Thursday, 28 April 2016

May and June at Huddersfield's Head of Steam

Jade Harris (May 11) 

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

May 4th -   Rod Mason (sax), Kyran Matthews (sax), Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

May 11th – Jade Harris (vocals), Adrian Ingram (guitar), Ronnie Bottomley

May 18th - Jenny Smith (vocals), Kyran Matthews (sax), Paul Baxter (bass) 

May 25th - Dean Masser (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar), Paul Baxter (bass)

June 1st – Rod Mason (sax), Russell Vandenberg (sax), Paul Baxter (bass)

June 8th – Andy Henderson (trumpet), Andy Wallis (sax)

June 15th – Nick Svarc (guitar), Stuart Garside (trombone)

June 22nd – Kyran Matthews (sax), Duncan Winfield (trombone), Paul Baxter (bass)

June 29th – Derrick Harris (guitar), ‘Munch’ Manship (sax), Andrzej Baranek

                                  Jazz collective fixer and drummer Paul Smith.
                                     Andy Cholerton  Andrzej Baranek piano
                                       Paul Chamberlain Paul Baxter bass

Wednesday Head of Steam
St George’s Square,
Show Time 8.30pm
support the music with raffle participation

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Matt Richardson plays Donny Jazz

Matt Richardson
From Brian Askew

Just a quick reminder this Thursday 28 April Jazz into Doncaster present the MPR Hammond Quintet featuring Matt Richardson one of the finest drummers around,together with his band comprising Hammond style organ, guitar, bass, and vocals.

Please come along and give your support and Keep Music Live

Cheers! Brian
Upcoming gigs second and fourth Thursdays in the Month.
Thurs 12 May
New Orleans Wiggle Trad Jazz Band
Thurs 26 May
Thurs 9 June
The Sidekeys Trad Jazz band
Thurs 14 July
Big Easy Band
Thurs 23 June
The Brideshead Ballroom Stompers 

Jazz into Doncaster’ present their programme at
The Doncaster Conservative Club, 2 South Parade, Doncaster. DN1 3ET.
Doors open 7.00 pm, band on stage approx 8.20 pm.

Wandering Monster invades LS6

'Wandering Monster' is the outlet for the compositions of Leeds based bass player Sam Quintana. The outfit features five of the finest and most active members of the Leeds jazz scene. Though they area ccomplished as individuals, when together they form an entity greater than the sum of it's parts: a monster- wandering...roaming...searching for off-kilter grooves, dynamic melodies and frantic free sections.

Andy French - Tenor Sax
Calvin Travers - Guitar
Aleks Podraza - Piano
Sam Quintana - Bass
Tom Higham - Drums

Their debut two track EP was recorded on Leeds New Jazz Record label on 26th Oct 2015 at Fold studio
alongside this video by talented photographer Maria Alzamora.

LS6 Clock Cafe
16 Headingley Lane,
West Yorkshire
Band playing 8-9pm followed by Jazz Jam

Upcoming gigs at LS6:
04/05 - Perpetual Motion Machine (Sam Dunn/Jamie Taylor/Riley Stone-Lonergan/Ben Lowman/Gary Jackson/Steve Hanley)
11/05 - Ben Powling/Matthew Aplin/Sam Jackson/Jordan Dinsdale
18/05 - Roz Macdonald
25/05 - Jack Yardley and Duncan Eagles

The Impossible Gentlemen launch new album in Manchester

The new album launch from The Impossible Gentlemen will be held in the Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music on Tuesday 26 July 8.00pm

This Anglo-American jazz supergroup, now joined by Manchester's multi-reeds maestro Iain Dixon, are five unique talents, all superb players in their own right, joining forces to create sparkling, impassioned music with their trademark powerful and immaculate performances.

Their pieces effortlessly embrace jazz, raunchy blues and hard-rocking grooves with the elegance of classical music, delicate vignettes, soaring improvised lines and Pat Metheny-influenced guitar themes. The ensemble’s sound palette is rhythmically intense and harmonically adventurous and the addition of saxophone brings out the band’s melodic drive yet further.

