Tuesday, 29 November 2016

North east gigs December dates list

Big Chris Barber Band Sage Gateshead Dec 8 

Dec 1 Alter Ego Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Dec 1 Gerry Richardson Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 2 Savannah Jazz Band Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Dec 2 Jambone St James & St Basil’s Church NE4 9XP
Dec 2 Lindsay Hannon Plus Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 3 Jambone* Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Dec 3 Ruth Lambert & Customs House Big Band Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Dec 4 Jazz Jam Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Dec 4 Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Dec 6 Customs House Big Band All Saints Church, Cleadon SR6 7UR
Dec 8 Tyne Valley Big Band Phoenix Club & Bar, Hexham NE45 1QL
Dec 8 Emma Fisk & James Birkett St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF
Dec 8 Big Chris Barber Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 9 Ayanna Witter Johnson Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 11 Durham Alumni Big Band Spiegeltent, Darlington DL
Dec 11 Cameron Vale Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Dec 12 Durham University Big Band Pizza Express NE1 ???
Dec 13 Fluid Orchestra Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 14 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 16 Zoë Gilby Trio* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Dec 16 Cosyjo Arts Centre Washington NE38 8AB
Dec 16 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 16 Dougie Pugh Quartet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 16 Ruth Lambert & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Dec 17 Alan Barnes: A Jazz Christmas Carol Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Dec 17 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Black Swan NE1 1SG
Dec 18 Northern Monkey Brass Band Park Inn, Hartlepool TS26 9HU
Dec 18 Jazz Tones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Dec 18 Roly Veitch Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 18 Let it Snow Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 20 & 21 Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Dec 29 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Dec 30 Glenn Miller Orchestra Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 31 Zoë Gilby Hotel Indigo NE1 5XU
Dec 31 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Prohibition Bar, Gateshead NE8 ?

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise

Monday, 28 November 2016

New Jazz Collective in formation on Merseyside.

Kevin Lovelady writes - "I'd appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about a new musical initiative I'm hoping to bring to fruition in the coming months.

I am interested in hearing from seasoned musicians or beginners, musicologists and listeners who would be interested in meeting on a regular basis as part of a music collective where people can get together, exchange ideas, develop projects, form alliances, jam a little, bring in professional musicians/educators etc to run seminars etc - very much in the tradition of co-operation and the workshop ethos of the 60s.

The focus would be on Nu/Neo styles around Jazz, Brazilian, Soul & Funk and their crossover fusions etc.

I would like to get people to express interest and then arrange for an initial meeting to discuss the format and organisation of the collective.

People can register their interest at http://collective251.wordpress.com/

I look forward to hearing from you and if you would like to meet up to discuss further, please do not hesitate to reply or call me on the number below.

Best musical regards
07879 585886


December cheer in the North East...

Alter Ego 1 Dec Durham Empty Shop

Russell Corbett's December North East Jazz news

December brings with it frivolity, seasonal cheer and a shop-’til-you-drop mentality. The tinsel will be everywhere, Santa hats obligatory…so, what to do? Bolt the door? Turn out the light? Or, take Rudolph by the antlers and embrace it – the spirit, that is, not Rudolph!

On the 1 Dec Durham’s Empty Shop will be full to capacity as Alter Ego play bebop and more. Up the road at Newcastle’s Jazz Café the Gerry Richardson Quartet will stoke the mid-winter Hammond fires. Saltburn’s Christmas party night (Dec 2) presents a return visit by the popular Dixieland outfit the Savannah Jazz Band.

A re-arranged gig by Lindsay Hannon (November’s date was cancelled) sees the ‘Plus’ at the Traveller’s Rest, Darlington (Dec 2) and on the same night, Jambone – Sage Gateshead’s youth big band –  will be going to church! The band has a gig at St James’ and St Basil’s Church in Fenham just out of Newcastle city centre.

Big band fans should put these dates in the diary…the Customs House Big Band plays a charity concert at North Shields’ Exchange (Dec 3) and three days later (Dec 6) makes a return visit to All Saints Church in the South Tyneside village of Cleadon. The amazing Tyne Valley Big Band and its junior ensembles will play an end of term concert (Dec 8) at Hexham HQ, the Phoenix Bar & Club on Chisholm Place (it’s an early start – 6:00pm). The indefatigable Chris Barber returns to Sage Gateshead (Dec 8) with his top class Big Chris Barber Band. Few tickets remain – telephone the ticket office on 0191 443 4661.

A three band extravaganza on Dec 11 (six o’clock start) at Darlington Market Place features the Durham Alumni Big Band and its development bands the Durham County Youth Big Band and the Little Big Band. The Pizza Express, Newcastle (Dec 12) will shoehorn the award winning Durham University Big Band into a corner and within a trombone slide’s length of your pizza. More big bands? Try Sage Gateshead (Dec 14) for the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band (performing in support of the jazz degree course), and the Durham University Big Band having a blast in their own Students’ Union (Dec 14). Arts Centre Washington (Dec 16) presents Cosyjo, the City of Sunderland junior big band and the Strictly Smokin’ guys have a two nighter at the Black Swan in Newcastle Arts Centre (Dec 16 & 17). Very few tickets remain for either night, you’d better be quick!

Newcastle City Hall is the place to be on Dec 20 and again on Dec 21 to party with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Those Strictly Smokin’ guys aren’t finished yet…Hoochie Coochie (Dec 29) and a New Year’s Eve bash at Gateshead’s Prohibition Bar rounds off 2016 for the hardest working big band in the region. From the sublime to Glenn Miller – Major Miller, in the guise of Ray McVay, parachutes into Sage Gateshead for a matinee show on Dec 30. Don’t knock it, it’s great entertainment and they can play! Who said big bands are dead?!

Finally, in complete contrast, Jazz North East concludes it’s year long 50th anniversary celebrations with the debut performance of the Fluid Orchestra at the Black Swan on Dec 13. A hand-picked ensemble from across the northern region will be playing charts commissioned by the promoter in a salute to five decades of promotion on Tyneside. Here’s to the next half century!                  

Just time to mention Alan Barnes: A Jazz Christmas Carol at Ushaw College on Dec 17.
The term ‘all-star’ best describes the band…B Adams, M Nightingale, D Newton et al!!!  

Steel Pan meets Jazz

It's time to look forward to our next event here at Huddersfield Jazz.

The last of our artist to appear in The Jazz Room this season will be the fabulous Pan Jumby.
Steel pan advocate Dudley Nesbitt is joined on stage by Richard Ormrod (saxes, clarinets, flutes & percussion), Barkley McKay (keyboard & guitar), Kenny Higgins (bass guitar) and Sam Hobbs on

The group will be blending elements of Caribbean Jazz, Calypso, Samba , Bossa Nova, Soul, Rumba and Cha Cha into a fantastic evening of musical entertainment.

Tickets £14 Adults / £5 students
available from Huddersfield Jazz website, iPoint Reception (Hud Uni), Vinyl Tap Records (HD1 1ER) & Café Society (HD1 1DR)

SAT 17 December 8-10.30pm The Jazz Room Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University

Huddersfield Jazz

The Jazz Room
Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Spike Orchestra and Percy Pursglove @Huddersfield Contemporary Music Fest.

 Spike Orchestra
Percy Pursglove

Huddersfield Contemporary Music fest always has jazz elements and this year is no exception. Here's a couple of interesting gigs for the jazz improv inclined!

Friday 25 Nov The Spike Orchestra
Bates Mill Blending Shed, 10pm
Tickets £12 (£9 concession / online)

Sam Eastmond trumpet, Nikki Franklin voice, Mike Wilkins reeds, James Arben reeds, Paul Booth reeds, Stewart Curtis reeds, Mick Foster reeds, James Davison trumpet, Adam Chatterton trumpet, George Hogg trumpet, Ben Greenslade-Stanton trombone, Ashley Slater trombone, Dave Powell tuba, Moss Freed guitar, Mike Guy accordion, Elliot Galvin piano, Otto Willberg bass, Chris Nickolls drums

The Spike Orchestra makes its HCMF debut with a big band realisation of John Zorn’s monumental and legendary Cerberus: Masada Book 2 project.  The music you will hear is drawn from John Zorn’s Masada Book 2 which comprises over 300 tunes composed in an intense three month period in downtown New York City in 2004. The subsequent recordings initiated by Zorn to date total 29 albums, of which ours is number 26. Cerebus is the first big band entry into the series and one of only a few from the scattered downtown diaspora working outside New York City.

Sat 26 Nov 4pm Percy Pursglove: Tender Buttons:Objects, Food, Rooms
Huddersfield Town Hall, 4pm
Tickets £12 (£9 concession / online)
Percy Pursglove trumpet,Gemma King soprano, Suzie Purkis alto, Ashley Turnell tenor, Adrian Horsewood bass, Thomas Strønen drums,

Following his HCMF debut in 2014, performing alongside Evan Parker, Percy Pursglove returns to Huddersfield – joined by Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen – with the world premiere of  Gertrude Stein’s groundbreaking stream of consciousness work Tender Buttons: Objects, Food, Rooms I (1914) has been heralded as ‘a masterpiece of verbal cubism’. Her unique writing style challenges conventional alignments of words addressing instead their underlying sound and rhythm: ‘By departing from conventional meaning, grammar and syntax, she attempted to capture ‘moments of consciousness,’ independent of time and memory.’

This contemporary interpretation of Stein’s work is a cross-disciplinary symbiosis of composition and improvisation, setting her unorthodox text for a four piece vocal ensemble and improvisers.

More details http://hcmf.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/hcmf-2016-programme.pdf

Wakefield Jazz ~ December gigs

Tony Kofi Homage to Ornette Coleman.   
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato

Wakefield Jazz has only two gigs in December 2016 – but what a pair of contrasting and exceptional gigs they are.

On Friday 2nd December Tony Kofi brings his new quartet paying homage to Ornette Coleman.     He’s joined in the front line by Byron Wallen on trumpet.   The regular pairing of Larry Bartley (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums) complete the band.    Tony’s time with the World Saxophone Quartet brought him to International recognition and he has actually played with Ornette during a period with Jamaladeen Tacuma.   All other band members are composers and band leaders in their own right.

Then we have our Christmas party on Friday 9th December – sorry, it has already sold out !   Why?     Well Claire Martin OBE has a following but when paired with Ray Gelato to sing the swing repertoire of the 30s and 40s it’s an irresistible combination for many.   To cap it all the rhythm section is the David Newton trio with Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

Mole live at Leeds Fusebox

Fusebox present Mole: 
Dave Kane (bass), Paul Hession (drums), Petter Frost Fadnes (saxophone), Christophe de Bezenac (saxophone)

Fri 25 Nov 
MOLE is a brand new Anglo/Irish/Norwegian/French collaboration between the LIMA-compadres Christophe de Bezenac , Petter Frost Fadnes, Dave Kane and Paul Hession. 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 is an acoustic quartet that will tear you a new one. 

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. 

White Rabbit bunnyhopping back!

Back from hibernation is the regular Tuesday White Rabbit session in Leeds.


Weekly FREE jam night hosted by Francesco Gohetto and friends. (Donations welcome towards the house band)

House set 8pm for a few tunes, followed by a Jam after from 8:45 -23:00pm (with an extention to midnight, if busy!!)

Tuesday 29th November

11 York Pl, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 2DS

Free entry // Band 8.00 // Jam 8.45 onwards

Saturday, 19 November 2016

November out with a roar, December in with a whisper @ the Jazz Co-op

There's a flurry of boisterous jazz activity at Newcastle's Globe during the last two weeks of November. Then December starts with the ethereal voice of Kathryn Williams (pictured).

KOAN 4 - Collaborations
Friday 25 November 2016, 7.30pm
An evening of collaborative improvisations
Koan 4 brings three intriguing collaborations where the musicians have challenged themselves to work in an improvised format. Every partnership features musicians who combine sensitivity with bold leaps of imagination. This will be a remarkable night of the instant creation of new music.

