Jazz South set for streamed festival of new jazz talent featuring Roella Oloro, Asha Parkinson, Olie Brice and more

Mike Flynn
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

South of England organisation showcases new works and rising stars

Roella Oloro
Roella Oloro

Jazz South has announced a series of online broadcasts and events taking place from 22 – 30 April, which will celebrate jazz talent across the South of England. The Jazz South Online Fest will feature filmed and recorded performances showcasing new music by composers selected for Jazz South’s Breakthrough and Radar Commissioning schemes, two youth engagement projects with online workshops and gigs, plus a gig at Turner Sims on 30 April, International Jazz Day.

The programme is as follows: a one-day online jazz performance and skills development programme for people aged 16-30 in partnership with 1066 Music City, De Le Warr Pavilion, Eggtooth and Jazz South (22 April); two days of online workshops and gigs, featuring Soweto Kinch, Greg Foat, Futuristica Records and more (23-24 April); Jazz South Spotlight – Kevin Le Gendre speaks to John K Miles plus a performance of River and Ash – Play a Mighty Groove – a reimagining of the myth of ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, performed by John K Miles (narration/ saxophone/flute/keys), with drummer Winston Clifford and bassist Dave Manington (25 April);

Fire Hills a new piece written and performed by double bassist Olie Brice with his group of alto saxophonist Jason Yarde and trumpeter Nick Malcolm (26 April); Breakthrough Sessions: Roella Oloro (pictured) and Lucinda Fosker: new original music performed by the keyboardist and singer respectively (27 April); Breakthrough Sessions: Asha Parkinson plus Tim Davies: Parkinson presents Encounters, a powerful new suite for saxophone, string quartet, and qanun (a stringed Middle Eastern/North African instrument), while Davies presents a suite for modular synthesiser and jazz quintet (28 April); plus Denys Baptiste's The Late Trane with Rebecca Nash (solo) live streamed from Turner Sims, Southampton (30 April).

For the full line up and details of how to watch online visit www.jazzsouth.org.uk/onlinefest

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