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Matt Bourne on BBC R3 3/1
On Jan 3 Jez Nelson presents the 'Best of Jazz on 3 Sessions' picking from exclusive studio sessions recorded in 2002 for Jazz on 3. Alongside Leeds own Matthew Bourne, featured artists will include: Jonathan Gee Trio, Caroline Kraabel and John Edwards duo, Spring Heel Jack, Robert Mitchell and Oren Marshall.

'Jazz on 3'
BBC R3 Gateway Studio Sessions video and interviews

Seasons Greetings! 21/12
Christmas Card from Russell Swift

Bass player Russell Swift sent along this musical Christmas Card. As he says "... your card is either in the post, or still in the shop." Taking a leaf from his book I've added the card to the site. Merry Christmas! (short introduction / loading sequence on card)

Pantomime 'Recorded Music' protest 21/12
Leeds branch MU members protest about use of recorded Panto music
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Members of the Leeds branch of the Musicians Union joined a protest against the use of recorded music at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax for this years Pantomime. This was part of national campaign staged by the MU to protect the employment of local musicians during the Pantomime season. An increasing number of panto production companies are switching to recorded backing tracks to save money. Although unconnected to the effect of the new Public Entertainment Law, the new PEL may have far reaching effects on the future of live music in licensed premises.

Help Save Live Music! 19/12
There is great concern that the new Licensing Bill proposals will dramatically effect the performance of live music in places where alcohol is served. While removing the old 2-in-a-bar restrictions, the cost of the new license could make live music too expensive to put on. Some concerned musicians have put up a web site with a petition to the UK Government. If you care about the future of live music please visit the link and add your name to the petition. Also visit the 2-in-a-bar page on this site to find other ways you can express your concern.

[ 2-in-a-Bar ] MU campaign emails, email / fax your MP, links...
New Web Sites for Local Musicians 15/12

Leeds band Saudade now have a web site
Guitarist Rich Arthurs and bassist Courtney Thomas first met and played together at Leeds College of Music in 1992. Saudade grew later out of a three year duo residency at Pizza Express where they played classic jazz standards and Brazilian Bossa Nova. Later they added drums and percussion and experimented with different size line-ups. Today the band is a popular feature on the Leeds cafe bar and club scene. The band has just finished producing their debut CD 'Sugerloaf Boogie' which features the best loved tunes from Saudade's live sets over the years. (Flash site)

Paul Corry has launched a new version of his web site
Paul Corry
Over the last few years LCM graduate Paul has been gaining a reputation across Europe as a leading exponent of 'blues tenor sax'. For the last two years he's been performing as featured soloist with the award winning blues singer Otis Grand and his band. On his new web site Paul makes a plea for sax players to 'rise up and show that it's not just guitarists who can play the blues'. Originally from Bromley in Kent, Paul is now based in Hebden Bridge. (Flash site)

Peter Sklaroff has launched a new version of his web site
Pete Sklaroff
Guitarist Pete Sklaroff has launched a new version of his web site. Pete is Head Of the Guitar / Bass Department at Leeds College of Music and his site reflects his enthusiasm for education. His site is very informative and helpful for any guitarist wanting to improve their musical skills. A large part of the site is dedicated to 'tuition, practise, transcriptions, harmony and improvisation' with useful soundclips demonstrating various styles. There's also a comprehensive biography section for US guitarist Mike Stern.

singer Ella Rooke now has a web site at
Ella Rooke
Singer Ella Rooke has just released a new cd '24 Little Hours' featuring her band featuring Sam Dunn - guitar, Rob Barron - piano, Garry Jackson - double bass and Nick Smalley - drums. Also guesting on cd are Andrew Colman - trumpet and Joel Purnell - tenor saxophone. The cd will soon be available from her web site. Her web site has a gigs page with dates running well into next year.

 Bryan Davis now has a new web site
Bryan Davis   www.bryan
Since graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1997, Bryan has continued to live in Leeds and has firmly established himself in the City's thriving music scene. He has worked across a wide spectrum of commercial music, Big Bands, small group jazz, salsa bands and pop horn Sections in both live performance and on recordings. This is Bryans second web site and it's very impressive. It's easy to use and packed with information.
New Sunday lunch gig at Eagle Tavern 24/10
 Ed O
Leeds jazz legend Ed O'Donnell kicks
off new Sunday gig at the Eagle
Starting Sunday 3 November there's a new lunch time gig at Eagle Tavern on North Street. Ten years ago the Eagle was a popular jazz venue with bands including Ed O'Donnell and Jon Taylor's 'Lizzie wouldn't like it' having long running residences there. The new gig is unique in that it will alternate between 'Trad / Dixieland' bands and more youthful modern / mainstream ones. The new managers are also offering a Sunday Lunch menu. Initially there's a six week run of gigs. If there's good support it might continue into next year.
3  Ed O'Donnell Jazz Band
10 Sam Dunn / Hammond Sandwich
17 Lá Harpe Street Jazz Band
24 The Imperial Young Gentlemans 
Dance Orchestra December 1 Wakefield Arms Jazz Men 8 Jon Taylor Quartet gig cancelled (4/12)
Eagle Tavern, North Street, LS7 1AF (0113) 245 7146 map
More >>    Ed O'Donnell    |   Jon Taylor
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Haggis Horns Web Site 24/10
The Haggis Horns
"Scotlands answer to the JB Horns"
says Chico Malo at the Wardrobe
The Haggis Horns, Jason Rae - alto sax, Atholl Ransome - tenor sax and Malcom Strachan - trumpet, . have been in Leeds since mid-90's when they met at LCM. They are now the 'first call' horn selection for artists including The Newmastersounds, Rhianna, Martine, Snowblind, Futureshock and Odyssey. They frequently appear at both The HiFI CLub and the Wardrobe.

