Jazz Preview: Three rising stars are a musical counterpoint

Nette Robinson, Sarah Mitchell and Nicola Farnon claim the jazz spotlight as they air their contrasting talents in Yorkshire during the coming week.

Singer-leader Nette, who counts the formidable Barb Jungr among her admirers, brings her Little Big Band to Huddersfield Jazz at the Lawrence Batley Theatre tomorrow night. The group is, in fact, a quintet with saxophonist Tony Woods, trombonist Adrian Fry, bassist Adrian Kendon and drummer Chris Nicholls completing the line-up.

The band tackles Ellington and Basie classics with a fire and imagination which belies its size.

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Mitchell is a Leeds-based singer-songwriter with a growing following and a well-received album, You Give Me Something. She will be entertaining the Sunday afternoon crowd at Seven Arts, in Chapel Allerton, Leeds in the company of Andy Cholerton (piano), James Taylor (guitar), Adrian Knowles (bass) and Tim Brickell (drums).

Completing the trio is Sheffield's Nicola Farnon who is not only a fine bassist but an appealing singer.

Nicola will be on home territory next Wednesday when she performs self-penned material with her quartet at the popular weekly session at the Lescar Hotel, in Hunters Bar.

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