Neil Cambell from Capstone Theatre in Liverpool writes about the line up for this year's Liverpool International Jazz Festival 26 Feb-1 Mar 2015
GoGo Penguin Thursday 26th February, 8pm (doors)
The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4JJ. Admission: £11.50 (+booking fee) Chris Illingworth (piano) Nick Blacka (bass) Rob Turner (drums)
GoGo Penguin’s skittering break-beats, telepathic interplay and a penchant for anthemic melody all contribute to a sound that’s wholly their own. “GoGo Penguin have barged their way to the front of this crowded playing field with a sharp-elbowed sound that’s as intelligently accessible as it is belligerently danceable” - Jazzwise --
Troyka Friday 27th February, 7.30pm Admission: £11.50 Ticket link: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/troyka Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf
Kit Downes - hammond organ/synths Chris Montague - guitars/loops Josh Blackmore - drums
Troyka is an experimental British trio who make rich and enthralling instrumental music. Featuring Kit Downes (once Mercury nominated in his own right) on hammond/synths, Chris Montague on guitar/loops and Josh Blackmore on drums, Troyka is far more than the sum of its parts and is definitely not your usual Hammond organ trio.Ornithophobia is the London three-piece’s third studio album
Marley Chingus Jazz Collective
Friday 27th February, 10pm
The Caledonia, 22 Caledonia St, Liverpool, Merseyside L7 7DX
Free Admission.Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf
The Marley Chingus Jazz Collective is Liverpool's fortnightly progressive jazz session, featuring some of the most in demand Liverpool and Northwest players. Expect a lively party atmosphere and two sets of hot modern jazz.
Milapfest presents Svara Kanti Saturday 28th February, 1pm Free
(Book in advance for priority entry www.milapfest.com) Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf Indian/Western quartet Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti has been acclaimed across the world for redefining the limits of intercultural collaboration. They perform Simon’s stunning new music uniting the immense expressive possibilities of ragas with jazz harmonic explorations, explore jazz and Indian improvisation, reimagine folk styles and extend traditions, combine the complex rhythmic systems of India with the boundless searching of Western jazz and classical as well as draw inspiration from sources as diverse as Flamenco, Blues, Indonesia and Jimi Hendrix.
2015 Foyer Concerts Saturday 28th February Free Admission Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf
Jazz Worriers (3pm)
Nicola Farnon Trio (4pm)
John Ellis Trio (5pm)
Slowlight Quartet (6pm)
Liverpooljazz presents Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio Saturday 28th February, 7.30pm Admission: £11.50 Ticket link: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/dennis-rollins-velocity-trio Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf
Dennis Rollins- Trombone Pedro Segundo- Drums Ross Stanley- Organ
"...Rarely can an instrumental trio have produced such a rich and varied tonal range." London Evening Standard
Jazz Singing Workshop – Sense of Sound Sunday 1st March, 10am- 12.30pm The Cornerstone Building (Grace Room - COR 114), Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP Admission: £10 (£7 concessions) advance registration required – see details below
Perri Alleyne-Hughes invites you to explore a little of that terrain with her, in a workshop on jazz-singing.
A highly accomplished singer/songwriter, teacher and choral arranger, Perri is also a Musical Director for the Liverpool-based a cappella ensemble, Sense of Sound Singers. This workshop will be best suited to those who have at least a basic knowledge of singing and music theory.
Come and sing your heart out…
Saxophone Workshop – Brandon Allen (11am- 12.30pm) Sunday 1st March, 11am-12.30pm Free Admission (advance booking required) Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf
"Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today. His phrasing is unashamedly emotional, soaked in the blues tradition." - Tony Hall (Jazzwise)
Please do not bring instruments. To book in at this event please email your name and phone number with Saxophone Workshop in the subject field to firstname.lastname@example.org --
Workshop Demonstration – Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum Sunday 1st March, 11am- 12.30pm The Cornerstone Building (Cornerstone Theatre - COR 001), Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP Admission: £5 (£3.50 concessions) Walker was Professor of Guitar and Improvisation at Franz Liszt Hochschule in Germany, and McCallum is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at Leeds College of Music. Through practical demonstrations in the workshop, the duo will talk about their working methods, how to develop and sustain good practice routines, improvising skills and aural awareness.
North West Jazz Showcase Sunday 1st March, 1pm Free Admission Information: www.hope.ac.uk/lijf A triple-bill event supported by Jazz North and Liverpooljazz, featuring sets from some of the best new bands emerging in the North West.
Jam Experiment Rory Ingham (trombone)/Alex Bone (saxophone)/Toby Comeau (piano)/Felix Moseholm (bass)/Jonathan Mansfield (drums). The band has been selected as winners of this year's Jazz North Introduces scheme and will be performing at a number of high profile jazz festivals throughout the region.
White Canvas Barry Dallman (piano)/Andy Hulme (guitar)/Grant Russell (bass)/Adam Goldberg (drums)
White Canvas made their debut at the inaugural Liverpool International Jazz Festival in 2012 where they supported Robert Mitchell and the Kit Downes Quintet and are currently working on
their first album which is due to be released late 2015.
Blind Monk Trio Bob Whittaker (tenor saxophone) Hugo Harrison (double bass) Johnny Hunter (drums) Blind Monk Trio have caused quite a stir over the past couple of years in the UK Northern jazz scene, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format.
James Taylor Quartet Sunday 1st March, 8pm (doors) The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4JJ. Admission: £16.50 (+booking fee)
(please visit www.thekazimier.co.uk or call 0151 324 1723 for Box Office)
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows... with no sign of slowing down. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British live musical history today.