Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Freddie Gavita "Transient" tour dates in Leeds and Sheffield

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 - Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) Josh Blackmore (drums)

Here the band here -

He's appearing on Thursday 29 November 8pm at JazzLeeds @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road LS7 3PD - (support from the Jack Chandler sextet (with Jack and Ben Lowman on saxes, Tom Sharp trumpet, Harry Orme guitar, Sam Quintana bass and Steve Hanley drums) . Tickets

and on Friday 30 November 8pm at Sheffield Jazz @Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114 Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00 Advance tickets

Three big bands for Wigan Jazz's Christmas party

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

Come along to our yearly celebration of the best of Wigan jazz, which for those of you who are still unaware means our wonderful, home grown, youth jazz orchestras.

Wigan Schools Swing Band.
Wigan Youth Big Band.
Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra.

These are the youngest band, the intermediate, and the oldest and most experienced. If you have never seen the youth bands of Wigan you will be astonished by the quality of the music. The event will be well-attended by parents and families of the performers, as well as fans of the bands and the usual jazz club supporters. This all adds to the party atmosphere, so come along and have a great time.

Wigan Jazz Club, Friday, 28th December 2018.

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

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Jazz at the Lescar festive programme

Helena Kay Trio 9 January 

We've got everything from the energetic grooves of Vipertime at the Lescar helping us into the festive season, classic vocals and the music of Thelonious Monk from Aaron Casserly Stewart, and guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis tearing things up with a classic guitar/organ/drums line-up. Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas present something utterly beautiful and unique in December, Johnny Hunter's quartet return with further explorations of the outer reaches in January, and we have two acclaimed sax players; Helena Kay with her trio, and Jon Shenoy, in duet with guitarist Sam Dunn.

Wednesday 5th December 2018: Jiannis Pavlidis Trio
A return for a phenomenal Swedish-born guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis, with a brilliant trio which features Martin Longhawn on organ, and Luke Flowers (Cinematic Orchestra) on drums.

Wednesday 12th December 2018: Asaf Sirkis and Sylwia Bialas Duet 
Something really different, atmospheric and incredibly beautiful; a brand new collaboration between drummer Asaf Sirkis,  and extraordinary Polish singer, Sylwia Bialas bringing improvisation together with folk music, jazz, south Indian, and groove influences, and mixed with a wide pallet of different and rare instruments sounds

Wednesday 19th December 2018: Vipertime 
With Ben Powling (Mansion of Snakes, World Service Project) - Saxophone, Matías Reed - Bass, Charlie Grimwood - Drums, Patrick Morgan - Drums. Vipertime featured recently on Gilles Peterson’s recent BBC Radio 6 UK jazz special, and look set to make a big impression in 2019.

Wednesday 9th January 2019: Helena Kay's KIM Trio 
A really special start to 2019 with a tenor sax player that we’ve been looking forward to presenting for some time, a musician with an incredible sound and brimming with energy and rich melodic ideas, Helena Kay (winner Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2015, Peter Whittingham Award 2017), is joined by a great trio featuring Fergus Ireland (double bass) and David Ingamells (drums).

Wednesday 16th January 2019: Thelonious Monk Tribute featuring Aaron Casserly Stewart
We’re delighted to welcome to The Lescar a great singer with a wonderful voice, Aaron Casserly Stewart. Originally from the US, and former singer with the three time Grammy Award-winning the Sounds of Blackness, Aaron has made Sheffield his home, and for this gig he will be paying a very personal tribute to the music of the great jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk,

Wednesday 23rd January 2019: Johnny Hunter Quartet 
A welcome return for an energetic and creative drummer with his delightfully explorative and always so musical quartet, featuring Graham South (Beats & Pieces) on trumpet, Mark Hanslip (Outhouse, Nostalgia 77, Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer) on tenor sax, Seth Bennett (Sloth Racket, Metamorphic) on double bass.

Wednesday 30th January 2019: Jon Shenoy and Sam Dunn
We bring together an intimate and swinging duet of two of the best players on their respective instruments in the UK; tenor sax and clarinet player Jon Shenoy, is joined by guitarist Sam Dunn, until recently based in Sheffield, and making a very welcome return.

Jez Matthews and The Jazz at The Lescar team.

