Friday, 27 November 2015

Tenor madness at Sproggits

Eliot Richards (picture-

From Harry Orme

SPROGGITS is back at our old stomping ground of Wharf Chambers, and this month we're incredibly excited to have Eliot Richards bringing his expertly-named sextet "How I Lost My Mind (and Other Adventures)". Inspired by late-period-Coltrane, expect (as the name would suggest) the soundtrack to someone going slowly insane. Lovely. Opening the night we'll have a free-up featuring some other great musicians - check the lineup below. Four of Leeds' heaviest tenor players in one room! It's tenor madness! Surely not to be missed. Also not to be missed is, as always, the Leeds jazz scene's greatest-worst raffle.

Doors // 8.00pm
Music // 8.30pm
Entry // £3-£10 (pay what you can afford)

HOW I LOST MY MIND (and Other Adventures) // Time no changes featuring:
Eliot Richards - Tenor
Simon Kaylor - Tenor
Harry Orme - Guitar
Max Kahn - Double bass
Angus Milne - Double bass
Steve Hanley - Drums

Opening set from:
Riley Stone-Lonergan - Tenor
Will Howard - Tenor
Matthew Aplin - Piano
Angus Milne - Double Bass
Steve Hanley - Drums

See you there!

8pm Wharf Chambers
Ground Floor, 23 - 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2016 line up

Terenece Blanchard

From festival director Ros Rigby

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back - it runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016 at Sage Gateshead with a stellar line up of bands.

We’re proud to welcome back GRAMMY award-winning singer Gregory Porter after his sell out show last year to open this year’s festival. Saturday night’s stellar double bill opens with leading British saxophonist and festival favourite Courtney Pine with fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO award winning pianist, Zoe Rahman  In contrast, trumpeter, composer and former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Terence Blanchard brings his new quintet, the E-Collective, in a powerful fusion of funk, R&B and rock.

Headlining Sunday night is American soul maestro Charles Bradley. His well-documented against-all-odds rise saw him transcend a bleak life on the streets before being discovered by Daptone Records. Other artists announced include award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll, described by Jamie Cullum as 'one of the greatest singers we have in this country'. Saxophonist John Surman emerged as part of a gifted generation of British jazz artists in the 60s – proving the age gap is no barrier to creativity, he is joined in a brand new quartet by the Alexander Hawkins Trio

British-Asian clarinettist and composer, Arun Ghosh, has been captivating audiences and critics alike with his trademark IndoJazz sound and Ibrahim Maalouf, widely regarded as one of the finest trumpeters of his generation, fusing pop, electro, soul, hip-hop with the music of his Lebanese roots

Café Society Swing features stellar vocalists and some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians in a show that tells the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music.  British jazz saxophonist Simon Spillett and his quartet will play a tribute to a revered British modern jazz star of the 50s and 60s, the late Tubby Hayes.

Fans of free jazz and improvisation will be treated to a solo performance from one of the most admired and influential saxophonists on the planet, Evan Parker. Award-winning British punk-jazz-funk specialists, WorldService Project bring to the festival high-octane experimental but accessible music – think Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes and Stravinsky, played loud.

As always the festival brings some of the newest and brightest lights on the international jazz scene to Gateshead. New York-based pianist and composer Kris Bowers is a leading voice in a vibrant new wave of genre bending jazz musicians. Saxophonist Phil Meadows is fast emerging as one of the UK’s most creative young jazz musicians. Airelle Besson’s sumptuous trumpet sound is catching the ears of listeners far beyond her native France. Malija is a brand new all-star trio, featuring saxophonist Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), pianist Liam Noble and bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis). Pianist and composer Michel Reis has performed with Dave Holland, Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding. He shares a double bill with John Law, who brings all his varied influences in his new project, Congregation.

“This year’s Festival reflects the diversity of jazz in the 21st century, including well established names alongside some very exciting younger voices – we hope audiences will take the opportunity to find their own paths across the programme and try some new things as well as enjoying their favourites.”
Ros Rigby

Tickets go on general sale Friday 27 November, 10am online at and 12noon at Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Quite a three weeks in Leeds

Chris Biscoe and Tony Kofi- Mingus Profiles Sextet 3 December

Quite a three weeks for Seven Jazz in Leeds! They present evening concerts by jazz superstar Andy Sheppard, then the "Mingus Profiles" band keeping alive the genius of the great jazz adventurer Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, and finally a family night out that will also be a treat for the jazz connoisseur with Alan Barnes Octet performing "A Christmas Carol"! Phew....

Andy Sheppard Quartet "Surrounded by Sea" @Seven Arts 5.45pm-8pm, Thursday 26 November £20/18 concessions
Andy Sheppard saxes, Eivind Aarset guitar and electronics, Michel Benita bass and Michele Rabbia drums.
This concert features works from Andy's new album, Surrounded by Sea (ECM). As the evening concert sold out within days of tickets going on sale, Seven Jazz have arranged an extra early evening performance which will start at 5.45pm and finish at 8pm. (doors open 5.15pm).

“Seven Jazz introduces” in support is the Matt Aplin Trio from 5.45-6.15pm

Mingus Profiles Sextet @Seven Arts 7.45pm, Thursday 3 December £18/16 concessions
Chris Biscoe on alto sax and alto clarinet; Tony Kofi- alto and tenor saxophones; Henry Lowther- trumpet, flugelhorn; Kate Williams- piano; Larry Bartley- bass; Stu Butterfield- drums
Formed in 2011 for the Southbank Meltdown Festival, the Sextet concentrates on Charlie Mingus’s musical portraits of friends, lovers, political enemies, musicians and one cat (!), with pieces from the classic ‘Ah Um’ at the core of the repertoire.

“Seven Jazz introduces” DS Murray quartet in support from 8-8.30pm

Tickets here

 Alan Barnes Octet "A Christmas Carol" @Seven Arts 7.45pm, Thursday 10 December £20/18 concessions
Alan Barnes- saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, Bruce Adams- trumpet, Mark Nightingale-trombone, Robert Fowler- saxophones and clarinet, Karen Sharp- saxophones and clarinet, David Newton- piano, Simon Thorpe- bass, Clark Tracey- drums
Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s ‘Christmas Carol’ has something for everyone. A family night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur with an Octet of the finest jazz musicians in the land; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just Christmas! This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol’

“Seven Jazz introduces” Sam Hamstead (sax) with Dan Clarkson (piano) 8-8.30pm


Sunday Afternoons at @Seven Arts 1.30pm-4pm: Our celebrated Sunday afternoons continue to delight...

Nov 29 Ian Chalk’s “Firebird” Quartet £7/5 conc
Dec 6 Jenny Smith and Kate Peters new band “Lady Luck” + Jazz Voices Choir £7/5 conc
Dec 13 Seven Jazz Christmas Café and Jam Session £7/5 concessions, including performers
Dec 20 Christmas Party with the Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra - Ellington, Basie, silly hats, lots of fun and brilliant musicians! £10/8 conc

Tickets for our concerts are available on the door, or in advance at any Seven Jazz gig, or online at our booking site -

The venue: Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777.

Big Band Bash - in Doncaster...

John Ellis, DYJO

Think Jazz, Swing, and Baubles in the amazing setting of The Earl of Doncaster's beautiful Ballroom on Sunday 27 December 2pm -11pm

This is the annual Doncaster Youth Jazz Association Big Band knees-up at the Earl of Doncaster Hotel, which will feature ALL of our representative ensembles throughout the day.

Currently the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association comprises of 4 ensembles as follows:
o Doncaster Youth Stageband
o Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra
o Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra (DYJO)
o Doncaster Jazz Orchestra (DJO - Alumni)

These ensembles cater for a wide age and ability range. If you wish to join us - or if you just want to find out more about us - please browse our website.

14:00 - 16:00 Matinee Concert of Youth Bands
19.30 - late Evening Concert featuring Alumni Bands

Tickets are available for single concerts or both concerts.  Call 01302 320002 for tickets. They usually sell out, especially for the evening concert!

Venue: Earl of Doncaster Hotel, Bennetthorpe, Doncaster DN2 6AD

The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
1973 - 2015: Celebrating 42 years of Jazz and Modern Music Education.

Big Band Bash - in York

Ian Chalk's Big Band initiative in York is beginning to bear fruit! Go along to the Post Office Club, Marygate York on Wednesday 9 December and support the Youth Jazz Orchestra and Youth Jazz Ensemble

Inner Space Music at Fusebox

Bill Chatwin writes

Fusebox's packed November programme will continue with Loz Speyer's Inner Space Music, who will be appearing at the Fox and Newt, Leeds on Thursday 26th November.

Inner Space Music
Loz Speyer – trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Biscoe – alto sax, alto clarinet
Rachel Musson – tenor/soprano sax
Olie Brice – double bass
Gary Willcox – drums

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman, Inner Space Music takes improvisation into new territory, and frames it within a set of strongly melodic, catchy tunes with references going back into jazz history.

Compositions such as Rocket Science and From A to B to Infinity play around with a combination of fast, slow and free time, as a flexible framework for improvising, exploring the fine line between structure and freedom that is a central theme in the jazz tradition.

...and Five Animal Dances are musical sketches based on the Five Animals Qigong forms (Bird, Tiger, Deer, Bear and Monkey) - a Taoist practise of movement and meditation designed to connect us with the vitality and playfulness of the natural world. That vitality of spirit is essential in all good Jazz, the discipline of form and practise so well absorbed that it can be forgotten and condensed into the present moment.

"There was something utterly warm and personal about this gig, and very moving." - Mike Collins, jazzyblogman

"Serious fun of the first order – highly recommended!" - Mike Butler, Metro

"One of the happiest evenings I've heard in jazz for many a long night... Music as rare as this defies description. Go along and see them! Or get their forthcoming CD...” - Karl Dallas, the Morning Star

“Inner Space Music, led by trumpeter Loz Speyer played a cracking set showcasing the consistently good catalogue he has been building for many years. With alto saxophonist Chris Biscoe in the front line, the band carried a strong Ornette-Don Cherry spirit but there was real personality in the writing.” Kevin Legendre, Jazzwise

“Wonderfully vigorous, sprightly music, packed with unexpected felicities of texture and timbre, and infused with bustling, fiercely interactive energy. Recommended.” Chris Parker

Inner Space Music are bringing such a full catalogue that they have requested no support and so the music will be starting at 8.30 as usual and after a short break ISM will be back for a second session.
See you there."

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

Friday, 20 November 2015

Jazz Wednesdays in Cullingworth

Anne Cleveland - 25 November

There is a lovely jazz friendly venue in the West Yorkshire village of  Cullingworth - the gig happens every Wednesday night, organised by  drummer Dave Lee. Every week there is a different line-up. Gig is free too. Starts 9pm through to 11pm.

This coming Wednesday 25 Nov is Anne Cleveland vocals + Ben Lowman sax Aron Kyne piano, Tom Maddison bass and Dave Lee drums

Here's the line up for future Wednesdays

2 Dec Georgina Barr vocals + Brendan Duffy sax Martin Longhawn piano, Angus Milne bass, Dave Lee drums

9 Dec Rebecca Frodsham vocals + Will Howard sax Martin Longhawn piano, Roz MacDonald bass, Dave Lee drums

16 Dec Emily Brown vocals + Rod Mason sax Martin Longhawn piano, Roz MacDonald bass, Dave Lee drums

Cullingworth & District Conservative Club Ltd,
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Partisans+ Steels/Bartholemew in Morecambe

Lancaster Jazz Festival and More Music present Partisans at Hide Map More Music 13-17 Devonshire Road, LA3 1QT Morecambe

Since their formation in 1996, Partisans have been thrilling audiences with their ferociously energetic performances and is co-led by two pre-eminent musicians of their generation, Phil Robson (guitar) and Julian Siegel (sax, clarinet). The quartet's line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). The lyrical and melodic compositions written by the leaders provide the framework and starting point, underpinned by the rock solid, freewheeling and supercharged rhythm section. Partisans are a real band, with a cult following in their native UK, years of performances around the globe & are hailed as having broken the ground for the new wave of British jazz! They released their 5th critically acclaimed album, 'Swamp', in the summer of 2014 on Whirlwind Records, toured North America in June ’14 & more recently appeared at the EFG London Jazz festival, Tampere Jazz

- Partisans were the highlight of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare'- John Fordham,The Guardian
- “Restless, almost reckless energy… delirious listening… consistently thrilling.” BBC Music Magazine
- 'One of the most exciting all star experimental groups in Jazz today' BBC Radio Jazzon3

Support from The Jake Steels/Bartholomew Quintet

Booking Information - Tickets are available for the reduced rate of £10 (£7 concessions) in advance. On the night, tickets will cost £12 (£9 concessions).

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

George Lewis , Derek Bailey and AMM at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Fest15

John Tilbury, Eddie Prévost and Keith Rowe: AMM

Friday 20th- Sun 29th November marks the dates for this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Among the jazz/improv highlights at this year’s festival are concerts by guitarist Derek Bailey with a tribute to saxman Lol Coxhill featuring Paul Rutherford and Trevor Watts "Lol's Tunes" (, and two UK premieres by George Lewis, US composer, improviser and trombonist - a chamber opera ‘Afterword’ on Sunday 22 November at the Lawrence Batley Theatre ( and ‘Construction Set TM’, a brand new work scored for the Berlin Splitter Orchester and featuring the composer himself at trombone soloist, at St Paul’s Hall on Friday 27 November ( There is also a celebration of the work of AMM with the first appearance together in a decade of John Tilbury, Eddie Prévost and Keith Rowe in the closing concert.(

More details

Monday, 16 November 2015

The Leeds Scene..

The Leeds jazz scene is always changing so here is the update news of the more regular gigs - if you know any different please let me into the secret!

The Wardrobe have some interesting gigs resulting from their link with the Band on the Wall - Go Go Penguin are 19 February, the Bill Lawrence group 8 March 2016

The Howard Assembly Room have a clutch of interesting jazz gigs in 2016 -  Mingus Big Band 23 Jan 2016, Mulatu Astatke 10 Feb 2016 and Colin Stetson 11 Mar 2016

Seven Jazz have a number of international evenings in the new year at Seven Arts - Peter King (Thurs Jan 21st) then country blues legend Steve Phillips with the Rough Diamonds (Fri 5 Feb) , star jazz singer Ian Shaw with Barry Green on piano playing the "Jewish jazz song book" (Thurs 18 Feb), New York based guitarist Phil Robson and his organ trio (Thurs March 3rd), US drummer Jeff Williams with a quintet featuring rising tenor sax player John O'Gallagher (Thurs 17 March), Mark Lockheart's highly rated new band "Majila" with Liam Noble and Jasper Hoiby (Thurs (31 March), and then a special treat - Art Blakey's saxman Jean Touissaint with his highly acclaimed "Roots and Herbs" Blakey project (Thurs 14 April).

Then there are still loads of  regular gigs -

Mondays -
Jazz at the Grove Leeds LS2: monthly on second monday; contemporary jazz with the band "Abtuse" 8pm then jam session 9pm
Crowd of Favours Weekly Jam 7pm - late  8 Harper Street, LS2 7EA Leeds

Tuesdays -
Leeds Jazz Club in Armley: Armley Conservative Club, weekly, traditional jazz and swing 8pm

Wednesdays -
Jazz at LS6 Cafe Hyde Park: weekly contemporary jazz with different band each week at 8pm, and jam session 10pm
The Lock In at Trinity Arts Boar Lane Leeds City Centre: monthly, jazz and various musics 8pm
The B-side at Leeds College of Music: monthly, student jazz groups 7.30pm
Strawberry Jam at the Fox n Newt, Burley Road LS3: jazz, funk, experimental, first Wednesday in month  8.30pm

