Cloudmakers Five @ January 20thFrom Paul Thomas
The Autumn 2016 season turned out to be a great start for Sheffield Jazz at our new home at Crookes Social Club, with stand-out music enjoyed by excellent attendances with lots of new faces. We're all set to continue this in the 2017, with more outstanding bands lined up for our Spring programme.
The season opens on Friday January 20th, with Jim Hart's Cloudmakers Trio joined by Hannes Riepler on guitar and Antonin Tri Hoang on sax. That international flavour crops up throughout the whole season, with Barry Green's New York Trio (3rd February at the Crucible), the Sirkis / Bialis International Quartet (17th March) and when Hannes Riepler returns with his own quartet featuring New York's Chris Cheek on 21st April.
A second strong theme this season is to highlight great musicians who rework the music of some of the greats who changed the face of Jazz. On 31st March we have the Tony Kofi Quartet featuring a Homage to Ornette Coleman, and on 10th March we have the Tom Harrison quartet featuring Cleveland Watkiss celebrating Duke Ellington's work with Billy Strayhorn. On 27th January the Tommaso Starace quartet explore the music of Cannonball Adderley while on 12th May we welcome Denys Baptiste as he celebrates the late work of John Coltrane.
We've not forgotten the UK's rising stars either. On 24th March at the Crucible we're excited to stage the widely acclaimed Jasper Hoiby's Fellow Creatures Quintet, featuring Mark Lockheart on sax and Laura Jurd on trumpet. On 10th February we have an exciting night with Jazz Messenger one-time protégé Jean Toussaint as he carries on Blakey's work in developing emerging talent. This is followed by the USA West-Coast influenced Allison Neale Quintet on 17th February while Sheffield favourite Jay Phelps brings his quartet here on 28th April. Finally, the Matt Ridley Quartet completes the whole season with his excellent band featuring Jason Yarde on sax and John Turville on 19th May.
Crookes Social Club, Sheffield S10 1TD.
Crucible Studio, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1DA.
More details about all these gigs in Sheffield Jazz’s season at: www.sheffieldjazz.org.