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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Manchester Jazz Festival new date

There will be some exciting changes to the Manchester Jazz Festival format in 2019. We will be moving the timing of the festival forward in the year to May 23 – 27, covering the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Additionally, since we are unable to occupy Albert Square whilst renovation works are in progress, we’ll be rolling out a range of performance opportunities that will differ to the venues, timings and set lengths that have been established over recent years.

Artists’ Submissions open for 2019
Our artists submissions process is now open for 2019. We are a contemporary jazz festival and we champion artists playing original work – especially those living and working in the north west of England. Artists can check out our 2018 programme to get a feel for some of the people who have appeared previously. We were the first festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and it still forms the basis of our programme today. It’s easy to get your music through to us and we listen to it all: make sure you read through the guidelines and then fill in the online form here

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender returns - 40 years on!

 Hailey Tuck
 Mingus Big Band 

From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October, the Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender will bring some top jazz performers to the town for its first major jazz festival in 40 years. The weekender, programmed by Ros Rigby from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, includes two acts that appeared at the 1978 event: Chris Barber (pictured above) with his Big Chris Barber Band, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The newly reformed Teesside Youth Big Band will work with musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra towards a short performance at the start of NYJO’s own concert on the Saturday afternoon at 3pm. This concert will also feature new commissions from female jazz composers Nikki Iles and trumpeter Laura Jurd, who will also be performing with her Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur later that evening.

The weekend sees a return of the Big Chris Barber Band on Saturday evening – a 10-piece line-up playing music from the first half of the 20th century onwards, which has been captivating audiences across the UK and beyond for many decades. Barber, at 88, is still as energetic as ever, touring nationally and internationally.

Sunday’s programme includes an afternoon series of outstanding jazz ensembles, all of whom would normally be seen in full evening concert mode. These include the Texas-born jazz singer Hailey Tuck, recently featured on Later with Jools, with a UK band that includes Guisborough-born jazz pianist Rick Simpson. Also featured will be Teesside-born trumpeter Noel Dennis, with a new project about the music of American trumpeter Tom Harrell, with a band including one of the north-east’s favourite jazz vocalists, Zoe Gilby.

Continuing the north east theme, the Ushaw Ensemble, led by composer pianist and educator Paul Edis, performs a suite of pieces originally commissioned to celebrate St. Cuthbert and bringing together jazz and folk styles. Finally, one of the UK’s finest ensembles, The Printmakers, features composer Nikki Iles, award-winning vocalist Norma Winstone and an all-star band, performing a range of material by Nikki and Norma as well as songwriters as varied as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.

The weekend culminates in a visit from one of the most exciting American ensembles touring today, the Mingus Big Band. Performing the music of one of the USA’s most acclaimed jazz composers, bass player Charles Mingus, the band continues to work under the artistic direction of Mingus’s wife Sue, who continued the project after Mingus’ death in 1979.

The weekend will also include free-stage performances in the Fire Station in the Town Hall, from a range of artists from across the region, and there are opportunities for the family at Zoe Gilby’s Family Jazz All Stars show at 11am on Sunday morning, with a whistle-stop tour across the history of jazz and lots of opportunities for people of all ages to join in. Younger children can get even more ‘hands-on’ at guitarist Chris Sharkey’s Tots Play Jazz at 2.30pm. Singers will also enjoy a chance to work with outstanding vocal leader Pete Churchill, who will run a vocal workshop on Sunday morning helping singers to learn by ear and to move while singing. The group will then have a chance to perform what they’ve learnt on the free stage.

There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia from the 1978 Middlesbrough Jazz Festival event, known as the Newport Jazz Festival At Ayresome Park and featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Anyone with memorabilia they wish to lend to the exhibition are asked to email the Town Hall box office.

Details and tickets

Toby Carpenter Organ Trio + Nadim Teimoori at Bradford

Up next at JATP Bradford on 7th September 2018 - Toby Carpenter Organ Trio + Nadim Teimoori

Contemporary Organ Trio playing Bradfordian Toby Carpenter’s melodic, swinging originals full of fun and passionate improvisation, celebrating the music of 1920s New Orleans, 1950s New York and new millennium Europe. His debut EP "DEAD PAN PARTY" (Turquoise Coconut Records), reached No.1 in the iTunes Jazz Album Chart.

Prior to attending Leeds College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire Tobie regularly attended JATPjazz with his father so this will be something of a "homecoming".

