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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Upcoming jazz gigs in Boston Spa

August- September gigs at the Spa
Aug 17th – Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants – the irrepressible Kevin joins us once again – this time with a new line up of Jeremy Huggett on reeds, Richard West on piano, Simon Smith on bass and Jools Aldridge on drums. A lively evening awaits us.
Aug 24th – Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham – Jeff and Spats - and what a wonderful combination! Previous sessions have had the audience in raptures as they reflect on the personalities and spontaneously recreate the sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s. An evening of pure nostalgia brought to you by two of the finest musicians on the circuit. Always a full house for this session – so do come early.

September 2019
7th – Café Society – much requested and here they are again. If you enjoy an evening of “off the wall” cabaret, then the outrageous Anthony Mason in his Noel Coward and George Formby roles will have you “more than amused” with his own special brand of humour and song. Then add the talents of Andy Henderson on cornet, Phil Shotton on reeds and Colin Turner on tuba. It sounds different, - it is different. Entertainment par excellence.
14th – Maine Street Jazzmen – true professionals all who willingly agreed to move their booking tallow us to accommodate the Storyville Jass Band in June. One of the finest traditional jazz bandsithe North of England. Good time, effervescent non stop music including some wonderful harmonica playing from leader and trombonist, Herbie Hudson.
21st – John + Jim + Tom + Ed – shame on us! We should have thought about bringing these first class musicians together years ago! Our favourite reeds player John Hallam, guitar maestro Jim Birkett, melodic pianist Tom Kincaid and the superb bass of Ed Harrison. A memorable evening is on the cards.

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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

August- September line up at Sheffield's Lescar

Rafe's Dilemma Wed 28 Aug
There's so much packed into this batch of gigs, we’re very excited about it. In August we feature two incredible sax/bass/drums trios, the first led by bass talent Huw V Williams, and the second by fiery tenor player Riley Stone-Lonergan. There's a Sheffield link with elegies, led by bass player Seth Bennett, and an unusual line-up taking compositions initially inspired by West African and Afro-Brazilian music into some original and unexpected directions! After that vocalist Nel Begley and pianist Jamil Sheriff return with Rafe's Dilemma playing great original music inspired by the play Spring and Port Wine by Bill Naughton.

Two very different baritone sax players bring us two very different bands in September. The big riffs and free jazz of Sloth Racket (led by Cath Roberts) come round to fire things up in September, followed by the wonderful 11 piece large ensemble Bobtail, led by baritone sax player and composer Alicia Gardner-Trejo, weaving their fresh, intricate and beautiful magic. Forj are next and simply one of the most exciting new bands around right now, featuring an exhilerating 2 tenor sax front-line. Finally we're also delighted to present three incredible and genre defying bands, two of them on the same night! With Archipelago (following an appearance at Latitude festival) and J Frisco merging for a unique gig in later September, and Leeds-based Têtes de Pois bringing their mix of jazz, soul, funk and afro-beat to light up the Lescar back room.

14th August:  Riley Stone-Lonergan Trio / £8
21st August: elegies / £8
28th August: Rafe’s Dilemma / £8
4th September:     Sloth Racket / £8
11th September: Bobtail / £9
18th September: Forj     / £8
25th September: Archipelago x J Frisco / £8
2nd October: Têtes de Pois  / £8

Jez and The Jazz at The Lescar team.
Jazz Promoter of the Year 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Tel. 0774 020 1939

This year's Village Jazz Festival in Leeds

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival and Jazz Leeds present three days of jazz blues and soul 29 August- 1 Septenber finishing up with the Sunday afternoon finale on the main stage in Regent Street (pic by Trev Prinn)

Rafe’s Dilemma with Nel Begley and Jamil Sheriff

Thursday evening 29 August 2019 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 (£5 for 25 and under) 8pm (Doors at 7.30pm)

Part of a double header concert featuring Festival Commisions, Rafe's Dilemma celebrate the play Spring and Port Wine by Bill Naughton. Rafe’s Dilemma bring a mix of jazz, electronic music and rock to create an intriguing sound. The quartet immerses you in the story of a family on the edge, using spoken word, improvisation, synthesised soundscapes and carefully crafted songs. Expect to live the story through their music, feeling the multitude of emotions we all have towards our families and upbringings with an electric new perspective.
Lineup: Nel Begley vocals / Jamil Sheriff keyboards / Sam Vicary bass / Katie Patterson drums

Phil Green’s Biggish Band

As support to Rafe's Dilemma, we present Phil Green's Biggish Band. Chapel Allerton jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Phil Green has always written distinctive melodies and compositions. This Festival Commission will give us a chance to hear his music played by a nine piece ensemble drawn from some of the best ensemble musicians in Leeds

@Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD,Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets in advance
Tickets are available on the door or online


Saturday evening 31 August 2019 8pm £10/8 (25 and under £5) @Seven Arts
Lineup: Thanda Gumede, Nokuthula Zondi-Kamudyariwa, Xolani Mbathe vocals / Dave Evans keyboards / Nik Rutherford guitar / Kenny Higgins electric bass / Alex Wibrew drums. (picture Maria Alzamora). Ubunye represents Leeds pianist Dave Evans’ long-lasting interest in South Africa and its music. He combines his jazz quartet with a trio of close harmony vocalists (South Africans from the Huddersfield area). Ubunye (‘one-ness’) unites singers hailing from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with gospel and R’n’B musicians from Yorkshire, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi (traditional Zulu music) and Afro-pop. High energy African beats and traditional sounds morph into more contemporary African musical styles. All that and the jazz skills of an established quartet led by Dave

Tickets in advance
Address:  Seven Arts  31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 3PD. Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets are available on the door or online

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday : Soul Surgeons

Sunday afternoon 1 Sept @ Regent Street: 12 midday: payf bucket collection (£3 advised) Address: Regent Street Main Stage, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PE

Starting off the Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday we welcome the return of the ever popular Soul Surgeons, a nine piece band of local musicians, who have been performing together for over twenty years. A lively, soulful mix of music is guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancers up in Regent Street
With music from Etta James to Tom Jones, the Blues brothers to Dusty Springfield, Motown and much more in between, Sould Surgeons will be a great start to the jazz blues and soul afternoon. Come along and join in the party!

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday:Rhythm De Luxe

Regent Street Main Stage 1pm
Jim Wright banjo, Frank Brooker sax, Andy Henderson tpt, Phil Kampen bass, Paul Smith drums

By popular demand Chapel Allerton’s own banjo maestro Jim Wright leads a group playing the traditional jazz of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong plus a little bit of country blues

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday: Vibe-ology

Regent Street Main Stage 2pm

Led by vibes man John Settle. Vibe-ology puts a groovy spin on the traditional organ quartet form. Leeds vibeist John Settle uses vibes as a frontline instrument in a group inspired by organist “big” John Patton and vibes man Bobby Hutcherson. Jazz, blues, latin and funk modes.

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday:Kyla Brox Blues Band

Regent Street Main Stage 3pm
Kyla’s voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday: New Position

Regent Street Main Stage 4pm
Leeds-based nine-pack of funk/jazz slammers featuring Alice Higgins (vocals) and
Conal Mulvenna (guitar) with a trio of lead singers. Bitter-sweet switter-beats alongside popcorn-funk that may well get stuck in your teeth. But it’s not bothersome – it tastes good.

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday: Louis Louis Louis

Classic rhythm ‘n’ blues, doo-wop and ska with thumpin’ slap bass, honkin’ horns, raucous four-part vocal harmonies and a driving piano boogie to finish off the festival.(pic Mike Powell) 

Jazz Blues and Soul Sunday:Old Time Rags

Laurence Marshall and Phoebe will be entertaining up in Regent Street bertween the main stage bands. They play a lot of the turn of the century stuff with jug band, folk, jazz and blues and it is based around myself one man banding and phoebe step dancing. here's a little video  Phoebe is also an expert at appalachian flat foot dancing!

Further information on Chapel Allerton Festival events see the webpage For information about our autumn programme featuring Women Jazz leaders see  

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See you at the Chapel Allerton Festival!

Steve Crocker