London Jazz Festival 2013

Leeds College of Music highlights

2013 marks the 21st birthday of the capital’s biggest city-wide music festival in a 10-day celebration of music that extends throughout London, taking an extraordinary range of live music to venues of every shape and size. A number of our alumni and staff performed during the festival – here's a quick look at who was present and where you can catch them next. 

Jamil Sheriff with David Lyttle

Jazz lecturer Jamil Sheriff played piano for David Lyttle at the London Jazz Festival, along with a formidable line-up, which included internationally heralded soprano saxophonist Jean Toussaint, hip-hop artist Homecut, and vocalist Joy Rose.

David Lyttle has been praised as a 'one-man industry' for his work as a performer, producer and record label owner, drawing his influences from hip hop, soul and jazz. His critically acclaimed latest album Interlude featured Mercury-nominated and LIJEC keynote speaker Soweto Kinch, vocalist Rhea, former LCoM Visiting Artist Jason Rebello (Sting) and bassist Pino Palladino (Adele, D'Angelo).

Sheriff’s teaching specialisms are Jazz Piano, Contemporary Jazz Composition and Jazz Musicianship. His projects include his big band, whose recent original record Ichthyology was labeled "pivotal" by The Guardian. He’s been described by The Times as an “excellent Northern Pianist who brings together a range of contemporary and urban approaches.”

Keep up to date with Jamil’s happenings by following him on Twitter.

Damien Harron with Noszferatu and the Schlippenbach Trio

Lecturer Dr Damien Harron performed at London Jazz Festival during his recent short tour of the UK, which included gigs at Oxford Contemporary Music and Jazzlines Birmingham
His performance in London combined two virtuosic Trios with asymmetrical takes on new music in the form of Noszferatu and the Schlippenbach Trio.

Noszferatu is one of the most versatile British new music groups, comprising award-winning composer-musicians who work across new composition, jazz, rock, theatre, tango and improvisation. 

Alexander von Schlippenbach’s Trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens brings together three of the godfathers of European free jazz. The performance was recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for Hear and Now and for Jazz on 3.

Combining these trios was a recipe for compelling playing, combining the fluency and sparring of free jazz with unexpected swerves in the road and driving rhythms of post-rock and minimalism. Each Trio played separately before joining together to play new sounds conjured by three leading composers: Hanna KulentyJoe Cutler, and Hans Koller

Robbie Robson plays with London Jazz Orchestra

Robbie Robson completed a BA Music (Jazz) at Leeds College of Music, and on graduation was awarded the John Coates Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. He was a national finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999, and the runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2000.

Since then he has been active on the London jazz scene, participating in a very wide and varied spectrum of jazz projects. He is a member of the Gareth Lockrane Big Band and the Frank Griffith Nonet, for which he also writes and performs his own compositions. His own band "Dog Soup" has one album out on Loop records, and he is currently writing new material with the intention of recording next year.

He played with London Jazz Orchestra: New Adventures during the festival. You can catch him next as the London Jazz Orchestra's solo trumpeter on December 8 during their Vortex Sessions.


Riley Stone-Lonergan and Phil Meadows with the NYJO

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is living testament to the stunning talent of the current generation of British Jazz musicians – exceptional inventiveness and musicianship drive this spectacular swinging orchestra, renowned for their fun, fast and powerful sound.
The band features two Leeds College of Music alumni.

Riley Stone-Lonergan graduated in 2011 from the BA Music (Jazz) course, and plays the Tenor Sax for the NYJO. On graduating he won several awards, including the David Hoult Prize for Outstanding Performance and being chosen as one of six Yamaha Jazz Scholars, an annual award given out to the best young graduating musicians.

Phil Meadows also graduated from the BA Music (Jazz) course in 2011 and went on to perform on some of Europe’s most prestigious platforms, including the Bimhuis in Amsterdam where he was the only Briton, only saxophonist and youngest in the final of the European ‘Keep An Eye Soloist’ competition. He has returned to the conservatoire to speak as part of the Leeds International Jazz Education Conference (LIJEC), and plays the Alto Sax for the NYJO.

They played with Soweto Kinch and Mark Nightingale on 16 November, and you can catch them at the end of the London Jazz Festival on 24 November, for Sunday Brunch Live at Hideaway


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Jamil Sheriff Trio performance

Damien Harron Percussion Performance

London Jazz Orchestra at Vortex


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