With an on-stage presence that radiates easy humour and a delight in each other’s company that belies their virtuosity, they return to mjf with music from their third album Let’s Get Deluxe, which is launched this evening.

‘A rare and fabulous group of talents’ The Times

RNCM Theatre

Iain Dixon clarinet, saxophones
Mike Walker guitar
Gwilym Simcock piano, keyboards
Steve Rodby bass
Adam Nussbaum drums

Monday, 25 April 2016

Pete Gilligan Quartet at Durham's Empty Shop

Pete Gilligan Quartet

The quartet play a mix of swinging Jazz, (think Oscar Peterson Trio with Herb Ellis) modern jazz, ( Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny) as well as some latin and funk. A mix of standards and original compositions.

Russ Morgan - drums
Paul Grainger - double bass
Pete Gilligan - piano
Mark Williams - guitar
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm (Two 45 min sets with a break) // £5/ £4 students - pay on the door

Venue: Empty Shop
35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham DH14SZ

Jazz Co op -

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!

More Howard Alden dates in Lancashire and Yorkshire

Award winning US jazz guitarist Howard Alden continues his Northern tour with these gigs and workshops - don't miss him!

Tuesday 26 April 8pm
The Doghouse Jazz Bar
Kay Brow Yard
Kay Brow

Wednesday 27 April 8pm
Delius Arts and Cultural Centre
29 Great Horton Road
West Yorkshire
01274 256919

Thursday 28 April 8pm
The Red Lion
Boroughbridge Road
Upper Poppleton
Tel 01904 781141

Friday 29 April 8.30pm
Lairgate Hotel 
30-34 Lairgate
East Yorkshire
tel 0844 387 6273

Sat 30 April 
Workshop a the Yorkshire Music School
Salts Mill
West Yorkshire
BD18 3LA
01274 595954

Victor Wooton plays the Brudenell

American bass virtuoso and 5 time Grammy Award winner, Victor Woonton finally plays in Leeds with his full band.

In 2011, he was named in the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by Rolling Stone. In addition to a solo career and collaborations with various artists, Wooten has been the longtime bassist in Mike Stern's band

He has recorded an album with two other jazz bass legends Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. The trio of bassists, under the name SMV, released "Thunder" in August 2008

He operates his own record label, Vix Records, on which he releases his own music.

With UK date a huge rarity don't miss this opportunity to see one of the world's finest musicians up close and personal!

He performs at Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park Leeds on Monday July 4th 

Tickets available here -

Brudenell Social Club Queens Road Leeds, LS61NY

AfuriKo + Ozzy Moysey Group at Sproggits

Sproggits is back once again tonight at Wharf Chambers, and what a lovely line-up this month. World-jazz duo AfuriKo will be bringing their unique blend of jazz harmony and African groove as part of their UK tour promoting their new album 'Style'. Opening up the night we'll have a brand spanking new project from Ozzy Moysey, featuring some Leeds heavyweights playing his original tunes. Surely not to be missed! Also not to be missed is, as always, the Leeds jazz scene's greatest-worst raffle.

アフリ子 AfuriKo
Akiko Horii - Percussion // Jim Funnell - Keyboards

World jazz duo AfuriKo was born in Paris in 2010 of the encounter between Japanese percussionist Akiko Horii and Anglo-French pianist and composer Jim Funnell. After releasing their first CD, On the Far Side, in 2014 and touring Britain, Europe and Japan extensively, as well as performing in New York City, they are now looking forward to presenting their new album, Style. In their quest for a trademark blend of jazz harmonies, improvisation, and down to earth African grooves, AfuriKo has embarked on the shamanic journey of finding a truly unified voice.

