Jazz News (Feb. 2019)
Ezra Collective pianist Joe Armon-Jones received the Session of the Year award at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards for his Maida Vale session last year. He performs with his band at Patterns in Brighton on Friday 22nd February.
Multi-Grammy award winner Jacob Collier appears at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Monday 18th February as part of his world tour. The multi-instrumentalist released the first volume of his album series Djesse in December last year that saw him collaborate with other artists including Laura Mvula, Take 6 and Hamid El Kasri.
2019 Programme at Turner Sims
Turner Sims in Southampton have a new programme of jazz concerts this year. Dutch jazz group Tin Men and the Telephone begin the programme followed by Scandinavians Silje Nergaard, Trygve Seim and Daniel Herskedal, Americans Bob Reynolds and Marquis Hill together with the bands Phronesis, The Steve Williamson Experience, John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and The Printmakers.
We Out Here Festival
Gilles Peterson (pictured) will be curating a new festival to be held in Cambridgeshire between 15th and 18th August. Described as a “Worldwide Family Gathering”, the festival will be a joining up of Gilles Peterson with his Worldwide FM and Brownswood Recordings record label. The full line up and festival location will be announced on 6th February.
Brighton Jazz Safari podcast
Brighton musicians Alex Bondonno and Sam Carelse have launched a new podcast entitled Brighton Jazz Safari. The monthly podcast features an interview with local musicians and discussions about the local jazz scene. The first edition has an interview with pianist Dave Drake and is available on iTunes and to download from the Brighton Jazz Safari website.
2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records so expect plenty of reissues, curated playlists and new releases from the label this year.
Jazz Re:freshed’s record label release the debut album by Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED Ensemble this month, whilst Whirlwind Recordings release the new album by pianist John Turville.
Musicians and former Warriors alumni Nubya Garcia and Zara McFarlane appear in videos to help raise money for Tomorrow’s Warriors’ Young Artist Development Programme in order to keep it freely available to young people. #IAmWarrior
Jazz FM Awards
The Jazz FM Awards return in 2019 at Shoreditch Town Hall, coinciding with UNESCO’s annual International Jazz Day celebrations on Tuesday 30th April. The nominees will be announced at a ceremony later this month.
10 Years of Jazz at The Snowdrop
February sees the ten year anniversary of jazz at The Snowdrop, thanks to the tireless hard work of pianist Terry Seabrook: “I started running the jazz at this venue in February 2008 so this month completes the tenth year. Such a lot of talent over 500+ gigs and looking forward to thousands more.”
Claire Martin & Jim Mullen
Claire Martin OBE will be performing at All Saints Arts Centre, Lewes on Friday 8th March to raise money for Lewes Labour Party. She’ll be joined by jazz guitarist Jim Mullen, with Mike Gorman on keyboards and Ed Richardson on drums, paying tribute to legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery.
New Generation Jazz
Eddie Myer, pleased with last year’s New Generation Jazz series stated, “2018 saw a parade of outstanding young talent coming through the doors of The Verdict. All played to packed houses and showed the depth, breadth and variety of young British talent.” They return in March with a new season of up and coming jazz artists beginning with Duncan Eagles.
Liz Exell’s Jazz Herstory
Drummer Liz Exell continues her series of concerts promoting women in jazz with a season of concerts at Poplar Union in East London. It began 2019 with trumpeter Alex Ridout on 17th January, and the season continues with trombonist Rosie Turton on 21st February, and Ms. Maurice on 21st March.