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"Django Bates Belovèd" A piano trio celebration of the music of Charlie Parker
Simon Spillett Quartet
Nicola Emmanuelle and the Dirty Martinis
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen - The Little Radio

Mike Janisch and Walter Smith III Project
Mike Walker / Iain Dixon Quintet
Tommaso Starace Quintet featuring Damon Brown
Jonathan Gee's New York Trio
Christian Brewer and Andrea Pozza

"Django Bates Belovèd" A piano trio celebration of the music of Charlie Parker


(Friday 30 November) - Ticketed gig

Another international pianist making a rare club appearance favours Wakefield.


To celebrate his 50th birthday Django has made a recording of the works of his childhood hero , Charlie Parker. Unsurprisingly the tracks are radical makeovers but Bates' enthusiasm for traditional bop piano blazes through. This is the second time he has toured the project in the UK with his Danish musicians but this is a unique club appearance and a rare opportunity to hear Django in an intimate setting. Quite simply unmissable.

"As a balance of creative interpretation and insight into the tumultuous psyche that created this music, it's an astonishing achievement." - John Fordham.

Django Bates - piano
Pettre Eldh - bass
Peter Bruun - drums

Latest CD: Confirmation (Lost Marble 007)

Web: www.djangobates.co.uk

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Django Bates
Django Bates






Simon Spillett Quartet


(Friday 7 December)

Hyperactive tenor player with a classic hard bop quartet.


Simon's great influence, Tubby Hayes, continues to be apparent in his ability to play complex continuous lines of exciting improvisation over any chord sequence. However don't overlook his ability to move with a heartfelt ballad. An adept rhythm section of Jazz Royalty will support his every move and provide sure-fire entertainment all night.
Simon is currently holder of the British Jazz Award for best Tenor Sax player.

"Simon Spillett is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents to emerge recently in British jazz; the more so, since he eschews the fashionable pretensions that sometimes pass as contemporary jazz." - Trevor Bannister.

John Critchinson - piano
Simon Spillett - saxes
Alec Dankworth - bass
Clark Tracey - drums

Latest CD: Sienna Red (Woodville)

Web: www.simonspillett.com

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Simon Spillett
Simon Spillett

Nicola Emmanuelle and the Dirty Martinis


(Friday 14 December)

Our Christmas Party with a party band backing a whole lotta party woman.


Three set gig starting at 8:00pm with food in the first interval and a monster raffle in the second.

Janette Mason has appeared three times at Wakefield and has immense experience as a musical director here and in the USA. When Lea DeLaria became unavailable for this gig she tracked Nicola down, then working in France, and recommended her as power personality to fit the bill. A very experienced singer, Nicola is the UK-born daughter of South African parents with a jazz pedigree. She has appeared at Pizza on the Park and The Hideaway as well as featuring in numerous film scores.

"...she's a crowd pleaser whose sunny personality comes across in her vocals. Her standards moved from gentleness to power with no visible effort, and her timing was relaxed at every tempo. Her diction was impeccably clear, too." - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard

Backed by the "dedicated" party band Dirty Martinis, enhanced by a horn section of quality musicians - who could resist? This will be a night of entertaining jazz to be remembered for a long time to come. Book early and make sure you're not disappointed.

Nicola Emmanuelle - voice
Janette Mason - piano
Paul Booth - saxes
Quentin Collins - trumpet
Jeremy Brown - bass
Martin France - drums


Latest Recording: Orry (available online e.g. from iTunes)

Web: www.nicolaemmanuelle.com

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Nicola Emmanuelle
Nicola Emmanuelle

Zoe Gilby Quartet


With support from the Ed Rice Trio

(Friday 18 January)

Versatile Geordie singer brings her exuberant personality to enchant.

Zoe has already made her mark at Wakefield and will be welcomed back by all who heard her previously. Airplay of her second CD - Looking Glass - has received many compliments, including from Courtney Pine. However the live experience is always the test and the proof so come and discover her for yourself. You can expect standards both classic and modern peppered with the clever songs she pens with her husband Andy. He is an essential band-member leading with his assertive bass sound.

