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Music from the Leeds Improvising Scene

Jez Nelson presents music from the Leeds improvising scene, including six-piece band Shatner's Bassoon, as well as a visit to the Shed with trombonist Gail Brand.

Jez Nelson presents music from the Leeds improvising scene including a set from Shatner's Bassoon, a sextet led by recent Leeds College of Music graduates, keyboardist Johnny Richards and bass player Mick Bardon.

Recorded in front of an enthusiastic home-town audience at the city centre's Fusebox night, their music veers from math-rock to sounds of the circus, with irreverent humour never far away.

The programme also includes a visit to The Shed in Brawby, north Yorkshire's hub of improvised happenings now celebrating its twentieth season. Trombonist Gail Brand explores how the venue has maintained both a strong audience and a challenging agenda - past exploits have included Lol Coxhill playing in a skip and Mrs Boyes' Bingo (a duet for bingo caller and percussion) - and takes part in a specially-created event, Shed Builder, improvising in a workshop with a welder.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

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  • BBC Piano Season – Jez’s track of choice

  • Home of the Brave recorded at the Fox & Newt, Leeds on 6 September 2012

    • Untitled

      Line up: Richard Ormrod (baritone saxophone), Jonny Flockton (guitar), Rus Pearson (bass), Paul Hession (drums)

    • Home of the Brave

      Fresh Horses

      Composer: Richard Ormrod

  • Shatner’s Bassoon recorded at the Fox & Newt, Leeds on 6 September 2012

    • Untitled

      Line up: Johnny Richards (keyboards), Mick Bardon (bass & electronics), Ollie Dover (tenor sax and clarinet),

    • Untitled

      Craig Scott (fretless guitar and circuit bent tape player), Andrew Lisle (drums), Joost Hendrickx (drums)

    • Shatner's Bassoon

      Breakfast With Boghead

      Composer: Mick Bardon / Shatner’s Bassoon

    • Shatner's Bassoon

      Altered Beast

      Composer: Johnny Richards / Shatner's Bassoon

  • The Shed at 20

    • Sebastian Rochford

      Sebastian Rochford's VAN GIG

      Produced and presented by The Shed and recorded in Leeds, York, Malton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmlsley on 24 September 2010

    • Erika Stucky

      The Ballroom Blitz

      Composer: Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman

      • Stucky Live.
      • Traumton Records.
    • Bob Cobbing / Paul Hession / Alan Wilkinson / Simon Fell

      Bob Cobbing – live at the Shed

      Recorded: at The Shed, Brawby, North Yorkshire in 1999

    • Mark Sanders / Eileen Boyes

      Mrs Boyes' Bingo featuring Mark Sanders

      Recorded: at The Shed, Brawby, North Yorkshire in 1999

    • Billy Jenkins

      I Took A Walk

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

      • Born Again (And the Religion Is the Blues).
      • VOTP.
    • Lol Coxhill

      Lol Coxhill in a skip

      Produced and presented by The Shed and recorded in Brawby on 2 November 2004

  • Shed Builder, recorded at Rye Valley Works, Brawby, North Yorkshire on 7 September 2012

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Gail Brand (trombone), John Walpole (welding and drilling), Simon Thackray (concept)

    • Gail Brand / John Walpole

      Together Alone

      Composer: Gail Brand

  • Trish Clowes’ Tangent

    On/Off

    Composer: Trish Clowes Recorded: at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 1 May 2011 Line-up: Trish Clowes (tenor saxophone), Alex Munk (guitar), Calum Gourlay (bass), James Maddren (drums), Heidi Parsons (cello)

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