Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Fusebox Dave Hatfield donation/Taupe gig

Bill Chatwin writes:

Leeds College of Music have made a donation to Fusebox to recognise the work that Dave Hatfield did in Leeds for many years. Thank you to LCoM.

Taupe at Fusebox, Friday 3rd July, Fox and Newt, Burley Road, (opposite Park Lane College) Leeds.
Doors open at 8.00pm £8/£6

Taupe are, Adam Stapleford- drums, Mike Parr Burman- guitar and electronics, Jamie Stockbridge - saxophones, a Newcastle upon Tyne based trio, specialising in razor-sharp polyrhythmic play, exploratory improvisation and raw, high energy live performance.

The group’s sound is built of influences drawing from free jazz and math metal to hip hop grooves and post bop, with a healthy dollop of skronk, all navigated down a path that seeks to blur the line between carefully constructed rhythmic compositions and explosive group improvisation. Taupe thrive on the danger of this ambiguity, deconstructing their music in real time to weave fresh and dynamic paths through their material with each performance.

Taupe have been described as a ‘power- jazz commando team’ and also ‘a band’.
They self-released their first album in March 2014 and continue to work towards material for a follow-up release this year.

Aby Vulliamy and George Murray have stepped up to support Taupe. Aby and George are both very accomplished musicians, Aby on viola and George on trombone will make for an interesting mix.

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

Monday, 29 June 2015

Festival Time!

It's that time of year when the Northern Jazz Festivals just keep on coming! So here's a reminder of the where they are happening in July - click the links to the band information, venue, tickets and line up information. Never mind about going anywhere else - just get round to all of these. Phew!

Burton Agnes Hall Jazz and Blues Festival 3-5 July 2015

Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival 11/12th July 

Garforth Arts Festival Playground Party Sat 11 July 2015

Wigan Jazz Festival 9 – 12 July 2015 

Hull Jazz Festival 23 – 26 July 2015 

Manchester Jazz Festival 31 July – 9 August 2015 

July gigs at Sheffield's Lescar

Nat Birchall
From organiser Jez Matthews

1st July 2015
Stretch Trio - £5 
Following in the footsteps of Roller Trio, fresh from the burgeoning Leeds music scene, with their own distinctive sound, Stretch Trio play accessible music showing a huge range of influences from jazz to ambient electronica. Winners of the prestigious Peter Whittingham Award, they’ve recently recorded their debut album ‘Antithesis’ as well as appearing at the Gateshead International Jazz festival. They come to us in advance of appearances at the Wigan and Manchester jazz festivals. Definitely a band who look set to be going places fast. Featuring Andy French (sax/EWI), Tom Higham (drums), Calvin Travers (guitar) plus an array of loops and delays contributing to a wide open soundscape.

8th July 2015
Nat Birchall Sextet- £6
A long overdue appearance at The Lescar for a giant of both the Northern and UK jazz scenes, and a musician described by Gilles Peterson as “one of the best musicians in the UK”. Saxophonist Nat Birchall has followed his own path playing captivating music that is both spiritual and soulful. His live album ‘Live In Larissa’ was an instant classic, and an end of year favourite for many people in the year it was recorded, 2013. He brings a wonderful band, comprising six of the North’s most exciting and creative musicians; Nat Birchall - Tenor/soprano sax, percussion, Adam Fairhall - Piano, Corey Mwamba - Vibraphone, percussion, Michael Bardon - Bass, Johnny Hunter - Drums, Christian Weaver - congas/bata drum/bells/percussion. They’ve just recorded another album; catch them live before it becomes one of this year’s classics!

Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday).

Email: lescarjazz@gmail.com 
Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF


Huddersfield summer gigs

Nigel Price - Sat 11 July @Hudderfield Jazz Guitar Festival 

Paul Smith writes - here are the summer gig listings from the Head of Steam in Huddersfield, plus news of a special gig at the Hudderfield Jazz Guitar Festival 

Wednesdays @Head of Steam

July 1st –  Rod Mason (sax), Nick Svarc (guitar)

July 8th –  Al Wood (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

July 15th –  Matt Anderson (sax), Tom Sharp (trumpet)

July 22nd – Jez Platt (guitar), Stuart McDonald (sax), Dave Tyas (drums)

July 29th - Cherie Gears (vocals), Derrick Harris (guitar), Jez Platt (keyboards)

Aug 5th –  Loretta Scott (vocals), Rod Mason (sax)

Aug 12th – Brendon Duffy (sax), Tom Sharp (trumpet)

Aug 19th – Mike Cox (sax), Trevour Vincent (trumpet)

Aug 26th – Damian Cook (sax), Sam Dunn (guitar)

The rhythm section from - fixer Paul Smith drums, Andy Cholerton /Andrzej Baranek keys, Paul Chamberlain/Paul Baxter bass

Eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues& Latin

St George’s Square, Huddersfield, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
support the music with raffle participation

Please note also the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival - 11/12th July at the Rat and Ratchet, 40 Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, HD1 3EB Saturday 11 July Concert with NIGEL PRICE (guitar), Jez Platt (organ), Paul Smith (drums)

Own the Globe and learn to play there!

The Jazz Co op in Newcastle have made a video to encourage people to join Jazz.Coop and buy shares. You can view it on YouTube https://youtu.be/IooXQEhFN74 and Vimeo https://vimeo.com/131873047

The Jazz Co op have also announced details of their weekend jazz workshop 1-2 August at the Globe - an opportunity for anyone who plays a bit of jazz and wants to get better ... a whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.

The weekend workshop has been developed following the success of the monthly Play Jazz! afternoon workshops held at Sage Gateshead. The weekend format will give participants the time and space to learn more and develop further. There’s also a great gig on the Saturday night and the opportunity to jam with professional musicians. The tutors are James Birkett and Judith Thompson, two superb musicians and highly respected jazz educators. The workshop is suitable for all instruments and a range of abilities. Vocalists are welcome. Minimum age 16. For much of the weekend the participants will be divided into two groups – beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced. You’ll be able to improvise and interact with other musicians in an informal supportive situation.

The weekend workshop costs £82. This includes all tuition and free admission to the Jazz.Coop gig on Saturday evening featuring the Williams – Tanton Quartet. There is an additional optional charge of £16 for the provision of two buffet lunches and tea/coffee breaks. Overnight accommodation is not included. To book email learning@jazz.coop and tell us what instrument you will be bringing. We’ll email you with details of how to pay.

Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/events/795760603865286/

New York Brass Band trolled at Glasto

The fantastic New York Band played 16 gigs in 4 days at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Here's a review of them from the Somerset Gazette

"If you haven't heard "Happy" being played by a bunch of tartan wearing, brass blowing people from Yorkshire, you haven't heard it at all. Despite losing one of their number to 'a bender at the hell stage' (don't worry, he turned up later dressed as a banana in the crowd), the band - who have played an eye watering 16 gigs across the festival this weekend - were in great form"

More news and videos here...

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cafe Lento signs off for the summer


The irrepressible Richard Lindley, owner of the Cafe Lento in Headingley in Leeds signs off his jazz season for the summer with two band -

Bassist Paul Baxter's In 'N'Out Trio are playing Friday 26th June (Kris Wright - drums and Stuart McDonald - saxes starts 8ish £5 on the door)

and the final gig is Fri 10th July with Trio HSK from Edinburgh (Rich Harrold, Ant Law, Richard Kass)

Cafe Lento: 21A North Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HW

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Henry Grimes playes the Tusk Festival in Newcastle

This year is the great bassist Henry Grimes's 80th year on the planet, and he will be touring in western Europe in September and October, playing upright bass and violin and speaking some of his poetry, with his Magic Science Quartet, comprising the great alto saxophonist, flutist, EVI and Casio VL-Tone player Marshall Allen, long-time leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra; the Swiss pianist and shaman drummer intriguingly known as Ka; and Avreeayl Ra, drummer / bamboo flutist / percussionist from the AACM / Chicago.  http://henrygrimes.com

The "Magic Science Quartet" is a group of extraordinary musical and spiritual powers, steeped in history, mystery, and artistry, casting magic science spells to uplift humanity above  these troubled times.  You can read biographies of the four musicians, see their photos, listen to their music recorded at the AngelicA Festival, and find links to the musicians' web sites here http://www.uncool.ch/2015/THEQUARTET.php.  

