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Monday, 20 February 2017

Shobaleader One and Gogo Penguin headline GatesheadIJF17

Squarepusher’s live band Shobaleader One are playing a one-off, not to be missed double headliner with GoGo Penguin at Gateshead International Jazz Festival on Saturday 1 April.

Shobaleader One are Squarepusher’s extraordinary live band. Featuring bandleader Squarepusher on bass, Strobe Nazard on keys, Arg Nution on guitar, and Company Laser on drums, Shobaleader One will perform songs from the Squarepusher catalogue including classics from albums Hard Normal Daddy and Music Is Rotted One Note. They release their much anticipated album Elektrac on 10 March on Warp Records which features the band’s versions of eleven Squarepusher classics.

Acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin are one of the most exciting and in demand bands on the UK jazz scene. Their V2.0 album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and they have recently signed a multi-album deal with Blue Note Records. It puts them in a tiny elite of Brits – one that includes Stan Tracey, Andy Sheppard, Orphy Robinson, Us3 and Van Morrison – to have signed to the world’s greatest jazz label. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin they create a brave new sound all their own.

Also joining the festival line-up and following the Saturday headline concert is founding member of the acclaimed Los Angeles group, the West Coast Get Down and long time Kamasi Washington collaborator, Miles Mosley. Mosley is a true force on the upright bass, incorporating effects pedals, his bow, his vocals and a horn section for his one-of-a-kind forward learning solo projects. The release of his debut album Uprising coincides with his festival date - one of just a few UK stopovers on his first European tour.

Other festival highlights include pianist/composer Neil Cowley and his trio performing music from their latest album Spacebound Apes, celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, Amsterdam’s ten-strong Instant Composers Pool Orchestra led by the iconic drummer Han Bennink, and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars who provide a glimpse into the incredible history of Soho’s world famous jazz club.  Award winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal will also be celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee with her 17 piece orchestra conducted by Guy Barker.

There’s a lot more to discover at this year’s festival including a Sunday night triple bill which charts a jazz journey from South and West Africa to Cuba with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, award-winning bassist Richard Bona and fast-rising pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. There will also be performances from award winning trumpeter Laura Jurd, tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal, saxophonists Stan Sulzmann and Trish Clowes , pianist Nikki Iles, vocalist Georgia Mancio, pianist/composer Alan Broadbent, saxophone and drum duo Binker and Moses and electro-improv trio Strobes.

To book tickets please contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Leeds College of Music Jazz Showcase

Steve Fishwick
Three bands to savour at this LCoM Jazz Showcase 2017

NYSJB: Under the tuition of Steve Fishwick, a well-established trumpeter on the New York Jazz scene, this band utilises his experience to form a blend of classic and contemporary. Taking influence from fundamental jazz giants such as Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter and infusing this with elements of the contemporary. With a touch of Dave Holland, this band exude New York Jazz.

Jordan Dinsdale
Luke Foreman
George MacDonald
Eloise Oates-Lidar
Fergus Quill
Fergus Vickers

The Alžbeta Turčányiová Sextet aims to explore contemporary jazz with a focus on world music, folk and progresive rock fusion. This music often incorporates many different senses of style within one piece and uses many unusual devices.

Joe Boyes piano
Michael Graham tenor saxophone
Martin Jones guitar
Chris Seller electric bass
Daniel Shearer drums
Alžbeta Turčányiová voice

Wardrobe Quintet is a Leeds based Jazztronica band set to go on a Norwegian release tour in March. The quintet takes influences from a wide range of genres. They are influenced as much by the poetry of Scandinavian nature as by electronic effects, and the underground music of their second home, Leeds.

Date Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time 6.00pm
Venue Recital Room, Leeds College of Music
Tickets Free

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tommaso Starace in Cumbria

Italian saxman Tommaso Starace visits Cumbria on Saturday 18th February. He'll be appearing at Florence Arts Centre, Egremont with the Paul Edis Trio, Paul on piano Al Swainger bass and Chris Nickolls drums

He'll be playing music from his 'Italian Short Stories' project dedicated to the iconic images of Gianni Berengo Gardin considered the Italian 'Cartier-Bresson'. There will be music inspired by composers such as Ennio Morricone and singer song writer Fabio Concato.

Says Tommaso "improvisation is still present but in a less important role: it is the melodies that accompany and bring to life the images that tell a tale. The photos I chose to compose music on are shots taken in different parts of Italy from Milan to Siena, Palermo, Venice, Naples hence the title 'Italian Short Stories'."

