Thursday, 30 August 2018

September and October Jazz at Boston Spa

Pedigree Jazz Band 8 September

September/October dates at the Spa from Les and the team

1st – Vintage Rhythms and the Henry Graham Show – now here’s a cracking start to the Autumn programme. Two groups for the price of one! Vintage Rhythms is a 16 piece band based in York which specialises in the melodic music of the golden era of the 40s and 50s and recreates the nostalgic sounds of the dance halls of yesteryear. The Henry Graham Show incorporates artists from Vintage Rhythms with lady vocalists in a programme of swing, ballads, standards, blues and -dare we mention it – a touch of rock and roll!

8th – Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band – in essence, a Salute to Trad Jazz 2018. This tribute to the famous UK Traditional Jazz bands of the 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster, Chris Walker – a member of the original Real Ale & Thunder Band. Featuring Chris on clarinet, the band specialises in your favourite tunes from the Ball, Barber and Bilk era coupled with an interesting and informative presentation as befits his broadcasting expertise. The Pedigree name reflects sponsorship for the band from Marston’s Brewery.

22nd – Shades of Jazz – one of the best bands on the UK circuit and a Boston Spa favourite. Swings like fury. Formed and led by drummer Graham Smith, the band includes John Hallam on reeds, Gary Wood on trumpet, Martin Veasey on trombone plus Bruce Rollo on bass. Superb musicians all, resulting in Chicago style traditional jazz plus swing at its very best.

6th – Jake Leg Jug Band – here’s something a little different. The Jake Leg Jug Band brings you the authentic sounds of the 1920s and 30s America in the form of jazz, blues, gospel and ragtime on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, harmonica, dobro (a resonator guitar – me neither!), double bass plus washboard and vocals and - on this occasion - our old friend, Mike Pembroke on trombone. Sounds like an evening of good time music!

20th – Classic Swing Jazz Band – another six piece group which has been recommended to us. Based in the North East and led by Bob Wade on trumpet, flugelhorn and clarinet, the band specialises in the well known numbers from the swing era plus what they describe as “the jazz classics”. All this coupled with a smattering of vocals from Olive – formerly with Maine Street Jazzmen.

27th – Carl Sinclair Boogie Band with John Hallam – the perfect way to end the month on an upbeat note. Jazz, blues, boogie woogie and so much more with the exuberant Carl on the keyboard and the superb John Hallam on reeds. Previous sessions have had everyone rockin’ in the ailes. Whatever your taste in music, we guarantee you’ll love this evening. Do come early – always a full house.

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live!

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.

Jazz Jamaica All Stars at Hull

On Saturday 17th November, the closing night of Hull Jazz Festival 26th Winter Edition, Gary Crosby presents Jazz Jamaica All Stars with special guests Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy and rising vocal stars, Dem Three. "The Trojan Story" is a spectacular live concert chronicling 50 years of the legendary label and artists of Trojan Records.

‘one of the UK’s leading good-time bands’ The Independent on Jazz Jamaica

Gary Crosby has hand-picked established and rising stars to perform with the legends of Reggae and Soul - Forde and McKoy. The stellar line-up features award-winning saxophonists Denys Baptiste and Camilla George, trumpeter Mark Kavuma, and Shirley Tetteh on guitar. They’ll be joined by members of the hip jazz strings quartet - Tomorrow’s Warriors StringTing. This is an exciting opportunity to also see the next generation of stars in the making - Cherise Adams-Burnett, Kianja Harvey-Elliott and Cara Crosby-Irons, collectively known as Dem 3.

Jazz Jamaica All Stars will also be joined on stage by Hull Freedom Chorus, led by inspirational gospel choir leader Mark de Lisser, voice coach on BBC1’s The Voice. Mark was also the gospel choir music arranger for this year’s Royal Wedding.

Saturday 17 November, Hull City Hall. Box office: 01482 300306

Jazz events at the Howard Assembly Room

Some big jazz names appearing at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds this autumn....

Mingus Big Band - a brawling big band led by Sue Mingus 13 October
Tord Gustavson- Norwegian pianist and jazz composer 27 October
Phronesis - Ivo Neame, Jasper Hoiby and Anton Eager - "a killer live band" 1 November
Evelyn Glennie & Trio HLK - head spinning improvisation and percussion 16 November

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

September's Jazz Leeds programme

                                         Elftet                                              Prohibited Strangers
                                             John Williamson                                                                                                                                                                                              Julia Mills

JazzLeeds programme this September will feature two highly talented local musicians/bands -Prohibited Strangers and saxwoman Julia Mills - and two bands led by local heroes who have moved away but are now making a welcome return to Leeds - Elftet led by Jonny Mansfield and John Williamson's Quartet.

Prohibited Strangers @Inkwell – Sunday 9 Sept 1.30pm £9/7
Joe Boyes – piano, Kieran Gunter – guitar, Will Stock – bass, Joshua Smout- drums. Exploring the tunes of The Impossible Gentlemen, Kenny Wheeler, Nikki Iles and Iain Ballamy plus their own distinctive compositions.

“Elftet”  @Seven Arts – Sunday 16 Sept 1.30pm - £10/8
Jonny Mansfield –vibraphone, Ella Hohnen Ford - vocals & flute , James Davison - trumpet , Tom Smith - saxes and flute, George Millard sax and bass clarinet, Rory Ingham - trombone, Dom Ingham - violin, vocals , Laura Armstrong – cello, Oliver Mason - guitar , Will Harris - bass , Boz Martin-Jones - drums. Jonny Mansfield is a young vibraphone/percussionist originally from Shepley near Huddersfield now based in London. The music of Elftet is influenced by Vince Mendoza, Marius Neset and Ravel, as well as songwriters such as Norah Jones and James Taylor.

Julia Mills - Rush Hour Jazz @Seven Arts Wed 19 Sept 6-7pm
Wakefield based saxwoman (and founder member of the acoustic quartet the "Fairer Sax") Julia Mills plays some of her favourite jazz tunes @Seven Arts along with the Jazz Leeds trio 6-7pm. payf contribution

John Williamson Quartet @Inkwell – Sunday 23 Sept 1.30pm -£9/7
Matt Anderson -sax, Martin Longhawn -piano, John Williamson -bass Steve Hanley -drums 
This star quartet, brought together by ex-Leeds bassist John J. Williamson, will explore standard and lesser-known repertoire inspired by the intricate melodies and spacious approach of Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow and others, and drawing a through-line to the jazz noir of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack. John became known in Washington DC as a sensitive, musical proponent of the electric bass, working with the prestigious Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and Brad Linde’s Team Players. Now based in London, he returns to Leeds with a band of longstanding friends and collaborators.

Sunday 30 Sept –No Jazz gig because of the Scarborough Jazz festival weekend, but if you want some music can we suggest local latin band Tempo Feliz who are playing at Inkwell at 1.30pm as part of the "World on our Doorstep festival?

Tickets for all our events from
Website with links to our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages
Our venues- Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73PD and Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73LW

Don't forget our fortnightly Jazz Leeds Workshop start again @Inkwell on Sunday 9 Sept 10-12 midday (then on 23 September) taught by Dom Moore and Tom Sharp. For enrolment contact Jean and our Jazz Leeds Voices Choir starts again @Inkwell fortnightly on Monday evenings from Monday 24th Sept 7-9pm taught by Tessa Smith. For enrolment come along on the first night or contact

Steve Crocker
07544 352594

Friday, 24 August 2018

Chris de Saram RIP

Chris de Saram 10th June 1946 – 21st August 2018 - A life lived for jazz

It is with great sadness that Wakefield Jazz have announced that Chris de Saram, Wakefield Jazz promoter, has died aged 72. Chris de Saram was the mainstay of Wakefield Jazz from 2004, when he took over from Alec Sykes as the club’s Promoter, booking bands, hosting the gigs and making Wakefield Jazz such a welcoming experience for musicians and audiences alike.

