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Monday, 5 February 2018

Malija, Gary Boyle and and more at JazzLeeds

We hope you are enjoying our spring programme. We've certainly had a lot of fun choosing it! We're especially pleased to welcome back Malija on this Thursday 8 February to Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds.


Mark Lockheart: sax, Liam Noble: piano, Jasper Hoiby: bass @Seven Arts Thus 8th Feb, 8pm

A sophisticated trio that crosses and draws on several musical genres, Malija will include material from their highly-rated 2017 album "Instinct". The three members of the band are some of Europe's top-rated musicians, with their music described as "folksy, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical ...". It's all delivered with flair and playful abandonment. Here’s a little teaser video from their new album: and a whole tune Support is from: Ricardo Alvarez Quartet 8-8.30pm Ricardo Alvarez Quartet playing from their new album ‘Huay Not?’ Ricardo Alvarez on tenor saxophone/compositions, Cornelius Corkery on guitar, Emlyn Vaughn on bass and Joe Montague on drums.
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777  Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00 Full £16, Concessions £14, Student with NUS card £5

Gary Boyle Quartet 

Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums @Seven Arts Sun 11 Feb 1.30-4pm

Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from Jazz Fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle who has an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist   What an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist too - Gary has worked with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Mike Gibbs, Eberhard Weber, Keith Tippett, Eddie Harris, Bert Jansch, founding 70s fusion group Isotope and 80s trio Triple Echo "Boyle's guitar is a weightless marvel, so sharp, clean and delicate is his picking." - Mike Butler
Ticket information
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777 Doors Open 1pm Music Starts
1.30pm Full £10, Concessions £8, Student with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Jordan Dinsdale Group 

@Inkwell Sun 18 Feb 1.30pm

Led by Leeds young jazz drummer Jordan Dinsdale, with guitarist Joel Stedman and Elliot Roffe on bass. The trio will be playing standards from the American Songbook, influenced by the Ahmad Jamal trio, lots of ballads. That's the kind of vibe!
Ticket information
Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane  LS7 3LW  Doors Open 1pm Music Starts 1.30pm Full £9, Concessions £7, Student with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Leeds College of Music Student Union Big Band 

@Seven Arts, Sun 25 Feb 1.30-4pm

Leeds College of Music Student Union Big Band has established itself in the city as one of the best big bands winning prizes at the most recent North of England 2017 Big Band competition in Sunderland. Over 20 members strong, it is an exciting ensemble with a big sound and a big ambition. Music from Buddy Rich to Maynard Ferguson, Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin, so expect a lively and diverse show.
Ticket information
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777 Doors Open 1pm Music Starts 1.30pm Full £10, Concessions £8, Student  with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Other JazzLeeds gigs and workshops: 

February Rush Hour Jazz
Wednesday 21 February 6-7pm in the bar @Seven Arts featuring sometime simply red vocalist Dolly James with Eliot Richards sax, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Mullarky drums.Free/payf collectionF

JazzLeeds Workshop
Jazz Workshops meet on Sunday morning 18 February to help you lean more about jazz playing @Inkwell 10-12 am cost £10 (or £8 conc) per session. Tutors are Tom Sharp or Dom Moore - contact tel 0113 2370700.

The “JazzLeeds Voices” choir 
Monday evenings, this month led by guest tutor Jack Glover @Inkwell Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. 7-9pm, £6 per session - contact tel 07544 352594. Rehearsals  7-9pm  on Monday 12 Feb and Mon 26 Feb

Hope to see you soon at JazzLeeds!

Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds Feb 2018
email contact,uk 

The Andrea Vicari Trio at Cinnamon Club

THURSDAY 22nd FEB -The Andrea Vicari Trio

Classic piano, bass, drums format with Andrea on Piano, Scott Vicari on drums, and Dorian Lockett on bass.

Pianist and composer Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham (England). The list of high profile UK jazz artists, who Andrea has played with, is must too extensive to write here. She has also played with the late great American saxophone innovator, Eddie Harris, and gigged with the US trumpet legend Art Farmer. Andrea also hosts a regular programme on Jazz London Radio You can see Andrea playing recently in China here

You can also now book with us for March 22nd The Weave ( a sure fire sell out - again!)

