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.
Concert in aid of the Jo Cox community fund
Leeds Jazz Orchestra directed by Colin Byrne: Sunday afternoon June 18 @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Nicola Farnon bass and vocals, Dave Newton piano, Tony Ormesher guitar and Steve Brown drums
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.
Support: John and Kathy Dyson duo
Nicola Farnon Quartet feat Dave Newton: Thursday evening June 15 @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Danny Barley - Trombone, compositions, arrangements Eliot Richards - Tenor Saxophone Tom Sharp - Trumpet Chris Bland – Piano, Sam Quintana - Double Bass Jordan Dinsdale – Drums (photo Chris Midgley)
Danny Barley is a freelance trombonist and Leeds College of Music alumnus from Hull. He started learning the trombone at the age of eight and has since been fortunate enough to work alongside many popular artists in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and concert halls including Symphony Hall in Birmingham and The Cavern in Liverpool. He is currently a member of the prestigious National Youth Jazz orchestra. He will be performing a suite specially composed for this concert at Inkwell.
Danny Barley Quintet: Sunday afternoon 4 June @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun!
The Seven Jazz trio led by pianist George McDonald, Steve Crocker bass, Steve Hanley drums - will be there to support you - come and have some fun!.
Inkwell Jazz Jam: Sunday afternoon 11 June @Inkwell 1.30pm start £7/5 (concessions includes performers)
The Natural Abbitat Big Band Big Band is run by Leeds College of Music alumnus Abbie Finn and has established itself in the city as one of the best big bands. Over 20 members strong, it is an exciting ensemble with a big sound and a big ambition.
Trumpets - Michael Cavanagh, Sam Baker, Euan Ronaldson, Archie Batty.
Saxes - Matt Richardson, Joe Dooley, Harry Keeble, Karen Hirabayashi, Adam Kelly.
Trombones - Danny Barley, Charlie Knighton, Emily Sefton-Smith, Richard Jones.
Drums - Hamish Wilkinson.
Bass - Alastair Rhodes.
Guitar - Jeff Hewer.
Piano - Felix Burtulis-Webb.
MD - Abbie Finn.
Natural Abbitat Big Band appear on Sunday afternoon 28 May @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)