Monday, 30 October 2017

Latest from Jazz at Heart

Phil Meadows 1 Dec
From Lesley Jeffries

Dear jazz-at-heart supporters

Here's a quick email to remind you of what's coming up at jazz-at-heart:

1. Monday workshops continue every week until December 11th. From 7.30-9 p.m. all welcome/ We're spending a few weeks on each tune at the moment, which means we're learning them well! Drop in when you can, or come every week - it's up to you. £8 per session.
2. The next jam session is this coming Friday (3rd November). All welcome and a great house band led by Jeff Hewer! Music from 7.30-10.39. Come and play/sing or just listen. Free entry - collection for band.
3. Next gig is Kate Peters Septet on Sat November 25th Come and hear this extraordinary singer and her incredibly talented band perform standards and modern classics. One not to miss. Tickets £10/£6 concessions available from HEART reception and website
4. Then on Fri Dec 1st - Phil Meadows Quartet with Phil on saxes, Michael de Souza – guitar, Joe Downward – bass, Jay Davis – drums. Tickets £10/£6 concessions available from HEART reception and website

Latest from Jazz at Heart in Headingley

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

Hull Jazz Festival programme 11-18 November

Andy Sheppard Quartet 12 November 

Hull Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this November with a special 9-day festival packed with the best in US and UK jazz talent 11th-18th November 

20-time Grammy winner and the man who re-invented the jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players, Pat Metheny headlines on Saturday 11 November at Hull City Hall. Joined by a new quartet featuring UK pianist Gwilym Simcock, exceptional bassist Linda Oh and long-time collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, Metheny will perform a brand new set of music from his eagerly awaited new album, to be released soon on Nonesuch records.

Closing the festival on Saturday 18 November, Manchester-based jazz electronica trio GoGo Penguin perform their stunning new live score to Goddfrey Reggio’s cult cinema classic Koyaanisqatsi in the grand surroundings of Hull City Hall. Moving from fragile beauty to powerful frenzy, their rich new score reflects the original themes of the film, creating an intense audio-visual experience.

On Wednesday 15 November at Früit, Brooklyn-based urban power jazz trio Moon Hooch bring their pulsating, sax-driven live show to Hull for the first time. Banned from the New York subway by the NYPD when their impromptu busking shows became a public order hazard, they call their sound acoustic techno – combining years of staging underground dance parties with incredible musicianship and phenomenal crowd engagement.

The festival opens at Hull Truck Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday 11 November with A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument of the World. Created and performed by Chris Montague of Troyka, the show celebrates the milestones of 80s years of the electric guitar in popular culture, paying tribute to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and more guitar greats. The show also offers the chance to amateur players to join Chris on stage in a guitar ensemble brought together specially for this one-off performance.

On Sunday 12 November at the Royal Hotel, saxophonist Andy Sheppard Quartet perform tracks from their much-anticipated forthcoming album Beyond the Dancing Sun. Led by Sheppard, the quartet also features the other-worldly guitar and electronic sounds of Eivind Aarset and ace rhythm team Michel Benita on bass and Sebastian Rochford on drums.

Hull Truck Theatre plays host to clarinettist Arun Ghosh and his new quintet on Thursday 16 November. They’ll be performing tracks from Arun’s new album but where are you really from? Influenced by his Indie-kid upbringing in Manchester, the new album sees him move away from his trademark Indo-jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures.

A double bill in the Studio at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November kicks off with the world premiere of two new pieces, commissioned as part of the festival’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Guitarist Stuart McCallum has created a surround-sound love song to the guitar and Hull's own Revenu, featuring Liam van Rijn and Joseph Bird, present a haunting and vivid audio-visual piece inspired by the sights and sounds of Hull.

Wrapping up the Friday Studio programme, Snarky Puppy founder, composer, producer and jazz maestro Bill Laurance performs a rare intimate solo show. He'll be exploring his first love - the piano - enhanced with the addition of subtle electronics. An alumni of the University of Leeds, Laurance heads back to the region for the only Northern show in his European tour.

There’s fun for all the family at Hull Truck Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday 18 November, with vocalist Zoe Gilby and her Family Jazz All Stars. A fun-packed, whistle-stop tour of jazz favourites from through the ages.

And carrying on Hull Jazz Festival’s tradition of supporting emerging talent, Saturday 18 November sees a special performance featuring young players from Hull and East Riding.  A Journey with the Giants of Jazz, a new piece by Peter Edwards celebrating six giants of the jazz world born in 1917, will be performed by the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, directed by Peter Edwards. The show will start with performances of works by the six jazz giants, performed by young people from local schools.

David Porter, Director of J-Night, says: “2017’s a big year for Hull Jazz Festival, with the year-long celebrations for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and our 25th birthday. After a string of sold out shows in July, we’re back in November with another line-up that showcases the broad range of styles that make up contemporary jazz. The jazz scene’s buzzing just now, and so’s Hull – come see for yourself!”

Full programme details are available online at 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Hull Jazz November programme

From Dave Ellis

Hull Jazz's November programme features their regular players night (Wed 1 November) and a gypsy jazz band "Route de Django" on Wed 29 November.

Both gigs at The Goodfellows Inn Cottingham Road Hull HU5 4AT

Final bash for Jazz into Donny

From Brian Askew

As you may have already heard we are sadly coming to the end of an era of JazzintoDoncaster.

We now present the Grand Finale featuring two of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra bands - the Doncaster Youth Stage Band and Swing Orchestra.

DYSB is a training band. Young players are introduced to a wide variety of jazz styles via carefully selected graded orchestrations. DYSO is the intermediate and training level and the second tier of our ensembles. Young musicians explore the popular songs of the Swing Era alongside more complex styles of the modern day Big Band.

Thursday 16 November 2017
Doors Open 7pm, band on stage at 7.30pm
Tickets £6 on the door, All proceeds to DYJA.
Venue: Doncaster Con Club, 22 South Parade, Doncaster DN1 3ET

Thank you for all your support over the years.

Best Regards

Autumn Jazz Sessions in Durham

The Jazz Sessions happen whenever the opportunity arises. These sessions allow us to play with the format and be a little more experimental with our programming. Keep an eye on this website!

The Jazz Sessions : Joy Ellis Trio
Sunday 29th October
Doors from 3:30pm // Music starts at 4pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

London based Joy Ellis brings her album release tour to Durham. Featuring Adam Osmianski on drums and Henrik Jensen on double bass, their music is born of a fascination with jazz harmony and improvisation, a love of dynamic and dance-able grooves and the poetry of the singer songwriter tradition.
Doors from 3:30pm, music starts at 4pm (Two 45 min sets with a break)
£5 / £4 students – pay on the door

Durham University Jazz Soc: Jazz Jams
Most Sundays during term time
7:30pm - 11pm // FREE

We're welcoming back the Durham UniversityJazz Society to host semi-regular Jazz Jamsat HQ. They're free to attend and open to all.

"...Durham’s best kept secret. Trane could be heard on the ascent to the first-floor venue, floorboards creaking in semi-darkness…your everyday welcoming jazz joint. Durham’s recently established jazz jam session is the place to hear what’s going down."
- Bebop Spoken Here

November 2nd     LICKETY SPLIT                                                    

December 7th     RIVIERA QUARTET

Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

The Empty Shop 35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ

Dave O'Higgins in Grimsby, Fishtales in Wigan

From Gill Wilde,  Grimsby Jazz

Grimsby Jazz have the  Dave O’Higgins Quartet on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at the Old Clee Club, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Tickets are the usual  £12 in advance £14 on the door with  Students half price For tickets telephone 01472 873730 / Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677

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”

 Appearing with Dave, are Geoff Gascoyne on bass: one of the UK's most in demand bass player/composer/arranger/producer/ educators. In a 25 year career he has performed and recorded with Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Sting, Van Morrison, Bill Bruford, Peter King, Benny Golson and Jamie Cullum, with whom he was bassist, MD and arranger for 7 years.

Dutch drummer, Sebastiaan de Krom: studied at Berklee School of Music and lives between London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum at the same time as Geoff and there they struck a terrific rapport. He tours with Ray Gelato and is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Europe. Pianist Graham Harvey: studied music at Denver University, and is currently busy with Stacey Kent. He was MD of the funk group, Incognito, at the time they had their biggest hits (Positivity, Tribes Vibes and Scribes) and has also toured with George Benson.

The fantastic Fish Tales with the Alan Barnes Octet enters the last leg of its highly successful tour, co-written by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy with poetry by Josie Moon. 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. The dates are Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday 11th November, Sunday lunchtime at The Old Courts in Wigan on 12th November. 

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

New York Brass Vs Old York Brass

New York Brass Band joins forces with York's Championship Section Brass Band, the York Railway Institute for a brass filled evening of surprisingly popular tunes.

Our very last gig in York's iconic Post Office Club which is due to close in the coming months.

Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: Post Office Club, Marygate, York
Doors at 7:30
£2 entry

The Phil Meadows Project northern gigs@Davenham, Wakefield and Leeds

The Phil Meadows Project continues the journey for his multi-award winning music. Combining jazz elements with ambient-electronica, classical and contemporary music Meadows has established himself as one of the most distinctive, creative and talented young musicians in the UK. This original music showcases an important wave of British talent performing extensively across UK and venturing into mainland Europe.

With two studio albums behind him plans are afoot to record his third album in 2017. Exploring new musical relationships and fresh influences soaring melodies combine with head-nodding grooves, atmospheric soundscapes and intricate interplay as he tips influence towards Go-Go Penguin, Portico Quartet, Bill Laurance, Donny McCaslin and Tigran. At just 27 years of age Meadows is sharing stages with international piano trio Phronesis, electronic music legend Matthew Herbert, NYC's leading lady of jazz trumpet Ingrid Jensen and former Amy Winehouse MD Femi Temowo.

Performance highlights for Meadows include sold-out shows at Ronnie Scott's, commissions to work with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead and performances across Belgium and Holland.

jazz@davenham, THURSDAY 23rd Nov 2017
bookings   - 01606 74502 or 01606 44253 - concerts start at 8 pm - entry £10
Wakefield Jazz FRIDAY 24th Nov 2017
Leeds College of Music (afternoon workshop) and Jazz@Heart SATURDAY 25th Nov 2017

JaTP Bradford's future programme

Johnny Hunter 15 Dec

03 November 2017 - Stuart MacDonald's Bronchial Brotherhood inc. New York Brass Band Balsam

 So, the mists have cleared - Bradford’s King of the Reed who NEVER disappoints in any setting plus the New York Brass Band all the way from the other side of "the pond" - not the Atlantic but Hogg's Pond in York - so we are sure to have our jazz socks blown well and truly OFF!! Best dust-off those long neglected suspenders perhaps to avoid any barefoot walks home? Jazzed-up New Orleans beckons with

Stuart McDonald : ts, James Lancaster : sousaphone, Chris Williamson, Alex Astbury : trpt, Charles Lancaster : trom, Al Morrison : guitar, John Settle : drums

 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. Propelled by a hard driving rhythm section, Ghosh's lyricism, melodic outpourings and  improvisation become passionate and emotional 'songs without words'.

Arun Ghosh : clarinet, John Ellis : keys, Gavin Barras : bass, Dave Walsh : drums

15 December 2017 - Johnny Hunter Quartet 

Johnny Hunter Quartet connecting authentically with jazz tradition, whilst developing its own voice through original composition. Hard-grooving jazz filtered through the investigation of more unfamiliar dance metres – a fabulous advertisement for British jazz.

Johnny Hunter - drums, Mark Hanslip - t.sax, Graham South - trpt & Seth Bennett - db

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

Champian Fulton Trio at Cinnamon Club

From Neil Hughes

Top, top pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton was born in Oklahoma, Champian Fulton is an internationally acclaimed jazz jazz artiste, recognised by her peers and critics as distinctive and sophisticated. Her performances are invariably swinging and engaging, captivating audiences both in New York jazz clubs and at festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls the world over.

Now a leading light on the vibrant New York Jazz scene, she has performed with many of the jazz greats, including Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes.
Although still in her twenties she has recorded six albums as a leader and enjoys a busy international touring schedule.

Her most recent release, After Dark, is a tribute to Dinah Washington, who influenced Champian’s vocal style more than any other singer.

The Trio has Arnie Somogyi on bass Stephen Keogh on drums

The Cinnamon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992

Brian Bicat, JATPjazz founder - RIP

From Martin Powell

Dear friends of JATPjazz in Bradford, with much sadness and regret I must inform you of the demise or our beloved founder, Brian Bicat who passed away suddenly on 22 September.

Announcement has been delayed in deference to Brian's wife Kathleen's wishes and to allow Brian's family to assemble from abroad to deal with matters. Kathleen requests expressions of condolence and sympathies be confined to card or letter presently whilst she struggles to come to terms with this sudden loss.

In keeping with Brian's strong "show must go on" principle, Kathleen plans to return to JATPjazz for the 03 November gig, having found some solace in attending to JATPjazz matters since Brian's passing. Kathleen requests therefore that her return be as normal, quiet and low-key as is possible and asks that no fuss be made on that occasion.

We plan at some point hence to hold a Bicat-Special in Brian's honour. Much detail is obviously to be added, however we broadly intend that this be a gig with Brian's favourite musicians, entry to which will be free, however there will be a "pay what you feel" arrangement, all proceeds of which will be donated to a charity of Kathleen's choice.

Farewell Brian - you are sorely missed

Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers Combo at Dove Jazz

Barry Pryme writes

On Saturday the 25 November at 8-00pm Dove Jazz Club welcomes back one of its most exalted sons with his long standing close chums from the cloisters of the Cotswolds for what is pleasingly for us becoming their annual pre-Christmas visit to the ‘Centre of the Universe.’ Earlier on this year we decided that the much valued supporters of Dove Jazz Club would greatly benefit from two visits from Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers Combo in 2018. Fortunately we were able to find a brace of suitably available windows in their programme and we didn’t hesitate to get their names in the book as they say. A decision that we are fairly sure will meet with the members magnanimous approval.

Any combination of musicians that is put together by what we still consider to be a youngish Mr Langham is automatically guaranteed to carry a fearsome reputation for musical excellence. In the jazz world the name Langham or even Spats is synonymous with first class musical entertainment by able purveyors of tunes with great melodies and in the main, meaningful words linked by knowledgeable and entertaining cabaret. The whole spectacle of a Hot Fingers performance is delivered with ad hoc humour in between carefully chosen numbers that in the main had their debut in the musical spectrum of the 1920’s and 30’s.

Whilst the interestingly colourful tapestry of Mr Langham’s life from relative obscurity to the odd mention in ‘The Times’ is reasonably well documented. Whilst those of his gifted chums who form the rest of the Hot Fingers are somewhat more obscure. Nowadays very few performances of the combo are given without the presence of the melodic charms of the bands outstandingly delightful nightingale Miss Emily Campbell. Danny Blythe has expanded his musical abilities to readily take in the playing of the mandolin, harmonica and various clarinets including the bass version as well as the guitar. One of these days space will permit me to give details of Tom’s bass player, Malcolm Sked’s adventures on the road with the famed Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band, accompanied by his sousaphone wearing one of his other jazz hats.

Tickets/enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

Visit our website at 

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Scarborough Jazz festival -UK 2017 jazz venue of the year!

Mike and Marion Gordon from Scarborough Jazz

So the north has done it again - the second year running a NorvolJazz network promoter has won the  jazz venue of the year in the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz awards. And our warmest congratulations to Mike and Marion Gordon who have been making it happen for the last 15 years
‘Our very own North Sea Jazz Festival’ Jazzwise.

Here is the information about the award below
"Mike Gordon is the Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival.  Before retirement he was Head of North Yorkshire’s Special Education Support Services and then Executive Secretary of the National Association for Special Educational Needs.  He has also been promoter of Scarborough Jazz club on 50 nights a year for 34 years and is the original resident pianist. He describes himself as a jazz player of modest attainments – but getting better!

2017 is Scarborough Jazz Festival’s fifteenth year.  Audience numbers have grown over the years and analysis of the detailed evaluation returns – which the organisers take very seriously as a guide to improving all aspects of the event –have consistently indicated that 98% of the audience rated the quality and variety of the acts and artists as excellent or good.

The festival aims to have well-established performers, chosen because their jazz is continually developing, alongside younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas.  Regular attenders know they can expect a mixture of the accessible and the challenging. The weekend event is held in the wonderful Victorian Spa Grand Hall which looks out over the beach and sea towards Scarborough Castle."

Other award winners this year were as follows - with some familiar names to northern clubs being honoured here

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cleveland Watkiss
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings
Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – “Together As One”
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija
Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips
Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors
Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans
Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

Previous Yorkshire UK "venue of the year" winners
Scarborough Jazz Festival 2017
Seven Jazz Leeds 2016
Wakefield Jazz 2005

About the Parliamentary Jazz Awards:

Kelvin Hopkins MP, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said: “The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year’s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz”

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  Co-Chairs are Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat team is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Focus on Jazz in Hull - gigs this week

Dave Ellis's listings of jazz events in Hull this coming week

Hull Jazz Scene

From John Marley

Although it may come as a surprise to many, Hull has a vibrant jazz scene that dates back to the 1960’s. On an average week, there are at least 4 opportunities to hear live jazz in the city. Local musicians and enthusiasts have been integral in creating some of the longest running jazz clubs in the north.

Hull Jazz Club can be traced as far back as the 1960’s when it was run by the local legend John ‘Blind Lemon’ Holborn. Still performing, Blind Lemon is one of those characters that make local music scenes great. Always immaculately dressed and full of wit, Lemon regularly appears at jam sessions in the city to play his signature blues Frankie & Johnny. Hull Jazz in its current form was launched in 1983 by bassist and banjo player Ken Ford who sadly passed away last year. A grassroots promoter in its purest form, Ford brought some of the biggest names in British jazz to the club as well as running regular players nights. Since his passing, the club is being kept alive by a small group of hard working volunteers. Running on a Wednesday at The Goodfellowship Inn on Cottingham Road, upcoming highlights include the Hull Big Band on October 18th & Route De Django on November 29th.

Another long running jazz session happens at Pave Bar which is located in the fashionable Avenues area of the city. The jam session, which has taken place every Tuesday for a decade sees guest musicians join the Rob Law Trio. The front liners include vocalists Jenny Smith & Kate Peters as well as horn players Ben Lowman, Rod Mason & Stuart Garside. Due to the bar’s location and the lack of admission fee, the jam has a varied and vibrant audience that is made up of jazz fans, drinkers and students. Pave also runs a Sunday afternoon session with smaller ensembles for diners to enjoy. Georgina Barr, Dan Edwards and Martin Jones are amongst the regular rotation of performers.

The most recent gig to emerge in Hull’s jazz scene takes place at 4.30pm every Sunday at the Humber Street Gallery. Humber Street is an artery of the old town that has seen a great deal of regeneration in recent years. When the sun is shining, the street has a bustling atmosphere with a heady mix of shoppers and culture vultures. The gallery jazz session takes place in the cafe and features duos. Organised by bassist George Beastall, he is regularly accompanying musicians such as Nicki Allan & Thom Whitworth.

One of the biggest events in the Yorkshire jazz calendar is the Hull Jazz Festival. In recent years the festival has been split into 2 parts with a Summer and Winter edition. This year, they are celebrating their 25th anniversary in style. Jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny will be leading a quartet on Sat 11 November to open the festival which will also features performances by GoGo Penguin, Arun Gosh and Andy Sheppard.

One of Hull’s most famous jazz connections comes not in the form of a musician but that of a writer. Philip Larkin was a librarian at The University of Hull, during which time he wrote many of his most well known works. As well as his poetic compositions, Larkin was also a keen jazz fan and the jazz critic for the Daily Telegraph. His outspoken jazz reviews were often full of controversy due to his his criticism of modern jazz. Larkin favoured early styles of jazz performance and this preference is apparent in his writings which have been compiled in a book, All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–1971.

For those looking to do further reading on the history of Hull’s jazz scene, a fascinating book was released in 1991 entitled Hull Jazz and Jazzmen. Compiled by Laurie Dex, the book features interviews with local musicians who have been part of the scene since its beginning. The book gives a powerful insight into the development of a local music scene from those who helped to create it.

John Marley

New Jazz weekend in Berwick

We welcome a new Northern jazz festival to the fold this coming weekend -making nineteen jazz festivals - at least- now in the north of England! It will be held at the Maltings in Berwick on Tweed in Northumberland Fri-Sun 13-15 October 2017

The Don Paterson Situation is the first event Friday evening (on Oct 13th) . Though better known as one of the UK’s leading and most decorated poets, Don Paterson has had a second career as guitarist, and moved to London in the mid-80s to join the free-improv scene, where he took lessons with the great guitar maverick Derek Bailey.  For twelve years he co-led the Celtic-jazz ensemble Lammas with saxophonist Tim Garland, playing classical and 12-string guitars and sharing stages and studios with jazz luminaries, trumpet master Kenny Wheeler, vibraphone virtuoso Joe Locke, pianist Jason Rebello and many others.
His  band, which has been described as “a Scottish-accented Pat Metheny Group” features regular collaborator Steve Hamilton (formerly of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and currently touring with drumming legend Billy Cobham) on keyboards, along with the the current Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, David Bowden.

A truly inspiring Jazz Pianist takes you on a breathtaking  journey through the entire history of Jazz piano. At 2pm on Saturday 14th October in the afternoon Geoff Eales will take you on a trip covering the sedate ragtime of Scott Joplin and on to Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, before a fabulous finish with his own spontaneous improvisations.  “Eales has never disguised his respectful devotion to masters such as Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock and his glossy technique as a straight swinger is formidable” - The Guardian

Saturday evening has Derbyshire bassist, guitarist and jazz educator Fred Theolonious Baker with "American Dreams: The Music of Pat Metheny" The smoothest of tributes to the original Pat Metheny Group. Fred Thelonius Baker will be focussing on their early years including "American Garage" and "Offramp", playing a classic Gibson 175, an acoustic guitar and guitar synth to produce the typical sounds of the period. Fred is also conducting a masterclass in jazz guitar earlier in the day at 11.30am

Sunday afternoon 15th October features a New Orleans Jazz Brunch with fresh cooked Creole food – think gumbo, jambalaya and corn bread – combines with a musical melting pot of Jazz and Blues sounds to provide a very special, very mellow, very exclusive Sunday treat in the intimate and informal setting of The Maltings bar.

More details - telephone the box office: 01289 330999. Tickets from  

Extra gigs at Wigan...

Dan Shout with the Dan Wheildon Trio. Tickets £10.
Dan Shout is one of South Africa’s leading saxophone players who teaches at Cape Town University. His music is straight ahead jazz which is highly rhythmical, incorporating South African influences.
Wigan Jazz Club extra event, Wednesday evening 18th October, 7.30 pm at Wigan Cricket Club, Bull Hey, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WNI 1RU

 A welcome return of The Managers Big Band. Admission £12 non members of the Jazz Club, £11.50 concessions, £11 Jazz Club members. Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday afternoon 9th October, 12.30 pm at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Rooad, Wigan, WN1 3LU.

For all events:-
Advance tickets available from or pay at the door.
Details of prices, directions to the venue and all relevant information on where you will also find photos, reviews, information about the Club, membership, and the future programme.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Temperance Seven and more at the Spa

Temperance Seven - 21 October 
From Les and the team at Boston Spa

October dates

7th – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – the group most requested by our audience. The sound is described as “vintage acoustic swing music” – the red hot jazz of the 1920’s New York. This is a truly class act led by one of our favourite musicians “Spats” Langham on guitar and banjo and the evening will be much enhanced by the vocal talents of Emily Campbell who draws her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee. £10.

14th – Savannah Jazz Band – and making its final appearance for the year, Yorkshire’s number one and well travelled traditional jazz band. Always a first class jolly evening with some rhythm and blues thrown in for good measure.

21st – Temperance Seven – yes - it’s the real thing! Founded in the 1950s, the band specialises in the music of the 20s and 30s though with a tongue in cheek slant throughout. Even the name reflects this being “one under the eight” – there are eight musicians. You’ll recall the famous chart hits of the 60s such as “You’re driving me crazy” and “Pasadena”. Do come along for an evening of pure nostalgia – better still make up a party of friends and dress up in your retro outfits. £10

28th – Kevin Grenfall’s Jazz Giants + John Hallam – led by the irrepressible Kevin on trumpet on this occasion with our star reeds player John Hallam and the mellifluous Richard Leach on trombone. The rhythm section includes Phil Knight from Denmark on piano and Jack Coterill on drums. A lively evening is assured. £10.

November dates 

4th – Red Stripe Band – now for something a little different and much requested. Red Stripe led by Neil Drinkwater on keyboard has been stomping its boogie woogie, jump jive, blues, swing and rock and roll rhythms worldwide for nigh on twenty years. Infectious energy coupled with lashings of high octane music. £10.

11th – Sorry – No Jazz

18th – Dave Donohoe Jazz Band – and a warm welcome to one of the unsung heroes of the British Jazz scene with a first class array of musical talent led by Dave on trombone and amongst whom is our local hero, Frank Brooker plus Teddy Fullick on trumpet. Something of a ‘New Orleans’ bent to the programme but always an excellent evening’s entertainment.

25th – Amy Roberts + Richard Exall + Tom Kincaid – now here we have the makings of a memorable night as Amy and Richard demonstrate their formidable talents as they take on the standards on a range of reeds instruments and more than ably supported by the wonderful Tom Kincaid Trio. £10.

Thanks for your Support – it’s what keeps music live!
Why not bring along a friend, neighbour or relative – JITS is friendly and it’s fun!

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.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nine star gigs this October @JazzLeeds

Craig Handy Quartet 5 Oct 

A star studded month for Jazz Leeds with international musicians from USA, South Africa and Holland, two UK octets - one with jazz and poetry led by Alan Barnes with poetess Josie Moon, and one celebrating the life of Stan Tracey led by his son Clark. Then to round the month off the amazing world music of Don Kipper!

Craig Handy Quartet Thursday evening 5 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Craig Handy sax; Jonathan Gee piano, Nicola Sabato bass, Rod Youngs: drums. Leading US saxophonist Craig Handy comes to Leeds with a top class European trio. Since his time with Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Handy has contributed his lyrical and intensely passionate improvisations to ensembles led by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ray Drummond, Elvin Jones, George Adams and Kenny Barron among many others.
Support from – “Sam Jackson’s Drawing Hands

Dolly James -Inkwell Divas Saturday afternoon 7 October @Inkwell Arts 1. 30-3.30pm Payf
Dolly worked as a session singer in London before pursuing her solo career. In 1990, she released a 7-inch single with Andy Sheppard and she has toured with Simply Red. Her band performed at Womad and Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham. Now she is developing a new career as a jazz singer..

Dan Whieldon Quartet Sunday afternoon 8 October @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5) Dan Whieldon piano, Richard Iles flugelhorn, Gavin Barras double bass, Caroline Boaden drums. Manchester pianist Dan Whieldon leads a new band performing his rich, elegant music - contemporary European in style, rich in harmony, refined and elegant., their melodies eloquently voiced by the featuring the lyrical flugelhorn of Richard Iles.

“A Fish Tale” - Alan Barnes Septet and poet Josie Moon Thursday evening 12 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5) Alan Barnes, Dean Masser, Gilad Atzmon saxes, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates Trumpet, Pat McCarthy guitar, Dave Green bass, Sebastian de Krom drums, Josie Moon narrator. Fish Tales brings together the orchestrations of Alan Barnes, the compositions of guitarist Pat McCarthy and the amusing, risqué and troubling poems of Josie Moon to portray the spirit and loss of the fishing community in Grimsby "Executed with love and skill "Fish Tales " represents a jazz concept that is all too rare" ****4 stars-Jazz Journal.  Support from - Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 8-8.30pm

South African saxman Dan Shout -Sunday afternoon 15 October @Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5) Dan Shout saxes Dan Whieldon piano Gavin Barras bass Dave Walsh drums. Dan Shout is a respected sax player and jazz educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed in over 30 countries with the likes Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, Maria Schneider and Frode Nymo.

Barry Ellis @Rush Hour Jazz Wednesday 20 October 6-7pm Payf . Barry Ellis is one of the veterans of the Leeds Jazz scene - playing tenor sax in bands with trumpeter Richard Auty from the 1960's onwards. He has a very smooth sax style reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Stan Getz

Dominic J.Marshall trio Sunday afternoon 22 October @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5). Dominic Marshall piano Sam Vicary double bass Sam Gardner – drums The Dominic J Marshall Trio consists of three friends who originally met in Leeds but have all now developed international careers. Dominic’s  is based in Amsterdam and his music travels through jazz, classical, hip-hop, soul, folk and everything in between. “He brings together “A great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” Jamie Cullum

Stan Tracey Legacy Octet Thursday eve 26 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £20/18 (NUS £5). Mark Armstrong: trumpet; Mark Nightingale trombone; Sam Mayne: alto sax; Simon Allen: tenor sax; Nadim Teimoori: tenor/soprano sax; Steve Melling: piano; Andrew Cleyndert: bass; Clark Tracey: drums Stan Tracey was an outstanding figure in the jazz world and was always a great favourite in Leeds. His distinguished career spanned six decades of flourishing creativity and he He was a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he worked. This evening celebrates his music and features most of Stan’s last Octet, led by his son Clark and with Steve Melling at the piano. Support from Chris Bland Quartet 8-8.30pm

Don Kipper Sunday afternoon 29 October @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7. Andrew Gorman (violin) Daniel Gouly (Clarinet, Vocals) Josh Middleton (accordion) Tim Karp (Guitar) Jamie Benzies (Double Bass) Timmy Doyle (Drums) Dunja Botic (Vocals). Something different! Don Kipper are a multi award-winning 7-piece ensemble playing  a wide range of traditional musical from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean - from Turkish and Greek folk music to Romani music and Klezmer.

More details:
Our venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Nick Svarc Trio, New Hotness and more at Heart

Four October Jazz gigs at Heart in Leeds

The New Hotness 10 Oct

Sat 7th October Nik Svarc Trio
Tickets: £10 £6 concs
Svarc Trio seeks to bring a variety of influences together to unite modern groove with improvisation.
‘Guitar-led fusion from this youthful, Leeds-based virtuoso’. Time Out
Nik Svarc- Guitars/Loops,
Garry Jackson-Electric and Double Bass,
Dave Walsh-Drums

Tues 10 October The New Hotness 
Donations on the door £3 - £5
The New Hotness is a Jazz ensemble from Leeds. The six piece band, who recently graduated from Leeds College of Music, specialise in Hard Bop, Hip-Hop and New Jazz.
Alto Sax - Calum Hennings,
Tenor Sax - Andy Berry
Trumpet - Alex Brown,
Guitar - Joe Scott
Bass - Alistair Rhodes,
Drums - Chris Mcintyre

Wed 11 October Don Pipkin
One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited  blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin, brings his acclaimed one man show on the road with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breath-taking piano.

Tues 31 October Jeff Hewer's Chamber Jazz
Donations on the door £3 - £5
This new trio led by Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer . They perform classic American jazz standards and original songs in a mellow and intimate setting that highlights the group’s interplay along with their swing and groove.
Jeff Hewer- guitar
Sam Jackson -bass
Will Howard -sax

Next Heart Jazz Jam session:  November 3rd 7.30-10.30pm

Jazz Workshops every Monday, 7.30 - 9 p.m. 
Learn to play jazz. Details email or just turn up! Taught by Ben Lowman and Jeff Hewer (alternate weeks).

Jazz at Heart/Tuesday Night Live
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN
United Kingdom

North east gigs listing - October

Binker and Moses Gosforth Oct 12

Oct 3 Gerry Richardson Trio The Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Oct 4 Classic Swing Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Oct 5 Safe Sextet w Debra Milne Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 6 Triptych Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Oct 6 New Orleans Heat Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre, Saltburn TS12 1JW
Oct 6 Emma Fisk & James Birkett St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Oct 6 Youngblood Brass Band Riverside NE1 3RQ
Oct 6 Ruth Lambert & Stuart Collingwood Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 7 New Century Ragtime Orchestra St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Oct 7 Julian Costello Quartet Jazz co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 7 Andersson/Pringle/Banner/Pereira Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 8 Lilli Unwin Band + Maja Bugge Bridge Hotel NE1 1RQ
Oct 11 Swing Street Pier Red, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF
Oct 12 James Birkett & Bradley Johnston King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 12 Binker & Moses + Archipelago Gosforth Civic Theatre NE3 3HD
Oct 12 Gerry R & the E Types Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Oct 13 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Oct 13 Don Paterson’s Situation Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Oct 13 Fumar Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 14 Geoff Eales Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ*
Oct 14 Fred Thelonious Baker Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Oct 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band w Joe Stilgoe Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Oct 15 Alan Glen Trio Jazz Co-op @ the Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 16 Glowrogues Ernest NE2 1AP
Oct 18 Glowrogues Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 19 Mark Williams Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 20 Hand to Mouth Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Oct 20 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis Lit & Phil NE1 1SE*
Oct 20 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Oct 20 Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 21 Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Oct 21 The Exiles Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 22 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Oct 26 Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 27-29 Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party Village Hotel, North Tyneside NE27 0BY
Oct 27 Michael Messer’s Mitra Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 28 Lindsay Hannon Plus Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Oct 28 House of the Black Gardenia Billy Bootleggers NE1 5AN
Oct 29 Joy Ellis Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ*
Oct 31 Ushaw Ensemble Jazz Café NE1 5DW 

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon