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Monday, 6 January 2020

A very jazzy Leeds new year to you!

It's been a lovely end of the year for us - thanks to you. You came out in such large numbers for our Jensen Sisters Whilwind Jazz Orchestra, Karen Sharp Quartet and our Christmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra  at Seven Arts that we had to close the doors! We've got three great concerts coming up in January too, but before letting you know about that here is a bit of advance warning about our Spring Evening concert series 2020 starting in February. Here are the dates all @Seven Arts :

Emilia Mårtensson Quintet Thus Feb 6
Martin Speake International Quartet with Ethan Iverson Sat Feb 15th
Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir Thus 19 Mar
Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra Sat 28 Mar
Sound of '59 Thus April 30
Lukas Oravec Quintet feat. Alex Garnett Thus 7 May
Ari Hoenig Trio Thus May 14

Season tickets for all seven concerts are available from our box office site here: for £80 or £65 concessions (half price for 25s and under) and more details about the concerts are on the Jazz Leeds website here:

So how about the coming month? Well the first two concerts we're pleased to say are both by women led bands, singer Em Brown and vibe-ist Teena Lyle ....

Emily Brown quintet: Sunday afternoon 12 January 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25's and under £5, kids under 16 free
Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Ed Barnwell piano, Fergus Quill bass Caroline Boaden drums. Emily Brown is an experienced jazz singer with a gift for harmonic risk-taking and accessing emotional depth in a song. You can expect to hear jazz, blues, soul & some ear-opening detours – all classics but delivered in Emily’s warmly alert & soul enlarging style. @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS7 4PD. Tickets in advance

Teena Lyle Quintet feat. Rod Mason: Sunday afternoon 19 January 2020 1.30-4pm £10/8  @Inkwell 25's and under £5, kids under 16 free
Teena Lyle, vibes, vocals and piano, Rod Mason saxes, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom moore drums Teena Lyle is is a leeds legend- vibes soloist, percussionist, keyboard player singer and current member of the Van Morrison Band. She charmed us with her superb appearance at Rush Hour Jazz in October. She’s just back from a Van Morrison tour in Las Vegas and ready for for a full afternoon of jazz in Leeds along with popular saxman “Mr Room Darkener” Rod Mason. @Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW Tickets in advance

Gary Boyle Quartet
Sunday afternoon 26 Janaury 2020 @Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 1.30-4pm
25's and under £5, kids under 16 free
Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle who has an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road  Leeds LS7 3PD.  Tickets in advance

Other news...

Rush Hour Jazz this month-  Wed 15 January with Leeds saxman Brendan Duffy and the Jazz Leeds Trio @Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf collection

Our Jazz Instrumental Workshops led by Fergus Quill and Dom Moore are back on Sunday on Sun Jan 19 10am-12 midday  at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton £10/8 per session

Our NEW Jazz Players sessions for more experienced musicians Led by Dom Moore at Inkwell on Mondays -7-9 pm they start on January 13th and January 27th. £10/8 per session. Just turn up and play or for more information contact Dominic Moore <>

No Jazz Leeds Festival this summer as we'll be taking a break - we will be back in 2021. We will be putting on a Jazz Leeds All-Dayer this year however at the Wardrobe, Leeds run by Dave Evans - save the date of Saturday 18 July. More information soon! 

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our website at 

See you soon as one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

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