Friday, 7 March 2014
Northern Jazz Triple Bill - Stuart McCallum Trio, Richard Iles Microscopic and BlueJam
UpFront Gallery, nr Penrith (venue website)
Tickets - £10 (buy through venue or on door)
Jazz North are hosting a full day event in Penritgh on March 22nd including seminars, forums and networking opportunities for the jazz community in Cumbria. To end the day, a triple-bill concert will take place at UpFront Gallery featuring a showcase from local BlueJam jazz musicians, guitarist Stuart McCallum's trio and Richard Iles' Microscopic.
The concert will feature 45 minute sets by all three groups and tickets are priced at £10. People who attend the afternoon talks and forums can obtain £5 discounted tickets.
For full information on the event, see the Jazz North website.
Sheffield-born and now Birmingham-based pianist and composer Andrew Woodhead has won the 2014 Dankworth Prize for jazz composition with his piece 'Sabbo', dedicated to Pete Saberton.
Andrew wins the £500 small ensemble and is joined by bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado who wins £1000 for his large ensemble composition, New Ansonia.
Andrew is the latest in a number of Northern jazz composers to have won the prize including James Hamilton, James Beckwith and Matt Roberts.
For more information on Andrew, visit his website.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Jooklo Duo (IT)/Gelba (IT) /Dave Jackson (UK)
Thursday 13th March 2014
Queens Social Club, Sheffield
Tickets: Advance: £7 waged, £5 concessions - from Rare and Racy, Division St, Sheffield or http://www.wegottickets.
On the door: £9 waged, £7 concessionsDoors 7:30pm, start 8:15pm
Tinnitus Jukebox and Singing Knive Records are hosting an evening of free improvisation and left-field music from three European groups.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Jazz North announced the names of artists who will be joining their northern line roster on stage at The Liverpool Jazz Festival today. Northern line is Jazz North's innovative scheme for supporting touring for northern jazz musicians across the north of England.
The scheme aims to encourage new or cautious promoters to book selected northern artists by reducing the financial risk. In the first year of the scheme 39 promoters booked northern line bands resulting in 90 gigs. This included a tour of rural village halls by Newcastle based band Djangologie in partnership with Highlight productions and Way Out West. The new roster artists are available for booking immediately.
More information at www.jazznorth.org/northernline
Adam Fairhall Solo www.adamfairhall.co.uk
Dread Supreme www.dalesjam.org.uk
John Ellis Trio www.johnellis.co.uk
Mike Walker/Stuart McCallum www.stuartmccallum.com
New York Brass Band www.newyorkbrassband.co.uk
Simon Read Octet www.simonreadmusic.com/simon-read-octet
Svarc Hanley Longhawn https://svarchanleylonghawn.bandcamp.com
The Initiative www.theinitiativejazz.net
The Jazz Worriers www.thejazzworriers.co.uk
The Nicola Farnon Trio www.nicolafarnonmusic.com
The Slowlight Quartet www.theslowlightquartet.co.uk
Zoe Gilby Quartet www.zoegilby.co.uk
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
A new monthly jazz night is starting up at Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane in Leeds.
The launch gig for the night (called Somethin' Else) will take place on March 18th and feature the Adam Frost trio (pictured above) with Adam Frost on guitar, Matt Aplin on piano and Sam Jackson on bass.
The gig is free entry. Doors 7.30 with music from 8pm.
Harrogate International Festival have announced that the world-famous Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will launch the UK section of their new tour at Royal Hall, Harrogate on June 20th.
The irresistably swinging Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its musical director Wynton Marsalis celebrate the 75th anniversary of iconic record label Blue Note. Launching in the UK right here in Harrogate, this show embraces the entire history of modern jazz from bebop to the dancefloor, performing big band arrangements of unforgettable classics. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the most famous jazz musician of his generation right on your doorstep!
Tickets are on sale now and are priced at £44, £42, £36, £28, £22, Boxes: £90, £60.
This gig is sure to sell-out so booking soon is advisable!