Seven Jazz @Seven Arts Chapel Allerton: fortnightly international contemporary jazz concerts 7.45-11pm

Cafe Lento Headingley: fortnightly mainly contemporary jazz 8.00pm
Heart Jam Headingley: monthly jam session, last Friday in each month 7.30pm

Jazz at Heart Headingley: monthly, contemporary jazz 8pm
Jazz at the Spa: Village Hall, Boston Spa: weekly mainstream jazz 7.30pm
Jazz in the Cafe at Inkwell Chapel Allerton:  afternoons -Inkwell Jazz Divas monthly first Monday, Sky High Trio monthly last Monday, 1.30-4pm
Fusebox at the Fox n Newt Burley Road LS3: monthly, jazz, improv and beyond 8pm

Seven Jazz @Seven Arts and @ Inkwell Chapel Allerton: weekly afternoons, regional/international, contemporary jazz, latin, big band, blues 1.30-4pm
Jazz at the Sela Bar Leeds City Centre: monthly contemporary jazz 9pm
Brendan Duffy at the Head of Steam Mill Hill, Leeds City Centre near station, weekly residency 7.30pm

Andy Sheppard's northern tour dates selling fast

Andy Sheppard visits Hull, York, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield in a mini tour of Northern Jazz venues this month, but hurry - tickets are selling fast at all the concerts!

His concert features works from his new album, "Surrounded by Sea" (ECM). Andy Sheppard soprano and tenor saxophones, Eivind Aarset guitar and electronics, Michel Benita double bass, Michele Rabbia drums.

‘Surrounded by Sea is…very, very good.’… Dalston Sound

‘Sheppard has never sounded better or more lyrical than on Surrounded by Sea….[it] is an intimate statement whose chemistry belies the quartet’s brief existence. There’s a bold honesty in the music’s refined contours and graceful adventure that invites and rewards the patient listener. There’s the feeling too, that this quartet has plenty more to offer.’… All About Jazz

See more at:

21 Nov Hull Truck Company

22 Nov York Early Music Centre

23 Nov Leeds Seven Jazz @Seven Arts (two performances - tickets now only available for early evening performance 5.45-8pm. Support from Matt Aplin trio)

24 Nov Manchester Band on the Wall

25 Nov Sheffield Jazz @Millennium Hall

Huddersfield gets up Steam

Dec 16th - Michaela Smith 

Wednesday nights gigs at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

Nov 18th  Adrian Ingram’s Guitar Group

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

Dec 2nd  Rod Mason (sax), Neil Morley (trumpet)

Dec 9th   Kevin & Julie Edwards (vocals & guitar)

Dec 16th  Michaela Smith (vocals), Stuart MacDonald (sax)

Paul Smith drums, Andy Cholerton  or  Andrzej Baranek keys,  Paul Chamberlain or Paul Baxter bass

Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective   - Eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin

St George’s Square, HD1 1JB 
Support the music with raffle participation

Beats and Pieces for Sheffield

From Neil Pepper at Sheffield Jazz

Massive sound from a 14 piece big band this week at the Sheffield University Students Union Foundry with the acclaimed Beats & Pieces Big Band this Thurday 19 November

Ben Cottrell: director Anthony Brown, Cath Roberts, Jamie Stockbridge: 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

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 in Sheffield last year, and fresh from this year at Ronnie Scott’s, Manchester Jazz Festival .....

“ …startlingly original material … that acknowledges big-band traditions while radically modernising them.” John Fordham, The Guardian

Doors Open 19.30, Music Starts 20.00
Tickets £14/ £11, Students £7

Sheffield University Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG

Maciek and Zoe at Newcastle's Globe

Maciek Pysz Trio
The Maciek Pysz Trio is nearly half way through its 19-day UK tour and audiences from Cambridge to Cornwall have been stunned by the beauty and originality of the music. This is the very best contemporary acoustic jazz.

