Saturday, 28 April 2018

May Jazz by the seaside!

Dean Masser May 16

May's Jazz programme in Scarborough

Ricardo Alvarez Quartet
The speedy return of this band following their club debut in January is a measure of how well they went down. Led by Chilean tenor man Ricardo, the band plays an enjoyable fusion of jazz and Latin American music including some excellent originals. Ricardo Alvarez (tenor sax), Alec Robinson  (piano), Emlyn Vaughn (bass) and John Settle (drums). £6

Dave Clegg & Friends
This seven piece band creates a great big band sound thanks to Dave’s arrangements and the sumptuous vocals of Rich Adams. Ralph Alder and Steve Whitehead (saxes), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone), Dave Clegg (piano/arrangements), Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). £5

MAY 16
Dean Masser/Pat McCarthy Band
Tenor saxophonist Dean and guitarist Pat met while touring with the Alan Barnes Octet Fish Tales project. They decided to form a smaller unit to explore the rapport they struck up on that tour. Adding
Ed Harrison on bass and Caroline Boaden on drums created an instant chemistry. Expect swing, interplay, standards and a couple of originals seasoned with appalling jokes. £7

MAY 23
Mark Chandler & Munch Manship
One of the UK’s top trumpet players Mark Chandler teams up with the legendary Manchester-based
saxophonist Munch Manship for a class double act. With Mark Gordon (keyboard), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums). £5

MAY 30
Easy Street
Since its inception three years ago Easy Street has built a strong following, playing some of the
best but lesser known standards. Although this is the band’s first visit to the club its members have
played here with different line-ups. The rich vocals of Roger Maughan are supported by Howard
Beaumont (keyboards), Bob Malinowski (bass) and Lee Adams (drums). £5

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

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hull Jazz Festival goes for gender balance

Hull Jazz Festival is now a Keychange associate festival. This means the festival’s pledged to reach a 50:50 gender balance in its programme by 2022, with 50% of acts including at least one woman.

Keychange began as a European talent development programme for female artists and innovators, led by PRS Foundation. The 50:50 pledge was proposed by Keychange festival partners who wanted to show they are serious in their commitment to gender equality in addition to offering showcasing opportunities to female talent.  Since then festivals from all over the world have signed up to the pledge, making Keychange a movement for positive change. Hull Jazz Festival joins a list of festivals and other associates that includes Iceland Airwaves, Liverpool Sound City, Hull’s own 53 Degrees North, BlueDot, BBC Introducing, Manchester Jazz Festival and New York’s Winter JazzFest.

Festival Director David Porter says: “We became aware of this initiative through our ongoing work with the PRS Foundation. I knew that jazz had traditionally been male-orientated, but I’d always thought that J-Night and the Hull Jazz Festival were pretty progressive around working with women. I was shocked to find that just over 50% of our acts featured during 2017 featured no women whatsoever in their line-ups. It seems a pretty obvious decision to try and rectify that and our board are pleased to sign our pledge to Keychange.” 

For more information, visit the Keychange website: Hull Jazz Festival 26th Summer Edition takes place from 19-21 July, with a line-up featuring female artists including Camilla George, Vimala Rowe, Natasha Watts, Janette Mason, Sarah Tandy and The Dyr Sister. Full programme and box office details at

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Northern Online Broadcasts 1 - 5 May 2018

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North 

Next week sees the return of Jazz North's Northern Online Broadcasts festival week. Over 5 days starting on Tuesday 1 May Jazz North will be broadcasting a programme of pre-recorded performances featuring artists from their northern line touring support scheme.

There will be a total of 32 bands featured in 20 programmes broadcast at four times of day over five days. The broadcast times run from 0800 UK through to 1900 UK with evenings left free to avoid clashing with ‘real’ gigs that might be taking place.

Nigel says “The idea isn’t to replace the live experience with online streamed gigs but to use online broadcasting to stimulate interest in the artists and the vibrant northern jazz scene”. are sponsoring an online quiz competition that’s open to anyone who visits the festival website between 1-5 May. The winner will receive a 12 month subscription to the new 'netflix for jazz' broadcaster

The programmes will be broadcast in 1080p HD on Jazz North’s YouTube channel with other festival activity appearing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Online programme

Any Norvoljazz member who wants to send news for broadcasting just send it, with the subject 'NOLB news', to 

Madame Jazz in Leeds!

From Grace Pipkin

Madame Jazz would like to invite you to another evening celebrating local female-led jazz ensembles. Accompanied by a delicious three course meal, all made from food which otherwise would have gone to waste, this event should not be missed.

Receiving coverage from Cerys Matthews on her BBR6 radio show and described as 'one of the most relaxed and enjoyable events attended in the past year' by Leeds Living, Madame Jazz is an evening not to be missed.

Madame Jazz Bistro is the closest you will find to an authentic jazz age, speakeasy experience in central Hyde Park. Rainbow Junktion’s church hall is going to transform into an old - school, candlelit jazz lounge for one night only.

Fancy attire is very much encouraged - dig out your silks, sequins, waistcoats and suits. Rainbow Junktion will provide the food on the night. 3 courses creatively designed by our talented team of female chefs.

Live music ~ 3 course pay-as-you-feel bistro

Music From: Kashu - Olivia Bhattacharjee - lead vocals & guitar, Jess Clarke - Vibraphone, Alice Phelps - Double Bass, Fred Harper - Drums. Playing original compositions written by Olivia.

Phemme Freché - Alice Higgins - lead vocals, Rosa Lynch-Northover - piano, Alice Phelps - Double Bass. 1920's style jazz trio playing renditions of classic tunes with a Phemme Freché twist.

Terri Shaltiel -UK based singer/ songwriter playing a mix of soulful blues and jazz.

*FRIDAY 27TH APRIL* All Hallows Church 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds LS6 1NP

*7 - 10:30PM*

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

From Dave Walters

The 9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets of Clitheroe and resounds around the valleys on May Day bank holiday weekend 3rd - 7th May.

It showcases the very best of Jazz in all it's genres and brings together performers from across the world to the pubs, clubs restaurants and venues in and around Clitheroe. The magnificent Grand theatre is the focus for most of the headline acts. Previous years we've seen stars such as Jacqui Dankworth, Lianne Carroll, James Taylor, Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Stacey Kent, Arun Ghosh and many, many more. In fact we have over 500 performers mainly from the brass, drum, swing and big bands we bring together for our Saturday street festival, Sunday picnic at Holmes Mill and our grand finale on bank holiday Monday.

Don't forget the Norvoljazz jam is on Saturday afternoon as well at the United Reformed church in Clitheroe - bring your voice or your instrument! All welcome.

Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

On the 9th June – a Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama.

The event will consist of two workshops led by guitarist Nic Svarc and saxman Tony Burkill and an open jam session, and it will be free to attend, with a limited amount of tickets. We’d love it if you could post something on the Jazz Leeds website and twitter about the event in the lead up to it.

Here’s the link to the facebook event, where there’s more information and a link to the ticketing website -

 Yorkshire College of Music and Drama. St Marks House, 1 St Mark's Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN (opposite Leeds University)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Northern Line bands announced -6th edition

Jazz North, the northern jazz development agency, today announced the 6th roster of Ambassador Artists to be selected for the northern line scheme. Lucy Woolley, northern line project manager says:

“The northern line scheme aims to highlight both the quality and variety of jazz being composed and performed by artists all across the North. This year’s roster is no exception, reflecting the diverse talent living and working in the region”.

Jazz North will support these Round 6 artists with professional development and tour subsidy between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.

Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / James Girling guitar / Ali Roocroft piano, keyboards / Alasdair Simpson bass guitar / Matt Brown drums
RNCM alumni combining outstanding musicianship and spry energy with organic yet sophisticated compositions; light-footed grooves that call on late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis, prog rock and electronic music.

Rebekah Reid violin, loop pedal / Polly Virr cello, loop pedal
A Manchester duo combining acoustic strings and classical composition practices with loops and improvisation, conjuring up pieces that evolve and borrow from jazz, minimalism, folk, world and electronic dance music.

Matthew Aplin piano / Tom Riviere double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Their sound spans European avant-garde and spiritual blues; exploring improvisation, at times peaceful and spacious, at others frenzied and angular, this Leeds trio offers a collective approach to the classic format.

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 
Emma Johnson tenor saxophone / Calvin Travers guitar / Sam Quintana bass guitar / Alasdair Wells drums
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and a warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have since formed a strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound. 

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor piano
A solo recital from this Newcastle-based pianist, composer and improviser, whose trademark performances are rhapsodic journeys that lead listeners through twists and turns, complex harmonies and classical vignettes, with a restless capacity for invention.

Manchester Jazz Collective
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt saxophones / Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets / Ellie Smith trombone / Rich McVeigh bass trombone / Andy Stamatakis-Brown piano / Paul Baxter double bass / Johnny Hunter drums
A collaboration of northern players creating large-scale compositions and defying stylistic categorisation, thanks to their varied palettes and democratic approach: rich orchestrations rub shoulders with middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-jazz and heavy metal. 

