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LEGENDS 2018 - Celebrating Women in Jazz – 100 Years on from the Suffragette Movement

Various, Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1


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27 April 2018 - 20 May 2018
Doors Open
Event Ends
Age Restriction
18 and over
Dress Code
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There is more legendary live jazz coming up in April and May 2018 and this time there's some extra gigs leading up to the main event starting on April 27th with Alina Bzhezhinska. This year's Legends Festival marks Birmingham Jazz's contribution to the centenary celebrations of when some women first got the vote - after pressure by the Suffragette Movement.

Society is still not equal and jazz is no exception so as a small contribution to recognising the impact of women we feature some of today's women players who demonstrate their own musical journeys and feature their own music but also music by others. Each band is either led by a woman or strongly features women players. Some players are returning and some are new to us - either way it's sure to be another brilliant Festival!

DAY 1 - APRIL 27TH 2018

Alina Bzhezhinska

Friday 27th April 2018 7.45pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

This unusual harp-led quartet appeared for Birmingham Jazz last year and from the first notes it was spectacular and spell binding, Everyoneeveryone plays with total commitment and the result is fresh sounding, intense and utterly compelling; a welcome addition to the scene and a great tribute to Alice Coltrane - long overlooked but increasingly revered.

Alina Bzhezhinska -  harp;, Tony Kofi -  sax;, Larry Bartley -  bass and Joel Prime - drums

DAY 2 - MAY 11TH 2018

Brigitte Beraha with Riff Raff

Friday 11th May 2018 7.45pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

Dave Manington's Riff Raff is his main ongoing project. This dynamic ensemble of young musicians has developed organically over the last decade and features the highly acclaimed musicians, vocalist Brigitte Beraha, pianist Ivo Neame, saxophonist Tomas Challenger, guitarist Rob Updegraff and drummer Tim Giles. The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.

Dave Maninington -  bass;, Brigitte Beraha -  vocals;, Ivo Neame -  piano;, Tom Challenger -  sax;, Rob Updegraff -  guitar;, Tim Giles - drums

DAY 3 - MAY 12TH 2018

Gwyneth Herbert

Saturday 12th May 2018 5.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Drawing on influences from the worlds of not just jazz, but folk and contemporary classical. One of the UK's most sought after singers completes the line-up for weekend one of the Festival. In the warm space of the 1000 Trades Gwyneth brings her duo of original work with her pianist partner.

Gwyneth Herbert voice, Ned Cartwright piano

Andrea Vicari featuring Yazz Ahmed

Saturday 12th May 2018 8.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

Festival tickets also available

Headlining the first full day of the Festival is the wonderful pianist Andrea Vicari with the rising star Yazz Ahmed on Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Andrea is a pioneering pianist, radio host, teacher and here band leader of her own and other people's music. The front line of two women players brings a range of sounds and rhythms drawn from their many and varied experiences. A great groove-based set is assured.

Andrea Vicari piano and keyboards, Yazz Ahmed trumpet and tlugelhorn, Dorian Lockett - double and electric bass, Scott Vicari drums

DAY 4 MAY 18TH 2018

Franki Dodwell - Acid Body

Friday 18th May 2018 2.00pm

Saint Kitchen, Unit 2, 61a St Paul's Square, Birmingham, B3 1QS

Free Entrance

A welcome outing for this new singer on the block. Franki is still studying her voice craft with the likes of Brigitte Beraha. This first Festival appearance for her is with a band of current and ex-Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students. Acid Body is her current project and is based around the Mariana Trench (the deepest part of the World's Oceans); and taking inspiration from traditional middle eastern music; with a mix of well-known jazz composers such as: John Zorn, Tigran Hamasyan and Avishai CohenExpect strong melodies, familiar tunes and originality.

Franki Dodwell voice, Piera Onacko piano, Ben Lee guitar, Ash Trigg bass and Charlie Johnson drums. 

Trish Clowes - My Iris

Friday 18th May 2018 5.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

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Trish Clowes has been described as "one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times" (John Fordham, the Guardian). A BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Clowes has received critical acclaim for all four of her releases for Basho Records. The latest, My Iris, has been described as "musical wizardry"

Trish Clowes saxophones, Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley piano and Hammond organ and Tim Giles drums

Denys Baptiste - Late Trane

Friday 18th May 2018 8.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

The Late Trane is the powerful and commanding new album from British saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a giant of the UK jazz scene. Reimagining and reworking ten carefully chosen composition from John Coltrane's late music (from 1963 - 1967) with a fresh and modern new interpretation, The Late Trane perfectly balances Denys Baptiste's unique artistic vision with the visceral emotions and cosmic references that encompasses Coltrane's late music. The band features Nikki Yeoh on piano who has a growing reputation and who has played with Courtney Pine.

Denys Baptiste sax, Nikki Yeoh piano, Larry Bartley bass, Rod Youngs drums

DAY 5 MAY 19TH 2018

Alicia Gardener-Trejo - Benny Carter

Saturday 19th May 2018 11.30am

Saint Kitchen

Unit 2, 61a St Paul's Square


B3 1QS

Free Entrance

This special gig by three of the best young emerging women players pays tribute to the giant of jazz Benny Carter. Carter had an unusually long career, and was perhaps the only musician to have recorded in eight different decades.[16]Having started a career in music before music was electronically recorded, Carter remained a musician, arranger and composer until he retired from performing in 1997, he died aged 95 in 2003. As a result, he had a very long recordings list with just about everyone, and every jazz style many with singers.

Alicia Gardner-Trejo saxes, Stella Roberts piano, Laura Collins voice

Wendy Kirkland - Piano Divas

Saturday 19th May 2018 2.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

Wendy Kirkland's 'Jazz Divas' project creates an atmosphere where we have been whisked away to an intimate, atmospheric, dimly lit night club in either London or New York. Wendy has carefully selected a variety of songs performed by piano playing Jazz Divas by researching their recorded repertoires and programming the numbers into what will be a varied and vastly entertaining evening.

Wendy Kirkland piano and voice, Pat Sprakes guitar, Paul Jefferies double bass, Stevie Smith drums.

Helena Kay

Saturday 19th May 2018 5.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

New star tenor saxophonist Helena Kay (Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015) leads a set inspired by greats such as Sonny Rollins and Antonio Carlos Jobim and also contemporary stars. The trio have performed at the London Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, live on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Now and in various venues around London. The trio enjoy performing a varied mixture of Helena's originals and tunes from the jazz canon.

Helena Kay sax, Calum Gourlay bass and David Ingamells drums

Finding Home - Kate Williams & Georgia Mancio

Saturday 19th May 2018 8.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

We are pleased to have captured an early release live of the new collaboration 'Finding Home" between Kate Williams and Georgia Mancio. Georgia continues her longstanding musical partnership with composer/pianist Kate Williams and her acclaimed Four Plus Three project. They present a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio, string quartet and voice, linked by the concept of finding home.

Kate Williams piano, Georgia Mancio voice, Oli Hayhurst bass, David Ingamells drums, John Garner violin, Marie Schreer violin, Francis Gallagher viola, Sergio Serra cello

DAY 6 - MAY 20TH 2018

Joey Walter - Me & 3

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Sunday 20th May 2018 11.30am

Free Entrance

A welcome to the original all saxophone quartet led by Joey Walter. They will be taking the saxophone parts from big band scores of jazz legends. Then arranged for the four-part saxes - recreating the Sticky Fingers sound. Playing all four usual saxes: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Me & 3 bring a new meaning to melody, harmony and rhythm.

Joey Walter, Tom Martin, Ben Markland and Anna Brooks saxes

Juliet Kelly -  Nina Simone

Sunday 20th May 2018 5.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

The acclaimed London-based singer and songwriter returns and this time Juliet's distinctive velvety voice features in a tribute to Nina Simone and the jazz divas who have inspired both Juliet and many others. Her tribute to the jazz singers has proved to be extremely popular and has attracted sell-out and capacity audiences. As well as Nina Simone, Juliet covers Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan and less well-known singers are also represented. Juliet's performances introduce the audience to lesser-known gems as well as showcasing popular favourites.

Juliet Kelly voice + line up to be confirmed

Two of a Mind

Sunday 20th May 2018 8.00pm

1000 Trades 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter B1 3HE

Tickets: £12.50/£10 Members/Students £5

Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on "Blues in Time" and "Two of a Mind". Co-led by Alison Neale and Chris Biscoe 'Two of a Mind' takes its inspiration from the very melodic recordings of Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan; created around 1960. It's Allison Neale on alto sax and Chris Biscoe on baritone sax taking the respective roles.

Chris Biscoe baritone sax and alto clarinet Allison Neale alto sax, Colin Oxley guitar, Dave Whitford bass and Matt Fishwick drums