Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Grimsby Jazz welcomes back Roger Beaujolais

Grimsby Jazz welcomes Roger Beaujolais back to play with the Pat McCarthy Band on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS.

Vibraphone player Roger Beaujolais has a brilliant technique, which is easily overlooked as it always serves his endless musical ideas - always surprising, always melodic and above all, always swinging.

If jazz musicians had Michelin stars, Roger would have all three. He will be performing with Lincolnshire's world class guitarist Pat McCarthy, Ken Marley on bass, Russ Morgan on drums.

Tickets are  £12 in adv £14 on the door Students half price. Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm.

Please telephone or email for tickets and information 01472 873730 / Tickets are also available from Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677.

Venue: The Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm. Tel: 01472 873730

"A Fish Tale" going swimmingly...

A Fish Tale, a commission from Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz, is an amazing new work co-written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy with poetry by Josie Moon. It tours the UK for the first time from July 2017 with support from Arts Council England, The music and poetry draws on the vibrant, dark and dangerous history of Grimsby's fishing trade, the commission explores the myths, the misadventures and the realities of the trawling life.

It is a tribute to the contribution made by those in the fishing industry who were instrumental in feeding the nation and protecting it in times of war.

It is a powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry completely evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities

Line up: Alan Barnes alto, baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, Glad Atzmon soprano, alto saxes, bass clarinet, Dean Masser tenor sax, clarinet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates trumpet, flugelhorn, Dave Green double bass, Pat McCarthy guitar, John Perry drums, and spoken word Josie-Anne Moon.

Arrangements by Alan Barnes one of the most renowned and in-demand composers, arrangers and saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene, well known for his themed compositions has brought together a unique combination of all-star quality handpicked musicians.

 “Fish Tales” was inspired by a visit to Grimsby and meeting with the poet Josie Moon. It’s a unique lineup, bringing together some of the best regional and London musicians, playing great straight-ahead music, and Josie really can work a crowd”.

“I hope we have done justice to the memory of all those people who gave their lives to bringing the fish in”. Alan Barnes

A CD of the music and poetry is available is about to be released and is available to purchase from Gill Wilde 01472873730. Many congratulations to Gill for pulling this huge project together and trawling the country for all those top musicians. It's ripe for all those Jazz puns everyone - get going!

Tour dates
Thurs 6th July Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN

Fri 14th July Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG Box Office 01472355025

Sat 15th July Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127

Sat 29th July Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW. 

Wed 11th October Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, Swansea, SA1 6DR

Thurs 12th October Seven Jazz Leeds 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Fri 13th October Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR

Sun 15th October Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX

Thurs 19th October Folkestone Jazz Club, Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone. CT20 3HL. Tickets: 01303 277175 or e:

Sat 11th November Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY Box Office: 01522 873894

Sun 12th November Wigan Jazz at The Courts, Gerrard Winstanley House, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NA.

Sat 18th November The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

April Jazz at the Atkinson Southport

Cliff Ray 27 April

The coming month the Atkinson in Southport invites you to a dazzling display of contemporary bands

The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project ranges from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America and English pastoralism. The duo includes Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier who will be performing on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more – it’s an evening you certainly won’t want to miss.

“Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or even jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this” ★★★★ - The Observer.

Our monthly Jazz Café ran by Southport Jazz Club takes place on Thursday 30 March, 8pm and tickets cost just £7*

The Cliff Ray Band on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm

Southport’s own superb trumpet star forsakes the big band stand and brings his newly formed piano-less sextet to the party. Expect some classy arrangements of favourite jazz tunes especially penned for this excellent ensemble. Tickets £7*

Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra on Saturday 29 April, 7.30pm

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. Listen here. Tickets from £18 - £24

To book your tickets for any of The Atkinson’s shows please visit or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333.
*booking fees apply

@The Atkinson,
Lord Street,

Marc Cary at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

From festival director Dave Nelson

One of the leading lights of contemporary jazz, New York pianist, keyboardist and composer Marc Cary is the master of a futuristic jazz-funk that ranks him among the most innovative and creative figures on the jazz scene. He holds tight to his roots in Washington DC’s go-go music scene, but Cary’s interests also include everything from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist, famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip and most influentially star vocalist Abbey Lincoln whom he accompanied for over a decade.

“[Cary] creates a massive, resonant sound from the keys, unleashing complex,
grooving explorations that spiral further upward with each successive phrase.” DownBeat Magazine

Marc Cary Solo jazz recital
Sunday 23 April 4pm
Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14

Tickets are available

Other jazz piano events around the festival include Leeds pianist Matt Aplin on Friday April 21 6.30pm (free concert) Matt is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose performances draw from a wide range of other traditional and contemporary styles, including classical, blues and pop.

Jazz Café with Dave Nelson & friends Friday May 19 8pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall Café. Entry is free; Dave is not charging for his performance but a hat will be passed around for donations to the Piano Festival.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Prehistoric Jazz found in Clitheroe

The Prehistoric Jazz Quintet is a group of well-established young jazz musicians, led by composer and pianist Misha Gray, whose original compositions explore these origins of music. Their style relies heavily on the musicians’ spontaneity and improvising skills, and the result is a lively combination of intense, intriguing and unique textures. Expect tracks from their new album, “Origin of the Species”.

Misha Gray Prehistoric Jazz 

Line-up: Nick Walters - trumpet, Kyran Matthews - saxophone, Misha Gray - piano, Hugo Harrison - bass, Johnny Hunter - drums

Friday 7th April 2017 From 7:30pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: 

Tickets: £10, members £8, Advance: £9 / £7 members / £5 U16s;  + available on the door

Wigan Jazz Festival headlines announced

Branford Marsalis

From Ian Darrington

Following the success of the 2016 Wigan International Jazz Festival we are pleased to confirm that the 2017 Festival (our 32nd) will take place from Thurday July 6th to Sunday July 9th 2017.

The full lineup has yet to be confirmed but we can confirm our star act for the evening of July 6th is JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA. Tickets for this show are now on sale (and going fast). Rover Tickets (on sale soon) will include this concert.




Also appearing:

Individual Jools Holland tickets on sale now from or from 01942 828508 (Mon-Fri only).  For the latest news and a chance to win free tickets visit and subscribe

Lena Horne celebrated at GIJF

Sage Gateshead celebrates the songs of Lena Horne in her centenary year with BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal, accompanied by her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra conducted by world class trumpeter/composer Guy Barker. Opening this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival (Friday 31 March), ‘The First Ladies of Swing’ celebrates timeless classics from the great American and British songbooks made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee and Lena Horne.

Lena Horne was one of the great African-American figures in 20th century entertainment. She was a dancer, movie star, civil rights activist and singer.  She was also a great friend of Billy Strayhorn, who famously worked with Duke Ellington.

Guy Barker said: “Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary status means that her centenary is such an important milestone that as a result it is very easy to pass by other important artists also born in 1917, of which Lena Horne is one.”

At the heart of this programme are three specially commissioned pieces. Guy Barker has been asked to re-imagine three classics associated with Lena Horne to be performed for the first time at Gateshead International Jazz Festival.  The chosen songs are Stormy Weather, which was Lena Horne’s signature tune, Something to Live For, written by Billy Strayhorn and which Lena often performed, and the ever popular Singin’ in the Rain, which Clare Teal will interpret in her own unique style.

The First Ladies of Swing takes places on Friday 31 March at 7.30pm in Sage One. To book tickets please contact Sage Gateshead Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit

Gatehead international Jazz Festival welcome Instant Composers

The Sage Gateshead welcomes Amsterdam’s ten-strong Instant Composers Pool Orchestra as artists in residence at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, which takes place Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April. Celebrating their 50th anniversary the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP) will be in residence all weekend with performances, a family show, improvisation masterclass, as well as a film screening and exhibition. Although some individual members such as Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg and Ab Baars have performed before in the North East, this is the first ever visit of this hugely significant group in European Jazz to this region,.

The Instant Composers Pool is a unique and internationally renowned collective of Dutch composer-improviser-instrumentalists formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. Playing ragtime to swing, bop to free jazz, classical to carnival, the group continue to be at the forefront of the creative music scene they helped create over four decades ago.

Sadly co-founder Misha Mengelberg, who appeared along with Han Bennink at the 2006 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, passed away earlier this month and the weekend will mark a celebration of his life and contribution to music. Misha and So On is a documentary which follows Misha Mengelberg during his final international tour with the ICP and will be screened on Saturday afternoon (3.30pm). A selection of images by international and Dutch photographers that document the long career of Misha Mengelberg will also be on display in the building throughout the weekend.

