Jazz Plus Productions is an official partner of DJAZZ Durham City Jazz Festival this year, curating two gigs on Saturday and Sunday as part of the festival.

You can buy tickets for the festival here:

Festival Tickets

Saturday 2nd June

Jazz Plus Presents: PYJAEN & RAB

PYJAEN

Based in London, PYJÆN is a band with its common link in improvised music and the jazz tradition, but with vision of pushing music forward in new directions. The sound of PYJÆN has many influences… Rock, electro, afrobeat, hip hop and jazz fusion being a few of them.

Having all met at Trinity Laban College of music, PYJÆN have the shared goal of exploring life through musical expression and perfecting their art.

PYJÆN is a collective of close friends with similar aims and passions; to create music and connect with, and bring people together.

With support from…

RAB

Alto saxophonist Daniel Garel and drummer Tristan Bacon have been working on a new duo project entitled ‘RAB’. Having both played together in the Durham University Big Band and Group Theory, both these musicians have been creating experimental electronic music that mixes Hip Hop beats and jazz improvisation.

Expect an eclectic mix of styles and sounds as well as experiencing an exciting musical relationship between two young performers ready to take risks.

Sunday 3rd June

Jazz Plus Presents: Skeltr and The Poetry Experiment

Skeltr

Skeltr’s Spiritual Punk Funk comes at the audience with sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos alongside mysterious samples, synths and loopers for a heartwrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk.

Having recently warmed up for KNOWER at the London Jazz Fest ’17 and played alongside Dinosaur at the famous ‘Oslo Jazzscene’ in Norway – Skeltr are making big waves in their first year. Having had their debut album recently played on JazzFm and earmarked by Jazzwise Magazine as one to watch for 2018, Skeltr’s winding musical journey is one not to be missed.

“After a matter of seconds of the opening number, it was clear this was going to be one of those extra special gigs”
– Paul Bream, Jazz North East

“An electrifying new duo in which Sam Healey’s roaring sax lines soar above Craig Hanson’s drum patterns, electronic soundscapes and samples, manipulated live in the moment: a striking, expansive sound with a buzzing energy at its core.” 
– Steve Mead, Manchester Jazz Festival

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The Poetry Experiment

A blend of Food and Liquor,
Madvillainy jazz standard figures,
Cayotes in hiatus howling over butterflies in mazes.
Through this voice we try to capture the rapture of Robert Glasper.
This is the Poetry Experiment,
Our name is self-evident,
We bring you music and spoken word for betterment
Like soul food,
It’s soulful,
It’s so full of sweet melodies-
The instrumentals of our childhood memories.
We reside on the corner of what you knew
And thought possible;
The roads less travelled
But more followed…