Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman 4 May
Cory Henry 14 May
High Masekela 28 May
Three major jazz concerts grace the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds during May. Firstly Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman refashion well-known standards on 4th May with an intimate airing of their studio album Song (The Ballad Book) . Pine’s virtuosic bass clarinet combines with Zoe Rahman’s exquisite keyboard interplay on standards including Amazing Grace and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, alongside more recent classics from Chaka Khan and Donny Hathaway.
A friendship stretching back over half a century is celebrated with the visit of two jazz icons, South African horn player Hugh Masekela and American pianist Larry Willis, on 28 May. From Masekela’s righteous apartheid-era Afro-jazz and hits like Grazing in the Grass, to yet more standards from the likes of Gershwin and Cole Porter, they promise a cross-continental journey through the music and the turbulent history of the last century, in the company of two legendary performers who were there.
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