Maciek Pysz is an outstanding guitarist and composer: “the most melodic and innovative guitarists I’ve heard for many a year” says Lance Liddle of Bebop Spoken Here.  And the other members of the trio, Yuri Goloubev on double bass and Asaf Sirkis on drums, are also international musicians of the highest calibre.

Their appearance at the Globe on Saturday 21 November is a major coup for Jazz.Coop and we are hoping for a packed house. Tickets are £12 (and Jazz.Coop members can bring a guest for £7).

Doors open at 7.30pm and the music will start promptly at 8.15pm. You are advised to get there early.

Zoe Gilby's Stronger Jazz Voices
For the last 10 weeks Zoe Gilby, the girl from Cullercoats who grew up to be an international jazz star, has been running a course for experienced singers at the Globe.

Come and hear the aspiring jazz vocalists at their end of term gig on Thursday 19 November at the Globe. Singers include Ann Alexander,  Judith Carpenter, Teresa Driscoll, Jen Errington, Susan Hathaway, Oliver Morse, Susan Sanderson and Kris Yardborough.

There will also be a special performance by Zoe Gilby, accompanied by Alan Law (piano), Dave Parker (bass) and Michael Howard (drums).

Doors open 7.30pm. Admission £5

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

JAZZ turns out for SKIP

Jazz-at-heart presents a gig in aid of the charity SKIP (, which works for families and children in the North West of Peru (Trujillo) and is a force for good in their lives. This gig will not only raise money for a good cause, but also showcases THREE bands from the thriving community jazz scene in Leeds.

We’ll be starting right on time (7.30 pm) for once, so do come down and support us. Friday November 27th (Tickets £8 /£6 conc)

Skip-a-Beat (7.30)
Playing a range of swing and Latin tunes that will be familiar to most, this is the first ‘proper’ outing for Skip-a-Beat, which was formed a couple of years ago, to support the charity SKIP, which does such good work supporting children and families in Peru. This band is a result of the strong adult jazz education scene in Leeds.
Lesley Jeffries – trumpet; Jan Stacey – tenor sax; Al Howell – alto sax; Joe Kent – piano;  Gordon Hollingsworth – drums; Michael Clark – bass.

Quiet Band (8.30)
Playing gentler tunes and ballads, this band is going to feature Will Powell’s new nylon string acoustic guitar! A mixture of familiar and original tunes, many of them by people called Kenny (Wheeler, Barron, Dorham), we are promised a lovely interlude of gentle tunes.
Will Powell – guitar; John Murdoch – sax; Dom Moore – drums; Tom Welsh – bass

Marlena Kelli Quartet (9.30)
The quartet play classic blues jazz and swing music. Marlena Kelli is a young versatile singer on the Yorkshire Jazz scene who has appeared with a variety of blues, gypsy jazz and big bands. Will Powell on guitar is a popular Leeds guitarist and bandleader, bassist Steve Crocker is the brains behind Seven Jazz as well as having been a bassist with people like Spike Robinson, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilbur, Jimmy Witherspoon and Red Holloway. Dom Moore on drums is a jazz educator who runs a popular Jazz Workshop on Meanwood, and is also a mean jazz guitarist himself!

Friday November 27th (Tickets £8 /£6 conc) 7.30 start
Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

Fusebox Mini Festival at the Wardrobe

From Bill Chatwin

"A big reminder that Fusebox has teamed up with the Beats and Pieces Big Band on Wednesday night for a mini-festival with Laura Cole's Metamorphic and the Royst Trio. it will be a night of contrasts, collaborations and collectively superb music.

Please note that the event will be at the Wardrobe in Leeds and not as originally publicised. Also the event will begin at the earlier time of 7.30pm. 

See you all there."

The Wardrobe Leeds Wed 18th November 2015 – 7.30pm-11pm
6 St. Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH

International jazz touring success for the North

Ingrid Jensen -touring in May 2016

The Northern Voluntary Jazz Promoters Network (NORVOL JAZZ) in partnership with Apollo Jazz Network have been awarded over £32,000 by Arts Council England to establish a touring network for live jazz and to present three tours featuring world-class international musicians.

