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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/greg-abate/e-kvxdqo

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 www.jazzleeds.org.uk All gigs @Seven Arts Leeds. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds


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