Josh Kemp Quartet
Saturday 26 November 2016, 8pm
Blue Note inspired contemporary jazz from critically acclaimed saxophonist Josh Kemp who brings his new Hammond Organ based ensemble to The Globe as part of his 2016 tour to promote his new album 'Rare Groove'. - High-energy jazz with an enjoyable and relaxed groove,

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr
Sunday 4 December 2016, 8pm
Leading UK singer/songwriter teams up with top vibes player to launch album of jazz classics
This will be the northern launch gig for Kathryn Williams' 11th album 'Resonator'. Mercury nominated and critically acclaimed folk artist Kathryn Williams has teamed up with revered jazz musician and vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, to create a complete re-imagining of jazz standards

A Night in Tunisia - Play Jazz! workshop
Saturday 3 December 2016,
2-6pm at Sage Gateshead
On the first Saturday of each month (except January and August) we run four-hour workshops in association with Sage Gateshead. Each one is different. The theme this time is A Night in Tunisia, facilitated by Stuart Finden.

More info: jazz.coop/whats-on

Jazz at Empty Shop Durham

Alter Ego
Thursday 1 Dec
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz.

The group’s instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members.

Keith Robinson – Alto Sax
Niall Armstrong – Tenor Sax & Flute
Dave Hignett – Trumpet
Andy Hawking – Piano
Tony Abell – Bass
David Francis – Drums 
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

Sunday Night JAZZ JAMS...
Sunday 27th November & Sunday 4th December
7:30pm - 10:30pm // FREE
We're welcoming back the Durham University Jazz Society to host semi-regular Jazz Jams at HQ. They're free to attend and open to all.
There will be a house band all night who welcome anyone to get up with them or switch out the rhythm section. They play from the standard real book repertoire so bring music for anything non typical.
The jams run very informally with people welcome to come and go as they please. If you want to play or sing, just bring along an instrument and get up as and when you fancy playing.
It's a good place to work on improvisation or just listen to some great music.
The Jams will take place at HQ on most Sundays, but may change venue if there are prior bookings in place. Please check ahead by viewing the website, or dropping us a message.

Empty Shop CIC
35c Framwellgate Bridge
Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ
United Kingdom

Jazz Co op - http://jazz.coop/

Kim Macari and Paul Edis take five

Trumpeter Kim Macari and pianist Paul Edis are two Northern musicians among eight included in the this year's edition of jazz initiative "Take Five".

Organised by jazz promoters Serious, Take Five is aimed at giving talented young jazz artists the chance to take time out and develop their music and business.

The twelfth edition will run until the summer of 2017 and provide participants with one-to-one mentoring sessions to address their particular areas of need, as well a residential period for exploring areas such as composition, performance, communications, business infrastructure and strategic direction.

Vanessa Reed, PRS for Music Foundation chief executive, said: ‘Congratulations to the eight talented jazz musicians that have been selected for this year’s Take Five Edition XII.

‘It’s great to see another line-up of exceptional musicians being offered the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other as they take their careers to the next level. I look forward to following the outcomes from the residency early next year.’

Previous recipients included Moses Boyd and Leeds's Chris Sharkey.

A panel of industry experts contributed to the selection process, taking into account the following considerations: creativity, future potential, style of music, range of influences, and distinctive contribution to the jazz community.

The full list of musicians is below:

Olie Brice (Double Bass, East Sussex)
Corrie Dick (Drums, London)
Duncan Eagles (Saxophone, London)
Paul Edis (Piano, North Shields)
Richard Foote (Trombone, Birmingham)
Kim Macari (Trumpet, Leeds/London)
Rebecca Nash (Piano, Birmingham)
Shirley Tetteh (Guitar, London)

Saturday, 12 November 2016

BBC radio pop up 24 hr jazz station

Don't forget to give a listen to the new BBC radio pop up 24 hr jazz station


Or on DAB digital radio as one of the BBC stations

But hurry - it's only on the air 10-14 November!

Will Young reveals his passion for jazz; music legend Sir Van Morrison discusses his relationship with jazz and Neil Cowley celebrates the late, great David Bowie’s influence on the jazz world. Catch up with Hollywood actor Don Cheadle, restaurant critic and writer Jay Rayner and the one and only Gregory Porter.

