Saturday, 29 July 2017

Grimsby Jazz autumn programme

Orient House Ensemble 6 December

Grimsby Jazz has a great line up of monthly gigs for its Autumn Programme

The Nikki Iles Trio on Wednesday 6th September 2017
 ‘Iles displayed the rhythmic surprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with a mix of ruggedness and reflection that make her comparable with the great John Taylor.’ Guardian.

Nikki Iles comes to Grimsby Jazz with one of the best double bass players in the country, Dave Green, and a new face to the club Geoff Simkins on alto saxophone.

On Wednesday 18th October 2017 the Philip Clouts Quartet features rising
 star Samuel Eagles
Cape Town-born Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz piano heroes. Joined by saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and Yamaha Jazz Scholarship-winning drummer Dave Ingamells, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet follows on Wednesday 8th November.This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by the finest UK-based jazz musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from the latest recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017) Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums, Graham Harvey piano.

The last gig Grimsby Jazz have at the Old Clee Club is The Orient House Ensemble on Wednesday 6th December. “A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian. Gilad Atzmon leads the band of Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi double bass and Chris Higginbottom drums with himself on Saxes.

All at the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Tickets  £12 in adv £14 on the door Students half price
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm Tel: 01472 873730 /
Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677

Ten young musicians wanted to work with Zoe Rahman

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound have announced that pianist, composer and bandleader Zoe Rahman will lead their third Jazz Directors Series residency and tour from 15-22 October 2017.

Zoe has performed extensively around the world, has been a featured artist on numerous television and radio programmes, and is frequently invited to sit on high-profile panels – most notably the Mercury Music Prize, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the Nottingham International Jazz Piano competition.

They are looking for ten young professional jazz musicians to form the Inner City Ensemble. Over one week this evolving group will rehearse and perform works composed and recorded by Rahman including new arrangements of some tunes from her most recent solo piano album Dreamland.

“I’m really looking forward to working with open-minded improvising artists who have a strong grounding in jazz, a deep sense of groove and who like to listen to a wide range of musical styles. There will be opportunities for all of the musicians to shine individually as well as contribute to the ensemble as a whole. Hopefully the project will be challenging, rewarding and above all fun for all of us.” – Zoe Rahman

For this residency and tour they are looking for a diverse range of emerging professional jazz musicians aged over 18 who play to a very high standard (graduate equivalent and above) with excellent improvisation and reading skills and who can reference drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz among other styles.

Accompanying Zoe Rahman on Piano, the Inner City Ensemble will be:

Double Bass*
Flute (doubling on alto flute)
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
*a good working knowledge of drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz styles is particularly preferable on these instruments

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sun 13 Aug 2017 at midnight

Apply here

For more information about the Jazz Directors Series please contact Tim Chatterton at Brighter Sound on or call 0161 830 3899.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Leeds gets two summer jazz festivals

It's like buses - none for ages then two come along at once! There are now two Jazz Festivals in Leeds to enjoy this summer both run by the new JazzLeeds network, both showing off the huge variety of jazz from the city.

Jazz Leeds Festival Millennium Square Thursday 3 August 
A new festival held in Millennium Square and the Carriageworks as part of this year's Leeds summer music events on Thursday 3 August.

Free events - early in the day there are free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring 12-2pm Hyde Park Brass and The Big Easy then from 5-8.30pm  Slide Area,"Open Letter to Mingus", Tom Sharp's Jazz Orchestra 

Ticketed events - there is a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Dom Moore 2-4pm. Then who better to be the headline act at the JazzLeeds day of jazz than Snake Davis one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Snake is performing at the Carriageworks, doors open 7.30pm, music 8-10.30pm Support  is from the Ben Powling Quintet.

Jazz Leeds Festival is supported by Leeds Inspired. Website 

Village Jazz Festival, Chapel Allerton, Leeds 1-3 September
The second Village Jazz Festival forms part of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 2017. Get in the party mood with Leeds bassist Dave Kane’s Magic Ya Ya Band and the bluesy Chunky Indulgence and enjoy a swinging jazz quartet led by top UK saxman Dave O’Higgins and the music of Monk from Pete Rosser's Trio. There are free bands in The Woods and Inkwell on Saturday afternoon so grab some refreshment and enjoy the music Then finish off the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Regent Street for more jazz, funk and blues on the main festival stage

Ticketed events: Friday 1 September : Magic Ya Ya BandChunky Indulgence @Seven Arts
Saturday 2 September: Dave O’Higgins Quartet. + Pete Rosser’s “Monk” trio. @Seven Arts
Tickets £12/10 concs NUS £5
Dave's Quartet will be taking a masterclass at 5pm £5

Free events: Saturday 2 September 12.30-4pm Washboard Resonators, Tempo Feliz, Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn @The Woods, 5 Stainbeck Ln, Leeds LS7 3PG,
Saturday 2 September 1.30pm Marlena Rose vocals with Jeff Hewer group  @Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW
Sunday 3 September Mojo 78 Big Band, Hyde Park Brass, Dan Goldman Elec-Trio, Nag Champa, James O’Hara Blues Band 12.30-6pm @Regent Street Main Stage, Leeds LS7 4PE,


The Village Jazz Festival is supported by Arts Council England

Steve Mead's top tips at Manchester Jazz Festival

Steve Mead, mjf Artistic Director offers his top tips for those discovering jazz for the first time or for those feeling ‘spoilt for choice’ at the Manchester Jazz Festival (28 July - 6 August)

Riot Jazz Brass Band – energetic, fun, with an opening party vibe. This is music for dancing feet and dancing heads.

Afternoon Tea: Charlie Cooper Trio – a vintage soul songstress whose tuneful music makes for a classy all-round experience in the splendid surroundings of The Midland; a special treat for friends and family and a chance to see the musicians close-up.

Haggis Horns at Matt & Phreds – the classic jazz-club experience, with danceable soul, funk and rhythmic jazz in Manchester’s renowned jazz venue. Hot and sweaty and great fun!
At Band on The Wall – The African Salsa Orchestra; a foot-tapping Cuban salsa melting pot – try it for yourself in their African Salsa workshop beforehand (part of the ticket for this gig!).

The Breath: fast-rising Manchester band with players from the Cinematic Orchestra: folky songs and a big sound led by Rioghnach – the charismatic Irish vocalist who fronts the band.

The Improvisation Salon: your chance to improvise and/or play an instrument for the first time! Get to make music with friends and strangers and play xylophones, marimbas and tuned percussion. Anyone can do it!

Shri – Just a Vibration: a prize-winning, big-sounding, fun ‘Bombay mix’ of styles. Composer-producer, Shri  and his musicians are joined by seventeen members of the Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band to create music described by The Guardian as: “An entertainingly varied set that would make great film music.”

Mali Hayes: a young Mancunian vocalist on the free outdoor stage in Albert Square where you can relax with friends after work to soulful sounds and be the first to witness rising talent.

Zee Guveya and the Heritage Survival: dance the night away with easy Afro beats and lively rhythms – feel-good music with a warm and tropical vibe.

Clouds Harp Quartet: a rare chance to see 4 harps together: beautiful, enchanting sounds in the cool and calm setting of Central Library.

Baked à la Ska: another Manchester favourite – they turn the unlikeliest of pop tunes into a ska-jazz dance party; funny, foot-tapping and fab.

Horse Orchestra: from Copenhagen, these guys turn jazz on its head – anarchic and fun, superb instrumentalists but with a cheeky sideways glance across jazz, their theatrical antics will raise a smile and make you marvel at how they keep it all together.

Lucy Mae: on the free outdoor stage on our chill-out finale Sunday, Lucy is a relaxed but passionate singer-songwriter and perfect for afternoon easy-going beats. Songs that sound familiar but new at the same time.

