Seven Jazz - The Leeds Club for Quality Accessible Jazz

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General news

Want to be part of the new JazzLeeds?

Want to be part of the new JazzLeeds? Then come along to our AGM - Tues 1 May 2018 7-9pm at the Chapel Allerton Club (19 Town Street Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 4NB).

We've all these ideas but are they right ones?

Have your say....stay for the jam afterwards!

JazzLeeds Festival dates and headline acts

First Names Announced for the JazzLeeds Festival 2018

20 – 24 July 2018

Our second JazzLeeds festival is going to be a bit bigger than the first! We’ve grown from that one day in Millennium Square in August last year to five days this year at the Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music and TWO days in Millennium Square. We’re featuring international stars but also featuring some of the musicians and stories from this great city of Leeds.

  • Topping the bill at JazzLeeds Festival 18 is Soweto Kinch – saxman, rapper, BBC jazz broadcaster – at the Wardrobe on Friday evening 20 July
  • International jazz star (and former stand up comedian!) Ian Shaw will be here with his trio with music from his new album Shine Sister Shine at the College of music on the afternoon of Sunday 22 July
  • A special double header celebrating the new wave of British jazz with women’s band “Nerija” - from the Jazz Warriors and trumpeter Chris Batchelor’s band “Pigfoot” for the jazz party
  • Jazz Galore with Leeds favourites Atlantic Crossover, US saxman Greg Abate with his quartet, Leeds pianist Jamil Sheriff with his tribute to playwright Bill Naughton “Raefe’s Dilemma” and rising Northern Jazz Stars “Tetes de Pois” and “Archipelago”
  • New Stream Jazz Improv and Free Jazz with Matthew Bourne, Shatner’s Bassoon, Dave Kane, Alex Bonney and more
  • Festival Fringe at the “Busk Stop” in Lands Lane, in Millennium Square and late night jam session at the Domino

Three festival highlights you shouldn't miss!

“Delights of the Duke” - Alan Barnes Ellingtonians Octet : Sunday evening 22 July at Leeds College of Music

A celebration of the Duke’s music sixty years after Duke Ellington met the Queen in Leeds on Saturday, October 18, 1958. The Queen and the Duke were guests of honour at the finale of the Leeds Centenary Music Festival. The Duke sent Her Majesty a copy of his 1959 composition as a gift and it remains one of his most remarkable, but least well-known, works “The Queens Suite”. It will feature in the Ellington Celebration concert at the festival with music by saxman Alan Barnes and his eight piece “Ellingtonians” band.

“New Briggate Blues”: Monday evening 23 July The Carriageworks

Studio 20 was the Leeds main 1950’s jazz club on New Briggate run by tuba player Bob Barclay. Over the years it featured musicians like bluesman Jimmy Rushing, traditional jazz legend Ken Colyer, vocalist and raconteur George Melly, and sax legends Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. Studio 20 also features in some of the crime novels written by Leeds crime writer Chris Nickson. Chris has written a jazz play as a commission to be performed at the festival about Studio 20 , directed by Ray Brown and featuring the jazz vocals of Jennie Smith

'Celebrating Xero Slingsby': Tuesday evening 24 July at the Wardrobe 

This event, curated by Sally Coe and a number of former band members and fellow musicians will celebrate the late Matthew Coe AKA Xero Slingsby (1953 - 1988) who was a powerful force in the Jazz scene in the UK, Belgium, Holland and Germany during the 1980’s.   He formed a number of bands along the way including Llamas in Pyjamas before forming his final line up of Xero Slingsby and The Works with bass player Louis Colan and drummer Gene Velocette. The idea was to present Jazz with punk-type brevity and he was remarkably successful becoming part of the movement flowering in Europe that included bands such as  Blurt, Rip, Rig And Panic and Pigbag. Saxophonist Alan Wilkinson and drummer Paul Hession, long standing pioneers of European Free Jazz scene, readily acknowledge their debt to Slingsby’s inspirational belief in musical communication. The event will be a celebration of those tunes and that energy.

Earlybird festival tickets are now on sale - priced £90 (until April 30th)

Also Seetickets, DiceFM, Jumbo Records, Crash Records

Visit  or call 07544 352594 for more details

Looking forward to seeing you all!!

Steve Crocker

Festival Organiser, JazzLeeds

Peridot Hill at Rush Hour Jazz @Seven Arts Wed 20 June 6pm


June Rush Hour jazz features - jazz vocalist Peridot Hill

Jazz Leeds presents Peridot Hill, a Chapel Allerton based jazz singer and educator. She'll be bringing along her own tunes and some well known standards.  

She'll be accompanied by the JazzLeeds trio – Steve Crocker on bass, Will Powell guitar and Dom Moore drums plus Martin Townshend on flute and sax

Chill out with a drink or coffee after work for an hour’s jazz in Seven Bar on the third Wednesday of the month.

Music starts 6pm finishes 7pm

PAYF bucket collection.



 @Seven Arts Wed 20 June =6-7pm 



New name - new website!


It’s 10 years since Seven Jazz started in 2007 at Seven Arts. Since then we’ve put on around 1000 bands, developed a jazz workshop programme for instrumentalists, started the Jazz Voices Choir, started a new jazz venue at Inkwell, run the Village Jazz Festival as part of the Chapel Allerton Festival and last year for the first time ran a Day of Jazz in Millennium Square. We’ve picked up a couple of awards on the way which we are very proud about – the from Jazz Yorkshire in 2012 and from the UK Parliamentary Jazz award in 2016 both for best jazz club.

 We have exciting plans for the future.  We're changing the name of the club from Seven Jazz to JazzLeeds to reflect our new ambition, we're setting up a new charity to raise money for the development of the jazz in the city and providing something that will last into the future and last (but not least) we'll be running a new six day jazz festival in the centre of Leeds July 20-26 at the Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music and Millennium Square.

Our new website (from January 2018) is, our new facebook address is @jazzleeds and our new twitter account is @jazz_leeds - come and join us at these new places!!  

Mared Williams - Inkwell "Jazz Divas"- Sat 2 June 2018 1.30pm

Sat 2nd June @Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW 1.30-3.30pm

Free gig - payf collection

Hailing from the hills of North Wales, currently based in Leeds, vocalist and pianist Mared released her live EP ‘Noises in the Night’ in November 2017. The ‘gripping melodies and ethereal lyrics’ caught the attention of @Alan Raw on @BBC Introducing West Yorkshire @BBC Radio Leeds. Her solo debut was a feature track on Majestic Casual signed electronic duo, @Denton Thrift, ‘Fear in the Night (feat. Mared)’ based in Leeds. She sings with Maya Kally (another Inkwell Divas performer in the band SIFAKA). A mix of blues, gospel and bebop with the Jazz Leeds trio

June 2 @Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW 1.30-3.30pm

PAYF collection

@Inkwell Cafe Saturday 2 June 2018 1.30-3.30pm