Thursday, 30 April 2015

Jazz at Heart events

Dalesbridge weekend

From Lesley at Jazz at Heart

Hi everyone

Don't forget the following jazz-at-heart events at Heart, Headingley, in Leeds:

May 1st Monthly jam session in cafe 7.30 - 10.30 
May 8th - 10th Improve your Improv weekend at Dalesbridge (see below)
May 16th Louise Gibbs Quartet Doors 7.30
June 13th Sam Watts - jazz piano recital/talk
July 25th Simon Read Octet - doors 7.30
August 3rd - 6th Summer School at Heart (book soon - filling up fast!)

Here's the information about the Improve your Improv weekend  at Dalesbridge May 8th - 10th :

If you are - or know of - an (adult) learner of jazz who you think would benefit from a crazy weekend of jazz tuition from the amazing trio of Matt Roberts, Sam Watts and Sam Gardner, please put them in touch with me. May 8th - 10th in wonderful Yorkshire Dales. We currently don't have a drummer (who could learn so much from Sammy G)or any alto players, though all instrumentalists are welcome... Only £250 and a chance not to be missed:)

There’s also the possibility to attend just for the Saturday (breakfast till evening gig) for £100 if that’s more suited to people’s budgets and lives..

Contact or 07717899210 for more details or to book.

Thanks and see you soon!

Our mailing address is:
Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN
United Kingdom

See website for more info

Monday, 27 April 2015

May Jazz blossoms in Leeds!

James Hamilton Orchestra@Seven Arts Leeds 31 May 1.30pm 

It's been an amazing spring season so far, both musically, and we've never had so many sell out gigs. Darius Brubeck's Quartet on 7 May will be another - just a few tickets are left online here

During May we'll have two contrasting big bands with the Jazz Orchestras of Ronnie Bottomley (Sun 10 May 1.30pm) and James Hamilton (Sun May 31 1.30pm). We also have four groups from the latest crop of musicians from Leeds College of Music, including the inspirational (and very rare!) five piece trombone band "Slide Area". We also have the good humoured vocals of Kate Peters and her all star septet. Oh, and the wonderful Darius Brubeck Quartet featuring saxman Dave O’Higgins....

Sun afternoon May 3 Jazz College Collection @Seven Arts Leeds 1.30 -4pm £7/5
The second of Seven Jazz Leeds showcases from the current crop of LCM student musicians features three bands: Alistair Adair Quintet  Alistair Adair on alto, Dylan Owen on Tenor, Chris Bland on keys, Tamo Harewood on Bass, Ollie Goss on Drums. A band set to challenge themselves with influences like David Binney, Stefano Di Battista, Brian Blade, and Rosario Giuliani . Hamstead/Cliffe Quintet Sam Hamstead - Tenor Sax, Matt Cliffe - Alto Sax, Joe Simmons - Guitar, Elliot Roffe - Bass, Simon Henry – Drums. Tutored by Saxophonist Rob Mitchell playing classic and modern hard bop from Art Blakey to Eric Alexander. Simon Henry Trio drummer Simon Henry channeling the spirits of Charlie Persip and Philly Joe Jones with Joe Simmons (guitar) and Elliot Roffe (double bass)

Thurs evening May 7  Darius Brubeck Quartet @SevenArts  8pm£16/14
Darius Brubeck: piano; Dave O’Higgins: sax; Matt Ridley: bass; Wesley Gibbens: drums
Son of the famous Dave Brubeck, Darius has developed his own reputation as a great, swinging pianist. Dave O’Higgins adds his enormous range of feel and skill to the trio, whose eight years working together have produced a deep mutual understanding and interaction. Support (8-8.30pm) from Darren Dutson Bromley and Adrian Ingham (guitars)

Sun afternoon May 10 Ronnie Bottomley’s Jazz Orchestra@Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8
Trumpets: Neil Morley; Cliff Ray; Neil Kershaw; Kim Macari, Trombones: Lee Hallam; Brian Archer; Kevin Holborough; Tony Smith, Saxes: Jim Corry (1st Alto/Soprano); Bill Charleson (2nd Alto); Joel Purnell (1st Tenor); Riley Stone-Lonergan (2nd Tenor), Rod Mason (Baritone), Piano: Graham Hearn, Guitar; Derrick Harris, Bass: Adrian Knowles, Drums: Andrew Bold. Ron says – “As usual, I've done a whole concert of arrangements that we've never played before with, perhaps two exceptions - and those have never been played at Seven Arts”. The godfather of the Leeds Big Band scene – the band will rock Seven Arts to the rafters!

Sun afternoon May 17 “Slide Area” @Inkwell 1.30 -4pm £7/5
Led by trombonist Kev Holbrough, Leeds College of Music's "Slide Area" is an exciting five trombone and rhythm section band featuring up and coming jazz trombonists Dan Barley, Tom Smith, Peter New and Patrick Martin. Supported by equally outstanding rhythm section comprising of Jonny Thornton on drums, Roz Macdonald on Bass and Chris Bland on piano.

Sun afternoon May 24 Kate Peters Septet @SevenArts 1.30 -4pm. £7/5
This is a collection of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country, fronted by an exceptional and versatile vocalist Kate Peters. This exciting line-up features Matt Anderson on tenor sax, Ian Chalk on trumpet, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums.

Sun afternoon May 31 James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra “Covers Suite”@Seven Arts 1.30 -5pm £10/8
During 2015 composer James Hamilton has been working alongside some of the stand out vocalists of the Leeds popular music scene to produce a series of special arrangements of popular songs to be performed by his jazz orchestra. The artists performing are Simon Wainwright (Hope and Social); Simon Fletcher (Hand Made Hands);David Henshaw (Dancing Years);Jasmine Kennedy;Dan Lucas (Boss Caine);Sam Thornton (Louis Louis Louis, King Zepha); Grant Fennell (Cotton Woolf).  The gig will feature some of James' original compositions for his Jazz Orchestra including the 2014 commissioned "Yorkshire Suite".

Workshops and choir
What else? Well the Jazz Voices Choir start their summer term, tutored by Tessa Smith and meet at Inkwell 7-9pm on Mon May 11 and Mon 25th. The instrumental workshop meets at Seven Arts on Sat 9 May between 2-4pm and Sat 23 May 2-4pm. Dom Moore's improvisation group runs on fortnightly on Tuesday and Friday evenings over in Meanwood 7.30-10pm. If you fancy joining any of these groups then just email Jean on

Tickets can be purchased online from or via Seven Arts Tickets are also available in advance from any or our gigs, or at the door on the night.Our gigs can get very busy so to avoid disappointment don’t leave it too late

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)

Latest information -Seven Jazz website: or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Scarborough awaits you!

Vimala Rowe

Mike Gordon writes - the line up is all arranged for the Scarborough Jazz Festival 25-27 September 2105. Again we have a mix of well-established performers, chosen because I feel their jazz is continually developing, and younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas.  Big sounds will come from the 26-piece Engines Orchestra, led by Phil Meadows, and Beats & Pieces.

There’s some strong vocal jazz.  Ian Shaw, a long time festival favourite, is joined by the world class trumpeter Guy Barker.  Recently on the scene and making a great impression is singer Ben Cox and from the North we are delighted to have the charismatic Zoe Gilby.  Our Festival cover picture is the superb vocalist Vimala Rowe, a member of the intriguing Jazz@Café Society project.

We have some very classy musicians from the USA: Jean Toussaint (ex Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans, Horace Silver …); Darius Brubeck, highlight of a previous festival; two New York stars making up pianist Barry Green’s trio; and Michael Janisch, who has done so much to promote jazz links between America and the UK, with Paradigm Shift.

Our compere will again be Alan Barnes who will join up with pianist Dave Newton and saxophonist Tony Kofi to display his usual inventive versatility.  Add flautist  Gareth Lockrane’s cracking Grooveyard Unplugged and the unusual tongue-in-cheek Pigsfoot and I hope there is enough variety and quality to please everyone.

The morning swim awaits you!

Mike Gordon
Director, Scarborough Jazz Festival


Barry Green's New York Trio
Beats & Pieces
Ben Cox Band
Darius Brubeck Quartet
Dave Newton/Alan Barnes Duo
The Engines Orchestra
Gareth Lockrane's 'Grooveyard Unplugged'
Ian Shaw & Trio with very special guest Guy Barker
Jazz @ Cafe Society
Jean Toussaint: The Blakey Project
Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift
Phil Meadows Group
Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Compere: Alan Barnes

Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale priced at just £85 until May 31!

Book Online or call (01723) 821888

Keswick gets ready to swing....

The 24th Keswick Jazz Festival in the beautiful English Lake District, is firmly established as Britain’s foremost celebration of traditional, New Orleans, Swing and mainstream jazz. This year the dates are Thu 7 - Sun 10 May 2015 and the festival promises to be a vintage one, with fabulous international guests, a galaxy of UK talent and many old favourites.

Over 90 inspiring performance in this four day feast of jazz, with a further three days of concerts in Theatre By The Lake preceding the main festival.

Music from days of jazz when it began - Jelly Roll Morton and Kid Ory, and from the glory days of traditional jazz in the UK - Midnight Follies, Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, to the fat and hip-swinging music of the New Olreans brass bands and Cajun style bands, also the jumping sounds of the jive bands, intimate  gipsy jazz, powerful and inspiring vocalists, some of the finest stride pianists you'll hear in the UK... the list goes on.

A dance floor will be laid in one venue where the bands will play for dancing, and dance tutors will run classes in the morning for beginners and intermediates.

There will also be interesting jazz talks, jam sessions, guest sessions, a parade though the town, jazz services, music in local pubs and cafes as well as concerts in large and small venues in and around the town.

All set in the beautiful surroundings of Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District.

Just a few highlights are as follows

Thursday 7 May:  Lake Records International Band; Martin Litton's Red Hot Peppers; Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics; Mellow Tone featuring Mellow Baku; Basin Street Brawlers.

Friday 8 May: Keith Nichol's Festival Orchestra; Huxley/Tomasso Hot Fives; Richard Bennett/Adrian Cox band; Candid Jug Orange Band; Gavin Lee Band.

Saturday 9 May: TJ Johnson Band; Louis Louis Louis; Jamie Brownfield Hot Six; Candid Jug Orange Band; Andy Dickens Band; Reeds United; Festival Parade Band.

Sunday 10 May : Nick Ward's Classic Jazz Band; Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants feat. Paul Harrison; Carl Sinclair Boogie Band; Brass Volcanoes; Dom Pipkin; Barnhart/Fryer Red Hot Seven.

Jazz Talks - The ever-popular series of talks from leading musicians returns in 2015 with a stellar line-up including Paul Munnery, Keith Nicholls and Spats Langham.

G.I. Jive Dance Classes - Ian and Sheilagh Hartley have been teaching swing dancing for over 20 years and love to pass on their enthusiasm. Sessions available for both beginners and improvers

Band details

4-day stroller pass: £120
3-day stroller pass (Thu-Sat): £90
1-day stroller pass: Thu £30, Fri £35, Sat £45, Sun £30

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Jazz Summer School at the Cinnamon

The Music Place Jazz Summer School "the ABC of Jazz" 2015,  will this year be held 16-19 August at The Cinnamon Club, Altrincham, Cheshire - tutors are Caroline Boaden, Iain Dixon, Mike Walker, Les Chisnall.

Details here -

The Heavy Horns weigh in

This Wednesday 29 April sees the much awaited return of The Heavy Horns to Scarborough Jazz. Featuring three of the finest sax-players in the country complete with their own rhythm section of piano, bass and drums.

Fronted by Rod Mason, Jim Corry and Stuart Macdonald, this six piece are probably one of the most powerful bands you will ever hear at The Cask.

Featuring soprano, alto. tenor, baritone and bass saxes you can expect some great arrangements and fine solos from this popular line up.

Rod Mason is now with the legendary Back Door, but has also shared stages with many of the greats including Peter King, Don Weller, Jim Mullen and Guy Barker,

Jim Corry tours extensively with Jamiroquai and has played all over the world with artistes such as Corinne Bailey Rae and Duran Duran.

Stuart Macdonald has graced the stage with many jazz notables including Jean Toussaint, Gerard Prescencer, Andy Sheppard and Tommy Smith.

This gig has been sponsored by Marion Gordon as part of her Birthday celebrations and, as a result of this, we can bring you one of the finest bands you will ever hear for just £5.

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

01723 500570

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Jazz North announce new Northern Line artists

Round 3 Northern Line artists at Matt & Phreds, Manchester on Tuesday 21 April 2015 (Picture by Porl Medlock)

Pictured from left Iain Dixon (Dixon Chisnall Duo, Manchester), Graeme Wilson (Graeme Wilson Quartet, Newcastle), Bob Whittaker (Blind Monk Trio, Liverpool), Dudley Nesbitt (Pan Jumby, Leeds), Matt Holborn (Matt Holborn Quartet, Leeds), Richard Ormrod (Pan Jumby, Leeds), John Pope and Lindsay Hannon (Lindsay Hannon Plus, Newcastle), Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon (Manjula, Leeds), James Mainwaring (Tipping Point, Leeds), Miles Spilsbury and Sam Dutton-Taylor (Cameron Vale, Leeds), John Bailey (John Bailey Quintet, Manchester), Stephen Grew (Grew Quartet, Lancaster), Les Chisnall (Iain Dixon / Les Chisnall duo, Manchester), Sam Bell (Bugalu Foundation, Leeds/Manchester/Liverpool).

From Jazz North 22-4-15

Jazz North, the northern jazz development agency, have today released the names of the 12 artists selected for the 3rd round of Northern Line. Northern Line artists are available with a subsidised artist fee from 1 September 2015 until 31 December 2016 and enable northern promoters to book high quality artists with low financial risk.

The Round 3 Artists are:
Graeme Wilson Quartet [Newcastle]
Tipping Point [Leeds]
John Bailey Quintet [Manchester]
Grew Quartet [Lancaster]
Bugalu Foundation [Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool]
The Lindsay Hannon Plus [Newcastle]
Matt Holborn Quartet [Leeds]
Cameron Vale [Leeds]
Blind Monk [Liverpool]
Manjula [Leeds]
Pan Jumby [Leeds] (under development)
Iain Dixon / Les Chisnall Duo [Manchester]

More information

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

May treats at Boston Spa

Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band

From Les Brown:

Next month's May treats at Jazz at Boston Spa

May 2nd – Frog Island Jazz Band – from deepest Essex comes this renowned band first formed in 1962 and specialising in the classic New Orleans jazz of the twenties and thirties. King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Papa Celestin and Johnny Dodds are the names associated with the group with an international reputation for its interpretation of these classic sounds.

May 9th – Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm – a first appearance for this much praised group led by acoustic guitar player Dave. Best described as “a refreshing visit to the era of swinging, carefree jazz of the small bands of the 1930s.” A front line of two multi-instrumentalist reeds players coupled with a swinging rhythm section

May 16th – Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants – another truly professional group. The irrepressible Kevin on trombone ably supported by two outstanding reeds players – our own John Hallam and Paul Harrison from Denmark. Then add Simon Banks on piano and Graham Smith on drums. A lively evening is forecast. £10

May 23rd – Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band - yes, here at last we have Jeff and Jim with the International Jazz Band including such luminaries as George Huxley on reeds and Gordon Whitworth on trumpet. No need to ramble on – just claim your seat early for what will be one of the highlights of the year. £10

May 24th – Jeff and Anne Barnhart as Ivory & Gold, St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa. 10.00am

May 30th – Chicago Teddy Bears – and rounding off the month in style, none better than the “Teds” with a rip roaring session of traditional jazz favourites and fun plus the added bonus of John Hallam on reeds.

NB Cans into the Red Bucket to support the Air Ambulance Landing Strips for Children’s Hospitals

Jazz at the Spa 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.

The legendary Termite Club returns..

From Barry Cooper...

The legendary Termite Club returns!

MONDAY 27th APRIL: From Paris/Amsterdam - 'Intense' improvised sax/drums of

International saxophone and drums duo. Connecting the dots between the vast Paris and Amsterdam music scenes. Wild jazz explorations with hints of noise, spirituals and punk.

Cathy Heyden - Autodidact sax improviser enjoys encounters with other musicians, dancers , comedians, poets and performers from all over the world such as Faust, Ganguru, Geoff Leigh, Jac Berrocal, Lost woman, Morihide Sawada, Uwe Bastiansen.

Rogier Smal is a drummer who experiments with free percussion sounds. He plays with different groups, musicians and solo. Lately Rogier has been lucky enough to have been making sonic waves of liberty with gems like: Dagora, Marshall Allen, Dylan Carlson, David Birchall, Eugene Chadbourne, City Hands, Sunburned hand of the man, Mik Quantius,, Daevid Allen, Nora Mulder, Johannes Lunds, Maria Bertel, Don McGreevy and many many more.

Also - electronics, noise, squalling and 'office poetry' via PANELAK “Whitehouse meets Dada meets Donna Summer”

And 'charmingly abrasive discordance' from awesome guitar-drums duo GUTTERSNIPE with Rob Glew (ex-Etai Keshiki) and the Dazzling Gretchen (Arcane Pariah Records)

161 Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds LS2 3ED
8:30 - 11pm - £5.00 on door
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Then in July -Tues 7 July

SHEPHERDS OF CATS from Warsaw, Poland
WAR LASS with Leeds stomper Daniel Skevington
And FOLD HEAD - 'wonderfully perverse noise project of Paul Walsh'

@The FENTON PUB, 8:00 - 11pm - £5.00 on door

What's happening in Sheffield?

From Neil Pepper

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and talked-about bands this week at Millennium Hall, Ecclesall Road Sheffield on this Friday 24th April when Sheffield Jazz welcome the Laura Jurd quartet
Laura Jurd: trumpet; Elliot Galvin: piano; Conor Chaplin: bass; Corrie Dick: drums

One of the hottest young bands in the UK - an intriguing, creative outfit, fusing elements from European folk, jazz and classical traditions to create a distinctive sound. Winner of the 2015 Parliamentary “Instrumentalist of the Year” award.

