Giant Steps

Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition 2015 features an exciting line up of young UK jazz artists performing alongside established international acts as part of our Giant Steps programme:

The aim of Giant Steps is to strengthen the local and regional developing jazz scene by increasing quality opportunities for aspiring Yorkshire musicians to participate in regular and supportive performances culminating in appearances at Hull Jazz Festival and Freedom Festival.

J-Night has a long tradition of supporting local and regional jazz artists and providing development opportunities to young jazz musicians at the start of their careers.

Every November our Giant Steps programme shines a spotlight on some of the brightest young jazz talent from the wider region and beyond. Members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Warriors work alongside the Hull Music Hub at the Albermarle, the City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra, the University of Hull and Jazz Aesthetic plus local schools to produce Festival performances.

We also provide performance opportunities for emerging artists from across the North through Jazz North’s Northern Line and Jazz North Introduces award schemes. In November 2015, we’re featuring two Jazz North bands – Artephis are the Jazz North Introduces act for 2015 and Matt Holborn Gypsy Jazz Quartet are part of the Northern Line scheme for 2015-16.