2012 has been an incredible year for Leeds’ Roller Trio – they’ve been all over the UK jazz press and radio, championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson, and to cap it all off their self titled debut album (released on the F-IRE label) has just been named as a Mercury Prize album of the year! Just a few days before this gig the band will be appearing live on national TV during the Mercury awards ceremony, make sure you make it down to Sandbar to catch them cos they won’t be playing in rooms of this size for much longer!
Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see Roller Trio on November 6th – unfortunately due to other commitments thrust upon them by their recent Mercury nomination they are now unable to perform, but send their apologies…
Appearing instead will be Three. – a new trio led by guitarist Dan Brew alongside Xavier Winton on drums and Jamie Brewster on electric bass. Their sound ranges from delicate to powerful exploring different textures and combining various influences from a range of musical styles.
Tonight also sees the first performance of a new band from saxophonist Ben Watte, who you will have seen with Beats & Pieces Big Band and who also leads a double musical life as electronic producer Miiato. Inspired by the creation of a dubstep concerto for his final degree recital, this new project combines these two seemingly very different musical worlds into something completely original and unique… An evening not to be missed.
Its that time of year again – back to school, heating is going back on and the Christmas biscuits are in the shops… But never fear because to ease the mourning for the loss of summer we have a ridiculously exciting Freedom Principle Autumn season for you! For the first time, every gig is a double bill so there’ll be twice the music – but all for the same price of £3. Don’t forget that 100% of that £3 goes straight to the musicians, so please continue to support them by coming along to Sandbar for great music and great beer!
Perhaps the headline-grabbing gig is the Mercury Prize nominated and Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson championed Roller Trio, appearing on 6th November alongside a new electric project from Beats & Pieces saxophonist Ben Watte, but we’re equally excited about a meeting of Mancunian guitar heroes Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum on 16th October and a journey into the unknown on 2nd October with improvised sets from vibraphonist Corey Mwamba‘s trio with Dave Kane and Joshua Blackmore, and Trio VD and Acoustic Ladyland’s Chris Sharkey. The programme is completed by gigs from French-born guitarist Hugo Corbin and his trio alongside The Horizon Experiment, a brand new band led by drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux, on 25th September; a return for Freedom Principle favourite Alice Zawadzki alongside Stockholm-based Silence Blossoms (led by Efpi’s Sam Andreae) on their first set of UK gigs on 20th November; and a Christmas extravaganza on 4th December from Freedom Principle’s very own Anton Hunter and his trio alongside the Madwort Sax Quartet from London, formed by Tom Ward and featuring Led Bib’s Chris Williams.
Full line up below along with some audio and visual delights to whet your appetite:
For the last Freedom Principle before our Summer break we’re pleased to present the debut performance by the Johnny Hunter Group. You may well have seen drummer Johnny perform with Skamel, Marley Chingus or the Dub Jazz Soundsystem, or at the free improvisation Noise Upstairs events. With those influences combined with the talents of some of Manchester’s most in-demand emerging musicians, a storming night is guaranteed!
Ben Watte (saxophone), Graham South (trumpet), Stewart Wilson (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums)