Friday, 2 January 2015

Awesome January gigs in Leeds...

John Taylor/Diana Torto/Julian Siegel

It may be cold outside ...but at least the music is hot! We're really looking forward to our Spring 2015 programme - our best yet! We have pianists, including jazz legend John Taylor (pictured) with his New Group, rising star Gwilym Simcock, the New York based Andrew McCormack, and, following in his famous father's footsteps, Darius Brubeck. Singer Liane Carroll is a pianist of note (!) too of course, though she has won her various national jazz awards with her soulful voice. As for sax players, you can see rising stars Marius Neset and Trish Clowes, and current jazz heroes Mark Lockheart and Dave O'Higgins. All the concerts are Thursday evenings at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton. Don't miss a minute - you only have a few days left to snap up one of our limited number of bargain jazz season tickets here!! Our January gigs start this coming Sunday afternoon to blow those January Blues

Sun Jan 4 “The Blues Dudes”@ Inkwell 1-4pm £7/5
Blues, Jazz and more with Ian Rose on Hammond organ, Rich Jevons guitar, Keith Jevons  bass and James Robinson drums and John “Mr Blues” Taylor on sax

Sun Jan 11 “Tarantismo” @SevenArts 1-4pm. £7/5
Led by Matt Hurt- Tres with Ana Luisa Muñoz- vocals, performing classic songs by the Buena Vista Social Club, Cachao, and La Excelencia

Thurs Jan 15 John Taylor's New Group - "Paul" and more @Seven Arts £20/18 7.45pm
The first of international jazz concert features a jazz legend pianist John Taylor, with his new group. One of the truly great jazz piano players of post ’60s British jazz, John Taylor is famous for associations with many world-class players and a wealth of recordings on ECM records with people like Ralph Towner, Norma Winstone, Peter Erskine, and Kenny Wheeler. This is his new group, and the "Paul" in the title is Paul McCartney. John has decided to rearranged some of his tunes, some really old and some recent, and to combine them in a programme where his own compositions and other contemporary jazz musicians are fitting in together with some songs of the former Beatles. The programme is fresh, brilliant. Vocal virtuoso Diana Torto is part of his new group - she has worked with John in a duo for ten years. With Julian Siegel’s beautifully sensitive saxophone playing it should be an evening to cherish.
Support from Will Howard (sax) Declan Forde (piano) 8pm

Sun Jan 18  Inkwell Jazz Jam 1-4pm £7/5 
Our new monthly jazz and blues jam session at Inkwell. Bring your horn, your axe, your voice or just come and watch the fun!

Sun Jan 25 Rod Mason's "Elements"@SevenArts 1-4pm £7/5
Popular saxman Rod Mason’s driving jazz funk band with Richard Weatherall – keyboards, Richard Hammond - bass and Dave Walsh - drums.

Don't forget also if you'd like to take part in our workshop classes then our Jazz Voices Choir start rehearsals again on Monday 5 January 7-9pm led by Tessa Smith. Guitarist Dom Moore continues to run his fortnightly Tuesday and Friday evening Improvisation group at Meanwood starting Fri 9th 7.30-10pm. The Saturday afternoon Jazz Workshops starts again 2-4pm at Seven Arts on Sat 10 January. For information about any of this contact Jean Watson on 0113 268 9062

Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777.
Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub) Tel 0113 3070108. 

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