“The NorVol Jazz network management group are proposing a change in status of the NorVol Jazz network in order to widen it’s scope and effectiveness. Our proposal is for the network to include not just jazz promoters, but offer membership to musicians and educationalists and other industry professionals. In this way we want the network to become an Advisory Group from the jazz industry sector in the North and so better inform the activities of the Jazz North organisation. We are aiming to relaunch the network with a new name, ‘The Northern Jazz Network‘, at the Manchester Jazz Festival, Saturday 25 May 2019, following the regular member meet-up in the morning.
Please give any comment your club may have on these proposals by your management group by Friday 8 February 2019 to and .
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Discussed the network, and how we might improve it. Suggested that we widen the network to be more that just promoters – we could include funded organisations, musicians, commercial venues as well. The current set of network minutes from our meeting at the Queens Hotel Leeds, on Saturday 19 January 2019.
Emerging Artist Programme
Leeds College of Music, together with Norvoljazz network, have organised six jazz groups in an emerging artist programme – if you would like to book one of these bands – say as a support band, or to fill a gap in your programme in the near future, do get in touch. (Read more…)
Remember too, that Jazz Festivals run throughout the year! Check our Festivals page.
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Latchepen with Matt Holborn – Scarborough Jazz
Latchepen is a band born out of a collective admiration of Django Reinhardt and all that swings. Far from a carbon copy, Latchepen take their love of the gypsy jazz tradition and bring the music forward into the wider jazz and songbook repertoire, with stunning results. The word Latchepen is an exclamation of happiness and contentment in the Romani language. Matt Holborn (violin), Kourosh Kinani (guiar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar) and Simon Read (bass).
Door open at 8 pm. Music starts at 8.45 pm
Magic Lantern – Jazz At The Lescar
Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, a wonderful musician who’s songs reach out and inspire with their warmth, simplicity and heart-felt lyricism.
Holt Café £10 (£8 concessions)
Doors 7.45, Music 8.45
LIJF presents David Helbock´s Random/Control – The Capstone
Over the years, Random/Control has developed a very distinct band sound and approach, adopting projects that transform different musical material to their very idiosyncratic instrumentation. For instance, the group began its life with interpretations of Austrian folk music and performances of Helbock’s original compositions. More recently, the trio’s repertoire derives inspiration from the music of Helbock’s favourite jazz piano players, with arrangements of some of their most famous tunes. New, exciting versions of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock or Bolivia by Cedar Walton have emerged, but also soft, atmospheric pieces like Keith Jarrett´s My Song shine like new.
Not Now Charlie + Thomas Dixon Quartet – Jazz Northeast
Two of Tyneside’s most exciting young bands feature in a top quality double bill.
Admission £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Snake Davis Trio – Wakefield Jazz
Superstar session sax-man Snake Davis teams up with long time cohort and best buddy Johnny Thirkell and guitarist Mark Creswell for an evening of gorgeous mellow music infused with jazz, soul and pop. Expect beautiful music, banter and fascinating tales.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets online (from website)
LIJF presents Strobes – The Capstone
Formed of keyboardist Dan Nicholls (who has worked with Matthew Herbert), drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant’s band) and guitar and synth man Matt Calvert (Three Trapped Tigers, Heritage Orchestra), Strobes has created, via their debut release Brokespeak, a sound that eschews genre and feels free from time-stamps.
LIJF Double Bill: Downes & Challenger and Watts & Grew – The Capstone
recording artist for ECM Records who has toured the world with groups such as Squarepusher, Troyka, Empirical and Nostalgia 77, collaborative projects such as ENEMY, Vyamanikal, and duo projects with Lucy Railton and Aidan O’Rourke. He has also collaborated with composers Matt Rogers and Mica Levi, electronic musician Leafcutter John, and drummer Seb Rochford.
Since the 1960s, saxophonist Trevor Watts has been at the forefront of many innovations within Jazz, World and improvised musical areas, both as a saxophone player, percussionist and composer.
LIJF presents Darius Brubeck Quartet – The Capstone
60 years ago in 1959, Dave Brubeck recorded the internationally known and influential album Time Out. It is an album that, along with Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, John Coltrane’s Giant Steps and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, changed the direction of modern jazz. From it, of course, everybody knows Take Five, which came out in 1959 following the release of Blue Rondo a la Turk which was influenced by the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s ambassadorial tour of Europe and Asia.
LIJF presents Atom String Quartet – The Capstone
Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. The set of instruments of a chamber music ensemble, which is most classic and firmly established in music tradition, enables the artists to search for new sound and formal achievements. It is difficult to define, in an explicit way, the music style of the group. Its musical output, besides jazz, shows sources of inspiration coming from Polish folk, music of various regions of the world, and also contemporary and classical music.
LIJF presents VEIN feat – The Capstone
Since Swiss trio VEIN was formed, it has regularly joined forces with guest musicians in horizon-expanding and ground-breaking projects. Their longstanding collaboration with the astonishing British saxophonist Andy Sheppard makes for an exciting and unconventional quartet and a meeting point for four musicians with great chemistry.
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