Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Venue: The Crypt
Tickets: £10.00 + booking fee
Please note: This event will be set up as unreserved Cabaret Style seating
A jazz-fuelled evening bringing together three contrasting bands from the north, Alt Shift J celebrates the diverse talent and excellence in contemporary jazz today.
For this special date the bands include:
Roller Trio: this ground-breaking trio from Leeds have recently launched their progressive and powerful 3rd album New Devices. Their mix of high-octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their jazz heritage, bringing them acclaim from fans and critics alike. The band’s debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and they were nominated for MOBO’s Best Jazz Act that same year. The line-up includes Chris Sharkey, guitarist, composer and educator at the cutting-edge of contemporary guitar improv, alongside James Mainwaring, saxophone and electronics, and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums.
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.
J Frisco: an award-winning avant-garde jazz trio featuring soprano saxophone, electric guitar, keyboards and vocals, they create improvised genre-fluid soundscapes and noise drawn from emotion, political, and gender issues. They thrive on challenging both their own and their audiences’ perceptions of time, space and sound. They have recently released their debut album naked available on all streaming platforms and, this year, are set to support Mercury nominees, Dinosaur.
A project taking place in four different regions in the north, Alt Shift J aims to inspire more young people to get involved in jazz as audience members, promoters and performers. Developed by Jazz North, this initative will see some of the band members from tonight’s gig working with local young singers and musicians from across the area.