Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New Jazz Sessions 2017 @ The Grove Inn Leeds

The monthly gigs in October, November and December at Leeds Grove Inn  have started to show some of the fresh jazz talent on the Leeds music scene. The bands playing in the new year promise to build on that reputation.

Sunday 22nd Jan – King and I
Adding new ideas and arrangements to the benefits of an established band , King and I come to reconnect with the Grove, “one of our favourite small jazz venues”, where they played at the old Grove Jazz Club. And they play jazz you will know . But with vocals and lead trombone , they bring a distinctly different style to the party.
Sammy King – Vocals
Steve Simkins – Trombone
Les France – Drums
Joe Kent – Keyboard
Ruth Ker – Double Bass

Sunday 19th Feb - The Jeff Hewer Quintet
A line up of talented Leeds College of Music alumni who are establishing, both as individuals and as a band, a growing reputation in Leeds and beyond. Jeff is a jazz guitarist and composer from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Leeds. The band plays his original material as well as their arrangements of jazz standards, matching exciting group interplay with modern jazz styles and grooves.
Jeff Hewer – Guitar
Steve Hanley – Drums
Eliot Richards – Tenor Sax
Alex Podraza – Piano
Tom Riviere – Bass

Sunday 19th March – Phil Green’s Quiet Jazz Project
This promises to be an intriguing evening of music. Phil Green offers the following taster: “In an increasingly noisy world, the Quiet Jazz Project offers a respite, a brief period of calm. We have been exploring ways of physically playing our instruments very quietly, and ways of playing and interacting as a group, to produce an overall effect of quietness. And yes we really do have 2 electric guitars, a trumpet and drums ! Come and see what it ‘s all about. You may be surprised.....” The band play their own compositions, jazz standards , and free improvisation.
Phil Green – Trumpet\Flugel
Les Goldman – Tenor Sax\Bass Clarinet
Jonathan Lindh – Violin
Jeff Hewer and Jules Marley – Guitars
Sam Quintana  – Bass
Dom Moore – Drum

Sunday 23rd April – Jiannis Pavlidis Trio
This month an international talent leads a new young band. Jiannis has performed and recorded with greats such as David Liebman, Adam Nussbaum and Greg Hutchinson. His “Migration “ album, through FMR records was released all over Europe and the USA. He is based in Leeds and as a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, he encourages the developing talent of jazz students and alumni by bringing them into his projects. This trio comprises alumni bassist Sam Quintana and LCM student Jordan Dinsdale, on drums. They play original material and their own take on jazz standards.

All the gigs include a support set from the house band : Abtuse
Brian Whittington – Tenor Sax
Alex Celik – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Joe Wistow – Keys
Steve Hemsworth – Guitar
Trev Prinn – Bass Guitar/Double Bass
John Bradford - Drums

For details contact

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

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