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Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many clubs have cancelled their gigs. Please check with individual club websites, regardless of the listings currently posted on NJP. Also check to discover online events.

Our next online NJP Network Meeting will be on 11 May at 1 pm. More information to follow soon.

Keep your jazz ear to the ground and check our News and Blog for all the latest.

Helping our Bands and Musicians

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Arts Council promoter funding – with the recent announcement of Government Funding for the Arts due to Covid19 there are several jazz funding streams promoters could apply for – see this handy guide from JazzNorth.

Invite to Northern Jazz Bands and Musicians

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Lockdown music - northernjazzpromoters.orgA Northern Jazz Live summary of what’s happening and what is not! (click the link below)
What’s on and what’s off in the lockdown (and beyond)


Northern Jazz Promoters – the new name for NorVol Jazz
We are now using our new name of Northern Jazz Promoters (NJP) Read more here

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Jazz Awards

“I was really pleased to present the award of jazz vocalist of the year to a real favourite in our area, Newcastle’s Zoe Gilby, who is not only a fantastic singer but also does so much to support jazz promoters in the region.” – Steve Crocker (2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards)

More information on the 2019 awards here


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Education Partnership for jazz promoters
Network members are asked if you would be interested in taking part in the new Education Partnership for jazz promoters and their Music Education Hubs. If so please let Gill Wilde know on


Our Latest News and Developments
The network has approved new objectives to allow membership by all promoters of jazz whether voluntary, pop up, musician led, commercial or public funded. They also approved the new “gold” logo (seen on this front page). The current set of minutes from our Manchester Jazz Festival Meeting on Sat 25 May are attached. Northern Jazz Promoters. The next meet-up (and our AGM) will be at Scarborough Jazz Festival @Scarborough Spa Sat 21 Sept 10 for 10.30am. All welcome.

See our current management group, here.


Emerging Artist Programme

For any future details of the Leeds College of Music and NJP emerging artist programme, please contact Steve Crocker:


See our members here | See our Venues/A-Z of clubs in North | Check Jazz days here

All the latest Northern Jazz Promoters Minutes – click here – See the photo and NorVol banner here

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 NJP website. Click here for details of the changes.

Current Events:

Not Now Charlie – The Globe, Newcastle

Date: 9 May 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Livestream from The Globe

Not Now Charlie – The Globe, Newcastle

Jamie Toms saxophone / Pawel Jedrzejewski guitar / Richard Campbell piano / Liam Gaughan bass / Dave McKeague drums.

A fast-rising band from Newcastle playing in a variety of styles directly connected to their inspirations, which include straight ahead jazz, prog rock, neo soul, R&B and folk music.

With a set of original music you can expect the perfect mix of jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation. Taking their influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound.

Not Now Charlie are proud to have been selected by Jazz North for inclusion on the roster of artists for the 7th edition of their ‘Northern Line’ programme.

“….yes their music is full of bright melodies and enjoyable grooves but they’re not shackled by them. In the musical world of Not Now Charlie there’s always something of interest going on.” (thejazzmann.com)

“Not Now Charlie know how to write an intoxicating melody” (John Marley, Jazz in York)

“Superb playing by all five. This is a band to catch again and again” (Lance Liddle, Bebopspokenhere)

Livestream from The Globe + limited number of seats available at the venue (if permitted)
Tickets for livestream: £7.50, £15.00, £20.00

(You may like to pay more than the minimum if you are feeling generous or if there is more than one person watching).

Note: Full details and ticket links can be found via the ‘More info’ link.

JazzLeeds – College Collection 2021

Date: 9 May 2021

JazzLeeds – College Collection 2021

A weekly Sunday afternoon series featuring bands from the Leeds jazz scene @Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sundays 1.30pm-4.00pm.

