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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Russell Corbett's North East gig round-up

Jade Quartet 

The month of March began with a bang. The 16th Great North Big Band Jazz Festival staged at Park View Community Centre in Chester le Street over three days (Mar 1-3) is one of the jazz world's great - yet little known - success stories. Festival director Bill Watson has established the competition event to such an extent that no fewer than thirty two big bands vied for a National Glass Centre-commissioned trophy. Friday evening (Mar 1) was devoted to a concert performamce by Musicians Unlimited and a specially assembled Festival Band. The competition proper began on Saturday and from there on iit was a non-stop big band bonanza through to Sunday evening. Senior bands (many of them university outfits), schools and youth jazz orchestras - a feast for big band fans.

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club's March concert (Mar 2, lunchtime) promises to be a hot affair. Clarinetist Adrian Cox will be in town to present his Profoundly Blue show in tribute to Edmond Hall. Cox will be working with an A-list band; Joe Webb, piano, Simon Read, double bass, and drummer Gethin Jones. Recommended.

Sunday 3 March at Sage Gateshead presents a dilemma - in Sage One it's the hugely popular Postmodern Jukebox and in Sage Two Laura Jurd introduces a multi bill including her own band Dinosaur and the Ligeti Quartet. 

The Jade Quartet featuring trumpeter Nick Malcolm stops off at the Globe (Mar 7), one week later (Mar 14) its West Coast cool with the accomplished Lickety Split, and seven days on (Mar 21) blues shouter Mo Scott rocks up with her band which includes Mo's perfect foil, guitarist Gary Dunn. 

A new Wednesday afternoon venture at Newcastle Arts Centre launches on March 13. 'Jazz Cafe Mezzanine' is a new, first floor performance space which will present duos on a fortnightly basis. First up is vocalist Julija Jacenaite working with guitarist Steve Glendinning. Two o'clock start, free admission. 

Hard bop comes to Darlington's Opus 4 Jazz Club in the shape of Alter Ego (Mar 8), the Pasadena Roof Orchestra (with several familiar faces in the line-up) will be in concert at the Customs House, South Shields (Mar 28) and the Customs House Big Band itself heads to the Newcastle Jazz Co-op with Ruth Lambert fronting the band on March 31.

The legendary River City Jazzmen called it a day some time ago. Now, the name lives on with the formation of the River City Hot Four. Three of the four musicians were members of the aforementioned New Orleans outfit including trombonist Gordon 'Solly' Solomon (the man who, it is said, gave Gordon Sumner his nickname during their time together in the Newcastle Big Band...Mr Sumner aka Sting). Catch the quartet at the Beresford Arms near Morpeth on Monday 4th.

Blaydon Jazz Club is fast approaching its 35th anniversary and to kick-off the 2019 programme there is a triple bill fundraising gig on Sunday 17th. Beginning at 7:00pm with the Early Bird Band (alumni include Francis Tulip and Matt McKellar), the Alice Grace Quartet follows with the Noel Dennis Quartet closing the evening. £10 on the door, do get along and show your support.

Jazz Record Requests is to be broadcast live from Sage Gateshead on Saturday 30. Alyn Shipton invites listeners to pop along, sit on the concourse and marvel at the mechanics of a live on-air programme. Jo Harrop and Paul Edis will perform live alongside Shipton, it all starts at 4:00pm, no ticket required. 

Finally, if you can get to just one gig this month, then this is the one...the Mick Shoulder Quintet at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, March 15 (1:00pm). A Jazz Messengers-plus outfit, on tenor sax is the rarely heard Lewis Watson. Pull a sicky, bunk off school, one word describes this gig...'unmissable'.  

3 top gigs at Wakefield Jazz during the rest of March

Huw Warren 15 March

This Friday 15th - album launch gig with the Huw Warren Trio - plus special guest Iain Ballamy - Welsh piano maestro, with Percy Pursglove (bass/trumpet) and Zoot Warren (drums), plus special guest Iain Ballamy on saxes. Top contemporary British jazz. Here’s a track from the brand new album, available in Wakefield before anywhere else: 

Next Friday 22nd - Steve Fishwick/Alex Garnett Quartet, with special guest Mick Karn, New York bassist. Sax/trumpet/bass/drums (twin Matt Fishwick on drums) - freewheeling hard bop at its finest.

Friday 29th - Flying Machines featuring Alex Munk (guitar), Conor Chaplin (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums) and ex-Wakefielder Matt Robinson (piano/keyboards) - post-rock/post-jazz soundscapes and more.

Bookings and more details at 

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

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Jazz happening in Hull

Dave Ellis has forwarded the Hull Jazz Flyer for march and April with as special mention for Latin Jazz band "Jazz Orbit" at the Goodfellowship Inn in Hull on Wed March 27th

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Roosevelt Collier at Parr Jazz 14 April

A fabulous evening of Jazz with Roosevelt Collier! So proficient he's affectionately known as "The Dr"

In January Roosevelt performed with Bokanté at Phase One, He asked us if he could come back and we said YES. Roosevelt is now returning to perform at Phase One on April 14th
(40 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BE)

Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances.Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel.

At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks, Los Lobos , the Del McCoury Band and countless others. In 2017, Roosevelt debuted his new project Bokanté - a "World Music All-Star Band" created by Snarky Puppy founder Michael League and featuring the vocals of Malika Tirolien.

As a bandleader, Roosevelt leads his world famous "get-downs" featuring a mixture of "superstars and church folk", his own "Jimi Hendrix Experiment"-style all-star trio, and in 2018 will release the long-awaited Roosevelt Collier debut record, featuring an incredible mixture of blues, gospel, rock, and funk all rolled up by producer and bandmate Michael League.

"Simply put - Roosevelt Collier is a Bad Bad M...….!" - Quincy Jones

Limited early bird tickets £11 or £15 on door Roosevelt Collier has also been nominated by Jazz FM as the Blues artist of the year 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Kate Peters and Swing Manouche at Huddersfield Jazz

Kate Peters 24 March
Swing Manouch 14 April

Come and join us at Café Society with the first two our artists in our Spring & Summer, 2019 season. On Sunday 24 March at 2pm Huddersfield Jazz and Café Society are proud to present Kate Peters. Kate is one of the most exciting new performers to come out of the UK. A uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north of England, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry, performing with some of the UK´s most talented jazz musicians.
Kate Peters: vocals Martin Longhawn: piano John Marley: bass Tim Carter: drums 

The second of our artists in our season is on Sunday 14 April at 2pm. Huddersfield Jazz and Café Society are proud to present Swing Manouche. Swing Manouche was formed by Mick Shoulder, the leader and songwriter of former gypsy jazz outfit “Djangologie”. Continuing to work with guitarist Giles Strong, he recruited clarinet and bass players to form a band based upon Django Reinhardt’s second group - the Nouveau Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Mick Shoulder: guitar Giles Strong: guitar Gavin Lee: clarinet Paul Grainger: double bass

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

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Springtime (swingtime? singtime?) in Leeds

It's been a lovely February for us - thanks to you coming out and supporting us! So how about the coming month? Well we've some South African jazz (hence the picture!) and the first two concerts we're pleased to say are both by women led bands, trumpeter Kim Macari and sax player Jasmine Whalley...

Family Band 
Sunday afternoon 3 March 2019 @Inkwell Leeds £9/7 1.30-4pm 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free Kim Macari trumpet, Riley Stone-Lonergan sax, Tom Rivière bass, Steve Hanley drums.
These four popular Leeds ex-pats back in the city again led by trumpeter Kim Macari and featuring music from their new album, “Board of Origin”.

Sunday afternoon 10 March 2019 1.30-4pm £10/8  @Seven Arts 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free Jasmine Whalley alto saxophone, Ben Haskins guitar, George MacDonald piano, Owen Burns bass and George Hall drums. 
Jasmine are the creative outlet for sax player Jasmine Whalley, combining the influences of jazz and hip-hop into an exciting sound, using Ableton Live to introduce layered horn parts over a traditional saxophone led jazz quintet setup.

