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Sunday, 10 June 2018

All that Jazz in a Spiegeltent

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Jazz fans can experience an eclectic line-up of acts in a week-long festival hosted in the magical Spiegeltent at the Harrogate Festival from from Friday 29 June to Sunday 8 July in Harrogate’s Crescent Gardens

Guest curator of the Spiegeltent is the MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who’ll also be performing a world premiere of a special commission. Alongside jazz, the classical-trained cellist touches on soul, blues and reggae influences.

One of the ground-breaking jazz acts she’s bringing to Harrogate is Binker & Moses. Ayanna said: “I love their raw energy and spontaneity!” The semi-free jazz drum-and-sax duo and MOBO winners, have been hailed as part of a new type of jazz in the UK, creating sounds that work on dance floors and festivals as well as jazz clubs.

Starting the festival in sultry style is Benoit Viellefon and His Hot Club, the finest musicians on the London jazz scene promise flair and vintage romance as the 1930s Parisian café scene meets American jazz, Louis Armstrong-style.

Winner of the Kenny Wheeler jazz prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado, has performed at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club. The 2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist’s debut album was picked as one of the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015.  His second album, Cross-Platform Interchange wowed the critics.

Prepare for some truly uplifting grooves from the Dutch five-piece Tristan. Playing feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, they’re known for their tight, punchy arrangements, featuring funky rhythm guitars. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. for the full programmes. Box Office: 01423 562 303

Andy Panayi at Southport

Andy Panayi with The Tom Sykes Trio and UK Flute Flight

Iconic saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Andy Panayi has graced the UK jazz scene for many years. He is currently Instructor in Jazz Flute at the Royal College of Music and of Saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatory.
Tickets: £8 
07443 410 975

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport
Thus 21 June, 2018 at 7:30pm

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Voting opens for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018

Voting is now open for the prestigious 2018 (APPJAG) Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The North has done well recently in the Jazz Venue of the Year, winning in the last two years. Let's see if we can make it three!

Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline for entries set for 12 noon on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The first round is by public nomination for the categories. The 2017 Awards received 3250 nominations.

The second round is the short listing process by a panel made up from the jazz constituency. The panel includes, promoters, musicians, journalists, the media, people from jazz education and managers

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 16 October at PizzaExpress Live (Holborn).

Categories are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2017 by a UK band or musicians)

Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)

Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)

Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)

Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2017)

Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live.

Here is the link to vote -

Hyde Park Jazz Club finishes

The Hyde Park Jazz club in Leeds has had its final session tonight, with organiser Alecks Podraza (pictured on keys) with James Banner (bass) and Jordan Dinsdale (drums). The club has been part of the ever changing jazz scene in Leeds for the past three years, programming a varied selection of Leeds and national based bands as well as running a weekly jam session on Thursdays.

A big thanks to Alecks for all his hard work and all success with new ventures in the future

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

June at Huddersfeld Head of Steam

Dean Masser 27 June

From Paul Smith

June 6th Rod Mason (sax) Gary Boyle (guitar) + Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 13th (showtime 8.00pm) Guitar Society Evening 
Opening with the Kathy Dyson Band, followed by the Darren Duxton Bromley/Derrick Harris Guitar Ensembles - Darren, Derrick and Sam Dunn (guitars)  Jez Platt (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 20th Derrick Harris Septet
Derrick (guitar) Andrzej Baranek (keys) Marc Chandler (trumpet) ‘Munch’ Manship (sax)  Kevin Holborough (trombone) Ken Marley (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 27th Dean Masser (sax) + Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Dave Tyas (drums & cymbals)

Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Times Wednesday 8.30 pm
Cover Charge £3 - £5 per person
Your Financial Support is much appreciated



June is Jumpin' at Jazz Leeds!

Mared Williams - Inkwell Divas Sat 2 June

B.D Lenz Inkwell 1 July 

Exciting times for us with our first big JazzLeeds festival in July, but before then, still lots to enjoy from our regular programme. It's four weeks that features some talented jazz singers, a special all afternoon "Jazz on A Summers Day" at the Chapel Allerton Club, and a visit from popular US guitarist BD Lenz

Mared Williams - June Inkwell Divas - Saturday 2 June 1.30-3pm in the cafe at Inkwell featuring this young Welsh vocalist who has been with us at Seven Arts with the Eastgate and LUU Big Bands and really impressed - she's appearing for the first time at the Inkwell cafe in the Inkwell Divas series with her  own trio. Free gig – payf  contribution

Inkwell Jazz Jam session Sunday afternoon 3 June  @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £7/5 (£5 includes performers) Our June Jam Session come along and sing, play or just enjoy!  Joe Boyes is on piano, Trev Prinn on bass and Steve Mullarky on drums 

“Jazz on a Summers Day” Saturday afternoon 9 June 1-5pm (organised by Nicki Allan) @Chapel Allerton Club 19 Town St, Leeds LS7 4NB (outside if dry, inside if wet!). A relaxing Saturday afternoon in Chapel Allerton with these five bands. Food and drink available + a big raffle
Nicki Allan Band; Ros Lewis Band; Jeff Hewer Vocal Duo; Wendy Kirkland; Abtuse
- payf contribution

Jazz in the bar feat Brendan Duffy sax and Jenny Hammond vocals Sunday afternoon 10 June - our new sessions at Seven Arts bar - outside in the courtyard if fine, inside if not. Jazz Leeds trio in support@Seven Arts 2-4pm payf collection

Nicki Allen and Andy Cholerton  Sun afternoon 17 June @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)
Nicki’s ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years. Andy Cholerton is a fantastic solo pianist and accompanist to many world class performers.

June Rush Hour Jazz with Peridot Hill - Wednesday 20 June 6-7pm in the bar @Seven Arts featuring the excellent Chapel Allerton based jazz singer Peridot Hill with the Jazz Leeds trio with Jeff Hewer guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums + Martin Townshend on sax/flute. payf contribution

Jazz in the bar with saxman and blues singer Jon Taylor- Sunday afternoon 24 June Jazz in the bar @Seven Arts 2-4pm with the Jazz Leeds trio  - outside in the courtyard if fine, inside if not. - payf collection

BD Lenz Trio  Sunday afternoon 1 July @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)
B.D Lenz guitar, James Rosocha- bass, Joe Falcey – drums.
Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. This New York native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos. BD is making what is a regular visit to us now from the States. He's a pretty cool guy!

Our Venues and websites:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
Chapel Allerton Club  19 Town St, Leeds LS7 4NB (behind the Methodist Hall)
Regular programme here-
Jazz Leeds Festival (July 19-24th) here - 

Summer at Sheffield's Lescar

Sheffield Jazz may have finished for the summer but the Lescar carries on in the Steel City
Dinosaur 18 July

From Jez Matthews

We’re especially pleased this time to feature two Mercury prize nominated bands, Dinosaur and Roller Trio. We’ve also got bands led by Sheffield based singers Sally Doherty and Nicola Farnon (in a band jointly led with US sax legend Greg Abate) and two pianist/composers with roots in the Sheffield area (although no longer living here), Stella Roberts, and Laura Cole. Acclaimed guitarist Rob Luft visits us twice, once with wonderful and creative drummer Corrie Dick, and also his own band in August, playing beautiful music from one of last year’s very best albums. We also feature two bands mixing composition and more explorative improvisation, Loz Speyer’s Inner Space, and drummer Johnny Hunter with his serene and highly original Pale Blue Dot project, which features a string quartet in the line-up. Finally the 10 piece Manchester Jazz Collective arrive with a bang in June, and look set to lift the roof off our intimate venue.

Best wishes,


30th May 2018    Corrie Dick / £7
One of the country’s finest and most creative drummers, a member of Mercury prize nominees Dinosaur, Corrie Dick brings an all-star band assembled especially for this gig, featuring acclaimed guitarist Rob Luft, lyrical pianist Tom Gibbs (piano), and from the Elliot Galvin trio, Tom McCredie (bass). They’ve played on some of the best albums in recent years and in bands alongside the likes of Ari Hoenig, Laura Jurd, Gilad Hekselman, Ulf Wakenius, and Jasper Hoiby. Fluid, lyrical and engaging music.

6th June 2018    Loz Speyer’s Inner Space / £8
Five unique musicians at the forefront of the UK jazz and improvised music scenes. Loz Speyer  (trumpet, flugelhorn) is joined by Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet), Rachel Musson (tenor sax, soprano sax), Olie Brice (bass) and Gary Willcox (drums). Loz's music mixes is thoughtfully constructed yet playful and alive, mixing dancing melodies and explorative free jazz. With a career including work with Yann Tiersen, Clifford Jarvis, Mark Lockheart, the London Improvisers Orchestra, and Sarah Jane Morris.
"Wonderfully vigorous, sprightly music, infused with bustling, fiercely interactive energy. Recommended." - - Chris Parker

13th June 2018    Sally Doherty / £7
A welcome return for a Sheffield-based singer, Sally Doherty; beautiful, mellow interpretations of songs from Latin America in their original languages interspersed with lovely original pieces, all performed with love and knowledge, with classy sympathetic support from Paul Kilvington (piano), Graham Jones (double bass) and Caroline Boaden (drums). Sally has toured in Europe with Italian band Planet Funk, featured on Richard Hawley’s ‘Lady’s Bridge’ album and worked with electronic artist Scanner. Perfect music for a summer’s evening!

