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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Leeds Jazz Festival is back!

After last year's success we've decided to do it all again! This year’s festival is being held from Thursday - Sunday, 18 - 21 July 2019 with build-up events taking place during the week before.

Our festival headliner this year is Andy Sheppard, one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Andy has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America. He appears with Norwegian piano trio led by Espen Eriksen

We also feature a Jazz Celebration of Windrush. The Windrush generation made a lasting impact on the UK’s jazz scene. Internationally acclaimed UK jazz pianist Trevor Watkis has assembled an outstanding Anglo-American band to perform a special musical retrospective of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Reece who began his ascent into the jazz scene after arriving in London from Jamaica and cutting his teeth among the best musicians in 1950s London, who included Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman. Later, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins put the word out about him and he was sought out by a Who’s Who of American jazz greats.

Another festival highlight will be the all-star Electric Lady Big Band - "50 years of Hendrix Masterpiece". A 16-piece ensemble featuring an all-star cast of leading jazz improvisors - including Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Nathaniel Facey and Iain Ballamy - tackle Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland. The band feature brand new arrangements by guitarist Denny Ilett inspired by the legendary Gil Evan’s reworkings of Hendrix in the 1970s.

Also appearing is stunning ECM record label artists, Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro's trio. Shai is familiar to UK audiences through his thrilling work with bassist/composer Avishai Cohen. He's now confirming that promise in his own group, with sometime Lee Konitz drummer Ziv Ravitz and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder, one of the most powerful and harmonious collaborations in the jazz world today and so we are pleased he can perform for us at this year’s Leeds Jazz Festival.

British Jazz is going through a thrilling phase at present and we have a number of the best of this new wave at the Leeds Jazz Festival.  Young pianist Sarah Tandy’s band includes some of the best voices on the London jazz scene. Sarah, still in her early 20’s has recent appearances at the Love Supreme Festival and Berlin Jazz Festival to her credit and has appeared as a classical soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other young stars at the festival include the sextet led by bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and the quartet of saxman Leo Richardson 

Events with a Leeds resonance include drummer and big band legend Ronnie Bottomley's 90th birthday celebration with his Jazz Orchestra, a jazz film about the life of Leeds late young trumpeter Richard Turner, and the premiere of a new album from Leeds trombonist Kevin Holbrough. Have fun too with Simon Thackray's "Mrs Boyes Bingo" - a game of prize bingo (you win prizes!) with simultaneous drumming and percussion disruption from Mark Sanders and John Edwards!

The festival finale will be a tour de force of trios - Trio Trio Trio” rolling seamlessly from one trio to another, one set to another and one style to another - from the soulful street vocals of Maggie Sommers to the raging urban horn of Alan Wilkinson

The Festival takes place in the city’s arts quarter area - the main venues are Leeds College of Music and the Wardrobe.

More information about the Festival is on the Festival website
Earlybird festival tickets are now on sale - priced £99 here

Steve Crocker
Festival Organiser, JazzLeeds

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Scarborough Jazz Festival Line up 2019

Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival takes place at Scarborough Spa over the slightly earlier weekend of 20-22 September 2019.   The 2019 line up has just been announced by Festival Director Mike Gordon

Mike says "There are lots of new performers amongst the line-up, however one constant face since the festival started in 2003 has been the compere and multi award-winning reeds player Alan Barnes. Alan has performed at every Scarborough Jazz Festival and will be celebrating his 60th birthday this year by bringing together twelve amazing UK musicians. He has commissioned world class trombonist Mark Nightingale to write 13 charts for the 12 piece big band of tunes written in 1959 by, for example, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. That should bring Friday to a stirring climax.

Saturday night’s finale should get everyone on their feet.  Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project – Jeremy sings and plays piano – has seventeen instrumentalists and singers, a great spectacle on the Grand Hall stage. 

Sunday night sees what promises to be a perfect finish to the festival.  Legendary ‘musician’s musician’ guitarist Jim Mullen has brought together the ‘Volunteers’: an All Star nine piece band who play jazz with hints of blues, soul, funk and rock. Jim has played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame,  He is warmly remembered as joint leader, with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen.

Yet again over 98% of the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival audience evaluations rated the festival as excellent or very good. This comes after winning Best Festival at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2017 and we hope this year’s event reaches another high”  - Mike Gordon

Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £90 until 31 March 2019. Tickets can be purchased via Scarborough Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and the Jazz Festival website:  

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Hull Jazz - February and March dates

Dave Ellis post on the latest programme at Hull Jazz

Feb 6 Nicki Allan Quintet
Feb 20 Players Night
13 March Players Night
27 March JazzOrbit 

At the Goodfellowship Inn Cottingham Road Hull HU5 4AT
8.30 start

Monday, 4 February 2019

Great music at Jazz at the Spa

March 2nd – Ralph Allin
From Les and the team at Boston Spa

February 2019
9th – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – you could describe this as one of our “hardy annual” presentations. It’s certainly one of the highlight sessions of the year. Two superb saxophonists join together with the magical piano and rhythm sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio to recreate the “standards” in their own inimitable way. A melodic musical evening par excellence.
16th – Wabash Jazzmen – “…….refreshing, vibrant hot five jazz” is an excellent description for this group which is driven along by the superb banjo playing of leader, Mark Challenor. Then add the talents of Mike Hayler on reeds, the memorable old alliance of Bill Smith and Mike Pembroke on cornet and trombone plus Richard Vernon on bass. Looking forward to a rousing, full spirited session.

