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Monday, 19 November 2018

Eirik Svela's tour of the Northern jazz venues this week

Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of jazz musicians in Scandinavia. In March 2018 he recorded his debut album "Bitds and Pieces" in New York with the internationally acclaimed organ player Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Norah Jones) and in November he will be touring in England with his band Eirik Svela Group. The UK edition features some great musicians including Jamil Sheriff (piano), and Andrew Robb (bass). They are also bringing Magnus Eide, an up and coming Norwegian drummer with a fast-growing reputation.

The Eirik Svela Group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music. The group performs mainly music written by band leader Eirik Svela, which focuses on combining pretty melodies and complicated chords in an effortless way.

His northern tour takes in dates in Liverpool (Parr Jazz Tues 20 November) Sheffield (The Lescar 21 November) Bradford (JATP Friday 23 November), Ambleside (Zefferelli's 24 November) Leeds (Seven Arts, afternoon 25 November) and Manchester (Whisky Jar Mon 26 November)

Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums

Frank Flynn and CDF trio @Hornby

This coming Saturday, 24th November we will be host to the Frank Flynn CDF# trio: Chris Hodder, guitar and bass guitar; Dave Minshull, drums & percussion, and Frank Flynn on keyboard, and who leads this band, although he claims not to. Any way the music will be just great; I wouldn`t want you to miss it.

Influences for the group come from such artists as Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, David Bowie, The Yellow Jackets, Michel Camilo, Hiromi, Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Ravel, Mozart etc plus a generous helping of quirkiness.

Usual venue: Hornby Village Instutute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, LA2 8JR. Doors & bar open at &.30, music from 8 p.m Tickets £10, on the door or ring 015242 21675.
Looking forward to greeting you,
Sam Ashton

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz North Northern Line showcase @Lancaster Jazz Festival

Jazz North’s northern line showcase is moving on to its next destination, Lancaster Jazz Festival. Running from 11th to 15th September 2019, the Festival will be hosting the showcase on Friday 13th September, which will see all the bands on Jazz North’s northern line Round Seven roster perform.

Matt Robinson, Lancaster Jazz Festival Artistic Director says: “We’re excited to be working with Jazz North in the staging of a great event that never fails to highlight the exceptional music and talent residing in the north. Hosting the northern line roster is a unique opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with the northern line artists to create a showcase day that actively supports artists and their development - as well as being a stand-out event for audiences, visiting promoters, and the city of Lancaster.”

The showcase is a key element of Jazz North’s northern line which, since its launch in 2013, has kickstarted the careers of 68 jazz artists and ensembles from across the North of England. “Jazz North has an ambitious plan to take the showcase on a journey around northern jazz festivals,” explains Jazz North’s Creative Director, Nigel Slee. “And we are looking forward to working with Lancaster Jazz Festival to continue its legacy of providing a great platform and development opportunities for northern jazz musicians.”

Jazz North’s northern line showcase has enjoyed five years at manchester jazz festival. “I'm delighted to be handing over the showcase footplate to Matt and the team at Lancaster Jazz Festival,” says Steve Mead, Artistic Director of mjf. “Showcase day is always a fun, surprising and rewarding marathon bringing together distinctive artists, enthusiastic audiences and committed presenters.

“We've loved hosting it at mjf and are looking forward to what I know will be a wonderful day of music at Lancaster - one of the UK's most forward-looking, exciting and cherished festivals.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Estonian Gypsy Jazz Band Titoks at Wharf Chambers Leeds

The Estonian Embassy in London are promoting three concerts by virtuoso Estonian gypsy-jazz trio Titoks, including one date Thus 7 November in Leeds.  The trio (Kristjan Rudanovski on violin, Jaanis Kill on guitar and Robert N├Ámmann on the double bass) will be presenting music from their newly released album “When Day Is Done”.

