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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Northern Line bands announced -6th edition

Jazz North, the northern jazz development agency, today announced the 6th roster of Ambassador Artists to be selected for the northern line scheme. Lucy Woolley, northern line project manager says:

“The northern line scheme aims to highlight both the quality and variety of jazz being composed and performed by artists all across the North. This year’s roster is no exception, reflecting the diverse talent living and working in the region”.

Jazz North will support these Round 6 artists with professional development and tour subsidy between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.

Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / James Girling guitar / Ali Roocroft piano, keyboards / Alasdair Simpson bass guitar / Matt Brown drums
RNCM alumni combining outstanding musicianship and spry energy with organic yet sophisticated compositions; light-footed grooves that call on late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis, prog rock and electronic music.

Rebekah Reid violin, loop pedal / Polly Virr cello, loop pedal
A Manchester duo combining acoustic strings and classical composition practices with loops and improvisation, conjuring up pieces that evolve and borrow from jazz, minimalism, folk, world and electronic dance music.

Matthew Aplin piano / Tom Riviere double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Their sound spans European avant-garde and spiritual blues; exploring improvisation, at times peaceful and spacious, at others frenzied and angular, this Leeds trio offers a collective approach to the classic format.

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 
Emma Johnson tenor saxophone / Calvin Travers guitar / Sam Quintana bass guitar / Alasdair Wells drums
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and a warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have since formed a strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound. 

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor piano
A solo recital from this Newcastle-based pianist, composer and improviser, whose trademark performances are rhapsodic journeys that lead listeners through twists and turns, complex harmonies and classical vignettes, with a restless capacity for invention.

Manchester Jazz Collective
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt saxophones / Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets / Ellie Smith trombone / Rich McVeigh bass trombone / Andy Stamatakis-Brown piano / Paul Baxter double bass / Johnny Hunter drums
A collaboration of northern players creating large-scale compositions and defying stylistic categorisation, thanks to their varied palettes and democratic approach: rich orchestrations rub shoulders with middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-jazz and heavy metal. 

Lis Murphy voice, violin / Mali Hayes voice / Kate Moran, Simmy Singh violins / Kath Ord viola / Sarah Dale cello / John Ellis piano / Mark Lewis double bass / Myke Wilson drums 
Hauntingly beautiful and uplifting, blending personal stories and an interest in musics from across the globe via Manchester, Lis uses pop-song formats to convey the intense darkness and light arising from humanitarian subjects such as war, loss and love.

The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams guitar / Paul Susans bass guitar / Russ Morgan drums
Influences from rock, metal and fusion, with added electronic effects, give this guitar trio from Newcastle an edgier and more modern sound, yet with melody and improvisation still at its core.

Jordie Cooke guitar / Frankie O'Keeffe voice / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone / Matthew Forster tenor& baritone saxophone / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet / John Pope bass / Dave McKeague, Oscar Cassidy drums
Saddle up for a ride into a heady, energetic world of samba reggae, punk-jazz and Afro-beat via the steppes of Cumbria and Newcastle; tackling loss of cultures, community and a changing society with good vibes, animalistic behaviour and raw energy.

More information available at or Lucy Woolley, northern line Project Manager -

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The self, the group, society - and jazz!

To all those people who say to you "you must need your head examining to organise jazz ...."

Come and find out how!

Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73PD 8pm

Revealed: The Bootleg Eric Band at Wakefield

From Chris de Saram

Newton/Tracey band to play their music, primarily the Bootleg Eric Suite - Friday 20th April at Wakefield Jazz. The Bootleg Eric suite was written to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Wakefield Jazz. One piece was composed and titled Bootleg Eric, a Wakefield character (Eric Parkin) who always made his own recordings of Wakefield Jazz gigs. The suite was recorded and the consequent album also named “Bootleg Eric”. The band and the music was revived at last year’s Swanage Jazz Festival. Eric Parkin died shortly before that performance.

