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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

JazzLeeds tasty New Year treats

 Anita Wardell 24 January
 Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack 27 January
 Ari Hoenig Trio 9 February
 Patchwork Jazz Orchestra 28 Feb

JazzLeeds Spring programme is a complete festival by itself! We have more than 30 concerts jazz with something for all tastes. There are concerts by international jazz singers including Anita Wardell and Deelee Dubé plus our own Emily Brown from Leeds. We have American jazz stars including drummer Ari Hoenig and saxman Harry Allen. There are three groups led by young women jazz musicians – Emma Johnson’s "Gravy Boat" with Nishla Smith, Jasmine Whalley’s "Jasmine" and Kim Macari’s "Family Band". There are big bands too including the London-based Tom Green's Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, and our own Leeds University Union Big Band. South African township jazz is included with Adam Glasser’s “South Africa & beyond”. There is a beautiful jazz duo too of pianist Andrew McCormack and saxman Jason Yarde.

We have two special features - “The Jazz of Dudley Moore” and Tony Kofi’s “Portrait of Cannonball Adderley”. Leeds legends also get a chance to strut their stuff too with saxman Tony Burkill reforming his band "Work Money Death" plus Atholl Ransome and Malcolm Strachan's "Soul Cooker" making a welcome appearance. Traditional jazz also features strongly with Ros Lewis’s “Tailgaters”, gypsy jazz band “Rose Room” from Scotland and Stefan Grappelli’s guitarist John Etheridge with "Sweet Chorus" – his 70th birthday special!

Here are a few of our highlights for January and February for your diary-

Anita Wardell @Seven Arts -Thursday evening 24 January 8pm
Robin Aspland piano, Jeremy Brown double bass and Steve Brown drums. 
Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breath-taking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos.

Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde - MY duo @Seven Arts – Sunday 27 January 1.30pm
Jason Yarde, playing soprano and alto saxophones, is quite dazzling and his tone blends superbly with McCormack’s piano voicing. Jazz or classical, this is in a class of its own. –The Observer

Ari Hoenig Trio @Seven Arts - Saturday 9th Feb 8pm
Ari Hoenig drums with Tom Ollendorff guitar, Conor Chaplin bass.
Busy top-notch NYC drummer makes a rare visit to Leeds with guitarist Tom Ollendorff and bassist Conor Chaplin. They deliver sharp, streetwise modern jazz that borrows as much from drum 'n' bass as much as it does from pristine ECM and dirty downtown aesthetics.

Tom Green’s Patchwork Jazz Orchestra @Seven Arts – Thursday 28 February 8pm
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are an exciting seventeen-piece London-based millennial big band that has no leader but uses a variety of composers using the ensemble as a platform for fresh sounds and ideas

More details are on our website www.jazzleeds.org.uk
Ticketsin advance www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Steve Crocker, JazzLeeds,
Parliamentary Jazz Awards Winner- Jazz Venue of the Year 2016
Contact: info@jazzleeds.org.uk


Sheffield Jazz Spring Season 2019

 Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw
 Gwilym Simcock
John Turville

From Paul Thomas, Sheffield Jazz:

January sees the season begin at the Crucible on Friday 18th, with an unmissable opportunity to see two of the UK's most treasured jazz vocalists, when Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw play in a duo. Both are magnificent singer-pianists, each with musical class and incorrigible wit and personality. A week later John Law's Re-Creations kicks off the season at Crookes, with his latest project featuring well-known tunes from the worlds of classic jazz and pop.

February begins with the visit of Byron Wallen's Four Corners quartet. Having played alongside such legendary musicians as Andrew Hill, George Benson and Jack de Johnette he brings to Sheffield his dazzling band featuring guitarist Rob Luft, who made such a great impression here last winter. Hard on his heels is the Duncan Eagles quartet, building on a string of highly praised releases with top band Partikel by touring the UK to promote his new album "Citizen". On the 15th February we have the visit of the brilliant quartet Two of a Mind, where Chris Biscoe and Alison Neale explore the wonderfully melodic music of Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond, as well as their own material. The month ends when we host one of the most gifted and imaginative composers in Europe: Gwilym Simcock plays solo piano at The University of Sheffield on the 28th.

The first gig in March sees the Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra play an evening of varied big band jazz at Crookes, They're followed by John Turville, who brings his all-star quintet featuring Julian Arguelles and Robbie Robson playing a wide-ranging set of new music including arrangements from the jazz, tango and Latin worlds. Next band up is the Adam Glasser quintet, where the South African harmonica player / pianist brings a great band of leading young British musicians to play his trademark township standards. Another fine band follows, with the visit of Henry Lowther's Still Waters quintet. One of the most accomplished, tight and creative bands around, they play radical and original music, and include pianist Barry Green, whose own trio played such a great set at the Crucible in 2017. Finally, the month ends when Tony Kofi brings his sextet to play A Portrait of Cannonball, which traces the explosinve music of jazz giant Cannonball Adderley.

April's first gig in the last round of the season returns to the Crucible, when the internationally-acclaimed Tommy Smith and his outstanding quartet pays tribute to his greatest inspiration, John Coltrane. Back at Crookes the following week, the Harry Allen quartet appears. One of the key American mainstream voices on tenor sax, we've nabbed him on a rare visit to the UK and with the bonus of the fine Italian pianist Andrea Pozza. The whole Sheffield Jazz programme ends with a rousing gig on May 10th; Tony Kofi returns with the Mingus Profiles Sextet who were so good at the Crucible in Autumn 2015. Uplifting, exuberant, rousing music.


A round-up of north east festive offerings...


Russell Corbett's north east jazz picks...

Two nights with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Gosforth Civic Theatre in Newcastle (Fri 14 & Sat 15) are officially sold out. If you haven't got a ticket you could try pestering the box office (0191 284 3700) for returns. Fortunately the SSBB will be doing it all again on Sunday 23 at Hoochie Coochie. It's a 5:30 start, tickets are selling fast, so, don't delay, get on to the band's website or the venue's website to secure your tickets!

A Jazzy Christmas is Paul Edis' popular seasonal presentation. Last year's inaugural Sage Gateshead concert sold out and ticket sales for this year's renewal (Fri 21) suggest another sell out is on the cards. Vocalist Jo Harrop returns, as does Yorkshire-born, London-resident saxophonist Matt Anderson alongside Emma Fisk, Graham Hardy, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan and a sack-full of guests. If Thursday (20) suits you better Edis will be presenting the same show at Ushaw, Durham with John Garner on violin in place of the indisposed Fisk.

Christmas Eve...what do you mean you're busy? Hand to Mouth - that's Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston - will be playing tunes from 11:00am at Ernest on Boyd Street, Newcastle. It's free admission, treat yourself to a coffee and some (Christmas?) cake as you listen to Ella accompanied by Joe Pass...they're that good!

Boxing Day...forget the 'I shop therefore I am' madness and head down to the coast. Metros and buses will be running, take a bracing walk along the seafront then, from noon, visit the magnificently restored Spanish City in Whitley Bay to catch the Vieux Carré Hot 4. 

Sunday 30 at the Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street reunites the Francis Tulip Quartet - guitarist Tulip (Birmingham Conservatoire), Ben Lawrence (Durham Uni), Michael Dunlop (Guildhall) and Matt MacKellar (Berklee) - for a seasonal post-bop tear-up. Simply unmissable.

And finally, New Year's Eve isn't devoid of jazz, far from it. To mention but two gigs - the last night (that's the last night ever before relocating to Newcastle) at Gateshead's Prohibition Bar promises a varied bill of fayre (including burlesque!) with the jazz interest supplied by Strictly Speakeasy, and, from late NYE into the early hours of 2019, the Tyneside Cinema's celebrations include music courtesy of the Bradley Johnston Trio.   

The full gig listings:
Dec 14 Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Dec 14 Classic Swing Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Gateshead NE9 5UB
Dec 14 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 14 Will Howard Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 15 Big Band Theory Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 16 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Dec 16 Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 17 Ruth Lambert Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Dec 17 Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 18 Gala Big Band Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Dec 19 Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Dec 20 Alice Grace Bonbar, Newcastle NE1 5XU*
Dec 20 A Jazzy Christmas Ushaw, Durham DH7 7DW
Dec 21 Nu Bossa Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 21 King Bee Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 21 A Jazzy Christmas Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 22 Hand to Mouth Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle NE1 6QG
Dec 23 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 24 Jazz in the Afternoon Cullercoats Crescent Club NE30 4QS*
Dec 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 Spanish City, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG*
Dec 30 Francis Tulip Quartet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Dec 31 Strictly Speakeasy Prohibition Bar NE8 2BA
*lunchtime gigs


Monday, 10 December 2018

Northern Line round 7 open to submissions

Since its launch in 2013, Jazz North’s northern line has supported 67 jazz artists and ensembles from across the north with over 700 gigs. This month, applications open for Round Seven of the scheme giving more artists the chance to develop their profession.

Jazz North’s northern line is the organisation’s flagship programme that supports jazz artists through subsidised touring, mentoring and industry support. Successful applicants can expect 12 subsidised gig performances at festivals and in venues, minimising financial risk through guaranteed payments and a minimum fee rate. An electronic press kit of the artists will be produced to send to promoters, following a photo shoot and marketing insight from Jazz North. There will be an opportunity to perform at Jazz North’s northern line showcase day at Lancaster Jazz Festival in September 2019 in front of national and international jazz promoters where a video show reel will be filmed for promotional purposes. One to one mentoring with Jazz North is also on offer to identify individual areas of support.

Jazz North are looking for artists from across the north to apply.

“We want to represent the diversity and quality of talent living and working in the North of England,” explains Jazz North’s northern line Project Manager Lucy Woolley. “We believe it is important that audiences and promoters have access to a wider cultural offer and we expect Jazz North’s northern line to present a varied roster of artists that is reflective of the northern jazz scene.

Artists wishing to apply must be at a gig ready standard, with 18 months professional experience and no longer in full time education. There are no musical barriers and no age barriers, we only ask that artists be ready to commit time to make the most of being on the scheme.”

Applications are now open and will stay open until the end of January, with successful applicants announced in April 2019.

To apply please go to https://www.jazznorth.org/northern-line-round-7/

Monday, 3 December 2018

Hot stuff in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome Swing of Things, a five-piece band who play hot
stuff from Django to Jump & Jive, featuring songs and instrumentals from the Americas,
Europe and everything in-between. Come and join us for a fantastic two hours of
Continental Swing to finish off 2018!

Tom Prior: guitar and vocals
Andy Wallis: clarinet and baritone sax
Carl Wallis: guitar and vocals
Ed Armitage: fiddle
Stan Sagan: double bass

Sunday 16 December 2018 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street
Huddersfield
www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk

Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk/buytickets/)
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)

Social Media:
Facebook: facebook.com/pg/swingofthings
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/swing-of-things


Harlem Hot Stompers at Dove Jazz Christmas Extravaganza

Barry Pryme writes

Our Old Mates, fresh from a visit close to the ‘Volga,’ the ever reliable Tom Langham along with his long standing conscripts from middle England gave us an evening of stupendous musical renditions last month that was almost faultless apart from one slight bash in the gonging of Emily’s gong. A masterfully handpicked  programme featured their niche market of tunes, mainly from the 20’s and 30’s delivered with the polished panache that Dove audiences have come to expect from these unassuming, minosonic minstrels of great repute. Tom again magnificently demonstrated his almost unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of, along with his obvious great affection for his subject matter. How fortunate we all are to be assured of their two appearances at the Village Hall in May and November of 2019 not forgetting Tom’s solo visit to appear alongside Enrico Tomasso’s in the Awesome Six in July next year.

The occurrence of our Christmas Concert, which luckily will take place on a Saturday for a change this year, will once again be in the safe hands of the vastly experienced and entertaining Harlem Hot Stompers on Saturday 29th December 2018. Their line-up will feature the firm as a rock bass playing of Dave Parr with his string and brass basses, Fred Boggan laying down a strong and steady beat for the rest of the chaps to follow from behind his percussion kit with the boss, paymaster and leader completing this purposeful rhythm section with his sympathetic guitar and banjo playing. On the front line we will see Mike Pembroke, the band’s latest recruit with his trombone; the clarinet will be put through its paces by Dave Thomas and the ever resourceful and versatilical Bill Smith will show us his mastery of the harmonica, trumpet and vocal refrains. Their tuneful music will be delivered with that extra sack full of Festive Cheer for one and all to enjoy.

Tickets/enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

Visit our website at www.dovejazzclub.co.uk 

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Freddie Gavita "Transient" tour dates in Leeds and Sheffield


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 - Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) Josh Blackmore (drums)

Here the band here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II5nb2aJ7cM

He's appearing on Thursday 29 November 8pm at JazzLeeds @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road LS7 3PD - (support from the Jack Chandler sextet (with Jack and Ben Lowman on saxes, Tom Sharp trumpet, Harry Orme guitar, Sam Quintana bass and Steve Hanley drums) . Tickets  www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

and on Friday 30 November 8pm at Sheffield Jazz @Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114 Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00 Advance tickets https://bit.ly/2q9TPNS




Three big bands for Wigan Jazz's Christmas party

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

Come along to our yearly celebration of the best of Wigan jazz, which for those of you who are still unaware means our wonderful, home grown, youth jazz orchestras.

