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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Jazz gigs, choir, workshops and a new big band in Leeds this September

"Impossible Things" Sun 16 Sept @Seven Arts 1.30pm

More music coming your way this September from Leeds's Seven Jazz club. Their first Village Jazz Festival was a success celebrating the diversity of the Leeds Jazz scene, and the trademark mixture of styles that has brought the Parliamentary Jazz award accolade to the club this year.

This coming Sunday 18th September 1.30-4pm they present renowned young jazz supergroup "Impossible Things", a septet led by London-based, Glasgow-born drummer/composer Corrie Dick. The band features musicians such as Laura Jurd on trumpet and vocalist Jessica Radcliffe and is in the middle of a much acclaimed national tour. “A rich diversity of contemporary folk melodies reminiscent of Celtic traditions and at times North African music and arranged them in a perfectly flowing series of modern-day anthems” London Jazz News £10/8 conc, NUS £5

Next Sunday 25th September they welcome pianist Alex Hutton with his trio to Seven Arts playing the "Magna Carta Suite"(1.30pm start). It is 800 years since the Magna Carta signing. Alex has conjured up a jazz suite based on King John signing the Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215. There’s tension, celebration, bliss, more tension, and some other moods all captured in the compositions with elements of Palestrina, early folk music, baroque, classical, and contemporary idioms. £10/8 conc, NUS £5
Here excerpts here

Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts Wed 21 Sept 5.30-6.30pm JEFF HEWER, is a recent arrival to Leeds from Canada, now based in Chapel Allerton. He combines swinging jazz with contemporary harmonic and melodic twists, weaving melodies and chords together. With him on steel pan is DUDLEY NESBITT. Dudley Nesbitt is an unflagging advocate for the culture of the steel pan, playing jazz with a blend of modern calypso, Caribbean rhythms, rumba and cha cha. Free - donations welcome

Want to sing or play jazz? These are exciting times for Seven Jazz's education activities - they now have a new Seven Jazz Big Band to add to their Jazz Choir and Jazz Workshop. Following a successful couple of gigs at the first Village Jazz Festival the Seven Jazz Big Band is now set to continue! Led by Dave Evans has it's first rehearsal on Thursday 15 September 7pm at Gledhow Sports and Social Club Gledhow Lane, Leeds LS8 1NQ. If you are interested in joining the band contact Dave on <> the band are playing a gig at Oakwood Festival Thus 27 October 2016

Seven Jazz Voices Choir meets again fortnightly on Mondays - next is 26September @Inkwell 7-9pm. Led by Tessa Smith the choir is featured in this months  Leeds Artforms "Leeds Sings" brochure. Why not come and sing some jazz tunes this autumn?  Contact Steve on

The Seven Jazz Workshops Start Saturday 17th September @Seven Arts 2-4pm £10/8 concessions led by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore  Want to learn to play jazz? Come and join our fortnightly jazz workshop this autumn, learn a lot and have fun too! The workshop bnd are playing at Marsedn Jazz festival on Sunday 9 October, 3pm, at the Marquee on the Bridge. Contact Jean

More information on the Seven Jazz website

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