Thursday, 31 August 2017

Pharoah Sanders at Belgrave Music Hall Leeds

Pharoah Sanders - Belgrave Music Hall 16 November

Pharoah Sanders possesses one of the most distinctive saxophone sounds in jazz and is revered by a great many jazz fans, having made his name with John Coltrane’s spiritually-driven expressionistic ensembles of the mid-60s.

Harmonically rich and heavy with overtones, Sanders’ sound can be raw and abrasive. Yet, his later music is guided by more graceful concerns and has embraced wider resources, from free to mainstream; some of his best work is his most accessible. As a mature artist, Sanders has discovered a hard-edged lyricism that has served him well.


Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
1-1a Cross Belgrave Street
Leeds, LS2 8JP

0113 2346160

Salvos launches Sunday night jazz

Yet another new gig in Leeds - Gip Dammone is launching a jazz session at his Leeds Italian restaurant Salvos in Headingley, Leeds

Sunday 10th September live music from Ben Powling & Another Workout playing Blue Note classics by Hank Mobley/Horace Sliver/Joe Henderson/Wayne Shorter
Gip and Lubi playing jazz records....

Sunday 24th September Leeds tenor sax legend Tony Burkhill and his acoustic jazz quartet giving us a preview of his forthcoming debut LP

Sunday October 8th hammond organ master Bob Birch and his organ/vibes combo playing live at the session....

Free entry, quality food, fine beer/wine/liquor, great musicians, good music

115 & 107 Otley Road,
Headingley, Leeds,

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Jazz@Davenham - Tom Millar Quartet

jazz@davenham presents -

Thursday 28th Sept - The Tom Millar Quartet 
Tom Millar is a London-based pianist, composer and bandleader. He was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in London. After reading Music at King’s College, Cambridge, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and with Django Bates in Bern, Switzerland.

His debut album with his quartet,Unnatural Events, will be launched on September 20th 2017 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London. It is coming out on independent jazz labelSpark!, and was recorded with funding from an Emerging Excellence Award (Help Musicians UK), the Jazz Services’ Recording Support Scheme, and a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him. Tracks include the soulful ballad 'Park Hill’; his setting of the proto-environmentalist poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'; and rock-out grooves in 'The Seafarer', 'Power Chord Thing' and 'Woad'. It features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians in London: Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass, Alex Munk on guitar and Dave Storey on drums. Singer Alice Zawadzki features on two tracks on the album. To support the release, the quartet will be embarking on a 20-date UK tour.

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

September in the Globe Newcastle

KOAN 6 - 29 Sept

September at The Globe promises a varied abundance of jazz - trad, gypsy, bop, free, contemporary, local, international - including some exciting young talent and some very experienced veterans.

Sunday 3 Sep, gypsy jazz with Andy Lawrenson Trio
Saturday 9 Sep, modern jazz piano from Fergus McCreadie Trio
Thursday 14 Sep, bob, blues & swing with Safe Sextet featuring Debra Milne
Sunday 17 Sep, New Orleans jazz with Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang
Saturday 23 Sep, contemporary/retro from Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio
Friday 29 Sep, free improvisation at KOAN 6

Jazz is just part of the extensive music offering at The Globe - there is also rock, folk, punk, blues, garage. Non-jazz highlights include singer songwriter Katie Mac on Thursday 21 Sep as part of her UK tour and the album launch by award-winning young folk band Pons Aelius on Friday 22 Sep.
Please check our website for the full programme at The Globe (including many non-jazz gigs).

The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD.
Visit our website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more

Parr Jazz Liverpool September gigs

Perpetual Motion Machine 12 Sept

Here's the line up for Parr Jazz gigs in Liverpool in September - all at Fredericks on Tuesday evenings

5th Andor Jensen & Tony Peers

12th  Perpetual Motion Machine

19th Tobie Carpenter Trio                                    

26th Jazz Hedonista feat.Tania

Parr Jazz
32 Hope Street

Check the Parrjazz website for April Listings-

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Uri Caine and Bill Frisell at Howard Assembly Room Leeds

Uri Caine
Bill Frisell 
Classical and jazz pianist Uri Caine returns to his seminal recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations Thus 2 Nov

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.  His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.
In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic. — BBC Music Magazine

Master guitarist Bill Frisell appears with his very own all-star string quartet in the north of England for the first time. Sat 4 November

Music for Strings features violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts. 
They take music from Electricity, Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; pieces from their Woody Guthrie project and Frisell’s albums Big Sur, Richter 858, Unspeakable and History, Mystery. The evening also includes music inspired by Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby.

