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.
BBC Piano Season – Jez’s track of choice
Home of the Brave recorded at the Fox & Newt, Leeds on 6 September 2012
Line up: Richard Ormrod (baritone saxophone), Jonny Flockton (guitar), Rus Pearson (bass), Paul Hession (drums)
Shatner’s Bassoon recorded at the Fox & Newt, Leeds on 6 September 2012
Line up: Johnny Richards (keyboards), Mick Bardon (bass & electronics), Ollie Dover (tenor sax and clarinet),
Craig Scott (fretless guitar and circuit bent tape player), Andrew Lisle (drums), Joost Hendrickx (drums)
The Shed at 20
Shed Builder, recorded at Rye Valley Works, Brawby, North Yorkshire on 7 September 2012
Line-up: Gail Brand (trombone), John Walpole (welding and drilling), Simon Thackray (concept)