By Jon Newey and Stephen Graham
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With the London Jazz Festival looming large the organisers Serious and the Southbank Centre have pulled off a major coup in securing Ornette Coleman (left) for the closing night on 20 November at the Royal Festival Hall. This will be Coleman’s first UK appearance since his acclaimed Meltdown season at the Southbank in 2009 and is a rare opportunity to see this pioneering jazz figure who turned 81 in March. The festival, that’s held in association with BBC Radio 3 and sponsored by Jazzwise, runs from 11-20 November at most major concert venues and jazz clubs across London. Coleman joins a hot list of headliners listed in Jazzwise last month, including McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, Stefano Bollani, Tommy Smith, Robert Glasper, Phronesis, Henry Threadgill, Empirical, Bill Frisell, Hermeto Pascoal, David Sanborn and many others. The festival’s club and freestage programme has also just been finalised with names to watch out for, including former EST drummer Magnus Öström (pictured below, right), trioVD, Arun Ghosh, Turkish saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin (above) and Charles Gayle and Han Bennink as well as a Scene Iceland showcase of four upcoming Icelandic groups, including the hotly tipped Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio and Ómar Guðjónsson Quartet, at the Barbican Freestage on 12 November. Club and freestage listings highlights include:
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FRI 11 NOV: Juliet Kelly and Jonny Phillips (Clore Ballroom/ RFH, 1pm, free); Arun Ghosh (Clore Ballroom/RFH, 5.30pm, free); Georgia Mancio (Barbican Freestage, 6pm, free); Steve Coleman: HMTTY (Front Room/ Queen Elizabeth Hall, 6pm, free); Brubeck Plays Brubeck (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Alicia Hart (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Robert Mitchell (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm); Kairos 4tet (Vortex, 8.30pm); Art Themen (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); The Ray Gelato Giants (Hideaway, 9pm); Michael Janisch (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 9pm); Humphrey Lyttelton Band (Boisdale Canary Wharf, 9pm); RB Funkestra (606, 9.30pm); and Jazz on 3 launch (Ronnie Scott’s,10.30pm, free). -------------------------------------SAT 12 NOV: Arun Ghosh Workshop (Level 5/RFH, 10.30am); Chris Porter: Masterclass (Level 5/RFH, 1pm, free); Shabaka Hutchings & Kit Downes (The Forge, 2pm); Leafcutter John, Dave Morecroft and Gina Southgate (Vortex, 2.30pm); Scene Iceland (Barbican Freestage, 3pm, free); Jazz Line-Up (Clore Ballroom, 4pm, free); Chris Potter: HMTTY (Fountain Room/Barbican, 6pm, free); Soweto Kinch (The Albany, 7.30pm); Stan Tracey (Rose Theatre, 7.30pm); Harold Lopez-Nussa (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 7.30pm); Martin Taylor (artsdepot, 7.30pm); Matt Telfer & Groove Digger Collective (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Oren Marshall ( Charlie Wright’s, 8pm); Jay Phelps (Kings Place, 8pm); Seaming To + Leon Michener (The Forge, 8pm); Ivo Neame (Commonwealth Club, 9pm); Gill Manly (Hideaway, 9pm); and Chris Garrick (606 Club, 9.30pm). -------------------------------------SUN 13 NOV: Natalie Williams: Workshop (Level 5/RFH, 11am); Juliet Kelly & Jonny Phillips (artsdepot, 1pm, free); Robert Mitchell + Dave Morecroft + Adam Caird (The Forge, 2pm); Scene France (Clore Ballroom/ RFH, 4pm, free); Township Comets (Vortex, 4pm); John Horler (Barbican Freestage, 4.30pm, free); Way In To The Way Out (Front Room/QEH, 5pm); John Horler (Barbican Freestage, 6.30pm, free); Joey
Calderazzo (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Stan Sulzmann Big Band (Spice of Life, 7pm); Benet McLean (The Forge, 7.30pm); Kaz Simmons (Oliver’s, 8pm); Christian Muthspiel (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 8pm); Ivo Neame + Jack Davies (North London Tavern, 8pm); Liane Carroll (Hideaway, 8.30pm); Mike Finnegan (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); Lillian Boutté (606 Club, 8.30pm); Convergence Quartet (The Vortex, 8.30pm); Aquarium (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm) and the Charlie Wright’s Jam (Charlie Wright’s, 11.30pm, free). -------------------------------------MON 14 NOV: The Golden Age of Steam (St James’ Piccadilly, 1pm, free); Royal Academy of Music Big Band (Front Room/ QEH, 6pm, free); Billy Childs (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Matthew Halsall (Barfly, 7.30pm); Mark Hanslip + Dave Mannington (Oliver’s, 8pm); Zhenya Strigalev (Baltic, 8pm); Martin Shaw (606 Club, 8.30pm); Mark Lockheart (Vortex, 8.30pm); MA (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm); Ben Waters (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); Music of Sidney Bechet (Boisdale, 9pm). -------------------------------------TUES 15 NOV: Matt Roberts Big Band (Front Room/QEH, 6pm, free); Cleveland Watkiss & Trinity Laban World Choir (Blackheath Halls, 7pm); Lea DeLaria (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 8pm); HAQ +Trio Riot + Claire James (The Forge, 8pm); Gwilym Simcock (606 Club, 8.30pm); The British Piano (Vortex, 8.30pm); D-Trio + Fractal (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm); Stan Sulzmann (The Green Man, 8.30pm); Sax Appeal (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); David Rees Williams (Boisdale Canary Wharf, 9pm). -------------------------------------WED 16 NOV: Gwilym Simcock (St James’ Piccadilly, 1pm, free); John Turville (Barbican Freestage, 6pm, free); Out Of The Cool (Front Room/QEH, 6pm, free); Yellowjackets (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Arun Ghosh (National Martime Museum, 7pm, free); Kenny Wheeler & Norma Winstone (St James’ Piccadilly, 7.30pm); Vocal Jazz Summit (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Michael Wollny Trio [em] + Kit Downes (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 8pm); Femi Temowo + Adriano Adewale (606 Club, 8pm);
Troyka + Kristian Borring (Green Note, 8pm); Reggie Washington (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm); Pete Lukas & Alex Garnett (Bull’s Head, 8.30pm); Robert Glasper Experiment (XOYO, 9pm); trioVD + Guillaume Perret (CAMP, 9pm). Sanseverino (Jazz Cafe, 9pm); Ronnie’s Jazz Jam (Ronnie Scott’s, 11pm); and the Charlie Wright’s Jam (Charlie Wright’s, 11.30pm, free). -------------------------------------THU 17 NOV: Abram Wilson: Jazz For Toddlers (artsdepot, 2pm); Arun Ghosh (Ray’s Jazz, 6pm, free); Neil Yates (Front Room, 6pm, free); Yellowjackets (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Partikel + Benet McLean Band (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Robert Glasper (Kings Place, 8pm); Josh Kyle (Lauderdale House, 8pm); Dennis Rollins (The Forge, 8pm); Charles Gayle & Han Bennink (Vortex, 8.30pm); Andy Sheppard & John Parricelli (606 Club, 8.30pm); Mark Nightingale (The Green Man, 8.30pm); Empirical + Trinity Laban (Blackheath Halls, 8.30pm); Magnus Öström (C.A.M.P., 9pm); Georgia Mancio (Elgar Room/Royal Albert Hall, 10pm); Ilhan Ersahin and Nublu in London (Front Room/QEH, 10.3pm). -------------------------------------FRI 18 NOV: Duck Baker (Café Consort/RAH, 12pm, free); Julian Siegel & Liam Noble (St James’ Piccadilly, 1pm, free); De Jongens Driest (Clore Ballroom, RFH, 1pm, free); Gambol + Steve Tromans (Barbican Freestage, 5.30pm, free); Phil Bancroft (Front Room/QEH, 5,30pm, free); Yellowjackets (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Abram Wilson (Harrow Arts Centre, 7.30pm); Tim Whitehead (artsdepot, 7.30pm); Jessica Thandi + Mishka Adams (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Guildhall Jazz Band (Guildhall School of Music, 7.30pm); Loop Collective Club Night (Blackheath Halls, 8pm); The Necks (Bishopsgate Institute, 8pm); Poogie Bell Band (Charlie Wright’s, 8.30pm); Dunajska Kapelye (Vortex, 8.30pm); Down to the Bone (Hideaway, 9pm); James Morton (Boisdale, 9pm); Samara (606 Club, 9.30pm); Ilhan Ersahin and Nublu in London (Front Room/ QEH, 10.30pm); and Julie Dexter (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 11pm). --------------------------------------
