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JazzLeeds -  Jazz Update, September and October 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

JazzLeeds will continue to present socially distanced live jazz performances both outdoors and indoors at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton during September and October. Details attached.

Steve Crocker of JazzLeeds writes;

September and October Jazz update

Latest live JazzLeeds news in September

The situation is changing all the time, but we recognise the imporatance of live jazz and imrprovised music in lifting people’s spirits, so we’ll keep going (socially distanced of course) as long as possible, We’ve live jazz gigs from Leeds in the Seven Arts Courtyard (if dry), Sunday afternoons 1.30-3.30pm and every Wednesday evening 6-7.30pm in September and then live jazz and blues gigs inside Seven Arts during October .

Svarc- Hanley-Longhawn - jazz funk at Rush Hour Jazz – tonight Wed 23 Sept 6-7.15pm
Leeds Guitarist Nik Svarc, Drummer-Percussionist Steve Hanley and Keyboardist Martin Longhawn join the dots between Jazz-Rock and Hammond funk, discovering an interesting angle for an old-school sound mixed with some hyper-catchy hooks and grooves’-JAZZWISE

Tom Sharp quartet – Sunday afternoon jazz 27 September 1.30-3.30pm
Featuring some of the best young musicians in Leeds, and featuring the expressive jazz trumpet of Tom Sharp, with Nico Widdowson on piano, Fergus Quill bass and Josh Smout drums .

Kate Peters Quartet play Rush Hour Jazz – Wed 30th Sept 6-7.15pm
Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north of England. .
A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre and she has had the pleasure of working alongside some amazing artists, such as Candi Staton, Jaki Graham, Roachford, Katrina Leskanich (Katrina and the Waves) and Angie Brown.
‘Sultry, sexy, fruity vocals.’ (JazzLeeds)
‘The vocals here are simply angelic.’ (iTunes)
‘Kate is a singer with a wonderful sense of timing.’ (jazzcrazy)

All the courtyard gigs are table service, distanced, payf outside gigs. If wet then they will take place inside the Seven Arts building.

Jazz and blues in October

Looking ahead to October and our gigs inside distanced gigs at Seven Arts. Seating will be restricted to 40 people maximum and we will be having concerts with one long set rather than having an interval. For popular concerts we will be having two separate ticketed performances on the same day,

Sunday 4th October we have a blues session – James O’Hara with the Bluebirds
Featuring popular blues singer and guitarist James O Hara, the local legend that is Cleve Frecketon on vocals and keyboard, John Burr on harmonica, Barkley McKay keyboard and guitar, Courtny Thomas bass and Gordon Kilroy drums.  There will be two separate performances of an hour each for this popular gig. Performance times at 1.30pm and 3.15pm. Tickets for each performance £10/8

Sunday afternoon 11th October “Means and Ends”
An organ Jazz combo featuring Ben Lowman sax, Jamie Taylor guitar, Martin Longhawn organ and Steve Hanley drums. Laid back grooves and hard swinging Blue Note tunes plus some Oscar Peterson standards
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8

Sunday afternoon 18th October 1.30pm “Catimba”
Latin Jazz with Raquel Alvaro, Vincente Margueles piano, Andy Leggett bass, Brendan Bache drums One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8

Sun 25th October: Sunday afternoon – Henry Botham .
Henry is one of the UK’s leading solo Stride, Blues and New Orleans pianists
One performance from 1.30pm. £10/8

29th October: Thursday evening – Fergus Mcreadie Trio .
Fergus McCreadie: piano; David Bowden: bass; Stephen Henderson: drums £14/12
Our first evening concert of the autumn will feature Fergus McCreadie, a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. They were the winner of Album of the Year in the 2019 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards for their album “Turas”. The trio concerts have earned five-star reviews and an invitation to appear at Ronnie Scotts’ International Piano Trio festival. They have also featured at Oslo and Stockholm Jazz Festivals.  Playing music that reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies, they brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe during their Spring ’19 tour. “Simply outstanding” – Jazzwise. “Think Erik Satie running on Islay Malt rather than Absinthe” – The Scotsman, 5* review of Turas.  “real personality … lucidly atmospheric … fire and virtuosity” – The Times
There will be two separate performances of this popular gig- performance times – 7pm and 9pm

Tickets to all our indoor concerts are available on

All the inside gigs are table service, distanced, payf, and we ask you to wear masks, and give us your contact detail for track and trace

Stay safe, stay cool, keep supporting our live jazz!

Steve Crocker

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JazzLeeds is an independent voluntary music promoter based in Chapel Allerton Leeds. Our aim is to promote high quality contemporary jazz and related musics. 2017 is our tenth anniversary year and we are pleased that we won the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Award for venue of the year.