Generations Jazz Festival – Institute of Education, Bedford Way MARCH 12/13 2005

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Generations Jazz Festival - Institute of Education, Bedford Way MARCH 12/13 2005 . The Generations Jazz Festival will be held at the Institute of Education on Bedford Way, Bloomsbury. Nearest tube is Russell Square. An amazing 25 bands in 4 halls (tickets admit to all venues) on Saturday March 12th from 4pm – 11pm, and Sunday 13 Feb from 3pm – 10pm.

Generations Jazz Ltd.
25 St. Mary’s Avenue
N3 1SN
Mobile: 07855 552 946

Generations Jazz Festival, March 12th-13th 2005

The Generations Jazz Festival to be held in March 2005 will be an International standard event to be centred at the University of London.

The Generations Jazz festival is unique in that it is a music festival for young people, by young people. This sums up what the Festival is all about.

It is probably the best time ever for an event like this to take place especially in London. Jazz is becoming once again popular amongst younger people, and London is leading the way. For the first time in decades, young jazz musicians such as Jamie Cullum are becoming popular again and what’s more, this is all happening in London. Many of the Jazz clubs and events are not geared toward students, and so we aim to develop what is a keen and eager new audience.

The purpose of this festival is to build new young audiences for Jazz music, and at the same time, give our talented young musicians a chance to show themselves at a high profile event. It is a chance that too few get, when there are so many extremely talented young players on the scene.

We want a festival that brings both students and non-students together, in a celebration of the music, and a celebration of youth.

To achieve this, we are showcasing the best of British talent, alongside already established International musicians, and the best in the current British Jazz scene.

The Format

We are running a “North Sea Jazz” style format. On entry the audience will be free to see what they wish throughout the day, on our 5 separate stages. The choice of music will be fantastic, and with such a format there simply won’t be time to get bored! What is more, with tickets starting at just £15, we are providing great value for a full days entertainment, of the highest quality.

Headline Artists

We are very proud to announce that the Generations Jazz Festival will be hosting an exclusive performance from Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel of the Jazz Composers Collective from New York. Ben and the Collective, including Michael Blake (Sax), Clark Gayton (Trombone), Frank Kimbrough (Piano) and Mike Sarin (drums) have never been seen in London before.

Cited by Downbeat magazine as one of the “25 rising jazz stars for the future” and in the “Bassist of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” “Composer of the Year,” “Acoustic Group of the Year,” “Arranger of the Year,” and “Jazz Artist of the Year,” Rising Star categories of the 2004 and 2003 Downbeat Critics’ Poll, bassist-composer Ben Allison has solidified his reputation as “one of the most original voices in modern jazz” (CDNow), a strong organizational force on the New York City music scene, and an advocate for artist empowerment.

Ben Allison’s latest album Buzz, has been cited as among the best jazz CDs of 2004 by and and was the #1 most played jazz album in America (according to the CMJ national jazz charts) for 4 weeks and remained on the charts for over 5 months!

His previous albums Peace Pipe and Riding the Nuclear Tiger had similar success (Peace Pipe staying at No. 1 for 7 weeks, and 18 weeks in the top 10!).

Ben is not the only original voice that is playing. We are also pleased to announce Dennis Rollins as a headline act.

“the most exciting British trombonist for decades…” Jazzwise

The five piece Dennis Rollins’ Bad Bone and Co. (launched at the Barbican March, 2000) is the culmination of Dennis’ vast experience as a respected bandleader and producer. With Bad Bone & Co. Dennis demonstrates a unique and exciting approach to the under-rated trombone proving that it can be an exciting front-line instrument. His high energy, groove-based funky dance music -with jazz overtones – appeals to audiences of all ages.

Rumour has it that there will be another headline act announced soon.

Other artists

The Generations Jazz Festival will be hosting some of the most exciting, established and new acts.

The notable British Trombonist and Vocalist, Malcolm Earle Smith, jazz tutor and academic at Trinity College of Music, with a notable list of credits to his name, will be bringing his new and original band VoxCity5 to the festival. It is an original line-up utilising two vocalists with talented Nia Lynn and swinging arrangements by Malcolm himself.

