Thursday, 31 December 2015

Howard Assembly Room Leeds Spring jazz

The Howard Assembly Room at the Leeds Grand Theatre continues with three high profile jazz promotions this Spring - Mingus Big Band, Mulatu Astatke and Colin Stetson:

Mingus Big Band
Howard Assembly Room
23 Jan 2016

Keeping alive the genius of the great jazz adventurer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, the band, led by his widow Sue Mingus, has a huge repertoire, ferocious wildness mixed with pin point precision and ultimate lyricism. The band features  bassist Boris Kozlov and baritone legend Ronnie Cuber in the line-up.

Making a unique northern appearance in the intimacy of the Howard Assembly Room, ahead of their legendary Ronnie Scott’s residency, this show is likely to blow the roof off!

Mulatu Astatke
Howard Assembly Room
10 Feb 2016

The revered founding father of Ethio-jazz, vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke, pays an extremely rare visit to Leeds. His utterly distinctive style is made up of a heady combination of jazz, funk, Latin swing, Afrobeat and Ethiopian harmonics. He combines the rhythms of his East African homeland with arrangements reminiscent of Ellington and Gil Evans.

First flourishing in the ‘Swinging Addis’ era of the late 1960s, Astake became a legend in the West through the Éthiopiques series of recordings. With his own band of brilliant players, he reveals that at 70, he is still ever-inventive, visionary and the master of his form.

Colin Stetson 
Howard Assembly Room
11 Mar 2016

Colin Stetson spent a decade in San Francisco and Brooklyn honing his formidable talents as a horn player, working with Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, David Byrne and Bon Iver. He also made his name in the film world composing for Rust and Bone and 12 Years A Slave.

His utterly unique voice as a solo performer, principally on saxophones and clarinets, produces a rich cinematic soundscape that moves in the experimental border areas of rock, jazz and music for film. His intense technical prowess matched by his exhilarating and emotionally gripping skills as a songwriter.

More details here...

Howard Assembly Room
Leeds Grand Theatre
Upper Briggate

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