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Friday, 18 August 2017

Chapel Allerton Village jazz Festival gears up

   Dave O Higgins
 Hyde Park Brass
 James O Hara 
 Nag Champa 

The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival in Leeds gets underway in a couple of weeks starting Friday 1st September  and running to Sunday 3rd September. Dazzling jazz sax player Dave O'Higgins will headline, with a special performance with material from his latest album, "It's Always 9.30 in Zog" at Seven Arts on Saturday 2nd September. "He plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out" - Observer. His band will also be giving a masterclass before the concert

There is a definite "funky feel" to the bands on offer at this second Village Jazz Festival . Dave Kane's amazing Magic Ya Ya band open the festival on Friday 1st September, then there are performances on Saturday by bluesy songstress Terry Shaltiel with guitarist Esmond Selwyn and on Sunday afternoon on the main festival Regent Street stage by rising stars Nag Champa, Dan Goldman's Elec-trio, Hyde Park Brass plus a final set from the popular James O'Hara Blues Band

There are a whole host of other performances over the weekend as well including pop-up sets from the Washboard Resonators in  the cafes of Chapel Allerton village, a set from community big band, Mojo 78, popular vocalist Marlena Rose with Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer and the latin rhythms of Tempo Feliz

All in all 4 venues with 14 different bands - plus the rest of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival to enjoy too.

Fri 1 September Dave Kane’s Magic Ya-Ya Band @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave Kane - electric bass & composer. Chris Sharkey – guitar, Matt Bourne – keys, Si Kaylor & James Mainwaring - tenor saxes Ollie Dover - Bari sax. Joost Hendrickx & Sam Hobbs - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Will Powell’s “Chunky Indulgence” 8.00-8.30pm
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10 tickets

Sat 2 Sept @The Woods - free event with Washboard Resonators 12.45 – 1.45 Tempo Feliz 2pm- 3.30pm Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn 3.45pm- 5.30pm

Sat 2 Sept @Inkwell - free event with Jeff Hewer guitar and Marlena Rose vocals 1.30-3.30pm

Sat 2 Sept Dave O’Higgins Quartet @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes ,Graham Harvey – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – bass, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Pete Rosser’s “Monk” trio
Masterclass at Seven Arts with the quartet 5-6pm £5 on the door (open to all)
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10
Ticketed  masterclass £5

Sun 3 Sept Jazz Funk and Blues Sunday @Regent Street Main Stage –free event
12.00 Mojo 78 Big Band directed by Dave Evans,
1.15pm Hyde Park Brass
2.30pm Dan Goldman's Elec-trio
3.45pm Nag Champa
5.00pm James O Hara Blues Band

More details here

The Village Jazz Festival is promoted by the new Jazz Leeds organisation and it supported by Art Council England and Jazz North's Northern Line

Cullingworth Jazz latest programme

Julie Edwards and Kevin Dearden 27 Sept

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

23 Aug Georgina Barr vocals with Brendan Duffy sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Jonny Clapham bass, Dave Lee drums

30 Aug Sue Fisher vocals, Tony Denton sax, Paul Conway keys, Brian Jackson bass, Dave Lee drums

6 Sept Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Martin Longhawn keys, Brian Jackson bass Dave Lee drums

13 Sept Nel Begley vocals with Laurie Covelle sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

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

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

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week

Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week starting Wednesday 16th and running to Sunday 20th August. Renowned vocalist Ian Shaw will headline, with a special performance at the Winter Gardens on August 18th performing material from his latest album, Theory of Joy. Shaw is internationally regarded as one of the leading jazz voices and is also recognised for his humanitarian work supporting refugees.

Fans of vocal jazz won't just have Ian to keep them satisfied; Zoe Gilby opens the festival on 16th August Beverley Beirne sings Carmichael on 19th August and Julie Edwards performs on 17th.

