Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Big names in Leeds..

Snarky Puppy 1 Oct
Billy Hart 2 Oct with Aaron Parks and Ben Street

This next couple of days in Leeds is looking good...

Thursday 1 October has a welcome return to Leeds of Snarky Puppy - a collective of musicians from New York playing an infectious mixture of jazz, funk, and world music. "Raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation". The band has always used live performance as its chief form of evangelism, and maintains a more intense tour schedule than almost any band in the idiom.

Venue: O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge St, Leeds, LS2 3AW

Then on Friday 2 October at the Howard Assembly Room it is American pianist American pianist Aaron Parks is featured- he 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 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 someone who has played with Miles, Herbie Hancock, (everyone!) Billy Hart on drums

Venue: Howard Assembly Room: 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

Aaron Parks will be at Leeds College of Music talking and playing on Friday from 3.00 - 4.00 in the Venue. £5.00 tickets. No late arrivals for this one!! Pass it on..

Peter Whittingham Jazz Awards 2015 open

The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award recognises and supports exciting emerging jazz talent. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, it has helped to launch the careers of some of the UK's top jazz stars, many with Northern links, including Phil Meadows, Roller Trio and Stretch Trio.

The £5,000 award is open to UK-based solo artists and bands in the first two years of their professional career or who are studying on a higher education jazz course.

An expert in survival medicine, Peter Whittingham was also a pianist who enjoyed the music of Gershwin, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Shearing and Peterson. After his death in 1987 his family set up this award in his memory – and their connection with the award continues.

Auditions will take place at The Premises Studios, Hackney, on Wenesday 2 December 2015.

Deadline for applications: Monday 2 November at 5.00pm. For more information and application details, visit our website.

Elizabeth Sills
Talent Programme Assistant

Help Musicians UK
7-11 Britannia Street | London WC1X 9JS
T   020 7239 9110

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

National Trombone Day arrives

For all you bone-heads out there! Leeds University Clothworkers Hall is the place to be on Sunday 4th October 9.30-5.30pm.

Monday, 28 September 2015

October jazz at HEART

Matt Anderson
Lesley Jeffries writes

Our Heart October events are:

Friday October 2nd Jazz Jam! All welcome. House band inc Kim Macari trumpet, Tom Welsh bass

Friday October 16th (a FRIDAY for once!) is our contribution to the Headingley Festival of Ideas. Following our popular lecture/recitals with Sam Watts last year, this time we have saxophonist and jazz educator Matt Anderson performing and talking about the history of jazz and its relationship to other musical styles in the 20th century. Also on hand to assist with demonstrating the evolution of jazz from Louis Armstrong through to Miles Davis and beyond with live examples will be guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis.

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

Jazz UK takes off

Jazz UK, the new organisation formed from the old Jazz Services, has a new website and a full programme of events including some based in the north. Check them out!

Community JazzLabs is a new JazzUK concept of developing community-based jazz and improvised music hubs over two years, in Northumberland, The Marches, Coventry & Warwickshire and South Cornwall, through a framework of outdoor, indoor and creative presentations in diverse spaces reflecting local people and places, working with local musicians to develop creative and professional skills, and other performing arts organisations to present jazz within dance, street theatre and carnival settings, reaching new audiences and strengthening touring infrastructure by supporting local promoters.

Dissolve JazzLab is a new initiative of JazzUK’s learning and participation programme, which aims to reach out to young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, particularly those who are disadvantage, and bring enjoyment and well-being through the disciplines and freedoms jazz improvisation can provide. Working with Coventry Performing Arts Service and SoundStorm in Bournemouth, we shall visit improvisation using a wide range of instruments and musical traditions, including folk, Asian and western ‘jazz’, in large and small ensemble formats. The participants will showcase their new compositions at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 28th November, as part of JazzUK’s new community-inspired #4Jazz Festivals, and in the spring at The Lighthouse, Poole, playing alongside professional musicians.

