January 2014

As usual, a long time has gone by since I last updated, so here is a short look at what’s happening…

Apollo – 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us at Apollo. This year, we debut our transatlantic partnership and bring across two American groups to tour in the UK. In June, Face Face led by trumpeter Matt Postle will travel from North Carolina and in July, vocal-led quartet Veronneau will be here. Later in the year, LOCUS will undertake another set of dates following our recording in the US last year and some exciting one-off dates are also planned. Full dates and details will be announced soon.

Performance – My good friend, vocalist and composer Louise Gibbs has invited me to work with her in her Northern Septet performing her new work, Seven Deadly Sings. Her album is released today (see this album preview for details) and I’m looking forward to working with the group soon.

I’m looking ahead to the next LOCUS project now, having made recordings of 4 original pieces plus some great HD video footage of the session at Tedesco Studios in December. Our next gigs are likely to be in autumn but there may some extra ones popping up before then so stay tuned…

Jazz Industry – I travelled to Glasgow earlier this month to attend the first SJF board meeting of 2014. I’m looking forward to working with them in the coming year and it’s nice to be involved in the Scottish jazz scene again! There are many things in the works with Jazz North – we’re running another Scene Builders event for musician-promoters at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival in April and we have a number of How Do We Get More Gigs sessions lined up. You can check on the news at the Jazz North website.

We also rebranded the blog for 2014 and have become NorthernJazzNews. It’s been just over a year since I became editor for the site and I’m looking forward to another year of writing!