There's a whole host of other performances including pop-up sets from Backchat Brass, the wonderfully inventive Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham, a new quartet led by James Mainwaring and the Jamie Brownfield Quintet plus lots more. There are 5 venues, 14 concerts and 3 events for you to attend:

Wed 16/8 – 7pm @Monkmans – Zoe Gilby 
£37.50 inc 3 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Wed 16/8 – 9pm @Martinez – Dave Smith 
£5 book on 01943 600 000

Thur 17/8 – 7pm @Quinta – Julie Edwards 
£30 inc meal book on 01943 602 670

Thur 17/8 – 9pm @Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free

Fri 18/8 – 4pm @Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free

Fri 18/8 – 6pm @Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald 
£22.50 inc 2 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Fri 18/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
£15 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 10am @Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
book by email on

Sat 19/8 – 1pm @Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 2.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Jamie Brownfield Quartet 
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 4 pm @Winter Gardens – James Mainwairing Trio - Ikigai
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 6.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Beverley Sings Carmichael 
£7.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – John Crawford Times and Tides
£12.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 11pm @Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
book by email to play on

Sun 20/8 – 10am @Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
book by email to play on

Sun 20/8 – 12.30pm @Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free

Sun 20/8 – 3.30pm @Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Jazz singers improvisation day workshop in Leeds

Leeds Jazz Singer Nicki Allan is organising a jazz singers improvisation day workshop at Inkwell Arts in Leeds on Sunday 10th September 9.30-5pm in association with Seven Jazz Leeds

Learn how to improve your jazz singing - techniques, the tips, the approaches. You'll be working with Nicki Allan, the vocal tutor at the Royal Northern Conservatoire. There will be a top rhythm section there to support you. Go on you know you've always wanted to! Lots of fun. Cost for the day £75 including lunch and refreshments

Inkwell Arts is the former Shoulder of Mutton pub 31 Potternewton lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3LW. It is the venue for some of the Seven Jazz Leeds gigs so there is a good quality piano and a pa there.

To enrol contact Nicki on

Vote now in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017!

Just one day to go now for you to vote in the most prestigious of the UK jazz awards - the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

Last year 2016 Seven Jazz Leeds was the only winner from the North - so lets see if we can get some others from the region this year !

The categories are

  • Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2016 by a UK band or musicians)
  • Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK). 
  • Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2016)
  • Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK)
  • Jazz Media Award(including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books)
  • Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters)
  • Jazz Ensemble of the Year(UK-based group who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2016)
  • Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2016

To vote please go to:

The awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), co-chaired by Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, and supported by PizzaExpress Live in conjunction with Peroni. The awards will be made not at the Houses of Commons this year (they are, after all rather busy...) but at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn on Tuesday 10th October.

The final deadline for entries is 12 noon on Wednesday 16th August 2017. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Grimsby Jazz autumn programme

Orient House Ensemble 6 December

Grimsby Jazz has a great line up of monthly gigs for its Autumn Programme

The Nikki Iles Trio on Wednesday 6th September 2017
 ‘Iles displayed the rhythmic surprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with a mix of ruggedness and reflection that make her comparable with the great John Taylor.’ Guardian.

Nikki Iles comes to Grimsby Jazz with one of the best double bass players in the country, Dave Green, and a new face to the club Geoff Simkins on alto saxophone.

On Wednesday 18th October 2017 the Philip Clouts Quartet features rising
 star Samuel Eagles
Cape Town-born Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz piano heroes. Joined by saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Alex Keen and Yamaha Jazz Scholarship-winning drummer Dave Ingamells, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.

The Dave O’Higgins Quartet follows on Wednesday 8th November.This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by the finest UK-based jazz musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from the latest recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017) Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums, Graham Harvey piano.

The last gig Grimsby Jazz have at the Old Clee Club is The Orient House Ensemble on Wednesday 6th December. “A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian. Gilad Atzmon leads the band of Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi double bass and Chris Higginbottom drums with himself on Saxes.

All at the Old Clee Club, Clee Crescent, Grimsby, DN32 8LS. Tickets  £12 in adv £14 on the door Students half price
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm Tel: 01472 873730 /
Off the Beaten Tracks 36 Aswell Street, Louth: 01507607677

Ten young musicians wanted to work with Zoe Rahman

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound have announced that pianist, composer and bandleader Zoe Rahman will lead their third Jazz Directors Series residency and tour from 15-22 October 2017.

Zoe has performed extensively around the world, has been a featured artist on numerous television and radio programmes, and is frequently invited to sit on high-profile panels – most notably the Mercury Music Prize, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year and the Nottingham International Jazz Piano competition.