After studying at Durham University, Chris taught sciences at secondary level at Crawshaw School in Pudsey. He also spent some time living and teaching in Bogotá, Colombia in South America. From early retirement he devoted himself to Wakefield Jazz, being a frequent presence at jazz clubs and festivals all over the country in search of contemporary jazz talent. Chris was also involved in  promoting the local Wakefield live arts scene and music education and was chair of NorVol jazz (the Northern Voluntary Jazz Promoters Network).

Wakefield Jazz spokesperson says “Chris had health problems for a number of years, but very much played down the seriousness of his condition. He leaves a big hole in the jazz world which will be profoundly difficult to fill. Our thoughts and good wishes are with his family, in particular his daughter Katrina, at this time of shock and great sadness”

Chris asked that his Funeral and Wake details be made available at the same time as the notice of his death, with an open invitation to attend either or both events. The cremation will be at York Crematorium at 12:20 on Friday 7th September and there will be a wake at Wakefield Sports Club from 2pm, with food and live music. In celebration of Chris’s life you are invited to wear bright colours, or perhaps just a hint of his favourite colour, orange. To help with the arrangements please visit to let the family know your plans.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club in September

Suzanne Fonseca

Gig listing - this September at Huddersfield Head of Steam Jazz Club

September 5th Rod Mason (sax) Suzanne Fonseca (trombone) Andrzej Baranek (keys)  Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

September 12th Trefor Owen (guitar) Andy Hulme (guitar) Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith  (drums)

September 19th Mike Hall (sax)  Andrzej Baranek (keys)  Paul Chamberlain (bass) Paul Smith  (drums)

September 26th Rod Mason (sax) Nick Svarc (guitar) Jez Platt (keys) Paul Smith  (drums)

Huddersfield Head of Steam Jazz Club, Huddersfield Station,  St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Wednesday 8.30 pm £3 - £5 per person

Al Wood Quartet with Bruce Adams at Darlington

Darlington Jazz Club is kick starting the new season after their summer holidays with an extra special gig. Multi-instrumentalist Al Wood, who, over the years, has worked with many bands including Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Howard, Ken Mackintosh and the BBC Big Band brings his quartet to Darlington Jazz Club and joins with star guest trumpet and flugelhorn player Bruce Adams to provide a gig that is not to be missed. Bruce is one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers. He has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, and, his long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings.

Venue: St Augustines Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL37TG

When: Sunday 02 September

Time: Doors 6pm – Music from 6:30pm

Tickets: £6 OTD

Festival showcases for "Jasmine" and "Slow Loris"

Slow Loris

Two bands of young musicians are getting the chance to make their name thanks to a pioneering initiative by Jazz North.

Jasmine and Slow Loris, both based in Leeds, are the latest beneficiaries of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, which offers high-profile exposure at leading jazz festivals in the north for young up-and-coming musicians, along with career support and promotion.

The bands were selected from a wide range of applications after impressing the selection panel with their talent and enthusiasm. The initiative was open to bands of up to five musicians, 75 per cent of whom must be under 25 and living or studying in the north of England. Now, they will perform at leading northern jazz festivals in Lancaster, Marsden, Liverpool, Manchester, Gateshead, Scarborough and Durham with other festival performances to be confirmed.

Reflecting the growing scene across the UK, Jasmine combine the influences of jazz and hip-hop, using Ableton Live to introduce layered horn parts over a traditional saxophone led jazz quintet setup. The band is made up of Jasmine Whalley (alto saxophone), Ben Haskins (guitar), George MacDonald (piano), Owen Burns (bass) and George Hall (drums).

Slow Loris is made up of Sam Lowther (guitar), Sam Evans (guitar), Chris Sellers (bass), and Theo Goss (drums) who met while studying at Leeds College of Music. Sam Lowther says their music is “dark, intense and energetic” with rock and metal influences, alongside a love of electronic music and hip-hop, yet staying rooted in jazz. They enjoy challenging traditional genre boundaries to create fresh, original music.

Jasmine and Slow Loris will each receive a package of help as part of the Jazz North Introduces scheme, including payment and expenses for the gigs, professional mentoring, a photo-shoot and assistance in creating an electronic press kit.

A panel, consisting of festival directors, professional musicians, promoters and educators, prioritised musical excellence in terms of musicianship, creativity, innovation and potential to select the bands. Lucy Woolley, Jazz North Introduces Project Manager, said: “Every year we are impressed by the quality of the applications to the Jazz North Introduces scheme and it is always exciting to see the amazing new artists entering the scene.  By working in partnership with festivals, Jazz North Introduces will provide Jasmine and Slow Loris with the opportunity to perform throughout the region giving jazz audiences their first glimpse of the great talent that is emerging here in the north.”

Videos about Jasmine and Slow Loris can be found at

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Manchester Jazz Festival new date

There will be some exciting changes to the Manchester Jazz Festival format in 2019. We will be moving the timing of the festival forward in the year to May 23 – 27, covering the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Additionally, since we are unable to occupy Albert Square whilst renovation works are in progress, we’ll be rolling out a range of performance opportunities that will differ to the venues, timings and set lengths that have been established over recent years.

Artists’ Submissions open for 2019
Our artists submissions process is now open for 2019. We are a contemporary jazz festival and we champion artists playing original work – especially those living and working in the north west of England. Artists can check out our 2018 programme to get a feel for some of the people who have appeared previously. We were the first festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and it still forms the basis of our programme today. It’s easy to get your music through to us and we listen to it all: make sure you read through the guidelines and then fill in the online form here

Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender returns - 40 years on!

 Hailey Tuck
 Mingus Big Band 

From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October, the Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender will bring some top jazz performers to the town for its first major jazz festival in 40 years. The weekender, programmed by Ros Rigby from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival, includes two acts that appeared at the 1978 event: Chris Barber (pictured above) with his Big Chris Barber Band, and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The newly reformed Teesside Youth Big Band will work with musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra towards a short performance at the start of NYJO’s own concert on the Saturday afternoon at 3pm. This concert will also feature new commissions from female jazz composers Nikki Iles and trumpeter Laura Jurd, who will also be performing with her Mercury-nominated band Dinosaur later that evening.

The weekend sees a return of the Big Chris Barber Band on Saturday evening – a 10-piece line-up playing music from the first half of the 20th century onwards, which has been captivating audiences across the UK and beyond for many decades. Barber, at 88, is still as energetic as ever, touring nationally and internationally.

Sunday’s programme includes an afternoon series of outstanding jazz ensembles, all of whom would normally be seen in full evening concert mode. These include the Texas-born jazz singer Hailey Tuck, recently featured on Later with Jools, with a UK band that includes Guisborough-born jazz pianist Rick Simpson. Also featured will be Teesside-born trumpeter Noel Dennis, with a new project about the music of American trumpeter Tom Harrell, with a band including one of the north-east’s favourite jazz vocalists, Zoe Gilby.

Continuing the north east theme, the Ushaw Ensemble, led by composer pianist and educator Paul Edis, performs a suite of pieces originally commissioned to celebrate St. Cuthbert and bringing together jazz and folk styles. Finally, one of the UK’s finest ensembles, The Printmakers, features composer Nikki Iles, award-winning vocalist Norma Winstone and an all-star band, performing a range of material by Nikki and Norma as well as songwriters as varied as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.

The weekend culminates in a visit from one of the most exciting American ensembles touring today, the Mingus Big Band. Performing the music of one of the USA’s most acclaimed jazz composers, bass player Charles Mingus, the band continues to work under the artistic direction of Mingus’s wife Sue, who continued the project after Mingus’ death in 1979.

The weekend will also include free-stage performances in the Fire Station in the Town Hall, from a range of artists from across the region, and there are opportunities for the family at Zoe Gilby’s Family Jazz All Stars show at 11am on Sunday morning, with a whistle-stop tour across the history of jazz and lots of opportunities for people of all ages to join in. Younger children can get even more ‘hands-on’ at guitarist Chris Sharkey’s Tots Play Jazz at 2.30pm. Singers will also enjoy a chance to work with outstanding vocal leader Pete Churchill, who will run a vocal workshop on Sunday morning helping singers to learn by ear and to move while singing. The group will then have a chance to perform what they’ve learnt on the free stage.

There will also be an exhibition of memorabilia from the 1978 Middlesbrough Jazz Festival event, known as the Newport Jazz Festival At Ayresome Park and featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Anyone with memorabilia they wish to lend to the exhibition are asked to email the Town Hall box office.

Details and tickets

Toby Carpenter Organ Trio + Nadim Teimoori at Bradford

Up next at JATP Bradford on 7th September 2018 - Toby Carpenter Organ Trio + Nadim Teimoori

Contemporary Organ Trio playing Bradfordian Toby Carpenter’s melodic, swinging originals full of fun and passionate improvisation, celebrating the music of 1920s New Orleans, 1950s New York and new millennium Europe. His debut EP "DEAD PAN PARTY" (Turquoise Coconut Records), reached No.1 in the iTunes Jazz Album Chart.

Prior to attending Leeds College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire Tobie regularly attended JATPjazz with his father so this will be something of a "homecoming".

Bradford JATPjazz, at Glyde House, Bradford BD5 0BQ (tel 01274 271114 or 01274 543547)

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Jazz at the Spa .. gigs a plenty

August jazz dates in Boston Spa!

18th – Maine Street Jazzmen – and just to keep you all in a jolly, holiday mood, we have the highly respected Jazzmen from the North East with their inimitable blend of fast moving Traditional jazz interspersed with some rousing harmonica numbers from leader Herbie Hudson. Definitely one of the best groups in the North.

25th – Jeff Barnhart and “Spats” Langham – Yes – it’s Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham together again at your request following the memorable evening’s entertainment last year. Our two virtuosos in stride piano style and on guitar, banjo and ukulele with the perfect melange of musical standards, memories and anecdotes.


1st – Vintage Rhythms and the Henry Graham Show – now here’s a cracking start to the Autumn programme. Two groups for the price of one! Vintage Rhythms is a 16 piece band based in York which specialises in the melodic music of the golden era of the 40s and 50s and recreates the nostalgic sounds of the dance halls of yesteryear. The Henry Graham Show incorporates artists from Vintage Rhythms with lady vocalists in a programme of swing, ballads, standards, blues and -dare we mention it – a touch of rock and roll!

8th – Chris Walker’s Pedigree Jazz Band – in essence, a Salute to Trad Jazz 2018. This tribute to the famous UK Traditional Jazz bands of the 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster, Chris Walker – a member of the original Real Ale & Thunder Band. Featuring Chris on clarinet, the band specialises in your favourite tunes from the Ball, Barber and Bilk era coupled with an interesting and informative presentation as befits his broadcasting expertise. The Pedigree name reflects sponsorship for the band from Marston’s Brewery.

15th – Sorry – No Jazz

22nd – Shades of Jazz – one of the best bands on the UK circuit and a Boston Spa favourite. Swings like fury. Formed and led by drummer Graham Smith, the band includes John Hallam on reeds, Gary Wood on trumpet, Martin Veasey on trombone plus Bruce Rollo on bass. Superb musicians all, resulting in Chicago style traditional jazz plus swing at its very best.

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live!

Spread the word – JITS is live, fun and friendly – no better way to spend Saturday evening.

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.

Lescar line up in Sheffield

Robert Mitchell 19 Sept

Here is the Jazz at The Lescar line-up for the next few weeks in Sheffield

We’re really happy about this line-up, which ranges from cutting edge, genre crossing trios (Matthew Read and Robert Mitchell), and classy vocal jazz (Miriam Ast with Victor Guiterrez), to the very best contemporary quartets (Jim Bashford, with an incredible front-line of Percy Pursglove and Trish Clowes, plus Nick Costley-White’s quartet of London-based star musicians). We also feature a vibrant 11 piece band led by a true rising star, Kenny Wheeler prize-winner Johnny Mansfield, the first of two double-bills of the very best emerging talent from Leeds and Birmingham (bands led by Samantha Wright and Bela Horvath), and finally some wonderful experiments in sound and improvisation from two great line-ups; the Deep Tide Quartet (Martin Archer, Kim Macari, Laura Cole, Walt Shaw) and a trio of 3 incredible musicians (Kit Downes, Tom Challenger and Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad); this last one an unmissable two night residency at the Hop Hideout beer shop.

15th August 2018 Jim Bashford Quartet £8
22nd August 2018 Deep Tide Quartet £8
29th August 2018 Matthew Read Trio £7
5th September 2018 Nick Costley-White Quartet £8
Friday 7th September and Saturday 8th September Elt (Kit Downes - harmonium, Tom Challenger - tenor sax, Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad - vocals), £12 (at Hop Hideout beer shop, next door to The Broadfield)
12th September 2018 Johnny Mansfield Elftet £9
19th September 2018 Robert Mitchell’s Epiphany3  £8
26th September 2018 Miriam Ast and Victor Gutierrez + special guest TBC £8
3rd October 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Samantha Wright Quintet / Bela Horvath Trio £9

Thank you so much for your continued support!
Best wishes,

Jez Matthews and The Jazz at The Lescar team.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Friday, 3 August 2018

Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival Aug 30- Sept 2nd

Julian Arguelles 1 September
This will be the tenth year JazzLeeds have run the Village Jazz Fringe as part of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. It all started at the Mustard Pot with an afternoon jazz jam session – now we are up to four days of jazz blues, salsa and swing throughout Chapel Allerton in North Leeds

We starts with the Big Easy swing band on the Thursday 30 August featuring the swing music of the 20’s and 30’s with the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names, added their own interesting arrangements to bring you a set of the finest swing tunes (@Seven Arts 8pm). Support is from the Em Brown Quartet

The Friday evening features the music of legendary Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Chris Lloyd plays the Steinway grand piano at the School of Philosophy on Woodland Lane Chapel Allerton (31 Aug 7.30-10pm). His “Lloyd Plays Peterson show will start at 7.30pm and will be followed later by a festival jazz jam session so come along and sing or play!

The headline festival act @Seven Arts on Saturday 1 Sept 8pm is the quartet led by saxophonist, composer and international performer Julian Argüelles. Julian joins up with some of the UK’s leading younger jazz musicians in the form of Ivo Neame on piano and the powerful bass and drums duo of Sam Lasserson and James Maddren, displaying Argüelles’ consistent talent for freewheeling jazz ventures packed with striking compositions. Neame is a fluently inventive pianist. This is a jazz group to the core, yet it is full of non-jazz surprises! The quartet will also lead a masterclass before the concert at 5.30pm. Support is from Northern Line band Tiptoe

The Sunday afternoon is traditionally Jazz Sunday at the festival – an open air concert of jazz blues and salsa bands in Regent Street 12.30-6pm will get you dancing! It includes local big band The North Leeds Jazz Orchestra, Nick Svarc’s blues band “Who Knows”, Leeds’ answer to Sun Ra “The Ancient Infinity Orchestra”, Sueli Gil's "Africa- Brazil" and popular soul jazz band “Atlantic Crossover”.

The programme is as follows
Thus 30 Aug – Big Easy + support Em Brown Quartet Seven Arts (7.30-10.30) £10/8 concession
Fri 31 Aug – Lloyd Plays Peterson at School of Philosophy followed by a jazz jam session ( 7.30-10) £5 (Jam session players and singers free)
Sat 1 Sept 5pm – Jazz Masterclass at Seven Arts (with Julian Argüelles) 5.30pm-6.30pm £5 (free to ticket holders)
Sat 1 Sept – Julian Argüelles Quartet + support from Tiptoe at Seven Arts (7.30-10.30pm) £12/10
Sun afternoon 2 Sept – Jazz Blues and Salsa in Regent Street (12.00-6pm ) payf bucket contribution 12.00 North Leeds Jazz Orchestra dir. by Martin Townshend 1.15 Atlantic Crossover 2.30 Ancient Infinity Orchestra 3.45 Africa- Brasil (salsa) 5.00 Who Knows (blues)

More details about all the festival here
And don't forget our Jazz Jam-borees at Inkwell on Sundays in August too bands followed by a jam session 1.30-4pm £5 on door
Sun 5 Aug Phil Green group (Sun 12 Aug - no jazz - Inkwell Summer Fair) Sun 19 Aug Jean Watson quintet, Sun 26 Aug Loire reunion band

Steve Crocker

Ilkley Jazz Festival on it's way!

With less than a fortnight to go, here at Ilkley Jazz Festival we are really excited about our program this year. We have 3 fabulous headline acts.

To celebrate our 5th year we are commissioning a piece of music from well known jazz composer Jamil Sheriff, called the Ilkley Suite, based on Ilkley and the surrounding landscape, which will be performed at our festival for the first public performance on 18th August this year, as you can imagine this is very special as it is the first time Ilkley has a piece of music written for it. So we have kept costs to a minimal for this performance!

We have two female headliner acts - Jazz Singer Anita Wardell has recently moved back to Australia so this will be one her few performances in the UK this year and Jazz Harpist Alinia Bzhezhinska who is now based in London and has been wowing the southern jazz fans, makes her first visit to Yorkshire.

As a festival we have been growing and this year we are having 30 events, 13 more than last year, across 11 venues of which 4 are new to the festival, with free events, ticketed events and events combined with meals.

So please let everyone know that there is going to be some great music in Ilkley this August!

The festival starts on 15th August with performances around town and ends on Sunday 19th August, here is the full listing:

Wednesday 15th 
5.30 – 7 pm Ilkley Cinema,  Sam Watts solo performance and film -  £11
6 – 8 pm The Gin Lounge, Julie Edwards - Duo Jazz vocals  - Free
7 – 9pm Monkmans,  James Birkett duo - Guitar duo - Meal 
7 – 9pm  Quinta, Nikki Allen duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
8 – 10pm  Martinez, Dave Smith duo - Blues - £5

Thursday 16th 
6.30 – 8.30pm  The Black Hat, Zoe Gilby quartet - Jazz vocals - Meal
7 – 9pm Monkmans, Esther Bennet duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
7 – 9pm Quinta, Kate Peters duo - Jazz vocals - Meal
8 – 9pm Friends of ham, Nik Svarc trio - Fusion - Free
9 – 10pm  Friends of ham, Beverley Beirne and Nik Svarc trio - Directors jam - Free

Friday 17th 
4 – 6pm Ticket office, Backchat Brass - New Orleans  - Free
6 – 8pm Monkmans, Rod Mason duo - Sax duo - Meal
6.30 – 7.30pm The Winter Gardens, Ronnie Bottomley trio  -Piano trio - Free
8 – 10pm  The Winter Gardens, Anita Wardell quartet - Jazz Vocals - £18

Saturday 18th 
10 – 12am The Winter Gardens, Jazz Workshop-  Workshop Free
1 – 2pm The Winter Gardens,  The Paradise Trio - Trumpet led - £6
2.30 – 3.30pm The Winter Gardens,  Paul Edis octet - Instrumental  -£6
4 – 5pm The Winter Gardens,  Perpetual Motion Machine - Rock Fusion - £6
5.30 – 7pm Ticket Office,  Bare Brass Band - New Orleans - Free
 7 – 8pm The Winter Gardens,  The Ilkley Suite – Instrumental with vocals - £6
8.30– 10.30pm The Winter Gardens,  Alina Bzhezhinska - Instrumental  - £15
Throughout The Winter Gardens,  Darren Dunston Bromley - Solo Guitar - Free
11 – 1am The Black Hat, Jazz Jam - Jam - Free

Sunday 19th
10 – 11.30am The Black Hat, Jamil Sheriff -  Masterclass - Free
12.30 – 2.30pm The Black Hat, Matt Holborn - Gypsy Jazz - Free
12.30 - 2.30 Broadleys,James Mainwarring - Instrumental - Meal
1 – 2pm Bandstand, Steph Atkinson 2 Rivers  4tet - Instrumental - Free
2 – 4pm  Bandstand, The Dales Jam - Instrumental - Free
3 – 5pm The Black Hat, Swing Manouche - Gypsy Jazz - Free
4 – 6pm  The Ticket Office, Sontuno -  Latin - Free

More details at http://

Weekend Tickets including all events in the winter Gardens are £50 and Saturday Tickets are £35
Tickets from Ilkley visitor information centre - 01943 602319

Mark Beirne Smith

Jazz in Hornby gets a refresh!

Chris Coull

‘Jazz in Hornby’ has an impressive record of staging ‘accessible’ jazz of world-class standard several times a year. Jazz evenings have a warm, friendly and informal atmosphere, helped along by the bar which is open all evening.

‘Jazz in Hornby’ was started many years ago by Sam Ashton. He calls upon his extensive knowledge of jazz music, and contacts within the jazz world to entice some especially talented performers to our small village venue.

When choosing a band my watchword is ‘accessible’, says Sam, and is all about improvisation and spontaneity. He aims for the music to be melodic and embrace a mix of styles; some blues, sometimes cool & reflective, some jazz standards and must always include some foot-tapping swing.

Now the club has a well designed website to let you know what is happening too -

If it sounds appealing, why not support local live music and pop along to Hornby Institute on Friday evening 10th August to see the wonderful Chris Coull Quintet

Chris Coull, trumpet and flugel Ed Kainyek, tenor sax Ed Andrzej Baranek, on piano Rob Steels, double bass, and Jack Davies, on drums.

Playing a blend of blistering bebop and cool jazz sounds, the Hornby show will be the band’s only UK date. (It’s their 4th visit to Jazz In Hornby, so they clearly have an enjoyable evening!)

The quintet provide thoughtful and subtle variations on the jazz theme to encompass Bossa Nova, Swing, Be-bop, smooth grooves and cool jazz styles of Miles Davis’ golden era. Their repertoire contains literally thousands of jazz classics such as Summertime, Take 5, Fly Me To The Moon, It Ain’t Got That Swing and lots more from the American songbook.

During his career Chris Coull has played for Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Lord Mandleson, Crowne Prince Haakon, to name a few of the band’s more well known clients. They have toured all over the world including events as far afield as Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Thailand and individually their members are regulars at UK summer venues such as “Appleby Jazz” and “Love Supreme Jazz Festival”

Tickets £10, obtainable from the Institute on 01524 22 22 27. However there’s no need to book in advance – just turn up. Bar opens at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Summer Jazz in Scarborough

Frank Brooker 29 August

Summer gigs at the Cask in Scarborough

AUGUST 8 Will Howard
Next up is one of our new regular soloists. Will plays melodic lines in the jazz tradition (think Young, Webster) but with great inventiveness and freedom. ‘Everything about him marks him out as a  generous talent.’ (Bebop Spoken Here).
With Peter Elsdon on keyboards, Bob Walker, bass and Tom Townsend, drums. £5

AUGUST 15 Jim Corry
Completing the tasting, Jim is a widely recognised and respected player on all the saxophones who is equally at home with funk and acid jazz and with performing at international jazz festivals. ‘Soulful saxophone, hot stuff!’ (The Guardian). With MG3 £5

AUGUST 22 Firebird Quartet
It’s been a long wait since this popular quartet led by trumpeter Ian Chalk played at the club, performing original compositions and music from great contemporary jazz composers with creative energy and foot tapping grooves that everyone enjoys. With Martin Longhorn (keyboard), John
Marley (bass) and Tim Carter (drums). This gig has been individually sponsored  £6

AUGUST 29 Frank Brooker 
We round off the season with another club favourite. Frank cut his musical teeth in the trad boom of the 60s’s and has been developing his melodic mastery and relaxed swing on the tenor sax and clarinet ever since. £5

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.

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