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PARRJAZZ – THE HOME OF LIVERPOOL

  PARRJAZZ THE HOME OF LIVERPOOL JAZZ   We caught up with Genevieve Lamb, the artistic director of PARRJAZZ, to have a chat about all the great things they’re doing in Liverpool. You can read the Q&A below.    Non-profit organisation PARRJAZZ was founded 12 years ago and is managed by musicians for musicians and […]

OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH PHILIP VENABLES EP2 PT.2

OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH PHILIP VENABLES EP2 PT. 2   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZe7k01w9MQ Welcome back to Open Conversations!   Here is part 2 of conversation with composer Philip Venables, if you missed part 1 then you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JqmmSUcrqY    Philip Venables has been described as a “composer of ferocious dramatic instincts” and “an arrestingly original […]

OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH PHILIP VENABLES EP2 PT.1

OPEN CONVERSATIONS WITH PHILIP VENABLES EP2 PT.1   https://youtu.be/9JqmmSUcrqY We’re excited to once again feature Will Davenports Open Conversations. This time he checks in with the incredible Philip Venables.    Philip Venables has been described as a ”composer of ferocious dramatic instincts” and ”an arrestingly original musical personality” by Alex Ross in The New Yorker […]

HISTORY OF GROSVENOR ROAD STUDIOS: JOHN TAYLOR’S 100TH BIRTHDAY

  GROSVENOR ROAD STUDIOS Happy 100th Birthday to John Taylor   In celebration of GRS’s founder John Taylor’s 100th birthday, we join Richard Loftus in conversation with Jez Collins, founder of Birmingham Music Archives and John Taylor’s son, Richard Taylor, who grew up living in Grosvenor Road Studios, as they celebrate the legacy of this […]

KOKO REOPENING

    KOKO REOPENING   ”…the venue has reopened its doors to the public and is back with a bang as a live music temple with layer upon layer of things to offer its audience”…   ConnectsMusic is happy to announce KOKO, the renowned Camden Town venue has reopened!   The venue was greatly damaged […]

TRISTAN BANKS REOPENS THE VERDICT

    THE VERDICT REOPENS – Tristan Banks   Public reaction towards the venue’s reopening has been amazing! one gentleman told me it was a church to him as he’d met his now wife here     As music creators we’re known for wearing many hats, and Tristan Banks’ rich and varied career is no […]

CONCERT FOR UKRAINE: MAKE MUSIC NOT WAR

  Concert for Ukraine Make Music Not War       Concert for Ukraine Make Music Not War Sunday March 13th, 7:00pm Tickets £15 https://www.thecockpit.org.uk/concertforukraine All proceeds go to humanitarian support in Ukraine     “My country is burning. As a native Ukrainian and a human being I can not be silent’’   Following devastating […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH: BLACK VOICES UK

BLACK VOICES UK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwC8Cgrsqlg ConnectsMusic drops back in to hear more from Richard Loftus of Birminghams’ THSH catching up with Shereece Storrod and Carol Pemberton MBE of Black Voices UK – Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet, about what’s coming up soon, and their recent performance at Buckingham Palace.   For over three decades the […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH: CASSELL THE BEATMAKER

“IN THE MAKING” CASSELL THE BEATMAKER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiy2Ci3lgU0 Emily caught up with Cassell The Beatmaker – Producer, Songwriter, Drummer, Ivor Novello Award winner – whose name and reputation goes before him, creating hits and working with top industry professionals.  He chats about his exciting Artist Development Scheme “In The Making” re-launching in association and supported by […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH: NIGEL WILLIAMS

NIGEL WILLIAMS – HIS LOVE OF RADIO PRESENTING + “THE NEW JAZZ FIREWORKS” AT CADOGAN HALL   Emily caught up with Nigel Williams (JazzFm’s renowned flagship radio show host) who’s presenting a very special EFG London Jazz Festival concert featuring a superb line-up of some of the brightest stars in contemporary British jazz, hosted by […]

