The exciting cross-pollination of music, especially discernable around the sphere of contemporary instrumental and vocal jazz, has become a strong, progressive feature of today’s fresh, creative outputs. Keyboardist and composer Rebecca Nash is becoming increasingly visible in this area of the British scene; a major player in Entropi, Paradox Ensemble and Sara Colman’s band, as well as an educator with the National Youth Jazz Collective, Cheltenham Festivals, Birmingham Jazzlines and Birmingham Conservatoire.
In her first major recording as leader, Atlas’s debut release Peaceful King interlaces a panoply of strands – rock, drum-and-bass, ‘70s fusion, soul-jazz and electronica, alongside singer-songwriter influences – into a widening landscape of beauty of wonder. The regular line-up of longtime associates Nick Malcolm (trumpet) and Matt Fisher (drums) plus Thomas Seminar Ford (electric guitar) and Chris Mapp (electric bass, electronics) is augmented here on three numbers by the rich, intuitive vocals of Sara Colman.
Rebecca describes an album with collaboration at its heart. “Nick, Matt and I go way back. Nick and I both think about music in similar terms – he’s contributed greatly to this recording, often making artistic sense of the seemingly nonsensical! We just have that connection, and I’m completely obsessed with his improvising. Tom and Chris (of upcoming band Stillefelt) perform together often and are really creative with electronics, so they generate walls of sound which tune into the more cosmic vibes and abstract harmonies that I love; and Matt provides the band’s rhythmic energy and interest (I grew up in Bristol – hailed by many as the drum-and-bass capital of the world – listening to Portishead, Massive Attack, etc.).”
Illustrator/musician Ning-ning Li has incorporated impressions of Nash’s eight tracks into the album’s sumptuous cover art. A distinctive electric piano figure announces title track ‘Peaceful King’, whose electronic effects (by Paradox’s Nick Walters) maintain a positivity explained as a reaction to the current state of the world, while free-flowing ‘Tumbleweed’ buzzes and bleeps with a redolence of the Pat Metheny Group. Mainstream pop-grooving ‘Hot Wired’ carries Sara Colman’s melodious lyrics (about a “sassy, feisty female”) on a wave of flittering percussion and soulful keys before hazily-opened ‘Grace’ invites her Joni-esque vocal (“Look out for the grace that’s woven in the stories of our mystery”), complemented by Malcolm’s angular trumpet and Fisher’s powerful drumming. Continuing Nash’s penchant for interlocking chord structures, ‘Dreamer’ references the cyclic patterns of the late, great John Taylor, and ‘Lokma’ chimes to Seminar Ford’s bright guitar riffs and improv. Finally, the mellow auras of ‘Little Light’ lead to rocky ‘Inishbofin’, inspired by a turbulent boat trip to this western Irish island and portrayed through digital pulses, wave-slamming percussion, and even a hint of folksong.
“With its improvisational elements, categorising Atlas’s music as ‘jazz’ is natural”, suggests Nash, “but I view it with a wider sensibility. That’s really important to me, as is writing for the listener, serving a greater purpose than just satisfying my own musical endeavours. Much of this music is written for special people in my life, and as a response to personal events. The sound arrived with the band, and I greatly value how it continues to evolve without me consciously controlling that. Playing with these guys, who I’ve met while living in different cities – Bristol, London, Cardiff, Birmingham – well… it feels like a kind of musical biography!”
Sara Colman // vocals
Rebecca Nash // keys
Tom Seminar Ford // guitar
Nick Malcolm // trumpet
Chris Mapp // double and electric bass
Matt Fisher // drums
Matt Carmichael is a 20 year old tenor/alto saxophonist and composer originally from the highlands of Scotland. He began playing saxophone aged 11 and was introduced to Jazz music a few years later by teacher Allon Beauvoisin. He was inspired to take music more seriously after hearing Scottish groups such as Brass Jaw, SNJO and TSYJO.
Matt is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and regulary performs around Scotland with bands including The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, The Mark Hendry Octet, fat Suit and many more. Performing highlights to date include Newport Jazz Festival USA, Love Supreme, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival Celtic Connections and Aberdeen Jazz Festival.
Matt has released his debut EP which has already had radio play on BBC radio 3, Jazz FM, BBC Scotland and is a finalist of Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year.
'A young musician of exceptional promise - Intelligent, searching playing with a beautiful sound, and a penchant for melody' - Edinburgh Jazz Festival
'Fast becoming one of the leading lights in Scottish Jazz' - Tommy Smith
'Commanding' - The Times
'One to Watch in 2019' - Jazzwise Magazine
Chosen in the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s. They released their “irresistible” debut album ‘Jam Experiment’ in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour! In the Summer of 2018 they embarked upon a European tour, including appearances in Rome, Berlin, Prague, Kraków and Budapest.
The lineup includes the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham on violin and voice, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) on drums.
Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they've challenged their own musical boundaries. Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for nearly 20 years, when the unusual frontline of trombone/violin/vocals is met with the ferociously “high-octane” rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in “pure musical gold”. This concert is part of a 20-date UK album launch tour - to be released in May 2019 on Ubuntu Music!
“one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed young bands on the UK scene” London Jazz News
“a refreshing audience-friendly approach...impressive brotherly synchronicity ” Jazzwise
"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3.
Rory Ingham // Trombone
Dominic Ingham // Violin and Voice
Toby Comeau // Piano/Keyboard
Joe Lee // Bass
Jonny Mansfield // Drums
Since their formation in 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences the world over with their ferociously energetic performances of tightly knit themes, with great freedom
coming from their years of playing together. Hailed as breaking ground for the new wave of British jazz in the late 1990s and described by BBC Radio's Jazz on 3 as 'One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today', Partisans is co-led by two of the preeminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax & bass clarinet), alongside the mighty partnership of Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). Partisans are a real band – known for bridging the gap between New York Swing, European Improv and UK Rock, developing a distinctive sound of its own wherein the combination of each member’s influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy.
Watch/Listen: https://youtu.be/12lEz5ew4yE https://partisansjazz.bandcamp.com/album/nit-de-nit
This tour promotes Partisans' latest album, 'Nit de Nit', the band's first live album (recorded at The Vortex, via Whirlwind Recordings), released to critical acclaim in May 2019.
"This is compelling music, and some of the very best to be heard anywhere on the planet." All About Jazz
Julian Siegel // Tenor Sax & Bass Clarinet
Phil Robson // Guitars
Thaddeus Kelly // Bass
Gene Calderazzo // Drums
“Partisans present some of the most refreshing music I've heard in a long while, uncompromising, very well written and very well played. It demands serious attention. I hear in these players a sense of common purpose and resolve, and a strong command of a dialect uniquely suited to this music. It's heartening to hear music that looks to find its own particular place.” Steve Swallow.
Doors 8 // Live Music 8.30 // Entry just £8/£5 students
The two band leaders Gero Schipmann and Johannes Ludwig are close friends that share a musical identity that’s powerful and imaginative. Both of them compose for this quintet, their music sounds different yet fits together so naturally as if it was meant to be all along. Both are exciting virtuosos on their respective instrument and are joined by one of the hottest rhythm sections in the UK – Sam Leak on piano, Max Luthert on bass and Will Glaser on drums. Their music goes deep, reveals human desire, allows human error and inspires the listener to embrace everything that makes life worth living.
Gero Schipmann // Guitar
Johannes Ludwig // Alto Saxophone
Sam Leak // Piano
Max Luthert // Bass
Will Glaser // Drums
Award winning pianist extraordinaire Huw Warren met rising young vocalist Sue Rynhart & they decided to jam and see what happened. Well what happened is a slew of originals, rethinkings, strange wonderful takes on Alban Berg, Irish song & more.
Sue Rynhart With an extensive background in early music, classical, choral singing and improvisation Dublin vocalist and composer Sue Rynhart often sings in a very bright clear voice with folk and jazz influences. She creates an edgy blend of modern jazz and different sounds pushing the music forward with her own unique vision.
Nominated 'Best Jazz Album' in the Irish Times Ticket Awards her music has reached international critical acclaim from publications and radio inc; All About Jazz, Folk Radio UK, BBC, RTV Radio Slovenia & London Jazz News. She has performed at many international festivals including the Jazzycolors Festival in Paris, Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, Belfast, Manchester Jazz FestivaL, Liverpool Irish Festival & Perspectives Festival as support act for the late ECM Trumpeter Tomasz Stańko.
Huw Warren Awarded the BBC Jazz award for Innovation, and the ACW Creative Wales Award, Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. His writing style combines quirky rhythmic grooves with simple melodic beauty; and manages to be both complex and approachable. Huw has recorded two albums for ECM (as Quercus with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) and in 2018 released a solo piano recording Nocturnes and Visions. In 2019 he will release two albums for CAM Jazz Everything in Between (with Dudley Phillips and Zoot Warren) and New Day (with Mark Lockheart). Huw Warren has performed and collaborated with a wide array of musicians including Mark Feldman, Maria Pia di Vito, Neil Yates, Joanna Macgreggor, Kenny Wheeler, Theo Bleckmann and Jim Black.
"Enigmatic, bewitching sung poetry" - All About Jazz “Utterly unique” - Irish Times
“Beautiful vocalist...wonderful composition” - BBC
“Award winning pianist extraordinaire Huw Warren met rising young vocalist Sue Rynhart & they decided to jam and see what happened. Well what happened is a slew of originals, rethinkings, strange wonderful takes on Alban Berg, Irish song & more.” - Bernard Clarke RTE Lyric fm
Sue Rynhart // Voice
Huw Warren // Piano
Internationally renowned guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg brings his all NY quartet to Manchester for the first time!
Combining timeless melodicism with forward–thinking lines and textures, the music of Jonathan Kreisberg continues to attract a growing international fan base. His compositions have been performed by his groundbreaking quartet on five continents. As a guitarist, his sound and technique has influenced the next generation of players and has arguably contributed to the evolution of the instrument in jazz. At the forefront of the New York scene for a number of years, Jonathan has led groups and played alongside many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Stefano Dibatista, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Will Vinson, Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier and numerous other internationally renowned artists. JKQ will perform music from their latest album, 'Wave Upon Wave', as well as brand new compositions that combine jazz tradition, instrumental virtuosity, modern soundscapes and influences from every corner of the world and beyond.
"Despite his sometimes astonishing facility, or maybe because of it, Kreisberg tries to cultivate humility when he plays. His melodies, sometimes acrobatic, sometimes lyrical, often convey surprising emotional depth.” - Allen Morrison, Jazz Times
"Jonathan 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." - Joe Locke, Vibraphonist & Composer
"Jonathan is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation." - Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organist & Composer
Jonathan Kreisberg // Guitar
Martin Bejerano // Piano
Matt Clohesy // Bass
Colin Stranahan // Drums
Doors 6.30pm // Music 7pm // Tickets £15 (Students £10)