2014-2015 Artists / 2013-2014 Artists

ADAM FAIRHALL

http://www.adamfairhall.co.uk

Adam Fairhall / piano
Exploring the full range of vocabulary, from ragtime to free, often overlaid and highly percussive, yet with his forward-looking personality and lyricism always shining through.

  • Adam Fairhall is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £100.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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picture of Adam Fairhall playing a toy keyboard at his showcase gig
 

A DREAD SUPREME

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Richard Ormrod / saxophones, Sam Hobbs / drums, Trevor Roots / vocals, Simon Beddoe / trumpet, Chris Campbell / guitar, Bob Birch / keyboards, Kenneth Higgins / bass, Spear / percussion, Supa / sound engineer

A band with roots in Jamaican music and British and American Jazz, and a commitment to breaking down musical barriers and defying categorisations with integrity, spirit and musicality.

  • A Dread Supreme is available as a 10, 7 or 5 piece ensemble. All options available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee.
  • 10 piece: promoter contribution £450
  • 7 piece: promoter contribution £350
  • 5 piece: promoter contribution £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist
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JOHN ELLIS TRIO

www.johnellis.co.uk

John Ellis / piano Pete Turner / double bass Rob Turner / drums

Manchester’s much-admired musical polymath takes improvisatory twists and turns through township, soulful songs and local folk heritage.

  • The John Ellis Trio is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £175.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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MIKE WALKER & STUART MCCALLUM

http://stuartmccallum.com http://www.mike-walker.co.uk

Mike Walker, Stuart McCallum / guitars

An intimate collaboration between two musicians with international reputations, playing 5 guitars between them and performing originals and standards re-imagined and re-sculpted into fresh music, characterised by focus and restraint.

  • Contact the artists to directly to discuss full artist fee.  Jazz North will contribute a £250 subsidy to the full artist fee.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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NEW YORK BRASS BAND

www.newyorkbrassband.co.uk

Simon Dennis, Dan Webster / trumpets
, Andrew Cox / tenor saxophone, Charlie Lancaster, Tim Hurst / trombones
, James Lancaster / sousaphone
, Tom Hawthorn / drums

A powerhouse party band from the mean streets of York via New Orleans, pumping out Marvin Gaye, George Michael and funky, gritty northern originals.

  • NYBB is available as a 7 or 5 piece ensemble. Both options available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee.
  • 7 piece: promoter contribution £300
  • 5 piece: promoter contribution £200
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist

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NICOLA FARNON TRIO

www.nicolafarnonmusic.com

Nicola Farnon / double bass, voice Piero Tucci / piano, tenor saxophone Phil Johnson / drums

A close-knit, swinging outfit playing jazz and Latin standards, and making optimum use of their combined instrumental skills with integrity and joy.

  • The Nicola Farnon Trio is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £150.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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SIMON READ OCTET

www.simonreadmusic.com

Simon Read / double bass, Laura Jurd / trumpet, flugelhorn, Ben Lowman / alto saxophone, Will Howard / tenor saxophone, clarinet, Kevin Holbrough / trombone, Michael De Souza / guitar, Declan Forde / piano, Sam Gardner / drums

A recent graduate from LCM, and influenced by the octets of Julian Argüelles and Dave Holland, Simon fronts a Leeds-London band through buoyant, rich horn arrangements.

  • The Simon Read Octet is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £300.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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SVARC HANLEY LONGHAWN

https://svarchanleylonghawn.bandcamp.com

Nick Svarc / guitar, Martin Longhawn / organ, Steve Hanley / drums.

A refreshing take on this classic trio format, with a broad sound palette ranging from ethereal, brooding moods to electrifying grooves.

  • Svarc Hanley Longhawn Trio is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £150.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist
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THE INITIATIVE

http://www.theinitiativejazz.net

Matt Robinson, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Lancaster Lily Carassik, Trumpet, London Paul Froggatt, Soprano Sax/Tenor Sax, Lancaster Paul Graves, Guitar, Lancaster Ash Murphy, Words/Synths, Lancaster John Powney, Drums, Kendal Dave Shooter, Bass, Lancaster Jonathan Vince, Alto Sax/Tenor Sax, Lancaster 

A multi-genre collective of Lancaster’s most original musicians, with compositions and loose arrangements interpreted live by the line-up for any given performance, often ramping up the pace and unpredictability with beatbox and rap-fuelled excursions into the world of ‘anti-jazz’.

  • The Initiative is available as either a 10 or 6 piece ensemble. Both options available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee.
  • 10 piece: promoter contribution £350
  • 6 piece: promoter contribution £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist

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THE JAZZ WORRIERS

www.thejazzworriers.co.uk

Dean Masser / tenor saxophone Neil Yates / trumpet Dan Whieldon / piano Ed Harrison / double bass Marek Dorcik / drums

Delving into jazz history and combining new compositions and arrangements with assured ensemble playing and burning solos, the JWs have created a show that is musically exciting and wittily presented.

  • The Jazz Worriers are available via northern line with an artist fee subsidy of £250 from Jazz North. The artists need to be contacted to discuss the full artist fee and promoter contribution.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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THE SLOWLIGHT QUARTET

www.theslowlightquartet.co.uk

Ian Paterson / double bass, bass guitar
Tom Quilliam / soprano & tenor saxophone
Paul Lorraine / keyboards Jonathan Marriott / drums

Combining a love of great melodies, catchy chords and exciting rhythms, this Newcastle band has an open approach to embracing a myriad of contemporary jazz styles.

  • The Slowlight Quartet is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £200.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist
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UNFURL

http://unfurl.me.uk

Olivia Moore / violin Jim Faulkner / guitar Gavin Barras / double bass Adam Warne / Egyptian percussion John Ball / Indian santoor, tabla

A genuine fusion of Indian, Arabic, Flamenco and jazz styles with compelling band interplay and mesmerising atmospherics.

  • Unfurl is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The minimum promoter contribution will be £200.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
  • Contact Artist
Picture of Oliva Moore and the musicians from her band Unfurl

ZOE GILBY QUARTET

http://www.zoegilby.co.uk http://zoegilby.bandcamp.com

Zoe Gilby / vocals, Mark Williams / guitar, Andy Champion / double bass, Richard Brown / drums

Newcastle’s leading jazz vocalist performs a repertoire of wide-ranging contemporary songs (Tom Waits and Kate Bush) and gritty and sophisticated original compositions.

  • The Zoe Gilbey Quartet is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £200.
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2015
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2014-2015 Artists / 2013-2014 Artists

Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra

www.ariyaastrobeatarkestra.com

Pete Williams – Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet, Leon Johnson – Tenor Sax, Si Nixon – Trumpet, Martyn Strange – Baritone Sax, Taz Modi – Keyboards, Neil Innes – Guitar, Paul Baxter – Bass, Joost Hendrickx – Drums, Kris Wright – Percussion

“Afrobeat grooves with jazz horns”. Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra were conceived at a series of largely improvised gigs that drew on Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, James Brown & Albert Ayler for inspiration. Although their music uses Afrobeat rhythm and language, they also owe part of their sound to the space jazz pioneers of the 70’s and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60’s. Presented ‘Tropical Sound’ award at the Giles Peterson Worldwide Awards on the 21st of January 2013.

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ACV

www.acvband.co.uk

Andy Champion – Double Bass, Graeme Wilson – Tenor & Baritone Saxes, Paul Edis – Keyboards, Mark Williams – Guitar, Adrian Tilbrook – Drums

Andy Champion launched this quintet to reflect his wide musical interests, drawing on influences as diverse as ‘prog rock’ and free improvisation, but with jazz always at the heart. The result is tight arrangements are peppered with insistent, rhythmic unison passages and ferocity, but also with more introspective moments, always melodic and direct.

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  • ACV are available via northern line for promoter contribution of £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Billy Moon

www.matthewbourne.com

Matthew Bourne: Piano, Cello, Keyboards, Seaming To: Voice, Clarinet, Electronics, Violin & Cello to be added

Billy Moon is available as a duo or as a quartet. The project started as a duo with Matthew and Seaming who have been building up a collection of songs and tunes.  Matthew says  “It’s all about writing simply – choosing only the right notes and letting the music speak for itself – without complexity and without fireworks. They’re kind of songs boiled down to their essence – very melodic but with depth…”

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  • Billy Moon are available via northern line for promoter contribution of (duo) £125 (quartet) £200
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Djangologie

www.djangologie.com

Emma Fisk – Violin, James Birkett – Guitar, Giles h3 – Guitar, Mick Shoulder – Double Bass

Djangologie are a ‘hot club’ style band comprising the traditional line up of violin, two acoustic guitars and double bass. We not only play genre standards but a large selection of our own compositions composed in the style.

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  • Djangologie are available via northern line for promoter contribution of £200
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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HSQ + 2

www.hillarystepsaxquartet.bandcamp.com

Jim Collins – Alto and Bari Sax, Flute. Will Lenton – Tenor and Bass Sax. Helen Pillinger – Alto and Tenor Sax. Helena Summerfield – Bari and Soprano Sax, Rachael Gladwin – Harp, Phil Bennett – Percussion.

Four experienced sax players, each with a distinctive voice and style playing classic and contemporary jazz arrangements. Playing tunes with unusual combinations of instruments: bass, bari and 2 tenors. Composing material for the group has been a natural development and expanding from this nucleus to collaborate further musicians is enabling us to create even stranger and more wonderful music.

