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I've taken a break from festival promotion to focus on my own musical projects for the last few years.
I may undertake another venture in the future, possibly in a new location. Stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone's support of the Highgate Jazz Festival.
Brandon Allen x
Please scroll down the page for programme information and advance tickets...
We would like to thank this years sponsors...
The 606 Club http://www.606club.co.uk/
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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/
Brandon Allen saxophone masterclass
12pm-1.30pm Highgate United Reformed Church £15
Brandon has performed with a wide variety of artists including Eric Clapton, Paloma Faith, Jools Holland, Kyle Eastwood, Neil Diamond, US3, Liane Caroll, Antonio Forcione, Omar, The Blockheads, Tony Hadley, Stan Tracey and many others.
He regularly hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scotts as well touring throughout the UK, Europe and Asia with the Kyle Eastwood Band.
Brandon has conducted masterclasses and private tuition at The Sydney Conservatorium(Australia), LIPA(Liverpool), The London Contemporary College of Music, the Cambridge Jazz Co-op and at various venues around the UK and Australia whilst on tour.
Jason Rebello piano masterclass
2.30pm-4pm Highgate United Reformed Church £15
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello first came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter in the early 1990’s.
He was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence of that period and was quickly signed to BMG records on a three-album deal. He produced a further two albums by the end of the decade and toured extensively with his own band in the UK and internationally before he was invited by Sting join his band.
Jason recorded with Sting on his Grammy winning albums Brand New Day 1999, All This Time 2001 and Sacred Love 2003.
It was through an introduction from Sting that Jason met guitar legend Jeff Beck in 2006. He worked together with Beck on his 2010 album Emotion and Commotion and co-wrote the Grammy winning single Hammerhead.
Jason is a well respected educator, lecturing at various schools and music colleges including The Guildhall School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Welsh National College of Music and Bath Spa University.
He runs workshops and master classes at Jazz Festivals both in the UK and Europe. He also helped establish the Jazz Factory at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
The Martin Speake Trio
5.30-6.45pm Highgate United Reformed Church £15/£13 1 x 75 minute set plus encore
Martin Speake came to prominence with the award-winning saxophone quartet, Itchy Fingers, but rapidly became established as a virtuoso in his own right, performing and recording with a galaxy of international stars from both Europe and USA including the legendary US drummer Paul Motian (Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett), pianists Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and Bobo Stenson (ECM recording Star).
“Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent”
Martin Speake (alto saxophone), Mike Outram (guitar) and Mark Sanders (drums/percussion).
The Jason Rebello/Brandon Allen duo project featuring guest vocalist Abigail Boyd.
8-10pm Highgate United Reformed Church £20/£18 2 x 45 minute sets plus encore
Jason and Brandon first played together on tour in France with bassist Kyle Eastwood.
They will be performing a selection of original material, contemporary jazz compositions and world music.
Abigail Boyd has performed at the Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival every year and stole the show last year while performing with the Festival Orchestra, singing and playing the violin.
Abigail's silky tone and approach transports the listener back to the era of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'day.
This is guaranteed to be a festival highlight.
Jason Rebello (piano), Brandon Allen (saxophones) and Abigail Boyd (vocals).
Sunday 30th August
The Sara Mitra Band
6.30pm-7.45pm Lauderdale House £17.50/£15 1 x 75 minute set plus encore
A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Mitra’s original songs hold their own within a strong set of well-known standards and fresh reworkings of traditional numbers.
The new triple-A side single ‘Baltimore Oriole / In The Pines / The Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man’ (produced by Ben ‘Nostalgia 77’ Lamdin) gives audiences a chance to hear select tracks from Mitra’s forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’.
Recorded using vintage tape technology, the 7tet’s reworking of the classic standard ‘Baltimore Oriole’ is already garnering airplay across the jazz/soul/alternative network, with music featured on Jamie Cullum for BBC Radio 2, Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show and Dom Servini’s award-winning Wah Wah 45’s monthly broadcast.
“I love her voice, I love her Englishness.” Gilles Peterson
Sara Mitra (vocals/guitar), Ross Stanley (Organ), Alex Bonney (trumpet), James Allsopp (tenor saxophone),
Rob Updegraff (guitar), Riaan Vosloo (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).
Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble
9pm-10.15pm Lauderdale House £17.50/£15 1 x 75 minute set plus encore
Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.”
Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).
In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness.
Gilad Atzmon (saxes/clarinet), Frank Harrison (piano and electronics), Jaron Stavi (bass) and Derin Bayan (drums).
Bank Holiday Monday 31st August
The Charlie Wood Band
2pm-3.15pm Upstairs at the Gatehouse £20/£18 1 x 75 minute set plus encore
Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music.
Born in Memphis, TN in 1967, Charlie spent many years there performing nightly with his Hammond organ trio in a long-standing residency at King’s Palace on Beale Street. The gig became known to touring musicians and locals alike, attracting impromptu sit-ins from B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco, George Coleman, Mulgrew Miller, Alvin Batiste, and many others.
In October 2014, Wood became the 136th recipient of a Brass Note on Beale Street, the Memphis equivalent of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Previous recipients include such musical luminaries as B.B. King, Al Green, and Isaac Hayes.
“…the growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen, and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling.”
Charlie Wood (piano/keys/vocals), Tom Walsh (trumpet), Ben Castle (tenor saxophone), Mark Nightingale (trombone),
Chris Allard (guitar), Dudley Phillips (bass), Nic France (drums).
5pm-6.15pm Upstairs at the Gatehouse £20/£18 1 x 75 minute set plus encore
Since 1996 Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their energetic performances of tightly knit themes and groove-based sound, bridging the gap between New York swing, European improv and UK jam band. Partisans are a real band, honed over their years together, where the combination of each member's influences feeds a genuine creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. They are widely acknowledged as the godfathers of the new wave of British jazz.
**** "restless, almost reckless energy, delirious listening....consistently thrilling" BBC Music magazine
Julian Siegel (saxophones), Phil Robson (guitar), Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).
The Brandon Allen Sextet with special guest Abigail Boyd
8pm-10.15pm Upstairs at the Gatehouse £22/£20 2 x 50 minute sets plus encore
The Brandon Allen Sextet was formed 3 years ago with the intention of creating the ultimate dream band. All members of the band are highly respected soloists, leaders and composers/arrangers in their own right.
The idea was to perform exciting new arrangements of much loved standard material, the tunes geared towards showcasing the improvising talents of the frontline as well as the rhythm section.
The group has sold out Ronnie Scott's twice, performed at the Swanage Jazz Festival, Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, Wigan Jazz, The Herts Jazz Festival and the Southport Winter Weekender.
Expect a diverse selection of material with virtuosic soloing and melodic arrangements.
The sextet will be joined by vocalist Abigail Boyd on a few numbers arranged especially for the festival.
"And make no mistake, theirs was a world-class performance....a front line that Art Blakey would have branded “the baddest cats in town”.... Nightingale was amazing. His slide-trombone lines were executed more cleanly and speedily than most trumpeters could manage, and Hitchcock’s range and fluency were phenomenal."
Jack Massarik, The Evening Standard
Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone/arrangements), Nigel Hitchcock (alto saxophone), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Tim Lapthorn (piano), Sam Burgess (bass), Ian Thomas (drums) and Abigail Boyd (guest vocals).