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Sunday, 10 June 2018

All that Jazz in a Spiegeltent

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Jazz fans can experience an eclectic line-up of acts in a week-long festival hosted in the magical Spiegeltent at the Harrogate Festival from from Friday 29 June to Sunday 8 July in Harrogate’s Crescent Gardens

Guest curator of the Spiegeltent is the MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who’ll also be performing a world premiere of a special commission. Alongside jazz, the classical-trained cellist touches on soul, blues and reggae influences.

One of the ground-breaking jazz acts she’s bringing to Harrogate is Binker & Moses. Ayanna said: “I love their raw energy and spontaneity!” The semi-free jazz drum-and-sax duo and MOBO winners, have been hailed as part of a new type of jazz in the UK, creating sounds that work on dance floors and festivals as well as jazz clubs.

Starting the festival in sultry style is Benoit Viellefon and His Hot Club, the finest musicians on the London jazz scene promise flair and vintage romance as the 1930s Parisian café scene meets American jazz, Louis Armstrong-style.

Winner of the Kenny Wheeler jazz prize, Misha Mullov-Abbado, has performed at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 Club. The 2017 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist’s debut album was picked as one of the Telegraph’s Best Jazz Albums of 2015.  His second album, Cross-Platform Interchange wowed the critics.

Prepare for some truly uplifting grooves from the Dutch five-piece Tristan. Playing feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, they’re known for their tight, punchy arrangements, featuring funky rhythm guitars. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. for the full programmes. Box Office: 01423 562 303

Andy Panayi at Southport

Andy Panayi with The Tom Sykes Trio and UK Flute Flight

Iconic saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Andy Panayi has graced the UK jazz scene for many years. He is currently Instructor in Jazz Flute at the Royal College of Music and of Saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatory.
Tickets: £8 
07443 410 975

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport
Thus 21 June, 2018 at 7:30pm

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Voting opens for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018

Voting is now open for the prestigious 2018 (APPJAG) Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The North has done well recently in the Jazz Venue of the Year, winning in the last two years. Let's see if we can make it three!

Entries are open to anyone with the final deadline for entries set for 12 noon on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

The first round is by public nomination for the categories. The 2017 Awards received 3250 nominations.

The second round is the short listing process by a panel made up from the jazz constituency. The panel includes, promoters, musicians, journalists, the media, people from jazz education and managers

The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 16 October at PizzaExpress Live (Holborn).

Categories are:

Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2017 by a UK band or musicians)

Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2017)

Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)

Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)

Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)

Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2017)

Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK).

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live.

Here is the link to vote -

Hyde Park Jazz Club finishes

The Hyde Park Jazz club in Leeds has had its final session tonight, with organiser Alecks Podraza (pictured on keys) with James Banner (bass) and Jordan Dinsdale (drums). The club has been part of the ever changing jazz scene in Leeds for the past three years, programming a varied selection of Leeds and national based bands as well as running a weekly jam session on Thursdays.

A big thanks to Alecks for all his hard work and all success with new ventures in the future

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

June at Huddersfeld Head of Steam

Dean Masser 27 June

From Paul Smith

June 6th Rod Mason (sax) Gary Boyle (guitar) + Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 13th (showtime 8.00pm) Guitar Society Evening 
Opening with the Kathy Dyson Band, followed by the Darren Duxton Bromley/Derrick Harris Guitar Ensembles - Darren, Derrick and Sam Dunn (guitars)  Jez Platt (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 20th Derrick Harris Septet
Derrick (guitar) Andrzej Baranek (keys) Marc Chandler (trumpet) ‘Munch’ Manship (sax)  Kevin Holborough (trombone) Ken Marley (bass) Paul Smith (drums & cymbals)

June 27th Dean Masser (sax) + Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Dave Tyas (drums & cymbals)

Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Times Wednesday 8.30 pm
Cover Charge £3 - £5 per person
Your Financial Support is much appreciated



June is Jumpin' at Jazz Leeds!

Mared Williams - Inkwell Divas Sat 2 June

B.D Lenz Inkwell 1 July 

Exciting times for us with our first big JazzLeeds festival in July, but before then, still lots to enjoy from our regular programme. It's four weeks that features some talented jazz singers, a special all afternoon "Jazz on A Summers Day" at the Chapel Allerton Club, and a visit from popular US guitarist BD Lenz

Mared Williams - June Inkwell Divas - Saturday 2 June 1.30-3pm in the cafe at Inkwell featuring this young Welsh vocalist who has been with us at Seven Arts with the Eastgate and LUU Big Bands and really impressed - she's appearing for the first time at the Inkwell cafe in the Inkwell Divas series with her  own trio. Free gig – payf  contribution

Inkwell Jazz Jam session Sunday afternoon 3 June  @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £7/5 (£5 includes performers) Our June Jam Session come along and sing, play or just enjoy!  Joe Boyes is on piano, Trev Prinn on bass and Steve Mullarky on drums 

“Jazz on a Summers Day” Saturday afternoon 9 June 1-5pm (organised by Nicki Allan) @Chapel Allerton Club 19 Town St, Leeds LS7 4NB (outside if dry, inside if wet!). A relaxing Saturday afternoon in Chapel Allerton with these five bands. Food and drink available + a big raffle
Nicki Allan Band; Ros Lewis Band; Jeff Hewer Vocal Duo; Wendy Kirkland; Abtuse
- payf contribution

Jazz in the bar feat Brendan Duffy sax and Jenny Hammond vocals Sunday afternoon 10 June - our new sessions at Seven Arts bar - outside in the courtyard if fine, inside if not. Jazz Leeds trio in support@Seven Arts 2-4pm payf collection

Nicki Allen and Andy Cholerton  Sun afternoon 17 June @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)
Nicki’s ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years. Andy Cholerton is a fantastic solo pianist and accompanist to many world class performers.

June Rush Hour Jazz with Peridot Hill - Wednesday 20 June 6-7pm in the bar @Seven Arts featuring the excellent Chapel Allerton based jazz singer Peridot Hill with the Jazz Leeds trio with Jeff Hewer guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums + Martin Townshend on sax/flute. payf contribution

Jazz in the bar with saxman and blues singer Jon Taylor- Sunday afternoon 24 June Jazz in the bar @Seven Arts 2-4pm with the Jazz Leeds trio  - outside in the courtyard if fine, inside if not. - payf collection

BD Lenz Trio  Sunday afternoon 1 July @Inkwell Doors 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)
B.D Lenz guitar, James Rosocha- bass, Joe Falcey – drums.
Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. This New York native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos. BD is making what is a regular visit to us now from the States. He's a pretty cool guy!

Our Venues and websites:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
Chapel Allerton Club  19 Town St, Leeds LS7 4NB (behind the Methodist Hall)
Regular programme here-
Jazz Leeds Festival (July 19-24th) here - 

Summer at Sheffield's Lescar

Sheffield Jazz may have finished for the summer but the Lescar carries on in the Steel City
Dinosaur 18 July

From Jez Matthews

We’re especially pleased this time to feature two Mercury prize nominated bands, Dinosaur and Roller Trio. We’ve also got bands led by Sheffield based singers Sally Doherty and Nicola Farnon (in a band jointly led with US sax legend Greg Abate) and two pianist/composers with roots in the Sheffield area (although no longer living here), Stella Roberts, and Laura Cole. Acclaimed guitarist Rob Luft visits us twice, once with wonderful and creative drummer Corrie Dick, and also his own band in August, playing beautiful music from one of last year’s very best albums. We also feature two bands mixing composition and more explorative improvisation, Loz Speyer’s Inner Space, and drummer Johnny Hunter with his serene and highly original Pale Blue Dot project, which features a string quartet in the line-up. Finally the 10 piece Manchester Jazz Collective arrive with a bang in June, and look set to lift the roof off our intimate venue.

Best wishes,


30th May 2018    Corrie Dick / £7
One of the country’s finest and most creative drummers, a member of Mercury prize nominees Dinosaur, Corrie Dick brings an all-star band assembled especially for this gig, featuring acclaimed guitarist Rob Luft, lyrical pianist Tom Gibbs (piano), and from the Elliot Galvin trio, Tom McCredie (bass). They’ve played on some of the best albums in recent years and in bands alongside the likes of Ari Hoenig, Laura Jurd, Gilad Hekselman, Ulf Wakenius, and Jasper Hoiby. Fluid, lyrical and engaging music.

