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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

July grooves at Seven Jazz Leeds!

Greg Abate 21 July

We’ve got eight lovely gigs we've arranged for you this July and more in August too!. We've a fantastic evening concert with Saxman Greg Abate - on a FRIDAY this month - Friday 21 July. We've also got award winning young drummer Corrie Dick's with a wonderful trio "Little Lions", jazz funk US guitarist BD Lenz with his trio, vibesman John Settle's "Vibeology" not to mention two jazz cafe jam sessions, a Jazz Divas concert at Inkwell and a very special 10th birthday Rush Hour Jazz at Seven Arts. See details below...

Summer Jazz Cafe and Jam Session 
Always a special event our Summer Jazz Cafe. The Jazz Voices Choir have been working hard on four pieces of music - they'll be performing them at 3pm led by Nicki Allen. The Jazz Workshop will be performing the music they've been working on with Dom Moore and Tom Sharp. We welcome Ed Barnwell for the first time on piano too. @Inkwell Sun 2 July 1.30-4pm  £7/5 £5 including performers. Kids under 16 free

Corrie Dick's Little Lions 
Matt Robinson - Piano Joe Webb - Organ Corrie Dick - Drums A dynamic and ever innovating presence on the UK jazz scene, Glaswegian Corrie Dick is a musician recognised for his fluency, touch and abandon on the drum kit. His band “Impossible Things 'played for us memorably in the autumn. Little Lions' is his instrumental trio whose sound is characterised by warm, euphoric timbres as well as engaging good humour.  @even Arts Sun July 9 at 1.30-4pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

John Settle’s Vibe-ology
John Settle on vibes, Al Morrison on guitar, Bob Birch on Hammond organ and Joe England on drums. Jazz, blues, funk and Latin paying homage to  Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, John Patton, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Smith, George Benson.@Inkwell Sunday afternoon 16 July @Inkwell Arts 1.30-4pm start £9/7 (NUS £5) 

US saxman Greg Abate 
Greg Abate is a US jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and international jazz recording artist. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra and tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson in 1986 and ’87. The swinging trio in support is led by top Spanish (and ex Leeds) jazz musician Victor Gutierrez with Angus Milne bass and Steve Hanley drums. Support band is Anya – an eight piece Ethio Jazz ensemble led by Leeds bassist Sam Dutton Taylor. @Seven Arts FRIDAY evening July 21 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

US guitarist BD Lenz Trio
B.D Lenz guitar, James Rosocha- bass, Joe Falcey – drums A welcome to Seven Jazz  return for US guitarist B D Lenz. Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. @Seven Arts Sunday afternoon July 23 @Seven Arts 1.30-4pm  £10/8 (NUS £5)

More gigs!
Inkwell Divas - Jenny Hammond with Brendan Duffy
Jenny Hammond performs familiar-and-not-so-familiar songs from Great American Songbook accompanied by Leeds favourite saxman Brendan Duffy. Saturday afternoon 1 July @Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW 1.30pm  payf collection

Rush Hour Jazz -Emily Brown
It's Seven Arts 10th birthday celebration so what better way to help everyone celebrate than to have Otley doctor and jazz singer Em Brown entertain us with some powerful energetic jazz vocals. Rush hour jazz is on a different night this month - Friday 7th July - and a slightly later time @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD. Friday 7 July 6.30-7.30pm. payf collection

Jazz Jam-borees
No jazz workshops or choirs until the autumn now but there is a chance for you to sing and play at our Jazz Jamborees. The first set will be the band, then followed by a jam session. Do come and join in or just watch the fun!
July 30 Tom Welsh band
August 6 Jean Watson collective
August 13 Jeff Hewer group
August 20 Phil Green’s “Game of Pairs”
August 27 Steve Crocker French reunion quartet. 
Sunday afternoons @Inkwell 1.30pm start £5

JazzLeeds Festival17 featuring Snake Davis Band Thursday 3 August Millennium Square/Carriageworks
For the first time this year Seven Jazz are organising a Festival Day of Jazz as part of the Leeds Summer Music Festival. There will be free concerts in Millennium Square at lunchtime (12-2pm and 5-8pm), a jazz workshop in the afternoon in the Carriageworks ("How To Learn Jazz: A Beginners Guide" with Dom Moore 2-4pm) with The Big Easy, Hyde Park Brass, Slide Area Open Letter to Mingus and Tom Sharp Big Band. The headline band is Leeds supersax star Snake Davis in concert in the Carriageworks 8pm. The Snake Davis Band only play together three or four times a year for jazz gigs and when they do get together it really is something very, very special indeed.  Tickets £18/16 concessions, NUS £5 on the door Online tickets -
Thursday 3 August @Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre

Seven Jazz Website  
On line tickets
Venues: @Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD 
@Inkwell Arts 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW  
@Millennium Square and The Carriageworks in Leeds City Centre LS2 3AD

See you soon at one of our gigs!

