Saturday, 22 December 2018

Upcoming jazz gigs from JATP Jazz at Bradford's Glyde House

John Settle Vibeology
Rafe's Dilemma 

04 January 2019 Vibe-ology

Yorkshire quartet Vibe-ology draw jazz, blues, latin and funk influence from legends such as Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson,  Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Cal Tjader, variously having rubbed shoulders as diverse as Corinne Bailey Rae, the New Mastersounds, Haggis Horns, New York Brass Band - something for everyone. Those faithful who attended Brian Bicat's Memorial Gig on 01 June 2018 may have marvelled at John's tone bars "dancing". Here they come again.John Settle - vibes, Al Morrison - g, Bob Birch -  Hammond, TBC - Drums

01 February 2019 - Rafe's Dilemma

Commissioned for the 2018 Bolton Worktown Festival to celebrate the play "Spring and Port Wine" by Bill Naughton, Rafe’s Dilemma brings an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic music and rock to create an excitingly fresh and intriguing sound depicting the story of a family on the edge, combining the passion and musical excellence of Nel Begley - voc, Katie Patterson - d, perc, Sam Vicary - b, and Jamil Sheriff - keys.

More JATP gig information

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

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

JazzLeeds tasty New Year treats

 Anita Wardell 24 January
 Jason Yarde and Andrew McCormack 27 January
 Ari Hoenig Trio 9 February
 Patchwork Jazz Orchestra 28 Feb

JazzLeeds Spring programme is a complete festival by itself! We have more than 30 concerts jazz with something for all tastes. There are concerts by international jazz singers including Anita Wardell and Deelee Dubé plus our own Emily Brown from Leeds. We have American jazz stars including drummer Ari Hoenig and saxman Harry Allen. There are three groups led by young women jazz musicians – Emma Johnson’s "Gravy Boat" with Nishla Smith, Jasmine Whalley’s "Jasmine" and Kim Macari’s "Family Band". There are big bands too including the London-based Tom Green's Patchwork Jazz Orchestra, and our own Leeds University Union Big Band. South African township jazz is included with Adam Glasser’s “South Africa & beyond”. There is a beautiful jazz duo too of pianist Andrew McCormack and saxman Jason Yarde.

We have two special features - “The Jazz of Dudley Moore” and Tony Kofi’s “Portrait of Cannonball Adderley”. Leeds legends also get a chance to strut their stuff too with saxman Tony Burkill reforming his band "Work Money Death" plus Atholl Ransome and Malcolm Strachan's "Soul Cooker" making a welcome appearance. Traditional jazz also features strongly with Ros Lewis’s “Tailgaters”, gypsy jazz band “Rose Room” from Scotland and Stefan Grappelli’s guitarist John Etheridge with "Sweet Chorus" – his 70th birthday special!

Here are a few of our highlights for January and February for your diary-

Anita Wardell @Seven Arts -Thursday evening 24 January 8pm
Robin Aspland piano, Jeremy Brown double bass and Steve Brown drums. 
Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breath-taking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos.

Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde - MY duo @Seven Arts – Sunday 27 January 1.30pm
Jason Yarde, playing soprano and alto saxophones, is quite dazzling and his tone blends superbly with McCormack’s piano voicing. Jazz or classical, this is in a class of its own. –The Observer

Ari Hoenig Trio @Seven Arts - Saturday 9th Feb 8pm
Ari Hoenig drums with Tom Ollendorff guitar, Conor Chaplin bass.
Busy top-notch NYC drummer makes a rare visit to Leeds with guitarist Tom Ollendorff and bassist Conor Chaplin. They deliver sharp, streetwise modern jazz that borrows as much from drum 'n' bass as much as it does from pristine ECM and dirty downtown aesthetics.

Tom Green’s Patchwork Jazz Orchestra @Seven Arts – Thursday 28 February 8pm
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are an exciting seventeen-piece London-based millennial big band that has no leader but uses a variety of composers using the ensemble as a platform for fresh sounds and ideas

More details are on our website
Ticketsin advance

Steve Crocker, JazzLeeds,
Parliamentary Jazz Awards Winner- Jazz Venue of the Year 2016

Sheffield Jazz Spring Season 2019

 Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw
 Gwilym Simcock
John Turville

From Paul Thomas, Sheffield Jazz:

January sees the season begin at the Crucible on Friday 18th, with an unmissable opportunity to see two of the UK's most treasured jazz vocalists, when Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw play in a duo. Both are magnificent singer-pianists, each with musical class and incorrigible wit and personality. A week later John Law's Re-Creations kicks off the season at Crookes, with his latest project featuring well-known tunes from the worlds of classic jazz and pop.

