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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz North Northern Line showcase moves to Lancaster Jazz Festival

Jazz North’s northern line showcase is moving on to its next destination, Lancaster Jazz Festival. Running from 11th to 15th September 2019, the Festival will be hosting the showcase on Friday 13th September, which will see all the bands on Jazz North’s northern line Round Seven roster perform.

Matt Robinson, Lancaster Jazz Festival Artistic Director says: “We’re excited to be working with Jazz North in the staging of a great event that never fails to highlight the exceptional music and talent residing in the north. Hosting the northern line roster is a unique opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with the northern line artists to create a showcase day that actively supports artists and their development - as well as being a stand-out event for audiences, visiting promoters, and the city of Lancaster.”

The showcase is a key element of Jazz North’s northern line which, since its launch in 2013, has kickstarted the careers of 68 jazz artists and ensembles from across the North of England. “Jazz North has an ambitious plan to take the showcase on a journey around northern jazz festivals,” explains Jazz North’s Creative Director, Nigel Slee. “And we are looking forward to working with Lancaster Jazz Festival to continue its legacy of providing a great platform and development opportunities for northern jazz musicians.”

Jazz North’s northern line showcase has enjoyed five years at manchester jazz festival. “I'm delighted to be handing over the showcase footplate to Matt and the team at Lancaster Jazz Festival,” says Steve Mead, Artistic Director of mjf. “Showcase day is always a fun, surprising and rewarding marathon bringing together distinctive artists, enthusiastic audiences and committed presenters.

“We've loved hosting it at mjf and are looking forward to what I know will be a wonderful day of music at Lancaster - one of the UK's most forward-looking, exciting and cherished festivals.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Estonian Gypsy Jazz Band Titoks at Wharf Chambers Leeds

The Estonian Embassy in London are promoting three concerts by virtuoso Estonian gypsy-jazz trio Titoks, including one date Thus 7 November in Leeds.  The trio (Kristjan Rudanovski on violin, Jaanis Kill on guitar and Robert Nõmmann on the double bass) will be presenting music from their newly released album “When Day Is Done”.

“Titoks ended JazzIncubator 2017 with an audience crying for more after a set of stunning and perfectly executed reworks, classics and originals interspersed with charming quips. Their coherency and chemistry as a trio draws the listener in, and their technical proficiency makes even the most intricate passages feel relaxing. A memorable concert for both experienced jazz fans
and newcomers.” -
Sebastian Aker, Booking, JazzIncubator 2017


Wharf Chambers Leeds Thursday 8 November Workshop for musicians and interested observers starts at 7pm, music 7.30pm. Cost for the evening £5

Wharf Chambers 23-25 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ

Rommi Smith at Leeds Art Gallery

Rommi Smith voice  Kenny Higgins bass, Dave Evans piano, and performance director, Jason Hird

Leeds Art Gallery Thursday 22 November 2018

The title for this event, "Last Night Has Given Me Something to Think About" refers to poet Marianne Moore’s reflections on Billie Holiday’s June 1941 performance at MoMA Art Gallery, New York. Moore described Holiday’s performance as a work of art, detailing Holiday’s “flame-coloured skirt” and how the performance had given her “something to think about for fifteen years!”

Holiday’s performance was part of the socialite and philanthropist Louise Crane’s “Coffee Concerts” series. Featuring Jazz luminaries including pianist Mary Lou Williams, singer Maxine Sullivan - and of course Holiday herself- the concerts saw live performances against a backdrop of visual art, in a Gallery housing some of the greats of 20th century art.. The “Concerts” drew New York’s celeberati, including figures such as the celebrated poets Elizabeth Bishop (Louise Crane’s partner) and (Crane’s close friend) Marianne Moore.

In homage to Holiday’s MoMA performance, Rommi Smith, poet, playwright and performer, leads a spoken-word performance tour of Leeds Art Gallery. This performance features the premiere of Smith’s brand-new poem in celebration of Holiday’s performance, researched and written during a recent stay in New York. In collaboration with bassist Ken Higgins, pianist Dave Evans and with theatre-director, Jason Hird, Smith invites us to consider the intersection of works of art: leading the audience through the different spaces of the Leeds galleries, halting at various paintings and sculptures to explore how spoken word and music might animate seeing a Gallery’s visual art in new and exciting ways.

The evening begins with a gathering of audience and performers in the Gallery’s Lecture Theatre and ends there with a follow-up discussion session.

Jazz treats at Boston Spa

Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell 1 Dec

From Les and the team at Boston Spa

Sat 17th November – Swing Commanders – one of the highlight evenings of the year. A stunning, vibrant and highly versatile group which performs an exciting mix of 40s/50s classics, swing, jump jive and so much more. Multi- instrumentalists par excellence coupled with truly energetic showmanship. Always an evening to remember.

Sat 1st December – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – one of our most requested groups led by the UK’s finest exponent of the guitar and banjo – “Spats Langham”. On this occasion, the music is described as the “red hot jazz” of 1920’s New York. Without question, it’s a truly class act – the more so with the delightful Emily – a classically trained and superb vocalist who claims to draw her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee. But this only scratches the surface of the wonderful sounds which emanate from this talented group. Not to be missed!

