Remi Harris Trio
Friday 13th January 2017
Gypsy Jazz, swing and blues from a young guitar virtuoso
“Guitar has always been about improvising to me, that’s what I love about many of the early rock and blues bands that I grew up listening to, they were really jamming and interacting with each other in the moment. Jazz appealed to me because it’s all about improvisation, freedom and experimentation, it was a natural progression for me having just spent my teens playing in rock and blues jam bands. It started with just learning a few licks to put into my blues solos but it wasn’t long before I was bitten by the bug.”
If you enjoyed Matt Holborn’s band last year then this is definitely for you.
“Superb, thoughtful lightning speed lines, created with flare and passion… he’s a very fine player and his trio has one of the best sounds I’ve heard in a gypsy jazz idiom – very alive and truly acoustic. He can play flawlessly and with great passion in pretty well any style” – Paul Jeffries – Jazz on Tap
Remi Harris – lead guitar
Caley Groves – rhythm guitar
Mike Green – bass
Latest CD: “In On The 2” (Yardbird Arts)
Trish Clowes’ My Iris
Friday 20 January 2017
Trish Clowes has been on an rapid upward trajectory since before leaving college. She was quickly recognised by the BBC and made a “New Generation Artist” in 2012 which culminated in her commission to write a suite for them performed at the 2014 London Jazz Festival and which won a BASCA Composition award the following year. She has worked with the cream of UK’s jazz musicians of her and older generations and is universally complimented for her writing and improvisational skills.
Her latest project evokes the multifaceted ‘Iris’ – a Greek mythological character who pops up frequently in the works of Shakespeare. This is developed from recent musical collaborations and features new material written for the CD recorded in 2016.
“Her themes and harmonies are angular and quirky, and she shares Thelonius Monk’s talent for building an overall sense of inevitability out of surprising details. As an improviser she achieves a similar melding of the unexpected and the inexorable” – Barry Witherden BBC Music Magazine
Trish Clowes – tenor sax
Ross Stanley – piano
Chris Montague – guitar
James Maddren – drums
Latest CD: My Iris debut CD to be launched this month.
Friday 27 January 2017
Fine young band shows how they’ve developed since their appearances with Liane Carroll
With support from Bands of the Shelley Music Centre
Wakefield’s Rory Ingham was always an ambitious trombonist and came into his own when he formed this band with fellow students at Chethams Music School in Manchester. The bonus was that Alex Bone (alto) was made BBC young musician of the year soon after. They have played twice before for us, as a support band and with Liane Carroll’s last performance. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, Alex performed at the Proms, Jazz North made them their “Introducing” band and they have played many Northern Festivals. Recently Rory was adopted by a local brass instrument firm to endorse their trombones. The new material and extra experience now makes them a wholly credible band in their own right.
Rory Ingham – trombone
Alex Bone – alto sax
Toby Comeau – piano
Joe Lee – bass
Jonathan Mansfield – drums
Latest CD: First Day (Sound Cloud)
Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet
Friday 3 February 2017
With support from the Abbie Finn Quartet
Jools Holland’s lead alto player exudes his usual energy with his new band
Leader of Sax Appeal and co-leader of Protect the Beat, Derek has always known how to create a popular band. His charismatic appeal also earns him a place in Jools Holland’s band. If that weren’t enough he runs his own recording studio and has been responsible for the introduction of many young jazz stars. This new project features the cream of his generation of jazzers in sympathy with his desire to entertain and delight. Make no mistake, this gig will be a lot of fun.
They are promoting their second CD with a title that provoked this review :
“You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? Not just a groovy album title, but wise words of advice. Saxophonist and band leader Derek Nash clearly takes this advice to heart, crafting an album that’s filled with eminently dig-able music.” – Bruce Lindsay – All About Jazz
Derek Nash – saxes
David Newton – piano
Geoff Gascoyne – bass
Clark Tracey – drums
Latest recording: You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig? (Clown’s Pocket Records)
Seamus Blake Band
Friday 10 February 2017
Featured Artist of the Orpheus project touring Northern Jazz Clubs
New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger”. He has been a feature on the New York scene for 20 years, especially as a featured soloist with the Mingus Big Band. In February 2002, Seamus took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington D. C. As the winner, he performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.
