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The Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London -  online programme for the week commencing 30/05/2020.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Vortex has forwarded details of its schedule of on-line performances for the week commencing 30th May 2020.

From The Vortex ‘Jazz in the time of the Corona-Virus’ newsletter;


#9 Jazz in the time of the Corona-Virus

 

Today going live in 10 hours VortexReplay presents Jeff Williams’s Lifelike album launch from 2018. The band features a top line-up of musicians that includes Kit Downes, John O’Gallagher, Gonçalo Marquez, Josh Arcoleo and Sam Lasserson. More VortexReplay coming up with Jean Toussaint’s Sextet on Tuesday 2 June 8PM, and Thursday 4 June a solo set with John Pope. While these gigs are free we do ask viewers to make a donation if they can. Donations for these gigs not only support the musicians, but also help to keep the club going so we can bring you more fantastic music.
http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/jeff-williams-replay/


Saxophonist and composer Mike Chillingworth is donating the proceeds of his track Coach Trip Special with Ivo Neame, Tom Farmer and Jon Scott, to the club. What a nice chap!
This is an essential, iconic British and European jazz venue and I can’t even contemplate the jazz scene without them, please buy the track (for as much as you can afford) and let’s make sure that the Vortex is around for many years to come…  - Mike Chillingworth
https://michaelchillingworth.com/

 

UPCOMING EVENTS;


TUESDAY 2 JUNE, 8PM BST
VortexReplay presents
JEAN TOUSSAINT SEXTET
Toussaint has been a leading figure in UK jazz since leaving Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1987.
See website for details.


THURSDAY 04 JUNE, 8.30PM BST
JOHN POPE SOLO SET
Pope is a composer and improvisor who plays double bass and guitar, but he also improves with some very unusual ‘instruments’.
See website for details


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Random notes… and farewells


We say a sad farewell to the last surviving member of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue sextet - drummer Jimmy Cobb (20/1/1929 - 24/5/2020). He played on other Davis albums of note that included John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley such as Sketches of Spain and Porgy and Bess.
Largely self-taught Cobb delivered his swinging style with grace and sensitivity. As a young drummer he modelled himself on Max Roach and Kenny Clarke. Always modest Cobb shunned bandleadership famously saying,‘I’m just the guy that plays the drums with the name out front’. In 2002, the New York Times singled out Cobb as one of the “the gold standard for straight ahead, post-war jazz rhythm”. He was made an NEA Jazz Master in 2009.


From Gina Southgate;

I’ve progressed from painting from the desktop in my bedroom, to lap top with remote speaker in the lounge, lastly to wearing cans plugged into my lap top, outdoors, under the window of my bedroom working at last back on an easel. The last set up was for the Vortex replay of the Tori Freestone Album launch. The earphones, the visual, the audience and the applause, the chat and chink of glasses made me feel present. I had palpable feelings of excitement and optimism as I painted. Though it was a trio gig Tori was the closest to camera so I chose to paint her solo. The camera showed me all angles and close ups of her and her tenor, unlike in live streams where you get one angle usually of a brightly lit room and usually with parts of instruments obscured. It sent me off on an almost cubist approach as It enabled me access to angles I can rarely see from one spot in a room. This was a film of a whole gig and the tangible warmth of it travelled to my communal garden.
When I paint at a gig I see and hear what’s going on but I don’t perceive it in a way that I would if I were audient, painting from live stream compounds this. In this set Tori played Shenandoah twice once on sax and in the 2nd set with violin and vocals. This is a song my dad sang me to sleep with as a child. Hearing it played and sung so beautifully by Tori it came through to me as a message ‘Away you rolling river’. In these fluid times I am grateful for my relationship with the Vortex and the music community for tethering me. Ollie Weindling said to me just before lockdown ‘we’re not a brand we’re a community.
- Gina Southgate (Artist/Vortex Supporter)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs6or3Q9CSA&feature=youtu.be
https://www.artistginasouthgate.com/

 

...that was totally magical, I felt I was there, what a beautiful gig and it was such a happy evening. Thank you Vortex, Oliver, Ali, Tori, Dave and Tim for great times in the past and those to come…
Mary Jane (Audience Member)

 

Stay safe and be careful out there…
The Vortex Team


DONATE TO THE VORTEX HERE:
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=RBAUelt-JhqpcUBzipWHwjgRn9pfE_YB0NNF5hnIseWemHaRBS8QJHP7GTRokBwUQV4Pdm&country.x=GB&locale.x=GB

 

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
Dalston
London
N16 8AZ


http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Jazz Lockdown shows from Leeds.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds is broadcasting a weekly jazz lockdown video show in Leeds on Sunday afternoons, plus the monthly "Jazz Unlocked" radio magazine show on ELFM radio. Details attached.

Steve Crocker writes;

I’ve been doing a weekly jazz lockdown video show in Leeds on Sunday afternoons - the links are all here
https://www.jazzleeds.org.uk/jazz-leeds-lockdown-sessions/
It includes lots of local national and international videos from our jazzleeds archives as well as some living room sessions from Leeds jazz artists and (of course) the famous JazzLeeds raffle for the Wensleydale cheese (!)


I’ve also started a monthly “Jazz Unlocked” radio magazine show on ELFM radio about jazz in Leeds with news, interviews and some latest recordings from bands from the city
Links to that are here…
https://www.jazzleeds.org.uk/chapelfm-and-jazz-leeds-new-radio-show-jazz-unlocked/


Love doing this - back to my jazz radio roots! Might give up the live music and keep doing this!


Regards

Steve


JazzLeeds website;
http://www.jazzleeds.org.uk

 

New York City musicians Alexa Tarantino & Steven Feifke present Sunday Livestreams via Crowdcast.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Alto saxophonist & educator Alexa Tarantino & pianist & composer Steven Feifke have pooled their talent resources and set out to perform every Sunday as a cohabitating duo in a “quarantine concert.”

We have received the following press release;


NYC Musicians Alexa Tarantino & Steven Feifke Present Sunday Livestreams via Crowdcast - Now Entering Week 12   

 


SAXOPHONIST ALEXA TARANTINO & PIANIST STEVEN FEIFKE HUNKER DOWN WITH SUNDAY EVENING QUARANTINE CONCERTS
With pre-concert chats and intimate performances from their NYC home, honouring Ellington, Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Jobim, Jackie McLean — the list grows…

 

ne of the first weekly jazz livestream concerts instituted after the lockdown (Sunday 8pm - chat at 7pm), with $5 access available live or on-demand at http://www.crowdcast.io/stevenandalexa (higher contributions welcome)


25 percent of each week’s proceeds benefit the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, other selected organizations helping communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis


Alto saxophonist and educator Alexa Tarantino and pianist and composer Steven Feifke, both busy and sought-after musicians, were coming off their respective stints on the road in March 2020 when a new reality hit: they, and everyone, were going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, living in the frightening, radically uncertain time of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

With limited options but a lot of drive, they pooled their talent resources and set out to perform every Sunday as a cohabitating duo in a “quarantine concert.” Each week would focus on a specific jazz theme. Jokingly dubbing themselves Alexa Quarantino and Steven Lock-and-Feifke, they began with an evening of vibrant originals on March 15. They continued with weeks devoted to Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Jackie McLean, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Songs of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. To generate discussion and welcome audiences even more warmly into their home, they initiated a pre-concert chat and Q&A an hour before each show, fielding questions about everything from that week’s theme to the art of practicing and other musical fine points. Both highly qualified educators, Feifke and Tarantino have an engaging way of framing each week as a historical topic, offering insights of great benefit to students tuning in.

 

Tarantino and Feifke are lighthearted and funny co-hosts, honing their repartee week by week, finding their way forward in a medium that’s new to them, as it is to a lot of fellow musicians. Since the first installment, the clarity of the audio and video has grown considerably. They started with a MacBook Pro camera and USB microphone but have since stepped up with Neumann and Oktava mics, Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface and Sennheiser puck mic for talkback, using Loopback to send and mix audio into one virtual output. A high-definition VDO 360 USB video camera allows for multiple preset angles that can be changed during the set. Finally, OBS Streaming Software allows Feifke and Tarantino to send all audio and video to Crowdcast.

 


No matter the tech setup, Tarantino and Feifke always come ready to play: the second the music starts we hear the sound of two accomplished jazz virtuosos, entirely focused and giving their all. Upcoming concerts will celebrate Songs of Springtime (May 31). New themes are brainstormed continually, with the input of friends and fans, and set lists winnowed down through weekly Instagram polls (@stevenfeifke, @alexatarantino). Tarantino’s new Posi-Tone quartet recording Clarity will see release on June 5, so the duo will devote June 7 to music from the album (which features Feifke, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Rudy Royston). Future themes include Thelonious Monk (June 14), Steven Feifke’s original music (June 21 – Feifke’s birthday with onscreen celebration!), and Simply Sinatra (June 28).


“We’re very lucky,” says Tarantino, “in that we do a lot in terms of writing and arranging and teaching as well as performing, so we’re staying afloat, and we didn’t necessarily want to look at these quarantine concerts as a way to pay rent.” Feifke adds: “But there are so many musicians in really tough situations, and we wanted to do something to give back and support our local scene. So we decided to donate 25 percent of our proceeds to different organizations making a difference in this crisis.” Each organization receives funding for four weeks of concerts before the next is chosen. For those wishing to donate at a higher level, Feifke and Tarantino have established a tiered sponsorship, from Platinum ($250+) to Gold ($100+), Silver ($50-$99) and Bronze ($25-$49). The Platinum sponsorship is a special opportunity that allows Feifke and Tarantino to offer their pre-concert conversations at no charge to the public.


Feifke and Tarantino are not stopping at quarantine concerts: they’ve just launched A Step Ahead Jazz, which will offer “Summer Jazz Online,” an immersive experience for all ages and ability levels (June 29-July 3). Tarantino is founding director of the Rockport Jazz Workshop, and with its unavoidable cancelation this year, another major chunk of her professional calendar was upended. A Step Ahead Jazz is poised to fill the gap and break new ground in online jazz education.
https://www.astepaheadjazz.com/summerjazzonline

 

Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, clinician and adjudicator across the globe, named one of five top alto saxophonists in the 2019 JazzTimes Critics Poll. The New York Times praised her for her “lovely, ardent way of improvising” and her “sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered [compositions].” She holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She’s performed in a wide variety of ensembles including Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant’s OGRESSE, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and LSAT (a co-led quintet with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian). Her 2019 Posi-Tone album Winds of Change prompted PopMatters to rave, “The band sounds distinct, not cookie-cut…. Wow, your ear says. More, please.”

 

Steven Feifke is an award-winning pianist, composer and orchestrator with degrees from New York University and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with true luminaries of composition and orchestration, Gil Goldstein and Jim McNeely. His big band music has been featured by the Malmo Band in Switzerland, and his orchestral music was debuted in August 2019 at the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy. Feifke has also written original works for television and film media; his music can be heard on Jerry Seinfeld’s hit Netflix show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” He’s a two-time semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano competition and has been featured as a piano sideman on notable recordings by Ulysses Owens, Jr., Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Danny Janklow and Alexa Tarantino. In 2018 he received an Arts Mid-Hudson “Pros Meet Pupils” grant for his curriculum designed to teach students jazz history through performance. He currently sits on faculty at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he teaches composition and arranging. His 2015 septet debut, Peace in Time, will soon be followed by his debut big-band recording featuring Ulysses Owens, Jr. and Veronica Swift.

 

Today - The Romanian Cultural Institute in London’s final broadcast in a series featuring musician Lucian Ban. Previous episodes still available to view. Details attached.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London has been joining forces with the acclaimed musician Lucian Ban for an immersive exploration of the jazz world in the time of pandemic.

We have received the following information;

Jazz Festivals & Presenters: What’s Next?


The Romanian Cultural Institute in London has been joining forces with the acclaimed musician Lucian Ban for an immersive exploration of the jazz world in the time of pandemic. The final episode, which will be streamed live on Thursday 28 May from 16.00, concentrates on the future of some of the most significant European jazz events in an unmissable dialogue with Pelin Opcin, EFG London Jazz Festival Director, Nadin Deventer, Artistic Director of JazzFest Berlin, Patricia Jochheim, Jazz Programmer at Opderschmelz Art Centre - Dudelange Luxemburg and Olivier Conan, Director Opera Underground - Opéra de Lyon.

 

“The artists will try to highlight the challenges and the community’s reaction, on both sides of the Atlantic, during the global crisis. Cancelled tours and concerts, closed halls and clubs, postponed festivals- which are the questions and, moreover the answers of this challenge? How can practitioners and institutions, artists and critics contribute to the new reality and to the idea of hope?” (Lucian Ban)

 


The conversation can be followed on the Romanian Cultural Institute’s Facebook page.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/257782905539264/

 

Previous online conversations:


Thursday 7 May 2020. Guests: Lucian Ban (pianist & composer), Mihai Iordache (saxophonist, percussionist & composer), George Dumitriu (violist, guitarist & composer), Corey Mwamba (musician & presenter of Freeness show on BBC Radio 3)
Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=237051084236546


Thursday 14 May 2020. Guests: Lucian Ban (pianist & composer), Alex Simu (clarinettist, saxophonist & composer), Wesley Stephenson (programming director for ‘Jazz North East’ & festival producer for ‘Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music’), Henning Bolte (journalist)
Link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=242874510299890


Monday 25 May 2020. Transylvanian Folk Songs: Karl Lippegaus interviews
Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri,
Link: https://youtu.be/qI9gvuAuqnI

 


For details about the events, please visit http://www.icr-london.co.uk

 

This Week’s UK Lockdown Jazz Sessions - 27 May 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Publicist Danielle White of Raestar Promotions has forwarded links to various on-line performances around the country. Details attached.

UK Lockdown Virtual Jazz Sessions;

Thursday: Guitarist Remi Harris presents a weekly 2 hr Jazz & Blues Show on Bromyard FM where he’ll be playing some of his fav Jazz & Blues recordings.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158068976016049&set=a.10153200314251049&type=3&theater

 

21-24 May: VIRTUAL Manchester Jazz Festival smashed it. WATCH AGAIN HERE!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=609247623278293&ref=watch_permalink


Jay Phelps’ BIG NIGHT IN Saturday Night Sessions are a real party vibe!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UXmzaWxkqD4cM5X9UUOdA

 

Soulful Lauren Lucille featured in the FB So Live Sessions Bank Holiday Monday - Listen Again!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=693033457937756&ref=watch_permalink

 

Catch the Jive Aces 7 nights a week!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9_C5nzlsdw&list=RDL9_C5nzlsdw&start_radio=1&t=10

 

Effervescent pianist Marco Marconi is live every Saturday!
https://www.facebook.com/marco.marconi2/videos/10217105567335830/

 

Around The Houses Festival produced by saxophonist Alex Woods, guitarist Sam Slater (Stoney Lane Records) and bassist Chris Mapp; supported by TDE Promotions & Spofforth.
https://www.facebook.com/aroundthehousesfestival/

 

Snake Davis’ regular club nights & sax workshops on Sundays at 11.00am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wnvPwhUzW8

 

Join Kim Cypher Band for Coffee & Chat 11 am!
https://www.facebook.com/kim.cypher

 

Check Buster Birch’s hour long Virtual Jazz Club every Friday 8 pm!
https://www.busterbirch.co.uk/virtualjazzclub

 

Ben Holden & Paul Jeffries Duo perform live & virtual Friday, June 5, 2020 at 6 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/2481381228630466/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1589548967968960


Terence Collie & Richard Sadler Duo
9 June: Presented by Janet McCunn for Mood Indigo livestream concerts.
https://www.meetup.com/london-jazz/events/270763888/?rv=ea1_v2&_xtd=gatlbWFpbF9jbGlja9oAJDhlYTY5ZTRkLTU4OTctNDRiYy05NDFjLTdmNGFhMTg2OTY0OA


1 July: Online Stream - London Music Video Festival 2020
https://www.facebook.com/lmvfest/photos/gm.1467023193453148/122737219209915/?type=3&theater

 

‘Brilliant’ Jen Kearney’s powerful music presented for Jazz Matters podcast series by Darren Harper.
https://www.jazzmatters.net/podcast

 

Clark Tracey’s brainchild Jazz Lockdown on Youtube’s Jazz Lockdown channel.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jazz+lockdown+clark+tracey

 

Ivors Academy hosts pre-recorded virtual events to “help creators feel inspired, motivated, educated and connected during these challenging times.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf6Hwq4oeTU&list=PLLeuZeVmlQJjmRudwQdZveP8mFMc8dKkr

 

Sign Ivor Academy’s petition aimed at improving musicians’ streaming income.
https://ivorsacademy.com/campaign/keep-music-alive/

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast 24/05/2020.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 24/05/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist

 

European Jazz Show 20 – First broadcast May 24th

 

Now available at any time at https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/first-broadcast-may-24th/

 

John Law’s Congregation – Configuration (Ubuntu)

 

Clover - Vert Emeraude (Yolk)

 

Lucien Ban/John Surman/Mike Manieri - Transylvanian Folk Songs (Sunnyside)

 

Fernandino Romano - Totem ft Ralph Alessi (Losen)

 

Greg Foat - single from Symphonie Pacifique (Strut)

 

Luka Sguera’s AKA - Berlin Sessions (Auand)

 

Multitraction Orchestra - Emerge Entangled (Bandcamp)

 

Stefan Orins - Summer’s Hopes (Circum Disc)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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


Weekly:


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


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

 

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

 

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


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

 


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

 

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The All-Party Parliamentary Appreciation Group (APPJAG), the influential jazz enthusiasts' lobby group of MPs & Peers, is urging Arts Council England to restore the National Lottery Projects Grant.

We have received the following press release;


The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants


When Arts Council England announced its £160 million emergency rescue package to deal with the coronavirus crisis in March 2020, arts organisations and individuals alike were rightly delighted by such a swift and positive response.


However, an important creative cause is in danger of falling through the cracks. Jazz music, an increasingly dynamic cultural force, and a renowned and invaluable stimulus to many kinds of musicmaking beyond its own borders, has in recent years been significantly dependent on the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme for the planning of tours and creative projects. The scheme has now been suspended to release funding for the emergency measures - but no provision for its jazz commitments has been suggested in Arts Council England’s responses to queries.


The All-Party Parliamentary Appreciation Group (APPJAG), the influential jazz enthusiasts’ lobby group of MPs and Peers, is now urging Arts Council England to restore the National Lottery Projects Grants Scheme at the earliest opportunity. Individuals and bands seeking to organise tours 12 months or longer ahead cannot wait for the present crisis to be resolved and need to begin approaching promoters and venues now.


On March 28, APPJAG co-chairs John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, and deputy chair Chi Onwurah MP wrote to Darren Henley, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Council England, to raise these concerns. Following an exchange of correspondence on the subject, Darren Henley’s closing response on April 20 observed that protecting the infrastructure of venues used by performing artists required the Arts Council’s full capacity at present, and that although future planning would be difficult for some time, ‘our view is that wider and much greater uncertainties remain, such as what government restrictions may be in operation in the future, and the economic consequences of the intervening period on culture’s infrastructure.’


APPJAG is of the opinion that this response is particularly unhelpful in the jazz context, and will continue to urge Arts Council England to expedite the restoration of the National Lottery Project Grants Scheme with urgency, if ACE is not to make worse an already bad situation for jazz music in the culture-funding pecking-order. It would be ironic if bands and musicians whose current live work has been cancelled, should also find themselves with no work next year - hopefully in post-Covid-19 conditions - due to the withholding of a relatively modest investment that would enable them to set up their 2021 bookings now.


For further information please contact:
Chris Hodgkins
Tel: 0208 840 4643
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. The Group’s officers as at the inaugural meeting on 26th February are Co-Chairs, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP, the Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Colwyn, Baroness Howe and Baroness Healy. APPJAG run the Parliamentary Jazz Awards that celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom. The awards have been running since 2005.
The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Will Riley-Smith and Louis Flood. The contact address is: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the web address is: https://appjag.wordpress.com/

Jazz West Midlands Promoter Network announces Digital Concert Programme.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Jazz West Midlands promoter's network has announced a series of digital concerts including performances featuring Tina May/Alan Barnes/ Arnie Somogyi, the Joy Ellis Duo and Orjan Hulten's Orion.

We have received the following information from Jazz West Midlands;

Jazz Network WM


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


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


Welcome to Jazz West Midlands Digital Content - May - Barnes - Somogyi
Tina May, Alan Barnes & Arnie Somogyi - Live
The first live performance commissioned by Jazz West Midlands exclusively for you to enjoy.  This is a trio of old friends playing a a garden - somewhere in the Home Counties. recorded live at Home. This is a world first, they have never appeared in the open air together before - so a world premiere just for you.
Enjoy…
Line Up: Tina May - Vocals, Alan Barnes - Saxes & Arnie Somogyi - Bass
TO VIEW THE LIVE VIDEO JUST CLICK ON THE WEBSITE LINK BUTTON BELOW
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-05-30/tin-may-alan-barnes-arnie-somogyi

 

WE HAVE COMMISSIONED FURTHER NEW WORK FROM A RANGE OF JAZZ MUSICIANS;

31st May 2020
Joy Ellis - Duo at Home
This is a gig at home gig from the singer songwriter Joy Ellis and her partner, specially recorded for the West Midlands Jazz Network - through Birmingham Jazz. Enjoy:
Line Up: Joy Ellis - Voice/keyboard & Adam Osmianski - Drums
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-05-31/joy-ellis-live

 

6th June 2020
Orjan Hulten & Orion
Some of you may remember the fantastic Tour of the West Midlands by Orion led by Orjan Hulten.  This most original band from Sweden are well know across Europe and were very well received on their UK Tour. Here are four tracks that Orjan has sent over to share with you:
https://www.jazzwestmidlands.org/gigs/2020-06-06/orjan-hulten-orion

 

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

 

The West Midlands Promoter Network Members are:


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


See website for full details of the local promoters


This programme of Digital Gigs has been part funded by the Arts Council England Emergency Fund

Artists announced for Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowships to present jazz at festivals across England during 2021.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Four jazz artists have been commissioned to create ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals across England in 2021. They are Elliot Galvin, Faye MacCalman, Lara Jones and Witch ‘n’ Monk.

We have received the following press release;


Artists announced for Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowships to present jazz at festivals across England

 


Four jazz artists have been commissioned to create ground-breaking new ways to present jazz at Festivals across England. They are Elliot Galvin, Faye MacCalman, Lara Jones and Witch ‘n’ Monk.

 


Each artist has been awarded a Jerwood Jazz Encounters Fellowship which will give them the chance to experiment with presenting jazz in unusual spaces and the digital realm. The 18-month programme will equip the artists with the skills and contacts they need to develop bold new work.  Each Fellowship includes R&D funding, in-depth mentoring, a two-day Creative Lab hosted by Birmingham City University and specialist support from digital partner The Space.


The artists have already started developing ideas for site-specific or digital works for presentation at some of the leading music festivals in Europe in 2021 to include Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Oxford Contemporary Music and Sage Gateshead.


Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin said “I am fascinated by presenting music in new contexts and communicating work to audiences in new ways. This Fellowship will allow me to build on my creative ideas with the support and guidance of industry professionals to help me realise a new installation piece that is in dialogue with its environment, playing with context as much at content. This is something that I have worked on before, but never with the support network that this Fellowship provides, allowing the work to develop to its full potential.”


Faye MacCalman is an improvisor, performer and composer who will use the Fellowship to explore issues around mental health. She said: “I’m really excited for the potential of this piece to grow and document the very human but still difficult to talk about experiences of mental health, and to test the boundaries between music, spoken word and art. I want to learn more about making music for spaces where the public can engage outside of the usual jazz circuits or concert halls and developing new ways of working that can have a social impact.”


Lara Jones is a saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator who has been working on a series of compositions based on train stations and train journeys. She said: “Having become fascinated by the sounds of the stations/trains and the stories that are told, I’m interested in presenting my work in the place in which the music has been inspired and composed. I can’t wait to work with a space where it can become so intrinsic to the music, performance and audience that the music couldn’t exist without it.”


Witch ‘n’ Monk (formerly Bitch ‘n’ Monk) is the twinning of nonconformist Colombian flautist Mauricio Velasierra and anarchic soprano and guitarist Heidi Heidelberg. They said: “It is rare to have the chance to incubate a radical new artistic idea, with the support of a dedicated team of experienced and specifically chosen mentors. We are looking forward to developing a new format for musical performance that combines aspects of the promenade theatre experience, engaging with socio-political issues and a direct connection with the audience. As musicians experienced in live performance and recorded music, we will have the opportunity to explore some completely new artistic techniques, as well as building on those we have developed over many years, and recontextualise them in completely new settings.”


John Opie, Deputy Director of Jerwood Arts said: “Many congratulations to the five artists selected for Jerwood Jazz Encounters. Their ideas in response to the programme’s premise of fashioning new pieces for unusual spaces are really inspiring and I am excited for the journey of conversations and making that they are going to take over the coming eighteen months. The current situation is really tough on artists, so we’re pleased to offer this small reprieve from the gloom, especially as it is all about thinking laterally and ambitiously.”


Artist Biographies


Elliot Galvin
Elliot Galvin is a pianist and composer whose work spans a variety of mediums. His main artistic vehicles are his trio, who have released 4 albums to date including ‘The Influencing Machine’ that was named one of the albums of the year in both Downbeat and Jazzwise, and his freely improvised solo piano project with which he recently released a critically acclaimed live album. Along with this he is a prolific composer, being commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, Ligetti Quartet, St. John’s Smith Square amongst many others. He is also a key member of the mercury nominated band Dinosaur and one half of the Binker Golding / Elliot Galvin Duo.
https://www.elliotgalvin.com/


Faye MacCalman
Faye is an improvisor, performer and composer playing saxophone, clarinet and voice with a boundary challenging ear. After growing up in the North of England, spending time at school in the Australian countryside and honing her ears as an improvisor in Montreal playing in tiny spaces with legendary instrumentalists, her music making quickly took on this uprooted and adventurous influence, crossing different sound worlds fearlessly and with a raw storytelling honesty.  Blending influences from jazz, folk-blues, experimental pop-rock and the avant-garde. Faye composes for and leads award winning, genre defying band ‘Archipelago’, as well as performing solo and in collaboration with likeminded artists across the UK and beyond. Faye is also placing a growing emphasis on the social impact of music making, and as a member of North East organisation ‘Creative Spaces’, providing workshops to isolated communities focused on making the therapeutic benefits of music accessible. In 2018 with an HMUK ‘Peter Whittingham Development Award’ Faye co-created a new residency ‘BETWEEN WAVES’ for female-identifying artists from around the UK to create new music with Archipelago in Newcastle. In 2019 Archipelago received support from BBC Introducing and were selected to perform at Latitude Festival, with Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) including them in his festival highlights show.
https://fayemaccalman.wordpress.com/


Lara Jones
Lara Jones is a saxophonist, improviser, composer & collaborator based between Leeds and London. She is a member of award-winning bands J Frisco and Beyond Albedo. As a soloist, Lara has recently completed her place on Manchester Jazz Festival’s Hothouse Programme which commissioned her to write a new series of audio-visual based works for saxophone & electronics of which she is now receiving composition mentorship from Anna Meredith through Brighter Sound. Lara has performed across the UK & Germany at venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Cafe Oto, The Vortex, Kings Place & festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival & Tubax International Festival. She has supported many artists including Courtney Pine, Novelist, Portico Quartet, Laura Jurd & Matthew Bourne.
http://www.larajonesmusic.com


Witch ‘n’ Monk
Witch ‘n’ Monk (formerly Bitch ‘n’ Monk) is the twinning of nonconformist Colombian flautist Mauricio Velasierra and anarchic soprano and guitarist Heidi Heidelberg. The driving force of the duo is a shared commitment to depict the multiverse, through an un-compromised, new musical language of composition and improvisation that travels fluidly between forms.
This multiverse is constructed with a collection of Latin American flutes radically manipulated with effects and extended techniques, anarchic soprano vocals that move seamlessly and suddenly between characters and timbres, analogue electronics and a jazz-punk guitar/bass hybrid. The essence of their collaboration is encapsulated in the name; dark and light, feminine and masculine, punk and Romantic, free-form and intricately composed. Exploring extremes and creating contrast are fundamental to their work and thus they tread upon the edges of genres. Celebrated in the jazz, contemporary classical and DIY underground music scenes they have played across the UK and Europe, at prestigious venues and festivals such as London, Manchester and Umea Jazz Festivals, Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Paris’ La Cigale, but also they produce avant-garde live film scores performed at communist Italian skateparks or among the thorn bushes in overgrown East London gardens.
Their previous releases ‘Fulafalonga’ and ‘We Are Peering Over’ were released in 2014 and 2016 to critical acclaim and their new album will be released in May 2020.
http://www.bitchnmonk.com/


Cheltenham Jazz Festival 28 April – 3 May 2021
In association with BBC Radio 2
Cheltenham Jazz Festival features headline acts, cutting-edge jazz and unique collaborations. It started in 1996. Cheltenham Jazz Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity which creates world-class cultural festivals and year-round accessible talent development, outreach and education programmes. Over 225,000 visitors a year are inspired by its Literature, Science, Jazz and Music Festivals. http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz


Gateshead Jazz
Gateshead Jazz is the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof - Sage Gateshead (an international music centre in the North East of England). Its focus is on attracting new audiences with cutting-edge artists joining established names, platforming talent from across the North. Sage Gateshead welcomes around 500,000 visitors a year and has a long standing commitment to Jazz, with a year-round programme to serve and grow new audiences as well as develop new artists. http://www.sagegateshead.com


Jerwood Arts
Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, bursaries, fellowships, projects, programmes and commissions. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together through our exhibitions and events in London, as well as across the UK. http://www.jerwoodarts.org


Manchester Jazz Festival
mjf is the city’s longest running music festival and champions regional artists and celebrates musical innovation. Accessible to all, mjf features five days of contemporary jazz from the north west, UK and abroad, with national premieres of original work and international debuts. http://www.manchesterjazz.com


OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music)
OCM is a unique producer that works to develop and present the highest quality and most innovative new music and sound-based live events, to engage diverse local and national audiences with its work, and to deepen understanding and appreciation of musical cultures from within the UK and worldwide. OCM works in four key areas: presenting a regular concert programme in Oxford, commissioning and producing new work in Oxford and across the UK, running artist development programmes, and delivering a programme of education and outreach (mostly in Oxford). Our commissions and projects focus on placing inspiring music and sound based work in places and situations that will reach a large and diverse audience. http://www.ocmevents.org


The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects, offers online audience and digital skills development, and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences. http://www.thespace,org

 

Mabon reschedule their “Last Huzzah!” tour to 2021.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Welsh folk/rock band Mabon, led by accordionist Jamie Smith have forwarded their latest newsletter, including details of their farewell tour, now re-scheduled for the spring of 2021.

A Good-News MABON Newsletter!


REMATCH!


As you know or will have guessed, a global pandemic foiled our farewell tour, ‘The Last Huzzah!’  So we’ve moved the goalposts!


Instead of retiring gracefully this summer as planned, we’ve rescheduled as many as possible of our cancelled gigs into one noisy burst next spring - HUZZAH!


We *will* still play one last, vibrant blast of MABON music - we hope that you will come and join us in the Easter holidays of 2021.

 

There may not be tickets available yet as many venues are closed, but SAVE THESE DATES!


Tues 30/03/21 - CARDIFF - Saint David’s Hall


Weds 31/03/21 - DEVON - Pavilions Teignmouth


Thurs 01/04/21 - LONDON - Cecil Sharp House


Sat 03/04/21 - LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall


Tues 06/04/21 - DORSET - Bridport Arts Centre


Weds 07/04/21 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts


Fri 09/04/21 - BUILTH WELLS - Wyeside Arts


Sat 10/04/21 - CARDIGAN - Theatr Mwldan


These are the shows confirmed so far (subject to a few things we can’t predict in these uncertain times) - but we hope we can fit in just a couple of other dates too, so keep your eyes peeled!


As well as these theatre shows, most of our 2020 festival bookings have asked us to play in 2021 instead.  We will perform at as many of those events as we possibly can, for sure.


(Also, what would have been our very last gig this year, may still happen:
31/10/20 - NEWQUAY - Lowender Peran
Watch this space to see if it will go ahead.)


Here’s a big shout out to any venues which we haven’t been able to reschedule yet, or may not even be able to visit again.  We were gutted to miss our last chance to play at the wonderful Plough Arts in Torrington; the lovely trio of West End Centre, Forest Arts and Ashcroft Arts in Hampshire; Canolfan Ceiriog in the glorious Ceiriog Valley; Fishguard Folk Festival which would have been great fun this weekend; and some wonderful small venues and village halls, where we always have such a warm welcome and some riotous shows!

 

 

NEW VIDEO!
Because we had to cancel our tour gigs, here’s a WHOLE MABON CONCERT to ensure you don’t get withdrawal symptoms.
Filmed at Llangollen’s iconic International Eisteddfod last year, you’ve already seen one or two snippets of it - now here’s the full, unedited set.
It features some of our newer music, and a couple of time-honoured favourites - some of the tunes you would have heard had you been able to join us this spring.
Please do Share with anyone you think might enjoy it, and let us know if you enjoy the show - we certainly did!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXgrPrEEy4&feature=youtu.be

 


SUPPORT THE BAND


Some of you have been in touch to ask if our musicians will manage ok without the gig income we rely on - thank you so much for your concern!


It’s true that many musicians are pretty stuffed at this point, and most or all of our livelihood has vanished.


There are two ways you could support the band at this time, should you wish to:


1. You could VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP to top up your CD or T-shirt collection, or to buy presents for friends.  We’re even still offering our back catalogue at half price - happy days. https://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/shop/


2. We have set up a crowdfunder, for anyone who would like to make a contribution to supporting the band. 

So if:


you were going to attend a MABON show this spring, and would consider contributing some of your ticket money;


you’ve enjoyed the Llangollen video and would like to throw a few quid into the virtual hat;


or just if you feel you’d like to support the band in a very direct way while our musicians can’t do the work we usually do;


then hit the donate button below - and thank you.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-last-huzzoops?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet


Support MABON’s musicians with a donation
Do stay in touch!  It’s always lovely to hear from you, so do use our email or Facebook or Twitter to say hello.


Our best wishes to you and yours:
we hope you stay well and happy.


Iolo
and all of MABON.

 

 

NEWYDDION DA!


AMDANI - ETO!


Fel y gwyddoch neu ddyfaloch, perodd y pandemig inni orfod canslo yr holl gyngherddau oedd yn weddill ar ein Taith Ola’ eleni.  Felly, ry’n ni’n newid y drefn!


Yn lle ymddeol ar ddiwedd yr haf fel oedd y bwriad, fe ail-drefnon ni gymaint o gigs ag oedd yn bosib, a’u cywagu mewn i wyliau’r Pasg flwyddyn nesa.  Yei!


Fe *wnawn* ni gael cyfle i ddod atoch chi i ddweud ffarwel - gobeithio dewch chithau i glywed ein taith OLA-ola yn 2021!


Dyma’r rhai a gadarnhawyd hyd yma - cadwch y dyddiadau’n glir!


Maw 30/03/21 - CAERDYDD - Neuadd Dewi Sant


Mer 31/03/21 - DYFNAINT - Pavilions Teignmouth


Iau 01/04/21 - LLUNDAIN - Cecil Sharp House


Sad 03/04/21 - LERPWL - Neuadd Philharmonic


Maw 06/04/21 - DORSET - Bridport Arts


Mer 07/04/21 - NOTTINGHAM - Lakeside Arts


Gwe 09/04/21 - LLANFAIR-YM-MUALLT - Canolfan Wyeside


Sad 10/04/21 - ABERTEIFI - Theatr Mwldan


Yn ogystal a’r theatrau yma, mae’r rhan helaeth o’r gwyliau a’n gwahoddod i chware eleni, wedi gofyn inni ystyried 2021.  Fe wnawn ni’n gorau glas i chwarae’r gwyliau hynny.


(Hefyd, mae yna un gig eleni falle fydd yn digwydd o hyd, sef:
31/10/20 - CERNYW - Lowender Peran
Bydd hi’n dibynnu beth yw’r drefn erbyn hynny - croesu bysedd amdani!)


Dyma anfon ein cyfarchion mwya gwresog at y lleoliadau hynny lle falle na chawn ni gyfle i chware eto: Plough Arts yn Nyfnaint; triawd West End Centre, Forest Arts ac Ashcroft Arts yn Sirgigmoch; Canolfan Ceiriog yn Nyffryn gogoneddus Glyn Ceiriog; Gwyl Werin Abergwaun fasai wedi bod yn hyfryd benwythnos yma; a rhai o’n hoff lefydd i chware, y neuaddau pentre bychain lle ry’n ni’n cael croeso mor gynnes a noswethiau mor hwylus.

 


FIDEO NEWYDD!
Gan inni orfod canslo’n holl gigs leni, ac er mwyn ichi beidio gweld ein heisiau ni ormod, wele GYNGERDD GYFAN ichi.
Fe rannon ni un neu ddau drac o’r gig yma eisioes, a ffilmiwyd ar lwyfan brydferth Eisteddfod Ryngwladol Llangollen llynedd - nawr dyma;r gyngerdd gyfan ichi mewn un talp bywiog.
Fe glywch chi rywfaint o’n cerddoriaeth newydd, yn ogystal a rhai hen ffefrynau - blas bach o beth baswn ni wedi bod yn chware ichi gwanwyn yma.
Wnewch chi ei Rannu gydag unrhywun fasai’n ei fwynhau?  Gobeithio y mwynhewch chi’r gwylio, gymaint ac y gwnaethon ni’r chwarae.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXgrPrEEy4&feature=youtu.be

 


CEFNOGWCH Y BAND


Mae’n amser chwithig ar gerddorion ar hyn o bryd, a’n gwaith wedi diflanu dros nos.  Pe carech gefnogi cerddorion MABON, mae dwy ffordd dda fan hyn…


1. Gallech ymweld a’n SIOP AR-LEIN er mwyn llanw unrhyw fylchai yn eich casgliad CDs a chrysau-T; neu eu prynu fel anrhegion i’ch cyfeillion. Ry’n ni’n dal i gynnig ein holl recordiadau heblaw’r un mwya newydd am hanner pris - ewch am fargen!
https://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/shop/


2. Ry’n ni wedi creu tudalen ar-lein i bobl fasai’n hoffi dangos eu cefnogaeth drwy gyfranu.  Felly os:


oeddech chi’n bwriadu dod i’n gweld eleni, ac ydych chi’n fodlon rhoi peth o’ch arian tocyn o hyd;


wnaethoch chi fwynhau’r fideo Llangollen ac yn teimlo’r hoffech daflu rhywbeth yn yr ‘het’ digidol;


neu os am unrhyw rheswm hoffech wybod eich bod yn cefnogi cerddorion mewn ffordd uniongyrchol iawn tra nad allwn wneud ein gwaith arferol;


gwasgwch y botwm glas isod.  Diolch o galon
.https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-last-huzzoops?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet


Cefnogwch gerddorion MABON drwy gyfrannu
Aroswch gyda ni!  Mae wasted yn braf cael clywed wrthoch chi, pe carech gysylltu drwy ebost neu Facebook neu Dwitter.

 

Dyma’n dymunuiadau gorau am iechyd da i chi a’ch teulu; a diolch eto am eich cefnogaeth a’ch brwdfrydedd.


Iolo
a phawb yn MABON.

 

Tin Men and the Telephone present the very first live interactive virtual show, 4th, 5th, 6th June 2020.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

For three nights, 4th-6th June, they present their brand new show, online, to a limited audience through three host partners Birmingham Conservatoire, Sage Gateshead & The Royal Welsh College of Music

We have received the following press release;

Tin Men and the Telephone
present the very first live interactive virtual show
A gloriously twisted take on climate change, a modern jazz soundtrack & glimpse into the future of live music


Thursday 4 June


Friday 5 June


Saturday 6 June

 

“Am I experiencing the future of modern music?” (audience member)


In the first of its kind, Tin Men and the Telephone present a unique, live interactive virtual performance.


As the music industry rises to the challenge of a global pandemic and life in lockdown, online streaming has, at least for the time being, become the new normal.  But what is missing, for both artist and audience, is the coming together, connecting, and enjoying a shared experience. The need to innovate has never been greater.

 

Now, following weeks of trials and tribulations, plus investment in the very latest Wirecast technology, Tin Men frontman, composer, pianist and electronics-guru Tony Roe delivers a show, online, with the same immersive interaction their audiences have come to expect.  Using the latest technology, audiences can attend a virtual show, interacting with the band and sharing responses with fellow audience members.


Tin Men and the Telephone have always pushed boundaries. For three nights, 4th-6th June, they present their brand-new show, online, to a limited audience through three host partners; The Birmingham Conservatoire, Sage Gateshead and The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Through the use of Zoom Video software and the band’s revolutionary bespoke smartphone app, ‘Tinmendo’, audiences can become a part of their multi-faceted, interactive show in real time.

 

 

Three years in the making, G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T (aka as ‘Global Relocation of Evolved Apes Towards Exoplanet Suitable for Terraformation’) is an immersive multimedia performance that addresses the very timely topic of global pandemics and climate change.  With a twist.


As a global health crisis takes hold and the climate crisis escalates, the time has come for humanity to leave planet Earth. Audience members are on board a space ship heading towards a newly discovered planet, however, it’s far too cold! As they travel through space, they must collaborate to warm it up…


As in the real world, audiences at home are asked to download Tinmendo, type, swipe and shake to interact with the band.  They can guide the set to become part of the narrative, craft melodies and create beats from which the band improvise.  All this serves as a jumping off point for the band’s highly acclaimed, riveting jazz excursions that thread throughout the performance.


Here, a stunning modern jazz soundtrack, soundbites from campaigning figures and global leaders (from Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough) and offbeat visuals combine with the storyline’s twisted comedy.  It’s, hugely innovative, engaging and gloriously off the wall, providing a glimpse into what the future of live music might look and sound like.


Following the show, audience members are able to download the music they have created with the band via Bandcamp.


For the virtual show Tony Roe is joined by drummer Jamie Peet


“multimedia gadgetry and a sense of mischief combined to create something fresh and unexpected. … jazz can be fun and profound at the same time…a 21st-century gig The Times *****


“These are skilled musicians who can improvise within any straitjacket imposed by an audience, in a musical equivalent of Whose Line Is It Anyway? “(The Guardian)


Thursday 4 June, 7pm
Hosted by Sage Gateshead
visit here to take part
https://sagegateshead.com/


Friday 5 June, 7pm
Hosted by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tickets from £6
Visit here to book tickets
https://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/events-calendar/tin-men-and-telephone-greatest-show


Saturday 6 June, 7pm
Hosted by Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
The event forms part of the AmserJazzTime 2020 Online Festival which runs from 4-6
Tickets from £5
visit here to book tickets
https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/events/2020-06/tin-men-and-telephone-greatest-show

 

BACKGROUND
Tin Men and the Telephone are an Amsterdam-based jazz group who have made a name for themselves for their innovative approach to engaging audiences during their highly acclaimed, improvised, modern jazz performances and the development of their bespoke smartphone app, ‘Tinmendo’.  In 2017, they were selected to undertake six UK residencies across three years to develop their work further.  Working with some of the UK’s brightest minds from the world of theatre, comedy and tech, they experimented with staging, story lines, technology and audience participation exploring new ways to experience the live show.  Crucially, local audiences joined in and gave their feedback on what they felt worked, and what could be developed further. Three years later, having assimilated all that was learned, Tin Men have honed their existing show to present G.R.E.A.T.E.S.T a brand new, immersive multimedia performance that addresses the very timely topic of climate change.

 

LINKS


Meet Tin Men/Tinmendo (1:04 mins) https://bit.ly/2Rpj3HO


Learn more about ‘Tinmendo’  http://bit.ly/2wqRzqc

 

Support for the project has come from Arts Council England and Performing Arts Fund NL, as well as from the partners involved. Tin Men were selected by the Performing Arts Fund NL as one of the leading groups in the Netherlands with the potential to develop an international following through a process of creative R&D.


Tin Men and the Telephone are Tony Roe (piano), Pat Cleaver (bass) and Bobby Petrov/Jamie Peet(drums). Their live show employs live electronics, projected visuals, and ground-breaking technology via a smart phone app, Tinmendo, in combination with jazz and improvised music to create a truly unique interactive multimedia experience.  Nominees for the Jazz FM Awards 2016 ‘Digital innovation of the Year’, they reach beyond their primary sources of inspiration - classical music, modern jazz, hip hop and Balkan traditions – to find melody in the sounds of everyday life.  By addressing burning issues of our time, Tin Men are one of a few acts responsible for the return to activism in jazz.


Tinmendo is Tin Men’s revolutionary, bespoke smartphone app that allows audience members to actively take part in the performances in real time.  It allows audiences to vote on what direction the music should take – style, rhythms, tempo, instrumentation – create beats for the band to play around and send messages which are uploaded onto a screen and used as the basis to guide narrative and for instant composition and riveting jazz excursions.
Learn more about ‘Tinmendo’ http://bit.ly/2wqRzqc

 

Residency partners & hosts:  Snape Maltings (Oct 17) Oxford Brookes University (Jan 18) in partnership with Oxford Contemporary Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Nov 18) in partnership with Jazzlines Birmingham. Trinity Laban Conservatoire (Feb 19).  Sage Gateshead (Oct 20) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (March 20).


Production: Third Ear Music. The project is devised and developed with Third Ear Music who have extensive experience in promoting, producing, touring, commissioning and representing new music across the UK and in Europe. The company’s aim is to explore new directions in performance and collaborative projects and to develop new ways of presenting, programming and producing multi-disciplinary events.
http://www.thirdear.co.uk


Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch release EP to raise funds for musicians impacted by the Covid - 19 pandemic.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch are releasing the "Live at the Village Vanguard - Rough Mix EP" with all proceeds benefiting the Jazz Foundation of America’s efforts to assist the jazz community.

We have received the following press release;


Visionary vocalist/songwriter Esperanza Spalding and renowned pianist/composer Fred Hersch announce a 5-song duo EP to benefit musicians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic


Released to raise funds for the Jazz Foundation of America, Live at the Village Vanguard will be available exclusively at Bandcamp ONLY throughout the month of June


The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on the jazz community, leaving countless musicians to face an uncertain future. Visionary vocalist, bassist and songwriter Esperanza Spalding and iconic pianist/ composer Fred Hersch have committed to do their part to help fellow musicians in need with the limited release of Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch: Live at the Village Vanguard - Rough Mix EP, a five-song EP captured during the duo’s 2018 run at the iconic New York City nightclub. The EP is a live rough mix with no edits.


The EP will be offered exclusively for download through Bandcamp, with all proceeds benefitting the Jazz Foundation of America and the organization’s efforts to assist members of the jazz community impacted by this ongoing crisis. Released on May 29, the scintillating performance will be available only through the month of June for a minimum of $17, with additional donations encouraged on a pay-what-you-wish basis.  Purchase the album here: https://esperanzaspaldingfredhersch.bandcamp.com


“All of my musician friends are in the same boat,” Hersch laments. “People who rely on gigs to make ends meet have seen entire tours cancelled. What opportunities may come – and when – remains a huge question mark.”


Besides raising much-needed funds for a vital cause, Live at the Village Vanguard provides a rare opportunity for listeners to enjoy this singular and thrilling collaboration. Spalding and Hersch have convened for only a handful of NYC performances since their first meeting during Hersch’s annual duo series at the Jazz Standard in 2013. In that limited time the pair has developed a wholly unique approach, not only in the annals of piano-voice duets but in their own already distinctive practices.


“This recording feels like you’ve got the best seat in the house for a very live experience,” Hersch says. “You can really feel the energy of the room, of the audience, and of our interplay, and I think it’ll make people feel really good to hear it.”


“I think there’s a lot of joy and beauty in this music that Fred and I made,” adds Spalding. “Beyond collecting money for musicians in need, sharing the beauty in our hearts can have a healing effect as well.”


The five pieces included on Live at the Village Vanguard span a vast spectrum of repertoire, from original compositions to a Brazilian classic to familiar standards offered with a stunningly fresh perspective. A determined original in her own music, Spalding rarely sings standards, and her approach here is unique to her partnership with Hersch. Her improvisation on the Gershwins’ “But Not For Me” becomes a witty, poetic extemporization on the lyric itself, examining the changes in language represented by the original’s sometimes archaic terminology. Neal Hefti and Bobby Troup’s chauvinistic ditty “Girl Talk” comes under barbed scrutiny from not only a feminist but also an eco-conscious perspective.


Hersch’s “Dream of Monk” has been a staple of the duo’s sets since the beginning. With lyrics penned by the pianist himself, the tune is a dedication to one of Hersch’s most indelible influences. “Some Other Time” is a Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne song, less well known than the Leonard Bernstein classic of the same name but a favorite of Hersch, who weaves an elegant and vivid tapestry during his mesmerizing solo. The set closes with Egberto Gismonti’s “Loro,” launched by Spalding’s unconventional scatting, which she eventually uses to engage in a nimble dance with Hersch’s jaunty piano.


“Playing with Fred feels like we’re in a sandbox,” Spalding says. “He takes his devotion to the music as serious as life and death, but once we start playing, it’s just fun. I like to live on the edge in my music, but I find myself trying things that I usually wouldn’t when I play with him, finding new spaces to explore in the realm of improvised lyrics.”


“I don’t think anybody’s heard Esperanza sing like this,” Hersch says, returning the compliments. “She’s fearless, and is one of the smartest people I know. She’s got a huge reach in her intellectual knowledge and is a big thinker in her projects and in her outlook.”


This particular music, recorded October 19-21, 2018, has already made a restorative impact on the two dauntless artists who created it. Though it’s hard to believe given the buoyant spirits and playful interaction of the performances, both Spalding and Hersch were working through pain that weekend. Although the stint ended on a celebratory note with the occasion of Hersch’s 63rd birthday, he was also scheduled to enter the hospital the very next day for hip replacement surgery.


“I was in a lot of pain and walking with a crutch,” he recalls. “Just getting down the famous stairs to the Vanguard was an ordeal.”


Spalding, meanwhile, was struggling with family issues while juggling an intense schedule that included writing an opera with the legendary Wayne Shorter and beginning a teaching position at Harvard University. “I was going through a very difficult time in my life,” she admits. “I was miserable every day when I got to the Vanguard, so I had to decide to plug into the capacity for this music to heal. I wanted to emanate something positive even though I was feeling so horrible. Neither of us were feeling well in our lives outside of the music, so the stage of the Vanguard became an alchemizing place for both of us, and I think you can feel that in the music.”

 


Esperanza Spalding
Four-time Grammy Award-winning visionary Esperanza Spalding aims to ignite and portray various hues of vital human energies through composition, singing, bass playing and live performance. A lover of all music, especially improvisation-based musics emerging from black American culture, Spalding’s musical aesthetic is prismatic. With projects like Radio Music Society, Chamber Music Society, Emily’s D+ Evolution and her latest album, 12 Little Spells, she has inventively combined and reimagined influences from jazz, funk, rock, musical theater and beyond. She has taught at Berklee College of Music and Harvard University, and is in the process of writing an opera in collaboration with Wayne Shorter.


Fred Hersch
A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is an influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades. A fifteen-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has long set the standard for expressive interpretation and inventive creativity. A revered improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist, Hersch has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The L.A. Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker. For decades Hersch has been firmly entrenched as one of the most acclaimed and captivating pianists in modern jazz, whether through his exquisite solo performances, as the leader of one of jazz’s era-defining trios, or in eloquent dialogue with his deeply attuned duo partners. His brilliant 2017 memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, was named one of 2017’s Five Best Memoirs by the Washington Post and The New York Times.

 

Esperanza Spalding & Fred Hersch:
Live at the Village Vanguard – Rough Mix EP

Recorded Oct. 19-21, 2018

Release date May 29, 2020

Available exclusively for download via Bandcamp only through June 2020

 

http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/


https://fredhersch.com/

Lockdown News from Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Enterprising folk musicians Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have instigated a number of initiatives to help ensure their artistic and financial survival during lockdown. Newsletter attached.

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer write;


Lockdown News from Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki & Jonny in Lockdown

 

It’s been nearly 10 weeks since our last face-to-face gig. As with all touring musicians we very quickly lost all of our touring work, currently around 6 months, but we can’t be sure that we will have any touring until next year. To this end we’ve been trying to figure out ways of making a living. We’ve been selling CDs and books. We’ve been teaching using Skype and Zoom. We also have a PayPal tip jar. We have a YouTube playlist of some of the videos we’ve put together over this time - click here! http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/corona-how-to-help/


Vicki has been working on creating nyckelharpa teaching resources, these are all on her blog - The Nyckelharpa Effect. Although it is based on teaching the Nyckelharpa, there are lots of tunes, exercises, play-along videos and even a virtual session at Halsway Manor Bar where you can play along with both of us.
http://nyckelharpaeffect.blogspot.com/?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Jonny has been creating an incredible soundscape album which he will probably run a kickstarter on. More about that when it’s closer to completion!


We’ve converted almost every corner of our house to different tasks. We have a recording room (spare room) and also a film studio (the lounge), which swaps between green screen for videos and a stage set for LiveStreaming.


This brings us onto the most exciting thing and that is we have two livestream events coming up. We did a our first livestream half hour slot about a month ago and we discovered how much we had missed playing to real people - even if we couldn’t see them.


Chester Folk Festival have decided to go online and have put together an ambitious program using Zoom and YouTube Premiers. We are doing a Meet the Artist at 3pm on Monday afternoon in Zoom (Community Centre) and also the Monday evening concert in Marquee 1 at 8pm (YouTube premier). There are details on their website and we’ll put up links as soon as we have them on our FaceBook page. https://www.chesterfolkfestivalonline2020.co.uk/?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Folk Weekend Oxford are putting on a series of events and we are honoured to have been asked to do a full set Zoom concert for them. This is particularly exciting for us as it means that we can reach people all over the world - so if this email has found its way to Sweden, or the USA - you can come and see us from the comfort of your own homes! Register your interest now! Come and be our audience.
https://folkweekendoxford.co.uk/component/eventbooking/zoom-events/vicki-swan-and-jonny-dyer.html?mc_cid=28678a3297&mc_eid=9617b1899c


Stay safe out there and hope to see you all again in person before too long!

Vicki & Jonny


http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/covid


http://www.facebook.com/swandyer


https://www.instagram.com/swandyermusic/

Serious Announces Participants of Fifteenth Edition of Take Five Programme.

Friday, May 22, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;


SERIOUS ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS OF FIFTEENTH EDITION OF TAKE FIVE PROGRAMME


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


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


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


Jasdeep Singh Degun (sitar, voice)


Jelly Cleaver (guitar, voice, producer)


Jemma Freese (keyboards, piano, voice)


John Pope (double bass, bass guitar)


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


Rosie Turton (trombone)


Sam Eagles (saxophone)


Sarathy Korwar (drums, tabla, percussion)


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

 

Take Five 2020 artist biographies


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

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




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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

Jazz Coalition Commission Fund Awardees Announced.

Friday, May 22, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

Jazz Coalition Commission Fund Awardees Announced;

 

FIRST ROUND OF JAZZ COALITION COMMISSION FUND GRANTEES ANNOUNCED!

 

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

 


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


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


LIST OF GRANTEES

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

https://www.jazzcoalition.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Barbican announces new digital content and launches new music album made by young Londoners.

Friday, May 22, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

Barbican announces new digital content and launches new music album made by young Londoners


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


Highlights of new digital content announced today include: 


The launch of a new album of original music created and recorded by young people as part of the Barbican’s flagship schools programme Barbican Box

The fourth and final episode of the Nothing Concrete podcast series The Art of Change with Stephen Fry on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art

BBC FOUR to broadcast Ballet Black: The Waiting Game on Wednesday 27 May at 7.30pm, a programme which follows choreographer Mthuthuzeli November as he creates a new ballet, co-commissioned by the Barbican

Grace Banks: The Other Half – an audio recording of a talk which was part of the public programme for 2018 exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde – will be released on Mixcloud

A mix of ‘Coming of Age’ films curated by the Barbican’s Young Programmers; a selection of Architecture on Film titles by Justin Jaeckle; and family favourites chosen by Barbican Cinema Curator Susie Evans to keep the over 8s entertained during lockdown

#ThrowbackThursday continues with a focus on Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture (2009), a major survey of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century


All digital content is available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free at barbican.org.uk/readwatchlisten and via the Barbican’s social channels. In addition, podcasts can also be accessed by subscribing to the Nothing Concrete podcast via Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


New Digital Content – full details below


Music


The Art of Change series continues on the Nothing Concrete podcast, featuring Stephen Fry
The final episode of The Art of Change with Stephen Fry – a series on the Barbican’s Nothing Concrete podcast – is live on Wednesday 27 May. In this concluding episode, Stephen Fry and journalist Chris Gunness discuss how Fry approaches social justice, advocacy, and how art can have the power to change society. All four episodes, spanning topics from Beethoven and art’s healing qualities to mental health and gay rights, will be available on the Barbican’s Read, Watch & Listen page or wherever you get your podcasts. Episodes 1-3 are available now.


Barbican launches music album
On Friday 29 May, the Barbican’s flagship schools programme Barbican Box will be launching a new music album on Mixcloud, featuring original music created and recorded by young people aged 14-16 years about their experiences growing up in east London. The launch of the music album will also be accompanied by an illustrated interview with music producer Semothy Jones, as well as a short montage film showing behind the scenes of the recording process.
Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning worked with over 100 young people from seven schools in east London, each receiving a box, curated by artists Hunt & Darton and filled with the ingredients and tools to learn about lyric writing and instrumental composition. The students explored the Box alongside their teachers and Artist Mentors: artist Bellatrix and composer Omar Shahryar. They created their own original tracks in a live recording studio with the help of Semothy Jones who has worked with the likes of Lily Allen, Professor Green, Wretch 32, Plan B and Boy Better Know. The seven songs on the album cover different music genres and take inspiration from the young people’s tastes including Jazz, Gospel, Experimental, Pop and Rap.
While the Barbican is temporarily closed the Barbican Box project has continued, providing the students involved in the programme with online sessions with Semothy Jones and Bellatrix so they can continue to learn more about the process of producing a music album.


Moog competition winner announced on International Synthesizer Day
23 May marks International Synthesizer Day, which falls on Moog Music founder Robert Moog’s birthday. The Barbican will announce the winner of our Moog competition on 23 May, which ran until 28 April and saw the Barbican partnering with Moog Music, inviting participants to download the Minimoog Model D app and create a track inspired by their favourite synth. The tracks will be uploaded to the Barbican’s Mixcloud page on the day the winner is announced. https://www.mixcloud.com/barbicancentre/playlists/barbican-mixes/


Cinema;


Curators’ Picks and a post-screening talk at Birds Eye View’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always Special Event (USA 2020, Dir Eliza Hittman)


This week’s Curators’ Picks comes from the Barbican Young Programmers, the Architecture on Film programmer Justin Jaeckle, and Susie Evans, who curates films for the Barbican’s popular Family Film Club and the Family Film Weekender. All titles are available on mainstream viewing platforms (some charges may apply).

 

Barbican Cinema New Release Curator Sonia Zadurian will take part in a Birds Eye View (BEV) special screening of the highly anticipated Never Rarely Sometimes Always (USA 2020, Dir Eliza Hittman); preceding this is a Q&A with BEV Director Mia Bays and the film’s producers Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy. (This takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 27 May, to view please go to: http://www.facebook.com/BirdsEyeViewFilm/)


The Barbican Young Programmers (aged between 16-25) who curate the Chronic Youth Film Festival, present an exciting series of ‘coming of age’ films, championing films from an all all-female director shortlist, including gems such as: Water Lilies (France 2007, Dir Céline Sciamma), Persepolis (France/ Iran 2007, Dir Marjane Satrapi), Mustang (Germany/ Turkey 2015, Dir Deniz Gamze Ergüven), Beach Rats (USA 2017, Dir Eliza Hittman) and Atlantics (France/ Senegal 2019, Dir Mati Diop). This content goes live Friday 22 May.


Film Curator and writer Justin Jaeckle for the Architecture Foundation celebrates Architecture on Film, a popular strand in the Barbican Cinema programme that explores how architecture and the city are represented in film. Justin’s selection (available from Tuesday 26 May) includes: Dark Days (US 2000 Dir Marc Singer 94 min), about an underground community living in the tunnels beneath NYC, Code 46 (UK 2003), Michael Winterbottom’s love story set in a world of locked down ‘megacities’; and Koolhaas House Life (France 2008 Dir. Ila Bêka), a behind the-scenes tour of Rem Koolhaas’ design icon, Maison à Bordeaux, through the eyes of its cleaner.


For those juggling with keeping children entertained at home, Barbican Cinema curator Susie Evans recommends the best films for children aged 8 years plus; these include: Danny the Champion of the World (UK 1989, Dir Gavin Millar) (U), the faithful adaptation of the much loved Roald Dahl story, Spirited Away (Japan 2001) (PG) a good way to introduce your children to animé through Hayao Miyazaki’s fantastic visuals, and Ron Howard’s Willow (USA 1988) (PG), an exciting adventure in which a young farmer is chosen to undertake a perilous journey. This content will be available from Saturday 30 May.


The Barbican’s Creative Learning team also offer the regular Family Film Club Workshops online now. These workshops are designed by guest artists specifically to do at home.

 

This month we’re releasing a James and the Giant Peach Workshop (going live Saturday 30 May) which is inspired by the much-loved children’s book, and which will show viewers how to make their own animation with a ‘how-to video’ by the artist Shelly Wain.


All Barbican cinema content is available at:
http://www.barbican.org.uk/read-watch-listen


Theatre and Dance;


Ballet Black: The Waiting Game available to watch
On Wednesday 27 May at 7.30pm BBC FOUR broadcasts Ballet Black: The Waiting Game. The film features interviews with the company’s artistic director Cassa Pancho and follows South African dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November as he creates a new ballet, The Waiting Game. After the broadcast, the programme is available on BBC iPlayer for one month.
The Waiting Game was originally co-commissioned by the Barbican. It was scheduled to receive its world premiere in the Theatre in March 2020 as part of a double bill with William Tuckett’s newest work, Then Or Now. A special edition podcast featuring the score for Then Or Now with poems by Adrienne Rich, voices including Natasha Gordon and violin played by Daniel Pioro was released last week by The Poetry Exchange. The Barbican is working on plans to reschedule the double bill in the future. November’s first full-length choreographic debut for Ballet Black, Ingoma (2019), was co-commissioned by and premiered at the Barbican, receiving an Olivier Award nomination this year for Best New Dance.


The Encounter available to stream
Complicité’s award-winning production of The Encounter (2015), directed and performed by Simon McBurney, which was co-produced with and filmed at the Barbican, is now available to stream here until Monday 25 May at 10pm, its availability having been extended due to demand. http://www.complicite.org/theencounteronline.php

 

Visual Arts;

From the archive
On Tuesday 26 May, the Barbican releases an audio recording of Grace Banks: The Other Half on Mixcloud. Part of the public programme for 2018 exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, editor and writer Grace Banks explores the women artists ahead of their time – including Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf and Barbara Hepworth.


Every Thursday the Barbican Instagram channel @barbicancentre delves into the archives to look at some of the standout exhibitions of the last 15 years. This week focuses on Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture (2009), a major survey of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century whose radical ideas for reinventing modern living still resonate today. #ThrowbackThursday


Other digital content now available;


The Barbican has just been announced as one of the partners supporting Our City Together, a new collaborative campaign and online platform showcasing inspiring art, culture and London history from cultural organisations and attractions in the City of London. Launching during Mental Health Awareness Week (18 - 24 May 2020), the free programme will feature an exciting mix of archive and contemporary digital content that supports mental health and well-being, including podcasts, playlists, artworks, photography, films, talks and museum collections.


Also, Culture Mile, the City of London’s cultural district stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate will go hyper-local during the lockdown with Radio Local – a daily live broadcast, bringing the sounds and stories of the City into people’s homes. Radio Local, created by performance artists Hunt & Darton, will be an hour-long show streamed live every day from 1 – 2pm, Saturday 30 May – Friday 12 June on Radio Local and on community radio East London Radio. It will be built with, by and for residents of Golden Lane and Barbican estates in the City of London. The Barbican is a core partner in Culture Mile, alongside Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and Museum of London, and led by the City of London Corporation.


Previously announced digital highlights include:


Various playlists are available on the Barbican’s Read, Watch & Listen page - from a tribute to the late drummer Tony Allen, to Music for Healing and Head Space, to introductions to the works of some of the greatest composers. https://www.barbican.org.uk/read-watch-listen

Two short films commissioned for the cancelled The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape concert

How Do We Build a New Masculinity?, a BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking panel discussion prompted by the Barbican exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, is available on the BBC website. The conversation features exhibition curator Alona Pardo, photographer Sunil Gupta, authors CN Lester and Tom Shakespeare and host Matthew Sweet. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gm6h

Michael Clark Company’s Olivier Award-nominated to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. (2016), filmed at the Barbican in 2017 is still available on BBC iPlayer for another month


BARBICAN TEMPORARY CLOSURE INFORMATION
The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund. Information on how to claim this is published here. Anyone who has tickets up until the end of June has been contacted by the Box Office.
The Barbican is encouraging audiences to make a donation so it can keep investing in the artists and organisations with whom it works. Audiences are also being asked to consider donating to the Centre’s Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.

 

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


https://www.barbican.org.uk/read-watch-listen

 

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. 

 

Virtually Green Note - programme of forthcoming Livestream events, May / June 2020.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Green Note has forwarded details of forthcoming Livestream events, plus news of various fundraising initiatives.

We have received the following newsletter;

VIRTUALLY GREEN NOTE updates and #SaveOurVenues Campaign

 


Hello to all our wonderful Green Note supporters!

Hope you’re doing ok out there. We’ve been keeping busy, doing our little bit to bring you some amazing music from some of our favourite artists who we trust will provide good company during these difficult times.

We just wanted to update you on what’s going on with us, particularly following recent developments…


“Virtually Green Note”
We’re continuing with our live streamed series “Virtually Green Note” every Wednesday and Friday evening, at 8pm - we’ve had some great feedback and these are proving very popular. Each bill features 3 artists playing ‘in the round’... so each show is unique, special and interactive, making it a lot more interesting and entertaining than your average live stream! We’ve got lots of great line-ups coming up… so check out the events page on our website for more details. We would also encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel - this is the best way to watch these shows, and once you’re a subscriber, if you hit the reminder bell, it’ll keep you in the loop whenever we announce a new one. 
https://www.youtube.com/greennotemusic


Launch of ‘Save Green Note’ crowd funding campaign
When the coronavirus crisis first hit and we closed our venue back in March, we launched an appeal via our mailing list asking for support. Many of you were so kind and generous in donating, and we are immensely grateful to you. The donations we received were a HUGE help enabling us to meet our more immediate financial commitments following our sudden loss of income, support our staff, and get our virtual gig series off the ground, providing us with a means to continue supporting artists during this time. However, since then it has become apparent that we will have to remain closed for a lot longer than we originally anticipated. Moreover, it is becoming increasingly clear that, even when lockdown is lifted, it will take quite some time for us to be able to open fully and operate at a level that will meet our monthly outgoings.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savegreennote


Therefore, we are now in a position of having to come up with longer term strategies, if we are to survive these challenging circumstances. One step we are taking is joining together with the Music Venues Trust and their #SaveOurVenues campaign, to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues. Green Note is part of this initiative, and we have just launched our crowdfunder campaign, which is encouraging artists and the public to help us raise funds to reach our total goal.

The focus of this initiative is to enable artists to support the venues they love by organising online shows to support our crowdfunder. Donations will be used to contribute to our running costs during this difficult time, but more importantly, it will allow us to invest in equipment so that once we are back at the venue, we can have a vibrant online streaming mechanism. This will help us generate income over the long term, also for the musicians who play at our venue, and hopefully contribute to making our business more sustainable while it recovers from these huge and unexpected setbacks. Investing in live-streaming our gigs, will also allow us to continue to bring live music to some of our older/more vulnerable patrons, who may find it more challenging to continue to visit venues and other crowded places, even once restrictions are lifted.

We are already in talks with some Green Note artists and have some exciting things already in the pipeline, so do keep an eye on our social media for more information!

If you feel able to make a donation towards our crowdfunder, we would of course be very grateful. If you are not able to, or you have already donated to our previous appeal, we are still very grateful. We are aware that everyone’s situation is different and that many of you have also been impacted financially by all this. We’re just putting this out there, so that anyone who can and wishes to, can support this new campaign, either by donating themselves and/or by spreading the word.


If you are an artist - here’s how you can help!
The focus of the MVT #SaveOurVenues crowdfunder initiative, is providing a platform for artists to put on their own live-streamed gigs to raise funds for a venue of their choice. If Green Note means something to you, you have played there or have been and you would like to do a gig to support us, we would love you to do so!! You can find more details of how to go about setting this up, on the MVT website at this link (and if you are not an artist, but know of one who might want to get involved with supporting us in this way, please forward them this email!)
https://saveourvenues.co.uk/artists/#/


That’s all from us for today… but we wanted to thank you again for your continued support. Whether you are an artist, or a music-lover, Green Note wouldn’t be anything without you! So thanks for sticking with us through all this… we are determined to get through it and see you all out the other side!!!


Lots of love,

Immy & Risa xx

 

LIVE STREAMS COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS…

 


Martin Harley + Dom Martin + The Lowest Pair
Martin Harley
+ Dom Martin
+ The Lowest Pair
Fri 22nd May

Green Note Open Mic
Open-Mic hosted by Rob Thom
Tue 26th May

Carrie Rodriguez & Luke Jacobs + Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
Carrie Rodriguez
& Luke Jacobs
+ Kelly Willis
& Bruce Robison
Wed 27th May

Drew Holcomb + Anna Tivel + Rob Corcoran
Drew Holcomb + Anna Tivel + Rob Corcoran
Fri 29th May


Reg Meuross + Charlie Dore + Harbottle & Jonas
Reg Meuross
+ Charlie Dore
+ Harbottle & Jonas
Wed 3rd June

Dar Williams + Erin McKeown + Cara Luft
Dar Williams
+ Erin McKeown
+ Cara Luft
Fri 5th June



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

 

Green Note, 106 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN http://www.GreenNote.co.uk

 

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

PRESS RELEASE


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.

 

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible. 


Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

 

 

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Radio Playlist;

 

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

 

Dinosaur - To the Earth (Edition)

 

Antti Lötjönen Quintet East - ALQE (We Jazz Records)

 

Chip Wickham - Blue to Red (Lovemonk)

 

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

 

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

 

Peter Rosendal - Trickster (Stunt Records)

 

Dinosaur - To the Earth (Edition)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio


At any time;

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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


Weekly:


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


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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

Youtube Live - Terence Collie, Richard Sadler Duo, Tuesday June 9th 2020, 7.15 pm.

Monday, May 18, 2020

The duo of pianist Terence Collie and bassist Richard Sadler will present a livestream performance at 7.15 pm on Tuesday 9th June 2020. Details attached.

From Terence Collie via Facebook;

JUN
9
7.15 pm
Youtube Live - Terence Collie, Richard Sadler
Public · Hosted by Mood Indigo Events and Riverside Arts Centre

 


We were so pleased with the first MIE Livestream concert we couldn’t wait to do it again. We wanted to make these livestream concerts as much like the real thing as possible with optimal video and audio quality and I think we achieved that with our setup.


This month it’s a duo acoustic concert with all the precautions to stay safe being adhered to.


We will be performing a varied programme of standards, jazz classics and some TC originals.


To watch the concert use PayPal or get in touch to pay by other means and we will send you the YouTube link. ***Please do so well before the start of the concert as this is not an automated response but a link we have to manually send you!


https://www.paypal.me/moodindigoevents?fbclid=IwAR3_E2eSlD4iYLQVzFUZpFPpNEpXgVj4UXhKWtbutGUGccphfOWzkjQW2Ao


http://www.moodindigoevents.co.uk/

Satoko Fujii receives 2020 Instant Award in Improvised Music.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;


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

The pioneering avant-garde artist is among a dozen honorees

 

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

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

“The Ellington of free jazz.” – Cadence Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

https://satokofujii.com/wp_site/

 

Barbican announces new digital content to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Friday, May 15, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

New Barbican content coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week & Human Rights Watch Film Festival

 

Barbican announces new digital content to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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


Highlights of new digital content announced today include: 


As part of this year’s digital edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, the Barbican’s Head of Cinema, Gali Gold, will chair two Q&A webinar discussions with filmmakers and human rights experts (24 & 29 May)


To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May), the Barbican hosts the third edition of the Nothing Concrete podcast series The Art of Change with Stephen Fry on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art; and makes available a new Spotify playlist: Music for healing and head space inviting listeners to find a moment of calm


Composer Erland Cooper and filmmaker and photographer Alex Kozobolis will take over the Barbican’s Instagram channel for a week


The Poetry Exchange releases Then Or Now – the score to William Tuckett’s new work choreographed for Ballet Black – as a special edition podcast, confronting some of the big questions of our time


On Tue 19 May, the Barbican releases an audio recording of Ninth Street Women on Mixcloud. Part of the public programme for 2019 exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour, author Mary Gabriel celebrates Lee Krasner and her fellow Abstract Expressionist pioneers


All digital content is available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free at http://www.barbican.org.uk/readwatchlisten and via the Barbican’s social channels. In addition, podcasts can also be accessed by subscribing to the Nothing Concrete podcast via Acast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.


New Digital Content – full details below


Music


Erland Cooper Instagram takeover
Following the postponement of his An Orkney Triptych concert which was due to take place at the Barbican on 13 June 2020, composer Erland Cooper has been projecting films onto the concrete walls around the Barbican estate. Made on the Orkney Islands by filmmaker and photographer Alex Kozobolis, the films are accompanied by music from Erland’s three albums. From Mon 18 May this content will take over the Barbican’s Instagram channel for a week.


A new Spotify playlist to find calm
A new Spotify playlist of ‘Music for healing and head space’ to help listeners find a moment of calm, curated by the Barbican’s music team, will go live on Mon 18 May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. Available via the Read, Watch & Listen page.


The Art of Change with Stephen Fry series continues on the Nothing Concrete podcast
Episode two of the Nothing Concrete podcast series with writer, actor, comedian and campaigner Stephen Fry saw Stephen talk movingly and honestly about his struggles with bipolar disorder and his own suicide attempts and is available via the Read, Watch & Listen page or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Episode three (available on Wed 20 May) continues the discussion as journalist Chris Gunness and Stephen Fry talk about his work for gay rights, as well as prostate cancer and mental health advocacy. This four-episode series is part of The Art of Change in which the Nothing Concrete podcast meets artists and performers who are passionate about changing the world.


Cinema


Human Rights Watch Film Festival;


Barbican Cinema celebrates its important and long-standing partnership with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival as it returns with a digital edition from 22 May to 5 June, having closed in March due to the COVID-19 health crisis.


Co-presented by the Barbican, Curzon and Regent Street Cinema, a collection of nine international titles which were due to be screened at the Barbican, will be available to stream on Curzon Home Cinema. Each film will also include a live Q&A webinar discussion with filmmakers and human rights experts, two of which will be hosted by the Barbican’s Head of Cinema, Gali Gold.


