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Jazz at the Lescar Jazz at the Lescar announce autumn programme

Highlights include an improvising trio from Leeds and a special day-to-night session at the atmospheric Samuel Worth Chapel.


David Austin Grey performs on 25 October with his band Glowseeker.

Jazz at the Lescar.

One of Sheffield’s longest running music nights have announced their programme for autumn 2023, featuring a range of wildly expressive musicians and a day trip out from their Sharrow Vale home.

Jazz at the Lescar kick the season off with a day-to-night show at the beautiful Samuel Worth Chapel, a short walk up the road at the General Cemetery.

Titled Lines & Spaces, the event spotlights musicians local to Sheffield, and features six different groups taking in "jazz, minimalism, improvised music, electronics, loops, and mysterious vocals."

It starts at 1pm with a performance by baleine, a coming-together of two local duos, balo and whale detective. Their multi-layered ambient music will be complemented by guest vocalist Cesca Grace.

The afternoon session then takes in sound collagist Juliana Day before finishing with a debut performance by a brand new trio miners three, made up of some of Sheffield's most experienced players.

The evening set then takes in the groove-led dynamism of Assembly Trio, a reunion for Foxhat, a quartet born out of Sheffield's burgeoning jazz scene, and a meditative closing set by Manon McCoy and Alice Brookes.

The team then return to their usual Lescar home and Wednesday timeslot to welcome the Extended Family Band on 18 October – an expansion of a much-loved, expressive quartet with the addition of Dee Byrne on alto sax and Alicia Gardener-Trejo on baritone sax.

On 25 October, pianist and composer David Austin Grey performs with his group Glowseeker, promising modern and melodic music that draws on everything from hip-hop and electronica to Brazilian pop.

The season closes on 1 November with The Exu, a trio from the buzzy Leeds scene who combine an improvising sensibility with a rhythmic mindset and a penchant for poppy hooks.

Also coming up:

Dave Manington's Riff Raff – 8 November
John Pope Quintet – 15 November
Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat – 22 November
Trio JDM – 29 November
Rob Luft Quartet – 6 December

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Tickets for Wednesday Lescar gigs are usually £10 (or £7 for students).

by Sam Gregory (he/him)

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