September sees two key jazz gigs at Manchester’s premier live music venue Band on the Wall.
15th September features a performance by Terence Blanchard and the Inner City Unit. Since Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has travelled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material. With this new project, Terence has teamed up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians. The lineup includes alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music, Chethams School of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Leeds College of Music and more. Working outside of the traditional jazz or big-band arrangement, the Inner City Ensemble includes instrumentation such as French Horn, Oboe and Tuba.
18th September features a show from the legendary Headhunters. The Headhunters are an American jazz-funk fusion band, best known for their albums they recorded as a backing band of Herbie Hancock during the 1970s. Hancock’s debut album with the group, Head Hunters, is one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time. Their music is a complex blend of many styles and genres, including jazz, funk, African and Afro-Caribbean music. The group is also notable for its pioneering use of electronic instruments and effects. The band retain a strong connection to African music, with the role of percussion hugely enhanced compared to mainstream jazz, and more extensive exploration of complex polyrhythms compared to most funk. They released their first album without Hancock in 1975, Survival of the Fittest, which featuring the hit “God Make Me Funky”. This song was sampled by the Fugees, among many others, for their track “Ready or Not”, and has been covered by Jamiroquai. In 2010 the Headhunters signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios. They released Platinum, which featured many of the original members of the band with guest spots by Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Killah Priest, among others.
In the podcast there are tracks from both of the above and in between music from new jazz albums in 2016.
- The Headhunters – God Make Me Funky – Survival of the Fittest (1975)
- Freddie Reed – A Night In Nalen – With Due Respect (2016)
- Nacka Forum – Magwaza – We Are The World (2016)
- Jasper Høiby – Folk Song – Fellow Creatures (2016)
- Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber – Emergenzen – Alba (2016)
- Chris Cheek – Ginger Something – Saturday Songs (2016)
- Peter Bernstien – Let Loose – Let Loose (2016)
- Terence Blanchard – Breathless – Breathless (2016)
- Frantz Loriot Systematic Distortion Orchestra – The Assembly – The Assembly (2016)
- Behn Gillece – A Time For Love – Dare to Be (2016)
- Markus Hunt, Thollem McDonas – Glass & Hammer – Adobe (2016)
- Jemeel Moondoc, Hilliard Greene – Cosmic Nickelodean – Cosmic Nickelodean (2016)