Jazz South Spotlight with Kevin Le Gendre

Jazz South

Jazz South Spotlight is a podcast series shining a light on outstanding jazz talent from the South of England. Over 7 episodes Kevin Le Gendre meets seven bands and artists selected and commissioned by Jazz South to each write a new piece of music.In each episode Kevin explores the influences, inspirations and musical backgrounds of the artists and introduces their new music commission.

Jazz South Spotlight on Sara Colman Band
Dec 7 2020
Jazz South Spotlight on Sara Colman Band
In this episode of Jazz South Spotlight, Kevin Le Gendre speaks to vocalist and songwriter Sara Colman.Kevin and Sara talk about writing music during lockdown, triggers for creativity and the Sara Colman Band's new music commission for Jazz South, Turning Over Stones and Ribbons. Plus, they discuss Sara's influences, including her huge affection for Joni Mitchell, a major inspiration, and how 2020 has given Sara time  and space to assess what she wants to do over the next couple of years.The Sara Colman Band, as featured on Sara's new commission for Jazz South, Turning Over Stones and Ribbons, is: Sara Colman - voice; Rebecca Nash - keys; Steve Banks - guitar; Jonathan Silk - drums; Ben Markland - bass; Percy Pursglove - flugelhorn."Sara Colman has a rare ability. Not only does she do full justice to the music and lyrics of a song, she also shares the music with her audience with a deep generosity of spirit. And she does it all with wit, with grace and with wisdom" - Peter Bacon, Editor-at-Large, London Jazz News.Jazz South Spotlight is a new podcast series shining a light on outstanding jazz talent from the South of England. Over 6 episodes Kevin Le Gendre will be meeting six bands selected and commissioned by Jazz South to each write a new piece of music in 2020 as a reimagining of their original live performance programme.To listen to the Sara Colman Band's new music, Turning Over Stones and Ribbons, in full, visit: www.jazzsouth.org.uk/spotlightpodcasts.
Jazz South Spotlight on Kate Westbrook and The Granite Band
Nov 30 2020
Jazz South Spotlight on Kate Westbrook and The Granite Band
In this episode of Jazz South Spotlight, Kevin Le Gendre speaks to vocalist and band leader Kate Westbrook, of Kate Westbrook and The Granite Band.Kevin and Kate discuss how the band have adapted to working and recording in lockdown, the origins of the band's name and capturing the sounds of the Dartmoor quarries on their album. Plus, they discuss the The Granite Band's new music commission for Jazz South, Says The Duke, a celebration and tribute to the great Duke Ellington, and memories of seeing the late, great musician in London nearly 50 years ago, a seminal evening for Kate. The Granite Band is: Kate Westbrook - voice; Roz Harding - saxophone; Jesse Molins - guitar; Matthew North - guitar; Billie Bottle - electric bass; Mike Westbrook - piano/keyboards - Coach York drums.'"Granite' stands out as one of the greatest British jazz records in recent years and it does so by means of a cross-generational band that knows nothing about musical styles, just outstanding music." Francisco Macias (writer)Jazz South Spotlight is a new podcast series shining a light on outstanding jazz talent from the South of England. Over 6 episodes Kevin Le Gendre will be meeting six bands selected and commissioned by Jazz South to each write a new piece of music in 2020 as a reimagining of their original live performance programme.To listen to Kate Westbrook and The Granite Band's new piece, Says The Duke, in full, visit: www.jazzsouth.org.uk/spotlightpodcasts.