Thursday, 30 November 2017

December dates@Huddersfield Head of Steam

Dec 6th - Rod Mason (sax), Darren Lloyd (trumpet)

Dec 13th - Frank Brooker (sax -pictured ), Andy Henderson (trumpet)

Dec 20th – Jenny’s Festive Feast

Dec 27th – Happy Christmas!

All Accompanied by the House Rhythm Section Andrzej Baranek/Jez Platt (keys) Paul Chamberlain/Paul Baxter (basses) Joe England/John Settle drums Jazz collective fixer Paul Smith

Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time Wednesday 8.30 pm
Cover Charge  £2 - £5 per person

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" in Wilmslow

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" dates in Wilmslow

December 5th:- THE ORIGINAL PANAMA JAZZBAND (pictured)
December 12th:- "WALES PLAYS BRAZIL"
December 19th:- MARILYN ROYLE (vocals), PHIL STEADMAN (reeds) and the STEVE HALL trio

Closed on December 26th and January 2nd

January 16th:- KIERA BATTERSBY (vocals); ALEX CLARKE (reeds), TOM KINCAID (keyboard), ANDY HULME (guitar) and GRANT RUSSELL (bass)

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" most Tuesdays upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, SK9 5EG. 8.30pm £7 on door. Details (01625) 528336

Thanks for all your help throughout the year. Best wishes for 2018,
                                                                                         Graham Brook

Women play jazz workshops in Newcastle

A new opportunity for the new year

A series of four workshops specifically for women, led by inspirational tutor Jilly Jarman.

The workshops will create a supportive atmosphere for instrumentalists and vocalists alike. They will concentrate on developing ways to improvise, playing with others, and having fun with jazz repertoire and beyond. Playing will usually be by ear though help from sheet music will be available too. Learning will include: communicating with other musicians, demystifying jargon and preparing for a jam session.

Jilly Jarman is a jazz composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. She is founder/director of BlueJam Arts and is currently developing Cumbria Music Hub’s Youth Jazz Programme and Girls in Jazz project.

When? Each Saturday in January, 2-5pm, finishing with a jam session and party from 7pm on 27 January
Where? The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD
Who? Suitable for female instrumentalists and vocalists, aged 16 to infinity.
How? To enrol please complete the form below.

The fee for all four workshops and the party is £80. If you cannot attend all the sessions you may pay £22.50 per workshop.

Sat 6 Jan 2018
Sat 13 Jan 2018
Sat 20 Jan 2018
Sat 27 Jan 2018

Details and enrolment

Wakefield Jazz - December Programme 2017

Tina May 15 Dec

Fri 1 Dec Jasper Hoiby’s "Fellow creatures"
This set-of current generation musicians is perfect to interpret Jasper’s green-inspired compositions.    “.  . rhythm-twisting struts played with the breeziness of a street band”.
Jasper Høiby, Will Barry, Laura Jurd, ,George Crowley,Jon Scott

Fri 8 Dec  Kate Williams Quartet feat. Gareth Lockrane 
Outstanding composer and pianist Kate with the UK’s foremost flautist Gareth in a long-standing band which will be sure to produce stimulating music.
Kate Williams Quartet feat. Gareth Lockrane (flute) with Oil Hayhurst (bass) and Tristan Maillot (dr)

15  December  ~  Nikki Iles, Tina May and friends at the Christmas Party
Early start at 8:00pm for a three set gig including a buffet meal in the first interval and a monster raffle in the second  -  early booking is recommended.
Nikki Iles, Nigel Price, Arnie Somogyi, Steve Brown, Karen Sharp, Tina May
A block-buster band with major UK jazz personalities combining to provide the fun and passion a party should include.    Note – the emphasis will be firmly on jazz content with the occasional seasonal reference.

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

Big Bands for Christmas? JazzLeeds've got 'em!

Ronnie Bottomley is simply the best big band arranger in the North of England and his all star (and we do mean all star) big band will be our evening presentation this month. We also have our winter jazz cafe, some christmas jazz carols, a Jazz Divas concert at Inkwell and a very special JazzLeeds 10th birthday party with the fabulous jazz singer Kate Peters with her septet and the award  winning Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra . But to start the month...

Asaxual @Inkwell Sun 3 Dec 1.30pm 
Tom Sharp Trumpet Tom I'Anson Trombone Chris Bland Piano Sam Jackson Bass Tom Hawthorn Drums
Asaxual was formed in 2016 as a saxophone free quintet  that pays tribute to some of the most magnificent two-brass front lines of the recent past, such as the great JJ Johnson & Kai Winding , and heavyweights like Bobby Shew and Carl Fontana.

