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 ...er... "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: www.sevenjazz.co.uk