Brothers Testament brought their own unique brand of freewheeling group improvisation to Brighton and rocked the sold-out house. Munashe-Caleb Manyumbu, Mark Mollison, Hugo Piper and Jack Robson turned up the fusion, with Munashe-Caleb delighting all comers with his vocoder stylings and the stuffed furry caterpillar around his neck as the rest of the gang served up a selection of forward-looking grooves. With their unique take on group improvisation and new album in the pipeline, this quartet are ones to watch!
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We are completely stoked that Jazz Re:Fest is returning to Brighton Dome on the 27th with an amazing line-up of the freshest UK jazz artists. Theon Cross, Rosie Turton, Sarah Tandy and Camilla George have all appeared at New Generation Jazz promotions over the past few years and it's so good to see the scene progressing!
Buy tickets at https://brightondome.org/event/23407/jazz_refest/
We'll be representing New Generation Jazz at our stall in the foyer so come and say hi to the wonderful Kareena and find out more about what we're up to.
Thanks to the Jazz Re:Freshed crew for making this happen!
The first ever New Generation Jazz Summer School launched on July 20th.
Thirty-seven students aged from 8 to 82 came to Brighton Electric Studios at 9am and joined our line-up of star tutors; Binker Golding on tenor sax, Rob Luft on guitar, Ashley Henry on piano, and Peter Adam Hill on drums.
We started the day with rotating workshops on rhythm (Peter) improvisation (Binker) and harmony and melody (Ashley and Rob). After a break for lunch the students formed into bands and worked on a repertoire under the guidance of each of or tutors, before coming together for a final performance in the Brighton Electric studio that was captured on a 24-track recording by their house engineer. Finally facilitators Jack Kendon and Eddie Myer joined the tutors for a performance.
Feedback from the event has been great! We had such a diverse range of students of all ages and abilities, and thanks to the efforts of our superb tutors the atmosphere was super fun and inclusive, but really delivered some results for the final gig! Looking forward to next year!
Thanks to everyone who came, to our fabulous tutors, and to the Brighton Electric staff for making everything run so smoothly!
New Generation Jazz were proud to welcome back the Ingham brothers with their rebranded Bonsai project. Hot on the heels of their forward-looking latest release, Rory, Dom and bandmates Toby Comeau, Joe Lee and Jonny Mansfield came to delight the crowd with their own very individual post-jazz-rock blend! Superb playing from everyone involved, married to a willingness to take musical risks while simultaneously embracing the directness of songwriting. Thanks to the fabulous Roxanne at the Verdict for lending her skills as a compere!
Love Supreme 2019 felt like the biggest and best yet with a truly outstanding line-up on the Friday Arena and Bandstand stages programmed by New Generation Jazz. So much good music, sunny weather, record crowds and general amazing vibes! Thanks to everyone involved!
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Xhosa Cole and his quartet created a truly electrifying vibe in front of a packed club, showing how vital and exciting the straight ahead tradition can sound when players put every bit of their heart and soul into the performance. Xhosa's regular bandmates Shivraj Singh on bass and Nathan Jones on drums were joined by Elliott Sansom (Finalist, 2017 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year) who added a thrillingly unpredictable dimension to the gig. Earlier Xhosa led a free workshop for a selection of lucky local players - his depth of musical knowledge combined with his relaxed personality made this a memorable session in every way!
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Kemp Town Carnival returned bigger and badder than ever and New Generation Jazz brought our biggest stage yet to the Bristol Bar and filled it with the best music. Sussex Jazz Orchestra kicked off proceedings, followed by up-and-coming local favourites Yadasofi, Mississippi Meltdown with an array of top Brighton talent, Afro-Cuban vibes from Son Guarachando, nu-jazz from Roella Oloro and her band of young geniuses, and finishing with the mighty Steam Down tearing it up! And the sun shone all day!
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Dave Storey brought his pals Conor Chaplin on bass and James Allsop on tenor sax and delighted a sold-out Verdict club with material from his recent 'Bosco' album release on Impossible Ark Records.
The trio dazzled on their selection of hard swinging bebop-inspired creative original material, Chaplin and Allsop gave their all and Dave was a calm collected and charismatic frontman throughout!
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We got together with our friends at Soundcrash and they let us do a stage takeover on Sunday! New Generation were proud to present brass-heavy punk-jazzers YEOJA, super-slick fusioneers HOWES3 and nu-soul breakbeat merchants YAKUL to a tent full of happy punters...
Thanks Soundcrash! See you next year!
Ife Ogunjobi played to a sold-out house with his band of outstanding young players - Deschanel Gordon on piano, Hugo Piper on bass and Zeñel Trio's Zoe Pascal on drums. Mixing up powerful afro-flavoured grooves with their own take on the tradition, including a heartfelt "I Remember Clifford", the band caught fire and Ife's big tone (and big personality) filled the room.
Earlier that day the band delivered a workshop to a lucky group of students at BHASVIC college, passing the message on to the new generation!
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Duncan Eagles brought his Citizen project to debut their new album and kick off the 2019 New Generation Jazz season. Their high-level musicianship and Duncan's ingenious but accessible compositions kept the crowd spellbound. Max Luthert on bass, Dave Storey on drums and David Preston on guitar dazzled with their virtuosity and the leader soared above.
