SUNDAY JOINT: CORTO.ALTO + NAALÍ COLLECTIVE
Sunday 5 December 2021
For our penultimate Sunday Joint of 2021, we have a great Scottish nu-jazz band touring to promote their new album and hitting Leeds for the first time. Talking about the much respected corto.alto. Support from Norwegian singer Lina Holt and her great Leeds based band NAALÍ COLLECTIVE.
corto.alto is the brain-child of award winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and visual artist Liam Shortall. Liam has worked as a trombonist, guitarist & music producer in Glasgow from the age of 16. He currently works with numerous award winning musical groups and projects in Scotland such as Graham Costello’s STRATA, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes, AKU! & Fat-Suit. Liam’s maiden project, corto.alto brings together cross-genre musicians from across the world to explore new and original sounds in the world of jazz and beyond.
corto.alto really broke through after summer 2019 when they started releasing new music every three weeks and it really took off during the first lockdown in spring/summer 2020 with the “live” sessions beamed from the comfort of Flat 435 in Glasgow. The 435 sessions finished in June 2020 with “Is That It?”, a collaboration with British jazz icon Soweto Kinch who is a personal inspiration for Liam. The highlights were collated on a sold-out vinyl EP on the much acclaimed Bristol label Worm Discs and received support across Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland. In this short but productive space of time, corto.alto were awarded for Best Band and Album at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2020, and received a personal invitation by Gilles Peterson to perform at We Out Here 2021.
After an amazing We Out Here performance, the band announced their forthcoming releases for autumn 2021. Firstly, a lead single “Brotherhood” from their forthcoming winter mini-album “Not for Now”. A new song featuring the spoken word talents of Franz Von, MC and frontman for K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, who recently rocked Sunday Joint with his own live hip-hop band. Band leader Liam Shortall wrote the song after a Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Eva Lazarus gig, inspired to combine the energy of sound system culture with Latin jazz.
Shortall is able to call on musicians of the highest caliber, from Glasgow and beyond, to give life to his compositions. Among them were rising saxophonist Harry Weir (Rebecca Vasmant, AKU!), trumpeter James Copus (Jacob Collier, Dizzee Rascal), pianist Fergus McReadie and drummer Graham Costello (STRATA). Nubiyan Twist and ONIPA co-founder/co-leader Tom Excell not only contributes on percussion, but also co-produces “Not For Now” alongside Shortall, adding the midas touch that has undoubtedly contributed to Nubiyan Twist’s incredible success in 2021 with their well received album “Freedom Fables”. “Not for Now” is due for release worldwide on November 26th via Worm Discs and corto.alto then undertake their first full UK tour to promote it.
Support for this show is from the highly rated Leeds future soul/alt-jazz crew NAALÍ COLLECTIVE led by Norwegian singer, artist and activist Lina Holt. Her raw and soulful voice, storytelling and use of electronics mould together into a space of spirituality, politics, expression and lived experience. Her music is inspired by her favorite artists like Erykah Badu, Bjork, James Blake, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bobby Mcferrin and Greentea Peng. Activism and stands on politics often comes through in her music and together with her band, they’re here to comfort you, create vibrations on the dancefloor, provide food for thought, and create community wherever they go. When coming to a NAALÍ show, you can expect an experience, and fusion of genres ranging from jazz, hip-hop and afrobeat, tastefully surrounded by electronics and sounds she’s found throughout her life. Like Lina says “When you come to our show, we don’t always want you to think it’s pretty.
We want you to feel something. But with style of course. NAALÍ COLLECTIVE is a pan-global group with musicians from all over the world – Norway, Brazil, United Kingdom, Lebanon – coming together to make universal sounds for all people. They smashed it live at their last Sunday Joint appearance in October and feature the best of the best musicians currently in their final year at Leeds Conservatoire. They include : Lina Holt – vocals, leader, Adam Wilkin – trombone, Gustavo Andrade – tenor saxophone, Luca Ferrara – drums, Yasmina Nahas – backing vocals, Amanda Nossen – electric bass, Billy Burls – percussion, Jacob Hargreaves – keys & synth
This great night is hosted by Leeds jazz/soul/global beats legend and DJ Lubi Jovanovic. Doors are 8pm. Entry is, as always FREE!!!Time8PM