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Saturday, 6 July 2019

North East's July Round Up

Madeleine Peyroux 8 July Sage
From Russell Corbett

In July the main focus is on the Durham Brass Festival (July 12-21). The Gala Theatre stages two concerts - Mnozil Brass on Monday 15 and the following night it's the Gala Big Band's turn with Strictly Come BRASSing celebrating the music of the dance and swing band era. Countless other free admission brass encounters occur throughout County Durham, too many to mention, for details visit:

Smaller in scale but certainly not lacking in quality is the jazz stage at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Nestling alongside Tynemouth Priory, the outdoor setting boasts panoramic views across the North Sea. The weekend event (Sat 13 & 14) includes performances by Ruth Lambert, Zoë Gilby, Dave Rae's Levee Ramblers and Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz. If the sun shines (of course it wil!) the event will take some beating.  

Jazz North East's first July offering features the John Pope Quintet at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle (Sun 7), Tuesday 16 it's a JNE co-promotion with Gem Arts at the Lit & Phil featuring Zoe Rahman and Laura Macdonald and a third event during July is an all-day Marie Curie fundraiser commemorating the late Margaret Barnes, a long-serving Jazz North East board member (Lit & Phil, Sat 20).

Two contrasting Tyneside gigs on Monday 8th; Madeleine Peyroux is at Sage Gateshead, across the river at the Black Swan in Newcastle there is the first rate Belgian swing dance band Jake Walker.

Hoochie Coochie has pulled off a coup booking Brian Jackson (Friday 12), the man who co-wrote much of Gil Scott Heron's best work. Earlier in the day at the Lit & Phil guitarist Bradley Johnston, working with his quartet, presents a one hour performance beginning at one o'clock. Blaydon Jazz Club is fast approaching its 35th anniversary year (autumn promises a 'big name' guest) and in the run-up to the milestone the new duo of violinist John Garner and Paul Edis (Jul 21) play the music of Bill Evans together with some original pieces.

Durham Alumni Big Band gigs are few and far between but as and when the band gets together its worth making the effort. Sat 13 at Cockerton Club, Darlington is the DABB's next outing, don't be caught out, it's a three o'clock start. There is an interesting looking gig at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Fri 19, lunchtime) featuring John Settle's Vibe-ology. West Yorkshire-based Settle, in addition to being a drummer, is a first rate vibes player. Working with a small group assembled by promoter Mick Shoulder, this BATH gig could be a gem. 

The ubiquitous Mr A Barnes, that's Alan Barnes, goes to church on July 18. Why not join the multi-reeds virtuoso at St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle? You can be in the congregation as Barnes blows up a storm working alongside the pint-sized, hard blowing Sue Ferris (baritone, tenor, flute) backed by the Paul Edis Trio. Recommended.

As the month draws to a close the quality of jazz on offer doesn't diminish, far from it. Sage Gateshead (July 23) presents a double bill comprising the 'superband' Archipelago and J Frisco supported by the equally marvellous Mark Williams Trio. Two days later (25) the Strictly Smokin' Big Band's public rehearsal night is as good as going to a fully-fledged gig. The SSBB's new base in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel is the perfect venue - ie small room, big band!

Three more big bands to conclude matters. On July 26 choose between the Big Chris Barber Band (Whitley Bay Playhouse) and, from Chicago, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Cluny, Newcastle). Finally, if a big band can travel from Buenos Aires to play a Newcastle Jazz Co-op (28) it isn't asking too much to get along to the Globe on Railway Street to show support for Sotavento Big Band. Tango from South America, dancing encouraged.     

Jul 8 Madeleine Peyroux Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jul 8 Jake Walker Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Jul 12 Bradley Johnston Quartet Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE* lunchtime
Jul 12 Brian Jackson Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Jul 16 Zoe Rahman & Laura Macdonald Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE
Jul 18 Alan Barnes & Sue Ferris St James' & St Basil's, Newcastle NE4 9EJ
Jul 18 Dulcie May Moreno The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Jul19 New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Cobalt Studios, Newcastle NE2 1AP
Jul 19 Riviera Quartet Traveller's Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jul 21 John Garner-Paul Edis Duo Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Jul 23 Archipelago & J Frisco Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jul 26 Big Chris Barber Band Whitley Bay Playhouse NE26 1LZ
Jul 26 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Cluny, Newcastle NE1 2PQ
Jul 28 Sotavento Big Band The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD 

Jazz Leeds Festival Fringe starts this week

Andy Panayi  - Bar on Park Lane Roundhay Fri 12 July

The Jazz Leeds Festival Fringe starts this week. The build up to this year's Leeds Jazz Festival will feature music at all the festival's partner jazz venues thoughout the city.

