Tuesday, 24 September 2019

BBC Autumn Jazz Schedules

Pic of Corey
@Seven_Arts Leeds cDenis Dalby 
BBC has just announced it's Autumn Jazz schedules. Good to see @coreymwamba to front "Freeness" a showcase for cutting edge improvised music. Interesting too that Jools Holland is to feature young jazz acts. Very London biased programming though - the London Jazz Festival gets five mentions! 
Here's the full press release:
 The initiatives include swathes of BBC Radio 3 content including a six-hour overnight jazz takeover, a jazz collection on BBC Sounds, a partnership with Jazz FM which will see BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds broadcast Jazz FM content for the first time and Jazz FM to share key recordings from BBC Radio 3. There will also be a new jazz programme focussing on the emerging scene presented by composer and arranger Corey Mwamba, and high profile artist portraits on television including a seminal new feature documentary on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson for BBC Two.

As part of the BBC’s commitment to showcasing the outer fringes of jazz, BBC Radio 3 will be launching a brand new programme, Freeness, a showcase for cutting edge improvised music in all its forms, linking the freedom-oriented roots of jazz to the vibrant underground scenes of the UK and beyond. The programme will be presented by Derby-based vibraphone player and composer Corey Mwamba and will appear on Saturday nights from November 2.

BBC Radio 3 will also be joining forces with Bauer Media for the first time in a unique partnership between commercial radio and public service. Shared content will appear on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, and whilst the two stations have collaborated before with a digital pop-up BBC Music Jazz, this will be the first time BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting content from Jazz FM on the network, with Jazz FM similarly sharing Radio 3 content from recorded concerts with their audiences in a reciprocal deal.

James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, says: “As a jazz lover myself, I’m very proud of our track record in supporting the jazz scene and we are keen to ensure we are playing our part in its future too through a jazz collection on Sounds and a plethora of new programmes and partnerships. I’m delighted we’ll be working once again with our friends at Jazz FM, and their owner Bauer Media for the first time, to share content this EFG London Jazz festival, ensuring as many people as possible can discover great jazz programming.”

Nick Pitts at Jazz FM, says: “Jazz is all about collaboration and continually smashing boundaries, so it’s great for Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 to be breaking new ground once again, working closely with each other coming together for the love of jazz to share this music with our audiences everywhere!”
Other upcoming jazz content includes Radio 3 broadcasts from the London Jazz Festival opening gala concert, Jazz Voice, and new for this year there will be a two hour J-Z event at RIBA hosted by Jumoké Fashola. Other content includes a Jazz Fix programme presented by Tina Edwards which will suggest a playlist for a public figure, encouraging them to fall in love with jazz for the first time.
A special six hour overnight show as part of BBC Radio 3’s London Jazz Festival programming, will see the station transform the late night schedule into a heady mix of jazz including the best concerts from around Europe, BBC music content linked to the London Jazz Festival and sessions from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artists.

BBC Radio 2 will cover the London Jazz Festival through The Jamie Cullum Jazz Show, inviting a range of live jazz festival guests to perform on the programme. All of the BBC Radio content will appear on BBC Sounds and a dedicated jazz collection will be created in order to make the content easy to find and available on demand.

Meanwhile Head of BBC Music Television Commissioning, Jan Younghusband, confirmed that some of the UK’s emerging jazz artists will be reflected in the new run of Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two. BBC Two and BBC Four will also schedule a number of high profile new television documentaries this autumn.

Highlights include a seminal programme on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson with a London Jazz Festival screening on 16 November 2019. The programme features unseen archive and contributions from greats like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter amongst others. There will also be a BBC Four film on Bluenote by Sophie Huber. Whilst for next year a Billie Holliday programme has been commissioned and it has also been confirmed that the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician on BBC Four is to be held at the London Jazz Festival in 2020.

Commenting on the television jazz commitment, Jan Younghusband, Head of BBC Music TV Commissioning says: “Jazz is a key part of the television music programming mix - we’re pleased to play a vital role in finding the talent of the future whilst also bringing new perspectives to musical legends through incredible access documentaries. Jazz lovers new and old are in for a treat.”

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Kevin Hassett’s REDUX at Davenham

Here is Jazz@Davenham's first concert of, what is sure to be a great season, featuring some amazing bands (as you would expect!) on Thursday 26th September.

Book now by e mail to jazz@davenham.co
or ring  01606 74502 or 01606 44253

Doors & Bar at 7.30 pm, gig at 8 pm
£10 on the door (booking advisable)

Kevin Hassett’s REDUX

‘Redux’ offers an energetic jazz based musical entertainment for both jazz listeners and non-jazz live music lovers. The repertoire is an eclectic, lively and original amalgam of freshly interpreted and arranged jazz standards leavened with blues and soul.

The Band  features:
Kevin Hassett on vocals,
Paul Matthews on Guitar,
Jeff Henson on Bass
Rob Phillips on Drums

and is a live spin off from the Studio based Project Kevin Hassett’s ‘A’ Game whose 3rd album ‘Rules of the Road’ was released in September 2017.

Jeremy Sassoon, Grahame Wilson, John Ellls and Nicola Farnon are also scheduled to appear later in the autumn

Bookings 01606 74502 or 44253

Doors and Bar open 7.30pm - Concert starts at 8.00pm
Bookings on 01606 74502 or e mail to jazz@davenham.co

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham, Cheshire CW9 8NF

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Doncaster Jazz to return?

Doncaster Jazz winning grassroots award in 2018
From Brian Askew

Hello Everyone.
We have just been awarded a cash legacy which will enable us to re- introduce Jazz Nights at the Doncaster Con. Club on the first Thursday in the month. It would be greatly appreciated if you could respond by return of e-mail if you are interested and willing to support this new venture.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Best Regards


(Brian's emails if you want to help is Brian Askew bia_611@btinternet.com)

Autumn jazz in Scarborough at the Cask

Zoe Gilby’s Pannonica 23 Oct

From Mike Gordon - "it's the Scarbortough Jazz festival this weekend 20-22 September, but the fun doesn't stop there! Here's our programme up to Christmas"

2      Dave Clegg & Friends The seven piece with a big band sound playing Dave’s arrangements of tunes from Count Basie, Buddy Rich and other big band classics along with modern jazz standards, with Gracie Falls on vocals. £5
9      Will Howard Quintet Saxophonist Will Howard, one of newer regular guests known for his melodic inventiveness, this time brings his own band playing compositions inspired by the great bebop composers Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Tadd Dameron and Sonny Rollins, featuring Will (tenor sax), Will Blackstone  (trumpet), Fergus Vickers (guitar) James Banner (bass) and Jordan Dinsdale (drums). £6
16     Martin Jones Martin Jones is one of the finest trumpeters in the region and is also a very talented singer.  His programme of mainstream/modern        jazz is always varied and accessible for audiences.  With Mike   Gordon Trio.  £5
23    Zoe Gilby’s Pannonica Zoe performs lyrical interpretations of the quirky but attractive  compositions of legendary pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. Inspired by Carmen McRae’s album “Carmen Sings Monk”, with lyrics by Jon Hendricks, Abbey Lincoln and others, this is a compelling tribute sensitively performed by Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and Richard Brown (drums)  £7
30    Joel Purnell Since emerging onto the British jazz scene in the late ‘90s saxophonist Joel has established a formidable reputation. ‘This is how the contemporary tenor ought to sound’ (Jazz UK). With MG3 (Graham Pinkney keys). £5

