Northern Line Showcases Fire-Up Online for Fourth Edition

Four days of jazz performances from new talents from the North of England take place online

Rafe's Dilemma photo by Porl Medlock
Rafe's Dilemma photo by Porl Medlock

Jazz North’s Northern Online Broadcasts festival is back for its fourth year. This time there will be a more holistic approach to help those in lockdown as it follows the theme ‘Body and Soul’, creating the feeling of say, a virtual jazz Glastonbury. From Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th May Jazz North will re-stream performances from its northern line showcase from Lancaster Jazz Festival in September 2019 and, with the organisers encouraging viewers between performances to “do some yoga, cook a meal and drop-in to a social gathering, all online”.

Broadcast from Jazz North’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, there will be performances from Jazz North northern line artists Beyond Albedo, freese trio, John Pope Quintet, Nishla Smith Quintet, Not Now Charlie, Rafe's Dilemma (pictured) and SogoRock.

Before each midday performance will be yoga with Jason Scott and before each 8pm performance will be a practical cooking demonstration by experienced northern jazz chefs. Gip Dammone, owner of Leeds Italian restaurant Salvo’s, who has cooked for countless artists including James Brown and Roy Ayers; Karin and Kate from The Corner Café in Leeds welcome regular UK jazz artists Ed Jones, Kim Macari, Matt Roberts and Matt Anderson; and seasoned veteran of the UK jazz scene, Geoff Amos, has cooked for US jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner and Van Morrison.

Jazz North’s Digital Director and organiser of Northern Online Broadcasts, Nigel Slee, says it’s important to add a holistic element to this year’s festival. “It’s not just the music, but the whole experience of a festival that can help people in this lockdown. It’s important to remember the whole body – so, we’ve packed it all in to make an exciting programme of music, exercise, food, get togethers, interviews and discussions - what better way to incorporate that festival vibe?”

Visit the Jazzwise Facebook page to see the performances from 6 to 9 May


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