More details

Saxophone Massive open the Halifax Piece Hall

Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive is always an epic performance. A huge number of sax players from across the region will mark the reopening of The Halifax Piece Hall at a free event on 18 August 2017

Led by world-renowned jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, the big band will perform an original composition amongst the colonnaded galleries of our Georgian building, filling the whole space with music and celebration.

An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene.

An international phenomenon, Saxophone Massive has been performed in cities across Europe including in the UK, France and Norway and is now commissioned for Halifax.

"It is an immense honour to be bringing my Saxophone Massive to Halifax and to be the first major event to take place in the new Piece Hall.  Music unites" communities and by reaching out to and including local musicians to be part of the massive, amateur and professional alike, we will present an event that showcases the best regional talent to an audience celebrating The Piece Hall, one of the most stunning buildings in Yorkshire.”
Andy Sheppard

Redemption play Durham's Empty Shop

Durham's Empty Shop venue welcome back Redemption who always go down a storm at HQ.
A jazz quartet, Redemption deliver hard driving Bebop, Latin and funk jazz in an upfront, uncompromising and distinctive style.

Jim Hall – Piano / Keyboards
Keith Tulip – Bass
Martin Wake – Drums / Percussion
John Hall – Saxophones (Tenor/Alto/Soprano)

The Jazz Sessions: Redemption
Thursday 3rd August
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the doo


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wigan Jazz Festival hosts the Norvoljazz July network

Northern Jazz promoters held their latest Norvoljazz network meeting hosted by Ian Darrington of Wigan Jazz Festival on 8 July.  Full copies of the minutes can be viewed on The pies were wonderful (!)

The network was healthy with much innovative work going on by volunteer promoters, with the Jazz North East Women make music scheme, new jazz festivals in Newcastle and Leeds and the "Fish Tales" music and poetry commission developed and promotes in venues and schools by Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz. The network also noted the sad demise of two long running Northern promoters - Doncaster Jazz and Leeds Fusebox.

Some highlights were as follows-

1. Jazz promoter internship scheme – the was agreed to go ahead with a joint bid by Jazz North and Norvol to Arts Council England for a none month paid internship scheme to help voluntary promoters with succession planning and provide opportunities for younger promoters to learn the jazz promotion ropes.  Northern clubs and promoters would be contacted in the near future with outline of the project and an expression of interest form to apply for hosting one of the internships
2. Emerging artists programme– interested Northern promoters were asked to offer dates in April and early May 2018 for a Norvoljazz emerging artists programme to take three groups from final year BA jazz student from Leeds College of Music
3. Peer reviews –agreed to offer Northern promoters who were interested a chance to be involved in peer review and evaluation  - and to put forward a couple of gigs in their forthcoming programme that can be offered out for peer review by other clubs and promoters

Next network to be held at Scarborough Jazz festival on Sat 23 September 10 for coffee, 10.30am start- 1.00pm. All jazz clubs and promoters welcome to attend.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Surprise piano player in Liverpool...

Well well well - amazing who plays piano on the streets of Liverpool!

Palestine Jazz dates in Leeds and Manchester

Two Northern dates for two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine

Nai Barghouti captured the hearts of concert halls across the UK last year when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out shows from Glasgow to London. She returns this summer with her Amsterdam-based band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. Based in Paris,

"Nai Barghouti ejects as much into a single note as most vocalists manage in a whole song" The Scotsman

Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, with international performances this year including Hamburg, London and Gabon. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both musicians move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz, respelling the music of the Middle East in a new musical language.

All musicians are donating part of their fee to UNICEF Syria fund

Wed 26 July RNCM Manchester, 0161 907 5555

Thus 27 July Howard Assembly Room Leeds, 0844 848 2720

Greg's northern dates...

American saxman Greg Abate is touring the UK and his tour includes a number of north of England dates

A sax player who finally emerged on records as a leader in the 1990s, Greg Abate had picked up experience playing with the Ray Charles Orchestra (starting in 1973 when he succeeded David "Fathead" Newman) and the Artie Shaw band when it was headed by clarinetist Dick Johnson during 1985-1987. Based in Rhode Island, Abate has played at many festivals and club dates, mostly on the East Coast and in Europe. Although he also plays tenor, flute, and soprano, alto is his main ax. Abate, who considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences, has recorded as a leader for Seaside, Candid, and Blue Chip Jazz.

Greg has ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe. His recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.

"The best authentic and swinging jazz, unmissable" Jez Matthews

"... his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Northern dates

July 12. The Lescar Sheffield with Nicola Farnon Trio
July 18. Parr Jazz Liverpool
July 21. Seven Jazz Leeds with Victor Gutierrez Trio

From Buenos Aires to Newcastle

Tango & Jazz Quartet Sunday 27 August,
From Newcastle Jazz Co-op

Over the summer we have visits from two bands from Argentina. On Sunday 27 August Tango & Jazz Quartet returns to the Globe for an afternoon and evening of music and dancing. We have a host of local talent including Steve Glendinning Trio, Alter Ego, Francis Tulip Quartet, Stuart Collingwood Duo and Indigo Jazz Voices. Finally, for those who would like to participate in our jazz learning programmes, we are taking bookings for our summer weekend workshop on 5-6 August.

Summer Weekend Workshop
5-6 August 2017
A whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.
Building on the success of the last two years, we are running another weekend workshop, this time with tutors James Birkett and Jilly Jarman. James Birkett is a professional jazz guitarist and highly experienced educator.

Francis Tulip Quartet
Saturday 5 August, 8pm Young jazzers acknowledge old master
The Francis Tulip Quartet presents "Monk's Mood", an evening celebrating the music of Thelonius Monk. Come and see these young musicians paying tribute to the old master as well as premiering some original compositions. Francis Tulip (guitar) Joel Brown (piano) Michael Dunlop (bass) Matthew MacKellar (drums) Admission £5 on the door

Tango & Jazz Quartet
Sunday 27 August, milonga 3-6pm, gig 8-11pm
Argentinian pioneers of tango/jazz fusion on world tour
After a very popular event last year, Jazz.Coop is delighted to welcome the Tango & Jazz Quartet back to The Globe for a special day of Argentinian music and dancing. For dancers, there will be an afternoon milonga at 3-6pm

Alejandro Beelmann on drums,
Federico Hilal on bass.
Horacio Acosta on piano,
Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet

Click here for details and booking.

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

Alt Shift J gets the go ahead

From Lesley Jackson at Jazz North

Jazz North has been awarded a grant of £71,646 from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund to curate, produce and tour Alt Shift J, a one day pop-up jazz festival aimed at developing younger audiences for jazz.  The festival will present new artists and use digital technology to encourage more young people to experience jazz music both as participants and audience members.  Accompanied by an extensive audience engagement programme, the project will involve young people in programming the festival and will aim to inspire and engage individuals and families who may not usually access the arts. The award was one of 8 Strategic Touring grants announced earlier this week.

Jazz North Alt Shift J will tour to Cleethorpes, Clitheroe, Middlesbrough and Penrith in Autumn 2018 and over the course of the project will:

•             16 performances by extraordinary jazz artists, selected by a network of 8 local young scenebuilders
•             24 interactive performances in local primary and secondary schools
•             a programme of community workshops and participatory activities
•             Stream each festival live to a worldwide audience

Partners on the project include The Culture House, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, Blue Jam Arts and Middlesbrough Town Hall.

“We are really thrilled that Arts Council England is supporting this project: one that will help us to develop the next generation of jazz listeners. This investment will build on their support for the sector in recent years”

“The way that young people engage with music is changing. Alt Shift J will give us the opportunity to redefine the genre and the word ‘jazz’, which often comes with its own baggage, and will break down some of the barriers that currently exist.  Developing younger audiences isn’t just about more and better marketing, so we will explore new ways to connect with them. The chance to use digital technology and work with promoters more closely will release the potential of this amazing music to reach more people and connect young audiences to their local venue.”
Lesley Jackson, Executive Director of Jazz North

Pete Massey, Director North, Arts Council England said “I’m delighted that we are able to support Jazz North to encourage more young people to enjoy jazz music – both by taking part and as part of the audience. The ALT SHIFT J initiative, funded through our Strategic Touring fund, promises to introduce a whole new generation to an art form that deserves wider attention.”

Fusebox lights go out...

World Service Project at Fusebox

From Bill Chatwin

I'm afraid that Fusebox isn't active anymore. After a meeting last October and a fruitful discussion with the Arts Council, we decided to take a pause, while we wrote a bid and  restyled ourselves.

The plan was to start up again with a new format in September but as time passed and with the busy and complex lives of the musician members, nothing developed and so the general consensus was that Fusebox has run it's course. Sad to see.


We all owe Bill and his colleagues a debt of gratitude for running such an innovative jazz club in Leeds - never an easy thing to do.

Jazz into Doncaster ceases

From Brian Askew 

Sorry to report that JazzintoDoncaster has now ceased due the fall in people attending with the demography of our supporters. We have been subsidising the Bands over the last 12-18 months and our funds have now been depleted.

We may have one final performance featuring the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra at a future date to be arranged.

Thank you for your support, especially Charlie Worsdale, Peter Robinson, Malcolm Silverwood and all previous Committee Members the founders of JazzintoDoncaster

Best Regards
Brian, Peter, Malcolm, Ken

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Roy Ayres at Leeds Wardrobe

Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today.

Now in his fifth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70’s/80’s.

Check him out on Spotify:

25th August – The Wardrobe Leeds
6 St. Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
Tickets £25 from

July Jazz in Durham

The Empty Shop in Durham hosts a broad range of Jazz gigs at our venue in the city, some programmed by us and some in collaboration with others contributing to the growing Jazz scene. Now in it's 3rd year, Empty Shop HQ plays host some of the most prolific and accomplished Jazz bands in the North east. We've also got a new venue - TESTT Space is a new visual arts space on North Road. We encourage anyone with an ear for discovery to come along.

The Jazz Sessions: Gabriele mit drei
Thursday 6th July The Empty Shop 35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
Gabriele Heller - vocal
Paul Beck - piano
Steve Glendinning - guitar
Dave Parker - double bass

The jazz quartet Gabriele mit drei has a wide repertoire of jazz standards, German film classics, gospels and original compositions. 'Not only was there wonderful singing and musicianship, but there was an unusual set of songs and entertainment galore! (...)' Ann Alex, bebop spoken here 'Lotte Lenya meets Carmen McRae meets Marlene Dietrich via Anita O'Day might sum up this gig. Certainly Frau Gabi has all of the attributes of the above and tonight she brought them in to play at the crowded Jazz Café. (...)' Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here

BRASS Festival - Cutting Edge Brass with The Family Band
Tuesday 11th July @ TESTT Space - our new visual arts space
TESTT Space, Floor 2, 25 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SG
8pm - 10pm // £10 / £8 concession

The 1960s avant-garde and free jazz inspired Family Band led by Leeds bassist Tom Riviere brings its powerful and dynamic music combining jazz, brass and blues into simple, repeated riffs. TESTT Space is a new visual arts space on North Road. Located on the second floor above Durham Bus Station, the gallery space will host this one off jazz gig for BRASS. TESTT website:

July on the beach! Scarborough highlights

Mike Gordon writes

Weds 5th July | 8.45pm | £6 on the door Jam Experiment (pictured)
Jam Experiment is a young jazz quintet who opened last year's festival with a blast and won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. The line-up includes saxophonist Alexander Bone (winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award and Rising Star in the 2016 British Jazz Awards), with Rory Ingham (trombone), Toby Comeau (keyboard), Joe Lee (bass) and Jonny Mansfield (drums). All band members write for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music and a very individual, cool and funky sound. This gig is part of their 30-date UK Album Launch Tour 2017.

