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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Grimsby Jazz welcomes back Roger Beaujolais

Grimsby Jazz welcomes Roger Beaujolais back to play with the Pat McCarthy Band on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS.

Vibraphone player Roger Beaujolais has a brilliant technique, which is easily overlooked as it always serves his endless musical ideas - always surprising, always melodic and above all, always swinging.

If jazz musicians had Michelin stars, Roger would have all three. He will be performing with Lincolnshire's world class guitarist Pat McCarthy, Ken Marley on bass, Russ Morgan on drums.

Tickets are  £12 in adv £14 on the door Students half price. Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm.

Please telephone or email for tickets and information 01472 873730 / Tickets are also available from Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677.

Venue: The Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm. Tel: 01472 873730

"A Fish Tale" going swimmingly...

A Fish Tale, a commission from Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz, is an amazing new work co-written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy with poetry by Josie Moon. It tours the UK for the first time from July 2017 with support from Arts Council England, The music and poetry draws on the vibrant, dark and dangerous history of Grimsby's fishing trade, the commission explores the myths, the misadventures and the realities of the trawling life.

It is a tribute to the contribution made by those in the fishing industry who were instrumental in feeding the nation and protecting it in times of war.

It is a powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry completely evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities

Line up: Alan Barnes alto, baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, Glad Atzmon soprano, alto saxes, bass clarinet, Dean Masser tenor sax, clarinet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates trumpet, flugelhorn, Dave Green double bass, Pat McCarthy guitar, John Perry drums, and spoken word Josie-Anne Moon.

Arrangements by Alan Barnes one of the most renowned and in-demand composers, arrangers and saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene, well known for his themed compositions has brought together a unique combination of all-star quality handpicked musicians.

 “Fish Tales” was inspired by a visit to Grimsby and meeting with the poet Josie Moon. It’s a unique lineup, bringing together some of the best regional and London musicians, playing great straight-ahead music, and Josie really can work a crowd”.

“I hope we have done justice to the memory of all those people who gave their lives to bringing the fish in”. Alan Barnes

A CD of the music and poetry is available is about to be released and is available to purchase from Gill Wilde 01472873730. Many congratulations to Gill for pulling this huge project together and trawling the country for all those top musicians. It's ripe for all those Jazz puns everyone - get going!

Tour dates
Thurs 6th July Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN

Fri 14th July Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG Box Office 01472355025

Sat 15th July Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127

Sat 29th July Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW. 

Wed 11th October Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, Swansea, SA1 6DR

Thurs 12th October Seven Jazz Leeds 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Fri 13th October Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR

Sun 15th October Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX

Thurs 19th October Folkestone Jazz Club, Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. CT20 3HL. Tickets: 01303 277175 or e:

Sat 11th November Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY Box Office: 01522 873894

Sun 12th November Wigan Jazz at The Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA.

Sat 18th November The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

April Jazz at the Atkinson Southport

The coming month the Atkinson in Southport invites you to a dazzling display of contemporary bands

The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project ranges from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America and English pastoralism. The duo includes Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier who will be performing on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more – it’s an evening you certainly won’t want to miss.

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this” ★★★★ - The Observer.

Our monthly Jazz Café ran by Southport Jazz Club takes place on Thursday 30 March, 8pm and tickets cost just £7*

The Cliff Ray Band on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm

Southport’s own superb trumpet star forsakes the big band stand and brings his newly formed piano-less sextet to the party. Expect some classy arrangements of favourite jazz tunes especially penned for this excellent ensemble. Tickets £7*

Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra on Saturday 29 April, 7.30pm

In 1967 Syd Lawrence formed what was to become the UK’s most successful and longest running Big Band, performing in theatres all over Europe and regularly featuring on many TV shows such as Les Dawson, Morecambe and Wise, Pebble Mill, Wheel Tappers and Shunters and a Royal Variety performance. Listen here. Tickets from £18 - £24

To book your tickets for any of The Atkinson’s shows please visit or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333.
*booking fees apply

@The Atkinson,
Lord Street,

Marc Cary at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

From festival director Dave Nelson

One of the leading lights of contemporary jazz, New York pianist, keyboardist and composer Marc Cary is the master of a futuristic jazz-funk that ranks him among the most innovative and creative figures on the jazz scene. He holds tight to his roots in Washington DC’s go-go music scene, but Cary’s interests also include everything from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist, famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip and most influentially star vocalist Abbey Lincoln whom he accompanied for over a decade.

“[Cary] creates a massive, resonant sound from the keys, unleashing complex,
grooving explorations that spiral further upward with each successive phrase.” DownBeat Magazine

Marc Cary Solo jazz recital
Sunday 23 April 4pm
Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14

Tickets are available

Other jazz piano events around the festival include Leeds pianist Matt Aplin on Friday April 21 6.30pm (free concert) Matt is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose performances draw from a wide range of other traditional and contemporary styles, including classical, blues and pop.

Jazz Café with Dave Nelson & friends Friday May 19 8pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall Café. Entry is free; Dave is not charging for his performance but a hat will be passed around for donations to the Piano Festival.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Prehistoric Jazz found in Clitheroe

The Prehistoric Jazz Quintet is a group of well-established young jazz musicians, led by composer and pianist Misha Gray, whose original compositions explore these origins of music. Their style relies heavily on the musicians’ spontaneity and improvising skills, and the result is a lively combination of intense, intriguing and unique textures. Expect tracks from their new album, “Origin of the Species”.

Misha Gray Prehistoric Jazz 

Line-up: Nick Walters - trumpet, Kyran Matthews - saxophone, Misha Gray - piano, Hugo Harrison - bass, Johnny Hunter - drums

Friday 7th April 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: 

Tickets: £10, members £8, Advance: £9 / £7 members / £5 U16s;  + available on the door

Wigan Jazz Festival headlines announced

Branford Marsalis

From Ian Darrington

Following the success of the 2016 Wigan International Jazz Festival we are pleased to confirm that the 2017 Festival (our 32nd) will take place from Thurday July 6th to Sunday July 9th 2017.

The full lineup has yet to be confirmed but we can confirm our star act for the evening of July 6th is JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA. Tickets for this show are now on sale (and going fast). Rover Tickets (on sale soon) will include this concert.




Also appearing:

Individual Jools Holland tickets on sale now from or from 01942 828508 (Mon-Fri only).  For the latest news and a chance to win free tickets visit and subscribe

Lena Horne celebrated at GIJF

Sage Gateshead celebrates the songs of Lena Horne in her centenary year with BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal, accompanied by her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra conducted by world class trumpeter/composer Guy Barker. Opening this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (Friday 31 March), ‘The First Ladies of Swing’ celebrates timeless classics from the great American and British songbooks made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne.

Lena Horne was one of the great African-American figures in 20th century entertainment. She was a dancer, movie star, civil rights activist and singer.  She was also a great friend of Billy Strayhorn, who famously worked with Duke Ellington.

Guy Barker said: “Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary status means that her centenary is such an important milestone that as a result it is very easy to pass by other important artists also born in 1917, of which Lena Horne is one.”

At the heart of this programme are three specially commissioned pieces. Guy Barker has been asked to re-imagine three classics associated with Lena Horne to be performed for the first time at Gateshead International Jazz Festival.  The chosen songs are Stormy Weather, which was Lena Horne’s signature tune, Something to Live For, written by Billy Strayhorn and which Lena often performed, and the ever popular Singin’ in the Rain, which Clare Teal will interpret in her own unique style.

The First Ladies of Swing takes places on Friday 31 March at 7.30pm in Sage One. To book tickets please contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit