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  • Hannah Horton in conversation with Romarna Campbell

    30th January 2023

    Welcome to our latest episode of ‘In Conversation With’ featuring music from Hannah Horton! You can find our podcasts at number 9 in the top 60 Best Jazz Podcasts in FeedSpot! In this episode, host Hannah Horton welcomes our special guest, Romarna Campbell! You can listen here

    Romarna’s musical storytelling begins with the drums. The nomadic spirit of this exciting drummer, producer and composer lives in her jazz and hip hop-infused music. Her irrepressible energy can be heard on Inherently Political, a super-charged sonic assault on racism that immediately won favour with Anne Frankenstein, Jazz FM’s Tony Minvielle and had her crowned by Jamz Supernova as New Name of the Week. 

    Her independently released kaleidoscopic debut 25 Songs For My 25th Birthday features Soweto Kinch, Tomeka Reid, Sumi Tonooka and Lady Sanity and takes us deeper into her world of resonant frequencies and conscious vibrations. Having honed her craft with Berklee College of Music, Tomorrow's Warriors and the Notebenders, Romarna stands on the shoulders of giants and is drawing inspiration from the view as she beats a path forward that is very much her own.

    Hannah is a British Female Jazz Saxophonist whose music is rooted in jazz, folk and funk. She has performed with many great jazz artists including Ian Shaw, Amy Winehouse, John Etheridge, Tina May, Georgia Mancio, Polly Gibbons, Natalie Williams, Esther Bennett and Irene Serra; and at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, The 606, The Pheasantry, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. She has also toured in Europe and USA with her own and other groups. Her latest album has been going down a storm across the world.

    “Hannah makes the big beast of a baritone sax sound like an angel” – Ian Shaw

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  • January 2023: Team news!

    29th January 2023

    Welcome to our monthly team news! We like to share some of the work the team have been doing both inside and outside of their Women in Jazz media work and we have all been very busy as always.

    Shout out to team member Isabel Marquez for curating our latest Women in Jazz Media playlist features, as always, a brilliant selection of women, do have a listen here and as always, do support by purchasing music when you can.

    Hannah Horton’s latest ‘In Conversation’ podcast episode features Faye Patton, which you can find here. Next episode with Romarna Campbell, coming very soon!

    Our latest magazine came out just before Christmas, full of of inspirational women – you can read it here

    Monika S Jakubowska has been busy as always as one of the house photographers at Ronnie Scott’s. Jan 10th was all about raising funds for the Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation. Here is a fab shot!

    Lara Eidi tells us about her ‘Monday Morning Sing’ sessions, which can be booked here

    It's Monday! You're still vibing off that sweet Sunday joy. You're hoping to carry a little bit of that with you. So what do you do? You sing of course! You move! You warm up your voice and transform yourselves into vibrant singing beings! Whether you're a singer, professional, actor or someone who secretly loves to sing, this 4 week course is perfect for you. Half an hour of voice, movement, breath and song. 

    Details:

    Singer -songwriter and Jazz Vocalist Lara Eidi invites you to a weekly creative vocal and singing session of the ultimate singers delight: breath, and movement. Each week we will shift through playful, encouraging and creative guides that help us connect to our physical and emotional selves through a weekly practise. This is open to all abilities, from beginner to professional ! Participants will have the opportunity to explore their voice in ways which re-shape the traditional vocal path by way of engaging collaborative soundscapes filled with melodic and rhythmic play. The workshop is liaised with Lara's educational platform PhonicaMusic Coaching.

