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Monday, 21 May 2018

Jazz on a Summers Day in Leeds

Jazz vocalist Nicki Allan has organised a day jazz festival "Jazz on A Summers Day" 1-6pm on Sat 9 June at Chapel Allerton Club in Leeds.

This year marks the launch of a very special project aimed to showcase some of the very best Jazz names in and around Leeds and further a field, outdoors on a sunny afternoon in June. From delicate, bluesy, soulful and mainstream jazz to more contemporary tastes there will be something for everyone.

Taking place at the Chapel Allerton Snooker Club, the home of the established September Alternate Music Festival; we hope it will grow into a popular annual community event in its own right. Please come along and bring as many friends as possible. Its FREE entry for all and we will be running a prize raffle with donations  kindly welcomed.

The club has a well stocked bar and very reasonable bar prices, plus there will be food and outdoor seating from which to enjoy the music. Do bring a picnic and chairs if you like and make a day of it. Lets hope for sunshine weather ...should the rain make an appearance we will move indoors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

With very best wishes
From the Jazz on a Summer's Day Team

Friday, 18 May 2018

Gill Wilde's last gig @Grimsby Jazz

Gill Wilde 

Many thanks from all jazz lovers to Gill Wilde who has run the monthly jazz club in Grimsby for many years - and also ran the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival - a brilliant effort. With Gill moving away from the area, the regular Jazz Club at Grimsby will finish as a monthly club in May – from now on it will only do specific projects. The final regular date of the club is the Pat McCarthy Quartet:

THURSDAY 31st May 2018- The Pat McCarthy Quartet
A great lead up to Cleethorpes Jazz Festival (1-3 June) this same weekend and what better way to start it than a special night with our own Pat McCarthy on guitar with Warren Jolly bass, Thom Whitworth Trumpet and Shannon Reilly vocals. This band has recorded two CDs and toured extensively to great acclaim.

203 North Promenade,Cleethorpes DN35 8SJ.
Ticket  £12 in adv £14 on the door
Doors open 7.30 pm music starts 8.30 pm

Paul Edis plays a brief history of Jazz Piano

Huddersfield Jazz welcome Newcastle pianist and composer Paul Edis playing music from the jazz masters in hois "Brief History of Jazz Piano" at their next concert - Sunday 27th May 2018 2-4pm at Cafe Society, Bryam Street, Huddersfield

The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra @Wigan Jazz Club.

The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra directed by Richard Iles with special guest Malcolm Edmonstone on piano. Thanks are due to the Greater Manchester Commissions Project for providing this gig. The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra draws the finest musicians from the bands, music schools and university colleges in the Greater Manchester area.
@Wigan Jazz Club, Sunday 27th May, 2018.

At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish. £11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members.

Pay at the door, or on line at

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on

Newcastle Jazz Co op rings the changes


There is a great selection of jazz gigs at the Globe over the next few weeks.

This Sunday, 20 May, there is Budtet plus, the popular local jazz combo swelled to an octet. It will be their last gig with talented pianist Lin Lee Wong who is moving away, so come and give her a good send off.

Forthcoming gigs include

Gabriele Heller Trio, Thursday 24 May

Brian Molley Quartet, Saturday 2 June

Julija Jacenaite Trio, Sunday 10 June

Mark Williams & John Pope, Thursday 14 June

Indigo Jazz Voices, Thursday 21 June

Big Muddy, Sunday 24 June

Alan Glen Trio, Thursday 28 June

Gero Schipmann Group, Saturday 7 July

Gigs are at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit the website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more

Ivor Surtees RIP

From Paul Bream

You may have already heard, but Ivor Surtees, who was the driving force behind Saltburn Jazz, has recently died. I'd heard that he was unwell but wasn't aware of quite how serious it was.

I was always impressed by the way that Ivor kept a jazz programme going in what can't have been an easy environment, especially over the past few years

Lets hope that our colleagues at Saltburn continue the Friday evening sessions at Saltburn Arts Centre that have been a feature of jazz in the North East

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers at Dove Jazz

It will be a real delight to welcome back Tom Langham’s Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell back to Dove Jazz Club on the 19th May for the first of their two Gigs at the Club this year.

It was in 2007 that the musically accomplished, Buxton born Tom Langham first brought a band bearing the name of ‘Hot Fingers’ to Dove’s Village Hall. The other two musicians who accompanied Tom on that trip were Dany Blythe and Malcolm Stead who remain with him today. It was not until 2015 that the noted ‘Cotswold Nightingale,’ Emily Campbell joined the ranks of these three long standing chums. It was beneficial for these three lads to be introduced to someone from a more sophisticated and rural up market environment that aptly reflected their chosen residences in the heart of the Cotswolds.

It was Tom’s grandfather who inspired him to start playing the ukulele at an early age when his fingers became large enough and fit for purpose. He picked up the guitar, banjo and vocal skills very early on in his eventful musical journey along life’s highway. He can now proudly boast to be one of only a miniscule number of today’s performers of a similar ilk who have so deeply absorbed the panache of those early crooning pioneers such as Al Bowly and Bing Crossby. Malcolm Sked for his sins was a schoolboy euphonium player who joined the local brass band at the age of 13. He joined the Charleston Chasers at the age of 16, where he very soon came under the influence of an equally youthful Spats, for a 15 year stint on tuba and later on sousaphone. Of course Danny Blythe the other multi instrument proficient musician in this esteemed group has risen from humble beginnings as an Acupuncturist in leafy Cheltenham to join his good friend Tom on the front line of this unique musical troupe.

The same line-up will be making a return visit to us on the 17th November to provide further musical treats for the discerning ears of the Dove audience.

More details:

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Come Celebrate 30 years of Jazz in Huddersfield

Huddersfield Jazz is proud to host a special one off concert in September featuring Claire Martin OBE and Ray Gelato, accompanied by the Dave Newton Trio.

Ranked as one of the finest Jazz vocalists on the planet by the Jazz Times, seven times British Jazz Awards winner, Claire Martin will be joined on stage by the “The Godfather of Swing” Ray Galato.
Claire and Ray will present their show A Swinging Affair, which celebrates their latest album release We’ve Got a World That Swings.

A Swinging Affair that’s not to be missed!

Friday, September 21st, 2018 - 7:30pm 

Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queens Street
tel 01484 430528

Further information is available on our website:

Parr Jazz goes back home

From Parr jazz in Liverpool

We’re putting the ‘Parr’ back into ‘Parrjazz ‘ as from June and moving back to Studio 2  Parr Street in Liverpool! And look what we have lined up , plus free jazz nibbles and a beverage on the launch night ... !

Parr Jazz, Studio 2 33-45 Parr St, Liverpool L1 4JN

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Liberati Quartet at University of Leeds

A Jazz night at University of Leeds performed by a band called Liberati Quartet from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Four talented musicians are going to perform their own Jazz music they composed by themselves. The event is going to take place at the concert hall in the School of Music, University of Leeds at 8pm on 11th May. There will be a bar and a relaxing space outside of the concert hall so just come to the event for a lovely night with great music and drinks!


Venue -
Clothworkers Hall,
The School of Music
The University of Leeds
West Yorkshire LS2 9JT

Date Friday 11 May 8-9.30pm £5

May Jazz in the North East

Denis Rollins- Darlington Jazz Festival 5 May

May offers great variety with North East gigs stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to the Tees Delta Middlesbrough and way out west to Hexham in Northumberland.

Without doubt the big North East event is the eighth annual Darlington Jazz Festival (May 2-6 inc) Darlington Jazz Club promotes jazz gigs twice a month year round. Once a year things gear up for a long weekend festival, and this year, the eighth Darlington Jazz Festival stretches over five days. On May 2 the Darlington Big Band plays an opening concert at the Darlington and Simpson Rolling Mills Club, the following evening trumpeter Matt Roberts leads a workshop in Crown Street Library, and twenty four hours later local-lad-made-good Roberts plays his now annual sextet gig up above Voodoo Café on Skinnergate. On Friday evening gig is a highlight of the year, the room is always packed to the rafters to hear Robert’s A-list band blow the roof off the place. This year Roberts will be featuring the music of Kenny Dorham.

Saturday (May 5) and Sunday (6) are two days of non-stop jazz. For the first time the long-running Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club will be part of the festivities in presenting American pianist Jeff Barnhart with John Hallam, reeds alongside guitarist Keith Stephen and slap bass exponent Bruce Rollo. The gig starts at 12:30 prompt in St Augustine’s Parish Centre. Half an hour later three sets of top quality jazz gets under way around the corner in the Quakerhouse pub. The Graham Hardy Trio kicks-off at 1:00, Emma Fisk and James Birkett follow with their Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang show, and the Pocket Jazz Orchestra rounds-off the afternoon’s entertainment before everyone heads to the Central Hall in the Dolphin Centre for an evening with Alan Barnes. The ever-popular reedsman will be performing as guest soloist with Durham Alumni Big Band. This set piece occasion is always a sellout. To book your ticket visit:   

The final day of the festival requires early risers to show stamina. Sunday, 10:15am, in Hash Bar, brunch and jazz starts with the accomplished guitar duo of Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder. A few hours later Paul Edis will be performing in Bondgate Methodist Church with Vocal Collective and, you’ve guessed, Alan Barnes! The Keys on Skinnergate brings the curtain down on a marvellous weekend of jazz with Dennis Rollins Funky Funk at six o’clock. As you move from venue to venue (they’re all in close proximity) you’re sure to chance upon jazz in the streets. The Darlington Jazz Festival will live up to its claim: Bringing jazz to the town centre.

The aforementioned Alan Barnes can be heard on Friday lunchtime (May 4) at the Lit & Phil up in Newcastle working as a duo with Paul Edis. A sell out is on the cards, it’s a pay on the door gig so best advice is arrive early – anytime from noon for a one o’clock start. Elsewhere there is much to look forward to. Guitarist Remi Harris finally makes it to Newcastle. A long overdue visit to the Jazz Café (Wed 2) sees Remi working in the company of regular trio band mates Caley Groves, rhythm guitar and Mike Green, bass. The Jazz Cafe’s May programme continues with a return visit by the highly regarded young guitarist John Bailey (May 4), Deep Cabaret (11), Alex Hitchcock (May 17), medical student Niffi Osiyemi sings (May 18), Lindsay Hannon and James Harrison (May 24) hold court and Shatner’s Bassoon entertain on May 25.

At the Sage Gateshead (May 3) Binker and Moses team up with NYC-based Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess. Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are a brilliant double act, this meeting of art forms should be worth catching. The Dun Cow pub in the leafy Newcastle suburb of Jesmond recently started a jazz night. Duos or trios alternate with jam sessions and late last month NYC-based Daryl Sherman dropped by. Clearly this new weekly (Wednesdays) venture is worth supporting, you never know who’ll turn up!

Joy Ellis returns to Newcastle (The Globe, May 12), the Break Out Brass Band, a new all-female ensemble, makes its debut at the Jazz Co-op’s Railway Street HQ (May 20) and on May 24 there is a rare appearance by the Gabriele Heller Trio. To end this month’s round-up let’s look north to Berwick for the always good-value- for-money Pasadena Roof Orchestra playing a matinee show (May 6) at the Maltings, south to Middlesbrough to highlight the unfortunate clash of two concerts on the same evening (May 19). Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra (invariably there’s a bona fide jazz musician or two in the line-up) plays the recently refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall and along the road at Middlesbrough Theatre the theatre musical comedy Crooners features an on-stage top notch ten piece jazz band. So, yet another busy month with a festival and dozens of gigs to get to across the North East. 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

May Jazz by the seaside!

Dean Masser May 16

May's Jazz programme in Scarborough

Ricardo Alvarez Quartet
The speedy return of this band following their club debut in January is a measure of how well they went down. Led by Chilean tenor man Ricardo, the band plays an enjoyable fusion of jazz and Latin American music including some excellent originals. Ricardo Alvarez (tenor sax), Alec Robinson  (piano), Emlyn Vaughn (bass) and John Settle (drums). £6

Dave Clegg & Friends
This seven piece band creates a great big band sound thanks to Dave’s arrangements and the sumptuous vocals of Rich Adams. Ralph Alder and Steve Whitehead (saxes), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone), Dave Clegg (piano/arrangements), Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). £5

MAY 16
Dean Masser/Pat McCarthy Band
Tenor saxophonist Dean and guitarist Pat met while touring with the Alan Barnes Octet Fish Tales project. They decided to form a smaller unit to explore the rapport they struck up on that tour. Adding
Ed Harrison on bass and Caroline Boaden on drums created an instant chemistry. Expect swing, interplay, standards and a couple of originals seasoned with appalling jokes. £7

MAY 23
Mark Chandler & Munch Manship
One of the UK’s top trumpet players Mark Chandler teams up with the legendary Manchester-based
saxophonist Munch Manship for a class double act. With Mark Gordon (keyboard), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums). £5

MAY 30
Easy Street
Since its inception three years ago Easy Street has built a strong following, playing some of the
best but lesser known standards. Although this is the band’s first visit to the club its members have
played here with different line-ups. The rich vocals of Roger Maughan are supported by Howard
Beaumont (keyboards), Bob Malinowski (bass) and Lee Adams (drums). £5

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

Friday, 27 April 2018

Hull Jazz Festival goes for gender balance

Hull Jazz Festival is now a Keychange associate festival. This means the festival’s pledged to reach a 50:50 gender balance in its programme by 2022, with 50% of acts including at least one woman.

Keychange began as a European talent development programme for female artists and innovators, led by PRS Foundation. The 50:50 pledge was proposed by Keychange festival partners who wanted to show they are serious in their commitment to gender equality in addition to offering showcasing opportunities to female talent.  Since then festivals from all over the world have signed up to the pledge, making Keychange a movement for positive change. Hull Jazz Festival joins a list of festivals and other associates that includes Iceland Airwaves, Liverpool Sound City, Hull’s own 53 Degrees North, BlueDot, BBC Introducing, Manchester Jazz Festival and New York’s Winter JazzFest.

Festival Director David Porter says: “We became aware of this initiative through our ongoing work with the PRS Foundation. I knew that jazz had traditionally been male-orientated, but I’d always thought that J-Night and the Hull Jazz Festival were pretty progressive around working with women. I was shocked to find that just over 50% of our acts featured during 2017 featured no women whatsoever in their line-ups. It seems a pretty obvious decision to try and rectify that and our board are pleased to sign our pledge to Keychange.” 

For more information, visit the Keychange website: Hull Jazz Festival 26th Summer Edition takes place from 19-21 July, with a line-up featuring female artists including Camilla George, Vimala Rowe, Natasha Watts, Janette Mason, Sarah Tandy and The Dyr Sister. Full programme and box office details at

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Northern Online Broadcasts 1 - 5 May 2018

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North 

Next week sees the return of Jazz North's Northern Online Broadcasts festival week. Over 5 days starting on Tuesday 1 May Jazz North will be broadcasting a programme of pre-recorded performances featuring artists from their northern line touring support scheme.

There will be a total of 32 bands featured in 20 programmes broadcast at four times of day over five days. The broadcast times run from 0800 UK through to 1900 UK with evenings left free to avoid clashing with ‘real’ gigs that might be taking place.

Nigel says “The idea isn’t to replace the live experience with online streamed gigs but to use online broadcasting to stimulate interest in the artists and the vibrant northern jazz scene”. are sponsoring an online quiz competition that’s open to anyone who visits the festival website between 1-5 May. The winner will receive a 12 month subscription to the new 'netflix for jazz' broadcaster

The programmes will be broadcast in 1080p HD on Jazz North’s YouTube channel with other festival activity appearing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Online programme

Any Norvoljazz member who wants to send news for broadcasting just send it, with the subject 'NOLB news', to 

Madame Jazz in Leeds!

From Grace Pipkin

Madame Jazz would like to invite you to another evening celebrating local female-led jazz ensembles. Accompanied by a delicious three course meal, all made from food which otherwise would have gone to waste, this event should not be missed.

Receiving coverage from Cerys Matthews on her BBR6 radio show and described as 'one of the most relaxed and enjoyable events attended in the past year' by Leeds Living, Madame Jazz is an evening not to be missed.

Madame Jazz Bistro is the closest you will find to an authentic jazz age, speakeasy experience in central Hyde Park. Rainbow Junktion’s church hall is going to transform into an old - school, candlelit jazz lounge for one night only.

Fancy attire is very much encouraged - dig out your silks, sequins, waistcoats and suits. Rainbow Junktion will provide the food on the night. 3 courses creatively designed by our talented team of female chefs.

Live music ~ 3 course pay-as-you-feel bistro

Music From: Kashu - Olivia Bhattacharjee - lead vocals & guitar, Jess Clarke - Vibraphone, Alice Phelps - Double Bass, Fred Harper - Drums. Playing original compositions written by Olivia.

Phemme Freché - Alice Higgins - lead vocals, Rosa Lynch-Northover - piano, Alice Phelps - Double Bass. 1920's style jazz trio playing renditions of classic tunes with a Phemme Freché twist.

Terri Shaltiel -UK based singer/ songwriter playing a mix of soulful blues and jazz.

*FRIDAY 27TH APRIL* All Hallows Church 24 Regent Terrace, Leeds LS6 1NP

*7 - 10:30PM*

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival

From Dave Walters

The 9th annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets of Clitheroe and resounds around the valleys on May Day bank holiday weekend 3rd - 7th May.

It showcases the very best of Jazz in all it's genres and brings together performers from across the world to the pubs, clubs restaurants and venues in and around Clitheroe. The magnificent Grand theatre is the focus for most of the headline acts. Previous years we've seen stars such as Jacqui Dankworth, Lianne Carroll, James Taylor, Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins, Snake Davis, Stacey Kent, Arun Ghosh and many, many more. In fact we have over 500 performers mainly from the brass, drum, swing and big bands we bring together for our Saturday street festival, Sunday picnic at Holmes Mill and our grand finale on bank holiday Monday.

Don't forget the Norvoljazz jam is on Saturday afternoon as well at the United Reformed church in Clitheroe - bring your voice or your instrument! All welcome.

Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama

On the 9th June – a Jazz Jam Day at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama.

The event will consist of two workshops led by guitarist Nic Svarc and saxman Tony Burkill and an open jam session, and it will be free to attend, with a limited amount of tickets. We’d love it if you could post something on the Jazz Leeds website and twitter about the event in the lead up to it.

Here’s the link to the facebook event, where there’s more information and a link to the ticketing website -

 Yorkshire College of Music and Drama. St Marks House, 1 St Mark's Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN (opposite Leeds University)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Northern Line bands announced -6th edition

Jazz North, the northern jazz development agency, today announced the 6th roster of Ambassador Artists to be selected for the northern line scheme. Lucy Woolley, northern line project manager says:

“The northern line scheme aims to highlight both the quality and variety of jazz being composed and performed by artists all across the North. This year’s roster is no exception, reflecting the diverse talent living and working in the region”.

Jazz North will support these Round 6 artists with professional development and tour subsidy between September 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.

Aaron Wood trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics / James Girling guitar / Ali Roocroft piano, keyboards / Alasdair Simpson bass guitar / Matt Brown drums
RNCM alumni combining outstanding musicianship and spry energy with organic yet sophisticated compositions; light-footed grooves that call on late-‘60s/early-‘70s Miles Davis, prog rock and electronic music.

Rebekah Reid violin, loop pedal / Polly Virr cello, loop pedal
A Manchester duo combining acoustic strings and classical composition practices with loops and improvisation, conjuring up pieces that evolve and borrow from jazz, minimalism, folk, world and electronic dance music.

Matthew Aplin piano / Tom Riviere double bass / Steve Hanley drums
Their sound spans European avant-garde and spiritual blues; exploring improvisation, at times peaceful and spacious, at others frenzied and angular, this Leeds trio offers a collective approach to the classic format.

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat 
Emma Johnson tenor saxophone / Calvin Travers guitar / Sam Quintana bass guitar / Alasdair Wells drums
Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and a warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have since formed a strong and joyful bond, immediately apparent in their sound. 

Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor piano
A solo recital from this Newcastle-based pianist, composer and improviser, whose trademark performances are rhapsodic journeys that lead listeners through twists and turns, complex harmonies and classical vignettes, with a restless capacity for invention.

Manchester Jazz Collective
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren, Emily Burkhardt saxophones / Graham South, Nick Walters trumpets / Ellie Smith trombone / Rich McVeigh bass trombone / Andy Stamatakis-Brown piano / Paul Baxter double bass / Johnny Hunter drums
A collaboration of northern players creating large-scale compositions and defying stylistic categorisation, thanks to their varied palettes and democratic approach: rich orchestrations rub shoulders with middle-Eastern harmonies, Afro-jazz and heavy metal. 

Lis Murphy voice, violin / Mali Hayes voice / Kate Moran, Simmy Singh violins / Kath Ord viola / Sarah Dale cello / John Ellis piano / Mark Lewis double bass / Myke Wilson drums 
Hauntingly beautiful and uplifting, blending personal stories and an interest in musics from across the globe via Manchester, Lis uses pop-song formats to convey the intense darkness and light arising from humanitarian subjects such as war, loss and love.

The Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams guitar / Paul Susans bass guitar / Russ Morgan drums
Influences from rock, metal and fusion, with added electronic effects, give this guitar trio from Newcastle an edgier and more modern sound, yet with melody and improvisation still at its core.

Jordie Cooke guitar / Frankie O'Keeffe voice / Faye MacCalman tenor saxophone / Matthew Forster tenor& baritone saxophone / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet / John Pope bass / Dave McKeague, Oscar Cassidy drums
Saddle up for a ride into a heady, energetic world of samba reggae, punk-jazz and Afro-beat via the steppes of Cumbria and Newcastle; tackling loss of cultures, community and a changing society with good vibes, animalistic behaviour and raw energy.

More information available at or Lucy Woolley, northern line Project Manager -

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The self, the group, society - and jazz!

To all those people who say to you "you must need your head examining to organise jazz ...."

Come and find out how!

Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton Leeds LS73PD 8pm

Revealed: The Bootleg Eric Band at Wakefield

From Chris de Saram

Newton/Tracey band to play their music, primarily the Bootleg Eric Suite - Friday 20th April at Wakefield Jazz. The Bootleg Eric suite was written to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Wakefield Jazz. One piece was composed and titled Bootleg Eric, a Wakefield character (Eric Parkin) who always made his own recordings of Wakefield Jazz gigs. The suite was recorded and the consequent album also named “Bootleg Eric”. The band and the music was revived at last year’s Swanage Jazz Festival. Eric Parkin died shortly before that performance.

We asked Dave and Clark to reprise the music once more to celebrate the anniversary of Eric’s death.   After more than 20 years few of the original band were still playing or available.  This is also a variant of the Swanage band - a very special Octet. This will be a rare experience and should not fail to move us.#

David Newton   -              piano (composer)
Cark Tracey         -              drums (composer)
Steve Fishwick   -              trumpet 
Mark Nightingale -           trombone
Derek Nash         -              alto sax
Paul Booth          -              tenor sax
Dean Masser      -              tenor sax
Arnie Somogyi   -              bass 

Embodied Hope quartet at Sheffield Jazz

John Irabogon sax; George Colligan: piano; Michael Janisch: bass; Andrew Bain: drums.

20.00 Friday 13th April  Crookes Social Club

Following on from their highly successful 2016 UK tour, drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Bain’s stellar international quartet return to release his debut album as a leader.  “This is an outstanding band with seemingly bottomless reserves of energy and excitement and a strong concept driving the leader – the upcoming recording session should yield some explosive results.” …Jazzwise Magazine 2016

 “Bain and three gifted Americans make a powerful combination ... in this fine group ..." John Fordham, The Guardian, Nov 2017

Next up at Sheffield Jazz : Martin Speake / Ethan Iverson quartet 20.00 Friday, 20th April, Crookes Social Club. Martin Speake: sax; Ethan Iverson: piano; Fred Thomas: bass; Martin France: drums.

Ticket Information Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD 0114 266 0114
Doors Open 19.30 Music Starts 20.00
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15-17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
Advance tickets (no additional booking fee)

Jazz at Heart Summer School

SUMMER SCHOOL 2018  August 6th - 9th inclusive
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily, plus gig/jam on 9th)

Here is just one photo of Mad Matt Roberts, jazz guru and educator extraordinaire... leading our popular jazz summer school alongside Miraculous Matt Anderson (background here) who complements the Roberts with his own insights into jazz technique and theory.

You will learn more - and laugh more - in the four days of jazz-at-heart's summer school than you have all year. I guarantee!

Places book up fast - so let me know very soon if you want to come. I would particularly like to hear from any bassists who might be interested. The cost is £250 for the whole four days (or £65 for individual days) - which is a bargain by any measure! And we have great lunchtimes chatting in the lovely HEART courtyard

Email if you want to come. Don't delay!

The Ragtime Band at Dove Jazz

From Roger Marshall at Dove Jazz Club

Saturday 21st April The Ragtime Band

On Saturday the 21 April the Dove Jazz Club eagerly anticipates the return of the hugely entertaining Ragtime Band for its annual Gig. A formidable ‘All-star’ band, that has been sailing to the Dove shores for a period of time best described as being of a great immensity. Throughout this period they have maintained their huge popularity with Dove audiences in spite of a few enforced changes to their personnel they have always skilfully played the jazz music that carries the broad New Orleans label. Their rock steady rhythm section will consist of three seasoned professionals in the form of the vastly experienced Ian McCann with his banjo and guitar, the last hatchling from the famed Cottrill drum school namely Jack, and that elder statesman from the rice fields of Shropshire Howard Worthington on the string bass plus the odd vocal. An extremely strong and talented frontline will contain a reedsman who is in a class of his own Mr John Hallam with his clarinet and tenor sax, the much acclaimed and highly decorated youngish Jamie Brownfield playing his trumpet and the one and only Mike Pointon giving his all as usual on trombone and vocals. Interestingly this month’s Sandy Browns Jazz Web page, which is easily accessible, features an interesting ‘tea break’ feature with Mike giving us further insight into his interesting and purposeful life amongst the New Orleans Jazz fraternity on both sides of the pond over many years.

Our 2018 Programme will continue on the 19th May when the tussockful Tom Langham will be bringing along his congenial Cotswold chums Malcolm and Danny playing under their familiar Hot Fingers banner whose ranks will be further enhanced by having that delightful songstress Emily Campbell amongst them.

More details:

Dove Jazz, Dove Holes Village, nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8BG

Sunday, 1 April 2018

‘Ray Davies’ Song Book @Wigan Jazz Club

Wigan Jazz Club, 29th April, 2018

The Ben Crossland All Star Quintet Play the ‘Ray Davies’ Song Book.

Ben Crossland (bass), Nick France (drums), Steve Lodder (keyboards), John Etheridge (guitar), Dave O’Higgins (sax).

“….a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing …. These well respected men have done Mr Davies proud …” Jazzwise.

At the newly refurbished Whelley Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 108 Vauxhall Road, Wigan WN1 3LU.
12.30pm till 3.00 ish. £11 members, £11.50 concessions, £12.00 non members. Pay at the door, or on line at

Information about Wigan Jazz Club including future programme and membership details on

Dizzy Club @Huddersfield Jazz

John Naylor: vocals/guitar Mike Fleming: double bass/vocals Caroline Boaden: Drums 
Sunday 15 April 2018 at 2pm

Almost no other band seems to possess the ability to perform in so many varied and diverse venues
as The Dizzies. You are just as likely to find them performing for a club full of twenty-something “cool cats” as to an audience of “traditional” jazz fans.

With a repertoire full of artistic contradictions, their appearance at many different music clubs gives
the clue as to why they enjoy such a massive appeal. Their music often crosses stylistic divides,
simply because they are so interesting musically. With influences from Hot Club, 40s swing, Blue

Note Soul and Sinatra (and often with Latin rhythms), this gives them an edge which most bands
would die for.

Currently they have four albums available from iTunes and on CD. They are equally at home
performing to 3,000 plus, festival audiences, or in the intimate atmosphere of a sleazy jazz club. As
an old-fashioned car sticker might have said - The Dizzies do it everywhere!

Cafe Society
Byram Street
Tickets: £10 (£5 students) available from:-
Huddersfield Jazz Website (
Cafe Society
iPoint Reception (Huddersfield University)
Vinyl Tap Records, Huddersfield

Laurence Hobgood Trio @The Cinnamon Club

Laurence Hobgood Trio Sat 7th April 7pm

Laurence Hobgood piano       Matthew Clohesy  double bass       Jared Schonig  drums.

Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer, Yamaha® artist and Grammy® winner Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a 30+year career. Highlights include: three consecutive Fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival (1990, '91, '92), being chosen as a 1995 Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts, a 2003 Deems Taylor Award given by ASCAP for the year’s outstanding music journalism, multiple Grammy® nominations and a 2010 Grammy® Award. He's played at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the White House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood, Hollywood Bowl, and the Sydney Opera House.

For almost 20 years he served as pianist/arranger/collaborator/co-producer for singer Kurt Elling during which time he wrote virtually all of the material on Elling's first ten albums, all of which received Grammy® nominations.

The Cinammon Club
The Firs
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ
0161 926 8992