“Titoks ended JazzIncubator 2017 with an audience crying for more after a set of stunning and perfectly executed reworks, classics and originals interspersed with charming quips. Their coherency and chemistry as a trio draws the listener in, and their technical proficiency makes even the most intricate passages feel relaxing. A memorable concert for both experienced jazz fans
and newcomers.” -
Sebastian Aker, Booking, JazzIncubator 2017


Wharf Chambers Leeds Thursday 8 November Workshop for musicians and interested observers starts at 7pm, music 7.30pm. Cost for the evening £5

Wharf Chambers 23-25 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ

Rommi Smith at Leeds Art Gallery

Rommi Smith voice  Kenny Higgins bass, Dave Evans piano, and performance director, Jason Hird

Leeds Art Gallery Thursday 22 November 2018

The title for this event, "Last Night Has Given Me Something to Think About" refers to poet Marianne Moore’s reflections on Billie Holiday’s June 1941 performance at MoMA Art Gallery, New York. Moore described Holiday’s performance as a work of art, detailing Holiday’s “flame-coloured skirt” and how the performance had given her “something to think about for fifteen years!”

Holiday’s performance was part of the socialite and philanthropist Louise Crane’s “Coffee Concerts” series. Featuring Jazz luminaries including pianist Mary Lou Williams, singer Maxine Sullivan - and of course Holiday herself- the concerts saw live performances against a backdrop of visual art, in a Gallery housing some of the greats of 20th century art.. The “Concerts” drew New York’s celeberati, including figures such as the celebrated poets Elizabeth Bishop (Louise Crane’s partner) and (Crane’s close friend) Marianne Moore.

In homage to Holiday’s MoMA performance, Rommi Smith, poet, playwright and performer, leads a spoken-word performance tour of Leeds Art Gallery. This performance features the premiere of Smith’s brand-new poem in celebration of Holiday’s performance, researched and written during a recent stay in New York. In collaboration with bassist Ken Higgins, pianist Dave Evans and with theatre-director, Jason Hird, Smith invites us to consider the intersection of works of art: leading the audience through the different spaces of the Leeds galleries, halting at various paintings and sculptures to explore how spoken word and music might animate seeing a Gallery’s visual art in new and exciting ways.

The evening begins with a gathering of audience and performers in the Gallery’s Lecture Theatre and ends there with a follow-up discussion session.

Jazz treats at Boston Spa

Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell 1 Dec

From Les and the team at Boston Spa

Sat 17th November – Swing Commanders – one of the highlight evenings of the year. A stunning, vibrant and highly versatile group which performs an exciting mix of 40s/50s classics, swing, jump jive and so much more. Multi- instrumentalists par excellence coupled with truly energetic showmanship. Always an evening to remember.

Sat 1st December – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – one of our most requested groups led by the UK’s finest exponent of the guitar and banjo – “Spats Langham”. On this occasion, the music is described as the “red hot jazz” of 1920’s New York. Without question, it’s a truly class act – the more so with the delightful Emily – a classically trained and superb vocalist who claims to draw her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee. But this only scratches the surface of the wonderful sounds which emanate from this talented group. Not to be missed!

Sat 15th December – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – and would you believe it – it’s Christmas Party Time again! The ‘official’ start to the Christmas Festivities with its traditional festive atmosphere, nibbles, mince pies and the special Christmas raffle. And the whole fun filled celebration driven along at a cracking pace by the Harlems with their special guests - Bill Smith on cornet and Mike Pembroke on trombone. A fitting end to a wonderful year of wonderful sounds!

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live. Spread the word – JITS is live, fun and friendly – no better way to spend Saturday evening.

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.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Edge Hill University Big Band @ Wigan

The Edge Hill University Big Band, directed by Phil Shotton.

The Edge Hill University Big Band comprises of students, staff and members of the local community.

‘Following on from their highly successful show ‘The Art of the Modern Big Band’ Edge Hill’s very own big band bring their eclectic mix of contemporary big band music back for another music extravaganza.

Musical Director Phil Shotton will take the audience on an exciting journey of interesting and sometimes lesser heard big band repertoire, showing just what is possible with the modern day big band.’

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 25th November, 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.

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