Steve Crocker

University of South Florida Jazztet @Cinnamon Club

University of South Florida Jazztet - Monday 17th July 2018

Returning for the 3rd year in a row, these students are truly talented.The USF Jazztet is a multi-dimensional jazz ensemble featuring the talented students and faculty of the acclaimed University of South Florida Jazz Music program. This group has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals over the past 25 years, thrilling fans with their exciting performances. This group presents a variety of musical styles from New Orleans parade music to sophisticated modern jazz selections. A variety of instrumental combinations are featured as part of the concert experience including the Bone Band – 5 trombones with rhythm section! The USF Jazztet is led by USF Faculty saxophonist Jack Wilkins and trombonist Tom Brantley, both well known recording artists, performers, and educators.

Please contact The Cinnamon Club for tickets on 0161 926 8992 or email

Jack Wilkins: saxophone-Director
Tom Brantley: trombone-Director
Jon Cestero: saxophone
Justin Pierce: trombone
Buggy Bowden: trombone
Patrick Hildebran: trombone
Isaac Marren: bass trombone
Andrew Allen: piano
Ermesc Gonzalez: guitar
Alejandro Arenas: bass
Dave Rudolph: drums

July Jazz in Wilmslow

Greg Abate July 11

From Graham Brook - July listings for jazz in Wilmslow

July 4th:- ROD MASON (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
July 11th:- GREG ABATE and ALAN BARNES (both alto sax) with the ANDRZEJ BARANEK trio
July 18th:- "SPIRIT OF SHEARING" (Trefor Owen, Andy Hulme, Liam Byrne and Ed Harrison)
July 20th:- "TALINKA" (Gilad and Tali Atzmon, Yaron Stavi and Jenny Bliss Bennett)
July 25th:- THE LUCY- MAE and LUC BAND with ROD MASON
August 1st:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds) and TERRY BRUNT (trombone) with the TOM KINCAID trio.

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday night (and the third Thursday) upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow, SK9 5EG at 8.30pm. £7 on door. Details (01625) 528336

Wigan International Jazz Festival 6th-9th July

Wigan International Jazz Festival starts 6th July. Big names featured this year are R and B Orchestra of Jools Holland, saxman Branford Marsalis with voclaist Kurt Elling, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet and Reunion Dreamband conducted by Johnb LaBarbera. Also featured in the jazz lounge - Dave Newton's Trio, Nag Champa, Remi Harris Trio, The Wardrobe Quintet and more.

More information
Tickets online
Ticket office or from 01942 828508 (Mon-Fri only).

Robin Park Sports Centre
Loire Drive
New Town

Emma Holcroft swings into Southport

Emma Holcroft is known for her work with big bands including Andy Prior’s Night Owls and her own dynamic Swingtime Big Band.

She has headlined at both Wigan international Jazz festival and Southport’s own Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend festival where she had the pleasure to sing alongside BBC’s Clare Teal. This time Emma will be performing with her quartet, featuring songs from Ella Fitzgerald and more or call 01704 533 333.

Thursday 27 July 2017
Southport Jazz Club presents Jazz Cafe
Emma Holcroft & Band
8:00 pm

The Atkinson – Bakery
Lord Street,
£8 (food available) plus booking fee.


Darlington Jazz Club Summer Special featuring Dennis Rollins

After playing to a sell-out crowd at this year's Darlington Jazz Festival the Durham Alumni Big Band  Big Band are back in town for a Summer Gala Concert with an evening of swinging big band music from the 1950s to the present day.

Durham Alumni Big Band are performing at Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington on 2nd July with internationally renowned trombonist Dennis Rollins, supported by the Vocal Collective.

Dennis is well known on the British and international jazz scene and is celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach to playing the trombone.

Born in 1964 in Birmingham and raised in South Yorkshire, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing in The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of study, Dennis moved to London and played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the legendary all-black jazz big band The Jazz Warriors.

Over the years he has established a reputation as an artist of excellence, and has lent his unique and stylish talents to some of this country's and indeed the world's top jazz and pop personalities including Courtney Pine, Baba Maal, Jamiroquai, US3, Brand New Heavies, and Blur and until recently, was a member of the legendary funk-meister Maceo Parker's band.

In 2006 his own jazz/funk outfit Badbone & Co won the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best
Band and the following year he picked up Trombonist of the Year at both the British
Jazz Awards and the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards.

Dennis was nominated twice in the 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards - for Jazz Musician of the Year and the Jazz Education Award; he won the latter in a ceremony hosted by Paul Gambaccini at the House of Commons, London.

His latest band Velocity Trio won Band Of The Year (2012) in the Jazz Yorkshire Awards and he was named Player of The Year by the British Trombone Society in 2013.

The Durham Alumni Big Band is composed of past and present members of the Durham County Youth Big Band. Formers winners of the Great North Big Band Festival they are guaranteed to put on a show.

Venue: Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington 
Date Sun 2 July 

Doors open at 17:45, with the performance commencing at 18:30. Tickets are £6 on the door.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Paul Kilvington and Graham Clark at Huddersfield Jazz 23 July

Paul Kilvington: keyboard
Graham Clark: violin

Paul Kilvington has been involved in the music industry for the past 25 years. During this time he has toured worldwide and has performed with many artists. He is equally capable in soul, jazz, or pop music - as demonstrated by the dazzling array of television shows he has appeared on. On a jazz level, he has performed with Bob Mintzer from the Yellowjackets and Branford Marsalis. He also performed with Jack Jones on his last two UK tours, when he played at the London Palladium. He also formed the latin jazz ensemble Amazonia to perform his own compositions and has played in all the major jazz festivals with them: their first CD is soon to be released. He has won many awards and prizes, including three from Leeds Jazz College from where he graduated.

Graham Clark has been working as a violinist since 1982. He plays mainly the usual canon of standards. Ballads like "Body and Soul” and "My One and Only Love”, medium swingers, such as "All the Things You Are". Other tunes might include "Have you met Miss Jones?”, or post-bop classics like “Joyspring”, or perhaps some Charlie Parker tunes - not often heard on violin.

Paul and Graham have been performing together for the last 10 years. Their repertoire focuses on a unique interpretation of carefully chosen jazz and latin material featuring compositions by such artists as Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kenny Wheeler and Egberto Gismonti. There’s always a wonderful and exciting interplay between the two of them, and there will be
fireworks when they get stuck in to the livelier tunes!

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 2pm
Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (

Chris Barber still blowing strong after 68 years

Jazz icon Chris Barber and his Big Band returns to Doncaster’s Cast Theatre on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm, with favourites like "Bourbon Street Parade", "Jubilee Stomp", "Petite Fleur", “Ice Cream”, "When the Saints Go Marching In" and many more.

Chris Barber OBE this year celebrates his 63rd year as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis. In fact, his career began even earlier - in 1949 – when he started his first amateur band which included Alexis Korner on guitar. In their respective ways, they have gone on to become major figures in bringing blues and gospel music to audiences of the UK and Europe.

The Chris Barber Jazz Band of 1953 was a six piece line up. These days - known as The Big Chris Barber Band - it is ten in number. Chris’ explanation for that is ‘Throughout the years we have always enjoyed playing the music of Duke Ellington. From time to time we have brought to Europe the artistes we admire and who would enable us to perform larger arrangements than could be achieved by a six-piece band.’.

The Chris Barber Big Band, inspired by great Ken Colyer Jazz Men, features everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20's Ellington, played with extraordinary panache and skill.

Featuring in the band is Bob Hunt – a student of Duke Ellington’s music and arranger of The ‘Duke’s’ music and the proud owner of a trombone once the property of Ellington trombonist ‘Tricky’ Sam Nanton! As Chris adds, ‘So we can all play those Ellington arrangements whenever we (or the audience) feel like it!’.

The concert at Cast includes Chris’ favourites like "Bourbon Street Parade", "Jubilee Stomp", "Petite Fleur", “Ice Cream”, "When the Saints Go Marching In" and many more.

Tickets for Chris Barber Big Band at Cast on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm are £20 are available at and on 01302 303 959.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Kamasi Washington and Robert Glasper in Leeds

 Kamasi Washington 1 July

 Robert Glasper Experiment  3 July

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is an American saxophonist with phenomenal talent. In 1999 he won the John Coltrane Music Competition, launching his career. He's played in bands for a huge range of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, and was credited for saxaphone on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly album. His solo debut was critically acclaimed and he's well on the way to creating more material for his fans. Get ready for an amazing night with a rare talent.

