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Monday, 17 April 2017

Snake Davis @JazzLeeds Day of Jazz 3 August

Who better to be the headline act at the first JazzLeeds jazz day than Snake Davis Band?

Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Expect to hear anything from jazz standards to a Michael Jackson or Prince hit and lots of tunes in-between. An alumnus from Leeds College of Music (he funded himself by busking and gig money!) he is now in demand as one of the biggest names on the British scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas.

Snake is joined on stage by his band - Paul Birchall, keys, composer and lifelong friend, Simon Goulding, bass player extraordinaire with an impressive biography as long as your arm and Ali Thynne on drums, a most talented drummer who has also come out of Leeds College of Music and the new kid on the block. All are consummate musicians and clearly enjoy performing together.

This music doesn’t fit into any bracket. In truth, it’s real soul music. Snake said “I believe that any music that moves you is soul music”. You can expect to hear an exciting combination of old favourites as well as new material. This is genuine, emotional, feel good music.

“Snake Davis has one of the most passionate Sax styles and simple bluesy approaches a-la Sanborn heard in these Isles for a while” Time Out

“A virtuoso saxophonist” Daily Telegraph

Earlier in the day we have free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring Hyde Park Brass, Slide Area, The Big Easy and Tom Sharp's Jazz orchestra (12-2pm and 5-7.30pm). There will also be a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Leeds guitarist Dom Moore

All the Millenium Square Jazz events are free. Tickets for Snake Davis Band (£18/16)

Tickets for the the workshop "How To Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide" with Dom Moore (£5)

 JazzLeeds jazz day is part of the Leeds Summer Music Festival 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2017 Line up

From Mark Beirne Smith

Ilkley Jazz Festival is a small festival that has been growing steadily over the last 4 years and this year it is going to be even bigger with 14 acts that have just been announced at this years festival and 3 educational events. Headlining is Ian Shaw one of the worlds best male jazz singers often compared with Kurt Ellling and Mark Murphy, he will be performing at the Winter Gardens on 18th August. Ian will be performing music from his latest album Theory of Joy.

On Saturday 19th there are 5 acts that give the full breadth of the contemporary jazz genre, the day starts at 1pm in the Winter Gardens with Jamil Sheriff’s piano trio, followed by British Jazz Award winning Jamie Brownfields trumpet led quartet, and then MOBO nominated James Mainwaring leads a new sax lead quartet. After a short break for tea, expect a masterclass in jazz singing as Beverley sings Carmichael at 6.30pm followed by John Crawford headlining Saturday with Latin influenced jazz music from his latest Album Times of Tides.

Opening the festival we have the outstanding jazz singer Zoe Gilby from Newcastle performing at Monkmans with bassist Andy Champion on Wednesday 16th. Blues guitarist Dave Smith will be playing way down in the depths of Martinez Cellar Bar. On Thursday jazz singer Julie Edwards will be captivating us at Quinta and the improvisational talents of the Matt Aplin Trio will be playing his project Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham.

The Wweekend starts with Backchat Brass who will be surprising us with pop up performances around town. Virtuoso saxophonist Stuart MacDonald plays at Monkmans on Friday 18th. On Sunday, Hot Club du Nord, an amazing violin led gypsy band from Newcastle will be playing in the Black Hat. The festival closes with the fantastic community jazz band Dales Jam on the Ilkley Bandstand.

There are 3 educational events where you can learn a bit more about Jazz, the Late night jazz jam is your chance to play, the long running workshop and the masterclass are all free!
There are also another 8 events around town in various venues including Monkmans, Quinta, The Band-stand, The Black Hat, Friends of Ham and Martinez.

Tickets  and seat bookings for the Winter Garden events are available at the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, there are Friday night tickets (£15), Saturday individual priced tickets (£various) Saturday full day tickets (£30) and Weekend tickets (£40) call 01943 602319 or pop in!
For the other acts please book directly with the venues

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Summer at the Howard Assembly Room Leeds

Carleen Anderson 26 May

Jazz summer highlights at the Howard Assembly Room Leeds

Brad Mehldau Trio (Tues 16 May) with Larry Grenadier bass and Jeff Ballard drums. US jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has transformed jazz piano playing taking predictable materials in unpredictable directions

Jazz Jamaica (Wed 26 April) "One of the UK's leading good time bands" (Independent). A ten piece band led by double bassist Gary Crosby - a fusion of mento, ska, reggae with modern jazz standards and Jamaican folk songs

