Label of love a Jon deal

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FORMER Little Man Tate singer turned solo artist Jon Windle will hold an official launch night for his boutique record label later this month.

With Tiny Teeth Records he is planning to offer local unsigned bands opportunities to perform, record and distribute music, backed by the experience and nous of seasoned industry professionals.

TTR currently represents up and coming indie artists such as Emily Ireland, aka See Emily Play and The Arkham Karvers, with more to follow.

Both acts will play a Soundclash co-promotion at Plug on April 25.

“I owe so much, my whole career, really, to Sheffield audiences and to the musicians of Yorkshire,” says Jon. “Creating this label is a labour of love for me and I’m proud and excited to be representing such talented young people.”

A Big Apple jazz grapple

IN jazz circles Howard Alden is something of an eyebrow raiser.

In fact, the New York guitarist has been described as possibly the best of his generation by no less than the Jazz Times, which makes his gig at The Lescar on Wednesday something of a coup.

California-born Alden sprang from a 1980s re-emergence of small-group swing among young musicians who extended the tradition and added their original voices to the music.

He began playing guitar at 10, initially working the Dixieland and trad jazz scene, before moving to NYC.

Since then he has played with virtually every important musician active in the swing and bop fields, including Ruby Braff, Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Flip Phillips, Woody Herman, Joe Williams, Wild Bill Davison, Judy Carmichael, Warren Vache, Mel Powell, Kenny Davern, Ken Peplowski, Monty Alexander, Dick Hyman, Randy Sandke and Joe Bushkin.

The best Adelaide plans...

MAKE the most of Tracer’s gig at Plug later this month as the Aussie power trio seem to be headed for larger pastures.

Simple demand has landed the Adelaide act their first nationwide headline UK tour – hitting Sheffield on April 28 – after their singles Too Much and Devil Ride got them high in Planet Rock’s Best New Band listeners’ poll.

Tracer’s début album Spaces In Between captured their adrenaline rush rock’n’roll with thunderous riffs and raw, uncompromising vocals. Think Alice In Chains and Sabbath on too much Lucozade.