Maybe give some positive feedback and it might be on the air permanently!

News and festival update from Ribble Valley

Jazzers in Clitheroe & Ribble Valley are delighted with their new opportunities for getting into jazz ; jazz on community radio, and weekly dinner jazz sessions compliment regular successes such as our annual festival.

Ribble FM community radio:
‘Jazz of Ribble FM’, is presented by RVJ&B at 8pm Wed evenings on 106.7 FM or online via Tune In Radio. John presents familiar tunes, announces gigs, and poses quiz questions. At 9pm Gaz introduces contemporary jazz. By end November band director Paul Rigby will be introducing Big Bands Old & New.

Dinner Jazz:
RVJ&B programmes four regular venues for this using local bands. On Thursday 17th November we are trialling Bowland Brewery in  Clitheroe as a weekly lowcost jam session.

Festival Advance News: 
On Friday/Saturday 31st March & 1st April 2017 there is a Preston Jam - RVJ&B’s New Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Fringe event at UCLan, University of Central Lancashire. The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival dates are Thurs. 27th April to Mon.1st May Bands & features so far are Get the Blessing - Jam Experiment - Alexandra Ridout QuintetLancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra - Norma Winstone & Printmakers - Riot Jazz - Soft Machine - Jay Phelps - Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project - Swing Commanders - plus Jam sessions - Street Festival - Buskers Stage & Jazz Vinyl Fest - Bandstand - Poetry etc . More Jazz Festival Gig announcements soon!

mob 07870 908159

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sid's Ahead in Leeds!


Run by bassist Roz Macdonald it will be fortnightly at Sid's Little Egg Bar 28-32 Bridge End, Leeds, near the Adelphi on Leeds Bridge tel +447894084849 and feature a live band (5pm) followed by a jam session 6.15-pm. First band this Sunday features Will Howard tenor sax, Will Blackstone trumpet, Conal Mulvenna guitar, Roz MacDonald bass and Jordan Dinsdale drums


Jon Irabagon, George Colligan, Michael Janisch and Andrew Bain play Hull Jazz

Big names at Hull Jazz this week! The Embodied Hope band with Jon Irabagon – tenor sax, George Colligan – piano, Michael Janisch – double bass, Andrew Bain – drums

Influenced by the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet, Coltrane’s Classic Quartet and the Brian Blade Fellowship, this UK/US supergroup will cover a breadth of music in a high energy, ultra-expressive show. Playing newly-penned originals by Scottish born drummer Andrew Bain, this group will explore the connectivity of the above groups, alongside the lyricism of the Fellowship’s music. With the virtuosity of American pianist George Colligan (long time member of Jack DeJohnette's trio) and the wild creativity of saxophonist Jon Irabagon (Thelonius Monk Competition winner), powered by the long-established bass/drum relationship of Michael Janisch and Andrew Bain, expect the unexpected, underpinned by a deep sense of rhythm and groove.

Wed Nov 9th 8,30pm 
Hull Jazz
Fairfax Suite
Goodfellowship Inn
Cottingham Road
Adm £10 NUS £5

Monday, 7 November 2016

Wimslow Jazz Swing into November

Graham Brook writes
Greg Abate Nov 8th and Nov 17th

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

November 8th:- GREG ABATE (alto sax) with the JOHN PATRICK trio

November 15th:- RON HILLS (trombone) and TONY PIPKIN (trumpet) with the TOM KINCAID trio

November 22nd:- JULIE EDWARDS (vocals), KEVIN DEARDEN (electric bass), ED BARNWELL (keyboard) and TIM FRANKS (drums)

November 29th:- STEVE WATERMAN (trumpet) with MIKE HALL's MESSENGERS

December 6th:- JOHN HALLAM and AMY ROBERTS (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio

And also "Rosie's Jazz and Swing" every third Thursday at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, SK8 5AT 8.30pm £7 on door. (01625) 528336:-

November 17th:- GREG ABATE (alto sax) with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio

Damon Brown Korean Trio at Cinnamon Club

From Neil Hughes

A very special Sunday gig for us - the Damon Brown Korean Trio  Sunday 27th November

Since the release of his 1998 debut album A Rhythm Indicative, Damon Brown has become one of the UK and Europe’s leading Jazz trumpet players and composers. Born in Manchester, he studied the trumpet at Leeds School of Music and at Guildhall School of Music in London.

