Saturday, 20 November 2021

Jazz Co-op gets more Cultural Relief Funding

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today (19 November 2021). The third round of funding will support organisations as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

The Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne, run by the Jazz Co-op, has been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Arts Council England. This funding will help The Globe to continue and expand its multi-genre range of live performances (including jazz, folk, rock, classical and spoken word) and its programme of music courses, workshops and jam sessions.

This is The Globe’s third successful application to the Culture Recovery Fund. Many fewer cultural organisations have received grants in the third round, which makes The Globe’s achievement remarkable. This year The Globe has also won two national awards for its outstanding efforts to deliver live music during the pandemic - (Co-op of the Year and Parliamentary Jazz Award).

Joan Parker, co-chair of the cooperative that owns and runs The Globe, said: “We are delighted and relieved to be awarded this further funding. Ever since the pandemic started, we have been determined to continue delivering the objectives of the co-op to support live music and learning in our community. We’ve achieved a lot with the help of grant funding and the hard work of volunteers and staff, but there is still a way to go before we return to sustainability. Audience numbers, especially for small venues such as The Globe, are low because many people remain understandably worried by the risk of infection.”


Chris Bye appointed new CEO for Jazz North.

Jazz North has announced the appointment of Chris Bye as new Chief Executive. Chris takes over  from Lesely Jackson who stepped down in September this year. Chris will lead its next phase of development, growing opportunities for artists, audiences, promoters and young people across the north. Chris Bye will join the organisation at a key moment as the sector navigates a new landscape for live music, whilst exploring the global opportunities of digital music and culture.

Chris said:
“Jazz North has been an integral part of the national jazz scene for years and has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of the north’s most exciting, vibrant artists. The team has also done an incredible job providing essential advice and support to promoters and artists throughout the pandemic. 
What we face now is a unique moment in time. Unique in terms of challenges but also unique in terms of the potential for the northern jazz ecology to really develop. Artists are crying out for opportunities, and it is my aim to diversify our approach and expand our partnerships. I’m enormously excited to be joining and looking forward to working with an amazing group of people.”

Chris Bye comes to Jazz North following a career spanning the commercial and subsidised music industries. This has included managing a diverse portfolio of music organisations at Arts Council England and establishing an international programme of talent development opportunities for Pirate Studios. More recently Chris has supported key music venues and partners to navigate the pandemic, working with clients including Parklife, Ministry of Sound, Music Venues Trust and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He also sits on the boards of SeaChange and Africa Oye. 

Steve Crocker, Chair of Northern Jazz Promoters network said - 

"We welcome Chris to the Northern jazz fold. Northern Jazz Promoters has always worked closely with Jazz North to improve jazz promotion in our region. We believe in the high quality of our jazz clubs and festivals and hope Jazz North will continue to bang the drum about what is happening in the region. We'd be delighted to continue this work with Chris".


Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Autumn Jazz at Boston Spa


                                            Swing Commanders 4 December

From Les and the Team at Boston Spa

20th Nov – Paul Smith’s Trad Collective – now for a lighthearted look at your favourite tunes plus  Rhythm & Blues and other sounds to get your feet tapping. Jon Taylor on reeds, Andy Henderson on trumpet, Eugene Farrar on trombone, plus the versatile Jim Wright on banjo/guitar. A fun filled evening guaranteed.

27th Nov – John + Jim + Tom + Ed – after a stunning session in 2019, we are delighted to present again four of the North’s most accomplished musicians. Our favourite reeds player, John Hallam, guitar maestro Jim Birkett, melodic pianist Tom Kincaid and the superb bass of Ed Harrison.  A memorable evening is on the cards.

4th Dec – Swing Commanders – now it’s Christmas function time and to get the Festive season well and truly under way, here’s a vibrant and versatile group of multi-instrumentalists performing a really exciting mix of 40s/50s classics, boogie woogie, swing, jump jive and so much more. Energetic showmanship in abundance coupled with sophisticated vocal harmony. Still to be convinced? Have a look at this.

And that’s All Folks! for 2021. We look forward to seeing you again on 8th January 2022


Huddersfield jazz present Andy Cholerton trio


Huddersfield Jazz & the White Swan are proud to present The Andy Cholerton Trio.
As one of the most respected jazz pianists in the North of England, Andy enjoys a varied and full playing career. He has worked with some of the greats of the British jazz scene including Claire Martin, Alan Barnes, Roy Williams, Enrico Tomasso, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Tina May and Mike Walker, to name but a few.Andy will be joined on the day by Adrian Knowles on bass and Paul Smith on drums
Come join us in the White Swan (14 Kirkgate, Huddersfield) for a fantastic afternoon of Jazz on Sunday 21 November 2pm
Doors open at 1:30pm with a finish time of around 4pm. There will be an interval of 20 minutes, during which full refreshments will be available to purchase.
Ticket price - £10.
Tickets available online via the Huddersfield Jazz website - and available on the day on a first-come-first-served basis.

Jazz at the Cross Keys is on the move

Alan Bramley writes 

It’s farewell to Jazz at the Cross Keys and what better way to see us off on Thursday 11 November 1pm-   than with Ken Hickey and his Band. Ken runs the show with vocals and an array of percussive ‘devices’. But, behind him is the talent of Stuart Garden on piano, Trevor Holroyd on guitar, Sean Hodgson on Bass and Frannie Heywood on drums. They can be sure to play your favourites at Jazz at the Cross Keys 
From 18 Nov we’ll be at our new venue - Dringhouses Sports Club, 12 St Helen’s Road, YO24 1HR 
200 m down the road from the Cross Keys for your continuing weekday entertainment 
18 Nov, Yorkshire Stompers
25 Nov, The Tim New Band
2 Dec, Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies
9 Dec, Paul Smith’s Trad Jazz Collective
16 Dec. Ron Burnett’s Mardi Gras Jazz Band tbc
23 Dec, Yorkshire Stompers tbc


Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Lots to enjoy this November in Leeds

 Jazz Leeds has an eclectic range of gigs this November - something for all tastes...

Greg Abate
Thursday evening 11 November 2021 @Seven Arts 7.30pm
Tickets £16 full price £14 concessions £8 (half price) for 25’s and under. US sax legend and Grammy nominee Greg Abate returns to Leeds. Greg is a former lead alto player with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and his recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world. A powerful, distinctive musician, playing swinging music steeped in the jazz tradition, with a rhythm section led by pianist Pete Rosser, with Sam Jackson (bass) and John Settle (drums). Seven Arts Leeds Doors 7pm. Support from Joel Stedman and Greg Vincent 7.30pm. Greg is on from 8pm Tickets here

Nishla Smith  

Sunday afternoon 14 November 2021 @Seven Arts Leeds 1.30pm
Tickets £10 full price £8 concessions £5 25s and under
Nishla Smith voice, Aaron Wood trumpet, Richard Jones piano, Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley bass, Johnny Hunter drums
Nishla Smith is a rising star jazz singer based in Manchester. Her new album ‘Friends with Monsters’, is on Whirlwind records on Nov 5th 2021.Nishla is a City Music Foundation artist, and is currently part of Jazz North’s Northern Line artist roster. She appeared at Seven Arts along with Leeds saxophonist Emma Johnson in 2019. Her unique musical sensibility, along with this preoccupation with narrative is recurrent throughout a diverse array of musical projects.

Clark Tracey Sextet

Thursday evening 18 Nov 2021 7.30pm £16/14 conc 25's and under £8
Clark Tracey returns to Leeds with a new line-up of gifted young musicians who have impressed audiences at clubs and festivals with a maturity beyond their years. Aside from Clark, a six-time winner of Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Daniel Higham is lead trombone with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, James Owston was a finalist in the BBC young jazz musician of the year competition and Tom Ridout was another finalist in the same competition in 2016, pianist Will Barry, won the Musicians’ Company Jazz Young Musician award in 2017. From his own experience of over 40 years in jazz, Clark leads them through bebop to post-bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way. National Youth Jazz Orchestra director Mark Armstrong competes the band on trumpet.

Universal Time
Sunday afternoon 21 November 2021 @Seven Arts Leeds 1.30pm
Tickets £10 full price £8 concessions £5 25s and under
Richard Iles – flugelhorn, Richard Jones – keys, Jamie Taylor – guitar, Steve Hanley – drums
Universal Time is a new collaboration between four musicians already well known to Northern audiences for their diverse work with groups such as Paradise Trio, Beats & Pieces, and Perpetual Motion Machine, amongst many others. Poignant melodic themes and colourful harmonies combine with elements of jazz-rock and free improvisation, in this compelling original music.

Winifred Atwell Revisited
Sunday afternoon 28 November 2021 @Seven Arts Leeds 1.30pm
Tickets £10 full price £8 concessions £5 25s and under
Adam Fairhill – piano and Johnny Hunter – suitcase drums
Adam Fairhall and Johnny Hunter, stalwarts of Manchester and Sheffield’s creative music scenes, have established a piano/drums duo to explore early jazz forms through an avant garde lens. The piano/drums format is perfectly suited to this, being a favoured format in both Harlem stride and free music.In this performance they explore the repertoire of Trinidadian born pianist Winifred Atwel a popular figure of 1950s music,  Atwell was enormously popular in Britain and Australia in the post-war era, selling over 20 million records, and yet she is barely a footnote in jazz histories and histories of popular music today.  The music mixes ragtime, stride and boogie with contemporary idioms. The music is exciting, accessible and adventurous, and audiences will love it, especially jazz fans who also remember Atwell!

More information All gigs @Seven Arts Leeds. Tickets


Mononeon and Julian Costello @Parr Jazz

Hello all you PARRJAZZER's, we hope you all are well. The nights are drawing in, the lights are low, the days are foggy and we're dancing in the dark until blues skies return again! But get happy as the next month has some incredible gigs!

MONONEON - 19TH NOVEMBER Firstly, the big news...we are proud to be welcoming MONONEON and his own band for their very first UK gig to Future Yard on Friday 19th November. Joining him will be drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (Ghost-Note & Snarky Puppy), keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince & Ghost-Note), guitarist Peter Knudsen (Ghost-Note, Judith Hill) and MacKenzie Green on vocals (New Power Generation). Check out MonoNeon HERE  (

JULIAN COSTELLO QUARTET - 19TH NOVEMBER Friday 26th we're back once more at The Kol Box. Julian Costello is a London-based musician, composer and teacher. Julian writes the music for various ensembles and tries to approach life with humour. This International quartet is energetic, melodic and performs with humour. It features renowned musicians Maciek Pysz on Guitar, Yuri Goloubev/Jakub Cywinski/Michele Tacchi on Bass and Adam Teixeira/Eric Ford on Drums/Percussion. They have played venues in London to sellout crowds, toured England thanks to fantastic support from The Arts Council of England, and also France, Poland, Germany and Belgium.

Details and tix


November at the Lescar Sheffield


                                            Jamie Doe- Magic Lantern 25 November

Tom Ollendorff Trio / Wednesday 10th November / The Lescar (£10/£5 students) A wonderful guitarist, melodic, nuanced and sensitive, Tom Ollendorff has drawn praise from both critics and fellow musicians, and is joined in this first class trio drawn from the very best of the London jazz scene by Will Sach on bass and Jason Brown on drums. Subtle yet insistent and powerful music. 

 Motherboard Pinball + Pocket DOUBLE BILL/ Wednesday 17th November / The Lescar (£10/£5 students) A brand new vibrant mix of jazz and electronic music evolved in lockdown between musicians in London and Bern, Switzerland, Motherboard Pinball are Oli Kuster - modular synth, Cyrill Ferrari - guitar/banjo, and Dee Byrne (Sloth Racket, Entropi, MoonMot) - alto saxophone/effects. Music at the cutting edge. Also! Thoughtful, beautiful music from Pocket, a brand new and innovative Sheffield-based duo featuring Manon McCoy (harp) and Glenn Hicks (bass), playing original compositions influenced by folk, jazz, ambient, classical and hip hop. 

Webb City / Wednesday 24th November / The Lescar (£10/£5 students) One of the most in-demand musicians on the London jazz scene, Joe Webb is a uniquely exuberant, swinging, and assured pianist, joined in this trio celebrating the music of the great Art Tatum by a rhythmically astute line-up in Will Sach (bass) and Dave Archer (guitar). Certain to be an absolute delight of an evening, a must for anyone who loves jazz piano. 

The Magic Lantern / Thursday 25th November / Yellow Arch Studios (£15) We’re so excited to welcome back The Magic Lantern aka Jamie Doe, with music blurring the boundaries between folk, jazz and contemporary music; unique, emotional, joyful, moving, and honest. With a full band of drawn from London’s creative jazz scene (Matt Robinson – piano, Chris Hyson – bass, Dave Hamblett – drums and Zac Gvirtzman – horns) they’ll be playing music from his newly released fourth album, ‘A Reckoning Bell’.