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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Seven Jazz Leeds Spring 2017 season goes live!

 Cloudmakers "Five" Jan 19th

 Seamus Blake Feb 9th 

Seven Jazz Leeds are really pleased to announce our collaboration with the Love Pass Music to offer you the very best of jazz music coming to Leeds. These are our concerts in our Leeds international jazz series at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds over the next three months. You can buy a season ticket for all six evening concerts here:  

Jim Hart and Cloudmakers "Five"
Thursday 19 January 2017 Doors open 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

The first evening concert is Paris based vibraphone supremo Jim Hart and his group Cloudmakers “Five” on Thursday January 19th 2017.  The group features MOBO award nominated American bassist Mike Janisch and special guests Antonin-Tri Hoang (France) on alto sax and Hannes Reipler (Austria) on guitar. Their music draws from such diverse musical worlds—including free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation. Support is from the Jean Watson sextet. Tickets here

Seamus Blake 
Thursday 9 February 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

We welcome back to Seven Jazz for New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake, who is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. He has been a feature on the New York scene for 20 years, especially as a featured soloist with the Mingus Big Band who has performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. With James are Ross Stanley on Hammond organ, James Maddren on drums. The gig is a collaboration between Seven Jazz, Norvoljazz network and Kim Macari's Apollo and will be recorded for BBC Radio. Support is from Sam Quintana's "Wandering Monster". Tickets here

Dave Kane's Magic Ya-Ya Band
Thursday 23 February 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Leeds bassist Dave Kane is rightly gaining international recognition for his playing and compositions. His Magic YaYa Band are an octet of players from the burgeoning Leeds jazz scene. They have a great groove and feature punchy and brassy unison passages that led into some collective improvisation and then into individual solos. Support is from Phil Green's Quiet Jazz project. Tickets here

The Music of Duke Ellington featuring Cleveland Watkiss  
Thursday 9 March 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

The Music of Duke Ellington featuring Cleveland Watkiss (vocals) and Tom Harrison (sax) will be a joyful celebration of the music of the jazz legend Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn. The band features internationally recognised vocal star Cleveland Watkiss, whose credits include, Stevie Wonder, The Who and many more, as well as MOBO nominee David Lyttle and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. Support is from the Jeff Hewer Quartet.Tickets here

Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams "Glow Quartet" 
Thursday 23 March 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams bring generations and styles of musicians/music together in a fascinating encounter on Thursday March 23rd. The Glow Quartet features these two exceptional musicians, Trish on tnor saxophone and Gareth on piano in an interactive band that combines the good stuff from both more traditional improvised jazz music and contemporary ideas. Support is from the Seven Jazz Voices Choir conducted by Tessa Smith. Tickets here

Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra
Thursday 27 April 2017 Doors 7.30pm @Seven Arts Leeds

Jazz pannist Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra will feature Leeds own steel pan maestro Dudley Nesbitt with the brilliant Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra to perform a special programme at Seven Arts showcasing the jazz steel pan. Dudley was the arranger for Steel Orchestras in Panorama in his native Trinidad, their equivalent of the Proms. This evening will be a chance for Dudley to play with the young musicians of the Leeds College of Music in their award winning Big Band led by tenor saxman, staff member and alumnus Rob Mitchell. Support is from the Pan Workshop band. Tickets

Each of the evening concerts listed will be at Seven Arts Leeds,31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Evening concerts start at 8pm and finish at 11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. There will be a support act between 8 and 8.30 for each concert featuring a new group from the Leeds area.

Our first Sunday afternoon concert of the New Year is on Sunday afternoon @Seven Arts, Sunday Jan 8th 2017 1.30-4pm featuring Dave Mannington's "Riff Raff" and featuring some of the UK's finest artists working in contemporary jazz: Brigitte Beraha - vocals, Tomas Challenger - Sax, Ivo Neame - Piano/accordion, Rob Updegraff - guitar, Dave Manington - Bass, Tim Giles - Drums. Tickets here

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December's jazz line up at Cullingworth

Marlena Rose Wed Dec 7th

Dave Lee writes

These are the line ups for December's jazz gigs at Cullingworth Conservative Club

Dec 7 Marlena Rose (vocals) with Chris Lloyd (keys) Steve Crocker (bass) Jack Chandler (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Dec 14 Emily Brown (vocals) with Martin Longhawn (keys) Roz MacDonald (bass) Rod Mason (sax) Dave Lee (drums)

Dec 21 Georgina Barr (vocals) with Mike Conliffe (keys) Roz Macdonald (bass) Brendan Duffy (sax) and Dave Lee (drums)

9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas and new Year Jazz at the Spa

Harlem Hot Stompers 17 Dec

Les and the team from Boston Spa write..

Please find attached the Christmas and New Year programme. Doesn’t time pass quickly when you are having fun! Compliments of the Season from  us all at Jazz in the Spa!

17th Dec– Christmas Party Night with the Harlem Hot Stompers – the annual shindig which has proved to be one of the special gigs of the year. The customary mix of rip roaring traditional jazz from the Stompers plus delectable savouries and sweet treats provided by yourselves and shared around plus the special Christmas raffle. A really great start to the Festive Season!
24th and 31st – No Jazz    

7th January – Savannah Jazz Band – the traditional start to the New Year with Yorkshire’s finest in sparkling form and raring to go after the holiday break. Always a lively session with band and audience determined to sweep away the “post-festive blues.” Traditional jazz par excellence with a smattering of R & B for good measure.

14th January Richard Exall’s Shooting Stars – new to Boston Spa is this professional six piece group from London led by Richard who has appeared previously with his partner, Amy Roberts – both former members of the Chris Barber Band. On this occasion, the music is from a different era from the Roberts/Exall Quintet being vintage jazz, jump jive and swing. Sounds like a really lively session. £10

21st – Alligator Gumbo  recommended to us is this spirited and versatile eight piece group based in Leeds which specialises in “jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing era in the 1920s” when jazz music featured such instruments as the violin and accordion as well as clarinet and those familiar to us. Young musicians with a zest for life.

28th - Kid Boyd Jazz Band A more than welcome return for one of our longest serving groups following a period of absence from the music scene. Always a favourite of the Boston Spa audience, Martin’s back with his stalwarts – Frank Brooker on reeds, James Lancaster on trumpet and our favourite drumming man, Rod McNamara. Looking forward to a cracking evening.

Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds, LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Saturday Traditional/Mainstream Jazz.

Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.

Xmas jazz at the UCC


Lucienne is a singer of beautiful French Chansons taking her inspiration from Lucienne
Delyle... She also sings jazz standards and cabaret with an array of talented pianists, performing
under the name of "Toujours Lucienne"
http://www.facebook/lucienne de ville

Tony is a reeds player who is equally at home playing traditional jazz or modern jazz. He has
been on the local circuit for more years than he cares to remember and he makes a welcome return
to the UCC. He plays all the reed instruments from clarinet through to baritone sax all with the same
drive and eloquence.

Admission is free, as usual, and drinks are reasonably priced with a different guest beer every
week. There is ample car parking space which is overseen by CCTV.

21.12.16      The Limehouse Laundry Boys

All 9.00pm –11.00pm

Undercliffe Cricket Club,
Intake Road,
Bradford. BD2 3JR
Tel. 01274 637162


ParrJazz Yuletide Bugle..

Stringer Jones and the BuzzTones 20 Dec

From John McCormick

"Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire, Jack Frost nipping at Your toes"..... That evocative opening line from the great Mel Torme classic "The Christmas Song" tells us it's that time again! Yep, this is the Yuletide Edition of the " ParrJazz Bugle". Would you believe ! .....another busy jazz packed year's drawing to a close here at  'ParrJazz Towers' (aka Frederiks Bar and Bistro @ 32 Hope St. Liverpool L1 9BX ).  Doesn't time fly when you're having fun !

Anyway if you're feeling.....'Baby It's Cold Outside' quote another winter song !....Anyway don't let your timbers shiver  - at least not on  Tuesdays   -   just come on down and wallow in the 'winter wonderland' that is 'cool' and 'hot' at the same time . The only place that can possibly be is of course - 'ParrJazz @ Fred's' !

To get us in the festive mood we start the month on the 6th December with a bunch of groovemeisters guaranteed to have us tapping our feet while we're digging some fantastic sounds .    It's " THE GOLDIE GANG "!  Dave , family and friends with their marvellous mix of Jazz, Blues & Rock 'n Roll!

On the 13th. December  time for a real ...."and now for something completely different" experience !
Our special guest that night is new to us  - a wonderfully talented vocalist with a quirky take on life.
We welcome to the club  -  Ms. LUCY HOPE !  Maybe we should say M'mselle as she sings mostly in French !  Oo La La ..Left field but Fab !

Which builds us up nicely to our Annual Shindig ! - Yes it's here again and the date for your diary is the 20th Dec  ********** "THE PARRJAZZ CHRISTMAS PARTY " ! **************
Bigger and better than ever !  It's gonna be fun packed, guest packed & jam packed....full of jazzy goodies !As always 'The House Bandits', Danny, Tony & Johnny Mac will be in residence plus this year we're bringing in another jazzy crew guaranteed to blow you away   - "STRINGER JONES & THE BUZZTONES "! These funky funsters really know how to party &  make merry while making great music too !

Lots of other guests dropping in , including many of our talented jammers who have supported us and joined in the fun all year  -  to play , sing, dance , eat our  famous mince pies , sample  our mulled wine and party party party ! As we hope you all will !! Maybe even Santa himself will call in ahead of his 'Big Gig' make sure we've all been 'really good'  boys  and  girls!

And that's not all for 2016 to chase away those 'post Christmas Blues and say goodbye to the old year in style   -   Tuesday 29th. is time for another of our now traditional events. "The ParrJazz  Twixmas  Get Together "!  Featuring Star Guests headed up by the  'Pied Piper of Aigburth' himself  -  the one and only "BUSTER" Plus this year we're making our farewell to the old year a special Charity Event to raise funds for worthy causes both local and global

From all the Team at ParrJazz."We Love You Madly"  - Have a Cool Yule & a Great 2017 .

Parr Jazz
32 Hope Street

Check the Parrjazz website for April Listings-

Monday, 5 December 2016

Paul Smith's jazz collective gigs in December

Derrick Harris Dec 4th

Wednesday at the Head of Steam 8.30pm
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB

Dec 7th – Rod Mason (sax), Jez Platt (guitar)

Dec 14th – Laurie Briggs (vocals) Andy Wallis (sax)

Dec 21st/28th no gig

Support the music with raffle participation


Sunday Bunch at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar 1pm 
Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Dec 4th - The Derrick Harris Trio 

Dec 11th - The Jez Platt Combo 

Dec 18th - Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook -

Dec 25th - no gig

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Paul Smith

Drawing Hands and Treppenwitz new album releases

Leeds based Drawing Hands are performing some of the most interesting music in the North of England jazz scene at present. Led by composer and double-bassist Sam Jackson. They perform original music inspired by 17th century counterpoint, traditional English folk and 21st century jazz. Their new album "March" is out today on James Hamilton's New Jazz Record label.

Dan Barker-Bey - Tenor Saxophone
Jack Chandler - Alto saxophone
Sam Jackson - Double bass
Harry Orme - Acoustic guitar

Video here:

Treppenwitz is a project dedicated to improvisation and the exploration of sounds within open structures. It was formed in January 2014 after (though not because) a Philadelphian drummer, Matthew McGraw, left the city of Leeds. The music they make can be seen as an indirect response to this. This night sees the launch of their new release, Short and Long Ditties.

Matthew Aplin - Piano
Steve Hanley - Drums
Tom Rivière - Double Bass

New Jazz Records was formed by James Hamilton in mid 2014 to document the creative output of jazz artists around the north of England. To record, release and promote original recordings by practitioners at the beginning of their careers.

The joint album launch is on Tuesday 6th December at Headingley Heart 7.30pm start