Successful applicants for the Jazz Services Rural Touring Support Scheme announced

We are delighted to announce that the Jazz Services Rural Touring Support Scheme is now up and running.  Those who attended the AGM in West Bromwich recently had the chance to meet Christine and Michael and talk about their work.  We are very excited to be working again with Jazz Services on this exciting project.

Jazz Services write: The Rural Touring Support Scheme is similar to our National Touring Support Scheme, and helps fund bands to go on the road.  However, unlike, the National scheme, the Rural one focuses on smaller local venues in areas less well served by a touring arts scene.  Jazz Services works in conjunction with the National Rural Touring Forum, whose pool of nationally distributed rural promoters are then able to arrange a tour in their area with the successful applicants.  The cost of this tour is covered by the National Rural Touring Forum and Jazz Services.

The successful applicants for the 2012 Rural Touring Support Scheme are as follows:

A Thousand Kisses Deep







Renowned BBC Award winning singer Christine Tobin has been a long time admirer and eloquent interpreter of Leonard Cohen's music.  Cohen is now widely regarded as one ofthe greatest songwriters of the 20th century, and this new project brings together some Cohen staples, previously recorded and performed by Christine, and some new unexplored material. Together with long time collaborators and stellar musicians Phil Robson (guitar) and Dave Whitford (double-bass) they take you on a journey through Cohen's classic repertoire, with a few diversions to admire fellow Canadian songsmiths Joni Mitchell and Rufus Wainwright.  "Christine is inspiring on her own material but she is in a class of her own singing Leonard Cohen." - John L. Walters, The Guardian

Michael Janisch’s Purpose Built Quartet











Bassist Mike Janisch originally hails from the American Midwest, but his career path has been truly international. Having settled in London after studying at Berklee and several years based on the east coast of the United States, he has firmly established himself as one of Europe's first-call bass players and a hugely talented bandleader and composer. His debut album 'Purpose Built' was greatly praised on release and confirmed his presence as a major player on the jazz scene, and the band that shares the album's name is completed by Jim Hart on vibes, Paul Booth on saxophone and Andrew Bain on drums.
As well as these, five more groups were chosen as 'Highly Recommended' for the scheme on the strength of their application.  While they won’t receive the funding, they’ll still be put forward to the NRTF’s national pool of promoters and will have the opportunity to arrange a tour themselves.

The Highly Recommended artists are:
• Clark Tracey Quintet, - highly acclaimed drummer and son of the great pianist Stan Tracey (with whom he also plays) leading a fantastic 5-piece.
• Roller Trio, - Mercury and MOBO award nominated sax/guitar/drums trio playing vibrant mixture of contemporary rock and jazz influences.
• Tim Whitehead, - leading contemporary tenor and soprano sax player whose ‘Personal Standards’ quartet features piano, bass guitar and percussion.
• Trevor Watts &  Veryan Weston, - long established piano and saxophone duo comprising two greatly respected free-jazz improvisers
• Vasilis X - the acclaimed Greek saxophonist leads his own quartet, featuring Nigel Price on guitar

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