Lis Murphy voice, violin / Mali Hayes voice / Kate Moran, Simmy Singh violins / Kath Ord viola / Sarah Dale cello / John Ellis piano / Mark Lewis double bass / Myke Wilson drums 
Hauntingly beautiful and uplifting, blending personal stories and an interest in musics from across the globe via Manchester, Lis uses pop-song formats to convey the intense darkness and light arising from humanitarian subjects such as war, loss and love.

The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams guitar / Paul Susans bass guitar / Russ Morgan drums
Influences from rock, metal and fusion, with added electronic effects, give this guitar trio from Newcastle an edgier and more modern sound, yet with melody and improvisation still at its core.

Jordie Cooke guitar / Frankie O'Keeffe voice / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone / Matthew Forster tenor& baritone saxophone / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet / John Pope bass / Dave McKeague, Oscar Cassidy drums
Saddle up for a ride into a heady, energetic world of samba reggae, punk-jazz and Afro-beat via the steppes of Cumbria and Newcastle; tackling loss of cultures, community and a changing society with good vibes, animalistic behaviour and raw energy.

More information available at or Lucy Woolley, northern line Project Manager -

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The self, the group, society - and jazz!

To all those people who say to you "you must need your head examining to organise jazz ...."

Come and find out how!

Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73PD 8pm

Revealed: The Bootleg Eric Band at Wakefield

From Chris de Saram

Newton/Tracey band to play their music, primarily the Bootleg Eric Suite - Friday 20th April at Wakefield Jazz. The Bootleg Eric suite was written to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Wakefield Jazz. One piece was composed and titled Bootleg Eric, a Wakefield character (Eric Parkin) who always made his own recordings of Wakefield Jazz gigs. The suite was recorded and the consequent album also named “Bootleg Eric”. The band and the music was revived at last year’s Swanage Jazz Festival. Eric Parkin died shortly before that performance.

We asked Dave and Clark to reprise the music once more to celebrate the anniversary of Eric’s death.   After more than 20 years few of the original band were still playing or available.  This is also a variant of the Swanage band - a very special Octet. This will be a rare experience and should not fail to move us.#

David Newton   -              piano (composer)
Cark Tracey         -              drums (composer)
Steve Fishwick   -              trumpet 
Mark Nightingale -           trombone
Derek Nash         -              alto sax
Paul Booth          -              tenor sax
Dean Masser      -              tenor sax
Arnie Somogyi   -              bass 

Embodied Hope quartet at Sheffield Jazz

John Irabogon sax; George Colligan: piano; Michael Janisch: bass; Andrew Bain: drums.

20.00 Friday 13th April  Crookes Social Club

Following on from their highly successful 2016 UK tour, drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Bain’s stellar international quartet return to release his debut album as a leader.  “This is an outstanding band with seemingly bottomless reserves of energy and excitement and a strong concept driving the leader – the upcoming recording session should yield some explosive results.” …Jazzwise Magazine 2016

 “Bain and three gifted Americans make a powerful combination ... in this fine group ..." John Fordham, The Guardian, Nov 2017

Next up at Sheffield Jazz : Martin Speake / Ethan Iverson quartet 20.00 Friday, 20th April, Crookes Social Club. Martin Speake: sax; Ethan Iverson: piano; Fred Thomas: bass; Martin France: drums.

Ticket Information Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
Advance tickets (no additional booking fee)

Jazz at Heart Summer School

SUMMER SCHOOL 2018  August 6th - 9th inclusive
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily, plus gig/jam on 9th)

Here is just one photo of Mad Matt Roberts, jazz guru and educator extraordinaire... leading our popular jazz summer school alongside Miraculous Matt Anderson (background here) who complements the Roberts with his own insights into jazz technique and theory.

You will learn more - and laugh more - in the four days of jazz-at-heart's summer school than you have all year. I guarantee!

Places book up fast - so let me know very soon if you want to come. I would particularly like to hear from any bassists who might be interested. The cost is £250 for the whole four days (or £65 for individual days) - which is a bargain by any measure! And we have great lunchtimes chatting in the lovely HEART courtyard

Email if you want to come. Don't delay!

The Ragtime Band at Dove Jazz

From Roger Marshall at Dove Jazz Club

Saturday 21st April The Ragtime Band

On Saturday the 21 April the Dove Jazz Club eagerly anticipates the return of the hugely entertaining Ragtime Band for its annual Gig. A formidable ‘All-star’ band, that has been sailing to the Dove shores for a period of time best described as being of a great immensity. Throughout this period they have maintained their huge popularity with Dove audiences in spite of a few enforced changes to their personnel they have always skilfully played the jazz music that carries the broad New Orleans label. Their rock steady rhythm section will consist of three seasoned professionals in the form of the vastly experienced Ian McCann with his banjo and guitar, the last hatchling from the famed Cottrill drum school namely Jack, and that elder statesman from the rice fields of Shropshire Howard Worthington on the string bass plus the odd vocal. An extremely strong and talented frontline will contain a reedsman who is in a class of his own Mr John Hallam with his clarinet and tenor sax, the much acclaimed and highly decorated youngish Jamie Brownfield playing his trumpet and the one and only Mike Pointon giving his all as usual on trombone and vocals. Interestingly this month’s Sandy Browns Jazz Web page, which is easily accessible, features an interesting ‘tea break’ feature with Mike giving us further insight into his interesting and purposeful life amongst the New Orleans Jazz fraternity on both sides of the pond over many years.

Our 2018 Programme will continue on the 19th May when the tussockful Tom Langham will be bringing along his congenial Cotswold chums Malcolm and Danny playing under their familiar Hot Fingers banner whose ranks will be further enhanced by having that delightful songstress Emily Campbell amongst them.

More details:

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

Sunday, 1 April 2018

‘Ray Davies’ Song Book @Wigan Jazz Club

Wigan Jazz Club, 29th April, 2018

The Ben Crossland All Star Quintet Play the ‘Ray Davies’ Song Book.

Ben Crossland (bass), Nick France (drums), Steve Lodder (keyboards), John Etheridge (guitar), Dave O’Higgins (sax).

“….a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing …. These well respected men have done Mr Davies proud …” Jazzwise.

At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish. £11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members. Pay at the door, or on line at

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on

Dizzy Club @Huddersfield Jazz

John Naylor: vocals/guitar Mike Fleming: double bass/vocals Caroline Boaden: Drums 
Sunday 15 April 2018 at 2pm

Almost no other band seems to possess the ability to perform in so many varied and diverse venues
as The Dizzies. You are just as likely to find them performing for a club full of twenty-something “cool cats” as to an audience of “traditional” jazz fans.

With a repertoire full of artistic contradictions, their appearance at many different music clubs gives
the clue as to why they enjoy such a massive appeal. Their music often crosses stylistic divides,
simply because they are so interesting musically. With influences from Hot Club, 40s swing, Blue

Note Soul and Sinatra (and often with Latin rhythms), this gives them an edge which most bands
would die for.

Currently they have four albums available from iTunes and on CD. They are equally at home
performing to 3,000 plus, festival audiences, or in the intimate atmosphere of a sleazy jazz club. As
an old-fashioned car sticker might have said - The Dizzies do it everywhere!

Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)
Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield

Laurence Hobgood Trio @The Cinnamon Club

Laurence Hobgood Trio Sat 7th April 7pm

Laurence Hobgood piano       Matthew Clohesy  double bass       Jared Schonig  drums.

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer, Yamaha® artist and Grammy® winner Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a 30+year career. Highlights include: three consecutive Fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival (1990, '91, '92), being chosen as a 1995 Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts, a 2003 Deems Taylor Award given by ASCAP for the year’s outstanding music journalism, multiple Grammy® nominations and a 2010 Grammy® Award. He's played at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, and the Sydney Opera House.

For almost 20 years he served as pianist/arranger/collaborator/co-producer for singer Kurt Elling during which time he wrote virtually all of the material on Elling's first ten albums, all of which received Grammy® nominations.

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

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
Ticket information

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)

Ticket information

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)

Ticket information

 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

Deep Cabaret play Jazz@Davenham

In recent years jazz@davenham has presented plenty of gigs that cross categories, but Deep Cabaret surely take genre-busting to a new level!

With mashed-up lyrics lifted from neuroscience, slavery, fiction and Cole Porter covers all "pickled in the juices of the peat." Audiences say "Gorgeous and stirring", "Wonderful and invigorating"

Bandleader Steve Lewis describes this as the culmination of his life’s work - to make a band that fuses all the musics that fascinate him; jazz, improv, African, folk and left field pop. It’s a vision that’s reflected in an extraordinary instrumentation of guitar, clarinets, cello, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, and drums, plus the overtone vocals of Jayson Stilwell, grounded in a study of Tuvan throat singing.

What brings it all together is the quality of the musicians involved and their openness to different approaches. Drummer Ben McCabe and reedman Matt Robinson are both jazz-orientated players (indeed, Matt is the director of the Lancaster Jazz Festival), while the hurdy-gurdy and pipes are in the hands of “hardcore folkie” Paul Sherwood. Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge comes from a contemporary classical background, but, she is also a profoundly imaginative improviser. And finally the leader himself delivers angular guitar playing and cabaret inflected vocals that move between idiosyncratic takes on jazz standards and lyrics sampled from literature, science and sit coms.

It’s a rich and uncategorisable mix that has audiences initially intrigued, then invigorated, and finally entranced. Taste it, and you’ll be hooked!

jazz@davenham – DEEP CABARET – Thursday 26th April 8 pm
Booking Harry 01606 74502, Dave 01606 44253 or e mail:
Please make sure you get a reply from us, if booking via e mail.

Doors and Bar open 7.30pm - Concert starts at 8.00pm
Bookings on 01606 74502 or e mail to

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham, Cheshire CW9 8NF

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Russell Corbett's Jazz North East Round Up

Sun Ra Arkestra- Gateshead Jazz Festival 

Last month the Beast from the East decimated jazz gigs across the North East. April is bound to be kinder, isn’t it? And with the Gateshead International Jazz Festival starting on Friday 6th it had better be! For three days Sage Gateshead is the only game in town. Tiptoe open proceedings playing a set on the concourse at six o’clock on Friday and from then there is a non-stop three days of concerts, pre concert talks and workshops. Topping the bill on Friday evening is…you decide – the triple bill of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen’s Art Blakey set and Zara McFarlane, perhaps the programme of four European pianists playing solo sets – Alexander Hawkins, Kaja Draksler, Bojan Z and Giovanni Guidi, or will you choose to hear the Big Chris Barber Band?

Saturday gets under way at 10.30am with Pete Churchill’s all ages vocal workshop. Restaurant critic Jay Rayner plays jazz piano, Issie Barratt conducts a Jazz Co-op workshop ahead of her Interchange Dectet’s performance on Sunday, Sheila Jordan returns to conduct a masterclass, Norma Winstone shares a stage with American guitarist Ralph Towner and Ruby Turner is the attraction in Sage One in a double bill with Maceo Parker. More late night sets follow including Chris Sharkey’s premiere performance of The Orchid and the Wasp.

Sunday dawns early with a European Jazz Network seminar Gender in Jazz (10.30am), Sheila Jordan performs in concert with the Pete Churchill Trio with the bonus of a support set by Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion. Elsewhere in the Norman Foster-designed building you can find the regional youth jazz ensemble Jambone, an afternoon of jazz programmed by Jazz North East, House of the Black Gardenia and the top class Guy Barker Big Band with Georgie Fame. Many more events are scheduled and for full details visit   

Surprisingly there is jazz elsewhere in the region! Alan Barnes and Dave Newton play two rural venues in County Durham – Boldron Village Hall (Apr 5) and Newbiggin & District Village Assoc (Apr 6). The BBC Big Band visits Darlington Hippodrome (Apr 10) and there is always a healthy contingent of ‘big names’ in the line-up. The Gala Big Band can be heard on home ground at the Gala Theatre in Durham (Apr 17) and the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band returns to Hoochie Coochie (Apr 22) to play an early evening set in front of what is sure to be another capacity audience.

Janette Mason is touring her new Red Alert CD calling into the Old Cinema Laundrette in Durham (Apr 11), saxophonist Lewis Watson has a rare outing with the Mick Shoulder Quintet (Apr 13) at Bishop Auckland Town Hall – don’t be caught out, it’s a one o’clock start, and in the evening what do you do when there are no fewer than four enticing gigs? The Customs House Big Band returns to Spennymoor Settlement, Clare Teal is at the Gala, Durham, trumpeter Tom Sharp brings in his Asaxual outfit to Opus 4 Jazz Club in Darlington and at Gateshead’s Prohibition Bar, located just off the Tyne Bridge, there is the Society Four. A tough choice.

The Paul Edis Trio opens a new jazz venue in the Newcastle suburb of Fenham (Thursday Apr 19) at St James’ & St Basil’s Church so do get along and show your support. The Alice Grace Quartet (Apr 20) launches the 2018 jazz programme at Ushaw College, Durham and finally, the last week in April sees a rush of activity at the Globe. The Newcastle Jazz Co-op presents Teduloca (Apr 22), Swing Bridge – the trio of Dan Martin, piano, Dave Parker, bass and Peter Ninnim, drums (Apr 28), and, last, but by no means least, the annual celebration of International Jazz Day (Apr 30).