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.
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…)
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.
Edge Hill University Big Band – Wigan Jazz Club
EHUBB have a vast repertoire of music from the 1930’s to the present day and pride themselves on being a versatile ensemble adapting to the different styles of performance for the various genres of big band music. Alongside the big band vocalist Corinne Andrew provides a touch of glamour to the heady mix of blues, swing, bebop and fusion jazz.
Admission £12.00 (£11.50 concessions, £11.00 WJC members) unless otherwise stated.
Eirik Svela Group – JazzLeeds
Now back in his native Norway after a long stint in Leeds, jazz guitarist Eirik Svela is establishing himself as an important voice… (see more on the website link)
Tickets: £10 full price £8 concession, Under 25’s £5
Nicki Allan Quartet – Huddersfield Jazz
Singer, song-writer, teacher and all round jazz impresario Nicki Allan has performed all over the country, from such venues as Glastonbury to local events up and down the country. Her jazz quartet features some of the finest Jazz musicians in the North, including the legendary Huddersfield saxophonist Rod Mason.
Expect a show of exciting original songs and some fine quirky re-arrangements with a slightly bluesy, soulful feel all put together with a multitude of soloist flair and finesse from this classy outfit.
Nicki Allan: piano & vocals
Rod Mason: saxophone
Adrian Knowles: double bass
John Settle: drums
Admission: £10 adult, or Student Concession £5 (please bring your ID card when attending)
Seeing Sounds + Freedman, Burt & Mwamba – Jazz Northeast
Admission £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
Bad Brew + Skeltr Double Bill – Jazz At The Lescar
Times and Price: (check website)
Matt Ball – Scarborough Jazz
Nothing beats the trombone for the warmth of its sound, and in Matt’s hands this is combined with delicate expressiveness and foot tapping swing and some nicely laid back vocals. Mark has toured with Atomic Kitten, Gloria Gaynor, Ben. E. King, Percy Sledge, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations and played at Ronnie Scott’s and the London 02 arena.
£5 on the door
Freddie Gavita Quartet – JazzLeeds
Winner of the British Jazz Awards “Best Trumpet of 2017,” Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British Jazz scene. (see more on the website link)
Tickets: £16 full price £14 concessionary price, under 25’s £8
Not Now Charlie + Trio FCT – Jazz Northeast
Admission £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Alina Bzhezhinska’s London Quartet – Wakefield Jazz
Ukranian Harpist exercises her jazz muscles including a tribute to Alice Coltrane
Alina Bzhezhinska – concert harp
Tony Kofi – alto sax
Larry Bartley – bass
Joel Prime – drums
Doors open at 7:00 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm
Freddie Gavita Quartet – Sheffield Jazz
Freddie trumpet/flugelhorn; Tom Cawley: piano; Calum Gourlay: bass; Joshua Blackmore: drums.
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free
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