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Just announced: Terence Blanchard & The Inner City Ensemble, 15-18 September.

Terence Blanchard & The Inner City Ensemble

15 September / 19:30 / Band on the Wall, Manchester
16 September / 19:30 / Warrington Parr Hall
17 September / 19:30 / Bradford Playhouse
18 September / 13:30 / Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

Jazz Directors Series #1

Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material.

With this new project, Terence has teamed up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians. Working outside of the conventional jazz or big-band line up, this ensemble includes instrumentation such as French Horn, Oboe and Tuba.

Just announced: Charenee Wade & The Gil Scott-Heron Project, 20th October.

Charenee Wade & The Gil Scott-Heron Project

20 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets 

Charenee Wade is not one to hold back or let fear stand in her way. The first artist ever to enter two Thelonious Monk Vocal competitions, she walked away from the second one in 2010 with instant buzz and second place to her new friend Cecilé McLorin Salvant. Now is the time for Wade’s star to rise. Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. With her Motéma debut, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson (June 23), she pays tribute to another inspiration, the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, and confirms that she too plans to use her artist platform thoughtfully.

The first full-length album tribute to Scott-Heron and his musical collaborator Brian Jackson by a woman artist, Offering is arresting in just how timely Scott-Heron’s messages are today and how perfectly Wade delivers them through her savvy arrangements and intimate jazz interpretations. While she has earned many accolades – first runner-up in New York’s Jazzmobile Vocal competition; a participant in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program; a feature on NPR’s Song Travels; a starring role in the off-Broadway show Café Society and in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Salute to Betty Carter – she may surprise people with this authentic tour de force.

Just announced: Laurence Jones, 25th November.

Laurence Jones

25 November / 19:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Laurence Jones Is 22 years old and is already making a big name for himself. "Laurence is like a young Robin Trower, exciting and full of energy" - BBC Radio 2

The young gunslinger of the blues Laurence Jones has sensationally signed a deal with "Ruf Records". His Debut album for the label and 2nd album for Laurence was recorded at the Legendary Dockside Studio in Louisiana where artists such as B.B King and Derek trucks have recorded. A catalogue of big names appear on the album including Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton and producer Mike Zito.

Walter Trout invited the band to support them on his 2013 U.K tour "Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy he is a genius" - "Walter Trout"

A Buzz has been building rapidly around Laurence Jones, starting well before the release of his 2012 "Thunder In The Sky". Since then Laurence has clocked up some serious road miles from touring through out the U.K and Europe.

"Classic Rock - Blues Magazine" - Call him the "Future of the blues" and the "next big thing".. with 2nd album "Temptation" british band leader Laurence Jones has turned his hot-tip potentil into fully formed brilliance, and officially graduated from boy wonder to main man. The future of British blues? On the strength of this album, don't bet against it.

"Blues & Soul" - The brand new album on Ruf Records "Temptation" will scoop awards and put Laurence firmly on the map.

"Get ready to Rock Magazine" gave the debut album "Thunder In The Sky" a 5/5***** rating “Laurence Jones is a wise musical head on young shoulders and ‘Thunder in the Sky’ is an excellent debut album, its worth five stars”.

"Classic Rock magazine" quoted Laurence as "Blues Rocks youngest Talent" and was featured on the "Blues Fury C.D along with Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Popa Chubby and many more.

Laurence is influenced by, Walter Trout  Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins...

Just announced: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. King Bee live, 27th August.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club ft. King Bee live

27 August / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

We’re taking the flavoursome funk far into the night as the Funk & Soul Show goes live with presenter, DJ, acclaimed actor and funkster about town Craig Charles manning the decks till 2am. Time to find your dancing shoes!

And that’s not all! King Bee, one of the finest funk outfits in the North of England, will play a full live set. Following rave reviews of their most recent single “Money Gone" mixed by DJ Smoove, the band are preparing some more great new tracks for imminent release. 

"A Revelation" - Craig Charles BBC Radio 6

"This crew have mastered the art of reconnecting the words Soul, Funk, & Jazz & making them a thing of joy" - Soul &

Just announced: Beginner Guitar Autumn 2016 Fri 1 to 1.

Beginner Guitar Autumn 2016 Fri 1 to 1

16 September - 02 December / 16:30 / 17:30 / 20:30 / More Info / Enrol

Brighter Sound presents its popular Classic ten week courses for beginner guitarists at Band on the Wall. Learn to play the guitar in the way you want. Personalised one to one tuition with Noel Maher in the easy informal setting of the Brighter Sound workshop room at Manchester’s greatest live music venue.

"My lessons are relaxed and informal and cater for all levels and abilities. My approach is to personalise the learning for each student, catering for any musical style but at the same time to offer a structured, progressive way of learning technique and exploring creative sides of the guitar." - Noel Maher

Open to adults and young people over 16*; a great 1-to-1 course of lessons for beginners but the course can cater for any level of player.

The course covers all the fundamental guitar skills and techniques, whilst remaining flexible enough to accommodate any students' individual abilities and personal musical tastes.

Lessons are taught in two five week 'blocks'. During the first block (Sep-Oct) beginners learn fundamental techniques to play some well known melodies and chord patterns, and how to read basic guitar musical notation.

The second five weeks (Nov-Dec) will expand on what has already been learned, introducing some more diverse and interesting tunes, techniques and elementary theory.

After ten weeks, beginner students will have developed the skills and knowledge to develop their guitar playing independently and with confidence, and are welcome to return for further 5 week blocks of lessons at any time.

Noel Maher is an accomplished solo acoustic guitarist and teacher and performs as a solo artist regularly in Manchester. He was taught folk guitar by his dad, going on to explore styles ranging from Metallica to classical. He now specialises in fingerstyle techniques learning from greats such as Andy McKee, Erik Mongrain and Pierre Bensusan. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and love for all things guitar.

Additional event information

Block 1 (Sep-Oct)

  • Day: Fridays
  • Dates: 16, 23, 30 Sep. 7, 14 Oct.
  • Times: 45 minute 1-to-1 lessons available from 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm.
  • Block 2 (Nov-Dec)
  • Day: Fridays
  • Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 Nov. 2 Dec.
  • Times: 45 minute 1-to-1 lessons available from 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm.
  • Venue: Brighter Sound Workshop Room at Band on the Wall
  • Price: £100 per block of FIVE 1-to-1 lessons. Pay for either five at a time (or all ten at once to guarantee the same time slot).

*any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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