    Recent Testimonial :

    "Hand on heart, Lara is one of my absolute favourite singing teachers, and I have had a LOT of good singing teachers! She is so kind, loving, encouraging, and super talented, and her classes are always a joy to be part of. She is so supportive, especially if you are a shy singer, I was petrified to sing on my own but Lara was so kind, and supportive that I felt comfortable in her presence to at least give it a go. She will give you constructive feedback that will take your singing to the next level. Small challenges to push you gently out of your comfort zone but also a lot of fun too! I was so lucky to be taught by Lara while I lived in London and we had the most fun singing lessons, trying new things, and building my confidence. Cannot recommend her enough! 5-star review, Naomi Manley, Student at City Academy 

    To find out more about Lara, do visit her website here

    The latest episode in Migdalia Van Der Hoven’s ‘Stick and Thrones’ series is now out! Migdalia talks to the brilliant Abbie Finn. You can listen here

    Following publication of her fabulous online magazine ‘Brighter Tomorrow’ – A Tribute to The Arts, **Kim Cypher **continues with this vast project celebrating all who contribute to our brighter tomorrow for The Arts. Next up is a selection of new original music, born out of lockdown and tracking the journey from an initial need for reassurance that everything is going to be OK right up to now as we head towards a brighter tomorrow. You can sample the tracks here

    ‘Gonna Be Alright, Gonna Be OK’ released on all platforms on 20th January. ‘Tomorrow’s Song’ releases on 3rd February and a very special ‘live’ vocal version of ‘Tomorrow’s Song’ featuring one of the UK’s greatest jazz performers Liane Carroll, releases on 24th February together with a video filmed at London’s 606 Club. You can join the video premiere at 2.00pm on 24th February here

    More new music featuring some very special guest performers coming soon! 

    Meanwhile, the ‘Brighter Tomorrow’ Tour continues with new dates to be confirmed. The tour launched at London’s Crazy Coqs last year and has so far included sell-out shows to very appreciative audiences at jazz venues across the UK. 

    If you would like to celebrate your own contribution to our brighter tomorrow for The Arts and be part of an incredible community of like-minded creatives, please share your news / projects on socials using the hashtag #brightertomorrowforthearts 

    Hannah Horton has launched her new ‘The Swinging Cat Jazz Club’ initiative. You can read all about it here.

    Hannah is also busying touring the UK performing to packed houses!

    Feb 3rd - Hannah Horton Quartet ‘Inside Out’. St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich. Click here for tickets.

    Feb 5th - Jazz at the Cottage Valentine livestream. 19:30. Hannah Horton Duo feat. Tim Lapthorn on piano. Click here for tickets.

    Feb 11th – Hannah Horton Quartet ‘In Motion’ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, London.  Click here for tickets.


    As well as her recent reviews and articles, including our very own Sandra Booker (click here) Isabel Marquez has recently started at a new job with the Music Relief Foundation, a small music charity based in Croydon offering affordable music lessons and schemes to families across the borough. We hope to combine the efforts of MRF and Women in Jazz Media as the year goes on, to increase music accessibility and teaching to everyone. 
    She also continues to write for both Jazz Views and Jazz Europe, and is reaching out to several women across the jazz scene, writing more interview and opinion pieces. Click here to see her portfolio

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  • Hannah Horton launches 'The Swinging Cat Club'

    29th January 2023

    Critically acclaimed, star of UK jazz, Hannah Horton brings her funk, soul and passion to Haverhill Arts!

    The Haverhill Arts Centre, previously the Town Hall, has been a crucial part of community life since 1882, where the people of Haverhill have always been able to go to live music performances, hear lectures, play chess and avail themselves of the books and newspapers in the reading room. Now a thriving Arts Centre, Haverhill is about to be part of something very special indeed.

    Saxophonist and composer Hannah Horton will be hosting her own jazz club the ‘Swinging Cat’ at the Arts Centre, and is already causing a significant buzz in the jazz industry. As a Selmer UK sax ambassador, Hannah is no stranger to great performances and has played at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s, the 606 club, the RFH, the Barbican and with a diverse range of the UK’s leading jazz artists such as Ian Shaw, Amy Winehouse, John Etheridge, Nigel Price and Georgia Mancio.

