RPE Duo’s New Album & Jillion Campaign


Many of you will remember trumpeter Matt Postle from the Fat Face Trio UK tour last summer.  Well, RPE Duo is another of his projects, a collaboration with Polish sound artist Radek Rudnicki (who does extraordinary things with Space F!ght, by the way and you should definitely check them out).  RPE Duo have toured in the UK, Europe and the USA, collaborated on data sonification with NASA, performed at Dave Douglas’s FONT festival…basically, a ton of cool stuff.

They are now making a new album and have set up a crowd-funding campaign on an interesting new platform, Jillion.  This website raises funds for projects by auctioning stuff and you can participate either by donating an item (in return you will receive a copy of the album as a thank you) or by purchasing one of the items at auction).  Currently, RPE Duo’s auction includes

  • A weekend in Krakow
  • A Monette mouthpiece of your choice
  • Bass lessons
  • An aromatherapy massage
  • Some delicious edible items like vegan cinnamon rolls, homemade ravioli and fruit cake

This platform to raise funds seems interesting and a more open way to fundraise than Kickstarter or Indiegogo. People who can’t donate cold hard cash are able to support the project by donating items or services.

Anyway, RPE Duo plan to raise $2,000 and have until November 2nd to do so. Below is a short video with more information on the campaign. Good luck, guys!


News and Upcoming gigs…

While we make plans and await news of our newest proposed venture, there are a number of chances to see Apollo artists across the country in the coming months.

Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet

Riley’s quartet will be appearing at Seven Jazz (Inkwell) in Leeds on Sunday 5th July. Need reminding what the band sounds like? Check out this video they did for MusoChannel – Stradbally West.

Tom Riviere’s Family Band

Family Band spent a day in the studio recording some of Tom’s original material last week. We’ll be adding a link to hear a snippet or two in the coming weeks so stay tuned. Meanwhile, add November 1st to your diary – Family Band appears at Seven Jazz that afternoon.

Kim Macari/Enrico Zanisi Band

Only a few weeks to go before this new project debuts at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. The gig is a double-bill with Melissa Aldana’s Crash Trio and takes place on July 20th at The Festival Theatre Studio. Have a listen to Enrico’s trio performing at the 12 Points festival.

London Jazz Festival

We aren’t quite sure how much of the programme is public yet, but there’s a chance to see a wonderful large ensemble led and conducted by two members of LOCUS at this year’s London Jazz Festival. Keep your eyes peeled!

Leeds College of Music 50th Anniversary

Keep October 11th free for a very special performance to mark Leeds College of Music’s 50th anniversary. We’ll reveal more soon!

NEWS: Kim Macari/Enrico Zanisi Band at Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Photo by Ben Hodges

Photo by Ben Hodges

We’re excited to announce the debut of a new collaboration featuring trumpeter Kim Macari at this year’s Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. With support from EIJF, Kim will team up with Italian pianist Enrico Zanisi to form a new quintet playing music by both leaders.

The band will perform in a double bill with Thelonious Monk Prize winner Melissa Aldana on July 20th, 8pm at Festival Theatre Studio. Tickets will be £15 and go on sale on May 6th.

Stay tuned for more news on this new project.

NEWS: Vestigium released on Discus Records

vestigiumApollo are excited to share the release of Vestigium, a new album by Martin Archer & Julie Tippetts. The album features the work of many musicians including Apollo’s Kim Macari.

Vocalist Julie Tippetts (formerly Julie Driscoll) has had a varied and illustrious career as a singer, working extensively with musicians from  Brian Auger (Wheel’s On The Fire) to Keith Tippett.

Vestigium is the fourth release from Julie Tippetts and Martin Archer, their full discography available to listen to and read about on the Discus Records website.

We have also added another date to our upcoming gigs – Kim Macari and Riley Stone-Lonergan will perform as part of the Bennett-Cole Orchestra alongside Martin Archer’s Juxtavoices in Sheffield on October 18th.

