Czech-born pianist Vít Křišťan (pictured above right) will play Soho’s Spice of Life on 18 September with his usual trio counterparts drummer Roman Vícha and bassist Jaromír Honzák, as part of a national celebration of the ‘Year of Czech Music 2014’ organised by the London Czech Centre.

This commemoration recognises a number of anniversaries among important historical figures in Czech music, including those of Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Josef Suk, Milada Šubrtová and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The Vit Křišťan’s trio’s debut album Imprints, which features compositions by the classically trained pianist, was released last year to wide critical praise

­Bethany Roberts

For more info go to www.wegottickets.com

 

bobby-wellinsThe historic seaside resort of Rottingdean in Sussex is set to host a new four-day jazz festival over the bank holiday weekend 22-25 August. Programmed by Rottingdean Arts, the 11-concerts over the weekend will feature headline performances from Scottish sax great Bobby Wellins (pictured), the fiery post-bopping Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by pianist James Pearson, and legendary jazz bassist Herbie Flowers. Wellins will open the festival on Friday 22 August with a performance at The Plough Inn, Rottingdean, joined by his band featuring drummer Spike Wells, pianist Roderick Hart, bassist Paul Whitten and vocalist Imogen Mayall.

The festival continues with a lunchtime performance by the Roderick Hart Trio at the Queen Vic, followed by an evening concert at the Village Hall from the Dixieland Stompers, Bex Jazz Duo and Brighton Big Band all on Saturday 23 August. Further daytime gigs take place on Sunday 24 August with the Bex Jazz Duo at the Beyond Design Café and Julian Nicholas and Roderick Hart Trio at the Rottingdean Terraces Stage at 3pm.

Renowned bassist Herbie Flowers performs with his Music Box band at the Village Hall, presenting their take on the music of George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. The bank holiday Monday sees the Mark Bassey Band plays Basie perform at the Terraces Stage from 3pm while the festival closes out at the Village Hall with the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Bandleader and virtuoso pianist James Pearson will present the Ronnie Scott’s Story through humourous stories and compelling music covering the club’s 50 years of history.

– Mike Flynn


For more info go to 
www.rottingdeanjazzfestival.ticketsource.co.uk

 

The 10th annual Imperial Wharf Jazz Festival returns to Fulham in South West London on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 September, hosted by the property development firm St George. The free event boasts popular jazz-reggae big band Jazz Jamaica as Friday’s headline act, featuring special guest vocalist Myrna Hague, lovingly known as ‘Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz’, while Roberto Pla’s 20-piece Latin Ensemble will headline a salsa-infused Saturday night.

The weekend also features rising stars of London’s afrobeat-jazz scene Ezra Collective (Fri 7pm), prohibition era-inspired Sara Spade & The Noisy Boys (Sat 1pm) and exciting Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin (Sat 2.15pm). Award-winning singer and pianist Liane Carroll will perform with her trio (Sat 3.45pm), followed by celebrated guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Antonio Forcione (Sat 5pm) and double MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown (Sat 6:45pm). The is held at Imperial Wharf Boulevard, Townmead Road, London SW6 2UB, and there will be a range of international cuisine available to festivalgoers.

Bethany Roberts

For more information visit www.imperialwharf.com

 

Highly respected guitarist Nigel Price will embark on a nationwide UK tour with his trio this autumn that runs through to mid-December. His most recent album Hit the Road was released in August on 33 Records, and features Matt Home on drums and Pete Whittaker on organ. Home and Whittaker will perform with Price throughout the upcoming tour and they will be joined on a number of dates by guest saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos, who also featured on the new album.

The tour dates are: Ronnie Scott’s, London (29 Sept); Grimsby Jazz, Grimsby (1st Oct); Wakefield Jazz, Wakefield (3 Oct); Guitar Festival, Sandwich (4 Oct); Chelmsford Jazz Club, Chelmsford (5 October); Milestones, Lowestoft (5 Oct); The Big Band, Oxford (7 Oct); Swansea Jazzland, Swansea (8 Oct); Black Mountain Jazz, Abergavenny (9 Oct); Bebop Club, Bristol (10 Oct); Dexter’s Jazz Club, Nottingham (14 Oct); Scarborough Jazz Club, Scarborough (15 Oct); The Crypt, Camberwell (17 Oct); Fleet Jazz Club, Fleet (21 Oct); Swing Unlimited, Bournemouth (22 Oct); Folkestone Jazz Club, Folkestone (23 Oct); The Verdict, Brighton (24 Oct); Gumbles Jazz, Stafford (27 Oct); North Wales Jazz Club, Denbigh (28 Oct); Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow (29 Oct); Jazz Bar, Edinburgh (20 Oct); Ushaw College, Durham (31 Oct); The Eagle, Rochester (2 Nov); The Fludyers, Felixstowe (2 Nov); Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking (6 Nov); Lauderdale House, London (13 Nov); Norwich Jazz Club, Norwich (18 Nov); Dereham Jazz Society, Dereham (19 Nov); Billingshurst Centre, Billingshurst (21 Nov); Bexley Jazz Club, Bexley Village (27 Nov); Jags, Ascot (7 Dec); Marlow Jazz Club, Marlow (16 Dec); and The Woodman, Sevenoaks (17 Dec).

For more information visit www.nigelprice.biz

- Bethany Roberts

 

Norwich-based trio Mammal Hands will release their debut album Animalia on 15 September on the independent label Gondwana Records. The trio features Nick Smart on keyboards, his brother Jordan Smart on saxophones and Jesse Barrett on drums and tabla. Gondwana’s Matthew Halsall produced the album which shares similar influences to Halsall’s own material such as the spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders, Cinematic Orchestra and Portico Quartet, as well as distinct traces of traditional North Indian and African music. To launch the new album, Mammal Hands will perform at Norwich Arts Centre on 15 September where they will be joined by forward-thinking jazz/electronica trio Gogo Penguin, also signed by Gondwana Records, who released their debut album Fanfares in 2012.

For more information and to book tickets visit https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/gogo-penguin-mammal-hands/

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