Young Northern Jazz Talent Showcasing at Marsden
15 July 2015
AN OUTSTANDING band of young musicians is being given the chance to make its name, thanks to a pioneering initiative by Jazz North, the organisation devoted to nurturing and showcasing talent.
Artephis, comprising five musicians from Manchester aged from 20 to 21 is the latest beneficiary of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, which offers them high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north, along with help in promoting themselves. They play Marsden Jazz Festival at 12:30pm on Saturday 10 October.
The band was selected from a wide range of applications for the scheme after impressing a Jazz North panel with its talent and enthusiasm.
Now the band will perform in 2015/16 at the Lancaster Jazz Festival, Marsden Jazz Festival, Southport Melodic Jazz Club, Liverpool Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festival, with other festival performances tbc.
Artephis is made up of Aaron Wood, 21, trumpet/flugel, James Girling, 20, guitar, Ali Roocroft, 20, piano, Alasdair Simpson, 21, bass and Matt Brown, 20, drums.
Trumpeter Aaron Wood, from Holmfirth, is a veteran of Marsden Jazz Festival, having played with Honley High School and with his father Simon Wood’s Hope Bank Jazz Collective.
The band describes its approach as ‘forward looking and contemporary’, comprising active young musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since its formation twelve months ago, the quintet has been building a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements with the band members being committed to taking their familiar jazz quintet line up in new directions.
Among its inspirations and influences are Christian Scott Quintet, Miles Davis Quintet, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny.
Artephis receives a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, a photo-shoot and assistance in creating and electronic press kit.
Applications for Jazz North Introduces demonstrated the wealth of young talent in the north.
Jazz North Introduces builds on the mjf (Manchester Jazz Festival) introduces scheme to showcase the very best new jazz talent from across the north.
The initiative was open to bands of up to five musicians, 75 per cent of whom – plus the nominated leader – must be under 25, and living or studying in the north of England.
The panel that selected Artephis prioritized musical excellence, in terms of musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential. A shortlist was drawn up and assessed by an advisory panel consisting of experienced musicians, promoters, educators and Jazz North staff.
Jo McCallum, who co-ordinated Jazz North Introduces, said: “Working in partnership with promoters, the Jazz North Introduces scheme is providing young bands with their first high profile performances at leading northern jazz festivals. It is a fantastic opportunity for these young musicians to perform throughout the region and a fantastic opportunity for jazz audiences to have their first glimpse of the great talent that is emerging here in the north.”
Jazz North’s partners in the initiative were Marsden Jazz Festival, Southport Melodic Jazz Club, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Liverpool Jazz Festival, Chethams School of Music, Leeds College of Music, Manchester Jazz Festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Scarborough Jazz Festival.
Artephis will play the following festivals:
Saturday 19th September – Lancaster Jazz Festival www.lancasterjazz.com
Saturday 10th October- Marsden Jazz Festival www.marsdenjazzfestival.com
Sunday 24th January – Southport Melodic Jazz Club www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk
Sunday 28th February – Liverpool Jazz Festival www.facebook.com/LiverpoolInternationalJazzFestival
Friday 23rd September – Scarborough Jazz Festival