Step Up! continues its intoxicating late night blend of live performances by internationally acclaimed artists mixed with DJ sets by Manchester’s finest. In the latest in our series of late night live sessions, we are very happy to welcome back Matthew Halsall with full live band
Matthew Halsall – trumpet
Nat Birchall – saxophones
Adam Fairhall – piano
Rachael Gladwin – harp
Gavin Barras – bass
Gaz Hughes – drums
Manchester based trumpeter Matthew Halsall is fast carving out a reputation as one of the UK’s brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as the glories of ‘60s British jazz, and has won him fans from Gilles Peterson to Mojo and BBC Music Magazine.
Halsall’s music is thoughtful, elegiac and explorative. But while imbued with a sense of history, the young trumpeter and DJ nevertheless brings a contemporary bounce to his beautiful music and his live shows are as likely to feature a Cinematic Orchestra or Soil and Pimp cover as his own thoughtful originals or the bands soulful explorations of the music of Alice and John Coltrane.
In addition, to the live band, DJs taking on Band on the Wall’s sound system until 2am will be:
Kelvin Brown: Stalwart of the Manchester music scene, expect Kelvin’s wholly individual take on Jazz, touching on African, 2-Step, Hip Hop, Post-Punk, House, and Minimalist Classical music. Kelvin has recently returned from very well received sets at the Big Chill festival, Exodus and Garden festivals (Croatia).