Leading artists set for new season

Jazz singer Tina May
Jazz singer Tina May

A return visit by the Tina May Quartet on Friday, October 4, will open Sheffield Jazz’s new season featuring a mix of nationally and internationally recognised artists which they expect to appeal to all kinds of jazz lovers, young and not-so-young, and to rock fans too.

Most gigs will be on Friday nights at the Millennium Hall on Ecclesall Road, apart from the appearance by the Zoe Rahman Trio, Best Jazz Act at the 2012 MOBO awards, on November 29 at the Crucible Studio.

Tina May returns with her more mainstream jazz quartet following her successful Edith Piaf gig at the Crucible last year and the following week, October 11, the ever-popular Alan Barnes brings the straight-ahead hard bop quintet he’s been leading with Bruce Adams for 20 years

Also in October are The Liam Noble Quintet led by the highly-rated pianist with one of the hottest younger players, saxman Shabaka Hutchings, and the Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet, a chance to see one of the great South African musicians with an exceptional UK-based band. The November line-up at the Millennium Hall is Sheffield University Big Band; Scenes in the City – the Music of Charles Mingus; Stuart McCallum Trio with Reel Strings and Pinski Zoo.

Rounding off the season on December 6 are Apitos whose last Sheffield Jazz gig saw a full house for a night of breathtaking Latin Jazz.