Ronnie Bottomleys’ All Star Jazz Orchestra@Seven Arts Thus 7 Dec 8pm
Saxes: Rod Mason (baritone), Joel Purnell, Si Kaylor (tenors), Jim Corry, James Russell (altos) 
Trumpets: Dale Gibson, Trevor Vincent, Ian Chalk, Gaz Smith 
Trombones: Brian Archer, Kevin Holborough, Stuart Garside, Chris Hibbard (bass trombone)
Rhythm Piano:Graham Hearn, Guitar:Derrick Harris, Bass:Adrian Knowles, Drums:Dave Walsh

"Oh wow that's a wonderful band" said one  well known Leeds jazz singer when we told her about the concert . Big Ronnie Bottomley is truly a Leeds big band legend. His arrangements are founded firmly in the classic big band repertoire but also Ron's own special creations. He'll be conducting his All-Star Jazz Orchestra - get there early for what will be a popular Christmas concert! Ronnie has known so many top musicians over so many years that he has an immense pool of musicians to call upon. His experience over 5 decades as a performer and educator has gained him respect of his and later generations and he is indefatigable in his composing and arranging which continues unabated.

Jazz Xmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra+ Kate Peters Septet@Seven Arts Sunday 10 Dec 1.30-5pm
Our tenth anniversary Christmas party is a specially extended double header jazz afternoon! We've a special guest too - the Leeds Lord Mayor Cllr Jane Dowson coming along to to share in the fun!

Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra
Saxes: Ben Lowman, Jack Chandler, Rose Sharp, Laurie Covell, James Boyes
Trumpets: Tom Sharp, Joe Roughton, Ciarán Diston, James Hamilton, Tom Hill
Trombones: Tom I'Anson, Chris Burge, Charlie Knighton, Pat Martin
Rhythm: Chris Bland (pno), Will Powell (gtr), Sam Jackson (bass), Josh Smout (drums)
Vocals from James Hudson.
Some of the best classic big band charts performed by some of Leeds top young musicians who recently won the "best big band" award in the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

Kate Peters Septet - Kate Peters is a jazz singer of rare passion and flair! A graduate of Leeds College of Music, who has worked with some of the UK´s most talented jazz musicians. Her band is a collection of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country, fronted by Kate, with Ben Lowman on tenor sax, Ian Chalk on trumpet, Sam Dunn on guitar, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums. The debut album of this impressive band is now available

Christmas Jazz Café @Inkwell Sunday 17 Dec 1.30pm
Our final Christmas jam session is always the best! Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Jazz Workshop and Jazz Voices Choir will be performing their Christmas party pieces and the Seven Jazz trio with George McDonald on piano, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Hanley drums will be there to support you if you want to join in!

Other gigs!
Inkwell Divas @Inkwell Sat 2 Dec 2-3pm Sarah Henderson 
Sarah Henderson vocals and flute Jeff Hewer guitar, Trev Prinn bass, Dom Moore drums
As part of the Inkwell Winter Craft Fair our Inkwell diva Sarah Henderson will be singing and playing for you. payf collection

Jazz Carols at the Rush Hour@Seven Arts Wed 20 Dec 6-7pm 
Martin Townsend flute, Alex Robinson keyboard Steve Crocker bass, Graham Hefferman drums Marlena Rose vocals 
Some festive tunes and singing to entertain you in this month's Rush Hour Jazz. payf collection

Tickets in advance from

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

See you soon at JazzLeeds

Steve Crocker
Dec 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

14 years of Southport Jazz Festival

Ian Shaw Sat 2 Feb

From Neil Hughes

I'm delighted to introduce the 14th Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend in Southport at the Royal Clifton Hotel once again incorporating the flavours that Southport has become well known for; international artists, challenging and contemporary jazz, some Big Band music and of course the best in British with a touch of North West genius. This year the international theme features Tricia Evy who plays the late set for us on Saturday night and we have Asaf Sirkis joining local heroes Mike Walker & Gwilym Simcock in the Friday late, late slot.

We look forward to seeing you all for the Southport Jazz Festival 2018, We would love to see you over all the 4 days of great entertainment. But don’t worry if you can’t join us for the whole weekend, choose your favourite day or individual performances.

Thursday 31 January

Friday 1 Feb

Saturday 2 Feb

Sunday 3 Feb


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Gateshead International Jazz Festival line up revealed

Georgie Fame with The Guy Barker Big Band Sun 8 April 

The line-up ahas been announced for Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018. Styled as "the UK’s biggest jazz festival held under one roof" the festival fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018. Headlining this year’s festival are Ruby Turner, Maceo Parker, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen, Norma Winstone, Portico Quartet, The Chris Barber Band and Georgie Fame with The Guy Barker Big Band alongside many other jazz, funk and soul artists from across Europe and beyond. 