Through the development of a touring infrastructure, northern jazz clubs clubs will host tour dates and workshops and Apollo Jazz Network, run by trumpeter Kim Macari, will manage the project. The first tour will take place in May 2016 and will feature Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

"I am delighted to receive this support from Arts Council England. It has been over a year of development and discussion for a project which is ambitious and large-scale and it’s fantastic that we are now able to roll it out.

The project is going to benefit audiences, promoters and musicians in a direct way. We’ll have three featured artists from the USA collaborating with UK musicians to create new work and then touring it across the region, leading workshops and masterclasses along the way. We’re also going to be live-streaming gigs, allowing as many people as possible the opportunity to be involved. Getting a chance to see groups like this perform in more intimate venues is going to be extraordinary.

This focus on collaboration – artistic collaboration as well as partnering with organisations – is what Apollo Jazz Network has always been about. Kim Macari, Project Director

"We’re really pleased at this news. It is a vindication of what the 30 Northern jazz clubs and festival promoters in the network have been aiming to do. The international touring programme will enable volunteer run jazz clubs – the backbone of the jazz scene in the North – to show off some of the best jazz artists in the world to their audiences". –
Steve Crocker, NorvolJazz

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Jazz lineup for LS6

Ben Powling has updated the list of bands appearing on Wednesdays at the popular LS6 cafe in Hyde Park Leeds.

Bands play 8.30pm followed by a jazz jam 10-midnight


18/11 - Threedom (Dom Pusey)
25/11 - Angus Milne
2/12 - Aleks Podraza Trio
9/12 - Eliot Richards' Barrelhouse Trio
16/12 - Swingamajig House Band
13/01 - Tom Rivière Quartet
20/01 - Jean Watson Collective
27/01 - Treppenwitz
03/02 - Ben Haskins Group
10/02 - Elliot Roffe
17/02 - Chris Bland Trio
24/02 - William Powell/Ben Powling/Sam Jackson/Luke Luke Reddin-Williams

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

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Jazz (and more) films at LIFF15

"Here are some films in the Leeds Film Festival 2015 that may be of interest to all musicians.

Jaco (Jaco Pastorious documentary) Weds 11th Nov Leeds College of Music AND Weds 18th Nov Seven Arts
The Case of the Three Sided Dream (Rahsaan Roland Kirk, documentary) Thurs 12th Leeds College of Music
Around the world in 50 concerts: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (documentary on tour) Mon 16th AND Tues 17th Leeds Town Hall
Concerto – A Beethoven Journey (exploring/ playing the 5 piano concertos, documentary over 4 years) Mon 16th AND Tues 17th Leeds Town Hall
Landfill Harmonic (documentary of Paraguay children’s orchestra, with instruments made from scrap from nearby huge landfill site) Tues 17th AND Weds 18th Leeds Town Hall"

Details from

Thanks to Phil for bringing these to our attention

Monday, 9 November 2015

International stars in Sheffield

From Neil Pepper

"International stars from the USA this week play at Millennium Hall in Sheffield on Friday 13th November as Sheffield Jazz welcome the: New York Standards quartet - David Berkman: piano; Tim Armacost: saxophones; Michael Janisch: bass; Gene Jackson: drums
This New York-based unit have developed a near telepathic relationship within the tradition of the standard jazz repertoire, taking standard songs as a starting point for development with freedom and room for interpretation.

