Concert Calendar


Discover the jazz scene in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances you won't want to miss.

 

The Kirk MacDonald Quartet  |  May 2 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Kirk MacDonald is an award-winning Canadian saxophonist, composer and educator who has “maintained his integrity as one of Canada’s leading saxophonists for over 25 years” (Pat LaBarbera). His album Vista Obscura, which features LaBarbera alongside Harold Mabern, Neil Swainson and André White, won the 2015 Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year, and his 2017 release Silent Voices, with co-leader LaBarbera and featuring Swainson and Adam Nussbaum, has been met with critical praise in Canada.

Kora Jazz Trio  |  May 2 2017 - 21:00

Venue : Sunside, Paris

In the land of the palaver tree, all is matter of dialogue. The Kora Jazz is the proof of that : meeting between jazzmen and old wise men, between tradition and improvisation. And mostly dialogue between the kora and the piano, two instruments so close – both rhythmic and solist – but separated by an ocean.

Takuya Kuroda  |  May 3 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

Whether moving from Japan to the U.S. or navigating between the influences of jazz, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and electronica, trumpeter/composer Takuya Kuroda has never followed a straight path. On his fifth studio album and Concord Records debut, the aptly named Zigzagger, Kuroda darts between those wide-ranging interests with a funky swagger and an intensely swinging vigor. The deeply infectious album finds the trumpeter snaking his way around the opposing poles of acoustic and electric, bristling grooves and blissed-out vibes.

Chris Potter Quartet  |  May 3 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Chris Potter’s authoritative and endlessly inventive style of playing has gained him universal acclaim as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation. His spontaneous solos seem like perfectly rounded compositions en are being studied and copied note for note. Recently he was voted Best Tenor Saxophonist of the Year in the Downbeat Readers Poll.

Raphael Olivier & Inner Sounds  |  May 4 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Sunside, Paris

The Inner Sounds project is a young upcoming quartet based in Paris, playing an original repertoire blending modern jazz, rock, and pop music. Boundless and inspiring, this group led by guitarist Raphael Olivier is already regarded as one of the most innovative of its kind.

Léon Parker & Friends  |  May 5 2017 - 21:00

Venue : Sunside, Paris

In his numerous albums and countless concerts, Leon Parker revolutionized the art of the drums. With perpetual sincerity, and an often minimal drumset (consisting sometimes in one unique cymbal), he invented his own music. His distinctive groove, and his search for a pure, authentic sound, have built him a solid reputation on the jazz scene and beyond, up to establishing him among the premier drummers.

Sinne Eeg Group  |  May 6 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen

One of the greatest vocalists in Danish Jazz music Sinne Eeg will be performing together with Jacob Christoffersen, Kaspar Vadsholt and Zoltan Csörsz. Sinne Eeg is considered to be one of the jazz Queens of Denmark alongside with Cæcilie Norby. She has won many awards including the prestigious Ben Webster Award in 2014 and is a two-time Danish Music Award winner for "Best Vocal Jazz Album", which she won in 2007 and 2010.

Roberta Sá  |  May 6 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Singer Roberta Sá is praised for her sensual, confident voice. Her recent album Delírio is a declaration of love to Brazilian music, with traditional music forms incorporated into relaxed contemporary songs. The album features previously unreleased compositions by well-known singer-songwriters such as Adriana Calcanhotto, Moreno Veloso, Rodrigo Maranhão en Cézar Mendes. Roberta Sá is one of the most well-known singers of her generation, with many hit songs to her name.

Jazz Dynamos featuring Lucy Randell  |  May 07 2017 - 13:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

The Jazz Dynamos Quartet transforms well known songs with a mix of classic jazz and swing, bossa, samba, and contemporary pop music – occasionally all at the same time! The technique, versatility and sheer joy in Lucy Randell’s versatile and joyous singing, allied to the swingiest, funkiest, best dressed rhythm section in the UK, make this a lively and entertaining show not to be missed.

Avishai Cohen Quartet  |  May 08 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

For four years running, Cohen has been voted a Rising Star-Trumpet in the DownBeat Critics Poll. Along with leading his Triveni trio with Omer Avital and Nasheet Waits, the trumpeter has been a member of the prestigious SF Jazz Collective for six years. He also records and tours the world with The 3 Cohens Sextet, the hit family band with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval.

Matt Baker and the Trio  |  May 09 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Australian born jazz pianist/vocalist Matt Baker leads a powerful trio presenting a repertoire of originals and standards from his latest albums ‘Almost Blue’ produced by Matt Pierson, and the 2017 DVD release ‘Live At Birdland’. This one night only event will be an intimate night of hard swinging piano and warm vocals – all presented in a program of classic jazz with an exciting contemporary edge.