Ticket Office either in person or by calling 0191 443 4661 or visit

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spring and Summer at Undercliffe


Spring and Summer Jazz listings at Undercliffe Cricket Club Bradford

All 9.00pm –11.00pm

CONTACT KEN BUTLER ON 01274 611830 OR 07942 901053 FOR MORE

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

Wildflower at Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Wild Flower is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band released their debut album featuring special guest trumpeter Laura Jurd in 2015 on the Jellymould Jazz label to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a 13-date national tour and launch gig at Pizza Express Dean Street, with Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writing "Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire... of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source... Enjoyably un-pretentious."

Originally hailing from the North Yorkshire Moors and now living in London, saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson is the winner of the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition 2017. He is popular as a sideman in a variety of projects on the fertile London and Leeds jazz scenes such as the bands of Jamie Taylor (also appearing as a featured soloist on his latest album) and Mark Donlon, performing regularly across the UK and internationally with recent appearances in New Zealand and Scandinavia.

Wild Flower draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Guitarist Alex Munk just released his debut album with Flying Machines to glowing reviews in the press. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is the Jazz Pathway Leader at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet, Big Band and Trio. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski.

Needing no introduction, Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

"This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter's post-bop genius... Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended." ***** Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone, Alex Munk – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – Piano, Sam Vicary – Double Bass, Sam Gardner – Drums

Sat April 1st 2017 Doors 7.30 and music about 8 p.m. Tickets £10 and £6 (concs) from reception or 

Hot Club du Nord in Peterlee

From Andrew Simpson

We are organising a Jazz evening at East Durham College in Peterlee with a band called 'Emma Fisk's Hot Club Du Nord' on 27th April 2017 at 7pm.

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord bring to life the classic 1930s and 40s repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club de France. Featuring Emma Fisk on violin, James Birkett and David Harris on guitars and Bruce Rollo on double bass, the band encompasses a wealth of experience, knowledge and love of the hot club/ gypsy jazz style. At a Hot Club du Nord performance you can expect to hear a selection of the popular songs, jazz standards and Reinhardt/ Grappelli originals as performed by the Hot Club de France during the 1930s and 40s.

You will hear fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging string jazz and lovers of all things vintage.

For one night only Tickets: £8 Doors: 7:00pm For Tickets Call: 0191 518 8269 Email:


The Lubetkin Theatre East Durham College
Peterlee Campus
Willerby Grove

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Julian Siegel's new, all-star jazz orchestra tour

Julian Siegel's new, all-star jazz orchestra will be playing as part of a six date tour of the East Midlands this week. Congratulations to Derby Jazz and the EMJAZZ network of promoters for fixing up this.

The music the Orchestra will be playing will feature Julian's new music for Jazz Orchestra, from re-imaginings and expansions of his music for small bands to a new piece commissioned by Derby Jazz specially for this tour. 'TALES FROM THE JACQUARD' draws inspiration from the lacemaking process and the Jacquard cards, which controlled the lace knitting machines. Julian's parents and family ran a lace manufacturing business in Nottingham's lace market for 50 years.

This band will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 fora future JAZZ NOW.

Tues 14 Mar Leicester (The Venue DMU)
Wed 15 Mar Nottingham (Lakeside Arts, NU)
Thus 16 Mar London (Ronnie Scotts)
Fri 17 Mar Lincoln (Terry Toole Theatre)
Sat 18 Mar Derby (Guildhall Theatre)
Sun 19 Mar Birmingham (Town Hall)

This tour is being produced by Derby Jazz with support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and EMJAZZ . Details of  the tour here

Friday, 10 March 2017

Jazz Jamaica at Leeds International Festival

Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica are performing at the Leeds International Festival on Wed 26 April 19.30



Alison Rayner Quintet at Heart Leeds

TOMORROW! : Alison Rayner Quintet, March 11th 2017

Steve Lodder piano
Deirdre Cartwright guitar
Diane McLoughlin saxophones
Alison Rayner bass
Buster Birch drums

Doors 7.30 p.m. Tickets £10 (£6 concs) from HEART reception or online at:

‘Purposeful, full-toned and melodic… a beautifully integrated band’
Dave Gelly, Sunday Observer Nov 2016

Next gig at HEART is Matt Anderson's Wildflower Quartet on April 1st - no kidding!

Sign up for Summer School (August 7th - 10th) via

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

Benn in Southport


From Geoff Matthews

Benn Clatworthy is playing at the Boulevard West bar at 7- 11 Lord St, Southport PR8  on the evening of Monday April 3rd doors 7.30 for 8 pm.

