I am looking forward to playing on 3 gigs at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival:
21st July: A solo gig at St Ann’s Church, 14.50, FREE.
Part of the Northern Line showcase. I’ll be doing half of it on the church’s wonderful grand piano, and half on my prepared mechanical keyboards, including a Hohner Pianet, a toy piano and a 100-year old Dulcitone.
22nd July: The Imaginary Delta with Jackie Kay, RNCM Theatre, 20.00, £17.50.
A collaboration between my project The Imaginary Delta and acclaimed poet Jackie Kay. This is the text from the MJF website:
Jackie Kay / narrator, poetry
Adam Fairhall / piano, composer
Steve Chadwick / trumpet
James Allsopp / clarinet, tenor saxophone
Chris Bridges / trombone, jug
Paul J Rogers / laptop, turntable, diddley bow
Tim Fairhall / double bass
Gaz Hughes / drums
Originally commissioned from Adam by mjf in 2011, this riotous re-imagining of early jazz forms via a mixture of old and new idioms, acoustic instruments new technologies is paired up with readings from one of Manchester’s best-loved poets.
Samples from vintage recordings are used to invoke the past in a soundworld that is playful, haunting and often downright unruly. They include those of Bessie Smith, who also provides the inspiration for Jackie Kay’s work of the same name, in which the author boards a Pullman with the great blues singer to journey across Tennessee.
Tonight’s performance brings together these two masterpieces and also premières new collaborative work created especially for the occasion.
“A stunning achievement” – Bird is the Worm, Album of the Year
23rd July: Nat Birchall Quintet, Band on the Wall, 19.30, £10 (a) £12 (d).
Nat’s music is intense, lyrical and soul-warming. I feel privileged to be in his band. Our latest album, Live in Larissa, has received 4 and 5 star reviews all over the place. Come down to BotW and hear what the fuss is about!