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Monday, 6 January 2020

Sheffield Jazz this Spring

 Jean Toussaint quartet 24 January 

It’s not too long to wait for the Sheffield Jazz Spring 2020 programme.  It's a great opening to the season at the Crucible on Friday 24th January when we welcome the international stars of the Jean Toussaint quartet. We can expect seriously exciting music from both Jean himself and his acclaimed pianist Andrew McCormack, who impressed so much in Jean's last Sheffield appearance. They're followed by the phenomenal young pianist Fergus McCreadie and his trio at Crookes on 31 January - one of the hottest, most exciting young bands in European jazz at the moment, his Scottish-inflected jazz winning rave reviews.

The international flavour continues as Swedish vocalist Emilia Martensson and her band arrive at Crookes on 7th February with a fine reputation. A truly original artist, her personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and countryside of her native Sweden. On 21st February one of UK's most creative and fluent sax players Martin Speake plays at Crookes with a brilliant quartet, featuring Ethan Iverson (Bad Plus) on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and Jeff Wiliams on drums. February closes with a visit to the University's Firth Hall where the Barry Green trio play - a welcome return after his stand-out gig a couple of years ago at the Crucible and who has played with stars such as Ian Shaw, Chris Cheek, Gerald Cleaver and Bobby Wellins.

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings his Anthropology octet to Crookes on 6th March to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis. After a short break, the 20th March at Crookes sees the welcome return of  Ant Law and his very talented guitar-led quartet, to perform music from their third album "Life I know", currently receiving 5 star reviews. To close March, on the 27th Nikki Iles brings her 18 piece orchestra, a superb big band featuring Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp and Gareth Lochrane which will demonstrate the depth and range of her compositions.

After Easter we're back at Crookes on 17th April with Trish Clowes' My Iris  - thought provoking music with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo. This is followed by the visit of Alan Barnes +11, here to celebrate his 60th birthday with a collection of tunes from 1959 - an exceptional and iconic year for jazz with Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, Mingus' Ah Um, Thelonius Monk at Town Hall and Dave Brubeck's Time Out all likely to feature in Alan's repertoire. We return to Firth Hall on Thursday 30th April when Jason Rebello brings the trio that played such a brilliant gig at the Crucible in 2017. Finally, our last gig of the before the summer break is Yazz Ahmed's Hafla Band at Crookes on 8th May - an eagerly awaited return after her hugely popular gig last year and here to play her new album "Polyhymnia", a celebration of female creativity. Expect colourful melodies resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East with her sonorous trumpet lines.

Full details of our Spring 2020 programme are given here

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