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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Jazz at The Lescar programme

As ever we're really proud to put on a really varied set of gigs, and music with influences from across the globe. This time we've got a focus on some amazing and truly distinctive vocalists, with bands led by Joy Ellis, Inês Loubet, and Yuko Yukoi. Bringing a strong NYC influence we have Crescent Trio (featuring award-winning vibes player Jonny Mansfield), more music from Berlin, with the return of a really special band led by Israeli pianist Eyal Lovett, and we're also delighted that guitarist Rob Luft is bringing his incredible music to The Lescar, one of best albums in recent years.

 At the end of May we have two unique concerts, the first a duo from two of the foremost musicians on the NYC and European scenes, with Reinier Baas and Ben Van Gelder. They've just recorded an album with the Grammy award-winning Metropole Orkest, but we decided it was best to keep it to a duo at The Lescar (where would we put a whole orchestra!), and finally we're delighted to welcome the Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble, led by John Ball and with a really special guest Vijay Venkat, exploring the improvisational potential of Indian music.

10th April: Joy Ellis / £8
Soulful music with a groove from pianist, singer and composer Joy Ellis, and a wonderful band featuring some of the finest musicians on the London jazz scene, including Rob Luft (guitar), Henrik Jensen (double bass) and Adam Osmianski (drums).

17th April: Caravela / £8
Mixing Afro-Brazilian with improvised jazz, we’re delighted to welcome Caravela, led by Inês Loubet (voice), with Telmo Sousa (guitar), Joseph Costi (piano/keys), Greg Gotlieb (bass) and Ben Brown (drums).

24th April: Crescent Trio / £8

From London via New York; heady, interactive, rhythmic and intense contemporary jazz from three acclaimed and award-winning musicians, Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), Will Sach (bass), and Boz Martin-Jones (drums).

1st May: Eyal Lovett Quartet / £8
From the vibrant and creative Berlin jazz scene, Israeli pianist Eyal Lovett brings a wonderful touch, allied to a strongly rhythmic drive and expressive compositions. He brings a sublime and intuitive quartet, featuring Eran Har Even - guitar, Thomas Kolarczyk - double bass, Aidan Lowe - drums.

8th May: Rob Luft / £8
Rob Luft brings the band of incredible talents that made his debut album ‘Riser’ one of the best of 2017. Rob Luft (guitar), Joe Wright (tenor sax) Joe Webb (keyboard), Tom McCredie (bass guitar), Corrie Dick (drums & percussion).

15th May: Yuko Yokoi / £8

Vocalist Yuko Yokoi interprets compositions by Brazilian legends like Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti, as well as her own originals, she’s joined by a first class band featuring Matt Robinson (piano), Ife Tolentino (guitar), and Alua Nascimento (percussion).

22nd May: Reinier Baas & Ben Van Gelder / £8
A unique chance to hear two of the foremost musicians on the European and NYC jazz scenes. Guitarist Reinier Baas’ music is idiosyncratic and focused, full of unexpected rhythmic and dynamic turns.

29th May: Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble and Guests / £9
We’re delighted to welcome back an unsung hero of the Sheffield music scene; tabla and santoor player and educator John Ball. With John are Ford Collier (Tabla), Kate Griffin (Banjo), Alex Lyon (Clarinet), Manon McCoy (Flute), Zenonas Economides (Guitar), Aida Zhakhanbekova (Dombra). The ensemble are joined by special guest Vijay Venkat, a multi-instrumentalist  and vocalist

Jez Matthews

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

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