The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival
22-25th August, 2014.
The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival is still seeking sponsors for this years event.
Please see the sponsorship link below for a list of benefits for sponsors and details on how to donate.
Alternatively, please email Brandon Allen at:
We would like to thank this years sponsors so far:
The 606 Club http://www.606club.co.uk/
Jamie Boyd Art http://www.galeriaaniela.com.au/Jamie-Boyd.htm
Benham and Reeves http://b-r.co.uk/
Prickett & Ellis Underhill http://www.prickettandellis.com/
RRC Thai http://rrcthaicafe.com/
D'Addario UK www.daddario.com
London Music House http://londonmusichouse.com/
Solace Design http://solacedesign.com/
Scribe Magazine http://scribemagazine.com.au/
This years venues are:
Upstairs at the Gatehouse (Top of Highgate Village) http://www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com/
Lauderdale House (Highgate Hill on Waterlow Park) http://www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/
Highgate United Reformed Church (Pond Square, Highgate Village) http://www.highgateurc.co.uk/
The Old Crown (Highgate Hill) http://www.theoldcrownhighgate.co.uk/
Caipirinha (Archway road) http://caipirinha-london.com/home.htm
Friday 22nd August
8pm till late FESTIVAL LAUNCH NIGHT: Kerim Gunes Band plus DJ's and surprise guest musicians... @ Caipirinha £10/£8
Kerim Gunes (electric bass and vocals), Luke Bowman (guitar), Jon Moody (keys) and Dan Hale (drums).
Kerim Gunes and his band are the house band at the always buzzing Blues Kitchen in Camden.
Kerim is an extremely in demand electric bass player who has performed with Clyde Stubblefield, Victor Davies, Amorphous Androgynous, Noel Gallagher, and Roachford to name but a few. He is also a founding member of the award winning Killer Meters and the Dirty Feel.
The Killer Meters were asked personally to play the support for Larry Graham for his recent UK tour.
They will be performing renditions of classic blues and funk tunes.
Saturday 23rd August
1pm Laura Jurd Quartet @ The Old Crown £10/£8
Laura Jurd (trumpet), Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Tom McCredie (electric bass) and Simon Roth(drums)
'Jurd stretched critics and musicians' repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session – on memorable originals with folk and contemporary-classical connections, delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improv original.' John Fordham (The Guardian)
3.30pm Arnie Somagyi's Scenes in the City @ Highgate United Reformed Church £17.50/£15
Arnie Somagyi (bass), Tony Kofi (saxes), Alan Barnes (sax and clarinet), Jeremy Price (trombone), Tim Lapthorn (piano) and Clark Tracey (drums).
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recording of Charlie Mingus’ The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Arnie Somogyi leads a band who reinterpret key tunes of the fantastic Mingus repertoire including Better Get Hit in Your Soul.
6pm Corina Piatti Trio @ The Old Crown £10/£8
Corina Piatti (vocals/guitar), Henry Gilbert (bass) and Koichi Sakai (percussion).
"Corina Piatti, singer, songwriter and guitarist, is originally from Argentina and sings in Spanish, Portuguese and English, reflecting the different cultures from which she has taken her musical inspiration"
8pm Alex Garnett's London Supersax Project @ Highgate United Reformed Church £20/£18
Alex Garnett (baritone), Nigel Hitchcock (alto), Sammy Mayne (alto), Brandon Allen (tenor), Graeme Blevins (tenor), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), James Pearson (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Chris Higginbottom (drums)
Back in the early 1970s bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a saxophone section with rhythm that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker’s transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music.
Recruiting the best to wrestle with Parker's finger-busting solos the group boasts a front line of the country's top saxophonists.
Enlisting the Ronnie Scott's rhythm section and a ninth member, renowned soloist Steve Fishwick on trumpet, the group will revisit the original SuperSax scores and do battle on of some of Charlie Parker’s most exciting and creative classics.
11pm-3am Ross Stanley Trio, DJ's plus JAM SESSION hosted by Brandon Allen
Ross Stanley (piano), Arnie Somagyi (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
@ Caipirinha £10/£5 after midnight
Sunday 24th August
1pm Jean Toussaint's JT4 @ Lauderdale House £15/£13
Jean Toussaint (saxes), Larry Bartley (bass), Andrew McCormack (piano), Ben Brown (drums)
Since Toussaint left Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the mid eighties, He hasn’t looked back. Nor has he spent a career trying to repeat the past. The experiences gained in that world-class hothouse have enabled him to push forward and embrace challenging, and often high profile, musical collaborations in many different jazz styles.
Today he works out of London England as a composer, tenor/soprano saxophonist, bandleader and highly regarded jazz educator.
3.30pm Artie Zaitz Organ Trio @ The Old Crown £10/£8
Artie Zaitz (guitar), Ross Stanley (Hammond Organ) and Shaney Forbes (drums).
Artie Zaitz is a scholarship recipient at Trinity College of Music.
