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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

Nick Svarc Trio, New Hotness and more at Heart

Four October Jazz gigs at Heart in Leeds

The New Hotness 10 Oct

Sat 7th October Nik Svarc Trio
Tickets: £10 £6 concs
Svarc Trio seeks to bring a variety of influences together to unite modern groove with improvisation.
‘Guitar-led fusion from this youthful, Leeds-based virtuoso’. Time Out
Nik Svarc- Guitars/Loops,
Garry Jackson-Electric and Double Bass,
Dave Walsh-Drums

Tues 10 October The New Hotness 
Donations on the door £3 - £5
The New Hotness is a Jazz ensemble from Leeds. The six piece band, who recently graduated from Leeds College of Music, specialise in Hard Bop, Hip-Hop and New Jazz.
Alto Sax - Calum Hennings,
Tenor Sax - Andy Berry
Trumpet - Alex Brown,
Guitar - Joe Scott
Bass - Alistair Rhodes,
Drums - Chris Mcintyre

Wed 11 October Don Pipkin
One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited  blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin, brings his acclaimed one man show on the road with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breath-taking piano.

Tues 31 October Jeff Hewer's Chamber Jazz
Donations on the door £3 - £5
This new trio led by Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer . They perform classic American jazz standards and original songs in a mellow and intimate setting that highlights the group’s interplay along with their swing and groove.
Jeff Hewer- guitar
Sam Jackson -bass
Will Howard -sax

Next Heart Jazz Jam session:  November 3rd 7.30-10.30pm

Jazz Workshops every Monday, 7.30 - 9 p.m. 
Learn to play jazz. Details email or just turn up! Taught by Ben Lowman and Jeff Hewer (alternate weeks).

Jazz at Heart/Tuesday Night Live
Heart Centre
Bennett Road
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3HN
United Kingdom

North east gigs listing - October

Binker and Moses Gosforth Oct 12

Oct 3 Gerry Richardson Trio The Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Oct 4 Classic Swing Elephant, Ashington NE63 0SZ
Oct 5 Safe Sextet w Debra Milne Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 6 Triptych Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Oct 6 New Orleans Heat Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre, Saltburn TS12 1JW
Oct 6 Emma Fisk & James Birkett St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Oct 6 Youngblood Brass Band Riverside NE1 3RQ
Oct 6 Ruth Lambert & Stuart Collingwood Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 7 New Century Ragtime Orchestra St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Oct 7 Julian Costello Quartet Jazz co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 7 Andersson/Pringle/Banner/Pereira Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 8 Lilli Unwin Band + Maja Bugge Bridge Hotel NE1 1RQ
Oct 11 Swing Street Pier Red, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF
Oct 12 James Birkett & Bradley Johnston King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Oct 12 Binker & Moses + Archipelago Gosforth Civic Theatre NE3 3HD
Oct 12 Gerry R & the E Types Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Oct 13 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH
Oct 13 Don Paterson’s Situation Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Oct 13 Fumar Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 14 Geoff Eales Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ*
Oct 14 Fred Thelonious Baker Maltings Theatre, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ
Oct 15 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band w Joe Stilgoe Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Oct 15 Alan Glen Trio Jazz Co-op @ the Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 16 Glowrogues Ernest NE2 1AP
Oct 18 Glowrogues Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 19 Mark Williams Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ
Oct 20 Hand to Mouth Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Oct 20 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis Lit & Phil NE1 1SE*
Oct 20 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Oct 20 Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Oct 21 Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Oct 21 The Exiles Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 22 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price w Paul Edis Trio Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Oct 26 Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 27-29 Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party Village Hotel, North Tyneside NE27 0BY
Oct 27 Michael Messer’s Mitra Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Oct 28 Lindsay Hannon Plus Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Oct 28 House of the Black Gardenia Billy Bootleggers NE1 5AN
Oct 29 Joy Ellis Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 4SJ*
Oct 31 Ushaw Ensemble Jazz Café NE1 5DW 

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise
* lunchtime/afternoon


Russell Corbett's North East October Jazz diary

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party 27-29 Oct

October promises to be a busy month in the North East. A major festival, a new festival, a stellar trio, new kids on the block, the return of a tenor saxophone master and a CD launch gig.

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party is the major event by far. Formerly the prestigious Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, the three day festival at the Village Hotel near West Allotment on North Tyneside is named after its founder, the late Mike Durham, trumpeter, band leader and promoter. The Village Hotel, October 27-29 (one week earlier than usual) will see an amazing assembly of ‘classic jazz’ era specialists working in numerous combinations. Several American musicians regard the event as their highlight of the year, as do their British and European counterparts. The jazz is non-stop, jam sessions continue into the early hours, forget about sleeping! 

A welcome new development is a first ever Jazz Weekend at the Maltings in Berwick upon Tweed,  October 13-15. Small scale perhaps, but the weekend festival is one of quality. The Don Paterson Situation opens the event (Oct 13). Perhaps better known as a poet, guitarist Paterson will have a top notch band working with him; Steve Hamilton, keyboards, Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year David Bowden, bass, and Alyn Cosker, drums. A Saturday afternoon concert (Oct 14) has all the makings of an entertaining hour or two. Pianist Geoff Eales will be playing ‘The History of Jazz Piano’ and in the evening Fred Thelonious Baker plays the music of Pat Metheny.

Binker and Moses are currently sweeping all before them. They are predicted to blow away a sell-out crowd at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle on Oct 12. In support will be local improvising trio Archipelago. The following week Glowrogues visit Newcastle’s Ernest music venue (16) and Empty Shop in Durham (18). Expect a fusion of electronica, hip-hop and jazz from the seven piece band drawn from some of the finest young musicians from Birmingham and Manchester including Beats and Pieces Big Band. Birmingham Conservatoire alumnus Mark Pringle makes a third visit to Pink Lane’s Jazz Café on Oct 7 alongside guitarist Tobias Andersson, bassist James Banner, and João Lopes Pereira.  Veteran improviser Evan Parker will be at Sage Gateshead on October 21 working in the company of Mat Maneri, viola, and pianist Lucian Ban.
The Lindsay Hannon Plus launches a new CD – Make Dark Heaven Light – at Newcastle’s Literary and Philosophical Society on Saturday 28. Earlier in the month,  at the Jazz Café (Oct 20), another of the region’s fine vocalists – Julija Jacenaite – will hold court in a duo with pianist Alan Law. Along the road at the Jazz Co-op there is a varied programme of gigs   including the Julian Costello Quartet (Oct 7), Alan Glen Trio (15) and Hexham Jazz Club’s Exiles (21). Out at the Fox Inn (Hexham Jazz Club HQ) on Oct 3 the Gerry Richardson Trio returns due to popular demand.   

Finally, Vasilis Xenopoulos makes his now annual visit to the North East. This time he’ll be bringing with him guitarist Nigel Price to work with the Paul Edis Trio at Darlington’s Traveller’s Rest, Oct 20, and Blaydon’s Black Bull, Oct 22. So much jazz to hear, sleep some other time!   


Wakefield Jazz ~ October Programme 2017

Orient House Ensemble 6 October

From Chris DeSaram

Wakefield Jazz kicks off its new season on 6th October with the ever-popular Orient House Ensemble led by Gilad Atzmon.  On this tour he is promoting his latest CD "The Spirit of Trane" featuring the ballads that J C played.

There follows a programme of sixteen major weekly concerts through to February 2018 (see with three more in October. Alan Barnes Octet plus poet Josie Moon perform the locally inspired Fish Tale suite on 13th October. Scots Konrad Wisniewski and Euan Burton visit as New Focus Quartet (Alyn Cosker  on drums!) - they travel down to Wakefield on Friday 20th October.

New Focus Quartet 20 October

Finally we have a rare visit back from New York of the lauded singer Christine Tobin with her trio featuring husband Phil Robson on guitar and Dave Whitford bass on Friday 27th October .

It’s always worth a trip to Wakefield for some outstanding Jazz performances - choose your favourites now.

