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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Preston Jazz Jam takes off!

First call! Soweto Kinch is heading up the new Preston Jam on Sat 1st April - no kidding! With Nerija and Lancashire band Atomic Brass it should be worth a ticket - only £15 for three bands, £7.50 students.

The Jam is part of a stunning 5 days of jazzy music - with improvisation running through the whole programme. It's a Pre-Ribble Valley Jazz Festival Fringe event - just a month before RVJazzFest - and organised by the University of Central Lancashire in association with the RVJazzFest folks

Tickets - from The Grand

Sundays at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar York

Adrian Ingram Jan 29 

Paul Smith sends his Sunday lunch listings for Kennedy's bar in York

Jan 15th - The Derrick Harris Trio - 
Derrick (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Barry Rickarby (bass)

Jan 22nd - The Nick Svarc Set - 
Nick (guitar), Gary Jackson (bass), Paul Smith (drums)

Jan 29th - Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook -
Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

Sunday Brunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Showtime 1.00pm

Wednesday at the Head of Steam Huddersfield

Brendan Duffy Jan 11

January dates at the railway station...

Jan 11th – Brendan Duffy (sax), Tony Spivak (sax) Jez Platt (keyboard), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

Jan 18th – Frank Brooker (sax), Andy Henderson (trumpet), Ronnie Bottomley (drums)

Jan 25th – Tom Sharp (trumpet), Tom I’Anson (trombone) 

Rhythm section - Andy Cholerton or Andrzej Baranek/Paul Chamberlain or Paul Baxter

Free gig with raffle participation

Huddersfield Railway Station
Head of Steam bar
St George’s Square,

New Jazz Sessions 2017 @ The Grove Inn Leeds

The monthly gigs in October, November and December at Leeds Grove Inn  have started to show some of the fresh jazz talent on the Leeds music scene. The bands playing in the new year promise to build on that reputation.

Sunday 22nd Jan – King and I
Adding new ideas and arrangements to the benefits of an established band , King and I come to reconnect with the Grove, “one of our favourite small jazz venues”, where they played at the old Grove Jazz Club. And they play jazz you will know . But with vocals and lead trombone , they bring a distinctly different style to the party.
Sammy King – Vocals
Steve Simkins – Trombone
Les France – Drums
Joe Kent – Keyboard
Ruth Ker – Double Bass

Sunday 19th Feb - The Jeff Hewer Quintet
A line up of talented Leeds College of Music alumni who are establishing, both as individuals and as a band, a growing reputation in Leeds and beyond. Jeff is a jazz guitarist and composer from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Leeds. The band plays his original material as well as their arrangements of jazz standards, matching exciting group interplay with modern jazz styles and grooves.
Jeff Hewer – Guitar
Steve Hanley – Drums
Eliot Richards – Tenor Sax
Alex Podraza – Piano
Tom Riviere – Bass

Sunday 19th March – Phil Green’s Quiet Jazz Project
This promises to be an intriguing evening of music. Phil Green offers the following taster: “In an increasingly noisy world, the Quiet Jazz Project offers a respite, a brief period of calm. We have been exploring ways of physically playing our instruments very quietly, and ways of playing and interacting as a group, to produce an overall effect of quietness. And yes we really do have 2 electric guitars, a trumpet and drums ! Come and see what it ‘s all about. You may be surprised.....” The band play their own compositions, jazz standards , and free improvisation.
Phil Green – Trumpet\Flugel
Les Goldman – Tenor Sax\Bass Clarinet
Jonathan Lindh – Violin
Jeff Hewer and Jules Marley – Guitars
Steve Crocker – Bass
Dom Moore – Drum

Sunday 23rd April – Jiannis Pavlidis Trio
This month an international talent leads a new young band. Jiannis has performed and recorded with greats such as David Liebman, Adam Nussbaum and Greg Hutchinson. His “Migration “ album, through FMR records was released all over Europe and the USA. He is based in Leeds and as a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, he encourages the developing talent of jazz students and alumni by bringing them into his projects. This trio comprises alumni bassist Sam Quintana and LCM student Jordan Dinsdale, on drums. They play original material and their own take on jazz standards.

All the gigs include a support set from the house band : Abtuse
Brian Whittington – Tenor Sax
Alex Celik – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Joe Wistow – Keys
Steve Hemsworth – Guitar
Trev Prinn – Bass Guitar/Double Bass
John Bradford - Drums

For details contact

The Grove Inn is on Back Row, off David Street, off Water Lane, Leeds, LS11 5PL

Refujazz benefit at Heart Leeds

From Lesley Jeffries and John Marley, Jazz at Heart

We're excited to present a day of live jazz performances and workshops in aid of several refugee charites. Some of Yorkshire's finest jazz musicians are coming together to help raise desperately needed funds for people fleeing war. Please come along and support this event and enjoy some incredible music.

The day is SATURDAY 11 FEB 12:00–23:00

The line up for the day is listed below. Tickets can be bought for individual shows (£5) or a full day pass (£20). events in the cafe are free entry but a donation would be gratefully appreciated.

12-12.45pm - Al Morrison Trio (Cafe)
1-1.45pm - Joe Boyes Trio (Main Hall)
2.15-3pm - Bassa Bassa (Main Hall)
3-3.30pm - Inside Out Duo (Cafe)
3.30-4.30pm - George Macdonald Trio (Main Hall)
4.30-5pm - The Irrelevance (Cafe)
5-6pm - Louie Mcdonald (Main Hall)
6-6.30pm - Sam Dunn (Cafe)
6.30-7.30pm - York Youth Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
7.30-8pm - Aleks Podraza Trio (Cafe)
8-9pm - Leeds Jazz Orchestra (Main Hall)
9-9.30pm - Phil Green's Sky High Jazz Trio (Cafe)
9.30-11pm - Kate Peters Quartet + Jam (Main Hall)

Workshops -
John Marley - Jazz Bass Time TBC
Sam Dunn - Jazz Guitar Time TBC

Jazz at Heart
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN

THREE new jazz jam session in Leeds

Inkwell Jazz Jam
White Rabbit jazz Jam
Chris Bland Trio - Hyde Park Book Club Jam

Three new jazz jams to add to the ever growing Leeds scene

Sunday afternoon at Inkwell in Chapel Allerton - starts Sunday 15th January 2017
If you’d like to sing or play a jazz song or two then why not come along to the first of the new monthly Seven Jazz Inkwell jam session starting this Sunday 15 January 1.30-4pm. Bring your axe, your voice and join in - or just come along and watch the fun. The Seven Jazz trio is there to support you with Pete Rosser piano, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Hanley (again) on drums. Phil Green's Quiet Jazz project are set to have their first public performance at 3pm A real fun jazz open mike afternoon - bit like a variety show!
1.30pm start
Inkwell Arts
31 Potternewton Ln, Leeds LS7 3LW

Tuesday evening at the White Rabbit starts on Tuesday 17th January
Sam Quintana has posted "Come on down to the first White Rabbit jam session of the New Year on Tuesday 17th January in the middle of Leeds! Just a jam from 8-11pm- plenty of time for everyone to get up and play a few numbers! Bring your horns/strings/sticks and come and play that tune you've been working on. Spread the word and see you there!"
8pm Start
The White Rabbit
11 York Place, Leeds  LS1 2DS

Thursday nights at the Hyde Park Book Club - starts 19 January 2017
Just round the corner from the well established Wednesday night jam at the LS6 club in Hyde Park, Pianist Aleks Podraza is hosting the jam with his quintet. The following week the Chris Bland Trio will do a set of original then support the players: Chris Bland - Piano Tom Riviere - Bass Steve Hanley - Drums. Come down for a set of originals, stay for the jam.
6pm start
Hyde Park Book Club
27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL Leeds

Other regular Jazz Jams in Leeds
  • Heart Jazz Jam (first Friday every month 7.30pm) Headingley
  • LS6 Jam at Ls6 Cafe Hyde Park (every Wednesday, band at 8pm, jam at 9pm)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Chaos at the Etihad and all that jazz

Scarborough Jazz Festival's Mike Gordon shows Pep Guardiola the red card..

"It’s not often jazz hits the headlines. What a pity that when it does it displays ignorance of the genre (If every player plays like a jazz musician, it’ll be chaos, 4 January). Pep Guardiola may not like jazz, but he should be aware that it is a highly disciplined music which demands complex musical skills and team spirit. That’s why Ray Charles liked to choose jazz musicians for his tour bands and why many classical performers I know envy the improvisational skills of jazzers – which I would have thought football managers would encourage in their players."
Mike Gordon
Director, Scarborough Jazz Festival.