prove why he is a Top Dawg worth watching. There are so many interesting acts to take in and still more to be announced in the future! See below for more details!

Double program : DeJohnette • Coltrane • Garrison | John Scofield & Dave Holland duo
Maison Symphonique, June 26, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
Twenty years ago, Jack DeJohnette brought saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison together for the first time to perform the music of John Coltrane at The Brooklyn Museum. This configuration of historical significance has now been reborn. Representing the prestigious lineage of today’s great jazz families, the DeJohnette • Coltrane • Garrison Trio explores open improvisation in addition to their own compositions.
Both recognized without dispute as one of the finest jazz interpreters on his instrument, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Dave Holland join forces to present audiences with a new conversation. Performing as a duo, these longtime colleagues bring their diverse musical backgrounds and infinite talents to the stage, each contributing original compositions to the set list and putting their stamp on a selection of jazz standards as well. Those familiar with their individual artistry can expect nothing less than a unique and compelling meeting of their musical minds — virtuosity, enjoyment, and depth.

Emilie-Claire Barlow, 20th anniversary
Maison Symphonique, July 2, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
The Ontario band gained worldwide attention when their interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” exploded on YouTube, garnering over 187 million views. Since then, the band has released a string of successful original songs, sold out venues across the globe, and collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world (Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki). They will be presenting their latest album, Here we go!, to the Montreal audience.

The Cinematic Orchestra
Maison Symphonique, July 3, 7:00p.m, Le Festival à la Maison Symphonique Delta
It’s been twelve years since The Cinematic Orchestra released a studio album. At the time, in 2007, Ma Fleur was recognized for its bold departure from the group’s sonic traditions. In the years since, it’s been continuously celebrated, with tracks like To Build A Home reaching huge audiences, spilling out of televisions, cinemas and radios long after its release. Their most recent show at Corona in November was completely sold-out and they are returning to Montreal with a definitive new album that explores a timeless question of vital importance in 2019—what to believe? Founding member Jason Swinscoe and longtime musical collaborator Dominic Smith enlisted album contributions from old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend, and Tawiah.

MTELUS, June 25, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
Stepping out from behind the camera, Yoann Lemoine became one of the few music video directors to embark on a recording career of his own, with a number of releases under the guise of Woodkid. His debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, arrived in March 2013. The album received largely enthusiastic reviews, and fared well commercially, rising to number two on the French album charts, and going Top Ten in Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. The young creative went on tour to support the album, with a groundbreaking performance at London’s Brixton Academy alongside the BBC Orchestra. 2014 started off well for Woodkid, with his having been invited to perform and partake in a discussion about the New York minimalist movement with Philip Glass at the Museum of Modern Art of Saint Etienne. Later that year he won the award for Best Stage Performer at the Les Victoires de la Musique. He returned in 2016, having collaborated with German pianist Nils Frahm on a soundtrack for French photographer JR’s short film Ellis. During July of 2016, he delivered another highly innovative performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, which featured a whole host of guests including Son Lux and Guillaume Brière.

Petit Biscuit
MTELUS, June 26, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
After the success of Petit Biscuit, his first EP, the wunderkind of French electro released his debut album Presence. Across all 14 tracks, the LP combines ambient, techno, and house, with tailored arrangements, both classical and modern. A personal and creative opus stretched over intricate rhythmic patterns that transforms the 2015 rookie into a distinguished artist. Armed with his array of machines, Petit Biscuit is crafting the sound of tomorrow, a wild blend of digital and analogue, of live and pre-recorded samples, of techno, pop and hip-hop.

MTELUS, July 2, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
At only 20, Rilès has already put together his own recording studio while pursuing English studies and working as a singer-songwriter. He is involved in every aspect of his artistic project, producing his records and directing his videos, in the DIY spirit. His music blends rap, R&B and pop, with influences ranging from Kabyle music and capoeira to American hip-hop (Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, Timbaland…).

MTELUS, July 4, 8:30p.m, Les Rythmes
There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica, and industry experts and observers agree that Protoje, born Oje Ken Ollivierre, is playing an important role in what has become known as the “Reggae Revival.” Leading the militant band The Indiggnation, this powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje has released his last album in 2018 : A Matter of Time.

The Barr Brothers with Les Filles de Illighadad
Opening act: les Filles de Illighadad
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 26, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
For the first time, the Montreal outfit’s three members—namesake siblings Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé—went empty-handed into the studio. Improvisations that lasted hours at a time, with grooves inspired by India, West Africa and 808s. Then the band took that racket and distilled it into 11 songs. At times the sound’s all twinkling, the score for a lost John Hughes film; at other times it’s whetted, searching, like the stuff of Lhasa de Sela or Led Zeppelin’s III. It’s this tension, this dither, that lives at the centre of Queens of the Breakers. The sound of a band still playing, even occasionally reimagining, their rock’n’roll. They will be joined by female led avant-rock group, Les Filles de Illighadad, who make Future Tuareg music. Mixing traditional percussion with electric guitars, Les Filles brings ancient village folk music into the modern era. Drawing on traditional tende music, the forgotten inspiration of Tuareg guitar, Fatou and Les Filles breath new life into the genre. Hypnotic guitar riffs, driving rhythm, and polyphonic resonant vocals combine to create organic sound, that is both timeless and natural. A wholly original project, from a band that just last year had never left their village. Their first studio production.
Les Filles de Illighadad play their own set as the opening act, and then they will join the Barr Brothers for an exclusive live collaboration that will take the audience on a musical journey through blues that will inspire and amaze.

Ana Moura
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 28, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results. Her stage presence embodies the spirit of the iconic fadista, capturing the attention of Caetano Veloso, Mick Jagger, and Prince, which gave rise to inspired crossover collaborations and performances with these musical giants in rock, pop, and jazz. Moura released her seventh full-length album, Desfado, in 2013 to quadruple platinum sales and her 2016 release, Moura, went platinum in her native Portugal.

Taj Mahal Quartet
Opening act: Christone Kingfish Ingram
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 29, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
“When I began, soul was something people had. It wasn’t a style of music,” Taj Mahal says. No matter where we come from, we are all part of the same circle. We all want to dance, to get out of our heads, and tap into ourselves. When delivered by the Taj Mahal Quartet, the blues can take us there. For more than 40 years, Grammy-winning legend Taj Mahal, internationally renowned bassist Bill Rich, and revered percussionist Kester Smith have taken blues on a joyride through reggae, funk, jazz, cajun, and more, leaving a trail of swinging hips and raised palms in their wake. In 2019, guitarist and lap steel master Bobby Ingano joined the group, and the trio became the Taj Mahal Quartet. The four-match musical virtuosity with downhome grit unlike anyone else: a blend of sophistication and humble familiarity that is equally at home on a shotgun-shack porch or a Carnegie Hall stage. According to Taj, the collaboration extends far beyond the Taj Mahal Quartet themselves. “Music is like theater to a lot of people—they’re watching it,” he says. “Well, you can watch it, but you’re supposed to participate. The audience is just as much a part of the music as the musicians are.” Taj pauses, then adds with a warm laugh, “I do like it when they dance.”

Avishai Cohen Trio, Arvoles
Théâtre Maisonneuve, June 30, 8:00p.m, Les Grands Concerts Rio Tinto
Few journeys have been as adventurous and unpredictable as the musical one Avishai Cohen has led for more than twenty years. The vast discography of this beloved Israeli bassist and composer is marked by the constant evolution that defines this bandleader. His previous release 1970, his biggest commercial hit to date, introduced him to a pop-oriented audience that was mostly unaware of the richness of his repertoire. Last year, Avishai recorded his latest album titled Arvoles at the prestigious Nilento Studio in Sweden. On this tour, he’ll be celebrating his 50th birthday by performing 50 concerts in 50 different countries.

The Bad Plus
Monument National, June 27, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton Montréal
The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. For the past two decades, they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent. Their first album with the new lineup, 2018’s Never Stop II, won huge critical acclaim and kick-started a new era for the trio in a way they could not have foreseen – a period of renewed energy and excitement. Their 2019 release on Edition Records, Activate Infinity, sees the journey evolve further. This will be the first time the band comes to the festival since Orrin Evans joined them!
Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

Monument National, June 28, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton Montréal
During his 15-year career, Ambrose Akinmusire has paradoxically situated himself in both the centre and the periphery of jazz, most recently emerging in classical and hip-hop circles. Motivated primarily by the spiritual and practical value of art, Akinmusire wants to remove the wall of erudition surrounding his music. He aspires to create richly textured emotional landscapes that tell the stories of the community, record the time, and change the standard. While committed to continuing the lineage of black invention and innovation, he manages to honour tradition without being stifled by it.

Tommy Emmanuel, CPG
Monument National, June 29, 8:00p.m, Jazz Beat DoubleTree par Hilton
Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has achieved enough musical milestones to satisfy several lifetimes. Or at least they would if he were the kind of artist who was ever satisfied. Today, he plays hundreds of sold-out shows worldwide every year. Tommy developed a style of solo guitar playing that encompasses the range of a whole band — drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitar, and a vocal melody simultaneously. No loop pedals, no overdubs, just one man and ten fingers.

BJ The Chicago Kid
Club Soda, June 29, 9p.m, Les Couleurs SAQ
It’s been a long time coming for BJ the Chicago Kid. After four mixtapes and one indie classic, he’s now dropping his major-label debut on Motown, the modern yet deeply soulful In My Mind. You’ve been hearing his voice everywhere though, on the songs by some of the greatest artists of our era (Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Kehlani, and ScHoolboy Q’s Grammy Award-nominated smash “Studio”). Notable collaborations include Vic Mensa, Chance The Rapper, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs, Ty Dolla $ign, Xzibit and, most recently, OG Maco, Joey Bada$$ and Hannibal Burress.
Marianne Trudel & John Hollenbeck : Dédé Java Espiritu
L’Astral, June 28, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
The happy and highly creative encounter of pianist and composer Marianne Trudel with drummer and composer John Hollenbeck took place a few years ago while the latter was getting established in Montreal. A piano, a drum set, a thousand ideas. “Dédé Java Espiritu” plunges the listener into an infinite panorama of colours and rhythms. Where catchy grooves, enchanting melodies, surprising sonorities, and joyous spontaneity go hand in hand. This new duo will be releasing an album in spring 2020.
Emie R Roussel Trio
L’Astral, June 29, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
Winner of the Stingray Rising Stars award at the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival, the Félix for Jazz Album of the Year at the 2015 Gala de l’ADISQ for their third album “Quantum,” and the 2013–2014 Opus Prize for Jazz Album of the Year for their second album “TRANSIT,” the Emie R Roussel Trio has established itself as an essential part of the contemporary Canadian jazz scene, with a quick ascent since 2010. The trio consists of Emie R Roussel on the piano, Nicolas Bédard on bass, and Dominic Cloutier on drums. Together, they play creative, mesmerizing jazz with undeniable enthusiasm and chemistry. They will celebrate the Trio’s 10 years.

Bïa chante João Gilberto, with Jordan Officer, Andréa Lindsay and Paulo Ramos
L’Astral, July 2, 6:00p.m, Jazz d’ici La Presse +
João Gilberto, the father of Bossa Nova, died on July 6, 2019. Bïa learned he had passed away while she was on stage at Festival international de jazz de Montréal. She dedicated a song to him, and thousands of voices in front of her sang sorrowfully. A year later, she is dedicating a whole concert to him Desafinado, Garota de Ipanema, One note samba — all the best titles from Gilberto’s songbook for a suave, superb night with special guests.

Ezra Collective
L’Astral, June 26, 10:00p.m, Le Club Heineken
UK quintet Ezra Collective released their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy in spring 2019. It follows 2017’s genre-bending EP Juan Pablo: The Philosopher. A creatively defiant album, You Can’t Steal My Joy seamlessly marries the delicacies and classic sounds of jazz with afrobeat, hip-hop and dancehall rhythms for a sound that cements them as one of the UK’s most exciting acts.

Mike Casey - new album and US live dates.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New York based saxophonist Mike Casey is to roll out his latest album "Law of Attraction" over a ten month period, beginning with a radical re-working of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable".

We have received the following press release;

For Feb 19 (Audio), Feb 26 (Music Video) Release
Rising Saxophonist Mike Casey Re-Imagines Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”

Mike Casey is a melody poet. The New York based story-telling songwriter, producer, and sonic alchemist is a multi-talented force whose soul stirring saxophone sound and creative use of phrasing reaches out with love and embraces your musical desires, one note at a time.

After his 3rd album (A remix project, working with producers like Emmy winning Apple Juice Kid to re-imagine cuts from his first two albums that were recorded live at The Side Door in a variety of hip hop styles, tracing back to his own childhood DJing roots), recent single Venus, (a musical prayer for peace inspired by The Venus Project),  Mike kicks off his 4th album Law of Attraction rollout with a meditative re-imagination of Nat King Cole’s classic “Unforgettable”.

Recorded in Brooklyn NYC in July 2018 with his longtime trio (Matt Dwonszyk, Corey Garcia)  right before leaving to Spain for a yearlong master’s in Contemporary Performance/Music Production with Berklee’s Valencia campus, Mike’s arrangement radically downshifts the tempo to a minimal, sparse ballad with a haunting re-harmonisation. Over two days in a hot basement studio without air conditioning, the trio (with Grammy nominated pianist Benito Gonzalez of Pharaoh Sanders/Kenny Garrett esteem joining on 3 tracks) recorded what would become the 15 tracks that make up Mike’s 4th release “Law of Attraction”. The music was recorded “old-school”, all in one room, the musicians facing each other, with no isolation and no studio tricks.

Equal parts inspired by his love for Houston hip hop’s “chopped-n-screwed” slowed music concept, Charles Mingus’ dark, dreamy harmonic counterpoint, and the arranging style choices of Betty Carter (who he began exploring in depth while in an immersive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in 2015), the arrangement was originally conceived in late 2015 and originally intended to be featured on the 2016 Side Door show that resulted in 14 first takes live and ultimately his debut and sophomore live album releases, The Sound of Surprise (2017) and Stay Surprising (2018) but didn’t make the cut.

Twice a month from mid February through mid October Mike will release either a new track or music video from the album, with the full album coming late October and an EP of alternate takes & outtakes coming mid November.

Mike is on tour at the following venues to support Law of Attraction’s 10 month rollout:

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (Washington DC, Feb 13)
Side Door Jazz Club (Feb 28, Old Lyme CT)
Headroom (Jersey City NJ, Feb 29) featuring Grammy nominated special guest pianist Zaccai Curtis
SXSW (Austin TX, March 18)
Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, April 2)
Montpelier Arts Center (Riverdale MD, May 1)
More dates TBA soon

More about Mike:

Bringing the joy of jazz across genre lines to a diverse young audience around the world, Mike’s music passed 4.2 million streams in less than the first 3 years of his recording career (against all odds, without a record label or a team - an anomaly in the genre). On a mission to be a passionate vessel for “jazz” in the 21st century, his searing sound, always aiming to connect emotionally and tell a story, demands the attention of the listener. This is not your parent’s elevator music.

“I’m not interested in sizzle over substance,” he says. “Improvising, or as I like to think of it, spontaneous composing, is not about displaying skill for ego’s sake. I aim to deliver each musical statement with power, honesty, and passion to connect with audiences.”

Fresh off his trio’s headlining showcase at Barcelona’s Future Music Forum (one of EU’s top mainstream music industry conferences), APAP showcase in NYC,  and packed USA Return shows in Philadelphia, New York, and Augusta GA, recent praise for Mike’s music and journey have come from both within and outside the jazz world: Huffington Post, Forbes, Music Ally, Radio Primavera Sound, Worldwide FM, Downbeat, Jazz in Europe, Songtrust, Jazz FM, DJbooth, Connecticut Magazine, WBGO, Evernote, Rapchat and much more along. Mike is endorsed by Yanagisawa saxophones, and recently worked with industry leader Splice to create their first ever saxophone sample pack.

JZ Replacement - new album and UK live dates.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

JZ Replacement, the duo of saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev & drummer Jamie Murray will release the album "Disrespectful" on 13th March 2020. They will be playing live dates in the UK between Feb & June.

We have received the following press release;

JZ Replacement is a dynamic new international project from saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland) and drummer Jamie Murray (Sun Ra Arkestra, Native Dancer).

Frequent collaborators and quiet stalwarts of the London jazz scene, the duo have been racking up vast acclaim performing independently and alongside the finest the genre has to offer. Having performed together in Jamie Murray’s solo project “Beat Replacement” just two years ago, they discovered a natural symbiosis and appreciation for free-flowing experimentation. This inspired them to explore their individual playing styles and influences and work together to refine their collaboration into something more precise without compromising on the pliability that their recently found connection has afforded them.

Both Zhenya and Jamie have covered an enormous amount of sonic terrain in their own rights before meeting, and the amalgamation of their most consummate ideas are now being combined to create something that is all at once organic, original, frenetic and highly danceable. Whilst some easy comparisons to their more traditional sensibilities are easily made, their new album ‘Disrespectful’ draws on elements of Breakbeat, Eastern European folk and free jazz, whilst also calling to mind a broad spectrum of influences from the likes of John Zorn to David Bowie to Zach Hill and Miles Davis.

JZ Replacement’s serendipitous partnership has also inspired the duo to look further afield to develop and challenge their sound. In this vein, the album was recorded with LA bass master, Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Wayne Krantz, Elvis Costello, Donny McCaslin, Mark Guiliana). Zhenya has already played and recorded with Tim on various projects, including many of their own gigs and their last release.

Their new album ‘Disrespectful’ is an incredibly unique listen, building on a sound that has seen them fast become one of the key proponents of the scene, having already successfully performed at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London Jazz Festival, Porto Jazz Festival, Rainy Days Festival and Jazz Province Festival. They have also toured internationally across the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Russia, and have further dates planned for 2020.

UK tour dates:

JZ Replacement - Duo:
20 February - Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
21 February - 91 Club, London
26 February - Lescar, Sheffield
28 February - Cript, London
27 April - Whisky Bar, Manchester
7 May - Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
4 June - Soundcellar, Pool

JZ Replacement with Tim Lefebvre
5 March - Northern Guitars, Leeds
6 March - Workshop at Trinity College of Music, London
7 March - Vortex Jazz Club, London (launch show)

‘Disrespectful’ coming on 13th March via Russian jazz tastemaker label, Rainy Day Records.

More names announced for Love Supreme 2020.

Friday, February 07, 2020

A further series of acts has been announced for the 2020 Love Supreme Jazz Festival which will take place from July 3rd to 5th at Glynde Place, East Sussex.

We have received the following press release;

Love Supreme 2020 // The Roots, Candi Staton, Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Sister Sledge, Nubya Garcia, Louis Cole Big Band Amongst Acts Joining Line-Up.

Over 30 additional acts announced today join Anita Baker, performing her final ever UK show, TLC, Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes and Charles Lloyd on an expansive bill for Europe’s biggest outdoor jazz festival.

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex from July 3rd – 5th 2020, has revealed the next wave of artists lined-up to perform at this summer’s event.

Joining Anita Baker, TLC, The Isley Brothers, Sergio Mendes and Charles Lloyd on the bill for the 3-day event are an array of star names from across the jazz and soul spectrum including veteran Philadelphia hip-hop group The Roots, who perform their only UK show of the year, US soul queen Candi Staton, who comes to the UK in celebration of her 80th birthday, disco legends Sister Sledge, modern funk singer, guitarist and Vulfpeck member Cory Wong, pioneering acid jazz collective Brand New Heavies and LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole who makes his debut at the festival with his boundary-pushing Louis Cole Big Band.

The festival will once again present a multitude of acts from the forefront of the UK’s thriving new music scene including a highly anticipated new project from Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, trailblazing saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Afrobeat eight-piece KOKOROKO, inventive London-based septet Nérija, much-talked-about South London singer Greentea Peng and neo-soul sensation Yazmin Lacey.

Additional offerings will include a wellness and yoga area, secret swimming, organised hill walks across the South Downs, a host of activities aimed at children, the return of the long-table-style banqueting restaurant Lazy Bird Kitchen, the Supremium VIP area, which will offer a range of premium benefits plus the opportunity to watch exclusive artist performances, and the Jazz Lounge, which will present a range of artist interviews, talks, panel discussions and film screenings. The festival will also see the return of an expanded Bands & Voices area which presents cabaret, spoken word and swing dance lessons by day and live music and DJs late into the night.

Love Supreme 2020 full line-up to date:

Anita Baker (first UK show in 13 years + last ever UK performance)

The Roots (only UK show of 2020)

TLC (celebrating 25 years of CrazySexyCool)

The Isley Brothers (first UK shows in 10 years)

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes

Sergio Mendes

Sister Sledge

Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits

Candi Staton

Dhafer Youssef

Louis Cole Big Band

Nubya Garcia

Brand New Heavies

Mayra Andrade

Avishai Cohen Big Vicious

Cory Wong



Greentea Peng

Harold López Nussa

Snowboy & The Latin Section

MF Robots

Melissa Aldana

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Yazmin Lacey

Charlotte Adigéry

Daniel Casimir and Tess Hirst

Sasha Keable


Michael Janisch Band

Quentin Collins Sextet

Neue Grafik Ensemble

Mamas Gun

Jazz Morley

Graham Costello’s Strata

Georgia Cécile

Rob Luft

Fergus McCreadie Trio

Kathrine Windfeld Sextet
Now in its 8th year, Love Supreme is Europe’s biggest outdoor jazz festival and will return to the picturesque setting of the South Downs in East Sussex from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July 2020.
Additional names will be announced in due course.

Tickets start at £54 and are available from

An appeal on behalf of Jimmy Cobb.

Friday, February 07, 2020

The family of "Kind of Blue" drummer Jimmy Cobb, now ninety one years of age, have launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to help towards his medical and care bills. Details attached.

Support For Jimmy Cobb

My name is Serena Cobb. I am raising funds for my father, legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb in his time of need.

My father started playing professionally at 18 years old. He recorded the highest selling jazz record in history “Kind of Blue” at age 30, and as we’ve just celebrated his 91st birthday this January, he has recently released two records and is still doing everything he can to give himself to the music. He’s dedicated the last 70 years of his life to the art of jazz, and although there’s nothing he’d rather do than continue to support himself and his family while doing what he loves, it has become far too difficult of a task. He’s no longer able to perform at the rate he used to, and at his age, one would expect that. But until recently, that hasn’t been the case at all.

Mentally and spiritually my father is as youthful and energetic as ever, but for the past 2 years he’s been dealing with some medical issues that have been causing severe challenges for him physically.  Unfortunately he has been unable to receive proper treatment due to financial struggles. Although he has been pushing himself to work in order to get some medical attention while still maintaining daily life…it just isn’t enough. We’ve often been left in a position to have to choose between medical attention and his basic necessities. As the days pass, he continues to become more and more in need of assistance.

Doctors have recommended limited performance over the next year so that he can get the proper rest. During this time, we will need to cover both his personal and medical expenses. We’ve chosen a holistic approach which requires 100% out of pocket coverage for both treatment and visits, as it isn’t covered by insurance. He is also currently in need of a full time caregiver. These major pieces are in addition to all of his medications, supplements, bills and daily expenses, meals, cleaning etc.

As a humble and very private man who has always been the strength in both his family and his community, he wouldn’t dare complain or ask for help, however; in order to care for him properly, our family is in dire need. He has been doing his best to fight through but I’m sad to say that the work he loves so much has become more than he can handle at the moment.

I come to you all, as his community, friends, fans, colleagues, family members, jazz lovers, music lovers, and fellow humans and ask that you help me help my father. By showing him some of the love that he’s shown the world, through both his spirit and his music, this could shine a whole new light on his life. As much as it saddens me to have to ask for help, I know my father truly needs it, and it would be unfair of me NOT to reach out and give him a fighting chance at getting better.

We ask that if you are able and find it in your hearts, to please donate whatever you can. No amount is too small. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.


Agile Experiments, new album release & live performance programme at The Empire Bar, Hackney, London

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The Agile Experiments improvised music programme commences its new monthly series on 5th February 2020. Meanwhile the November 2019 show is to be released as the album "Alive In The Empire".

We have received the following press release;

“Our aim is to bring attention back to bringing attention” Dave De Rose
Release 27 March 2020
Available via

John Edwards Double Bass, Dan Nicholls Synths, samples & FX,  George Crowley Saxophone & FX, Dave De Rose Drums

Album Launch 1 April 2020 - The Empire Bar, Hackney
with Tom Herbert electric bass & FX, Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX, Dave De Rose drums

Hook up to your best speakers or headphones.  Agile Experiments release their 5th vinyl, capturing a wild meeting in Hackney’s Empire Bar of John Edwards, Dan Nicholls and George Crowley with the incitement of drummer and Agile Experiments catalyst, Dave De Rose.

This meeting, during London Jazz Festival November 2019, is just one of the many ongoing occasions since Agile Experiments started in 2015.  The simple idea of pleasure and alertness to the moment of spontaneous creation, and surprise encounters between musicians and audiences, has now generated the participation of over 35 musicians and dancers on the UK scene, and 10+ on the Greek scene.

Agile Experiments are released on vinyl only. Vinyl available early March, on request. In a hand-written, white label vinyl format, these collectable records have so far shipped all over the world and the first releases in 2018, Agile Experiments vol.1 & 2, have joined the National cultural heritage of the British Library’s Sounds archive.

The experiment continues with London dates coming up;

The Empire Bar, 291 Mare Street E8 1EJ

5 February-  John Edwards dble bass Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX Dave De Rose drums

11 March-  Ruth Goller elec bass & FX Tom Challenger saxophone Dave De Rose drums

1 April-  Tom Herbert elec bass & FX Dan Nicholls synths, samples & FX Dave De Rose drums

13 May-  Colin Somervell dble bass George Crowley saxophone & FX Dave De Rose drums

3 June-  Dave Smith drums Marius Mathiszik guitar, loops & FX Dave De Rose bass & FX

8pm doors   //  9pm music   //  Free entrance   //

Dave De Rose instigated Agile Experiments in 2015, starting outside The Agile Rabbit Pizzeria in Brixton Village, and inviting musicians to join him for these entirely improvised 1 hour no-break no-rules sessions to a passing audience of Brixton Market. Gradually through common interest a loose collective has formed under the casual guidance of De Rose and a series of combos gathered for eight one-hour sessions in a DIY studio space Camberwell, London in 2016. 

In 2018 thirteen cuts from these sessions were compiled onto two vinyl releases Agile Experiments vol.1 & 2.  In 2019 another two LPs were released. London - The Ultimate Guide of Avant-Garde-Step - sides A & B featured further cuts from the original sessions alongside new extracts captured during live performances in London venues. For Athens September 2019 Dave De Rose embarked on a mission to Athens in order to engage, perform and capture a fresh new sound with Greek musicians.


Agile Experiments with Ruth Goller, George Crowley

Agile Experiments Athens - Siotas/Aggelopoulos/De Rose

Youtube playlist:


Dave De Rose is an Anglo-Italian multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, educator & sound engineer based in London. Moving to the UK from Rome in 1996 he studied Jazz at Guildhall, graduating with Distinction winning the Carlton Cranberry Award, and working on both live and recordings.  He has extensively toured with popular music bands Moloko, Roisin Murphy, Mark Ronson & The Business International, Mulatu Astatke, Rokia Traore, and recorded with Bastille, Jamie Cullum, Roisin Murphy, Scroobius Pip, Flying Ibex and Vula Viel.
He has self-released 13 records on his own label, and currently performs and records with Electric Jalaba, Forest Binary, and Trio Trekke – all with new albums.
His latest project Agile Experiments has caught the imaginations of musicians and the underground experimental jazz vinyl community world-wide.  The project has released four LPs in two years: “Agile Experiments vol.1” (April 2018) , “Agile Experiments vol.2” (September 2018), “London - The Ultimate Guide to Avant-Garde-Step – sides A & B” (June 2019) and “Athens” (September 2019).

John Edwards, double bass
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, his status as one of creative music’s finest bassists has seen him working with a vast range of musicians, including Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, John Wall, Joe McPhee, Louis Moholo Moholo, Peter Brötzmann, Wadada Leo Smith.

Dan Nicholls has an approach to music-making with keyboards and computers that defined the ‘mathrobeat’ Strobes. He runs the project Free Movements (including Dave De Rose), is touring with Killing Popes and has worked with the likes of Squarepusher, Mathew Herbert, Goldie, and The Heritage Orchestra .

