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Friday, 30 September 2016

Sheffield Autumn programmes start here!

From Neil at Sheffield Jazz

Autumn’s here so it’s time for the new Sheffield Jazz season to begin at 8pm tonight on Friday 30th September at Crookes Social Club with the brilliant and remarkable Benn Clatworthy.

And as a special offer to introduce our move to Crookes, all tickets for this gig are priced at just £5 !

A perennial Sheffield favourite, the Benn Clatworthy quartet feature the gifted John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Horne on drums. Based in Los Angeles, Clatworthy is a great tenor sax player, from storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing.

The press are unanimous :

"Sublime" - Jazz Times .... "Brilliant" - London Evening Standard; "Astounds everyone" – The Observer

Hear Benn Clatworthy here:

We’re very happy with the facilities at Crookes Club which will give our audience an improved experience, through its great sound and sightlines, plentiful seats and tables and an excellent well-stocked bar.
There’ll be the traditional raffle at the break, but this time Silversmith’s restaurant have generously donated a prize of a VIP dinner for two. And later on in the season there’ll be further chances to win dinner at Silversmith’s, before each of the two Crucible gigs that they are sponsoring this autumn. Featured in Harden’s 2016 guide, we’re grateful for their sponsorship which helps us continue to bring the best of UK jazz to Sheffield.
More details about all the gigs in Sheffield Jazz’s season at:

Next up at Sheffield Jazz:

Friday 14th October 20.00, Crookes Social Club: Tim Garland Electric Quartet

Friday 21st October 19.15, Crucible Studio: Glow Quartet

Friday 28th October 20.00, Crookes Social Club, Gilad Atzmon & Alan Barnes Lowest Common Denominator

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Jazz is back at Heart.

Jiannis Pavlidis
Lesley Jeffries writes

To kick off the Jazz at Heart season 2016-17, on September 17th, we have the wonderful

Jiannis Pavlidis Quintet

A mostly original music quintet, led by Jiannis Pavlidis:

Jiannis Pavlidis - Guitar
Matt Anderson - Tenor Sax
Sam Leak  - Piano
Simon Read  - Bass
Tim Carter  - Drums

Doors 7.30. Tickets from HEART reception £10 (£6 concessions)

Jeans Pavlidis has frequently performed all over England and Greece for the last 10 years, participatingin tours and recordings as a leader and with world renowned artists David Liebman (2005,2010), Adam Nussbaum (2007,2010,2011) and with Greg Hutchinson (3 October 2015).

' Jiannis is a very talanted guitarist with a very good mind for composition and
arranging.The whole experience was a real pleasure.'-David Liebman

'Astonishing virtuosity combined with wonderful compositions.' - Leeds Guide

Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

Southport branches out..

Daniel John Martin
From Geoff Matthews

Three jazz venues now in Southport - and you'll be seeing a lot of Parisian jazz violinist Daniel John Martin this month- he's playing at all of them! The first time is Jazz at Dobbies Garden Centre in Southport which has become an established jazz venue now. Daniel John Martin with his hot club trio reminiscent of the Hot Club of France is there on October 29th. The music runs 6-8pm and ticket prices are £12.95 per person including afternoon tea. October's gig on October 27th features jazz vocalist SuEyo with Anthony Ormesher on guitar

Meanwhile Southport Melodic Jazz continue their Monthly programme at the Royal Clifton Hotel on Sunday October 2nd with a "Jazz Day" - a second appearance of  Daniel John Martin's trio at 2pm, then the fantastic duo of vocalist Tina May and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi reprising their new album "Home is where the heart is" at 8pm 

Daniel John Martin appears again at a third azz venue in Southport- Boulevard West on Lord Street - is going well on the first Monday in each month. He's there on 3 October with his trio and then they have a guitar duo of Vernon Fuller and Willy Fluss with their mix of jazz, soul and reggae (7 November)

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Ellery Eskelin hits the north!

Apollo's Kim Macari writes

Hailed as being at the forefront of the global creative improvised music scene for the past 30 years, New York saxophonist Ellery Eskelin is preparing to perform a number of gigs in the North of England in October 2016, including a performance at Seven Arts in Leeds on October 13th.

Eskelin is the second featured artist to take part in the Orpheus Project, an ambitious programme set up by jazz venues across the North of England in partnership with Apollo Jazz Network to bring internationally renowned artists to intimate venues in the region and expose audiences to extraordinary live jazz. Joining Eskelin will be guitarist Chris Sharkey and pianist Matt Bourne.

We couldn't be more excited about Ellery's tour. It provides a rare chance to see a world renowned musician in small, intimate venues and really experience this music close up. Leeds has a rich history of hosting cutting edge international jazz and we're so pleased that Seven Jazz and Fusebox are teaming up to host this wonderful band

Eskelin appears at Marsden Jazz Festival on October 8 at 6pm followed by performances in London (October 10th), Birmingham (October 11th), Sheffield (October 12th), Leeds (October 13th) and Newcastle (October 14th).

Based in New York City, Eskelin has traveled widely performing, recording and amassing a very personal and iconoclastic body of work. And yet he has always remained deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music. Eskelin embodies this seeming contradiction with ease. He does not see jazz as a style or idiom but as a process. Further, a process of creative development that has great relevancy to our time. In this pursuit Eskelin consistently delivers to the listening public unadulterated, passionate music with no excuses and no apologies.

Chris Sharkey is known across Europe as being at the cutting edge of creative music. He has been a member of numerous groundbreaking groups in the UK –including TrioVD, Acoustic Ladyland and Bilbao Syndrome. Internationally, he has collaborated with musicians in France (Christian Sebille), Norway (Nils Henrik Aarsheim) , Lithuania (Liudas Mock┼źnas) and Spain (Asociaci├│n Musica  Libre).

Matt Bourne first came to national attention as a winner of the Perrier Jazz Award in 2001, which was followed by an award for innovation at the BBC Radio Jazz Awards in 2002, and the International Jazz Festivals Organisation’s International Jazz Award in 2005. Renowned for his intensely personal and sometimes confrontational solo work, Bourne’s uncanny ability to balance delicacy and virtuosity, while establishing a close affinity with his audience, have become hallmarks of his concert performances.

Leeds Fusebox kicks off with Bitch'n'Monk

Bitch'n'Monk 23 Sept

Bill Chatwin writes

At Fusebox we've been working hard to ensure another ecclectic, high quality and creative programme for Autumn/Winter 2016 and we already have artists booked for Spring 2017.

We kick off on 23rd SEPTEMBER, at The Fox and Newt, with the very interesting duo, 'Bitch'n'Monk' - Heidi Heidelberg and Mauricio Velasierra

"In the intriguing Anglo- Colombian duo Heidi plays guitar, sings and beatboxes and Mauricio plays assorted flutes. The two transform their sound into junkyard electronica through the ingenious use of looping pedals. You'll spend a while pondering how to classify them. Prog folk? Operatic post-punk? Gothic reggae? But they know how to write melodies" The Guardian.

Their influences are said to range from Prokofiev to Wayne Shorter, laid down with West African Rhythms.

'Exquisite. A kaleidoscope of musical forms.' BBC Radio3

'One bite of this will send you into a lovesick coma and give you an electrifying kiss of life all at once.' The Quietus

Dave Kane will be providing support in the form of a bass solo.

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door. At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527.

Lancaster Jazz Festival 2016 this weekend!

Cath Roberts

Matt Robinson Director of Lancaster Jazz Festival writes

Our sixth Lancaster Jazz Festival (16-18 September) and, by far, the most ambitious yet. 2016 sees us expand into new territory and hand over the reins to the country’s emerging jazz artists like never before.

In a complete first for us we’ve commissioned our headline concert, giving it over to the astonishing baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts who tore the festival apart with Word of Moth at the end of last year. She’s currently writing a completely brand new work whilst bringing together a completely brand new 10 piece band, sourced from around Europe, ready to premier in The Round Theatre on Saturday 17th September.

In a similar vein, we continue our annual Youth Jazz Commission, awarded by our members to rising star guitarist Billy Marrows with a super interesting Gamelan inspired octet set. We also return to Lancaster Brewery, welcoming back saxophonists from the very first Lancaster Jazz Festival now they’ve become national jazz superstars. And we’re back in Sun Square and The Hall for the weekend with more amazing musicians, more great coffee, and more solo cello sets than ever before.

Come make a festival with us! - Matt Robinson, artistic director

More information

September jazz at Kennedy's in York

Adrian Ingram

Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Showtime 1.00pm free with raffle participation
Sept 18th – Adrian Ingram’s Cook Book - Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ)                                    Paul Smith (drums)

Sept 25th – The Nick Svarc Set - Nick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass)  Paul Smith (drums)