Jazz News (Jan. 2020)
Freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer has a new exhibition at Centrala in Birmingham from 15th January to 1st February. The exhibition features photographs from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life, a photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham and coincides with the Documenting Jazz Conference at Birmingham City University.
Claire Martin OBE will be presenting a weekend of concerts at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in January. Jazz legend Norma Winstone MBE appears on Friday 24th, new vocalist Emma Smith appears on Saturday 25th and Ian Shaw appears on Sunday 26th January. All concerts feature the Mark Edwards Trio. The weekend also sees Claire Martin and Elaine Crouch bring back their jazz vocal workshop to The Verdict.
Large ensemble Trees are releasing their latest album, Into The Woods. The new album follows on from their 2017 release Heart of Oak, and features compositions by Terry Pack and Greg Maddocks. Individual download tracks are being released via Bandcamp and the CD will be available at future concerts.
The new programme for Jazz Hastings includes a workshop and concert by leading jazz educator and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi on Friday 3rd April. The Xhosa Cole Quartet appear on Tuesday 14th January, while Monday 17th February features Martin Speake with Ethan Iverson, Calum Gourlay and Jorge Rossy. Lewis Wright and Kit Downes appear on Tuesday 3rd March.
The Emergence Festival returns to Hastings on the weekend of 24th – 26th April, at a venue in Hastings, yet to be confirmed. The festival of new jazz is produced by The Cockpit and hosted by Jazz In The Round’s Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson (pictured above with The Cockpit’s Dave Wybrow).
Love Supreme Festival have announced the first artists to appear at the 2020 festival on the weekend of 3rd – 5th July.
The main stage headliners on Saturday will be TLC, whilst on Sunday it will be The Isley Brothers. The Big Top headliners are Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes on Saturday and Charles Lloyd Kindred Spirits on Sunday.
Southampton concert hall Turner Sims have announced further jazz concerts for 2020 including Fergus McCreadie Trio and Portico Quartet in February, trumpeter Theo Croker in March and SEED Ensemble (pictured) on Saturday 4th April. Sara Colman celebrates Joni Mitchell on Thursday 11th June, whilst Acoustic Triangle celebrate 20 years on Saturday 20th June.
The weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March 2020 sees the Guildford Jazz Festival, organised by Marianne Windham, with patron Bill Bruford. Saturday highlights include a New Orleans Jazz Brunch, Nicolas Meier World Group, Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, Pete Churchill Sings Jazz and Iain Ballamy. Sunday features Alan Barnes performing a duo with Dave Newton and then later on with Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman.
Words: Charlie Anderson
Photo: Lisa Wormsley