jazzfm-logoThe Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show is due to return to Jazz FM as part of a series of changes to the station’s programming which will come into force on 15 September 2014. The show, presented by singer Ian Shaw, will feature backstage interviews as well as broadcasting live recordings and highlights from the club. It will be aired on Saturdays between 6–7pm.

Elsewhere on Jazz FM’s just announced schedule of specialist programmes (all for broadcast on weekdays from 6-7pm) is Monday night’s The Performance Series, featuring live material recorded exclusively for the station; James Tormé’s The Jazz Singers, to be broadcast on Tuesdays; TransAtlantic Jazz with Vinny Marino on Wednesdays, covering contemporary jazz-funk crossover acts such as Robert Glasper and Snarky Puppy; Bob Sinfield’s swing, big band and electro-swing focused Peppermint Candy on Thursdays; and the popular Jazz Travels with Sarah Ward, which has now moved to Fridays.

lynn-parsonsFurther changes to the programming include the arrival of Lynn Parsons (pictured left) who will present the station’s weekday breakfast show from 6–9am. A former presenter for Capital and BBC Radio, Parsons will take the reins on Monday 15 September, with the show’s current presenter, John Osborne, moving to the Weekend Breakfast Show.

Jazz FM is broadcast across the UK and is available on Sky Channel 0202, Freesat 729, via mobile and, in the London area, on DAB Digital Radio.

For more info go to www.jazzfm.com and www.mixcloud.com/RonnieScottsRadio

– Thomas Rees

 

gogo-polar

The shortlist for the 2014 Mercury Music Prize has been announced at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden and is set to feature two jazz artists for the first time in its 22-year history with both GoGo Penguin and Polar Bear in contention for the £20,000 prize. This is a marked contrast to last year when no jazz artist was nominated, and something of a repost to those commentators who insist the inclusion of jazz albums is ‘tokenistic’. The rest of the shortlist features a decidedly left-field selection eschewing big mainstream names, apart from Damon Albarn, in favour of emerging artists.

This will be drummer Seb Rochford’s third Mercury nomination for Polar Bear’s latest electronica-laden album, In Each and Every One, following the band’s previously nominated Held On The Tips Of Fingers in 2005 and Basquiat Strings eponymous debut album in 2007, while the inclusion of Manchester band GoGo Penguin’s V2.0 will firmly establish the beat-driven piano trio as one of the rising stars of the current scene.

Former Portico Quartet hang player Nick Mulvey is also nominated for his beautiful African and folk influenced singer songwriter solo album, First Mind. The other 2014 nominees are: JungleJungle; Bombay Bicycle ClubSo Long, See You Tomorrow; Kate TempestEverybody Down; East India YouthTotal Strife Forever; FKA TwigsLP1; Royal Blood Royal Blood; Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots; Anna Calvi One Breath; and Young Fathers Dead. The winner will be announced live on Channel 4 at 10pm on 29 October following the awards live show at the Roundhouse in Camden.

For more info go to www.mercuryprize.com    



 

Jazz was centre-stage this week in Berlin as famous Technics hi-fi brand returned after an absence of over a decade. Pianist Michiko Ogawa duetted with Japanese trumpet legend Terumasa Hino (pictured above), who had opened proceedings with a searing solo, and they were joined on stage by German quartet Echoes of Swing.

It was an appropriate re-launch for the brand, which will be back in the shops at the end of the year. After all, as well as being an acclaimed jazz pianist with 14 albums to her name, having started playing piano at the age of three and learning jazz from her father’s record collection, Michiko Ogawa is director of the entire Technics project.

Speaking to Jazzwise after the launch, she said that, having joined parent company Panasonic in 1986, she had considered giving up her work as an audio engineer when the Technics hi-fi brand was discontinued, to concentrate on music full-time. However, with this revival she is able to combine her two passions, with a mission to help people Rediscover Music, as the new Technics slogan has it.

Ogawa says there’s a move back from ‘quick fix’ low-quality music downloads to better sound, and people want to listen at leisure on high quality hi-fi systems. The initial Technics launch will include a £30,000+ reference system and a premium set-up at around £3,000 (see below).

– Andrew Everard (story and top photo)

 

TD-GetTheBlessing-17

Saalfelden is a small quiet Austrian town in a very green and rural location, surrounded by mountains and hills and there are two picturesque lakes close by too. The town has a couple of small hotels and a very quint and old centre. Of course, I could easily also be describing Brecon – a town I know and have loved for many years. The other obvious similarity is that for one weekend a year the whole town is taken over by an international jazz festival.

Fans flock in from far and wide to immerse themselves in what looks to be quite an intimidating programme of music – from mid-morning until 2am there are almost non-stop concerts – 28 over three days – plus four concerts as a warm up on Thursday evening – 32 shows in total. Free concerts take place in the Town Hall Square (under canvas) there is a smaller venue (Short Cuts) for more intimate shows and the larger Saalfelden Congress centre for the main shows. A few concerts are also organised for venues that are reached by Ski-lift – offering stunning views of the town and valley below. The festival is well known for its avant garde leanings but there was an excellent mix of jazz genres to keep everyone happy and get the place buzzing.

TD-Marc-Ribot-01

The highlight of the Thursday night shows (apart from an amazing sunset) were Nels Cline and Marc Ribot (pictured above) – two exceptional guitarists who are certainly leftfield in their styles and approach. The concert comprised two extended numbers – the first on acoustic guitars and the second, on electric. The conversation between them was fascinating, like a married couple arguing and then making up, both using multiple effects to create soundscapes from ambient to heavy metal. Friday saw both guitarists in action again.

TD-Jim-Black-Eyebone-12

Eyebone is drummer Jim Black’s latest project (above) – a trio featuring Nels Cline and Austrian Wurlitzer player Elias Stemeseder – a hard heavy sound with Cline mashing his guitar sound with anything that came to hand and Black pounding out a heavy rock beat on the drums. All three players wore black and had an emblemised tape line from their eye down to their elbows – machines maybe, but not as we know it.

Later Ribot played a solo concert ‘Protest Songs’ in a wry take on the genre, with some no more than comic ditties, others quite poignant and thought provoking – he’s is a man of many talents, his singing voice somewhere near a mid career Neil Young, his humour certainly more Frank Zappa.

Which leads on to the very excellent Young Mothers, playing their first European date. Led by Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, the rest of the band come from Austin, Texas. A strange but fascinating combination of musical styles and ideas that would canyon between free improv, rap, death metal and relatively straightahead jazz – a bit like Elephant9 mixing it up with Kenny Garrett. Stefan Gonzalez was excellent too, doubling up on vibes and drums as well as adding death metal-style vocals; they are far cry from anything currently around and well worth catching live.

Saturday was a day of huge contrasts with beautifully lyrical concerts from cellist Erik Friedlander, first playing his music ‘Claws & Wings’ with Sylvie Courvoisier in majestic form on piano, then back again later with his Black Phoebe project featuring Shoko Nagai on piano and accordion and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion. There was a Satoko Fuji solo piano concert so full of emotion there were tears in the audience. Ben Goldberg, Muhlbacher’s USM and KAZE gave the middle ground leading up to the Henry Threadgill Ensemble that was the main event (pictured below) – a concert in remembrance of Butch Morris.

TD-Henry-Threadgill-09

Threadgill conducted, well he pointed and nodded a lot, while the band, notably Jason Moran and David Virelles both on piano were outstanding. However, the first composition did linger rather too long and ultimately became predictable, whereas the much shorter second piece was trademark Threadgill and brought the concert to a fitting climax.

The late concert was a piece of genius programming by artistic directors Michaela Mayer and Mario Steidel. Roy Paci and his band Corleone (he comes from Sicily as will become clear) base their musical ideas around the seedy goings on of the Mafia, Paci (trumpet & flugelhorn) mixing styles from Ska, Punk, free Jazz and unsurprisingly, funeral marches to tell musical stories of the deadly deeds done cheap in his home land. Whilst this may all sound very depressing in fact the opposite is true – the music is full of life, humour and some outstanding playing - especially guitarist Alberto Turra that made this show a real highlight and a great relief after the Threadgill experience.

Sunday had a brilliant progression of shows from good to outstanding. The Sylvie Courvoisier trio very kindly played earlier than programmed due to the late arrival of Get the Blessing (not the bands fault, their plane was delayed) Playing here her more usual style of free jazz with Drew Gress (Bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) the band were brilliant and surely Courvoisier must be one of the best female improving pianists around.

