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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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The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz Festival in Leeds gets underway in a couple of weeks starting Friday 1st September  and running to Sunday 3rd September. Dazzling jazz sax player Dave O'Higgins will headline, with a special performance with material from his latest album, "It's Always 9.30 in Zog" at Seven Arts on Saturday 2nd September. "He plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out" - Observer. His band will also be giving a masterclass before the concert

There is a definite "funky feel" to the bands on offer at this second Village Jazz Festival . Dave Kane's amazing Magic Ya Ya band open the festival on Friday 1st September, then there are performances on Saturday by bluesy songstress Terry Shaltiel with guitarist Esmond Selwyn and on Sunday afternoon on the main festival Regent Street stage by rising stars Nag Champa, Dan Goldman's Elec-trio, Hyde Park Brass plus a final set from the popular James O'Hara Blues Band

There are a whole host of other performances over the weekend as well including pop-up sets from the Washboard Resonators in  the cafes of Chapel Allerton village, a set from community big band, Mojo 78, popular vocalist Marlena Rose with Canadian guitarist Jeff Hewer and the latin rhythms of Tempo Feliz

All in all 4 venues with 14 different bands - plus the rest of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival to enjoy too.

Fri 1 September Dave Kane’s Magic Ya-Ya Band @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave Kane - electric bass & composer. Chris Sharkey – guitar, Matt Bourne – keys, Si Kaylor & James Mainwaring - tenor saxes Ollie Dover - Bari sax. Joost Hendrickx & Sam Hobbs - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Will Powell’s “Chunky Indulgence” 8.00-8.30pm
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10 tickets

Sat 2 Sept @The Woods - free event with Washboard Resonators 12.45 – 1.45 Tempo Feliz 2pm- 3.30pm Terri Shaltiel and Esmond Selwyn 3.45pm- 5.30pm (£150  paid by Woods)

Sat 2 Sept @Inkwell - free event with Jeff Hewer guitar and Marlena Rose vocals 1.30-3.30pm

Sat 2 Sept Dave O’Higgins Quartet @Seven Arts doors 7.30pm
Dave O’Higgins - tenor and soprano saxes ,Graham Harvey – piano, Geoff Gascoyne – bass, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums.
Support from 8-8.30pm: Pete Rosser’s “Monk” trio
Masterclass at Seven Arts with the quartet 5-6pm £5 on the door (open to all)
Tickets on the door or in advance £12/10
Ticketed  masterclass £5

Sun 3 Sept Jazz Funk and Blues Sunday @Regent Street Main Stage –free event
12.00 Mojo 78 Big Band directed by Dave Evans,
1.15pm Hyde Park Brass
2.30pm Dan Goldman's Elec-trio
3.45pm Nag Champa
5.00pm James O Hara Blues Band

More details here

The Village Jazz Festival is promoted by the new Jazz Leeds organisation and it supported by Art Council England and Jazz North's Northern Line

Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: August 18, 2017, 11:32 am
From Dave Lee - the August/September jazz programme at Cullingworth in West Yorkshire

23 Aug Georgina Barr vocals with Brendan Duffy sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Jonny Clapham bass, Dave Lee drums

30 Aug Sue Fisher vocals, Tony Denton sax, Paul Conway keys, Brian Jackson bass, Dave Lee drums

6 Sept Emily Brown vocals with Jon Taylor sax, Martin Longhawn keys, Brian Jackson bass Dave Lee drums

13 Sept Nel Begley vocals with Laurie Covelle sax, Mike Conliffe keys, Steve Crocker bass Dave Lee drums

20 Sept Dolly James vocals with James Boyes sax Mike Conliffe keys Dave Lee drums

27 Sept Julie Edwards vocals Ed Barnwell keys Kevin Dearden bass Dave Lee drums

Free entrance, raffle contribution
9pm start
Cullingworth Conservative Club
21/23 Station Road,
BD13 5HN

Tel: 01535 272432 ;

Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: August 18, 2017, 10:42 am
Ilkley Jazz Festival gets underway this week starting Wednesday 16th and running to Sunday 20th August. Renowned vocalist Ian Shaw will headline, with a special performance at the Winter Gardens on August 18th performing material from his latest album, Theory of Joy. Shaw is internationally regarded as one of the leading jazz voices and is also recognised for his humanitarian work supporting refugees.

Fans of vocal jazz won't just have Ian to keep them satisfied; Zoe Gilby opens the festival on 16th August Beverley Beirne sings Carmichael on 19th August and Julie Edwards performs on 17th.

There's a whole host of other performances including pop-up sets from Backchat Brass, the wonderfully inventive Treppenwitz at Friends of Ham, a new quartet led by James Mainwaring and the Jamie Brownfield Quintet plus lots more. There are 5 venues, 14 concerts and 3 events for you to attend:

Wed 16/8 – 7pm @Monkmans – Zoe Gilby 
£37.50 inc 3 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Wed 16/8 – 9pm @Martinez – Dave Smith 
£5 book on 01943 600 000

Thur 17/8 – 7pm @Quinta – Julie Edwards 
£30 inc meal book on 01943 602 670

Thur 17/8 – 9pm @Friends of Ham – Treppenwitz - Free

Fri 18/8 – 4pm @Town Centre – Backchat Brass - Free

Fri 18/8 – 6pm @Monkmans – Stuart MacDonald 
£22.50 inc 2 course meal book on 01943 817 485

Fri 18/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – Ian Shaw Theory of Joy
£15 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 10am @Winter Gardens – Jazz workshop - Free
book by email on

Sat 19/8 – 1pm @Winter Gardens – Jamil Sheriff Trio - Places Like This
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 2.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Jamie Brownfield Quartet 
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 4 pm @Winter Gardens – James Mainwairing Trio - Ikigai
£5 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 6.30 pm @Winter Gardens – Beverley Sings Carmichael 
£7.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 8pm @Winter Gardens – John Crawford Times and Tides
£12.50 book at visitor centre on 01943 602319

Sat 19/8 – 11pm @Black Hat – Late Night Jazz Jam - Free
book by email to play on

Sun 20/8 – 10am @Black Hat – Latin Rythms Masterclass with John Crawford Free
book by email to play on

Sun 20/8 – 12.30pm @Black Hat – Hot Club Du Nord Jazz Brunch – Free

Sun 20/8 – 3.30pm @Bandstand– Dales Jam – Free

Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: August 15, 2017, 9:20 pm

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