Thursday, 28 January 2016

BBC Young Musicians Final 2016, Jazz Awards

Alexander Bone, winner in 2014

The BBC have announced their five finalists in the BBC Young Musicians Final 2016.

With an age range of 15-21, the 2016 finalists include two sibling competitors, Alexandra Ridout (on trumpet) and her brother Tom (on sax and recorder). Saxophonist Tom Smith returns, after being a finalist at the 2014 inaugural even, and there are two pianists, the oldest competitor Elliott Sansom (21) and the youngest, Noah Stoneman (15).

The final will take place on 12 March at the Royal Welsh College of Music’s Dora Stoutzker Hall in Cardiff.

Saxophonist Alexander Bone, the winner of the first competition in 2014, will be performing at the final. Bone is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music and he performed at the BBC Proms in the Park last September.

The five finalists will be accompanied by the Gwilym Simcock Trio. Simcock was the first jazz musician to take part in the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme (2006-08). He will also be mentoring the finalists as they rehearse.

The shortlist for the final is:

Alexandra Ridout – Trumpet (17 years old)
Tom Ridout – Saxophone and Recorder (21 years old)
Tom Smith – Saxophone (20 years old)
Noah Stoneman – Piano (15 years old)
Elliott Sansom – Piano (21 years old)

The Final will take place on 12 march at the Royal Welsh College of Music

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Steve Fishwick/Osian Roberts/Frank Basile at Scarborough

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask
8.45 pm Wednesday 3rd February 2016

The Steve Fishwick/Osian Roberts/Frank Basile Sextet

This will be one of those very special musical nights that is not to be missed.  Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask is delighted to present The Steve Fishwick/Osian Roberts/Frank Basile Sextet, an exciting UK/USA collaboration.

 This will be part of the band’s third UK tour and is in promotion of their second CD ‘In The Empire State’ which was recorded last September in New York City.  As well as Frank Basile, one of the best baritone saxophonists in the world today, the line up boasts two more of NYCs best jazz musicians, pianist Jeb Patton and bassist Mike Karn who's combined list of credits reads like a who's who of jazz.

 Completing the line up will be long standing collaborators and leading UK jazz musicians Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts, on Trumpet and Tenor respectively, and Matt Fishwick on drums, himself a one time NYC resident between 2005 and 2010 and presently one of the most in demand jazz drummers in the UK.  Expect hard swinging originals and standards rooted in 1950s/60s Hard Bop and beyond!  

Doors open at 8.0pm and the gig starts at 8.45pm.  Entry is £9 (£8 in advance from The Cask, Bookshelf and Record Revivals).  More information at

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

01723 500570

GoGo Penguin at the Sage

GoGo Penguin plus support Daudi Matsiko

Thursday 18, February, Sage Gateshead 8pm

Manchester-based trio GoGo Penguin draw on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to Manchester’s grey rain-streaked urban streets to create a brave new sound all their own.

Their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, deeply propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drums has seen them shortlisted for the Mercury Prize Album 2014 and hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years.

The trio were recently signed to Blue Note Records and their new album, Man Made Object, is released 5 February.

Tickets at 

Gareth Lockrane and allcaps @Sela Bar

Gareth Lockrane and allcaps

The next Leeds College of Music B-side event is on Thursday Jan 28th 7pm start - free

First the first time ever the B-Side at LCoM has moved to Sela Bar featuring the incredible flautist Gareth Lockrane and LCoM's own 'allcaps'.

Gareth Lockrane: 
Gareth Lockrane started playing at the age of 10 and after raiding his dad's record collection discovered jazz at 14. Early influences included Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Bill Evans and Stan Getz on the jazz side whilst also being transfixed by the great blues-rock guitarists of the 60s and 70s as a child - Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy continue to be major influences. On flute the initial main inspirations were saxophone "doublers" like Frank Wess, James Clay, Roland Kirk, Bobby Jaspar and James Moody and later on he fell under the spell of flute visionaries like Jeremy Steig, Eric Dolphy, Hubert Laws, Paul Horn, Eddie Parker and James Newton amongst many others.

In 1994 he enrolled on the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where teachers included Stan Sulzmann, Hugh Fraser, Mark Lockheart and Eddie Parker and where he struck up musical relationships with fellow students the Fishwick brothers, Osian Roberts, Orlando le Fleming and many others.

allcaps is a new and upcoming band, performing music of hip-hop, jazz and neo soul, there is something to fit everyones taste. They're incredibly excited to get their material out and gigging, bringing a new sound into jazz. Fronted by trombonist and band leader Patrick Martin, they will play their own arrangements of Takuya Kuroda, Janek Gwizdala and will be debuting new material off their forthcoming EP 'Midnight Calls' featuring Helena Debono on vocals.

Patrick Martin- Trombone
Dan Brunskill- Alto Saxophone
Stuart Wilson- Trumpet
Joe Boyes- Piano
Jake Dickens- Bass
Joshua Smout- Drums
Helena Debono Vocals

Set Times:
allcaps 7-8
Gareth Lockrane 9-9.30
Jam 9:30 onwards

Free to get in! 

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

Manchester Jazz Festival dates announced

Manchester’s longest-running music festival comes of age in 2016 as the 21st mjf delivers 10 music-filled days from 22-31 July in iconic venues across the city once again. Highlights will include the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission premièring a new work from one of the NW’s leading composer/bandleaders, the phenomenal free northern line showcase on Monday 25 July and plans are afoot for some special events to mark the EuroScience Open Forum – science & jazz!

The full programme will be released in May, but to keep in touch with all the latest festival news and updates here, at or on Twitter @ManJazzFest.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Family Band at Heart

Led by double bassist Tom Riviere, Family Band is a chordless quartet dedicated to a love of improvisation and loose structures. Influenced by the music of Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian and John Coltrane among others, the band are not afraid to stretch themselves and take risks. This is music created to make you feel. The band will play material from their debut album which has received airplay from BBC Radio 3 as well as brand new material.

Line Up: Tom Riviere (Double Bass)
             Kim Macari (Trumpet)
             Riley Stone-Lonergan (Tenor)
             Steve Hanley (Drums)

Feb 20th 7.30 p.m. £8 (£6)

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

Monday, 25 January 2016

Dennis Rollins & DYJO, GJRB, Arts Live and more at Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost Festival 2016 presents......a very special evening of music from:

Dennis Rollins and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Garforth Jazz Rock Band
Arts Live Folk Band
Roma Khamoro
Vale Academy's Taiko Drummers and Wind Band
Semi-Skimmed Soul
Don Valley Academy

Bringing together people of all ages from across Yorkshire, this event looks to explore an eclectic blend of styles from across the globe. Expect a diverse experience at an incredible venue in the heart of Doncaster.

Date Thus 4th Feb
Venue CAST, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Doors: 6:30pm
Performance Begins: 7:00pm

We are excited to offer a limited number of FREE tickets which will be available from Thursday 21st January from CAST, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU by visiting their box office or their website at:

This event is part of the School Partnership Trust Academies festival programme, supported and funded by Arts Council England, CapeUK, D.A.R.T.S, Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and Arts Live.

For more information please contact us at:

Graeme Wilson Quartet at Fusebox

Graeme Wilson – tenor saxophone, Paul Edis – piano, Andy Champion – double bass, Adam Sinclair – drums

The Graeme Wilson Quartet have built a reputation for electrifying performances around the North East for over two years. They formed to play the music of saxophonist Wilson, who moved to Newcastle after a long stint on the Scottish jazz scene including Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. The four musicians enjoy a close communication from playing together in other bands including ACV, Paul Edis Sextet and Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra.
“As good as it gets” – Bebop Spoken Here blog.

They are appearing at Fusebox in Leeds on FRIDAY 29 January 

Doors open 8 pm, Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door. At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527.

jazz,ska and trad all in one week@Globe

It's a week of varied music at the Globe in Newcastle 

On Thursday 28 January local guitar genius Mark Williams brings his Trio to the Globe for a night of superb original jazz, funk and fusion.

On Saturday 30 January the Globe will be grooving to the two-tone beat of mod/ska band The Style Selektors.

On Sunday 31 January our vintage jazz programme continues with a welcome return of the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.

And on this, and every, Wednesday the North East's longest running jazz jam session Take it to the Bridge welcomes all comers.

Learning opportunities for vocalists (and accompanists)

Our next Play Jazz! workshop at Sage Gateshead will be of special interest to vocalists and other musicians who work with them.

Singing away the Winter Blues on Saturday 6 February is facilitated by international star Zoe Gilby (vocalist) and Alan Law (piano).

Looking ahead, we have a very special weekend course for vocalists led by Anita Wardell on 13 to 15 May. Last year this course was sold out months in advance, so if you are interested you are advised to book soon.

Doors for our gigs open 7.30pm.

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

Monday, 18 January 2016

Steve Mead's highlights..

