Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Tour Preview: Outside Line, March 2015

Guitarist Jamie Taylor will perform a number of dates in the North this month to promote his debut album with his new quartet, Introducing Outside Line.

Outside Line sees Jamie team up with saxophonist Matt Anderson, bassist Garry Jackson and drummer Dave Walsh to play newly written original material.

The band will appear at Zeffirelli's in Ambleside on Saturday March 7th, at Seven Arts in Leeds on Sunday March 8th, at ParrJazz in Liverpool on Tuesday March 10th and end at the Lescar in Taylor's hometown of Sheffield on Wednesday March 11th.

Jamie Taylor's website.

Outside Line EPK Video.

JazzFM Awards 2015

This year's JazzFM awards will take place in London on Wednesday 10th June at Vinopolis, London Bridge.

This will be 3rd JazzFM and marks 25 years of JazzFM. The winners of awards in 11 categories (including jazz innovation of the year, breakout act of the year and international jazz act of the year amongst the usual fare) will be announced at the event, as well as a performance by Hugh Masekela who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

More details can be found here -

Gig Preview: Samadhi at Sela Bar

Samadhi Quintet
Sela Bar, Leeds
March 15th, 10pm
Free Entry

Marking the release of their debut album, The Dance of Venus, on F-IRE label, Samadhi will perform at Sela Bar on March 15th.

Led by drummer and composer Sam Gardner, the group received a touring grant from Jazz Services and will perform in a number of cities in England this month.

Samadhi – achieved through meditation – is a state of consciousness where the logical and analytical ability of the being becomes silent. It is thus a space from which music flows, unimpeded by the ego’s thought and judgement.

Samadhi Quintet explore ‘number in time’, the essential nature of music by combining the highly structured numerical systems of rhythm found in Indian classical music and the pinpoint precision grooves and rich harmonic progressions of hip-hop

Full information, videos and upcoming tour dates can be found on the Samadhi website.

RNCM cancels Gilad Atzmon gig

Controversy has been brewing in the Northern jazz scene this week after the RNCM took the decision to cancel their upcoming Gilad Atzmon & Orient House Ensemble performance amidst pressure from political activists.

The gig, which was due to take place on Thursday March 5th, was cancelled to 'ensure the safety of all involved'...

After careful consideration, and to ensure the safety of all involved, the RNCM decided to withdraw the concert. This decision was taken and actioned prior to the launch of an associated petition and in no way reflects any political view of the College. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

- RNCM Press Release

An online petition has been set up, asking RNCM to reverse their decision and so far 459 people have signed it. There are also many articles popping up covering the story, including this thought piece on Jewish News website.

Gilad's own website is kept updated with his writing about this issue, as well as many others.

Friday, 27 February 2015

New Jam Session in Manchester

A new jam session has been set up in Manchester at The Thirsty Scholar (just off Oxford Road). The jams will run on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 9.30pm and are open to everyone. This week's jam was led by Kathy and John Dyson along with Phil Stevenson and Dave Luven.

The bar doesn't have a website, but you can stay updated through their facebook page.

Gig Preview: Adam Frost Trio in Headingley

Adam Frost Trio
March 6th
New Headingley Club, St Michael's Lane, LS6

Guitarist Adam Frost is preparing to bring his trio, featuring Matthew Aplin on piano and Sam Jackson on bass to perform at the New Headingley Club in Leeds on March 6th, with hopes that a regular jazz night could develop at the venue.

Adam's trio will focus on the standards repertoire of the 50s/60s, playing arrangements of tunes made popular by the likes of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Benny Golson.

Stay tuned for more news regarding future gigs at the venue...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

BBC Introducing Showcase at Montreal Jazz Festival - apply to play!

As part of the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival, Jamie Cullum will host the first BBC Introducing & PRS for Music Foundation showcase on July 1st.

Cullum, who hosts a jazz radio programme on BBC Radio 2, says he regularly finds music to play on his show through the BBC Introducing uploader, where unsigned groups and musicians can upload their music to heard. Following on from this, he will now be selecting groups to perform live at the Montreal showcase in the same way and is inviting groups to upload their tracks to be in with a chance.

It's expected that more information will be released soon, but for now this article on the BBC website contains links to the uploader and some information on the showcase.

Nicola Farnon Trio on Tour

Sheffield's Nicola Farnon is preparing to embark on a tour with her trio as part of a partnership between Jazz North's northern line and Highlights Rural Touring scheme. The tour will take the trio to 7 venues across Northumberland and County Durham between March 19st and 29th.

From the Highlights North website...

This close-knit, swinging outfit play classy arrangements of popular standards and a mix of swing, Latin and the moving, heart rending ballads that people never tire of. With Nicola Farnon (vocals and double bass), Piero Tucci (piano and tenor sax) and Phil Johnson (drums), you get a lot of musical talent for such a small band.  A joyfully entertaining evening of music and melody to swing yer socks off to.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Yorkshire's Beverley Beirne heads for the Pheasantry

                                 Photo credit: Stephanie Deleg

Ilkley-based jazz singer Beverley Beirne has been receiving lots of attention of late, amongst other things for her performances with tenor saxophonist Duncan Lamont. On March 3rd, she will perform at the Pheasantry in London and ahead of that date, Sebastian Scotney interviewed her about her life and music for LondonJazzNews.

Jerry Bergonzi comes to Leeds

It has been announced that US saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi will perform at Sela Bar in Leeds on April 21st.

Bergonzi's annual gig in Leeds has become something of a tradition and is a full house without fail. This year, Bergonzi will perform with his organ trio (for a taster of this, check out his album Lost In The Shuffle with Dan Wall and Adam Nassbaum.

Tickets are priced £15 and are available direct from Simon Kaylor. Tickets will sell out fast so act quick to avoid disappointment!

Gig Preview: Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra, February 20th

Friday 20th February
Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra
Millennium Hall

Sheffield Jazz hosts a performance by SUJO on Friday, with a programme which includes big band classics by Duke Ellington and Basie to more contemporary works by likes of Dave Holland and Maynard Ferguson.

The orchestra has existed for the last 15 years and is made up of current and former students of the university. Their versatility as a band has earned them many fans and they regularly gig in Sheffield. Their performance on Friday is sure to be well-attended.

For more information on this gig and the other gigs coming up as part of Sheffield Jazz, visit their website.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Jazz North Education Conference

Jazz North is to host their 3rd Jazz Education Conference at Leeds College of Music on 17th March. 

The event will run from 11am until 4pm and features a number of talks and workshops focused on jazz and improvisation for children and young people.

Who Can Attend?

The event is aimed at -

  • Primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, universities
  • Senior educational leaders, subject leaders, educational professionals, teachers, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators
  • Local authority arts development teams, children’s services, school improvement services, events and festival coordinators
  • Youth music services
  • Arts organisations, artists and arts practitioners… and anyone who works with and supports those working with young people

Topics covered will include First Access, CPD for music teachers, youth jazz orchestras & more. Sign-up is required and interested parties should email or use the contact form on this website to register their place.

Read a report of last year's conference.

Festival Preview: Gateshead International Jazz Festival

The 11th Gateshead International Jazz Festival will take place at the Sage between 10th and 12th April. The programme displays a wide variety of jazz both from the UK and abroad and there will be seminars and workshops running throughout the weekend, too. Full details of the programme are on the Sage website, but below are the NJN team's highlights...

Friday 10th April

11am - Take The Green Train (A seminar of sustainability in Music by Europe Jazz Network & Julia's Bicycle)
6.30pm - New York Brass Band
7.30pm - Under Milk Wood (50th Anniversary performance with pre-concert talk by Bobby Wellins & Clark Tracey at 6.30pm)

Saturday 11th April

2pm - PlayJazz! workshop with Iain Ballamy
7.45pm - Double Bill: Zoe Gilby's Pannonica & Alice Zawadski Quintet
10.45pm - Beats & Pieces

Sunday 12th April

3pm - What's The Score? Exploring free improvisation with Cath Roberts & Rachel Musson
6.30pm - Jambone and Beats & Pieces

New Releases from Discus Records

Sheffield-based label Discus Records, run by musician and composer Martin Archer, has announced the release of three new albums this week.

Third Opening is the 5th album for trio Inclusion Principle. Featuring Martin Archer, Herve Perez and Peter Fairclough, the group is described as being in a space between electronics, nu-jazz, contemporary electroacoustic music and free improvisation tending towards a minimalist approach. Their new release is a double album.

Bad Tidings from Slackwater Drag is the second album from the AACM-inspired large ensemble, Engine Room Favourites. The band gigged across the North in 2014 with support from Jazz North's Northern Line scheme and the material for this new album was developed during those performances. 

Personnel: Martin Archer, Mick Beck, Laura Cole, Corey Mwamba, Graham Clark, Seth Bennett, Walt Shaw, Johnny Hunter & Steve Dinsdale.

Vestigium is the fourth release from Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer duo. The line-up is a mixture of musicians from both jazz and rock backgrounds (reflecting Tippetts own varied musical career from Brian Auger to Keith Tippet) and is decribed as a homage to the heady days of musical collison and exploration...

Personnel: Julie Tippetts, Martin Archer, Peter Fairclough, Seth Bennett, Gary Houghton, Michael Somerset-Ward, Kim Macari, Lee Hallam, Chris Bywater, James Archer, Michael McMillan, Heather Cordwell, Aby Vuillamy & Mick Bardon.

Northern Bands at Love Supreme Festival

The line-up for the 3rd Love Supreme Festival at the Glynde in Brighton has been announced and the North is well represented within the packed programme of national and international acts.

Submotion Orchestra (pictured above) from Leeds, Manchester's Gogo Penguin and North East group Shiver will all perform over the course of the weekend and they join a roster which includes Hiatus Kaiyote, Joshua Redman & the Bad Plus, Terence Blanchard E-Collective and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Full details of the festival can be found on the Love Supreme website.