Friday, 28 October 2011
November is Jazz Festival month, and we have another really strong selection of bands for you.
The first gig of November features one of our favourite bands, the great duo of Paul Clarvis and Liam Noble (check out their album Starry Starry Night), alongside Southbound - made up of myself, Rob Cope on tenor, Tom Taylor on piano and Jon Ormston on drums.
Our first jazz festival gig is on the 13th features the star pianist Ivo Neame and his trio (Andrea DiBiase and Dave Hamblett) and my own band, Flea Circus - fresh from our debut album recording!
For the second LJF gig we welcome pianist and composer Hans Koller's quartet - an awesome line up including Percy Pursglove on bass / trumpet, François Théberge on tenor and Jeff Williams on drums. The first set will be from pianist Tom Taylor's brand new Octet with Josh Arcoleo on tenor, amongst others.
Finally, for the last gig of the month Dave Manington presents his Riff Raff band - with Brigitte Beraha (voice), Tom Challenger (tenor), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Ivo Neame (piano), Tim Giles (drums) and a new stellar duo from vibes player Lewis Wright and Kit Downes on piano.
As usual, we're on every Sunday, doors 7.30pm and a bargain £5 entry.
6- Liam Noble / Paul Clarvis + Southbound
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL:
13 - Ivo Neame Trio + Jack Davies' Flea Circus
20 - Hans Koller Quartet + Tom Taylor Octet
27- Dave Manington's 'Riff Raff' + Kit Downes / Lewis Wright
His trio is appearing this Sunday at the NLT, alongside Nadim Teimoori's ensemble which includes many of the younger jazz scene's brightest lights.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
The contract with a single "creative communications agency" to come up with the ideas for the recent "GREAT Britain" advertising campaign cost £600,000.
This is the initial contract only - and doesn't cover launch costs, or further developments of the campaign.
Some perspective: the best funded NPO for jazz is Serious, which will receive £449,302 in 2012/13.
Perhaps the DCMS should spend a bit more on the things they think are so great, rather than cutting the Arts Council's budget by 30%.
Friday, 21 October 2011
Our first joint NLT podcast comes from pianist Tom Taylor and saxophonist Tom Harrison ahead of their gig this Sunday. Also playing is a new trio led by Mike Chillingworth.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
In reply to my questions about the Arts Council's relatively small cut to its travel and food spend following a 30% total budget cut and the general imbalance in Grants for the Arts and RFO / National Portfolio funding, the Arts Council have sent me this response:
While it is interesting to note the success rate of jazz Grant for the Arts applications, in 2010 the Grants for Arts for jazz were just 13% of the total amount for classical music, opera and jazz.
Friday, 14 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Trumpeter Nick Smart is our latest NLT podcaster, and is playing at the NLT this coming Sunday. He talks about his band, Jazz Mantanzas, and the process of fusing Cuban and jazz music. Subscribe to the podcasts, free, here.
Quick note: Instead of All in One Helmet this Sunday, we have James Gardiner-Bateman's 'Demon Hell-Riders', featuring a burning (sorry) line-up of Josh Arcoleo, Alex Garnett, Lewis Wright, Calum Gourlay and James Maddren.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Monday, 3 October 2011
Last year saw a cut of 30% to Arts Council England's total budget, however, in the year following this announcement, there was just a 22% reduction in ACE's food and travel spending.
Total Arts Council England travel and food spending:
2009/10 - £1,254,896
2010/11 - £967,925
Travel and catering spending fell, while "subsistence" almost doubled to £79,448 from £41,795.
The total amount spent by the Arts Council on jazz is £1,170,000.
This year it was also announced that Jazz Services will have its budget reduced by a huge 30.3%.
October's Jazz @ the NLT started brilliantly last night with the first ever outing for Trish Clowes' 'The Odd Trio', and a set from pianist Alcyona Mick and drummer Paul Clarvis.
Next week (the 9th) we welcome bassist Ryan Trebilcock's 'Holler', with an unmissable line up of George Crowley on reeds, Lewis Wright on vibes, Hannes Riepler on guitar and Josh Morrison on drums. The other band will be the award winning drummer Dave Hamblett's Sextet, featuring a similarly starry band of Ivo Neame on piano, Josh Arcoleo and Joe Wright on tenors, Alex Munk on guitar and Calum Gourlay on bass.
On the 16th trumpeter and Head of Jazz at the Royal Academy Nick Smart returns with his stunning cuban / jazz outfit 'Jazz Mantanzas'. The first set will come from the brilliant alto player James Gardiner-Bateman's All in One Helmet, which comprises Freddie Gavita on trumpet, Pete Randall on bass and James Maddren on drums.
For the 23rd October we have two brand new bands fronted by alto players, one led by Mike Chillingworth and Josh Morrison, and the other a quartet featuring Tom Harrison, Tom Taylor, James Opstad and Dave Hamblett.
We're very excited to say the last gig of the month will be from trumpeter Chris Batchelor's band, with a first set from powerful tenor player Nadim Teimoori's eight-piece ensemble.
Hope you agree this looks set to be an amazing month of gigs, and don't forget to subscribe to our free podcasts on iTunes with band leaders talking about their music.
As ever, doors 7.30pm, £5 entry.