Earlier in the week Duncan brought his expertise to an enraptured class at Steyning Grammar School, leading a workshop on jazz improvisation.
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Alex and his quintet are New Generation Jazz favourites and their outstanding musicianship and fresh take on the tradition never fail to delight. Alex Hitchcock (saxophone) James Copus (trumpet/flugelhorn) Will Barry (piano) Joe Downard (bass) and Jay Davis (drums) absolutely killed it and kicked off 2019 in fine style.
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New Generation Jazz were utterly stoked to present a show by the awesome Ezra Collective. The Ezras are the third band from the Tomorrow’s Warriors organisation a New Generation to play a show this year, following in the footsteps of Nerija and Moses Boyd’s Exodus. The bar was set high, but the band didn’t disappoint, thrilling the biggest sell-out crowd yet.
You can read the Jazzwise review here.
Thanks again, and good luck with the upcoming album release!
Moses came down to Brighton as New Generation Jazz’s latest guest, fresh from his triumph at this year’s MOBO.
First stop was the drum room at BIMM Brighton, where Moses gave a clinic, hosted by BIMM tutor Preston Prince and New Gen’s own Jack Kendon, to a packed room of BIMM degree students. Moses gave a rundown on his musical philosophy, some dazzling musical moves, and some practical tips for survival in the music biz, as well as fielding questions from the students.
The it was off to the Verdict for a gig with his genre-busting Exodus project. Tickets were sold out well in advance; Moses was joined by Artie Zaitz, Binker Golding and the awesome Theon Cross on tuba to deliver two spectacular sets of forward-looking musical mash-ups that dazzled and delighted and left the crowd yelling out for more.
New Generation Jazz were delighted to kick off 2016 in fine style with the second of their collaborations with the Tomorrow’s Warriors group; the hotly-tipped Nerija.
In the afternoon, altoist Cassie Kinochi and bassist Inge Eichler, accompanied by piano star and Zara MacFarlane collaborator Peter Edwards, paid a visit to Dorothy Stringer Secondary School to present a workshop to 30 extremely excited students. Thanks are due to Mr Andy Barbour and Mr Pete Davison for co-ordinating this event so successfully with the Stringer music department – the gospel of jazz was spread to some very promising young players.
Expectations were high for the evening show and Nerija more than fulfilled them. Playing a selection of material from their upcoming EP release, the girls showed why they’re making waves across the jazz community with their free-flowing soulful sound, with Nubya Garcia especially impressing on tenor sax.
Tom Green brought his whole septet down for this one – an amazing mix of tight arrangements and
inspired blowing that brought in influences from New Orleans right up to the hip edge of things.
Earlier in the day, the whole band took a trip up to Sussex University campus to meet up with the
Sussex University Big Band and put them through their paces! Plenty of input for everyone, from
the horns to the rhythm team, as Tom brought some arrangements for them to play and the band
ate them up!
Ashley Henry is a hotly tipped star in the making and we were lucky to book him for this exclusive
trio show. The two Sams – Vicari and Gardner on bass and drums respectively – also turned up for
a super-relaxed workshop session discussing all aspects of trio playing and jazz practice in
general, before the trio blew everyone away with their sheer intensity!
Sumo Chief broke the mould with this one – Joe Armon Jones and Oscar Jerome led their band of
hip-hop/jazz fusioneers and brought the house down with their heavy heavy beats. The workshop
at the Verdict was a blast as well – the links from jazz to hip hop and back again are alive and well
in the hands of these monsters of groove! We were stoked to be able to feature them on the Arena
stage at Love Supreme Festival as well!
Local boy Dave Drake came back from his studies at the New School in Manhattan to bring us a
preview of some of his new compositions with an amazing trio performance, ably supported by
Tim Thornton on bass and fellow Brighton homeboy Peter Adam Hill on drums. Dave has quite a
reputation already around these parts, so a packed house was guaranteed. Earlier in the day,
Dave dropped into his old school, BHASVIC, to give a workshop on aspects of jazz theory and
practice to a room full of students – and his old music teacher!
We were honoured to welcome Trish Clowes’ new project as part of our summer season – her fresh
take on the classic organ trio-plus- horn, MY IRIS, was a standout gig and a great addition to the
rather jazz-free May Festival – Ross Stanley, Chris Montague and James Maddren make a real all-
star band, so the players who turned up for the workshop at the Verdict couldn’t believe their luck!
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!
The New Generation experience kicked off on October 30th when Gary Crosby and Nathaniel Facey dropped into BIMM to deliver an amazing workshop to a crowd of BA students. They dazzled them with a sax/bass duet before Nathaniel gave an inspirational account of what playing jazz is all about, before getting everyone involved in a multi-layered jam session, while Gary shared his insights with the many bassists who’s turned out to see him.
Later they joined Shirley Tetteh and Moses Boyd for a killer sell-out show at the Verdict. You can read the Jazzwise review here;
Expect more from New Generation hook-ups from Tomorrow’s Warriors in 2016!