Jazz festival 2017

Background

The Fifth Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) ran from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th February 2017 and took place at The Capstone Theatre (part of Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP).

LIJF was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University and previous years have seen performances from Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Roller Trio, Get the Blessing, Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, Led Bib, Andy Sheppard, Philip Catherine, Jason Rebello, GoGo Penguin, Troyka, Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio and the James Taylor Quartet amongst others.

Alongside a range of free sets from North West artists on Saturday 25th February 2017, a free admission Milapfest concert featuring music traversing jazz and Indian classical music styles by violinist Jyotsna Srikanth's Maya Jazz (Saturday 25th February at 1pm) and discussion/workshop sessions throughout the four day period (details to be announced), the core of the Festival’s programme comprised five main headline performances:

The Festival opened on Thursday 23rd February at 7pm, with a set from Liverpool’s Blind Monk Trio, a group who describe themselves as an eastern bop cinematic alt jazz trio. The original line up for this concert, Sons of Kemet, whose music is frenetic, earth-shaking and always electrifying, had to postpone fue to Storm Doris. This show will be reorganised in Spring 2017. Sons of Kemet features four of the UK jazz scene’s brightest stars. Led by saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ Shabaka Hutchings, the group includes Theon Cross on tuba and both Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Babyshambles) and Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke) on drums. 

On Friday 24th February at 7pm, Manchester based quartet Mammal Hands performed a mesmerising set. Signed to Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records, Mammal Hands has carved out a growing following both in the UK and abroad for their hypnotic fusion of jazz, folk and electronica, appealing to fans from Bonobo and Gilles Peterson to Jamie Cullum. Support was from Wandering Monster, winners of Jazz North’s Introducing scheme.  

On Saturday 25th February at 7pm there was a concert by The David Helbock Trio. Creative, open, hip and unique, Austrian piano wizard David Helbock studied classical piano at the Feldkirch Conservatory, Austria with Prof. Ferenc Bognar and later became a private student of the NY jazz pianist Peter Madsen. With various musical projects, like The David Helbock Trio, David Helbock's Random/Control and as a solo artist, he has toured all over the planet. This concert was supported by the locally based Norwegian drummer Viktor Nordberg and his trio. 

Previous Festivals have each featured a free saxophone workshop, sponsored by Curly Woodwind and this year by D’Addario Woodwinds, and past workshop leaders have included renowned sax players such as Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, Brandon Allen and Andy Sheppard. This year, saxophonist/composer Iain Ballamy delivered an 11am session on the final day of the Festival, Sunday 26th February. Iain Ballamy has been a major contributor to improvised music in Britain for three decades since leading his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s in 1984 aged 20. He was a co-founder of Loose Tubes, the innovative large ensemble, and has recently performed saxophone concertos as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic and concert orchestras. 

Following his workshop at 1pm in the Capstone Theatre, Ballamy, along with pianist Huw Warren played as Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren, a duo concert in which they will performed a programme spanning centuries and continents ranging from classical works by Dowland, Chopin and Butterworth through to early and rare English folk songs, re-workings of classic Jazz standards, Brazilian masterpieces and their own contemporary original works. 

The Festival concluded on Sunday 26th February at 7.30pm with an explosive concert by The Neil Cowley Trio. Neil Cowley has toured and recorded with bands such as Brand New Heavies and Zero 7.  He has become the go-to pianist, lending his golden touch to many chart smashing hits including contributions to Adele’s global chart toppers, 19 and 21 (making him quite literally 2011’s most listened to pianist on the planet!). He formed The Neil Cowley Trio in 2005 and has produced six critically acclaimed albums, most recently Spacebound Apes in 2016. 

This year's Liverpool International Jazz Festival was generously supported by LiverpoolJazz, Milapfest and D'Addario Woodwind.

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Performances

 

Artist

Date

Time

Ticket Price

Sons of Kemet (support from Blind Monk Trio)  Thurs 23rd Feb 2017 7pm   £11.50
Perspectives on Improvisation Fri 24th Feb 2017 1pm Free
Mammal Hands (support from Wandering Monster)  Fri 24th Feb 2017 7pm  £11.50
Milapfest presents Maya Jazz  Sat 25th Feb 2017 1pm Free
Firebird Quartet  Sat 25th Feb 2017 3.15pm Free
Pat McCarthy Quartet ft. Shannon Reilly  Sat 25th Feb 2017 4.25pm Free
Johnny Hunter Quartet  Sat 25th Feb 2017 5.35pm Free
David Helbock Trio (support from Viktor Nordberg Trio)  Sat 25th Feb 2017 7pm  £11.50
Saxophone Workshop - Iain Ballamy  Sun 26th Feb 2017 11am  Free
Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren  Sun 26th Feb 2017 1pm  £11.50
Neil Cowley Trio

 Sun 26th Feb 2017

7.30pm  £11.50
       

 

Workshops

Sunday 26th Feb 2017, 11am

The Great Hall, Creative Campus

Saxophone Workshop - Iain Ballamy

Free Admission

 

Renowned saxophonist, Guildhall and Royal Academy of Music professor and composer Iain Ballamy shared his inside knowledge of the saxophone in this presentation as a D’addario endorsee of 20 years.

