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.

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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: 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)