SAT 19 NOV: Robert Glasper Masterclass(Level 5/RFH); Shane Forbes: Workshop (Level 6/ RFH, 11am); Adventures in Sound (Front Room/QEH, 2pm, free); Jazz Line-Up (Clore Ballroom/ RFH, 4pm, free); De Jongens Driest (The Vortex, 7pm, free); Tim Whitehead (Royal Academy of Arts, 7pm); A Portrait of Jaco Pastorius (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Jacqui Dankworth (artsdepot, 7.30pm); Bad Ass Brass (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Beats ’n’ Pieces (Kings Place, 8pm); Ivo Neame + Alcyona Mick + Sam Crockatt (The Forge, 8pm); PelbO + Karma (Kings Place, 8pm); The Necks (Bishopsgate Institute, 8pm); Sarah Jane Morris (Boisdale, 9pm); Jef Neve and Pascal Schumacher (Pizza Express Jazz Club); Soothsayers (Hideaway, 9pm); Saxophone Summit (606 Club, 9.30pm). -------------------------------------SUN 20 NOV: Nathaniel Facey: Workshop (Level 5/QEH, 11am); Gareth Lockrane Big Band (Spice of Life, 1pm); 606 Club Big Band (606 Club, 1.30pm); Seb Pipe (Pizza Express Jazz Club, 1.30pm); World Service Project (Barbican Freestage, 4.30pm, free); East London Creative Jazz Orchestra (Barbican Freestage, 6pm, free); Phronesis (Front Room/ QEH, 6pm, free); Natalie Williams (Ronnie Scott’s, 7pm); Mopomoso (Vortex, 7pm); Ed Puddick Big Band (Spice of Life, 7.30pm); Attab Haddad (The Forge, 7.30pm); Ian Shaw & Jane Morris (Hideaway, 8pm); Tia Fuller (Pizza Express Jazz Club); Liane Carroll (606 8.30pm) and Outhouse Ruhabi (Open The Gate, 9pm). -------------------------------------For all ticket bookings and further information go to www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk
4 NOVEMBER11 // Jazzwise New Live Music Licensing Bill Criticised On 10 September, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport published its long-awaited public consultation on radical deregulation of entertainment licensing. The key proposal is that the regime would only apply to events with audiences of 5,000 or more. Tourism minister John Penrose said: “Current entertainment licensing rules are a mess. Pointless bureaucracy and licence fees imposed on community groups trying to put on simple amateur productions and fundraising events sap energy and deaden people’s desire to get involved.” The announcement was well received by the music industry, performers unions and arts organisations. But campaigners warned that the latest DCMS proposals would confer no benefit for gigs in pubs and bars. Under paragraph 2.25 of the 44-page consultation document, in premises already licensed for alcohol and entertainment, licence conditions would be retained. Licensees could apply, at their own expense, to remove them, but the final decision would remain with the local council. Such conditions include restrictions on performer numbers, genres, days and times of performance. A spokesperson for the Welwyn Live Music Forum said: “We are deeply concerned at the DCMS proposal to retain entertainment licence restrictions. We urge the government to scrap this proposal and give genuine support and parliamentary time to the Lord Clement-Jones Live Music Bill as an interim measure.” This bill includes an exemption for gigs with audiences of up to 200, between 8am and 11pm. It is expected to progress from the House of Lords to the Commons before Christmas. Hamish Birchall
Hungarian Jazz Showcase Part Of Busy 606 Club Autumn/Winter Billings Kicking off its packed autumn bookings Chelsea’s 606 Club presents The Budapest Jazz Club, showcasing some of Hungary’s finest jazz musicians across three nights of double bills running from 2-4 November. Opening with two powerful piano-led groups George Vukan teams up with a fine UK rhythm section, followed by pianist Daniel Szabo in a mainly Hungarian trio with acclaimed UK drummer Martin France. Brit jazz altoist Peter King leads off the second night before veteran Hungarian piano virtuoso Béla Szakcsi Lakatos makes a rare club showing. The third night closes with a busy triple bill featuring 2005 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition winner Nikoletta Szöke, charismatic AngloHungarian diva Natalie Williams and a final set from Budapest-born pianist/composer Kálmán Oláh. Other highlights across the month include award-winning flautist Gareth Lockrane’s funky Grooveyard band (10 Nov), plus ten days of London Jazz Festival gigs with appearances by the likes of the Gwilym Simcock Trio (15 Nov), a Femi Temowo and Adriano Adawle double bill (16 Nov), and Liane Carroll Trio (20 Nov). Other notable gigs include the Tony Kofi Quartet (26 Nov), UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier (1 Dec) and Israeli alto sax man Gilad Atzmon (5 Dec). For more go to www.606club.co.uk
Brass Jaw Go On The Road After picking up a plethora of awards earlier this year, including ensemble of the year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and album of the year and contemporary band of the year at the Scottish Jazz Awards, the inimitable all-brass quartet Brass Jaw have lined up an extensive UK tour for November and December. Featuring trumpeter Ryan Quigley, alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow, tenorist Konrad Wiszniewski and baritone saxophonist Allon Beauvoisin, Brass Jaw have built up a fanatical following over the past three years with their powerful energetic performances that move from robust hardbop into more adventurous areas. Tour dates are supported by Jazz Services and are: Lit & Phil, Newcastle (3 Nov); Wakefield Sports Club, Wakefield (4 Nov); Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness (11 Nov); Hawth, Crawley (21 Nov); Dempseys, Cardiff (22 Nov); Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance (23 Nov); Bonington Theatre, Nottingham (24 Nov); Colston Hall Foyer, Bristol (25 Nov); Arts Depot, London (27 Nov); Blue Train, London (28 Nov); St Austell Brewery, Cornwall (1 Dec); Poly, Falmouth (2 Dec); Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow (4 Dec); and Stamford Sports And Social, Grimsby (8 Dec).
Fantastic Yamaha New Jazz Sessions CD Free with Jazzwise December/January Double Issue Don’t miss the special December/January double edition of Jazzwise, on sale 24 November, that comes with a fantastic 10 track free covermount CD, The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions, featuring the six rising star finalists of the 2011 Yamaha Jazz Scholars initiative, including hot new names such as pianist Chris Eldred and saxophonists Josh Arcoleo and Riley Stone-Lonergan, together with guest tracks from Gwilym Simcock, Arun Ghosh and hot newcomer pianist Mathis Picard. Demand will be big for this special double issue that includes albums of the year poll results, a look ahead to the hot tips for next year, a major retrospective on Joe Harriott, Portico Quartet and much more. So be sure to place an order at your local newsagent, subscribe on page 64 save money on a year’s issues and get a great CD free or download the Jazzwise app.
Tony Kofi and Nigel Price for The Spin Club Oxford’s leading jazz club, The Spin, the gigs of which take place every Thursday at the Wheatsheaf, 129 High Street, Oxford, has announced a lively autumn programme that runs through to December featuring Tony Kofi’s Standard Time Trio, Art Themen with Big Colours Big Band and the Nigel Price Organ Trio. (Nigel Price, inset) Hosted by guitarist Pete Oxley and drummer Mark Doffman the club, which was nominated as jazz venue of the year from 20062009, has presented the Sam Crowe Group, Dave O’Higgins and Kate Williams with the Spin Trio in recent weeks. Forthcoming dates are: Roger Beaujolais with the Spin Trio (27 Oct); Art Themen with the Big Colours Big Band (3 Nov); Tom Allen (10 Nov); Tony Kofi (above) and his Standard Time Trio (17 Nov); Nigel Price Organ Trio (24 Nov); and Deirdre Cartwright with the Spin Trio (1 Dec). Go to spinjazz.com
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Siegel To The Power Of Four Julian Siegel tours this month having received a prestigious Jazz Services national touring support scheme grant. Siegel, one of the most respected and accomplished saxophone players in the country whether playing acoustic or jazz-rock, is with pianist/synths player Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. Dates are: Vortex, London N16 (3 November); Sports Club, Wakefield (11 Nov), Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall (12 Nov), and Millennium Hall Polish Centre, Sheffield (16 Dec), continuing with more dates in 2012.
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