    Hannah has already established her innovative monthly ‘Jazz in the Cottage’ live stream series which has seen an exceptional line up of guest including Parliamentary jazz award nominee Jo Harrop, multi award winning Fiona Ross and UK’s favourite Esther Bennett. Keen to bring international standard jazz music to her club, with A-list guests as well supporting up-coming artists with something to say, Hannah is an artist who has carved her own unique sound and vision and as Ian Shaw famously said she ‘makes the big beast baritone sax sound like an angel’. Supporting artists and the community has always been a driving force behind Hannah’s work and as a member of the award-winning Women in Jazz Media organisation, as well as leading the brilliant J Steps initiative, she is keen to showcase women artists at the club.

     ‘This is a brilliant opportunity to put Haverhill on the jazz map. Fabulous live jazz doesn’t have to be seen in the big smoke! Jazz artists love to share their music with audiences worldwide and HAC is the perfect venue. The Swinging Cat’s vibe is intimate yet cool, and has the perfect atmosphere for an evening of exceptional and international jazz. I am so excited and cannot wait to let you know some of the amazing artists booked for 2023’

    As the Jazz Artist in Residence, Hannah will be bringing her highly acclaimed quartet which includes Tim Lapthorn on piano, Rob Statham on bass and Nic France on drums – fantastic on their own and always giving great support to their guests. They’ve played together for over 10 years, know each other’s every move, and have great synergy and musicianship. Regularly performing to sold out crowds across the UK, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring this special line up to Haverhill. Not to be missed!

    Launching with Natalie Williams on April 29th!

    Tickets and more info here

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  • The Evolution of Women in Jazz in Wales

    21st January 2023

    The Evolution of Women in Jazz in Wales

    This exciting performance features an all-female line up of jazz musicians from Wales, performing original compositions and jazz standards by female artists and composers. The show will explore the story of women in jazz in Wales past and present through film, narration and music.

    Thursday February 9th 2023 Tickets available here

    As a result of the 2020 COVID lockdown, James Chadwick, jazz guitarist and educator based in Cardiff, who had set up a Facebook page called Jazz in South Wales, started asking jazz musicians to send recording of themselves playing, which he then posted as daily performances for 18 months. This stimulated connections and reconnections between musicians in the community and led to a Zoom meeting to discuss the state of Jazz in South Wales before COVID and what it might look like afterwards. It was decided that with the support of the RWCMD, an application to ACW would be made to run a Connect and Flourish, Research and Development project for a year. The successful application resulted in Archwilwyr Jazz Explorers, a year-long project running in North, West and South Wales, each with a different focus- community, education and diversity, but all with the aim of developing links, partnerships and work opportunities for Wales based jazz musicians. The project began in July, with a partnership with Aberystwyth Music Festival who piloted a fringe jazz line up to their Classical programme. In September, an education project was launched in North Wales, working with three music services, Galeri in Caernarfon and a group of recent RWCMD graduates, exploring jazz concepts, improvisation and performance. The final element is the Women in Jazz project, delivered through a partnership between Black Mountain Jazz and the newly refurbished Borough Theatre in Abergavenny.

    Black Mountain Jazz are a very active focal point for jazz performances in Abergavenny and the Borough Theatre is an important venue that has been closed for a considerable refurbishment investment. Bringing together these two organisations has been a positive experience for both parties and has led to the development of the Women in Jazz showcase, which will take place at the Borough Theatre on 9th Feb. This exciting performance features an all-female line up of jazz musicians from Wales, performing original compositions and some jazz standards by female artists and composers. The show will explore the story of women in jazz in Wales, past and present through film, narration and music. The performance features a range of musicians from those established on the jazz scene, to those just starting out and include Head of Jazz at RWCMD, Paula Gardiner, Bass and guitar; Liz Exell, Drums; Llanelli based Deborah Glenister, Piano/Sax; North Wales based Maria Lamburn, Bass clarinet/Viola; Xenia Porteous, Violin; Jane Williams, voice/ukulele; Siobhan Waters, voice. The musicians were selected from an open call-out and were chosen for their skills and experience as performers and composers. The resulting group of musicians has produced a non-standard line-up affording some unusual instrumental and vocal combinations. Through discussion, it has emerged that new music, written and improvised by the musicians, will be the main element of the performance in February. The performance will be underpinned by a film exploring the musicians’ personal jazz journeys and supported by an exhibition looking at the history of Women in Jazz in Wales, written by Nigel Jarrett and including display elements from Jazz Heritage Wales.

