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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 Norvoljazz network, have organised six jazz groups in an emerging artist programme in 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 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:

Shai Maestro triob+ Frank Harrison and Brigitte Beraha – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 18:30

Location: Leeds College of Music, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Shai Maestro triob+ Frank Harrison and Brigitte Beraha – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Shai Maestro triob+ Frank Harrison and Brigitte Beraha

6:30-7:15 pm: Frank Harrison and vocalist Brigette Beraha.

The first part of the concert will celebrate an exciting new collaboration between pianist Frank Harrison and vocalist Brigitte Beraha.

Tickets £20 (concessions £10). Buy online here

Vula Viel + support from Las Camaradas – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 20:30

Location: The Wardrobe, St Peter's Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Vula Viel + support from Las Camaradas – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Vula Viel + support from Las Camaradas

Bex Burch brings her unique energetic and intense vibe to Leeds for the first time with her band Vula Viel! The band name means “Good is Good” in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex lived, farmed and studied for three years. Vula Viel’s music is intensely rhythmic; a uniquely engaging mix of African, punk and minimalist influences, based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood).

Support is from Leeds favourite salsa band Las Cameradas 8:30 – 9:15 pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £8). Buy online here

Adrian Knowles and “Sounds of ’59” – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 13:00

Location: Leeds College of Music, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Adrian Knowles and “Sounds of ’59” – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Adrian Knowles and “Sounds of ’59”

The afternoon’s concert features “Sounds of 59” (1 pm- 2:15 pm) followed by the Leo Richardson Quartet (2:45-4 pm)

The year 1959 was a special one in jazz history. It saw the release of classic jazz albums including Charlie Mingus ‘Ah Um’, Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’ , Dave Brubeck ‘Out of Time’ and John Coltrane ‘Giant Steps’ amongst many others.

“Sounds of 59” are drawn from some of the best of Leeds Jazz musicians to recreate the music. Their leader Adrian Knowles will relate some of the history and stories behind these classic jazz albums.

Doors 12:30 pm. Music 1 pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £7.50). Buy online here

Leo Richardson Quartet – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 14:45

Location: Leeds College of Music, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Leo Richardson Quartet – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Leo Richardson Quartet

Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London’s leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.

Doors 12:30 pm. This concert starts at 2:45 pm

This afternoon’s concert features “Sounds of 59” from 1 pm- 2:15 pm and then the Leo Richardson Quartet follows between 2:45-4 pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £7.50). Buy online here

Mrs Boyes Bingo featuring Mark Sanders – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 16:00

Location: Leeds College of Music Room 219, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Mrs Boyes Bingo featuring Mark Sanders – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Mrs Boyes Bingo featuring Mark Sanders

Our first Leeds Fusebox presention at this Festival is “Mrs Boyes’ Bingo” featuring Mark Sanders. It is a bog-standard game of prize bingo with simultaneous drumming and percussion / disruption. Conceived and produced by Simon Thackray, the event was premiered at The Shed in North Yorkshire in 1999. This totally unrehearsed performance brings together the 81 year-old bingo caller Mrs Eileen Boyes with leading drummer and percussionist Mark Sanders, in what remains one of the happiest accidents in the world of free improvisation. Rarely do two worlds collide and create so much fun.

Doors 3:30 pm. This concert starts at 4 pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £7.50). Buy online here

New York Brass Band – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 13:00

Location: Briggate, Leeds City Centre

New York Brass Band – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: New York Brass Band

A powerful team of some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians, they pack an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone with a varied repertoire at their fingertips without a note of music in sight. This is a band that works without gimmicks, auto tune or backing tracks, we blur the line between band and audience by inviting the crowd to become part of the show and ending the performance in the audience, dancing on the tables or congaing under the stars.

They will be starting off in Briggate in Leeds City Centre at 1 pm and then making their way down to the Wardrobe where they will be performing a set a the festival stage.

Community Jazz afternoon – JazzLeeds

Date: 20 July, 2019

Time: 12:00 - 18:00

Location: The Wardrobe, St Peter's Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Community Jazz afternoon – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival are pleased to offer a platform for school, student and community bands. Saturday afternoon at the Wardrobe Sat 20 July 12-6pm
Free entrance!
• Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra – LYJRO gives young people from Leeds the chance to perform in a professional setting whilst learning how to be confident musicians, in both their reading and improvisation abilities. 12.00
• Yaatri – a five-piece jazz crossover quintet formed in Leeds in 2018. Influenced by 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. 13.00
• Blueberry Jam – a small Leeds based jazz ensemble who have been playing together for about 18 months 14.00
• Mondo Bizarre – a 9-piece funk-soul-jazz band coming up in the exciting Leeds jazz scene 3pm 15.00
• New York Brass Band -a powerful team of some of Yorkshire’s finest musicians packing an arsenal of percussion, sax, trumpets, trombones and sousaphone with a varied repertoire from jazz to pop, reggae to funk and New Orleans to ska – following a performance in Briggate earlier in the afternoon 16.00
• Chapel FM Jazz Collective is a brand new, exciting, high-energy big band who play a wide range of music from across the jazz spectrum including original compositions with a healthy focus on the joy of improvisation. 17.00

Learning to Play Jazz (workshop) – JazzLeeds

Date: 21 July, 2019

Time: 12:00

Location: Leeds College of Music Room 218, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Learning to Play Jazz (workshop) – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Learning to Play Jazz

As part of JazzLeeds Festival 2019 we have a repeat of this very popular workshop on “Learning to Play Jazz” led by Dom Moore (pic above by Maria Alzamora). Dom is a Leeds based pianist, guitarist, drummer and jazz tutor, and an expert in helping people take their first steps in jazz playing and improvisation.

Many people ask the best way to get started learning jazz as a beginner. For jazz beginners this beautiful style of music can seem intimidating and hard to tackle. Don’t worry though. You’re not alone!

This 2 hour workshop will help beginners and less experienced musicians on their own path to growth. Dom will cover some core components of what you need to begin to play this wonderful style of music. Dom will get you all playing too – bring your instrument along. Let’s get to learning!

Suitable for young people aged over 11

Tickets £8 (concessions £4). Buy online here

Kevin Holbrough Quartet with Dave Newton – JazzLeeds

Date: 21 July, 2019

Time: 13:00

Location: Leeds College of Music, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Kevin Holbrough Quartet with Dave Newton – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Kevin Holbrough Quartet with Dave Newton

Leading UK jazz trombonist and trombone professor at The Royal Academy of Music, Mark Bassey describes Kevin “as a consummate professional – immaculate lead player and fine soloist” and award winning jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins “Kevin is one of a breed of new jazz trombone players making waves on the jazz scene, check him out!”

Kevin Holbrough’s Quartet will be playing 1 pm – 2:15 pm as part of a double bill with the Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet playing 2:45 – 5 pm

Tickets £15 (concessions £7.50). Buy online here

Misha Mullov-Abbado Group – JazzLeeds

Date: 21 July, 2019

Time: 14:45

Location: Leeds College of Music, St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds

Misha Mullov-Abbado Group – JazzLeeds

Leeds Jazz Festival event: Misha Mullov-Abbado Group

The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences. The band has performed at many venues and festivals all around the UK such as King’s Place, the Barbican Centre, the Elgar Room as part of the BBC Proms Lates series and has toured internationally around Europe and in Mexico. Having been signed to Edition Records the group has released its debut album New Ansonia which has been included in “Best Jazz Albums 2015” of both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3. The band recently released a second album on Edition Records, Cross-Platform Interchange.

Misha Mullov-Abbado’s Group will be playing. 2:45 – 4 pm as part of a double bill with the Kevin Holbrough Quartet playing 1 – 2:15 pm

(Doors 12:30 pm This group start 2:45 pm)

Tickets £15 (concessions £7.50). Buy online here

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