Artephis Chosen for Jazz North Introduces Scheme

RNCM jazz quintet Artephis has been selected as the latest beneficiary of the Jazz North Introduces scheme.

Established by Jazz North, the organisation devoted to nurturing and showcasing talent, Jazz North Introduces provides up-and-coming jazz bands with high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north, alongside additional help to market and promote themselves.

Building on MJF’s Introduces scheme to showcase the very best new jazz talent from across the region, Jazz North Introduces is open to bands of up to five musicians, 75% of which – plus the nominated leader – must be under 25 and living or studying in the north of England. Artephis, comprising Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugel), James Girling (guitar), Ali Roocroft (piano), Alisdair Simpson (bass) and Matt Brown (drums), was selected from a wide range of applications after impressing the Jazz North panel with its talent and enthusiasm.

Jo McCallum, Jazz North Introduces co-ordinator, said: ‘Working in partnership with promoters, the Jazz North Introduces scheme is providing young bands with their first high profile performances at leading northern jazz festivals. It is a fantastic opportunity for these young musicians to perform throughout the region and a fantastic opportunity for jazz audiences to have their first glimpse of the great talent that is emerging here in the north.’

Artephis now has the opportunity to perform at the 2015/16 Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool and Scarborough Jazz Festivals and at Southport Melodic Jazz Club.

22 September 2015