Emerging Artists 2019
Northern Jazz Promoters and Leeds College of Music Emerging Artist programme 2019
This scheme, now in its second year, allows students from Leeds College of Music to perform their final year jazz pieces in front of a live jazz audience. Six bands took part altogether in the 2018 programme. They were curated by Genevieve Begley, a final year Jazz BA student at Leeds College of Music with support from Dave Walsh, the jazz course leader.
The six bands were as follows:
- Emily Kent project
The Emily Kent Project combines contemporary jazz with distinct grooves inspired by musicians such as Pat Metheny, Bobby Mcferrin and Norma Winston. Although her demo shows a duet of herself and piano, her set will also make use of a full band and other instrumental features, combining to bring their audience a performance of world inspired Jazz music.
- Alasdair Pennington Quintet
Quintet featuring tenor, trumpet, piano, double bass, piano and drums. Jazz swing, contemporary bebop heads and modern arrangements of American songbook compositions which attempt to experiment with timbre, time feel, dynamic contrast and group improvisation and communication.Drums – Alasdair Pennington Keys – Nico Widdowson Trumpet – Dan Colthurst Sax – Andy Cox Bass – Jack Garside
Yaatri are a five piece jazz crossover quintet formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of complex composition and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.Vocals – Bethany Herrington Guitar – Liam DeTar Keys – Felix Bertulis-Webb Bass – Joe Wilkes Drums – Jona Tromp
- Maurice Sylvester trio
Big Mo’s Big Trio pay homage many great composers renown for being years ahead of their time such as Oscar Peterson and Bill Frisell, and also modern greats such as Bob Reynolds and Dave Weckl. A fresh sound not to be turned a blind eye to. Maurice Sylvester bass, Cameron Ward piano, Paolo Mazzoni drums
- Lucy Everett and Ophelia
Ophelia is a sweet blend of atmospheric contemporary jazz and lyrical groove driven song writing, playing original music written by band leader and vocalist Lucy Everatt. Lucy Everatt vocals, Jasper Green keys, Marcus Cain bass, Rory Mann guitar, Chrfis McIntyre drums, Sam Baker trumpet, Harry Keeble sax
Leeds four piece Nefarious incorporate contemporary jazz styles with story led lyricism to create a distinctive and unusual take on song-writing with elements of Folk and Rock. Eve Begley vocals, Tom Woodhouse guitar, Billy Sims bass, Bob Henderson drums.
The Emerging Artist programme had four Northern Jazz Promoters putting on bands – either as the main act or in a support band role. They were paid a fee by each club, and the network as a whole contributed towards the costs of transport. The network clubs that joined in were Ribble Valley, Wakefield, Heart and Jazz Leeds.
Steve Crocker: Norvoljazz Chair, JazzLeeds
Judith Waterhouse: Norvol Treasurer, Wakefield Jazz
Gill Wilde: Norvoljazz secretary, Grimsby Jazz Projects
Rosemary Holmes: JazzLeeds
Lesley Jackson, Jazz North
Adrian Riley, Scarborough Jazz
Paul Ellis RVJ & BF
Pete Rosser, Wakefield Jazz
Steve Mead, MJF (briefly)
Minutes of the meeting
Thanks to Steve Mead from mjf for hosting us. The meeting approved the new status for the network, widening the scope to include all promoters of jazz, whether voluntary, pop up, musician led, commercial, or public funded. The meeting also approved the new “gold” logo – please use this in promotion and correspondence from now on.
The network also agreed to run another “emerging artist” series (see further details above this post) in April and May 2020 and clubs were asked to set aside dates in their programme to accommodate some more final year student bands from Leeds College of Music.
One thing we need from you – can you let us know if you are interested in taking part in the new Education Partnership for jazz promoters and Music Education Hubs. If so please contact Gill Wilde on
Please note date of next meeting and AGM at Scarborough Jazz Festival @Scarborough Spa Sat 21 Sept 2019, 10 for 10:30 am
A reminder to vote in the 2019 Parliamentary jazz awards by 31 May 2019; it would be good to recognise things happening in our part of the country! Click here to go to the website.
Chair – Northern Jazz Promoters
The next Northern Jazz Promoters (Norvol) meeting is on Saturday 25 May at the Manchester Jazz Festival
The venue is the Manchester Jazz Festival Offices, Board Room, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD.
10:00 coffees, 10:30 start -1 pm finish. There is a free gig offered by mjf in the afternoon too….
All network members (or interested promoters, musicians etc.) are welcome to come along and join in the fun! Download the Agenda here.
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