On 24 May at 8.30pm, Leftover Women documentary filmmakers, Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam, will join Gali Gold and Yaqiu Wang, Human Rights Watch China Researcher to discuss the issue of “sheng nu” or “leftover” women in China, which leaves single females over 27 under immense social pressures to marry or be rejected from society.


On 29 May at 8.30pm, Born In Evin documentary filmmaker Maryam Zaree will join Gali Gold and Tara Sepehri Far, Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa researcher, to talk about the impact of the decades of silence surrounding the circumstances of hers and many others’ births inside Evin, Iran’s most notorious political prison.


For details for these and the full digital festival programme see Human Rights Watch Film Festival.https://ff.hrw.org
Please note that subscription fees apply for selected streaming platforms.

 

Theatre and Dance;


The Poetry Exchange podcast
The Poetry Exchange release a special edition podcast, Then Or Now - the score to William Tuckett’s new work choreographed for Ballet Black - which would have had its premiere at the Barbican on 26 March 2020. It features poems by American poet Adrienne Rich and the music of Austrian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704), played by violinist Daniel Pioro. With Poetry Direction by Fiona Bennett, the words are voiced by Natasha Gordon, Michael Shaeffer and Hafsah Annela Bashir.
Opening with the words ‘What kind of times are these?’ Rich’s poetry confronts the big questions of our time with astonishing power and intimacy. Then Or Now offers a powerful listening experience where words, music and the imagined movement of Ballet Black’s dynamic dancers conjure images of beauty and truth in a troubled world. Listen to the podcast here. https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/ballet-black-double-bill#podcast


Visual Arts;


From the archive


On Tue 19 May, the Barbican releases an audio recording of Ninth Street Women on Mixcloud. Part of the public programme for 2019 exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour, author Mary Gabriel celebrates Lee Krasner and her fellow Abstract Expressionist pioneers: Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler. Gabriel explores the rich story of these five women whose lives and art work drove a revolution in modern art.


Previously announced digital highlights include:


Meet our Community Collaborator Headway East London in this longread article https://sites.barbican.org.uk/headwayeastlondon/


Episodes one and two of the four-part Nothing Concrete podcast series The Art of Change with Stephen Fry – the third episode of which will be available on Wednesday 20 May


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


Two short films commissioned for the cancelled The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape concert


A Tony Allen playlist, curated by Strut Records in tribute to the legendary Afrobeat drummer, who last appeared at the Barbican in 2019. Barbican Profile: Tony Allen is available on the Barbican’s Spotify channel.


A live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green and Birds Eye View director Mia Bays, with an intro from Barbican curator Sonia Zadurian about The Assistant


A specially recommissioned and recorded conversation between Karen Knorr and Anna Fox, two of the artists featured in Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020) in the Art Gallery as well as a Q&A with Barbican Visual Arts Curator Alona Pardo about this exhibition, still available on the Barbican’s Twitter.


Richard Mosse in conversation with Anthony Downey about Incoming


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


BARBICAN TEMPORARY CLOSURE INFORMATION
The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund. Information on how to claim this is published here. Anyone who has tickets up until the end of June has been contacted by the Box Office.
The Barbican is encouraging audiences to make a donation so it can keep investing in the artists and organisations with whom it works. Audiences are also being asked to consider donating to the Centre’s Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.


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

 

http://www.barbican.org.uk

 

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

Friday, May 15, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

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


http://www.jazzcoalition.org


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


Jazz Industry Veterans Brice Rosenbloom (NYC Winter Jazzfest),

Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management),

Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Productions)

Join Forces to Form Jazz Coalition

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

How It Works;


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


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


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


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


About Jazz Coalition Commission Fund;


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

 

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


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

 


Coalition Members To Date

 

Aaron Goldberg, musician

Aaron Johnson, Knitting Factory Management

Adam Schatz, Search & Restore

Alexander Threadgold

Amy Pearce, Serious Productions

Andreas Scherrer, Company of Heaven

Ann Braithwaite, Braithwaite & Katz Communications

Anna Becker, On Stage At Kingsborough

Anna Sala, AMS Artists

Ariana Hellerman, Downtown Brooklyn Partnerships

Arturo O’Farrill, Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Ashley Kahn, Journalist/Educator/Author

Bari Koral, Artist/Educator

Bill Bragin, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center

Bonnie Wright, Fresh Sound Series

Branford Marsalis, musician

Brendan Rawson, musician

Bria Skonberg, musician

Brice Rosenbloom, Winter Jazzfest

Carine Zuber, Moods (Switzerland)

Chad Fowler, musician

Chris Mees, B Natural Agency

Chris Weller, Big Fish Booking

Cynthia Herbst, American International Artists, Inc.

Dahlia Ambach Caplin, Verve Music Group

Dan Atkinson, Western Jazz Presenters Network

Dan Tepfer, musician

Danny Melnick, Absolutely Live Entertainment

Darlene Chan, Playboy Jazz Festival

Dave Willard, musician

David Bither, Nonesuch Records

Dee Dee Bridgewater, musician

Donna Fritchey, Allentown Symphony

Ed Arrendell, The Management Ark

Ed Trefzger, Jazz Week

Ellen Kodadek, Flushing Town Hall

Enzo Capua, Umbria Jazz

Eric Oberstein, artist manager/producer

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

Esperanza Spalding, musician

Fabian Almazan, musician, Biophilia Records

Fleurine, musician

Frank Malfitano, Syracuse Jazz Festival

Gail Boyd, Gail Boyd Artist Management

Gary Moffie, musician

Glenn Siegel, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares

Greg Williamson, UpperWest Music Group

Hans Wendl, artist manager and record producer

Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalists Association

Ina Dittke, artist manager and booking agent

Isabel Soffer, Live Sounds

Jack Walsh, BRIC Arts

James Krents, Verve Music Group/Impulse Records

Jan Ole Otnæs, Nasjonal Jazzscene (Norway)

Jana Herzen, musician, Motema Music

Janis Burley Wilson, August Wilson Center

Jason Olaine, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Foundation of America

Jean-Noël Ginibre, Loop Productions

Jill Davidson, The Cabot

Jill Sternheimer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jim Fahey, Symphony Center Presents Jazz

Joan Belgrave, musician

Joe Lovano, musician

Joe Pignato, Bright Dog Red

Joel Chriss, J. Chriss & Co.

John Comerford, Paradigm Studio

John Gilbreath, Earshot Jazz

John Murph, Journalist/DJ

John Newcott, WBGO-FM

John Nugent, Rochester International Jazz Festival

Jonas Herbsman, Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber Herbsman, LLP

Josh Feigenbaum, music producer

Josh Jackson WRTI-FM

Josh Kohn, Creative Alliance

Joshua Redman, musician

Julie Lokin New Audiences

Karen Kennedy 24/Seven Artist Development

Ken Druker, Verve Music Group

Kris Davis, musician, Pyroclastic Records

Larry Buchas, supporter

Laura Quinlan, Rhythm Foundation

Lee Mergner, JazzTimes

Lois Gilbert, JazzCorner

Louis Marks, Ropeadope, Renew Music

Luciana Souza, musician

Lukas Frei, Cirquid Music

Lydia Liebman, Lydia Liebman Promotions

Marc Kaplan, SubCulture

Mark Christman, Ars Nova Workshop

Mark Jacobson, UMS/University of Michigan

Mark Rini, Groov Marketing & Consulting

Mark Rochon, musician

Marty Ashby, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Matt Merewitz, Fully Altered Media

Maurice Bernstein, Giant Step

Maurice Montoya, Maurice Montoya Artists

Maurin Auxéméry, Montreal Jazz Festival

Meghan Stabile, Revive Music

Meshell Ndegeocello, musician

Michael Dorf, City Winery

Michael Orlove, Rebeca Rodriguez Family

Michele Amar, France Rocks

Mike Bindraban, Good Music Company

Mike Epstein, Epstein & Co

Myles Weinstein, Unlimited Myles

Nels Cline, musician

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

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

Nicole Mitchell, musician

Pascal Pilorget, Giant Steps

Paul Siegel, Rolling Fork Music

Peter Schulze, Sendesaal Bremen

Peter Shapiro, Dayglo Ventures

Rachel Z Hakim, musician

Rainbow Robert, Vancouver Jazz Festival

Reiner Michalke, Stadgarten, Monheim-Triennale

Reza Ackbaraly, Qwest TV

Robin Burgess, Burgess Management

Ron Ozer, Arden Concert Gild

Rudresh Mahanthappa, musician

San Jose Jazz

Sara Donnelly, South Arts

Sarah Geledi, Jazz Night in America

Sarah Humphries, ECM Records

Scott McNiece, International Anthem

Scott Southard, IMN Agency

Sébastien Vidal, TSF Jazz

Seth Abramson, Jazz Standard, Rabbit Moon Productions

Seth Rosner, Pi Recordings

Simon Rentner, WBGO

Steve Frumkin, JWP Agency

Steve Milliken, JusticeAid

Sue Auclair, Sue Auclair Promotions

Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival

Susan Brink, journalist

Ted Kurland,The Kurland Agency

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

Thomas Rome, artist manager

Thomas Vermynck, J.A.W Family

Toby Tumarkin, IMG Artists

Todd Barkan, Keystone Korner Baltimore

Todd Walker, Outermost Agency

Tom Gaughan

Tom Windish, Paradigm Agency

Tony Zambito, JazzBuffalo

Vijay Iyer, musician



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

Sara Serpa - forthcoming livestream concerts, May / June 2020.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Vocalist-composer Sara Serpa celebrates her upcoming release "Recognition: Music for a Silent Film" with two livestreamed concerts in May and June 2020. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Vocalist-composer Sara Serpa celebrates her upcoming release Recognition: Music for a Silent Film with livestreamed concerts


• Thursday, May 21, Biophilia Records Festival

• Friday, June 5,  Art Is Live

Recognition, due June 5, 2020 on Biophilia Records, is a singular multi-disciplinary work

“...her subtlety and sureness command serious attention.” – The New Yorker

“…a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape.” – JazzTimes

“...unique beyond words.” – Boston Globe

Widely acclaimed as one of the premier vocalists of her generation and recently crowned the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, Sara Serpa will celebrate her forthcoming multimedia release with two livestreamed concerts.

∙ Thursday, May 21 as part of the Biophilia Records Festival. Serpa will present work from Recognition and participate in a Q&A session. All access pass $20. For information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/biophilia-records-festival-all-access-pass-14-online-events-tickets-102987644818 or https://biophiliarecords.com/.

∙ Friday, June 5: Art Is Live will present Serpa in music from Recognition. For information visit https://www.artislive.net/.

Recognition: Music For a Silent Film, Serpa’s tenth album, pushes the vocalist/composer headfirst into innovative musical territory. A collection of Serpa’s original pieces set to moving images, the album features her singing and performing spoken word alongside some of the most recognizable and distinctive artists in jazz and improvised music: saxophonist Mark Turner (Billy Hart, Tom Harrell), pianist David Virelles (Chris Potter, Henry Threadgill) and harpist Zeena Parkins (Björk, John Zorn).  Due out June 5, 2020 on Biophilia Records, Recognition will be available in BiopholioTM or digital download with code for film screening.

Recognition is a singular multi-disciplinary work that traces the historical legacy of Portuguese colonialism in Africa through moving image and sound. From her family’s archives, Serpa adapted Super 8 footage of various scenes under Portuguese colonial rule in 1960s Angola into an experimental documentary in the format of a silent film, and she alone composed its musical counterpart as well, a rare and massive undertaking.

Far more than accompaniment, Serpa’s mesmerizing feature-length score to the film is as immersive and compelling as the extraordinary images it reflects. This is a testament to both her captivating musical vision and compositional acumen, showing precisely why JazzTimes called her “a master of wordless landscapes.”

Serpa uses her voice as both an ensemble instrument and a focal point for narrative during passages of spoken word, which came out of Serpa’s intensive, self-directed research into the period. More than solely an achievement in music, Recognition addresses thematic concerns that are relevant and significant in the present day. As Serpa eloquently summarizes: “Talking about Angola and Portugal is like talking about Brazil, United States and Europe. The Western world shares a collective shameful past of occupation, exploitation, slave trade, oppression, racism, segregation, violence and abuse.”

Several motivations animated her work on this project, including the desire “to highlight the power of music as a tool for social evolution, reflection and education,” and “to break the silence about Portuguese colonialism and institutional racism.”

With the assistance of film director Bruno Soares, Serpa organized the material into an hour-long silent film intercut with text by Amílcar Cabral, a key figure of African anti-colonial resistance. During the course of the project, Serpa explored the legacy of that difficult historical moment as well as her family’s silence surrounding it, providing a visual and sonic narrative encouraging individual reflection.

“There was a traumatic situation because when the colonies became independent, suddenly Portuguese had to flee, leaving everything behind. They had to adapt to a country that most of them had never been to and that rejected them, so there’s a kind of silence, and not many people in my family have talked openly about this. Perhaps this is the work of the following generations, to digest and process the past,” Serpa says.

“There is also institutional silence. In schools you’re not taught about it, and because of that I felt the need to educate myself. So there was this personal need, but also a need to expose something that has not been talked about, discussed enough and recognized enough.”

Across the dozen tracks on the album, Serpa employs the diverse talents of her powerhouse ensemble, which boasts a unique configuration of instrumental voices. Turner, arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist of his generation, assumes multiple roles in the quartet, variously mirroring Serpa’s ethereal voice, sustaining ongoing accompaniment and contributing immaculate solo improvisations.

Pianist Virelles, whose versatility and blending of the futuristic and folkloric has made him a first-call musician for everyone from Chris Potter to Henry Threadgill, is no less brilliant. As a foil to the other ensemble members, Virelles improvises vital, startling counterpoint across every register of the piano.

Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp who resides in the highest echelon of avant-garde musicians. She delivers characteristically powerful and supportive playing as both a soloist and ensemble member. On tracks such as “Beautiful Gardens,” she and Virelles conjure thrillingly abrupt waves of dissonance cascading alongside shocking spoken-word depictions of violence.

The astuteness of Serpa’s bold decision to assemble these collaborators, who hadn’t previously performed together as a group, is proven by their fresh and inspired chemistry. The free-improvised “Queen Nzinga” is a case in point, featuring a spirited, grooving trio improvisation that effervesces alongside Serpa’s spoken word.

On tracks like “Lei do Indigenato, 1914” and “Free Labour,” Serpa directs the ensemble toward meaningful restraint and space. She fearlessly embraces dissonance and post-tonal complexity when it suits the musical and filmic narrative, as in the flowing arpeggios of “Occupation” and the broodingly abstract “Control and Oppression.”

Despite its challenging subject matter, Recognition also contains in ample measure the trademark lyricism and purity of melodic design that Serpa’s collaborators, such as legendary pianist Ran Blake, have so prized in working with her. On tracks such as “Mercy and Caprice,” Serpa’s gorgeous voice seems to float in space without losing any measure of intimacy or directness.

As music to silent film, atmosphere and mood are primary considerations that Serpa handles with aplomb. Her mastery of counterpoint and orchestration is apparent on tracks like “Absolute Confidence,” where she creates a chorale of moving voices before unfurling a breathtakingly dramatic solo improvisation. On “Propaganda,” the album’s penultimate track, unrelenting and virtuosic counterlines raise the tension to a fever pitch as Virelles pushes and pulls against voice and saxophone.

Recognition ends on an ambivalent but rallying note with “Struggle and Unity,” a resistance song setting Cabral’s words to music. The song’s otherworldly melody and attendant harmony has a lingering quality, resonating in the ear and mind long after the album concludes. 


About Sara Serpa
Lisbon, Portugal native Sara Serpa is a vocalist-composer and improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style.  Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008. Described by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” Serpa started her career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist Danilo Perez, and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist Ran Blake. As a leader, she has produced and released nine albums; the latest being Recognition, an interdisciplinary project that combines film with live music, in collaboration with Zeena Parkins (harp), Mark Turner ( saxophone) and David Virelles (piano). Serpa is a member of the We Have Voice Collective, comprised of 14 musicians, scholars and thinkers, determined to promote gender equity in the performing arts. Sara has performed with John Zorn, Nicole Mittchel, Ingrid Laubrock, André Matos, Guillermo Klein, Okkyung Lee, Guillermo Klein, Linda May Han Oh, Kris Davis,  among many others. Serpa was voted #1 Rising Star - Female Vocalist 2019 by the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll, and she currently teaches at The New School and at New Jersey City University.

Advance Praise for Recognition;

“… a singular multimedia experience both spellbinding and haunting in nature … truly beyond category.”
– Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“Recognition is an irreverent and poignant analysis of the place of memory ... a sincere reflection on universal responsibility and social justice, Sara Serpa connects the past with the present, exposing the propaganda used by the Portugal’s fascist regime in its occupation of African nations.” – Bruno Duarte, art director and film production designer

“With Recognition, Sara Serpa looks deeply into the problems of colonialism, occupation, racism, and exploitation that have left a scar on human history and continue to impact our world today … Recognition is not only a brilliant artistic work, but an important offering that I hope will be viewed by audiences worldwide.” – trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Amir El-Saffar

“This is a fearless, exciting new work by an already remarkable artist pushing herself outside of her comfort zone from almost every angle.” – guitarist/composer Rafiq Bhatia


About Biophilia Records;

Biophilia means “an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.” Our home is Harlem, New York City. What sets Biophilia Records apart from traditional music labels is that in addition to creating meaningful and imaginative music, our artists are united by a common interest in having a positive impact on the environment and our communities. Our artists collaborate with organizations that specialize in conservation, sustainability and outreach initiatives. We regularly volunteer hands-on in community events to however we can.

The Biopholio™ is a double-sided, 20-panel origami-inspired medium, bursting with vibrant artwork and liner notes; each one made entirely out of FSC-certified, robust paper, hand-folded and printed using plant-based inks.

Found inside each Biopholio™ is a unique code for the listener to digitally download the music in hers/his preferred format including CD-quality, uncompressed WAV files. This innovative design caters to the environmentally-conscious listener, who is aware of the harmful effects of plastic in the environment, yet feels that a digital download is just not enough. With your purchase, you are supporting the future of this music and the artists who create it with the added bonus of receiving a tangible piece of original album artwork that you can proudly cherish for years to come.


http://www.saraserpa.com


http://www.biophiliarecords.com

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

European Jazz Hour 18 – May 10th

 

New Releases

 

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

 


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

 

Marie Kruttli - The kind of Happy One (QFTF)

 

inDOLPHYlity - Out to punch (ARFI)

 

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


Shake Stew


The Rite of Trio

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio;


At any time;


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

Upcoming Serious Livestream Sessions, May / June 2020.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Upcoming Serious Livestream Sessions include Camilla George, Abel Selaocoe, Duncan Eagles, with more to be announced soon. Details of May and June sessions attached.

We have received the following press release;


SERIOUS LIVESTREAM SESSIONS


Upcoming Serious Livestream Sessions include Camilla George, Abel Selaocoe, Duncan Eagles, with more to be announced soon. They will be streamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages.


CAMILLA GEORGE
Friday 15 May, 7pm
https://serious.org.uk/events/camilla-livestream
Dubbed ‘the Golden Girl of Jazz’ by the Evening Standard, Camilla George took part in our Talent Development scheme Take Five last year as well as wowed at our EFG London Jazz Festival SummerStage alongside Kefaya and Elaha Soroor. 
Rising through the ranks of Tomorrow’s Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors band, her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness.
‘The world is safe because we have Camilla’ (Dee Dee Bridgewater)
During her Serious Livestream Session, Camilla will be performing her original material and arrangements, and Daniel Casimir joins her on bass for a number.
Live performance footage:
The People Could Fly on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/6gIw9VQPs8SI1XRYhSwYWH

 

ABEL SELAOCOE
Friday 29 May, 7pm
We’re pleased to present Abel Selaocoe, award-winning South African cellist who took part in our talent development scheme Take Five last year and showcased an exceptional performance together with percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger at our EFG London Jazz Festival 2019. 
Redefining the parameters of the cello, Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation and passionate vocals. He’ll be performing songs from his upcoming solo album for the first time, as well as old tunes and improvisations. 
This Serious Livestream Sessions takes place on the very same day Abel would have been in the studio recording this new record.
Hae ke kae? Where is home? is an album inspired by understanding the concept of taking refuge in different facets of life as a universal urge. It is about literal homes, politics, family, friends, strangers, religion and all things that help to strengthen one’s identity; a celebration of Abel’s home South Africa and an ode to some of those countries that gave him forefathers refuge in the times of apartheid such as Tanzania, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana and more. Through the vessel of the cello and voice, Abel creates a sound world inspired by stringed instruments of the African diaspora such as the Zeze violin (Tanzania), Uhadi (South Africa), Sekhankula (violin from Lesotho) together with an unwavering strength of the voice.
‘Abel is a truly unique musician, whose musical voice is as heartfelt and honest as they come. This humanity, coupled with his immense technical facility as a cellist - and singer - makes him an absolute joy to listen to and to make music with’ (Gwilym Simcock, jazz pianist)
Live performance of Lamentatio by Giovanni Sollima and Nagula (traditional song)  https://soundcloud.com/seriouslive/abel-selaocoe

 

DUNCAN EAGLES & MAX LUTHERT
Friday 12 June, 7pm
https://serious.org.uk/events/million-square-livestream
Following taking part in our Take Five scheme, saxophonist Duncan Eagles went on to release his debut album with USA label Ropeadope. This led to a UK tour including opening for Joshua Redman at the Barbican. 
‘Saxophonist Duncan Eagles holds the stage with his attractively dry tone, sharpness and the urgent ferocity of his tenor improvising’ (The Guardian)
‘Eagles is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene’ (Jazzwise)
Now, he joins forces with electronic artist Max Luthert to create Million Square – a duo of multi-layered electronic beats and accents with jazz saxophone licks floating above
‘Million Square are a band I’m particularly excited about. Led by two eclectic and masterful musicians. They’re on the fringe of electronic and acoustic brilliance’ (Moses Boyd)
During their Serious Livestream Session, they will be performing their brand new release Spirit Bloom, as well as some tracks from their previous release Between Suns, and an exclusive performance of their new single to be released the day after
‘Million Square create swirling, hyper-complex compositions that pull inspiration from Coltrane as much as they do from Autechre’ (Tome To The Weather Machine)
Spirit Bloom preview;  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=238040240678501
Million Square Bandcamp https://millionsquare.bandcamp.com/
Million Square performing with Moses Boyd on BBC Radio 1Xtra https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2432039653686416

 

Serious Livestream Session timezones:

BST 7pm

PDT 11am

EST 2pm

 

Online jazz festival ‘Around The Houses’ returns for May edition.

Friday, May 08, 2020

After raising over £2000 for the Help Musicians charity following their five day online festival in April 'Around The Houses' returns with another eclectic series of performances, starting May 10th.

Online jazz festival Around The Houses returns for May edition!


After raising over £2000 for the Help Musicians charity following their five day online festival in April - featuring artists including Trish Clowes and Sara Colman to Soweto Kinch, Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin - Around The Houses returns with another eclectic series of performances throughout May and June.


With people tuning in from over 30 countries worldwide watching in excess of 20,000 streams of the first set of gigs, the May line-up features much admired vibraphonist Jim Hart, compelling singer-songwriter Julia Biel, experimental drummer Mark Sanders and dynamic Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale.


Mid-afternoon and evening performances follow morning shows especially for children and families, with the main programme featuring a mix of national artists and brilliant young musicians from the thriving Birmingham scene, home to Stoney Lane Records.


Saxophonist Alicia Gardener-Trejo, pianist Dave Ferris and bassist James Banner join the line-up from the city, with award-winning classical harpist Elizabeth Bass completing the May schedule.


“I do feel that these events have something unique to offer … many have been performances of a type promoters would rarely contemplate putting on in a live context … some really special and unique performances - much to offer the music scene beyond the lockdown.” – Tony Dudley-Evans


A new festival podcast series interviewing musicians and figures from the jazz world also continues, with trumpeter Yazz Ahmed following Jazzlines and Cheltenham Jazz Festival artistic advisor Tony Dudley-Evans to play and talk about the music that has played an important part in their lives.


Around The Houses is produced by saxophonist Alex Woods, guitarist Sam Slater (Stoney Lane Records) and bassist Chris Mapp, and generously supported by TDE Promotions and Spofforth. In May and June, all contributions raised from performances will go directly to all musicians performing. The June programme will be released in late May.


May Edition Programme:


Sunday 10 th May
1100 Family Show - Arran Glass
1400 James Banner
1930 Julia Biel


Sunday 17 th May
1100 Family Show - Laura The Musical Explorer
1400 Dave Ferris
1930 Jim Hart


Sunday 24 th May
1100 Family Show - Allegro Dance Academy
1400 Elizabeth Bass
1930 Adriano Adewale


Sunday 31 st May
1100 Family Show - MC Porridge Kids Rave
1400 Alicia Gardener-Trejo
1930 Mark Sanders


All shows stream live through the Around The Houses Facebook page and website


Further information and links:


* http://www.aroundthehouses.net


* https://www.facebook.com/aroundthehousesfestival/videos


* https://www.jazzwise.com/news/article/soweto-kinch-yazz-ahmed-and-elliot-galvin-for-around-the-houses-online-jazz-festival


* https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/


* https://www.mixcloud.com/stoneylane/around-the-houses-podcast-1-tony-dudley-evans- april-2020/


* http://www.stoneylane.net

 

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

Friday, May 08, 2020

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

Alec Dankworth writes;

Tamborine ~ Alec Dankworth Newsletter


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


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


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


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


Keep safe,
Alec


http://www.alecdankworth.com

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

Thursday, May 07, 2020

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

Serious have forwarded the following press release;


JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE

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


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

 


Tickets from serious.org.uk/JustinAndMauro

 

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

 

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

 


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


They have also released new music separately during lockdown:


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

 


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


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

 

 

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

 


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

 


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

 

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

Serious are one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultant, Serious are committed to ensuring that music is accessible to all, and that artists have opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Our charity Serious Trust is crucial in enabling this ambition through supporting our talent development, learning & participation and commissioning programmes. 
http://www.serious.org.uk

 

 

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

Thursday, May 07, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

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


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


Highlights include:


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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


Digital highlights


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


Music

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


Cinema


Curators’ Picks


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


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


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


Please note that subscription fees apply for selected streaming platforms.