Weds 12th July | 8.45pm | £5 on the door Martin Jones & Matt Smith
Martin is a trumpet player with immense technique and many years experience in all styles who has played with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and Andy Shepherd. Saxophonist Matt Smith has been described as "a budding jazz star who will surely follow in the footsteps of Snake Davis with his soul-jazz style." A humdinger of a front line, with Mike Gordon trio.

Weds 19th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door Frank Brooker
Frank’s rich mellow tone, melodic mastery, relaxed swing on tenor sax and clarinet, and polished vocals, always ensure a warm welcome at the club. With MG3.

Weds 26th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door Jamie Taylor
One of the UK's leading jazz guitarists and teachers, Jamie Taylor has drawn praise from top critics: "An alternative perspective on the blues legacy taking in elements of swing, bop, and funk. It's clever, engaging stuff." (Jazzwise). "Jamie Taylor's edgy fusion guitar burns through." (The Guardian). With MG3

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Jazz at the Spa in July

Frank Brooker 8 July

From Les and the Team at Boston Spa

8th – Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies – now here’s one of our favourite local groups. Our hero, Frank on reeds, leads a line up of some of Yorkshire’s finest including Greg Wadman on trumpet, Jim Wright on banjo/guitar Phil Kampen on bass and all driven along by our favourite drummin’ man Rod McNamara. Happy Chappies equals happy sounds!

15th – Manhattan Sound Big Band with Michaela Smith – and to play our part in the 2017 Boston Spa Festival Weekend, we are delighted to present again the big band which you so thoroughly enjoyed last summer. Wonderful, expansive sounds coupled with oodles of nostalgia and with the added bonus of Michaela Smith on vocals. £10

22nd – Sorry – No Jazz

29th – Pedigree Jazz Band – otherwise, a “Salute to Trad Jazz 2017.” This tribute to the famous UK Trad bands of the late 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster Chris Walker on reeds, Andy Chislett on trumpet and Tony Mann on trombone with rhythm accompaniment. As befits his other calling, always a highly professional and informative presentation from Chris Walker. £10

Thanks for your Support – it’s what keeps music live! Why not bring along a friend, neighbour or relative – we’d love to meet them!

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.

Monday, 3 July 2017

July grooves at Seven Jazz Leeds

Greg Abate 21 July

We’ve got eight lovely gigs we've arranged for you this July and more in August too!. We've a fantastic evening concert with Saxman Greg Abate - on a FRIDAY this month - Friday 21 July. We've also got award winning young drummer Corrie Dick's with a wonderful trio "Little Lions", jazz funk US guitarist BD Lenz with his trio, vibesman John Settle's "Vibeology" not to mention two jazz cafe jam sessions, a Jazz Divas concert at Inkwell and a very special 10th birthday Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts. See details below...

Summer Jazz Cafe and Jam Session 
Always a special event our Summer Jazz Cafe. The Jazz Voices Choir have been working hard on four pieces of music - they'll be performing them at 3pm led by Nicki Allen. The Jazz Workshop will be performing the music they've been working on with Dom Moore and Tom Sharp. We welcome Ed Barnwell for the first time on piano too. @Inkwell Sun 2 July 1.30-4pm  £7/5 £5 including performers. Kids under 16 free

Update - Corrie Dick unavailable so we are pleased to let you know the replacement band will be three young rising stars on the UK jazz scene Matt Robinson - Piano , Matthew Herd sax and Will Glazer drums playing their favourite jazz tunes with a modern twist!)
 @Seven Arts Sun July 9 at 1.30-4pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

John Settle’s Vibe-ology
John Settle on vibes, Al Morrison on guitar, Bob Birch on Hammond organ and Joe England on drums. Jazz, blues, funk and Latin paying homage to  Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, John Patton, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Smith, George Benson.@Inkwell Sunday afternoon 16 July @Inkwell Arts 1.30-4pm start £9/7 (NUS £5) 

US saxman Greg Abate 
Greg Abate is a US jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and international jazz recording artist. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra and tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson in 1986 and ’87. The swinging trio in support is led by top Spanish (and ex Leeds) jazz musician Victor Gutierrez with Angus Milne bass and Steve Hanley drums.  @Seven Arts FRIDAY evening July 21 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

US guitarist BD Lenz Trio
B.D Lenz guitar, James Rosocha- bass, Joe Falcey – drums A welcome to Seven Jazz  return for US guitarist B D Lenz. Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. @Seven Arts Sunday afternoon July 23 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8 (NUS £5)

More gigs!
Inkwell Divas - Jenny Hammond with Brendan Duffy
Jenny Hammond performs familiar-and-not-so-familiar songs from Great American Songbook accompanied by Leeds favourite saxman Brendan Duffy. Saturday afternoon 1 July @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW 1.30pm  payf collection

Rush Hour Jazz -Emily Brown
It's Seven Arts 10th birthday celebration so what better way to help everyone celebrate than to have Otley doctor and jazz singer Em Brown entertain us with some powerful energetic jazz vocals. Rush hour jazz is on a different night this month - Friday 7th July - and a slightly later time @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Friday 7 July 6.30-7.30pm. payf collection

Jazz Jam-borees
No jazz workshops or choirs until the autumn now but there is a chance for you to sing and play at our Jazz Jamborees. The first set will be the band, then followed by a jam session. Do come and join in or just watch the fun!
July 30 Tom Welsh band
August 6 Jean Watson collective
August 13 Jeff Hewer group
August 20 Phil Green’s “Game of Pairs”
August 27 Steve Crocker French reunion quartet. 
Sunday afternoons @Inkwell 1.30pm start £5

JazzLeeds Festival17 featuring Snake Davis Band Thursday 3 August Millennium Square/Carriageworks
For the first time this year Seven Jazz are organising a Festival Day of Jazz as part of the Leeds Summer Music Festival. There will be free concerts in Millennium Square at lunchtime (12-2pm and 5-8pm), a jazz workshop in the afternoon in the Carriageworks ("How To Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide" with Dom Moore 2-4pm) with The Big Easy, Hyde Park Brass, Slide Area Open Letter to Mingus and Tom Sharp Big Band. The headline band is Leeds supersax star Snake Davis in concert in the Carriageworks 8pm. The Snake Davis Band only play together three or four times a year for jazz gigs and when they do get together it really is something very, very special indeed.  Tickets £18/16 concessions, NUS £5 on the door Online tickets -
Thursday 3 August @Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre

Seven Jazz Website  
On line tickets
Venues: @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD 
@Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  
@Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre LS2 3AD

See you soon at one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

Fish tales gets in the swim...

Fish Tales, a commission from 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 and explores the myths, the misadventures and the realities of the fishing 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. A powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities everywhere.

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

Alan Barnes alto, baritone saxes, clarinet, flute, Gilad 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/ Sebastiaan de Krom drums, spoken word Josie Moon.

“Fish Tales” was inspired by a visit to Grimsby and meeting with the poet Josie Moon. It’s a unique line-up, 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

Appreciation and thanks to artist Dale Mackie whose amazing paintings have brought alive the subject matter on the CD and posters. Cleethorpes born, Dale has strong affinity with the Town’s fishing heritage.

Thurs 6th July Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull HU1 2AN Tel: 01482 317941  8.00pm start.

 Fri 14th July Grimsby Central Hall Duncombe Street, Grimsby DN32 7EG Box Office 01472355025 7.30pm start.

Sat 15th July Swanage Jazz Festival Swanage Dorset Tel: 01929 426127 9.00 -11.00pm

Sat 29th July Llandudno Jazz Festival, Bodafon Farm Park, Bodafon Road, Llandudno LL30 1BW.  10.15 – 11.30 pm

Wed 11th October Swansea Jazzland, St James Club, Swansea, SA1 6DR Tel 07802912789 Time 8.30 – 11.00 pm

 Thurs 12th October Leeds Seven Jazz 31A Harrogate Rd, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Tickets: 01132626777 Time 7.45pm -11.15pm

 Fri 13th October Wakefield Jazz at Wakefield Sports Club (College Grove), Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, WF1 3RR Tel: 01977680542 Time 8.30 – 11pm

Sun 15th October Herts Jazz Festival Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX Tel: 0300 3039 620. Time 4.45 - 6.15 pm

 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. Box office: 01942 410499

 Sat 18th November The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE Tel: 01743234970

Pee Wee Ellis wants musicians!

Pee Wee Ellis, the renowned architect of James Brown’s era-defining soul classics of the late ‘60s, will lead a four-day intensive funk and soul residency, with trumpet player, arranger and composer Gary Winters (Fred Wesley and the New JBs) at the Band on the Wall Manchester from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 August. The residency is the ninth edition of the Brighter Sound Artistic Directors Series for emerging musicians.

Brighter Sound is seeking 14 emerging professionals to form two self-contained funk outfits to collaborate, create and perform a 40-minute set of new music with Pee Wee Ellis and Gary Winters at Band on the Wall on Sunday 20th August.

Pee Wee Ellis’ career spans six decades, from his collaborations with James Brown and Van Morrison to touring the world with his band The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly. Ellis introduced the dynamic arrangements and driving rhythms that would define the emerging language of funk in James Brown's band in the late 1960's. He went on to co-write and arrange a series of smashes, including "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" and "Mother Popcorn" as well as issuing a handful of solo singles on Brown's label King, among them "Little Green Apples" and "In the Middle." Ellis also wrote the jazz funk standard “The Chicken”.

Speaking ahead of the residency, Pee Wee Ellis said, “I am excited to have this opportunity to work with upcoming musicians and contribute to the development of their on-going musical life. It is a pleasure to share my knowledge of how to be a complete musician, arranging, writing and working with other musicians to play together in a band, passing on what I've learned in sixty years of doing what I love.”

The deadline for applications is midnight, Tuesday 18th July. Full information on the open call out and application process is available at:

Contact 0161 830 3972

Picturehouse Buildings | Swan St | Manchester | M4 5JZ

Sunday, 2 July 2017

JazzLeeds festival day August 3rd

Snake Davis 3 August Carriageworks Leeds

It's been ten year since the last Leeds Jazz Festival - Big City Jazz - closed it's doors. Time to start afresh! A new organisation JazzLeeds will be holding a day of jazz to be held in Millennium Square and the Carriageworks as part of this year's Leeds summer music festival on 3 August. Next year we'll have a three day festival in July and from then who knows given the fantastic players, composers, promoters and jazz venues we have in Leeds.

Who better to be the headline act at the JazzLeeds day of jazz than the Snake Davis Band. In demand with the biggest names on the music scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas, Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today

Expect to hear anything from jazz standards to a Michael Jackson or Prince hit and lots of tunes in-between. Listening to Snake in concert is a moving, soulful experience – something for everyone.

“Snake Davis has one of the most passionate Sax styles and simple bluesy approaches a-la Sanborn heard in these Isles for a while.” TIME OUT

“A virtuoso saxophonist” Daily Telegraph

Earlier in the day we have free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring
12.00 Hyde Park Brass
13.00 The Big Easy 
17.00 Slide Area
18.00 "Open Letter to Mingus"
19.00 Tom Sharp's Jazz Orchestra

There will also be a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Dom Moore 2-4pm too!

20.00 Snake Davis Band in the Carriageworks (with support from Ben Powling Quintet)