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  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist: Volume 21!

    20th January 2023

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out: Volume 21

    We publish a new playlist each month and try to share a wide range of women from across the world - new releases, legacy artists, new and established artists and also some women we think you should know about but maybe don't!  We keep it to 15 artists per playlist to give you time to discover, listen and share these incredible women. You cna listen to this month playlist on Spotify or You Tube

    Do please get in touch if you have music you would like us to include - either your own or recommendations. We are especially keen to share music from female instrumentalists and composers.

    As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist where possible, and all the links are on our site here:

    Laura Karst  Evie Asio Abbie Finn Jemma Freese Colectiva Blanche Calloway 

    Helga Plankensteiner Juanita Euka Nora Germain Zoe’s Shangai

    Elena Mindru Melissa Pinto Letta Mbulu Julie Campiche Quartet Muva of Earth

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  • Sticks and Thrones with Migdalia Van Der Hoven and Abbie Finn

    19th January 2023

    Welcome to the second episode of our new drummer focused series ‘Sticks and Thrones’ with host Migdalia Van Der Hoven, with our guest Abbie Finn. Our podcasts are available on all platforms and are currently at number 9 in the top 60 best Jazz podcast on FeedSpot featuring original music from Migdalia Van Der Hoven available here

    Listen to episode 2 here

    Migdalia van der Hoven is an International Award winning Mexican drummer currently touring with SIX the Musical across the UK. She is also a Vater Drumsticks, Bosphorus Cymbals and RTOM Corporation artist and a Berklee College of Music graduate (where she studied and performed with Jackie Santos, Terri Lynn Carrington, Victor Mendoza and Mark Walker). She is known for her groove, sensitivity and versatility across multiple genres such as funk, jazz, fusion, latin jazz, pop and world music. She became the first Mexican Female drummer to ever perform at Ronnie Scott’s and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Migdalia has become “Woman of the year 2022” in Mexico in arts and culture for her contribution in music nationally and internationally.

    Abbie Finn is a musician from the North-East of England, currently based in Brandon, County Durham, who has over 16 years performance experience*.* Abbie studied Jazz drums under Sebastiaan De Krom at Leeds College of Music, gaining a 1st Class Degree with honours. She then received a Master’s degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, studying with Gene Calderazzo and Asaf Sirkis. In 2018 she was given the opportunity to play Percussion with the WOW (Women of the World) Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of a festival of women.

    Abbie was a dep for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and also played with the NYJO Academy big band, The Trinity Composer's Big Band, Kinesis: A Drum and Sax duo with Harry Keeble, The NYJO Quintet, The Jazztones, Paul Edis Trio, Durham Alumni Big Band, Strictly Smokin' Big band and more. She has had the pleasure of working with artists such as: NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), Simon Spillett, Paul Edis, Andrea Vicari, Derek Nash, Oli Hayhurst, Dean Stockdale, Sue Ferris, Graham Hardy, Paul Grainger, Andy Champion, Zoe Gilby, Mark Williams, Harry Keeble, Michael Lamb, Alice Grace, Ruth Lambert, Bradley Johnson, The Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, NYJO Ambassadors, NYJO academy big band, Musicians unlimited big band, Durham Alumni big band, Customs House big band, Ray Beckett and more.

    Abbie’s current main projects are the Abbie Finn Trio with Harry Keeble on tenor saxophone and Paul Grainger on double bass and the Finntet - a hardbop band featuring Graham Hardy, Harry Keeble, Dean Stockdale and Paul Grainger. She also frequently performs with the Harry Keeble Quartet, the Dean Stockdale Trio and many more.

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