Joe Stoddart previews the Cambridge Jazz Weekend, running 12th – 15th June at various venues in and around Cambridge. Joe writes:
– Thursday 12th June sees the opening day of the inaugural Cambridge Jazz Weekend, featuring 17 acts playing at 12 different venues across the city over the four days. The festival say that their aim is, “showcasing local talent as well as artists from further afield, aspiring becoming an annual feature for the city”.
– The weekend kicks off on Thursday with The Clark Tracey Quintet at Cambridge Modern Jazz Club at the Hidden Rooms. Joined by Henry Armburg-Jennings (Trumpet), Chris Maddock (Alto Sax), Harry Bolt (Piano) and Dan Casimir (Bass), the quintet will be playing material from this year’s release ‘Meantime’. 8pm
– Moving into Friday, Valia Calda, a London based ensemble who describe their music as a combination of ‘Mediterranean sounds, Jazz harmonies, complex Balkan rhythms and free improvisation’, play as part of Clare Jazz at Clare College. 9pm
– Also on Friday at Clare Jazz on the Friday night, a local band called EM:
– Saturday is the busiest day of the weekend, kicking off with a jazz workshop hosted by the fantastic Sam Bullard (Michael Garrick Big Band/Bad Ass Brass/SE Collective) at The Blue Moon on behalf of the Cambridge Jazz Co-op,
– There are evening performances from RipRap, a quartet who say, ‘They take their inspiration from the Beat Poets, with their freewheeling lateral association, Miles Davis and his open-ended forms…. ….and Kerouac’s idea of a ‘Holy Goof’’ at the Anglia Ruskin Recital Room (8pm )while local musician and educator Martin Kemp brings his band to The Flying Pig (9pm) . There is also some more gypsy jazz from Jonathan Holland at the Earl of Beaconsfield (8 30pm).
– The final day of the festival, Sunday, begins with an afternoon performance by trio Q3 at The Anchor (12 noon), playing music from their new album ‘Spider Dance’. The Andy Bowie Quartet will be playing a ‘gripping repertoire of standards with a sprinkling of the rarer tracks that you’ve always wanted to hear, but never knew’ in The Tram Depot on Sunday night at 8pm
– While at the Music Centre at Churchill College (7pm), Jazzwise magazine’s “One To Watch 2014” trombonist Tom Green and his band will be joined on the bill by David Ellingham’s trio Fromage a Trois and local ensemble Better Than TV with vocalist Roslin Russell.