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  • HSQ+2 are available via northern line for promoter contribution of £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Jamil Sheriff Trio

www.jamilsheriff.co.uk

Jamil Sheriff (Piano), Dave Walsh (Drums), Pete Turner (Bass)

Contemporary flavour jazz trio with a focus on improvisation and interplay. Jamil’s music moves from driving blues inflected melodies to sensitive, cleverly arranged melancholic moods, all underpinned by a beautiful sense of melody.

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Engine Room Favourites

www.discus-music.co.uk

Martin Archer (Sheffield) – sopranino, alto & baritone saxophones Laura Cole (Leeds) – piano Corey Mwamba (Derby) – vibraphone Graham Clarke (Buxton) – violin Pete Fairclough (Sheffield), Walt Shaw (Derby), Johnny Hunter (Manchester) & Steve Dinsdale (Skipton) – percussion

The band aesthetic harks back to the AACM school of music pioneered by Art Ensemble of Chicago, Leo Smith, and Anthony Braxton. This is a style which has never been really followed up by European musicians, nevertheless it remains the model for Archer’s contributions to jazz based music. Archer has said “the appeal of this style to me is that it remains considered, spacious and open, without sacrificing any of the improvisational heat and energy which places its exponent players firmly in the avant-garde tradition. And crucially, it never disconnects from its own past, in particular the blues, no matter how high falutin’ it gets”.

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Microscopic

https://sites.google.com/site/miniaturebrassemp/

Richard Iles – trumpet/flugel, Mike Williams – alto saxophone, Les Chisnall – piano, Percy Pursglove – bass

Microscopic premiered in 2012 at the Manchester jazz festival. It was described by Steve Mead ( mjf supremo) as the highlight of the festival. Out of the ashes of the coalition’s austerity measures comes a new collective performing stripped-back versions of some of the music from Richard’s Miniature Brass Emporium, as well as new original material.

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  • Microscopic is available via northern line for promoter contribution of £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Shatner’s Bassoon

http://www.shatnersbassoonband.com

Johnny Richards – Keys, Mick Bardon – Bass and electronics Ollie Dover – Tenor sax, Craig Scott – Guitar and electronics, Joost Hendrickx – Drums, Andrew Lisle – Drums

Shatner’s Bassoon is a group of six Leeds based composers/improvisers who have developed a unique collective sound based on developing complex compositional structures through improvisation.

Influenced by contemporary artists such as Tim Berne, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Frank Zappa, Tyshawn Sorey and a range of rock and electronica; and with a combined experience that includes eastern European folk, Hindustani music, Brazilian music, straight ahead and free jazz, reggae, metal, contemporary classical and musique concrete;

The results can range from dense free noise through intense riffs and ambient textures. They play with musical clichés and conventions to produce music that negotiates a path from the beautiful to the sinister, humorous and surreal.

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Space F!ght

www.spcfght.bandcamp.com

Tom Adams (guitar), James Mainwaring (sax), Radek Rudnicki (electronics and devices), Kuba (video projections)

Space F!ght explores communication between acoustic (sax) and electronic (electric guitar, drum machine, groove box) instruments. Acoustic sounds are processed live with analogue and digital effects that emphasize performers’ idiosyncrasies. Loop based, carefully designed to micro level grooves are driving the performance. The density of the tracks places them on the edge of commercial, contemporary and noise music.

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  • Space F!ght is available via northern line for promoter contribution of £200
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Stuart McCallum

www.stuartmccallum.com
Stuart McCallum – guitars/laptop, Pete Turner – double bass, Dave Walsh – drums. The Real Strings (optional extra)*

Although we have played together with different lineups for several years, this particular trio was formed to tour the music from my latest CD release, ‘Distilled’. The sound of the trio is expanded by the use of samples triggered from a laptop and in venues with a larger budget we also add on The Prism String Quartet – an exciting new quartet of RNCM graduates. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures or angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart’s music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple and memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats with electronica and improvisation, enriched by elegant orchestral writing.

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The Weave

theweavemusic.com

Martin Smith – Trumpet/Flugel Horn, Anthony Peers – Trumpet/Flugel Horn, Anthony Ormesher – Guitar, Rob Stringer – Piano, Hugo “Harry” Harrison – Double Bass, Tilo Pirnbaum – Drums

The Weave is a collection of world class Liverpool based Jazz musicians playing a repertoire of warm, melodious and largely friendly homegrown tunes. For years now Liverpool has been home to a small but extremely vibrant and healthy Jazz community. There is a deeply rooted, direct, honest and often-humorous charm that is the hallmark of Liverpool music across the genres, and this is no less true of the Jazzers.

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  • The Weave are available via northern line with promoter contribution of £250
  • Available for subsidy bookings up to 31 December 2014
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Photography: Porl Medlock www.porlmedlockphotography.co.uk

2014-2015 Artists / 2013-2014 Artists