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Friday, 24 March 2017

Prehistoric Jazz found in Clitheroe

The Prehistoric Jazz Quintet is a group of well-established young jazz musicians, led by composer and pianist Misha Gray, whose original compositions explore these origins of music. Their style relies heavily on the musicians’ spontaneity and improvising skills, and the result is a lively combination of intense, intriguing and unique textures. Expect tracks from their new album, “Origin of the Species”.

Misha Gray Prehistoric Jazz 

Line-up: Nick Walters - trumpet, Kyran Matthews - saxophone, Misha Gray - piano, Hugo Harrison - bass, Johnny Hunter - drums


Friday 7th April 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk 

Tickets: £10, members £8, Advance: £9 / £7 members / £5 U16s;  + available on the door


Wigan Jazz Festival headlines announced

Branford Marsalis

From Ian Darrington

Following the success of the 2016 Wigan International Jazz Festival we are pleased to confirm that the 2017 Festival (our 32nd) will take place from Thurday July 6th to Sunday July 9th 2017.

The full lineup has yet to be confirmed but we can confirm our star act for the evening of July 6th is JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA. Tickets for this show are now on sale (and going fast). Rover Tickets (on sale soon) will include this concert.

Friday 7th July BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET with KURT ELLING

Saturday 8th July AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUARTET plus WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Sunday 9th July THE REUNION DREAMBAND directed by JOHN LABARBERA

Also appearing:
NEW YORK BRASS BAND / JAM EXPERIMENT / WARDROBE QUINTET / DAVE NEWTON TRIO / GREATER MANCHESTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA with MIKE LOVATT / ODETTE / REMI HARRIS TRIO / GINGER TUNES QUARTET / NAG CHAMPA / TETES DE POIS / LANCASHIRE YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA & BIG BAND

Individual Jools Holland tickets on sale now from boxoffice.wltc.org or from 01942 828508 (Mon-Fri only).  For the latest news and a chance to win free tickets visit and subscribe http://eepurl.com/b8I7aP


Lena Horne celebrated at GIJF



Sage Gateshead celebrates the songs of Lena Horne in her centenary year with BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal, accompanied by her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra conducted by world class trumpeter/composer Guy Barker. Opening this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (Friday 31 March), ‘The First Ladies of Swing’ celebrates timeless classics from the great American and British songbooks made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne.

Lena Horne was one of the great African-American figures in 20th century entertainment. She was a dancer, movie star, civil rights activist and singer.  She was also a great friend of Billy Strayhorn, who famously worked with Duke Ellington.

Guy Barker said: “Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary status means that her centenary is such an important milestone that as a result it is very easy to pass by other important artists also born in 1917, of which Lena Horne is one.”

At the heart of this programme are three specially commissioned pieces. Guy Barker has been asked to re-imagine three classics associated with Lena Horne to be performed for the first time at Gateshead International Jazz Festival.  The chosen songs are Stormy Weather, which was Lena Horne’s signature tune, Something to Live For, written by Billy Strayhorn and which Lena often performed, and the ever popular Singin’ in the Rain, which Clare Teal will interpret in her own unique style.

The First Ladies of Swing takes places on Friday 31 March at 7.30pm in Sage One. To book tickets please contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit sagegateshead.com/gijf



Gatehead international Jazz Festival welcome Instant Composers

The Sage Gateshead welcomes Amsterdam’s ten-strong Instant Composers Pool Orchestra as artists in residence at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, which takes place Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April. Celebrating their 50th anniversary the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP) will be in residence all weekend with performances, a family show, improvisation masterclass, as well as a film screening and exhibition. Although some individual members such as Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg and Ab Baars have performed before in the North East, this is the first ever visit of this hugely significant group in European Jazz to this region,.

The Instant Composers Pool is a unique and internationally renowned collective of Dutch composer-improviser-instrumentalists formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. Playing ragtime to swing, bop to free jazz, classical to carnival, the group continue to be at the forefront of the creative music scene they helped create over four decades ago.

