The seventh installment of the genre-busting Emulsion Festival is set to take place at the MAC in Birmingham on 2-3 November, featuring performances exploring the hinterland where improvisation and composition meet. Heading up these performances will be hugely acclaimed pianist Alexander Hawkins who appears as a special guest with the Emulsion Sinfonietta, to perform in a myriad of small and large line-ups on collaborations, improvisations and new music – much of it written by the players themselves.

The revolving line-up features such leading jazz and classical players as Trish Clowes (saxophones), Louise McMonagle (cello), Lauren Weavers (oboe/cor anglais), Donald Grant (violin), Percy Pursglove (trumpet/bass), Catriona McDermid (bassoon), Chris Montague (guitar), Tom Harrison (saxophone) and James Maddren (drums). Things become even more fluid the following day as the Emulsify session presents an interactive performance to include audience members and musicians, all collaborating in a 'noise choir' on specially written material composed by Trish Clowes.

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on/music

The winners of the 14th annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards took place on Tuesday 16 October, at PizzaExpress Live's Holborn venue, with the wide-range recipients reflecting the depth and diversity of the British jazz scene. Compéred by PizzaExpress Live's music manager Ross Dines, the winners included singer Ian Shaw for Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Indo-jazz clarinettist Arun Ghosh took home the prize for Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and resurgent tenorist Denys Baptiste scooped Jazz Album of the Year for his acclaimed John Coltrane-inspired LP, The Late Trane.

Further winners included the bass-led Alison Rayner Quintet who won Jazz Ensemble of the Year; young guitarist Shirley Tetteh was awarded Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Sheffield jazz venue Jazz At The Lescar won Jazz Venue of the Year and long-running jazz blog, Bebop Spoken Here, took home the Jazz Media Award.

The Jazz Education Award was presented to expat saxophonist Jean Toussaint; Glasgow Jazz Festival director Jill Rodger was awarded the Services to Jazz Award and the Special APPJAG Award was presented to bassist, Tomorrow's Warriors and Dune Records founder Gary Crosby OBE. Award presenters on the night included British politicians and UK jazz names including co-chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn; Elaine Delmar, Jon Newey, Deirdre Cartwright, Sarah Champion MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Ian Shaw, Saad Gantar and Baroness Coussins. Live music at the ceremony came from a band comprised of Max Brittain, Alison Rayner, Henry Lowther, Fraser Smith and Sophie Alloway.

The full list of recipients is as follows:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Ian Shaw

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Arun Ghosh

Jazz Album of the Year: Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Shirley Tetteh

Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz At The Lescar in Sheffield

Jazz Media Award: Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here

Jazz Education Award: Jean Toussaint

Services to Jazz Award: Jill Rodger

Special APPJAG Award: Gary Crosby OBE

South London's longstanding music and arts venue, The Albany, has a varied line-up of jazz within its autumn programme. Key highlights include a three-night run of fundraising gigs for the Ed Renshaw Award (which supports young musicians in south east London), including an opening-night gala with Yes guitarist Steve Howe playing solo plus guests (31 Oct); high-energy Cuban jazz from violin virtuoso Omar Punete (pictured), with musicians from Tomorrow's Warriors (1 Nov) and the effusively entertaining Riot Jazz Brass Band (2 Nov). Each show will be preceded by a set from one of four recipients of this year's award, who are: Amar-Reece Hanlan, Sasha Thomas, Sabrina Obiago and Jack Patchett.

Further diverse delights include Egyptian-British singer Natacha Atlas with Transglobal Underground (3 Nov), fast emerging jazz-soul-fusionistas Hejeria, featuring lead singer Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (9 Nov) and Deptford's danceable Steam Down Collective, who bring their infectious jazz, beats and bass grooves to the venue (17 Nov).

Mike Flynn

For more visit www.thealbany.org.uk

Long regarded as among the most notable and, in recent decades, most collectable albums in British jazz history, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet EMI/Columbia recordings are to be reissued on vinyl for the first time since they were released in the 1960s. Produced by Denis Preston at the famous Lansdowne Studios in London’s Holland Park, crucible of many landmark UK jazz albums as well as recordings by a broad arc of names from Shirley Bassey and Acker Bilk to John Lennon, Queen and the Sex Pistols, The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 is released as a five LP box set on 16 November by Jazzman Records and includes Shades Of Blue (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase 111 (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969).

