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Northern Jazz Promoters (NJP) Network Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 3 November 2020

This meeting was held on Zoom. You can find the Minutes and Treasury Report in our archive, here.

The meeting below was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, as too was the second quarter meeting at the Manchester Jazz Festival on 23 May 2020. 

Northern Jazz Promoter meetup – Saturday 21 March 2020

The next Northern Jazz Promoter meet up is at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the Sage (Pod 1). 10 for 10:30 am – 12 pm on Saturday 21 March 2020. (There will be NJP and JPN Project Launches (Pod 2) between 12 pm and 1 pm). Come and join us!

Download a copy of the Agenda here (pdf)

NJP Manchester network meetingPhoto from a previous Manchester meeting

We’ll be discussing some key topics – Coronavirus, PRS, reduced fees for the network membership, Music Hubs as well as the launch of the Traineeship scheme and the JPN scheme. It’s also worth highlighting that members will be able to get in free to several concerts at Gateshead if they apply before 18th March (details are on the meeting agenda), and that non-members, as well as members of the NJP, are welcome to attend our meeting on 21 March.

Reviews from Northern promoters and media – 2019

Access the reviews on our blog, NorthernJazzLive.

Bebop Spoken Here

Davenham Jazz

Hull Jazz Festival

JaTP Bradford

Jazz at the Lescar

Jazz Leeds club and Festival

Jazz North

Jazz North East

Lancaster Jazz Festival

Marsden Jazz Festival

Northern Jazz Radio presenters – Yorkshire Coast, Chapel FM, BRMB

Scarborough Jazz Club and Festival

Sheffield Jazz

Wakefield Jazz

List of officers of the Northern Jazz Promoters as elected at the recent AGM

Saturday 21 September 2019 at 10:30 am. Held in Scarborough during Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Chair: Steve Crocker – Jazz Leeds club and festival
Secretary: Gill Wilde – Grimsby Jazz Projects
Treasurer: Judith Waterhouse – Wakefield Jazz
North East Rep.: Mel Grundy – Jazz North East club and festival, Newcastle
North West Rep.: Sue Bradley – Ribble Valley Jazz club and festival, Clitheroe

See the AGM and Minutes here.

Next Northern Jazz Promoters Meet – 21 September 2019

The next Northern Jazz Promoters meet up will be at Scarborough Jazz Festival on Saturday Sept 21st at Scarborough Spa 10 am for 10:30 am – 1 pm, followed by refreshments.

We’ll be sharing information, looking at the club internship/ music education hubs proposals as well as any items or ideas you want to bring along for discussion – email either Gill Wilde or myself by Thus 12 September.

We’ll also be having our AGM that morning, so if we have any nominations for the positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and NE rep, please let us know – again by that date.

Also, any northern promoters who are not currently members of the network are welcome to join us – see you by the seaside in Scarborough!

Steve Crocker
Northern Jazz Promoters

Read more or leave a comment here.

Emerging Artists 2019

Northern Jazz Promoters and Leeds College of Music Emerging Artist programme 2019

College Collection - norvoljazz.orgCollege Collection - norvoljazz.orgThis scheme, now in its second year, allows students from Leeds College of Music to perform their final year jazz pieces in front of a live jazz audience. Six bands took part altogether in the 2018 programme. They were curated by Genevieve Begley, a final year Jazz BA student at Leeds College of Music with support from Dave Walsh, the jazz course leader.