Ephemerals   |  May 09 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Sunside, Paris

Ephemerals's 3rd album "Egg Tooth" sees songwriter Hillman Mondegreen and singer Wolfgang Valbrun once again combine beautifully, marrying direct and honest lyricism with powerful and at times pained vocal delivery. It’s an album with recurring themes of reincarnation, love, world politics and philosophy in a varied and eclectic collection of songs.

Omer Avital  |  May 10 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

Bassist and composer Omer Avital is one of today’s most striking musicians. Omer Avital is a visionary composer and virtuoso musician whose genre-defying ensembles are pushing the boundaries of jazz expression and providing audiences with swing and spiritual sustenance in equal measure.

Claire Martin: A Tribute to Ella 100  |  May 11 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen

Claire Martin is one of the most prominent jazz singers in the UK, and she has toured all over the world in the past 30 years. Jazz Times USA and US Magazine Journal has previously rated her among the finest female jazz singers in the world. She has won numerous awards, which include two British Jazz Awards within the category "Best Vocalist" in 2009 and 2010. She has collaborated with famous musicians such as Kenny Barron, Richard Rodney Bennett and Martin Taylor.

Alex Simu Quintet  |  May 11 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

The Romanian born reeds player plays with jazz musicians from his current residence Amsterdam, all of them remarkable double talents. A pianist picking up the accordion or a drummer playing classical cello: everything is possible in Alex Simu’s quintet. Aside from his own music he regularly composes film soundtracks, often with the help of electronic instruments.

Soul Sugar'd  |  May 13 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Expect fabulous soul treatments of iconic – as well as off-the-wall – material from artists as diverse as David Bowie and the Beatles, from Stevie Wonder to Joan Armatrading, Prince to Massive Attack, The Stylistics to Lenny Kravitz, Aretha Franklin to Elbow, no musical morsel is left unsugared with their unique blend of Soul Sugar’d Soul. Vocal harmonies you won’t believe! Backed by the top class 4-piece Soul Sugar’d band.

Steve Kuhn Trio  |  May 13 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Sunside, Paris

Bill Erman’s former student, Steve Kuhn will be on stage for two wonderfull nights at the Sunside ! Musician from ECM label music, He played with legends of jazz such as John Coltrane or Ornette Coleman. It is a grace coming out of a piano. Come and see !

Patti Austin: "Ella now and Then"  |  May 14 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Patti Austin celebrates the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald with an intimate concert that pays tribute to the legendary First Lady of Song. Featuring selections from her Grammy-nominated album ‘For Ella’, this unforgettable evening includes legendary hits such as ‘How High the Moon,’ ‘The Man I Love,’ Too Close for Comfort,’ and many more.

Monty Alexander Trio  |  May 15 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

In a career spanning five decades, Jamaican jazz piano virtuoso Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. We are proud to call Monty a true legend of Ronnie's and a firm club favourite.

Allan Harris  |  May 15 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Aptly described by the Miami Herald as an artist blessed with, “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole,” Brooklyn-born, Harlem-based vocalist / guitarist / bandleader /composer Allan Harris is one of the most accomplished and exceptional jazz singers of his generation.

Robin Nolan Trio  |  May 17 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Simply put, The Robin Nolan Trio are one the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years. Robin has been lauded for his musical genius and sensibilities by the late Beatle, George Harrison, Willie Nelson, and Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. Legendary in the Django Reinhardt world, Robin has played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe.

Fred Hersch Trio  |  May 17 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

‘There’s nothing wrong with beauty’, says Fred Hersch, one of the most prominent jazz pianists today. Thanks to famous former students such as Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) he has inspired a whole generation of pianists. Ever since the 1970s, when he started in New York in the bands of Lee Konitz and Art Farmer, he has strived for absolute beauty.

Robert Kaddouch & Michel Benita  |  May 18 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Sunside, Paris

"Kaddouch’s style is lush and lyrical, utilizing slightly unusual chords and harmonic modulations to revitalize standbys like “A Foggy Day”, “Lover Man” and even “Jingle Bells”. His radical reharmonization of the latter, coupled with the extreme independence of his left hand, show off his individuality." New York City Jazz Records Tom Greenland

Mathias Heise Quadrillion  |  May 19 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen

The 23-year-old Mathias Heise has through his many accolades and extraordinary performances attracted a lot of attention both domestically and abroad. At the mere age of 20, he was awarded as the world’s best on the chromatic harmonica at the World Harmonica Festival in Germany in 2013, and in 2015 he was awarded as the new best jazz act in Denmark. The Mathias Heise Quadrillion ear catching compositions is a combination of jazzy harmonies and improvisation with rock and funk music.

Rachel Tucker  |  May 20 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical on Broadway, Rachel Tucker hits the road for her first UK solo tour. Audiences can expect up close and personal performances of some classic jazz, soul, and musical theatre favourites, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

Natalie Williams Soul Family  |  May 21 2017 - 18:30

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul-jazz singer, Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sundays is now in it’s 10th year running at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul fam jazz musicians the UK has to offer. While guests vary from month to month, there is always an opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the stars of the British scene showcase their cutting edge material as well as playing soulful covers and classic tunes in an exciting ad hoc setting.

Fred Hersch Trio  |  May 23 2017 - 21:00

Venue : Sunside, Paris

Revealed as a sideman to jazz legends including Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, Fred Hersch has solidified a reputation as a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer. Hersch's numerous accomplishments include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance and a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. He has appeared on over one hundred recordings, including more than two-dozen albums as bandleader/solo pianist.

Vein feat. Greg Osby  |  May 25 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Swiss trio Vein aims to achieve the greatest possible balance with their music, which is evident in the compositions and arrangements of the three band members who all come from a classical background. Since the foundation of Vein, ten years ago, they have regularly collaborated with renowned American musicians including Dave Liebman and Glenn Ferris. Now they will join forces again with alto saxophonist Greg Osby, who continuously strives for originality while retaining his distinct, glowing tone.

Nick Colionne & Steve Cole  |  May 25 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Two of Chicago's finest and most entertaining musicians, Guitarist Nick Colionne and Saxophonist Steve Cole deliver personality with their funky and lively musical collaboration. With a wealth of popular hits between them, they guarantee a unique experience in which the banter will entertain you as much as the music. They will be accompanied by Julian Crampton on Bass, Neil Angilley on keyboards, and Andrew Small on drums.

Kenny Werner & Benjamin Koppel Quartet  |  May 25 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen

Over the past 40 years Kenny Werner has moved audience all around the world with his amazing skills as both a pianist and composer. Today he is considered as one of the greatest of his generation. In this line of shows Kenny Werner is accompanied by three gentlemen: Benjamin Koppel, Thommy Anderson and Alex Riel. This constellation, which also goes by the name of A Way With Words, have through their musical friendship created a unique, improvised and intuitive musical dialogue on stage.

Antonio Faraò Trio  |  May 26 2017 - 21:00

Venue : Sunside, Paris

Antonio is not only a fine pianist, but a great one". Herbie Hancock. One of the biggest musician from the Italian Jazz will be performing on our stage Thomas Bramerie on bass and Jean-Pierre Arnaud on drums.

Satanique Samba Trio  |  May 28 2017 - 20:30

Venue : Bimhuis, Amsterdam

The name might suggest otherwise, but the Satanique Samba Trio is nothing like a samba trio. The five-piece formation from Brasília takes the clichés of samba, bossa nova and other Brazilian styles and severely deconstructs them into eccentric music that draws comparisons with musical dissidents such as Captain Beefheart and Os Mutantes. The band, which includes a bass clarinet player, gained cult status with their many performances, supporting Tom Zé and Naná Vasconcelos for example.

Kerensa  |  May 29 2017 - 20:30

Venue : PizzaExpress Jazz Club, London

Kerensa, the epitome of a child from the indie revolution will be releasing her long awaited debut album: “Pigeons Think They’re People”. The bard, who takes inspiration her surroundings, observations, and musicians such as Mozart and Lana Del Rey, has released two singles in the last year. Both have been big hits, and it is clear that she’s a starlet on the rise. This event won’t be an ordinary album launch, and a unique combination of art, music, poetry and dance will all be featured on the night.

Ivan Lins  |  May 29 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

Renowned as a carioca songwriter, vocalist, and pianist, Ivan Lins recorded several albums for EMI Brasil and Reprise, as well as writing Brazilian standards. Born in 1945, Lins came to fame in Brazil in 1970 when Elis Regina recorded his song "Magdalena" for a hit. His worldwide debut, A Noite, appeared in 1979. Lins' most famous composition, "Love Dance" ("Lembrança"), has been recorded by dozens of jazz artists, including Kenny Burrell, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson, Mark Murphy, George Benson, Diane Schuur, and James Blood Ulmer.

Pierre-Yves Plat  |  May 31 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Sunside, Paris

A true performer Pierre-Yves Plat is in his element on stage. As he begins to play a classical masterpiece, he bows his head and puffs out his cheeks in apparent tedium before throwing a cheeky glance towards the audience and breaking into his own ragtime rendition. Never sat still, he dances out of his stool, getting carried away towards the end, bashing out the high notes with his toes. Pierre-Yves Plat succeeds in creating a musical cross between humour and fantasy, classical and jazz, a real show!

Youn Sun Nah  |  May 31 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Ronnie Scott's, London

YSN is well regarded for her remarkable vocal prowess. The Korean jazz vocalist’s ability to present each song in her own unique style filled with emotion and passion has consistently captured her audience in attentive silence, ending with roaring appreciation. The songstress traverse the vocal spectrum effortlessly to the extent where she’s not just another vocalist, she’s a musical instrument. In 2005, French magazine “Le Monde” described her as “a UFO touching the universe of jazz with a magnificent voice and passionate originality”.