Jazz South is delighted to present a series of online broadcasts and events taking place from 22 – 30 April 2021, celebrating jazz talent across the South of England.
Jazz South Online Fest features filmed performances showcasing new music by talented composers selected for Jazz South’s Breakthrough and Radar Commissioning schemes, a podcast, two youth engagement projects with online workshops and gigs, plus a gig at Turner Sims on International Jazz Day.
Showcasing and celebrating jazz talent from emerging to established artists, the Festival offers music fans everywhere the opportunity to enjoy inspiring performances, plus workshops and other activities, culminating in a streamed gig on International Jazz Day from Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton.
Thursday 22 April 2021, 7.30pm
Resonate Online gig – featuring Jason Yarde
In a special online gig, the Resonate team perform live from the De La Warr Pavilion with very special guest, Jason Yarde.
Offstage is a newly commissioned series of online workshops, discussion, Q&As and performance open to young people aged 16-25 years, brought to you by 1066 Music City in association with Jazz South, Eggtooth and De La Warr Pavilion.
23-24 April 2021
The Jazz Bounceback
A partnership with SoundStorm Music Education Hub, Lighthouse Centre for the Arts Poole, and Soundcellar Poole features two days of online workshops and gigs, featuring Soweto Kinch, We Are Leif, Camila Meza and more.
Fri 23 Apr, 8.15pm: Chilean composer, singer and guitarist Camila Meza. Get tickets.
Sat 24 Apr, 4pm: Do It Yourself – releasing your music & building an audience. Free but ticketed.
Sat 24 Apr, 5pm: Women in the Music Industry. Free but ticketed.
Sat 24 Apr, 7pm: Fresh contemporary jazz from one of Bristol’s most exciting bands and Jazz South Platform South artists, We Are Leif. Get tickets.
Sat 24 Apr, 8.15pm: A special all-star quartet – The Soweto Kinch 4. Get tickets.
Sunday 25 April 2021, 11am
Jazz South Spotlight – Kevin Le Gendre speaks to John K Miles
A special podcast about John’s Radar Commissions piece. River and Ash – Play a Mighty Groove is a reimagining of the myth of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ for 8-11 year olds, focussing on the themes of friendship and the power of music. It features John K Miles narrating and playing saxophone, flute and keys, with Winston Clifford on drums and Dave Manington on basses.
The podcast will be available to listen from Sunday 25 April on all major podcast/streaming platforms and on our website.
Monday 26 April 2021, 8pm:
Jazz South Radar Sessions – featuring Olie Brice
Jazz South presents Olie Brice (double bass), Jason Yarde (alto sax) and Nick Malcolm (trumpet) performing Olie Brice’s Fire Hills – a new composition for three free improvisers. Alongside the performance, Olie will discuss the piece in an interview with Kevin Le Gendre.
This Radar Session will be streamed on Jazz South’s YouTube channel and website. Admission free.
Tuesday 27 April 2021, 8pm:
Jazz South Breakthrough Sessions: Roella Oloro + Lucinda Fosker
Jazz South presents the Breakthrough Sessions – double bill gigs featuring brand new music from talented emerging artists selected for Jazz South’s Breakthrough Commissions. Multi-instrumentalist Roella Oloro explores the concept of a perfumer, mixing styles and influences from jazz, gospel, classical and rock. Vocalist and songwriter Lucinda Fosker presents ‘Riverways’, an aural and visual journey along the River Thames, inspired by four contrasting places along a stretch she has known and loved all her life.
Wednesday 28 April 2021, 8pm
Jazz South Breakthrough Sessions: Asha Parkinson + Tim Davies
Jazz South presents the Breakthrough Sessions – double bill gigs featuring brand new music from talented emerging artists selected for Jazz South’s Breakthrough Commissions. Asha Parkinson presents Encounters, a powerful new suite for saxophone, string quartet, qanun, Arabic percussion and voice. Encounters inhabits an evocative sound world where jazz, Arabic Maqam and contemporary classical music meet with the feminist poetry of Maram Al-Masri.
Tim Davies presents a suite for modular synthesiser and jazz quintet. Modular synthesis and jazz share significant common ground through their roots in improvisation, and the work explores these parallels by bringing together techniques of modular composition such as micro-sound and west coast synthesis in a jazz performance environment.
Friday 30 April 2021, 7pm
Turner Sims International Jazz Day Online Broadcast
Denys Baptiste The Late Trane + Rebecca Nash (solo)
We mark International Jazz Day 2021 with an exclusive double bill of British jazz talent presented direct from Turner Sims concert hall (the home of Jazz South) and hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre.
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