1 Jul 2017 7pm - 11pm
O2 Academy 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW
£25 + booking fee

Robert Glasper Experiment 

With last year’s Covered, free-thinking idiom-bender Robert Glasper imaginatively used a classic acoustic-trio jazz lineup to rework pop-structured songs. ArtScience reassembles his vocoder-dominated Experiment quartet, but this time with all the members joining the electronically massaged vocals in a recalibration of the group’s balance of pop, dance and jazz methods. The fast jazz swing, skidding avant-bop sax and acoustic walking bass of the opener immediately flags that up, before electronically warped crowd sounds and a hard-struck hip-hop groove intervene. Anthemic pop-hooked songs, such as saxist Casey Benjamin’s Day to Day, nonetheless hide sly jazz nuances in the pianist’s casual fills and drummer Mark Colenburg’s eerily impassive snare hits. A cover of Human League’s Human gracefully develops the pop ballad theme as a seductive accumulation of whistling synth sounds and intensifying hip-hop patterns before Benjamin’s soulfully beboppish acoustic-sax finale. Glasper has signalled an impatience with jazz on earlier Experiment ventures, but very definitely not on this one.

3 July @ Belgrave Music Hall 1-1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds LS2 8JP 8pm doors
£25.00 + booking fee

Website tickets

Tim Garland Electric Quartet @Harrogate Festival

Tim Garland | saxophones
Jason Rebello | keyboards
Ant Law | acoustic and electric guitars
Asaf Sirkis | drums

Garland speaks out about the band "formerly an acoustic quartet, we were all brought up listening to electric music too, so we made that switch to include a greater variety of sounds, but some of the folkiness of the earlier band still continues."

The gig will include Bright New Year, Foretold and The Eternal Greeting from the award winning CD One.

When talking about this set Garland comments "the other huge point about this set is its eclecticism; it has often been said that music has the power to unite, and that is very much the message here, jazz is the most generous of music forms."

Harrogate International Festival 

Sunday 2 July | 7.30pm | Crown Hotel, Harrogate North Yorkshire

Tickets £21 (Unreserved Cabaret Style) + booking fee

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Cleethorpes Jazz Festival announced 23-25 June

Denys Baptiste Fri 23rd

Cleethorpes Jazz Festival this year is being produced by Charlotte Bowen from The Culture House for the first time. An exciting and varied programme takes place from 23 – 25 June at Cleethorpes "Beachcomber". Fringe performances will also take place at various venues over the weekend. Here are the main performances

Pan Jumby
Heads South
Denys Baptiste’s The Late Trane

North East Lincolnshire Jazz Orchestra
The Pat McCarthy Quartet
Jay Phelps Quartet
The Zoe Gilby Quartet
Family Jazz All Stars
The Steve Walker Big Swing Band play Miller to Motown

Sam Baker & Friends
Maja Bugge
Firebird Quartet
Zoe Rahman
Georgia Mancio
Alan Barnes and David Newton

Tickets or phone 01472 812666
Venue - Beachcomber Entertainment Centre-  208 North Sea Ln, Humberston, Cleethorpes DN36 4EP. On-site accommodation is available at the Beachcomber (ask for details on booking tickets) with plenty of further choice throughout the resort. Festival is supported by Arts Council England and Jazz North

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Sam Watts returns to Heart

From Lesley Jeffries

Sam Watts Sextet play original music from his CD ‘Mime Music’ and an original live score to accompany a showing of Charlie Chaplin's 1921 film "The Kid" composed by Sam especially for this concert. You are NOT going to want to miss this gig! The line up is:
Sam Watts (Piano)
Matthew Herd (Woodwinds)
Lucia Capellaro (Cello)
Thomas Seminar Ford (Guitar)
Flo Moore (Bass)
Ben Brown (Drums)

Royal Academy of Music graduate and 2012 Humphrey Lyttleton Prize winner Sam Watts is a pianist and composer originally from Birmingham. He is active on the London jazz scene and has performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Wigmore Hall, the 606 Club and Royal Albert Hall among many other venues. Recently he has returned from a tour of Spain with Brazilian singer Luna Cohen for the launch of her album “November Sky”, as well as giving performances in South Africa and Portugal. In 2014 he received the “Emerging Excellence” award from Help Musicians UK and recorded the album “Mime Music” in 2015.

FRIDAY 30th June 2017 8 p.m. (doors 7.30) Heart Jazz at Bennett Road in Headingley Leeds

Tired of politics? Seven jazz has the perfect answer!

 Where all the June Jazz bugs go!

This coming Sunday afternoon at Inkwell 11 June 1.30pm we have our Jazz Jam session – the ace Mr George McDonald will be our pianist and Steve "Chief" Hanley on drums – come and sing play, watch the fun or maybe just avoid the Leeds Triathlon. £7/5 (concessions includes performers, kids under 16 free) .

