Friday 11th September - 7pm - 11pm
Saturday 12th September - 4pm - 11pm
The Old Market, Hove, UK
Announcing the UK’s newest jazz festival: the alternative to mainstream, commercial festivals that promise jazz but deliver watered down soul, pop-funk and R’n’B.
Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival showcases deep jazz from leading artists from the US, Europe and the UK, presented over two days in an intimate venue by the sea.
The festival seeks to redress the gender imbalance present in too many jazz festivals, by inviting key women in avant-jazz to perform.
It also encourages specially commissioned collaborations – this year, a one-off transatlantic meeting of 21st century spiritual jazz masters.
ON FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER:
Nat Birchall is an English saxophonist who has released a series of acclaimed albums, dedicated to keeping alive the spiritual jazz of John Coltrane. He will be playing, for the first time ever, in a specially commissioned meeting with Canadian drummer Franklin Kiermyer, who has worked with legendary figures including Pharoah Sanders.
SARAH GAIL BRAND SEXTET
Sarah Gail Brand is an experienced British composer, improviser and trombone player. She will be performing her open-ended compositions, influenced by Charles Mingus, with a sextet of improvisers including drummer Mark Sanders and pianist Liam Noble
WOVEN ENTITY & JULIE KJAER
Woven Entity are a percussion and bass-led quartet from London specialising in propulsive grooves. They will be joined by Danish saxophonist and flautist Julie Kjaer.
ON SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER:
WILLIAM PARKER/HAMID DRAKE/JOHN DIKEMAN
William Parker (bassist) and Hamid Drake (drummer), both iconic American musicians, make up one of the pre-eminent rhythm sections in the world. John Dikeman is an American saxophonist, based in Amsterdam. As a trio, they’re making waves as one of the most exciting new groups in jazz.
RACHEL MUSSON/NEIL CHARLES/COREY MWAMBA/MARK SANDERS
Rachel Musson is an in-demand British saxophonist. She will be performing in a quartet with bassist Neil Charles, vibraphonist Corey Mwamba and drummer Mark Sanders.
METTE RASMUSSEN & STEVE NOBLE
Mette Rasmussen is a young Danish saxophonist who is building a powerful
reputation as an original new voice. Equally comfortable performing solo, in duo or larger groups, for Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival she will be performing with veteran UK improv drummer Steve Noble.
Yana are a British trio comprising vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, bassist Dave Kane and drummer Joshua Blackmore, who make joyful, spontaneous music.
WEST HILL BLAST QUARTET FEATURING VERITY SPOTT
Representing the home-town scene, are Brighton’s West Hill Blast Quartet: Dan Spicer on reeds/trumpet/percussion, Ron Caines on sax, Andy Pyne on drums and – for one night only – Verity Spott on cello.