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Ben Wiiliams

Aug
03

Ben Wiiliams

A Manchester based singer-songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature  of  Jack  Johnson,  Ben  Williams  is  a  difficult  artist  to  pigeonhole  and  is  all  the  better  for  it.  His  new  self-­‐produced  album,  ‘Who  Do  You  Think  You  Are?’,  has  been  seven  years  in  the  making,  as  Williams  –  earning  a  living  as  an  in-­‐demand  session  guitarist  –  wrote  his  own  songs  in  the  spare  time  he  had  between  playing  and  recording  with  other  artists.  With  a  clear  passion  for  music,  he  wrote  something  like  60  songs  over  this  period,  of  which  the  best  11  have  been  chosen  to  make  up  his  debut  album.  Self-­‐produced  and  featuring  a  selection  of  the  finest  musicians  in  Manchester,  Williams  has  delivered  a  genuine  gem  of  a  debut.  Often  quirky,  sometimes  funny,  and  occasionally  more  reflective,  the  songs  demonstrate  a  fantastic  range  of  approaches  and  ideas.  

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Wendy Kirkland: The Piano Divas

Aug
04

Building a strong reputation nationwide for her skillful interpretation of the music of  great pianist singers from the 1950s to the present, Wendy Kirkland, with her fine band, puts her own spin on the work of Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Eliane Elias and more.

“Proper jazz piano, excellent band….. very classy". **** Dave Gelly, The Observer


Elliott Morris

Aug
10

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Jeremy Sassoon Trio

Aug
11

Concluding the impromptu series of vocal-led jazz performances we’ve hosted over the past month, tonight we welcome renowned Manchester pianist-singer Jeremy Sassoon and his band. Highly praised for his superb big band covering the Ray Charles repertoire, much in demand as an entertainer at some of the country’s most prestigious hotels, with an i-Tunes number one single on his CV and a busy schedule, it’s easy to see why Sassoon’s popularity is spreading. Tonight's show concentrates on material from his new album, released last month, recorded live at Pizza Express jazz club in Soho.

"It is a mark of true showmanship when a performer knows when to change the speed or the vibe, taking the audience on an emotional journey, and that is exactly what Jeremy Sassoon did at his sold-out show!’" London Jazz News.


Claude Bourbon

Aug
17

Claude Bourbon

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings. 

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Trefor Owen Quartet

Aug
18

A superb guitarist and long-time crusader for the jazz cause, Owen has worked with most of the greats in the jazz guitar world, and to this day continues to run guitar courses, workshops and festivals and to encourage younger musicians to develop their craft. With playing very much in the vein of masters of the instrument such as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall & Joe Pass, tonight he leads his excellent quartet through a survey of the standard repertoire, featuring superb young saxophonist Liam Byrne and go-to Manchester bassist Dave Turner.


Blues Collusion

Aug
24

Blues Collusion

Coming from two very different musical and cultural backgrounds (Amera was born in Birmingham, UK and Rolly, Hungary), they have been able to cleverly combine their diverse music skills, influences and experiences to create a unique, current and original blues sound which is likely to appeal to Blues fans both old and new.

For Amera, her lyrics are all about emotion. She has always allowed emotions to drive her music and lyrics and finds it more difficult to write a song if she can't ‘feel’ the emotion behind it. All of songs on the Album tell a story, some of sadness and regret (as is typical of original Blues songs) but also a different kind of Blues – a yearning for ‘something’ or merely an emotion, such as love that is so desperate, it is almost painful.

For Rolly, it is more about his sheer love for Blues music which began when first started learning to play the guitar. The more he played Blues and listened to the music of great Blues artists, the more he became hooked. At the same time, Rolly became impressed by the story of the Blues and its transformation from its origins, right up to the modern era. He also learnt a lot about Blues music at University (he graduated as a Music Producer at Staffordshire University).
Currently, he loves the challenge of composing music, which has his own take on Blues but, at the same time still conforms to blues ‘rules’.


Free Parking

Aug
25

Just about the longest-established band in the North-West- with a dangerous name for a Bank Holiday weekend in Ambleside - led throughout its life by virtuoso flautist/saxophonist Harold Salisbury, one of the most respected players on the circuit and a musician of immense experience.


Day 1 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

Aug
30

Day 1 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival

7:30 Ambleside Days Trio with Mike Walker, Asaf Sirkis and Gwilym Simcock. 9.00 

The Tim Garland Quartet  

Day 1 of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


Day 2 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival.

Aug
31

Day 2 Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival.

7:30pm Paul McCandless & Charged Particles 9.00pm Joe Locke Band with special guest Claire Martin Starring Joe Locke - Vibraphone Gwilym Simcock - Piano Mike Walker - Guitar Darryl Hall - Bass Alyn Cosker - Drums Special Guest - Claire Martin

Day 2 of the festival. Tickets can be purchased from the special Ambleside Days Tab above or by phoning 015394 33845.

£35 per day plus £15 for the Saturday afternoon concert - book on-line.

£130 for a 4 day pass to all the concerts - to book please ring 015394 33845.


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