He has also played and recorded with John Scofield, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Dave Douglas in addition to 16 CDs under his own name and 70 others as side-man. It is a coup for this project, co-organised by Apollo Jazz and Norvol Jazz, to have made it possible for him to visit the North of England for exclusive appearances such as this.
Seamus Blake – tenor sax
Ross Stanley – Hammond organ
James Maddren – drums
Latest CD: Seamus Blake Quartet Live in Italy
Dennis Rollins Organ Quartet
Friday 17 February 2017 (with support from 7:30 pm)
Trombone hero plays a range of music, well known and new, with an outstanding trio
Supported by Lee Jones – solo guitar, from 7:30 pm
Although born in the West Midlands, Dennis developed as a musician in Doncaster under John Ellis with whom he still has close connections. He went further with the Jazz Warriors and then played in various bands including the funk fusion groups Us3, Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies, with whom he toured the USA. He stayed in the funk idiom with his own successful band Badbone & Co. and then veered back towards jazz with his organ trio The VelocityTrio. He brought them to Wakefield in 2014. Here he extends the trio to include Arnie’s bass, and Matt Home (drums) replaces Pedro Segundo.
Rollins is a vibrant and exciting player with full command of his instrument. Clearly he is already an important voice on the UK jazz and funk scenes and his visits to the USA are extending his audience internationally. (All Music)
Dennis Rollins – trombone
Jim Watson – piano (originally billed as Ross Stanley for piano and organ)
Arnie Somogyi – bass
Matt Home – drums
Latest CD: Symbiosis (Artist)
Tom Rivière’s Family Band
Friday 24 February 2017
Bass player leads a pianoless quartet with strong influences of Ornette Coleman
(Northern line ambassador artists sponsored by Jazz North)
This is a superb, freewheeling band composed of four long-time musical collaborators and friends. Rooted in the music of Ornette Coleman and the 1960’s avant-garde, Family Band play powerful music – moments of fierce intensity, a tender spirituality and the blues combine to form an emotionally complex and cathartic whole that rarely fails to move. They are currently preparing a second CD of music recorded live at the Manchester Jazz Festival at a terrific and well-received gig.
“What a revelation – exciting group, gradually revealing more and more depth and thrilling the audience to the very end” – Blow The Fuse, The Vortex
Kim Macari – trumpet
Riley Stone-Lonergan – tenor saxophone
Tom Rivière – double bass
Steve Hanley – drums
Latest CD: Family Band (NCD010)
Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Reilly
Friday 3 March 2017
East Coast stalwart with a vocalist of exceptional quality
(Northern line ambassador artists sponsored by Jazz North)
This band has the dual qualities of presenting an accessible show while playing good jazzl. Pat is based on the Lincolnshire coast where he has worked with many of the jazz stars passing through the Grimsby club and has co-operated with Gill Wilde in curating the Cleethorpes Festival. An indefatigable player, he has always run a band of his own and this latest project is enhanced by the lovely singing of Shannon Reilly – a real find. With Thom Whitworth to add to Pat’s soloing and Warren’s dependable bass playing you will be entertained by straightahead jazz with plenty of banter.
“Shannon is a vocalist of exceptional quality. Her work with Pat McCarthy, one of the UK’s leading guitarists, has been a great success.” – Mike Gordon (Scarborough Jazz)
Shannon Reilly – vocals
Pat McCarthy – guitar
Thom Whitworth – trumpet
Warren Jolly – bass
Angus Bayley’s Scrapbook Septet
Friday 10 March 2017
Maverick scientist / composer debuts his new CD “Scrapbook”
Angus published a paper on the rÔle of wavefront kinetics in small scale wrinkling in the journal “Soft Matter”, but this was a hobby sustained by his artistic expression through music. His band Scrapbook has gigged around London for some time and its growing reputation has led to an eponymous recording which they now celebrate.
Sitting somewhere between jazz, folk and rock, Scrapbook’s music is a collection of heartfelt odes, underpinned by chord sequences that tell a story in their own right. Each musical theme is in it for the long game; pretty melodies dance and swell over the course of minutes, gradually transforming into fierce and fiery chordal riffs loaded with dark and beautiful harmony.
