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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

July grooves at Seven Jazz Leeds!

Greg Abate 21 July

We’ve got eight lovely gigs we've arranged for you this July and more in August too!. We've a fantastic evening concert with Saxman Greg Abate - on a FRIDAY this month - Friday 21 July. We've also got award winning young drummer Corrie Dick's with a wonderful trio "Little Lions", jazz funk US guitarist BD Lenz with his trio, vibesman John Settle's "Vibeology" not to mention two jazz cafe jam sessions, a Jazz Divas concert at Inkwell and a very special 10th birthday Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts. See details below...

Summer Jazz Cafe and Jam Session 
Always a special event our Summer Jazz Cafe. The Jazz Voices Choir have been working hard on four pieces of music - they'll be performing them at 3pm led by Nicki Allen. The Jazz Workshop will be performing the music they've been working on with Dom Moore and Tom Sharp. We welcome Ed Barnwell for the first time on piano too. @Inkwell Sun 2 July 1.30-4pm  £7/5 £5 including performers. Kids under 16 free

Corrie Dick's Little Lions 
Matt Robinson - Piano Joe Webb - Organ Corrie Dick - Drums A dynamic and ever innovating presence on the UK jazz scene, Glaswegian Corrie Dick is a musician recognised for his fluency, touch and abandon on the drum kit. His band “Impossible Things 'played for us memorably in the autumn. Little Lions' is his instrumental trio whose sound is characterised by warm, euphoric timbres as well as engaging good humour.  @even Arts Sun July 9 at 1.30-4pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

John Settle’s Vibe-ology
John Settle on vibes, Al Morrison on guitar, Bob Birch on Hammond organ and Joe England on drums. Jazz, blues, funk and Latin paying homage to  Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, John Patton, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Smith, George Benson.@Inkwell Sunday afternoon 16 July @Inkwell Arts 1.30-4pm start £9/7 (NUS £5) 

US saxman Greg Abate 
Greg Abate is a US jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and international jazz recording artist. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra and tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson in 1986 and ’87. The swinging trio in support is led by top Spanish (and ex Leeds) jazz musician Victor Gutierrez with Angus Milne bass and Steve Hanley drums. Support band is Anya – an eight piece Ethio Jazz ensemble led by Leeds bassist Sam Dutton Taylor. @Seven Arts FRIDAY evening July 21 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

US guitarist BD Lenz Trio
B.D Lenz guitar, James Rosocha- bass, Joe Falcey – drums A welcome to Seven Jazz  return for US guitarist B D Lenz. Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. @Seven Arts Sunday afternoon July 23 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8 (NUS £5)

More gigs!
Inkwell Divas - Jenny Hammond with Brendan Duffy
Jenny Hammond performs familiar-and-not-so-familiar songs from Great American Songbook accompanied by Leeds favourite saxman Brendan Duffy. Saturday afternoon 1 July @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW 1.30pm  payf collection

Rush Hour Jazz -Emily Brown
It's Seven Arts 10th birthday celebration so what better way to help everyone celebrate than to have Otley doctor and jazz singer Em Brown entertain us with some powerful energetic jazz vocals. Rush hour jazz is on a different night this month - Friday 7th July - and a slightly later time @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Friday 7 July 6.30-7.30pm. payf collection

Jazz Jam-borees
No jazz workshops or choirs until the autumn now but there is a chance for you to sing and play at our Jazz Jamborees. The first set will be the band, then followed by a jam session. Do come and join in or just watch the fun!
July 30 Tom Welsh band
August 6 Jean Watson collective
August 13 Jeff Hewer group
August 20 Phil Green’s “Game of Pairs”
August 27 Steve Crocker French reunion quartet. 
Sunday afternoons @Inkwell 1.30pm start £5

JazzLeeds Festival17 featuring Snake Davis Band Thursday 3 August Millennium Square/Carriageworks
For the first time this year Seven Jazz are organising a Festival Day of Jazz as part of the Leeds Summer Music Festival. There will be free concerts in Millennium Square at lunchtime (12-2pm and 5-8pm), a jazz workshop in the afternoon in the Carriageworks ("How To Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide" with Dom Moore 2-4pm) with The Big Easy, Hyde Park Brass, Slide Area Open Letter to Mingus and Tom Sharp Big Band. The headline band is Leeds supersax star Snake Davis in concert in the Carriageworks 8pm. The Snake Davis Band only play together three or four times a year for jazz gigs and when they do get together it really is something very, very special indeed.  Tickets £18/16 concessions, NUS £5 on the door Online tickets -
Thursday 3 August @Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre

Seven Jazz Website  
On line tickets
Venues: @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD 
@Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  
@Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre LS2 3AD

See you soon at one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

University of South Florida Jazztet @Cinnamon Club

University of South Florida Jazztet - Monday 17th July 2018

Returning for the 3rd year in a row, these students are truly talented.The USF Jazztet is a multi-dimensional jazz ensemble featuring the talented students and faculty of the acclaimed University of South Florida Jazz Music program. This group has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals over the past 25 years, thrilling fans with their exciting performances. This group presents a variety of musical styles from New Orleans parade music to sophisticated modern jazz selections. A variety of instrumental combinations are featured as part of the concert experience including the Bone Band – 5 trombones with rhythm section! The USF Jazztet is led by USF Faculty saxophonist Jack Wilkins and trombonist Tom Brantley, both well known recording artists, performers, and educators.

Please contact The Cinnamon Club for tickets on 0161 926 8992 or email

Jack Wilkins: saxophone-Director
Tom Brantley: trombone-Director
Jon Cestero: saxophone
Justin Pierce: trombone
Buggy Bowden: trombone
Patrick Hildebran: trombone
Isaac Marren: bass trombone
Andrew Allen: piano
Ermesc Gonzalez: guitar
Alejandro Arenas: bass
Dave Rudolph: drums

July Jazz in Wilmslow

Greg Abate July 11

From Graham Brook - July listings for jazz in Wilmslow

July 4th:- ROD MASON (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
July 11th:- GREG ABATE and ALAN BARNES (both alto sax) with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio
July 18th:- "SPIRIT OF SHEARING" (Trefor Owen, Andy Hulme, Liam Byrne and Ed Harrison)
July 20th:- "TALINKA" (Gilad and Tali Atzmon, Yaron Stavi and Jenny Bliss Bennett)
July 25th:- THE LUCY- MAE and LUC BAND with ROD MASON
August 1st:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds) and TERRY BRUNT (trombone) with the TOM KINCAID trio.

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday night (and the third Thursday) upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG at 8.30pm. £7 on door. Details (01625) 528336

Wigan International Jazz Festival 6th-9th July

Wigan International Jazz Festival starts 6th July. Big names featured this year are R and B Orchestra of Jools Holland, saxman Branford Marsalis with voclaist Kurt Elling, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet and Reunion Dreamband conducted by Johnb LaBarbera. Also featured in the jazz lounge - Dave Newton's Trio, Nag Champa, Remi Harris Trio, The Wardrobe Quintet and more.

More information
Tickets online
Ticket office or from 01942 828508 (Mon-Fri only).

Robin Park Sports Centre
Loire Drive
New Town

Emma Holcroft swings into Southport

Emma Holcroft is known for her work with big bands including Andy Prior’s Night Owls and her own dynamic Swingtime Big Band.

She has headlined at both Wigan international Jazz festival and Southport’s own Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival where she had the pleasure to sing alongside BBC’s Clare Teal. This time Emma will be performing with her quartet, featuring songs from Ella Fitzgerald and more or call 01704 533 333.

Thursday 27 July 2017
Southport Jazz Club presents Jazz Cafe
Emma Holcroft & Band
8:00 pm

The Atkinson – Bakery
Lord Street,
£8 (food available) plus booking fee.


Darlington Jazz Club Summer Special featuring Dennis Rollins

After playing to a sell-out crowd at this year's Darlington Jazz Festival the Durham Alumni Big Band  Big Band are back in town for a Summer Gala Concert with an evening of swinging big band music from the 1950s to the present day.

Durham Alumni Big Band are performing at Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington on 2nd July with internationally renowned trombonist Dennis Rollins, supported by the Vocal Collective.

Dennis is well known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach to playing the trombone.

Born in 1964 in Birmingham and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing in The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of study, Dennis moved to London and played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the legendary all-black jazz big band The Jazz Warriors.

Over the years he has established a reputation as an artist of excellence, and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some of this country's and indeed the world's top jazz and pop personalities including Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, and Blur and until recently, was a member of the legendary funk-meister Maceo Parker's band.

In 2006 his own jazz/funk outfit Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best
Band and the following year he picked up Trombonist of the Year at both the British
Jazz Awards and the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards.

Dennis was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards - for Jazz Musician of the Year and the Jazz Education Award; he won the latter in a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at the House of Commons, London.

His latest band Velocity Trio won Band Of The Year (2012) in the Jazz Yorkshire Awards and he was named Player of The Year by the British Trombone Society in 2013.

The Durham Alumni Big Band is composed of past and present members of the Durham County Youth Big Band. Formers winners of the Great North Big Band Festival they are guaranteed to put on a show.

Venue: Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington 
Date Sun 2 July 

Doors open at 17:45, with the performance commencing at 18:30. Tickets are £6 on the door.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Paul Kilvington and Graham Clark at Huddersfield Jazz 23 July

Paul Kilvington: keyboard
Graham Clark: violin

Paul Kilvington has been involved in the music industry for the past 25 years. During this time he has toured worldwide and has performed with many artists. He is equally capable in soul, jazz, or pop music - as demonstrated by the dazzling array of television shows he has appeared on. On a jazz level, he has performed with Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets and Branford Marsalis. He also performed with Jack Jones on his last two UK tours, when he played at the London Palladium. He also formed the latin jazz ensemble Amazonia to perform his own compositions and has played in all the major jazz festivals with them: their first CD is soon to be released. He has won many awards and prizes, including three from Leeds Jazz College from where he graduated.

Graham Clark has been working as a violinist since 1982. He plays mainly the usual canon of standards. Ballads like "Body and Soul” and "My One and Only Love”, medium swingers, such as "All the Things You Are". Other tunes might include "Have you met Miss Jones?”, or post-bop classics like “Joyspring”, or perhaps some Charlie Parker tunes - not often heard on violin.

Paul and Graham have been performing together for the last 10 years. Their repertoire focuses on a unique interpretation of carefully chosen jazz and latin material featuring compositions by such artists as Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti. There’s always a wonderful and exciting interplay between the two of them, and there will be
fireworks when they get stuck in to the livelier tunes!

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (