Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Jazz Cafe in Newcastle November treats

Blind Monk trio Nov 13th
From Dave Clark-

"On Friday nights at the Jazz Cafe (  we often present national touring bands. That’s the case in November when we have five out–of– towners on offer including two – Blind Monk Trio and Manjula – selected this year by Jazz North for their Northern Line scheme.

First up on the November 6th is a night of classic jazz standards from Jo Harrop, a young London – based singer accompanied by the North East’s own “brilliant young pianist” (The Guardian), Paul Edis.

Blind Monk Trio from Liverpool on November 13th put a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums format. With influences from the whole history of the genre blended with alternative rock and eastern European folk they present quirky original compositions along with some surprising arrangements of classic standards.

On the 20th November in a joint promotion with Jazz North East ( ), we host a special collaboration between “the utterly remarkable” (Brian Morton) Metamorphic – expanded from six to eight pieces – and the a cappella trio Røyst . Beginning with short ‘mini-sets’ by both bands the gig will mainly feature new material written for all eleven musicians.

Manjula on the 27th Npvember combines  the haunting ambience of Vanessa Rani’s Indian vocal training, the rhythmic attack of jazz improvisation and a beautiful mix of sounds from around the globe.

All shows begin at 9.00pm (doors 8.30pm) excepting Metamorphic and Røyst which starts at 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm). Tickets for all gigs can be booked from the Cafe on 0191 222 9882. Tickets for Metamorphic and Røyst are also available from Reflex Records on 0191 222 9882 and online from

In addition there are seven free admission events on offer : two “Tuesday Jams” at 8pm on the 3rd and 17th November ; four Saturday duo gigs featuring on the 7th Katy Trigger bass & Alan Law piano, on the 14th Belinda Voshtina vocals & Mark Williams guitar, on the 21st James Harrison keys & Anth Ord bass, and on the 28th Chris Jelly vibes & Peter Gilligan keys; and at 6pm on Friday 27th a launch event for the CD & DVD recorded at the Memorial Concert for Keith Morris.

Big names at Wilmslow this November

November 10th Greg Abate 

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, Cheshire SK9 5EG, (01625) 528336 at 8.30pm; £7 on the door. Our autumn programme is as follows - make dates in your diary!

November 3rd:- Trumpeter STEVE WATERMAN and saxman MIKE HALL with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio


November 17th:- Pianist BRIAN DEE and bassist LEN SKEAT

November 24th:- Saxman JOHN HALLAM and BILL SMITH with the TOM KINCAID trio

December 1st:- Saxman GILAD ATZMON and friends

Cameron Vale and Most Wanted at Davenham

Cameron Vale Nov 26

From Dave Atherton Jazz@Davenham - We have 2 concerts coming up in November and early December


Cameron Vale are a Leeds based Progressive Jazz band. Exciting and challenging music woven with a danceable energy, memorable melodies and complex riffs: jazz, rock, metal, electronica, Afrobeat and Klezmer, all played with ferocious energy. Co-promoted with Jazz North Northern Line


A sure fire hit for jazz@davenham with Stevie Williams (bass & vocals), Dave Hassell (drums), Mark Cresswell (Guitar & Vocals) & Billy Buckley (Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar)

Tickets from 01606 74502 or 01606 44253

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

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Sheffield Jazz present Beats and Pieces Big Band

Beats and Pieces Big Band 19 November

Vincent Keddie writes

"Beats and Pieces Big Band - gale-force energy plus startlingly original material - dozens of awards over six years, including 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards Ensemble of the Year. Influences from Ellington through Loose Tubes to Radiohead, vivid ideas and brilliant mood changes – they’ve redefined the big band for the 21st century. Back again after their brilliant sell-out gig at Millennium Hall Sheffield in 2014.

With high profile national and international awards to their name (Best UK Newcomer at the 2013 Jazz FM Awards & European Young Artists’ Jazz Award at 2011 Burghausen International Jazz Festival, Germany) and consistent audience and critical acclaim for their performances across the UK and Europe, the Beats & Pieces Big Band are fast becoming one of the country's most talked about jazz groups. Led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell, their music draws on a wide range of influences from Ellington to Loose Tubes to Radiohead to redefine the role of the big band for a new generation.

