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Jazzland Sessions: A Blue Note Tribute Pt3 - Nico Widdowson Quintet & Grifton Forbes Amos Quintet

Grifton Forbes Amos - jazz trumpeter
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30 May 2021 7pm - 11pm

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The Brudenell Social Club

33 Queen's Road, Leeds, LS6 1NY

***socially distanced show***

Longtime Leeds jazz/soul/world music promoter Lubi Jovanovic is promoting 13 socially distanced/seated/limited capacity shows at Brudenell Social Club Leeds between 20th May and 24th June. This one is a special tribute to the greatest jazz label of all time, Blue Note Records, and features today's young jazz musicians of Leeds paying homage to the jazz masters pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. 

No matter how contemporary a jazz style today's young musicians play, they always reference back for inspiration to the greatest modern jazz label of all time, Blue Note Records. This is the case for tonight's headline band the Nico Widdowson Quintet. Band leader/pianist Nico Widdowson is one of the busiest musicians from the new jazz generation in Leeds of the last five years, leading his own bands and also playing in The Mabgate Organ Trio, Fergus Quill Trio, MDVLNS, George Hall's UGETSU and Fergus's Imaginary Big Band. He has been hugely inspired by the music of Herbie Hancock and so when asked if he'd like to do this Blue Note/Herbie tribute session, he jumped at it and put together a monster band of heavy musicians from the current Leeds jazz scene. He's focussing on music from Herbie's early Blue Note albums and music from "Takin' Off", "My Point Of View", "Empyrean Iles" and "Maiden Voyage". If you love Herbie's acoustic jazz on Blue Note, you'll love this session.

Nico Widdowson Quintet are : Nico Widdowson - acoustic piano, Dan Coulthurst - trumpet, Jasmine Whalley - saxophones, Fergus Quill - double bass, Richard Moulton - drums

Support this time comes from one of the current young lions of jazz at Leeds Conservatoire and for sure a future UK jazz star in the making. Talking about trumpeter Grifton Forbes-Amos. London born and raised, he started playing trumpet aged 10 years old but happily confesses he didn't really start to get heavily into it until he was 18 and when he hit Leeds College Of Music (now Leeds Conservatoire). Once in Leeds, he dived into the city's vibrant DIY jazz/soul/global beats scenes with a passion. He joined global fusion/afro jazz crew TC & The Groove Family, abstract jazz crew Fall Quintet, Latin jazz band Punto Sabor and sat in at DJ Lubi's jazz/hip-hop/soul jam session RE:SOUL. He also has a band in London called KOMA, has played live gigs in the "Black Peril" era ensemble of Soweto Kinch and recently joined Tetes de Pois at the first Jazzland Sessions shows. And he's still only 21!

For this third Blue Note Records Tribute at Jazzland Sessions, he's paying homage to his favourite trumpeter and label legend Freddie Hubbard. His quintet (featuring great musicians from Leeds jazz bands Awen Ensemble, Yaatri, Stillwaters), will perform in full the whole 1961 album entitled "Ready For Freddie", one of Grifton's favourite LPs, plus a couple more Hubbard classics. Expect some firing hard bop, modal jazz and blues.

Grifton Forbes-Amos Quintet are : Grifton Forbes-Amos - trumpet/leader, Saul Duff - tenor saxophone, Vincent Kohm - piano, Joe Wilkes - double bass, Eddie Bowes - drums

***JAZZLAND SESSIONS gratefully acknowledges financial support from Jazz North via their Open Bursary Award towards our socially distanced gigs program from 20.05.2021 to 24.06.2021.*** 

***JAZZLAND SESSIONS is supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council***

This concert will fully comply with existing government COVID-19 safety regulations. You can check these at the venue's website.

Tickets £32 per table
Table bookings only : up to 4 persons per table - all tickets must be pre-booked.

***if government COVID-19 rules change regarding public places and venues are closed again, this event will be postponed and rescheduled to a later date and all tickets sold will be valid for a new date***

Image Info: Ben Farman Photography

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

  • Wheelchair access

The Brudenell Social Club welcome deaf and disabled customers to the venue. Venue AccessBrudenell social Club has step free access from the entrance to the viewing platforms of both gig rooms. There is also a newly installed accessible toilet, which is accessed via a RADAR key. Bookable Access Facilities + How to ApplyPersonal Assistant ticketsWe offer a Personal Assistant ticket to any customer who may not be able to attend a show without the support of a PA. if you require a PA ticket, please give us an email or call to discuss your requirements. We will then confirm this ticket via email. You will be asked to provide evidence for the PA ticket to be issued Accessible viewing areaIf you require use of the viewing platforms and/or a seat, please let us know in advance where possible, to ensure we are aware of your access needs Accessible parkingThere is parking available at Brudenell Social Club. We do not have specific accessible parking bays Travel Guide and Arrival GuideTaxis can drop customers off within our car park, right outside our front door. Our nearest train station is Burley Park, which is 850 metres away. Leeds Station is also nearby, at 3080 metres away. Our nearest bus stop is 120 metres away from our front door, and is served by the 56 route to and from Leeds City Centre/train station The Brudenell is open from 12pm, and the gig rooms tend to open from 7:30pm as standard, door time is usually printed on the ticket. If you require early entrance into the venue as part of your access requirements, make yourself known to our door staff before doors (7:20pm), who will be able to help. ToiletsAt the Brudenell we have one accessible toilet, which is situated 30 metres from the main room viewing area and 16 metres from the Community room viewing area. Customers with Medical RequirementsThe Brudenell welcome customers who may need to bring medication, food, drink or medical equipment to manage a medical condition. We may be able to keep medication refrigerated for you, so just let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. You'll need to contact us in advance should you need to refrigerate and medicine. Assistance DogsWe welcome assistance dogs into the venue and will happily provide a bowl of water if needed. However, not all events are suitable so please contact us before hand. We may be able to offer a location where the dog could stay during the gig, but please get in touch to discuss this further. Strobe LightingWe do not have strobe lighting at the venue, but from time to time bands may bring it with them, in the event this happens, signs will be on display on the evening, please get in touch if you have any concerns. Other Info (e.g. assisted performances)At present we do not offer any assisted performance options, but this is something we are exploring. We do not have any lowered bars at the moment, but our staff are willing to help in any way they can Large Text / Easy To Read GuidesA printable copy of this information can be downloaded in PDF format here. An easy to read menu with our standard drink prices can be viewed here. Attitude is Everything We are working with Attitude is Everything and have been awarded silver on their Grassroots Charter of Best Practice. Attitude is Everything recruit Mystery Shoppers and Volunteers, so do contact them if you are interested. Contacting UsIf you need to contact us with a venue access query please contact: Jilly 275 2411 (during office hours only, 10am-6pm) Response time will be a maximum of 5 days, email is best line of contact. Please be aware that if your request is for a PA ticket, please use the email address above, we need at least two weeks in order to process these sorts requests.

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