Press Release: Family Band Launch Debut Album

Family Band Album Cover

The debut Family Band album is now available to purchase!

Launched at a gig at Seven Arts in Leeds on Sunday November 1st, the album is available to buy from the Bandcamp website on a Pay-What-You-Feel basis (there’s no minimum so pay £100, pay £0, pay something in the middle!)

It features material written by double bassist Tom Riviere with one Ornette Coleman track thrown in for good measure. There’s a blues paying tribute to embryo-stealing, Dilophosaur victim Dennis Nedry, a burning time-no-changes and more.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Family Band gigs, video footage and more in the coming weeks…!

Listen to and buy Family Band album by clicking on this link.


A sneak peak into Family Band’s debut release

Family Band by Maria Alzamora

Recently, Family Band went into the studio to record a set of material. It’s now mixed and mastered and a release is due in late Autumn this year. As a taster, one track (Bring Lulu) is currently available to listen to on Soundcloud,

Family Band HQ is now whipped up into a frenzy creating album artwork and working on new material for their upcoming live shows. The next opportunity to see them live will be at Seven Arts on Sunday 1st November.

(PS – all photographs you see of Family Band were taken by the hugely talented Maria Alzamora. She has a great photo project called Some Music Stories which you should have a look at, too)

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.

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)

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.