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06-Aug - An Ape's Progress @ Manchester Jazz Festival

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Concerto for Stan Getz - LIVE on BBC R3 Sunday 22nd March

Richard Rodney Bennett's Concerto for Stan Getz, published by NovelloIain will be the soloist for Richard Rodney Bennett's 'Concerto for Stan Getz' with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, this Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Broadcast live from London's Southbank Centre, the 'Conflict and Healing' concert is part of the ongoing Changing Britain series. Listen live on BBC R3 at 19:30.

Bennett's 1990 Concerto was never performed by Stan Getz who sadly died shortly after it was completed.

Read Sebastian Scotney's interview with Iain, in London Jazz News, about the piece and when, as a lad, he met Stan Getz at Ronnie Scott's.


Loose Tubes reunion - "a triumph"

Photo © Tim Dickeson

The first reunion gig of Loose Tubes 24 years after their last gig together was The talking point of the Cheltenham 2014 weekend followed by a sellout week at Ronnie Scott's Club. 

BBC Radio 3 commissioned new pieces from the band's composers Chris Batchelor, Steve Berry, Eddie Parker and Django Bates. These new commissions were recorded at Ronnie Scott's alongside a selection of old favourites. If you missed the broadcast for Jazz on 3 along with an interview by Jez Nelson you can listen again here.

Catch Loose Tubes on 8th August for a final get together at Brecon Jazz Festival

The Guardian

Loose tubes....sprayed sparks straight through to a standing ovation.


...a triumph, with the multi-coloured maverick monstrosity back in force.

LondonJazz News strong, and as challenging, as ever... It was a tremendous gig.  


Ballamy celebrates 50th @ Kings Place & BBC R3

Photo: Dave McKean

Iain celebrated his 50th birthday at Kings Place, London, with his acclaimed quartet 'Anorak' and the premiere performance of his new supersized septet 'Anorak XL'. Presented by Julian Joseph the event was recorded for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up and broadcast on 17th May listen here

The repertoire included Iain's latest original works and some recent arrangements of his past classics. Kings Place advised:

"Expect to hear imaginative re-workings of classic jazz standards, occasional folk and classical themes plus original compositions with a strongly English pastoral feel."

'Anorak XL' features three of the very brightest graduates of the Royal Academy of Music where Iain acts as a tutor and mentor - Nathanial Facey alto saxophone, Freddie Gavita trumpet and Kieran Mcleod trombone. For more info on Anorak click here.


Quercus spring mini tour!

Photo: Tim Dickeson

Quercus, the unique trio featuring the award winning folk singer June Tabor, pianist Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy released their debut recording on ECM records last year. Visit the Quercus ECM Player for more information and to listen to track sample.

Quercus finished the spring mini tour in Germany and England - go to Live Dates for more info on next gigs.



Food with Fennesz was on the road at the end of last year playing Berlin Jazz Festival, Rotterdam Rewire Festival. Iain and Thomas finished the year touring Japan with Koichi Makigami and finished the year at the Sontakke Festival in Bangalore, India. More info here >


Food's seventh album 'Mercurial Balm' was released in 2012 on ECM Records

The album features the core group of Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen with guitarists Christian Fennesz and Eivind Aarset, trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and the unique singer and slide guitarist from South India, Prakash Sontakke.

Visit the Mercurial Balm ECM Player to hear track 1 'Nebular' and for more info about the artists (ECM 2269).