Jazz is not a Four Letter Word.
Polar Bear, along with contemporaries Portico Quartet, have done what nobody thought possible. Made jazz cool again. Maybe it is the fact they completely shredded the old guard to pieces, or maybe it is the complete lack of pretentious cliquey self-righteousness that plagues so much of the jazz scene. Maybe it is the frantic rock n roll rhythms of genius drummer Seb Rochford. Either way, they’ve done it. Polar Bear are contemporary jazz, and are a group that have not shied away from dividing opinion among the jazz press and community.
Tonight, Polar Bear will be performing in Manchester – off the back of last year’s critically acclaimed show at Band on the Wall, they return, and this time at Sound Control. This is a show not being held in a whiskey soaked smokey jazz den a la Matt & Phreds (though we do love that place!), but in a full-on club setting. This is jazz with a hip-hop flavour. This is for The New Guard. Expect it to be loud, insane, and if Polar Bear’s previous shows have been anything to go by, completely game changing. If you think you don’t like jazz, you ain’t heard jazz like this.
This should be the only gig in town tonight. Miss it at your peril.
Polar Bear play tonight at Sound Control. Tickets are £10 and are available from Ticketline & Skiddle. More Info.