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

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