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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

Thanks

Paul


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-   www.jazzleeds.org.uk
Jazz Leeds Festival (July 19-24th) here - www.jazzleedsfestival.co.uk 



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,

Jez.


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.

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

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
Sheffield
S11 8ZF

www.thelescarhuntersbar.co.uk


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.

GRIMSBY JAZZ at MOON ON THE WATER
203 North Promenade,Cleethorpes DN35 8SJ.
Ticket  £12 in adv £14 on the door
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm
www.moononthewater.co.uk/ www.grimsbyjazz.com


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 justaddtickets.co.uk

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on www.wiganjazzclub.co.uk

Newcastle Jazz Co op rings the changes

 Budtet

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 jazz.coop/whats-on


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: http://www.dovejazzclub.co.uk/

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
Huddersfield
tel 01484 430528

Further information is available on our website: www.huddersfield-jazz.co.uk


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!

Video https://youtu.be/tlCVyFDBueY?t=14
Tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liberati-quartet-jazz-night-at-leeds-tickets-45374130245

Venue -
Clothworkers Hall,
The School of Music
The University of Leeds
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: www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk   

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.