EMJAZZ is a consortium of promoters of jazz in the East Midlands. Through the work of five core member organisations, EMJAZZ delivers seasons of high quality concerts, education, and outreach and artist development initiatives at venues across the region. EMJAZZ also provides a strategic overview for jazz in the region, advocating and advising widely, building partnerships, encouraging and sharing best practice, and developing and delivering audience development, participation and artist development projects and initiatives whilst providing vital networking and skill sharing opportunities.
Phil Robson's Six String and The Beat
The Mook - Phil Robson
Phil Robson; guitar, Jenny May-Logan, Emma Smith; violins, Naomi Fairhurst; viola, Kate Short; cello, Peter Herbert: bass, Gene Calderazzo; drums
This ensemble and the music Phil wrote for its debut are the result of Phil's third Derby Jazz commission and a relationship that goes back to his days in the city. As with other commissions Phil used the opportunity to leap into the unknown. Since March, Phil has written more music for the band and recorded and album which was released on the Babel Label in March 2008.
Tom Cawley's Curios
Tom Cawley; Piano, Sam Burgess; Bass, Joshua Blackmore; Drums
Both Tom Cawley and Joshua Blackmore are from Derby but they met in London where Tom was one of Josh's tutors at the Royal Academy of Music. Curios' first CD "Hidden" was nominated as Album of the Year in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards.
Walt Shaw's Sym-Bio
Wlat Shaw; Percussion, Bruce Coates, Lol Coxhil, Paul Dunmall, Oli Mathews; Saxes, Corey Mwamba; Vibes, Mike Hurley; piano, John Samsworth; guitar, Rocco Francelli; Accordion, Graham Foster; Stick, Trevor Lines; bass, Mark Sanders; drums.
Walt Shaw brought together Lol Coxhil with improvers from the East and West Midlands for this unique session of improvisations.
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Joshua Blackmore; Drums, Chris Montague; Electric guitar; Kit Downes; Fender Rhodes
Before leaving Derby to study in London, Joshua had worked with Alan Barnes through a Derby Jazz artist development project. Still studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he is working regularly with TOm Cawley and Dave O'Higgins.
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