The Jazz Promotion Network’s latest newsletter has fresh information about the links forged with Holland’s DPA – their arts council. As a result UK promoters are given the opportunity to visit Dutch festivals – including North Sea – and find out about the bumpy jazz coming out of the flat land. In due course visits by Dutch bands to this country will be co-ordinated by JPN.
But before the cry from British bands along the lines of “yeah, but what is JPN doing for us?” goes up, in another tie-up, JPN is offering British bands who would like to be part of a showcase at Vilnius Jazz Festival in November to apply for that opportunity. Applications need to be made before the end of this month. In addition, at the recent AGM held in Birmingham on the eve of the 2016 Rhythm Changes conference, JPN member Jez Matthews proposed a very positive Emerging Artists programme to feature young UK musicians on a national touring network.
The network has a new board following elections at the AGM: John Blandford (Cambridge Modern Jazz), Tony Dudley-Evans (Jazzlines, Birmingham), Emily Jones (Cheltenham Jazz Festival), Steve Mead (Manchester Jazz Festival), Dave Morecroft (Match & Fuse), Amy Pearce (Serious/EFG London Jazz Festival), Amy Sibley-Allen (Kings Place) and Barney Stevenson (Marsden Jazz Festival).
Nod Knowles, who has also elected, has stood down in order to fulfil an administrative role as Secretary.
- Information about all this and other developments can be found on the revamped Jazz Promotion Network website, which now has a members’ forum area for increased discussion, sharing of ideas and projects. If you are not already a member, find out how to join as well – it’s all HERE.