Ed Jones on 24ct Gold Geneva Sax / Professor Dave Walker piano
We’re very excited to reveal that Ed Jones has created an opening fanfare for our broadcast week with the help of Professor Dave Walker and a Golden Horn. Ed has been teaching saxophone at Leeds College of Music for 12 years now and he’s inspired a new generation of students to develop a love for the saxophone and helped them find their own voice on the instrument. (2 mins)
The saxophone is rather special. It has been hand-built by Professor Dave Walker of Geneva Instruments for Jerry Bergonzi. Ed was the first pro-player to try the horn and he’s one of a number of players helping the Professor in his pursuit for the perfect horn. Video below documents Ed’s first outing on the horn.
Faye MacCalman clarinet, tenor saxophone/John Pope electric bass/Christian Alderson drums
Faye MacCalman fronts a Newcastle sax-bass-drums trio drawing on garage rock, minimalism and free improvisation: riffs, silence, noise and grooves create a collage of hard-edged blocks of sound that evolve over the performance. (30 mins)
Four bands fusing jazz with other genre and traditions: calypso, caribbean, indian and world music and other flavours. Pan Jumby, Unfurl, HSQ+1 & New York Brass Band. (60 mins)
Dread Supreme, Bugalu Foundation and Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Three different takes on dance-friendly fusions of jazz, funk, reggae, bugalu.soul and space jazz. (60 mins)
Dan Whieldon piano/Richard Iles flugelhorn/Gavin Barras double bass/Caroline Boaden drums
Pianist Dan leads a new band performing his pieces: contemporary European in style, rich in harmony, refined and elegant, their melodies eloquently voiced by the lyrical flugelhorn of Richard Iles. (30 mins)
PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE
Sam Dunn, Jamie Taylor guitars / Ben Lowman tenor saxophone, bass clarinet / Riley Stone-Lonergan tenor saxophone / Garry Jackson electric & double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Double guitars of Sam Dunn and Jamie Taylor, along with doubled-up saxes, add verve to this high-energy sextet blending jazz and rock – but eschewing fusion. Carefully chosen repertoire of originals and the occasional ★ era Bowie and Peter Gabriel. (30 mins)
It’s all about the feel. Two tight-knit bands who really swing and lift the
mood of any occasion. Jazz Worriers, Nicola Farnon Trio (60 mins)
Iain Dixon clarinet / Les Chisnall piano
Two artists at the height of their game performing a surprising range of music from C20th classical (Messiaen, Walton) to songs made famous by Kathleen Ferrier and Gracie Fields (2015). (40 mins)
BIRKETT & FISK
Emma Fisk violin/James Birkett guitar
Celebrating the under-explored repertoire of Venuti & Lang, two prime exponents of early ’20s/30s jazz: authentic, rhythmic and uplifting, with a warm rapport and infectious energy. (30 mins)
THURSDAY 3 May
Alice Higgins vocals / Will Blackstone trumpet / Conall Mulvenna guitar / Roz MacDonald double bass
Vocalist Alice Higgins with an intimate
trumpet-guitar-bass group playing fresh swinging perspectives of Ella Fitzgerald and Grover Washington, as well as their own songs in a warm, relaxed vein. (30 mins)
Four distinctive northern guitarists each with their own unique voice and style:
Stuart McCallum, John Bailey,
Nik Svarc and Mike Walker. (60 mins)
Vocalists Zoe Gilby, Lindsay Hannon John Ellis and Shannon Reilly will take you on a journey of old and new standards and heart-felt orginals. (60 mins)
Dan Goldman Fender Rhodes, synthesizers / Hamlet Luton electric bass / Gordon Kilroy drums
Dan Goldman has made a speciality
of the Fender Rhodes, centring it at the heart of the blistering, funky driving sound of this tight trio: progressive, yet with a nod to 70s/80s fusion. (30 mins)
Otto Willberg double bass / Harry Smith tenor saxophone / Alexander Tod drums
Otto Willberg’s fiery take on the sax-
bass-drums trio format, favouring short and snappy tunes in the spirit of punk: free improvisation delivered with hu-mour, melody and fun. (30 mins)
Two groups pursue their own vision for instant composition and interaction. An opportunity for creative listening
with Grew Quartet & HTrio. (60 mins)
VIEWERS CHOICE Which artist from last year would you most like to watch again? Look below to see the bands and make your vote on our Facebook page. (40 mins).
who would you choose?
Sam Healey alto saxophone, keyboards / Craig Hanson drums, triggered samples
An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core. (30 mins)
BEATS AND PIECES BIG BAND
SPECIAL BONUS BROADCAST!
We’re thrilled to say that we will be broadcasting the bands storming set from their two weeks ago at jazzahead 2018! Shot with 4 cameras and HIFI sound – not to be missed, and we’ll keep in online for a period on our YouTube Channel.
Ben Cottrell: director
Anthony Brown, Ollie Dover, Tom Ward: saxophones
Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters: trumpet
Richard Foote, Simon Lodge, Richard McVeigh: trombone
Anton Hunter: guitar
Richard Jones: piano/Rhodes
Stewart Wilson: bass
Finlay Panter: drums
Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, Beats & Pieces Big Band see themselves as a band that happens to be big, rather than your average ‘big band’. They’re an extremely tightknit bunch, meeting as students in Manchester and growing up and developing musically individually and collectively within the city’s exciting scene. (30 MINS)
Paul Edis piano / Graeme Wilson flute, clarinet, saxophones / Graham Hardy trumpet / Emma Fisk violin / Andy May Northumbrian pipes / Paul Susans double bass / Rob Walker percussion
Paul Edis’ was commissioned by Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral to compose for septet – pitching improvisers alongside Northumbrian pipes and violin – melding his forte in modern jazz with traditional music from the north east.(30 mins)
Exciting and challenging music woven with a danceable energy, memorable melodies and complex riffs: jazz, metal, electronica: Cameron Vale and Taupe (12 Points 2017), (60 mins)
Steve Lewis voice, guitar / Jayson Stilwell overtone vocals / Matt Robinson clarinets / Maja Bugge ’cello / Paul Sherwood hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes / Ben McCabe drums, vocals
Taking fragments from leftfield pop, African, folk and jazz, channelled through a sextet of instruments rarely heard in jazz (hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, overtone vocals) and setting found texts from across science, literature and history.(30 mins)
Thandanani Gumede, Nokuthula Zondi-Kamudyariwa, Xolani Mbathe vocals / Dave Evans keyboards / Nik Rutherford guitar / Barry Ricarby electric bass / Alex Wibrew drums
Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield-based) with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi – traditional Zulu music – and Afro-pop.
NOLB Limited Edition T-Shirts
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NOLB Festival Quiz
Enter our online festival quiz and you could win a One Year Premium Subscription (4K HD) with Quest.TV – the new Netflix for Jazz – co-founded by Quincy Jones and Reza Ackbarly.
All the answers to the quiz can be found in the festival programme and you can download a copy of the questions to help you collect your answers.
Rules: One entry per person. If more than one winner then a panel from Jazz North will judge the tie-breaker question.
Competition closes FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 Midnight UK (extended closing time).
Make your Quiz entry online at https://goo.gl/forms/WNCkammnwHgjIanM2
To help prepare you can download the question sheet: NOLB-Festival-Quiz.pdf
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