2013-2014 Ambassador Artists | Promoter Information

ADAM FAIRHALL

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Adam Fairhall / piano and various mechanical keyboards

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.

For venues without pianos, Adam can bring his own ‘ship’s piano’, a rare, beautifully restored portable acoustic piano. He can also bring a range of other portable mechanical keyboards, including a Harmonium and a Dulcitone. These instruments provide a rich and evocative palette for Adam’s improvising.

  • Adam Fairhall is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £100.
  • Available via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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JOHN ELLIS TRIO

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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MIKE WALKER & STUART MCCALLUM

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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. The duo have now released their debut album Beholden to coincide with their northern line tour.

  • Contact the artists to directly to discuss full artist fee.  Jazz North will contribute a £250 subsidy to the full artist fee.
  • Available via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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“Quiet but compellingly lyrical music.” The Guardian

“Grey skies and rain-soaked red bricked terraces as seen
through a cosy cup of hot, sweet tea.” Jazzwise

NEW YORK BRASS BAND

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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NICOLA FARNON TRIO

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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SIMON READ OCTET

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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SVARC HANLEY LONGHAWN

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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THE INITIATIVE

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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THE JAZZ WORRIERS

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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THE SLOWLIGHT QUARTET

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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UNFURL

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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 via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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ZOE GILBY QUARTET

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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 Gilby Quartet is available via northern line with a subsidised artist fee. The promoter contribution will be £200.
  • Available via northern line for bookings between 1 April 2015 – 31 December 2015
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