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BBC Introducing at the 2015 Manchester Jazz Festival

Kevin Le Gendre presents some of the UK's finest emerging acts at the 2015 Manchester Jazz Festival. Four bands take to the stage at the Band On The Wall club for Jazz on 3's annual BBC Introducing showcase.

Nérija, a septet rising from the ranks of the Tomorrow's Warriors scheme, open the party with uplifting grooves and a rich horn-heavy sound, also featuring one-to-watch guitarist Shirley Tetteh. Phaze Theory explore "the vastness of the musical cosmos" in a lineup exploiting amplified tuba and vocals. Leeds-based riffers Cameron Vale mix improvisation and polyrhythms for a set of energetic originals drawing from both jazz and rock worlds. And Ashley Henry brings a contemporary twist to the classic piano trio format, alongside drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Huntly Gordon.

BBC Introducing gives unsigned, undiscovered or under-the-radar bands the chance to upload their music and get it played on BBC radio. The acts featured in this programme were selected to appear at the Manchester Jazz Festival by BBC Radio 3's Jez Nelson and Kevin Le Gendre, and BBC 6 Music's Gilles Peterson.

Presenter: Kevin Le Gendre
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 10 Aug 2015 23:00

Line ups:


Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet); Cassie Kinoshi (alto sax); Nubya Garcia (tenor sax); Richie Seivwright (trombone); Shirley Tetteh (guitar); Rio Kai (double bass); Lizy Exell (drums)

Phaze Theory

Ray Jones (vocals); Tal Janes (guitar); Christopher Barrett (electric tuba); Marco Quarantotto (drums)

Ashley Henry Trio

Ashley Henry (piano); Huntly Gordon (bass); Sam Gardner (drums)

Cameron Vale

Miles Spilsbury (saxophone); George Birkett (guitar); Alec Hughes (bass); Finn Booth (drums)

Steve Mead

Steve Mead
Steve Mead, artistic director of Manchester Jazz Festival speaks to Kevin Le Gendre

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