This acclaimed post-hard bop quintet featured Don Rendell on tenor and soprano sax and flute; Ian Carr, trumpet and flugelhorn; Colin Purbrook replaced by Michael Garrick, piano; Dave Green, bass, and Trevor Tomkins, drums, and were active during a period of substantial musical and cultural change in the UK where musicians were concentrating solely on their own compositions while absorbing an esoteric range of influences rather than relying on standards and mainstream repertoire. Carr and Garrick in particular were pushing forward and by the quintet’s final two albums were already signposting the next stage of their careers, which would take them in even more progressive directions.

All of these Rendell/Carr titles were reissued on CD by the BGO label between 2004-2010, but it’s taken Jazzman’s Gerald Short 20 years of research and negotiation to license and reissue these albums on vinyl, thwarted along the way by missing original documentation and Universal’s takeover of EMI. All albums have been remastered from the original analogue tapes at Abbey Road studios, are pressed on high quality vinyl and presented in exact replicas of the original album sleeves. The box set also includes a booklet containing liner notes by BBC Radio 3 presenter and Jazzwise writer, Alyn Shipton, who penned the sleeve notes for the BGO reissue CDs, along with previously unseen photos and interviews with Dave Green and Trevor Tomkins.

Hopefully, with the release of this important box set, the way will be cleared for other sought-after titles from EMI/Columbia’s 1960s Lansdowne Series jazz albums to be reissued on vinyl, including vital titles by Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Mike Taylor Trio, and Amancio D’Silva, among others.

Jon Newey

For more info visit www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk

It's been something of an annus mirabilis for the vocalist, lyricist and producer Georgia Mancio. Marking her eighteenth anniversary as a professional musician, 2018 has seen her nominated for Best Vocalist in both the Parliamentary and British Jazz Awards, play her first US dates with her esteemed songwriting partner Alan Broadbent, record a new album with pianist and composer Kate Williams (Finding Home, due for release in 2019), as well as present the second edition of her mini festival, Hang.

Presented in one of London's most intimate venues, this opening night of Hang #2 featured a mouth-watering triple bill of duets: a celebration of female writers with pianist and composer Nikki Iles, a homage to vocalist and songwriter Abbey Lincoln with harpist Alina Bzhezhinska, plus a welcome reunion with pianist and songwriter Tom Cawley, revisiting songs from their 2014 ReVoice! collaboration.

The evening found Mancio at the height of her appreciable powers, with tempos perfectly chosen, phrasing that served to heighten the song's narrative, and an ever deepening expressive range. There was a palpable sense, too, of a genuine musical conversation unfolding and the joy of discovering new interpretative approaches.

The opening set highlighted both the plaintive beauty and communicative power of Iles' pianism. It included a UK premiere from the duo, a captivating new song, 'From Me To You', penned by Mancio and her aforementioned Songbook partner, Broadbent, as a touching tribute to Mancio's late father-in-law, Peter Vaughan. Co-written by Iles and the great Norma Winstone, and recorded by them on The Printmakers' fine 2015 album Westerley, the arresting opening of 'Tideway' possessed the ethereal weightlessness of a Debussy prelude, with Mancio imitating the soughing of the wind over Iles' gently rippling backdrop.

The Mancio/Bzhezhinska set included a terrific reading of Lincoln's best loved standard, 'Throw It Away', with Mancio deftly employing a tube of peppercorns as a subtle percussive backdrop, as well as affecting takes on 'Bird Alone' and 'Caged Bird', with Bzhezhinska's sparkling glissandos, trills and tremolos adding immeasurably to the timbral palette.

In the third and final set featuring Tom Cawley, it was a real pleasure to hear the pair's gorgeous waltz, 'Bendita', again – a song of rare eloquence and one of the highlights of Mancio's 2015 release Live at Revoice! With Cawley's wide-ranging stylistic palette referencing everything from Randy Newman to Robert Glasper, the pair also premiered 'Mary', a striking portrait of Mancio's maternal grandmother whose Aryan looks and perfect German enabled her to smuggle messages for the Italian partisans in World War II, at the tender age of 19. With all four musicians taking the stage, and Cawley dusting down his melodica chops, Sheila Jordan's 'The Crossing' provided the apposite encore.

Hang concludes this evening at Pizza Express Jazz Club.

– Peter Quinn

– Photo by Tim Dickeson

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