Wigan Schools Swing Band.
Wigan Youth Big Band.
Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra.

These are the youngest band, the intermediate, and the oldest and most experienced. If you have never seen the youth bands of Wigan you will be astonished by the quality of the music. The event will be well-attended by parents and families of the performers, as well as fans of the bands and the usual jazz club supporters. This all adds to the party atmosphere, so come along and have a great time.

Wigan Jazz Club, Friday, 28th December 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.

Pay at the door, or on line at justaddtickets.co.uk
Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on www.wiganjazzclub.co.uk



Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Jazz at the Lescar festive programme

Helena Kay Trio 9 January 

We've got everything from the energetic grooves of Vipertime at the Lescar helping us into the festive season, classic vocals and the music of Thelonious Monk from Aaron Casserly Stewart, and guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis tearing things up with a classic guitar/organ/drums line-up. Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas present something utterly beautiful and unique in December, Johnny Hunter's quartet return with further explorations of the outer reaches in January, and we have two acclaimed sax players; Helena Kay with her trio, and Jon Shenoy, in duet with guitarist Sam Dunn.

Wednesday 5th December 2018: Jiannis Pavlidis Trio
A return for a phenomenal Swedish-born guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis, with a brilliant trio which features Martin Longhawn on organ, and Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra) on drums.

Wednesday 12th December 2018: Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas Duet 
Something really different, atmospheric and incredibly beautiful; a brand new collaboration between drummer Asaf Sirkis,  and extraordinary Polish singer, Sylwia Bialas bringing improvisation together with folk music, jazz, south Indian, and groove influences, and mixed with a wide pallet of different and rare instruments sounds

Wednesday 19th December 2018: Vipertime 
With Ben Powling (Mansion of Snakes, World Service Project) - Saxophone, Matías Reed - Bass, Charlie Grimwood - Drums, Patrick Morgan - Drums. Vipertime featured recently on Gilles Peterson’s recent BBC Radio 6 UK jazz special, and look set to make a big impression in 2019.

Wednesday 9th January 2019: Helena Kay's KIM Trio 
A really special start to 2019 with a tenor sax player that we’ve been looking forward to presenting for some time, a musician with an incredible sound and brimming with energy and rich melodic ideas, Helena Kay (winner Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, Peter Whittingham Award 2017), is joined by a great trio featuring Fergus Ireland (double bass) and David Ingamells (drums).

Wednesday 16th January 2019: Thelonious Monk Tribute featuring Aaron Casserly Stewart
We’re delighted to welcome to The Lescar a great singer with a wonderful voice, Aaron Casserly Stewart. Originally from the US, and former singer with the three time Grammy Award-winning the Sounds of Blackness, Aaron has made Sheffield his home, and for this gig he will be paying a very personal tribute to the music of the great jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk,

Wednesday 23rd January 2019: Johnny Hunter Quartet 
A welcome return for an energetic and creative drummer with his delightfully explorative and always so musical quartet, featuring Graham South (Beats & Pieces) on trumpet, Mark Hanslip (Outhouse, Nostalgia 77, Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer) on tenor sax, Seth Bennett (Sloth Racket, Metamorphic) on double bass.

Wednesday 30th January 2019: Jon Shenoy and Sam Dunn
We bring together an intimate and swinging duet of two of the best players on their respective instruments in the UK; tenor sax and clarinet player Jon Shenoy, is joined by guitarist Sam Dunn, until recently based in Sheffield, and making a very welcome return.

Jez Matthews and The Jazz at The Lescar team.

Email: lescarjazz@gmail.com 
Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
Sheffield
S11 8ZF

www.thelescarhuntersbar.co.uk

Monday, 19 November 2018

Eirik Svela's tour of the Northern jazz venues this week


Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of jazz musicians in Scandinavia. In March 2018 he recorded his debut album "Bitds and Pieces" in New York with the internationally acclaimed organ player Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Norah Jones) and in November he will be touring in England with his band Eirik Svela Group. The UK edition features some great musicians including Jamil Sheriff (piano), and Andrew Robb (bass). They are also bringing Magnus Eide, an up and coming Norwegian drummer with a fast-growing reputation.

