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Afternoon Concert

Leeds University Union Big Band @Seven Arts 13 May 2018 1.30pm


Leeds University Union (LUU) Big Band Sunday 13 May @Seven Arts Doors 1.30pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

The LUU Big Band plays a wide variety of dance band/big band repertoire including swing, funk and jazz. Formed in 1987 as part of the Leeds University Union Music Society they have moved from its humble beginnings to an independent, semi-professional band gigging around Leeds, the wider Yorkshire area and further afield.

This 22 piece Big Band plucks the best jazz players from the University of Leeds to play for the forthcoming year. The repertoire features tunes by the likes of Count Basie and Thad Jones, and with Big Band arrangments of pop tunes ranging from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.



Andy Schofield with Jamil Sheriff Trio @Inkwell 6 May

Andy Schofield sax with the Jamil Sheriff trio

Andy is a saxophonist/composer/arranger from Manchester, now living in Prague. He has been active on the UK jazz scene for many years and was a long-time member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, working alongside such international artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, John Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs and Vince Mendoza.

Andy Schofield Sunday afternoon May 6 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (concessions including performers)

Jon Shenoy’s “Draw by Four” Sunday afternoon 8 April @Seven Arts

Jon Shenoy tenor saxophone, Will Bartlett organ, Sam Dunn guitar, Chris Draper drums

With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

Due for release in March 2018 on Jellymould Jazz records, Framework is the 10-track debut album from Draw By Four, recorded hot on the heels of their UK tour of the same name. As well as showcasing formidable performances from the quartet members it also includes a suite of compositions written in response to paintings by three British painters: Winifred Knights, JMW Turner & Gill Holloway.
“Dynamic and evocative adventures from soulful and skillful players – a refreshing and groovy band.” – Chris Cheek (Rudder)
“Shenoy plays with great assurance, power and fluency.” – Ian Mann (

'Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners.’ - Judy Carmichael

Jon Shenoy’s “Draw by Four” Sunday afternoon 8 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" @Inkwell 15 April 1.30pm

Alain Brenzikofer tenor saxophone, Florian Weiss trombone, Will Powell guitars, Matt Jenkins piano & Rhodes, Alexander Rawlinson bass, Mike Roy drums

Swiss saxman Alain Brenzikofer formed Tonejuice as an international band project consisting of six musicians from Switzerland and England including our own Will Powell on guitar. Tonejuice plays groove-centered music in a warm and dark mood, with deep ballads, bouncing rhythms, odd meters and modal harmony offer a tasty juice for brain, body and soul. 

Tonejuice is on an album release tour in 2018 for the new album "Rouge Foncé". This roadtrip will start off in Switzerland and end in England. On the road, finest Tonejuice shall be served every night - a European project full of relish!

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" Sunday afternoon 15 April @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 students £5

Ron Burnett's Mardi Gras Band at Inkwell on Easter Sunday!

Personnel is Greg Wadman (trumpet),Bob Smeaton (piano), Ray Cooper (bass),Ron Burnett (trombone and vocals),Paul Smith (drums)

Something different – York trombonist and singer Ron Burnett brings his traditional jazz and swing band to delight your Easter Sunday at Inkwell. Mardi Gras covers a range from 1920s to 1990s; Bix, Louis Prima, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, and such maverick choices as Paul Simon’s Take Me To The Mardi Gras.

Ron Burnett spent his jazz apprenticeship in the late 1960s/early 70s and 80s playing with Martin Boland White Eagles, the Wool City Jazzband and occasional sit-ins with the Cherry Tree band and at the famous Coburg. He had (1978-1983) an 8-piece Jazz/funk band, Best Friends, which started at the Cherry Tree, then to the Victoria, York Road and finally the Warehouse club, close to the International Pool. Most of these were Sunday lunchtime gigs, but with occasional evening gigs elsewhere in Leeds.

Come and see the band in their Hawaiian shirts! Lots of fun

Ron Burnett's Mardi Gras Band at Inkwell 1 April 1.30-4pm £9/7 concessions kids under 16 free, NUS £5

Inkwell : 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS73LW