Sheffield Jazz has weekly concerts throughout June at the Crookes Social Club, followed by ten concerts in the fall.The first concert on June 4 features the Ant Law Quintet, a guitar-led group that includes the pianist British Ivo Neame. They will play music from their recent album ‘The Sleeper Wakes’, which centers on Ant’s signature guitar sound, infectious rhythm hooks and progressive improvisation, followed on June 11 by saxophone maestro Alan Barnes, who is also a prolific composer and arranger. and conductor. Versatile and innovative trumpeter Byron Wallen and his band will lead a group of twelve all-star musicians who will perform new arrangements of classic pieces from flagship albums, all released in 1959 by jazz legends such as Charles Mingus. , Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Four Corners, which features Sheffield Jazz favorite Rob Luft on guitar, will return to the club on June 18. Byron is also a recognized composer and producer and a leading creative force in British music. The band will play music from Byron’s new album released last year and to critical acclaim.
Virtuoso pianist, composer and improviser Andrew McCormack will perform on June 25 for the last concert before the summer break. Andrew, who has been the driving force behind artists such as Kyle Eastwood, Denys Baptist and Jean Toussaint will play a split set – the first half alone featuring his latest solo album and the second with his trio.
The fall season, which begins in October, will feature ten contrasting concerts featuring some of the best musicians on the UK scene. Nikki Iles will lead an 18-person jazz orchestra, a 13-piece ensemble will celebrate Charlie Parker’s musical idea and there will be a rich assortment of small groups from the London jazz scene featuring top young musicians including the pianist. Deschanel. Gordon, winner of the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician competition which will bring his trio to Crookes in November.