Spring 2016 Listings

Friday 12 February 8pm

Norway’s Bugge Wesseltoft is one of the most notable trendsetters in contemporary European jazz. Since the 1990s he has made an impressive, truly post-modern transition from his ECM nordic jazz traditions, from playing and recording together with the likes of Jan Garbarek, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Rypdal, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Jon Eberson, to forming his renowned ‘Jazzland’ record label. In the past decade Bugge has focussed on solo work, bringing new energy and perspective to melodic piano parts that integrate new versions of great jazz standards. Twenty years on from his seminal New Conception of Jazz release, Bugge takes a fresh look at the music that made him the musician he is today.

£18, Concessions £17, Friends £16.20, Students £9

Saturday 20 February 8pm

Daniel Herskedal tuba
Eyolf Dale piano
Helge Andreas Norbakken percussion

Daniel Herskedal is a Norwegian instrumentalist and composer who has defied the conventions of the tuba, pushing the boundaries both technically and sonically to create a spellbinding and mesmerising sound. Based in Copenhagen, he has performed with many different artists throughout Europe, including Django Bates, City Stories, Magic Pocket and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, but it wasn’t until 2011 when he released Neck of the Woods with saxophonist Marius Neset that the world really took notice and pushed his name to the forefront as a world class soloist. Tonight, in a project specially created for Turner Sims, his brilliant trio join forces with a string ensemble from the University of Southampton to delight with music from his highly applauded new album Slow Eastbound Train.

Daniel Herskedal has established a reputation for radiant eloquence and flawless virtuosity on an instrument not easily associated with either. The Guardian

£18, Concessions £17, Friends £16.20, Students £9
Early Bird Tickets
Until Monday 4 January 2016 only
Adult £10 Children and students £5

Thursday 3 March 8pm

Tord Gustavsen piano, electronics
Simin Tander vocals
Jarle Vespestad drums
Daniel Wold sound design

Internationally acclaimed Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen joins forces with Afghan-German vocalist Simin Tander - a rising star on the European jazz and world music scenes - for his latest project Hymns and Visions. A work that saw its beginnings with the inclusion of the hauntingly powerful Eg veit i himmerik ei borg (A Castle in Heaven) on his latest quartet release Extended Circle, Tord lends his superior skills to interpretations and elaborations of ancient Norwegian hymns and new compositions of Sufi poetry. For the first time on stage, Tord uses subtle live electronics to add depth and new layers to the sensual minimalism of his work alongside Simin’s warm and vibrant vocal art.

£21, Concessions £20, Friends £18.90, Students £11

Friday 18 March 8pm

Matthew Bourne piano
Michael England video artist

Matthew Bourne is a distinctive composer and player on the British new music and jazz scene. Since winning the Perrier Jazz Award in 2001, followed the next year by BBC Radio Jazz Award for Innovation, he has received commissions from Bath International Music Festival, FuseLeeds and London Sinfonietta. Tonight Matthew presents his most recent project - a programme of eerily atmospheric tracks created using the unique analogue sound of the Memorymoog (more precisely a Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog (LAMM), as modified by Rudi Linhard). The project sees Bourne collaborate for the first time with the incredible video artist Michael England - who produces beautiful videos for the likes of Elbow, Autechre and Bola. England creates evocative moving images inspired by Bourne’s cosmic sound world.

£18, Concessions £17, Friends £16.20, Students £9
Early Bird Tickets
Until Monday 4 January 2016 only
Adult £10 Children and students £5

Saturday 19 March 8pm

The term ‘double bass’ takes on new meaning as two of the greatest living practitioners of the instrument - jazz master Christian McBride and classical/folk/bluegrass Renaissance man Edgar Meyer - join forces for a thrilling exploration of the deep space beyond genre and expectation. This setting provides a chance to hear each of them with a level of intimacy and detail that is rare in larger settings. Playing a stylistically diverse programme including new original music for the two of them, they will explore previously unimagined possibilities for the double bass.
The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures. New York Times
The most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument... The New Yorker on Edgar Meyer

£21, Concessions £20, Friends £18.90, Students £11

Thursday 14 April 8pm

Elana James vocals, violin
Whit Smith vocals, guitar
Jake Erwin vocals, double bass

The exuberant Hot Club of Cowtown make a very welcome return to Turner Sims with their infectious blend of hot jazz and Western swing. Hot Club weave a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to magical effect - a joyful blend of danceable, swinging vivaciousness, full of raw joy and authentic energy. 

It takes considerable bravery to name your band after one of the greatest jazz ensembles of the last century. Hot Club get away with it because they have spirit, originality and skill that would surely have impressed Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt back in 1930s. The Guardian

£20, Concessions £19, Friends £18, Students £10

Sunday 17 April 7.30pm

Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dan Mar-Molinero director
Julian Joseph piano

Master jazz pianist Julian Joseph returns to Turner Sims alongside the fantastic big band SYJO to play through Count Basie’s seminal album The Atomic Mr Basie. Expect stunning renditions of these incredible jazz classics such as Splanky, Lil’ Darlin and Flight of the Foo Birds all delivered with the greatest respect to the jazz icon.

£18, Concessions £17, Friends £16.20, Students £9
Early Bird Tickets
Until Monday 4 January 2016 only
Adult £10 Children and students £5

Thursday 28 April 8pm

Pascal Schumacher vibraphone, glockenspiel
Franz Von Chossy piano
Pol Belardi bass
Jens Düppe drums

Pascal Schumacher is considered one of the world’s leading vibraphone players, an artist with a unique aptitude and sensitivity who injects panache and flamboyance into every performance. Incorporating influences from Japanese culture into his work, Pascal has put his own spin on Orientalism, pursuing a style of minimalism from the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’, combining harmony and disorder. Tonight he presents music from his first jazz solo album Left Tokyo Right, with his excellent band.

£18, Concessions £17, Friends £16.20, Students £9
Early Bird Tickets
Until Monday 4 January 2016 only
Adult £10 Children and students £5

Friday 6 May 8pm

Tim Garland saxophone
Jason Rebello piano
Asaf Sirkis drums
Ant Law guitar

For years now, Tim Garland’s playing and composition have less reflected ‘influences’ than styles he has mastered – everything from Celtic music to Yellowjackets fusion, from free improvisation to classical performance, from ECM ‘third stream’ to left-field electro-acoustics. As a composer, he uses his native eclecticism and phenomenal technique to make telling and often surprising connections; as a bandleader, he creates spaces in which other musicians will surprise themselves. His electrifying quartet unites these two strands of his career in one remarkable project, melding his musical experiences together in a dynamic and virtuosic set full of interplay, sensitivity and vision.

His level of genius is rare. Chick Corea

£20, Concessions £19, Friends £18, Students £10

Saturday 21 May 8pm

Jasper Høiby double bass
Ivo Neame piano
Anton Eger drums

Twice MOBO-nominated Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able to do. Their spellbinding rollercoaster live performances have captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide and prompted Jazzwise magazine to describe them as One of the most exciting bands on the planet! Tonight they perform music from their latest album, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

This is contemporary jazz at its most thrilling, creative and airborne. Energy, intensity and interaction are in full flight. Music OMH

£20, Concessions £19, Friends £18, Students £10

Tuesday 7 June 8pm

Darius Brubeck piano
Matt Ridley bass
Wesley Gibbens drums
Dave O’Higgins saxophone

US pianist Darius Brubeck returns to Turner Sims with another selection of the music of his late father, Dave Brubeck, and other modern masters, with his quartet. After touring the world with Two Generations of Brubecks, Darius set up the first university jazz degree in South Africa. Expect Take Five, Unsquare Dance and more, together with Darius’ own compositions.

More than half a century after Dave Brubeck invited listeners to start counting in odd numbers, the music has lost none of its poise…Darius is as cultured a pianist as his father. The Times

£20, Concessions £19, Friends £18, Students £10