JAZZ GIGS – EDINBURGH, GLASGOW, PERTH, FIFE, ABERDEEN, INVERNESS AND GATESHEAD

The J-Word presents

Yellowjackets / Trio Red

Yellowjackets / Trio Red

Sun 10 Mar-Fri 15 Mar

INVERNESS – PERTH – ABERDEEN – EDINBURGH – GLENROTHES

Massively influential, melodic and eclectic, America’s legendary Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets make their first UK visit in over a decade.

This beloved eclectic, electro-acoustic jazz band now comprises founding keyboardist Russell Ferrante, long-standing drummer Will Kennedy, bassist Felix Pastorius (son of bass legend Jaco) and very special guest for this tour, Bob Franceschini on saxophone.

“One of contemporary jazz’s finest units…Magical.”  Downbeat

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“perfecting a guitarless fusion…with infusions of gospel, funk and rhythm and blues”  New York Times

 

Combining musicians from three of Europe’s most interesting scenes, Trio Red are Scottish drummer Tom Bancroft, Norwegian bassist Per Zanussi and London’s own Tom Cawley on piano. They play stirring original compositions and arrangements of diverse material from Ornette Coleman and Thelonius Monk to Jeff Buckley.

“a world-class trio”
The Guardian ****

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The J-Word presents

Trilok Gurtu / Paolo Fresu / Omar Sosa
& Fraser Fifield / Graeme Stephen

Sun 28 Apr-Sat 4 May

GATESHEAD – PERTH – GLASGOW – ABERDEEN – INVERNESS – EDINBURGH – DUNFERMLINE

Three of the most talented and adventurous live performers in world jazz unite for a very special trio project. India’s Gurtu is widely regarded as the world’s greatest percussionist; lyrical trumpeter Fresu is one of the great stars of European jazz and Cuban pianist Sosa’s fusion of global sounds with electronics is mesmerising.

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Hailed by many as the world’s finest percussionist, Trilok Gurtu’s totally individual technique combines the Indian tradition with many other styles to stunning effect.

“Gurtu continually bent the mind with surprise…Exhilarating.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“Gurtu seduced the auditorium with awesome percussion magic and pure theatre.”  The Herald

Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu has absorbed the influences of Miles Davies and Louis Armstrong into his own uniquely passionate voice.

“one of the great stars of European jazz”  The Independent

“a gentle, lyrical player with the most gorgeous tone”  The Guardian

Pianist Omar Sosa fuses a wide range of jazz, world music and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a completely fresh sound.

“atmospheric, joyously physical, profound and playful, and always utterly absorbing”  ***** The Herald

Guitarist Graeme Stephen, currently Scottish Jazz Award winner for Innovation, provides the perfect foil for Fraser Fifield’s pipes, sax, whistles and electronics. Together they make a truly original sound, rooted in the Scottish folk tradition but exploratory by nature.

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