Georgia, Engines Orchestra & MJF nominated for APPJAG Jazz Awards

67ff499b-c6c8-49d7-aa6f-28c77a42609dWe are delighted for our friends Georgia Mancio (Vocalist of the Year), Phil Meadows & the Engines Orchestra (Ensemble of the Year), LondonJazzNews (Media of the Year) and Manchester Jazz Festival (venue of the year), all of whom have been announced as nominees in the 2015 APPJAG Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Events like these raise awareness for the wealth of talent in the jazz scene in the UK and it’s a great chance for us all to celebrate the successes of others. In a global community as small as jazz, one person’s award is good news for us all.

We’re crossing our fingers for all three nominees, hoping they (very deservedly) take home awards on the night!

INTRODUCING: Riley Stone-Lonergan Quartet

We are delighted to introduce a new band to our roster, the Riley Stone-Lonergan quartet. A celebrated soloist and sideman, Riley has won a myriad of awards for his playing and never fails to impress and surprise audiences with his versatility on the bandstand. This quartet is already making an impression, having recorded for Muso Channnel in late 2014 and set to gig in Leeds and at Ronnie Scotts in April. (See Upcoming Gigs page for more details).

The band features Francesco Coghetto on guitar, Simon Read on double bass and Steve Hanley on drums.

Check out the video above to hear Riley’s Stradbally West and look out for more on this band in the coming months.

NEWS: Apollo Artists Lead Jazz Workshops at HEART, Leeds

Tom RiviereOver the next two weeks, two of our artists will be leading jazz education workshops at HEART in Leeds. These sessions are open to musicians of all ages and abilities, both rhythm section and front line instruments.

The Workshop Series at HEART has run since Jazz at Heart was set up and have developed a loyal following. The weekly evening sessions have often been run as 6-8 weeks courses focused on particular composers. For these final two sessions of the term, however, the topics will change and be one-offs.

Monday 2nd February will be lead by bassist and composer Tom Riviere. Tom’s quartet recently performed at HEART and now he is back to lead the workshop participants through a session entitled Developing the Connection between Mind and Instrument.

Riley Stone-LonerganThe following Monday, 9th February, saxophonist Riley Stone-Lonergan will lead a session which focuses on the music of Lester Young, looking at repertoire and improvisatory approaches to the music.

Workshops run from 7.30pm until 9pm and cost £8.

Also at HEART on Friday 6th February, Riley and Tom will join Kim Macari to lead the monthly jam session (free entry and starts at 7.30pm)


LOCUS at The Jazz Bar, EdinburghBelow are two reviews written about LOCUS during their UK tour in November. Ian Mann’s review was written about their EFG London Jazz Festival appearance, and Rob Adams’ review refers to their date at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh. Corrections are given in […] and italics.

LOCUS at London Jazz Festival – Ian Mann

The early evening free performance at the QEH Front Room was by Locus, a young sextet co-led by alto saxophonist Leah Gough-Cooper and trumpeter Kim Macari. The pair were joined by Riley Stone-Lonergan on tenor sax, Sam Leak on piano, Tom Wheatley on double bass and Jay Davis at the drums.

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NEWS: Apollo Collaboration at HEART, February 21st

Dean Mongerio We’re thrilled to announced another Apollo Connect collaboration taking place on February 21st at HEART in Leeds. The band will be a two tenor chordless quartet featuring US saxophonist Dean Mongerio and Riley Stone-Lonergan.

American tenor saxophonist Dean Mongerio has performed extensively across the US both with jazz musicians like Rufus Reid and Sam Rivers and as a pop sideman with acts like The Temptations and The Drifters. Since 2011, Dean has been based in London and is set to release a new album in 2015.

Riley Stone-LonerganRiley Stone-Lonergan is a musician well-known and respected on the Leeds and London jazz scenes. Winning a Yamaha Jazz Scholar Award in 2012, he has since worked extensively across the UK as  a sideman and will debut his new quartet as a leader in April 2015 with gigs in Leeds and at Ronnie Scotts in London. He is set to release an album this year with sextet LOCUS.

Tickets for this gig are available through HEART and cost £8/6.

Apollo Connect is a series of performances brings together musicians from different cities and scenes and provides a rehearsal and performance space for the musicians to collaborate and perform together, broadening the networks of the musicians and creating unique one-off concerts for audiences.