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK

THE JAZZ CENTRE UK The Jazz Centre (UK), also referred to as The Jazz Centre UK or TJCUK, situated in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, celebrates jazz music’s heritage, and actively supports and promotes contemporary performance and education. It was founded in 2016 by musician, broadcaster and writer Digby Fairweather. The organisation’s mission stated on the Charity Commission […]

WORLD HEART BEAT ACADEMY

WORLD HEART BEAT ACADEMY   World Heart Beat Music Academy in SW London, is a charity which brings young people, aged 5-25, together with world-class musicians to share their love of music. The charity, founded in 2009 by Sahana Gero MBE, and with trustees such as James Joseph, promotes music as a universal form of […]

NGJ TV: THE FORUM

INTRODUCING NEW GENERATION JAZZ NGJ TV: The Forum   ConnectsMusic are excited to feature New Generation Jazz, who since 2015 have been dedicated to promoting the finest young British jazz artists to the wider community. Kicking off this week we’re announcing their NGJ TV: The Forum and what’s coming up!           […]

OLA ONABULÉ

OLA ONABULÉ  In the wake of the fabulous Ola Onabulé’s latest releases ‘Invincible’ and ‘I Knew Your Father’, we caught up with him to chat about his beginnings, his powerful 2019 album Point Less and his aspirations for his music and the future. Read the full interview below in which Ola talks of his love […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: JIN JIN

  Then Now Where To  JANEE ‘JIN JIN’ BENNETT   Jin Jin (aka Janée Bennett) boasts a more diverse catalogue and interesting journey than your average songwriter. With multi-platinum hits across genres, her own label/publishing/management company, Jinsing, and a Senior A&R position at Parlophone Records, she has achieved so much since hanging out in her […]

FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021 Written for the Ivors Academy on International Womens Day, Emily Saunders and Hannah V speak their thoughts about the music industry.   Hannah V: Being Female Is Not My Brand This is not an article about being female, nor is it an article about the prejudice and hardships that women […]

IN CONVERSATION: BLACK VOICES

In Conversation with Black Voices   Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet   Following on from the celebration of John Taylor’s 100th birthday and the legacy of Grosvenor Road Studios, we joined Richard Loftus in catching up with GRS’s current owners, Europe’s finest female a cappella quintet Black Voices.   For over three decades the […]

FUNDING TOP TIPS

  FUNDING TOP TIPS   Ruth Kilpatrick has held various roles within the music industry over the last decade or so, from Live Events through to Radio and Content Production, Artist Liaison, Press, Industry Funding and more. Now a Music Manager and Freelance Consultant, we caught up with Ruth during the latest lockdown to ask […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: CASSELL THE BEATMAKER

  Then Now Where To Cassell The Beatmaker      Ivor Novello award winning producer, songwriter and drummer, Cassell The Beatmaker started his career with a London based hiphop/ jazz fusion band named ‘Quite Sane’. With the help of the Prince’s Trust, Cassell set up his own production studio which enabled him to produce for […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: HANNAH V

  Then Now Where To Hannah V   A pioneer in a new generation of entrepreneurial female producer/songwriters, Hannah V has worked with some of the world’s most in demand major label artists including Stormzy, TOBi and JP Cooper.    After producing and co-writing tracks for JP Cooper’s Top 10 album Raised Under Grey Skies […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: HELIENNE LINDVALL

  Then Now Where To  Helienne Lindvall      Songwriters are the ‘unsung’ heroes behind the scenes of music production round the world, they’re forever busy creating the tunes, hooks, words, and sounds that give the voice to the performers. We had to fix a chat with for-ever busy Helienne Lindvall to hear about her career […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: KOJO SAMUEL

  Then Now Where To Kojo Samuel   Since lockdown we’ve been going through the ebb & flow that many of us are experiencing in this ‘new normal’. 2020 has been an unusual year, so much so that the ‘new normal’becomes an everyday phrase, and in awaiting for the ‘old normal’ to return, we wonder […]

BEVERLEY SKEEYE

  Beverley Skeete  We are honoured to be announcing the brilliant new single from the magnificent Beverley Skeete, ‘Can’t Do Right (for doing wrong)’ out now via Vocaphone Records.    This feel-good sassy tune makes your shoulders go, your head nod, and next you’re up dancing away. Great classic pop sounds, strong groove, and stunning […]

THEN NOW WHERE TO: DJ RITU

  Then Now Where To  DJ RITU     Since lockdown we’ve been going through the ebb & flow that many of us are experiencing in this ‘new normal’.    2020 has been an unusual year, so much so that the ‘new normal’ becomes an everyday phrase, and in awaiting for the ‘old normal’ to return, we […]

IVORS ACADEMY JAZZ COMMITTEE

New appointments made at The Ivors Academy to strengthen the voice of jazz composers across the UK  – The Ivors Academy has made a number of major announcements to showcase the work of jazz songwriters and composers across the UK. Born out of today’s flourishing jazz scene, the new initiatives look to support and champion the […]

VOTI – ConnectsVideo – R3 Collective

  ConnectsVideo – The R3 Collective –  We caughtup with Orphy Robinson about his project The R3 Collective: “Yes its a nice meeting of minds. We do everything in the studio in one or two takes, the whole band playing and no overdubs. So things remain really fresh” ‘Supergroup’?, NO, but musical royalty, YES.This collective led […]

VOTI – Jazzwise – EFG London Jazz Fest Preview

PREVIEW – Chrissie Hynde, Blue Note tributes and Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra for EFG London Jazz Festival   This story is posted in partnership with Jazzwise   Some sizable names have been added to the EFG London Jazz Festival, which runs from 15 to 24 November, at stages across the capital. Among these is a performance […]

VOTI – Jazzwise – Love Supreme

Countdown to Love Supreme Jazz Festival   This story is posted in partnership with Jazzwise   The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is set to run from 3 to 5 July 2020. Joining the already announced Anita Baker, The Isley Brother & TLC are Sunday headliners The Roots and a brand new project from Tom Misch […]

VOTI – Jazzwise – Xhosa Cole

  The X-Man Cometh– Xhosa Cole –   This story is posted in partnership with Jazzwise   Since prodigious new-gen jazz star Xhosa Cole won last year’s high-profile BBC Jazz Award, he’s been only looking forward. The headstrong young saxophonist speaks to Selwyn Harris about the inspiration of his native Birmingham on his development and how […]

VOTI – ConnectsVideo – Aaron & The Argonauts

ConnectsVideo – Aaron & The Argonauts  –  To celebrate and promote their triumphant return to the Orleans Bar on Thurs June 20th, Aaron and the Argonauts went into the garden and did a little video – enjoy! After a great show in May and due to popular demand the Argonauts are returning to Orleans Bar. […]

VOTI – ConnectsPlaylist – 100 years of Jazz in the UK

ConnectsPlaylist – 100 years of Jazz in the UK  –  Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz in Britain in 2019, in particular the music of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the Southern Syncopated Orchestra. Reminiscing in 1934, British trombonist Lew Davis recalled that from the first note, the sound of the ODJB made him feel […]

VOTI – ConnectsVideo – Pizza Express Live

ConnectsVideo – PizzaExpressLive  –  What does 3 beautiful Steinway Pianos, 264 keys, 6 hands sound like?  Check out this masterpiece exclusively written and performed by Gwilym Simcock, on 3 pianos across 3 different London PizzaExpress Live venues. about Pizza Express Live PizzaExpress Live presents more than 2000 shows each year across a number of venues, […]

VOTI – Behind The Sounds – Jason Yarde

Behind The Sounds – Jason Yarde –  Jason talks about playing, writings, Windrush, collaborations & the Acoutastic Bombastic project. You’re known as an outstanding saxophonist, plus alongside this is your prolific work as composer, arranger & producer. How would you describe yourself in a nutshell? Musical dogsbody and traveling father. That might sound harsh but I’ll […]

VOTI – 5 Minutes With Cleveland Watkiss MBE

Behind the sounds – Cleveland Watkiss MBE –  You’ve had an amazing career as a vocalist, what was the first moment you knew this was what you wanted to do in life? Even as a little boy; singing and performing has always been apart of my life… as the cliché goes-music choose me. As we all know, […]

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