Bradford JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Jazz at the Spa .. gigs a plenty

August jazz dates in Boston Spa!

18th – Maine Street Jazzmen – and just to keep you all in a jolly, holiday mood, we have the highly respected Jazzmen from the North East with their inimitable blend of fast moving Traditional jazz interspersed with some rousing harmonica numbers from leader Herbie Hudson. Definitely one of the best groups in the North.

25th – Jeff Barnhart and “Spats” Langham – Yes – it’s Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham together again at your request following the memorable evening’s entertainment last year. Our two virtuosos in stride piano style and on guitar, banjo and ukulele with the perfect melange of musical standards, memories and anecdotes.


1st – Vintage Rhythms and the Henry Graham Show – now here’s a cracking start to the Autumn programme. Two groups for the price of one! Vintage Rhythms is a 16 piece band based in York which specialises in the melodic music of the golden era of the 40s and 50s and recreates the nostalgic sounds of the dance halls of yesteryear. The Henry Graham Show incorporates artists from Vintage Rhythms with lady vocalists in a programme of swing, ballads, standards, blues and -dare we mention it – a touch of rock and roll!

8th – Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band – in essence, a Salute to Trad Jazz 2018. This tribute to the famous UK Traditional Jazz bands of the 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster, Chris Walker – a member of the original Real Ale & Thunder Band. Featuring Chris on clarinet, the band specialises in your favourite tunes from the Ball, Barber and Bilk era coupled with an interesting and informative presentation as befits his broadcasting expertise. The Pedigree name reflects sponsorship for the band from Marston’s Brewery.

15th – Sorry – No Jazz

22nd – Shades of Jazz – one of the best bands on the UK circuit and a Boston Spa favourite. Swings like fury. Formed and led by drummer Graham Smith, the band includes John Hallam on reeds, Gary Wood on trumpet, Martin Veasey on trombone plus Bruce Rollo on bass. Superb musicians all, resulting in Chicago style traditional jazz plus swing at its very best.

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.

Lescar line up in Sheffield

Robert Mitchell 19 Sept

Here is the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next few weeks in Sheffield

We’re really happy about this line-up, which ranges from cutting edge, genre crossing trios (Matthew Read and Robert Mitchell), and classy vocal jazz (Miriam Ast with Victor Guiterrez), to the very best contemporary quartets (Jim Bashford, with an incredible front-line of Percy Pursglove and Trish Clowes, plus Nick Costley-White’s quartet of London-based star musicians). We also feature a vibrant 11 piece band led by a true rising star, Kenny Wheeler prize-winner Johnny Mansfield, the first of two double-bills of the very best emerging talent from Leeds and Birmingham (bands led by Samantha Wright and Bela Horvath), and finally some wonderful experiments in sound and improvisation from two great line-ups; the Deep Tide Quartet (Martin Archer, Kim Macari, Laura Cole, Walt Shaw) and a trio of 3 incredible musicians (Kit Downes, Tom Challenger and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad); this last one an unmissable two night residency at the Hop Hideout beer shop.

15th August 2018 Jim Bashford Quartet £8
22nd August 2018 Deep Tide Quartet £8
29th August 2018 Matthew Read Trio £7
5th September 2018 Nick Costley-White Quartet £8
Friday 7th September and Saturday 8th September Elt (Kit Downes - harmonium, Tom Challenger - tenor sax, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad - vocals), £12 (at Hop Hideout beer shop, next door to The Broadfield)
12th September 2018 Johnny Mansfield Elftet £9
19th September 2018 Robert Mitchell’s Epiphany3  £8
26th September 2018 Miriam Ast and Victor Gutierrez + special guest TBC £8
3rd October 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Samantha Wright Quintet / Bela Horvath Trio £9

Thank you so much for your continued support!
Best wishes,

Jez Matthews and The Jazz at The Lescar team.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Friday, 3 August 2018

Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival Aug 30- Sept 2nd

Julian Arguelles 1 September
This will be the tenth year JazzLeeds have run the Village Jazz Fringe as part of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. It all started at the Mustard Pot with an afternoon jazz jam session – now we are up to four days of jazz blues, salsa and swing throughout Chapel Allerton in North Leeds

We starts with the Big Easy swing band on the Thursday 30 August featuring the swing music of the 20’s and 30’s with the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names, added their own interesting arrangements to bring you a set of the finest swing tunes (@Seven Arts 8pm). Support is from the Em Brown Quartet

The Friday evening features the music of legendary Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Chris Lloyd plays the Steinway grand piano at the School of Philosophy on Woodland Lane Chapel Allerton (31 Aug 7.30-10pm). His “Lloyd Plays Peterson show will start at 7.30pm and will be followed later by a festival jazz jam session so come along and sing or play!

The headline festival act @Seven Arts on Saturday 1 Sept 8pm is the quartet led by saxophonist, composer and international performer Julian Argüelles. Julian joins up with some of the UK’s leading younger jazz musicians in the form of Ivo Neame on piano and the powerful bass and drums duo of Sam Lasserson and James Maddren, displaying Argüelles’ consistent talent for freewheeling jazz ventures packed with striking compositions. Neame is a fluently inventive pianist. This is a jazz group to the core, yet it is full of non-jazz surprises! The quartet will also lead a masterclass before the concert at 5.30pm. Support is from Northern Line band Tiptoe

The Sunday afternoon is traditionally Jazz Sunday at the festival – an open air concert of jazz blues and salsa bands in Regent Street 12.30-6pm will get you dancing! It includes local big band The North Leeds Jazz Orchestra, Nick Svarc’s blues band “Who Knows”, Leeds’ answer to Sun Ra “The Ancient Infinity Orchestra”, Sueli Gil's "Africa- Brazil" and popular soul jazz band “Atlantic Crossover”.

The programme is as follows
Thus 30 Aug – Big Easy + support Em Brown Quartet Seven Arts (7.30-10.30) £10/8 concession
Fri 31 Aug – Lloyd Plays Peterson at School of Philosophy followed by a jazz jam session ( 7.30-10) £5 (Jam session players and singers free)
Sat 1 Sept 5pm – Jazz Masterclass at Seven Arts (with Julian Argüelles) 5.30pm-6.30pm £5 (free to ticket holders)
Sat 1 Sept – Julian Argüelles Quartet + support from Tiptoe at Seven Arts (7.30-10.30pm) £12/10
Sun afternoon 2 Sept – Jazz Blues and Salsa in Regent Street (12.00-6pm ) payf bucket contribution 12.00 North Leeds Jazz Orchestra dir. by Martin Townshend 1.15 Atlantic Crossover 2.30 Ancient Infinity Orchestra 3.45 Africa- Brasil (salsa) 5.00 Who Knows (blues)

More details about all the festival here
And don't forget our Jazz Jam-borees at Inkwell on Sundays in August too bands followed by a jam session 1.30-4pm £5 on door
Sun 5 Aug Phil Green group (Sun 12 Aug - no jazz - Inkwell Summer Fair) Sun 19 Aug Jean Watson quintet, Sun 26 Aug Loire reunion band

Steve Crocker

Ilkley Jazz Festival on it's way!

With less than a fortnight to go, here at Ilkley Jazz Festival we are really excited about our program this year. We have 3 fabulous headline acts.

To celebrate our 5th year we are commissioning a piece of music from well known jazz composer Jamil Sheriff, called the Ilkley Suite, based on Ilkley and the surrounding landscape, which will be performed at our festival for the first public performance on 18th August this year, as you can imagine this is very special as it is the first time Ilkley has a piece of music written for it. So we have kept costs to a minimal for this performance!

We have two female headliner acts - Jazz Singer Anita Wardell has recently moved back to Australia so this will be one her few performances in the UK this year and Jazz Harpist Alinia Bzhezhinska who is now based in London and has been wowing the southern jazz fans, makes her first visit to Yorkshire.

As a festival we have been growing and this year we are having 30 events, 13 more than last year, across 11 venues of which 4 are new to the festival, with free events, ticketed events and events combined with meals.

So please let everyone know that there is going to be some great music in Ilkley this August!

The festival starts on 15th August with performances around town and ends on Sunday 19th August, here is the full listing:

Wednesday 15th 
5.30 – 7 pm Ilkley Cinema,  Sam Watts solo performance and film -  £11
6 – 8 pm The Gin Lounge, Julie Edwards - Duo Jazz vocals  - Free
7 – 9pm Monkmans,  James Birkett duo - Guitar duo - Meal 
7 – 9pm  Quinta, Nikki Allen duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
8 – 10pm  Martinez, Dave Smith duo - Blues - £5

