Monday, 24 November 2014

Jazz at Cast...

Chris Barber

 Barb Jungr

Cast is Doncaster’s new performance venue.  Opened in 2013 it is a multi-space venue with four performance spaces, its most intimate space holds 80 people and its largest space 620.  Throughout the year it presents an eclectic programme of leading artists and companies from across the UK and further afield.  In its programming it aims to get more and more people involved in enjoying the arts and cultural experiences.

Nestled in the heart of Doncaster (on Waterdale), Cast is a place for performance, participation, conversation and debate.  In the last year alone its programme has hosted work of national significance and they are committed to developing a jazz programme that brings the best to the town and showcases artists in incredible settings.  From album launches and workshops to live performances; Cast has already played host to many jazz artists including Barb Jungr, Clare Teal, Jackie Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Roger Beaujolais and more.

As this new venue continues to grow it aims to programme more in the way of Jazz performance and establish itself as a name on the circuit for the some of the best live gigs in the region.  Only a short distance from Sheffield, Leeds and York its certainly worth a visit.

Chris Barber appears on Sat 31 Jan with his ten-piece band, featuring a sevenstrong front line, Chris plays a selection of his favourite music from his roots in New Orleans style to the early music of Duke Ellington and Sidney Bechet, before going back to "When the Saints".

More information can be found at and on 01302 303 959.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

End of Jazz UK...

As most jazz promoters will tell you, putting on the music successfully is not easy. Any publication that helps spread the word is to be supported and cherished. So an announcement today makes it feel a bit more chilly out there....

On 21st November Jazz Services announced they are to cease production of JazzUK immediately from the last November issue. Jazz UK will be sorely missed by jazz clubs and independent promoters. In it's heyday it was the bible of gigs taking place in the country - where everybody looked and knew they could find out easily what was going on. It hasn't been like that for the last couple of years and putting the "gigs" section online was in many people's eyes the beginning of the end for Jazz UK, as it has now proved with withdrawal of Arts Council Funding.

JazzUK’s editor John Norbury-Lyons said, “It’s a shame to have to close the magazine in its current form after so many issues, as it’s been a great way to communicate the amazing work done by so many of those involved in the UK’s jazz scene, as well as Jazz Services’ own activities.  But Jazz Services has to change, and now the organisation has to focus on making those changes to ensure it’s still in a position to support the jazz scene going forwards.  Prioritising time and resources is a necessary part of that process, and unfortunately this means JazzUK has had to close.

“I hope that in its own way the magazine has helped contribute to the success of the artists, promoters, broadcasters, writers and others featured in its pages, and I’d like to take this opportunity to give my sincere thanks to everyone who’s been involved in its production over the years.  In the meantime, the discussions with Jazzwise magazine are very encouraging and hopefully there will yet be a future for the JazzUK name as Jazz Services continues to evolve.”

"Over past few years JazzUK has enjoyed an extremely productive partnership with Jazzwise magazine to produce monthly live jazz listings, available on the Jazz Services website as the digital guide "Gigs" as well as in the print edition of Jazzwise and on Jazzwise Magazine’s website and app.  As part of the more collaborative model proposed for Jazz Services in the future, discussions are currently in place to expand and develop this partnership further, with more details to be announced as they are available".

Let's hope for the sake of Jazz Promotion everywhere that he's right...

Here's the content of the last issue - including my own look at Jazz in Leeds

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Jazz sax and Northumbrian pipes..


Dave Parker writes about two very different gigs at  Newcastle's Jazz Co-op

Jazz saxophone from Los Angeles and Northumbrian pipes from Hexham - the Globe is catering for a range of tastes in the next three days.

Benn Clatworthy and his UK/US quartet are playing on Thursday 20 November - don't miss this rare visit. 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, John Coltrane and more

On Saturday 22 November our unique Folk Meets Jazz event with Landermason and Andy May / Ian Stephenson.
Louis Armstrong said 'all music is folk music', and here at Jazz.Coop we agree. We don't like to put musicians in boxes. So on Saturday 22 November we're putting on a unique double bill featuring some of the region's finest folk musicians exploring the role of jazz in their music.

There's also a free entry jam session on Sunday 23 November. For full details see the What's On page of our website.

Free admission for guests of members
We're now into the second month of our first jazz season at The Globe, we've installed a lift and nearly finished the refurbishment.We would not have been able to achieve this without the investment and support of our members. So as a thank you we are making a special offer to everyone who has bought shares in the co-op.

The Globe,
Railway Street,

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Newcastle Jazz Café's got the cream!

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe 

Dave Clarke writes... 

One year on from its re-launch in December 2013 the refurbished Jazz Café on Newcastle’s Pink Lane continues to present regular live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays and most Tuesdays. More often than not the bands are drawn from among the cream of our own region’s talent.

***For those interested in the history of the Jazz Cafe in Pink Lane by the way check out Duncan Davis's tribute to his friend Keith Crombie who started the jazz club there and who died in 2012 called simply "Crombie"***

The Friday evenings kick off a special week of performance with the region's favourite piano trio 
on Friday 5th December 8.00 pm  the Paul Edis Trio £5.00 entry.

During the three weeks straddling this anniversary of the venue the Café will be welcoming three bands from Leeds, Manchester and London and one and a solo pianist from mainland Europe.
Together the bands are proof positive that contemporary jazz is being created and played by musicians from the younger generation. Also that the name “Jazz” – as just demonstrated in these few bands - covers a rich variety of different musical styles.

Unfurl from Manchester ( 9.00pm Friday 21st November) are a four piece who combine Indian Ragas, contemporary jazz, flamenco and Arabic rhythms. Led by violinist Olivia Moore they have been enthusiastically received at numerous festivals, clubs and theatre venues across the country, as a result gaining Arts Council and Jazz North support. They are Olivia Moore violin/band leader; Jim Faulkner electric guitar; Gavin Barras double bass; Adam Warne Egyptian percussion

Travelers + Julie Sassoon (8.00pm Tuesday 25th November).
Travelers consists of four young musicians, two from Italy and two from France who came together in 2008 to explore the edge between contemporary jazz and rock/pop music. Their debut CD, released in 2013,
won awards in both Italy and France. Solo pianist Julie Sassoon is from Berlin

The Matt Anderson / Jiannis Pavlidis Duo (9.00pm Saturday 6th December) hails from Leeds where guitarist Jiannis teaches on the prestigious jazz course at Leeds College of Music. Matt, a hard – blowing tenor sax player, was previously seen at the Café last February when he donated his services to the all - day fund – raiser for Jazz North East.Matt and Jiannis share a love for the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and other of the Great American Songbook composers, and for the jazz stylings of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. They have played together as a duo for two years. Their concert promises to be a night of close group interplay, excellent musicianship and solid jazz entertainment.

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe ( 8.00pm Friday 12th December) is London - based and probably consists of the youngest musicians of any of the three bands. In terms however of experience these three have been around the block, having worked as sidemen with major artists as varied as John Scofield, the Foreign Exchange, Melody Gardot, Robert Mitchell and Tommy Smith.They are, put simply, an electric guitar trio, often exciting and propulsive and with rock dynamics, but also full of shimmering textures, intricate harmony and strong melodic lines. They are David Preston guitar; Kevin Glasgow six string,electric jazz bass guitar; Laurie Lowe drums

Unfurl (21st Nov) - £5 (£3 before 8.30pm) at door.
Travelers + Julie Sassoon (25th Nov) £10 & £8 conc at door.
Paul Edis Trio ( 5th Dec ) £5 (£3 before 7.30pm) at door.
Anderson/Pavlidis Duo (6th Dec) – Free admission.
Preston – Glasgow – Lowe (12th Dec) - £5 (£3 before 7.30pm) at door.

Further information on events from Dave Clarke at
O7833 970116

Christmas Crackers in Rothwell

Rod Mason and Nicki Allan

James Robinson writes..

The James Robinson Quartet are presenting their 'Christmas Extravaganza' at The Hare and Hounds in Rothwell, Leeds on Monday 1st December from 8.30pm. Their 'Christmas Crackers'  are the fabulous Nicki Allan on vocals and Rod Mason on sax. Come along for what promises to be an amazing night of jazz, blues and funk. We will also be announcing the monthly programme for 2015. So come along and start the festive season in style!!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Write in vote for Jazz Services?!

It's that time again - the Parliamentary Service awards 2015 are now open for your nominations. Here's a suggestion - why don't we nominate Jazz Services for an award? Given their financial woes and loss of Arts Council grant they need all the support they can get...

Anyway here's the submission procedure...


Public nominations may be submitted online via the Jazz Services website, from now until December 12 2014. 


Each year a selection panel is chosen to consider the public nominations. The panel represents a broad cross-section of backgrounds from the UK's jazz sector, with each member having their own particular area of expertise.

The Selection Panel collectively choose 3-5 nominees for each category from all the public nominations received. These selections are then passed to the 100 or so members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) for final consideration.


The members of APPJAG choose the eventual winners in each category from the Nominees chosen by the jazz selection panel, co-chaired by Michael Connarty MP and Lord Colwyn.

The winners are announced in March 2015 at the annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards held at the House of Commons.

More details here ...

Friday, 14 November 2014

Three reasons to be cheerful...

Travelers + Julia Sassoon 

Paul Bream, from Jazz North East, writes about three reasons to be cheerful...

ONE: The Arts Council has awarded Jazz North East a grant designed to keep us going until July 2015. We are, of course, extremely grateful for this positive outcome.

TWO: The grant has been awarded specifically to support a diverse programme that includes ‘straightahead’ jazz, more contemporary approaches (with a strong emphasis on contemporary composition), and the free improvisation strand .

THREE: We are also being encouraged to develop the international links which in recent years have enabled us to bring an extraordinarily cosmopolitan cast of overseas musicians to Tyneside.

So, the financial security this grant has provided means that we’ve been able to confirm a tremendous programme for the comings months. We have musicians heading to Newcastle from all points of the globe.

Sean Noonan with the Suwalki String Quartet at Bridge Hotel Newcastle - Sun Nov 23 08:00 pm
Admission £8 ( £ 6 concessions)
Featuring: Sean Noonan-drums/Magda Malecka-viola/Maciej Afanasjew and Jan Roszkowski-violins/Adam Roszkowski-cello.

Travelers + Julia Sassoon at Jazz Café - Tue Nov 25, 08:00 pm
Admission £10 ( £ 8 concessions)
Featuring: Matteo Bortone-bass/Julie Sassoon-piano/Francesco Diodati- guitar/Ariel Tessier-drums/Antonin Tri-Hoang- reeds

Achim Kaufmann & Olie Brice at Newcastle University Recital Room - Fri Dec 05 08:00 pm
Admission £10 ( £ 6 student) ( £ 8 concessions)
Featuring: Olie Brice- bass/Achim Kaufmann-piano

Ruth Lambert Trio at Jazz Café - Wed Dec 17 08:00 pm
Admission £8 ( £ 6 concessions)
Featuring: Ruth Lambert-vocals/Mick Shoulder-bass/Giles Strong-guitar

Bridge Hotel Castle Garth, Newcastle NE11RQ
Jazz Cafe - 23 Pink Lane Newcastle NE1 5DW
Recital Room Newcastle University Armstrong Building, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle NE1 7RU

More information and tickets

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sax legend Bennie Maupin's only Northern date

Bennie Maupin - woodwind/piano
Carl Orr - guitar
Larry Bartley – bass
Rod Youngs – drums

Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as Big Fun, Jack Johnson and On the Corner. He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band.

Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments. Upon moving to New York in 1962, he freelanced with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Saunders, and Chick Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver. He also recorded with McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw to name but a few.

Maupin’s own discography as a leader includes a well-received recording for ECM Records, The Jewel in The Lotus (1974), Slow Traffic to the Right (Mercury 1976), Moonscapes (Mercury 1978), and Driving While Black (Intuition 1998).The instrumentation of Maupin’s current group The Bennie Maupin Ensemble harkens back to the tradition of great saxophone-bass-drum trios such as the group led by Sonny Rollins with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones. While echoes of the great John Coltrane can be heard in Maupin’s work, one can also discern the influences of Yusef Lateef, Sonny Rollins, and Eric Dolphy, as well as Maupin’s contemporaries like Wayne Shorter and the late Joe Henderson.

Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment. He maintains active performing and teaching careers in Europe, and the US. Bennie Maupin currently resides in Los Angeles, USA.


Bennie Maupin appears at the Capstone Theatre Liverpool on Sunday 16th November 2014, 7.30pm. Admission: £15

Tickets :

The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Henry Cow, Evan Parker, Phil Minton at HCMF...

Lindsay Cooper with Phil Minton

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (between Fri 21 and Sunday 30 November) is devoted to new and experimental music and always has some jazz input among it's events. This year is no exception with a specially reformed avant jazz rock band "Henry Cow" playing the music of Lindsay Cooper plus saxman Evan Parker with a 12 piece group and singer Phil Minton with double bassist Simon Felll

Henry Cow play the music of Lindsay Cooper - Saturday 22 November Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield 7.30pm
Lindsay Cooper was a celebrated bassoonist who died in 2013 from complications arising from multiple sclerosis. Between 1971 and 1997, she had took key roles in the influential avant-rock bands Comus and Henry Cow and in Mike Westbrook's jazz bands; gave solo recitals on bassoon and saxophones; and composed for theatre, dance, film, and jazz and contemporary-classical ensembles all over the world. Seminal progressive rock band Henry Cow have been reformed for this special occasion and will be playing Lindsay's Music for Films/News From Babel/Oh Moscow.

The musicians are: Alfred Harth, Anne-Marie Roelofs, Chris Cutler, Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Michel Berckmans, Phil Minton, Sally Potter, Tim Hodgkinson, Veryan Weston, Zeena Parkins. Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

Evan Parker's "Twelve for Twelve Musicians" - Sun 23 Nov 4pm Calder Room@The Hepworth Gallery Wakefield 

To celebrate Evan Parker’s 70th birthday year, HCMF has commissioned the world premiere of Twelve for Twelve Musicians by Parker. ‘Since the dodecaphonic revolution, 12 has been a special number in new music. In my ‘composing’ with 12 elements I am exceptionally fortunate to work with 11 other musical individuals. The piece starts and ends with their musical genius as instrumentalists and as improvisers.’
Evan Parker.

The musicians are: Neil Metcalfe flute, John Rangecroft clarinet, Evan Parker saxophone, Percy Pursglove trumpet, Matt Wright computer/turntables, Sten Sandell piano, Toma Gouband percussion, Paul Lytton percussion, Mark Nauseef percussion, Damien Harron percussion, Richard Barrett live electronics, Paul Obermayer live electronics. Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell - Monday 24 November, St Thomas' Church  Huddersfield 1.10pm, 
St Paul's Hall  Huddersfield 4pm

Evan Parker saxophones, Sten Sandell church organ / keyboard
'This project follows on from an album I made with Sten Sandell in 2010. In Sten's hands the church organ, while retaining the solemn gravitas you expect, turns into a whole symphony of sounds - flute-like, drones, violin quartet dissonance, and much more..! I am keen to work with this range of sounds again, and to create a series of new works that will fully utilise the range and dynamics of the individual spaces.'
Evan Parker. Free event

Phil Minton voice, Simon H Fell double bass - Thursday 27 November, Bates Mill Photographic Studio, Huddersfield 10pm 
ps this will be brilliant free improv, but not that you'd know from their preview here Glad I'm not an academic musicologist!. Tickets £12; Concession £10

Tickets here

Steve Crocker, Norvol

Thursday, 6 November 2014

More jazz from young talent in Grimsby

New York Brass Band at The Jazz Prom
Gill Wilde writes ..

"After a hugely successful Jazz Prom at St James Minster Cleethorpes involving Gypsy Jazz Ultraswing, the New York Brass Band and a youth group from Grimsby's Music Hub (MAPAS) Steel the Rhythm, Grimsby Jazz have another group of young people performing a support act at the Old Clee Club.

Thus 19th November the Phase 2 Jazz Orchestra are another Music and Performing Arts Service group. Saxophonist Stuart McDonald is providing workshops with the group in advance of the performance of this 30 piece band at 7.00pm  at 8.30pm Stuart will then take to the stage with his own band involving some of the top musicians in the region. Thom Whitworth on Trumpet, Warren Jolly double bass, John Perry drums and Lincolnshire's favourite guitarist Pat McCarthy.

This is followed up with a Christmas Special on Wed Dec 3rd with everyone's favourite saxophone player, Alan Barnes, who is joined by the lovely Nicola Farnon Trio with multi instrumentalist Piero Tucci and drummer Phil Johnson". Humphrey Lyttleton said about Nicola “She’s a remarkable performer on stage, a fine singer and an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player with an outgoing personality to match..!” Whatever time of year this line up will send you home happy!!

Both gigs are at.the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS Tickets £10 in adv £12 on the door  Students half price. Doors open 7.00 pm music starts 7.30 / 8.30 pm. 

Tel: 01472 873730 / 
Tickets - Off the Beaten Tracks Louth 01507 607677 or

Gill has also just about finalised the line up for the 2015 Cleethorpes Jazz Festival.
"The change of venue has not affected the quality of this exemplary festival..... this one of the cultural highlights of the year." Artists include
  • Alan Barnes Quartet/Octet
  • Dave Newton Trio
  • Liane Carroll
  • Namvula
  • Sarah Gillespie Quartet
  • Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Jazz Worriers
  • Dave O’Higgins Quartet
  • John Horler, Alec Dankworth, Winston Clifford Trio
  • Ultraswing
  • John Ellis Trio
Festival dates are 26th 27th & 28th June 2015 at McCormacks Bar Cleethorpes DN35 0PL
Tel 01472 873730. Earlybird weekend pass £75 available 1st December 2014

Big band heaven! NYJO & BuJazzO in Leeds

NYJO & BuJazzO

Freedom & Friendship – A 100 Years of Jazz

Europe’s two leading youth big bands celebrate 100 years of jazz history. Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, this performance brings together the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany with our own National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

NYJO are on the road currently to Germany for the first leg of a unique project with our German counterparts the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany (BuJazzO). This will see 50 of the most talented young jazz musicians in Europe coming together to celebrate 100 years of jazz history, also marking the centenary of the start of the First World War. This is a ground-breaking collaboration between the two leading youth jazz orchestras in Europe to reflect on the significance of both these events and to set a future standard for cross-Europe youth jazz music-making.

There are three concerts in Germany this week followed-up by concerts at Leeds College of Music and the EFG London Jazz Festival in November

Leeds College of Music date Monday, 17 November 2014
Time 7:30PM
Venue The Venue
Tickets £12 / £10

Smiling Organizm at Sela

Zhenya Strigalev

Nick Svark writes - just one more gig I'm promoting for Jazz Jam @ The Sela Bar Leeds in November - but what a gig!

Zhenya Strigalev's "Smiling Organizm" featuring Alex Sipiagin, Liam Noble, Linley Marthe, Mike Janisch and Eric Harland on Mon 24 November 

A unique opportunity to see this one off Leeds gig from these world class players on their European Tour and after they play two dates for London Jazz Festival.Today they will play original music from the first album "Smiling Organizm Vol 1" as well as new music from upcoming album "Robin Goodie" which will be released early 2015.

The music juxtaposes acoustic bop with electric funk, with room for Russian melancholy, free improv and contemporary hip-hop beats.

"The magic of jazz is that no concert is the same. Tonight, everything fell into place and we could witness a band with a fantastic line - up, which reached a level of ecstasy that is rarely heard. Unforgettable!
-Radio Mousique, Netherlands

“Sandwiched between visits to Switzerland and Spain, their one-nighter at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s was electrifying. Moscow Nights…marked the end of a heady helter skelter gig by a restless, probing band that is unlikely ever to take an obvious direction.”
-London Jazz News

Zhenya Strigalev "has his own restless and creative style of saxophone playing and composing…that may be summarized in his own words "an unlimited source of pleasure dedicated to jazz ..."
-Faschings Vanner, Stockholm

Get your Tickets from -we got Tickets only £10, buy on the door for £13 or to reserve your Ticket .


Sela, 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU.

Loads of excellent gigs in Sheffield..