Providing the funk and soul will be one of the UK’s most popular soul singers Ruby Turner who will be joined in a great Saturday night double bill by American funk superstar saxophonist Maceo Parker, whose collaborations over the years have included James Brown, Prince, Ray Charles, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Mercury prize-nominated Portico Quartet who echo jazz, electronic and ambient music will offer a different style of jazz late on Friday night.

Sunday night’s headline concert features Guy Barker and his Big Band along with yet another major figure in British music, Georgie Fame, who has reached number one in the charts on numerous occasions.

New work is a key element of any Sage Gateshead festival, and the festival will see the premiere of a new work by Gateshead born, Leeds based guitarist Chris Sharkey which he will perform with the acclaimed free jazz drummer Mark Sanders. This concert will open with a set by one of the two winners of the 2018 ‘Jazz North Introduces’ award, the Leeds College of Music all-female trio J Frisco.

Food writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner will reveal his prowess as a jazz pianist on Saturday afternoon along with his quartet, and in keeping with his international renown as a restaurant critic, Jay tackles songs that deal with food and drink. The festival will also include family concerts, workshops and masterclasses, and a full concourse programme.

Tickets go on general sale Friday 24 November, 10am online at tel 0191 443 4661. For more info visit


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Lescar pre Christmas treats

Jamie Taylor, Sam Dunn, Alan Barnes 20 Dec

Busy time up to Christmas for Jazz at the Lescar in Sheffield!

22nd November 2017 Eyal Lovett Trio featuring Eran Har Even £8
We're honoured to welcome a rising star pianist and composer, Israeli born and now residing in Berlin, Eyal Lovett, who's wonderful album 'Tales from a Forbidden Land' featured the great US guitarist Gilad Hekselman. Entrancing and beautiful piano trio music from a truly accomplished trio. With Eyal are Mathias Jensen (bass), Aidan Lowe (drums), and a special guest Eran Har Even on guitar, a leading figure on the Dutch jazz scene.

29th November 2017 DOUBLE BILL Taupe / Kapok £10
Two very different bands, but both sharing a progressive and expansive approach drawing on a wide range of influences.  Kapok bring an infectious rhythmic, fierce live energy, delving into funk rock, classical music, free improv and African music to produce something entirely original.Taupe are equally energetic, but increasing the volume, brash, razor sharp polyrhythmic intensity and exploratory approach, mixing improvisation with electronics to produce something wholly original and vibrant.

6th December 2017 DOUBLE BILL Favourite Animals / Article XI £10
Two large bands with a shared common ground and featuring a total of 15 of the most creative improvising musicians in the UK. Article XI Article XI was formed as a Manchester Jazz Festival commission in 2015. Led by Anton Hunter, this 11 piece band brings a collective approach to composition. Favourite Animals is based around the core of Cath's quintet Sloth Racket, and utilising her wonderful graphic scoring techniques, you can expect to hear a fluid and organic mix of big riffs and free improvisation.

13th December 2017 Johnny Hunter Quartet £7
A welcome return with a new line-up for one of our favourite musicians, drummer Johnny Hunter
Playing music that explores the freer, more improvised side of jazz, with influences from Henry Threadgill, Ornette Coleman, and Joe Harriott, the quartet features Mark Hanslip on tenor sax, Graham South on trumpet and Seth Bennett on bass.

20th December 2017 Jamie Taylor, Sam Dunn, Alan Barnes £8
Alan Barnes, Jamie Taylor, Sam Dunn What a way to end the year. Two brilliant guitarists, Sam Dunn and Jamie Taylor, both based in Sheffield, are joined by a complete legend of the UK jazz scene, alto/baritone sax and clarinet player Alan Barnes. There will, of course, be mulled wine and other Christmas treats!

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Monday, 20 November 2017

Jazz at the Cross Keys, York

Ron Burnet’s Mardi Gras Band 14 Dec

Traditional Jazz every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm Cross Keys pub York with local musicians; food available  (a special  jazz menu), free admission, dog friendly and  child friendly.

Featuring this week on Thursday 23 Nov, The John Pashley Jazz Band with John Pashley (Trumpet), Martin Boyd, (Clarinet/sax), Alan Bramley (trombone), Keith Daniel (drums), Richard Speight (banjo/gtr) and Phil Kampen (bass). This is a band with a strong earthy Yorkshire orientation from its leader John Pashley. The audience is guaranteed some good humour and entertaining music.

