Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A thrilling February in prospect at Leeds 7 Jazz

We hope you've been enjoying our 2017 season so far. There's more to come - US sax star Seamus Blake, young up and coming sax player Camilla George, the Eastgate Big Band playing Michael Jackson, Flying Machines, Nicky Allen's Orca and Dave Kane's new octet and more! But to start this Sunday with Leeds friendliest jazz jam session....

February Jam session 5 Feb at Inkwell 1.30-4pm
Bring your horn or your voice and join in our friendly February jam session – or just come along and watch the fun! The house rhythm section of Chris Bland (piano) Steve Crocker (bass) and Steve Hanley (drums) is there to support you. £7/5 (NUS and performers £5) kids under 16 free.

Seamus Blake
@Seven Arts, Thus 9 Feb doors 7.30pm
Seamus Blake tenor sax Ross Stanley Hammond Organ James Maddren drum
New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake, recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Throughout his 24 year career, Seamus has garnered considerable critical praise for his masterful playing, his fine compositional skills and for his facility as a leader. He has been a featured on the New York scene for 20 years, working with the Mingus Big Band, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Support is from Jazz North introducing band Sam Quintana's "Wandering Monster" 8pm - with Sam Quintana - Bass Ben Powling - Tenor Sax Calvin Travers - Guitar Aleks Podraza - Piano/Keys Alasdair Wells - Drums £16/14 (NUS £5 on the door). Tickets online

ps If you'd like your applause, whoops and cheers recorded and broadcast throughout the UK, February 9th is your chance - the BBC will be joining us to record Seamus, Ross and James for broadcast on Jazz Now! Soweto Kinch will be there to interview them too.

Nicky Allen’s “ORCA”
@Inkwell, Sun 12 Feb, doors open 1pm
Nicky Allen piano and voice with Rod Mason sax, Garry Jackson bass Caroline Boaden drums.
Nicki is a well-known jazz singer and music educator, teaching pop and jazz voice at the LCM and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  Expect very lively, Funky Jazz music, great grooves and decadent improvised solos form unexpected covers to original tunes written by and for the quartet. Doors 1pm £9/7 concessions(NUS £5 on the door). Tickets

Alex Munk “Flying Machines”
@Seven Arts, Sun 19 Feb, doors 1pm
Alex Munk guitar and compositions, Matt Robinson on piano, Conor Chaplin on electric bass, Dave Hamblett, drums
Flying Machines is the new band from guitarist LCoM alumnus Alex Munk, featuring some of the UK’s brightest young jazz stars. Flying Machines has established a sound that is entirely its own, fusing rock guitar improv with anthemic melodies and lusciously textured soundscapes. 'Sweet, lyrical passages blend with impossible prog-like time signatures to create a fresh, modern sound with its own distinctive character' –London Jazz 'Incredible musicianship, tight and crisp' – Jazz FM. Doors 1pm £10/8 concessions (students £5).
Tickets online

Dave Kane's Magic Ya-Ya Band
@Seven Arts Thus 23 Feb, doors 7.30pm
Dave Kane - electric bass & composer. Chris Sharkey – guitar, Matt Bourne – keys, Si Kaylor & James Mainwaring - tenor saxes Ollie Dover - Bari sax. Joost Hendrickx & Sam Hobbs - drums.
Dave Kane’s octet is a new group featuring 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. The music has great energy and attractive textures. It’ll be great fun with something of a party atmosphere. Doors 7.30pm £16/14 concessions (students £5). Tickets online

Sunday Double Header: Eastgate Big Band and Camilla George Quartet
@Seven Arts Sun 26 Feb doors 1pm, late finish 5.30pm
A very special afternoon double bill in Leeds featuring the  Eastgate Big Band and rising London sax star Camilla George with her new quartet.
Eastgate Big Band play Michael Jackson  with 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.
This programme pays tribute to the king of pop, reimagining 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.
Following on from that we host the first date on the debut tour by one of the UK's most dynamic young talents, sax player Camilla George (from Jazz Jamaica), with a 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
Tickets £10/8 concessions (students £5 kids under 16 free) - online here

Our other 7 Jazz events: 
Inkwell Divas- Cathy Ibberson vocals and alto sax (Jack Glover piano Steve Crocker on bass and Steve Mullarky on drums)-  Sat 4 Feb 1.30-3.30pm payf
Rush Hour Jazz with Jeff Hewer's Chamber Jazz Trio - (Jeff Hewer guitar, Sam Jackson bass, Will Howard sax) Wed 15th Feb at Seven Arts 6-7pm payf
7 Jazz Workshops: Sun 5th and 12 Feb at Inkwell 10-12am
7 Jazz Voices Choir: Mon 13 and 27 Feb at Inkwell 7-9pm

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Our venues
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777.
Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  Tel 0113 3070108.

See you soon at 7 Jazz !

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