Southampton’s Turner Sims music venue has announced an impressive line-up of jazz concerts for the first half of 2019. There’s an Edition Records double-bill of young talent, namely sax newcomer Tom Barford and fast-rising guitarist Rob Luft (26 Jan), while Dutch daredevils Tin Men And The Telephone (above right, 8 Feb) perform their mischievously interactive audio-visual show in support of their recent album World Domination Volume 1: Furie, an acoustic-electro work using cut-up samples from speeches by various populist politicians.

The European theme continues with Norway’s biggest-selling jazz singer, Silje Nergaard (pictured top), and her trio (9 Feb), followed closely by fellow countryman and tuba star Daniel Herskedal and his band that features pianist Eyolf Dale (22 Mar). Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans follows this in a trio with accordionist Tuur Florizoone and cellist Jörg Brinkmann (29 Mar), while further bookings include Snarky Puppy-affiliated fusion-funk saxophonist Bob Reynolds’ Group (5 Apr), and a special collaboration between Scandi-Brit power trio Phronesis and the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra (5 May).

The Steve Williamson Experience sees the revered UK saxophonist (pictured above left) line-up with bassist Hamish Moore, drummer Zoe Pascal and Tomorrow’s Warriors’ string quartet, Stringting, for what promises to be a highlight of the programme (10 May). Two more notable nights complete the season, as jazz guitar maestro John Etheridge appears with his high-flying gypsy jazz group Sweet Chorus (17 May) and the equally starry PrintmakersNikki Iles, Norma Wimstone, Mark Lockheart, Mike Walker, Steve Watts and James Maddren – play on 8 June. Jazzwise is media partner for the Turner Sims jazz programme.

– Mike Flynn

For full details visit www.turnersims.co.uk/eventcategory/jazz/

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