September jazz programme at Wilmslow

From Graham Brook

Jazz and Swing every Tuesday night and also the third Thursday of each month upstairs

September 5th:- JOHN BURGESS (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
September 12th:- THE TOM KINCAID TRIO
September 21st:- AMY ROBERTS (pictured) and JOHN HALLAM (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
September 26th:- AMY ROBERTS (reeds) and ROY WILLIAMS (trombone) with the TOM KINCAID trio

at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. Show starts 8.30pm. £7 on door. (01625) 528336

Autumn Jazz at Bradford's JATP

Jamie Brownfield 15 Sept

From Martin Powell at Bradford JATP

Coming this Autumn we have

01 September 2017 - Perpetual Motion Machine
Perpetual Motion Machine play their own original music; a dynamic mixture of bebop, rock, funk and ambient soundscapes. Riley Stone-Lonergan, Ben Lowman : tenor sax, bass clarinet; Sam Dunn, Jamie Taylor : guitars; Garry Jackson : bass; Steve Hanley : drums

15 September 2017 - Jamie Brownfield Quartet
A fresh and exciting quartet with vast experience in disparate music styles consort to play their own mix of  New Orleans street beat, swing & reggae. Jamie Brownfield : trpt, Tom Kincaid : piano, Ken Marley : db,  Jack Cotterill : d

06 October 2017 - Julian Costello Quartet
Julian Costello Quartet touring their latest album, Transitions (33 Jazz Records)  comprising original compositions by Julian often segueing from one to the next, encompassing changing grooves and different time signatures, tuneful melodies and lots of energy and humour.  Julian Costello : ten & sop sax,  Maciek Pysz : guitar, Michele Tacchi : db, Adam Teixeira : dr, perc 

03 November 2017 - Stuart MacDonald's Bronchial Brotherhood
Something of a mystery here since at the time of going to press, the line-up is indeterminate. Nevertheless, Bradford’s King of the Reed NEVER disappoints regardless of the setting so I am sure we will have our jazz socks blown well and truly OFF!!

01 December 2017 - Arun Ghosh
Clarinettist Arun Ghosh’s new album, the Blue Light the Red Light reveals a move from Indojazz towards song-like structures and psychedelic textures; a sonic space where Alice Coltrane meets The Doors or Velvet Underground. Arun Ghosh: clarinet, John Ellis : keys, Gavin Barras : bass, Dave Walsh : drums

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

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Nicki Iles trio at Grimsby

From Gill Wilde

The Nikki Iles Trio 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.
Grimsby Jazz is delighted to bring Nikki Iles to the club 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. They will be playing music from their newly released album “In a Quiet Place”

Dave Gelly’s review says it all “There’s something especially intimate about a small jazz combo without drums, like eavesdropping on a conversation among friends. These three – saxophonist Geoff Simkins, pianist Nikki Iles and bassist Dave Green – are old friends anyway, so in this case it’s more than just an impression. Simkins is often described as a “cool” player, meaning measured, subtle, but by no means placid. There are plenty of surprises in these nine tracks to keep attentive ears busy. The same goes for Iles and Green, and the interplay among all three is joy. The material includes a couple of rare standards and compositions by, among others, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz”.

Nikki Iles is a jazz pianist and composer as well as as a widely respected teacher. She is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving master classes around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publish with Oxford University Press.

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

What's on in Wigan...

 Paul Pashley 24 September

To open the Autumn 2017 Season at Wigan Jazz Club we're very happy to announce we have the star of The Voice UK Mr Paul Pashley and his band. He will be serving up exciting originals and contemporary classics with his own unique twist, as well as brave, new jazz –swing arrangements of
the Standards. His strong, melodic trademark voice breathes fresh life into the genre. His timing, phrasing, interpretation and microphone technique are a joy to behold. Sashaying his way through the
great works of Sammy Cahn, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Cy Coleman and other classics from 'The American Songbook' with ease, Paul possesses a vocal versatility, which enables him to effortlessly drift into other musical genres. Tickets for the event which takes place at 12.30pm on Sunday 24th September 2017 at our usual venue will available from .

