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The modern music world has changed in the last 10 years, with the record deals vanishing, file sharing, music streaming and vinyl coming back!
For a jazz musician or a band to record they are now mostly dependent on self-funding the album, my estimate would be that to record through to having a product will cost the musician in the region of £5k however Tommy Smith recently quoted £18k to produce his last album. Then there are the promotion costs on top, with the average jazz record sales being fairly low, it is unlikely that the jazz musician is going to become a millionaire soon!
There are a variety of ways the musician goes about funding a project, be this directly out of their own funds, from government (ACE) funding, getting loans from family and friends, pre-sales. This where crowdfunding comes into play, various safe websites have been set up to enable the artist to collect funds from pre-sales, donations and wild and exuberant gifts! This gives the funder (hopefully you) a chance to see the early stages of the process coming together as well as getting something for your money. Who knows in the future this could be the modern way of buying music?
Craig Scott recently funded the production element of his latest cd through one of the sites and now it is Matt Anderson who is looking to generate funds for his debut album as leader. At ‘Jazz Goes To Leeds’ we have the following information for you.
Wild Flower Sextet Launches Crowdfunding Campaign
The Wild Flower Sextet have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the making of their debut album, which they are recording on February 22nd and 23rd in the Leeds College of Music recital room after receiving a place on the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme.
The band, led by Leeds-based tenor saxophonist Matt Anderson, takes its name from a composition by the great Wayne Shorter, and the project celebrates the master saxophonist's music with deconstructed re-workings of his compositions as well as new material. Also featured in the band are young London-based trumpeter Laura Jurd, guitarist Alex Munk and pianist Jamil Sheriff, as well as the ever-popular combination of Sam Vicary and Sam Gardner on double-bass and drums.
The project has received support so far from a number of sources. As well as being awarded a place on the Jazz Services Recording Support Scheme, the band is also being supported by Leeds College of Music who have donated their recital room and Steinway grand piano for the recording. Alongside this, the band has also set up a crowdfunding campaign on Sponsume.com, allowing fans to support the project by pre-ordering copies of the album and signing up for different rewards. These range from mp3 downloads and a bonus disc with live footage and photos from the session to having their names printed in the album sleeve and tune dedications.
'brings together a great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new' - Jamie Cullum
Support: Moysey’s Noisy Sextet
Saturday 22 March 2014 7.30 p.m. £8 (£5 concessions)
A new project led by Harry Orme, formed in late 2013 playing all original compositions. With special guest Matt Anderson, who has been making waves performing and recording as a sideman with Jiannis Pavlidis, Jamie Taylor and Jamil Sheriff, as well as leading his own projects. Also, rising stars of the northern scene: Declan Forde (Piano), Sam Vicary (Bass) and Sam Gardner (Drums).
Support: Toby Noble Trio
Eirik Svela Trio
12 April 2014 7.30 p.m. £8 (£5 concessions)
The trio features Eirik Svela (Guitar), Simon Read (Bass) and John Arnesen (Drums). The band plays firmly within the hard-bop tradition drawing influences from legendary guitarists such as Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. The trio’s repertoire is a mix of interpretations of standards and some original tunes.
"If I hear anything better all Fringe I'll eat my umbrella" (Audience member, Buxton Fringe)
Sam Watts Solo Piano
17 May 2014 7.30 p.m. £8 (£5 concessions)
Sam studied at Leeds College of Music before continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. He graduated with distinction in 2013, also winning the Humphrey Lyttleton prize. In November he performed a solo concert in the 2013 London Jazz Festival playing a selection of ragtime/stride piano pieces. This evening he takes us through his influences on solo piano, leaving not a dry eye in the house. http://wattsworld.co.uk/sounds/
Apollo US presents: Fat Face Trio
7 June 2014 7.30 p.m. £8 (£5 concessions)
Jazz at Heart hosts the first Transatlantic tour by Apollo Jazz Network. Hailing from North Carolina, Fat Face Trio features trumpet, tuba and guitar. Led by trumpet Matt Postle, the group plays a diverse range of music and embraces the challenge of their unconventional line-up. A rare UK appearance from a group which promises unexpected turns and a fresh take on the jazz trio.
Apollo US presents: Veronneau26 July 2014 7.30 p.m. £8 (£5 concessions)
Launched in 2010, international quartet Veronneau have captivated festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs across North America and Europe. Led by French-Canadian singer Lynn Veronneau, the group play a mix of bossa nova, swing, samba and gypsy jazz performed not only in English but in French and Portuguese, too! The band return to the UK this summer following on from hugely successful festival appearances in recent years.
Leeds is the place to be for jazz this Spring. Shake off the winter blues with some great jazz! Lots of international stars, and lots of talented Yorkshire bands to see at Seven Jazz’s two venues, Seven Arts and Inkwell Arts in Chapel Allerton.
Firstly award-winning jazz alto saxophonist and hip hop star Soweto Kinch celebrates the release of his studio double album titled ‘The Legend of Mike Smith’ - the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation on January 23rd at Seven Arts. Then Canadian Trumpeter Jay Phelpes has put together a wonderful trans-Atlantic sextet to perform the music of Miles Davis in his “Projection of Miles” concert for February 20th.Leeds based jazz singer Louise Gibbs premieres her new “Seven Deadly Sings” on March 6th, a jazz song cycle scored for voice and septet and a star line up of international musicians such as Tony Kofi, Tim Whitehead and Quentin Collins and then the same month on March 20th Jean Toussaint – the sax playing member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - returns Seven Arts leading his own quartet.
Australian tenor sax jazz star Brandon Allen with his exciting new quartet on April 3rd and finally before Easter on 10th April the superb duo of saxmanTommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock make it down from Scotland – just before they close the border!
The funky Sunday afternoons provide good entertainment and good value too with some wonderful new Leeds based bands including bassist Simon Read’s Octet, saxman Robin Porter’s Quartet, fresh from this year’s Proms, the piano trios of Jami Sheriff and Declan Forde, guitarists Jamie Taylor and Gary Boyle, saxman Will Howard’s double drum Quintet, and from London the wonderful young trumpet star Laura Jurd.
To get jazz fans in the mood for Le Grand Depart from Leeds we have a couple of groups that recreate the music of Stefan Grapelli and Django Renihardt – Ben Lowman’s Django Project and Matt Holborn’s Gypsy Jazz quartet. And for those who like jazz singers we have welcome returns by Kate Peters and Kevin James!
All this to see enjoy then.But if you want to join in too, then there is the highly successful Seven Jazz workshop, improvisation group, the Seven Jazz Voices Choir and the Spring Jazz Café and Jam Session on March 30th!
Jazz at The Grove This 2 weekly club is still running with dates on Sunday evenings: Sun, 9 February, 20:00 – 23:00 Zoe Gilby
Sun, 23 February - Krzysztof Urbanski
Sun, 9 March, - Svarc, Hanley, Longhawn
For those of you who fancy a trip out of town a couple of gigs worthy of note
Beverley Beirne quintet – Feb 22 - The Wildman Studio – Ilkley
Beverley Beirne is a jazz singer fast becoming known for her ability to innovate as for her stunning voice. A truly gifted interpreter, she sings a captivating mix of beautifully arranged standards and exciting interpretations from other genres. Beverley's arrangements of well known songs like 'Walk On By' make them her own. She has a wonderful feeling for interpreting numbers into a jazz context yet still keeping the original feel of the song.
Beverley Beirne – Vocals, Declan Forde – Piano, Simon Reed – Bass, Matt Parkinson – Drums, Ben Lowman- Tenor
You may not be familiar with London based Benet Mclean, so let me acquaint you, having been the keys player in Dennis Rollins Bad Bone company and 3 albums as leader (in his own Name), Benet also is the support act at Ronnies to the reunion of Loose Tubes. Oh and he sings as well!
Benet McLean - piano and voice, Duncan Eagles – sax, Max Luthert – bass, Mark Mondesir – drums