Nduduzo Makathini

York University , Heslington Road , York, North Yorkshire, UK

Nduduzo Makhathini brings his new project 'Ikhambi- The Cure Collective' which features fellow South African and long-time collaborator Ayanda Sikade on drums, as well as Norwegian bassist Magne Thormodsaeter. The front line features Eddie Parker (flute), Tony Kofi (alto), James Allsopp (tenor), and Dennis Rollins (trombone). Full details: https://www.york.ac.uk/concerts/programme/ikhambi/


Basement Jazz Club Christmas Special

Basement Bar, Coney Street , York, North Yorkshire, UK

We couldn't resist another cheeky Jazz club before the new year comes in... especially when we heard we could get talented pianist Vicente to do a special Christmas show for us! Expect a mix of jazz standards and festive tunes. Christmas Crackers for those who come early!

Usual rules apply. £3 advance or on the door (although our last one was a sellout, so get down early!). All money goes towards the artists playing.

Vicente Magalhães is a jazz Postgraduate Diploma student at the University of York. After studying classical piano from the age of seven in Portugal, he started learning jazz when he moved to the UK to do his BA in Music. Here he was taught by some of the country’s best jazz musicians such as Dan Whieldon, Julian Argüelles and Steve Watts.

While in York Vicente has played with many local groups including the University’s jazz orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Eato, the university’s jam session’s house band, Vanbrugh Jazz, local function band Dysfunktion, and the university’s Big Band, which he has led for the past two years. This is his trio’s first public performance.


Vicente Magalhães (p) Hugh MacDermott (db) Tash Keary (dr)


National Centre for Early Music , Walmgate, York, York, GB

Friday 16 December | 7.30pm Koshka Oleg Ponomarev, Lev Atlas violins Nigel Clark guitar £20.00 (concs £18.00; students £5.00)

Koshka stand at the cutting edge of gypsy music. Oleg Ponomarev is a master of the gypsy violin, combining rigour with Russian flair, he joins forces with Russian violinist Lev Atlas and Scottish jazz guitarist Nigel Clark to form this dazzling trio. The band honed their sound at Glasgow’s Russian Cafe Cossachok, where they developed their combination of classical precision and wild gypsy panache. Their music encompasses many styles – Russian airs, hotclub numbers reminiscent of Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, cafe-style pieces and wildfire gypsy string tunes. Played with bravura, wit and innovation, all delivered with exceptional musicianship.

‘Gypsy virtuosity meets classical rigour...a meeting of minds and traditions, that the old fox Grappelli would surely have enjoyed’ The Sunday Times

www.olegponomarev.com www.jazzguitaristnigelclark.com

Julia Biel

National Centre for Early Music , Walmgate, York, York, GB

Saturday 17 December | 7.30pm Julia Biel £15.00 (concs £13.00; students £5.00)

Julia Biel vocals, piano, electric guitar Idris Rahman bass Saleem Abdulraman drums

Hailed by The Independent as ‘the best British vocalist to emerge in an age’, award winning, self-taught singer songwriter and ianist/guitarist, Julia Biel is blazing a trail on the British music scene. She blends vocals reminiscent of the greats of jazz’s golden age with a poetic yet conversational lyrical style and a uniquely sharp perspective on contemporary life and love.

A former Perrier Jazz Vocalist of the Year winner, her credits also include MOBO and Urban Music Award nominations and featured guest vocals with the Mercury Prize nominated act Polar Bear. Her debut album ‘Not Alone’ was co-written with folk/jazz guitarist Jonny Phillips and 2nd album 'Love Letters and Other Missiles', full of self-penned material, has been received to much critical acclaim, produced with Idris Rahman (brother of pianist Zoe Rahman).

‘Striking and original and also formidably accurate in both pitch and rhythm and beautifully controlled’ The Observer