On the evening of Monday 10th June Jazz North is offering the opportunity to come and listen to four very different examples of contemporary UK jazz at the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds. The four bands have been chosen from Jazz North’s northern line rostra of artists. There is a common theme of acoustic jazz which will be fitting for the venue.
Artists: Djangologie, Microscopic, Stuart McCallum + Strings and The Weave(above)
The evening is being filmed and recorded by Jazz North.
Date: Monday 10 June
Times: Doors open 6:30pm, First band at 7:15pm, 10pm finish
Venue: Howard Assembly Room, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU
Tickets: £5 on the door
About the bands
Richard iles – trumpet/flugel Mike Williams – alto saxophone Les Chisnall – piano Percy Pursglove – bass
Microscopic premiered in 2012 at the Manchester jazz festival. It was described by mjf’s artistic director Steve Mead as the highlight of the 2012 festival. Out of the ashes of the coalition’s austerity measures comes a new collective performing stripped-back versions of some of the music from Richard’s Miniature Brass Emporium, as well as new original material.
Emma Fisk – Violin, James Birkett – Guitar, Giles Strong – Guitar, Mick Shoulder – Double Bass
Djangologie are a ‘hot club’ style band from Newcastle comprising the traditional line up of violin, two acoustic guitars and double bass. Expect a mix of lively genre standards and original compositions composed in the style.
Stuart McCallum – guitars/laptop, Pete Turner – double bass, Dave Walsh – drums and The Prism String Quartet
This particular trio was formed to tour the music from Stuart’s latest CD release, ‘Distilled’. The sound of the trio is expanded by the use of samples triggered from a laptop and The Prism String Quartet – an exciting new quartet of RNCM graduates.
From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, Stuart McCallum’s music is ‘alternative jazz’ – a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures or angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart’s music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple and memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats with electronica and improvisation, enriched by elegant orchestral writing.
Weave leader and composer Martin Smith
Martin Smith – Trumpet/Flugel Horn, Anthony Peers – Trumpet/Flugel Horn, Anthony Ormesher – Guitar, Rob Stringer – Piano, Hugo “Harry” Harrison – Double Bass, Tilo Pirnbaum – Drums
The Weave is a collection of Liverpool-based Jazz musicians playing a repertoire of warm, melodious and largely friendly home grown tunes.
For years now Liverpool has been home to a small but extremely vibrant and healthy Jazz community. There is a deeply rooted, direct, honest and often humorous charm that is the hallmark of Liverpool music across the genres, and this is no less true of the Jazzers.