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a DJ Lubi/Jazzland Sessions show

Emma Rawicz Quintet (London) + Mangorata (Leeds) // Jazzland Sessions 1st Birthday Party

DJ Lubi's Jazzland Sessions celebrate their first birthday in May 2022. One year of incredible live jazz shows that have featured over 35 gigs and 70 artists, 80% of them from Leeds but also some special headline artists from London. On May 25th, the first birthday will feature a great London x Leeds double bill of young bands with some of the best emerging musicians in the UK jazz scene. From London, tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist/flautist Emma Rawicz and her killer quintet play Leeds for the first time to launch their debut album. Support comes from Leeds young jazz rebels Mangorata, an acoustic /electric jazz fusion sextet led by trumpeter Olivia Cutill and drummer Miles Pillinger. Musical flames guaranteed all night. 
 
For the final DJ Lubi/Jazzland Sessions show of May 2022, we feature a great London x Leeds double bill of young bands with some of the best emerging musicians in the UK jazz scene. From London, tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist/flautist Emma Rawicz and her killer quintet play Leeds for the first time to launch their debut album. Support comes from Leeds young jazz rebels Mangorata, an acoustic /electric jazz fusion sextet led by trumpeter Olivia Cutill and drummer Miles Pillinger. Musical flames guaranteed all night. 
 
Emma Rawicz is an award winning young saxophonist and composer currently making waves on the UK music scene. She has been described as 'a force to be reckoned with' (Jazzwise) and 'a fast rising star' (London Jazz News). At the age of 20, she has already recorded her eagerly awaited debut album made up entirely of her original compositions. Due to be released in May 2022 (tonight is part of the album UK tour), the first single from it "Voodoo" is out now and getting good responses from radio shows/stations and reviewers. She has also created a name for herself both as a bandleader and a side musician. Although a new arrival on the scene, she immediately made an impact, regularly playing at major London jazz venues with a wide range of established musicians. In 2021, Emma was a recipient of the prestigious Drake Yolanda Award, created by James JP Drake and YolanDa Brown, to support emerging artists across the UK on their musical journey.
 
Growing up in rural North Devon, Emma didn't discover jazz until the age of 15, and didn't pick up a tenor saxophone until a year later. She had spent her childhood immersed in music but it was largely folk and classical music. In the space of just 5 years, she has gone from novice saxophonist to one of the most exciting new young emerging artists on the UK jazz scene. Emma is a natural performer. Her music has a unique sound fusing all her many influences, and her compositions range from hypnotic Afro-Cuban inspired grooves to hard hitting modern jazz and funk numbers. Emma's influences range from modern jazz and fusion to folk and soul with key figures in her musical development including Chris Potter, Wayne Shorter, Ari Hoenig, Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea and more.  


Tonight, she performs for the first time in Leeds with her quintet of equally heavy-duty young London jazz musicians. The full line up is :

Emma Rawicz - Saxes, Bass Clarinet & Flute, Ivo Neame - Piano, Ant Law - Guitar, Conor Chaplin - Bass, Asaf Sirkis - Drums

Support band is Mangorata, our very own Leeds next generation rising jazz stars. A 6-piece jazz fusion collective, they combine original tunes and improvisation, creating high energy with lively rhythms inspired by legends like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and more recent artists such as Nubiyan Twist and Nubya Garcia. The band met at Leeds Conservatoire where they are students and have combined their love for jazz, funk and Latin music to create a vibrant dancefloor friendly sound that can rock clubs and festivals and not just the standard jazz club seated style venues. 

Driven from the back by fiery drummer Miles Pillinger, they also feature another young virtuoso horn player in trumpeter Olivia Cuttill, just 19 years old and already blowing people away with her incredibly mature soloing/playing. With fellow boss horn player James Absalom by her side on tenor sax, they make a formidable brass section. Miles also has heavy company in the rhythm section from pianist Liam Mason, percussionist JJ Petrie and double bass player Chris Williams. They play mainly original music, like their first two singles "Bad Apple" and "Woolly Mammoth", with occasional tasty covers like "Sweetie Pie" by Stone Alliance. Two singles so far, supported Theon Cross, played all the Leeds jazz clubs/gigs several times already and still only music students in their late teens, this band has so much more to offer the jazz world. Get down early to see what all the fuss is about.

 

Two excellent young bands that show the future of UK jazz is in good hands.

 

***this is a jazz club style seated show***

 

Have a listen…

Wednesday 25th May 2022

Price: £10 adv

Doors 19:30

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