We’re excited to announce the 6th roster of Ambassador Artists to be selected for northern line – the innovative model for touring which gives promoters the opportunity to programme high quality artists with low financial risk.
Since its launch in 2013, northern line has featured 59 such ambassador artists who have performed 650 gigs to date with over 170 promoters partners across the north of England and beyond.
The northern line 6th Round roster is:
Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat (Leeds)
Manchester Jazz Collective (Manchester)
Mark Williams Trio (Newcastle)
Paul Taylor (Newcastle)
The artists were selected by an independent panel of jazz professionals following an open call to musicians living in the north of England. This year’s selection panel was: Barney Stevenson, Marsden Jazz Festival; Wesley Stephenson, Jazz North East; Juliet Kelly, Musician; Dennis Rollins, Musician; Amy Pearce, Producer; Jilly Jarman, Blue Jam Arts; Nigel Slee, Jazz North Creative Director; Steve Mead, Jazz North Creative Director, Manchester Jazz Festival Artistic Director; David Porter (Chair), JNight and Hull Jazz Festival.
Lucy Woolley, northern line project leader said :
“The northern line scheme aims to highlight both the quality and variety of jazz being composed and performed by artists all across the North. This year’s roster is no exception, reflecting the diverse talent living and working in the region”.
Jazz North will support these Round 6 artists with professional development and tour subsidy between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019. The booking form will open on 1st May 2018 for subsidised booking requests, with artists available for contact immediately.
We hope you will join us to see performances from the artists on Monday 23rd July at the northern line showcase at Manchester Jazz Festival. If you’re a promoter you’re welcome to stay and join us at a drinks reception to meet the artists and Jazz North team. Further details to be released shortly but for more information please contact northern line Project Manager – Lucy Woolley at firstname.lastname@example.org
To explore the roster in full and contact artists please visit www.jazznorth.org/northern-line
northern line Round 6 roster
Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / James Girling guitar / Ali Roocroft piano, keyboards / Alasdair Simpson bass guitar / Matt Brown drums
RNCM alumni combining outstanding musicianship and spry energy with organic yet sophisticated compositions; light-footed grooves that call on late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis, prog rock and electronic music.
Rebekah Reid violin, loop pedal / Polly Virr cello, loop pedal
A Manchester duo combining acoustic strings and classical composition practices with loops and improvisation, conjuring up pieces that evolve and borrow from jazz, minimalism, folk, world and electronic dance music.
Matthew Aplin piano / Tom Riviere double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Their sound spans European avant-garde and spiritual blues; exploring improvisation, at times peaceful and spacious, at others frenzied and angular, this Leeds trio offers a collective approach to the classic format.
Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat
Emma Johnson tenor saxophone / Calvin Travers guitar / Sam Quintana bass guitar / Alasdair Wells drums
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and a warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have since formed a strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound.
Paul Taylor piano
A solo recital from this Newcastle-based pianist, composer and improviser, whose trademark performances are rhapsodic journeys that lead listeners through twists and turns, complex harmonies and classical vignettes, with a restless capacity for invention.
Manchester Jazz Collective
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt saxophones / Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets / Ellie Smith trombone / Rich McVeigh bass trombone / Andy Stamatakis-Brown piano / Paul Baxter double bass / Johnny Hunter drums
A collaboration of northern players creating large-scale compositions and defying stylistic categorisation, thanks to their varied palettes and democratic approach: rich orchestrations rub shoulders with middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-jazz and heavy metal.
Lis Murphy voice, violin / Mali Hayes voice / Kate Moran, Simmy Singh violins / Kath Ord viola / Sarah Dale cello / John Ellis piano / Mark Lewis double bass / Myke Wilson drums
Hauntingly beautiful and uplifting, blending personal stories and an interest in musics from across the globe via Manchester, Lis uses pop-song formats to convey the intense darkness and light arising from humanitarian subjects such as war, loss and love.
The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams guitar / Paul Susans bass guitar / Russ Morgan drums
Influences from rock, metal and fusion, with added electronic effects, give this guitar trio from Newcastle an edgier and more modern sound, yet with melody and improvisation still at its core.
Jordie Cooke guitar / Frankie O’Keeffe voice / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone / Matthew Forster tenor& baritone saxophone / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet / John Pope bass / Dave McKeague, Oscar Cassidy drums
Saddle up for a ride into a heady, energetic world of samba reggae, punk-jazz and Afro-beat via the steppes of Cumbria and Newcastle; tackling loss of cultures, community and a changing society with good vibes, animalistic behaviour and raw energy.