Pianist Gwilym Simcock unveiled a new ‘European’ trio last night at the Vortex in London. Accompanied by Italian-based Russian bassist Yuri Goloubev and upcoming UK drummer James Maddren, Simcock led the group through an energetic two-hour set in front of a full house at the popular jazz club. The first piece was made up of three compositions ‘Suite For Music,’ ‘Message,’ and, ‘Too Close To Call’ and set the tone for the rest of the performance in terms of the way the music built in intensity before reaching its climax and slowly quietening again.

The Brecon Jazz Festival – one of the most important UK jazz festivals and the leading Welsh jazz festival – has sent a letter to its creditors explaining that it has suffered "a significant loss" this year and will be suspending all payments for the time being. This year’s festival experienced a lower attendance than usual partly as a result of the bad weather conditions during the event in early August. 

ECM has confirmed that pianist Keith Jarrett is to perform a rare solo concert in London at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 1 December. He last played London, again at the Festival Hall on 3 May 2003 but with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette on that occasion. There is bound to be keen demand for the concert as Jarrett habitually fills large concert halls worldwide, with equally strong appeal to jazz and classical fans.  Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 29 October - for more information visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk


Bassist Mike Janisch’s TransAtlantic Collective embarks on an extensive tour at the end of the month. The band which has been together for three years intends to release its debut album Traveling Song after the tour, and, as its name suggests is a US/UK/Euro collaboration comprised of Janisch on bass, US alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, UK Trumpeters Quentin Collins and Neil Yates, pianists John Escreet and Estonian Kristjan Randalu, and Luxembourg drummer Paul Wiltgen. Dates include Ronnie Scott’s (30-31 October and 1 November), Gumbles, Stafford (4 Nov), Matt and Phred’s Manchester (5 Nov), Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (6 Nov), Jazz Bar Edinburgh (7-8 Nov), West Brewery Hall Glasgow (9 Nov), Stables Milton Keynes (11 Nov), Charlie Wright’s London (14 Nov), Under the Edge Wotton, (15 Nov), the Drum Birmingham (16 Nov), Purcell Room London (18 Nov), Hull Jazz Club (19 Nov), Sheffield Jazz Club (20 Nov), Jagz Ascot (23 Nov), Ram Jam Kingston (25 Nov) and 606 Club London (26 Nov).

Led Bib have announced a trio of UK dates for November 2008. Winners of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2005, the performances will be in support of the quintet’s latest, limited edition mini-album Led Bib Live, recorded at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho last year. The album draws on material from the band’s two previous critically acclaimed albums, 2005’s Arboretum and 2007’s Sizewell Tea. The performances will also see the band previewing material from their next studio album Sensible Shoes, due to be released in the spring of 2009 on US based label Cuneiform Records. Dates include: The Farmhouse, Canterbury, 6 November; The Arts Theatre Club, London (as part of the London Jazz Festival) 20 November and Taylor John’s House, Coventry, 21 November. For further details visit www.ledbib.com

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