Jez Matthews writes - Jazz Wednesdays at the Lescar, Sheffield
4th June / Sally Doherty / £5
Singer and songwriter Sally Doherty makes a welcome return. A musician with eclectic influences from Astrud Gilberto to Nick Drake, this line-up features the lyrical playing of Paul Kilvington (piano), Frank Grime (bass), and Caroline Boaden (drums). An intimate evening of original music, jazz ballads and folk with a latin flavour.
11th June / Fat Face (part of Kim Macari's new Apollo Jazz Network tour) / £5
Featuring Matt Postle (trumpet), Molly Jay (tuba) and Troy Conn (guitar), this unconventional trio from North Carolina draw on many influences including Bill Frisell, Ron Miles and Kenny Wheeler. Embracing the unusual line-up, theirs is a whole new take on the jazz trio; from old time jazz standards to effects pedals and free improvisation. Molly Jay is sponsored by Wessex Tubas.
18th June / Spacef!ght / Shatners Bassoon double bill (in association with Jazz North) / £5
Two bands ploughing new territory. First up, mixing jazz improvisation with electronics and projections, Spacef!ght feature Roller Trio’s James Mainwaring, guitarist Tom Adams and electronics by Radek Rudnicki, combined with 3D projections from Jakub Hader. Then Shatners Bassoon feature six Leeds based composers/improvisers Michael Bardon (bass/electronics), Ollie Dover (sax/clarinet), Joost Hendrickx (drums/electronics), Andrew Lisle (drums), Johnny Richards (keys/electronics) and Craig Scott (guitar/electronics).
25th June / Jamil Sherrif Trio (in association with Jazz North) / £5
Straight from an international tour of China, one of the UK’s most respected pianists, Leeds based Jamil Sheriff brings his top class trio to the Lescar with Pete Turner on bass and Dave Walsh on drums. A fresh take on the classic piano trio; deep yet melodic, swinging and approachable.
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