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Lockdown Jazz Sessions are fortnightly gigs performed by musicians from their own homes. Using zoom, the audience has the chance to be present and together at the online gig, even unmuting themselves to applaud.

The series continues and will do so until live music is fully back up and running again in person. It opens up the opportunity for audiences to watch and musicians to play from anywhere, and has already seen some musicians debut completely new projects they have been working on during lockdown.

Tickets are £5 concession, £10 standard and £15 support are always welcome. Sessions are held every other Wednesday at 7pm, with tickets released a week in advance. Join our mailing list to receive the fortnightly announcement with the lineup of future sessions.

Coming Up

#21 Lockheart/Davies/Stringer Trio | MITYA

April 7, 2021

First Set

The Lockheart/Davies/Stringer trio is comprised of three young musicians: Saxophonist Dan Lockheart, Guitarist Torin Davies, and Bassist Louis Stringer, who are currently studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Inspired by the great tenor led trios of the likes of Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and more recently Walter Smith III, this trio will be bringing an intimate set of music consisting of standards and modern tunes from their home in Birmingham. Expect good vibes from three up and coming musicians on the Birmingham scene.

Second Set

MITYA is a co-led duo featuring alto saxophonist Sam Norris (RAM) and pianist Jay Verma (GSMD). Formed in 2016, the pair perform both standard and original music with a focus on creating intricate polyphonic textures, often using simple musical ideas as seeds from which to grow complex improvised forms.

Their unique approach has drawn praise from composer and improvised counterpoint expert Bruno Heinen and they have performed variously throughout the UK, most notably as part of NQ Jazz Digital’s 2020 summer livestream series. Sam and Jay are currently working on a suite of co-written music to be recorded post-lockdown.

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Past Events

#20 Joe Northwood | Kit Downes & Ruth Goller

March 24, 2021

First Set

Saxophonist Joe Northwood will be performing a solo set of improvised music, channeling the energy of his pre-pandemic event, the ‘Banshee Therapy Session’. A residency held by his trio, open to all musicians where they could explore the space and release their inner frustrations on the bandstand.

Second Set

Ruth and Kit have been playing more and more together over the last few years, and particularly over the lockdown period. Here they present a mixture of their originals with some old songs close to their hearts.

Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz award winning, Mercury nominated recording artist for ECM Records. Ruth Goller is an in demand bassist and vocalist with such artists as Bojan Z, Sam Amidon and Vula Viel.

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#19 Rachael Cohen & Jason Brown | Jordan Hadfield

March 10, 2021

First Set

Jason Brown is one of the foremost drummers of his generation to come out of New York City. A student of the great Billy Hart, he had his first break with singer Carmen Lundy and has gone on to play with legends such as Cedar Walton, Pat Martino, Joey Defrancesco and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He is currently in the trio of master pianist Monty Alexander and a member of the two time grammy nominated 'Captain Black Big Band'.

Rachael Cohen hails from Edinburgh and has been one of the most in demand Alto players in the UK for the last ten years. The first female to be signed to the internationally acclaimed 'Whirlwind Recordings, Rachael released her record 'Halftime' in 2012 and has become a mainstay at London's most famous clubs. Rachael can be found working regularly with singer Heidi Vogel (cinematic orchestra), Drummer Shane Forbes and Vibes player Lewis Wright (Empirical)) as well as trumpeter Mark Kavuma and Pianist Reuben James.

Together Jason and Rachael will be working their way through some of Rachael's original music as well as some carefully selected tunes especially for this one off duo performance.

Second Set

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Hadfield will be streaming live from his studio in London. Jordan is a member of alt-psych-rock band Club Kuru who released their second album 'Meet your maker' in 2019. He is also known for playing with acclaimed pianist Ashley Henry.

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#18 Alex Lockheart | Xhosa Cole

February 24, 2021

First Set

Bamzu organiser Alex Lockheart will be stepping out from behind the Lockdown Jazz Sessions Scenes to stream a live solo guitar set from his home in Cardiff. Playing his own music alongside beloved ballads and contemporary tunes, Alex will be bringing his sounds back to the Bamzu airwaves after we last heard them in his duo with Michael Blanchfield back in session #9.

Second Set

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year and of the 2020 Jazz FM’s Breakthrough Act of the Year, tenor saxophonist Xhosa Cole playing a live solo set from his home in London. Having started his career in the community arts programmes of Birmingham, Xhosa has gone on to perform twice at the BBC Proms, composed for the RIpieno Players String Orchestra and recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, all alongside studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

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#17 Michael Blanchfield | Kumar Chopra

February 10, 2021

First Set

To kick of our 2021 Season, we are welcoming the brilliant pianist Michael Blanchfield back to our airwaves! The Royal Welsh College graduate and Cardiffian 'man about town' when we are able to be such things, brought us robots, stillness and solitude last time. Perhaps those things are still pretty prominent now, but Michael's music is as fresh as ever - despite the possibility that we may find him hiding under the duvet.

Second Set

Another Lockdown Jazz favourite, Kumar Chopra, will be live once again from his flat in Cardiff. With his repertoire influenced by folk and soul, we can't wait to hear what Kumar brings to the first session of the year.

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#16 Timmy Boom & Siobhan Waters | Glasshopper

November 25, 2020

First Set

Pianist Timmy Boomer and singer Siobhan Waters met while studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and have been working together in a duo and larger ensembles for the past two years. Performing socially distanced from Timmy’s bedroom in Cardiff, the duo present a set focussing on storytelling and lyricism that delves into repertoire from some of the great contemporary songwriters interlaced with some of their own original music.

Second Set

London based trio Glasshopper, is an exciting young group born out of a love for melody and improvisation. Led by its saxophonist Jonathan Chung, the group brings together the creative minds of guitarist James Kitchman and drummer Corrie Dick.

Influenced by the free, jazz, rock and folk worlds, the band performs Jonathan’s emotionally sophisticated compositions with reverence and abandon, intricately weaving together moments of sonic bliss and euphoric rock-outs. With improvisation at the heart of each performance, Jonathan, Corrie and James are unified in creating original interpretations that inspire fresh stories to unravel within the listener’s imagination. Seldom settling, always searching.

In October 2020 Glasshopper released their anticipated debut ‘Fortune Rules’. The record is an abstract tale and documentation of what this focused unit have been refining for six years. Plunging listeners into deep electric landscapes and raising them into territory that suspends in the air. Abstracting time and rhythm to allow freedom for melody to take precedence, before breaking out into euphoric rock-outs.


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#15 Alex Merritt & Freddie Jensen | Huw Warren & Iain Ballamy

November 11, 2020

First Set

'This duo set brings together acclaimed tenor saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt and gifted young bass player Freddie Jensen (Alex Ridout, Sean Payne). Alex and Freddie started playing together a couple of years ago as part of Alex's residency at the time at The Geldart in Cambridge, where Freddie is currently finishing his Maths undergraduate. At the recommendation of Gareth Lockrane, Alex gave Freddie a call and they connected so well musically that have played lots since in both trio with Joshua Blackmore and, most recently, at last years London Jazz Festival in a quintet that also featured Miriam Ast on vocals, pianist Sam Leak and Dave Hamblett on drums.

Influences from contemporary jazz, classical music and free improvisation will combine in this set in exciting ways as the pair play originals and arrangements specifically honed for this, lockdown- friendly, duo performance. There will be explorations of some of Alex's original music, arrangements of Olivier Messiaen, Charlie Parker and some standards also. They will be streaming from their place of work, 'The Shed', in Cambridge and it's is going to be a lot of fun! We hope to see you there.

Second Set

ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is internationally recognised as a saxophonist and composer. He has been described variously as urbane, original, melodic, freethinking and uncompromising. Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker his work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition. Over 3 decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and gradually forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary jazz scene.

Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World and Contemporary music; he has a distinctive and personal voice, and has collaborated with a huge variety of artists worldwide. Huw has recorded 2 albums for ECM (as Quercus with June Tabor and Iain Ballamy) and in 2018 released a solo piano recording Nocturnes and Visions. In 2019 he will release 2 albums for CAM Jazz Everything in Between (with Dudley Phillips and Zoot Warren) and New Day (with Mark Lockheart) His previous albums and projects have included themes and source material as diverse as John Dowland, Plainchant and Hermeto Pascoal. His writing style combines quirky rhythmic grooves with simple melodic beauty; and manages to be both complex and approachable.

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#14 Bruno Heinen | Ivo Neame & Julian Siegel

October 28, 2020

First Set

Dr. Bruno Heinen is a London based contemporary improvising pianist, composer and educator.

Bruno has worked with artists such as Shabaka Hutchings, Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Julian Arguelles, Denys Baptiste, Reem Kelani, Pete Saberton, Steve Watts, Jason Brown and Emilia Martensson amongst others.

He was taught by the late John Taylor and Pete Saberton, and has just completed an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD at the RNCM with the title 'Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch'.

As part of his research, he received funding to travel to NYC to interview and work with Hersch in 2016.


Second Set

Ivo is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. In addition to leading his own bands, he is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-looking groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. His fifth album under his own name “Moksha”, released on Edition Records in 2018, has received rave reviews and earlier this year he released the album “Multiverse” as a duo with yet another SoundCellar favourite, percussionist and vibes player Jim Hart, again on Edition Records.

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#13 Matheus Prado | Jonathan Ludvigsen

October 14, 2020

First Set

Matheus will bring solo intimate set with standards and improvised rhythms making the bass speaking with its full voice.

Second Set

Jonathan Jull Ludvigsen is a drummer from Aarhus, Denmark and was an exchange student in the jazz program at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff. Through superior coordination and a very playful approach to any given genre he throws himself at, he has begun setting his mark on the jazzscene in Denmark. His trio Athletic Progression has been one of the first “new jazz” groups to receive recognition in Denmark, and has grown and evolved simultaneously with the UK Jazz scene

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#12 Fergus McCredie | Gilad Hekselman

September 30, 2020

First Set

Pianist Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Born in Jamestown, near Strathpeffer, he grew up in Dollar and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018.

McCreadie’s music is an innovative blend of jazz and Scottish traditional music. Turas (Scottish Gaelic for ‘Journey’) features eight original compositions which are designed to take the listener on an auditory journey of Scotland. Depicting scenes from the Western Isles to the East Neuk of Fife, the music is evocative of the landscapes from which it has taken its inspiration.

Second Set

Gilad Hekselman is one of the world's most prominent jazz guitar players. Winner of Downbeat's 2017 Rising Star Guitarist, Hekselman has released 8 records under his own name, and has been touring the world extensively with his band, and as a sideman with some of the finest musicians on the NY scene.

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#11 Hohen Ford, Sach & Stoneman | Huw Warren

September 16, 2020

First Set

Hohnen/Sach/Stoneman Trio is a new group with a sound simultaneously unique and fresh yet familiar. It brings the individual’s own songs to life with an original approach drawing upon sounds from free music, folk, 1960s counterculture movements and African American Jazz, with lyrics often inspired by renowned poets, novelists and thinkers from across the century and beyond.’

Second Set

Welsh Pianist and Composer Huw Warren has recorded for several high-profile European labels including ECM and CAM Jazz, but during lockdown decided to self -release some solo piano recordings from 2016 at the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead.

In a special livestream for Bamzu Lockdown Jazz sessions, Huw returns to the Ucheldre Centre to present a virtual album launch, as well as premiering several new pieces written during lockdown.

Huw Warren has achieved an international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World and Contemporary music; he has a distinctive and personal voice, and has collaborated with a huge variety of artists worldwide.

A founder member of Perfect Houseplants, Huw has received critical acclaim for both his solo projects and collaborations with June Tabor, Maria Pia de Vito, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, and many others. He is known as an interpreter of the music of Hermeto Pascoal and has performed/recorded with several Brazilian musicians including Jovino Santos Neto, Carlos Malta, Adriano Adewale, Roberto Taufic and Chico Buarque.

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#10 Josh Heaton & Alex Burch | Joe Webb

September 2, 2020

First Set

Josh and Alex bring you a joyous cacophony of sound from their flat on Kincraig Street. Inspired by all the music we've wooped, wailed and wondered at together over the years.

Second Set

Joe Webb is a highly regarded pianist and a leading force on the U.K jazz scene today. He grew up in Wales before moving to London in 2013, where he has been active ever since. Joe regularly performs around Europe, and has played at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Dizzy’s jazz club, The Royal Albert Hall, CCB Lisboa and Théâtre de la Fleuriaye, Carquefou. Tonight he will play a mixture of original compositions, early jazz pieces and American songbook tunes.

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#9 Lockheart & Blanchfield | Hurrell, Stylianides & Kayser

August 19, 2020

First Set

2 Parts of the power trio Arkocean; Michael Blanchfield and Alex Lockheart will be dusting off the cobwebs for their first gig together since lockdown. Taking you on a musical journey with a deep sense of groove. Expect some Arkocean tunes, taken from their latest EP ‘Tide Shift’ among some other surprises!

Second Set

Christos, Jas and Mark live lockdown and load at their house in SE London where they shall be streaming from live. Trinity Masters graduate Christos Stylianides will be providing ‘Beeps and Boops’ on the electronic set up while Berklee Grad, Lenny kravitz shareholder and all around Big Gal on the scene Jaz Kayser will be smashing out rhythms on an outlandish new drum set up. Saxophonist rent payer and dep to non other than Lewis Hamilton, Mark Hurrell will be providing sounds of the saxophone! This set will contain purely improvised music delving into many realms unbeknownst to both you and them.

