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Featuring what and who’s out there! Articles, Sounds, Top Tips – words & wisdom from leading Voices Of The Industry

VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021

VOICES OF THE INDUSTRY NEWCASTLE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2021   We’re excited to announce live jazz is returning to Newcastle this August with the Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021 – 13th to 15th August.   Spanning 3 lead locations, across 3 days – amidst their preparations we caught up with them to ask about exciting lineups, covering […]

Electric Umbrella

Electric Umbrella Presents EUTV: ANDREA GRANT   This Monday 19th July 7.30pm, tune into EUTV for Andrea Grant. EUTV is a regular online event featuring outstanding artists every Monday night 7.30 – 8.30. This coming Monday features a stunning voice millions have enjoyed countless times Andrea Grant – backing vocalists to the stars, such as […]

VOTI – The Jazz Centre UK

VOTI 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 […]

VOTI – NGJ: The Cinematic Sessions

INTRODUCING NEW GENERATION JAZZ The Cinematic Live Sessions 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 Cinematic Live Sessions and what’s coming up!   Introducing.. New Generation Jazz Based out […]

VOTI – In Conversation – World Heart Beat Academy

In Conversation with Sahana Gero, 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 […]

VOTI – 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!   Introducing.. New Generation Jazz Based […]

VOTI – Ola OnabulĂ©

OLA ONABULÉ – VOICES OF THE INDUSTRY In the wake of the fabulous Ola OnabulĂ©’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 […]

Then // Now // Where To – Jin Jin

  JANEE ‘JIN JIN’ BENNETT Then // Now // Where To –  Jin Jin (aka JanĂ©e 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 […]

VOTI – for International Womens Day

Voices of the industry: with Emily Saunders & Hannah V –  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 […]

VOTI – 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 ensemble has captivated […]

VOTI – History of Grosvenor Road Studios – John Taylor’s 100th birthday

Grosvenor Road Studios Happy 100th Birthday to John Taylor –  Looking back at his life and the history of Grosvenor Road Studios 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 […]

Industry Nuggets – Funding Top Tips

  Industry Nuggets – 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 […]

Then // Now // Where To – Cassell The Beatmaker

  Cassell The Beatmaker  Then // Now // Where To   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 […]

Then // Now // Where To – Hannah V

  Hannah V Then // Now // Where To   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 […]

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 […]

Then // Now // Where To – Kojo Samuel

  Kojo Samuel Then // Now // Where To   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 […]

VOTI – Beverley Skeete

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 vocal layers […]

Then // Now // Where To – DJ Ritu

Then // Now // Where To – new series! –  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, […]

VOTI – 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 clichĂ© goes-music choose me. As we all know, […]

WATCH AND LISTEN selected music videos

Watch and Listen – Loucin


VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021


VOTI – Robert Mitchell’s 50th Birthday Concert


VOTI – Julian Siegel: Tales from the Jacquard


APPJAG Review of Jazz in England


Watch and Listen – Deemer #2


Watch and Listen – Queen Mab


Watch and Listen – Deemer


Watch and Listen – Ivo Neame


Watch and Listen – Eliza Oakes


Watch and Listen – Isobella Burnham


Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES


Yazz Ahmed In Conversation


Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES


Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 2


Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 1


Watch and Listen – DJ Ritu






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Jim Rattigan

Sep 28, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Wendy Kirkland & Pat Sprakes Sextet

Sep 26, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Kidderminster Jazz Club – Roger Beaujolais

Oct 7, 2021
  Kidderminster Town Hall

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

Oct 22, 2021
  The Progress Theatre

Faye Patton Nu Jazz Quartet

Oct 16, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec


Nov 9, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Ms Maurice

Sep 27, 2021
  The Cockpit

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