|Ingrid Jensen in Marienne Trudel's quintet|
Jazzahead April 2015
This has to be good news. The Northern Voluntary Jazz Promoters Network (NORVOL JAZZ), which represents around thirty jazz venues in the North of England, in partnership with a new organnisation Apollo Jazz Network, have just been awarded over £32,000 by Arts Council England.
Their joint project "involves establishing a touring network for live jazz." Apollo Norvol will organize three tours in the period of the grant which runs for just over a year from early 2016 until March 2017. The first tour is in May 2016 and will feature Canadian-born, Brooklyn-resident trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. The tours will also involve workshops and masterclasses.
Trumpeter/organizer Kim Macari, who is managing the scheme, writes: "I am delighted to receive this support from Arts Council England. It has been over a year of development and discussion for a project which is ambitious and large-scale and it’s fantastic that we are now able to roll it out."
It is a sign of the leverage which arts funding can deliver when harnessing the volunteer networks which flourish in UK jazz.
Norvol/ Apollo have just had this news, and we will update this post with a link to the dedicated website for the tours and network - once it is there...