The Magic Science Quartet will play in the fifth free and improvised TUSK Festival in Newcastle http://tuskfestival.com/ on the 9th and 10th October 2015. TUSK will take in and around the venue Gateshead Old Town Hall, West St, Gateshead, NE8 1HE.

Monthly Vintage Jazz at the Co op

The ever innovative Jazz Co op in Newcastle now have the last Sunday of the month as Vintage Jazz night at the Globe.

This Sunday, 28 June, they welcome back the Vieux Carré Jazzmen, one of the finest Trad Jazz bands in the North and certainly the longest lasting – the band is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The sextet plays popular songs, rags, blues and marches from the 1920s and 1930s.

Vintage Jazz bands lined up over the coming months include the Mississippi Dreamboats, House of the Black Gardenias and the Levee Ramblers.

Doors open at 7pm and it’s £5 admission.

More information : http://jazz.coop/

The Jazz-Coop Newcastle
The Globe
11 Railway St,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear
0191 222 2222

J-Night presents saxophonist Snake Davis

Saxophone maestro comes to Hull Truck Theatre with 25 classic tracks

Saturday 4 July, 7.30pm

All tickets £18  

Joined by Cutting Crew’s Gareth Moulton on vocals, legendary UK saxophonist Snake Davis and his band perform over 20 classics including Baker StreetCareless WhisperStill Crazy After All These YearsRespectYakety Yak, his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on UpSearch for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfield's Change. Saxophone, in the right hands, is emotional and passionate; it can sing, scream, whisper.

Throughout the show Snake reveals some of the background and history to these classic tracks, as well as playing them in context. What is their individual magic ingredient? What makes them classic? How did they come about? How did the players produce that magic?

Snake Davis is one of the best session saxophone players in the music world, having worked with artists such as Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Cher, Beyoncé and even Motörhead. He has fronted bands including York’s Zoot and the Roots,  Snake Davis and the Charmers, and has toured with groups including The Blue Shoes ‘the world’s smallest band’. 

Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU2 8LB
01482 323638


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Ravi Coltrane at the Sage

GRAMMY nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of the legendary John Coltrane, is in concert at the Gage in Gateshead in July.

He has matured into an artist at the height of a career built on his talent, not his name. This time his band features long-time cohorts Adam Rogers on guitar, Scott Colley on bass and Nate Smith on drums. He guides this new Quartet with his signature seriousness of purpose, fire, and profundity, led by his distinctive sound on his saxophone.

“The ethereal quality of his tone renders even his most intense, intricate passage work immensely attractive and…the sheer luster of his sound and nimbleness of his technique play gently on the ear” Chicago Tribune

“Ravi Coltrane’s affiliation with Blue Note Records, home to his Spirit Fiction album, can only train more of the spotlight on the saxophonist whose continually maturing playing acknowledges, yet sidesteps, the overwhelming influence of his iconic father, John.” The New Yorker

Wednesday 15th July, 2015. 8pm
Tickets https://tickets.sagegateshead.com/booking/production/syos/35976?performance=
Venue: Sage Two, Gateshead
Tickets: £17 & £19 (Includes £1.50 handling fee)

Friday, 19 June 2015

Lesley Jackson the new Executive Director of Jazz North

From Nigel Slee

Lesley Jackson to join Jazz North as Executive Director in September 2015

Jazz North is delighted to announce the appointment of Lesley Jackson as Executive Director from September 2015. This is a new position for Jazz North, the Northern jazz development agency established in 2012, as it changes from being a project funded organisation to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

As Executive Director, Lesley will provide strategic leadership and ensure delivery of Jazz North’s 5 year Business Plan. The Executive Director will take overall responsibility for the successful delivery of Jazz North’s fundraising, business development, finances, communications, HR, organisational management and legal compliance.

