Friday, 30 December 2016

New Year gigs in Scarborough

Stuart MacDonald & Dennis Rollins Jan 4th

Mike Gordon from Scarborough Jazz writes: here are the Wednesday dates for January at the Cask...

Stuart MacDonald & Dennis RollinsWe kick off the new year with a return of a favourite pairing: Stuart MacDonald on saxes and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two play jazz that is melodic and mellow or exciting and funky and always hugely enjoyable. A perfect antidote to post-Christmas blues. With the MG3: Mike Gordon (piano), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums). £5

Ben LowmanA new regular performer at the club, Ben plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet as well as composing and arranging. He combines a rich full tone with bags of swing and technical agility. With the MG3. £4

Dave Clegg and Friends
Local pianist and arranger Dave Clegg brings his eight-piece band playing a mix of classic standards and cutting edge new arrangements, featuring the sublime vocals of Rich Adams. The line-up with Dave is John Mallinder (alto sax), Ralph Alder (tenor sax), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone) Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). £6

Pete Lyons
An integral part of the Sheffield jazz scene for thirty years, Pete is a saxophonist with a wide range of styles having played a variety of contemporary and experimental music over the years. His major influences include Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Rich Perry.
With MG3. £4

****A message - Scarborough Jazz Committee needs a new treasurer. This is urgent. After eight years in the post and as a valuable committee member Dave Stroud will hand over to someone else in April. Many thanks for all your efforts and support Dave. So is there anyone willing to take on this job and be part of a friendly team keeping jazz live and entertaining in Scarborough. Meetings are three or four times a year at Mike & Marian’s house (and made enjoyable with a glass or two!). Ring Mike on (01723) 379818 if you want more detail.

Russell Corbett's January Tyneside gigs

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Jan 13 Durham Gala

From Russell Corbett, our North East jazz expert writes...

January’s offerings are somewhat less in number than usual but the quality quotient is maintained at several venues across the North East.

Newcastle’s Jazz Café resumes post-Christmas with the Zoë Gilby-Alan Law Duo performing their ‘Beatles and Beyond’ set on Friday 6 January. A week later (13) Hand to Mouth – the duo of Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston – reprise an exceptionally good debut gig late last year focusing on the Ella-Joe Pass partnership. The successful twice monthly jam sessions at the Pink Lane venue continue into 2017 and it’s good to report the launch of a student-led session: the Tom Bearpark Quintet will kick-off the new venture on Thursday 26.  A rare sighting of Triggerlawross (great name!) is on the cards on Jan 20. The piano-led trio of Alan Law, Katy Trigger, bass, and drummer Mattie Ross promises originals and some improvisatory moments. At the end of the month (Friday 27th) recent Birmingham Conservatoire graduates Mark Pringle and Tom Syson play a piano-trumpet duo set.  

Jazz North East resumes its activities with a double helping of all things Dutch. Saturday 21 sees a plethora of improvisers arrive on Tyneside (including veteran percussionist Hans Bennink and bassist Wilbert de Joode) to perform in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café. Sunday afternoon over at the Lit and Phil the Dutch contingent reconvene for the first of two improv sets (the second set begins at seven o’clock).

The Jazz Co-op on Railway Street near the Metro Arena presents the octogenarian piano master Alan Glen (Jan 12) working with regular partners John Pope (bass) and drummer Paul White. Budtet go from strength to strength. Catch the band on Railway Street (Jan 21) to hear recent recruit Lin Lee Wong, piano, and multi instrumentalist Jude Murphy. And jazz Co-op mainstay Debra Milne returns to base on Saturday 28th with her band Jazz Latin Groove.

Sage Gateshead keeps a relatively low profile in the run up to the 2017 Gateshead Jazz Festival (March 31-April 2). One event of interest is Elliot Galvin’s gig at five o’clock, Jan 28. Graeme Wilson takes his quintet to Darlington’s Opus 4 Jazz Club at the Traveller’s Rest (Jan 20).  Teesside’s James Harrison plays a ‘with friends’ gig on Jan 13 at Saltburn Community Hall and earlier in the day at Durham’s Gala Theatre there is the first of the venue’s monthly concerts of the new year. Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord will ensure a sell out. These lunchtime promotions continue to be a remarkable success as month to month the ‘house full’ notices go up weeks in advance.  

Hexham Jazz Club resumes activities with the superb Gerry Richardson Trio. Jan 31, the  Fox Inn on West End Terrace is the place to be (9pm) to hear Richardson, Hammond B3, working with Cumbrian-based altoist Garry Linsley and drummer Adam Sinclair.