The wonderful vocals and bass playing of Nicola Farnon is our main evening presentation at Seven Arts Leeds on Thursday evening 15 June 8pm along with top UK pianist Dave Newton, swinging drummer Steve Brown and the groovy Tony Ormesher on guitar. Nicola Farnon is widely recognised as one of the classiest jazz and swing musicians in the UK. She has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. She has also played with such Jazz luminaries as Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. Nicola’s new CD "So Farnon So Good" features her on double bass and vocals with some legends of the UK jazz scene. You can hear this music at Seven Arts. The bands' arrangements are all done by Nicola - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure.

The support is pretty great too - "Inside Out" - Kathy Dyson guitar and John Dyson on sax 8-8.30pm. A fantastic evening of fun and entertainment in store- don't miss it ! (£16/14 concessions, NUS £5)

The following week Sunday afternoon 18 June we have Colin Byrne with the Leeds Jazz Orchestra 1.30pm @Seven Arts.£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free).  Leeds Jazz Orchestra is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of Big Band Jazz under Musical Director, Colin Byrne. They delight in an eclectic mix of repertoire from Bebop, Blues and Ballads through to cutting-edge modern Jazz Orchestra numbers. Classic big band arrangements from Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus sit alongside numbers written specifically for the band by up-and-coming new composers.– we’ll be collecting for the Jo Cox community fund

To finish off the month  on Sunday afternoon 25 June it is saxman Richard Ormrod leading the Dales Jam Community Big band into Seven Arts 1.30pm. (£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free) Dales Jam was formed in 2003 in Skipton by a group of people of all ages and musical abilities, who wanted a time and a place to meet up and play music. Since then, under the guidance of jazz saxman Richard Ormrod the band has grown in numbers. They play world music based including African, Klezmer, Cuban, Asian together with Stevie Wonder, John Mclaughlin and John Coltrane. They recently performed a concert comprising interpretations/arrangements of the work of Bradford composer Frederick Delius.

Don't miss a thing! Tickets are available on the door or in advance online here:  

Relax at Rush Hour Jazz.. 
Get out of the car and into the Seven Arts bar for this months rush hour jazz at Seven Arts - Wed 21st June 6-7pm with alto/baritone saxman Jack Chandler and the Seven Jazz trio  Payf collection

Dig The Divas!.... 
For our July Jazz Diva at Inkwell we welcome our god friend (and choir member) Jenny Hammond with the Seven Jazz trio feat Brendan Duffy 1.30-3.30pm in the Inkwell Cafe Saturday 1 July. Payf

Venues and information
Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW (the former Shoulder of Mutton pub)
Website  with links to Seven Jazz Facebook and Twitter sites

Jazz on a Summers Day in Chapel Allerton

Chapel Allerton in Leeds is quite a hotspot for jazz . The latest thing for the Leeds suburb is that the Chapel Allerton Club on Town Street are putting on a jazz on a summers day (let's hope it is a nice summers day!) this Saturday 10 June. Acts include singers Nicki Allen, Ros Lewis and Marlena Rose and their bands. Brendan Duffy will be there too!

Free - 1pm start

Jazz Promotion Network conference rolls into Leeds

From Amy Pearce at JPN

This year's Jazz Promotion Network conference will be held at Leeds College of Music on Monday and Tuesday 26-27 June. The theme will be #Jazz100 - Launching the future of British and Irish Jazz

The main discussions will take place in groups. These will focus on key issues for the ambition of the jazz sector and its relation to the arts, and world, at large. The groups will be led by experienced facilitators with guest contributors to initiate the conversation. These aren’t panel sessions – they are group debates where we want to hear from you.

To give you a taste, some of the confirmed session titles include:
What does a future jazz workforce look like?
Jazz representation – gender and cultural diversity
Granting a grant – what are funders looking for?
The impact of streaming and the digital age
How to put jazz at the centre of major cultural events?

Each session will have a facilitator and several have a guest with particular interest or experience in that area.

Facilitators confirmed so far include:
Tina Edwards - Jazz Standard
Kevin Le Gendre - Broadcaster and Journalist
Clare Hewitt - Creative Scotland
Vanessa Reed - Chief Executive of PRS for Music Foundation
Ros Rigby - Chair of Europe Jazz Network
Tony Whyton - Professor of Jazz Studies at Birmingham City University

Timings: The conference will begin at 1200 on Mon 26 June and finish at 1700 on Tues 27 June and is held at Leeds College of Music. The formal AGM will be for an hour on Tuesday afternoon and there will be live music at The Wardrobe on Monday evening.

In addition to these sessions there will be
• Live music – including a series of Showcase Slots
• Interest group meetings – for those working in the same area of jazz
• A pitches and snapshots session – where we would like to hear new ideas and examples of exciting current initiatives
• JPN’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Live music includes a five band showcase at the Wardrobe on the Monday night with Ubunye, Archipelago and ElecTrio from UK and Eric Vloiemans and Even Sanne from Holland (possibly a jam session too!). Meanwhile down the road at the Wharf Street Cafe on Monday Cath Roberts and Sloth Racket will be strutting their stuff that evening at Leeds' hippest jazz co-op club Sproggits.

More information and booking here -

New Ambleside Festival in honour of John Taylor

Dave Holland Sun 3 Sept

The brand new Ambleside Festival will feature Dave Holland, Norma Winstone, Tim Garland, James Maddran, Asaf Sirkus, John Halliwell, Gwilym Simcock,  Mike Walker, Nikki Iles, Mark Lockheart, Steve Watts, James Maddren, Asaf Sirkis, John Helliwell, Steve Watts, Darrell Hall and Joe Locke – all  musicians inspired by  the great British pianist John Taylor.

The concerts will take place over 4 days in the cinema at Zeffirelli’s August 31st – September 3rd 2017

Derek Hook has been running music concerts in Ambleside for many years and it was on his piano that John Taylor composed his famous suite “Ambleside Days”.

‘Ambleside Days’ was a special commission by Zeffirellis in collaboration with Northern Arts
featuring the late, great John Taylor, one of the worlds most gifted jazz pianists.

What makes this festival unique will be the collaborative interaction between these world class performers. There will be fluid movement of the musicians into different and exciting new groupings: duo’s, trios, septets etc.

Each evening there will be two major performances in the auditorium and also in the Jazz Bar.

Tickets are £30.00 per evening in the auditorium to include both performances. Please click here to book tickets online You can book your tickets now on the Ambleside Days website.

There is also a 4 day ticket costing £100.00.  To book the 4 day ticket call Zeffirellis, direct, on 015394 33845.

Jazz at the Head of Steam Huddersfield

Kate Peters June 28th

From Paul Smith

Wednesday at the Head of Steam Huddersfield

St George’s Square, HD1 1JB

Show Time 8.30pm

June 14th - Frank Brooker (sax), Derrick Harris (guitar)

June 21st - Lee Hallam (trombone), Brian Archer (trombone)

June 28th - Jon Taylor (sax), with special guest jazz singing diva  Kate Peters

Huddersfield Jazz June date with Loretta Scott

Loretta Scott’s jazz history spans almost thirty years earning her plaudits from well known greats, including such names as Don Weller, Digby Fairweather, Alan Barnes and the late Dick Morrisey.  Her heartfelt interpretations of ‘The Great American Songbook’ have been a source of continual delight to audiences both here in the United Kingdom and in the wider world.
Loretta has appeared at many jazz festivals throughout Britain over the years, including Llangollen, Sheffield, Keswick, Buxton, Marsden and ourselves here at Huddersfield Jazz.
Huddersfield Jazz looks forward to welcoming Loretta to Café Society for the first of its special Sunday events for 2017.
Line Up:

CHRIS LLOYD – Keyboard
DAVE LEE – Drums

Sunday 18th June 2017 - 2pm - 4pm LIVE at Café Society
£10 Adults / £5 Students
Click on the link below to buy tickets
or visit for more information.

Venue: Café Society, Huddersfield
15 Byram St, Huddersfield HD1 1DR
Price: £10.00

Scarborough Jazz Festival 22-24 Sept line up announced

Mike Gibbs 

This year there’s a very special programme of top quality jazz for our fifteenth anniversary at Scarborough Jazz Festival. We kick off with a bang not a whimper with the amazing New York Brass Band. And then, over the weekend:
Two outstanding big bands
Mike Gibbs Celebrates his 80th Birthday - with the Hans Koller 17 piece Big Band.  Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band led by his son Clark.

Jazz Songsters
Polly Gibbons, Mads Mathias

Keyboard virtuosos
Jason Rebello, Janette Mason's Red Alert

Something different
Get The Blessing

Rising Stars
Wandering Monster

A variety of swinging modern jazz
Clarinet Maestros, Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes & The Lowest Common Denominator, Hexagonal, Loire Funk All Stars, Nicolas Meier Quartet, Nikki Iles & Stan Sultzman, Seven Pieces of Silver,

All in the wonderful Spa Grand Hall with lots of exciting fringe events.  And of course our incomparable compere Alan Barnes.

Tickets here
Speak soon!

