Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Eran Har Livestream via Jazz at the Lescar

From Jez Matthews

We’re running another livestream gig on Friday 3rd July at 8pm. This time we’re totally excited to bring you music from an international trio led by an incredible guitarist, Eran Har Even, performing direct from a boat in the middle of Amsterdam!

Like last time, we’re running the event in Crowdcast. To book a place and attend the gig, please click on this: link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/eran-har-even-trio

Eran Har Even is an award-winning guitarist whose playing is contemporary, refined, expressive, and melodic. Originally from Israel and based in Amsterdam since 2006, he is firmly established as a leading musician on the Dutch Jazz scene, having played and recorded with internationally known musicians including Benny Golson, Terell Staford, Harmen Fraanje, Jamal Thomas, Joris Roelofs and Gilad Hekselman.

The openness and optimism of the music on Eran’s new album ‘World Citizen’, released earlier this year, is inspired by his travels around the world. He describes this as resulting from a path of self-discovery and of many years of being far away from home, a world citizen with views far from patriotism and nationalism; learning to be open to different opinions and cultural heritage and treasure the uniqueness of every person he encounters.

Here’s some wonderful music from his new album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biM53BtacyM

Eran is joined for this gig by a dynamic and creative bass and drums duo of Zack Lober (Canada) and Roberto Pistolesi (Italy). Both musicians have a vast playing experience.

Music is also about bringing people together, so we’ll also be running a Zoom meet-up after the gig for everyone who attends to pop into and say Hi, because we’re definitely missing seeing you all!  There will also be a RAFFLE, with a free ticket for everyone who attends. We’ll draw for the prizes at the Zoom meet-up. We'll open the 'doors' to the gig at 7.45pm, and the music will start at 8pm.After booking your ticket, you'll be sent both an email receipt for your payment and an email telling you about how to attend the event.

Gabrielle Ducomble livestream via Huddersfield Jazz on Friday

From Gabrielle Ducomble

Bonjour à tous, I hope you are keeping well during this period and slowly adjusting to coming out of lockdown.

I would love to invite you to my next ONLINE SOLO CONCERT!

On Friday 3rd of July at 8pm BST (UK time), I will be singing and playing for you.
Repertoire will include songs from the 3 albums and tunes I have enjoyed playing recently. It will be a live stream on my Youtube channel of around 50 minutes.

Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-4G6mrclko&feature=youtu.be

Tune in at 8pm in UK or 9pm in France/Belgium so I can interact with you during the gig, the replay will only be available for another 24h.

I am very much hoping you can join me to share this musical time together, please feel free to comment during the performance so I can say hi.

As musicians, we are still unable to play live in public venues in UK so performing for you online has become a wonderful way to continue sharing our music.
If you have enjoyed the gig, I would be grateful for any donation via this link: paypal.me/gabrielledmusic (Suggested ticket fee: £5 or more :)

Do share it with friends and family and whoever might be interested in watching this concert.

Many thanks & see you on Friday!
Gabrielle xx

From Felicity Barton - Huddesrfield Jazz

Hi Folks, for those of you who do not know of Gabrielle, she is a wonderfully entertaining jazz singer. We were fortunate to have had her perform for us at Huddersfield Jazz when we were in the Cellar Bar at the theatre. She stayed with me to save the cost for us of a hotel and I discovered that she is a very interesting person and really enjoyed her company.


Veronneau and Victor Brox online streams

Two online streams from Ribbel Valley Jazz Club - this Friday and next Friday

Veronneau – 8.00pm Friday 3rd July 2020 streamed live on the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Facebook page
World-Jazz band Veronneau is fronted by French Canadian vocalist Lynn Veronneau and her English husband guitarist Ken Avis - originally from Wigan! They’ve been winning-over audiences with their live shows. and 3 album releases which have all been in the US Top 10 Jazz and World Music charts. Veronneau have toured Europe, the USA and Canada, appearing live on BBC radio, festival stages, and clubs. Back in the US - where they are based in Washington DC - they have appeared at venues such as Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Blues Alley, Bonafide, DC Jazz Fest and many more. They've earned 6 WAMMIE awards for Best Vocals, Band and Recording Artists during recent years.
During the quarantine they have been performing their retro-acoustic shows as a duo performing original and classic songs in English, French, Spanish and Portugese.


Victor Brox Friday 8.00pm 10th July 2020 streamed live on the Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RVJazzEventsFestivals

Victor Brox is one of the unsung heroes of British Blues. He defies categorisation – and has a wealth of great blues roots. The Victor Brox Trio will be showcasing all of this in a premiere live stream specially created for Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues on Friday 10th July.  Victor will be joined in performance with trio members Clive ‘Blues Boy’ Mellor on Harmonica and Bo Lee on Bass.
We are grateful to Arts Council England’s Emergency Covid-19 funding for supporting this online event and for Darwen Music Project, at Number 39 - Hopstar Brewery Tap for helping to bring the event to you.

Both these online streams are supported by emergency Covid-19 funding from the Arts Council enabling Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues to continue to promote great jazz and blues reaching as wide an audience as we can.

Sue Bradley

Winners of this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards


The winners of this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced this evening as follows

Jazz Vocalist of the Year
Cherise Adams-Burnett

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year
Sarah Tandy

Jazz Album of the Year
‘Finding Home’ – Kate Williams Four Plus Three meets Georgia Mancio

Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Nikki Iles Big Band

Jazz Newcomer of the Year
Luca Manning

Jazz Venue of the Year
PizzaExpress Jazz Club

Jazz Media Award
Corey Mwamba

Jazz Education Award
Jon Eno BEM

Services to Jazz Award
Blow The Fuse

Special APPJAG Award

The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Northern Line scheme on hold

From Jazz North

In light of the current health emergency, we have paused the selection processes for both the Northern Line and Introduces schemes until there is more certainty about when and how live performance will return. We understand that this will be disappointing news and want to reassure you that we remain committed to providing opportunities that support northern musicians, promoters and the wider jazz sector. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide further updates as they occur.

We will be providing regular creative development webinars and online networking sessions over the coming months, so please keep in touch by following us on social media, as well as signing up to our e-bulletin, so that we can keep you up to date:

 Any specific questions, please contact lucy@jazznorth.org

Newcastle festival (30 Sept - 4 Oct) postponement

It survived longer than all the others but now the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music (30th September - 4th October) has now also been cancelled as well. Wes Stephenson the festival director had hoped that the situation would have eased sufficiently to allow it to proceed but that isn't the case. It's sad to see because before the pandemic the festival programme was near fully and was as ambitious as that of the previous three editions. Roll on 2021! https://www.facebook.com/newcastlefestivalofjazzandimprovisedmusic

This now means all the live elements of northern jazz festivals have been cancelled, up to the Hull Winter Edition (13-15 Nov). Beyond that the next live festival event is the revised Scarborough Jazz festival  at Scarborough Spa to the weekend of 12-14 February 2021.  https://www.scarboroughspa.co.uk/event/scarborough-jazz-festival-2020. Marsden Jazz festival are also planning some on line events instead of their festival weekend in October.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Durham Jazz Festival (7-9 June) postponed

We’re sure this will come as no surprise but it is with a heavy heart that we have reached the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of DJAZZ.

We have spent the last few weeks taking stock of the situation and looking into various options, but have been unable to find a way to deliver the festival the way we’d like it to be. Like many others, we’ll be taking this time to consider the environment for live music amidst COVID-19.

We will bide our time and learn from the music industry’s wider response as we work out what the role of DJAZZ is over the next few months. Please bear with us and know that we’ll be back as soon as the time is right.


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

What's on and what's off in the lockdown (and beyond)

In these difficult times, here's our Northern Jazz Live summary of what's happening and what is not! If you know any more please let us know by responding below. Here's what we know so far (events still happening are starred ***)


***Manchester Jazz Festival 21-24 May
The main festival is cancelled but an Online JazzUnlocked festival is here:  https://manchesterjazz.com/manchester-jazz-festivals-25th-anniversary-is-going-digital/  streamed in partnership with Jazz North.
Four days of unseen footage, artist interviews, and a look back over 25 years of new music, and some live gigs.

D-Jazz (Durham City Jazz Festival) 7-9 June

Wigan Jazz Festival 9-12 July

***Hull Jazz Festival 16-18 July
Postponed until 12-15 November 2020 - all artists have been rebooked. Tickets bought for original date remain valid for new date

Jazz Leeds Festival July 18 2020
Postponed until July 15-18 2021

Ilkley Jazz Festival 3-16 August

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival Leeds- 4-6 Sept
The main Arts Festival cancelled -some jazz events to still go ahead online

Lancaster Jazz Festival- 9-13 Sept 

Scarborough Jazz Festival -25-27 Sept
***Postponed until to 12th, 13th and 14th February 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music -30 Sept - 4 OctCancelled 

Marsden Jazz Festival - 9-11 October 2020 
Cancelled. There will be online presentations during the weekend. 2021 Fesival will be 8-10 October

Southport Jazz on a Winter's weekend - February 2021 


Jazz North’s Northern Online Broadcasts
***Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th May. Re-streaming performances from its northern line showcase from Lancaster Jazz Festival in September 2019

Scarborough Jazz 
***The self isolating lockdown club
DJ set and videos of bands Wednesday nights 8.45 

Jazz Leeds
***Jazz Lockdown Archive shows every Sunday afternoon on You Tube 1.30-3pm. Hour long programme with footage of artists appearing over the last ten years and also some specially recorded concerts from Leeds based musicians

***Jazz Unlocked Radio show with ELFM. Monthly magazine of jazz in Leeds www.chapelfm.co.uk online or 96.4fm in Leeds area

Jazz at the Lescar Sheffield 
Livestreamed and video concerts with Sam Leak Joe Webb, Johnny Hunter, Alice Zawadski and Robert Luft plus *** Sounds Like This on Sheffield Live
Jez Matthews selects some of the musicians who were due to visit Sheffield and p[lays their music on Sheffield Live Radio https://www.facebook.com/sheffieldlive/  every Sunday 5 - 7pm.


Jazz at Heart Leeds
Livestreams- Sam Leak

*** Summer school 3-6 August is still on at present

Jazz Co-op Newcastle
Regular livestreams Sam Leak, Andrew McCormack and Naomi Nuti, Liane Carroll and Rob Luft 

NQ Jazz Manchester 
***Daily lockdown events online - Film night, Album of the week, Podcast, Listening guide, Spotlight sessions, Throwback Thursday, Bedroom jam and regular livestreams