Friday, 6 December 2013
Beloved pianist and composer Stan Tracey has passed away aged 86. Tracey had been a pillar of the British Jazz community for decades, being awarded a CBE for his work. His most famous recording was a suite inspired by Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood.
Our condolences to the Tracey family and to Stan's many friends and colleagues.
Stan Tracey Interview - The Guardian 2006
In celebration of the 10th Gateshead International Jazz Festival, a set of photos is being collated to span the history of the festival. However, it has arisen that there are no photos to be found from the performance of the now defunct, but once trend-setting, piano trio E.S.T.
Although photography is banned at the festival a 'photo amnesty' has been announced, as the organisers appeal for any photos taken of E.S.T by audience members at their appearance at the first Gateshead International Jazz Festival in 2005.
If you have any photographs from this concert, it would be much appreciated if you would get in touch via the email address below:
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Top UK guitarist Jamie Taylor is to launch his new album with his quartet, Outside Line, on December 15th at The Cooler at Sela Bar in Leeds.
The band, which features tenor saxophonist Matt Anderson, bassist Garry Jackson and drummer Dave Walsh, have played together across the North and recorded their debut album in February of this year.
The Annual British Composer Awards Ceremony was held this week, and the award for Contemporary Jazz Compostion was won by multi-intrumentalist and composer John Surman with Lifelines, 'a choral piece 'which blends folk and jazz into a convincing and original portmanteau'.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
'Yorks' is a trendy bakery/coffee shop in Birmingham about which I have heard only good things, and the newest addition to it's long list of attributes is a weekly jazz night, lead by the fantastically talented pair: trumpeter/bassist Percy Pursglove and drummer Andrew Bain.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Following the success of previous events in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz North is to host another How Do We Get More Gigs session in York on December 16th.
The event, aimed at professional jazz musicians with at least 3 years gigging experience, will focus on areas including booking gigs and relationships with promoters, jazz media and receiving press coverage, EPKs and more. It also provides a prime opportunity to network amongst industry professionals and other musicians.
The panel of speakers for the York event include Fran Hardcastle (artist management and bookings), Sebastian Scotney (editor of LondonJazz and jazz journalist) and Tony Dudley-Evans (jazz promoter at Jazzlines, Birmingham).
The event will run from 2pm until 5pm. It is free to attend but places are limited and booking is essential. To secure your place register online at www.jazznorth.org/how-to-get-more-gigs/ 2pm-5pm, Monday 16th December Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, Skeldergate, York, YO1 6DS (SatNav postcode: YO1 6DU)
Monday, 2 December 2013
Jazz North 'Northern Line' ensemble The Jamil Sheriff Trio, featuring Jamil Sherrif (piano/composition), Pete Turner (double bass) and Dave Walsh (drums), will be performing at Manchester's 'Matt and Phreds' on the 11th December.
Expect dramatic, engaging compositions and fantastic ensemble and solo playing from this accomplished trio.
'Excellent northern pianist who brings together a range of classic, contemporary and urban approaches' - The Times.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Congratulations to composer James Hamilton who has been awarded the Jazz Yorkshire commission to write a new suite of music entitled 'The Yorkshire Suite'.
Jazz Yorkshire Press Release
Jazz Yorkshire's Commission to write The "Jazz Yorkshire Suite" for big band has received an unprecedented response from six composers of outstanding talent.
The adjudicators had a challenging time in awarding the commission as all submissions had many strengths. Adjudicators' comments included "great melodies", "colourful and playful melodic gestures", "strong Yorkshire context", "strong thematic writing", "great writing within the classic big band style", "musical sophistication, stylistic variety with wide appeal", "concept, thematic approach and seriousness make this a top proposal".
The commission of £1000 to write a suite of four graded, stand alone sections of 4 to 5 minutes each for youth big bands has been awarded to James Hamilton.
Congratulations to James and thanks to all who submitted proposals. The standard of conceptualisation and writing for big bands is of the highest quality in and around Yorkshire, something to celebrate and be very proud of.
The suite will be showcased next year. Time, place and band will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed.
Only days after losing young saxophone star Marius Neset to the German label ACT, Edition Records has announced that British heavyweight Tim Garland will be joining the label for a double release with his long-standing Lighthouse Project in May 2014. The project began as a trio in 2003 upon Tim's move to the North East of England, but this new release showcases an expanded group that's a veritable who's who of contemporary jazz musicians, including John Patitucci, Jason Rebello and Ant Law.
Below is the press release from Edition:Below is the press release from Edition:
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Hitting the scene in the early 1960s Ayers was soon an award winning musician and collaborated with likes of Chico Hamilton, Teddy Edwards, Jack Wilson, Phineas Newborn and Gerald Wilson whilst still in the early stages of his career. Like many jazz musicians, Ayers changed direction in the 1970s and began working on a more R&B influenced sound, becoming a pivotal figure in the development of jazz/funk during his tenure at Polydor Records. In 1979 he scored a top 10 hit with his single 'Don't Stop The Feeling' and in 1980 he collaborated with Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.
In recent years his music has drawn heavily from hip-hop, funk and soul music and he has been heavily sampled by contemporary hip-hop artists.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
After two hugely successful years, Norwegian saxophone star Marius Neset has decided to leave Welsh label Edition Records and move to the German ACT. Marius released his first two albums as a leader with Edition Records, Golden Xplosion and Birds, to widespread critical acclaim in the UK and throughout Europe and has become a major name at many jazz festivals, his ferocious technique and and control making him a powerful force on the saxophone and earning him several comparisons to Michael Brecker and Jan Garbarek. Both albums also demonstrated Neset's vast talents as a composer, daringly rhythmic passages and fragmented melodies contrasting beautifully with delicate ballad writing.
Here is the statement from Neset and Edition Records:
Sunday, 24 November 2013
On Friday the 29th November, Wakefield Jazz will be hosting a night of music made a group of precociously talented young musicians in the form of two overlapping bands; The Matt Robinson Quintet and the Dave Hamblett Sextet. Both fantastic performers and composers, this is not a night to be missed.
Friday, 22 November 2013
Here's our pick of articles from the jazz blogging world this week...
It's London Jazz Festival time and LondonJazzNews is doing a sterling job publishing a LOT of previews and reviews. It's tough to pick out a favourite, so suffice it to say that if you want to read up on the LJF, LondonJazzNews is the place to go.
Probably quite late to the party, but Peter Bacon's Jazz Breakfast is looking very sharp after a redesign. As always, there are lots of great CD reviews featured, including Ralph Alessi's ECM release Baida and Aaron Parks' Arborescence.
Lance Liddle at Bebop Spoken Here covered the recent John Wilson Orchestra appearance at the Sage, bringing their tribute to MGM Musicals to the North-East.
Jazzwise has covered the breaking news that Loose Tubes are to reunite for an appearance at Cheltenham Jazz Festival next year.
Anything we've missed? Let us know!
Manchester trio Gogo Penguin have recently teamed up with animator Anthony Barkworth-Knight to release a video for 'Last Words', one of the tracks from their debut album Fanfares. The album was released by Gondwana Records in 2012 and the group have had a busy year of gigging this year.
Watch 'Last Words' by Gogo Penguin & Anthony Barkworth-Knight.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
With 16 days left in the campaign they have reached £3,716 of their £7,500 target, having received donations from 53 backers.