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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Paul Kilvington and Graham Clark at Huddersfield Jazz 23 July

Paul Kilvington: keyboard
Graham Clark: violin

Paul Kilvington has been involved in the music industry for the past 25 years. During this time he has toured worldwide and has performed with many artists. He is equally capable in soul, jazz, or pop music - as demonstrated by the dazzling array of television shows he has appeared on. On a jazz level, he has performed with Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets and Branford Marsalis. He also performed with Jack Jones on his last two UK tours, when he played at the London Palladium. He also formed the latin jazz ensemble Amazonia to perform his own compositions and has played in all the major jazz festivals with them: their first CD is soon to be released. He has won many awards and prizes, including three from Leeds Jazz College from where he graduated.

Graham Clark has been working as a violinist since 1982. He plays mainly the usual canon of standards. Ballads like "Body and Soul” and "My One and Only Love”, medium swingers, such as "All the Things You Are". Other tunes might include "Have you met Miss Jones?”, or post-bop classics like “Joyspring”, or perhaps some Charlie Parker tunes - not often heard on violin.

Paul and Graham have been performing together for the last 10 years. Their repertoire focuses on a unique interpretation of carefully chosen jazz and latin material featuring compositions by such artists as Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti. There’s always a wonderful and exciting interplay between the two of them, and there will be
fireworks when they get stuck in to the livelier tunes!

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (

Chris Barber still blowing strong after 68 years

Jazz icon Chris Barber and his Big Band returns to Doncaster’s Cast Theatre on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm, with favourites like "Bourbon Street Parade", "Jubilee Stomp", "Petite Fleur", “Ice Cream”, "When the Saints Go Marching In" and many more.

Chris Barber OBE this year celebrates his 63rd year as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis. In fact, his career began even earlier - in 1949 – when he started his first amateur band which included Alexis Korner on guitar. In their respective ways, they have gone on to become major figures in bringing blues and gospel music to audiences of the UK and Europe.

The Chris Barber Jazz Band of 1953 was a six piece line up. These days - known as The Big Chris Barber Band - it is ten in number. Chris’ explanation for that is ‘Throughout the years we have always enjoyed playing the music of Duke Ellington. From time to time we have brought to Europe the artistes we admire and who would enable us to perform larger arrangements than could be achieved by a six-piece band.’.

The Chris Barber Big Band, inspired by great Ken Colyer Jazz Men, features everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20's Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill.

Featuring in the band is Bob Hunt – a student of Duke Ellington’s music and arranger of The ‘Duke’s’ music and the proud owner of a trombone once the property of Ellington trombonist ‘Tricky’ Sam Nanton! As Chris adds, ‘So we can all play those Ellington arrangements whenever we (or the audience) feel like it!’.

The concert at Cast includes Chris’ favourites like "Bourbon Street Parade", "Jubilee Stomp", "Petite Fleur", “Ice Cream”, "When the Saints Go Marching In" and many more.

Tickets for Chris Barber Big Band at Cast on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm are £20 are available at and on 01302 303 959.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper in Leeds

 Kamasi Washington 1 July

 Robert Glasper Experiment  3 July

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is an American saxophonist with phenomenal talent. In 1999 he won the John Coltrane Music Competition, launching his career. He's played in bands for a huge range of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, and was credited for saxaphone on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album. His solo debut was critically acclaimed and he's well on the way to creating more material for his fans. Get ready for an amazing night with a rare talent.

1 Jul 2017 7pm - 11pm
O2 Academy 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW
£25 + booking fee

Robert Glasper Experiment 

With last year’s Covered, free-thinking idiom-bender Robert Glasper imaginatively used a classic acoustic-trio jazz lineup to rework pop-structured songs. ArtScience reassembles his vocoder-dominated Experiment quartet, but this time with all the members joining the electronically massaged vocals in a recalibration of the group’s balance of pop, dance and jazz methods. The fast jazz swing, skidding avant-bop sax and acoustic walking bass of the opener immediately flags that up, before electronically warped crowd sounds and a hard-struck hip-hop groove intervene. Anthemic pop-hooked songs, such as saxist Casey Benjamin’s Day to Day, nonetheless hide sly jazz nuances in the pianist’s casual fills and drummer Mark Colenburg’s eerily impassive snare hits. A cover of Human League’s Human gracefully develops the pop ballad theme as a seductive accumulation of whistling synth sounds and intensifying hip-hop patterns before Benjamin’s soulfully beboppish acoustic-sax finale. Glasper has signalled an impatience with jazz on earlier Experiment ventures, but very definitely not on this one.

3 July @ Belgrave Music Hall 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP 8pm doors
£25.00 + booking fee

Website tickets

Tim Garland Electric Quartet @Harrogate Festival

Tim Garland | saxophones
Jason Rebello | keyboards
Ant Law | acoustic and electric guitars
Asaf Sirkis | drums

Garland speaks out about the band "formerly an acoustic quartet, we were all brought up listening to electric music too, so we made that switch to include a greater variety of sounds, but some of the folkiness of the earlier band still continues."

The gig will include Bright New Year, Foretold and The Eternal Greeting from the award winning CD One.

When talking about this set Garland comments "the other huge point about this set is its eclecticism; it has often been said that music has the power to unite, and that is very much the message here, jazz is the most generous of music forms."

Harrogate International Festival 

Sunday 2 July | 7.30pm | Crown Hotel, Harrogate North Yorkshire

Tickets £21 (Unreserved Cabaret Style) + booking fee

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Cleethorpes Jazz Festival announced 23-25 June

Denys Baptiste Fri 23rd

Cleethorpes Jazz Festival this year is being produced by Charlotte Bowen from The Culture House for the first time. An exciting and varied programme takes place from 23 – 25 June at Cleethorpes "Beachcomber". Fringe performances will also take place at various venues over the weekend. Here are the main performances

Pan Jumby
Heads South
Denys Baptiste’s The Late Trane

North East Lincolnshire Jazz Orchestra
The Pat McCarthy Quartet
Jay Phelps Quartet
The Zoe Gilby Quartet
Family Jazz All Stars
The Steve Walker Big Swing Band play Miller to Motown

Sam Baker & Friends
Maja Bugge
Firebird Quartet
Zoe Rahman
Georgia Mancio
Alan Barnes and David Newton

Tickets or phone 01472 812666
Venue - Beachcomber Entertainment Centre-  208 North Sea Ln, Humberston, Cleethorpes DN36 4EP. On-site accommodation is available at the Beachcomber (ask for details on booking tickets) with plenty of further choice throughout the resort. Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Jazz North

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Sam Watts returns to Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Sam Watts Sextet play original music from his CD ‘Mime Music’ and an original live score to accompany a showing of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 film "The Kid" composed by Sam especially for this concert. You are NOT going to want to miss this gig! The line up is:
Sam Watts (Piano)
Matthew Herd (Woodwinds)
Lucia Capellaro (Cello)
Thomas Seminar Ford (Guitar)
Flo Moore (Bass)
Ben Brown (Drums)

Royal Academy of Music graduate and 2012 Humphrey Lyttleton Prize winner Sam Watts is a pianist and composer originally from Birmingham. He is active on the London jazz scene and has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Wigmore Hall, the 606 Club and Royal Albert Hall among many other venues. Recently he has returned from a tour of Spain with Brazilian singer Luna Cohen for the launch of her album “November Sky”, as well as giving performances in South Africa and Portugal. In 2014 he received the “Emerging Excellence” award from Help Musicians UK and recorded the album “Mime Music” in 2015.

FRIDAY 30th June 2017 8 p.m. (doors 7.30) Heart Jazz at Bennett Road in Headingley Leeds

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 Where all the June Jazz bugs go!

This coming Sunday afternoon at Inkwell 11 June 1.30pm we have our Jazz Jam session – the ace Mr George McDonald will be our pianist and Steve "Chief" Hanley on drums – come and sing play, watch the fun or maybe just avoid the Leeds Triathlon. £7/5 (concessions includes performers, kids under 16 free) .

The wonderful vocals and bass playing of Nicola Farnon is our main evening presentation at Seven Arts Leeds on Thursday evening 15 June 8pm along with top UK pianist Dave Newton, swinging drummer Steve Brown and the groovy Tony Ormesher on guitar. Nicola Farnon is widely recognised as one of the classiest jazz and swing musicians in the UK. She has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. She has also played with such Jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. Nicola’s new CD "So Farnon So Good" features her on double bass and vocals with some legends of the UK jazz scene. You can hear this music at Seven Arts. The bands' arrangements are all done by Nicola - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure.

The support is pretty great too - "Inside Out" - Kathy Dyson guitar and John Dyson on sax 8-8.30pm. A fantastic evening of fun and entertainment in store- don't miss it ! (£16/14 concessions, NUS £5)

The following week Sunday afternoon 18 June we have Colin Byrne with the Leeds Jazz Orchestra 1.30pm @Seven Arts.£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free).  Leeds Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of Big Band Jazz under Musical Director, Colin Byrne. They delight in an eclectic mix of repertoire from Bebop, Blues and Ballads through to cutting-edge modern Jazz Orchestra numbers. Classic big band arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus sit alongside numbers written specifically for the band by up-and-coming new composers.– we’ll be collecting for the Jo Cox community fund

To finish off the month  on Sunday afternoon 25 June it is saxman Richard Ormrod leading the Dales Jam Community Big band into Seven Arts 1.30pm. (£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free) Dales Jam was formed in 2003 in Skipton by a group of people of all ages and musical abilities, who wanted a time and a place to meet up and play music. Since then, under the guidance of jazz saxman Richard Ormrod the band has grown in numbers. They play world music based including African, Klezmer, Cuban, Asian together with Stevie Wonder, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane. They recently performed a concert comprising interpretations/arrangements of the work of Bradford composer Frederick Delius.

Don't miss a thing! Tickets are available on the door or in advance online here:  

Relax at Rush Hour Jazz.. 
Get out of the car and into the Seven Arts bar for this months rush hour jazz at Seven Arts - Wed 21st June 6-7pm with alto/baritone saxman Jack Chandler and the Seven Jazz trio  Payf collection

Dig The Divas!.... 
For our July Jazz Diva at Inkwell we welcome our god friend (and choir member) Jenny Hammond with the Seven Jazz trio feat Brendan Duffy 1.30-3.30pm in the Inkwell Cafe Saturday 1 July. Payf

Venues and information
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)
Website  with links to Seven Jazz Facebook and Twitter sites