Manchester Jazz Festival 2016
Over the last 20 years, Leeds College of Music (LCoM) has seen numerous staff and alumni perform at Manchester Jazz Festival, one of the UK’s most prestigious jazz events. This year, to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, LCoM is taking its own stage!
On Tuesday 26 July from 8pm, the conservatoire’s B-Side night will pop up at the Hobgoblin Pavilion for an evening of jazz. This free event features the Student Union Big Band, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra directed by Richard Iles, and Mintons Playhouse 5-piece staff band.
Live performances will be interspersed with music straight from vinyl at the hands of 808 State and Biting Tongues musician Graham Massey, and DJ and artist Kelvin Brown of Eyes Down.
LCoM is renowned for its innovative approach to the conservatoire learning model, which focusses on specialised study and professional development, and this showcase event delivers yet another great opportunity to students.
Dave Walsh (jazz principal lecturer) who has helped co-ordinate the project, said "Partnerships are what Leeds College of Music is all about, so we're honoured to publically premiere our 'B-Side night on the prestigious world stage of MJF 2016, and showcase the wealth of talent on offer at LCoM".
Manchester Jazz Festival presents 10 days of live music each July, and typically features over 500 musicians and 80 events in 7-10 venues, with free gigs, concerts around the clock, day and night, indoors and out. They're the winner of the 5th Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming, the first UK promoter to receive this prestigious Award.
The festival champions regional jazz artists, and brings the best contemporary jazz to Manchester from the region, the UK and abroad, presenting mostly new and original material, with premières and international debuts.
With a focus on musical innovation, MJF encourages multiple genres of contemporary jazz and breaks down musical boundaries, and also runs unique strands to commission new work from talented regional artists with their mjf originals and mjf introduces schemes.
"Taking our B-Side event to Manchester Jazz Festival is a wonderful way to celebrate our golden anniversary of music education, which started fifty years ago with the first jazz degree in Europe" said Joe Wilson (Director of Curriculum) "The MJF ethos on performance opportunity and accessibility fit our aims perfectly, and the festival is a great opportunity for our students to perform on the same bill as acts like The Impossible Gentlemen, Kit Downes, and our very own senior lecturer Lauren Kinsella."
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