Thursday, 7 November 2019

Sheffield Jazz autumn season highlights

Ingrid & Christine Jensen 22 November

On Friday 8 November, O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane.Both Monk and Trane were “modernists”, but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Sheffield Jazz favourites Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. This gig will be part of a 40-plus tour promoting their new CD.

On Friday 15 November we welcome the Alex Hitchcock Quartet.  Described by Jazzwise as part of ‘the shape of jazz to come’, saxophonist Alex Hitchcock made a big impression in Sheffield with his quintet in Spring 2018 and is now joined by three acclaimed improvising musicians, including pianist Will Barry who has particularly impressed on previous visits to Sheffield. Expect driving swing as well as propulsive grooves and virtuosic soloing.
On Friday 22 November a very special treat! Ingrid & Christine Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra.Over the past twenty years or so, as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively, the Canadian Jensen sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz. Tonight’s programme features original and arranged compositions performed by an 16-piece big band which includes a galaxy of leading American and European musicians associated with the Whirlwind label.

Daniel Erdmann’s Velvet Revolutionwill be with us on Friday 29 November. A true European jazz super-group which has been receiving increasingly enthusiastic reviews on its visits to the UK. Expect sublime, lyrical and melodic improvised music. Leading German tenor saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, a self-confessed lover of melody, had been looking for the right musicians to join him and in Theo Ceccaldi and Jim Hart he found the perfect team for the project.

Our season ends on Friday 6 December with Fabled.Saxophonist/clarinettist Sam Rapley has assembled a group of the most exciting young musicians on the UK music scene. In October 2018 they played a highly successful gig at The Lescar. Richly atmospheric and expressive, Sam's music draws inspiration from Debussy, Jobim and Sarah Vaughan and is heavily influenced by film music: shimmering, impressionistic and multi-textured.

All Sheffield Jazz gigs will be at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD,

Further details of the complete Sheffield Jazz programme can be found at

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