Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bargain start at Scarborough

 Nathaniel Facey

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival takes off with three very different acts that are making a big impact on the UK music scene.

Multi-award winning drummer, composer and international recording artist Ollie Howell leads a quintet in the first performance on Friday afternoon.  MOJO Magazine says: ‘…the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty.’

Second on the bill is ‘The Seven Pieces of Silver’ playing music dedicated to the recently deceased prolific jazz composer Horace Silver. The front line includes the great reeds player Alan Barnes. They are followed by an outstanding musical duo: singer and pianist Theo Jackson and saxophonist Nathaniel Facey.

A ticket for all three events is at the very special price of £8 to tempt those who may wish to get a flavour of what follows throughout the weekend.

Ticket sales have broken all records and very few seats are left for the Nigel Kennedy/John Etheridge performance on Saturday evening.

Full Line up:

8.45pm-9.35pm & 9.55pm-10.45pm: Anita Wardell sings Johnny Mandel with the Alan Barnes Septet
7pm: Henry Lowther and the Greens
4pm: Theo Jackson & Nathaniel Facey
2.15pm: 7 Pieces Of Silver
12.30pm: Ollie Howell Quintet

8.45pm-9.35pm & 9.55pm-10.45pm: Nigel Kennedy, John Etheridge and Band
7pm: Clark Tracey Quartet
4pm: Time Zone
2.15pm: Sarah Moule with the Simon Wallace Trio
12.30pm: Jazz ExTemporé

8.45pm-9.35pm & 9.55pm-10.45pm: Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band
7pm: Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen
4pm: Paradox Ensemble
2.15pm: Gwilym Simcock
12.30pm: Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio
10.45am: The Stretch Trio

For tickets and further information contact 01723 821888 or www.scarboroughjazzfestival.co.uk

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2014
Scarborough Spa
26th-28th September

Monday, 15 September 2014

Gregory Porter at York

Grammy award winning Jazz singer Gregory Porter will be coming to the York Barbican this October, performing hits from his three critically acclaimed jazz albums Be Good, Water and Liquid Spirit.

A disarmingly sincere performer, with a groove that never quits, a voice of incredible virtuosity and a seemingly universal appeal as a songwriter, Porter’s lyrics often speak as dreams do, in the languages of image and emotion, to communicate thoroughly though not always directly. His objective as a songwriter, he says, is “to create a sincere message about my feelings on love, culture, family and our human joys and pain.”

Some critics are inspired to comment on Porter as a new “king’ of jazz,” and a “leader of the pack,” a performer of extraordinary presence who has been compared with the greatest of the greats, such as Joe Williams, Nat Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye. As musically solid as his recordings are and as powerful and honest as Porter’s magnificent voice is, it may just well be the brilliance of his poetry and the unguarded depth of his emotional delivery that is most fueling his rapid rise to fame.


Tuesday, 28 October, 2014 7:30PM
York Barbican

The York Barbican is located just outside the city walls, and is situated on Paragon Street. Paragon Street forms part of the city ring road, and is located at the south end of the city. The nearest car park is Q-Park on Kent Street at the rear of York Barbican. There is no on-street parking.

Tasty in Huddersfield

Enrico Tomasso 

Roger Sawyer writes about the Huddersfield Jazz autumn programme

A suitably appetising programme for our Autumn season.  First, on 27 September at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, we're very pleased to have trumpeter Enrico Tomasso with the Andy Cholerton Trio.

You've probably heard “Rico" already without knowing it; because, like many top jazz musicians, he often turns up on soundtracks and albums, most recently on Bryan Ferry's The Jazz Age.
His belated solo debut album, Al Dente, is a beauty. As one reviewer said, 'It’s a mark of true distinction when a jazz trumpeter plays with such fluency and apparent ease that you listen to the music and not to the technique.'

Then, on 25 October, at the Keys Restaurant, we have the ever popular Snake Davis. Those who have seen him at his previous appearances for Huddersfield Jazz will know they’re in for a treat. Those who haven’t, need to book early because this is one gig which can be guaranteed to be a sell-out!

On 22 November, we're back at the Lawrence Batley Theatre for the Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet. This is a new collective between Israeli UK resident drummer Asaf Sirkis and Polish Vocalist Sylwia Bialas. The quartet features USA bassist and harmonica player Patrick Bettison and UK pianist, Frank Harrison. Asaf Sirkis will be familiar to many through his work with Gilad Atzmon and Larry Coryell.

We can expect music covering a wide range of influences – from delicate ballads to high energy electric virtuoso lines, and everything in between.

Finally, on 13 December, it's back to the Keys Restaurant, for The Big Easy – a lively five-piece swing band from Leeds. With a line-up of vocals, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass and drums, they feature tunes by the giants of swing (Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Nina Simone) using their own arrangements in a way that is guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

I hope to see you there!!

The Keys restaurant
Bryam Street
tel 01484 516677

Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queens Street
tel 01484 430528

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

October at the Jazz Cafe

Philip Clouts 

Here are the October Jazz Café listings in Newcastle

Friday 3rd October 9pm – Mo Scott Blues Band 
Saturday 4th October 9pm – Peter Gilligan/Paul Gowland Duo
Tuesday 7th October 8pm – ‘Tuesday Jam’ Admission Free
Friday 10th October 9pm – Paul Edis Trio £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Saturday 11th October 9pm – Gypsies of Bohemia 
Tuesday 14th October 8pm - Improvisers’ Workshop Admission Free
Friday 17th October 9pm – Havana Club 4 £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Saturday 18th October 9pm – Peter Gilligan/Ray Burns Duo Admission Free
Tuesday 21st October 8pm – ‘Tuesday Jam’ Admission Free
Friday 24th October 9pm – EyeShuTight Band £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Saturday 25th October 9pm –Steve Glendinning and Mark Williams admission Free.
Tuesday 28th October 8pm – Paragon Anglo German band £8.00 & £6.00 at the door
Friday 31st October 9pm – Philip Clouts Quartet "pulsating groove oriented music" £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)

Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

More details, line up and pictures at

Plenty to intrigue and entertain in Wakefield.

Claire Martin 
Chris de Saram  writes

Wakefield Jazz opened on 5th September with a knockout gig by the veteran American pianist John Colianni – Scots Kevin Mackenzie (gtr), Jay Kilbride (bs) and Chris Whitehouse (dr) formed his rhythm section.

The 14 gigs through the  rest of the season to Christmas feature two singers from the top of the tree, Christine Tobin  (26 Sept.) and Claire Martin OBE  (31 Oct.); two fine guitar–led organ trios,  Phil Robson  (19 Sept.) and Nigel Price  (3 Oct.);   a couple of amazing pianists,  Andrew McCormack      (10 Oct.) and Steve Melling (12 Dec.);  a set of four expert saxophonists,  Jesse Bannister (17 Oct. ), Tim Garland (7 Nov.), Tommaso Starace (14 Nov.) and Paul Booth (5 Dec.) as well as three Northern Line bands,  John Ellis (12 Sept.), Simon Read (24 Oct.) and New York Brass Band (21 Nov.).     Alec Dankworth brings his trio “World Spirit” boosted by his singing daughter Emily on 28 Nov.     Any jazz – lover will find plenty to intrigue and entertain here as well as those with specialised interests.

 Claire Martin’s gig with the Montpellier cello quartet and our Christmas party on 12th December are guaranteed to sell out so are “All ticket” gigs.     You can buy online via the gig’s page on the website  wakefieldjazz.org  at the club or by post to Judith Waterhouse,  3, Bramley Park, Church Lane, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 2RU.   Please make cheques out to Wakefield Jazz and include a S A E.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Bradford in partnership

Katie Patterson

JATPJazz in Bradford have announced their Autumn/Winter programme

At the beginning of 2014, JATPJazz moved to a new venue after a number of years at the Irish Club. Their new home, Glyde House, has proved successful and their newest gig season includes the addition of extra gigs run in partnership by the Glyde itself.  This is described as a venture which aims to increase the frequency of jazz in Bradford.

Details of all of the gigs can be found on the JATPJazz website and are listed in short form below. All gigs start at 8.30pm and ticket prices are detailed on the website (JATPJazz gigs are £7/5, ECGJazz gigs vary in price).

