Wednesday 25 September KASIA PIETRZKO TRIO, XAVI TORRES, FAMILY BAND Bands from... Poland, Spain and Great Britain...
Thursday 26 September ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, KATU KAIKU, SKETCHBOOK QUARTET ... Northern Ireland, Finland and Austria...
Friday 27 September FILIPPO VIGNATO TRIO, TRIO HEINZ HERBERT, IKARAI ... Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands...
Saturday 28 September JUNO, NO TONGUES, THE BRUMS ... Norway, France and Belgium • For full details see the Bimhuis website
Elegies, Rafe’s Dilemma and Sloth Racket to add their input to the vibrant Lescar Sheffield scene
Lots of new bands flicker on the Sheffield scene activity radar coming up including appearances at the Lescar by Elegies, Rafe’s Dilemma and relative veterans Sloth Racket. Bobtail appear later in the series, as do Forj and towards the end of September Archipelago x J Frisco. Full details via the Jazz at the Lescar website.
First look at the cover of Short Stories + Liverpool show
Not a lot to go on so far about Short Stories by Michel Reis, the cover of which is above. To be issued in mid-October by Italian label CAM Jazz it is solo piano only and of the pieces eight were written before going into the studio, the remaining six are free improvisations. Reis is from Luxembourg and studied classical piano, jazz piano, composition and theory in Luxembourg and Boston at Berklee before moving to New York. He will be playing in trio mode under the Reis Demuth Wiltgen auspices in Liverpool at the Capstone theatre on 15 November. Tickets.
Radio daze, pick
Ten shows from across the BBC, Jazz FM, NTS, RTÉ and NPR. Tune in.
Jumoké Fashola, above, pictured at the EFG London Jazz Festival launch in 2018. photo: marlbank
Scott Flanigan to release Clouded Lines
“The album,” the Belfast scene pianist, composer and organist Scott Flanigan, pictured above second from right, says, asked about his latest plans “will be called Clouded Lines, and it’s named after the suite of music co-commissioned by Moving On Music and the PRS Foundation. After a successful tour of Ireland in March, it’s now ready to be recorded. The suite, in three parts, was written with guitarist Ant Law in mind, and reflects an interest in hard swinging jazz… with a few noisier tunes in there too. The rest of the band includes two of Ireland’s finest rhythm section players: Dave Redmond on the bass and Kevin Brady on the drums.”
photo: courtesy Scott Flanigan
Sarathy Korwar, Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65, Joe Armon-Jones — for Band on the Wall this autumn
Coming up in Band on the Wall, are: Sarathy Korwar (26 September), Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65 (29 September), Joe Armon-Jones (11 October) and AKA trio (21 November). Tabla player Sarathy Korwar released his second studio album in July titled More Arriving, which marked a switch from Gearbox Records to the Leaf Label. Korwar’s website noted ahead of release: “This is not necessarily a record of unity; it is an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, and as such is a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.” Click to book ahead via the Band on the Wall, Manchester website.
High profile: Hancock guitar competition details mark the beginning of a new era taking on the mantle of the Monk achievements
A new chapter begins. Historic first Hancock institute competition. Details via the press release:
2019 Guitar Competition To Take Place December 2-3 in Washington, D.C.
For over three decades, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition played a pivotal role in identifying and empowering the next generation of jazz musicians, educators, and influencers. Building upon this important legacy, the newly minted Hancock Institute Competition represents a changing of the guard for one of the jazz world’s most renowned institutions.
The Semifinals of the 2019 Guitar Competition will be held on Monday, December 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution. The semifinalists will compete before an all-star panel of judges including jazz guitarists Stanley Jordan, Russell Malone, Pat Metheny, Chico Pinheiro, Lee Ritenourand John Scofield. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes accompanied by a professional rhythm section.
From this group, the judges will select three finalists who will perform in the final round at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, December 3rd. At stake is more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $30,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group; a $15,000 second place scholarship; and a $10,000 third place scholarship.
According to Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, whose career epitomizes the ideals of the jazz tradition and innovation, “We look forward to discovering and hearing from the next generation of young jazz guitarists, with their innovative styles and unique approach to the music. We are particularly excited to pay homage to the guitar, which has a rich and colorful history that continues to play a pivotal role in the development of jazz. I have no doubt that this year’s Competition will show that the future of this instrument, and of our music, is in good hands.”
Barcelona jazz festival line-up for 2019 embraces a dynamic pluralism and range
One of the biggest jazz festivals of the autumn is held each year in Barcelona. Check out the line-up for the 2019 running via its website. Herbie Hancock for instance appears on 26 October... Dave Douglas and Uri Caine on 29 October... Lizz Wright on 3 November... Makaya McCraven on 7 November... Joe Lovano and Trio Tapestry are in the Catalonian capital on 12 November... Angélique Kidjo appears on 19 November.
Ginger Baker is 80 today
From Cream to Fela to Jazz Confusion. One of the greats, obviously. Listen again, again. And — again.
Concord are leading the way at the moment with release after quality release from quite a number of big and upcoming names. Long may it continue. The latest to drop online is promo for Mike Stern and Jeff Lorber Fusion with the deliciously incendiary ‘Ha Ha Hotel’ from Eleven, to be issued in late-September. Not at all smooth jazz by the way. There is a funky James Brown-like undertow in the response to the flying jazz-rock soloing here, the tempo completely ramped up.