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Here’s a surprise – we’re number 5 in the UK jazz blogs – we beat the Guardian!
Thanks for all your support in providing the information over the past five years folks – keep ’em coming, must be doing some good… Glad to report also that Lance Liddle’s Bebop Spoken Hear blog, based in Newcastle, was number 3 in the same chart!

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Our Latest News and Developments
Read all about the NorVol Jazz Internships for Club Organisers, the club roundup and other current plans in the current set of network minutes from our hosts, Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, on 5 May 2018.


Emerging Artist Programme

Leeds College of Music, together with Norvoljazz network, have organised six jazz groups in an emerging artist programme – if you would like to book one of these bands – say as a support band, or to fill a gap in your programme in the near future, do get in touch. (Read more…)


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Remember too, that Jazz Festivals run throughout the year! Check our Festivals page.

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Current Events:

Maine Street Jazzmen – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 18 August, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Maine Street Jazzmen – Jazz in the Spa

(Doors – 7:00.pm. Music 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

Unlicensed Venue. Bring your own bottle or whatever!

(Prices vary between £8 and £10)

Firebird Quartet – Scarborough Jazz

Date: 22 August, 2018

Time: 20:45

Location: The Cask Inn, Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough,YO11 2LQ

Firebird Quartet – Scarborough Jazz

It’s been a long wait since this popular quartet led by trumpeter Ian Chalk played at the club, performing original compositions and music from great contemporary jazz composers with creative energy and foot tapping grooves that everyone enjoys.

£5 on the door

Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham – Jeff and “Spats” – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 25 August, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Mr Barnhart and Mr Langham – Jeff and “Spats” – Jazz in the Spa

(Doors – 7:00.pm. Music 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

Unlicensed Venue. Bring your own bottle or whatever!

(Prices vary between £8 and £10)

Frank Brooker – Scarborough Jazz

Date: 29 August, 2018

Time: 20:45

Location: The Cask Inn, Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough,YO11 2LQ

Frank Brooker – Scarborough Jazz

We round off the season with another club favourite. Frank cut his musical teeth in the trad boom of the 60s and has been developing his melodic mastery and relaxed swing on the tenor sax and clarinet ever since.

£5 on the door

The Big Easy + Em Brown Quartet

Date: 30 August, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

The Big Easy + Em Brown Quartet – JazzLeeds

The Big Easy is a Leeds based 7-piece Swing band. Since it’s birth in the 1920s, swing has been music for celebration. The Big Easy have taken some of the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names

Jon Scully – trumpet/vocals, Jack Chandler – alto/baritone sax, Ben Powling – clarinet/tenor, George Birkett – guitar, Chris Lloyd – piano, Sam Jackson – double bass, Jack Amblin – drums/washboard

Emily Brown Quartet are in support 8-8.40pm with Jason Scott piano, Rich Hammond bass (a rare treat these days!) and Steve Green drums

Admission: £12/10 concessions students and under 25’s £6 Buy tickets here

Doors 7:30 pm Music 8:00 – 11 pm

Lloyd Plays Peterson + Jazz Jam

Date: 31 August, 2018

Time: 19:30

Location: School of Philosophy 64 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PD

Lloyd Plays Peterson + Jazz Jam – JazzLeeds

Chris Lloyd piano, Adam Richards bass, Ric Colley drums.

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival and Jazz leeds present Leeds pianist Chris Lloyd paying homage to the Canadian jazz giant Oscar Peterson – playing the Steinway Grand Piano! Chris is a devotee of the late Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson – called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington. He was considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years. It will be good to hear Chris playing some of OP’s tunes on the Steinway grand piano at the School of Philosophy in Woodland Lane.

At 9pm this will be followed by a jazz café jam session – all welcome – bring your instrument or your voice!

Admission: £5 on the door

The Julian Arguelles Quartet + Tiptoe

Date: 1 September, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

The Julian Arguelles Quartet + Tiptoe – JazzLeeds

Julian Argüelles Quartet with Julian as band leader / saxes / all compositions, Ivo Neame (piano), Sam Lasserson (bass) James Maddren (drums)

With an impressive reputation for presenting world-standard post-bop that now spans three decades, Argüelles’ current quartet features the UK’s best young talent namely; Ivo Neame (p), Sam Lasserson (b), James Maddren (d). Currently on tour promoting his 15th CD as a leader, “Tonadas” (on Edition), which features strong musical influences from Argüelles’ Spanish roots. The Quartet are inspiring & adventurous and come highly recommended to anyone who gets pleasure from listening to music: jazz or otherwise. Argüelles has been described as a composite of Charles Lloyd and Wayne Shorter. Throw in comparisons to that of Holst, Elgar and Finzi, some Spanish folk and South African grooves, and you pretty much have the makings of “a joyous listening experience.

Julian will be taking a masterclass before the concert at 5.30-6.30pm, cost £5 pay on the door (this masterclass is free to ticket holders).

Support is from Alice Higgins and “Tiptoe” (one of Jazz North’s “Northern Line” featured bands – 8-8.30pm)- “fresh, imaginative Soul/Jazz band”.

Admission: £12/10 concessions. NUS £5 Buy tickets here

The concert is part of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival (Village Jazz series) Doors 7:30 pm Music 8-11 pm

Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday

Date: 2 September, 2018

Location: Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds

Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday – JazzLeeds

The Sunday afternoon 2 Sept open air concert of jazz blues and salsa bands @Regent Street in Chapel Allerton 12:30-6 pm will get you dancing! Music starts at 12:00 midday (after the Churches together service)

12:00 1:00 pm The North Leeds Jazz Orchestra directed by by Martin Townshend

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm popular Leeds seven piece soul jazz band “Atlantic Crossover” led by saxman Jim Corry

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm the eccentric Leeds improvising big band the “Ancient Infinity Orchestra”

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Sueli Gill’s salsa band Africa-Brasil

5 pm – 6 pm Nick Svarc’s blues-rock band “Who Knows”

Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday is presented by Chapel Allerton Arts Festival in association with JazzLeeds. Bucket entry – payf – £3 recommended.

Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday @Regent Street, Chapel Allerton 2 September 12-6 pm

Admission: Bucket entry, payf (£3 recommended)

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