A year on from the Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender, we present a full day of music using the Main Hall for many of the performances.
12.15- 1.45 pm – FIRE STATION FREE STAGES
Singers from the above workshop will kick off the Free Stage programme with a short performance followed by a second band tbc.
2- 5.30 pm – MAIN HALL – Tickets £12 +bf
ZOE GILBY AND ANDY CHAMPION
Singer Zoe Gilby appears here with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion, to create beautifully integrated music, breathing fresh life into the familiar as well as heading off into new territory. Inspired by the legendary American singer, Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe and highlights Zoe’s ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.
“The instinctive interplay between the two performers and the opportunity it gives Zoe Gilby to display her vocal improvisational skills and subtle lyrical interpretations of well-chosen songs and Andy Champion to foreground all the possibilities of his double bass.” Sheila Jordan?? CHECKED
TOMMY SMITH AND BRIAN KELLOCK
Saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock are Scotland’s international jazz ambassadors, wowing audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Individually their musicianship and dedication have brought them awards including an OBE for Smith in 2019, and the Best Instrumentalist title for Kellock at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019. Expect revitalised standards and ballads played with passion and tenderness, presented by musicians with a friendship and professional relationship of thirty years’ standing.
While travelling the world as a member of US jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny’s quartet, British pianist Gwilym Simcock used time away from the stage to compose pieces that have become his second solo album, Near and Now (ACT 2019). Each piece is dedicated to a fellow pianist — Billy Childs, Brad Mehldau, Russell Ferrante, Egberto Gismonte and his first jazz teacher, Les Chisnall. The music has Simcock’s signature sound of rich, modern harmony, driving rhythm, and melodic narrative. This concert will feature some of the music from the new solo album alongside other original pieces and standards.
“Gwilym Simcock is a stupendous improviser and remarkable musician all round … left alone with a piano, he creates music which is neither jazz nor classical but simply itself.”
Dave Gelly, The Observer
5.45- 7.15 pm – FIRE STATION FREE STAGE
ABBIE FINN TRIO
Leeds College of Music graduates and rising stars Abbie Finn (drums) and Harry Keeble (tenor sax) feature in this new trio with veteran bassist Paul Grainger, playing a mix of Latin tunes, music by artists such as Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon, plus a couple of originals. The trio has played throughout the North East including at Newcastle’s Globe and at DJAZZ 2019, where a stellar review by Russell Corbett marked the show a masterclass in straight ahead jazz.
HAND TO MOUTH
A chance gig between guitarist Bradley Johnston & singer Lindsay Hannon led to a discovery of a mutual love of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, and their appreciation for albums “Take Love Easy” and “Fitzgerald and Pass…Again” inspired them to join forces and recreate some classic hits, such as “A Foggy Day”, “That Old Feeling” and “The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)”.
“A brilliant young guitarist” – The Crack Magazine
“A voice soulful, brooding & unselfconscious in its longing” – Jazz Journal
7.30 pm – MAIN HALL Tickets £15 +bf
SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring Brian Kellock
It’s time to swing, as the award winning Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with pianist Brian Kellock invite you to celebrate the extraordinary music of three great jazz legends: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller. Pivotal to the evolution of 20th Century orchestral jazz, Basie, Ellington and Waller created music that defined an era and left a legacy of wonderful tunes.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have chosen a fabulous range of pieces with which to pay their respects and thrill the audience – foot tapping favourites, infectious swing, mellow mood and contemporary jazz – including tracks such as Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky, Ellington’s famous Daybreak Express and Single Petal of a Rose and Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Honeysuckle Rose.
Great swing means everything in orchestral jazz and the repertoires of Basie, Ellington and Waller have it in enormous bundles of unbridled joy.
Sunday 27 October 2019 - Sunday 27 October 2019
£15.00 +booking fee