 

Theatre and Dance


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


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


Visual Arts


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


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


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


BARBICAN TEMPORARY CLOSURE INFORMATION
The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund. Information on how to claim this is published here. Anyone who has tickets up until the end of June has been contacted by the Box Office.
The Barbican is encouraging audiences to make a donation so it can keep investing in the artists and organisations with whom it works. Audiences are also being asked to consider donating to the Centre’s Resident and Associate companies to support them through these difficult times.

 


About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble. 


Find us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Spotify

 

Public information

http://www.barbican.org.uk

 

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

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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

We have received the following press release;

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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

 

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

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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

Peter Slavid writes;

Peter Slavid Radio Playlist

 

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


AKA Moon - Opus 111 (Out there)

 

Dominic Ingham Quintet - Role Models (self)

 

Master Oogway - Earth & Other Worlds (RuneGrammofon)

 

I like to sleep - Daymare (RuneGrammofon)

 

Wolfgang Muthspiel - Angular Blues (ECM)

 

Julius Windisch Quartet - Chaos (Hout records)

 

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

 

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

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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

 

Weekly:

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


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


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


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


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

 

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

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

Sunday, May 03, 2020

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

Gustavo Firmenich writes;

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

 

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


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


DOÑA UBENZA
https://youtu.be/w1JRMabd08c


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


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


SILBANDO
https://youtu.be/Ng40jBWmosw


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


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

 

http://Www.tangojazzquartet.com

 

Ian adds;

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

 

 

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

Sunday, May 03, 2020

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

Vitor Pereira writes;


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

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


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

 

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

 

https://youtu.be/WtoOv_RU6Bg

https://youtu.be/G7wIs1DLkdw 

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/electricchamber

https://www.facebook.com/vitorpereiraquintet

https://twitter.com/varpereira

 

Fergus McCreadie signs to Edition Records.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

The Scottish pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie has signed to Edition for the release of his second album ‘Cairn’, due in early 2021. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release from Edition Records;

SCOTTISH PIANIST FERGUS McCREADIE SIGNS TO EDITION

 

SCOTTISH WUNDERKIND PIANIST FERGUS McCREADIE SIGNS TO EDITION RECORDS.

 

The Scottish pianist and composer Fergus McCreadie signs to Edition for the release of his second album ‘Cairn’, due in early 2021.

 

Fergus McCreadie on signing to Edition:


“I’m excited and honoured to be signing up to the Edition roster of artists, joining musicians who I’ve respected and looked up to for many years. Edition is known for having an eclectic and forward-looking catalogue and a strong presence on the European scene, and so to be part of the output of such great music is a real pleasure.
With my bandmates, David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, we independently released our first album ’Turas’ to a positive reception in 2018. It was an album that we were really happy with musically and pleased to put out into the world. However, our second album I believe represents a major step forward for the band, both musically and career-wise. We’ve played a number of shows since the first album was recorded and so I believe we are much stronger as a unit, moving closer to that goal of sounding like one musician. The compositions also feel more mature and a more natural fusion of the two types of music I love so much - Jazz and Scottish Folk. With the larger number of shows we’ve been playing, I believe we’re ready for a new chapter in our career as a band, and signing to Edition represents that next step. I’m excited for the opportunities that will come from being part of a prestigious enclave of musicians, and I’m really looking forward to working closely with Dave and the rest of the great team on pushing this music that we’re proud of as far as we can.”


Fergus McCreadie burst onto the national scene with his self-released debut album Turas in 2018. Rooted in a Scottish folk tradition and expressing advanced rhythmical flair, the album sparked a wake of interest from global promoters and industry, collecting Album of the Year at the Parliamentary and Scottish Jazz Awards and shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019. In 2018 he was a BBC Jazz Musician of the Year Finalist.


Fergus is a complete and well-rounded musician, a passionate communicator and consummate performer, a composer of elegant, nuanced and captivating music as well as a pianist and improviser of exceptional ability and originality.


With his trio, featuring long term cohorts David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, he encompasses a rare freshness of sound in this well-trodden format reminiscent of the originality and personality with which the likes of The Bad Plus and EST emerged almost two decades ago. In a vastly changed era since then, Fergus and his trio, with their profoundly mesmerising and compelling music, look set to evoke similar trajectories in developing a global audience. They certainly have the necessary instrumental command, communication and originality.


As founder and CEO of Edition Records, Dave Stapleton, explains: “I first became aware of Fergus from his personal, handwritten letter introducing his trio to me. Following him closely over subsequent months I was drawn by how the trio were able to command my attention as imaginative improvisers with a strong Scots voice, deeply emotive music performed with a high degree of energy and spirit. As a team at Edition, we all feel Fergus and his trio have the originality and talent to build large global audiences for this music and we can’t wait to share their journey with them”.


About Fergus McCreadie


Pianist Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, he grew up in Dollar and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018.


As well as winning the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award with his trio in 2016, he has twice won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year under-17s Prize and is the winner of the Guy Jones Prize, the Joe Temperley Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University.

 

His trio has featured at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay jazz festivals regularly and has toured in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia. The group has also appeared at Oslo and Stockholm jazz festivals and Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival.


Released in Spring 2018, the trio’s debut album, Turas, has been praised for “reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical traditions while also showing a firm grasp of the jazz piano tradition” (Jazz in Europe). Turas won Album of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 and Best Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019, following on from McCreadie’s Best Instrumentalist title at the 2018 awards.


The album was also shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019, reaching the final ten from 290-plus candidates, a rare feat for a jazz album.


McCreadie’s music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music. Turas (Scottish Gaelic for ‘Journey’) featured eight original compositions designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of Scotland. Depicting scenes from the Western Isles to the East Neuk of Fife, the music evoked the landscapes from which it took its inspiration.


McCreadie, who also works with drummer Graham Costello’s widely acclaimed STRATA, among other groups, performs with bassist, David Bowden, the winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year title in 2017 and leader of the acclaimed, world music influenced band Mezcla, and drummer Stephen Henderson, a Jazzwise magazine One to Watch in 2018.


Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting new-generation young artists


Cairn continues his stellar trajectory applying the themes and melodies of Scotland folk music to impressive jazz ability


Fergus’ debut album, Turas, won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Parliamentary and Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 and was shortlisted for the cross-genre Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019


By the age of 15, Fergus had already won the U17s Young Scottish Jazz Musician award 2013 and went on to win it a second time the next year, the only time this feat has been achieved


BBC Jazz Musician of the Year 2018 Finalist


The trio are influenced by fusing Scottish folk music and Jazz – both David Bowden and Stephen Henderson play in the Celtic band Dosca


Fergus’ piano playing influenced by heroes Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau


Fergus is part of a vibrant Glasgow scene



http://www.fergusmccreadie.co.uk

http://www.editionrecords.com

 

Barbican announces new digital content during temporary closure.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

The Barbican has announced new digital content available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free. All content is available at [url=http://www.barbican.org.uk]http://www.barbican.org.uk[/url] and via the Barbican’s social channels.

We have received the following press release;

Barbican announces new digital content during temporary closure


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


Highlights include:

A podcast series with Stephen Fry on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art, starting on 6 May
Ballet Black’s Ingoma (2019), co-commissioned and filmed at the Barbican, available on YouTube from 3 May
Two short films commissioned for the cancelled The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape concert, featuring new sound recordings and compositions by artist and musician Rob St John and readings from author Richard King
A live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green, Birds Eye View director Mia Bays and Barbican curator Sonia Zadurian about The Assistant on 6 May
A Q&A with Barbican Visual Arts Curator Alona Pardo about the exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography on 7 May


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


Since the Centre’s temporary closure on Tuesday 17 March, the Read, Watch &  Listen section of the Barbican’s website has seen an increase of 350% in visitors, compared to the same time last year, with numbers of new visitors to the site up by 390%.


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


Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: “During these difficult times, we’re continuing to focus on connecting audiences with the arts and with each other. On our website and social channels we’re offering a uniquely Barbican mix of high-quality digital content across all artforms. From videos and images to podcasts, articles and talks from some of the amazing artists who regularly appear in our programme, we’re bringing the arts that audiences love direct to their homes. We hope there’s something for everyone, whatever their interests. The big increase in traffic to our website since we closed our doors on 17 March shows that in these uncertain and worrying times, the arts continue to inspire, enlighten and comfort.”


Below you can find a selection of the content divided into two sections: Just announced, and Already available.


JUST ANNOUNCED


Writer, actor, comedian and campaigner Stephen Fry joins journalist Chris Gunness for a new four-part series on the Nothing Concrete podcast. The conversations begin on Wednesday 6 May and focus on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art – using composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s revelatory Heiligenstadt Testament as a springboard. Heiligenstadt Testament is a letter written by Beethoven to his brothers, in which he reflects his despair over his increasing deafness and his contemplation of suicide. The podcast episodes will be released each Wednesday throughout May. Part of the Barbican’s Inside Out season, the podcast coincides with National Mental Health Awareness Week at the end of May, and marks Beethoven’s 250th anniversary this year.


Also on 6 May at 12pm, Barbican Cinema Curator Sonia Zadurian introduces a live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green and Birds Eye View director Mia Bays, about the release of The Assistant. Inspired by real-life events, The Assistant follows an ambitious young woman working for a powerful film producer over the course of one day that may just define her future. The film is a timely exploration into today’s dysfunctional workplaces. The Assistant is available to watch on digital platforms from Friday 1 May. Join the live discussion event here.


On Thursday 7 May, Barbican Art Gallery curator Alona Pardo will answer questions about the current exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography. Everyone is invited to submit questions on the Barbican Twitter @BarbicanCentre, with the Q&A starting at 2pm on Sunday 7 May. #Masculinities


Ballet Black’s Ingoma (2019), co-commissioned and filmed at the Barbican is available via their website from Sunday 3 May for one week. Choreographer Mthuthuzeli November was subsequently nominated for an Olivier and National Dance Award after the world premiere at the Barbican. #BBonFilm


From 5-19 May, the Barbican joins its Community Collaborator Headway East London for their #HomeNotAlone campaign, highlighting the creative work that the charity does with survivors of brain injury and the exceptional artists they have as members. Content will be phased across the duration of the campaign and will include a long-read essay about the partnership with Headway East London, as well as an Instagram take-over by one of Headway East London’s members. The Barbican has also recently released an online printing workshop run by Headway East London member, Billy Mann, based on the Art Gallery exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography. The workshop can be watched online here.


ALREADY AVAILABLE


Below you can find information and links to content that is already available on Read, Watch & Listen, divided by artforms.


Visual Arts


As part of the public programme for the exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography (2020), the Barbican hosted talks with and about acclaimed photographers. Two of these are now available on Mixcloud: In Conversation: Catherine Opie and Jonathan D. Katz and Remembering Photographer Peter Hujar with Stephen Koch.

 

Heavy handed, we crush the moment, an immersive performance project presented by Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small) in 2019 can now be viewed online, accompanied by a Q&A with Johnson-Small and Barbican curator Lotte Johnson. This performance commission was a contemporary response to the Barbican exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art.


Past Barbican exhibitions are celebrated online through a range of podcasts, long-reads and videos: Women in the Weimar Republic, Art for all: ¡30–30! in Mexico City and Rebuilding Vienna’s Cabaret Fledermaus discuss some of the cities featured in Barbican’s 2019 exhibition Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art. Artist Trevor Paglen explores the themes of his 2019 Curve commission From ‘Apple’ to ‘Anomaly’. Centring on the Barbican’s retrospective Lee Krasner: Living Colour (2019), curator, writer and art historian Katy Hessel from The Great Women Artists discusses the legacy of Lee Krasner with contemporary artists Flora Yukhnovich and Chantal Joffe. Other published long-reads include Daria Martin on her Curve exhibition Tonight the World (2019), a video discussion on the 2018 exhibition Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde, as well as an in-depth look at some of the couples featured in the exhibition - Emilie Flöge & Gustav Klimt, Camille Claudel & Auguste Rodin and Jean Arp & Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Following the Barbican’s major 2017 show Basquiat: Boom For Real, Basquiat enthusiasts can view a 360 video tour of the acclaimed exhibition. Tim Lawrence’s article Basquiat and Downtown, on the 1970s and 80s New York music scene, is also available to read.


Barbican exhibition-inspired playlists such as Masculinities and Basquiat and hip hop can be accessed on the Barbican’s Spotify channel.

 

Music


The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape was a collaborative concert scheduled to take place at the Barbican on 24 March and subsequently cancelled. Two short films that were commissioned for the concert – featuring new sound recordings and compositions by artist and musician Rob St John and readings from author Richard King – are now available to watch on the Barbican’s website. The sound recordings include larks, curlews, lapwings, oystercatchers, swifts, fence wires bowing in the wind, underwater photosynthesis, tank fire heard through metal warning signs, decaying oceanic communication cables, creaking sea ice, water running through plant stems, the resonance of underground bunkers and boreholes, electromagnetic fields, upland springs and more.


A long-read article by Jon Dale delves into the history of ambient music, its influence on mainstream music and its resurgence in recent years. It features illustrations by Aleesha Nandhra, a mix by Tomoko Sauvage, and a playlist featuring songs and musicians mentioned in the text. Similarly, a long-read article by Tokyo-based writer Ian F Martin explores the history of experimental music scenes in Japan, and is published alongside a Barbican curated Spotify playlist, re-releases of three podcasts with Japanese Music fans Howard Williams (Japan Blues), Yosuke Kitazawa (from Light in the Attic Records) and Ian F Martin (author of Quit Your Band), and illustrations by Aleesha Nandhra.


In the Nothing Concrete podcast’s Sound Unbound series, presenter Josie Long talks to creative minds about the music that moves them, with some help from conductor Ben Gernon. Guests include Steve Reich, Karine Polwart, Ken Loach, Jayde Adams, James R Gaines, and Ballet Black’s Cassa Pancho. The Composer Focus series takes listeners on a journey through the life and music of five different composers, with five familiar voices as our guides: Countertenor Iestyn Davies on Handel, baritone Roderick Williams on Britten, conductor Sir Antonio Pappano on Mahler, violinist Richard Tognetti on Mozart and conductor Sakari Oramo on Sibelius. In addition, the Barbican Team has curated Spotify playlists with introductions to composers Stravinsky and Mahler, minimalism and music for piano.


The Barbican’s family of orchestras can be experienced online in a variety of ways: The London Symphony Orchestra streams concerts every Thursday and Sunday, the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s past concerts can be listened to on BBC Sounds for 30 days after their original broadcast date on BBC Radio 3, Britten Sinfonia shares behind the scenes interviews and performances, and the Academy of Ancient Music streams concerts every Sunday.


Cinema


The Barbican Cinema team has curated and created film content for audiences to explore and enjoy, from Curator’s Picks, live filmmaker discussions with Barbican curators, and treasures from the archive. In the week of 4 May, Gali Gold, Head of Barbican Cinema, chooses five films that put the concept of ‘home’ – and its complex meanings – at the forefront. When people across the world are being asked to stay indoors, the public is reminded of the fact that ‘home’ has always been both a physical place and a powerful symbol of identity, status and relationships. The film picks feature Flag Wars, Detained, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, No Home Movie, and The Queen of Versailles. Previous Curator’s Picks feature LGBTQ+ comedies chosen by Alex Davidson, Before the Blockbuster picks by Sonia Zadurian, Susie Evans’ highlights of the best in classic and contemporary cinema for Kids under 5; and Tamara Anderson’s picks of animated short films. (Please note that subscription fees apply for selected streaming platforms.)

 

On the Nothing Concrete podcast, journalist Chris Gunness looks back at the Barbican’s Borders and Boundaries season – a cinematic gaze on borders the world over – that took place in November 2019 to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Further talks from our cinema archive include producer Ben Eshmade speaking to French filmmaker Olivier Assayas in May 2015, Oscar-winning actor Regina King on If Beale Street Could Talk (February 2018) and director Raoul Peck about I Am Not Your Negro, his 2016 documentary about writer and activist James Baldwin. Recently, Barbican cinema curator Alex Davidson interviewed Levan Akin, the writer & director of And Then We Danced (Sweden, Georgia & France, 2019) as part of the #PeccadilloSofaClub, a new series of LGBTQ+ films screening every Thursday.

 

Theatre and Dance

On the Barbican’s Nothing Concrete podcast, Chris Gunness speaks to Belarus Free Theatre co-Artistic Director Natalia Kaliada about Dogs of Europe (2020). Dogs of Europe was recently performed in a secret location in Minsk ahead of its originally scheduled world premiere at the Barbican. Listen here.


Michael Clark Company’s Olivier Award-nominated to a simple, rock ‘n’ roll . . . song. (2016), filmed at the Barbican in 2017 is currently on BBC iPlayer for two months (from Thursday 9 April).


Boy Blue’s Emancipation of Expressionism (2013), directed by Danny Boyle and filmed at the Barbican (2017) and R.E.B.E.L (2018) filmed at MC Motors in Dalston, east London are both available on YouTube. The company has just launched new Emancipation of Expressionism GCSE resources to support students and teachers, available from the company’s website.


Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale (filmed at the Barbican in 2017) and Measure for Measure (filmed at the Barbican in 2015) are both available on YouTube and cheekbyjowl.com until Monday 25 May. Measure for Measure is performed in Russian with English subtitles, and The Winter’s Tale is performed in English with Spanish, French and English subtitles available.


Availability of the BBC film of Breach’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial, has been extended to Sunday 17 May. The theatrical production was scheduled to play in The Pit but was cancelled due to the closure. Watch here.


BARBICAN TEMPORARY CLOSURE INFORMATION


The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. Everyone who has booked a ticket for a Barbican event during this period is eligible for a full refund. Information on how to claim this is published here. Anyone who has tickets up until the end of June has been contacted by the Box Office.


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


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

 

About the Barbican


A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble. 

 

Eddie Martin launches “The Birdcage Sessions”, every Sunday evening during lockdown.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Bristol based bluessman Eddie Martin will perform a concert from his home every Sunday evening commencing on May 2nd 2020. Details attached.

Eddie Martin writes;


Eddie Martin Newsletter

Eddie is Streaming Live This Sunday. Request your Fave Song!

 

REQUEST YOUR FAVOURITE SONG IN EDDIE’S LIVE STREAMING SHOW THIS SUNDAY


Hi Friends and followers,


I do hope you are all coping out there in lockdown all over the world.


I’ve decided to beat the gig cancellations and bring my music to you the only way I can. So this Sunday at 7pm (6pm GMT) in “THE BIRDCAGE SESSIONS”, I will perform a concert from my home, streaming live every Sunday from 7pm, on Facebook YouTube and Instagram.


I will write and perform a new song every week for you and these songs will be recorded for a forthcoming solo album called “The Birdcage Sessions”. 


I also want to make the show a REQUEST show…so reply to this email and tell me what favourite song you’d like me to perform for you. Remember I’ll be at home and solo, so might struggle with some big band tracks!


Some of you saw me post my first new song video from lockdown last week…here it is on youtube now…this song “Before We Wake Up”, is the first to be played from “The Birdcage Sessions” album and I’ll play it again Sunday. Please let me know what favourite song I can play for you and listen in on Sunday.


You can preorder the new solo album CD “The Birdcage Sessions” by paying £12 including post and packing for a signed copy to http://www.paypal.me/eddiesmusic

Don’t forget to listen in on Sunday!


Best wishes
Eddie


ps remember!  everything is on the website http://www.eddiemartin.com

Cath Roberts Newsletter: Spring 2020.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Saxophonist Cath Roberts has forwarded her latest newsletter including details of new live recordings available via Bandcamp.

Cath Roberts writes;

Cath Roberts Newsletter: Spring 2020


Hello
Welcome to my broadly-seasonal email newsletter, Spring 2020 edition. Hope everyone is okay. I don’t have much to report at the moment with everything on hiatus, but as usual you can always keep up with what goes on (if anything) between these emails by checking in on my website and/or following me on Twitter.

 

New live recordings Bandcamp site
With all live music off for a while yet, I’m working on a new project that looks back at the gigs I’ve been a part of over the past few years. My hard drives are full of audio from past concerts, and in normal times I hardly ever had time to listen to them. In lockdown, or at least in the rare moments that I’m able to focus on working at something, there’s time to have a good dig around in the files and listen back to some sets. I’ve set up a new Bandcamp site that will act as a kind of scrapbook of old and raw live recordings from my archive. This will be a slow burner, but the first two recordings are up now - a solo set and a duo set with Seth Bennett, both from 2016. All the music on this site will be ‘name your price’, so there’s the option to pay on the door for these old gigs. The money will be split equally between the musicians on the recording.
https://cathrobots.bandcamp.com/

 

Recommendations for this Friday
As you may be aware of from seeing a billion social media posts, Bandcamp are giving artists some extra support during the pandemic by waiving their commission on the first Friday of the month in May, June and July. We have something in the pipeline at Luminous HQ for the July one, so keep an eye out for that. And as today is May 1st, I thought I’d pull together a few recommendations of music to check out and support some artists close to my heart. Head to my blog to read the post and check out some sounds. If you’re able to support artists by buying music, these fee-waiver days are a great time to do it!
http://cathrobertsmusic.co.uk/blog/2020/05/01/new-live-recordings-site-and-some-bandcamp-recommendations/

 

Thanks for reading. At this point I usually say ‘see you out there’, but for now I’ll say stay safe! And hope to see you at a gig in the hopefully-not-that-distant future.


Take care,

Cath


http://www.cathrobertsmusic.co.uk


https://twitter.com/cathrobots

Jazz FM Awards postponed to Autumn 2020.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Jazz FM Awards ceremony, originally scheduled to take place at Shoreditch Town Hall in May 2020 has been postponed until the autumn. Press release, including details of nominees, attached.

We have received the following press release;

Jazz FM Awards Postponed To Autumn 2020

 

The Jazz FM Awards ceremony, originally scheduled to take place at Shoreditch Town Hall next month, has been postponed until the autumn. The event is one of the most prestigious in the UK jazz calendar and celebrates the very best of the global jazz, soul and blues scenes. This year’s nominees include Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Jacob Collier, Celeste, Philip Bailey, Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and Jazzmeia Horn amongst many others.


Jazz FM Content Director Nick Pitts:
“Having consulted with the wider Jazz FM Awards team and our sponsors, we have made this tough but correct decision to postpone the ceremony slated for 27th May at the Shoreditch Town Hall. We wish this were not the case but it would be irresponsible to not put the safety of all our guests, performers, staff, sponsors and partners above all else. We’ll be moving the event to later in the year, when we and the jazz community are able to safely gather in one space to hand out the Awards and celebrate in the usual style.
I would like to take this moment to thank our key partners and sponsors – Serious, PPL, PRS for Music, Mishcon de Reya, Arqiva, Cambridge Audio, British Airways, Oanda and Shoreditch Town Hall – for agreeing to continue to support the Jazz FM Awards over this longer period of time, and the Awards team and I are looking forward to creating a new event later in the year to celebrate all that is good about jazz, soul and blues when it is safe to do so.”


http://www.jazzfmawards.com


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


Full list of 2020 nominations:


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


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


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


INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club
Binker Golding
Mark Kavuma
Shirley Tetteh


INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Saint Lucia Wellness Festival
Branford Marsalis
Charles Lloyd
Kris Davis


SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by British Airways
Anderson .Paak
Celeste
Philip Bailey


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


VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Alice Zawadzki
Georgia Cécile
Judi Jackson


PUBLIC VOTE;


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


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


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


SPECIAL AWARDS


Impact Award
TBA


Gold Award
TBA


PPL Lifetime Achievement Award
TBA

 

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


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


About Serious:
Serious is a producer of live jazz and international and contemporary music. Working with artists and partners from the UK and internationally, Serious creates and produces a diverse range of concerts, tours, festivals and live events. Serious creates and produces the EFG London Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 25th year in 2017. In addition, Serious is Associate Producer at London’s Barbican. Serious provides Talent Development opportunities for emerging and established artists and delivers an extensive learning and participation programme.

 

Peter Slavid - ‘European Modern Jazz’ on the radio playlist, first broadcast April 26th 2020.

Wednesday, April 29, 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;

Playlist for Show 16 – first broadcast April 26th

 


Available now at any time at http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

 


Henrik Jensen Followed by Thirteen - Affinity (Babel)


Claudio Vignali – Rach Mode On (Auand)


Donatello D’Attoma – Oneness (Dodicilune)


Kaja Draksler Octet – Out for Stars (Clean Feed)


Let Spin – Steal the Light (Efpi)


Guillaume Orti & Stéphane Payen – Volume 1 (Diatribe Records)


Tom Green Septet – Tipping Point (Spark!)

