Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Jazz at the Lescar and Yellow Arch in Sheffield

Jez Matthews writes..

We’re back running gigs and I’m really pleased to tell you what we’ve got coming up at The Lescar and at Yellow Arch studios in the first few months of the year. Full details below of our gigs in January - early March, plus a list of all confirmed gigs through to June. The Lescar is closed for refurbishment until early Feb, and we hope to have a big celebratory return on Thursday 10th Feb, but in the meantime we’ve got a couple of gigs at Yellow Arch Studios, which has been a great extra venue for us over the last few years.

Estraven / Thurs 13 Jan / Yellow Arch Studios
A vibrant mix of jazz, contemporary classical, post-rock and Arabic music, striking melodies and edgy rhythms from a brilliant London-based band led by double bassist Chris Hyde-Harrison, with Ant Law (Trio HLK) on guitar, Duncan Eagles (Partikel) on sax, and drummer Matt Parkinson (Howl Quartet). Their debut album ‘Ignored Advice’ is released in Feb 2022.

HARP DOUBLE BILL: Alina Bzhezhinska (harp/electronics) & Julie Walkington (bass) + Manon McCoy (harp) & Johnny FK (electronics) / Thurs 27th Jan / Yellow Arch Studios
Alina Bzhezhinska is an internationally renowned virtuoso who’s played at London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and WOMADelaide in Australia, as well as collaborating with Tony Kofi, Kamaal Williams, Shabaka Hutchings and Ursula Rucker. In her duo with bass player Julie Walkington (Georgia Mancio, Nigel Price, Loz Speyer) she expands the possibilities of her instrument with electronics to create a unique pallet of sounds and textures.

Manon McCoy (balo, Pocket) is making waves on the Sheffield music scene with wholly innovative approaches and collaborations, and is joined by guitarist and electronic sound explorer, Johnny FK, mixing improvisation and electronic music to produce quietly adventurous new music.

LESCAR REOPENING NIGHT / Thurs 10th Feb at The Lescar
Details to be announced soon, however we’re looking forward to a really special night with multiple bands to celebrate the reopening of the Lescar after redecoration in January. Watch this space and our social media/website for more information!

Xhosa Cole Trio / Wed 16th Feb / The Lescar
Acclaimed as a distinctive and powerful new presence on the UK jazz scene, tenor sax player Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018) is an inventive and melodic improviser, joined for this gig by Josh Vadiveloo (double bass) and Nathan England-Jones (drums). Music full of life and spontaneity and drawing on a strong connections with jazz legends including Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and Ornette Coleman.

Dominic Ingham Quintet / Wed 23rd Feb / The Lescar
Jazz violinist, singer and composer Dominic Ingham brings a wonderful band of talents from the London jazz scene, with Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Will Sach (bass), Jay Davis (drums). Dominic has performed with Bonsai, Jonny Mansfieldʼs Elftet, Camila Mezaʼs Nectar Orchestra, indie rock band Blaenavon, also at Ronnie Scotts, Love Supreme, The Royal Albert Hall, and EFG London Jazz Festival. Soaring, melodic and lyrical music.

John Law’s Congregation / Thurs 24th Feb / Yellow Arch Studios
John Law is one of Europe’s leading jazz pianist/composers, with 40+ recordings, he’s played at venues and festivals worldwide, including London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, the Bimhuis, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Mixing contemporary jazz with rock and electronic music, this line-up features James Mainwaring (Mercury Prize nominees, Roller Trio) on sax/electronics, the virtuoso bass playing of Ashley John Long (Keith Tippett, Charlotte Keeffe) and the dynamic, nuanced drumming of Dave Hamblett (Magic Lantern). Anthemic melodies mixed with complex harmonies and rhythms. This event is part of a UK tour generously supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery

Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet / Wed 2nd March / The Lescar
A combination of two brilliant presences on the UK jazz scene, Alex Merritt (tenor sax) and Steve Fishwick (trumpet) leading a quintet playing powerful, nuanced and contemporary music with a strong connection to the jazz tradition, with influences including Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano/ Warne Marsh, visiting us at The Lescar following gigs at venues including Ronnie Scotts and The Vortex in London.

Also, coming up…… !
Here’s a list of our confirmed dates up to and including June..

Lescar Wednesdays:
9th March: Tim Knowles Quartet
16th March: David Austin Grey
23rd March: Yaatri
30th March: Harry Christelis & Pedro Velasco
6th April: Sloth Racket
13th April: Aurora
20th April: Mycorrhiza
27th April: Bruno Heinen Trio + Heidi Vogel
4th May: Emily Francis Trio
11th May: Ben Haskins Quartet
18th May: Johnny Tunnard Quartet
15th June: Revival Room

Yellow Arch Thursdays:
24th March: Skylla
28th April: Lucid Dreamers
12th May: Shirley Smart Trio
9th June: Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic

More details http://www.jazzatthelescar.com/ 


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