Get the Blessing (picture top of page), probably one of the least well known bands to the Austrians at the festival, certainly left with a huge number of new fans – Jim Barr’s quirky humour and thumping groove based bass lines won instant approval – add in the dual attack of Pete Judge (trumpet) and Jake McMurchie (sax) and world class drummer Clive Deamer, all left audience very impressed.

TD-Shepp-07

The final show of the festival was outstanding in all respects – Joachim Kuhn with his regular trio (Majid Bekkas, guembri and vocals plus Ramon Lopez, drums) were joined by Archie Shepp (pictured above) to play tunes from their collaborative 2013 album Voodoo Sense. Shepp is playing probably better now than he has done for many years – controlled, imaginative and exciting. The synergy with Kuhn (one of my favourite pianists) was stunning – second skin would be a better way to describe them than second sense – such an intimate understanding of each others playing was a joy – never more so than on ‘Nina’ taken from their duo album Wo-Man – a beautiful ballad played sublimely.

This is a great festival with a long history (this was the 35th edition) It is very well run and has excellent programming – top class jazz in a stunningly beautiful location – a three day pass for everything costs from €142 or if you want the VIP experience (food and drink included plus meet the bands) it’s €300 for the weekend or €125 per day. I’d say by most festival ticket prices that’s a bargain!

– Tim Dickeson (report and pictures)

For more info go to www.jazzsalfelden.com

 

Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club has a packed programme of gigs between September and October kicking off tonight with something of a return for revered yet reclusive saxophonist Steve Williamson who debuts his new band featuring singer Filomena Campus, bassist Mike Mondesir, pianist Benet McLean and drummer Seb Rochford. Williamson will be playing new versions of music from his three albums Waltz for Grace, Rhyme Time and Journey to Truth as well as saying about the new material and band:

“The music for the forthcoming Pizza Express date will be mostly material from previous albums going back to the 1980s but with new arrangements – with well thought out and very special new line up of musicians. I also plan to introduce to the people, some pieces from the new batch of compositions reflecting where I am right now, in terms of harmonic approach, expression and of course compositionally. I am really very excited to do this! It will be the first time that I will be able to really explore the subtleties embedded within these new offerings.

“The reason for this proposed format is to familiarise the band with the development (work them in gently if you will) and also provide the audience with some pieces that they may be familiar with – but it really is all about the new compositions and approach. Hence the earlier pieces getting somewhat of a re-working. An approach that I humbly refer to as Organic Metric (O.M), a very intricate but joyous and melodic approach and contribution to the rich tradition of 'metric' musics from around the globe. I aim to record this material before the year's end.”

The programme continues with UK guitar great John Etheridge follows with a five-night residency (2-6 Sept); then it’s two roof-raising nights from saxophonist supreme Courtney Pine (12-13 Sept), and Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop’s Mingus Moves project (15 Sept). The venue also hosts more of its hugely successful themed festivals including London Latin Jazz Fest 2014 (23-27 Sept); Georgia Mancio’s fifth ReVoice! festival (10-18 Oct); and Filomena Campus’ Jazz Islands Festival (10-12 Nov). International names appearing include Spanish 19-year old vocal/trumpet sensation Andrea Motis (30 Sept-1 Oct), US trumpeter Jeremy Pelt (19 Oct), Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen (21 Oct) and Japanese pianist Makoto Kuriya who hosts a week of gigs (27-31 Oct).

– Mike Flynn

For more info go to www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk

 

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

If you do not change browser settings, you consent to continue. Learn more

I understand

Breaking News

Snarky Puppy return with new album Immig…

Grammy-winning groove crew Snarky Puppy return with a new studio...

Read More.....

Blue Note spearheads 80th Anniversary Ye…

The iconic Blue Note label will celebrate its milestone 80th...

Read More.....

John Turville dives in Head First – new …

Pianist and composer John Turville returns with a new album...

Read More.....

Uri Caine and Henri Texier dazzle while …

Jazzfestival Münster is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but has only...

Read More.....

Ezra Collective bring the Brit-Jazz Nois…

Much like in other recent editions of New York's Winter...

Read More.....

Yazz Ahmed and Jasper Høiby line-up for …

For some there is a Holy Grail in jazz: to...

Read More.....

Matthew Herbert marks Brexit with Big Ba…

Composer, conductor and sampling-supremo Matthew Herbert is set to release...

Read More.....

