Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, situated in the city’s Education Quarter and considered one of the UK’s leading conservatoires, has assembled a strong jazz strand as part of its autumn programming that covers classical, opera and folk. Dates are: Billy Cobham and Asere (9 Oct); F-ire Collective Large Ensemble: Tales from London (11 Oct); Django Bates and Stormchaser (16 Oct); Uri Caine with Sinfonia VIVA (22 Oct); Bobo Stenson Trio (25 Oct); Claire Martin (7 Nov); Bass day UK 2008 (9 Nov); The Bays and The Heritage Orchestra (11 Nov); Richard Bona plus Muntu (13 Nov); Christian Wallumrod Ensemble (30 Nov); RNCM Big Band with Pete Long (12 Dec).
Pictured: Bobo Stenson 

Lauderdale House – the charming venue set in the peaceful surroundings of Waterlow Park in London’s Highgate – has just announced its autumn schedule of Jazz in the House concerts which begin on 2 October with veteran saxophonist Art Themen plus a band that includes Don Weller and Mornington Lockett. Singer Anita Wardell follows on 16 October with pianist Nikki Iles on 23 October, then Shireen Francis on 6 November and a London Jazz Festival outing on 20 November for Back Door Too. Singer Liane Carroll follows on 27 November and the season concludes with Guy Barker and Roger Kellaway on 3 December. For more go to
Pictured: Guy Barker

The London Jazz Festival, which dominates the city’s jazz calendar and is probably the biggest jazz festival in the UK, has launched its full programme. Held in association with BBC Radio 3 and sponsored by Jazzwise, the festival offers a huge array of performances this year across the city, in concert halls and clubs with a burgeoning education programme and a raft of free and family-oriented events. Highlights include two concerts by Herbie Hancock, the first appearance of the new Five Peace band with Chick Corea and John McLaughlin plus a host of big names including Roy Hargrove with the BBC Big Band, Kenny Werner, Courtney Pine, Empirical, Martin Taylor, Kurt Elling, Jack DeJohnette, Chucho Valdez and Danilo Perez. For the full line-up go to
Pictured: Herbie Hancock

Don’t miss the October issue of Jazzwise, out on 26 September, for a fantastic free covermount DVD video, Derby Jazz The Movie, that features a full length film of the Derby Jazz Festival 2007. This must-see movie, which lasts over 1 hour and 40 minutes, includes specially commissioned performances from some of the hottest names in the UK, including Tom Cawley’s Curios, Phil Robson’s Six Strings and The Beat, Corey Mwamba Quintet, Jonny Phillips Oriole, Julian Siegel Quartet, Troyka, East Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra with Graham Collier and Harry Beckett, John Bailey Trio with Julian Siegel and Christine Tobin, winner of this year's BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist. Demand for this issue will be huge so place your order with your newsagent now or subscribe, save money on a year’s subscription and get a great free Universal jazz CD free.
Pictured: Tom Cawley 

The annual Scarborough Jazz Festival takes place later this month from 26-28 September with a line-up that includes the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra, Alcyona, Courtney Pine, Jamil Sheriff’s Octet, Alan Barnes’ Ellingtonians, Claire Martin, BBC Big Band with Clare Teal, Empirical and Tom Cawley's Curios. For more info go to
Pictured: Courtney Pine

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