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BBC Introducing at the 2015 Manchester Jazz Festival

Kevin LeGendre introduces music from the BBC Introducing stage at the 2015 Manchester Jazz Festival, featuring Nerija, Phaze Theory, Cameron Vale and the Ashley Henry trio.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Nérija in concert at Band on the Wall, Manchester on 31 July 2015

    • Nérija

      Pinkham V

      Composer: Shirley Tetteh

    • Nérija


      Composer: Inga Eichler

  • Phaze Theory in concert at Band on the Wall, Manchester on 31 July 2015

    • Phaze Theory


      Composer: Christopher Barrett / Maja Rivic / Mak Murtic / Tal Janes / Marco Quarantotto

      • Lyrics from Introduction to the Songs of Experience by William Blake in 1794.
    • Phaze Theory

      Song Of The Wandering Aengus

      Composer: Christopher Barrett

      • Lyrics from the poem Song of the Wandering Aengus published in the The Wind Among the Reeds by W. B. Yeats. in 1899.
  • Steve Mead recommends a new band from Manchester Jazz Festival

    • Taupe


      Composer: Adam Stapleford / Jamie Stockbridge / Mike Parrburman

      • taupe.
      • Self-Released.
  • Ashley Henry Trio in concert at Band on the Wall, Manchester on 31 July 2015

    • Ashley Henry Trio

      Deja Vu

      Composer: Ashley Henry

    • Ashley Henry Trio

      St. Anne's

      Composer: Ashley Henry

  • Cameron Vale in concert at Band on the Wall, Manchester on 31 July 2015

    • Cameron Vale

      Trophy Wife

      Composer: Sam Dutton-Taylor

    • Cameron Vale


      Composer: Miles Spilsbury

    • Cameron Vale

      Galactic Pot Healer

      Composer: Sam Dutton-Taylor

    • Cameron Vale

      Single Petal Of A Rose

      Composer: Duke Ellington

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


  • Mon 10 Aug 2015 23:00

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