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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Jazz North Education Conference 6 June

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North

Passionate about jazz education? Come and join us on Wednesday 6th June at the University of Huddersfield for the Jazz  North's  6th annual Jazz Education conference. More details soon.

Here's a video from last year's conference at the Carriageworks in Leeds

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 6 -8 April

Tony Allen Fri 6 April 

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back in April and will welcome some of the greatest jazz artists from around the globe at the three-day event. The UK’s biggest jazz festival held under one roof, fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018.

Headlining this year’s festival are Ruby Turner, Maceo Parker, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen's tribute to Art Blakey, Norma Winstone, Portico Quartet, The Chris Barber Band and Georgie Fame with The Guy Barker Big Band alongside many other jazz, funk and soul artists from across Europe and beyond.

Tickets :

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

DJazz - Durham's Jazz Festival 1-3 June

Zoë Gilby Duo
From Lance at Bebop Spoken here...

It’s back, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Durham City’s new jazz festival returns for a second year! Last year’s inaugural DJazz long-weekend festival made an instant impact and the good news is the event will once again take place in many of Durham’s finest, and quirkiest, venues beginning on Friday 1 June, running through ’til late Sunday 3 June. The prospect of a ‘flaming June’ feast of jazz whets the appetite as the current cold snap appears to be coming to an end.

Confirmed acts so far include Robocobra Quartet (they’ve already played Durham’s Empty Shop and Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle), Sloth Racket (a familiar sound on Tyneside), the Zoë Gilby Duo (making a quick return to Durham following last month’s fine Empty Shop debut), Shatner’s Bassoon (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Café), the all-female Leeds-based J Frisco, and the similarly all-female Break Out Brass Band (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op).

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival is a collaboration between At the Root, Empty Shop and Durham University Jazz Society.

Early bird tickets are available now, visit

Russell Corbett's Jazz in the North East listings: March

Mar 15 Riviera Quartet

Mar 8 Minnie Fraser Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Mar 9 Gerry Richardson Trio Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Mar 9 Treppenwitz Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 10 Spacegong Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 11 Alter Ego The Keys, Darlington DL3 7LX
Mar 11 Bold Big Band Dun Cow, Newcastle NE2 4RS
Mar 15 Riviera Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 16 Giles Strong Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Mar 16 James Harrison Trio Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Mar 16 Paul Edis Sextet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 18 Jason Isaacs Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Mar 18 Alter Ego Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 18 Zoë Gilby Quartet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Mar 21 Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 22 MGB: Milne-Glendinning Band Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 23 Jiannis Pavlidis Trio Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 24 Dave Donohoe Band St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Mar 25 Shaun Henderson Band Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 27 Zoë Gilby Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Mar 28 Brief Encounter The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 29 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope DL13 2UE
Mar 29 Dominic J Marshall Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 30 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Wingates Village Institute NE65 8RW
Mar 30 Alan Law & Belinda Voshtina Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Scarborough jazz club March treats

Derrick Harris
Derrick Harris A guitarist with a clean, crisp style ‘inspired by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green but with a sound of his own’ (Scott Yanow), Derrick brings long experience as a soloist, accompanist and session player. With MG3. £4

Ben Crosland (bass), Steve Lodder (keyboards) and Steve Waterman (trumpet/ flugelhorn) are three musicians who, having worked at the top echelon of British jazz for decades, came together in 2004 to explore the possibilities of a group without drums. ‘The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one. Everything is clear and precise yet full of delicacy and feeling.’ (Dave Gelly, The Observer). Playing a mix of original compositions and choice standards, this will be a standout gig. £7 (£6 in

Martin Jones & Matt Smith
The return of the exciting, versatile and entertaining front line pairing of trumpet maestro Martin Jones and gutsy saxophonist Matt Smith, with MG3. £5

Tina Featherstone
One of our regular guests, saxophonist and clarinettist Tina is proud to call herself a Yorkshire lass. Tina plays a varied repertoire stretching from New Orleans to wellknown standards to Latin and modern jazz. With MG3. £4

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

Alter Ego launch the Darlington Jazz Festival

Darlington Jazz Club is launching the 2018 Darlington Jazz Festival with a Jazz Club Special on Sunday 11 March. 

Alter Ego will perform at The Keys, 82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX with live music from 6pm. Tickets £5 OTD.

Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz. The group's instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members. Alter Ego features Dave Hignett (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Keith Robinson (Alto), Niall Armstrong (Tenor/Flute), Andy Hawking (Keys), Ian Paterson (Bass) and Dave Francis (Drums)

Darlington Jazz Festival 2018 will run from 4 – 6 May 2018. The festival provides a platform for local and regional talent, whilst continuing to attract national artists prominent on today’s jazz scene.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc at the Howard Assembly Room

Richard Galliano 24 March 

The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room on Saturday 24 March to bring the spirit of Paris’s wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds. One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Édith Piaf.

The Guardian writes: ‘In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche… placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.’

On his 2015 album La Vie en Rose, Galliano turned his attention to chanson, collaborating on a stunning set of the songs of Édith Piaf with Luc, whose own credentials include two duo recordings with Gypsy Jazz great Biréli Lagrène. Both extravagantly gifted improvisors, Galliano and Luc’s live performances of the Piaf repertoire are a must-see.

Looking ahead to April, the venue hosts legendary Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen (Saturday 7 April) and hugely acclaimed young Blue Note trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (Saturday 28 April).

Tickets for all events at the Howard Assembly Room are available from the Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or online at 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Spring jazz at the Lescar

Rob Luft 4 April

From Jez Matthews

Our Lescar Spring Jazz programme features four very different trios, proving the endless variety that’s possible with just three musicians: Elliot Galvin starts us off with music from his amazing new album, and finishing his tour at The Lescar. We’ve also got Paradise Trio featuring Richard Iles, Mike Walker and Les Chisnall with their perfectly formed and very beautiful chamber jazz, and Vula Viel return in May; they're sure to lift the roof off the place with their intense and vibrant African-influenced music. We’re also really excited to present a new trio with George Crowley, Rob Luft and Tim Giles; that’s a heavy line-up! We’ve also got a focus on vocalists this time, with Alice Zawadzki joining Rob Luft and sure to bring some extra magic to the Lescar backroom in April, Sara Coleman brings her soulful vocals with a fantastic quartet the week after that, and Brigitte Beraha will feature with a phenomenal line-up in Dave Manington’s wonderful Riff Raff, in May. Teduloca are a great new Northern-based quartet playing great contemporary jazz with a strong link to Sheffield and they bring they’re nationwide tour to us in March, incredible pianist John Law brings his Congregation, which features Roller Trio’s James Mainwaring in April, and rounding off the programme in their own inimitable and eccentric style, we’re delighted to welcome back Shatner’s Bassoon. 

21st March 2018 Elliot Galvin Trio / £7
28th March 2018 Teduloca / £7
4th April 2018 Alice Zawadzki and Rob Luft  / £7
11th April 2018 Sara Coleman / £7
18th April 2018 John Law’s Congregation / £7
25th April 2018 The Paradise Trio / £7
2nd May 2018 Crowley / Luft / Giles / £7
9th May 2018 Vula Viel / £8
16th May 2018 Riff Raff / £8
23rd May 2018 Shatners Basson / £7

Best wishes, Jez.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Mad March grooves at Jazz Leeds

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 22 March

Following the success of our first March gig with the wonderful Dave Ferris Septet with Maria Vali  at Inkwell we’ve got four more lovely gigs arranged for you this month- plus our popular jazz cafe!

Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 8 March 8pm
Georgia Mancio vocals, Kate Williams piano, Steve Watts bass and David Ohm drums
Georgia Mancio continues her longstanding musical partnership with composer/pianist Kate Williams. They present a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio and voice, including pieces from their acclaimed suite “Finding Home“
Support from Alžbeta Turčányiová quartet with Chris Bland – piano Frazer Kerslake - bass and Josh Smout drums 8-8.30pm
£16/14 (NUS £5) @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Miriam Ast and Victor Gutierrez @Seven Arts Sunday 11 March 1.30pm
Miriam Ast is a German jazz singer, saxophonist and composer. Last year she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London and is now teaching at Leeds College of Music .She has worked with some established German musicians including the Polish bassist Vitold Rek, the Echo jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal, and the German saxophonist Gerd Dudek. In London, she has sung with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and has been part of the London Vocal Project. Victor Gutierrez is a Spanish-born pianist, arranger and composer, a graduate at Berklee College of Music (USA) and scholarship recipient at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has performed with the likes of Norma Winstone, Dave Liebman and Joe Locke. £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Inkwell Jazz Café and Jam session @Inkwell Sunday 18 March 1.30pm
Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Seven Jazz trio will be there to support you and the 20-strong Jazz Voices Choir (with two tutors this time - Tessa Smith and Jack Glover) and JazzLeeds Workshop tutored by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore. The supporting trio will be Joe Boyes, piano, Steve Crocker bass Dominic Moore, drums. £7/5 (£5 includes performers) Kids under 16 free. Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 22 March 8pm
Derek Nash sax, David Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums
If you’ve heard Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, then you’ll have heard saxophonist Derek Nash. From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to gorgeous ballads, his acoustic quartet fizzes with energy. And what a brilliant rhythm section with three jazz legends - David Newton on piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums. It will be swinging! The gig will show what four brilliant jazz musicians can do when left to get on with it! Support is from pianist Chris Moore's Trio "Remorse" Chris Moore piano, John Marley bass, Steve Hanley drums. £16/14 (NUS £5) @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Nadim Teimoori’s “Teduloca” @Seven Arts Sunday 25 March 1.30pm
Nadim Teimoori saxophones. Sam Dunn guitar, Martin Longhorn organ, Tim Carter drums
Tenor saxophonist, composer and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Nadim Teimoori is making a national name for himself , appearing with Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor, Iain Ballamy and many others. Formed around the classic lineup of Sax, Guitar, Organ and Drums, Teduloca are a contemporary jazz quartet, featuring some of Yorkshire's most exciting and dynamic improvisers. Nadim can be found playing in different musical settings with some of the top names on the British Jazz scene including frequent performances with the Stan Tracey Legacy band (most recently at Seven Arts in October 2017).  £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

