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1pm Atlantic Crossover

A seven-piece tribute to the soul jazz Atlantic label with some of the finest musicians in Leeds with Jim Corry (alto sax), James Russell (baritone), Stuart McDonald (tenor), Steve Parry (trumpet), Jamil Sheriff (piano), Richard Hammond (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums)

2.45 Jami Sheriff – Rafe’s Dilemma

Jamil Sheriff (Electric Piano and Synthesiser), Katie Patterson (Drums and Percussion), Nel Begley (Voice), Sam Vicary (Bass).

Born and bred in Bolton, LCoM staff member Jamil says ‘I’m proud to have been invited to compose the suite in tribute to Bill Naughton’s work as a writer of stories, novels, plays and filmscripts inspired by his life in Bolton.’

Jazz UK add ‘Sheriff shows himself to be a constantly inventive arranger. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, he’ll come up with something fresh.’

4.30pm Ian Shaw 

Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

Bearing some resemblance to the comedian Dara Ó Briain and with a wit to match, it’s intriguing to learn that Ian Shaw began his career not as a musician but in the alternative cabaret circuit. He’s a very versatile singer, twice winner of the BBC Best Jazz Vocalist Awards.

Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck.

His new album Shine Sister Shine demonstrates Shaw’s range as vocalist and as songwriter. He is a fabulous singer whatever the musical genre, equally at home with jazz, pop or soul.

Pianist Barry Green has been a well-kept secret on the British jazz scene for the past few years. He has a knack of playing phrases that make singers sound even better. The superb Mick Hutton is on bass and Dave Ohm on drums. Ian asked for a choir to support him on few of his tunes as well – so of course we’ve offered him the Leeds Jazz Voices Choir!

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