Jazz’s Successful Return to Wolverhampton.
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Jazz’s Successful Return to Wolverhampton.

A brand new contemporary Jazz music programme launched early this year at Newhampton Arts Centre and has been attracting large crowds. Fresh for 2019, ‘JAZZ at NAC’ has been put together in association with local jazz enthusiasts known as ‘Jazz at Wolverhampton’. The season has already featured some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians including, trumpeter Steve Fishwick and pianist Zoe Rahman.

Steve Fishwich on 8th February at the launch of Jazz at NAC.
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The handpicked shows have delighted audiences and brought some of the top names in contemporary jazz today to Wolverhampton. The much anticipated season continues with Kit Downes (3rd May), Iain Ballamy (14th June).

Kit Downes is a composer, pianist and 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. Kit will be joined on stage by Tom Challenger on saxophone. Together they are collectively known as Vyamanikal and play Newhampton Arts Centre  on  Friday 3rd May tickets are priced at  £13.

“It testifies to his world-class stature” – The Guardian

“One of the finest pianists of his generation” – Jazzwise

Iain Ballamy is an internationally recognised saxophonist, ECM recording artist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original and freethinking. Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.  He will be joined by Jason Rebello on piano, Percy Pursglove on double bass / flugelhorn and Mark Whitlam on drums. This stellar quartet play Newhampton Arts Centre on Friday 14th June, ticket priced at £16.

Ballamy’s is a melodic thoughtful style, born out in beautiful original tunes.”— Linton Chiswick, Time Out

All hands on sounds DJ’s have been spinning tunes before the shows to create a jazz buzz and relaxed atmosphere. NAC has had some amazing feedback from audiences and has been delighted with the responses to the programme so far. The arts centre would now like to 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

Zoe Rahman on 7th March at Newhampton Arts Centre.
Photo copyright John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk

Jazz has successfully returned to Wolverhampton. NAC and Jazz at Wolverhampton are currently working on an exciting new line-up for next season and are confident that with our strong and passionate programming, jazz in Wolverhampton will be here to stay.