The band's debut album 'Big Ideas' was released in March 2012 and was marked with a major UK tour, with the Manchester show at the RNCM recorded by the BBC for broadcast on Jazz on 3, and the London gig at a sold-out Ronnie Scott’s receiving glowing 5 star reviews in both The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Ben Cottrell: director;
Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte: saxophones;
Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters: trumpets;
Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh: trombones;
Anton Hunter: guitar;
Richard Jones: piano;
Stewart Wilson: bass;
Finlay Panter: drums.

"Few bands play work of this complexity with such passionate conviction. Movers and shakers such as [Colin] Towns, Matthew Herbert, Darcy James Argue and [Ben] Cottrell demonstrate that large ensembles remain a vital force in contemporary jazz." John L Walters, The Guardian

"Beats & Pieces dazzled with a glorious, full-bloodied set demonstrating all that’s good about big band jazz. The big band tradition is alive and well and living in Manchester." Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise

“They couple gale-force collective energy and confidence to startlingly original material (most of it by its rising-star leader Ben Cottrell) that acknowledges big-band traditions while radically modernising them.” John Fordham, The Guardian  

Thursday 19 November at 20.00 – The Foundry, Sheffield University Students Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG 

November gigs at Scarborough's Cask

John Etheridge 4 November
Mike Gordon writes

"Some tasty treats at Scarborough Jazz this coming month

NOVEMBER 4: John Etheridge & Trio North
A real treat in store as this legend of guitar pays his annual visit to the Club. Described by Pat Metheny as “one of the best guitarists in the World”, John made his name in the seventies with Soft Machine. He is also well respected for his work with Stephan Grappelli, John Williams and Nigel Kennedy, with whom he performed at the 2014 Scarborough Jazz Festival. He is supported by bassist Ben Crosland and drummer Dave Tyas. £8 (£7 in advance)

NOVEMBER 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

NOVEMBER 18: The Unkempt. 
The Unkempt are a new and innovative jazz/funk/blues outfit fronted by sax legend Dave Kemp. Much of the material is penned by Dave but unique versions of Standards will also be on the menu.

In addition to Dave the quartet comprises Mark Gordon (keys), Tom Townsend (drums) and Chris Lea (bass).

NOVEMBER 25: Jim Birkett
Guitarist Jim is always a popular draw both at the Club and the Festival, where he provides the excellent interval spots. Expect a varied mix of music presented with warmth and skill. MG3 £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

Fusebox November

Let Spin

From Bill Chatwin

"Following our visit with Engine Room Favourites to Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Fusebox returns to the Fox and Newt on Sunday evening 1 November for the first of three November gigs with LET SPIN supported by Ant Traditions.

This is the last gig of a lengthy tour for LET SPIN and accompanies their latest release, 'LET GO'.
LET SPIN consists of Moss Feed (guitar), Ruth Goller (bass), Chris Williams (saxophone) and Finlay Panter (drums). Their spectacular eponymous 2014 debut announced them as ‘a significant new UK jazz force’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and followup LET GO is the album that confirms them as one of the most exciting new bands in Europe.

Featuring members of Melt Yourself Down, Led Bib, Beats & Pieces Big Band and Moss Project, Let Spin is a band brimming with an individual and collective confidence. Recorded after a period of extensive touring, LET GO is the electrifying result of 18 months of writing and rehearsing, and fully delivers on the band’s significant promise as four powerful musical voices come together to forge a band sound that is uniquely their own.

ANT TRADITIONS features Adam Fairhall on toy pianos and Dave Birchall on guitar and will be a very interesting opener.

N.B. on 18th November Fusebox has moved venue yet again to the Wardrobe for a Fusebox Mini-Festival with Metamorphic, Royst Trio and Beats and Pieces.

And if that isn't tasty enough we end November on 26th back at the Fox and Newt with Loz Speyers Inner Space Music."

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

The Wardrobe concert is
6 St. Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
0113 383 8800

Friday, 23 October 2015

Jazz gigs in November at Durham's Empty Shop

November sees the continuation of  regular Jazz gigs at Durham's Empty Shop HQ.

Stephen Glendinning Quartet Thursday 5th November

Top north east guitarist Steve Glendinning teams up with vibraphonist Chris Jelly & get back to their jazz roots, with reverberations of Lionel Hampton, Gary Burton, George Benson, Pat Metheny. The band will be performing repertoire from the guitar/vibes legends, interesting takes on some of the standard jazz repertoire, as well as original compositions and the odd funker to get those feet tapping.

