Alan Barnes 60th! 11 June
After so long without live music Sheffield Jazz is delighted to be returning with live jazz at Crookes Social Club with 4 gigs in a short summer season, constituting a veritable mini summer festival of jazz. The anti-Covid-19 precautions we are taking to protect the audience can be seen on our website www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk
The first gig on 4 June sees a return to Sheffield by guitarist Ant Law and his band, this time a quintet featuring Ivo Neame on piano. They will be performing music from their third album 'Life I Know' and their 2020 digital-only release ‘The Sleeper Wakes’, an album of infectious rhythmic hooks, lyrical flowing lines and progressive improvisation.
This is followed on 11 June by a special treat featuring sax maestro, composer and arranger Alan Barnes’ delayed celebration of his 60th birthday as he leads an all-star twelve piece band playing new arrangements of classic tunes from landmark albums released in 1959 by jazz legends including; Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Expect joyous playing, outstanding virtuosity and Alan’s inimitable sense of humour.
On 18 June we welcome back the versatile trumpeter Byron Wallen and his dazzling quartet Four Corners, which includes Sheffield Jazz favourite Rob Luft on guitar. The band was a great success on their last visit to Crookes in 2019 and was nominated for Jazz Ensemble of The Year in the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. They will feature music from Byron’s latest album ‘Portrait: Reflections on Belonging’ released last year to critical acclaim.
In contrast the gig on 25 June features piano virtuoso and composer Andrew McCormack, whose performances as part of Jean Toussaint’s Sheffield gigs in recent years were so impressive. Andrew, who has been the driving force behind A-list artists such as Kyle Eastwood, returns to play his own music and will play a split set - the first half alone, showcasing his latest album ‘Solo’ and the second with his trio.