Venue: Wakefield Sports Club Eastmoor Road, WF1 3RR

October Jazz at Kennedy's Bar York

Adrian Ingram Oct 15th

Sunday afternoon jazz at Kennedy's Bar York in October     

Oct 1st - Sam Dunn Trio - Sam (guitar), Jez Platt (organ), Ben Crosland (bass) 
Oct 8th - Derrick Harris’ B-Pop - Derrick (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)
Oct 15th - Adrian Ingram’s Cookbook - Adrian (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)
Oct 22nd - The Al Morris Combo - Al (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

Oct 29th – Will Powell Set - Will (guitar), Jez Platt (organ) Paul Smith (drums)

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

October Jazz @Huddersfield Head of Steam

Ricardo Alverez - Oct 25th

Headliners at Huddersfield Head of Steam

Oct 4th - Rod Mason (sax), Adrian Ingram (guitar)

Oct 11th - Julie and Kevin Edwards (vocals/guitar)

Oct 18th – Si Kaylor (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

Oct 25th – Ricardo Alverez (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

Accompanied by the House Rhythm Section
Andrzej Baranek/Jez Platt (keys)
Paul Chamberlain/Paul Baxter (basses)
Joe England/John Settle (drums)
Jazz collective fixer Paul Smith (drums)

Hudderfield Head of Steam Jazz Club
St George’s Square, HD1 1JB
Show Times Wednesday 8.30 pm

Admission Fee £2 - £5 per person

For those who pay £5 your support is much appreciated, thank you

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Jazz in Durham's Empty Shop

Now in it's 3rd year, Empty Shop HQ plays host some of the most prolific and accomplished Jazz bands in the North East

The Jazz Sessions: Safe Sextet feat. Debra Milne
Thursday 5th October
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
We encourage anyone with an ear for discovery to come along.
 Safe Sextet Feat. Debra Milne. Hard bop sextet, playing a range of music from and inspired by the late 50’s early 60’s. Mixture of music from Stan Tracey, Mike Carr, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and a couple of originals from Don accompanied by the vocals of Debra Milne.

Line -up:
Don Forbes  (tmpt)
Paul Goland (tnr sax)
John Rowland (alto sax)
Peter Gilligan (piano)
Paul Grainger (double bass)
Russ Morgan (drums)
Debra Milne (Vocals)

Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door

Autumn / Winter programme
October 5th         SAFE SEXTET feat. DEBRA MILNE
November 2nd    LICKETY SPLIT                                                 
December 7th     RIVIERA QUARTET
February 1st        NOT NOW CHARLIE
March 1st            STU COLLINGWOOD TRIO feat. MO SCOTT

The Empty Shop 35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ

Zoe Rahman's Jazz Director band dates in the north

From Mike Flynn

Leading UK pianist Zoe Rahman is set to head up the third edition of Band On The Wall's Jazz Directors series, with the band chosen from an open audition process to select an ensemble of emerging jazz talent. Following in the illustrious footsteps of Terence Blanchard and Chris Potter, Rahman will provide music for the ensemble that she wrote for a Guildhall School of Music and Drama project, alongside new material never previously performed live.

The open selection process has been completed and the musicians who successfully auditioned include many emerging talents from Tomorrow's Warriors, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as alumni of the Royal Brussels Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University and Leeds College of Music. The band now includes alto saxophonist Aleksandra Topczewska, tenor saxophonist Arnaud Guichard, trombonist Daniel Mitchell, clarinettist Faye MacCalman, tuba player Hanna Mbuya, trumpeter James Brady, flautist Maria Rehakova, bassist Roz McDonald and drummer.

Commenting on the newly assembled band Zoe Rahman said, "I'm really excited to be working with such a fantastic group of musicians and I can't wait to share the stage with them. Many thanks to everyone who applied to work on this project, it was great to see such a wealth of talent out there."

They will be performing at the following northern dates and venues: More Music, Morecambe (19 Oct); Alhambra Studio, Bradford (20 Oct); Pyramid Studio, Warrington (21 Oct) and Band on the Wall, Manchester (22 Oct).

– Mike Flynn

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

September/October jazz programme at Cullingworth

Dolly James 20 September

From Dave Lee - the September/October  jazz programme at Cullingworth in West Yorkshire

20 Sept Dolly James vocals with James Boyes sax Mike Conliffe keys Dave Lee drums

27 Sept Julie Edwards vocals Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

4 Oct Michaela Smith vocals Stuart MacDonald sax Paul Conway keys Phil Kampen bass Dave Lee drums

11 Oct Loretta Scott vocals Jon Taylor sax Chris Lloyd keyboard, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

Free entrance, raffle contribution
9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Friday, 15 September 2017

Hull Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary

Pat Metheney 11 November

Hull Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this November with a special 9-day festival packed with the best in US and UK jazz talent.

20-time Grammy winner and the man who re-invented the jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players, Pat Metheny headlines on Saturday 11 November at Hull City Hall. Joined by a new quartet featuring UK pianist Gwilym Simcock, exceptional bassist Linda Oh and long-time collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, Metheny will perform a brand new set of music from his eagerly awaited new album, to be released soon on Nonesuch records.

Closing the festival on Saturday 18 November, Manchester-based jazz electronica trio GoGo Penguin perform their stunning new live score to Goddfrey Reggio’s cult cinema classic Koyaanisqatsi in the grand surroundings of Hull City Hall. Moving from fragile beauty to powerful frenzy, their rich new score reflects the original themes of the film, creating an intense audio-visual experience.

On Wednesday 15 November at Früit, Brooklyn-based urban power jazz trio Moon Hooch bring their pulsating, sax-driven live show to Hull for the first time. Banned from the New York subway by the NYPD when their impromptu busking shows became a public order hazard, they call their sound acoustic techno – combining years of staging underground dance parties with incredible musicianship and phenomenal crowd engagement.

The festival opens at Hull Truck Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday 11 November with A Brief History of the Coolest Instrument of the World. Created and performed by Chris Montague of Troyka, the show celebrates the milestones of 80s years of the electric guitar in popular culture, paying tribute to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and more guitar greats. The show also offers the chance to amateur players to join Chris on stage in a guitar ensemble brought together specially for this one-off performance.

On Sunday 12 November at the Royal Hotel, saxophonist Andy Sheppard Quartet perform tracks from their much-anticipated forthcoming album Beyond the Dancing Sun. Led by Sheppard, the quartet also features the other-worldly guitar and electronic sounds of Eivind Aarset and ace rhythm team Michel Benita on bass and Sebastian Rochford on drums.

Hull Truck Theatre plays host to clarinettist Arun Ghosh and his new quintet on Thursday 16 November. They’ll be performing tracks from Arun’s new album but where are you really from? Influenced by his Indie-kid upbringing in Manchester, the new album sees him move away from his trademark Indo-jazz sound towards more song-like structures and psychedelic textures.

A double bill in the Studio at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 17 November kicks off with the world premiere of two new pieces, commissioned as part of the festival’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Guitarist Stuart McCallum has created a surround-sound love song to the guitar and Hull's own Revenu, featuring Liam van Rijn and Joseph Bird, present a haunting and vivid audio-visual piece inspired by the sights and sounds of Hull.

Wrapping up the Friday Studio programme, Snarky Puppy founder, composer, producer and jazz maestro Bill Laurance performs a rare intimate solo show. He'll be exploring his first love - the piano - enhanced with the addition of subtle electronics. An alumni of the University of Leeds, Laurance heads back to the region for the only Northern show in his European tour.

Full programme details are available online at

Craig Handy tour dates announced

From Jonathan Gee

Hello Friends,

I am delighted to tell you that the great saxist Craig Handy ( Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Freddie Hubbard etc ) is coming to the UK for a tour with myself Jonathan Gee,  his extremely swinging Parisian bassist of choice Nicola Sabato, and the classy Rod Youngs on drums.
Check Craig here with The Cookers here
and here with Herbie Hancock
and here with his  current 2nd line Smith project

The dates are...
        Oct 4th   Pizza Express Jazz Club,  Dean St, London                
       Oct 5th    Seven Arts, Leeds
       Oct 6th    The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
       Oct 7th    Crookes Social Club,  Sheffield
       Oct 8th   Hen and Chickens,  Bristol

Dinosaur roam up the Ribble Valley...

From Dave Walters at Ribble Valley jazz

Dinosaur featuring Laura Jurd - Monthly Gig - Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club

This band showcases the creative talents of four young musicians led by the inimitable band-leader/composer and trumpeter, Laura Jurd. Now incredibly in their 7th year, having played many of the leading jazz festivals in Europe (inc the UK) Recently signed to Edition Records, their recent album 'Together as one' is one of the best new releases anywhere; exciting, formidable, compelling and modern.

Laura Jurd is a British award-winning trumpet player, composer and bandleader and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Highly active throughout the UK scene, Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Friday 6 October 2017 From 5:00pm, Stage: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Venue: The Atrium Cafe Bar, Castle Hill, Clitheroe BB7 1BA Tel: 01200 442630 Web: | Tickets: Advance: £11 / Members £9 / U18’s £5 - On the door £12 / Members £10 / U18’s £5

Sheffield Jazz Autumn Season starts on Friday

Brandon Allen 22 Sept
The Sheffield Jazz autumn season is back, and off to a great start on Friday 22nd September at 20.00 at Crookes Social Club with the tremendous Brandon Allen sextet.

Rated by Jazzwise as arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today, Brandon Allen brings his scintillating three-horn front-line sextet to Sheffield, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK jazz scene. Formed in 2012, the band will perform exciting new melodic arrangements of much-loved standards with virtuoso solos.
featured above: Brandon Allen

Next Up: Laura Jurd's Dinosaur, 20.00 Friday 29 September, Crookes Social Club
One of the most creative ensembles in Europe today, and nominated for the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Prize.

Ticket Information
Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £14, Concessions £11,
Student with NUS card £7, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
Advance tickets (no additional booking fee) from

Sheffield Jazz Autumn Season 2017
20.00 Friday 22nd September: Brandon Allen Sextet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 29th September:  Dinosaur, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Saturday 7th October:    Craig Handy quartet Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 20th October:      Dave O'Higgins quartet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 27th October:      Stan Tracey Legacy octet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 10th November:  Christine Tobin quintet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 17th November:  Michael Janisch Band, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 24th November: Julian Siegel quartet, Crookes Social Club
20.00 Friday 1st December:    Jason Rebello trio, Crucible

See you in the new season !

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Scarborough Jazz Festival nominated for Parliamentary Jazz Award 2017

The nominees for the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced and recognise a wide range of British jazz talent.

Taking place on 10 October the awards ceremony will be held at Pizza Express Live's swish new Holborn venue, the first time the awards have taken place away from the House of Commons' Terrace Pavilion, with the selection of nominees voted for by the public and the final short list selected by a panel of jazz industry experts, musicians and members of the All-Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG).

The nominees in the nine categories include just one northern entry - Norvoljazz network member Scarborough Jazz Festival (almost all the other nominations are London/South East based!)

Complete list is as follows

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Georgia Mancio; Cleveland Watkiss and Alice Zawadzki.

Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings; Jim Mullen and Tori Freestone.

Jazz Venue of the Year: Watermill Jazz Club; Jazz Re:Freshed; PizzaExpress Live and Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Jazz Media Award: Jazzwise Magazine; Kevin Le Gendre and Chris Phillips.

Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors; Jean Toussaint and Andrea Vicari.

Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – Together, As One; Shabaka Hutchings – Wisdom Of The Elders and Tim Garland – One.

Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Partikel; Phronesis and Binker & Moses.

Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Jacob Collier; Corrie Dick; Ezra Collective and Nérija.

Services to Jazz Award: Sue Edwards; Henry Lowther; Gary Crosby and Tony Dudley Evans.

The awards are organised by the APPJAG, co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by Pizza Express Live in conjunction with Peroni.

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