We’re making a couple of trips to London over the next couple of weeks, and then again in November for a really exciting gig in the London Jazz Festival – read on for all the info!
Firstly on Thursday 28th, a few of us will be down to attend the London Awards for Art and Performance 2011, for which we’ve been shortlisted for the Jazz Award. You may remember me asking for you all to support us in the first stage of this process on twitter and facebook, and you responded amazingly – thanks so much! We had the highest number of votes by a considerable margin, you’re all legends… Now its down to the panel of esteemed judges, and of course we’ll let you know what happens on Thursday via all the usual channels so keep those eyes peeled.
Then on Wednesday August 3rd we’ll be back at Ronnie Scott‘s in a double bill with the fantastic Kairos 4tet during the annual Brit Jazz Fest that celebrates the best jazz the country has to offer – and we can’t wait… Remember that our gig in January with Get the Blessing sold out and we wouldn’t want anybody to miss out again, so get your tickets in now from here and we’ll see you there!
Looking a bit further ahead, we’re really pleased and honoured to have been included in a series of events at Kings Place during the London Jazz Festival in November. The festival website describes the series as ‘five massively talented groups and leaders – a meeting place for artists from the USA and Europe whose music stretches and probes the boundaries of jazz’ and there’s some stellar names involved… We’ll be playing on Saturday 19th November following gigs over the preceding few days by Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato and Rory Simmons’ Fringe Magnetic and we can’t wait! Tickets are already on sale, so again get em while they’re hot…
This time in 4 weeks I’ll probably be nursing a massive hangover as it will be the morning after the night before – the night before, of course, being Monday 13th June which is when we’ll be doing a really special live recording at the legendary Band on the Wall in Manchester. If you haven’t already don’t forget to get your tickets!
Adding to the excitement, here’s the poster design that you’ll shortly be seeing around and about Manchester, designed by Efpi Records‘ Artist in Residence Angela Guyton. I’ll buy a drink at the gig for the first person to tweet @beatsnpieces or facebook (here) a photo of one in the wild, so keep an eye out!
We’ve been talking about this behind the scenes for a while now but now I can at last let the cat out of the bag and announce that we’ll be doing a really special gig at the legendary Band on the Wall venue in Manchester on Monday 13th June that will be recorded for a live album release later in the year.
All of us in the band are really excited about this and we can’t wait! See you there…
There’s some great gigs happening in Manchester this week:
1) Tonight (Tuesday) at Sandbar we’ve got Chris Mapp’s Gambol from Birmingham playing as part of the Freedom Principle series of gigs run by Efpi Records – 8.30pm, £3 which also gets you a discount at the bar…
2) Tomorrow (Wednesday) Polar Bear are bringing their new collaboration with MC Jyager to Sound Control, with support from our good friends Gogo Penguin – the Penguins are on about 8pm, tickets are £10 + booking
3) Friday 18th – Beats & Pieces Big Band (thats us!) at the West Didsbury Club, M20 2LN. Come and say bye to us as we head off to Germany at the weekend for the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award next week – its free entry, with cheap beer too: happy days… Our set starts 8.30pm so don’t be late!
See you down the front at all three of these gigs!
Thanks so much to everybody who was at Ronnie Scott’s on Wednesday, we had a great time and can only hope that you enjoyed the set as much as we did! There’s some photos below and a copy of a review from today’s Times – you can also find it online here (behind the paywall though…)
UPDATE 2: So was The Guardian’s John Fordham – his review is online here or see below…
Excited about the Manchester Jazz Festival next month! Check out the youtube video above for a preview of what the festival is about, and keep an eye on the website at manchesterjazz.com in the next few days as the full lineup will be revealed very soon. Pleased to officially announce that we’ll be playing on the closing night of the festival on Saturday 31st July at the festival pavilion in Albert Square – this will be a bit of a party for us too as it will officially end our tour, back at the scene of our first ever gig at the festival only two years ago… See you there!
We’ll be playing in a big band double bill with the wonderful Alice Zawadzki who’ll be showing off her brand new 18 piece Sky Project, a collaboration with the equally wonderful Jo McCallum. You’ll also get to hear the exciting Sam Rapley/Adam Chatterton quartet.
The evening will be held at the West Didsbury Conservative Club, Burton Road, M20 2LN (map) and will begin at 8pm. Entry will be free, but we will be accepting donations if you enjoy the music!
See you there…