All ickets in advance here

Rush Hour Jazz 
Rush Hour Jazz on Wednesday 21 March at Seven Arts 6-7pm features local saxman flautist and blues singer Jon Taylor with the JazzLeeds trio (payf collection)

See you soon at a JazzLeeds event!

Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds
March 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

March gigs at the Spa

The Blue Three 17 March 

March at the Spa 2018

3rd – T J Johnson – really needs no introduction – it’s a class act from one of the UK’s finest jazz and blues singers. He’s an accomplished pianist and a true ambassador for many musical styles ranging over jazz, blues, soul, country and gospel. Don’t miss this one! £10.

10th – Dave Mott’s Jazz Classics – always a superb performance by this highly talented and versatile group led by Dave on reeds and including young trumpet star Jamie Brownfield and the superb Tom Kincaid on piano. Traditional jazz plus the standards coupled with vocals from Suzanne.

17th – Keith Nichols + John Hallam + Graham Smith – the Blue Three – now here’s a first appearance for JITS which we are more than proud to present. Keith Nichols – one of the UK’s most respected jazz musicians and pianist extraordinaire - joins forces with our favourite reeds player John Hallam to provide an evening of outstanding classic jazz. We guarantee you will be bowled over by this session. £10

24th Kevin Grenfall’s Jazz Giants with John Hallam – led by the irrepressible Kevin on trombone and ably supported our star reeds player John Hallam and Danny Hammerton on trumpet. Then add a first class rhythm section with Phil Nice from Denmark on piano to complete this impressive line up.

31st – Savannah Jazz Band – our local heroes return once more to one of their favourite venues. Traditional jazz at its best with some rollickin’ rhythm and blues thrown in for good measure. Always a classic JITS evening with humour in abundance.

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live. Spread the word – it 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.

Paul Smith's Jazz Collective March gigs

'Munch’ Manship (Mar 28th Huddersfield) 

Paul Smith's March collective gigs in Huddersfield and York

March 7th Sax Star Rod Mason,
With John Settle (vibes) Jez Platt (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass), Paul Smith (drum & cymbals)

March 14th Master of the clarinet Frank Brooker
Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass), Joe England (drums) March 21st

March 21st Mr Guitar Man Jamie Taylor
With Kevin Holborough (trombone) Jason Scott (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass), Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

March 28th Manchester’s finest ‘Munch’ Manship (sax)
Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

At Huddersfield Head of Steam (at the railway station) 8.30pm


March 4th Al Morris Trio
Al (guitar) Jez Platt (organ) Ben Crosland (bass)

March 11th Rick Jevons Outing
Rick (guitar) Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

March 18th The Cookbook
Adrian Ingram (guitar) Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

March 25th Svarc Trio
Nick Svarc (guitar) Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

At  York's Kennedy’s Jazz Bar Sunday lunch
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX

Sheffield Jazz in March

Rob Luft 

Next up at Sheffield Jazz:

Rob Luft Band
20.00 February 9th March, Crookes Social Club
Rob Luft: guitar; Joe Wright: tenor sax; Joe Webb: keyboards;
Tom McCredie: bass; Corrie Dick: drums.
The word is out on Rob Luft: hotly tipped by The Times " to achieve great things".

