Jazz gig of the week in Manchester is at the Band on the Wall and features Transcension.

Transcension is a new group formed by Canadian drummer Franklin Kiermyer and  UK saxophonist Nat Birchall, drawn together by the similarities in their respective approaches, the two musicians have joined forces in this special collaboration. Both artists have been influenced by spiritual, devotional and folk music from all over the world, and especially the music of the John Coltrane quartet.

This new quartet also features two of the strongest young players from the New York and Philadelphia jazz scenes, pianist Davis Whitfield and bassist Nimrod Speaks.

The group appears at Band on the Wall Manchester on 15th September. The quartet will be playing specially composed music for this project, written by the two co-leaders.

Kiermyer first came to prominence following the release of Solomon’s Daughter, his third album that features Coltrane alumnus Pharoah Sanders. Widely regarded for his intense passionate energy, spiritual feeling and distinctive sound, his nine albums and many performances have brought his music international recognition. His 2014 album Further, features saxophonist Azar Lawrence.

Nat Birchall’s many albums on the Gondwana record label and his own Sound Soul & Spirit label have contributed to his acclaim as one of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. Well known for his heartfelt playing and spiritual compositions, he is a natural heir to Coltrane’s  modal throne.  His latest album “Invocations” will be released by Jazzman Records this month.

Expect some fine modal;blowing and transformative spirital jazzl. Tickets available are here

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