Monday, 26 March 2018

Traditional Jazz at the Cross Keys York

From Alan Bramley

This Thursday afternoon 29 March at the Cross Keys we have the Tim New Jazz Band. This band made up of highly skilful York musicians always goes down well at the Cross Keys. With James Lancaster on Trumpet, Tim New on sax, Mike Barnham on guitar, Bob Smeaton on keyboard, Steve Crocker on bass and Paul Smith on drums, the band will be playing lots of well-known jazz tunes  with vocals from the fabulous Marlena Rose.

By request I am listing the bands that are scheduled to play at the Cross Keys for the next few weeks

5 April, John Pashley & Friends Jazz Band
12 April, Yorkshire Stompers
19 April, 7th City Jazz band with international jazz singer Sue Kibbey
26 April, The Funky Butt Hall N’Awlins Jazz Band (with the famous Annie Hawkins on bass)
3 May, Tim New Jazz band
10 May, Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies

Traditional Jazz every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm. Cross Keys pub, 32 Tadcaster Road. York YO24 1LQ, Tel: 01904 700854. Free admission, admission and parking (register your car at the bar), dog and child friendly, food (a jazz menu) available.

April Jazz at Huddersfield Head of Steam

April 4th
Rod Mason (sax) Nick Svarc (guitar) Jez Platt (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

April 11th
Wendy Kirkland (vocals/keys) Pat Sprakes (guitar) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

April 18th
Kevin Holborough’s Five Trombones with Andrzej Baranek (keys) Ken Marley (bass)
Paul Smith (drums)

April 25th
Jenny Hammond (vocals) Brendan Duffy (sax) Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

Huddersfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Times Wednesday 8.30 pm

Cover Charge £3 - £5 per person

Thank You
Paul Smith’s Jazz Mix

Lonnie Smith plays at Sela Leeds

The Sela Bar Leeds announced a visit from veteran jazz organist Lonnie  Smith on Sunday evening 22 April 

Lonnie Smith has a jazz pedigree second to none. He's played with Grover Washington Jr, George Benson, Lee Morgan, David "Fathead" Newman, King Curtis, Blue Mitchell, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Lovano and Lou Donaldson.

Dr. Smith became a part of the Blue Note family once again in March 2015. He released his first Blue Note album in 45 years titled Evolution which was released January 29, 2016 featuring special guests: Robert Glasper and Joe Lovano. His second Blue Note album All in My Mind was recorded live at "The Jazz Standard" in NYC (celebrating his 75th birthday with his longtime musical associates: guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake), and released January 12, 2018. He will be joined on-stage by Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Xavier Breaker on drums.

Tickets on sale here :

Support will be provided by The Shadow Quartet.

Doors will be at 7pm.

Details: Sela Bar - 20 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU
 0113 242 9442

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Jazz North Education Conference 6 June

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North

Passionate about jazz education? Come and join us on Wednesday 6th June at the University of Huddersfield for the Jazz  North's  6th annual Jazz Education conference. More details soon.

Here's a video from last year's conference at the Carriageworks in Leeds

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 6 -8 April

Tony Allen Fri 6 April 

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back in April and will welcome some of the greatest jazz artists from around the globe at the three-day event. The UK’s biggest jazz festival held under one roof, 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's tribute to Art Blakey, 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.

Tickets :

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

DJazz - Durham's Jazz Festival 1-3 June

Zoë Gilby Duo
From Lance at Bebop Spoken here...

It’s back, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Durham City’s new jazz festival returns for a second year! Last year’s inaugural DJazz long-weekend festival made an instant impact and the good news is the event will once again take place in many of Durham’s finest, and quirkiest, venues beginning on Friday 1 June, running through ’til late Sunday 3 June. The prospect of a ‘flaming June’ feast of jazz whets the appetite as the current cold snap appears to be coming to an end.

Confirmed acts so far include Robocobra Quartet (they’ve already played Durham’s Empty Shop and Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle), Sloth Racket (a familiar sound on Tyneside), the Zoë Gilby Duo (making a quick return to Durham following last month’s fine Empty Shop debut), Shatner’s Bassoon (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Café), the all-female Leeds-based J Frisco, and the similarly all-female Break Out Brass Band (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op).

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival is a collaboration between At the Root, Empty Shop and Durham University Jazz Society.

Early bird tickets are available now, visit

Russell Corbett's Jazz in the North East listings: March

Mar 15 Riviera Quartet

Mar 8 Minnie Fraser Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Mar 9 Gerry Richardson Trio Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Mar 9 Treppenwitz Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 10 Spacegong Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 11 Alter Ego The Keys, Darlington DL3 7LX
Mar 11 Bold Big Band Dun Cow, Newcastle NE2 4RS
Mar 15 Riviera Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 16 Giles Strong Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Mar 16 James Harrison Trio Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Mar 16 Paul Edis Sextet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 18 Jason Isaacs Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Mar 18 Alter Ego Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 18 Zoë Gilby Quartet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Mar 21 Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 22 MGB: Milne-Glendinning Band Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 23 Jiannis Pavlidis Trio Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 24 Dave Donohoe Band St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Mar 25 Shaun Henderson Band Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 27 Zoë Gilby Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Mar 28 Brief Encounter The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 29 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope DL13 2UE
Mar 29 Dominic J Marshall Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 30 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Wingates Village Institute NE65 8RW
Mar 30 Alan Law & Belinda Voshtina Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Scarborough jazz club March treats

Derrick Harris
Derrick Harris A guitarist with a clean, crisp style ‘inspired by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green but with a sound of his own’ (Scott Yanow), Derrick brings long experience as a soloist, accompanist and session player. With MG3. £4

Ben Crosland (bass), Steve Lodder (keyboards) and Steve Waterman (trumpet/ flugelhorn) are three musicians who, having worked at the top echelon of British jazz for decades, came together in 2004 to explore the possibilities of a group without drums. ‘The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one. Everything is clear and precise yet full of delicacy and feeling.’ (Dave Gelly, The Observer). Playing a mix of original compositions and choice standards, this will be a standout gig. £7 (£6 in

Martin Jones & Matt Smith
The return of the exciting, versatile and entertaining front line pairing of trumpet maestro Martin Jones and gutsy saxophonist Matt Smith, with MG3. £5

Tina Featherstone
One of our regular guests, saxophonist and clarinettist Tina is proud to call herself a Yorkshire lass. Tina plays a varied repertoire stretching from New Orleans to wellknown standards to Latin and modern jazz. With MG3. £4

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

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

Alter Ego launch the Darlington Jazz Festival

Darlington Jazz Club is launching the 2018 Darlington Jazz Festival with a Jazz Club Special on Sunday 11 March. 

Alter Ego will perform at The Keys, 82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX with live music from 6pm. Tickets £5 OTD.

Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz. The group's instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members. Alter Ego features Dave Hignett (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Keith Robinson (Alto), Niall Armstrong (Tenor/Flute), Andy Hawking (Keys), Ian Paterson (Bass) and Dave Francis (Drums)

Darlington Jazz Festival 2018 will run from 4 – 6 May 2018. The festival provides a platform for local and regional talent, whilst continuing to attract national artists prominent on today’s jazz scene.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc at the Howard Assembly Room

Richard Galliano 24 March 

The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room on Saturday 24 March to bring the spirit of Paris’s wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds. One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Édith Piaf.

The Guardian writes: ‘In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche… placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.’

On his 2015 album La Vie en Rose, Galliano turned his attention to chanson, collaborating on a stunning set of the songs of Édith Piaf with Luc, whose own credentials include two duo recordings with Gypsy Jazz great Biréli Lagrène. Both extravagantly gifted improvisors, Galliano and Luc’s live performances of the Piaf repertoire are a must-see.

Looking ahead to April, the venue hosts legendary Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen (Saturday 7 April) and hugely acclaimed young Blue Note trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (Saturday 28 April).

Tickets for all events at the Howard Assembly Room are available from the Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or online at 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Spring jazz at the Lescar

Rob Luft 4 April

From Jez Matthews

Our Lescar Spring Jazz programme features four very different trios, proving the endless variety that’s possible with just three musicians: Elliot Galvin starts us off with music from his amazing new album, and finishing his tour at The Lescar. We’ve also got Paradise Trio featuring Richard Iles, Mike Walker and Les Chisnall with their perfectly formed and very beautiful chamber jazz, and Vula Viel return in May; they're sure to lift the roof off the place with their intense and vibrant African-influenced music. We’re also really excited to present a new trio with George Crowley, Rob Luft and Tim Giles; that’s a heavy line-up! We’ve also got a focus on vocalists this time, with Alice Zawadzki joining Rob Luft and sure to bring some extra magic to the Lescar backroom in April, Sara Coleman brings her soulful vocals with a fantastic quartet the week after that, and Brigitte Beraha will feature with a phenomenal line-up in Dave Manington’s wonderful Riff Raff, in May. Teduloca are a great new Northern-based quartet playing great contemporary jazz with a strong link to Sheffield and they bring they’re nationwide tour to us in March, incredible pianist John Law brings his Congregation, which features Roller Trio’s James Mainwaring in April, and rounding off the programme in their own inimitable and eccentric style, we’re delighted to welcome back Shatner’s Bassoon. 

21st March 2018 Elliot Galvin Trio / £7
28th March 2018 Teduloca / £7
4th April 2018 Alice Zawadzki and Rob Luft  / £7
11th April 2018 Sara Coleman / £7
18th April 2018 John Law’s Congregation / £7
25th April 2018 The Paradise Trio / £7
2nd May 2018 Crowley / Luft / Giles / £7
9th May 2018 Vula Viel / £8
16th May 2018 Riff Raff / £8
23rd May 2018 Shatners Basson / £7

Best wishes, Jez.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Mad March grooves at Jazz Leeds

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 22 March

Following the success of our first March gig with the wonderful Dave Ferris Septet with Maria Vali  at Inkwell we’ve got four more lovely gigs arranged for you this month- plus our popular jazz cafe!

Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 8 March 8pm
Georgia Mancio vocals, Kate Williams piano, Steve Watts bass and David Ohm drums
Georgia Mancio continues her longstanding musical partnership with composer/pianist Kate Williams. They present a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio and voice, including pieces from their acclaimed suite “Finding Home“
Support from Alžbeta Turčányiová quartet with Chris Bland – piano Frazer Kerslake - bass and Josh Smout drums 8-8.30pm
£16/14 (NUS £5) @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Miriam Ast and Victor Gutierrez @Seven Arts Sunday 11 March 1.30pm
Miriam Ast is a German jazz singer, saxophonist and composer. Last year she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London and is now teaching at Leeds College of Music .She has worked with some established German musicians including the Polish bassist Vitold Rek, the Echo jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal, and the German saxophonist Gerd Dudek. In London, she has sung with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and has been part of the London Vocal Project. Victor Gutierrez is a Spanish-born pianist, arranger and composer, a graduate at Berklee College of Music (USA) and scholarship recipient at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has performed with the likes of Norma Winstone, Dave Liebman and Joe Locke. £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Inkwell Jazz Café and Jam session @Inkwell Sunday 18 March 1.30pm
Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Seven Jazz trio will be there to support you and the 20-strong Jazz Voices Choir (with two tutors this time - Tessa Smith and Jack Glover) and JazzLeeds Workshop tutored by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore. The supporting trio will be Joe Boyes, piano, Steve Crocker bass Dominic Moore, drums. £7/5 (£5 includes performers) Kids under 16 free. Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 22 March 8pm
Derek Nash sax, David Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums
If you’ve heard Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, then you’ll have heard saxophonist Derek Nash. From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to gorgeous ballads, his acoustic quartet fizzes with energy. And what a brilliant rhythm section with three jazz legends - David Newton on piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums. It will be swinging! The gig will show what four brilliant jazz musicians can do when left to get on with it! Support is from pianist Chris Moore's Trio "Remorse" Chris Moore piano, John Marley bass, Steve Hanley drums. £16/14 (NUS £5) @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Nadim Teimoori’s “Teduloca” @Seven Arts Sunday 25 March 1.30pm
Nadim Teimoori saxophones. Sam Dunn guitar, Martin Longhorn organ, Tim Carter drums
Tenor saxophonist, composer and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Nadim Teimoori is making a national name for himself , appearing with Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor, Iain Ballamy and many others. Formed around the classic lineup of Sax, Guitar, Organ and Drums, Teduloca are a contemporary jazz quartet, featuring some of Yorkshire's most exciting and dynamic improvisers. Nadim can be found playing in different musical settings with some of the top names on the British Jazz scene including frequent performances with the Stan Tracey Legacy band (most recently at Seven Arts in October 2017).  £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

All ickets in advance here

Rush Hour Jazz 
Rush Hour Jazz on Wednesday 21 March at Seven Arts 6-7pm features local saxman flautist and blues singer Jon Taylor with the JazzLeeds trio (payf collection)

See you soon at a JazzLeeds event!

Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds
March 2018