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Alex Garnett and Friends - Gerry Mulligan and the Cool Era

Baritone player Gerry Mulligan had a pivotal role in the development of the West Coast 1950’s ‘Cool Jazz’.

He was known for his improvised contrapuntal lines textures and thru-composed sections of music. He performed with an ever-evolving line up of both west and east coast alumni and continued to move the music forward for several decades. This concert will feature some of his classic works.

Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in-demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way.

He has played with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to the Rolling Stones and having had a weekly jam session residency at Ronnie Scott’s, he has provided a much needed platform for a younger generation of rising stars.

Studio
£15

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Sam Kelly's Station House

Internationally recognised, legendary drummer, Sam Kelly has been a professional musician for more than forty years.

His Station House band has been featuring on the UK/Worldwide music scene for many years. Originating from the Station Tavern in London during the early nineties, Station House has seen a wealth of quality musicians come and go over the years, all with one constant goal in mind - to mix instinctive funk/soul rhythms with the diversity of the blues.

In 2019 Sam re-launched the band as a four piece featuring Sam Kelly (drums/bvs), Richard Sadler (bass), Tony Qunta (guitar/vocals) and Rowena Poole (lead vocals) and this format continues to work at venues and festivals all over Europe/UK.

Sam Kelly's Station House is a blues-based 'groove' band with a unique sound that is influenced by New Orleans Second Line, soul, jazz and British funk. The show centres around tracks from their latest album No Barricades featuring the works of TW Henderson plus songs from Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Average White Band and Labi Siffre, to name but a few.

Sam Kelly's Station House are funkin' off the blues!

'Some of the best - and I mean best - musicians in the UK… or anywhere, come to that' Paul Jones (The Blues Band, Manfred Mann)

'Groove so smooth it’s on rails' Rhythm Magazine

'Sam Kelly’s craftsmanship and musicality create a broad spectrum of moods & his dynamism brings every number vividly to life' Echoes

'Full of vim and vigour - a masterpiece of musicianship' Blues Matters

'A long time coming but Sam Kelly’s Station House deliver a positive stunner' Music News

'There's a hell of a lot to like' Rhythm & Booze

'Excellent and varied' Blues in Britain

Studio
£15

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Loshn

An exciting collaboration between some of the UK's most established and acclaimed Klezmer musicians.

Loshn are a Klezmer trio exploring the traditional music of Ashkenazi Jewish Culture. Their intimate chamber music style arrangements speak, sing and dance with the tradition's distinct Yiddish accent and vocabulary.

Collectively bringing together over 30 years of experience, the members of Loshn are an exciting collaboration between some of the UK's most established and acclaimed Klezmer musicians and the next generation of Klezmorim. Fiddle player Anna Lowenstein and clarinetist John McNaughton are joined on accordion by Susi Evans (She'koykh / The London Klezmer Quartet), performing intimate, chamber music style Klezmer.

Studio
£15

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Don Vappie and Jazz Creole

Creole-influenced New Orleans music from the 'Jimi Hendrix Of The Banjo'.

Led by Don Vappie, the award-winning Creole banjoist/vocalist from New Orleans. Vappie is a living embodiment of 300 years of New Orleans music embodying all aspects of the unique melting pot of cultures that is New Orleans. Known for being banjoist/guitarist in Winton Marsalis’ Jazz at the Lincoln Centre band, but more importantly his nurturing approach to Creole culture and its preservation. He is widely considered to be one of the best banjoists in the history of New Orleans.

Honouring the tradition of his predecessor, banjoist Danny Barker, Vappie has singlehandedly kept alive Créole songs of New Orleans and has been honoured with awards from Créole society for preserving this cultural treasure.

This US/European project combines all genres of New Orleans from traditional to modern day funk with the classic early tradition of a string band. The result is 'Jazz Créole'.

Don is winner of the Steve Martin Banjo Prize 2021 and was inducted into the Banjo Hall of Fame 2022.

