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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Newcastle Jazz Co op celebrate International Jazz Day

Custom House Big band

Sunday 30 April, 2pm - midnight 
30 April is International Jazz Day and it is also the day when, in 2014, Jazz.Coop bought The Globe and started creating the UK’s first community-owned live music venue/bar.

This year we will be celebrating with live music all day and night. The programme includes jazz of all styles from trad to free improvisation, from duo to big band. There are 12 acts together featuring about 50 of the North East’s jazz musicians.

Running order (may be subject to change)
14:00 – 15:00 TAKE IT TO THE BRIDGE – mainstream jazz from regulars of the North East’s longest running jam session
15:15 – 16:00 COOKING WITH THREE – in-the-moment free improvisation
16:10 – 16:50 SPACE GONG – sax/electronics quartet – psychedelic jazz rock
17:00 – 17:40 BIG MUDDY – jazz/blues septet – horns, vocals, happiness
18: 00 – 18:45 CUSTOMS HOUSE BIG BAND WITH RUTH LAMBERT – large, loud, luscious swing
19:00 – 19:30 JAMES BIRKETT & BRADLEY JOHNSTON DUO – two superb jazz guitarists
19:40 – 20:00 LA MILONGA DE LOS DOMINGOS – Argentine tango demonstration dance
20:10 – 20:40 VIEUX CARRE JAZZMEN – finest foot-tapping trad jazz
20:45 – 21:15 GABRIELE MIT ZWEI – charismatic vocalist with guitar and bass
21:20 – 21:50 JOEL BROWN & MATT MACKELLAR – next generation of jazz talent (piano/drums)
21:55 – 22:25 LINDSAY HANNON & ALAN LAW – top quality vocal/piano duo
22:30 – 23:00 SAFE SEXTET – tight creative hard bop
23:00 – LATE JAM SESSION – the sound of surprise
Admission free – donations very welcome

Other upcoming events at the Jazz Co-op

Songsmiths and minstrels
Eight two-hour sessions (Mondays 7-9pm) at the Globe. The next course starts on 24 April 2017. The tutor is Bethany Elen, community musician, folk singer and political activist. Course description This engaging course will explore various elements involved in the creation of song writing, composition, arrangement and performance of new music material.

New street band
The Globe is forming a new street band led by the energetic multi-instrumentalist Stuart Finden. The band will rehearse once a fortnight on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. When they are ready the street band will perform at various events and festivals and at The Globe, of course.

Visit our website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more

DJazz Festival and more in Durham

DJAZZ: The Durham City Jazz Festival 
June 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Over 25 events, spread across 7 venues over 3 days.
Live jazz / DJ sets / jam sessions /club night / beer festival / and so much more
This is the first DJAZZ festival so we’re giving you all of this for only a tenner per wristband at

Empty Shop HQ
The Miners Hall
The Barber of Neville
Old Cinema Laundrette
Jam Jah

Final venue to be announced soon

Empty Shop gigs in May 
Working in association with Newcastle's Jazz Co-Op, The Jazz Sessions bring top class bands to Durham's Empty Shop venue on the first Thursday of every month.

Thursday 4th May
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
Sextet mixing bebop, songs and originals featuring 2 singers, 3 horns and a solid rhythm section.

Hand to Mouth
Thursday 18th May
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
A great new guitar duo from the incredibly talented Bradley Johnston & Lindsay Hannon taking a cue from Joe Pass & Ella Fitzgerald.

Empty Shop CIC
35c Framwellgate Bridge
Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ
United Kingdom

Jazz Co op -

May gigs at Kennedy’s Jazz Bar York

Jade Harris May 14th 

May 7th - Nikki Allen’s Combo - Nikki (vocals and keyboard), Ben Crosland (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

May 14th - Jade Harris and Friends - Jade (vocals), Jez Platt (organ) Derrick Harris (guitar)
May 21st - Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook - Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

May 28th – The Nick Svarc Set – Nick (guitar), Barry Rickerby (bass) Paul Smith (drums)

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

May gigs at the Head of Steam Huddersfield

Munch Manship May 3

Here's the listings from Paul Smith for the May gigs at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield

May 3rd - Rod Mason (sax) with his special guest the talented Munch’ Manship (sax)

May 10th -  Michaela Smith (vocals), Stuart McDonald (sax)

May 17th - Jon Taylor (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar)

May 24th - Kyran Matthews (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

May 31st -  ‘Something New and Unusual’ with John Settle (vibes) and Sam Dunn (guitar)

Rhythm section from Andy Cholerton  Andrzej Baranek (keys) Paul Chamberlain  Paul Baxter (bass) and Paul Smith drums

Wednesdays at the Head of Steam
An eclectic mix of Jazz/Blues & Latin
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Time 8.30pm

Admission fee from £2 per person
For those who regularly pay £5 your continued support is much appreciated

Monday, 17 April 2017

Snake Davis @JazzLeeds Day of Jazz 3 August

Who better to be the headline act at the first JazzLeeds jazz day than Snake Davis Band?

Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Expect to hear anything from jazz standards to a Michael Jackson or Prince hit and lots of tunes in-between. An alumnus from Leeds College of Music (he funded himself by busking and gig money!) he is now in demand as one of the biggest names on the British scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas.

Snake is joined on stage by his band - Paul Birchall, keys, composer and lifelong friend, Simon Goulding, bass player extraordinaire with an impressive biography as long as your arm and Ali Thynne on drums, a most talented drummer who has also come out of Leeds College of Music and the new kid on the block. All are consummate musicians and clearly enjoy performing together.

This music doesn’t fit into any bracket. In truth, it’s real soul music. Snake said “I believe that any music that moves you is soul music”. You can expect to hear an exciting combination of old favourites as well as new material. This is genuine, emotional, feel good music.

“Snake Davis has one of the most passionate Sax styles and simple bluesy approaches a-la Sanborn heard in these Isles for a while” Time Out

“A virtuoso saxophonist” Daily Telegraph

Earlier in the day we have free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring Hyde Park Brass, Slide Area, The Big Easy and Tom Sharp's Jazz orchestra (12-2pm and 5-7.30pm). There will also be a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Leeds guitarist Dom Moore

All the Millenium Square Jazz events are free. Tickets for Snake Davis Band (£18/16)

Tickets for the the workshop "How To Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide" with Dom Moore (£5)

 JazzLeeds jazz day is part of the Leeds Summer Music Festival 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival 2017 Line up

From Mark Beirne Smith

Ilkley Jazz Festival is a small festival that has been growing steadily over the last 4 years and this year it is going to be even bigger with 14 acts that have just been announced at this years festival and 3 educational events. Headlining is Ian Shaw one of the worlds best male jazz singers often compared with Kurt Ellling and Mark Murphy, he will be performing at the Winter Gardens on 18th August. Ian will be performing music from his latest album Theory of Joy.

On Saturday 19th there are 5 acts that give the full breadth of the contemporary jazz genre, the day starts at 1pm in the Winter Gardens with Jamil Sheriff’s piano trio, followed by British Jazz Award winning Jamie Brownfields trumpet led quartet, and then MOBO nominated James Mainwaring leads a new sax lead quartet. After a short break for tea, expect a masterclass in jazz singing as Beverley sings Carmichael at 6.30pm followed by John Crawford headlining Saturday with Latin influenced jazz music from his latest Album Times of Tides.

Opening the festival we have the outstanding jazz singer Zoe Gilby from Newcastle performing at Monkmans with bassist Andy Champion on Wednesday 16th. Blues guitarist Dave Smith will be playing way down in the depths of Martinez Cellar Bar. On Thursday jazz singer Julie Edwards will be captivating us at Quinta and the improvisational talents of the Matt Aplin Trio will be playing his project Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham.

The Wweekend starts with Backchat Brass who will be surprising us with pop up performances around town. Virtuoso saxophonist Stuart MacDonald plays at Monkmans on Friday 18th. On Sunday, Hot Club du Nord, an amazing violin led gypsy band from Newcastle will be playing in the Black Hat. The festival closes with the fantastic community jazz band Dales Jam on the Ilkley Bandstand.

There are 3 educational events where you can learn a bit more about Jazz, the Late night jazz jam is your chance to play, the long running workshop and the masterclass are all free!
There are also another 8 events around town in various venues including Monkmans, Quinta, The Band-stand, The Black Hat, Friends of Ham and Martinez.

Tickets  and seat bookings for the Winter Garden events are available at the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, there are Friday night tickets (£15), Saturday individual priced tickets (£various) Saturday full day tickets (£30) and Weekend tickets (£40) call 01943 602319 or pop in!
For the other acts please book directly with the venues

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Summer at the Howard Assembly Room Leeds

Carleen Anderson 26 May

Jazz summer highlights at the Howard Assembly Room Leeds

Brad Mehldau Trio (Tues 16 May) with Larry Grenadier bass and Jeff Ballard drums. US jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has transformed jazz piano playing taking predictable materials in unpredictable directions

Jazz Jamaica (Wed 26 April) "One of the UK's leading good time bands" (Independent). A ten piece band led by double bassist Gary Crosby - a fusion of mento, ska, reggae with modern jazz standards and Jamaican folk songs

Mercury nominated Carleen Anderson (Fri 26 May)  is an American soul and jazz singer, who has had success in the United Kingdom. In her career she has collaborated with musician including Paul Weller and Ramsey Lewis and was vocalist and composer for  the Young Disciples. Her seventh solo album  - Cage Street Memorial will be performed live by Anderson with Samy Bishai on violin, Orphy Robinson on vibes,  Renell Shaw on bass and Crispen Robinson on percussion,

Sounds of Palestine (Thus 27 July) Nai Barghouti returns with her band of musicians from Palestine Korea Tunisia and Nigeria. She's followed by favourites of the Paris Jazz scene Mohamed Najem and friends - traditional Arab instruments alongside standard jazz line ups. Both groups move effortlessly between the music of the Middle East and jazz to find a new musical language

For more information and tickets visit or call box office 0844 848 2727

LEEDS Grand Theatre / Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate