Liverpool International Jazz Festival returns this February and the line up is now complete — with additional events announced! From Thurs 22nd Feb to Sun 25th Feb 2024, The Capstone Theatre will play host to some of the best local and international artists jazz has to offer in what promises to be a jazz extravaganza like no other! Here’s the full line up….
Tommy Smith & Gwilym Simcock Duo: Thurs 22nd Feb, 7.30pm
Tommy Smith and Gwilym Simcock collaborate to bring two generations of UK jazz mastery to the stage in world-class performances. Their intimate, intensely musical duets, with a repertoire drawn from many musical avenues, have delighted audiences at events across Scotland and the UK.
Tommy Smith, OBE is one of the world’s leading saxophonists and has worked with the likes of Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Dame Cleo Laine to name a few. Meanwhile, Gwilym Simcock Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene.
Liverpool Hope Big Band Performs Carla Bley: Fri 23rd Feb, 1pm
This concert has been organised in tribute to the legendary American jazz composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader Carla Bley. A seminal figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960s and later a prolific composer of music for various ensembles including her own Big Band, which was a group of some of the finest players on the contemporary jazz scene, this concert will pay homage to a jazz legend.
David Helbock Austrian Syndicate: Fri 23rd Feb, 7.30pm
This passion project by David Helbock, in which the „young lions“ of Austrian jazz meet one of the most sought-after sidemen in the international jazz scene of the past decades, captivates with plenty of percussion and groove, and most notably, with many keyboards and other keyboard instruments, in the spirit of Austria’s most successful jazz musician, Joe Zawinul.
In this joint project, Peter Madsen and David Helbock bring the best rhythm section that Austria has to offer in jazz on board for their “Austrian Syndicate.“ Raphael Preuschl and Herbert Pirker have been a well-rehearsed team for over 20 years and the most sought-after bass-drum duo in Vienna, and David Helbock has played hundreds of concerts worldwide with them as a trio.
Mutant Jazz LIFJ Afterparty: Fri 23rd Feb, 8.30pm at Metrocola
The third Mutant Jazz event is the official after party for the Liverpool International Jazz Festival. Mutant Jazz is a collaboration between promoters Parrjazz and You & I Presents at Metrocola’s Metro Loft, on Leece Street, Liverpool. They have teamed up with the LIJF to offer a late-night extension to Friday 23rd February’s jazz activities.
MILAP Presents The Attuned Quartet: Sat 24th Feb, 1pm
This ambitious new line up of Attuned is striving to develop its own approach to Indian Classical fusion. Placing a strong emphasis on the compositional elements of their material as well as improvisational prowess, they are approaching fusion in a different way to most artists in the subgenre.
The Attuned Quartet will take audiences into a new understanding of what the potential of fusion really is and how this group is truly an ideal foundation for new forms of expression. Electric violin, electric guitar, tabla and cello combine to create melodic material based on Raags of North and South India, with Latin and jazz tradition influences.
Liverpool Jazz Celebration: Sat 24th Feb, 3pm at Cornerstone Theatre
LIJF 2024: Liverpool Jazz Celebration is a free admission event taking place in the Cornerstone Building (Cornerstone Theatre), 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP on Saturday 24th Feb 2024 from 3pm – 7.30pm. It will showcase some of the most interesting and creative bands and projects on the Liverpool scene, including Olvine, Viktor Nordberg Quartet, LulaNova, KIPPERS, Malchamech and Sweet Beans.
Yolanda Charles Project pH Instra-mentals: Sat 24th Feb, 7.30pm
Yolanda Charles MBE, the internationally renowned bassist and songwriter, has worked with artists such as Hans Zimmer, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson in an exemplary career of thirty years and counting.
Her Project pH Instra-mentals group features a diverse range of musical styles, their musical variety has drawn comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Yes, and Return to Forever, as well as Jim Beard, Steps Ahead, John Scofield, and even the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Cali Discs: Sat 24th Feb, 9pm at The Caledonia Pub
DJs Copious Notes and JabJazz bring you music from the jazz spectrum in one of the most important grassroots music venues in the city, The Caledonia. The duo has been carving out a name on the jazz DJ circuit playing in museums, clubs, festivals, public events and on their web radio show Jazz But Not As We Know It.
Liverpool Sax Day: Sun 25th Feb, 10am at Cornerstone Theatre
This day-long event taking place at in the Cornerstone Building at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus features workshops, masterclasses and performances. It will feature sessions by International Sax Superstar Denys Baptiste along with sessions by the North’s leading jazz tenorist/ educator Dean Masser.
Participants can bring their saxophones and join in the ensemble classes hosted by prolific international sax expert and composer Andy Scott, and also peruse the many trade stalls. Liverpool Sax Day ticket holders get automatic FREE entrance to the highly anticipated Liverpool International Jazz Festival’s Sunday evening concert by Denys Baptiste Late Trane Quartet.
Denys Baptiste’s Late Trane: Sun 25th Feb, 7.30pm
The Late Trane is the powerful and commanding album and concert from British saxophonist Denys Baptiste, a giant of the UK jazz scene. Reimagining and reworking 10 carefully chosen compositions from John Coltrane’s late music (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.
With Late Trane, Denys Baptiste has achieved something special and important. He has opened another rare window onto one of the greatest moments in jazz history. He’s made a beautiful and welcoming record that will guide others towards those late 60s Impulse masterworks.
The next incarnation of Liverpool International Jazz Festival will take place from Thurs 22nd Feb to Sun 25th Feb 2024, including music from some of the most exciting figures in contemporary jazz such as Tommy Smith & Gwilym Simcock, David Helbock’s Austrian Syndicate, Attuned Quartet, Yolanda Charles and Denys Baptiste.
Liverpool International Jazz Festival / Thurs 22nd Feb — Sun 25th Feb 2024 / The Capstone Theatre, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP
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