February begins with the visit of Byron Wallen's Four Corners quartet. Having played alongside such legendary musicians as Andrew Hill, George Benson and Jack de Johnette he brings to Sheffield his dazzling band featuring guitarist Rob Luft, who made such a great impression here last winter. Hard on his heels is the Duncan Eagles quartet, building on a string of highly praised releases with top band Partikel by touring the UK to promote his new album "Citizen". On the 15th February we have the visit of the brilliant quartet Two of a Mind, where Chris Biscoe and Alison Neale explore the wonderfully melodic music of Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond, as well as their own material. The month ends when we host one of the most gifted and imaginative composers in Europe: Gwilym Simcock plays solo piano at The University of Sheffield on the 28th.

The first gig in March sees the Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra play an evening of varied big band jazz at Crookes, They're followed by John Turville, who brings his all-star quintet featuring Julian Arguelles and Robbie Robson playing a wide-ranging set of new music including arrangements from the jazz, tango and Latin worlds. Next band up is the Adam Glasser quintet, where the South African harmonica player / pianist brings a great band of leading young British musicians to play his trademark township standards. Another fine band follows, with the visit of Henry Lowther's Still Waters quintet. One of the most accomplished, tight and creative bands around, they play radical and original music, and include pianist Barry Green, whose own trio played such a great set at the Crucible in 2017. Finally, the month ends when Tony Kofi brings his sextet to play A Portrait of Cannonball, which traces the explosinve music of jazz giant Cannonball Adderley.

April's first gig in the last round of the season returns to the Crucible, when the internationally-acclaimed Tommy Smith and his outstanding quartet pays tribute to his greatest inspiration, John Coltrane. Back at Crookes the following week, the Harry Allen quartet appears. One of the key American mainstream voices on tenor sax, we've nabbed him on a rare visit to the UK and with the bonus of the fine Italian pianist Andrea Pozza. The whole Sheffield Jazz programme ends with a rousing gig on May 10th; Tony Kofi returns with the Mingus Profiles Sextet who were so good at the Crucible in Autumn 2015. Uplifting, exuberant, rousing music.

A round-up of north east festive offerings...

Russell Corbett's north east jazz picks...

Two nights with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Gosforth Civic Theatre in Newcastle (Fri 14 & Sat 15) are officially sold out. If you haven't got a ticket you could try pestering the box office (0191 284 3700) for returns. Fortunately the SSBB will be doing it all again on Sunday 23 at Hoochie Coochie. It's a 5:30 start, tickets are selling fast, so, don't delay, get on to the band's website or the venue's website to secure your tickets!

A Jazzy Christmas is Paul Edis' popular seasonal presentation. Last year's inaugural Sage Gateshead concert sold out and ticket sales for this year's renewal (Fri 21) suggest another sell out is on the cards. Vocalist Jo Harrop returns, as does Yorkshire-born, London-resident saxophonist Matt Anderson alongside Emma Fisk, Graham Hardy, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan and a sack-full of guests. If Thursday (20) suits you better Edis will be presenting the same show at Ushaw, Durham with John Garner on violin in place of the indisposed Fisk.

Christmas Eve...what do you mean you're busy? Hand to Mouth - that's Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston - will be playing tunes from 11:00am at Ernest on Boyd Street, Newcastle. It's free admission, treat yourself to a coffee and some (Christmas?) cake as you listen to Ella accompanied by Joe Pass...they're that good!

Boxing Day...forget the 'I shop therefore I am' madness and head down to the coast. Metros and buses will be running, take a bracing walk along the seafront then, from noon, visit the magnificently restored Spanish City in Whitley Bay to catch the Vieux Carré Hot 4. 

Sunday 30 at the Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street reunites the Francis Tulip Quartet - guitarist Tulip (Birmingham Conservatoire), Ben Lawrence (Durham Uni), Michael Dunlop (Guildhall) and Matt MacKellar (Berklee) - for a seasonal post-bop tear-up. Simply unmissable.

And finally, New Year's Eve isn't devoid of jazz, far from it. To mention but two gigs - the last night (that's the last night ever before relocating to Newcastle) at Gateshead's Prohibition Bar promises a varied bill of fayre (including burlesque!) with the jazz interest supplied by Strictly Speakeasy, and, from late NYE into the early hours of 2019, the Tyneside Cinema's celebrations include music courtesy of the Bradley Johnston Trio.   

The full gig listings:
Dec 14 Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Dec 14 Classic Swing Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Gateshead NE9 5UB
Dec 14 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 14 Will Howard Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Dec 15 Big Band Theory Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Dec 16 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Dec 16 Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Dec 17 Ruth Lambert Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Dec 17 Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 18 Gala Big Band Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Dec 19 Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra Newcastle City Hall NE1 8SF
Dec 20 Alice Grace Bonbar, Newcastle NE1 5XU*
Dec 20 A Jazzy Christmas Ushaw, Durham DH7 7DW
Dec 21 Nu Bossa Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 21 King Bee Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 21 A Jazzy Christmas Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Dec 22 Hand to Mouth Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle NE1 6QG
Dec 23 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Dec 24 Jazz in the Afternoon Cullercoats Crescent Club NE30 4QS*
Dec 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 Spanish City, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG*
Dec 30 Francis Tulip Quartet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Dec 31 Strictly Speakeasy Prohibition Bar NE8 2BA
*lunchtime gigs

Monday, 10 December 2018

Northern Line round 7 open to submissions

Since its launch in 2013, Jazz North’s northern line has supported 67 jazz artists and ensembles from across the north with over 700 gigs. This month, applications open for Round Seven of the scheme giving more artists the chance to develop their profession.

Jazz North’s northern line is the organisation’s flagship programme that supports jazz artists through subsidised touring, mentoring and industry support. Successful applicants can expect 12 subsidised gig performances at festivals and in venues, minimising financial risk through guaranteed payments and a minimum fee rate. An electronic press kit of the artists will be produced to send to promoters, following a photo shoot and marketing insight from Jazz North. There will be an opportunity to perform at Jazz North’s northern line showcase day at Lancaster Jazz Festival in September 2019 in front of national and international jazz promoters where a video show reel will be filmed for promotional purposes. One to one mentoring with Jazz North is also on offer to identify individual areas of support.

Jazz North are looking for artists from across the north to apply.

“We want to represent the diversity and quality of talent living and working in the North of England,” explains Jazz North’s northern line Project Manager Lucy Woolley. “We believe it is important that audiences and promoters have access to a wider cultural offer and we expect Jazz North’s northern line to present a varied roster of artists that is reflective of the northern jazz scene.

Artists wishing to apply must be at a gig ready standard, with 18 months professional experience and no longer in full time education. There are no musical barriers and no age barriers, we only ask that artists be ready to commit time to make the most of being on the scheme.”

Applications are now open and will stay open until the end of January, with successful applicants announced in April 2019.

To apply please go to

Monday, 3 December 2018

Hot stuff in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to welcome Swing of Things, a five-piece band who play hot
stuff from Django to Jump & Jive, featuring songs and instrumentals from the Americas,
Europe and everything in-between. Come and join us for a fantastic two hours of
Continental Swing to finish off 2018!

Tom Prior: guitar and vocals
Andy Wallis: clarinet and baritone sax
Carl Wallis: guitar and vocals
Ed Armitage: fiddle
Stan Sagan: double bass

Sunday 16 December 2018 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street

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

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Harlem Hot Stompers at Dove Jazz Christmas Extravaganza

Barry Pryme writes

Our Old Mates, fresh from a visit close to the ‘Volga,’ the ever reliable Tom Langham along with his long standing conscripts from middle England gave us an evening of stupendous musical renditions last month that was almost faultless apart from one slight bash in the gonging of Emily’s gong. A masterfully handpicked  programme featured their niche market of tunes, mainly from the 20’s and 30’s delivered with the polished panache that Dove audiences have come to expect from these unassuming, minosonic minstrels of great repute. Tom again magnificently demonstrated his almost unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of, along with his obvious great affection for his subject matter. How fortunate we all are to be assured of their two appearances at the Village Hall in May and November of 2019 not forgetting Tom’s solo visit to appear alongside Enrico Tomasso’s in the Awesome Six in July next year.

The occurrence of our Christmas Concert, which luckily will take place on a Saturday for a change this year, will once again be in the safe hands of the vastly experienced and entertaining Harlem Hot Stompers on Saturday 29th December 2018. Their line-up will feature the firm as a rock bass playing of Dave Parr with his string and brass basses, Fred Boggan laying down a strong and steady beat for the rest of the chaps to follow from behind his percussion kit with the boss, paymaster and leader completing this purposeful rhythm section with his sympathetic guitar and banjo playing. On the front line we will see Mike Pembroke, the band’s latest recruit with his trombone; the clarinet will be put through its paces by Dave Thomas and the ever resourceful and versatilical Bill Smith will show us his mastery of the harmonica, trumpet and vocal refrains. Their tuneful music will be delivered with that extra sack full of Festive Cheer for one and all to enjoy.

Tickets/enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

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