Two more to look forward to this month -

20.00 Friday 16th March: Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed with her band, Crookes Social Club

20.00 Friday 23rd March: pianist Nikki Iles and her quintet, Crookes Social Club

Ticket Information
Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £15, Concessions £12,
Student with NUS card £8, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free

Advance tickets (no additional booking fee) from

Jazz in Hornby presents....

From Sam Ashton

Jazz at Hornby present absolutely spiffing foot tapping music from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s featuring "Deco Delight"

Rosie Harrison - reeds. Rosie began playing and singing at the age of 5. the Clarinet quickly followed at the age of 7 by the saxophone at high school. Rosie was a member of the Lancashire schools concert band and toured Europe and made several T. V. appearances with the Blackpool sixth form college big band. Rosie has worked as a teacher for the Blackpool music service and is now teaching piano, vocals, clarinet and sax at Broughton music academy. Rosie has a degree in music from Lancaster University and as well as Deco Delight she has appeared with other jazz musicians, including Alan Barnes, Tom Kincaid, Bruce Adams, and Gilad Atzmon, making appearances at jazz clubs around the UK.

Gerry Clayton bass and vocals. Gerry started his music career in Liverpool. The Cavern Club, New Brighton Tower And The Locarno Ballrooms being a few of the many venues he has worked in. Later he became a session musician recording at Strawberry and other studios. Moving to Blackpool in 1988 he formed his own Quartet entertaining the Holiday makers in the resort. He joined "Deco Delight" in 2014.

Pete Lindup brass and vocals - Pete has been a professional entertainer for many years. Pete has toured the country with a variety of shows and has been featured in summer seasons in his native Blackpool, as well as appearing in numerous Christmas Pantomimes. Jazz is his first love, especially the 'traditional' style, and is often to be seen 'guesting' with various bands around the North West, either playing trumpet/cornet, trombone or even sousaphone as required.

Lawrence Marshall (guitar and janjo) originates from Brighton and started playing Jazz in 1962. Later he then started playing with bands in the Northants and Bedfordshire area. He came to Morecambe in 2002. and worked with various bands in the North West since then. Lawrence is an extremely accomplished player, and has played at many venues throughout the U. K.

Peter Eddowes (percussion) started playing classical music at the age of 10, and later as a teenager was influenced by the big bands and started to play Jazz. Peter worked for comedian Jim Bowen, and has also performed on Radio and T. V. He has also worked with some great musicians, such as, Cy Laurie, Neville Dickie, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Enrico Tomasso and John Hallam. As well as playing at many venues throughout the U. K. which include Hotels, Festivals and Theatres, he has also played, on Cruise ships.

Saturday 3rd March 2018
Bar Opens 7.30pm
Music 8pm

Tickets £10
Available on 015242 22227

Hornby Village Institute, Main Street, Hornby, LA2 8JR

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is back

North East March Jazz Review from Russell Corbett

Lots of variety throughout the north east region during March with the biggest event by far kick-starting matters at the beginning of the month in Chester le Street. For the second consecutive year the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival will be staged at Park View Community Centre. A three day competition big band festival (March 2-4), bands travel from across northern England and further afield in the hope of getting the nod from the festival’s adjudicators. Thirty bands will take part in schools, youth and senior sections with the standard incredibly high and, it appears, getting better year on year. Countless young, talented musicians have taken part over the years and many of them have gone on to study jazz at prestigious music conservatoires in Britain and America. This year’s renewal – GNBBJF is in its fifteenth year – promises to be just as good as previous editions, it really is a highlight of the jazz year.

At the opposite end of the month Alan Barnes and Dave Newton undertake the first two gigs of their four-date tour of rural venues. March 29 sees the duo out in the wilds of Weardale to play Stanhope’s St Thomas’ Church Hall followed by Wingates Village Institute (Mar 30) which is in Northumberland between Morpeth and Rothbury. If the cold snap has abated these venues are well worth checking out.

In between times there is much else to hear. Regionally based pianists and a Hammond organ specialist are out and about. Two of them vie for your jazz pound on the first of the month. Alan Glen, doyen of other piano players, plays the Jazz Co-op’s Globe public house HQ with bassist John Pope and drummer Paul Wight. Meanwhile, down the road at Durham’s Empty Shop, Stu Collingwood will be working with Tyneside’s Empress of the Blues, Mo Scott, in trio format with Russ Morgan, drums. Hammond maestro Gerry Richardson’s Trio plays a lunchtime concert at Durham’s Gala (Mar 9th). It’s already a sellout, so, check at the box office on the day for returns.
Teesside-based pianist James Harrison plays a lunchtime trio engagement at Newcastle’s Lit & Phil, March 16, and on the evening Tyneside-based pianist Paul Edis takes his sextet down to Opus 4 Jazz Club in Darlington.

National and international names visit during March. Newcastle’s Jazz Café presents Skeltr on Friday 2, Treppenwitz on Friday 9, and on March 23rd there is a return visit by the Leeds-based master guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis. In contrast, Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club presents the TJ Johnson Band with guest trumpeter Jamie Brownfield (Mar 3rd, lunchtime), contrasting big style with NYC-based cellist Daniel Levin at Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel (Mar 4) in a double bill with the newly-formed Squeteague comprising Graeme Wilson, Andy Champion and Stu Brown. Later in March (29) pianist Dominic J Marshall gigs at the Globe with his Netherlands-based trio.

One final event to mention. Pete Tanton’s Riviera Quartet plays an album launch gig on March 15 at the Jazz Café. The band’s CD has been reviewed elsewhere in the jazz blogosphere, suffice to say, this is one gig that can’t fail.     


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Courtney Pine and the Directors Series head north

For the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series, Courtney Pine will be joined by the Inner City Ensemble, a changing lineup of some of the UK’s most exciting emerging professional jazz and crossover musicians for dates in Manchester, Leeds, Clitheroe and Lancaster

The Jazz Directors Series is a two-year residency and touring project which brings together emerging UK professional jazz musicians with an internationally revered Jazz Director.

Each tour is a collaboration between Band on the Wall and four independent jazz promoters based across the North of England who will be mentored by the established regional promoter and producer Root Music.

For the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series, Pine will be joined by the Inner City Ensemble, a changing lineup of some of the UK’s most exciting emerging professional jazz and crossover musicians.



“Courtney Pine was once hailed as British jazz’s saviour….he still is” – The Independent

Thus 22 Feb Band on the Wall Manchester - Sold Out
Fri 23 Feb Brudenell Social Club Leeds £16.50 /£19
Sat 24 Feb The Grand Clitheroe £16.50 /£19
Sun 25 Feb The Grand Theatre Lancaster  £16.50 /£19

Monday, 5 February 2018

Malija, Gary Boyle and and more at JazzLeeds

We hope you are enjoying our spring programme. We've certainly had a lot of fun choosing it! We're especially pleased to welcome back Malija on this Thursday 8 February to Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds.


Mark Lockheart: sax, Liam Noble: piano, Jasper Hoiby: bass @Seven Arts Thus 8th Feb, 8pm

A sophisticated trio that crosses and draws on several musical genres, Malija will include material from their highly-rated 2017 album "Instinct". The three members of the band are some of Europe's top-rated musicians, with their music described as "folksy, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical ...". It's all delivered with flair and playful abandonment. Here’s a little teaser video from their new album: and a whole tune Support is from: Ricardo Alvarez Quartet 8-8.30pm Ricardo Alvarez Quartet playing from their new album ‘Huay Not?’ Ricardo Alvarez on tenor saxophone/compositions, Cornelius Corkery on guitar, Emlyn Vaughn on bass and Joe Montague on drums.
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777  Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00 Full £16, Concessions £14, Student with NUS card £5

Gary Boyle Quartet 

Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums @Seven Arts Sun 11 Feb 1.30-4pm

Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from Jazz Fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle who has an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist   What an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist too - Gary has worked with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Mike Gibbs, Eberhard Weber, Keith Tippett, Eddie Harris, Bert Jansch, founding 70s fusion group Isotope and 80s trio Triple Echo "Boyle's guitar is a weightless marvel, so sharp, clean and delicate is his picking." - Mike Butler
Ticket information
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777 Doors Open 1pm Music Starts
1.30pm Full £10, Concessions £8, Student with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Jordan Dinsdale Group 

@Inkwell Sun 18 Feb 1.30pm

Led by Leeds young jazz drummer Jordan Dinsdale, with guitarist Joel Stedman and Elliot Roffe on bass. The trio will be playing standards from the American Songbook, influenced by the Ahmad Jamal trio, lots of ballads. That's the kind of vibe!
Ticket information
Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane  LS7 3LW  Doors Open 1pm Music Starts 1.30pm Full £9, Concessions £7, Student with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Leeds College of Music Student Union Big Band 

@Seven Arts, Sun 25 Feb 1.30-4pm

Leeds College of Music Student Union Big Band has established itself in the city as one of the best big bands winning prizes at the most recent North of England 2017 Big Band competition in Sunderland. Over 20 members strong, it is an exciting ensemble with a big sound and a big ambition. Music from Buddy Rich to Maynard Ferguson, Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin, so expect a lively and diverse show.
Ticket information
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD 0113 26 26 777 Doors Open 1pm Music Starts 1.30pm Full £10, Concessions £8, Student  with NUS card £5 Kids under 16 free

Other JazzLeeds gigs and workshops: 

February Rush Hour Jazz
Wednesday 21 February 6-7pm in the bar @Seven Arts featuring sometime simply red vocalist Dolly James with Eliot Richards sax, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Mullarky drums.Free/payf collectionF

JazzLeeds Workshop
Jazz Workshops meet on Sunday morning 18 February to help you lean more about jazz playing @Inkwell 10-12 am cost £10 (or £8 conc) per session. Tutors are Tom Sharp or Dom Moore - contact tel 0113 2370700.

The “JazzLeeds Voices” choir 
Monday evenings, this month led by guest tutor Jack Glover @Inkwell Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. 7-9pm, £6 per session - contact tel 07544 352594. Rehearsals  7-9pm  on Monday 12 Feb and Mon 26 Feb

Hope to see you soon at JazzLeeds!

Steve Crocker
JazzLeeds Feb 2018
email contact,uk 

The Andrea Vicari Trio at Cinnamon Club

THURSDAY 22nd FEB -The Andrea Vicari Trio

Classic piano, bass, drums format with Andrea on Piano, Scott Vicari on drums, and Dorian Lockett on bass.

Pianist and composer Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham (England). The list of high profile UK jazz artists, who Andrea has played with, is must too extensive to write here. She has also played with the late great American saxophone innovator, Eddie Harris, and gigged with the US trumpet legend Art Farmer. Andrea also hosts a regular programme on Jazz London Radio You can see Andrea playing recently in China here

You can also now book with us for March 22nd The Weave ( a sure fire sell out - again!)

Booking Harry 01606 74502, Dave 01606 44253 or e
Please make sure you get a reply from us, if booking via e mail.


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

North East gigs listings in February

Bahla Jazz Cafe 16 Feb 

Feb 6 Jam session Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 7 Classic Swing Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Feb 8 John Pope Quintet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Feb 9 New Century Ragtime Orchestra Caedmon Hall, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Feb 9 Alan Barnes w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 7QF
Feb 9 Dana Ali Band Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 10 Jive Aces Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Feb 10 Safe Sextet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Feb 11 Alice Grace Bonbar, Newcastle NE1 5XU*
Feb 11 Luis Vicente, Olie Brice & Mark Sanders Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1BQ
Feb 13 Seal Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 13 Northern Monkey Brass Band Billy Bootleggers, Newcastle NE1 5AN
Feb 14 Zoë Gilby Trio The Masham, Hartburn Village TS18 5DR
Feb 15 Group Theory + Early Bird Band Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 15 Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Feb 16 Mark Williams Trio Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 16 Graham Hardy Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Feb 16 Bahla Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 16 Crooners Whitley Bay Playhouse NE26 1LZ
Feb 17 Early Bird Band Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 17 Paul Booth w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Alphabetti Theatre NE1 4HP
Feb 21 Chris Sharkey & James Mainwaring Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 22 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone, Newcastle NE3 1QL
Feb 22 Alan Benzie Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 22 Paul Skerritt Band The Pennyweight, Darlington DL1 5QA
Feb 23 Crooners Forum Theatre, Billingham TS23 2LJ
Feb 23 Dock in Absolute Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Feb 23 James Taylor Quartet Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Feb 24 Nikki Iles Masterclass Music Department, Durham University DH1 3RL*
Feb 24 Customs House Big Band Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Feb 24 Mighty Smokin’ Spitfires Forum Music Centre, Darlington DL1 1SG
Feb 27 Safe Sextet w Debra Milne Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB

Russell Corbett's preview of Newcastle and North East February gigs

 Paul Booth Alphabetti Theatre 17 Feb 

February offers something for everyone right across the North East. The star name is Paul Booth. Brought up in County Durham, Booth first came to the attention of the jazz public sitting in at Blaydon Jazz Club at the age of fourteen or so. A Newcastle College music graduate, Booth subsequently toured the world with pop and rock acts, and, to this day continues to work with
Steve Winwood. Booth’s jazz gigs in the region are few and far between (most recently heard playing with the BBC Big Band), and now there is an opportunity to hear him as guest soloist with  Newcastle’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. Alphabetti Theatre, in the centre of town is a new venue for jazz, tickets are flying out the door, so if you want to hear Booth with a storming big band the date for your diary is Saturday 17. Book tickets at

