Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Marco Woolf, Yaatri, MC Nelson, Ni Maxine, TC & The Groove Family – London Jazz News

Jazz North has announced the new roster of artists for its touring support program, Northern Line, chosen by a jury composed of John Doran (The Quietus), Claire Umney (Jazz FM), Dennis Rollins MBE (trombonist), Sam Nicholls AKA whiskas (Music:Leeds), Santana Guerot (Band on the Wall), Harkirit Boparai (Le Crescent) and Lucy Scott (Sage Gateshead).

TC and the Groove family. Publicity photo courtesy of Jazz North

The artists are (texts provided by Jazz North)

Hannabiell and the Midnight Blue Collective (Newcastle-upon-Tyne): A high-energy Afro Fusion collective fusing powerful and upbeat Latin and African drumming, brass, vocals, Blues, Jazz, Afro-beat, Funk and Reggae to create unique sound and an invigorating party atmosphere that will have you on your feet.

Marco Woolf (Manchester): Influenced by Nick Drake and John Martyn, Marco Woolf’s music can prove just as complex to categorize, his lyrics introspective and insightful – earning him a reputation as a skilled storyteller – though thoughtful instrumentation is just as crucial to his compositions, clearly thought out to ensure a weight comparable to that of his words.

yaatri (Leeds) are an award-winning five-piece art-rock/jazz crossover band formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of intricate songwriting and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the momentum of Indian rhythms, the immersive timbres of electronic music and the energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.

Nor Maxine (Liverpool) is a neo-jazz singer-songwriter; a black woman navigating the modern world and exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging. Ni Maxine’s message is clear: “I want to inspire young people who are going through (or have had) a similar experience to what I had, growing up and cultivating community. The algorithm divides us, but we are more powerful when we are united.

TC and the Groove family (Leeds), is a collective of 10 musicians whose music celebrates the rapprochement of cultures and the unity that music provides. Led by drummer Tim Cook, their gigs are powerful and dynamic, exploring grooves and genres from the UK and around the world, including afrobeat, breakbeat, jungle, jazz and highlife.

Nelson Idama aka mc nelson (Liverpool) is a rapper and producer who fuses jazzy instrumentation with sharp social commentary and a Scouse sense of humor. With a commanding stage presence, Nelson embarked on his first UK tour with Punch records in 2018, since then he has performed alongside hip hop legends such as Slum Village, Ghostface Killah, the Pharcyde, Pharoah Monche and many others.

All six bands will perform in a Northern Line Showcase at the Hull Jazz Festival in November 2022.

LINK: Northern Line Homepage

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