Mercury nominated Carleen Anderson (Fri 26 May)  is an American soul and jazz singer, who has had success in the United Kingdom. In her career she has collaborated with musician including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for  the Young Disciples. Her seventh solo album  - Cage Street Memorial will be performed live by Anderson with Samy Bishai on violin, Orphy Robinson on vibes,  Renell Shaw on bass and Crispen Robinson on percussion,

Sounds of Palestine (Thus 27 July) Nai Barghouti returns with her band of musicians from Palestine Korea Tunisia and Nigeria. She's followed by favourites of the Paris Jazz scene Mohamed Najem and friends - traditional Arab instruments alongside standard jazz line ups. Both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and jazz to find a new musical language

For more information and tickets visit or call box office 0844 848 2727

LEEDS Grand Theatre / Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate

Ushaw Jazz Festival announced

Buck Clayton Legacy Band 26 August

The Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 Durham is taking place on the August Band Holiday weekend and features the very best in Jazz talent from the region and beyond

Friday 25th Aug Early Bird Band +Paul Edis Sextet
Saturday 26th Aug Buck Clayton Legacy Band and "Lady J"
Sunday 27th Aug Tom Sharp jazz Orchestra

Food and drink available throughout the weekend.

More acts to follow
0191 334 5119

Ushaw College near Durham, follow signs from the A167

Sunday, 9 April 2017

North East gig listings from Russell Corbett

Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief - Sage Gateshead 29 April

Russell Corbett has compiled this listing for April jazz gigs in the North East - all Newcastle unless stated

Apr 12 Emma Fisk & Paul Edis The Witham, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY
Apr 13 Paul Edis Sextet Gosforth Civic Theatre NE3 3HD  
Apr 13 Alan Glen Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Apr 13 Ray Dales & James Harrison Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT
Apr 14 Nicola Farnon Trio* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Apr 14 King Bee The Studio, Hartlepool TS24 7HQ
Apr 14 John Pope & Faye MacCalman Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 15 Early Bird Band* Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 16 Lickety Split Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Apr 16 Zoé Gilby Quartet The Masham, Hartburn Village TS18 5DR
Apr 20 Chris Sharkey Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 20 Lickety Split Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT
Apr 21 Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 22 Big Chris Barber Band Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Apr 22 Brian Molley Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Apr 22 Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer Heighington Village Hall, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6PE
Apr 22 Big Muddy Jazz & Blues Band The Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE
Apr 23 Darlington Big Band St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Apr 25 Playtime Collective Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 27 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN
Apr 27 BABMUS Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Apr 27 Dave Weisser & Alan Law Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Apr 27-30 Darlington Jazz Festival
Apr 28 Dean Stockdale Trio* Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP
Apr 28 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Apr 29 Ruby Turner Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick NE66 1PQ
Apr 29 Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Apr 30 Nick Ross Orchestra Forum Theatre, Billingham TS23 2LJ


Hafdis Huld at the Cinammon Club

Neil Hughes writes

Hafdis Huld is one of Iceland’s best known singers, with a voice as pure as melt water and a wit to match any comedian. Singing in English and performing an acoustic show, this concert will be as memorable as the northern lights.  She’s a favourite on the major festival circuit and regularly tours Europe, beguiling audiences everywhere she performs.

‘I love her voice and I love her’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
‘Love her to bits!’ Phil Jupitus
‘Hafdis is brilliant!’ Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music
‘Wonderful’ Evening Standard
‘Hafdis is the kind of heroine music really needs’ PlayMusic

Thurs April 27th £10.00

Hafdis Huld

The Cinammon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992 

Video of The Bowdon Rooms

Gigs in Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme

Rosie Harrison -Cheadle Hulme April 20th

April 11th:- ANDY HENDERSON (trumpet), ALEX CLARKE (reeds) and the PETER ROBINSON trio
April 18th:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds), PAUL SAWTELL (vibes) and the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio
April 25th:- AMY ROBERTS (reeds) with the MIKE HALL quartet
May 2nd:- THE MIKE HOPE (reeds) QUARTET
"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow SK9 5EG 8.30pm £7 on door

April 20th:- ROSIE HARRISON (vocals/alto sax), TERRY BRUNT (vocals/trombone), ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboard), FRANK GRIME (bass) and JOHNNY HUNTER
"Rosie's Jazz and Swing" every third Thursday at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AT 8.30pm £7 on door