Thursday 27 June 2013

Summer Jazz@Seven Arts Leeds (and elsewhere!)

There used to be nothing much happening jazzwise in the summertime – but no more! Firstly there are Seven Jazz’s presentations at Seven Arts in Leeds….
This Sunday afternoon 30th June, 1-4pm: PHIL MEADOWS GROUP - ‘ENGINES OF CREATION’ UK TOUR
Phil Meadows sax/electronics, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Conor Chaplin bass, Simon Roth drums
We’re looking forward to seeing Phil back in Leeds again. Phil trained at LCM and since moving to London his career has blossomed. He’s now musical director at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, has performed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, a member of the Future Beats horn section, a journalist for Jazz UK magazine and his compositions and arrangements are played by many others. Touring his debut album, saxophonist and composer Phil takes joy in capturing snapshots of situations that have triggered personal 'Engines of Creation'. From tales of cartoonish characters and trivial battles, to marking pivotal situations, arrivals and departures – Meadows' clever episodic writing balances an eclectic range of contemporary influences, strong improvisational language, and wit. Combining soaring melodies, a collection of grooves and elements of the avant-garde the group showcases players from an important new wave of rising British talent, featuring acclaimed trumpeter Laura Jurd, pianist Elliot Galvin, bassist Conor Chaplin and drummer Simon Roth. "His music is perfect, really accessible with a tight sound and great buzz” – Special FX, Royal Exchange Theatre. ”A highly professional, diligent, creative and enthusiastic musician. Certainly one to watch and definitely one to listen to." – Jason Yarde
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
This Thursday evening July 4, 8-11pm JAMIE TAYLOR AND OUTSIDE LINE
Jamie Taylor guitar/ Matt Anderson sax/ Gary Jackson bass/Dave Walsh drums. Also featuring the North Leeds Jazz Orchestra and the Matinee Band
A concert to celebrate the life of Leeds guitarist Colin Watson who died last year, with music commissioned by Seven Jazz and written and performed by guitarist Jamie Taylor and his group “Outside Line” to celebrate the life of our biggest supporter Colin Watson who died last year. The concert will also feature a set from the local big band the North Leeds Jazz Orchestra and the Matinee Band
Tickets £12/10 concessions. Tickets in advance from one of our gigs or from here Doors open at 8pm, music 8.15-11.00pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD full time student standby £5 on the door only
Sunday afternoon 7 July 1-4pm: JAZZ CAFÉ AND JAM SESSION – featuring spots from the Seven Jazz workshop band and the Seven Jazz Voices choir plus many more. The jazz trio is led by young pianist Matt Aplin from Leeds College of Music. Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Concessionary price includes performers. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 14 July 1-4pm: “LEEDS LOCAL HEROES” two top local jazz groups led by popular Leeds based guitarists
Will Powell's "Short Stories" with  Andre Celik on keyboards and trumpet, Tom Welsh on electric bass, John Settle on drums
Dominic Moore’s band drawn from his Friday evening Seven Jazz improvisation group.  
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 21 July 1-4pm: “DREAD SUPREME” WITH RICHARD ORMROD
Richard Ormrod  saxes, Simon Pugsley  trombone, Chris Campbell guitar, Bob Birch organ/synths, Spear percussion, Sam Hobbs drums
John Coltrane given the dub treatment!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoon 28 July 1-4pm: “SOMETHIN ELSE” WITH BRENDAN DUFFY
Brendan Duffy reeds, Richard Hardy trumpet, Gary Jackson bass Steve Green drums, Bones percussion
Leeds’s favourite saxman with his resident band from the Vic in Leeds City Centre!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
Sunday afternoons August Sun 4th and Sun 11th 1-4pm: JAZZ CAFÉ AND JAM SESSIONS – come along and play/sing/listen!
Tickets on the door only £5/£4 concessions, kids under 16 free. Concessionary price includes performers. Doors open at 1pm, music 1.30-4pm at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD  
The last of the Seven Jazz workshops at Seven Arts for the summer is this Sat 29 June 2.30-4.30 at Seven Arts 2.30-4.25pm and the last Jazz Voices Choir rehearsal of the summer on Monday 1 July at Inkwell Arts 7-9pm. Dominic Moore’s Friday night improvisation group continues however, with sessions on 28 June and 12 July 7.30-10pm at Chapel Allerton Methodist Centre. The workshops start up again in September – if you are interested in joining the workshops or the Seven Jazz Voices choir in the autumn just let us know by replying to this email.
This autumn we spread our wings! Our main gigs continue to be Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, but we are trying out new places too. We will be putting some of our Sunday afternoon gigs on at Inkwell Arts on Potternewton Lane – our “new shoots” series. We will also put on a concert in partnership with the University of Leeds and our Christmas Party will also be at a bigger venue - the Leeds Irish Centre.  
Our summer break is three weeks from August 11th through to September 1st  at the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival where we present the jazz blues and salsa Sunday afternoon in the open air on Regent Street (next to the Regent Pub,12.30-5.30pm) with five bands – including Las Camaradas/the Nick Svarc- Russell Van Den Berg quartet/Tessa Smith’s Quintet and the James O’Hara Blues Band.
Our six evening autumn jazz concerts are stunning – Beats ‘n Pieces, Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams quintet, Impossible Gentlemen (again, this time with Pat Metheny’s bassist, Steve Rodby), Jerry Bergonzi Quartet (featuring pianist Gareth Williams), Art Theman and Dave Newton,  and Lee Gibson with the Ronnie Bottomley Jazz Orchestra.
We will be starting our “New Shoots” series at Inkwell Arts on Sunday Sept 8th 1-4pm Steve Hanley Quartet featuring Steve on drums, Riley Stone Lonergan sax, Ant Law guitar and Brodie Jarvie bass. The second is on Sunday Sept 15th 1-4pm with the Eirik Svela trio with Eirik on guitar, Simon Read on bass and John Arnesen drums.  Our first Sunday afternoon back at Seven Arts is the amazing jazz piano trio of Kit Downes- Sunday 22 September 1-4pm with Kit on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and James Maddren drums. Our first evening gig at Seven Arts is the amazing Beats ‘n Pieces big band - Saturday evening 28 September 8pm. Keep an eye on our Website/Facebook/Twitter for the latest information.
Tickets for all our Seven Arts evening and Sunday afternoon autumn gigs (and our Christmas party) can now be purchased on line, or on the door at our gigs. Seats can also be reserved by “contacting us” via the Seven Jazz website We offer a season ticket for all our six evening concerts at a cost of £60 full price and £50 concessionary price, a saving of 40%. Please note also there is a small rise in ticket prices this autumn to cover the increase in cost of using our main venue, Seven Arts.
Seven Arts is based on Harrogate Road near the centre of Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Find us just below Casa Mia Grande at  31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD.
Inkwell Arts is a very short walk from Seven Arts at 31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton,  Leeds LS7 3LW (the old Shoulder of Mutton pub)
It’s jazz festival time folks, and what a fantastic choice we have in the North of England over the next couple of months….
·         Cleethorpes Jazz Festival this weekend 28 Jun-30 June, run by Gill Wilde, is a lovely festival by the sea – it has Jim Mullen, Gareth Edwards and Dave Green, Dave Newton, Claire Martin, Tina May and Nikki Iles, Nicola Emmanuelle and the Classic Jazz Orchestra
·         Garforth Arts Festival run by Dave Evans from 30 June- 6 July at Garforth Community College has Ruby Turner and Eduardo Niebla plus loads more
·         Burton Agnes Hall Jazz Festival 5-7 July  near Driffield has Gwyneth Herbert, Rob Law and Trudy Kerr headlining
·         Wigan International Jazz Festival July 12-14th has Darius Brubeck headlining this year with many big bands on show
·         Hull Jazz Festival 2013 20-29 July has Bobby Watson, Jazz Jamaica, Django a la Creole, Yoruba Women Choir, Christine Tobin, Bossa Revista, Freedom Chorus, Michael Cretu and the Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra
·         Halifax Festival 5-14 July includes Leo Blanco, a pianist from Scotland, Buster Birch from London and Jamie Taylor/Russell Henderson from Leeds
·         Manchester Jazz Festival 26 July -3rd August features 80 concerts and gigs, mostly featuring contemporary bands from the North, plus Pharoah Sanders, Emilia Mårtensson & Ivo Neame, Trish Clowes, Iain Ballamy etc. Phew…..
For all details of all these events and latest news updates see us on, follow us on Twitter or befriend us on Facebook – all these links (plus our YouTube clips from gigs) are available through our website, which also has news and links to other northern NORVOL jazz clubs and festivals.
Steve Crocker
Seven Jazz Leeds

Thursday 20 June 2013

Platform 3 present...


Hold yer diaries folks, cos this is gonna be the best summer yet for music lovers. David Clayton and Chris Martin have taken the reins of Platform 3 and look at what they have come up with, top musicians from far and wide along with great local talent.

With a monthly Blue Friday and Jazz Sunday series, and lots of rock and acoustic sessions, there will be something for all tastes, the common theme being talent and quality every week on the best outdoor stage for miles with its very own pub attached :) Bring it on!

8.00pm every Friday
4pm every Sunday

Julian Socha and Ken Tucker – 21st June

Julian SochaJulian Socha; acoustic finger style, with a blues and classical twist accompanied by  Ken Tucker.
On Platform 3 at 8:30 on Friday June 21

Angelo Palladino – 23rd June

Angelo PalladinoPerhaps the blues came up the River Thames before it reached the Mississippi… – Angelo Palladino.
Appearing on Platform 3 on Sunday June 23 at 4:00pm.

Arizona Rifles – 28th June

Arizona RiflesArizona Rifles are a 4 piece rock band from Leeds.
On Platform 3 at 8:30pm on Friday June 28.

Garron Firth – 30th June

Garron FrithGarron Frith is a musician from Manchester, England who is steadily building up a reputation as a great live performer and an original songwriter. Over the last few years Garron has performed headline shows across the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe and has opened for many acts including Peter Green, Madeleine Peyroux, Jack Bruce & Robert Cray.
On Platform 3 at 4:00pm on Sunday June 30th.

Further from the truth – 5th July

Further from the truthFURTHER FROM THE TRUTH are a super-charged, female fronted heavy rock band from West Yorkshire, UK, formed in 2008. The band members are Kat Birch (Lead Vocals), James Preston (Lead Guitar), Craig Freeman (Lead Bass) and Mark Lightwood (Lead Drums).
Platform 3 on Friday July 5 at 8:30pm.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Seven Jazz gets the blues....

Seven Jazz are laying on a fabulous Blues Fest starting tonight Thursday 13 June, 8.30pm, with three top blues bands over three days
This Thursday 13 June there is the nine piece Al Morrison’s Blues Experience, a band that celebrates the music of the great blues artists, BB King, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and many more (£12/10 conc. doors 8pm)
On Friday 14 June, 8.30pm, you can look forward to Colin Hodgkinson and Back Door. He formed the original Back Door in 1971 but went on to play with the Spencer Davis group and Alexis Korner. This Back Door reunion band features Colin on bass and vocals, and Rod Mason on sax. (£12/10 conc. doors 8pm)
On Sunday afternoon 16 June, Blues Fest 13 finishes with the James O'Hara Blues Band. James O'Hara is a Leeds based blues musician fronting bands since 1985 including The Detonators and The Giantkillers. (£5 /£4 conc. 1.30-4pm)
Tickets obtainable on the door, or online for the two evening concerts
More information
@Seven Arts Leeds 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LeedsLS73PD
Ps if you like soul and blues singers watch out also for our presentation on Sunday week 1.30-4pm 23 June with Terry Shaltiel and her band@Seven Arts! Info here: