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Friday, 18 August 2017

Chapel Allerton Village jazz Festival gears up

   Dave O Higgins
 Hyde Park Brass
 James O Hara 
 Nag Champa 

The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival in Leeds gets underway in a couple of weeks starting Friday 1st September  and running to Sunday 3rd September. Dazzling jazz sax player Dave O'Higgins will headline, with a special performance with material from his latest album, "It's Always 9.30 in Zog" at Seven Arts on Saturday 2nd September. "He plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out" - Observer. His band will also be giving a masterclass before the concert

There is a definite "funky feel" to the bands on offer at this second Village Jazz Festival . Dave Kane's amazing Magic Ya Ya band open the festival on Friday 1st September, then there are performances on Saturday by bluesy songstress Terry Shaltiel with guitarist Esmond Selwyn and on Sunday afternoon on the main festival Regent Street stage by rising stars Nag Champa, Dan Goldman's Elec-trio, Hyde Park Brass plus a final set from the popular James O'Hara Blues Band

There are a whole host of other performances over the weekend as well including pop-up sets from the Washboard Resonators in  the cafes of Chapel Allerton village, a set from community big band, Mojo 78, popular vocalist Marlena Rose with Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer and the latin rhythms of Tempo Feliz

All in all 4 venues with 14 different bands - plus the rest of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival to enjoy too.

Fri 1 September Dave Kane’s Magic Ya-Ya Band @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave Kane - electric bass & composer. Chris Sharkey – guitar, Matt Bourne – keys, Si Kaylor & James Mainwaring - tenor saxes Ollie Dover - Bari sax. Joost Hendrickx & Sam Hobbs - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Will Powell’s “Chunky Indulgence” 8.00-8.30pm
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10 tickets

Sat 2 Sept @The Woods - free event with Washboard Resonators 12.45 – 1.45 Tempo Feliz 2pm- 3.30pm Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn 3.45pm- 5.30pm

Sat 2 Sept @Inkwell - free event with Jeff Hewer guitar and Marlena Rose vocals 1.30-3.30pm

Sat 2 Sept Dave O’Higgins Quartet @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes ,Graham Harvey – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – bass, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Pete Rosser’s “Monk” trio
Masterclass at Seven Arts with the quartet 5-6pm £5 on the door (open to all)
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10
Ticketed  masterclass £5

Sun 3 Sept Jazz Funk and Blues Sunday @Regent Street Main Stage –free event
12.00 Mojo 78 Big Band directed by Dave Evans,
1.15pm Hyde Park Brass
2.30pm Dan Goldman's Elec-trio
3.45pm Nag Champa
5.00pm James O Hara Blues Band

More details here

The Village Jazz Festival is promoted by the new Jazz Leeds organisation and it supported by Art Council England and Jazz North's Northern Line

Cullingworth Jazz latest programme

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden 27 Sept

From Dave Lee - the August/September jazz programme at Cullingworth in West Yorkshire

23 Aug Georgina Barr vocals with Brendan Duffy sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Jonny Clapham bass, Dave Lee drums

30 Aug Sue Fisher vocals, Tony Denton sax, Paul Conway keys, Brian Jackson bass, Dave Lee drums

6 Sept Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Martin Longhawn keys, Brian Jackson bass Dave Lee drums

13 Sept Nel Begley vocals with Laurie Covelle sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

20 Sept Dolly James vocals with James Boyes sax Mike Conliffe keys Dave Lee drums

27 Sept Julie Edwards vocals Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

Free entrance, raffle contribution
9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week starting Wednesday 16th and running to Sunday 20th August. Renowned vocalist Ian Shaw will headline, with a special performance at the Winter Gardens on August 18th performing material from his latest album, Theory of Joy. Shaw is internationally regarded as one of the leading jazz voices and is also recognised for his humanitarian work supporting refugees.

Fans of vocal jazz won't just have Ian to keep them satisfied; Zoe Gilby opens the festival on 16th August Beverley Beirne sings Carmichael on 19th August and Julie Edwards performs on 17th.

There's a whole host of other performances including pop-up sets from Backchat Brass, the wonderfully inventive Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham, a new quartet led by James Mainwaring and the Jamie Brownfield Quintet plus lots more. There are 5 venues, 14 concerts and 3 events for you to attend:

Wed 16/8 – 7pm @Monkmans – Zoe Gilby 
£37.50 inc 3 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Wed 16/8 – 9pm @Martinez – Dave Smith 
£5 book on 01943 600 000

Thur 17/8 – 7pm @Quinta – Julie Edwards 
£30 inc meal book on 01943 602 670

Thur 17/8 – 9pm @Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free

Fri 18/8 – 4pm @Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free

Fri 18/8 – 6pm @Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald 
£22.50 inc 2 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Fri 18/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
£15 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 10am @Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
book by email on

Sat 19/8 – 1pm @Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 2.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Jamie Brownfield Quartet 
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 4 pm @Winter Gardens – James Mainwairing Trio - Ikigai
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 6.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Beverley Sings Carmichael 
£7.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – John Crawford Times and Tides
£12.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 11pm @Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
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Sun 20/8 – 10am @Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
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Sun 20/8 – 12.30pm @Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free

Sun 20/8 – 3.30pm @Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Jazz singers improvisation day workshop in Leeds

Leeds Jazz Singer Nicki Allan is organising a jazz singers improvisation day workshop at Inkwell Arts in Leeds on Sunday 10th September 9.30-5pm in association with Seven Jazz Leeds

Learn how to improve your jazz singing - techniques, the tips, the approaches. You'll be working with Nicki Allan, the vocal tutor at the Royal Northern Conservatoire. There will be a top rhythm section there to support you. Go on you know you've always wanted to! Lots of fun. Cost for the day £75 including lunch and refreshments

Inkwell Arts is the former Shoulder of Mutton pub 31 Potternewton lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3LW. It is the venue for some of the Seven Jazz Leeds gigs so there is a good quality piano and a pa there.

To enrol contact Nicki on

Vote now in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017!

Just one day to go now for you to vote in the most prestigious of the UK jazz awards - the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

Last year 2016 Seven Jazz Leeds was the only winner from the North - so lets see if we can get some others from the region this year !

The categories are

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 by a UK band or musicians)
  • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK). 
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2016)
  • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
  • Jazz Media Award(including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year(UK-based group who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016

To vote please go to:

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live in conjunction with Peroni. The awards will be made not at the Houses of Commons this year (they are, after all rather busy...) but at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn on Tuesday 10th October.

The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Grimsby Jazz autumn programme

Orient House Ensemble 6 December

Grimsby Jazz has a great line up of monthly gigs for its Autumn Programme

The Nikki Iles Trio on Wednesday 6th September 2017
 ‘Iles displayed the rhythmic surprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with a mix of ruggedness and reflection that make her comparable with the great John Taylor.’ Guardian.

Nikki Iles comes to Grimsby Jazz with one of the best double bass players in the country, Dave Green, and a new face to the club Geoff Simkins on alto saxophone.

On Wednesday 18th October 2017 the Philip Clouts Quartet features rising
 star Samuel Eagles
Cape Town-born Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz piano heroes. Joined by saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and Yamaha Jazz Scholarship-winning drummer Dave Ingamells, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet follows on Wednesday 8th November.This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by the finest UK-based jazz musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from the latest recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017) Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums, Graham Harvey piano.

The last gig Grimsby Jazz have at the Old Clee Club is The Orient House Ensemble on Wednesday 6th December. “A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian. Gilad Atzmon leads the band of Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi double bass and Chris Higginbottom drums with himself on Saxes.

All at the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Tickets  £12 in adv £14 on the door Students half price
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm Tel: 01472 873730 /
Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677

Ten young musicians wanted to work with Zoe Rahman

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound have announced that pianist, composer and bandleader Zoe Rahman will lead their third Jazz Directors Series residency and tour from 15-22 October 2017.

Zoe has performed extensively around the world, has been a featured artist on numerous television and radio programmes, and is frequently invited to sit on high-profile panels – most notably the Mercury Music Prize, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the Nottingham International Jazz Piano competition.

They are looking for ten young professional jazz musicians to form the Inner City Ensemble. Over one week this evolving group will rehearse and perform works composed and recorded by Rahman including new arrangements of some tunes from her most recent solo piano album Dreamland.

“I’m really looking forward to working with open-minded improvising artists who have a strong grounding in jazz, a deep sense of groove and who like to listen to a wide range of musical styles. There will be opportunities for all of the musicians to shine individually as well as contribute to the ensemble as a whole. Hopefully the project will be challenging, rewarding and above all fun for all of us.” – Zoe Rahman

For this residency and tour they are looking for a diverse range of emerging professional jazz musicians aged over 18 who play to a very high standard (graduate equivalent and above) with excellent improvisation and reading skills and who can reference drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz among other styles.

Accompanying Zoe Rahman on Piano, the Inner City Ensemble will be:

Double Bass*
Flute (doubling on alto flute)
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
*a good working knowledge of drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz styles is particularly preferable on these instruments

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sun 13 Aug 2017 at midnight

Apply here

For more information about the Jazz Directors Series please contact Tim Chatterton at Brighter Sound on or call 0161 830 3899.