Dan Shout
As will tickets (priced £10) for a Wigan Jazz Club Special Event taking place on October 18th at Wigan Cricket Club, Bull Hey, Wigan featuring South Africa’s Tenor star Dan Shout who will be appearing with The Dan Whieldon Trio.

If you’d like to be kept informed of the latest news about Wigan Jazz Club and the Wigan International Jazz Festival why not subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter Jazz Notes ? To do this please email with your name and email address

Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club,
Vauxhall Road
Wigan WN1 3LU
Admission £12 / £11.50 / £11

Sheffield Jazz : Autumn programme

Julian Siegel 24 November

Vince Keddie from Sheffield Jazz writes

It was great that last year our move to the Crookes Social Club attracted so many new people. That should continue with the new Sheffield Jazz autumn season, with a wide range of bands booked for everyone to enjoy great music. There's a top-notch programme lined up, offering a very good mix of modern jazz styles and artists.

Michael Janich’s Quintet, and leading US saxophonist Craig Handy are visiting Sheffield Jazz from the USA.  The Christine Tobin Quintet, supported by Phil Robson on guitar, will play the music and songs of one of the great songwriters of the last century, Leonard Cohen.

We also will host some of the best British musicians, including one of the nominees for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize Laura Jurd's Dinosaur.  Brandon Allen will bring his scintillating three-horn sextet to Crookes. We will also welcome the Dave O'Higgins quartet, with their straight-ahead swinging sound somewhere between Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane, while Sheffield favourite Julian Siegel brings his exciting and powerful quartet. And we will greet the Stan Tracey Legacy Octet - whose players include most of Stan's last Octet, led by his son Clark and with Steve Melling on piano. We also visit the Crucible Studio, when Jason Rebello returns with his trio.

More information on all these gigs can be found on

The full autumn season’s programme is: (at Crookes Social Club unless stated)
  • Friday 22 September at 20.00 Brandon Allen Sextet
  • Friday 29 September at 20.00 Dinosaur
  • Saturday 7 October at 20.00 Craig Handy Quartet
  • Friday 20 October at 20.00 Dave O’Higgins Quartet
  • Friday 27 October at 20.00 Stan Tracey Legacy Octet
  • Friday 10 November at 20.00 Christine Tobin Quintet
  • Friday 17 November at 20.00 Michael Janisch Band
  • Friday 24 November at 20.00 Julian Siegel Quartet
  • Friday 1 December at 19.15 (@Crucible Studio) Jason Rebello Trio
Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD
0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00

Full £14, Concessions £11, Students with NUS card £7

North East Jazz September Round Up

Jeff Barnhardt 2 Sept St Augustine's, Darlington
Russell Corbett writes

Autumn is around the corner but there is no let up in jazz activity across the north east of England. A new festival of jazz and improvised music, brass (no muck) at an agricultural show, a gypsy jazz campfire gathering, a tasty treat in a deli, an appointment in the abbey, a Heritage Open Days jazz gig and a CD launch, definitely something for everyone.

The first Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music makes its bow Sep 29-Oct 1. Four days, five venues, numerous performances, ranging from a lunchtime solo piano concert by Zoe Rahman to a triple bill finale of contemporary trios, for details visit

Nikki Iles Quartet can be heard in the magnificent setting of Hexham Abbey (Sep 23) as part of this year’s Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts (the sixty fifth edition). Iles will be working with Stan Sulzmann, Pete Turner and Dave Walsh. Rather more small scale, but nonetheless of equal merit, the Virtuoso Jazz Trio return to St George’s URC, Morpeth in Northumberland as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days scheme. Octogenarian Canadian ex-pat clarinetist George MacDonald leads the VJT in the most engaging manner and a programme of GASbook delights is assured (Sep 9).

Jazz in a field? The Northern Monkey Brass Band will entertain an audience of homo sapiens and bovine listeners at the Stanhope Show in Upper Weardale during the afternoon of Sep 10. Round-up the Hot Club devotees for an all day Gypsy Jazz Workshop (Sep 16) at Barn at Easington. The  Thorp Lea East Farm site in Easington Colliery will stage non-stop gypsy jazz culminating in a real campfire jam session! More Manouche happenings in the somewhat more humble surroundings of Claypath Delicatessen in Durham City on the afternoon of Sep 24th with Mick Shoulder’s excellent Swing Manouche on the menu.

Jeff Barnhart is the big name American in the region this month. The pianist will renew his working relationship with reedsman John Hallam at St Augustine’s, Darlington (lunchtime, Sep 2). A matter of seven days later, again in Darlington, not one, but two, first rate pianists team up once again for what has become an occasional duo gig. Opus 4 Jazz Club was packed the last time Darlington’s Dean Stockdale worked with David Newton. This renewal (Sep 8) is likely to be just as busy.

Hexham Jazz Club meets monthly at the Fox Inn. The doyen of north east pianists, Mr Alan Glen, will enjoy working at the Fox, an attentive audience is guaranteed, as is an encore. Put the date in the diary – Tuesday 5. Emerging pianist Fergus McCreadie will make a big impression at the Jazz Co-op’s Globe public house (Sep 9), a place Mr Glen knows well. Later in the month (23) guitarist Tobie Carpenter turns up at the Globe with his organ trio – Jamie Safir, organ and David Ingamells, drums – at Jazz Co-op HQ (Sep 23). This promises to be a gem of a gig. Tyneside’s guitar wizard  Mark Williams has a new CD on the stocks and he is to launch it at the Jazz Café (Sep 23) as part of the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.

The folk world’s Andy Lawrenson unveils his new jazz trio – Simon O’Byrne and Paul Grainger – at the Jazz Café on Sep 3, Courtney Pine plays tenor saxophone for the first time in ten years on Sep 21 at Sage Gateshead, and World Service Project pop up at Hoults Yard, Newcastle as part of the three day, largely non-jazz, Home Gathering event (Sep 15). Another busy month!            

 Sep 1 Tees Valley Jazzmen Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough TS3 0SR
Sep 2 Jeff Barnhart & John Hallam* St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Sep 3 Andy Lawrenson Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Sep 5 Alan Glen Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Sep 6 Big Muddy The elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ 
Sep 7 Lickety Split Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT
Sep 8 Dean Stockdale & David Newton Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Sep 8 Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Sep 9 Virtuoso Jazz Trio* St George’s URC, Morpeth NE61 1PD
Sep 9 Fergus McCreadie Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Sep 10 Northern Monkey Brass Band* Stanhope Show DL13 2PQ
Sep 10 Perpetual Motion Machine + Sinclair, Proud & Edis Bridge Hotel NE1 1RQ
Sep 13 Swing Street Pier Red, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF
Sep 14 Ruth Lambert Trio Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD
Sep 15 Zoë Gilby Quartet* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Sep 15 World Service Project Hoults Yard NE6 2HL
Sep 15 Ruth Lambert Quartet St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Sep 15 Emma Fisk & James Birkett + Hot Club du Nord Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Sep 16 Gypsy Jazz Workshop* The Barn at Easington SR8 3UT
Sep 16 Emily Bacon’s Good Time Gang Blakelaw Community Church NE5 3SW
Sep 17 Vieux Carré Jazzmen* Whitley Bay Classic Car Show NE2 6 1QQ
Sep 17 Emily Bacon’s Good Time Gang* Jazz Café @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Sep 21 Courtney Pine Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Sep 21 Emma Fisk & James Birkett St Cuthbert’s Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF
Sep 22 Zoë Gilby Quartet* Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP
Sep 22 Sean Noonan Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Sep 23 Nikki Iles Quartet Hexham Abbey NE46 3NB
Sep 23 Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Sep 24 Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche* Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS
Sep 27 Emma Fisk & James Birkett The Witham, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY
Sep 28 Bearpark Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Sep 29 Zoe Rahman* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Sep 29 John Herbert & the Fury Cluny NE1 2PQ
Sep 29 Mark Williams Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Sep 29 Ray Harris Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Sep 30 Paul Taylor* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Sep 30 Take Five* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Sep 30 Troyka Black Swan NE1 1SG    

Autumn programme at the Lescar

Will Butterworth with Ian McMillan 20 Sept

From Jez Matthews

Here’s The Lescar programme through to end of October. We cover the full range of possibility from classic jazz trio line-ups with a difference in Blind Monk and Revival Room (both featuring the energetic and creative Johnny Hunter), to the full-on double sax/guitar rock-influenced blast of Perpetual Motion Machine, and freedom and composition neatly balanced in the music of Entropi, led by the wonderful Dee Byrne. We’re extremely excited to welcome the incredible Arun Ghosh in October, and pianist Will Butterworth is joined by the much loved poet and voice of Radio 3’s The Verb Ian McMillan, reading text from Oscar Wilde, in September. Nik Svarc brings his Scofield/Frisell inspired guitar trio in October, and another pianist, Philip Clouts makes a long overdue appearance later in the same month bringing a relaxed and infectious African-inspired vibe to our backroom. Finally I reach a significant birthday in October and what better way to celebrate than an ELEVEN piece band of brilliant emerging talents led by Birmingham-based bass clarinet/baritone sax/flute player Alicia Gardener-Trejo, and featuring her own compositions and arrangements.

30th August Blind Monk Trio / £6
6th September Perpetual Motion Machine / £8 in association with Jazz North
13th September The Revival Room / £6
20th September Will Butterworth Quartet ’The Nightingale and the Rose’ with poet Ian McMillan/ £7
27th September Entropi / £7
4th October Arun Ghosh Quartet / £7
11th October SvarcTrio / £6
18th October Alicia Gardener-Trejo ‘Bobtail’ / £8
25th October Philip Clouts Quartet / £7

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Jazz at the Mill second series

From Kathy Dyson

Here is the information for our new Jazz at the Mill season. Our day has changed from Tuesdays to Mondays. We have some of the same faces from season with Nicki Allan returning with her own originals project featuring Rod Mason. Similarly, Soul2Jazz featuring Jeremy Platt, the Jazz Dawgs featuring Adrian Ingrams, and the Kate Peters Quartet  are making welcome returns. We also have two new featured vocalists with Wendy Kirkland Qt. and the Beverley Beirne Qt and guitarist Jeff Hewer is appearing with his trio. 

All in all it promises to be an interesting second season with a good mix of styles and music and some new faces. As before, there is tea, coffee, homemade soup and cake available, a warm welcome, good vibes  and you can bring your own booze. It's £5 in and starts at 7.30pm.

Sept 11 Nicki Allan project
Sept 18 Wendy Kirkland Quartet
Sept 25 The Jazz Dawgs
Oct 2 Kate Peters
Oct 9 Jeff Hewer
Oct 16 Inside Outside
Oct 23 Beverley Beirne
Oct 30 Soul2Jazz

Address: Brighouse Rd, Queensbury, Bradford BD13 1QA
Phone: 07882 657072

A bit busy this autumn @JazzLeeds!

 Christine Tobin - Music of Leonard Cohen 9 Nov
 Mads Mathias 21 Sept
Arun Ghosh 23 Nov
 Stan Tracey Legacy Octet led by Clark Tracey 26 Oct
Criaf Handy Quartet 5 Oct 

It’s our tenth anniversary this year so we’re celebrating! We've been very encouraged by the Festival Jazz Day we ran in Millennium Square Leeds in August so we're now going ahead with something more ambitious in July 2018. We’re changing our name too from Seven Jazz to JazzLeeds!

Village Jazz Festival 17 in Chapel Allerton Leeds 1-3 Sept
This will be our second Village Jazz Festival as part of the Chapel Allerton Festival. 14 funky bands in three days in four Chapel Allerton venues including Dave Kane's Magic Ya Ya band and Dave O'Higgins Quartet.  More details on

We've prepared a feast of fantastic music for you in our packed autumn programme at our Seven Arts and Inkwell venues. Rising Danish star vocalist and saxman Mads Mathias and leading US saxophonist Craig Handy are both us.  The Christine Tobin Quintet, supported by Phil Robson on guitar, will play the music and songs of one of the great songwriters of the last century, Leonard Cohen.

We also will host one of the most intriguing jazz and poetry commission of 2017 -Alan Barnes and Josie Gray's all star "Fish Tales" septet . Arun Ghosh will bring us his intriguing mix of hip-hop, Indian classical and folk, Western classical, rock, pop and avant-garde. We will greet The Stan Tracey Legacy Octet - whose players include most of Stan's last Octet, led by his son Clark and with Steve Melling on piano.

We also have a host of big bands - the legendary Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra, the Strictly Smokin Big Band and the Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra plus South African saxman Dan Shout, Dutch pianist Dom Marshall, Gypsy Jazz from Lachepen and music from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean from Turkish and Greek folk music to Romani music and Klezmer from Don Kipper - and many more bands from Leeds and the region - over 40 bands will play for us this autumn!

Our evenings: 7.30-11pm
  • Mads Mathias Quartet 21 Sept@Seven Arts - support from Eliot Richard’s Prime Directive
  • Craig Handy Quartet 5 Oct @Seven Arts - support from “Sam Jackson’s Drawing Hands
  • "A Fish Tale"- Alan Barnes Septet and poet Josie Gray 12 Oct @Seven Arts -support from Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat
  • Stan Tracey Legacy Octet 26 Oct@Seven Arts 
  • Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen 9 Nov @Seven Arts  
  • Arun Ghosh Quintet 23 Nov @Seven Arts-support from the Fruit Tree Jazz Collective
  • Ronnie Bottomleys’ All Star Jazz Orchestra 7 Dec @Seven Arts support from Ronnie's Jazz trio
Our Sunday afternoons: 1.30-4pm unless stated **
  • Sam Braysher and Michael Kanan 10 Sept @Seven Arts   
  • Le Toot and the Kansas City Four 17 Sept @Inkwell  
  • Seven Arts Jazz Jam 24 Sept @Seven Arts 
  • Washboard Resonators 1 Oct @Inkwell 
  • Dan Whieldon Quartet 8 Oct @Seven Arts
  • South African saxman Dan Shou15 Oct @Inkwell  
  • Dominic J.Marshall trio 22 Oct @Seven Arts  
  • Don Kipper 29 Oct @Inkwell 
  • Inkwell Jazz Jam 5 Nov @Inkwell  
  • Strictly Smokin’ Big Band 12 Nov @Seven Arts 
  • Alec Robinson Quartet 19 Nov @Inkwell 
  • Latchepen Gypsy Jazz 26 Nov @Seven Arts
  • Asaxual Quintet 3 Dec @Inkwell  
  • Jazz Xmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra+ Kate Peters Septe10 December @Seven Arts 1.30pm -5pm **
  • Christmas Jazz Café 17 Dec @Inkwell  
Our venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD; Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Details can be found on our website or pick up  one of our jazz leaflets from Seven Arts, Inkwell., Visit Leeds, Leeds Central Music Library or Chapel Allerton Library

Friday, 18 August 2017

Chapel Allerton Village jazz Festival gears up

   Dave O Higgins
 Hyde Park Brass
 James O Hara 
 Nag Champa 

The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival in Leeds gets underway in a couple of weeks starting Friday 1st September  and running to Sunday 3rd September. Dazzling jazz sax player Dave O'Higgins will headline, with a special performance with material from his latest album, "It's Always 9.30 in Zog" at Seven Arts on Saturday 2nd September. "He plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out" - Observer. His band will also be giving a masterclass before the concert

There is a definite "funky feel" to the bands on offer at this second Village Jazz Festival . Dave Kane's amazing Magic Ya Ya band open the festival on Friday 1st September, then there are performances on Saturday by bluesy songstress Terry Shaltiel with guitarist Esmond Selwyn and on Sunday afternoon on the main festival Regent Street stage by rising stars Nag Champa, Dan Goldman's Elec-trio, Hyde Park Brass plus a final set from the popular James O'Hara Blues Band

There are a whole host of other performances over the weekend as well including pop-up sets from the Washboard Resonators in  the cafes of Chapel Allerton village, a set from community big band, Mojo 78, popular vocalist Marlena Rose with Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer and the latin rhythms of Tempo Feliz

All in all 4 venues with 14 different bands - plus the rest of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival to enjoy too.

Fri 1 September Dave Kane’s Magic Ya-Ya Band @Seven Arts 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.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Will Powell’s “Chunky Indulgence” 8.00-8.30pm
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10 tickets

Sat 2 Sept @The Woods - free event with Washboard Resonators 12.45 – 1.45 Tempo Feliz 2pm- 3.30pm Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn 3.45pm- 5.30pm

Sat 2 Sept @Inkwell - free event with Jeff Hewer guitar and Marlena Rose vocals 1.30-3.30pm

Sat 2 Sept Dave O’Higgins Quartet @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes ,Graham Harvey – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – bass, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: pianist Pete Rosser’s “Monk” duo with saxman Richard Ormrod
Masterclass at Seven Arts with the quartet 5-6pm £5 on the door (open to all)
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10
Ticketed  masterclass £5

Sun 3 Sept Jazz Funk and Blues Sunday @Regent Street Main Stage –free event
12.00 Mojo 78 Big Band directed by Dave Evans,
1.15pm Hyde Park Brass
2.30pm Dan Goldman's Elec-trio
3.45pm Nag Champa
5.00pm James O Hara Blues Band

More details here

The Village Jazz Festival is promoted by the new Jazz Leeds organisation and it supported by Art Council England and Jazz North's Northern Line

Cullingworth Jazz latest programme

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden 27 Sept

From Dave Lee - the August/September jazz programme at Cullingworth in West Yorkshire

23 Aug Georgina Barr vocals with Brendan Duffy sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Jonny Clapham bass, Dave Lee drums

30 Aug Sue Fisher vocals, Tony Denton sax, Paul Conway keys, Brian Jackson bass, Dave Lee drums

6 Sept Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Martin Longhawn keys, Brian Jackson bass Dave Lee drums

13 Sept Nel Begley vocals with Laurie Covelle sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

20 Sept Dolly James vocals with James Boyes sax Mike Conliffe keys Dave Lee drums

27 Sept Julie Edwards vocals Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

Free entrance, raffle contribution
9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week starting Wednesday 16th and running to Sunday 20th August. Renowned vocalist Ian Shaw will headline, with a special performance at the Winter Gardens on August 18th performing material from his latest album, Theory of Joy. Shaw is internationally regarded as one of the leading jazz voices and is also recognised for his humanitarian work supporting refugees.

Fans of vocal jazz won't just have Ian to keep them satisfied; Zoe Gilby opens the festival on 16th August Beverley Beirne sings Carmichael on 19th August and Julie Edwards performs on 17th.

There's a whole host of other performances including pop-up sets from Backchat Brass, the wonderfully inventive Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham, a new quartet led by James Mainwaring and the Jamie Brownfield Quintet plus lots more. There are 5 venues, 14 concerts and 3 events for you to attend:

Wed 16/8 – 7pm @Monkmans – Zoe Gilby 
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Wed 16/8 – 9pm @Martinez – Dave Smith 
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Thur 17/8 – 7pm @Quinta – Julie Edwards 
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Thur 17/8 – 9pm @Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free

Fri 18/8 – 4pm @Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free

Fri 18/8 – 6pm @Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald 
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Fri 18/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
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Sat 19/8 – 10am @Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
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Sat 19/8 – 1pm @Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
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Sat 19/8 – 2.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Jamie Brownfield Quartet 
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Sat 19/8 – 4 pm @Winter Gardens – James Mainwairing Trio - Ikigai
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Sat 19/8 – 6.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Beverley Sings Carmichael 
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Sat 19/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – John Crawford Times and Tides
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Sat 19/8 – 11pm @Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
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Sun 20/8 – 10am @Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
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Sun 20/8 – 12.30pm @Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free

Sun 20/8 – 3.30pm @Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Jazz singers improvisation day workshop in Leeds

Leeds Jazz Singer Nicki Allan is organising a jazz singers improvisation day workshop at Inkwell Arts in Leeds on Sunday 10th September 9.30-5pm in association with Seven Jazz Leeds

Learn how to improve your jazz singing - techniques, the tips, the approaches. You'll be working with Nicki Allan, the vocal tutor at the Royal Northern Conservatoire. There will be a top rhythm section there to support you. Go on you know you've always wanted to! Lots of fun. Cost for the day £75 including lunch and refreshments

Inkwell Arts is the former Shoulder of Mutton pub 31 Potternewton lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3LW. It is the venue for some of the Seven Jazz Leeds gigs so there is a good quality piano and a pa there.

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Vote now in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017!

Just one day to go now for you to vote in the most prestigious of the UK jazz awards - the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

Last year 2016 Seven Jazz Leeds was the only winner from the North - so lets see if we can get some others from the region this year !

The categories are

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 by a UK band or musicians)
  • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK). 
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2016)
  • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
  • Jazz Media Award(including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year(UK-based group who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016

To vote please go to:

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live in conjunction with Peroni. The awards will be made not at the Houses of Commons this year (they are, after all rather busy...) but at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn on Tuesday 10th October.

The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017.