Accompanied by Anthony Ormesher (guitar) and John McCormick (bass). Admission by ticket only £16 includes supper served in the interval.

Just a few tickets left. To book/pay call SMJ tickets on 01704 541790.

Parr Jazz Liverpool March Bugle

John Wheatcroft 28 March

The Anglo Saxons called it 'Hylad Monath' aka The Stormy Month... hence the phrase: 'March winds doth blow and we shall have snow'. No snow down at Frederiks ParrJazz H.Q. but lots of blowing-  all of the jazz variety. Yep we've got an action packed month and no mistake. Four Tuesdays back to back with very special guests, featuring 1 trio, 1 quartet, a solo saxophone maestro & a virtuoso guitarist. Plus a milestone to celebrate! On 14th March we will have been in our present home for 3 years; the date marks our 3rd ParrJazz@Frederiks Birthday. Soon after in early April it's an even bigger one-  the 8th Birthday of ParrJazz! Yes we'll be celebrating 8 years of our fantastic weekly jazz club has been in existence- pop the date in your diaries as it'll be party time on the 11th April and no mistake. Look out for all the details in the next edition of 'The Bugle'.

But back to 'Stormy March'. First off on the 7th March we're delighted to welcome a new band to the club (well a band new to us at least) although one of their members is a regular guest of ours so we know it will be real quality music. Plus it promises to be wacky, quirky and fun too as it's- "The Flat Cap 3" with Ed Kainyek Jazz to put a smile on your face :) .

They're followed in by another combo on 14th March . A quartet comprising two old faces and two new ones: The Ben Crosland Quartet. Four top drawer players bringing their 'A' game- the finest jazz from 'Right Now to Way Back When'

The 21st March heralds the arrival of our first solo guest of the month, the wonderful saxophonist, clarinettist and flautist Mr. John Hallam. Gorgeous jazz to wallow in.

And don't fret there's one more jazz night left before the month ends. ('Fret' being the operative word as frets are the workplace of our final guest). On 28 March we are honoured to welcome Mr. John Wheatcroft. Variously described as- "The complete guitarist and /or the guitarists' guitarist" he is without doubt one the most accomplished players in the UK. Should be fun listening to him duetting or should it be duelling with our own 'in house'  'wunderkind' Tony .    

Till Next Month- Keep Swingin'! Keep Jammin'! & Keep the Faith!

Parr Jazz
32 Hope Street

Check the Parrjazz website for April Listings-

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Jamie Brownfield at Hornby

From Sam Ashton

Hello fans,

"A mix of New Orleans Street Beat, Swing & Reggae" That is the menu we are promised by trumpeter Jamie Brownfield with his Quartet, which includes, on piano Tom Kincaid. They will be here at the usual venue on Friday 30th June.

Yes I know it`s a long way will just have to be patient. But it`s worth the wait, I`ve seen this band; very exciting.

So make note on your calendar

Usual venue, The Village Institute, Main Street, (A683), Hornby, LA2 8JR. Friday 30th June Doors and bar open at 7.30, music from 8 p.m. Tickets £10, available on the door or ring 015242 22227

As ever,


Jazz Co-op wants your help!

In 2014 something extraordinary happened in North East England. Some 200 people who love jazz and other music bought The Globe, an old pub in Newcastle, to create the UK’s first bar/venue run by a cooperative committed to live music.

Three years on, The Globe hosts a wide range of music and dance five nights a week - jazz, blues, rock, reggae, punk, funk, folk, country and more. There’s also a regular programme of courses, workshops and jam sessions. The Globe is a place where musicians can learn, develop and share their skills.

We’ve achieved a lot so far and now we’re asking for more investment so we can build on our success.

As often happens with old buildings, the refurbishment cost more than we expected. Also we have twice had to deal with the practical and financial problems caused by our tenants leaving prematurely. As a result the cooperative decided to take control of the running of the whole building. We have employed a manager and bought more equipment. Our overheads have increased but in the long term the business will be more sustainable.

All this has been done without any grant aid or public funding but we have had to borrow. When we reach our target of £36,000 of new investment we will be able to pay back one of the lenders and reduce our expenditure by £1,000 a month. This will make a big difference to The Globe and to the live music scene in Tyneside.

