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Gary Boyle Quartet @Seven Arts 11 Feb 2018 1.30pm

Gary Boyle guitar Andrzej Baranek piano, Ed Harrison, bass Jonathan Hartley drums

Funky jazz-rock mixed with bebop from Jazz Fusion guitar legend and ex Isotope bandleader Gary Boyle

With an impressive pedigree as a session player, sideman, band leader and solo artist - having worked with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Mike Gibbs, Eberhard Weber, Keith Tippett, Eddie Harris, Bert Jansch, founding 70s fusion group Isotope and 80s trio Triple Echo - veteran (75 this year!) guitarist GARY BOYLE is a master musician well worth re-discovering

In 1973 Gary formed jazz fusion band Isotope who recorded three albums and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA. Albums - ISOTOPE, ILLUSION, DEEP END.

After Isotope disbanded in 1975 Gary recorded several solo albums, THE DANCER & ELECTRIC GLIDE. During this period Gary was voted New Star in the Melody Maker Poll and THE DANCER won the Pop/Jazz Award at Montreux Jazz Festival.

"Boyle's guitar is a weightless marvel, so sharp, clean and delicate is his picking." - Mike Butler, Manchester City Life

"More please, especially like the sensual, spacious ballad LP." - Andy Robson, Jazzwise Magazine



Gary Boyle Quartet on Sunday February 11 @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8. NUS £5 on the door

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


Matt Aplin Quartet@Inkwell 21 Jan 1.30pm

Jazz pianist Matt Aplin and his Quartet

Will Howard - tenor sax
Matt Aplin - piano
Sam Jackson - double bass
John Arnesen - drums

Matthew Aplin is a jazz pianist and composer based in Leeds. He leads Treppenwitz, a piano trio dedicated to the exploration of sounds within open structures. Treppenwitz released their debut album, Short+Long Ditties, on New Jazz Records in 2016. They are due to tour the UK through February and March.

Matthew has toured the UK and Europe with a variety of other projects, including: KOG and the Zongo Brigade; Mansion of Snakes; People Poems; Tarantismo; and many others.

This band made its debut as trio in November, and this will be their first outing as a quartet. They will be playing the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Benny Golson and others.

Tickets £9/7 NUS £5 

21 Jan 2018 Inkwell 31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3LW


Stuart MacDonald and Dennis Rollins - SOLD OUT

Stuart Macdonald sax Dennis Rollins trombone Martin Longhawn piano, John Marley bass, Tim Carter drums

A pairing of two of our favourites: Stuart MacDonald on sax and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two fine musicians play jazz that is melodic and mellow, or exciting and funky, and always hugely enjoyable. Stuart MacDonald plays regularly with several top bands including Seven Pieces of Silver, Heavy Horns, New York Brass Band. Dennis is an award-winning trombonist and leader of Velocity Trio who played for us memorably at Seven Arts and with funky dance band Badbone.

In sum, a perfect antidote to the winter blues!

Stuart MacDonald and Dennis Rollins are @Seven Arts Sunday afternoon 28 January 2018 1.30-4pm 

Seven Arts 31 Harroqate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD 

Trish Clowes’ My Iris @Seven Arts 14-1-18



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  

Alongside our international artists we always have a "JazzLeeds Introduces" slot for up and coming young Leeds bands and this week is no exception. With Trish Clowes's "My iris" on Thursday we feature saxwoman Jasmine Whalley with her quintet - Jasmine on alto sax Ben Haskins guitar, George MacDonald piano, Owen Burns bass and George Hall drums. Their spot is 8-8.30pm Fancy coming along?

Tickets for the gig can be purchased on the door or here


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)