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Kandace Springs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The title of Kandace Springs’s new album may be Soul Eyes but the stage at The Lowry is definitely set for jazz.  It is a merciless stripped down format – Springs on very impressive grand piano is accompanied only by Jesse Bielenberg on double bass and Dillon Treacy on drums. The lack of guitar and horns means ...

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Richmond Jazz Festival – Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

Performers: Alexander Bone Trio Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Richmond Jazz Festival fills the Georgian Theatre Royal for three nights. A Grade 1 listed building that first opened to the public in 1788 might seem an odd setting for a jazz concert, but in fact, it provides a superbly intimate setting for small group jazz, with a surprisingly large capacity (214 ...

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Gregory Porter – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

gregory porter at glasgow royal concert hall

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter tours the UK in advance of his latest album release, Take Me To The Alley, and this evening of smooth, silky song doesn't disappoint. Porter is supported by Kandace Springs, an energetic young American who eases the crowd in, rather than warming them up. She is confident between songs and exudes ...

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Opus 7 – Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Opus7 from Cheptel Aleïkou

Writer: Cheptel Aleïkoum Director: Circa Tsuica Reviewer: Katy Roberts Making their debut tonight in Oxford, Circa Tsuica arrives at the Playhouse in a riot of rhythm and a cacophony of colour, right from the moment the lights go down. The creation of Cheptel Aleïkoum, a collective of French entertainers, Circa Tsuica is the perfect family showand a wonderful introduction to ...

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Stanley Clarke & Hiromi Duo – London Palladium

Musician/Performer/Composer:Stanley Clarke,Hiromi Uehara Reviewer: Georgina Newman If you know the world of contemporary jazz then you'll surely know the work of four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke and the equally extraordinaryHiromi Uehara.Philadelphia-born bassist Clarke is a household name, and after 40 years in the business, he's still polishing his reputation as a virtuoso bass player.Clarke has been brightening the jazz ...

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The Mingus Big Band – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Mingus Big Band. Image Credit Tom Arber

Musicians: The Mingus Big Band Leader: Boris Kozlov Reviewer: Ron Simpson It was a real coup for Opera North to get the Mingus Big Band for its only date outside London before a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club. One of the most enduring and exciting of “legacy” bands gave the sell-out audience a joyous and exhilarating two hours of jazz. ...

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Your Fragrant Phantom – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Jenna May Hobbs Director: Suzanna Ward Reviewer: James Garrington Entering the auditorium feels like arriving at a house as unexpected but very welcome guests. Music is playing, a desk is littered with crumpled paper and alcohol, and we are greeted by a lively and exuberant couple – he is working at a typewriter, she is encouraging and teasing him ...

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Aaron Parks Trio – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Piano: Aaron Parks Double bass: Ben Street Drums: Billy Hart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room ranges far and wide and this marks the first Autumn concert with a jazz flavour. Aaron Parks is a Seattle-born, New York-based jazz pianist who has been making waves in recent years and is due to return to this ...

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