Malcolm will also be announcing the debut of a new project at the festival, the Earle’s 11, out there for all the swing fans and dancers. A group playing to the traditions of the early Count Basie band, improvising “red bank” swing as they go. It is set to be a band of the highest quality with some notable names being involved, and will be immensely enjoyable to hear and especially dance to!

Allen Beechey’s Bright Stars of Jazz will be showing the new generation what the earliest generations of jazz musicians did, with their good-time driving jazz style of Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Wild Bill Davison and their colleagues of the 1930’s-50’s. They have featured at the 100 Club, the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, Brecon Jazz Festival, Rocca Festival (Italy), Birmingham Jazz Festival, closed last years Cheltenham Jazz Festival to a huge cheering audience and have even featured in a BBC Horizon documentary.

Premiering for the first time at this festival, the Generations Jazz Orchestra comprised of some of the most talented young British musicians, and is led by the young bandleader, Trombonist and festival Director, Richard Lanyi.  It is set to quite simply burst in with the original music of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, and exceptional young players who “just go for it”. Watch this space for guest appearances!

The young singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe will be playing with his lively trio. Joe has played with Ian Shaw and Herbie Flowers at venues such as the Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Southampton’s Turner Sims Concert Hall as leader of the Southampton University Jazz Orchestra, receiving rave reviews on the BBC website after a performance at the 2002 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Formed in the summer of 2002, Lautrec combine drums and percussion with clarinet, flute, samples and effects-heavy bass to create a heady mix that has been likened to Cinematic Orchestra and Blue States and described as ”delicious Sampledelics” (Guardian). Recently Headlined at the London Jazz fringe festival, the band led by Ed Simpson have received excellent reviews.

Trinity College student saxophonist Josh Ison will be playing in a quartet with pianist Tom Wood. Josh exudes immense talent and technique, with such a passion that once he starts going, simply can’t be brought back to earth! Josh is undoubtedly one of the most talented musicians this country has ever seen, and this will be one of his first major public performances!

Australian born Trombonist Ben Greenslade-Stanton will be making his first major UK appearance with his own contemporary form of the music. His compositional talent will open eyes at the possibilities Jazz can create, with an immediately distinctive style and sound. The band playing includes some of the best of young British musicians.

Jay Phelps, leader of the Tomorrows Warriors will be showcasing his own group.

Winner of the John Dankworth soloist Award in the BBC radio 2 Big Band Competition and current pianist for Dennis Rollins Badbone & Co. John Escreet will also show his own group at the festival.

“Jazz Arc  -an exciting new collective of up and coming jazz musicians”-Time Out

Led by Julian Saul, this collective of original sounding young musicians will hold a residency at the festival.

The University of London Jazz Orchestra, in its third year led by Director Richard Lanyi, has been delighting its student audiences since its conception in 2002. The group displays an energy that few can match, playing a mix of music from early swing, all the way through to the most energetic of the music from Charles Mingus!

We are also pleased to be showing a number of other groups, including showcases from Trinity College and Guildhall students.

Other Attractions

To engage our audiences further, we are providing some more hands-on activities at the festival.

Musicians will be able to take part in Jam sessions taking place on both evenings.

Generations Jazz will be hosting workshops by some of Britain best educators playing at the festival. We aim to include some for non-musicians to try!

Where can I find out more and Book Tickets?

Our Website can be found at

Tickets will be available from the website, and through

Tickets will be available over the phone via Ticketmaster on 0870 534

Where is it?

The Generations Jazz Festival will be held at the Institute of Education on Bedford Way (in WC1). It is easily reached from Euston, Goodge Street and Russell Square tube, and is connected by a number of bus routes.

Music will start on Saturday at 4pm, and go on till close. The music on Sunday will start at 3pm.

The Institute of Education provides full wheelchair access, has a well fitted bar and cafeteria.

Contact Information

For further press information, please contact Richard Lanyi on:

Generations Jazz Ltd.
25 St. Mary’s Avenue
N3 1SN
Mobile: 07855 552 946

We hope you will take interest in our festival, and will see you there!

The Generations Jazz Director Team

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