6th June 2018    Loz Speyer’s Inner Space / £8
Five unique musicians at the forefront of the UK jazz and improvised music scenes. Loz Speyer  (trumpet, flugelhorn) is joined by Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet), Rachel Musson (tenor sax, soprano sax), Olie Brice (bass) and Gary Willcox (drums). Loz's music mixes is thoughtfully constructed yet playful and alive, mixing dancing melodies and explorative free jazz. With a career including work with Yann Tiersen, Clifford Jarvis, Mark Lockheart, the London Improvisers Orchestra, and Sarah Jane Morris.
"Wonderfully vigorous, sprightly music, infused with bustling, fiercely interactive energy. Recommended." - - Chris Parker

13th June 2018    Sally Doherty / £7
A welcome return for a Sheffield-based singer, Sally Doherty; beautiful, mellow interpretations of songs from Latin America in their original languages interspersed with lovely original pieces, all performed with love and knowledge, with classy sympathetic support from Paul Kilvington (piano), Graham Jones (double bass) and Caroline Boaden (drums). Sally has toured in Europe with Italian band Planet Funk, featured on Richard Hawley’s ‘Lady’s Bridge’ album and worked with electronic artist Scanner. Perfect music for a summer’s evening!

20th June 2018    Manchester Jazz Collective / £9
A vibrant collaboration of the finest musicians from the Manchester jazz scene. Original music mixing contemporary jazz with middle eastern harmonies and influences from afro jazz, heavy metal and rock grooves, to Manchester's club culture. Kyran Matthews / Saxophones, Jeff Guntren  / Tenor Saxophone and Woodwinds,  Emily Burkhardt  / Saxophones and Woodwinds,  Nick Walters  / Trumpet, Graham South  / Trumpet, Ellie Smith  / Trombone, Rich McVeigh  / Bass Trombone, Andrew Stamatakis-Brown  / Piano, Paul Baxter  / Bass, Johnny Hunter  / Drums.

27th June 2018    Roller Trio / £8
Mercury and MOBO prize nominees Roller Trio's last gig at The Lescar brought in our biggest ever crowd. With a new album featuring energetic and innovative Chris Sharkey on guitar and electronics, alongside original members James Mainwaring (sax, electronics) and Luke Reddin Williams (drums). Catchy and energetic music, mixing the sounds of electronic music with improv, another leap forward for this acclaimed band.
'A band destined for greatness’ — Mike Chadwick, JazzFM

4th July 2018    Pale Blue Dot / £8
Simultaneously rich and fragile, beautiful original music based around a unique sax/string quartet/drums line-up, led by acclaimed Manchester based drummer Johnny Hunter. Inspired by a photograph taken by Voyager 1 in 1990 - the Earth as seen from a distance of 6 billion kms, less than 1 pixel in size, the music is in four movements, and seeks to provide the listener with the perspective and serenity that might be possible from the edge of the Solar System. The full line-up is Mark Hanslip (tenor sax), Gemma Bass (violin),  Aby Vulliamy (viola), Alice Eldridge (cello), Seth Bennett (double bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

11th July 2018    Greg Abate with the Nicola Farnon Trio /  £9
After their sellout performance last year, Sheffield bass and vocal legend, Nicola Farnon and her brilliant swinging trio, featuring virtuoso Canadian pianist Piero Tucci, and drummer Phil Johnson are joined by US sax legend and Grammy nominee Greg Abate, formerly lead alto player with the Ray Charles Orchestra. Greg's recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.  Nicola Farnon is a first class bass player and vocalist; swinging, always entertaining. Don’t miss this!

18th July 2018    Dinosaur / £8
Mercury Prize nominees Dinosaur are touring a brilliant new album. Led by BBC New Generation Artist, Laura Jurd (trumpet), with Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (bass), and Corrie Dick (drums), their music mixes jazz and improvised music with folk melodies and synth-pop influences; imaginative, colourful and full of surprises. Dinosaur have played across the world including North Sea Jazz, Montreal, and Molde, as well as collaborating with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the Ligeti Quartet. A unique chance to catch them at our intimate venue in Sheffield.

25th July 2018    Stella Roberts Sextet / £8
Pianist/composer Stella Roberts brings some of the most in demand musicians from the vibrant, creative Birmingham music scene. Her music is inspired by the landscapes and animals from her Peak District childhood, thoughtful, passionate and laden with nostalgia, brought to life by Chris Young (Hansu Tori, Hans Koller) on alto sax, Richard Foote (Young Pilgrims) on trombone, Sean Gibbs (Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band) on trumpet, Euan Palmer on drums, Stuart Barker (Clark Tracey, Laura Mvula, Chris Biscoe, Tony Kofi) on bass.

1st August 2018    Rob Luft / £8
Join us on the FINAL night of Rob Luft’s tour; this promises to be something special. An incredible guitarist and band playing compostions from one of last year’s very best albums, utterly distinctive, warmly lyrical, virtuosic yet so approachable, and with a rich emotional heart. You may have caught Rob recently in his wonderful duet at The Lescar with Alice Zawadzki. Rob Luft (guitar), Joe Wright (tenor saxophone), Joe Webb (hammond organ, piano and harmonium), Tom McCredie (bass), Corrie Dick (drums).

8th August 2018    Metamorphic / £8
When pianist and composer Laura Cole last brought her wonderfully expansive and beautifully arranged music to The Lescar it was one of our classic nights. With new music and a brilliant new album ‘The Two Fridas’, this is music with an intense collective heart, covering spoken word, improvisation and tightly arranged passages of music, played by some of the best improvising musicians in the UK. With Chris Williams (alto sax); John Martin (tenor/ soprano sax); Ollie Dover (bass clarinet); Kari Nergaard-Bleivik (vocals); Ruth Goller (electric/double bass); Seth Bennett (double bass); Johnny Hunter (drums); Laura Cole (piano). Entrancing and powerfully emotional.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Monday, 21 May 2018

Jazz on a Summers Day in Leeds

Jazz vocalist Nicki Allan has organised a day jazz festival "Jazz on A Summers Day" 1-6pm on Sat 9 June at Chapel Allerton Club in Leeds.

This year marks the launch of a very special project aimed to showcase some of the very best Jazz names in and around Leeds and further a field, outdoors on a sunny afternoon in June. From delicate, bluesy, soulful and mainstream jazz to more contemporary tastes there will be something for everyone.

Taking place at the Chapel Allerton Snooker Club, the home of the established September Alternate Music Festival; we hope it will grow into a popular annual community event in its own right. Please come along and bring as many friends as possible. Its FREE entry for all and we will be running a prize raffle with donations  kindly welcomed.

The club has a well stocked bar and very reasonable bar prices, plus there will be food and outdoor seating from which to enjoy the music. Do bring a picnic and chairs if you like and make a day of it. Lets hope for sunshine weather ...should the rain make an appearance we will move indoors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

With very best wishes
From the Jazz on a Summer's Day Team

Friday, 18 May 2018

Gill Wilde's last gig @Grimsby Jazz

Gill Wilde 

Many thanks from all jazz lovers to Gill Wilde who has run the monthly jazz club in Grimsby for many years - and also ran the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival - a brilliant effort. With Gill moving away from the area, the regular Jazz Club at Grimsby will finish as a monthly club in May – from now on it will only do specific projects. The final regular date of the club is the Pat McCarthy Quartet:

THURSDAY 31st May 2018- The Pat McCarthy Quartet
A great lead up to Cleethorpes Jazz Festival (1-3 June) this same weekend and what better way to start it than a special night with our own Pat McCarthy on guitar with Warren Jolly bass, Thom Whitworth Trumpet and Shannon Reilly vocals. This band has recorded two CDs and toured extensively to great acclaim.

203 North Promenade,Cleethorpes DN35 8SJ.
Ticket  £12 in adv £14 on the door
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm

Paul Edis plays a brief history of Jazz Piano

Huddersfield Jazz welcome Newcastle pianist and composer Paul Edis playing music from the jazz masters in hois "Brief History of Jazz Piano" at their next concert - Sunday 27th May 2018 2-4pm at Cafe Society, Bryam Street, Huddersfield

The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra @Wigan Jazz Club.

The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra directed by Richard Iles with special guest Malcolm Edmonstone on piano. Thanks are due to the Greater Manchester Commissions Project for providing this gig. The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra draws the finest musicians from the bands, music schools and university colleges in the Greater Manchester area.
@Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 27th May, 2018.

At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish. £11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members.

Pay at the door, or on line at

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on

Newcastle Jazz Co op rings the changes


There is a great selection of jazz gigs at the Globe over the next few weeks.

This Sunday, 20 May, there is Budtet plus, the popular local jazz combo swelled to an octet. It will be their last gig with talented pianist Lin Lee Wong who is moving away, so come and give her a good send off.

Forthcoming gigs include

Gabriele Heller Trio, Thursday 24 May

Brian Molley Quartet, Saturday 2 June

Julija Jacenaite Trio, Sunday 10 June

Mark Williams & John Pope, Thursday 14 June

Indigo Jazz Voices, Thursday 21 June

Big Muddy, Sunday 24 June

Alan Glen Trio, Thursday 28 June

Gero Schipmann Group, Saturday 7 July

Gigs are at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit the website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more

Ivor Surtees RIP

From Paul Bream

You may have already heard, but Ivor Surtees, who was the driving force behind Saltburn Jazz, has recently died. I'd heard that he was unwell but wasn't aware of quite how serious it was.

I was always impressed by the way that Ivor kept a jazz programme going in what can't have been an easy environment, especially over the past few years

Lets hope that our colleagues at Saltburn continue the Friday evening sessions at Saltburn Arts Centre that have been a feature of jazz in the North East

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers at Dove Jazz

It will be a real delight to welcome back Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell back to Dove Jazz Club on the 19th May for the first of their two Gigs at the Club this year.

It was in 2007 that the musically accomplished, Buxton born Tom Langham first brought a band bearing the name of ‘Hot Fingers’ to Dove’s Village Hall. The other two musicians who accompanied Tom on that trip were Dany Blythe and Malcolm Stead who remain with him today. It was not until 2015 that the noted ‘Cotswold Nightingale,’ Emily Campbell joined the ranks of these three long standing chums. It was beneficial for these three lads to be introduced to someone from a more sophisticated and rural up market environment that aptly reflected their chosen residences in the heart of the Cotswolds.

It was Tom’s grandfather who inspired him to start playing the ukulele at an early age when his fingers became large enough and fit for purpose. He picked up the guitar, banjo and vocal skills very early on in his eventful musical journey along life’s highway. He can now proudly boast to be one of only a miniscule number of today’s performers of a similar ilk who have so deeply absorbed the panache of those early crooning pioneers such as Al Bowly and Bing Crossby. Malcolm Sked for his sins was a schoolboy euphonium player who joined the local brass band at the age of 13. He joined the Charleston Chasers at the age of 16, where he very soon came under the influence of an equally youthful Spats, for a 15 year stint on tuba and later on sousaphone. Of course Danny Blythe the other multi instrument proficient musician in this esteemed group has risen from humble beginnings as an Acupuncturist in leafy Cheltenham to join his good friend Tom on the front line of this unique musical troupe.

The same line-up will be making a return visit to us on the 17th November to provide further musical treats for the discerning ears of the Dove audience.

More details:

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

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Come Celebrate 30 years of Jazz in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to host a special one off concert in September featuring Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato, accompanied by the Dave Newton Trio.

Ranked as one of the finest Jazz vocalists on the planet by the Jazz Times, seven times British Jazz Awards winner, Claire Martin will be joined on stage by the “The Godfather of Swing” Ray Galato.
Claire and Ray will present their show A Swinging Affair, which celebrates their latest album release We’ve Got a World That Swings.

A Swinging Affair that’s not to be missed!

Friday, September 21st, 2018 - 7:30pm 

Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queens Street
tel 01484 430528

Further information is available on our website:

Parr Jazz goes back home

From Parr jazz in Liverpool

We’re putting the ‘Parr’ back into ‘Parrjazz ‘ as from June and moving back to Studio 2  Parr Street in Liverpool! And look what we have lined up , plus free jazz nibbles and a beverage on the launch night ... !

Parr Jazz, Studio 2 33-45 Parr St, Liverpool L1 4JN

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Liberati Quartet at University of Leeds

A Jazz night at University of Leeds performed by a band called Liberati Quartet from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Four talented musicians are going to perform their own Jazz music they composed by themselves. The event is going to take place at the concert hall in the School of Music, University of Leeds at 8pm on 11th May. There will be a bar and a relaxing space outside of the concert hall so just come to the event for a lovely night with great music and drinks!


Venue -
Clothworkers Hall,
The School of Music
The University of Leeds
West Yorkshire LS2 9JT

Date Friday 11 May 8-9.30pm £5

May Jazz in the North East

Denis Rollins- Darlington Jazz Festival 5 May

May offers great variety with North East gigs stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to the Tees Delta Middlesbrough and way out west to Hexham in Northumberland.

Without doubt the big North East event is the eighth annual Darlington Jazz Festival (May 2-6 inc) Darlington Jazz Club promotes jazz gigs twice a month year round. Once a year things gear up for a long weekend festival, and this year, the eighth Darlington Jazz Festival stretches over five days. On May 2 the Darlington Big Band plays an opening concert at the Darlington and Simpson Rolling Mills Club, the following evening trumpeter Matt Roberts leads a workshop in Crown Street Library, and twenty four hours later local-lad-made-good Roberts plays his now annual sextet gig up above Voodoo Café on Skinnergate. On Friday evening gig is a highlight of the year, the room is always packed to the rafters to hear Robert’s A-list band blow the roof off the place. This year Roberts will be featuring the music of Kenny Dorham.

Saturday (May 5) and Sunday (6) are two days of non-stop jazz. For the first time the long-running Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club will be part of the festivities in presenting American pianist Jeff Barnhart with John Hallam, reeds alongside guitarist Keith Stephen and slap bass exponent Bruce Rollo. The gig starts at 12:30 prompt in St Augustine’s Parish Centre. Half an hour later three sets of top quality jazz gets under way around the corner in the Quakerhouse pub. The Graham Hardy Trio kicks-off at 1:00, Emma Fisk and James Birkett follow with their Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang show, and the Pocket Jazz Orchestra rounds-off the afternoon’s entertainment before everyone heads to the Central Hall in the Dolphin Centre for an evening with Alan Barnes. The ever-popular reedsman will be performing as guest soloist with Durham Alumni Big Band. This set piece occasion is always a sellout. To book your ticket visit:   

The final day of the festival requires early risers to show stamina. Sunday, 10:15am, in Hash Bar, brunch and jazz starts with the accomplished guitar duo of Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder. A few hours later Paul Edis will be performing in Bondgate Methodist Church with Vocal Collective and, you’ve guessed, Alan Barnes! The Keys on Skinnergate brings the curtain down on a marvellous weekend of jazz with Dennis Rollins Funky Funk at six o’clock. As you move from venue to venue (they’re all in close proximity) you’re sure to chance upon jazz in the streets. The Darlington Jazz Festival will live up to its claim: Bringing jazz to the town centre.

The aforementioned Alan Barnes can be heard on Friday lunchtime (May 4) at the Lit & Phil up in Newcastle working as a duo with Paul Edis. A sell out is on the cards, it’s a pay on the door gig so best advice is arrive early – anytime from noon for a one o’clock start. Elsewhere there is much to look forward to. Guitarist Remi Harris finally makes it to Newcastle. A long overdue visit to the Jazz Café (Wed 2) sees Remi working in the company of regular trio band mates Caley Groves, rhythm guitar and Mike Green, bass. The Jazz Cafe’s May programme continues with a return visit by the highly regarded young guitarist John Bailey (May 4), Deep Cabaret (11), Alex Hitchcock (May 17), medical student Niffi Osiyemi sings (May 18), Lindsay Hannon and James Harrison (May 24) hold court and Shatner’s Bassoon entertain on May 25.

At the Sage Gateshead (May 3) Binker and Moses team up with NYC-based Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are a brilliant double act, this meeting of art forms should be worth catching. The Dun Cow pub in the leafy Newcastle suburb of Jesmond recently started a jazz night. Duos or trios alternate with jam sessions and late last month NYC-based Daryl Sherman dropped by. Clearly this new weekly (Wednesdays) venture is worth supporting, you never know who’ll turn up!

Joy Ellis returns to Newcastle (The Globe, May 12), the Break Out Brass Band, a new all-female ensemble, makes its debut at the Jazz Co-op’s Railway Street HQ (May 20) and on May 24 there is a rare appearance by the Gabriele Heller Trio. To end this month’s round-up let’s look north to Berwick for the always good-value- for-money Pasadena Roof Orchestra playing a matinee show (May 6) at the Maltings, south to Middlesbrough to highlight the unfortunate clash of two concerts on the same evening (May 19). Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra (invariably there’s a bona fide jazz musician or two in the line-up) plays the recently refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall and along the road at Middlesbrough Theatre the theatre musical comedy Crooners features an on-stage top notch ten piece jazz band. So, yet another busy month with a festival and dozens of gigs to get to across the North East. 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

May Jazz by the seaside!

Dean Masser May 16

May's Jazz programme in Scarborough

Ricardo Alvarez Quartet
The speedy return of this band following their club debut in January is a measure of how well they went down. Led by Chilean tenor man Ricardo, the band plays an enjoyable fusion of jazz and Latin American music including some excellent originals. Ricardo Alvarez (tenor sax), Alec Robinson  (piano), Emlyn Vaughn (bass) and John Settle (drums). £6

Dave Clegg & Friends
This seven piece band creates a great big band sound thanks to Dave’s arrangements and the sumptuous vocals of Rich Adams. Ralph Alder and Steve Whitehead (saxes), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone), Dave Clegg (piano/arrangements), Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). £5

MAY 16
Dean Masser/Pat McCarthy Band
Tenor saxophonist Dean and guitarist Pat met while touring with the Alan Barnes Octet Fish Tales project. They decided to form a smaller unit to explore the rapport they struck up on that tour. Adding
Ed Harrison on bass and Caroline Boaden on drums created an instant chemistry. Expect swing, interplay, standards and a couple of originals seasoned with appalling jokes. £7

MAY 23
Mark Chandler & Munch Manship
One of the UK’s top trumpet players Mark Chandler teams up with the legendary Manchester-based
saxophonist Munch Manship for a class double act. With Mark Gordon (keyboard), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums). £5

MAY 30
Easy Street
Since its inception three years ago Easy Street has built a strong following, playing some of the
best but lesser known standards. Although this is the band’s first visit to the club its members have
played here with different line-ups. The rich vocals of Roger Maughan are supported by Howard
Beaumont (keyboards), Bob Malinowski (bass) and Lee Adams (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

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hull Jazz Festival goes for gender balance

Hull Jazz Festival is now a Keychange associate festival. This means the festival’s pledged to reach a 50:50 gender balance in its programme by 2022, with 50% of acts including at least one woman.

Keychange began as a European talent development programme for female artists and innovators, led by PRS Foundation. The 50:50 pledge was proposed by Keychange festival partners who wanted to show they are serious in their commitment to gender equality in addition to offering showcasing opportunities to female talent.  Since then festivals from all over the world have signed up to the pledge, making Keychange a movement for positive change. Hull Jazz Festival joins a list of festivals and other associates that includes Iceland Airwaves, Liverpool Sound City, Hull’s own 53 Degrees North, BlueDot, BBC Introducing, Manchester Jazz Festival and New York’s Winter JazzFest.

Festival Director David Porter says: “We became aware of this initiative through our ongoing work with the PRS Foundation. I knew that jazz had traditionally been male-orientated, but I’d always thought that J-Night and the Hull Jazz Festival were pretty progressive around working with women. I was shocked to find that just over 50% of our acts featured during 2017 featured no women whatsoever in their line-ups. It seems a pretty obvious decision to try and rectify that and our board are pleased to sign our pledge to Keychange.” 

For more information, visit the Keychange website: Hull Jazz Festival 26th Summer Edition takes place from 19-21 July, with a line-up featuring female artists including Camilla George, Vimala Rowe, Natasha Watts, Janette Mason, Sarah Tandy and The Dyr Sister. Full programme and box office details at

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Northern Online Broadcasts 1 - 5 May 2018

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North 

Next week sees the return of Jazz North's Northern Online Broadcasts festival week. Over 5 days starting on Tuesday 1 May Jazz North will be broadcasting a programme of pre-recorded performances featuring artists from their northern line touring support scheme.

There will be a total of 32 bands featured in 20 programmes broadcast at four times of day over five days. The broadcast times run from 0800 UK through to 1900 UK with evenings left free to avoid clashing with ‘real’ gigs that might be taking place.

Nigel says “The idea isn’t to replace the live experience with online streamed gigs but to use online broadcasting to stimulate interest in the artists and the vibrant northern jazz scene”. are sponsoring an online quiz competition that’s open to anyone who visits the festival website between 1-5 May. The winner will receive a 12 month subscription to the new 'netflix for jazz' broadcaster

The programmes will be broadcast in 1080p HD on Jazz North’s YouTube channel with other festival activity appearing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Online programme

Any Norvoljazz member who wants to send news for broadcasting just send it, with the subject 'NOLB news', to 

Madame Jazz in Leeds!

From Grace Pipkin

Madame Jazz would like to invite you to another evening celebrating local female-led jazz ensembles. Accompanied by a delicious three course meal, all made from food which otherwise would have gone to waste, this event should not be missed.

Receiving coverage from Cerys Matthews on her BBR6 radio show and described as 'one of the most relaxed and enjoyable events attended in the past year' by Leeds Living, Madame Jazz is an evening not to be missed.

Madame Jazz Bistro is the closest you will find to an authentic jazz age, speakeasy experience in central Hyde Park. Rainbow Junktion’s church hall is going to transform into an old - school, candlelit jazz lounge for one night only.

Fancy attire is very much encouraged - dig out your silks, sequins, waistcoats and suits. Rainbow Junktion will provide the food on the night. 3 courses creatively designed by our talented team of female chefs.

Live music ~ 3 course pay-as-you-feel bistro

Music From: Kashu - Olivia Bhattacharjee - lead vocals & guitar, Jess Clarke - Vibraphone, Alice Phelps - Double Bass, Fred Harper - Drums. Playing original compositions written by Olivia.

Phemme Freché - Alice Higgins - lead vocals, Rosa Lynch-Northover - piano, Alice Phelps - Double Bass. 1920's style jazz trio playing renditions of classic tunes with a Phemme Freché twist.

Terri Shaltiel -UK based singer/ songwriter playing a mix of soulful blues and jazz.

*FRIDAY 27TH APRIL* All Hallows Church 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds LS6 1NP

*7 - 10:30PM*

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

From Dave Walters

The 9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets of Clitheroe and resounds around the valleys on May Day bank holiday weekend 3rd - 7th May.

It showcases the very best of Jazz in all it's genres and brings together performers from across the world to the pubs, clubs restaurants and venues in and around Clitheroe. The magnificent Grand theatre is the focus for most of the headline acts. Previous years we've seen stars such as Jacqui Dankworth, Lianne Carroll, James Taylor, Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Stacey Kent, Arun Ghosh and many, many more. In fact we have over 500 performers mainly from the brass, drum, swing and big bands we bring together for our Saturday street festival, Sunday picnic at Holmes Mill and our grand finale on bank holiday Monday.

Don't forget the Norvoljazz jam is on Saturday afternoon as well at the United Reformed church in Clitheroe - bring your voice or your instrument! All welcome.

Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

On the 9th June – a Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama.

The event will consist of two workshops led by guitarist Nic Svarc and saxman Tony Burkill and an open jam session, and it will be free to attend, with a limited amount of tickets. We’d love it if you could post something on the Jazz Leeds website and twitter about the event in the lead up to it.

Here’s the link to the facebook event, where there’s more information and a link to the ticketing website -

 Yorkshire College of Music and Drama. St Marks House, 1 St Mark's Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN (opposite Leeds University)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Northern Line bands announced -6th edition

Jazz North, the northern jazz development agency, today announced the 6th roster of Ambassador Artists to be selected for the northern line scheme. Lucy Woolley, northern line project manager says:

“The northern line scheme aims to highlight both the quality and variety of jazz being composed and performed by artists all across the North. This year’s roster is no exception, reflecting the diverse talent living and working in the region”.

Jazz North will support these Round 6 artists with professional development and tour subsidy between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.

Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / James Girling guitar / Ali Roocroft piano, keyboards / Alasdair Simpson bass guitar / Matt Brown drums
RNCM alumni combining outstanding musicianship and spry energy with organic yet sophisticated compositions; light-footed grooves that call on late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis, prog rock and electronic music.

Rebekah Reid violin, loop pedal / Polly Virr cello, loop pedal
A Manchester duo combining acoustic strings and classical composition practices with loops and improvisation, conjuring up pieces that evolve and borrow from jazz, minimalism, folk, world and electronic dance music.

Matthew Aplin piano / Tom Riviere double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Their sound spans European avant-garde and spiritual blues; exploring improvisation, at times peaceful and spacious, at others frenzied and angular, this Leeds trio offers a collective approach to the classic format.

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 
Emma Johnson tenor saxophone / Calvin Travers guitar / Sam Quintana bass guitar / Alasdair Wells drums
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and a warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have since formed a strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound. 

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor piano
A solo recital from this Newcastle-based pianist, composer and improviser, whose trademark performances are rhapsodic journeys that lead listeners through twists and turns, complex harmonies and classical vignettes, with a restless capacity for invention.

Manchester Jazz Collective
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt saxophones / Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets / Ellie Smith trombone / Rich McVeigh bass trombone / Andy Stamatakis-Brown piano / Paul Baxter double bass / Johnny Hunter drums
A collaboration of northern players creating large-scale compositions and defying stylistic categorisation, thanks to their varied palettes and democratic approach: rich orchestrations rub shoulders with middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-jazz and heavy metal. 

Lis Murphy voice, violin / Mali Hayes voice / Kate Moran, Simmy Singh violins / Kath Ord viola / Sarah Dale cello / John Ellis piano / Mark Lewis double bass / Myke Wilson drums 
Hauntingly beautiful and uplifting, blending personal stories and an interest in musics from across the globe via Manchester, Lis uses pop-song formats to convey the intense darkness and light arising from humanitarian subjects such as war, loss and love.

The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams guitar / Paul Susans bass guitar / Russ Morgan drums
Influences from rock, metal and fusion, with added electronic effects, give this guitar trio from Newcastle an edgier and more modern sound, yet with melody and improvisation still at its core.

Jordie Cooke guitar / Frankie O'Keeffe voice / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone / Matthew Forster tenor& baritone saxophone / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet / John Pope bass / Dave McKeague, Oscar Cassidy drums
Saddle up for a ride into a heady, energetic world of samba reggae, punk-jazz and Afro-beat via the steppes of Cumbria and Newcastle; tackling loss of cultures, community and a changing society with good vibes, animalistic behaviour and raw energy.

More information available at or Lucy Woolley, northern line Project Manager -