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A brand new contemporary Jazz music programme is launching in Wolverhampton at Newhampton Arts Centre. ‘JAZZ at NAC’ is fresh for 2019 and will feature some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians including, Steve Fishwick (8th February), Zoe Rahman (7th March), Kit Downes (3rd May), Iain Ballamy (14th June).
Newhampton Arts Centre have been working closely with jazz enthusiasts from Wolverhampton to bring these carefully selected names to the first season of JAZZ at NAC:
Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpet players ever to come from the UK, and is rapidly gaining a global reputation thanks to his flawless technique and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. Friday 8th Feb - NAC - £14.
Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene, described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard” A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Thursday 7th March - NAC - £15.
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Award nominated solo recording artist for ECM Records. He has toured the world with artists such as Squarepusher, Thomas Strønen, and written commissions for London Contemporary Orchestra, Cologne Philharmonie, BBC Radio 3.Friday 3rd May - NAC - £13.
Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist, ECM recording artist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising. Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene. Friday 14th June - NAC - £16.
‘We’ve been working on this programme for a few months with a group of jazz advocates who’ve been active in the city in other venues. They were keen to get contemporary jazz going again in Wolverhampton and we’re delighted to host the programme in our theatre. For our first season, we’ve got a world class line up, I was amazed to watch the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year a few weeks ago and two of our first four acts were on the judging panel.’ Trevelyan Wright- CEO at Newhampton Arts Centre.
Jazz has been brought to the city of Wolverhampton before but not in recent years. We are confident that with our strong and passionate programming plus future plans in the pipeline, jazz in Wolverhampton will be here to stay. We hope to attract existing jazz fans across the city but also welcome the new generation of jazz lovers, which is why we are offering a limited amount of discounted tickets to the under 25’s and under 15’s full details about this promotion and all tickets can be purchased here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/newhamptonartscentre
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