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Les has worked with some of the worlds finest Jazz musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Mike Walker, Andy Schofield, Richard Iles, Steve Berry, Ian Ballamy to name but a few. Recent projects have included an album with Neil Yates ‘New Origins’ and his continuing collaborations with Steve Berry. Throughout his career composition has been central to his musical life especially in the contemporary classical field. He studied composition with Paul Mitchel-Davidson and Bill Connor. Les has written music for orchestra, piano, organ and particularly for choir which has always been a natural medium for him since his days as a chorister. Improvisation still features strongly in a number of these works, as in a recent commission for Manchester youth string orchestra two pieces to commemorate 9 / 11 Without Justice there can be no peace and Prayer (2005). Parallel to his career as a Jazz pianist and composer Les has been an active teacher for the past 17 years

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Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Collins

Ambleside Days Contemporary Jazz Festival Ambleside, UK August 29-September 1, 2019 'Music that requires a different kind of listening' were the words Derek Hook used, to describe the essence of the Ambleside Days Festival programme at the start of the third edition of this small but top quality festival.

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Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

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Take Five With Gwilym Simcock

Read "Take Five With Gwilym Simcock" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Gwilym Simcock: I started the piano at the age of three, and since then all I've ever wanted to do is make music. My father taught me from a very early age, and then I attended the junior department of Trinity College of Music in London and then Chetham's School of Music for 9 years. ...


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