NorVol Jazz network status
Thanks to people who commented on the future status of the NorVol Jazz network. The results of this will be discussed at the next NorVol network meeting which will be held at the Manchester Jazz Festival – at the mjf office in the Board Room on Saturday 25 May 2019 from 10:30-12:30 at Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD
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!
If jazz clubs want their gigs or news on the blog, send 350 words and a picture to the editor, Steve Crocker
Our Latest News and Developments
Discussed the network, and how we might improve it. Suggested that we widen the network to be more that just promoters – we could include funded organisations, musicians, commercial venues as well. The current set of network minutes from our meeting at the Queens Hotel Leeds, on Saturday 19 January 2019.
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…)
Remember too, that Jazz Festivals run throughout the year! Check our Festivals page.
Changes to our website
We have updated and changed some aspects of the NorVol Jazz website. Click here for details of the changes.
Archipelago + Paul Taylor – Jazz Northeast
Two of Tyneside’s most original artists come together for what is certain to be an exhilarating double bill – with the strong possibility that the night will end with a short joint set.
Admission £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)
The Wabash Jazzman – Dove Jazz
We are delighted to bring back Marck Challinor’s driving banjo-led 5 piece ensemble.
All gigs £8.00
Traditional jazz – JazzLeeds
Traditional jazz for our Easter Sunday presentation from Chapel Allerton’s own jazz vocal star Ros Lewis and her band featuring Frank Brooker on sax/clarinet
Ros Lewis’s Tailgaiters @Inkwell, Easter Sunday 21 April £9/7
Tickets on the door or online
Ros Lewis’s Tailgaiters @Inkwell – £9/7
Tickets on the door or online
Nicki Allen Quintet – Scarborough Jazz
Another great singer and pianist, Nicki’s influences span the subtle, beautiful tones of Shirley Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell to vibrant, rhythmic latin, swing and contemporary sounds. All underpinned with her stylish bluesy phrasing and love of vocal improvisation. Nicki was awarded the coveted title of jazz Yorkshire vocalist of the year in 2011 for her contribution to jazz. There will be a healthy mixture of old and new material accompanied by her stalwart team of distinguished northern musicians: Joel Purnell (saxophone) Ian Chalk (hello again) John Settle (drums) and Adrian Knowles (double bass).
Door open at 8 pm. Music starts at 8.45 pm
Grainne Ryan – Wigan Jazz Club
We have great pleasure in welcoming Irish vocalist Grainne back to Wigan. It is now some years since she appeared in Wigan, where she worked with an earlier generation of WYJO, who she also performed with in Ireland. Her style owes much to the classic jazz vocalists, although she also performs songs associated with artists such as Diana Krall and Michael Buble. P.J. DUFFY, the sax-playing pub owner from County Mayo joins Grainne, and they are backed by the excellent MARTIN LONGHAWN TRIO.
The second set features our own WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA, directed by Dave Little, and GRAINNE RYAN will be their guest vocalist’.
Admission £12.00 (£11.50 concessions, £11.00 WJC members) unless otherwise stated.
College Collection 2019 part 1 – JazzLeeds
College Collection 2019 – Jazz Leeds presents the first of two afternoons, each with three stunning new jazz groups from the final year of the Leeds College of Music BAJazz course.
The Emily Kent Project combines contemporary jazz with distinct grooves inspired by musicians such as Pat Metheny, Bobby Mcferrin and Norma Winston. Although her demo shows a duet of herself and piano, her set will also make use of a full band and other instrumental features, combining to bring their audience a performance of world inspired Jazz music.
College Collection 2019 part 1 @Seven Arts – £7/5 concessions
The Tony Woods Project – Wakefield Jazz
The Project has toured the UK many times with the support of Jazz Services. Tony’s music draws from jazz, folk and classical, to produce a melodic folk-inspired and uplifting performance, with wonderful collective empathy.
Doors open at 7:00 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm
Tickets online (from website)
Matthew Read Trio – JATP Jazz
Drawing influence from such luminaries as Pat Metheny, John Scofield and Paul Motian, and impelled by like-minded approaches to music making, the Matthew Read Trio bring a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio. “This is definitely a trio on which to keep a sharp eye” 4 stars – All About Jazz. “Proof indeed that the British Jazz scene is in incredible form” – Chris Philips, Jazz FM.
Ticket price from £7 or £5 for members and Students.
Doors 7:45 pm, gigs start 8:30 pm
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Some clubs use more than one venue. Please check our venues page for details.
Their mission is to increase the profile of contemporary jazz in the North by developing opportunities for artists and building audiences through collective partnership working.