"Sparkling debut by an exuberant singer whose lively personality comes across on every track. Sheer enjoyment throughout." - Jazz UK Magazine

Zoe Gilby - voice
Mark Williams - guitar
Andy Champion - bass
Richard Brown - drums

Latest CD: Looking Glass - jazzaction (5060104290719)

Web: www.zoegilby.co.uk


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Zoe Gilby
Zoe Gilby


Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen - The Little
Radio

With support from the Harry Orme Quintet

(Friday 25 January)

A rare treat repeating the pairing of two amazing musicians.

Iain Ballamy - one of the BBC's 100 Jazz Legends - has had a high profile career since his break with Loose Tubes in the 1980s. He has led Acme, Anorak and Food and played with a host of the British greats as well as recording for ECM and Basho. However, he revels in cut down ensembles such as the duo version of Food heard at Brecon this year, just Iain and Thomas Strønen (percussion).

Tonight's partnership is another matter, founded on the principle that two unstoppable musicians can have fun and entertain by just being allowed to go where the music and the latest idea take them. Stian used Iain in his own band Farmer's Market and their relationship has endured for 10 years. Varied and unpredictable, but essentially great music, this outlet gives Iain relief from the responsibilities of writing as Jazz UK's agony uncle.

"Rarely have a jazz-improvising duo sounded so together, yet at the same time inhabited such compatible but distinctive separate worlds, as the British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and the Norwegian accordionist Stian Carstensen on this warm and craftily lyrical set" - The Guardian.

Iain Ballamy - saxes
Stian Carstensen - button accordion

Latest CD: The Little Radio (Sound Recordings)

Web: www.ballamy.com

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Iain Ballamy / Stian Carstensen
Iain Ballamy / Stian Carstensen


Mike Janisch and Walter Smith III Project


(Friday 1 February)

The "must hear" tenor player on the USA scene in a Mike Janisch team to die for.

On a tour that includes The Sage Gateshead and the CBSO Centre Birmingham Mike brings this ground-breaking contemporary group to Wakefield. Michael now has a reputation for combining British and American musicians into super-groups with electric results. This is his latest, all-American, offering. Texan Smith is a much in-demand player appearing on 75 CDs, including ones by Terence Blanchard and Ambrose Akinmusire. before making one under his own name. His own second CD, "III", released in 2012, became a top 10 bestseller on iTunes. Jamire Williams is another Texan who recently came to the fore with Christian Scott's band, as did Matthew Stephens. Janisch has written music that will bring out the best from these musicians whose energy will blow off the roof. Watch out Wakefield!

"Contributions like Janisch's - both as bassist and as producer - to the musical life of our great city are beyond price" - London Jazz

Walter Smith III - tenor sax
Matthew Stephens - guitar
Michael Janisch - bass and compositions
Jamire Williams - drums

Latest CD: Purpose Built (Whirlwind)

Web: www.waltersmithIII.com

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Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III © by Esther Cidoncha


Mike Walker / Iain Dixon Quintet


With support from the Declan Forde Quartet

(Friday 8 February)

The old team from Salford reunited in a band with popular appeal.

Mike Walker has finally achieved the recognition he deserves through his work with super-group The Impossible Gentlemen. Iain Dixon's multi-instrumental versatility and hard-hitting tone have resulted in his being much appreciated as a session musician but now a return to jazz with Northern mates is a delight to anticipate. Both write exceptionally good tunes and Iain's "Clockmaker" is on its way to becoming a standard. These guys have an uncanny affinity and will give a performance ranging from sentimental to rocking. Look out for that magic moment when Mike takes off and flies - a winner every time. Further evidence of the wealth of jazz talent residing in The North, this time the North-West.

"Walker has an imagination of enormous sweep but also the skill and taste to realise his vision." - Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise Magazine

Mike Walker - guitar
Iain Dixon - clarinet & sax
Les Chisnall - piano
Gary Culshaw - bass
Caroline Boaden - drums


Latest CD: The Impossible Gentlemen - SRCD36-2
Madhouse & The Whole Thing There - Hidden Idiom (5029385903343)

Web: www.mike-walker.co.uk


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Iain Dixon and Mike Walker
Iain Dixon and Mike Walker

Tommaso Starace Quintet featuring Damon
Brown  

(Friday 15 February)

Return of an instant hit with added star trumpeter


Tommaso played Wakefield in May 2011 and we all wondered why such an accomplished and personable musician hadn't visited before. This project is a celebration of the music of Michel Petrucciani the virtuoso French pianist who overcame considerable disability to compose and perform attractive music. He died in New York in 1999 at the age of 37.

Damon Brown is known for his own bands visiting Wakefield but now he adds appeal to this accomplished quartet.

Petrucciani was very much respected by the American jazz community and around the world for his extraordinary technique, elegance of execution, and his charismatic energy conveyed through his many memorable compositions.

Michele Di Toro (the original pianist on Tommaso's album of Petrucciani tunes) is being brought across especially from Italy for the tour. We met him at Wakefield with Tommaso's last appearance in May 2011 and he was very well received.


In the concert, the quartet will perform some of the most popular tunes from his extensive repertoire - Petrucciani led his band over many years, producing a total of 32 albums.

Tommaso Starace - saxes
Damon Brown - trumpet and flugel
Michele Di Toro - piano
Davide Mantovani - bass
Chris Nicholls - drums

Latest CD: Simply Marvellous (Celebrating the Music of Michel Petrucciani)

Web: www.tommasostarace.com


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Michel Petrucciani (art) and Tommaso Starace
Michel Petrucciani (art) and Tommaso Starace


Michele Di Toro
(or view on Wakefield Jazz YouTube here)


Jonathan Gee's New York Trio


At last an international project from a Wakefield favourite.


With support from the Claire Colbran / Simon Read duo (Singer and Bassist)


(Friday 22 February)

Jonathan has appeared at Wakefield regularly over 20 years but we've not yet managed to book one of his projects with overseas musicians. Now it's on, and what a band we're to experience.

Gene Calderazzo is an ex-pat New Yorker now established in the UK and a must-have for many bands that need a flexible drummer capable of generating or adding to the intensity and direction of the music wherever it may go.

Joseph Lepore is also an award-winning player: In September 1997, he competed in the Europ Jazz Contest, held annually in Brussels. Out of 60 groups competing the quartet claimed first prize and was crowned the best musical group that year. He is a regular member of Greg Osby's bands.

So with native New Yorkers playing Jonathan's music we will have added energy and drive. Jonathan suggests that he may even play some of the Wakefield Silver suite with a New York accent.

"A brilliant gem of contemporary piano trio." - Jazz Tokyo magazine, January 2012

Jonathan Gee - piano
Joseph Lepore - bass
Gene Calderazzo - drums

Latest CD: Dragonfly (ASC CD131)

Web: www.jonathangeetrio.co.uk


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Jonathan Gee's New York Trio
Jonathan Gee's New York Trio


Christian Brewer and Andrea Pozza
 


One of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years.


With support from the Rory Ingham Quintet

(Friday 1 March)

Christian was last at Wakefield with Damon Brown's international quartet where he shone in a challenging context. Andrea is yet another Italian visitor who has impressed American musicians he has performed with, especially Steve Grossman with whom he has played for 20 years. He used Christian in his recently recorded European Quintet and now the honour is returned. They are both well steeped in the jazz tradition and can play in any style. There will be some standards and originals by them both. The energy of Mark Taylor and elegance of Andy Cleyndert complete a band which has had many outings around the London clubs but only now reaches Yorkshire.

"... a remarkably fluent and craftsmanlike improviser. Though fresh ideas flow inexorably, Brewer is not tempted to waste notes despite his fluency, so that there's a real sense of purpose about his work..." - Pete Martin , Jazz UK

Christian Brewer - alto sax
Andrea Pozza - piano
Andy Cleyndert - bass
Mark Taylor - drums

Latest CD: Seesaw - Basho and GULL'S FLIGHT (Andrea's European Quintet) 2011)

Web: www.andreapozza.it and www.christianbrewer.com

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Andrea Pozza and Christian Brewer
Andrea Pozza and Christian Brewer

 



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