New Soho theatre The Boulevard Theatre on the site of the old Raymond Revue Bar has announced a late-night offering of music, comedy and cabaret running from Wednesday-Saturday straight after its nightly theatre shows. Soho Sounds: Jazz will run every Wednesday night weekly from 6 November – 18 December showcasing the best UK and international performers. The house trio will be Alex Webb (piano), Andy Champion (bass), and Pete Hill (drums). For the first season, composer, pianist and arranger Alex Webb will curate the night. Confirmed performers for the autumn include David McAlmont, China Moses, Jo Harrop, Vimala Rowe and singer-songwriter Anna Ross.
Engrossing free jazz listen from the Christina Dahl Quartet and their new album Quintesse to be released on the venerable Storyville album at the end of this month. Saxist Dahl is joined by guitarist Niclas Knudsen, Nils Bosse Davidsen, on bass & cello, and Espen Laub von Lillienskjold on drums playing Dahl compositions.
Quite taken by this, Mattson 2 are a psychedelic jazz duo comprising identical twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson. The guitar-drums ’n’ moody vocals toting outfit have supported GoGo Penguin on tour in the States and Paradise just released is making waves in the US. Uncannily you could be into indie rock, or see yourself as a Yo La Tengo or Coltrane fan (they do their own out-of-the-ballpark take on A Love Supreme live), and get something different out of this. Only a matter of time before they play the UK, surely.
PRS Foundation and the Steve Reid Foundation have announced that the next deadline for the Steve Reid Innovation award is 8 August. It is an initiative for emerging artists worth up to £1,500 to assist with creative goals and career development and including mentoring from an experienced, successful working artist. Open to anyone based in the UK who writes and performs their own music and is currently unsigned and unmanaged. Submit links to your music as well as a three-minute video which explains your career to date, and how funding and mentoring would help with your creative development via: http://bit.ly/SRIAapply with the final deadline for submissions of Thursday 8 August 2019, 6pm.
Brazilian singer-pianist Eliane Elias has a new orchestral project just announced which is to be released in the late-summer.
Love Stories sung mostly in English, features three original compositions plus seven arrangements of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
With Elias on the album, which is to be released by Concord at the end of August, are Marcus Texiera on guitar and Edu Ribeiro, Rafael Barata and Celso Almeida on drums – plus her core collaborators, her husband co-producer and bassist Marc Johnson and co-producer Steve Rodby. The orchestrations are by long-term associate Rob Mathes. Roberto Menescal guests on ‘Little Boat.’
Elias (photo above: Bob Wolfenson/Concord) plays the London Jazz Festival this year appearing at the Barbican on 22 November.