The PRS Foundation's Momentum Music Fund has helped the likes of Moses Boyd, Tom Misch, Zara McFarlane, The Comet Is Coming and Nubiyan Twist at key points in their development – and is now open for the second wave of applications this year. With funds of between £5,000-£15,000 available for solo artists and bands alike, the deadline for applications is Monday 13 August 2018.

The video below features rising stars Ezra Collective (pictured), who the Momentum Music Fund helped support their UK tour and EP marketing activities. In the last five years the fund has helped the creation of over 160 albums (including Mercury nominated albums and dozens of Top 20 chart placements); supported over 180 UK tours and over 1,000 live dates and helped generate £13 million for the British music industry. Out of 3,896 applications received, there's a 7% success rate of funds being granted and over £2.5 million awarded.

Mike Flynn

Click here to submit an application to the Momentum Music Fund

Manchester's mighty Beats & Pieces Big Band continue their yearlong 10th anniversary celebrations with the release of their aptly-titled new album, Ten, out on 20 July on Efpi Records. Recorded live at the Royal Northern College of Music, ten years to the day of their first rehearsal, the album features three songs from each of their two previous albums, Big Ideas and All In. Also included are three new tunes plus the first ever track bandleader Ben Cottrell wrote for the band, entitled 'Loan', which first appeared on their long-deleted 2009 debut EP. 

The band continue their touring with live dates at: Bonington Theatre, Nottingham (11 Oct); Marsden Jazz Festival (13 Oct); Blue Arrow, Glasgow (18 Oct) and Town Hall, Middlesbrough (19 Oct).

Mike Flynn

For more info visit beatsnpieces.net

Jazzwise is proud to be able to share the video for 'Time' which is taken from the album:

The history of collectives in jazz are nearly as old as the music itself. Formed by a kinship and unique bond, collectives often united players by their sound, style or approach. The Jazz Messengers, arguably the archetype for modern jazz collectives, served as a breeding ground, rites of passage for the then burgeoning voices, now architects, of this music—from Lee Morgan to Terence Blanchard— for nearly four decades, dating back to the early 1950s. These collectives not only identified for the larger listening audience who these distinctive and individual players were, but simultaneously, they were allies at the height of racism and politically challenging times, who ultimately shaped and challenged the artistic direction of modern jazz.

In the case of the newest collective R+R=NOW, their kinship lies in the fact that almost every member has been deemed as an "outlier" by jazz at large. As recognised players and bandleaders in their own right, their approach to jazz has always been regarded (and panned, by certain critics) as highly conceptual and individualistic. Fusing jazz with elements of electronic, trap, hip-hop and rock, R+R=NOW gathers the next crop of young players, taking a firm position on the validity of jazz's evolution into the new millennium.

As their full name suggests, 'Reflect+Respond=Now' creates music that speaks to the current and highly charged socio-political climate. With celebrated pianist Robert Glasper at the helm, he's gathered an arsenal of emerging and renowned players and composers, all of whom are keeping in the tradition of their jazz forefathers by broadening the scope of what this music can sound like and how it can enthral a new generation of listeners. "If you reflect what is happening and you respond to it, you have no choice but to be of now, of today," remarked Glasper prior to their two-hour-long set.

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R+R=NOW also enlists the talents of Terrace Martin, renowned producer for Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg; Grammy-nominated trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (pictured above); Derrick Hodge, highly-respected bassist and longtime producer for Maxwell; drummer on the rise Justin Tyson; and DJ/producer/beatboxer Taylor McFerrin.

Making their debut at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn on Friday, 22 June, the evening could have been halted only by the threat of torrential rain showers, as the overcast of clouds hovered over the bandshell and the large droves of folks sprinkled all over Prospect Park.

The night got kicked off by a stirring pre-concert set from Haitian-American singer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Beaubrun, son of Theodore 'Lòlò' and Mimerose 'Manzè' Beaubrun of the Grammy-nominated, legendary Haitian band Boukman Eksperyans.

As the members of R&R=NOW walked onto the stage, their intensity and focus was palpable. Given the current state of affairs, most recently with families being separated at the border under the Trump administration, no time could be wasted in delivering their potent message, one that would resonate and be heard by all. Opening with 'Afro-Centric', from Joe Henderson's 1969 classic album Power to the People (Milestone), was not only an apropos choice, but also featured a prominent solo, originally delivered by Mike Lawrence on the recording, for trumpeter Scott to tackle. Initially impacted by technical feedback, eventually, Scott's signature ferociousness came through as he pushed harder during his solo, while backed by the rhythm section powerhouse of Hodge, Tyson and Glasper. This rhythmic thread was consistent and steadfast throughout much of the set, allowing for Scott, and Martin on alto saxophone, to fly above the night's overcast atmosphere.

The evening also marked the premiere of 'The Liberation Suite', a new work commissioned by BRIC. This highlights Glasper's penchant for arrangement and collaboration, allowing each player ample breathing room to fully demonstrate exactly what they're known for in this music. He understands that only when an artist is unencumbered, that is when they are truly "liberated" and can best express themselves. This allowed for Scott's melodic lines, which he undoubtedly offered his compositional input, to fully compel and resonate in ways that perhaps he hasn't been allowed to on recent solo efforts.

In fact, much of the set demonstrated that when given the appropriate "wings," so to speak, each musician can soar.

– Shannon J. Effinger

– Photos by David Andrako

R+R=NOW play Shepheard's Bush Empire, London tonight, 16 July.

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Budding music writers listen up! This year's Write Stuff music journalism course will return for its 16th edition, with workshops held at the Southbank Centre during the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening and closing weekends, on 17-18 and 24-25 November. Founded and organised by Jazzwise and festival producers Serious, the Write Stuff gives new jazz and improv music writers a valuable free opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing skills, develop an understanding of music criticism and the workings of the music press and blogosphere, as well as getting to see a bunch of great concerts!

We're on the hunt for a new generation of younger writers aged 18-25, who will attain an Arts Award qualification following a successful completion of the course.

The workshops will include sessions on feature writing and live reviews by Jazzwise writer and BBC broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre; an insight into the history and development of the UK jazz and music press with Jazzwise editor-in-chief Jon Newey; and a workshop on online journalism and career development with Jazzwise editor Mike Flynn and an invited guest, alongside input from other writers and jazz industry figures. Several Write Stuff participants have gone on to have pieces published in The Guardian, The Wire and Jazzwise as well as work within the wider jazz and broadcasting industry.

This year's participants will have their work posted on both the Jazzwise and festival's websites, and one review considered to be of particular merit will be published in a subsequent issue of Jazzwise.

If you are interested in participating in the Write Stuff please submit by email a 300-word review of a recent gig/concert, together with a CV and full contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 October 2018 with 'The Write Stuff 2018' in the subject line. Applicants must be aged 18 to 25 and be available in London on the following dates: Friday 16 November (evening); Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 November and Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November.

Click here to visit the Serious website to apply for this year's courseto apply for this year's course

Photo by Emile Holba of saxophonist Tia Fuller being interviewed by Write Stuff participants

 

Last week's release of John Coltrane's The Lost Album: Both Directions at Once triggered a rush of Trane fever, with fans of the iconic saxophonist buying the album in such numbers that it charted at No.15 on the Official UK Album Chart.

Comprised of studio material that was thought missing until Coltrane's son Ravi discovered the tapes, the album's success represents Coltrane's highest ever chart position. LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington's latest album, Heaven And Earth, also charted in the Top 20 recently, debuting at No.13 (and topping the UK Record Store Chart and hitting No.2 in the UK Indie Album Chart) – offering more evidence of jazz's increased popularity.

Mike Flynn

See the July issue of Jazzwise for an in-depth look behind Coltrane's The Lost Album: Both Directions at Once

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