Features UK clarinetist David Horniblow of formally the Chris Barber band and recently The Dime Notes, guitarist Dave Kelbie of The Dime Notes, Django a la Creole and accompanist to many musicians worldwide, and from Paris bass player Sebastien Girardot of Django a la Creole fame.

Nominated for 'The best of the beat' in Offbeat magazine and The Sunday Times Jazz Album of the Year 2020! 

'He can start the party with his banjo, he sure can!' Iggy Pop

'A sure taste and a remarkable technique' Swing Fr

'it’s about time someone showed the jazz world what the banjo really can do' The Observer

'Mr Vappie is a born storyteller ' Jazz Da Gama, Canada

'Jazz virtuosity with buoyant blues riffs and a splash of Caribbean rhythms' The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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Toni Kofi Quartet - A Portrait of Cannonball

Cannonball Adderley was one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz.

Hailed as ‘the new Bird’ on his emergence, he made historic recordings with Miles Davis and John Coltrane as well as having many crossover hits as a pioneer of soul-jazz.

Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the 1960s.

The repertoire includes Adderley Brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Work Song, Del Sasser, Sack O’Woe and many others.

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and was nominated for an award MOBO in 2008, 2015 The Jack Petchey Award for services to Music and 2020 The Presto music award for best album Another Kind of Soul and nominated for the Best Instrumentalist award for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz award.

Studio
£15

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The Shackleton Trio

Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo.

A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. This is a band that loves playing together, and not to be missed.

Touring their brand new album Mousehold, The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia.

Featured on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and BBC Radio 4, with five-star reviews, and an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival’s main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.

‘Beguiling. Holds your attention and isn’t afraid to make you think’ ★★★★★ Northern Sky

‘Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured’ fRoots

'Excellent' ★★★★ R2 Magazine

‘A voice entirely of their own’ Mike Harding

Studio
£15

Visit The Shackleton Trio website

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The Brass Funkeys

The Brass Funkeys are a trailblazer in the new generation of UK Brass Bands.

Formed in 2011, this nine piece collective has a unique sound forged from their strong personalities and eclectic individual tastes, whilst still paying homage to their New Orleans Brass Band roots.

The Brass Funkeys have honed their skills over 10 years playing the club and festival circuits in the UK and Europe, always exploring new musical directions while refining their exciting, eclectic and energetic live show, bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.

The Brass Funkeys frequently appear on festival main stages (Glastonbury, Boomtown, Wilderness, Lost Village, Love Supreme, North Sea Jazz Festival) as well as performing at world renowned venues (Ronnie Scott’s, Koko, Cambridge Corn Exchange).

After the cancellation of dozens of live dates in 2020, The Brass Funkeys did not take lockdown lying down, instead embarking on an ambitious project to release four EPs to catalogue the band’s journey.

You may have seen the band performing at the 2019 Lantern Parade and headlining Lanterns Live gig.

'Brass has not been this good since that time Reel Big Fish covered A-Ha... The Brass Funkeys are my favourite band. 10/10' Vice Magazine: Noisey Music

'Terrific... what a band' James Morrison, BBC Radio 2

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Summer Recital Series - Significantly Beethoven (1 of 4)

Florian Mitrea (piano)

Beethoven Sonata in C, Op.2 No.3
Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1
Scherzo No.1 in B minor
Beethoven Sonata in E flat, Op.7
Liszt Spanish Rhapsody

Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, British-Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea was born in Bucharest but has been based in the UK since 2008. An alumnus and professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is an award-winning soloist with an international performing career, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Norden Farm to open the Summer Series, which features major works from Beethoven’s early years.

Live stream tickets are also available for this event, so that you can watch along from home.

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£18 | Book all 4 concerts in the Summer Recital Series for £64

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (B)

Led by Richard Lee

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 4 May - 8 Jun (exc 1 Jun), 15 Jun - 13 Jul, 20 Jul - 17 Aug
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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