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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Scarborough Jazz festival -UK 2017 jazz venue of the year!

Mike and Marion Gordon from Scarborough Jazz

So the north has done it again - the second year running a NorvolJazz network promoter has won the  jazz venue of the year in the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz awards. And our warmest congratulations to Mike and Marion Gordon who have been making it happen for the last 15 years
‘Our very own North Sea Jazz Festival’ Jazzwise.

Here is the information about the award below
"Mike Gordon is the Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival.  Before retirement he was Head of North Yorkshire’s Special Education Support Services and then Executive Secretary of the National Association for Special Educational Needs.  He has also been promoter of Scarborough Jazz club on 50 nights a year for 34 years and is the original resident pianist. He describes himself as a jazz player of modest attainments – but getting better!

2017 is Scarborough Jazz Festival’s fifteenth year.  Audience numbers have grown over the years and analysis of the detailed evaluation returns – which the organisers take very seriously as a guide to improving all aspects of the event –have consistently indicated that 98% of the audience rated the quality and variety of the acts and artists as excellent or good.

The festival aims to have well-established performers, chosen because their jazz is continually developing, alongside younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas.  Regular attenders know they can expect a mixture of the accessible and the challenging. The weekend event is held in the wonderful Victorian Spa Grand Hall which looks out over the beach and sea towards Scarborough Castle."

Other award winners this year were as follows - with some familiar names to northern clubs being honoured here

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cleveland Watkiss
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings
Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – “Together As One”
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija
Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips
Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors
Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans
Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

Previous Yorkshire UK "venue of the year" winners
Scarborough Jazz Festival 2017
Seven Jazz Leeds 2016
Wakefield Jazz 2005

About the Parliamentary Jazz Awards:

Kelvin Hopkins MP, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said: “The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year’s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz”

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament.  Co-Chairs are Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat team is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Focus on Jazz in Hull - gigs this week

Dave Ellis's listings of jazz events in Hull this coming week

Hull Jazz Scene

From John Marley

Although it may come as a surprise to many, Hull has a vibrant jazz scene that dates back to the 1960’s. On an average week, there are at least 4 opportunities to hear live jazz in the city. Local musicians and enthusiasts have been integral in creating some of the longest running jazz clubs in the north.

Hull Jazz Club can be traced as far back as the 1960’s when it was run by the local legend John ‘Blind Lemon’ Holborn. Still performing, Blind Lemon is one of those characters that make local music scenes great. Always immaculately dressed and full of wit, Lemon regularly appears at jam sessions in the city to play his signature blues Frankie & Johnny. Hull Jazz in its current form was launched in 1983 by bassist and banjo player Ken Ford who sadly passed away last year. A grassroots promoter in its purest form, Ford brought some of the biggest names in British jazz to the club as well as running regular players nights. Since his passing, the club is being kept alive by a small group of hard working volunteers. Running on a Wednesday at The Goodfellowship Inn on Cottingham Road, upcoming highlights include the Hull Big Band on October 18th & Route De Django on November 29th.

Another long running jazz session happens at Pave Bar which is located in the fashionable Avenues area of the city. The jam session, which has taken place every Tuesday for a decade sees guest musicians join the Rob Law Trio. The front liners include vocalists Jenny Smith & Kate Peters as well as horn players Ben Lowman, Rod Mason & Stuart Garside. Due to the bar’s location and the lack of admission fee, the jam has a varied and vibrant audience that is made up of jazz fans, drinkers and students. Pave also runs a Sunday afternoon session with smaller ensembles for diners to enjoy. Georgina Barr, Dan Edwards and Martin Jones are amongst the regular rotation of performers.

The most recent gig to emerge in Hull’s jazz scene takes place at 4.30pm every Sunday at the Humber Street Gallery. Humber Street is an artery of the old town that has seen a great deal of regeneration in recent years. When the sun is shining, the street has a bustling atmosphere with a heady mix of shoppers and culture vultures. The gallery jazz session takes place in the cafe and features duos. Organised by bassist George Beastall, he is regularly accompanying musicians such as Nicki Allan & Thom Whitworth.

One of the biggest events in the Yorkshire jazz calendar is the Hull Jazz Festival. In recent years the festival has been split into 2 parts with a Summer and Winter edition. This year, they are celebrating their 25th anniversary in style. Jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny will be leading a quartet on Sat 11 November to open the festival which will also features performances by GoGo Penguin, Arun Gosh and Andy Sheppard.

One of Hull’s most famous jazz connections comes not in the form of a musician but that of a writer. Philip Larkin was a librarian at The University of Hull, during which time he wrote many of his most well known works. As well as his poetic compositions, Larkin was also a keen jazz fan and the jazz critic for the Daily Telegraph. His outspoken jazz reviews were often full of controversy due to his his criticism of modern jazz. Larkin favoured early styles of jazz performance and this preference is apparent in his writings which have been compiled in a book, All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–1971.

For those looking to do further reading on the history of Hull’s jazz scene, a fascinating book was released in 1991 entitled Hull Jazz and Jazzmen. Compiled by Laurie Dex, the book features interviews with local musicians who have been part of the scene since its beginning. The book gives a powerful insight into the development of a local music scene from those who helped to create it.

John Marley

New Jazz weekend in Berwick

We welcome a new Northern jazz festival to the fold this coming weekend -making nineteen jazz festivals - at least- now in the north of England! It will be held at the Maltings in Berwick on Tweed in Northumberland Fri-Sun 13-15 October 2017

The Don Paterson Situation is the first event Friday evening (on Oct 13th) . Though better known as one of the UK’s leading and most decorated poets, Don Paterson has had a second career as guitarist, and moved to London in the mid-80s to join the free-improv scene, where he took lessons with the great guitar maverick Derek Bailey.  For twelve years he co-led the Celtic-jazz ensemble Lammas with saxophonist Tim Garland, playing classical and 12-string guitars and sharing stages and studios with jazz luminaries, trumpet master Kenny Wheeler, vibraphone virtuoso Joe Locke, pianist Jason Rebello and many others.
His  band, which has been described as “a Scottish-accented Pat Metheny Group” features regular collaborator Steve Hamilton (formerly of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and currently touring with drumming legend Billy Cobham) on keyboards, along with the the current Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, David Bowden.

A truly inspiring Jazz Pianist takes you on a breathtaking  journey through the entire history of Jazz piano. At 2pm on Saturday 14th October in the afternoon Geoff Eales will take you on a trip covering the sedate ragtime of Scott Joplin and on to Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, before a fabulous finish with his own spontaneous improvisations.  “Eales has never disguised his respectful devotion to masters such as Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock and his glossy technique as a straight swinger is formidable” - The Guardian

Saturday evening has Derbyshire bassist, guitarist and jazz educator Fred Theolonious Baker with "American Dreams: The Music of Pat Metheny" The smoothest of tributes to the original Pat Metheny Group. Fred Thelonius Baker will be focussing on their early years including "American Garage" and "Offramp", playing a classic Gibson 175, an acoustic guitar and guitar synth to produce the typical sounds of the period. Fred is also conducting a masterclass in jazz guitar earlier in the day at 11.30am

Sunday afternoon 15th October features a New Orleans Jazz Brunch with fresh cooked Creole food – think gumbo, jambalaya and corn bread – combines with a musical melting pot of Jazz and Blues sounds to provide a very special, very mellow, very exclusive Sunday treat in the intimate and informal setting of The Maltings bar.

More details - telephone the box office: 01289 330999. Tickets from  

Extra gigs at Wigan...

Dan Shout with the Dan Wheildon Trio. Tickets £10.
Dan Shout is one of South Africa’s leading saxophone players who teaches at Cape Town University. His music is straight ahead jazz which is highly rhythmical, incorporating South African influences.
Wigan Jazz Club extra event, Wednesday evening 18th October, 7.30 pm at Wigan Cricket Club, Bull Hey, Parson’s Walk, Wigan, WNI 1RU

 A welcome return of The Managers Big Band. Admission £12 non members of the Jazz Club, £11.50 concessions, £11 Jazz Club members. Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday afternoon 9th October, 12.30 pm at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Vauxhall Rooad, Wigan, WN1 3LU.

For all events:-
Advance tickets available from or pay at the door.
Details of prices, directions to the venue and all relevant information on where you will also find photos, reviews, information about the Club, membership, and the future programme.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Temperance Seven and more at the Spa

Temperance Seven - 21 October 
From Les and the team at Boston Spa

October dates

7th – Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – the group most requested by our audience. The sound is described as “vintage acoustic swing music” – the red hot jazz of the 1920’s New York. This is a truly class act led by one of our favourite musicians “Spats” Langham on guitar and banjo and the evening will be much enhanced by the vocal talents of Emily Campbell who draws her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee. £10.

14th – Savannah Jazz Band – and making its final appearance for the year, Yorkshire’s number one and well travelled traditional jazz band. Always a first class jolly evening with some rhythm and blues thrown in for good measure.

21st – Temperance Seven – yes - it’s the real thing! Founded in the 1950s, the band specialises in the music of the 20s and 30s though with a tongue in cheek slant throughout. Even the name reflects this being “one under the eight” – there are eight musicians. You’ll recall the famous chart hits of the 60s such as “You’re driving me crazy” and “Pasadena”. Do come along for an evening of pure nostalgia – better still make up a party of friends and dress up in your retro outfits. £10

28th – Kevin Grenfall’s Jazz Giants + John Hallam – led by the irrepressible Kevin on trumpet on this occasion with our star reeds player John Hallam and the mellifluous Richard Leach on trombone. The rhythm section includes Phil Knight from Denmark on piano and Jack Coterill on drums. A lively evening is assured. £10.

November dates 

4th – Red Stripe Band – now for something a little different and much requested. Red Stripe led by Neil Drinkwater on keyboard has been stomping its boogie woogie, jump jive, blues, swing and rock and roll rhythms worldwide for nigh on twenty years. Infectious energy coupled with lashings of high octane music. £10.

11th – Sorry – No Jazz

18th – Dave Donohoe Jazz Band – and a warm welcome to one of the unsung heroes of the British Jazz scene with a first class array of musical talent led by Dave on trombone and amongst whom is our local hero, Frank Brooker plus Teddy Fullick on trumpet. Something of a ‘New Orleans’ bent to the programme but always an excellent evening’s entertainment.

25th – Amy Roberts + Richard Exall + Tom Kincaid – now here we have the makings of a memorable night as Amy and Richard demonstrate their formidable talents as they take on the standards on a range of reeds instruments and more than ably supported by the wonderful Tom Kincaid Trio. £10.

Thanks for your Support – it’s what keeps music live!
Why not bring along a friend, neighbour or relative – JITS is friendly and it’s fun!

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.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nine star gigs this October @JazzLeeds

Craig Handy Quartet 5 Oct 

A star studded month for Jazz Leeds with international musicians from USA, South Africa and Holland, two UK octets - one with jazz and poetry led by Alan Barnes with poetess Josie Moon, and one celebrating the life of Stan Tracey led by his son Clark. Then to round the month off the amazing world music of Don Kipper!

Craig Handy Quartet Thursday evening 5 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Craig Handy sax; Jonathan Gee piano, Nicola Sabato bass, Rod Youngs: drums. Leading US saxophonist Craig Handy comes to Leeds with a top class European trio. Since his time with Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Handy has contributed his lyrical and intensely passionate improvisations to ensembles led by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Ray Drummond, Elvin Jones, George Adams and Kenny Barron among many others.
Support from – “Sam Jackson’s Drawing Hands

Dolly James -Inkwell Divas Saturday afternoon 7 October @Inkwell Arts 1. 30-3.30pm Payf
Dolly worked as a session singer in London before pursuing her solo career. In 1990, she released a 7-inch single with Andy Sheppard and she has toured with Simply Red. Her band performed at Womad and Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham. Now she is developing a new career as a jazz singer..

Dan Whieldon Quartet Sunday afternoon 8 October @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5) Dan Whieldon piano, Richard Iles flugelhorn, Gavin Barras double bass, Caroline Boaden drums. Manchester pianist Dan Whieldon leads a new band performing his rich, elegant music - contemporary European in style, rich in harmony, refined and elegant., their melodies eloquently voiced by the featuring the lyrical flugelhorn of Richard Iles.

“A Fish Tale” - Alan Barnes Septet and poet Josie Moon Thursday evening 12 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5) Alan Barnes, Dean Masser, Gilad Atzmon saxes, Mark Nightingale trombone, Neil Yates Trumpet, Pat McCarthy guitar, Dave Green bass, Sebastian de Krom drums, Josie Moon narrator. Fish Tales brings together the orchestrations of Alan Barnes, the compositions of guitarist Pat McCarthy and the amusing, risqué and troubling poems of Josie Moon to portray the spirit and loss of the fishing community in Grimsby "Executed with love and skill "Fish Tales " represents a jazz concept that is all too rare" ****4 stars-Jazz Journal.  Support from - Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 8-8.30pm

South African saxman Dan Shout -Sunday afternoon 15 October @Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5) Dan Shout saxes Dan Whieldon piano Gavin Barras bass Dave Walsh drums. Dan Shout is a respected sax player and jazz educator based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed in over 30 countries with the likes Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, Maria Schneider and Frode Nymo.

Barry Ellis @Rush Hour Jazz Wednesday 20 October 6-7pm Payf . Barry Ellis is one of the veterans of the Leeds Jazz scene - playing tenor sax in bands with trumpeter Richard Auty from the 1960's onwards. He has a very smooth sax style reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Stan Getz

Dominic J.Marshall trio Sunday afternoon 22 October @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5). Dominic Marshall piano Sam Vicary double bass Sam Gardner – drums The Dominic J Marshall Trio consists of three friends who originally met in Leeds but have all now developed international careers. Dominic’s  is based in Amsterdam and his music travels through jazz, classical, hip-hop, soul, folk and everything in between. “He brings together “A great heritage of the past, but also something very fresh and new.” Jamie Cullum

Stan Tracey Legacy Octet Thursday eve 26 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £20/18 (NUS £5). Mark Armstrong: trumpet; Mark Nightingale trombone; Sam Mayne: alto sax; Simon Allen: tenor sax; Nadim Teimoori: tenor/soprano sax; Steve Melling: piano; Andrew Cleyndert: bass; Clark Tracey: drums Stan Tracey was an outstanding figure in the jazz world and was always a great favourite in Leeds. His distinguished career spanned six decades of flourishing creativity and he He was a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he worked. This evening celebrates his music and features most of Stan’s last Octet, led by his son Clark and with Steve Melling at the piano. Support from Chris Bland Quartet 8-8.30pm

Don Kipper Sunday afternoon 29 October @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7. Andrew Gorman (violin) Daniel Gouly (Clarinet, Vocals) Josh Middleton (accordion) Tim Karp (Guitar) Jamie Benzies (Double Bass) Timmy Doyle (Drums) Dunja Botic (Vocals). Something different! Don Kipper are a multi award-winning 7-piece ensemble playing  a wide range of traditional musical from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean - from Turkish and Greek folk music to Romani music and Klezmer.

More details:
Our venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW