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Saturday 18th June 2011

A Celebration of the Life and Music of Tony Levin 1940-2011

Paul D, Tony & Brian Irvine

Saturday 18th June 2011
MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
8pm : £10 (£7 BJ members and concessions)
Box Office : 0121 4463232

Birmingham Jazz Concert Page

This concert celebrates Tony Levin’s major contribution to jazz in UK and brings together some of his closest musical colleagues to perform in his memory. Tony was born in Birmingham on January 30th 1940 and lived just past his 71st Birthday. He lived much of his life in Birmingham, but spent his early years as an evacuee in Shropshire and returned there in the last 20 or so years of his life. But he was always active in playing, promoting and latterly teaching in Birmingham.

Tony Levin was strongly influenced by the drumming of Elvin Jones, and was widely respected drummer in a straightahead style, but was increasingly attracted by ‘free jazz’ playing, especially in the group Mujician. So for this tribute to Tony, we have invited players associated with his free playing to play one set and others who played with Tony in more ’straight’ contexts to play another set. Playing the free set will be Tony’s three colleagues from Mujician, saxophonist Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett and bass player Paul Rogers. Joining them will be two drummers: Tony’s son Miles Levin and Mark Sanders. For the ’straight’ set we concentrate on a few of the great saxophonists that Tony loved to play with: Ray Warleigh on alto, Jean Toussaint, Stan Sulzmann on tenor and soprano saxophone supported by a great rhythm section of John Taylor on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

In each set there will be changing configurations of players with changing partnerships. All the musicians will be playing for expenses only and all proceeds will be donated to Tony’s favourite charity: Blue Chairs: Shropshire Blood Trust Fund.


Autumn 2010

Well what have we here? Only a string of five Mujician dates that's what. Organized by drummer Tony Levin as part of his seventieth birthday celebrations it's us lucky listeners that are getting the treats. Thank you so much Tony and we're looking forward to catching at least two, if not three, of these special dates. If you've never heard Mujician live then I urge you with all my heart to get along to at least one of these dates. Whatever you may think of free improv, this cooperative operates on the highest plane and could be a musical life-transforming experience whether you come from a jazz, classical or folk background. There is no such thing as an average, let alone a bad, Mujician gig (or record for that matter). These gigs are rare enough and it's often a desperately long time waiting for the next Mujician gig. As an extra treat the first set of each of these gigs will see the talented and equally veteran Berlin-based pianist Aki Takase team up in a trio with Tony and the ever-smiling and lovely bassist John Edwards.

Also up here a couple of other dates we know about including a rare UK solo date for Keith Tippett - at the enterprising Sundial Theatre in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Go listen, go support and do take a look at the CD Shop for old and new goodies now in stock, thanks to the tireless recording projects of Paul Dunmall, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura .

Apologies if you have found our website down due to bandwidth problems which we are trying to resolve.

Happy listening, Chris, Janinka & Lucian, September 2010

Thu 23 September : Paul Dunmall/Paul Hession/Mike Hurley/Chris Mapp
The Yardbird, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HJ
9pm : www.myspace.com/theyardbirdbirmingham

Hurray! Hurray! Five times hurray! Mujician on tour...

Thu 7 October : Mujician + Aki Takase Trio (with John Edwards & Tony Levin)
St George's Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR : 0845 40 24 001
8pm : £16/£11 : www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Fri 8 October : Mujician + Aki Takase Trio
Richard Attenborough Centre - University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA : 0116 252 2455
8pm : £10/£8 : www.le.ac.uk/racentre/index.html

Sat 9 October : Mujician + Aki Takase Trio
mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH : 0121 446 3232
8pm : £10/£7 : www.macarts.co.uk

Mon 11 October : Mujician + Aki Takase Trio
The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ : 020 7254 4097
8.30pm : £10 : www.vortexjazz.co.uk

Thu 14 October : Keith Tippett & Aki Takase Piano Duo
Kings Hall at Newcastle University, Newcastle : 0191 222 8463
Lunchtime concert

Thu 14 October : Mujician + Aki Takase Trio
Gateshead Old Town Hall, Gateshead : 0191 433 6965
8pm : £10/£8 www.gateshead.gov.uk

Fri 12 November : Keith Tippett solo
Sundial Theatre at Cirencester College, Fosse Way Campus, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 1XA : 01285 654228
7.30pm : £10/£8 www.cirencester.ac.uk

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2009 Dates

Keith Tippett - solo piano improvisation

Pitteville Pump Room, Cheltenham

Friday 23rd October 8pm

Box office: 0844 5762210

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Keith and Julie Tippett

''Couple in Spirit''

Keith and Julie Tippett

In concert as part of Stroud International Textile Festival

on Sunday 3rd May 2009 doors open 7pm

@ The Subscription Rooms, George St, Stroud, GL5 1AE

Tickets: 01453 760900

£15/ £12 NUS

www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk

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The Profound Sound Trio
This gig recreates the highlight of New York’s Vision Festival in 2008, a trio of true giants playing music of great creativity and intensity. British saxophone colossus Paul Dunmall joins forces with two legends of the free jazz scene, bass player Henry Grimes and master drummer Andrew Cyrille.

Paul Dunmall Sax
Henry Grimes Bass
Andrew Cyrille Drums

Saturday 2 May at 4.30pm (75 mins) £15
Town Hall Pillar Room, Cheltenham
0844 576 8970 http://cheltenhamfestivals.com

sound samples at youtube and http://www.porterrecords.com/id53.html

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Keith Tippett's Octet: From Granite to Wind

& The Dartington Improvising Trio

THIS GIG NOW POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 4TH.PLEASE CALL VENUE FOR CONFIRMATION NEARER THE TIME.

21.00 - Dempseys, Cardiff 10/ £8.000 Tel: 2920496802 http://www.myspace.com/dempseysjazz

Trio lineup:Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Paul Dunmall

Octet Lineup: Kevin Figes – Alto Sax and Baritone Sax, James Bateman – Alto Sax, Paul Dunmall – Tenor Sax and Soprano Sax
Ben Waghorn – Tenor Sax and Bass Clarinet, Thad Kelly – Double Bass, Peter Fairclough – Drums and Percussion, Julie Tippetts - Voice, Keith Tippett - Piano

Satoko Fujii ma-do: European Tour 2009

Akira Horikoshi (drums), Natsuki Tamura (trumpet) , Satoko Fujii (piano), Norikatsu Koreyasu (doubl bass)

Listed here below are Satoko Fujii's European Tour dates for February 2009 (UK dates in red)

Monday 9th Feb: 20.00 - “Jazzpower at Café Wilhelmina, “ Eindhoven, the Netherlands 10 euro http://www.axesjazzpower.nl/index.html

Tuesday 10th Feb: 20.30 - “Vooruit” Gent, Belgium, Double Bill with Marilyn Crispell, 16 euro (adv. 12 euro), http://www.vooruit.be/

Thursday 12th Feb: 20.30 - “Stadtgarten,” Cologne, Germany, http://www.stadtgarten.de/

Friday 13th Feb: 20.30 - “Bunker Ulmenwall,” Bielefeld, Germany, 15 euro (adv.12 euro), http://www.bunker-ulmenwall.de/

Monday 16th Feb: 20.00 - “Vortex,” London, UK, £8.00 http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/index.html

Tuesday 17 Feb: 20.00 - “The Croft,” Bristol, UK £8.00 adv. http://www.the-croft.com/

Wed 18th Feb: “A Trane,” Berlin, Germany, http://www.a-trane.de/

Sat 21st Feb: “Limmitationes,” Rudersdorf, Austria, http://www.limmitationes.com/

Mon 23rd Feb: 20:30, “Porgy & Bess,” Vienna, Austria, 15 euro, http://www.porgy.at/

Wed 25th Feb: “Manggha,” Krakow, Poland, http://www.manggha.krakow.pl/

Fri 27th Feb: “Unterfahrt,” Munich, Germany,15 euro,http://www.unterfahrt.de/

Sat 28th Feb: “Birdland,” Neuburg, Germany, http://www.birdland.de/

2008 Dates

We apologise if any of the information below vague. It's only ever as good as the information that the artists give us - please try googling the artists and/or dates/venues to obtain more acurate information and further dates as this list is not comprehensive.

October / November

31st October - Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts - Wiltshire Music centre, Bradford on Avon

2nd November - Keith Tippett and SWMS - Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

Fifteen outstanding musicians who joined South West Music School last year, a new virtual school for highly talented young musicians aged between eight and eighteen. Another fifteen have been lucky enough to join this year. Hear the results of an intensive weekend of workshops under Keith Tippett’s creative direction and experience the work of these exceptionally gifted young musicians. The performance will last about 1 hour with no interval.

www.wiltshiremusiccentre.org.uk 01225 860 100

14th November - Keith Tippett's Piano Quintet, Keith Tippett & Stan Tracey, Keith Tippett & Julie Tippetts

Purcell Rooms, London

www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk


16th November - Keith Tppett solo - Teignmouth Jazz Festival

www.teingmouthjazz.org

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