The Ozzy Moysey Group
Will Howard, Matt Cliffe - Saxophones // Will Blackstone - Trumpet // Joel Steadman, Joe Simmonds - Guitars // Roz McDonald, Ozzy Moysey - Basses // Simon Henry, El Salvador - Percussion

Monday 25th April
Doors // 8.00pm
Music // 8.30pm
Entry // £3-£10 (pay what you can afford)

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

Clare Teal heads back to Dales

Accompanied by her trio, award-winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Clare Teal returns to her childhood home in the Yorkshire Dales to present her new show Twelve O’Clock Tales in Settle on 26th May.

This rich, jazz infused repertoire explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates the giants of the Great American and British Song Books through to the work of more contemporary writers of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.

The music played in these shows is always evolving, from The Great American and British Songbooks to the music made popular by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee to more contemporary covers and original material. Clare loves to create a melting pot of styles and genres, but all sung in her inimitable style. Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty story telling.

Twelve O'Clock Tales – Album preview listen here:

Thursday 26th May @ Victoria Hall, Settle
North Yorkshire,
BD24 9DZ

Tel: 01729 825718 - £20/£22 per ticket – 7:30pm 

May jazz gigs at the Howard Assembly Room

 Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman 4 May
 Cory Henry 14 May
High Masekela 28 May

Three major jazz concerts grace the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds during May. Firstly Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman refashion well-known standards on 4th May with an intimate airing of their studio album Song (The Ballad Book) . Pine’s virtuosic bass clarinet combines with Zoe Rahman’s exquisite keyboard interplay on standards including Amazing Grace and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, alongside more recent classics from Chaka Khan and Donny Hathaway.

Another huge talent using the Great American Songbook as his raw material, young Hammond organ maestro Cory Henry (14 May) takes jazz and gospel standards as jumping-off points for playful, soulful and incandescent improvised excursions.

A friendship stretching back over half a century is celebrated with the visit of two jazz icons, South African horn player Hugh Masekela and American pianist Larry Willis, on 28 May. From Masekela’s righteous apartheid-era Afro-jazz and hits like Grazing in the Grass, to yet more standards from the likes of Gershwin and Cole Porter, they promise a cross-continental journey through the music and the turbulent history of the last century, in the company of two legendary performers who were there.

More details and tickets

Sunday, 24 April 2016

LCoM emerging artists play Bradford and Leeds

Leeds College of Music is where jazz education in the UK started 50 years ago this year. Two Yorkshire jazz venues are showcasing new bands/emerging artists from the current crop of students in the next couple of weeks

On Saturday afternoon 30 April, Bradford JATP present Scott Duff's "Everywhere is War", music influenced by the ECM label, Sean Howe's "Militant Pedestrian" (influences include the Roller Trio, Jeff Buckley) and the DS Murray Quartet . This will be a lunchtime session 1.30 for 2pm at Glyde House Bradford BD5 0BQ, Admission free

On Sunday afternoon 1 May Seven Jazz Leeds present the first of their College Collections featuring Latgrove Sextet "Latin and Afrobeat" , Joe Lockwood-Joel Fellick guitar duo, Laura Swarbrick sextet at Seven Arts Leeds 31 Harrogate Road Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73PD 1.30-4pm £10/8 conc, NUS £5 on the door

On Sunday afternoon 8 May Seven Jazz Leeds have a second College Collection, his time featuring Prohibited Strangers, who celebrate British jazz in all its glory with repertoire from some of the greats like Mike Walker, Nikki Iles and Iain Ballamy, the three singer accupella group Vocal-ese with  Benjamin Sermon, Georgina Barr and Helena Debono, and the Joshua Smout group  at Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton LS7 3LW, 1.30-4pm £7/5 conc

Support these bands and come and see the jazz stars of the future!

Details and

Friday, 22 April 2016

Today's the all-day-er at Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Today Sat April 23rd there's jazz all day event at HEART in Headingley Leeds featuring the trumpet talents of Matt Roberts.

At 2.30pm Matt takes a workshop for all musicans with Matt Roberts (finishes 4.30pm). Contgactg lesley if you wish to come along -  or turn up and take your chances... £20 per person. A good taster for summer school if you're wondering about that. More fun than you've had in ages;) All instruments/abilities welcome!

