The final line up for Love Supreme Festival has been announced, including the Jazz In The Round and Bandstand stages. The Bandstand includes Alex Curtis, Lost Organ Unit, Sam Carelse, Xhosa Cole, Zeñel (pictured), Mingus Underground, Teotima, Clandestino and Terry Pack’s Trees, whilst the Jazz In The Round stage features Bukky Leo, Rosie Turton, Cykada, Nick Walters, Chiminyo and Pyjaen.
Dave Wickens: Benefit at The Vortex
22nd May saw London’s Vortex host a benefit concert for drummer Dave Wickens, a former Brighton resident (best known for his performances with Kirk Lightsey and Bobby Wellins), who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The concert featured performances from fellow summer school teachers Nikki Iles, Geoff Simkins and Buster Birch and pianist Kirk Lightsey. To donate contact Buster Birch via www.busterbirch.co.uk
Ubuntu Music have signed up Leo Richardson for his second album for the label, entitled Move. The album is set for release on 9th August and features his regular band of pianist Rick Simpson, bassist Tim Thornton and drummer Ed Richardson, with special guest Alex Garnett on saxophone.
The new documentary film on the life of Ella Fitzgerald saw its UK cinema release in May. There will be a screening of it at Brighton’s Duke of York’s Picturehouse on Monday 3rd June.
The film features interviews with Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman and Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.
This year’s Kemptown Carnival in Brighton will feature a New Generation Jazz Stage with a line up that includes Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Yadasofi, Mississippi Meltdown, Son Guarachando, pianist Roella Oloro’s Quintet and South London collective Steam Down. The one-day festival is on Saturday 1st June with the jazz stage outside The Bristol Bar.
The line up for Jazz Re:Fest has been announced. Theon Cross, Rosie Turton, Zara McFarlane, Werkha, Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua, Sarah Tandy and Camilla George will be at Brighton Dome on Saturday 27th July. The annual festival, organised by Jazz Re:freshed, will also feature DJ sets and family-friendly activities. Tickets are now available.
Babelfish, which features Brigitte Beraha, Barry Green, Chris Laurence & Paul Clarvis, release their new album in June, entitled Once Upon a Tide. It’s available to pre-order ahead of the album launch at King’s Place on Saturday 29th June.
Edition Records have announced that the Pablo Held Trio (pictured) will release a new album collaborating with Brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras, due out in early 2020.