Monday, 31 August 2015

Lots of great jazz Jazz in York

Julian Arguelles Tetra Quartet - Oct 29th

John Marley writes

This is an up to date list of Jazz gigs in York up until the end of the year. All promoted by different people but it seems to make sense to list them all together.

National Centre For Early Music 

  • Tete Mbambisa and his Big ''SA-UK'' Sound - September 9th
  • Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio - November 15th
  • Andy Sheppard Quartet - November 22nd
  • Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Illes - November 27th

York University -

  • South African Jazz Cultures and the Archive (lectures and performances relating to South African Jazz) - September 4th - 9th
  • Julian Arguelles Tetra Quartet - October 29th


  • Kate Peters Quartet - 1st & 3rd Monday of every month
  • Karl Mullen Quartet - 2nd Monday of every month
  • Jazz Jam - Every Wednesday
  • Firebird Quartet - 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month
  • Georg Ruschmeyer Trio - 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Dan Clarkson Quartet - August 30th
  • Al Morrison Trio - September 27th
  • Alex Munk Quartet - October 20th
  • Sam Dunn Trio - October 25th
  • Jazz Main - November 29th

Victoria Vaults 

  • One Foot in the Groove/Four in a Bar - Tuesdays (check listings)
  • Gypsy Jazz Jam - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month

Kennedy's Bar -

  • Instrumental Jazz Trio - every Sunday


  • Neil Corkery Quartet - every Sunday


  • Karl Mullen and Rachel Croft - every Sunday


  • Live Jazz - every Thursday.

Detailed listings, venue information, educational material and more at

Autumn jazz in the Boston Spa...

Brian Carrick’s Algiers Stompers - Oct 31

Les and the team write about the autumn jazz events coming up at Boston Spa

September 2015
5th – Harlem Hot Stompers – the name says it all. Rousing traditional jazz and no prisoners taken by this long time favourite group. Led by Ian McCann on banjo, we are guaranteed a full bore session to lift the spirits and set your feet tapping.

12th Sorry – No Jazz

19th – Budapest Ragtime Band – now for something a little different. On tour in the UK, this eight piece band was formed in Hungary in 1980 to perform classical ragtime sounds. Since then the group has expanded its horizons to include string instruments and vibraphone and extended the repertoire to include familiar Dixieland sounds. This promises to be one of those truly special Boston Spa sessions. Be there. £10.

26th – Spirit of New Orleans – to round off the month and a little nearer home we have this Yorkshire based group led by trumpeter Dave Pogson. Always a most enjoyable session, the band displays a wide ranging, relaxed and distinctive style from some of the North’s most accomplished musicians.

October 2015
3rd – Jim Wright’s Rhythm de Luxe – Jim is no stranger to JITS having played here so many times as a swinging member of the rhythm section. On this occasion, he leads his own group in a musical tour of the best of the popular tunes from the Jazz Age, Rhythm and Blues, Country Music and - whisper it – Rock & Roll. Jim will be more than ably accompanied by some of  Yorkshire’s finest - Frank Brooker on reeds, Ron Burnett on trombone, Phil Campen on bass and Trevor King on drums.

10th – Charlestown Jazz Band – a welcome return by this seven piece Dutch band from Nijmegan who played a superb session for us in 2013. Originally inspired by Bix Beiderbecke, the band now reflects the sounds of Chris Barber and the Dutch Swing College but with an infusion of R & B reflecting the likes of Louis Prima and Fats Domino. £10

17th – Savannah Jazz Band – and here again for their last appearance in 2015 are our Yorkshire heroes led by the charismatic John Meehan. A really fun filled session was had in August – we anticipate another to round off this year’s “Savannah Season.”

24th - John Hallam/Jamie Brownfield Quintet – and to bring a slightly different emphasis to the proceedings, we have our favourite reeds player with young trumpet maestro Jamie and a first class rhythm section with Chris Holmes on piano, Jim Swinnerton on bass and Jack Coterill on drums. The programme can probably best be described as “from Dixieland to Duke”.

31st – Brian Carrick’s Algiers Stompers – one for the purists amongst you. Brian needs no introduction to the Boston Spa audience and is in much demand throughout Europe as well as making many visits to New Orleans. The Stompers base their New Orleans sound on the original Kid Thomas Band and its driving, melodic, “stepping out for pleasure style”. £10.

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

Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra debut date

From Tom Sharp -  hello lovely people.

The ENTIRE Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra is making its DEBUT PUBLIC PERFORMANCE at LS6 in Hyde Park Leeds this Wednesday and it's going to be absolutely smashing. Come be blown away by the power of thirteen horns. Come watch the saxes power through absurdly difficult soli sections. Come see the trumpets power through slightly easier soli sections. Come see the rhythm section ably support the champion of crooning that is special guest Philip Lyons. Come see a bass trombone

This is a rare opportunity not only to see all these remarkable musicians play together on your doorstep but more importantly to see two sets of tightly rehearsed big band music for FREE so please please please come along and support this preposterous event and we can hopefully persuade the good people at LS6 to put us on again. Possibly a jam too if everyone turns up on time so bring your horn

You will have the pleasure of watching
Saxes: Ben Lowman, Laurie Covell, Rose Perry, Eliot Richards & Jack Chandler,
Trumpets: Myself, Ciarán Diston, Will Blackstone & James Hamilton,
Trombones: Tom I'Anson, Chris Burge, Tom Smith & Chris Dale
Rhythm: Matthew Aplin, Conall Mulvenna, Sam Jackson & Jack Amblin...