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF

Monday, 19 November 2018

Eirik Svela's tour of the Northern jazz venues this week

Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of jazz musicians in Scandinavia. In March 2018 he recorded his debut album "Bitds and Pieces" in New York with the internationally acclaimed organ player Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Norah Jones) and in November he will be touring in England with his band Eirik Svela Group. The UK edition features some great musicians including Jamil Sheriff (piano), and Andrew Robb (bass). They are also bringing Magnus Eide, an up and coming Norwegian drummer with a fast-growing reputation.

The Eirik Svela Group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music. The group performs mainly music written by band leader Eirik Svela, which focuses on combining pretty melodies and complicated chords in an effortless way.

His northern tour takes in dates in Liverpool (Parr Jazz Tues 20 November) Sheffield (The Lescar 21 November) Bradford (JATP Friday 23 November), Ambleside (Zefferelli's 24 November) Leeds (Seven Arts, afternoon 25 November) and Manchester (Whisky Jar Mon 26 November)

Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums

Frank Flynn and CDF trio @Hornby

This coming Saturday, 24th November we will be host to the Frank Flynn CDF# trio: Chris Hodder, guitar and bass guitar; Dave Minshull, drums & percussion, and Frank Flynn on keyboard, and who leads this band, although he claims not to. Any way the music will be just great; I wouldn`t want you to miss it.

Influences for the group come from such artists as Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, David Bowie, The Yellow Jackets, Michel Camilo, Hiromi, Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Ravel, Mozart etc plus a generous helping of quirkiness.

Usual venue: Hornby Village Instutute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, LA2 8JR. Doors & bar open at &.30, music from 8 p.m Tickets £10, on the door or ring 015242 21675.
Looking forward to greeting you,
Sam Ashton

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Jazz North Northern Line showcase @Lancaster Jazz Festival

Jazz North’s northern line showcase is moving on to its next destination, Lancaster Jazz Festival. Running from 11th to 15th September 2019, the Festival will be hosting the showcase on Friday 13th September, which will see all the bands on Jazz North’s northern line Round Seven roster perform.

Matt Robinson, Lancaster Jazz Festival Artistic Director says: “We’re excited to be working with Jazz North in the staging of a great event that never fails to highlight the exceptional music and talent residing in the north. Hosting the northern line roster is a unique opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with the northern line artists to create a showcase day that actively supports artists and their development - as well as being a stand-out event for audiences, visiting promoters, and the city of Lancaster.”

The showcase is a key element of Jazz North’s northern line which, since its launch in 2013, has kickstarted the careers of 68 jazz artists and ensembles from across the North of England. “Jazz North has an ambitious plan to take the showcase on a journey around northern jazz festivals,” explains Jazz North’s Creative Director, Nigel Slee. “And we are looking forward to working with Lancaster Jazz Festival to continue its legacy of providing a great platform and development opportunities for northern jazz musicians.”

Jazz North’s northern line showcase has enjoyed five years at manchester jazz festival. “I'm delighted to be handing over the showcase footplate to Matt and the team at Lancaster Jazz Festival,” says Steve Mead, Artistic Director of mjf. “Showcase day is always a fun, surprising and rewarding marathon bringing together distinctive artists, enthusiastic audiences and committed presenters.

“We've loved hosting it at mjf and are looking forward to what I know will be a wonderful day of music at Lancaster - one of the UK's most forward-looking, exciting and cherished festivals.”

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Estonian Gypsy Jazz Band Titoks at Wharf Chambers Leeds

The Estonian Embassy in London are promoting three concerts by virtuoso Estonian gypsy-jazz trio Titoks, including one date Thus 7 November in Leeds.  The trio (Kristjan Rudanovski on violin, Jaanis Kill on guitar and Robert Nõmmann on the double bass) will be presenting music from their newly released album “When Day Is Done”.