Booking Harry 01606 74502, Dave 01606 44253 or e
Please make sure you get a reply from us, if booking via e mail.


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

North East gigs listings in February

Bahla Jazz Cafe 16 Feb 

Feb 6 Jam session Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 7 Classic Swing Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Feb 8 John Pope Quintet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Feb 9 New Century Ragtime Orchestra Caedmon Hall, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Feb 9 Alan Barnes w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 7QF
Feb 9 Dana Ali Band Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 10 Jive Aces Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Feb 10 Safe Sextet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Feb 11 Alice Grace Bonbar, Newcastle NE1 5XU*
Feb 11 Luis Vicente, Olie Brice & Mark Sanders Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1BQ
Feb 13 Seal Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 13 Northern Monkey Brass Band Billy Bootleggers, Newcastle NE1 5AN
Feb 14 Zoë Gilby Trio The Masham, Hartburn Village TS18 5DR
Feb 15 Group Theory + Early Bird Band Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 15 Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Feb 16 Mark Williams Trio Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 16 Graham Hardy Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Feb 16 Bahla Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 16 Crooners Whitley Bay Playhouse NE26 1LZ
Feb 17 Early Bird Band Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 17 Paul Booth w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Alphabetti Theatre NE1 4HP
Feb 21 Chris Sharkey & James Mainwaring Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 22 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone, Newcastle NE3 1QL
Feb 22 Alan Benzie Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 22 Paul Skerritt Band The Pennyweight, Darlington DL1 5QA
Feb 23 Crooners Forum Theatre, Billingham TS23 2LJ
Feb 23 Dock in Absolute Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 23 James Taylor Quartet Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Feb 24 Nikki Iles Masterclass Music Department, Durham University DH1 3RL*
Feb 24 Customs House Big Band Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Feb 24 Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires Forum Music Centre, Darlington DL1 1SG
Feb 27 Safe Sextet w Debra Milne Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB

Russell Corbett's preview of Newcastle and North East February gigs

 Paul Booth Alphabetti Theatre 17 Feb 

February offers something for everyone right across the North East. The star name is Paul Booth. Brought up in County Durham, Booth first came to the attention of the jazz public sitting in at Blaydon Jazz Club at the age of fourteen or so. A Newcastle College music graduate, Booth subsequently toured the world with pop and rock acts, and, to this day continues to work with
Steve Winwood. Booth’s jazz gigs in the region are few and far between (most recently heard playing with the BBC Big Band), and now there is an opportunity to hear him as guest soloist with  Newcastle’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. Alphabetti Theatre, in the centre of town is a new venue for jazz, tickets are flying out the door, so if you want to hear Booth with a storming big band the date for your diary is Saturday 17. Book tickets at

The contemporary scene makes its presence felt during the month with several enticing gigs; Jazz North East presents the trio of Luis Vicente, Olie Brice and Mark Sanders (Feb 11), at the Bridge Hotel, Group Theory (Durham University students) in a double bill with Paul Edis’ Early Bird work shop band at the Jazz Café (Feb 15), and Luxembourg piano trio Dock in Absolute (Jazz Café, Feb 23). The Jazz Café’s promotion present on Friday 16 London-based Bahla playing their infectious mix of Jewish folk music and jazz. In preparation for this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 6-8) Leeds-based Chris Sharkey is keen to work shop new material and will be doing just that in the company of James Mainwaring (Feb 21), again at the Jazz Café in Newcastle. Bassist John Pope plays a gig with his quintet (including Johnny Hunter) at Gosforth Jazz Club, Newcastle (Feb 8).

Mid February it’s Mardi Gras. Billy Bootleggers in Newcastle is a relatively new music venue, presenting the very best in rhythm and blues, but on Tuesday 13th it invites Graham Hardy’s Northern Monkey Brass Band to mark the occasion N’Awlins-style.

Top notch vocalists are out in force during the month; Seal, for one (Tues 13th at Sage Gateshead) , and Alice Grace at Bonbar, Newcastle (lunchtime diner’s gig, Sunday 8). Zoë Gilby sings at Durham’s Empty Shop (Dec 15) working with bassist Andy Champion, and the previous evening Gateshead-based Gilby will be in Hartburn Village at the Masham public house in the company of Teesside-based trumpeter Noel Dennis. Hexham Jazz Club has booked Debra Milne to sing with Don Forbes’ bop infused Safe Sextet at the Fox Inn (Feb 27), Paul Skerritt maintains his Darlington residency at the Pennyweight on Thursday 22.