Florence Arts Centre, Egremont Cumbria CA22 2NR
01946 824946

Valia Calda and Family Band @Bradford JATP

Valia Calda 3 March 

From Martin Powell at Bradford JATP

03/03/17 VALIA CALDA
Sam Warner - tr/fh, James Allsopp- b. clar, Nikos Ziarkas- g/eff, Thodoris Ziarkos-b, Gaspar Sena - d
Paraphrasing Rob Edgar of LondonJazz News on Valia Calda :
“.. freedom and space; discipline and musical intelligence combine with diverse styles, complex rhythms and Mediterranean folk-music into a jazz distillate in such a convincing and stylish way : music that is  challenging and unique yet refreshingly accessible”

07/04/17 FAMILY BAND 
Kim Macari - tr, Riley Stone-Lonergan - ts, Tom Riviere - b, Steve Hanley - dr,
Rooted in the music of Ornette Coleman and the 1960’s avant-garde, Family Band play powerful and freewheeling music – moments of fierce intensity, tender spirituality and the blues combine to form an emotionally complex and cathartic whole that rarely fails to move.
Shredded the teepee at MJF 2016 !! . In partnership with jazznorth

Bradford JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Jazz musician Kathy Dyson breaks the M.U. mould

Kathy Dyson stands for General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union the first and only woman ever to do so in the union’s 123 year history

Jazz guitarist, academic, composer and trade union activist Dr Kathy Dyson is standing for General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union in the upcoming election. She is the first and only woman ever to do so in the 123 year history of the union and is challenging current Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge for the post. Kathy is standing because she believes the union has to change in order to meet more effectively the unprecedented challenges we are now facing.

Kathy says: ‘I’m standing for a more feminist, inclusive and collaborative approach to working together, and for a decentralised union that fights more strongly for funding, musical work, and instrumental music education in all the regions.  We need to create a long-term policy and strategy for every area of music we cover as a guide for action. We must also involve members more fully in our collective endeavour.’

As a jazz musician and award-winning jazz educator, Kathy believes that organising initiatives, such as the Fair Trade Music campaign by the AFM in the States, will help to improve fees and generate better work for jazz musicians. Many jazz musicians also rely on instrumental teaching work, which is under threat from local authority and central government funding cuts.
Kathy says: ‘We can build on our existing work creating cooperatives with music teacher members. We can also help to improve fees, wages and conditions by focusing more resources on fighting funding cuts and working more collaboratively with regional arts organisations.’

For more information please contact Dr Kathy Dyson at:

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Refu-Jazz raises £1800!

Alex Podraza, Roz MacDonald and Steve Hanley at Refu-Jazz

From Lesley Jeffries - Jazz at Heart Leeds

Wow! What an incredible day we had -

  • £1800+ raised for six Leeds refugee charities (see below if you want to contribute)
  • approx 73 musicians playing their hearts out for free
  • at least 300 people dropping in and out to listen and contribute to the funds throughout the day
  • three workshops on voice, guitar and bass

If you weren't able to be there and want to contribute to the fund, please transfer to jazz-at-heart's bank account (40-27-16 91555162) and put Refu-jazz as your reference. It would be great to get up to the magic number of £2000! Thanks to those who have already done so:)

So - thanks are due to John Marley for his great idea, his scheduling (yes John - that was crucial!) and his chilled attitude which meant that I had an incredibly relaxed day! Thanks also to ALL the musicians who gave their time and talents in such a generous spirit and to HEART for making us welcome. And most of all thanks to the audience - for turning up and paying up! It's going to happen again - I already have people queuing up to play! But not for a while yet...

Meantime - a great gig at HEART on March 11th - Alison Rayner, supported by Abbie Finn. Both female-led bands - will be a great night in the week of International Women's Day!

Best wishes to you all
Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

Jazz large and small at Newcastle's Jazz Co-op

Bruce Adams 18 Feb

From The Jazz Co-op

Hi everybody!

Over the next three weeks we present a wide range of jazz, from big band to chordless trio, veteran polished performers to fresh rough diamonds, with some funk and folk in between.

On Saturday 18 February we expecting a crowd in the main bar to welcome Bruce Adams with Strictly Smokin' Big Band. A special one-off gig with jazz trumpeter Bruce Adams as guest soloist with Strictly Smokin' Big Band. Members of Jazz.Coop (including some from Strictly Smokin' Big Band) attending the first Ushaw Jazz Festival in August 2016 were so bowled over by Bruce Adams' performance that they straight away decided to book for this special collaboration at the Globe.

The following Saturday 25th feb local jazz/rock fusion quartet Redemption will be in the jazz bar.

On Saturday 4 March the exhilarating saxbassdrums unit Blind Monk Trio 'the best band from Liverpool since ...' come to Newcastle to lead a Play Jazz! workshop at Sage Gateshead and play a gig at the Globe. The spirit of Thelonius Monk with rock'n'roll attitude. BLIND MONK TRIO put a fresh, modern spin on the chordless trio format, with influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY, Avishai Cohen (Trumpet), J.D. Allen Trio ...) blended with dark cinematic grooves and eastern folk.

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