Coming from a family of musicians he was exposed to the sounds of jazz from an early age. Artie developed a particular interest in recordings from the Blue Note label which has a profound influence on the current material performed with his quartet.
Artie’s guitar influences include Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, John Scofield and Charlie Christian.
5.30pm Anita Wardell Quartet @ Lauderdale House £15/£13
Anita Wardell (vocals), Robin Aspland (piano), Dario Di Lecce (bass) and Jon Scott (drums)
Anita Wardell's singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
8.30pm Chris Allard Band @ Lauderdale House £17.50/£15
Chris Allard (guitars), Brandon Allen (saxophone), Ross Stanley (piano/keys), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Nick Smalley (drums).
“One of the great guitarists in this country” Jamie Cullum BBC Radio 2
Award-winning guitarist Chris Allard is the first choice of many top artists, and has performed at major festivals and prestigious venues around the world.
Chris has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Tim Garland, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Carleen Anderson, Paul Roberts (The Stranglers), Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Steve Furst, Kate Dimbleby, Charlie Wood, Madeline Bell, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Ken Peplowski, to name but a few.
11pm-3am Tim Lapthorn Trio, DJ's plus JAM SESSION hosted by Brandon Allen @ Caipirinha £10/£5 after midnight
Tim Lapthorn (piano), Mark Lewandowski (bass) and Matt Home (drums)
Monday 25th August
1pm Ed Jones Quartet @ The Old Crown £12/£10
Ed Jones (saxes), Ross Stanley (piano), Riaan Vosloo (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).
A UK jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years, Ed works in the UK and internationally on a wide range of his own projects and collaborations.
His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse interests. Over the past decade he has performed with U.S jazz musicians George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Horace Silver, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. In the UK he has appeared with Dick Heckstall-Smith, John Stevens, District Six, Evan Parker, Jason Rebello, Orphey Robinson, Claire Martin, Don Weller, Byron Wallen, Tim Richard's Great Spirit, Damon Brown, Monk Liberation Front, Jonathon Gee and Steve Plews' Ascension and Paisean bands.
3pm Andy Panayi/Mark Nightingale Quartet @ Upstairs at the Gatehouse £15/£13
Andy Panayi (saxes), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Simon Woolf (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
"It would be impossible to find four more polished players on today's London jazz scene and, crucially, four who play together with such relaxed empathy. Panayi seems to be a master of every variety of saxophone yet invented, with flute added for good measure. Trombonist Mark Nightingale, bassist Simon Woolf and drummer Steve Brown complete an ensemble that, for all its lightness and fluidity, manages to produce an amazing variety of textures" Dave Gelly (The Observer)
5.30pm Sarah Gillespie Band @ Upstairs at the Gatehouse £15/£13
Sarah Gillespie (vocals/guitar), Tom Cawley (piano), Tim Thornton (bass) and Enzo Zirilli (drums).
Sarah Gillespie's music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism.
The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”
8.15pm The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival Orchestra featuring James Torme and Abigail Boyd
@ Upstairs at the Gatehouse £22/£20
James Torme (vocals), Abigail Boyd (vocals), Brandon Allen (Musical Director/tenor/flute), Nigel Hitchcock (alto), Sammy Mayne (alto/flute/clarinet), Graeme Blevins (tenor/flute/clarinet), Alex Garnett (baritone/flute), Tom Walsh (lead trumpet), Steve Fishwick (trpt), Freddie Gavita (trpt), Quentin Collins (trpt), Trevor Mires (trombone), Tom White (trb), Mark Nightingale (trb), Calum Au (bass trb), Ross Stanley (piano/keys/hammond organ), Chris Allard (guitar), Mark Lewandowski (bass), Ian Thomas (drums), Abigail Boyd (violin), Jessica Boyd (violin), violin (TBC), Gabriella Swallow (cello).
A brand new project put together especially for the festival by saxophonist/arranger and festival director Brandon Allen.
The Orchestra is comprised of some of the country's finest and most in demand musicians. The combined credits of these musicians are too numerous to mention.
The programme will include new arrangements of material by well known artists such as Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan, Weather Report, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and many others.
The concert will also feature American vocalist James Torme (son of Mel) as well as special guest Abigail Boyd.
Don't miss this one!
11pm till late Festival closing party @ Caipirinha £5
Day Pass 23rd August
Day Pass 24th August
Day pass 25th August
FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Kerim Gunes Band plus DJ's
Laura Jurd Quartet
Laura Jurd Quartet (CONCESSION)
Arnie Somagyi's Scenes in the City
Arnie Somagyi's Scenes in the City (CONCESSION)
Corina Piatti Trio
Corina Piatti Trio (CONCESSION)
Alex Garnett's London Supersax Project
Alex Garnett's London Supersax Project (CONCESSION)
Ross Stanley trio plus Jam session
Jean Toussaint's JT4
Jean Toussaint's JT4 (CONCESSION)
Artie Zaitz Organ trio
Artie Zaitz Organ trio (CONCESSION)
Anita Wardell Quartet
Anita Wardell Quartet (CONCESSION)
Chris Allard Band
Chris Allard Band (CONCESSION)
Tim Lapthorn trio plus Jam session
Ed Jones Quartet
Ed Jones Quartet (CONCESION)
Andy Panayi/Mark Nightingale Quartet
Andy Panayi/Mark Nightingale Quartet (CONCESSION)
Sarah Gillespie Band
Sarah Gillespie Band (CONCESSION)
Highgate Jazz with Soul Orchestra
Highgate Jazz with Soul Orchestra (CONCESSION)
Festival tickets/passes available soon...
They would have been soothed by this elegant duo gig, given in a wooden-beamed, sun-filled hall in Lauderdale House in Highgate.
Bobby Wellins, the tenor saxophonist who became famous back in the Sixties with Stan Tracey’s quartet, was the senior of the two. Kate Williams, the pianist, is junior by some decades. But one was never aware of the gap. They were as one in their understated, affectionate recreation of nine great standards.
In some ways it was more respectful than a gig from the middle of the last century might have been. When mused on ’s favourite song, Lover Man, in the Forties, he bent the tune imperiously to his will from the word go. Here Wellins first gave us the tune’s outline absolutely straight, and the duo were equally plain-speaking with the other numbers. Perhaps they’re aware that nowadays people need to have these great melodies spelled out.
However plain-speaking doesn’t imply timid. That same melody they coloured with Brazilian rhythms, which gave it a startlingly different flavour. My Funny Valentine they rendered as a waltz, one of several we heard in the course of the two sets.On the whole, though, this gig was all about fleeting subtleties of the kind that registered almost subliminally. In ’s Dream Dancing, Wellins coloured the repeated notes differently each time, but so deftly that it registered as a mood spread over the whole number.
As for Kate Williams, her touch was so unassertive it seemed colourless at first. But that’s because she was focused on the notes themselves, and wanted us to be too. She has a way of picking up on a hint in the original - a little pause between phrases, a harmonic turn - and pursuing it with mesmerising clarity.
Both players enjoyed their moments in the sun, but it was when they improvised together that things really took off. The highlight for me came at the end of Jimmy Witherspoon’s Sweet Slumber, when they wittily dovetailed their phrases, aiming like an arrow at a close that was surprising and yet exactly right.
The Guardian, Wednesday 29 August 2012
Brigitte Beraha, the lyrical, Italian-born singer-songwriter, and Gareth Williams, the powerful Welsh pianist, between them embodied the fundamentals of the Jazz With Soul weekender in London's Highgate: spontaneity, high-class UK jazz artistry and a cherishing of popular song. Beraha's Saturday performance and Williams's Sunday afternoon show with his Power Trio also called for other kinds of improv skills – Beraha had to reinvent her gig for a duo in the absence of her traffic-jammed trumpeter, Williams found himself wrestling with a recalcitrant PA – but neither artist's style was audibly cramped.
The last-minute reshuffle probably inclined Beraha to more jazz standbys than originals, imperturbably propelled by the resourcefulness of excellent pianist Ross Stanley. She's a fine singer of well-travelled materials, however. Jobim's Wave found her coolly squeezing and stretching the samba pulse, My One and Only Love and I'm Old Fashioned were softly confiding and briskly improvisational respectively, and Jerome Kern's In Love in Vain was yearning and robust. Beraha's more impressionistic, Norma Winstone influences nonetheless did surface on gracefully folksy, mostly wordless originals in both sets, and her handling of Kenny Wheeler's steadily building, wide-interval song, Kayak, showed how much subtle technique she keeps in reserve.
By coincidence, Williams also performed In Love in Vain at his Sunday gig. His version was vocally huskier and more shruggingly resigned, with the real focus being his scalding piano solo over Laurence Cottle's bass-walk. With Cottle and the emphatic drummer Ian Thomas, Williams mixed crisp blues and funk on electric piano with fast, rising lines (Evans the Piano) and an inventively choppy, dissonant account of John Coltrane's Giant Steps on the acoustic instrument. Williams's big strengths are a Bill Evans-like talent for varying the weight and shapes of phrases across long improvisations, and a blazing uptempo swing. He's an unassuming local star in a jazz-piano territory jammed with hot competition.
Camden New Journal
THERE’S every prospect of a third Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival next autumn following the huge success of the recent festival held over the Bank Holiday weekend.
“Despite all the hard work and late nights, it’s been worth it – and yes, I’m already thinking about next year,” says festival organiser, tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen.
“The amount of people who’ve have come up to me and said ‘thanks for staging such an event’ means, how can I stop now? The support from the public and local businesses has been magnificent.
“Venues not in the recent festival have already come forward and said they’d like to get involved next year, so I’m sure we can have an even better festival next year.
“We now need to work to get some more funding and more people to provide sponsorship.
“If that happens, we can get more acts like the amazing Jacqui Dankworth.”