Throughout his career Damon has played and recorded with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Bjork, Paul Weller and The Specials to name a few. Damon has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East and continues to teach and perform in Europe, Russia and the Far East.

Damon brings his South Korean Trio to the Cinnamon Club. Joining Damon (trumpet and vocals), the trio is completed by Kang Woong (guitar) and Park JinKyo (double bass).

Previous UK appearances with his Korean trio include the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s, and The London and Edinburgh Jazz Festivals.

“Britain’s finest straight-ahead trumpeter” – The Evening Standard

He has a bright and gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack and a fine rhythmic sense.’ – The Guardian.


The Cinnamon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992

November highlights at Scarborough

NOVEMBER 9 Jamil Sheriff Quartet (pictured)
Pianist Jamil Sheriff is Head of Jazz at Leeds College of Music. He is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception.
The group features Josh Kemp, saxes, Dave Walsh, drums and Pete Turner, bass, and has been together since 2012. This tour is promoting their debut album 'Places Like This’, a collection of exciting music that shows off these extremely accomplished musicians. £7 (£6)

NOVEMBER 16 Tina Featherstone
Northern clarinet and tenor sax player Tina is a regular performer at the club, having gained experience with the Stan Kenton tribute band, the New Squadronaires and Tony Faulkener
Big Band. With MG3. £4

NOVEMBER 23 Stuart MacDonald and Matt Ball
Regular performers at the club, Stuart on saxes and Matt on trombone are two of the most widely experienced musicians around. Their combined talents and sounds promise a deeply varied and satisfying evening. With MG3. £5

NOVEMBER 30 Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann
It is 20 years since legendary saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles recorded their
first album together. This evening they are playing music from their latest CD, Stardust, which features improvisations on ‘elegant old standards’. As a display of technical and mental agility these pieces verge on the stupendous, but they also have great charm. £8 (£7)

For more details, go to our website: www.scarboroughjazz.co.uk. Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Wakefield Jazz November gigs

Lilli Unwin 11 November

Wakefield Jazz has a set of 4 varied gigs on Fridays during November.  The versatile John Etheridge is joined by violinist Christian Garrick on 4th; a subset of Sweet Chorus they have more freedom to explore duets beyond the Grapelli / Reinhardt canon.  Always a popular pair  New young singer Lilli Unwin brings her band on 11th.  She features Matt Robinson (a Wakefield lad) on piano and we’re lucky she’ll be bringing him as he has gigs with almost every other band of that generation in London. Both have begun their careers by winning awards. Sadly Corrie Dick can’t make the gig and will be depped by Will Glaser on drums.   The monster tourer Nigel Price brings his guitar quartet with the Hammond B3 organ of Carlo de Wijs from Holland and Alex Garnett on tenor on 18th.   Then the powerful saxophonist Josh Kemp brings a quartet with Steve Fishwick (trumpet) joining him in the front line.  Top musicians Ross Stanley (organ) and Chris Higginbottom (drums) complete this band.

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr at the Globe

Mercury nominated and critically acclaimed folk artist Kathryn Williams has teamed up with revered jazz musician and vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, to create a complete re-imagining of classic jazz standards. The new album 'Resonator' strips away the bombast of previous versions of much loved songs such as "My Funny Valentine" and "Stormy Weather", leaving them exposed and yearning – exuding a dream-like and hypnotic luminosity.

Kathryn and Anthony have revealed true beauty in these old songs, with their fragile delivery both vocally and instrumentally; Williams' signature vocals enriched by soft, lush vibraphones, distant jazz trumpet and double bass.

