The Jazz Directors Series is a new two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.
Each edition comprises of a four-day residency produced by Brighter Sound and a corresponding tour of live concerts produced by Band on the Wall.
Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and 4 other independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer ‘Root Music’.
The residency musicians form the Inner City Ensemble, a changing group of emerging professionals who will apply for the positions identified by each Jazz Director with the support of Brighter Sound and Jazz North.
Terence Blanchard and the Inner City Ensemble
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 will teamed up with some of the UK’s most remarkable emerging musicians during the residency week. Working outside of the conventional jazz or big-band line up, this ensemble includes instrumentation such as French Horn, Oboe and Tuba.
Produced by Band on the Wall in partnership Brighter Sound and Root Music with support from Jazz North. Supported by Arts Council England.