At 7.30 Matt Roberts sextet plays the music of Nat Adderley  - expect to hear some of those soul jazz classics like "Dis Here" and Dat Dere"!

Matt Roberts - Trumpet
George Grant - Alto Sax
Leo Richardson - Tenor Sax
Sam Watts - Piano
Simon Read - Upright Bass
Dave Ingamells - Drums

Leeds pianist Joe Boyes will be playing a support set at the start of the concert. Featuring Andy Leggett on electric bass and Danny Wares on the drums, the band takes a contemporary approach to playing typical tunes, developing them into a fresh idiom. The band takes influences from various artists, ranging from the likes of Bill Evans and John Taylor to Esbjorn Svensson and Kenny Wheeler. 

Tickets £8/£6 (concs).

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

Ros Rigby stands down...

The sad news - Ros Rigby OBE, Sage Gateshead’s Performance Programme Director, who has been at the Sage Gateshead since 2004, has announced that she will be standing down from the post at the end of July.

The good news - Ros will continue to work with Sage Gateshead on a project basis on its Gateshead International Jazz Festival which she has curated from it's start in 2005.

Abigail Pogson, Sage Gateshead’s Managing Director, also announced that Tamsin Austin, currently Head of Popular and Contemporary Programme at Sage Gateshead, has been appointed as Director of Programming to head up this team from September.

Ros Rigby initially worked in arts development roles in Peterlee and Gateshead before co-founding Folkworks in 1988, which became the UK’s foremost producer, presenter and educator in folk and traditional music. Ros was awarded the OBE for this work in 1999.

When Sage Gateshead opened, Folkworks, along with Royal Northern Sinfonia, was a founding partner and became integrated into the new organisation in 2001. Ros was appointed Performance Programme Director for Sage Gateshead with responsibility for around 300 concerts a year across, folk, jazz, world, non-western classical, brass bands, rock, pop, electronic and spoken word. The programme includes well established festivals such as Gateshead International Jazz Festival and SummerTyne Americana Festival.

Alongside her role at Sage Gateshead Ros has also been heavily involved in regional and international cultural developments;  she served on the Board of Northern Arts for six years in the 1990s and is a Board member of the North East Culture Partnership and chaired the Steering group for the Case for Culture, launched in 2015. She is also a Board member of the Europe Jazz Network, whose membership includes over 100 jazz promoters from 31 countries across Europe, and was elected President of the EJN in 2014.

Apart from the jazz programme Ros will combine other freelance work and non-executive roles with being able to spend more time with her three grandchildren, and in supporting her busy family’s own cultural activities.

Miles Ahead on general release from today

Miles Ahead, the film starring, written and directed by Don Cheadle, is now playing in UK Cinemas from today, 22nd April

This is Robbie Collins review in the Telegraph

"Miles Davis didn’t lead the kind of life that could be sensibly pinned down in a single film. Miles Ahead has the good sense not to try. This is a decade-in-the-making passion project from Don Cheadle, who directs, co-writes (with Steven Baigelman), and stars as the iconic jazz trumpeter himself – and its title neatly sums up where it stands in relation to the typically stodgy cinéma du Wikipedia with which we tend to memorialise our greatest artists and creators.

Miles Ahead isn’t so much a film about Miles Davis as one that approaches him in a Miles Davis kind of way, improvising its way around the edge of his life, finding stories that were never there in the first place but that nevertheless seem to say something clean and true about him that a straightforward melody line never could.

It’s a film about artistic block that is itself overflowing with ideas – and in this respect, it very knowingly shares some DNA with 8½, that extravagant masterpiece from Federico Fellini, in which a celebrated but exhausted director tries to push through a creative dry spell, only to be tormented and beguiled by his memories and dreams.

In the latter half of the 1970s, Davis found himself trapped in a similar cul-de-sac. Burned out by touring, he sunk into self-imposed exile, during which he binged on drugs and barely recorded a note. It’s the part of his life a typical biopic would skim over – or else acknowledge in the kind of "dark period" montage lampooned by the spoof music biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Instead, Cheadle’s film uses it as a blank-ish canvas on which to doodle. The story begins with the arrival of Rolling Stone journalist Dave Braden (a superb, Scottish-accented Ewan McGregor) on the doorstep of Miles’s Manhattan apartment. Dave is looking for a scoop about a comeback, but instead he’s half-willingly roped into a kind of buddy crime caper involving some stolen demo tapes, with the usual race roles wittily reversed (Miles is the tough-talking lead, Dave the wacky sidekick).

As Miles purrs in the film’s prologue: “If you’re gonna tell a story, you better come with some attitude.” And attitude is exactly what Cheadle brings to this: after its opening sequence, the film literally cuts to the chase (a tyre-screeching pursuit through the New York night) before backing up a little to a more sensible entry point. Cheadle’s Davis impersonation is studiously carried off (he especially nails Davis’s husky graveyard growl), but more importantly, he makes the character great fun to spend time with, even at his lowest ebbs.

Many of these involve Davis’s first wife Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi), a talented dancer who abandoned her own career for the sake of a marriage that Davis would soon destroy with infidelity and domestic violence. Their relationship is covered in flashbacks to the 1950s, and Cheadle can’t resist incorporating the famous incident outside the Birdland nightclub in 1959, in which Davis was beaten up by a police officer while taking a mid-concert break.

That’s one of the few greatest hits the film deigns to include: Kind of Blue’s famous album cover is vaguely alluded to in some smoky cinematography (the flashbacks were shot on 16mm film stock), and Davis’s fusion period, including the recording of his music-altering 1970 album Bitches Brew, is skipped over entirely. It’s not that Miles Ahead doesn’t care about this stuff, it’s that it largely doesn’t serve the story at hand, so out it goes in exchange for apocrypha that has an equal chance of irritating Miles-heads or impressing them with its brazen ingenuity.

The 1970s thread features Keith Stanfield as a promising young trumpeter called ‘Junior’ (Davis’s childhood nickname) who’s effectively Miles’s recollection of his younger self: whether or not you buy the gimmick, you have to concede it offers a perspective on Davis’s life that couldn’t have been achieved with a straight retelling.

This is a tumultuous and messy film that leaves you craving all the Miles Davis it doesn’t give you, and I wouldn’t have wanted it to be any other way."

Film dates and times

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

2016 Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees announced

This year’s Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees have now been announced. The awards, organised by The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will take place at the House Of Commons Terrace Pavilion on Tuesday 10th May.

Congratulations to Leeds based Seven Jazz (Steve Crocker) and Leeds College of Music's Jamil Sheriff for their parliamentary jazz award nominations.

Nominations 2016:

Jazz Vocalist Of The Year - Emilia Martensson; Eska; Ian Shaw
Jazz Instrumentalist Of The Year - Alexander Hawkins; Django Bates; Evan Parker; Liam Noble
Jazz Album Of The Year - Julian Argüelles - Let It Be Told; Liam Noble - A Room Somewhere; Liane Carroll - Seaside
Jazz Ensemble Of The Year - Empirical; Loose Tubes; The Printmakers
Jazz Newcomer Of The Year - Binker & Moses; Corrie Dick; Theon Cross
Jazz Venue Of The Year - Jazz Re:freshed at Mau Mau, London; Seven Jazz, Leeds; Watermill Jazz, Dorking
Jazz Media Award - Chris Philips - Jazz FM; Mary Greig - Jazz In London; Jez Nelson - BBC Jazz On 3; Richard Williams
Jazz Education Award - Dr Tommy Smith; Gary Crosby - Tomorrow’s Warriors; Jamil Sheriff, Leeds College Of Music
Services To Jazz Award - Evan Parker; Mary Greig; Michael Janisch


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Jazz Worriers go to Court...