Adam Glasser Quintet "South Africa and beyond"
Thursday evening 14 March @Seven Arts 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm  Tickets £16 full price £14 concessions £8 (half price) for 25’s and under.  Adam Glasser on harmonica and piano ; Steve Watts on bass; Rob Luft guitar, George Crowley sax and Corrie Dick drums. 
South African harmonica player/pianist Adam Glasser brings a great band of leading young musicians to play his trademark township jazz. This concert explores rarely heard township jazz standards across a range of great South African composers from Abdullah Ibrahim to Caiphus Semenya, Victor Ndlazilwana and Themba Mkhize. Support (8-8.30pm) is from Leeds trumpet player Jack Brazier sextet

Frank Brooker and the Jazz Leeds quartet
Friday evening 15 March 8pm Bar on Park Lane at Roundhay Golf Club, £10/8 concessions, 25 and under £5
Our second concert at our new Roundhay venue is veteran Leeds jazz sax and clarinet player Frank Brooker. With his quartet for tonight - Andy Cholerton keyboards, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums he'll delight you. He’s no mean singer too! A fun evening in prospect

Jack Wilson Quartet 
Sunday afternoon 17 March 2019 @Inkwell Leeds £9/7 1.30-4pm 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free Jack Wilson tenor sax, Ozzie Parker piano, Angus Milne double bass, Joshua Smout drums
Four young Leeds musicians led by saxman and LS6 jazz venue promoter Jack Wilson. Hard bop and hard swinging tunes from the likes of Monk, Stitt and Rollins.

The Jazz of Dudley Moore
Sunday afternoon 24 March 2019 1.30-4pm £10/8 @Seven Arts 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free Chris Ingham piano, Paul Higgs trumpet, Geoff Gascoyne bass, George Double drums. 
Dudley Moore the comic actor, we all know about. Fewer know about Dudley Moore, virtuoso jazz pianist, brilliantly exploiting the stylistic possibilities of Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. Chris Ingham and his quartet tell the musical story of this flawed genius.

Tony Kofi's "Portrait of Cannonball" feat. Deelee Dubé 
Thursday evening 28 March@Seven Arts 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm  Tickets £18 full price £16 concessions £9 (half price) for 25’s and under.  Tony Kofi saxes, Deelee Dubé vocals, Andy Davieson cornet, Alex Webb piano, Andy Cleyndert bass and Alfonso Vitale drums  
Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. Expect Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, Del Sasser, Jeannine, Sack o’Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - as well as a guest vocal spot exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson. Support is from Yattri (8-8.30pm)

Our Venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD, Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW and Bar on Park Lane (next to Roundhay Golf club) Leeds LS8 2EJ

Tickets Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our main website at  and our jazz festival site Email address to contact us

See you soon as one of our gigs!
Steve Crocker JazzLeeds

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Leeds Jazz Festival is back!

After last year's success we've decided to do it all again! This year’s festival is being held from Thursday - Sunday, 18 - 21 July 2019 with build-up events taking place during the week before.

Our festival headliner this year is Andy Sheppard, one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene, playing and writing for settings from solo to big band and chamber orchestra. Andy has composed over 350 works that incorporate a strong and characteristic sense of lyricism alongside a very personal use of rhythms from Asia, Africa and South America. He appears with Norwegian piano trio led by Espen Eriksen

We also feature a Jazz Celebration of Windrush. The Windrush generation made a lasting impact on the UK’s jazz scene. Internationally acclaimed UK jazz pianist Trevor Watkis has assembled an outstanding Anglo-American band to perform a special musical retrospective of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Reece who began his ascent into the jazz scene after arriving in London from Jamaica and cutting his teeth among the best musicians in 1950s London, who included Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman. Later, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins put the word out about him and he was sought out by a Who’s Who of American jazz greats.

Another festival highlight will be the all-star Electric Lady Big Band - "50 years of Hendrix Masterpiece". A 16-piece ensemble featuring an all-star cast of leading jazz improvisors - including Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Nathaniel Facey and Iain Ballamy - tackle Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland. The band feature brand new arrangements by guitarist Denny Ilett inspired by the legendary Gil Evan’s reworkings of Hendrix in the 1970s.

Also appearing is stunning ECM record label artists, Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro's trio. Shai is familiar to UK audiences through his thrilling work with bassist/composer Avishai Cohen. He's now confirming that promise in his own group, with sometime Lee Konitz drummer Ziv Ravitz and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder, one of the most powerful and harmonious collaborations in the jazz world today and so we are pleased he can perform for us at this year’s Leeds Jazz Festival.

British Jazz is going through a thrilling phase at present and we have a number of the best of this new wave at the Leeds Jazz Festival.  Young pianist Sarah Tandy’s band includes some of the best voices on the London jazz scene. Sarah, still in her early 20’s has recent appearances at the Love Supreme Festival and Berlin Jazz Festival to her credit and has appeared as a classical soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other young stars at the festival include the sextet led by bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and the quartet of saxman Leo Richardson 

Events with a Leeds resonance include drummer and big band legend Ronnie Bottomley's 90th birthday celebration with his Jazz Orchestra, a jazz film about the life of Leeds late young trumpeter Richard Turner, and the premiere of a new album from Leeds trombonist Kevin Holbrough. Have fun too with Simon Thackray's "Mrs Boyes Bingo" - a game of prize bingo (you win prizes!) with simultaneous drumming and percussion disruption from Mark Sanders and John Edwards!

The festival finale will be a tour de force of trios - Trio Trio Trio” rolling seamlessly from one trio to another, one set to another and one style to another - from the soulful street vocals of Maggie Sommers to the raging urban horn of Alan Wilkinson

The Festival takes place in the city’s arts quarter area - the main venues are Leeds College of Music and the Wardrobe.

More information about the Festival is on the Festival website
Earlybird festival tickets are now on sale - priced £99 here

Steve Crocker
Festival Organiser, JazzLeeds

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Scarborough Jazz Festival Line up 2019

Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival takes place at Scarborough Spa over the slightly earlier weekend of 20-22 September 2019.   The 2019 line up has just been announced by Festival Director Mike Gordon

Mike says "There are lots of new performers amongst the line-up, however one constant face since the festival started in 2003 has been the compere and multi award-winning reeds player Alan Barnes. Alan has performed at every Scarborough Jazz Festival and will be celebrating his 60th birthday this year by bringing together twelve amazing UK musicians. He has commissioned world class trombonist Mark Nightingale to write 13 charts for the 12 piece big band of tunes written in 1959 by, for example, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Horace Silver and Duke Ellington. That should bring Friday to a stirring climax.

Saturday night’s finale should get everyone on their feet.  Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project – Jeremy sings and plays piano – has seventeen instrumentalists and singers, a great spectacle on the Grand Hall stage. 

Sunday night sees what promises to be a perfect finish to the festival.  Legendary ‘musician’s musician’ guitarist Jim Mullen has brought together the ‘Volunteers’: an All Star nine piece band who play jazz with hints of blues, soul, funk and rock. Jim has played and recorded with, among others, Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dave O'Higgins and Georgie Fame,  He is warmly remembered as joint leader, with tenor saxophone player Dick Morrissey, of the British jazz funk band Morrissey–Mullen.

Yet again over 98% of the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival audience evaluations rated the festival as excellent or very good. This comes after winning Best Festival at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2017 and we hope this year’s event reaches another high”  - Mike Gordon

Earlybird Weekend Tickets are now on sale, priced at just £90 until 31 March 2019. Tickets can be purchased via Scarborough Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and the Jazz Festival website:  

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Hull Jazz - February and March dates

Dave Ellis post on the latest programme at Hull Jazz

Feb 6 Nicki Allan Quintet
Feb 20 Players Night
13 March Players Night
27 March JazzOrbit 

At the Goodfellowship Inn Cottingham Road Hull HU5 4AT
8.30 start

Monday, 4 February 2019

Great music at Jazz at the Spa

March 2nd – Ralph Allin
From Les and the team at Boston Spa

February 2019
9th – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – you could describe this as one of our “hardy annual” presentations. It’s certainly one of the highlight sessions of the year. Two superb saxophonists join together with the magical piano and rhythm sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio to recreate the “standards” in their own inimitable way. A melodic musical evening par excellence.
16th – Wabash Jazzmen – “…….refreshing, vibrant hot five jazz” is an excellent description for this group which is driven along by the superb banjo playing of leader, Mark Challenor. Then add the talents of Mike Hayler on reeds, the memorable old alliance of Bill Smith and Mike Pembroke on cornet and trombone plus Richard Vernon on bass. Looking forward to a rousing, full spirited session.

March 2019
2nd – Ralph Allin Quartet – making a first appearance is this highly recommended violin virtuoso. Described by one critic as “Nigel Kennedy, Stephan Grappelli and Victor Borge rolled into one” as a result of his musical versatility and his witty presentations. By day, a leading light on the classical scene but, as the shadows lengthen, he spellbinds the world of jazz with his interpretations of the jazz standards. He has appeared at numerous festivals and with Van Morrison and Jools Holland. Sounds like a more than lively evening!
9th – Louis Louis Louis – and fast becoming a favourite of the Boston Spa audience is this energetic group of young musicians from Leeds whose repertoire – as the name suggests - reflects the hits of Armstrong, Jordan and Prima. Always a stirring performance and a joy for the R & B fans amongst you.
23rd Savannah Jazz Band – they just can’t stay away! Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Band playing Yorkshire’s Premier Jazz Venue. Rollickin’ traditional jazz with a smattering of R & B and all tinged with a definite element of humour. We love them dearly.
30th – Manhattan Sound Big Band – and now to end the month on a high note, a welcome return by one of Yorkshire’s most respected Big Bands. As on previous occasions, there’s a wide ranging repertoire of classic big band tunes interspersed with some memorable vocal numbers. Nostalgia par excellence.

Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live!
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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.

Wakefield Jazz presents...

Here’s Ivo Neame on the piano, preparing for the 15th…

Jazz of all shapes and sizes at Wakefield Sports Club on a Friday night - after the flourish of January, February means that spring is nearly here - don’t let it hang you up!

8th Feb Clark Tracey’s Ruby Anniversary Quintet - hard bop with a band of hand-picked young musicians

15th Feb - Ivo Neame Quartet - on a European tour playing tunes old and new

22nd Feb - Snake Davis Trio - sax/trumpet/guitar, mellow with a pop tinge

Music at 8.30pm, food at 7.30pm (pre-book please) - more details and tickets via 

Friday, 1 February 2019

The Frog and Henry Band at Dove Holes Jazz

On the 16 February 2019 Dove Holes Jazz Club has The Frog and Henry Band making their inaugural visit to the Club as proud Dove Virgins and as part of their 2019 British Tour. They come with an impeccable, almost world-wide reputation that has been deservedly earned by their enthusiastic playing, of their brass and string instruments, of an extensive repertoire of old dance and jazz music. They are firmly convinced that over a period of ten years they have arrived at an ensemble sound that comes as close as is achievable to that of the earliest New Orleans Jazz and Dance Bands. Their journey has seen them come under the influence of The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Frenchy’s Stringband, Johnny Dodds and King Oliver not forgetting the Bull Ring Boppers. These experiences have given them the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge of the ins and outs of what it takes to be a valuable member of a top notch street performing group.

The orchestra’s young personnel have an undeniably colourful cosmopolitan look to them. On this evening you will be enjoying the playing of Ewan Bleach from London on Reeds, Piano and Vocals, David Neigh with his unique foot operated Tuba that is played simultaneously with a six stringed, Mandolin Banjo. Dave is one of two musicians who are based in Torronto, the other being F H Henry who gives of his all on the Guitar as well as contributing with the odd Vocal. He is also to be found plying his trade with panache for a largish part of the year in New Orleans. The second spirited Reeds contribution comes from a Berlin resident who goes by the name of Laurin Habert whilst Kermane Arken who hails from the birth place of Jazz namely New Orleans features on Fiddle and Vocals.

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

Visit our website at 

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

Janette Mason’s Red Alert at Davenham

Red Alert - Contemporary Jazz with a groove

Janette’s unique contemporary jazz compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences (from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp), combine interesting timescapes and strong grooves with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of Jack Pollitt on drums and Tom Mason on Bass and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all – hence the name Red Alert.

Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with the keyboards to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking.

Thursday 28th Feb 8 pm

Bookings 01606 74502 or 44253 

Doors and Bar open 7.30pm - Concert starts at 8.00pm
Bookings on 01606 74502 or e mail to

Gig venue - Davenham Theatre: 59 Church Street, Davenham, Cheshire CW9 8NF

Sponsors - Tatton Brewery

Jazz North's Jazz Camp for Girls

Jazz North have arranged events that offer the first experience of improvisation and playing in a band to develop confidence and musical curiosity for girls.

These one-day workshops are taking place on the same day (Sat 10th February 2019) across the north of England and they will enable girls aged between 9 and 15 to flourish under the mentorship of female role models. Jazz Camp for Girls is a gender-positive space, this means we welcome all girls, including those who don't fit stereotypes.

Jazz Camp for Girls is inspired by an original project created by JazzDanmark and Copenhagen Jazz Festival to address the gender inbalance in jazz. The Danish version is now in 7th year and runs for one week simultaneously in 16 cities around Denmark. Our 5 year goal is to build up a UK Jazz Camp for Girls by adding new partners each year. If you're interested in becoming a partner in 2020 please contact Helena Summerfield on the link below.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Four great February concerts @Sheffield Jazz

Gwilym Simcock 28 February

On Friday 1 February at 20.00 we welcome Byron Wallen’s Four Corners. Byron (“one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive”…Jazzwise Magazine) brings to Sheffield his dazzling 'Four Corners' band including guitarist Rob Luft Byron is widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, and he has played alongside legendary musicians such as Andrew Hill, George Benson, Jack DeJohnette and King Sunny Ade.

The Duncan Eagles Quartet will be appearing on Friday 8 February at 20.00. Duncan “is fast becoming one of the most exciting players emerging on the UK jazz scene" (Jazzwise) and comes to Sheffield as part of a UK tour to promote his debut album 'Citizen', which follows a string of highly praised releases with UK group Partikel

On Friday 15 February at 20.00 Two of a Mind, led by Chris Briscoe and Allison Neale,will explore afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, Arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records are featured as well as their arrangements of other standards and new standards- based compositions by Chris Biscoe.

And on Thursday 28 February at 19.30 we move to the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall, when Gwilym Simcock will be playing solo piano.  Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music with wide-ranging influences, from jazz legends Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny, to classical composers including Ravel, Dutilleux, Bartók and Turnage.

All Sheffield Jazz gigs, except the Gwilym Simcock concert, will be at Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD,

Further details of the complete Sheffield Jazz programme can be found at www, 

February gig listings (North East)

Alan Barnes Feb 8th and 26th

Feb 1 Paul Edis Trio Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Feb 2 Dale Storr St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Feb 3 Jazz Main The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Feb 4 River City Hot Four Beresford Arms, Morpeth NE613UZ
Feb 6 Sue Ferris & Giles Armstrong Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Feb 8 Dean Stockdale Trio Saltburn Community Hall TS12 1JW
Feb 8 Alan Barnes w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington  DL3 9ER
Feb 9 Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Feb 10 Broken Brass Ensemble Cobalt Studious, Newcastle NE2 1AP
Feb 11 Ruth Lambert Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 11 Hot 8 Brass Band Riverside, Newcastle NE1 3RQ
Feb 14 NUJO Bar Loco, Newcastle NE1 4PG
Feb 15 Nik Svarc Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP* 
Feb 15 Hot Club du Nord Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Feb 16 Frog & Henry St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Feb 16 Jazz Weekender Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Feb 18 Dean Stockdale Trio Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 20 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP
Feb 21 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Feb 22 Hand to Mouth The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD
Feb 22 Not Now Charlie Bridge Hotel, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Feb 23 Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 23 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD
Feb 23 New Century Ragtime Orchestra Caedmon Hall, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Feb 24 Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche Claypath Deli, Durham DH1 1QS*
Feb 24 Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Feb 25 Giles Strong & Roly Veitch Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 26 Alan Barnes The Vault, Hexham NE46 3LT
Feb 26 Booker T Jones Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Feb 26 Gerry Richardson Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Feb 28 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone, Newcastle NE3 1QL
Feb 28 Musicians Unlimited Dorman’s, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT
Lunchtime gigs*

Russell Corbett's February preview in the North East

Daniel John Martin - dates 20-24 Feb

February brings many big hitters to the North East. From America, Booker T Jones pitches up at Sage Gateshead (Feb 26), N'Awlins' Frog and Henry visit Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (Feb 2) and the Big Easy's Hot 8 Brass Band play Newcastle's Riverside (Feb 11). Paris-based Daniel John Martin returns to link up once again with County Durham Djangologist Mick Shoulder and his Swing Manouche outfit. Violinist Martin is the embodiment of a virtuoso and anyone yet to hear him should make the effort to get along to one of his gigs - Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Feb 20), Newcastle's Black Swan (Feb 21), Hexham's subterranean Vault on Hallgate (Feb 23) and Durham's Claypath Deli (4:00pm, Feb 24).

