The Chanteuse

Matt and Phreds

The Chanteuse, aka Lucy Hope, is one of the UK’s leading and most devoted exponents of French chanson. These powerful songs that she reinterprets with her own ‘je ne sais quoi’ have become a Gallic soundtrack to love, passion and heartbreak.

Throughout the night, Lucy will be staging the songs from her album, The Chanteuse sings Modiano. The record is a collection of the songs written in the 1960s and 1970s by the Nobel Prize for Literature winning French author, Patrick Modiano. The Chanteuse will also be performing chanson classics from the oeuvres of Jacques Brel to Edith Piaf; Georges Brassens to Barbara.

Doors 6pm
Gig 9pm – midnight
Free entry – to reserve a table, call 0161 273 5495

Date: wednesday 24 may

Time: 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Freight Train: featuring Cathy Jordan, Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis

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St Ann's Church

Cathy Jordan voice, bouzouki, bodhran, bones / Liam Noble piano, synthesiser / Paul Clarvis drums 

An unlikely partnership – borne out of a remote lockdown session – that shines with genuine affection and joy. Cathy’s unswerving, folky purity is the perfect foil for Paul’s mischievous rhythms and Liam’s, provocative, spiky harmonies. The result is a spare, spellbinding set full of contrasts: familiar yet surprising, sparse yet alive, innocent yet worldly… music that stays in the mind long after its final notes have faded.

The majority of songs were chosen by Paul – show tunes, blues and popular songs rarely tackled in jazz – and trace his musical collaborations, from Leonard Bernstein to Moondog and Mose Allison.

Date: wednesday 24 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Price: £10

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Nathaniel Facey Trio

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The Yard (NQJazz)

Nathaniel Facey saxophoneTBC double bass / Shane Forbes drums

One of the UK’s finest and most exciting saxophonists, Nathaniel Facey is a prominent figure on the European jazz scene, and has worked with the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Jason Moran and Courtney Pine. His is a truly unique sound that, while reminiscent of giants such as Charlie Parker, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane, is undeniably his own; full of ferocious passion and lyrical mastery. A founding member of the multi award-winning group Empirical that have toured the world, audiences are constantly blown away by Facey’s command over his instrument and the stage. He is undoubtedly always one to watch, whatever line-up he is involved with, and is sure to bring an intensity that is rarely seen in musicians.

This fire-breathing trio of long-term collaborators play with a big sound and adventurous musicality that sets the imagination alight. Nathaniel’s original compositions have deep roots in the broad jazz tradition as well as contemporary styles, and are paired with unique takes on stalwart songs with great blues/soul filled history. With shared years of experience playing together, the trio create music with a powerful & effervescent sense of imagery, with a level connection, interaction and spontaneity that is rare to find.

Presented by NQ Jazz in partnership with mjf

Date: wednesday 24 may

Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Price: £14 full (advance), £10 students (advance)

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Celebrating Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue with Olivia Cuttill Quintet

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The Blues Kitchen

Rising star Olivia Cuttill performs Miles Davis’ beloved Kind Of Blue in its entirety live with an all-star quintet of outstanding talent.

It’s difficult to express the importance of Davis’ influence to the world of jazz, with a career spanning over five decades over which time he introduced many major stylistic developments to the art form.

In 1959, he recorded what is widely regarded as his most triumphant album Kind of Blue with his then working sextet. The album has gone to become the highest selling jazz album of all time, going quadruple platinum. It was further honoured by the house of representatives in December 2009 when they voted 409 – 0 in favour of naming the album as a national treasure.

Doors to the Concert Hall open upstairs at 7pm. Gig starts at 8pm.

Date: wednesday 24 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Price: £12.50

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