January - April 2017
Weds 4th January | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door
Stuart MacDonald & Dennis Rollins
We kick off the new year with a return of a favourite pairing: Stuart MacDonald on saxes and Dennis Rollins on trombone. These two play jazz that is melodic and mellow or exciting and funky and always hugely enjoyable. More...
Weds 11th January | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door
A new regular performer at the club, Ben plays tenor sax, flute and clarinet as well as composing and arranging. He combines a rich full tone with bags of swing and technical agility.
With the MG3. More...
Weds 18th January | 8.45 pm | £6 on the door
Dave Clegg and Friends
Local pianist and arranger Dave Clegg brings his eight-piece band playing a mix of classic standards and cutting edge new arrangements, featuring the sublime vocals of Rich Adams. The line-up with Dave is John Mallinder (alto sax), Ralph Alder (tenor sax), Nigel Blenkiron (trumpet), Tony Turner (trombone) Bob Walker (bass) and Dave Pinkney (drums). More...
Weds 25th January | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door
An integral part of the Sheffield jazz scene for thirty years, Pete is a saxophonist with a wide range of styles having played a variety of contemporary and experimental music over the years. His major influences include Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Rich Perry. With MG3.
Weds 1st February | 8.45 pm | £4 on the door
London-based trumpeter and flugelhorn player Simon Beddoe has played with the Tommy Evans Jazz Orchestra and Jamil Sheriff Big Band and is a co-founder of Submotion Orchestra playing densely textured electronica. His influences include Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd.
Weds 8th February | 8.45 pm | £5 on the door
Adams, Kemp & Gordon
Return of this great combination of musicians from different ensembles coming together to perform classic jazzy standards from 'The Great American Songbook': Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart. A joyful approach filled with good humour and pure enjoyment.
Featuring superb vocalist Rich Adams, with Dave Kemp (saxophone), Mark Gordon (keyboards), Bob Walker (bass) and Tom Townsend (drums).
Weds 15th February | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)
Jamil Sheriff Quartet
Jamil Sheriff is Head of the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music. He is known throughout the UK Jazz scene for his lyrical and rhythmic approach to original music, and this latest project is no exception. The group features Josh Kemp (saxes), Dave Walsh (drums) and Pete Turner (bass) and has been together since 2012. This tour is promoting their debut album 'Places Like This’, a collection of exciting music that shows off these extremely accomplished musicians.
Weds 22nd February | 8.45pm | £5 on the door
Pat McCarthy Quartet featuring Shannon Reilly
A stand out gig if you like female vocalists. Shannon grew up listening to Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee and her singing brings out the essence of each song in spellbinding performances.
With Shannon are Pat McCarthy on guitar, whose fluency and swing earned him the accolade ‘world class’ from Humphrey Lyttleton, Thom Whitworth on trumpet, a sensitive, imaginative improviser, and Warren Jolly whose bass playing has accompanied some of the best known names in jazz and pop. A quartet that works beautifully together.
Supported by Jazz North.
Weds 1st March | 8.45pm | £5 on the door
Al Wood & Trevor Vincent
Two multi-instrumentalists, Al will be playing mainly alto and baritone saxes, with perhaps a bit of trumpet thrown in, Trevor will perform on trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. They will be playing a mixture of jazz classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s interspersed with a few favourites from the repertoires of Gerry Mulligan and Benny Carter. Lovely stuff.
Weds 8th March | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)
Tiptoe are a Leeds-based outfit who play swinging grooves in uncommonly close proximity with more modern songs; all with tremendous honesty and without even a hint of novelty.
Alice Higgins (vocals), Will Blackstone (trumpet), Conall Mulvenna (guitar) and Roz Macdonald (bass) collectively offer a fresh perspective on the music of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson amongst others. With a drumless setup, Tiptoe play music that is intimate, stylish and above all, soulful.
Weds 15th March | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
A packed house for Jim’s last appearance at the club has ensured his prompt return. Jim has been playing jazz guitar for over 40 years and his seemingly effortless melodic improvisation on a huge repertoire of tunes is a pleasure to listen to.
Weds 22nd March | 8.45pm | £5 on the door
The Jazz Aesthetic
The Jazz Aesthetic is a 12-piece baknd from the University of Hull, directed by Peter Elsdon, jazz pianist and senior lecturer in Music. Since the band’s formation in 2009 it has performed around the region playing alongside the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Snake Davis. The band plays music by the likes of Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, Michael League and Brian Blade, all arranged for the band by Peter Elsdon.
Weds 29th Mach | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)
Johnny Hunter Quartet
The Johnny Hunter Quartet are a contemporary jazz group who formed to explore the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument – no piano or guitar. They play mostly original material written by Johnny specifically for this line up, with Ben Watte (tenor sax), Graham South (trumpet), Stewart Wilson (double bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums). They have released two albums on Efpi Records.
Supported by Jazz North.
Weds 5th April | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Return of an outstanding saxophonist, composer and jazz educator. Joel’s playing has earned him plaudits from Jazzwise Magazine, the Guardian and Jazz UK and comparisons with John Coltrane and Michael Brecker.
Weds 12th April | 8.45pm | £4 on the door
Saxophonist, flautist and vocalist, Jon aims to keep it ‘interesting, stimulating and create a little bit of joy!’ with standards from the great American songbook, jazz classics and some tunes not usually associated with jazz.
Weds 19th April | 8.45pm | £7 on the door (£6 in advance*)
The Firebird Quartet returns to the club after highly positive reviews for their first two appearances, playing contemporary jazz, funky grooves and their own modern take on standards, with original material and music by artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter. The quartet is led by Ian Chalk (recently at the club with singer Kate Peters) who is known for his deep, rich sound and flowing, melodic lines, with three highly accomplished musicians, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums.
Supported by Jazz North.