Friday 12 December 2014
Lots of Jazz at RNCM...
This week, RNCM in Manchester announced their Spring 2015 concert season. Included in the 10-date concert programme are 5 jazz gigs featuring UK musicians who have built up strong international reputations plus a weekend event to launch their new Concert Hall which features another two jazz gigs!
31st January: RCNM Big Band featuring Mark Nightingale
One of the best known jazz trombonists in the UK, Mark Nightingale performs with the RCNM Big Band for their first concert of the year.
7th February: Matthew Halsall/Gogo Penguin/Mammal Hands
Manchester-born trumpeter, band leader and record label owner Matthew Halsall hosts this evening featuring three bands making a big impression on the jazz scene. Halsall's own Gondwana Orchestra will play, along with Mercury Prize nominees GoGo Penguin and new finds Mammal Hands.
20th February: Troyka
The ever-popular jazz-rock trio Troyka bring their 'Mingus meets Motorhead' approach to music to the RNCM. Thi high flying band features Chris Montague (Montreux Jazz Festival Award), Joshua Blackmore and Kit Downes (Mercury Prize nominee).
5th March: Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble
Atzmon returns to the UK after an extensive world tour with his group. ‘A formidable improvisational array…a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...’ The Guardian
19-22nd March: RNCM Big Weekender
This full weekend event launches the new Concert Hall at RNCM. Performances will take place throughout (all free to attend) and amongst the varied programme, the RNCM Big Band will perform with Nikki Iles and Tina May and Courtney Pine brings his House of Legends.
17th April: Polar Bear
Seb Rochford brings his award-winning group to RNCM. The band have received a second Merucry Prize nomination and go from strength to strength, attracting audiences wherever they go.
For full information on all of the concerts, visit the RNCM website.