Future bookings are:

30 Nov Yorkshire Stompers
7 Dec, 7th City Jazz Band
14 Dec Ron Burnet’s Mardi Gras Band
21, Dec Yorkshire Stompers
28, Dec No Jazz.

 Cross Keys pub, 32 Tadcaster Road. York YO24 1LQ

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Pharoah Sanders Quartet in Leeds

Pharoah Sanders’ career has featured many distinct chapters, but has always aimed for personal exploration rather than rebellion. In 1966 John Coltrane remarked that Pharoah’s playing ‘helps me stay alive’. This was as true now as it was half a century ago, with the influence of both Coltranes (John and Alice)  never far away from Pharoah’s music.

Pharoah may carry the aura of a jazz legend, but he's not one to bring an ego to the stage with it. He won't hesitate to pass the spotlight to his band. His power to directly connect with an audience has never faded, and those going to see his sold out show at Leeds Belgrave Music Hall will enjoy themselves immensely.

Line-up: Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone, William Henderson III- piano, Oli Hayhurst - double bass, Gene Calderazzo - drums. 

16 November 2018  Belgrave Music Hall 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP Doors 8pm

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Thing and Roller Trio at Wharf Chambers Leeds

Scandinavian Jazz Punks "The Thing" are in Leeds on Tuesday 21 November at Wharf Chambers.

Since 1999 The Thing brings fans of rock, noise and jazz together. With sax, bass and drums the band has covered music from jazz avant-gardists such as Don Cherry and Albert Ayler, from garage rockers such as The White Stripes and The Cramps, more established names such as PJ Harvey and Iggy Pop and underground bands such as Lightning Bolt. The trio recorded albums together with, among others, Neneh Cherry, Ken Vandermark and Thurston Moore.

Frontman Mats Gustafsson is internationally renowned for his powerful tenor sax playing. The Swedish saxophonist/composer plays in The Thing with bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love, who are known as ‘Norway’s heaviest rhythm section’.

Melding German, British and American traditions of free music, their repertoire has later been collected from various sources such as James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, PJ Harvey, White Stripes and Joe McPhee. McPhee was also a participating musician on the She Knows album (2001).

Other guests who have joined The Thing for recording and performances include Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke and Jeb Bishop.

"The Sonic Equivalent of the Hulk doing battle with Godzilla"!

‘The sheer energy and physicality of The Thing’s sound is immensely satisfying, fusing the freedom of jazz with the controlled power of rock’ (The Quietus).

Support is from Roller trio "Epic rock-edge riffs, angular sax explorations, haunting dub step style electronics"

£10 on advance (Jumbo Records) or £12 on the door (NUS/MU £10)

Workshop 2.30pm at LCoM £5

Wharf Chambers 23-25 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ

Yukako Yamano Quartet at Wharf Chambers Leeds

Yukako Yamano (keyboards) - Karen Hirabayashi (sax) - Ben Rush (ba) - Alasdair Pennington (ds)
Tonight -  15th November 2017

Yukako Yamano (山野 友佳子), born in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the most in demand jazz pianists in Japan today. After graduating from the prestigious Tokyo College of Music at 18, Yukako released her first album entitled “1st Stage” and successfully toured over Japan. In 2015, she released her second album “2nd Stage” and started touring in Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, Spain, and the United States alongside international artists in various music genres. This year, Yukako is bringing her music to UK, with her newly released third album "3rd Stage". She is performing at Wharf Chambers with some of the most talented jazz students in the Leeds College of Music.

Website: http: //

 Admission: £5
19:15 (Door)
19:45 (Start)
22:00 (Jam Session)

Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Nikel and Kit Downes at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

For the final concert of this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival experimental folk artist,singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon explores the intersections of songcraft, jazz improvisation, and traditional American music.

His group has some of the finest international jazz and improvising musicians including Byron Wallen trumpet; James Allsop bass clarinet / tenor saxophone; Kit Downes piano; Jasper Høiby acoustic bass; Chris Vatalaro drums / live electronics .

They will perform songs from Amidon’s most recent release The Following Mountain, which is his first album of entirely original compositions, as well as drawing on material from Amidon’s earlier records such as Lily-O and I See The Sign, which consisted of radically re-worked traditional folksongs. Sam Amidon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from Brattleboro, Vermont, US. His most recent album, The Following Mountain, was released in May of 2017 by Nonesuch Records.

His first album of entirely original songs and compositions, it features appearances by Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan and legendary free-jazz drummer Milford Graves, known for his pioneering work in the 1960s with artists such as Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.