Jan 3 Charles Gordon Vermont Hotel NE1 1RQ
Jan 6 Rendezvous Jazz* Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton NE24 8PD
Jan 6 Zoë Gilby & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 6 Mia Webb & Roy Willis New Ship Inn, Cleadon NE34 8DG
Jan 12 Alan Glen Trio Jazz co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jan 13 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jan 13 James Harrison & Friends Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Jan 13 Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 20 Graeme Wilson Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jan 20 Triggerlawross Jazz Café NE1 5DW 
Jan 21 Dutch Treat Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 21 Budtet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jan 22 Going Dutch* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Jan 26 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone NE3 1QL
Jan 26 BABMUS Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 27 Mark Pringle & Tom Syson Jazz Café NE1 4DW
Jan 28 Elliot Galvin Trio Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jan 28 Jazz Latin Groove Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD

Jan 31 Gerry Richardson Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Gigs at Leeds Heart in the new year

Alison Rayner Mar 11

From Lesley Jeffries

We have some exciting gigs coming up for you at Heart in Headingley, Leeds. Here are the confirmed dates:

Fri Jan 13th - the return to Leeds from New Zealand of Mark Donlon who will be bringing his UK quartet featuring graduate LCoM saxman Matt Anderson to this one-off FRIDAY gig.

Sat Jan 21st - our second gig of the year is led by another pianist, (and another LCoM graduate) Ashley Henry. Ashley has played before at HEART, but this is his first band to feature in our programme with him as leader.

Sat Feb 11th - KEEP THIS DAY FREE! We have a very exciting line-up of bands/soloists playing a Benefit for Refugee Charities from lunchtime onwards. There will also be workshops throughout the afternoon and evening, so make sure you are available! Details to follow - late licence.

Sat Mar 11th Alison Rayner Quintet. This is another exciting first for jazz-at-heart. In the week of International Women's Day, we are pleased to be bringing this excellent band led by bassist Alison Rayner to Leeds.

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

January jazz in Wakefield

Trish Clowes "My Iris" 20 January 

Chris DeSaram writes

The Wakefield Jazz year starts with three January gigs:
Jamie Cullum’s favourite guitarist Remi Harris brings his trio on Friday 13th January, Trish Clowes is touring her new album “Iris” and comes with Chris Montague, Ross Stanley and James Maddren on 20th January.   Then a band containing two nominees for rising star in the British Jazz Awards (and the winner), Jam Experiment on Friday 27th January.  Wakefield lad Rory Ingham (trombone) is joined by BBC best young jazz musician Alex Bone (alto) fresh from their appearance at the South Coast Jazz Festival.  

That’s how we like it in Wakefield, variety all the way!

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

New year jazz highlights at Southport's Jazz Cafe

The Music of Dudley Moore 5 May 

2017 sees the return of Jazz Café at The Atkinson and it’s certainly a season to get excited about!
In partnership with Southport Jazz Club, The Atkinson will be showcasing some of the best upcoming jazz artists, culminating in an open mic jazz jam with the guest band. Tickets cost £7 and are limited so early booking is advised. A selection of food will be available to purchase as well as wine and local real ales.

Jamie Brownfield
Thursday 19 January, 8pm

LIPA Big Band
Thursday 16 February, 8pm

Oxley-Meier Guitar Project
Thursday 30 March, 8pm

The Cliff Ray Band
Thursday 27 April, 8pm

There are also two other special gigs to look forward to at the Atkinson:

Chris Dean's The Syd Lawrence Orchestra
Saturday 29 April, 7.30pm
Join the country’s finest big band as they celebrate 50 years thrilling audiences with swing! Formed in 1967, Syd Lawrence formed what was to become the UK’s most successful and longest running big band, performing in theatres all over Europe and regularly featuring on many TV shows such as Les Dawson, Morecambe and Wise, Pebble Mill, Wheel Tappers and Shunters and a Royal Variety performance. Tickets cost £18-24 (information can be found on The Atkinson’s website).

The Jazz of Dudley Moore: Chris Ingham
Friday 5 May, 8pm
Chris Ingham is bringing "Dudley", an album of compositions by the UK jazz (and acting) legend Dudley Moore to Southport and you don’t want to miss it! The emotional range and depth of Dudley's music has an intimate and heartfelt pleasure for all of us. Tickets cost £15 or £30 with 2 course meal (meal information can be found on The Atkinson’s website).

@The Atkinson,
Lord Street,

01704 533 333

Sheffield Jazz's New Year Programme

Cloudmakers Five @ January 20th
From Paul Thomas

The Autumn 2016 season turned out to be a great start for Sheffield Jazz at our new home at Crookes Social Club, with stand-out music enjoyed by excellent attendances with lots of new faces. We're all set to continue this in the 2017, with more outstanding bands lined up for our Spring programme.

The season opens on Friday January 20th, with Jim Hart's Cloudmakers Trio joined by Hannes Riepler on guitar and Antonin Tri Hoang on sax. That international flavour crops up throughout the whole season, with Barry Green's New York Trio (3rd February at the Crucible), the Sirkis / Bialis International Quartet (17th March) and when Hannes Riepler returns with his own quartet featuring New York's Chris Cheek on 21st April.

A second strong theme this season is to highlight great musicians who rework the music of some of the greats who changed the face of Jazz. On 31st March we have the Tony Kofi Quartet featuring a Homage to Ornette Coleman, and on 10th March we have the Tom Harrison quartet featuring Cleveland Watkiss celebrating Duke Ellington's work with Billy Strayhorn. On 27th January the Tommaso Starace quartet explore the music of Cannonball Adderley while on 12th May we welcome Denys Baptiste as he celebrates the late work of John Coltrane.

We've not forgotten the UK's rising stars either. On 24th March at the Crucible we're excited to stage the widely acclaimed Jasper Hoiby's Fellow Creatures Quintet, featuring Mark Lockheart on sax and Laura Jurd on trumpet. On 10th February we have an exciting night with Jazz Messenger one-time protégé Jean Toussaint as he carries on Blakey's work in developing emerging talent. This is followed by the USA West-Coast influenced Allison Neale Quintet on 17th February while Sheffield favourite Jay Phelps brings his quartet here on 28th April. Finally, the Matt Ridley Quartet completes the whole season with his excellent band featuring Jason Yarde on sax and John Turville on 19th May.

Crookes Social Club, Sheffield S10 1TD.
Crucible Studio, Tudor Square, Sheffield S1 1DA.

More details about all these gigs in Sheffield Jazz’s season at:

January jazz in Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme

Gilad Atzmon Jan 31 
From Graham Brook

Here follow our listings for January in both Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme.

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" 
January 3rd:- LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone), TONY ORMESHER (guitar), ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboard), FRANK GRIME (bass)

January 10th:- THE MAGIC BEANS (Zoe Kyoti, Uli Elbracht and Matt Owens)



January 31st:- GILAD ATZMON (alto sax) with the TOM KINCAID TRIO

February 7th:- ALAN BARNES and JOHN HALLAM (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID TRIO

Every Tuesday night at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, SK9 5EG. Show starts 8.30pm. £7 on door. (01625) 528336

"Rosie's Jazz and Swing" 
January 19th:- THE SUEYO CARMEL QUINTET featuring TONY ORMESHER (guitar)

Every third Thursday of the month at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, SK8 5AT. Show starts 8.30pm. £7 on door. (01625) 529336

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Ken Ford RIP

Sad to hear of the passing of Ken Ford from Hull Jazz. Ken had organised the weekly club in Hull since 1983, originally at the Howarth Arms and latterly at the Goodfellowship on Cottingham Road. The 2017 Hull City of Culture will be a fitting memorial to his work playing and promoting live music in the City

Kens funeral will be at 10.30am Thursday 29th December at the large crematorium, Chanterlands Avenue Hull HU5 3TS. The wake afterwards will be at the Kenilworth Suite, Goodfellowship Arms in Cottingham Road  HU5 4AT. There will be a musical tribute to him.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Groovin' at the Grove

From Brian Whittington

On Sunday 18th Dec we welcome the George MacDonald Trio to The Grove in Leeds. This recently formed band are a heavy swinging jazz outfit led by talented pianist George MacDonald, with Jack Garside on double bass, and Jordan Dinsdale on drums. They ' ll be playing a mix of jazz standards and latin numbers, and their own inventive renditions of some festive tunes to start Xmas week off with a swing. So come and join us !

Support from Abtuse from 8 pm. Featured band at 9 pm

For details contact

The Grove Inn is on Back Row, off David Street, off Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5PL

New Year Jazz programme at the Howard Assembly Room

New Sanctuary - Fri 27 January

The Howard Assembly Room in Leeds excel in putting on a varied programme of classical and world music, film and speakers. In jazz, too, they have high energy improvisation in the shape of stellar New York trio Douglas – Ribot – Ibarra, Grammy Award-winning pianist and University of Leeds alumnus Bill Laurance, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen with Trio Mediaeval and jazz giant Courtney Pine joining forces with neo soul trailblazer Omar.

New Sanctuary: Douglas - Ribot - Ibarra : Fri 27th Jan 2017
New Sanctuary brings together three of New York’s most protean improvisers: Dave Douglas on trumpet, Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn) on guitar and Susie Ibarra on drums and electronics. The group plays an energetic and lyrical new composition by the relentlessly inventive Douglas, improvising with new sounds and approaches.

Bill Laurance : Mon 6th Mar 2017
Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer; a world-renowned multi instrumentalist, composer and producer dubbed a ‘jazz maestro’ by The Guardian. Bill has released four albums to date as a leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, project, duo and as a solo pianist.

Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval : Wed 8th Mar 2017
Trio Mediaeval continuously re-interpret the ancient music of religious orders and the folk music of Nordic lands. Their shimmering luminous sound joins with Arve Henriksen’s hushed trumpet and live electronics to unforgettable and spine-tingling effect. Their new programme Rímur explores the mediaeval musical line between Norway and Iceland, with chants and folk songs from both countries including 14th Century vespers and ancient folk songs.

Roberto Fonseca: Fri 10th Mar 2017
Pulsing percussion and bolshie brass revolve around Fonseca's exuberant piano in an exhilarating extension of the music of his homeland. Not since Orlando López’s ground-breaking 2001 release Cachaíto has Cuban music been made to sound so fresh as in Fonseca’s ‘Electro Cha’, ‘Son Beat’ and ‘Mambo Afro’.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Sun 12th Mar 2017
Penguin Cafe brings together a group of musicians from the likes of Suede and Gorillaz, led by Arthur Jeffes, the son of Penguin Cafe Orchestra founder Simon Jeffes. Combining minimalist compositions with the freeform structure of jazz and Latin, African and American world sounds, their sound combines acoustic power and the inventive charm of Jeffes himself.

Courtney Pine featuring Omar. Thu 20th Apr 2017
Jazz giant Courtney Pine’s style integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass with soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean. For his latest project, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. Alongside him is UK soul vocalist Omar, whose 1992 hit single 'There’s Nothing Like This' established his truly unique sound, earning him widespread critical acclaim

Howard Assembly Room 
46 New Briggate

Fluid Orchestra celebrate Jazz North East's 50th

From Wes Stephenson

Who'd have believed it? Started back in 1966 with a concert by Earl 'Fatha' Hines, this year Jazz North East has been celebrating its 50th birthday.

And we couldn't let our special year come to a close without putting on something really extra special. Early in the year we decided that we wanted to create an entirely new band drawing on some of the most imaginative improvising musicians across the North, and we came up with a 12-piece line-up that must surely be unique in its composition, with theremin, violin and vibes sitting alongside the more conventional horns and rhythm section. Add Zoë Gilby's amazing vocal talents, and we have an orchestra with extraordinary creative potential.

Then, to make the best of that potential, we commissioned music from Graham Hardy, Corey Mwamba, Roller Trio's James Mainwaring, and the collaborative pairings of Faye MacCalman & Graeme Wilson, and Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion, giving us five new compositions reflecting the five decades of our existence. The orchestra have been rehearsing and refining the music since September, and now, for the very last concert of our anniversary year, everything will be revealed in all its remarkable glory!

The 12 piece orchestra comprises of Musicians predominantly based in Tyne and Wear and the North of England, or having very strong links with the location. Five pieces of music have been commissioned and written by members of the Orchestra, with each piece representing a decade of Jazz North East, which will be followed by an Improvisation to reflect the future.

But why the 'Fluid' Orchestra? Well, in part because we believe that the instrumental combination allows for an unprecedented flexibility, fluidity, in approach. But also we're so excited by the project that we hope to keep this going in future years, although probably with evolving changes in personnel to stimulate new creative challenges. It's a fluid concept, and it starts right here at the Black Swan.

Admission £ 13 ( £ 10 concessions)
Zoe Gilby
Steve Hanley
Mark Williams
Johnny Richards
James Mainwaring
Graham Hardy
Graeme Wilson
Faye MacCalman
Corey Mwamba
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez
Andy Champion
Aby Vulliamy


Tuesday 13 Dec
Black Swan
67 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Doors are at 8.00pm,

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Seven Jazz Leeds Spring 2017 season goes live!

 Cloudmakers "Five" Jan 19th

 Seamus Blake Feb 9th 

Seven Jazz Leeds are really pleased to announce our collaboration with the Love Pass Music to offer you the very best of jazz music coming to Leeds. These are our concerts in our Leeds international jazz series at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds over the next three months. You can buy a season ticket for all six evening concerts here:  

Jim Hart and Cloudmakers "Five"
Thursday 19 January 2017 Doors open 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

The first evening concert is Paris based vibraphone supremo Jim Hart and his group Cloudmakers “Five” on Thursday January 19th 2017.  The group features MOBO award nominated American bassist Mike Janisch and special guests Antonin-Tri Hoang (France) on alto sax and Hannes Reipler (Austria) on guitar. Their music draws from such diverse musical worlds—including free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation. Support is from the Jean Watson sextet. Tickets here

Seamus Blake 
Thursday 9 February 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

We welcome back to Seven Jazz for New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake, who is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. He has been a feature on the New York scene for 20 years, especially as a featured soloist with the Mingus Big Band who has performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. With James are Ross Stanley on Hammond organ, James Maddren on drums. The gig is a collaboration between Seven Jazz, Norvoljazz network and Kim Macari's Apollo and will be recorded for BBC Radio. Support is from Sam Quintana's "Wandering Monster". Tickets here

Dave Kane's Magic Ya-Ya Band
Thursday 23 February 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Leeds bassist Dave Kane is rightly gaining international recognition for his playing and compositions. His Magic YaYa Band are an octet of players from the burgeoning Leeds jazz scene. They have a great groove and feature punchy and brassy unison passages that led into some collective improvisation and then into individual solos. Support is from Phil Green's Quiet Jazz project. Tickets here

The Music of Duke Ellington featuring Cleveland Watkiss  
Thursday 9 March 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

The Music of Duke Ellington featuring Cleveland Watkiss (vocals) and Tom Harrison (sax) will be a joyful celebration of the music of the jazz legend Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn. The band features internationally recognised vocal star Cleveland Watkiss, whose credits include, Stevie Wonder, The Who and many more, as well as MOBO nominee David Lyttle and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. Support is from the Jeff Hewer Quartet.Tickets here

Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams "Glow Quartet" 
Thursday 23 March 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams bring generations and styles of musicians/music together in a fascinating encounter on Thursday March 23rd. The Glow Quartet features these two exceptional musicians, Trish on tnor saxophone and Gareth on piano in an interactive band that combines the good stuff from both more traditional improvised jazz music and contemporary ideas. Support is from the Seven Jazz Voices Choir conducted by Tessa Smith. Tickets here

Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra
Thursday 27 April 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Jazz pannist Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra will feature Leeds own steel pan maestro Dudley Nesbitt with the brilliant Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra to perform a special programme at Seven Arts showcasing the jazz steel pan. Dudley was the arranger for Steel Orchestras in Panorama in his native Trinidad, their equivalent of the Proms. This evening will be a chance for Dudley to play with the young musicians of the Leeds College of Music in their award winning Big Band led by tenor saxman, staff member and alumnus Rob Mitchell. Support is from the Pan Workshop band. Tickets

Each of the evening concerts listed will be at Seven Arts Leeds,31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Evening concerts start at 8pm and finish at 11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. There will be a support act between 8 and 8.30 for each concert featuring a new group from the Leeds area.

Our first Sunday afternoon concert of the New Year is on Sunday afternoon @Seven Arts, Sunday Jan 8th 2017 1.30-4pm featuring Dave Mannington's "Riff Raff" and featuring some of the UK's finest artists working in contemporary jazz: Brigitte Beraha - vocals, Tomas Challenger - Sax, Ivo Neame - Piano/accordion, Rob Updegraff - guitar, Dave Manington - Bass, Tim Giles - Drums. Tickets here

Further information on all Seven Arts events is available on 
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December and January jazz line up at Cullingworth

Marlena Rose Wed Dec 7th

Dave Lee writes

These are the line ups for December's jazz gigs at Cullingworth Conservative Club

Dec 7 Marlena Rose (vocals) with Chris Lloyd (keys) Steve Crocker (bass) Jack Chandler (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Dec 14 Emily Brown (vocals) with Martin Longhawn (keys) Sam Jackson (bass) Rod Mason (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Dec 21 Georgina Barr (vocals) with Mike Conliffe (keys) Roz Macdonald (bass) Brendan Duffy (sax) and Dave Lee (drums)

Dec 28 No Jazz

Jan 4 Joyce Bryant (vocals) with Mike Conliffe (keys) Brian Jackson (bass) Tony Siwek (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Jan 11 Michaela Smith (vocals) with Paul Conway (keys) Phil Kampen (bass) Stuart Macdonald (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas and new Year Jazz at the Spa

Harlem Hot Stompers 17 Dec

Les and the team from Boston Spa write..

Please find attached the Christmas and New Year programme. Doesn’t time pass quickly when you are having fun! Compliments of the Season from  us all at Jazz in the Spa!

17th Dec– Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – the annual shindig which has proved to be one of the special gigs of the year. The customary mix of rip roaring traditional jazz from the Stompers plus delectable savouries and sweet treats provided by yourselves and shared around plus the special Christmas raffle. A really great start to the Festive Season!
24th and 31st – No Jazz    

7th January – Savannah Jazz Band – the traditional start to the New Year with Yorkshire’s finest in sparkling form and raring to go after the holiday break. Always a lively session with band and audience determined to sweep away the “post-festive blues.” Traditional jazz par excellence with a smattering of R & B for good measure.

14th January Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars – new to Boston Spa is this professional six piece group from London led by Richard who has appeared previously with his partner, Amy Roberts – both former members of the Chris Barber Band. On this occasion, the music is from a different era from the Roberts/Exall Quintet being vintage jazz, jump jive and swing. Sounds like a really lively session. £10

21st – Alligator Gumbo  recommended to us is this spirited and versatile eight piece group based in Leeds which specialises in “jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing era in the 1920s” when jazz music featured such instruments as the violin and accordion as well as clarinet and those familiar to us. Young musicians with a zest for life.

28th - Kid Boyd Jazz Band A more than welcome return for one of our longest serving groups following a period of absence from the music scene. Always a favourite of the Boston Spa audience, Martin’s back with his stalwarts – Frank Brooker on reeds, James Lancaster on trumpet and our favourite drumming man, Rod McNamara. Looking forward to a cracking evening.

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds, LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Saturday Traditional/Mainstream Jazz.

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Xmas jazz at the UCC


Lucienne is a singer of beautiful French Chansons taking her inspiration from Lucienne
Delyle... She also sings jazz standards and cabaret with an array of talented pianists, performing
under the name of "Toujours Lucienne"
http://www.facebook/lucienne de ville

Tony is a reeds player who is equally at home playing traditional jazz or modern jazz. He has
been on the local circuit for more years than he cares to remember and he makes a welcome return
to the UCC. He plays all the reed instruments from clarinet through to baritone sax all with the same
drive and eloquence.

Admission is free, as usual, and drinks are reasonably priced with a different guest beer every
week. There is ample car parking space which is overseen by CCTV.

21.12.16      The Limehouse Laundry Boys

All 9.00pm –11.00pm

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


ParrJazz Yuletide Bugle..

Stringer Jones and the BuzzTones 20 Dec

From John McCormick

"Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire, Jack Frost nipping at Your toes"..... That evocative opening line from the great Mel Torme classic "The Christmas Song" tells us it's that time again! Yep, this is the Yuletide Edition of the " ParrJazz Bugle". Would you believe ! .....another busy jazz packed year's drawing to a close here at  'ParrJazz Towers' (aka Frederiks Bar and Bistro @ 32 Hope St. Liverpool L1 9BX ).  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun !

Anyway if you're feeling.....'Baby It's Cold Outside' quote another winter song !....Anyway don't let your timbers shiver  - at least not on  Tuesdays   -   just come on down and wallow in the 'winter wonderland' that is 'cool' and 'hot' at the same time . The only place that can possibly be is of course - 'ParrJazz @ Fred's' !

To get us in the festive mood we start the month on the 6th December with a bunch of groovemeisters guaranteed to have us tapping our feet while we're digging some fantastic sounds .    It's " THE GOLDIE GANG "!  Dave , family and friends with their marvellous mix of Jazz, Blues & Rock 'n Roll!

On the 13th. December  time for a real ...."and now for something completely different" experience !
Our special guest that night is new to us  - a wonderfully talented vocalist with a quirky take on life.
We welcome to the club  -  Ms. LUCY HOPE !  Maybe we should say M'mselle as she sings mostly in French !  Oo La La ..Left field but Fab !

Which builds us up nicely to our Annual Shindig ! - Yes it's here again and the date for your diary is the 20th Dec  ********** "THE PARRJAZZ CHRISTMAS PARTY " ! **************
Bigger and better than ever !  It's gonna be fun packed, guest packed & jam packed....full of jazzy goodies !As always 'The House Bandits', Danny, Tony & Johnny Mac will be in residence plus this year we're bringing in another jazzy crew guaranteed to blow you away   - "STRINGER JONES & THE BUZZTONES "! These funky funsters really know how to party &  make merry while making great music too !

Lots of other guests dropping in , including many of our talented jammers who have supported us and joined in the fun all year  -  to play , sing, dance , eat our  famous mince pies , sample  our mulled wine and party party party ! As we hope you all will !! Maybe even Santa himself will call in ahead of his 'Big Gig' make sure we've all been 'really good'  boys  and  girls!

And that's not all for 2016 to chase away those 'post Christmas Blues and say goodbye to the old year in style   -   Tuesday 29th. is time for another of our now traditional events. "The ParrJazz  Twixmas  Get Together "!  Featuring Star Guests headed up by the  'Pied Piper of Aigburth' himself  -  the one and only "BUSTER" Plus this year we're making our farewell to the old year a special Charity Event to raise funds for worthy causes both local and global

From all the Team at ParrJazz."We Love You Madly"  - Have a Cool Yule & a Great 2017 .

Parr Jazz
32 Hope Street

Check the Parrjazz website for April Listings-

Monday, 5 December 2016

Paul Smith's jazz collective gigs in December

Derrick Harris Dec 4th

Wednesday at the Head of Steam 8.30pm
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB

Dec 7th – Rod Mason (sax), Jez Platt (guitar)

Dec 14th – Laurie Briggs (vocals) Andy Wallis (sax)

Dec 21st/28th no gig

Support the music with raffle participation


Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar 1pm 
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Dec 4th - The Derrick Harris Trio 

Dec 11th - The Jez Platt Combo 

Dec 18th - Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook -

Dec 25th - no gig

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Paul Smith

Drawing Hands and Treppenwitz new album releases

Leeds based Drawing Hands are performing some of the most interesting music in the North of England jazz scene at present. Led by composer and double-bassist Sam Jackson. They perform original music inspired by 17th century counterpoint, traditional English folk and 21st century jazz. Their new album "March" is out today on James Hamilton's New Jazz Record label.

Dan Barker-Bey - Tenor Saxophone
Jack Chandler - Alto saxophone
Sam Jackson - Double bass
Harry Orme - Acoustic guitar

Video here:

Treppenwitz is a project dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of sounds within open structures. It was formed in January 2014 after (though not because) a Philadelphian drummer, Matthew McGraw, left the city of Leeds. The music they make can be seen as an indirect response to this. This night sees the launch of their new release, Short and Long Ditties.

Matthew Aplin - Piano
Steve Hanley - Drums
Tom Rivière - Double Bass

New Jazz Records was formed by James Hamilton in mid 2014 to document the creative output of jazz artists around the north of England. To record, release and promote original recordings by practitioners at the beginning of their careers.

The joint album launch is on Tuesday 6th December at Headingley Heart 7.30pm start

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Jazz date at Southport's Jazz Cafe

Naomi Webber

India writes..

September saw the opening of Jazz Café at The Atkinson in Southport! A wonderful affair in partnership with Southport Jazz Club with performances from the best upcoming jazz artists, culminating in an open mic jazz jam with the guest band. The monthly events have proven a success with sell out shows every time and will be continuing as part of The Atkinson’s programme in 2017. Hoorah!

Jazz Café: Naomi Webber – Christmas Special Thu 15 December, 7.30pm
For this Christmas special Naomi will perform jazz songs associated with the festive season and jazz versions of Christmas songs, accompanied by the other members of Trio Nay and local guests including the committee of Southport Jazz Club! Please note: due to high demand the Jazz Café Christmas Special has been moved into the Studio, food will be available to purchase. Tickets £5

Plus plus - a date for future
The Jazz of Dudley Moore: Chris Ingham Fri 5 May, 8pm
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1962, Chris was supplanted to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk aged ten. He played drums in the school punk band, violin in the school orchestra and guitar in the school Dixieland band. It’s been a bit like that ever since. He is bringing Dudley, a sixteen-track quartet album of Dudley Moore compositions to Southport. Part of Southport Festival. Tickets £15 / £30 including 2 course pre-show meal and glass of wine

The Atkinson
Lord Street
01704 533 333

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Busy season at Newcastle's Globe

It's the season to be busy and enjoy lots of live music, dancing and going out with friends. We have a packed programme for December at The Globe.

On Sunday 4 December we host the northern launch of the remarkable new album of jazz standards re-imagined by Kathryn Williams and Anthony Kerr.

Two popular local bands play the following week: Blue Jazz Quartet on 10 December and Mark Williams Trio in 15 December. 

Then on Saturday 17 December American singer songwriter Vienna D’Amato Hall does a solo gig.

Thursday 22 December is the Jazz.Coop party - all welcome - and the month ends with another party featuring the infamous Smokin' Spitfires.

We also have our regular Folk and Acoustic night on 1 December and Indigo Jazz Voices on 8 December. And every Wednesday there is the Take it to the Bridge jam session.

All in all, plenty of reasons to visit The Globe.

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

Grimsby Jazz Christmas Special

Gill Wilde writes

For our final gig of 2016 on Wednesday, 7th December, Grimsby Jazz will present the Pat McCarthy Christmas All-stars at the Old Clee Club in Clee Crescent.

Pat McCarthy himself  needs no introduction to local jazz fans.  The guitarist has been a firm favourite locally for many years and has a long established reputation throughout Britain.

Pat will have with him his regular trio – with John Perry on drums and Warren Jolly on bass, and also will feature guest vocalist Shannon Reilly, and popular local trumpeter Thom Whitworth. If that is not enough the multi-talented Canadian Piero Tucci will also join the ensemble on saxophone, piano and accordion.  Piero had a fine career in music in Toronto, performing with the Drifters, 5th Dimension and James Brown among others, before upping sticks a dozen years ago to move to Sheffield.  In Sheffield he features on the University staff between his bouts performing with many of the greats of jazz – Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, Digby Fairweather Humphrey Lyttleton, Georgie Fame et al!

The evening will kick off earlier than usual – at 8pm, with three sets of music instead of the usual two.  Tickets will be available on the door for £14 but can be obtained for a £2 discount if booked in advance through Gill Wilde (01472 873730) or Off The Beaten Track (01507 607677) As always, students are half price. Jazz membership is available which will be deducted from ticket price.

Z'at you Santa?

Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles 1 Dec
Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra 11 Dec
Em Brown Quintet 4 Dec

The Christmas season is upon us, and Seven Jazz Leeds have lots to entertain you. The fun starts on the first day of the month (Thursday 1 December 8pm) with Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles at Seven Arts in Leeds. Saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles are iconic figures on the UK jazz scene composing and playing in their own distinctive contemporary styles. The Seven Jazz introduces support for this gig is "Drawing Hands" - a Leeds-based quartet performing original music inspired by 17th century counterpoint, traditional English folk and 21st century jazz: Alto Saxophone - Jack Chandler, Tenor Saxophone - Dan Barker-Bey , Acoustic Guitar - Harry Orme ,Double Bass - Sam Jackson

Sun Dec 4: Emily Brown Quintet @Inkwell 1.30pm
Emily Brown vocals, Rod Mason sax, Martin Longhawn piano, Colin Sutton bass, Dave Lee drums £9/7 concessions, NUS £5, kids under 16 free
A classically-trained musician, and Otley GP, Emily Brown has now been singing on the jazz circuit for 20 years to much acclaim. She will be performing with her quintet featuring popular saxophonist Rod Mason. Music: 

