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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Nérija, Dinosaur and Pavillon headline @Seven Jazz Leeds

Nérija! 3 November
Laura Jurd’s "Dinosaur” Sunday Nov 13
Jim Rattigan’s “Pavillon” Thursday 17 Nov 

Autumn leaves may be falling but there's a lot of special music blooming this month at Seven Jazz in Leeds!

Nérija! @Seven Arts Thursday 3 Nov Doors 7.30pm £16/14 conc (NUS £5)
Sheila Maurice-Grey trumpet, Rosie Turton trombone, Cassie Kinoshi alto saxophone, Nubya Garcia tenor saxophone, Shirley Tetteh guitar, Inga Eichler double bass, Lizy Exel drums

Nérija (pronounced ‘Ne-ree-ya’) began from a Tomorrow’s Warriors initiative seeking to encourage young women to play jazz. Now they are a collective of accomplished musicians playing their original compositions and arrangements. Nérija have toured to Europe in such places as Norway and Germany, recently performing at London’s Ronnie Scott’s and ‘Jazz in the Round’. They have also played alongside top UK jazz musicians such as Nathaniel Facey of Empirical and Zoe Rahman.

Support from jazz vocalist Nel Begley 8.00pm

Richard Iles "Paradise Trio" Sunday Nov 6 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Richard Iles – flugelhorn, Mike Walker-guitar, Les Chisnell - piano

The Paradise trio builds on Richard Iles’s experience of playing with guitarist Mike Walker and pianist Les Chisnell in varied contexts over the past 25 years. Ideal champions of his music inspired by the Jimmy Guiffre trios of the ’60s.

Laura Jurd’s "Dinosaur” Sunday Nov 13 @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Laura Jurd: trumpet, Elliot Galvin: keyboard, Conor Chaplin: electric bass Corrie Dick: drums

Led by multi-award-winning, BBC New Generation Artist trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd, the band plays music influenced by a wealth of musical traditions including folk, minimalism and rock music. These four powerhouse musicians of their generation never fail to create seismic shifts with the perfect blend of groove, melody and abandon.

Jim Rattigan’s “Pavillon” @Seven Arts Thursday 17 Nov Doors 7.30pm £20/18 conc (NUS £5)
Jim Rattigan: French horn; Martin Speake: alto sax; Andy Panayi: tenor sax, Mick Foster: baritone sax; Percy Pursglove, Robbie Robson, Steve Fishwick: trumpets; Mark Nightingale: trombone; Sarah Williams: bass trombone; Hans Koller: piano; Dave Whitford: bass; Martin France: drums.

A very special event as we welcome a fabulous line-up of jazz talent. Playing all original music, French Horn player Jim Rattigan’s 12 piece ensemble Pavillon will take us through two sets combining fantastic musicianship and improvising by some of the most highly-respected names on the UK and international jazz and improvised music scenes. If you like the music of Gil Evans and Mike Gibbs, you’ll love this!

Support from Joel Fellick and Fergus Vickers guitar duo 8.00pm

Jami Sheriff Trio Sunday Nov 20 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Jami Sheriff piano, Garry Jackson bass, Dave Walsh drums
Jami is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music. He has garnered praise from Jazzwise, JazzUK, The Times and The Guardian for his previous medium and large ensemble recordings. On 30th October he releases his first trio album “Places Like This” the album will be accompanied by a UK tour. Original music played by three top names on the Leeds contemporary jazz scene

Josh Kemp Organ Quartet Sunday Nov 27 @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Josh Kemp tenor sax, Ross Stanley hammond organ, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Tim Giles drums
Saxophonist and composer Josh brings his Hammond organ quartet of international stars to Seven Arts, as part of a 20 date UK tour, playing music from his new album, Rare Groove, inspired by the Blue Note record label.

Tickets online for all these concerts: 

Also - Inkwell Divas at Inkwell Sat 5th November 1.30-3.30pm features vocalist Maureen Womble free collection and November's Rush Hour Jazz Seven Arts Wed 16th Nov features Marlena Rose 6-7pm with the launch of her new EP - Matt Aplin is on keyboards. Payf collection

Jazz Choir/Workshop and Big band Interested in playing or singing jazz? Our Jazz Voices Choir led by Tessa Smith rehearses on Mondays 7-9pm - next on 7 Nov at St Matthews Church Hall, Wood Lane Chapel Allerton, and 14 and 28th Nov at Inkwell. Our jazz workshops taught by Dom Moore and Tom Sharp run on Saturday afternoons fortnightly 2-4pm at Seven Arts -next is Sat 5 Nov, tutor Tom Sharp and our new Seven Jazz Big Band led by Dave Evans rehearses on Thursdays at Gledhow Sports Club on Gledhow Lane.

To join or for more details contact
Jazz Choir: Steve Crocker
Jazz Workshop: Jean Watson
Big Band: Dave Evans

Venues  Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777.
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)

 More  where there are links to our Facebook and Twitter sites - and the Northern Jazz Live blog about other jazz dates in the North

See you soon at Seven Jazz!

Steve Crocker

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

North East gig dates- November

Josh Kemp Nov 26

North East gigs – November
All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon

Nov 3 Cinematic Orchestra Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 3 Francesco Falcioni Quartet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Nov 4-6 Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party Village Hotel, North Tyneside NE27 0BY
Nov 4 Coco Rouzier with Peter Gilligan Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 4 Zoë Gilby Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Nov 5 TJ Johnson Band* St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG
Nov 6 Hans Peter Hiby Trio Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Nov 8 Bad Plus + Binker & Moses Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 9 Robocobra Quartet Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Nov 10 Fischer, Edwards & Sanders* Newcastle University NE1 7RU
Nov 10 Stuart Davies & the New Standard Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 11 Greg Abate & Paul Edis* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Nov 11 Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL5 9DN
Nov 11 Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 13 Abbie Finn Trio Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Nov 13 Josh Sinton Trio + Improvisers’ Workshop Ensemble Bridge Hotel NE1 1BQ
Nov 14 The Cookers Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 17 Tyne Valley Big Band Blackhall Mill, Blackhall Mill NE17 7TN
Nov 17 Robert Glasper Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 18 Tyne Valley Big Band King Edward VI School, Morpeth NE61 1DN
Nov 18 Lindsay Hannon Plus Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Nov 18 Unfurl Quintet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 18 Ray Harris Hoochie Coochie NE1 8SF
Nov 19 Jazz Invaders Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 24 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord* Newcastle University NE1 7RU
Nov 25 Paul Edis & Graham Hardy* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Nov 25 Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Nov 25 Mercury Quartet Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Nov 26 Josh Kemp Quartet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 27 House of the Black Gardenia Jazz Co-op @ the Globe NE4 7AD
Nov 29 Tommaso Starace Jazz Café NE1 5DW

Russell Corbett's North East jazz roundup for November

 The Cookers Nov 12
 Coco Rouzier Nov 4 

The North East’s major event in November is Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party. Formerly the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, the Village Hotel located conveniently just off the A19, hosts three days of non-stop ‘classic era’ jazz concerts featuring an array of top drawer exponents of the music. Several of the musicians will arrive at Newcastle International Airport from across Europe, USA and as far afield as Australia. Musicians and many of the festival goers will book into the Village Hotel for the duration (Nov 4-6) making the event an extended social occasion. Jean François Bonnel (France), brilliant percussionist Josh Duffee (USA), violin virtuoso Emma Fisk (County Durham!) and Jim Fryer (USA) are just some of the many participants at this year’s gathering.

Elsewhere in the region regular gigs and touring artists offer numerous opportunities for the jazz fan to get out and about – here’s a selection. Nov 12 (a Monday) sees the return of the Cookers. One of only four British dates, Sage Gateshead is the place to be to hear one of the great line-ups in jazz; David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, trumpets, Billy Harper, Craig Handy, reeds, and the rhythm section, Danny Grissett, piano, Cecil McBee, double bass and Billy Hart, drums. Don’t miss this one!

American vocalist Coco Rouzier makes a welcome return to Newcastle’s Jazz Café (Nov 4) following her scintillating performance at this year’s late night jam session during the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. The expressive singer (think Sarah Vaughan) will be working in the company of the Peter Gilligan Trio. On the same date down the road in Saltburn at the Community Hall Tyneside’s Zoë Gilby is sure to attract a full house. The Lindsay Hannon Plus (fronted by Northumberland-based vocalist Hannon) returns to the Traveller’s Rest, Darlington on Nov 18. On the same night there is much to choose from: the Tyne Valley Big Band performs in concert at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, Jazz Invaders (a blast from the past!) reform to play a gig a Jazz Co-op gig at the Globe, along the road at the Jazz Café there is Olivia Moore’s Unfurl (a quintet on this occasion), and Hoochie Coochie favourite Ray Harris is in town. Josh Kemp plays the Globe on Nov 26.

Two much hyped acts – The Bad Plus (Nov 8) and Robert Glasper (Nov 17) – rock up at Sage Gateshead, and across the month Jazz North East presents a variety of saxophonists including: Hans Peter Hiby (Nov 6) at the Bridge Hotel, American Greg Abate with Paul Edis, Ken Marley and Russ Morgan (Nov 11) at the Jazz Café and New York-based Josh Sinton Trio (Nov 13) at the Bridge Hotel. A fourth reedsman, Tommaso Starace, plays at the Jazz Café on Nov 29. Abate and Edis play Durham’s Gala Theatre (1:00pm) Nov 11.

Durham’s Empty Shop continues to attract capacity audiences. In the shadow of Durham Cathedral and surrounded by Durham University’s many colleges, the 35c Framwellgate Bridge venue is frequented by students and a few older hands. Tyneside-based Francesco Falcioni brings in his quartet on Nov 3 prior to the pianist’s relocation to London, and an altogether different quartet – Robocobra – from Belfast return on Nov 9. Drummer Abbie  Finn fronts a Leeds College of Music trio at Darlington’s Quakerhouse pub on Nov 13.

Finally, King’s Hall, Newcastle University has reopened after a year-long refit. Fischer, Edwards and Sanders play freely at 1:10pm on Nov 10 and in marked contrast, Hot Club Du Nord, led by Emma Fisk, entertains on Nov 24, again starting at ten minutes past

Robert Glasper Headlines Hull Jazz Fest 15-19 November

Multi Grammy Award-winning US Pianist/Producer Robert Glasper (pictured) headlines the international line-up for Hull Jazz Festival 24th Winter Edition, performing with his band Robert Glasper Experiment on Friday 18th November at Hull Truck Theatre. Glasper, known for his genre-defying collaborations with artists including Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Jay-Z, will be performing tracks from the Experiment’s new Blue Note album, Artscience, ahead of their headline show at London Jazz Festival.

The festival opens at Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday 15th November with Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent. She’ll be performing tracks from her new album Tenderly, a collaboration with renowned Brazilian guitarist-composer-producer Roberto Menescal, one of the founders of bossa nova.

On Thursday 17th November, vocalist Sarah Jane Morris and guitarist Antonio Forcione come together to perform tracks from their new album Compared to What, the result of a fruitful and varied songwriting collaboration.

The programme continues on Friday 18th November when the University of Hull present Phil Robson Organ Trio. The all star band features versatile guitarist and composer Phil Robson, Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo.

On Saturday 19th November young local jazz talent takes the spotlight as Hull Jazz Festival’s collaboration with Hull Music Hub sees the combined talents of the City of Hull and East Riding Youth Jazz Orchestras take to the Hull Truck stage. The show also sees the Jazz Festival debut of Hull Big Band, featuring 17 of the region’s leading young players.

Saturday’s programme at Hull Truck Theatre continues with Tom Harrison Quintet, the stunning new project from rising star saxophonist Harrison. Joined by internationally-acclaimed vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, the chordless lineup of five unique instrumental personalities will interpret the music of the great Duke Ellington.

Proceedings come to a close on 19th November with Omar Puente Cuban Sextet: Best Foot Forward. World-renowned violinist Omar Puente leads a multinational sextet on tracks firmly rooted in his Afro Cuban heritage. The show fuses musical experiences from Brazil, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe with a deep understanding of Jazz


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tom Townsend Band at Otley Courthouse

The jazz-inspired singer-songwriter Tom Townsend brings a cracking band of world-class players to Otley's Courthouse on Friday 28th Oct for an exciting night of foot-stomping fun as part of his Autumn tour. One of the finest venues in the area, the Courthouse promises a experience to remember.

The Band comprises:
Bass – Paul Baxter
Drums – Steve Hanley
Keys – Alec Robinson
Tenor Saxophone – Dave Kemp
Trumpet – Ian Chalk
Trombone – Stuart Wilkinson

Tickets £10 from Otley Courthouse Box Office on 01943 467466 Music starts at 8pm.

Otley Courthouse 
LS21 3AN

Next gigs on the tour
29/10/2016  Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LX
03/12/2016  Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

Leeds Jazz Club needs help!

From Sarah Sharpe

Hi all. Sadly Leeds Jazz Club will be closed tomorrow and for the foreseeable future. Other commitments have got in the way and I can no longer run the club as efficiently as I would like.
Leeds Jazz Club would like to thank all it's patrons and the bands that have supported the club over the years.

If anyone would like to take over the club, either as a single person or as a committee then please do message for details.

If you can help please contact Sarah or 07572 468388


The Leeds Jazz Club has been offering traditional jazz at various venues for almost the last 50 years. Their current venue was Tuesdays at the Armley Conservative Club, offering a night of live music. They had different bands throughout the year, so it always stayed fresh, covering genres like trad, dixieland, swing and smooth. It was the perfect excuse to put your dancing shoes on for a night of jives and windy hops. It'll be sad to see it fold - do spread the word!


** Just in - the latest (good!) news is that Malcolm Ford one of the Leeds JC regulars has agreed to take on the Leeds JC with some guidance from longtime promoter John Wall. The first night under the new management will be the Tame Valley Stompers on Tuesday 1st November.

Monday, 24 October 2016

News of Wandering Monster...

‘Wandering Monster‘ is the outlet for the compositions of Leeds based bass player Sam Quintana. The outfit features five of the finest and most active members of the Leeds jazz scene. Though they are accomplished as individuals, when together they form an entity greater than the sum of it’s parts: a monster- wandering… roaming…searching for off-kilter grooves, dynamic melodies and frantic free sections.

They have been awarded the opportunity to perform at a number of high profile jazz festivals across The North through the Jazz North Introduces scheme.

Their new two track EP on New Jazz Records was recorded on 26th October at Leeds Fold and is available here  The video taken by Maria Alzamora is here

Wandering Monster are appearing at the LS6 cafe in Hyde Park Leeds Wednesday 26 October 8pm
Address: 16 Headingley Ln, Leeds LS6 2AS