The pair were introduced six years ago through composer Kate St John, and Anthony went on to play on Kathryn's first release via One Little Indian, 'The Quickening'. They came up with an idea of re-working a collection of jazz standards, and began to put the wheels in motion – meeting up to demo ideas and recreate countless versions of the songs. In Kathryn's words: "I was imagining the songs as tired horses who had been whipped by big egos and we were taking them in, taking off their saddles and setting them free in a field."

Anthony Kerr said of the record: “These songs are often presented in a ‘big’ fashion - with the drama of a large ensemble (big band or orchestra perhaps). I wanted to hear these songs in a much more vulnerable and intimate setting. The songs of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and the like form the backbone of the jazz tradition. We 'jazzers' like to play these tunes in a wide variety of styles and settings. The melodies and harmony is so strong that an infinite variety of possibilities presents itself when considering these songs. They don’t ever seem to get old.”

Kathryn isn't new to unique collaborations. The prolific musician has previously worked and toured with John Martyn, Chris Difford (Squeeze), Bombay Bicycle Club, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, and made two further albums as a member of bands The Crayonettes and The Pond. However, she says that Anthony's knowledge of jazz is boundless in comparison to her own. Kathryn grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker and Charlie Byrd, although she wouldn’t claim to be an aficionado of the genre. And this only serves to make these re-imagined songs more interesting than they ever could have been had we heard two masters of jazz re-write and perform them. Kathryn brings elegance and vulnerability to the record, searching for the heart of every song and laying it bare.

The Globe Newcastle
Sunday 4th December 2016, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Doors for our gigs open 7.30pm.

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

The Generation Big Band

Have you heard about the Generation Big Band? It is Leeds College of Music aim to bring together excellence across all generations of the Yorkshire jazz community.

The band will consist of alumni who are working professionally in the music business, existing LCoM conservatoire students, along with up and coming young musicians who show great potential.

Generation Big Band is a new and exciting project led by Mark Chandler at Leeds College of Music. The band will feature some of the current LCoM students and alumni and also 6 younger musicians. The idea is to bring together different generations of brilliant musicians to form one fantastic band. The fee for young musicians is £125.

LCoM are looking for six talented musicians up to the age of 18 to join this project.  We would expect to receive applications from students aged 14+, although if you are younger and of a high standard on your instrument, please do apply.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 26 November 2016 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 26 November 2016 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Auditionees will be asked to play as part of a small ensemble along with a rhythm section of LCoM students.  Rhythm section auditionees will play as part of a rhythm section.  Music will be provided to read, including a chord progression to improvise over.

To apply, please click the link here https://www.lcm.ac.uk/GenerationBigBand/auditionform

The band will be led by Mark Chandler is one of the top trumpet players in the UK, working internationally and making a living until recently as a session player in London.

Northern Line is back!

Northern jazz artists invited to apply for the 5th edition of Jazz North's innovative touring scheme northern line

Jazz North today opens the application portal for the latest roster of northern line – their flagship scheme for touring which gives promoters the opportunity to programme high quality artists with low financial risk.

Since its launch in 2013, northern line has featured 47 Ambassador Artists who have performed over 450 gigs with 150 promoters and partners across the north of England and beyond.

Selected by an independent panel of musicians, promoters and industry experts, artists recruited to the next round of northern line will benefit from subsidised performance fees, on-going professional development including a 1 day intensive induction and a high profile showcase appearance at Manchester Jazz Festival.

The scheme is open to all artists living and working within the north who meet the key criteria. Artists wishing to apply to the scheme should visit the Jazz North website for more information and guidance on how to apply– www.jazznorth.org/northern-line-round-5/

‘Opening the application portal is an exciting time of year for us. We are always delighted by the quality and creativity of northern jazz artists. The northern line scheme is an opportunity for us to spotlight a selection of artists from the dynamic northern jazz scene and share with a wider audience.’
Nigel Slee – Jazz North Creative Director

The newly recruited roster will be announced in the spring and will cover the touring period between September 1st 2017 and December 31st 2018.  The current touring roster of northern line artists are available for bookings with subsidised performance fees until 31st December 2017.