As John Fordham in The Guardian’s glowing, four-star review of their recent tour comments:
“a group devoted to radical reinvention of famous songs ... this vivacious foursome delightedly cherish the originals while brusquely deconstructing their harmonies and tweaking their melodies... This is a collective class act.” ****

Listen to the band here:

Doors Open 19.45, Music Starts 20.30
Tickets 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

Coming up at Sheffield Jazz:
Thursday 19th November Sheffield University Students Union: Beats & Pieces Big Band 
Friday 27th November Millenium Hall: Andy Sheppard quartet
Friday 4th December: Crucible Studio: Mingus Profiles sextet 

And over at the Lescar in Sheffield on Wednesday 11th November

Josh Kemp Organ Quartet £7
A regular at Ronnie Scotts and with a growing reputation, tenor sax player Josh Kemp brings a truly international class band to the Lescar, promoting their new album 'Rare Groove' (on 33 Records). Straight-ahead hard swinging with a classic Blue Note sound, the band features three masters; Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Ross Stanley (Hammond B3 organ), and Tim Giles (drums).
'A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane's imploring cry.' The Guardian

Joe Morris Quartet play Newcastle

Joe Morris Quartet

Paul Bream has been in touch

"We've now got an absolute cracker of a gig booked for the Sunday night 6 December - the only UK appearance by the Joe Morris Quartet (Joe on guitar, Mat Maneri viola, Chris Lightcap bass, Gerald Cleaver drums). The band is on a European tour and is literally flying to Newcastle from the Netherlands and then flying back to Germany.

I can't resist feeling pretty chuffed about this - it seems that Jazz North East's reputation is so high that Joe insisted he wanted a Newcastle gig. Here are the details:

Jazz North East presents ‘On The Outside’, with
Joe Morris (guitar); Mat Maneri (viola); Chris Lightcap (bass); Gerald Cleaver (drums)
Sunday 6th December 8.00pm
Bridge Hotel  Castle Garth  Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Tickets £10.00  £8.00 concessions from Reflex Records (0191 260 3246), or

If you want to make a weekend of it in Newcastle 5-6th December (following the Norvol Jazz Network meeting that morning ) and we've also got the Bradley Johnston Quartet at the Jazz Cafe 2pm on Saturday - details can be found on the Jazz North East website at  while the Jazz Co-op at the Globe has the debut performance by a new quartet which featuring vocalist Debra Milne on Saturday evening."

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Jazz at UCC in Bradford

Happy Chappies on 18 November
From Ken Butler

Jazz dates at the UCC in November/December

Wednesdays 9-11pm

Undercliffe Cricket Club
Intake Road,
Tel. 01274 637162

Contact Ken Butler 01274 611830 OR 07942 901053,

Spats at the Spa (and more...)

“Spats” Langham 28 November
Les Brown writes... "Dear Jazzers

Please find attached the programme to the end of the year. One or two rather special evenings coming up in November which we know you'll really enjoy.

We've had some first class evenings in the past month - the John Hallam/Jamie Brownfield session was especially well received and we have invited them back next year; also an excellent session of New Orleans music last Saturday with our old friend Brian Carrick.

The Rugby World Cup and probably other seasonal factors have caused our attendances to fluctuate rather more than usual at this time of the year, so we are now hoping with New Zealand having carried off the honours that numbers attending will return to normal.

A word about the new Café Bar in the Village. Stew and Oyster has opened for business opposite the Costcutter and adjacent to the Village car park. Very reasonably priced tasty meals served before "Jazz time" as you can see from the Menu. Link below. The only problem may be that you can't book - you just turn up. Lots of favourable comments already.

Looking forward to seeing you all in November and December"

November 2015
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 wonderfully evocative vocals from Emily. Not to be missed. £10

December 2015
5th – Café Society – a long overdue return by this “off the wall” cabaret quartet featuring the outrageous Anthony Mason in his “Noel Coward” role with banjo and ukulele plus the undoubted talents of Willie Entwistle of Temperance Seven fame on reeds, Andy Henderson on cornet and Colin Turner on tuba.
12th – Sorry – No Jazz 
19th – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – the last opportunity to clap your hands and stomp your feet in 2015. Yes – it’s Christmas Party time again with its traditional festive atmosphere, nibbles, mince pies, shortbread and the special raffle. And the whole fun filled celebration driven along at a cracking pace by the energetic Stompers. £10

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Traditional/Mainstream Jazz.

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Thanks for your support!