Sat 15th December – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – and would you believe it – it’s Christmas Party Time again! The ‘official’ start to the Christmas Festivities with its traditional festive atmosphere, nibbles, mince pies and the special Christmas raffle. And the whole fun filled celebration driven along at a cracking pace by the Harlems with their special guests - Bill Smith on cornet and Mike Pembroke on trombone. A fitting end to a wonderful year of wonderful sounds!

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live. Spread the word – JITS is live, fun and friendly – no better way to spend Saturday evening.

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds, LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Saturday Traditional/Mainstream Jazz.

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Edge Hill University Big Band @ Wigan

The Edge Hill University Big Band, directed by Phil Shotton.

The Edge Hill University Big Band comprises of students, staff and members of the local community.

‘Following on from their highly successful show ‘The Art of the Modern Big Band’ Edge Hill’s very own big band bring their eclectic mix of contemporary big band music back for another music extravaganza.

Musical Director Phil Shotton will take the audience on an exciting journey of interesting and sometimes lesser heard big band repertoire, showing just what is possible with the modern day big band.’

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 25th November, 2018.

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.

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on

J-ovember jazz in Leeds

Well we all know about Mo-vember, let's make this month J-ovember! Your month for live jazz in Leeds with Jean Toussaint, Freddie Gavita, Eirik Svela's Anglo Norwegian Quartet, Zoe Gilby, Jenny Hammond sings Blosson Dearie - and our Jazz Jam session.  It may be getting cold and dark outside but inside our music is warm and bright .......

November Jazz Jam
Sunday afternoon 4 November @Inkwell Leeds £7/5 1.30-4pm
And why wouldn't you start with a Jam! We pride ourselves at JazzLeeds at having the friendliest jam session in Leeds. No elbows out, or cutting contests, we welcome all people of all standards who just want to come along and play.

Jennie Hammond sings Blossom Dearie 
Sunday 11 Nov 8pm- £10/8  @Seven Arts 1.30pm start (under 25's £5)
Jennie Hammond vocals, Jason Scott piano, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums. Jennie Hammond interprets the songs of Blossom Dearie, a remarkable vocalist jazz pianist, and composer from the bebop era who was able to bridge the gap between west side rhythm and east side lyrical content throughout her career.

Jean Toussaint Quintet – Brother Raymond
Thursday 15 November @Seven Arts 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £18 full price £16 concessions £9 (half price) for NUS and under 25’s.
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Sax Percy Pursglove - Trumpet Jonathan Gee - Piano Alec Dankworth - Bass Shane Forbes - Drums
The return to Leeds of a very special band led by a former Jazz Messenger. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint who first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released ten critically-acclaimed CDs as a leader. Tonight he presents his 11th album, Brother Raymond, as part of a UK tour with a truly all-star quintet. The music of “Brother Raymond” builds on the legacy of Art Blakey but above all confirms Toussaint’s place as an accomplished composer at the forefront of modern jazz.

Zoe Gilby Trio
Inkwell – Sunday 18 Nov 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free)
Zoe Gilby vocals, Andy Champion bass and guitarist Mark Williams
Welcome return to Inkwell from this very talented singer and songwriter from Newcastle. Zoë Gilby has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today. A repertoire starting with her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and guitarist Mark Williams .

“Eirik Svela Anglo-Norwegian Ensemble
Sunday afternoon 25 November @Seven Arts 1.30pm start
£10/8 conc £5 for under 25's, kids under 16 free
Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums
Norwegian jazz guitarist Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of Scandinavian jazz musicians. In March 2018 he recorded his debut album in New York with the internationally acclaimed organ player Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Norah Jones) and in November he is touring in England with his group.  Eirik Svela is an alumnus of Leeds College of Music, and appeared at Seven Arts many times whilst here as a student. His group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Freddie Gavita Quartet 
@Seven Arts Thursday evening 29 November 8pm £16/14 NUS/Under 25's £8 (half price)
Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) James Maddren (drums)
Winner of the British Jazz Awards “Best Trumpet of 2017,” Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene. With the release of his debut album “Transient” in April 2017, his star is certainly on the rise. He is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet and jazz-rock outfit Fletch’s Brew as well as being a band leader in his own right. A fearless improviser, “he solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”

Other gigs
Rush Hour Jazz - we have two this month - Wed 7 Nov with Jennie Hammond  and Wed 21 Nov with veteran Leeds saxman/clarinettist Frank Brooker  accompanied by the Jazz Leeds trio with Steve Crocker bass, Will Powell guitar, Dom Moore drums @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm free/payf

Our Venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW . Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on  See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

Nicki Allan Quartet at Huddersfield

Nicki Allan: piano & vocals Rod Mason: saxophone Adrian Knowles: double bass John Settle: drums

Sunday 25 November 2018 at 2pm

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome singer, song-writer, teacher and all-round jazz impresario Nicki Allan. Nicki has performed all over the country, at venues varying from Glastonbury to local events up and down the country. Her jazz quartet features some of the finest jazz musicians in the North, and includes the legendary Huddersfield saxophonist Rod Mason.

Expect a show of exciting original songs and some fine quirky re-arrangements with a slightly bluesy feel

Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)