Tuesday, 11 May 2021

JazzLeeds gets Reset!

Live music is back, so let's celebrate! Coming to Seven Arts this month we have Ian Shaw, Jami Safir Iain Ballamy, Louise Gibbs, Frank Griffiths, a new album release from local hero Malcolm Strachan, and superb songs from Tessa Smith.

Conservatoire Collection 21 - every year we are pleased to put on some of the jazz students from Leeds Conservatoire.This year is especially poignant given that they've has so little chance to play live. Sun May 9: Mia Anderson (vocals) featuring Eddie Bowes (drums), Sam Dolling (piano), Brynjar Bremnes (bass) and Luke Prince (tenor)  Theo Black (guitar) Glen Leach (piano), Nancy Carter (bass), Emyr Dance (trumpet) and Jonathan Lodder (drums). Sun May 16th Oliver Bolton (vocals) – featuring Glen Leach (piano), and Josh Dyer (drums) Glen Leach (piano) Theo Black (guitar) Nancy Carter (bass), Jonathan Lodder and Emil Karlsen on drums. Livestream link https://www.facebook.com/events/2905701079701931

About Time – Malcolm Strachan Sextet  Thus May 20th 7.30pm @Seven Arts - live and online
His new album “About Time”  is a collection of original compositions, all written and arranged by him, and all  firmly rooted in the classic acoustic modern jazz style typified by the great 60’s and 70’s recordings on the legendary Blue Note Records label. Livestream link https://www.facebook.com/events/1201808570264693

Tessa Smith Quintet
Sun May 23rd @Seven Arts 1.30pm - live event only
Jazz Leeds supporters will know Tessa from her running our community jazz choir and the Chapel Allerton Festival Choirs as well as her vocal performances and lindy-hopping! Her quintet features Jason Scott piano, Sam Jackson bass John Arnesen drums and Anna Chander sax.
Live tickets ww.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds .

Ian Shaw with Iain Ballamy and Jamie Safir Thursday May 27th, two shows at 7pm and 9pm Seven Arts - live and online Big-hitter vocalist Ian Shaw, urbane saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy, and in-demand pianist Jamie Safir perform in Leeds with music from their “What’s New” album.
Live Tickets in advance https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Louise Gibbs sings Ellington and Strayhorn Sunday May 30th@Seven Arts 1.30pm We celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with the classics (and some forgotten masterpieces) that forged jazz: tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Other news : Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021
We'd like you to consider voting for the people that help make the JazzLeeds organisation what it is - particularly we think Dom Moore deserves a nomination for Jazz Educator of the Year. He really has been a great teacher for our Jazz leeds workshop students.and has continued to give online tutorials during lockdown.
To vote please go to: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/parliamentaryjazzawards2021/          
New Venue for our workshops and jam sessions  
I'm glad to say we have found a new place for our jazz workshops and jam sessions (and our acoustic piano) following the loss of Inkwell - who are not allowing outside users to hire the place from now on unfortunately although they are still continuing their own classes there. We'll miss them - they have been great. We've arranged instead to be the very wonderful Barn coffee shop at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Sugar Well Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2QG

We'll be starting the instrumental workshop fortnightly from Monday 21 June, 7-9pm with Dom Moore. Our new jam session will be happening there monthly on Saturdays - first one on Saturday 4th July 3-5pm organised by Phil Green. Want to join ? Email us at  info@jazzleeds.org.uk.

JazzLeeds Reset Festival 17/18 July
There will be bands inside Seven Arts and courtyard groups playing outside. Events will be to be both live and live streamed. Headline acts will be Dennis Rollins (trombone) with Shri Sriram (electric bass and effects) and Nicola Farnon's Quartet feat Jim Corry (sax).  We've a welcome return from pannist Dudley Nesbit with Pan Jumby, vocalist Emily Brown, sax player Helen Pillinger Ysbryd and bassist (and one of our workshop leaders) Fergus Quill with his Trio featuring music from their new album. tTickets will go on sale from June 1st at www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds. don't miss out!            

It is a busy summer of music ahead - watch our website for  all our July and August gigs!

Steve Crocker

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