1 June 2018

Jazz News (June 2018)

    Love Supreme Festival have released the stage times for this year’s festival which takes place from Friday 29th June until Sunday 1st July. Headliners include Elvis Costello, Pharoah Sanders, Steve Winwood and Dave Holland/Chris Potter/Zakir Hussain. The stage times are available from their website.

    In other festival news, Eastbourne’s Splashpoint Jazz Festival, have announced all of their line up and it’s quite a list: Roger Beaujolais, Andy Cleyndert, Susannah Flack, ‘Gershwinnovation’, featuring Simon Thorpe and Alex Garnett,  ‘Hexagonal’ featuring Jason Yarde, Roberto Manzin, Craig Milverton, Mark Nightingale, Sara Oschlag, Andy Panayi, Mike Piggott, Paul Richards, Neal Richardson, Sue Richardson, Terry Seabrook’s ‘Quinto’, featuring Davide Mantovani, Tristan Banks and Raul d’Oliviera, Geoff Simkins, Nils Solberg, Tommaso Starace, Julian Marc Stringle and Art Themen. The one day festival takes place at various venues around Eastbourne on Sunday 30th September. Early bird tickets are available until 30th June at £45, and are £50 thereafter.

    Tickets for the jazz concerts at Petworth Festival in July and August went on sale on 10th May and are now completely sold out, including both shows by Darius Brubeck at Leconfield Hall on 2nd August.

    Brainchild Festival, which has featured an eclectic mix of music since its beginnings in 2012, has always emphasised creativity and collaboration. This year’s festival, held at Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum in Sussex, is from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July with a line up that includes Where Pathways Meet, Zeñel, Emma-Jean Thackray’s Walrus, PY Jaen, a sonic transformations project led by Shabaka Hutchings and a jam session led by Cassie Kinoshi.

    Following an overbooking at the South Bank Centre, new jazz pioneers Jazz Re:freshed are moving their yearly summer festival, Jazz Re:Fest, to Brighton Dome. Sunday 22nd July, from midday to 7:30pm, will see performances from Vels Trio, Daniel Casimir, Cassie Kinoshi’s SEED, Yussef Dayes, Noya Rao, Blue Lab Beats, Ruby Rushton, plus more to be announced.    

    Lewes U3A Jazz Club is sponsoring a season of three jazz films on Sundays in June at The Depot independent cinema in Lewes. The film on 10th June is Louis Malle’s Lift to the Scaffold which features music improvised by Miles Davis, followed by Chico & Rita on 17th June and ending with Whiplash on 24th June. Tickets are only £9 and available from The Depot. There’s also live music there every Sunday from 11am until 1pm.

    The National Jazz Archive continues its dedicated work in preserving Britain’s rich jazz heritage and as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations the Julian Marc Stringle Quartet will be performing a fundraising concert in Loughton, Essex, close to the archive’s home. Details can be found on the National Jazz Archive website.

    Pianist Terry Seabrook undertakes an extensive one month tour with US saxophonist Peter Fraize throughout July. Taking in 20 dates in 29 days, you can catch them at The Depot in Lewes, Love Supreme Festival, JazzHastings and The Verdict before they head off to London, Devon, Swansea and Bristol, returning to Sussex to play at The Steam Packet in Littlehampton on 20th July. The tour ends on 29th July at The Eagle in Rochester, Kent.

    The Jazz Promotion Network are holding a two-day conference at Turner Sims, Southampton that will feature talks and workshops about the future of jazz, with the theme ‘where are we heading?’. The conference will be held on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th June with Camilla George, Nikki Yeoh (solo piano) and Tim Garland’s Weather Walker Trio booked for the evening showcase.

    Veteran photographer Michael Putland will be presenting a session as part of the Ropetackle Arts Portal on Saturday 16th June. The two-hour session will cover composition techniques and advice on live photography, drawing on his decades of experience photographing artists ranging from The Who and The Rolling Stones to legendary jazz musicians such as Wayne Shorter and Dizzy Gillespie.


Charlie Anderson


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