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JazzLeeds - programme for January 2018.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Steve Crocker writes;

JazzLeeds blows those winter blues away.

Trish Clowes, Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett, Piero Tucci, Matt Aplin, Dennis Rollins and Stuart Macdonald keep you swinging into the new year!

Continuing our tenth anniversary celebration – yet more fantastic music for you. Seven gigs to choose from in January alone including our first evening concert with saxwoman Trish Clowes and “My Iris”.

Emma Fisk and Jim Birkett “Homage to Venuti and Lang”
Sunday afternoon 7 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar)
A real treat for lovers of classic jazz The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz but less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso.
Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. Tickets are available on the door at Inkwell of online - book yours here
Doors open 1pm. Inkwell cafe serves veggie food, tea coffee cakes and soft drinks. Venue address 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW

Piero Tucci’s Canadian Quartet
Sunday afternoon 14 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Pianist and sax player Piero Tucci has appeared many times at Seven Arts. He has persuaded a stunning group of talented Canadian musicians that he has worked with on and off for 30 years to come over to the UK.  Anthony Michelli (drums) and Mike Filice (tenor sax) are both part of a wonderful quartet, alongside one of this country’s most talented bass players, Pete Turner. Mike Filice has played with the likes of Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner, and recorded with John Ballantyne, as well as accompanying the likes of Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. Anthony Michelli has worked with Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Jerry Bergonzi and many others all. We are happy to host their very first concert in the UK at Seven Arts with their music originally recorded in New York. Expect some swinging, energetic and energetic contemporary jazz. Tickets are available on the door at Seven Arts or online - book yours here
Doors open 1pm. Seven Arts cafe serves food, drinks tea coffee cakes and soft drinks. Venue address 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS73PD

Trish Clowes’ My Iris
Thursday evening 18 January @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)
Trish Clowes saxophone, Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards, Tim Giles drums
Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to Leeds with her new group, My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening. Her band explore a kaleidoscopic range of sounds and emotions.
Well-known and acclaimed for her orchestral arrangements and work with string quartets, Clowes now explores smaller scale arrangements with equal confidence, her gifts for melody, form, improvisation and leadership coming further into the foreground. Clowes’ intricate compositions juxtapose startling melodies and ethereal whispers with gnarly lines and earthy grooves.
Trish Clowes is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has recorded four albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. Her other activities include curating her own Emulsion series of cross-genre music festivals and performing with pianist Gareth Williams in the Glow Quartet. Trish has also worked extensively with larger ensembles, incorporating orchestras on her earlier albums ‘Tangent’ (2010) and ‘Pocket Compass’ (2014), and a string quartet on ‘and in the night-time she is there’ (2012).  In December 2015, Trish won a BASCA British Composer Award for ‘The Fox, The Parakeet and The Chestnut’, her work for the BBC Concert Orchestra.
My Iris features the talents of Chris Montague guitar, Ross Stanley keyboards and Tim Giles on drums. Dave Gelly, jazz critic for The Observer, wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’. Past appearances include Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany).
“Critics’ praise for My Iris ‘Clowes’s emphasis on composition, and the reserved evenness of her delivery often get her a “chamber-jazz” label, but the Englishwoman’s quirky songwriter’s ear, subtly sleepy tenor sax sound and bright intensity on soprano are anything but cerebral.’ **** John Fordham, The Guardian ‘
‘What’s going on in this band equates to some kind of magic’ –Sandy Brown Jazz
Music -
Tickets here
Support from – Jasmine Whalley Quintet 8-8.30pm. Doors open 7.30pm. Seven Arts cafe serves food, drinks tea coffee cakes and soft drinks. Venue address 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS73PD

Matt Aplin Quartet
Sunday afternoon 21 January @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)
Will Howard - tenor sax Matt Aplin – piano Sam Jackson - double bass John Arneson - drums
Matt Aplin is a young pianist, composer and arranger from Leeds. He has written and arranged for a variety of ensembles, including solo piano, string quartet, and jazz groups of various sizes.
Tickets on the door at Inkwell or in advance here Doors open 1pm. Inkwell cafe serves veggie food, tea coffee cakes and soft drinks. Venue address 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS7 3LW

Stuart Macdonald and Dennis Rollins Quintet
Sunday afternoon 28 January @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)
Stuart Macdonald saxophone, Dennis Rollins trombone, Martin Longhawn piano, John Marley bass, Tim Carter drums
A pairing of two of our favourites, Stuart MacDonald on sax and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two fine musicians play jazz that is melodic and mellow, or exciting and funky, and always hugely enjoyable, with a top quality rhythm section too.
Tickets are available on the door at Seven Arts or online - book yours here Doors open 1pm. Seven Arts cafe serves food, drinks tea coffee cakes and soft drinks. Venue address 31 Harrogate Road Leeds LS73PD

Other news!
Inkwell Divas - first Saturday in each month

**This Saturday! 6 January - Ros Lewis: [email protected] 1.30pm start (pay as you feel collection)
Ros Lewis recorded an album ‘Live at Inkwell’ a couple of years back. On Sat afternoon 6 Jan at Inkwell again as part of the Inkwell Divas series with a fine swinging jazz band comprises, guitarist, Will Powell, one of the stars of the Leeds jazz scene,  JazzLeeds Steve Crocker on bass and Jazz workshop tutor Dom Moore on drums. All topped-off by the infectious joy-filled voice of Ros Lewis

Rush Hour Jazz - third Wednesday in each month @Seven Arts bar 6-7pm - payf
17 January: Special surprise guest…

Seven Jazz also run Sunday morning Jazz Instrumental Workshops led by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore. The Instrumental Workshop with Tom Sharp starts at Inkwell this Sunday 7January 10am-12, £10/8 per session

JazzLeeds Voices Choir led by Tessa Smith is back again for the Winter season this coming Monday 8 January 7-9pm @Inkwell - £6 per session or £30 for the full term of six fortnightly sessions plus a concert. 

Season Tickets Spring 2018
Why not buy one of our bargain season tickets, save 40% off the price of our seven spring evening concerts and support JazzLeeds? £89 Full or £79 concessionary price - the jazz January sales start here! See what you get ...
Thus 18/1 Trish Clowes’ “My Iris”
Thus 8/2   Mark Lockheart’s “Malija”
Thus 8/3   Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet “Finding Home“
Thus 22/3 Derek Nash acoustic quartet
Thus 19/4 Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses”
Fri 4/5     Stan Sultzmann with VEIN
Thus 17/5 Darius Brubeck Quartet
Season tickets here -

Our Venues: Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD and Inkwell Arts: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW

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See you soon as one of our events!

Steve Crocker

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