Ant Law brought his entire band down for the free masterclass workshop at the Verdict on April 29th – an amazing array of top-flight talent including Mike Chillingworth on reeds, Tom Hewson on piano, Matt Ridley on bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums offered the benefits of their collective expertise to some very lucky attendees. They spent their afternoon explaining the mysteries of time signatures, making it all seem very natural as only true masters can, and were having so much fun that they were only just left enough time to set up the Verdict Club for the evening’s gig. The show was a complete sell-out and the band sounded truly amazing – Thanks for Sara Oschlag for acting as facilitator, compere and all-round star!
Henry Spencer and his entire band joined forces in their workshop, giving the lucky participants feedback from five different, highly talented sources at once – fortunately no disputes broke out! This was our last New Generation show of the year and it was a corker in every way. Henry brought a superb band, featuring pianist Sam Leak plus Nick Costley-White (guitar) Andrew Robb (bass) and David Ingamells (drums), and they gave a truly riveting performance that had the crowd shouting out for more.
We hope that Henry returns with his band when they’re touring their upcoming release on Whirlwind records later in 2106. Catch up with them here;
Jamie Leeming teamed up with Emily Dankworth and cellist Sophie English to lead a workshop focussing on improvisation techniques and making the instrument sing. A range of students from different colleges across town made it down to participate in a breakdown and performance of ‘Afro-Blue’ and to marvel at Jamie’s pedalboard.
Jamie’s gig used the unique qualities of the Verdict to the full by starting as a hushed, totally acoustic affair for guitar, cello and voice, then gradually adding more and more band members til they achieved full jazz-rock magnificence! Honourable mention must go to Liam Dunachie on piano/keyboards, Nic Breakspear on bass and Gaspar Sena on drumsThey really created a special, intimate atmosphere and made a lot of new friends. Watch out for the upcoming album release later in the year, and check Jamie’s new page for updates on this unique project.
New Generation Jazz kicked off with an action packed workshop and a sold-out crowd at an explosive evening and performance by Gary Crosby’s Groundation.
Bassist, Gary Crosby and saxophonist, Nathaniel Facey led a hands on workshop for the students at BIMM. It was a very interactive and informative experience which left the students and all who attended inspired and wanting more! Many who attended the workshop couldn’t help but want to see more from the guys, and who’d blame them. (Check out our twitter @newgenjazz to see a short clip of Nathaniel going at it post Workshop)
Later that evening Groundation gave an incredible performance at the Verdict Jazz Club to a packed out audience. The band, led by the eminent Gary Crosby, featured award winning saxophonist, Nathaniel Facey, Mobo award winning drummer, Moses boyd and one of the most exciting and creative young female guitarist to ever come out of the UK Jazz scene, Shirley Tetteh.
A gig which had a jubilated crowd up in arms and cheering at every note, New Generation Jazz couldn’t have hoped for a better launch.
Big thanks to Groundation, Tomorrow’s warrior’s, BIMM, The Verdict and all who came and made it such an incredible launch.
Jamie Leeming Project featuring Emily Dankworth.
New Generation Jazz kicks off in fine style this October 30th with an appearance from Gary Crosby’s Groundation.
Gary is a major figure in the development of UK jazz, through his fine bass playing and his work as a founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, which has incubated many of the finest players on the scene today. Groundation is his collaborative which bringing together some inspirational young players to mix up jazz and heavy progressive grooves with Afrobeat accents. It’s the perfect band to begin our gig season as it embodies everything we’re about; bringing the jazz tradition to the New generation. Gary and the band will be dropping into BIMM earlier on the day to share some of their insights and skills in a student workshop.
With our full year’s line-up nearly completed, we’re working away behind the scenes to set up as many links as we can between all the many different folks involved in playing, promoting, teaching or just enjoying jazz here in Brighton. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved!.