Thursday 24th January
Please note show times are slightly different than usual.Doors Open 6pm, Zara McFarlane 7.30pm, Matthew Halsall: 9pm, Late Late Set: 11pm-late. Doors Close 3am
Matthew Halsall - Trumpet, Rachael Gladwin - Harp, Taz Modi - Piano, Gavin Barras - Double Bass, Rob Turner - Drums, Keiko Kitamura - Koto, Clive Bell - Shakuhachi (Japanese Flute)
“'Kind Of Blue' meets The Cinematic Orchestra …With hypnotic grooves, and a meditative slow-build to his solos, Halsall's music is saturated in a life-affirming glow”. Time Out
“Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester.” The Independent on Sunday
“Grooving through time on the spiritual sunship.” Mojo Magazine
“If you like dreamy groovers with drifting melodies, you’ll love this.” BBC Music Magazine
Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene. His unique sound was brilliantly described as “Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester” by the Independent On Sunday and previous albums have found Halsall exploring the modal jazz of John and Alice Coltrane or paying heartfelt tribute to the hard bop of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, but on his most recent album Fletcher Moss Park he offers his most personal statement yet.
Written and recorded over the last couple of years, Fletcher Moss Park is inspired by one of Manchester’s most beautiful places. A rambling, multi-tiered park of walkways and dreamy gardens that offers the contemplative Halsall a place of peace and respite from the city, a meditative space to think and write in. The stillness and beauty of the surroundings have steeped into his beautiful compositions for this album. Elegant and sincere, Halsall’s compositions draw on his love of spiritual jazz, modern dance music and even his work with the award-winning Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band earlier this year. Halsall favours earthy honestly and direct communication over tricksy arrangements and it is this deceptively simple openness that gives his music such a unique flavour as the young composer and producer seeks to express his feelings and thoughts with his music.
His superlative band features some of Manchester’s finest musicians including rising star pianist Taz Modi (Sub-Motion Orchestra), bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra). The addition of Rachael Gladwin’s harp brings a sense of liquidity to the modal explorations, and Halsall's own beautiful playing lingers long after the music ends.
MOBO nominated Zara McFarlane, a rising star on the UK jazz/soul scene, released her debut album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings in October 2011. Positioned neatly between the twin worlds of modern jazz and eclectic nu-soul, Until Tomorrow confirmed the presence of a very special young voice on the UK scene. Exuding a liberal dose of subtle, stealthy swing, the album was rooted in the jazz tradition. However, Zara has brought an eminently soul undercurrent to what she does, and her music will appeal to audiences weaned on Jill Scott and Erykah Badu as easily as to those more attuned to Cassandra Wilson or Dianne Reeves.
In recent times Zara has supported Hugh Masekela; toured Europe; duetted with Gregory Porter; dropped a spectacular cover version of Junior Murvin’s classic reggae jam ‘Police & Thieves’; and performed live on French radio station – Radio Nova – as part of a special broadcast of London acts. Zara played in London to a spellbound sell out crowd on the 9th of October, where she dropped some of her new material as well as songs from the first album.
“Until Tomorrow is a delight ...filled with musical treasures, waiting to be discovered” - All About Jazz
“Zara McFarlane’s long-awaited debut album provides the perfect showcase for her wonderfully pure timbre, understated melodic approach and unerring sense of time.” - Jazzwise
You can see her video of ‘Police and Thieves’ here:
You can buy her album here: