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BEHIND THE SOUNDS: HENRY SPENCER

  BEHIND THE SOUNDS: HENRY SPENCER   From growing up on a working Wiltshire farm, to being London-based, via conservatoire and performing on the London jazz scene, Henry Spencer is a multi- award-winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer releasing music under his name and touring internationally with his band, Henry Spencer & Juncture.   Having worked […]

AARON LIDDARD

  AARON LIDDARD NYLON MAN   Born and raised in rural Hertfordshire, the son of liberal and creative parents, Aaron Liddard’s initial foray into the world of music came via one of the most eccentric of instruments, the tuba. From this unusual starting point and via brief dalliances with both the piano and guitar, he […]

DEE BYRNE

  DEE BYRNE LAUNCHES NEW SOLO ALBUM LIVE AT CAFE OTO   Dee Byrne launches her first solo album ‘Live At Cafe Oto’, recorded on 11th June, performing and sharing the stage as support for Washington D.C. duo Model Home. ​ The result of her exciting new work is a diverse range of textures, moods, wild […]

FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 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 face in the music industry. This is an article about art.   ‘art’ – noun   “The expression or application […]

TRISTAN BANKS REOPENS THE VERDICT

      THE VERDICT REOPENS     Tristan Banks     As music creators we’re known for wearing many hats, and Tristan Banks’ rich and varied career is no exception; working as session/recording musician for world renowned Multi Platinum Artists such as Roy Ayers, Steve Winwood, Dave Valentin, David Gilmour, Marcos Valle, Mike Lindup, […]

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

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 Grosvenor Road Studios, as they celebrate the legacy of this iconic place.   Grosvenor Road […]

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 […]

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 […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH: BLACK VOICES UK

BLACK VOICES UK 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 ensemble […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IN CONVERSATION: BLACK VOICES

In Conversation with Black Voices   Europe’s finest female acapella 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 […]

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 many […]

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 […]

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

  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, […]

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’ […]

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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The Quireboys

 
May 18, 2023
  Night & Day Cafe

Jamz Supernova (All Night Long)

 
Dec 2, 2022
  The Jazz Cafe

Pierce the Veil

 
Dec 9, 2022
  O2 Academy Birmingham

SUNSHINE ANDERSON

 
Jan 15, 2023
  The Jazz Cafe

Dirty Honey

 
Jan 24, 2023
  The Garage

Nohun

 
Dec 7, 2022
  O2 Academy Birmingham

Nuadha Quartet

 
Dec 17, 2022
  Llanwarne Village Hall

Black Belt Eagle Scout

 
Feb 24, 2023
  Night & Day

Lious Berry

 
Dec 20, 2022
  Night & Day Cafe

Barbara Tinoco

 
Jan 11, 2023
  The Jazz Cafe

Lyra

 
Apr 28, 2023
  Bush Hall

Jocelyn Brown

 
Jan 20, 2023
  The Jazz Cafe

ELISA CARTHY & THE RESTITUTION

 
Nov 30, 2022
 

Clutch

 
Dec 14, 2022
  O2 Academy Birmingham

Lisa T

 
Feb 16, 2023
  Night & Day Cafe

InMe & Raging Speedhorn

 
Dec 2, 2022
  The Garage

Natasha Watts

 
Apr 7, 2023
  Bush Hall

Jazz In The Round: A Gift For Ukraine

 
Dec 5, 2022
  The Cockpit

Gabrielle Aplin

 
Jan 7, 2023
  Union Chapel

Isobella Burnham

 
Dec 2, 2022
  Jazzlive at The Crypt

The Jordan

 
Mar 17, 2023
  Bush Hall

Christmas with Katherine Jenkins

 
Dec 8, 2022
  Royal Albert Hall

Placebo

 
Dec 8, 2022
  O2 Academy Birmingham

ELIZA CARTHY & THE RESTITUTION

 
Nov 28, 2022
  The Glee Club Birmingham

Sticky Fingers

 
Feb 18, 2023
  Alexandra Palace

RACHEL PODGER

 
Dec 15, 2022
  Barbican

The Hermes Experiment & Shiva Feshareki

 
Jan 26, 2023
  Barbican

Sleep Token

 
Jan 17, 2023
  O2 Academy Birmingham

Brian Jonestown Massacre

 
Feb 7, 2023
  Riverside Newcastle

Stone Foundation

 
Dec 3, 2022
  Riverside Newcastle

COBRA MAN

 
Dec 7, 2022
  The Garage

Troubadour Presents Fuzion ft The Yazatas + Faye Patton + The Only Remedy + Zarak and Blue Alchemy

 
Dec 22, 2022
  The Troubadour

APRIL MOON + The Jesse Janes

 
Nov 29, 2022
  The Jacaranda Club Liverpool

Kehlani

 
Dec 10, 2022
  O2 Academy Birmingham

Onyx Brass – Candle lit Concert Stapleford Granary

 
Dec 13, 2022
  Stapleford Granary Arts Centre

Cassyette

 
Mar 16, 2023
  Riverside Newcastle

Robert Mitchell and True Think

 
Dec 14, 2022
  The Lescar Hotel

Music for Awhile – Candlelit Concert at Stapleford Granary

 
Dec 12, 2022
  Stapleford Granary Arts Centre

Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forges Dingwall Alldayer

 
Dec 11, 2022
  Lafayette, London

Gojira

 
Feb 22, 2023
  Alexandra Palace

Devlin

 
Dec 8, 2022
  Night & Day Cafe

Andy McKee

 
Dec 11, 2022
  Bush Hall

Big Joanie

 
Jan 11, 2023
  The Garage

The Wurzels

 
Dec 14, 2022
  The Garage

JESCA HOOP

 
Dec 6, 2022
  The Glee Club Birmingham

Senses: A BLUES100 Live Experience

 
Feb 17, 2023
  The Jazz Cafe

Carly Rae Jepsen

 
Feb 23, 2023
  Alexandra Palace

Inside Out – Hannah Horton Quartet

 
Jan 18, 2023
  Pizza Express Jazz Club

Faye Patton Nu Jazz Quartet + DJ After Party

 
Dec 3, 2022
  Temple of Art and Music (TAM)

Ahmed Fakroun

 
Feb 19, 2023
  The Jazz Cafe
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