May - August 2017
Weds 26th April | 8.45pm | £5 on the door
Blind Monk Trio
Blind Monk Trio have caused quite a stir over the past couple of years in the Northern jazz scene, putting a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums trio format, with influences from the whole history of the genre (Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, FLY) blended with alternative rock beats, dark cinematic grooves and eastern folk. Think John Coltrane meets Led Zeppelin.
Bob Whittaker (tenor sax), Hugo Harrison bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums).
Weds 3rd May | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door
We kick off our summer programme with guitarist Derek Harris, described by American jazz critic Scott Yanow as “an excellent jazz guitarist, inspired by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green but with a sound of his own.”
With Andy Cholerton (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).
Weds 10th May | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door
Back by popular demand (back anyway), Unkempt get the joint jumping with the sax-led madness of Dave Kemp playing an exhilarating mix of jazz, blues and funk.
With Mark Gordon (keyboards), Chris Lea (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).
Weds 17th May | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door
Trombonist Matt’s musical collaborations range all the way from Atomic Kitten through Motown legends to the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. His warm, swinging trombone and soulful vocals are accompanied by Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).
Weds 24th May | 8.45 pm | £12 on the door (£10 in advance*)
Alan Barnes/Dave Newton Quartet
This is Mike Gordon's big birthday celebration so h's sponsoring this very special quartet. The incomparable Alan Barnes will be playing saxes and clarinet with a dream rhythm section comprising Dave Newton, voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014, bassist Dave Green, who has regularly backed visiting US stars at Ronnie Scott's including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Sonny Rollins, and amazing drummer Sebastian De Krom.
When Alan was last at the Cask we were turning people away so get your tickets early. "Be there or be square", as they used to say.
Weds 31st May | 8.45 pm | £6 on the door
The Mark Chandler/Kev Holbrough Quintet
Mark on trumpet and flugelhorn and Kev on trombone lead a quintet that features five jazz musicians who are all lecturers at Leeds College of Music. Individually they hold an impressive discography of performances and recordings spanning not only jazz but a variety of musical genres.
The quintet performs music from the groups of Bobby Shew, JJ Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Tom Harrell, with their own twist on these compositions, plus original contemporary compositions. An ensemble with a strong foot in the tradition alongside a distinctly forward looking approach to jazz.
With Jamil Sheriff (piano), Gary Jackson (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums).
Weds 7th June | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door
Kate Peters & Ian Chalk
Kate’s jazz vocal talents make her a pleasure to listen to whether on lilting ballads or up-tempo swinging tunes, accompanied by the fluent improvisation of her long standing musical partner Ian Chalk on trumpet.
With the Mike Gordon trio.
Weds 14th June | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Jim is a widely recognised and respected player on all the saxophones who is equally at home with the funk and acid jazz of Jamiroquai and with international jazz festivals like Montreux, Cork and Scarborough. Described by The Guardian as "soulful saxophone, hot stuff!"
Weds 21st June | 8.45pm | £6 on the door
Artephis is a contemporary jazz quintet comprising musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since its formation in 2014 Artephis has been distilling influences including the Miles Davis and Christian Scott Quintets, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote and Pat Metheny, refining an eclectic sound that takes a jazz quintet line-up in innovative directions through original compositions and arrangements.
They are Aaron Wood (trumpet/flugelhorn) James Girling (guitar), Ali Roocroft (piano), Alasdair Simpson (bass guitar) and Matt Brown (drums).
Weds 28th June`| 8.45pm | £4 on the door
After his debut at the club last year, saxophonist Will returns. One of the most inventive jazz musicians in the North, ‘Howard’s timing, sound, everything about him mark him out as a generous talent’ (Bebop Spoken Here).
MG3 with Mark Gordon on the piano.
Weds 5th July | 8.45pm | £6 on the door
Jam Experiment is a young jazz quintet who opened last year's festival with a blast and won the 2014 Jazz North Introduces Scheme shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll.
The line-up includes saxophonist Alexander Bone (winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award and Rising Star in the 2016 British Jazz Awards), with Rory Ingham (trombone), Toby Comeau (keyboard), Joe Lee (bass) and Jonny Mansfield (drums). All band members write for the band and contribute musical ideas equally, creating a beautifully varied set of music and a very individual, cool and funky sound.
This gig is part of their 30-date UK Album Launch Tour 2017.
Weds 12th July | 8.45pm | £5 on the door
Martin Jones & Matt Smith
Martin is a trumpet player with immense technique and many years experience in all styles who has played with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and Andy Shepherd. Saxophonist Matt Smith has been described as "a budding jazz star who will surely follow in the footsteps of Snake Davis with his soul-jazz style."
A humdinger of a front line, with Mike Gordon trio.
Weds 19th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Frank’s rich mellow tone, melodic mastery, relaxed swing on tenor sax and clarinet, and polished vocals, always ensure a warm welcome at the club.
Weds 26th July | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
One of the UK's leading jazz guitarists and teachers, Jamie Taylor has drawn praise from top critics: "An alternative perspective on the blues legacy taking in elements of swing, bop, and funk. It's clever, engaging stuff." (Jazzwise). "Jamie Taylor's edgy fusion guitar burns through." (The Guardian).
Weds 2nd August | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Talented Ccarinet and tenor sax player Tina is a regular performer for us and other jazz clubs across Yorkshire, playing a mix of swinging standards and original material.
Weds 9th August | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)
Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Quartet
Vocalist Julie Edwards teamed up with guitarist Kevin Dearden seventeen years ago, since when they have played hundreds of venues and festivals and have produced three albums. "A 'sassy' singer who just oozes class and talent".
With Kevin Dearden on bass, Tim Franks on drums and Ed Barnwell on keys.
Weds 16th August | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
This is Kyran's first appearance at the club. He was the first saxophonist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music to win both the Gold Medal and Concerto competitions, since when he has been playing throughout the UK, South Africa and Europe, touring with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Beats n' Pieces Big Band and several self-led projects.
Weds 23rd August | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Another regular favourite at the club, Pete is known for his smooth but gutsy tenor sax playing. An integral part of the Sheffield jazz scene for over thirty years, he's in the process of moving to London so catch him while you can.