JPN Conference Music Programme Announced


Full list of participating bands after the jump!

Bela Horvath Trio

This is a Leeds based trio led by Bela on piano. It is deeply respectful of the jazz tradition but something of Bela’s Hungarian roots filters into their music.

Josh Schofield Quartet

Led by Josh Schofield on saxophones, this is one of the most exciting groups to emerge from the Birmingham course in recent years. It has tremendous energy based on the jazz modern mainstream.

Samantha Wright Quintet

Clarinettist Sam Wright leads a quintet with Alicia Gardner-Trejo sharing the frontline on bass clarinet and baritone saxophone. Music with great charm.


Leeds based Morpher’s music combines a heady mix of electronics and improvisation that puts them in the forefront of what is happening in contemporary jazz.


Even Sanne

Led by guitarist Eran Har Even and vocalist Sanne Huijbregts, the quartet EvenSanne (available on the Going Dutch programme and already booked to play Manchester Jazz Festival this year) is one of the fascinating new wave of bands from the Netherlands, producing compositions and improvisations that are at once harmonic, lyrical, storytelling and  dynamic.

Eric Vloeimans’ Oliver’s Cinema

Indisputably a new European maestro, trumpeter Eric Vloeimans leads the Oliver’s Cinema trio (with accordion and cello) in a blend of cinematic style composition, freedom of improvisation and a characteristically Dutch sense of wit and imagination.  Available in 2018 on the Going Dutch programme.

Performance time: 7.00 – 7.40pm, downstairs

Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa (now Huddersfield-based) with a jazz horn section and gospel and R’n’B players from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi – traditional Zulu music – and Afro-pop.

The ElecTrio
Performance time: 7.50 – 8.30pm, upstairs

Dan Goldman, from Leeds, has made a speciality of the Fender Rhodes, centring it at the heart of the blistering, funky driving sound of this tight, magnetic band: progressive, yet with a nod to its historical roots in 70s/80s fusion.

Performance time: 9.30 – 10.10pm, upstairs

Faye MacCalman fronts a Newcastle sax-bass-drums trio drawing on garage rock, minimalism and free improvisation: riffs, silence, noise and grooves create a collage of hard-edged blocks of sound that evolve over the performance.


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