Inaugural show features stellar international jazz line up at London’s 100 Club on Monday 5 February
Jazz star David Lyttle has today been unveiled as the inaugural curator of ‘Miscellany’ - a new series of unique, multi-genre performances in support of Help Musicians UK.
The MOBO-nominated musician and the ‘most celebrated jazz musician of today’ will bring a host of world-famous artists to London’s legendary 100 Club venue on 5 February. Amongst the stellar line-up will be Canadian tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, American bassist Michael Janisch and American sax player led Meilana Gillard Trio. More special guests will be announced in the coming days.
Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the country’s leading independent music charity, has devised the ambitious ‘Miscellany’ format and will soon announce a string of inspiring, one-off ensemble shows featuring acclaimed curators from across the musical spectrum.
Celebrated jazz drummer and innovator David Lyttle’s Miscellany’ will be the first of the series and sees a truly international line-up grace London’s premier Jazz venue. This launch show will be the curtain-raiser to a series of high profile curators that will be let loose on the ‘Miscellany’ series, which HMUK will reveal soon.
All advance Miscellany tickets will be sold at £21 (plus booking fee) as the charity heads towards its centenary celebrations in 2021. Tickets will be available on the night for £26 at the door.
David Lyttle said: “It’s a really exciting thing for me to curate the very first ‘Miscellany’ for Help Musicians and bring this truly world-class celebration of jazz to London’s 100 Club. It will be the first time I’ll have performed with Seamus Blake, a true contemporary jazz star and one of my heroes. Michael Janisch was the first person to introduce me to British audiences back in 2008 and this is our tenth year collaborating together. Meilana Gillard is a talent that deserves to be heard the world over, she cares so much about the music and the opportunity to present her to a London audience is in itself a beautiful one.
“Help Musicians UK is spearheading so many vital initiatives for the music industry – from its flagship Music Minds Matter mental health service, to bringing much-needed hearing protection to thousands of artists. I know many of my peers are keen to show their appreciation for HMUK and curating ‘Miscellany’ is an amazing opportunity for me to do just that.”
Chairman of Help Musicians UK, Graham Sheffield, added: “HMUK is heading towards its 100 years and I’m proud that it is hitting its creative peak over recent years. The ‘Miscellany’ series is the latest innovation from the charity in combining unique, curated performances with a string of the hottest names in music with a strong fundraising message.
“It is a real coup to have David Lyttle as our inaugural curator for ‘Miscellany’. Not only has David been a fantastic advocate for our work – he has also been a champion for Help Musicians Northern Ireland. So it is fitting that David Lyttle’s ‘Miscellany’ is the series opener and I’m sure it’ll be a format which will run and run.”
Described by Rolling Stone as 'one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year', MOBO nominated Irish musician David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer and producer. His latest album Faces features collaborations with jazz icon Joe Lovano, hip hop visionary Talib Kweli and Irish music star Duke Special. It earned him nominations in the 2015 MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards. In May 2017 David returned from his U.S. residency, a 5,000 mile road trip and in September and October he spent six weeks as the British Council’s Musician In Residence in East China.