BIRMINGHAM ON THE LINE w/Xhosa Cole + Rachel Musson + JoyBang

On the occasion of Jazz Connective from Lyon, the Jazzlines programme in Birmingham's Town Hall /Symphony Hall offers us two concerts filmed from exceptional locations in the city of Birmingham. Find Xhosa Cole & XRachel Musson trio in concert but also an exclusive recording of Joybang to discover in concert podcast format.

BIRMINGHAM ON THE LINE w/Xhosa Cole + Rachel Musson + JoyBang

►  Xhosa Cole - special show for Jazz Connective from Lyon

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year and of the 2020 Jazz FM’s Breakthrough Act of the Year, Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton's Ladywood Community Music School, he's now among a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Over the course of the past 12 Months Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, Composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham Based String Orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22 date UK tour, all along side his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa Also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019.

►  Rachel Musson - special show for Jazz Connective from Lyon

Rachel Musson is a saxophonist, improviser and composer living in London, UK. She is involved with a variety of improvisation projects, including a trio with Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer, a duo with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, and a trio with Mark Sanders and John Edwards. She has released two albums under her own name, one featuring Liam Noble and Mark Sanders (Tatterdemalion, Babel Records), and one featuring her ensemble Skein (Flight Line, F-ire Recorded Music). She also plays with the London Improvisers Orchestra and Alex Ward’s Quintet and Sextet, and has performed with a diverse range of musicians on the fluid European improvising scene, including Alcyona Mick, Han Bennink, Liam Noble, Gail Brand, Eddie Prevost, Olie Brice, Federico Ughi, Mary Halvorson, John Russell, Adam Linson, Sebastian Rochford, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Pat Thomas, among many others.

Rachel also has a strong connection to Birmingham, TDE Promotions commissioned I Went This Way, a commission for spoken word and improv with a 9-piece ensemble which was premiered at the Surge in Spring Festival in 2018 and appeared at Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2019 from where it was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  It also appeared in 2019 at Cafe Oto and the recording of that gig was released on New York's 577 Records.

►  JoyBang - podcast show for Jazz Connectife from Lyon.
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JoyBang is a psych/groove/noise duo made up of Stella Roberts on keyboards and Will Glaser on drums. The duo have been working on a brand new set of music which aims to compromise noise and groove with delicate ballads and electronic improvisation. Bringing a contrasting set of influences to their creative process, the music promises to be exciting, uncomfortable and will hopefully get you doing some sort of dance.