Steve Glendinning – guitar
Chris Jelly – vibes
Michael Clark – bass
Mark Robertson – drums.
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 pay on the door

DIACHRONICX Thursday 19th November

Gabriele Heller – vocal
Stephen Glendinning – guitar

DIACHRONICX is a delicate and dynamic conversation between voice and strings exploring unexpected territories of jazz.

The repertoire includes originals, standards, blues, funk and pop songs. In their first programme ‘The Great City’ they experiment with pre-mixed sound atmos, electronic sounds and percussion elements as an addition to their live play and improvisations.

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

Doors from 7pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 pay on the door

Venue: Empty Shop
35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham DH14SZ

Marsden named Yorkshire’s best festival

Festival Director Barney Stevenson receiving the award

Norvol jazz members Marsden Jazz Festival have been named Yorkshire’s ‘Outstanding Established Festival’ at the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Awards 2015 in Whitby.

Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said:

“We’ve had loads people saying this year’s festival was the best yet so it’s been absolutely fantastic to win the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots award on top of that.

“I think what makes the Marsden Jazz Festival such a great experience is that there’s so much variety. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard jazz fan or are just looking for a fun day out with your family – we’ve got something for everyone.

“Many of the headline gigs at the festival sold out this year and the free gigs in the pubs, clubs and cafes had a fantastic atmosphere. We also had over ten hours of live music performed by local youth groups in the bandstand in Marsden Park, and the Saturday parade was a real spectacle.

“I think it’s that great mix of events that impresses people when they visit the festival and obviously impressed the judges as well. Hopefully we’ll be able to put on something even better for our 25th festival.”

Over 130 hours of live music was heard at 26 venues in Marsden between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 October, including performances by legendary saxophonist Jean Toussaint, New Orleans-based clarinettist Evan Christopher, and ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ Arun Ghosh.

The festival, which is supported by Kirklees Council and Arts Council England, will celebrate its 25th year in 2016 and beat competition from Bingley Music Live, The Willowman Festival, Whitby’s Musicport and Bradford Pride to win the Grassroots award.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

MOBO Jazz Awards in Leeds - vote now!

The 20th anniversary MOBO awards 2015 are to be held in Leeds on Wednesday 4th November to celebrate the very best of British urban music in the First Direct Arena. And jazz is part of this! The nominees for Best Jazz Act are:

At 17 years old, Andreas Varady is a Slovakian jazz guitarist that has been regarded as a child prodigy. Performing internationally since the age of 13, he recently released his first album in August.

Jason Rebello is a classically-trained British pianist, songwriter, and record producer from Wandsworth, South London. Rebello has toured the world alongside people like Sting and Jeff Beck.

Peter Edwards is a graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance who plays jazz full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes. This year, he impressed listeners across the UK with his debut album.

Phronesis is a Scandinavian/ British jazz trio from London. The band released their new album, ‘Life To Everything’, in April of this year gaining international attention.

Zara McFarlane is a 30-year-old singer from Dagenham known for her soulful and jazz styled music. Zara also won this MOBO award in 2012 after the release of her first album.


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Swingshift Big Band revisits Maynard Ferguson

On Sunday 4th October Phil Shotton led his Swingshift Big Band through the first of two gigs show casing the repertoire of the extraordinary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson at Southport’s Royal Clifton Hotel.

With a very informed audience of Maynard fans this seemed a daunting task. Phil and the band are used to challenges, having tackled arrangements with a host of top line soloists; but this one was ‘something special’.

Phil had invited Northern Irish trumpet star Ryan Quigley and guest trombonist Simon Lodge to feature in the session ; and what a session it proved to be. Many said that in the 10 years the band has played at Southport Jazz, this was their finest concert.

Driving rhythm, tight section work and superb soloing from the two guests and band members through some familiar and some not so well known Maynard charts. Needless to say Ryan didn’t miss a Maynard note – brilliant high octane trumpet work.

If you missed the gig fear not! Part two of the Maynard Ferguson legacy is in 2 weeks time.
Guests Ryan Quigley and Simon Lodge will be back. For those who heard the last one also fear not – the pad will be a different set of charts.

Sunday 8th November
Doors at 1 pm and the matinee concert starts at 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
Royal Clifton Hotel Balmoral Suite.
The Promenade, Southport.
Ring SMJ tickets 01704 541790 to book.
Tickets £12.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Norvoljazz website reached a million..

....OK we know lots of them will be East European spooks seeing if Norvol is anything to do with NATO - bit we're still pleased that in the last twelve months the Norvol network website has just passed it's millionth viewer...

All good publicity for Northern jazz clubs and festivals (and information for bands and audience too)

Check it out if you haven't recently - lots of new and interesting things happening!

And thanks too to Richard Gentle our webmaster...

All year round jazz festival @The Lescar!

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier Nov 25th

From Jazz at the Lescar's Jez Matthews..

With a diverse range of music from local, regional and national touring artists Jazz at Sheffield's Lescar is an all year round jazz festival on your doorstep!

21st October 2015 Alex Munk Quartet £6
Having played alongside Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, James Taylor and many others, Alex brings a brilliant quartet of London’s finest, Matt Robinson (piano/rhodes), Conor Chaplin (electric bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).

28th October 2015 Johnny Hunter Quartet £6
Johnny Hunter Quartet One of the most lively and creative drummers around, and a Lescar favourite, Johnny Hunter brings his quartet featuring, from the Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ben Watte (tenor sax), and Graham South (trumpet), plus bass tbc.

4th November 2015 Pete Lyons LX Quintet £6
Pete Lyons Tenor sax player and Sheffield legend Pete Lyons brings a seven piece band playing his own compositions. Featuring John Hulme (trumpet/flugelhorn), Henrik Linneman (flute), Hannah Brady (alto sax), Jez Matthews (piano), Graham Jones (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

11th November 2015 Josh Kemp Organ Quartet £7
A regular at Ronnie Scotts and with a growing reputation, tenor sax player Josh Kemp brings a straight-ahead hard swinging band with a classic Blue Note sound, featuring three masters; Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Ross Stanley (Hammond B3 organ), and Tim Giles (drums).

Two nights in a special mid-week...
Tuesday, 17th November 2015 DOUBLE BILL: Metamorphic/Røyst Trio£7
Pianist Laura Cole brings her magnificent Metamorphic sextet, in a double-bill with unique Scandinavian vocal trio Røyst. Metamorphic comprises Chris Williams (Led Bib, on alto sax), John Martin (tenor/soprano sax), Kerry Andrew (vocal/loops), Tom Greenhalgh (drums), Paul Sandy (bass). Røyst are Kari N. Bleivik, Cecilie Giskemo, and Maria Jardardottir.

Wednesday 18th November 2015 C Bop £6
Part two of our mid-week jazz special at The Lescar and we’re delighted to welcome back former Lescar impresario and all round Sheffield jazz celebrity Chris Walker with his energetic and funky band of Sheffield’s finest, featuring Piero Tucci (keys and sax), Alex Henderson (bass) and Phil Johnson (drums).

25th November 2015 Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier £6
A real treat for guitar fans, two virtuoso guitarists, bringing a whole range of influences from gentle ballads to Turkish music, flamenco and bossa grooves. It's a beautiful sound world in the hands of two masters, influenced by the likes of Pat Metheny and Egberto Gismonti, but also highly individual music.

2nd December 2015 DOUBLE BILL: Inclusion Principle + Seth Bennett/Dave Kane £6
Inclusion Principle comprises Martin Archer (laptop, woodwind), Hervé Perez (laptop, woodwind), and Peter Fairclough (drums), layering minimalism, improvisation, free jazz, ambient beats and soundscapes.  Seth Bennett and Dave Kane come together in an engaging musical conversation between two of the most virtuosic and imaginative bass players around.

9th December 2015 Djangonauts £6
Bringing a contemporary feel to just great swinging acoustic jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt, with Lescar favourites, Chris Walker (guitar), Piero Tucci (accordion), Kevin Walker (bass), Phil Johnson (drums).

16th December 2015 Jamie Taylor and Russ Henderson £6
Jamie Taylor on guitar, Russ Henderson on saxophones. Expect to hear perfectly realised swinging versions of classic jazz standards by the likes of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Music starts at 9pm, doors 8.30pm.
The Lescar Hotel, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZF
More details:

Weekends of Bop, Trad, Jam and Blues@Globe

Alter Ego Sat 24 Oct
Dave Parker writes

There’s a wide range of jazz styles at the Globe Newcastle this coming weekend.

Alter EgoOn Saturday 24 October Alter Ego make a welcome return after an excellent gig last year. With a front line of alto, tenor and trumpet this sextet follows in the hard bop tradition of the Jazz Messengers.

Sunday 25th October is the last of the month and our regular vintage jazz night. We go back to the New Orleans roots of jazz with the Levee Ramblers. Before that, on Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm there’s our popular More Jam session. Musicians are welcome to sit in and play, or sit back and listen. Admission is free to jammers and audience.

Then Saturday 31 October is too scary for jazz! Instead the popular RJ Feathers Blues Band returns to the Globe for a special Halloween Party. The core of the band includes

Adam Featherstone drums
Richard Featherstone vocals/guitar
Keith Neasham harp/guitar
Dan Dales bass /vocals
and there will be special guest musicians as well.

More details

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

Review - Benn Clatworthy Quartet at Wakefield Jazz

The Benn Clatworthy Quartet at Wakefield Jazz, Friday 16 October

This was an exhilarating performance—both sets practically non-stop and ranging in tempo and mood from brilliant, breakneck show-stoppers to a tender jazz rendering of ‘Londonderry Air.’

The Ben Clatworthy Quartet isn’t a tenor-plus-rhythm section outfit: this is an accomplished, highly integrated unit, which gave them a special cohesion, even at the outer reaches of their improvisations. Their individual virtuosity never crowded out the group sound as a whole. The number and length of the solo improvisations were very well judged, which gave the entire evening an unpredictable edge—not an easy thing with just four instruments.

John Donaldson’s piano support was alert and varied; and his solos ranged from driving, densely chorded runs to delicate, beautifully crafted melodic invention. Ben Clatworthy’s performance was a reminder of how much tonal variety can be expressed on a tenor saxophone and how beautifully expressive it can be. But whatever the tempo and whether he was playing at the top or the bottom range of his instrument, the music was unfailingly passionate, the notes carefully modulated and expressed with precision, whatever the speed of his runs.

The performance was peppered with unexpected rhythmic turns, sudden stops and shifts, which require musicianship of the caliber of Simon Thorpe on bass and Matt Home on drums—and their own solos were a delight, too.

This was jazz at its best: a top-drawer quartet of musicians playing at the top of their game, in a way that was thrilling but still accessible.

J Whitman 17.10.15

Jazz-at-Heart news

From Lesley Jeffries to all Jazz-at-Hearters

Thanks to Matt Anderson and Jiannis Pavlidis for a great - and very informative gig/talk about the history of jazz on Friday. And thanks to the (large!) audience, who gamely joined in with Matt's singing experiments:) We hope to have them back to take us on from 1959 to the present day at some point.

Just to remind you that the Monday workshops continue this evening 19 Oct with Ben Lowman who will no doubt have a great new tune up his sleeve! All welcome. 7.30 - 9p.m. £8

And forewarning about the next jam (Fri November 6) with great house band led by Kim Macari. 7.30 - 10.30 in the cafe.

Our November gig is another Friday (27th) and it will feature a number of local bands playing to raise money for SKIP, the charity in Peru which helps so many families and children to conquer poverty.

More details to come. See you soon!
Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lindsay Hannon tours the rural venues

Acclaimed jazz musician Lindsay Hannon is playing at four Northern rural venues between 4-7 November- and will be accompanied by some very special guests

As part of the #CREATEtour project, run by Thirsk based arts charity Rural Arts, Lindsay has been working with young people aged 11-18, helping them create their own musical performance which will become her opening act for her performance at The Courthouse.

“Running the #CREATEtour at Tuned In is one of our favourite things that we do here at Rural Arts” said Sophie Backhouse, the projects organiser. “Being able to work with Lindsay, a brilliant professional singer, is an amazing opportunity for them and we are really excited to see what is created!”