 

Teis Semey – Throw Stones (Loumi records)

 

Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet – Bluebeard (Challenge Records)

 


European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time;

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:

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

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


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


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


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

 

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura to present daily Facebook live performances throughout May 2020.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii & trumpeter/composer Natsuki Tamura are presenting daily Facebook live concerts from through May. They will be alternating between solo & duo performances. Details att.

We have received the following press release;


Hello,


Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii and trumpeter/composer Natsuki Tamura are presenting daily Facebook Live concerts from now through May.  They will be alternating between solo and duo performances; a schedule is included in the note below. Visit https://www.facebook.com/fujii.satoko to watch.


The unparalleled duo will also perform at a live house Fringe concert in Bristol, England at 1 p.m. GMT on May 3rd. You can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/thebristolfringelive

A note from Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura:

I hope everyone is safe and healthy during this very difficult time.


We are also staying at home.


We had such a good response when we recorded and delivered a very short performance on Facebook the other day, we decided to do performances on a regular basis via Facebook Live via https://www.facebook.com/fujii.satoko


Because of the time difference between Japan, Europe and America, we plan to perform at different times on different days so that our fans call all hear us. And if you miss a performance, you can watch it later.


Here’s the schedule (times listed in Eastern Daylight Time & Central Europe Time):


Mon.  9 p.m. EDT – Fujii solo
Tue.  9 p.m. EDT – Tamura solo
Wed.  9 p.m. EDT – Fujii & Tamura duo
Fri.  11 a.m. CET – Fujii solo
Sat.  11 a.m. CET – Tamura solo
Sun.  11 a.m. CET – Fujii & Tamura duo


We also will appear at a live house Fringe concert in Bristol, England at 1 p.m. UK time on May 3rd. You can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/thebristolfringelive


We are still doing the special sale of our CDs to support Jazz Clubs in Japan.  Please see the details at: https://www.librarecords.com/sne/store.html


Please take good care of yourself and stay safe.


Our very best,
Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura


https://satokofujii.com/wp_site/

 

https://www.facebook.com/satokofujiipage/

 

 

Crowdfunding campaign launched to save Towersey Festival.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The long running Towersey Folk Festival in Oxfordshire, scheduled to take place in August 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. A Crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help save the Festival.

The latest bulletin from Towersey Festival is attached.

2021 Tickets On Sale Now
WANT TO HELP SECURE THE FUTURE OF THE FESTIVAL?
Purchasing tickets now for Towersey Festival 2021 is the BEST way to support the future of the festival!
BOOK 2021 TICKETS NOW
Have you got tickets yet for Towersey 2021? We know it may feel a long way off but this really is the best way to support and secure the future of Towersey Festival.
The 2020 line-up is moving ‘lock stock and barrel’  and with all the artists committing to be there, it would be great if you could as well. It’s guaranteed to be a very special weekend.
We all need something to look forward to in these difficult times and what would be better than a long weekend in a beautiful field, enjoying music, dance, workshops and spending time with family and friends, old and new.
Get your tickets now for Another Lovelier World.
https://www.towerseyfestival.com/2020-tickets/

 

Crowdfunder has raised over £22,000!
We have had an amazing response to our Crowdfunder Campaign to support the future of the Festival. With over £22,000 raised so far we are well on the way to hitting our target.
However there is still a huge financial hole to fill and every little bit helps so if you haven’t yet checked out the rewards on offer, please do and share the campaign with as many people as you can.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/towersey-festival

 

The Crowdfunder Campaign offers some amazing and exclusive packages and gifts ...... and we have just added some NEW music and workshop rewards thanks to some of our Festival regulars.

By purchasing a gift or package you help us keep Towersey Festival alive!
With your support (if you have the means) Towersey Festival can remain the beautiful, independent event it has always been. 
Martin Simpson with guitar


A 3 hour, 1-to-1 guitar lesson with one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world, Martin Simpson.

 

Campfire Cooking Day with BackWoods Experiences. Combine elements of bushcraft & foraging. Prepare and cook 3 dishes on your self-built campfire. 7 hour workshop in Oxfordshire. 


Unlocking Your Full Life Potential Workshop 90 minute live online group workshop.
Identify the common voices that are holding you back in life and develop strategies to begin to remove them.
Date & Time: 4th June 7pm

 

Here’s a reminder of some of the other great rewards on offer ......


Circus skills workshop now half price
Festival Director, Joe Heap, really wants to get out and teach some Circus Skills so we have reduced the donation required for this Circus Skills Day from £1200 to just £600.  That’s a full day, for 15 people, at a location of your choice.
A great work team away day, birthday party or just fun day with friends and family.


Blue and orange Towersey 2020 t-shirts
Limited edition Towersey Festival 2020….” The one that wasn’t” T’shirts for all the family. Featuring 55 white tents for each of the previous festivals and 1 empty tent for 2020, the first festival we’ve had to postpone in the history of the festival! Blue adults version and sunny orange for children.

 

Thank-you so much for all the love and support! We will get through this together.

Stay safe and be kind xx


http://www.towerseyfestival.com

CALL TO ACTION - Cockpit Theatre launches COCKPITCH - The online broadcast Busking Platform for Artists on Lockdown.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Call out to performers. The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, London is now taking bookings from all over for their all-new online broadcasting initiative: Cockpitch, running Fri May 1st - Sat 31st Oct.

We have received the following news release;

CALL TO ACTION - Cockpit Theatre launches COCKPITCH - The online broadcast BUSKING PLATFORM for ARTISTS ON LOCKDOWN


CALL OUT FOR PERFORMERS, MUSICIANS AND ONE-MAN BANDS!
Friday May 1st - Saturday 31st October 2020

 

Cockpit Broadcast’s Cockpitch will bring the sounds of the streets indoors and hopefully earn a few bob for performers currently in lockdown…

 

The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, London is now taking bookings from all over for their all-new online broadcasting initiative: Cockpitch. Whether you’re a regular street artist or musician - or more accustomed to performing in concert halls - if you’re unable to work under lockdown conditions, Cockpit Broadcast can help you to reach your audience. In place of the traditional hat/violin case, a donate button will enable viewers to show their appreciation. To take part/for more details, get in touch via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/cockpitch

 


https://www.thecockpit.org.uk/cockpitbroadcast


The Cockpit
Gateforth St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH,
07855 393 760

#Saveourvenues campaign launched to save grassroots music venues.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;

#SAVEOURVENUES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED


http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk


We need to save our venues. And we need to do it now.


London, Monday 27th April 2020 – Music Venue Trust has announced #saveourvenues, a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.


Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.


Currently 556 venues are at risk including The Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent. “We’re extremely proud to be a grassroots music venue. These spaces are pipelines for talent and absolute lifelines for the communities they serve and the talents therein. We cannot allow them to be consigned to the past. UK music culture as we know it will simply not exist without these spaces, so it is vital to protect them” said Danni Brownsill, the venue’s chief booker and promoter.


Artists will be performing ‘at home’ gigs in support of their local venues, chosen from a list of venues currently in crisis which can be found at the campaign website http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk. Each venue will have their own fundraising page with a clear target of the funds it needs to raise to stay afloat throughout this difficult period. Once a target is reached any excess revenue will go to the central #saveourvenues fund to help the wider grassroots music venue community.


How can music fans get involved?


1.    Donate to a specific venue’s fundraising page by clicking this link http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk to see a list of local venues that urgently need help.


2.    Watch ‘at home’ shows by artists supporting the #saveourvenues campaign. Show details will be added to the events page at http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk


3.    Donate to the national #saveourvenues fund via the website http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk


4.    Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #saveourvenues and the campaign link http://www.saveourvenues.co.uk.


One of the main drivers of this initiative is the musician Frank Turner whose recent series of ‘Independent Venue Love’ shows for local venues Nambucca (London), The Joiners (Southampton) the Railway Inn (Winchester) and The Forum (Tunbridge Wells) raised thousands of pounds and provided a major inspiration for this campaign.


Frank Turner said, “The UK live music industry is staring into the abyss right now. I’m not able to save the whole thing on my own, but I decided to do a series of livestream shows to raise money for specific independent venues that I know and love, and that are in serious risk of disappearing right now. The success of these shows demonstrated the love that exists between music fans and their favourite grassroots music venues so the #saveourvenues campaign is a brilliant way of building on that and hopefully giving artists and music fans a chance to get involved and play a big part in helping them survive.”


One venue saved from closure by Frank’s fundraising gigs is Tunbridge Wells Forum.  Co-founder Jason Dormon said “Frank Turner has always championed the grassroots sector, having grown up and learnt his craft in these venues. His generosity and commitment is truly admirable, he inspires live music fans to come together and unite in raising awareness and funds for the UK’s grassroots music venues. We were totally overwhelmed and heartened by Frank’s help and the support and generosity of the local community.”


Music Venue Trust’s CEO Mark Davyd said, “Without the support of music fans and artists literally hundreds of the UK’s grassroots music venues could go out of business, never to return, in the coming months. Please help to save every single grassroots music venue in the UK so that it can reopen after this crisis and continue to be a home to our musicians and our communities.”


#saveourvenues

 

Music Venue Trust is a registered charity, created in January 2014 to protect, secure and improve the UK live music network by securing the long-term future of iconic grassroots music venues such as Hull Adelphi, Exeter Cavern, Southampton Joiners, The 100 Club, Band on the Wall, Tunbridge Wells Forum etc. These venues have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills.


We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities. We aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences. Long-term we plan to acquire the freeholds of as many of these vital venues as possible. 


Music Venue Trust is a Charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales, registration no: 1159846.

 

‘Between The Lines’  concert series moves to October 2020 and announces full line up.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Curated by Serious the 'Between The Lines' concert series at CLF Art Café in Peckham, London will feature Erased Tapes, Leafcutter John, The Spectacular Empire and more. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;


Between The Lines series moves to October and full lineup with Erased Tapes, Leafcutter John, The Spectacular Empire acts announced.

 

BETWEEN THE LINES

OCTOBER | LONDON CLF Art Café, Bussey Building, Peckham

Tickets from http://www.serious.org.uk/btl


Wednesday 7 October | ERASED TAPES: ANNE MULLER, DANIEL THORNE, HATIS NOIT


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


Thursday 29 October | THE SPECTACULAR EMPIRE: LORAINE JAMES, GLOR1A, DEMIGOSH


Originally set to take place in May, we’re extremely fortunate to have been able to rearrange the entire series to take place in October and can’t wait to share these unique sets of showcases with you. 


Serious is very proud to present a new edition of Between The Lines – our concert series of music that transcends genre – joining forces with some of our favourite artists, labels and collectives to co-curate a series of performances of boundary-pushing music throughout October in the CLF Art Café in Peckham’s Bussey Building.  


Each night features a collection of musicians at the forefront of musical experimentation, ranging from neo-classical cello to Japanese Gagaku, an acapella vocal group to modular synth improvisation, and queer IDM to experimental RnB. 

First, on Wednesday 7 October our friends at Erased Tapes have curated a beautiful triple bill, continuing their Erased Tapes 2020 series, featuring German cellist and Nils Frahm collaborator Anne Müller’s first live appearance in London since the release of her debut album Heliopause, a solo set from Immix Ensemble founder and saxophonist Daniel Thorne, and the enchanting London-based Japanese voice artist Hatis Noit, plus some surprises on the night. 
https://serious.org.uk/events/btl-erased-tapes-oct
Anne Müller: https://annemuller.bandcamp.com/album/heliopause
Daniel Thorne: https://vimeo.com/118694971
Hatis Noit: https://youtu.be/0v0HacvKcK8 


Then on Thursday 22 October we are joined by legendary electronic musician and producer Leafcutter John, who has put together a night of new collaborations and projects spanning the wide range of his extensive musical output. He’ll be performing with saxophonist and composer Helen Papaioannou in a first-time collaboration, and to support he’s invited his friend Ruth Goller (of Melt Yourself Down and Vula Viel fame, amongst others) who will perform with her new trio Skylla, featuring vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant. Presented in association with Border Community. 
https://serious.org.uk/events/btl-leafcutter-oct
Leafcutter John: https://youtu.be/XaCOvylhxks
Skylla: https://vimeo.com/340450443 
Helen Papaioannou: https://youtu.be/wGjhaBLelgc 


Finally on Thursday 29 October we team up with The Spectacular Empire – an artist collective led by experimental grime/dancehall artist GAIKA – who have put together a triple bill of spectacular proportions of artists at the cutting of edge of London’s RnB and Hip-Hop scene. Featuring Hyperdub’s IDM producer Loraine James (whose debut album For You And I was named The Quietus’ Album of 2019), experimental /genre-bending RnB artist GLOR1A, and rising Afro-Irish rapper DEMIGOSH. 
https://serious.org.uk/events/btl-spectacular
Loraine James: https://youtu.be/R-hqMQug3aQ
GLOR1A: https://youtu.be/9hpO5gsm_5g 
DEMIGOSH: https://youtu.be/HGDrC_2YmCA 

 


View the series at http://www.serious.org.uk/btl

 

Serious are one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultant, Serious are committed to ensuring that music is accessible to all, and that artists have opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Our charity Serious Trust is crucial in enabling this ambition through supporting our talent development, learning & participation and commissioning programmes. 
http://www.serious.org.uk

 

Serious Livestream Sessions to continue during May 2020.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The recently founded Serious Livestream Sessions will continue fortnightly during May with performances by Stubbleman, Camilla George and Abel Selaocoe. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;

Stubbleman brings new songs and stories to Serious Livestream Sessions.

 

SERIOUS LIVESTREAM SESSIONS


The digital world of Serious is growing. Our Showcase is updating twice a week to bring new and previously unseen footage, full concerts to enjoy, and share some of our most memorable collaborations. https://serious.org.uk/showcase


Our next Serious Livestream Session is with Stubbleman, the maverick co-writer and producer to the highest calibre artists in the world of pop, returning to his ambient electronic roots with synths and piano. He wowed at EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, and now he invites you into his home for a Serious Livestream Session of songs and stories. https://serious.org.uk/events/series/livestreams

 

 

Future Serious Livestream Sessions include Camilla George on Friday 15 May, Abel Selaocoe on Friday 29 May, and more to be announced. Sign up for updates at http://www.serious.org.uk/newsletter

 


Our first Serious Livestream Session took place on Friday 17 April and was with virtuoso guitarist, Serious Take Five alumnus, and current BBC New Generation artist Rob Luft with special guest Elina Duni. A huge success for reach, engagement, and new album sales, it also brought together UK and international audiences, over 6 simultaneous channel streams, for an evening of exclusive and fresh music. This can be watched again in full at https://youtu.be/PH5W4t2A6Cs

 

STUBBLEMAN
Songs & Stories
Friday 1 May, 8pm
Streamed live from Serious’ Facebook and YouTube

Join us at Stubbleman’s home for exclusive performance of his new The Blackbird Tapes and submit your questions for a chat about his unique music. The stream will be live from 8pm over at http://www.facebook.com/seriouslivemusic and YouTube

 

Stubbleman presents an ambient mixture of found sounds, modular synthesizers, and live piano to bring you exclusive performances of his cinematic soundscape, inspired by travel and nature, interspersed with stories to give you a look behind the curtain

Pascal Gabriel’s musical career began back in the 70s punk band The Razors, on to the sample heavy S’Express and Bomb the Bass of the 80s, then to writing and producing artists such as Kylie Minogue, Dido, Ladyhawke, Bebel Gilberto and many more. Now Pascal’s solo project, Stubbleman, sees a return to his electronic and ambient roots with critically acclaimed album Mountains and Plains and new EP Blackbird Tapes, both released on Marc Hollander’s label Crammed Discs

 

Got a question for Stubbleman to answer during the Serious Livestream Session? Send it through to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or message us on Facebook by Friday 1 May midday, or just comment on the stream live chat.

 

‘His principal instrument is a ghostly piano, over which are layered synths, and the toys of the sound alchemist’s art. It’s a beautifully crafted work that fits Eno’s definition of ambient, at times as minimalist as Steve Reich, at others unsettling in its evocation’ (★★★★ Observer)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xuT-iMCQpk&feature=youtu.be


https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-4gwjRnkq7/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

 

Serious Livestream Session timezones:
BST 8pm
PDT 12am
EST 3pm
CEST 9pm


Serious are one of the UK’s leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, and programme consultant, Serious are committed to ensuring that music is accessible to all, and that artists have opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Our charity Serious Trust is crucial in enabling this ambition through supporting our talent development, learning & participation and commissioning programmes. 
http://www.serious.org.uk

 

MultiTraction Orchestra - new remote collaboration to release first single, “Emerge Entangled”  on May 1st 2020.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

"Emerge Entangled" features 27 musicians in 8 different countries, including UK-based improvisers Alex Roth, Tom Ward, Raph Clarkson, Joy Ellis, Kieran McLeod, Andrew Woodhead and Huw V Williams.

Alex Roth of MultiTraction Orchestra has forwarded the following information;


The debut single from newly-formed MultiTraction Orchestra - a platform for remote collaboration among a global community of experimental composers, producers and improvisers Will be released on May 1st 2020.


Constructed from improvisations recorded in response to a single stimulus track made available online via an open call, “emerge entangled” features 27 musicians in 8 different countries, including UK-based improvisers Tom Ward, Raph Clarkson, Joy Ellis, Kieran McLeod, Andrew Woodhead, Rosanna Ter-Berg, Huw V Williams, Jon Scott and many more.


The track will be released independently on Friday 1 May to coincide with Bandcamp’s show of support for artists.


Once released, the track will be available at
https://alexrothmusic.bandcamp.com/


There will also be a video, which will premiere on my Facebook page on Thursday 30th April at 7pm.
https://www.facebook.com/alexrothmusic/


http://www.alexrothmusic.com

Musical Artists Call For Economic Justice in the Digital Domain.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Music Workers Alliance has launched an emergency petition directed at Facebook, Google and YouTube asking for relief and justice in the digital marketplace. Details attached.

We have received the following press release;

Norah Jones, Bela Fleck, Black Madonna & Wayne Shorter among thousands music figures who back petition calling for Immediate Relief and for Economic Justice in the Digital Domain 


MUSICAL ARTISTS CALL FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN THE DIGITAL DOMAIN


At market close on April 10th, while tens of thousands of musicians and DJs across the country tried to access unemployment benefits, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Google/Youtube had respectively earned $6.2 billion and $3.6 billion, for the week, according to Forbes Magazine. On that same day, the Music Workers Alliance launched an emergency petition directed at Facebook, Google and YouTube asking for relief and justice in the digital marketplace.


The petition has already gathered over 3000 signatures — among them some of the most accomplished musicians and DJs from all genres. We call on these corporations to pay 1% of their advertising revenue to a relief fund for the “content creators” whose unpaid labor generates much of their wealth. As live music work is shut down indefinitely and will likely remain so for more than a year, this relief fund must be made available to music workers for the duration of the shutdown.


https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/a-call-by-musical-artists-for-basic-fairness-in-the-digital-marketplace?source=direct_link&


Furthermore, recorded work is no longer a viable income stream due to mass copyright infringement enabled by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Section 512. The MWA petition calls for these corporations to put an end to infringement by adopting “Standard Technical Measures” (STMs).


Restoration of a fair digital market is impossible while YouTube — responsible for nearly half of all online music consumption — continues to profit while enabling mass infringement.


The Covid-19 pandemic exposed many weaknesses in our social safety net and labor laws. The predicament of musical artists — the original gig workers — is particularly poignant. With live performances disallowed, music workers’ ongoing calls to address online infringement by adopting STM’s carry new urgency.


MWA’s petition represents the largest ever unified expression of working musical artists across genres demanding economic justice in the digital domain.


Short list of prominent signatories and quotes below:


Andy Stack (Wye Oak)
Ariana Paoletti (Volvox)
Austin Wulliman (JACK Quartet)
Bela Fleck
Beth Orton
Bill Frisell
Boots Riley (The Coup)
Catherine Irwin (Freakwater)
Charles Lloyd
Claire Chase (International Contemporary
Ensemble)
Crystal Waters
Danilo Perez
Danny Krivit
Deena Abdelwahed
Delia Beatriz (Debit)
Emma Burgess-Olson (UMFANG)
Esperanza Spalding
Fred Wesley
Four Lost Souls (Bethany Thomas, John
Szymanski, Jon Langford, Tawny Newsome)
Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady)
Harry Gregson-Williams
Henry Threadgill
Jack DeJohnette
James Newton Howard
Jason Moran
Joey La Neve DeFrancesco (Downtown Boys)
John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)
John Patitucci
John Zorn
Johnny Gandelsman (Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider)
Julie Covello (Dj Shakey)
Karriem Riggins
Keith Levenson
Kronos Quartet (Hank Dutt, David Harrington,
Sunny Yang, John Sherba)
Laurie Anderson
Luciana Souza
Marc Ribot
Marea Stamper (Black Madonna)
Matana Roberts
Mekons (Jon Langford, Sally Timms)
Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards)
Mike Servito
Nels Cline (Wilco)
Nick DeSimone (Nickodemus)
Nicky Mao (Kiro Kone)
Noah Lennox (Animal Collective, Panda Bear)
Norah Jones
Osvaldo Golijov
Peggy Abrams, on behalf of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
Peter Zummo
Rex King
Rhiannon Giddens
Roberto Carlos Lange (Helado Negro)
Rosanne Cash
Roy Lamb
Sam Amidon
Terri Lyne Carrington
Thao Nguyen (Thao & the Get Down Stay
Down)
Vijay Iyer
Wayne Shorter


Beth Orton: “With so much financial destabilisation for musicians it is more important than ever for digital profit sharing to be equitable and fair.”


Charles Lloyd: “Online streaming and illegal uploading of recordings has decimated our professional income. This needs to change.”


Sally Timms (Mekons): “...Who would even look at digital platforms without our content which at this point is essentially stolen by multi-billion dollar tech companies? Pay people! Pay the musicians, the artists, the writers. Also pay the delivery guys, the rideshare drivers and everyone else who gets screwed in the digital economy and pay them right!”


Austin Wulliman (JACK Quartet): “This crisis continues to underscore the immense creativity of today’s musicians, which is simply appropriated by tech platforms for their own profit. While musicians continue to imagine a cultural response to our current climate their work is taken without payment. We need a new model of artist pay that matches the realities of the way artists create today. If tech companies want the content that drives mass viewership to their platforms they need to pay for it.”


Marc Ribot: “All my work is shut down through June, with more cancellations expected. If we don’t deal—NOW—with the mass online infringement that has destroyed our ability to make money from recording, then soon WE’RE going to be shut down.”


Music Workers Alliance is an organization of, by, and for independent musicians and DJs. Our mission is to further Musician/DJ empowerment through collective economic and political action. MWA members are affiliated with Arts for Art, Building Beats, Indie Musicians Caucus and the Jazz Advisory Committee of Local 802 AFM, MOMENT NYC, Musicians for Musicians, NYC Artist Coalition, Sound Mind Collective, Underground Producers Alliance and many other organizations.


http://www.MusicWorkersAlliance.org


https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/a-call-by-musical-artists-for-basic-fairness-in-the-digital-marketplace?source=direct_link&

Peter Slavid -’ European Jazz Hour’ playlist - first broadcast April 19th 2020.

Wednesday, April 22, 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;

European Jazz Hour - first broadcast April 19th 2020

 


AKA Moon - Opus 111 (Out there)

 

Aparticle - The Glamour Action (UR Records)

 

Paolo Bacchetta - The Storytellers (Auand)

 

Monocled Man - Bernabe Jurado (Whirlwind)

 

Nevi - Istanbul Edition (Losen)

 

ReDivider - Mere Nation (Diatribe Records)

 

Rob Luft - Life is the Dancer (Edition)

 

Toivo Quintet - View (Losen)

 

Stay safe

Peter

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:


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


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

 

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

 

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


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

 

Nick Tomalin and Simon Whiteside launch new Jazz Podcast.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Jazz pianists Nick Tomalin & Simon Whiteside have launched a new Podcast series called 2-5-1, Two pianists, Five Podcasts, One subject. The latest programme discusses "Sonny Clark as Sideman".

Nick Tomalin writes;


Along with fellow pianist Simon Whiteside I have launched a new jazz podcast series called 2-5-1, Two pianists, Five Podcasts, One subject.


Our first subject is the jazz pianist Sonny Clark who as you probably know recorded extensively for Blue Note in the 1950’s and early 60’s. We talk about his life, as well as examine his work in more detail both as a sideman and leader. We will also speak a bit more about his musical style with the help of some transcriptions we’ve done.


We’ve so far recorded and released two episodes of the podcast the most recent of which you can link to here:


https://www.buzzsprout.com/973312/3395491

In this episode Nick Tomalin and Simon Whiteside discuss the music Sonny Clark recorded with Buddy de Franco, Grant Green and Dexter Gordon. Even after re-recording the Buddy De Franco section to half it’s length, the original podcast plan to also include Sonny Criss and Hank Mobley meant it ran to 1.5 hours. So we decided to drop those two sections.
If you would like to hear that long version it will be publicly available on our Patreon page later. If enough people register their interest through comments on the podcast outlets we can upload it to all the usual suspects later.


https://www.patreon.com/user?u=25450273

Samantha Wright launches Kickstarter campaign in support of debut album “How About Now?”.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Clarinettist and composer Samantha Wright has recorded the music for her debut album. She has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover release costs with a view to an Autumn 2020 release.