Lauren Kinsella

Here's the choice of Steve Mead from Manchester Jazz Festival of his highlights of the jazz year 2015

1. Experiencing the wonderful music of French trumpeter Airelle Besson with her quartet live at Jazz Sous les Pommiers in Coutances back in May. I’d been following the band’s formative stages over the past year or so and this performance really encapsulated Airelle’s highly personal vision for the music.
2. Our northern colleagues Marsden Jazz Festival presented a great mix of New Stream bands back in October, and I especially enjoyed vocalist Lauren Kinsella’s suite of new word settings commissioned by the festival ‘What Window Do You Look Out Of?’ – the audience were transfixed by her remarkable talent.
3. And mjf reaching its 20th birthday was something of a memorable jazz moment for the mjf team…


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Squeeze in at the Cafe Lento

One of our favourite Leeds venues - and a great place to see some of the young bands. Get there early or you won't get in! 8.30 start. £5!

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

Paris Sur Tyne

From Paul Bream

Possibly only Jazz North East could be adventurous or mad enough (probably both) to fly in six musicians from Paris, link them up with UK wild men Andy Champion and Corey Mwamba, and present them in an all-day, eight band extravaganza. In fact even French promoters might think twice about such a crazy idea.

But this is exactly what JNE (now in their 50th year, and growing old disgracefully) have done, with five well established French bands, one - Sonsale - previously created under the Anglo-French Jazz-Shuttle scheme, and two combinations put together especially for the day (and thus never to be repeated). Cheaper than a trip to France, and you don't need a passport. Magnifique!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Jazz into Doncaster

Happy Chappies 25 Feb

From Brian Askew at Doncaster jazz

Just a quick reminder on this month's gigs, this Thursday 14 Jan 2016 we present the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra Senior Alumni Members, there has been great interest shown in this gig so please be early to secure your seat. On Thursday 29 Jan 2016 we present Bob Ludlam's 'Grumpah' a new venture for Bob and the boys.

We also have an alteration to our future gig on Thurs 25 Feb 2016 the Nicola Farnon Trio were due to appear however Nicola has once again secured a tour with Dolly Partons Tribute Band and will now appear later in the year and we now present 'Frank Brookers Happy Chappies' on that date.

Venue- the Doncaster Conservative Club, 2 South Parade, Doncaster. DN1 3ET.

Keeping Music Live



Monday, 11 January 2016

Good news from Corey Mwamba

Corey Mwamba (photo Denis Dalby)

A new arts organisation will be presenting a new programme of innovative, modern creative music in Derby, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Out Front! will host artists in an adventurous series that highlights styles such as jazz-funk and totally improvised music. The wider aim of Out Front! to make Derby a prime destination for innovative musicians and composers to perform, create and collaborate. The new programme starts in March and includes monthly gigs around the city; and a mini-festival in the autumn.

Out Front! is a Derby-based voluntary arts organisation that aims to help develop and support a holistic and complete scene for lovers of experimental, modern creative and improvised music in Derby and the Midlands. The group was formed by Derby musician and music programmer Corey Mwamba; and is made up of Claire Furlong (NYJO Learning and Participation, London), George Grignon (musician, Derby), William McGiven (DJ, Derby), Cath Roberts (musician, London), Ian Perry (music programmer, Nottingham) and Walt Shaw (artist/musician, Derby).

Lead administrator Corey Mwamba said "The funding from Arts Council England will enable us to create a fantastic series of events here; and work with others, to strengthen the music and arts scene in Derby. We're looking forward to hosting innovative jazz and improvised music groups who haven't had the chances to perform in the area, as well as national and international acts. It's very exciting news and we hope to have more involvement and support from people in Derby and the wider Midlands."

Hopefully from the North and Norvoljazz clubs too!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Manchester's Band on the Wall secures funding for expansion

Inner City Music, the charity that owns and operates Band on the Wall, in Manchester (a good friend and home to some fantastic jazz over the years) has won a bid for funding from the Arts Council England which could see it increase its capacity by 35 per cent to 500 people.

The venue owners said the project will also provide more learning and participation facilities for its education and charitable activities delivered through its partner charity Brighter Sound.

Inner City Music made a first stage capital bid application to Arts Council England and will now work on detailed plans for the estimated £2.5m project, for which they have been invited to submit in a stage two application within the next 18 months.

Gavin Sharp. CEO, Inner City Music said: “While we have a long way to go to secure the extension of Band on the Wall, this first stage of funding is crucial to allow us to develop our plans and we are very grateful to Arts Council England for its support.

