Scarborough Jazz festival – UK 2017 Jazz Venue of the Year!

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So the north has done it again – the second year running a NorvolJazz network promoter has won the jazz venue of the year in the prestigious Parliamentary Jazz awards. And our warmest congratulations to Mike and Marion Gordon who have been making it happen for the last 15 years ‘Our very own North Sea Jazz Festival’ Jazzwise.

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Information about the award

“Mike Gordon is the Director of Scarborough Jazz Festival. Before retirement he was Head of North Yorkshire’s Special Education Support Services and then Executive Secretary of the National Association for Special Educational Needs. He has also been promoter of Scarborough Jazz club on 50 nights a year for 34 years and is the original resident pianist. He describes himself as a jazz player of modest attainments – but getting better!

2017 is Scarborough Jazz Festival’s fifteenth year. Audience numbers have grown over the years and analysis of the detailed evaluation returns – which the organisers take very seriously as a guide to improving all aspects of the event – have consistently indicated that 98% of the audience rated the quality and variety of the acts and artists as excellent or good.

The festival aims to have well-established performers, chosen because their jazz is continually developing, alongside younger bands with a diversity of musical agendas. Regular attenders know they can expect a mixture of the accessible and the challenging. The weekend event is held in the wonderful Victorian Spa Grand Hall which looks out over the beach and sea towards Scarborough Castle.”

Other award winners this year were as follows – with some familiar names to northern clubs being honoured here:

Jazz Vocalist of the Year: Cleveland Watkiss
Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year: Shabaka Hutchings
Jazz Album of the Year: Dinosaur – “Together As One”
Jazz Ensemble of the Year: Phronesis
Jazz Newcomer of the Year: Nerija
Jazz Media Award: Chris Philips
Jazz Education Award: Tomorrows Warriors
Services to Jazz Award: Tony Dudley-Evans
Special APPJAG Award: Jim Mullen

About the Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Kelvin Hopkins MP, APPJAG Co-Chairman, said:

“The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are a great way for MPs and Peers of all political parties to show their support for British jazz by recognising and honouring the amazing musical talent we have in our country. From established stars to fresh new talent, the range and diversity of this year’s winners shows the vibrancy and creativity of British jazz”

APPJAG currently has 80 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties. Their aim is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. Co-Chairs are Kelvin Hopkins MP and Lord Colwyn, Secretary, Baroness Coussins, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Sarah Champion MP, the Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are: Lord Crathorne, John Mann MP and Sir Greg Knight MP. The Secretariat team is Chris Hodgkins and Sarah Pellew.

(Original Blob post here)








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NorVol at Wigan 8 July 2017

Key issues discussed at  the meeting

  1. Jazz promoter internship scheme – it was agreed that we go ahead with submitting a bid to Arts Council England for a paid internship scheme to help voluntary promoters with succession planning and provide opportunities for younger promoters to learn the ropes.  Norvol network clubs would be contacted in the near future with outline of the project and an expression of interest form to apply for hosting one of the Norvol/JazzNorth internships
  2. Emerging artists programme– interested Northern promoters were asked to offer date/s in April and early May 2018 in their programme to take Leeds College of Music final year BA jazz student performing assessment pieces
  3. Peer reviews –Northern promoters were asked to put forward a couple of gigs in their forthcoming programme that can be offered out for peer review by other clubs and promoters


Next network meeting will be at Scarborough Jazz festival meeting on Sat 23 September 10 for coffee, 10:30 am start- 1:00 pm


The secretary reminded all promoters to sign up for the Northern Jazz Live promoter blog  if they haven’t already in order to get the news of what’s going on quicker. He thanked everyone for their contribution to the blog in the meantime reminded clubs and festivals that they needed to submit any contributions about autumn jazz programmes very soon.

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Frosty Christmas as The Central

Richard Hardy writes

Dear Jazz at The Central supporter

Central XmasA quick reminder for this week’s line-up. That’s this Thursday 11th December. Then, an easy one to remember, we will be re-starting jazz at The Central 2015 just four weeks later i.e. Thursday 8th January 2015.

For next year, we have already managed to line up two Jazz nights with two separate bands, both which have appeared several times in the national Jazz Reviews, real top notch bands making a mark on the British Jazz circuit. More details to follow. The Central (on Wellington Street, Leeds) is possibly one of few Jazz venues in the region where it is being run in the style of a Jazz Club with different bands being organised for each fortnight yet with free admission, so please do support this new Jazz venue and keep spreading the work.

Look forward to seeing you for our last Jazz night of 2014.

Yo Ho Ho

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