Monday, 11 December 2017
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Jane Dowson was the special guest at the JazzLeeds launch party held on Sunday afternoon 10 December at Seven Arts Chapel Allerton Leeds.
It’s 10 years since voluntary jazz promoters Seven Jazz started at Seven Arts in the Chapel Allerton suburb of the city. The special concert featured two of the young bands from the city that make Leeds the jazz capital of the North – with jazz vocalist Kate Peters and her septet and the award-winning Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra. It was also the last concert presented by Seven Jazz and the first by the new organisation in the city JazzLeeds
Cllr Dowson announced some exciting news for 2018 – there is to be a new six day Jazzleeds festival (July 20-25th 2018) at city centre venues including the Wardrobe, the College of Music and Millennium Square and featuring jazz stars like Soweto Kinch and Greg Abate and including a jazz play about the legendary Leeds studio 20 Jazz Club of the 1950’s by Leeds author Chris Nickson and a celebration of the music of Duke Ellington marking 60 years since his famous visit to Leeds in 1958
Cllr Dowson also be announced the setting up of a new charitable organisation JazzLeeds, to support the development of jazz in the city in the future and provide a lasting legacy for the superb jazz history of Leeds.
The concert on Sunday at Seven Arts also included fundraising raffle for the Lord Mayor’s charity appeal – Candlelighters, the children’s cancer charity based in Leeds who support families facing children’s cancer across Yorkshire.
Steve Crocker, Jazz organiser JazzLeeds said
“It has been a brilliant ten years for us in Leeds with the highlight undoubtedly being named as the UK’s best jazz club in the Parliamentary Jazz award. Leeds is such a buzzing jazz city and there are great things to come from the new JazzLeeds organisation. But getting the Lord Mayor of Leeds to a jazz gig was just icing on the cake – and a very nice cake it was too!
It’s that time of year again and the Jazz North organisation has now opened the application portal to recruit the next round of northern artists for Round 6 of the Northern Line scheme.
Since its launch in 2013, northern line has featured 58 Ambassador Artists who have performed over 550 gigs with approximately 150 promoters and partners across the north of England and beyond. As in previous years, northern line Round 6 will be selected by an independent panel of musicians, promoters and industry experts. Artists selected for the scheme will benefit from subsidised performance fees, on-going professional development support and will perform at our showcase day at Manchester Jazz Festival in July 2018.
It is very important to us that the Northern Line roster represents the diversity of our region and we are looking to raise awareness and encourage applications from northern based artists who may not ordinarily be aware of the scheme. We are particularly keen to receive applications from talented women and musicians from diverse ethnic backgrounds, both of whom are woefully underrepresented in the jazz sector.
Information can be found here http://www.jazznorth.org/northern-line-r6/
A short video about the scheme can be found here: https://vimeo.com/245625045/1e66dd6cbb
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Some splendid entertainment for you from JazzLeeds in the new year. Seven concerts in their evening series featuring - Trish Clowes’ “My Iris”, Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”, Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet “Finding Home“, Derek Nash's acoustic quartet, Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses”, Stan Sultzmann with VEIN and Darius Brubeck Quartet. Here are the dates for your diary and links to more information
Thursday 18/1 Trish Clowes’ “My Iris”
Thursday 8/2 Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”
Thursday 8/3 Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet “Finding Home“
Thursday 22/3 Derek Nash acoustic quartet
Thursday 19/4 Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses”
Friday 4/5 Stan Sultzmann with VEIN
Thursday 17/5 Darius Brubeck Quartet
All concerts are at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds. You can buy a season ticket for all seven and save 30% here - Christmas gift sorted!! https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FEKDKJ.
Wigan Jazz Club host their annual Christmas Concert on Thus afternoon 28th December, 2017
The three Wigan youth bands will all be playing:-
WIGAN SCHOOLS SWING BAND
WIGAN YOUTH BIG BAND
WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA
At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish.
£11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members.