If you only come to one jazz gig this year you may as well make it this one. 8.30pm start 11.45pm finish

See you there!

LS6 Cafe A.K.A The Clock Cafe
16A Headingley Lane,

South African Jazz event in York

c Bruce Huntley
c Gregory Franz
Taking place from 4 – 9 September 2015, events will feature internationally renowned names in a pioneering series of live music events, discussions, film showings, public lectures, book readings and record launches exploring South African Jazz. The events will take place at the University of York culminating in a concert at the National Centre for Early Music. All events are open to the public and the majority are free.

Dr Jonathan Eato, Lecturer in the Department of Music and project lead, says:
“This is a terrifically exciting and profound project with an international reach. Exploring the legacy of South African jazz, the project aims to encourage critical engagement with musical thinking and priorities, rather than socio-historical information. The fact that this is happening in York is wonderful and is a unique opportunity to hear from South African jazz legends, and see some fantastic performances".

Highlights include:
Catherine and Darius Brubeck, collaborators on jazz education projects in South Africa for almost 25 years, will read sketches from Jazz Life, a book in progress, documenting their life meeting remarkable people and living through challenging times (Saturday 5 September, Rymer Auditorium, University of York 5.00 – 6.15pm).

Eugene Skeef, musician and activist, will share scenes from his film about the impact of the legendary South African musician and personal friend, Bheki Mseleku. Skeef was forced to leave his native South Africa in 1980 and go into exile because of his political and cultural activism (Saturday 5 September, Rymer Audiorium, University of York 6.30 – 7.45pm)

A round-table discussion with Adam Glasser, South African harmonica player and pianist, Tete Mbambisa, a musician and key influence on the generation of South African exiles who transformed the London jazz scene post-1964, Nduduzo Makhathini, South African jazz pianist and composer, and Pinise Saul, vocalist and co-founder of the London-based South African ¬Gospel ¬Singers. (Sunday 6 September, Berwick Saul Building, University of York 3.00 – 4.30pm)

A discussion on Women in South African Jazz with Dr Lindelwa Dalamba, jazz historian, Maxine McGregor, author, and vocalists Vuyiswa Ngcwangu and Pinise Saul. (Sunday 6 September, 5.00 – 6.30pm, Berwick Saul Building University of York)

Tete Mbambisa and his ‘Big SA-UK Sound’ will perform at the National Centre for Early Music on Wednesday 9 September (7.30 – 9.30pm). Tete Mbambisa’s band will feature British musicians who worked with the South African exiles in London. With the exception of Louis Moholo-Moholo, the members of the influential exile band The Blue Notes passed on before the end of apartheid and consequently never returned to live and work permanently in South Africa. As such this is a re-joining of a broken chain of musical knowledge that left with The Blue Notes in the 1960s, was added to and developed by three decades of work in exile, but which never passed back to the South African musicians who remained at home. Mbambisa will be reunited with drummer Gilbert Matthews, who he worked with in South Africa before Matthews left for European exile.

More information

Department of Music, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK

National Centre for Early Music, St Margarets Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL

Friday, 28 August 2015

Scarborough Jazz autumn season..

John Etheridge - Nov 4

It's not just the jazz festival - Mike Gordon and the team at Scarborough also run a lovely club programme. Mike says "In these times it’s heartening to report that Scarborough Jazz goes from strength to strength. Audience figures are healthy and the atmosphere on Wednesday nights is welcoming and happy. This is their autumn line up

SEPTEMBER 2: Threeway Two of the UK's leading players, trumpeter Steve Waterman and pianist Steve Lodder, combine with one of the North's most experienced bandleaders and composers, Ben Crosland. £8 (£7 in advance)

SEP 9 Adams, Kemp & Gordon Highly popular vocalist Rich Adams joins forces with the talented Dave Kemp (sax) and Mark Gordon (keyboards). They are backed by resident players Tom Townsend (drums) and Bob Walker (bass). £5

SEP 16 Stuart MacDonald A long-standing and very popular performer at Scarborough – fluent on all saxes and a great entertainer. With the Mike Gordon Trio. £4

SEP 23 Kate Peters & Ian Chalk Vivacious and versatile singer Kate pairs brilliantly with Ian’s trumpet playing. Great favourites in Scarborough . MG3 £5,

OCT 7 Matt Ball In-demand trombonist Matt has worked on TV and Film projects (Brideshead Revisited …) and performed with many star musicians. MG3. £4

OCT 14 Pan Jumby Panjumby are a high-energy fivepiece of engaging and accessible performers with a repertoire of jazz calypso and classic Latin tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad and Jamaica. £7 (£6 in advance).

OCT 21 Kevin Holbrough One of the best known and most inspiring players on the jazz scene Kevin is tutor in jazz trombone at Leeds College of Music. MG3. £4

OCT 28 Jim Corry We are lucky to catch saxophonist Jim Corry in between his world tours and recording sessions with Jamiroquai and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. One of the best jazzers around. MG3. £4

NOV 4 John Etheridge & Trio North A real treat in store as this legend of guitar pays his annual visit to the Club.He is supported by bassist Ben Crosland and drummer Dave Tyas. £8 (£7 in advance)

NOV 11 Frank Brooker Whether it be tenor sax, clarinet or vocals, Frank is guaranteed to entertain in the company of The Mike Gordon Trio. £4

NOV 18 Octopus Trumpet, trombone, three saxes and a tight rhythm section ensure many quality big band arrangements are played with style and verve. £5

NOV 25 Jim Birkett Guitarist Jim is always a popular draw both at the Club and the Festival MG3 £4

DEC 2 Blind Monk Trio This innovative three piece draw influences from Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson blended with alternative rock and eastern folk music. £6 (£5 in advance)

DEC 9 Jazz Aesthetic & Friends Peter Elsdon returns with his highly talented students.  £5

DEC 16 Christmas Jazz Party As ever we invite players to join us for our Festive celebration, which is always a fun-filled night. We ask you to ring Mike on 01723 379818 if you wish to perform. £4

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

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

01723 500570

Dark Briggate Blues..

Photo Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott at Studio20 in 1956 (Terry Cryer)

From Chapel Allerton Arts Festival team...

"Dark Briggate Blues" is a new crime novel by Leeds author Chris Nickson, whose hero Dan Markham lives in a flat in Chapel Allerton and who frequents a jazz club called Studio 20 in Upper Briggate run by tuba player Bob Barclay. (Studio 20 is now the Sela Bar). 

Hear a talk by Chris at part of the Chapel Allerton Festival in Leeds on Tues 1st September 6pm at Chapel Allerton Library free"

Comments from drummer Mike Hoggard

"I must read the book. I was a member of Bob Barclay,s Yorkshire Jazz Band and remember studio 20 . There are now only three ex members of the band still alive. Me.(Drums)John Cook (TPT) and. Mike Paley (trombone). So many people played at Studio 20. When Jazz concerts were held on a Saturday night in Leeds, Bob would invite the band back to the club with the promise of breakfast.

In those day most bands travelled from London by train and returned on what we used to call the milk train. This left leeds early morning and bands would be obliged to kick there heels for five hours or so before they could get back. Studio 20 offered a warm place to go and jazz. Half the Basie band played there one night with Jimmy Rushing singing. Members of Bob,s YJB joined in . Humph played with his band one night and then complained in the Melody Maker that Bob had charged him for breakfast. Bob never missed a trick!

There are dozens of original Terry Cryer pictures on the walls of the concert room of the Manhattan club and snooker centre in Harrogate"

Water music from Matt Bourne

From Matthew Bourne...

"This Friday 28th August, the first episode in a new six-part series about the canals will begin on BBC1. Although it is not the first time I’ve worked on music for film and television, this is the first time that myself and fellow colleague, Sam Hobbs, have collaborated in a substantial BBC commission together – composing, performing, recording and producing the music in our respective studios in Airedale and Wharfedale. The music also features some of Leeds’s finest musicians – including the inimitable guitar work of Mark Creswell & Jonny Flockton, and the multi-instrumental skills of musical polymath Richard Ormrod. Intrigued? Be sure to tune in!"

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Jams gig and workshops at Heart

Sam Dunn- 12 September

From Lesley Jeffries at Jazz at Heart in Leeds

"Our Heart monthly jam sessions are on the first Friday of each month... led by Kim Macari-Stone-Lonergan.

All jazz instrumentalists and singers welcome
(over 16) - all abilities

Monday workshops resume on 14th September... 7.30 - 9.00 p.m.

Following Matt Anderson's amazing 4+ years of workshops, we are delighted to have secured the services of two excellent tutors to build on Matt's work. They are Ben Lowman and Sam Dunn. They will lead alternate weeks, but work on the same programme, starting with a 'Blue Note' series, working on the some of the famous tunes from that most well-known of record labels.
All jazz instrumentalists welcome (over 16) - all abilities:)

Sept 12th 7.30 p.m.
£8 (£6)
Jazz Guitarist Sam Dunn's playing is informed by the history of the instrument, with a mastery of contemporary harmonic and melodic language. He brings his trio to Heart for an evening of contemporary jazz, with bassist Garry Jackson and Drummer Steve Hanley. A varied and dynamic band, expect to hear original material from the trio and their contemporaries, standards, and music by Thelonious Monk.

Talk/recital- MUSICAL CHANGES: a history of ideas in music
October 16th 8 p.m.
£8 (£6)
Jazz-at-heart's contribution to this year's Headingley Festival of Ideas brings the incomparable Matt Anderson back to Leeds to give us a talk/recital on the history of jazz. Following Sam Watts' two recitals/talks, we are excited to be adding this event to our repertoire! Matt will be illustrating his talk with music, played live"

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

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Outstanding jazz at Jazz North East

Paul Bream writes

"Well, our Summer season certainly went out with a bang - a storming, and well attended gig by French quintet OXYD. And our Autumn season should start in similar fashion on 13th September, with another French group - this time the quartet OZMA - playing two contrasting sets, the first consisting of the band improvising a soundtrack to a silent movie, before continuing the night with an outpouring of contemporary jazz vibrant with raw energy.

That OZMA appearance launches a run of gigs with a strong international flavour, reflecting the enthusiasm of overseas bands to come and play for the appreciative Tyneside audience. In quick succession we have Japanese pianist Yoko Miura, Luxembourg trio the Jeff Herr Corporation, and Oxford-born, Amsterdam-trained, and Berlin-resident reedman Toby Delius. But we’re certainly not neglecting the UK scene, so our opening Autumn series also brings in the exciting new London trio Glasshopper (featuring Hexham-born guitarist James Kitchman), the star-studded quartet Let Spin, and three of Tyneside’s leading players in Triptych.

This is, we hope, just the start of another sequence of outstanding jazz, crossing the borders of style and nationality. Very soon we’ll hear the outcome of an Arts Council funding application; if that’s been successful, then we have incredibly exciting plans for the rest of this year and through 2016. Just keep watching this space . . . "


13th September @ the Bridge Hotel
OZMA meets Buster 
French quartet improvises music to Buster Keaton’s silent movie ‘Three Ages’, followed by a straight instrumental set.

23rd September @ the Newcastle Lit & Phil
Yoko Miura & Charlie Collins + Zoë Gilby 
Superb Japanese pianist in an improv duo, plus a voice & electronics set from Zoë.

29th September @ the Jazz Café
Jeff Herr Corporation 
First ever UK appearance by groove-driven trio from Luxembourg.

4th October @ the Bridge Hotel
Toby Delius Trio 
Berlin-based reedman returns to Tyneside with bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders.

11th October @ the Bridge Hotel
Glasshopper + Triptych 
Fantastic double bill brings together outstanding young London trio with hugely popular Tyneside group.

27th October @ the Jazz Café
Let Spin 
Return visit from one of the UK’s most exciting young groups, with four players at the top of their game.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Lunchtime jazz at Durham's Gala

December 18th – Northern Monkey Brass Band

Paul Edis writes about the Friday lunchtime jazz series at the Durham Gala

September 25th – Noel Dennis Trio 
Trumpeter Noel has worked alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, John Warren, Tommy Smith, John Surman, Mark Nightingale, Tim Garland, Bob Mintzer and many other top musicians and composers. For this gig he is joined by pianist Paul Edis and bassist Andy Champion.

October 9th – Bradley Johnston Quartet
One of the rising stars of the North East jazz circuit, Bradley Johnston leads his quartet in a performance that promises own original material and a contemporary take on the classic jazz repertoire. The bands influences include musicians such as Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Michal Petrucciani, Sonny Rollins.

November 6th – Jo Harrop Quartet
Originally from the North East, London based singer Jo Harrop is a young jazz singer with a captivating, rich, chocolate voice. Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, and Betty Carter, Jo's favourite place is on stage, singing classic Jazz standards with ease.

December 18th – Northern Monkey Brass Band
Formed at the beginning of 2009, the band formerly known as Horn Dogs are a deeply funky collective of some of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England. Led by trumpeter Graham Hardy, the NMBB were initally inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band to name a few (as well as that bit at the beginning of Live And Let Die).  Northern Monkey Brass Band show you a good time!

All concerts 1-2.00pm. Tickets are available at £4 from the Box Office

Durham Gala Arts Centre
1 Millennium Place,
Durham DH1 1WA
0300 026 6600

Learn jazz @the Globe

The Jazz-Co op in Newcastle's evening courses start again in September week commencing 21 September at the Globe in Newcastle. Places are limited so book now!

There are four courses on offer:
• Play More Jazz! (for all instruments - intermediate level)
• Horns Together (for saxes, trumpets, trombones - intermediate level)
• Advanced Jazz Guitar (for experienced guitarists)
• Stronger Jazz Voices (for experienced vocalists)

Play More Jazz!
Monday, 7-9pm. 10 weekly sessions starting 21 September. Tutor Stu Finden.
This course complements our successful monthly Play Jazz! workshops held at Sage Gateshead. It is particularly suitable for musicians wanting to step up from jazz beginner to jazz improver.
The standard course fee is £140, and there is a discounted rate of £125 for Jazz.Coop members.

Horns Together  
Tuesday, 7.30-9.30pm. 10 weekly sessions starting 22 September. Tutor Gary Turner.
Designed for horn players (saxophone, trumpet, trombone) of intermediate standard wanting to improve both their soloing and ensemble playing.
The standard course fee is £140, and there is a discounted rate of £125 for Jazz.Coop members.

Advanced Jazz Guitar
Tuesday, 5.15-7.15pm. 5 fortnightly sessions starting 29 September. Tutor James Birkett.
Participants will be expected to attend all five sessions and to undertake follow-up work between each session (hence the fortnightly schedule).
The standard course fee is £75, and there is a discounted rate of £65 for Jazz.Coop members.

Stronger Jazz Voices
Tuesday, 5.15-7.15pm. 5 fortnightly sessions starting 22 September. Tutor Zoe Gilby + Alan Law on piano.This is a course for experienced singers wishing to explore the jazz idiom further and develop their performance skills. The standard course fee is £125, and there is a discounted rate of £112.50 for Jazz.Coop members.

For more about all our education activities follow this link

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

Jazz for lunch at Lit and Phil

December 11th  - Graeme Wilson Quartet

Paul Edis writes with the autumn listing for the Friday lunchtime gigs at Newcastle's Lit and Phil

September 4th – James Harrison Trio
James Harrison is a recent graduate of the prestigious BMus course from Sage, Gateshead. He has quickly established himself as a recognised figure on the North East jazz scene regularly working with a host of different bands including the Lindsay Hannon Plus, Mick Donnelly's Musicians' Unlimited and giving regular solo performances. His trio features John Pope (bass) and Tom Chapman (drums)

October 30th - Pannonica - Zoe Gilby (voice), Paul Edis (piano) and Andy Champion (bass)
Jazz vocalist Zoe Gilby's new project features some of the North East’s most talented instrumentalists and primarily draws on the work of one of her musical heroines, American singer Carmen McRae, who recorded memorable interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s music in the 1960’s (including some of his best known tunes such as ‘Blue Monk’, and ‘Pannonica’ (written in honour of the Jazz Baroness, the muse of bebop). 

November 13th – Mark Williams and Joel McCulloch guitar duo
Joel has returned to the North East after living in Manchester, and so the duo has picked up where they left off many moons ago. They will be playing a choice selection of contemporary standards from composers such as Wayne Shorter, Steve Swallow and Charlie Haden, along with a few originals.