Sadly co-founder Misha Mengelberg, who appeared along with Han Bennink at the 2006 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, passed away earlier this month and the weekend will mark a celebration of his life and contribution to music. Misha and So On is a documentary which follows Misha Mengelberg during his final international tour with the ICP and will be screened on Saturday afternoon (3.30pm). A selection of images by international and Dutch photographers that document the long career of Misha Mengelberg will also be on display in the building throughout the weekend.

Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit sagegateshead.com/gijf



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spring and Summer at Undercliffe

MARLENA KELLI 29 March 

Spring and Summer Jazz listings at Undercliffe Cricket Club Bradford

All 9.00pm –11.00pm
WED 15 MAR JAMES ROBINSON QUINTET
WED 22 MAR HELENA APRIL & JEFF HEWER
WED 29 MAR MARLENA KELLI & ONE FOOT IN THE GROOVE
WED 12 APR NICKI ALLAN & JOEL PURNELL
WED 19 APR KATE PETERS. BAND
WED 26 APR RUTH GARDZIEL HOT FIVE
WED 3 MAY LOUIS LOUIS LOUIS
WED 10 MAY LAURIE BRIGGS & NIK SVARC
WED 17 MAY FRANK BROOKERS HAPPY CHAPPIES
WED 24 MAY LISA MARIE GLOVER AND ROD MASON
WED 31 MAY YORKSHIRE STOMPERS
WED 7 JUNE NEL AND THE ELEPHANTS
WED 14 JUNE MICHAELA SMITH AND ANDY WALLACE
WED 21 JUNE JENNY SMITH
WED 28 JUNE LUCIENE DE VILLE
WED 5 JULY GABRIELLE RUSSELL
WED 12 JULY VIBE-OLOGY
WED 19 JULY THE GELATOS

CONTACT KEN BUTLER ON 01274 611830 OR 07942 901053 FOR MORE
DETAILS OR TO GET ON THE MAILING LIST AT
kenbutlerjazz@yahoo.co.uk

Undercliffe Cricket Club,
Intake Road,
Bradford. BD2 3JR
Tel. 01274 637162
www.undercliffecricketclub.co.uk


Wildflower at Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Wild Flower is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band released their debut album featuring special guest trumpeter Laura Jurd in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date national tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, with Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writing "Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious."

Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors and now living in London, saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson is the winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2017. He is popular as a sideman in a variety of projects on the fertile London and Leeds jazz scenes such as the bands of Jamie Taylor (also appearing as a featured soloist on his latest album) and Mark Donlon, performing regularly across the UK and internationally with recent appearances in New Zealand and Scandinavia.

Wild Flower draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Guitarist Alex Munk just released his debut album with Flying Machines to glowing reviews in the press. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is the Jazz Pathway Leader at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet, Big Band and Trio. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski.

Needing no introduction, Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

"This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter's post-bop genius... Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended." ***** Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone, Alex Munk – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – Piano, Sam Vicary – Double Bass, Sam Gardner – Drums

Sat April 1st 2017 Doors 7.30 and music about 8 p.m. Tickets £10 and £6 (concs) from reception or www.heartcentre.org.uk 


Hot Club du Nord in Peterlee


From Andrew Simpson

We are organising a Jazz evening at East Durham College in Peterlee with a band called 'Emma Fisk's Hot Club Du Nord' on 27th April 2017 at 7pm.

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord bring to life the classic 1930s and 40s repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club de France. Featuring Emma Fisk on violin, James Birkett and David Harris on guitars and Bruce Rollo on double bass, the band encompasses a wealth of experience, knowledge and love of the hot club/ gypsy jazz style. At a Hot Club du Nord performance you can expect to hear a selection of the popular songs, jazz standards and Reinhardt/ Grappelli originals as performed by the Hot Club de France during the 1930s and 40s.

You will hear fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging string jazz and lovers of all things vintage.

For one night only Tickets: £8 Doors: 7:00pm For Tickets Call: 0191 518 8269 Email:

contact andrew.simpson@eastdurham.ac.uk

The Lubetkin Theatre East Durham College
Peterlee Campus
Willerby Grove
Peterlee
SR8 2RN