From north of the border, Edinburgh Jazz Bar regulars Jazz Main, led by old-school, swinging tenor saxophonist Nick Gould, play a gig at Newcastle Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street (Feb 3) and a week later a few miles up the Tyne Valley the incomparable Ruth Lambert will sing a selection from the GASbook at the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham (Feb 11). The market town's jazz renaissance continues with  appearances by Alan Barnes at the Vault in a fundraiser for Core Music (Feb 26) and Hammond specialist Gerry Richardson at the Fox Inn (Feb 26).

One of Tyneside's on-going success stories is Michael Lamb's Strictly Smokin' Big Band working with an ever-lengthening list of A-listers...Paul Booth, Joe Stilgoe, Hailey Tuck and now the internationally respected Mark Nightingale. On Feb 23 the in demand trombonist is all-but-certain to walk out onto stage in Sage Gateshead's Sage Two space to be greeted by a full house. This is testament to Nightingale's enduring appeal and Michael Lamb's superb jazz orchestra.

Elsewhere, Paul Edis' 'A Brief History of Jazz Piano' set (lunchtime, Feb 1) is already a sell-out at Durham's Gala Theatre. To enquire about returns call the box office on 03000 266 600. Corey Mwamba makes a farewell appearance at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle (Feb 3), harpist Alina Bzhezhinska plays a Jazz North East gig at Gosforth Civic Theatre (Feb 9), pianist Dean Stockdale gigs at Saltburn Community Theatre (Feb 8) and on the same night the ubiquitous Alan Barnes returns to Darlington's Opus 4 Jazz Club working alongside the Paul Edis Trio.

Two contemporary events catch the eye; brilliant guitarist Nik Svarc plays a lunchtime gig at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Feb 16) in the company of the ever-youthful looking Martin Longhawn (organ) and drummer Steve Hanley. The first Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender (October 2018) was scheduled to include a Jazz North Alt-Shift-J package when, at short notice, it was decided to postpone the event until early in 2019. The new date - Saturday Feb 16 - presents the triple bill of Roller Trio, Ubunye and J Frisco.

So, February offers something for everyone - go hear some of it.         

JATP Bradford's Spring Programme

Rafe's Dilemma 01 Feb 

Five gigs to get a Spring in your step in Bradford

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.

01 March - Joy Ellis Quartet
Pianist, vocalist, Composer Joe Ellis’ passion for jazz, improv, groove and dance music atop classical roots inform “fiery improvisations” and “well-structured hard-bop solos” at venues & festivals across the land, “startling” debut album “Life on Land” with follow-up “Dwell” already in the mix. Joy Ellis : p,voc; James Kitchman :g; Henrik Jensen : db; Adam Osmianski : d

15 March John Bailey Quartet
When not with Russell Watson or Arild Andersen & Julian Arguelles (album “Oneiric Sounds”) John Bailey gets out mixing standards, contemporary jazz with some Holdsworth stuff in there for good measure. Quite fusion / quite jazz. John Bailey : g; Richard Iles : flugel; John Sandham : b; Jonathan Hartley : d

5 April Ben Crosland Quartet
Leading groove cats on the northern jazz scene led by master composer and bassist, Ben Crosland bringing contemporary classics of Jaco Pastorius, Mike Mainieri and Don Grolnick and beautiful Crosland and Platt originals punctuated by the occasional standard freshly realised. Rod Mason :saxes ; Jez Platt :cp; BenCrosland : b; Dave Tyas : d

03 May  Matthew Read Trio
Drawing influence from such luminaries as Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Paul Motian, and  impelled by like-minded approaches to music making, the Matthew Read Trio bring a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. “This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye” 4 stars - All About Jazz. "Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene is in incredible form" - Chris Philips, Jazz FM. Benedict Wood : g; Arthur Newell : d; Matthew Read : db.

More JATP gig information

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

Monday, 28 January 2019

Jazz to warm your heart in Leeds!

A lot to look forward to this month - music from two big bands, jazzy-pop, women led groups, international musicians from New York, plus a new venue! We have six bands concert for you, plus to start - one of our ever popular jazz cafes at Inkwell.. .

Jazz Cafe and Jam session Sunday afternoon 3 Feb 2019 @Inkwell Leeds £7/5, performers and kids under 16 free. 1.30-4pm Come down and listen or join in at our Inkwell February jazz jam. Friendly and supportive (and free!) for performers whether instrumentalists or singers. All ages welcome. Jazz trio to support you - Matt Aplin piano, Steve Crocker bass, Steve Mullarkey drums.

Ari Hoenig Trio SATURDAY evening 9 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm Music 8pm  £16/14,  25's and under £8 Ari Hoenig drums, Tom Ollendorff on guitar, Conor Chaplin on Bass. Ari Hoenig is one of the jazz worlds most respected and innovative drummers. A prolific bandleader and sideman, he has appeared on over a hundred recordings and worked with a diverse spectrum of artists including Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and Chris Potter. Support: Matt Nicholas sextet 8-8.30pm

Emma Johnson’s “Gravy Boat” with Nishla Smith Jazz Leeds/Madame Jazz presentation, Sunday afternoon 10 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8  Emma Johnson sax, Calvin Travers guitar, Angus Milne double bass, Ali Wells drums, Nishla Smith vocals. Emma’s first project for small ensemble aims to explore the different textures and possibilities that emerge from a small band of close knit musicians performing together. Nishla Smith moved to the UK from Berlin in 2017. This year she has been one of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent development artists.

Jazz at Roundhay opening night feat Enrico Tomasso Friday evening 15 February @The Bar on Park Lane 8pm-11pm Doors 7.30pm  Tickets £10/8 Enrico Tomasso trumpet with Andy Cholerton keyboard, Steve Crocker double bass Paul Smith drums. A new monthly jazz session on the third Friday of every month in Roundhay in Leeds. We’re starting off with a special visiting guest swing trumpeter and vocalist (and a Leeds lad) Enrico Tomasso. We’re hoping for great things from this new Jazz Leeds venue! Come and join us at The Bar on Park Lane next to Roundhay Golf Course. Ample car parking. Tickets or on the door if not sold out.

Derrick Harris’s Be-pop Quartet @Inkwell Sunday afternoon 17 February 1.30pm £9/7 (25 and under £5 kids under 16 free) Derrick Harris guitar, Jez Platt piano/organ, Paul Chamberlain bass, Paul Smith drums. Guitarist Derrick Harris arranges seminal pop tunes in a jazzy format. As well as leading his own groups, Derrick frequently guests as a soloist with bands up and down the country.

Leeds University Union Big Band Sunday afternoon 24 Feb 2019 1.30-4pm £10/8  @Seven Arts, 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free  A welcome return for this big band who play a wide variety of dance band/big band repertoire including swing, funk and jazz. .

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra Thursday evening 28 Feb 2019 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm Music 8pm (£14/12 25's and under £7) A melting pot of influences with music ranging from luscious and sweet melodies to broad walls of sound, from drum and bass to funeral marches, from fairytale ballads to calypso. The musical glue binding it together are 17 of the best young London musicians  and their universal passion for improvisation. Support 8-8.30pm Kathy and John Dyson’s “Inside Out” duo 

Other news...
Rush Hour Jazz this month-  Wed 20 Feb with young Leeds saxman Ben Powling (World Service Project, Wandering Monster, Vipertime, Mansion of Snakes) @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf

Instrumental Workshops led by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore continue on Sun Feb  3 and Sun Feb 17th 10am-12 midday at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton,

JazzLeeds Voices Choir directed by Tessa Smith  meets on Monday evenings Feb 11th and 25th 7-9pm at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton,

Our Venues: 
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD,
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
The Bar on Park Lane, Park Lane, Roundhay, LS8 2EJ

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Steve Crocker