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Friday, 23 October 2020

Freddie Gavita Gig in Sheffield cancelled

From Vince Keddie

I am afraid that, because of Sheffield's imminent move into Tier 3, it has been necessary to cancel the Freddie Gavita gig that was scheduled for tonight Friday 23 October.

We will keep you informed as to the position regarding the remainder of the Sheffield Jazz Autumn season.

Sheffield Jazz  

Alternatives for live music this weekend - tonight is the concert at Wakefield Jazz with Hans Koller's quartet (23 Oct) - 7.30pm start at Wakefield Sports Club, or Sunday's JazzLeeds afternoon gig with New Orleaans and blues pianist Henry Botham - at 1.30pm at Seven Arts (25 Oct)

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Hans Koller at Wakefield

 Top class gig this Friday (23 October 7.30-10pm) with Hans Koller (piano) Martin Speake (alsto sax) Calum Gourlay (bass) ad Shane Forbes (drums) 

Hans Koller combines humour, intellect and technique to engaging effect with influences from across the jazz spectrum, from Bill Evans through Monk and Herbie Nichols

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

Friday, 16 October 2020

Two innovative jazz venues get culture recovery funding

                                                    Joy Ellis Trio at the Globe

                                                 Elliot Richards trio at Seven Arts

The future for a unique community-owned music venue in Tyneside is looking more secure in these uncertain times as a result of a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The Globe in Newcastle has been awarded £80,000 to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The £1.57 billion fund has been used to support a wide range of cultural organisations across the country.

Despite strict local regulations The Globe is putting on gigs three nights a week, including jazz, folk and rock, that are simultaneously enjoyed by small audiences in the venue and by hundreds more at home via livestream.

“Hybrid audiences are the way forward for live music” says Dave Parker, co-chair of the cooperative that owns The Globe. “We are demonstrating that a mixed audience of customers at our Covid-aware venue and those at home watching online is actually better than either approach alone. According to our customers, the live audience’s responses in the venue and the live chat from those viewing online actually enhance the overall experience for both.”

The Globe has been developing and improving its livestreaming since May. It has streamed from musicians’ homes during lockdown, then from the empty venue and most recently with an audience in the building. The Globe has been refurbished and redecorated, and new sound, light and video equipment has been installed by a team of volunteers.

“Getting this grant is a huge relief, especially after all the effort so many people have put in to keep The Globe going. When we closed in March we consulted widely with our members and supporters to develop a vision for a post-pandemic future. This formed the basis of our grant application. I specifically want to thank the Music Venues Trust for their lobbying on behalf of grassroots music venues and Co-operatives UK who argued successfully that co-ops should be eligible for the funding.”

Leeds too has had some good news - the main jazz venue, Seven Arts in Leeds has also been awarded funding - £50,000 -from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Seven Arts are a Community Interest Company, promoting the arts tirelessly since 2007 in Chapel Allerton to the north of the city centre. Seven have been putting on live music and comedy events since July - both outside in their small courtyard and inside within their concert venue, with social distancing.

Says Steve Crocker from Jazz Leeds : "Really pleased that Seven Arts Leeds has been awarded funding under the Culture Recovery Fund of the Arts Council. Seven Arts is a unique acoustic venue for the arts - especially jazz - and is run by a committed team who have been so impressive at allowing live music to keep going when others have sat on their hands. So it's great news. Times are tough of course and things may change but it's lovely to have some good news at last".

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

New Jazz Blog hits cyberspace...

Pete Woodman (from Marsden Jazz Festival) has launched a new jazz podcast playing material from my own jazz collection that he's built up over the last 45 years or so. It's going to be going out during the first week of each month and Pete will be paying special attention to artists from the North of the UK, endeavouring to include at least 2 pieces from northern acts in each show. 

These are the links to the podcast website, Spotify and Podbean, who are hosting it.


Spotify: link


Friday, 9 October 2020

JazzLeeds announces it's autumn 2020 series

JazzLeeds have just announced five stunning evening live concerts this autumn on Thursday nights at Seven Arts. Each will have two performances at 7pm and 8.45pm, with a finish time at 10pm. You can choose whether you want the early evening or late evening performance. Fully distanced and at seat table service.

