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 2019 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.
Norvoljazz/Leeds College of Music Emerging Artists Programme 2018
Leeds College of Music, together with Norvoljazz network, have organised six jazz groups in an emerging artists 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. Contact LCoM student rep Genevieve Begley:
The Vicente Magalhães Trio
Vicente Magalhães is a jazz pianist from Lisbon, Portugal, who, while studying jazz in the UK, started writing pieces that combined Portuguese music with jazz. Joined by Jack Garside on bass and Alasdair Pennington on drums, the trio plays tunes written as tribute to Portuguese music inspired by some of the countries greatest folk artists, as well as some of the UK’s best jazz musicians.
Daniel Wyllie “5 over 4”
Dan Wyllie is a tenor saxophonist influenced as much by New York’s contemporary giants, such as Seamus Blake and Chris Potter, as he is by legends past, the likes of Hank Mobely and Stanley Turrentine. He will be bringing his Nonet to play a selection of his own compositions and arrangements of some of his favourite tunes. Expect hard swinging grooves and heart melting ballads, balancing jazz tradition and modern approaches, with a huge tone, as sensitive as it is brash. Listen here.
Else Skogan Bonesrønning
“Else is a gifted young Norwegian vocalist – certainly a musician to watch for the future. Her relationship with pitch, intonation and timbre are well defined and her performance capabilities are growing. She continues to carve out her individual path in music.” – Lauren Kinsella.
She released her debut EP, ‘High Expectations’, in February 2018.
Gifted trumpet player who has been before to Seven Arts with the Eastgate and LUU Big Bands, leading his own group. Listen here.
Born in Leeds, fusing acoustic instruments with electronic effects, they blend their Jazz upbringing with hints of Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop and electronic music. Their live performance is an unforgettable experience where you will be exposed to unheard sounds and grooves that are guaranteed to blow your ears off.
One year on from their debut gig, supporting a sold out show at Belgrave Music hall and Canteen, they have travelled the country. With highlights such as London Jazz Festival, and Opening up Lancaster Jazz Festival. Releasing a debut single last May, with more music on the way this Easter and a UK Tour planned for October 2018. Listen here.
London-born Maya Kally, with her smooth, yet gritty, vocal style influenced by such legends as Nina Simone and Otis Redding, is spreading her wings to launch her solo career with her impassioned debut single, ‘Another Time.’
“At the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival last year, Maya sang with eclectic jazz ensemble, Nag Champa, in the late summer sunshine. With her bright smile and long woollen cardigan, Maya Kally ghosted to the front of the stage and delivered some assured vocals into the Sunday afternoon crowd, providing the perfect outlet for the vast array of musical talent on stage behind her” – FMS magazine
You can see all these groups at two special Sunday afternoon sessions at Seven Arts Leeds, on 22 April and 29 April 1:30-4:00 pm. Contact Steve Crocker at JazzLeeds for free promoter places: (JazzLeeds website information)