Thursday, 30 November 2017

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

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