Friday, 31 October 2014

High profile concerts @the Howard

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble

The Leeds Howard Assembly Room at the Leeds Grand Theatre continues with two high profile jazz promotions in November

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble "Extended Circle"
Sat 8 Nov

The slowly turning, luminous music of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen has, without fanfare developed a staggering depth of meaning and confidence. His quartet with Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen and long-term associate Jarle Vespestad, has matured into a group whose interactions draw their strength from restraint.
‘For a modern take on the European jazz tradition, this quartet is hard to beat.’ The Arts Desk
The material for this one-off UK date ranges from gospel-influenced pieces and glowing group improvisation, to the Norwegian traditional I Know A Castle In Heaven. Drawn mainly from his latest ECM album, its striking ‘Nordic-Caribbean-Gospel-Impressionist-Bluesy touch’ is reminiscent of his much-lauded debut album.

Abdullah Ibrahim - Solo piano
Thus 20th Nov 2014

Abdullah Ibrahim returns to Leeds for a special concert to celebrate his 80th year. Casting his own atmospheric spell of heart-stopping melodies and delicately propulsive grooves, Ibrahim plays music from across his vast musical landscape of knowledge and technique. The legendary South African pianist and composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of Township and Cape Jazz..

More details here...

Howard Assembly Room
Leeds Grand Theatre
Upper Briggate

Three at Fusebox

 Blue-Eyed Hawk

Taking its name from a line in W.B. Yeats's poem Under the Moon, Blue-Eyed Hawk is a co-operative quartet that brings a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material. The band formed in 2011 and creates highly charged and emotive music that takes in rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic soundworlds. Blue-Eyed Hawk's debut album will be released in Autumn 2014.
Support is provided by a duo featuring 2 of the most respected bass players based in Leeds Seth Bennett and Dave Kane. Literally DOUBLE BASS or should that be DOUBLE DOUBLE BASS!

SHIVER - CHRIS SHARKEY – electric guitar, ANDY CHAMPION – electric bass, JOOST HENDRICKX – drums
As always, a pleasure to welcome Chris Sharkey back to Fusebox and those who saw their first gig at Fusebox in 2013 or more recently on tour supporting Polar Bear will need no further recommendation to see this amazing power trio once again. Shiver is guitarist Chris Sharkey's (trioVD, Acoustic Ladyland) love letter to the electric guitar, melody, rhythm, energy and volume.
Leeds based Progressive Jazz band playing original music influenced by a broad range of genres, combining improvisation, rock and electronics. Another new, young band to watch and come highly recommended by Chris Sharkey himself.

This is an exciting new trio comprising of double bassist Jenni Molloy (Bach Re:loaded), poet/vocalist Rommi Smith (Salt Song) and pianist Laura Cole (Metamorphic), which fuses spoken word, improvisation and poetry. The spirit of this project is based on collaborative, collective and supportive trio improvisations, coupled with the emotional and musical exploration of texts written by Rommi Smith.
Following a very successful and enjoyable first gig at Wainsgate Chapel in Hebden Bridge in July, the trio are very pleased to have been invited to play at Fusebox in Leeds on December 19th 2014.
Support comes from yet another new trio, this time comprising musicians  from within the ranks of the Fusebox Orchestra. More from the Orchestra in the very near future, watch this space…

Fusebox concerts take place at the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds
LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527
ADMISSION £8 / £6 Doors open 8.00 pm Live Music from 8.30 pm

Silly names at Seven?


The jazz world seems to have bands these days with quirky names. (try spelling Paul Baxter's "Eyeshutight" correctly, especially after a couple of pints....) November at Seven Jazz in Leeds is going to be a challenge for our announcer then with concerts by "Play Out" "Partisans" "Samadhi" and "Eyeshutight".!

Let's start with details of a band that names itself the more traditional way...

Nicki Allan/Rod Mason Quintet@Inkwell 1.30pm Sun 2 Nov
Nicki Allan  vocals, Rod Mason - Tenor Sax, Flute, Tom Kinkaid - Piano, Dave Turner - Double Bass, Caroline Boaden - Drums
Nicki Allan's ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years.  Rod Mason is a superb sax player in both a big band and small group. £7/5 concessions

Jesse Bannister’s “Play Out” featuing Zoe Rahman@Seven Arts 8pm Thus 6 Nov
Jesse Bannister – saxes, Zoe Rahman piano, Kenny Higgins –bass, Eddie Hick drums
UK’s leading classical Indian/Indo jazz saxophonist, Leeds based Jesse Bannister performs with his new quartet featuring MOBO award winning pianist Zoe Rahman, highly acclaimed drummer Eddie Hick plus highly original and talented Leeds bassist Kenny Higgins.
Support from solo jazz/flamenco guitarist Sam Moore (at 8pm).  £16/14 concessions

"EYESHUTIGHT" @Seven Arts 1.30pm Sun 9 Nov
Johnny Tomlinson – keyboards, Paul Baxter-bass, Kris Wright - drums
A unique blend of accessible, melodic compositions, fiery, expansive improvisation and engaging, enjoyable performance played in the north European style pinoeered by EST.  £7/5 concessions

Johnny Hunter quartet@Inkwell 1.30pm Sun 16 Nov
Ben Watte -tenor sax, Graham South -trumpet, Stewart Wilson -double bass and Johnny Hunter -drums.
Part of a national Jazz Services tour by Manchester based drummer Johnny Hunter group well known in the jazz, dub and reggae scenes. They have released their first recording, “Appropriations”, on Efpi Records. £7/5 concessions

"Partisans" featuring Julian Seigel and Phil Robson@Seven Arts 8pm Thus 20 Nov
Julian Siegel (saxophones, bass clarinet), Phil Robson (guitar), Thad Kelly (elec. Bass), James Maddren (drums).
Far too long since they've been in Leeds! Partisans’ energetic performances of tightly knit themes and groove-based sound bridge the gap between New York swing, European improv. and UK jam band. (pictured above).  £16/14 concessions

Sam Gardner's "Samadhi"@Seven Arts 1.30pm Sun 23 Nov
Krzysztof Urbanski- Sax , Dominic J Marshall- Piano, Sam Vicary- Bass, Sam Bell- Percussion, Sam Gardner- Drums
Their music is jazz (lots of improvisation) but also it's very groovy and is strongly influenced by Indian classical music, particularly the rhythms and grooves. It's exciting stuff! £7/5 concessions

Zoe Gilby Quartet@Seven Arts 1.30pm Sun 30 Nov
Zoë Gilby- vocals, Andy Champion - bass, Mark Williams- guitar, Richard Brown - drums
Zoë Gilby is a jazz vocalist and songwriter that has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today. A repertoire starting with her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and performed by her highly accomplished band, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown. £7/5 concessions

Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)

Seven Jazz website:

Meanwhile at The Jazz Cafe....


Dave Clark. jazz programmer from The Jazz Cafe, Pink Lane in Newcastle also sends us their November listings....

Tuesday 4th November 8pm –– ‘Tuesday Jam’ Admission Free
Instrumentalists, vocalists and listeners 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. (First and third Tuesdays.)

Friday 7th November 9pm – Paul Edis Trio £5.00 ( £3.00 before 8.30pm)
The dynamic Mr Edis leads the Café’s resident piano trio in their monthly outing. “A new voice in jazz.” Jazz Journal
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Tuesday 11th November 8pm – Improvisers’ Workshop Admission Free
Free-improvisation jam session open to instrumentalists and vocalists from all musical backgrounds. Just bring your instrument and make it up! Or come and listen. (Second Tuesdays.)
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Friday 14th November 8pm – "Funkalleros" £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
Get down and dirty with four of the jazz - funkiest around.
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Tuesday 18th November 8pm –– ‘Tuesday Jam
Admission Free
Instrumentalists, vocalists and listeners 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. (First and third Tuesdays.)
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Friday 21st November 9pm - "Unfurl" £5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
An original sound, expanding across continents, ranging from the dramatic to the sublime.
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Tuesday 25th November 8pm – Julie Sassoon & Travellers Quartet
Presented by Schmazz £8.00 & £6.00 at door
Solo pianist Julie Sassoon downstairs followed upstairs by Travellers a
multi-national contemporary quartet .
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

Friday 28th November 9pm – Stockdale, Shoulder & Strong 
£5.00 (£3.00 before 8.30pm)
An unashamed wallow in the glorious music of the great Oscar Peterson, plus some originals by Dean Stockdale.
Jazz Café 25 Pink Lane , Newcastle, Tel: 0191 2229882

More information
Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane ,
Newcastle NE1 5DW, Tel: 0191 2229882

The Jazz Co op stars in November

Benn Clatworthy

Dave Parker writes

After our successful launch the Jazz Co op in Newcastle welcome some of the brightest jazz stars to Tyneside in November including US saxophone giant Benn Clatworthy and the UK's finest jazz drummer Clark Tracey both coming to the Globe and, at Sage Gateshead, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

First visit by Clark Tracey Quintet to North East
Clark Tracey's latest band - the very youthful Quintet formed last year - is playing in the North East for the first time on 1 November at the Globe. This gig is expected to be one of the highlights of our opening season and we advise people to buy tickets in advance (£15 + £1.75 fee) from

Benn Clatworthy 
We're thrilled to be hosting the most northerly gig in the tour of the Benn Clatworthy UK/US Quartet on Thursday 20 November at 8pm.
The international quartet is Benn Clatworthy (saxophones), Cecilia Coleman (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass), Matt Home (drums).
Benn’s distinctive, muscular saxophone and flute feature in his unique arrangements of standards from Cole Porter to Marvin Gaye and John Coltrane

Plus - see the humble high priest of international jazz for £10
As some of you will know, we have a very good working relationship with Sage Gateshead. They have asked us to promote a fantastic special offer to Jazz.Coop members and supporters – the chance to buy tickets for South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim at Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 19 November for just £10 (instead of £32.50 or £24.50).

There's more
Every week we put on local bands, jam sessions and education courses at the Globe. Visit the What's On page of our website to see more.

Jazz.Coop, The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD

Autumn @Wilmslow & Cheadle Hulme

Brownfield Byrne Quintet

Graham Brook writes about the November/December jazz programme for Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme

November 4th:- TOM KINCAID TRIO





December 9th:- SHADES OF SHEARING (Trefor Owen, Liam Byrne, Andy Hulme, Dave Turner)


December 23rd:- LITTLE JO AND HER JAZZMEN (Jo and Jim Burke, Dave Browning, Vinnie Parker, Dave Turner and Mike Holmes)


@Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG 8.30pm £7

Also there will be two guest vocalists -

November 6th:- DEBBIE WILSON

December 4th:- MARILYN ROYLE

with THE SINATRA SWINGERS @ Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK
8.30pm £6

More details (01625) 528336

Holly Thomas @Undercliffe

 Holly Thomas

Ken Butler writes about the upcoming Undercliffe Jazz programme


Holly Thomas is a Recent graduate from the four year Jazz degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, Holly Thomas is an experienced vocalist who takes influence from singers such as Norma Winstone, Sarah Vaughan and Becca Stevens alongside instrumentalists like Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Cannonball
Adderley. As a composer Holly has recorded an album of poetry set to her original music, which can be heard on the album 'The passing of the Storm'. Lluis Mather is a 2010 Yamaha Jazz Scholar and a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, where completed his degree in June 2010 on the saxophone, clarinet and flute, with an emphasis on composition, and won the Dave Holland Ensemble Award. Andrew Woodhead is a pianist and composer currently living in Birmingham. He plays regularly in venues across the UK both with his own projects and as a sideman.


WED 26 NOV KATE PETERS & TONY DENTON plus Ken Butler trio



Admission is free and drinks are reasonably priced with a different guest beer every week.
There is ample car parking space which is overseen by CCTV.
Come and enjoy a relaxing evening of blues and jazz

Undercliffe Cricket Club
Intake Road,
Bradford. BD2 3JR
Tel. 01274 637162
9.00pm –11.00pm

Monday, 13 October 2014

Terry Cryer "I broke the rules because it was a lot more exciting than following them"

Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, The Jazz Couriers, Studio 20, Upper Briggate Leeds 1956 (C Terry Cryer)

Leeds born photographer Terry Cryer has taken many fantastic photos of jazz and bluesmen (and just about everything else!) over the years.

In his 80th year he has an exhibition of his photos being held at the Red House Gallery in Harrogate, where Terry now lives - until 1st November. Details of the exhibition are to be found here here
RedHouse Originals
15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate, HG1 1DW
01423 884400

An article about Terry and his life is in this month's "The City Talking" by Paul Jobson

You can see many of his music photos and historic pictures from 1950's Burmantofts and Chapeltown on the Leodis photographic history site  - including the one above of the Jazz Couriers at Studio 20 - the Leeds jazz venue run by tuba player Bob Barclay

Friday, 10 October 2014

"The b side presents" at Leeds College of Music

Friday evening live jazz- jam session-bar and vinyl from the archives @Leeds College of Music

The b side invite you for the first time to delve into Leeds College of Music extensive vinyl archives alongside live music from their staff and student bands. The vinyl set will run between 4.30 and 7.30 in the cafe bar. The live music will all be in room 219 next to the cafe bar

Friday 10 Oct 4.30-Late
4.30pm b side DJ
5pm Simon Henry Quartet
7pm Paradise Trio - Richard Iles trumpet/Les Chisnell piano/Mike Walker guitar
8.30 Jam session

Friday 14 Nov 4.30-Late
4.30pm b side DJ
5pm Nel Begley Group
7pm Matthew Bourne piano, Garry Jackson bass and Sam Hobbs drums
8.30 Jam session

Friday 12 Dec 4.30-Late
4.30pm b side DJ
7pm Quarry Hillbillies: Dave Walsh, Garry Jackson, Jami Sheriff, Uli Elbracht, Ed Jones
8.30 Jam session

Leeds College of Music 3 Quarry Hill LS2 7PD

Snake Claire and Alec@NCEM York

The Natinal Centre for Early Music in York have some jazz related events as part of their music programme this autumn

Sat 1 Nov 7.30pm
Snake Strings Live 
Snake Davis saxes and flute with the Solo Players String Quartet - jazz classical pop and soul

Sun 30 Nov 7.30pm
Claire Martin and the Montpellier Cello Quartet
Presented of BBC Radio 3 Jazz Line Up and jazz vocalist joins Brighton based Montpellier Cello Quartet in a new chamber-jazz fusion adventure

Wed 3 Dec 7.30pm
Alec Dankworth "World Spirit"
Alec Dankworth, bass guitar, Emily Dankworth vocals Brandon Allen sax Paul Clarvis percussion
Formed out of Alex's love of music from the Iberian peninsula and North Africa - an evening of global songs and improvisation

National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church
Y01 9TL
01904 632220

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Hepworth Wakefield winter jazz series

From Sandra Carlon

Up-coming is a fabulous line-up of established and emerging northern jazz talent for the After Hours jazz series at The Hepworth Wakefield. The gallery’s popular live jazz, part of its monthly late-night opening events, and late night participation with Wakefield Artwalk, means audiences are able to enjoy top quality jazz in the unique atmosphere of THW’s modern café/bar.

The winter series diary:
Thursday 16 October: Roller Trio
Thursday 20 November: Stretch Trio
Wednesday 26 November: Slowlight Quartet (Northern Line Artists - event part of Wakefield Artwalk)
Thursday 18 December: Spilt Milk
Thursday 15 January: Outside Line Quartet

Jazz at The Hepworth Wakefield is programmed in association with The Yorkshire Live Music Project (shortlisted Jazz Promoter of the Year, 2012 Jazz Yorkshire Awards)

YLMP administrator Sandra Carlon says: “As a collaborative organisation, using mainly non-traditional venues and as an organisation dedicated to audience development, we were thrilled and proud to be invited to support the live music offer at The Hepworth Wakefield. The monthly jazz series presents a fabulous opportunity for regular and new to jazz audiences alike. We hope the series helps support the northern platform showcasing the fabulous jazz talent the region has to offer. The feed-back has been hugely encouraging, with one audience member telling us she had enjoyed the event (Bach Reloaded September 2014) better than anything she had experienced in London!!”

All live jazz events are admission free, begin at 6pm and finish at approximately 8pm. At it’s monthly After Hours events, the gallery’s exhibition spaces are open to 9pm and live jazz for After Hours forms part of THW’s events programme.

The Yorkshire Live Music Project
Hepworth Wakefield
Sandra Carlon e:
Tel 01924 255666

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Enrico Pieranunzi in Leeds and Sheffield

Enrico Pieranunzi- piano Pete Turner- bass Dave Walsh- drums

  • Workshop at Leeds College of Music Thus 16 Oct 14.00-16.00
  • Seven Jazz Leeds, Seven Arts Thus 16 Oct Doors 20.00 -23.00 (support from Robin Porter, sax and Will Powell guitar from 8pm)
  • Sheffield Jazz, Crucible Theatre Studio, Fri 17 Oct 19.15- 22.00

“One of the greatest jazz pianists of his generation” (Irish Times) and one of the most popular musicians on the international scene since the early ‘70s, famous for collaborations with top class USA rhythm sections. An improvising style where jazz and classical skills are organically interwoven.

Pianist, composer, arranger, born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi is one of the most famous and popular musicians of the international jazz scene. His formative years embraced both classical and jazz piano. Emerging in the early ‘70s, his lyrical approach quickly brought him to the forefront of the European scene and, in 1984, he formed a trio with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, the first of several outstanding groups with American musicians –this trio was said to be “one of the very top tier trios working today” by thefamous on line magazine “All About Jazz”. Pieranunzi created a piano style of his own in which jazz and classical languages are unconsciously and organically interwovenand he is, furthermore, a true original and a fine composer.

In addition to recording many albums, he has written a huge number of compositions, many of which have become veritable international standards like Night Bird (recorded several times by Chet Baker), Don’t forget the poet, Fellini’s Waltz; some of these works have been included in the prestigious “New Real Books” published in the United States by “Sher Music”.

Everything about Pieranunzi’s artistry is in a class of its own and, as it has been pointed out, “with Pieranunzi, never expect the obvious; there is simply too much going on upstairs”. Pieranunzi has worked – in concert or in studio, recording one of his almost 80 CDs – with artists such as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden, Chris Potter, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron.

Gig Details - Leeds 16 Oct
Seven Arts on Thursday evening October 16th. Doors open 7.45pm, music starts 8.00pm @Seven Arts £16/14 conc.  Tickets available at the door, or for purchase at any Seven Jazz gig. Tickets in advance from
Full time student ticket for evening gigs are £5 (on the door only).

Gig Details- Sheffield 17 Oct
Sheffield Crucible Theatre Studio Friday 17th October. 19:15 – 22:00. In partnership with Music in the Round. Advance tickets available from Crucible Box Office and tickets on the door.
Full £15, Concessions £12, under 16s £3. Crucible Box Office: 0114249 6000 or

Two at the Band...

Two special jazz gigs at Manchester's Band on the Wall in October

Tues 14 Oct Mike Stern Band

Mike Stern- guitar
Bob Franceshini -sax
Chris Minh Doky -ac. & el. bass
Keith Carlock- drums

Since his days with Blood Sweat & Tears in the mid-1970s, followed by stints with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis’ band in the ‘80s, and a solo career that now spans more than 25 years, guitarist Mike Stern has used his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range of alternate territories that include R&B, rock, swing, funk, world music and numerous other regions along the musical topography. The recipient of Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award for 2012, he’s an artist who’s not afraid to bring numerous styles and ideas – however diverse – into the same place just to see what happens.

Thu 16th October Tim Garland's Lighthouse
Jason Rebello – piano
Ant Law – guitar
Asaf Sirkis – drums
Tim Garland – sax

Grammy award winning saxophonist and composer Tim Garland has illuminated the UK music scene for 20 years.For years now, Tim Garland’s playing and composition have less reflected ‘influences’ than styles he has mastered – everything from Celtic music to Yellowjackets fusion, from free improvisation to classical performance, from ECM ‘third stream’ to left-field electro acoustics. After two years in the making between much international touring and time away from the UK, Garland celebrates ten years of “Lighthouse Music” and a deserved place once again as band leader.

More details

Benn and Clark at the Co op

Benn Clatworthy

Debra Milne writes

We are delighted that after extensive renovations the Jazz Co op will host a weekly jazz club upstairs at The Globe in Newcastle. We have created a truly diverse programme featuring local, national & international  musicians, which we hope will appeal not only to jazz fans, but to a broader audience who appreciate live music.

Saturday October  11th     BLUE JAZZ QUINTET, £5
Friday October 17th SID SCOTT ORCHESTRA, 5
Saturday  October 25th SOZNAK, £5
Saturday November 1st          CLARK TRACEY QUINTET £15 door, £13 early/concession
Friday  November 7th ALT £5
Saturday   November  15th JAZZ LATIN GROOVE  £5
Thursday November 20th       BENN CLATWORTHY UK/US QUARTET £10
Saturday November 22nd        Folk meets jazz tbc 
Friday  November  28th GAVIN LEE TRIO  £5

There are a number of ways that people can help ensure the success of this unique project….
•         Share publicity on facebook, twitter etc & discuss it with your friends
•         Distribute leaflets to key locations
•         Come along to events & bring your friends
•         Volunteer to help at an event – 3 volunteers are required for each club night to run the door & help out with the bar & band set up. Volunteers will get free entry & one free drink!

You may not have much time available, but if you could volunteer to help out on an occasional night, that would be fantastic. Please look at the programme & if you would like to volunteer to help out at the Jazz Club on one or more of these nights, contact the Jazz Co op at with the date(s) when you will be available at <>. At least one of the volunteers will need to be available from 7pm, doors usually will open at 8pm.

Thank you
Debra Milne (on behalf of the Jazz Co op Board)

Gary Crosby’s Groundation: Singing Freedom!

Neil Pepper writes

Gary Crosby: bass, Nathaniel Facey: alto sax, Shirley Tetteh: guitar, Moses Boyd:drums

A mid-week notice of a special gig at the University of Sheffield, on Tuesday 21st October at 19.30pm, Firth Hall Sheffield - the same line-up that played at Millennium Hall in January this year now revisits Sheffield to explore resilience and resistance in the anti-slavery and Civil Rights Movement.

Bassist Gary Crosby, a pioneering jazz talent and one of the UK’s most important bandleaders brings his phenomenally talented young band Groundation to Sheffield.  Along with Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield School of English) and Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University) we revisit the path to freedom, from 18th and 19th century slavery through to the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement.  Join us as the people, the personalities and events are remembered and reimagined in stunning new jazz arrangements.

Gary Crosby OBE is a leading jazz double bassist. A founder member of the original Jazz Warriors, Gary Crosby is a professional musician and bandleader, composer/arranger, record producer, company director and facilitator. He leads Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop, Gary Crosby Trio, Guava, Jazz Jamaica and Jazz Jamaica All Stars.

Gary Crosby describes Groundation as a ‘group discussion’ between himself (double bass), award-winning hornsman Nathaniel Facey (alto sax) – well-known to the SJ audience through his fine work with Empirical -  together with rising stars Shirley Tetteh (guitar) and Moses Boyd (drums). The band use progressive jazz with some Afrobeat accents interspersed with thoughtful ballads to create an exceptional experience for audiences.

“Few people have done more for British jazz in the last 25 years than Gary Crosby” The Jazz Man

Tickets: £10, £7 (staff/over 65), £4 (students/under 26).

Tickets and more info:

Water at the Spa?

Savannah Jazz Band 
Les Brown writes

Dear Jazzers

Sorry for the slight delay in sending out the latest programme. We have been up in Scotland for a short break - minus passports!  - and on our return we are having major problems with water ingress in the Village Hall whilst a new roof is being laid over the Band Room area.

But 'tis now the season of "mellow mists and fruitfulness" and - having had a night off last Saturday  - we are now looking forward to the mellow or otherwise sounds of the Savannah Jazz Band this Saturday 11 October. Always a most enjoyable full bore performance.

And talking of full bore performances, they don't come any more so than the following week - 18th October with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band. The last two full tilt performances have been nothing short of stunning with an eclectic mix of jazz, rhythm & blues, boogie woogie and anything else that comes to mind! With the wonderful John Hallam playing perhaps somewhat out of character in a truly gutsy, rockin' manner, a first class session is assured. All this plus an extra special raffle on the night with the proceeds of the evening for the most deserving cause of Harrogate Samaritans. Look forward to seeing you there.

And finally in October 25th – Maine Street Jazzmen – a warm welcome for one of your favourite groups which hails from the North East. No nonsense, driving traditional jazz with the added bonus of superb harmonica playing from leader Herbie Hudson plus a sprinkling of vocals from Olive. Entertainment par excellence. Just the job to chase the “clock change” blues away.

No bar, so bring your Own bottle or whatever! Glasses provided

The Best Live Jazz
Boston Spa, Leeds
Village Hall (High St). Entry: £8.00 • Doors:7pm • Music:8pm- 10.30pm •

Thanks again for your support - it wouldn't happen otherwise!

Kind regards
Les + the Team

Turner and good vibes @Halifax

Vic Allen writes about two of the best jazz gigs, coming soon to Halifax

Friday, 7th November 2014

With Tim Whitehead on sax, Jonathan Gee on piano, Winston Clifford on drums, and Oli Hayhurst on double bass (+ simultaneous screening of Mike Dibbs’ film)

Four of the UK's leading jazz performers tour Tim Whitehead's new work commissioned by the London Jazz Festival last year. This celebration of London's great river and Turner's lifelong relationship with it is a journey through eight locations painted by the great English artist. The suite is based on improvisations made by Tim at each location - when he was filmed by filmed by Mike Dibb, who is well known for his Channel 4 films on Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett.

Saturday, 22nd November 2014

With Roger Beaujolais on vibes, Robin Aspland on piano, Julian Bury on bass and Winston Clifford on drums

The celebrated vibraphone player, Roger Beaujolais, was born in Harrogate - but left for the south of England after two years ("It wasn't MY idea," he insists); still, the 22nd November IS his birthday and it seemed a suitable occasion to bring vibes into the Crossley Gallery for the first time ever.

Expect melodic swing, Latin-pulse hard bop, some funk and some blues. Here is Dave Gelly's review of Beaujolais's last album in the Observer: "With a long career taking in jump-jive and acid jazz along the way, Roger Beaujolais has quietly emerged as an essential player on Britain's jazz scene. His technique on the vibraphone is masterly, and his mature style is so broadly based that he can switch from funk to delicate ballad in an instant, without the least strain. His choice of material reflects this, including numbers by Wes Montgomery, Chick Corea and Milton Nascimento, along with three of his own, all arranged with deceptive simplicity."

Details for both gigs -
8.00pm in the Crossley Gallery
Ticket price: £15 (12 concs)
Online booking: http//
Box Office: 01422 255266

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Jazz at the seaside!

New Orleans Heat

Upcoming monthly jazz gigs at Saltburn by Sea Community Centre are as follows-

Oct 3 Djangologie
Nov 7th Zoe Gilby Quartet
Dec 5th New Orleans Heat (xmas party)
Jan 9th The Slowlight quartet
Feb 6 Yorkshire Stompers

All gigs at  Saltburn Community Theatre - Albion Terrace - TS12 1JW
Saltburn-by-the-Sea tel 01287 624997. Doors 6.30 music 7.30pm

Saturday, 4 October 2014

End at the Vic, start at the Central

From Richard Hardy 

Having failed miserably to engage the brewery management to The Vic in Leeds
two weeks ago by daytime visits, emails and phone calls, I have decided to concentrate now on promoting more regular Jazz at The Central on Wellington Street, Leeds. The venue will only thrive with good support and the The Urban Pub Company to The Central could not be more supportive. We now have the regular 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month confirmed as our Jazz night and my quest is to provide a great variation on the Leeds Jazz scene

So here is the band line-up for this Thursday coming up, that's 9:00pm Thursday 9th October at The Central on Wellington Street. I very much look forward to seeing you down there and I hope you will enjoy this week's line-up

Best regards

Trumpetman Rich

ps saxman Brendan Duffy continues playing at the Victoria (with Bones and co) on the last Thursday of the month