At the Limerick Jazz Festival in the autumn the Sarah Gillespie quintet, Ant Law quartet, Beats & Pieces, the Darius Brubeck quartet — appearing ahead of Live in Poland — and the pulsating Septeto Internacional are all in the line-up. Festival director drummer John Daly sets the scene  

Limerick Jazz Festival is now in its 8th year and continues to celebrate live jazz in some of the city’s most atmospheric and vibrant venues. It is about bringing something new and different that doesn’t sound like rock, traditional or classical music. Limerick has a very long and varied history when it comes to music and this jazz festival is a very welcome addition adding a new dimension to the sounds of top class music by top class artists.

Every year is a challenge and this year is no different when it comes to booking the acts for our upcoming festival. The thinking is always what the audience will enjoy, and this year we deliberately chose to have two acts fronted by really great female artists in the guise of Sarah Gillespie, pictured, from the UK and Gemma Sugrue, video top, from Cork. This we are really excited about and we feel this will attract newer audiences, which is always our goal.

Limerick audiences warm to acts that can create a vibe in a short space of time by knowing how to communicate with their listeners. We have been fortunate in our choices over the years in whom we have brought to Limerick. Acts like Atchere from the Canary Islands for example; and this year’s Septeto Internacional with their great Afro-Caribbean rhythms are always guaranteed to get hands clapping and feet tapping. Another great favourite were the funky sounds of bands such as the James Taylor Quartet — and this year we have Beats & Pieces.

Above all Limerick Jazz Festival is about creating something that brings life to the city in the form of music that can reach diverse audiences and also educate in the form of free masterclasses and workshops held over the weekend for those who want to learn what this great music can bring. Listening and watching great artists perform is such an amazing way to appreciate the skill and technique they have honed over many years of playing at such a high level.

The Limerick Jazz Festival runs from 27-29 September. See the festival website for further details.

 

Listen just appearing online... to Thom Yorke... and Wynton Marsalis

A Yorke collaboration with director Edward Norton on the soundtrack to Motherless Brooklyn, based on a Jonathan Lethem novel: ‘Daily Battles’ has Yorke singing achingly, beautifully, and playing tack piano, while Flea from Atoms for Peace is on bass and trumpet [top audio].

The score includes a languorous, highly engaging, brush stroked “harmon” muted close mic’ed-led Wynton Marsalis mournful instrumental arrangement for jazz group of Yorke’s composition [above audio].

Pulled By Magnets Invite Them In

exclusive Seb Rochford’s new band the trio Pulled by Magnets who play the EFG London Jazz Festival this autumn are issuing a limited edition 7” single titled Invite Them In. On the b side there is an alternate version of the piece played by guest Kit Downes on organ. Invite Them In will be issued by German indie Tak:Til in November. “The 7” is still in production,” says Silvij Skok from the label. A Pulled by Magnets album is to follow in February 2020.

Jean Toussaint

Among upcoming releases look out for a new release from Jean Toussaint. David Lyttle of Lyte records confirms a plan in an email: “I will be releasing Jean Toussaint’s next album later in the year.” 

Lyte Records signed saxophonist Jean Toussaint back in 2013 and released his first record as a leader since 2010's Live in Paris and London in February 2014. 

Toussaint’s first album for Lyte was Tate Song, the title of the album took its name from Jean’s son, a Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt-influenced folk-blues singer and guitarist.

The St Thomas born London based Toussaint made his name with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 1980s appearing on such records as New York Scene and Blue Night, and as a leader Toussaint’s own albums include The Street Above the Underground, which won the prestigious best album category at the first BBC Jazz Awards. 

Toussaint is also a leading jazz educator and the Berklee educated player has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at Trinity Laban in London, and in Ireland on faculty at the Sligo Jazz Project. 

Jean Toussaint, above. Facebook pic.

Wednesday 25 September 
KASIA PIETRZKO TRIO, XAVI TORRES, FAMILY BAND 

Bands from... Poland, Spain and Great Britain... 

Thursday 26 September
ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, KATU KAIKU, SKETCHBOOK QUARTET 

... Northern Ireland, Finland and Austria...  

Friday 27 September
FILIPPO VIGNATO TRIO, TRIO HEINZ HERBERT, IKARAI 
... Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands...

Saturday 28 September
JUNO, NO TONGUES, THE BRUMS 
... Norway, France and Belgium
• For full details see the Bimhuis website  

Sheffield logo

Lots of new bands flicker on the Sheffield scene activity radar coming up including appearances at the Lescar by Elegies, Rafe’s Dilemma and relative veterans Sloth Racket. Bobtail appear later in the series, as do Forj and towards the end of September Archipelago x J Frisco. Full details via the Jazz at the Lescar website.

Michel Reis

Not a lot to go on so far about Short Stories by Michel Reis, the cover of which is above. To be issued in mid-October by Italian label CAM Jazz it is solo piano only and of the pieces eight were written before going into the studio, the remaining six are free improvisations. Reis is from Luxembourg and studied classical piano, jazz piano, composition and theory in Luxembourg and Boston at Berklee before moving to New York. He will be playing in trio mode under the Reis Demuth Wiltgen auspices in Liverpool at the Capstone theatre on 15 November. Tickets.

 

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Ten shows from across the BBC, Jazz FM, NTS, RTÉ and NPR. Tune in.

Jumoké Fashola: link 

Ruth Fisher: link 

Linley Hamilton: link

John Kelly: link   

Jez Nelson: link 

Gilles Peterson: link 

Christian McBride: link 

Helen Mayhew: link 

Phil Smith: link 

Clare Teal: link 

Jumoké Fashola, above, pictured at the EFG London Jazz Festival launch in 2018. photo: marlbank

Scott Flanigan et al

“The album,” the Belfast scene pianist, composer and organist Scott Flanigan, pictured above second from right, says, asked about his latest plans “will be called Clouded Lines, and it’s named after the suite of music co-commissioned by Moving On Music and the PRS Foundation. After a successful tour of Ireland in March, it’s now ready to be recorded. The suite, in three parts, was written with guitarist Ant Law in mind, and reflects an interest in hard swinging jazz… with a few noisier tunes in there too. The rest of the band includes two of Ireland’s finest rhythm section players: Dave Redmond on the bass and Kevin Brady on the drums.”

photo: courtesy Scott Flanigan 

Coming up in Band on the Wall, are: Sarathy Korwar (26 September), Kurt Rosenwinkel Bandit 65 (29 September), Joe Armon-Jones (11 October) and AKA trio (21 November). Tabla player Sarathy Korwar released his second studio album in July titled More Arriving, which marked a switch from Gearbox Records to the Leaf Label. Korwar’s website noted ahead of release: “This is not necessarily a record of unity; it is an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, and as such is a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.” Click to book ahead via the Band on the Wall, Manchester website.

A new chapter begins. Historic first Hancock institute competition. Details via the press release: 

2019 Guitar Competition To Take Place December 2-3 in Washington, D.C.

Applications due October 11, 2019

Washington, D.C —The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition will be presented on December 2-3 in Washington, D.C. Open to musicians age 30 and under from across the globe, this year’s competition will shine a spotlight on the guitar.

For over three decades, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Competition played a pivotal role in identifying and empowering the next generation of jazz musicians, educators, and influencers. Building upon this important legacy, the newly minted Hancock Institute Competition represents a changing of the guard for one of the jazz world’s most renowned institutions.

The Semifinals of the 2019 Guitar Competition will be held on Monday, December 2nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Institution. The semifinalists will compete before an all-star panel of judges including jazz guitarists Stanley JordanRussell MalonePat MethenyChico PinheiroLee Ritenourand John Scofield. Each semifinalist will perform for 15 minutes accompanied by a professional rhythm section.

From this group, the judges will select three finalists who will perform in the final round at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, December 3rd. At stake is more than $150,000 in scholarships and prizes, including a $30,000 first place scholarship and guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group; a $15,000 second place scholarship; and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

According to Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, whose career epitomizes the ideals of the jazz tradition and innovation, “We look forward to discovering and hearing from the next generation of young jazz guitarists, with their innovative styles and unique approach to the music. We are particularly excited to pay homage to the guitar, which has a rich and colorful history that continues to play a pivotal role in the development of jazz. I have no doubt that this year’s Competition will show that the future of this instrument, and of our music, is in good hands.”

 

One of the biggest jazz festivals of the autumn is held each year in Barcelona. Check out the line-up for the 2019 running via its website. Herbie Hancock for instance appears on 26 October... Dave Douglas and Uri Caine on 29 October... Lizz Wright on 3 November... Makaya McCraven on 7 November... Joe Lovano and Trio Tapestry are in the Catalonian capital on 12 November... Angélique Kidjo appears on 19 November.

From Cream to Fela to Jazz Confusion. One of the greats, obviously. Listen again, again. And — again. 

Victoria Geelan

The Fermanagh Live Arts festival launch events are on 20 September to be headlined by trumpeter Linley Hamilton who will the following month be appearing as a headliner at the Cork jazz festival. Fermanagh Live festival highlights include the Dawn to Dusk poetry celebration, John Kelly reading from Notions + Irish traditional music star Gaby McArdle, jazz singer Victoria Geelan, a chess championship, jazz brunch, and the launch of Notes From Africa by Jenny Cathcart. Victoria Geelan, above, publicity photo. Festival website. Dates are 2-10 October.

Courtney Pine touring coming up includes three nights at the Boisdale Canary Wharf restaurant venue in London from 2-4 October; the sold out Ronnie Scott’s 60th Albert Hall concert on 30 October; and on 31 October an appearance at St George’s, Bristol


The erudite Anthems is to be released at the end of September on the Sunnyside label. Seems a significant release although there is only one track from Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield’s Persona to go on so far — delivered in for want of a better term, a “New Melodic” style: let’s shrink the wait for more somehow by repeated play and a little contemplation. That heard pedal point framework is a siren to an essence of song. 

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At last: to be released by DeepMatter on 20 September voilà PYJÆN: after a lot of promise on the singles so far. Leaning towards prog jazz-rock (Polar Bear at the jazziest end, Dream Theater the proggiest) on their latest sounds, but with a very individual and fresh attitude. 

The five-piece: Dani Diodato, guitar; Dylan Jones, trumpet; Ben Vize, saxophone; Charlie Hutchinson, drums; Benjamin Crane, bass; arrived first on the marlbank new band radar last year when they were touring. As mentioned back then: They can do hard blowing Brecker-esque tenor, Byron Wallen-like trumpet, wiry guitar, rapport, flow, ladlings of Afrobeat, an energetic pulsing undertow to boot: these guys are not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. A London five-piece formed via friendship and study at the Trinity Laban conservatoire in Greenwich. Vize is a new star in the making. Surely his and their profile will soar given a bit of luck. There is also a lot of stimulating heat rising from the drums. Hutchinson makes me want to listen to a bunch of Greg Bissonette solos. Yep, it cooks.

While they can do all the above the direction is clearly more in a unique prog-jazz space and moves that style on a bit since the last innovations were made by World Service Project. Could PYJÆN be the Colosseum of 2019? Tremble at that crazy prospect.