Match&Fuse Festival, a celebration of contemporary music designed to showcase new work and to bring together acts from all over Europe, returns to the capital from 2-4 October, with dates at east London venues The Vortex, Rich Mix and Café Oto. The festival will kick off at The Vortex at 8pm on Thursday 2 October with sets from Norwegian extreme jazz ensemble SynKoke, Swiss improv rock group Schellertollermeier and young British pianist Elliot Galvin, who leads his trio in a collaboration with saxophonist Harald Lassen and Norwegian band Pixel.

On Friday 3 October the event moves to Rich Mix for performances from hip hop troop Lazy Habits; a vocal ensemble led by Ben See, featuring female beatboxing champions Bellatrix and Grace Savage, and sets from Sun Ra and Frank Zappa inspired The Comet is Coming with reeds player Shabaka Hutchings. Saxophonist James Allsopp will also be appearing, alongside Nohaybandatrio, with jazz-core ensemble Doffs Poi completing the line-up for the second day.

On Saturday 4 October the music is split between two venues. Doom jazz band Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Norwegian group Monkey Plot and the improvising Lana Trio with saxophonist John Butcher will appear at Café Oto from 8pm, with parallel sets from Lunch Money, Twinscapes, Snorkel and Physics House Band, along with a free performance from the Wolfram Trio, at The Vortex. The festival culminates with a procession led by The Eirik Tofte Match&Fuse Orchestra who will make their way from Café Oto, where they are headlining the last night of the event, to the Vortex for a second set.

– Thomas Rees

Tickets for events at this year’s festival cost between £7 and £14, with full festival passes available for £24

For more info and tickets go towww.matchandfuse.co.uk

jazzwise-october14-cover-300Multi-Grammy award winning singer Diana Krall has had to postpone both her autumn American tour and the release of her new album Wallflower – which was due for release in October – until 2 February 2015, due to a severe case of pneumonia. In a statement released today, Krall’s label Verve stated ‘Diana’s condition has become much more chronic than first anticipated, and she is unable to travel or engage in any promotional or touring activities for at least another 6 weeks to 2 months’. The news broke just after the October issue of Jazzwise (picture left) went on sale with a striking cover feature on Krallm with an exclusive interview with the Canadian vocalist in what is now some four months ahead of the album’s new release date.

Krall released a statement about her disappointment at the postponement of the tour and album release date: “I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album Wallflower and the Wallflower US Fall Tour until next year. I’ve been battling a severe case of pneumonia and am under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health,” say Krall. “Performing is both a privilege and a joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that.  It is frustrating to be so close to the record release and have to delay but I am very proud of this record and want to be able to give you all my very best when we finally present this music to you. Thank you so much for your understanding.” 

Wallflower includes her own reinterpretations of songs that have inspired her since the late 1960s in what is the first new studio recording from the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer since she released Glad Rag Doll in October 2012. The new album includes songs such as the Mamas and Papas’ ‘California Dreamin’’, the Eagles’ ‘Desperado’, Elton John’s ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, Bob Dylan’s ‘Wallflower’ and a previously unreleased new composition by Paul McCartney, ‘If I Take You Home Tonight’, all interpreted in her unique style which has seen her become the biggest selling female jazz album artist of the past 30 years.

The album is produced by David Foster, the Canadian pianist, songwriter and producer who has a string of major production credits and 16 Grammy Awards. Krall previously worked with Foster, who is also chairman of Verve Music Group, on the soundtrack of The Score, a 2001 movie starring Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro where she performed ‘I’ll Make It Up, As I Go’, written by Foster. Jazzwise wishes Diana a speedy recovery.

– Mike Flynn
– Photo by Tim Dickeson

The 2014 MOBO nominations have been announced, with five acts in the running for this year’s Best Jazz Act category. Established names include respected pianist/composer Jason Rebello, soul-jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane and Scandinavian-British trio Phronesis who have all made the list, along with newcomer 17 year old Slovakian-born guitar prodigy Andreas Varady and talented 32-year old Peter Edwards, a piano graduate from London’s Trinity College of Music who also appears of McFarlane’s recent album If You Knew Her. Both Edwards and Varady released their debut albums this year. Kwabs, a London based vocalist and alumnus of both the Royal Academy of Music and NYJO, whose music touches upon R&B, soul and electronica, was nominated in the Best Newcomer category.

The MOBOs, or music of black origin awards, were founded in 1996 by Kanya King and Andy Ruffell. The jazz category was suspended in 2006 but reinstated the following year as a result of widespread protests. Previous recent winners of the category include pianist Zoe Rahman; Kairos Quartet, led by saxophonist Adam Waldmann; and Sons of Kemet, featuring reeds player Shabaka Hutchings, tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall and drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford.

The winners of this year’s awards will be decided by a public vote and will be announced at a ceremony held on 22 October at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

– Thomas Rees

For more info and to cast your vote www.mobo.com

 

London-born, Cape Town-raised vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire returns to the UK with a performance at The Pheasantry in Chelsea on Sunday 28 September. Having spent the last five years living in New York where she was a student at the Manhattan School of Music, Schrire has released two albums to date (Freedom Flight and Space and Time) along with a six-track EP of folky originals entitled To The Spring, which came out earlier this year.

To mark her London homecoming, she’s put together a new ensemble, featuring drummer Jon Scott (of Dice Factory and Kairos 4Tet), pianist Tom Hewson (founder of Treehouse) and bassist Matt Ridley, known for his work with Jason Yarde and Darius Brubeck, with saxophonist and Kairos 4Tet leader Adam Waldmann also appearing, as a special guest.

In October of this year, Schrire will make her debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the UBUNTU festival, a celebration of South African music, which features the likes of Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim. Her London set will draw upon similar influences, with classics of the South African jazz canon standing shoulder to shoulder with original compositions.

– Thomas Rees

For more info and tickets go to www.pizzaexpresslive.com

Keyboardist and composer Bill Laurance of globetrotting groove masters Snarky Puppy, who recently played to 8,000 people at the North Sea Jazz Festival, is set to tour in October the UK under his own name in support of his debut solo album, Flint.

British-born Laurance is a founding member of Snarky Puppy, and thanks to their strong UK fanbase is coming over for eight gigs that include headline shows at Manchester’s Band On The Wall and London’s Ronnie Scott’s. Laurance’s trio features Snarky bassist/bandleader Michael League and the group’s explosive drummer, Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, along with a string quartet, all combining to reproduce the album’s epic string-laden themes and heavy latin-funk dance grooves.

Dates are: St George’s, Bristol (3 Oct); Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (4 Oct); Ronnie Scott’s, London (5 Oct); Glee Club, Birmingham (6 Oct); Band on the Wall, Manchester (7 Oct); The Grand, Clitheroe (8 Oct); The Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber (9 Oct); and Turner Sims, Southampton (10 Oct).

– Mike Flynn

For more info go to
www.billlaurance.com

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