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 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 www.jazzleeds.org.uk
Ticketsin advance www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds
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