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Monday, 8 January 2018

Keswick Jazz Festival bounces back

Thursday May 10th to Sunday May 13th 2018

The 2017 Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival can be described as a “wonderful rescue mission” under custodianship of a “marvellously dedicated new team” by organiser Ian Jones. Many know Ian as one of several regular sound engineers who worked with Keswick Jazz Festival for years. Music has been Ian’s lifelong career – professional musician, club owner and teacher, now sought-after sound engineer – familiar to many a festival and to many a recognisable musician.

Ian and others were sorrowed to watch the Keswick Jazz Festival stagnate somewhat – to the point at which the Theatre by the Lake withdrew its custodianship altogether. Rather than stand by watching it disappear, as so many other Festivals have in recent years, it was realised some serious re-growth in the hands of someone capable might yet save it from this fate.

To re-invigorate the festival on behalf of all the businesses who valued it (if only for the revenue it attracted) was no minor task and no small ask either. Says Ian

“The folk who persuaded and helped are the ones who deserve the applause” Ian argues, as he has shied away from being called Manager, Director or indeed any other title. He insists on ‘only the organiser’ and remains quite humbled by the confidence placed in him and the support so many freely give. He says, as example, the “army of Stewards who came forward was overwhelmingly heartening, and the work Gill Scholey did (Steward Manager / Liaison Officer) genuinely fantastic too. It wouldn’t have happened without any of them”.

Innovative long-term plans are already afoot - the classic Blues element will be further developed over the years to come, as it is even now proving its appeal to the broader market, and Jazz in the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival will absolutely retain everything tradition demands.

Dates for 2018 Festival are Thursday May 10th to Sunday May 13th 2018

For tickets visit or call 03306062654

Friday, 5 January 2018

New year - new promoter at Leeds LS6 club

24/1 Sam Dunn's "Teduloca"

Saxman Jack Wilson has taken on the running of the LS6 club jazz night in Hyde Park Leeds from Ben Powling. There is a one hour set from the band (8.30-8.30) followed by a jam through till 11 o clock every Wednesday evening

Here are the band list for the winter/spring

10/1 Chris Dylan Lloyd 
17/1 Jeff Hewer band
24/1 Sam Dunn's "Teduloca"
31/1 Nico Widdowson band
7/2 Fergus Vickers group
14/2 Jack Wilson 
21/2 Jordan Dinsdale group
28/2 Jiannis Pavlidis trio
7/3 Alec Robinson quartet
14/3 Theo Goss's "Critical Mass"
21/3 Alžbeta Turčányiová group
28/3 Andrew Cox+ Eliot Richards
4/4 Nadim Teimoori group
11/4 Dimitris Tsiotas group
18/4 Fergus Quill
25/4 Matt Nicholas

Free with payf bucket collection


LS6 Cafe
16 Headingley Lane,
West Yorkshire

Dates announced for Darlington Jazz Fest

Darlington Jazz Festival is back for their 7th year on the first May Bank Holiday. More information to be announced but keep those dates free for another year of Jazz! Dates are from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May2018

JazzLeeds blows the January blues away

Trish Clowes’ "My Iris Thus 18 January 

Continuing our tenth anniversary celebration –lots of gigs to choose from in January led by Trish Clowes, Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett, Piero Tucci, Matt Aplin, Dennis Rollins and Stuart Macdonald. Here's the full line up

Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett “Homage to Venuti and Lang” Sunday afternoon 7 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar)
A real treat for lovers of classic jazz The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz but less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso.Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music Tickets

Piero Tucci’s Canadian Quartet 
Sunday afternoon 14 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Piero Tucci piano, Mike Filice tenor sax, Pete Turner bass Anthony Michelli drums 
Pianist and sax player Piero Tucci has appeared many times at Seven Arts. He has persuaded a stunning group of talented Canadian musicians that he has worked with on and off for 30 years to come over to the UK.  Anthony Michelli (drums) and Mike Filice (tenor sax) are both part of a wonderful quartet, alongside one of this country's most talented bass players, Pete Turner. Mike Filice has played with the likes of Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner, and recorded with John Ballantyne, as well as accompanying the likes of Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. Anthony Michelli has worked with Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Jerry Bergonzi and many others all. Swinging, energetic and energetic contemporary jazz. Tickets

Trish Clowes’ "My Iris "
Thursday evening 18 January @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Trish Clowes saxophone, Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards, Tim Giles drums
Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to Leeds with her new group, My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening. Trish Clowes is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has recorded four albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. "My Iris" features the talents of Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards and Tim Giles on drums. Dave Gelly, jazz critic for The Observer, wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’. Past appearances include Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany). Music - Tickets
Support fromJasmine Whalley Quintet 8-8.30pm. 

Matt Aplin Quartet Sunday afternoon 21 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Will Howard - tenor sax Matt Aplin – piano Sam Jackson - double bass John Arnesen - drums. Matt Aplin is a young pianist, composer and arranger from Leeds. He has written and arranged for a variety of ensembles, including solo piano, string quartet, and jazz groups of various sizes.

Stuart Macdonald and Dennis Rollins Quintet Sunday afternoon 28 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Stuart Macdonald saxophone, Dennis Rollins trombone, Martin Longhawn piano, John Marley bass, Tim Carter drums  A pairing of two of our favourites, Stuart MacDonald on sax and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two fine musicians play jazz that is melodic and mellow, or exciting and funky, and always hugely enjoyable, with a top quality rhythm section too. Tickets

Other news!
Inkwell Divas - first Saturday in each month Saturday 6 January - Ros Lewis: vocals.@Inkwell 1.30pm start (pay as you feel collection)

Rush Hour Jazz - third Wednesday in each month @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm - payf
17 January (pay as you feel collection)

Jazz Instrumental Workshops  The Instrumental Workshop with Tom Sharp starts at Inkwell this Sunday 7 January 10am-12 midday, £10/8 per session

JazzLeeds Voices Choir led by Tessa Smith is back again for the Winter season this coming Monday 8 January 7-9pm @Inkwell - £6 per session or £30 for the full term

Season Tickets Spring 2018 save 40% off the price of all seven spring evening concerts and support JazzLeeds £89 Full or £79 concessionary price here -

Our Venues: 
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD 
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW 

Further information on all events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our new website Email address to contact us See you soon as one of our events!

Steve Crocker

New Year's Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield

Beats n Pieces -  24 Jan Yellow Arch Studios

Jez Matthews writes

Happy New Year!  I hope you are well and had a great festive period. We’re spreading our wings this season with two gigs at different venues, and we’re also proud to present two milestone gigs; our own 5th anniversary gig featuring the wonderful guitar duo of Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker, and a 10th anniversary gig by the Beats and Pieces Big Band, who’ve just sold out 3 consecutive nights at Ronnie Scotts - we’re putting them on at Yellow Arch Studios, to make sure we can fit everyone in! There’ll be another milestone when we present a long awaited gig by Sheffield-based pianist Piero Tucci, featuring long term musical associates from his formative years in Canada.

We also feature three bands with great new albums; rising star singer/pianist/composer Joy Ellis, an international line-up Bahla, who’s unique, beautiful and cinematic music is sure to light up the lovely Holt Cafe in Sheffield, and also Elliot Galvin’s ground-breaking, energetic and virtuosic piano trio.

Two award-winning, distinctive and powerful sax players (Phil Meadows and Matt Anderson) make welcome returns with new line-ups, and we welcome (at last!) a pianist who’s been making waves, Rick Simpson, with a brilliant new trio. And finally two musicians with links to Sheffield, bass player Seth Bennett and guitarist Jamie Taylor return, Seth with a fiery eight piece line up, celebrating the music of Charles Mingus, and Jamie in his wonderful lyrical and swinging quartet with trumpeter Richard Iles, a welcome repeat of a gig that was one of our highlights in 2017.

Many thanks as ever for your support. Best wishes, Jez.

Jazz dates
10th January Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker (5th anniversary) / £7 @Lescar
17th January Piero Tucci Quartet: CANUK / £7 @Lescar
24th January Beats and Pieces 10th Anniversary Tour / £10 @Yellow Arch Studios
31st January Joy Ellis / £7 @Lescar
7th February Matt Anderson / £7 @Lescar
14th February Bahla / £9 @Holt Cafe
21st February Seth Bennett, ‘What Love’ / £8 @Lescar
28th February Rick Simpson Trio / £7 @Lescar
7th March Jamie Taylor / Richard Iles Quartet / £7 @Lescar
14th March Phil Meadows Quartet / £7 @Lescar
21st March  Elliot Galvin Trio / £7 @Lescar

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

January/February Jazz @Boston Spa

13th Jan – Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra 

January 2018
6th – Savannah Jazz Band – and to help get rid of the post-festive blues, once again we have Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Band always in fine fettle after the Christmas break. Traditional jazz at its best with some rollickin’ R & B thrown in for good measure.
13th – Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra – the group began life as a rehearsal big band in Leeds and after a great success at a Christmas concert at Seven Arts in Leeds went on to win the prestigious Great North Big Band competition in 2016.The band consists mainly of young musicians playing the big swing favourites of the 40s and 50s. These are the tunes you all know and love. Let’s give them a true Boston Spa welcome. 
20th – Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars – one of the major surprises of 2017, this band took the audience by storm last January. Traditional jazz from outstanding musicians, many of whom were new to us and with an element of good humour throughout. Looking forward to this second session with, we understand, the added bonus of Ben Cummings on trumpet. £10
27th – Kid Boyd Jazz Band – one of the most enjoyable and long lasting groups over the many years of JITS. A first class, varied repertoire for all sections of the audience and featuring such well known stalwarts as Frank Brooker on reeds, James Lancaster on trumpet and our favourite drumming man, Rod Macnamara.

February 2018
3rd – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid – one of the major highlights of the year. Two of the UK’s finest saxophonists come together as one of the most exciting musical combinations we are privileged to present. All this, coupled with the sublime piano sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio plus Alan’s legendary sense of humour. Don’t miss this one. £10.
10th - Fret & Fiddle – this group from the Midlands comes to us highly recommended by Graham Smith of Shades of Jazz. Award winning musicians whose sounds are based originally on the halcyon days of the Hot Club of France and the subsequent musical career of Stephan Grappelli. Violin, guitar, piano, bass and drums. P.S. Graham backs up his initial recommendation by sitting in on this one!   £10.
17th – Sorry – No Jazz – Beer Festival Weekend
24th – Café Society – a long overdue return by this “off the wall” cabaret quartet featuring the outrageous Anthony Mason in his Noel Coward and George Formby roles complete with banjo and ukulele. Then add the undoubted talents of Andy Henderson on cornet, Phil Shotton on reeds and Colin Turner on tuba. It sounds different – it is different – and you’ll be overcome with laughter and sheer musical nostalgia.

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.  Please take your empty bottles home – no recycling facilities at the Village Hall

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.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Line up for Liverpool IJF announced

Soft Machine 

Here is the line up for the 2018 Liverpool International Jazz Festival (22nd – 25th Feb)

James Taylor Quartet + Skeltr
Thursday 22nd February 2018 7.30pm  £15

Get The Blessing + The Weave
Friday 23rd February 2018 7.30pm £15

Arun Ghosh IndoJazz Sextet
Saturday 24th February 2018 1pm  Admission Free (Please book at

Dock In Absolute + Andchuck
Saturday 24th February 2018 4.30pm  £11.50

Jason Rebello - Solo Piano
Saturday 24th February 2018 8pm (with pre-concert interview at 7.15pm) £15

Soft Machine Sunday 25th February 2018 7.30pm  £15

Tickets are available by calling TicketQuarter on 0844 8000 410* or online at

The venue:
The Capstone Theatre
Shaw Street,
L6 1HP

Hull Jazz's New Year Dates

Snake Oil, Stompers, Players and Ben's band at Hull Jazz's January and February dates. All at the Goodfellowship Inn, Cottingham Road Hull HU54AT

Monday, 1 January 2018

More highlights of 2017 - from Neil Hughes

 Champian Fulton
 Dale Storr 
 Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker

Highlights for me of the jazz year just passed at the Cinnamon Club!

Champian Fulton Trio with Arnie Somogyi & Stephen Keogh 3rd Nov 2017
This lady is going to be star. A real tour de force display demonstrating superlative piano skills, but so much more more than that. Rhythm, timing, vocals that were rich and smooth, and song choices that delivered all night long. Ably assisted by the powerhouse rhythm section of Arnie Somogyi on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums, the Cinnamon Club was sold out - and rightly so. Champian had the chat, the guile and the guts to totally swing her show across 90 beautiful minutes. Go see her if you can.

Dale Storr 13th October 2017
"The best show that Dale has ever delivered" said Bob Swift who booked this gig for him. Confident, swinging jazz and blues from this superb pianist.  Mastering all styles from New Orleans to Swing, to Dixie and stride piano, Dale chooses tunes that get the packed house on their feet. The boy can sing too, and James Booker is his obvious hero. Victor Brox was Dale's special guest and he was effusive in his praise for the Sheffield based maestro.

Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker 10th March 2017
Are we spoilt for having these two  based in Manchester ? You bet we are, and these two innovative free spirits sucked us all in to an evening of guitar playing that pushed and pulled at all sorts of boundaries.  The boundaries of songs we all know which are then beautifully taken into another plane, and yet gently return us home. And then boundaries of what we believe a guitar can do are broken before our very eyes as Stuart & Mike spark off each other, adding layer upon layer of emotional twisting and turning as they bring their own songs to the fore.  We had a pin drop quiet masterclass of guitar playing.