Laura Jurd is a London-based trumpet player, composer and improviser. A diverse musician, she plays and writes a wide variety of music, drawing upon classical, jazz and folk sources and is a highly active member of the UK jazz and improvisation scene. Playing with a number of ensembles, she has performed at some of the country's most prestigious venues and at many UK and European festivals. She released her critically acclaimed debut album 'Landing Ground' in November 2012..

Elliot Galvin, winner (with his trio) of the 2014 European Young Musician of the Year Award, leads a hugely talented rhythm section.

‘Jurd stretched critics and musicians’ repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session ...  **** …  post-60s Miles Davis trumpet phrasing, folk themes, classical music, and a Django Batesian spikiness ...” John Fordham, The Guardian

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
from WeGotTickets

Next up at Sheffield Jazz:
Friday 8th May Millennium Hall: Darius Brubeck quartet
Thursday 14th May Sheffield University Students Union: Roller Trio 

And at the Lescar on Wednesday 22nd April: YANA £6
Corey Mwamba is a wonderful, communicative vibes player with a UK-wide reputation, Dave Kane is one of the UK’s finest improvising bass players, and Joshua Blackmore is the incredible drummer with Troyka and Tom Cawley’s Curios. Risk-taking, edge of the seat music, on the boundary between composed and improvised. Doors Open 8.30, Music Starts 9.00pm

Monday, 20 April 2015

Final Splinter Gig – Sunday 26th April 2015

From Zoe Gilby:

"This Sunday sees the last ever Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge performance, and it’s Corey Mwamba and his trio “Yana”.

Splinter has seen some great musicians over the years, but it is time to call it a day. Very poor support from both the public and local musicians, and with the attendances some weeks matching only the number of band members on stage, has resulted in the decision to close. As they say, use it or lose it.
I’m sure that the final gig will be a fantastic evening of jazz and improvisation of the highest quality from some of the best musicians in the UK.

Thanks to the “regulars” who have supported Splinter over the years, without you, Splinter could not have existed at all."

But it is not all bad news - Jazz North East say they will be running monthly gigs at the bridge again in the near future. Thanks to Zoe and Andy for all their hard work in keeping the venue live!


Yana: Corey Mwamba, Dave Kane and Johnny Hunter improvise collectively to create an open, living music.
“Yana” got together in Stratford-upon-Avon on a dark and stormy night in November 2008, and from there have undertaken a Jazz Services national tour; performed at Manchester Jazz Festival; and supported jazz saxophone legend David Murray.
The music is a free-wheeling, spontaneous mixture of styles. This trio has developed a process entirely focussed on creating highly expressive live music that’s full of grooves and sounds composed, but is not; and playing compositions that don’t sound composed at all, but are.
How it all works is not always clear; but the process is always fascinating to hear, and the results can be truly moving.
Their newest studio recording is called don’t overthink it, which has garnered favourable attention in Jazzwise (4 ****), on All About Jazz and in a critics’ chart on The Wire’s website.
Dave Kane plays bass. He’s released a critically-acclaimed album called Eye of the Duck on the Edition Records label; plays with pianist Matthew Bourne and Stephen Davis and has a fantastic duo with the trumpeter Alex Bonney which performed with Ken Vandermark in 2008. Dave is also founder of a creative musicians’ collective in Leeds called LIMA. There’s more info on Dave’s web-site.
Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer who comes from a background of both the Avant-Garde and the more mainstream Jazz. He has performed or recorded with such esteemed musicians as Benn Clatworthy, Mick Beck, Nat Birchall, Jamil Sheriff, Jamie Taylor, Pete Fairclough, Walt Shaw, Corey Mwamba, Steve Beresford, Graham Clark, Adam Fairhall and Steve Berry to name a few. He is also heavily involved in the Reggae and Dub scene.
Corey Mwamba plays the vibraphone. As well as having made four electro-acoustic albums, Corey is on two albums made by Quantic, two by Nat Birchall, one by Arun Ghosh and one by Ty. He’s worked with lots of people including Mat Maneri and Lucian Ban, The Heliocentrics, Orphy Robinson, Robert Mitchell, Andy Hamilton, Scanner and Tony Kofi.

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm
There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square

Stan Roylance RIP

From Dave Lee, for friends of Stan Roylance.

"I am so saddened to have to report the passing of my friend and fellow drummer, Stan Roylance who passed away yesterday (Sunday) whilst in Leeds General Infirmary.

Stan was in hospital having hip replacement surgery which had gone very successfully it seemed but post surgery heart problems led to his passing.

Those of my muso friends will remember Stan as very much the joker and a man who was always very supportive of jazz. Indeed he has been the 'fixer' and drummer for the Cullingworth Jazz Night for many years and has booked countless saxophonists and singers for the regular Wednesday night sessions at Cullingworth Conservative Club.

Before going into hospital for his op' Stan had arranged for me to cover his Cullingworth gigs whilst he was away. I will still be honouring that commitment albeit with great sadness in my heart.

Stan's funeral will be held on Wednesday 29th April at 3.00 pm at the Rawdon Crematorium, Leeds Road, LS19 6JP. Meeting up afterwards, at The Queens Arms, 99 Long Row, Horseforth, Leeds, LS18 5AT.

Stan, may you rest in peace my friend ... but keep on swinging"

Touring and Twinning plans for Norvoljazz

Ingrid Jensen

Norvoljazz network - quarterly meeting at the Sage 11-4-15

The network of northern independent jazz promoters met at the Sage Gateshead, and were welcomed to the Gateshead Jazz Festival by Ros Rigby, the artistic director of the festival.

The network now had 28 promoters involved including seven of the Northern jazz Festivals.  Matt Robinson from Lancaster Jazz Festival and Brian Ebbatson, who with Paul Edis organises lunchtime Jazz at the Gala in Durham and Lit and Phil in Newcastle were the two latest recruits.

The Touring Programme - the network signed off proposals developed by Kim Macari for a touring programme involving US/European starting in Autumn 2016. This had been refocused following discussions with the Arts Council of England. There would be three tours proposed initially. Clubs put forward ideas for touring artists pool that included Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

The network also considered a proposal from Heulwen Phillips, the new project director  of Jazz Services Ltd, for a twinning scheme between established Northern promoters and smaller fledgling clubs to encourage the development of new jazz venues and audiences. Six promoters said they were willing to be involved, with proposals ranging from a new jazz stage at a rock festival, jazz in museums and stately homes, jazz in empty shop premises, and developing a festival using new venue promoters.

It was also agreed that the Norvoljazz network run a seminar “How to be a jazz promoter” at the Lancaster Jazz Festival on Saturday 18 September using some of the expertise we have here, hopefully one of many such events.

More detail from the Sage meeting can be found on

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Quayside sendoff at the Central

From Richard Hardy

Some early notification of an All Star line up Thursday 23 April 8.30pm at the Central, Wellington Street Leeds LS1 4LT.

Unfortunately, John Settle our resident drummer is temporarily leaving us for a 6 month stint on the ocean. Therefore, on Thursday John has arranged his own farewell bash and has carefully hand picked this line up for the occasion. Note, it's a six piece (a rare occurrence) led by Rod "The Room Darkener" Mason on sax, guitarist Will Powell will be making his debut here and we have three jazz musos from York in the form of James Lancaster and Paul Baxter (7POS alumni on trumpet and bass respectively) and Chris Moore on keys.

It's going to be a great night. Please pop this one in your diary and do tell all your friends and give John a good send off from the quayside. Free entrance. John will be raffling eggs and wine on the night as usual!

Cheers for now

Trumpetman Rich

Jazz Co-op Celebrate international jazz day!

Ruth Lambert

Dave Parker writes

We are asking you to help with promoting the event on Thurs 30 April to celebrate the anniversary of us buying the Globe and creating the UK's first co-operatively owned music venue.

Thursday 30 April 2015
Doors open 7.15pm
Customs House Big Band with vocalist Ruth Lambert
DJs Vicky Vegas and Kerry James
Jazz Jam session

It’s the anniversary of Jazz.Coop buying The Globe to set up the UK’s first music venue co-op. It’s also International Jazz Day. Let’s CELEBRATE!

Admission £7.50 (for the big band) but free after 9.30pm Late bar
The Globe is fully accessible on both floors.
The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD

You can help in the following ways:

1 by distributing printed fliers (email me to get them on
2 by displaying posters in prominent places
3 by emailing your contacts
4 by sharing our Facebook event
5 by talking to people about it
6 by coming yourself and bringing lots of friends

You can buy tickets in advance here

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

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Jenny and Rev. Ray at Scarborough

 Jenny Bray
  Ray Eveleigh

Jazz pianist Ray Eveleigh has become very much a jazz educator since retiring from the “cloth” in 2002. Having devised a jazz course consisting of ten sessions Ray decided to spend some of his new found free time by joining his Daughter, Jenny Bray, in the USA and teaching his course to several groups whilst over there.

Jenny, a fine pianist, noted vocalist and music teacher, returned from living in the States some ten years ago and teamed up with her Father to teach the course at Burton Agnes Hall. This association gave birth to The Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, which has now become an annual festival of note. The RevRay Quartet performs regularly at the festival and feature popular front-liners such as Frank Brooker and Thom Whitworth.

Wed 22 April will be a showcase of the work Ray and Jenny do and features some of their students. They will be joined by Bob Walker (bass) and Mike Hoggard (drums).

Admission £5.

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

01723 500570

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International Jazz Day comes to Hull

Christine Tobin

Kirsty Halliday writes

On Thursday 30th April, International Jazz Day comes to Hull for the first time as J-Night presents a special evening of Brazilian Jazz at Hull Truck Theatre featuring Christine Tobin and her band with support from Hull’s own Lyn Acton Bossa Revista.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) designated 30th April as International Jazz Day in 2011, celebrating the role that jazz plays in promoting diversity and intercultural dialogue. Since then, the event has grown into a truly global celebration of jazz, with events this year taking place in over 160 countries. In 2015 International Jazz Day also forms part of the celebrations of UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary.

Hull’s celebrations will transport the audience from Hull Truck Theatre to the smoky jazz clubs of Brazil as Christine Tobin, a favourite with Hull audiences, presents her tribute to the legendary Brazilian jazz singer Elís Regina. With support from local favourites Lyn Acton Bossa Revista, there will be a truly Latin American vibe to the evening.

David Porter, Director of J-Night, says: ‘A key focus for our work is celebrating diversity and introducing audiences to artists performing incredible music from a wide range of cultures. As the eyes of the world turn to Hull in the lead up to 2017, it’s fantastic to be linking in with promoters and artists from across the world to celebrate International Jazz Day.’

Tickets for the show, priced at £15 (£6 for students and under-26s) are available from Hull Truck Theatre at or on 01482 323638.

Kirsty Halliday

Stefano Bollani/ Heritage Blues Orchestra at HAR

Stefano Bollani

Heritage Blues Orchestra

From Sian at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds...

We just announced our HAR spring season and there are a couple of Jazz events coming up that you might be interested in. Italian jazz pianist Stefano Bollani presents a joyous mix of virtuoso improvisation, contemporary European jazz and tracks from his latest album "Joy in Spite of Everything" and Heritage Blues Orchestra present an evening of low-down country and urban blues, performing here as a quintet.

Stefano Bollani
Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Leeds
Thursday 21 May 7.45pm
Box Office: 0844 848 2727 Online:
Tickets £12.50

Heritage Blues Orchestra
Howard Assembly Room at Opera North, Leeds
Thursday 4 June 7.45pm
Box Office: 0844 848 2727 Online:
Tickets £17.50

Best wishes


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Quite a week in Leeds...

What about this for an exciting week of music in Leeds? Start off at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton...

Marius Neset Quintet - Thurs 16 April @Seven Arts 7.45pm

Then go over to the Brudenell at Headingley...

Polar Bear - Sat 18 April @Brudenell 7.30pm

Then back to Inkwell in Chapel Allerton..

"Yana" - Mwamba/Blackmore/Kane  @Inkwell Sun 19 April 1.30pm

Then to the Sela Bar in the City Centre..

Gerry Bergonzi Organ Trio - Tues 21 April @Sela 7.30pm

How good is this city now for regular top class jazz!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Marius and more at Seven Jazz Leeds

Marius Neset 

The astonishing Norwegian composer and saxophonist Marius Neset makes his first appearance in the intimate surroundings of Seven Arts Leeds this month - Thursday 16th April 7.45pm. He'll be playing some music from his acclaimed new release "Pinball". An all star Anglo-Scandinavian line-up too including Magnus Hjorth on piano, Jim hart on vibes Petter Eldh on bass and Josh Blackmore on drums. Support is from young leeds trio "Zeitgeist" fusing together the harmony and improvisation of jazz, the robust and hypnotic rhythm of hip-hop and the rhythmic complexity and unusual structure of progressive rock.

Drummer Josh Blackmore then appears for us again - this time at our Inkwell venue with "Yana" - the new name for the improvising collective with vibesman Corey Mwamba and Leeds bassist Dave Kane Sunday afternoon 19th April.

But to start the month on Easter Sunday afternoon 5 April at Inkwell we have young Leeds sax star Ben Lowman getting a chance to stretch out with the Seven Jazz quartet... come along and enjoy the good music and good vibes!

Trumpeter Malcolm Strachan and tenorman Atholl Ransome from the Haggis Horns launch their new funky soul jazz venture at Seven Arts- "Soul Cooker" - on Sunday afternoon 12th April.

The end of the month sees our two popular "College Collection" concerts celebrating six new jazz ensembles from the current crop of Leeds College of Music - the stars of tomorrow, both at Seven Arts on Sunday afternoon 26 April and 3 May

  • Ben Lowman and the 7Jazztet - Sunday 5 April @Inkwell 1.30pm £7/5
  • "Soul Cooker" - Sunday 12 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm £7/5 
  • Marius Neset Quintet/Zeitgeist - Thursday 16 April @Seven Arts 7.45pm £16/14
  • Yana" Sunday 19 April @Inkwell 1.30pm £7/5 
  • College Collection 1 with "Frodo's Bonanza",   Jack Hartigan/Conor Magi Quartet, "Menens" Sunday 26 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm £7/5
  • College Collection 2 with Alistair Adair band, Hamstead/Cliffe Quintet and Simon Henry trio Sunday 3 May @Seven Arts 1.30pm £7/5

Ticket in advance
More information
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)

Ben Cox at The Cinammon

Friday April 17th The launch of "This Waiting Game" by The Ben Cox Band

Already picked out by Scarborough and Cheltenham Jazz festivals for 2015 performances, you get the chance to see the gig that launches the album live in The North on April 17th at The Cinnamon Club

Whilst performing on London’s live circuit, Cox attracted the attention of UK jazz vocal legend Ian Shaw, who recognised his huge potential, establishing a role as a mentor and producing his album, enhancing what was already a great new talent. The result is This Waiting Game, an exceptional album with an inclusive vibe, destined to by enjoyed by both the avid jazz fan and those who simply love to be entertained by great music. Guest slots from renowned jazz talent such as Kirk McElhinney, Claire Martin and Emily Dankworth also serve to augment what is already an enchanting and charismatic body of work.  

Cox’s mesmerising tone and captivating delivery have won him a whole host of high profile fans, including a glowing endorsement from jazz superstar Jamie Cullum. Introducing This Waiting Game as “fresh new vocal jazz music” on his hugely popular BBC Radio 2 show, Cullum states: “The title track ‘This Waiting Game’ sounds really good, Ben has got a very precise voice, it recalls a little bit of Kurt Elling to me, certainly in the writing style of the music and I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album”

"Ben Cox possesses a voice drenched in soul and swing, that sounds like nobody else. He is a cracking songwriter and collaborator, A true talent" – Ian Shaw

“Ben Cox owns a stunning capacity to live through each song with a rich tone and beautifully honest heart. Jamie Safiruddin plays with such an exciting and generous style. . I think we may have found the best new jazz talent to emerge from the UK. Highly recommended” – Liane Carroll

Cinammon Club
The Bowdon Rooms
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992 

John Ellis at Southport

From Geoff Matthews

The SMJ gig for April is on Sunday 19th at The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport PR8 1RB. We are delighted to welcome for the first time The John Ellis Trio.

John piano/voice – Pete Turner bass – Rob Turner drums.

John’s varied and colourful musical career has included collaboration with pop stars (including Tom Jones and John Squire), film and stage play score composition and big band arranging.

We picked his trio for its extreme musicality, originality and fine improvisational flair.  John combines this with a highly entertaining style, expressive voice and a very meaningful interpretation of the his lyrics. He also finds time to run his own Limefield recording studio in Manchester.

This quirky image of John up to his knees in his local River Irk was posed for a CD cover.

The gig starts at 8 pm (doors 7.30) – tickets £14/club members £12 – Ring 01704 541790 to book.

Huddersfield's Head of Steam

Kari Bleivik 

From Paul Smith - the Huddersfield Head of Steam listings for April and May:

Wed April 1st – Heavy Horns – Jim Corry, Rod Mason, Stuart MacDonald
Wed April 8th – Loretta Scott (vocals), Mick Cox (sax)

Wed April 15th – Frank Brooker (sax), James Lancaster (trumpet)

THURSDAY APRIL 23RD   Julie and Kevin Edwards (vocals and guitar) special guests Stuart MacDonald (sax) Jez Platt (kb)

Wed April 29th – Louise Gibbs (vocals), Derrick Harris (guitar) Graham Hearn (kb)

Wed May 6th – Rod Mason (sax), Lee Hallam (trombone), Paul Baxter (bass)

Wed May 13th – Ben Loman (sax), Matt Ball (trombone), Ben Crossland (bass), Jez Platt (kb)

Wed May 20th – Jon Taylor (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar), Ben Crossland (bass)

Wed May 27th – Kari Bleivik (vocals), Si Kaylor (sax)

Rhythm section - Mr Paul Smith (drums) with Andy Cholerton or Andrzej Baranek keys,  Paul Chamberlain or Paul Baxter (bass)

Head of Steam
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
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