The Eirik Svela Group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music. The group performs mainly music written by band leader Eirik Svela, which focuses on combining pretty melodies and complicated chords in an effortless way.

His northern tour takes in dates in Liverpool (Parr Jazz Tues 20 November) Sheffield (The Lescar 21 November) Bradford (JATP Friday 23 November), Ambleside (Zefferelli's 24 November) Leeds (Seven Arts, afternoon 25 November) and Manchester (Whisky Jar Mon 26 November)

Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums

https://youtu.be/D4jEX2BEqUE


Frank Flynn and CDF trio @Hornby

This coming Saturday, 24th November we will be host to the Frank Flynn CDF# trio: Chris Hodder, guitar and bass guitar; Dave Minshull, drums & percussion, and Frank Flynn on keyboard, and who leads this band, although he claims not to. Any way the music will be just great; I wouldn`t want you to miss it.

Influences for the group come from such artists as Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, David Bowie, The Yellow Jackets, Michel Camilo, Hiromi, Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Ravel, Mozart etc plus a generous helping of quirkiness.

Usual venue: Hornby Village Instutute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, LA2 8JR. Doors & bar open at &.30, music from 8 p.m Tickets £10, on the door or ring 015242 21675.
Looking forward to greeting you,
Sam Ashton

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz North Northern Line showcase @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

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJQjq9lNMxo 

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. 8.00.pm

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 www.wiganjazzclub.co.uk



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 www.jazzleeds.org.uk  See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds







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
Huddersfield
www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk/buytickets/)
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)


Gig listings - North East - november

Go Go Penguin Nov 7 

Nov 2-4 Classic Jazz Party Village Hotel, North Tyneside NE27 0BY*
Nov 3 New Century Ragtime Orchestra St Augustine’s, Darlington DL£ 7TG*
Nov 4 Bitches Brew Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Nov 5 Curtis Stigers w Ronnie Scott’s Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 6 Soft Machine Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 7 Hand to Mouth Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Nov 7 Classic Swing w Gordon Solomon The Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Nov 7 GoGo Penguin Riverside, Newcastle NE1 3RQ
Nov 9 Kevin Holbrough Quartet Lit & Phil NE1 1SE*
Nov 9 Kansas Smitty’s House Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 9 Hot Club du Nord The Hearth, Horsley NE15 0NT
Nov 9 Roy Ayres Ubiquity Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Nov 9 Customs House Big Band The Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Nov 11 George Sykes Band The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 11 Lorraine Baker Quartet Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Nov 15 Shoeshop Quartet King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Nov 15 Alan Glen Trio The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 16 Sue Ferris Trio Bishop Auckland Town DL14 7NP*
Nov 16 Lickety Split Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Nov 17 Forever the Beat of the Drum Queen’s Hall, Hexham NE46 3LZ
Nov 17 Blue Jazz Quintet St George’s Church, Newcastle NE2 2TF
Nov 18 Mick Shoulder Quintet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Nov 22 Alison Rayner Quintet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 23 Sue Ferris Quintet Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Nov 24 Customs House Big Band St Paul’s Church, Spennymoor DL16 7SG
Nov 25 Noel Dennis: Tom Harrell Project Quakerhiouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Nov 25 James Birkett & Emma Fisk Wark Town Hall NE48 3LG
Nov 29 Bradley Johnston Trio King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Nov 30 Hot Club du Nord St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
   

November 2018 North East gig list
Lunchtime gigs*



Russell Corbett's November 2018 North East preview

Following hot on the heels of last month’s hugely successful Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender comes Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party. Formerly the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, the three day Jazz Party - Nov 2-4 - attracts ‘classic jazz’ era fans from across Britain, Europe and America to the Village Hotel on North Tyneside. Similarly, musicians fly in from all four corners of the globe making the weekend gathering the pre-eminent festival of its kind this side of the Atlantic. Americans include the trumpeters Duke Heitger and Andy Schumm, drummer Josh Duffee, together with first time visitor Dan Levinson, reeds. The European contingent’s number includes French trumpeter Malo Mazurie, Germany’s Matthias Seuffert, reeds, and Norwegian master pianist Morten Gunnar-Larsen. Britain’s virtuoso pianist Keith Nichols leads some of the host nation’s finest including the always entertaining Spats Langham, trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and, from Co Durham, violinist Emma Fisk. For ticket details email: wbjazzfest@btinternet.com.                 

There is much else on offer during the month including a particularly strong jazz element at Sage Gateshead. Curtis Stigers returns with an all-star NYC quartet. Vocalist, and occasional saxophonist, Stigers will be playing numbers from his recently recorded Sinatra album (Mon 5). The following evening (Nov 6) there couldn’t be much more of a contrast with Soft Machine in Sage Two. Etheridge, Babbington and Marshall will be joined by Theo Travis as they revisit fifty years’ worth of material. London-based Kansas Smitty’s House Band makes its Sage Gateshead bow (Fri 9) and at the end of the month (Tues 27) trombonist Jason Holcomb premieres a commissioned work - Sacrification - as part of a triple bill dance evening with Eliot Smith Dance.

Newcastle’s Riverside venue isn’t known for its jazz gigs but on Wed 7 GoGo Penguin can be heard playing there. It will be interesting to see who turns out.

Saxophonist Sue Ferris plays two gigs in eight days, first a trio date at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Nov 16), then a quintet outing at Durham’s Gala Theatre (lunchtime Nov 23). Topping and tailing the month are two contrasting gigs. An interesting looking proposition is a first gig by the wonderfully named Charkie Parlour.  Violinist John Garner leads the contemporary quartet – guitarist Mark Williams, bassist John Pope and drummer Russ Morgan – at the Globe (Nov 1), meanwhile, closing out the month (Nov 30), violinist Emma Fisk takes her ever-popular Hot Club du Nord to St Cuthbert’s Centre in Crook, County Durham.

Finally, a date for the diary - Sat 17th. Queen’s Hall, Hexham hosts the second, annual Forever the Beat of the Drum fundraising concert in memory of drummer Mark Jon Bolderson. Following the death of the Tyne Valley Big Band’s former drummer, a percussion foundation was established and this concert forms a key element in ongoing fundraising activities.                   

New and award-winning bands at the Jazz Co-op

Coming to Newcastle's Globe this month ... two very new bands, Charkie Parlour and George Sykes Quartet, both featuring some the North East's finest jazz musicians; one very well-established trio led by veteran maestro Alan Glen; and the award-winning 'Best Ensemble of 2018', Alison Rayner Quintet.

Charkie Parlour
Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm
New jazz quartet featuring North East's finest improvisers Northeast-based quartet Charkie Parlour is led by jazz violinist and composer John Garner. Formed in 2017 as a vessel for exploring new music, the ensemble features legends of the Northern scene Mark Williams on guitar, John Pope on double bass, and Russ Morgan on drums.

George Sykes Quartet
Sunday 11 November, 7.30pm
New quartet led by talented young saxophonist George Sykes – Tenor Saxophone Alan Law – Keys Paul Grainger – Bass Joe Shaw – Drums The George Sykes quartet performs interpretations of favourite jazz standards, from Dexter Gordon to Herbie Hancock. Come party like it’s 1930! Admission £6 on the door (£3 students)

Alan Glen Trio
Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm
Veteran jazz piano maestro with very accomplished trio Alan Glen, piano, John Pope, double bass. Sid White, drums. This is the best classic jazz piano trio in Northern England, maybe in the UK. Read the praise of two highly experienced jazz critics "If it’s the mark of a great jazz musician that s/he doesn’t sound like …

Alison Rayner Quintet
Thursday, 22 November, 7.30pm
Upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz. Winner of  'Jazz Ensemble of the Year' in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards comes to The Globe in a joint promotion by Jazz.Coop and Jazz North East. In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of musicians who sympathetically support her music.

To keep the Globe running as a community-owned music venue we rely on people coming to gigs and buying drinks. If you can't come to a gig you can still support us by making a donation.

Gigs are at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit the website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more jazz.coop/whats-on

Ashington Jazz Club on the move

The Jazz Café in Newcastle is not the only club moving house in the North East. Ashington Jazz club run by John Taylor are moving in December to a new venue, a new day and new times. Details of the new venue/dates/times etc. will be given out  at the last gig at the Elephant next Wednesday 7 November

Gordon Solomon (who ran our original band the Rivercity Jazzmen and named Sting STING) is back playing again. He will be a special guest with our resident band  Classic Swing next Wednesday, ending a relationship with the Elephant which goes back 33 years

All those who have played/sung at the Elephant over the years are welcome to come along for a jam session in the second set. Meet up with all your old friends and help us go out with a Bang!!