Thursday, 9 June 2022

Nominations for the 2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The nominations have been announced today for the 2022 Parliamentary Jazz Awards following the public vote and selection panel. The final winners will be announced on the 5th July. 

Congratulations on those nominees from the North of England especially Helen Summerfield for Jazz Camp for Girls and the Globe jazz venue in Newcastle.

The full list of nominations is as follows
Jazz Vocalist of the Year..
Claire Martin,
Emma Smith,
Brigitte Behara,
Jo Harrop,
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year...
Tony Kofi,
Xhosa Cole
Fergus McCreadie,
Jazz Album of the Year..
Matt Ridley "The Antidote"
Daniel Casimir "Boxed In"
Jo Harrop "The Heart Wants"
Jazz Ensemble of the Year...
Kansas Smitty's House Band,
Black Top
Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Newcomer of the Year...
Deschanel Gordon
Alex Clarke,
Emma Rawicz
Chelsea Carmichael
Jazz Venue of the Year..
Toulouse Lautrec, London
The Globe, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Verdict, Brighton
Jazz Media Award...
The Jazz Podcast
London Jazz News
Jane Cornwell
Jazz Education Award...
Jazz Camp For Young Girls - Helena Summerfield
Nikki Yeoh
Pete Churchill
Services to Jazz Award...
Mike Westbrook
Help Musicians
Dave Green,
Nigel Price


Wednesday, 12 January 2022

New Year programme at JazzLeeds

We hope you enjoy our new year programme that starts this month bringing some of the finest musicians in the world to Seven Arts in Leeds 

Our evening concerts feature four saxophone players - Tony Kofi, Ben Wendel, Mark Lockheart and Tim Garland, two pianists - Jason Rebello and Joe Tatton, two bassist Ben Crosland and Alison Rayner and one clarinettist - Arun Ghosh. Our evening concerts also feature rising stars from the Leeds jazz scene such as bands led by trumpeter Olivia Cuttill, guitarist Hyokyung Jung, bassist Panos Kotsiopoulos, and sax player Emma Coates and the solo guitar of Calvin Travers and Abtuse.

Our popular Sunday afternoons at Seven Arts will showcase the best of jazz and blues from the North of England - including New Orleans boogie pianist Dale Storr, the all-star line-up of saxophonist James Mainwairing and his quartet with bassist Mick Bardon, pianist Matt Bourne and drummer John Arnesen, the swinging big band led by trumpeter Tom Sharp, folk-jazz from vocalist GenevieveBegley and “Nefaerious”, the wistful compositions of sax player Jasmine Whalley with her band “Jasmine”, trumpeter Toby Brazier’s newsextet, the “Shapeshifters” trio, Tim Knowles’s quartet featuring sax player Emma Johnson – and many more.

Our evenings:

Tony Kofi "Generation Monk" Thursday evening 27 January 2022 @Seven Arts Leeds. 7.30pm
Tony Kofi saxes, Matt Jacobs piano, Billy Rowlatt trumpet, Myra Brownbridge bass, Jack Thomas drums. British Jazz multi-instrumentalist sax player Tony Kofi brings a young quartet of musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to play the music of one of the most original musicians in jazz Thelonious “Sphere” Monk with a future star band of young musicians from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Joe Tatton group with special guest Gareth Lockrane Thursday evening 10 February 2022 @Seven Arts Leeds. 7.30pm Eryl Roberts – Drums Huw Jacob – bass Joe Tatton – piano and vocals, Gareth Lockrane – flutes Malcolm Strachan – trumpet Sam Bell  – Percussion  Aoife Hearty – Vocals
An evening of soul, jazz and blues from vocalist and pianist Joe Tatton, keyboard player with UK/US funk/soul jazz kings New Mastersounds. Joe is coming to Seven Arts with a fantastic line-up to mark the release of his new album.  Special guest, noted for his dazzling flute playing is Gareth Lockrane who has built an impressive reputation as a composer, arranger and big band bandleader.

Mark Lockheart and "Dreamers" Thursday evening 24 February @Seven Arts 7.30pm
Tickets £16 full price £14 concessions £8 (half price) for 25’s and under.
A brand-new group led by saxman Mark Lockheart with Elliot Galvin (keyboards), Tom Herbert (bass), and Dave Smith (drums). Feted British Jazz musician, Mark Lockheart sees this new band as the fruition of both a break with the past but also a logical extension of what he’s done before.  From Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, Mark Lockheart has always remained ahead of the curve of trends and has constantly explored new directions in his own music.

Tom Ollendorff Quartet featuring Ben Wendel Tuesday evening March 1st  2022 7.30pm £20/18 conc, 25's and under (half price) £10 Tom Ollendorf guitar Ben Wendel sax, Conor Chaplin bass and Marc Michel drums. Grammy award nominated saxophonist, founder member of the band Kneebody, Ben Wendel is a rising star in the jazz firmament. Born in Vancouver, and raised in Los Angeles he now lives in Brooklyn, NY and has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and producer. 

Arun Ghosh Quartet Thursday evening March 17th 2022 7.30pm £16/14 conc 25's and under £8
Arun Ghosh clarinet, Jamil Sheriff, keyboards Gavin Barrass – bass, Dave Walsh  – drums Arun Ghosh is a clarinettist and composer whose style incorporates jazz; Indian and western classical; folk; hip-hop; rock and experimental sounds. His Indo-jazz quartet plays imaginative music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude.

Ben Crosland: “Solway Stories" Thursday evening March 31st 2022 7.30pm £16/14 conc 25's and under £8 Ben Crosland  bass, Steve Waterman  trumpet & flugelhorn, Chris Allard  guitar Steve Lodder  piano, Keyboards, Caroline Boaden drums.Yorkshire based bassist and composer Ben Crosland has been a regular presence on the jazz scene He has fond memories of the countryside around the Solway Firth and this inspired him to write these “Solway Stories” compositions. 

Jason Rebello and Tim Garland’s “Duology” Thursday evening April 14th 2022 7.30pm £20/18 conc 25's and under £8 Two of the UK’s most celebrated jazz musicians in concert together at Seven Arts - award-winning saxophonist Tim Garland has recorded and performed with scores of legendary jazz musicians including Chick Corea, Ronnie Scott, Ralph Towner, John Dankworth and Bill Bruford, virtuoso pianist Jason Rebello’s work has traversed the worlds of jazz and rock music - his most notable and enduring collaborations have been with Sting and Jeff Beck.

Our Sunday afternoons:

Sun 16 Jan Dale Storr – Dale is the UK’s leading exponent of New Orleans-style boogie woogie and blues piano, channelling Dr John, Professor Longhair and Fats Domino with entertaining stories and songs.  @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8

Sun 23 Jan Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra – A special treat for all Big Band fans – come and hear some of the best classic big band charts performed by some of Leeds top musicians @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8

 Sun 30 Jan Shapeshifters – a contemporary jazz trio whose musical roots are grounded in the rich tradition of the likes of Charles Mingus, Fly Trio and the Tristano School. @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8

 Sun 6 Feb James Mainwairing Quartet . A Leeds supergroup of improvisers play some of the music of the jazz masters in their own style – a must for lovers of free jazz.  @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8

Sun 13 Feb Jasmine . Jasmine is a saxophone-led quintet from Leeds, performing music composed by saxophonist Jasmine Whalley. Jasmine is inspired by artists including MF Doom, Madvillain, Soweto Kinch and Bonobo. @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8

 Sun 20 Feb Toby  Brazier Jazz Sextet. Performing original jazz/fusion compositions and modern jazz standards arranged and composed by young trumpet player Toby Brazier. @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8 . @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8

Sun 6 Mar Tim Knowles Quartet: Crisp, folk-inflected compositions undergird vibrant exchanges – from the tender to the ecstatic @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £10/8

 Sun 13 March Jazz Café and Jam session –come and play, sing or just watch the fun! @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm £7/5; free to performers and under

 Sun 20 Mar Nefaerious – rising star singer Genevieve Begley appears with her contemporay jazz-folk quartet

Sun 3 April ARQ - (Alison Rayner Quintet) "Blowin the Fuse" Bassist Alison Rayner has been a leading light of British jazz for over 30 years, with the Guest Stars in the 80s and with the Blow The Fuse partnership. Strong heartwarming tunes and incisive improvising, with musical influences from around the world.

Rush Hour Jazz sessions:
We are reverting to a monthly format at Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road LS73PD, 6-7.15 pm on the FIRST Wednesday of each month in 2022 – free with payf collection BUT due to renovations at Seven Arts the January date will now be as follows.

Wed January 19th Superb jazz saxophoniat Ed Kainiek with the Jazz Leeds Trio 6pm @Seven Arts Bar Payf

Wed February 2nd Multi Instumentalist Richard Ormrod with the Jazz Leeds Trio 6pm @Seven Arts Bar Payf

Tickets in advance

Further information on all our events and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages available on our main website at  Email address to contact us

All this supposes that we can still put on concerts in the spring of course. But we've kept going so far, with your support. So - see you soon - distanced - at one of our gigs, Stay safe!

Steve Crocker

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Jazz at the Lescar and Yellow Arch in Sheffield

Jez Matthews writes..

We’re back running gigs and I’m really pleased to tell you what we’ve got coming up at The Lescar and at Yellow Arch studios in the first few months of the year. Full details below of our gigs in January - early March, plus a list of all confirmed gigs through to June. The Lescar is closed for refurbishment until early Feb, and we hope to have a big celebratory return on Thursday 10th Feb, but in the meantime we’ve got a couple of gigs at Yellow Arch Studios, which has been a great extra venue for us over the last few years.

Estraven / Thurs 13 Jan / Yellow Arch Studios
A vibrant mix of jazz, contemporary classical, post-rock and Arabic music, striking melodies and edgy rhythms from a brilliant London-based band led by double bassist Chris Hyde-Harrison, with Ant Law (Trio HLK) on guitar, Duncan Eagles (Partikel) on sax, and drummer Matt Parkinson (Howl Quartet). Their debut album ‘Ignored Advice’ is released in Feb 2022.

HARP DOUBLE BILL: Alina Bzhezhinska (harp/electronics) & Julie Walkington (bass) + Manon McCoy (harp) & Johnny FK (electronics) / Thurs 27th Jan / Yellow Arch Studios
Alina Bzhezhinska is an internationally renowned virtuoso who’s played at London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and WOMADelaide in Australia, as well as collaborating with Tony Kofi, Kamaal Williams, Shabaka Hutchings and Ursula Rucker. In her duo with bass player Julie Walkington (Georgia Mancio, Nigel Price, Loz Speyer) she expands the possibilities of her instrument with electronics to create a unique pallet of sounds and textures.

Manon McCoy (balo, Pocket) is making waves on the Sheffield music scene with wholly innovative approaches and collaborations, and is joined by guitarist and electronic sound explorer, Johnny FK, mixing improvisation and electronic music to produce quietly adventurous new music.

LESCAR REOPENING NIGHT / Thurs 10th Feb at The Lescar
Details to be announced soon, however we’re looking forward to a really special night with multiple bands to celebrate the reopening of the Lescar after redecoration in January. Watch this space and our social media/website for more information!

Xhosa Cole Trio / Wed 16th Feb / The Lescar
Acclaimed as a distinctive and powerful new presence on the UK jazz scene, tenor sax player Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018) is an inventive and melodic improviser, joined for this gig by Josh Vadiveloo (double bass) and Nathan England-Jones (drums). Music full of life and spontaneity and drawing on a strong connections with jazz legends including Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and Ornette Coleman.

Dominic Ingham Quintet / Wed 23rd Feb / The Lescar
Jazz violinist, singer and composer Dominic Ingham brings a wonderful band of talents from the London jazz scene, with Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), Miles Mindlin (guitar), Will Sach (bass), Jay Davis (drums). Dominic has performed with Bonsai, Jonny Mansfieldʼs Elftet, Camila Mezaʼs Nectar Orchestra, indie rock band Blaenavon, also at Ronnie Scotts, Love Supreme, The Royal Albert Hall, and EFG London Jazz Festival. Soaring, melodic and lyrical music.

John Law’s Congregation / Thurs 24th Feb / Yellow Arch Studios
John Law is one of Europe’s leading jazz pianist/composers, with 40+ recordings, he’s played at venues and festivals worldwide, including London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, the Bimhuis, and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Mixing contemporary jazz with rock and electronic music, this line-up features James Mainwaring (Mercury Prize nominees, Roller Trio) on sax/electronics, the virtuoso bass playing of Ashley John Long (Keith Tippett, Charlotte Keeffe) and the dynamic, nuanced drumming of Dave Hamblett (Magic Lantern). Anthemic melodies mixed with complex harmonies and rhythms. This event is part of a UK tour generously supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery

Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet / Wed 2nd March / The Lescar
A combination of two brilliant presences on the UK jazz scene, Alex Merritt (tenor sax) and Steve Fishwick (trumpet) leading a quintet playing powerful, nuanced and contemporary music with a strong connection to the jazz tradition, with influences including Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano/ Warne Marsh, visiting us at The Lescar following gigs at venues including Ronnie Scotts and The Vortex in London.

Also, coming up…… !
Here’s a list of our confirmed dates up to and including June..

Lescar Wednesdays:
9th March: Tim Knowles Quartet
16th March: David Austin Grey
23rd March: Yaatri
30th March: Harry Christelis & Pedro Velasco
6th April: Sloth Racket
13th April: Aurora
20th April: Mycorrhiza
27th April: Bruno Heinen Trio + Heidi Vogel
4th May: Emily Francis Trio
11th May: Ben Haskins Quartet
18th May: Johnny Tunnard Quartet
15th June: Revival Room

Yellow Arch Thursdays:
24th March: Skylla
28th April: Lucid Dreamers
12th May: Shirley Smart Trio
9th June: Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic

More details 


Wakefield Jazz in January

                                                            Zoe Gilby 14 January

                                 Nick Svarc Quartet 21 January

Happy New Year to everyone from Wakefield Jazz!

Three Friday gigs this month featuring Zoe Gilby’s Pannonica 14th Jan - reimaginings of Monk, the Nik Svarc Quartet 21st Jan - guitar-led explorations and Liz Fletcher/David Newton on 28th Jan - classic singer-pianist duo.

All gigs start at 8.00pm - to book tickets and pre-gig food, go to
Pete Rosser 

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Wigan Jazz - Highlights of 2021

From Ian Darrington 

I would like to name the following as our highlights from this Wigan Jazz year (actually it was July to December for live events)

* Announcing to stage the Al Wood Quartet (Al Wood, Dave Lynane, Martin Longhawn, Dave Hassell) for the first gig back. 

                                                                    Dave Lynane

* Hearing the powerhouse SK2 Jazz Orchestra directed by Dave Tyas on their return to Wigan and to live concerts.

* Listening and watching the amazing Nicola Farnon Trio…not only a wonderful performance but a masterclass in vocal presentation…Phil Johnson and Richard Wetherall were amazing too!

 Dan Shout

 * Hearing (and seeing video) of Cape Town saxophonist Dan Shout’s amazing composition  ‘Autumn in Rondebosch’ with his quintet and string section…appearing in Wigan soon !!

Ian Darrington 

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

2021 highlights - Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues


                                                            Matt Evans

It has been a strange year indeed given Covid and all its restrictions and misery!

I guess our first major highlight is that we survived it all and are still going - putting on "live" jazz gigs with enthusiasm. Post Covid we have had some great concerts - Dennis Rollins and Gwilym Simcock are just two. We have early next year the Fergus McCreadie Trio coming in February and the Colin Steele Quartet in March.

Second, though, not all of us survived and as an organisation run entirely on volunteers we lost one of our best - Matt Evans - the event organiser at our major venue The Grand, Clitheroe. Matt died at 47 leaving a huge gap in our resources. 800 people attended his funeral and wake which is a testament to just how special Matt was and how much he will be missed. Matt made a giant footprint in life and a huge contribution to bringing jazz and the Arts to the Ribble Valley . He will be sorely missed by us all.

Third, our biggest highlight has to be the Online Festival we put on in early May. It was a lot of work but it was well worth it. We were able to stream 6 live bands into people's front rooms as well as provide endless links to jazz all over the world. Kyla Brox gave a wonderful concert - the highlight of which was bringing her dad and Blues legend, Victor, onto the stage. Here is that moment on YouTube -

Finally, we did get to do some of what we like to do best and put music out into the community. A good memory is the Pancake Steel band playing our market place one very rainy August afternoon. They played under a gazebo but their leader left it open. Every now and again he had to empty his pan drum. Brave playing given the conditions. Best memory - a bunch of youngsters joining in enthusiastically break-dancing and getting soaking wet

Phil Lee


Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Jazz North East highlights of 2021

Under the Surface

Whilst the covid pandemic continued to cause chaos , Jazz North East were pleased to stage 28 concerts throughout 2021 providing work opportunities for over 100 musicians across the year. Initially the concerts began as live streams before combining with live audiences. The organisation are grateful for the partnership support of venues including The Globe, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Cobalt Studios and Newcastle Arts Centre.

As ever the concerts presented a wide ranging pallet of jazz styles, each one a highlight in itself. But it must be said that the final concert of the year from Dutch Trio ‘Under The Surface’ was an absolute joy, the only international act that we managed to present this year, but a most excellent way to celebrate and enforce our commitment to international relations and laying down some positive vibes for 2022.

Our partnership with GemArts Masala Festival in July was incredible, presenting the thoroughly engaging Piano and Tabla duo of Helen Anahita Wilson and Shahbaz Hussain. From the local scene amongst others we supported John Pope Quintet and Archipelago who launched albums on the recently established New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings label.

To pick an absolutely humdinger of the year however, would be to emphasise our partnership with the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music which managed to relaunch full steam ahead and suffered no ill effects of the pandemic. Fergus McCreadie Trio are always an absolute delight, but in-particular we would highlight the concert from Pat Thomas performing the music of the great Duke Ellington. The Lit and Phil concert was a key highlight of the Saturday night festival programming and saw Pat Thomas literally climbing inside the Piano whilst constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing the music of the Duke. Pat appeared as part of a mini series of solo performances which also included Zoe Rahman, Kit Downes, Robert Mitchell and Paul Edis.

Pat Thomas was also recorded so we hope to see this released in 2022 on the aforementioned NEWJAiM Recordings label.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year.

We can’t wait to announce our 2022 programme! 

Wes Stephenson


Monday, 3 January 2022

JazzLeeds memories of 2021

2021 has been a good year for us at JazzLeeds despite all the restrictions. We've managed to put on over 70 live jazz gigs since lockdown lifted in May. Many thanks to all the fantastic musicians who have brought good music, and good cheer, to our audiences in Leeds

 Some things to remember. The gig of the year - no debate - was Nikki Iles and her Jazz Orchestra - wonderful arrangments, brilliant band led by the most respected jazz leader in the UK bar none

The Jazz & Blues Sunday picnic at Gledhow Sports Club in Gledhow Valley Woods - 5
00 people came, the sun shone, lovely music - perfect!

The JazzLeeds Reset Festival - no big festival in the city centre for obvious reasons but we had lots of fun in the venue and courtyard of Seven Arts with an eclectic mix of 12 live bands over a sunny weekend in July.

We lost one of our Inkwell venue during lockdown, but found another instead - the very welcoming Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Barn - just the place for our jazz jams and workshops

Our international evenings kept the jazz flag flying - for example with Liam Noble, Byron Wallen, Greg Abate, Ari Hoenig, Ian Shaw, Jospehine Davies, and Malcolm Strachan's  About Time - and of course Liane Carroll and Brian Kellock - a gig we'll never forget! Other memorable gigs were Alex Fisher, Eliot Richards, Will Howard and more at Rush Hour Jazz, our Sunday afternoons with the energy of Nic Svarc's quartet, the fun of Caroline Boaden's new quintet the wackiness of Adam Fairhill and Johnny Hunter tribute "Winifred Atwell Revisited" and the swansong performance of the Ancient Infinity Orchestra. In August we had music outside in the Seven Arts courtyard - notably Backchat Brass and John Settles's Vibeology.

We saw some brilliant new Leeds groups too, including Mangorata, Joel Stedman and Greg Vincent, Amy Clark's Quintet, Jonah Evans trio, Edison Herbert and Ben Gilbert, and many more.

Thanks then to our volunteers, our supporters, our interns, trustees, the staff at Seven Arts, Jon Chamberlain for his photography and livestreams, Arts@Leeds and Leeds Inspired for keeping us financially afloat and of course our lovely audience!

See you in 2022 (we hope!)

Steve Crocker