Thursday 16th 
6.30 – 8.30pm  The Black Hat, Zoe Gilby quartet - Jazz vocals - Meal
7 – 9pm Monkmans, Esther Bennet duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
7 – 9pm Quinta, Kate Peters duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
8 – 9pm Friends of ham, Nik Svarc trio - Fusion - Free
9 – 10pm  Friends of ham, Beverley Beirne and Nik Svarc trio - Directors jam - Free

Friday 17th 
4 – 6pm Ticket office, Backchat Brass - New Orleans  - Free
6 – 8pm Monkmans, Rod Mason duo - Sax duo - Meal
6.30 – 7.30pm The Winter Gardens, Ronnie Bottomley trio  -Piano trio - Free
8 – 10pm  The Winter Gardens, Anita Wardell quartet - Jazz Vocals - £18

Saturday 18th 
10 – 12am The Winter Gardens, Jazz Workshop-  Workshop Free
1 – 2pm The Winter Gardens,  The Paradise Trio - Trumpet led - £6
2.30 – 3.30pm The Winter Gardens,  Paul Edis octet - Instrumental  -£6
4 – 5pm The Winter Gardens,  Perpetual Motion Machine - Rock Fusion - £6
5.30 – 7pm Ticket Office,  Bare Brass Band - New Orleans - Free
 7 – 8pm The Winter Gardens,  The Ilkley Suite – Instrumental with vocals - £6
8.30– 10.30pm The Winter Gardens,  Alina Bzhezhinska - Instrumental  - £15
Throughout The Winter Gardens,  Darren Dunston Bromley - Solo Guitar - Free
11 – 1am The Black Hat, Jazz Jam - Jam - Free

Sunday 19th
10 – 11.30am The Black Hat, Jamil Sheriff -  Masterclass - Free
12.30 – 2.30pm The Black Hat, Matt Holborn - Gypsy Jazz - Free
12.30 - 2.30 Broadleys,James Mainwarring - Instrumental - Meal
1 – 2pm Bandstand, Steph Atkinson 2 Rivers  4tet - Instrumental - Free
2 – 4pm  Bandstand, The Dales Jam - Instrumental - Free
3 – 5pm The Black Hat, Swing Manouche - Gypsy Jazz - Free
4 – 6pm  The Ticket Office, Sontuno -  Latin - Free

More details at http://

Weekend Tickets including all events in the winter Gardens are £50 and Saturday Tickets are £35
Tickets from Ilkley visitor information centre - 01943 602319

Mark Beirne Smith

Jazz in Hornby gets a refresh!

Chris Coull

‘Jazz in Hornby’ has an impressive record of staging ‘accessible’ jazz of world-class standard several times a year. Jazz evenings have a warm, friendly and informal atmosphere, helped along by the bar which is open all evening.

‘Jazz in Hornby’ was started many years ago by Sam Ashton. He calls upon his extensive knowledge of jazz music, and contacts within the jazz world to entice some especially talented performers to our small village venue.

When choosing a band my watchword is ‘accessible’, says Sam, and is all about improvisation and spontaneity. He aims for the music to be melodic and embrace a mix of styles; some blues, sometimes cool & reflective, some jazz standards and must always include some foot-tapping swing.

Now the club has a well designed website to let you know what is happening too -

If it sounds appealing, why not support local live music and pop along to Hornby Institute on Friday evening 10th August to see the wonderful Chris Coull Quintet

Chris Coull, trumpet and flugel Ed Kainyek, tenor sax Ed Andrzej Baranek, on piano Rob Steels, double bass, and Jack Davies, on drums.

Playing a blend of blistering bebop and cool jazz sounds, the Hornby show will be the band’s only UK date. (It’s their 4th visit to Jazz In Hornby, so they clearly have an enjoyable evening!)

The quintet provide thoughtful and subtle variations on the jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era. Their repertoire contains literally thousands of jazz classics such as Summertime, Take 5, Fly Me To The Moon, It Ain’t Got That Swing and lots more from the American songbook.