September 19th - Katie Patterson's Allsorts (ECGJazz)
October 3rd - Ollie Howell (JATPJazz)
October 24th - Sam Gardner's Samadhi (JATPJazz)
November 7th - Kim Macari and LOCUS (JATPJazz)
November 28th - John Etheridge's Trio North (ECGJazz)
December 5th - Harry Orme's Kasseldown (JATPJazz)

Most Wanted in Davenham...

Most Wanted Band

Dave Atherton writes- 'welcome to the new, and very exciting jazz@davenham season for 2014/15.
Could this be the best programme we have ever produced - we think so - this is "accessible" and exciting live music!'

John Ellis Trio - Thursday 25th September

No stranger to jazz@davenham John’s musicianship has been utilised by well known artists such as Tom Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen, John Squire (Stone Roses) and others as well as being a founder member of The Cinematic Orchestra and contributing heavily to the albums "Everyday"
and "Man With The Movie Camera".

Pete Turner (Bass) is a regular and welcome visitor to Davenham. A supremely accomplished musician. he has worked with most of the best of Northern Jazz including Jamil Sharif and Stuart McCallum, and here with Karen Sharp. A dexterity matched with groove and tasteful intelligence.

Rob Turner (drums) trained at the Royal Northern College of music.
Rob's dynamic percussive energy has been a leading part of two of the best and most exciting bands from the North in recent years. The Magic Hat Ensemble and Go Go Penguin, the latter beginning to gather international acclaim.

Most Wanted Band (This gig is on a FRIDAY for a change - FRIDAY 31st October)

"You will not want to miss these guys ! ... A blistering lawless band that deals out forgotten songs playing a hugely enjoyable programme of music that ranges from vintage blues to alt. Country to modern and classic Americana all with sheer class. Not to be missed!"

Stevie Williams bass & vocals.
Dave Hassell drums & percussion.
Markie Creswell guitar & vocals.
Billy Buckley guitar & lap steel guitar.

More to follow including:

The Weave Thursday 27 November

Zoe Gilby Quartet Thursday 18 December

We take bookings for the first 2 gigs only via the jazz@davenham.co e mail address, or phone 01606 74502 (Harry) or 44253 (Dave) We feel these are sure to sell out fast - as always will will not expect payment as long as you tell us you cannot attend, in good time.


Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham CW9 8NF

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wonderful west coast

 The Jazz Worriers

Geoff Matthews writes - all’s well on the West Coast!

We’ve had an interesting summer in Southport. Our season officially ended late June and was celebrated with a mini 1 day festival at our regular venue, The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport.
Singer SuEyo brought a great 6 piece band for a matinee and we followed up with dinner including a set from 2 guitars, Willy Fluss & Veron Fuller (‘Twin Frets’) and an evening gig from a trio including David Newton, Colin Oxley and Andy Cleyndert. Good turnout and some great music.

We then embarked on a new Summer festival in Victoria Park Southport in partnership with Southport Flower Show who provided the huge marquee and support services. Also in the team were Queenscourt Hospice, a local charity we involved to support and gain from their local contacts.
We had 2 informal dinner/dance evenings 1st Aug with Swingshift Big Band + AJ Brown and 2nd August featured King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys as the main band. We aimed (and succeeded reasonably well) to attract a new and different audience. 160 turned up for each one and a good time was had etc. During the day we had 6 bands (including ACV and The Angry Men) doing 1 hour sets. Supposed to be outside but the weather was awful so we did the music in the marquee. Turnout severely reduced by the weather but overall we broke even and will probably do it again next year. We also raised £1500 for Queenscourt.

I’ve recently (thanks to my wife Bobbie who has just retired) joined the U3A in Southport and was immediately collared to start a jazz activity group. That is going well-what a great crowd of pro active folk-760 of em in Southport!They supported our end of season bash, our new festival in August in reasonable numbers. As a result I’ve organised 3 gigs specifically for the U3A. First one last Monday 1st Sept in a little bar in Lord St sold out! Anthony Ormesher and SuEyo knocked em over!Our next U3A bash is on October 13th in the cafe of our local Beales Dept store on Lord St. They are laying on an afternoon tea and Perri & Neil are providing the music. The last on is  on Nov 12th at The Atkinson (arts centre) and we’ve got Kate Daniels with Alec Dankworth, John Horler and Graham Pike. The Atkinson are laying on a tour of their galleries and museum + wine and nibbles before the gig. I’ve found the U3A respond best to middle of the road music with added interest.