Mike Gordon

Final line up at Burton Agnes Festival announced

Claire Martin 1 July 

With the tenth anniversary Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival almost upon us, the full 2017 line up is announced. Local, national and international artists will grace the main stage, courtyard and Great Hall, which are uniquely set in one of the UK's finest Elizabethan stately homes on June 30th – July 2nd 2017 . 

With twenty-seven performances across four different stages, festivalgoers will enjoy jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE with saxophone legend Ray Gelato, Northern Ireland blues star Kaz Hawkins and Mississippi native Lisa Mills, to name but a few.

To celebrate the festival’s tenth anniversary, Burton Agnes welcomes some very special guests from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Festivalgoers will enjoy the best of Saint Lucian jazz talent, with the island's famous rum cocktails and Caribbean cuisine. Dynamix - Vibrant young sax-led quartet
Claudia Edward - Caribbean gem and St Lucian household name Rupert Lay Quartet - Steel pans add the quintessential Caribbean to Rupert Lay's jazz guitar trio Chrycee - Soulful singer-songwriter with distinctive style

Main stage line up

Friday 30th June - Evening 6:30 - 10pm
The Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Riley
Half Deaf Clatch 

Saturday 1st July 11:30am – 10pm
Claudia Edward 
Firebird Quartet
New York Brass Band 
Claire Martin OBE & Ray Gelato: 'A Swingin' Affair'
Kaz Hawkins 
Jessica Lawson and Phil Simpson 
The Alligators 

Sunday 2nd July 11:15am – 6pm
Rupert Lay Quartet 
Lisa Mills 
The Jamie Brownfield Quartet 
Ben Beattie's After Midnight Band plus Simon Cunliffe-Lister -

For full weekend and individual day tickets online, please visit:
You can also buy tickets by phoning our estate office weekdays 9am to 5pm on 01262 490 324 or by visiting Burton Agnes Hall and its courtyard shops. 

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB
June 30th – July 2nd 2017

Jamie Brownfield hits Hornby

Jamie Brownfield Quartet  June 30th
From Sam Ashton

I hope I`ve got you re-listed post our hack, anyway, good news: on Friday 30th June the Jamie Brownfield Quartet will be here,which includes pianist Tom Kincaid. The menu we are promised by Jamie is a mix of "New Orleans Street Beat", Swing and Reggae. I`ve seen this great band, for sure that`s what we will get, and all swinging like mad.

Usual venue, Hornby Village Institute, Main Street, (A683) Hornby, Lancaster.
Doors & bar open at 7.30, music from 8 p.m.Tickets £10, on the door or ring 01542 22227.

And another good thing: On Friday July 21st the Chris Coull will reunite here, and the gig will include our `Young Musician` feature which will include Davy Coull on piano and Joe Steels on guitar.

So there you are, summertime  jazz in Hornby; I hope you can make both gigs.
I look forward to seeing you,


North East jazz listing - June 2017

Carleen Anderson June 29

North east gigs – June 8 onwards

Jun 8 Mark Williams Trio Gosforth Civic Theatre NE3 3HD
Jun 9 New Century Ragtime Orchestra Caedmon Hall, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Jun 9 Gala Big Band + Early Bird Band St Cuthbert’s, Crook DL15 9DN
Jun 9 New Orleans Heat Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Jun 9 Gerry R & the E Types Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 10 Jazz Esquires Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jun 11 Jazztones Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Jun 11 Joe Morris & Tony Bevan Bridge Hotel NE1 1RQ
Jun 13 Samuel Eagles Spirit Sextet Jazz Co-op NE4 7AD
Jun 14 Chris Sharkey Trio Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 15 Vieux Carré Jazzmen Tynedale Beer Festival, Corbridge NE45 5AY
Jun 15 Temperance Seven Middlesbrough Theatre TS5 6SA
Jun 15 Alan Glen Trio Empty Shop, Durham DH1 3NJ
Jun 16 Noel Dennis Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jun 16 Don Forbes & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 17 Tyne Valley Big Band* Tynedale Beer Festival, Corbridge NE45 5AY
Jun 17 Northern Monkey Brass Band Alnmouth Arts Festival NE66
Jun 17 House of the Black Gardenia Billy Bootleggers NE1 5AN
Jun 18 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie NE1 6SF
Jun18 James Birkett & Bradley Johnston Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Jun 21 Durham University Big Band Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 22 Group Theory Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 22 Gabriele Heller Quartet Jazz Co-op NE4 7AD
Jun 23 Noel Dennis Trio* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jun 23 Hot Club du Nord Queen’s Hall, Hexham NE46 3LS
Jun 23 Paul Skerritt Band Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jun 24 Tyne Valley Big Band* Haydon Bridge NE47 6AE
Jun 24 Northern Monkey Brass Band* Orange Pip Market, Middlesbrough TS
Jun 25 Jake Steels Quintet Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Jun 29 Carleen Anderson Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR  
Jun 30 Michaela Lawton* Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP

All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise

Russell Corbett's North East June jazz review

Temperance Seven June 15 Middlesborough

Summer has arrived, bringing with it a flurry of out door events across the north east of England. The first DJ Durham City Jazz Festival, staged over three days (June 2-4), will pop up at several venues including an outdoor stage in Fowler’s Yard. Durham’s enterprising quirky Empty Shop is working with Durham University Jazz Society to bring jazz to new venues across the city. Barber shop, laundrette, and that empty shop, are just some of the ostensibly unusual places keen to be part of this commendable venture. Contemporary bands Archipelago and Taupe take their place alongside the guitar duo of Mark Williams and Joel Byrne-McCullough and Durham University Big Band and many others. For full details visit

Northumberland weighs in with major outdoor marquee events during the month. The Tyne Valley Big Band can be heard at the Haydon Bridge Festival (June 24) and at the Tynedale Beer Festival (June 17) in the grounds of Tynedale Rugby Club. The Vieux Carré Jazzmen open the three days of drinking, eating and general merriment on Thursday 15. The festival is hugely popular, so, to be sure of getting in book in advance at Let the train take the strain, the picturesque Tyne Valley line is the way to travel with stations in close proximity to the venues.
Over on the east coast you can catch the always entertaining Northern Monkey Brass Band at the annual Alnmouth Festival (June 17).

You like to hear good New Orleans clarinet? Sammy Rimington is on tour with Emily Bacon’s Good Time Gang and they’re calling in at Saltburn Jazz Club (June 2), and Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (St Augustine’s, lunchtime June 3). Of similar vintage, the Temperance Seven are on tour for the umpteenth time –it’s the band’s golden jubilee and they’re promoting their new CD – and there is a concert at Middlesbrough Theatre on June 15. The New Century Ragtime Orchestra play tunes of the new century…that’s the twentieth century. The clue is in the name ‘Ragtime’. The pad spans c1895 to the dangerously modern Ellington c1935. Seriously, the NCRO is a valuable resource, the kind of band that is devoted to documenting the roots of the music. Some members of the band are into contemporary developments but are keenly aware of the importance of the work of the NCRO. Gateshead’s Caedmon Hall is the place to hear them on June 9. Two invited guests will perform on the night – piano virtuoso Martin Litton and period percussion specialist Nick Ward. Recommended

Turn of the century jazz (that’s the twenty first century) can be heard across the region during June with a Jazz North East double bill (June 4) featuring Kepler Orbit and the duo Henrik Jensen-Peter Ehwald at the Bridge Hotel. Similarly, Cumbria based tenor saxophonist Jake Steels plays a quintet gig at Darlington Jazz Club in the Quakerhouse (June 25). Samuel Eagles’ Spirit Sextet turn up the Newcastle Jazz Co-op’s Globe public house (June 13) and, perhaps the gig of the month, sees Joe Morris working as a duo with Tony Bevan. This Jazz North East promotion is at the Bridge Hotel on June 11. If you’re yet to hear Morris, this appearance by the American free jazz guitarist is a must.

Newcastle’s Jazz Café should be packed two nights running. June 21 sees the Durham University Big Band shoe-horned into the upstairs room (big band, small room, wow!) and the following night, Group Theory could be something special. Comprising members past and present of DUBB (that’s Durham University Big Band), pianist Matt Jacobs has added a NYJO gig to the CV and altoist Dan Garel has been out in Canada and he can add to the resumé ‘studied with Ingrid Jensen’. Finally, at Gateshead’s Prohibition Bar (June 1) there is the double bill of In Other Words and BLT. They’re young musicians (age range 14-17), they can play and they boast a burgeoning pad. Jazz Lives!            

Tuesday Jazz and Swing at Wilmslow - June dates

Amy Roberts and Richard Exall June 27th

From Graham Brook at Wilmslow

"Tuesday Jazz and Swing" every Tuesday night and "Bonus Jazz and Swing" every third Thursday upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club, 15, Grove Avenue, SK9 5EG at 8.30pm. £7 on door.

June 13th:- JOHN HALLAM (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
June 15th:- TOM KINCAID presents "Tom on his tod"
June 27th:- AMY ROBERTS and RICHARD EXALL (both reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio
July 4th:-    ROD MASON (reeds) with the TOM KINCAID trio