The Lescar announces Spring Jazz line-up
Jazz at The Lescar is an award-winning jazz promoter based in Sheffield, hosting one of the UK’s longest running weekly jazz nights.
Here is the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next few weeks up until the end of May.
10th April: Joy Ellis / £8
Soulful music with a groove from pianist, singer and composer Joy Ellis, and a wonderful band featuring some of the finest musicians on the London jazz scene, including Rob Luft (guitar), Henrik Jensen (double bass) and Adam Osmianski (drums). With a new album out soon, Joy has performed at Manchester, Cheltenham and London Jazz Festivals. Her music is sophisticated and articulate, driven by a contemporary urgency.
17th April: Caravela / £8
Mixing Afro-Brazilian with improvised jazz and woven melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms. We’re delighted to welcome Caravela, led by Inês Loubet (voice), with Telmo Sousa (guitar), Joseph Costi (piano/keys), Greg Gotlieb (bass) and Ben Brown (drums). Influenced by the likes of Baden Powell, Mayra Andrade, and Lionel Loueke, their music is sensitive, full of energy and life, fresh from the London Jazz scene.
24th April: Crescent Trio / £8
From London via New York; heady, we welcome the interactive, rhythmic and intense contemporary jazz from three acclaimed and award-winning musicians, Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), Will Sach (bass), and Boz Martin-Jones (drums). Between them, these three energetic musicians have worked with legends of the jazz scene to create music that is alive and resonating with fresh ideas and energy.
1st May: Eyal Lovett Quartet / £8
From the vibrant and creative Berlin jazz scene, with a sound influenced by the likes of piano greats Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau, Israeli pianist Eyal Lovett brings a wonderful touch, allied to a strongly rhythmic drive and expressive compositions. He has toured extensively through Europe and Israel and brings a sublime and intuitive quartet, featuring Eran Har Even (guitar), Thomas Kolarczyk (double bass) and Aidan Lowe (drums).
8th May: Rob Luft / £8
Recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and winner of 2nd Prize in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, guitarist Rob Luft brings the band of incredible talents that made his debut album ‘Riser’ one of the best of 2017. Rob Luft (guitar), Joe Wright (tenor sax) Joe Webb (keyboard), Tom McCredie (bass guitar), Corrie Dick (drums & percussion). Infectious, melodic, exuberant, and unmissable.
15th May: Yuko Yokoi / £8
Vocalist, Yuko Yokoi, closes the UK tour of her debut album ‘Verde’ at The Lescar, with music that’s both playful and minimalist in style, influenced strongly by Brazilian music and contemporary jazz. With interpretations of compositions by Brazilian legends like Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti, as well as her own originals, she’s joined by a first class band featuring Matt Robinson (piano), Ife Tolentino (guitar), and Alua Nascimento (percussion).
22nd May: Reinier Baas & Ben Van Gelder / £8
This date offers a unique chance to hear two of the foremost musicians on the European and NYC jazz scenes. Guitarist, Reinier Baas’ music is idiosyncratic, focused and full of unexpected rhythmic and dynamic turns whilst Alto sax player Ben Van Gelder mixes lyricism and tranquility with explosive virtuosity. Their most recent recording ‘Smash Hits’ was recorded with the Grammy award-winning Metropole Orkest, and released in 2018. Rooted in American jazz, but also unmistakably European, riveting, their style is expressive and original, don’t miss them.
29th May: Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble and Guests / £9
We’re delighted to welcome back an unsung hero of the Sheffield music scene; tabla and santoor player and educator John Ball. John leads the Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble, bringing together university music students and local community musicians to explore the melodic and rhythmic improvisational potential of Indian music using voice and a broad range of instruments. The ensemble are joined by special guest Vijay Venkat, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, performer and composer specialising in the violin, viola, flute and vichitra veena (an ancient Indian fret-less slide instrument).
Check out all the other events from Jazz at The Lescar at jazzatthelescar.com
Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday).