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Monday, 15 October 2018

Grimsby Jazz Projects big adventure

Grimsby Jazz Projects is going on a big adventure over the coming year, including a trip to space in a rocket and a voyage to the bottom of the sea in a submarine.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Grimsby Jazz Projects and La Luna are producing brand new projects in partnership with the NEL Music Hub bringing stories, singing and a sprinkle of magic to primary schools in our area.

As we speak, a rocket is under construction to take Cosmo and Carrie (aged 8 ) up to space to discover what is out there amongst the stars. Cosmo and Carrie will be visiting primary schools in NE Lincs with their rocket and Carrie’s cat, who is a keen explorer.

With new songs, a brand new story plus workshops and resources – not to mention a big Singing Festival at the Auditorium – the project is ready to take off. And space is just the beginning. We’ll be announcing more details as we go along.

Who’s Involved?
La Luna is the organising force behind the successful bid but it’s the creative team at Grimsby Jazz Projects who will be leading on the delivery with support from MAPAS.

Josie Moon, Pat McCarthy, Matt Gray and Hetty McCarthy will produce and deliver the work across NE Lincs. Art work for the project is coming from the imagination and pencils of Vivienne May with design, layout and production of resources from Paul Davy and GSB Print and Design.

More info

Concert For Keith Tippett

There will be an intimate Concert For Keith Tippett at "Over The Top", Sheffield on Sunday 28th October at 7:30 pm. The venue is very small and only 25 tickets are available and we are asking for a minimum donation of £10.

The concert will feature pianist, Matthew Bourne plus Martin Archer (woodwind), Mick Beck (also woodwind) and Peter Fairclough (percussion).

If you are interested, please email and I'll tell you how to donate.

You may also make a donation if you cannot attend the gig but would like to support Keith as he recovers from serious illness.


Peter Fairclough
Drummer - Keith Tippett Octet

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hull Jazz gigs

Here's the current line up of Jazz Gigs in Hull. 'Jazz in Hull' is a weekly facebook page designed to promote all styles and aspects of jazz musics - Traditional/Dixieland/Swing/Mainstream/Big Band/Be-Bop/Modern/Latin/Funk/Fusion/Avant-garde/Experimental - and associated venues in Hull and the surrounding district of East Yorkshire/North Lincolnshire.

Please click on the 'Jazz in Hull' on facebook (ir you are on facebook!) like it, follow, and send a message/notification if you wish to contribute.

Jazz Futures networking meeting at Band on the Wall

A special regional networking meeting for jazz promoters, producers, performers and activists at the Band on the Wall, Manchester .

Speakers include:

Justin McKenzie – Artistic Director/CEO, Jazz Re:Freshed
Jazz Re:Freshed is at the heart of London’s current jazz explosion. It has grown from delivering a nightly event in Notting Hill to organising a yearly festival, developing new artists, creating a record label and much more. Justin will tell us how it happened.

Janine Irons MBE FRSA – Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Warriors
Winners of the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education, Tomorrow’s Warriors are an internationally-renowned creative production and talent development agency.

Paul Bradshaw – Founder, Straight no Chaser
As his legendary and influential publication reaches its 100 edition, Paul will share the Chaser story.

Kevin Appleby – Strategic and Creative Lead, Jazz South
Following a substantial grant award from Arts Council England, the project is about to launch a talent and leadership programme and a multi-layered programme of projects.

Lexy Movaridi – Booking Agent, Diplomats of Sound
Lexy is an agent with Diplomats of Sound, with a roster including Zara McFarlane, Ashley Henry, and Anthony Joseph.

Mike Chadwick – Jazz promoter and International Band Manager, Snarky Puppy and David Crosby
Hugely experienced promoter and artist manager, Mike will be on hand to offer one-to-one advice surgeries.

Gavin Sharp – CEO, Band on the Wall
Gavin has been at the helm of the multi award-winning venue and promoter Band on the Wall for a decade.

Jeremy Davies – Root Music
An experienced jazz promoter and fundraiser, Jeremy will discuss EU funding and the NIMPE Music Factory.

John Fraser – Researcher
John Fraser has worked in industry as a researcher and analyst for more than 20 years and his current role as a Senior Consultant has seen him work with some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies. John has a keen interest in the arts outside work; he has been conducting research into jazz audiences for Band on the Wall, which he will present during this session.

David Murray and Saul Williams
In advance of what promises to be a stunning show at Band on the Wall, David and Saul will talk about their work.

Concert: David Murray and Saul Williams, 7.30pm
Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive than David Murray. With his band, comprised of drummer Nasheet Waits, pianist Jason Moran and Orrin Evans, bassist Jaribu Shahid, he invites the leading voice on the spoken-word scene. Together, they deliver an impassioned vibration, enlightened by the abrasive words of Saul Williams.


Monday, 8 October 2018

Volunteering opportunities at Newcastle's Jazz Co-op

There are a couple of specific areas where we could use extra volunteer input at the moment at the Newcastle Jazz Co-op, and we'd very much appreciate it if you could consider offering some time to help with the following tasks:

(1) Ali (Bar Manager at The Globe) has asked if we could recruit one or two volunteers to support his efforts to keep the Globe clean on a regular basis.  He would like someone twice a week for 2 hours each shift to work (or 2 people doing one two hour shift each) while he is in the building.  Ideally, to be helpful, this would need to be a regular commitment.  If you have some time to spare and think you might want to help out, please email Ali ( to find out more.

(2) It would be great if more people were prepared to volunteer for all or part of the Duty Manager role at jazz gigs/events at The Globe.  This would include taking money at the door, and running either the downstairs or Jazz bars.  Gigs happen regularly on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Ali will provide full bar training for anyone wishing to take this on.  To find out more, please email Jen Errington (

Even if you're not able to volunteer in either of the above areas, we always very much welcome occasional offers of assistance with administration, finance, cleaning, painting and DIY at The Globe.  We hope the Globe working parties will start up again soon at a more convenient time for people who are working.  If you would like more information on opportunities please email me (David Herbert) at

Many thanks,

David Herbert Volunteer Co-ordinator

‘Piano Divas’ at Wigan Jazz

The Wendy Kirkland Quartet ‘Piano Divas’.

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 28th October, 2018.

Wendy Kirkland piano and vocals, Pat Sprakes guitar, Paul Jeffries double bass and electric bass, Stevie Smith drums. 
Refreshing tribute to pianist-singers like herself : Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias’- Jazzwise.
‘One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz’ – The Jazzman.
Part of a national tour. Ms Kirkland presents the music of the great women singer-pianists in her own style with thankfully no attempt at impersonation. Catch videos of her on ‘You Tube’.

At Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU. 12.30 pm till 3.00pm, but sometimes goes on a bit longer. Admission £12 non-members, £11.30 concessions, £11.00 members.
Pay on the door, or book tickets in advance through ‘’.

More information about the Wigan Jazz Club, its history and future programme on 
tel 01942 243974 or 01925 727408

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Tria Lingvo with Mike Walker at Clitheroe

For the Ribble Valley Jazz Club's October gig  we feature international touring band, Tria Lingvo, a notable Cologne-based German trio which with guest, Manchester guitar virtuoso Mike Walker bringing a musical encounter of the highest order at the start of a new UK tour. This award winning trio, combined with Mike Walker’s guitar mastery, will present an award-winning repertoire of new quartet music.

Tria Lingvo, winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize, offers an innovative and creative approach to the traditional trio format. The band is at home exploring the fascinating ground found between Modern Jazz, energy-laden improvisation and ethnic music. It is highly respected on their home scene, having performed with the likes of Dominique Pifarély, Zoltan Lantos & Ramesh Shotham at festivals such as Leverkusener Jazztage, Enjoy Jazz Festival, & Vive le Jazz.

Mike Walker, one of the most prolific UK musicians of his generation, has built a distinguished performing, composing and teaching career in UK & Europe over almost forty years that has featured international touring and highly recognised collaborations. He is highly acknowledged among notable international jazz peers.

Friday 12 October 2018 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Cricket Club, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2AS Tel: 01200 422896 | Tickets: Advance - £15 Members £14 | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Exciting gigs at the Lescar

Land of If 17 October 

From Jez Matthews Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield

We’re so excited about the next couple of months. There’s so much variety in our programme, covering jazz, improv, song, folk, and electronic music, and musicians from across the UK and Europe. It includes 2 double bills of brilliant young bands emerging from the Leeds and Birmingham jazz scenes (Samantha Wright, Bela Horvath, Josh Schofield, and Morpher), Sam Rapley touring with a glorious new album, and Land of If, led by drummer Simon Roth with a unique line-up featuring vocals, cello, viola, guitar and music inspired by everyone from Ligeti to Radiohead, and PJ Harvey. October ends with Olie Brice leading an incredible line-up featuring US drums legend Jeff Williams. In the middle of all that we go out on an excursion under our pseudonym of Lines + Spaces, with a great four band line up covering folk, jazz and indie, at a lovely venue, The Holt.

In November we’ve got a quietly innovative and adventurous trio from Leeds, Treppenwitz, plus drummer Lorraine Baker, a real rising star brings a truly all star band celebrating the music of Ed Blackwell. Norwegian guitarist Eirik Svela comes to us having recorded his debut album in New York, and we finish off November with a double bill that’s sure to fire up the Lescar backroom with Sheffield based band Bad Brew and sax duo Skeltr mixing beats and electronics with fiery sax playing.

Finally we’re really pleased that Jazz at The Lescar is one of three venues/promoters from across the UK to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Jazz Venue of the Year at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz awards. This is a complete honour for us, and needless to say we’re absolutely delighted.
Thank you so much for your continued support!

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Samantha Wright Quintet / Bela Horvath Trio
Wednesday 10th October 2018  Sam Rapley’s Fabled
Saturday 13th October 2018 Lines and spaces night at the Holt  - special quadruple bill!
Wednesday 17th October 2018  Land of If
Wednesday 24th October 2018  DOUBLE BILL: Josh Schofield Quartet + Morpher Double Bill
Wednesday 31st October 2018 Olie Brice Quintet
Wednesday 7th November 2018  Treppenwitz
Wednesday 14th November 2018  Lorraine Baker’s Eden 
Wednesday 21st November 2018 Eirik Svela Group
Wednesday 28th November 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Bad Brew + Skeltr Double Bill


Hull Jazz Festival returns 14 - 17 November

Dame Evelyn Glennie and HLK 17 November 

Hull Jazz Festival returns from Wed- Sat 14 - 17 November with four days of live music that showcase the diversity of the UK jazz scene.

Trombonist Paul Taylor and poet John Robinson bring together a company of eight local artists to pay tribute in words and music to the Hull Pals Battalions of WW1, marking the centenary of the end of the war. They open the festival at Hull Truck Theatre on Wednesday 14 November with Other Ranks.

Rising star trumpeter Laura Jurd brings her band Dinosaur to Hull Truck Theatre for the first time on Thursday 15 November. Synth-pop meets jazz band on their critically-lauded 2018 album Wonder Trail, packed with folk-infused grooves and glistening melodies.

Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint brings his Allstar 5tet to Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 16 November, performing tracks from their acclaimed new project Brother Raymond. Gathering 4-star reviews on its release earlier this year, it’s a daring suite of original pieces that build on the legacy of the late, great Art Blakey whilst showcasing the talent and power of this new generation of musicians.

On Saturday 17 November at Hull Truck Theatre, virtuoso guitarist and composer Gonzalo Bergara explores what might have happened if Django Reinhardt had met Tango maestro Astor Piazzolla. With a quartet featuring some of the UK’s most accomplished Gypsy Jazz performers, he effortlessly blends the sounds of Parisian swing and his native Argentina.

Singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly is hailed as one of the UK's finest jazz voices. She’ll be joined by her friends from Hull Junior Choir at the Albemarle Music Centre on Saturday 17 November. Juliet Kelly’s Family Jazz Show is a fun-filled celebration of great jazz singers past and present, with plenty of chances for the audience (young and old!) to join in.

Trio HLK team up with the world’s leading solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie MBE, in an incredible new collaboration. Glennie’s approach to sound creation is the perfect match for Trio HLK’s complex rhythms and virtuosic improvisation. Combined, they’re an explosive tour de force and you can see them at Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 17 November

The festival closes with The Trojan Story at Hull City Hall on Saturday 17 November. Jazz Jamaica All Stars, with a line-up featuring some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, celebrate 50 years of the legendary reggae label Trojan Records.

Visit for more information.

Wakefield's autumn jazz programme

Babelfish Friday 5 October 

Wakefield Jazz’s autumn programme opens this Friday (5th Oct) with Babelfish - the best of contemporary cosmopolitan jazz with compositions by Brigitte Beraha (voc) and Barry Green (piano), and top rhythm team Chris Laurence (bass) and Paul Clarvis (drums).
As ever, doors open 7.00pm, food available (best to book first - see website) - band onstage 8.30pm for two sets, with the famous raffle and bookstall during the interval. Venue is Wakefield Sports Club, Eastmoor Road WF1 3RR

And the season continues:
12 Oct Nic Meier’s Infinity
19 Oct Paul Edis’ Ushaw Ensemble
26 Oct Nova Trio
2 Nov Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat
9 Nov Greg Abate (with Pete Rosser Trio)
16 Nov Phil Robson Quartet (feat. Jed Levy)
23 Nov Nigel Price Organ Quartet
30 Nov Alina Bzezhinska’s London Quartet (feat. Tony Kofi)
7 Dec Claire Martin/Jim Mullen - Xmas tribute to Wes Montgomery

Many more details at 

Babelfish: as featured in the Guardians’ Pick of the Week

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A fascinating month of music at JazzLeeds

October - and another fascinating month of music at JazzLeeds. Our concerts includes slide blues guitarist Lucy Zirins, international superstar jazz guitarist Mike Walker and Tria Lingvo, London based vocalist Fini Bearman singing the music of David Bowie, local heroes Jamie Taylor Richard Iles and Munch Manship plus US based bebop saxman Benn Clatworthy with New York pianist Cecelia Coleman. All these at Seven Arts - or Inkwell - in Chapel Allerton, Leeds this coming month!

Lucy Zirins and Southern Company
Sunday afternoon 7 October @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 NUS+ under 25 half price Kids under 16 are free. Lucy Zirins (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals) Andy Crowdy (Bass) Pete Billington (Keys, Strings) It’s been too long since singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins played for us at Seven Arts. Lucy is a wonderful blues singer and guitarist, originally from from Burnley in Lancashire and now based in London and hitting all the right notes on the UK blues circuit. Hear Lucy's music here

"North by North-west" - Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo from Cologne  
Thursday 11 Oct 8pm- £16/14  @Seven Arts 1.30pm start NUS+ under 25 half price
Mike Walker - guitar, Johannes Lemke - sax  André Nendza – bass Christoph Hillmann- drums Mike Walker is one of the most prolific British musicians of his generation with his talent widely acknowledged among notable international Jazz peers. Tria Lingvo are winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize,  and offer a highly creative approach exploring the endlessly fascinating ground between modern jazz, improvisation and ethnic music. Music here Support is from the Dan Coulthurst quartet 8-8.30pm

Fini Bearman ‘This is Not America’, the music of David Bowie
Sunday 14 October @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/£8, half price for NUS and under 25’s. Kids under 16 are free. Fini Bearman (vocals) with Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) For this brand new project Fini is joined by pianist Tom Cawley (Curios, Acoustic Ladyland, Peter Gabriel), and bassist Calum Gourlay (Kit Downes). In this intimate and exposing lineup they will be revisiting and exploring some of David Bowie’s most-loved songs, as well as delving into some of his lesser-known back catalogue. Hear her music here

Jamie Taylor and Richard Iles   
Inkwell – Sunday 21 Oct 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free) Jamie Taylor guitar, Richard Iles flugelhorn Richard and Jamie have been established for many years as two of the leading musicians and educators on the Northern scene. Although they have worked together in quartet and trio settings before, this will be the first time these two artists have performed together as a duo. Expect to hear a mixture of original compositions by both, alongside some choice selections from standard repertoire.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet feat Cecelia Coleman.
Thursday evening 25 October @Seven Arts 8pm start £16/14 conc (NUS/Under 25's half price) Benn Clatworthy- saxes, Cecilia Coleman -piano Simon Thorpe- bass and Matt Home -drums From storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Benn Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with jazz audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour. He is supported by a top-class rhythm section featuring New York composer and big band leader Cecelia Coleman.See/hear their music here Support 8-8.30pm - Dimitris Tsiotas trio

Munch Manship Quintet 
@Seven Arts Sunday afternoon 28 Oct 1.30pm £10/8 NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free. Munch Manship -sax and flute, Derrick Harris -guitar, Andrzej Baranek- piano, Paul Baxter -bass, Paul Smith -drums Munch Manship is a veteran saxman and flautist from Manchester who has featured in jazz clubs around the country, playing alongside many international stars such as Ronnie Scott, Bobby Shew, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, John Etheridge and Humphrey Lyttleton.

Other news!

Rush Hour Jazz -Ed Kainyek with the JazzLeeds trio Wed 17 October@Seven Arts bar 6-7pm payf. An alumnus of the Leeds Jazz Rock Orchestra and now a local legend on the Manchester jazz scene, Ed Kainyek cites Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Phil Woods and Grover Washington as key influences on his playing, although his sound is truly his own, and with each solo he makes his own statement.

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   Tickets

Steve Crocker

Parr jazz- feast this October

Jazz, in all its forms, a booming part of Liverpool’s music scene. Tuesday’s Parrjazz delivers a storming jam session in Studio2 Parr Street with jazz touring players – they’ve had Japanese martial arts rockers and American proggers playing with students and Liverpool schmoozers. For over 10 years, Liverpool’s Parrjazz has promoted top international players: Snarky Puppy/FORQ/Gogo Penguin/Alan Barnes/Dennis Rollins and loads more.

Angular free-jazz, early roots, ragtime, classic swing, the coolest cool cats, jazz-rock fusion, prog, funk and trippy youngsters working their way out of the trancey psych soup. Summer to autumn in Liverpool has seen spectacular artists. June was kicked off into a dark gothic castle by Liverpool’s own Blind Monk Trio cascading Black Sabbath/Stranglers/Coltrane at Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery; the local vicar sat outside, cigar and a single malt.

The rest of June in Studio2 was a blast. San Francisco’s Paul McCandless with Charged Particles, closing off with a packed house for USA’s finest Prog/Fusion outfit, FORQ, touring their latest record Thrēq. FORQ’s storming acid-jazz rocker Cowabunghole created a jazz mosh pit! July gave us The California Jazz Conservatory showcasing west coast talent. Nashville’s Suzahn Fiering gave us a master class in songwriting. As August broke, Barry’s Boptet smashed out the best of Be Bop - Herdsmen to Miles Davis. Sax legend Dean Masser carried on the theme. September, had Guitar/Hammond/Drums combo Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio, touring their debut EP Dead Pan Party.

October is a jazz-feast. Leading UK Jazz talents Brigitte Beraha’s Babelfish on the 2nd, UNMISSABLE Bristopian jazz-trippers Get The Blessing on the 11th (Tickets from See Tickets/Skiddle), Robert Mitchell's Epiphany 3 on 16th, guitarist Stuart McCallum on 23rd, with the insane Baked A La Ska Halloween Special on the 30th. November will feature two sax heavyweights – Benn Clatworthy and Greg Abate………… nice!

Full listings at and

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Ronnie Bottomley's trio at Cafe Society Huddersfield

Ronnie Bottomley: drums Jason Scott: piano John Marley: double bass

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome the established and popular trio led by renowned drummer and educator Ronnie Bottomley: featuring Jason Scott on piano and John Marley on double bass. Ronnie was the inaugural winner of the Jazz Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award, and his passion  and dedication to the percussive arts and jazz scene are truly remarkable. For well over 60 years he has worked with many of the great British and American jazz musicians

Sunday afternoon 28 October 2018 at 2pm Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
or direct from Cafe Society iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University) Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield

Jazz in Wilmslow this October

Rod Mason Tuesday 2 October 

From Graham Brook

October 2nd - ROD MASON (reeds) with THE GEORGE KING TRIO

October 9th - TERRY BRUNT (trombone) and ROSIE HARRISON (reeds/vocals) with THE TOM KINCAID TRIO

October 16th - JULIE EDWARDS (vocals), KEVIN DEARDEN (bass), ROD MASON (reeds), GEORGE KING (keyboard) and TIM FRANKS (drums)

October 23rd -LUCY LOCKWOOD (vocals), LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone) and THE DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO

October 30th - LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone), TONY ORMESHER (guitar), FRANK GRIME (bass) and ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboard)

TUESDAY JAZZ AND SWING every Tuesday upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. Show starts 8.30pm. £7 on door.

Russell Corbett's North East gig listings - October

Mingus Big Band Oct 21 Middlesborough Town Hall 

Oct 3 James Birkett & Emma Fisk Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Oct 3 MGB Charts, Newcastle NE1 3DX
Oct 4 Joe McPhee Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 5 Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Oct 5 Graeme Wilson Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Oct 6 Full Blast Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE
Oct 7 HTrio w Nate Wooley Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Oct 8 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Cluny, Newcastle NE1 2PQ
Oct 9 Riviera Quartet Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Oct 11 Taupe Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 12 Noel Dennis Quartet Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Oct 12 Tom Bancroft’s In Common Maltings Theatre, Berwick TD15 1AJ
Oct 13 Vermont Big Band Cullercoats Crescent Club NE30 4QS
Oct 13 David Lyttle Trio The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Oct 14 Djazzville Maltings Theatre, Berwick TD15 1AJ*
Oct 14 Paul Edis Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Oct 18 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band St James’ & St Basils’ Church, Newcastle
Oct 18 Olie Brice Quintet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Oct 19 Dean Stockdale Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Oct 19 Beats & Pieces Big Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 20 Big Chris Barber Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 20 Dinosaur Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 21 Pete Churchill Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ*
Oct 21 Printmakers Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ*
Oct 21 Mingus Big Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 26 Hot club du Nord Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3LD
Oct 28 Bradley Johnston Fire Station, Sunderland SR1 3DT
Oct 30 Jam session Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Lunchtime gigs*

Three festival previews in the North East

Tom Bancroft's In Common - Berwick Jazz festival Oct 12

From Russell Corbett

The north east of England's jazz scene is thriving with no fewer than three festivals in October. The second Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music occupies the first few days of the month with highlights including a free admission lunchtime concert by free jazz veteran Joe McPhee at Newcastle University (Oct 4), Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles (Oct 5) and a rare appearance by Peter Brötzmann (Oct 6), both at the Lit and Phil, and a first visit to the region by American trumpeter Nate Wooley at the Bridge Hotel (Oct 7).

The following weekend sees the return of the Berwick Jazz Weekend. The second edition of the annual north Northumberland event features Tom Bancroft leading his band In Common (Oct 12) and the following day (11am) running a workshop for those interested in jazz and the Indian classical music tradition. The recently formed Edinburgh-based Tenement Jazz Band makes the short trip south of the border to play a gig comprising 'classic jazz' era-inspired numbers (Oct 13) and Djazzville's Hot Club-flavoured Sunday jazz brunch (Oct 14) concludes matters at the Maltings Theatre and Cinema.   

And one week later (Oct 19-21) there is a third festival, the first Middlesbrough Weekender at the Town Hall. Forty years ago the Newport Jazz Festival came to Middlesbrough. Yes, George Wein's legendary NYC festival pitched up at Ayresome Park, the former home of Middlesbrough Football Club, bringing with it some of the all-time greats of the music; Ella, Hamp, the Jazz Messengers, MJQ, Buddy Rich and many others. Following major renovation works, the recently reopened Town Hall will welcome some of today's leading practitioners including Beats and Pieces Big Band, Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, Printmakers and two bands with a living link to the events of 1978 - NYJO and the 88 years young Chris Barber. To top it all, Sunday's closing concert (Oct 21) features all the way from NYC, via a week-long run at Ronnie Scott's, the magnificent Mingus Big Band.

Non-festival events proliferate across the region. For full details check out the many what’s on listings including the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group nominated (Jazz Media Award) Bebop Spoken Here blog. 

Marsden Jazz Festival 12-14 October 2018

Marsden Jazz Festival (now in its 27th year) is recognised as being one of the UK’s longest-established jazz festivals. This year sees a packed programme that will see over 800 performers, 250 of which will be young musicians.

Highlights across the festival's 26 venues include Jazz FM’s vocalist of the year Polly Gibbons; Sardinia’s Mal Bigatto Trio; Dee Byrne’s Entropi; four-time British Jazz Awards winner, Enrico Tomasso; SAWA, a trio led by British-Iraqi composer Alya Al-Sultani; SK2 Orchestra featuring trumpeter Simon Gardner; Swiss-based band, The Great Harry Hillman; and maverick pianists, Matthew Bourne and Keith Tippett.

Jonny Mansfield, the 2018 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Award winner and Shepley resident, will also be leading his 11-piece band, Elftet, onto the festival’s headline stage, the 19th Century Mechanics Hall, to perform a specially commissioned pieced based on the work of Marsden-born playwright and poet, Simon Armitage.

For more information visit

Monday, 1 October 2018

Sheffield Jazz autumn season beckons!

Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra 23rd November 

Another great Sheffield Jazz season beckons - with a tremendous line-up and all at the same ticket prices as last year. First gig to open the new season is at the Crucible Studio on Friday 12 October where we're delighted to welcome the Jean Toussaint All-Star Sextet.   Jean will be presenting his latest album "Brother Raymond", as part of a UK tour with his all-star sextet.

For the rest of the autumn season, all the gigs are at Crookes Social Club.

October brings two top-line bands who always produce great performances here in Sheffield. On 19th October - the Clark Tracey quintet brings his latest line-up of gifted young musicians.  Clark will also be talking in an Off the Shelf event that afternoon about his late father Stan Tracey, the internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist.  The following week on the 26th October sees the return of the LA-based Benn Clatworthy quartet, with Benn's truly great tenor sax sound supported by John Donaldson on piano and a top-class rhythm section.

The brilliant Tony Kofi has a new quartet and he brings it to Sheffield on Friday 9th November to mark the release of their debut album "Point Blank". Tony’s followed on the 16th November by Hexagonal, a sextet featuring Jason Yarde and Greg Heath on saxes and John Donaldson on piano.

On the 23rd November we have a rare chance to see one of the most exciting and original big bands working in Europe, Stan Sulzmann's 20-piece Neon Orchestra on their "70th Birthday Tour". And, we're delighted to bring you one of the UK's leading rising stars Freddie Gavita and his high-powered quartet on the 30th November.

Finally, to round off the season we have two bands in December. First up on Sunday 9th December is the Sheffield University Big Band, ably demonstrating that the classic big band sound is still going strong. And the season ends on Friday 14th December when we welcome the Coltrane-inspired trio Satori led by sax player Josephine Davies.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

JazzLeeds celebrates jazz from around the world

Continuing the JazzLeeds tradition of putting on great jazz music from around the globe, this autumn JazzLeeds have five evening concerts with Los Angeles based tenorman Benn Clatworthy, Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, rising star Freddie Gavita and Kate Peters Big Band with the music of Ella Fitzgerald. First up though in on Thursday October 11th is one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe, Mike Walker appearing with Tria Lingvo from Cologne .

"North by North West" - Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo 
Thursday evening 11 Oct @Seven Arts – 8pm- £16/14
Mike Walker - guitar, Johannes Lemke - sax  André Nendza – bass Christoph Hillmann- drums
Guitarist Mike Walker is one of the most prolific British musicians of his generation with his talent widely acknowledged among notable international Jazz peers. Mike has built a distinguished performing, composing and teaching career in the UK and Europe spanning almost forty years, featuring international touring and many highly recognised collaborations. Tria Lingvo are winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize, offer an innovative and highly creative approach to the traditional trio format, at home with exploring the endlessly fascinating ground found between Modern Jazz, energy-laden improvisation and ethnic music. After four highly successful albums they are one of the well established ensembles on the German scene. Over the years they have given many concerts all over Germany ranging from clubs, to concerthalls, churches, to some famous festivals like “Leverkusener Jazztage”, “Enjoy Jazz” and “Vive le Jazz”. Support is from the Dan Coulthurst quartet 8-8.30pm  See and hear their music here!

