The Jazzlines Month - November 2013

Jazzlines has a very full and varied programme in November…it is difficult to know where to start.

Before we head in to the live music on offer this month, a special mention of the Paul Dunmall At 60 gig which took place in late October. BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3 team were in attendance to record the performance, for broadcast last night (Tuesday 5 November). The programme also features a short interview with the Jazz Breakfast’s Peter Bacon and airplay of a track from BBC Performing Arts Fellow Jonathan Silk’s debut album.

Listen back to Paul Dunmall at 60 on Jazz on 3

The concert I personally am most looking forward to is The Langston Project at mac on Tuesday 5 November. The project is an Anglo-French project set up by Jazzlines with two French players and two British players, funded by the Jazz Shuttle scheme and the French funding body SACEM.

The composer Hasse Poulsen, who is actually Danish, but based in Paris, has taken some of the poems of Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance poet of the 40s and 50s, and converted them into songs. The quartet with vocalist Elaine Mitchener, bass player Luc Ex and drummer Mark Sanders, have worked together over five days of rehearsal and have produced music of great excitement and quality.

My review of the premiere in Pantin, Paris is available to read over on The Jazz Breakfast.

There is also a very special day at Town Hall on Sunday 3 November as part of RISK, the two days devoted to risk, improvisation and spontaneity. It is a wonderfully compatible afternoon of music with Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang at 2pm and the Australian piano trio The Necks. Both groups show how jazz was transformed by Miles Davis’ seminal Kind of Blue album with Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang playing beautiful haunting music in which Jan reacts electronically to Arve’s unique sound and solos on trumpet, and the Necks playing in each set an improvised piece that is different and unique on every occasion.

Jazzlines presents the second in The Hour series on Thursday 7 November 2013 with the Walsall Jazz Orchestra.

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela returns to Birmingham on Saturday 16 November for the first time since his triumphant concert with Town Hall Gospel Choir and the CBSO in 2010 at Symphony Hall. He is in a rather smaller format this time, in duo with jazz pianist Larry Willis, no doubt we will see all the energy, the wit, and the awesome playing which has marked him out as one of the world’s great musicians. Zena Edwards will be in support.

We are running a Jazz Discovery Day for the first time on Saturday 9 November at the CBSO Centre. It is an introduction to the music of the great composer and bass player Charles Mingus. The day is curated by Alyn Shipton, presenter of BBC’s Jazz Record Requests, and will also involve bass player Dave Green and members of the Arnie Somogyi band playing examples of the Mingus repertoire. This is followed by the evening concert with Arnie Somogyi’sScenes in the City band playing a concert entirely devoted to the music of Mingus. You can of course attend the concert without going to the Discovery Day.

Two other very special concerts: we are picking up from the London Jazz Festival the Double Trio with two amazing trios: the Alexander Schlippenbach Trio featuring Evan Parker, and the Noszferatu Trio. This concert is part of the Birmingham Conservatoire Frontiers season. This is on Tuesday 19 November at CBSO Centre and is followed on Saturday 30 November, also at the same venue, by Stan Sulzmann’s big band, The Neon Orchestra.

Finally we have a great club date with the esoteric Shatner’s Bassoon with support from Chris Mapp at the Hare & Hounds on Thursday 28 November 2013.

– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazz Adviser

Details of all Jazzlines events can be found here