In 2012, I founded Apollo Jazz Network. I wanted to create something which would bring together artists and promoters and champion collaboration whatever way they could.
The formative days of Apollo saw ensembles put together from different UK scenes to tour as well as one-off performances featuring different musicians. We then progressed to helping international artists work in the UK and had Washington DC group Veronneau and South Carolina’s Fat Face come to the UK to perform at venues and festivals.
Our current project is our most ambitious to date. Partnering with NORVOL Jazz, a network of jazz promoters in the North, we were awarded a large grant from Arts Council England to set up the Orpheus Project, a touring initiative which brings international artists to the UK to work with British musicians to perform in small, intimate venues. Our inaugural tour featured the incomparable Ingrid Jensen and we’re gearing up to welcome Ellery Eskelin in October.
You can find out more about the Orpheus Project by visiting our website and connect with Apollo on twitter using @apollojazznet