Our Southport Melodic Jazz club proper starts with

21 Sept Tommy Smith/Brian Kellock
19 October matinee Music for Life Big Band + Mike Walker/evening Liane Carroll Trio
23 Nov The Jazz Worriers and a Christmas bash on 
14 December with Alan Barnes bringing up a star studded Octet to launch his new project based on ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens.

In between times Swingshift Big Band are doing 3 Sunday matinee concerts for us at the Royal Clifton 7th Sept – Basie   //  5th Oct Ellington/Kenton // 9th Nov Gordon Goodwin. There is yet another different audience for this stuff.

I’m now up to my neck with the planning for our next festival 6-8 February. Bands booked. Programme on our website. Weekender tickets selling well. Printed programmes out soon!

All on our website www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk

Geoff Matthews
Southport Melodic Jazz

Seven are Seven!

Enrico Pieranunzi trio October 16 @Seven Arts 

2014 marks our seventh anniversary-Seven Jazz in Leeds started on the 30 September 2007 and 500 gigs later (and workshops, festivals and the Jazz Voices choir) here we still are!

The Leeds International Jazz Concert series at Seven Arts includes appearances from the Nigel Price trio with Alex Garnett (the Seventh Anniversary party) on Thursday evening Oct 2nd, a rare appearance from one of the finest jazz pianists in the world, Enrico Pieranunzi with his trio on Thursday evening Oct 16, the first performance of  Indo Jazz saxman Jesse Bannister’s new band “Play Out” that features pianist Zoe Rahman on Thursday evening Nov 6, a welcome return date for Julian Siegel /Phil Robson’s band “Partisans”  on Thursday evening Nov 20th and finally the legendary and much loved UK sax star Stan Sultzmann with his “Neon” quartet on Thursday evening 4 December.

The Sunday afternoon showcase gigs feature international rising stars too - the likes of saxman Dan Shout from South Africa, guitarist Steve Buckley with “Wagon Train” Leeds improv pianist Matt Bourne in a trio setting with Gary Jackson on bass and Sam Hobbs on drums, the “EyesShutTight” Trio and Sam Gardner’s “Samadhi” featuring top Polish saxman Krzysztof Urbanski and Dutch based pianist Dominic J Marshall – also the last gig Sam will do in Leeds before moving to London

Details of all of the gigs can be found on the Seven Jazz website www.sevenjazz.co.uk and are listed below. The evening international concert series start at 8.30pm, and the Sunday afternoon showcase gigs run between 1 and 4pm; ticket prices are detailed on the website; evening gigs are £16/14 concessions with a £5 standby ticket for full time students, Sunday lunchtime gigs are £7/5 concessions with kids under 16 free.

International jazz on Thursday evening at Seven Arts 8pm

Oct 2 Nigel Price trio with Alex Garnett: 8.30pm @Seven Arts
Oct 16 Enrico Pieranunzi trio: 8.30pm @Seven Arts
Nov 6: Jesse Bannister’s “Play Out” – 8.30pm @Seven Arts
Nov 20 : “Partisans” 8.30pm @Seven Arts
Dec 4 : “Neon” Quartet  8.30pm @Seven Arts

