This coming Sunday afternoon at Inkwell 11 June 1.30pm we have our Jazz Jam session – the ace Mr George McDonald will be our pianist and Steve "Chief" Hanley on drums – come and sing play, watch the fun or maybe just avoid the Leeds Triathlon. £7/5 (concessions includes performers, kids under 16 free) .
The wonderful vocals and bass playing of Nicola Farnon is our main evening presentation at Seven Arts Leeds on Thursday evening 15 June 8pm along with top UK pianist Dave Newton, swinging drummer Steve Brown and the groovy Tony Ormesher on guitar. Nicola Farnon is widely recognised as one of the classiest jazz and swing musicians in the UK. She has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. She has also played with such Jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. Nicola’s new CD "So Farnon So Good" features her on double bass and vocals with some legends of the UK jazz scene. You can hear this music at Seven Arts. The bands' arrangements are all done by Nicola - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure.
The support is pretty great too - "Inside Out" - Kathy Dyson guitar and John Dyson on sax 8-8.30pm. A fantastic evening of fun and entertainment in store- don't miss it ! (£16/14 concessions, NUS £5)
The following week Sunday afternoon 18 June we have Colin Byrne with the Leeds Jazz Orchestra 1.30pm @Seven Arts.£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free). Leeds Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of Big Band Jazz under Musical Director, Colin Byrne. They delight in an eclectic mix of repertoire from Bebop, Blues and Ballads through to cutting-edge modern Jazz Orchestra numbers. Classic big band arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus sit alongside numbers written specifically for the band by up-and-coming new composers.– we’ll be collecting for the Jo Cox community fund
To finish off the month on Sunday afternoon 25 June it is saxman Richard Ormrod leading the Dales Jam Community Big band into Seven Arts 1.30pm. (£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free) Dales Jam was formed in 2003 in Skipton by a group of people of all ages and musical abilities, who wanted a time and a place to meet up and play music. Since then, under the guidance of jazz saxman Richard Ormrod the band has grown in numbers. They play world music based including African, Klezmer, Cuban, Asian together with Stevie Wonder, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane. They recently performed a concert comprising interpretations/arrangements of the work of Bradford composer Frederick Delius.
Don't miss a thing! Tickets are available on the door or in advance online here:
Relax at Rush Hour Jazz..
Get out of the car and into the Seven Arts bar for this months rush hour jazz at Seven Arts - Wed 21st June 6-7pm with alto/baritone saxman Jack Chandler and the Seven Jazz trio Payf collection
Dig The Divas!....
For our July Jazz Diva at Inkwell we welcome our god friend (and choir member) Jenny Hammond with the Seven Jazz trio feat Brendan Duffy 1.30-3.30pm in the Inkwell Cafe Saturday 1 July. Payf
Venues and information
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)
Website www.sevenjazz.co.uk with links to Seven Jazz Facebook and Twitter sites