Charlie Anderson rounds up the latest Jazz News.
Under the direction of veteran saxophonist Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra return for their annual performance at the Con Club in Lewes on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April.
Influenced by Sun Ra and with an acclaimed new album, Trust In the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, The Comet Is Coming appear at Brighton’s The Haunt on Wednesday 3rd April.
The weekend of 20th – 22nd September sees the return of Scarborough Jazz Festival with a line up that includes Liane Carroll, Tony Kofi, Clark Tracey, Dave Newton, Partisans, Jim Mullen’s Volunteers. Compère Alan Barnes celebrates his 60th birthday year appearing with a special 12-piece all-star band.
Saxophonist Geoff Simkins appears at The Verdict in Brighton on Friday 5th April with his ‘Young Lions Quintet’ which features pianist Joe Webb, guitarist Tom Ollendorff, bassist Will Sach and drummer Corrie Dick.
New artists have been announced for the 2019 Llandudno Jazz Festival, including Zoe Rahman, Ian Shaw and Tony Kofi, alongside festival regulars Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Sara Oschlag. There are also a number of jazz tribute bands including Dean Masser’s Salute to Dexter Gordon, Brandon Allen’s Gene Ammonds Project and Chris Gumbley’s Tribute to Cannonball.
Trumpeter Chris Coull begins a new Wednesday night gig at The French Horn in Brighton. The gastro pub in Seven Dials will feature the Chris Coull Trio every Wednesday from 7:30pm.
Headliners Gladys Knight, Chick Corea and Lauryn Hill will be joined by Christian Sands Trio, Tim Garland Group, Orphy Robinson as well as the younger generation of jazz musicians including Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones, Steam Down, Maisha, Duncan Eagles and Seed Ensemble.
New Generation Jazz will be presenting a selection of artists at the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender on Sunday 19th May on Brighton Beach. Yakul, Howes3 and Yeoja will appear on the same day as Kamasi Washington, Lee Fields & The Expressions and Jordan Rakei. The Funk & Soul Weekender runs from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May, 2019.
With a new organising committee, Swanage Jazz Festival looks set to return in 2019. The new committee consists of nine local residents who are currently in the process of securing venues across Swanage before announcing the line up.
Steam Down, Heavy Beat Brass Band and Children of Zeus will all appear at The Great Escape Festival 2019. The festival of new music takes place at venues across Brighton from 9th – 11th May.
The legendary jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago are releasing a double CD album entitled We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, with a studio disc and a live disc. It features Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa), Nicole Mitchell and Tomeka Reid and is released on 26th April on PI Recordings.
Afro-beat jazz band Kokoroko (pictured, above) release their debut self-titled EP available on Bandcamp, whilst pianist Gabriel Latchin releases his second album, The Moon and I, and drummer Jeff Williams releases Bloom, a piano trio album with pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Michael Formanek.