“His music for Scrapbook is both pensive and poignant, clad in a delicate timbre of horns and strings.” (The Stables, Wavendon)
Angus Bayley – piano, composition
Kieran McLeod – trombone
Alaric Taylor – trumpet
Nick Sigsworth – violin
Daisy Watkins – viola
Paul Trippett – bass
Dave Hamblett – drums
Friday 17 March 2017
Singer revives her career at the behest of her husband Gilad Atzmon
Tali Atzmon had a starry career as actress and singer in Israel until she became a mother. Since then freelance photography and filmaking have given her time to bring up her family and retain an involvement in the arts. Now she is returning to the stage with an unusual band which gives her and Gilad an opportunity to explore areas of music-making distinct from what we might normally associate with Gilad. He has, however, arranged the music, produced the album and added a very individual baroque musician to the group to give it a distinctive sound. You won’t find a viola da gamba in any other jazz ensemble.
Talinka is a musical attempt to defy the boundaries between styles and genres. It is where folk, early music, jazz and tango merge into simplicity, harmony and warmth. The band plays original materials but it also treats the American songbook in a refreshing manner.
Tali Atzmon – vocals
Gilad Atzmon – bass clarinet, soprano sax, accordion
Jenny Bliss Bennett – viola da gamba, violin, flute, voice
Yaron Stavi – double bass
Enzo Zirilli – drums (unfortunately, now not able to attend)
Latest CD: Talinka
Zoe Rahman Solo
Friday 24 March 2017
Highly individual pianist and composer exposes her pure talent
Zoe has been a favourite at Wakefield Jazz since she burst onto the scene with her quartet featuring drummer Gene Calderazzo with whom she had a fascinating rapport. Her own music is quirky and very personal, at times having explored both her father’s Bengali heritage and her mothers’s Irish influence. She was recruited into Courtney Pine’s band where she stood out as the exceptional soloist she is. This partnership developed into many duo performances with Courtney on bass clarinet, in which the fluid creativity of Zoe’s playing encouraged him to reinvigorate his own jazz chops. Now British Jazz Awards’ pianist of the year and nominated for Jazz FM’s Instrumentalist of the year, she has hit a high which we shall be proud to showcase. Solo presentations are demanding events, but Zoe’s winning personality and widely varied musical styles add to her impeccable jazz capabilities to produce an absorbing /engaging evening’s music.
Solo presentations are demanding events, but Zoe’s winning personality and widely varied musical styles add to her impeccable jazz capabilities to produce an absorbing /engaging evening’s music.
“Holy soul food. It feels good to listen to a musician who plays from the heart… another bliss infusion” – AllaboutJazz.com
Zoe Rahman – grand piano
Latest CD: Dreamland (solo piano)
Pete Oxley / Nicolas Meier Quartet
Friday 31 March 2017
Ten guitars are better than two when played by virtuosi
Pete Oxley has been visiting Wakefield for many years and Nic Meier has been a couple of times. Now they join forces to present a modern duet combining Pete’s essential Englishness with Nic’s Euro – Middle Eastern influences. Both are absolute masters of the guitar, though with their own traits in technique; Pete’s Charlie Christian / Joe Pass style contrasts with Nic’s rock-influenced Mike Stern style. Together they can cover it all, electric and acoustic. Thanks to their carefully crafted compositions, they demonstrate the qualities that make the guitar duo such a rewarding combination, making use of various guitars, layered at times to symphonic effect. What’s also readily apparent is their undoubted technical skill and obvious joy in playing. They will feature numbers from their three albums together, the latest released just last year. Quite an achievement when Nic spends much of his time touring the world with Jeff Beck.
So expect a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. What’s more, hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12-string, fretless, slide, synth, glissentar guitars and more!
Two guys and 10 guitars. Expect the unexpected!
“In the course of a dozen pieces the array of changing sounds, moods and textures they create is gorgeous, fascinating and apparently endless.“ – Dave Gelly (The Guardian)
Pete Oxley – guitars
Nicolas Meier – guitars
Raph Mizraki – bass
Paul Cavaciuti – drums
Latest CD: The Colours of Time