Friday, 1 August 2014

Space F!ght to perform at MIRA Festival, Barcelona

Space F!ght have been selected as one of the groups to be featured at this year's MIRA Live Visual Arts Festival in Barcelona in November.

The festival runs from 6-15th November and uses different venues throughout Barcelona to showcase different cultural initiatives including concerts, installations, workshops and discussions. Their focus is on innovation and encouraging cross-discipline collaborations across artforms.

Space F!ght, a group based in the North featuring James Mainwaring, Radek Rudnicki, Jakub Hader and Tom Adams, have built up a strong following through their use of live music, electronics and live visual mapping.

For more information, see the MIRA Festival website.

Preview: Lancaster Jazz Festival

                                                  The Initiative (photo credit: Abi Williams)

The 2014 Lancaster Jazz Festival takes place between 18th - 21st September and will feature a range of top UK, regional and young musicians, including Lancaster's own The Initiative (pictured above).

The festival will take place at three main locations in Lancaster - The Dukes Theatre, The Hall cafe and Sun Square, an outdoor stage.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Aeroplanes at Brescia win Jimmy Woode Award

Aeroplanes at Brescia, a trio featuring three LCoM graduates - Adam Taylor, Katie Patterson and Sam Dutton-Taylor - have won the prestigious Jimmy Woode Award at the Tuscia in Jazz festival in Italy.

The band performed two sets of original music in the semi finals and finals, beating stiff competition from 4 other bands from across Europe. In addition to the main prize, drummer Katie Patterson also picked up the Up and Coming Musician award. They will return to the festival next year to perform a gig which will be recorded and released by Euronote Records.

Congratulations to the band!

The LS6 Jam Session Returns

Photo by Eliot Richards 
(Left to Right: Matthew Aplin, Tom Maddison, Ben Powling, Ben Riches)

Northern Jazz News is pleased to announce that after a hiatus of several months, the popular weekly jam night at LS6 Cafe (The Clock Cafe) will be returning on Wednesday 6th August. The night is run by saxophonist and journalist Ben Powling, and the first house band will be the fantastic Matthew Aplin Trio, featuring Matthew Aplin on piano, Tom Riviere on double bass and Steve Hanley on drums.
The house band will begin at 9pm, and the jam will run from 10pm until midnight.

Friday, 25 July 2014

HEART hosts UK Premiere of Bossa Nova film

HEART in Leeds is hosting a special event on Saturday 26th July celebrating Bossa Nova and the brazilian influence in jazz.

The event will feature the UK premiere of the film Bossa Nova: The Brazilian Music That Seduced The World, a film made by renowned film-maker Bret Primack as part of a NEA funded project curated by Strathmore Performing Arts Center and guitarist Ken Avis. The film explores the influence of Brazilian music on jazz around the 1960s, including the seminal recording by Stan Getz - Jazz Samba.

After the film, American group Veronneau will perform a set of vocal-led bossa nova and jazz as part of their UK tour with Apollo Jazz Network.

The event will begin at 7.30pm with the screening of the film and music will start from 8.45pm.

Tickets can be bought by contacting HEART or at the door and cost £8 (includes music and film)

See a trailer for the film HERE.

Manchester Jazz Festival so far...

The 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival is full swing and those not able to attend in person can stay up to date through the series of gig reviews written by singer and music journalist Rachel Maby.

A diverse programme (aided perhaps by the glorious sunshine) has meant that many gigs have sold out already, including the premiere of Anton Hunter's Article XI - this year's MJF Commission and US trio The Bad Plus. Monday's Jazz North showcase, 12 hours of music from their Northern Line groups, saw 7,000 people attend throughout the day.

Rachel's reviews can be seen on the MJF website.

Aeroplanes at Brescia head to Tuscia in Jazz Festival

Aeroplanes at Brescia, a trio of LCoM graduates, have been invited to take part in the 2014 European Jazz Award at the Tuscia in Jazz festival in Italy this week.

The trio features Adam Taylor on guitar, bassist Sam Dutton-Taylor and drummer Katie Patterson, playing original material by the group.

The group will compete to win the chance to record with the jazz label Euronote and to take part in masterclasses next year, and will be judged by a panel that includes US heavyweights Donny McCaslin and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Hear Aeropanes at Brescia in action on their soundcloud page.

Rising Northern Jazz Talent to get Festival Showcase

Jam Experiment, a young band from Manchester, have been announced as the first group to take part in Jazz North's new Introducing scheme.

The group, compromised of musicians aged between 16 and 18, impressed a panel of festival directors, musicians and educators, who heard a wide range of applications for the scheme.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Pink Lane Jazz Coop Presents: Play Jazz! Workshop

Pink Lane Jazz Coop are hosting a series of jazz workshops at the Sage, taking place on the first Saturday of each month. The next workshop will take place on Saturday August 2nd.

Run by a panel of tutors including James Birkett, Stu Finden, Steve Glendinning, John Pope and Judith Thompson, the sessions are aimed at musicians aged 16 and over of all abilities and operate mainly through tutored small group settings.

Live In Rotterdam - Roller Trio

Roller Trio have released a new recording, Live In Rotterdam, documenting their appearance in the 2014 finals of the European Jazz Competition earlier this month.

One week prior to the competition, saxophonist James Mainwaring broke his right hand. Instead of forfeiting the competition, the band spent four days writing an entirely new set of material that would allow James to play with one hand.

These five tracks are now available for free or pay-what-you-want on the group's Bandcamp page.

Personnel -

James Mainwaring - one handed saxophone/electronics
Luke Wynters - guitar
Luke Reddin-Williams - drums
Jakub Hader - CD artwork

The group aptly added this quote to their Bandcamp page -

"...the imagination is unleashed by constraints. You break out of the box by stepping into shackles."
― Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

LCoM Appoints Gerry Godley as New Principal

Leeds College of Music has announced that Gerry Godley will take up the role of principal as of  22nd September 2014, succeeding current principal Philip Meaden.

A saxophonist and teacher, Gerry has been a supporter of improvised music and jazz throughout his career. Currently serving as the director of the Improvised Music Company in Ireland, the organisation responsible for the 12 Points Festival and Down With Jazz amongst other projects.

As well as his work with IMC, Gerry has previously held the post of Secretary General of the European Jazz Network.

Read More about the appointment of Gerry Godley on the LCoM website, and find out more about IMC and 12 Points festival.

BBC Introducing at Manchester Jazz Festival

The four bands who will be featured at the Manchester Jazz Festival as part of BBC Introducing has been announced -

Johnny Hunter Quartet
Brassy B
Peter Edwards Trio
Moss Freed's Moss Project

These four groups will perform at Band on the Wall on July 18th at 7.30pm and the performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3 presented by Jez Nelson.

Yamaha Jazz Scholars of 2014 Announced

Pianist and LCoM graduate Ashley Henry has been announced as one of this year's Yamaha Jazz Scholars.

Each year, one student from the final year at the UK's jazz courses is chosen as an outstanding young musician. This group will receive a cash prize, the opportunity to record for a CD released by Jazzwise and performance opportunities at the House of Commons and a London jazz venue.

Ashley is joined by -

Scott Chapman (drums) - Royal Academy of Music
Ed Haine (tenor) - Birmingham Conservatoire
Mark Lewandowski (bass) - Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Tom Dennis (trumpet) - Trinity Laban
Dan Smith (alto) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Utsav Lal (piano) - Royal Scottish Conservatoire

Previous winners of the award from LCoM include Jay Davis, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Andrew Linham and Alex Munk. These musicians have gone on to study masters programmes in London, study abroad in NYC and all have gone onto building strong reputations as professional jazz musicians.

Congratulations to Ashley and the rest of the scholars!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Jon Faddis & Andy Champion Quintet at Durham Brass Festival

Tuesday 15th July
Gala Theatre, Durham

American trumpeter Jon Faddis appears at the Durham International Brass Festival with North East bassist Andy Champion's Quintet on Tuesday 15th July.

The event, which is a commission event in partnership with Wigan Jazz Festival and Jazz North, also features Adrian Tilbrook, Graeme Wilson, Chris Hibbard and Paul Edis.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Yoga for Musicians in Leeds

Bassist Dave Kane has started running weekly yoga classes specifically designed for musicians in Leeds.

Highly experienced in yoga, Dave has spent time devising classes which focus on how to utilise yoga as a musician to become healthier, more efficient and more relaxed.

These classes run every Tuesday from 12pm until 1.15pm at the Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road, Leeds. Each class costs £6 to attend.

Dave has set up a facebook group with information on the sessions, plus links to yoga articles and videos - Yoga for Musicians UK.

In the meantime, watch the video above to hear Sonny Rollins discuss yoga and how it has helped him be a better musician.