Tuesday 22 January 2013

Venue Profile: Seven Jazz, Leeds

Where? Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS7 3PD

When? Evening concerts (featuring national and international jazz artists) run on Thursdays. Our Sunday afternoon gigs run weekly. Also run a number of instrumental workshops, a jazz choir and jam sessions.

 How much? Thursday evening concerts (fortnightly 8.15-11pm) - between £10-20 (£5 standbys for students plus concessions and season tickets
Sunday gigs (weekly 1.30pm - 4pm) - £5 or £4 concessions with kids under 16 free.
Jazz workshops (alternate Saturday afternoons 2.30-4.30pm)  £10 or £8 concessions.
Improvisation group (alternate Friday nights 7.30-10pm at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre) £5 per session.
The Jazz Voices Choir (alternate Monday nights 7-9pm at Inkwell)  £5 per session

What kind of jazz? Varied - everything from Hot Club to free improvisation. Main focus is contemporary jazz, big bands, mainstream and bebop.

Who runs it? Steve Crocker and team of volunteers. 

 Seven Jazz is a voluntary organisation formed in 2007 by Steve Crocker who previously promoted jazz in Sheffield. In 2012 and the club won the Jazz Yorkshire award for Jazz Club of the Year at their event in Dean Clough Halifax.
Seven Arts is a community interest company, a friendly venue with good acoustics and a wide range of drinks and food. Located in Chapel Allerton not far from Leeds city centre with good public transport and free local parking.
The people who help at Seven Jazz are all volunteers - Martin Briggs, Steve Crocker, Tom Swire, Steve Ross, Tony Walsh, Will Powell and Jean Watson. Saturday workshops are run by Martin Townshend and drummer Colin Byrne with guest tutors trumpeter Kim Macari and saxman Matt Anderson. Guitarist Dom Moore runs an improvisation group on Friday evenings held at the Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton. Vocalist Nicki Allen runs our Jazz Choir at Inkwell on Potternewton Lane.

Coming up at Seven Jazz -  "Orient House" with Gilad Atzmon (17/1) "Empirical" (7/2) Ian Shaw and Georgia Mancio (21/2) Mark Lockheart's "Ellington in Anticipation" (7/3) and  "Get the Blessing" (21/3). Sunday afternoon highlights include "Elements" (20/1)  "Atlantic" (27/1) Jami Sheriff Quintet (3/2)"Wildflower" (24/2) Ant Law Quintet (3/3) "Eyes Shut Tight" (10/3) and "Compassionate Dictatorship" 24/3)


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