During his career Chris Coull has played for Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Lord Mandleson, Crowne Prince Haakon, to name a few of the band’s more well known clients. They have toured all over the world including events as far afield as Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Thailand and individually their members are regulars at UK summer venues such as “Appleby Jazz” and “Love Supreme Jazz Festival”

Tickets £10, obtainable from the Institute on 01524 22 22 27. However there’s no need to book in advance – just turn up. Bar opens at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Summer Jazz in Scarborough

Frank Brooker 29 August

Summer gigs at the Cask in Scarborough

AUGUST 8 Will Howard
Next up is one of our new regular soloists. Will plays melodic lines in the jazz tradition (think Young, Webster) but with great inventiveness and freedom. ‘Everything about him marks him out as a  generous talent.’ (Bebop Spoken Here).
With Peter Elsdon on keyboards, Bob Walker, bass and Tom Townsend, drums. £5

AUGUST 15 Jim Corry
Completing the tasting, Jim is a widely recognised and respected player on all the saxophones who is equally at home with funk and acid jazz and with performing at international jazz festivals. ‘Soulful saxophone, hot stuff!’ (The Guardian). With MG3 £5

AUGUST 22 Firebird Quartet
It’s been a long wait since this popular quartet led by trumpeter Ian Chalk played at the club, performing original compositions and music from great contemporary jazz composers with creative energy and foot tapping grooves that everyone enjoys. With Martin Longhorn (keyboard), John
Marley (bass) and Tim Carter (drums). This gig has been individually sponsored  £6

AUGUST 29 Frank Brooker 
We round off the season with another club favourite. Frank cut his musical teeth in the trad boom of the 60s’s and has been developing his melodic mastery and relaxed swing on the tenor sax and clarinet ever since. £5

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Chris DeSaram resigns

Chris Desaram, the promoter for Wakefield Jazz and chair of the NorVol jazz network has decided to resign his posts for health reasons.

We all wish Chris well in facing his challenges. I'm sure you will join me in thanking him for the tremendous job he has done in promoting jazz in this area with such great energy and enthusiasm. He has been an inspiration and support for us all.

Steve Crocker
NorvolJazz secretary

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Jazz nights at Boston Spa

July 14th – Stephanie Trick + Paolo Alderighi – once again, we are delighted to join in the festivities as part of the Boston Spa Festival Weekend by presenting Stephanie & Paolo from the USA. Two young musicians of outstanding talent playing singly and duets in the ‘Harlem Stride’ piano style. Think Fats Waller and, latterly, Jeff Barnhart. Here’s a ‘taster’ from You Tube - International talent right here on your doorstep in Boston Spa – not to be missed!  And – we have a two person piano stool!

21st – Sorry – No Jazz

28th – Keith Nichols + John Hallam + Graham Smith – the Blue Three – the rearranged session following the weather cancellation in March. It’s a first appearance in Boston Spa for Keith – one of the UK’s most respected musicians and an exceptional pianist. Here he joins forces with our favourite reeds player, John Hallam to provide an evening of outstanding classical jazz. This will certainly be an evening to remember.

August 2018

4th – Savannah Jazz Band – Yorkshire’s much travelled premier jazz band back in its home territory to entertain us with its customary blend of driving Traditional/New Orleans style jazz coupled with a good measure of rhythm and blues. Always a lively session with a decidedly humorous tinge.

11th – Sorry –

18th – Maine Street Jazzmen – and just to keep you all in a jolly, holiday mood, we have the highly respected Jazzmen from the North East with their inimitable blend of fast moving Traditional jazz interspersed with some rousing harmonica numbers from leader Herbie Hudson. Definitely one of the best groups on the circuit.

25th – Jeff Barnhart and “Spats” Langham – Yes – it’s Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham together again at your request following the memorable evening’s entertainment last year. Our two virtuosos on stride piano and on guitar, banjo and ukulele with the perfect melange of musical standards, memories and anecdotes. Just be there!

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live!

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.

JazzLeeds Festival at the airport - and the railway station!

For a new jazz festival it is important to get some exposure just so people know you are on the scene! So JazzLeeds festival are really pleased they have been able to exhibit the new JazzLeeds festival 19-24th July to arrivals at the city's airport. The commuters to Leeds will also get their chance to be serenaded on Wed 18th July too at Leeds Station - the day before the Festival starts.

Some encouraging signs - the jazz play about the 1950's Leeds Jazz Club Studio 20 "New Briggate Blues" has just sold out at the Carriageworks and so the festival are putting on an afternoon matinee the same day so as not to disappoint people. The other two Leeds-specific jazz events are selling well too - the Delights of the Duke with Alan Barnes all star Ellingtonians about the meeting between the Queen and Duke Ellington 60 years ago in the city - and as a result of which he wrote the Queen's Suite and Celebrating Xero Slingsby - a tribute to the Leeds punk jazz saxman curated by Sally Coe and featuring the Shuffledemons from Canada and Den Hoed from Belgium. Best but tickets in advance for those!

Then there are the marquee names not to miss - international stars like singer Ian Shaw, saxman Soweto Kinch, womens band Nerija, US saxman Greg Abate and Chris Bachelor's eclectic "Pigfoot" will all be making appearances during the six days.

Lots of fun in the city centre too with "Busk Stops" on Friday and Sat 20th and 21st organised by saxwoman Jemma Freese in Lands Lane in the City Centre, and the "Otley Jazz Run" on Sat 21st with street band Bassa Bassa visiting all the jazz clubs between Headingley and the City Centre, and two days of jazz in Millennium  Square featuring popular Leeds based swing dance, big bands, community and school groups, blues and salsa as well as jazz workshops and improvisation chamber people can join in with.

A special festival feature is "Fusebox presents" on Sunday 22 July put together by Laura Cole many highly respected improvisers and composers with a focus on the exploration of interactive, experimental improvisation and composition in performance at Leeds College of Music. The afternoon programme 1-5pm features the improvising trio Bennett/Murray/Vuillamy, with Seth Bennett (double bass), George Murray (trombone) and Aby Vulliamy (viola); saxophonist James Mainwaring (Roller Trio) in an improvised electronics/sax solo set; the Norwegian folk/jazz vocal trio Røyst, with vocalists Kari Nergaard Bleivik, Cecilie Maria Pauline Giskemo and Maria Jardardottir; double bassist Dave Kane in a duo set of compositions/improvisations with trumpeter Alex Bonney; and the improvising trio Hiby/Bardon/Hession, with Hans Peter Hiby (saxophones), Michael Bardon(double bass) and Paul Hession (drums). The evening programme (7-10pm) will feature renowned improviser/composer Matthew Bourne in a solo piano set, and the fiery improvising quintet ( and Shatner’s Bassoon, with Michael Bardon on bass/electronics, Oliver Dover on sax/clarinet, Joost Hendrickx on drums/electronics, Johnny Richards on keys/electronics, and Craig Scott on guitar/electronics.

And of course there will be a Festival Jam session - at the Domino club on Central Arcade from Midnight on Saturday evening hosted by Leeds saxman Ben Powling - who will be there from the festival we wonder?

All the concerts will be Live Painted by jazz painter Gina Southgate too.
The Festival launch is at Seven Arts this Thursday 19 July with Leeds favourite youth band - Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra and then rolls out to the Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music, Millennium Square and the Carriage-works. The festival website with details is here 

Tickets can be obtained from Jumbo or Crash in Leeds City Centre, or from the specific venues or from the festival online ticket site here -

Steve Crocker
Festival Organiser
email -

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Chris Coull Quintet at Hornby

From Sam Ashton

Hello Fans & Friends,

Chris Coull Quintet Fri 10 August

I`ve now got the full personnel for this year`s reunion: Chris leading on trumpet and flugel horn, Rob Steels, double bass; Jack Davies ,drums with Andrzej Baranek, piano; and Ed Karnyek, sax. We`re promised "Foot tapping swing and jazz from this All Star Band"; I hope you are looking forward to this as much as the band tell me they are.

Friday 10th August at the Hornby Village Institute, Main Street (A 683) Hornby, LA2 8JR. Doors and bar open at 7.33 p.m, music from 8; tickets £10, available on the door,or ring 015242 22227.

Two more dates: Saturday 24th November, C.D.F.; an exceptional trio led by the legendary pianist Frank Flynn.

And, to be confirmed, on Saturday 2nd of March 2019: the Tim Kliphuis trio.

Looking forwards to seeing you,


Jazz or football?

Enjoyed the match today? Bet you did! Why not come along to the Globe in Newcastle tonight to celebrate!

Gero Schipmann Group
Saturday 7 July 2018, 7.30pm at The Globe
Brand new group led by German guitarist/composer Gero Schipmann. Originally from Cologne, Germany, Jazz guitarist Gero Schipmann skilfully combines elements of Nu-Jazz, Ambient and Folk music. Gero Schipmann - Guitar Duncan Eagles - Tenor Sax Sam Leak - Piano Jack Garside - Bass Jordan Dinsdale - Drums Tickets £10 on the door, £8.42 advance saver online

Thursday 12 July 2018, 7.30pm Soulful and sizzling jazz saxophone quartet
Saxophonics is a well-established jazz saxophone quartet that over the last few years has entertained jazz audiences around the north east region, including appearances at the Stockton Riverside Festival and Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Their repertoire consists of complex jazz arrangements, many of which are original compositions

Summer Weekend Workshop
4-5 August 2018
A whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills. Building on the success of the last three years, we are running another weekend workshop, this time with Jamil Sheriff and Caroline Boaden who are both tutors at Leeds College of Music

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Sara Dowling at the Cinnamon Club

From Neil Hughes

This is one vocal Jazz gig you do not want to miss, as we entice Sara Dowling up from London where she has been captivating audiences. Surely one of the most gifted Jazz singers in the UK, Sara brings a deep knowledge and musical history to her mesmerising interpretations.

Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, her influences are wide and far-reaching. Born from an Irish father and Arabic mother, she was surrounded by the turning records of her father’s jazz collection and the chant like voice of Lebanese singer Fairuz and Umm Kalthoum blaring out of her mother’s radio.

Now one of the U.K’s leading jazz vocalist, she is a regular performer at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and the 606 Jazz Club.

Sara’s album From Shadows Into Light received five star review from Jazz Journal who said  “A vocal with timeless quality” ,

Mojo magazine wrote “Enigmatic, beguiling and intensely musical”

and composer/Arranger Guy Barker wrote,
"Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers"

She is known for her interpretations of classic ballads leaving audiences spellbound as well as the energy and vigour with which she tackles the up tempo standards from the American Song Book

Lounge £15.00

Fri 13 July 7.30 pm

The Cinammon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992 

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Fusebox presents - improvisers and composers @Jazz Leeds Festival

Fusebox has been at the centre of the Northern free improvisational scene. Founded originally by Dave Hatfield and LIMA, it spawned bands like Trio VD with a Christophe de Bézenac, Chris Bussey  and Chris Sharkey. Barry Cooper was another key figure with the Termite Club at the Adelphi and the Fenton pubs. The scene today is as active as ever at venues like the New Brunswick and Wharf  Chambers in Leeds.

Pianist Laura Cole has curated two exciting sessions during the Jazzleeds Festival featuring highly respected improvisers and composers from Leeds/West Yorkshire, with a focus on the exploration of interactive, experimental improvisation and composition in performance. 

On Sunday 23 July 1-5.30pm the afternoon programme will feature the improvising trio Bennett/Murray/Vuillamy, with Seth Bennett (double bass), George Murray (trombone) and Aby Vuillamy (viola); saxophonist James Mainwaring (Roller Trio) in an improvised electronics/sax solo set; the Norwegian folk/jazz vocal trio Røyst with vocalists Kari Nergaard-Bleivik, Cecilie Giskemo and Maria Jardardottir; double bassist Dave Kane in a duo set of compositions/ improvisations with trumpeter Alex Bonney; and the improvising trio Hiby/Bardon/Hession, with Hans-Peter Hiby (saxophones), Michael Bardon (double bass) and Paul Hession (drums). 

Sunday evening 7.30-10pm has the contrasting pairing of renowned improviser/composer Matthew Bourne in a solo grand piano, with the fiery improvising quintet of Shatner's Bassoon, with Michael Bardon on bass/electronics, Ollie Dover on sax/clarinet, Joost Hendrickx on drums/electronics, Johnny Richards on keys/electronics, and Craig Scott on guitar/electronics

Featuring live painting by Gina Southgate

At Leeds College of Music Recital Room (219) 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD Sunday 23 July

Enrico Tomasso at Dove Jazz

Enrico Tomasso
Roger Marshall from Dove Jazz writes

On July the 21st the Dove Jazz Club is greatly looking forward to presenting a band featuring the British Jazz Award winning trumpeter Enrico Tomasso and other musicians of a similar ilk. Enrico is an extremely popular figure on today’s jazz scene who possesses an exciting stage presence as well as a lively and infectious personality. He is widely admired for his versatility along with his ability to lay down a firm, incisive lead. It is always a rewarding pleasure for the Club to be able to include Paul Munnery and his trombone in one of our Saturday night line ups being noted as he is for his forthright and fiery delivery, he is always able to turn out a soulful ballad or blues when called upon to do so. The much in demand reeds man John Hallam who is no stranger to the Dove stage completes the front line. In an illustrious career this fluent and supremely sensitive performer has played with a great number of the finest musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.