For more information, see the Harrogate International Festivals website.
Pink Lane Jazz Coop are continuing with their mission to sell shares and purchase The Globe - a venue in Tyneside - to develop a new hub for jazz performance and education.
Dave Parker from the Pink Lane Jazz Coop has been in touch to spread the word about an event they are holding next week for potential investors.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
The popular LS6 jam in Leeds, run by tenor saxophonist Benji Powling, has come to an end after starting up in October.
The night has seen a number of LCoM students and graduates perform thee, and recently hosted touring group ULV, an international quartet led by Northern pianist Andrew Woodhead and featuring musicians from Sweden, Norway and Birmingham.
Despite strong numbers at the weekly jam, the venue have decided to stop offering the house band free drinks (bands play for free, aside from donations collected from attendees on the night).
Benji plans to find a new home for the jam soon so keep your eyes on the LS6 Jam Session facebook group for more information.
Our own Northern Jazz News editor reviewed Jay Phelp's new project, Projections of Miles, at Seven Arts in Leeds on February 20th for London Jazz News.
You can read the full review here -
London Jazz News Jay Phelps review
Friday, 21 February 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Bassist John Marley has organised a charity jazz jam to raise funds for music charity Nordoff-Robbins, an organisation which specialises in music therapy.
The jam will take place on March 31st at 8.30pm at the Phoenix in York.
To celebrate the jazzinyork.com website being up and running for over a year, we've organised a jam session to raise money for charity. We wanted it to be a music charity so we've picked Nordoff Robbins who do great work helping people through music therapy. You can find out about them at http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/
All guests are welcome to play...all instruments and vocalists.
The house band is -
Harry Orme - Guitar John Marley - Bass Matt Parkinson - Drums and maybe a couple of pianists!
Entry is £4 or £3 if you are going to sit in and play.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Discus Music, a label run by musician and composer Martin Archer, have been in touch to spread the word about two concerts in Sheffield in March featuring Northern Line group Engine Room Favourites and Coastguard Allstars.
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op is a group of local residents, jazz listeners and musicians in the North-East who arrange gigs at various venues in Newcastle. They are offering people a unique chance to own shares in a new jazz venue they are seeking to buy, The Globe.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
The second annual Liverpool International Jazz Festival takes place between February 27th and March 2nd this year at the Capstone Theatre. This year's programme features a varied line-up of groups featuring some of the UK's most well-known musicians, free workshops and an after-party.
Festival passes are available at £70 full price, £54 concession and tickets for individual concerts are available too, from £12 to £17.50.
For more information on the festival and links to purchase tickets online, see the Liverpool International Jazz Festival website.
Monday, 10 February 2014
The Royal Academy of Music have announced that the recipient of this year's Richard Turner Jazz Fund is bassist Tom McCredie.
The fund was set up in memory of trumpeter Richard Turner, who sadly passed away in 2011 and is centred around musicians with a connection to Leeds or Yorkshire. McCredie, originally from Wakefield, is the second recipient of the fund; the first being bassist Alex Davis. A panel which included head of RAM Jazz Nick Smart and Richard's family and colleagues convened in January and decided on McCredie as the most deserving recipient.
From RAM website...
Richard’s Mum, Christine, said “We are delighted to continue to award this fund following the high emotions of the wonderful memorial concert in July 2012. Growing up Richard went through the youth music scene in the Yorkshire area and he was always appreciative of the grounding he received. Richard was proud of his heritage and we felt it was appropriate to direct the support toward this region where possible. I will always be grateful for the opportunities the Academy gave Richard, and the hard work that has gone into establishing this fund. There were many deserving applicants but I particularly enjoyed reading Tom’s account of his early experiences of the jazz scene in West Yorkshire, as they were so reminiscent of those of Richard. We felt there was an added connection through Tom’s support of the Con Cellar Bar and his performance on Richard’s composition “Too Minor” on Reuben Fowler’s Big Band CD. I hope that this award will be of some help to him at this critical time in his studies and as he embarks on his career as a professional jazz musician."