Jez Matthews (promoter of Sheffield's Jazz at the Lescar)
"Here’s my top three gigs - I seem to remember it was three you asked for last year, and I provided a stack more, undecided as usual….. Anyway this time I’ve tried to keep to three!
Vula Viel at The Lescar in April. Bex Burch’s incredible energy and skill on the Dagaare Gyil, a type of xylophone from Ghana, mixed with a group of London’s finest jazz musicians had the backroom of the Lescar literally bouncing.
Christian McBride Trio at The Band on the Wall, Manchester, in June. Just the best swinging jazz from an incredible world class trio, and like all the best gigs, enjoyed with friends in a great, and packed, buzzing venue.
Metamorphic & Røyst Trio at The Lescar in November. Including in their ranks two musicians originally from Sheffield, Laura Cole and Seth Bennett, plus a trio of vocalists expanded to four in the final full ensemble, ten musicians in total. They produced powerful music with emotional impact, visibly and strongly felt by everyone in the room.