Leila Martial and Valentin Ceccaldi at Manchester Jazz Festival
From Paul Thomas at Sheffield Jazz. "It's very hard to pick just 3 but here they are:
Barry Green's New York Trio at Crucible Studio for Sheffield Jazz on 3 February 2017: : a great (but nonetheless criminally underrated) British pianist in company with two of the leading lights of the US jazz scene and producing really beautiful interactive music which mesmerised the audience.
Tony Kofi Quartet at Crookes Social Club for Sheffield Jazz (31 March): A brilliant quartet (Kofi/Wallen/Bartley/Youngs) playing some very challenging Ornette Coleman material and demonstrating just how entertaining and accessible it can be.
Leila Martial and Valentin Ceccaldi at St Ann's Church for Manchester Jazz Festival on 1 August: : an absolute revelation. a truly superb and original vocalist and a very fine and versatile cellist using the unique atmosphere of this fine church to produce a spellbinding set."