Sunday, 1 April 2018

You'll remember this April (we hope)!

Jazz Leeds has something for everyone this month, with an emphasis on some of the younger jazz musicians from both Leeds and London. But to start the month - something more traditional

Ron Burnett’s "Mardi Gras" swing band @Inkwell Sun 1 April 1.30pm
Greg Wadman (trumpet),Bob Smeaton (piano), Ray Cooper (bass),Ron Burnett (trombone and vocals),Paul Smith (drums)
York trombonist singer and raconteur Ron Burnett brings his traditional jazz and swing and to delight your Easter Sunday at Inkwell. Mardi Gras covers a range from 1920s to 1990s; Bix, Louis Prima, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, and more Ticket Information:

Jon Shenoy's Organ Quartet "“Draw by Four” @Seven Arts Sun 8 April 1.30-4pm 
Jon Shenoy tenor saxophone, Will Bartlett organ, Sam Dunn guitar, Chris Draper drums
With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from saxman Jon Shenoy mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Leeds own Sam Dunn is back at Seven Arts on guitar. Ticket information

Alain Brenzikofer “Tonejuice” sextet @Inkwell Sun 14 April 1.30pm
Alain Brenzikofer tenor saxophone, Florian Weiss trombone, Will Powell guitars,  Matt Jenkins piano & Rhodes, Alexander Rawlinson bass, Mike Roy drums
Swiss saxman Alain Brenzikofer formed Tonejuice as an international band project consisting of six musicians from Switzerland and England including our own Will Powell on guitar. Deep ballads, bouncing rhythms, odd meters and modal harmony offer a tasty juice for brain, body and soul. The new album "Rouge Fonce" was given a 4**** star review in this months's Jazz Journal. Ticket information

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” @Seven Arts, Thus 19 April 8pm 
Tom Ridout saxophones and recorders, Rob Luft guitars, Will Barry piano and Rhodes , Flo Moore electric basses, Phelan Burgoyne drums , Billy Marrows guitar, Anastasia Stahlmann  lead violin, Didier Osindero 2nd violin, Anita Kurowska  viola, Cecilia Bignall  ‘cello , Alexandra Ridout  flugel and trumpet, Anna Drysdale french horn, Elliot Pooley trombone.
Tom Ridout is a 23 year old saxophonist/recorder player and composer from London. “No Excuses” is his 13 piece ensemble with influences including jazz, folk, 60’s rock/pop and early 20th century tonal classical music. It includes some of the brightest young jazz musicians on the London jazz scene at the moment such as Alexandra Ridout winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2017. Support (8-8.30pm) is from Ozzy Moysey’s Ancient Infinity Orchestra
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Leeds College Collection, first call @Seven Arts Sun 22 April 1.30-4pm
We have two Sunday afternoons at Seven Arts every year that give us an opportunity to hear some of the best students from the current crop of the Leeds College of Music jazz degree final year. Thanks to student Genevieve Begley and tutor Dave Walsh in organising this for us  Hear the jazz stars of tomorrow, today!

  • 1.30 The Vicente Magalhães Trio (piano trio) 
  • 2.25 Daniel Wyllie 5 over 4 (saxman with nonet)
  • 3.15 Else Skogan Bonesrønning (vocals)

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Leeds College Collection, second call @Seven Arts Sun 22 April 1.30-4pm 

  • 1.30 Dan Coulthurst (trumpet) 
  • 2.25 Morpher (Jazz with hints of Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop and electronica)
  • 3.15 Maya Kally (vocals)

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 Jazz Leeds Festival 2018 20-24 July  
Our preparations for our JazzLeeds festival in Leeds City Centre are going really well! It's a five day festival this year at various venues including the Wardrobe, the Carriageworks and Leeds College of Music.  We’re featuring international stars but also featuring some of the musicians and stories from this great city of Leeds. Earlybird tickets at a special discounted price of £90 (or £45 for under 25's) will be available UNTIL 30 April so don't miss out! All festival tickets are here Website for more information

Other Jazz Leeds gigs and workshops
April Inkwell Divas - Saturday 7 April 1.30-3pm in the cafe at Inkwell featuring young vocalist Genevieve Begley appearing for the first time at the Inkwell cafe in the Inkwell Divas series with fellow LCoM students Tom Woodhouse on guitar, Alasdair Pennington on drums and Marcus Cain on bass. Free gig – PAYF contribution

April Rush Hour Jazz - Wednesday 18 April 6-7pm in the bar @Seven Arts featuring Tom Sharp on trumpet.  Tom has a busy performance schedule with many different bands performing various styles of music. He’ll be appearing at Rush Hour Jazz with the Jazz Leeds trio with Jeff Hewer guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums. PAYF contribution

Jazz Workshops meet on Sunday mornings on 1st and 15th April to help you lean more about jazz playing @Inkwell 10-12 am cost £10 (or £8 conc) per session. Tutors are Tom Sharp or Dom Moore - contact tel 0113 2370700.

The “Jazz Voices” Summer Choir meet Monday evenings to sing popular jazz tunes led by Tessa Smith @Inkwell Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. 7-9pm, £6 per session - contact tel 07544 352594. The choir is back after the Easter break on Monday evening  30 April

Hope to see you soon at a Jazz Leeds event!
Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds April 2018

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