George Crowley is an extremely versatile saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and promoter who has in recent years developed a strong use of electronics.  Aside from his own project Can of Worms and outings with Brass Mask and Vula Viel he can be heard with Melt Yourself Down, Julian Argüelles’ Septet, Yazz Ahmed, Red Snapper, the Michael Chillingworth Septet, Rick Simpson’s Klämmer and the Olie Brice Quartet.

Performed live at The Empire Bar, Hackney on 21st November 2019
Captured by Oliver Keen
Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Dave De Rose at FLBS December 2019

Laila Biali - new single and album plus North American tour.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Vocalist & songwriter Laila Biali releasd her new single "Sugar" on 31st January. This will be followed by the album "Out of Dust" on March 27. She will be touring in N. America in Feb, March & April.

We have received the following press release;

Laila Biali Releases ‘Sugar’ - the New Single from Upcoming Album “Out of Dust”.

Laila Biali’s new album “Out of Dust”
to be released
Friday, March 27, 2020 on
Chronograph Records

Inspired by a poem about sugar addiction, by Rebecca Reynolds, the track is a driving, toe-tapping anthem for not feeling so guilty about life’s guilty pleasures.

The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali.

For nearly every major triumph-a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world-the singer-songwriter has faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache-but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life’s greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

This hard-won optimism is apparent in the music. Instead of giving into the darkness, Out of Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting even as it confronts her recent challenges (and the current political climate!) head-on.

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, “Revival.” Transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, she sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / C’mon on down.” This fervor animates the entire album, even its quieter, more personal moments: “Wendy’s Song,” a piano ballad dedicated to the friend she lost to cancer, turns the details of a single life into a powerful epic; “Glass House,” which she wrote with her husband, frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide; “Take the Day Off,” a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son, bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing with Biali singing that it’s OK to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis.

Track Listing:

1. Revival
2. Monolith
3. Glass House
4. Wendy’s Song
5. Sugar
6. Alpha Waves
7. Au pays de Cocagne
8. Take Me To The Alley
9. The Baker’s Daughter
10. Broken Vessels
11. Take The Day Off


February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café
February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series

Jazz at The Manor, Bolehall Manor Club, Tamworth - Spring programme 2020.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Peter Mann of Jazz at The Manor has forwarded details of the programme for March to June 2020. Schedule attached.

Please find below a list of forthcoming events at Jazz at the Manor, Tamworth (Bolehall Manor Club, Amington Road, Tamworth,Staffs. B77 3LH.)

8pm start - 10.30 finish. £10 on the door.

March 9th - Paul Sawtell Quartet: Paul on vibes, Edgar Macais on keys, Garry Alcock on drums and bass tbc.

April 13th - Alex Clarke Quartet - Alex on sax - keys, bass and drums tbc

May 11th - Art Themen Trio - Art Themen on sax, George Double on drums and Pete Whittaker on Hammond organ

June 8th - Chris Gumbley & Al Gurr - Chris on sax / clarinet, Al on keys.

July - tba

Calstock Arts, Cornwall - Jazz programme, February to May 2020.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Carole Constable has forwarded details of the jazz programme at Calstock Arts for Spring 2020. Fully detailed listings attached.

We have received the following information;

Calstock Arts is a community arts centre located in a beautifully converted Chapel on the banks of the River Tamar.
We programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions.


Xhosa Cole Quartet at Calstock Arts, Calstock, S.E Cornwall
Saturday February 8th 2020
Tickets: £12 advance, £13 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
website: www.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award – aged 22 – Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of the finest talent based in the UK.
Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and trumpeter Mark
Kavuma, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard Bop greats. With a repertoire inspired by the great music of Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown and Gigi Gryce, this band lights up the stage with all the charisma, passion, edge, chemistry and spontaneity reminiscent of this great era.
Featuring classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards, as well as original works from members of the band.

The Schmoozenbergs
Friday 21 February
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 21s and students with ID,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Conjuring up the mood of 1930s Paris, fused with flavours of Eastern Europe and the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs’ uplifting music will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. With roots in Gypsy Jazz and influences beyond, their two guitars, violin and double bass bring you irresistible rhythms, evocative melodies and playful improvisation to create an upbeat and heart-warming sound.
Their live show is a mixture of original music from their new album, alongside imaginative interpretations of classic jazz and swing tunes by the likes of Django Reinhardt, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.
The perfect gig for a February evening!
Sam Stennett – Guitar
Tom Brydon Smith – Guitar
Ron Phelan – Double Bass
Gina Griffin – Violin
“The musicianship is excellent, laidback and accomplished…played with love and abandon” (
“Unashamedly good time, beautifully played music” (Fatea Magazine)

The Balagan Café Band
Sunday 15 March
Tickets: £10 advance, £11 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £7 under 18s, £25 family (2+2),  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Ranging from Parisian and American Jazz, the Chaabi music of Algeria, Tango from Argentina, Balkan Folk melodies, through to Folk music of Western Europe, The Balagan Café Band fuses these threads into a coherent sound that is both energising and evocative.
Christian Miller has worked with a cross section of fine musicians including Nigel Price and Adrian Cox, with music ranging from New Orleans jazz and swing through to bop, contemporary jazz and electric fusion.
Richard Jones is an exciting young British violinist recognised for his innovative sound, approach and adaptability within a broad range of musical contexts. Previous appearances at Calstock Arts has seen Richard play alongside Christine Tobin, Gabrielle Ducomble and Nicolas Meier.
Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists. She has also appeared at Calstock Arts previously, with a stand out performance as part of the Interchange dectet in 2018.

Craig Milverton Trio presents A Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Sunday 26 April
Tickets: £12 advance, £13 door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, £8 under 18s,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Craig Milverton, one of Britain’s finest Jazz pianists.
Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz pianists and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. Featuring some of his best known compositions, this is a must for all Peterson fans and those who love Jazz that swings.
Craig is joined by gifted young bassist Ashley John Long and the great swinging drummer Nick Millward. The trio regularly accompanies artists such as Stacey Kent, Jacqui Dankworth and Scott Hamilton.
“Britain’s nearest to Oscar Peterson” Digby Fairweather

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners Band
Friday 1 May
Tickets: £14 in advance, £15 on the door, £1 reduction for Friends of Calstock Arts, Under 21s and students with ID £8,  via Cornish Riviera Box Office Website or phone 01726 879500
Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
One of the UK’s most innovative, exciting and original trumpeters, Byron Wallen draws inspiration from Blues, African rhythms and the music of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Thelonious Monk.
Byron will be touring his new album ‘Portrait’, featuring his dazzling Four Corners band, led by himself on trumpet and conches, Paul Michael on bass, Rod Youngs on drums and Mike De Souza on guitar.
A varied career has seen him tour and record with other exciting musicians including George Benson, Chaka Khan, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine and in 2019, an outstanding gig at Calstock Arts with Jean Toussaint.
“Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry. Just as frequently he will seem closer to Asian or North African music, or reveal an informed appreciation of some of the earliest trumpet pioneers in jazz.” The Guardian
Supported by Help Musicians, MOBO Trust and Arts Council England.

Calstock Arts
The Old Chapel
Sand Lane
PL18 9QX

Telephone: 01822 833183

e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Line up announced for La Linea - London’s Latin Music Festival.

Friday, January 31, 2020

The line up has been announced for La Linea, London's Latin Music Festival, which will take place from 15th April to 4th May 2020 at various venues across the capital.

We have received the following press release;


An exclusive collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London featuring Steam Down & Theon Cross: Mestizo, Ana Tijoux, Fernando Otero, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café and much more for La Linea’s biggest event to date.

“La Linea has spent years building an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s most eclectic celebrations of Latin music” - Time Out
La Linea - The London Latin Music Festival – has unveiled more shows for its milestone 20thedition. Celebrating the bold and the new from across the diverse and increasingly popular Latin music world, this year’s anniversary event will host an array of world exclusive commissions, one-off UK concerts and specially curated shows from April 15th to May 4th across the Capital.

Joining Bebel Gilberto, Juana Molina, Tino Contreras, Sara Correia, Melingo, Lina_ Raül Refree and Weyler: Maradona in Mexico for La Linea 20 is the global premiere of Mestizo – a brand-new collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London featuring Steam Down, Theon Cross with Colombian musicians at the Electric Brixton. Originating from a British Council exchange programme last September where Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Steam Down travelled to Colombia to perform at Bogotá’s Jazz En El Parque, they secured studio time with members of the city’s inspirational independent scene. Now ready to present to the world at La Linea, the result is a brand-new sound that draws on the diaspora roots of the British and Colombian musicians.

Pioneering French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux makes a welcome return to the festival with a concert at the Jazz Café, while Grammy-winning Argentine pianist and composer Fernando Otero will showcase his beautiful compositions and interpretations of repertoire from Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez at Southbank’s Purcell Room. A classically-trained virtuosic pianist, Otero has developed a unique sound that fuses contemporary-classical soundscapes, improvisation and tango.
A very special 20th anniversary show from one of the most celebrated London-based Colombian bands, Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café, will take place at East London’s Rich Mix. Having led the way for salsa music in the UK for over two decades, Lorza and his esteemed ensemble remain amongst the finest exponents of the “salsa con vibes” style anywhere in the world.

La Linea will also host a one-day event for Cinco De Mayo at Peckham Levels, celebrating Mexican x USA border culture. Curated by Mexican Londoner Paola Feregrino and Movimientos head honcho Callum Simpson, the ‘frontera’ take-over will offer everything from installations, photography, live music & DJ sets, film and talks, as well as Mexican food, cocktails and tequila. Indie-mambo party starters Orkesta Mendoza headline the music programme with more shows and DJ sets to be announced very soon.
Created in 2001 by Como No, the UK’s main producer of live events from Latin America, to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects, La Linea has built a global reputation for bringing together a host of outstanding Latin music artists in London every April and May. La Linea 20 is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tino Contreras appearance at LaLinea is supported by The Anglo Mexican Foundation.

Mestizo is a British Council programme, co-produced with La Linea and supported by the PRS Foundation.
Tickets are on sale now and available from

La Linea 2020:

Juana Molina  
Wednesday 15 April
The Jazz Cafe  
£22 in advance
Doors 7pm

Sara Correia
Saturday 18 April
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

Wednesday 22 April
The Jazz Cafe  
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

LoLA MC Showcase
Friday 24 April
Rich Mix
£12 in advance

Fernando Otero
Saturday 25 April
Purcell Room
£17-£27 in advance
Show starts at 7.45pm

Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café
+ El Swing DJs: Gerry Lyseight & Johnny G
Saturday 25 April
Rich Mix
£15 in advance
Doors 8pm

Tino Contreras
Monday 27 April
EartH Theatre
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm - 10:30pm

Ana Tijoux
Thursday 30 April
Jazz Cafe
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm

Featuring Theon Cross, Steam Down, León Pardo, Diana Sanmiguel, N. Hardem, Daniel Michel, Marco Fajardo, Alejandro Cifuentes and more
Friday 1 May
Electric Brixton
£17 in advance
Doors 9pm - 3am

Lina_ Raül Refree
Saturday 2 May
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm

Weyler: Maradona in Mexico
Saturday 2 May
Rich Mix
£15 in advance
Doors 8pm

Cinco De Mayo feat. Orkesta Mendoza
Peckham Levels
Saturday 2 May
Free entry
Doors 12pm to 1am

Bebel Gilberto + Fémina
Monday 4 May
Royal Festival Hall
Doors 7pm

Information and tickets for all shows

Prices shown are before booking fees

Facebook: lalineafestival

Twitter: @lalineafest #lalinea20

Instagram: lalineafest

Shabaka Hutchings to host “Propaganda” a weekend of music, art and spoken word at The Barbican.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Barbican has announced details of "Propaganda" – a weekend of music, art and spoken word, curated by jazz artist Shabaka Hutchings to take place Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May 2020.

We have received the following press release;

The Barbican announces details of Propaganda – a weekend of music, art and spoken word, curated by jazz artist Shabaka Hutchings

A weekend of music, art and spoken word curated by Shabaka Hutchings
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 May 2020
Barbican Hall & foyers, LSO St Luke’s, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Giles’ Cripplegate
Tickets £10 – 20, plus free events
Produced by the Barbican
On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 30 January 2020
On general sale on Friday 31 January 2020

One of the foremost proponents of the current British jazz scene, Guildhall School of Music & Drama alumnus, saxophonist, clarinettist and band leader Shabaka Hutchings curates Propaganda – a Barbican weekend of music, art, spoken word and some very special collaborations. The music programme will include an eclectic mix of jazz, improv and experimental elements, electronica, Caribbean sounds and African traditions from South Africa, Ghana, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Shabaka Hutchings says: “The inspiration for the programme and artists I’ve chosen for the weekend is propaganda. I’ve tried to find a point of intersection between my practice as an artist and an abstract idea of what propaganda entails: a directed means of altering the lens by which large groups of people process the information that determines the parameters of their imaginative reality. The political becomes artistic and the artistic becomes political.
“The aim of each work chosen to be performed over the course of the weekend is to broaden our capacity to feel and to rekindle the energy needed to see the world with the potentiality of dreaming new futures and applying ourselves to action when we exit the concert hall.”
There will be seven ticketed sessions across the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, LSO St Luke’s and St Giles’ Cripplegate, plus a non-ticketed programme over the weekend in the Barbican foyers curated in collaboration with Skin Deep; plus free post-show sets on the Barbican’s ClubStage on Friday and Saturday nights.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Shabaka Hutchings performing alongside Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia + Mantombi Matotiyana with Dizu Plaatjies
A world premiere performance of a new work by Mica Levi, written for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda + King Ayisoba
Danalogue: Suite of the Elements
The Rolling Calf
Kit Downes Quintet
Shabaka & the Ancestors + Maâlem Houssam Guinia + Anthony Joseph
A programme of free events created by Skin Deep
Post-show ClubStage performances on Fri and Sat by DJ Noss and Ammar 808

Skin Deep
Fri 8 – Sun 10 May 2020, Barbican Level G
The Propaganda weekend features a non-ticketed programme in the Barbican foyers created by Skin Deep. This will include a contribution from interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE with further programme details tba.
A creative powerhouse that is redefining culture, amplifying voices of colour through discussions of race, politics and activism, Skin Deep is an online platform, a biannual print publication and a curator of live events. Telling the stories others don’t, they collaborate with creatives, musicians, writers, artists and activists to produce and platform original, thought-provoking, fresh and accessible content.
Produced by the Barbican

Friday 8 May 2020
Shabaka Hutchings with Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia
+ Mantombi Matotiyana with Dizu Plaatjies
Featuring the world premiere performance of a Mica Levi piece, written for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings
Fri 8 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
The Propaganda weekend kicks off with an exciting double-bill featuring octogenarian South African Xhosa singer and traditional master bow and harp player (uhadi, umrhubhe, isitolotolo) Mantombi Matotiyana in what will be her first London appearance. She will give a solo, stripped-down performance, accompanied only by traditional African multi-instrumentalist Dizu Plaatjies. The son of a Xhosa healer and founder and former leader of South Africa’s internationally celebrated marimba group, Amampondo, Plaatjies rediscovered Matotiyana when they met at his father’s house, and she has since featured on several of his albums. Her solo debut album Songs of Greeting, Healing and Heritage came out in 2019.
Also in the first half of the concert will be the world premiere performance of a new work, written by musician, producer and composer Mica Levi for and performed by Shabaka Hutchings.
The second half of the concert features a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, which was commissioned and premiered by Benny Goodman, performed here by Shabaka Hutchings and Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia. The evening concludes with a performance of Hutchings’ orchestral suite Babylon – an amalgamation of jazz, minimalist classical music and electronica – performed by Shabaka Hutchings, his band Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia.
Produced by the Barbican

DJ Noss
Fri 8 May 2020, Barbican ClubStage, Level -1, post-show
The post-show ClubStage event on Friday night is an extended DJ set by Martiniquan DJ Noss, featuring live ancestral Bèlè drumming and Noss’s eclectic mix of electronic music, bridging the gap between the musical styles of Africa and her diasporas. Through his music, DJ Noss tells his version of the story of Martinique, summoning the past, redefining the present and imagining the future.
Produced by the Barbican

Saturday 9 May 2020
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda + King Ayisoba
Sat 9 May 2020, LSO St Luke’s, 2pm
Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee
Propaganda Session Two features a solo set from Ghanaian traditional musician King Ayisoba who is a master of the kologo (a two-stringed lute instrument). Renowned for his trademark vocal sound and fierce, uncompromising music, The Wire magazine described him as ‘the style’s undisputed trailblazer’, who is bringing the kologo sound to great popularity both in Ghana and abroad.
The evening then continues with Algerian raï singer Sofiane Saidi – who has been called “the prince of raï 2.0” as he takes the classic raï genre and sparks it up for the 2020s – performing alongside his band Mazalda. Together they create a fresh take on the music, which fuses Arabic and Algerian folk elements with Western rock. Saidi’s and Mazalda’s album El Ndjoum came out in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Danalogue: Suite of the Elements
Sat 9 May 2020, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 5pm
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
Producer (The Comet is Coming, Snapped Ankles, Alabaster Deplume, Flamingods) and keyboard player Dan Leavers aka Danalogue presents his new spiritual project Suite of the Elements as part of Propaganda. Most known for his synthesiser and production work in Mercury Nominated trio The Comet is Coming, this project sees Danalogue write in a new context. A composition for church organ, tape loops, drums, gongs, percussion and flute, the piece explores the qualities and atmospheres of the ancient hermetic elements: Water, Earth, Air, Fire and Aether. The work contains influences of minimalism, jazz and psychedelic music. Danalogue (organ, piano) will be joined on stage by Betamax (drum kit, percussion), Rosanna Ter-Berg (flute, percussion), Cathy Eastburn (gongs & singing bowls) and Raimund Wong (cassette tape loops and effects). Danalogue returns to the Barbican’s contemporary music programme following his participation in Video Jam x Basquiat in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Sat 9 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
Details for PROPAGANDA SESSION FOUR to be announced in due course.

Ammar 808
Sat 9 May 2020, Barbican ClubStage, Level -1, post-show
Ammar 808 is a project produced and developed by acclaimed Tunisian producer and arranger Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, Kel Assouf), which takes audiences into the dark realms of North African futurism. Here they will present a live electronic set.
Sunday 10 May 2020

The Rolling Calf
Sun 10 May 2020, Milton Court Concert Hall, 2pm
Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee
Propaganda Session Five sees a set by The Rolling Calf – a black power trio featuring vocalist Elaine Mitchener, saxophonist Jason Yarde and bassist Neil Charles. Their avant-garde performances combine texts by revolutionary African-Diasporic thinkers with collective electroacoustic improvisation.
Produced by the Barbican

Kit Downes Quintet
Sun 10 May 2020, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 5pm
Tickets £10 plus booking fee
Composer, pianist and organist Kit Downes plays a set alongside a small ensemble featuring Lucy Railton (cello), Tom Challenger (sax), Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad (vocals) and Phelan Burgoyne (drums). Presenting material from his second record for ECM, Dreamlife of Debris (2019), Downes creates beautifully modulating soundscapes – from quiet meditations to menacing drones.
The new album, which was inspired by W.G. Sebald’s book The Rings of Saturn, carries forward the story that began on the first album, Obsidian, extending and developing its processes and core ideas. But where Obsidian was (almost exclusively) a solo church organ album, part of Kit’s plan for Dreamlife was to put the organ in a broader context, and also to bring the piano into the larger compositional picture.
Produced by the Barbican

Shabaka & the Ancestors
+ Maâlem Houssam Guinia
+ Anthony Joseph
Sun 10 May 2020, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 – 20 plus booking fee
The final session as part of the Propaganda weekend sees a set by Moroccan Gnawa musician Maâlem Houssam Guinia who returns to the Barbican’s music programme following a collaboration with producer James Holden in 2016. The closing set comes from Shabaka & the Ancestors, presenting new material from their upcoming second album. The evening also features spoken word contributions from poet and musician Anthony Joseph who returns to the Barbican following his Windrush: A Celebration project as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in 2018.
Produced by the Barbican

Shabaka Hutchings
London-born and Barbados-bred Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, most notably: Sons of Kemet, The Comet is Coming, and Shabaka & the Ancestors, which he distinguishes less by the music they make than by the different combination of personalities. Hutchings embraces influences from the sounds of London’s diverse club culture, including house, grime, jungle, and dub. He studied classical clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Artists’ curated weekends at the Barbican

Previous artists’ curated weekends at the Barbican have included Nico Muhly’s A Scream And An Outrage (2013); Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, celebrating the 50th birthday of the label (2014); Mountains and Waves: Bryce Dessner and New American Music (2015), Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding (2016) and Max Richter and Yulia Mahr’s Sounds and Visions (2018).

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.

Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7550

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

Ronnie Scott’s announces new jazz festival “Milestones”.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Milestones, a brand new festival presented by Ronnie Scott’s, will take place on Sunday 26th July 2020 at Alexandra Palace, London. Line up includes Marcus Miller, Incognito, Courtney Pine & Omar.

We have received the following press release;

Marcus Miller, Incognito, Courtney Pine & Omar, and Jazzie B are the first acts to be announced, with the festival to be held on Sunday 26th July at Alexandra Palace.

World-famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s has today announced the launch of Milestones, a brand-new one-day jazz festival, which will take place at Alexandra Palace in North London on Sunday 26th July.

This comes after a landmark year of 6 th anniversary celebrations in 2019, which culminated in a spectacular sold-out gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall in October. Milestones Festival promises to transport Ronnie Scott’s world-class line-up of acts outside of the club’s walls in Soho, and into the stunning grounds of Alexandra Palace.

There will be three stages: the Main Stage outside, the Indoor Stage in Ally Pally’s newly refurbished Theatre, and the DJ Stage. Confirmed to play are American superstar bassist Marcus Miller, funk and soul legends Incognito, British jazz icon Courtney Pine with special guest Omar, and DJ, producer and founder of Soul II Soul, Jazzie B. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Simon Cooke, Managing Director at Ronnie Scott’s says: “We had an extraordinarily successful 60th anniversary here at the club, and wanted to build on the momentum of our activity in 2019 by launching what we believe will be the most exciting jazz festival in London. Milestones, as the name suggests, will mark a new era for Ronnie Scott’s, where we can take the Ronnie’s name and the greatest musicians and acts from the world of jazz to an even bigger audience.  We have been looking to do something different for a while and I guess an outdoor day/ evening festival is about as different as we could get from the club in Soho.”

Nick Lewis, Head of Music and Promotions at Ronnie Scott’s says: “When the team at Alexandra Palace offered us loan of the site for the day, it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Alexandra Palace is a stunningly beautiful backdrop for a festival with beautiful views over the city; it also has history in live jazz (the Capital Radio Jazz Festival ran there from 1979-1980). We’re incredibly excited to be bringing a one-day, proper music festival to this part of town.”

Alex Losardo, External Events Programmer and Manager at Ronnie Scott’s says: “To have the opportunity to program a music festival with the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in such a historic place, Alexandra Palace, is humbling to say the least.  Right now, in London we are in a moment where there is an incredible amount of world-class music being created and performed live.  I am thrilled to be a part of this team,presenting such a special outing for the first time”.

Simon Fell, Events Director at Alexandra Palace, says: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming Ronnie Scott’s to Ally Pally this summer. The line-up looks amazing, the setting is superb and it should all make for a brilliant day. Ronnie Scott’s have an ever-growing history of putting on great shows here at Ally Pally and it’s exciting to expand this to a packed one-day festival. I can only encourage you to come along and join in.”

Festival attendees will also be able to sample delicious street food, craft ales and cocktails, and there will be a VIP bar for Ronnie Scott’s members.

Early bird tickets will go on sale at 12pm midday on Thursday 30th January via
See Tickets here
and are priced at:
- £39.75 + booking fee (Adults)
- £26.50 + booking fee (6-15-year olds)
- Under 5s go free but need a ticket to enter

Visit to find out more about the festival and get updates on the line-up as further acts are announced.




Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

First names announced for NN North Sea Jazz Festival, 2020.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The first wave of names has been announced for the NN North Sea Jazz Festival, which take place in Rotterdam 10-12th July 2020. The list includes Herbie Hancock, George Benson & Archie Shepp.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Herbie Hancock, Jill Scott, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Archie Shepp, Gregory Porter, And Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade’s Mood Swing Quartet Amongst Acts Announced For NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2020

The world’s largest indoor music festival returns to Rotterdam from 10-12th July 2020 for its 45th edition.

This summer, the NN North Sea Jazz Festival will celebrate its 45th edition when it returns to the Ahoy Centre in Rotterdam from 10th-12th July with arguably its most high-profile line-up to date. The first wave of artists announced includes a vast array of some of the most successful and revered singers of all-time including Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Jill Scott, George Benson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Michael Kiwanuka and Gregory Porter.

The festival will also offer a selection of the biggest and best acts from across the jazz spectrum including Herbie Hancock, who celebrates turning 80 with a special anniversary concert, the much-anticipated reunion of Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade who bring their Mood Swing Quartet to the festival, a tribute to John Coltrane by Archie Shepp, a special collaboration between Kurt Elling and Danilo Perez and Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen and his project Big Vicious. There is also once again a strong contingent of UK acts performing at this year’s festival including Shabaka Hutchings with his Shabaka & The Ancestors project, Kokoroko, Nérija, Nubya Garcia and Stacey Kent amongst others.

More acts will be announced in due course. The current line-up can be found here:

Less than an hour’s plane-ride away or a direct train from London St Pancras, the North Sea Jazz Festival is easily accessible from the UK and has built an unrivalled reputation since its inception in 1976 as one of the most unique and eclectic events in the musical calendar. Having played host to the likes of jazz greats Miles Davis and Ray Charles all the way through to D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai and Earth, Wind and Fire, the North Sea Jazz Festival is a legendary event unlike any other and will this year present more than 1000 musicians in over 150 performances across its 3 days.

With early bird tickets already sold out, day tickets go on sale Friday 1st February, and will be available to buy here:

NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2020 - Rotterdam Ahoy

Thursday 9 July:
Grand opening Night with John Legend

Friday 10 July: Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, Brittany Howard, Burna Boy, George Benson, Jazzmeia Horn, Jill Scott, Joe Bonamassa & Metropole Orkest, Jordan Rakei, Kurt Elling & Danilo Pérez, Kokoroko, Lionel Richie, Louis Cole Big Band, Mark Guiliana BEAT MUSIC, Mark Lettieri Group, Nérija, This Edition ft. Jeff Ballard, Jasper Høiby, Pablo Held, Verneri Pohjola, Julian Argüelles and many more

Saturday 11 July: Archie Shepp – Tribute to John Coltrane, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Diana Ross, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Gustavo Santaolalla, Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, Hiromi, Ibrahim Maalouf, James Carter Organ Trio, Little Simz, Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama, Michael Kiwanuka, Mood Swing Quartet ft. Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade, Nubya Garcia, Nona, Typhoon, Yola and many more

Sunday 12 July: Alicia Keys, Ari Lennox, Avishai Cohen Big Vicious, Baby Rose, Black Pumas, Gregory Porter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola’s Band “Viento y Tiempo”, Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander Trio, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio ft. Johnathan Blake, Mudita, New Cool Collective, SFJAZZ Collective, Shabaka And The Ancestors, Stacey Kent, TaxiWars and many more

Day tickets: € 99,00 (excl. service fees), with CJP discount: € 79 (excl. service fees)

3 day tickets: € 250 (excl. service fees) sold out

Group ticket (up to 10 persons): € 820 (excl. service fees)

Junior ticket (up to 15 yrs): € 25 (incl. service fees)

Grand opening night John Legend: from € 60 (excl. service fees)

Tim Kliphuis Trio - forthcoming UK concerts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis has forwarded his latest newsletter, which includes details of his forthcoming UK live appearances.

Tim Kliphuis writes;

Tim’s upcoming UK dates.

Dear all,

A belated best wishes for the year 2020!

The Tim Kliphuis Trio look back on a very full and fulfilling 2019, with the Queens Hall premiere of the Stirling Queen (with fiddlers Patsy Reid and Clare Friel) as a high point.
Here’s a clip with Clare:

These next 6 months will see me in the States, Russia (twice), Poland, Portugal, Switzerland but of course the UK as well. For those in the North, next month features five concerts there!

A special one will be the Keswick Music Society concert together with our Scottish friends Su-a Lee (cello), Seonaid Aitken (violin) and Liam Lynch (viola).

On 16 May, a very special concert with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, playing my very own Violin Concerto! A good time to go, if you fancy a wee holiday on the island:

Here are the upcoming Trio dates:

Murton, England
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Highlights Tour
Trio ‘Swinging the Classics’ feat. Ross Milligan (gtr)
CA16 6LZ

Orton, England
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Trio, Highlights Tour
‘Swinging the Classics’
Orton Market Hall
Market Street
CA10 3RL

Tarset, England
Friday, February 14, 2020
Trio, Highlights Tour
‘Swinging the Classics’
Tarset Village Hall
Lanehead, Hexham, 1NT
NE48 1NT

Hornby, The Institute, Lancs
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Tim Kliphuis Trio (w/ Nigel Clark back on gtr)
The Institute
Main Street, Hornby
Lancaster, Lancashire
For tickets call: 015242 22227

Keswick, Cumbria
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Afternoon Tim Kliphuis Trio children’s concert
Theatre by the Lake
Lake Road, Keswick
CA12 5DJ
*Free for under 18s. Adult tickets (not included in Membership) £5 from the Theatre Box Office 017687 74411.

Keswick, Cumbria
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Tim Kliphuis Trio w/ Su-a, Seonaid, Liam - The Brandenburg Seasons
Theatre by the Lake, Lake Road,
Keswick, CA12 5DJ

Hope to see some of you there!

Best wishes,
Tim, Roy, Nigel

Tim Kliphuis
The Netherlands

Tim Kliphuis - violin
Nigel Clark - guitar
Roy Percy - double bass

Phronesis - latest newsletter and European live dates.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Phronesis have forwarded their latest newsletter, which includes details of forthcoming live appearances in Europe.

Phronesis write;

Happy New Year from Phronesis for 2020


Dear fans, colleagues, friends and family,
A belated Happy New Year to you all! I’m worried that rules might have been broken with this ill-timed greeting and there’s some kind of goodwill cutoff point! Either way I hope everyone had a lovely break and managed to charge their batteries for 2020.

Phronesis are very grateful to all those who have come to gigs in 2019 and showed unfailing support to the band. We are very lucky to have these opportunities - the special connection or communion between musicians and audience during gigs is an amazing thing to experience. It is the antidote to all of the appalling things happening in the world currently and the reason why we became musicians - to able to feel some kind of unity and connection with other people on the planet, even if they are total strangers. The powers that be would rather we live divided, isolated lives; however, this is the special power of music - it can unite all of us.

2019 was a full-on year and we continued to perform music from our album We Are All around the globe. One of the highlights was a tour with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band in Germany and Belgium. We played an unforgettable gig in Bozar in Brussels, which is a fantastically sumptuous venue in the centre of town. Working with the Big Band on a regular basis was such a special treat and we were lucky to develop and reinvent our music with such experienced musicians. The process was one of gradual evolution (much like everything else in jazz!) and as we played more gigs we managed to find areas of freedom and spontaneity in a context that isn’t necessarily associated with those two adjectives.

Other notable performances included a piano trio triple-bill gig in Liège, Belgium. The other bands were the Bad Plus and the Shai Maestro trio. It was fascinating to contrast the varied approaches to small group composing and improvising and we felt honoured to participate at this event. We also appeared the following festivals: Smida (Romania), Reykjavik (Iceland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Mondriaan and Nijmegen (Holland), Palatia (Germany) and Vossa Jazz (Norway). We are sincerely thankful to all those that asked us to perform at these fantastic events and for all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Jazz festivals rely on volunteers and huge amounts of goodwill and we would like to show our appreciation for both the sung and the unsung heroes out there!

Finally, we rounded off the year with a very enjoyable tour in the UK which culminated in two consecutive performances at Ronnie Scott’s club in Soho. We performed this concert tour without set lists; this made us play our own music differently and forced us to reinvent some of the structures that we have been working with for many years. I suppose that this is the real challenge for jazz musicians; to get on stage every night and do something fresh and new within the music to keep it a living, breathing organism. We had some amazing experiences and we are looking forward to continuing!

2020 Phronesis performances:

30/01/2020: Nova Jazz Festival, Switzerland

31/01/2020: Porgy and Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria

16/02/2020: Minsk Winter Jazz Festival, Belarus

06/04/2020: Jazz Nouveau Festival, Bucharest, Romania

Finally, there are plans to record a new Phronesis album in 2020 so please, watch this space!

Love Ivo, Jasper and Anton

ISQ - latest newsletter.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ISQ, the quartet led by vocalist and songwriter Irene Serra, have forwarded their latest newsletter including an updated schedule for their ongoing 'Requiem for the Faiithful' tour.

Irene Serra writes;

ISQ NEWS - Hello 2020! We’re excited and trying to get you addicted…

HNY! 2020 is already in full swing at the ISQ headquarters with album reviews coming in, performances tomorrow and next week and the planning of a live video session in February.

The “Requiem For The Faithful” Tour continues this year with lots of exciting live dates coming up. First up is JAZZLINES at 5PM on Friday 24th January at Town Hall and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. The performance is FREE OF CHARGE so there’s no excuse not to come down if you’re in the area! Then we head to Maidenhead to play the beautiful Norden Farm Arts Centre on Thursday 30th January and head north again to Nottingham on Saturday 1st February to play the wonderful Peggy’s Skylight. Please feel free to spread the word with any music-loving friends you might have in those areas and/or come down and listen to what we’ve been getting up to over the holidays! It wasn’t all mince pies and Tofurky…

Finally, we’ve launched our brand new SHOP page on our website where you can buy all the ISQ goodies! A friend’s birthday coming up? Want to gift someone who made you smile? Any reason is a good reason for supporting independent artists!

Chris Ingham -  Newsletter January 2020.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Pianist and composer Chris Ingham has forwarded his latest newsletter including details of a London residency and tour dates around the UK featuring his various projects.

Chris Ingham writes;

Chris Ingham Newsletter January 2020


On behalf of JBGB Events, I’m delighted to host a series of five weekly repertoire nights in February/March 2020 at London’s superb cabaret venue Crazy Coqs in the basement of Brasserie Zedel, Piccadilly.

Wed 5 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 12 Feb 2020 (7pm)
HOAGY! with PAUL HIGGS trumpet, JOE PETTITT bass

Wed 19 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 26 Feb 2020 (7pm)

Wed 4 March 2020 (7pm)

Twitter: @LiveAtZedel     Instagram: @liveatzedel   Facebook: @LiveAtZedel

HOAGY! Live 2020
“Captures the spirit of a 20th-century giant…a delightful package” **** OBSERVER
Wed 15 Jan RADLETT Centre
Wed 12 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs
Sat 9 May SOUTHEND Jazz Centre
Sun 10 May NEWPORT Apollo Theatre
Thurs 25 June DISS Corn Hall
Thurs 2 July MARLOW Jazz
Fri 3 July STAPLEFORD Granary
Sat 4 July ALDEBURGH Jubilee Hall
Fri 10 July BURFORD Jazz
Sun 12 July STROUD Sub Rooms

“The phenomenally gifted Mark Crooks…the quartet is everything you could wish for – swinging, supple and, most importantly, always appropriate. Ingham’s mastery of the subtle differences in style is impressive”
Fri 10 Jan BURFORD Jazz
Wed 19 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs
Sat 9 May BERKHAMSTED Jazz Club
Fri 22 May BURY ST EDMUNDS Hunter Club
Sat 23 May SOUTHWOLD Arts Centre
Fri 2 Oct IPSWICH St Peters by the Waterfront

“A vibrant and moving homage” DOWNBEAT
Wed 5 Feb LONDON Crazy Coqs (trio)
Tues 14 April CHELTENHAM Jazz
Thur 30 April NEWTON Village Hall
Fri 1 May ASHBY DE LA LAUNDE Village Hall
Sat 2 May FECKENHAM Village Hall
Sun 3 May WINTHORPE Community Centre


Manson: Music from an Unsound Mind (2019), a documentary by director Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Amazon Prime.

Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones’ Road To Altamont (2020), a documentary by Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Amazon Prime.

How The Beatles Changed the World (2017), a documentary by Tom O’Dell featuring a soundtrack and talking head contributions by Chris Ingham, is available to view on Netflix and to listen to here.

Wartime Crime (2017), a six-part documentary series by Symettrica broadcast on Discovery (US) and Yesterday (UK) featuring a soundtrack by Chris Ingham, is available to view on UKTV Play and to listen to here.

Thanks for reading. See you round the clubs.

All best wishes

Partikel mark ten years together with new album and UK tour dates.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Partikel, the trio led by saxophonist Duncan Eagles will celebrate their 10th anniversary during 2020 with the release of a new album in the autumn and a series of live dates from January to May.

We have received the following press release;

Partikel mark 10 years together with new album and dates.

Partikel mark 10 years together with new music and a new album for 2020.
Over the past ten years Partikel have forged a reputation as “one of the most exciting trios in improvised music” Jazz Podium.

After releasing their first album with F-IRE back in 2010 they went on to perform their unique music at venues and festivals all over the world. Their journey so far has seen the band open for trumpet master Tomasz Stanko at Cadogan Hall in London, headline Ronnie Scott’s with their ‘String Theory’ collaboration, two tours to China, performances at Vancouver Jazz Festival and Rochester Jazz Festival USA and countless tours around Europe.

To mark this milestone Partikel will be releasing a new album of music this Autumn with progressive German based label Berthold Records and are kicking off the year by releasing the first of three videos showcasing some of the new material. Click below to watch their performance of ‘Catford Muse’

Partikel have some upcoming dates around London over the next few months before they head into the studio:

29th Jan - Bulls Head, Barnes

6th Feb - The Vortex Jazz Club

11th Feb - The Floating Jazz Club, Vauxhall

20th Feb - Marquis of Westminster, Westminster

2nd March - Kansas Smitty’s

5th March - The Fox, Twickenham

18th March - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

26th April - Foyles (NYJO Jam session midday)

12th May - Crazy Coqs Cabaret, at Brasserie Zedel

The new album will be released this coming October along with a UK and European tour, dates to be announced. For booking inquiries contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Touring lineup:

Duncan Eagles - Saxophone
Max Luthert - Bass
Eric Ford - Drums


“A continuous musical narrative with many detours exceeding all expectation” JazzTheTik ☆☆☆☆☆

“Supple trio finds new warmth and appeal” The Guardian ☆☆☆☆

“Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority” All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆

“Eagles’s tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It’s another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit.” BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆

Pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony to play winter & spring concerts in Massachusetts & New York states.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Laszlo Gardony's schedule of winter & spring performances includes stops around Massachusetts and in New York City. Performances will take place between January & June 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Acclaimed pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony’s schedule of winter and spring performances includes stops around Massachusetts and in New York City. Gardony continues to celebrate his well-received 2019 recording La Marseillaise. According to Jeff Tamarkin of JazzTimes, “Gardony relishes variety and thrives on a skilful navigation of dynamics…on-the-fly creativity at its most developed.”

Shows in Boston (Jan. 21), Pittsfield (Feb. 15), Marblehead (March 12), Framingham (March 21), Plymouth (March 27), Norwell (April 4), and New York City (June 4)

Gardony’s live album features original compositions, jazz standards, a classic Italian song, and two spontaneously created pieces.

“Armed with a piano style that encompasses Bill Evans’s elegance, Herbie Hancock’s drive and Keith Jarrett’s passion, Gardony’s music … creates a meditative state conducive to the attainment of man’s most enduring and timeless aspirations.”  – Eugene Holley, Village Voice

“He is a great musician and that’s all you need.” – Dave Liebman

Acclaimed Hungarian-born pianist Laszlo Gardony has a busy winter and spring ahead, with several solo, trio, and other shows in Massachusetts and New York. For full schedule visit

∙ Tuesday, January 21, 6 p.m. at The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. Trio performance featuring Gardony, bassist Ron Mahdi, drummer Yoron Israel in support of the Jazz Scene in Boston photo exhibit. Co-sponsored by JazzBoston. For information visit

∙ Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m. at Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $30, $25 advance, $20 members. For information visit

∙ Thursday, March 12 at Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $35. For information call 781-631-2608 or visit

∙ Saturday, March 21 at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. Solo piano concert. Tickets $25, $22 members. For information call 508-405-2787 or visit

∙ Friday, March 27 at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court St., Plymouth. Trio concert and album celebration concert for La Marseillaise with Gardony, bassist John Lockwood, drummer Yoron Israel. Tickets $25. For information visit

∙ Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at James Library and Arts Center, 24 West St., Norwell. Solo piano, album celebration concert for La Marseillaise. Tickets $30, $25 seniors, $15 students. For information visit

∙ Thursday, June 4, 8 and 10 p.m. at Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, New York City. Gardony with the Christian Artmann Quartet featuring flutist Artmann, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, drummer Jeff Hirshfield and guest vocalist Elena McEntire. For information visit

Gardony’s latest release La Marseillaise reflects his love of performing jazz standards, composing new and original music, and improvising in the moment. The live solo album, recorded in March 2019 as part of Berklee College of Music’s Keys Fest, was released October 25, 2019 on Sunnyside Records.

“When you are performing, what you are bringing into focus is the moment,” says Gardony of his concept for playing piano before an audience. “What you play has to sound alive, and that requires a careful reading of the moment. That’s what makes jazz stand apart from any other genre: There’s a real mastery of the intuitive moment.”

La Marseillaise is Gardony’s third solo piano album in seven years. “Being an improviser, when you plan a concert you pay a lot of attention to the possibilities: a repertory that is in play for the performance,” Gardony says. “It’s not like you put a setlist together and say ‘I’m going to stick to this no matter where the improvisation takes me.’ As you play each piece it leads you to the decision of what should be next. That keeps the performance inspired as the music flows in the moment, but it also assures that you create a story—not just within the five minutes or so of a tune, but also a longer story arc for the whole performance.”

The story of La Marseillaise, then, is one of joy. Gardony was in an upbeat mood on the day of the concert; felt inspiration coursing through him as he played; and, as the performance progressed, the connection with the audience felt increasingly strong, generating a sense of uplift that inevitably infected the music. It was the joy not just of creation, but of communication.

Laszlo Gardony was born in Hungary in 1956, and has no memory of a time when he didn’t play the piano. Nor was it ever simply something for a little boy to bang on. “I always improvised and made music,” Gardony says. “One of my first songs was written for my grandmother when I was about six. Throughout school, I would improvise for up to three hours a day.”

At seven, he began training classically, but by then his improvisational relationship to the piano was entrenched. When he began attending the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, he chose a major that would allow him to study African music and jazz as well as classical (though with separate auditions for each). He then earned a master’s degree in education from Eötvös Loránd University and began establishing his career as a jazz musician; however, with such a career being difficult to sustain in Europe at that time, he cast his eye on the United States, winning a full scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1983.

Upon his graduation in 1987, Gardony accepted an offer from Berklee to join the faculty. A year later, he inaugurated his American recording career with The Secret, featuring bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Ian Froman. It was 1989 that proved Gardony’s breakthrough year, however, with both a victory in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a critically acclaimed album, The Legend of Tsumi, with Dave Holland and Bob Moses. He then worked regularly through the 1990s as both a leader and sideman, while continuing to teach at Berklee (where he became a full professor in 1997).

In 2001, Gardony formed a trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, which has been his first-call musical outlet ever since. “It’s very telepathic the way we work together,” he says. “They immediately pick up on the feel of the music. I don’t have to explain the vibe much at all. We have had great, great concerts together, and we definitely want to keep it going.”

Nevertheless, Gardony also appreciates experimenting with the solo piano’s possibilities. In 2012 he released Clarity, an entirely improvised album that gained much praise. He followed it with 2017’s Serious Play, this time a solo piano collection of standards as well as fully improvised pieces.

La Marseillaise offers the best of three worlds: composed original tunes, in-the-moment improvisations and creative covers of standards. “As you master the art of improvisation, you can trust your immediate judgement: What needs to come next? And is it going to be in the context of an original, a standard or an improvised piece?” Gardony says. “I love that freedom, and joyful responsibility solo piano brings.”

JazzLeeds - Programme, Spring 2020.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Steve Crocker has forwarded details of JazzLeeds' Spring Programme, which has a strong international flavour and which will take place February - May 2020. Press release attached.

Steve Crocker writes;


Not long now before the JazzLeeds international Spring 2020 programme starts at @SevenArts in Chapel Allerton!  We’ve a great opening to the season on Thursday 6 February when we welcome Swedish jazz singer Emilia Mårtensson Quintet. Over the last decade, Emilia has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the European jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016’ at the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden. Her band with guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson – they’ve have been picking up rave reviews.

The international flavour continues the following week on Saturday 15th February where we have a superb quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. US pianist Ethan Iverson, one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus, and Britain’s Martin Speake on sax – reviving a partnership with that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality also from Calum Gourlay on bass and Jorge Rossy, from the Brad Mehldau trio on drums.

March sees a welcome return by one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw, teaming up with urbane saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, irrepressibly brilliant pianist Jamie Safir as part of their “What’s New” tour – a treat in store on Thursday March 19th .

The end of the month has another spectacular evening concert, as pianist and composer Nikki Iles brings her 18 piece orchestra, a superb band featuring Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp and Gareth Lochrane amongst others to Seven Arts. Featuring commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, the superb band she has assembled will showcase the depth and range of her writing and arranging. Expect great jazz from top-drawer musicians highlighting Nikki’s distinctive creative voice – on Saturday 28 March.

After Easter we’ve a welcome return by “Sound of 59”, a group by bassist Adrian Knowles that were such a hit at last year’s Jazz Leeds Festival. They’ll be celebrating International Jazz Day with music from a pivotal year in jazz history. 1959 was special – it saw the release of classic jazz albums by Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and many others. “Sounds of 59” features some of the best of jazz musicians from Leeds, recreating the music with both music and visual displays - thought provoking music with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo – Thursday 30 April is
the diary date.

This is followed on Thursday 7 May by the visit of Lukas Oravec a wonderful young Slovakian trumpet player who plays and writes with lots of fire and creativity. His music has a distinctive sound as does his playing. Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. Putting it all together is pianist (and Head of the Jazz at Leeds College of Music) Jami Sheriff. Dave Walsh is on drums, Pete Turner on bass.

Finally to end the Spring series, a real treat - busy top-notch NYC Ari Hoenig makes a welcome return visit to Leeds on Thursday 14 th May with a trio of guitarist Tom Ollendorff and bassist Conor Chaplin. They deliver sharp, streetwise modern jazz that borrows as much from drum ‘n’ bass as much as it does from pristine ECM and dirty downtown aesthetics.

As well as evening concerts, we also feature the best of musicians from the region and beyond in our Sunday Afternoon Jazz Programme at Seven Arts and Inkwell in Chapel Allerton. This Spring we have three great jazz guitarists - British legend Gary Boyle, Canadian maestro Jeff Hewer, and Norwegian rising star Eirik Svela, and two award winning singers – Newcastle based Zoe Gilby and our own Louse Gibbs.

If you like to dance we’ve just the thing for you - “The Mabgate Swingers” and “Soul Surgeons”.

Saxman Ed Kainyek makes a welcome return to his home city, and we’ve also a welcome return from Wakefield violinist Dom Ingham with his superb quintet and two big bands, “Strictly Smokin Big Band” from Newcastle and our own Leeds College of Music student big band.

More details of our Spring 2020 programme are given here,uk

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Compete date listing:

 Sun Jan 26 Gary Boyle Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun Feb 2 Jeff Hewer Quartet @ Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7

 Thus Feb 6 Emilia Mårtensson @Seven Arts 1.30pm £16/14

 Sun Feb 9 Soul Surgeons @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sat Feb 15th Ethan Iverson/ Martin Speake Quartet @Seven Arts 8pm £16/14

 Sun Feb 23 Ed Kainiek Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun Mar 1 Eirik Svela group @ Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7

 Sun Mar 8 Zoe Gilby Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Thus 19 Mar Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir @Seven Arts 8pm £20/£18.

 Sun Mar 22 Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm

 Sat 28 Mar Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra £20/£18.

 Sun April 5 Spring Jazz Café @Inkwell 1.30pm

 Sun April 12 Mabgate Swingers Party @Seven 1.30pm

 Sunday April 19 @Inkwell and April 26 @ Seven Arts – “College Collection 2019” 1.30pm

 Thus April 30 “Sound of ‘59” @Seven Arts 8pm £16/14

 Sun May 3 Dom Ingham Quintet @Seven Arts £10/8

 Thus 7 May Lukas Oravec Quintet feat. Alex Garnett £14/12

 Thus May 14 Ari Hoenig Trio £16/14

 Sun May 17 Jazz Jam session @Inkwell 1.30pm £7/5 performers free.

 Sun May 24 “A Great Day in Harlem” – Strictly Smoking Big Band @Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

 Sun May 31 LCoM Student Union Big Band @ Seven Arts 1.30pm £10/8

Our Venues:

Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Jeff Williams ‘Bloom’ Trio, UK tour, May 2020.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Drummer and composer Jeff Williams will lead his 'Bloom' trio featuring pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Michael Formanek on a series of UK tour dates during May 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

‘Dazzling Freebop’ Jeff Williams ‘Bloom’ Trio, May 2020 UK Tour.

It speaks volumes when the bustling opening track of drummer Jeff Williams’ new piano trio release, Bloom, is revealed as “just us warming up, getting our headphone mix together”! For that’s the remarkable, spontaneous quality which his partnership with pianist Carmen Staaf and double bassist Michael Formanek delivers across ten numbers individually penned by each, plus a Buster Williams interpretation.

Jeff Williams has worked alongside Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, and John Abercrombie, in addition to leading his own groups for some time; and for the last few years, in the States, he has played in saxophonist Dan Blake’s quartet with pianist Leo Genovese and bassist Dmitry Ishenko. “One time when Leo was unavailable, Carmen stepped in, and I felt a real connection with her playing”, recalls the drummer. “We talked about the idea of a trio, after which I ran into Michael (we first met in the 1970s, gigging together in New York). That was the eureka moment – it bloomed outta nowhere, hence the album title.”

Including new piano trio arrangements of earlier numbers, Jeff jests that he shares Thelonious Monk’s attitude (when the great piano man was asked why he plays the same tunes all the time) that “I want people to hear them!” The harmonic beauty of ‘Another Time’, for instance – originally recorded with two horns and bass – is enhanced, thanks to Staaf’s invention and the colourful refractions of Williams’ cymbals (including a1950s K Zildjan ride); and the furtive, chromatic, 7/8 propulsion of ‘Scrunge’ segues into impatiently-grooving ‘Search Me’.

Staaf’s ‘Short Tune’ and ‘New York Landing’ reflect her bright personality – syncopated, picturesque and carefree with, as the drummer enthuses, “a certain quirkiness I like, plus a lot of technique in reserve – and there are few young musicians I know who can play the blues like that.” Williams, too, hails Michael Formanek’s ruminative ‘Ballad of the Weak’: “To me, that’s Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Mingus – all of that quality”; and fast-swinging ‘A Word Edgewise’ features typically vibrant bass soloing.

She Can’t Be a Spy’ (a New York Times requote: ‘She can’t be a spy – look what she did with the hydrangeas’) impetuously strains at the leash, with no specific chord changes – “a fun challenge, taking it to the edge of the cliff”; and Buster Williams’ ‘Air Dancing’ (from charts passed to Jeff by the man himself) continues the tender sophistication passed down by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Breezy ‘Northwest’ was recorded with Frank Kimbrough some years ago, and Staaf’s gamelan-like ‘Chant’ provides a meditative, droplet-piano, arco-bass conclusion.

“I grew up listening to many piano trios, especially Ahmad Jamal’s from around 1958–1962 – so that influenced my playing. But there’s no fixed concept, and this was simply a case of ‘Let’s see what we can do with it’. I’ve always played with people who inspire me, enjoying the conversation, going into some depth; and often thinking about the musicians, rather than the instrumentation. So I hope Bloom will allow us to flourish in pursuing this trio further.”

Bloom Tour May 2020;

12 / 13 - De Montford University, Leicester (Workshops /Gig)
14 - Eastside, Birmingham (Conservatoire)
15 - Wakefield Jazz
16 - Newcastle Jazz Cafe
17 - National Early Music Centre, York
18 - Pizza Express, Dean St, Soho, London.
19 - The Bear Club, Luton
20 - Watermill Jazz, Dorking


“On Bloom Jeff Williams, Michael Formanek and Carmen Staaf fleck the music with micro tensions while fully genuflecting to melody. Allure dominates the informality they fashion, their attractive improvs managing to be both heady and charming.”
Jim Macnie # I pick NPR Critics Poll

“It’s always a treat when the real thing comes along and this particular Jeff Williams trio is undoubtedly that.”

“... The trio excel at this kind of robust, highly virtuosic playing, and there’s a sense of freedom and fun to the proceedings.”

“Once you have the right tunes, then all you need is really good players who mind the material and listen to each other and make good choices in the moment. Jeff Williams’s album “Bloom” is the sound of that plan coming together.”

“Bloom” documents the already remarkable empathy between the three musicians and embraces a wide variety of jazz styles, while simultaneously establishing a strong group identity.”
The Jazzmann

“...Williams has built a truly crafty cohort to carry out his mission of nurturing spontaneity.”

“...though what makes you sit up and pay attention the most is Staaf’s pianism. It’s brilliant, enriched stuff, as rugged as it is lush. “

” In a world with so many piano trio albums released every month, “Bloom” stands out on the strengths of its compositions and the excellent musicianship of Jeff Williams, Carmen Staaf, and Michael Formanek.”
Tempest Blog spot

“... to instantly discern the true cohesiveness of this trio, just listen to Formanek’s sprightly “A Word Edgewise” or the gracefulness imbued in Staaf’s bluesy “New York Landing.”
★★★★ All About Jazz

“The real joy in Bloom is to sit and listen to Jeff Williams.”
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Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic: Spring Tour 2020.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Trumpeter and composer Chris Batchelor will lead his new quintet Zoetic on a series of UK tour dates from February to May 2020. Press release and tour schedule attached.

Chris Batchelor writes;

I am writing to let you know about the Zoetic Spring Tour starting on February 9th at the Vortex.

Zoetic is a new band of old friends, in some ways a mirror image to Pigfoot - quieter and lyrical, and playing mostly original material. We have a 12 date tour across the country supported by Arts Council England.


Renowned for his melodic and warmly lyrical trumpet playing, Chris Batchelor has been composing music for almost as long as he’s been performing. Winner of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composers and a BBC Jazz Award, this new ensemble sees Batchelor further honing and distilling the approach he established in his writing for Loose Tubes and Big Air.

Zoetic was formed in 2018 to create an exceptional group of musicians who have played together for years in many other ensembles. Guitarist John Parricelli and bassist Steve Watts were fellow members of the hugely influential big band Loose Tubes, for which Batchelor was a key composer and arranger. The addition of violist Margrit Hasler and percussionist Paul Clarvis results in a unique and intriguing collective sound, rich in textural possibilities.

Batchelor’s distinctive compositions for Zoetic are the outcome of his long lasting immersion in a wide range of music in London’s varied scene, from East African guitar band grooves to echoes of wistful European folk themes and sinuous lines reminiscent of Arabic music.





Feb 9th - Vortex Jazz Club, London

Feb 27th - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

March 13th - Verdict Jazz Club, Brighton

March 16th -Beeston Library, Notts.

March 17th - Worksop Library, Notts.

March 18th - Southwell Library, Notts.

April 24th - Listen!, Cambridge

May 9th - The Hive, Shrewsbury

May 14th - Lauderdale House, London

May 15th - Birmingham Jazz, 1000 Trades, Birmingham

May 20th - Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield

Remi Harris, UK tour dates, January - May 2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Guitarist Remi Harris will be touring extensively in the UK during the first half of 2020, presenting shows with three different line ups and with a variety of guests. Press release attached.

Dani Harris writes;

We’ve been busy booking up Remi Harris’ 2020 tour and have three exciting shows. The tour will kick off at the end of January with the unveiling of Remi’s brand new trio show Light & Shade. Fusing several genres, it is his most diverse and eclectic show to date and features music ranging from the acoustic jazz, swing and gypsy jazz of the 30s and 40s to the psychedelic rock and blues of the 60s and 70s. Remi will play a variety of acoustic guitars and electric guitars; accompanied by double and electric bass, and drums.

In February, he will be launching Remi Harris & The Electric Beat Combo. This new project showcases 60s and 70s psychedelic instrumental rock and blues, and features guitar, bass and drums. There will be lots of jamming, blues and big riffs and might get loud!

Remi will also continue to present the Remi Harris Duo throughout 2020. With a variety of guitars and a ukulele, he will perform with double bassist Tom Moore. Concert goers can expect a spectacular night of virtuoso guitar playing - with influences from jazz, blues, rock’n’roll, funk, classical and world music. Musically the show is a reflection of Remi’s artistic influences - with repertoire ranging from Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix and all things in between, including The Beatles, Peter Green and new compositions from his anticipated third album.



Internationally renowned jazz and blues guitarist Remi Harris has announced dates for his 2020 tour, which will see him present exciting new projects at over 40 theatres and music venues up and down the country.

Remi, who was born in Hereford, says “I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road and I’m especially excited to be playing a variety of styles and projects within this tour”

Remi’s music has reached new audiences and he continues to gain recognition for his virtuoso talent, with the recent honour of his first signature model from Fylde guitars. This further cements Remi’s reputation as a leading guitarist in his field.

Jamie Cullum, International Star, said, “Remi Harris is an incredible guitarist, I’m absolutely blown away by his talent.”

In his career to date, Remi has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum and live on BBC Radios 2 & 3.

From the day Remi was born his mother of French origin chose the name Remi, inspired by the musical scale DO-RE-MI. His first album is called ‘Ninick’ in memory of his mother. Primarily self taught with the help of his Dad’s guitar magazines and records, Remi started playing at the age of 7, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists of the 60s and 70s such as Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page. In his late teens he developed an interest in jazz music, in particular artists such as Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz. Since then he has an increasing following on YouTube and social media around the world and a growing reputation for blending all of his influences into his own individual style of playing.

At the British Jazz Awards 2017, Remi came second place in the ‘Guitarist of the Year’ category - being beaten to the top slot by legendary Martin Taylor MBE, who describes Remi as “brilliant”.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine named Remi one of the “Acoustic Acts of 2017”, and he has headlined numerous international festivals and played countless prestigious venues around the world.

“extraordinary musician”
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“The standard of playing is stunning”
Guitar Techniques Magazine

“remarkable, genre-defying take on gypsy jazz guitar…”
Total Guitar Magazine

For further information please call manager: Dani Harris on 01584 881564 | 07814 986 868
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Sat 18th Jan       Pudleston Village Hall, Herefordshire - Yardbird Arts Blues Band featuring Vince Ballard

Tues 21st Jan Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire - Jazz & Blues with Loz Garratt and Brad Webb

Thu 30th Jan The Stables, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - Light & Shade

Fri 31st Jan Linton Village Hall, Herefordshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 1st Feb The Fold, Billericay, Essex - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 7th Feb CICCIC, Taunton, Somerset - with The Electric Beat Combo

Sat 8th Feb West Malvern Social Club, Worcestershire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Fri 14th Feb The Flying Circus, Newark, Nottinghamshire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Sat 15th Feb Ludlow Brewing Company, Shropshire - with The Electric Beat Combo

Tues 18th Feb Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire

Sat 22nd Feb Cossington Village Hall, Somerset - with Alan Barnes & Tom Moore

Fri 28th Feb Wakefield Jazz Club, West Yorkshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sun 1st Mar Sunflower and I, Cardiff - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 6th Mar Lighthorne Village Hall, Warwickshire - Light & Shade

Sat 7th Mar Crich Glebe, Derbyshire - Light & Shade

Sat 14th Mar Weobley Village Hall, Herefordshire - Light & Shade

Tues 17th Mar Yardbird Arts Jazz & Blues Club, Worcestershire

Fri 20th Mar Priory Hall, Much Wenlock, Shropshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Fri 27th Mar The Spring, Havant, Hampshire - Light & Shade

Sat 28th Mar Thornbury Jazz Festival, Gloucestershire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sun 29th Mar Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny - Light & Shade

Sat 4th Apr Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire - Light & Shade

Sat 18th Apr The Chequers Village Hub, Barkestone Le Vale, Leicestershire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 25th Apr Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight - Light & Shade

Fri 1st May St Austell Arts Centre, Cornwall - Light & Shade

Sat 2nd May The George Hotel, South Molton, Devon - Light & Shade

Sat 9th May Hullavington Village Hall, Wiltshire - with Tom Moore on Double Bass

Sat 16th May Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Suffolk - Light & Shade

Fri 22nd May Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - Light & Shade

Sat 23rd May Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, Derbyshire - Light & Shade

Melt Yourself Down announce new album + UK headline tour, April / May 2020.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

London 6-piece Melt Yourself Down are set to release their third studio album ‘100% YES’, out on 27 March. The band also announce a UK headline tour with dates during April and May. Press release att.

We have received the following press release;


“Perfect for dancing around the house naked to” – TIME OUT

“An almighty eruption of creativity” – GUARDIAN

London 6-piece Melt Yourself Down are set to release their third studio album ‘100% YES’, out on 27 March. The band also announce a UK headline tour, including a date at London’s Lafayette on 22nd April. Melt Yourself Down have also written original music for the opening and end credits of new BBC sitcom ‘King Gary’.

Formed in 2012 by Mercury nominated sax innovator Pete Wareham and fronted by vocalist Kush Gaya, Melt Yourself Down rose from the ashes of Pete’s previous outfit Acoustic Ladyland and from everything he learned with Polar Bear. His work in reinventing and defying musical genres has paved the way for acts such as Comet is Coming, Black Flower and Sons of Kemet, to name a handful.

With their current single ‘Every Single Day’ being added to BBC 6 Music’s playlist for a second consecutive week, this new music is the band’s most vital yet. Working with production legends Youth and Ben Hillier, the band have re-imagined themselves and created a bruising re-up of their signature sound with added synths, anthems and epic joyrides for their upcoming new album, ‘100% YES’.

The hard hitting track Every Single Day explores the toxicity of social media platforms; “I’m a series of clicks and likes”, says Kush. The weaponisation of data is currently at the forefront of much debate and concern and Melt Yourself Down’s direct approach is blunt yet incredibly absorbing and inspiring.

The album’s searing opener ‘Boot and Spleen’ is inspired by the dark history of British colonialism in India. “The conversation that we’re having in this song is: What is it to be British?” says Kush. “What’s that identity now, in 2019? What sort of behaviours are allowed towards minorities, or from minorities towards the majority?”
There’s no simple answer to those questions but Melt Yourself Down are asking them anyway. They play into a great tradition of British insurgents that spans decades and genres, from the Sex Pistols to Radiohead, from Kate Tempest to Young Fathers. Yet the band’s lineage is also connected to jazz’s rich history of sticking a middle finger to The Man. “Jazz was the wild, dirty music of the 20s, 30s,” says Kush. “It was not a sit down, polite, experience.” Pete adds: “my favourite kind of jazz is when it feels dangerous”

The album as a whole presents an unflinching focus on the pressing realities of life in Britain today. ‘Born in the Manor’ takes on the Grenfell tragedy amidst looming synths and staccato brass, as Kush’s vocals morph from menacing speak-raps to a desperate wail. Lyrics indict the powers that be whose negligence allowed the West London fire to happen: “Born in the manor / Born in the gutter / For dem it don’t matter / Blacker, whiter, browner / You burn in a tower.”

The track ‘Crocodile’ is about the terrifying Russian drug Krokodil which literally melts people’s flesh. Kush says. “It’s about youth decay. It was very reminiscent of my time in Bristol where quite a few of my friends got addicted to crack, some died, some are still hooked. It is about boredom and desperation, unhealthy party scenes, having too much time on their hands and doing crap jobs.”

The record closes with the album’s title song ‘100% YES’. Brimming with optimism as the title suggests, the track highlights the band’s unparalleled skill and craftsmanship as musicians.

The desire to create new sonic pathways is an integral philosophy to Melt Yourself Down, whose two critically-lauded albums to date have alchemised influences from noisy No Wave to Nubian rhythms to create an eclectic and pan-global kind of party-punk. But their epochal third album ‘100% YES’ is their strongest statement yet, representing both a peak of musical synthesis for the band as well as a personal triumph.

This is a record set to establish Melt Yourself Down at the forefront of today’s music innovators, and a timely document of the increasingly complex nature of Britishness, whilst at the same time bubbles with excitement and hopefulness.

“So much has changed in the world since we started writing in 2016” says Pete. “We couldn’t ignore any of it and this new music is borne from our feelings of extreme cultural restlessness”.

‘100% YES’ is out on Decca Records on 27 March.


Wed   22   Apr   Lafayette, London

Thu   23   Apr   Patterns, Brighton

Fri   24   Apr   Elsewhere, Margate

Sat   25   Apr   Are You Listening? Festival, Reading                    

Tue   28   Mar   The Brudenell, Leeds

Wed   29   Apr   Bullingdon, Oxford

Thu   30   Apr   Esquires, Bedford

Fri   1     May   Hebden Bridge, Hebden

Sat   2     May   Junction 2, Cambridge                    

Mon   4     May   The Loft, Southampton

Tue   5     May   Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

Thu   7   May   Jam Jar, Bristol

Sat   9   May   Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Jazz at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA - Spring Season 2020.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a noteworthy spring 2020 season, February 22 – May 9, 2020. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;

Jazz at Princeton University Spring Season, Featuring Claudia Acuña and Dafnis Prieto

Jazz at Princeton University presents noteworthy spring season
February 22 – May 9, 2020
Guest artists include Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña & Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto
2nd annual Princeton University Jazz Festival slated for Saturday, April 18, 2020
Faculty groups are led by Jazz at Princeton head Rudresh Mahanthappa,
Trineice Robinson-Martin, Matthew Parrish, Darcy James Argue

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a noteworthy spring 2020 season, February 22 – May 9, 2020. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including Chilean vocal sensation Claudia Acuña, and Grammy-nominated Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto. After a resoundingly successful inaugural year, Jazz at Princeton will also present the second annual Princeton University Jazz Festival on April 18, 2020.
“Our fall concerts were a great success,” says Mahanthappa. “We look forward to welcoming more of jazz’s most inventive artists to work alongside our accomplished students. The second edition of the annual Princeton University Jazz Festival will be a highlight.”
Jazz at Princeton’s major student ensembles include the Creative Large Ensemble directed by Darcy James Argue, Small Groups I and A directed by Mahanthappa, Small Group X directed by Matthew Parrish, and the Jazz Vocal Collective directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin.  Spring season concerts include:

Saturday, February 22 – Jazz Vocal Collective with Claudia Acuña
Hear the renowned Chilean jazz singer, songwriter, and arranger share the stage with Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC) in a concert that bridges cultures and traditions. The JVC is Princeton University’s elite small jazz student ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin.
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets $15, $5 students. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or
Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. While singing primarily in Spanish, her music crosses language barriers to communicate with power and deep feeling. Born July 3, 1971 in Santiago and raised in Concepcion, Acuña established herself on the Chilean jazz scene in her early 20s. When she arrived in New York City in 1995, Acuña quickly gained recognition as a leading voice on a scene rapidly being transformed by a wave of brilliant Latin American musicians. She plunged into collaborations with masters such as Jason Lindner, Harry Whitaker, Arturo O’Farrill, Guillermo Klein, and bassist Avishai Cohen, who co-produced her critically hailed 2000 debut Wind From the South (Verve). Her five albums as a leader established Acuña as a creative force, from 2002’s Rhythm of Life (Verve) and 2004’s Luna (MaxJazz) through 2008’s In These Shoes (Zoho Music) and 2009’s strikingly beautiful En Este Momento(Marsalis Music). Whether putting her stamp on popular Latin American ballads, reimagining jazz standards from a South American perspective, or infusing Afro-Caribbean material with a wide rhythmic sensibility, Acuña stands out as a passionate and emotionally incisive singer with a gleaming, burnished bronze tone. For much of the past decade she’s put her recording career on the backburner to focus on raising her son. Instead of touring, she’s stayed closer to home, where her keen intelligence and intrepid spirit has made her the vocalist of choice for many of jazz’s most creative figures. She’s thrived by pursuing multiple musical directions with artists such as Susie Ibarra, Billy Childs, Henry Threadgill, the Rodriguez Brothers, and Elio Villa-Franca. Acuña brings all of her far-flung experiences to bear on Turning Pages, an album that documents a major creative leap. Her key collaborator was Colombian-born string wizard Juancho Herrera, who produced the album, co-wrote several songs, and had a major hand in most of the arrangements. As much as Turning Pages points toward the future, the album is also an act of reclamation and recovery, as Acuña takes stock of her past via songs new and old. It’s the work of a woman reborn from the ashes, stronger, wiser, and more expressive than ever. Ready once again to take on the world, she’s eager to reconnect with longtime fans and build new audiences.

Thursday, April 9 – Jazz Small Group X – Led by Matthew Parrish
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
The Princeton University Jazz ‘Ensemble X’ performs under the direction of master bassist Matthew Parrish. This ensemble evokes the small group tradition of the Art Blakey groups of the 50’s and 60’s where improvisation and inspiring interaction are key. The group performs as a septet with several featured trio performances.

Saturday, April 18 – Princeton University Jazz Festival
Noon, Richardson Lawn. Free and open to the public. Information at
A free day-long outdoor lineup of today’s top jazz stars coming together in exciting formations and alongside Princeton University’s exceptional student jazz ensembles. Lineup includes Somi, Greg Tardy with Small Group X, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls, and Chris Potter with Small Group I. Other artists TBA.

Thursday, April 23 – Jazz Vocal Collective – Led by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
Jazz at Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC), Princeton University’s elite small jazz ensemble that features solo voice, will join director Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin and showcase their original arrangements of classic and contemporary jazz compositions.

Wednesday, April 29 – Jazz Small Groups I and A – Led by Rudresh Mahanthappa
7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. Free and open to the public. Information at
Jazz at Princeton University’s Small Groups I and A, directed by award-winning saxophonist and program director Rudresh Mahanthappa, present an evening of jazz at its most intimate in a showcase of improvisation and inspiring interaction.

Saturday, May 9 – Dafnis Prieto and Creative Large Ensemble
8 pm, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets $15, $5 students. Tickets and info: 609-258-9220 or
Jazz at Princeton University’s season comes to a close with GRAMMY Award-winning Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, educator, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto joining Darcy James Argue’s Creative Large Ensemble.
From Santa Clara, Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various honors include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, Up & Coming Musician of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a 2018 GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Dafnis Prieto Big Band Back to the Sunset, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Absolute Quintet in 2006, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader featuring several of his own projects and music. As a composer, he has created music for dance, film, chamber ensembles, and most notably for his own bands, ranging from duets to big band, and including the distinctively different groups featured on seven acclaimed recordings as a leader: About The Monks, Absolute Quintet, Taking the Soul For a Walk, Si o Si Quartet: Live at Jazz Standard, Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio, Triangles and Circles, and Back to the Sunset. He has received commissions, grants, and fellowships from Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, East Carolina University, and Meet the Composer. In 2016 Prieto published the critically acclaimed drumming instructional book, A World of Rhythmic Possibilities: Drumming Lessons and Reflections on Rhythms.

Jazz at Princeton University under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa serves to promote this uniquely American music as a contemporary and relevant art form.  Our goals are to convey the vast musical and social history of jazz, establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regard to improvisation and composition, and emphasize the development of individual expression and creativity. Offerings of this program include academic course work, performing ensembles, master classes, private study, and independent projects. They also have the opportunity to participate in academic courses from the music department curriculum that encourage the study of the historical, social, theoretical, stylistic, and creative issues that pertain to the jazz idiom.

Hailed by Pitchfork as “jaw-dropping… one of the finest saxophonists going,” alto saxophonist, composer and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa is widely known as one of the premier voices in jazz of the 21st century. He has over a dozen albums to his credit, including the acclaimed Bird Calls, which topped many critics’ best-of-year lists for 2015 and was hailed by PopMatters as “complex, rhythmically vital, free in spirit while still criss-crossed with mutating structures.” Rudresh has been named alto saxophonist of the year for seven of eight years running in DownBeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Polls (2011-2013, 2015-2018), and for five consecutive years by the Jazz Journalists’ Association (2009-2013) and again in 2016. He won alto saxophonist of the year in the 2015-2017 JazzTimes Magazine Critics’ Polls and was named the Village Voice’s “Best Jazz Artist” in 2015. He has also received the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, among other honors, and is currently the Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Director of Jazz at Princeton University.

Born in Trieste, Italy to Indian émigrés in 1971, Mahanthappa was brought up in Boulder, Colorado and gained proficiency playing everything from current pop to Dixieland. He went on to studies at North Texas, Berklee and DePaul University (as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop) and came to settle in Chicago. Soon after moving to New York in 1997 he formed his own quartet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer. The band recorded an enduring sequence of albums, Black Water, Mother Tongue and Codebook, each highlighting Mahanthappa’s inventive methodologies and deeply personal approach to composition. He and Iyer also formed the duo Raw Materials.

Coming deeper into contact with the Carnatic music of his parents’ native southern India, Mahanthappa partnered in 2008 with fellow altoist Kadri Gopalnath and the Dakshina Ensemble for Kinsmen, garnering wide acclaim. Apti, the first outing by Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition (with Pakistani-born Rez Abbasi on guitar and Dan Weiss on tabla), saw release the same year; Agrima followed nine years later and considerably expanded the trio’s sonic ambitions.

Mahanthappa has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Mark Dresser, Danilo Pérez, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, the collaborative trios MSG and Mauger, the co-led quintet Dual Identity with fellow altoist Steve Lehman, and another co-led quintet with fellow altoist and Chicago stalwart Bunky Green (Apex). His exploratory guitar- driven quartets on Samdhi and Gamak featured David Gilmore and Dave “Fuze” Fiuczynski, respectively. In 2015 he was commissioned by Ragamala Dance to create Song of the Jasmine for dancers and a hybrid jazz/South Indian ensemble. He was also commissioned by the PRISM Saxophone Quartet to compose a chamber piece, “I Will Not Apologize for My Tone Tonight,” which can be heard on the quartet’s 2015 double- disc release Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1.

Mahanthappa is a Yamaha artist and uses Vandoren reeds exclusively.

Woolworth Center of Music Studies
Administrative Office 310
Princeton, NJ 08544-1007

Telephone: (609) 258-4241
Fax: (609) 258-6793

Jazz Divas Series 2020 at The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

The 2020 Jazz Divas series featuring leading female jazz vocalists will take place at The Pheasantry, Chelsea, London from March to June 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Jazz Divas Series 2020 @ Pizza Express: The Pheasantry
152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT
Tel: 020 7439 4962

(The nearest underground station is Sloane Square - District and Circle Lines)

Capturing the spirit, character & flavour of Pizza On The Park, JBGB Events present, with their Pizza Express Live venue partners, the fifth and largest yet, Jazz Divas Series 2020

At the leading jazz cabaret venue, The Pheasantry on London’s Kings Road Chelsea, on Friday and Saturday evenings, over the four months of March to June, they will feature eight of the greatest female jazz singers from the U.K. and USA.

Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Polly Gibbons, Louise Clare Marshall, Sarah Moule, Janet Planet, Emma Smith and Tammy Weis.

With their wide range of voices and musical styles, audiences can sit back, relax and enjoy distinctive and compelling interpretations and improvisations of the greatest songwriters and lyricists, with this Jazz Divas series delivering just pure, stylistic musical magic.

For anyone who just enjoys great music, JBGB Events Jazz Divas 2020 Series has something for everyone. They look forward to your company.

Friday 6th March Polly Gibbons – The Music of Ray Charles & Nina Simone with James Pearson – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Polly Gibbons is a major presence on the UK Jazz scene, having been nominated twice as “Best Jazz Vocalist” by JAZZ FM and the BBC. She embraces the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B. Her repertoire and the style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, opening with George Benson and Gladys Knight and at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers - and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has garnered her many new fans. No better artist to launch our 2020 series and with the music of Ray Charles and Nina Simone.
“Polly Gibbons is unmistakably a class act, getting classier fast.*****”- The Guardian

Saturday March 7th Liane Caroll - Solo
Show 1 @ 6pm - Show 2 @ 9pm
Tickets £25
Liane has been an award winning pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years, with performances all marked out with the word Entertainment and voted Best British Jazz Vocalist - British Jazz Awards 2013 & 2016
She has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to interpret a song.
Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE (in the 2017 & 2018 London Jazz Festivals in St John’s Smith Square) and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she appeared at Glastonbury Festival 2017.
Equally at home in intimate jazz venues -with a solo performance at The Other Palace, and in vast performance spaces in the 2016 BBC Late Night Proms at The Royal Albert Hall
She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
“Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz – she is jazz” – MOJO Magazine

Friday April 3rd Sarah Moule
The Songs of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn with Simon Wallace – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
The music of Duke Ellington has been inspiring Sarah and pianist Simon Wallace ever since they both discovered jazz. Sarah regularly includes Ellington songs in her live set and performed a concert of Ellington’s arrangements with the Capital City Jazz Orchestra at Brecon Jazz Festival. Simon was hooked after hearing the Ellington band live when he was 13 years old. Together they celebrate the genius of the Duke with a collection of his greatest songs and those of his right-hand man Billy Strayhorn plus some rare Ellington gems.
“Exquisitely textured arrangements…such a compelling interpreter of a lyric”- Jazz Journal

Saturday April 4th Emma Smith sings the Music of Blossom Dearie
with Jamie Safir – piano
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Emma is an award-winning vocalist who has appeared on Graham Norton, Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show, at the Royal Albert Hall with NYJO, at London’s Crazy Coqs as a Worshipful Company of Musicians Gold Medalist and at jazz clubs and festivals all over the world. She is a BBC Radio 3 Presenter, hosting ‘Jazz Now’ for last 3 years.
The remarkable distinctive voice and personality of American Blossom Dearie has captivated Emma for many years. She graced Pizza On The Park on several occasions so this opportunity to hear her music again through Emma’s stunning voice, should not be missed. Enjoy memorable gems including “I’m Hip”, “Peel Me A Grape” and many more.
Emma is accompanied by her long-time associate Jamie Safir on piano, who has been Will Young’s pianist of choice for several years, and with whom Emma has recently recorded a new album before embarking on a national 2020 tour.
“If you want a name for the future, then don’t wait too long to beat a path to the door of Emma Smith… she’s in her twenties, but this should, be a major career” – Daily Telegraph

Friday 1st May Louise Clare Marshall sings the music of Sergio Mendes
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Whether performing on tour with BBC’s Jools Holland or Roxy MusicElla Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin’s American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Electronic, Classical or Gospel music. And all the while, her voice resonates, crackles, pops and burns as a phoenix rises from the flame.
In this Jazz Divas concert Louise gives voice to the producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes whose influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy® Awards winner.
Currently a featured singer with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Louise has worked with David Gilmour, Beverley Knight, Michael Ball, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Madeline Bell, Steve Winwood to name but a few.

Saturday 2nd May Jacqui Dankworth and Butterfly’s Wing
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25
The celebrated singer Jacqui Dankworth, following her previous London sold out musical excursions at Crazy Coqs and London Jazz Festival Concerts at The Other Palace comes to the Jazz Divas 2020 Series at The Pheasantry with Butterfly’s Wing, a unique chamber jazz group of four outstanding musicians, to perform original music interspersed with new arrangements of classic songs.
Chris Garrick -violin,
David Gordon - piano
Rupert Giller- cello
Jacqui invites us into her wonderfully transparent sound-world - by turns magical, witty, powerful – with a range of seductive rhythms, cutting-edge improvisation and lyrics, at once heart-rending, joyous and surreal.
“Spine-tinglingly beautiful. The most expressive voice of her generation”. - The Observer

Friday 5th June Tammy Weis and Whisper Of The Souls
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £20
Growing up in Canada Tammy was already singing at the tender age of three. In June 2000 she released her debut album “Legacy”, in memory of her mother, which was internationally received and led to appearances on national and international TV and radio, as well as gigs at the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, In London she has performed at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express and The Other Palace – singing the music of Julie London, as well as venues all over Europe.
Now resident in England and Portugal, Tammy has been heard on Radio stations across the country, including Jamie Cullum’s show on BBC Radio 2, Jenni Murray’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Robert Elms BBC Radio London.
This Jazz Divas concert will feature her new album of Tammy’s creative gypsy jazz music settings of the poems of the legendary Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and the greatest poet in the evocative Portuguese language.
“Isn’t she great! Now there’s a vocalist”— Michael Buble

Saturday 6th June Janet Planet and the Music of Nancy Wilson
Doors 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Tickets: £25
Arriving from the US for her U.K. debut in this concluding concert of our Jazz Divas 2020 Series, we welcome Janet Planet,  the sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.
This concert marks the international launch of Janet’s latest show, paying homage to the iconic 1962 Capitol Records release of Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley featuring songs from that album, “Happy Talk”, “The Masquerade Is Over” “Unit 7” and so many more, supported by saxophonist and husband Tom Washatka with Jim Watson - piano, Geoff Gascoyne - double bass and Matt Home -drums.
In 2017 Planet was acknowledged by the GRAMMY Foundation for her recording “Janet Planet – Just Like A Woman – The Music Of Bob Dylan”.
Janet’s determination and creative output continues to take her around the world through her recordings and live performances. with tours across the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Europe.
She leaves listeners assured that there is a soul in this “Planet”.
The Pheasantry is an historic Georgian building originally used to raise pheasants for the royal household.

It’s had many distinguished residents including Augustus John and Annigoni. Famous ballerina Serafima Alexandrovna Astafieva opened her school here on the first floor in 1916. She taught prima ballerinas Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn here.

It was also the home of Eleanor Thornton, thought to have been the model for The Spirit of Ecstasy mascots on the bonnets of Rolls Royce cars.
Dylan Thomas used to drink here when it was a club in the 1930’s.

In 1976 the six-year campaign to save The Pheasantry from dereliction reached a peak. Under the patronage of Sir John Betjeman, the Friends of The Pheasantry wanted the building restored with residential studios, an art gallery, and exhibition space. They were not successful in preventing the adjoining development, but the front and gateway of the Pheasantry survived, heavily restored, as part of the rebuilding of 1971-81, forming a restaurant hemmed in by shops and offices.

The Pheasantry nightclub was the venue for early UK gigs by Lou Reed, Queen (band) and Hawkwind, among others, and was the place where singer Yvonne Elliman was discovered by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, leading to her role in the original soundtrack recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eric Clapton lived on the top floor in the late 1960’s. In his latest autobiography he tells of visits from George Harrison where they would take acid and write songs. On one occasion Eric narrowly avoided arrest on drug charges by fleeing out of the back of the building just as Sergeant Norman Pilcher, a detective with a knack for arresting rock stars, buzzed the intercom with ‘postman, special delivery’ and burst in.

It now houses Pizza Express on the ground floor and in the basement is the stylish Pheasantry music room seating 80 diners with a superb stage, sound and lighting equipment where JBGB Events bring superb musicians for individual evenings and series of cabaret presentations.

JazzLeeds - programme for January 2020.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds has forwarded updated details of the organisation's concert and workshop programme for January 2020 and beyond. Fully detailed listings attached.

Steve Crocker writes;

A very jazzy new year to you…

It’s been a lovely end of the year for us - thanks to you. You came out in such large numbers for our Jensen Sisters Whilwind Jazz Orchestra, Karen Sharp Quartet and our Christmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra at Seven Arts that we had to close the doors. We also said goodbye to one of our venues -the Bar on Park Lane Roundhay - with the wonderful Chapel FM Collective. We’ve got lots of great concerts coming up in January too, but before letting you know about that here is a bit of advance warning about our Spring Evening concert series 2020 starting in February. You can get one of our bargain Season tickets for all seven concerts and get to see all the artists listed below, not to mention some superb support bands too:
Emilia Mårtensson Quintet Thus Feb 6
Martin Speake International Quartet with Ethan Iverson Sat Feb 15th
Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir Thus 19 Mar
Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra Sat 28 Mar
“Sound of ‘59” @Seven Arts Thus April 30
Lukas Oravec Quintet feat. Alex Garnett Thus 7 May
Ari Hoenig Trio Thus May 14

Season tickets are available from our box office site here: for £80 or £65 concessions (half price for 25s and under) and more details about the concerts are on the Jazz Leeds website here:

So how about the coming month? Well the first two concerts we’re pleased to say are both by women led bands, singer Em Brown and vibe-ist Teena Lyle

Emily Brown Quintet
Sunday afternoon 12 January 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free
Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Ed Barnwell piano, Fergus Quill bass Caroline Boaden drums.
Emily Brown is an experienced jazz singer with a gift for harmonic risk-taking and accessing emotional depth in a song. You can expect to hear jazz, blues, soul & some ear-opening detours – all classics but delivered in Emily’s warmly alert & soul enlarging style.
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 4PD.
Tickets in advance

Teena Lyle Quintet feat. Rod Mason
Sunday afternoon 19 January 2020 1.30-4pm £10/8 @Inkwell
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free
Teena Lyle, vibes, vocals and piano, Rod Mason saxes, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom moore drums
Teena Lyle is is a leeds legend- vibes soloist, percussionist, keyboard player singer and current member of the Van Morrison Band. She charmed us with her superb appearance at Rush Hour Jazz in October. She’s just back from a Van Morrison tour in Las Vegas and ready for for a full afternoon of jazz in Leeds along with popular saxman “Mr Room Darkener” Rod Mason
@Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW
Tickets are available on the door or online

Gary Boyle Quartet
Sunday afternoon 26 Janaury 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25’s and under £5, kids under 16 free
Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums
Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle who has an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist
Gary was born in India - his family moved to England when he was eight years old. In his teens he started playing small clubs and then in 1962 relocated to Hamburg to play R’n’B in The Top Ten Club. Boyle returned to England in 1964 to play in Millie Small’s backup band, opening for The Rolling Stones in sold-out tour. He then worked in Dusty Springfield’s band The Echoes and became a member of Brian Auger and the Trinity. After attending the Leeds College of Music, in 1969 he worked as a session musician with musicians Keith Tippett, Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Stomu Yamashta’s short-lived band “East Wind”, Bert Jansch and Norma Winstone. In 1973, Gary founded the jazz fusion band Isotope with Jeff Clyne Brian Miller and Nigel Morris. This line-up gigged around the United Kingdom extensively. Following the departure of Jeff Clyne and Brian Miller in March 1974, Laurence Scott (keyboards) and Hugh Hopper (bass, formerly of Soft Machine) joined Boyle and Morris. This line-up toured Europe twice and the United States once, and recorded Isotope’s second LP “Illusion”. Live sessions from Germany can be heard on “Golden Section” (Cuneiform Records), with some tracks featuring Aureo de Souza on percussion.
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD.
Tickets on door or in advance

Other news…

Rush Hour Jazz this month-  Wed 15 January with Leeds saxman Brendan Duffy and the Jazz Leeds Trio @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf collection

Our Jazz Instrumental Workshops led by Fergus Quill and Dom Moore are back on Sunday on Sun Jan 19 10am-12 midday at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton £10/8 per session

Our Jazz Players sessions for more experienced musicians are back! Led by Dom Moore at Inkwell on Mondays -7-9 pm they start on January 13th and January 27th. £10/8 per session. Just turn up and play or for more information contact Dominic Moore

The JazzLeeds Voices Choir will be back after Easter - watch this space…!

If you want to join any of these classes or just want to come along and try them out then contact us below - all are welcome.

No Jazz Leeds Festival this summer as we’ll be taking a break - we will be back in 2021. We will be putting on a Jazz Leeds All-Dayer in July 2020 at the Wardrobe, Leeds - save the date of Saturday 18 July. More information soon.

Our Venues:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our website at

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

See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

Copasetic Foundation - live shows, January - May 2020.

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The Copasetic Foundation, founded by pianist Alex Webb has issued its latest press release including details of a variety of live events scheduled around the UK during the opening months of 2020.

Copasetic Foundation - live shows, January - May 2020.
Tuesday, January 07, 2020

We have received the following press release;

Copasetic Press Release, January 2020

After an exceptionally busy 2109, the Copasetic Foundation hits the ground running in 2020 with shows by McAlmont & Webb, a new season of jazz at Soho’s Boulevard Theatre and many other gigs.

McAlmont & Webb: ‘The Last Bohemians’ on tour.

David McAlmont and Alex Webb take their band to four venues to promote their recent CD release, McAlmont’s first in a decade.  The album has received rave reviews: ‘McAlmont is a swinger at heart … effortless authority, seductive and sassy’ – Mojo (****); ‘A winning partnership between the stylish vocalist and the talented pianist & composer’ – Jazz Journal (****);  ’He really has got the chops … an artist with soul’ – (Jazz Album Of The Week, 8th Dec) The Sunday Times.

Thursday 13 February
McAlmont & Webb at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL.  Tickets & info:

Saturday 4th April
McAlmont & Webb at The Bear Club, 24a Guildford Street, Mill Yard, Luton LU1 2NR
Tickets & info:

Friday 17th April
McAlmont & Webb at The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews​, Stanthorpe Road​, Streatham SW16 2BF.  Tickets & info:

Friday 1st May
McAlmont & Webb at The Haymarket, Wote St Basingstoke RG21 7NW.  Tickets & info:
Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre, Walkers Court, Soho W1F 0BT.
The Wednesday jazz lates series continues as follows; tickets & info:

Wednesday 5 February
Owner of an astonishingly rich soul voice – often compared to Luther Vandross – Straughan joins the Alex Webb Trio to launch the second season of Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre.  Making a rare appearance as a jazz vocalist of the first order, Straughan has previously worked with Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang, Ed Sheeran and many others.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 12 February
Rising star vocalist Lauren Bush joins the Alex Webb Trio in this second season of Soho Sounds: Jazz at the Boulevard Theatre, Walkers Court, Soho W1F 0BT.  Downbeat magazine praised her ‘unique phrasing, perfect diction and scatting abilities’.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 19 February
The virtuoso jazz-soul-world vocalist Sandra Nkake makes a rare London visit from her Paris home to flex her remarkable jazz chops with the Alex Webb Trio at the Boulevard Theatre.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.

Wednesday 26 February
Jo Harrop & British Standard Time return to the Boulevard Theatre in London’s Soho to present an evening of British songwriting at its best, mining a rich seam of material and presenting it in a cool, contemporary jazz format in a band led by pianist Alex Webb.  Doors 10pm, live music from 10.30pm.
Other shows:

Tuesday 14 January
‘A Portrait of Cannonball’ with Tony Kofi (alto) and Andy Davies (trumpet) makes its debut at the East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone – ‘an absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year’ (London Jazz News).  Tickets & info:

Friday 7 February
‘Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee’ comes to Fleece Jazz at the Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ.  Tickets & info:

Friday 14 February
Legendary soul singer and original Soul II Soul vocalist Rose Windross joins pianist Alex Webb and group for a Valentine’s Day special at the intimate Hampstead Jazz Club.  Windross will show the lyrical side to her singing and her love of jazz giants like Ella and Sarah Vaughan in a set of songs curated especially for Valentine’s Day.  Tickets & info:

Friday 20 March
‘David McAlmont presents Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall’ makes its debut at ‘Under The Bridge’, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.  ‘Spookily, unnervingly like Holiday,’ said  Tickets & info:
As usual, all Copasetic productions and gigs are listed here:

Best wishes and a Happy New Year from the Copasetic Foundation

Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 Programme.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Vincent Keddie of Sheffield Jazz has forwarded details of the organisation's programme for January to May 2020. Events take place at various venues around the city.

Vincent Keddie writes;

Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.

It’s not too long to wait for the Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.  It’s a great opening to the season at the Crucible on Friday 24th January when we welcome the international stars of the Jean Toussaint quartet. We can expect seriously exciting music from both Jean himself and his acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack, who impressed so much in Jean’s last Sheffield appearance. They’re followed by the phenomenal young pianist Fergus McCreadie and his trio at Crookes on 7th February - one of the hottest, most exciting young bands in European jazz at the moment, his Scottish-inflected jazz winning rave reviews.

The international flavour continues as Swedish vocalist Emilia Martensson and her band arrive at Crookes on 7th February with a fine reputation. A truly original artist, her personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and countryside of her native Sweden. On 21st February one of UK’s most creative and fluent sax players Martin Speake plays at Crookes with a brilliant quartet, featuring Ethan Iverson (Bad Plus) on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and Jeff Wiliams on drums. February closes with a visit to the University’s Firth Hall where the Barry Green trio play - a welcome return after his stand-out gig a couple of years ago at the Crucible and who has played with stars such as Ian Shaw, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins.

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings his Anthropology octet to Crookes on 6th March to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. After a short break, the 20th March at Crookes sees the welcome return of Ant Lawand his very talented guitar-led quartet, to perform music from their third album “Life I know”, currently receiving 5 star reviews. To close March, on the 27th Nikki Iles brings her 18 piece orchestra, a superb big band featuring Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp and Gareth Lochrane which will demonstrate the depth and range of her compositions.

After Easter we’re back at Crookes on 17th April with Trish Clowes’ My Iris - thought provoking music with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. This is followed by the visit of Alan Barnes +11, here to celebrate his 60th birthday with a collection of tunes from 1959 - an exceptional and iconic year for jazz with Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, Mingus’ Ah Um, Thelonius Monk at Town Hall and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out all likely to feature in Alan’s repertoire. We return to Firth Hall on Thursday 30th April when Jason Rebello brings the trio that played such a brilliant gig at the Crucible in 2017. Finally, our last gig of the before the summer break is Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band at Crookes on 8th May - an eagerly awaited return after her hugely popular gig last year and here to play her new album “Polyhymnia”, a celebration of female creativity. Expect colourful melodies resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East with her sonorous trumpet lines.
Full details of our Spring 2020 programme are given below

Friday 24 January at Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)
Jean Toussaint Quartet
Jean Toussaint: sax; Andrew McCormack: piano; Daniel Casimir: bass; Ben Brown: drums
Seriously exciting music from a saxophonist of international stature - from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the mid-eighties, to high profile collaborations in many jazz styles. Having impressed packed audiences at the Crucible Studio with his sextets in recent years Jean Toussaint now brings another excellent band to showcase his and their talents in the more intimate quartet format, featuring the acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack who so impressed as part of Jean’s most recent Sheffield performance.

Friday 31 January at Crookes Social Club
Fergus McCreadie Trio
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums
Do not miss this gig! Although you may not yet have heard of him, Fergus McCreadie is a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the hottest, most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment and winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. Their concerts, highlighting their thrilling virtuosity, brilliantly attuned collective dynamism and their music’s huge emotional charge, have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio Festival in 2019. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise

Friday 7 February at Crookes Social Club
Emilia Martensson Band
Emilia Martensson: vocals; Luca Boscagin: guitar; Adriano Adewale: percussion; Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet; Sam Lasserson: bass
Over the last decade, Emilia Mårtensson has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards.But you won’t find her simply churning out hackneyed jazz standards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.

Friday 21 February at Crookes Social Club
Martin Speake Quartet feat. Ethan Iverson
Martin Speake: sax; Ethan Iverson: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Jeff Williams: drums
The return of a great quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. Britain’s Martin Speake, one of our most fluent and creative sax players, revives a partnership with Ethan Iverson (one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus) that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality backed by the excellent Calum Gourlay on bass and the great Jeff Williams on drums.

Thursday 27 February at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
Barry Green Trio
Barry Green: piano; Oli Hayhurst: bass; Boz Martin-Jones: drums
A welcome return of one of the best pianists to play in Sheffield in recent years. Barry Green’s 2017 gig at the Crucible Studio was a particular success. He has played in jazz clubs and festivals across the UK and internationally for the last twenty years, touring and recording with artists such as Ian Shaw, Charles MacPherson, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins. Two more albums recorded in New York are planned for 2020. This trio gig explores some new original compositions that will feature in this recording.

Friday 6 March at Crookes Social Club
Anthropology Band
Martin Archer: saxophones; Charlotte Keeffe: trumpet; Chris Sharkey: guitar; Anton Hunter: guitar; Orphy Robinson: vibraphone; Pat Thomas: keyboards; Dave Sturt: bass guitar; Adam Fairclough: drums
Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings a highly talented octet of musicians to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. Taking the electric music of Miles Davis as its starting point, Anthropology Band is about finding the atmosphere through a deep rhythm, a searing blues run, a delicate melody, or a cascading solo statement.

Friday 20 March at Crookes Social Club
Ant Law Quartet
Ant Law: guitar; Michael Chillingworth: alto sax; Tom Farmer: bass: James Maddren: drums
A welcome return to Sheffield by Ant Law and this very talented guitar-led band. Described as “an innovator” and “a game changer” by The Guardian, Ant Law started this band around 2010 and the line-up has remained pretty constant since then. They will be performing music from their third album ‘Life I Know’, released (to 5 star reviews) on Edition in November 2018. “The album naturally revolves around Law’s writing. By turns intricate and complex or stripped-back and gentle, there is a warmth to his tunes and guitar work”…London Jazz News.

Friday 27 March at Crookes Social Club
Nikki Iles Orchestra
Julian Siegel: tenor sax, bass clarinet; Tori Freestone: tenor sax, flute; Karen Sharp: baritone/tenor sax, clarinet;  Gareth Lochrane: flute, alto flute; Paul Jones: alto sax, flute; Andy Schofield: alto/soprano sax, flute; Trumpets: Henry Lowther, Tom Walsh, Nick Smart, James Copus; Trombones: Gordon Campbell, Richard Henry, Harry Maund, Ollie Martin; Nikki Iles: conductor/piano/accordion; Mike Walker: guitar; Steve Watts: bass; Ian Thomas: drums
Another big band treat at Crookes Social Club! Award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles’ Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz. Featuring commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes and new compositions, the superb band she has assembled will showcase the depth and range of her writing and arranging. Expect great jazz from top-drawer musicians highlighting Nikki’s distinctive creative voice.

Friday 17 April at Crookes Social Club
Trish Clowes’ My Iris
Trish Clowes: sax; Chris Montague: guitar: Ross Stanley: piano/organ; James Maddren: drums
Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns with My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring. Expect thought provoking music – an exhilarating mix of brooding tunes with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. ‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …**** Dave Gelly, The Observer

Friday 24 April at Crookes Social Club
Alan Barnes + 11
Alan Barnes: alto/baritone sax and clarinets, plus: trumpets: Pat White, James Copus; trombones: Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell; Howard McGill: alto/ woodwinds; Robert Fowler: tenor/ woodwinds; Andy Panayi: tenor/ woodwinds; Mick Foster: baritone/ woodwinds; Robin Aspland: piano; Sam Burgess: bass; Matt Skelton: drums
Alan Barnes celebrates his 60thbirthday with a collection of tunes from his birth year in large-group format with new arrangements by trombonist Mark Nightingale. Even though it was set in an exceptionally fertile decade, 1959 still stands out as a remarkably fruitful year for jazz albums. ‘Kind of Blue’, ‘Giant Steps’, ‘Mingus Ah Um’,  ‘Thelonious Monk at Town Hall’ and Dave Brubeck’s ‘Time Out’ are all iconic recordings from that year. Expect joyous playing, outstanding virtuosity, variety and Alan’s inimitable sense of humour. This gig has been made possible by generous financial support from a member of our audience.

Thursday 30 April at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
Jason Rebello Trio
Jason Rebello: piano; Yuri Goloubev: bass; Asaf Sirkis: drums
Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90’s. Jason has worked mainly with electronic keyboards in his own groups (as well as with Sting and Jeff Beck), but in 2016 he decided it was time to return to the instrument he loves and released his debut solo piano album “Held” which was rated best album in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. His trio gig at the Crucible Studio was one of the highlights of our 2017 programme and we couldn’t wait to bring him back with this brilliant trio.

Friday 8 May at Crookes Social Club
Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band:
Yazz Ahmed: trumpet and flugelhorn; George Crowley: bass clarinet; Ralph Wyld: vibraphone; Naadia Sheriff: piano; Dudley Phillips: bass guitar; Corrina Silvester: percussion; Martin France: drums.
A welcome return following her hugely popular 2018 Crookes gig. Yazz Ahmed’s 2017 album “La Saboteuse” was widely judged to be a jazz album of the year, blending western and Middle Eastern influences. This is a rare opportunity to experience Yazz’s new album “Polyhymnia”, performed by her Hafla Band. The music is a celebration of female courage, determination and creativity. “Rich, powerful, colourful, exciting and highly evocative. Ahmed’s most ambitious and most successful work to date…” The Jazz Mann. Expect undulating rhythms, melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East and sonorous trumpet lines.

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

Dave Jones Quartet, new EP and 2020 tour dates.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Pianist and composer Dave Jones will release his new quartet EP "Is That The Time?" in February 2020. Tour dates start in January and include an official London launch show on February 22nd.

Dave Jones writes;

The Dave Jones Quartet’s forthcoming new EP is called ‘Is That The Time?’ - it’s Dave’s 10th Jazz CD, and is being launched at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), London, on 22nd Feb 2020.

Here’s the video for this new release , and the Quartet’s gig list so far for 2020 is…

6th January - North Devon Jazz Club, Appledore
5th February - The Flute and Tankard, Cardiff
22nd February - Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), London (lunchtime).
3rd April - The Be-Bop Club, Bristol
7th April - St.Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall
5th June - Birmingham Jazz
24th June - Fringe Jazz, Bristol

Andre Canniere - new album and UK live dates, February - May 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere will release his new album "Ghost Days" on February 14th 2020. He will be touring in the UK from February until the end of May. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release from Whirlwind Recordings;

We are pleased to announce the release of:

Ghost Days
by Andre Canniere
February 14th 2020

CD * DL * 12”  LP - 180 Gram - Limited Edition

Andre Canniere - trumpet, flugelhorn
Tori Freestone - tenor saxophone
Brigitte Beraha - voice
Rick Simpson - piano/keyboards
Tom Farmer - double bass
Andrew Bain - drums

The US-born, London-based trumpeter and composer Andre Canniere is set to follow up his acclaimed The Darkening Blue with a new release on Whirlwind for February 2020. Entitled Ghost Days, it reunites him with singer Brigitte Beraha and saxophonist Tori Freestone, and introduces a new, all-star UK rhythm team of Rick Simpson(piano) Tom Farmer (bass) and Andrew Bain (drums).
Six of the album’s seven original compositions were inspired by a unique collaboration between Andre and the poets/writers Malika Booker and Rebecca Lynch. Each piece had a poem as its starting point, defining the overall mood and the rhythm and phrasing of the melody, and the emotional message of the lyrics is beautifully delivered by Beraha to create a unity of atmosphere throughout the album. The songs deal with loss, anxiety and disappointment, but are leavened with humour and a powerful sense of hope that reaches its climax in the final instrumental track, ‘Endure’.
A Pennsylvania native, Andre first developed his career in New York where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Becca Stevens, Donny McCaslin, Kate McGarry, Ingrid Jensen and Darcy James Argue, and this album is full of the kind of innovative cross-genre exploration for which those artists are renowned. ‘Suicides’ matches a lyric by Malika Booker (actually about ladybirds!) with a powerful funk inspired groove and some hot blowing from Bain and the horns. ‘Colours’ uses Lynch’s poem to create a punchy piece of jazz-inflected post-rock that recalls Radiohead as much as Miles Davis. The mood is both sombre and uplifting, and this carries over into ‘Erasure’, where Canniere took the rhythm of the first line of Booker’s extended poem about loss and used it to create the main melody. Beraha then develops it into an astonishing improvisation that builds and builds in intensity, switching from fragments of lyrics into pure wordless extemporisation over a driving rock beat. ‘My Star’ has the hushed, relaxed simplicity of a Norah Jones tune, until it opens out into a pair of truly breathtaking solos from Canniere and Simpson. ‘It’s almost like a pop tune - but I really liked the way Rick plays on this, so I shortened the form a bit so he could take a solo too!’ ‘The Arrival’ takes a tale of an expectant father as an extended metaphor for the anxiousness attending the birth of any creative project, with Malika’s lyrics evoking the image of a trumpet player, though it’s Freestone who takes the lead with a powerfully charged solo. ‘One More Down’ matches Lynch’s evocative lyric about a missing person with Canniere’s exploration of negative harmony concepts over which Simpson creates a dazzling solo statement as Farmer and Bain lock into a precision groove.
All the vocal-based material was toured by the band extensively before they went into the studio: the sureness with which they deliver the arrangements is testament to how thoroughly each musician assimilated the concept. Canniere’s ears are open to influences from across the musical spectrum,  but he insists that he sees this music as jazz, informed by the language of his primary inspirations Miles and Freddie Hubbard as much as by the sounds he’s absorbed from rock and pop. For the last track, however, Canniere wanted to try something different: an exercise in classic-era jazz spontaneity, with the arrangement brought fresh into the studio and recorded in a single take. The message is intended as a political statement - ‘The reason I called it ‘Endure’ is because that’s what we’re doing now - enduring and hoping something better will come - something is around the corner that will change things’


20 Feb - Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham

22 April - Pizza Express, London

14 May - Soundcellar, Poole

24 May - Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

25 May - NQ Jazz, Manchester

26 May - Parrjazz, Liverpool

27 May - Lescar, Sheffield

Swansea Jazzland - programme for 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Swansea Jazzland have announced details of their 2020 programme which will commence in February. Events take place at The Garage Music Venue and at Langland's Brasserie. Schedule attached.

From the Swansea Jazzland website

Swansea Jazz 2020 Events @The Garage
1st Friday & 3rd Wednesday Every Month
Sponsored by Dr. Adrian Lloyd

The Garage Music Venue
47 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0NP
07802 912789

FRIDAY February 7th, 8.45pm: JEFF HOOPER BAND Swing, Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll Revue
A live show, packed with timeless hits from the greats. It’s the swingiest, funkiest, toe tapping fun show in the country!

Wednesday February 19th 8.30pm : SIMON SPILLETT

Friday March 6th 8.45pm : LI HARDING & Gary Phillips Band
Sassy Jazz/Blues and Soul from the Wales’ renowned Jazz & Blues vocalist Li Harding and her all star Band!

Wednesday March 18th 8.30pm : GARY POTTER
UK’s finest gypsy jazz guitarist - “He’s brilliant” - George Harrison

Tommy Blaize is quite simply one of the world’s finest vocal talents. As lead singer of the BBC Strictly Come Dancing band, Tommy’s powerful yet sensitive performances have helped create some of the most memorable TV moments of recent times.

Wednesday April 15th 8.30pm : GEORGINA JACKSON
“I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the Savoy stage with Georgina Jackson on a couple of occasions, on behalf of Children in Need. Her marvellous voice and musicianship, with Ronnie Scott’s band, has been a delight.” Sir Terry Wogan

FRIDAY May 1st: 8.45pm SARAH MEEK - Louis & Ella Tribute show
Sarah brings a new youthful energy to jazz with her powerful and versatile delivery coupled with an engaging stage presence and wide musical knowledge that has found her Welsh, UK and international audiences.

Wednesday May 20th 8.30pm : TINA MAY - 52nd Street Heroes
Since forming her first quartet in the early 1990s, Tina May’s astonishing vocal ability and hypnotic stage presence has won her worldwide acclaim.

FRIDAY June 5th 8.45pm : SHAKATAK
“This music still glows as brightly as that first hearing…Shakatak aren’t just a band, they were the soundtrack to our lives” RONNIE SCOTT’S House Magazine (UK)

Wednesday June 17th 8.30pm : Slide by Slide - Gordon Campbell/Chris Dean
Two of the country’s finest trombonists GORDON CAMPBELL and CHRIS DEAN get together to bring you a jazz concert packed with virtuosity , invention and humour

Wednesday July 15th 8.30pm : GREG ABATE
Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

FRIDAY September 4th 8.45pm : CLAIRE MARTIN
Linn recording artist Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards eight times during her career which spans over three decades.

Sunday Jazz Suppers @ Langland Brasserie;
Langland’s Brasserie, The Seafront
Brynfield Road, Langland,
Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4SQ

SUNDAY February 9th : DANIEL JOHN-MARTIN & Dave Cottle Trio
Violinist/vocalist From Paris : one of the most talented and sought after violinists of his generation.
Dinner from 7pm, music commences at 8.30pm. (Ends around 10.45pm)

SUNDAY March 15th : BECKI BIGGIINS & Dave Cottle Trio
AWARD WINNING Jazz vocalist and saxophonist with her new show ‘It’s a mans world”
Dinner from 7pm, music commences at 8.30pm. (Ends around 10.45pm)

The Left Bank Village, Hereford - new jazz programme for 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A new series of jazz events has recently been established at the Left Bank Village complex in Hereford. Major names due to visit in 2020 include Xhosa Cole, Iain Ballamy, Clark Tracey & Mark Lockheart

Ian says;

I hope the people of Herefordshire (and beyond) will support this new project which will be bringing some of the leading figures of contemporary British jazz to Hereford. For me it will be great to see musicians of this calibre playing practically on my doorstep, instead of having to make the usual forty to fifty mile drive. But to succeed this new venture needs the support of local people, I do hope my fellow Herefordians will join me in getting behind it.

Forthcoming events are listed below, details sourced from the Left Bank Village website;

29th January 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm £12.00
Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Xhosa Cole brings together an all-star quartet featuring some of the finest talent based in the UK. Alongside fellow finalist and bass player James Owston, powerhouse drummer Jim Bashford and Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jay Phelps, this band embodies the spirit of the Bebop and Hard bop greats. They will feature classic arrangements, contemporary takes on standards as well as original works from members of the band.
Line Up: Xhosa Cole – Sax, Jay Phelps – Trumpet, James Owston – Bass and Jim Bashford – Drums

7th February 2020 @ 7:45 pm – 10:45 pm £12.00
ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising. Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.
Line Up: Iain Ballamy – Sax, Huw Warren – Piano, Percy Pursglove – Bass/Trumpet and Mark Whitlam – Drums.

6th March 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Clark grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra up to the present day. Within that context he has toured worldwide and recorded extensively. Over his whole career he has recruited the best young players emerging on the British jazz scene.
Line Up: Clark Tracey – Drums, Elliot Sansom – Piano, Sean Payne – Sax, James Copus – Trumpet, James Owston – Bass.

10th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This is part of the tour organised by Jazz West Midlands and showcases Lockheart’s new quartet. This brand-new group explores Mark’s multi-faceted outlook on music, through a new set of original compositions plus a few older ones for good measure; and even a Duke Ellington tune. Urgent and exciting grooves and improvising all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s unique but memorable tunes. Wide ranging influences from Ellington, Shorter, Gil Evans, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach and even Kraftwerk. All delivered by a stellar band of stars.
Line Up: Mark Lockheart – Saxophones, Elliot Galvin – Keyboards, Tom Herbert – Bass and Dave Smith – Drums.

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Chesterfield Jazz Club - new venue for 2020 and details of programme for the first six months.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Chesterfield Jazz Club will move to a new home, The Olde House, Newbold, Chesterfield in 2020 and has announced its programme from January to June. Details attached.


Wendy Kirkland of Chesterfield Jazz Club writes;

New line-up for our new club venue, for 2020!
Olde House Chesterfield, Chesterfield, S40 4RN

Line-up for 2020 now announced!

16/1 Tommaso Starace
20/2 Chris Bowden
19/3 Chris Gumbley Phil Woods tribute
16/4 Shirley Smart
21/5 Marianne Windham
18/6 Ray Butcher

I’ve finalised the second half too, but will release those details in the new year.

Olde House
Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 4RN

The start time will be slightly earlier - 8pm, and we will be finishing slightly earlier at 10pm or thereabouts

The ticket price will now be £10 for physical tickets from the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre, or online at

The walk-in door price will be £12. Take advantage of the cheaper price by booking online or by getting tickets from the Visitor Information Centre.

If anyone has a suggestion as to another shop that might sell our tickets for the same commission as the VIC, which is 10%, please do let us know.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020.
Many thanks for supporting our club and helping it to grow from 2012 to today.

See you later!
Wendy, Pat and the team.

Jure Pukl - new album and US, European and Japanese tour dates in 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Slovenian born, New York City based saxophonist Jure Pukl will release his new quintet album "Broken Circles" on February 21st 2020. He will be touring in the US, Europe & Japan from January to April.

We have received the following press release from Whirlwind Recordings;

‘Broken Circles’ by Jure Pukl - February 21st 2020.

We are pleased to announce the release of:

Broken Circles
by Jure Pukl

February 21st 2020
CD * DL * 12” LP - 180 Gram - Limited Edition

Jure Pukl - saxophone
Joel Ross - vibraphone
Charles Altura - guitar
Matt Brewer - double bass
Kweku Sumbry - drums, percussion

The sociopolitical and environmental focus on our world seems to be stronger than ever, predominantly for all the wrong reasons. But consequential calls for action can also summon a positive uprising of both energy and creativity - something particularly evident in the story behind Broken Circles from New York-based saxophonist/composer Jure Pukl, with new music that reflects empathy and respect. Previous Whirlwind releases Hybrid (2017) and Doubtless (2018) featured more spatial quartet and dual-tenor environments. But Pukl has also been honing this quite different quintet sound with the arresting line-up of guitarist Charles Altura, vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Kweku Sumbry.

“We’ve been playing in New York for a while now,” explains Pukl, “including Smalls, Fat Cat and The Jazz Gallery, and I am drawn to how the watercolor feel of guitar and vibes changes the sound, quite different to piano, and sometimes even blurs those textures. I hear Joel as another prominent melodic voice, and Charles contributes hugely to the arrangements.” Alongside the dexterity of bassist Matt Brewer is the astonishing talent of Kweku Sumbry. “He moved here a couple of years ago,” enthuses Pukl, “and comes from a strong African-family percussion tradition. Hearing this album, my very good friend, drummer Howard Curtis, exclaimed: ‘Wow, who’s the drummer? He sounds like a percussionist playing drums!’ - and that’s exactly what he is. So most of the pieces were written (with input from Pukl’s saxophonist wife, Melissa Aldana) with this group in my head.”

Apparent from the opening bars of ‘Sustained Optimism’ is the fluidity of this quintet, where Pukl’s constant stream of tenor invention is echoed in the rapid elegance of guitar and vibes, supported by electrifying rhythm section; and the title track’s similar determination chimes with scintillating shared phrases and improvisation. While ‘Separation’ (a favourite of Pukl’s) echoes themes of broken communities and relationships repeated across the globe, its mellow beauty serves to remind us of our responsibilities to one another; and a Chilean kalimba - “the sound of love, positivity and compassion” - announces a sublime quintet arrangement of previously recorded ‘Compassion’.

Buoyant ‘Triumph of Society’ - an anthem for change that starts with us all - trades tenor against vibes, also featuring remarkable guitar and drum solos, towards an almost symphonic conclusion; and Pukl’s pensive bass clarinet in ‘Gloomy Sunday’ - a 1930s Hungarian tune with dark associations - also finds the light. Elsewhere, busy 11/8 ‘Half Past Five’ swirls with abandon; ‘Kids’ (charmingly introduced by two young sax students) is a contemplative falling-phrase paean to the next generation; and sprightly soprano conclusion ‘Sky is the Limit’ confirms the overarching joy in this album.

Jure Pukl resolutely recognizes his artistic direction: “The music I’m making is evolving - here, I’ve stepped away from piano, added vibraphone and guitar, and have taken time to concentrate more on the compositional aspects. I see myself developing not just in jazz terms, but also influenced by my classical training.” Broken Circles clearly mirrors that concept of self-awareness, maturity and confidence.


January 10
Winter Jazz Festival, The Dance, NYC, US

January 23 & 24
Sam First, Los Angeles, US

March 1st
Max Klub Velenje, Slovenia

March 2nd
Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia

March 3rd & 4th
Igor Butman’s Jazz Club, Moscow, Russia

March 5th
Prishtina Jazz Festival, Kosova

March 7th
Ibiza Jazz Festival, Spain

March 25 & 26
Smalls Jazz Club, NYC, US

April 10-20
Japan tour - details coming soon

Mabon -  “The Last Huzzah!”,  UK Tour, February - July 2020.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Welsh folk/rock band Mabon, led by accordionist Jamie Smith have forwarded their Christmas newsletter, including details of their farewell tour during the spring and summer of 2020.

Mabon write;

⛄Merry Christmas! ❄ Nadolig Llawen! ⛄ Nollick Ghennal! ❄ Bon Noel!⛄


Here’s a word to wish all our Mabon family, friends and fans a very happy Christmas indeed.  Scroll on down for a new live video and some last-minute shopping options - but first, the full list of confirmed dates on our farewell tour next spring, “The Last Huzzah!”

Yes, here it is folks, our final tour.  We’ve had some great fun at these lovely venues across the years.  Come and hear some of your old favourites, alongside some brand new music for the tour - and join us for “The Last Huzzah!”

14/02/20 - PONTYPRIDD - Hawthorn Community Centre
15/02/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Solva Memorial Hall
20/02/20 - CAERNARFON - Galeri Caernarfon
21/02/20 - DEVON - Pavilions Teignmouth
22/02/20 - MONMOUTHSHIRE - The Narth
05/03/20 - ABERGAVENNY - (new date) Borough Theatre
06/03/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Penally Village Hall
07/03/20 - PORTHCAWL - Cwlwm Celtaidd festival
30/04/20 - ALDERSHOT - West End Centre
01/05/20 - NEW MILTON - Forest Arts Centre
02/05/20 - FAREHAM - Ashcroft Arts Centre
07/05/20 - CARDIGAN - Theatr Mwldan
08/05/20 - BUILTH WELLS - Wyeside Theatre
09/05/20 - GLYN CEIRIOG - Ceiriog Centre
20/05/20 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts
21/05/20 - LONDON - Cecil Sharp House
22/05/20 - CARDIFF - Saint David’s Hall
23/05/20 - PEMBROKESHIRE - Fishguard Folk Festival
11/06/20 - DORSET - Bridport Arts Centre
12/06/20 - DEVON - Plough Arts, Torrington
13/06/20 - POWYS - Llanbedr Village Hall
18/06/20 - HEREFORDSHIRE - Weobley Village Hall
19/06/20 - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - Geddington Village Hall
10/07/20 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall
11/07/20 - SOMERSET - Priddy Folk Festival

And more summer festival dates to be announced, watch this space!

A year ago, we sent you a rehearsal recording of a new set in progress, ‘The Lowender Peran Polkas’.  Here’s that same set played on the fabulously floral stage of Llangollen International Eisteddfod this summer.
And if you like that, keep a really close eye on our Facebook in the new year - we’ll be sharing a whole heap of new videos to banish any winter blues and to get you in the mood for our spring tour.

Thanks again for your support this year.

Have a lovely Christmas,
And our best wishes to you for a terrific and tuneful new year in 2020.

and all of MABON.

Gair amserol i ddymuno’n dda i holl gyfeillion y band - Nadolig Llawen ichi gyd!

Dyma fideo newydd sbon ichi, a chynnig siopa funud-ola… ond yn gynta, y rhestr derfynol o’n gigs yn y gwanwyn.  O fis Chwefror ymlaen byddwn ni ar ein taith olaf: “The Last Huzzah!”
Ry’n ni wedi dwli ar chware yn y lleoliadau yma ar hyd y blynyddoedd - ymunwch a ni i glywed eich hen ffefrynnau, ac hefyd gerddoriaeth newydd sbon ar gyfer y daith.

14/02/20 - PONTYPRIDD - Canolfan Gymunedol Hawthorn
15/02/20 - SIR BENFRO - Neuadd Goffa Solfach
20/02/20 - CAERNARFON - Galeri Caernarfon
21/02/20 - DYFNAINT - Teignmouth Pavilions
22/02/20 - SIR FYNWY - The Narth
05/03/20 - Y FENNI - (dyddiad newydd) Theatr Borough
06/03/20 - SIR BENFRO - Neuadd Pentref Penalun
07/03/20 - PORTHCAWL - gwyl Cwlwm Celtaidd
30/04/20 - ALDERSHOT - West End Centre
01/05/20 - NEW MILTON - Forest Arts
02/05/20 - FAREHAM - Canolfan Ashcroft
07/05/20 - ABERTEIFI - Theatr Mwldan
08/05/20 - LLANFAIR-YM-MUALLT - Theatr Wyeside
09/05/20 - GLYN CEIRIOG - Canolfan Ceiriog
20/05/20 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts
21/05/20 - LLUNDAIN - Cecil Sharp House
22/05/20 - CAERDYDD - Saint David’s Hall
23/05/20 - SIR BENFRO - Gwyl Werin Abergwaun
11/06/20 - DORSET - Canolfan Celfyddydau Bridport
12/06/20 - DYFNAINT - Plough Arts, Torrington
13/06/20 - POWYS - Neuadd Pentref Llanbedr
18/06/20 - SIR HENFFORDD - Neuadd Pentref Weobley
19/06/20 - SIR GOGHAMPTON - Neuadd Pentref Geddington
10/07/20 - LERPWL - Neuadd Philharmonig
11/07/20 - GWLAD YR HAF - Gwyl Werin Priddy

Mae mwy o ddyddiadau ar gyfer yr haf i’w cyhoeddi hefyd, felly cadwch lygad barcud am gyhoeddiad yn y flwyddyn newydd!

Amser yma llynedd, bu inni anfon trac atoch chi a recordiwyd mewn ymarfer, ‘The Lowender Peran Polkas’.  Dyma’r un trac eto, ond chwech mis yn hwyrach, ac ar lwyfan fawreddog Eisteddfod Rhyngwladol Llangollen.
Ac os oes oedd hynny wrth eich bodd, dilynwch ni ar Facebook, lle byddwn ni’n rhyddhau fideo newydd sbon unwaith yr wythnos drwy gydol mis Ionawr.

Turner Sims, Southampton launches Spring 2020 jazz series.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Turner Sims Concert Hall at the University of Southampton has announced the programme for its Spring 2020 season of events which will include jazz, folk, classical and world music performances.

We have received the following press release;

Turner Sims launches Spring 2020 jazz series

Discover outstanding artists in Southampton

As our Year of Journeys continues, we celebrate the musical pathways of current stars, award winners and artists of the future. The jazz series especially is jam-packed with a wide variety of sounds, styles and artistic ideas. Our concert hall offers you an experience like no other, combining excellent sound with an intimate setting. Find out more about the stories behind our concerts through these three highlights from across the jazz series:

Award-winners and nominees
Our jazz series opens with the astonishing Fergus McCreadie Trio who recently won the Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards for Turas, their self-released debut album. Cassie Kinoshi’s Mercury-nominated 10-piece outfit SEED Ensemble presents a stellar line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians. Star-trumpeter Theo Croker’s album Star People Nation, described by Croker himself as an intimate exploration into ‘the everyday rituals of blackness’, is currently nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award.

Reasons to celebrate
We celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell with Sara Colman and her 10-piece ensemble. Songs from exceptional albums such as Clouds, Court and Spark, Blue, Ladies of the Canyon, and Hejira are treated to lush string orchestrations and soaring horn lines. We welcome back Tim Garland, one of the UK’s most formidable saxophonists and composers, to collaborate with the young talent of Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO). Super group Acoustic Triangle, one of the most original and respected British ensembles, celebrates their 20th anniversary this summer.

Good vibes from century to century
All-star vintage quartet The Dime Notes takes us back in time to the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, with the stomping riffs and sultry melodies of the 1920s. Fast forward to the 2020s, Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet presents their very own cinematic sound, sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism.
To book, call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or visit (no online booking fee).


What is #TSP? It stands for Turner Sims Presents. #TSP events are exclusive to us, which means that they are not presented anywhere else in the UK. Some of them are produced by us, often in collaboration with the artists, and we are very proud to present you these special events.


Sat 1 SÓN with John Lill | Beethoven Gala #Classical #Piano #TSP #Orchestral

Sat 8 Fergus McCreadie Trio #Jazz

Sun 9 In The Alps with Juliet Fraser #Classical #Voice #TSP    

Tue 11 Chiaroscuro Quartet #Classical

Thu 13 London Klezmer Quartet #Global #Folk

Tue 18 Västerås Sinfonietta #Classical #Orchestral

Sat 22 Sean Shibe #Classical

Sat 29 Portico Quartet #Jazz


Sun 8 Joglaresa | Boogie Knights #Folk #Teatime

Tue 10 Felicity Aston | Polar Exposure #Global #Lecture

Sat 14 SÓN w. David Owen Norris | Jupiter Unwrapped #Classical #Family #TSP #Orchestral #Intro

Sun 15 SÓN with James Mayhew | The Painted Planets #Classical #Family #TSP #Orchestral

Tue 17 Joseph Moog #Classical #Piano

Thu 19 Olcay Bayır | Dream for Anatolia #Global #Voice

Fri 20 Theo Croker | Star People Nation #Jazz

Thu 26 La Serenissima | The Godfather #Classical #Intro

Sun 29 The Inside-Out Piano #Piano #Family


Sat 4 SEED Ensemble #Jazz

Sat 18 SYJO with Tim Garland #Jazz #TSP

Tue 21 Dudok Quartet Amsterdam #Classical #TSP

Fri 24 Clara Sanabras with University of Southampton Voices #Global #Voice #TSP

Tue 28 Paul Lewis #Classical


Thu 7 Lawrence Power and Vilde Frang | 12 Strings #Classical #TSP

Tue 12 Takács Quartet #Classical

Fri 15 Sam Sweeney Band #Folk

Sat 30 Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian #Global

Sun 31 The Dime Notes #Jazz #Teatime


Fri 5 Lau Unplugged #Folk

Sun 7 Edward Lear The Musician #Classical #TSP #Teatime #Intro

Thu 11 Sara Colman Band | In Celebration of Joni Mitchell #Voice #Jazz

Fri 12 Flook #Folk

Thu 18 Recorder Extravaganza #Classical #TSP

Fri 19 Beatrice Rana #Classical #Piano #TSP

Sat 20 Acoustic Triangle | Celebrating 20 Years


A few words about some of our prominent programming strands:

Our #Piano Series sees a welcome return for Paul Lewis with a programme featuring two composers – Beethoven and Schubert - with whom he is synonymous.  The series also sees debut recitals from two past winners of Gramophone’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award:  Beatrice Rana, who gives an exclusive recital to close the season, and Joseph Moog whose programme includes Liszt’s extraordinary solo piano transcription of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.

Lovers of #Classical music can look forward to more Beethoven features elsewhere in the season as we mark his 250th anniversary.  Hear two of his late quartets performed by the Chiaroscuro and Takács quartets, and for his Emperor concerto SÓN are joined by John Lill, in what is one of three visits our Orchestra in Association makes during the season.  Young people from local schools performing with guests Palisander in our Recorder Extravaganza, and the University Music Department’s concert including a new work by Zoe Sones also give a flavour of those musicians who could be headlining at Turner Sims in years to come. Alongside early music energy from Joglaresa and La Serenissima, and a first visit from charismatic guitarist Sean Shibe, we spend an afternoon celebrating the great Victorian musician, polymath and populariser of the limerick Edward Lear.

Look out for a special weekend of science and discovery in March with guests David Owen Norris and James Mayhew, and the music of Mozart, and Holst, his ever popular The Planets, on the menu. Viola and violin player Lawrence Power’s two year journey with us as Associate Artist draws to a close with two visits which reflect the range of his musical interests: from the sheer scale of Swedish orchestra the Västerås Sinfonietta in February – which features Lawrence as guest soloist along with cellist Paul Watkins – to the intimacy of string duos which brings celebrated violinist Vilde Frang to Turner Sims for the first time, and for a first ever duo programme.

A string duo of a different hue brings traditional music of Iran courtesy of Kayhan Kalhor and Kiya Tabassian, part of a #Global strand that includes singer Olcay Bayır, and the London Klezmer Quartet. The vibrant #Folk scene is represented by Lau and Flook as well as violinist and veteran of the mighty Bellowhead Sam Sweeney.

#Jazz continues to offer an array of musical encounters.  Beginning with vintage melodies from the 1920s courtesy of quartet The Dime Notes we encompass everything from a celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell with singer Sara Colman to the ambient sounds of Portico Quartet, from the 20th anniversary celebration from jazz supergroup Acoustic Triangle to the mix of styles perfected by Mercury Prize nominees SEED Ensemble, and Grammy 2020-nominated star trumpeter Theo Croker. Don’t miss Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra’s latest adventure, this time with star saxophonist Tim Garland.
Also: talks, family events, teatime concerts, free lunchtime concerts and more.

Turner Sims Southampton is a nationally renowned concert hall and live music producing organisation. With over 75 promoted concerts a year, some of them devised and programmed exclusively by us with the artists involved, we are proud to contribute to the creative scene in the South of England and welcome all to discover
Turner Sims Southampton is provided by University of Southampton and gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England. Since 2018, Turner Sims hosts and leads the jazz development programme Jazz South. Our media partners are leading magazines Gramophone, Jazzwise and Songlines. Our current Associates are viola player Lawrence Power (Associate Artist), Edition Records (Associate Label), and SÓN (Orchestra in Association). We are proud to be a member of the following organisations: British Association of Concert Halls (BACH), Europe Jazz Network and Jazz Promotion Network.

Follow Turner Sims on Facebook, Twitter (@TurnerSims) and Instagram (@turner_sims)
To book, call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151 or visit (no online booking fee)

The Jazzmann wins 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “Best Media”.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Jazzmann is proud to have been announced as the winner in the Media section at the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Details of the winners in all ten categories are attached.

The Jazzmann wins 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “Best Media”.
Monday, December 09, 2019

The Jazzmann is proud to have been announced as the winner in the Media section at the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Details of the winners in all ten categories are attached.
The recipients of the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 3 December 2019 with the ten categories representing the diversity of the UK’s jazz scene.

Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), and presented at the PizzaExpress Live in Holborn, the awards presenters included British politicians and UK musicians including APPJAG co-chair Kelvin Hopkins and jazz industry figures Jon Newey, Deirdre Cartwright, Danielle White, Steve Crocker, Simon Cooke, Gary Crosby OBE, Kevin Le Gendre and Baroness Coussins.

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) at the Houses of Parliament in London. The group consists of over a hundred members drawn from across the UK political parties. The awards were the brainchild Bob Blizzard (Waveney MP), a long-time enthusiast of the jazz genre who was concerned that there was a lack of national recognition for the work of jazz performers and venues across the UK.

The winners were:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Zoe Gilby

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Josephine Davies

Jazz Album of the Year: Fergus McCreadie’s “Turas”

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Ezra Collective

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Xhosa Cole

Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz, Dorking

Jazz Media Award: Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

Jazz Education Award: Nikki Iles

Services to Jazz Award: Dame Cleo Laine

Special APPJAG Award: Henry Lowther

Ian adds;

I am very pleased and proud to have received this Parliamentary Jazz Award and it is very satisfying to see my work receiving national recognition.

I am indebted to many people for helping to make the Jazzmann site a success, particularly my wife Pam for allowing me to indulge my passion for music and jazz in particular, and who has acted as the driver to countless gigs up and down the country. Sometimes I think we clock up nearly as many miles as the musicians.

Thanks to my friend Keith Hall whose own success as a sports journalist helped to get me started on this road and to James Powis and Phil Dunsford, my “technical advisors” who designed the site and continue to administer it, dealing with all the IT issues that a computer illiterate such as myself would otherwise find insurmountable. Without these two guys there would be no Jazzmann.

Thank you to to all the guest contributors who have written articles for the site over the years, particularly Trevor Bannister, Tim Owen, Sean Wilkie, Clive Downs and Tom Gray.

Thank you too to all the photographers who have given permission for me to use their work, particularly Tim Dickeson, John Watson and Zoë White

Thank you to all the publicists, record labels and individual musicians for forwarding CDs for my attention. Sorry, but these days it’s physically impossible to review them all, but the music is still very much appreciated.

Similarly thank you too to all the promoters, venue owners and Festival organisers, locally and nationally, for allowing me to cover your live events.

The Awards Ceremony was a wonderful demonstration of how close a community British jazz is, with the Award winners coming from all over the UK - Scotland, Newcastle and even rural Herefordshire! It’s a community that I’m very proud to have been accepted into and to be a part of.

Congratulations to all the other Award Winners, and my thanks to all those who voted for me during the selection process.


Darius Brubeck Quartet - new live album and UK tour dates 2020.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Darius Brubeck Quartet will release a new live recording, "Live in Poland", on Ubuntu Music on 13th December 2019. They will be touring in the UK from March to June 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Ubuntu Music - LIVE IN POLAND by the Darius Brubeck Quartet - 13 December 2019 / launch concert at the Jazz Cafe - 14 December & 2020 concert dates

Darius Brubeck Quartet


Ubuntu Music – UBU0033
Album release: Friday 13 December 2019
The Darius Brubeck Quartet will be launching Live in Poland on Saturday 14 December at the Jazz Cafe, London.
They will also be celebrating Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, released 60 years ago to the day.


March 15 – Shoreham on Sea, The Ropetackle Arts Centre

March 19 – Bristol, St George’s

April 3 – Dorchester Arts Centre

April 11 – Maidstone, Pizza Express Jazz Club

April 18 – Loughton, Methodist Church (National Jazz Archive gig)

April 21 – Milton Keynes, The Stables

April 23 - Newcastle on Lyne, New Vic Theatre

April 30 – Aylesbury, St Mary’s Church

May 9 – Derby Theatre

May 16 – Birmingham, 1000 Trades (Birmingham Jazz & Jazz West Midlands)

May 28 – London, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

June 11 – Devizes, The Corn Exchange

Darius Brubeck grew up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave and has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experiences as a pianist, bandleader, composer, teacher and broadcaster.
Brubeck’s latest release, Live in Poland, was recorded at the prestigious Blue Note in Poznan and celebrates his father’s historical concert tour in Poland in 1958.  “I was invited to Poland three times in 2018, the 60th anniversary of the 1958 classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s tour of this country. With the end of World War I in 1918, it was also the 100th anniversary of Polish independence,” explains Darius.  “Szczecin (where I played on stage for the first time when I was 10 years old) was the first stop on the 1958 tour and the first city visited during my initial trip. I appeared for one number, inevitably ‘Take Five’, with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as part of the celebrations.”
Brubeck was deeply moved to find that the Solidarity Museum in Poland associated his father’s tour with the beginning of the movement that liberated Poland from Soviet domination. The third time Szczecin Jazz invited him back with his London-based quartet was for a tour of the six cities where the Dave Brubeck Quartet had performed; the first American jazz group to play behind the ‘Iron Curtain’, starting in – you guessed it – Szczecin.  “Suffused with political meaning for the audience and my boyhood memories of witnessing the devastation left by war with my late brother Michael and my parents, this was no ordinary concert tour.”
The Darius Brubeck Quartet features Dave O’Higgins on saxophone, Matt Ridley on double bass and Wesley Gibbens on drums and has been together for 12 years. The plan was to record every night of the tour and choose the best takes but, in the end, it was decided that the last night at the Blue Note in Poznan was it. “You might say the album should’ve been called Live in Poznan.  However, this performance was the culmination of a tour of sold out concert halls and standing ovations.  The band was at a peak, especially in terms of communication with each other and the audience,” concludes Brubeck.

Darius Brubeck:

Bookings through Time & Talent Agency: Clive Johnson – .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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

Distribution through The Orchard:

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, December 1st 2019.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.
Sunday, December 01, 2019

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available on

Shake Stew - Gris Gris (Traumton)

Bravo Baboon – Humanify (Auand)

Ghost Horse - Trojan (Auand)

Giuseppe Millaci - The Endless Way (Hypnote)

Calum Gourlay - New Ears (Ubuntu)

Marek Napiórkowski – Hipokamp (Agora)

Eve Risser – part of Après un Rêve(Clean Feed)

Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia (ropeadope)

Lyder Øvreås Røed - The moon doesn’t drink (Jazzland)

Nikola Bankov - Bright Future (AmpMusic)

They Will Flock - The Game (self)

Stephan Oliva – Orbit (Yolk)

Adalberto Ferrari - Unstable watercolours (Dodicilune)

Magic Malik - Jazz Association (jazzandpeople)

PBB’s Bread and Fox - This is Sour Music (Trouble in the East)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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, November 14th 2019.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Now available at

November 14th 2019

Andrea Ferrari - Essential Lines (Dodicilune)

Brun, Courtois, Fincker - Les Demons de Tosca (BMC)

Frank Amsallem - Gotham Goodbye (Jazz & People)

Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara (Cuneiform)

Nigel Hitchcock – Hitchgnosis (Eight Inch Clock)

Peuker 8 – Radiance (Whyplayjazz)

Magic Malik - Fanfare XP Vol II (OnzeHeuresOnze)

Nat Birchall - The Storyteller (Jazzman Records)

Eddie Parker’s Debussy Mirrored Ensemble – Reflections/Transformations/Improvisations (self)

Evgeny Sivtsov – Zoo (Rainy Day)

Makar Kashitsyn - Jazz Animals (Rainy Day)

Bowman Trio – Persistence (wejazz)

Harris Eisenstad - Canada Day Quartet Live (clean feed)

Longboard - Being Wild (Yolk)

The Way Out - The Way You Are (Insulamusic)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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)

East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone, London, programme for November and December 2019 and January 2020.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Paul Walker of the East Side Jazz Club, Leytonstone has forwarded details of the programme for the next three months. Events take place weekly on Tuesdays at Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club.

Paul Walker writes;

The East Side Jazz Club in Leytonstone was hit hard in April of this year when founder and organiser of the club Clive Fenner sadly passed away. Clive had been running the club , and playing the drums there , for over 25 years . A group of regulars at the club were determined to keep Clive’s legacy and the thriving club going and so far so good. The standard attendance is around 50 which means we can pay the musicians a reasonable fee. The club is held on Tuesday’s upstairs at the Leytonstone Ex-Servicemen’s club , bar prices are reasonable and entrance is between £7 and £10. The line up for the next 3 months is;

12 November – Jason Yarde Quartet

19 November – Thelonius ft Martin Speake , Hans Koller , Jeff Williams and Michael Shrimpling

26 November – James Copus Quintet

3 December – Theo Travis Quartet

10 December – Quentin Collins Quintet

17 December – John Etheridge / Art Themen Quartet

7 January – Zoe Rahman Trio

14 January -  Tony Kofi’s ‘A portrait of Cannonball’ Quintet

21 January – Annie Whitehead Quartet

28 January – Xhosa Cole Quartet ft Jay Phelps

[email protected]’s Club
2 Harvey Rd
E11 3DB

Time – Tuesday’s , 8.30 – 11.00

We have a new website -

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid Playlist – October- now at

Previously broadcast on 91.8HayesFM; Target Radio and PureBeat Radio


Martin Archer - Anthropology Band (Discus)

Nat Birchall - The Storyteller (Jazzman Records)

Benjamin Luhis – Social Music (Bandcamp)

Florian Hoefner Trio - First Spring (Alma Records)

Ingi Bjarni - Tenging - (Losen)

Sverre Gjørvad - Voi River - (Losen)

Per Texas Johansson - Stråk på himlen och stora hus – (Moserobie)

MPH – Taxonomies (Discus)

Mihály Borbély Quartet – Grenadilla (BMC)

Carsten Dahl Trinity - Painting Music (ACT)

Faith Brackenbury - Knife Angel (Lonely Duck Records)

Free4Arts - When I Come Across (AudioCave)

Petros Klampanis – Irrationalities (Enja/Yellowbird)

Pulcinella – Ca (BMC)

Yves Robert, Bruno Chevillon, Cyril Atef – Captivate (BMC)

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennin - 50 years after (Trost)

European Modern Jazz on the radio at any time 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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)

Lau Unplugged UK Tour, May / June 2020.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The folk trio Lau will be touring their new acoustic show around the UK during May and June 2020. Newsletter including full schedule attached.

Lau write;

Dearest Lau-ites

We’re very much looking forward to performing our new acoustic show in 2020 and announce that our Unplugged Tour is now on sale! Tickets for these shows and our upcoming Munich, Dublin, London and Glasgow dates are at the website now.


Wed 20/5 GREENOCK The Beacon Arts Centre
Thu 21/5 STIRLING The Tolbooth
Sat 23/5 GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead - Hall 2
Mon 25/5 SALTAIRE The Live Room
Tue 26/5 HEBDEN Bridge Trades Club
Thu 28/5 BODMIN St Petroc’s Church
Fri 29/5 LYME REGIS Marine Theatre
Sat 30/5 FALMOUTH Tolmen Centre
Sun 31/5 CALSTOCK Calstock Arts

Tue 2/6 CARDIFF Acapela Studio
Wed 3/6 BRISTOL St George’s
Thu 4/6 FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse
Fri 5/6 SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims
Mon 8/6 CAMBRIDGE St Barnabas Church
Tue 9/6 HARPENDEN Harpenden Public Halls

Hope to see you out there somewhere.
Love from the trio Lau

Kris Drever - guitar,vocals
Aidan O’ Rourke - fiddle
Martin Green - accordion

George Benson announces UK Shows - June/July 2020.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Guitarist and vocalist George Benson will be touring in the UK during June and July 2020. Press release containing full schedule attached.

We have received the following press release;

George Benson announces Uk Shows - June / July 2020

The legendary George Benson proudly announces -  eight UK shows in June/July 2020. This includes one night at London’s most iconic venue, the Royal Albert Hall on July 2nd , 2020. 

The live shows will feature George Benson’s masterful guitar playing, and Benson and his band will perform his Greatest Hits from his impressive back catalogue - which includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time), Turn Your Love Around, Inside Love , Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes and more…

Benson’s latest album, the critically acclaimed ‘Walking to New Orleans’, the jazz guitar legend’s tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. This is his 45th album and his first recording since 2013’s ‘Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole’.  Tour dates below:-

JUNE 2020

21 - Manchester Bridgewater Hall

23 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

24 - Leeds First Direct Arena

26 - Cardiff St David’s Hall

27 - Bournemouth International Centre

29 – Birmingham Symphony Hall

30 - Southend Cliffs Pavilion

JULY 2020

2 - London Royal Albert Hall

Ticket Prices:

£48 - £68 - Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Southend

£55 & £65 - Leeds

£46 - £67.50 - Bournemouth

£45 - £80 with box seats at £90 - London

Tickets are available from / 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct

Benson is one of America’s great guitarists, a virtuoso who’s been honoured by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master. He’s won a dynamic 10 Grammys, including record of the year for his triple platinum ‘Breezin’. His wins include Record of the Year for “This Masquerade” (1977), Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Breezin’” (1977) and “Mornin’” (2007), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “On Broadway” (1979) and “Give Me the Night” (1981), and Best R&B Instrumental Performance for “Theme From Good King Bad” (1977) and “Off Broadway” (1981)

Nobody has more succinctly described George Benson’s musical evolution than the guitarist himself did in his 2014 autobiography: “...from blues cat to blues-jazz cat…from blues-jazz cat to jazz cat…from jazz cat to soul-jazz cat…and from soul-jazz cat to R&B-jazz cat.”

Dave Gaydon appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival Head of Programming.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Cheltenham Festivals has announced that former Roundhouse Head of Music Dave Gaydon has been appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s new Head of Programming. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Cheltenham Festivals announced today that former Roundhouse Head of Music Dave Gaydon has been appointed as Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s new Head of Programming.

Following a glorious eight-year reign as Head of Music at legendary London venue The Roundhouse, Dave Gaydon moved on to launch his own bookings and events business GOAT Music.

He replaces Emily Jones, who moves to The Sage, Gateshead to become Senior Producer with responsibility for talent development, new commissions and cross-genre festivals.

Gaydon said “I am delighted and feel privileged to be part of the Cheltenham Festivals family at this incredibly exciting time for jazz music as the Festival approaches its 25th year. There are a whole host of amazing contemporary artists I’m looking forward to programming alongside the heritage jazz legends that Cheltenham Jazz Festival is so well known for.”

Director of Festivals, Ian George said “We are delighted that one of the best music programmers in the business is coming on board for Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s next exciting chapter. I look forward to working closely with Dave to ensure Cheltenham continues its position as one of Europe’s leading Jazz Festivals and to strengthen even further our talent development programmes.”

Gaydon will remain as director of GOAT Music continuing to work across venues and festivals in the UK and India.

About David Gaydon
Gaydon was solely responsible for putting the Roundhouse firmly on the international live music map as a highly respected, much in-demand venue, continuing the musical legacy that The Roundhouse has been growing since first becoming a performance space in the late 1960s. Managing the legendary BBC Electric Proms for five years, Gaydon also brought in the 30-day iTunes Festival and Mercury Awards as well as multiple festivals including Short Circuit festival of Electronica, the award winning Reverb Festival of contemporary classical music, Turning Point festival showcasing the positive voice of young people and Roundhouse Rising emerging music festival. In 2010 Gaydon programmed and produced the now seminal Zappa Festival to much acclaim and pulling in a vast international audience.
Gaydon also managed and guided the team that work with 11-25s on creative music projects and artist development. 1000s of young people have been through the various programmes under his tenure with past alumni including Maya Jane Coles, Little Sims and Maverick Sabre.
More recently Gaydon completed an 18-month stint as Head of Programming for LW Theatres during which he doubled occupancy rates at The London Palladium though introducing a compelling programme of concerts, film, dance, comedy and family entertainment.
As a musician himself, Gaydon has played at music venues and festivals across the world and is highly passionate about music performance and practice with broad and varied tastes and extensive knowledge of many genres.

About Cheltenham Jazz Festival
In association with BBC Radio 2
5-10 May 2020
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is an international showcase for the best names in the jazz scene today alongside fresh new talent. The Festival has successfully reached out to new audiences, particularly young people, through its pioneering education programmes. Musicate is an ambitious primary school outreach programme devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals with the aim of inspiring a love of music to last a lifetime.

About Cheltenham Festivals
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a registered charity behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four inspirational festivals have been at the forefront of the UK’s cultural scene since the inaugural Music Festival in 1945.

The Jazz Standard, New York City, programme for November 2019.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

New York City jazz club The Jazz Standard has announced its programme for November 2019. Fully detailed schedule attached.

November at Jazz Standard

Bria Skonberg
Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim & João
Bill Frisell
Maria Schneider Orchestra

New York City, NY —JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout November. Rising–star trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg appears 11/1–11/3, and from 11/14–11/17 Brazilian singer/guitarist Vinicius Cantuária offers a special program of music by Antonio Carlos Jobim & João Gilberto. Guitarist Bill Frisell performs for five nights in three distinctive formats including trio (11/19–11/20), solo (11/21–11/22), and with his all–star group Harmony (11/23–11/24); and the Maria Schneider Orchestra returns to the bandstand on 11/26–11/27 and 11/29–12/1. Our “Mingus Mon­day” series contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, and 11/25. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of November per­form­ances at Jazz Standard, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit

ALL SHOW TIMES: 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
Train No. 6 to East 28th Street

Student Discounts restrictions apply
Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE and
an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Enjoy weekly Sunday lunch | Music 2-3:00 p.m. (doors open @ 1:00 p.m.) Tickets: Free

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
Artists and schedules are subject to change


11/1–11/3 Bria Skonberg CD Release
Bria Skonberg – trumpet, vocal
Patrick Bartley – saxophone
Ben Paterson – keys
Doug Wamble – guitar
Devin Starks – bass
Darrian Douglas – drums

Canadian–born and New York–based, the singer, trumpeter and composer Bria Skonberg has been de­scribed by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her genera­tion.” Her 2016 album Bria (Sony Masterworks/OKeh Records) won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top Five on the Billboard Jazz charts. She collaborated again with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi–GRAMMY Award winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony/OKeh album, With A Twist, released May 2017. In the spring of 2019, Skonberg joined the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour for a series of 26 concerts in 16 states and Canada, sharing the stage with such next–generation jazz peers as singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, and pianist Christian Sands. This Jazz Standard engagement celebrates a much–anticipated new album by this multi–talented musician. “Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day and the wholesome glow of youth.” (The New York Times)
Music Charge: $30

11/4 Mingus Big Band
The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band kicks off another month of our long–running “Mingus Monday” residency honoring the life and music of jazz legend Charles Mingus (1922–1979). “Melodies were pouring out of him, in the gospel–jazz mode of ‘Haitian Fight Song.’ ‘Better Get It In Your Soul’ and ‘Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting’ shared the ecstatic roots and a 6/8 rhythm that made them intoxi­cating. He caught the ferocity of a Baptist church, its call and response, its canons, its rippling rhythms as the congregation strove for rough unison of individuals rather than unanimity. He remade these ingredi­ents into improvised intensity.” – From Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro (2000, Oxford University Press)
Music Charge: $30

11/5 OASIS featuring Rez Abbasi & Isabelle Olivier
Rez Abbasi – acoustic guitar
Isabelle Olivier – harp & electronics
Sameer Gupta – tabla
Michael Sarin – drums

He (Rez Abbasi) is an award–winning American guitarist and composer whose 2017 album Unfiltered Universe was praised by DownBeat’s John Murph: “The music grabs hold of both your imagination and heart with equal alluring power. Rez Abbasi proves again to be more than a superb guitarist; he’s a clever conceptualist, too.” She (Isabelle Olivier) combines mastery of the concert harp with electronic experimentation, and is a past collaborator with musicians in 20 countries. Together, Abassi and Olivier have built on their successful duet performances by adding two gifted percussionists, Sameer Gupta (tabla) and Michael Sarin (drums), for what promises to be an exceptional and exciting evening of unclassifiable musical creativity. Make your reservations now to preview the group’s forthcoming Enja/Yellowbird album! 
Music Charge: $30

11/6–11/7 Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Soul Resurgence with Special Guest Big Chief Donald Harrison
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Donald Harrison – alto saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Mike King – keyboards
Ben Williams – bass
Mike Mitchell – drums

All of us at Jazz Standard are delighted to welcome Maurice “Mobetta” Brown back to the bandstand. Maurice’s talents have found him at home in three worlds – contemporary jazz, blues–rock and cutting–edge hip hop – with stage and recording credits that range from Aretha Franklin to Dr. Lonnie Smith. A 2011 GRAMMY Award winner for his contributions to the Tedeschi–Trucks Band’s debut album, Revelator, Maurice Brown arrives on our stage fresh from touring with Anderson Paak, at the helm of a true all–star band featuring alto sax dynamo Donald Harrison Jr. and vibes master Joel Ross. “Blessed with as much instrumental technique as improvisational imagination, as much jazz erudition as appetite for innovation, he does not fit neatly into anyone’s profile of how a rising jazz soloist sounds. He offers the enthusiasm of youth alongside the achievements of more seasoned musicians.” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)
Music Charge: $30

11/8–11/10 Kenny Werner Quartet CD Release
Kenny Werner – piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 Organ
Dave Liebman – tenor & soprano saxophones
Scott Colley – bass
Terri Lyne Carrington – drums

Kenny Werner founded his first trio in 1981 at a time when he also played piano and contributed tunes and arrangements for the Village Vanguard Orchestra (then led by drummer Mel Lewis). The pianist went on to write, record and perform with several premier European jazz ensembles, including the jazz orches­tras of Cologne, Stockholm, and Denmark; as a sideman, he recorded with Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Lou Rawls, just to name a few. In 2010, the Brooklyn native won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his Half Note Records CD No Beginning No End, an extended work utiliz­ing over 70 musicians; in 2017, he released a masterful trio recording, Animal Crackers. This week at Jazz Standard, Kenny Werner leads a true all–star band featuring saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington in a celebration of his Newvelle Records release Church On Mars. “Perfection. 360 degrees of soul and science in one human being. My kind of musician!” – Quincy Jones.
Music Charge: $35

11/11 Mingus Big Band
“I studied Bird’s creative vein with the same passion and understanding with which I’d studied the scores of my favorite classical composers, because I found a purity in his music that until then I had only found in classical music. Bird was the cause of my realization that jazz improvisation, as well as jazz composi­tion, is the equal of classical music if the performer is a creative person.” (Mingus, quoted in Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro)
Music Charge: $30

11/12 Michael Leonhart Orchestra CD Release
Michael Leonhart – conductor, trumpet
Philip Dizack, Jordan McLean, Billy Aukstik, Carter Yasutake – trumpet
Frank Cohen – trombone
Reggie Chapman – bass trombone
Dave Pietro – tenor saxophone
Jason Marshall – baritone saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
Pauline Kim – violin
Emily Hope Price – cello
Robbie Mangano – guitar
Ron Oswanski – accordion
Kevin Raczka – drums
Elizabeth Pupo–Walker – percussion
Daniel Freedman – percussion
Jazz Standard welcomes the electrifying Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) back to our bandstand for another evening of genre–crossing big–band modernism – and a celebration of the MLO’s new album Suite Extracts Vol. 1 (Sunnyside). This surprising collection finds the MLO playing other people’s material but in the Leonhart way — with widely disparate compositions ranging from Fela Kuti to Spinal Tap to Howlin’ Wolf to Ornette Coleman curated into suites, forming anarchic yet coherent thoughts on many of Leonhart’s chief musical passions. Suite Extracts Vol. 1 features notable guests Chris Potter, Nels Cline, Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Erik Friedlander and many others in the context of a vibrant and unclassifiable 20–piece ensemble. “I realized a long time ago that it’s not even about the music you play, it’s the spirit with which you approach it. To me that breaks down the barrier between pop, rock, funk, jazz, classical, abstract, musique concre?te — it’s all expression.” (Michael Leonhart)
Music Charge: $30

11/13 Dan Weiss Trio
Dan Weiss – drums
Jacob Sacks – piano
Thomas Morgan – bass

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the top five drummers in jazz, Dan Weiss’s innovative technique and forward–thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. With his piano trio, he’s released the albums Now Yes When (2006) and Timshel (2011), both critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endless creative improvisation. Weiss also leads a 16–piece large ensemble that features some of New York’s most gifted musicians; this group’s two Pi Recordings CDs, Fourteen (2014) and Sixteen: Drummers Suite (2016), have placed high on multiple critics’ polls. This special evening at Jazz Standard features the Dan Weiss Trio with Dan’s peerless partners in sonic exploration, pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan. Forthcoming releases include New Trio Plus 1recording with Sacks, Morgan, and bassist Eivind Opsvik; and a new duo recording by Dan Weiss with guitarist Miles Okazaki.
Music Charge: $30

11/14 – 11/17 Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim & João
Vinicius Cantuária – voice, guitar
Helio Alves – piano
Paul Sokolow – bass
Adriano Santos – drums
Dendê – percussion

Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária, now in the fifth decade of his professional career, is revered for his deeply personal adaptation of the bossa nova, integrating this classically Brazilian form with jazz, avant–garde and pop. On his 2015 album Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim, the artist performed songs from the catalog of the iconic composer including such lesser– known gems as “Caminhos Cruzados” and “Por Causa de Voce,” which Jobim composed in the late 1950s before the bossa nova craze hit the U.S. This week, Vinicius Cantuária revisits the songs of two Brazilian masters, Jobim and João Gilberto – don’t miss him! “Vinicius Cantuária is the doyen of Brazilian singer–songwriters – more melodic than Caetano Veloso, more consistent than Gilberto Gil, and with more talent than Max de Castro, Otto and Patricia Marx put together. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talk­ing about him as the new Tom Jobim.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian, 1.29.2014) 
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday & Saturday

11/18 Mingus Big Band
“By using his band like an artist uses color in his palette, treating it like a complex instrument and using it to think with, Mingus resembled the man he admired the most, Duke Ellington. The bassist brought back to modern jazz the right texture and variety of sound that had been so eroded by the rather predictable formula of bebop…Despite his fierce emotions, or perhaps because of them, Mingus created a more com­plex structure as a way of controlling feeling.” – From Jazz Greats by David Perry (1996, Phaidon Press Ltd.)
Music Charge: $30

11/19–11/24 Bill Frisell
“Stylistically unclassifiable and uncontainable by nature,” (The New Yorker), guitarist Bill Frisell returns to Jazz Standard for six nights of exploratory improvisation and spirit–lifting songs in three distinctive formats.

11/19–11/20 Bill Frisell Trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen
Bill Frisell – guitar
Tony Scherr – bass
Kenny Wollesen – drums

“The quiet Seattle maestro has become the Jimi Hendrix of contemporary music’s quirkier forms, revolu­tionizing the palette of the electric guitar, and inspiring artists from avant–rockers to electronic producers. One of his most empathic partnerships has been this occasional but long–matured trio with Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums.” (John Fordham, The Guardian, 7.18.2017)
Music Charge: $35

11/21–11/22 Bill Frisell Solo
Bill Frisell’s catalog has been cited by DownBeat as “the best recorded output of the decade,” and his 2018 solo guitar album Music IS (Sony Masterworks/OKeh Records) ranks among his best. All tracks were written by the artist: Some were newly composed for the date (“Change In The Air,” “What Do You Want”) while others were past classics reworked for solo performance (“Pretty Stars,” “Monica Jane”). “Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory.” (The Chicago Reader)
Music Charge: $35

11/23–11/24 Bill Frisell Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Luke Bergman
Bill Frisell – guitar
Petra Haden – voice
Hank Roberts – cello, voice
Luke Bergman – bass, guitar, voice

October 4, 2019, marked a special date in Bill Frisell’s long career: The release of Harmony, his first album as a leader for the fabled Blue Note label. Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, Harmony features an unusual quartet format focusing on harmony of the vocal sort, in which the gifted singer Petra Haden takes the lead but cellist Hank Roberts and guitarist/bassist Luke Bergman also chime in with vocals. (Frisell himself remains a staunch non–singer.) “If I think back throughout my whole life, all the music that I’ve loved, why can’t it all be there at the same time? You can play a Bob Dylan song and you can play a standard song or a Charlie Parker song, and they can fit together. Why not? There’s no reason why you can’t have ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Red River Valley’ on the same album. They’re both beautiful songs.” (Bill Frisell)
Music Charge: $35

11/25 Mingus Big Band
“Mingus craved acceptance, not in the sense of being paranoid, but he wanted affirmation. He knew that his music was not accepted by many, although some of the greatest moments I ever had in jazz were listening to him when his band was rolling.” – Rev. John Gensel, quoted in Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus by Gene Santoro.
Music Charge: $30

11/26–12/1 (Closed for thanksgiving 11/28) Maria Schneider Orchestra
Marking its 15th consecutive year, the annual Maria Schneider Orchestra Thanksgiving residency returns to our stage. For the past quarter–century, beginning with her orchestra’s debut album Evanescence (1994), composer/conductor Maria Schneider has developed a deeply personal way of writing for her 17–member collective; like Duke Ellington, she has tailored her compositions to highlight the individually expressive voices of her soloists. In July 2018, Maria Schneider was awarded the highest honor in jazz, as a recipient of the 2019 Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In late August of this year, Schneider and the orchestra began recording a new album entitled Data Lords. “These days, I feel my life greatly impacted by two very polarized worlds: the digital world, and the organic world,” says Maria Schneider. “While one world clamors desperately for our constant attention, the other really doesn’t need any of us at all. Amidst the noise and the clamoring, it now requires great effort for us to take real breaks from the digital world so that we can fully access the organic world that sustains us. Feel­ing both of these opposite worlds represented in my recent music, I have decided to make this a two-album release reflecting these two polar extremes.”
Music Charge: $40

ISQ “Requiem For The Faithful” UK tour 2019 - 20.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

ISQ, the quartet led by vocalist and songwriter Irene Serra, have released a new album "Requiem For The Faithful" and will be touring in the UK from September 2019 to May 2020. Schedule attached.

Irene Serra writes;

We will be releasing our 3rd album, “Requiem For The Faithful” on Friday 27th September and touring the UK. ISQ has had a change of personnel so now it’s Naadia Sheriff on piano and synth.


Monday 30th September - Single Launch - Orbit | Pizza Express Soho, London

Tuesday 8th October - St.Ives Jazz Club

Wednesday 9th October - The Flavel

Thursday 17th October - Hermon Chapel, Oswestry

Thursday 24th October - Jazz @ Future Inns, Bristol

Friday 25th October - Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton

Saturday 26th October - Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton

Thursday 21st November -  Concert Series | Royal Holloway University, Surrey

Sunday 27th November - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Wednesday 3rd December - Fougou Music, Torquay


Thursday 30th January | Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Friday 1st February | Peggy’s Skylight, Nottingham

Friday 21st February |Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-On-Thames

Tuesday 3rd March | Parr Jazz, Liverpool

Friday 29th May | Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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


Now available on

Marstrander Trio - Old Times, Beautiful Boy (Losen)

Sketchbook Orchestra - Ungatz (ORF)

Quentin Collins Sextet - Road Warrior (Ubuntu)

Thomas Grimmonprez Quartet - Big Wheel (Outnote Records)

Enrico Fazio Critical Mass - Wabi Sabi (Leo)

Pago Libre - Cinemagique 2.0 (Leo)

Pyjaen - Debut Album - Deep Matter

Leo Richardson – Move - Ubuntu

Shahin Novrasli - From Baku to New York - Jazz Village

Ahmed Jamal – Ballades – Jazz Village

Krokofant - Q - Runegrammofon

Klaus Paier & Asja Valcic - Visions for two - ACT

Petter Eldh - Koma Saxo - wejazz

Tini Thompsen’ s Maxsax – Shift - 393 records


European Modern Jazz on the radio; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT at any time

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)




BBC’s Autumn Jazz Highlights Unveiled.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The BBC recently unveiled a number of new jazz programmes at the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

BBC’s Autumn Jazz Highlights Unveiled

The BBC today unveiled a number of jazz programmes at the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The initiatives include swathes of BBC Radio 3 content including a 6 hour overnight jazz takeover, a jazz collection on BBC Sounds, a partnership with Jazz FM which will see BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds broadcast Jazz FM content for the first time and Jazz FM to share key recordings from BBC Radio 3. There will also be a new jazz programme focussing on the emerging scene presented by composer and arranger Corey Mwamba, and high profile artist portraits on television including a seminal new feature documentary on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson for BBC Two.

As part of the BBC’s commitment to showcasing the outer fringes of jazz, BBC Radio 3 will be launching a brand new programme, Freeness, a showcase for cutting edge improvised music in all its forms, linking the freedom-oriented roots of jazz to the vibrant underground scenes of the UK and beyond. The programme will be presented by Derby-based vibraphone player and composer Corey Mwamba and will appear on Saturday nights from the 2nd November.

BBC Radio 3 will also be joining forces with Bauer Media for the first time in a unique partnership between commercial radio and public service. Shared content will appear on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, and whilst the two stations have collaborated before with a digital pop-up BBC Music Jazz, this will be the first time BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting content from Jazz FM on the network, with Jazz FM similarly sharing Radio 3 content from recorded concerts with their audiences in a reciprocal deal.

James Purnell Director of Radio and Education commented: “As a jazz lover myself, I’m very proud of our track record in supporting the jazz scene and we are keen to ensure we are playing our part in its future too through a jazz collection on Sounds and a plethora of new programmes and partnerships. I’m delighted we’ll be working once again with our friends at Jazz FM, and their owner Bauer Media for the first time, to share content this EFG London Jazz festival, ensuring as many people as possible can discover great jazz programming.”

Nick Pitts at Jazz FM commented: “Jazz is all about collaboration and continually smashing boundaries, so it’s great for Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 to be breaking new ground once again, working closely with each other coming together for the love of jazz to share this music with our audiences everywhere!”

Other upcoming jazz content includes Radio 3 broadcasts from the EFG London Jazz Festival opening gala concert, Jazz Voice, and new for this year there will be a two hour J-Z event at RIBA hosted by Jumoké Fashola. Other content includes a ‘Jazz Fix’ programme presented by Tina Edwards which will suggest a playlist for a public figure, encouraging them to fall in love with jazz for the first time.

A special six hour overnight show as part of BBC Radio 3’s London Jazz Festival programming, will see the station transform the late night schedule into a heady mix of jazz including the best concerts from around Europe, BBC music content linked to the London Jazz Festival and sessions from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artists.

BBC Radio 2 will cover the London Jazz Festival through The Jamie Cullum Jazz Show, inviting a range of live jazz festival guests to perform on the programme. All of the BBC Radio content will appear on BBC Sounds and a dedicated ‘jazz collection’ will be created in order to make the content easy to find and available on demand.

Meanwhile Head of BBC Music Television Commissioning, Jan Younghusband, confirmed that some of the UK’s emerging jazz artists will be reflected in the new run of Later with Jools Holland on BBC Two. BBC Two and BBC Four will also schedule a number of high profile new television documentaries this autumn. Highlights include a seminal programme on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson with a London Jazz Festival screening on 16th November 2019. The programme features unseen archive and contributions from greats like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter amongst others. There will also be a BBC Four film on Bluenote by Sophie Huber. Whilst for next year a Billie Holliday programme has been commissioned and it has also been confirmed that the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician on BBC Four is to be held at the London Jazz Festival in 2020.

Commenting on the television jazz commitment, Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning said: “Jazz is a key part of the television music programming mix – we’re pleased to play a vital role in finding the talent of the future whilst also bringing new perspectives to musical legends through incredible access documentaries. Jazz lovers new and old are in for a treat.”

New Jazz Club for Kidderminster.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Vocalist Annette Gregory is starting a new jazz club in Kidderminster. Events will take place monthly in Kidderminster Town Hall commencing on October 3rd 2019 with a performance by Wendy Kirkland.

Club organiser Anette Gregory writes;

I am starting a new Jazz Club in the Kidderminster Area.

The date will be the 3rd Oct 2019 -
Opening show will be - Wendy Kirkland
Kidderminster Jazz Club will be on once a month
I have the wonderful and full support of the district council supporting me
It will be at the Kidderminster Town Hall.

Kidderminster Jazz Club
Kidderminster Town Hall DY10 1DE.

More details at

Alison Rayner Quintet - new album and UK live dates 2019/20.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ) will release their new album "Short Stories" on October 25th 2019. They will be touring in extensively in the UK from September 2019 to May 2020. Press release attached

We have received the following press release;

Released 25th October 2019

ARQ release Short Stories – their 3rd album – in October 2019. ‘ARQ’ are a renowned and widely celebrated group with decades of experience at the forefront of the international jazz scene. Their long list of accolades include winning ‘Ensemble Of The Year’ award at the prestigious 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the People’s Vote for ‘Best Small Group’ at the 2018 British Jazz Awards. Now they return with a brand new album and an extensive series of UK live dates.

ARQ’s music combines richly nuanced compositions, rhythmic interplay and folk-tinged melodies. Along with their love of improvisation, this creates a compelling and coherent whole, creating a strong sense of narrative and cinematic quality. ARQ are known for their vibrant, communicative performances, so remaining accessible and appealing to those who appreciate a range of genres.

The new album Short Stories is available in CD, digital and vinyl formats, released on Blow the Fuse Records and distributed by Proper Music.

As Rayner says: ‘My music is allegorical and I write songs without words about experiences, places and feelings. Short Stories was inspired by the sudden losses of three young people within close family and friends. Their stories were too short but through my music I want to celebrate the joy they brought to our lives.’

As the co-founder of artist development partnership ‘Blow The Fuse’, Rayner has promoted jazz events and touring, also producing records on Blow the Fuse Records. Blow the Fuse have played a crucial role in promoting women jazz musicians for over 30 years: their critically acclaimed series in recent years Tomorrow the Moon has providing many emerging women jazz artists with the support, space and opportunity to perform.

Rayner has played on around 30 albums and performed with artists such as American guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez and UK players such as Jean Toussaint, Ian Shaw and John Etheridge.

ARQ have been awarded funding by both the Arts Council and the PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music Fund, both glowing endorsements and further testament to the quality and ability of the group. Short Stories is an imaginative and accomplished body of work, destined to be enjoyed by jazz and discerning music lovers alike.

2019 Live Dates:

September 29                 Albany Empire                         LONDON

September 30                 Ashburton Live                       DEVON

October 1             St Ives Jazz Club                       CORNWALL

October 5             NC Jazz                                 NORTHANTS

October 11           Bracknell Jazz Club                   BERKSHIRE

October 12           Marsden Jazz Festival                 YORKSHIRE

October 13           Leeds Jazz                               YORKSHIRE

November 8         Wakefield Jazz Club                   YORKSHIRE

November 9           The Verdict                             BRIGHTON

November 15                 Kings Place (Jazz Festival Launch)      LONDON

December 19         Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall     HERTS


February 26           Pizza Express Jazz Soho               LONDON

March 12               Jazz Coventry                         MIDLANDS

March 13               Birmingham Jazz Club                 MIDLANDS

March 14               Shrewsbury Hive                       SHROPSHIRE

March 31               Liverpool Parr Jazz                     MERSEYSIDE

April 1                 Sheffield Lescar                       YORKSHIRE

April 2                 Nottingham Bonington Theatre       NOTTS

April 3                 Derby Jazz                             DERBYSHIRE

May 3                   Colchester Arts Centre             ESSEX

ARQ are: Alison Rayner (double Bass), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Steve Lodder (piano), Buster Birch (drums / percussion).

Short Stories
Recorded by Chris Lewis at Livingston Studio 1, London
Mixed by Chris Lewis
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks
Produced by Alison Rayner & Deirdre Cartwright
Released on Blow the Fuse Records BTF1914
Distributed by Proper Music

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge 2019 Recipients Announced.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Ivors Academy has announced the first round of recipients collecting a Gold Badge, which takes place at The Savoy in London on 11 October. Award winners include jazz pianist Nikki Iles.

We have received the following press release;


Ceremony will celebrate outstanding contributors to the music creator community

Chris Philips, Nikki Iles and Odaline de la Martinez amongst those recognised

Broadcaster Edith Bowman to host ceremony

September 2019:
The Ivors Academy has announced the first round of recipients collecting a Gold Badge, which takes place at The Savoy in London on 11 October. The 2019 ceremony will be hosted by broadcaster Edith Bowman.

The event, now in its 46th year, is presented by the songwriting and composing community and celebrates exceptional talent in the UK music industry; individuals who inspire or support creativity and the professional lives of The Ivors Academy members. Contributions from right across the industry will be acknowledged from the worlds of music publishing, production and broadcasting, to champions of urban, dance, jazz and contemporary classical music.