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#8 Frazer McIntosh | Rob Luft & Elina Duni

August 5, 2020

First Set

Streaming a live solo piano set from his home, RWCMD graduate Frazer will be playing original compositions. Inspired by an eclectic range of music genres, Frazer's music sounds as fresh as it does sophisticated.


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‘Songs of Love and Exile’

Elina Duni is a Swiss-Albanian singer. Having been signed to ECM Records since 2012, her hallmark combination of traditional Albanian folk songs and jazz has lead to worldwide critical acclaim. For this new project, she is joined by guitarist Rob Luft, acclaimed as one of the rising stars of London's flourishing contemporary jazz scene. Luft's playing incorporates echoes of West African high-life, English folk and indie rock, and his joyously original sound finds an ideal counterpart in Elina Duni's vocals. Together, they steer us on a journey through timeless folk songs which still resonate so truly today.

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#7 Olive Grinter | Tom Ollendorf & Will Barry

July 22, 2020

First Set

Christening her new house with its first live performance, from her bedroom in Cardiff, Olive will be singing songs with her guitar. Some that she’s written, old and new, and some of her favourite heart-warmers. She hopes to take you to a warm, fluffy, pink land for the evening (to match her hair).

Second Set

Will Barry and Tom Ollendorff will present a selection of music exploring the dynamic of the Guitar/Piano duo.

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#6 Dave Bush | Linus Fenton

July 8, 2020

First Set

Dave Bush will be playing live from his bedroom in Cardiff, where he’s spent most of his days recently. Dave will be performing a mixture of his favourite standards and his own tunes that he’s written over the years including a new one about another bird; playing a combination of saxophone, keyboard and computer.

Second Set

Live from his bedroom in east London, amongst segments of improvisation, Linus will be performing his own songs for the first time ever; using just his bass guitar and an array of pedals to set up loops and drones to accompany his singing- which he describes as weak and ungraceful but hopefully charming.

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#5 Coren Sithers & Clem Saynor | Quinn Oulton

June 24, 2020

First Set

Making up 2/3rds of the infamous 'Naked Lunch Trio', lockdown housemates Clem Saynor and Coren Sithers reluctantly join forces to bring you an evening of folksong and free improvisation. Inspired by sheer boredom and not wanting to do anymore jigsaw puzzles, they both hope to sonically describe common lockdown feelings, such as 'I really need a haircut'.

Second Set

Quinn Oulton is a singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in South London. Over the past three years Quinn has been developing a unique sound that merges his jazz roots with modern production and alternative/indie songwriting.

Following his debut album release, he was chosen to attend the acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy 2018 where he delved deeper into the world of electronic music and production. Quinn’s most recent EP, ‘Long Gone’ was released in March 2020, which won him the Spinnup x BBC Introducing Live award.

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#4 Huw V Williams | Kumar Chopra

June 10, 2020

First Set

Formidable bass player Huw V Williams will be playing live from his home in St. Albans, exploring the bass and its sonic possibilities. Huw’s new album, Equidistant Between, is coming out next month and available to preorder here

Second Set

Kumar Chopra will be live from his flat in Cardiff, bringing you his interpretation of some of his favourite tunes from the folk and soul world, delving into what the guitar has to offer with a continuous solo set.

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#3 Ben Manning & Gail Tasker | Norman Willmore

May 27, 2020

First Set

Presenting our first Lockdown Jazz Duo performance! Streaming live from their home in Camden, Ben and Gail bring an eclectic mix of their favourite tunes, exploring the possible interplay between double bass and flute.

They will be reinterpreting music by the likes of Bill Frisell, John Taylor, and Keith Jarrett. Expect soothing, acoustic sounds and mediocre chat, ideal for an evening of escapism.


Second Set

Saxophonist Norman Willmore will be streaming a live set from his sitting room in Glasgow's West End. The set will centre around Norman's love for Scandinavian music. With the use of his laptop , Norman has built up lush beds of drones and loops from which he can explore Norwegian and Swedish folk songs.

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#2 Rod Oughton | Michael Blanchfield

May 13, 2020

First Set

London based drummer and Royal Welsh College of Music alumni Rod Oughton will be sharing a new solo set from his bedroom in Harlesden. Rod's band 'OK Aurora' has recently released their debut EP 'Baby Zeza'.


Second Set

Cardiff based pianist Michael Blanchfield, also an RWCMD graduate, will be streaming a live solo piano set from his living room in Cathays. Expect music inspired by memories of when we could travel around, spaceships and robots, stillness and solitude

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