Songs of the Ridings


Composed and arranged by Jazz Yorkshire ‘Futures’ saxophonist Matt Anderson, this commission from Creative North Yorkshire and Scarborough Jazz Festival celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Yorkshire through original compositions and adaptations of traditional material, all inspired by the songs and literature of the area. With a vocal/saxophone-led jazz quintet featuring well-known artists Kari Bleivik (Røyst, Tommy Evans Orchestra) and Jamil Sheriff (David Liebman, Jamil Sheriff Octet and Big Band), this meeting of the folk and contemporary jazz traditions promises a relevant and accessible set of music.


Kari Bleivik – Vocals

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone, Compositions and Arrangements

Jamil Sheriff – Piano

John Marley – Double-Bass

Sam Gardner – Drums

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