December 11th  - Graeme Wilson Quartet
This band is all about heartfelt improvisation on idiosyncratic tunes that stay with you. The players infuse driving jazz and latin rhythms or ambient swing with their various enthusiasms including folk and rock ballads, free jazz and the dancefloor. 

All concerts are 1-2pm, £4 on the door.

The Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SE.

Cafe Lento's autumn treats

Manjula 16 October

Richard Lindley the owner of the hip Cafe Lento in Headingley, Leeds has produced a intriguing programme for this autumn - with guitars to the fore!

25th September:  Nik Svarc guitar, Steve Hanley drums, Martin Longhawn keys

9th October: Stuart McCallum +Mike Walker guitars

16th October: "Manjula" feat Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon vocals Joe Harris guitar

6th November: Sam Dunn (guitar) Trio

27th November: Zoe Gilby vocals +Andy Champion bass

All gigs are on Friday evenings 8.30 start. £5!

Get there early for a seat!

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

Autumn jazz at Durham Ushaw College

Vasilis Xenopoulos - October 24th

Paul Edis writes..

Here are the Autumn evdening jazz gigs at Ushaw College, Durham. We're in the middle of sorting the programme out for 2016 (Which should include a festival!). I'll be in touch with more information when I have it.

Friday September 25th – Mick Shoulder Swing Manouche
Leader and songwriter of ‘Djangologie’; Mick Shoulder unveils his new group, ‘Swing Manouche’
Featuring Mick on lead guitar and Giles Strong on guitar rhythmique, along with Paul Edis on clarinet and Neil Harland on double bass

Saturday October 24th – Vasilis Xenopoulos, Paul Edis and the Gala Big Band
London-based star saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos is a familiar figure to North East audiences, regularly touring the area and hooking up with his long time musical friend Paul Edis. This duo perform straight-ahead swinging jazz. Paul also leads the Gala Big Band, a community Big Band based at the Gala Theatre, Durham.

Friday 20th November- Northern Monkey Brass Band
Northern Monkey Brass Band (formerly known as Horn Dogs) are a deeply funky collective of some of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band to name a few (as well as that bit at the beginning of Live And Let Die), they formed at the beginning of 2009.  The band have rapidly earned a reputation for lively, energetic shows featuring original music written specifically for the band, classics of the New Orleans brass band genre and well known covers in a way you’ve never heard them.

Friday December 18th – Ruth Lambert Trio 
"It's all about the intimacy of the trio. Three voices, each one as important as the other"
The Ruth Lambert Trio takes it's main influence from the early recordings of Julie London's Trio. With the intimate accompaniment of Giles Strong's guitar and Mick Shoulder's bass, Ruth swings, improvises and transforms each song into something distinctive and personal.

Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH

DoveJazz joins the network!

Doc Houlind All Stars- 3 Oct

Barry Pryme writes from our latest club to join the NorvolJazz network, Dove Jazz.

"New Orleans/Traditional Jazz makes a most welcome return to Dove Jazz Club in September for the start of its Autumn Programme after the annual Summer break.

The first Concert on Sat 19th September will see the now London-based reedsman Adrian Cox gracing the Dove podium after an absence of some five years, playing with his Quartet and their internationally renowned guest pianist Mr Tom Kincaid. It will certainly be something a little be different for the Club’s much valued patrons to sit back at enjoy.

This event is closely followed two weeks later on the Sat 3rd October by the tremendously exciting ‘Doc Houlind All Stars’ from Denmark, who will be making an appearance at the Club as ‘Dove Virgins.’ - the handle fondly given to all those souls be it musicians or punters before they make their first visit to the Club.

The Sat 7th of November sees our very own ‘Ragtime Band’ on stage at Dove for nearly their 30th Session at our venue. This band which comprises the amazing front line of John Hallam - reeds, Jamie Brownfield - trumpet, Mike Pointon – trombone/vocals and an equally outstanding rhythm section made up of Ian McCann - banjo/guitar, Howard Worthington- string bass, and the inimitable Colin Bowden behind his distinctive 1956 oak drum kit.

Our Annual Christmas Party Night will feature Manchester’s legendary ‘Harlem Hot Stompers’ on Monday the 28th December. In addition to a quality band we will have free sausage rolls and mince pies and a bumper raffle containing numerous CD’s amongst the prizes.

All of our entertainment is provided in the Village Hall at Dove Holes, where there is adequate free parking.  Our sessions carry a door charge of £8 and commence at 8.00pm with the last number finishing just after 11.00pm. The Venue has a well-stocked bar with Club prices and features a quality Real Ale for our jazz promotions, as well as the renowned Butcher Burnham Pork Pies".

More details:

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Autumn Jazz grooves in Grimsby

Nikki Iles on 2 September

Gill Wilde writes

"Grimsby Jazz starts its Autumn programme on 2nd September with an evening of beautiful music. Nikki Iles is "one of the UK's best-kept secrets, with a silvery touch and uncloying emotional warmth". The Quartet also has Lincolnshire's very own favourite guitarist Pat McCarthy, and drummer John Perry. Completing the quartet on double bass is Arnie Somogyi, composer, producer, educator. - one of the UK's leading jazz bass players and innovative new bandleaders.

The Ben Clatworthy Quartet complete the Grimsby leg of their tour on 7th October at The Old Clee Club. Ben saxes & flute, John Donaldson piano, Simon Thorpe doublebass, 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 to the Beatles, as well as originals from within the band. The Clavin Travers Trio provide a support act for this gig so arrive for a 7.00pm start with Calvin Travers on Guitar, Sam Quintana on bass and Alasdair Wells on drums.

A change of scenery and day for Grimsby Jazz on Saturday 17th October, when at 2.15 pm there is the Grimsby Jazz Prom @ the Minster. At only £5 per adult, (accompanied children free), it will be an afternoon of exceptional music. Featuring a range of local, national and international musicians. MAPAS Hub Youth Choirs, Leeds band Pan Jumby and Tina May sings Piaf, a performance by Tina May and Nikki Iles, with Karen Street on accordion and Julie Walkington on double bass.

The Piero Tucci Quartet  appear on 11th November, The  multi-instrumentalist is an amazing talent on piano, saxophone and accordion. Completing the line up will be Jamie Taylor guitar, Pete Turner bass and Dave Walsh drums.

Rounding off the year with a great Christmas treat in the form of Alan Barnes on Wednesday 9th December. Alan Barnes has written a suite of music based on Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Each piece is a Barnes original. Before each of the pieces Barnes reads from the Dickens text, switching the audience from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself. A night not to be missed."

Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Doors open 7.00 pm music starts 7.30 / 8.30 pm. Tel: 01472 873730 / Tickets - Off the Beaten Tracks Louth 01507 607677 or More details-

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Seven Jazz Leeds autumn stars...

Seven Jazz Leeds presents a new autumn season of the very best of international and UK jazz, mixed with brass band jazz, salsa and big bands.

Headlining the evening international concert series is legendary UK tenor sax star Andy Sheppard who brings his European Quartet to Seven Arts with Eivind Aarset on guitar and electronics, Michel Benita on double bass, Michele Rabbia on drums  (Nov 26th) , brilliant young jazz vocalist/violinist Alice Zadawski whose influences include New Orleans soul, classical training and improvised music  (Oct 22nd), Los Angeles based tenor saxman Benn Clatworthy (Oct 8th), “Mingus Moves” an all-star septet featuring Chris Biscoe and Tony Kofi on saxes, Henry Lowther trumpet, Kate Williams piano, performing the music of Charles Mingus (Dec 3), a special birthday concert for saxman Russell Van Den Berg with a quartet featuring  pianist Ivo Neame (Nov 12) and for Christmas, the exuberant Alan Barnes and his “Christmas Carol Suite”  - another all-star band featuring Bruce Adams trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Robert Fowler and Karen Sharp saxophones, David Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Clark Tracey drums playing a musical jazz suite based on the Dickens classic.

Our Sunday afternoon concerts this autumn include young European Jazz award winning pianist Eliot Galvin (Sept 13th) Polish guitarist Maciek Pysz  (Nov 22nd),and star saxman and trumpeter Phil Meadows with Laura Jurd (Oct 11th). We also welcome JazzFM favourites the jazz brass band Bad Ass Brass, salsa kings the Mañana Collective and two fine vocalists Jenny Smith and Kate Peters and their new group "Lady Luck". Our Christmas Party features the new band everyone in Leeds is talking about – the swinging Tom Sharp Big Band.

Our “Seven Jazz introduces” slots featuring six new talents from the burgeoning Leeds Jazz scene. We also have for the first time “Seven Jazz unplugged” where some of our events will be un amplified, taking advantage of the lovely acoustics of the Seven Arts venue.

All these events take place at our Seven Arts venue in ChapelAllerton Leeds LS73PD. More information can be found our website or you can pick up a Seven Jazz leaflet from Seven Arts or Leeds Visitor Centre.

Tickets can sell out fast for many concerts so to ensure you get yours buy them online at Even better buy a bargain season ticket for all of our six evening concerts. More details or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Autumn programme listing 2015 
Sun 6th Sept Jazz Sunday, Chapel Allerton Festival @Regent Street, Chapel Allerton 12.30-7pm £3
Sun 13 Sept Elliot Galvin Trio 1.30pm £7/5 conc
Sun 20 Sept Jiannis Pavlidis/Matt Anderson and Declan Forde/Will Howard 1.30pm £7/5 conc
Sun 27 Sept “The Cooker” @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Sun 4 Oct “The Kumpus Quartet” @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc.
Thus Oct 8 Benn Clatworthy Quartet Seven Arts 7.45pm £16/14 conc. “Seven Jazz introduces” The Georgina Barr/Calvin Travers group in support from 8pm
Sun 11 Oct Phil Meadows Group feat Laura Jurd @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Sun Oct 18th Bad Ass Brass @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc.
Thus Oct 22nd Alice Zadawski @Seven Arts 7.45pm £16/14 conc. “Seven Jazz introduces” Ben Powling/Will Powell group in support from 8pm
Sun Oct 25th Jazz Jam @Inkwell Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5, conc includes performers
Sun Nov 1st  Tom Rivière’s Family Band @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Sun Nov 8th Manana Collective @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Thus Nov 12th Russell Van Den Berg Quartet @Seven Arts 7.45pm £14/12 conc. Seven Jazz introduces Sam Dutton-Taylor quartet in support from 8pm
Sun Nov 15th Al Wood Quintet : “Benny Carter meets Gerry Mulligan” @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Sun Nov 22nd Maciek Pysz guitar, Yuri Goloubev double bass, Asaf Sirkis drums
@Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc.
Thus Nov 26th Andy Sheppard Quartet @Seven Arts 7.45pm £20/18 conc. Seven Jazz introduces” Johnny Tunnard trio in support from 8pm
Sun Nov 29th Firebird Quartet @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Thus Dec 3rd Chris Biscoe “Mingus Moves” @Seven Arts 7.45pm £18/16 conc. “Seven Jazz introduces” DS Murray quartet in support from 8pm
Sun Dec 6th “Lady Luck” feat Jenny Smith and Kate Peters. Support (1.30-2pm) from the Jazz Voices Choir @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Thus Dec 10th Alan Barnes’s “Christmas Carol” Octet @Seven Arts 7.45pm £20/18 conc. “Seven Jazz introduces” Sam Hamstead (sax) with Dan Clarkson (piano) in support from 8pm
Sun December 13th Winter Jazz Café Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc includes performers
Sun December 20th  Seven Jazz Xmas Party : The Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8 conc
Sun December 27th  The Great Escape Jam Session  @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc includes performers

Great new season in Sheffield

17 October Crucible Studio Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project

Neil Pepper writes

"Even though it’s still August, it’s not too early to start thinking about what’s coming up when summer’s over ... and at Sheffield Jazz we’ve lined up a great new season to bring you the very best in contemporary jazz !

The Sheffield Millennium Hall season kicks off on Friday 2nd October with European stars Kit Downes and his trio followed the week after by Liam Noble in a rare opportunity to see him playing solo.
 Up-and-coming innovators who are pushing the boundaries are also represented by the Alice Zawadzki Band and Sheffield-favourites Empirical, and  in November we’re pleased to welcome international star Andy Sheppard and his quartet and from the USA the New York Standards Quartet.
Away from Millennium Hall, in November the Beats & Pieces Big Band return after their brilliant sell-out gig in 2014, this time at Sheffield University Students Union.

And we’re pleased that we can put on two gigs at the Crucible Studio – Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project in October and to round the season off in December, the Mingus Profiles Sextet, featuring Chris Biscoe and Tony Kofi.

Gig listings for the autumn 
Friday 2 October at 20.30 Millennium Hall Kit Downes Trio
Friday 9 October at 20.30 Millennium Hall Liam Noble Solo piano
Saturday 17 October at 19.15 Crucible Studio Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project
Friday 23 October at 20.30 Millennium Hall  Alice Zawadzki Band 
Friday 6 November at 20.30 Millennium Hall Empirical
Friday 13 November at 20.30 Millennium Hall  New York Standards Quartet
Thursday 19 November at 20.00  Sheffield University Students Union Beats & Pieces Big Band
Friday 27 November at 20.30 Millennium Hall Andy Sheppard Quartet 
Friday 4 December at 19.15 Crucible Studio  Mingus Profiles Sextet 

Tickets are available NOW for all these gigs in advance from WeGot Tickets, except for the Crucible gigs where tickets in advance are available from the Crucible Box Office.
Students Union Box Office 0114 222 8777 or
Crucible Box Office 0114 249 6000 or

Davenham goes from strength to strength

Dave Atherton writes: "Whether you think you like jazz or not, there is nothing quite like listening to great professional musicians in the atmospheric setting that is jazz@davenham. Davenham Theatre have been hosting these concerts for 20 years now and, thanks to the safe keeping of Harry Evans, Ed Green and Dave Atherton, jazz@davenham goes from strength to strength.

Autumn season.
Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet Thursday 24th Sept 8 pm start.
The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet features two of the most exciting and versatile musicians on the jazz scene today. Both multi-instrumentalists, they perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute. With inspiration drawn from their all-time heroes of reed players, Amy Roberts and Richard Exall perform well crafted arrangements that pay homage to Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Eddie 'Lockjaw" Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Earl Bostic, Charlie Parker and many more. Their performances include popular standards and vocals as well as more unusual material inspired from early jazz/swing and latin music, guaranteeing an entertaining program which crosses musical styles and boundaries that appeals equally to jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere.

The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet with David Ferris - piano, Nick Millward - drums and Bill Coleman - bass

The Matt Owens Quintet – Thursday 29th October. 8 pm start
Last year Matt Owens gave us a copy of his debut album The Aviators’ Ball which incorporates elements of jazz, world, classical and folk music.What a lovely album! (See media quotes below.) The album was co-produced by Kirsty Almeida, mixed by John Ellis at Limefield Studio, Manchester and released by All Made Up Records. Matt will be playing his album and other music during this gig. Most of Matt’s line up is very well known to us but we are excited to be able to welcome the fabulous singer Rioghnach Connolly to jazz@davenham, for the first time.

Featuring Matt Owens – bass, Ríoghnach Connolly – vocals, Neil Yates – trumpet, John Ellis - piano, Sam Draper – drums

A quote from one of our audience “I don’t even like jazz but I’m definitely coming here again!” It’s always advisable to book – Harry 01606 74502, Dave 01606 44253 or e mail: – entry £10

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

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Sela Bar lives on...

Jerry Bergonzi - a regular visitor to Sela Bar

Some thought the Leeds Sela Bar would cease having jazz altogether with saxman and jazz promoter Matt Anderson moving away frfom Leeds but we're pleased to hear news that bassist Tom Riviere is taking over the jazz promoter role from September. Here's his monthly line up for the autumn (gigs on Sunday evenings)

20th September - Leeds College Tutors night featuring Joel Purnell, Jamil Sheriff, Garry Jackson and Dave Walsh
18th October - Alex Munk Quartet
15th November - Le Toot and the Kansas City Four
13th December - Stuart McCallum solo
17th January - Will Howard Quartet

To say goodbye to both Matt and to bassist Simon Read who are both heading for London there will be a farewell party on Tuesday 25 August at Sela - a chance to thank and wish good luck to these fine musicians who have done such a lot to support the Leeds and Northern Jazz scene

Sela Bar, 10 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

Huddersfield Jazz autumn at the Keys

Gabrielle Ducomble- 21 November

Roger Sawyer writes

"I’m attaching information confirming our Autumn season’s Huddersfield Jazz gigs, all of which will be at the Keys Restaurant.

Here are a few details about the artists:-

Saturday, 12 September 2015:
Glasgow-born trumpet and flugelhorn player Bruce Adams is one of the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers. Here he appears with the Andy Cholerton Trio (Andy Cholerton, piano, Steve Berry, bass and Caroline Boaden, drums). and

Friday (yes, Friday!) 23 October 2015:
Snake Davis, one of the UK's leading saxophonists, appears regularly at Huddersfield Jazz - and with good reason! He is in demand not only from jazz organisations, but also from big names on the British popular music scene - as well as from some of the world’s biggest artists - the list of those he has worked with is truly impressive.

Saturday, 21 November 2015:
Belgium-born vocalist Gabrielle Ducomble is now a firm favourite in her adopted UK, bringing a special blend of Gallic charm and sophistication to the British jazz scene. Her band includes some of Europe’s finest musicians in an authentic line-up of guitar, violin and accordion, which provides the perfect anchor for her superb vocals.

Saturday, 12 December 2015:
Loretta Scott and the Jazz Belles. Huddersfield Jazz is proud to present the debut gig of a jazz super-group, formed with some of Yorkshire’s established female jazz musicians.
Loretta Scott: vocals, Wendy Kirkland: piano (, Jenni Molloy: bass (,Tina Featherstone: sax (, Caroline Boaden: drums - making her second appearance this season (

So much to look forward to - and pie’n’peas to boot!

The Keys restaurant
Bryam Street
tel 01484 516677

Hope to see you there!


Roger Sawyer

Autumn Jazz in Wilmslow...

Greg Abate - Nov 10th

Graham Brook writes from Wilmslow Jazz and Swing

Tuesday Jazz and Swing occurs every Tuesday night upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG (01625) 528336 at 8.30pm; £7 on the door. Our autumn programme is as follows - make dates in your diary!

September 1st:- SUZANNE FONSECA and WALLY DAVIES with the STEVE MOORE trio
September 8th:- ENRICO TOMASSO with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio
September 15th:- SHADES OF SHEARING
September 22nd:- JO and JIM BURKE, DAVE BROWNING and the TOM KINCAID trio
September 29th:- AMY ROBERTS and RICHARD EXALL with the TOM KINCAID trio

October 6th:- The TOM KINCAID trio
October 13th:- BRIAN DEE and LEN SKEAT
October 20th:- DAVE NEWTON with special guest ZOE KYOTI
October 27th:- TERRY BRUNT and PETER CARLTON with the TOM KINCAID trio

November 3rd:- STEVE WATERMAN and MIKE HALL with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio
November 10th:- GREG ABATE with The BROWNFIELD/BYRNE Quintet
November 17th:- BRIAN DEE and LEN SKEAT
November 24th:- JOHN HALLAM and BILL  SMITH with the TOM KINCAID trio

December 1st:- GILAD ATZMON and friends
December 8th:- ROY WILLIAMS and AMY ROBERTS with the TOM KINCAID trio
December 15th:- SPIRIT OF SHEARING

The first Thursday of every month THE SINATRA SWINGERS appear at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AT (01625) 528336, 8.30pm, £6 on the door, with guests:-
September 3rd:- ROSIE HARRISON
October 1st:- ZOE KYOTI
November 5th:- ROY FORBES
December 3rd:- DAVE BRADLEY

Jazzin the Ribble Valley

Partisans 20 November

Sue Bradley writes about Autumn Jazz in the Ribble Valley

Friday 4th September 2015 sees the welcome return of Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues monthly gigs to the Atrium Clitheroe, with the Simon Read Octet. Simon with be joined by two LCM tutors; Jamil Sheriff/Kevin Holbrough. Neil Yates will be standing in for Laura Jurd. Expect to hear lots of buoyant, rich horn arrangements.

Further gigs through Autumn 2015 include the Aviators Ball on Friday 2nd October- a unique project which includes Matt Owen on Bass, and Rioghnach Connelly on vocals.  A projected back-drop and elements of jazz/world/classical and folk music make for an intriguing evening

The Matt Holborn Quartet makes a much anticipated reappearance on Friday 6th November. Matt will be bringing his violin for an evening of gypsy-jazz with a modern Parisian twist.  Matt blew us away at the 2013 festival so this is a very welcome return.

A partnership with More Music has given Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues the chance to host the Partisans on 20th November : line-up: Phil Robson - guitar, Julian Siegal – Saxes, Thaddeus Kelly - bass and Gene Calderazzo – drums.

The season comes to an excellent Christmas Party finish with our old friends Jeremy Sassoon quartet on Friday 11th December.  Jeremy will be delving into jazz/blues/soul music in his own inimitable way. From Jimmy Witherspoon to Ray Charles to Paul Simon, a very entertaining and engaging way to end the year!

All the gigs are at the Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: from 7:30pm, stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm, tickets: £10 - Members £8, available on the door.

Meanwhile plans are underway for the 2016 Jazz Festival 2016 happening from 28th April to 2nd May – building on the excellent success of 2015.  If you want to be a part of it please get in touch via our contact pages,, 
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