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge recipients for 2019 are:

Odaline de la Martinez, distinguished composer and conductor and Artistic Director of Lontano ensemble

Jane Dyball, major music publishing influencer and former CEO of the MPA Group

Olga FitzRoy, award-winning engineer and mixer and dedicated campaigner for self-employed families, fronted by ‘#SelfieLeave’ Bill

Nikki Iles, critically acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator

Omar Lye-Fook MBE, leading icon of British soul music, prolific singer, songwriter and artist

Thalia Myers, exceptional pianist and teacher who is a powerful advocate of new music

Trevor Nelson MBE, multi-Award winning broadcaster and champion of urban music

Chris Philips, highly respected broadcaster who has dedicated himself to the promotion of Jazz in the UK

Lohan Presencer, pioneer of electronic music and culture, Chairman of the Ministry of Sound Group

Vanessa Reed, dedicated to supporting and improving conditions for composers, artists and music organisations. President & CEO of New Music USA and former CEO of PRS Foundation. This is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of The Ivors Academy has said:
“For over 45 years we have presented Gold Badges to acknowledge those who have enriched and inspired the music creator community. The Ivors Academy is honoured to celebrate this diverse group of truly remarkable individuals, and pay tribute to their influence as highly influential champions of songwriters and composers in the UK.”

The Ivors Academy Gold Badge is sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music. They take place at The Savoy in London from 11.30 to 16.30 on Friday 11 October, beginning with a drinks reception and followed by a three course lunch and afternoon presentation.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or follow us @IvorsAcademy


Europe-wide support for next generation of jazz stars launched in Scotland.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival are joining with Europe’s leading jazz teaching institutions & festivals as part of a new artist development programme.

We have received the following press release;

Europe-wide support for next generation of jazz stars launched in Scotland by top festivals and music educators

A new generation of world-class jazz musicians training in Scotland are at the forefront of an ambitious new Europe-wide artist development programme unveiled today (5 September).

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (EJBF) are joining with Europe’s leading jazz teaching institutions and festivals in a ground-breaking initiative that will see Scotland’s top young Jazz musicians study and perform in Germany, Norway, and Italy, as well as bringing some of Europe’s best young artists come to Scotland to play and learn.

The Jazz Workshop is a three-year programme funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Plus initiative. This is the largest project of its kind which aims to build connections between leading music schools and festivals, bringing together education and the professional jazz industry in talent development.

The partners – top music schools and conservatoires from Parma, Hamburg, Nuremberg, and Oslo, plus Nuejazz, Elbjazz, Parma Frontiere, and Oslo Jazz Festivals - are in Scotland today to mark the start of this important moment in the development of jazz in Europe.

The ambitious initiative’s aims include creating new repertoire, developing greater synergy between emerging musicians and professional jazz scene and enhancing international collaborations. 

Professor Tommy Smith, OBE, Head of Jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said:
“Jazz, by its very nature, is the essence of collaboration and breaking down borders so I’m delighted that Scotland’s jazz community of teachers, young artists along with its top festival are coming together in this brilliant way with our European counterparts.
“There have been waves of young jazz artists emerging from Scotland, England and other parts of Europe journeying through our RCS programme since 2009, and now exciting times are here to see many of them realise their dreams and being promoted at our festivals and clubs.”

Roger Spence, Producer, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, said:
“Scotland is producing a wealth of world-class jazz musicians and we’re absolutely delighted to be part of this ground-breaking opportunity to help them and their European contemporaries develop and shine on the international stage.
“This is a much-welcome investment in the future of jazz here in Scotland and across Europe and it’s going to be a real pleasure for me personally and for audiences in Scotland to play a part in nurturing the next generation of exciting jazz musicians.
“In 40 years of promoting jazz in Scotland, there has never been such a group of extraordinarily-talented musicians coming through at the same time and the Royal Conservatoire is to be credited for the role it’s playing in nurturing and developing talent, as are the range of organisations across the country who are working with primary and secondary school-age young people and introducing them to the artistry and pleasure of jazz.”

One of the most exciting aspects of Scotland’s contemporary cultural landscape has been the emergence of a group of hugely talented young jazz musicians. Even in their early twenties, a number of them are major figures on the Scottish jazz scene, attracting large audiences at festivals and clubs and making strides into the international market.

They include Fergus McCreadie and Matt Carmichael, from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s highly-acclaimed Jazz programme.

Pianist Fergus McCreadie celebrated his 22nd birthday leading his trio in a packed concert at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (EJBF), his fifth consecutive year as a leader at the festival. His trio has already performed at Oslo Jazz Festival and headlined at high profile clubs and concerts in Estonia, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania, as well as all over Scotland and England. This autumn they play headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s in London and Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Saxophonist Matt Carmichael is 20 and recently completed his second year at RCS. He also headlined a show at EJBF this year and his quartet play the respected Latitude Festival then tour in England including a performance at Kansas Smitty’s in London in September.

EJBF has also announced talent development projects funded by the Scottish Government and Edinburgh City Council’s Place programme, which will link young Scottish musicians with peers from Norway and Belgium over the next few months.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is consistently recognised as one of the world’s top performing arts education institutions (QS World University Rankings), endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.
Building on its roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has become one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education institutions, offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, production, film and education. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout its innovative curriculum.
More than 1200 students are currently pursuing degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland across its specialisms. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland works in partnership with all of the national artistic companies to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is number one in Scotland for graduate employability (Higher Education Statistics Agency (2016/17) with 99.2% of graduates in employment or further education (or both) six months after graduating.
Located in the heart of Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is also a busy performing arts venue; it hosts more than 600 public performances each year and welcomes an audience of more than 50,000 annually.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland teaches more than 3000 part-time learners every year through its Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning departments, as well as national widening access programmes.

Edinburgh Jazz Festival was established in 1978 by banjo-player and guitarist, Mike Hart. Mike’s initial focus was on traditional jazz and a host of events taking place for free admission in pubs. By the mid-80s the Festival had added ticketed events, and had broadened its musical policy to encompass swing and mainstream jazz and occasionally some more modern groups.
A Princes Street parade was launched and free events in the Grassmarket and Princes Street Gardens. A blues weekend centred on the Caledonian Brewery in Slateford was added. The administration became professional and significant sponsorship, especially from brewery companies, helped the Festival to present many major international names from the worlds of classic and swing jazz. Amongst the regular visitors were Buddy Tate, Warren Vache, The Black Eagles Jazz Band and the Hot Antic Jazz Band.
From the Festival’s commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the “star system”) and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.

Labelled as “the most exciting new talent to emerge from Scotland in a decade” (Jazz Scotland), the Fergus McCreadie Trio is poised to take a place as one of Jazz’s most compelling outfits. Comprising McCreadie on piano, David Bowden on bass and Stephen Henderson on drums, the music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music. The compositions are new, fresh and exciting - but they also strike that point of familiarity for a listener that can make them seem like songs they have known since childhood. Improvisational freedom clashes with the rugged beauty of Scottish landscape to create a space where an audience can languish in the vivid imagery of Scotland’s scenery while also being challenged by the unpredictable nature of improvised music. Particularly notable about the trio is their deep empathy and connection with one another - the band have a group dynamic that can only be achieved through years of playing, performing and recording together.
In 2018, the trio released their debut album, Turas (Scottish Gaelic for Journey) to rave reviews. The album features eight original compositions, designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of the band’s native land. From the West Hebrides to the East Neuk of Fife, the music paints an evocative picture of the landscapes it has taken inspiration from. The Scotsman described the album as “Erik Satie on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” while famous magazine JazzWise labelled the trio as “simply outstanding”. The strength of the album was affirmed at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, where the trio were awarded the prize for Best Album. McCreadie, Bowden and Henderson are also awards winners in their own right - McCreadie is a winner of the Best Instrumentalist at the Scottish Jazz Awards, while Bowden is a former Young Scottish Jazz Musician and Henderson named “one to watch” by JazzWise.
In 2019, the trio embarked upon their first international tour - their 18 concerts took them to Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ronnie Scott’s in London, as well as across Scotland. Future plans include more dates in Autumn (including a performance at Stockholm Jazz Festival), and another album in 2020.

Matt Carmichael is a tenor/alto saxophonist and composer originally from the highlands of Scotland. He began playing saxophone aged 11 and was introduced to jazz music a few years later by teacher Allon Beauvoisin. He was inspired to take music more seriously after hearing Scottish groups such as Brass Jaw, SNJO and TSYJO.
Matt is studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has performed with the JM World Jazz Orchestra, The Mark Hendry Octet, NYJO, Tom Mcguire and the Brassholes, Fergus McCreadie, Paul Harrison, Jonny Mansfield and many more. Performing highlights to date include Newport Jazz Festival USA, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Latitude Festival, Love Supreme, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Celtic Connections.
Matt composes his own music influenced by jazz and folk which has had radio play on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and BBC Scotland.

Gregory Porter announces thirteen date UK tour - May 2020.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter is to undertake a thirteen date UK tour during May 2020, including four consecutive nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

MAY 2020

With four nights at the Royal Albert Hall

Gregory Porter, international best selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour - which takes in four nights at the historic Royal Albert Hall – May 19/20/22 & 23.

Tickets go on sale 9.00am – Friday 6th September.

With his irresitible warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums ‘Liquid Spirit’  and ‘Take Me To The Alley’.


MAY 2020

9 - Manchester Arena

10 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

11 - Leeds First Direct Arena

13 - Glasgow SEC Hydro

14 - Newcastle Utilita Arena

16 - Birmingham Resorts World Arena

17 - Hull Bonus Arena

19/20/22&23 - London Royal Albert Hall

25 -Bournemouth International Centre

26 -Brighton Centre

London ticket prices:  £45 - £75 with box seats at £90

Regionally ticket prices are:  £60, £50 & £42.50

Tickets available from the venues direct or the 24 hour ticket hotline – 0844 888 9991

Gregory Porter, launched last month, ‘The Hang’, a brand new ten week podcast series, where you will be able to listen to Porter’s warming speaking voice on a weekly basis, where he sits down with distinguished guests from the fields of art and entertainment.

Porter, released his first ever live album in 2018: ‘One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’, to critical acclaim.

They don’t come much cooler than Gregory Porter… a tour not to be missed.

Chris Barber retires after 65 years as a top band leader and pioneer of blues in Britain.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;


The Big Chris Barber Band will carry on as a tribute to his rich musical legacy.

Trombonist/bandleader Chris Barber has announced his permanent retirement from full-time music after leading his internationally popular band since 1954. His original small group initially played in jazz clubs but by the late 50s became an attraction in large concert halls throughout the UK and Europe.

Chris Barber’s Jazz Band first toured the USA in 1959 after having a million-selling hit with Petite Fleur that year, featuring clarinetist Monty Sunshine.

Barber’s passion for Afro-American music brought many American blues and gospel legends to Britain who appeared with his band, including Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Louis Jordan, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Together with his business partner Harold Pendleton, Chris opened the celebrated Marquee Club in London in 1958 where many British blues performers were first showcased including Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and The Rolling Stones.

Chris Barber’s influence on the European music scene has been an extremely significant one, ranging from traditional jazz to Chicago blues, always played with great dedication to the music he loved. In fact, Barber led a band for more years than his hero Duke Ellington, who achieved a mere half-century!

Now that Chris has retired, The Big Chris Barber Band will carry on as a tribute to his rich musical legacy.

Born in Welwyn, Hertfordshire in 1930, Chris became an avid collector of jazz and blues records before buying his first trombone at age 18 and formed a semi-professional band in 1949 when he recorded for the first time. He studied trombone and double-bass at the Guildhall School of Music and assembled his first professional band in 1953, fronted by trumpeter Ken Colyer. Colyer was replaced by Pat Halcox in 1954 who remained with Barber for 54 years.

Chris also featured a skiffle group with singer/guitarist Lonnie Donegan, which led to a national craze for such blues-based music. The powerful blues singer Ottilie Patterson, who later married Chris, starred with his band for 20 years.

Over the years Barber successfully developed his Jazz and Blues Band and, due to his love of Duke Ellington’s music, in recent times he augmented his personnel and renamed it The Big Chris Barber Band featuring many talented young musicians, bringing a new lease of life to his music and touring widely. The band recorded prolifically over the years in its many forms with numerous special guests.

Barber was awarded the OBE in 1991. His autobiography Jazz Me Blues, co-written with Alyn Shipton, appeared in 2014.

The double album “Memories of My Trip” featuring his career-spanning collaborations with other jazz, blues, skiffle and gospel luminaries is being re-issued in CD format 11th October by The Last Music Company.


Watch: Chris Barber with Andy Fairweather Low and Jools Holland

At the time of writing, quotes were available from:

“There is no more important musician in my life than Chris. Nobody has done more to shape the musical scene that I am part of than Chris. I was lucky enough to tour as a guest with Chris and his great band. I will continue to tell people about the importance of his musical footprint. You’ve done more than enough Chris…time to sit back and pass the baton on.”

“Chris Barber’s influence on British popular music, be it through playing jazz, creating skiffle or promoting R&B, has been immense. His role in inspiring the world-beating British groups of the 1960s cannot be overestimated.”

“I used to see Chris regularly when he came to Manchester with his band in the early Fifties and it is amazing that he’s continued to entertain worldwide fans throughout so many years. Ever since those early days he has always been a good and supportive friend to me and his legion of fans. I was sorry to hear that he is retiring from live performances and I sincerely wish him well. We will miss him entertaining us with his
unique trombone playing and leadership.”

“There’s a short path from Chris Barber’s front door to the first British rock records and my first musical passion, Lonnie Donegan. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was Chris playing bass on Donegan’s ‘Rock Island Line’, which turned out to be inspirational for so many British rockers. Chris Barber’s contribution has been immense, and I salute him”

“Without Chris Barber, the sum total of Britain’s contribution to popular music would be ‘Green Door’ by Frankie Vaughan.”

“From ‘Rock Island Line’ until today, Chris Barber has always been like a father- figure to me; I cherish the times when he invited me to sing and play with his band – and when he returned the compliment by gracing (or, as he liked to put it, ‘infesting’) the stage or recording-studio with The Blues Band. An inspiration and a role-model; thank you, Chris!”

“Chris Barber’s work in so many areas of jazz, blues and popular music since the end of the Second World War has been immense and often criminally underrated. It is very sad to hear that he is retiring from live performances which he continued to give with energy and panache until well into his ninth decade. He achieved great success and popularity during his long career but few of his stature have had such an influence on the development of British music across so many styles and generations.”

Artist website

Label website


Peter Slavid - ‘Modern Jazz from UK and Europe’ playlist.

Friday, August 02, 2019

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

Peter Slavid writes;

I’ve been away for a few days, so this week there are two weekly shows together, now available at

Previously broadcast on Target Radio, Pure Beat Radio, CAB Muzik Radio and Vibesquad radio.  Sadly has now closed ????

Monk Spent Youth - Monk Spent Youth - F-IRE

Johnny Mansfield – Elftet – Edition

Pozak Trio – Kintsugi - Losen

Rob Cope - Gods of Apollo - Ubuntu

Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann - The Change -Rainy Days

Yves Theiler Trio – WE - Intakt

Rosario Bonaccorso Quartet - A new Home - Jando Music

Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity - To whom who buys a record - Odin

Bushman’s Revenge - Et hån mot overklassen - Hubro

Christophe Rocher’s New Origin - New Origin - Nautilus

Aki Takase – Hokusai - Intakt

Giuseppi Campisi - A traveler point of View - Alfa Music

Okan Ersan – Nibiru - self

Per Mathisen Sounds of 3 – Edition2 - Losen

Rebecca Nash - Peaceful King - Whirlwind

Timo Lassy & Teppo Mäkynen - 13 compositions - WePlayJazz

Johnny Mansfield – Elftet – Edition

European Modern Jazz on the radio; at any time (from the previous week) 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 alternate Sunday 6pm (rptd Weds) Sundays 7pm Sunday 5am EDT

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 North introduces Yaatri.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Jazz North is giving one emerging band the chance to showcase their music at six leading jazz festivals in the north. Yaatri, from Leeds, are the latest beneficiaries of Jazz North's Introduces scheme

We have received the following press release;


Jazz North is giving one emerging band the chance to showcase their music at six leading jazz festivals in the north. Yaatri, based in Leeds, are the latest beneficiaries of Jazz North Introduces, a scheme which will offer them high-profile exposure at festivals in Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool, Gateshead, Manchester and Durham, alongside career support and promotion.

The band was selected from a wide range of applications after impressing a selection panel of festival directors, professional musicians, promoters and educators who prioritised musical excellence in musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential. “The music of Yaatri is technically accomplished but with a sensitive musical spirit,” explains panel member Neil Campbell, Artistic Director of Liverpool International Jazz Festival.
“The band’s compositions are performed with great subtlety and taste and boast wonderfully distinctive and beautiful vocals. Compositionally it seems to me there is a clear sense of purpose in the bands fusing of atmospheric jazz with rhythmic and melodic ideas from Indian classical music.”

A genre crossing quintet, Yaatri blend complex composition and ethereal soundscapes. The influences of the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, give their music a strong sense of purpose and journey.

Applications for Jazz North Introduces were open to bands at an emerging stage in their career, with a commitment to living, working or studying in the north of England.

Yaatri will also receive a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, professional mentoring, a photo-shoot and assistance in creating
an electronic press kit.

Jazz North | 0300 800 5299 | | @jazz_north |

Jazz North is the jazz development agency in the north of England funded by Arts Council England as a sector support organisation. Established in 2012, it has a ground-breaking approach to supporting and nurturing jazz across the north. Jazz North uses the power of collective partnership working to build networks between musicians, educators, promoters and venues, to grow audiences for jazz and to inspire children and young people to make music:

More about Yaatri can be found on the band’s Facebook page:

Jazz North’s partners in Jazz North Introduces are:
DJazz Festival
Gateshead Jazz
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Liverpool International Jazz Festival
Manchester Jazz Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Leeds College of Music

Jazz North Introduces Festival Showcases:
Lancaster Jazz Festival – September 2019
Marsden Jazz Festival - October 2019
Liverpool International Jazz Festival – February 2020
Gateshead Jazz – March 2020
Manchester Jazz Festival – May 2020
DJazz Festival – June 2020

Paul Booth - new album and UK tour dates 2019/20.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Saxophonist and composer Paul Booth will release a new quartet album, "Travel Sketches", on August 30th 2019. He will also play a series of UK tour dates stretching from August 2019 into spring 2020.

We have received the following press release from Ubuntu Music;


Paul Booth
Ubuntu Music – UBU0034
Album release: Friday 30 August 2019

Album launch: 27 August 2019
Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London
& concert dates (see below)

“Paul Booth’s compositions on Travel Sketches have a great sense of flow.  It’s all so frictionless and natural, there’s nothing of that feeling of effortfully ‘playing over the changes’.”
Sebastian Scotney – Editor, LondonJazz News

Internationally renowned saxophonist Paul Booth returns to his roots with a stylish new album of original compositions.  Travel Sketches features leading musicians Steve Hamilton on keyboards, Dave Whitford on double bass and Andrew Bain on drums.  “We are friends who make music together.  There’s an empathy when we play, unspoken directions that lead us to constantly re-interpret the music we are playing,” explains Booth.  “The album was recorded one afternoon in a live playing situation and most of the tracks were first takes.  I really wanted my compositions to feel as though they were written by the whole band and somehow, I think we achieved this.”

Travel Sketches was inspired primarily by places Booth visited whilst on tour with different artists.  “I wrote ‘Seattle Fall’ one rainy autumn day, during a tour with Steve Winwood. Looking for solitude in a Seattle theatre, I found a beautiful old piano and the inspiration was set.”  Along with ‘Seattle Fall’ and ‘Tuscan Charm‘, a tune evokes the delights of Tuscany following a lengthy Italian tour,  Peter Gabriel’s ‘Don’t Give Up’ has been chosen as a single release.  “It has been played many times at our gigs and will typically close an evening. It is my hope that the listener leaves with a sense of self and hope.  The positive message, woven in with my own interpretation, will hopefully trigger or—dare I say it—INSPIRE the ideals and ethics of future generations,” says Booth.  “In order to succeed…Don’t give up on the hard work it takes. The life you can live through music is the most fulfilling and rewarding life. Trust me, I’m living it now!”



Aug 27 - Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London (album launch)

Sept 6 - The Verdict, Brighton

Oct 16 - Flute & Tankard, Cardiff (Cardiff Jazz)

Oct 24 - Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham

Oct 25 - Cork Jazz Festival, Ireland

Dec 2 - NQ Jazz @ The Whiskey Jar, Manchester


March 27 - International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Canterbury (featuring the Festival Chamber Orchestra)

May 14 – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

May 27 – Fougou Jazz, Torbay, Devon

Paul will also be performing music from the album with the La Havana house band:
August 30 2019 - La Havana Jazz Club @ Coastguard Studios, Southsea
October 11 2019 - La Havana Jazz Club, Chichester

Paul Booth:
From his early acclaim as a prize-winning saxophonist Paul Booth has continually refined and expanded his talents as a solo artist, composer, arranger and bandleader, whilst establishing an elite reputation as a first-call sideman for major contemporary music artists.  He has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Riverdance, Warren Haynes, Marti Pellow, Derek Trucks, Eddie Henderson, Geoffrey Keezer, Clarence Penn and Ingrid Jensen. He has worked with Incognito, Brand New Heavies, The BBC Big Band, Jamiroquai and the Eagles.  Booth currently performs with the Patchwork Project, featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Giorgio Serci, Rod Youngs, Davide Mantovani & Satin Singh; the Bansangu Orchestra which he co-founded with Giorgio Serci and Kevin Robinson and an organ trio with Ross Stanley and Andrew Bain.

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

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Laura Mvula to receive honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Laura Mvula, the acclaimed British singer & composer, will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University at a ceremony on 23rd July 2019, marking her outstanding contribution to music.

We have received the following press release;


- Birmingham’s ‘richness and diversity’ and the ‘wonderfully inspiring’ Royal Birmingham Conservatoire both contributed to the Ivor Novello award winner’s formative years in music

- The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumna’s song ‘Sing to the Moon’ will feature in the BBC Last Night of the Proms concert this year, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

- Birmingham native is already Birmingham City University Alumna of the Year 2014 and was nominated for the Brit Critic’s Choice Award in 2013 and nominated for the Mercury Prize twice in 2013 and 2016

Laura Mvula, the acclaimed British singer and composer, will receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University at a ceremony this month, marking her outstanding contribution to music.

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire composition graduate and city native is set to receive the honour from the University’s Chancellor and fellow Midlander Sir Lenny Henry before an audience of music and art graduands at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Tuesday 23 July (from 2.30pm).

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Laura said, “I’m humbled and delighted to be receiving such an immense honour. From primary school through to Conservatoire studies, Birmingham - with its richness and diversity - was the soil in which the seeds of my formative years of music were sown. The Conservatoire gave me the tools and confidence to experiment and express myself. It’s incredible to think that from this wonderfully inspiring place, so many amazing opportunities have been mine and I have developed into the artist I am today - and am still growing. I’m so grateful.”

Recognised as one of the brightest musical talents to emerge from the city in recent years, following a place on the Brits Critic’s Choice Award shortlist Laura achieved mainstream global success in 2013 with the release of breakout single ‘Green Garden’ and debut album Sing to the Moon that year, landing her first of two Mercury Prize nominations.

The songwriter and musician’s unique exploration of jazz, R&B, soul and pop – drawing on her classical training at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - produced a now Gold-certified work described as ‘bewitchingly beautiful’, ‘the fanfare arrival of a unique new voice’ and ‘an extraordinary sensation of light, air, and space’ by international music critics.

Laura has gone on to record, perform and collaborate with some of the biggest names in contemporary and classical music including Niles Rogers, Tom Odell, London Symphony Orchestra, Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkestra – including a concert as part of the BBC Proms – and released second album The Dreaming Room in 2016.

Crowned MOBO Best Female Act and Best R&B Act 2013, Birmingham City University Alumna of the Year in 2014, and Ivor Novello Album Award winner in 2017, the 32-year-old laid foundations for her career following her graduation from the prestigious Conservatoire as a member of a capella group Black Voices and in the role as director of Lichfield Community Gospel Choir.

In 2018, the world premiere of a new Laura Mvula work ‘Like A Lion’ at BBC Proms, which set three poems by the Nigerian poet and novelist to a gospel-inspired collection of three pieces of music, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike. Later that year, Laura performed in the world class Symphony Hall as the special guest of singer, musician and producer David Byrne.

The Birmingham City University alumna’s song ‘Sing to the Moon’, taken from her 2013 debut album, will feature in the 2019 Last Night of the Proms concert, with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert will be broadcast across BBC One and Two.

Peter Slavid’s European Jazz Hour - Playlist for week of 7th July 2019.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

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

Peter Slavid writes;

My radio show is now broadcast weekly at the following times; 91.8 FM – West London Community Radio Sundays 12.00 Weekdays at 3pm (UK time) Weekends at 6pm (NZ time) alternate Sunday 6pm Sundays 7pm Monday and Weds midnight Eastern Time

Last week’s show, now available at any time at

Playlist for week of 7th July 2019;

Max Petersen Trio - Divine Traces - QFTF

Zwitschermaschine - System for Us - WhyplayJazz

Elephant 9 - Psychedelic Backfire I - RuneGrammofon

Mikael Mani Trio – Bobby - Smekkleysa

Mondongo – Gastromantic - UR Records

Partisans – Nit-de-Nit - Whirlwind

Liam Noble - The Long Game - Edition

Zhenya Strigalev & Federico Dannemann - The Change - Rainy Days

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)

Scottish jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith to be presented with OBE .

Monday, July 01, 2019

Tommy Smith is to be presented with an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 2nd 2019 at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh. His thoughts about receiving this honour are attached.

Tommy Smith writes;

Scottish Jazz Saxophonist Tommy Smith to be presented with OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 2nd at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh

At the age of 52, you can’t help contemplate, if you’ve done enough for your country. I certainly have had a very stagnated career since focusing on the SNJO from 1995 to present, Spartacus Records in 2000, my youth orchestra from 2002, the Scottish Jazz Federation, the RCS jazz programme in 2009, and its adjacent Summer jazz school.

Soon, I hope to spend more time on my own career writing, practising and touring. All I ever imagined, as a young player, was to excel in a small quartet, trio or duo. I never wished to start a National orchestra nor develop a University Jazz programme, but Scotland was in dire need of them - and as I saw every country on the planet flourish with those elements we lacked whilst touring internationally with Gary Burton. Somebody, me, had to stick their career on the line and get their hands mucky to begin the long wait and develop the basics, that was sorely neglected.

It’s been over a quarter of a Century now since my first 24-week jazz programme at Napier University in 1993, and Scotland STILL needs a proper jazz infrastructure equal to our European neighbours regarding promoters, festivals, record companies, agents, improvised music in high schools, radio, and TV, etc., Even though we a small country, we can do it!

The young talented next generation of creative musicians sweeping our country like [Fergus McCreadie, Joe Williamson, Helena Kay, Graham Costello, Matthew Carmichael, Mark Hendry, Kornelijus Pukinskis, Brodie Jarvie, Rachel Cohen, Tom Stephenson, Stephen Henderson, Alan Benzie, Pete Johnstone, Andrew Robb, Corrie ter Dick, Joseph Wright, John Fleming, John Lowrie, Ben Mac, Lauren Macdonald, etc., to name but a few..] need an immense amount of support so they can flourish, develop and tour internationally; they deserve it! Although, many have already left Scotland.

Finding and hooking up with international agents, while working in Scotland, is like trying to find a Dodo or a Tasmanian Tiger.

Hopefully, as we live through this new digital age, the zeros and ones will assist this new generation of Scottish improvisers to circumnavigate any barriers that confront them. Good luck to them, they’ll need it, as it is a tough terrain ahead from 2020 onwards.

On Tuesday, at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, I am to be presented with my official OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of Jazz at the RCS and Artistic Director of the SNJO for services to Education and Jazz Music. I’m am very grateful for the honour and truly thank the people or person who nominated me. It will be a wonderful day for my family and me.

Truthfully, my heart is here in Scotland but for the community of improvising musicians to be equals on the World stage, the European stage, we still have a long way to go.

So raise a glass, and toast to the 2nd Enlightenment!

P.S. Perhaps my solo career needs to wait a little longer.

Best regards,

Tommy Smith