Why another jazz blog? Jazz is alive and doing wonderfully by itself after all. There are tons of musicians performing great music all over the planet. But what we are losing is the audience and spaces to perform this important music.
So what can we do? The North of England is actually a pretty good area to see and hear jazz – we have more than 25 regular jazz clubs, a dozen jazz festivals, two jazz Music Conservatoires at Leeds and Manchester and many many fine musicians and bands big and small playing in all sorts of jazz genres and styles. Places like the Sage in Newcastle show that public funding can still provide great spaces for jazz.
But we need to do more to keep jazz live. The main clubs in the region are co operating through a network, NorVol Jazz, to promote the music in the North and encourage it to grow. More…
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Two Northern dates for two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine
Nai Barghouti captured the hearts of concert halls across the UK last year when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out shows from Glasgow to London. She returns this summer with her Amsterdam-based band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. Based in Paris,
"Nai Barghouti ejects as much into a single note as most vocalists manage in a whole song" The Scotsman
Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, with international performances this year including Hamburg, London and Gabon. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both musicians move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz, respelling the music of the Middle East in a new musical language.
All musicians are donating part of their fee to UNICEF Syria fund
Wed 26 July RNCM Manchester, 0161 907 5555 www.rncm.ac.uk
Thus 27 July Howard Assembly Room Leeds, 0844 848 2720 www.operanorth.co.uk
A sax player who finally emerged on records as a leader in the 1990s, Greg Abate had picked up experience playing with the Ray Charles Orchestra (starting in 1973 when he succeeded David "Fathead" Newman) and the Artie Shaw band when it was headed by clarinetist Dick Johnson during 1985-1987. Based in Rhode Island, Abate has played at many festivals and club dates, mostly on the East Coast and in Europe. Although he also plays tenor, flute, and soprano, alto is his main ax. Abate, who considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences, has recorded as a leader for Seaside, Candid, and Blue Chip Jazz.
Greg has ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe. His recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.
"The best authentic and swinging jazz, unmissable" Jez Matthews
"... his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
July 12. The Lescar Sheffield with Nicola Farnon Trio http://www.jazzatthelescar.com/
July 18. Parr Jazz Liverpool http://www.parrjazz.co.uk/events.php
July 21. Seven Jazz Leeds with Victor Gutierrez Trio http://www.sevenjazz.co.uk/latest-gigs-2/1269-us-saxman-greg-abate-with-the-victor-guttierez-trio-seven-arts-21-july