Rory Simmons and Chris Batchelor for Jazz @ the NLT Rory Simmons’ Monocled Men and the Chris Batchelor Group are among the first bookings for a new season of weekly jazz nights at Kilburn’s North London Tavern (Jazz @ the NLT) that starts in early September. Promoted by up and coming trumpeter Jack Davies, who has studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music’s jazz masters course and leads the group Southbound, Jazz@The NLT started in April 2010 and focuses mainly on cutting edge UK groups with two bands appearing each week. The club runs every Sunday with admission a very generous £5 and is located at 375 Kilburn High Road, London NW6. Dates are: Reuben Fowler Septet plus Eliot Galvin Trio (4 Sept); Rory Simmons’ Monocled Men plus Kieran McLeod Group (11 Sept); James Opstad Septet plus Paul Baxter Trio (18 Sept); Barry Green’s Blue Notes plus Sam Rapley Quintet (25 Sept); Blink plus Trish Clowes Odd Trio (2 Oct); Holler plus Dave Hamblett Sextet (9 Oct); Nick Smart’s Jazz Matanzas plus All In One Helmet (16 Oct); Round Trip plus Southbound (23 Oct); Chris Batchelor Group plus Nadim Teimoori Quintet (30 Oct).
Norma Winstone, Gregory Porter and Kenny Wheeler for Georgia Mancio’s ReVoice! Festival Singer and composer Georgia Mancio brings her ReVoice! Festival back to Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho during October for a nine-day celebration of international jazz voices, including the hotly- tipped Brooklyn sensation Gregory Porter, Norma Winstone (above), Kenny Wheeler with Diana Torto and newcomer Sachal Vasandani. Now in its second year Mancio was inspired to start ReVoice! by her collaborations with Ian Shaw at his annual residency at Pizza Express. Her aims were to present international artists she felt were underrepresented in the UK alongside different collaborations between herself and a broad range of some of the UK’s finest talent each night. This year’s festival is almost double the length of last year’s inaugural event and will present 37 artists across nine days from 6-14 October. Dates are: Norma Winstone with pianist Glauco Venier and reedsman Klaus Gesing plus Georgia Mancio and Laurence Cottle (6 Oct); Gregory Porter (below, right) with UK band including Ben Castle and Geoff Gascoyne plus Georgia Mancio and Nigel Price (first night) and Mancio and Nikki Iles (second night) (7-8 Oct); Sachal Vasandi with all-star American band plus Georgia Mancio and Jim Mullen (9 Oct); Kenny Wheeler’s Something Else Quartet featuring Diana Torto, John Taylor and Palle Danielsson plus Georgia Mancio and James Pearson (first night), and Mancio with Tim Lapthorn (second night) (10-11 Oct); Barbara Raimondi/Roberto Taufic/Enzo Zirilli plus Georgia Mancio with Bobby Wellins and Barry Green (12 Oct); Michael Janisch/Brian Hanlon/Nigel Hitchcock with Ross Stanley and Ernesto Simpson plus Georgia Mancio and Michael Janisch (13 Oct); David Linx/Diederik Wissels plus Ian Shaw and Georgia Mancio (14 Oct). For more go to pizzaexpresslive.co.uk and Barry Green (12
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PIANIST GWILYM SIMCOCK NOMINATED FOR MERCURY Gwilym Simcock has been nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize for his album Good Days at Schloss Elmau. Recorded at a Bavarian artists retreat, the album, a solo piano set, was released by the Munich-based ACT records earlier this year. Simcock, 30, a former BBC New Generation Artist and currently a member of the US/UK supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen is a leading light in a prominent new wave of UK jazz artists to break through to wider European attention. Born in Wales he studied at the specialist music school Chetham’s in Manchester and later graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with first class honours. He played in the Proms in 2008 and has also been a member of Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio and Acoustic Triangle as well as Stan Sulzmann’s Neon and Bill Bruford’s Earthworks. The Mercury nomination is sure to raise Simcock’s profile once again as both Led Bib and Kit Downes have achieved great attention via their nominations in the recent past. Gwilym Simcock appears at the Brit-Jazz Fest in Ronnie Scott’s on 11 August in a double header with Stephano D’Silva. The other albums nominated are The English Riviera by Metronomy; 21 by Adele; Man Alive by Everything Everything; Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam by Ghostpoet; Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi; Disc-Overy by Tinie Tempah; Build a Rocket Boys! by Elbow; James Blake by James Blake; Let England Shake by PJ Harvey; On A Mission by Katy B; and Diamond Mine by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins. The winner will be announced on 6 September.
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GREG OSBY, KAIROS 4TET AND COURTNEY PINE FOR WATERMILL JAZZ CLUB The Watermill Jazz Club in Surrey has pulled off a sizeable coup in November with a rare UK gig by Greg Osby, one of the most important American saxophonists of the past two decades who originally came to prominence with Steve Coleman in the M-BASE movement during the 1980s. The Watermill, which is located at the Friends Life Social Club on Pixham Lane in Dorking, presents one of its strongest autumn seasons ever with Kairos 4Tet in early September and continues a run of high profile slots when Courtney Pine brings his Europa project, featuring Zoe Rahman and Omar Puente, to the club in late-September. Dates are: Kairos 4Tet (1 Sept); Chris Laurence Quartet featuring John Parricelli and Frank Ricotti (22 Sept); Richard Pite’s 100 Years of Jazz (13 Oct); the Alex Wilson Trio (20 Oct); Simon Allen Quintet with Quentin Collins (27 October); Django Bates’ Belovèd Bird (3 Nov); and Greg Osby (10 Nov). For more go to www.watermilljazz.co.uk
Courtney Pine hangs in National Portrait Gallery A painting of Courtney Pine by Dutch portrait painter Daan van Doorn has been selected for this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at London’s Portrait Gallery. The awards exhibition, which includes 55 works chosen from some 2,372 entries, runs until 18 September and is open daily with free admission. Doorn, who has been commissioned to paint Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the former prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, has a particular interest in jazz and has previously painted John Scofield, Esbjörn Svensson, Ravi Coltrane and Nils Petter Molvaer. For more go to www.npg.org.uk
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