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Evening Concert

Estonian singer Maria Vali with David Ferris Septet @Inkwell


Maria Valli vocals with David Ferris piano Nick Jurd on bass, Euan Palmer on drums, Hugh Pascall on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, and Vittorio Mura and Chris Young on woodwinds. 

Maria Vali is a member of the critically acclaimed Estonian Voices and is a busy performer in Estonia. 

Originally from Cornwall, David Ferris is now resident in Birmingham, where he graduated from the Jazz Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in Summer 2015.  He has been taught by musicians such as Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard, and performs regularly both with his own groups and as a sideman. 

The music will be inspired by the work by various British poets.


Estonian singer Maria Vali +David Ferris Septet  Sunday afternoon 4 March @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)


The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts 22 March

Derek Nash saxes, Dave Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums

If you’ve heard Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, you’ll have heard Derek Nash. He’s a prominent member. But to get some idea of the sheer breadth of his accomplishment as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader, you should hear this band. From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to one quite gorgeous ballad, the music fizzes with energy, even at its most restrained. Pianist David Newton, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom complete the band, and it all goes to show what four brilliant jazz musicians can do when left to get on with it.

Derek Nash s a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has been a full-time member since 2004. He is leader of the British Jazz award-winning Sax Appeal and also co-leader of funk/fusion band Protect the Beat. 2013 and 2014 saw Derek touring with Cream legend, Jack Bruce, and USA smooth jazz star, Brian Culbertson. Derek is a master of all saxes from soprano to baritone and is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances.

Dave Newton was voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. He has been the pianist of choice for Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and spent nearly 10 years with Stacey Kent. He’s recorded with Buddy De Franco, Alan Barnes and Martin Taylor as well as a solo artist recording for the Linn, Candid and Concorde labels. Becoming a professor at Leeds College of Music in 2016, Dave is the epitome of melodic, swinging piano.

Geoff Gascoyne was Musical Director for Jamie Cullum appearing on 3 albums and performing at prestigious venues from The Albert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Geoff’s diverse career has seen him perform with the great opera singer Willard White to appearing in Anthony Mingella’s “The Talented Mr Ripley” starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. He has performed with, among many others, Guy Barker, Georgie Fame and, within his many performances at Ronnie Scotts, has performed with The Charles Mingus Big Band and Michel Legrand. With 6 solo albums in own right, Geoff is one of the most respected and in-demand bassists in the UK.

Sebastiaan de Krom is a professor at Leeds College of Music, played for many years with Jamie Cullum appearing on the multi-gold selling albums, Pointless Nostalgic and Twentysomething and touring the world for several years, performing everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked with Guy Barker, Gene Harris, Kurt Elling and Michel Legrand, and is the maestro of effortless swing.

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts 

Date and time Thursday 22 March 2018 Doors 7:30pm @Seven Arts Centre 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS7 3PD

Tickets: £16/14 concessions £5 students with NUS


Mark Lockheart’s “Malija” @Seven Arts Thus 8 February 7.30pm

Mark Lockheart saxophone/ bass clarinet; Liam Noble piano and Jasper Hoiby bass.

This sophisticated, genre-bending trio has been delighting audiences (including a highly successful concert at the Seven Arts in 2016) since its debut. Their output has been described as “Folky, melodically strong chamber music, with flavours ranging from bluegrass to tango to contemporary classical, veering from the carefully written to the liberally improvised.”

Malija was formed in 2014 as a result of an invitation to play at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. All highly respected and innovative bandleaders in their own right, this all-star trio brings together three of the most exciting and original jazz musicians/composers in the UK.

Their first collaboration was back in 2009, when the three musicians recorded and toured with Mark Lockheart’s acclaimed album ‘In Deep’, a record that brought these three musicians together as part of a quintet. Since then, each of them has developed a huge mutual respect and friendship, that to form a trio seemed the most logical and natural next step. Their latest album “Instinct” was released in September 2017 and the group will feature music from it at this gig.

Mark Lockheart (saxophones/bass clarinet) – first came to prominence in the mid-1980s with the influential big band Loose Tubes. In 1992 Mark formed the eclectic co-led quartet Perfect Houseplants, a group that released six albums and collaborated with classical artists such as the Orlando Consort, Andrew Manze and Pamela Thorby.

Mark has toured and recorded with many artists from the jazz, folk and pop world including: Django Bates, Kenny Wheeler, June Tabor, Mark Anthony Turnage, Orlando Consort, John Pattitucci, Peter Erskine, Robert Wyatt, Don Um Romao, Jah Wobble, Thomas Dolby and Radiohead.

In 2003 Mark joined Seb Rochford’s Polar Bear, which has recorded six ground-breaking albums. The band’s second CD, ‘Held On The Tips Of Fingers,’ was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Award and later appeared in Jazzwise’s ‘100 Albums That Shook the World.’ In 2009 Mark released his influential ‘In Deep’ album (Edition Records). The Manchester Evening News gave it five stars and said it was “the key record of the second golden age of British jazz.” In 2010 Mark was awarded APPJC Parliamentary Jazz Musician of the Year and released his first big band album ‘Days Like These’ with the Hamburg- based NDR big band. In 2013 Mark’s ‘Ellington In Anticipation’ was released to critical acclaim with BBC Music Magazine describing it as “Ellington for the 21st Century” and MOJO listing it as the best jazz album of 2013”

Liam Noble (piano) has worked towards developing a personal style formed from his experience of playing everything from standards, new composition, free improvisation and, most recently, electronics. His CD releases include “Close Your Eyes” (1994), “In The Meantime” (2001), “Romance Among The Fishes” (2004) and “Brubeck” (2007). In addition to his own projects, he has regular associations with saxophonists Julian Siegel and Bobby Wellins, singer Christine Tobin and the improvising trio “Sleepthief” with Tom Rainey and Ingrid Laubrock.

Copenhagen-born, London-based bassist Jasper Høiby created the trio Phronesis in 2005, which has since gone on to win awards for ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ in Jazzwise and MOJO Magazines 2010 (Alive, Edition 2010) as well as a London Jazz Award for their Pitch Black performance at Brecon Jazz Festival, 2012.

Since moving to London in 2000, Jasper has been an active part of the UK jazz scene and appeared in collaborations with numerous artists. Since finishing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 he has performed and recorded with a number of original artists, including, Django Bates, Shai Maestro, Julian Joseph, Kurt Elling, Tom Arthurs, Mark Lockheart, Julia Biel, Marius Neset, Kairos 4tet, Jim Hart, Ivo Neame. He maintains a busy touring schedule both as a bandleader and sideman. He has appeared in Sheffield at the Crucible Studio both with Malija and with his other band, Fellow Creatures,


Here’s a little teaser video for their new album: and a whole tune


"Malija know all about rhythm, and from many perspectives. Saxophonist Mark Lockheart is a cornerstone for subtle groovers Polar Bear, bassist Jasper Høiby a powerhouse in the dynamic Anglo-Scandinavian trio Phronesis, and Liam Noble a pianist who’s fluent in styles from bebop to funk. Last autumn, they released their debut album "The Day I Had Everything", its title reflected in an idiomatic sweep taking in blues, bluegrass, tango, the sophisticated swing of Duke Ellington and Earl Hines, and the quirky lyricism of Wayne Shorter" Guardian preview of the gig - 26-3-16

Highly respected, innovative bandleaders in their own right, Malija combines three of the UK’s most exciting jazz musicians – original music with influences from bluegrass, tango and jungle grooves. Høiby described it as “weird, simple, complicated, free, tight, floaty, ugly, beautiful and heartfelt depending on your mood”.


Support from: Ricardo Alvarez quartet 8-8.30pm Ricardo Alvarez Quartet playing from their new album ‘Huay Not?’  Ricardo Alvarez on tenor saxophone/compositions, Cornelius Corkery on guitar, Emlyn Vaughn on bass and Joe Montague on drums. 

Mark Lockheart’s “Malija” @Seven Arts Centre 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS7 3PD

Thursday 8 February 7.30pm £16/14


Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams "Finding Home" @Seven Arts 8 March


Georgia Mancio vocals, Kate Williams piano, Oli Hayhurst bass and David Ohm drums

Three years on from her iconic ReVoice! Festival and following the success of new release, "Songbook", award-winning vocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio, once again flexes her multi-lateral creativity with a set of music inspired by her visits to the refugee camp in Calais. Georgia continues her longstanding musical partnership with composer/pianist Kate Williams and her acclaimed 'Four Plus Three'project. They present a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio and voice, linked by the concept of finding home. 

"The qualities of supple phrasing and quiet intensity that distinguish Georgia Mancio often warm the familiar jazz landscapes of Broadway love songs and slinky Brazilian sambas. But if this sharp-eared and patiently curious artist has her comfort zones, she evolves at her own pace nonetheless. The gig was nonetheless a triumph of integrity and classy musicality" John Fordham

"Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own"  The Observer ****

Georgia Mancio “a performer of character, conviction, and relaxed virtuosity” The Guardian 

Date and time 8 March 2018 Doors  7.30pm @Seven Arts Centre 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds, LS7 3PD
Tickets: £16/14 concessions students with NUS £5  




Trish Clowes’ My Iris @Seven



Trish Clowes: sax; Chris Montague: guitar; Ross Stanley: keyboards; James Maddren: drums 

Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to Leeds with her new group, My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring.

 ‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …**** Dave Gelly, The Observer

Well-known and acclaimed for her orchestral arrangements and work with string quartets, Trish Clowes now explores smaller scale arrangements with equal confidence, her gifts for melody, form, improvisation and leadership coming further into the foreground. Clowes’ intricate compositions juxtapose startling melodies and ethereal whispers with gnarly lines and earthy grooves.

My Iris features the talents of Chris Montague (Troyka, Colin Towns, Benny Greb), Ross Stanley (Jim Mullen, Dennis Rollins, Will Vinson) and James Maddren (Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes). Dave Gelly, jazz critic for The Observer, wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’. Past appearances include Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany).

Trish Clowes is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has recorded four albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. Her other activities include curating her own Emulsion series of cross-genre music festivals and performing with pianist Gareth Williams in the Glow Quartet. Trish has also worked extensively with larger ensembles, incorporating orchestras on her earlier albums ‘Tangent’ (2010) and ‘Pocket Compass’ (2014), and a string quartet on ‘and in the night-time she is there’ (2012).  In December 2015, Trish won a BASCA British Composer Award for ‘The Fox, The Parakeet and The Chestnut’, her work for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Critics’ praise for My Iris ‘Clowes’s emphasis on composition, and the reserved evenness of her delivery often get her a “chamber-jazz” label, but the Englishwoman’s quirky songwriter’s ear, subtly sleepy tenor sax sound and bright intensity on soprano are anything but cerebral.’ **** John Fordham, The Guardian ‘

‘How much other contemporary music has such adventurous or eclectic intellectual horizons?’ – **** Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk

‘What’s going on in this band equates to some kind of magic’ – Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz

 ‘My Iris is masterful musical wizardry and it sounds fascinating’ – Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz

 ‘…a cornucopia of musical riches’ – 5/5 Alan Musson, UK Vibe

 ‘Clowes’ most accessible, consistent and satisfying release so far’ **** Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann


Support from – Jasmine Whalley Quintet


Trish Clowes "My Iris" Thursday evening 18 January @Seven Arts

31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PD

Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)