Sunday gigs - Sunday afternoon at Seven Arts or Inkwell 1-4pm

14 Sept: Ros Lewis and her Quintet  featuring Gary Boyle (guitar) and Frank Brooker (sax)– 1.30pm @Inkwell
21 Sept: South African saxman Dan Shout with Martin Longhawn's trio –1.30pm Seven Arts
28 Sept: Paul Edis Sextet -1.30pm @Seven Arts
5 Oct: Matt Parkinson Quintet@Inkwell
12 Oct: “The Jazz Worriers” feat Dean Masser sax and Neil Yates- trumpet 1.30pm @Seven Arts In conjunction with Jazz North “Northern Line”
19 Oct: Steve Buckley’s 'The Wagon Train' -1.30pm @Inkwell
26 Oct: Matt Bourne, Gary Jackson, Sam Hobbs - 1.30pm @Seven Arts
2 Nov: Nicki Allan/Rod Mason quartet - 1.30pm @Inkwell
9 Nov: “Eyes Shut Tight” - 1.30pm @Seven Arts
16 Nov: Johnny Hunter quartet - 1.30pm @Inkwell
23 Nov: Sam Gardner’s “Samadhi” - 1.30pm @Seven Arts
30 Nov: Zoe Gilby Quartet - 1.30pm @Seven Arts
7 Dec: Robin Porter Quartet - 1.30pm @Inkwell
14 Dec: Autumn Jazz Café - 1.30pm @Seven Arts
21 Dec: Nicola Farnon Trio - 1.30pm @Inkwell – our Xmas Party
In conjunction with Jazz North “Northern Line

To book in advance buy tickets online http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/sevenleeds/

More details are on the Seven Jazz website: http://www.sevenjazz.co.uk or follow Seven Jazz  on Facebook or Twitter

Newcastle Jazz Cafe September offers

Alan Barnes

Newcastle's Pink Lane Jazz Cafe continue their multi promoter autumn programme

Friday 5 September September 9pm   - The Lindsay Hannon Plus £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Own arrangements of songs by Mark Knopfler, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell and some original material  “…a wild musical spirit….gutsy and bluesy with a heightened sense of drama.” Christine Tobin. Jazz Cafe

Saturday 6th September 9pm  – Graeme Wilson Quartet  £5.00
(£3.00  before 8.30 pm)
Tenor-led original jazz with a top flight rhythm section
  “….dazzled with brilliant playing all round. A cracking band.”
Bebop spoken here.

Tuesday 9th September  8pm -  Improvisers’ Workshop   Admission Free
 Free-improvisation jam session, curated / hosted by Andy Champion or John Pope, two of Tyneside’s boss basses.
Open to instrumentalists and vocalists from all musical backgrounds. Just bring your instrument and make it up!  Or come and listen. Second Tuesdays.

Thursday 11th September  8pm – Juliet Kelly “Spellbound Stories” 
New songs by jazz singer Kelly inspired by her favourite books – from George Eliot to Zadie Smith – full of magic and mystery.
£10.00 & £8.00 at the door.
(nb this gig at the Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, behind Jazz Café.

Friday 12th September 9pm - Stuart Collingwood Organ Trio £5.00
(£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Modern jazz / funk combo playing standards and originals with a tinge of Jimmy Smith and Mike Brecker.
Jazz Cafe, 25 Pink Lane, NEI 5DW,   tel: 0191 2229882

Saturday 13th September 9pm – Jamil Sheriff Trio  £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Expect a highly energetic and original set from three great  improvisers.

Tuesday 16th September 8pm  - ‘Tuesday Jam’   Admission Free
Instrumentalists, vocalists and listeners are all warmly welcomed to the best standards-based jam session in town
“built round the fine house band of Pete Gilligan (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) and Paul Wight (drums).” Jazz Alert

Friday 19th September  8pm -
Alan Barnes, outstanding UK sax and clarinet soloist
with the Paul Edis Trio.
Alan has played in many of the best Jazz Bands and appeared as a session musician on albums by
Selina Jones, Bjork, Bryan Ferry, Michel LeGrande, Van Morrison, Clare Teale, Westlife and Jamie Cullum and can be found on film and television soundtracks including “Chicago” and ‘The Great Gatsby’
Tickets £8.00 in advance from  Newcastle Arts Centre  67 Westgate Rd Tel.  0191 2615999
or £10 on the door subject to availability.

Saturday 20th – 9pm
Peter Gilligan keyboard , Mark Williams Guitar
A dynamic duo , two of Tyneside's most talented jazz musicians  - Free

Friday 26th September 9pm  - Saxophonics  £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
A return visit from the region’s saxophone quartet with their tight arrangements and fiery solos.

Saturday 27th September 9pm – Alex Baker Quartet  £5.00
(£3.00 before 8.30pm)
A new band to the Café give us their take on John Coltrane.“A gig celebrating the great tenor playing of Alex Baker…A gig of exceptional quality.” Bebop Spoken Here.

Tuesday 30th September  8pm –   Lana Trio   £8.00 & £6.00 conc. at door
 Adventurous Norwegian trio of trombone, piano and drums play their first ever UK gig for Schmazz, an evening of freely improvised music which remains engaging and accessible.
press & photos http://www.lanatrio.com/

All gigs at Jazz Cafe, 25 Pink Lane, NEI 5DW, tel: 0191 2229882  unless stated

Sheffield's Lescar gets interesting...

Juliet Kelly 

Jez Matthews lets us know about their innovative jazz series at Sheffield's Lescar this autumn

10th September  Juliet Kelly (Supported by Arts Council England)  / £6
Juliet Kelly is one of the jazz scene’s best kept secrets, with a wonderful rich voice and great storytelling ability. She’ll be presenting a range of eclectic songs inspired by some of her favourite novels, including “Middlemarch”, “The Colour Purple” and “White Teeth”, and joined by a first class band featuring Nick Ramm - piano (Cinematic Orchestra, Hello Skinny), Oli Hayhurst - double bass (Pharoah Sanders, Jacqui Dankworth, Gilad Atzmon) and Eddie Hick - drums (Gilad Atzmon, Mark Ronson). "One of the UK's finest female jazz stars” Jazzwise.

17th September  Blue Eyed Hawk (Lescar PRS New Music Series) / £5
With a much anticipated debut album ‘Under The Moon’ released on Edition records in Autumn 2014, this quartet features some of the brightest young talent in the country, straight from their album launch in London. Their music is emotive, improvisatory, spacious, melodic, and richly textured, taking in influences from rock, jazz, minimalism and electronica. With Lauren Kinsella (voice), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Alex Roth (guitar, effects), Corrie Dick (drums). ‘So brilliant. Everyone in the room was spellbound’. BBC RADIO 3

24th September  DORS (An Outer Circle promotion) / £5
We’re excited to have joined forces with a bunch of other jazz promoters to create a touring scheme called Outer Circle, making it possible to bring you this brilliant Anglo-French band, DORS, featuring two thirds of the critically-acclaimed, cutting edge trioVD (Christophe de Bezenac - alto saxophone, electronics and Chris Sharkey - guitar, electronics) combined with Donkey Monkey (Eve Risser - piano, electronics and Yuko Oshima - drums, electronics). Powerful sound collisions and moments of spine-tingling stillness combine with influences from gamelan music, musique concrète, experimental rock and electronica.

1st October  C Bop / £5
Guitarist Chris Walker brings his energetic, funky and virtuoso C Bop band, featuring Piero Tucci (keyboard, tenor sax), Alex Henderson (bass), Phil Johnson (drums). Always a great gig, you can expect to hear a combination of influences, from Wes Montgomery and George Benson to Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Michael Brecker and John Scofield. Between them these guys have played alongside the likes of John Etheridge, Alan Barnes, Jim Hall and Barbara Thompson. Arrive early!

8th October  Katie Patterson’s All-Sorts / £5
Originally from Canada, based in Leeds, the wonderfully exuberant drummer Katie Patterson (Jazz Yorkshire Young Musician of the Year 2012) brings her equally talented and hugely entertaining band, featuring some of the North’s best young musicians, with Russ Henderson (sax), Oli Cadman (keys), Jim Faulkner (guitar), Peter Gavin (bass). A hit wherever they play, with plenty of grooves and soulful ballads, and a constantly evolving sound.

15th October  Gogo Penguin  / £7
We’re immensely excited to have Gogo Penguin back for a rare and intimate performance in the Lescar back room. This exhilerating piano trio owe as much to electronica and classical music as they do to jazz, with influences from Aphex Twin to Brian Eno, Debussy, Shostakovich, and Massive Attack to EST. Their debut album was nominated for best jazz album at Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Awards, and ‘V2.0’ this year’s thrilling follow-up further developed their sound. More than just rising stars, they’ve packed out festival gigs and major venues. Featuring pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Arrive early for this one. Tickets available in advance!

22nd October  Zoë Gilby (in association with Jazz North) / £5
A classy singer and songwriter making increasing waves on the UK jazz scene, Zoë Gilby brings an accomplished band featuring her double bass playing husband Andy Champion, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown. With influences from the Great American Songbook, Nancy Wilson, Carmen MacRae to David Frishberg, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush.  “Deserves wider recognition and a major record deal. An excellent CD.”
 Courtney Pine

29th October  Samadhi  £5
Samadhi is a project led by drummer Sam Gardner, playing an accessible and exciting mix of jazz infused with the rhythms of Indian classical music, and the precision grooves and rich harmony of hip-hop, drawing on meditation and spiritual influences to complete their sound. And what a great line-up… award-winning sax player Krzysztof Urbanski on sax (hailed by a panel including Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles as "one of the best in his generation’’), plus Dominic J Marshall: Piano, Sam Vicary: Bass, Sam Bell: Percussion, Sam Gardner: Drums.

5th November  EYESHUTIGHT  £5
Another great piano trio, promoting their third album, Eyeshutight feature Johnny Tomlinson (Bonobo, East Park Reggae Collective, IDST) on piano, Kristoffer Wright (The Tommy Evans Orchestra, The Threads) on drums, and Paul Baxter (The Give A Little Jazz Orchestra, Chamber) on bass. A melodic, rhythmic and propulsive trio, they’re influenced by EST, Avishai Cohen and Keith Jarrett, and have featured on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 Music show, performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival as well as Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, and appeared as finalists in the European Jazz Contest.

12th November  Dakhla / £5
A unique quartet from Bristol, featuring musicans who’ve played with Get The Blessing, Pee Wee Ellis, Howard Alden, and Massive Attack. Dakhla play music that’s full of vitality, blending evocative harmonies with intricate rhythms and a big funky sound. They've featured at the Manchester Jazz Festival, selected for the BBC Introducing stage by Gilles Peterson and Jez Nelson, as well appearing on Jazz on 3, and Late Junction, and picking up a load of glowing reviews on the way. Featuring four horn-players and a drummer - Charlotte Ostafew - Baritone sax, Sophie Stockham - Alto Sax, Pete Judge (Get The Blessing) - Trumpet and Matt Brown - Drums

Jazz at The Lescar
303 Sharrow Vale Road,
Hunter's Bar,
S11 8ZF
Email: jezm@jezm.f9.co.uk
Tel. 0774 020 1939

Doncaster gets back in step

Bob Ludlam

‘Jazz into Doncaster’ present their autumn programme

After some changes over the summer they are now back to their regular second and fourth Thursdays in the month as follows

Thurs 24 July
Shirley Patterson accompanied by the Ralph Salt Quartet.

Thurs 28 August
Knights of Jazz Trad Jazz Band

Thurs 11 September
Washington Whirlygig Jazz Band

Thurs 25 September
Nicola Farnon Trio

Thurs 9 October
The Yorkshire Stompers Trad Jazz Band

Thurs 23 October
Eugene Farrar and his Trad Jazz Band

Thurs 13 November
The Bob Ludlam Trad Jazz Band

Thurs 27 November
The Ralph Salt 5 Jazz Quintet

Thurs 11 December, Xmas Party Night with;
Winston’s Pennine Jazzmen

The Doncaster Conservative Club, 2 South Parade, Doncaster. DN1 3ET.
Vehicle entrance on the side through the Old Civic Theatre entrance on Waterdale, doors open 7.00 pm, band on stage approx 8.20 pm.

Building up a Head of Steam

Drummer and promoter Paul Smith writes with information about the autumn season at the Head of Steam at Huddersfield Railway Station. An eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin.

Sept 10th Adrian Ingram (guitar) with Terry Kenyon (vocals) - Blues Groove
Sept 17th Nikki Allen (vocals) with Rod Mason guesting on sax  Double Star Bill
Sept 24th Brendan Duffy (sax) with Al Morrison (guitar) and Jez Platt (keyboards)
Oct 1st     Rod Mason and Stuart McDonald – (Saxpalation)
Oct 8th    Jenny Smith (vocals) with Derrick Harris (guitar) Paul Baxter (bass) and ‘King’ Ronnie Bottomley on drums
Oct 15th  Matt Ball (trombone) with Ben Lowman (sax) Martin Longhorn (keyboards) and Paul Baxter (bass)
Oct 22nd Kevin & Julie Edwards (vocals and guitar) Jez Platt (keyboards) and Ben Crosland (bass)
Oct 29th  Derrick Harris (guitar) with Jez Platt (keyboards) Jazz Collective

Wednesdays at the Head of Steam
St George’s Square,

Show Time 8.30pm – support the music with raffle participation!

Autumn at Undercliffe

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden

Ken Butler writes

The autumn jazz programme at Undercliffe Cricket Club, Bradford features
9.00pm –11.00pm

Wed 10 Sept  Julie Edwards band
Wed 17 Sept The Dixielanders
Wed 24 Sept Eleanor Begley & Rod Mason
Wed 8 Oct Louise Gibbs & Emma Johnson
Wed 15 Oct The Big Easy
Wed 22 Oct The Louise Dodds band
Wed 12 Nov The Holly Thomas band
Wed 19 Nov Matt Holborn's Gypsy Jazz
Wed 26 Nov Kate Peters & Tony Denton
Wed 3 Dec The Gelatos
Wed 17 Dec Louis Louis Louis xmas party

All with the Ken Butler Trio

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Excitement growing at Marsden!

Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band

Barney Stephenson from Marsden Jazz Festival writes:

The 22nd annual Marsden Jazz Festival runs from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 October. With over seventy events, including around fifty free gigs, Marsden Jazz Festival has the largest programme of any northern jazz festival. Two world premieres, a BBC Young Jazz Musician Award winner and Sir Terry Wogan’s Favourites

The 2014 festival features two world premieres of music commissioned by Marsden Jazz Festival. I Have a Duck Who Can Roar (Saturday 11 October 12pm and 2pm) is a story set to music for jazz septet suitable for all ages, written and composed by Chris Bridges and illustrated by Ann Gilligan. Revolutionary Traditional (Saturday 11 October 6pm) is inspired by early 20th century ragtime and jazz, by Dewsbury-born composer Simon Fell and features a top-notch sextet, including Percy Pursglove (tpt) Alex Ward (clt) Shabaka Hutchings (bass clt) Richard Comte (gtr) Paul Hession (dms) Simon Fell (dbass).

Topping the festival’s popular headline bill on Friday 10th October is Bob Kerr’s Whoopie Band, playing trad jazz with a surrealist twist. Saturday 11th October sees The Sugar Sisters perform, whose sophisticated vocal harmonies and ukulele accompanied arrangements of 1940’s swing have made them a favourite of Sir Terry Wogan and BBC Children in Need. The Sugar Sisters features Huddersfield-born singer Ruby Wood. The festival closes on Sunday 12 October with top class big band jazz from Doncaster Jazz Orchestra Alumni featuring trombone supremo Dennis Rollins.

The festival's established New Stream features cutting edge jazz and rising stars. This year, Marsden Jazz Festival New Stream includes a performance by Jam Experiment, winners of the 2014 "Jazz North Introduces" scheme for young musicians. Jam Experiment includes alto sax player Alex Bone, who won the first ever BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award this year, amongst its quintet of highly talented teenage musicians.

The gigs!

Full rundown of headline gigs as follows

Friday 10 October
Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band
Threeway with special guest Lewis Wright

Saturday 11 October
I Have a Duck Who Can Roar - world premiere
Jam Experiment (New Stream)
Michelson Morley (New Stream)
Let Spin (New Stream)
Simon Fell Sextet - Revolutionary Traditional (New Stream) - world premiere
The Sugar Sisters
Louise Gibbs' Seven Deadly Sings (New Stream)
Bugalu Foundation

Sunday 12 October
Doncaster Jazz Orchestra Alumni featuring Dennis Rollins

The tickets!

Tickets available from www.marsdenjazzfestival.com and 0845 519 4415.

*4 for 3 ticket offer
Book tickets for four different gigs, we will give you the lowest value ticket(s) of the four free of charge. Tickets must be bought in a single transaction. Please ring the box office on 0845 519 4415 (10am-4pm Monday-Friday) to redeem this offer – it is not available online

The picturesque South Pennine village of Marsden is halfway between Leeds and Manchester and has good transport links by road and rail. Marsden Jazz Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council.