Friday, 5 April 2019

April in Scarborough

Nicki Allan 24 April 

From Mike Gordon - upcoming concerts at the Cask in Scarborough

APRIL 10 Jim Corry
Back in his own right, Jim has played the saxophone throughout the world and is currently touring the UK with rock legend Roy Wood. Described in the Guardian as ‘soulful saxophone, hot stuff!’. With MG3. £5

APRIL 17 Kate Peters & Ian Chalk
Perennial club favourites, Kate continues to weave her magic with beautifully judged, captivating vocals which Ian embellishes with his sensitive, perfectly attuned trumpet playing. What a great pair, with MG3. £5

APRIL 24 Nicki Allan Quintet
Singer and pianist, Nicki’s influences go from the subtle, beautiful tones of Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell to vibrant, rhythmic latin, swing and contemporary sounds. All underpinned with her stylish bluesy phrasing and love of vocal improvisation. Nicki was awarded the coveted title of Jazz yorkshire vocalist of the year in 2011 for her contribution to jazz. There will be a healthy mixture of old and new material accompanied by her team of distinguished northern musicians: Joel Purnell (saxophone) Ian Chalk (hello again) John Settle (drums) and Adrian Knowles (double bass). £8

Doors open at 8.00 pm and music begins at 8.45.

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Ben Crosland Quartet in Bradford

From Steve Bootland at JATP Bradford

Date 5 April (doors open 19.45 for 20.30 start)

Venue Glyde House – Bradford BD5 0AD

Admission £7 (£5 for members and students)

“Ben Crosland brings 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 – piano
Ben Crosland – bass
Dave Tyas – drums

Further details at

More JATP gig information

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

Jazz@Davenham with Artephis

Jazz@Davenham - Thursday April 25th at 8 pm - presents ARTEPHIS

Contemporary jazz-rock quintet based in Manchester, UK, Artephis comprises some of the North's most creatively diverse young musicians, who met at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Their debut album, ALL CHANGE NO CHANGE, was released in June 2017 with an accompanying UK tour and aired on Radio 2 by Jamie Cullum, who chose ‘Feroz’ as his BBC Introducing highlight of the year.

Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugelhorn/electronics)
James Girling (electric/flamenco guitars)
Ali Roocroft (piano/keyboard)
Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar)
Matt Brown (drums)

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

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo at Wakefield

From Pete Rosser at Wakefield jazz 

This Friday (5th April) - last gig before Easter at Wakefield Jazz - Artpipes e.V. presents NORTH BY NORTHWEST: Mike Walker (Manchester) meets Tria Lingvo (Cologne) - the remarkable Mike Walker (guitar) in collaboration with Tria Lingvo from Cologne - Johannes Lemke (Saxophones), André Nendza (Bass) and Christoph Hillmann (Drums, Prepared Drums, Udu, Garrahand and Kalimba). This international meeting of remarkable musicians will feature new quartet music written for the collaboration, award-winning repertoire from the featured trio, plus Walker's guitar mastery, exploring the endlessly fascinating ground found between Modern Jazz, energy-laden improvisation and ethnic musics.

Band on stage at 8.30pm, book online at

And then get ready for Wakefield Jazz’s May Jazzfest (5 Fridays for the price of 4) - including Tony Woods Project, Bonsai, Wakefield Big Band, Henry Lowther Quintet and Chris Ingham (Getz tribute), with a plethora of support acts from Wakefield’s burgeoning jazz scene, from Leeds College of Music and also tap dancer Adele Joel.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Wabash Jazzmen at Dove

Sat 20 July marks the return to the Dove Jazz boards of the hot yet drumless band known as the Wabash Jazzmen. It has its roots loosely based on what many would still call and recognise as being the ‘Potteries’ although its present line up does include a couple of overseas players from the twitch free cricketing squares of South  Manchester.

As you will be able to hear first-hand tonight the absence of a drum kit is more than compensated for by the driving banjo playing of their leader  Mark Challinor. Mark’s considerable musical prowess is most ably promoted by the entertaining and powerful bass playing of Richard Vernon. Richard is a vastly experienced string bass player whom it is always a special pleasure to welcome back to the Dove podium. Who can forget his numerous appearances playing alongside the greatly missed but never forgotten Tommy Burton and his  Sporting House Quartet that featured drummer Dave Holmes a youngish Tom Langham on banjo playing with Mr Vernon. I don’t think that it is a state secret that Mr Langham always lovingly and respectfully referred to him as ‘Mr Pastry’ and still does.

Featuring on the front line on trumpet and harmonica plus the odd vocal will be Bill Smith a man whose enthusiasm for our music never gives any hint of waning. His energetic approach to his profession is a glowing example to many much younger musicians who could do much worse than take a leaf out of his book. Much the same sentiments could be expressed about tonight’s trombone maestro Mike Pembroke who joins Bill in being described as an overseas player residing amongst the cricketing strong holds of Bredbury, Woodley, Romiley and Compstall. We have Mike Hayler on clarinet and tenor sax completing the front line. He is eternally grateful to the ‘Centre of the Universe’ for affording him the opportunity to be a founder member of the indefatigable ‘Bibbington Limeburners’ Brass Band.  His dedication to the cause of ‘Temperance’ that the Limeburners famously promoted earned him many fanciful plaudits

    Saturday the 20th April 2019 The Wabash Jazzmen

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

Jazz North East concert programme, spring and summer


From Wes Stephenson - the Jazz North East - spring and summer programme in Newcastle..

Friday 12th April (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) MERAKI + EARLY BIRD BAND The Literary and Philosophical Society - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Thursday 18th April (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) ARCHIPELAGO + PAUL TAYLOR  The Literary and Philosophical Society - Newcastle £8 / £6 Concessions This concert is presented by the Lit and Phil in association with Jazz North East

Thursday 23rd May (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) ELINA DUNI + TRIO FCT The Black Swan - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Sunday 26th May (Doors 7.45pm / Music Starts 8.15pm) FEDERICA MICHISANTI TRIO The Bridge Hotel - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Thursday 13th June (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) TORI FREESTONE TRIO The Black Swan - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions

Friday 14th June (Doors 12.30pm / Music Starts 1.00pm) TORI FREESTONE and ALCYONA MICK The Lit and Phil - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with the Lit and Phil

Thursday 20th June (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) DURHAM UNIVERSITY BIG BAND The Black Swan - Newcastle £6 / £5 Concessions This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with Newcastle Arts Centre

Sunday 23rd June (Doors 7.00pm / Music Starts 7.30pm) UNDER THE SURFACE + LOLANDERS The Bridge Hotel - Newcastle £10 / £8 Concessions. This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with Jazz Promotion Network 'Going Dutch' and Creative Scotland
Sunday 7th July (Doors 7.30pm / Music Starts 8.00pm) JOHN POPE QUINTET The Bridge Hotel - Newcastle £8 / £6 Concessions

Tuesday 16th July - Masala Festival (Doors 8.00pm / Music Starts 8.30pm) ZOE RAHMAN and LAURA MACDONALD The Lit and Phil - Newcastle £12 / £10 Concessions This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with GemArts Masala Festival


Saturday 20th April - Abbie Finn and Harry Keeble Saturday 18th May - Faye MacCalman and John Pope Saturday 22nd June - Zoƫ Gilby and Andy Champion

Jazz Leeds Springs into action

 Harry Allen 11 April
Alan Barnes and Dave Newton  19 April

We hope you enjoyed our March presentations. Can we do more in April? We'll try! We have nine bands for you to choose from, so let's go...

Emily Brown - the jazz singers
Sunday afternoon 7 April @Inkwell Leeds £9/7 NUS under 25 half price. Kids under 16 free Emily Brown vocals, Stuart Macdonald sax, Jason Scott piano, Fergus Quill bass Chris Bowie drums Talented Yorkshire based singer Emily Brown is making a big name for herself on the northern jazz scene.

Harry Allen Quartet
Thursday 11 April 8pm- £16/14  @Seven Arts  £16/14 (under 25's £8) Harry Allen sax, Andrea Pozza  piano, Simon Woolf bass, Anthony Pinciotta drums. American jazzman Harry Allen is one of the finest exponents of swing saxophone in the world today. An exceptional talent, able to play tunes such as Body and Soul in the style of tenor players Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Flip Phillips, and Sam Donahue. He is a traditionalist in the manner of Scott Hamilton. His Quartet features Italian pianist Andrea Pozza and New York drummer Anthony Pinciotta. Support 8-8.30pm is from Wayne Pollock's Carioca Soul 

The Shadow Quartet
Sunday 14 April @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm Doors 1pm Tickets £10 full price £8 concessions half price for under 25’s. Kids under 16 are free. Leon Johnson-Sax Michael Bardon-Double Bass Paul Hession-Drums Jonnie Khan-Guitar Tony Burkill can’t appear as programmed but we’ve been able to arrange The Shadow Quartet for you to enjoy instead! A jazz sound of the sixties catapulted into the future with the immediacy of the avant-garde whilst sailing the hypnotic swell of outer space.

Alan Barnes and Dave Newton duo
Bar on Park Lane, Roundhay – Good Friday 19 April 8pm £10/8 (under 25's £5) Alan Barnes saxes, Dave Newton keyboards Sax player and jazz impresario Alan Barnes and award winning pianist David Newton have been playing duets together for over 40 years. Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes.

Ros Lewis's "Tailgaters"

Easter Sunday 21 April @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 conc (Under 25's £5) Traditional jazz for Easter Sunday from Chapel Allerton’s own Ros Lewis and her band featuring Frank Brooker on sax/clarinet.

College Collection 2019

@Seven Arts Sunday afternoon 28 April 1.30pm £7/5 kids under 16 free. The first of our two regular afternoons where we feature three stunning new jazz groups from the final year of the Leeds College of Music BAJazz course......

*Emily Kent project The Emily Kent Project combines contemporary jazz with distinct grooves inspired by musicians such as Pat Metheny, Bobby Mcferrin and Norma Winston. Her set will also make use of a full band and other instrumental features, combining to bring their audience a performance of world inspired Jazz music.

*Yaatri feat Liam De Tar Yaatri is a five piece jazz crossover quintet formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of complex composition and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.

*Alasdair Pennington Quintet Quintet featuring tenor, trumpet, piano, double bass, piano and drums. Expect swing, contemporary bebop heads and modern arrangements of American Songbook compositions which attempt to experiment with timbre, time feel, dynamic contrast and group improvisation and communication.

Other news!
Leeds Jazz Festival Earlybird Tickets - your last chance to buy one for £99! Available to Easter Sunday More information about Leeds Jazz Festival on the website

Rush Hour Jazz - Dan Barker Bey
Wed 17 April @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm Saxman Dan Barker Bey brings his contemporary versions of jazz standards with more than a nod to the great Coltrane.  Dan Barker-Bey - Saxes Will Powell- Guitar Steve Crocker- Bass Dom Moore- Drums

Our Venues:
Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW
Bar on the Park Roundhay (at Roundhay Golf Club) LS82EJ

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on Email address to contact us

See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

Liverpool Jazz present Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles project

Originally launched at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2009, Jeremy Sassoon’s tribute to the music of Ray Charles captures the imagination of Jazz, Blues and Soul audiences alike. Since then the show has gone on to headline Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe, Bluesfest at the O2, Manchester Jazz Festival, Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Festival and most recently the 2018 Wigan International Jazz Festival.

The late, great Ray Charles produced an immense repertoire of memorable tunes spanning several decades, and singer/pianist Jeremy reflects this with a set that include Ray Charles classics (Georgia on my Mind, What I’d Say, I Gotta Woman, Hallelujah I Love Her So) and some lesser known, but equally compelling musical gems from the catalogue (The Jealous Kind, I Don’t Need No Doctor, Hardhearted Hannah)

The Ray Charles Project always showcases the UK’s finest musicians and tonight is no exception. Mike Walker features on guitar (Impossible Gentlemen, Mike Gibbs, George Russell), multi-instrumentalist and local legend Steve Parry plays lead trumpet, and all arrangements come courtesy of tenor saxophonist and MD Iain Dixon (BBC Big Band, Michael Brecker, Bryan Ferry). The show is further lit up by Jeremy's stunning trio of backing vocalists, the “Jaelettes”.

This concert is presented by LiverpoolJazz

Concert is on Thus 11 May at 19:30, The Capstone Theatre Liverpool