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JazzLeeds - programme for March 2018 and news of the JazzLeeds Festival 20 - 24 July 2018.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Steve Crocker writes;

March magic - more great gigs from JazzLeeds.

This month three enchanting jazz singers four brilliant pianists plus a scintillating sax player or two…plus advance news about the JazzLeeds 2018 festival between July 20-24th!

March grooves..
We’ve got five lovely gigs arranged for you this month- plus our ever popular jazz cafe! We’ve fantastic Thursday evening concerts with the quartets of Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams and Derek Nash. We’ve also got award winning singer from Germany Miriam Ast in concert with Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez and the band of young saxman Nadim Teimoori, Tendoluca. But to start the month this Sunday - a fascinating band in prospect - David Ferris Septet featuring vocalist Maria Vali

Dave Ferris Septet with Maria Vali @Inkwell Sun 4 March 1.30pm
Maria Valli vocals, David Ferris piano, Nick Jurd bass, Euan Palmer drums, Hugh Pascall trumpet, Richard Foote trombone, Vittorio Mura and Chris Young on woodwinds.
Originally from Cornwall, David Ferris is now resident in Birmingham, where he graduated from the Jazz Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in Summer 2015. He has been taught by musicians such as Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard, and performs regularly both with his own groups and as a sideman. Maria Vali is a member of the critically acclaimed Estonian Voices and is a busy performer in Estonia. The music will be inspired by the work by various British poets.
Sunday afternoon 4 March @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5) Kids under 16 free

Georgia Mancio/Kate Williams Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 8 March 8pm
Georgia Mancio vocals, Kate Williams piano, Steve Watts bass and David Ohm drums
Georgia Mancio continues her longstanding musical partnership with composer/pianist Kate Williams. They present a collection of songs, old and newly co-written, arranged for trio and voice, including pieces from their acclaimed suite “Finding Home“
Support from Alžbeta Turčányiová trio with Chris Bland – piano and Frazer Kerslake - bass 8-8.30pm
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Thus Mar 8th Concert starts 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)£16/14 (NUS £5)

Miriam Ast and Victor Gutierrez
@Seven Arts Sunday 11 March 1.30pm
Celebrating their prize-winning success at Bucharest Jazz Competition, the duo of German jazz singer Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez will perform an intimate set in Seven Arts with their trademark spontaneity and interaction.
Miriam Ast is a German jazz singer, saxophonist and composer. Last year she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London and is now teaching at Leeds College of Music .She has worked with some established German musicians including the Polish bassist Vitold Rek, the Echo jazz awardee Sebastian Sternal, and the German saxophonist Gerd Dudek. In London, she has sung with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and has been part of the London Vocal Project
Victor Gutierrez is a Spanish-born pianist, arranger and composer, a graduate at Berklee College of Music (USA) and scholarship recipient at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has performed with the likes of Norma Winstone, Dave Liebman and Joe Locke.
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Sunday afternoon 11 March @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free

Inkwell Jazz Café and Jam session
@Inkwell Sunday 18 March 1.30pm
Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun. The Seven Jazz trio will be there to support you and the 20-strong Jazz Voices Choir (with two tutors this time - Tessa Smith and Jack Glover) and JazzLeeds Workshop tutored by Tom Sharp and Dom Moore. The supporting trio will be Joe Boyes, piano, Steve Crocker bass Dominic Moore, drums
Sunday afternoon 18 March @Inkwell 1.30pm start £7/5 (£5 includes performers) Kids under 16 free

Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 22 March 8pm
Derek Nash sax, David Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums
If you’ve heard Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, then you’ll have heard saxophonist Derek Nash. From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to gorgeous ballads, his acoustic quartet fizzes with energy. And what a brilliant rhythm section with three jazz legends - David Newton on piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan de Krom drums. It will be swinging! The gig will show what four brilliant jazz musicians can do when left to get on with it!
Support is from pianist Chris Moore’s Trio “Remorse”
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Thus Mar 22nd Concert starts 8pm (Doors 7.30pm) £16/14 (NUS £5)

Nadim Teimoori’s “Teduloca” @Seven Arts Sunday 25 March 1.30pm
Nadim Teimoori saxophones. Sam Dunn guitar, Martin Longhorn organ, Tim Carter drums
Tenor saxophonist, composer and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Nadim Teimoori is making a national name for himself , appearing with Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor, Iain Ballamy and many others. Formed around the classic lineup of Sax, Guitar, Organ and Drums, Teduloca are a contemporary jazz quartet, featuring some of Yorkshire’s most exciting and dynamic improvisers. Nadim can be found playing in different musical settings with some of the top names on the British Jazz scene including frequent performances with the Stan Tracey Legacy band (most recently at Seven Arts in October 2017).
Teduloca’s music takes influence from the history of jazz, but keep it’s eyes very much on the future, with virtuosic unison lines, heavy swing, gritty grooves and beautiful contemporary harmonies.
‘Nadim’s voice on the tenor is thoughtful, melodic, harmonically advanced, and creative. Beautiful!’ - Chris Potter
‘Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners.’ - Judy Carmichael
@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD Sunday afternoon 25 March @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5) kids under 16 free

March Jazz Divas and Rush Hour Jazz
March Jazz Divas concert at Inkwell is on Saturday afternoon 3 March 1.30-3.30pm and features our own Jean Watson with George Macdonald on piano and Steve Crocker on bass (payf collection)
Rush Hour Jazz on Wednesday 21 March at Seven Arts 6-7pm features local saxman flautist and blues singer Jon Taylor with the JazzLeeds trio (payf collection)

JazzLeeds Festival - 20-24 July 2018;

Our second JazzLeeds festival is going to be a bit bigger than last year! We’ve grown from that one day in Millennium Square in August last year to five days this year at the Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music and TWO days in Millennium Square. We’ll be featuring international stars but also featuring some of the musicians and stories from this great city of Leeds.

Topping the bill at JazzLeeds Festival 18 will be Soweto Kinch – saxman, rapper, BBC jazz broadcaster – at the Wardrobe on Friday evening 20 July.

A special double header celebrating the new wave of British jazz with women’s band “Nerija” - from the Jazz Warriors and trumpeter Chris Batchelor’s band “Pigfoot” for the jazz party at the Wardrobe on Saturday 21 July

International jazz star (and former stand up comedian) Ian Shaw will be here with his trio with music from his new album Shine Sister Shine at the College of music on the afternoon of Sunday 22 July

Jazz Galore with Leeds favourites Atlantic Crossover, US saxman Greg Abate with his quartet, Leeds pianist Jamil Sheriff with his tribute to playwright Bill Naughton “Raefe’s Dilemma” and rising Northern Jazz Stars “Tetes de Pois” and “Archipelago”

New Stream Jazz Improv and Free Jazz with Matthew Bourne, Shatner’s Bassoon, Dave Kane, Alex Bonney and more

Festival Fringe at the “Busk Stop” in Lands Lane, in Millennium Square and late night jam session at the Domino.

Three festival highlights not to miss!

“Delights of the Duke” - Alan Barnes Ellingtonians Octet : Sunday evening 22 July at Leeds College of Music
A celebration of the Duke’s music sixty years after Duke Ellington met the Queen in Leeds on Saturday, October 18, 1958. The Queen and the Duke were guests of honour at the finale of the Leeds Centenary Music Festival. The Duke sent Her Majesty a copy of his 1959 composition as a gift and it remains one of his most remarkable, but least well-known, works “The Queens Suite”. It will feature in the Ellington Celebration concert at the festival with music by saxman (and LCoM alumnus) Alan Barnes and his eight piece “Ellingtonians” band, with support from another LCoM alumnus Declan Forde on piano and US bassist Greg Cohen playing “Unknown Ellington”

“New Briggate Blues”: Monday evening 23 July The Carriageworks
Studio 20 was the Leeds main 1950’s jazz club on New Briggate run by tuba player Bob Barclay. Over the years it featured musicians like bluesman Jimmy Rushing, traditional jazz legend Ken Colyer, vocalist and raconteur George Melly, and sax legends Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. Studio 20 also features in some of the crime novels written by Leeds crime writer Chris Nickson. Chris has written a jazz play as a commission to be performed at the festival about Studio 20 , directed by Ray Brown and featuring the jazz vocals of Jennie Smith

‘Celebrating Xero Slingsby’: Tuesday evening 24 July at the Wardrobe
This event, curated by Sally Coe and a number of former band members and fellow musicians will celebrate the late Matthew Coe AKA Xero Slingsby (1953 - 1988) who was a powerful force in the Jazz scene in the UK, Belgium, Holland and Germany during the 1980’s. 

Earlybird JazzLeeds festival tickets are now on sale - priced just £90 for all the main events (until April 30th)
Tickets for individual sessions are also now available at the same online address
Latest festival information visit - more updates soon!

Weblinks: check out our regular jazz programme on our JazzLeeds website is where there are links so you can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter sites. For updates about jazz gigs in the north follow the Northern Jazz Live blog

See you soon at a JazzLeeds event!

Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds
March 2018

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