Topics covered included reeds and mouthpiece set up, articulation, sound production and control as well as practical practice techniques.

With space for anecdotes, discussion and questions, this promises to provide insight and prove valuable to players of all levels. The workshop also served as an excellent introduction to Iain's concert with Huw Warren at 1pm. 

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This workshop was sponsored by D'Addario Woodwinds and Curly Woodwind. 

 

Contact

For LIJF enquiries please contact the Festival Director, Neil Campbell.

For general Capstone Theatre enquiries please e-mail The Capstone Theatre - capstone@hope.ac.uk 

 

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Liverpool International Jazz Festival on social media:

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Buy Tickets

You can purchase tickets for Liverpool International Jazz Festival events via TicketQuarter:

Ticket Quarter footer logo

Website: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/the-capstone-theatre

Telephone: 0844 8000 410

 

TicketQuarter operates the box office for most events in the Capstone Theatre.

To purchase tickets in advance (up to 12 noon on the day of the performance) you can either visit the box office at TicketQuarter, Merseytravel Centre, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RG, or call 0844 8000 410. You can also buy tickets online at www.thecapstonetheatre.com by following the link to buy tickets for the event you wish to attend on the events page or underneath the selected event picture on the What’s on page.

Please note: when tickets are purchased with debit/credit cards a £2.25 transaction fee applied to each transaction. No additional charges are applied for payments made in cash at the box office. 

A box office will be available at the venue on the evening of events, provided there are tickets still available. The evening box office normally opens 30 minutes before the start of an event.

 

Background

The Fifth Liverpool International Jazz Festival (LIJF) ran from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th February 2017 and took place at The Capstone Theatre (part of Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP).

LIJF was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University and previous years have seen performances from Courtney Pine, Denys Baptiste, Roller Trio, Get the Blessing, Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, Led Bib, Andy Sheppard, Philip Catherine, Jason Rebello, GoGo Penguin, Troyka, Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio and the James Taylor Quartet amongst others.

Alongside a range of free sets from North West artists on Saturday 25th February 2017, a free admission Milapfest concert featuring music traversing jazz and Indian classical music styles by violinist Jyotsna Srikanth's Maya Jazz (Saturday 25th February at 1pm) and discussion/workshop sessions throughout the four day period (details to be announced), the core of the Festival’s programme comprised five main headline performances:

The Festival opened on Thursday 23rd February at 7pm, with a set from Liverpool’s Blind Monk Trio, a group who describe themselves as an eastern bop cinematic alt jazz trio. The original line up for this concert, Sons of Kemet, whose music is frenetic, earth-shaking and always electrifying, had to postpone fue to Storm Doris. This show will be reorganised in Spring 2017. Sons of Kemet features four of the UK jazz scene’s brightest stars. Led by saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ Shabaka Hutchings, the group includes Theon Cross on tuba and both Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Babyshambles) and Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke) on drums. 

On Friday 24th February at 7pm, Manchester based quartet Mammal Hands performed a mesmerising set. Signed to Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records, Mammal Hands has carved out a growing following both in the UK and abroad for their hypnotic fusion of jazz, folk and electronica, appealing to fans from Bonobo and Gilles Peterson to Jamie Cullum. Support was from Wandering Monster, winners of Jazz North’s Introducing scheme.  

On Saturday 25th February at 7pm there was a concert by The David Helbock Trio. Creative, open, hip and unique, Austrian piano wizard David Helbock studied classical piano at the Feldkirch Conservatory, Austria with Prof. Ferenc Bognar and later became a private student of the NY jazz pianist Peter Madsen. With various musical projects, like The David Helbock Trio, David Helbock's Random/Control and as a solo artist, he has toured all over the planet. This concert was supported by the locally based Norwegian drummer Viktor Nordberg and his trio. 

