Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard Unplugged featured on BBC’s Radio 3 Website

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Gareth Lockrane, flautist and founder of ‘Grooveyard Unplugged’, has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up program, recorded at this year’s Amser Jazz Time Festival at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  Gareth released The Strut with us and was named MOJO Magazine’s jazz album of the year for 2012.

Enjoy a track from his latest release below:

Rory Simmons Monocled Man 4 Star Jazzwise review, Irish Times, AP Reviews, JazzFM, Herald of Scotland + Jazz in the Round show on 30th June

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Rory Simmon’s ‘Monocled Man’ released their debut Southern Drawl with us in April and the band has already been called one of the most exciting new groups in the UK’s alternative scene.  Here’s some recent praise in the press:

“Monocled Man are another fierce contender on the UK’s triving alt, electric jazz scene.”
4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine  (review posted to the left)

“Monocled Man is downtown New York edginess meets northern European cool, with an adrenalin injection of raw London punk energy.
The Irish Times

“The verve and raw energy of Monocled Man is addictive, especially from a trio (Troyka and Partikel fans are sure to find the rough-hewn vitality here very attractive), and the prospect of live extemporization is definitely something to look out for. An absorbing 9-track, 45-minute playlist (all composed by Simmons) which is as full-bodied as it is exciting.”
AP Reviews

“The feeling is very much of a live session, with Montague’s choppy riffing integrating well with Scott’s urgent drumming on up-tempo numbers such as Bullet Nose, and the three players building atmosphere very effectively together on Scribbles. Fans of Red-era King Crimson and recent developments in Scandinavian jazz, will find much to enjoy in Monocled Man’s blend of rugged interplay and melodic soul-searching.”
Herald of Scotland

And the album has been getting considerable play over at JazzFM on Chris Phillips great show The Blue Print.

Don’t miss Monocled Man’s upcoming Jazz in the Round performance at the Cockpit Theatre in association with BBC Radio 3 presenter Jez Nelson, one of London’s great contemporary music showcases on June 30th, check the poster below and visit their website here:

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Alice Zawadzki promo video for China Lane

AliceWe released the debut album China Lane from one of the UK’s brightest young talents, Alice Zawadzki, just last week and the response so far has been fantastic.  Here’s a great video that features Alice talking about the making of the album, the music, concepts, and more.  And don’t forget Alice is appearing at the Pizza Express Jazz club on the 15/16 of July for her launch concerts! click here for bookings. 

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JC Sanford gets reviewed by the Irish Times

sanford_900pxViews from the Inside is the stunning new album from the multi-faceted trombonist, composer & conductor JC Sanford and his 15-piece orchestra.We have just heard he’s been featured in the Irish Times. Click here to read the article and check out the promo video below to learn more about the album.

WWR artist Euan Burton & ‘Occurrences’ North American Tour + new release

Euan BurtonScottish bassist and producer Euan Burton released Occurrences with us in 2012 and will be releasing his new album later this year, stay tuned for more info on that.  He’s currently on a North American tour with his band from the new album, undertaking a pre-launch tour in association with Made in the UK and Jazz Services.  Here’s what he’s up to while he’s over there:

 

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XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
June 22nd
TIME: 6:45PM & 8:45PM
CHRIST CHURCH – PART OF THE MADE IN THE UK SERIES
ADMISSION FREE
www.rochesterjazz.com/artist_lineup/?artist_id=985

VICTORIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
June 26th
8:30PM
HERMAN”S JAZZ CLUB
$18
jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest/page/2014-jazzfest-tickets

VANCOUVER JAZZ FESTIVAL
June 28th
1:45pm
DAVID LAM PARK STAGE
FREE
www.coastaljazz.ca/artist/euan_burton_occurrences

NEW YORK CITY WITH SPECIAL GUEST ARI HOENIG + OPENING SET FROM SECRET ARCHITECTURE
July 2nd
9pm
CAFFE VIVALDI
32 JONES ST
NO COVER (DoNATION WELCOME)
caffevivaldi.com/event/euan-burton-occurrences-scotland/

Partisans play Dizzy’s in NYC on June 25th

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We recently announced the signing of Partisans (who just got a nice feature in Jazzwise Magazine’s online news feed) and they are currently on a pre-launch album tour across the US/Canada for their upcoming Sept release SWAMP and have advance copies with them on the road.  They will be doing a special concert in NYC at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in a few days on the 25th and we’d like to invite all our NY friends to the show. Here’s information for BOOKINGS.

The Partisans tour is in part made possible by the Made in the UK tour series and Jazz Services.
Check out what’s in store by watching the video below:

Glowing Review from All About Jazz for Andre Canniere’s ‘Coalescence’

Coalescence Album CoverAmerican born trumpeter Andre Canniere has just received a glowing review from All About Jazz on his second WWR release Coalescence. The review states that “Coalescence is the perfect title for this engrossing collection from Andre Canniere… the quality of the performances from Canniere and Neame in particular are of a high standard and it is also refreshing to hear an album with such rare ambition and desire to connect with real world issues.” You can check out the full review here.

Andre will soon be performing at Wigmore Hall on Fri. 18th July as part of the Wigmore Lates @36 Series. He will be performing music from his WWR albums Coalescence and Forward Space with London based musicians Ivo Neame (piano), Hannes Riepler (guitar), Ryan Trebilcock (bass) and Jon Scott (drums). You can catch more information on the event here.

To purchase Coalescence please click here, or Forward Space click here, or check out our full catalog of albums on the store page.

Featured below we have the promo video that accompanies Andre’s latest album.

Ryan Quigley to record album for Whirlwind, short July tour featuring Michael Janisch, Paul Booth, Steve Hamilton and Clarence Penn + Pizza Express showcase on the 26th July

Ryan-photo-2-e1368139953333-1We’re delighted to announce the new signing of Ryan Quigley, who is one of the premier trumpeters in the UK known for his extremely rare ability to be both a world class lead player and virtuosic and conceptual improvisor– the two do not usually go together. Ryan’s lead playing has been featured with the upper echelon of big bands, symphonies, orchestras, and pop stars around the world and as a composer and small band leader he has won multiple awards in the UK including the Parliamentary Award for band of the year.   He’s assembled an all-star line up for his new recording which will feature all new music to be recorded on July 27 and 28 at Steve Winwood’s private studio in the Cotswolds, produced by WWR’s own Michael Janisch, who will also be holding down the bass duties alongside Paul Booth on saxophones, Steve Hamilton on piano, and over from NYC will be one of the world’s great drummers Clarence Penn.  The album will be released in 2015.  They will be doing a short tour to play the music in before the recording and so far the dates are:

July 22: TBC

July 23: The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

July 24: Stereo, Glasgow, Scotland

July 25: Del Villaggio, Birmingham, England

July 26: Pizza Express Jazz Club BOOK HERE, Lunchtime Concert. Soho, London (See poster below)

Stay tuned for more info, thank you!

 

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Concert Dates & and a Full Length Sample Track Now Listed for Marko Churnchetz WWR Debut ‘Devotion’

Churnchetz-Devotion-300dpi-RGB-screenSlovenian pianist Marko Churnchetz will be releasing his debut WWR release on 17th July, and we now have concert dates that accompany his release listed on the events page as well as a full length track featured on our bandcamp site.

Marko’s debut album Devotion is a shining example of how many contemporary musicians are throwing genre restrictions out the window. Boasting an exciting stew of influences, the album features a no-holds-barred program of skillfully written music from Churnchetz, performed by some of New York’s finest younger generation improvisers in saxophonist Mark Shim, bassist Chris Tordini and first call drummer Justin Brown. The music races across an eclectic sonic landscape featuring intricate rhythms, virtuosic passages, introspective ballads and free improvisations.

You can preview tracks on his album page, and featured below we have a full length tune from the release.

RELEASE DAY: Alice Zawadzski’s debut CHINA LANE out now!!

“2014 has already been a triumphant year for female jazz vocalists. China Lane, the debut album from singer-songwriter and violinist Alice Zawadzki, may just be the most exciting of a rich crop.” – MusicOMH

One of the UK’s true rising stars releases her debut album today!  Congrats to Alice, and click here to pick up your copy.

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CLICK HERE FOR YOUR COPY

 

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About China Lane

“A huge vocal and instrumental talent, with an engagingly eccentric, sensual and feminine writing style that promises much for the future.” (The Jazz Mann).

Amongst the sea of burgeoning talent currently exploding out of the London creative music scene, singer-songwriter, violinist and pianist Alice Zawadzki firmly stands out from the crowd. The past few years she’s acquired quite a buzz across the UK music industry from fellow musicians, critics, club owners and fans alike, and the rave has been about her unique ability to communicate through her music with simple yet profound purity, not to mention she’s one of the most infectious vocalists and skilled songwriters to emerge in the UK for years.

Her diverse background and striking ability to perform across genres– while retaining her own intelligent and expressive musical style– give her a unique accessibility. It is no surprise that she is already becoming an in-demand singer both at home in London and internationally. Says London Jazz about Zawadzki, “The range of textures and colors, the expressive possibilities seemed more or less infinite.”

China Lane is the debut album from Zawadzki and the beginning of a new solo career by a standout voice in contemporary creative music. Written and arranged over five years it encompasses a rich collection of influences – from ancient Sephardic songs about loss, exodus and prejudice to Zawadzki’s modern fairy tales full of mischief, whimsy, obsession and magic, as well as Bartok-inspired folk stories about young love, with magnetic ballads and groove-infused delights. Zawadzki, who wrote most of the material on the album and performs as vocalist (singing authentically in multiple languages), violinist and pianist explains: “I finished writing the title track ‘China Lane’, in Berlin, in the summer of 2012. I had started writing lyrics for it in my old home of Manchester, moved by the beauty of the city at sunset and a deep sense of nostalgia. A simple description of what I could see soon became, in some way, a homage to living in the moment. The gentle background sounds of humming beer fridges mixed with passing Manchester buses on the recording makes me smile.”

And the supporting cast on China Lane features a stellar combination of bandmates and long term collaborators Alex Roth (guitar), Kit Downes (Hammond), Andreas Lang (bass), and Jon Scott (drums), who each bring playfulness and deep cohesion to the repertoire, with an evidently natural empathy.

The purple sounds of Kit Downes’ Hammond permeate the trip-hop inspired ‘Cat’; “it’s something of a modern fairytale to me”, says Zawadzki. “The ghost of a murdered feline finds it’s way into the body of a woman with excellent consequences.” Fantastical notions continue into ‘Ring of Fire’, with driving interplay between Scott and Lang eventually bringing the detailed folk melodies into a soulful jam. Darker episodes, however, have their place in ‘You As A Man’, described by Adrian Stevenson of the Manchester Jazz Festival as “a brave and touching expression of feelings on the topic of obsessional love that most singers would struggle to get close to.” Compositional influences from Steve Coleman’s M-Base serve to intensify the songs poignant lyrics.

The album is carefully and skillfully augmented with layers of cellos, violins and and additional voices. Cellist Shirley Smart features in one of the Sephardic interpretations. A brooding and languorous introduction between the cello and violin later gives way to Smart’s dazzling and virtuosic sound, full of intent and unique language. This ancient tradition is just one of many influences to be found on the record, it’s subject matter just as relevant today as when it was written. “As any kind of artist, you are dead when you stop putting yourself in other peoples shoes”, says Zawadzki.

The joyfully simple, cinematic and powerful ‘Low Sun; Lovely Pink Light’, features vocalists Emilia Mårtensson and Fini Bearman, with soaring wordless vocals and the delightful rises and falls of Alex Roth’s solo guitar. Inspired by the tiny island of Strynø in Denmark, Zawadzki writes: “It was deepest winter and the landscape was harsh and witchy. The sky, sea and land had all turned the same color, as if a painter had taken their brush and swirled the scene in circles with water until all blurred into one. And in the distance the sun was rising, amber and rose, the most beautiful I’d ever seen.”

A uniquely expressive performer and a gifted storyteller, Alice Zawadzki’s star is set to rise with the release of China Lane. It’s an astonishingly brave and assured debut, which takes the listener on a journey of love, compassion, conflict and joy.