Sun Dec 11 :Ronnie Bottomley’s Jazz Orchestra Christmas special @Seven Arts 1.30pm
Jonny Faull, Bill Charleson, Joel Purnell, Andy Cox, Tony Denton; Trumpets: Dale Gibson, Gareth Smith, Trevor Vincent, Ian Chalk; Trombones: Lee Hallam, Brian Archer, Kevin Holborough, Richard Jones; Piano: Graham Hearn; Guitar: Derrick Harris; Bass: Adrian Knowles; Drums: Dave Walsh. £10/8 (NUS £5)
The music this band plays is founded firmly in the classic big band repertoire but also includes modern arrangements of Ronnie's creation and the occasional nod towards the contemporary jazz scene. Will Ronnie dress up as Santa for our Jazz Christmas Special? There will be festive hats!

Sun Dec 18 Inkwell Christmas Jazz Café@Inkwell 1.30pm 
(£7/5 concessions. Concessions includes performers)
The Seven Jazz Voices Choir conducted by Tessa Smith and the Seven Jazz workshop band led by Dom Moore and Tom Sharp will be doing their Christmas performances - then there will a jam session supported by a trio of Pete Rosser piano, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Hanley on drums. Bring your horn or your voice and join in our Christmas jam session – or just come along and watch the fun!

Tickets for our concerts are available on the door, or in advance at any Seven Jazz gig, or online at our Ticketsource booking site - here

Seven Jazz Extra! 
Seven Jazz Inkwell Divawith Ros Lewis - @Inkwell Sat 3 December 1.30-3.30pm
The December Inkwell Diva is popular jazz and blues singer Ros Lewis with Joe Boyes on piano, Steve Crocker on bass and Steve Mullarky on drums. Lovely vegetarian food too! Free

Seven Jazz Rush Hour Jazz with Dave Evans (piano) and Thanda Gumede (vocals)  - @Seven Arts  Wed 21 Dec 6-7pm
Thanda Gumede, is a self-trained vocalist, member of the touring free-lance cast known as Zulu Tradition all the way from Durban South Africa. Dave Evans is a big band leader, tutor and festival organiser, pianist with the Fruit Tree project. Come and here some lovely tunes to inspire you! Steve Crocker is on bass, Dom Moore on drums. Rush Hour jazz is every third Wednesday of each month in Seven Arts bar. Pay what you feel collection.

Venues and information 
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

See you soon at Seven Jazz!

Line up for Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017

 Tomasz Stanko
Clare Teal

Jackie Thompson writes

The global reach of jazz and the sheer range of music in today’s jazz scene are the threads that run through Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017. The festival presents a mix of artists from Cuba, South Africa, Cameroon and throughout Europe alongside artists from the UK and USA. The festival runs at Sage Gateshead from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2017. Tickets go on sale on Friday 2 December.

In the tradition… Clare Teal and her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra (led by Guy Barker) open next year’s festival in a programme of timeless songs from the standards repertoire. A more intimate approach to the art of vocal jazz is reflected in the collaboration between GRAMMY-winning pianist Alan Broadbent and singer Georgia Mancio, whilst the legacy of the jazz and swing big band continues to light the fire of young musicians in a collision between three of Europe’s finest – our own National Youth Jazz orchestra re-visiting their meeting with Germany’s BuJazzO and now joined by the NJJO (Netherlands Youth Jazz Orchestra).  The story of a basement bar in Soho that became one of the world’s most famous jazz venues is told by the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, with anecdote, visuals and live band.

Sounds of tomorrow...Topping the bill on Saturday night are GoGo Penguin and Shobaleader One. Miles Mosley has been described as the “Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass”.  Neil Cowley is an original talent whose series of piano trio albums are remarkable for their individual approach .

Jazz Africa/Jazz Cuba...Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings combines with a band of South Africa’s finest young players. The exquisite voice and irresistible basslines of Cameroonian Richard Bona features his exuberant Mandekan Cubano Project, whilst the trio of fast-rising pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, draws inspiration from a rich Cuban heritage.

European Legends...The festival welcomes celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, a seminal figure in the evolution of jazz in the 60s, with Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila and US rhythm pairing of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gerald Cleaver.   The festival also welcomes Amsterdam’s ten-strong ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra led by the iconic drummer Han Bennink. The Orchestra has been probing the boundaries of jazz for four decades.

UK and Europe today...  Award-winning trumpeter/composer Laura Jurd is one of the British jazz stories of recent years.  She returns to Sage Gateshead with her quartet Dinosaur in a concert also featuring Norwegian tuba virtuoso and composer Daniel Herskedal and his trio. Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes presents her new project My Iris in a double bill with influential saxophonist Stan Sulzmann performing here in duo with pianist Nikki Iles.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 2 December, 10am online at or by calling 0191 443 4661.