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
NorvolJazz network agrees a relaunch revamp with a new board appointed at the Newcastle Jazz Festival network meeting on 6 October. Tributes were paid to the previous Norvoljazz chair Chris DeSaram who dies last month. Steve Crocker (JazzLeeds) has been appointed as the new chair to replace the late Chris DeSaram, and Gill Wilde (Grimsby Jazz Projects) as Secretary. The current set of network minutes from our hosts, Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music Lit & Phil Society 6 October 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…)
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.
Liane Carroll / Ian Shaw Duo – Sheffield Jazz
Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years.
Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.
Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
(Read more about Liane and Ian on the website).
19:30 – 22:15.At Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)
Full £17, Concessions £13.50, Students with NUS card £8, and under 16s £3. Advance tickets available from Crucible box office: 0114 249 6000 and www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
The Piero Tucci Quartet CANUK – Grimsby Jazz
Undeniably one of the most in-demand pianists in the region, Piero Tucci has been a creative, inspiring presence on the Sheffield music scene for many years, a classy musician with a deep knowledge of the music and respected by all.
Ticket price is usually £12
Sam Braysher and Michael Kanan – Wakefield Jazz
A cool, modernist twist on almost-forgotten treasures
“Utterly swinging, with the restraint that comes from complete self-assurance, and hip as a New York minute” – Eddie Myer, JazzViewse
Doors open at 7:00 pm; music starts at 8:00 pm
The Roy Walker Band – Dove Jazz
A return visit for this local band that blew us all away on their visit to the Dove Podium last year.
All gigs £8.00
Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies – 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)
Jack Chandler Sextet – JazzLeeds
Jack Chandler alto sax, Tom Sharp trumpet, Ben Lowman tenor sax, Harry Orme guitar, Sam Jackson bass, Steve Hanley drums.
The Jack Chandler sextet combine the arrangements of larger ensembles with the dexterity and improvisation of small groups. Influences range from Tristano, Ellington, Paul Desmond, and the music covers a range of standards from many eras and some originals. The band play complex but hopefully tasteful charts with some of the best musicians on the Leeds Jazz scene.
Jack Chandler Sextet @Inkwell – Sunday 20 January Sept 1.30pm -£9/7
Tickets in advance https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds
Under 25’s £5 kids under 16 free, if accompanied by an adult
Johnny Hunter Quartet – Jazz At The Lescar
A welcome return for an energetic and creative drummer with his delightfully explorative and always so musical quartet, featuring Graham South (Beats & Pieces) on trumpet, Mark Hanslip (Outhouse, Nostalgia 77, Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer) on tenor sax, Seth Bennett (Sloth Racket, Metamorphic) on double bass.
Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday).
Anita Wardell Quartet – Scarborough Jazz
Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breathtaking, with mesmerizing vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to classic bebop solos. She uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility mixed with heartfelt emotion. ‘Her unexpected vulnerability makes her reading of ballads both beautiful and touching.’ (Norma Winstone) ‘She has the courage to scat a ballad or two, not unlike a disciple of the Ben Webster school.’ (Mark Murphy). This gig is part of her UK tour with Robin Aspland (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Steve Brown (drums)
Door open at 8 pm. Music starts at 8.45 pm
Anita Wardell – JazzLeeds
Anita Wardell (vocals) with Robin Aspland piano, Jeremy Brown on double bass and Steve Brown on drums.
Anita Wardell’s singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.
Singer Norma Winstone praised her “unexpected vulnerability, which makes her reading of the ballads both beautiful and touching. Her honesty shines in this well-chosen collection of songs.”
Tickets £16/14 conc. Under 25;s £8
Tickets on sale from 23/11/18 at www.ticketsource.co.uk/sevenleeds
David Hitchin, Richard Halliwell, Duncan Winfield & Dan Whieldon Trio – Wigan Jazz Club
This show brings together three of the finest players to emerge from the ranks of Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. DAVID HITCHEN joined WYJO at age 13 and rapidly progressed to NYJO. At age 24, having already spent 2 years with Monte Carlo orchestras, he joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a trumpeter & MD. Since then he has travelled the world performing with many of the jazz greats as well as some of the most famous names in the popular music world. He currently lives in southern France, where he leads a multinational big band. RICHARD HALLIWELL is well-known at Wigan.
Admission £12.00 (£11.50 concessions, £11.00 WJC members) unless otherwise stated.
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