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Preston Jam Music Festival: Preston Jam at 53
Sat 1 April 2017, 19:00 – 23:30 BST
Soweto Kinch headlines this final Preston Jam event, a pre-Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Fringe event, partnered by UCLan and Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues festival, in a three band production with Soweto, the multi award winning UK king of jazz and hip-hop, teaming up with all-women rising-star London septet, Nerija. Atomic Brass, a brassy jazz five piece Lancaster band make an early start for a fantastic finale.
Soweto Kinch - “Gangsta Rappa or Jazz Supremo? Both, say top jazz mag, Jazzwise. Soweto is currently touring with his new album 'Nonagram' in trio/quartet format with saxophone/vocals, drums, bass and piano - expect hard bop jazz/hiphop groves supplied with free flowing fiery lyrics of the likes you've never heard before! Revered by musicians and rappers alike, Soweto’s unprecedented array of accolades includes two MOBO Awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, Montreux Jazz Festival Award and he hosts his own weekly BBC radio show, 'Jazz Planet'.
Performance is in Soweto's blood. Over the years he has become an ambassador of urban culture, a British Jazz institution with achievements including curation of large international festivals to the production/scoring of highly acclaimed music-based theatrical works. Soweto has worked with other music figureheads like Goldie and Ms Dynamite in mentoring/coaching twelve vulnerable youths ahead of live performance before HM Prince Harry.
Nérija, a collective of London-based musicians play exciting original music inspired by jazz, hip hop, afrobeat and south african township. Having toured Europe and the UK, Nerija have performed with top UK jazz musicians, Nathaniel Facey of Empirical, pianist Zoe Rahman, and Jazz Jamaica at Ronnie Scott's. Top performances include UK festivals A Love Supreme, Latitude, Brainchild, Manchester Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival.
5-piece Atomic Brass’s funk brass grooves will spice up some covers and hit you with their own tunes. The winners of 2016 Lancaster Battle of the Bands.
Preston Jam is a brand new music festival curated by the University of Central Lancashire in partnership with the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. The festival will be delving into jazz, exploring all its diverse forms from rap to hip-hop to electronica. Whether you are part of a band or just passionate about music, come along and experience the feeling of freedom music can create by exploring the different styles and genres that the 21st century has to offer.
The festival will run from Saturday 25 March to Saturday 1 April, with a variety of musical and academic events including community events, seminars and gigs with an opportunity to get involved in the local music scene.
Supported by Arts Council England Lottery Funded Grants for the Arts
For enquiries contact Rosie on 01772 894106