They are looking for ten young professional jazz musicians to form the Inner City Ensemble. Over one week this evolving group will rehearse and perform works composed and recorded by Rahman including new arrangements of some tunes from her most recent solo piano album Dreamland.

“I’m really looking forward to working with open-minded improvising artists who have a strong grounding in jazz, a deep sense of groove and who like to listen to a wide range of musical styles. There will be opportunities for all of the musicians to shine individually as well as contribute to the ensemble as a whole. Hopefully the project will be challenging, rewarding and above all fun for all of us.” – Zoe Rahman

For this residency and tour they are looking for a diverse range of emerging professional jazz musicians aged over 18 who play to a very high standard (graduate equivalent and above) with excellent improvisation and reading skills and who can reference drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz among other styles.

Accompanying Zoe Rahman on Piano, the Inner City Ensemble will be:

Double Bass*
Flute (doubling on alto flute)
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
*a good working knowledge of drum&bass, afro-beat and township jazz styles is particularly preferable on these instruments

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sun 13 Aug 2017 at midnight

Apply here

For more information about the Jazz Directors Series please contact Tim Chatterton at Brighter Sound on or call 0161 830 3899.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Leeds gets two summer jazz festivals

It's like buses - none for ages then two come along at once! There are now two Jazz Festivals in Leeds to enjoy this summer both run by the new JazzLeeds network, both showing off the huge variety of jazz from the city.

Jazz Leeds Festival Millennium Square Thursday 3 August 
A new festival held in Millennium Square and the Carriageworks as part of this year's Leeds summer music events on Thursday 3 August.

Free events - early in the day there are free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring 12-2pm Hyde Park Brass and The Big Easy then from 5-8.30pm  Slide Area,"Open Letter to Mingus", Tom Sharp's Jazz Orchestra 

Ticketed events - there is a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Dom Moore 2-4pm. Then who better to be the headline act at the JazzLeeds day of jazz than Snake Davis one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Snake is performing at the Carriageworks, doors open 7.30pm, music 8-10.30pm Support  is from the Ben Powling Quintet.

Jazz Leeds Festival is supported by Leeds Inspired. Website 

Village Jazz Festival, Chapel Allerton, Leeds 1-3 September
The second Village Jazz Festival forms part of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 2017. Get in the party mood with Leeds bassist Dave Kane’s Magic Ya Ya Band and the bluesy Chunky Indulgence and enjoy a swinging jazz quartet led by top UK saxman Dave O’Higgins and the music of Monk from Pete Rosser's Trio. There are free bands in The Woods and Inkwell on Saturday afternoon so grab some refreshment and enjoy the music Then finish off the weekend on Sunday afternoon at Regent Street for more jazz, funk and blues on the main festival stage

Ticketed events: Friday 1 September : Magic Ya Ya BandChunky Indulgence @Seven Arts
Saturday 2 September: Dave O’Higgins Quartet. + Pete Rosser’s “Monk” trio. @Seven Arts
Tickets £12/10 concs NUS £5
Dave's Quartet will be taking a masterclass at 5pm £5

Free events: Saturday 2 September 12.30-4pm Washboard Resonators, Tempo Feliz, Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn @The Woods, 5 Stainbeck Ln, Leeds LS7 3PG,
Saturday 2 September 1.30pm Marlena Rose vocals with Jeff Hewer group  @Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW
Sunday 3 September Mojo 78 Big Band, Hyde Park Brass, Dan Goldman Elec-Trio, Nag Champa, James O’Hara Blues Band 12.30-6pm @Regent Street Main Stage, Leeds LS7 4PE,


The Village Jazz Festival is supported by Arts Council England

Steve Mead's top tips at Manchester Jazz Festival

Steve Mead, mjf Artistic Director offers his top tips for those discovering jazz for the first time or for those feeling ‘spoilt for choice’ at the Manchester Jazz Festival (28 July - 6 August)

Riot Jazz Brass Band – energetic, fun, with an opening party vibe. This is music for dancing feet and dancing heads.

Afternoon Tea: Charlie Cooper Trio – a vintage soul songstress whose tuneful music makes for a classy all-round experience in the splendid surroundings of The Midland; a special treat for friends and family and a chance to see the musicians close-up.

Haggis Horns at Matt & Phreds – the classic jazz-club experience, with danceable soul, funk and rhythmic jazz in Manchester’s renowned jazz venue. Hot and sweaty and great fun!
At Band on The Wall – The African Salsa Orchestra; a foot-tapping Cuban salsa melting pot – try it for yourself in their African Salsa workshop beforehand (part of the ticket for this gig!).

The Breath: fast-rising Manchester band with players from the Cinematic Orchestra: folky songs and a big sound led by Rioghnach – the charismatic Irish vocalist who fronts the band.

The Improvisation Salon: your chance to improvise and/or play an instrument for the first time! Get to make music with friends and strangers and play xylophones, marimbas and tuned percussion. Anyone can do it!

Shri – Just a Vibration: a prize-winning, big-sounding, fun ‘Bombay mix’ of styles. Composer-producer, Shri  and his musicians are joined by seventeen members of the Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band to create music described by The Guardian as: “An entertainingly varied set that would make great film music.”

Mali Hayes: a young Mancunian vocalist on the free outdoor stage in Albert Square where you can relax with friends after work to soulful sounds and be the first to witness rising talent.

Zee Guveya and the Heritage Survival: dance the night away with easy Afro beats and lively rhythms – feel-good music with a warm and tropical vibe.

Clouds Harp Quartet: a rare chance to see 4 harps together: beautiful, enchanting sounds in the cool and calm setting of Central Library.

Baked à la Ska: another Manchester favourite – they turn the unlikeliest of pop tunes into a ska-jazz dance party; funny, foot-tapping and fab.

Horse Orchestra: from Copenhagen, these guys turn jazz on its head – anarchic and fun, superb instrumentalists but with a cheeky sideways glance across jazz, their theatrical antics will raise a smile and make you marvel at how they keep it all together.

Lucy Mae: on the free outdoor stage on our chill-out finale Sunday, Lucy is a relaxed but passionate singer-songwriter and perfect for afternoon easy-going beats. Songs that sound familiar but new at the same time.

More details

Saxophone Massive open the Halifax Piece Hall

Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive is always an epic performance. A huge number of sax players from across the region will mark the reopening of The Halifax Piece Hall at a free event on 18 August 2017

Led by world-renowned jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, the big band will perform an original composition amongst the colonnaded galleries of our Georgian building, filling the whole space with music and celebration.

An ECM recording artist, bandleader and composer, Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s leading saxophonists and one of a very few British musicians to have made a significant impact on the international jazz scene.

An international phenomenon, Saxophone Massive has been performed in cities across Europe including in the UK, France and Norway and is now commissioned for Halifax.

"It is an immense honour to be bringing my Saxophone Massive to Halifax and to be the first major event to take place in the new Piece Hall.  Music unites" communities and by reaching out to and including local musicians to be part of the massive, amateur and professional alike, we will present an event that showcases the best regional talent to an audience celebrating The Piece Hall, one of the most stunning buildings in Yorkshire.”
Andy Sheppard

Redemption play Durham's Empty Shop

Durham's Empty Shop venue welcome back Redemption who always go down a storm at HQ.
A jazz quartet, Redemption deliver hard driving Bebop, Latin and funk jazz in an upfront, uncompromising and distinctive style.

Jim Hall – Piano / Keyboards
Keith Tulip – Bass
Martin Wake – Drums / Percussion
John Hall – Saxophones (Tenor/Alto/Soprano)

The Jazz Sessions: Redemption
Thursday 3rd August
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the doo


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wigan Jazz Festival hosts the Norvoljazz July network

Northern Jazz promoters held their latest Norvoljazz network meeting hosted by Ian Darrington of Wigan Jazz Festival on 8 July.  Full copies of the minutes can be viewed on The pies were wonderful (!)

The network was healthy with much innovative work going on by volunteer promoters, with the Jazz North East Women make music scheme, new jazz festivals in Newcastle and Leeds and the "Fish Tales" music and poetry commission developed and promotes in venues and schools by Gill Wilde of Grimsby Jazz. The network also noted the sad demise of two long running Northern promoters - Doncaster Jazz and Leeds Fusebox.

Some highlights were as follows-

1. Jazz promoter internship scheme – the was agreed to go ahead with a joint bid by Jazz North and Norvol to Arts Council England for a none month paid internship scheme to help voluntary promoters with succession planning and provide opportunities for younger promoters to learn the jazz promotion ropes.  Northern clubs and promoters would be contacted in the near future with outline of the project and an expression of interest form to apply for hosting one of the internships
2. Emerging artists programme– interested Northern promoters were asked to offer dates in April and early May 2018 for a Norvoljazz emerging artists programme to take three groups from final year BA jazz student from Leeds College of Music
3. Peer reviews –agreed to offer Northern promoters who were interested a chance to be involved in peer review and evaluation  - and to put forward a couple of gigs in their forthcoming programme that can be offered out for peer review by other clubs and promoters

Next network to be held at Scarborough Jazz festival on Sat 23 September 10 for coffee, 10.30am start- 1.00pm. All jazz clubs and promoters welcome to attend.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Surprise piano player in Liverpool...

Well well well - amazing who plays piano on the streets of Liverpool!

Palestine Jazz dates in Leeds and Manchester

Two Northern dates for two of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the cultural renaissance in Palestine

Nai Barghouti captured the hearts of concert halls across the UK last year when she toured with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, selling out shows from Glasgow to London. She returns this summer with her Amsterdam-based band of musicians from Palestine, Korea, Tunisia and Nigeria. Based in Paris,

"Nai Barghouti ejects as much into a single note as most vocalists manage in a whole song" The Scotsman

Mohamed Najem & Friends have quickly become favourites of the Paris jazz scene, with international performances this year including Hamburg, London and Gabon. Featuring traditional Arabic instruments alongside standard jazz line-ups, both musicians move effortlessly between Arabic music and jazz, respelling the music of the Middle East in a new musical language.

All musicians are donating part of their fee to UNICEF Syria fund

Wed 26 July RNCM Manchester, 0161 907 5555

Thus 27 July Howard Assembly Room Leeds, 0844 848 2720

Greg's northern dates...

American saxman Greg Abate is touring the UK and his tour includes a number of north of England dates

A sax player who finally emerged on records as a leader in the 1990s, Greg Abate had picked up experience playing with the Ray Charles Orchestra (starting in 1973 when he succeeded David "Fathead" Newman) and the Artie Shaw band when it was headed by clarinetist Dick Johnson during 1985-1987. Based in Rhode Island, Abate has played at many festivals and club dates, mostly on the East Coast and in Europe. Although he also plays tenor, flute, and soprano, alto is his main ax. Abate, who considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences, has recorded as a leader for Seaside, Candid, and Blue Chip Jazz.

Greg has ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing jazz festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe. His recorded history covers the likes of Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, James Williams, Rufus Reid, Kenny Washington, Alan Barnes, as well a string of gigs at festivals and clubs around the world.

"The best authentic and swinging jazz, unmissable" Jez Matthews

"... his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Northern dates

July 12. The Lescar Sheffield with Nicola Farnon Trio
July 18. Parr Jazz Liverpool
July 21. Seven Jazz Leeds with Victor Gutierrez Trio

From Buenos Aires to Newcastle

Tango & Jazz Quartet Sunday 27 August,
From Newcastle Jazz Co-op

Over the summer we have visits from two bands from Argentina. On Sunday 27 August Tango & Jazz Quartet returns to the Globe for an afternoon and evening of music and dancing. We have a host of local talent including Steve Glendinning Trio, Alter Ego, Francis Tulip Quartet, Stuart Collingwood Duo and Indigo Jazz Voices. Finally, for those who would like to participate in our jazz learning programmes, we are taking bookings for our summer weekend workshop on 5-6 August.

Summer Weekend Workshop
5-6 August 2017
A whole weekend of listening and playing in the company of others who want to learn and improve jazz skills.
Building on the success of the last two years, we are running another weekend workshop, this time with tutors James Birkett and Jilly Jarman. James Birkett is a professional jazz guitarist and highly experienced educator.

Francis Tulip Quartet
Saturday 5 August, 8pm Young jazzers acknowledge old master
The Francis Tulip Quartet presents "Monk's Mood", an evening celebrating the music of Thelonius Monk. Come and see these young musicians paying tribute to the old master as well as premiering some original compositions. Francis Tulip (guitar) Joel Brown (piano) Michael Dunlop (bass) Matthew MacKellar (drums) Admission £5 on the door

Tango & Jazz Quartet
Sunday 27 August, milonga 3-6pm, gig 8-11pm
Argentinian pioneers of tango/jazz fusion on world tour
After a very popular event last year, Jazz.Coop is delighted to welcome the Tango & Jazz Quartet back to The Globe for a special day of Argentinian music and dancing. For dancers, there will be an afternoon milonga at 3-6pm

Alejandro Beelmann on drums,
Federico Hilal on bass.
Horacio Acosta on piano,
Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet

Click here for details and booking.

Jazz.Coop, The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AD

Alt Shift J gets the go ahead

From Lesley Jackson at Jazz North

Jazz North has been awarded a grant of £71,646 from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund to curate, produce and tour Alt Shift J, a one day pop-up jazz festival aimed at developing younger audiences for jazz.  The festival will present new artists and use digital technology to encourage more young people to experience jazz music both as participants and audience members.  Accompanied by an extensive audience engagement programme, the project will involve young people in programming the festival and will aim to inspire and engage individuals and families who may not usually access the arts. The award was one of 8 Strategic Touring grants announced earlier this week.

Jazz North Alt Shift J will tour to Cleethorpes, Clitheroe, Middlesbrough and Penrith in Autumn 2018 and over the course of the project will:

•             16 performances by extraordinary jazz artists, selected by a network of 8 local young scenebuilders
•             24 interactive performances in local primary and secondary schools
•             a programme of community workshops and participatory activities
•             Stream each festival live to a worldwide audience

Partners on the project include The Culture House, Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues, Blue Jam Arts and Middlesbrough Town Hall.

“We are really thrilled that Arts Council England is supporting this project: one that will help us to develop the next generation of jazz listeners. This investment will build on their support for the sector in recent years”

“The way that young people engage with music is changing. Alt Shift J will give us the opportunity to redefine the genre and the word ‘jazz’, which often comes with its own baggage, and will break down some of the barriers that currently exist.  Developing younger audiences isn’t just about more and better marketing, so we will explore new ways to connect with them. The chance to use digital technology and work with promoters more closely will release the potential of this amazing music to reach more people and connect young audiences to their local venue.”
Lesley Jackson, Executive Director of Jazz North

Pete Massey, Director North, Arts Council England said “I’m delighted that we are able to support Jazz North to encourage more young people to enjoy jazz music – both by taking part and as part of the audience. The ALT SHIFT J initiative, funded through our Strategic Touring fund, promises to introduce a whole new generation to an art form that deserves wider attention.”

Fusebox lights go out...

World Service Project at Fusebox

From Bill Chatwin

I'm afraid that Fusebox isn't active anymore. After a meeting last October and a fruitful discussion with the Arts Council, we decided to take a pause, while we wrote a bid and  restyled ourselves.

The plan was to start up again with a new format in September but as time passed and with the busy and complex lives of the musician members, nothing developed and so the general consensus was that Fusebox has run it's course. Sad to see.


We all owe Bill and his colleagues a debt of gratitude for running such an innovative jazz club in Leeds - never an easy thing to do.

Jazz into Doncaster ceases

From Brian Askew 

Sorry to report that JazzintoDoncaster has now ceased due the fall in people attending with the demography of our supporters. We have been subsidising the Bands over the last 12-18 months and our funds have now been depleted.

We may have one final performance featuring the Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra at a future date to be arranged.

Thank you for your support, especially Charlie Worsdale, Peter Robinson, Malcolm Silverwood and all previous Committee Members the founders of JazzintoDoncaster

Best Regards
Brian, Peter, Malcolm, Ken

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Roy Ayres at Leeds Wardrobe

Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artists on the music-scene today.

Now in his fifth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70’s/80’s.

Check him out on Spotify:

25th August – The Wardrobe Leeds
6 St. Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS9 8AH
Tickets £25 from

July Jazz in Durham

The Empty Shop in Durham hosts a broad range of Jazz gigs at our venue in the city, some programmed by us and some in collaboration with others contributing to the growing Jazz scene. Now in it's 3rd year, Empty Shop HQ plays host some of the most prolific and accomplished Jazz bands in the North east. We've also got a new venue - TESTT Space is a new visual arts space on North Road. We encourage anyone with an ear for discovery to come along.