#4 Jazz Festival in Coventry - a new jazz festival held on Friday and Saturday, 27 and 28 November, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventgry. Arun Ghosh is  delighted to be returning to The Belgrade with his Sextet to perform along with Coventry Performing Arts Service’s new Asian and world music-inspired Dissolve JazzLab project, at the very first #4Jazz Festival.

More detail:
Twitter: @JazzUK_org

Saturday, 26 September 2015

October at the Newcastle Jazz Cafe

Kora Band - 16 October

Dave Clarke writes from Newcastle's Jazz cafe

The Jazz Cafe’s five Friday gigs in October, Fridays being when we charge admission, begin on the 2nd with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche, the leader of Djangologie’s  new band taking its inspiration from Reinhardt’s later quintets. On the 9th it’s a two part concert : first the rising stars of North East youth jazz in The Early Bird Band followed up by a solo piano concert by their leader, Paul Edis.

On the 16th October we welcome, from America, The Kora Band which in the words of The Oregonian “blends the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music.” Led by pianist and composer Andrew Oliver, it features Kane Mathis on kora  plus trumpet, bass and kit drums. They are touring to promote their third recording, commissioned with a prestigious Chamber Music America “New Jazz Works Grant.”

On the 23rd October we’re delighted to be  presenting  the funkiest Hammond Organ quartet north of Watford, the Gerry Richardson Quartet, celebrating twenty-five years of collaboration. Finally on the 30th James Birkett and Bradley Johnston’s Jazz Guitar Duo take the audience from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz.

Free admission duo gigs take place every Saturday starting on the 3rd with Northern Line vocalist Lindsay Hannon and James Harrison keys. On the 10th Noel Dennis trumpet and flugelhorn plays with Dean Stockdale piano and on the 17th trombonist David Gray gets together with Mark Williams guitar. Charles Gordon piano and Kenny Hewitt saxophones on the 24th are both newcomers to the Cafe. Ray Johnson trumpet and flugelhorn and Tom Lapworth guitar met at a Tuesday Jam and their 31st October duo is the result.

The Jazz Cafe’s celebrated Tuesday Jams are free admission events and take place on the first and third Tuesdays of every month : the 6th and the 20th October.

Tues 27th Jazz North East presents Schmazz with Let Spin – (see earlier blog post).

Fuller details of our programme are available on our website at 

All gigs at Jazz Cafe, 25 Pink Lane, NEI 5DW, tel: 0191 2229882

Sheffield Jazz’s season opens

Autumn’s here ! And to open Sheffield Jazz’s season on Friday 2nd October at Millennium Hall we welcome the fantastic Kit Downes Trio with Kit Downes: piano; Petter Eldh: bass; James Maddren: drums.  

A formidable combination of voices from the cream of young European musicians – both "fiercely intense" and "beautifully intricate".

Based in London and Berlin they’ve all received critical acclaim (Mercury Music Award Nomination, BBC Jazz Award) and they’ve all toured the world with some of Europe’s finest musicians, but here:
“ the Trio) shine collectively as like-minded experimentalists and improvisers, testaments to Downes’ quirky talent for making difficult music sound natural”  **** 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 at the same net price as on the door
from WeGotTickets

Next up at Sheffield Jazz:
Friday 9th October Millennium Hall: Liam Noble 
Saturday 17th October Crucible Studio: Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project 
Friday 23rd October Millennium Hall: Alice Zawadzki Band

And over at the Lescar on Wednesday 30th September : Misha Mullova-Abbado £7
A wonderful bass player and rising star, Misha Mullova-Abbado brings a star-studded group of some of the finest young musicians in the UK, including Matthew Herd (alto sax), Dankworth prize-winner Tom Green (trombone), the much talked about Jacob Collier (piano) and Scott Chapman (drums).  With his debut album out on Edition records in late 2015, this is another unmissable gig!

Doors open 8.30, Music Starts 9pm

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Guillermo Rozenthuler meets Richard Ormrod

Judith Kahn writes

When Argentinian vocalist and guitarist Guillermo Rozenthuler meets multi instrumentalist Richard Ormrod, Yorkshire Jazz Musician of the year, who knows where the music will take them?

At Delius Arts & Cultural Centre Sat Oct 24th 2015
29 Great Horton Road, Bradford, BD7 1AA.

Doors open 7.30 Playing 8.00 Bar

Tickets £10 ( £8 in advance, £5 conc)
Tel 07961814124 for advance tickets

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

October jazz treats in Leeds

Seven Jazz are really pleased to present our new evening series and Sunday events at Seven Arts Leeds this October. Ben Clatworthy and Alice Zawadski headline (pictured), Phil Meadows Group "Lifecycles Tour" and Bad Ass Brass will be hugely popular too. But let's start with one of our new acoustic unplugged gigs...

Kumpus Quartet @SevenArts 
Sunday afternoon October 4, 1.30-4pm, £7/5 conc
Alice Higgins (vocals) Conall Mulvenna (giuitar) Will Blackstone (trumpet) Roz MacDonald (bass). Leeds music graduates and members of the LUU Big band that played at Seven Arts in February "Kumpus Quartet" enjoy a wide range of music. Their programme includes songs by Victor Young, McCoy Tyner, Frank Foster, Sigmund Romberg and more. A "Seven Jazz Unplugged" gig.

Ben Clatworthy Quartet @Seven Arts
Thursday evening October 8, 7.45-11pm, £16/14 conc
Benn Clatworthy sax, Simon Thorpe bass, John Donaldson piano Matt Home drums. We like Benn! Los Angeles based saxman Benn Clatworthy just gets better and better. A member of the Horace Silver band in the 1980’s, he has just about played with everyone who’s anyone on the US jazz scene. "Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins"- Edinburgh Evening News. Seven Jazz introduces The Georgina Barr/Calvin Travers group in support with the music of Norah Jones from 8pm

Phil Meadows Group "Lifecycles Tour" @ SevenArts
Sunday afternoon October 11, 1.30-4pm, £7/5 conc
Phil Meadows alto/soprano sax, composer, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin  piano, Flo Moore bass, Simon Roth drums. What an absolute pleasure it is to have this group of the finest musicians in the UK today - and on a Sunday lunchtime! New music and fun times are ahead - really hope you can join us!

Bad Ass Brass @SevenArts
Sunday afternoon October 18,, £7/5 conc
Jon Stokes trombone/vocals, Jean-Paul Gervasoni, Paul Munday & Gavin Broom trumpets, Sam Bullard and Gemma Moore saxophones, Mike Poyser sousaphone Jimmy Norden drums. Firm favourites on Jazz FM and performing to sell-out crowds Bass Ass Brass are a unique fusion of styles, creating a jazz brass band experience like no other. A "Seven Jazz Unplugged" gig.

Alice Zawadski @SevenArts 
Thursday evening October 22, 7.45-11.00pm, £16/14 conc
Alice Zadawski violin and vocals, Alex Munk guitar Peter Lee piano Tom McCreadie bass John Scott drums. Alice is a brilliant young jazz vocalist/violinist who was nominated for best female jazz vocalist in the 2015 Parliamentary Awards. Her influences include New Orleans soul, classical training and improvised music. “She is a genuine original” – John Fordham, The Guardian, “Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with”-Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2. Seven Jazz introduces the Ben Powling/Will Powell group in support from 8pm

Jazz Jam @Inkwell 
Sunday afternoon October 25: 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc
Bring your horn, brush up those vocal chords or just watch. Come along and enjoy the fun at Inkwell! Concessions includes performers.

Seven Jazz Workshops and Choir
There are three instrumental Seven Jazz workshops during October - Saturday 10 October (tutor Dominic Moore, to be held in Meanwood), and Saturday 17 October and Saturday 24 October (tutor Tom Sharp to be held @Seven Arts) all 2-4pm.  Come and learn to play jazz! Then the Seven Jazz Voices choir continues to flourish under the tutorship Tessa Smith on Monday 5th or 19th October 7-9pm- join in @St Matthew's Church Hall, Wood Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3QF. Contact Jean Watson

Keep supporting us and our venues!  See you soon at a Seven Jazz Leeds event.