Samantha Wright writes;


Last March I recorded my debut album with my quartet in Hamburg. We’re really happy with the takes, and excited to release it hopefully by Autumn 2020.
I’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to cover some of the costs, and also offer people the opportunity to pre-order the album, in addition to other “rewards”.


PRESS RELEASE;

 

“HOW ABOUT NOW?”


The Debut album from Samantha Wright


Samantha Wright is a jazz clarinettist from Manchester UK, and has been living in Hamburg since 2017. She is sincerely devoted to researching the clarinet’s
presence throughout the historic timeline of jazz, as well as encouraging and helping other musicians learn more about this music. In 2019 she founded her internationally popular Jazz Clarinet Transcription blog, an educational resource that is used by musicians (beginners to professional) worldwide. (https://samanthawright.co.uk/blog)
“I want to make jazz music and education as accessible as possible.”


Following the completion of her Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Wright continues to be present in the university, now officially as the
lecturer for Jazz Clarinet.


In March 2020, Samantha’s quartet (with Sophia Oster on piano, Tilman Oberbeck on bass and Wolff Reichert on drums) entered the studio to record their very first
album together. Following 3 days of intense music making, “How About Now?” was born! An album consisting of 10 tracks, with 6 composed by Samantha, 3 by Tilman
and 1 arranged by Sophia. The sound engineer for the session was the wonderful Oliver Bergner, who has recorded, mixed and mastered for NDR Bigband, Nils
Wogram, Pablo Held and Joachim Kühn, amongst many others.


To be able to release her debut album, Samantha has created a Kickstarter campaign, where it’s possible to donate in a number of ways, by:

- Pre-ordering the album digitally or as a physical CD (delivered internationally)

- all of the above, PLUS lead sheets of all of the songs

- all of the above, PLUS transcriptions of all of the clarinet solos

- Buying a clarinet lesson with Samantha Wright

- Booking the quartet (or smaller duo format) for an event or concert

....and much more can be found on the kickstarter campaign page.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/howaboutnow/samantha-wrights-debut-album-how-about-now?ref=user_menu

Branco Stoysin - new video putting a different perspective on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Guitarist and composer Branco Stoysin has posted a new video on Youtube that takes an alternative view of the Corona Virus pandemic.

Branco Stoysin writes;

Current issues from a different perspective


Considering the current situation, and I know that everyone is sick of listening about C-virus, here’s something from a completely different perspective…


As nobody in the power, the governments and media etc. are not telling this to people and as sadly vast majority of people just do not get it, I wish to invite you to watch this 2.5 minutes long video, a view from a different and more positive perspective…


Link to the video:
https://youtu.be/gD4Ox7C9drw

If you agree with what you see and read then please share it with as many people as possible.

If you are already acting upon these issues then kudos to you.


If people don’t agree, don’t care and won’t act then we’re all in a very deep manure.

 

Stay safe, healthy and not-coronised… and enjoy in fresh air, quietness, birds song, blue sky, bright Sun and the absence of lethal jumbo-jets contrails, well for now…


Thanks for reading.

Best wishes.
Branco Stoysin guitarist / composer / music arranger / tutor / ... and the rest


“A musical journey to warm the soul” Sarah Ward, Jazz FM.


“Music of great delicacy and charm” Chris Parker.


“The sound of a master craftsman at work” Ian Mann.


Sun Recordings, London.
https://www.brancostoysin.co.uk
for CDs, DVDs, Music Books and much more.


Video for the latest album and 20th anniversary of Sun Recordings label >
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCU5fWVS5wg


“The practical success of an idea is dependent of the attitude of its contemporaries”. Nikola Tesla

Fergus McCreadie, livestream series to continue every Tuesday night during Covid-19 lockdown.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie will be live streaming improvised concerts from his family home in Dollar, Clackmannanshire every Tuesday during the lockdown. Details attached.

Publicist Rob Adams writes;


Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie will be live streaming improvised concerts from his family home in Dollar, Clackmannanshire every Tuesday during the lockdown.

Each concert is completely spontaneous, as McCreadie chooses a key and follows his imagination, with the addition of an occasional jazz standard requested by the audience.


The concerts, which begin at 8pm, can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/fergusmccreadiepianist

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

Friday, April 17, 2020

Broadcaster & journalist Peter Slavid has forwarded details of the music played on his UK & European Jazz radio show on 14/04/20, which is available via a number of UK & international radio stations.

Peter Slavid writes;


Now available at
https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/first-broadcast-april-12th/

 

European Jazz Hour 14 April 12th

 


Hildegunn Øiseth – Manana (jazzland)

 

Article XI - Live in Newcastle (Discus)

 

Glass Museum - Rekyavik (Sdban)

 

Superposition - Superposition (WeJazzRecords)

 

Yuri Golubev - Two Chevrons Apart (Basho)

 

Ulrich Drechsler - Caramel (enja)

 

Mike Westbrook - Love & Understanding/Citadel/Room 315 (myonlydesire)

 

Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious (ECM)

 

Stay safe
Peter


European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:

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


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


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


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


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

 

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival / Edinburgh Festival Carnival cancelled due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, which was due to take place in July 2020, has been cancelled. Statement attached.

We have received the following Media Announcement;

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival / Edinburgh Festival Carnival will not go ahead due to Covid-19 Pandemic


In accordance with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice we are sad to announce that we will not be presenting the 43rd edition of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in July, nor the 9th Edinburgh Festival Carnival.


Our key priority is the health and wellbeing of our audiences, practitioners and staff and we wish you all well through this challenging time.


Chair of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Councillor Jason Rust said “The last few weeks have reinforced to me how special live music is, from intimate gigs to great sonic adventures. The sense of community that live music creates is special too as audiences unite with musicians to share a moment”.


“I believe music can continue to unite us and bring joy in these worrying times, and we are working on how we can still share that with you in the coming weeks via our online platforms.  Our staff are unearthing interesting footage and content to share and working with closely with Scottish musicians to bring you new digital content which is an artistic response to the times”.

“The Board of Directors would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival team in developing this programme”.


“In these difficult times, we are doing our best to support the Scottish musicians and practitioners without whom we will not have a Jazz and Blues scene, and will do our best to re-schedule the many artists who were due to be involved in delivering the Festival and Carnival.”


“Starting on Wednesday 22nd April, we will be sharing the footage of the Scottish Blues Weekend that happened in February – please do tune in and enjoy”.


“In closing, I’d like to thank our funders, partners, participants and audiences for their loyalty, support and understanding”.


For updates see http://www.edinburghjazzfesival.com


The Festival is planning for the 2021 edition from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 July
The 42nd Edinburgh Jazz & blues Festival took place from 12-2st July 2019. Featuring over 140 concerts in 13 venues across 12 wards in the City and attracted a live attendance of 68,200 plus over 12,000 digital audiences. The Festival offered over 930 musician engagements with over 521 from Scottish musicians. Highlights included a performance by Jan Garbarek, the premiere of Glasgow drummer Graeme Costello’s Strata Expanded, Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Ibibio Sound Machine, Fergus McCreadie / Tommy Smith Duo, American superstar bluesman Kenny Wayne Sheppard and new projects from Nicole Smit and Jed Potts.
The Festival is funded by The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.


Social Media

Festival:


Twitter:    https://twitter.com/edinburghjazz


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghJazzandBluesFestival


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edinburgh_jazz/


You Tube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/JazzandBluesFestival/videos


Carnival


Twitter:    https://twitter.com/EdFestCarnival


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghFestivalCarnival


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edinburghfestivalcarnival/

 

Down For The Count Swing Orchestra release video release new video as a tribute to all key workers during the Corona Virus crisis.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Down For The Count released a brand new video two days ago featuring 26 musicians all filmed in their homes as a tribute to all key workers who are keeping the UK moving right now.

We have received the following press release;

Down For The Count released a brand new video two days ago featuring 26 musicians all filmed in their homes as a tribute to all key workers who are keeping the UK moving right now.


Their take on Let’s Face The Music and Dance proved to be a viral smash with almost 30,000 Facebook views already.


You can see the video at : https://youtu.be/Ls49N_W6INg


https://business.facebook.com/downforthecountswingorchestra/videos/1013966442334684/


As Mike the band leader explains: “We’re all in awe of what our key workers are doing at the moment, particularly our NHS staff, and we wanted to do something to show our appreciation of them. It’s so inspiring how healthcare workers carry on doing such a difficult job day after day, and we thought that the song “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” epitomises that attitude perfectly. Also, music and dance both have the ability to lift people’s spirits. This is such a difficult time for everyone – including for us as musicians, unsure when we’re going to be able to play together again – so we wanted to do something positive to bring a little joy into people’s lives.


“The video is a collaboration between Down for the Count, and our friends City String Ensemble – their leader, Sophie Poteratchi, and I came up with the idea. It features musicians from all over England and Scotland – including an NHS doctor from Edinburgh – who recorded the song separately from their own homes.


“Once we had chosen the song, I transcribed the 26 orchestral parts from the original Billy May arrangement, written for Nat ‘King’ Cole in the early 1960s, and sent them round to all the musicians who individually recorded their separate parts at home, whilst listening to just the drums and bass in their headphones. Some of the musicians have home recording equipment, but most of them just recorded the audio on their phones and sent it back to me to mix together.


“Sophie and I also asked everyone to film themselves playing – the only instruction was “put on your concert dress and have fun” – everyone dusted down their tuxedos and ballgowns, propped up their phone on piles of books, and imagined they were at a concert. Everyone had their own little individual take on the “have fun” message and it was great to see what everyone came up with (especially when they had bars of rest – everything from quickstepping around the living room to cooking cauliflower soup!). Sophie then watched over 4 hours of footage from the individual musicians, and somehow, over the course of a week, condensed it all down into one 3 minute video.


“It’s amazing how all this could be achieved from the comfort of our own homes in keeping with the Stay Home guidelines. We wanted to demonstrate how you can still achieve something and collaborate with others without having to leave your home, all the while helping to protect the NHS and raising money for NHS Charities Together. It’s amazing how dressing up, donning our suits and best dresses and playing one of favourite swing tunes has got us all feeling more positive than we had in weeks. We wanted to share that feeling with other music fans and also make people smile and laugh in the process - we hope this video goes some way to lifting peoples’ spirits and raises money for a great cause too.”


http://www.dftcswingorchestra.co.uk


http://www.facebook.com/downforthecountband


Twitter : @dftc_band


Instagram : @downforthecount_band

Wendy Kirkland’s ‘Latin Lockdown’.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Pianist and vocalist Wendy Kirkland has been livestreaming solo performances of well known Latin tunes on her Facebook page for the last week or so. All atr still available for viewing.

Ian writes;


At the time of writing Wendy Kirkland has posted nine different “Latin Lockdown” videos on her Facebook page. All are educational, informative and entertaining. Check them out, especially the performance of Neil Larsen’s “Sudden Samba”, which features her playing piano and melodica at the same time!


Wendy’s “Latin Lockdown” performances can be enjoyed here;
https://www.facebook.com/wendykpiano

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

Thursday, April 09, 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 radio show is now available.


PART 1 - features the winners of this year’s 7Virtual Jazz Club https://7virtualjazzclub.net/


Main Section


Winner: vibraphonist Simon Moullier


My Pick: Pianist Stephan Aeby

 

Under 25 Student’s Section


Winner: Trumpeter Evan Taylor


My Pick: Michelangelo Scandroglio

 


(NB: The 2020/21 competition is now open for entries)

 

PART 2 – New Releases


Martina Almgren – Peace of Mind (Oh Yeah Records)


Karolina Almgren Projekt – Live I Umea (Oh Yeah Records)


Mark Lotz Trio - The Wroclaw Sessions (audiocave)


Obradovic-Tixier duo - The boiling stories of a smoking kettle (Naim)


Per Oddvar Johansen - The Quiet Cormorant (Losen)

 

European Modern Jazz on the radio

At any time;

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:

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

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


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


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


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

 

JazzLeeds - latest newsletter.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Steve Crocker has forwarded the organisation's latest newsletter, including details of cancelled and re-scheduled shows, livestreams and on line archive footage.

Steve Crocker writes;


The Leeds Lockdown Sessions


With the virus keeping everyone indoors, the jazz business is having to go online. We are no exception at JazzLeeds - welcome to our weekly Jazz Leeds lockdown…  Also we’ve got up to date news on our cancellations, postponements and what we’ll be up to in the autumn. plus our favourite live jazz streaming, and some suggestions about how you might best support musicians through this time.


JazzLeeds cancellations
We’ve unfortunately had to cancel most of our spring and summer programme due to the Covid-19 virus. So - no summer JazzLeeds festival in July - we’ll have to wait another year to see the acts that were appearing - and no Chapel Allerton Arts Festival in early September, although we are still hoping to run some of the Village Jazz Festival events (4-6 September) ourselves


We have been able to re arrange some of our gigs as follows…

Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir @Seven Arts 8pm is now recheduled for Thus 12 November

Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm is now rescheduled for Sunday afternoon Nov 29th

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra @Seven Arts 8pm is now rescheduled for Thus 8 October

Sound of 59 @Seven Arts 8pm is now rescheduled for Thus 17 Dec


Refunds are available for advanced tickets sold for cancelled concerts,and for re arranged concerts you can have a refund or just hold on to your tickets and present them at the new date.


Our Rush Hour Jazz series and our Jazz Workshops are also suspended at present but Tessa Smith our Jazz Voices Choir Leader will be running an online summer choir, starting this coming week - If you are interested, please subscribe to her newsletter to hear all about it. The link is here https://tessasmith.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=69db758b91f5b9e67320c4723&id=79357f647a - do pass it on!


Autumn listings

From October, our concert Live listings are currently

Thus 1 Oct Jobic le Masson and Steve Potts - “Double Dutch Treat” @Seven 8pm

Sun 4 Oct Suppertime @Inkwell 1.30pm

Thus 8 Oct: Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra re arranged from March 8pm

Sun 11 Oct Pete Johnson Brodie Jarvie and Steve Hanley Inkwell 1.30pm

****Mini Jazz Piano Festival @Seven Arts***
Sun 18 Oct John Colliani Trio 1.30pm
Sun 25 Oct Andrew McCormack solo 1.30pm
Thus 29 Oct Fergus Mcreadie Trio 8pm

Sun Nov 1 Tango jazz with Martin Alvarado piano and vocals, Eero Koivistoinen,  and Alexi Tuomarila. Seven Arts 1.30pm

Sun Nov 8 Daisy George Trio with Daisy George bass Will Barry piano and Jay Davis drums @Inkwell 1.30pm

Thus 12 Nov Ian Shaw, Ian Ballamy, Jamie Safir “What’s New” re arranged from March 8pm Seven Arts

Sun Nov 15 Seven Jamie Taylor with US guitarist John Stowell Seven Arts 1.30pm

Sun Nov 22 Tori Freestone Trio Seven Arts   1.30pm

Thus 26 Nov Josephine Davis “Satori” Seven Arts 8pm

Sun Nov 29 Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm - re arranged from March

Thus 3 Dec Nigel Price and “Wes Re-imagined’ Seven Arts 8pm

Sun Dec 13 About Time – Malcolm Strachan sextet 1.30pm Seven Arts (tbc)

Thus 17 Dec Adrian Knowles and Sound of 59 - re arranged from April 8pm

Sun Dec 20 Christmas Jazz Cafe at Inkwell 1.30pm


Leeds lockdown Sunday sessions
On Sunday afternoon, when we would normally be opening up for an afternoon of jazz, instead we’ve a selection of some of favourite music from our archives. This week Eric Alexander, Claude Deppa, Tiptoe, Tina May, Ari Hoenig (++) and THE RAFFLE (for the Wensleydale cheese!). Check our our You Tube Facebook Page from 1.30pm - the lockdown link is…. here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJPubOw76nk&lc=UgyKCFuI9Pqk86ng14l4AaABAg


Live streaming jazz favourites
Here are three of our favourite live streams - catch up with them here


Emmett Cohen trio - New York pianist swings his way through the lockdown
https://www.facebook.com/emmet.cohen


Enrico Tommasso - Leeds born trumpeter (and Louis Armstrong fan) is posting funny affectionate and endearing tributs to the jazz trumpet masters
https://www.facebook.com/enrico.tomasso


Chic Corea - a nightly masterclass posts from the piano legend
https://www.facebook.com/chickcorea/


How can we help musicians?
With all jazz venues now closed because of the coronavirus, musicians and singers have seen their main source of income suddenly cease. Most musicians rely on gig money to survive and even those with teaching jobs or other supplementary incomes will be finding it difficult to support themselves during this self-isolation period. Many musicians have their music available from their own website or as downloads, and I’d urge you to buy their CD’s!
So the gigs might be cancelled but at least there will then be a direct way of helping the people we that we respect and admire - that’s after all why we do this stuff! I’m sure a lot of promoters do this already but if not there is no more urgent time that now…


Watch our website and social media for further updates - our web is http://www.jazzleeds.org.uk

Our email address for queries is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Good luck and stay safe!


Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds

Composing in a crisis ... an update from Tim Kliphuis.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis has forwarded his latest newsletter, including details of his current composing activities and the setting up of his new Patreon page.

Tim Kliphuis writes;

Composing in a crisis ... an update from Tim Kliphuis


Dear all,

Looking back with gratitude on my long USA tour and the one Russian concert in Kazan on 16 March - very poignant with the orchestra, crowd, Shlomo Mintz and myself knowing this would be the last for a while, just before everything shut down.

The new reality in my life, and that of my music colleagues, is that of no income other than some online teaching, and the hope that the current crisis will pass someday.

I have been using this time to work hard on my new composition “The Five Elements” which will be a mesmerizing and thought-provoking piece in 5 movements, about the state of the world.


For those who have lost loved ones, I am creating a new version of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne for violin solo (some of you have heard a halfway version in concert during the tour) as a soothing, 15-minute in memoriam.

Both pieces mean a lot to me and I am aiming to record them while I can’t travel internationally - but I will need support in making that happen.

That’s why I have started a page on Patreon, which offers a way of supporting me in exchange for exclusive tracks, live online concerts, and online talks; but also I will be involving you in the creative process and asking for your feedback.


Here I tell you more about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmorcfF8I-E&t=2s

The link to become a patron is here:
https://www.patreon.com/timkliphuismusic

Can I ask you to have a look? All support GREATLY appreciated!

Will keep you informed and hope we see each other live soon again.
Best wishes and stay safe,
Tim

Tim Kliphuis
The Netherlands
http://www.timkliphuis.com

Lynne Arriale Trio - new album and 2020 US and European tour dates.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

American pianist and composer Lynne Arriale released her latest trio album "Chimes of Freedom" on March 6th 2020. She has a number of tour dates scheduled in the US and Europe later in 2020/21.

Lynne Arriale has fprwarded the following press release;


The Lynne Arriale Trio has been touring in support of their critically acclaimed Give Us These Days, which was named one of the Best Jazz CDs of 2018 by Jazz History Online and reached #15 on the US Jazz Week Radio Charts.


Lynne’s newest release, (March 6, 2020) her 15th album as a leader, Chimes of Freedom, 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. Chimes reached #8 on the US Jazz Week Radio Charts.


LYNNE ARRIALE TRIO
featuring Jasper Somsen & E.J. Strickland
Juan Carlos Villorroel


“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz” (The Guardian- UK),pianist/composer, Lynne Arriale, has performed on international concert st ages 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 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.

She 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.


JASPER SOMSEN
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 performs worldwide and can be heard on over 40 albums. In addition to performing and composing, Jasper and is also a renowned studio producer,
having produced ten albums for Challenge Records, which includes four albums as a leader.

E.J. STRICKLAND
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.


UPCOMING TOUR DATES:


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


PRESS;


“The poet laureate of her generation..”
Jazz Police


“Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices.” 
JazzTimes


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


“She belongs among the poets. Truly distinctive, her improvisations weave a seductive combination of lyricism and muscle.” 
The London Times


“As with every move in her celebrated career, Lynne Arriale remains both readily identifiable in her different pursuits and impossible to pin down in specific character.  Whether given to introspection or taken by extroversion, she remains a force of nature.”       
All About Jazz


“Transcendent… arguably her most potent release yet.”

.”...there’s an overarching feel of freedom and joy that surpasses all that came before. Majestic themes typically build intensity over the tracks while allowing Lynne’s bandmates plenty of room to shine…This album sits atop a discography that continually evolves, from an artist who manages to combine the ethereal and ferocious. And one who never lets us forget the melody.”   
Jazz
Police

“Jazz piano avatar…Pianist, arranger, composer and educator Lynne Arriale has been one of the most inventive and enduring standard bearers of the jazz piano tradition…. ”                             
Hothouse Magazine

“When pianist Lynne Arriale plays the first notes on her new album… .....jazz that sounds so elegant and powerful, from such a sound and such energy, you just want more and you will not be disappointed over the entire length of the album.
......her absolutely determined, and truly impressive, musical strength has certainly contributed to her successful 25 year-long international career. Her concerts are an experience….of concentrated intensity.”


“Lynne Arriale becomes a sister in the musical spirit of power players such as John Coltrane’s pianist McCoy Tyner.”


“In jazz, developing your own musical personality, your own unique voice that stands out from all the others, tops the list of crucial achievements. On her 14th album, Lynne Arriale demonstrates how to use this gift to repeatedly convince and surprise her audience. The result is brilliant, and I urge you to listen to it for yourself.”                     
Bayerische Rundfunk, Germany


“...the improvised melody flows in a rush through Arriale’s fingers, as if the power of the combined forces of the trio were unable to contain the music.”
Jazz History Online

La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival - Reschedules To The Autumn.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

La Linea, London's Latin Music Festival has announced the rescheduling of its April/May dates to September /October/ December 2020. New details attached.

We have received the following press release;

La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival - Reschedules To The Autumn


La Linea announces the rescheduling of its April/May dates to September/October 2020*


A series of new additions to the festival are also announced


La Linea – London’s Latin Music Festival – announces today that this year’s event, originally scheduled to run throughout April and May, will now take place in September and October.


Festival Director Andy Wood:
“We have built La Linea on a sense of celebrating the community in music and dance. With London in lockdown it is important to be able to look forward to a time when we can come together again and so we’re really happy to have been able to reschedule the entire La Linea 20 event for later on in the year”.

La Linea celebrates the very best of the Latin music world and this year’s 20th anniversary event will host an array of world exclusive commissions, one-off UK concerts and specially curated shows across the capital.


The festival is also today releasing details of a series of new support acts for the rearranged shows alongside a special opening night event featuring two of the great Latin music big bands on September 4th. The full list of rescheduled dates is below.


Tickets already purchased for existing dates remain valid for new dates.

 

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 La Linea is supported by The Anglo Mexican Foundation. Mestizo is a British Council programme, co-produced with La Linea and supported by the PRS Foundation.


La Linea 2020


Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
+ Dorance Lorza + El Swing DJs: Johnny G & Gerry Lyseight + Javier La Rosa + Rich Fallon + Dr Jim
Friday 4 September
Electric Brixton
£25 in advance
Doors 9pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/maykel-blanco-y-su-salsa-mayor-2/


Ana Tijoux
+ new support Fedzilla + DJ Cal Jader
Tuesday 8 September
Jazz Cafe
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/ana-tijoux-4/


LoLa MC Showcase
Friday 11 September
Rich Mix  
£12 in advance        
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/lola-mc-showcase-night/


Weyler: Maradona in Mexico
Saturday 12 September
Rich Mix
£15 in advance
Doors 8pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/weyler-maradona-in-mexico/


Sara Correia
+ new support Babesa Cubana
Friday 25 September
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/sara-correia/


Melingo
+ new support Andria Antoniou + Roman Gomez
Thursday 1 October
Rich Mix    
£18 in advance
Doors 7.30pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/melingo-6/


Tino Contreras  
Tuesday 6 October
EartH Theatre  
£20 in advance
Doors 7pm - 10:30pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/tino-contreras/


Mestizo
Featuring Theon Cross, Steam Down, León Pardo, Diana Sanmiguel, N. Hardem, Daniel Michel, Marco Fajardo, Alejandro Cifuentes and more
Monday 19 October
Electric Brixton
£17 in advance
Doors 7pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/mestizo/


Lina_ Raül Refree
+ new support Francisco Sales
Monday 19 October
Union Chapel
£18 in advance
Doors 7pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/lina-raul-refree/


Juana Molina    
Saturday 4 December
The Jazz Cafe    
£22 in advance
Doors 7pm
https://www.comono.co.uk/la-linea/juana-molina/


*NB the La Linea 20 shows with Bebel Gilberto and Fernando Otero are still being rescheduled and we hope to be able to announce new dates for them soon along with making some bran new additions to the line-up.*


Information and tickets for all shows http://www.lalineafestival.com (prices shown are before booking fees).


