Seven Jazz - The Leeds Club for Quality Accessible Jazz

Afternoon Concert

The Flycats @Seven Arts Sun 30 April 1.30pm

Jonny Enser: Trumpet, Alex McDowall: Guitar, Arran Kent: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Rosie Turton: Trombone, Oliver Cadman: Piano Alec Hewes: Bass Finn Booth: Drums Rita O'Idenberg: Vocals

A special event for International Jazz Day! Our Sunday afternoon gig features a band that take their name from one of the hippest jump bands of the 1940's, The Flycats. showcasing the swing music frfom jazz's history featuring Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, Pete Johnson, Frankie Newton, Charlie Christian and others. If you want a tour round jazz history this is a good place to start!

The Flycats perform on Sunday afternoon 30 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)

The Electric “ALL DONE BY 7” featuring ElecTrio and Svarc-Hanley-Longhawn @Seven Arts Sun 23 April 4-7pm

The second of our early evening Sunday gigs – “All Done by 7” – in March and April. They will feature two bands, with a theme – this time it is Electro Jazz. Try them out!

Our second early evening this time featuring something more electric with the hot, steamy, edgy, nasty, funk-fusion of the ElecTrio - Dan Goldman Rhodes + JDXA, Hamlet Luton, Bass and Gordon Kilroy, drums and Svarc-Hanley-Longhawn - Nik Svarc guitar, Steve Hanley drums and Martin Longhawn keyboards

Leeds-based keyboard-guru Dan Goldman blos into Seven Arts with his space-funk group The ElecTrio for some seriously funky workouts! Formed in 2012, The ElecTrio have supported artists including Blue Note artist José James and will be playing hard-hitting, adventurous original compositions and twisted-up covers from their upcoming 2017 album; think Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters with a twist!

Influenced by esteemed Rhodes players/artists including Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, and Chick Corea and incorporating fiery Rhodes piano solos, spacey synths, dirty bass and heavy beats, the ElecTrio always take their audience on a journey into the outer reaches of the musical universe.

Svarc-Hanley-Longhawn is not a classic organ jazz trio in the vein of Jimmy Smith and the like. Rather than swinging standards you have ambient grooves, post-rock jams and Krantz-esq solos are the order of the day. The band walk the line between jazz and rock nicely
If you are a fan of Jon Scofield, Wayne Krantz, Troyka, etc or just want to hear some interesting new music then check them out. Hear the music at

The Electric “ALL DONE BY 7” featuring ElecTrio and Svarc-Hanley-Longhawn is on Sunday early evening 23 April 4-7pm @Seven Arts £10/8 (NUS £5)

“Big Bad Wolf”- @Seven Arts Sun 9 April 1.30pm

Jay Davis -drums, Owen Dawson -trombone, Rob Luft guitar, Michael de Souza bass VI

Big Bad Wolf is a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles.

...this distinctive sound arises largely from the band's consistently egalitarian process of group composition, where all 4 members are present from conception to completion of each song. Starting each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and then develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Big Bad Wolf have developed a unique way to bridge the gap between improvised music and contemporary pop/rock styles. All four band members have a strong grounding in jazz from their studies on the prestigious jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music and at Leeds College of Music. From this background, the band strives to constantly push the boundaries and blur the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey, brought to the table by each member to the group. From the band’s first experimentations in late 2014 there has always been a primary focus on the instrumental blend within the slightly unconventional line up (trombone, guitar, bass VI and drums) and how to work that into forging an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.

Big Bad Wolf are proud recipients of a Help Musicians UK Development Grant and are also winners of the 2015 Zealous X Music Category

"I really like the kind of combination of lazy trombone and darting guitar riffs" - Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3 (Jazz On 3)

Jay Davis and “Big Bad Wolf” are on Sunday afternoon 9 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)

Georgina Barr Quintet Easter Sunday special feat. Brendan Duffy @Inkwell 16 Apr 1.30pm

Leeds singer Georgina Barr used to be part of LYJRO – now she makes a welcome return to Inkwell with her own brand of swinging jazz with Leeds jazz legend Brendan Duffy on saxophone. 

Georgina has sung for over 10 years and is a well experienced, accomplished performer, playing to audiences across the country. Her talents spread across the Jazz and Pop genres, allowing her to partake in lots of different gigs for different types of events.

Georgina Barr Quintet on Easter Sunday afternoon 5 Mar @Inkwell 1.30pm £9/7 (NUS £5)

Seven Jazz Spring Cafe- Sun April 2 @Inkwell 1.30pm

Bring your horn or your voice and join in our Spring Jazz Café. The Seven Jazz workshop band will be there too and the Seven Jazz trio to accompany you. Come along and watch the fun!

Seven Jazz Spring Cafe at Inkwell is on Sunday afternoon April 2 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £7/5 (NUS and performers £5)