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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
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.

We also have a new management group. See details here.


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…)


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

All the latest NorVol Jazz 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 NorVol Jazz website. Click here for details of the changes.

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Current Events:

Christmas Party with the New York Brass Band – Scarborough Jazz

Date: 19 December, 2018

Time: 20:45

Location: The Cask Inn, Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough,YO11 2LQ

Christmas Party with the New York Brass Band – Scarborough Jazz

For our Christmas party leader James Lancaster is putting together a special selection of some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians. Their repertoire reflects a broad range of styles from jazz to pop, reggae to funk and New Orleans to ska. So it’s going to be a very jolly and entertaining evening. And there’ll be food to go with it!

‘A must see genre-splitting band’ – The Guardian

£6 on the door

Viper Time – Jazz At The Lescar

Date: 19 December, 2018

Time: 20:45

Location: The Lescar Hotel, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZF

Viper Time – Jazz At The Lescar

Times and Price: (check website)

Wigan Christmas Jazz Club – Wigan Jazz Club

Date: 28 December, 2018

Time: 12:30

Location: Whelley ex-Servicemen's Club, Vauxhall rd, Wigan, WN1 3LU

Wigan Christmas Jazz Club – Wigan Jazz Club

Join us for our annual post Christmas showcase for Wigan’s three young bands – the Schools’ Swing Band, the Youth Big Band and the Youth Jazz Orchestra. This festive family day gives the next generation of players a chance to show what they can do.

Admission £12.00 (£11.50 concessions, £11.00 WJC members) unless otherwise stated.

Dove Jazz Club Xmas Extravaganza – Dove Jazz

Date: 29 December, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: The Community Centre, Dove Holes, Nr Buxton, High Peak, Derbyshire SK17 8DU

Dove Jazz Club Xmas Extravaganza – Dove Jazz

Party Night with great music and complimentary Sausage Rolls & Mincies.

All gigs £8.00

Savannah Jazz Band – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 5 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Savannah Jazz Band – 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)

Jon Taylor and Blues Dudes – JazzLeeds

Date: 6 January, 2019

Time: 13:30

Location: Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

Jon Taylor and Blues Dudes – JazzLeeds

Jon Taylor sax and vocals, Andy Cholerton piano, Rich Jevons guitar, Keith Jevons bass and James Robinson drums.

Blow the new year blues away with John “Mr Blues” Taylor! Jazz- blues and a touch of funk.

The band cover a variety of styles but the music could be described as being quirky blues with the lyrical content is mainly on the subject of the manifestations of life. Philosophy, poetry, humour and groove!

Tickets in advance https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Jon Taylor and Blues Dudes @Inkwell – Sunday 6 Jan 1.30pm £9/7.

Helena Kay’s KIM Trio – Jazz At The Lescar

Date: 9 January, 2019

Time: 20:45

Location: The Lescar Hotel, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZF

Helena Kay’s KIM Trio – Jazz At The Lescar

Times and Price: (check website)

Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 12 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra – 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)

Ed Kainyek Quartet – JazzLeeds

Date: 13 January, 2019

Time: 13:30

Location: Seven Artspace, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD

Ed Kainyek Quartet – JazzLeeds

Ed Kayniek sax, Will Powell guitar, Steve Crocker bass, Dom Moore drums

An alumnus of the Leeds Jazz Rock Orchestra and now a local legend on the Manchester jazz scene, Ed Kainyek cites Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Joe Henderson, Phil Woods and Grover Washington as key influences on his playing, although his sound is truly his own, and with each solo he makes his own statement.

His jazz playing has built up strong musical relationships and versatility. Ed is extremely versatile, and is comfortable playing Latin or funk just as he is playing jazz and blues.

Tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Seven Arts, 31A Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD, Sunday afternoon January 13th 2018 1.30-4pm £8/6 concessions

Sam Braysher and Michael Kanan – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 18 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

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

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

Admission £15.00

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