Friday, 29 July 2016

Southport Jazz Club presents: The Jazz Cafe!

Ginger Tunes 27 Oct

Southport Jazz Club Presents: Jazz Cafe

Local musicians Mike Smith, Tom Sykes and Miranda Rimmer present a series of jazz nights at the Bakery inside The Atkinson at Southport

Southport Jazz Club will showcase some of the best upcoming jazz artists, culminating in an open mic jazz jam with the guest band. This monthly event is open to all ages and abilities, we’ll see you there!

The Bakery will be open serving food, cakes, real ales, wine much more!

Ginger Tunes Quartet Thursday 27 October, 7:30 pm
Sonorous Quartet Thursday 24 November, 7:30 pm
Naomi Webber - Christmas Special Thursday 15 December, 7.30pm

@The Atkinson,
Lord Street,

01704 533 333

Jazz at U.C.C in August

Louis Louis Louis 31 Aug 

From Ken Butler - August dates at the Undercliffe Cricket Club Bradford





Free with raffle contribution
Intake Road,
Bradford. BD2 3JR
Tel. 01274 637162

Bad Plus/Binker and Moses @Assembly Room Leeds

Iconclastic jazz trio The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have consistently avoided easy categorisation with their creativity, unique sound and gift for joyful live performance.
Based in New York City, they have constantly searched for rules to break, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect synchrony.

The trio play from their new album (released September 2016), threading ingenious eclectic covers through their own uncompromising originals. They continue to redefine what a jazz piano trio can be. "So, if this piano trio wants to play as loud as a rock band; well, let 'em rip...these bad boys have the musicianship to back up their attitude".
The New Yorker

Opening the show are Binker & Moses. Best Newcomer winners at the Jazz FM and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Best Jazz winners at the MOBOs, the duo draw on all aspects of black music, their unusual chemistry constructing a sound that ranges from ‘a kind of unplugged dub ambience’ (Jazzwise) via lengthy entwined solos to groove-laden trac

Howard Assembly Room
Sat 12 Nov 2016 7:45pm
Leeds Grand Theatre
Upper Briggate

Tickets £18-£20

Terence Blanchard & The Inner City Ensemble play four northern dates

If you saw their memorable concert at last year's Gateshead International Jazz Festival you'll be interested to know that Terence Blanchard & The Inner City Ensemble are back doing a four date Northern tour this September.

Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own (including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott and one of his current band members Fabian Almazan).

The E collective are electric bassist Donald Ramsey (a colleague from their New Orleans high school days) and drummer Oscar Seaton (a Chicago native who got his first break playing with Ramsey Lewis in 1996 and later played in soundtracks written by Terence) guitarist Charles Altura and Fabian Almazan on piano and synths.

Terence Blanchard & The Inner City Ensemble
Band On The Wall Manchester      19.30 (£15.00) Thus15 Sept

Warrington Parr Hall Warrington, 19:00 (£15.00) Fri 16 Sept

Bradford Playhouse Bradford,    19:30 (£15.00) Sat 17 Sept

Brewery Arts Centre Kendal,   Afternoon  13:30 (£13-15.00) Sun 18 Sept

More acts announced at Marsden Jazz Festival 2016

Ellery Eskelin 8 Oct 

Marsden Jazz Festival have announced more of their line-up of their 2016 Jazz Festival in the Yorkshire Pennines between 7-9th October.

There will be over 80 bands playing during the weekend in venues throughout the Marsden area

Friday 7th October: Ben Crosland : Tribute to Jaco Pastorius (8.30pm)

Bassist Ben Crosland has formed a sextet that mirrors the line-up of Jaco Pastorius's famous small group which included Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine. Ben is joined by Martin Shaw, Paul Kilvington, Mick Hutton (on steel pan!), Dave Tyas and Rod Mason.

Saturday 8th October Ellery Eskelin(6.00pm)

Tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin is the second featured artist in the Orpheus Project, a funded joint project between Apollo Jazz Network and NORVOL Jazz. A globally celebrated voice in improvised music, Eskelin is joined by guitarist Chris Sharkey and pianist Matt Bourne as they premiere this brand new ensemble on the first date of their Novoljazz network/Orpheus tour.

Sunday 9th October Impossible Gentlemen (4.00pm)

Closing the festival, everyone's favourite jazz supergroup the Impossible Gentlemen. Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker, Adam Nussbaum and Steve Rodby are now joined by saxophonist Iain Dixon and the band will play material from their third album, Let's Get Deluxe, which is out in July.

Other festival acts already announced - Digby Fairweather & Paul Jones: Rocking in Rhythm ■ The Swing Commanders ■ Fraser Fifield & Graeme Stephen ■ Dave Kane ■ Nérija ■ Anton Hunter Trio ■ Jazz Jamaica ■ Abstract Orchestra ■ Trifolia

For full information on the programme, visit the Marsden Jazz Festival website. (

Tipping Point and Impossible Gentlemen at Leeds College of Music

Impossible Gentlemen 11 October

Two autumn concerts announced at The Venue, Leeds College of Music

The Earthworm’s Eye View Tour. Saxophonist, composer, singer-songwriter and now label boss James Mainwaring is perhaps best known as a founder member of the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio or more recently as a collaborator with and touring member of fellow Mercury nominees Django, Django, who he met at the 2012 awards. Tipping Point is his new project and the second release on Lamplight Social Records, the label he founded to release the second Roller Trio album, Fracture, after becoming frustrated with the machinations of the music industry.

Tipping Point features James Mainwaring on saxophone and effects alongside British improvised music legend Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes) and two of the UK’s most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon (double bass) and Joost Hendrickx (drums). Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatner’s Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others.

It was whilst studying at Leeds College of Music (2007 – 2010) when Mainwaring, Bardon and Hendrickx met and were tutored by Bourne, a pianist whose innovative approach to improvisation and teaching proved to be a great influence on them that the genesis for Tipping Point was born.

Toying with language internalised from a vast range of music such as jazz, contemporary classical and north Indian classical, Mainwaring’s compositions for Tipping Point aim to evoke playfulness, mindfulness, darkness and extremes of emotion, the band journeys from reflective ambience to intense aggression, using telepathic improvisations, angular melodies and unorthodox sounds from eerie to comic.

Date Tuesday 27 September
Time 7:30PM
Venue The Venue
Tickets £10 / £5 / £3 to LCoM Students

The Let’s Get Deluxe tour. Anglo-American jazz ‘supergroup’, The Impossible Gentlemen are playing at the Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 11 October 7.30pm

Featuring internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker, American bass and drums superstars Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum the band now upgrade to a more expansive sound with the addition of multi-reeds instrumentalist Iain Dixon. The result is nothing less than remarkable with five unique talents, all superb players in their own right, coming together to create something new and powerful.

Date Tuesday 11 October
Time 7:30PM
Venue The Venue
Tickets £20 (full price, no concessionary rate)
£5 for LCoM students (strictly limited to 30 available at this price)
£16 special rate for members of the LoveMusicPass scheme


August Jazz in Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme

Don Weller August 16th

From Graham Brook with news of the Tuesday Jazz and Swing club in Wilmslow plus a new venue at Cheadle Hulme...

August 2nd:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds) with THE PAUL: HARTLEY TRIO


August 16th:- DON WELLER (tenor saxophone) with THE TOM KINCAID TRIO

August 23rd:- BILL SMITH (trumpet) and RON HILLS (trombone) with THE ANDRZEJ BARANEK TRIO

August 30th:- LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone), TONY ORMESHER (guitar), ED HARRISON (bass) and ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboard)

September 6th:- NICKI ALLAN (vocals), ROD MASON (reeds) and the TOM KINCAID TRIO

All these gigs are at Tuesday Jazz and Swing every Tuesday night upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow SK9 5EG (01625) 528336 8.30pm £7 on door.

Plus news of a new venue - ROSIE'S JAZZ AND SWING the third Thursday of each month at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AT (01625) 528336 £7 on door. August 18th:- Grand Opening Night - DAVE NEWTON (keyboard) with special guest LORETTA SCOTT (vocals)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Summer jazz in the Ribble Valley

 The Angry Men 2 Sept

Here's the music that Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues have to offer you this summer...

Janet Style & Dan Arnold
SUNDAY 31 JULY 2016 From 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE
Excellent local young duo whose popular jazz standards are given up-dated interpretation by Janet Louise Style and lively guitarist Dan Arnold. free.

Kevin Morris - Summer Samba
Summer Samba!
SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2016 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202

Western Valley Hot Club
SUNDAY 28 AUGUST 2016 From 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Venue: The Emporium, Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1BE. free

The Angry Men
FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2016 From 7:30am, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630
Tickets: £10, members £8, + on the door
Paul Robinson: Bass Mike Smith: Sax Jay Irving: Drums Paul Cusick: Guitar Patrick Hurley: Piano A jazz fusion band influenced by bands such as The Yellowjackets, Weather Report, The Pat Metheney Group and Herbie Hancock, The Angry Men pride themselves on writing tight grooves, complex yet beautiful harmonies and tuneful melodies.

Lyn Fairbanks
Mark Lewis Trio with Wilf Nuttall and Lyn Fairbanks
SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016 From 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: The Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley Near Clitheroe BB7 4NH Tel: 01200 441202

August North East jazz events - from Russell Corbett

Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry’ Aug 14 North Sheilds

Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival is the major event in the north east during August. The bank holiday weekend - Friday 26 to Sunday 28 - at Ushaw College on the outskirts of Durham welcomes some of Britain’s premier jazz musicians together with many of the area’s very best talents on show. Ushaw, until recently a Catholic seminary, stands majestically in its own grounds. Ushaw is worth a visit in itself, the fact that you can hear some great jazz is something of a bonus! Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Nigel Price…that’s three names to tempt the jazz fan. Add the erudite Alyn Shipton in a ‘What is jazz?’ presentation with an always amusing Alan Barnes and appearances from Zoë Gilby, the New Century Ragtime Orchestra, Graham Hardy’s Northern Monkey Brass Band (heard recently on BBC Radio 3) and the award winning Durham Alumni Big Band and you have the makings of a first, successful Ushaw Jazz Festival. Full details (there is much more) at

From the Land of the Prince Bishops to the High Seas. Blyth, south east Northumberland, stages the North Sea Tall Ships event over the same late August holiday weekend. A jazz gig aboard a tall ship isn’t an everyday occurrence and the Mississippi Dreamboats board at seven in the evening on Sunday 28. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected in Blyth and the Dreamboats will certainly be flying the north east jazz flag.

The Milne-Johnston Band’s standard will be flying high at the Fox Inn, Hexham, Aug 16. Versatile vocalist Debra Milne fronts the outfit alongside the brilliant young guitarist and recent graduate of Sage Gateshead’s BMus degree course, Bradley Johnston. Admission, as at so many gigs, is free. Donations are welcome, so dig deep. The down beat is at nine.                          

Frank Brooker is the lunchtime guest of Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (Saturday 3). The amiable multi-reedsman will be working in the company of his Happy Chappies. The well appointed St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Larchfield Street (raised stage and that all important bar) will be anticipating a large turn out to hear a most underrated musician.    

Lee Cogswell’s documentary film ‘Tubby Hayes – A Man in a Hurry’ is to be screened at the recently re-opened Exchange on Howard Street, North Shields. The venue is to host a new music festival and it would appear that the favourably reviewed jazz biopic (Sunday 14 Aug) constitutes the jazz element. A day ticket (there will be other events) costs £17.50.

Four gigs in a day. Up for the challenge? Saturday 20 August, take the Quaylink bus over to Springwell. At lunchtime you’ll find the Levee Ramblers at Bowes Railway. Jot down a few engine numbers, or not, as you’re listening to Dave Rae’s strict New Awlins’ band. Make the return journey to Newcastle Quayside, change to the Ouseburn-bound Quaylink service around four in the afternoon and arrive in good time for the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band’s annual outdoor BBQ gig at the Tyne Bar. A great band, it’s one of the highlights of the year and it costs nowt! Just before seven, jump on the bus back to the Quayside. A rare treat awaits at the Vermont Hotel. At the swanky establishment, perched on high, it’s none other than Zoë Gilby accompanied by Mark Williams in Joe Pass mode. Unmissable and guess what? It’ll cost you precisely nowt! The fourth and final leg of your jazz day is a trip to the Jazz Co-op (aka the Globe) to hear Claire Kelly sing accompanied by pianist Peter Gilligan. Ms Kelly is in town on a flying visit before she returns to the Far East. At a fiver admission you’ve got yourself a bargain. Have yourself a very busy jazz day!

A week earlier (Aug 13) the DB Sound Project Trio can be heard at the Globe. Dave Keighley’s coruscating tenor saxophone takes no prisoners – not a gig for the faint-hearted. Finally, from the power-jazz trio to the Paul Edis Trio. Pianist Edis makes a welcome return to Blaydon Jazz Club (Aug 21) working with bassist Andy Champion and drummer Russ Morgan.

Listing- all gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon

Aug 1 Beth Macari & Nick Pride* Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 4RE
Aug 1 Lorna Reid Trio Alnwick Working Men’s Club, Alnwick NE66 1LA
Aug 5 Peter Gilligan & Ray Burns Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Aug 6 Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies* St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Aug 6 Ruth Lambert & Paul Edis Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 6 Mark Williams Standards Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Aug 7 Dean Stockdale* Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 8 Zoë Gilby Duo* Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 4RE
Aug 9 Broadway Melody* Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 4RE
Aug 12 Dean Stockdale & Noel Dennis Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Aug 13 Zoë Gilby & Paul Edis Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 13 DB Sound Project Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Aug 14 Tubby Hayes - A Man in a Hurry* Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Aug 16 Milne-Johnston Band Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Aug 20 Levee Ramblers NOJB* Bowes Railway, Gateshead NE9 7QJ
Aug 20 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band* Tyne Bar NE6 1LP
Aug 20 Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 20 Claire Kelly & Pete Gilligan Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Aug 21 Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Aug 25 Latin Jazz Groove Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Aug 26-28 Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Aug 26 Ruth Lambert & Stuart Collingwood Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 26 Anthony Stringer National Glass Centre, Sunderland SR6 0GL
Aug 27 Tyne Valley Big Band Tall Ships, Blyth NE24 3PB
Aug 27 Zoë Gilby & James Harrison Vermont Hotel NE1
Aug 28 Mississippi Dreamboats Tall Ships, Blyth NE24 3PB
Aug 29 Tango & Jazz Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD

Aug 30 Non Electric Band* Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 4RE

Jazz into Doncaster programme

Winstons Pennine Jazz Band 18 August

From Brian Askew

‘Jazz into Doncaster’ present their Programme for Summer 2016 to be held at The Doncaster Conservative Club, 22 South Parade, Doncaster. DN1 3ET.

