Alan Barnes Quartet, 4 June 2021

Alan Barnes–alto + baritone sax/clarinet  Robin Aspland – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass  Alphonso Vitale – drums The earth is back in its orbit,  Spring is well advanced and the Alan Barnes Quartet plays Wakefield Jazz.  Surely all three are connected… And what a great pleasure it was to watch and listen to a superb…

The Rory Ingham Quartet

Jonny Mansfield vibes Rory Ingham trombone Sam Quintana, bass Luke Tomlinson drums plus guest Jacob Cooper trombone Ah, live music at last!  Our collective release and relief from lockdown blues was probably best expressed by Rory Ingham in the first words he addressed to the audience ‘….This is really weird…’ But Rory and the band…

Hans Koller Quartet, 23 October 2020

Hans Koller, piano Martin Speake, alto sax Calum Gourlay, bass Shane Forbes, drums An evening of music-making of this calibre is at once both a fitting high note on which to end a truncated season and a good measure of the cultural riches we’ll miss under the cloud of the Covid pandemic. Still, there was…

Pigfoot, 31 January 2020

Pic by Pete Woodman   Chris Batchelor, trumpet Liam Noble, piano/keyboards James Allsopp, baritone sax and bass clarinet Paul Clarvis, drums You needn’t attend many jazz gigs before you’ll hear someone anxious to restore the music to its ‘true’ place. The line runs something like this: ‘The importance of innovation and the quality of the…

SogoRock, 24 January 2020

Ferenc Lakatos, synthesiser Krzysztof Urbanski, saxophone Nik Svarc, guitar Bela Horvath, keyboards Alexander Miller, bass Joshua Gumbs, drums ‘Difficult to resist’ might be the most succinct way of describing this band; and ‘’Why would I?’ a fair summary of the audience reaction. The music of SogoRock is not rock music—the name denotes the brother-in-law status…

Alina Bzhezhinska presents, ‘Alina Hip Harp’, 17 January 2020

Photo Pete Woodman Alina Bzhezhinska – harp Mikele Montolli – Electric Bass Adam Teixeira – Drums Joel Prime – drums Is it possible to review a concert by a harpist without deploying the term, ‘Glissando’? Apparently not. So having dispensed with the inevitable, we can now move to the unexpected and delightful. The harp is…

Dale Storr – The Sounds of New Orleans, 29 November 2019

Dale Storr, piano This was an evening of piano music that said: Welcome to Nawlins; welcome to a place, a people, a history saturated in music; hear the parade of piano luminaries as they move through time from “tradition” to invention until they assume their own places in an enlarged tradition; sit in wonder that…

Greg Abate and the Pete Rosser Trio, 22 November 2019

Greg Abate – alto sax Pete Rosser – piano Adrian Knowles – bass John Settle – drums . There was more thunderous applause at the end of certain numbers than at the end of some entire gigs, so the review of this wonderful performance is already ‘on the air.’ From the start, there was a…

Calum Gourlay Quartet, 15 November 2019

Calum Gourlay – bass Helena Kay – tenor sax Kieran McLeod – trombone James Maddren – drums Before the quartet began their first set, Calum Gourlay praised the performance of the Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, which had performed as support in the previous hour. He reminded everyone that even the most seasoned professionals had tender…

Alison Rayner Quintet, 8 November 2019

Alison Rayner – bass Steve Lodder – piano Deirdre Cartwright – guitar Diane McLoughlin – saxophones Buster Birch – drums Seafaring people (the fortunate ones, at least), speak of ‘a happy ship’—an apt way of describing the Alison Rayner Quintet, which from the start exuded a warmth and togetherness which can’t be reduced to ‘stage…

The Alan Barnes Octet and Josie Moon: A Requiem Nov. 1, 2019

Alan Barnes, saxes Dean Masser, saxes Gilad Atzmon, saxes Sebastiaan de Krom, drums Dave Green, bass Mark Nightingale, trombone Pat McCarthy, guitar Neil Yates, trumpet Josie Moon, voice For some the combination of jazz and poetry in performance immediately invokes the experiments in both forms, separately and together, throughout the 1950s and 60s, culminating perhaps…

Laura Cole and Alexander Hawkins, 18 October 2019

Laura Cole, piano Alexander Hawkins, piano There can’t be many of us whose musical appreciation is truly boundless. The musical universe is vast; and our ability to apprehend and enjoy unfamiliar musics is shaped by cognitive, cultural and aesthetic parameters which aren’t entirely self-determining. It’s not simply a matter of ‘liking what you know’: there…