Our Venues: 
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)
Tickets on the door or online:

Web or follow us on Seven Jazz Leeds Facebook and Twitter sites

Southport Jazz - a busy October

Ryan Quigley and Swingshift BB Sun 4 October/Sun 8 November

From Geoff Matthews

The Royal Clifton Hotel Southport will be ringing to two distinctive jazz sounds this coming month. Sunday 4th sees an SMJ matinee concert (starts 2 pm) with our excellent resident Swingshift big band led by saxophonist Phil Shotton tackling the first of two concerts devoted to the legacy of Maynard Ferguson’s music. This ultimate high note trumpet phenomenon left too much music for just one gig! Concert 2 is on Sun 8 November same time same place.

Who else but the great Ryan Quigley would be up to this task and he will be making the journey down from Scotland to assist the band through the snortingly difficult charts. To lead the trombone section we will also welcome from the Beats and Pieces Big Band Mr Simon Lodge.

Later in the month-Sunday 18th evening (starts 8 pm) we will welcome from Los Angeles that superb London born saxophonist Benn Clatworthy with his quintet which includes Neil Yates (tmpt), John Donaldson (pno), Simon Thorpe (bass) and drummer Matt Home. The Clatworthy-Yates partnership has before, and we are sure will again produce some world class jazz.

Tickets for both gigs from 01704 541790 – office hours.

Full details 

The Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport PR8 1RB.

Jazz at Durham's Empty Shop

Situated in the heart of Durham is the Empty Shop Arts organisation.

They have jazz sessions on the first Thursday of each month, 8pm, £5

Upcoming gigs

Ian Chalk's FIREBIRD QUARTET (1 Oct)

A contemporary jazz quartet based in north of England (Leeds/York) and performing throughout the UK.

Firebird perform original compositions with energy and driving grooves as well as music from great contemporary jazz composers.

“…Firebird Quartet deliver enough sophistication for any contemporary jazz audience but with a sense of groove that everyone will enjoy…”

Ian Chalk – TRUMPET
John Marley – BASS
Tim Carter – DRUMS
Martin Longhawn – PIANO



"We encourage anyone with an interested in live jazz, or an ear for discovery to come along and support these events and please, spread the word!

Venue address is The Empty Shop 35c, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ

What's on at the Co-op in Newcastle

Sam Eagles 7 Nov

Dave Parker sends us his Jazz Co-op autumn jazz and blues gig list from the Globe in Newcastle

Sat 3 Oct, open 8pm, £5
quintet that lives up to its name

Sat 10 Oct, open 8pm, £5
swing & bop piano, guitar, double bass

Sat 17 Oct, open 8pm, £5
charismatic chanteuse with tight trio

Sat 24 Oct, open 8pm, £5
uptempo sextet: swing, bop, funk

Sun 25 Oct, open 7pm, £5
vintage new orleans revival jazz

Sat 31 Oct, open 8pm, £5
party with classic blues band

Sat 7 Nov, open 8pm, £10
rising star London saxophonist

Sat 14 Nov, open 8pm, £5
north east piano virtuoso

Sat 21 Nov, open 8pm, £12
Polish guitarist/composer on tour

Sat 28 Nov, open 8pm, £5
sax/vocal-led sextet, bebop to ballads

Sun 29 Nov, open 7pm, £5
vintage jazz with vocalist maureen hall

Sat 5 Dec, open 8pm, £5
cool vocals and hot guitar

Sat 12 Dec, open 8pm, £10
contemporary jazz from scottish quartet

Sat 19 Dec, open 8pm, £5
classic good time party blues

Sun 20 Dec, open 8pm, £5
The band from Theatre Royal panto break loose

Thu 8 Oct and 10 Dec, 7.30pm, Free
local jazz vocalists sing blues, bossa and swing

Thu 1 Oct, 5 Nov and 3 Dec, 8pm, Free
open mike and jam session, all folkies and jazzers welcome

twitter: @JazzCoopUK

Outstanding jazz talent at Wakefield

Bugalu Foundation - Oct 2nd

Chris DeSaram writes

"With 10 gigs between now and Christmas featuring some of the UK’s top jazz musicians the Wakefield Jazz autumn season promises to be as good as ever. The variety of style and genres is excellent with a healthy mix of new bands and established favourites.

The season kicks off on October 2nd with the irresistible Bugalu Foundation led by conga player Sam Bell whose roots go back to the Leeds Northern Latin soul scene. Now some 20 years on Bugalu has regenerated with some super-talented young blood creating a dance friendly fusion of jazz, funk and soul with the beats of “El Barrio” – Spanish Harlem and Latin America. With all that rhythm the audience will find it hard to stay in their seats!

The season lineup follows on with the saxes of Andy Panayi and Ben Clatworthy the gypsy violin of Matt Holborn, haunting Indian vocals from Vanessa Rani Chutturgoon outstanding piano from Tom Cawley and Ivo Neame and a big band blast from Ronnie Bottomley’s All Stars. A truly outstanding array of jazz musical talent.

Jazz promoter Chris de Saram says “we are providing the best contemporary jazz in a terrific club atmosphere, every gig delivers the essence of jazz and provides a creative experience for all jazz lovers and live music fans”.

Doors open at 7pm.  Food is available from 7.15. First Set 8.30pm prompt, second set 10pm. Tickets from £12.00 on the door. Full details or to buy tickets online go to  or you can join the Wakefield Jazz group on Facebook and Twitter."

Can Jazz North East tempt you?

Jazz North East arfe promoting a run of international 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 pianistJapanese 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. With our successful Arts Council funding application we have incredibly exciting plans for the rest of this year and through 2016. Just keep watching this space . . .

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 Newcastle
Jeff Herr Corporation 
First ever UK appearance by groove-driven trio from Luxembourg.

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

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

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

More information and venue details

Autumn Jazz in the Ribble Valley

Partisans-20 November

Sue Bradley writes

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 Ribble Valley Jazz Festival 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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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Lancaster Jazz Festival highlights

Empirical feat. Julian Siegel Sat 19th Sept

Matt Robinson writes: "This year we are taking another massive step towards one of the festival’s long term goals, which is to become a truly artist-led festival. We are aiming to create an artists’ playground, featuring exceptional music set in the beautiful surroundings of the historic city of Lancaster.

This is going to be the best LJF to date - and we’re more excited about this one than any we’ve made so far. We’ve programmed artists that we feel are doing something truly original and exciting, artists who will create beautiful new works, be open to collaborations and be breathtakingly stunning. We’re also supporting emerging artists like never before with help from our Artist in Residence for 2015, Seth Bennett, possibly the most original British double bassist in a generation. He’s not only going to be developing and showcasing his own extraordinary projects but has also been mentoring our Youth Jazz Commission, awarded to pedal harpist Calum Macleod, and will be working with our emerging artists throughout the festival.

If you haven’t been before, then a huge welcome ".

Here's the line up - all events free apart from ***

FRIDAY 18 Sept
10pm Taupe
9pm A Dread Supreme
7.45pm LRGS Big Band
5.30pm Richard Ormrod Youth Jazz Workshop
9.30am Jazz Breakfast / Robert Gillow


3.15pm En Bas Quartet
2pm LJF Youth Jazz Commission 2015 CALUM MACLEOD presents "NODHA"
12.45pm Khymerikal
11.30am Q&A: Leo Geyer & Seth Bennett

4pm Blind Monk Trio
2.40pm Thunkfish
1.20pm  Dakhla Brass
12noon  Artephis

1pm The Lindsay Hannon Plus
10.30pm Open Jam Session / Golden Lion
7pm  Sun Street Stompers Lindy Hop Session / The Hall
2.30pm  NorVol: "How can I run a successful jazz venue?" / Festival Hub
9.30am Jazz Breakfast / Robert Gillow

3.45pm Word of Moth
2.20pm  Cameron Vale
1pm Grew & Watts
11am Seth Bennett Workshop

3pm Tori Freestone / Alcyona Mick
1.40pm Yesa Sikyi
12.20pm The Paradise Trio

1pm  Billionaires Trio
9.30am Jazz Breakfast / Robert Gillow

Monday, 14 September 2015

Free advice on starting a jazz club!

Interested in promoting jazz in your area?

This coming Saturday afternoon it is NorvolJazz seminar “How can I run a successful jazz venue” at Lancaster Jazz festival (19 September- 2.30-5pm) @The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Lancaster, LA1 1EW

It will be good- and free…come along!

The speakers are
•              Jez Matthews – from Jazz at the Lescar Sheffield - “developing your jazz programme”
•              John Marley – Jazz in York - “finding (and keeping) an audience”
•              Gill Wilde – Cleethorpes Jazz Fest/Grimsby jazz - “supporting the local jazz community”
•              Neil Hughes – from the Cinnamon Club Altringham - “making money work - paying for it all”
Then questions and answers/discussion
Final conclusions from the chair and finish.

Here is the link with details 

If you are interested sign up here - thanks. See you in Lancaster!

Steve Crocker

Fusebox returns at the Fox and Newt

Rabbit Project

Leeds Fusebox (Jazz, Improv, and Beyond) is back for a new season at the Fox and Newt on Friday 18th September. 

We kick off with the new 'Rabbit Project'. The line-up is Dave Kane - Bass, Matt Bourne - Synths, Chris Sharkey - guitar, Joost Hendrickx - drums.

And coming soon:

Thursday 1 October – Engine Room Favourites (Seven Arts)
Sunday 1 November – Let Spin (Fox and Newt)
Wednesday 18 November – Metamorphic & Røyst (Seven Arts)
Thursday 26 November – Inner Space Music (Fox and Newt)

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

Sheffield Jazz's October treats

Liam Noble - Friday 9 October

Neil Pepper writes

Time for a reminder today of Sheffield Jazz’s great line-up of bands for October

The Millennium Hall season begins with a bang on Friday 2nd October with European stars Kit Downes, accompanied by Petter Eldh on bass and James Maddren on drums. Based in London and Berlin, these three have toured the world to great acclaim, but here they shine collectively as experimentalists and improvisers.

They’re followed the week after at Millennium Hall on Friday 9th October by Liam Noble in a rare opportunity to see him playing solo and featuring his new solo recording, which reflects his amazingly eclectic approach.
Expect Zawinul, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Miles and Elgar !

We then move on Saturday 17th October to the Crucible Studio, with Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project, featuring Jean Toussaint on saxes, Byron Wallen on trumpet, Dennis Rollins on trombone and Julian Joseph on piano. The project commemorates Art Blakey’s  massive contribution to modern jazz, exploring his music and the amazing players that emerged from the Messengers over 40 years.

Our final band in the month on Friday October 23rd at Millennium Hall is the exciting, emerging Alice Zawadzki Band featuring Alice Zawadzki on vocals and violin, Peter Lee on piano and Alex Munk on guitar. Producing jazz that’s inflected by soul, East European folk and classical she’s “ fast making a mark on the UK contemporary scene” (Manchester Jazz Festival).

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

Venues :
Millennium Hall : 518-520 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PY
Crucible Studio: Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2NJ.

Rock at the Clock

King Zepha

Promoter Ben Powling who runs the LS6 The Clock Café jazz venue on Wednedays nights in Hyde Park, Leeds, is starting a new monthly night at the same venue with blues, ska, afrobeat, salsa, balkan and more

As the first in a new series the mighty King Zepha on Tuesday 22 September (with Sam Thornton on vocals and sax) will be performing a storming set of jump blues rockteady, and ska. The revival is coming. If you're ready for thumping double bass, raucous four-part harmony and honking horns then it's time to dust off your boots and your sharpest gear and join them on the dance floor!

