Sonny Rollins sits next to a dog.
We're nearing the end of Jazz Appreciation Month and heading toward International Jazz Day (April 30th), so now seems like as good a time as any to look at what's happening in jazz...
North Sea Jazz Festival Line-Up 2013
North Sea have announced their full programme for this year's festival, taking place in Rotterdam on 12th-14th July. Ron Carter with WDR Big band, Branford Marsalis, Avishai Cohen, Owl Trio, Sonny Rollins, Jose James, Metropole Orkest featuring Gregory Porter and Gretchen Parlato and Chick Corea are all appearing, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Full North Sea Programme 2013
The world's largest jazz conference is currently taking place in Bremen, Germany. Hundreds of organisations, record labels and individuals are taking part in exhibitions, manning trade stands and giving performances. We're sure to see articles and reports from the conference in the next few weeks, but Sebastian Scotney of LondonJazz has already posted this short article - LondonJazz at Jazzahead!
Gigs to put in the diary...
This, of course, is a purely subjective list suggested by our Jazz Yorkshire Editor and we must stress that these are not the only great gigs going on - this is just a cross-section!
Nikki Iles is touring with the Printmakers to mark her 50th birthday. They're doing a number of dates in North - you can see her full touring schedule HERE.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival is running 1-6 May. Madeleine Peyroux, Ravi Coltrane and Mike Stern will be there, plus much more. Full programme.
Tom Harrell is appearing at Ronnie Scotts in May (27th and 28th). Tom is bringing his quintet featuring Englishman Wayne Escoffery, Ugonna Okegwo, Danny Grissett and Jonathan Blake. Book Tickets here.
Sela Bar is hosting Zhenya Strigalev's band Smiling Organizm which features Eric Harland and Liam Noble on May 14th. You can buy tickets from Sela Bar. (Buy them quick - Sela is small and will sell out soon!)
Bassist Dave Kane is debuting his new quartet featuring Joost Hendrickx, Alex Bonney and James Allsop at Seven Arts this Sunday, as part of their ImprovFest.
Looking ahead, Jazz North are putting on a third Northern Line showcase in Leeds on June 10th. This will feature Stuart McCallum, Richard Iles and Weave. This follows from two previous showcases in Liverpool and Newcastle.
Ribble Valley is gearing up for their 2013 Festival, which will feature Neil Yates, Liane Carroll and JTQ. You can see the full programme HERE.