6      AC3 Back in action after a break (Tom’s arm), AC3 translate their shared love of jazz, funk, gospel and world music into irresistible foot-tapping rhythms and engaging melodies. Adam Carpenter (keyboards), Tom Townsend (drums) and Rowan Oliver (bass) play Adam’s original material.  £5
13     Stony Jazz Five of the best known musicians on the Scarborough scene come together to create an infectious good time blend of  swing, jazz and Latin. Great vocals from Rich Adams front a line-up of Dave Kemp (sax), Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).  £5
20    Gordon Vernick Respected the world over as a high calibre trumpet player, music educator and radio broadcaster this is Gordon’s second UK tour at the invite of Wigan Jazz Club and Youth Jazz Orchestra. Gordon has performed with such jazz stars as Kenny Werner, Marc Copland, Clare Fischer and Randy Brecker. Gordon’s style is very much in the be-bop tradition, accompanied on this tour by Martín Longhawn (piano), John Marley (bass) and Tim Carter (drums).  £8
27    Ian Chalk + MG3 Often in a supporting role, tonight it’s a chance for one of our region’s leading musicians to take the solo spot and treat us to his mellow trumpet tone and sensitive improvisations. With MG3. £5

4      Jazz Aesthetic Jazz Aesthetic return to Scarborough Jazz, bringing their usual blend of contemporary jazz and hard swinging bop. Since its formation in 2009 the band have played around the region, giving music students from the University of Hull a platform to showcase their talents. Expect lots of Art Blakey-inspired grooves from this band, as they explore the hard bop repertoire. £5
11     Players’ night Another opportunity for members of our audience who play an instrument or sing to come on stage and perform a couple of numbers. £5
18     Christmas Party with Seven Pieces of Silver This year’s Christmas Party will be accompanied in style by 7 Pieces Of Silver performing the music at the late great Horace Silver.  It’s a great line-up with leader and bassist Paul Baxter, James Lancaster trumpet, Stuart MacDonald alto and baritone sax, Kyran Matthews tenor sax, Matt Ball trombone and Andrzej Baranek keys. There will be food and lots of fun. £7

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.For more details, go to our website: www.scarboroughjazz.co.uk. Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Human Element at The Globe - with a new manager!

Daz Trei
Schipmann/Ludwig – The Human Element 29 Sept

The Globe welcome to our new manager, Daz Trei, who has just started at The Globe, Newcastle, taking over from Ali Fyendysh who has moved to London.

Daz, who is originally from Yorkshire, has wide experience of pubs and clubs from both sides of the bar and a deep love of live music. 

“Having the opportunity to manage a community-owned venue that is committed to music is like a dream come true for me,” he said. “I love most live music, especially rock and blues and a bit of jazz. I also like beer.”

Contact Daz by email howdy@theglobenewcastle.bar or message the Globe Facebook page @TheGlobeNewcastleUponTyne.

The next big jazz gig at the Globe:  Schipmann/Ludwig – The Human Element
Sunday 29 September, doors open 7.30pm
Melodic original jazz combining UK and Germany influences. Originally from Cologne, Germany, guitarist Gero Schipmann has been an active part of London’s vibrant jazz scene for the past three years. Together with Cologne-based saxophonist and composer Johannes Ludwig, the two lead the Schipmann/Ludwig UK Quintet, a highly prolific band featuring some of the UK’s most sought after musicians, uniting the unique jazz scenes of England and Germany.

Gero Schipmann and Johannes Ludwig are close friends that share a musical identity that’s powerful and imaginative. Both of them compose for this quintet, their music sounds different yet fits together so naturally as if it was meant to be all along. Both are exciting virtuosos on their respective instrument and are joined by one of the hottest rhythm sections in the UK – Sam Leak on piano, Max Luthert on bass and Will Glaser on drums. Their music goes deep, reveals human desire, allows human error and inspires the listener to embrace everything that makes life worth living.
Gero Schipmann – Guitar
Johannes Ludwig – Alto Saxophone
Sam Leak – Piano
Max Luthert – Bass
Will Glaser – Drums

Gigs are at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit the website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more jazz.coop/whats-on