Pay at the door, or on line at www.justaddtickets.co.uk
Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on www.wiganjazzclub.co.uk
Monday, 4 December 2017
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band 15/16 and 29th
North east gigs – December:
Dec 5 Customs House Big Band All Saints Church, Cleadon SR6 7UR
Dec 5 Tyne Valley Big Band Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Dec 6 James Birkett & Bradley Johnston St George’s URC, Morpeth NE61 1PD*
Dec 6 Classic Swing with Don Fairley The Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Dec 7 Gala Theatre Durham DH1 1WA
Dec 7 Ayanna Witter-Johnson Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Dec 7 Bollywood Jazz Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 7 Riviera Quartet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Dec 8 Stuart Findon & Steve Glendinning Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Dec 9 Early Bird Band Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW*
Dec 9 Lambton Big Band Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Dec 9 Mark Bolderson Foundation Benefit Gig Queen’s Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS
Dec 10 Durham Alumni Big Band + Durham County Youth Big Band St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Dec 14 Durham University Big Band Dunelm House, Durham DH1 3AN
Dec 15 COZYJO Washington Arts Centre NE38 8AB
Dec 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 15 Mo Scott Band + Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Dec 16 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 17 Lickety Split Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Dec 17 George MacDonald & James Birkett w Roly Veitch Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 19 Jam session Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Dec 20 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Queen’s Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS
Dec 20 Francis Tulip Quartet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Dec 20 Dougie Pugh Quartet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 21 King Bee Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 22 Francis Tulip Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Dec 22 Jo Harrop, Paul Edis, Matt Anderson, Emma Fisk Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 27 Take it to the Bridge Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Dec 29 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Ayanna Witter Johnson - Dec 5
From Russell Corbett
December is very busy across the North East yet for some reason there doesn’t appear to be a gig on the 25th! No matter, there is a festive feast of jazz ranging from a soloist to several big bands with no diminution in quality.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson is the headline solo artist in the region. Following the cellist/vocalist’s sell out appearance last year, there is another opportunity to catch this most engaging performer. The venue is the same – the Jazz Café, Newcastle, the date Dec 5. In contrast, numerically speaking, big bands are everywhere you turn. In Northumberland the Bright Street Big Band will perform for dancers at Blyth Sports and Social Club (Dec 2), and at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall (9) there will be a huge turn out for a fundraising event in memory of drummer Mark Bolderson. The Tyne Valley Big Band’s popular drummer died recently and the Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation will be a future source of funding and support for aspiring young percussionists in the region. A debut gig by a new, young big band, takes place on the same evening (9) at the Black Swan, Newcastle. An unfortunate clash, these things happen, and Dec 5 is another example. The annual visit to Cleadon by the Customs House Big Band at All Saints Church competes for your jazz pound with the Tyne Valley Big Band’s gig at the Fox Inn public house in Hexham. Dec 15 presents a similar dilemma – COZYJO, a school age community big band, performs at Washington Arts Centre and at Gosforth Civic Theatre the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band with special guests the all-female barber shop quartet Scarlet Street, play the first of two consecutive nights. COZYJO and the Strictly Smokin’ will play to capacity audiences such is the demand to hear these bands. Sunday 10th at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington presents a double bill featuring the accomplished Durham Alumni Big Band and the Durham County Youth Big Band. Don’t get caught out, it’s a six o’clock start. Durham University Big Band presents a ‘Jazzy Christmas’, the band’s fifth, at Dunelm House (the Students’ Union) on Dec 14. It’s open to the public and it’s free admission! Post Christmas, you’re going stir crazy, right, how about going to a big band gig? The Strictly Smokin’ can be found at Hoochie Coochie (Dec 29) on Pilgrims Street, Newcastle. Big bands, don’t you love ’em?!
Small group jazz is easy to find and it’s top quality. London-based vocalist Jo Harrop links up again with Paul Edis at Sage Gateshead (Dec 22) with a starry cast including Matt Anderson, Emma Fisk and Graham Hardy. On the same date the Francis Tulip Quartet rock up at Newcastle Jazz Café to play a second gig in three days (the first at Durham’s Empty Shop, Dec 20). Tulip is studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire, bassist Michael Dunlop similarly in London, drummer Matt MacKellar will be flying in from Berklee Boston, and sixth form pianist Joel Brown will have finished homework well before he goes out gigging with the FT4.
A busy month? You bet!
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Dec 6th - Rod Mason (sax), Darren Lloyd (trumpet)
Dec 13th - Frank Brooker (sax -pictured ), Andy Henderson (trumpet)
Dec 20th – Jenny’s Festive Feast
Dec 27th – Happy Christmas!
All Accompanied by the House Rhythm Section Andrzej Baranek/Jez Platt (keys) Paul Chamberlain/Paul Baxter (basses) Joe England/John Settle drums Jazz collective fixer Paul Smith
Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time Wednesday 8.30 pm
Cover Charge £2 - £5 per person