Thus 29 Oct Fergus Mcreadie Trio 
 Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums. Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”.
Thus 12 Nov Ian Shaw, Ian Ballamy, Jamie Safir “What’s New”    
One of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists, Ian Shaw, teams up with legendary UK saxophonist, Iain Ballamy (who has played with Hermeto Pascoal, Loose Tubes, Norma Winstone) and irrepressibly brilliant pianist Jamie Safir (Will Young, Elaine Delmar, Judi Jackson). Expect a gloriously lyrical travelogue from early American song through Ellington, Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn to Joni Mitchell. With Shaw’s comedy chops, Ballamy’s ability to push a melody somewhere magical, and Safir’s symphonic piano playing, there’s plenty to look forward to…
Thus 26 Nov Josephine Davis “Satori”  
Josephine Davies – Sax, Oli Hayhurst – Bass, James Maddren – Drums A melodic and intimate gig by this superb trio. Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio with a focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led by saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies who won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Their 2017 debut album attracted wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe while their 2018 follow up ‘In The Corners Of Clouds’received equally glowing reviews. “irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat); “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise); “spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe).
Thus 3 Dec Nigel Price and “Wes Reimagined”  
Nigel Price – Guitar, Ross Stanley –  Hammond, Joel Barford – Drums,Vasilis Xenopoulos – Tenor Saxophone. Nigel Price is one of the UK’s leading jazz guitarists and a tireless supporter of live music, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back, leading his Organ Trio in an evening of tunes made famous by the legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery. Nigel Price is one of the most hardworking jazz musicians in the UK, managing to secure an Arts Council-funded tour even during lockdown, and guaranteed to provide an evening of foot-tapping straightahead bebop with a funky edge. The Trio’s special guest Vasilis Xenopoulos brings a committed melodic tenor saxophone edge to the band, in the tradition of Dexter Gordon. 
Thus 17 Dec Adrian Knowles and Sound of 59  
Joel Purnell Tenor Saxophone, Jim Corry Alto Saxophone, Mark Chandler Trumpet, Kevin Holbrough Trombone, Jason Scott Piano, Adrian Knowles Double Bass, Caroline Boaden Drums A welcome back to this group by bassist Adrian Knowles that were such a hit at last year’s Jazz Leeds Festival. Celebrate International Jazz Day with this pivotal year in jazz history. 1959 was special – it saw the release of classic jazz albums by Charlie Mingus, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and many others. “Sounds of 59”, led by bassist Adrian Knowles and featuring some of the best of jazz musicians from Leeds, recreate the music with both music and visual displays.

Tickets are available here 

Our autumn season tickets cost £60 (full price) £50 (concessions) and £30 (25 and under) are available here.All concerts are fully distanced with at table service.

Due to the current restrictions, audience numbers will be limited.The concerts will be recorded live and broadcast a few days after the event- tickets can be purchased on our ticket site for this broadcast

More information 

All concerts are at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS73PD



Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Live audience at the Newcastle Jazz Co-op

 Good news! A small audience was allowed into the Globe at Newcastle last Sunday evening 20 Sept to see the Riviera Quartet - both a live and a livestream gig. A good sign of some normality returning...

Huddersfield Jazz taking a break

Huddersfield Jazz have decided to take a break for the forseable future due to their venue,  CafĂ© Society - Byram Street, Huddersfield,  being unable to offer sufficient audience capacity for distancing. Watch this space for further news about their Sunday afternoon concerts ...  

Wakefield Jazz in Back !


                                                                Jonny Mansfield 2 Oct

Wakefield Jazz is aiming to return in October with a series of four top Friday night covid-secure gigs. Audiences will be limited, food will not be available, but tickets can be booked in advance through PayPal, and contactless payment will be possible on the night, with tables separated and seating allocated. More importantly, the line-up:

2nd Oct - Jonny Mansfield’s Floralegium - top young vibes-player’s trio, original and other people’s tunes, inspired by flowers!

9th Oct - Wakefield Jazz House Trio (Pete Rosser/Nick Wells/John Settle) plus special guest (tbc) - standards and beyond

16th Oct - Nigel Price’s Organ Trio feat. Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax) - playing the music of guitar legend Wes Montgomery

23rd Oct - Hans Koller Quartet feat. Martin Speake (alto sax) - high class contemporary jazz led by renowned German pianist, combining intellect and Monkish humour.

Please check the website for up-to-date details. All being well, jazz will be returning to Wakefield!


Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Live Jazz in Leeds - September and October

Rory Ingham,  Dom Ingham, Will Harris and Jonny Mansfield – Wed 9 Sept

Jazz in the Courtyard-  September

Live distanced jazz gigs from Leeds in the Seven Arts Courtyard (if dry), Sunday afternoons 1.30-3.30pm and every Wednesday evening 6-7.30pm. If the weather is wet the gig will be held inside the venue (also distanced). (all this of course depends on the local lockdown situation in Leeds - if that changes we may need to reschedule concerts).

Rory Ingham, trombone and Dom Ingham violin, Will Harris bass, Jonny Mansfield vibes – Wed 9 Sept Rush Hour Jazz 6-7.15 pm (pictured).
Rory Dom and Jonny are all staying in Yorkshire at present – so we thought let’s hear them all together at our Rush Hour gig. Their bands and music will familiar to our jazz audience through contemporary jazz groups like Bonsai, and Elftet. Bassist Will Harris is actually coming up from Bristol too! This will be a lovely example of how the lockdown can produce some rare music!

Jennie Hammond sings Blossom Dearie – Sun 13 Sept 1.30-3.30pm.
Jennie Hammond interprets the songs of Blossom Dearie, a remarkable vocalist jazz pianist, and composer from the bebop era who was able to bridge the gap between west side rhythm and east side lyrical content throughout her career. Jennie Hammond has been singing ever since she can remember. She has studied the vocal greats of all time, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horne, Carmen McRae, Norma Winstone, Carol Kidd and Blossom Dearie to name but a few and was gigging by the age of 14. With Jason Scott on piano, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums.

Will Howard Trio – Wed 16 Sept Rush Hour Jazz 6-7.15pm
Leeds’ wizard of the tenor saxophone plays the music of the jazz giants from Dike Ellington onwards- with Elliott Roffe on bass and Will Blackstone drums

Sunday Jazz Jam session 20th Sept 1.30-3.30pm:
A courtyard  jazz jam session with the JazzLeeds Trio supporting people who wish to come and sing or play. Numbers for the jam session limited due to Covid 19 restrictions. Please contact Steve Crocker if you would like to play email: Starts 1.30-3.30pm

Svarc- Hanley-Longhawn Rush Hour Jazz 23 Sept 1.30-3.30pm

Nik Svarc –Guitar/Loops, Steve Hanley-Drums, Martin Longhawn- Organ/Keys.‘Leeds Guitarist Nik Svarc,Drummer-Percussionist Steve Hanley and Keyboardist Martin Longhawn join the dots between Jazz-Rock and Hammond funk,discovering an interesting angle for an old-school sound mixed with some hyper-catchy hooks and grooves’-JAZZWISE

Tom Sharp quartet – Sunday afternoon 27 September 1.30-3.30pm Featuring some of the best young musicians in Leeds, and featuring the expressive jazz trumpet of Tom Sharp, with Nico Widdowson on piano, Fergus Quill bass and Josh Smout drums .

Kate Peters Quartet play Rush Hour Jazz – Wed 30th Sept 6-7.15pm

Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north of England. .
A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre and she has had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing artists, such as Candi Staton, Jaki Graham, Roachford, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves) and Angie Brown. ‘Sultry, sexy, fruity vocals.’ (Seven

These September gigs are Pay as you feel - fully distanced, table service.
Please check for updates on our web page or the Seven Arts web page

Jazz and blues inside Seven Arts - October

Looking ahead to October and our gigs inside distanced gigs at Seven Arts. Seating will be restricted to 40 people maximum and we will be having concerts with one long set rather than having an interval. For popular concerts we will be having two separate ticketed performances on the same day,

Sunday afternoon 4th October
we have a blues session - James O’Hara with the Bluebirds
Featuring popular blues singer and guitarist James O Hara, the local legend that is Cleve Frecketon on vocals and keyboard, John Burr on harmonica, Barkley McKay keyboard and guitar, Courtny Thomas bass and Gordon Kilroy drums.  There will be two separate performances of an hour each for this popular gig.
Performance times at 1.30pm and 3.15pm. Tickets for each performance £10/8
Sunday afternoon 11th October “Means and Ends”  featuring  Ben Lowman sax, Jamie Taylor guitar, Martin Longhawn organ and Steve Hanley drums. 
Laid back grooves and hard swinging Blue Note tunes.
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8

Sunday afternoon 18th October: Latin Jazz “Catimba” with Raquel Alvaro, Vincente Margueles piano, Andy Leggett bass, Brendan Bache drums  One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8

Sunday afternoon  25th October: - Henry Botham solo blues and boogie piano 
Henry is one of the UK’s leading solo Stride, Blues and New Orleans pianists
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8 
29th October: Thursday evening - Fergus Mcreadie Trio .
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums £14/12
Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. The trio concerts have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio festival. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals.  Playing music that reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies, they brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe during their Spring ’19 tour. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise. “Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman, 5* review of Turas.  “real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” – The Times
There will be two separate performances of this popular gig
Performance times - 7pm and 8.45pm 

Tickets to all our indoor concerts are available on

Stay safe, stay cool, keep supporting our live jazz!

Steve Crocker


Monday, 7 September 2020

Live Jazz returns to Sheffield

Jospehine Davies 27 November

Sheffield Jazz announce their 5-gig live autumn Jazz season starting on 23 October at Crookes Social Club

The musicians are eager to play and we know that many of our audience are equally eager to see them and once again experience genuinely live jazz. We believe that our plans take all reasonable measures to reduce the risk of infection and we believe that our audience is now ready to support us and come to the gigs.
Although the Crucible remains closed, the large size of the Crookes Social Club hall does enable social distancing to be achieved. The main elements of the plan are:
•    a strict audience size limit (100 maximum)
•    entry by advance booking only, and to specified seats/tables (to simplify entry arrangements and support Track and Trace)
•    3 metre distance between stage and front tables and 1 metre distancing between tables
•    service of drinks to tables (no bar service) and doors opening earlier at 19.15 to facilitate drinks service in time for a prompt start at 20.00
•    separate entrance and exit, managed queuing, and wide corridors
•    ready access to hand sanitisers and enhanced washing facilities
•    modified heating and ventilation
•    audience members are expected to wear face coverings on arrival, departure and when moving around the hall.
•    In the event of a lockdown, we will transfer all tickets already sold to a future gig of the ticket-holder’s choice or, if they prefer, give a full refund.
Full details of the various counter-infection measures and risk assessment which we have developed will be put on the Sheffield Jazz website. We will adapt the plan as necessary according to changes in Government policy, local lockdowns and so on.

The season features excellent bands with musicians of an international stature. All gigs take place at
Crookes Social Club on Fridays at 20.00.
20.00 Friday 23rd October Freddie Gavita Quartet 

Freddie trumpet/flugelhorn; Tom Cawley: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Joshua Blackmore: drums  A welcome return for rising star Freddie Gavita whowon the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017 and his 2017 album Transient was aimed at the heart, not the head, with a highly evocative collection of compositions written for his quartet. The music has global appeal with scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing. A high-powered line up of top players ensures a night to remember.

“There are other, more hyped up, players around but few have the feeling, the technique and the sound that Gavita has. Think of Navarro and Clifford Brown and their fat sound then listen to Miles. Freddie lies, not quite central, more (much more) towards Fats and Clifford and yet, still remains his own man. Ten original compositions and a rhythm section to die for make this as good a trumpet album as you’re likely to hear either side of the Atlantic this year”…Bebop spoken here

20.00 Friday 6th November
Yuri Goloubev's "Two Chevrons Apart" ft Tim Garland
Yuri Goloubev: bass; Tim Garland: sax; John Turville piano; Asaf Sirkis: drums.
An all-star international quartet, where each player has ample room to express themselves. Their sound has strong melodic lines, underpinned by complex harmony and interplay between the musicians.
20.00 Friday 20th November
George Crowley Trio
George Crowley: sax; Rob Luft:  guitar; Tim Giles: drums.
A fine trio, with music predominantly driven by very strong melody, from lyrical folk to more contemporary electronic textures. A key player within London's creative jazz and improv scene, accompanied by Sheffield favourite innovative guitarist Rob Luft and versatile Tim Giles on drums.
" a fine young composer / player ..." John Fordham, The Guardian
20.00 Friday 27th  November
Josephine Davies' wonderful Satori Trio
Josephine Davies: sax; Oli Hayhurst: bass: James Maddren: drums.
A melodic and intimate gig by a fine trio.Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio, with a focus on melodic freedom and band interaction. Davies won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Satori's debut and 2018 follow-up both won wide critical acclaim.

20.00 Friday 4th December
Clark Tracey's Sextet
Clark Tracey: drums; Sean Payne: alto sax; Alex Ridout: trumpet;
Daniel Higham: trombone; Will Barry: piano; James Owston: bass
Clark Tracey brings his gifted young musicians, with Alexandra RIdout and Sean Payne winner and runner-up respectively in the 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year awards. Clark leads his band through bebop to post-bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way. 

Because of the risk of infection via leaflets we will be relying wholly on online marketing for this season. Please see the SJ website ( for more details. Doors open for all gigs at 19.15, for a prompt start at 20.00. Admission by advance booking only. Tickets are available at:

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 1TD

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Thoughts from jazz promoter Paul Smith

Jazz picnic - Leeds
Hey jazz promoters, musicians and supporters!

'Post Covid' live music is here. We need to motivate ourselves. Throw a pebble in the water and create a ripple. We have to find new venues to play outside or inside, observing the social distancing rules of the time, and perhaps making them 'bucket', or self funding gigs. The audience is on our side and ready to support us to make the changes work. A jazz 'think tank' could be set up on Facebook for musicians of all ages and abilities to voice their ideas?

A number of us have taken the on-line music route but remember recording at home is only an interim measure until we can get out and gig again in front of a live audience. If you play on your own, there’s no one to fall out with!

nb Professor Chris Whitty (England's Chief Medical Officer) tells us this state of affairs is going to be with us for at least another year. Let's take positive action and make a difference now!