You may invest any amount between £200 and £20,000 and if you pay income tax you may be eligible for tax relief. As an investor you will be a member of the cooperative and you can, if you wish, shape the way the business develops. You should regard your shares as a social/cultural investment rather than a financial speculation. You can apply for shares and membership online by visiting 

Burton Agnes Festival headliners announced

Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato

The 2017 Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival will be held from 30th June- 2 July 2017

We are delighted to announce the headline acts for the 2017 festival. We will celebrate our tenth anniversary with swinging jazz from Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato, and powerful blues from Northern Ireland’s star, Kaz Hawkins and Mississippi native Lisa Mills.

Claire Martin and Ray Gelato - 'A Swingin' Affair'
‘Jazz Artistry’ The Observer
Join internationally renowned vocalist and BBC Radio presenter, Claire Martin OBE, and legendary saxophonist and singer, Ray Gelato, for their first show together: 'A Swingin’ Affair'. Celebrating the release of their album ‘We’ve Got a World That Swings’, described by The Observer as 'Jazz Artistry', these much celebrated and respected artists take to the stage to explore the Great American Songbook.

‘Claire Martin ranks amongst the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet’ Jazz Times USA

" Not for nothing is Gelato known as ‘The Godfather of Swing’’ The Telegraph

Kaz Hawkins
Northern Ireland's very own blues and soul darling, multi-award winning Kaz Hawkins has been compared to Etta James and Janis Joplin. Kaz, already a hugely popular blues artist in the UK and Ireland, is now wooing blues fans all over the world with her powerful, deep, soulful voice and superb original song writing. Her high-energy shows, 1950s style swing dress-meets-Dr Marten's look and ability to connect closely with her audience combine to create a unique performance that's not to be missed.

‘...terrific vocal performance’ Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Lisa Mills
A Mississippi native, Lisa is one of the greatest singers you'll ever hear, and she's no mean guitar slinger either! With blues, country, gospel and soul influences (and adding the occasional dollop of jazz inflection) Mills takes the best of each genre in self-penned pieces and carefully chosen covers, and transforms them utterly. She is on of those rare artists that, once you've heard her, cannot possibly be mistaken for anyone else.

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Monday, 6 March 2017

Hull Jazz Festival celebrates the City of Culture

Donny McCaslin 13 July

2017’s a big year for Hull. Hull Jazz Festival are taking part in the year-long celebrations for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with a special Summer Edition of Hull Jazz Festival running from 11 – 15 July at venues across the city.

The festival opens on Tuesday 11th July with Snake Davis and his Classic Sax Solos show. A big favourite with Hull audiences, Snake brings his band to Hull Truck to perform some of the best-loved sax solos from the last 50 years.

Wednesday 12th July sees a long overdue reunion show by one of Hull’s most popular jazz bands. 25 years after their meteoric reign as the North’s top swing outfit, Ain’t Misbehavin’ take us on a joyful romp through 1930s dance sounds, inspired by the Hot Club de France.  Across town at Fruït on the 12th we've got a double bill of local Hull talent with festival favourites Bud Sugar and Chiedu Oraka.

On Thursday 13th July, Hull Truck hosts a show with New York sax titan Donny McCaslin and his quartet, the band behind the music on David Bowie's final album, Blackstar. Blending influences from jazz, electronica and the rock music he listened to growing up, McCaslin's the new face of jazz fusion.

Fans of Jazz Manouche are in for a treat on Friday 14th July as we welcome Sébastien Giniaux Trio (France) and The Grimaldi Quartet (UK), two young ensembles at the forefront of the modern gypsy jazz scene.

Also on Friday 14th, across town at Kardomah94 and in assocation with Hulljazz, we have a special performance of trombonist Paul Taylor's Jazz in Hull: People and Places suite in memory of Hull Jazz organiser Ken Ford who died earlier this year.

On Saturday 15th July we present two of the UK’s most exciting new jazz acts alongside a special performance by two giants of the UK jazz and soul scenes. With influences from jazz, hip-hop, Afrobeat and South African Township, all-female septet Nérija are blazing a trail for women in jazz. And fiery saxophone-drum duo Binker & Moses, winner of UK Jazz Act of the Year at the 2016 Jazz FM Awards, have already developed a fiercely loyal following for their hypnotic live shows.

On Saturday evening, we’re delighted to welcome back Courtney Pine CBE with Black Notes From the Deep, a brand new project that sees him collaborate with UK soul legend Omar. The two friends will be performing original material together for the first time alongside Courtney’s band.

Tickets for all of the above shows are now on sale from Hull Truck Theatre and Hull Box Office
More details:

Friday, 3 March 2017

Jazz in Wilmslow and Cheadle Hulme in March


Graham Brook writes

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday night at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow SK9 5EG. Show starts 8.30pm £7 on door

March 7th:- ZOE KYOTI (vocals/guitar) and TERRY BRUNT (trombone) with the DAVE LUCKHURST trio


March 21st:- ALEX CLARKE (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio

March 28th:- BILL SMITH (trumpet) and DAVE MOTT (reeds) with the PETER ROBINSON trio

April 4th:- MARILYN ROYLE (vocals) and PHIL STEADMAN (reeds) with the STEVE HALL trio

"Rosie's Jazz and Swing" every third Thursday at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AT. Show starts 8.30pm £7 on door

March 16th:- AMY ROBERTS and RICHARD EXALL (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio

Pat MaCarthy Quartet at Davenham


Shannon, an exceptional singer, who developed her style listening to the likes of Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee with Pat McCarthy band leader/composer/ guitar, Thom Whitworth on trumpet and guitar, Warren Jolly on double bass.

Gig courtesy of Jazz North

Excellent and entertaining little video here where you can listen to Shannon backed by the band

Booking - Harry 01606 74502, Dave 01606 44253 or e mail:

Doors and Bar open 7.30pm - Concert starts at 8.00pm
Bookings on 01606 74502 or e mail to

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham, Cheshire CW9 8NF

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Wakefield Jazz in March

Angus Bayley’s Scrapbook 10 March 
From Chris DeSaram

Here are the March gigs from Wakefield Jazz

03 Mar. Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Reilly (Northern Line band)
Guitar-led band playing classic jazz with a classy singer.  Thom Whitworth’s trumpet brings solos to weave into Pat’s guitar lines. Warren Jolly plays the bass to support them all.

10 March  Angus Bayley’s Scrapbook
 An unusual septet featuring strings and horns.
Their genre-bending repertoire lies between folk, jazz and rock played for the long run.

17 March  Talinka Quartet
The singer Tali joins her husband Gilad Atzmon and a Baroque instrumentalist Jenny Bliss Bennett to intermingle saxes, accordion, flute, violin and viola da gamba.  Yaron Stavi (bass) and Enzo Zirilli (drums) hold it all together.

4 March Zoe Rahman solo
Outstanding pianist claims the club for herself with a hugely varied set reflecting her Bengali, Irish and English influences.  Her exposure with Courtney Pine has cemented her full-on jazz credentials.   Her wit and charm have won Wakefield hearts many times.
31 March  Pete Oxley / Nic Meier Quartet 
Two monster guitarists with ten guitars on a second massive tour of hugely well-received gigs.    Raph Mizraki (bass) and Paul Cavaciuti (drums) push some energy their way to drive the energy even higher.  

APRIL   7  14  21   NO  JAZZ  -   Easter Break

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Music of Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, Trish Clowes + Elliot Galvin @Seven Jazz Leeds

Cleveland Watkiss: The Music of Duke Ellington 9 March
Trish Clowes 23 March 

"It Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing..."

That's the phrase The Duke is most famous for, and we'll be hearing a lot of swing and a lot of Duke Ellington famous tunes when Cleveland Watkiss, Tom Harrison, Robert Mitchell, Conor Chaplin and David Lyttle come to Seven Arts with "The Music of Duke Ellington" on Thursday 9 March. Lots of other concerts to look forward to as well this coming month - for example talented sax player Trish Clowes and the Glow Quartet, superbly gifted composer and pianist Elliot Galvin and our first Latin Jazz double header with Toco Madera and Vanessa Rani's band. Our busy month starts with two lovely jazz singers

Elaine Crighton @Inkwell Sat 4 Mar 1.30pm 
Elaine Crighton vocals, Martin Waugh piano, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Steve Mullarky drums. One of Scotland's up and coming jazz vocalists Elaine Crighton is this month's "Inkwell Diva" in the Inkwell Cafe with Edinburgh pianist Martin Waugh. @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  Sat 4 Mar Payf collection.

Tiptoe @Inkwell Sun 5 Mar 1.30pm
 Alice Higgins vocals, Will Blackstone trumpet, Conall Mulvenna guitar and Roz MacDonald bass. Tiptoe give a fresh soulful perspective on the music of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, plus r&b and soul as they celebrate the oneness of musical styles that are too often regarded as distinct or unrelated. Music here @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW Sun Mar 5 1.30-4pm £9/7 (NUS £5)

"Unfolding in Tempo". The Music of Duke Ellington - Cleveland Watkiss/Tom Harrison @Seven Arts Thus 9 Mar 8.00pm 
Cleveland Watkiss vocals; Robert Mitchell: piano; Tom Harrison: sax; Conor Chaplin: bass; David Lyttle: drums. 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, as well as MOBO nominee David Lyttle and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell.  “Duke Ellington is the daddy of our music. I’ve performed his work many times, but in this setting I can explore his music with a freedom I’ve never had before. When the music starts, anything can happen!” Cleveland Watkiss. Support from the Jeff Hewer Quartet from 8pm. Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Thursday evening 9 Mar @Seven Arts Music starts 8.00pm £18/16 (NUS £5)

The Latin “ALL DONE BY 7” featuring Toco Madera and Vanessa Rani Group @Seven Arts Sun 12 Mar 4.00pm
An early evening of Latin music and jazz featuring Toco Madera and Manjula
4.00 Vanessa Rani group with Vanessa Rani -vocals Matthew Aplin – Piano Sam Dutton-Taylor – Bass, Joost Hendrix drums and Anna Cabré-Verdiell Bosch dancer
5.30 Toco Madera : Tom Sharp trumpet, Jess Clarke vibraphone, Matthew Aplin piano, Sam Dutton-Taylor bass guitar, Alan Drever-Smith percussion, Brendan Bache- drums and percussion. 
Toco Madera are a Latin jazz sextet based in Leeds, playing a variety of original compositions and arrangements of popular songs from both the jazz and pop idioms. Vanessa Rani is a singer originally from Leeds now based in London. Her set will include Anna Cabré-Verdiell Bosch, a dancer from Northern School of Contemporary dance who is also a staff member at Seven Arts. @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sunday early evening 12 Mar 4-7pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

Rush Hour Jazz with Ros Lewis  @Seven Arts Bar Wed 15 Mar 6pm
Chapel Allerton's own jazz chanteuse Ros Lewis is back at our March Rush Hour Jazz with the Seven Jazz trio to entertain you on your way home - guitarist Will Powell, Steve Crocker on bass and Dom Moore on drums. Dave Lewis will be guesting on trombone too. All topped-off by the infectious joy-filled voice of Ros. Music starts 6pm finishes 7pm. Payf bucket collection. Seven Arts Bar 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD on Wed 15 March 6-7pm

March Inkwell Jazz Jam @Inkwell 19 Mar 1.30pm
Bring your horn or your voice and join in our March jam session – or just come along and watch the fun! The Seven Jazz trio will be there to support you. @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  Sunday afternoon Mar 19 1.30pm start £7/5 (NUS and performers £5)

Trish Clowes, Gareth Williams and "Glow Quartet" @Seven Arts 23 Mar 8pm
Trish Clowes saxophone Gareth Williams piano Calum Gourlay bass Martin France drums
Both exceptional musicians, Gareth and Trish have worked together a few times in the last year or so, and recently decided to create a more formal collaboration in the Glow Quartet . The idea behind the band is to bring generations and styles of musicians/music together, playing arrangements of standards plus originals by the two of them. Music . Support from the Seven Jazz Voices Choir led by Tessa Smith 8pm. Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Thursday evening Mar 23 @Seven Arts Music 8.00pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Elliot Galvin Trio@Seven Arts Sun 26 Mar 1.30pm

Elliot Galvin -piano, Tom McCredie -bass and Corrie Dick -drums 
Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, with a  maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision. "He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises." - John Fordham (The Guardian). Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sunday afternoon 26 Mar 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)

Seven Jazz Workshops and Choir@Inkwell 
Jazz Workshops meet on Sunday mornings 5th and 19th March to help you lean more about jazz playing @Inkwell 10-12 am cost £10 (or £8 conc) per session. Tutors are Tom Sharp, Dom Moore or Pete Rosser e: tel 0113 2370700.
The “Jazz Voices” choir meets Monday evenings to sing popular jazz tunes led by Tessa Smith @Inkwell Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. 7-9pm, £5 per session e: tel 07544 352594. Last Spring rehearsal Mon 13 March 7-9pm. Summer series will be led by Nicki Allan start again after Easter on 8 May

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See you soon at Seven Jazz!

Steve Crocker
Seven Jazz Leeds
March  2017