N O W ' S T H E T I M E
It's A Gas THE NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL (July I l ch / l 2 t h / l 3 t h ) plans to be Europe's biggest and most comprehensive jazz event. Artists already ~encilledin includc Miles Davis, George Benson Band. Herbie Hancock, John Scofield, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Lionel Hampton Big Band, John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, Otis Rush, Dick Hyman Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and many more. Anyone wishing to travel to the festival, which is in Holland, should contact M.G.P., the organisers, on (0273) 204101 for details of coach trips and cost.
Back To Bracknell AFTER AN ENFORCED EXILE TO Pendley Manor in '85, Britain's premier jazz festival is back for its 12th year to South Hill Park Art Centre, Bracknell. The final running order has yet to be confirmed but acts include Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Carlos Ward and Nana Vasconcelos; top US trumpeter Randy Brecker; Jamaaladeen Tacuma; John Dankworth wich NYJO; Loose Tubes; Courtney Pine & The Jazz Warriors; Charlie Watts and his 31-piece band . . . and a host of other notables yet to be confirmed. The date, as usual, is the first weekend of July (4th, 5th and 6th). Further details and booking enquiries can be obtained
' from Manor Jazz Festivals, (01) 240 8640.
Hazjazz '86 A MARATHON TWO-DAY EVENT spanning the weekend of 14-15 June is to be held in the Hazlitr Theatre, Maidstone. 23 hours of livemusic from an all-British cast, and as an added atcracrion for those who want jazz all the way, there are pre-festival events, catering' for a variety of castes, in the town on the Friday evening. Among the Saturday performers , are George Melly and John Chil-
ton's Feetwarmers, Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra, Neville Dickie, Digby Fairweather, and Maxine Daniels. Sunday's artists include Iain Ballamy, Nigel Kennedy, John Burch, Michael Garrick, Pete King, Don Rendell and Stan Tracey. Topping Sunday's wents are Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames.
Tickets are £6.50 and details of purchasing them can be obtained from Maidstone Jazz Centre, on (01) 21 1 8554.
Sky'sThe Limit SINCE THE DEATH OF WRVR-FM in 1980, America has not been able to hear a full spectrum of contemporary jazz - until now. Skyline Jazz is a cable FM station playing all the best in jazz, new artists and reviews. Because Skyline Jazz is not a radio station, there are no rules or requirements char S.J. must adhere to, so there are no major deterrents to the uninhibited p r ogramming of progressive jazz. The response to Skyline Jazz has been very enrhusiastic, and jazz musicians drop by for inrewiews, gratefd :hat their music can now receive grearer e x p u r e .
. Tilbrook Develops The North FORMER BACK DOOR AND current Full Circle d r ummer A d r i a n T i l b r o o k h a s been appointed to the new post of Jazz Development Officer serving the Northern Arrs and Yorkshire Arts regions. The new position replaces part of the work done by the former Jazzcentre Norch organisation. Adrian is based in Darling. ton Arrs Centre, with the task o promoting and coordinating jaz; activities throughout the two re'
gional arts associations. He can be contacted through the Arts Centre at 0325 483271.
Make I t Musical Jazz Courses THE 2 ND CRAFTS COUNCIL (30 May-1 June) Jazz soloing and Open Exhibition of Musical In- b a n d e n s e m b l e p l a y i n g a t srruments will be held from June Theobalds Residential College, 4th-August 31st at The Crafts Bulls Cross Ride, Waltham Cross. Council Gallery, in Waterloo Cost f 36-f 54 Tutor: John Brown, Place, London. The exhibition is a Leeds College of Music. Details result of a competition to design (0992) 37255. and make a musical instrument and the exhibits include early wind instruments, string and Battersea keyboard instruments such as Branching Out harpsichords, flutes, lutes and BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, DUE ,
guitars, and a section on folk to the excellenr attendance of their instruments. Many of the instruSunday lunchtime Jazz sessions, ' ments follow traditional designs, are branching out wich a resident but there will also be newly- band who will play every Thursday .. designed pieces such as sound evening. Metropolis B.A.C. are '
sculptures and instruments made,,. the band, whose repertoire covers a from found objects. d spectrum of jazz, from to modern, rock and
Concessions £ I .
ropean style. Battersea s hoping t o be put on ue map and expect to ncrease their loyal Sunday lunch-
azz following and encourage explosive combination of singer Flora Plurim and percussionist Airto Moreira bring their unique blend of Brazilian street music, rhythms and, jazz t o London's Hammersmith Palais on Monday, June 9th. Flora has worked wich the likes of Stan Getz, Chick Corea and Gil Evans, while Airro has set the beat for Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and Weather Report. The pair have a new album to coincide with the visit: entitled Humble People, it's on Concord Records.
Support act is the local band Sambaucada. Tickets are £6 advance, from the usual channels and 27 on the door.
Chick Corm and hir replh new jazzers t o attend the centre.
M U S I C E N T R E P E N E U R Dominique, the responsible for salsa, African and all that jazz at the Bass Clef, is presenting a jazz soul romp, the venue being upstairs at Hackney's Club Mankind, Amhurst Rd E8. Tickets are f 4 . 5 0 . Live onstage will be Moontwist, plus an East End latin -soul eleven piece Back To Base. DJs for the night will be Mark Webster, and a specialguestDJ is yet to be announced. The club opens at 10.30pm and runs through to 4am. Dace is Sat 14th June. More info from Club Mankind on 9% 3178.
SwingingJazz Jubilee THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL t h i s year celebrates its 20th anniversary with an all star jubilee line-up. Already confirmed artisa include Eric Clapton, Albert King, Par Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, A1 Jarreau, Spyro Gyra and George Benson. There will also be an exclusive appearance of France's "Orchestre National de Lille" with several jazz soloists. The festival runs from 3rd-19th June.