“Titoks ended JazzIncubator 2017 with an audience crying for more after a set of stunning and perfectly executed reworks, classics and originals interspersed with charming quips. Their coherency and chemistry as a trio draws the listener in, and their technical proficiency makes even the most intricate passages feel relaxing. A memorable concert for both experienced jazz fans
and newcomers.” -
Sebastian Aker, Booking, JazzIncubator 2017


Wharf Chambers Leeds Thursday 8 November Workshop for musicians and interested observers starts at 7pm, music 7.30pm. Cost for the evening £5

Wharf Chambers 23-25 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ

Rommi Smith at Leeds Art Gallery

Rommi Smith voice  Kenny Higgins bass, Dave Evans piano, and performance director, Jason Hird

Leeds Art Gallery Thursday 22 November 2018

The title for this event, "Last Night Has Given Me Something to Think About" refers to poet Marianne Moore’s reflections on Billie Holiday’s June 1941 performance at MoMA Art Gallery, New York. Moore described Holiday’s performance as a work of art, detailing Holiday’s “flame-coloured skirt” and how the performance had given her “something to think about for fifteen years!”

Holiday’s performance was part of the socialite and philanthropist Louise Crane’s “Coffee Concerts” series. Featuring Jazz luminaries including pianist Mary Lou Williams, singer Maxine Sullivan - and of course Holiday herself- the concerts saw live performances against a backdrop of visual art, in a Gallery housing some of the greats of 20th century art.. The “Concerts” drew New York’s celeberati, including figures such as the celebrated poets Elizabeth Bishop (Louise Crane’s partner) and (Crane’s close friend) Marianne Moore.

In homage to Holiday’s MoMA performance, Rommi Smith, poet, playwright and performer, leads a spoken-word performance tour of Leeds Art Gallery. This performance features the premiere of Smith’s brand-new poem in celebration of Holiday’s performance, researched and written during a recent stay in New York. In collaboration with bassist Ken Higgins, pianist Dave Evans and with theatre-director, Jason Hird, Smith invites us to consider the intersection of works of art: leading the audience through the different spaces of the Leeds galleries, halting at various paintings and sculptures to explore how spoken word and music might animate seeing a Gallery’s visual art in new and exciting ways.

The evening begins with a gathering of audience and performers in the Gallery’s Lecture Theatre and ends there with a follow-up discussion session.

Jazz treats at Boston Spa

Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell 1 Dec

From Les and the team at Boston Spa

Sat 17th November – Swing Commanders – one of the highlight evenings of the year. A stunning, vibrant and highly versatile group which performs an exciting mix of 40s/50s classics, swing, jump jive and so much more. Multi- instrumentalists par excellence coupled with truly energetic showmanship. Always an evening to remember.

Sat 1st December – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – one of our most requested groups led by the UK’s finest exponent of the guitar and banjo – “Spats Langham”. On this occasion, the music is described as the “red hot jazz” of 1920’s New York. Without question, it’s a truly class act – the more so with the delightful Emily – a classically trained and superb vocalist who claims to draw her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee. But this only scratches the surface of the wonderful sounds which emanate from this talented group. Not to be missed!

Sat 15th December – Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – and would you believe it – it’s Christmas Party Time again! The ‘official’ start to the Christmas Festivities with its traditional festive atmosphere, nibbles, mince pies and the special Christmas raffle. And the whole fun filled celebration driven along at a cracking pace by the Harlems with their special guests - Bill Smith on cornet and Mike Pembroke on trombone. A fitting end to a wonderful year of wonderful sounds!

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.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Edge Hill University Big Band @ Wigan

The Edge Hill University Big Band, directed by Phil Shotton.

The Edge Hill University Big Band comprises of students, staff and members of the local community.

‘Following on from their highly successful show ‘The Art of the Modern Big Band’ Edge Hill’s very own big band bring their eclectic mix of contemporary big band music back for another music extravaganza.

Musical Director Phil Shotton will take the audience on an exciting journey of interesting and sometimes lesser heard big band repertoire, showing just what is possible with the modern day big band.’

Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 25th November, 2018.

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.

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

J-ovember jazz in Leeds

Well we all know about Mo-vember, let's make this month J-ovember! Your month for live jazz in Leeds with Jean Toussaint, Freddie Gavita, Eirik Svela's Anglo Norwegian Quartet, Zoe Gilby, Jenny Hammond sings Blosson Dearie - and our Jazz Jam session.  It may be getting cold and dark outside but inside our music is warm and bright .......

November Jazz Jam
Sunday afternoon 4 November @Inkwell Leeds £7/5 1.30-4pm
And why wouldn't you start with a Jam! We pride ourselves at JazzLeeds at having the friendliest jam session in Leeds. No elbows out, or cutting contests, we welcome all people of all standards who just want to come along and play.

Jennie Hammond sings Blossom Dearie 
Sunday 11 Nov 8pm- £10/8  @Seven Arts 1.30pm start (under 25's £5)
Jennie Hammond vocals, Jason Scott piano, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums. Jennie Hammond interprets the songs of Blossom Dearie, a remarkable vocalist jazz pianist, and composer from the bebop era who was able to bridge the gap between west side rhythm and east side lyrical content throughout her career.

Jean Toussaint Quintet – Brother Raymond
Thursday 15 November @Seven Arts 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm
Tickets £18 full price £16 concessions £9 (half price) for NUS and under 25’s.
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Sax Percy Pursglove - Trumpet Jonathan Gee - Piano Alec Dankworth - Bass Shane Forbes - Drums
The return to Leeds of a very special band led by a former Jazz Messenger. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint who first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint 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 quintet. The music of “Brother Raymond” builds on the legacy of Art Blakey but above all confirms Toussaint’s place as an accomplished composer at the forefront of modern jazz.

Zoe Gilby Trio
Inkwell – Sunday 18 Nov 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS/Under 25's half price, kids under 16 free)
Zoe Gilby vocals, Andy Champion bass and guitarist Mark Williams
Welcome return to Inkwell from this very talented singer and songwriter from Newcastle. Zoë Gilby has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today. A repertoire starting with her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and guitarist Mark Williams .

“Eirik Svela Anglo-Norwegian Ensemble
Sunday afternoon 25 November @Seven Arts 1.30pm start
£10/8 conc £5 for under 25's, kids under 16 free
Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums
Norwegian jazz guitarist Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of Scandinavian jazz musicians. In March 2018 he recorded his debut album in New York with the internationally acclaimed organ player Sam Yahel (Joshua Redman, Norah Jones) and in November he is touring in England with his group.  Eirik Svela is an alumnus of Leeds College of Music, and appeared at Seven Arts many times whilst here as a student. His group has grown out of the environment around the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Freddie Gavita Quartet 
@Seven Arts Thursday evening 29 November 8pm £16/14 NUS/Under 25's £8 (half price)
Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) James Maddren (drums)
Winner of the British Jazz Awards “Best Trumpet of 2017,” Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene. With the release of his debut album “Transient” in April 2017, his star is certainly on the rise. He is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet and jazz-rock outfit Fletch’s Brew as well as being a band leader in his own right. A fearless improviser, “he solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”

Other gigs
Rush Hour Jazz - we have two this month - Wed 7 Nov with Jennie Hammond  and Wed 21 Nov with veteran Leeds saxman/clarinettist Frank Brooker  accompanied by the Jazz Leeds trio with Steve Crocker bass, Will Powell guitar, Dom Moore drums @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm free/payf

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  See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

Nicki Allan Quartet at Huddersfield

Nicki Allan: piano & vocals Rod Mason: saxophone Adrian Knowles: double bass John Settle: drums

Sunday 25 November 2018 at 2pm

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome singer, song-writer, teacher and all-round jazz impresario Nicki Allan. Nicki has performed all over the country, at venues varying from Glastonbury to local events up and down the country. Her jazz quartet features some of the finest jazz musicians in the North, and includes the legendary Huddersfield saxophonist Rod Mason.

Expect a show of exciting original songs and some fine quirky re-arrangements with a slightly bluesy feel

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

Gig listings - North East - november

Go Go Penguin Nov 7 

Nov 2-4 Classic Jazz Party Village Hotel, North Tyneside NE27 0BY*
Nov 3 New Century Ragtime Orchestra St Augustine’s, Darlington DL£ 7TG*
Nov 4 Bitches Brew Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Nov 5 Curtis Stigers w Ronnie Scott’s Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 6 Soft Machine Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 7 Hand to Mouth Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Nov 7 Classic Swing w Gordon Solomon The Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Nov 7 GoGo Penguin Riverside, Newcastle NE1 3RQ
Nov 9 Kevin Holbrough Quartet Lit & Phil NE1 1SE*
Nov 9 Kansas Smitty’s House Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 9 Hot Club du Nord The Hearth, Horsley NE15 0NT
Nov 9 Roy Ayres Ubiquity Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Nov 9 Customs House Big Band The Exchange, North Shields NE30 1SE
Nov 11 George Sykes Band The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 11 Lorraine Baker Quartet Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Nov 15 Shoeshop Quartet King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Nov 15 Alan Glen Trio The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 16 Sue Ferris Trio Bishop Auckland Town DL14 7NP*
Nov 16 Lickety Split Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Nov 17 Forever the Beat of the Drum Queen’s Hall, Hexham NE46 3LZ
Nov 17 Blue Jazz Quintet St George’s Church, Newcastle NE2 2TF
Nov 18 Mick Shoulder Quintet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Nov 22 Alison Rayner Quintet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 23 Sue Ferris Quintet Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Nov 24 Customs House Big Band St Paul’s Church, Spennymoor DL16 7SG
Nov 25 Noel Dennis: Tom Harrell Project Quakerhiouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Nov 25 James Birkett & Emma Fisk Wark Town Hall NE48 3LG
Nov 29 Bradley Johnston Trio King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Nov 30 Hot Club du Nord St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN

November 2018 North East gig list
Lunchtime gigs*

Russell Corbett's November 2018 North East preview

Following hot on the heels of last month’s hugely successful Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender comes Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party. Formerly the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, the three day Jazz Party - Nov 2-4 - attracts ‘classic jazz’ era fans from across Britain, Europe and America to the Village Hotel on North Tyneside. Similarly, musicians fly in from all four corners of the globe making the weekend gathering the pre-eminent festival of its kind this side of the Atlantic. Americans include the trumpeters Duke Heitger and Andy Schumm, drummer Josh Duffee, together with first time visitor Dan Levinson, reeds. The European contingent’s number includes French trumpeter Malo Mazurie, Germany’s Matthias Seuffert, reeds, and Norwegian master pianist Morten Gunnar-Larsen. Britain’s virtuoso pianist Keith Nichols leads some of the host nation’s finest including the always entertaining Spats Langham, trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and, from Co Durham, violinist Emma Fisk. For ticket details email:                 

There is much else on offer during the month including a particularly strong jazz element at Sage Gateshead. Curtis Stigers returns with an all-star NYC quartet. Vocalist, and occasional saxophonist, Stigers will be playing numbers from his recently recorded Sinatra album (Mon 5). The following evening (Nov 6) there couldn’t be much more of a contrast with Soft Machine in Sage Two. Etheridge, Babbington and Marshall will be joined by Theo Travis as they revisit fifty years’ worth of material. London-based Kansas Smitty’s House Band makes its Sage Gateshead bow (Fri 9) and at the end of the month (Tues 27) trombonist Jason Holcomb premieres a commissioned work - Sacrification - as part of a triple bill dance evening with Eliot Smith Dance.

Newcastle’s Riverside venue isn’t known for its jazz gigs but on Wed 7 GoGo Penguin can be heard playing there. It will be interesting to see who turns out.

Saxophonist Sue Ferris plays two gigs in eight days, first a trio date at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Nov 16), then a quintet outing at Durham’s Gala Theatre (lunchtime Nov 23). Topping and tailing the month are two contrasting gigs. An interesting looking proposition is a first gig by the wonderfully named Charkie Parlour.  Violinist John Garner leads the contemporary quartet – guitarist Mark Williams, bassist John Pope and drummer Russ Morgan – at the Globe (Nov 1), meanwhile, closing out the month (Nov 30), violinist Emma Fisk takes her ever-popular Hot Club du Nord to St Cuthbert’s Centre in Crook, County Durham.

Finally, a date for the diary - Sat 17th. Queen’s Hall, Hexham hosts the second, annual Forever the Beat of the Drum fundraising concert in memory of drummer Mark Jon Bolderson. Following the death of the Tyne Valley Big Band’s former drummer, a percussion foundation was established and this concert forms a key element in ongoing fundraising activities.                   

New and award-winning bands at the Jazz Co-op

Coming to Newcastle's Globe this month ... two very new bands, Charkie Parlour and George Sykes Quartet, both featuring some the North East's finest jazz musicians; one very well-established trio led by veteran maestro Alan Glen; and the award-winning 'Best Ensemble of 2018', Alison Rayner Quintet.

Charkie Parlour
Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm
New jazz quartet featuring North East's finest improvisers Northeast-based quartet Charkie Parlour is led by jazz violinist and composer John Garner. Formed in 2017 as a vessel for exploring new music, the ensemble features legends of the Northern scene Mark Williams on guitar, John Pope on double bass, and Russ Morgan on drums.

George Sykes Quartet
Sunday 11 November, 7.30pm
New quartet led by talented young saxophonist George Sykes – Tenor Saxophone Alan Law – Keys Paul Grainger – Bass Joe Shaw – Drums The George Sykes quartet performs interpretations of favourite jazz standards, from Dexter Gordon to Herbie Hancock. Come party like it’s 1930! Admission £6 on the door (£3 students)

Alan Glen Trio
Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm
Veteran jazz piano maestro with very accomplished trio Alan Glen, piano, John Pope, double bass. Sid White, drums. This is the best classic jazz piano trio in Northern England, maybe in the UK. Read the praise of two highly experienced jazz critics "If it’s the mark of a great jazz musician that s/he doesn’t sound like …

Alison Rayner Quintet
Thursday, 22 November, 7.30pm
Upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz. Winner of  'Jazz Ensemble of the Year' in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards comes to The Globe in a joint promotion by Jazz.Coop and Jazz North East. In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of musicians who sympathetically support her music.

To keep the Globe running as a community-owned music venue we rely on people coming to gigs and buying drinks. If you can't come to a gig you can still support us by making a donation.

Gigs are at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit the website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more

Ashington Jazz Club on the move

The Jazz Café in Newcastle is not the only club moving house in the North East. Ashington Jazz club run by John Taylor are moving in December to a new venue, a new day and new times. Details of the new venue/dates/times etc. will be given out  at the last gig at the Elephant next Wednesday 7 November

Gordon Solomon (who ran our original band the Rivercity Jazzmen and named Sting STING) is back playing again. He will be a special guest with our resident band  Classic Swing next Wednesday, ending a relationship with the Elephant which goes back 33 years

All those who have played/sung at the Elephant over the years are welcome to come along for a jam session in the second set. Meet up with all your old friends and help us go out with a Bang!!

Requiem with Alan Barnes and Josie Moon

Gill Wilde has an exciting Announcement from Grimsby Jazz With Grimsby Jazz Projects and La Luna. With support from Arts Council England a new project is now underway: Requiem: the Alan Barnes Octet with poet Josie Moon

Following the outstanding success of the Fish Tales tour, CD and publication, we have an exciting and ambitious new project for 2019. Bringing together the creative imagination of poet Josie Moon and the dynamic composition talents of Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy along with a stellar line-up of international artists; Dave Green, Gilad Atzmon, Mark Nightingale, Sebastiaan De Krom, Dean Masser and Neil Yates, A Requiem is a bold and challenging work that examines the impact of conflict on individuals across a century, beginning in the trenches and ending in a robust call for peace in our time.

The work honours those who have fought, died and made huge personal sacrifices while also asking important questions about the very nature of warfare. Daring and audacious in style and structure, A Requiem is a moving but ultimately uplifting and soulful work which invites the audience to both remember the history of conflict and resolve to do better in the future. Tour dates and the new CD release will be announced in 2019.

There is also an aspect which will be of  interest to schools - the Arts Council funding also includes funding for a children's project: A Soldier Through Time: schools will have the opportunity to engage in a workshop in which they will learn six original songs and use drama and storytelling techniques to explore the themes.  The children will also have an opportunity to take part in a Singing Festival performance day. A Soldier Through Time will give children a chance to think about war from the perspective of a soldier who exists inside and outside conflict, as the soldier will be a time traveller commenting on war past and present. With match funding from individual music HUBs, (MEH's) this could be available as a workshop, CPD, including a story book with words and music.

More information contact Gillian Wilde <>

Nigel Price @Jazz at Moon on the Water

A great band to start a new series of monthly nights of Jazz at Moon on the Water. Starting on Thursday 22nd November 2018 there is the

Nigel Price Organ Trio + Vasilis Xenopoulos saxophone
A return visit to the area by one of the finest jazz guitarist in Britain. A blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling
and mastery of chording has made Nigel instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. The trio won ‘Best Small Group’ 2017 British Jazz Awards, and 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Nigel won ‘Best Guitarist’ in 2016, and Hammond Organ player Ross Stanley ‘Best Miscellaneous Instrument’ at the British Jazz awards. Completing the trio will be Winston Clifford on drums and the amazing Vasilis Xenopoulos on saxophone.

203 North Promenade, Cleethorpes DN35 8SJ (next to The Punchbowl)
T: 01472 601528 e:
Doors open 7.30pm music starts 8.30pm Tickets  £12 Adv /£14 on the door

Quadro at the Cinnamon Club

Friday 23rd November £10.00 7.30pm

Quadro - Georgia Mancio. Andrew Cleyndert, Frank Harrison

Quadro (meaning ‘picture’ in Italian) is the new trio by award-winning vocalist Georgia Mancio and much lauded pianist Frank Harrison and bassist Andrew Cleyndert. Together they present jazz and Brazilian standards alongside reinvented classical repertoire by composers including Strayhorn / Ellington, Tom Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Artie Shaw and Waldemar Henrique.

“Individually, the members of Quadro are absolute masters of their art…the sum of the respective parts lifts [them] to an even higher level of creativity; the interplay within the band was a constant delight…that held the audience truly spellbound“  The Jazz Mann

Georgia has been lauded by The Observer as an artist who “has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility.” Last year she released Songbook - an album co-written with double Grammy-winning jazz pianist/composer Alan Broadbent - with performances in New York and Europe including a sold out debut headline at Ronnie Scott’s. Other credits include Bobby McFerrin, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Gwilym Simcock and ReVoice!- her own international voice festival.

Frank has performed globally with Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Peter King, Julian Arguelles, Julian Siegel and Louis Stewart. Described by Ronnie Scott as “one of the most talented young musicians I have heard” he also leads his own trio with several releases to his name.

Andrew has long been considered “one of our finest bassists” (London Jazz) with stellar credits including Stan Tracey, Annie Ross, Bobby Wellins, Gene Harris, Junior Mance and Benny Green. He is also a bandleader, sound engineer and runs his own label - Trio Records.

The group have performed at Reading, Birmingham and Cambridge Jazz Clubs, London’s The Pheasantry and Pizza Express Jazz Club and a sell out show at 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Stan Sulzmann's Big Band and more at Sheffield Jazz

 Hexagonal 16 November
 Stan Sulzmann;s Big Band 23 November

Sheffield Jazzwill be presenting four gigs in November, all at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD, and all starting at 8.00 pm.

Tony Kofi and the Organisation will be playing on Friday 9 November.  "A killer band with real bite"... Mark Youll, Jazzwise magazine. The award-winning multi-instrumentalist leads his new quartet in a performance of hard-hitting jazz,blues, Latin, hard bop and post-bop including rarely performed classics by the likes of George Russell , Woody Shaw, Duke Pearson, Pepper Adams and others. They visit Sheffield as part of a tour to mark the release of their debut album “Point Blank".

On Friday 16 November we welcome Hexagonal, bringing to Sheffield music based on the joyous, pulsating township-influenced jazz of the late, great South African multi-instrumentalist and composer Bheki Mseleku. The band’s brief is simple: to expand its horizons while staying close to the spirit of Mseleku's highly tuneful approach to jazz, which now means an increasing amount of compositional input from the group's own members (John Donaldson, Jason Yarde, Greg Heath Graeme Flowers, Simon Thorpe and Tristan Banks), as well as personal re-arrangements of works by other composers who inspired Mseleku, most notably McCoy Tyner.

On Friday 23 November, Sheffield Jazz is delighted to have the opportunity to host the fabulous 20-piece Stan Sulzmann’s Neon Orchestra, comprising the cream of the younger generation of British jazz musicians alongside well-established figures. Neon Orchestra’s 70th Birthday Tour celebrates both new music and the best of British composers and it is a rare chance to see one of the most original and exciting big bands working anywhere in Europe.

The Freddie Gavita Quartet will be playing in Sheffield on Friday 30 November. 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.

John Etheridge at Hull Jazz

Forcoming attraction at Hulljazz. Guitar maestro John Etheridge takes time out from his Soft Machine world tour to visit Hull (as you do!) with his Trio North, ably assisted by Ben Crosland on bass and Caroline Boaden on drums.

This event takes place on Wednesday December 5th., 8.30 pm at the Springhead, Wolfreton Road, Anlaby, Willerby, Hull HU10 6QT.

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