Lesley will be joining Jazz North from her current position as Executive Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds where she played a key role in establishing the organisation as one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the UK today and overseeing its part in the capital development of the new home it shares with Northern Ballet.

Lesley says: “It has been a privilege to be a part of Phoenix Dance Theatre for the last six years. Dance and music are so closely related and I am delighted to be joining Jazz North at such a defining moment. I am looking forward to working with Nigel Slee, Steve Mead and the rest of the team to help Jazz North achieve its full potential."


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Aaron Parks trio autumn date in Leeds

Aaron Parks piano with Ben Street double bass and Billy Hart drums

Aaron Parks is a leading musician in the new generation of jazz pianists and composers to come out of New York: a master of melody, and a composer and arranger of protean skill and dexterity. As an ECM artist, he is joined on this first UK tour by two other formidable players from that label, bassist Ben Street and masterful drummer Billy Hart whose rich history stretches back to Miles Davis and includes stints with Wes Montgomery, and, Herbie Hancock.

Aged 18, Aaron was asked by Terrence Blanchard to join his band and subsequently recorded on four albums with the veteran trumpeter and contributed to several Spike Lee soundtracks, including the Grammy winning A Tale of Gods Will (A Requiem for Katrina) for the documentary When the Levees Broke.

Aaron's 2008 album Invisible Cinema was lauded by BBC Online as one of the great albums of the year. More recently, Arborescence, his luminously atmospheric solo debut album for ECM has received glowing reviews and confirmed him as a leading pianist of his generation.

Howard Assembly Room
2 October 2015


Monday, 15 June 2015

Peter King benefit concert

Stephen from Pizza Express writes

"Peter is not well at all. If you want to do something for him now is the time.  If anyone would like to buy a ticket, pledge a donation, write a message to Peter which will be read on the night, please reply to me.

If its a donation - I will will send you Peter's bank details so that you can pay directly in to the bank.
If its a message send it to me here. We will read it on the night. If you want to buy a ticket - all money from the ticket sales goes to Peter - book with Pizza Express here:

Whatever you can or are able to do will be greatly appreciated. Details are below"


75 years old this year, Peter King is still dazzling audiences with his spontaneity, sensational swing, beauteous melodic sense and breathtaking virtuosity. Peter is a national treasure - one of the greatest alto sax players in the world and one the greatest musicians to have emerged from the UK. He has often been compared to Charlie Parker but is very much his own man - often imitated but never duplicated. He soars over changes playing pure melody with the excitement of a hurricane and imbues every note with passion and vitality.

Many very special guests, colleagues, friends and fans will come together for this celebration/benefit to play and be part of this unique evening.

All proceeds from the night's performance will go towards Peter's medical care and expenses. Please come and show your support for one of the last living legends of this music.

Don't miss the chance to be there and hear what will be a very special night of music, and to support a true jazz great, made in the UK.

Peter King (alto sax)
Jean Toussaint (tenor sax)
Julian Arguelles (tenor sax)
Tom Cawley (piano)
Agusti Mas (guitar)
Jeremy Brown (bass)/Arnie Somogyi (bass)

Stephen Keogh (drums)

and many more...

Pizza Express 
Jazz Club Soho
10 Dean Street

And the Southport winter weekend line up is....

The 12th Southport Jazz on a Winter's Weekend Festival line up is now available - 5-7 Feb 2016

FRI 5th: Ben Cox Band “I think we may have found the best new jazz talent to emerge from the UK” - Liane Carroll
Royal Northern College of Music Big Band with musical director Mike Hall and guest trumpet Ryan Quigley
Daniel John Martin - Paris resident; a unique and charis-matic performer and one of the most talented and sought after violinists of his generation

SAT 6th
Mads Methias From Denmark - multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter building a truly international career
Marius Neset Quartet Norwegian reeds superstar and composer returns with his latest world class band
Patrick Cornelius Septet American award-winning alto saxophonist-composer Patrick Cornelius has emerged as a dynamic new voice on the New York jazz scene today
Alec Dankworth’s ‘Spanish Accents’ An all star sextet blending jazz with the music and rhythms of Spain

SUN 7th
Steve Fishwick-Osian Roberts-Frank Basile US/UK hard bop sextet with Mat Fishwick, Jeb Patton & Mike Karn
David Newton - Iain Dixon Quartet with Matt Miles & Steve Brown reprise and update their early ‘DNA’ album
Barnes/O’Higgins & The Sax Section New music by Alan and Dave with Sammy Mayne, Karen Sharp, Judith O’Higgins, Robin Aspland, Geoff Gascoine & Seb de Krom
Jim Mullen + Neil Burns Trio Two phenomenal like minded guitarists for a brilliant finale

11 concerts; a strong international presence; a fascinating fringe ; in a convivial atmosphere ; all under one roof at Southport’s Best Western Royal Clifton Hotel and Spa. If you come for the weekend you can see them all for £135 or maybe just choose a day (£44-£65) or even just the odd concert you fancy (£14-£22). Go on line to www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk to view the programme and download a booking form.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Summer fun at Scarborough jazz...

Nicola Farnon                                       Si Beddoe

June 17 Nicola Farnon Trio
The Trio’s last appearance at Scarborough Jazz was a triumph, as they played with high energy, irresistible  swing and passion. A fine singer and a swinging bass player, Nicola has an outgoing personality that makes her a remarkable stage performer. With her is Piero Tucci, an accomplished pianist, who doubles on saxophone, and in-demand drummer Phil Johnson. Nicola sings her favourite jazz and Latin standards.  Humphrey Lyttelton said: "She is a class act who should be on every jazz festival in the land - a sure fire hit!" £7 (£6 in advance)

June 24 Jon Taylor & Ian Royle
Another duo and this is their first performance together Jon is an experienced freelance, improvising saxophonist covering various styles such as Jazz, Blues, Latin. Ian has played  for the BBC with the Northern Radio Orchestra. His trumpet styles range from Miles Davis to Humphrey Lyttelton. £5

July 1 Russ Henderson
Sax player Russ is probably one of the best exports from Scotland since fine single malt - and just as classy. Expect thoughtful and powerful renditions of standards when accompanied by the MG3 with Tom Townsend as the new resident drummer. £4

July 8 Simon Beddoe
A welcome return to the club for trumpeter  Tonight we can expect some wonderful flugel and trumpet workouts on a selection of standards. If Simon’s last visit is anything to go by, you can expect Mike, Tom and Bob to  have a good workout too. £4

15 Will Powell Quartet featuring Ben Lowman
A first visit to the club for guitarist Will, who has garnered a great following on the jazz scene in and around Leeds. Expect some Sonny Rollins Duke Ellington, some re-imagined standards along with a few self-penned tunes. £7 (£6 in advance)

22 Toby Greenwood
Leeds based Toby hails from a musical family and has been a professional sax player since the age of 16. Toby lists Wayne Shorter and Charles Mingus amongst his influences along with Latin American and South African Jazz. £4

29 Players’ Night
Always a popular night at Scarborough Jazz, and never without a few surprises. We openly welcome instrumentalists and vocalists from amongst those who regularly support the Club. We do, however, ask you to register in advance with Mike Gordon on 01723 379818. £4

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

01723 500570

For more info go to www.scarboroughjazz.co.uk

Loads of great jazz in York...

John Marley writes

There's loads of great jazz happening in York at the moment with events on most nights of week.

As well as the regular gigs listed below, there are several world class bands visiting the city in the coming months. Hosted by the National Centre For Early Music & York University, these include Alan Barnes, Jesse Bannister, Julian Arguelles and Dennis Rollins. More here http://www.ncem.co.uk/

Regular gigs

Monday - Kate Peters Quartet at The Phoenix Inn - 8.30pm - Free entry. 1st & 3rd Monday of every month 

Tuesday - One Foot In the Groove at The Victoria Vaults - 8.30pm - Free entry. Once a month (check listings)

Wednesday - Jazz Jam at The Phoenix Inn - 8.30pm - Free entry. Weekly
                   - Gypsy Jazz Jazz at The Victoria Vaults - 8.30pm - Free entry. Every fortnight

Thursday - Jazz at The Red Lion Hotel (bands led by Keith Jevons and Karl Mullen) - 8.30pm - Free entry - Weekly
                - Jazz at The Pavilion Hotel (Vocal duo's including Jenny Smith, Georgina Barr & Julie Edwards) - 7pm - Free entry. Weekly
                - Jazz at Nevermind (A rotation of bands including James Lancaster, Kate Peters and Firebird Quartet) - 9pm - Free entry - Weekly

Sunday - Jazz at Kennedy's Bar (guests guitarists/pianists with a house rhythm section) - 1pm - Free entry - Weekly
             - Jazz at The Phoenix Inn (rotating bands including Firebird Quartet, Central Scrutinizers & guest bands) - 8pm - Free entry - Weekly
             - Late Night Jazz at Sotanos (quartet led by Neil Corkery) - 9pm - Free entry - Weekly
             - Karl Mullen & Rachel Croft at The Rook & Gaskill - 8pm - Free entry - 1st Sunday of the month 

There's much more information at www.jazzinyork.com . People can also keep up to date in a few other ways. There's the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jazzinyork, Twitter at www.twitter.com/jazzinyork You can also listen to Ian Chalk give a run down of jazz in North Yorkshire on BBC Radio York every Monday around 3.30pm.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Clare in North Yorkshire

As much as she thoroughly enjoys fronting her Big Band or her Hollywood Orchestra, or presenting her weekly show on BBC Radio 2, award winning jazz singer and Yorkshire lass Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues. Getting close to an audience is a thrilling experience for Clare. She engages in a wonderful musical (and often spoken) conversation with the audience and they in turn feel that they really have witnessed something personal and very special.

The music played in these shows is always evolving, from The Great American and British Songbooks to the music made popular by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee to more contemporary covers and original material Clare loves to create a melting pot of styles and genres, but all sung in her inimitable style. Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty story telling.

Clare will play and headline two North Yorkshire events during September

Duo show with piano - Friday 11th September @ Holy Trinity Church, Ripon, HG4 2EY
Tickets http://www.riponinternationalfestival.com/box-office/ 

Quartet with piano, bass and drums – Saturday 12th September @ Fallfest, Glusburn, North Yorkshire, BD20 8PJ
7:30pm - Headlining Fallfest 2015
Tickets £22 - £33 http://www.fallfest.co.uk/tickets/online-booking/ 

Burton Agnes Festival goes indoors...

The 9th Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is taking place this summer, from Friday 3rd July to Sunday 5th July 2015.

With national award wining artists such as Jo Harman, Val Wiseman, including Alan Barnes and Digby Fairweather and Nicola Farnon performing on the outdoor stages, acts that will perform over the weekend indoors inside the Great Hall have just been announced as follows:

Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Jenny Bray and her Jazz students - Jenny Bray brings her students to the Hall for a show of talent from the stars of tomorrow. Jenny will also be supported by jazz educator Rev Ray.
Saffron Byass - With a stunning voice and a talent for the guitar and piano, Burton Agnes Festival look forward to hearing performances from Saffron's new album in the making.
Samuel McKie in association with the Beverley Festival - Samuel enjoys modern folk, and listens to artists such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell and newer artists such as Johnny Flynn and Emily Barker.

Sunday 12 noon – 5:00pm
Gershwin revisited - A tour of Gershwin's greatest songs with festival organiser Simon on sax, Michael Nagasaka and Tom Mellor on guitar, all capped off with Kate Sweeting's beautiful singing.
Ben Beattie - Sax playing Ben will perform solo some of his favourite pieces and own compositions, and will also be showing off his talent and skills on the piano.
Rob Law Trio - Rob is an accomplished piano player who has earned himself a reputation as one of the country's most exciting young artists
Edwina Hayes  Her solo shows are a pleasing blend of well crafted songs, beautifully sung and played, coupled with a natural charm that audiences everywhere find appealing.

This years Courtyard Sessions, which will run during the afternoon on both days, will see performances from local artists Alfie Woods & Meg Waite along with festival regular, and hugely talented, Jacob King.

Tickets are now on sale from here : http://www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Tickets_and_Prices.html  by telephone 01262 490324 (weekdays 9am-5pm), or from any of the shops at Burton Agnes Hall.
Tickets are priced at £70 for the full weekend; children under 12 are free with an adult.
Concessions: OAPs, Burton Agnes Hall members, students and children aged 12-15 are £68.
(Families need only buy one concessionary ticket to cover all their children aged 12-15)
Day and evening only tickets are also available.

‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’ The Independent

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Heart notes

Sam Watts
From Lesley Jeffries

Just a brief note to remind you of three important things...

1. Workshops WILL continue on Monday (15th) with Ben Lowman taking over from Matt Anderson. All welcome - new people come and try us out! £8 per session
2. SAM WATTS is going to be amazing on Saturday - playing silent film music, talking about music and images... wonderful stuff! 7.30 p.m. £8 (£6)
3. There are a few places at Summer School, but it's filling up fast so let me know if you are interested. It's August 3rd - 6th and the cost is £200.

Oh yes - and there's a wonderful gig next week (not a jazz-at-heart promotion, but I will be playing!). Leeds Jazz Orchestra is on at HEART on 20th June at 8 p.m.

See you all soon - I'm off to Devon for a day!


Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

United Kingdom

All is not well in centre of Leeds...

Tom Swire writes

"All is not well in the centre of Leeds for mid week jazz.

Unfortunately there will be no more Thursday Jazz at the Central on Wellington Street. The landlord has apparently been evicted by the pub for a variety of reasons according top staff and the brewery are now looking for a new manager to take over. In the meantime, the windows to the pub have been temporarily boarded up to protect them, possibly from the ousted landlord! Promoter Richard Hardy is in discussions for a potential switch of venue on a Thursday night - I will keep you updates through the blog.

Meanwhile round the corner at the White Rabbit in York Place, the final arrival of summer will mean an enforced break there on Tuesday nights also - on 16th June they have guitarist Sam Dunn with his trio 23 June saxman Nadim Teimoori  then the last gig will be on Tuesday 30 June with bassist Simon Read's trio - hopefully the venue will be back live again in the Autumn.

The Sela Bar also seems a bit quiet too now that Matt Anderson is heading south for the smoke (though I hear bassist Tom Riviere is to restart programming the monthly Sunday evening gig there in the autumn). But at least there is definitely Brendan Duffy's new gig at the Head of Steam near Leeds station Sundays 7.30 til 10-00

I’m sending in a ticket off to the Euro-millions Lottery this Friday in the forlorn hope that if I won I could set up a northern equivalent to Ronnie Scott’s!"


Ornette Coleman dies at 85

Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz history, died on Thursday morning (11-6-15) in Manhattan at age 85.

Coleman's influence on jazz music has been massive. He stirred up the jazz scene starting in the late Fifties, setting aside traditional harmonic and rhythmic rules in favor of an avant-garde approach filled with unorthodox solos and musical structures. His debut studio album, Something Else!!!! in 1958, and "The Shape of Jazz to Come" were breakthroughs in the development of free and avant-garde jazz.

One of only few Northern appearances was with Prime Time – this was his heavy rock phase with two drummers, electric basses and guitars, seen here at the Sheffield Jazz Festival, Crucible Theatre in Sheffield 3 June 1981 (on the same bill was the Abdullah Ibrahim Quartet - tickets cost £3.50!)

The sheer volume of the music virtually lifted you out of your seat and quite a few in the audience walked out after about five minutes but for me it was an evening of thrilling, driving music.

The BBC obituary is here


Thursday, 4 June 2015

One for the Jazz-phobics!

From Lesley Jeffries

This gig is going to be special....Sat 13 June 7.30pm at Heart Sam Watts solo piano

I spoke to Sam the other day and his plans for this gig are very exciting! He'll be projecting images (and some film clips) and playing music to complement - or to challenge - them! Look out for some interesting effects!


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

See website for more info www.heartcentre.org.uk/jazz-at-heart