According to Bebop Spoken Here, Northumbrian singer Lindsay is “in the top bracket of singers currently working the jazz club circuit.”  Her band, The Lindsay Hannon Plus, have this year released their debut album The Spy which includes a mixture of covers and original songs. The band are rooted in the improvisational traditions of jazz – and are able to moves seamlessly from raucous barrel house blues to thoughtful, spacious ballads and across a wide variety of styles. Her band is
Lindsay Hannon (vocals), John Pope (bass), James Harrison (piano), Tom Chapman (drums)

If you would like to see Lindsay and the young people involved in the #CREATEtour – they are performing at

Tuned In, Redcar, Wednesday 4th November, 7:00pm

Pickering Memorial Hall, Pickering, Thursday 5th November, 7:30pm

Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall, Scarborough , Friday 6th November, 7:30pm

The Old Courthouse, Rural Arts, Thirsk, Saturday 7th November, 7:30pm

For more information on Lindsay and her band :

Tickets - To buy tickets to any of these performances call 01845 526536 or buy tickets online at:

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Legacy Big Band's golden gig

 LCoM Legacy Band conducted b Nikki Iles

Peter Ind with Jamil Sheriff  and Steve Crocker

A fantastic evening with the Leeds College of Music 50th anniversary Legacy Band on Sunday evening 11 October at Leeds Venue. Good to see that legendary bassist Peter Ind came up from London to be there too. Peter wrote the first ever jazz course at the College along with fellow bassist Bernie Cash

Here's a link to the review of the gig -

Congratulations to Jamil Sheriff and all the Leeds College staff and alumni who put it together!

Monday, 12 October 2015

International tours come to Globe

Sam Eagles 7 Nov
Dave Parker writes

In November at Newcastle's Globe we are delighted to be hosting two gigs by national and international jazz acts on tour. We are selling tickets in advance for these gigs.

On 7 November one of the rising stars of the London jazz scene, Samuel Eagles, brings his quartet to the Globe for the second time (the gig last year was superb). You can buy tickets in advance here

On 21 November Newcastle is the most northerly stop on the UK tour of the Maciek Pysz Trio, led by an outstanding guitarist and composer from Poland. You can buy tickets in advance here

twitter: @JazzCoopUK


Sue Parish at Hornby

From Sam Ashton

Hello jazz fans,

If you are on Sue Parish`s e-mail list you will know how much she enjoys her annual visit to  Hornby with her trio. Well so do we, it `s always a knockout.

Anyway, thedate is Friday Nov 20th, the venue as ever is the Village Institute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, LA2 8JR.

Tickets £10, available on the door or ring 0153242 22227 or e-mail

Doors and bar open at 7.30, music from 8 p.m.

As yet I haven`t had final confirmation of the trio personnel but you can bet they`ll swing like mad, at all tempos

As ever,


Autumn gigs at Undercliffe, Bradford

Ruth Gardziel Wed 21 Oct
Ken Butler writes

These are the autumn jazz listings for the Undercliffe Cricket club in Bradford


All gigs 9.00pm –11.00pm

Contact me on 01274 611830 for details

Undercliffe Cricket club in Bradford, Intake Road,
Bradford. BD2 3JR
Tel. 01274 637162

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Something for everyone @Boston Spa

21st Nov – Merseysippi Jazz Band

Les Brown writes about an exciting range and quality of bands coming up in Boston Spa

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 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.


7th – Maine Street Jazzmen – first class traditional jazz played with verve and enthusiasm by this well respected band from the North East. The added bonus is always the addition of several R & B numbers on the harmonica from leader and trombonist, Herbie Hudson.

14th – Swing Commanders – a much anticipated appearance by this multi – instrumentalist and versatile group performing an exciting mix of 1940’s classics, boogie woogie, swing, jump jive and more. Energetic showmanship coupled with sophisticated vocal blend. £10

21st – Merseysippi Jazz Band – founded in 1948 and still going strong. One of, if not the “legend” jazz band from the North of England ever since. Until recently, a two trumpet front line in the style of the famous Lou Watters’ Yerba Buena band re-creating the music of King Oliver and Louis. Happy sounds to keep your feet tapping.

28th – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – a truly class act led by our number one guitar/banjo player “Spats” Langham. The hot jazz sounds of the 20s and 30s played acoustically and interspersed by the wonderfully evocative vocals from Emily. Not to be missed. £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.

