Thursday, 27 September 2018

JazzLeeds celebrates jazz from around the world

Continuing the JazzLeeds tradition of putting on great jazz music from around the globe, this autumn JazzLeeds have five evening concerts with Los Angeles based tenorman Benn Clatworthy, Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, rising star Freddie Gavita and Kate Peters Big Band with the music of Ella Fitzgerald. First up though in on Thursday October 11th is one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe, Mike Walker appearing with Tria Lingvo from Cologne .

"North by North West" - Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo 
Thursday evening 11 Oct @Seven Arts – 8pm- £16/14
Mike Walker - guitar, Johannes Lemke - sax  André Nendza – bass Christoph Hillmann- drums
Guitarist Mike Walker is one of the most prolific British musicians of his generation with his talent widely acknowledged among notable international Jazz peers. Mike has built a distinguished performing, composing and teaching career in the UK and Europe spanning almost forty years, featuring international touring and many highly recognised collaborations. Tria Lingvo are winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize, offer an innovative and highly creative approach to the traditional trio format, at home with exploring the endlessly fascinating ground found between Modern Jazz, energy-laden improvisation and ethnic music. After four highly successful albums they are one of the well established ensembles on the German scene. Over the years they have given many concerts all over Germany ranging from clubs, to concerthalls, churches, to some famous festivals like “Leverkusener Jazztage”, “Enjoy Jazz” and “Vive le Jazz”. Support is from the Dan Coulthurst quartet 8-8.30pm  See and hear their music here!

Benn Clatworthy Quartet 
Thursday evening 25 October @Seven Arts 8pm start £16/14 conc
Benn Clatworthy- saxes, Cecilia Coleman -piano Simon Thorpe- bass and Matt Home -drums 
From storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Benn Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with jazz audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour. He is supported by a top-class rhythm section featuring New York composer and big band leader Cecelia Coleman “Clatworthy proves practice makes perfect” – LA Times “A master player” – LA Weekly “Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins” –Edinburgh Evening News Web http://
See/hear their music here Support 8-8.30pm Dimitris Tsiotas trio  

Jean Toussaint all star quintet – "Brother Raymond"  
Seven Arts - Thursday 15 Nov 8pm £18/16
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Saxophone, Jay Phelps – Trumpet, Andrew McCormack – Piano,  Daniel Casimir – Bass, Shane Forbes – Drums
The return of a very special band led by former Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, he has released ten critically-acclaimed CDs as a leader. Tonight he presents his 11th album, ‘Brother Raymond’, as part of a UK tour with a truly all-star sextet.  To commemorate, the twenty-fifth year of, the passing of the great Art Blakey in 2015 Toussaint organised a project which (borrowed from the Messengers Blue Note record of the same name) he called “Roots and Herbs/The Blakey Project” which was hugely successful when it visited Seven Arts - this time will be even better! The music of "Brother Raymond" builds on the legacy of Blakey but above all confirms Toussaint’s place as an accomplished composer at the forefront of modern jazz. Stand-out tracks include the opening ‘Amabo’, an African groove dedicated to Barack Obama. The title track draws upon the influences of Toussaint’s favourite composers, “Duke” Ellington and Wayne Shorter. Music here Support 8-8.30pm -Nico Widdowson Trio

Freddie Gavita Quartet  
Seven Arts – Thursday 29 Nov 8pm £16/14
Freddie trumpet/flugelhorn; Tom Cawley: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Joshua Blackmore: drums

Rising star Freddie Gavita won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017 and his 2017 album Transient was aimed at the heart, not the head, with a highly evocative collection of compositions written for his quartet. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing. A high-powered line up of top players ensures a night to remember. “There are other, more hyped up, players around but few have the feeling, the technique and the sound that Gavita has. Think of Navarro and Clifford Brown and their fat sound then listen to Miles. Freddie lies, not quite central, more (much more) towards Fats and Clifford and yet, still remains his own man. Ten original compositions and a rhythm section to die for make this as good a trumpet album as you’re likely to hear either side of the Atlantic this year”…Bebop spoken here. — ‘Transient’ Recording Session .Support from Jack Chandler sextet 8-8.30pm feat Ben Lowman sax, Tom Sharp tpt, Harry Orme guitar, Steve Hanley drums and Sam Quintana bass

Kate Peters Big Band – the songs of Ella Fitzgerald 
Seven Arts Leeds – Thursday 6 Dec 8pm £16/14
Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in Leeds. A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre and she has had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing artists, such as Candi Staton, Jaki Graham, Roachford, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves) and Angie Brown. For this concert - which is our JazzLeeds Christmas Party- Kate presents an evening of music celebrating the work of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, featuring classic arrangements from Ella’s collaborations with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and others. With her Big Band she will pay tribute to one of the great ladies of song. Music here  Support 8-8.30pm is from the John Marley Trio  

Why not buy a bargain Season Ticket for all five autumn evenings? Save 40% off the price and support your local voluntary club JazzLeeds? £65 Full or £55 concessionary price  here

Further information on all events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our new website Address: Seven Arts 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD  tickets NUS and Under 25 tickets are half price at all concerts

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Steve Crocker

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