Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Chapel Allerton Jazz Sunday, 31st August

Seven Jazz in Chapel Allerton will be hosting a day of jazz as part of the Chapel Allerton Arts festival, an annual festival which runs between 29th and 31st August.

Steve Crocker writes...

At present Leeds doesn't have a jazz festival so the nearest thing to a celebration of the fine music being produced in the city is at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival held every summer in Regent Street Chapel Allerton.

This year the jazz blues and salsa afternoon of the festival (on 31 August) features the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra, just back from a tour of South Africa, bassist Simon Read's new Octet with rising trumpet star Laura Jurd, Richard Ormrod’s seven piece ska tribute to John Coltrane  “A Dread Supreme”, trumpeter Enrico Marchesi’s brand new edition of his salsa band “Bourbon et Tequila” and the nine piece blues band led by guitarist Al Morrison- the  Blues Experience. The music starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 5.30pm and costs only £3 in the famous festival buckets.

Elsewhere in the festival weekend there are appearances from The Abstract Hip Hop Orchestra (Friday evening 29 August 9pm) and Chunky Butt Funky (Saturday evening 30 August 9pm) plus also Leeds jazz singer Tessa Smith directing the new Chapel Allerton Festival Community Choir on the Saturday afternoon main stage at 3.15pm.

More information on the festival can be found on the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival website and further details on the jazz events and others run by Seven Jazz can be found on their website, Seven Jazz.

Jazz North at Lancaster Jazz Festival, Friday 19th September

Jazz North is to hold an event as part of Lancaster Jazz Festival on Friday 19th September aimed at providing advice and guidance to professional musicians on self-promotion, funding applications, building tours and more.

The afternoon will include a panel discussion called How Do We Get More Gigs featuring guest speakers including musicians and industry professionals and a session focused on funding opportunities for jazz musicians where musicians will get the chance to talk through their ideas with people in the know.

The event is part of the CPD strand of the organisation's work and aimed at professional (and young professional) jazz musicians. It is free to attend but sign-up is essential. Interested musicians can visit the Lancaster Jazz Festival website to sign-up for their place.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Jazzwise seeks aspiring jazz writers

Applications are now being accepted for the 12th Write Stuff scheme run by Jazzwise and Serious. A series of workshops will take place at Southbank during the London Jazz Festival (November 14-23rd) which give jazz writers free mentorship with established journalists and a chance to attend a number of concerts during the festival.

From the Jazzwise website...

The Write Stuff will include sessions on feature writing and live reviews by Jazzwise writer and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre; an insight into the history and development of the UK jazz and music press with Jazzwise editor and publisher Jon Newey; online journalism with Jazzwise’s deputy editor Mike Flynn and input from other writers and jazz industry figures. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Abdullah Ibrahim celebrates 80th Birthday in Leeds

South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim is to return to Leeds to perform a special concert at Howard Assembly Room to mark his 80th birthday.

The solo concert takes place on November 20th and is one of only two UK dates that Ibrahim has announced in 2014; the other being at London Jazz Festival with his trio and Ekaya.

From Howard Assembly Room...

The legendary South African pianist and composer occupies a central position in his country's music history as an exile from apartheid and politicised pioneer of Township and Cape Jazz.

There’s nothing in music quite like the atmosphere of an Abdullah Ibrahim concert.

Tickets can be booked through the Howard Assembly Room site and are £20 each.

Jazz in Bradford - Autumn/Winter Programme

JATPJazz in Bradford have announced their Autumn/Winter programme which kicks off on 22nd August with the John Fleming Quintet.

At the beginning of 2014, JATPJazz moved to a new venue after a number of years at the Irish Club. Their new home, Glyde House, has proved successful and their newest gig season includes the addition of extra gigs run by the Glyde itself.  This is described as a venture which aims to increase the frequency of jazz in Bradford.

Details of all of the gigs can be found on the JATPJazz website and are listed in short form below. All gigs start at 8.30pm and ticket prices are detailed on the website (JATPJazz gigs are £7/5, ECGJazz gigs vary in price).

Bradford Scratch Orchestra

A workshop series/large ensemble project has been set up in Bradford by bassist and composer Seth Bennett focused on experimental, improvised and collectively devised music. Bradford Scratch Orchestra will meet each Thursday, working toward a debut performance with Martin Archer's Juxtavoices as part of the 2014 RECON festival.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Rothwell Jazz Festival

Musician and promoter James Robinson is hosting a two-day jazz festival at The Hare and Hounds in Rothwell.

Each evening will feature three musicians, showcased in one-hour sets performing with a house band led by James Robinson. Both nights are free entry and more information can be found on the Rothwell Jazz Festival facebook event page.


7pm - Lee Hallam
8.30pm - Laurie Briggs
10pm - Jim Corry


7pm - Kim Macari
8.30pm - Kate Peters
10pm - Joel Purnell

Hare and Hounds, Commercial Street, Wakefield, LS26 0QD

Friday, 8 August 2014

Jazz Co-op Call for Bands

The Pink Lane Jazz Co-op is on the lookout for bands and solos artists to perform at their new venue, The Globe in Newcastle.

They have an inclusive and very wide definition of jazz - from Trad to Avant-Garde, from Latin to Celtic, from solo piano to big band.

Any groups who are interested in performing there are invited to use the contact form on their website to get in touch.

Contact form for Bands.

Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician Finalists

         (Phil Meadows and Nadim Teimoori perform with NYJO at BBC Proms. Hush - Nikki Iles)

 The finalists for the Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician Award have been announced and include two ex-LCoM students; Phil Meadows and Nadim Teimoori.

The two saxophonists join four others (Tom Green, Moses Boyd, Misha Mullov-Abbado and Sam James) to compete for the award.

The final takes place at Pizza Express Dean St in London on 21st September, when each finalist is invited to perform live before a winner is announced.

See Pizza Express website to book tickets and find out more.

Preview: Marsden Jazz Festival

This year's Marsden Jazz Festival runs from October 10th to 12th in venues throughout Marsden. Their diverse programme features groups from across the UK, spanning all types of jazz.

Rising star vibes player Lewis Wright will perform with Ben Crosland's Threeway on Friday, and the award-winning Troyka appear on Saturday afternoon. This year's Young Musician of the Year, Alex Bone, will perform with Jam Experiment at the Marsden Royal British Legion. Vocalist Louise Gibbs brings her Seven Deadly Sings project on Saturday evening, after receiving 4 stars from Jazzwise for her recent album release. The festival will close with a performance by Doncaster Jazz Alumni Orchestra featuring Dennis Rollins.

For information on the full line-up and details of how to book tickets, see the Marsden Jazz Festival website.

LCoM Alumni Wins Emerging Excellence Award

Pianist Sam Watts, a graduate of Leeds College of Music, has been announced as a recipient of an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK.

Sam, who moved to London to study a Masters at Royal Academy of Music after graduating from LCoM, is one of two jazz musicians to receive the award this year. He will use the funding to help produce his debut album in the coming months.

The Emerging Excellence Awards are run by Help Musicians UK and help musicians under 30 who have already achieved recognition in their field to fund a project that will further their career.

Sam joins saxophonist James Mainwaring and trumpeter Kim Macari as LCoM graduates to have received the Award in recent years.

Find out more about Sam by visiting his website.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Space F!ght to perform at MIRA Festival, Barcelona

Space F!ght have been selected as one of the groups to be featured at this year's MIRA Live Visual Arts Festival in Barcelona in November.

The festival runs from 6-15th November and uses different venues throughout Barcelona to showcase different cultural initiatives including concerts, installations, workshops and discussions. Their focus is on innovation and encouraging cross-discipline collaborations across artforms.

Space F!ght, a group based in the North featuring James Mainwaring, Radek Rudnicki, Jakub Hader and Tom Adams, have built up a strong following through their use of live music, electronics and live visual mapping.

For more information, see the MIRA Festival website.

Preview: Lancaster Jazz Festival

                                                  The Initiative (photo credit: Abi Williams)

The 2014 Lancaster Jazz Festival takes place between 18th - 21st September and will feature a range of top UK, regional and young musicians, including Lancaster's own The Initiative (pictured above).

The festival will take place at three main locations in Lancaster - The Dukes Theatre, The Hall cafe and Sun Square, an outdoor stage.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Aeroplanes at Brescia win Jimmy Woode Award

Aeroplanes at Brescia, a trio featuring three LCoM graduates - Adam Taylor, Katie Patterson and Sam Dutton-Taylor - have won the prestigious Jimmy Woode Award at the Tuscia in Jazz festival in Italy.

The band performed two sets of original music in the semi finals and finals, beating stiff competition from 4 other bands from across Europe. In addition to the main prize, drummer Katie Patterson also picked up the Up and Coming Musician award. They will return to the festival next year to perform a gig which will be recorded and released by Euronote Records.

Congratulations to the band!

The LS6 Jam Session Returns

Photo by Eliot Richards 
(Left to Right: Matthew Aplin, Tom Maddison, Ben Powling, Ben Riches)

Northern Jazz News is pleased to announce that after a hiatus of several months, the popular weekly jam night at LS6 Cafe (The Clock Cafe) will be returning on Wednesday 6th August. The night is run by saxophonist and journalist Ben Powling, and the first house band will be the fantastic Matthew Aplin Trio, featuring Matthew Aplin on piano, Tom Riviere on double bass and Steve Hanley on drums.
The house band will begin at 9pm, and the jam will run from 10pm until midnight.