For almost a decade, Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries has been bringing world class live gigs to library audiences across Nottinghamshire. And while we may not be able to tour this wonderful programme physically at the moment, we believe that the show must go on . . . virtually! Jazz Steps and Inspire are working with renowned jazz artists to bring you specially recorded music sessions, fascinating interviews and playlists, for you to enjoy at home.
We'll be updating this page regularly, so do check back for more. . .
Young jazz trombonist, educator and composer, Rory Ingham is an award-winning performer and co-founder of the band Bonsai. They have toured Europe and played at many high-profile British jazz festivals and venues such as the Love Supreme Festival, the EFG London Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s. The band has released 2 CDs to critical acclaim on Ubuntu Music. Our wide-ranging interview with Rory takes in his musical education, forming Bonsai and his dedication to jazz. Rory introduces his special ‘lockdown’ performance improvising on one of his favourite tunes.
Watch an interview with Jazz trombonist, educator and composer Rory Ingham recorded by Carl Billson for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .
Listen to the Album Bonsai Club Spotify
Matt Chandler is a guitarist from Derbyshire who is now based in London. Matt has worked with a diverse range of artists including Youth (Killing Joke, The Orb), Arno Carstens, Fake?, Poly Styrene and more recently accompanied Ozark Henry on his European tour. His innovative style is supported by a career that has spanned genres from jazz to punk, folk to electronica.
Watch an interview with Matt Chandler recorded by Bob Meyrick for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .
Listen to Matt's music on Spotify.
Watch Sara Dowling's beautiful rendition of Duke Ellington's I Didn't Know About You, recorded especially for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .
"Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers." Guy Barker
Watch an interview with Sara Dowling recorded by Bob Meyrick for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .
Watch Rob Luft's guitar medley of Abacus and Lonely Woman, recorded especially for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .
“So young and so talented!" Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 (UK)
Watch an interview with Rob Luft recorded by Hugh Pascall for Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries . . .