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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Jazz in Durham's Empty Shop

Now in it's 3rd year, Empty Shop HQ plays host some of the most prolific and accomplished Jazz bands in the North East

The Jazz Sessions: Safe Sextet feat. Debra Milne
Thursday 5th October
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
We encourage anyone with an ear for discovery to come along.
 Safe Sextet Feat. Debra Milne. Hard bop sextet, playing a range of music from and inspired by the late 50’s early 60’s. Mixture of music from Stan Tracey, Mike Carr, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and a couple of originals from Don accompanied by the vocals of Debra Milne.

Line -up:
Don Forbes  (tmpt)
Paul Goland (tnr sax)
John Rowland (alto sax)
Peter Gilligan (piano)
Paul Grainger (double bass)
Russ Morgan (drums)
Debra Milne (Vocals)

Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

Autumn / Winter programme
October 5th         SAFE SEXTET feat. DEBRA MILNE
November 2nd    LICKETY SPLIT                                                 
December 7th     RIVIERA QUARTET
February 1st        NOT NOW CHARLIE
March 1st            STU COLLINGWOOD TRIO feat. MO SCOTT

The Empty Shop 35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ

Zoe Rahman's Jazz Director band dates in the north

From Mike Flynn

Leading UK pianist Zoe Rahman is set to head up the third edition of Band On The Wall's Jazz Directors series, with the band chosen from an open audition process to select an ensemble of emerging jazz talent. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Terence Blanchard and Chris Potter, Rahman will provide music for the ensemble that she wrote for a Guildhall School of Music and Drama project, alongside new material never previously performed live.

The open selection process has been completed and the musicians who successfully auditioned include many emerging talents from Tomorrow's Warriors, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as alumni of the Royal Brussels Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University and Leeds College of Music. The band now includes alto saxophonist Aleksandra Topczewska, tenor saxophonist Arnaud Guichard, trombonist Daniel Mitchell, clarinettist Faye MacCalman, tuba player Hanna Mbuya, trumpeter James Brady, flautist Maria Rehakova, bassist Roz McDonald and drummer.

Commenting on the newly assembled band Zoe Rahman said, "I'm really excited to be working with such a fantastic group of musicians and I can't wait to share the stage with them. Many thanks to everyone who applied to work on this project, it was great to see such a wealth of talent out there."

They will be performing at the following northern dates and venues: More Music, Morecambe (19 Oct); Alhambra Studio, Bradford (20 Oct); Pyramid Studio, Warrington (21 Oct) and Band on the Wall, Manchester (22 Oct).

– Mike Flynn

For more info visit

Saturday, 16 September 2017

September/October jazz programme at Cullingworth

Dolly James 20 September

From Dave Lee - the September/October  jazz programme at Cullingworth in West Yorkshire

20 Sept Dolly James vocals with James Boyes sax Mike Conliffe keys Dave Lee drums

27 Sept Julie Edwards vocals Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

4 Oct Michaela Smith vocals Stuart MacDonald sax Paul Conway keys Phil Kampen bass Dave Lee drums

11 Oct Loretta Scott vocals Jon Taylor sax Chris Lloyd keyboard, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

Free entrance, raffle contribution
9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Friday, 15 September 2017

Hull Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary

Pat Metheney 11 November

Hull Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this November with a special 9-day festival packed with the best in US and UK jazz talent.

20-time Grammy winner and the man who re-invented the jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players, Pat Metheny headlines on Saturday 11 November at Hull City Hall. Joined by a new quartet featuring UK pianist Gwilym Simcock, exceptional bassist Linda Oh and long-time collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, Metheny will perform a brand new set of music from his eagerly awaited new album, to be released soon on Nonesuch records.

Closing the festival on Saturday 18 November, Manchester-based jazz electronica trio GoGo Penguin perform their stunning new live score to Goddfrey Reggio’s cult cinema classic Koyaanisqatsi in the grand surroundings of Hull City Hall. Moving from fragile beauty to powerful frenzy, their rich new score reflects the original themes of the film, creating an intense audio-visual experience.

On Wednesday 15 November at Früit, Brooklyn-based urban power jazz trio Moon Hooch bring their pulsating, sax-driven live show to Hull for the first time. Banned from the New York subway by the NYPD when their impromptu busking shows became a public order hazard, they call their sound acoustic techno – combining years of staging underground dance parties with incredible musicianship and phenomenal crowd engagement.

The festival opens at Hull Truck Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday 11 November with A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument of the World. Created and performed by Chris Montague of Troyka, the show celebrates the milestones of 80s years of the electric guitar in popular culture, paying tribute to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and more guitar greats. The show also offers the chance to amateur players to join Chris on stage in a guitar ensemble brought together specially for this one-off performance.

On Sunday 12 November at the Royal Hotel, saxophonist Andy Sheppard Quartet perform tracks from their much-anticipated forthcoming album Beyond the Dancing Sun. Led by Sheppard, the quartet also features the other-worldly guitar and electronic sounds of Eivind Aarset and ace rhythm team Michel Benita on bass and Sebastian Rochford on drums.

Hull Truck Theatre plays host to clarinettist Arun Ghosh and his new quintet on Thursday 16 November. They’ll be performing tracks from Arun’s new album but where are you really from? Influenced by his Indie-kid upbringing in Manchester, the new album sees him move away from his trademark Indo-jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures.

A double bill in the Studio at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November kicks off with the world premiere of two new pieces, commissioned as part of the festival’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Guitarist Stuart McCallum has created a surround-sound love song to the guitar and Hull's own Revenu, featuring Liam van Rijn and Joseph Bird, present a haunting and vivid audio-visual piece inspired by the sights and sounds of Hull.

Wrapping up the Friday Studio programme, Snarky Puppy founder, composer, producer and jazz maestro Bill Laurance performs a rare intimate solo show. He'll be exploring his first love - the piano - enhanced with the addition of subtle electronics. An alumni of the University of Leeds, Laurance heads back to the region for the only Northern show in his European tour.

Full programme details are available online at

Craig Handy tour dates announced

From Jonathan Gee

Hello Friends,

I am delighted to tell you that the great saxist Craig Handy ( Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddie Hubbard etc ) is coming to the UK for a tour with myself Jonathan Gee,  his extremely swinging Parisian bassist of choice Nicola Sabato, and the classy Rod Youngs on drums.
Check Craig here with The Cookers here
and here with Herbie Hancock
and here with his  current 2nd line Smith project

The dates are...
        Oct 4th   Pizza Express Jazz Club,  Dean St, London                
       Oct 5th    Seven Arts, Leeds
       Oct 6th    The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
       Oct 7th    Crookes Social Club,  Sheffield
       Oct 8th   Hen and Chickens,  Bristol

Dinosaur roam up the Ribble Valley...

From Dave Walters at Ribble Valley jazz

Dinosaur featuring Laura Jurd - Monthly Gig - Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club

This band showcases the creative talents of four young musicians led by the inimitable band-leader/composer and trumpeter, Laura Jurd. Now incredibly in their 7th year, having played many of the leading jazz festivals in Europe (inc the UK) Recently signed to Edition Records, their recent album 'Together as one' is one of the best new releases anywhere; exciting, formidable, compelling and modern.

Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Friday 6 October 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: | Tickets: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18’s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18’s £5

Sheffield Jazz Autumn Season starts on Friday

Brandon Allen 22 Sept
The Sheffield Jazz autumn season is back, and off to a great start on Friday 22nd September at 20.00 at Crookes Social Club with the tremendous Brandon Allen sextet.

Rated by Jazzwise as arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today, Brandon Allen brings his scintillating three-horn front-line sextet to Sheffield, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene. Formed in 2012, the band will perform exciting new melodic arrangements of much-loved standards with virtuoso solos.
featured above: Brandon Allen

Next Up: Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, 20.00 Friday 29 September, Crookes Social Club
One of the most creative ensembles in Europe today, and nominated for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize.

Ticket Information
Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £14, Concessions £11,
Student with NUS card £7, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
Advance tickets (no additional booking fee) from

Sheffield Jazz Autumn Season 2017
20.00 Friday 22nd September: Brandon Allen Sextet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 29th September:  Dinosaur, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Saturday 7th October:    Craig Handy quartet Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 20th October:      Dave O'Higgins quartet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 27th October:      Stan Tracey Legacy octet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 10th November:  Christine Tobin quintet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 17th November:  Michael Janisch Band, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 24th November: Julian Siegel quartet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 1st December:    Jason Rebello trio, Crucible

See you in the new season !