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Monday, 2 December 2019

Winter gigs to warm you up in Leeds

Six JazzLeeds gigs to choose from this month, plus a special jazz jam session, and ... "Pope Visits Leeds!"- couldn't resist Lance Liddle's headline...

Kim Macari and John Pope @Inkwell Sunday 1 Dec 1.30pm 
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live” is the project of trumpeter Kim Macari centred around the power of storytelling to deliver great truths, to entertain and to take people on a journey. Music & spoken word in the great tradition of Celtic storytellers. John Pope (bass/electronics) an improviser and composer with a lifelong engagement with jazz, funk, rock music, pop-culture and mysticism through the cracked vessel of the free improviser.
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Karen Sharp Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 5 Dec 8pm
“Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing” — Downbeat Magazine, February 2019
Karen Sharp, a multiple award winner, will be appearing with her long established line-up of Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown – world class musicians who also happen to be great friends. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting, incorporating free flowing improvisation with almost telepathic ensemble playing. Support from "Harmony Row" vocal harmonies and jazz trio

Tribute to Miles: Kind of Blue and Milestones @Seven Arts Sunday 8 Dec 1.30-4pm
What are the two greatest jazz album ever made? Perhaps it's an impossible question, but there are strong candidates in “Milestones” and “Kind of Blue”, recorded by the Miles Davis Sextet in 1959. Fergus Quill’s Sextet set out to recreate the magic

Chapel FM Jazz Collective @Roundhay Bar on Park Lane, Friday 13 Dec 8pm
Led by musician, composer and pianist Dave Evans, ChapelFM Jazz Collective is a young band with great vocals, exciting grooves and great jazz solos as you listen to a range of jazz, funk, neo-soul, afro-beat and original tunes.

Christmas Jazz Cafe and Jam session @Inkwell Arts Sunday 15 Dec 1.30pm
Our final Christmas jam session is always the best! Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Jazz Workshop will be performing their Christmas party pieces and we've borrowed Matt Anderson's trio for the afternoon to play a few tunes and support the jam - Albert Palau piano , John Marley bass and Jay Davis drums.

Rush Hour Jazz@Seven Arts Bar Wed 18 Dec 6-7pm with Jon Taylor payf
Jon's extensive repertoire of standards from the great American songbook, jazz classics, latin numbers and blues, as well as tunes not usually associated with jazz – maybe a Christmas tune or two…

Xmas Party with Tom Sharp’s Big Band @Seven Arts Dec 19th 8pm
Silly Hats time! Led by trumpet virtuoso Tom Sharp, this 18-piece big band were the 2016 winners of the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. Drawing on some of the finest musicians in the Yorkshire area, many of whom are outstanding soloists in their own right, the band features classics from the golden age of big bands, a giant xmas raffle and maybe a carol or two….

That's it for 2019 but we'll be back in January 2020 with more great jazz (and a little soul too...)

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