JAZZ WEEK 2005
Jazz Week was a huge success with most concerts being completely sold out. There were no spare tickets available
for Acoustic Ladyland/Tom Cawley, Gwyneth Herbert, Alan Barnes/EMYJO, Alex Wilson
or the Sunday All Day Event.
In addition, the BBC Big Band concert, although not sold out (it was in a 1200 seat venue), had the biggest paying
audience for a Derby Jazz event to date. This concert was broadcast on "Big Band Special" - BBC Radio 2 - as
three half-hour programmes.
Reviews: Acoustic Ladyland
Alan Barnes/EMYJO BBC Big Band/Phil Robson
Sunday All-Day Event
Below are details of the whole of the Jazz Week 2005 programme.
Wednesday 13th April 2005
ACOUSTIC LADYLAND + TOM CAWLEY SOLO SET
SUSUMI, The Wardwick
Young Jazz Musician of the Year and Perrier Award winner Tom Cawley has
been with Acoustic Ladyland since they burst onto the jazz scene playing their
unusual and entertaining arrangements of Jimi Hendrix tunes in 2001. Founded by
another Young Jazz Musician of the year saxophonist Pete Wareham the band is
completed by ex-Tomorrow's Warriors bassist Tom Herbert, and Seb Rochford, a
drummer whose originality and versatility have made him a favourite at SUSUMI.
So far Acoustic Ladyland have played three residencies at Ronnie Scott's, released a highly
acclaimed first album (Camouflage on Babel) which has been voted best UK jazz CD of the year by JAZZWISE
and made several memorable broadcasts on Jazz on 3.
Tom Cawley's solo keyboard set is a new project especially commissioned
for Derby Jazz Week.
Read more at: www.babellabel.co.uk and
Recent Review: John Fordham - The Guardian
Thursday 14th April 2005
Guildhall Theatre, Market Place, Derby
One of Michael Parkinson's favourites Gwyneth recently opened the London
Jazz Festival with a full house at the Royal Festival Hall. She learned her
craft in small gigs around London¹s jazz bars and the jazz club circuit.
A true jazz singer who can both breathe fresh life into jazz standards
and turn great songs by Neil Young, Tom Waits, Portishead and Janis Ian into
jazz. Her band Tom Cawley on piano, Fender Rhodes and Hammond, John Parricelli
on guitar, Mark Hodgson at the bass and drummer Simon Lea all have serious jazz
credentials, just like their leader.
Lots more about Gwyneth at: www.gwynethherbert.com
Friday 15th April 2005
BBC BIG BAND featuring PHIL ROBSON
Assembly Rooms - Great Hall
A special concert recording for BBC Radio 2's Big Band Special this
concert will feature the UK's most versatile jazz guitarist Phil
Robson, some new music commissioned by Derby Jazz Week from Phil
Robson and music from the jazzier end of the band¹s outstanding
A great big band needs great charts, outstanding players and plenty
of work. Well this is one of the busiest bands in UK music. Their
book includes original pieces and arrangements by Duke Ellington,
Count Basie, Thad Jones, Vince Mendoza and many others.
Regular members of the band include Gerard Presencer on trumpet, trombonist
Anthony Wood, saxophonist Vic Ash, Anthony Kerr on vibraphone and
the fantastic rhythm section of Jim Watson at the piano, Jeremy
Brown on bass and Tom Gordonon drums. All of which adds up to great
BBC Big Band: www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bigband
Phil Robson: www.babellabel.co.uk
Saturday 16th April 2005 2pm
ALAN BARNES with the EAST MIDLANDS YOUTH JAZZ
Assembly Rooms - Darwin Suite
It's been a great year for the ever improving EMYJO. Their outstanding
gig with Alex Wilson during last year¹s Derby Jazz Week led to another
appearance with Alex at the Lincoln Jazz Festival. That was followed in January
by a concert at the International Jazz Education Conference in Long Beach
Alan Barnes, long admired for his swinging, casual mastery of the alto,
tenor and baritone saxophones and clarinet is now developing a reputation
as a first rank jazz composer.
Derby Jazz Week has commissioned Alan Barnes to write some new music for
EMYJO. During February and March he will be leading their rehearsals in
preparation for this concert which will feature jazz with a railway theme
including classic tunes from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Gerry Mulligan.
Alan Barnes website: www.alan-barnes.co.uk
EMYJO website: www.emyjo.co.uk
Saturday 16th April 2005 5pm
EVAN PARKER, SEYMOUR WRIGHT
Derby Dance Centre Theatre
A pioneer of freely improvised music in the 1960s saxophonist Evan Parker
has developed his own unique style of improvisation on both tenor
and soprano saxophone and is one of the most original and influential voices in contemporary music. Worldwide interest in Evan¹s
music has never been greater but international commitments have
limited his UK appearances in recent years.
As a teenager improvising saxophonist Seymour Wright saw and heard Evan
Parker perform for Derby Jazz. Since then he has lived and played improvised
music in Beijing, Tokyo and London.
Evan and Seymour represent the first and latest generations of
improvising jazz musicians.
If you do a Google search for Evan parker you'll get 66,800 hits. We recommend trying these sites:
All About Jazz
and European Free Improv.
You can also view video of Evan and Seymour on Misha David's site
Saturday 16th April 2005 8pm
ALEX WILSON'S R&B LATINO PROJECT
Assembly Rooms - Darwin Suite
With its full brass section, a massed array of Cuban percussion and a
front line combining the sinewy vocals of Colombian Alfonso de Jesus with the
soul jazz vibes of Mary Pierce this band is made for dancing. Frequent visits
to Cuba and New York keep Alex up to speed with the latest salsa trends and
regular festival gigs all over Europe keep the band hot.
We had to turn people away from this band's gig at Derby Dance Centre
last year. We are looking to offer an even better gig to an even bigger crowd this year.So we've moved it to a larger
venue with more seats, more room for dancing, a sprung dance floor, bigger PA and a raised stage.
You can sort out your dance floor moves at Derby Dance Centre's weekly Salsa classes on Thursday evenings from 7.30
- all levels catered for £4.50 (£4 concessions)
Alex Wilson's website: www.alexwilson.info
Sunday 17th April 2005
All Day Event
Derby Dance Centre
2.15pm & 3pm
THE GO ANYWHERE BAND + ASTERDALE JUNIOR SCHOOL CHOIR
Tthis band was specially formed to take jazz all over the city.
As part of Derby Jazz's Giant Steps Education project and the
Keynotes Singing Communities project The Go Anywhere Band, led by Jon
Eno, has introduced over 2000 junior school
children to jazz over the last 12 months.
4pm Studio Theatre
COREY MWAMBA'S SYMBIOSIS ENSEMBLE
Commissioned by the prestigeous Decibel project, Nature’s Glory, Fancy’s
a jazz suite for twelve piece ensemble and
narrator, is composer, vibraphone player Corey Mwamba’s most ambitious and
successful project to date. Inspired by the English 18th century African-born
literary figure, composer, one-time slave and black history icon Ignatius
Sancho the suite features exciting jazz solos, arrangements of Sancho’s own
songs and Corey’s own compositions.
5.30pm The Glasshouse Cafe
TROIS THREE TRES
Formed early last year, the Jazz-Funk group Trois-Three-Tres is the brainchild of
Miguel Gonzales (Bass Guitar) and Bruno Viala (Saxophones).
John Rowland (drums) completes the trio. The personal dynamics between the three players adds to the intensity and
spontaneity of their unique sound.
Melodic jazz phrasing against an intense barrage of funky bass lines and hard driving drum fills gives the listener
an irresistible urge to sway
with the pulse.
Three musicians, three cultures, one music… Trois-Three-Tres
CREATIVE PERCUSSION DISCUSSION
Walt Shaw leads a group from this Derby Jazz education project.
6.45pm Studio Theatre
JOHN BAILEY TRIO
A new trio led by an exceptional young pianist who has come
through the ranks of East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra
7.45pm Glasshouse Cafe
Music from Derby Jazz's Saturday Morning Jazz School.
8.45pm Studio Theatre
Richard's trio with Geoff Pearson on bass and Mike Say at the
drums was crucial in the early careers of Dave O'Higgins and Phil Robson
9.45pm The Glasshouse Cafe
JAZZ WEEK JAM
An extended jam session featuring musicians from all of today’s bands,
young musicians from East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and Derby Jazz’s Giant
Steps education project and other Derby Jazz favourites.
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