Jazz Weekender: Jazz North Presents Alt-Shift-J

Date: Friday 19 October 2018
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Crypt
Tickets: £10.00 + booking fee

Please note: This event will be set up as unreserved Cabaret Style seating 

The first Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender gets off to a high-energy start with a four-part series of contrasting contemporary bands from across the North and beyond, as part of the initiative ‘Alt-Shift-J’ aiming to involve more young people in jazz, developed by the development agency Jazz North. The project will also involve some of the band members working with local young singers and musicians.  The bands include:

Break Out Brass Band: the UK’s first all-female New Orleans Brass Band in its debut season featuring great brass players from across the North and beyond.

BREAK OUT BRASS —> Subway Gawdz (Too Many Zooz)

Here's a short vid from our debut performance @ Hare & Hounds Kings Heath on 23/3/18. We’ll be @ Durham Brass Festival 16th-22nd July and @ Manchester Jazz Festival on 28/7/18!!Creds to Birgography for the incredible video!

Posted by Break Out Brass Band on Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Ubunye: (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (who are now Huddersfield-based) with gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi (traditional Zulu music) and Afro-pop.

Ubunye – "I'll Sing For You"

Ubunye live at Garforth Arts Festival.

Posted by UBUNYE-Unity on Sunday, 29 January 2017

Roller Trio:  this groundbreaking trio from Leeds have recently launched their progressive and powerful 3rd album ‘New Devices’ on Edition Records. The line-up includes Chris Sharkey, guitarist, composer and educator at the cutting-edge of contemporary guitar improv, alongside James Mainwaring, saxophone & electronics and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums. Their mix of high octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their Jazz heritage, bringing them acclaim from fans and critics alike. Their debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and the band were also nominated for MOBO’s Best Jazz Act that same year. http://rollertrioband.bandcamp.com/

Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before, with a distinctive blend of rocking energy and precise dynamics, infectious floor-filling rhythms, and generous individual freedom and tight collective interplay. Embracing modern textures and techniques while acknowledging and celebrating their big band lineage, they’ve earned a reputation for a joyful interaction between audience and band, with songs to make you think, dance, laugh and cry.

A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene and one of the most striking ensembles of its kind, the group continues to win new fans and friends across Europe and beyond. Beats & Pieces is not an average ‘big band’ – rather a band that’s big.

“Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” Jez Nelson, BBC Jazz on 3

There hasn’t been a ‘live’ British big band since Loose Tubes with the same degree of energetic spontaneity and enjoyment of performing as this one” Jazzwise

Video at http://beatsnpieces.net/videos/