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Friday, 29 December 2017

Lesley Jeffries favourites at Jazz at Heart

Alison Rayner
From Lesley Jeffries - Jazz-at-Heart in Headingley, Leeds - three (or four!) highlights from the Northern Jazz year...

Jazz-at-Heart had another hugely successful year with bands from near and far playing our lovely space to appreciative audiences. As well as the very popular summer school and Monday night workshops we had eleven gigs, amongst which the highlights were (sorry there are four!):

Mark Donlon, visiting from New Zealand, started 2017 with a very special trio gig featuring Leeds College of Music alumni Sam Gardner (drums), Matt Anderson (tenor) and Simon Read (bass). Mark played some of his own very poignant compositions about displacement and loss.

We were delighted to have so many brilliant musicians offer to play for free at our very first ‘Refujazz’ mini-festival in February, curated by John Marley, which raised £2000 for refugee charities and was a wonderfully uplifting day of constant music throughout the afternoon and evening. Look out for the next Refujazz event on Feb 10th 2018!

We celebrated International Women’s Day in March in style with the Alison Rayner Quintet, a wonderfully energetic band with a great sense of fun.

And we rounded off the summer season in June with Sam Watts bringing a whole sextet to play his original score for a screening of the Charlie Chaplin film ‘The Kid’! An amazing achievement and one we hope he’ll repeat soon.

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