NEWS: Family Band Album Launch, November 1st

Photo by Maria Alzamora

Photo by Maria Alzamora

It’s official – Family Band will release their debut album on November 1st 2015!

The release will be launched at Family Band’s performance at Seven Arts in Leeds and will be available to purchase on Bandcamp on a Pay-What-You-Feel basis. The material was recorded in March and is predominantly original material with a little nod to Ornette Coleman thrown in, too.

The teaser they released recently has received lots of positive reviews already and the band are looking forward to sharing the full album in a month’s time.

There is also a whole set of new material ready to go, which will be premiered for the first time at the gig.

Listen out for Family Band on the airwaves, too!

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Our Summer…

Well, what a summer that was!

This summer marked our first UK tours for US musicians – Fat Face Trio from North Carolina in June and Veronneau from Washington DC in July.

Fat Face Trio performed 11 dates across the UK in June in Scotland, England and Wales as well as giving masterclasses at York University. Their trumpeter Matt Postle also fulfilled some extra dates with his electronic project, RPE Duo with Radek Rudnicki, during which time they launched their EP on Wavefolder Records.

This month, Veronneau came over from Washington D.C to play some UK dates in Scotland and England as well as a live performance and interview on BBC Radio. They teamed up with some fantastic UK musicians and premiered their Bossa Nova film at HEART in Leeds. They played to sold-out crowds everywhere they went!

Aside from our touring projects, we found time to attend the first ever Jazz Promotion Network conference, held in Manchester during the Manchester Jazz Festival. It was a great opportunity to meet a lot of very ambitious and passionate people and we already have great plans in the mix as a result.

It’s been an incredibly positive experience to be able to assist some truly talented musicians in their UK performances. Huge thanks goes to everyone who made it possible; the promoters and venues, the audiences and of course the musicians themselves.

What next?

Over the next few months, we have some exciting meetings lined up in Scotland and London to discuss a number of potential partnerships and collaborations. In October, we will be heading back to NYC for 3 weeks, in part to prepare for our November tour with LOCUS. (Tour dates for the band will be announced very shortly.)

In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date via our twitter (@apollojazznet) and facebook page. Here’s to another successful season!