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Le Toot & The Kansas City Four @ Inkwell 17 Sept 1.30pm



Eliot Richards tenor sax; Tom Sharp trumpet; Matt Aplin piano; Angus Milne double bass; Jordan Dinsdale drums.

Eliot 'Le Toot' Richards and his Kansas City four specialise in bebop, focussing on the work of seminal horn players of the period. Come prepared to hear some of the less well-known tunes from some classic albums, as Le Toot brings the sounds of late fifties jazz to life focusing on the work of seminal horn players of the period such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan and Dexter Gordon.

Tickets on the door or online

Le Toot & The Kansas City Four are @Inkwell Sun 17 Sept 2017.

Doors 1pm, music 1.30-4pm. £9/7 concessions kids under 16 free. Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3LW

Sam Braysher and Michael Kanan in concert @Seven Arts Sun 10 Sept, 1.30pm

In April 2016 Sam Braysher London sax player travelled to New York to record his debut album as a leader, a duo with the celebrated American pianist Michael Kanan. Released in 2017 on Fresh Sound New Talent, "Golden Earrings" features pieces by Jerome Kern, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Victor Young, Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron, as well as one original composition. 

To coincide with the release of the album Sam has invited Michael Kanan over to the UK from New York City. Kanan is a real master with an exquisite touch, a world class interpreter of jazz standards who has collaborated extensively with jazz royalty including Jane Monheit, Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Peter Bernstein. Expect a fresh and intimate approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these wonderfully melodic improvisers in an intimate and conversational duo setting at Seven Arts 


Pianist Michael Kanan hails from Boston, Massachusetts where he first began to play the piano at age 7. He started improvising at the keyboard early on, and by age 10 he was listening to jazz. His first instructor was pianist Harvey Diamond, a student of jazz innovator Lennie Tristano. During his years at Boston College, Michael had the opportunity to perform with several jazz greats including Tal Farlow, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, and Alan Dawson. After graduating college and doing some freelance work around Boston, he moved to New York in 1991 to study with another Tristano student, the pianist Sal Mosca. He established himself in New York, playing and recording with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, and Jorge Rossy, among others. He also developed a growing reputation as a vocal accompanist. In 1996, he joined the band of legendary singer Jimmy Scott, touring the US, Europe, and Japan and recording 4 CDs. In 2001, Michael became the accompanist and arranger for one of today's most celebrated vocalists, Jane Monheit. With Ms. Monheit's group, he has toured all over the world, recorded several CDs and DVDs, and made many TV appearances, including The David Letterman Show and The Conan O'Brien Show.

When not on the road with the Monheit band, Michael performs and records with his own groups. He has made two trio recordings for Barcelona's Fresh Sound New Talent label: "Convergence" and "The Gentleman Is A Dope", both featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Tim Pleasant. He has also recorded a duet with his longtime collaborator, alto saxophonist Nat Su, entitled "Dreams And Reflections". He can be heard around New York with his trio featuring guitarist Greg Ruggiero and bassist Neal Miner.

Saxman Sam Braysher studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree before becoming the jazz department’s Guildhall Artist Fellow for two years.

Based in East London, he now maintains a busy freelance career playing saxophone and clarinet across a wide variety of music, including early jazz and swing, straight-ahead and more contemporary styles of jazz. Since graduating he has performed with musicians including Jorge Rossy, Barry Green, Pete Hurt, John Warren Nonet, Mark Nightingale, Steve Fishwick, Gareth Lockrane, and Will Arnold-Forster (with whose quartet he won GSMD’s Chartered Surveyors’ Jazz Prize), and bands such as the London Jazz Orchestra, the London City Big Band and Alex Mendham & His Orchestra (an authentic 1920s/‘30s dance band which holds a residency at the Savoy Hotel). He has played at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Vortex, the 606 Club, the Barbican Hall, Kings Place and Royal Festival Hall.

When leading his own trio or quartet (an early edition of which won the 2010 UK Jazz Radio Young Performers’ Award) he takes a particular interest in exploring lesser-known material from the American Songbook and jazz canon.

'In the overcrowded and competitive pit of new 'young lions', Sam Braysher's retro futuristic poise brings a sweet balm to sore ears.' Alex Garnett

‘[e]mbellished lines full of trills and twirls… a young crowd came out to dig Braysher’s reworked classics’ Jazzwise

"...Sterling solo work from pianist Michael Kanan..." LA Times


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Sam Braysher and Michael Kanan are in concert @Seven Arts Leeds Sunday 10 Sept, 1.30pm. £10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free


The Dave O'Higgins Quartet@The Village Jazz festival 2017 Sept 2nd

Dave O’Higgins saxes, Graham Harvey piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastian de Krom drums 

A Jazz Leeds presentation
This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today. Straight ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by the finest UK-based jazz musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from the latest recording, “It’s Always 9.30 in Zog” (JVG Productions 2017)
Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins is one of the most prolific and creative jazz musicians the UK has ever produced, with 18 albums released as leader since 1993. Much of the material has been original compositions and arrangements, with lineups from small group to big band, acoustic and electric. Having studied music at The City University in London, Dave’s first big breaks were with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and Icelandic jazz-funk band, Mezzoforte. As well as the solo projects, Dave is a busy guest soloist across the globe, runs a small jazz recording studio, and is Head of Jazz at the London College of Contemporary Media. Some of the artists Dave has worked with: Roadside Picnic, Jason Rebello (produced by Wayne Shorter), Joey Calderazzo, Joe Locke, Dave Kikoski, Eddie Gomez, Adam Nussbaum, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Frank Sinatra, Chico Chagas, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Jim Mullen, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Itchy Fingers, Stan Tracey, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Eric Alexander, Phil Dwyer, Grant Stewart, Brubecks Play Brubeck, Darius Brubeck Quartet.
 “A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” JAZZ GUIDE
Geoff Gascoyne on bass: one of the UK's most in demand bass player/composer/arranger/producer/ educators. In a 25 year career he has performed and recorded with Michel Legrand, Georgie Fame, Sting, Van Morrison, Bill Bruford, Peter King, Benny Golson and Jamie Cullum, with whom he was bassist, MD and arranger for 7 years. Geoff has also released 8 CDs as a band leader, produced albums by Jacqui Dankworth and Josh Kyle and teaches at LCCM. Geoff has just released his first iPhone application, Jazz Session Band, a loop based jazz play-along.
Dutch drummer, Sebastiaan de Krom: studied at Berklee School of Music and lives between London & Belgium. He was with Jamie Cullum at the same time as Geoff and there they struck a terrific rapport. He tours with Ray Gelato and is one of the most in demand jazz drummers in Europe.
Pianist Graham Harvey: studied music at Denver University, and is currently busy working with Stacey Kent. He was MD of the funk group, Incognito, at the time they had their biggest hits (Positivity, Tribes Vibes and Scribes) and has also toured with George Benson.
THE DAVE O’HIGGINS Quartet @Seven Arts Leeds: Saturday 2 September 2017 £12/£10 concessions NUS £5 (on the door only).  

Support from Pete Rosser trio playing the music of Thelonious Monk (8-8.30pm) 

Dave O Higgins and the band will also be running a jazz masterclass before the gig talking about his approach to playing and giving some examples - 5-6pm £5 pay on the door

Supported using funding by Arts Council England


Seven Jazz Voices choir summer performance!

The Seven Jazz Voices choir (conducted by Nicki Allen) were in good voice at their Summer Inkwell performance on July third. See it here- Ed Barnwell is on piano, Dom Moore on percussion, Martin Townshend on tenor sax and flute here - Svw

Come along and join us this autumn- we start again Sept 25th! (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Dave Kane's Magic Ya Ya Band @Village Jazz Festival 2017

Dave Kane - electric bass & composer. Chris Sharkey – guitar, Si Kaylor & James Mainwaring - tenor saxes Ollie Dover - Bari sax. Sam Hobbs - drums.

A Jazz Leeds presentation

Dave Kane wowed us with his new group the Magic Ya Ya Band at Seven Jazz earlier this year so we had to get them back again to open our 2nd Village Jazz Festival! The band features some of the top players from the burgeoning Leeds jazz scene. They have a great groove and feature punchy and brassy unison passages that led into some collective improvisation and then into individual solos. The music has great energy and attractive textures. It’ll be great fun with something of a party atmosphere. The band will play one long set from around 9pm to 10.30pm

The support band (8-8.40pm) is the very bluesy funky trio "Chunky Indulgence" led by Leeds guitarist Will Powell with Chris Bowie drums and Chris Bland keyboards

Funding provided by Arts Council England

Dave Kane's Magic YaYa Band are @Village Jazz Festival on Friday evening Sept 1st @Seven Arts

Doors 7.30pm £12/10 (NUS £5)