Benn Clatworthy Quartet 
Thursday evening 25 October @Seven Arts 8pm start £16/14 conc
Benn Clatworthy- saxes, Cecilia Coleman -piano Simon Thorpe- bass and Matt Home -drums 
From storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Benn Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with jazz audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour. He is supported by a top-class rhythm section featuring New York composer and big band leader Cecelia Coleman “Clatworthy proves practice makes perfect” – LA Times “A master player” – LA Weekly “Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins” –Edinburgh Evening News Web http://
See/hear their music here Support 8-8.30pm Dimitris Tsiotas trio  

Jean Toussaint all star quintet – "Brother Raymond"  
Seven Arts - Thursday 15 Nov 8pm £18/16
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Saxophone, Jay Phelps – Trumpet, Andrew McCormack – Piano,  Daniel Casimir – Bass, Shane Forbes – Drums
The return of a very special band led by former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, he 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 sextet.  To commemorate, the twenty-fifth year of, the passing of the great Art Blakey in 2015 Toussaint organised a project which (borrowed from the Messengers Blue Note record of the same name) he called “Roots and Herbs/The Blakey Project” which was hugely successful when it visited Seven Arts - this time will be even better! The music of "Brother Raymond" builds on the legacy of Blakey but above all confirms Toussaint’s place as an accomplished composer at the forefront of modern jazz. Stand-out tracks include the opening ‘Amabo’, an African groove dedicated to Barack Obama. The title track draws upon the influences of Toussaint’s favourite composers, “Duke” Ellington and Wayne Shorter. Music here Support 8-8.30pm -Nico Widdowson Trio

Freddie Gavita Quartet  
Seven Arts – Thursday 29 Nov 8pm £16/14
Freddie trumpet/flugelhorn; Tom Cawley: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Joshua Blackmore: drums

Rising star Freddie Gavita won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017 and his 2017 album Transient was aimed at the heart, not the head, with a highly evocative collection of compositions written for his quartet. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing. A high-powered line up of top players ensures a night to remember. “There are other, more hyped up, players around but few have the feeling, the technique and the sound that Gavita has. Think of Navarro and Clifford Brown and their fat sound then listen to Miles. Freddie lies, not quite central, more (much more) towards Fats and Clifford and yet, still remains his own man. Ten original compositions and a rhythm section to die for make this as good a trumpet album as you’re likely to hear either side of the Atlantic this year”…Bebop spoken here. — ‘Transient’ Recording Session .Support from Jack Chandler sextet 8-8.30pm feat Ben Lowman sax, Tom Sharp tpt, Harry Orme guitar, Steve Hanley drums and Sam Quintana bass

Kate Peters Big Band – the songs of Ella Fitzgerald 
Seven Arts Leeds – Thursday 6 Dec 8pm £16/14
Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in Leeds. A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre and she has had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing artists, such as Candi Staton, Jaki Graham, Roachford, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves) and Angie Brown. For this concert - which is our JazzLeeds Christmas Party- Kate presents an evening of music celebrating the work of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, featuring classic arrangements from Ella’s collaborations with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and others. With her Big Band she will pay tribute to one of the great ladies of song. Music here  Support 8-8.30pm is from the John Marley Trio  

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Friday, 21 September 2018

Laura Jurd plays alongside Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Laura Jurd, Trumpet, Steve Fishwick, Conductor and the Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Joined by guest soloist Laura Jurd, Steve Fishwick returns to conduct the LCoM Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Jurd will feature in her own arrangements of Mary Lou William’s Zodiac Suite.
Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer, bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years

Monday 10 Dec 2018 7.30pm
The Venue