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6 Play Misty For Me
8 Blazing Saddles
10 Mo' Better Blues
- Category: News
- Published: Sat 8th Mar 2014 11:13:42
Jean Toussaint, appearing with the JT4 at the Gateshead jazz festival in April
Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Scotland 12-16 March Jack Bruce and his big blues band, Jan Garbarek with the Hilliard Ensemble, the Magnus Öström band, Zara McFarlane, Trio Red, Tony Kofi, and Joe Louis Walker are all heading to the Granite City this year.
Cairo jazz festival, Egypt 13-15 March Soweto Kinch, Yuri Honing Quartet, and Massar Egbari among the line up for 2014's sixth running of the festival.
Brilliant Corners, Belfast, Northern Ireland 26-29 March The Jeremy Lyons dectet, Linley Hamilton quartet, David Lyttle with Soweto Kinch and Duke Special, Eduardo Niebla, Paul Dunmall, Richard Dawson, Bourne/Davis/Kane, and GoGo Penguin appear this year among the line-up of this new Belfast festival now in its second year.
Cape Town international jazz festival, Cape Town, South Africa 28-29 March
Abdullah Ibrahim, Kyle Shepherd, Randy Weston, Jonas Gwangwa, The Soil, Jimmy Nevis, Shane Cooper, Reason, The Muffinz, Ological Studies, Soul Housing Project, Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo, Erykah Badu, Haitus Kaiyote, Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, The Foreign Exchange, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz, Rakesh Chaurasia & Friends, Snarky Puppy, Jaco Maria, and Carmen Lundy all appear at Africa's most prestigious jazz festival this year.
Tape to Zero, Oslo, Norway 3-4 April Skyggespill, sPacemoNkey, Jessica Sligter, Susanna, Joker Nies, Andrés Prado trio, Deathprod and Biosphere appear this year at Tape to Zero, a jazz, electronica and ambient music mini-festival curated by Kjetil Husebø and Spin Marvel's Terje Evensen, and held at Oslo’s Nasjonal Jazzscene club.
Gateshead international jazz festival, Gateshead, England 4-6 April Robert Glasper; the Esperanza Spalding/Joe Lovano/Jack DeJohnette/Leo Genovese supergroup The Spring Quartet; Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers; and Django Bates’ Belovèd Trio & the Norrbotten Big Band + Joakim Milder’s Charlie Parker and Prefab Sprout project, were all included in the first announcement of the line-up for the tenth anniversary of the Gateshead Jazz Festival, the north-east of England’s leading jazz festival, to be held at the Sage by the banks of the Tyne. Also to appear: Courtney Pine, the Jean Toussaint Quartet, McCormack and Yarde Duo with the Elysian String Quartet, Polar Bear, Shiver, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra playing music from their album In the Spirit of Duke featuring guest pianist Brian Kellock.
Cully jazz festival, Switzerland 4-12 April Avishai Cohen trio, Rusconi featuring Fred Frith, Valerie June, and Julian Sartorius among the artists announced so far.
Jazz nad Odrą, Wrocław, Poland 4-13 April Gregory Porter, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett quintet, Aruán Ortiz, Billy Childs, Hiromi, Houston Person, Dan Tepfer, Ambrose Akinmusire quintet, Peter Cincotti, Piotr Baron, Piotr Wojtasik, SBB and more.
12 Points! Norrlands, Umeå, Sweden 10-13 April
Taste forming new band festival. Schnellertoller Meier (Switzerland), Elin Larsson Group (Sweden), Pixel (Norway), Five38 (France), Foyn Trio (Denmark), LABTrio (Belgium), Violet Spin (Austria), Alexander Hawkins (UK), Herd (Finland), Alarmist (Ireland), Marcin Masecki (Poland), and The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble (Netherlands) are the bands selected from across Europe for 2014.
Vossa Jazz, Norway 11-13 April
Bill Frisell plays Voss this year, and also appearing are Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline, Henriksen/Bang/Westerhus/Zach, Susanna Wallumrød, Mats Eilertsen, and Jaga Jazzist
Jazzkaar, Tallinn, Estonia 18-27 April
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the newly formed Pat Metheny Unity Group, touring in Europe for the first time, appear on the closing night. Also for Tallinn are Fatoumata Diawara, Cassandra Wilson, Marius Neset, and Edmar Casteneda, among others.
Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany 24-27 April
The expo partners with Denmark for the 2014 running. New Orleans jazz and heritage festival, New Orleans, USA 25 April-4 May Santana, Terence Blanchard, Irma Thomas, Eric Clapton, Galactic, Chaka Khan, Bruce Spingsteen, Allen Toussaint, Al Jarreau, Trombone Shorty, René Marie, and many more set to play the world renowned Jazz Fest.
Kaunas jazz, Kaunas and Vilnius, Lithuania 27 April Cassandra Wilson is appearing this year at the twenty-fourth running of this leading Lithuanian festival, with more names from this year's programme expected soon.
Cheltenham jazz festival, Cheltenham, England 30 April-5 May Robert Cray, Gilles Peterson, and Loose Tubes reuniting, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Billy Cobham, artist-in-residence Laura Mvula, Jools Holland, Curtis Stigers, Tinariwen, Kurt Elling, Jason Rebello, and Frank Sinatra Jr. Also for Cheltenham this year are Roberta Flack, just announced, Get the Blessing, Kairos 4tet, Michael Wollny, Ambrose Akinmusire, Eska, Nick Mulvey, Snarky Puppy, Paul Dunmall and Julian Siegel.
St Lucia jazz festival, St Lucia 30 April-11 May Dee Dee Bridgewater, Monty Alexander, Jacques Schwarz Bart, and Omar Sosa are all heading to St Lucia this year.
City of Derry jazz and big band festival, Derry, Northern Ireland 1-5 May Line-up to be announced in early-March.
Maijazz, Stavanger, Norway 6-11 May EST Symphony and Pat Metheny Unity Group announced so far.
Norfolk & Norwich festival, England 9-25 May Madeleine Peyroux, Hugh Masekela, Dave Okumu and the Invisible, Snarky Puppy, and The Comet Is Coming are all appearing this year.
Nattjazz, Bergen, Norway 22-31 May Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Dr John, Nils Petter Molvær, and Grammy-winning Terri Lyne Carrington among this year's line-up heading to the western Norwegian city.
Elbjazz, Hamburg, Germany 23-24 May Jazz singers Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves are among the first bookings, plus Girls In Airports, Phronesis, Snarky Puppy, Baptiste Trotignon, Hugh Masekela, and the NDR Big Band + Stefano Bollani.
Jazz sous les pommiers, Coutances, France 24-31 May Names so far announced for this picturesque Normandy festival include Dianne Reeves, Anoushka Shankar, Monty Alexander trio, Brad Mehldau (solo), Thomas de Pourquery, Didier Levallet quintet, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Stéphane Kerecki Nouvelle Vague, Hazmat Modine, Nina Attal, and Bill Carrothers quintet + D Day choir.
Emulsion, Village Underground, London 28-29 May Food, Tangent, Strobes, and Ensemble Amorpha feature in the third running of Trish Clowes’ collaboratively-based festival.
Rory Gallagher international festival, Ballyshannon, Ireland 29 May-1 June Early bird tickets now on sale. Pat McManus band and Band of Friends among the line-up so far.
Down with Jazz, Dublin, Ireland, early-June. Centred on Meeting House Square on a bank holiday weekend in Temple Bar the innovative still fairly new festival makes an early return after last year's first positive stirrings. More soon including confirmed dates.
Moers, Moers, Germany 6-9 June Pianist Julia Hülsmann will be the improviser-in-residence at this leading European avant-garde jazz and improv festival.
Vancouver international jazz festival, Canada 20 June-1 July The Chieftains with Ry Cooder just announced.
JAS Aspen Snowmass, USA 19-28 June Steve Winwood, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, and Trombone Shorty among the line-up so far. Tickets go on sale on 6 January.
Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, Yorkshire, England, 27-29 June Alan Barnes, Chantel McGregor, King Biscuit and the Pleasure Boys, and Tipitina appear this summer at the festival held in a stately home.
Glasgow jazz festival, Scotland 25-29 June Just dates so far for Scotland's top jazz fest.
Montréal Jazz Festival, Quebec, Canada 26 June-6 July. Latest names added are Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Keith Jarrett (playing solo), Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion, Dianne Reeves, and Rufus Wainwright. Alain Lefèvre and the orchestre symphonique de Montréal open the festival with the Gershwin Legacy on 26 June; and superstar crooner Michael Bublé (4 July) were the first names announced. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Brad Mehldau, The Chieftains and Ry Cooder, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Stacey Kent, and Marcus Miller plus many more are also heading to Montréal, home to the biggest jazz festival, as it’s widely thought, on the planet.
Vienna Jazz Festival, Austria 27 June-8 July. Dates confirmed. Buika, Al Jarreau, Dr John, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Natalie Cole are among the Viennese delights in store this year.
Jazz à Vienne, France 27 June-12 July One of France's very best jazz festivals of longstanding reputation. The 2014 line-up is due in the spring.
Kongsberg jazz festival, Kongsberg, Norway 2-5 July Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 the Kongsberg programme so far includes gigs by the Håkon Mjåset Johansen quartet featuring Chick Corea; and the Trondheim Jazz orchestra + Christian Wallumrød.
Love Supreme, Glynde Place, Sussex, England 4-6 July Second running of this major UK outdoors jazz festival. Line-up this year includes Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Prism, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride trio, Derrick Hodge, José James, and Laura Jurd.
Mostly Jazz and Funk festival, Birmingham, England 4-6 July Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring Al McKay, and Craig Charles is Mr Saturday Night this year in the names released so far.
Copenhagen jazz festival, Copenhagen, Denmark 4-13 July One of Europe's most distinguished summertime festivals, dates at this stage only.
Montreux jazz festival, Montreux, Switzerland 4-19 July Line-up to be announced on 3 April.
Umbria jazz, Perugia, Italy 11-20 July Just dates so far for Italy's foremost jazz festival.
Swanage jazz festival, Dorset, England 11-13 July Highlights of the Dorset town’s festival this year include Ian Shaw, Alan Barnes, the Nigel Price trio with Vasilis Xenopoulos and the Ollie Howell quintet (Friday 11 July); the Arun Ghosh quintet, Gareth Williams and Dave Green playing the music of Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro, the Laura Jurd quartet, Troyka, the Matt Ridley trio with Jason Yarde (Saturday 12 July); and the Darius Brubeck quartet, Fapy Lapertin quartet, Tina May and Lee Gibson, and Fletch’s Brew with Brandon Allen (Sunday 13 July).
North Sea jazz festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 11-14 July Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gregory Porter, Walter Trout, Tom Harrell Quintet with special guest Esperanza Spalding, The Isley Brothers, AJoss Stone, Martial Solal Trio, Snarky Puppy & Friends, Children of the Light Trio: Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Ibrahim Maalouf, The Cat Empire, Outkast, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Darkside, The Daptone Super Soul Revue featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Antibalas, The Sugarman 3 with special guests Saun and Starr and Master of Ceremonies Binky Griptite, Oscar D'Leon, and Prism, with more to be confirmed when the full line-up is announced.
Molde jazz, Molde, Norway 14-19 July One of Norway's most prestigious festivals Molde welcomes Ibrahim Maalouf, Tom Harrell, and Solveig Slettahjell this year in the names announced so far.
Burton jazz festival, Burton-upon-Trent, England 18-19 July, England Just dates so far for this National Brewing Centre two-dayer.
Marlborough international jazz festival, Marlborough, England 18-20 July The Alan Skidmore quartet with Georgie Fame, The Filthy Six, Darius Brubeck quartet, Nicola Emmanuelle band, Eduardo Niebla, and AJ Brown have all been booked for this long-running Wiltshire jazz gathering.
Edinburgh jazz and blues festival, Edinburgh, Scotland 18-27 July Just confirmed dates so far.
Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester, England 18-27 July The MJF has commissioned guitarist Anton Hunter who will unveil ‘Article 11’ at this summer's festival.
Sligo jazz project, Sligo, Ireland 22-27 July Combined festival and summer school with a growing international reputation.
Jazzaldia, San Sebastian, Basque country, Spain 23-27 July Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, Enrico Rava, Wadada Leo Smith, Ibrahim Electric, and René Marie among the line-up announced so far.
Womad, Charlton Park, Wiltshire, England 24-27 July Mulatu Astatke, The Gloaming, Fatoumata Diawara, Nitin Sawhney, Mari Boine, Alice Russell, Bassekou Kouyati and Ngoni Ba are among the line-up for 2014.
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, USA 1-3 August Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robert Glasper, Dr John, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, Dave Holland, and John Zorn are included in the line-up for this special year
Wilderness, Oxfordshire, England 7-10 August Lots going on at this foodie nirvana with besides camping and up-to-the-minute rock and indie flavours (London Grammar, Metronomy) a few hand picked jazz names or as good as including Grammy winning Gregory Porter, and the electronica/dubstep/futurejazz outfit Submotion orchestra are appearing. Off piste Check out the extraordinary Joni Mitchell-meets-Dolores O'Riordan revelation Soak while you're at it.