First off, jazz returns to Leeds Corn Exchange on Sat 6 July 12-2pm with Ben Sermon keyboards, Richard Moulton drums and Frazer Kerslake bass. Then on Sunday 7 July 12-2pm at the Corn Exchange it is the turn of pianist Alecks Podraza on piano with guests. Following that on Sunday 7th July 1.30-4pm at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton there is a Festival Jam Session starting at 1.30pm and running through to 4pm. There will be lovely veggie food in the Inkwell Cafe and a rhythm section led by Will Powell on drums AND guitar to support you if want to get up and sing or play. All these events are Payf collections.

Later in the week, on Friday evening 12 July at Roundhay Golf Club on Park Lane there is ace flautist and sax player Andy Payani with the Jazz Leeds quartet, then back at the Corn Exchange on Sat lunchtime 13 July we have Eve Begley and “Nefarious” 12-2pm.

The following week it starts to get even busier with ten concerts. American jazz funk guitarist B.D.Lenz is at Seven Arts on Sunday 14th July 1.30pm, a concert also featuring the Jazz Voices Choir and Jazz Workshop Band, Leeds bassist Elior Roffe is then at the Sela Bar 10pm. On Monday we have a jazz film night at Seven Arts with films about young Leeds trumpeter Richard Turner and surrealist singer and painter George Melly. On Tuesday a Dance Workshop with jazz is to be held at Open Source Arts on Kirkstall Road, and clarinettist John Brown and guitarist Jim Birkett appear at Heart with their comic verse and jazz.

We have lots of community bands in the festival fringe too - on Wednesday 17 July  Headingley Swing Choir and Woodside Big Band share the bill at Heart in Headingley 7.30pm the same night as Grow Trio are at the LS6 cafe 8pm, Nico Widdowson Trio are at Northern Guitars 8pm and Jenny Hammond sings at Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts 6pm.Then on Thursday 18 July the main festival starts atLeeds College of Music with the Ronnie Bottomley Big Birthday Big Band! More on that later..

Here's the Jazz Fringe feastival "at a glance" list:

Sat 6, Sun 7, Sat 13, Sun 14 July – Lunchtime Jazz at the Leeds Corn Exchange 12-2pm with Ben Sermon Alex Podraza, Nefarious and others 12-2pm LS1 7BR payf
Sun 7 July: Festival Fringe Jazz Jam @Inkwell LS7 3LW 1.30pm start Payf
Fri 12 July: Andy Panayi with Leeds Jazz Quartet Bar on Park Lane LS8 2EJ 8pm £10/8 
Sun 14 July: B.D Lenz + @Seven Arts LS7 3PD  1.30pm £10/8 conc
Sun 14 July: Eliot Roffe trio @Sela Bar 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU 10pm free
Mon 15 July: Two Jazz Films – George Melly, Richard Turner @Seven Arts LS7 3PD 7.30pm £8/6
Tues 16 July: Dance/Jazz Workshop, Open Source Arts 5pm Kirkstall Mills, Leeds LS3 1JL payf
Tues 16 July: Jazz and Poetry @Heart LS6 3HN 8pm. Donations suggested £3-5
Wed 17 July: Headingley Swing Choir + Woodside Big Band @Heart LS6 3HN 7.30pm. payf
Wed 17 July: GROW trio + Jam @LS6 Café LS6 2AS 8pm free
Wed 17 July: Nico Widdowson Trio 8.30pm @Northern Guitars, 41 Call Ln LS1 7BT payf
Wed 17 July: Jenny Hammond – Rush Hour Jazz@Seven Arts Chapel Allerton LS7 3PD 6pm Free/ payf
Thus 18 July George Hall and Nu Jazz Leeds: Hyde Park Book Club LS6 2AS 7.30pm free
Come and get in the festival groove!


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ron Bottomley's Jazz Orchestra play Wakefield Jazz

This Friday (14th June) sees the last gig at Wakefield Jazz before the summer break, with the remarkable Ronnie Bottomley's All-Star Big Band. Ronnie, the legendary drummer, arranger and bandleader is celebrating his 90th birthday this year, but is continuing to produce new arrangements, while threatening that every gig might be his last. 

