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Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Jazz date at Southport's Jazz Cafe

Naomi Webber

India writes..

September saw the opening of Jazz Café at The Atkinson in Southport! A wonderful affair in partnership with Southport Jazz Club with performances from the best upcoming jazz artists, culminating in an open mic jazz jam with the guest band. The monthly events have proven a success with sell out shows every time and will be continuing as part of The Atkinson’s programme in 2017. Hoorah!

Jazz Café: Naomi Webber – Christmas Special Thu 15 December, 7.30pm
For this Christmas special Naomi will perform jazz songs associated with the festive season and jazz versions of Christmas songs, accompanied by the other members of Trio Nay and local guests including the committee of Southport Jazz Club! Please note: due to high demand the Jazz Café Christmas Special has been moved into the Studio, food will be available to purchase. Tickets £5

Plus plus - a date for future
The Jazz of Dudley Moore: Chris Ingham Fri 5 May, 8pm
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1962, Chris was supplanted to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk aged ten. He played drums in the school punk band, violin in the school orchestra and guitar in the school Dixieland band. It’s been a bit like that ever since. He is bringing Dudley, a sixteen-track quartet album of Dudley Moore compositions to Southport. Part of Southport Festival. Tickets £15 / £30 including 2 course pre-show meal and glass of wine

The Atkinson
Lord Street
0151 934 2110

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Busy season at Newcastle's Globe

It's the season to be busy and enjoy lots of live music, dancing and going out with friends. We have a packed programme for December at The Globe.

On Sunday 4 December we host the northern launch of the remarkable new album of jazz standards re-imagined by Kathryn Williams and Anthony Kerr.

Two popular local bands play the following week: Blue Jazz Quartet on 10 December and Mark Williams Trio in 15 December. 

Then on Saturday 17 December American singer songwriter Vienna D’Amato Hall does a solo gig.

Thursday 22 December is the Jazz.Coop party - all welcome - and the month ends with another party featuring the infamous Smokin' Spitfires.

We also have our regular Folk and Acoustic night on 1 December and Indigo Jazz Voices on 8 December. And every Wednesday there is the Take it to the Bridge jam session.

All in all, plenty of reasons to visit The Globe.

Jazz.Coop, The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD

Grimsby Jazz Christmas Special

Gill Wilde writes

For our final gig of 2016 on Wednesday, 7th December, Grimsby Jazz will present the Pat McCarthy Christmas All-stars at the Old Clee Club in Clee Crescent.

Pat McCarthy himself  needs no introduction to local jazz fans.  The guitarist has been a firm favourite locally for many years and has a long established reputation throughout Britain.

Pat will have with him his regular trio – with John Perry on drums and Warren Jolly on bass, and also will feature guest vocalist Shannon Reilly, and popular local trumpeter Thom Whitworth. If that is not enough the multi-talented Canadian Piero Tucci will also join the ensemble on saxophone, piano and accordion.  Piero had a fine career in music in Toronto, performing with the Drifters, 5th Dimension and James Brown among others, before upping sticks a dozen years ago to move to Sheffield.  In Sheffield he features on the University staff between his bouts performing with many of the greats of jazz – Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, Digby Fairweather Humphrey Lyttleton, Georgie Fame et al!

The evening will kick off earlier than usual – at 8pm, with three sets of music instead of the usual two.  Tickets will be available on the door for £14 but can be obtained for a £2 discount if booked in advance through Gill Wilde (01472 873730) or Off The Beaten Track (01507 607677) As always, students are half price. Jazz membership is available which will be deducted from ticket price.

Z'at you Santa?

Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles 1 Dec
Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra 11 Dec
Em Brown Quintet 4 Dec

The Christmas season is upon us, and Seven Jazz Leeds have lots to entertain you. The fun starts on the first day of the month (Thursday 1 December 8pm) with Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles at Seven Arts in Leeds. Saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles are iconic figures on the UK jazz scene composing and playing in their own distinctive contemporary styles. The Seven Jazz introduces support for this gig is "Drawing Hands" - a Leeds-based quartet performing original music inspired by 17th century counterpoint, traditional English folk and 21st century jazz: Alto Saxophone - Jack Chandler, Tenor Saxophone - Dan Barker-Bey , Acoustic Guitar - Harry Orme ,Double Bass - Sam Jackson

Sun Dec 4: Emily Brown Quintet @Inkwell 1.30pm
Emily Brown vocals, Rod Mason sax, Martin Longhawn piano, Colin Sutton bass, Dave Lee drums £9/7 concessions, NUS £5, kids under 16 free
A classically-trained musician, and Otley GP, Emily Brown has now been singing on the jazz circuit for 20 years to much acclaim. She will be performing with her quintet featuring popular saxophonist Rod Mason. Music: 

Sun Dec 11 :Ronnie Bottomley’s Jazz Orchestra Christmas special @Seven Arts 1.30pm
Jonny Faull, Bill Charleson, Joel Purnell, Andy Cox, Tony Denton; Trumpets: Dale Gibson, Gareth Smith, Trevor Vincent, Ian Chalk; Trombones: Lee Hallam, Brian Archer, Kevin Holborough, Richard Jones; Piano: Graham Hearn; Guitar: Derrick Harris; Bass: Adrian Knowles; Drums: Dave Walsh. £10/8 (NUS £5)
The music this band plays is founded firmly in the classic big band repertoire but also includes modern arrangements of Ronnie's creation and the occasional nod towards the contemporary jazz scene. Will Ronnie dress up as Santa for our Jazz Christmas Special? There will be festive hats!

Sun Dec 18 Inkwell Christmas Jazz Café@Inkwell 1.30pm 
(£7/5 concessions. Concessions includes performers)
The Seven Jazz Voices Choir conducted by Tessa Smith and the Seven Jazz workshop band led by Dom Moore and Tom Sharp will be doing their Christmas performances - then there will a jam session supported by a trio of Pete Rosser piano, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Hanley on drums. Bring your horn or your voice and join in our Christmas jam session – or just come along and watch the fun!

Tickets for our concerts are available on the door, or in advance at any Seven Jazz gig, or online at our Ticketsource booking site - here

Seven Jazz Extra! 
Seven Jazz Inkwell Divawith Ros Lewis - @Inkwell Sat 3 December 1.30-3.30pm
The December Inkwell Diva is popular jazz and blues singer Ros Lewis with Joe Boyes on piano, Steve Crocker on bass and Steve Mullarky on drums. Lovely vegetarian food too! Free

Seven Jazz Rush Hour Jazz with Dave Evans (piano) and Thanda Gumede (vocals)  - @Seven Arts  Wed 21 Dec 6-7pm
Thanda Gumede, is a self-trained vocalist, member of the touring free-lance cast known as Zulu Tradition all the way from Durban South Africa. Dave Evans is a big band leader, tutor and festival organiser, pianist with the Fruit Tree project. Come and here some lovely tunes to inspire you! Steve Crocker is on bass, Dom Moore on drums. Rush Hour jazz is every third Wednesday of each month in Seven Arts bar. Pay what you feel collection.

Venues and information 
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

See you soon at Seven Jazz!

Line up for Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017

 Tomasz Stanko
Clare Teal

Jackie Thompson writes

The global reach of jazz and the sheer range of music in today’s jazz scene are the threads that run through Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017. The festival presents a mix of artists from Cuba, South Africa, Cameroon and throughout Europe alongside artists from the UK and USA. The festival runs at Sage Gateshead from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2017. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 December.

In the tradition… Clare Teal and her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra (led by Guy Barker) open next year’s festival in a programme of timeless songs from the standards repertoire. A more intimate approach to the art of vocal jazz is reflected in the collaboration between GRAMMY-winning pianist Alan Broadbent and singer Georgia Mancio, whilst the legacy of the jazz and swing big band continues to light the fire of young musicians in a collision between three of Europe’s finest – our own National Youth Jazz orchestra re-visiting their meeting with Germany’s BuJazzO and now joined by the NJJO (Netherlands Youth Jazz Orchestra).  The story of a basement bar in Soho that became one of the world’s most famous jazz venues is told by the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, with anecdote, visuals and live band.

Sounds of tomorrow...Topping the bill on Saturday night are GoGo Penguin and Shobaleader One. Miles Mosley has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass”.  Neil Cowley is an original talent whose series of piano trio albums are remarkable for their individual approach .

Jazz Africa/Jazz Cuba...Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings combines with a band of South Africa’s finest young players. The exquisite voice and irresistible basslines of Cameroonian Richard Bona features his exuberant Mandekan Cubano Project, whilst the trio of fast-rising pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, draws inspiration from a rich Cuban heritage.

European Legends...The festival welcomes celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, a seminal figure in the evolution of jazz in the 60s, with Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila and US rhythm pairing of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver.   The festival also welcomes Amsterdam’s ten-strong ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra led by the iconic drummer Han Bennink. The Orchestra has been probing the boundaries of jazz for four decades.

UK and Europe today...  Award-winning trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd is one of the British jazz stories of recent years.  She returns to Sage Gateshead with her quartet Dinosaur in a concert also featuring Norwegian tuba virtuoso and composer Daniel Herskedal and his trio. Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes presents her new project My Iris in a double bill with influential saxophonist Stan Sulzmann performing here in duo with pianist Nikki Iles.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 2 December, 10am online at or by calling 0191 443 4661.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

North east gigs December dates list

Big Chris Barber Band Sage Gateshead Dec 8 

Dec 1 Alter Ego Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Dec 1 Gerry Richardson Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 2 Savannah Jazz Band Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Dec 2 Jambone St James & St Basil’s Church NE4 9XP
Dec 2 Lindsay Hannon Plus Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 3 Jambone* Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Dec 3 Ruth Lambert & Customs House Big Band Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Dec 4 Jazz Jam Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Dec 4 Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Dec 6 Customs House Big Band All Saints Church, Cleadon SR6 7UR
Dec 8 Tyne Valley Big Band Phoenix Club & Bar, Hexham NE45 1QL
Dec 8 Emma Fisk & James Birkett St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF
Dec 8 Big Chris Barber Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 9 Ayanna Witter Johnson Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 11 Durham Alumni Big Band Spiegeltent, Darlington DL
Dec 11 Cameron Vale Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Dec 12 Durham University Big Band Pizza Express NE1 ???
Dec 13 Fluid Orchestra Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 14 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 16 Zoë Gilby Trio* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Dec 16 Cosyjo Arts Centre Washington NE38 8AB
Dec 16 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 16 Dougie Pugh Quartet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 16 Ruth Lambert & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 17 Alan Barnes: A Jazz Christmas Carol Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Dec 17 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 18 Northern Monkey Brass Band Park Inn, Hartlepool TS26 9HU
Dec 18 Jazz Tones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Dec 18 Roly Veitch Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 18 Let it Snow Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 20 & 21 Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Dec 29 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Dec 30 Glenn Miller Orchestra Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 31 Zoë Gilby Hotel Indigo NE1 5XU
Dec 31 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Prohibition Bar, Gateshead NE8 ?

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Jazz Collective in formation on Merseyside.

Kevin Lovelady writes - "I'd appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about a new musical initiative I'm hoping to bring to fruition in the coming months.

I am interested in hearing from seasoned musicians or beginners, musicologists and listeners who would be interested in meeting on a regular basis as part of a music collective where people can get together, exchange ideas, develop projects, form alliances, jam a little, bring in professional musicians/educators etc to run seminars etc - very much in the tradition of co-operation and the workshop ethos of the 60s.

The focus would be on Nu/Neo styles around Jazz, Brazilian, Soul & Funk and their crossover fusions etc.

I would like to get people to express interest and then arrange for an initial meeting to discuss the format and organisation of the collective.

People can register their interest at

I look forward to hearing from you and if you would like to meet up to discuss further, please do not hesitate to reply or call me on the number below.

Best musical regards
07879 585886