On Wednesday 8th December, London’s award-winning 606 Jazz Club will host a not to be missed showcase evening presented by Yamaha in association with Jazz FM, featuring the very best of the UK’s hottest new Jazz talent to celebrate the launch of ‘THE YAMAHA NEW JAZZ SESSIONS 2010’ CD, first introduced in 2008 and now highly regarded as one of the most significant contemporary jazz albums of the year.

Produced by Andy Ross at Astar Studios, ‘The ‘Yamaha New Jazz Sessions 2010’ CD will be cover mounted on the Christmas and New Year double-issue of Jazzwise Magazine.

The CD provides a unique insight into the musicians who will take UK Jazz forward in the future and is the result of Yamaha's unique partnership with Jazzwise magazine, the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, Duet Finance, Jazz FM and 606 Club, as part of a highly acclaimed scholarship programme now in its fourth year, offering financial support with performance and recording opportunities to a new generation of young jazz musicians. The programme has been further extended for 2011/12 to coincide with a renewed partnership with JAZZ FM’s YAMAHA SUNDAY JAZZ JAM presented by award winning Jazz broadcaster Helen Mayhew.

Former Yamaha Jazz Scholars include Kit Downes and Calum Gourlay, members of the Kit Downes Trio, whose album ‘Golden’ recorded by ‘Yamaha New Jazz Sessions’ producer Andy Ross was shortlisted for the 2010 Mercury Prize.

‘THE YAMAHA NEW JAZZ SESSIONS 2010’ CD features six outstanding Jazz musicians nominated by the Heads of Jazz at six of the UK’s leading conservatoires, PLUS special guest tracks from renowned Yamaha Jazz artists YOLANDA BROWN AND GEORGINA JACKSON PLUS MICA PARIS.

The six featured Yamaha Jazz Scholars who will each perform a live 20 minute set at the 606 launch on Wednesday 8th December are: ANDREW LINHAM (Alto Sax), CHRIS GILLIGAN (Piano), PETER RANDALL (Double Bass), DAVE HAMBLETT (Drums), DOUGIE FREEMAN (Piano) and LlUIS MATHER (Tenor Sax). (full details below)

Normal club entry rules will apply on the night with doors @ 7.30pm. Tickets and dinner reservations can be booked in advance directly through the 606 Club on 020 7352 5953. www.606club.co.uk

Michael Connarty MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group stated, “Yamaha added another dimension to the Parliamentary Jazz Groups' efforts to promote jazz, with their wonderful Yamaha Jazz Scholarships, developing our events from appreciation and enjoyment of jazz to encouraging jazz education. I hope this showcase CD of the young talents we enjoy at our 'live' Yamaha jazz scholarship concerts in Parliament will open peoples' ears to the high quality of jazz music being created in the UK.  Yamaha gets my Vote - of Thanks."

Yamaha's Senior Director Mike Ketley commented, "The Yamaha New Jazz Sessions’ cd and live launch at the 606 have added showcase and professional development opportunities to these innovative scholarships that have further extended our relationship with Jazzwise, the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group and 606 Club. This recording opportunity demonstrates our commitment to promote the playing of jazz music and complements our many other music education and student support initiatives."

THE YAMAHA NEW JAZZ SESSIONS CD 2010 (Track listing and Artist info)

1/ Andrew Linham

‘Fickle Bobby/Georgia’s Frown’

Andrew Linham (as) Peter Gavin (eb) Aron Kyne (p)

Joost Hendricks (d)

Awarded the prestigious ‘George Murphy Prize for Saxophone’, Leeds College of Music graduate Andrew Linham is currently studying at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama for an MA in Jazz Performance. Principally an alto saxophonist, Andrew doubles on clarinet, soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. His ongoing projects include ‘The Dusty Ice Cream’, ‘The Andrew Linham Quartet’ and ‘Yoruba’.

Andrew has performed with a variety of ensembles and musicians including; Dave Liebman, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Pete Beachill, Gareth Lochrane, Omar Puente, Mark Donlon, Joel Purnell, Pete Fairclough, Mark Chandler, Jim Corry, Simon Kaylor, Richie Howard, Ronnie Bottomley, Chris Bussey, Simon Barnes, Keith Nichols, Tracey Mendham, Peter Broadbent and The London Symphony Orchestra.



 2/ Chris Gilligan

‘Balloon’ (composer Chris Hyson)

Chris Gilligan (p) Chris Hyson (db) Gethin Jones (d)

Chris Gilligan received his classical piano education at the Bristol Cathedral School and studied jazz piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has played with jazz musicians Martin Speake, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff, Nathaniel Facey and Mornington Lockett.

Chris has performed at Buckingham Palace, played for the European Parliament, and will be playing in New York’s Rochester Jazz Festival 2010. His original compositions were featured on BBC Radio Wales, S4C and ITV television. Chris has been awarded a silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and won the ‘Best Band’ category at the Welsh Jazz Awards with his new quartet 'Little Fish', who are due to release a CD in the coming months.



3/ Mica Paris

‘You’re The Only One’ (Eric Benet / George Tyree Jr. Nash / Demonte Posey)

Mica Paris (lv & bv) Adam Phillips (g) Paul Meehan (programming) Lorraine Macintosh (bv) Perry Montague-Mason (str)

Arranged by Cliff Masterson, produced by Brian Rawling & Paul Meehan and mixed by Matt Furmidge for Metrophonic Productions. 

The UK’s legendary Soul Queen and platinum selling vocalist Mica Paris started off singing in church before turning professional in her mid-teens. The range, power, and sheer soulfulness of her soaring vocals soon had a major impact on the UK scene. After twenty-two years in the business, a succession of hit singles and five albums, last year saw the British star release her highly acclaimed first original studio album in ten years, ‘Born Again’ and embark on a nationwide tour of intimate shows, showcasing her amazing vocal dexterity that in a career spanning over two decades has seen prestigious artistic collaborations, with Will Downing, Prince, Dave Gilmore and Jools Holland, plus many memorable sell-out performances including at London's Jazz Café and a residency at Ronnie Scott’s.



4/ Dave Hamblett

‘Light At Night’

Dave Hamblett (d) Josh Arcoleo (ts) Joe Wright (ts) Matt Robinson (p)

Calum Gourlay (db) Alex Monk (g)

Dave Hamblett began playing drums at age 12 while at school in Derby and was introduced to jazz in his local youth big band EMYJO.  After studying at the Royal Academy of Music’s junior jazz course, he was offered a place on the undergraduate programme, studying drum kit with Martin France and Jeff Williams, and composition with Pete Churchill.

A regular across the London and UK jazz scene, Dave has performed with Ivo Neame, Zhenya Strigalev, Elisa Caleb and Jonathan Bratoeff.  He has also had the opportunity of sharing the stage with Jon Taylor, Stan Sulzmann and Joe Locke and been developing his voice as a composer, leading his own band playing all original music.



5/ Dougie Freeman

‘Tired Images’

Dougie Freeman (p) Dan Farrant (db)

Daoud Merchant (d)

Dougie Freeman began learning piano at age 5 and joined the EMYJO in 2005, where he was inspired to pursue jazz performance as a career. A graduate of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music he is already working as an MD, freelance performer and arranger/composer.

Dougie has performed at a wide variety of events and venues including a concert as part of the 2009 London Jazz Festival with Phil Robson and Christine Tobin. He has also written music for the ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ tribute project to Sir George Martin and is currently working as the MD for a new show ‘Grateful’ that recently received its premiere at Cadogan Hall in London.



6/ YolanDa Brown (written by YolanDa Brown & Justin McCoy)

‘Just Say’ feat Self Taught Beats

YolanDa Brown (ts) Self Taught Beats (Programming)

Set to play London’s indigoO2 on Friday November 19th, double MOBO Award Winner, saxophonist YolanDa Brown has made the saxophone truly her own, taking jazz and introducing it to a diversity of genres from soul to R&B, gospel to loping reggae and infectious Latin. YolanDa has performed with some of the music world's most respected artists including Alexander O'Neal, Mica Paris, Omar, Soweto Kinch and Sway and with her own fantastic band in a range of platforms from the London Jazz Festival to the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican, opening for artists including The Temptations, Diana Krall and David Sanborn.

With two highly acclaimed EPs and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts under her belt, YolanDa is currently putting the finishing touches to her eagerly awaited debut album.


7/ Peter Randall

‘Final Tune’

Peter Randall (db) Mitch Jones (p)

Daoud Merchant (d)

Peter grew up in Chichester and completed his Degree at Trinity College of Music in London, studying double and electric bass with Steve Watts, Michael Janisch and Simon Purcell.

Since moving to London in 2006, Peter has played with many leading British jazz artists including Bobby Wellins, Martin Speake, Stan Sulzmann, Nigel Hitchcock, Liam Noble, Mark Lockheart, Geoff Simkins and Kit Downes. Peter’s main project is the new band Rhythmica (Dune Records) comprising several of the newest and brightest stars to emerge from Tomorrow's Warriors - the group set up by Gary Crosby OBE to encourage and promote young jazz talent in the UK.


8/ Georgina Jackson

‘I Won’t Dance’ (written by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein)

Georgina Jackson (v and t solo)

Featuring The Georgina Jackson Orchestra arranged and conducted by Peter Long. Recorded at Abbey Rd/Produced by Chris Traves

Georgina developed her love for jazz and big band music at the age of eight when she began trumpet lessons in her home town of Wigan. As a trumpet player she has worked with many artists, big bands and West End shows, most recently performing with Seal on his European tour and at Edinburgh Jazz Festival with Tom Bancroft’s Band of Eden. As a singer, Georgina is the regular vocalist with the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly at the club. Her first CD received fabulous reviews and lots of nationwide radio play. This track is from a yet to be released album, recorded at Abbey Road with her fabulous musicians!


9/ Lluis Mather


Band: Noose - Lluis Mather (ts) Holly Thomas (v) Matt Ratcliffe (p) Euan Palmer (d)

Twenty two year old saxophonist Lluis Mather is a first class graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire. He performed headline sets at the Cheltenham and Harmonic jazz festivals in 2010 with his Dave Holland Ensemble Award-winning quartet (judged by Dave Holland himself). His main ensemble, Noose, completed their first set of work, High Windows, in May 2010, and is now readying a second album.

Lluis had an intensive practical education in Birmingham, where he was taught and extensively influenced by Mike Williams, received regular tuition from Hans Koller, and from visiting tutors such as Jeff Williams and Mike Gibbs. Between 2004 and 2010 he was also a member of the nationally renowned Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra.



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