Byron Wallen’s Four Corners

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Byron Wallen’s Four Corners

18 June @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners

At Crookes Social Club, 8-11 pm

Byron Wallen: trumpet and conches
Rob Luft: guitar
Paul Michaels: bass
Rod Youngs: drums

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More than 10 years after his fourth album, ‘Meeting Ground’, for which he received nominations for Best Band and Best Album in the BBC Jazz Awards and Best Jazz Act in the MOBO Awards, Byron Wallen returns with his dazzling quartet Four Corners. The band, featuring Sheffield Jazz favourite Rob Luft on guitar, who were a great success on their last visit to Crookes on a snowy night in early 2019 were nominated for Jazz Ensemble of The Year in the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. For this gig they will feature music from Byron’s latest album ‘Portrait: Reflections on Belonging’ released last year to critical acclaim. “Danger UXB Wallen is back and he happens to be at the peak of his considerable, creative powers.” – Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Photo by Urszula Tarasiewicz

Trumpeter, composer, traveller and educator Byron Wallen was raised in a musical family. As a small child he studied classical piano and played euphonium but then switched to trumpet. He studied trumpet with Donald Byrd, Jimmy Owens and Jon Faddis in New York and has since played in performance and recorded with many jazz and pop artists including, George Benson, Charles Earland, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Courtney Pine, Lonnie Liston Smith, Jean Toussaint, and Cleveland Watkiss. In 1992, Byron graduated from Sussex University with a degree in psychology, philosophy and mathematics. In 2003 he won the BBC’s Innovation In Jazz award for his third album ‘Indigo’.

A leading figure among the creative jazz musicians in the UK, Byron is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing. He is an acclaimed composer and producer whose original scores have been commissioned by the Science Museum, PRS, BBC, Jerwood Foundation, Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Arts Council, FIFA and Sage Gateshead. He has also created soundscapes for Universal Pictures, Warner Bros and Game of Thrones. In 2017, Wallen received the coveted Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists. Byron lectures in jazz composition and history of jazz at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he teaches jazz trumpet and leads a selection of combos. He is also member of the jazz faculty at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, as well as the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

“Byron Wallen sometimes suggests an absorbing fusion of the fragmentary lyricism of late period Miles Davis and the spiky euphoria of Don Cherry” – John Fordham, The Guardian

“…this is more than just a straight-ahead jazz album, with many nuances and inflections throughout… as much absorbing as it is intriguing…”  – UK VIBE review of the ‘Portrait’ album

Rob Luft is an award-winning young jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Rob was recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize from the Royal Academy of Music and received second prize at the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album ‘Riser’ was released in July 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it is a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Following the success of his first album Rob was nominated for a string of awards in the Jazz FM and the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In May 2019 Rob was selected as BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021. His eagerly awaited second album ‘Life Is The Dancer’ was released in April 2020.

As well as leading his own quintet, Rob collaboratively runs several other projects including; a duo with the Albanian jazz/folk singer and ECM recording artist Elina Duni; a mainstream jazz quartet with Dave O’Higgins – their album ‘O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane’ was a highlight of the Sheffield Jazz Autumn 2019 season; and the nuevo tango quintet Deco Ensemble. Rob is a regular member of numerous top modern jazz groups and over the past few years has featured on a variety of recordings with artists such as Tommy Smith, vocalists Liane Carroll and Joy Ellis, Italian dum virtuoso Enzo Zirilli and bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado.

“So young and so talented!” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“…an extraordinary talent!” – Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3

London-based drummer and composer Rod Youngs moves from one genre to another, always preserving stylistic conventions whilst bringing creativity and individuality. A native of Washington D.C., Rod has a uniquely identifiable style, loose-limbed and giving everything a great sense of swing, it is a style that incorporates influences across the board but centres in the great Post-Bop drummers of the 50s. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Howard University and studied jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Rod’s wide variety of work from concerts and recordings to sessions for radio, TV and film has led him to working with a formidable array of artists and groups including, Gil Scott-Heron, Lee Konitz, Courtney Pine, Jon Hendricks, Hugh Masekela, Carleen Anderson, Craig Handy, Natalie Cole, Bennie Maupin, Mica Paris, Denys Baptiste, Abdullah Ibrahim, Juliet Roberts, Julian Joseph, Ronnie Laws, Jocelyn Brown and Robin Eubanks.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free


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18 June
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114