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Published 4th Sep 2018

Roller Trio

Artists tipped for some of the music industry’s most prestigious awards will be wowing audiences in Middlesbrough next month.

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender will showcase The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, newly reformed Tees Valley Youth Big Band and MOBO-nominated/Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trioon Friday, October 19 at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Nominated for MOBO’s Best Jazz Act in its 17th award ceremony watched by over one million viewers, Roller Trio were also nominated for a Mercury Prize with their eponymous debut studio album in the same year.

Chris SharkeyJames Mainwaring and Luke Reddin-Williams make up this jazz/rock trio.

Built from sound fragments of Leeds nightlife formed and reformed through the musical intelligence and instrumental brilliance of the three musicians it’s an exhilarating, rollicking ride.

The music is dark, gritty and urban - menacing bass lines underpinned by squalling improvising from guitar and sax - ’dark, menacing and bass heavy – the new sound of UK jazz’ according to BBC6 Music’s Giles Peterson.

The newly renovated Middlesbrough Town Hall also sees high class acts such as Joe Lycett, Richard Ashcroft and Jason Manford on this year’s bill.

From Mercury Award nominee Laura Jurd to Grammy winner the Mingus Big Band, the Jazz Weekender programmed by Ros Rigby will run from Friday, October 19 to Sunday October 21.

Friday’s programme will see Jazz North presents Alt-Shift-J as part of an initiative to involve more young people in jazz. The bands include Break Out Brass BandUbunyeBeats & Pieces Big Band and Roller Trio.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra will be kicking off Saturday showcasing the likes of Guy BakerMelba Liston and BBC Proms performer Laura Jurd.

Jurd’s ground-breaking band Dinosaur will take us into the Chris Barber Band and an evening of cabaret seated jazz with his ten-piece ensemble.

Sunday will have fun for the family with Family Jazz All-Stars and How To Make The Words Dance with Pete Churchill.

Sunday Afternoon Jazz in the Crypt will see performances by Later with Jools Holland star Hailey TuckAuroraThe Ushaw Ensemble and The Printmakers featuring ECM recording artist singer Norma Winstone.

The Jazz Weekender finale will be performed by the Mingus Big Band who picked up a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2010.

The 14-piece band is known for ‘sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality’ according to the New Yorker.

  • Full details and tickets for all shows including Roller Trio are available from Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk


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