The band possesses a formidable rhythm section powered by the superb drumming of the vastly experienced Nick Ward who laid down the rhythm with his first band in the early 80’s. The always distinguished looking Richard Vernon who plied his trade on string bass for many a year in the late, never to be forgotten ’Thomas Jefferson Burton’s Sporting House Quartet’ one who is still able to relate a ripping yarn or two from those days of prurience with the Master. Tom Langham will also feature in this compendious array on banjo and guitar and no doubt rendering the odd vocal. It affords him a rare opportunity to relive his formative years as a very young New Orleans style banjoist with the Hot Spa Stompers in fashionable Buxton. On paper we have a line up to die for and one we are sure will not disappoint along with our real ale that will be a most gratifying barrel of Speckled Hen.

We are having a month off in August returning on September 15th with T.J. Johnson’s Band.

Roger                                                                                 .

More details:

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

A chance to learn to improvise and play jazz!

Find our more about how to play jazz or take your first steps in improvisation @Jazz Leeds Festival - they have just the thing for you!

“Learning to Play Jazz” led by Dom Moore @Carriageworks Millennium Square.  Mon 23 July 2-4pm
Many people ask the best way to get started learning jazz as a beginner. For jazz beginners this beautiful style of music can seem intimidating and hard to tackle. Don’t worry though. You’re not alone! This 2-hour workshop will help beginners and less experienced musicians on their own path to growth. Bring your instrument along and let’s get to learning! Suitable for young people aged over 11 (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult) Tickets £8 (under 25’s £6) here 

"Improvisation Salon" with Dave Evans @Carriageworks, Millennium Square. Tuesday 24 July 2-5pm
Everyone can improvise! Want to have a go? Well here’s your chance. You'll be able to try out playing tuneful jazz improvisations on an array of percussion and keyboard instruments in these sessions led by Leeds keyboard maestro and jazz educator Dave Evans. Age: 11+ years (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult) Each session is 45 minutes long. Tickets cost £8 (under 25’s £6)

Kev Holbrough at Scarborough Jazz

It's Wednesday, which can only mean one thing - it's JAZZ NIGHT!

Tonight 4 July we welcome ace tombonist Kev Holborough who'll be joining our resident trio of Mike, Bob & Tom.

Described by award winning fellow trombonist Dennis Rollins as ‘one of a breed of new jazz trombone players making waves on the jazz scene’ Kevin is both an immaculate lead player and fine soloist with a unique style, sound and creativity. Kevin recorded his debut album "Influences" with pianist Dave Newton in 2016, paying homage to the players who have influenced his own playing with a mixture of original compositions, arrangements from the great American Songbook and the music of American trombone legend JJ Johnson. Having performed at all the major UK jazz festivals and toured with an array of bill-topping acts, Kevin shows a reassuring and in-depth command of all jazz styles and uses these to create his own personal approach. In short, a class act, with the Mike Gordon trio.

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.
Admission £5.

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Freddie Gavita at Bradford JATP

 Music aimed at the heart, not the head!

Trumpeter Freddie Gavita has been making waves recently - come over to Bradford and check him out with his quartet of Tom Cawley - p,  Calum Gourlay - db & Josh Blackmore - d

“Transient” (April 2017) is Freddie’s highly evocative collection of compositions with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing written for long time collaborators and quartet members. It will take you on a musical journey inspired by many travels and tales of Freddie’s life.

Friday 6 July Bradford JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Wigan Jazz Fest 12th-15th July

Wigan Jazz Fest 12th-15th July Will you be there...we hope so! Be great to see you.

Come hear Curtis Stigers & Ronnie Scott Big Band, Champian Fulton Trio & Scott Hamilton, James Morrison Qrt w/ Wigan YJO, Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles Project, Pete Long w/ Trio, California Conservatory Blue Ensemble, Mike Smith / Jamie Brownfield Qrt, NATO Jazz Orch, Paul Pashley & His Band, Devon YJO, Tom Sharp Jazz orch, Alan Benzie Trio, Georgina Jackson/Karen Sharp Quintet, New York Brass Band, Edge Hill University Big Band

Tickets from

Ian Darrington
Wigan Jazz

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Win a JazzLeeds Festival pass!

Win a JazzLeeds festival pass worth £95! Just enter their prize draw by letting them know which is the gig you are most looking forward to in the JazzLeeds festival 19-24 July and why.

Here's the link to send your message to!
Facebook: @jazzleeds
Twitter: @jazz_leeds

The winner will be drawn out of a hat live on stage at the End of Year Show this Thursday 28th June at Leeds College of Music at around 4.30pm (tickets for that event are here

Good luck!