Facebook: lalineafestival


Twitter: @lalineafest #lalinea20


Instagram: lalineafest


La Linea 2020 Listings:

Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
A special opening night show for the rearranged La Linea festival featuring two great Latin music big bands with music from the hubs of Cuba and Colombia along with a great DJ line-up.
Maykel Blanco and his Salsa Mayor spun their way into the Havana music scene fifteen years ago and remain the most popular live band in Cuba. Maykel combines catchy lyrics with irresistible dancefloor-ready arrangements to make his songs favourites among DJs and dancers.
Last year he had two huge hits on the island with both Ya Tu No Coronas and Que Tiene Que Tu Mueve (the title track of the new album) reaching #1 in the charts of Cuba’s most important radio stations.
Maykel Blanco was born in 1981 in Havana, and at the age of twelve, began to study percussion at night school and later on at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. He formed his own band at fifteen and then, in 2005, took over the musical direction of Salsa Mayor, which is known there as ‘The Musical Machine of Cuba.’
Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Café is one of the leading bands in London’s vibrant salsa scene. Pioneering the worldwide ‘salsa con vibes’ revival at the turn of the century, Sexteto Café was one of the first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/1970s bands like Joe Cuba’s Sextet rather than that of the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.
Colombian born band leader Dorance Lorza has an impressive record as a musician, arranger, composer and producer, working with the biggest names in Colombian salsa music such as Grupo Niche, Los Del Caney, Los Titanes, Los Nemus Del Pacifico, Orquesta Canela, Santiago Ceron, La Octava Dimension, Kike Harvey, Cali Aleman and Fruko y su Orquesta and is a regular at La Feria de Cali.
Salsa Caliente! support comes courtesy of a full line up of top Cuban Salsa DJs playing for the dancers – Javier La Rosa, Richard Fallon & Dr Jim and El Swing DJs: Johnny G and Gerry Lyseight holding up the Colombian and rest of the world salsa end from their club night El Swing – playing the hottest new salsa dura to the deepest, classic Fania – and all the amazing music in between.


Ana Tijoux
Ana Tijoux makes a welcome return to La Linea following her two sold out shows at the festival in 2015 and 2018. Ana’s solo career began in 2009 and she has since become arguably the most important Chilean musical figure of her generation.
Returning to her rap roots, with her new single out on 28 January - title track of the album to be released later this year – Antifa Dance, (antifa means anti-fascist) is an urgent call to the internationalism that the world emergency demands.
When the civil protests in Chile started in October 2019, a familiar noise soundtracked the unrest: cacerolazos, the time-honoured tradition of banging pots and pans together as a form of protest. Within twenty-four hours of the start of the protests, Ana Tijoux had launched #Cacerolazo on Instagram with 1.8 million views to date. The viral song samples the clatter of wooden spoons and saucepans and creates an infectious, impossible-to-ignore beat, converting a song about protest into an act of resistance in its own right. Further tracks from her new album will be released in February (Cumbia), March (Rebelion de Octubre) and April in the run up to her La Linea show.
Ana has recorded five albums since 2007, and collaborated with global figures such as Mexican Julieta Venegas, Uruguayan Jorge Drexler, Palestinian Shadia Mansour. She won a Latin Grammy in 2014 and has been nominated for six other Grammy and Latin Grammy awards.
Born in France during the exile of her parents from the military dictatorship in Chile, Tijoux began her career in the late 90s with the ground-breaking rap trio Makiza. She is a Grammy-winning soloist, best known for her smooth voice and her political lyrics, an icon for feminists, students, and leftists around the world. It is just as common to see her doing interviews on Al-Jazeera or Democracy Now! as it is to see her grace the stages of Lollapalooza or Roskilde. With the intention of re-connecting with her roots and fighting for a whole continent, she has become the voice of a generation, not only in Chile but for Latinos worldwide.
Fedzilla + DJ Cal Jader (support for Ana Tijoux)
Astute and outspoken, Fedzilla is an MC and artist straddling dembow-heavy beats with a Latin twist. A key member of the award-winning London-Havana soundclash Wara, she weaves between ragga, cumbia, hip-hop and dancehall.  Beats supplied by Movimientos DJ Cal Jader.
YOUTUBE
Pass It On: https://youtu.be/KcrSLpVEhqI


LOLA MC Showcase
LOLA MC, the London Latin Music Conference unites the business for a day of ideas exchange at Rich Mix. In the evening, La Linea will host a public showcase for emerging artists from London’s vibrant Latin scene.


Weyler: Maradona in Mexico
Javier Weyler’s stunning score for the recently released Netflix original series ‘Maradona In Mexico’ draws on musical styles from across Latin America to help tell the story of Diego Armando as he takes on a new challenge as coach of Doradas de Sinaloa in the Mexican second division.
Javier Weyler and his band perform live from the soundtrack, drawing on its mix of contagious beats and melodies - from Argentina to Mexico – blending acoustic and electronic instrumentation and backed by visuals from the series.
Javier Weyler is a composer, producer, musician, engineer and a former member of Stereophonics. Weyler has collaborated with many artists, including Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Zak Starkey (The Who, Oasis), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Natalia Lafourcade.


Sara Correia
La Linea 2020 hosts the UK debut for Sara Correia whose intense, smoky, powerful and incredibly passionate voice captures love, sadness, saudade and joy, the city of Lisbon and the Portuguese soul.
Her debut album, Sara Correia —released in 2018 —sets her voice in a mainly acoustic instrumental setting featuring musicians Ângelo Ferreira – “undoubtedly one of this generation’s Portuguese guitar geniuses” – Marino de Freitas on bass guitar, and Vicky Marques on percussion. The album earned her two nominations for the PLAY-Portuguese Music Awards, in the categories of Best Fado Album and Best New Artist. The international edition of her debut album was released by Wrasse Records in 2019.
Correia grew up in a family of fadistas and was just 13 years old when she won the Grande Noite do Fado (a major festival and singing competition). Her husky high-contralto voice still projects the intensity of the roots music she grew up listening to.
Soon after her victory, she was invited to sing at one of Lisbon’s most important venues for fado, the Casa de Linhares, where she was lucky to learn from some of the greatest singers such as Celeste Rodrigues, Jorge Fernando and Maria da Nazaré. “I will always think of them as the school of being a fadista”, she declares. The experience of the fado house is vital to her. “It is very important to me, it is almost mandatory. It’s where you get your bearings and learn to use your voice, where you grow into your identity, singing night after night as if your life depended on it. All the great fadistas of today and all of the greats in our history came into their own at fado houses.”
Babesa Cubana (support for Sara Correia)
From the 1940s onwards many Greek songs have been coloured and driven by the rhythms and sounds of Brazil, Cuba and Argentina. Fronted by Latin jazz singer Andria Antoniou, musicians from Greece and South America add a Latin tinge to the contemporary Greek songbook.
YOUTUBE
Promo video: https://youtu.be/mtMNgfb8Iyc


Melingo
Melingo is a Buenos Aires-based musician and tango artist, his songs both deceptively tender and desperately catchy, with a brilliantly wayward cast of musicians to illuminate his vignettes. Melingo will perform material from his new album Tango Rebetiko(released March 2020), which completes the musical circle of his families ida y vuelta from Greece to Argentina.
Melingo’s mother’s side of the family were tango people, but on his father’s side, his grandmother sang opera. Melingo’s incessant touring brought him into contact with other ancestral musical roots when a Viennese woman, Daniela Melingo, sought him out at a concert in Austria. She turned out to be his second cousin, descended from a brother of Melingo’s Ravel-loving grandfather, and told him that their family came from the Greek island of Zakynthos, the birthplace of rebetiko, Greece’s anarchic musical movement.
With the precision of Borges and the bluntness of Bukowski, Melingo crafts atmospheric musical statements that transport listeners to a gotan world of lunfardo backslang, drug addicts, drifters, deadbeats and alcoholics. It’s no surprise Melingo’s tango bizarro sound has been compared to that of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.
“The man who makes Tango seriously cool!” The Independent
“A mesmerising stage presence.” The Times
Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez (support for Melingo)
Support is Andria Antoniou & Roman Gomez who have recently released their debut album Encuentro - a blend of tango and Latin American folklore with jazz. Inspired by themes of displacement and nostalgia set against the experience of love and the power of women to resist and seek freedom.
YOUTUBE:
Encuentro live promo video: https://youtu.be/oWZl1Jf6xa4
Tango na noite: https://youtu.be/s2uApMBcF4E


Tino Contreras
The UK debut of the extraordinary Tino Contreras playing music from his ground-breaking 1978 Quinto Sol album Musica Infinita, a psychedelic, experimental jazz record now re-released on Gilles Peterson’s Arc Records.
Born in Chihuahua in 1924 to a family of musicians, Contreras is a Mexican jazz master drummer who for more than six decades has melded Latin influences with free jazz, psychedelia, avant-garde experimentation and global sounds from Egypt, India, Turkey, and elsewhere.  Tino’s career started in the 1950s and has seen him share stages with many of the greats – including Dave Brubeck, Cannonball Adderley and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Now in his nineties, Contreras continues to play, record, and receive recognition for his contribution to Mexican jazz and beyond.
Musica Infinita was the product of Contreras’ long and productive partnership with Estrella Newman, a scholar who championed pre-Columbian culture and Mexico’s experimental traditions. Contreras filtered these local traditions through an American-influenced jazz lens. Inspired by a nighttime visit to the Pyramid of the Sun, in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Contreras decided to adopt the name Quinto Sol for the band. Quinto Sol – or, “Fifth Sun,” is the fifth period of the Aztec Calendar, based on an Aztec carved stone structure known as the Sun Stone. Musica Infinita channelled these grand concepts into a visceral musical experience. The initial album pressing was private and limited to about 500 copies - the album did not enjoy wide distribution, so until now has remained a cult item among experimental jazz fans.
The story behind Peterson re-releasing the record is serendipitous. Several years ago, he bought a copy before a gig in Japan, and it soon became one of his most cherished discoveries; he was awed by its otherworldly blend of jazz fusion and psychedelia. Years later, booked to play at a festival in Mexico, Peterson was introduced to Carlos Icaza, a record collector and musician, who also had a copy of the record – in fact, he has two – and to whom it was also an extremely special album. To Peterson’s delight, Icaza suggested they meet up with Contreras who, is still active and based in Mexico City. Soon enough, the three of them were sat down together and agreed upon a plan to re-issue “Musica Infinita”.
By the time he recorded “Musica Infinita”, Contreras had been a part of the Luis Arcaraz orchestra, had led a series of outfits to record albums for the Musart label, been part of recordings for the Polydor, Typic and Berta imprints, and had introduced Mexico to the Dominican Republic’s merengue rhythm, through his 1953 recording debut with an orchestra, the ‘Volado por los merengues’ 10”.


Mestizo: Featuring Theon Cross, Steam Down, León Pardo, Diana Sanmiguel, N. Hardem, Daniel Michel, Marco Fajardo, Alejandro Cifuentes and more
Global premiere performance for a big band mestizo collaboration between the new music scenes of Bogotá and London.
Last September, with support from the British Council, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Steam Down travelled to Colombia to perform at Bogotá’s Jazz al Parque. Whilst there they caught some studio time with members of the city’s inspirational independent scene. Months’ of musical exchanges later the Mestizo sound is now ready to meet its audience.
Neither London, nor Bogotá, this is a brand new international local sound that draws on the diaspora roots of the British and Colombian musicians. At one moment filtered through Grime, at another via the haunting sound of the gaita, Mestizo is in the house.
Like their UK counterparts, contemporary Colombian musicians have embraced different musical traditions to create new and refreshing music. Twenty years ago, young Colombians from major cities began to create musical fusions between cumbia and currulao mixed with jazz, hip-hop, salsa, and electronica and transformed afro-diasporic traditional Colombian music.
With a full supporting line up of Colombian and UK DJs and other live surprises.
Mestizo is the British Council programme to foster music collaborations between artists and producers from the United Kingdom and Colombia. It is co-produced with La Linea, and supported by the PRS Foundation.


Lina_ Raül Refree
This is fado rewired and recast. Lina, a Portuguese singer renowned for her haunting interpretations of Amalia Rodrigues’s classic repertoire, reinvents fado classics in a brand new way with Spanish producer and multi-instrumentalist Raül Refree (Rosalía, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo).
Lina and Raül Refree have sloughed off the old trappings and exacting traditions of fado and made it into a perfect fit for the twenty-first century. Replacing guitars with piano and analogue synths, they have reinvented the music and done it while keeping the rich beauty of the melodies and the aching poetry of the words that are such a vital part of the tradition.
Their new album Lina_Raül Refree, released in January 2020, is fado for today, a sound that goes beyond geography. It sheds the old skin for the new, yet still leaves it as Portugal’s soul; a beautiful cry of emotion.
Lina has a long background in fado; her family has sung it for two generations and she took it up when she was 15, then studied opera and turned to the stage where she portrayed fado’s great queen, Amália Rodrigues, before being invited to become a regular at Lisbon’s iconic Clube de Fado. Lina has released two albums –Carolina in 2014, recorded with António Zambujo’s producer Ricardo Cruz, and enCantado in 2017, produced by Diogo Clemente, who has worked with Carminho and Mariza.
Lina invited Raül to produce her new album on the strength of his collaboration with the flamenco incendiary Rosalía on her record Los Angeles, the album that first made her name.
Raül Refree has been widely praised for his solo work, including the album La Otra Mitad, as well as his ground-breaking productions combining experimental rock, flamenco and pop with occasional jazz influences.  He has also produced albums by Lee Ranaldo, Rocío Márquez, Roger Mas, Nacho Umbert, Senior i el Brutal, Christina Rosenvinge, Las Migas, Silvia Pérez Cruz, Josh Rouse, Kiko Veneno, Mala Rodríguez, and Els Pets.
Francisco Sales (support for Lina & Raul Refree)
Portuguese guitarist, and long-term Incognito member, Francisco Sales plays an atmospheric, filmic set of music from his soon to be released third solo album.
YOUTUBE
Hungary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neBqYi-M3g0
Valediction: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ2ObX5WPBQ


Juana Molina
Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina specialises in experimental folktronica, mixing acoustic styles and electronica in songs that constantly switch between charming and quirky to downright spooky. She explores disorientation with twisting beauty, built of layer upon layer of polyrhythms, dissonant synth melodies and distorted voices. Her music is in love with texture and timbre, even a seemingly conventional song is soon transformed by her edgy and intriguing off-kilter soundscapes.
The unrivalled mistress of mysterious, sophisticated experimental pop, her last full album Halo’s sonic palette was refined by her two decades of experimentation to create a narrative defined not by words, but by mood. Her latest EP Forfun takes four tracks from the album Paraguaya, Un Dia, Vagos and The Rat, and revisits them as joyful punk.
This is Juana’s first La Linea appearance since her 2004 debut when she was supported by Jose Gonzalez.
“edgy and intriguing off-kilter soundscapes” – The Guardian
“Closest thing to genius” – The Quietus

R.I.P. Wallace Roney (1960 - 1920).

Saturday, April 04, 2020

The Jazzmann was saddened to hear the news of the passing of American trumpeter Wallace Roney due to complications of Covid-19. A statement from his publicist, Lydia Liebman, is attached.

Lydia Liebman writes;


Concerning the Passing of Wallace Roney


Wallace Roney: May 25, 1960 - March 31, 2020

 

Dear friends,


I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of COVID-19 this morning just before noon. The family is looking to have a memorial service to honor Wallace and his musical contributions once this pandemic has passed. Please respect their privacy at this time.


Working with Wallace was and will remain one of the greatest privileges of my life. It was an honor to represent him and to be part of his musical world. I cannot even begin to express how much I will miss him and his music.


Please, friends, be safe.


With love and light,
Lydia


Ian adds;


All at The Jazzmann were saddened to hear of this tragic news.


I was lucky enough to see Wallace Roney perform live back in 2009 when he appeared at that year’s Hay Festival as part of drummer Jimmy Cobb’s ‘Kind of Blue’ band, a sextet assembled by Cobb to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue”. Effectively Roney played the role of Miles Davis, who had been his inspiration and mentor. My account of that performance can be read as part of my Festival coverage here;
https://www.thejazzmann.com/features/article/the-guardian-hay-festival-hay-on-wye-2009


I must admit to being less than familiar with Roney’s work on disc and have nothing further to add in this regard.


Roney’s passing is a tragic loss for his family, and for the jazz community as a whole. He was only fifty nine years of age, a couple of years younger than me, and his death serves as a stark and shocking reminder, as if any were needed, as to just how serious this global crisis really is.

 

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.
https://www.mixcloud.com/philmeadows/2-the-underpass/


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. https://www.patreon.com/philmeadows


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. https://www.patreon.com/philmeadows

 

Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/philmeadows
Instagram: @philmeadows
Twitter: @PMeadowsMusic
Facebook/philmeadowsmusic
Website: http://www.philmeadowsmusic.co.uk

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. https://www.barbican.org.uk/your-visit/general-info/coronavirus-advice
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: barbican.org.uk/read-watch-listen


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. 


http://www.barbican.org.uk

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 http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz:


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


http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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


Weekly:


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


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


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


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


http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 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 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 https://arborsrecords.com/, 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 http://www.jazzclubsarasota.org,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
https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/first-broadcast-march-22nd/


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

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:

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


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


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


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

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


https://fergusmccreadie.bandcamp.com/merch/fergus-mccreadie-trio-live-at-black-mountain  (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: https://youtu.be/rbthmqFg9gw


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. https://youtu.be/UKHUIY9ZTkk 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) https://youtu.be/e76f4-HniVY 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 – http://www.alanbroadbent.com – 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1761016554076750/

BRUNO HEINEN TRIO
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. 


http://www.brunoheinen.com/bruno-heinen-trio


Tour dates;


Thurs 14 May
7.30pm
COVENTRY Tin Arts Centre, Coventry Canal Basin Units 1-4, CV1 4LY.  £8/£10
https://thetinmusicandarts.org.uk/events/event-details/?event_id=9710735


Sun 24 May
8.00pm
LONDON Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, Dalston N16 8AZ
£10 http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/bruno-heinen-trio-out-of-doors/


Fri 5 June
8.00pm
LONDON Kings Place 90 York Way, London N1 9AG *ALBUM LAUNCH*
£14.50 / £9.50 https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/jazz/bruno-heinen-2/


Mon 8 June
7.30pm
ASHBURTON Arts Centre 15 West St, Newton Abbot TQ13 7DT
£13/£10/£6 http://ashburtonarts.org.uk/


Tues 9 June
7.30pm
ST IVES Jazz Club, Gabriel StreetTR26 2LU
£13/£8/£5 http://www.stivesjazzclub.com/index.html


Wed 10 June
8.00pm
CARDIFF Flute and Tankard 4 Windsor Place, CF10 3BX
£7/£5 http://thefluteandtankard.com/upcoming-events.php


Sat 13 June
7.00pm
BRIGHTON Verdict 159 Edward St, Kemptown, BN2 0JB
£10/£5 https://www.roxanneattheverdict.com/


Sun 14 June
8.00pm
SOUTHAMPTON Modern Jazz Club, Mango Basement, 5 Canute Rd, SO14 3FH
http://www.southamptonmodernjazzclub.com/


Wed 1 July
8.15pm
SHEFFIELD Lescar 303 Sharrow Vale Rd, Sharrow S11 8ZF
£8/£5 http://www.jazzatthelescar.com/


Thur 2 July
7.30pm
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Gosforth Civic Theatre Regent Farm Rd NE3 3HD
£12/£10 https://www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk/bruno-heinen-trio-bartok-revisited


Fri 3 July
7.00pm
GLASGOW Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
£12 http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme


Fri 18 September
7.45pm
BIRMINGHAM Jazz, 1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St, B1 3HE
£ various, from £5-15 https://www.birminghamjazz.co.uk/gigs


Biography;


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.
http://www.brunoheinen.com/


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;
https://vimeo.com/389723092


“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.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WcdSoygFXhqjbOlkFKUOHqm_Jfas8WUk


SAMANTHA WRIGHT CLARINET QUINTET (audio):  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xEGgXHTqj3U7_1VMIiuX5-iY-85Xql2n/view


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:-
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6KDN1ptmf5rNzCXQoCKU3Q


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


Fb Brecon jazz club: https://www.facebook.com/jazzlivecymru/


Fb Clwb jazz Aberhonddu: https://www.facebook.com/musebrecon/


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;


MEDIA INFORMATION FOR IMMEDIATE USE 20.03.20

The 36th Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

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
Birmingham
B16 8UT, England
Tel: 0121 454 7020

http://www.bigbearmusic.com


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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.


IAN MANN.

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.
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=uSB-yixIqn9Y0bG5rlIzPuPjHA3lZ6vuQZm5ZiV4CBPXsPRupkNhXRSnZ-fDz08rKgrLgW&country.x=GB&locale.x=GB
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

http://www.greennote.co.uk

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 http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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
http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:

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

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

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

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

http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 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 http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz


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

http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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

Weekly:


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

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

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


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


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


CONTACT & BOOKINGS
Ben Higham
+44 (0) 7703 403922

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http://www.thebrassmonkeys.eu

https://twitter.com/8BrassMonkeys

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
BEBEL GILBERTO
To release first new studio album in six years
AGORA
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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01IF4sqEjGs&feature=youtu.be

“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.


Tracklisting:

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;
https://bebelgilberto.ochre.store/release/175334-bebel-gilberto-agora

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.


BEN WENDEL SIGNS TO EDITION RECORDS
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;


BRITISH JAZZ SUPER-GROUP DINOSAUR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘TO THE EARTH’
+
NEW UK TOUR DATES FOR MAY/JUNE 2020
NEW ALBUM OUT 15TH MAY VIA EDITION RECORDS
PREVIOUSLY SHORTLISTED FOR THE MERCURY PRIZE (2017)


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.


Dinosaur
‘To The Earth’
15th May 2020
Edition Records

Tracklisting:


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 https://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz/seven-new-releases/


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
http://www.mixcloud.com/ukjazz

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


Weekly:


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

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

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

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

http://www.coftonradio.co.uk (Birmingham) Monday 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 http://depthoffield.info
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.


Tracks:
Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care
(37:01)


http://www.robertmitchellmusic.com


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


http://www.jonathangeetrio.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/Jonathan-Gee-224069604355203/

Twitter @jonathangeetrio


http://www.gaetanopartipilo.com

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
TIPPING POINT
Spark! – 008
Album release: Friday 17 April 2020


CONCERT DATES

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: http://www.tomgreenmusic.com


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.


Spark!: http://www.sparklabel.com

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


WHAT’S NEW
Silent Wish SWRCD1
Official album release: Friday 3 April 2020


CONCERT DATES;

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: https://www.ianshaw.biz
Management through Charlotte Keech at Viva Voca: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Iain Ballamy: https://www.ballamy.com

Jamie Safir: https://www.jamiesafir.com


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: https://absolutelabelservices.com

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!


US TOUR DATES INCLUDING
TREEFORT MUSIC FESTIVAL, BIG EARS FESTIVAL, NYC’S BOWERY BALLROOM, LA’S LODGE ROOM


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 https://impulse.lnk.to/WeAreSentHereByHistory and watch the visualizer here .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crhs76o9mvw


“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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg-0rBD38Lc


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
https://umusic.app.box.com/s/mdt9n1a9yok8euw8gaol8gi6d5en95c3


“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.”


Lineup;

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


Tracklist;

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
U.S. TOUR DATES;

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

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.


PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL: AWARD-WINNING SAXOPHONIST TONY KOFI PRESENTS
“ANOTHER KIND OF SOUL” FOR 24 APRIL RELEASE


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


TRACKLISTING:

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


ABOUT THE PROJECT;

“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 “...an 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.


Artist website: http://www.tonykofimusic.com


Label website: http://www.lastmusic.co.uk

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS;

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.


QUOTES:


ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“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.”


THE GUARDIAN - UK
“One of the most exciting pianists in contemporary jazz”


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


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


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


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


JAZZ POLICE
”The poet laureate of her generation”


THE SUNDAY TIMES LONDON
“Lynne Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz”


ALL ABOUT 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;


BYRON WALLEN
PORTRAIT: REFLECTIONS ON BELONGING


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.


Woodkid
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.


Rilès
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…).


Protoje
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.

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

KOKOROKO

Nérija

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

Kaiit

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 http://www.lovesupremefestival.com.

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.


SUPPORT FOR JIMMY COBB
http://www.gf.me/u/xc2xfn

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
AGILE EXPERIMENTS
ALIVE IN THE EMPIRE
Release 27 March 2020
DDR014 - DAVE DE ROSE RECORDS
Available via https://davederosemusic.bandcamp.com


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.
https://www.davederosemusic.com/agile-experiments


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   //  https://www.hackneyartsclubvenue.com


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.


VIDEO;

Agile Experiments with Ruth Goller, George Crowley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7zXqmhQfcg&list=PLP9ULvzEKH675YWVY7WTrbY4DyCn4t9mu&index=4

Agile Experiments Athens - Siotas/Aggelopoulos/De Rose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoONR4ODT0w&list=PLP9ULvzEKH675YWVY7WTrbY4DyCn4t9mu&index=2

Youtube playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP9ULvzEKH675YWVY7WTrbY4DyCn4t9mu


BIOGRAPHIES;


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.


ALIVE IN THE EMPIRE
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

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

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 https://alexandrapalaceevents.seetickets.com/event/ronnie-scott-s-milestones-festival/alexandra-palace-london/1488288
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 http://www.milestonesfestival.co.uk to find out more about the festival and get updates on the line-up as further acts are announced.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milestonesfest

Twitter: https://twitter.com/milestonesfest

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milestonesfest/


Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY