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 ( 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:

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 1TD

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