11 November 2016 19:45
Jamil Sheriff is Head of Jazz at Leeds College of Music. He is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception. The group features Dave Walsh (drums) and Pete Turner (double bass), and has been together since 2012. This tour is promoting their debut album ‘Places Like This’, a collection of exciting music that shows off these extremely accomplished musicians.
4 November 2016 19:45
Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon, two of Britain’s most celebrated virtuoso reeds players, join forces to produce the ultimate jazz night in British history. On the face of it this is a combination as unlikely as “Chalk and Cheese” or “Night and Day”, as unlikely a mixture as “Oil and Water”. But despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two horn men share a passion for performance, a healthy sense of competition and a firm belief that a jazz audience is there to be entertained rather than edified.
28 October 2016 19:45
Reem Kelani, the Palestinian singer, musician and musicologist is one of the most enthralling and innovative performers of Palestinian and Arabic music, as well as being a dynamic and courageous bandleader. She has led major tours with her band to Germany, Syria, Turkey, China, and the US. Her music mixes Palestinian and Arabic roots with jazz influences.
21 October 2016 19:45
Considered in the Senegalese new generation of musicians as one of the leading Jazz Keyboard players, Ibou Tall was born in Dakar, Senegal. He started playing the keys at the age of 14 under the umbrella of cousins such as Grammy nominated producer Habib Faye, the legendary Adama Faye, keyboard player Tapha Faye and Jazz maestro Vieux Mac Faye.
After numerous street band projects such as Xamle, Jant Bi and Xalima, Ibou joined 'le Setsima Group' of the singer Alioune Mbaye Nder as a composer and band leader. This led to the release of 10 albums, from 1995 to 2002, that included many number one hits in the Senegalese charts.
In 1996 Ibou arranged the album Boul Ma Joylo of the Hip Hop band Jant Bi that rose to number one in the Senegalese Charts.
In 2002 Ibou left the Setsima band to start his own solo career under his label Talli.B PRODUCTIONS.
Ibou has gigged, recorded and/or toured internationally with bands and renowned artists such as Xamle, Baba Maal, Seydina Issa Wade, Metzo Diatta, Adama Sakho, Saintrick , Michel Cusson from Uzeb, James Watson, Pharoah Sanders, the Melting Pot jazz trio, Javier Moreno, MC Sketchy, Rozaya Hopkins and the Mankala band.
Line Up: Ibou Tall – Keyboard; Julien Alenda – Sax; Paolo Adamo – Drums; Martin McConnell – Guitars; Guillaume Ottaviani – Bass
14 October 2016 19:45
This group is touring nationally supporting guitarist/composer Dan Messore‘s third release as bandleader of ‘Indigo Kid’. The line up glistens with new cohorts. A hefty crew carve fresh musical ground through the wistful signature of Messore’s compositions. Harnessing the beautiful power of Tim Giles (drums) and Calum Gourlay (bass) in the rhythm section, the fiercely talented lyricism of Gareth Lockrane (flutes) and Messore’s seemingly inexhaustible technique and spontaneous imagination. Contemporary jazz influenced by a broad palette, beautiful compositions and melodic improvisations.
8 October 2016 19:45
The Darius Brubeck Quartet takes us on jazz journeys to distant places and different eras. While Darius is best known for representing his famous father’s musical legacy and for pioneering jazz education in South Africa, he has always performed his own compositions too. The group will go into the studio in February to record a new album after the critical and popular success of “Cathy’s Summer”
7 October 2016 00:00
Pericopes + 1 is a jazz project initiated by pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi. Brooklyn-based drummer Nick Wight became the “+ 1” in 2012, and the result is ‘These Human Beings’, released in February 2015 under the Alfa Music Label. With widespread media attention and two successful Album Release tours in America and Europe, 2015 has shown tremendous progress for this on-the-rise trio.
1 October 2016 19:45
In May, for the Birmingham Jazz Legends Festival, the Surge Orchestra successfully performed the world premiere of new work dedicated to Sun Ra. Specially commissioned pieces were written by Sid Peacock and Steve Tromans for the event. With the kind support of the John Feeney Trust this will be the second outing of this powerful, visceral music. It is played with such energy that the room explodes in sheer excitement and exhilaration.
30 September 2016 19:45
Acclaimed guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos is presenting his exciting new band from Sweden. Originally from Athens, Greece, Tassos spent the better part of twelve years living in London and establishing a solid reputation as one of the most exciting, up and coming guitarists in the UK Jazz scene. He worked with some of the country’s most celebrated jazz musicians and appeared in several critically acclaimed albums while at the same time maintaining a busy international touring schedule both as sideman and as bandleader.