Joseph Jarman 14/09/37 – 9/01/19

  The recitation of 'Non-Cognitive Aspects Of The City' by Dante...

Read More.....

Wandering Monster step up with 'Samsara…

Bass-led progressive jazz group Wandering Monster are set to release...

Read More.....

Cécile McLorin Salvant, Oded Tzur Quarte…

  The unfeasibly warm November weather was matched by the heat...

Read More.....

Edinburgh embraces the Thrill of Belgian…

Belgium may be better known for its beer than its...

Read More.....

Mitchener And Yarde Break Blues Boundari…

The blues is a lived and living truth, as much...

Read More.....

Ra's Arkestra Announces Annual Lewes Aff…

The Sun Ra Arkestra – led by that indomitable intergalactic...

Read More.....

Steve Williamson, Silje Nergaard and Tin…

Southampton’s Turner Sims music venue has announced an impressive line-up...

Read More.....

19-year-old vibraphonist Sasha Berliner …

19-year-old vibraphonist Sasha Berliner wins LetterOne Rising Stars Award California-based...

Read More.....

Nordic Wonders: Rune Grammofon Bring The…

Determined individuals who ignore categories define the Norwegian scene, in...

Read More.....

Mehldau Marvels At Jazztopad

  The entire spectrum can dazzle at Jazztopad, a Polish festival in...

Read More.....

Jazz FM Awards return for 2019

The Jazz FM Awards return for a sixth time next...

Read More.....

Chick Corea, Madeleine Peyroux and Kamaa…

The organisers of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which runs...

Read More.....

Peter Boizot 1929 – 2018

The press obituaries for Peter Boizot, who has died aged...

Read More.....

David Mossman – 17 July 1942 - 8 Decembe…

Ahead of starting the Vortex in 1988, there is nothing...

Read More.....

Greg Fox and Pulverize The Sound punish …

  The second phase of Poland’s Jazz Jantar festival involved five nights...

Read More.....

Astral Progression Ensemble and Irrevers…

  Jazz Jantar has been running in the northern Polish port...

Read More.....

Tippett & Bourne, Liane Carroll and…

The Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival will return for its...

Read More.....

Jessica Radcliffe poised an poetic for R…

In this centenary year of the end of the First...

Read More.....

Iridescent Ibrahim Leads Multi-Horn Boon…

The Barbican's foyer is still resounding to the tumultuous multi-horned...

Read More.....

Maisha raise Afro-futurist spirits at Gh…

Scrolling down the posts on Facebook, from people pleading for...

Read More.....

John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension Back F…

Legendary jazz-rock guitarist John McLaughlin has just announced a return...

Read More.....

Dave Douglas Supergroup Dazzles Among Ho…

  Guimarães is Portugal’s birthplace. Surrounded by verdant hills, this quiet...

Read More.....

Bill Laurance Goes Big At Southbank With…

  At certain moments during this concert, Bill Laurance looks like...

Read More.....

Trans-Atlantic Team-Up: Chicago X London…

Much has been written about the jazz scene that has...

Read More.....

Dalston Devils: Branch and Brandon Lewis…

The Vortex and Cafe OTO are separated by a few...

Read More.....

Mike and Leni Stern light up Ronnie Scot…

What an unexpected pleasure to see Mike Stern exchanging guitar...

Read More.....

22-year-old saxophonist Xhosa Cole wins …

Saxophonist Xhosa Cole has been announced as the winner of...

Read More.....

Braxton and Marclay Broker New Sonic Exp…

  The UK premiere of Anthony Braxton's 'Composition No 103' (1983)...

Read More.....

Delay-gratification – Bill Frisell’s spe…

Bill Frisell isn't much of a talker. The music is...

Read More.....


Making The Cut Mpu 300x500px

Subcribe To Jazzwise

Advertisement

Call 0800 137201 to subscribe or click here to email the subscriptions team

Get in touch

Jazzwise Magazine,
St. Judes Church,
Dulwich Road, 
Herne Hill,
London, SE24 0PD.

0208 677 0012

Latest Tweets

@EarlyMusicRecs shame, was banking on it as a retirement down payment
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
@EarlyMusicRecs sure I have a copy of this somewhere ....
Follow Us - @Jazzwise

Newsletter

© 2016 MA Business & Leisure Ltd registered in England and Wales number 02923699 Registered office: Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Salisbury, SP3 5HN . Designed By SE24 MEDIA