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Monday, 6 April 2020

JazzLeeds news - autumn programme, jazz lockdown sessions, helping musicians...

(pic - William Ellis from last year's Jazz Leeds Festival 2019)

We've unfortunately had to cancel most of our spring and summer programme due to the Covid-19 virus. So - no summer JazzLeeds festival in July - we'll have to wait another year to see the acts that were appearing - and no Chapel Allerton Arts Festival in early September, although we are still hoping to run some of the Village Jazz Festival events (4-6 September) ourselves.

Our Rush Hour Jazz series and our Jazz Workshops are also suspended at present but Tessa Smith, the Jazz Voices Choir Leader will be running an online summer choir, starting this coming week - If you are interested, please subscribe to her newsletter to hear all about it. The link is here - do pass it on!

From October, our concert live listings are planned as follows - obviously subject to change with the current virus situation...

Thus 1 Oct Jobic le Masson and Steve Potts - "Double Dutch Treat" @Seven 8pm
Sun 4 Oct Suppertime @Inkwell 1.30pm
Thus 8 Oct: Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra (re arranged from March 8pm)
Sun 11 Oct Pete Johnson Brodie Jarvie and Steve Hanley Inkwell 1.30pm

****Mini Jazz Piano Festival @Seven Arts***

Sun 18 Oct John Colliani Trio 1.30pm
Sun 25 Oct Andrew McCormack solo 1.30pm
Thus 29 Oct Fergus Mcreadie Trio 8pm

Sun Nov 1 Tango jazz with Martin Alvarado piano and vocals, Eero Koivistoinen, and Alexi Tuomarila. Seven Arts 1.30pm
Sun Nov 8 Daisy George Trio with Daisy George bass Will Barry piano and Jay Davis drums @Inkwell 1.30pm
Thus 12 Nov Ian Shaw, Ian Ballamy, Jamie Safir “What’s New” (re arranged from March) 8pm Seven Arts
Sun Nov 15 Jamie Taylor with US guitarist John Stowell Seven Arts 1.30pm
Sun Nov 22 Tori Freestone Trio Seven Arts 1.30pm
Thus 26 Nov Josephine Davis “Satori” Seven Arts 8pm
Sun Nov 29 Louise Gibbs “Love You Madly” @Seven Arts 1.30pm - (re arranged from March)

Thus 3 Dec Nigel Price and “Wes Re-imagined’ Seven Arts 8pm
Sun Dec 13 About Time – Malcolm Strachan 1.30pm Seven Arts (tbc)
Thus 17 Dec Adrian Knowles and Sound of 59 - re arranged from April 8pm
Sun Dec 20 Christmas Jazz Cafe at Inkwell 1.30pm

Leeds lockdown Sundays
On Sunday afternoon, when we would normally be opening up for an afternoon of jazz, instead we've a selection of some of favourite music from our archives and THE RAFFLE (for the Wensleydale cheese!). Check our our You Tube Facebook Page from 1.30pm - the lockdown link is.... here

Live streaming jazz favourites
Here are four of our favourite live streams - catch up with them here

Emmett Cohen trio - New York pianist swings his way through the lockdown

Enrico Tommasso - Leeds born trumpeter (and Louis Armstrong fan) is posting funny affectionate and endearing tributs to the jazz trumpet masters

Chic Corea - a nightly masterclass posts from the piano legend 

Liane Carroll and Roger Carey - "Live from Home" Vocalist extraordinaire!

How can we help musicians?
With all jazz venues now closed because of the coronavirus, musicians and singers have seen their main source of income suddenly cease. Most musicians rely on gig money to survive and even those with teaching jobs or other supplementary incomes will be finding it difficult to support themselves during this self-isolation period. Many musicians have their music available from their own website or as downloads, and I’d urge you to buy their CD's! Musicians - please post your music purchase links on the Northern Jazz promoter website. Suggestions about how we can help our musicians are also here

Watch our website and social media for further updates - our web is
Our email address for queries is

Good luck and stay safe!

Steve Crocker

Ilkley Jazz Festival cancelled ..

From Mark Beirne Smith

Sadly we have decided that Ilkley Jazz Festival will be cancelled for 2020, our decision is based on having our Arts Council grant pulled as they will ‘focus on providing emergency financial support for the cultural and creative sector

In the mean time we hope you stay safe and if you do want to support jazz artists during this difficult time please buy their music.

Mark, Beverley and the team.

Cancellation of this year’s Marsden Jazz Festival

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Helping Our Bands And Musicians

To jazz musicians and artists

During these challenging times for Northern Jazz bands and musicians, you are invited to email us at or with the following details, to perhaps help with generating an additional income stream. Please restrict your information as requested, as there’s only one person putting it all together:
  1. Name of artist/band
  2. A link to your main website OR facebook page
  3. A link to a purchase page OR a CD you want people to buy
  4. A link to single track purchases
  5. A YouTube share link (if no video link, I will accept one photo)
Suggestion: You may like to include a link whereby a person could buy just one track to download (as well as the option to buy a whole album) and we could encourage visitors to buy at least one track from a number of bands/musicians, to spread the support as widely as possible. (Items will be added in order of receipt and alphabetically for items arriving at the same time).

The page link on Northern Jazz Promoters website will be populated, as we receive information from bands and musicians. Please check back regularly over the next few days and weeks.

To the public – please help our bands and musicians by purchasing their music. During these times of national lockdown, musicians are no longer able to perform live – an essential way that they normally make their livelihoods. Your support is greatly appreciated.

You can also support bands and musicians on another listing at Northern Jazz.

You can also support bands and musicians on another listing at Wakefield Jazz

Every Wednesday at 8:45pm – the time when live music usually starts at Scarborough Jazz – we’ll be releasing a whole package of jazz goodies on the internet.

JazzLeeds - northernjazzpromoters.orgSteve Crocker’s “Jazz Leeds Lockdown Session
Keep listeninhg and watching every Sunday afternoon at the usual gig time of 1:30-4pm (including a raffle!). Playing videos of jazz musicians and bands from our Jazz Youube archives from the last 10 years 

Friday, 27 March 2020

Just a few days to go - don't forget to vote!

A reminder that the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020 need your vote by MIDNIGHT Tuesday 31 MARCH!

The categories are
Jazz Album of the Year 
Jazz Vocalist of the Year 
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 
Jazz Ensemble of the Year 
Jazz Venue of the Year 
Jazz Media Award 
Jazz Education Award
Jazz Newcomer of the Year 
Services to Jazz Award
The voting link is here
Don't miss out on the chance to support your favourites!

Jazz video sessions at Jazz Leeds

No live jazz at present but to keep your jazz spirits up, Jazz Leeds are offering you two hours from our Jazz Leeds Archives at our regular gig timeof every Sunday afternoon -from 1.30pm
Last Sunday 22 March we showed these artists and bands (links attached)

Next Archive will be on Sunday 29 March and will feature (amongst others) Ashley Henry Trio, Scott Hamilton, John Taylor, Alison Rayner, Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde. Watch time 1.30pm with the links posted oon our Facebook site and Twitter site

Come and watch! Check our YOUTUBE site here

Lockdown Jazz Club sessions start at Scarborough

When your jazz club has been running 50 weeks a year for over 35 years, you don't just shut the doors and walk away. So Scarborough Jazz is proud to present... JAZZ LOCKDOWN - the self-isolating jazz club.

Every Wednesday at 8.45pm – the time when live music usually starts at Scarborough Jazz – we’ll be releasing a whole package of jazz goodies on the internet.

Pride of place is an exclusive jazz DJ set courtesy of Dr. Filey Selassie, a bona fide doctor of funk and a familiar face from playing drums at the club. Accompanying that will be a selection of links to jazz content around the web – concert footage, articles and reviews, live streams and more, much of it linked with Scarborough Jazz and all curated by ‘Jazz Thing’ radio show DJ Adrian Riley, chosen to keep you entertained throughout the week now we are all pretty much locked down.

Plus we’ll be regularly sharing exclusive content by local jazz musicians, not least some young faces who would usually be playing support slots as part of our ‘Next Jazz Generation’ initiative.

Bird Lives. And so does Scarborough Jazz.

We hope to be back in our original form when all this blows over, in the meantime stay safe and stay groovy. And log on every Wednesday at 8.45pm.