BBC Introducing artists at the Manchester Jazz Festival
We're delving in the jazz undergrowth this week – unearthing some of the most promising young shoots of UK talent and transplanting them to the big stage. We've four bands from across the UK, selected by myself, Kevin Le Gendre and Gilles Peterson, performing at the Manchester Jazz Festival as part of the BBC Introducing scheme, which gives unsigned or under-the-radar artists the opportunity to upload their music and get it heard on the radio.
Bristol quartet Dakhla get us up and running with a blend of Balkan themes and catchy beats. It's great to hear a band led by a baritone sax (something, incidentally, that's also the case in next week's programme), lending the set a really earthy feel.
Rather more other-worldly is the improvising quartet im – clearly more preoccupied with the music than with coming up with the band name! The band was conceived as a recording project and it was great to invite them to make a rare stage appearance, blending conventional acoustic jazz sounds with effects-driven soundscapes – some electronic, but listen out for the looped cough too.
Absolutely no splutters in sight with our third band – the super-tight Roller Trio, blending rocky riffs and choppy grooves, with an occasionally soft underbelly. It's impossible not to make comparisons with their fellow Leeds residents TrioVD, although this lot are a little earlier on in their development, and it'll be fascinating to see how their music evolves over the coming years – definitely one to keep an eye on.
Our final band can't keep an eye on anybody. Eyes Shut Tight are bassist Paul Baxter's piano trio, whom he describes before the set as mixing up tunes and free improv, with elements of Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett and EST. They certainly cover a fair bit of stylistic ground in their set, winding up with a faintly Latin groove that sends the crowd at the Band on the Wall away happy
Join me for all of this on Monday 23 July from 11pm, or listen online for seven days after broadcast.