Monday, 17 February 2020

Tribute to Toots Theilemans in Clitheroe

From Geoff Jackson

Robin Sunflower Trio - a Tribute to Toots Theileman

Includes Robin Sunflower (Harmonica) John Ellis (Keys), Gavin Barras (Double bass), Danny Ward (Drums) at Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues

Friday 6th March

Venue : Clitheroe Rugby Club - BB7 2ES

T- Tickets from 

Sam Leak Trio at JAtP Bradford

Performing contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk inspired, freedom and abandon, the Sam Leak Trio invoke the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett’s 1960s trios. Drawing on Sam’s background in music psychology, the music will be interspersed with fascinating insights about music and how we perceive it.

Sam Leak – piano
Simon Read – double bass
Will Glaser – drums

Friday 6 March Doors 19.45 for 20.30

Admission £7 or £5 members and students

The Latvian Club – tel 01274 546235.
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.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Jazz in Liverpool - Parr Jazz this February

Parrjazz's 2020 was kicked off brilliantly by fantastic gigs from Wako at The Kazimier Stockroom, Rob Stringer at the Hope Street Hotel, and lots of great guests at Ma Boyles. And we have started as we mean to go on...

First up on 11th February, we are joined by the Canadian Jazz talent Nick Maclean Quartet feat Brownman Ali. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean is a 6x Global Music Award winner and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto, his quartet are joined by Gurus's Jazzmattazz Brownman Ali, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent Jazz trumpeter” by NYC’s Village Voice, multi award-winning trumpet player Ali stands at the forefront of innovation in the Canadian jazz community.

If you are looking for the best that the local jazz scene has to offer then make sure to check out our weekly, free nights at Ma Boyles. Check out this month's calendar!

08/2/20: Franck Amsallem and Frank Griffith We are joined by two of Jazz's most established musicians and composers: Franck Amsallem and Frank Griffith for a night of Continental jazz.

15/2/20: Danny Pye and Friends
Danny Pye, a local singer making waves on the jazz scene brings a night of standards and more.

22/2/20: Dean Masser and Richard Wetherall Saxophonist and British jazz influence Dean Masser is joined by virtuoso pianist and 'housewifes favourite' Richard Wetherall.

29/2/20: Dave McGarry and John McCormick The Two Macs are back in town! Jamie Cullum-esque vocals and piano from Dave McGarry and the best bass in town from John 'The count' McCormick.

Check the Parrjazz website for all our 2020 Listings -

Parr Jazz address:
33-45 Parr Street,
L1 4JN

Wakefield Jazz Feb 2020 - 4 gigs plus one special event

Following a storming exuberant evening with Pigfoot last week, we look forward to four more excellent Friday gigs at Wakefield Sports Club in February.

Fri 7th - Nicola Farnon Trio - the ace singer/double bassist returns with an enticing selection of standards and originals, featuring Piero Tucci on piano and tenor sax, plus Phil Johnson on drums.

Fri 14th - Martin Speake’s International Quartet with Ethan Iverson (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and Jorge Rossy (drums). An unparalleled all-star line-up of top contemporary improvisers bringing the best of current jazz to West Yorkshire - Iverson, famous for his work with The Bad Plus (and his “Do The Math” interviews at and Rossy, a member of Brad Mehldau’s influential 90s trio complement Martin Speake’s intense lyricism. 

Fri 21st - The Sound Of 59 - led by bassist Adrian Knowles, an all-star northern septet take us through some of the groundbreaking music of this exceptional year in jazz - think Davis’ Kind Of Blue, Mingus’ Ah Um, Brubeck’s Time Out, Coltrane’s Giant Steps and more. Two saxes, trumpet and trombone plus rhythm section. Come early at 7.30pm for Pete Rosser’s Suite Rhubarb - new rhubarb-inspired jazz compositions with Julia Mills (sax), Nick Wells (bass), drums TBC and Pete on piano, plus Wakefield Sings! singing some rhubarb-related songs - all in support of the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival that week.

Fri 28th - Remi Harris Duo - the return of the virtuoso guitarist, with Tom Moore on double bass - from Django to Jimi, and all points in between.

And a special mention for Wakefield Big Band’s gig on Sunday 23rd Feb 6.00pm at the Sports Club, with special guest Dennis Rollins on trombone. Well worth supporting!

All gigs at 8.30pm (with support on 15th Nov), food at 7.15pm - book through 

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Jazz Leeds goes international...

From Steve Crocker

Our Jazz Leeds international season starts this month bringing some of the finest musicians in the world to Leeds. In February we have one of the most exciting young vocalists on the European jazz scene, Emilia Mårtensson from Sweden, a superb quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic US pianist Ethan Iverson and Britain’s Martin Speake on sax, plus some more local favourites - saxman Ed Kainiek, guitarist Jeff Hewer and local Leeds heroes the Soul Surgeons.

Jeff Hewer Quartet
Sunday afternoon 6 Jan 2019 1.30-4pm @Inkwell LeedsSoundscapes of contemporary jazz with material composed specifically for this line up by ex Toronto (and now Chapel Allerton) guitarist/band leader Jeffrey Hewer with Sam Quintana bass, Steve Hanley drums and special guest Eliot Richards sax 

Emilia Mårtensson Group
Thursday evening 6 February @Seven Arts 8pm-11pm 
Emilia Martensson: vocals; Luca Boscagin: guitar; Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet/electronics; Sam Lasserson: bass; Adriano Adewale: percussion Over the last decade, Swedish jazz singer Emilia MÃ¥rtensson has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the European jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden. Support (8-8.30pm): Tom Kettleton’s “Suppertime. 

Soul Surgeons
Sunday afternoon 9 February 1.30-4pm Nine-piece band who really rocked the Chapel Allerton Festival Jazz Sunday this year in Regent Street. Blues, jazz soul, music from Etta James to Tom Jones, the Blues brothers to Dusty Springfield, Motown and much more in between. Bringing the soul back into jazz! 

Martin Speake International Quartet, with Ethan Iverson
SATURDAY evening 15 February @Seven Arts 8pm-11pm
Ethan Iverson piano; Martin Speake: sax; Calum Gourlay bass Jorge Rossy drums.
A superb quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. US pianist Ethan Iverson (one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus) and Britain’s Martin Speake on sax – reviving a partnership with that goes back over a decade.Support from Will Powell Trio

Ed Kainyek Quartet 
Sunday afternoon Feb 23 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm Ed Kainyek sax, Richard Harrold pno, Will Graham drums and John Sandham bass The bluesy funky sax of Ed Kainyek, an alumnus of the Leeds Jazz Rock Orchestra now based in Manchester. Latin, funk jazz and blues. Ed's a Tubby Hayes fan and will devote a fair share of the performance to contemporary british jazz musicians


Rush Hour Jazz goes fortnightly!  Our popular Rush Hour jazz gigs will be twice monthly now at Seven Arts 6-7pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Feb 5 Sarah Henderson (vocals and flute) quartet
Feb 19 Toby Jack Brazier (trumpet) quartet
Mar 4 Ben Gilbert (piano) quartet
Mar 18 Mike Cox (sax) with quartet feat George MacDonald (piano)
April 1 Jadey Harris (vocals) with quartet feat Adrian Ingham (guitar)
@Seven Arts Bar between 6-7pm payf

Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS73PD or Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS33LW

Neil Hughes jazz news - and a book!.

 Joe Stilgoe Trio -Cinammon Club -Fri 28 Feb 7.30pm

As well as promoting the Southport Jazz Festival, the unstoppable Neil Hughes has a special jazz event coming up at the Cinammon Club - and he's writing a book!

 Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. He has created a fresh sound for jazz in the 21st century, known for writing songs that feel like they've been around for years, and adapting classics that sound as though they were just written. Over the course of his varied career he has become a true modern-day entertainer, known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world. Always searching for a new way of bringing not only his own songs but those he loves from the past to a new audience, he is an enticing mix of his heroes Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole and Dudley Moore.

Joe has toured around the world with his band and as a solo act, appearing in festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls from Ronnie Scott’s to The Barbican to Birdland in New York. As well as frequent guest performances he regularly puts together his own Big Band for sold-out shows across the country, and he is in demand as a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras including the RPO, John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.


The Cinammon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992 

And for something completely different, my new book!

It's quite something to announce you are writing a book. So many doubts over the years, so many starts but no clean finish. I decided 2020 I would go all out and tell the world what I will be doing, a kind of spur to keep me on track if you like. If you wish to assuage my fears, jump on my fundraiser and you will be rewarded with a Limited Edition hard backed novel. It really is just like buying a copy in advance but with the knowledge that I will have less to worry about ! The Old Familiar Places is the story of a passage of time between the two funerals of Ruby and Freddie, 44 years apart. This is not a whimsical love story though it is tender. It has two heart stopping moments that shape and change lives and reminds us all about our human frailties. Love can win the day, but grief and loss spare no man. Two coming of age stories. One in the past and one in the present. You can Pre- order here.