Friday, 25 October 2019

Sunday Jazz @Middlesbrough Town Hall

 Tommy Smith
Gwilym Simcock
Following the success of its inaugural launch last year, the popular Sunday Jazz season is set for a welcome Teesside return, bringing with it this time a 6-month long programme of critically acclaimed live music to Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Kickstarting the series with a Sunday Jazz Special on Sunday 27th October and programmed by the founder of Gateshead International Jazz Festival at Sage Gateshead, and Europe Jazz Network's Ros Rigby (OBE)

The launch event features award-winning Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - complete with pianist Brian Kellock - will perform the music of jazz legends Count Basie, Duke Ellington and 'Fats' Waller from 7:30 pm, preceded by three stellar acts; husband and wife duo Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion, Tommy Smith (saxophonist & OBE award winner) & Brian Kellock (Scottish international Jazz ambassador), as well as UK pianist Gwilym Simcock, who continues to travel the world as a member of US jazz guitar icon Pat Metheny's quartet.

For more information about Sunday Jazz and to buy tickets visit:


Tina Featherstone at Huddersfield Jazz

Tina and the band have been playing as a trio throughout the country since 1990. They are currently in residence at the Harrogate Brasserie. Tina is also a regular guest player at Scarborough Jazz Club, and is a member of the band “Sarah Collins & Keep the Faith”. Tina is currently working on a new album of her own compositions, some of which she will be playing at the gig.


Tina Featherstone: alto/tenor sax and clarinet
Andy Cholerton: keyboard
Keith Jevons: bass

Sunday 17 November 2019 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)

Two great gigs from JatP Bradford

Manchester Jazz Collective
Mike De Souza Trio
From Steve Bootland at JatP- two gigs to savour

First up on Fri 1 November 2019
Manchester Jazz Collective “A dectet comprising some of the region’s most creative and fiery young jazz musicians, an eclectic spread of influences ranging from reggae to minimalism, metal, township, and folk music, all informing their extensive catalogue of original compositions in a truly rollicking fashion.”

Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren & Emily Burkhardt – sax & woodwinds
Graham South & Nick Walters – trumpet
Ellie Smith & Rich McVeigh – trombone
Andy Stamatakis-Brown – piano
Paul Baxter – bass
Johnny Hunter – drums

Doors 19.45 for 20.30
Admission £7 or £5 members and students

Then on Fri 15 November
Mike De Souza Trio
“Infusing the typical guitar-led jazz trio with innovative concepts of sound and structure, drawing influence from bands such as Radiohead and Deerhoof. Their “Slow Burn” album release tour followed “Road Fork” (Dec 18), which was aired widely on national radio and described by Jez Nelson as “Fusionesque Pyrotechnics”.

Mike De Souza – guitar
Huw V Williams – bass
Jay Davis – drums

Doors 19.45 for 20.30
Admission £7 or £5 members and students

@ New venue at The Latvian Club – tel 01274 546235.
Latvian Club
5 Clifton Villas

Directions - It is the third building on the left-hand side of the street and car parking is available both on the road in in its own car park, off Manningham Lane, close to Clifton Villas.

Monday, 21 October 2019

ELT at Dean Clough Halifax

Pianist Kit Downes is playing in Halifax at Dean Clough, with the ELT trio featuring Tom Challenger (saxophone) and amazing Norwegian vocalist Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad.

Kit is no stranger to Dean Clough having undertaken a four day residency there with Cellist Lucy Railton in 2015. Good to see Dean Clough is putting on jazz againa after a lot of works being done to the building.

The date is Fri evening 22nd Nov, the venue is Fletchers Mill at Dean Clough - you can hear the music here:

Box office

Monday, 14 October 2019

Jazz at The Lescar line-up this autumn

16th October: Alice Zawadzki
From Jez Matthews at the Sheffield Lescar

We’ve got everything covered from fusion and singer-songwriter/folk influences to vibrant large bands and small intimate ensembles, Mercury nominees, and the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. 

This week, wonderful vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki brings a virtuosic string trio with cellist Shirley Smart and bass player Misha Mullov-Abbado, and we have two dynamic takes on contemporary fusion with Flying Machines and the Mike De Souza Trio in consecutive weeks. Manchester Jazz Collective bring their spirited and inspiring large ensemble over the Snake Pass in November, followed by a truly all-star trio of Nadim TeimooriRuth Goller and Corrie Dick, and a return of the acclaimed Jamie Doe, aka Magic Lantern, sure to be a magical evening in the Lescar backroom. We’ve got some truly beautiful lyrical music from four Northern-based musicians at the end of November, when Universal Time join us, and finally we launch into December with the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the YearXhosa Cole, and his charismatic and driving quartet. 

16th October: Alice Zawadzki, Shirley Smart, Misha Mullov-Abbado / £9 (£5 students)
23rd October: Flying Machines / £8 (£5 students)
30th October: Mike De Souza / £8 (£5 students)
6th November: Manchester Jazz Collective / £9 (£5 students)
13th November: Nadim Teimoori, Ruth Goller, Corrie Dick / £8 (£5 students)
20th November: Magic Lantern / £9 (£5 students)
27th November: Universal Time / £8 (£5 students)

4th Dec Xhosa Cole Quartet / £9 (£5 students)

Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
S11 8ZF