Upcoming events:

22 September - King Zepha (blues/rocksteady)
20th October - Mansion Of Snakes (Afrobeat)
17th November - Tarantismo (Salsa and Cuban Son)
15th December - Makanitza (Balkan)

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

Thursday, 10 September 2015

James Hamilton, jazz entrepreneur

Leeds Media Centre - home of "Fold"

Leeds based trumpeter James Hamilton has been busy. His record label "New Jazz Records" has a new release, of Matt Anderson/Jiannis Pavlidis Duo - "Alone Together" on Sunday 20th September. It will be launched at Seven Jazz Leeds on Sunday afternoon 20 September at 1.30pm. Here's a link:
and here's a live recording at Trinity Church in Leeds:

James is also leading a new Jazz Hub organisation in Leeds called Fold. A group of Jazz Musicians in the city have rented a recording studio in Leeds Media Centre for use as a Jazz Hub. Leeds Media Centre is the home of a large number of media businesses including "Made in Leeds" TV. The recording studio is a lovely space complete with full recording equipment and a grand piano. James sees it as being both a recording space, a space for rehearsals and as a small performance space. In this he is hoping to emulate some of the successful projects run using the studio by the former Jazz Yorkshire organisation (eg "Demo in a Day" that enabled young musicians to produce a high quality demo examples to help them get work).  James sees the importance of it being affordable, especially for young professional jazz musicians coming from places like Leeds College of Music.  It's available now - contact James on

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The White Rabbit returns

The White Rabbit jazz in Leeds City Centre returns on Tuesday 22 September! It is being organised by bassist Tom Rivière (who is also the promoter now at Leeds Sela bar- he's a busy man!)

The first of the season will be hosted by a quartet lead by Leeds' two favourite tune hounds, Francesco Coghetto guitar and Riley Riley Stone-Lonergan tenor sax, followed by a Jazz Jam session

11 York Pl, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2DS

Free entry // Band 8.30 // Jam 9.15 onwards

Darwen Jazz and Blues Fest hits six

The sixth Darwen Jazz and Blues Festival this coming weekend featuring Osibisa, Dread Supreme, John Ellis/Neil Yates band and (good to see) from Leeds, a band that came out of the Seven Jazz workshops and are now getting a lot of attention (and European tours) - "Abtuse"!


Jazz at the Victoria in Leeds

Jazz at the Victoria in Leeds returns this Thursday 10 September 9pm with Richard Hardy on trumpet with Rod Mason saxes, Aleks Podraza keyboards, Geoff Chalmers bass and Andy Spofforth drums

A night of cooking jazz coupled with excellent guest beers on tap.

Victoria, 28 Great George Street Leeds LS1 3DL.

A big Head of Steam in Huddersfield

Georgina Barr- Oct 21st

Paul Smith lists his gigs for Huddersfield's Head of Steam-Wednesday nights

Sept 9th – Frank Brooker (sax), Ian Chalk (trumpet)

Sept 16th – Nikki Allan (vocals), Rod Mason (sax),  Rich Jevons (guitar), Keith Jevons (bass)

Sept 23rd – Kyran Matthews (sax), Nick Walters (trumpet)

Sept 30th – Kevin Holborough (trombone), Derrick Harris (guitar)

Oct 7th –  Rod Mason (sax), Ian Chalk (trumpet)

Oct 14th – Kevin Cunningham (trumpet), David Hogan (sax), Lee Hallam (trombone)  Loretta Scott (vocals)

Oct 21st – Georgina Barr (vocals), Ben Lowman (sax), Paul Baxter (bass)

Oct 28th – Brendan Duffy (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar)

Rhythm section from - Andrzej Baranek  Paul Chamberlain  Paul Baxter Andy Cholerton and Paul Smith

St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
8.30pm start