1pm Atlantic Crossover

Jim Corry (alto sax), James Russell (baritone), Stuart McDonald (tenor), Steve Parry (trumpet), Jamil Sheriff (piano), Richard Hammond (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums)

Atlantic Crossover is the renewed version and second wave of A ‘Tribute to Atlantic Jazz’ who after over 6 years of being apart have revived the project and are now taking the original idea and concept to deeper depths. Still retaining its appealing soulful driving front line power combined with a dynamic and exciting rhythm section, expect to be taken on a journey further into the Atlantic Sound.

Their first album by A Tribute to Atlantic Jazz ‘One by One’ was recorded live over three nights, with the aim of capturing the authentic Atlantic big band-like sound and ensemble power whilst still offering a deceptively loose framework for individual solos and improvisation. The ensemble was put together by Jim Corry and James Russell to pay tribute to the record label that in the 1960’s and early 70’s embraced the period of ‘soul jazz’, and with it a new generation of jazz musicians emerging at this time. The intention of the ensemble was do just that. To honour these musicians and the musical legacy they left, to perform some of their arrangements alongside some new and original ones and to present a swinging, soulful programme that had an instinctive emotional appeal and bringing their unique style of jazz to a wider audience. The recording is dedicated to the memory of David Fathead Newman, Hank Crawford, and Freddie Hubbard whose music and influence inspired this project. To order a copy please visit the contact page, cart and purchasing coming soon.

2.30 Jami Sheriff – Rafe’s Dilemma

Jamil Sheriff (Electric Piano and Synthesiser), Katie Patterson (Drums and Percussion), Nel Begley (Voice), Sam Vicary (Bass).

Born and bred in Bolton, LCoM staff member Jamil says ‘I’m proud to have been invited to compose the suite in tribute to Bill Naughton’s work as a writer of stories, novels, plays and filmscripts inspired by his life in Bolton.’

Jazz UK add ‘Sheriff shows himself to be a constantly inventive arranger. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, he’ll come up with something fresh.’

4.00pm Ian Shaw 

Ian Shaw vocals, Barry Green piano,  Mick Hutton bass, Dave Ohm drums. Support from the Jazz Leeds Voices Choir conducted by Nicki Allan

Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

He will be featuring songs from his new album Shine Sister Shine which he describes as “a celebration of the actions and art of extraordinary women”. Its political content, a response to recent world events and their effects on women, particularly refugees, alongside whom Shaw has worked for the last two years, is is described by novelist Stella Duffy as  “an album crammed with sharp pain, deeply felt, then countered with resonant soaring hope…”

Ian Shaw is a fabulous singer whatever the musical genre, equally at home with jazz, pop or soul. He is a good pianist too though for the Leeds concert he will be supported by a fine trio of  Barry Green, piano; Mick Hutton, bass; and Dave Ohm, drums.    

Bearing some resemblance to the comedian Dara Ó Briain and with a wit to match, it’s intriguing to learn that Ian Shaw began his career not as a musician but in the alternative cabaret circuit. He’s a very versatile singer, twice winner of the BBC Best Jazz Vocalist Awards.

Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck.

Pianist Barry Green has been a well-kept secret on the British jazz scene for the past few years. He has a knack of playing phrases that make singers sound even better. The superb Mick Hutton is on bass and Dave Ohm on drums. Ian asked for a choir to support him on few of his tunes as well – so of course we’ve offered him the Leeds Jazz Voices Choir!