He has put an all-star line-up of northern jazz musicians through their paces at Wakefield Sports Club this Friday night - food available from 7.30pm, band on stage at 8.30pm. More details at

Wakefield Jazz will return on Friday 4th October with Empirical, with other autumn highlights including Jim Rattigan’s Pavillon, Alexander Hawkins, Alison Rayner Quintet, the return of Greg Abate, and New Orleans boogie-woogie piano with Dale Storr. 

All details soon at

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Summer Jazz at Boston Spa

Echo 42 Big Band 6 July

Summer jazz listings for jazz at the Spa from Les and the team

June 2019
1st – Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band – a salute to Trad Jazz 2019. This tribute to the famous UK Trad Jazz bands of the 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster, Chris Walker – a member of the original Real Ale & Thunder Band.

8th – John Hallam/Kevin Grenfell Quintet – two of our well loved instrumentalists join together to create an evening of wonderful melodies aided and abetted by the delightful and soothing backing of Chris Holmes on piano, Ed Harrison on bass and Graham Smith on drums.

15th – Hot Club du Nord – first class sounds from the North East as we proudly present the Hot Club which re-creates the sounds of the 30s/40s Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli’s Hot Club of France. Emma Fisk on violin, Jim Birkett guitar, Bruce Rollo bass.

29th – Storyville Jass Band – As always with the Dutch Bands who visit us, enthusiastic Traditional Jazz coupled with revival New Orleans sounds.

July 2019
6th – Echo 42 Big Band – “Yorkshire’s longest continuous running and versatile Big Band” returns to the Spa to present another evening of pure nostalgia.with the swinging, melodic sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

13th - Swing Commanders – Boston Spa Festival Weekend. A stunningly vibrant and versatile group of multi –instrumentalists performing a truly exciting mix of of 40s/50s classics, boogie woogie and swing, jump jive and more.

27th – TubaDudes – Five versatile musicians from East Yorkshire with a repertoire ranging from Bix to Louis Jordan. We are assured of happy, foot tapping sounds and vocals from two guitars, trombone, tuba and drums.

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.

Jazz at The Lescar summer line-up

Cesca Grace Quartet 12 June
From Jez Matthews - the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next few weeks up to the beginning of August

We're particularly happy to host US guests sharing the stage with brilliant Sheffield-based musicians in two wonderful, and very different gigs, Jamie Taylor and Sheryl Bailey in a great guitar duo, and Greg Abate featuring with the always swinging Nicola Farnon Trio. Also based in Sheffield, the Cesca Grace Quartet make their Lescar debut, supporting the critically acclaimed trio led by Tori Freestone. Jamie Taylor is also with us for the return of powerful sax player Joel Purnell.

We're also really pleased to welcome tours from some of the finest talent from around the UK and Europe. Trumpet innovator Tom Syson is with us in early June, and a Scottish/Dutch collaboration LoLanders are sure to fire up the Lescar backroom later in the same month. Two of London's most engaging and innovative vocalists join us, with Brigitte Beraha and Fini Bearman bringing their own projects, the latter a reimagining of the music of David Bowie.

Two incredible bass talents bring their own very fiery, but also quite different projects John Pope and Huw V Williams are with us in July and August respectively. And finally we're delighted to welcome in July alto sax player Rachel Head with a fine sextet of new talent from the Cardiff jazz scene.

5th June 2019: Tom Syson £8
12th June 2019: Tori Freestone Trio + Cesca Grace Quartet £9
19th June 2019:  Lolanders £9
26th June 2019: Babelfish duo (Brigitte Beraha + Barry Green) £8
Saturday 29th June 2019 (at Holt Cafe) Jamie Taylor & Sheryl Bailey £10

3rd July 2019: John Pope Quintet £8
10th July 2019: Greg Abate with the Nicola Farnon Trio £9
17th July 2019: Rachel Head Sextet £8
24th July 2019: Joel Purnell & The Jamie Taylor Trio £8
31st July 2019: This is Not America - Fini Bearman/Tom Cawley/Calum Gourlay £8

7th August 2019: Huw V Williams Trio £8

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Saturday, 1 June 2019

JATP in June - Andrzej Baranek Quintet in Bradford

JATPjazz welcome back Andrzej Baranek to put our piano through its paces, with a great quintet that includes:

Andrzej Baranek          piano
Kyran Matthews          saxophone
Tony Ormesher           guitar
Frank Grime                 double base
Eryl Roberts                 drums

Further details at

 Date 7 June (doors open 19.45 for 20.30 start)

Venue Glyde House – Bradford BD5 0AD

Admission £7 (£5 for members and students)