Friday 14 August 2015

Richmond Jazz Festival

The Richmond Jazz Festival takes place between 11th and 13th of September and features both established acts and up-and-coming talent from the UK.

The festival states their mission is to 'advance and promote, by all available means and widest interpretation, the appreciation, practice, study and knowledge of the art of Jazz and other improvised music.'

Visit the Richmond Jazz Festival website for more information.

Continuum Trio/Square One Double Bill (Friday, 7.30pm)

Continuum Trio are from Leeds College of Music and are focused on all three voices having equal spotlight in the group. Expect strong melodies, lush harmony and grooves reminiscent of John Scofield. (Will Sensicle-guitar, Will Stockbridge-bass guitar, Peter Udall-drums)

Square One hail from Glasgow and are co-led by guitarist Joe Williamson and Pete Johnstone. Their music draws influence not only from jazz but also from folk and rock. Pianist Pete Johnstone won Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and the group have made a name for themselves UK-wide so expect great things! (Joe Williamson-guitar, Pete Johnstone-piano, Dave Bowden-bass, Stephen Henderson-drums.)

Norma Winstone and Nikki Iles Duo (Saturday, 7.30pm)

This duo features two of the UK's most respected and celebrated figures in Jazz. Norma Winstone is widely considered to be at the forefront of jazz and has performed in many seminal groups including Azimuth, Kenny Wheeler's Music for Large and Small Ensembles and Nikki Iles' group, The Printmakers. Nikki herself has an international reputation both as a performer and as an educator and has a packed schedule of international engagements. This performance is sure to be one to remember.

Richmond Jam (Sunday, 7.30pm)

Richmond Jam presents its annual exuberant feast of original music and jazz standards. Richmond Jam is an ensemble of improvising musicians aged 12 – 19 from Richmond and the Dales. It arose out of a two-day workshop for young musicians held as part of the 2009 Richmond Jazz Festival. Consequently, since 2010, workshops have been held fortnightly at the Youth Centre on the Richmond School campus. The primary aim of this unique, ongoing programme of workshops and concerts, is to help young musicians, through individual and group improvisation, to gain the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence to create and perform their own music.

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