Two other things to mention – guitarist Bradley Johnston has recently established a residency in his home town of Sunderland at the recently opened (and still developing) cultural arts venue known as the Fire Station. Sundays, six o’clock, show your support it. And finally, the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington presents Alan Barnes on Friday 9th with the Paul Edis Trio. It’s what is known
as a ‘no-brainer’. Eight for eight thirty!

Scarborough Jazz Club programme in February

Tiptoe 14 Feb 

Matt Ball 
An unusual front line solo instrument, Matt brings warmth and delicacy to the trombone from a  lifetime of experience playing in every constellation from jazz to swing to soul to pop, plus some soulful vocals.  £4

Vocalist Alice Higgins fronts an intimate chamber jazz group playing fresh, swinging takes on the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson, as well as their own songs all in a warm, relaxed vein. The Leeds-based outfit comprises Alice on vocals with Will Blackstone (trumpet), Conall Mulvenna (guitar) and Roz Macdonald (bass). Sponsored by Northern Line. £5

Jamil Sheriff’s Rafe's Dilemma
Inspired by Bolton playwright Bill Naughton, Rafe’s Dilemma depicts the emotional story of the play 'Spring and Port Wine’, its characters, family dynamic and political backdrop. Mixing improvised  music and original songs this is an exciting set of music that takes you on a real journey. Jamil Sheriff (Electric Piano and Synthesiser), Katie Patterson (Drums and Percussion), Nel Begley (Voice), Sam Vicary (Bass). £7 (£6 in advance)

Adams, Kemp & Gordon
Another chance to savour classic jazz standards from 'The Great American Songbook' by superb vocalist Rich Adams with Dave Kemp (saxophones), Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass)  and Tom Townsend (drums). £5

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Malija, Gilad Atzmon and Jump Monk in Sheffield

Orient House Ensemble 16 Feb
Sheffield jazz February dates

After a short break we're back at Crookes Social Club this week as we welcome a band who impressed us all when they played at the Crucible a couple of years ago.

Mark Lockheart: sax, Liam Noble: piano, Jasper Hoiby: bass.
20.00 Friday 9th February

“The London-based equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood”…The Financial Times

Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble - The Spirit of 'Trane
Friday 16th February, Crookes Social Club 20.00-22.00
Gilad Atzmon: sax, Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi: bass, Enzo Zirilli: drums

" ... Atzmon's sublime musicality and skill  ..." The Guardian

Jump Monk 
Friday 23 February. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Arnie Somogyi: bass; Tony Kofi: alto sax; Jeremy Price: trombone; Mark Edwards: piano; Clark Tracey: drums
 Led by Arnie Somogyi, the “Jump Monk” project is dedicated to performing the music of two of the greatest jazz composers and musicians: pianist Thelonious Monk and bass player Charles Mingus.

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

Refu Jazz charity jazz event at Heart Leeds

Refu-jazz returns to HEART in Headingley Leeds for a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charities.

Some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. Please come along and support this event and enjoy some incredible music.

12-1pm - Abtuse Sextet
1-1.30pm - John Duffield Duo
1.30-2.30pm - Alžbeta Turčányiová Quintet
2.30-3pm - Sky High Trio
3-4pm - Remorse!
4-4.30pm - The McNamara Trio
4.30-5.30pm - Alec Robinson Quartet
5.30-6pm - One Foot In The Groove
6-7pm - Svarc Hanley Longhawn
7-7.30pm - Jamil Sheriff & Mark Chandler
7.30-8.30pm - Nicki Allan
8.30-9pm - Will Powell Trio
9-10pm - Jeff Hewer
10pm - finish - Kate Peters Band & Guests

John Marley - Jazz Bass - 1.30pm
Sam Dunn - Jazz Guitar - 6pm

Full day tickets £25 / £15 concessions, available from the HEART reception or from

Tickets for individual sets in the Shire Oak hall are £8 / £5 concessions and will be available on the day. Performances taking place in Assembly Bar + Kitchen will be free, but donations gratefully received.