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Friday, 5 January 2018

JazzLeeds blows the January blues away

Trish Clowes’ "My Iris Thus 18 January 

Continuing our tenth anniversary celebration –lots of gigs to choose from in January led by Trish Clowes, Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett, Piero Tucci, Matt Aplin, Dennis Rollins and Stuart Macdonald. Here's the full line up

Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett “Homage to Venuti and Lang” Sunday afternoon 7 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar)
A real treat for lovers of classic jazz The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz but less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso.Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music Tickets

Piero Tucci’s Canadian Quartet 
Sunday afternoon 14 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Piero Tucci piano, Mike Filice tenor sax, Pete Turner bass Anthony Michelli drums 
Pianist and sax player Piero Tucci has appeared many times at Seven Arts. He has persuaded a stunning group of talented Canadian musicians that he has worked with on and off for 30 years to come over to the UK.  Anthony Michelli (drums) and Mike Filice (tenor sax) are both part of a wonderful quartet, alongside one of this country's most talented bass players, Pete Turner. Mike Filice has played with the likes of Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner, and recorded with John Ballantyne, as well as accompanying the likes of Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. Anthony Michelli has worked with Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Jerry Bergonzi and many others all. Swinging, energetic and energetic contemporary jazz. Tickets

Trish Clowes’ "My Iris "
Thursday evening 18 January @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Trish Clowes saxophone, Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards, Tim Giles drums
Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to Leeds with her new group, My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening. Trish Clowes is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has recorded four albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. "My Iris" features the talents of Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards and Tim Giles on drums. Dave Gelly, jazz critic for The Observer, wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’. Past appearances include Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany). Music - Tickets
Support fromJasmine Whalley Quintet 8-8.30pm. 

Matt Aplin Quartet Sunday afternoon 21 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Will Howard - tenor sax Matt Aplin – piano Sam Jackson - double bass John Arnesen - drums. Matt Aplin is a young pianist, composer and arranger from Leeds. He has written and arranged for a variety of ensembles, including solo piano, string quartet, and jazz groups of various sizes.

Stuart Macdonald and Dennis Rollins Quintet Sunday afternoon 28 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Stuart Macdonald saxophone, Dennis Rollins trombone, Martin Longhawn piano, John Marley bass, Tim Carter drums  A pairing of two of our favourites, Stuart MacDonald on sax and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two fine musicians play jazz that is melodic and mellow, or exciting and funky, and always hugely enjoyable, with a top quality rhythm section too. Tickets

Other news!
Inkwell Divas - first Saturday in each month Saturday 6 January - Ros Lewis: vocals.@Inkwell 1.30pm start (pay as you feel collection)

Rush Hour Jazz - third Wednesday in each month @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm - payf
17 January (pay as you feel collection)

Jazz Instrumental Workshops  The Instrumental Workshop with Tom Sharp starts at Inkwell this Sunday 7 January 10am-12 midday, £10/8 per session

JazzLeeds Voices Choir led by Tessa Smith is back again for the Winter season this coming Monday 8 January 7-9pm @Inkwell - £6 per session or £30 for the full term

Season Tickets Spring 2018 save 40% off the price of all seven spring evening concerts and support JazzLeeds £89 Full or £79 concessionary price here -

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

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Steve Crocker

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