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Round 7 northern line artists

Jazz North’s northern line scheme has supported 74 jazz artists and ensembles from across the north by subsidising over 700 gigs and offering mentoring, career development and promotional support to those selected.

The artists are picked from the best jazz talent the north has to offer and chosen by an independent panel of jazz industry professionals, promoters, and musicians.

Jazz North has a commitment to diversity and accessibility for artists and audiences alike and we believe that it is important that audiences and promoters have access to a wider cultural offer. It is therefore important to us that northern line presents a varied roster of artists that fully represents the diversity of the northern jazz scene. Jazz North is a partner in European Jazz Network’s Gender Balance manifesto and supports Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity.

Are you a musician?

Applications for Jazz North northern line open once a year for artists and ensembles with a commitment to living, working, or studying in the north of England.

Once you are on the scheme you can benefit from subsidised gigs at high-profile music venues and jazz festivals in the north, mentoring from industry professionals and support developing your career.

Recruitment for the next round is still paused for the moment. We want to honour the time left on the scheme for our current artists and stay true to the original aspirations to support and unite artists, promoters and audiences. This means, rather than shifting online, the current round has been extended to let artists get back to playing live music in 2021. We are here if you have questions.

You can also have a look at what support we are offering northern jazz musicians at this time.

Are you a promoter?

Did you know we offer subsidy if you book a northern line artist for your venue or festival?

Bookings for Round 7 of northern line are now back open and we’ve made some amendments to help support artists and promoters through the next year. From 1st April 2021, promoter subsidy is set at 30% of the artist fee and we have a new policy to take live-streaming into account. For more information on booking artists, including our new policy and streaming guidance, please email heather@jazznorth.org for more information.

You can find out more about what support we are offering promoters, here.

The Artists

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SogoRock

Elements of jazz, fusion, funk, rock, and gospel blend with the musical heritages of each player along with an open spirit and impeccable musicianship.

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Rafe’s Dilemma

Find yourself immersed in synthesised soundscapes, electronic improvisation, spoken word, and carefully crafted songs…

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Not Now Charlie

A fast-rising young band playing in a variety of styles directly connected to their inspirations.

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Nishla Smith Quintet

Nishla’s original songs have a delicate, quirky but deceptively simple air about them.

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John Pope Quintet

Drawing on ‘60s avant-jazz and hard bop, but with a modern, European sensibility…

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Jemma Freese

Jemma Freese is an experimental jazz vocalist/keyboardist/composer based in the north…

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Beyond Albedo
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Beyond Albedo

“It’s Beyond Albedo here, sending our final extra-terrestrial message to you. We want to thank you for listening to our sounds over the past few years, but we have decided it is time to part. 

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Past Jazz North northern line artists

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