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With this year's annual event having drawn its biggest audience to-date, with over 35,000 people attending over the weekend beginning 30 June 2017, the organisers of Love Supreme Jazz Festival are presenting a special one-day mini-fest at the iconic Roundhouse venue in Chalk Farm, London on 5 May 2018. The event will take over every area of the venue – which includes its large multi-level foyer space, the Studio Theatre, as well as the 3,000 capacity main live room – while hosting a wide variety of forward-looking acts including multi-Grammy-winning US singer and keyboard sensation Cory Henry (pictured) and his band The Funk Apostles, jazz-step trio Moon Hooch and neo-soul artists Mr Jukes and singer Elli Ingram. Two additional stages, one programmed by music website EZH will feature beat-focused newcomers Tenderlonious and Soccer 96, among others, while Jazz In The Round – one of the huge successes of the 2017 Love Supreme programme – will also present its own cutting edge line-up, to be announced soon.

Love Supreme festival director Ciro Romano commented: "We're excited to be bringing the Love Supreme vision to London. The UK jazz scene is thriving at the moment and London in particular continues to be a fantastic hotbed for innovation and creativity within the genre, so branching out into the capital was a logical next step for us."

– Mike Flynn

For more info and tickets visit www.lovesupremefestival.com/tickets

Oli

Whether exploring a gospel-tinged, hymnic solo introduction, which would have had Smokie Norful nodding in approval, or laying down some Glasper-esque chords that lit up the outro of 'Ridiculous', keys player, singer-songwriter and producer Oli Rockberger's versicoloured pianism and rhythmic sleights of hand continue to tease the brain as well as the senses.

Launching his fourth studio album, Sovereign (Whirlwind Recordings), over two nights at Pizza Express's newest live venue in Holborn, and fronting an exceptional band that included Hannah Read (vocals/fiddle), Giorgio Serci (guitar), Michael Janisch (bass), Marijus Aleksa (drums), Rockberger is an artist whose way with a song's melodic contour and expressive arc is very persuasive. From the harmonic sophistication of opener 'My Old Life' and the surprising semi-tonal shift up in 'Vertigo' to the beautiful coda of 'Right Through Me', which slowly disappeared into the upper register of the piano (featuring the great opening line: "Oh the sky fell on my head yesterday"), Rockberger takes great delight in confounding your expectations.

The evening also included a trio of standouts from previous album, Old Habits. The first of two heard back-to-back, 'Queen of Evasion', was certainly eventful, encompassing Rockberger's Nord keyboard dying midway through the song – a quick move back to the grand piano elicited encouraging cheers from the audience – another energising key change, and audience participation riffing on a characteristically memorable vocal hook. Performed as a duet, the mellifluous vocal harmonies of 'Old Habits Die Hard' highlighted the impressive contributions of Read, whose voice blended incredibly well with the leader, while the impressionistic outro of 'Let Go' – bowed bass, soft sticks and a circling piano riff – illustrated the band's sensitivity to texture and dynamics.

Set two was similarly packed with ear-catching detail, notably the magical extended fade of 'The Garden', with Janisch sustaining a fulsome G bass pedal against an unchanging heartbeat in the drums. Channelling a bluegrass-country furrow, the Rockberger/Read duet 'I'll Go Mine' saw the fiddle player stretching out for the first time, then supplying yet more wondrous harmonies on 'Is Anybody Out There?'. As an encore, Rockberger turned to the pop perfection of 'Don't Forget Me' (the third and final cut from Old Habits), whose final textural build-up perfectly encapsulated the impressive eloquence of the music-making.

– Peter Quinn

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Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble will be presenting The Spirit of Trane and Bird with Strings at London's Pizza Express on 27-28 October, celebrating not only two of the most important jazz musicians of all time – John Coltrane and Charlie Parker – but also the release of The Spirit of Trane album, issued this month on the Fanfare imprint. Atzmon and his ensemble will be joined for these special concerrs by The Sigamos String Quartet, led by Ros Stephen.

– Spencer Grady

For more info visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com

Following the success of the inaugural Music Instrument Amnesty in 2015, which saw 150 instruments pledged to new homes, the Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation is once again opening its doors on Saturday 28 October at the iconic Frith Street jazz club from 10am to 4pm.

Any instruments donated will be distributed through a network of participating organisations, with instrument shop The Vibe, London, donating a safe storage space for any instruments received. Donors are invited to book an appointment before arriving at Ronnie Scott's on the day – with each donor given a tracking number that will enable them to see where their instrument ends up – be it somewhere in the UK or overseas. The 2015 instrument amnesty saw items distributed as far and wide as Mexico, Palestine, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as across the UK

– Mike Flynn

For full details on how to donate visit www.ronniescotts.co.uk

The unique, internationally renowned Instant Composers Pool Orchestra launches Going Dutch, a new, yearlong project aimed at introducing British and Irish audiences to the vibrant Netherlands jazz scene, with a seven date tour beginning at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham on Monday 30 October.

ICP was formed in 1967 by pianist Misha Mengelberg, drummer Han Bennink and saxophonist Willem Breuker to promote the idea of improvisation being the equal of composition. It has developed into a record label, releasing dozens of albums, and its members have collaborated with giants of the experimental music world including Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, Peter Brotzman, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and George Lewis.

Mengelberg died earlier this year and the current line-up of the orchestra, which consists of 10 of the most innovative musical voices from around the globe, will be celebrating the life of this inspirational figure as well as marking ICP's 50th anniversary and the75th birthday of drummer Bennink, who remains at ICP's heart.

Joining Bennink are saxophonists/clarinettists Michael Moore, Ab Baars and Tobias Delius, trombonist Wolter Wierbos, trumpeter Thomas Heberer, violinist Mary Oliver, cellist Tristan Honsinger, pianist Guus Janssen and bassist Ernst Glerum. They will decide what they will be playing just a few minutes before each performance. No two ICP Orchestra gigs are ever alike but audiences can expect to hear anything from ragtime to swing, bop to free jazz, and classical to carnival, and possibly all of the above.

Going Dutch is a joint initiative between the Jazz Promotion Network, a body of promoters, festival organisers, educators and media workers from across the UK and Ireland, and Dutch Performing Arts. Following ICP Orchestra's visit, the french horn, guitar and drums trio Kapok tours venues in the north and south of England. A full programme of tours is currently being set up to take place through 2018 and the Jazz Promotion Network will be announcing these soon.

After the Nottingham concert the tour continues at Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (31 October), Culturalann Ui Chanain, Derry (2 Nov), The Mac, Belfast (3 Nov), The Sugar Club, Dublin (4 Nov), Triskel Arts Centre, Cork (5 Nov), and Widcombe Social Club, Bath (6 Nov).

– Rob Adams

For more info visit www.icporchestra.com and jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk/goingdutch

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