“For the last six years we have successfully operated one of the UK’s oldest and most iconic small venues, maintaining our mission to present and showcase the best music from across the globe, with a clear focus on excellence. Our award winning programme is regularly held up as an example, as are our incredibly high production values.

From Manchester Evening News 7/1/16

John Taylor: a celebration at York University

Julian Argüelles saxophones
Steve Watts bass
Tom Gibbs piano
Raph Clarkson trombone
Twm Dylan bass
Dave Smyth drums

John Taylor was an inspirational pianist, composer and musician who worked alongside some of the greatest jazz stars on the concert platform and in the recording studio in addition to his solo career.  Following his sudden death on 17 July last year we celebrate his extraordinary talent and the influence that he had on two generations of musicians.

John joined the Department of Music at York University as a lecturer in 2005 and continued to give masterclasses and recitals both there and at the NCEM.  Julian Argüelles, a close collaborator and friend, leads this concert with Steve Watts and former students of John who are now professional musicians.

‘Taylor’s playing was virtuosic but never overwrought, combining a melodic lyricism with rhythmic originality and drawing influences from classical music. He was regarded by connoisseurs as one of the most creative and technically brilliant pianists in jazz.’ Daily Telegraph

Tickets: £16; concessions £14; students £5
Friday 29 January 2016 at 7.30pm
National Centre for Early Music
Walmgate, York Y01 9TL

Your vote in the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Award winners 2015 

The voting has opened for the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, The deadline is Thus 18th Feb 2016 Cast your vote here!

Categories are - Jazz Album of the Year, Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year, Jazz Ensemble of the Year, Jazz Venue of the Year, Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; Jazz Newcomer of the Year and Services to Jazz Award The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group, co-chaired by Jason McCartney MP and Lord Colwyn. More details are on the Jazz UK site

We'll keep you up to date with shortlisting and eventual winners. which will be on the 10th May. 

Let's get some northern jazz in the frame! Would you like suggestions for jazz venue of the year? How about some of your great Northern jazz venues/artists (and NorVolJazz members) below....

Boston Spa Jazz
Capstone Theatre/Liverpool International Jazz Festival
Darlington Jazz and Festival
Davenham Jazz
Dove Jazz Buxton
Grimsby Jazz and Cleethorpes Jazz Festival
Heart Jazz Leeds
Hornby Jazz
J Night - Hull Jazz Festival
Jazz at Huddersfield Head of Steam
Jazz at the Keys Huddersfield
Jazz Co-Op Newcastle
Jazz North East Newcastle
Lancaster Jazz Festival
Liverpool Jazz
Marsden Jazz Festival
Newcastle Arts Centre and Jazz Café
Parr Jazz Liverpool
Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues club and Festival
Saltburn Jazz
Scarborough Jazz and Festival
Seven Jazz Leeds
Southport Melodic Jazz and Festival
The Atkinson Southport
The Cinnamon Club Bowden
Wakefield Jazz Club
Wigan Jazz Club and Festival
York Jazz

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Liverpool International Jazz Festival gears up

Pascal Schumacher

The fourth Liverpool International Jazz Festival is set to take place at The Capstone Theatre from 25th – 28th Feb 2016.

This time the line-up will include ticketed concerts from French percussionist/composer Pascal Schumacher, Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine and British saxophone legends Courtney Pine and Andy Sheppard. Alongside these concerts there will be free admission sets from some of the best artists and bands from the North West, including bands from Jazz North’s Northern Line rostra and Merseyside based groups being showcased by LiverpoolJazz. Add to this a free Milapfest concert by sarod player Sudeshna Bhattacharya, and various workshops and other events yet to be announced, next year’s Festival is looking to be as varied and entertaining as ever.

LIJF was established in 2013 by Liverpool Hope University, based at the University’s Capstone Theatre at its Creative Campus (17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP). The musical emphasis of LIJF is on cutting edge jazz, creativity and innovation in music-making but also on widening accessibility of jazz related music to general music audiences. The forthcoming 2016 Festival is no exception to this ethos.

Pascal Schumacher Thursday, 25 February 2016 £11.50
Philip Catherine Quartet Friday, 26 February 2016 £11.50
Milapfest presents Sudeshna Bhattacharya Saturday, 27 February 2016 Free Admission
Pan Jumby Saturday, 27 February 2016 Free Admission
Cameron Vale Saturday, 27 February 2016 Free Admission
Artephis Saturday, 27 February 2016 Free Admission
Graeme Wilson Quartet Saturday, 27 February 2016 Free Admission
LiverpoolJazz presents Courtney Pine Saturday, 27 February 2016 £11.50
Liverpool Showcase Concert Sunday, 28 February 2016 Free Admission
Andy Sheppard Saxophone Workshop Sunday, 28 February 2016 Free Admission
Andy Sheppard's Hotel Bristol Sunday, 28 February 2016 £11.50


Big Jazz names at Liverpool St Georges Hall

Yolanda Brown 8 March

Liverpool’s St George’s Hall has announced its most dynamic Concert Room programme in recent years, top artists on the UK and international touring circuit are booked in to the magnificent Concert Room – the eclectic programme covers a wide variety of music genres, comedy, cabaret and the spoken word.

The magnificent Concert Room is the jewel in the crown of the iconic St George’s Hall on Lime Street. Charles Dickens himself gave many readings on the stage and considered it a perfect venue. It was originally designed by Charles Robert Cockerell to accommodate an orchestra and provides excellent acoustics, the beautiful neo-classical interior is the perfect backdrop to any live performance artist.

Jazz is high on the agenda especially in March with Barb Jungr performing her new album Shelter From The Storm featuring Laurence Hobgood. Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist Yolande Brown, British jazz diva Jacqui Dankworth with American vocalist/pianist Charlie Wood and one of the greatest Jazz vocalists Ian Shaw.

Further concerts are to be announced in the near future, visit to stay up to date.

Sat 5 Mar 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: £20.00 (+ booking fees)

Tue 8 Mar 2016 
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: £19.00 (+ booking fees)

Fri 18 Mar 2016 
Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: £20.00 (+ booking fees)

Sat 26 Mar 2016 
Time: 7:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased in person at TicketQuarter in Queen Square, Liverpool, online at or by calling 0844 800 0410.

The Leeds jazz list Spring 2016

Go Go Penguin 19 Feb Wardrobe

Here's a round up of what's happening in Leeds this Spring

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

Howard Assembly Room also have a clutch of interesting jazz gigs  -  Mingus Big Band (23 Jan)French pianist, composer and filmmaker Christophe Chassol (1 Feb), Mulatu Astatke (10 Feb) and Colin Stetson (11 Mar)

Seven Jazz have their international jazz evening series at Seven Arts - Peter King (Thurs Jan 21st) then country blues legend Steve Phillips with the Rough Diamonds (Fri 5 Feb) , the best jazz singer and the best accompanist in the UK Ian Shaw with Barry Green on piano (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).
And the regular gigs this Spring ...

Jazz at the Grove Leeds LS2: monthly on second Monday; contemporary jazz with the band "Abtuse" 8pm then jam session 9pm

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

Jazz at LS6 Cafe Hyde Park: weekly contemporary jazz with different band each week at 8pm, and jam session 10pm (starts again on 20th January)
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
Crowd of Favours - new weekly jazz jam (7pm - late)  8 Harper Street, LS2 7EA Leeds

Cafe Lento Headingley: fortnightly mainly contemporary jazz 8.00pm - starts Fri 15 jan with "Mestisa"
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: Jazz Divas monthly first Saturday, Sky High Trio last Saturday, 1.30-4pm each month - starts 6th Feb with Ros Lewis
Fusebox at the Fox n Newt Burley Road LS3: monthly, jazz, improv and beyond 8pm- Starts 9 Jan with MOLE

Seven Jazz @Seven Arts or @ 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 - starts Jan 17th with Will Howard's Quartet 
Brendan Duffy at the Head of Steam Mill Hill, Leeds City Centre near station, weekly residency 7.30pm

January at Bradford's JATP

Emily Brown (8 jan)

Two gigs in January at Bradford JATP Jazz Club 

08 January 2016 - Emily Brown + Band
Emily is a classically trained musician who found jazz when she moved to Leeds in 1992.She has been singing with a trio on and off for about 10 years now – with short breaks over the past 5 years busy having 3 boys. Emily practices medicine in Otley and has at times applied her full skill-set to the typical jazz audience. Emily Brown – v, (ecg??) Jim Corry - sax, Andy Cholerton - keys, Richard Hammond - bass and Caroline Boaden - drums - STRIPES! That was well worth waiting for ??

22 January 2016 - Matt Holborn Quartet with Jazz North
"Matt Holborn's Gypsy Jazz Quartet stand out from crowd - impeccable musicianship and ensemble playing topped off with fluid, laid-back violin. Superb." Barney Stevenson, MJF, Matt Holborn - violin, Ben Mallen - g, Ben Danzig - g, Simon Read - db    

JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Head of Steam puffs on...

Russell Van Den Berg (Feb 10)

Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective announce the Wednesday night programme at the Head of Steam

Jan 6th     Rod Mason (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

Jan 13th    Brendan Duffy (sax), Tom Sharp (trumpet), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

Jan 20th    Stuart MacDonald (sax), Stuart Garside (trombone)

Jan 27th    Frank Brooker (sax), Kevin Holborough (trombone) 

Feb 3rd      Rod Mason (sax), Brian Archer (trombone) Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

Feb 10th    Russ Van Den Berg (sax), Nick Svarc (guitar)

Feb 17th   Joyce Bryant (vocals), Tony Siwek (sax)

Feb 24th   Si Kaylor (sax), James Lancaster (trumpet)

Jazz collective fixer Paul Smith, with Andy Cholerton  or  Andrzej Baranek keys,                                 Paul Chamberlain or Paul Baxter bass

Head of Steam
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
Free - support the music with raffle participation

Spring at Cullingworth jazz

This coming Wednesday 13 January is Michaela Smith vocals +  Stuart MacDonald sax Paul Conway piano, Tom Maddison bass and Dave Lee drums

Here's the line up for future Wednesdays

Wed 20th Jan Joyce Bryant on vocals with Paul Conway piano Roz McDonald bass Tony Sewec sax Dave Lee drums

Wed 27th Jan Shirley Lewis on vocals Mike Conliffe piano Max Kahn bass Steve Devine sax Dave Lee drums

Wed 3rd Feb Jane Howarth on vocals with Alec Robinson piano Max Kahn bass Geoff Atherton sax Dave Lee drums

Wed 10th Feb Katie Rogerson on vocals with Mike Conliffe piano Steve Crocker bass James Boyce sax Dave Lee drums

Wed 17th Feb Ros Lewis on vocals Mike Conliffe on piano Dave Lewis on bass Mark Dungworth sax  Dave Lee drums

Wed 24th Feb  Nicki Allen on vocals with Martin Longhawn piano Max Kahn bass Rod Mason sax Dave Lee drums

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

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Fusebox Surprise gig

Dave Kane

Bill Chatwin writes

"Happy New Year everyone from Fusebox. Our Spring/Summer Programme begins officially at the end of January (more on that soon) but we have a surprise gig, this Saturday 9th January at the Fox and Newt, Leeds.

A new collective band MOLE are in Leeds this week, writing and recording and have decided to premier their new material for Fusebox.

MOLE is a brand new Anglo/Irish/Norwegian collaboration between the LIMA-compadres Christophe de Bezenac (saxophones), Petter Frost Fadnes (saxophones), Dave Kane (bass) and Paul Hession (kit). MOLE represents the unexpected, the uncanny, the ambiguous, and searches the dark undercurrents of sonic possibilities in their pursuit of righteousness, peace and good music. MOLE refutes categorisation at all costs, infiltrating musical genres through sheer discretion and wit.
So, if you are suffering with the post Christmas, New Year blues then come and be uplifted with MOLE and be among the first to hear their new work.

The indomitable, Chris Sharkey, will be providing support with a solo set.

Chris Sharkey

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

Monday, 4 January 2016

2015 highlights from Ros Rigby...

Langston Hughes Project

From Ros Rigby, performance programme director at the Sage Gateshead/GIJF and good friend of jazz!

"Here you go in chronological order:

Seminar held at Jazzahead in Bremen last April where Italian academic  and jazz  polymath Francesco Martinelli presented the work underway on THE SHARED ROOTS OF EUROPEAN JAZZ - the first comprehensive publication on the history of jazz in Europe – one of Europe Jazz Network’s major activities funded by the European Union but a long term ambition of Francesco’s – it will be a major resource for everyone interested in jazz worldwide. This was the first time I had really got a sense of what an exciting project this will be.

Marcus Miller at Sage Gateshead in November- fantastic player, producer, and stage presence- a pleasure to present in our venue.

The Langston Hughes Project at the EFG London Jazz Festival also in November – with rapper Ice-T  and trumpeter/MD Ron McCurdy and band  – a  unique tribute to the ‘jazz poet’ and major figure of the Harlem Renaissance- a really well constructed and musically excellent  event – would love to bring it to the region one day.

Am well aware I will have missed many wonderful events at clubs and venues across the North in this period- not enough nights in the week!