 Beats & Pieces 
Neil Pepper writes...

One of the UK’s most innovative bands this Friday 7th November when Sheffield Jazz welcome Manchester’s Beats & Pieces Big Band

Ben Cottrell: director, Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte: saxophones, Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh: trombones, Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters: trumpets, Anton Hunter: guitar
Patrick Hurley: piano, Harrison Wood: bass, Alex Tod: drums

Gale-force energy plus startlingly original material has won them dozens of awards during their six years, including Jazz Ensemble of the Year in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. With influences from Ellington through Loose Tubes to Radiohead, their vivid ideas and brilliant mood changes have redefined the big band for the twenty first century.

“ ... the band has generated material to keep audiences on the edge of their seats across two long sets, it attacks its music with even more infectious zip” John Fordham, The Guardian.
“... Making it sound fresh and new is not easy, but at this gig the Manchester-based band Beats & Pieces did it without appearing to try” Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph

Doors Open 19.45, Music Starts 20.30
Tickets available on the night
Full £14, Concessions £11,
Student with NUS card £7,
15 - 17 year olds £2,
Under 15s Free...
or in advance

Coming up next at Sheffield Jazz:

Thursday 13th November Sheffield University Students Union: Polar Bear
Friday 21st November Millennium Hall: Benn Clatworthy
Friday 28th November Crucible Studio: Gwilym Simcock Yuri Goloubev Duo
Friday 5th December Millennium Hall: Neon Quartet

Tasty fare at the Spa

Dave Donohoe
From Les and the team  - "First a great big thank you to all who came to the recent Carl Sinclair/John Hallam evening a couple of weeks ago. After expenses were covered, we raised a staggering sum in excess of £1,250 for Harrogate Samaritans. A superb effort all round and a wonderful evening's music.

We're working hard on next year's programme at present and, at this stage, delighted to announce that Stephanie Trick and Paolo will be returning in July; Jeff and Anne Barnhart will be with us in May and August. Return visits also from Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, T J Johnson, Amy Roberts and Jim Fryer plus many more of your favourites both local and from around the UK.

We do have something of a "logjam" with many more requests to play for us than there are available Saturdays. This is rewarding in many ways but regrettable that we just can't accommodate all those who wish to appear at Jazz in the Spa"

8th – Dave Mott’s Jazz Classics – one of the most professional and versatile groups to grace our stage. Led by Dave on reeds, the group includes young trumpet star Jamie Brownfield plus the wonderful Tom Kincaid on piano. Traditional jazz plus the standards with some delightful vocals from Suzanne.

15th – Dave Donohoe Jazz Band – a long overdue appearance by one of the unsung heroes of the British Jazz scene. Dave has been in the forefront of the “New Orleans style” since 1962. More a “style than a repertoire” is his belief and here’s a formidable line up including our own Frank Brooker on reeds, Teddy Fullick on trumpet, Tom Kincaid on piano and Jim Swinnerton on bass. Always a first class evening’s entertainment.

22nd - Old Fashioned Love Band – a changed format since the last appearance and one which will appeal to those who favour the Chicago-style Dixieland jazz in the Condon style. Led by Mike Pembroke on trombone with Dave Pogson on trumpet and Willie Entwistle on reeds with rhythm accompaniment. A lively evening is assured.

29th – Ron Burnett’s Mardi Gras Jazz Band – and to end the month on high note,  the warm sounds of Mardi Gras led by York’s “Mr Music”, Ron Burnett on trombone with the excellent Greg Wadman on trumpet. As the name suggests, good time jazz in a light hearted style played with verve and enthusiasm. Foot tapping jazz at its best!

6th – Swing Commanders – a stonking full house session last year and multiple requests for another. This is a high octane, vibrant and highly versatile group which performs an exciting mix of 1940’s classics, boogie woogie, swing, jump jive and more. Most of the band play several instruments. Energetic showmanship with sophisticated vocal blend. Don’t miss it. £10.

13th – Djangologie – “Hot Club” style with a vengeance. An outstanding group from the North East which brings remarkable freshness to the Django Reinhart – Stephan Grappelli swing era sounds. Virtuoso guitar player and long standing friend Jim Birkett with Giles Strong on guitars, Emma Fisk on violin plus Mick Shoulder on bass. A “lighter touch” evening but they don’t come any more refreshing than this. Just the job to blow away the “pre-Christmas blues”. Oh yes, they do exist!

20th – Harlem Hot Stompers – believe it or not, the last session of the year. Comes round ever more quickly. Christmas Party Night with the customary mix of rip roaring traditional jazz from the Harlems plus delectable Christmas fare provided by yourselves and shared around plus the special Christmas raffle. Do join us – but do come early as another full house guaranteed.

Jazz is at the Village Hall High Street Boston Spa, Leeds LS23 6AA

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Scarborough rockin in November

Richard Amstrong writes...

Scarborough jazz continue their fine programme by the seaside...

5 November -Tina Featherstone
Tina plays tenor sax and clarinet with the Mike Gordon Trio. Admission is £4.

12 November- Rich Adams and Dave Kemp
Vocalist Rich and saxophonist Dave present a set of favourites from the repertoires of the great singers: Holiday, Bennett and Sinatra. Backing from the Mike Gordon Trio. £5

19 November -Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Saxophonist Benn regularly commutes from the USA to Europe. This top-notch band features pianist Cecilia Coleman from Los Angeles. Tickets are £9

26 November- Trio North with John Etheridge
John has worked with Soft Machine, Stephane Grappelli and Nigel Kennedy among others. Pat Metheny described John as, ”one of the best guitarists in the world”. Ben Crosland – bass and drummer Dave Tyas complete the group. Tickets are £8

All gigs start at 8.45pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn
Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ

01723 500570

For more info go to

Weaving into Davenham

The Weave

Dave Atherton  writes..

On Thursday 27th November jazz@davenham is proud to present "The Weave" with the help and sponsorship of Jazz North The Weave is a collection of world class Liverpool based Jazz musicians playing a repertoire of warm, melodious and largely friendly home grown tunes.With 2 trumpets, double bass, guitar, drums and piano we had to get this sextet back to Davenham following a very successful visit 18 months ago.

This is well on the way to being a sell out, so booking early is advisable, to - tel 01606 75402 or 01606 44253

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham CW9 8NF


Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective steams on

Si Kaylor

Drummer Paul Smith's Eclectic mix of jazz/blues and latin music continues on Wednesdays at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

Nov 12th         Kate Peters (vocals) Ben Lowman (sax)

Nov 19th          Lee Hallam, Brian Archer play the music of  J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding

Nov 26th          Si Kaylor (sax), Ian Chalk (trumpet)

Dec 3rd            Rod Mason and Kevin Holbrough - sax and trombone respectively.

Dec 10th           Loretta Scott (vocals), Brendan Duffy (sax)

Dec 17th           Jon Taylor (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar), Terry Kenyon (vocals)

Dec 24th           NO GIG

Head of Steam in Huddersfield
St George’s Square, Huddersfield HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
Support the music with raffle participation
All musicians appear with the PSJazzCollective

"The Northern Line is full to the brim..."

No, it's not another announcement on London's creaky transport system, but actually it is good news for jazz in the North. Jazz North's "Northern Line" scheme, (which makes in possible for Northern  musicians to play jazz gigs which are paid properly and for Northern Jazz Clubs to afford them) - has been so successful that is has had to be closed for any further new bookings for performances until 1st April 2015.

Lucy Woolley from Jazz North writes:

"There have been an unprecedented 90 bookings in the first 6 months of 2014/15 and another 50+ gigs coming up over the next 5 months. This is an indication of the success that Northern Line and its promoters and artists have achieved in a relatively short space of time, and has demonstrated the need and value of such an innovative touring scheme.

Round 2 artists will still be able to be booked for gigs taking place after April 1st 2015 up until December 31st 2015. Jazz North will also be launching applications for Round 3 of the scheme in December, for a new roster of artists to be announced in spring and performing gigs from September 2015 to December 2016.

Thank you for your contribution to the scheme so far – we hope you’ll continue to work with us on Northern Line and other Jazz North projects in the near future.

If you have any questions, please get in touch"

Lucy Woolley