Martin Speake International Quartet
Adrian Knowles’ Sound of ’59
Remi Harris Duo
Ant Law Quintet
John Law’s Re-Creations

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Martin Speake International Quartet

Friday 14 February
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Martin Speake - wakefieldjazz.orgA remarkable international jazz supergroup, featuring one of the UK’s most prominent alto sax players and ECM bandleader Martin Speake; pianist Ethan Iverson, founding member of the iconic The Bad Plus; rising star bassist Calum Gourlay, recently seen here leading his own quartet; and influential drummer Jorge Rossy, famous for his presence in Brad Mehldau’s Trio. A real coup for Wakefield Jazz.

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“The rapport between Speake and Iverson itself is a thing of exquisite beauty.” – Downbeat Magazine

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Martin Speake – alto sax
Ethan Iverson – piano
Calum Gourlay – bass
Jorge Rossy – drums

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Website: www.martinspeake.com

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Adrian Knowles’ Sound of ’59

Friday 21 February
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This gig is preceded by the premiere of Suite Rhubarb, in honour of the Rhubarb Festival.

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Adrian Knowles - wakefieldjazz.org1959 was a unique year in jazz history, with the release of a string of albums that have become acknowledged as groundbreaking classics – Miles’ Kind Of Blue, Coltrane’s Giant Steps, Mingus’ Ah Um and Brubeck’s Time Out, plus records by Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans. Leeds bassist Adrian Knowles has a stellar line-up of northern-based musicians to celebrate this music, also telling stories about those classic sessions. A must for anyone interested in the development of jazz.

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Suite Rhubarb by Pete Rosser will feature local musicians and “Wakefield Sings!”

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Sound of 59 - wakefieldjazz.orgJim Corry – alto sax
Joel Purnell – tenor sax
Mark Chandler – trumpet
Kev Holbrough – trombone
Jason Scott – piano
Adrian Knowles – bass
Caroline Boaden – drums

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Website: http://adrianknowlesmusic.com/sound-of-59/4594694589


Remi Harris Duo

Friday 28 February
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Remi Harris Duo - wakefieldjazz.orgRemi Harris has been receiving rave reviews for over a decade, since emerging from the seething jazz hotspots of Herefordshire. Drawing influences from Django Reinhart through Wes Montgomery to Jimi Hendrix, this duo setting with Tom Moore on double bass showcases an eclectic mix of jazz and blues, originals and Remi’s favourite tunes. A real favourite here, Remi’s star continues to rise since his appearance here three years ago.

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“An extraordinary musician.” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

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Remi Harris – acoustic and electric guitars/ukulele
Tom Moore – bass

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Website: www.remiharris.com


Ant Law Quintet

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Friday 6 March 

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Ant Law Quintet - wakefieldjazz.orgA Physics graduate who lived in Saudi Arabia until the age of 16, Ant brings a wide range of influences to his unique take on jazz, from Perfect 4ths tuning to Arabic and Indian musics. This is the band from his acclaimed 2018 release, ‘Life I Know’, an album of virtuosic musicianship and melodic accessibility…

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“By turns intricate and complex or stripped-back and gentle, there is a warmth to his tunes and guitar work.” – London Jazz News

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Ant Law – guitar
Mike Chillingworth – alto sax
Ivo Neame – piano
Tom Farmer – bass
James Maddren – drums

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Website: www.antlaw.co.uk

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John Law’s Re-Creations

Friday 13 March
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John Law - wakefieldjazz.orgJohn Law is an exceptional pianist who has travelled a fascinating path over thirty years, from free improvisation, through a Keith Jarrett-inspired epiphany, to now recreating classics not only from jazz (David, Monk, Gershwin) but also pop/rock (Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead) and classical (Satie, Debussy). Come expecting to hear tunes you know, but not as you have heard them before, with artistic excellence and spontaneous creativity.

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“One of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile jazz pianists” – International Piano Magazine 2014

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John Law – piano
Sam Crockatt – sax
James Agg – bass
Paolo Adamo – drums

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Website: www.johnlaw.org.uk
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Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 and the lockdown from March 2020, all gigs had to be cancelled until 2 October 2020