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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Seven Jazz Leeds - May newsletter

Greg Osby + "Vein" (5 May) 

Hi Seven Jazz supporters – a couple of bits of good news!

The first is that Seven Jazz has been nominated as Jazz Venue of the Year in this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards! We're absolutely surprised and delighted with this and thanks to anyone who nominated us. The second is that we’ve reached our target for purchasing a new piano for Inkwell Arts - again thanks for all your support in sponsoring keys! We'll have the piano in place in time for our Inkwell Sunday afternoon gigs on the 8th and 15th May.

A lot to offer you this coming month - two evening concerts, one featuring Greg Osby and "Vein" and the other James Clark's Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb Orchestra, plus lovely Sunday afternoon gigs from Canadian trumpet star Ingrid Jensen with the Leeds Jazz Orchestra, guitarist Derrick Harris, our favourite trombone band "Slide Area" and six (!) different groups from Leeds College of Music in our College Collections.

College Collection pt1 @Seven Arts 1.30pm, Sun 1 May, £10/8 concessions  
Leeds College of Music is where jazz education in the UK started 50 years ago this year – it’s still the best. Three groups go through their paces at our first annual College Collection concert. Featuring Latin and Afrobeat from "Latgrove Sextet", a guitar duo from Joe Lockwood and Danny Ware's "Latin Lumberjacks"

Greg Osby + "Vein" @Seven Arts 7.30pm, Thursday 5 May, £16/14 concessions
Greg Osby saxophones, Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums
For 25 years New York based saxophonist Greg Osby has been a star of the contemporary jazz world, working with Steve Coleman and the M- Base collective. Here he makes a very rare UK appearance with exciting Swiss piano trio “Vein”. “Classy, powerful, music played with passion, drive, superb interplay and improvisational finesse” Cadence, NYC. Support from Eliot Richards Barrelhouse Trio from 8pm

College Collection pt2  pt 2 @Inkwell 1.30pm, Sun 8 May, £7/5 concessions 
Three more groups go through their paces at our annual College Collection concert, the jazz stars of the future?  Featuring "Prohibited Strangers" a group that celebrate British jazz in all its glory with repertoire from some of the greats like Mike Walker, Nikki Iles and Iain Ballamy, Vocal-ese an Georgina Barr  + Helena Debono and pianist Joshua Smout (on our new Inkwell piano!) with his sextet

Kevin Holbrough's "Slide Area" @Inkwell 1.30pm, Sun 15 May, £7/5 concessions
Kevin Holbrough, Dan Barley, Tom Smith, Peter New, Patrick Martin (trombones) Tom Alderson piano, Jack Garside Bass and Dan Shearer drums. Re scheduled from earlier in the year, this band will feature a quintet of trombones led by LCom tutor Kevin Holbrough playing popular hard swinging tunes, original compositions and well known standards

James Clark and the Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb Orchestra @Seven Arts 7.30pm, Thursday 19 May, £16/14 concessions
Led by Leeds pianist James Clark who brought his popular Mañana collective to Seven Arts last year, The Lonely Hearts Rugby Clwb is a Welsh jazz orchestra from the Royal Welsh College of Music - 20 musicians playing music from Bulgaria to Brazil to South Africa (and being from Wales) in rugby gear too! Support from Abtuse 8.00pm

Derrick Harris Quartet@Seven Arts 1.30pm, Sun 22 May £10/8 concessions
Derrick Harris guitar, Martin Longhawn piano, Garry Jackson bass and Steve Hanley drums. Swinging jazz guitarist who taught at LCoM for a number of years. His most recent cd is entitled 'Once More For Luck'.

Ingrid Jensen + Leeds Jazz Orchestra @Seven Arts 1.30pm, Sun 29 May £10/8 concessions
Described as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation, Canadian jazz trumpet star Ingrid Jensen is an exceptional voice in modern jazz. Ingrid will appear as a guest soloist with Colin Byrne’s Leeds Jazz Orchestra as part of the first-ever NorvolJazz promoters network tour

Inkwell Divas@Inkwell Cafe 
On May 7th we have Seven Jazz's own Jean Watson with Tom Sharp trumpet, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom Moore drums 1.30-3.30pm - free

Rush Hour Jazz @Seven Arts
Get out of the car and come an relax at Seven Arts - on the third Wednesday of each month 5.30-6.30pm. This month on Wed 18 May the guest is jazz singer Nel Begley with John Settle on vibes , Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore on drums - payf collection

Join our Jazz Choir
Our Jazz Voices choir led by Tessa Smith, meets at St Matthews Church Hall Wood Lane on Monday 9 May and 23 May at Inkwell 7-9pm. We always do a gig at the end of each "term" - the one this summer will be rather special supporting John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe on Thursday 30 June @Seven Arts. Come along and give it a try! £5 per session.

Our Saturday afternoon Jazz Workshop meets 2-4pm at Seven Arts on Saturdays for their summer term on Sat 14 May: tutor Dominic Moore Sat 28 May: tutor Tom Sharp. The performance is on Sunday 10 July at our Jazz Cafe jam session, 1.30 to 4.00 pm, at Seven Arts. Cost £10/8 per session.  For information about all our workshops contact Jean Watson at

Our venues
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777 or at Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub).

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