Previous Festivals have each featured a free saxophone workshop, sponsored by Curly Woodwind and this year by D’Addario Woodwinds, and past workshop leaders have included renowned sax players such as Dave O'Higgins, Tony Kofi, Brandon Allen and Andy Sheppard. This year, saxophonist/composer Iain Ballamy delivered an 11am session on the final day of the Festival, Sunday 26th February. Iain Ballamy has been a major contributor to improvised music in Britain for three decades since leading his own quartet at Ronnie Scott’s in 1984 aged 20. He was a co-founder of Loose Tubes, the innovative large ensemble, and has recently performed saxophone concertos as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic and concert orchestras. 

Following his workshop at 1pm in the Capstone Theatre, Ballamy, along with pianist Huw Warren played as Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren, a duo concert in which they will performed a programme spanning centuries and continents ranging from classical works by Dowland, Chopin and Butterworth through to early and rare English folk songs, re-workings of classic Jazz standards, Brazilian masterpieces and their own contemporary original works. 

The Festival concluded on Sunday 26th February at 7.30pm with an explosive concert by The Neil Cowley Trio. Neil Cowley has toured and recorded with bands such as Brand New Heavies and Zero 7.  He has become the go-to pianist, lending his golden touch to many chart smashing hits including contributions to Adele’s global chart toppers, 19 and 21 (making him quite literally 2011’s most listened to pianist on the planet!). He formed The Neil Cowley Trio in 2005 and has produced six critically acclaimed albums, most recently Spacebound Apes in 2016. 

This year's Liverpool International Jazz Festival was generously supported by LiverpoolJazz, Milapfest and D'Addario Woodwind.

‌‌

Performances

 

Artist

Date

Time

Ticket Price

Sons of Kemet (support from Blind Monk Trio)  Thurs 23rd Feb 2017 7pm   £11.50
Perspectives on Improvisation Fri 24th Feb 2017 1pm Free
Mammal Hands (support from Wandering Monster)  Fri 24th Feb 2017 7pm  £11.50
Milapfest presents Maya Jazz  Sat 25th Feb 2017 1pm Free
Firebird Quartet  Sat 25th Feb 2017 3.15pm Free
Pat McCarthy Quartet ft. Shannon Reilly  Sat 25th Feb 2017 4.25pm Free
Johnny Hunter Quartet  Sat 25th Feb 2017 5.35pm Free
David Helbock Trio (support from Viktor Nordberg Trio)  Sat 25th Feb 2017 7pm  £11.50
Saxophone Workshop - Iain Ballamy  Sun 26th Feb 2017 11am  Free
Iain Ballamy & Huw Warren  Sun 26th Feb 2017 1pm  £11.50
Neil Cowley Trio

 Sun 26th Feb 2017

7.30pm  £11.50
       

 

Workshops

Sunday 26th Feb 2017, 11am

The Great Hall, Creative Campus

Saxophone Workshop - Iain Ballamy

Free Admission

 

Renowned saxophonist, Guildhall and Royal Academy of Music professor and composer Iain Ballamy shared his inside knowledge of the saxophone in this presentation as a D’addario endorsee of 20 years.

Topics covered included reeds and mouthpiece set up, articulation, sound production and control as well as practical practice techniques.

With space for anecdotes, discussion and questions, this promises to provide insight and prove valuable to players of all levels. The workshop also served as an excellent introduction to Iain's concert with Huw Warren at 1pm. 

--

This workshop was sponsored by D'Addario Woodwinds and Curly Woodwind. 

 

Contact

For LIJF enquiries please contact the Festival Director, Neil Campbell.

For general Capstone Theatre enquiries please e-mail The Capstone Theatre - capstone@hope.ac.uk 

 

Join the conversation!

Liverpool International Jazz Festival on social media:

Facebook Icon‌ Facebook - LiverpoolInternationalJazzFestival

Twitter bird‌ Twitter - LpoolJazzFest

 

 

 

Buy Tickets

You can purchase tickets for Liverpool International Jazz Festival events via TicketQuarter:

Ticket Quarter footer logo

Website: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/online/the-capstone-theatre

Telephone: 0844 8000 410

 

TicketQuarter operates the box office for most events in the Capstone Theatre.

To purchase tickets in advance (up to 12 noon on the day of the performance) you can either visit the box office at TicketQuarter, Merseytravel Centre, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RG, or call 0844 8000 410. You can also buy tickets online at www.thecapstonetheatre.com by following the link to buy tickets for the event you wish to attend on the events page or underneath the selected event picture on the What’s on page.

Please note: when tickets are purchased with debit/credit cards a £2.25 transaction fee applied to each transaction. No additional charges are applied for payments made in cash at the box office. 

A box office will be available at the venue on the evening of events, provided there are tickets still available. The evening box office normally opens 30 minutes before the start of an event.