Steamin' in Huddersfield

Oct 21st –  Georgina Bar

Drummer Paul Smith's latest lisings for Oct/Nov a

Oct 14th - Kevin Cunningham (trumpet), David Hogan (sax) Stuart Garside (trombone), Loretta Scott (vocals)
Oct 21st –  Georgina Barr (vocals), Ben Lowman (sax), Paul Baxter  (bass)

Oct 28th –   Jon Taylor (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar)

Nov 4th – Senior Saxes – Mike Cox, Al Wood, Bill Charleston, Rod Mason

Nov 11th – Stuart Garside (trombone/vocals), Nick Svarc (guitar)

Nov 18th – Guitar Group

Nov 25th – Frank Brooker (sax), James Lancaster (trumpet)

All with the Paul Smith trio

Wednesday Head of Steam
Huddersfield’s Premier Jazz Venue
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm

Hull Jazz Fest announced


Hull Jazz Festival 23rd Winter Edition, 20-22 November 2015

J-Night presents the 23rd Winter Edition of Hull Jazz Festival from 20th – 22nd November, with some of the brightest young jazz talent from Hull, the North and beyond performing alongside established international artists.

The festival opens at 1:15pm on Friday 20th November with The New York Standards Quartet performing a special lunchtime concert at the University of Hull, followed by a jazz workshop for university students. Friday’s programme continues at Hull Truck Theatre from 7pm with Jazz North Introduces artists Artephis and The Jenny Smith Alumni Quintet, some of the stars of City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra who’ve gone on to become established in the industry.

On Saturday 21st November at 3pm, in a co-production with Freedom Festival, Gary Crosby’s Groundation present Sing Freedom!, an exploration and celebration of the crucial role that music played in the American Civil Rights Movement. Rising stars Binker Golding (saxophones), Shirley Tetteh (guitar), rhythm master Eddie Hick on drums and sensational young vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett plus Gary Crosby himself on bass will take the audience on a journey from the songs of 18th century slavery through to some of the most popular anthemic songs of 20th century Black America.

Saturday’s programme continues with a performance featuring some of Hull’s most promising young jazz artists as The City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Aesthetic from the University of Hull and pupils from Hull schools take to the stage with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Sextet. The performance is the culmination of a 2-day residency led by Mark Armstrong, the Artistic and Musical Director for NYJO and will shine a spotlight on some of the stars of tomorrow.

In a very special intimate performance, Andy Sheppard Quartet bring Saturday’s programme to a close, performing works from acclaimed 2015 album Surrounded by Sea. A serial collaborator, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, Andy will be joined in Hull by Eivind Aarset (guitar and electronics), Michel Benita (bass) and Michele Rabbia (drums).

On Sunday 22nd November from 12:00 noon, a special Jazz Festival Brunch sees Hull-born Matt Holborn and his Gypsy Jazz Quartet providing treats for the ears while delicious food is served at Hull Truck Café Bar.

Full programme details are available online at Tickets for all Hull Truck shows are available from Hull Truck Theatre at or on 01482 323638 and for the New York Standards Quartet concert from the University of Hull by emailing or calling 01482 462045 or online at

Dean Clough has "Stories to Tell"

Pete Churchill (piano and vocals); Mishka Adams (vocals); Ben Barritt (Guitar and backing vocals); Mark Lockheart (saxophone); Adriano Adewale (percussion)

Pete Churchill is the composer, pianist, singer and Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music – and a long-standing ‘friend’ of Dean Clough. His latest CD sees him team up with renowned, Manila-born jazz singer Mishka Adams for a set of his own, heartfelt songs that will appeal as much to devotees of singer/songwriters as to jazz fans.

Backing up these two impeccable voices are the ever-impressive harmonic work of guitarist Ben Barritt, Adriano Adewale’s understated but vibrant percussion and some choice and delicate interludes by high-flying saxophonist Mark Lockheart.

Gentle and beautifully arranged, this is Dean Clough’s only jazz gig this Autumn while building works continue to disrupt our normal venue… be sure to enjoy it!

“A charming, intimate, modest and friendly album” – Peter Bacon, ‘The Jazz Breakfast’

Dean Clough Jazz: 'Stories to Tell'
Friday 23rd October 2015 at 8.00pm
In the Crossley Gallery
£15.00 (£12.00 concs)