Second and fourth Thursdays in the Month except Bank Holiday weeks subject to change.

Thurs 18 August
Winstons Pennine Jazz Band

Thurs 15 September
The Nicola Farnon Trio

Thurs 29 September
The Funky Butt Hall Trad Jazz Band.

Thurs 13 October
Karen Lake and the Impressions Quintet

Thurs 27 October
The Mark Ellis Quartet

Vehicle entrance on the side through the Old Civic Theatre (now demolished) Entrance on Waterdale, doors open 7.00 pm, band on stage approx 8.20 pm.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

August at Kennedy's in York

Nick Svark Aug 21 

Paul Smith lists the August gigs at Kennedy's in York

Aug 7th - The Derrick Harris Trio - Derrick (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

Aug 14th - The Al Morrison Group - Al (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

Aug 21st – The Nick Svarc Set - Nick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass) Paul Smith (drums)  

Aug 28th - The Adrian Ingram’s ‘Cookbook’ – Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar
Little Stonegate,
Showtime 1.00pm

August at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

Munch Manship - Aug 10

From Paul Smith - the August dates at the Head of Steam

Aug 3rd – Rod Mason (sax), Neil Morley (trumpet)

Aug 10th – Dale Gibson (trumpet), ‘Munch’ Manship (sax), Kevin Holborough

Aug 17th – Mark Ellis (sax), Stuart Garside (trombone), Andy Cholerton (keys)

Aug 24th – Nikki Allan (vocals), Al Morrison (guitar)

Aug 31st – Wendy Kirkland (piano/vocals), Pat Kirkland (guitar), Stuart McDonald
Jazz collective fixer Paul Smith (drums) Andy Cholerton  or  Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain or  Paul Baxter bass)

Wednesday’s at the Head of Steam
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
Support the music with raffle participation

Seven Jazz Leeds - Autumn programme announced

Tina May + Enrico Pieranunzi  Thursday 6 October

 This autumn we celebrate our Parliamentary Jazz Award with evening concerts featuring two exceptional jazz duos - one with Europe’s finest jazz singer Tina May and Italy’s outstanding, internationally acclaimed pianist Enrico Pieranunzi (pictured, 6 Oct), and the other with iconic saxophonist Stan Sulzmann with pianist Nikki Iles (1 Dec)- two evenings of warm, intimate entertainment in store at the Seven Arts venue. We also have a special Leeds appearance of one of the legends of the New York improv scene, saxman Ellery Eskelin, (13 Oct) all women band Nérija! (3 Nov) playing exciting and original jazz, hiphop, afrobeat and hi-life music, and for lovers of the sort of jazz music Gil Evans is famous for we have a real treat as we welcome Jim Rattigan's fabulous 12 piece all star band "Pavilion"(17 Nov)

Our Sunday afternoons are pretty special this autumn too - we have hip London bands Angus Bayley's "Scrapbook" (11 Sept) and Corrie Dick's "Impossible Things" (18 Sept) Yorkshire jazz pianists Alex Hutton (25 Sept) and Jami Sheriff (20 Nov) with their trios, plus UK jazz favourites including Mike Walker, Les Chisnell and Richard Iles (Nov 6), Laura Jurd, (Nov 13) Josh Kemp, Tim Giles and Ross Stanley (Nov 27), Asaf Sirkis, Sylwia BialasFrank Harrison, Patrick Bettison (Oct 2) , as well vocal tributes to Peggy Lee and Cole Porter from Tessa Smith, Kate Peters and Jenny Smith (Oct 16 and 30th). And there's more too - including guitar legend Gary Boyle (Oct 9)  Ben Lowman's "Django Project" (Oct 23), jazz singer Emily Brown (Dec 4) and Ronnie Bottomley's Jazz Orchestra playing at our Christmas party (Dec 11). All this plus our "Seven Jazz introduces" series of young Leeds bands, our jazz workshop, jazz choir and our new Seven Jazz Big Band!

So why not check out all our concerts and events online, or pick up one of our new (red) autumn leaflets from Seven Arts, Inkwell, Chapel Allerton Library or the Leeds Visitor Centre in Victoria Gardens? If you want us to send you a leaflet just email us back to with your address. Or just click on the leaflet below. Come and enjoy what will be a jazz treat from start to finish - you’ll love it!

Tickets online:

Web: or follow us on our Seven Jazz Leeds Facebook and Twitter sites

Our Venues: Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD and Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)

Keep supporting Seven Jazz and our venues at Seven Arts and Inkwell. See you soon!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Manchester Jazz Festival win European award

Manchester Jazz Festival becomes the first UK jazz festival to be awarded the European Jazz Network Award  for Adventurous Programming at a ceremony in Manchester Town Hall today

The award was made by Piotr Turkiewicz, Chair of the EJN Award Jury to Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council and Steve Mead Director of the Manchester Jazz Festival Friday 22 July

The ceremony featured an exclusive extract from Ben Cottrell’s New Seeing, the Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission 2016

The Mancheter Jazz Festival celebrates its 21st birthday with 81 gigs featuring 550 artists from across the UK and abroad in nine venues between 22 July and Sunday 31 July.

Highlights of the adventurous programme this year include "The Impossible Gentlemen" launching their new album Let’s Get Deluxe, Beats & Pieces leader and composer Ben Cottrell's special commission "New Seeing", an audio-visual late night project from Kit Downes and Tom Challenger, Tim Garland's Electric Quartet; Empirical; the 2016 Jazz North "Northern Line showcase bands plus an international strand of visiting bands from Europe.

Latest news and offers:

Hotter than July!

Alan Glen 28 July

Dave Clark from the Jazz co-op in Newcastle writes

There's some scorching gigs at the Globe for the end of July. The very best jazz piano from the Alan Glen Trio and gypsy jazz from Swing 16. Before that there's cool mainstream jazz from Blue Jazz Sextet on Saturday 23 July. And we've got more information about our August bank holiday Monday dance / jazz gig featuring the Argentinian Tango & Jazz Quartet on their world tour. There's also the weekly Take it to the Bridge Jam session every Wednesday and the More Jam on Sunday 24 July. Here's the gigs-

Alan Glen - 80th birthday bash
Thursday 28 July 2016
Veteran piano maestro Alan Glen, ably supported by John Pope on double bass and Sid White on drums, returns to the Globe for a celebratory night of superb classic jazz.

Swing 16 - Hot Club Gypsy Jazz
Sunday 31 July 2016
Swing 16 is a string quintet inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and the Hot Club de France. Bradley Johnston, Martin Craggs, John Usher (guitars); Kay Usher (violin); Dave Parker (bass)

Tango & Jazz - the real deal from Argentina
Monday 29 August 2016
Jazz.Coop is delighted to welcome the Tango & Jazz Quartet for a special day of Argentinian music and dancing at the Globe. For dancers, there will be a milonga (social dance) at 3-6pm including a live set from the band.

Summer Weekend Workshop
6-7 August 2016
A whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills. After our first weekend workshop in August 2015 was an outstanding success, this year we are running a similar weekend, this time with tutors James Birkett and Paul Edis,

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

Ushaw Jazz Festival, Durham 26-28 August

Nigel Price 28 August
Paul Edis writes

The new Jazz Festival at Durham University's Ushaw College starts August 26th. Here are the gigs and times

FRIDAY 26th Aug (evening ticket - £8)
Northern Monkey Brass Band – Exhibition Hall, 6pm, £5
Northern Monkey Brass Band (formerly known as Horn Dogs) are a deeply funky collective of some of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England.

Zoe Gilby Quartet – Francis Thompson Room 8:15pm, £5
Zoë Gilby is a  vocalist and songwriter that has been making a stunning impression on the music scene today. Her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and performed by her highly accomplished band, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown.

SATURDAY 27th  (day ticket £25)
Early Bird Band, 11am FREE
Featuring some of the rising stars of youth jazz in the North East, the Early Bird Band started meeting at the Lit and Phil back in May 2015.

Durham Alumni Big Band and Al Wood 1pm £7
The Durham Alumni Big Band have made frequent festival appearances in recent years. For this concert they are joined by Al Wood, who in addition to being a renowned jazz educator has a CV that includes working alongside Maynard Ferguson, Dionne Warwick and the BBC Big Band...

Improvisation Workshop with Paul Edis 2:30pm FREE
This workshop is open for anyone to come along and learn more about improvisation. Bring your instruments! A keyboard, drum kit, bass amp and guitar amp will be provided.

Alyn Shipton and Alan Barnes – What is Jazz? 4pm Exhibition Hall £5
Writer and broadcaster Alyn Shipton joins forces with the always entertaining Alan Barnes for a humorous talk on that most confusing of subjects ‘What is Jazz’?

Mark Williams and Joel McCulloch, 6pm £5
Mark and Joel studied together on the Bmus Jazz degree at Newcastle College in 2000.Joel has returned to the North East and so the duo has picked up where they left off many moons ago.

Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Paul Edis Trio, Exhibition Hall 8pm, £10
Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist.  He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.

Jam Session with Peter Gilligan Trio – Francis Thompson Room 10:15pm till late - FREE
The Peter Gilligan Trio have established a hugely popular jam session at the Jazz Cafe in Newcastle that regularly features a host of local talent and guest artists dropping in. Musicians are welcome to sit in and jam with the trio. For the audience – you never quite know what to expect!

SUNDAY 28th (day ticket - £20)
Square One – Francis Thompson Room, 1pm £5
Glasgow-based contemporary jazz quartet with high-octane original compositions, and a diverse range of influences from jazz to rock, folk and groove-based music.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra – Exhibition Hall, 4pm £10
Unique in Britain, this 12 piece orchestra will take you on a musical journey from the dawn of ragtime (Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and James Scott) through the hot dance and jazz music of the 1920's (King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton) to the early swing era of the 1930's

Nigel Price Trio – Francis Thompson Room, 8pm £7
Nigel Price  - who led his organ trio to pick up the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble” is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today.

Here's more details:

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Join a new Festival Big Band!

Would you like to play at the Village Jazz Festival in Chapel Allerton, Leeds ? Big band leader performer and arranger Dave Evans wants to create a brand new community band just for the Festival.

Dave’s idea is to engage community musicians -  local people who play instruments but might not regularly play in a band The idea is to bring people together in a joyful celebration of music and to show what can be achieved in a short space of time.

If this for you then there is an opportunity for you to rehearse and play a set of music at the Festival at Seven Arts on Friday evening 2 September 8pm and then on Saturday afternoon 3 September in Regent Street 4.15pm. 

The band will be open to all including families and kids under 16 (if accompanied by an adult). The first rehearsal is at Gledhow Sport and Social Club, Gledhow Lane, Leeds LS8 1NQ

The repertoire will include jazz, blues and improvised music

Cost for six sessions is £30, (concessions for unwaged £25) with kids under 16 free. Come along to enrol at one of the first two sessions!

The first rehearsal is Thursday 28 July 7pm, then 4 August, 25 August, 2 September plus other dates to be arranged

If you’d like to join in just email Dave at

Matt Anderson's new album

Leeds College alumnus Matt Anderson has released a new video of his group the Matt Anderson Quartet. It’s the first in a series of four videos he's calling the ‘St. Mark’s Series’ which will be released over the coming month.

The quartet features Matt on tenor saxophone, Ashley Henry on piano, Will Harris on double-bass and Jay Davis on drums. Jay and Ashley are fellow LCoM alumni

The band puts an emphasis on original writing, with arrangements often conceived together as a group, and takes inspiration from sources as wide-ranging as Wayne Shorter, folk music of the British Isles, the European jazz scene and groove/rock music. During our time at the Academy we have also received coaching as a band from F-IRE Collective founder Barak Schmool.

Stay tuned for more new music over the coming weeks! Says Goodbye with the Zhenya Strigalev Never Group

Zhenya Strigalev July 26 
From John Marley

Having promoted Jazz music in York for the last 5 years, is saying goodbye next week with the fantastic Zhenya Strigalev Never Group.

Building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, Never Group is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality.

Zhenya Strigalev - Sax
Michael Janisch - Bass
Marc Ayza - Drums

Tuesday July 26th.
The Phoenix Inn, George Street, York.
Free entry.

Come along and celebrate the last hurrah of !



Southport Jazz on a Winters Weekend grows on!

Clare Teal 3 Feb 
From Neil Hughes

I'm delighted to introduce the 13th Jazz On A Winter’s Weekend in Southport 2nd -5th February 2017. For me it has been a pleasure to programme the Festival for my first time under the watchful eye of Geoff Matthews. I have incorporated the flavours that Southport has become well known for; international artists, challenging and contempory jazz, some big band music and of course the best in British with a lovely north-west smattering.

This year the international theme features Trichotomy (Australia), Seamus Blake  (New York) and the Fabien Mary Quartet (Paris). We also have a return of The Ben Cox Band playing their sweet original tunes from their second album "Round And Round", original jazz from The Train & The River (Jeremy Price, Andy Panayi And Jez Franks) plus Jam Experiment with some beautiful music.

Our Big Band Section features two wonderful bands. On the Friday 3rd Feb, Radio 2 Broadcaster Clare Teal, joining Swingtime Big Band, directed by Jez Murphy. Then on Sunday, The Birmingham Conservatoire Ellington Orchestra  with music from The Far East Suite. featured soloist Liam Noble on piano.

A couple of changes too- this year we have added a Thursday night into the mix for those who travel from afar with Liverpool Band "The Weave". On Saturday we have a Gala Dinner as an optional extra. This year we feature Liane Carroll, award winning Jazz Singer and Pianist.

Geoff Matthews called his festival “The Best Jazz House Party In The UK” and we aim to continue that at the Royal Clifton Hotel & Spa.  If you make it to the end we close with Iain Dixon, Les Chisnall & Mike Walker Quintet – what a finish !

Sunday, 3 July 2016

North East gigs listing for July 2016

Hot 8 Brass Band, Durham Gala Jul 15

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon

Jul 1 John Martin’s Hidden Notes Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jul 1 Millennium Eagle Jazz Band Saltburn & Community Theatre TS12 1JW
Jul 2 Spirit of New Orleans* St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Jul 2 Zoë Gilby + Beck/Collins/Saw + Taupe + Not Now Charlie Cluny NE1 2PQ
Jul 2 Steve Glendinning Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jul 3 John Pope Quintet Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Jul 4 National Youth Jazz Orchestra Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL3 5RP
Jul 6 Vieux Carré’s Hong Kong Jazz Friends Valley Restaurant, Corbridge NE45 5AY
Jul 7 Mark Williams Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Jul 8 Northern Monkey Brass Band* Cumberland Arms NE6 1LD
Jul 8 Ruth Lambert Trio Hearth Café, Horsley NE15 0NT
Jul 8 Emma Fisk & James Birkett Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jul 9 Ruth Lambert & Alan Law Vermont Hotel NE1 1RQ
Jul 9 Black is the Color of My Voice Customs House, South Shields NE33 1ES
Jul 9 Milne-Johnston Band Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jul 9 Barb Jungr Witham Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY
Jul 10 The Reunion Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Jul 10 Square One + MoHaWi Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Jul 12 Manjula Black Swan NE1 1SG
Jul 15 Gerry Richardson Quartet* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jul 15 Hot 8 Brass Band Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jul 15 Zhenya Strigalev Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jul 15 Lewis Watson-Mark Toomey Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jul 15 King Bee Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Jul 17 Gerry Richardson’s Big Idea* Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Jul 22 Peter Gilligan & Pete Tanton NE1 5DW
Jul 23 Blue Jazz Sextet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jul 25 Zoë Gilby Duo* Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 4RE
Jul 28 Alan Glen Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jul 29 Paul Edis* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Jul 29 Paul Edis Sextet Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Jul 29 Mark Williams & John Pope NE1 5DW
Jul 31 Swing 16 Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD    

July gigs at Huddersfield's Head of Steam

Mike Hall July 20th

Wednesdays at the Head of Steam, Huddersfield

July 6th – Rod Mason (sax), Sam Dunn (guitar), Jez Platt (keys)

July 13th – Mike Cox (sax), Trevour Vincent (trumpet), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

July 20th – Mike Hall (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

July 27th – Mark Chandler (trumpet), Stuart McDonald (sax), Martin Longhorn (keys)

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

St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Music 8.30pm 
Support the music with raffle participation

Wilmslow Swing and Cheadle Hulme Anglo-American Alto Alliance

Alan Barnes and Greg Abate July 25th, Cheadle Hulme

From Graham Brook

July 5th:- JOHN PATRICK (keyboard) with DAVE BROWNING (trumpet), PETER ROBINSON (bass) and JOHNNY HUNTER (drums)

July 12th:- JO and JIM BURKE (vocals/guitar) with DAVE BROWNING (trumpet) and the VINNIE PARKER trio

July 19th:- SPIRIT OF SHEARING (Trefor Owen, Liam Byrne, Andy Hulme and Dave Turner)

July 26th:- LORETTA SCOTT (vocals) with DAVE BROWNING (trumpet) and the TOM KINCAID trio

August 2nd:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds) with the PAUL HARTLEY trio

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday night at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow SK9 5EG (01625) 528336 8.30pm £7

Also on Monday July 25th, over at Cheadle Hulme "An Anglo-American Alto Alliance" 

Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5AT (01625) 528336  8.30pm £10

The best in world to Hull this July

Jean Toussaint Sat 23 July

David Porter writes

J-Night is proud to present the 24th Summer Edition of Hull Jazz Festival, bringing the best in world jazz, funk and improvised music to venues across Hull from 21st to 24th July.

The festival opens on Thursday 21st July at Hull Truck Theatre with Minima’s stunning original live score to cult silent horror movie Nosferatu. Minima tease out the grim comedy in this darkly humorous yet tender tale of yearning, and draw the audience into the vampire’s nightmare world.

Friday 22nd July at Hull Truck Theatre sees double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown performing her Reggae Love Songs set with an incredible live band. You can expect a show that touches on jazz, soul and reggae, all wrapped up with an infectious set of fun.

The Friday night programme continues at Kardomah94, a new venue for Hull Jazz Festival, where gypsy jazz quartet Daj Dook, featuring Hull-born violinist Matt Holborn, will be channeling the spirit of Django Reinhardt. The finest in gypsy jazz with a modern swing, perfect for easing yourself into the weekend.

Across town at Fruit on Friday 22nd, New Hull Jazz is a special triple bill of homegrown Hull talent. Rapper Chiedu Oraka opens for local funk heroes Pearl’s Cab Ride and Refix Project, the exciting new collaboration fronted by Lyn Acton and Audrey Okyere-Fosu and featuring Dave Gawthorpe, producer Endoflevelbaddie, and multimedia visuals from Jay Moy.

Saturday 23rd July features a trio of incredible shows at Hull Truck Theatre. At 3pm Helen Watson, one of the UK’s premier jazz-blues singers, teams up with long time friend and collaborator, saxophonist Snake Davis, for an intimate set of rhythm and blues, jazz and soul standards, put together specially for Hull Jazz Festival. At 6pm saxophonist and former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint brings his Young Lions to Hull Truck with Roots & Herbs: The Blakey Project, his celebration of the music of late, great Art Blakey. With a line-up featuring some of the brightest rising stars in British jazz, this is the summer’s must-see jazz gig in Hull. Wrapping up proceedings at Hull Truck at 9pm on the Saturday, acid jazz legends James Taylor Quartet, renowned for their incredible funk-driven live performances, make a very welcome return to Hull.

The Saturday programme continues at Fruit with a festival double bill of beautiful, atmospheric live music. Snake Davis and Helen Watson appear again with Burden of Paradise, with a spellbinding acoustic set of evocative songs ranging from Bob Dylan to Dowland. Stuart McCallum: City sees the Cinematic Orchestra guitarist teaming up with Richard Spaven (drums), Zoe Chlotis (vocals) and John Ellis (keyboards) to create a new ambient-electronica-jazz soundscape.

On Sunday 24th July from 12:00 noon, a special Jazz Festival Brunch sees Manjula providing treats for the ears while delicious food is served at Hull Truck Café Bar. Their fusion of global sounds combines rhythms and melodies from Portuguese, African, Latin jazz and Indian cultures, led by Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon’s enchanting voice.

Full programme details are available online at Tickets for all Hull Truck shows are available from Hull Truck Theatre at or on 01482 323638 and for shows at Fruit from Hull Box Office at or on 01482 221113. Tickets for the Daj Dook show at Kardomah94 can be bought in person from Kardomah 94 or via Hull Box Office.

Jazz Round up in the North East - July 2016

Zhenya Strigalev July 15 Globe

From Russell Corbett

People get ready, there’s a jazz train a comin’. Get on board the Tyne Valley Hong Kong curry train and take time to ponder a major mid-month dilemma this July. Ex-pat Geordie trumpeter Colin Aitchison makes his annual pilgrimage to his native Tyneside to play as many gigs in one week as it is humanly possible to do. A Satchmo disciple, Aitchison has an insatiable appetite for jazz. Our Man in Hong Kong will arrive with a clarinet virtuoso, Italian born, Hong Kong-based Franco Valussi, and a Jumbo jet full of jazz crazy fans.

Aitchison and Valussi feature in the Reunion Band at the Black Bull, Blaydon (July 10). The Bridge Street pub is likely to be jam-packed as the two horn players will be joined by Steve Andrews, reeds, making it a three-strong front line ably supported by Roly Veitch, guitar and Roy Cansdale, double bass. Aichison and Valussi have a train to catch on July 6 from Newcastle Central Station. They’ll be joined by a band of jazz friends to entertain an unsuspecting, captive audience of Tyne Valley rail commuters. Alighting at Corbridge station, still blowing, they’ll step into the Valley Restaurant (conveniently situated on the station platform) to enjoy a curry and a glass or two with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.

Travel east on the Metro (Tyneside’s light railway network) to Tynemouth. Arrive by one o’clock on July 25 and you’ll hear none other than Zoë Gilby singing. A North Tyneside Council initiative, commuters will be able to listen to jazz on the platform each weekday throughout the summer. If you’re passing through Tynemouth the chances are you’ll hear the Maine Street Jazzmen one day, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen the next. A local council deserving of a pat on the back.

There is a big occasion in Darlington on July 4. A Monday night, a school night, make an exception and get along to the Dolphin Centre for a rare appearance in the area of NYJO! Darlington Jazz Club has pushed the boat out for this one. Make the effort.

NARC, a regional ‘what’s on’ magazine, is promoting a festival of music in the Ouseburn valley cultural quarter and this year, for the first time, there is a joint promotion with Jazz North East on July 2. The free admission multiple bill represents good value, particularly as it features Zoë Gilby: Watching Sideways, Mick Beck, Charlie Collins and Derek Saw, jazz power trio Taupe and Not Now Charlie. Twenty four hours later (July 3) Jazz North East presents the music of Ornette Coleman. The John Pope Quintet featuring Johnny Hunter (drums) and Faye MacCalman (reeds) will rework Coleman and perform tunes inspired by the free jazz icon in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

July 15 will put many in a quandary. Five gigs, each one five star, you choose: lunchtime at the Gala, Durham it’s the Gerry Richardson Quartet, on Friday evening do you stay in Durham for the Hot 8 Brass Band or head to Newcastle to catch Zhenya Strigalev at the Globe or King Bee at Hoochie Coochie? Alternatively you could head south to Opus 4 Jazz Club’s gig in Darlington to hear the Lewis Watson-Mark Toomey Quintet. And finally, if you go to just one gig in July (just one gig, surely not?) it has to be Alan Glen at the Globe on July 28. The modern jazz piano maestro plays a birthday gig. 80 not out!