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.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

New Jazz Night at The Woods, Chapel Allerton

A new venue is opening in Chapel Allerton on July 11th. The Woods will be a three-storey venue with a restaurant, a day-space for children's events and The Canopy, a space for performances and cinema.

Trombonist Matt Ball has been in touch to spread the word about the first three jazz gigs scheduled to take place at The Woods over the coming weeks.

See The Woods website for more information.

Jazz at Lotherton Hall, 19th July

Saturday 19th July
Lotherton Hall, West Yorkshire

Edwardian country house Lotherton Hall is to play host to a jazz concert featuring two LCoM jazz graduates, Will Howard and Sam Watts on Saturday 19th July, performing music from the Great American Songbook.

Jazz Summer Party at The Globe

Friday 18th July
Jazz Summer Party
7.30pm until 2am

Pink Lane Jazz Coop are preparing for their Jazz Summer Party - the first gig to take place in the UK' first co-operatively owned music venue, The Globe.

The event will feature three performances - NE favourites the Strictly Smokin' Big Band, DJ Funkmaster Jazz and poet John Challis.

Tickets can be bought for £7 on the door, or can be bought online at their Eventbrite page to ensure you secure a place at what is sure to be a busy gig!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Jazz@TheHubClub, Sheffield July 5th

Date: Saturday 5th July
Time: 3pm
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1
Tickets: £5 (£2)
To Book: Sheffield Theatres Box Office
Tel. 0114 2496000

In collaboration with Jazz North, Sheffield Music Hub are hosting an evening of Jazz at the Crucible on Saturday July 5th.

The event will feature two groups, Sheffield Youth Big Band and the Ashley Henry Trio. The big band will feature a group of highly talented young musicians playing classic big band repertoire under the direction of Dave Joyce. Ashley Henry, an inventive young pianist who recently graduated from LCoM will feature alongside bassist Simon Read and drummer Sam Gardner.

Information can be found on the event page of Sheffield Theatres, where tickets can also be booked.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Tour Preview: Veronneau UK Dates

Following on from Fat Face Trio's UK tour in June, Apollo Jazz Network welcomes another US group to perform in the UK this month - vocal-led bossa nova band Veronneau.

Jazz Tutor Vacancies at LCoM

Leeds College of Music has two vacancies available within their jazz pathway department and applications are being accepted until 9.00am on July 7th.

They are seeking a trumpet tutor and drum kit tutor with both positions offering approx. 5-8 hours per week.

We are looking for a highly experienced drum kit tutor/trumpet tutor, who will inspire and bring innovative practice to this progressive institute. The candidate[s] should have an extensive national and international performance portfolio and be comfortable working within a wide range of repertoire. The candidate will be expected to deliver one-to-one tuition for approximately one day a week throughout the academic year, guiding the student towards technical and performance assessments. The candidate will also be expected to partake in specialist group study sessions, guiding our student through a varied and progressive program of repertoire.

Full information on the posts as well as information on how to apply can be found on the Leeds College of Music Jobs page.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Jazz North NPO Success

Jazz North has been announced today as one of the organisations granted NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) status by the Arts Council England.

This secures funding for Jazz North for the next 3 years, with a total investment of £570,000.

Today's announcement included a total of 670 organisations granted regular funding through the NPO scheme, with 22 of those being music organisations in the North of England including Manchester Jazz Festival, J-Night, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Music in the Round.

For full information on today's Arts Council England announcement, visit their website.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Jazz North Announces New Look

Jazz North has launched their new look today with a new logo designed by Rob Bowden Design.

From press release...

We wanted you to know that on 1st July we will be introducing our new branding and logo. A key part of the branding is the new vision statement. We believe that ‘enriching lives through improvisation’ states a truth known by those of us who already love jazz. 

We also wanted to make it clear we like the “J” word and we’re keeping it. We think that our vision tag line helps define the way we feel about jazz - it's not about the style or sub-genre of ‘jazz’ but about the heart of the music which is, has been, and always will be – improvisation.

See full press release for more information.