The six bands were as follows:

  1. Emily Kent project
    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.
  2. Alasdair Pennington Quintet
    Quintet featuring tenor, trumpet, piano, double bass, piano and drums. Jazz swing, contemporary bebop heads and modern arrangements of American songbook compositions which attempt to experiment with timbre, time feel, dynamic contrast and group improvisation and communication.Drums – Alasdair Pennington Keys – Nico Widdowson Trumpet – Dan Colthurst Sax – Andy Cox Bass – Jack Garside
  3. Yaatri
    Yaatri are a five piece jazz crossover quintet formed in Leeds in 2018. Their blend of complex composition and ethereal soundscapes captivates the heart as well as the mind. Influenced by the emotive quality of the Scandinavian jazz tradition, the momentum of the rhythms of India and the energy of rock and roll, their music has a strong sense of purpose and journey.Vocals – Bethany Herrington Guitar – Liam DeTar Keys – Felix Bertulis-Webb Bass – Joe Wilkes Drums – Jona Tromp
  4. Maurice Sylvester trio
    Big Mo’s Big Trio pay homage many great composers renown for being years ahead of their time such as Oscar Peterson and Bill Frisell, and also modern greats such as Bob Reynolds and Dave Weckl. A fresh sound not to be turned a blind eye to. Maurice Sylvester bass, Cameron Ward piano, Paolo Mazzoni drums
  5. Lucy Everett and Ophelia
    Ophelia is a sweet blend of atmospheric contemporary jazz and lyrical groove driven song writing, playing original music written by band leader and vocalist Lucy Everatt. Lucy Everatt vocals, Jasper Green keys, Marcus Cain bass, Rory Mann guitar, Chrfis McIntyre drums, Sam Baker trumpet, Harry Keeble sax
  6. Nefarious
    Leeds four piece Nefarious incorporate contemporary jazz styles with story led lyricism to create a distinctive and unusual take on song-writing with elements of Folk and Rock. Eve Begley vocals, Tom Woodhouse guitar, Billy Sims bass, Bob Henderson drums.

The Emerging Artist programme had four Northern Jazz Promoters putting on bands – either as the main act or in a support band role. They were paid a fee by each club, and the network as a whole contributed towards the costs of transport. The network clubs that joined in were Ribble Valley, Wakefield, Heart and Jazz Leeds.

Northern Jazz Promoters (formerly NorVol) at Manchester Jazz Festival on Saturday 25 May 2019

NJP Manchester network meeting May 2019

Steve Crocker: Norvoljazz Chair, JazzLeeds
Judith Waterhouse: Norvol Treasurer, Wakefield Jazz
Gill Wilde: Norvoljazz secretary, Grimsby Jazz Projects
Rosemary Holmes: JazzLeeds
Lesley Jackson, Jazz North
Adrian Riley, Scarborough Jazz
Paul Ellis RVJ & BF
Pete Rosser, Wakefield Jazz
Steve Mead, MJF (briefly)

Minutes of the meeting

Download full copies of the minutes here: (Word doc or pdf versions)

Thanks to Steve Mead from mjf for hosting us. The meeting approved the new status for the network, widening the scope to include all promoters of jazz, whether voluntary, pop up, musician led, commercial, or public funded. The meeting also approved the new “gold” logo – please use this in promotion and correspondence from now on.

Northern Jazz Promoters

The network also agreed to run another “emerging artist” series (see further details above this post) in April and May 2020 and clubs were asked to set aside dates in their programme to accommodate some more final year student bands from Leeds College of Music.

One thing we need from you – can you let us know if you are interested in taking part in the new Education Partnership for jazz promoters and Music Education Hubs. If so please contact Gill Wilde on .

Please note date of next meeting and AGM at Scarborough Jazz Festival @Scarborough Spa Sat 21 Sept 2019, 10 for 10:30 am

A reminder to vote in the 2019 Parliamentary jazz awards by 31 May 2019; it would be good to recognise things happening in our part of the country! Click here to go to the website.

Steve Crocker
Chair – Northern Jazz Promoters

The next Northern Jazz Promoters (Norvol) meeting is on Saturday 25 May at the Manchester Jazz Festival

The venue is the Manchester Jazz Festival Offices, Board Room, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD.

10:00 coffees, 10:30 start -1 pm finish. There is a free gig offered by mjf in the afternoon too….

All network members (or interested promoters, musicians etc.) are welcome to come along and join in the fun! Download the Agenda here.





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