The contemporary scene makes its presence felt during the month with several enticing gigs; Jazz North East presents the trio of Luis Vicente, Olie Brice and Mark Sanders (Feb 11), at the Bridge Hotel, Group Theory (Durham University students) in a double bill with Paul Edis’ Early Bird work shop band at the Jazz Café (Feb 15), and Luxembourg piano trio Dock in Absolute (Jazz Café, Feb 23). The Jazz Café’s promotion present on Friday 16 London-based Bahla playing their infectious mix of Jewish folk music and jazz. In preparation for this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (April 6-8) Leeds-based Chris Sharkey is keen to work shop new material and will be doing just that in the company of James Mainwaring (Feb 21), again at the Jazz Café in Newcastle. Bassist John Pope plays a gig with his quintet (including Johnny Hunter) at Gosforth Jazz Club, Newcastle (Feb 8).

Mid February it’s Mardi Gras. Billy Bootleggers in Newcastle is a relatively new music venue, presenting the very best in rhythm and blues, but on Tuesday 13th it invites Graham Hardy’s Northern Monkey Brass Band to mark the occasion N’Awlins-style.

Top notch vocalists are out in force during the month; Seal, for one (Tues 13th at Sage Gateshead) , and Alice Grace at Bonbar, Newcastle (lunchtime diner’s gig, Sunday 8). Zoë Gilby sings at Durham’s Empty Shop (Dec 15) working with bassist Andy Champion, and the previous evening Gateshead-based Gilby will be in Hartburn Village at the Masham public house in the company of Teesside-based trumpeter Noel Dennis. Hexham Jazz Club has booked Debra Milne to sing with Don Forbes’ bop infused Safe Sextet at the Fox Inn (Feb 27), Paul Skerritt maintains his Darlington residency at the Pennyweight on Thursday 22.

Two other things to mention – guitarist Bradley Johnston has recently established a residency in his home town of Sunderland at the recently opened (and still developing) cultural arts venue known as the Fire Station. Sundays, six o’clock, show your support it. And finally, the Traveller’s Rest in Darlington presents Alan Barnes on Friday 9th with the Paul Edis Trio. It’s what is known
as a ‘no-brainer’. Eight for eight thirty!

Scarborough Jazz Club programme in February

Tiptoe 14 Feb 

Matt Ball 
An unusual front line solo instrument, Matt brings warmth and delicacy to the trombone from a  lifetime of experience playing in every constellation from jazz to swing to soul to pop, plus some soulful vocals.  £4

Vocalist Alice Higgins fronts an intimate chamber jazz group playing fresh, swinging takes on the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson, as well as their own songs all in a warm, relaxed vein. The Leeds-based outfit comprises Alice on vocals with Will Blackstone (trumpet), Conall Mulvenna (guitar) and Roz Macdonald (bass). Sponsored by Northern Line. £5

Jamil Sheriff’s Rafe's Dilemma
Inspired by Bolton playwright Bill Naughton, Rafe’s Dilemma depicts the emotional story of the play 'Spring and Port Wine’, its characters, family dynamic and political backdrop. Mixing improvised  music and original songs this is an exciting set of music that takes you on a real journey. Jamil Sheriff (Electric Piano and Synthesiser), Katie Patterson (Drums and Percussion), Nel Begley (Voice), Sam Vicary (Bass). £7 (£6 in advance)

Adams, Kemp & Gordon
Another chance to savour classic jazz standards from 'The Great American Songbook' by superb vocalist Rich Adams with Dave Kemp (saxophones), Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass)  and Tom Townsend (drums). £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

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Malija, Gilad Atzmon and Jump Monk in Sheffield

Orient House Ensemble 16 Feb
Sheffield jazz February dates

After a short break we're back at Crookes Social Club this week as we welcome a band who impressed us all when they played at the Crucible a couple of years ago.

Mark Lockheart: sax, Liam Noble: piano, Jasper Hoiby: bass.
20.00 Friday 9th February

“The London-based equal partners trio Malija deliver lyrical chamber jazz with a strong pulse and fine-tuned sense of mood”…The Financial Times

Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble - The Spirit of 'Trane
Friday 16th February, Crookes Social Club 20.00-22.00
Gilad Atzmon: sax, Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi: bass, Enzo Zirilli: drums

" ... Atzmon's sublime musicality and skill  ..." The Guardian

Jump Monk 
Friday 23 February. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Arnie Somogyi: bass; Tony Kofi: alto sax; Jeremy Price: trombone; Mark Edwards: piano; Clark Tracey: drums
 Led by Arnie Somogyi, the “Jump Monk” project is dedicated to performing the music of two of the greatest jazz composers and musicians: pianist Thelonious Monk and bass player Charles Mingus.

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD
0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00

Full £14, Concessions £11, Students with NUS card £7

Refu Jazz charity jazz event at Heart Leeds

Refu-jazz returns to HEART in Headingley Leeds for a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charities.

Some of Yorkshire’s finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. Please come along and support this event and enjoy some incredible music.

12-1pm - Abtuse Sextet
1-1.30pm - John Duffield Duo
1.30-2.30pm - Alžbeta Turčányiová Quintet
2.30-3pm - Sky High Trio
3-4pm - Remorse!
4-4.30pm - The McNamara Trio
4.30-5.30pm - Alec Robinson Quartet
5.30-6pm - One Foot In The Groove
6-7pm - Svarc Hanley Longhawn
7-7.30pm - Jamil Sheriff & Mark Chandler
7.30-8.30pm - Nicki Allan
8.30-9pm - Will Powell Trio
9-10pm - Jeff Hewer
10pm - finish - Kate Peters Band & Guests

John Marley - Jazz Bass - 1.30pm
Sam Dunn - Jazz Guitar - 6pm

Full day tickets £25 / £15 concessions, available from the HEART reception or from

Tickets for individual sets in the Shire Oak hall are £8 / £5 concessions and will be available on the day. Performances taking place in Assembly Bar + Kitchen will be free, but donations gratefully received.

Jamie Brownfield & Munch Manship in Wigan

 Munch Manship
Jamie Brownfield  

Jamie Brownfield Quartet & Munch Manship Quartet.

An Afternoon Celebrating Great Jazz Standards.

Sunday 25th February, 12.30pm, (doors open 12 noon) till 3.00pm ish. Maybe a little later – it is jazz after all.....

Admission £12 non-members, £11.30 concessions, £11.00 Jazz Club members, under 12 years free, accompanied by a responsible (ish!) adult.

Pay on the door or book on-line at

All the information you need to know, including photographs on

Wigan Jazz Club at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues 2018 festival dates

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, which began in 2007 is looking forward to its second decade, starting on the weekend of Friday 13th July to Sunday 15th July.

The festival is uniquely set in one of the UK's finest Elizabethan stately piles, our very own Burton Agnes Hall.

Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from our manicured lawns and inside our ornately carved Great Hall.

We provide music for all tastes, from those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine in the majestic and breath-taking grounds; to the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers. Delicious baking from our courtyard cafe will be served in the tea tent; with locally roasted coffee brewed on our Gaggia coffee machine. There is a fabulous range of locally sourced food on our food lawn; next door to our vintage ice cream van and its real dairy ice creams. Award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away.

There is camping for tents, caravans and motor homes in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. For the children and young at heart there is balloon artistry and face painting and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds including a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with forest creatures to find.

‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’. The Independent

‘They say that good things come in small packages. This may be one of the summer's smallest gatherings, but it's also one of the most sophisticated...' Daily Mail

“This is a very English festival, with a wonderful laid-back atmosphere…superbly organised and efficiently run, which brought together such a wide range of musical styles across a successful weekend…Yes, this is a wonderful English festival.” Fatea Magazine

Artists will be announced over the coming weeks and months - please visit /

Tickets for the full weekend along with day and evening only tickets are available now at early bird discounted prices from here:

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, YO25 4NB
13th – 15th July 2018

Marsden Jazz Festival awarded national arts grant

Marsden Jazz Festival has been awarded a national arts grant to help it raise its profile and secure new income from private donors. It is set to receive £30,000 from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Funded Catalyst Small Grants scheme to develop new fundraising opportunities for the annual event, (which costs up to £150,000 to stage each year). The festival was set up in 1992 to support local businesses and bring visitors to Marsden and it still does that today, with around 10,000 gig attendances every year.

Over 150 hours of live music takes place in the village during the second weekend of October each year, including over 70 free gigs, with local school bands performing alongside international jazz superstars. The festival recently received national recognition on BBC Radio 3 when Jazz Now presenter Soweto Kinch described it as ‘one of the UK's most adventurous jazz festivals’ during the broadcast of a 2017 gig.

Barney Stevenson, Artistic Director at Marsden Jazz Festival, said:
“We’re delighted to have been selected for this Catalyst grant by Arts Council England and hope it will help spread the word about what we think is the country’s best jazz festival.

“Marsden comes alive with the sound jazz every October and the village’s location in the heart of the Pennines, along with its historic community buildings, makes it the perfect location for live jazz.

“We’ve been really grateful for the support Kirklees Council has given to the festival over the years, but the current economic situation means we need to find new private funders to ensure the festival’s future.”