The next event in Jazz North’s series of professional development sessions for musicians takes place on December 16th 2pm-5pm at Lady Anne Middleton’s Hotel, York.
The event, aimed at professional jazz musicians with at least 3 years gigging experience, will focus on areas including booking gigs and relationships with promoters, jazz media and receiving press coverage, EPKs and more. It also provides a prime opportunity to network amongst industry professionals and other musicians.
This event is FREE to attend, but spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment we would ask participants to sign-up in advance via the form below.
Northern line artists Djangologie are to undertake a tour of five village and community halls across the North of England this October as the result of an audience development project in partnership with Highlights rural touring scheme. The venues are small rural village halls and community centres who without the support of Highlights would miss out miss out on the opportunity to attend high quality arts events.
Djangologie are one of 12 bands on the current northern line roster. These bands are available to any Northern promoter with an artist fee subsidy. See the artist roster.
Young musician performing with The Great North Festival Big Band, March 2012. A youth jazz project partnership with Jazz North
Further to successfully recruiting a team of new board members we have positions available for individuals with energy, enthusiasm and professional expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Jazz practitioner with broad experience
Fundraising (public and private sector)
As a Board member you will have excellent communication skills and be eager to bring your expertise to work with our small executive and staff team in order to demonstrate strong leadership within a committed and active board. This is a volunteer role; board members are not remunerated and are expected to commit to the time equivalent of about 5 days per year, including 4 board meetings a year plus occasional attendance at Jazz North events. Travel expenses can be paid. In addition, board members contribute to sub-committees which meet by phone/Skype at intervals throughout the year.
The Dors are a new UK-France collaboration uniting four musicians at the forefront of contemporary improvisation, composition and performance.
Christophe de Bezenac and Sharkey are best known as two thirds of the critically-acclaimed, cutting edge trioVD, the band who took “a sledgehammer to preconceived limitations of jazz”. Eve Risser and Yuko Oshima are Donkey Monkey, a duo which “draws an ink moustache on the face of international creative music” – Yuko, from the vibrant Japanese rock scene, and Eve, with her virtuosic command of the piano and deep insight into C20th repertoire. Powerful sound collisions and moments of spine-tingling stillness combine with influences from gamelan music, musique concrète, experimental rock and electronica.
This is a JazzShuttle project which has been made possible by support from Sacem, AFIJMA, British Council, mjf and Jazz North, presented in association with RNCM.
The musicians spent four days in a Leeds studio to write and rehearse a set of tunes to play at their debut at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Read an interview with the artists involved.
In Spring 2013 a panel of musicians, industry experts and Jazz North selected a roster of 12 bands for Jazz North to work with and promote during 2013-14. As part of the process we commissioned Manchester based film and TV production company MadeinM1 to make promotional films for each band combining live performance and interviews (Microscopic featured above). You can now watch the films online from our video gallery.
We are looking for exceptional people with the profile, reputation and skills necessary to act as a powerful ambassador for Jazz North in any forum. A belief in the value of music and its creative community is essential; enthusiasm for jazz is desirable, though not essential.
As a Board member you will have excellent communication skills and be eager to bring your expertise to work with our small executive and staff team in order to demonstrate strong leadership within a committed and active board.
This is a volunteer role; board members are not remunerated and are expected to commit to the time equivalent of about 5 days per year and, when necessary, to meet in evenings and at weekends, including occasional attendance at Jazz North events. Travel expenses can be paid.
Artists are available to any promoter in the North of England with an artist fee subsidy. This means that promoters can choose from a high quality roster of jazz artists with low financial risk.
The current roster of artists are available to book with the artist fee subsidy until 31 July 2014. Promoters interested in booking a northern line artist can contact them directly via the northern line contact page.
Covering a fortnight of diverse events in July, Brass: Durham International Festival takes one of England’s most cherished musical traditions and challenges artists and audiences to explore its past, present and future with fresh eyes and ears. Brass: Pitch is an open call to creative practitioners, individual or collective, based in England working in any art form including interdisciplinary arts practices. Continue reading →
Jazz North and fellow northern music organisations Durham Music Service, Soundwave Cumbria, InterOpera Ltd and National Youth Choirs Great Britain teamed together to bid for funding to help secure their future.
Arts Council England has awarded almost £150,000 to the Northern Music Consortium through its Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity fund, which aims to boost fundraising skills and expertise within the arts. The aim is to ensure organisations are able to maintain and further develop artistic ambition and innovation during challenging economic times. Continue reading →
On the evening of Monday 10th June Jazz North is offering the opportunity to come and listen to four very different examples of contemporary UK jazz at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds. The four bands have been chosen from Jazz North’s northern line rostra of artists. There is a common theme of acoustic jazz which will be fitting for the venue.
Artists: Djangologie, Microscopic, Stuart McCallum + Strings and The Weave (above)
The evening is being filmed and recorded by Jazz North.
Date: Monday 10 June Times: Doors open 6:30pm, First band at 7:15pm, 10pm finish Venue: Howard Assembly Room, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU Tickets: £5 on the door