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The Jazzlines Month - May 2013

The appointment of three Jazzlines Fellows, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and one Music Fellow supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, has had a significant and very welcome impact on the work of Jazzlines.

Each Jazzlines Fellow has begun the activity outlined in their proposal and are often to be seen composing or rehearsing around Symphony Hall’s spaces. Trumpeter Percy Pursglove has also been performing with the German WDR Radio Big Band in Cologne working with greats such as composer/arranger Vince Mendoza and drummer Peter Erskine. Watch Percy’s solo here.

Dan Nicholls has just released a new album on the Loop label; it’s called Ruins and is full of inventive writing and playing. Lluis Mather is relishing the opportunity to spend time in Symphony Hall rooms in a relaxed atmosphere that enables him to write the new work he is planning for his various ensembles. Lluis, along with Percy Pursglove will be performing at the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend with the Hans Koller Large Ensemble conducted by Mike Gibbs playing a set of arrangements by Mike of certain Gil Evans material plus versions of tunes by Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley and Mike himself. Our BBC Performing Arts Music FellowJonathan Silk has been rehearsing his big band and by the time this blog is published the band will have performed at the Spotted Dog Tuesday session

Jazzlines has a very strong programme of concerts this month which kicked off last night with Norwegian sax star Marius Neset. Read Peter Bacon’s stunning review of the gig on The Jazz Breakfasthere.

We’ll be rounding off the month at mac on Friday 31 May with Nikki Iles’ Printmakers. The latter is also a very strong line up with Nikki on piano and accordion, the great Norma Winstone on vocals, Mark Lockheart on sax, Mike Walker on guitar, Steve Watts on bass and James Maddren on drums.

In between time we have Roller Trio at the Hare & Hounds on Wednesday 29 May supported by Colin Mills’ Mendeleev Quartet. Roller Trio is another very exciting young band drawing a younger audience; they were nominated for last year’s Mercury Award and by all accounts gave the best live performance at the actual awards ceremony.

Other gigs to look out for are the Rachel Cohen Quartet at Bramall Music Building on Thursday 9 May, the Martin Trotman Band at the Jam House on Tuesday 21 May and the regular weekly Friday sessions at 5pm at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar.

Please note that Bryan Corbett’s date on Friday 31 May has been postponed to the Autumn – he will be replaced by the Chris Bowden Quartet.

– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazz Adviser

Details of all Jazzlines events can be found here