Side by Side 2014-15
An EMJAZZ artist development project which each year matches one the region's best bands with one of the UK's leading jazz musicians. Last summer New Bag (Andrew Wood, Hugh Pascal, Martyn Spencer, Matt Ratcliffe) was selected from several applicants and after some discussion with the band Julian Siegel was selected as their "Side by Side" mentor. Originally from Nottingham Julian's outstanding playing and writing for Partisans, his quartet wnd his international trio has earned him recognition one of Europe's leading saxophonists. The four members of New Bag are also all composers. Charts have been exchanged and discussed and rehearsals are scheduled for September with gigs scheduled in Nottingham on October 8th and Derby on October 9th.
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