April 21st see's the arrival of Jazz at The Courts in Wigan. A new jazz club bringing the best in variety and performance on the 3rd Thursday of every month!

The first instalment features 'The Jazz Worriers'' - the  fantastic five-piece of Neil Yates, (trumpet & vox), Dean Masser (sax), John Ellis (piano), Ed Harrisson (double bass) and Luke Flowers (drums).

Doors open at 7.30pm - establish your favourite spot in the intimate setting of The Bailiff Bar in the historic Old Courts building and become immersed in performers who have graced the stage at Ronnie Scott's.

A friendly audience will gather to enjoy the beginnings of a new dedicated to the music we love so much.

£5.00 entry | fully licensed bar | ambient athmosphere

'Let your mind wander' |01942375859

The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Wakefield Jazz reach their Millennium

Friday the 15th April 2016 sees Wakefield Jazz hold their 1000th gig. Wakefield Jazz was founded in 1987 by Alec and Faith Sykes, who nurtured the club from its inception to national recognition. They created an audience and made friends with the musicians. Many of the very top UK and international jazz stars have performed at Wakefield including Jamie Culum, Clare Teal, Stan Tracey, Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Snake Davis and Django Bates. Following Alec’s decision to “retire” from running the club after 17 years of hard labour, it was reconstituted to be run by a team of 10 volunteers, guided by the ever resourceful and enthusiastic Chris De Saram. Now almost three decades later they are putting on their 1000th terrific night of jazz.

Friday’s anniversary gig features the exciting contemporary jazz pianist John Law with his “New Congregation”. Described as one of the UK’s most imaginative and versatile pianists John brings three fantastic musicians with him on this Arts Council supported gig. The sumptuous playing of Josh Arcoleo on sax, bass mastery from the hands of Yuri Golubev and the intense work of Laurie Lowe on drums. This will be another jazz Friday night to remember, what more could you ask for to celebrate 1000 nights (except cake of course!)

Doors open at 7pm.  Food is available from 7.15pm First Set 8.30pm prompt, second set 10pm. Tickets £14.00 on the door. Friday the 15th April

Full details or to buy tickets online go to  or you can join the Wakefield Jazz group on Facebook and Twitter.

Wakefield Jazz
Wakefield (College Grove) Sports Club
Eastmoor Road
WF1 3RR (Please use WF1 3RZ for satnavs)

Looking for a freer jazz approach to singing?

From Louise Gibbs

Looking for a freer jazz approach to singing and performing? Then this one-day workshop is for you. Singers from all genres (pop, soul, gospel, classical, folk) are welcome. Some previous jazz experience is desirable but not essential, just a willingness to sing and learn. You’ll:
• explore your “jazz voice”
• learn new repertoire
• develop your improvising skills
• learn how to direct a band and prepare for a jam session
• perform with greater confidence
• experience singing with a supportive trio of top young UK musicians: Sam Leak (piano), Mark Lewandowski (bass), and Sam Gardner (drums).

Louise Gibbs brings depth of experience and expertise as a performing artist, composer, teacher and workshop leader. She has taught voice, jazz, improvisation and musicianship at all levels at Leeds College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Goldsmiths, University of London, and given workshops worldwide. She currently teaches voice at the Universities of Hull and Leeds.

The workshop takes place in Leeds (5 Claremont Drive, Leeds LS6 4ED) on Saturday, 4 June, 10.00-17.00and is limited to 10 participants.

Cost: £75 for the day (£60 full time student) – includes lunch & refreshments. For more information and to book a place: or 07813 684077
Louise Gibbs

Preston- Glasgow - Lowe's northern dates

From David Preston of  Preston Glasgow Lowe.

I'm writing to say that we're just about to start a UK tour (with ACE support) to promote the release of our debut album on Whirlwind Recordings and thought I should let you know in case you would be interested in hearing us live.

Our music is a mash-up of relentless rhythmic energy, harmonic dystopia, and virtuosic improvisations.  Expanding the format of the guitar trio with intricate and unique compositions, they draw influence from an expansive array of styles, whilst maintaining a focused original sound.

“Dazzling ideas and sophisticated technique“ - Jazzwise

“Young jazz heavy weights…" - Timeout

“The trio thinking and acting as one produces a sound to behold" - The Herald

We're playing in quite a few northern cities during April

Leeds at Fusebox (the Fox n Newt) 15th of April,
Lescar Sheffield on April 20th
Phoenix in York on April 26th, 
Leeds Cafe Lento on April 29th 
Jazz Co-op in Newcastle on 30th April

Upcoming jazz at Undercliffe, Bradford

Happy Chappies 15 June

From Ken Butler - upcoming gigs at Undercliffe Cricket Club, Bradford

Appearing at the UCC on Wednesday 13th April: Alison Eastwood & Darren Dutson-Bromley

Wed 20 apr Ruth Gardziel's Hot Five
Wed 27 apr Viviana Zarbo & Rod Mason*
Wed 11 may Marlena Kelli & One Foot in the Groove
Wed 18 may David Broads Blue Rhythm Band
Wed 25 may Jenny Smith & Trevor Vincent*
Wed 8 june Cherie Gears & Matt Ball*
Wed 15 june The Happy Chappies
Wed 22 june Beth Turcanyiova & Andy Wallis *
Wed 13 july Michaela Smith & Stuart Macdonald*
Wed 20 july The Devils Jukebox
Wed 27 july The Kate Peters Band
Wed 10 aug Nicki Allan & Rod Mason*
Wed 17 aug The Dixielanders Jazz Band
Wed 31 aug Louis Louis Louis

Contact ken butler on 01274 611830 or 07942 901053 for more

All 9.00pm –11.00pm

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

Scarborough festival 2016 launch

Stuart Macdonald

The Scarborough Festival countdown begins on Monday 18th April with a jazz special at Farrer’s Bar & Brasserie Scarborough as saxman Stuart Macdonald and The Mike Gordon Trio launch Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016.

This exciting evening is to be part of the popular ‘Monday Music With Music’ and will be hosted by Festival Director, Mike Gordon, as he starts the countdown to this September’s festival.

Mike with perform alongside Bob Walker and Tom Townsend, who together make up ‘The Mike Gordon Trio’, the resident band at the weekly Scarborough Jazz Club.

Taking centre stage for the evening will be Stuart MacDonald, one of the finest jazz musicians around. Stuart plays the entire sax family from soprano and tenor down to the giant bass.

Bookings 01723 357860 and via  

Upcoming artists at this new jazz venue include Terri Ann Prendergast on 25 April and Damien Rhodes on 5 May, with more acts to be announced soon.

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 Launch
Farrer’s Bar & Brasserie, Scarborough Spa
Monday 18 April 2016
Monday Menu Served From 6.30pm
Live Music: 7pm – 9pm

Friday, 8 April 2016

Gigs, gigs and more gigs at the Jazz Co-op

Preston Glasgow Lowe 30 April Newcastle Globe

The second half of April is going to be very busy at the Globe in Newcastle and elsewhere.

The world-famous Gateshead International Jazz Festival takes place on 15-17 April. Jazz.Coop will have a stand on the concourse at Sage Gateshead, so if you are there please come and say hello. On Friday 15 April we are hosting the late night festival jam session at the Globe. This was a big success last year. The following week we have gigs at the Globe on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday including jazz vocals, free improvisation, west coast horns and gypsy jazz.

The month ends with two highly recommended gigs (but very different from each other). Tom McConville and David Newey on Thursday 28 April and Preston Glasgow Lowe on 30 April (which is International Jazz Day and the anniversary of Jazz.Coop buying the Globe).

KOAN 1 - openings
Friday 22 April 2016, doors open 8pm An evening of free improvisation and original compositions The first of three monthly sessions that aim to provide an outlet for the many and diverse musicians in North East England involved in free improvisation. 8pm doors open …

Swing 16
Sunday 24 April 2016, doors open 7pm The last Sunday of the month is vintage jazz night at The Globe, and this time we are recalling French jazz of 1930s-40s. Swing 16 is a new string quintet inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the Hot Club de France. Kay Usher (violin), Bradley Johnston (guitar), Simon Stephenson …

Leading folk musician Tom McConville comes home!
On Thursday 28 April leading folk musician Tom McConville is playing a very special gig, in the pub where he lived and first played in public over 60 years ago. Tom was born and brought up in Tyneside and for many years lived at The Globe. Indeed his latest album Back to Scotswood recalls his formative years in the family pub.

Saturday 30 April 2016, doors open 8pm Since acquiring The Globe, Jazz.Coop has established a diverse jazz programme featuring local, national and international musicians. We celebrate our 2nd anniversary and International Jazz Day with the outstanding trio Preston - Glasgow - Lowe, who have just released a new album, and are on a UK tour supported by the Arts Council.

Summer courses and workshops
We are taking bookings for our summer courses and workshops. The multi-instrumental Play More Jazz course, led by Steve Glendinning, will start on Tuesday 10 May and run for 10 weeks ending with a performance on 12 July. Click here for details and booking.

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

National Jazz Promotion Network makes plans...

Gill Wilde from Grimsby Jazz at the JPN conference 2014

The national Jazz Promotion Network have their AGM and planning conference being held alongside the opening of the Rhythm Changes conference in Birmingham University next Thursday 14 April. If you are a member of JPN, attendance is free; if you aren't a member you can still attend costs £30. Details are here

The JPN have been valiantly trying to make a national network of jazz promoters - a bit like what Norvoljazz do in the North to connect promoters so that they can more easily collaborate on events and programming and potentially make their own applications to the Arts Council.

Steve Crocker from Seven Jazz Leeds and secretary of Norvoljazz has been on the JPN board for the first couple of years to help set it up but is standing down to concentrate on other things - including the new Village Jazz Festival in Leeds to take place the first weekend in September in Chapel Allerton. Says Steve..

"Jazz Networks are hard work, but vital. You need to be patient, you need to build trust and relationships, and most importantly focus on the grass roots of jazz. That all takes time and it’s not very flashy or rewarding. I’ve been a board member of JPN for the first couple of years just because it it trying to do those things. I won’t be continuing in April but that’s due to personal time pressure not because I don’t believe in it. It is well worth supporting"

Norvoljazz could however still be represented on the board however through the Marsden Jazz Festival producer Barney Stevenson who has put his name forward. He'll be a great resource to the JPN. Let's hope he gets elected.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Adams, Kemp and Gordon @Scarborough Jazz

From Bob Walker

Since their appearance last September there has been an overwhelming demand for a return booking. Not wishing to disappoint Scarborough Jazz have once again teamed up Rich Adams, Dave Kemp and Mark Gordon with club regulars Tom Townsend (drums) and Bob Walker (bass).

Rich Adams has long been a first call vocalist on the local music scene and is known not only for his emotive singing but also for his ready wit and warm personality - attributes which also make him a great compere. He is well known for his long term partnership with Mark Gordon in Stony, also as the vocalist for The Northern Showtime Orchestra, his association with Dave Greaves in The Adams and Greaves Band and as a solo singer/songwriter.

Dave Kemp was last seen at the club with his own sensational band The Unkempt. A sax player of exceptional talent who, as a member of The Little Angels, shared stages with Bon Jovi and Eddie Van Halen.

Mark Gordon, as well as working with Rich for many years in Stony, is also the resident keyboard player at The Den (at The Cask on Thursdays) with The Tom Townsend Blues Band. He is also well known on the local function circuit both with bands and as a solo pianist. More recently he as worked as Musical Director at The SJT on a number of their productions. He is also director of the Funky Choir.

A night of wonderful music in wonderful company awaits - expect renditions from The Great American Songbook amongst many other musical treats.

20 April 2016. Admission £5  

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 tel 01723 500570