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Band on the Wall Jazz Workshop Band

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Directed by renowned saxophonist Munch Manship, Manchester’s longest-running jazz workshop has been rehearsing and performing at Band on the Wall for decades, providing a space for local musicians to perform and improve their skills in a jazz ensemble environment.

The group plays a range of jazz styles, from bop, big-band, cool, latin and swing, and will be bringing their set to the Bar Stage for a special performance.

Photo credit: Jody Hartley

For more information about venue access, please visit: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/access

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Carole Nelson Trio

Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Carole Nelson piano / Cormac O’Brien double bass / Dominic Mullan drums 

Carole Nelson “a rare and quite likely undervalued talent” (The Irish Times) presents the premiere of The Last Song, our third artist commissioned by the BAN BAM scheme in Dublin. The three-part suite is based on the story of the Hawiian Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird, which became extinct in the 1980s. A recording was made of the mating call of what was possibly the last of its species.

Carole performs with her two integral collaborators, Cormac O’Brien and Dominic Mullan; the suite is in 3 parts, striking a balance between composed and improvised pieces, exploring through sound the moving story of this extinction as one amongst the thousands now happening every day. 

After a debut performance at the 2015 Dublin Piano Trio Festival, the Carole Nelson Trio recorded their first album One Day in Winter, inspired by the South Carlow landscape of Carole’s home. It traces the arc of a winter’s day between the Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains – a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one: meditation, wonder, playfulness, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship. 

The trio’s second album Arboreal (Blackstairs Records) was made with the support of the Irish Arts Council and Carlow Arts and is a composer’s response to the question ‘How can artists respond to the climate and ecological emergencies?’ 

BAN BAM is a biennial commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists from across Ireland from Improvised Music Company (IMC) Dublin and Moving On Music (MoM) Belfast. 

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Courtney Pine

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Courtney Pine saxophone / Samuel Dubois steelpans / Chris Cobbson, Dominic Grant guitars / Deschanel Gordon piano / Rio Kai bass / Robert Fordjour drums

Courtney Pine marks his 60th birthday with a special edition of his award winning-project House of Legends, celebrating the influence and contributions to the UK from the many varied people of the Caribbean and re-release of his groundbreaking debut album Journey To The Urge Within.

“There have been many pioneers in the black British community – people who have defined an era, changed societal perceptions and made it easier for those who follow to progress in their field.  Courtney Pine is such a trailblazer.”  – The Voice

No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The groundbreaking multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience.

In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene, when his first album Journey To The Urge Within charted – and some 30 years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music), he continues to break new ground with a string of highly-acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious industry awards. His album “Modern Day Jazz Stories” was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and he was the recipient of the Gold Badge award in 2002.

He has released 16 studio albums to date and continues to tour worldwide with his award-winning band, playing clubs, concert halls and festivals from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, Montreux to Cape Town.

His numerous TV and radio presenting credits include “Mandela Living Legend” for the BBC and the Sony Award-winning, long-running specialist jazz show Courtney Pine’s Jazz Crusade for BBC Radio 2. He was most recently commissioned by The Tate to compose and perform a piece inspired by the work of artist Henri Matisse, as part of Tate’s ‘Matisse Live’ broadcast in cinemas across the UK.

In 1986, a 22 year old Courtney Pine appeared on the front cover of the iconic British music publication NME; he is the only Black British jazz artist to do so. The last quote in a two-page interview read “You know I’m doing this for a reason” – some 30 years later, he still is…

“I believe in letting the musicians decide what is and what isn’t jazz. And for me, not to open my heart and play everything that is in my head or reflects my experiences, is just wrong.” – Courtney Pine

For more information about venue access, please visit: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/access

 

 

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: £28 Advance

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Laura Jurd’s Big Friendly Band

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Laura Jurd cornet piano Iain Ballamy tenor saxophone / James Kitchman guitar Ruth Goller electric bassCorrie Dick drums 

Music influenced by Celtic folk traditions, New Orleans street-beats and a sprinkling of alt-rock, as Laura Jurd leads a band of world-class instrumentalists to bring this colourful music to life. Expect big friendly tunes and grooves-a-plenty. 

Composer-performer Laura Jurd’s distinct voice as an improvising trumpet player is at the heart of everything she creates. Her music celebrates and innovates the rich traditions of jazz and folk music, whilst often reflecting her love of The Beatles and Stravinsky to name two notable influences. Her compositions dig into something primal, earthy and human, whilst taking twists and turns that both invite surprise and evoke the inevitable. 

“A big hearted, gorgeously lyrical, feel-good romp, which does not preclude cerebral engagement but which wears its complexities so lightly that one barely notices them.” – Chris May, All About Jazz 

Photo credit: Alex Morley 

For more information about venue access, please visit: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/access

 

Date: sunday 26 may

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Price: £15 Advance

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