Friday 7 February. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.
Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz at the same net price as on the door.
Emilia Martensson: vocals; Luca Boscagin: guitar; Adriano Adewale: percussion; Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet; Sam Lasserson: bass
Over the last decade, Emilia Mårtensson has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. But you won’t find her simply churning out hackneyed jazz standards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.
As a youngster, Emilia immersed herself in the recordings of jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Anita O’Day. At the same time, she and a group of local boys were playing live jazz in her parents’ restaurant, which Emilia would later transform into one of the most successful jazz cubs in southern Sweden. But, for all her jazz background, Swedish folk song was always deep in Emilia’s heart.
She is the featured vocalist in several projects and has been collaborating, both as singer and as a composer, with artists such as Iain Ballamy, Kit Downes, Barry Green, and Jasper Hoiby. Her most acclaimed collaboration led to a MOBO Award with the British group ‘Kairos 4tet’.
In the past Emilia has also received recognition from The Observer as ‘The new face of British jazz’ in 2012, and in 2013 she was chosen by ‘Svensk Jazz’ for Pulsslags Turnen, which took her on a two week long tour around Sweden to promote her album ‘Ana’. Her success as a band leader also led her to be chosen to partake in ‘The Take Five’ Artist Program delivered by national music producers Serious in 2015.
Emilia is a regular performer at some of Europe’s leading venues and festivals and has appeared at The London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Sunset Sunside in Paris, Fasching in Stockholm, Ljubljana Jazz Festival and The Love Supreme Jazz Festival in UK to name just a few.
Both of her solo albums ‘And so it goes’ (Babel Label-2012’) and ‘Ana’ (Babel Label-2014) got listed in the ‘top ten best albums’ by JazzWise. ‘Loredana’ is her latest project which features guitarist Luca Boscagin, percussionist Adriano Adewale, trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta and bassist Sam Lasserson.
‘Ana again proves that Martensson has something very special to offer, and the album is something of simple beauty. There’s a brilliantly judged and utterly natural sounding balance between duskiness and pure-toned clarity in her voice, but what really impresses is a talent for story-telling within the context of her songs and for drawing the listener in’. … Jazz UK
A voice of quite remarkable expressive depth’ … Jazzwise
“ethereal voiced Swedish singer Martensson effortlessly mixes delicate folkish melodies with swoonsome jazz lines to create her own bewitching sound”…Time Out
…’the music is immediately enchanting, bewitching, and approachable…‘ …All About Jazz
“The singer who melds Swedish folk, jazz and classic pop”………. “Martensson invests every sound with a skimming, rapturous lightness and clarity“… Guardian
A graduate of Trinity College of Music Sam has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the Americas with top jazz musicians. He is a member of Jeff Williams’ UK-based quartet, award-winning saxophonist Julian Arguelles’ quartet and Andrew McCormack’s UK trio. As a sideman he has also performed with Ethan Iverson, John O’Gallagher, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake, Nikki Iles, Bobby Wellins, and Jim Hart among many others.
London-based guitarist, composer and arranger Luca Boscagin studied in Verona with Dodo Castelli and when he developed his interest in improvisation took lessons with two of the foremost Italian guitarists, Tolo Marton and Sandro Gibellini. He has played at various festival in Italy and Europe with musicians like Sonny Fortune, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and John Wetton.
A graduate of the University of Sao Paulo where studied classical music-percussion Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano moved to the UK where he completed a Masters course in Music/Performance at SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Adriano has established himself as a respected percussionist, composer and band leader performing with leading musicians including Bobby Macferrin, Joanna McGregor, Seb Rochford, Andy Sheppard and Christine Tobin He is known for his unconventional and exploratory approach to music and for his ability to create magical soundscapes.
Fulvio Sigurtà started playing trumpet at a very early age and after gaining his Diploma in Classical Trumpet in Brescia, in 2003 he took up a scholarship at the Berkley College of Music in Boston, achieving a Diploma in Jazz in 2004. In 2005 gained a Masters with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has recorded several of his own albums as band leader as well as recording with a wide range of Italian and English musicians, both in the studio and on tour including, John Taylor, Jamie Cullum, Keith Tippet, Steve Swallow and Tony Kofi.