Making Music Online for Free webinar

Discover a range of free online music apps that can be used by music teachers, parents or anyone wanting to start making music. Enrico Bertelli of Conductive Music will be talking about and demonstrating a range of free online music making apps including Soundtrap, Chrome Music Labs, Skratch, Dot Piano and Patatap.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
+ 20 minute consultation slots until 5pm
Thursday 11 June


Jazz North funds freese trio’s new music video

Jazz North northern line female-fronted band freese trio combine triphop, electronica and grunge to create a new genre of darkness which explores inner demons and truth. Following funding from Jazz North, these Leeds-based artists have explored this genre further on film and released their first music video, Pleasure Island, from the band’s new album The Beast in the Blueprint.

Filmed at Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield, the three contrasting scenes in the video – the fly tower, auditorium and shots of band leader Jemma Freese dancing – each reflect different meanings of the song. The fly tower represents the darkness, the auditorium is the emptiness and loneliness, and the manic dancing represents the ‘fight or flight’ which ignites when we are in a state of fear.

“The emotions and mental health problems that I have and go through inspire me to write this music,” explains Jemma. “Pleasure Island is about losing our identities: realising that we aren’t the people we want to be, but not knowing how to find ourselves. I use metaphorical language to describe the recurring negative patterns I have caused by d

epression and anxiety. These patterns lead me down dark paths, where obsessions and addictions took the place of self-discovery and growth.”

Jemma continues: “The inspiration for this particular song and the video came from an image I had in my head of being stuck on an island with everything your darkest desires wanted, but not what you actually needed. I imagined all the dark sides of the ego consuming oneself, until there was only a slither of soul left – desperately trying to escape.”

Tension sets the tone of the song, layering and building from the outset, with soaring vocals providing the only fleeting release. These moments of daylight emphasise the lines ‘let them run’ and ‘find myself’, which express the torturing desire to change.

Watch the video here and listen to the track here.


We join forces with Jazzwise magazine to stream northern jazz

Jazz North Live Stream Partners

On Friday September 13 2019 our northern line showcase will be live streamed via a network of Live Stream Partners including Jazzwise direct from the outdoor stage at Lancaster Jazz Festival. This new network, with partners who share our aim to support northern and UK jazz scene, will increase the online reach and audience for the artists taking part. The live stream will last for 8 hours filmed with a multi-camera video team and hosted by J Frisco guitarist Megan Roe. This showcase will feature seven artists from the latest round of northern line: Beyond Albedo, freesetrio (now Jemma Freese), John Pope Quintet, Nishla Smith Quintet, Not Now Charlie, Rafe’s Dilemma, and SogoRock.

We are pleased to announce that the UK’s best selling jazz magazine Jazzwise will be joining this new initiative as our Live Stream Media Partner. Jazzwise Magazine Editor Mike Flynn says:

“Jazzwise is pleased to join forces with Jazz North for a packed weekend of exciting live performances that take place as part of the Jazz North’s northern Line showcase at Lancashire Jazz Festival. Reflecting the new wave of young jazz talent that’s now exploding out of the UK, see some of the stars of tomorrow playing sets across weekend on the Jazzwise Facebook page.”

Jazz North Creative Director Nigel Slee says:

“We plan to use this new digital partnership network to stream future events that support and promote the dynamic northern jazz scene. New partners are welcome”.

Live Stream Partners:

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival
Hull Jazz Festival
Ilkley Jazz Festival
Jazz at Davenham
Jazz Leeds
Jazz Promotion Network
Jazz South
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues


Jazz North Introduces Yaatri

Yaatari musicians standing in a northern forest

Jazz North is giving one emerging band the chance to showcase their music at six leading jazz festivals in the north. Yaatri, based in Leeds, are the latest beneficiaries of Jazz North Introduces, a scheme which will offer them high-profile exposure at festivals in Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool, Gateshead, Manchester and Durham, alongside career support and promotion.

The band was selected from a wide range of applications after impressing a selection panel of festival directors, professional musicians, promoters and educators who prioritised musical excellence in musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential. “The music of Yaatri is technically accomplished but with a sensitive musical spirit,” explains panel member Neil Campbell, Artistic Director of Liverpool International Jazz Festival. “The band’s compositions are performed with great subtlety and taste and boast wonderfully distinctive and beautiful vocals. Compositionally it seems to me there is a clear sense of purpose in the bands fusing of atmospheric jazz with rhythmic and melodic ideas from Indian classical music.”

A genre crossing quintet, Yaatri blend complex composition and ethereal soundscapes. The influences of the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, give their music a strong sense of purpose and journey. Yaatri are:

Liam Narain DeTar – Guitar
Bethany Herrington – Vocals
Felix Bertulis-Webb – Keys
Jona Tromp – Drums
Joe Wilkes – Bass

Applications for Jazz North Introduces were open to bands at an emerging stage in their career, with a commitment to living, working or studying in the north of England.

Yaatri will also receive a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, professional mentoring, a photo-shoot and assistance in creating an electronic press kit.

More about Yaatri can be found on the band’s website here.

Jazz North’s partners in Jazz North Introduces are:

Jazz North Introduces
Festival Showcases:

    • Lancaster Jazz Festival – September 2019
    • Marsden Jazz Festival – October 2019
    • Liverpool International Jazz Festival – February 2020
    • Gateshead Jazz – March 2020
    • Manchester Jazz Festival – May 2020
    • DJazz Festival – June 2020

Previous Jazz North Introduces artists

Jazz North Introduces 2018-19

Slow Loris
Jazz North Introduces 2018-19

J Frisco
Jazz North Introduces 2017-18

Jazz North Introduces 2017-18

Wandering Monster
Jazz North Introduces 2015-16

Jazz North Introduces 2014-15

The Jam Experiment
Jazz North Introduces 2014-15

The Stretch Trio
Jazz North Introduces 2013-14