Friday 1 February. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.
Advance tickets available from buy.sivtickets.com/sheffieldjazz at the same net price as on the door.
Byron Wallen: trumpet; Rob Luft: guitar; Paul Michael: bass; Rod Youngs: drums
Trumpet player, composer and producer Byron Wallen (“one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive”…Jazzwise Magazine) brings to Sheffield his dazzling ‘Four Corners’ band including guitarist Rob Luft who made a great impression in his Spring 2018 visit to Sheffield Jazz. Byron Wallen is widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, and he has played alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, George Benson, Jack DeJohnette and King Sunny Ade and is one of the creators of the Game of Thrones’ series soundtrack.
Born of Belizean parents and raised in London, Byron’s international adventures into straight ahead and world jazz have taken his name and music afar. Byron was raised in a musical environment and started learning the piano at an early age. He went on to study trumpet with Jimmy Owens, Donald Byrd and Jon Faddis in New York. His early music career was forged while he was studying for a degree at Sussex University. His four acclaimed albums have won a number of awards; for the album Meeting Ground with his band Indigo and featuring Gnawa master musician Boujemma Boubul, Byron received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the 2007 MOBO Awards.
He played trumpet in various contexts and through into the early 90s was heard with jazz and pop artists such as George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Style Council, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss. Furthermore, he has been playing alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Mulatu Astatke, George Benson, Red Snapper, Jack DeJohnette and King Sunny Ade.
By the late 90s his work was receiving world-wide attention and his fluent trumpet, firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, could be heard performing with a myriad of artists including David Murray, Andrew Hill, Butch Morris, Billy Higgins, Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Eddie Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, William Orbit, Toumani Diabate, Ronnie Laws and Chaka Khan. One of the most versatile and dynamic voices on the British jazz scene, he has also performed with rap outfits such as The Roots, Digable Planets and Us3.
Rob Luft is an award-winning 24-year-old guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who said he was destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.
Paul Michael is a London-based electric/upright bass player and plays music across a wide range of styles. After graduating from Trinity College of Music he has gone on to work regularly on the London music scene and beyond. He has played with Carlos Acosta at the Royal Opera House, Julian Joseph at Ronnie Scott’s, Liane Carroll and is currently working with Emily Saunders.
Rod Youngs is one of the most expressive and adept drummers in the music arena today and always a favourite at Sheffield Jazz. His journey in music began in his youth and has blossomed into a distinguished career that has spanned over two decades. Now London-based but a native of Washington, D.C., Rod’s formal training began in his teenage years. He later attended Howard University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance and was subsequently chosen to study jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. under the tutelage of Keith Copland.
Since those formative years Rod’s consummate musicianship has garnered him a wide variety of work from concerts and recordings to sessions for radio, TV and film. He has performed/recorded with a formidable array of artists including, Hugh Masekela, Denys Baptiste, Lee Konitz, Natalie Cole, Bennie Maupin, Craig Handy, Jon Hendricks, Gil Scott-Heron, Mica Paris, Abdullah Ibrahim, BBC Concert Orchestra, Julian Joseph, Courtney Pine, Juliet Roberts, Ronnie Laws, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, and David Murray.