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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Peter Frank RIP

Sorry to have to report the death of bassist and bandleader Peter Franks on Saturday 13 May. Peter died from a heart attack. He will be fondly remembered as both a swinging double bass player and indomitable leader of his band the Dixieland All Stars

Peter was a classically trained musician, born in Bradford and started playing the double bass in 1956. After a lengthy stint with John Emsley’s Dixieland Band during the Trad boom, Peter joined Mal Webb’s New Orleans Band. The ‘Yorkshire Post Jazz Band’, Dennis Armstrong’s ‘Great Northern Jazz Band’ and the original ‘Yorkshire Stompers’ followed. Down the years he guested with Alex Welsh, Roy Williams, Digby Fairweather and Monty Sunshine. Peter was a former director of the Bingley Jazz Festival and he formed ‘The All Stars’ in 1996.

Six bandleaders in one band – and I have to control this lot!” he said of  his Dixieland All Stars he formed over twenty years ago. His band starred at numerous jazz festivals across England and Wales. They were voted ‘favourite band’ at a number of venues in Lancashire, Nottingham, Leicester and Yorkshire.

A lovely man and musician

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Jazz Promotion Network Conference June 26-27 Leeds College of Music

The Jazz Promotion Network AGM is taking place at Leeds College of Music on June 26/27 this year, themed around Jazz100 - Launching the next 100 Years of British and Irish jazz.

#jazz100 is a new JPN digital initiative launching the next 100 years of British and Irish jazz through a host of content and programmes all branded under the umbrella of #jazz100. With both industry-facing and audience-facing goals, #jazz100 aims to unite the sector, highlight the vibrancy of the scene and introduce new audiences to jazz across the UK and Ireland.

The launch took place at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival VIP tent, with live music from members of Kansas Smitty’s and Guy Barker, a welcome speech by Project Director Dave Morecroft and a short interview with Guy Barker. With the official launch completed, the website is live, and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all active daily.

JPN ask if we can let your audiences know about #jazz100 and encourage them to check out the website, Like #jazz100 on Facebook and follow the Instagram and Twitter.

Tickets available mid-May at this address

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Cullingworth Jazz summer gigs

Em Brown May 10th 

From Dave Lee

Here are the May and June Wednesday night dates at Cullingworth Jazz

May 10 Emily Brown vocals with Ed Barnwell keys, Steve Crocker bass, James Boyes sax Dave Lee drums

May 17 Stu Garside trombone and vocals with Mike Conliffe keys, Roz Macdonald bass Dave Lee drums

May 24 Helena Debono vocals with Mike Conliffe keys, Jonny Clapham bass and Lauie Covell sax Dave Lee drums

May 31 Nel Begley vocals with Mike Conliffe keys, Roz Macdonald bass Will Howard sax and Dave Lee drums

7 June Sue Fisher vocals with Paul Conway keys, Phil Kampen bass, Frank Brooker sax/clt, Dave Lee drums

14 June Julie Edwards vocals with Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

21 June Steve Devine sax Mike Conliffe keys Brian Jackson bass,  Dave Lee drums

Free admission 9pm start

Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

New jazz venue in Queensbury

News of a new Tuesday night jazz club - this one at the Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue in Queensbury, Bradford run by Kathy and John Dyson

All shows £5
7.30-10pm Tuesdays

May 30 John and Kathy Dyson bopet with Jade Harris
June 6  Ed Kainyak Band
June 13 Adrian Ingram Jazz Dawgs
June 20 Ben Crosland trio
June 27 John and Kathy Dyson bopet with Nicki Allan
July 4 John Marley Band

Address: Brighouse Rd, Queensbury, Bradford BD13 1QA
Phone: 07882 657072

Bootleg Eric RIP

From Chris de Saram

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our Bootleg Eric (Eric Parkin), on the morning of 8th May 2017, after a short illness. He attended his last gig at Wakefield Jazz last Friday, but left at the start of the interval, not knowing that he had won his last raffle prize!

"Bootleg Eric"was the name given to him by drummer Clark Tracey - he had been in charge of the sound at the club since 1988 and had a massive archive of recorded performances.

It won’t be the same without him but I guess his legacy will live on through his bootleg recordings at the jazz archive that he made of all the visiting performers at the club

We are dedicating the 30th anniversary festival to Eric, and welcome any thoughts on how we can fully celebrate his life.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Sheffield in the home straight..

Our final two gigs of the season, but there's no letting up on quality this Friday as Sheffield Jazz welcome the exceptional  Denys Baptiste's Late 'Trane quartet on Friday 12 May
Denys Baptiste: sax, Nikki Yeoh: piano / keyboards, Neil Charles: bass, Rod Youngs: drums
Denys Baptiste revisits John Coltrane's compositions from 1963-67, rearranging and re-presenting them in exciting new forms, while respecting their visceral emotions and spiritual references. 2017 marks 50 years since John Coltrane departed from this world, and Denys's new project and album celebrates the great musician and his work.
Next up at Sheffield Jazz ...
20.00 Friday 19th May: Matt Ridley quartet, Crookes

Advance news of our 2017 Autumn gigs will be available at the 12 May gig - expect Brandon Allen sextet, Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, Craig Handy quartet, Dave O'Higgins quartet, Stan Tracey Legacy octet and more ..

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD
0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00

Full £14, Concessions £11, Students with NUS card £7

Monster wandering in Ribble Valley..

Wandering Monster, an exceptional group of up-and-coming jazz musicians from Leeds were awarded opportunity to perform at high profile festivals across The North through the Jazz North Introduces scheme. The band, led by double bassist Sam Quintana, is the latest beneficiary of this pioneering mentorship & support scheme for talented young jazz musicians up to the age of 25.

Sam says: “I am thrilled that Wandering Monster have this opportunity. Since formation two years ago we have developed original material ... to showcase at some of the UK’s best jazz festivals. Thanks to the scheme we can perform ... to bigger and more diverse audiences.”

Line-up: Sam Quintana - double bass, Ben Powling - tenor sax, Calvin Travers - guitar, Aleks Podraza - piano, Tom Higham - drums.

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club
Friday 2nd June 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