Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Dave Brennan and Trish Heenan in Doncaster

Dave Brennan's New Orleans Jazzmen 9 March 

From Brian Askew

Just a quick reminder on our forthcoming programme

On Thurs 9 March 17 we present the renowned 'Dave Brennan's Jubilee Jazz Band' 

On Thurs 23 March 17 we feature the sweet sound of the 'Trish Heenan Quartet'

Please note our new start times, the band will now be on stage for two performances starting at 8/8.15 pm finishing around 10.45pm. Please come along and show your support.

‘Jazz into Doncaster’ present their Programme at The Doncaster Conservative Club, 22 South Parade, Doncaster. DN1 3ET on the second and fourth Thursdays in the month except Bank Holiday weeks.
Entrance on Waterdale, doors open 7.00 pm.

Friday, 24 February 2017

North East Jazz date and venue list for March

Chris Sharkey Mar 8/22nd

North east gigs – March

Mar 2 Safe Sextet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Mar 2 Mississippi Dreamboats St Joseph’s CMS Club, Birtley DH3 1LJ
Mar 3-5 Great North Big Band Jazz Festival Park View Comm Centre Chester le Street DH3 3PZ
Mar 3 Pete Tanton’s Riviera Quartet Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Mar 3 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 4 Café Society* St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington DL3 7TG
Mar 4 Blind Monk Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Mar 5 Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston + Chris Cundy Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Mar 8 Chris Sharkey Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 9 Gerry Richardson Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 9 Riviera Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Mar 10 James Harrison Trio* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Mar 10 Pat McCarthy Quartet Edmundbyers Village Hall, Consett DH8 9NL
Mar 10 Swing, Strings & Sir Tom Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Mar 10 Gabriele Heller & Steve Glendinning Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 12 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 12 Pat McCarthy Quartet Newbiggin in Teesdale DL12 0TX
Mar 12 Kit Downes & Tom Challenger Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Mar 14 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 15 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Core Music, Hexham NE46 3NJ
Mar 16 Early Bird Band Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 16 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Mar 17 Diachronicx* Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Mar 17 Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra Middlesbrough Theatre TS5 6SA
Mar 17 Snake Davis Blackhall Mill Community Centre, Blackhall NE17 7TQ
Mar 17 James Taylor Quartet Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees TS18 1AT
Mar 17 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Mar 17 Tom Riviere Family Band Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 18 Jazz Record Requests* Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Mar 18 Not Now Charlie + Riviera Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 18 Triggerlawross Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Mar 19 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band w Scarlet Street* Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Mar 19 Dean Stockdale Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Mar 22 Chris Sharkey Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 23 Archipelago* King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU
Mar 24 Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche* Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP
Mar 24 James Harrison & Caroline Bagley Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 26 Dougie Pugh Quartet Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 27 Barnard Castle School Wind Band + Mick Donnelly’s All Star Jazzers Barnard Castle
            School DL12 8UN
Mar 28 Jonathan Silk’s Fragment Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Mar 31 Triptych* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Mar 31 Evil Usses Bar Loco NE1 4PG    

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise

Jazz in the North East this March

Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston, Bridge Hotel Newcastle Mar 5th 

From Russell Corbett

The first long weekend in March marks the return of the annual Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (Mar 3-5). For many years staged in Sunderland, this 2017 edition will take place in nearby Chester le Street. More than thirty big bands will converge on Park View Community Centre located just off Front Street.

Daniel John Martin returns to the region renewing acquaintance with Swing Manouche. The Paris-based violinist has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Mick Shoulder’s Hot Club-inspired outfit and a four-date mini tour is likely to attract full houses in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. The dates for the diary – Jazz Café, Newcastle Mar 14th, Core Music, Hexham 15th, Empty Shop, Durham 16th, Traveller’s Rest, Darlington 17th. One week later – Mar 24 – Swing Manouche will be at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (minus Martin) to play a lunchtime café gig. An hors d’oeuvre to this feast of all things Manouche is an appearance at the Jazz Café by Emma Fisk’s superb Hot Club du Nord (Mar 3).

Leeds based guitarist Chris Sharkey gets into in ‘jazz guitar’ territory at two gigs on Mar 8th and Mar 22nd with Andy Champion (double bass) & Joost Hendrickx (drums) at the Jazz Cafe. Expect Stella By Starlight and Autumn Leaves rather than Trio VD and Shiver– no messing too much with those timeless tunes!

The Highlights Rural Touring scheme welcomes guitarist Pat McCarthy to the north east during the month. The McCarthy tour bus will be setting the Sat Nav for DH8 9NL and DL12 0TX on Mar 10th at Edmundbyers Village Hall and Mar 12th at Newbiggin in Teesdale. McCarthy’s four-piece band will return to the region in April. Jazz North East presents the veteran duo of Trevor Watts (reeds) and pianist Veryan Weston at Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel (Mar 5) in a double bill with bass clarinetist Chris Cundy. Later in the month (Mar 17) JNE co-promotes with Newcastle’s Jazz Café a Northern Line gig featuring Tom Riviere’s Family Band, and to see out the month (Mar 28), JNE’s Schmazz programming strand presents Jonathan Silk’s Fragment Quartet in the Jazz Café’s first floor space.

The Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s enterprising booking of the Blind Monk Trio deserves a good turn-out. Saturday 4th is the date – put it in the diary now. Across the Tyne at the Black Bull, Blaydon, Dean Stockdale will be playing Oscar Peterson, standards and originals on Mar 19th. Stockdale’s fellow pianist Dougie Pugh will be playing familiar standards at Darlington Jazz Club’s bi-monthly concert on Sunday 26. It’s a six o’clock start in the Quakerhouse, so don’t be caught out!

Stockton’s Georgian Theatre, hidden away in Green Dragon Yard, presents a rare jazz gig on Mar 17. If the dynamic James Taylor Quartet doesn’t draw a crowd, nothing will. One event guaranteed to attract a full house is ‘Swing, Strings and Sir Tom’ at the Gala Theatre on Mar 10. Quite what the evening will offer is another matter as this concert is a meeting of the Durham University Big Band, the string section of Durham University Orchestral Society and operatic baritone Sir Thomas Allen! 

Two lunchtime concerts in Newcastle will do good business. At King’s Hall, Newcastle University, a three line whip ensures diffident music students get out of bed in time to attend a regular series of free admission, on campus, concerts. On March 23rd at ten minutes past one (Wakey, Wakey!) the trio of Faye MacCalman (reeds), John Pope (bass) and drummer Christian Alderson – collectively Archipelago – will perform a selection of free jazz/composed pieces. On the last day of the month the trio Triptych will perform at the Lit and Phil (one o’clock). Pianist Paul Edis, bassist Paul Susans and drummer Rob Walker will be performing a set of original material.

Finally, this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival is almost upon us. The three-day festival at Sage Gateshead (March 31-April 2) has much to offer. More on this next month, suffice to say, the opening evening (Friday 31) includes Clare Teal with Guy Barker leading an all star big band, Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur, Daniel Herskedal and Binker and Moses. A photographic exhibition looking at the career of Misha Mengelberg will run at Sage Gateshead from March 13 to April 14.      

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Paul Smith fixes jazz in Huddersfield and York

Andrzej Baranek’s Band - Huddersfield March 29th  

Jazz "fixer" Paul Smith continues the series on Platform 1 at Huddersfield Railway Station Head of Steam venue on Wednesday nights. All aboard for an eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin!

March 1st – Rod Mason (sax), Loretta Scott (vocals) Derrick Harris (guitar)
Barry Rickerby (bass)

March 8th – Nick Svarc (guitar), Toby Greenwood (sax)

March 15th – Jenny Smith (vocals), Ben Lowman (sax)

March 22nd – Jon Taylor (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar) Blues Outing

March 29th – Andrzej Baranek’s Band – Something Special

Head of Steam
Huddersfield Station
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm
Admission £2 per person

For those who regularly pay £5 your continued support is much appreciated

Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Showtime 1.00pm

March 5th – The Derrick Harris Trio – Derrick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass)
Paul Smith (drums)

March 12th – The Al Morrison Outing – Al (guitar), Jez Platt (organ)
Paul Smith (drums)

March 19th – Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook – Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ)
Paul Smith (drums)

March 26th – Nick Svarc Set – Nick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass),
Jez Platt (organ)

Camilla George and Eastgate Big Band double bill @7Jazz

7Jazz Leeds start a new series of double header bands on Sunday afternoon this coming Sunday 26 March @Seven Arts Leeds Doors 1pm,  finish 5.30pm. Tickets going really fast for this - get yours soon! Band of the moment in Leeds the Eastgate Big Band play the music of Michael Jackson (and more), followed by rising London sax star Camilla George with her new quartet

Eastgate Big Band play Michael Jackson - Vocals: Mared Williams Rhythm: Josh Smouth, Sam Foster, Alistair Rhodes, Kieran Gunter, Joe Boyes Saxes: Dan Brunskill, Jasmine Whalley, James Boyes, Rose Perry, Max Williams Trombones: Danny Barley, Elliot Crouch, Charlie Knighton, Pat Martin Trumpets: Ciaran Diston, Tom Hill, Dan Coulthurst, Rich Hodgson.
Eastgate Big Band feature top young professional musicians from the city of Leeds with a programme paying tribute to the king of pop, re-imagining some of the most well known tunes from the powerhouse albums that define the modern pop genre, “Off the Wall” and “Thriller”, as well as hits from the likes of MJ kingpin Quincy Jones and big band pioneers Buddy Rich and Woody Herman. The show promises to please fans of big bands, pop music and die hard MJ fans alike.

Following that there is the first date on the debut tour by one of the UK’s most dynamic young talents, sax player Camilla George (from Jazz Jamaica), a fine sax player, she has a wonderful distinctive tone and a relaxed, swinging approach with her brilliant ensemble featuring Sarah Tandy (piano), Daniel Casimir (bass) and Femi Koleoso (drums). Camilla’s new album “Isang” was released on 13 January 2017 on Ubuntu Records. http://www.londonjazznews.com/2016/12/preview-interview-camilla-george.html .

Tickets just £10/8 concessions (students £5 on the door, kids under 16 free)
Online here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EIKFMF

Two more future double header "All Done by 7" gigs for your diary will feature
  • Sun March 12 (4PM-7PM) Latin Jazz with Vanessa Rani band featuring dance from Anna Cabré-Verdiell Bosch + Latin Jazz of Toco Madera 
  • Sun 23 April (4PM-7PM)  Electro jazz with ElecTrio feat Dan Goldman and Svarc-Hanley-Longhawn 
Still just £10/8!

Cafe Lento March gigs

Rodina 31 March 

From Richard Lindley

Here's the Feb- March line up of "damn fine jazz" for Leeds Cafe Lento gigs in Headingley

Alex Munk's Flying Machines 24 Feb
Nel Begley and the Elephants 3 March
Sam Dunn Quartet 10 March
Jamil Sheriff Trio 17 March
Quash Quartet 24 March
Rodina 31 March

8pm start £6 ish

Cafe Lento: 21A North Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HW

3-5 March Sunderland Big Band Jazz Festival

Sunderland's Big Band jazz Festival is happening this coming weekend 3-5 March including the prestigious Big Band competition. Last Year it was Tom Sharp's Jazz Orchestra. Who'll win it this year? The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival is a huge success every year, and we are already looking forward to the next event. With over 25 bands competing this year, the festival will have a record number of attendees.

On their website http://sunderlanduniversitybigband.co.uk/?page_id=2 you can find workshop information and schedules, images and videos from past performances, contact information and links to social networking pages.

For more information, or to contact Bill Watson directly please call 01388767208 or 07958302745

Venue - Park View Community Centre located just off Front Street in Chester le Street

Matt wins the Johnny Dankworth award

Ex Leeds College of Music student, saxophonist Matt Anderson was this week announced as one of the winners of the 2017 UK Dankworth Awards.

Anderson's piece 'Jig, Jag, Jug' received the prize for Small Ensemble, with Matt Sulzmann's 'Castle View' named as runner up. In the Big Band category, Jacky Naylor won with 'Bilbao' and James Brady came runner up with his piece, 'Hermeto's Hideaway'.

The winning pieces will be performed by members of the GSMD Jazz Dept under the direction of Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone at Milton Court, Silk Street, Barbican in London on: Thursday 23rd March 2017 7.30pm

The awards evening is produced by GSMD in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The Dankworth Awards awards will be presented by members of the Dankworth Family.

Sun Ra Arkestra play Leeds Wardrobe

From Leeds Inspired

Operating under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen - who celebrated his 90th year in 2014. With such a massive, joyous songbook and the kind of well organised chaos that sees their legendary 3 hour sets move deftly between rolling grooves, sing-along chants and atonal blasts of mischievous brass, the Arkestra remain one of the most unmissable live acts today.

“By the time that the show winds to a close, the audience joining in call-and-response style, The Arkestra snaking through the audience in their traditional procession, honking, clapping, chanting and leading the way along the path that leads to the stars, the roof has lifted off Oto. During the band’s first decade, in response to a criticism that Sun Ra was “too far out”, that other legend of the piano, Thelonious Monk, famously replied, “Yeah, but it swings.” Even a half century later, how right he was.” – David Solomons, Freq, review of the Sun Ra Arkestra at Cafe OTO, 2013.

Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades, whose influence on diverse musicians is little known to the general public. A pianist and band leader, his style ranged from retro swing to avant free, and often in the same piece. His band could play a swinging Gershwin tune and almost imperceptibly soar into their free cosmic equational tones as if they possessed a single mind.

Ra was a keyboard improviser of great originality, but his foremost talent was for inspiring and teaching creative musicians to improvise freely but together. This tension between freedom and coherence was something he explored with abundant energy and skill.

Sun Ra died in 1993. The Arkestra performs today, under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen.

Sun Ra Arkestra
The Wardrobe,
Leeds. Saturday, 01 Apr 2017

Kamasi Washington in Leeds

From Sarah Ashford Brown

Epic’ is the one word to describe Kamasi Washington. And it isn’t only because it is the name of his 2015 album. If you don’t know what to expect, you won’t be disappointed, Washington is known for his great live shows so you will have to prepare yourself to handle the taste of Jazz turned up to 11, with a big shot of funk in it.

We can expect the gig to be completely sold out, with the tickets on sale this Friday for July the first. In fact, Kamasi Washington has already played on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ with Kendrick Lamar, and is part of the Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label, which means that, if you attend the gig, the audience surrounding you will be a mix of Jazzers and hip hop fans.

The 8 member group constituted of two drum kits, keys, vocals, double bass, trombone, saxophone, and, his dad, so you can expect a big sound. Let’s be honest you know it’s going to be good when your dad is in your band.

Kamasi Washington @ O2 Academy, Leeds 1/7/17

Sarah Ashford-Brown

Monday, 20 February 2017

Shobaleader One and Gogo Penguin headline GatesheadIJF17

Squarepusher’s live band Shobaleader One are playing a one-off, not to be missed double headliner with GoGo Penguin at Gateshead International Jazz Festival on Saturday 1 April.

Shobaleader One are Squarepusher’s extraordinary live band. Featuring bandleader Squarepusher on bass, Strobe Nazard on keys, Arg Nution on guitar, and Company Laser on drums, Shobaleader One will perform songs from the Squarepusher catalogue including classics from albums Hard Normal Daddy and Music Is Rotted One Note. They release their much anticipated album Elektrac on 10 March on Warp Records which features the band’s versions of eleven Squarepusher classics.

Acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin are one of the most exciting and in demand bands on the UK jazz scene. Their V2.0 album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and they have recently signed a multi-album deal with Blue Note Records. It puts them in a tiny elite of Brits – one that includes Stan Tracey, Andy Sheppard, Orphy Robinson, Us3 and Van Morrison – to have signed to the world’s greatest jazz label. Drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin they create a brave new sound all their own.

Also joining the festival line-up and following the Saturday headline concert is founding member of the acclaimed Los Angeles group, the West Coast Get Down and long time Kamasi Washington collaborator, Miles Mosley. Mosley is a true force on the upright bass, incorporating effects pedals, his bow, his vocals and a horn section for his one-of-a-kind forward learning solo projects. The release of his debut album Uprising coincides with his festival date - one of just a few UK stopovers on his first European tour.

Other festival highlights include pianist/composer Neil Cowley and his trio performing music from their latest album Spacebound Apes, celebrated Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, Amsterdam’s ten-strong Instant Composers Pool Orchestra led by the iconic drummer Han Bennink, and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars who provide a glimpse into the incredible history of Soho’s world famous jazz club.  Award winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal will also be celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee with her 17 piece orchestra conducted by Guy Barker.

There’s a lot more to discover at this year’s festival including a Sunday night triple bill which charts a jazz journey from South and West Africa to Cuba with saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, award-winning bassist Richard Bona and fast-rising pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. There will also be performances from award winning trumpeter Laura Jurd, tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal, saxophonists Stan Sulzmann and Trish Clowes , pianist Nikki Iles, vocalist Georgia Mancio, pianist/composer Alan Broadbent, saxophone and drum duo Binker and Moses and electro-improv trio Strobes.

To book tickets please contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit www.sagegateshead.com

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Leeds College of Music Jazz Showcase

Steve Fishwick
Three bands to savour at this LCoM Jazz Showcase 2017

NYSJB: Under the tuition of Steve Fishwick, a well-established trumpeter on the New York Jazz scene, this band utilises his experience to form a blend of classic and contemporary. Taking influence from fundamental jazz giants such as Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter and infusing this with elements of the contemporary. With a touch of Dave Holland, this band exude New York Jazz.

Jordan Dinsdale
Luke Foreman
George MacDonald
Eloise Oates-Lidar
Fergus Quill
Fergus Vickers

The Alžbeta Turčányiová Sextet aims to explore contemporary jazz with a focus on world music, folk and progresive rock fusion. This music often incorporates many different senses of style within one piece and uses many unusual devices.

Joe Boyes piano
Michael Graham tenor saxophone
Martin Jones guitar
Chris Seller electric bass
Daniel Shearer drums
Alžbeta Turčányiová voice

Wardrobe Quintet is a Leeds based Jazztronica band set to go on a Norwegian release tour in March. The quintet takes influences from a wide range of genres. They are influenced as much by the poetry of Scandinavian nature as by electronic effects, and the underground music of their second home, Leeds.

Date Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time 6.00pm
Venue Recital Room, Leeds College of Music
Tickets Free

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tommaso Starace in Cumbria

Italian saxman Tommaso Starace visits Cumbria on Saturday 18th February. He'll be appearing at Florence Arts Centre, Egremont with the Paul Edis Trio, Paul on piano Al Swainger bass and Chris Nickolls drums

He'll be playing music from his 'Italian Short Stories' project dedicated to the iconic images of Gianni Berengo Gardin considered the Italian 'Cartier-Bresson'. There will be music inspired by composers such as Ennio Morricone and singer song writer Fabio Concato.

Says Tommaso "improvisation is still present but in a less important role: it is the melodies that accompany and bring to life the images that tell a tale. The photos I chose to compose music on are shots taken in different parts of Italy from Milan to Siena, Palermo, Venice, Naples hence the title 'Italian Short Stories'."

Florence Arts Centre, Egremont Cumbria CA22 2NR
01946 824946

Valia Calda and Family Band @Bradford JATP

Valia Calda 3 March 

From Martin Powell at Bradford JATP

03/03/17 VALIA CALDA
Sam Warner - tr/fh, James Allsopp- b. clar, Nikos Ziarkas- g/eff, Thodoris Ziarkos-b, Gaspar Sena - d
Paraphrasing Rob Edgar of LondonJazz News on Valia Calda :
“.. freedom and space; discipline and musical intelligence combine with diverse styles, complex rhythms and Mediterranean folk-music into a jazz distillate in such a convincing and stylish way : music that is  challenging and unique yet refreshingly accessible”

07/04/17 FAMILY BAND 
Kim Macari - tr, Riley Stone-Lonergan - ts, Tom Riviere - b, Steve Hanley - dr,
Rooted in the music of Ornette Coleman and the 1960’s avant-garde, Family Band play powerful and freewheeling music – moments of fierce intensity, tender spirituality and the blues combine to form an emotionally complex and cathartic whole that rarely fails to move.
Shredded the teepee at MJF 2016 !! http://www.tomriviere.com/ . In partnership with jazznorth

Bradford JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Jazz musician Kathy Dyson breaks the M.U. mould

Kathy Dyson stands for General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union the first and only woman ever to do so in the union’s 123 year history

Jazz guitarist, academic, composer and trade union activist Dr Kathy Dyson is standing for General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union in the upcoming election. She is the first and only woman ever to do so in the 123 year history of the union and is challenging current Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge for the post. Kathy is standing because she believes the union has to change in order to meet more effectively the unprecedented challenges we are now facing.

Kathy says: ‘I’m standing for a more feminist, inclusive and collaborative approach to working together, and for a decentralised union that fights more strongly for funding, musical work, and instrumental music education in all the regions.  We need to create a long-term policy and strategy for every area of music we cover as a guide for action. We must also involve members more fully in our collective endeavour.’

As a jazz musician and award-winning jazz educator, Kathy believes that organising initiatives, such as the Fair Trade Music campaign by the AFM in the States, will help to improve fees and generate better work for jazz musicians. Many jazz musicians also rely on instrumental teaching work, which is under threat from local authority and central government funding cuts.
Kathy says: ‘We can build on our existing work creating cooperatives with music teacher members. We can also help to improve fees, wages and conditions by focusing more resources on fighting funding cuts and working more collaboratively with regional arts organisations.’

For more information please contact Dr Kathy Dyson at: kathydyson175@gmail.com.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Refu-Jazz raises £1800!

Alex Podraza, Roz MacDonald and Steve Hanley at Refu-Jazz

From Lesley Jeffries - Jazz at Heart Leeds

Wow! What an incredible day we had -

  • £1800+ raised for six Leeds refugee charities (see below if you want to contribute)
  • approx 73 musicians playing their hearts out for free
  • at least 300 people dropping in and out to listen and contribute to the funds throughout the day
  • three workshops on voice, guitar and bass

If you weren't able to be there and want to contribute to the fund, please transfer to jazz-at-heart's bank account (40-27-16 91555162) and put Refu-jazz as your reference. It would be great to get up to the magic number of £2000! Thanks to those who have already done so:)

So - thanks are due to John Marley for his great idea, his scheduling (yes John - that was crucial!) and his chilled attitude which meant that I had an incredibly relaxed day! Thanks also to ALL the musicians who gave their time and talents in such a generous spirit and to HEART for making us welcome. And most of all thanks to the audience - for turning up and paying up! It's going to happen again - I already have people queuing up to play! But not for a while yet...

Meantime - a great gig at HEART on March 11th - Alison Rayner, supported by Abbie Finn. Both female-led bands - will be a great night in the week of International Women's Day!

Best wishes to you all
Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN


Jazz large and small at Newcastle's Jazz Co-op

Bruce Adams 18 Feb

From The Jazz Co-op

Hi everybody!

Over the next three weeks we present a wide range of jazz, from big band to chordless trio, veteran polished performers to fresh rough diamonds, with some funk and folk in between.

On Saturday 18 February we expecting a crowd in the main bar to welcome Bruce Adams with Strictly Smokin' Big Band. A special one-off gig with jazz trumpeter Bruce Adams as guest soloist with Strictly Smokin' Big Band. Members of Jazz.Coop (including some from Strictly Smokin' Big Band) attending the first Ushaw Jazz Festival in August 2016 were so bowled over by Bruce Adams' performance that they straight away decided to book for this special collaboration at the Globe.

The following Saturday 25th feb local jazz/rock fusion quartet Redemption will be in the jazz bar.

On Saturday 4 March the exhilarating saxbassdrums unit Blind Monk Trio 'the best band from Liverpool since ...' come to Newcastle to lead a Play Jazz! workshop at Sage Gateshead and play a gig at the Globe. The spirit of Thelonius Monk with rock'n'roll attitude. BLIND MONK TRIO put a fresh, modern spin on the chordless trio format, with influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY, Avishai Cohen (Trumpet), J.D. Allen Trio ...) blended with dark cinematic grooves and eastern folk.

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

Friday, 10 February 2017

Jazz in Cullingworth gigs

Emily Brown Feb 22

Dave Lee writes

The regular sessions at Cullingworth Conservative Club in Bradford for the next month feature

Feb 15 Sue Fisher (vocals) with Paul Conway (keys) Phil Kampen (bass) Frank Brooker (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Feb 22 Emily Brown (vocals) with Ed Barnwell (keys) Roz MacDonald (bass) Rod Mason (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

1 Mar Julie Edwards (vocals) with Jason Scott (keys) Kevin Dearden (bass) and Dave Lee (drums)

8 Mar Maureen Womble (vocals) with Paul Conway (keys) Brian Jackson (bass) Don Donnelly (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

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

Tel: 01535 272432 ; cullingworthconservativeclub.co.uk

Alex Hutton Trio in Clitheroe

From David Walters

Upcoming gigs in Clitheroe

Alex Hutton Trio: Friday 3 March 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Alex is a noted composer for the ‘reborn’ trio format as albums like ‘SONGS FROM SEVEN HILLS’ and ‘LEGENTIS’ testify – both highly evocative of places and people he has played alongside most of the leading jazz figures in the UK. Trio members include: Yuri Goloubev on bass, Asaf Sirkis on drums and Alex Hutton on piano. Hutton is an established pianist on the London Jazz scene. Over the last 10 years he has worked with most of the leading figures, (Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Pete King, Don Weller, Dave O Higgins, Dave Green. Pete Wareham.)

Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk
Tickets: £10, members £8, + available on the door

This Year's Jazz in Education conference 21 March

Involved in education? Come and find out how improvisation can be a catalyst for learning. Tuesday 21 March at The Carriageworks, Leeds.

This Year's Jazz North Jazz in Education conference will be held at the Carriageworks in Leeds 11am - 4pm Tuesday 21 March. The theme will be Improvisation as a catalyst for learning and child development.

Booking shttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jazz-north-education-conference-tickets-31997429172

Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

Brad Mehldau plays Howard Assembly Room in Leeds

Over the last two decades, pianist Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. His unquestionable leadership across idioms has grown as he has transformed the paradigm of jazz and classical performance – performing both solo and with his long-standing trio (Larry Grenadier, bass and Jeff Ballard, drums).

Showcasing his diversity and undeniable voice, Mehldau has also had notable collaborations with Pat Metheny, Anne Sofie von Otter, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Renee Fleming, Britten Sinfonia, Kevin Hays, Jeremy Denk and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. With his rigorous intellect feeding an inspired range of expression and intensity, Mehldau leaves his worldwide audience eager for his next foray.

‘Inside the music of Brad Mehldau is a conflict among rock, jazz and classical personalities. Ultimately, though, the pianist has figured a way to integrate all three pretty seamlessly.’ (The Philadelphia Enquirer)

Tickets £19.50-£26.00 + booking fee: https://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/brad-mehldau-trio
Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ovHLw9fos

Tues 16th May
LEEDS Grand Theatre / Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

'FAB FEB!' at Liverpool's Parr Jazz

Andor Jensen 7 Feb
Hi ParrJazzers One And All !

Hope all well and recovered  from 'Post Festive Blues Syndrome' ! We reckon you should be well on your way now , especially after our bright and cheery January programme . And as a boost there's lots more 'melodic Medicine' on its way down here at Frederiks  -  and it'll be administered right through 'Fab Feb' by our wide variety of 'Harmonious Heros' to combat the forecast chilly weather! Likely to be wet much of the time too  -  so it's no surprise that in Old English , February was called "Solmonath' ! Meaning  "Mud Month" !

Anyway enough of that  -  let's bring on the healing feeling of  'Dr. Jaaazz'...!

We kick off the month on the 7th feb. with a rare visit from the 'Woodwind Whirlwind' himself Andor Jensen. Believe it or not, a dyed in the wool  born and bred Scouser  -  but of Norwegian heritage. Plays all the instruments in the woodwind family amazingly but specialises on Soprano & Tenor Sax.

The following week (14 Feb) another Saxophone Supremo  Mr. Andy Morel! Also plays Soprano  - and Alto but his speciality is 'The Beast' . Always a pleasure to hear the big brown & deep sound  of the Baritone when it's played by someone as good as Andy.  Oh... and he's a knock out 'bluesy' vocalist too !

The arrival of the 21st Feb heralds the arrival of our first 'chanteuse' of February. The wonderful Ms. Nicki Allan! Great singer !.... Great teacher too actually  -  In addition to her stage career she's the 'Jazz & Pop Vocal Coach' at The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester .
To close out the month on 28 Feb, would you believe , yet another incredible sax player! And by the weirdest of coincidences one also of Norwegian extraction .  He's the improvising genius considered the walking yardstick of where all aspiring sax players aim to reach in the world of music   -  So it has to be the one and only Munch Manship !

Time to shut the medicine chest of Dr. Jazz at Frederiks for Feb.   -   recuperation complete ! But don't forget to check out our special 'ParrJazz Presents' events going on elsewhere in the area
Always tasty are the 'Saturday Sounds ' emanating from Ma Boyles on ...yes you've guessed it....Saturdays ! Evening sessions by the way  -  kick off any time after 8.

And also well worth looking out for are our occasional promotions slightly further afield. These usually feature international jazz artists together with the finest home grown burgeoning talent. The next one on the horizon  is the concert by Chris Potter & the Inner City Ensemble on 14th. April at Parr Hall Warrington.  Groovy stuff !

As always the  'Jazz Train' rolls on ....this time on into March where waiting at the stations along the way  are more  of the finest jazz talent the planet has to offer. A wonderful mixed bag  including Ben Crosland, Jon Wheatcroft , John Hallam and lots more. But be patient - the nitty gritty about them will be unveiled in the March edition of the "The ParrJazz Bugle". Meanwhile Keep the Faith  -  Keep Swingin'  & Keep Warm . And keep coming down to Fred's where no two Tuesdays are ever the same  - The essence of jazz I guess you could say !

From All Of Us @ ParrJazz .............We Love You Madly !

Parr Jazz
32 Hope Street

Check the Parrjazz website for April Listings- www.parrjazz.com

Jazz at the Spa highlights

Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams 4 March

From Les and the team at Jazz at the Spa, Boston Spa. Our spring programme of traditional and mainstream jazz is looking like this!

February 2017
4th – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – one of the most enjoyable combinations of musicians we are privileged to present. Two superb saxophonists join together with the sublime piano and rhythm sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio £10

11th – Happy Valley Dixieland Stompers – as the name suggests, the cheerful sounds of the ‘20s and onwards from this professional group led by ace cornet/trumpet player. Darren Lloyd.  A six piece on this occasion to recreate the sounds of Louis, Jelly Roll, King Oliver, Bix and the like.

18th – Boston Spa Real Ale Festival. Ron Burnett’s Mardi Gras Quartet will be entertaining the assembled throng on Saturday afternoon.

25th – Chicago Teddy Bears with John Hallam – Always a rip roaring session of traditional jazz full of fun and banter and with the added bonus of John Hallam on reeds.

March 2017 
4th – Alex Welsh Remembered featuring Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, John Burgess and Tom Kincaid. An all star line up with the addition of Tony Pitt on banjo/guitar, Bill Coleman on bass and Jack Coterill on drums re-creating the sounds of the legendary Alex Welsh Band. £10

11th – Dave Mott’s Jazz Classics – a highly professional and versatile group led by maestro Dave on reeds. The group includes young trumpet star Jamie Brownfield. Traditional jazz plus the standards coupled with vocals from the delightful Suzanne.

18th – Amy Roberts/John Hallam Quintet – one of the annual highlights with two of our most respected reeds players. They are guaranteed to serve up a delectable miscellany of the standards.  £10

25th – Tame Valley Stompers – a warm welcome to our visitors from Cheshire. Led by one of the most respected Northern trombone players, the group is dedicated to unabashed traditional jazz - but with an wry sense of humour. Terry’s version of Ory’s Creole Trombone is legendary.

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds, LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Saturday Traditional/Mainstream Jazz. 8.00.pm

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

John Warren directs the York University Jazz Orchestra

Guest director John Warren leads the University of York Jazz Orchestra in a selection of his works across a variety of styles – modern swing, Latin American, soul and South African township groove. John Warren is acclaimed as a composer/arranger and has contributed works for large jazz ensembles across Europe, John Surman, the BBC Big Band and his own groups.
Tickets are available only from City Screen or online (full price tickets only) from the Basement website below.


Tickets: £7; students £4

Friday 24 February 2017 at 8.00pm
City Screen Basement
13-17 Coney St, York YO1 9QL
Phone: 0871 902 5726

Led Bib, Nat Birchall, Bill Laurance and Neil Cowley play Manchester

Led Bib 17 Feb 
Some big contemporary jazz names in Manchester over the next few weeks

Fri Feb 17 Led Bib + Flightless Birds
Royal Northern College of Music
19:30  £15

Thus Mar 2 Nat Birchall Quintet
Band On The Wall

Sat Mar 4 Bill Lawrence 
Royal Northern College of Music

Sun Mar 5 Neil Cowley Trio
Band On The Wall

More information
Royal Northern College of Music: https://www.rncm.ac.uk/
Band on the Wall: https://bandonthewall.org/