Sunday 26 November 
@Bates Mill Blending Shed, 9pm
Tickets £17 (£14 concession / online)

Kit Downes Obsidian World Premiere
Kit Downes church organ
Tom Challenger saxophone

Obsidian is a collection of Kit Downes’ solo organ works from the eponymous album soon to be released on ECM Records. It is a musical response to volcanicity, slow processes that cause extreme reactions. A mixture of written and semi-scored/semi-improvised pieces, it focusses on the nuances and unique features of both smaller chamber organs local to rural Suffolk as well as larger grander instruments from bigger cities around the UK. It is both a study of extended techniques from instruments sometimes in states of disrepair, and a connection and adaptation of the improvised tradition of the instrument, exploring themes of duration, vibration and mechanics.

Saturday 25 November 
St Paul’s Hall
University of Huddersfield
Tickets £12 (£9 concession / online)

Tickets 01484 472900
Full programme:

Monday, 13 November 2017

Durham Jazz Scene in December

The Jazz Scene in Durham is growing. Here are the December offers at the Empty Shop venue

The Jazz Sessions: The Riviera Quartet (pictured)
Thursday 7th December
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

The sound of the 1960s French Riviera rendered through a jazzy cocktail of bebop, hard driving blues and Latin-infused original tunes. Riviera Quartet play a selection of originals that capture the essence of 60's Dizzy Gillespie/Lalo Schiffrin on the French Riviera. A mixture of blues, bebop and bossa

Pete Tanton, Tpt/Flugel;
Mark Williams, Guitar;
John Pope,Bass;
Russ Morgan, Drums

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

The Jazz Sessions Extra: The Francis Tulip Quartet
Wednesday 20th December
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
The Francis Tulip Quartet burst onto the North-East Jazz scene last summer with a series of gigs celebrating the genius of Thelonious Monk. Consisting of a group of emerging young musicians variously perfecting their skills in colleges in Newcastle, Birmingham, London and Boston USA, the debut gig from this talented combo brought rapturous reviews from the region’s respected jazz blog, having “exceeded every expectation” and being nominated as a contender for “Gig of the Year”.
The Quartet is back in the region in December / January with a more seasonal offering, which promises the very best in bebop, with an appropriate nod to jazz-fusion.

The Francis Tulip Quartet comprises:
Francis Tulip - Jazz Guitar
Michael Dunlop - Bass Guitar
Matthew MacKellar - Drums
Joel Brown - Piano

Doors from 7:00pm, music starts at 8pm (Two 45 min sets with a break)
£5 / £4 students – pay on the door

Durham University Jazz Soc: Jazz Jam
Sundays December 3rd and 10th
Please check for dates.
7:30pm - 11pm // FREE
"...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
There will be a house band all night who welcome anyone to get up with them or switch out the rhythm section. They play from the standard real book repertoire so bring music for anything non typical.
The jams run very informally with people welcome to come and go as they please. If you want to play or sing, just bring along an instrument and get up as and when you fancy playing.
It's a good place to work on improvisation or just listen to some great music.

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

North east jazz gigs listing - November

Arun Ghosh Sage Gateshead Nov 19
North east gigs – November

Nov 10 Paul Donnelly Quartet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Nov 10 Paul Skerritt & James Harrison Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 12 James Girling Saltburn Community Theatre & Theatre TS12 1JW*
Nov 12 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Nov 12 Paul Gowland Quartet + Noel Dennis Quartet Bridge Hotel NE1 1RQ
Nov 14 Joy Ellis Trio The Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Nov 16 Ponyland Bar Loco NE1 4PG
Nov 17 Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Nov 17 Paul Edis Jazz Café NE1 5DW*
Nov 17 Paul Edis Sextet St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Nov 17 Jamie Toms & Lloyd Wright Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 18 New Tyneside Orchestra St Nicholas Cathedral NE1 1PF
Nov 18 Brass Funkeys Bar Loco NE1 4PG
Nov 19 Tyne Horns The Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE*
Nov 19 Arun Ghosh + Steve Ojay Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 19 Paul Edis + Early Bird Band Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Nov 21 Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 21 Gypsy Jazz Jam Prohibition Bar, Gateshead NE8 2BA
Nov 22 BBC Big Band Middlesbrough Theatre TS5 6SA
Nov 23 Skidoo 52 Boldron Village Hall, County Durham DL12 9RN
Nov 23 Group Theory Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 23 Customs House Big Band The Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Nov 24 Graham Hardy & Paul Edis Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Nov 24 Skidoo 52 Middleton & Tonbridge Village Hall, Northumberland NE61 4RA
Nov 24 Sandrani Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre NE1 5DW
Nov 28 Kapok Jazz Café NE1 5DW  
Nov 29 St Aidan’s College Jazz Band Music Department, Durham University DH1 3RL*
Nov 29 Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Nov 30 Alter Ego Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 30 Paul Skerritt Band The Pennyweight, Darlington DL1 5QA

Nov 30 Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF

Russell Corbett's November North East Jazz Line Up

Jools Holland 29/30 November

Monday 13 November marks the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle. The University of Newcastle awarded Dr King an honorary degree, the only British university to do so. A city-wide series of Freedom City 2017 events commemorating the historic occasion culminates with a concert in St Nicholas Cathedral on Saturday 18 by the New Tyneside Orchestra. Included in the programme will be a performance of Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings.

Music students offer three contrasting gigs during the month. Royal Northern College of Music post graduate student guitarist James Girling will perform classical and jazz compositions at Saltburn by the Sea’s Community Theatre (Nov 12). Group Theory, a Durham University quartet, will gig at the Jazz Co-op in Newcastle on Nov 23 and on Nov 29 St Aidan’s College Jazz Band, another Durham University outfit, performs in the music department on Palace Green adjacent to Durham Cathedral

Half a dozen big name out-of-towners visit the region during the month. Pianist-singer Joy Ellis can be heard for free at the Fox Inn on West End Terrace in Hexham (Nov 14). Accompanying London-based Ellis will be Henrik Jensen, bass, and drummer Adam Osmianski. Three top class musicians and it’s all for free – be sure to put a crisp, new note in the bucket collection! Arun Ghosh returns to Sage Gateshead (Nov 19), and Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita pitch up a couple of days later (Nov 21). On Teesside the always impressive BBC Big Band will be in concert at Middlesbrough Theatre (Nov 22) and on Friday 24 Sandrani can be found in the Black Swan basement venue at Newcastle Arts Centre. Rounding off a clutch of big names is Jools Holland. For several years Holland’s band has sold out a two-night stint at Newcastle City Hall. November 29 and 30 should prove equally as popular. 

Regional bands are out and about as usual. The Paul Edis Sextet will be at St Cuthbert’s Centre in Crook, County Durham (17) and all concert goers receive a free slice of pizza! Earlier in the day at the Jazz Café in Newcastle pianist Edis plays a solo concert. At the same time (1:00pm) at Bishop Auckland Town Hall Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche can be heard playing Manouche and some original material. Tyne Horns is a new saxophone quartet. Catch them for free at the Exchange in North Shields on Sunday 19 (3:00pm). Dr Paul Edis gigs again at the Black Bull, Blaydon (Nov 19) in a double bill with the Early Bird Band. Edis will play a solo set followed by the emerging, young musicians working with Edis known as the Early Bird Band. Get along to hear the stars of tomorrow – alumnus include degree students currently studying at Berklee, Birmingham Conservatoire and RNCM.

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis put in an appearance at Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel (12). Rather, the music of Bird and Miles. Paul Gowland leads a quartet to play the music of Parker and Teesside’s  Noel Dennis, trumpet, revisits the music of one of his heroes – Miles Davis.

Finally, the north east’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band will make the short trip to Leeds on Sunday 12 to play a lunchtime gig (1:30pm) at Seven Artspace in Chapel Allerton. A nice day out for a top band.               


Friday, 10 November 2017

Pat Metheny nearly sold out in Hull

Pat Metheny's gig tonight in Hull is a near sell out - details here 

Winner of 20 Grammy Awards, guitarist Pat Metheny is making a special visit to Hull Jazz Festival as part of his 2017 world tour, and to celebrate Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Hull Jazz Festival’s 25th anniversary.

The sheer invention and energy of Pat Metheny’s music continues to shine, always searching for new sounds and ideas whilst retaining the melodic force and free-wheeling, joyous drive that has been his hallmark since he took the jazz world by storm in the 1970s.

In this brand new quartet, his unmistakeable guitar style is matched with two stellar talents from a new generation, with UK pianist Gwilym Simcock joining the brilliant bassist Linda Oh and long-time Metheny sidekick, drummer Antonio Sanchez, in a band that positively exudes class.

With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life, in 1975, he reinvented the traditional jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players. Over the years, he’s performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock to David Bowie. Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member, and only the fourth guitarist (joining Django Reinhardt, Charlie

At Hull City Hall 7.30pm Sat 11 November 2017

Gilad Hekselman Trio at Wharf Chambers Leeds

After a packed show at Wharf Chambers last year, Gilad Hekselman is back to perform his only Northern date and this time he is joined by his new trio AND saxophone powerhouse Mark Turner!

This is a rare chance to see four giants from the NYC jazz scene perform up close in an intimate setting and if last year's show is any indication, this will sell out fast.

Gilad Hekselman (Guitar)
Rick Rosato (Double Bass)
Jonathan Pinson (Drums)
+ Mark Turner (Tenor Saxophone)

Mr. Hekselman has set himself roughly up in the line of Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel, with a warm and clean guitar tone, clear articulation, crazily extended improvisational ideas…
— Ben Ratliff, New York Times

I think Mark Turner is one of the most important players that has come along in the last 20 years, easily the most influential. He never seems to have any doubt about what hes doing.
– Ravi Coltrane

Gilad Hekselman is one of the most talented and well respected guitar players in the world today. Gilad first gained recognition after winning the 2005 Montreux jazz guitar competition. He has played, performed and recorded with artists such as Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Avishai Cohen and John Scofield.

Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ

Wed 14 Nov 8pm - 11pm  Tickets £15-20 here 

Gilad is also taking a masterclass @Leeds College of Music from 2pm

Courtney Pine Northern Tour with the Jazz Directors

Critically-acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine C.B.E returns to the UK for the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series in February 2018, taking in four shows in Manchester, Leeds, Clitheroe and Lancaster with the Inner City Ensemble. Widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, Pine transformed the British jazz scene when his 1986 debut album ‘Journey to the Urge Within’ became the first jazz album to make the British Top 40 album chart.

The last two decades have seen him go on to achieve international acclaim, releasing 16 studio albums and constantly pushing the boundaries of the genre, as evidenced in his Matisse Live composition for Tate Britain and live performance at UNESCO’s International Jazz Day 2014 in Osaka, alongside Herbie Hancock and an all-star line-up.

With this residency, Courtney Pine builds on the success of previous Jazz Directors Series’ led by trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Chris Potter and pianist Zoe Rahman. For the fourth edition, Pine will be joined by a new line-up of emerging, professional jazz and crossover musicians, to be announced soon.

Details here

Fri 23 FEB 2018 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sat 24 FEB 2018 Grand, Clitheroe
Sun 25 FEB 2018 Grand Theatre, Lancaster
Thu 22 FEB 2018 Band on the Wall Manchester

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dutch contemporary jazz, Big Band and Dixieland at Wigan

Dutch jazz group Kapok 26 November

Double Bill:- The Kapok Trio from the Netherlands and BWD (Blackburn with Darwen) Big Band.

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 26th November, 2017 at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU.
12.30 pm till 3.00pm, but sometimes goes on a bit longer. Admission £12 non-members, £11.30 concessions, £11.00 members.Pay on the door, or book tickets in advance through Both of these bands are featured on U-tube, Wikipedia etc.

The Darren Lloyd Dixieland Band presents ‘A Salute to Louis Armstrong’.
The Music Continuum in association with Wigan Jazz Club, Friday 1st December, 2017. A fund-raising event for the Wigan International Jazz Festival 2018 at St Michael and All Angels Church, Duke Street, Swinley, Wigan, WN1 2B.
7.30 pm.  Admission £12, Wigan Jazz Club members £10. Tickets available from or phone Ian Darrington Tel 07785 982524 or Wigan Jazz Club 07848 818276.

More information about the Wigan Jazz Club, its history and future programme on e-mail tel 01942 243974 or 01925 727408

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Two new jazz venues in Leeds

Two new regular jazz venues for Leeds - making a total of 15 now in the city (see all the others here!) 

Soft Pedal - Cardigan Arms  364 Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2HQ - newly refurbished historic pub run by Kirstall Brewery. Jazz every Sunday - music 5-8pm - free. Food until late . Curated by Chris Bland and Tom Sharp. Slots in nicely between the JazzLeeds Sunday gig and evening gigs at the Sela Bar or Head of Steam 

Undercurrent - at the White Swan LS1 63G (next to the City Varieties in the Town Centre).Montly concert curated by Jami Sheriff from Leeds College of Music 8-11pm First Tuesday in the month Lots of great musicians coming to play - free entry. Tues 7 November has Jami's band featured in "Rafe's Dilemma" their version of the Bill Naughton's play Spring and Port Wine featuring Sam Vicary Eleanor Begley Katie Patterson with support from Else Skogan Bonesrønning band. Kick off at 8.00pm. 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet at Citheroe

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, will play some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, Dave has worked with an array of top musicians including Jason Rebello, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum and Darius Brubeck.

Dave O’Higgins - tenor & soprano saxes; Sebastiaan de Krom - drums;  Geoff Gascoyne - bass; Graham Harvey - piano/keys.

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet - Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630

Web: | Tickets: Advance: £12 / Members £10 / U18s £5 - On the door £13 / Members £11 / U18s £5 

Time: 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Christmas spirit at Boston Spa

Harlem Hot Stompers - Christmas Party 16 December 

Jazz dates up to Christmas from Les and the Jazz at the Spa team

Nov 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.
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.

Dec 2nd – Swing Commanders – and just to get the festive month off to a flying start, we have one of your all time favourite groups. A stunningly vibrant and versatile group of multi-instrumentalists performing a an exciting mix of 40/50s classics, boogie woogie and swing, jump jazz and more. Truly energetic showmanship coupled with sophisticated vocal harmony. Don’t miss this one! £10
16th – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – the last opportunity to clap your hands and stomp your feet in 2017. Yes – believe it or not - it’s Christmas Party time again with the traditional festive atmosphere, sarnies, mince pies, shortbread and the like provided by yourselves and shared around plus the special raffle. And the whole fun filled celebration driven along by the Harlem Hot Stompers. £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.

Coming your way this November from JazzLeeds

Arun Ghosh 23 November

Coming your way this November from JazzLeeds- Arun Ghosh, Christine Tobin, Latchepen, Strictly Smokin' Big Band,  J Frisco, ChapelFM Jazz Collective, Alec Robinson Quartet, Maya Kally, Cathy Ibberson, plus a jam sessions... !

Christine Tobin sings Leonard Cohen Thursday 9 November 2017 Doors open 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds
Christine Tobin: vocals; Phil Robson: guitar; Dave Whitford: bass; Huw Warren: piano/accordion; Adriano Adewale: percussion
A real treat for fans of jazz and of Leonard Cohen. Support is from "Jazz North introduces" band J FRISCO 8-8.30pm. Tickets selling fast for this -

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Sunday afternoon 12 November @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Vocals -F'reeze, Alice Grace, Saxophones- Steve Summers Keith Robinson Paul Gowland Jamie Toms Laurie Rangecroft, Trumpets -Gordon Marshall Michael Lamb Pete Tanton Dick Stacey, Trombones -Mark Ferris Kieran Parnaby David Barnes John Flood, Rhythm -Graham Don, Pawel Jerdzejewski, Michael Whent Guy Swinton
Formed in Newcastle in 2002 by trumpeter Michael Lamb, Strictly Smokin' Big Band has evolved into one of the finest jazz and swing big bands in the North. Tickets
Alec Robinson Quartet Sunday afternoon 19 November @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Alec Robinson piano, John Marley bass, Steve Hanley drums, Ben Lowman  tenor sax
Stirring and lyrical melodies, striking original compositions influenced by with influences of John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, and arrangements of pieces drawn from by some of Alec’s favourite jazz artists Tickets here 

Arun Ghosh Quintet : "But where are you really from"?   Thursday evening 23 November @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm Music 8pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Arun Ghosh clarinet, Idris Rahman - tenor sax, Shirley Tetteh – guitar, Liran Donin – bass, Dave Walsh – drums
Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and music educator. Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London. His musical vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. "Alice Coltrane meets The Doors, Primal Scream and The Velvet Underground!" Support is the ‘Chapel FM Jazz Collective’ big band (8.00-8.30pm) Tickets 

“Latchepen” Gypsy Jazz Sunday afternoon 26 November @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Matt Holborn violin, Kourosh Kanani and Jeremie Coullon guitars Simon Read  bass
Acoustic by nature but with a projection and heart beat that can rival any amplifier or drum, this quartet is jazz on a string with influences ranging from Django Reinhardt to bebop.

Other gigs!
Inkwell Divas - first Saturday in each month @Inkwell cafe 1.30-3.30 payf
**This Saturday! 4 November Maya Kally: vocals guitar and piano. Maya Kally is a passionate young jazz influenced singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. Her distinct style encompasses lust, heartbreak, loneliness and topics less spoken about within society.  Emile Karlsen is on drums/percussion Lewis Downs on guitar Steve Crocker on bass 

November Jam session @Inkwell Sunday 5 November 1.30-4pm.
**This Sunday 5 November! Bring your instrument, your voice or just come and watch the fun! £7/5 conc (concessions includes performers). The Seven Jazz Trio is Joe Boyes on piano, Steve Crocker bass, Jordan Dinsdale drums.

Rush Hour Jazz - third Wednesday in each month @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm payf
**15 November: Cathy Ibberson vocals with the Seven Jazz trio, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom Moore drums

We also run Sunday morning Jazz Instrumental Workshops (next one this Sunday 5 Nov 10am)  and the JazzLeeds Voices Choir  (next one Monday 13th November 7pm) both at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton, If you want to join either of these classes just come along!

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

Further information  See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker JazzLeeds