Exciting line-up for new jazz season

Jazz musician Jean Toussaint
Jazz musician Jean Toussaint

Another great Sheffield Jazz season beckons - with a tremendous line-up and all at the same ticket prices as last year.

First gig to open the new season is at the Crucible Studio on Friday October 12, featuring the Jean Toussaint All-Star Sextet. Jean will be presenting his latest album, Brother Raymond.

The rest of the autumn is at Crookes Social Club.

October brings two top-line bands who always produce great performances here in Sheffield. On 19th October the Clark Tracey quintet brings his latest line-up of gifted young musicians. 

Clark will also be talking in an Off the Shelf event that afternoon about his late father Stan Tracey, the internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist. 

The following week on the 26th October sees the return of the LA-based Benn Clatworthy quartet, with Benn's truly great tenor sax sound supported by John Donaldson on piano and a top-class rhythm section.

Saxophonist Tony Kofi brings his new quartet to Sheffield on November 9 to mark the release of their debut album Point Blank. They are followed a week later by Hexagonal, a sextet featuring Jason Yarde and Greg Heath on saxes and John Donaldson on piano. 

On November 23 there is a rare chance to see one of the most exciting and original big bands working in Europe, Stan Sulzmann's 20-piece Neon Orchestra. Rising UK star, trumpeter Freddie Gavita and his high-powered quartet, appear on November 30. 

To round off the season, two bands appear in December. First up on Sunday, December 9 is the Sheffield University Big Band.

The season ends on December 14 with the Coltrane-inspired trio Satori, led by sax player Josephine Davies.

More at www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk