UK jazz and Afrobeat specialist Adem Holness is named as incoming Southbank Centre head of contemporary music

New head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre in London who takes up his post later this month is Arts Council England music relationship manager Adem Holness. According to a press release Holness ''specialises in enabling the ambitions of …

Published: 6 Sep 2022. Updated: 21 days.

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New head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre in London who takes up his post later this month is Arts Council England music relationship manager Adem Holness. According to a press release Holness ''specialises in enabling the ambitions of artists and creatives, predominantly within UK jazz, Afrobeat, grime, reggae, electronic and R&B music''. Perhaps the Southbank Centre will host even more jazz gigs going forward. Let's hope so given this positive new appointment.

Adem Holness photo: ademholness.com

More reading: A Great Day in London South Bank Centre live review from December 2021 showcasing Tomorrow's Warriors at the heart of a fertile strand of new UK jazz

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Audio takeover - the art of the jazz singer and top 5 vocals-jazz albums of 2022 so far

Jazz vocals are covered in the latest audio takeover podcast post from the marlbank series running each day this week. Subscribe on Spotify and listen above TOP 5 More broadly best jazz vocals this year so far in list form as a bonus - the top 5, …

Published: 6 Sep 2022. Updated: 21 days.

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Jazz vocals are covered in the latest audio takeover podcast post from the marlbank series running each day this week. Subscribe on Spotify and listen above

TOP 5

More broadly best jazz vocals this year so far in list form as a bonus - the top 5, agenda-setting recordings, all are:

1 Tierney Sutton Paris Sessions 2 BFM Jazz

2 Kurt Elling SuperBlue - The London Sessions Edition (EP)

3 Melody Gardot and Philippe Powell Entre eux deux Decca

4 Claire Martin, Gwyneth Herbert, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Luca Manning, Sara Colman Heart of Mine:The Ross Lorraine songbook

5 Cécile McLorin Salvant Ghost Song Nonesuch

Looking ahead

Find time for the new Samara Joy and Judith Owen releases when full release time comes around.

BEYOND JAZZ AND YET RELATABLE

Word to the wise and a huge prospect this week is to go for the new Foy Vance album Signs of Life: Live From the Highlands to be released on Thursday. We share above 'Sapling' a song for the ages lyrically, emotionally, performatively perfect from the mercurial Vance which blew us away in the car the other day - we had to pull over to properly listen - and invades the pores. [In the video here it's Seán Óg Graham on guitar reviewed here in this piece at a live show playing as part of Beoga] Vance plays a huge arena show in Belfast on Friday. While beyond category and not a jazz singer at all he is highly relatable in the deep humanity of this incredible song, expression-laden balladry, and the ultimate transformative power in his lust for life. Tierney Sutton, top. Photo: press