Why another jazz blog? Jazz is alive and doing wonderfully by itself after all. There are tons of musicians performing great music all over the planet. But what we are losing is the audience and spaces to perform this important music.
So what can we do? The North of England is actually a pretty good area to see and hear jazz – we have more than 25 regular jazz clubs, a dozen jazz festivals, two jazz Music Conservatoires at Leeds and Manchester and many many fine musicians and bands big and small playing in all sorts of jazz genres and styles. Places like the Sage in Newcastle show that public funding can still provide great spaces for jazz.
But we need to do more to keep jazz live. The main clubs in the region are co operating through a network, NorVol Jazz, to promote the music in the North and encourage it to grow. More…
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From Aleks Podraza at Hyde Park Jazz Club Leeds -
Happy New Year Folks! We have an exciting 2018 ahead of us at HPJC. Here's what to expect over the next couple of months:
18/01 - Andy Cox Quartet
25/01 - Cliffe/Henry/Roffe
01/02 - Alasdair Pennington Quartet
08/02 - Jack Garside Quartet
15/02 - Francesco Coghetto
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BL
Free admission. Band 8.30-9.30 followed by Jam Session
See you there!
3rd – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid – one of the major highlights of the year. Two of the UK’s finest saxophonists come together as one of the most exciting musical combinations we are privileged to present. All this, coupled with the sublime piano sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio plus Alan’s legendary sense of humour. Don’t miss this one. £10.
10th - Fret & Fiddle – this group from the Midlands comes to us highly recommended by Graham Smith of Shades of Jazz. Award winning musicians whose sounds are based originally on the halcyon days of the Hot Club of France and the subsequent musical career of Stephan Grappelli. Violin, guitar, piano, bass and drums. P.S. Graham backs up his initial recommendation by sitting in on this one! http://fretandfiddle.co.uk/ £10.
17th – Sorry – No Jazz – Beer Festival Weekend
24th – Café Society – a long overdue return by this “off the wall” cabaret quartet featuring the outrageous Anthony Mason in his Noel Coward and George Formby roles complete with banjo and ukulele. Then add the undoubted talents of Andy Henderson on cornet, Phil Shotton on reeds and Colin Turner on tuba. It sounds different – it is different – and you’ll be overcome with laughter and sheer musical nostalgia.
Thanks for your support – it’s what keeps music live. Spread the word – it is live, fun and friendly – no better way to spend Saturday evening.
Jazz in the Spa – Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, Leeds, LS23 6AA. Weekly Live Saturday Traditional/Mainstream Jazz. 8.00.pm
Situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley.
We have some great jazz gigs from national and international artists to look forward to in February and March (see below for details).
Paul Booth with Strictly Smokin' Big Band
Saturday 17 February, 8pm
Strictly Smokin' Big Band and Jazz.Coop present SSBB featuring Paul Booth. Please note that this gig is not at Jazz.Coop's usual venue, The Globe, but instead is being held nearby at Alphabetti Theatre.
Alan Benzie Trio
Thursday 22 February, 7.30pm
Accessible original music from 3 of Europe’s finest young jazz musicians
Winner of the BBC Scottish Young Jazz Musician of the Year at only 17, and Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Billboard Award, pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents.
Alan Glen Trio
Thursday 1 March, 7.30pm Veteran jazz piano maestro with very accomplished trio
Alan Glen, piano, John Pope, double bass. Sid White, drums. Review of their appearance at the Globe in January 2017 by Lance Liddle of Bebop Spoken Here. http://jazz.coop/alan-glen-trio/ The Glen Trio can warm up any room!
KOAN 7 - Form and Space
Saturday 17 March 2018, 7pm An evening of free improvisation and original composition
KOAN is back with a truly remarkable line up. On one bill for one night will be: The Lightwaves Museum (Driving /mesmeric/ motorik/ wholly improvised psychedelia) Mobius ( wonderous soaring vocal duo, “its drone Jim but not as we know it”) and Cooking with Three ( improvised lights)
Dominic J Marshall Dutch Trio
Thursday 29 March 2018, 8pm Internationally acclaimed contemporary jazz piano trio
“The Dominic J Marshall trio has found both its own energy and its own authentic sound, and is an asset to the European jazz scene.” Dominic J. Marshall
We have also got some accomplished local musicians playing at the Globe over the next few weeks including:
• SoKool Band, Sunday 21 January
• Johnson/Herdman Quartet, Thursday 25 January
• Budtet, Sunday 4 February
• Indigo Jazz Voices, Thursday 8 February
• Safe Sextet, Saturday 10 February
Courses and workshops
Our ever popular Advanced Jazz Guitar course starts again on Tuesday 16 January. And it's not too late to join our Play More Jazz! course (you have only missed one session).
Our long-running series of Play Jazz! workshops at Sage Gateshead start again on Saturday 3 February with Engagement and Stagecraft facilitated by actor, musician and performance artist Gabriele Heller.
Gig at The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. Visit our website to see all gigs at the Globe and much more jazz.coop/whats-on