Brecon jazz, Brecon, Wales 8-10 August Celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer Gregory Porter, Loose Tubes, Polar Bear, Chris Barber, Laura Mvula, Kairos 4tet, Michael Wollny trio, Burt Bacharach, Jean Toussaint 4, Zara McFarlane, Township Comets, Roger Beaujolais quartet, Ollie Howell quintet, Marius Neset quartet, Dennis Rollins’ Velocity, Beats & Pieces, Trish Clowes quintet feat. Gwilym Simcock, John Taylor trio, and Vinicius Cantuária all feature in the line-up.
Flow festival, Helsinki, Finland 8-10 August This award-winning environmentally friendly music and arts festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014.
Oslo jazz festival, Oslo, Norway 12-16 August Subscribe to the festival's newsletter for updates before the 2014 event line-up is announced.
Jazz Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium 14-17 August Just dates so far for this leading Belgian summertime jazz gathering.
Saalfelden international jazz festival, Austria 28-31 August A-list long running avant garde festival. Line-up still to be announced.
Lancaster jazz festival, England 19-21 September Just dates so far for this new-ish very go-ahead festival. The organisers, refreshingly given that certain established festivals have some very opaque, shall we say, booking policies, are looking for bands to get in touch to gig.
Scarborough jazz festival, Scarborough, England 26-28 September Nigel Kennedy is to appear with ex-Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge at this autumn’s Scarborough Jazz Festival, the organisers have just announced. And also on their way to the Yorkshire seaside town are Maceo Parker trombonist Dennis Rollins, singer Anita Wardell, Alan Barnes who comperes the event, drummer Clark Tracey and his quartet, pianist Gwilym Simcock, plus the Little Radio duo of Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstenson. New talent is represented by the piano-vocals/saxophone duo of Theo Jackson and Nathaniel Facey as part of a dedicated strand of musicians plucked from the ranks of the next generation.
Cork jazz festival, Ireland 24-27 October Only dates so far for Ireland's leading jazz festival.
Tampere Jazz Happening, Tampere, Finland 30 October-2 November Dates confirmed.
Jazzfest Berlin, Germany 30 October-2 November Programme available in September.
London jazz festival, London, England 14-23 November Dates only at this stage.
Check back for regular updates as line-ups are announced and new festivals are added
- Category: Festivals
- Published: Thu 27th Feb 2014 14:05:46
Thirteenth Note Records ****
There has been a renewed interest in the Cool school in the last year or two with notable records in the idiom including December Song and The Listener. The effect will be underlined later this year, going back to one of the sources, with the release of a new Lee Konitz live album. Moscow-born tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch was mentored by Konitz, and names the opener of her debut here the laconic swinger ‘Hi-Lee’, also reprised at the end, in his honour. She’s joined by guitarist Dave Miller who contributes the tune ‘Rubato’, bassist Cameron Brown whose tune ‘Baby Suite’ also makes it in, and drummer Billy Mintz who has composed ‘Beautiful You’. Everything is cool in more ways than just an appreciation of Konitz, Warne Marsh and Lennie Tristano on Feathery recorded in May 2012 in New Jersey. I like the fragile nature of the Cool sound that’s part of its signature effect and the way Bloch strips away excess scalar development and avoids pointless runs to reach the interesting stuff in her heart-felt improvisations is striking. The reharmonising of Gene de Paul’s ‘Star Eyes’ comes across tenderly and Warne Marsh’s tricksy ‘Marshmallow’ done just for kicks is a strong highlight. SG
- Category: Reviews
- Published: Sat 8th Mar 2014 09:16:31
Ambrose Akinmusire The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note **** RECOMMENDED
On extraordinary form once more trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire with his longstanding quintet here extended on a perplexingly-titled album by a string quartet, plus The Vigil guitarist Charles Altura, and singers Becca Stevens, Theo Bleckmann (who features on the new Michael Wollny record Weltentraum) and the startling Canadian singer/songwriter Cold Specks.
Apocalyptic in mood, with a strong socially conscious side to it, the album opens with ‘Marie Christie’, pianist Sam Harris’ babbling brook-like accompaniment behind Akinmusire’s moody flurry of an exposition. Harris sets up ‘As We Fight (Willie Penrose)’ in a different, more narratively-inclined way, placed against snare drum patterns, and Altura’s guitar fits in snugly behind the horns, Justin Brown’s martial beat urgent and vital.
‘Our Basement’ next brings in the voice and lyrics of Becca Stevens and it’s a dramatic moment at this stage of the album, the voice very moody and engagingly strained, the OSSO String Quartet, who have already worked with Jay-Z, Ravi Coltrane, and The National among others, adding a new dimension that expand the range and ambition of the music.
‘Vartha’ has a guitar opening from Altura with a lovely Harish Raghavan bass figure the response and fleeting tambourine rhythm and then a very different aspect to Akinmusire’s tone, a little Thad Jones-like, as the melody of the ballad snakes around a ‘Footprints’-like sequence of notes momentarily to open out.
‘Memo (G. Learson)’ begun by a sinewy Brown drum solo leaning into a finely honed arrangement that blends Walter Smith III’s tenor with Akinmusire’s trumpet a little like the way Terence Blanchard and Brice Winston work together and Smith’s solo draws out the band, its open spirit enabling Harris to find a new space and then Akinmusire flies, the fluttery rapid fire almost Dizzy-like flavour to his style here quite striking.
The violins opening ‘The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits’ catch you off balance transporting you back in time to an historic long-gone America momentarily, then the flute and a plangent wash of textures develop as Akinmusire joins. Akinmusire’s writing is very original throughout and I think it’s a more confident album than 2011’s highly acclaimed album When The Heart Emerges Glistening and more experimental then both that record and the earlier Prelude: to Cora.
Bleckmann’s velvety opening to ‘Asiam (Joan)’ is the male vocal match to the earlier Stevens track, a fine balancing touch, and this song is more impressionistic as it turns out regardless of the classic balladic opening verse with the singer and the ensemble closely united experimentally as the song unfolds.
The highly rhythmic ‘Bubbles (John William Sublett)’ dedicated to the tap dancer and entertainer who played Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, gives bassist Raghavan plenty of room to manoeuvre in a composition that builds on repetitive devices, while ‘Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (Cyntoia Brown)’ has an achingly tender beginning and an unforgettable vocal on this modern day spiritual from Cold Specks singing her own words on a song whose dedicatee is a tragic 16-year-old who killed.
‘Rollcall For Those Absent’ with the voice of a little child reciting a list of names familiar from news reports including Timothy Stansbury, Amadou Diallo, and Trayvon Martin’s, victims of racism in America, builds on the social commentary while the liturgical aspect of Akinmusire’s work beyond the oblique reference in the album’s title surfaces explicitly and in a spirit of humility on the increasingly free-form ‘J E Nilmah (Ecclesiastes 6:10)’, the biblical text referred to in the tune's title, ‘Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger.’
‘Inflatedbyspinning’ has an almost 18th century-like chamber dimension to it led off by the strings, while ‘Richard (Conduit)’ has a rolling free anarchic energy where Walter Smith III excels to complete an absorbing and rewarding album that strengthens further Akinmusire’s reputation as an improviser and composer of considerable clout. Stephen Graham
Released on 11 March
- Category: Reviews
- Published: Sun 23rd Feb 2014 11:26:53
Jazz on 3, BBC Radio 3
Live concerts and features covering the cutting edge
The Blue of the Night, RTÉ Lyric FM
Eclectic late night show with a strong jazz flavour
Live at the Village Vanguard, NPR/WBGO
Direct from the Big Apple’s foremost jazz club
Open Jazz, France Musique
All the latest from the thriving French jazz scene
Jazz on WDR3, WDR
Huge choice from Europe’s foremost jazz broadcaster
Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music
Club-and-dance-music jazzy flavours
Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
Stimulating sounds, noir-ish jazz, and more
Helen Mayhew, Dinner Jazz, Jazz FM
A show that is practically a genre
Jazz Line-Up, BBC Radio 3
Long running mainly bop and post-bop show
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
Presented by the celebrity jazz singer/pianist
Jazz Record Requests
Requests show now presented by Alyn Shipton
Jazz with John Hellings, BBC Hereford and Worcester
The Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland
Jazz Special, Radio Cardiff
Linley Hamilton, BBC Radio Ulster
EARLY JAZZ, TRAD & ARCHIVAL INTEREST
Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, BBC Radio 3
Jazz Club, BBC Radio Ulster
IN-HOUSE JAZZ CLUB RADIO
Ronnie Scott's radio
- Category: Previews
- Published: Thu 6th Mar 2014 09:27:52
ECM have made available a video for the opening track ‘Juuichi’ from new Colin Vallon trio album Le Vent released earlier this week. You can read a review of the album here
- Category: News
- Published: Fri 7th Mar 2014 08:02:10