Colin Byrne's UK Mingus Collective
Leeds University is hosting a mini-jazz festival as part of their International Concert season. The festival will take place between 6th and 9th of February at the Clothmakers' Centenary Hall. It will feature Yorkshire-based artists including Colin Byrne and Louise Gibbs, as well as visiting musicians Nikki Iles and Harris Eisenstadt.
Here is a rundown on the festival schedule...
February 6th, 7.30pm - Colin Byrne's UK Mingus Collective
In 2009 Colin Byrne produced spectacular new arrangements of Mingus’
catalogue and hand-picked some of the UK’s finest musicians to assist in
interpreting them. The band was selected by Jazz Yorkshire for the Demo
in a Day project, through which their stunning debut album “Jump Monk”
was recorded. Since then, the band have continued to play around Europe
and the UK to great acclaim, including recent appearances at the
Southport Jazz Festival, the Hull Jazz Festival and Leeds’ very own Fuse
February 8th, 1.05pm - Louise Gibbs and Nikki Iles Duo
An exciting, long-awaited duo partnership between jazz singer, Louise Gibbs and pianist, Nikki Iles.
They come together from previous duo associations with artists such as
Lynne Arriale, Kirk Lightsey, Tina May and Norma Winstone to refine
their reinterpretations of jazz standards from the Great American
Songbook. Their project continues the tradition but also features some
originals and tunes made famous by jazz instrumentalists (Miles Davis,
Ellington, Mingus, Monk, Shorter, Wheeler amongst others). What the
tunes have in common is a challenging melodic angularity that, with
added lyrics, deepens their representations of love, loss and renewal,
life’s surprises and ambiguities. Dedicated to song and making music
together in the moment, Gibbs & Iles guarantee each performance a
one-off jazz experience.
(The duo will also run a workshop from 2.30pm until 4.00pm which is open to all ensembles, instrumentalists and singers.)
February 9th, 7.30pm - Harris Eisenstadt Trio
Alexander Hawkins – piano, John Edwards – bass, Harris Eisenstadt – drums, compositions
This trio is convened by New York-based Canadian drummer, Harris
Eisenstadt. Widely regarded as “one of the current generation’s leading
composers” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure), Eisenstadt’s critically
acclaimed output as bandleader can be heard on labels such as Songlines,
Clean Feed, and 482 Music. Alongside his standout work as one of the
most interesting drummer-composers on the scene, his deftness of touch
and sheer range have seen him appear alongside musicians including Sam
Rivers, Ellery Eskelin, Nate Wooley.