Royal Northern College of Music
Stuart McCallum guitar /Sharlene Hector guest vocalist /JP Cooper guest vocalist / Ivo Neame piano, keyboards / Robin Mullarkey bass / Richard Spaven drums / Simmy Singh violin / Laura Senior violin / Lucy Nolan viola / Peggy Nolan cello
Alice Zawadzki voice, violin / Alex Roth guitar / Pete Lee piano, synthesizer / Tom McCredie bass / Jon Scott drums / Simmy Singh violin / Laura Senior violin / Lucy Nolan viola / Peggy Nolan cello
Exclusive to mjf 2015 – two fast-rising stars of the contemporary UK jazz scene present special performances of their music enhanced by lush new string arrangements.
Alice’s love song to Manchester, China Lane, is influenced by magic, fairytales, obsession and above all, love itself. Listeners sail into a place where fantasy meets reality, and where total stillness meets night-time beats.
“Beautiful, uncategorisable – a real force to be reckoned with.” – Jamie Cullum
For the second half, Manchester’s Stuart McCallum launches his new Naim Label album produced by drummer, Richard Spaven.
Blending contemporary jazz and bass-heavy electronica, McCallum’s new work leaves your head nodding and feet tapping, with its layered guitar harmonies, synth pads and soulful vocal lines from some very special surprise guest vocalists.
“Simple, understated and hypnotic, he had the audience locked in and silent…Living proof that less is more.” – Jez Nelson, Jazz on 3, BBC Radio 3
Presented in association with RNCM