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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.