Legends Festival 2017
Various Clubs Birmingham, West Midlands
LEGENDS FESTIVAL 2017
Tony Levin Drum Prize
Friday 19th May 2017 12.30pm
This years the Birmingham Conservatoire will present the annual TL Drum Prize at the Red Lion. This is the second year that Birmingham Jazz will host this competition final. The final four students up for the prize present a short set alongside star Bassist Arnie Somogyi and behind star front man of Jean Toussaint.
Dave Ferris Organ Trio
Friday 19th May 2017 2.30pm
This year's Festival theme will be the record label Blue Note. The first of this year's Festival series is a tribute to Jimmy Smith and the original Organ Trio. Dave Ferris will lead his take on the Legendary Smith's songbook.
Dave Ferris - Organ; Ben Lee - Guitar and Billy Weir - Drums
Friday 19th May 2017 5.00pm
This Trio were an instant hit when we presented them in the early days of this innovative partnership of master musicians. We welcome back the Trio led by the acclaimed Harp player Alina Bzhezhinska and her two side men. This is a true International trio playing the most exciting set of originals - not to be missed.
Alina Bzhezhinska - Harp; Tony Kofi - Sax and Matt Prime - Drums
Bryan Corbett's National Stars
Friday 19th May 8.00pm
Birmingham Jazz is very lucky tis year to have Bryan Corbett as it's Curator. He has collected an exciting range of bands over the three days presenting the full range of jazz from the Blue Note stable. The first is this group of international stats who will perform iconic tunes from two Blue Note Albums.
Bryan Corbett - Trumpet; Paul Both - Sax; Mark Ridout - Piano; Chris Dodd - Drums and Luke Flowers - Bass
Jazz Breakfast - Bryan Corbett Trio
Saturday 20th May 2017 10.30pm
Day two begins with a Jazz Breakfast by the Festival Curator presenting Blue Note ballads by his trio, all in the close and intimate atmosphere of our regular coffee house. Bryan will also be hosting a Question and Answer session on the life of a Jazz Musician.
Bryan Corbett - Trumpet; Al Gurr - Keyboard and Stuart Barker - Bass
Ornette Coleman Tribute - Tony Kofi Quartet
Saturday 20th May 2017 2.00pm
A much talked about tribute by a one-time Ornette Coleman collaborator Tony Kofi. It is difficult to imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than listening to this quartet of world stars playing music from one the towering figures in the jazz world.
Tony Kofi - Sax; Byron Wallen - Piano; Larry Bartley - Bass and Rod Youngs - Drums
Bryan Corbett Quartet + 1
Saturday 20th May 2017 5.00pm
For this gig Bryan's regular quartet will be presenting music from his latest album 'Message of Iridescence'. One of the finest quartets around, with a focus for ensemble as a whole, is also joined by special guest saxophonist Ed Jones. Bryan and Ed met whilst working together for the Legendary Jazz/Hip-Hop outfit 'Us3'. Ed being a founder member of the former 'Blue Note' label band.
Bryan Corbett - Trumpet; Ed Jones - Sax; Al Gurr - Piano; Ben Markland - Bass and Neil Bullock - Drums
Four + Three
Saturday 20th May 2017 8.00pm
Appearing again for the Festival is one of last years hit artists, a collaboration between acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams and the Guastalla string quartet. The repertoire for this band will material by Bill Evans, one of the Blue Note giants as well as originals by Williams. The style of writing and arranging exploits the varied sound pallet of both the string quartet and jazz trio, creating contrasts between the improvised and the notated, expect to hear sustained textures and strong grooves.
Kate Williams - Piano; Ollie Hayhurst - Bass; Dave Ingamells - Drums; Guastalla Quartet: John Garner; Marie Scheer; Francis Gallagher and Sergio Serra.
DAY THREE - SPECIAL TICKET WITH BRUNCH INCLUDED AT SAINT KITCHEN
Jazz Breakfast - Nick Dewhurst Quintet
Sunday 21st May 2017 11.00pm
A great start to the final day of the first part of this years Festival. Rising star Nick Dewhurst brings his regular quintet to the Saint for a wonderful jazz breakfast. This set will be a feature of another Blue Note legend this time one of Nick's favourites and influence Kenny Dorham.
Nick Dewhurst - Trumpet; Tom Lindsey - Sax; Tom Moore - Keyboard; Callum Roxburgh and Carl Hemmingsley - Drums.
Sean Gibbs Quintet
Sunday 21st May 2017 1.00pm
The final day sees a great running order for you, all in one place. Starting the day at the great venue at UCB is Sean's tribute to his favorite trumpet and Blue Note legend Lee Morgan. His band features the cream of the crop of young Birmingham based Conservatoire Alumni.
Sean Gibbs - Trumpet; John Fleming - Sax; Dave Ferris - Keyboard; Nick Jurd - Bass and Jonathon Silk - Drums.
Bryan Corbett's Local Stars
Sunday 21st May 2017 3.30pm
UCB McIntyre House
To complete the series of Corbett gigs will feature two more famous Blue Note albums. Recreated by his band of local jazz stars. By the end of this set you will have learned enough about Bryan and his talents, range and personality to be an expert. With this line up expect a great groove to be maintained throughout.
Bryan Corbett - Trumpet; Chris Bowden - Sax; Fred Thelonious Baker - Bass; Chris Taylor; Pete Harris and Ian Palmer - Drums.
Alec Dankworth's Spanish Accents
Sunday 21st May 2017 5.30pm
UCB McIntyre House
Alec Dankworth's long-standing love of all things Spanish provided the inspiration for this group. Metheny, Corea, even Rodrigo are reinvented alongside traditional folk songs and originals in flamenco rhythms creating a wonderful and genuinely Spanish world. The band features the beautiful voice of daughter Emily Dankworth and the flamenco dancing and palmas of Jesus Olmedo, along with heady mix of top British musicians - saxophonist Mark Lockheart, Chris Garrick's gorgeous violin, and Alec Dankworth's bass interweaving with the genuinely Spanish drumwork of Demi Garcia and guitar of Phil Robson make this an unusual line-up.
Alec Dankworth - Bass; Emily Dankworth - Vocals; Jesus Olmedo - dance / palmas; Mark Lockheart- Saxes; Phil Robson - Guitars; Chris Garrick - Violin and Demi Garcia-Sabat - Percussion
Sunday 21std May 2017 8.00pm
UCB McIntyre House
Since their formation in 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their ferociously energetic performances. Hailed as breaking the ground for the new wave of British jazz and described by BBC Radio Jazz on 3 as 'One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today' Partisans is co-led by two of the pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson and Julian Siegel. Partisans are real band! The richly lyrical and strongly melodic compositions written by the leaders provide the framework and starting point, underpinned by the rock solid, freewheeling and supercharged rhythm section. This quartet have recently starting gigging again after a short sabbatical. So expect the energy levels to be high.
Phil Robson - Guitar; Julian Siegel - Sax; Thad Kelly - Bass and Gene Calderazzo - Drums