Sundays May 9 and May 16: College Collection 2021: as part of helping young jazz musicians at Leeds Conservatoire we are livestreaming two concerts on Sunday afternoons on May 9th and 16th between 1.30 and 4pm with two performances each of 40 minutes. These will be livestreamed free from Seven Arts and broadcast via our JazzLeeds Facebook site www.facebook.com/jazzleeds. No live audience Livestream only

Sunday 23 May Tessa Smith Quintet featuring Jason Scott piano, Sam Jackson bass and John Arnesen drums. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

30 May Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington: with Frank Griffiths sax, Richard Wetherall piano. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

6 June Jazz Cafe and Jam Session: Come along and sing/play of just watch! With the JazzLeeds rhythm section to support you Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £7/5 live performance Performers free but please book in advance by sending an email to

Sunday 13 June Ben Powling Quartet: Contemporary jazz featuring Leeds based World Service Project/Vipertime/Mansion of Snakes frontman Ben Powling on sax with Ben Haskins on guitar, Sam Quintana on bass and Josh Smout on drums. Tickets via our www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds site: £10/8 live performance

Sunday 20 June Caroline Boaden Band: One of the most respected and experienced drummers around, with a diverse career that has taken in playing with a range of artists including Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Peter King, Eberhard Weber, and Kenny Davern. Caroline is bringing a wonderful collaboration featuring four highly individual musicians, Jamil Sheriff (piano/keys), Ed Harrison (double bass), and Stella Midgley (lap steel guitar/guitar/vocals). £10/8 live performance

Sunday 27 June: Sontuno With Tom Sharp on trumpet, Sontuno bring you the classic Cuban sound to the UK. Perfect for listening, or chilling out (and dancing – if we are allowed!) £10/8

JazzLeeds – College Collection 2021

Date: 16 May 2021

JazzLeeds – College Collection 2021

A weekly Sunday afternoon series featuring bands from the Leeds jazz scene @Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sundays 1.30pm-4.00pm.

Sundays May 9 and May 16: College Collection 2021: as part of helping young jazz musicians at Leeds Conservatoire we are livestreaming two concerts on Sunday afternoons on May 9th and 16th between 1.30 and 4pm with two performances each of 40 minutes. These will be livestreamed free from Seven Arts and broadcast via our JazzLeeds Facebook site www.facebook.com/jazzleeds. No live audience Livestream only

Sunday 23 May Tessa Smith Quintet featuring Jason Scott piano, Sam Jackson bass and John Arnesen drums. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

30 May Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington: with Frank Griffiths sax, Richard Wetherall piano. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

6 June Jazz Cafe and Jam Session: Come along and sing/play of just watch! With the JazzLeeds rhythm section to support you Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £7/5 live performance Performers free but please book in advance by sending an email to

Sunday 13 June Ben Powling Quartet: Contemporary jazz featuring Leeds based World Service Project/Vipertime/Mansion of Snakes frontman Ben Powling on sax with Ben Haskins on guitar, Sam Quintana on bass and Josh Smout on drums. Tickets via our www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds site: £10/8 live performance

Sunday 20 June Caroline Boaden Band: One of the most respected and experienced drummers around, with a diverse career that has taken in playing with a range of artists including Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Peter King, Eberhard Weber, and Kenny Davern. Caroline is bringing a wonderful collaboration featuring four highly individual musicians, Jamil Sheriff (piano/keys), Ed Harrison (double bass), and Stella Midgley (lap steel guitar/guitar/vocals). £10/8 live performance

Sunday 27 June: Sontuno With Tom Sharp on trumpet, Sontuno bring you the classic Cuban sound to the UK. Perfect for listening, or chilling out (and dancing – if we are allowed!) £10/8

Shirley Smart Trio – The Globe, Newcastle

Date: 16 May 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Livestream from The Globe + possible few seats

Shirley Smart Trio – The Globe, Newcastle

Trailblazing cellist Shirley Smart is recognized as one of the UKs most versatile and creative string players.

Her trio showcases the vast array of her musical influences, drawing on her unique background living in Jerusalem for 10 years and working with the overlapping worlds of jazz, Arabic, Turkish and North African music, and with artists such as Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. It features two of the UK’s leading lights in world-influenced jazz – John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion.

Smart has established herself firmly on both the jazz and world music scenes since moving back to London, working with artists including Neil Cowley, Mulatu Astatke, Robert Mitchell, Misha Mullov-Abaddo, Maciek Pysz and Alice Zawadzki. She is also a founder member of Issie Barratt’s Interchange Dectet, whose debut album ‘Donna’s Secret’ has just been released, and has appeared at numerous festivals in the UK and abroad.

She is currently Head of Performance at City University, and gives frequent workshops for organisations such as the National Youth Jazz Collective, Jazzlines, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

“… some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time.” Kind of Jazz

This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with Jazz.Coop at The Globe.

Livestream from The Globe + limited number of seats available at the venue (if permitted)
Tickets for livestream: £7.50, £15.00, £20.00
(You may like to pay more than the minimum if you are feeling generous or if there is more than one person watching).

Note: Full details and ticket links can be found via the ‘More info’ link.

Rory Ingham Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 21 May 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: Wakefield (College Grove) Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield WF1 3RR

Rory Ingham Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

Rory Ingham – trombone
Jonny Mansfield – vibes
Sam Quintana – bass
Luke Tomlinson – drums

Doors open at 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm and we finish at 10 pm

Tickets: £12 / £11 / £6 (online from website only)

JazzLeeds – Tessa Smith Quintet

Date: 23 May 2021

JazzLeeds – Tessa Smith Quintet

A weekly Sunday afternoon series featuring bands from the Leeds jazz scene @Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sundays 1.30pm-4.00pm.

Sundays May 9 and May 16: College Collection 2021: as part of helping young jazz musicians at Leeds Conservatoire we are livestreaming two concerts on Sunday afternoons on May 9th and 16th between 1.30 and 4pm with two performances each of 40 minutes. These will be livestreamed free from Seven Arts and broadcast via our JazzLeeds Facebook site www.facebook.com/jazzleeds. No live audience Livestream only

Sunday 23 May Tessa Smith Quintet featuring Jason Scott piano, Sam Jackson bass and John Arnesen drums. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

30 May Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington: with Frank Griffiths sax, Richard Wetherall piano. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

6 June Jazz Cafe and Jam Session: Come along and sing/play of just watch! With the JazzLeeds rhythm section to support you Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £7/5 live performance Performers free but please book in advance by sending an email to

Sunday 13 June Ben Powling Quartet: Contemporary jazz featuring Leeds based World Service Project/Vipertime/Mansion of Snakes frontman Ben Powling on sax with Ben Haskins on guitar, Sam Quintana on bass and Josh Smout on drums. Tickets via our www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds site: £10/8 live performance

Sunday 20 June Caroline Boaden Band: One of the most respected and experienced drummers around, with a diverse career that has taken in playing with a range of artists including Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Peter King, Eberhard Weber, and Kenny Davern. Caroline is bringing a wonderful collaboration featuring four highly individual musicians, Jamil Sheriff (piano/keys), Ed Harrison (double bass), and Stella Midgley (lap steel guitar/guitar/vocals). £10/8 live performance

Sunday 27 June: Sontuno With Tom Sharp on trumpet, Sontuno bring you the classic Cuban sound to the UK. Perfect for listening, or chilling out (and dancing – if we are allowed!) £10/8

Dean Stockdale Trio – The Globe, Newcastle

Date: 23 May 2021

Time: 20:00

Location: Livestream from The Globe + possible few seats

Dean Stockdale Trio – The Globe, Newcastle

Dean Stockdale is a highly regarded jazz pianist, arranger and composer based in the North of England. He is known for his sensitive, swinging style and regularly appears around the UK with his trio and with some of the best names in UK jazz. His biggest influences in jazz are the piano styles of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Gene Harris, Mulgrew Miller and Erroll Garner. His recent trio album ‘Promise The Moon’ was released on 12 March 2021 to excellent reviews and has been featured on Jazz FM. He returns to the Globe with his trio featuring Abbie Finn on drums and Mick Shoulder on bass, playing material from the album alongside fresh takes on standards and Dean’s original compositions.

“Stockdale’s playing is consistently engaging and uniformly excellent” – Ian Mann

“The trio’s swinging take on Gershwin’s They Can’t Take That Away from Me and again on an effective arrangement of On the Sunny Side of the Street are particular highlights, and the closing selection, Witchcraft, with its fleeting echoes of Moon River, make Promise the Moon a fine album.” – Bebop Spoken Here

Venue tickets £10 and tickets for livestream £7.50
(You may like to pay more than the minimum if you are feeling generous or if there is more than one person watching).

Note: Full details and ticket links can be found via the ‘More info’ link.

JazzLeeds – Ian Shaw “What’s New”

Date: 27 May 2021

JazzLeeds – Ian Shaw “What’s New”

Here’s something to look forward to – our JazzReset21 with an eclectic mix of Jazz, funk, and world music from some of the UK’s leading artists

A weekly evening programme @Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS73PD. Starting time 7.30pm. Finish 9.45pm (except *)

20 May: “About Time” – Leeds based Scottish trumpeter Malcolm Strachan’s new funky jazz sextet featuring Nico Widdowson, piano, Courtny Tomas double bass, Erroll Rollins drums, Atholl Ransome, tenor saxophone, Danny Barley trombone, and Malcolm himself on trumpet. Live gig with limited seating – book now! £16/14 (25 and under £8)

27 May: Ian Shaw “What’s New” – with Ian Ballamy sax and Jamie Safir piano (2 concerts 7pm and 9.00pm)* £20/18 (25 and Under £10) Live gig with limited seating

3 June: Liam Noble “The Long Game” feat Liam Noble piano Seb Rochford drums and Tom Herbert bass £16/14(25 and under £8). Live gig with limited seating

10 June : Josephine Davies’s “Satori” with Josephine Davies tenor Dave Whitford bass and James Maddren drums. £16/14 (25s and under £8) Live gig with limited seating

17 June: Byron Wallen – “Four Corners” with Byron, Wallen trumpet, Rob Luft, guitar Paul Michael bass Rod Young drums. £16/14 25s and under £8. Live gig with limited seating

24 June: Andrew McCormack solo and trio – Andrew McCormack piano, Joe Downard on bass and Rod Youngs on drums.£16/14 25s and under £8. Live gig with no restrictions (we hope!)

Tickets for the above live gigs www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds or livestreamed through our JazzLeeds facebook site www.facebook.com/jazzleeds

Nicola Farnon Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 28 May 2021

Time: 19:30

Location: Wakefield (College Grove) Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield WF1 3RR

Nicola Farnon Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

Nicola Farnon – vocals/bass
Jim Corry – alto sax
Richard Wetherall – piano
Phil Johnson – drums

Doors open at 6:30 pm; music starts at 7:30 pm and we finish at 10 pm

Tickets: £12 / £11 / £6 (online from website only)

JazzLeeds – Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington

Date: 30 May 2021

JazzLeeds – Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington

A weekly Sunday afternoon series featuring bands from the Leeds jazz scene @Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD. Sundays 1.30pm-4.00pm.

Sundays May 9 and May 16: College Collection 2021: as part of helping young jazz musicians at Leeds Conservatoire we are livestreaming two concerts on Sunday afternoons on May 9th and 16th between 1.30 and 4pm with two performances each of 40 minutes. These will be livestreamed free from Seven Arts and broadcast via our JazzLeeds Facebook site www.facebook.com/jazzleeds. No live audience Livestream only

Sunday 23 May Tessa Smith Quintet featuring Jason Scott piano, Sam Jackson bass and John Arnesen drums. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

30 May Louise Gibbs – “Love you Madly” tribute to Duke Ellington: with Frank Griffiths sax, Richard Wetherall piano. Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £10/8 live performance

6 June Jazz Cafe and Jam Session: Come along and sing/play of just watch! With the JazzLeeds rhythm section to support you Tickets via our JazzLeeds ticketsource site: £7/5 live performance Performers free but please book in advance by sending an email to

Sunday 13 June Ben Powling Quartet: Contemporary jazz featuring Leeds based World Service Project/Vipertime/Mansion of Snakes frontman Ben Powling on sax with Ben Haskins on guitar, Sam Quintana on bass and Josh Smout on drums. Tickets via our www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds site: £10/8 live performance

Sunday 20 June Caroline Boaden Band: One of the most respected and experienced drummers around, with a diverse career that has taken in playing with a range of artists including Art Farmer, Jason Rebello, Peter King, Eberhard Weber, and Kenny Davern. Caroline is bringing a wonderful collaboration featuring four highly individual musicians, Jamil Sheriff (piano/keys), Ed Harrison (double bass), and Stella Midgley (lap steel guitar/guitar/vocals). £10/8 live performance

Sunday 27 June: Sontuno With Tom Sharp on trumpet, Sontuno bring you the classic Cuban sound to the UK. Perfect for listening, or chilling out (and dancing – if we are allowed!) £10/8

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