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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:

Julian Siegel Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 25 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

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

Julian Siegel Quartet – Wakefield Jazz

European Jazz of the highest order

“When the Julian Siegel Quartet perform live it’s a fantastic ride” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio Jazz on 3

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

Admission £15.00

John Law’s Re-Creations – Sheffield Jazz

Date: 25 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

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

John Law’s Re-Creations – Sheffield Jazz

20:00 – 22:30.At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Big Easy Swing Band – Jazz in the Spa

Date: 26 January, 2019

Time: 20:00

Location: Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

Big Easy Swing 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)

Sunday special with Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde – JazzLeeds

Date: 27 January, 2019

Time: 13:30

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

Sunday special with Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde – JazzLeeds

Jason Yarde and pianist Andrew McCormack – described in the Guardian as ‘a wonderful jazz conversation.’ Jason began playing with the Jazz Warriors and has since worked with Jazz Jamaica, McCoy Tyner and Soweto Kinch. Powerful, spiritual and evocative, his music is formidable.

This debut from pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde is a super-sophisticated affair. –Daily Telegraph, October 2011 –Daily Telegraph, October 2011

FIVE STARS –Irish Times

“A wonderful jazz conversation” – John Fordham, The Guardian

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds

Sunday special with Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde @Seven Arts – Sunday 27 January 1.30pm £10/8 (under 25’s £5)

The Zoe Gilby Trio + Omega Big Band – Wigan Jazz Club

Date: 27 January, 2019

Time: 12:30

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

The Zoe Gilby Trio + Omega Big Band – Wigan Jazz Club

Zoe Gilb Trio

“A mix of intelligent original songs and innovative arrangements of tunes by both jazz and pop composers…” The Jazz Mann

The Omega Big Band: Leader – Dave Holden

The repertoire of the band includes classic Big Band charts and others perhaps slightly less well-known but sure to become future classics, by Nestico, Kubis, Baylock, Tomaro, etc. If You like music developed out of a memorable big band jazz tradition, the charts of these contemporary writers will strike a pleasurable chord.

The line up is as follows : Alto 1 Phil Shotton; Alto 2 Glen Cartlidge; Tenor 1 Frank Griffith; Tenor 2 Phil Steadman; Baritone Sarah Queeny; Trumpet 1 Alan Gustavson; Jazz Trumpet Cliff Ray; Trumpet 3 Ian Darrington; Trumpet 4 Dave Holden; Trombone 1 Jez Murphy; Jazz Trombone Fergus Mulcahy; Trombone 3 Adam Dutch; Trombone 4 Paul Warder; Drums Scott Broadhurst; Piano Marcus Schofield; Guitar Rob McWhirter; Bass Carl Barnett

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

Jon Shenoy and Sam Dunn – Jazz At The Lescar

Date: 30 January, 2019

Time: 20:45

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

Jon Shenoy and Sam Dunn – Jazz At The Lescar

We bring together an intimate and swinging duet of two of the best players on their respective instruments in the UK; tenor sax and clarinet player Jon Shenoy is joined by guitarist Sam Dunn, until recently based in Sheffield and making a very welcome return.

Price: £8

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).

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat – Scarborough Jazz

Date: 30 January, 2019

Time: 20:45

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

Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat – Scarborough Jazz

Lyrical, contemporary swing with an emphasis on accessible melodies and warmth of sound, played by young instrumentalists who met at Leeds College of Music and have formed a strong and joyful bond immediately apparent in their sound. The project is an outlet for Emma’s original compositions that explore the different textures and possibilities of a small band of close knit musicians, featuring Emma on saxophone with Calvin Travers (guitar), Sam Quintana (bass) and Ali Wells (drums). The band is part of Jazz North’s Northern Line Project.

£5

Door open at 8 pm. Music starts at 8.45 pm

Nicola Farnon Trio – Wakefield Jazz

Date: 1 February, 2019

Time: 20:30

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

Nicola Farnon Trio – Wakefield Jazz

A small band that packs a mighty punch

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

Admission £15.00

Tickets online (from website) and on the door

Rafe’s Dilemma – JATP Jazz

Date: 1 February, 2019

Time: 20:30

Location: Glyde House, Glydegate, Little Horton Road, Bradford, BD5 0AD

Rafe’s Dilemma – JATP Jazz

Commissioned for the 2018 Bolton Worktown Festival to celebrate the play “Spring and Port Wine” by Bill Naughton, Rafe’s Dilemma brings an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic music and rock to create an excitingly fresh and intriguing sound depicting the story of a family on the edge.

Ticket price from £7 or £5 for members and Students.

Doors 7:45 pm, gigs start 8:30 pm

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners – Sheffield Jazz

Date: 1 February, 2019

Time: 20:00

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

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners – Sheffield Jazz

20:00 – 22:30. At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

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

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