March 2019
2nd – Ralph Allin Quartet – making a first appearance is this highly recommended violin virtuoso. Described by one critic as “Nigel Kennedy, Stephan Grappelli and Victor Borge rolled into one” as a result of his musical versatility and his witty presentations. By day, a leading light on the classical scene but, as the shadows lengthen, he spellbinds the world of jazz with his interpretations of the jazz standards. He has appeared at numerous festivals and with Van Morrison and Jools Holland. Sounds like a more than lively evening!
9th – Louis Louis Louis – and fast becoming a favourite of the Boston Spa audience is this energetic group of young musicians from Leeds whose repertoire – as the name suggests - reflects the hits of Armstrong, Jordan and Prima. Always a stirring performance and a joy for the R & B fans amongst you.
23rd Savannah Jazz Band – they just can’t stay away! Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Band playing Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Venue. Rollickin’ traditional jazz with a smattering of R & B and all tinged with a definite element of humour. We love them dearly.
30th – Manhattan Sound Big Band – and now to end the month on a high note, a welcome return by one of Yorkshire’s most respected Big Bands. As on previous occasions, there’s a wide ranging repertoire of classic big band tunes interspersed with some memorable vocal numbers. Nostalgia par excellence.

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

Wakefield Jazz presents...

Here’s Ivo Neame on the piano, preparing for the 15th…

Jazz of all shapes and sizes at Wakefield Sports Club on a Friday night - after the flourish of January, February means that spring is nearly here - don’t let it hang you up!

8th Feb Clark Tracey’s Ruby Anniversary Quintet - hard bop with a band of hand-picked young musicians

15th Feb - Ivo Neame Quartet - on a European tour playing tunes old and new

22nd Feb - Snake Davis Trio - sax/trumpet/guitar, mellow with a pop tinge

Music at 8.30pm, food at 7.30pm (pre-book please) - more details and tickets via 

Friday, 1 February 2019

The Frog and Henry Band at Dove Holes Jazz

On the 16 February 2019 Dove Holes Jazz Club has The Frog and Henry Band making their inaugural visit to the Club as proud Dove Virgins and as part of their 2019 British Tour. They come with an impeccable, almost world-wide reputation that has been deservedly earned by their enthusiastic playing, of their brass and string instruments, of an extensive repertoire of old dance and jazz music. They are firmly convinced that over a period of ten years they have arrived at an ensemble sound that comes as close as is achievable to that of the earliest New Orleans Jazz and Dance Bands. Their journey has seen them come under the influence of The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Frenchy’s Stringband, Johnny Dodds and King Oliver not forgetting the Bull Ring Boppers. These experiences have given them the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge of the ins and outs of what it takes to be a valuable member of a top notch street performing group.

The orchestra’s young personnel have an undeniably colourful cosmopolitan look to them. On this evening you will be enjoying the playing of Ewan Bleach from London on Reeds, Piano and Vocals, David Neigh with his unique foot operated Tuba that is played simultaneously with a six stringed, Mandolin Banjo. Dave is one of two musicians who are based in Torronto, the other being F H Henry who gives of his all on the Guitar as well as contributing with the odd Vocal. He is also to be found plying his trade with panache for a largish part of the year in New Orleans. The second spirited Reeds contribution comes from a Berlin resident who goes by the name of Laurin Habert whilst Kermane Arken who hails from the birth place of Jazz namely New Orleans features on Fiddle and Vocals.

Tickets/enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

Visit our website at 

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

Janette Mason’s Red Alert at Davenham

Red Alert - Contemporary Jazz with a groove

Janette’s unique contemporary jazz compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences (from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp), combine interesting timescapes and strong grooves with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of Jack Pollitt on drums and Tom Mason on Bass and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all – hence the name Red Alert.

Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with the keyboards to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking.

Thursday 28th Feb 8 pm

Bookings 01606 74502 or 44253 

Doors and Bar open 7.30pm - Concert starts at 8.00pm
Bookings on 01606 74502 or e mail to

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham, Cheshire CW9 8NF

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Jazz North's Jazz Camp for Girls

Jazz North have arranged events that offer the first experience of improvisation and playing in a band to develop confidence and musical curiosity for girls.

These one-day workshops are taking place on the same day (Sat 10th February 2019) across the north of England and they will enable girls aged between 9 and 15 to flourish under the mentorship of female role models. Jazz Camp for Girls is a gender-positive space, this means we welcome all girls, including those who don't fit stereotypes.

Jazz Camp for Girls is inspired by an original project created by JazzDanmark and Copenhagen Jazz Festival to address the gender inbalance in jazz. The Danish version is now in 7th year and runs for one week simultaneously in 16 cities around Denmark. Our 5 year goal is to build up a UK Jazz Camp for Girls by adding new partners each year. If you're interested in becoming a partner in 2020 please contact Helena Summerfield on the link below.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Four great February concerts @Sheffield Jazz

Gwilym Simcock 28 February

On Friday 1 February at 20.00 we welcome Byron Wallen’s Four Corners. Byron (“one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive”…Jazzwise Magazine) brings to Sheffield his dazzling 'Four Corners' band including guitarist Rob Luft Byron is widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, and he has played alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, George Benson, Jack DeJohnette and King Sunny Ade.

The Duncan Eagles Quartet will be appearing on Friday 8 February at 20.00. Duncan “is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene" (Jazzwise) and comes to Sheffield as part of a UK tour to promote his debut album 'Citizen', which follows a string of highly praised releases with UK group Partikel

On Friday 15 February at 20.00 Two of a Mind, led by Chris Briscoe and Allison Neale,will explore afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, Arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records are featured as well as their arrangements of other standards and new standards- based compositions by Chris Biscoe.

And on Thursday 28 February at 19.30 we move to the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall, when Gwilym Simcock will be playing solo piano.  Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music with wide-ranging influences, from jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny, to classical composers including Ravel, Dutilleux, Bartók and Turnage.

All Sheffield Jazz gigs, except the Gwilym Simcock concert, will be at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD,

Further details of the complete Sheffield Jazz programme can be found at www, 

February gig listings (North East)

Alan Barnes Feb 8th and 26th

Feb 1 Paul Edis Trio Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Feb 2 Dale Storr St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Feb 3 Jazz Main The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Feb 4 River City Hot Four Beresford Arms, Morpeth NE613UZ
Feb 6 Sue Ferris & Giles Armstrong Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Feb 8 Dean Stockdale Trio Saltburn Community Hall TS12 1JW
Feb 8 Alan Barnes w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington  DL3 9ER
Feb 9 Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Feb 10 Broken Brass Ensemble Cobalt Studious, Newcastle NE2 1AP
Feb 11 Ruth Lambert Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 11 Hot 8 Brass Band Riverside, Newcastle NE1 3RQ
Feb 14 NUJO Bar Loco, Newcastle NE1 4PG
Feb 15 Nik Svarc Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP* 
Feb 15 Hot Club du Nord Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 16 Frog & Henry St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Feb 16 Jazz Weekender Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Feb 18 Dean Stockdale Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 20 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP
Feb 21 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Feb 22 Hand to Mouth The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD
Feb 22 Not Now Charlie Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Feb 23 Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 23 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD
Feb 23 New Century Ragtime Orchestra Caedmon Hall, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Feb 24 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Claypath Deli, Durham DH1 1QS*
Feb 24 Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Feb 25 Giles Strong & Roly Veitch Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 26 Alan Barnes The Vault, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 26 Booker T Jones Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 26 Gerry Richardson Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Feb 28 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone, Newcastle NE3 1QL
Feb 28 Musicians Unlimited Dorman’s, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT
Lunchtime gigs*

Russell Corbett's February preview in the North East

Daniel John Martin - dates 20-24 Feb

February brings many big hitters to the North East. From America, Booker T Jones pitches up at Sage Gateshead (Feb 26), N'Awlins' Frog and Henry visit Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (Feb 2) and the Big Easy's Hot 8 Brass Band play Newcastle's Riverside (Feb 11). Paris-based Daniel John Martin returns to link up once again with County Durham Djangologist Mick Shoulder and his Swing Manouche outfit. Violinist Martin is the embodiment of a virtuoso and anyone yet to hear him should make the effort to get along to one of his gigs - Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Feb 20), Newcastle's Black Swan (Feb 21), Hexham's subterranean Vault on Hallgate (Feb 23) and Durham's Claypath Deli (4:00pm, Feb 24).

From north of the border, Edinburgh Jazz Bar regulars Jazz Main, led by old-school, swinging tenor saxophonist Nick Gould, play a gig at Newcastle Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street (Feb 3) and a week later a few miles up the Tyne Valley the incomparable Ruth Lambert will sing a selection from the GASbook at the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham (Feb 11). The market town's jazz renaissance continues with  appearances by Alan Barnes at the Vault in a fundraiser for Core Music (Feb 26) and Hammond specialist Gerry Richardson at the Fox Inn (Feb 26).

One of Tyneside's on-going success stories is Michael Lamb's Strictly Smokin' Big Band working with an ever-lengthening list of A-listers...Paul Booth, Joe Stilgoe, Hailey Tuck and now the internationally respected Mark Nightingale. On Feb 23 the in demand trombonist is all-but-certain to walk out onto stage in Sage Gateshead's Sage Two space to be greeted by a full house. This is testament to Nightingale's enduring appeal and Michael Lamb's superb jazz orchestra.

Elsewhere, Paul Edis' 'A Brief History of Jazz Piano' set (lunchtime, Feb 1) is already a sell-out at Durham's Gala Theatre. To enquire about returns call the box office on 03000 266 600. Corey Mwamba makes a farewell appearance at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle (Feb 3), harpist Alina Bzhezhinska plays a Jazz North East gig at Gosforth Civic Theatre (Feb 9), pianist Dean Stockdale gigs at Saltburn Community Theatre (Feb 8) and on the same night the ubiquitous Alan Barnes returns to Darlington's Opus 4 Jazz Club working alongside the Paul Edis Trio.

Two contemporary events catch the eye; brilliant guitarist Nik Svarc plays a lunchtime gig at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Feb 16) in the company of the ever-youthful looking Martin Longhawn (organ) and drummer Steve Hanley. The first Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender (October 2018) was scheduled to include a Jazz North Alt-Shift-J package when, at short notice, it was decided to postpone the event until early in 2019. The new date - Saturday Feb 16 - presents the triple bill of Roller Trio, Ubunye and J Frisco.

So, February offers something for everyone - go hear some of it.         

JATP Bradford's Spring Programme

Rafe's Dilemma 01 Feb 

Five gigs to get a Spring in your step in Bradford

01 February 2019 - Rafe's Dilemma
Commissioned for the 2018 Bolton Worktown Festival to celebrate the play "Spring and Port Wine" by Bill Naughton, Rafe’s Dilemma brings an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic music and rock to create an excitingly fresh and intriguing sound depicting the story of a family on the edge, combining the passion and musical excellence of Nel Begley - voc, Katie Patterson - d, perc, Sam Vicary - b, and Jamil Sheriff - keys.

01 March - Joy Ellis Quartet
Pianist, vocalist, Composer Joe Ellis’ passion for jazz, improv, groove and dance music atop classical roots inform “fiery improvisations” and “well-structured hard-bop solos” at venues & festivals across the land, “startling” debut album “Life on Land” with follow-up “Dwell” already in the mix. Joy Ellis : p,voc; James Kitchman :g; Henrik Jensen : db; Adam Osmianski : d

15 March John Bailey Quartet
When not with Russell Watson or Arild Andersen & Julian Arguelles (album “Oneiric Sounds”) John Bailey gets out mixing standards, contemporary jazz with some Holdsworth stuff in there for good measure. Quite fusion / quite jazz. John Bailey : g; Richard Iles : flugel; John Sandham : b; Jonathan Hartley : d

5 April Ben Crosland Quartet
Leading groove cats on the northern jazz scene led by master composer and bassist, Ben Crosland bringing contemporary classics of Jaco Pastorius, Mike Mainieri and Don Grolnick and beautiful Crosland and Platt originals punctuated by the occasional standard freshly realised. Rod Mason :saxes ; Jez Platt :cp; BenCrosland : b; Dave Tyas : d

03 May  Matthew Read Trio
Drawing influence from such luminaries as Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Paul Motian, and  impelled by like-minded approaches to music making, the Matthew Read Trio bring a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. “This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye” 4 stars - All About Jazz. "Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene is in incredible form" - Chris Philips, Jazz FM. Benedict Wood : g; Arthur Newell : d; Matthew Read : db.

More JATP gig information

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

Monday, 28 January 2019

Jazz to warm your heart in Leeds!

A lot to look forward to this month - music from two big bands, jazzy-pop, women led groups, international musicians from New York, plus a new venue! We have six bands concert for you, plus to start - one of our ever popular jazz cafes at Inkwell.. .

Jazz Cafe and Jam session Sunday afternoon 3 Feb 2019 @Inkwell Leeds £7/5, performers and kids under 16 free. 1.30-4pm Come down and listen or join in at our Inkwell February jazz jam. Friendly and supportive (and free!) for performers whether instrumentalists or singers. All ages welcome. Jazz trio to support you - Matt Aplin piano, Steve Crocker bass, Steve Mullarkey drums.

Ari Hoenig Trio SATURDAY evening 9 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm Music 8pm  £16/14,  25's and under £8 Ari Hoenig drums, Tom Ollendorff on guitar, Conor Chaplin on Bass. Ari Hoenig is one of the jazz worlds most respected and innovative drummers. A prolific bandleader and sideman, he has appeared on over a hundred recordings and worked with a diverse spectrum of artists including Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter. Support: Matt Nicholas sextet 8-8.30pm

Emma Johnson’s “Gravy Boat” with Nishla Smith Jazz Leeds/Madame Jazz presentation, Sunday afternoon 10 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8  Emma Johnson sax, Calvin Travers guitar, Angus Milne double bass, Ali Wells drums, Nishla Smith vocals. Emma’s first project for small ensemble aims to explore the different textures and possibilities that emerge from a small band of close knit musicians performing together. Nishla Smith moved to the UK from Berlin in 2017. This year she has been one of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent development artists.

Jazz at Roundhay opening night feat Enrico Tomasso Friday evening 15 February @The Bar on Park Lane 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm  Tickets £10/8 Enrico Tomasso trumpet with Andy Cholerton keyboard, Steve Crocker double bass Paul Smith drums. A new monthly jazz session on the third Friday of every month in Roundhay in Leeds. We’re starting off with a special visiting guest swing trumpeter and vocalist (and a Leeds lad) Enrico Tomasso. We’re hoping for great things from this new Jazz Leeds venue! Come and join us at The Bar on Park Lane next to Roundhay Golf Course. Ample car parking. Tickets or on the door if not sold out.

Derrick Harris’s Be-pop Quartet @Inkwell Sunday afternoon 17 February 1.30pm £9/7 (25 and under £5 kids under 16 free) Derrick Harris guitar, Jez Platt piano/organ, Paul Chamberlain bass, Paul Smith drums. Guitarist Derrick Harris arranges seminal pop tunes in a jazzy format. As well as leading his own groups, Derrick frequently guests as a soloist with bands up and down the country.

Leeds University Union Big Band Sunday afternoon 24 Feb 2019 1.30-4pm £10/8  @Seven Arts, 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free  A welcome return for this big band who play a wide variety of dance band/big band repertoire including swing, funk and jazz. .

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra Thursday evening 28 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm Music 8pm (£14/12 25's and under £7) A melting pot of influences with music ranging from luscious and sweet melodies to broad walls of sound, from drum and bass to funeral marches, from fairytale ballads to calypso. The musical glue binding it together are 17 of the best young London musicians  and their universal passion for improvisation. Support 8-8.30pm Kathy and John Dyson’s “Inside Out” duo 

Other news...
Rush Hour Jazz this month-  Wed 20 Feb with young Leeds saxman Ben Powling (World Service Project, Wandering Monster, Vipertime, Mansion of Snakes) @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf

Instrumental Workshops led by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore continue on Sun Feb  3 and Sun Feb 17th 10am-12 midday at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton,

JazzLeeds Voices Choir directed by Tessa Smith  meets on Monday evenings Feb 11th and 25th 7-9pm at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton,

Our Venues: 
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD,
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
The Bar on Park Lane, Park Lane, Roundhay, LS8 2EJ

Website at

See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

February Jazz at Scarborough

Artephis Feb 27th 

from Mike Gordon - February Jazz at Scarborough will feature:

Easy Street
Easy Street has built a strong local following with a repertoire taken from the best and lesser known standards. Roger Maughan’s rich vocals are supported by Howard Beaumont (piano), Bob Malinowski (bass) and Lee Adams (drums), plus Graham Pinkney on vibes. £5

FEB 13
Joel Purnell
Saxophonist Purnell is acknowledged as one of the UK’s most respected and exciting contemporary jazz musicians. ‘Immaculate taste’ (The Guardian), ‘Fire-breathing solos’ (Jazzwise). With MG3. £5

FEB 20
Latchepen with Matt Holborn
Latchepen is a band born out of a collective admiration of Django Reinhardt and all that swings. Far from a carbon copy, Latchepen take their love of the gypsy jazz tradition and bring it forward into the wider jazz and songbook repertoire, with stunning results as you can hear on their new album, ‘Love letters’. The word Latchepen is an exclamation of happiness and contentment in the Romani  language. Matt Holborn (violin), Kourosh Kinani (guitar), Jeremie Coullon (guitar) and Simon Read (bass). £8

FEB 27
This Manchester based contemporary jazz-rock quintet comprises some of the North's most creative young musicians, who take a jazz quintet line-up in innovative directions, distilling an eclectic sound with an increasingly electronic element. ‘An outstanding band of young musicians’ (Jazz North).A aron Wood (trumpet/ flugelhorn/ electronics), James Girling (electric/flamenco guitars), Ali Roocroft (piano/ keyboard), Alasdair Simpson (bass) and Matt Brown (drums). The band is part of Jazz North’s Northern Line Project. £5

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.

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

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

Jazz North East Spring programme

Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet 9 February

From Wes Stephenson at Jazz North East.

We are pleased to announce our programme of events for their Winter Spring series. We start on Sunday 3 February a farewell concert to Corey Mwamba and the group NTH. Corey has decided to retire from live performance, he has provided some truly majestic experiences for Tyneside audiences over the last 10 years so we are sorry at this turn of events, but truly ecstatic to welcome him back for a final performance and one not to be missed. The event will be preceded by an improvisers workshop. The following week we have the absolutely sublime Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet visiting for the first in a number of co-promotions with Gosforth Civic Theatre, we can't wait to hear this fabulous harpist playing the music of Alice and John Coltrane along with a number of her own originals.

Sunday 3rd February NTH The Bridge Hotel - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Saturday 9th February Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre - Newcastle £12 / £10 Concessions

Friday 22nd February  Not Now Charlie + Thomas Dixon Quartet The Bridge Hotel - Newcastle £8 / £6 Concessions

Saturday 2nd March Joy Ellis The Globe - Newcastle
£10 / £7 Concessions

Thursday 7th March Jade Quartet The Globe - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Thursday 14th March Metamorphic led by Laura Cole The Black Swan Bar and Venue - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Friday 12th April Meraki + Early Bird Band The Literary and Philosophical Society - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Thursday 18th April Archipelago + Paul Taylor The Literary and Philosophical Society - Newcastle £8 / £6 Concessions

Another great programme and heaps to look forward to. Doors open 7.30pm  music at 8pm for all events. Concerts are 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult, we hope to see you there!…

The Bridge Hotel Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ
Gosforth Civic Theatre Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3HD
The Globe  11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AD
The Black Swan Bar and Venue at Newcastle Arts Centre 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SG Contact: 0191 222 9882 /
The Literary and Philosophical Society 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Reflex CD (Nun Street - Newcastle) 0191 260 3246 / 

Southport Jazz Festival this weekend

Joe Stilgoe 2 February

We are delighted to introduce our 15th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend in Southport starting Thursday 31 Jan and running through the weekend to Sunday 3 February. The best in British, some of the North West’s stalwarts and an array of International visitors to play for you, all under one roof. Geoff Matthews called his festival “the best Jazz house party in the UK” and Neil Hughes has continued that tradition. The Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa is home from home, featuring 2 great rooms for live music, has a great bar, real ale, menus and service to match.

Thursday 31 January
Gala Dinner with Chetrio-  Neil Yates Richard Wetherall and Dave Green

Friday 1st February
Nigel Price Organ Trio
Swingtime Big Band with Emma Holcroft & Joe Stilgoe
Jeremy Sassoon’s Jazz Quartet feat. Iain Dixon

Saturday 2 February 
Tony Kofi – Portrait of Cannonball
Kjetil Mulelid Trio
Gala Dinner with Joe Stilgoe
Nearly Dan
Zoe Gilby Quartet

Sunday 3 February 
Dan Whieldon’s European Quartet
Champian Fulton Scott Hamilton Quartet
Alan Barnes Octet
Jazz Samba

Tickets here
Weekender package £150
31 January- 3 February at the Royal Clifton Hotel  Southport PR8 1RB

Liverpool International Jazz Festival line up

 Darius Brubeck Quartet
 David Helbock's Random/Control 
VEIN with Andy Sheppard

The Seventh Liverpool International Jazz Festival is being hosted by the Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, from Thurs 21st - Sun 24th Feb 2019.

LIJF 2019 opens with Austrian pianist David Helbock's Random/Control on Thursday 21st Feb, followed by a concert from high-octane innovators Strobes on Friday 22nd Feb.

Saturday 23rd Feb includes an Indian classical music/Jazz crossover concert at 1pm presented by Milapfest, afternoon duo sets at 4pm from Kit Downes & Tom Challenger and Trevor Watts & Stephen Grew, and an evening concert from the Darius Brubeck Quartet, featuring Dave O'Higgins.

The final day of the Festival (Sunday 24th Feb) begins at 1pm with a triple bill concert of Northern based bands (After the Flood, Deep Cabaret and Ancient Infinity Orchestra), a saxophone workshop day presented by Curly Woodwind featuring Andy Sheppard taking place throughout the afternoon, and a 4.30pm concert by Atom String Quartet, hailing from Poland. The Festival concludes with a concert from Swiss trio VEIN with Andy Sheppard on the evening of Sunday 24th Feb.

Throughout the Festival there are support sets from a variety of groups from the North of England including Jazz North Introduces award-winners Slow Loris, electro-jazz quartet Kollega, and Jazz North Northern Line band Artephis.

Full details of the Festival, which is supported by LiverpoolJazz, can be found at:

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Ashington Jazz club put their feet up

Ashington Jazz club are taking a winter break. There will  no gig on the next scheduled date of the 4th of February. We will hopefully be back with a new band later in the Spring. See website for more details

The club is based at Block & Tackle  Pub, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Concerts are usually Sundays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

John Taylor

Happy Chappies in York Cross Keys

Traditional Jazz at the Cross Keys every Thursday afternoon - featuring this week on 31 Jan Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies

Our local hero, Frank, a naturalised Yorkshireman born on the south coast of Yorkshire in Portsmouth, on reeds, leads a line-up of local worthies including Greg Wadman on trumpet, Jim Wright on banjo/guitar, Phil Kampen on bass and Terry Binns on drums. This is Dixie Jazz plus with the emphasis on fun with their own brand of swing music, featuring some of the greatest jazz favourites. They entertain everywhere they go with a good sing-along or two. Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies is one of the favourite bands on the Jazz Club circuit and we are indeed fortunate to have them at the Cross Keys.

Traditional Jazz every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, Cross Keys pub, 32 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1LQ, Tel 01904 700854 with local musicians; food available (a special jazz menu), free admission, free parking (register your car at the bar). The pub is dog friendly and child friendly.

Alan Bramley

Zoe Gilby at the Halifax Square Chapel

Zoe Gilby's Quartet are performing at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax on Friday 1st February. It’s part of independent venue week.

Zoë Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter, making a stunning impression on the music scene today. Her compelling original compositions are written with double bassist husband Andy Champion. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd to Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell. Touring the UK and internationally, she continues to perform at prominent jazz festivals and venues.

“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements. It’s the quality of the original songs that make this jazz vocal album stand out from the pack.” “Spirited songs with a certain gritty personality poking through.” – The Jazz Mann

Fri 01 Feb, 8:00pm at Copper Auditorium
Square Chapel Arts Centre
Square Road, Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX1 1QG.

Box Office 01422 349 422. Admin 01422 353 073

Located centrally, opposite Halifax Railway Station and ten minutes from the bus station, Square Chapel is next door to The Piece Hall.

Tickets: £10.

Jazz at the Lescar goes on tour...

Corey Mwamba 6 Feb

We're so excited about this - a full range of music covering a LOT of ground, from folk influences to big bands, free improv, to jazz standards, bass-playing vocalists, international musicians from the New York, Berlin and Cologne jazz scenes, and we're out on tour to some lovely venues around Sheffield.

First up we've got Corey Mwamba on his final tour, with a brilliant quartet of Northern musicians, NTH. This is followed by a phenomenal trio, Escape Hatch, which features Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame, alongside bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Dave Hamblett.

We have beautiful songwriting/folk music with a strong jazz influence from the acclaimed Magic Lantern, and also the immense Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, led by award-winning Tom Green, with a line-up of star musicians. We also have the return of Family Band, a great quartet featuring Kim Macari and Riley Stone-Lonergan, and also an incredible trombonist from NYC, Jacob Garchik puts in a Sunday appearance for us, with members of the vibrant Birmingham based band Young Pilgrims and a killer quintet line-up on the same bill.

In March, vocalist Jessica Radcliffe brings an original, beautiful, and inspiring musical response to the First World War, with a wonderful band drawn from the best of the London jazz scene. We follow that with another of the London scene's rising stars, bass player/vocalist Charlie Pyne, plus two European collaborations in quick succession, Uncanny Valley, and Mike Walker with Tria Lingvo (from Cologne). Finally we're off for a special gig at Yellow Arch with the wonderful blast of energy that is Vula Viel, with support from two Sheffield-based bands; Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace and Beyond Albedo. Gigs are at the Lescar unless otherwise stated

6th February 2019: NTH 

One of the UK’s most creative improvising musicians, mixing jazz with influences from folk and electronic music, vibraphonist Corey Mwamba is retiring from public performance, but he’s not going quietly! NTH features three of northern England’s most vital musicians, bassist Andy Champion, pianist Laura Cole, drummer Johnny Hunter.

13th February 2019: Escape Hatch 

Three of the most exciting musicians on the European jazz scene: MOBO-award winning pianist Ivo Neame (Phronesis), Italian double bassist Andrea Di Biase, drummer Dave Hamblett. Mixing influences from Ligetic, Messiaen, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman, their music is a journey through an array of musical landscapes

20th February 2019 at Holt Cafe: Magic Lantern 

Magic Lantern is Jamie Doe, a musician who’s songs reach out and inspire with their warmth, simplicity and heart-felt lyricism. He visits us with a band drawn from the London jazz scene, taking in afro-beat grooves, solo piano, folk and late night saxophone jams, all unified by Jamie’s uniquely expressive voice and song-writing.

27th February 2019 at Yellow Arch Studios: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

17 musicians, one huge sound! Led by award-winning trombonist Tom Green, they sold out their debut at the London Jazz Festival. Lush melodies to broad walls of sound, drum and bass to funeral marches, and an incredible line-up.

6th March 2019: Family Band 

A mix of musical freedom and freewheeling momentum inspired by the free jazz revolution led by Ornette Coleman and others, by turns fiercely intense and cathartic, but also with moments of peace and introspection, always strongly rhythmic.

13th March 2019: Jessica Radcliffe’s Remembrance Project 

Vocalist/composer Jessica Radcliffe (Corrie Dick, NYJO, London Vocal Project) brings together a first class line-up to play music composed in response to the human experience of the first world war. Gripping, atmospheric, and relevant; based on music, poetry, reports, letters and other historical documents of and about the conflict.

Sunday 17th March 2019 at Yellow Arch Studios: Jacob Garchik Trombone Choir and Quintet 

A unique gig bringing together the music of phenomenal NYC trombonist Jacob Garchik with UK-based musicians in TWO vibrant and exciting bands. Jacob brings together a line up trombones, tuba and drums to form a trombone choir playing gospel songs and he will kick also off the gig with his a quintet featuring himself and Richard, with Andrew Woodhead (keys), Olie Brice (bass) and Andrew Bain (drums).

20th March 2019: Charlie Pyne Quartet 

Joyful, optimistic, thoughtful music from bass player/vocalist/composer Charlie Pyne. Charlie’s own music combines riffs, kaleidoscopic harmony and memorable tunes, mixing contemporary jazz with influences from rock and tango

27th March 2019: Uncanny Valley (Tom Challenger, Phil Donkin, Oliver Steidle) 

Three incredible musicians from the London and Berlin jazz scenes; probing, reactive, and propulsive improvised music from Tom Challenger (saxophone), Phil Donkin (bass) and Oliver Steidle (drums).

3rd April 2019: Mike Walker and Tria Lingvo 

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Mike Walker (Impossible Gentlemen), meets Tria Lingvo, based in Cologne, and winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize

Thursday 4th April 2019 at Yellow Arch Studios: Vula Viel
Gyil player Bex Burch returns with her uniquely energetic and intense vib. Support from Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace and Beyond Albedo.

Jez and The Jazz at The Lescar team.
Jazz Promoter of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards
Tel. 0774 020 1939

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Norvol Jazz Network revamp and relaunch

The Norvoljazz network management group are proposing a change in status of the network in order to widen our scope and effectiveness . We want the network to become an advisory group from the jazz industry in the North so to better inform sector organisations like Jazz North. We are aiming to relaunch the network with a new name The Northern Jazz Network at the Leeds Jazz Festival on Sat 20 July.

Further information is on our Facebook forum page "NorVolJazz Forum" or on our website

Please give any comment your club may have on the proposals by Friday 8th February to our Facebook forum or directly by email to or
Steve Crocker
Chair of Norvoljazz network

Monday, 14 January 2019

Mike Gordon's best from 2018

Jazz Aesthetic

Sorry I’ve been a while sending this but here we go!

Dave Newton & Alan Barnes
They were a highlight at the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival as they celebrated forty years of playing together since their student days at Leeds College of Music.  They have, as you would expect. incredible rapport but what always stands out is the freshness of their music.  They haven’t stood still and continue to explore and develop musical ideas.

Jazz Aesthetic
This Hull University student band has become a regular annual booking at Scarborough Jazz and they always attract a good audience.,  They play exciting contemporary jazz by Brian Blade, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Holland and others all arranged by Director Pater Elsdon. The band’s line-up varies each year but they always tackle this challenging music with enthusiasm and skill.  On 5th December you could hear a pin drop.   You feel the future of jazz is safe in their hands.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet
David Kennard wrote in the Scarborough Jazz programme in October: Benn is recognised as a truly world class saxophonist who has performed with Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton and Bobbie Shew.  Born in England and tutored by Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had ever heard, Benn has been based in Los Angeles for 40 years. He possesses the tunefulness of Lester Young and skilfully merges it with the muscular tone of Coleman Hawkins. Like Sony Rollins, he is harmonically adventurous, and is capable of playing at speeds that recall Charlie Parker. He puts all this together with punch, beauty and at times surprising delicacy.  Benn lived up to this and more.  A stunning evening for Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask.

Mike Gordon
Scarborough Jazz Club and Jazz Festival

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Lance Liddle's New Year Honours list

2018 has been such a good year for 5* gigs that to select just three is like being asked to name the three best of anything. However, here goes!

Greg Abate w. Paul Edis Trio – Jazz Café, Newcastle (picture Ken Drew)
The 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll had Greg placed third in the ‘Rising Star Alto Sax’ category. How bizarre is that for a 70-year-old who has been delighting audiences throughout the world for many years? Greg’s session with Paul Edis (they’d played a duo set earlier in Durham) was but the latest of many gigs he’s played, over the years, in the northeast. This one ticked all the boxes from the previous ones and maybe a couple more.

Mingus Big Band – Middlesbrough Town Hall.
To hear an American big band just down/up the road from you these days is quite something. In my younger days, Basie, Ellington, Herman, Kenton and others were regular visitors to Newcastle’s City Hall.   In retrospect, I can’t believe how naïve we were in thinking this would last forever but, tempus fugit, they, the musicians, died and we, the listeners, grew older.
Fast forward to Middlesbrough Town Hall and a Sunday evening concert in the refurbished civic auditorium – I’d previously heard Kenton there – and the years tumbled away. A big band that took the work of Mingus, not as a tribute band but a band that brought his vast legacy into the present day. I’d heard the band a couple of days previous at Ronnie’s and this rubber-stamped that earlier concert. Wow!

Mick Shoulder Quintet – Black Bull, Blaydon.
For reasons unknown, sightings of Lewis Watson playing a jazz gig are about as rare as a duck-billed platypus turning up on your bird table. However, on one magical night at Blaydon Jazz club, bassist Mick Shoulder put together a hard-hitting bebop band that let those present realise that they were in the presence of perhaps the greatest unsung tenor-player ever to play there (or anywhere come to that!). He blew up a storm and trumpet player Graham Hardy and the backroom boys, Shoulder, Edis and Russ Morgan, were with him every step of the way. On Bebop Spoken Here, I referred to it as The Quintet of the Year – decision stands.

I could have listed many many more but, alas, Jo Harrup at Ushaw Jazz Festival and Alison Rayner Quintet at the Globe are but two of the concerts that I have reluctantly had to leave out, but, maybe if you ask me again tomorrow, they will be in!
Lance Liddle
Bebop Spoken Here

Steve Crocker's Jazz Honours 2018 from Leeds

Leeds is such an amazing city for live jazz now it is almost impossible to pick out three highlights but here (with one big add-on!) they are,,,
The Shuffledemons (painted by Gina Southgate)

The Leeds Jazz Festival 2018 was a much bigger event this year, covering six days in July with six venues and around 50 bands. The grand finale, curated by Sally Coe, Xero's partner was "Celebrating  Xero Slingsby" on 24 July at the Wardrobe. Xero was a punk jazz sax hero in Leeds in the 1980's, his music is now popular amongst young jazz musicians, especially Belgium where Xero played a lot so we were pleased to welcome Den Hoed over to take part. The event was a triumph from start to finish. Improv, the changes, dancing in the ailes, Gina Southgate's live painting, The Shuffledemons from Canada, Leeds Local Heroes like Tony Burkill , Maggie Somers, Paul Hessian, Louis Colan etc.

The Mingus Big Band at the Howard Assembly Room 13/10/18.  Simon Godley's review sums it up "A nigh-on two hour performance – bisected by a short interval – the Mingus Big Band provided the sell-out crowd with a startling reminder of Charles Mingus’s genius as they shifted easily from the swaggering invention of ‘Jump Monk’ (a song that first appeared on the 1955 live concert recording Mingus at the Bohemia) to a modern arrangement of ‘Invisible Lady’, cementing Mingus’s place in the vanguard of the Third Stream. Charles Mingus’s generosity as a bandleader was well-regarded and this was replicated in today’s ensemble with ample time and space afforded each individual musician for what were some really quite incredible, improvised solos. Philip Harper was the first to step up to the plate during ‘Jump Monk’ with a raucous, rebellious blast of his trumpet whilst Helen Sung contributed a most phenomenal piano interlude during ‘Sue’s Changes’, a wonderfully spontaneous ballad-come-free jazz piece written by Mingus for his wife." The Howard Assembly Room programme has had some lovely jazz during the year, curated by the irrepressible Jo Nockels - the venue will be missing from the Leeds Scene from March 2019 for 12 months because of rebuilding and improvement works but it will mean even more jazz can be programmed there afterwards.

My third honour goes to the whole Leeds Jazz Scene. When I first came to the city in the 1980s there were maybe four venue playing jazz? Now there are almost 30. Special mention must go to local heroes like Richard Lindley at the Cafe Lento, Jack Simpson at the Hyde Park Book Club, Les and the team at Jazz at the Spa, Mark Young at the Sela Bar, Ryan de Warne at the Domino, both Leslies (Best and Jeffries) at Heart in Headingley, and the two JazzLeeds venues run by Leeds Jazz - Inkwell and Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. Also worth mentioning are the jazz musicians appearing increasingly at nightclubs like the Brudenell, the Belgrave, the Wardrobe etc where they are putting on musicians like Pharorah Sanders and David Murray. The Leeds young jazz album "To be there now" was a triumph - produced by local saxman Ben Powling and highlighted by Jazz DJ Gilles Peterson.