Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Brightest of new stars at the Lescar

Cameron Vale 17 Feb - Lescar

From Jez Matthews

I hope you’re all well and have managed to get a break over the festive period! As usual our programme at Sheffield's Lescar focuses on both quality and variety, mixing up jazz with all manner of influences, from the funk and broken beats to metal, electronica and Klezmer and also featuring some of the brightest new stars in the jazz world..

6th Jan Blue Edjer / £6
Bringing a Scandinavian vibe to The Lescar, perfect mid-winter music from the young Swedish/English duo of Sunniva Brynnel and Aubin Vanns, who return with their original songs based on the works of writers and poets, and performed on voice, guitars, accordion and kalimba. 

13th Jan Resolution 88 / £6
Mixing jazz, funk and broken beats, London-based Resolution 88 come to us on the back of international radio play and support slots for Snarky Puppy and Medeski, Martin & Wood, selling out Pizza Express and Ronnie Scotts, as well as being championed by the likes of Craig Charles, Mike Chadwick, and Patrick Forge

20th Jan Matt Holborn Quartet / £6 (in association with Jazz North)
Violinist Matt Holborn brings a great quartet, with a fresh take on the music of Django Reinhardt; Matt Holborn, violin; Ben Mallen, lead guitar; Ben Danzig, rhythm guitar; Simon Read, bass. Fun, swinging music that fizzes with energy and remains true to the Hot Club tradition. 

27th Jan Little Church / £7
Rising star composer and pianist David Austin Grey bring some of the most exciting young musicians in the country in a new band playing material from, and inspired by Miles Davis’ electric period. David Austin Grey (Piano/Synth/Electronics), Aaron Diaz (Trumpet), Rachael Cohen (Alto Saxophone), Nick Jurd (Double Bass/Electric Bass), Tym Jozwiak (Drums and percussion).

3rd Feb Huw V Williams HON / £7
We’re thrilled that one of the most in-demand musicians on the London Jazz scene will be bringing his own band of leaders from the young British jazz scene to The Lescar, touring music from what is surely one of 2015’s best and most assured debut albums, released via the London Chaos Collective. Huw on bass, Laura Jurd on trumpet, Alam Nathoo on Saxophone, Elliot Galvin on accordion and piano and Pete Ibbetson on drums. Its joyful, improvised music, with great themes and inventive, intense playing.

10th Feb Kate Peters Quartet / £6
After blowing us all away when she appeared with Ben Lowman’s band earlier in the year, we couldn’t wait to get vocalist Kate Peters back; one of the most exciting new performers on the UK jazz scene, rich in musicality and knowledge of the jazz tradition, and deserving a much wider reputation. 

17th Feb Cameron Vale / £6 (in association with Jazz North)
Another great band from the creative Leeds music scene that's brought us Trio VD, Roller Trio, Zeitgeist, and Stretch Trio in the last few years. Cameron Vale come to us brimming with energy and big riffs, mixing jazz improvisation with metal, electronica, Afrobeat and Klezmer. Featuring Miles Spilsbury (saxophone, effects), George Birkett (guitar), Sam Dutton-Taylor (bass, effects), Finn Booth (drums). Watch them lift the roof off the Lescar back room!

24th Feb Mike Collins Trio, featuring Len Aruliah / £6
Understated, lyrical contemporary jazz, featuring the exploratory piano playing of Mike Collins, this trio from the Bristol/Bath jazz scene is infused with the music of John Taylor, Bobo Stenson, and Nikki Iles, both in its melodicism and rhythmic astuteness. Their 2015 album ‘And Suddenly, Evening’ rightly received great reviews. 

2nd March Jude Sacker Quintet / £6
Along with tenor sax player Pete Lyons who also features in this band, no-one has made a greater contribution to the Sheffield jazz scene over many years than pianist Jude Sacker. 

9th March Al Wood Quartet / £6
A true legend of the Northern jazz scene, we’re really pleased to welcome from Leeds, multi-instrumentalist sax player Al Wood, with a swinging quartet playing the best straight-ahead jazz, influenced by the likes of Benny Carter and Gerry Mulligan as well as standards from the Great American songbook. 

16th March Dinosaur / £6
Formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, this promises to be a highlight of the year at The Lescar. If you caught their last appearance you’ll know that this will be totally unmissable. The quartet’s reputation continues to spread with appearances across Europe, and a London Jazz Festival feature on BBC’s Jazz on 3 programme, as well as an acclaimed second album, one of the best of 2015. 

23rd March Piero Tucci Quartet / £6
Admired by audiences and musicians alike, Canadian pianist and sax player Piero Tucci is certainly a musician deserving a much wider reputation, so we’re really pleased that he has at last formed a band to play his own wonderful music, and even more delighted that he is bringing it to The Lescar. 

30th March Tim Thornton Quartet / £6
Top quality contemporary swinging jazz from a rising star of the UK scene. With playing credits alongside a host of stars including Steve Fishwick, Gilad Atzmon, Stan Sulzmann, Jason Rebello, Pee-Wee Ellis, Jim Mullen, Soweto Kinch, Guy Barker, Sir Willard White, Stan Tracey, and many others, award-winning bass player Tim Thornton brings a fantastic quartet featuring Riley Stone-Lonergan (alto sax), Ross Stanley (piano) and Chris Draper (drums).

Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday).

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

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