What a packed programme we've got for you this autumn!
Check out these jazz treats in the list below - do come and see us!
Lucy Zirins and Southern Company
Lucy Zirins (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals) Andy Crowdy (Bass) Pete Billington (Keys, Strings)
Seven Arts – Sunday 7 Oct 1.30pm - £10/8
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Lucy Zirins hails from Burnley in Lancashire. She is a past British Blues Award winner and rising star of the UK blues scene. “Incredible songwriting… beautiful, heartfelt numbers… phenomenal vocal range…” National Blues Review
Mike Walker meets Tria Lingvo from Cologne
Seven Arts – Thursday 11 Oct 8pm- £16/14
Mike Walker - guitar, Johannes Lemke - sax André Nendza – bass Christoph Hillmann- drums
Mike Walker is one of the most proliﬁc British musicians of his generation with his talent widely acknowledged among notable international Jazz peers. Tria Lingvo are winners of the 2014 New German Jazzprize, and offer a highly creative approach exploring the endlessly fascinating ground between modern jazz, improvisation and ethnic music.
Mike Walker is one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe – John Fordham
Tria Lingvo combine modern Jazz with elements of ethnic music into a language of its own
Dan Couthurst group in support 8-8.30pm
Fini Bearman 'This is Not America'
Seven Arts – Sunday 14 Oct 1.30pm - £10/8
Fini Bearman (vocals) with Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass)
Jazz vocalist Fini Bearman reimagines songs from the late, great songwriter of our time, David Bowie. She will be revisiting and exploring some of Bowie’s most-loved songs, as well as his lesser-known back catalogue.
Jamie Taylor and Richard Iles
Inkwell – Sunday 21 Oct 1.30pm £9/7
Jamie Taylor guitar, Richard Iles flugelhorn
A varied programme of music in this intimate duo setting by these two stellar Northern based jazz musicians. Richard (flugelhorn) and Jamie (guitar) have been established for many years as two of the leading musicians and educators on the Northern scene. Both are principal lecturers in jazz at Leeds College of Music, and both have appeared across the UK with a wide range of exciting musical projects. Richard’s CV includes collaborations with the likes of John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, Anthony Braxton, Vince Mendoza, and Kenny Wheeler. Meanwhile, Jamie has worked with Baptiste Herbin, Roni Ben-Hur, Steve Fishwick, Laura Jurd, Tori Freestone, Sebastiaan DeKrom, and Gary Potter amongst others, and recently completed a UK-wide tour with the jazz/rock group “Perpetual Motion Machine".
Although they have worked together in quartet and trio settings before, this will be the first time these two artists have performed together as a duo. Expect to hear a mixture of original compositions by both, alongside some choice selections from standard repertoire.
Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Seven Arts – Thursday 25 Oct 8pm £16/14
Benn Clatworthy- saxes, Cecilia Coleman -piano Simon Thorpe- bass and Matt Home -drums
From storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Benn Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with jazz audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour. He is supported by a top-class rhythm section featuring New York composer and big band leader Cecelia Coleman.
Support- Dimitris Tsiotas trio
Munch Manship Quintet
Seven Arts – Sunday 28 Oct 1.30pm £10/8
Munch Manship -sax and flute, Derrick Harris -guitar, Andrzej Baranek- piano, Paul Baxter -bass, Paul Smith -drums
Munch Manship is a saxman and flautist from Manchester who has featured in jazz clubs around the country, playing alongside many international stars such as Ronnie Scott, Bobby Shew, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, John Etheridge and Humphrey Lyttleton.
Jazz Jam session
Inkwell – Sunday 4 Nov 1.30pm £7/5
Bring your horn, your axe, your voice or just come down and enjoy the fun!
11 November Jenny Hammond sings Blossom Dearie
Seven Arts – Sunday 11 Nov 1.30pm £10/8
Jenny Hammond vocals, Jason Scott piano, Will Powell guitar Steve Crocker bass and Dom Moore drums.
Jennie Hammond interprets the songs of Blossom Dearie, a remarkable American vocalist jazz pianist, and composer from the bebop era who was able to bridge the gap between west side rhythm and east side lyrical content throughout her career.
Jean Toussaint Quintet – Brother Raymond
Seven Arts - Thursday 15 Nov 8pm £18/16
Jean Toussaint - Tenor Saxophone, Jay Phelps – Trumpet, Andrew McCormack – Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass, Shane Forbes – Drums
The return of a very special band led by a former Jazz Messenger. Grammy-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released ten critically-acclaimed CDs as a leader. He presents his 11th album, Brother Raymond, as part of a UK tour with a truly all-star quintet.
Support Nico Widdowson Trio
Zoe Gilby trio
Inkwell – Sunday 18 Nov 1.30pm £9/7
Zoe Gilby vocals Andy Champion bass and guitarist Mark Williams
Welcome return to Inkwell from this very talented singer and songwriter from Newcastle
Eirik Svela Group
Seven Arts – Sunday 25 Nov 1.30pm £10/8
Eirik Svela – Guitar, Jamil Sheriff – piano, Andrew Robb – bass Magnus Sefaniassen Eide – drums
Now back in his native Norway after a long stint in Leeds, jazz guitarist Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice amongst a new generation of jazz musicians in Europe
Freddie Gavita Quartet
Seven Arts – Thursday 29 Nov 8pm £16/14
Freddie Gavita trumpet Tom Cawley (piano) Calum Gourlay (bass) James Maddren (drums)
Winner of the British Jazz Awards “Best Trumpet of 2017,” and a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet, Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene. With the release of his debut album “Transient” in April 2017, his star is certainly on the rise.
Support from Jack Chandler sextet (Ben Lowman, Tom Sharp, Harry Orme, Steve Hanley and Sam Quintana)
Jack Garside Quintet
Inkwell – Sunday 2 Dec 1.30pm £9/7
Will Howard, tenor Will Blackstone trumpet, George McDonald piano, Jack Garside bass, Jordan Dinsdale drums
Leeds bassist Jack Garside leads this spellbinding quintet of Leeds young musicians
Kate Peters Big Band – the songs of Ella Fitzgerald
Seven Arts – Thursday 6 Dec 8pm £16/14
Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile Leeds based vocalist. For this concert Kate presents an evening of music celebrating the work of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, featuring classic arrangements from Ella's collaborations with Count Basie, Nelson Riddle and others. With her Big Band she will pay tribute to one of the great ladies of song. Support from John Marley trio
Jeff Guntren with Jami Sheriff trio
Seven Arts – Sunday 9 Dec 1.30pm £10/8
Jeff Guntren sax, Jami Sheriff piano, Pete Turner bass, Dave Walsh drums
Jeff is a professional saxophonist from Sioux City, Iowa, USA, now based in Manchester. He has quickly become a very in-demand saxophonist in the UK, performing a wide variety of music.
Christmas Party jam session
Inkwell – Sunday 16 Dec 1.30pm £9/7
Our Christmas jazz jam - with appearances from the Jazz Workshop and Jazz Voices Choir - come down and enjoy the fun!
“Rush Hour Jazz” – third Wednesday every month – visiting guest artists with the Jazz Leeds Trio @Seven Arts 6-7pm payf
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