Welcome to Northern Jazz Promoters – the best place for promoting yourself in the north

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

“Happy New Year!” from the NJP management team
(Steve Crocker, Gill Wilde, Mel Grundy, Wes Stephenson, Sue Bradley and Judith Waterhouse)
Take a look at some of the jazz reviews of 2019, here.

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Recent Northern Jazz promoters “Meet Up” at Scarborough Spa, during Scarborough Jazz Festival Sat 21 Sept, 2019 (See more here)

“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 this year’s awards here


Click here for Jazz Events In The North Today


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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


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
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

Leeds College of Music, together with NJP (formerly NorVol Jazz) network, organised six jazz groups in an emerging artist programme that took place during April and May 2019. We have agreed to run another programme with the College in April and May 2020. 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.


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:

GET THE BLESSING + CEITIDH MAC – Jazz Northeast

Date: 7 February 2020

Time: 20:00

Location: Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD

GET THE BLESSING + CEITIDH MAC – Jazz Northeast

7.30 pm (Music Starts 8.00 pm)
£12 / £10 Concessions

(Doors 7.30 pm / Music Starts 8 pm)

Nicola Farnon Trio – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 7 February 2020

Time: 20:30

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

Nicola Farnon Trio – Wakefield Jazz

By popular demand, a return visit for the Sheffield-based trio, featuring Nicola’s passionate swinging style and charismatic stage presence. An engaging blend of classic jazz standards and original songs from a guaranteed crowd-pleasing trio.

Doors open at 7:00 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm

Emilia Martensson Band – Sheffield Jazz

Date: 7 February 2020

Time: 20:00

Location: Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD

Emilia Martensson Band – Sheffield Jazz

Emilia Martensson: vocals; Luca Boscagin: guitar; Adriano Adewale: percussion; Fulvio Sigurta: trumpet; Sam Lasserson: bass

Over the last decade, Emilia Mårtensson has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene and she was awarded ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. But you won’t find her simply churning out hackneyed jazz standards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted in the folklore and the countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz at the same net price as on the door.

Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 8 February 2020

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – Jazz in the Spa

Just to keep you on your toes here we have one of the most exciting musical combinations we are privileged to present as two of the UK’s star saxophonists combine with the sublime sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio. Always a sparkling session enhanced by Alan’s legendary sense of humour.

Please check website for updates.

(Doors – 7:00.pm. Music 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

Unlicensed Venue. Bring your own bottle or whatever!

Soul Surgeons – JazzLeeds

Date: 9 February 2020

Time: 20:00

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

Soul Surgeons – JazzLeeds

Nine-piece band who have been performing together for over twenty years. Blues, jazz soul, music from Etta James to Tom Jones, the Blues brothers to Dusty Springfield, Motown and much more in between.

Tickets £10/8 concessions kids under 16 free

Doors 1pm, music 1.30-4pm. Bring your dancing shoes!

DOUBLE BILL: RESOLUTE + Arthur O’Hara Trio – Jazz At The Lescar

Date: 12 February 2020

Time: 20:45

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

DOUBLE BILL: RESOLUTE + Arthur O’Hara Trio – Jazz At The Lescar

Two original and totally distinctive bands representing different aspects of the stunningly varied UK jazz and improvised music scenes.

RESOLUTE bring together free improvisation, grooves, ambience, poetry, spoken word, noise and contemporary jazz to produce fiercely original music. Gboyega Odubanjo: vocals, Raph Clarkson: trombone, FX, vocals, Phil Merriman: keyboards, Simon Roth: drums.

“The music runs the gamut from free jazz freakiness to warbling bloopy electronica…” – Thomas H Green, the arts desk

The Arthur O’Hara trio visit us following an appearance at the Love Supreme Roundhouse day festival, and draw on influences including Thundercat, Sons of Kemet and Kneebody to produce music that brings together jazz, funk and rock. Chelsea Carmichael – tenor sax, Arthur O’Hara – electric bass, Ed Harley – drums.

“…explosive moments with a cooler minimalism” – jazzwise magazine

Admission: £9 (£5)

Doors 8.15 pm Music starts at 8.45 pm

Al Morrison – Scarborough Jazz

Date: 12 February 2020

Time: 20:45

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

Al Morrison – Scarborough Jazz

A rare solo appearance at the club of the guitarist who leads the fabulous 11 piece blues band, Al Morrison’s Blues Experience. With MG3.

£5.

Angel Field Festival: Phil Shotton Big Band Valentines Day Concert

Date: 14 February 2020

Time: 19:30

Location: The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP

Angel Field Festival: Phil Shotton Big Band Valentines Day Concert The Capstone 

Phil Shotton and his big band, which features some of the finest jazz musicians from the North West of England, regularly perform alongside many national and international jazz artists and have appeared at major jazz festivals, venues and music festivals throughout the country and abroad.

Admission £11.50

More info and tickets from the website.

Tenement Jazz Band – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 15 February 2020

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Tenement Jazz Band – Jazz in the Spa

From Edinburgh and on tour, we welcome a band of young musicians brought together by their shared love of New Orleans music and whose aim is to capture the energy and excitement of the sounds from the “Crescent City”. We’re promised they bring a “freshness and energy of youth” to New Orleans style traditional jazz.

Please check website for updates.

(Doors – 7:00.pm. Music 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm)

Unlicensed Venue. Bring your own bottle or whatever!

Martin Speake International Quartet, with Ethan Iverson – JazzLeeds

Date: 15 February 2020

Time: 20:00

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

Martin Speake International Quartet, with Ethan Iverson – JazzLeeds

Ethan Iverson piano; Martin Speake: sax; Calum Gourlay bass Jorge Rossy drums.

A superb quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic. US pianist Ethan Iverson (one of New York’s finest and most innovative pianists, best known for his work as a member of Bad Plus) and Britain’s Martin Speake on sax – reviving a partnership with that goes back over a decade. Expect dazzling originality also from Calum Gourlay on bass and Jorge Rossy, drums.

Doors 7.30 pm Music 8 pm £16/14 25 and under £8.

Support (8-8.30pm) is from Will Powell Trio with Will on guitar, Sam Jackson bass and Josh Smout Drums.

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Some clubs use more than one venue. Please check our venues page for details.

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