A first and final gig at NQ Jazz for vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, one of the scene's most innovative and vibrantly creative improvising musicians, mixing jazz with influences from folk and electronic music. Corey is retiring from public performance, but he's not going quietly!
This quartet NTH, features three of northern England's most vital musicians, bassist Andy Champion, pianist Laura Cole, and drummer Johnny Hunter. A powerful and energetic performer Corey was nominated 5 times in US magazine Downbeat's Vibraphone Rising Star category. The music for this gig will come from a recent collection (s)kin, as well as some new music written especially for this group. Corey has worked internationally with a range of incredible improvising musicians including Sylvain Darrifourcq, Valentin Ceccaldi, Lucian Ban, Robert Mitchell, Orphy Robinson, Simon Roth, and Martin Archer.
'An intense and intensely physical personality whose moments of silence are as considered as each note' Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise
Corey Mwamba - Vibraphone
Laura Cole - Piano
Andy Champion - Bass
Johnny Hunter - Drums
Taupe are a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.
The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip-hop grooves and post-bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Multi-layered drum grooves combine with nimble-power-twiddle-honks of alto sax and jagged squalls of discordant guitar, twisting into propulsive irregular riffs and showers of cosmic jazz rain.
Adventures on the rhythm wagon.
Taupe have been described as 'a power-jazz commando team' and also 'a band'. Driven by a deep seated D.I.Y production ethic, their second studio album, Fill Up Your Lungs and Bellow (5* All About Jazz), was released in February 2017. Produced by guitarist/wizard Chris Sharkey (Trio VD, Acoustic Ladyland, Shiver), the record is a statement of intent, crystallising the interactions of three fresh young players exploiting a unique and singular collective vocabulary.
The trio were selected for the 2017 roster of the prestigious 12 Points Festival, performing in Aarhus, Denmark, and were 2016-17 ambassador artists on Jazz North's Northern Line programme. They keep themselves busy with a programme including outings throughout the UK and Europe as well as airtime on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone and RTÉ Lyric FM's Nova.
Jamie Stockbridge // Saxophone
Adam Stapleford // Drums
Mike Parr Burman // Guitar
Kim Macari // trumpet
Riley Stone-Lonergan // tenor saxophone
Tom Rivière // double bass
Steve Hanley // drums
Comprising four long-term collaborators and friends (thus the ‘family’ tag), the band takes as its starting point the freewheeling music of those musicians who, back in the 1960s, were at the forefront of the free jazz revolution, but whose opening up of jazz’s constraints is now recognised as not a break from the past but an integral part of the music’s development. So the Family Band doesn’t recreate the work of Ornette Coleman and others, but shares its powerful and freewheeling momentum – moments of fierce intensity, introspection and the blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole.
One of the best modern jazz groups performing at the moment’ – Bebop Spoken Here
‘You simply HAVE to get to see them – you won’t be disappointed’ – Martin Powell, JATP
‘They were fantastic’ – Chris Philips, JazzFM
‘What a revelation – exciting group, gradually revealing more and more depth and thrilling the audience to the very end’ – Blow The Fuse, The Vortex
The greatest collaborations often are built upon two unique personalities that combine to create something beyond and outside of what the two had achieved individually. When those two musical individuals are like minded, yet possess their own specific sounds and approaches, the results can challenge the two to reach new heights and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride.
Such is the musical and personal friendship of guitarists Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras, and their upcoming recording and tours will introduce audiences to a new sound in the world of guitar.
Jonathan Kreisberg is known for combining timeless melodicism and american swing with forward–thinking lines and textures, and his music of continues to attract a growing international fan base. The guitarist has performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; as well as led his own groups and recorded several critically acclaimed cd's. He has played and recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier among other Jazz legends.
Nelson Veras has long been one of the guitar world's great secrets, possessing a unique style based on a mixture of classical guitar techniques, ultra modern jazz lines, classical harmony, and his Brazilian roots. He was "discovered" by Pat Metheny at age 14 and went on to win numerous awards before he was even 19. He has performed/recorded with Steve Coleman, Michel Petrucciani, Tomasz Stanko, and Manu Katché among others.
ON NELSON....“His improvisations are magnificent. It’s been quite some time since an artist like this has emerged, with a creative power that’s absolutely unquestionable. Nelson, BRAVO !” - Pat Martino
ON JONATHAN... "He is a great musician whose playing and writing always tell a story. His formidable technique and intellect never get in the way, but only serve the agenda of the heart." Vibraphonist and Composer, Joe Locke
ON NELSON....“Nelson isn’t a guitar player like the others because his approach is not guitaristic but one that reveals a peerless musician. One that never plays what’s obvious but only pleasant surprises with a mind blowing technique. He’s an extraordinary musician.” - Lionel Loueke
ON JONATHAN.... He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation." Legendary Hammond B3 Organist, Doctor Lonnie Smith
Beats & Pieces is not your average big band. These 14 millennials have been playing together for ten years and have become a tight knit bunch, open to a huge diversity of music. Björk, Radiohead, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Gil Evans en Kenny Wheeler: all kinds of influences pop up in their performances, in new arrangements or as snippets in the compositions of band leader and conductor Ben Cottrell. A fine example and an absolute highlight is ‘Let’s Dance’, which quotes various David Bowie songs.
Beats & Pieces was included in the Downbeat Critics Poll 2018 in the category Rising Star Big Band.
‘Highly recommended, a return to the idea that contemporary jazz for big band can still generate the kind of direct impact more associated with rock and pop music, but without undermining its essential craft and sophistication’ (Jazzwise).
Ben Cottrell composer/conductor, Anthony Brown, Oliver Dover, Emily Burkhardt saxophones, Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets, Richard Foote, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh trombone. Anton Hunter guitar, Richard Jones piano/Fender Rhodes, Stewart Wilson bass, Finlay Panter drums
Crescent is a vibes trio based in London via New York and was formed in February 2016. The small usual line-up allows for maximum interaction and huge textures. Crescent recently performed their debut gig at the Vortex Jazz Club and are currently working on material for their debut release and European tour in Spring 2019. In 2015 Will was National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner for Jazz Bass after studying with Linda Oh. Between the trio they have played with legends such as Chris Potter, Geoff Simkins & Alex Garnett.
Crescent features :
Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone
Will Sach - Bass
Boz Martin-Jones - Drums
‘Boz Martin Jones… was an object lesson in control and concentration’ - David Jackman
'Jonny Mansfield, whose incredible relaxed demeanour belied the quite mystifying way he managed to make this complex instrument sing.' - London Jazz News
Jonny is featured twice in Jazzwise’s ‘who to look out for in 2018’
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Moksha is the vibrant and progressive new album from Ivo Neame. An innately gifted pianist, composer and bandleader, Ivo Neame has demonstrated himself over the last decade as a musician of world-class quality with an overriding spirit of adventure and exploration. With Moksha, he returns to Edition Records with an album that will define a new era for him in his already illustrious career. With a new band, a greater use of electronic keyboards and an edgier rhythmical groove and band interplay, Neame has produced his most remarkable and boldest musical statement to date.
Revealing his true brilliance and class as a world-class performer, bandleader and composer, Moksha draws on more than 10 years of extensive touring, writing and musical discovery. Every note counts. It’s honest and perfectly crafted.
Reminiscent of the subtle and edgy grooves of Medeski Martin and Wood, Moksha is driven by multi-layered textures and grooves, brilliantly fluid lines brought together by his own exploratory voice.
Taking the title from Hindu philosophy, it refers to various forms of emancipation, liberation, and release. To the cycle of death and rebirth and the end of ordinary reality and reunion of the Divine.
With his own music being somewhat in the shadow of other projects he has worked on, Moksha allows Neame to take command and demand his own attention. His sound is contemporary and modern yet undeniably his. With Moksha, he has produced an album of sheer brilliance and class.
“[Moksha]’s flawlessly conceived and executed, endlessly intriguing, and beautiful to listen to.” LONDON JAZZ NEWS
“That Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation may be clear. That he is getting better and better is too. The 10 years of almost constant being on the road with bands has given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz.” WRITTEN IN JAZZ
Ivo Neame // Piano
George Crowley // Saxophone
Tom Farmer // Bass
James Maddren // Drums