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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Leeds Summer Sizzlers!

June  will be a good month to hear jazz trumpet players in Leeds - Will Blackstone. John Scully and Mark Chandler are all in action. We've some good news about the Jazz Leeds Festival and Chapel Allerton Arts Festival too. But we start our June Programme with a superb big band....

Leeds College of Music Student Union Big Band Sunday 2nd June @Seven Arts - Sunday 2 June 1.30pm £10/8. From 40's swing to 80's fusion, the LCoM Student Union Big Band has something for everyone - and winning competitions for how good they are too!

Jazz in the Courtyard - Gypsy Jazz with Manouche North Sunday 9th June @Seven Arts. The first of our gigs in the courtyard with a new gypsy jazz group from Leeds and York with Vernon Bigsby guitar, Stephen Schulman violin, Julia Schomberg cello and led by local singer Marlena Kellie. Payf collection

George Macdonald Trio Sunday 16 June @Inkwell  1.30pm -4pm £9/7 George Macdonald is a mighty fine straight swinging jazz pianist – you’ll hear some familiar tunes from people like Oscar Peterson and Chic Corea. Jack Garside is on double bass and Steve Hanley on drums

Rush Hour Jazz with John Scully Wednesday 19 June @Seven Arts Bar.6-7.30pm Payf collection Jon Scully is a trumpet player and jazz vocalist from Leeds, who plays in the classic style of Armstrong and Eldridge. Frequently heard with the Big Easy swing band, Jon enjoys both jazz and orchestral music.

Mark Chandler Quintet Friday 21 June 8pm@Bar on Park Lane, Roundhay 8pm-11pm £10/8 Mark has assembled an all star band to play at the Bar on Park Lane – besides Mark on trumpet there is Kevin Holbrough trombone, Les Chisnell piano, Jack Garside double bass and Dave Walsh drums – a contemporary jazz “A” team”!

Will Blackstone Quartet Sunday 23 June 1.30pm @Inkwell Sunday £9/7 Will is a young trumpeter from Leeds, last heard for us as part of the popular band "Tiptoe". Will leads a quartet playing music from the great jazz trumpeters down the ages. Featuring Will Blackstone trumpet, Joel Stedman Guitar, Elliot Roffe d-bass and Jordan Dinsdale drums

Jazz in the Courtyard - Dudley Nesbitt Sunday 30th June @Seven Arts1.30pm -4pm free/payf. The second of our gigs in the courtyard of Seven Arts features steel pan maestro Dudley Nesbitt with the Jazz Leeds trio

For ticketed events, tickets are available on the door or online
Jazz Leeds Festival gets the money!
We are incredibly excited to announce that this year's Jazz Leeds Festival, our third, will be receiving support from the Arts Council England! It is a real endorsement from the Arts Council about our plans to develop a sustainable jazz festival in Leeds,one in which the city can be proud. Jazz Leeds is a charity completely run by volunteers, and we started with a one day festival in Millennium Square in 2017 and this year have both a five day fringe festival throughout the city, leading up to a four day main festival based around the Wardrobe and Leeds College of Music. The Fringe festival starts on 12 July and the main festival runs 18-21 July.

There are free events, workshops, meet ups, films, spoken word events, big bands, salsa, contemporary jazz, world music, improv events and even jazz bingo! We have a feature on Jazz and Windrush with US saxman Jean Toussaint, trumpet player Byron Wallen and pianist Trevor Watkis; a headline appearance from Andy Sheppard with the Norwegian Espen Eriksen trio; an all star Electric Lady Big Band recreating in a jazz style the music of Jimi Hendrix 50 years after his Electric Ladyland release; New York based jazz pianist and ECM record star Shai Maestro with his trio; Bex Burch and Vula Viel - a uniquely engaging mix of African, punk and minimalist influences, based around the Ghanaian Gyil, not to mention rising jazz stars like Leo Richardson and Misha Mullov Abbado, a new record album launch from Leeds trombone hero Kevin Holbrough and a 90th birthday celebration of Leeds big band drummer Ronnie Bottomley. So many other events too - more about them soon!!

Whole festival tickets and day tickets are available as well as invididual concerts. These are on sale at Jumbo records, Leeds College of Music events site, Luna tickets (for our Wardrobe events) or our online Ticketsource Festival site

The Chapel Allerton Festival is back!

Thanks to all those people who have stepped forward to offer their services as stewards, helpers, event managers etc during the past month  - it will be happening now! Jazz Leeds are very much involved in organising the Village Jazz part of the Festival. We will have two evenings at Seven Arts - on Thursday 29th August a double header with Nel Begley and Jami Sheriff's "Rafe's Dilemma" plus local jazz trumpeter and festival stalwart Phil Green's Biggish Band. On Saturday 31st August an inspirational blend of jazz, traditional Zulu music and Afro-pop from "Ubunye". We also finish the Arts Festival with the usual popular mix of Jazz and Blues on 1st September in Regent Street with six bands playing jazz, blues and soul - including the Soul Surgeons, Rhythm De-Luxe,  Vibe-ology, New Position, "Louis Louis Louis" and wonderful blues singer Kyla Brox.

Our Venues:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
Bar on the Park Lane Roundhay (at Roundhay Golf Club) LS82EJ

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available here  Email address to contact us on  

See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

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