Jazz Market Announced at Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival

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The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival have just announced a new Jazz Market to be held in the Barbican for the first time during the festival weekends in May.

Chill out at the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Fest in Plymouth

We wanted to hold an event on the Waterfront which will attract people to the Barbican all weekend, and encourage them to explore the music and the Barbican's fantastic mix of shops and culture.

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The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival have just announced a new Jazz Market to be held in the Barbican for the first time during the festival weekends in May.

The Jazz Market will showcase designer-makers and artists from the West Country, with a scattering of food stalls - from West Country pickles and preserves to world foods like crepes and Barbican seafood Thai curries for festival go-ers to sample while they chill to the jazz music on the waterfront.

'We wanted to hold an event on the Waterfront which will attract people to the Barbican all weekend, and encourage them to explore the music and the Barbican's fantastic mix of shops and culture," said Festival Director, Katie Thompson. "There'll be an opportunity for Festival goers to browse on the Barbican and stay here all day."

The Jazz Market will be open from 10am to 6pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, 2 & 3 and also on Saturday and Sunday May 8 & 9.

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Festival Headliners:
Empirical will open the Festival on Saturday May 1 at the Barbican Theatre, and Dennis Rollins and Badbone will play the same venue on Sunday May 2. Claire Martin and Ian Shaw will perform at the Sherwell Centre, on Friday May 7 in a headlining performance staged in conjunction with the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Arts.

Bank Holiday Monday
The Festival begins on Saturday May 1, runs until May 9 and encompasses the May Day Bank Holiday Monday. So organisers will be pulling out the stops to put on a fantastic, free day of music, street entertainment and the glorious Grand Festival Jazz Parade – complete with jazz umbrella waving.

Swing Sunday
Swing Sunday is a new Festival tradition, begun just last year, where we pay homage to that section of jazz known as swing.

Swing music continues to appear in today’s charts – think Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Jamie Cullum – and we devote the final Sunday to this infectious genre.

Watch out for swing bands, swing dancing in the street, colourful costumes and singalong tunes. We’ve teamed up with Plymouth swing dance teaching outfit Mad About Swing to bring workshops and dance action to the Festival.

Swing bands and performers are being programmed throughout the day, in the area surrounding Plymouth’s Mayflower Steps – from where the Pilgrim Fathers set out for the New World in 1620.

Now the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival is importing US art-forms blues and jazz to sound around this historic point of disembarkation. Everyone will be doing the Mayflower Step by the time Swing Sunday ends!

Headliner biographies

Claire Martin
Britain’s leading female jazz singer, Claire Martin, released her new album, ‘A Modern Art’, earlier this year to glowing reviews. The Scotsman said “she is still a cut about the competition” whilst Time Out called it “her finest album to date”. Praise indeed for, as the Sunday Times called her, “the most gifted jazz singer this country has produced in 20 years”.

Claire Martin won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards 2009, ultimately decided by public vote – magazine readers, gig goers, radio listeners and musicians all contributed.

She has performed onstage and in the studio with international artists such as Noel Gallagher, Mark Murphy, Curtis Stigers, Jamie Cullum and Kurt Elling, and supported legendary figures including James Brown and Tony Bennett, who lists her as one of his favourite singers.

Since 2000 Claire has presented ‘Jazz Line-up’ on BBC3 where she regularly interviews jazz greats.

“A class act” Jazz UK magazine
“A voice of pure quality” The Sunday Times
"In an era when young jazz singers tend to sound far too much like their idols, there is no
mistaking the voice of Claire Martin who combines a cool, burnished tone with the ear of a born
musician" The New York Times

Ian Shaw
Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. An incredibly colourful character, he has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.

Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abudullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Joe Beck. Shaw's ongoing and highly popular collaboration is a celebrated duet show with Claire Martin, the UK's finest female jazz singer

“Our finest jazz singer. Marvellous” – Time Out
“He has few rivals” – Sunday Times
“One of the contemporary scene’s class acts” – The Guardian

Empirical have won UK and European jazz awards for their work which has put them at the forefront of new jazz.

They're utterly contemporary, yet discernibly influenced both by the classic jazz of the 1950s and '60s (Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman). They opened the London Jazz Festival last year, performed at the famous Newport Jazz Festival in the States and feature regularly in national music media.

Their eponymous debut album was produced by Courtney Pine and showcases the band's neat, smart sound perfectly. Their second album Out’n’In is a homage to free jazz alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy and has won them plaudits including being listed No 3 in Mojo Magazine’s Jazz Albums of 2009.

Empirical are:
Nathaniel Facey - Alto Sax; Tom 'Tillah' Farmer - Double Bass; Shaney Forbes - Drums; Lewis Wright - Vibraphone; George Fogel - Piano

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008 - BEST ENSEMBLE
EBU/European Jazz Competition - WINNER 2007
Peter Whittingham Award - WINNER December 2007
Jazzwise - ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2007

“Empirical could turn out to be one of the most important bands in UK jazz history.” Jazzwise Magazine

Dennis Rollins & Badbone
Multi-award winning British jazz star, Dennis Rollins is an acclaimed musician, composer and educator, well-known on the British and international jazz scene, and celebrated for his versatility and unique approach to the underrated trombone, to which he brings a unique and exciting approach. His mighty sound can be heard to full effect in his award winning band Badbone & Co’s repertoire of groove-based, funky dance music with jazz overtones.

This British jazz trombonist has worked with Roy Ayers, The Roots, Dionne Warwick, Jamiroquai, Cyprus Hill, Hermeto Pascoal, Brand New Heavies, George Clinton, Lonnie Liston Smith, Blur, US3, Tom Jones, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Courtney Pine, Sting, Percy Sledge, Gorillaz and more.

Editor’s notes

High resolution imagery is available on request or for download from the PR section of the Festival website

Longer artiste biographies are available on request

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