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Leeds University Union Big Band @Seven Arts 13 May 2018 1.30pm

 

Leeds University Union (LUU) Big Band Sunday 13 May @Seven Arts Doors 1.30pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

The LUU Big Band plays a wide variety of dance band/big band repertoire including swing, funk and jazz. Formed in 1987 as part of the Leeds University Union Music Society they have moved from its humble beginnings to an independent, semi-professional band gigging around Leeds, the wider Yorkshire area and further afield.

This 22 piece Big Band plucks the best jazz players from the University of Leeds to play for the forthcoming year. The repertoire features tunes by the likes of Count Basie and Thad Jones, and with Big Band arrangments of pop tunes ranging from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.

 

 

Andy Schofield with Jamil Sheriff Trio @Inkwell 6 May

***CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

Andy Schofield sax with the Jamil Sheriff trio

Andy is a saxophonist/composer/arranger from Manchester, now living in Prague. He has been active on the UK jazz scene for many years and was a long-time member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, working alongside such international artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, John Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs and Vince Mendoza.

Andy Schofield Sunday afternoon May 6 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (concessions including performers)

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts

Tom Ridout saxophones and recorders, Rob Luft guitars, Will Barry piano and Rhodes , Flo Moore electric basses, Phelan Burgoyne drums , Billy Marrows guitar, Anastasia Stahlmann  lead violin, Didier Osindero 2nd violin, Anita Kurowska  viola, Cecilia Bignall  ‘cello , Alexandra Ridout  flugel and trumpet, Anna Drysdale french horn, Elliot Pooley trombone.

Tom Ridout is a 23 year old saxophonist/recorder player and composer from London. “No Excuses” is his 13 piece ensemble with influences including jazz, folk, 60’s rock/pop and early 20th century tonal classical music. It includes some of the brightest young jazz musicians on the London jazz scene at the moment such as Alexandra Ridout winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2017. 

 

Tom Ridout was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016,Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts

FRIDAY 4 May @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Stan Sutzmann tenor sax, Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums

Saxman Stan Sulzmann joins the Swiss trio “Vein”, to produce a powerful, passionate quartet. A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock. Vein are a magnificent Swiss trio led by one of the best drummers in Europe, Florian Arbenz

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader. Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album “Subjekt” explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival. Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.

‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ John Kelman

Vein are a great trio with drummer Florian Arbenz at the helm.  Arguably one of the best drummers in Europe and winner of a European Culture Award, Florian is joined by his brother Michael Arbenz on piano, for whom too international stardom beckons.  The trio is complete with bassist Thomas Lähns who equally deserves the prodigy status.

Today most jazz piano trios are deeply attached to musical interplay (And yet, even with the most subtle, most distinguished form of interplay there is always one in the trio who plays the part of the primus inter pares – the pianist, of course (usually and by definition leader of the group). That’s exactly where pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns come up with their own idea of musical interplay. In fact, what they aim to achieve with their music is the greatest possible balance of their three voices – starting with the way they work out their own compositions and arrangements, and going right through to the soloistic parts, fully assigned to all three of them. The result is impressive musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision even in the most complex, distorted and twisted passages of their compositions, arrangements and solos.

“Another European piano trio and yet another fresh angle on this time-honoured instrumental format.

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Support Ozzy Moysey Ancient Infinity Orchestra 8-8.30pm James Milligan - Guitar, percussion, Joel Stedman - Bass Clarinet, Flute, percussion, Andy French - Tenor Sax, Flute, Joe Love - Drums, Elliot Roffe - Double bass, Giorgos Kravvaritis - Synth, Keys, Percussion, Gongs, Ozzy Moysey - Double bass, Cornet, Percussion, N'goni

Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts £16/14 (NUS £5)

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" @Inkwell 15 April 1.30pm

Alain Brenzikofer tenor saxophone, Florian Weiss trombone, Will Powell guitars, Matt Jenkins piano & Rhodes, Alexander Rawlinson bass, Mike Roy drums

Swiss saxman Alain Brenzikofer formed Tonejuice as an international band project consisting of six musicians from Switzerland and England including our own Will Powell on guitar. Tonejuice plays groove-centered music in a warm and dark mood, with deep ballads, bouncing rhythms, odd meters and modal harmony offer a tasty juice for brain, body and soul. 


The new album "Rouge Fonce" was given a 4**** star review in this months's Jazz Journal. "This Anglo- Swiss sextet play smouldering groove-based music with beguiling modal harmonies that suggest a soundtrack to a late night drive around a modern European city. I like it more each time I play it, as the snaky melodic hooks of the original compositions insinuate themselves. Up front Brenzikofer's sound has a mellow bur mellifluous tone...." Garry Booth

This roadtrip will start off in Switzerland and end in England. On the road, finest Tonejuice shall be served every night - a European project full of relish!

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" Sunday afternoon 15 April @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 students £5