Stars for jazz season

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Sheffield Jazz are buzzing after their recent move to Crookes Social Club proved a popular one and now launch their autumn season.

The group promise a top-notch programme, offering a mix of modern jazz styles and artists.

Michael Janisch’s Quintet and leading US saxophonist Craig Handy are visiting from the USA and the Christine Tobin Quintet, supported by Phil Robson on guitar, will play the music and songs of Leonard Cohen.

Sheffield Jazz also host some of the best British musicians, including one of the nominees for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur, as well as Brandon Allen’s scintillating three-horn sextet, the Dave O’Higgins quartet and Sheffield favourite Julian Siegel.

The Stan Tracey Legacy Octet celebrates his music and the Crucible Studio will be the setting for Jason Rebello’s trio.

The season starts on September 22 with the Brandon Allen Sextet.

The sextet was formed in 2012 to perform exciting new arrangements of much-loved standard material. Expect a diverse selection of material with virtuosic soloing and melodic arrangements.

On Friday 29, Dinosaur is led by trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd. The band features star keyboardist Elliot Galvin and the exciting young rhythm section of Conor Chaplin and Corrie Dick, and has been described by All About Jazz as ‘a new British Jazz supergroup’.

On October 7, the Craig Handy Quartet features the leading US saxophonist and hard bop icon with top-class European support. On October 20, the Dave O’Higgins Quartet stars the saxophonist performing straight-ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, with a mixture of new originals and standards.

The Stan Tracey Legacy Octet, led by his son Clark, celebrates a distinguished career that spanned six decades and a a highly influential musical voice.

The evening on October 27 features most of his last octet, with Steve Melling at the piano.

On November 10, the Christine Tobin Quintet celebrate the songwriting of Leonard Cohen. They are followed a week later by the Michael Janisch Ban, with a stellar new quintet comprising some of the United States’ most exciting performers and improvisers.

On November 24, the Julian Siegel Quartet make a welcome return with pianist Liam Noble, drummer Gene Calderazzo and bassist Oli Hayhurst.

On Friday, December 1 Jason Rebello Trio appear the Crucible Studio in collaboration with Music in the Round.

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 1990s.

Jason has worked mainly with electronic keyboards in his own groups , as well as guesting with the likes of Sting and Jeff Beck.

Last year he decided it was time to return to the instrument he loves and released his debut solo piano album Held, which was rated best album in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.

Sheffield Jazz say: “His solo gig in Sheffield was one of the highlights of our 2016 programme and we couldn’t wait to bring him back with this brilliant trio.”

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