We asked Dave and Clark to reprise the music once more to celebrate the anniversary of Eric’s death.   After more than 20 years few of the original band were still playing or available.  This is also a variant of the Swanage band - a very special Octet. This will be a rare experience and should not fail to move us.#

David Newton   -              piano (composer)
Cark Tracey         -              drums (composer)
Steve Fishwick   -              trumpet 
Mark Nightingale -           trombone
Derek Nash         -              alto sax
Paul Booth          -              tenor sax
Dean Masser      -              tenor sax
Arnie Somogyi   -              bass 

Embodied Hope quartet at Sheffield Jazz

John Irabogon sax; George Colligan: piano; Michael Janisch: bass; Andrew Bain: drums.

20.00 Friday 13th April  Crookes Social Club

Following on from their highly successful 2016 UK tour, drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Bain’s stellar international quartet return to release his debut album as a leader.  “This is an outstanding band with seemingly bottomless reserves of energy and excitement and a strong concept driving the leader – the upcoming recording session should yield some explosive results.” …Jazzwise Magazine 2016

 “Bain and three gifted Americans make a powerful combination ... in this fine group ..." John Fordham, The Guardian, Nov 2017

Next up at Sheffield Jazz : Martin Speake / Ethan Iverson quartet 20.00 Friday, 20th April, Crookes Social Club. Martin Speake: sax; Ethan Iverson: piano; Fred Thomas: bass; Martin France: drums.

Ticket Information Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
Advance tickets (no additional booking fee)

Jazz at Heart Summer School

SUMMER SCHOOL 2018  August 6th - 9th inclusive
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily, plus gig/jam on 9th)

Here is just one photo of Mad Matt Roberts, jazz guru and educator extraordinaire... leading our popular jazz summer school alongside Miraculous Matt Anderson (background here) who complements the Roberts with his own insights into jazz technique and theory.

You will learn more - and laugh more - in the four days of jazz-at-heart's summer school than you have all year. I guarantee!

Places book up fast - so let me know very soon if you want to come. I would particularly like to hear from any bassists who might be interested. The cost is £250 for the whole four days (or £65 for individual days) - which is a bargain by any measure! And we have great lunchtimes chatting in the lovely HEART courtyard

Email if you want to come. Don't delay!

The Ragtime Band at Dove Jazz

From Roger Marshall at Dove Jazz Club

Saturday 21st April The Ragtime Band

On Saturday the 21 April the Dove Jazz Club eagerly anticipates the return of the hugely entertaining Ragtime Band for its annual Gig. A formidable ‘All-star’ band, that has been sailing to the Dove shores for a period of time best described as being of a great immensity. Throughout this period they have maintained their huge popularity with Dove audiences in spite of a few enforced changes to their personnel they have always skilfully played the jazz music that carries the broad New Orleans label. Their rock steady rhythm section will consist of three seasoned professionals in the form of the vastly experienced Ian McCann with his banjo and guitar, the last hatchling from the famed Cottrill drum school namely Jack, and that elder statesman from the rice fields of Shropshire Howard Worthington on the string bass plus the odd vocal. An extremely strong and talented frontline will contain a reedsman who is in a class of his own Mr John Hallam with his clarinet and tenor sax, the much acclaimed and highly decorated youngish Jamie Brownfield playing his trumpet and the one and only Mike Pointon giving his all as usual on trombone and vocals. Interestingly this month’s Sandy Browns Jazz Web page, which is easily accessible, features an interesting ‘tea break’ feature with Mike giving us further insight into his interesting and purposeful life amongst the New Orleans Jazz fraternity on both sides of the pond over many years.

Our 2018 Programme will continue on the 19th May when the tussockful Tom Langham will be bringing along his congenial Cotswold chums Malcolm and Danny playing under their familiar Hot Fingers banner whose ranks will be further enhanced by having that delightful songstress Emily Campbell amongst them.

More details:

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Sunday, 1 April 2018

‘Ray Davies’ Song Book @Wigan Jazz Club

Wigan Jazz Club, 29th April, 2018

The Ben Crossland All Star Quintet Play the ‘Ray Davies’ Song Book.

Ben Crossland (bass), Nick France (drums), Steve Lodder (keyboards), John Etheridge (guitar), Dave O’Higgins (sax).

“….a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing …. These well respected men have done Mr Davies proud …” Jazzwise.

At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish. £11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members. Pay at the door, or on line at

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on