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 www.wakefieldjazz.org 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: crockersteve@ntlworld.com 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 jazz.co.uk)

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

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 www.fergusmccreadie.co.uk/
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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

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 (www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk/) 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: www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 1TD