20th June 2018    Manchester Jazz Collective / £9
A vibrant collaboration of the finest musicians from the Manchester jazz scene. Original music mixing contemporary jazz with middle eastern harmonies and influences from afro jazz, heavy metal and rock grooves, to Manchester's club culture. Kyran Matthews / Saxophones, Jeff Guntren  / Tenor Saxophone and Woodwinds,  Emily Burkhardt  / Saxophones and Woodwinds,  Nick Walters  / Trumpet, Graham South  / Trumpet, Ellie Smith  / Trombone, Rich McVeigh  / Bass Trombone, Andrew Stamatakis-Brown  / Piano, Paul Baxter  / Bass, Johnny Hunter  / Drums.

27th June 2018    Roller Trio / £8
Mercury and MOBO prize nominees Roller Trio's last gig at The Lescar brought in our biggest ever crowd. With a new album featuring energetic and innovative Chris Sharkey on guitar and electronics, alongside original members James Mainwaring (sax, electronics) and Luke Reddin Williams (drums). Catchy and energetic music, mixing the sounds of electronic music with improv, another leap forward for this acclaimed band.
'A band destined for greatness’ — Mike Chadwick, JazzFM

4th July 2018    Pale Blue Dot / £8
Simultaneously rich and fragile, beautiful original music based around a unique sax/string quartet/drums line-up, led by acclaimed Manchester based drummer Johnny Hunter. Inspired by a photograph taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 - the Earth as seen from a distance of 6 billion kms, less than 1 pixel in size, the music is in four movements, and seeks to provide the listener with the perspective and serenity that might be possible from the edge of the Solar System. The full line-up is Mark Hanslip (tenor sax), Gemma Bass (violin),  Aby Vulliamy (viola), Alice Eldridge (cello), Seth Bennett (double bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

11th July 2018    Greg Abate with the Nicola Farnon Trio /  £9
After their sellout performance last year, Sheffield bass and vocal legend, Nicola Farnon and her brilliant swinging trio, featuring virtuoso Canadian pianist Piero Tucci, and drummer Phil Johnson are joined by US sax legend and Grammy nominee Greg Abate, formerly lead alto player with the Ray Charles Orchestra. Greg's recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.  Nicola Farnon is a first class bass player and vocalist; swinging, always entertaining. Don’t miss this!

18th July 2018    Dinosaur / £8
Mercury Prize nominees Dinosaur are touring a brilliant new album. Led by BBC New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd (trumpet), with Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (bass), and Corrie Dick (drums), their music mixes jazz and improvised music with folk melodies and synth-pop influences; imaginative, colourful and full of surprises. Dinosaur have played across the world including North Sea Jazz, Montreal, and Molde, as well as collaborating with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Ligeti Quartet. A unique chance to catch them at our intimate venue in Sheffield.

25th July 2018    Stella Roberts Sextet / £8
Pianist/composer Stella Roberts brings some of the most in demand musicians from the vibrant, creative Birmingham music scene. Her music is inspired by the landscapes and animals from her Peak District childhood, thoughtful, passionate and laden with nostalgia, brought to life by Chris Young (Hansu Tori, Hans Koller) on alto sax, Richard Foote (Young Pilgrims) on trombone, Sean Gibbs (Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band) on trumpet, Euan Palmer on drums, Stuart Barker (Clark Tracey, Laura Mvula, Chris Biscoe, Tony Kofi) on bass.

1st August 2018    Rob Luft / £8
Join us on the FINAL night of Rob Luft’s tour; this promises to be something special. An incredible guitarist and band playing compostions from one of last year’s very best albums, utterly distinctive, warmly lyrical, virtuosic yet so approachable, and with a rich emotional heart. You may have caught Rob recently in his wonderful duet at The Lescar with Alice Zawadzki. Rob Luft (guitar), Joe Wright (tenor saxophone), Joe Webb (hammond organ, piano and harmonium), Tom McCredie (bass), Corrie Dick (drums).

8th August 2018    Metamorphic / £8
When pianist and composer Laura Cole last brought her wonderfully expansive and beautifully arranged music to The Lescar it was one of our classic nights. With new music and a brilliant new album ‘The Two Fridas’, this is music with an intense collective heart, covering spoken word, improvisation and tightly arranged passages of music, played by some of the best improvising musicians in the UK. With Chris Williams (alto sax); John Martin (tenor/ soprano sax); Ollie Dover (bass clarinet); Kari Nergaard-Bleivik (vocals); Ruth Goller (electric/double bass); Seth Bennett (double bass); Johnny Hunter (drums); Laura Cole (piano). Entrancing and powerfully emotional.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF