Thursday, 25 October 2018

Kyla Brox with Danny Blomeley debuts at Clitheroe

Kyla Brox, the finest UK blues & soul singer of her generation, will undoubtedly attract a good crowd for her debut gig with Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues at our new Clitheroe Cricket Club venue. So advance ticket purchases via The Grand web site is advisable.

The different setting, from band to duo/trio, encourages two distinct Kylas to come to the fore - the salty blues mama in line from Bessie Smith, and the tender soul singer who sets out her hopes and fears in song. She never flinches from emotional reality in either situation. Kyla will perform in duo format with Danny Blomeley for this gig.

The duo assigns a prominent role for helpmate and songwriting partner Danny Blomeley, and his virtuoso guitar-work has earned Danny a following in his own right. Whether your favourite style is jazz or blues, this gig with Kyla and Danny is one for the diary. Early ticket bookings are more cost effective too!

Kyla Brox with Danny Blomeley
Friday 9 November 2018 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Cricket Club, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2AS Tel: 01200 422896 | Tickets: Adv £11 / £10 members | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Like swinging jazz? The changes? Gorgeous ballads? This one's for you!

Benn Clatworthy Quartet (feat Cecilia Coleman) @Seven Arts – this Thursday evening 25 Oct 8pm Doors 7.30 Music 8pm £16/14 (Under 25's and NUS £8)
Benn Clatworthy saxes, Cecelia 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, supported by a top-class rhythm section featuring New York composer and big band leader Cecelia Coleman.

Born in the UK but now resident in Los Angeles, Clatworthy has been a regular in clubs there for two decades, and has worked with artists such as Cedar Walton, Lionel Hampton, Johnny ‘Hammond’ Smith and Jimmy Cleveland. His latest recording, Let’s Face the Music (Maestro, 2000), epitomises his approach: ‘If you’re not affecting emotions, music has little value.’

“While twenty years in Los Angeles seem to have had little effect on expatriate Brit Ben’s Bow Bells speech, his tenor sax playing has acquired strong US characteristics, not least a tough personal tone and a wide emotional range that extends from ballad tenderness to gladiatorial torrents of controlled aggression at fast tempos.” Chris Lee

“…Scattering notes around the room with a deliciously dry loquacity in a fast-moving hard-bop manner” John Fordham

A fixture in Los Angeles area clubs since 1980, Benn Clatworthy was originally heavily influenced by late-’50s John Coltrane, but would soften his tone and sometimes sound a little like Warne Marsh with touches of Sonny Rollins.

He debuted on record in 1990, with his Discovery release “Thanks Horace” which also features the highly rated New York pianist and big band leader Cecilia Coleman who will be with him on piano on this Leeds date.  Tickets are available in advance online here:  Get there early for a good seat! Support (8-8.30) if from "Nefarious" – jazz and folk - remember them from the Jazzleeds festival? With Genevieve Begley Vocals, Guitar – Tom Woodhouse, Bass – Bill Evans, Drums – Bob Henderson

We've also a legendary Northern jazz saxplayer this coming Sunday afternoon @Seven Arts concerts gig : Munch Manship Quintet  - Sunday afternoon 28 October  @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5) Munch Manship sax and flute, Derrick Harris guitar, Andrzej Baranek piano, Paul Baxter bass & Paul Smith drums Tickets
Jazz Jam session -Inkwell – Sunday 4 Nov 1.30pm-4pm £7/5
Bring your horn, your axe, your voice or just come down and enjoy the fun!

Relax at our extra Rush Hour Jazz with Jenny Hammond -  Wednesday evening 7 Nov @Seven Arts 6-7pm  Payf collection. Get out of the car and into the Seven Arts bar for this months rush hour jazz  - this time led by favourite Leeds jazz singer Jenny Hammond plus Dom Moore drums, Steve Crocker on bass, Will Powell guitar.

Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
Jazz Leeds Website with links to our Facebook and Twitter sites

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Doncaster Jazz Club wins grassroots award

Doncaster Jazz Club won the Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Award for Outstanding Music Club on 19 October - well done to the Doncaster Jazz Association and their founder John Ellis for all their hard work!

The award was presented by the Cask's Julie Buckley ....

"Best feeling giving an award to a place you've been following for 35 years on their 45th Anniversary, well done Doncaster Jazz Association xxx

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Gilles Peterson and whats next for jazz?

This should be interesting! So jazz is hip (some of us say it always has been). Listen in. If you want to hear more then just come to some of the brilliant Northern Jazz club gigs listed on this blog...

"Following reports of a "jazz renaissance" among younger listeners, what makes this moment in jazz so exciting and especially worth celebrating? And why is now a great time to discover the genre altogether?

This weekend, Gilles Peterson celebrates the thriving UK jazz scene with a live special from Maida Vale, featuring performances from luminaries like Joe Armon-Jones, Nubya Garcia, Oscar Jerome, Ishmael Ensemble and one-off collaborations with Fatima, Hak Baker and Gilles' all-star house band. Tune in from 3pm on Saturday 20 October BBC Radio 6 Music"

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Newcastle's Jazz Cafe on the move

News from the Jazz Cafe in Newcastle....

You may have already heard the rumours... Yes they are true we are moving!

The Cafe has had it's roots on Pink Lane for over 25 years now and it has outgrown the current premises. The current venue will be split into two levels, ground floor for takeouts or a quick cuppa and an upper mezzanine, cosy and full of character, for lunch or reading the paper will provide some Saturday afternoon live jazz duos. Chef Natalie will still be making her famous cakes and scones!

The live jazz concerts will move in with the Black Swan Basement Bar and Venue on Wesgate Road which is currently undergoing some changes to give it the 1920's vibe with a new stage in the main bar and the larger venue with its capacity of 200, better access for all and a larger stage so we will be able to host larger touring bands along with some old favourites. Not to mention the off street courtyard to enjoy lunch or an evening drink (when the summer arrives of cause)

The Jazz Cafe's last day on Pink Lane will be Saturday 27th of Oct and will reopen in the new venue on Tuesday 6th Nov. Tuesdays Jam on the 30th of Oct will take place in the new home at the Black Swan, 69 Westgate Rd.

Thank you for your support of the Jazz Cafe over the past years and we hope you will come and see us in our new home.

Northern jazz success at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards

So good to see jazz musicians, organisers and supporters recognised at this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards in London on Tuesday 16th October!

Jez Matthews and his team have developed a gem of a jazz venue at the Lescar in Sheffield - with the very best from the contemporary jazz scene playing to enthusiastic audiences not only there but at other Sheffield venues such as Yellow Arch studios and Roco. Worthy winners (and the third Yorkshire jazz club in a row) to win the Jazz Venue of the Year award. They are Norvoljazz members and part of the highly successful Sheffield Jazz organisation. Go and see why at their upcoming gigs -  Josh Schofield Quartet + Morpher (24 Oct) Olie Brice Quintet (31 Oct) Treppenwitz (7 Nov) and Lorraine Baker's Eden (14 Nov).
It’s great to see somebody who cares deeply for the music recognised for the vital work and passion that they’ve given to the jazz scene. Lance Liddle runs the Bebop Spoken Here blog based in Newcastle. The blog gives you a snapshot of jazz in the North East that is consistently  interesting and informative. No cutting and pasting of press releases here - this is good journalism done by Lance and his small team - people who go to the gigs and know their music.

Bolton's own Arun Ghosh won the best instrumentalist award. He is an inspiration to young jazz musicians and his music manages to fuse South-Asian folk and jazz with elements of rock, classical, and folk. I especially liked the way he thanked his music teacher at his Bury primary school - Mrs Crompton - and Manchester's Eddie Ashton for repairing his clarinet!

Well done also to Gill Wilde for her nomination in the Services to Jazz category and recognition of all her work in promoting jazz in Grimsby and the Cleethorpes jazz festival - and also to Manchester based big band Beats & Pieces who were nominated for jazz ensemble of the year

The winners were as follows

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Ian Shaw
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: clarinettist Arun Ghosh
Jazz Album of the Year: Denys Baptiste – The Late Trane
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: guitarist Shirley Tetteh
Jazz Venue of the Year: Jazz At The Lescar in Sheffield
Jazz Media Award: Lance Liddle – Bebop Spoken Here
Jazz Education Award: Jean Toussaint
Services to Jazz Award: Jill Rodger, Glasgow Jazz Festival
Special APPJAG Award: Gary Crosby OBE

Steve Crocker

Monday, 15 October 2018

Grimsby Jazz Projects big adventure

Grimsby Jazz Projects is going on a big adventure over the coming year, including a trip to space in a rocket and a voyage to the bottom of the sea in a submarine.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Grimsby Jazz Projects and La Luna are producing brand new projects in partnership with the NEL Music Hub bringing stories, singing and a sprinkle of magic to primary schools in our area.

As we speak, a rocket is under construction to take Cosmo and Carrie (aged 8 ) up to space to discover what is out there amongst the stars. Cosmo and Carrie will be visiting primary schools in NE Lincs with their rocket and Carrie’s cat, who is a keen explorer.

With new songs, a brand new story plus workshops and resources – not to mention a big Singing Festival at the Auditorium – the project is ready to take off. And space is just the beginning. We’ll be announcing more details as we go along.

Who’s Involved?
La Luna is the organising force behind the successful bid but it’s the creative team at Grimsby Jazz Projects who will be leading on the delivery with support from MAPAS.

Josie Moon, Pat McCarthy, Matt Gray and Hetty McCarthy will produce and deliver the work across NE Lincs. Art work for the project is coming from the imagination and pencils of Vivienne May with design, layout and production of resources from Paul Davy and GSB Print and Design.

More info

Concert For Keith Tippett

There will be an intimate Concert For Keith Tippett at "Over The Top", Sheffield on Sunday 28th October at 7:30 pm. The venue is very small and only 25 tickets are available and we are asking for a minimum donation of £10.

The concert will feature pianist, Matthew Bourne plus Martin Archer (woodwind), Mick Beck (also woodwind) and Peter Fairclough (percussion).

If you are interested, please email and I'll tell you how to donate.

You may also make a donation if you cannot attend the gig but would like to support Keith as he recovers from serious illness.


Peter Fairclough
Drummer - Keith Tippett Octet

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hull Jazz gigs

Here's the current line up of Jazz Gigs in Hull. 'Jazz in Hull' is a weekly facebook page designed to promote all styles and aspects of jazz musics - Traditional/Dixieland/Swing/Mainstream/Big Band/Be-Bop/Modern/Latin/Funk/Fusion/Avant-garde/Experimental - and associated venues in Hull and the surrounding district of East Yorkshire/North Lincolnshire.

Please click on the 'Jazz in Hull' on facebook (ir you are on facebook!) like it, follow, and send a message/notification if you wish to contribute.

Jazz Futures networking meeting at Band on the Wall

A special regional networking meeting for jazz promoters, producers, performers and activists at the Band on the Wall, Manchester .

Speakers include:

Justin McKenzie – Artistic Director/CEO, Jazz Re:Freshed
Jazz Re:Freshed is at the heart of London’s current jazz explosion. It has grown from delivering a nightly event in Notting Hill to organising a yearly festival, developing new artists, creating a record label and much more. Justin will tell us how it happened.

Janine Irons MBE FRSA – Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Warriors
Winners of the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Education, Tomorrow’s Warriors are an internationally-renowned creative production and talent development agency.

Paul Bradshaw – Founder, Straight no Chaser
As his legendary and influential publication reaches its 100 edition, Paul will share the Chaser story.

Kevin Appleby – Strategic and Creative Lead, Jazz South
Following a substantial grant award from Arts Council England, the project is about to launch a talent and leadership programme and a multi-layered programme of projects.

Lexy Movaridi – Booking Agent, Diplomats of Sound
Lexy is an agent with Diplomats of Sound, with a roster including Zara McFarlane, Ashley Henry, and Anthony Joseph.

Mike Chadwick – Jazz promoter and International Band Manager, Snarky Puppy and David Crosby
Hugely experienced promoter and artist manager, Mike will be on hand to offer one-to-one advice surgeries.

Gavin Sharp – CEO, Band on the Wall
Gavin has been at the helm of the multi award-winning venue and promoter Band on the Wall for a decade.

Jeremy Davies – Root Music
An experienced jazz promoter and fundraiser, Jeremy will discuss EU funding and the NIMPE Music Factory.

John Fraser – Researcher
John Fraser has worked in industry as a researcher and analyst for more than 20 years and his current role as a Senior Consultant has seen him work with some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies. John has a keen interest in the arts outside work; he has been conducting research into jazz audiences for Band on the Wall, which he will present during this session.

David Murray and Saul Williams
In advance of what promises to be a stunning show at Band on the Wall, David and Saul will talk about their work.

Concert: David Murray and Saul Williams, 7.30pm
Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive than David Murray. With his band, comprised of drummer Nasheet Waits, pianist Jason Moran and Orrin Evans, bassist Jaribu Shahid, he invites the leading voice on the spoken-word scene. Together, they deliver an impassioned vibration, enlightened by the abrasive words of Saul Williams.


Monday, 8 October 2018

Volunteering opportunities at Newcastle's Jazz Co-op

There are a couple of specific areas where we could use extra volunteer input at the moment at the Newcastle Jazz Co-op, and we'd very much appreciate it if you could consider offering some time to help with the following tasks:

(1) Ali (Bar Manager at The Globe) has asked if we could recruit one or two volunteers to support his efforts to keep the Globe clean on a regular basis.  He would like someone twice a week for 2 hours each shift to work (or 2 people doing one two hour shift each) while he is in the building.  Ideally, to be helpful, this would need to be a regular commitment.  If you have some time to spare and think you might want to help out, please email Ali ( to find out more.

(2) It would be great if more people were prepared to volunteer for all or part of the Duty Manager role at jazz gigs/events at The Globe.  This would include taking money at the door, and running either the downstairs or Jazz bars.  Gigs happen regularly on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Ali will provide full bar training for anyone wishing to take this on.  To find out more, please email Jen Errington (

Even if you're not able to volunteer in either of the above areas, we always very much welcome occasional offers of assistance with administration, finance, cleaning, painting and DIY at The Globe.  We hope the Globe working parties will start up again soon at a more convenient time for people who are working.  If you would like more information on opportunities please email me (David Herbert) at

Many thanks,

David Herbert Volunteer Co-ordinator

‘Piano Divas’ at Wigan Jazz

The Wendy Kirkland Quartet ‘Piano Divas’.

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 28th October, 2018.

Wendy Kirkland piano and vocals, Pat Sprakes guitar, Paul Jeffries double bass and electric bass, Stevie Smith drums. 
Refreshing tribute to pianist-singers like herself : Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Eliane Elias’- Jazzwise.
‘One of the great unsung heroines of British jazz’ – The Jazzman.
Part of a national tour. Ms Kirkland presents the music of the great women singer-pianists in her own style with thankfully no attempt at impersonation. Catch videos of her on ‘You Tube’.

At Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU. 12.30 pm till 3.00pm, but sometimes goes on a bit longer. Admission £12 non-members, £11.30 concessions, £11.00 members.
Pay on the door, or book tickets in advance through ‘’.

More information about the Wigan Jazz Club, its history and future programme on 
tel 01942 243974 or 01925 727408

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Tria Lingvo with Mike Walker at Clitheroe

For the Ribble Valley Jazz Club's October gig  we feature international touring band, Tria Lingvo, a notable Cologne-based German trio which with guest, Manchester guitar virtuoso Mike Walker bringing a musical encounter of the highest order at the start of a new UK tour. This award winning trio, combined with Mike Walker’s guitar mastery, will present an award-winning repertoire of new quartet music.

Tria Lingvo, winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize, offers an innovative and creative approach to the traditional trio format. The band is at home exploring the fascinating ground found between Modern Jazz, energy-laden improvisation and ethnic music. It is highly respected on their home scene, having performed with the likes of Dominique Pifarély, Zoltan Lantos & Ramesh Shotham at festivals such as Leverkusener Jazztage, Enjoy Jazz Festival, & Vive le Jazz.

Mike Walker, one of the most prolific UK musicians of his generation, has built a distinguished performing, composing and teaching career in UK & Europe over almost forty years that has featured international touring and highly recognised collaborations. He is highly acknowledged among notable international jazz peers.

Friday 12 October 2018 From 7:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Venue: Clitheroe Cricket Club, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2AS Tel: 01200 422896 | Tickets: Advance - £15 Members £14 | Book Now: from The Grand's website

Exciting gigs at the Lescar

Land of If 17 October 

From Jez Matthews Jazz at the Lescar, Sheffield

We’re so excited about the next couple of months. There’s so much variety in our programme, covering jazz, improv, song, folk, and electronic music, and musicians from across the UK and Europe. It includes 2 double bills of brilliant young bands emerging from the Leeds and Birmingham jazz scenes (Samantha Wright, Bela Horvath, Josh Schofield, and Morpher), Sam Rapley touring with a glorious new album, and Land of If, led by drummer Simon Roth with a unique line-up featuring vocals, cello, viola, guitar and music inspired by everyone from Ligeti to Radiohead, and PJ Harvey. October ends with Olie Brice leading an incredible line-up featuring US drums legend Jeff Williams. In the middle of all that we go out on an excursion under our pseudonym of Lines + Spaces, with a great four band line up covering folk, jazz and indie, at a lovely venue, The Holt.

In November we’ve got a quietly innovative and adventurous trio from Leeds, Treppenwitz, plus drummer Lorraine Baker, a real rising star brings a truly all star band celebrating the music of Ed Blackwell. Norwegian guitarist Eirik Svela comes to us having recorded his debut album in New York, and we finish off November with a double bill that’s sure to fire up the Lescar backroom with Sheffield based band Bad Brew and sax duo Skeltr mixing beats and electronics with fiery sax playing.

Finally we’re really pleased that Jazz at The Lescar is one of three venues/promoters from across the UK to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Jazz Venue of the Year at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz awards. This is a complete honour for us, and needless to say we’re absolutely delighted.
Thank you so much for your continued support!

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Samantha Wright Quintet / Bela Horvath Trio
Wednesday 10th October 2018  Sam Rapley’s Fabled
Saturday 13th October 2018 Lines and spaces night at the Holt  - special quadruple bill!
Wednesday 17th October 2018  Land of If
Wednesday 24th October 2018  DOUBLE BILL: Josh Schofield Quartet + Morpher Double Bill
Wednesday 31st October 2018 Olie Brice Quintet
Wednesday 7th November 2018  Treppenwitz
Wednesday 14th November 2018  Lorraine Baker’s Eden 
Wednesday 21st November 2018 Eirik Svela Group
Wednesday 28th November 2018 DOUBLE BILL: Bad Brew + Skeltr Double Bill


Hull Jazz Festival returns 14 - 17 November

Dame Evelyn Glennie and HLK 17 November 

Hull Jazz Festival returns from Wed- Sat 14 - 17 November with four days of live music that showcase the diversity of the UK jazz scene.

Trombonist Paul Taylor and poet John Robinson bring together a company of eight local artists to pay tribute in words and music to the Hull Pals Battalions of WW1, marking the centenary of the end of the war. They open the festival at Hull Truck Theatre on Wednesday 14 November with Other Ranks.

Rising star trumpeter Laura Jurd brings her band Dinosaur to Hull Truck Theatre for the first time on Thursday 15 November. Synth-pop meets jazz band on their critically-lauded 2018 album Wonder Trail, packed with folk-infused grooves and glistening melodies.

Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint brings his Allstar 5tet to Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 16 November, performing tracks from their acclaimed new project Brother Raymond. Gathering 4-star reviews on its release earlier this year, it’s a daring suite of original pieces that build on the legacy of the late, great Art Blakey whilst showcasing the talent and power of this new generation of musicians.

On Saturday 17 November at Hull Truck Theatre, virtuoso guitarist and composer Gonzalo Bergara explores what might have happened if Django Reinhardt had met Tango maestro Astor Piazzolla. With a quartet featuring some of the UK’s most accomplished Gypsy Jazz performers, he effortlessly blends the sounds of Parisian swing and his native Argentina.

Singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly is hailed as one of the UK's finest jazz voices. She’ll be joined by her friends from Hull Junior Choir at the Albemarle Music Centre on Saturday 17 November. Juliet Kelly’s Family Jazz Show is a fun-filled celebration of great jazz singers past and present, with plenty of chances for the audience (young and old!) to join in.

Trio HLK team up with the world’s leading solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie MBE, in an incredible new collaboration. Glennie’s approach to sound creation is the perfect match for Trio HLK’s complex rhythms and virtuosic improvisation. Combined, they’re an explosive tour de force and you can see them at Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 17 November

The festival closes with The Trojan Story at Hull City Hall on Saturday 17 November. Jazz Jamaica All Stars, with a line-up featuring some of the UK’s leading jazz musicians, celebrate 50 years of the legendary reggae label Trojan Records.

Visit for more information.

Wakefield's autumn jazz programme

Babelfish Friday 5 October 

Wakefield Jazz’s autumn programme opens this Friday (5th Oct) with Babelfish - the best of contemporary cosmopolitan jazz with compositions by Brigitte Beraha (voc) and Barry Green (piano), and top rhythm team Chris Laurence (bass) and Paul Clarvis (drums).
As ever, doors open 7.00pm, food available (best to book first - see website) - band onstage 8.30pm for two sets, with the famous raffle and bookstall during the interval. Venue is Wakefield Sports Club, Eastmoor Road WF1 3RR

And the season continues:
12 Oct Nic Meier’s Infinity
19 Oct Paul Edis’ Ushaw Ensemble
26 Oct Nova Trio
2 Nov Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat
9 Nov Greg Abate (with Pete Rosser Trio)
16 Nov Phil Robson Quartet (feat. Jed Levy)
23 Nov Nigel Price Organ Quartet
30 Nov Alina Bzezhinska’s London Quartet (feat. Tony Kofi)
7 Dec Claire Martin/Jim Mullen - Xmas tribute to Wes Montgomery

Many more details at 

Babelfish: as featured in the Guardians’ Pick of the Week

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A fascinating month of music at JazzLeeds

October - and another fascinating month of music at JazzLeeds. Our concerts includes slide blues guitarist Lucy Zirins, international superstar jazz guitarist Mike Walker and Tria Lingvo, London based vocalist Fini Bearman singing the music of David Bowie, local heroes Jamie Taylor Richard Iles and Munch Manship plus US based bebop saxman Benn Clatworthy with New York pianist Cecelia Coleman. All these at Seven Arts - or Inkwell - in Chapel Allerton, Leeds this coming month!

Lucy Zirins and Southern Company
Sunday afternoon 7 October @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 NUS+ under 25 half price Kids under 16 are free. Lucy Zirins (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals) Andy Crowdy (Bass) Pete Billington (Keys, Strings) It’s been too long since singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins played for us at Seven Arts. Lucy is a wonderful blues singer and guitarist, originally from from Burnley in Lancashire and now based in London and hitting all the right notes on the UK blues circuit. Hear Lucy's music here

"North by North-west" - Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo from Cologne  
Thursday 11 Oct 8pm- £16/14  @Seven Arts 1.30pm start NUS+ under 25 half price
Mike Walker - guitar, Johannes Lemke - sax  André Nendza – bass Christoph Hillmann- drums Mike Walker is one of the most prolific British musicians of his generation with his talent widely acknowledged among notable international Jazz peers. Tria Lingvo are winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize,  and offer a highly creative approach exploring the endlessly fascinating ground between modern jazz, improvisation and ethnic music. Music here Support is from the Dan Coulthurst quartet 8-8.30pm

Fini Bearman ‘This is Not America’, the music of David Bowie
Sunday 14 October @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/£8, half price for NUS and under 25’s. Kids under 16 are free. Fini Bearman (vocals) with Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) For this brand new project Fini is joined by pianist Tom Cawley (Curios, Acoustic Ladyland, Peter Gabriel), and bassist Calum Gourlay (Kit Downes). In this intimate and exposing lineup they will be revisiting and exploring some of David Bowie’s most-loved songs, as well as delving into some of his lesser-known back catalogue. Hear her music here

Jamie Taylor and Richard Iles   
Inkwell – Sunday 21 Oct 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free) Jamie Taylor guitar, Richard Iles flugelhorn Richard and Jamie have been established for many years as two of the leading musicians and educators on the Northern scene. Although they have worked together in quartet and trio settings before, this will be the first time these two artists have performed together as a duo. Expect to hear a mixture of original compositions by both, alongside some choice selections from standard repertoire.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet feat Cecelia Coleman.
Thursday evening 25 October @Seven Arts 8pm start £16/14 conc (NUS/Under 25's half price) 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.See/hear their music here Support 8-8.30pm - Dimitris Tsiotas trio

Munch Manship Quintet 
@Seven Arts Sunday afternoon 28 Oct 1.30pm £10/8 NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free. Munch Manship -sax and flute, Derrick Harris -guitar, Andrzej Baranek- piano, Paul Baxter -bass, Paul Smith -drums Munch Manship is a veteran saxman and flautist from Manchester who has featured in jazz clubs around the country, playing alongside many international stars such as Ronnie Scott, Bobby Shew, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, John Etheridge and Humphrey Lyttleton.

Other news!

Rush Hour Jazz -Ed Kainyek with the JazzLeeds trio Wed 17 October@Seven Arts bar 6-7pm payf. An alumnus of the Leeds Jazz Rock Orchestra and now a local legend on the Manchester jazz scene, Ed Kainyek cites Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Phil Woods and Grover Washington as key influences on his playing, although his sound is truly his own, and with each solo he makes his own statement.

Our Venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on   Tickets

Steve Crocker

Parr jazz- feast this October

Jazz, in all its forms, a booming part of Liverpool’s music scene. Tuesday’s Parrjazz delivers a storming jam session in Studio2 Parr Street with jazz touring players – they’ve had Japanese martial arts rockers and American proggers playing with students and Liverpool schmoozers. For over 10 years, Liverpool’s Parrjazz has promoted top international players: Snarky Puppy/FORQ/Gogo Penguin/Alan Barnes/Dennis Rollins and loads more.

Angular free-jazz, early roots, ragtime, classic swing, the coolest cool cats, jazz-rock fusion, prog, funk and trippy youngsters working their way out of the trancey psych soup. Summer to autumn in Liverpool has seen spectacular artists. June was kicked off into a dark gothic castle by Liverpool’s own Blind Monk Trio cascading Black Sabbath/Stranglers/Coltrane at Ma Boyle’s Alehouse and Eatery; the local vicar sat outside, cigar and a single malt.

The rest of June in Studio2 was a blast. San Francisco’s Paul McCandless with Charged Particles, closing off with a packed house for USA’s finest Prog/Fusion outfit, FORQ, touring their latest record Thrēq. FORQ’s storming acid-jazz rocker Cowabunghole created a jazz mosh pit! July gave us The California Jazz Conservatory showcasing west coast talent. Nashville’s Suzahn Fiering gave us a master class in songwriting. As August broke, Barry’s Boptet smashed out the best of Be Bop - Herdsmen to Miles Davis. Sax legend Dean Masser carried on the theme. September, had Guitar/Hammond/Drums combo Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio, touring their debut EP Dead Pan Party.

October is a jazz-feast. Leading UK Jazz talents Brigitte Beraha’s Babelfish on the 2nd, UNMISSABLE Bristopian jazz-trippers Get The Blessing on the 11th (Tickets from See Tickets/Skiddle), Robert Mitchell's Epiphany 3 on 16th, guitarist Stuart McCallum on 23rd, with the insane Baked A La Ska Halloween Special on the 30th. November will feature two sax heavyweights – Benn Clatworthy and Greg Abate………… nice!

Full listings at and

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Ronnie Bottomley's trio at Cafe Society Huddersfield

Ronnie Bottomley: drums Jason Scott: piano John Marley: double bass

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome the established and popular trio led by renowned drummer and educator Ronnie Bottomley: featuring Jason Scott on piano and John Marley on double bass. Ronnie was the inaugural winner of the Jazz Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award, and his passion  and dedication to the percussive arts and jazz scene are truly remarkable. For well over 60 years he has worked with many of the great British and American jazz musicians

Sunday afternoon 28 October 2018 at 2pm Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
or direct from Cafe Society iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University) Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield

Jazz in Wilmslow this October

Rod Mason Tuesday 2 October 

From Graham Brook

October 2nd - ROD MASON (reeds) with THE GEORGE KING TRIO

October 9th - TERRY BRUNT (trombone) and ROSIE HARRISON (reeds/vocals) with THE TOM KINCAID TRIO

October 16th - JULIE EDWARDS (vocals), KEVIN DEARDEN (bass), ROD MASON (reeds), GEORGE KING (keyboard) and TIM FRANKS (drums)

October 23rd -LUCY LOCKWOOD (vocals), LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone) and THE DEAN STOCKDALE TRIO

October 30th - LIAM BYRNE (tenor saxophone), TONY ORMESHER (guitar), FRANK GRIME (bass) and ANDRZEJ BARANEK (keyboard)

TUESDAY JAZZ AND SWING every Tuesday upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG. Show starts 8.30pm. £7 on door.

Russell Corbett's North East gig listings - October

Mingus Big Band Oct 21 Middlesborough Town Hall 

Oct 3 James Birkett & Emma Fisk Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Oct 3 MGB Charts, Newcastle NE1 3DX
Oct 4 Joe McPhee Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 5 Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Oct 5 Graeme Wilson Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Oct 6 Full Blast Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE
Oct 7 HTrio w Nate Wooley Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Oct 8 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Cluny, Newcastle NE1 2PQ
Oct 9 Riviera Quartet Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Oct 11 Taupe Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 12 Noel Dennis Quartet Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Oct 12 Tom Bancroft’s In Common Maltings Theatre, Berwick TD15 1AJ
Oct 13 Vermont Big Band Cullercoats Crescent Club NE30 4QS
Oct 13 David Lyttle Trio The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Oct 14 Djazzville Maltings Theatre, Berwick TD15 1AJ*
Oct 14 Paul Edis Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Oct 18 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band St James’ & St Basils’ Church, Newcastle
Oct 18 Olie Brice Quintet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Oct 19 Dean Stockdale Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Oct 19 Beats & Pieces Big Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 20 Big Chris Barber Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 20 Dinosaur Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 21 Pete Churchill Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ*
Oct 21 Printmakers Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ*
Oct 21 Mingus Big Band Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Oct 26 Hot club du Nord Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co Durham DL2 3LD
Oct 28 Bradley Johnston Fire Station, Sunderland SR1 3DT
Oct 30 Jam session Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Lunchtime gigs*

Three festival previews in the North East

Tom Bancroft's In Common - Berwick Jazz festival Oct 12

From Russell Corbett

The north east of England's jazz scene is thriving with no fewer than three festivals in October. The second Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music occupies the first few days of the month with highlights including a free admission lunchtime concert by free jazz veteran Joe McPhee at Newcastle University (Oct 4), Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles (Oct 5) and a rare appearance by Peter Brötzmann (Oct 6), both at the Lit and Phil, and a first visit to the region by American trumpeter Nate Wooley at the Bridge Hotel (Oct 7).

The following weekend sees the return of the Berwick Jazz Weekend. The second edition of the annual north Northumberland event features Tom Bancroft leading his band In Common (Oct 12) and the following day (11am) running a workshop for those interested in jazz and the Indian classical music tradition. The recently formed Edinburgh-based Tenement Jazz Band makes the short trip south of the border to play a gig comprising 'classic jazz' era-inspired numbers (Oct 13) and Djazzville's Hot Club-flavoured Sunday jazz brunch (Oct 14) concludes matters at the Maltings Theatre and Cinema.   

And one week later (Oct 19-21) there is a third festival, the first Middlesbrough Weekender at the Town Hall. Forty years ago the Newport Jazz Festival came to Middlesbrough. Yes, George Wein's legendary NYC festival pitched up at Ayresome Park, the former home of Middlesbrough Football Club, bringing with it some of the all-time greats of the music; Ella, Hamp, the Jazz Messengers, MJQ, Buddy Rich and many others. Following major renovation works, the recently reopened Town Hall will welcome some of today's leading practitioners including Beats and Pieces Big Band, Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, Printmakers and two bands with a living link to the events of 1978 - NYJO and the 88 years young Chris Barber. To top it all, Sunday's closing concert (Oct 21) features all the way from NYC, via a week-long run at Ronnie Scott's, the magnificent Mingus Big Band.

Non-festival events proliferate across the region. For full details check out the many what’s on listings including the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group nominated (Jazz Media Award) Bebop Spoken Here blog.