The Jazz Sessions: Gabriele mit drei
Thursday 6th July The Empty Shop 35c Framwellgate Bridge Durham, Durham DH1 4SJ
Doors from 7:00pm // Music starts at 8pm // £5 / £4 students - pay on the door
Gabriele Heller - vocal
Paul Beck - piano
Steve Glendinning - guitar
Dave Parker - double bass

The jazz quartet Gabriele mit drei has a wide repertoire of jazz standards, German film classics, gospels and original compositions. 'Not only was there wonderful singing and musicianship, but there was an unusual set of songs and entertainment galore! (...)' Ann Alex, bebop spoken here 'Lotte Lenya meets Carmen McRae meets Marlene Dietrich via Anita O'Day might sum up this gig. Certainly Frau Gabi has all of the attributes of the above and tonight she brought them in to play at the crowded Jazz Café. (...)' Lance Liddle, bebop spoken here

BRASS Festival - Cutting Edge Brass with The Family Band
Tuesday 11th July @ TESTT Space - our new visual arts space
TESTT Space, Floor 2, 25 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SG
8pm - 10pm // £10 / £8 concession

The 1960s avant-garde and free jazz inspired Family Band led by Leeds bassist Tom Riviere brings its powerful and dynamic music combining jazz, brass and blues into simple, repeated riffs. TESTT Space is a new visual arts space on North Road. Located on the second floor above Durham Bus Station, the gallery space will host this one off jazz gig for BRASS. TESTT website:

July on the beach! Scarborough highlights

Mike Gordon writes

Weds 5th July | 8.45pm | £6 on the door Jam Experiment (pictured)
Jam Experiment is a young jazz quintet who opened last year's festival with a blast and won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. The line-up includes saxophonist Alexander Bone (winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award and Rising Star in the 2016 British Jazz Awards), with Rory Ingham (trombone), Toby Comeau (keyboard), Joe Lee (bass) and Jonny Mansfield (drums). All band members write for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music and a very individual, cool and funky sound. This gig is part of their 30-date UK Album Launch Tour 2017.

Weds 12th July | 8.45pm | £5 on the door Martin Jones & Matt Smith
Martin is a trumpet player with immense technique and many years experience in all styles who has played with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and Andy Shepherd. Saxophonist Matt Smith has been described as "a budding jazz star who will surely follow in the footsteps of Snake Davis with his soul-jazz style." A humdinger of a front line, with Mike Gordon trio.

Weds 19th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door Frank Brooker
Frank’s rich mellow tone, melodic mastery, relaxed swing on tenor sax and clarinet, and polished vocals, always ensure a warm welcome at the club. With MG3.

Weds 26th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door Jamie Taylor
One of the UK's leading jazz guitarists and teachers, Jamie Taylor has drawn praise from top critics: "An alternative perspective on the blues legacy taking in elements of swing, bop, and funk. It's clever, engaging stuff." (Jazzwise). "Jamie Taylor's edgy fusion guitar burns through." (The Guardian). With MG3

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Jazz at the Spa in July

Frank Brooker 8 July

From Les and the Team at Boston Spa

8th – Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies – now here’s one of our favourite local groups. Our hero, Frank on reeds, leads a line up of some of Yorkshire’s finest including Greg Wadman on trumpet, Jim Wright on banjo/guitar Phil Kampen on bass and all driven along by our favourite drummin’ man Rod McNamara. Happy Chappies equals happy sounds!

15th – Manhattan Sound Big Band with Michaela Smith – and to play our part in the 2017 Boston Spa Festival Weekend, we are delighted to present again the big band which you so thoroughly enjoyed last summer. Wonderful, expansive sounds coupled with oodles of nostalgia and with the added bonus of Michaela Smith on vocals. £10

22nd – Sorry – No Jazz

29th – Pedigree Jazz Band – otherwise, a “Salute to Trad Jazz 2017.” This tribute to the famous UK Trad bands of the late 50s and 60s is led by musician and broadcaster Chris Walker on reeds, Andy Chislett on trumpet and Tony Mann on trombone with rhythm accompaniment. As befits his other calling, always a highly professional and informative presentation from Chris Walker. £10

Thanks for your Support – it’s what keeps music live! Why not bring along a friend, neighbour or relative – we’d love to meet them!

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.