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Jazzland Sessions: Svarc Hanley Longhawn + Ben Haskins Quartet

Svarc Hanley Longhawn Trio from Leeds (Nik Svarc guitar, Martin Longhawn keys, Steve Hanley drums)
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21 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 DJ/promoter Lubi Jovanovic aka DJ Lubi has a series of socially distanced gigs at Brudenell Social Club as we come out of lockdown and gig/venue restrictions. They begin on 20th May and run through to 24th June 2021. A mix of soul, Brazilian and African music and of course, jazz. With financial assistance from Jazz North and Leeds Inspired, he has a dozen concerts showcasing Leeds' finest jazz musicians under the banner of Jazzland Sessions. This one features two of Leeds best known jazz guitarists of the moment, both coming from different ends of the jazz guitar spectrum.

Since their formation in 2012, the Leeds based trio Svarc Hanley Longhawn have continued to blend their own mixture of melodic riffs, open improvisation and heavy effects that first surfaced on their debut album "For The Greater Good', released in 2013. Featuring guitarist Nik Svarc, drummer Steve Hanley and keys player Martin Longhawn, they join the dots between jazz, funk and rock in a way which respects the past masters whilst bringing it up to date with their own contemporary sound and style.

Their acclaimed second album "#2", released in 2018, expanded their profile resulting in more gigs across the UK. After a busy year in 2019 touring and playing many festivals and music venues, they hit the studio in early 2020 and put down new tunes which they'd finely honed at gigs in the previous year. That album "20/21" was released in February this year and had some great reviews (Jazzwise Magazine) and radio play on many jazz orientated shows and stations.

The album features seven original tracks composed by the trio with the emphasis on blending written material with improvisation and a layered sonic landscape. Influences from past and current masters of jazz, rock and funk are present yet Svarc Hanley Longhawn manage to develop an originality in their approach which continues to evolve both in their live performances and on recordings. Without a doubt, "20/21" will further enhance their musical reputation in the UK jazz scene and when gigs do finally return, they'll be back on the road performing their unique sound of trio fusion jazz. That starts tonight with this gig.

Support comes from the Ben Haskins Quartet led by Leeds-based jazz guitarist Ben Haskins (Tetes de Pois, Jasmine, Another Workout). In April 2021, they released their second offering, a double single "Twenty Twenty/Laid Up" on HPBC Records. Recorded in the depths of a global pandemic, the two tracks showcase the maturity, tenacity and interplay of this now seasoned group. The quartet (which features members of Wandering Monster, Slow Lorris, Jasmine and K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade), came together through jam nights, mutual projects and a love for improvised music. After successful gigs around Leeds' favourite jazz joints since 2019, the group has regularly gigged across the North, leading to their first release "Candescence".

Exploring open, melodic compositions and expansive improvisations, the guitar and tenor sax led quartet draws influence from jazz scenes on both sides of the Atlantic, taking inspiration from John Coltrane, Shabaka Hutchings, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Guiliana, and Bill Frisell.

Like so many compositions from the post-lockdown generation of artists, "Twenty Twenty" has been born out of the dichotomy of hope and frustration felt by people world-wide. In a time where musicians have been deprived of their livelihood and soul food, writing music and honing a craft is all that is left. Both the composition and improvisation reflect a time when resilience is found amidst despair.

"Laid Up" draws inspiration from the contemporary canon of jazz. Pushing the dynamic and sonic capabilities of the guitar quartet, the music doffs a hat to the John Coltrane Quartet and the music of Kurt Rosenwinkel, whilst exploring a driving 5/4 groove with propulsive energy. The band are Ben Haskins - guitar and compositions, Ben Powling - tenor saxophone, Owen Burns - electric bass and Theo Goss - 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 here 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: Nik Svarc

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  • 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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