Their new web site, hosted by All Brass and Woodwind / MusicShops.TV, has background information, pictures, sound clips and a message board.

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Peter Brotzmann to play Termite Club 24/10
Wayne Spencer emails to say that Autumn gigs are now listed on the Termite Club website. These include a rare visit to Leeds by legendary saxman Peter Brotzmann. As their web site says
"...the Termite Club has been actively promoting "free-jazz-molten-noise-furiously-out-folk-nightmare-drone-minimal-loop-electro-acoustic and other extreme and experimental musics for a disturbingly long time!"
The Termite haunts several small venues around Leeds so you'll have to check their web site or alternatively join their e-mailing list to keep track of their gigs.
More >> Termite Club
HiFi Club 2nd Birthday 18/10
The popular live music venue celebrates their 2nd birthday and new web site Saturday 19 October 2002. It's been a good year for the club. In June the HiFi was shortlisted for 5 awards at the annual 'Leeds Bar & Club Awards', winning the categories for Best Publicity & Flyer design, Best Doorman (Gary Morton). They were also nominated for Best Club, Live Venue, and Club Night (Moveonup).
The HiFi Club, 2 Central Road, Leeds LS1 6DE

Carol Eve Bell, Jenny Malloy and Tony Burkhill on the first Sunday at Grove Inn
Carol Eve Bell, Jenny Malloy and Tony Burkhill on the first Sunday at Grove Inn

Sunday Gigs 13 October 11/10
The monthly 'Jazz Club at the Grove Inn' have Stuart MacDonald (saxs) joining Carole Eve Bell (vocals) and the Dave Skinner Trio this Sunday. Gig starts 8:30pm The Grove Inn, Back Row, Leeds 11 (0113) 243 9254.

Meanwhile across in Shipley, Jon Taylor's Jazz Expo play for diners at the Bossa Nova restaurant & tapas bar from 7:30pm. 48 Saltaire Rd, BD18 3HN (01274) 589000.

More >> Sunday Gigs / Grove Inn  |  Bossa Nova Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Marsden Jazz Festival 11-13 October 9/10
11th annual festival this weekend featuring a mix of local and national artists including Ben Crosland Quintet with Steve Waterman and John Surman, Dave O'Higgins Biggish Band, Rod Mason, Katz Keely, Richie Binns, Nancy Hunter.

More >>

New Birthdays in October 9/10
Thanks to trumpet player Bryan Davis for sending in some Birthday additions for October. He's certainly in good company!
Roy Hargrove 16 Oct 
Bryan Davis  17 Oct 
Wynton Marsalis  18 Oct
Dizzy Gillespie 21 Oct
Clifford Brown 30 Oct

Plus Jim Corry (sax) 4th Oct  
You can discover all the October Jazz Birthdays by taking the CALENDAR link in the Birthday box (top right of page). New submissions welcome.
More >> Bryan Davis web site
Fundraising Concert for Argentinian Children 9/26

Sheffield Jazz are promoting a special gig Friday 27 September as a fundraiser for children in poverty in Argentina featuring Argentinian musicians led by Guillermo Rozenthuler. Argentina's recent crisis left 45% of children living below the poverty line. All door money goes to a project in a deprived area of Buenos Aires which feeds, shelters, educates and cares for the health of 400 children. This follows on from the popularity of early gigs in May (see feature page). They must have been good as it's rare for Sheffield Jazz to feature local musicians!

UPDATE 29/9 A capacity audience raised 1300+.

8.30pm All tickets on the door 8 / 5 concessions, 15 - 17 year olds 2.50, under 15s free

More >>  Argentina Concerts | Sheffield Jazz
Children are now being fed by El Comedor de los Carasucias
Charity El Comedor de los Carasucias provides homeless children with food and shelter
Pete King / George Haslam Gigs 9/24
Two great sax players in town this week. Peter King plays with his quartet at LCM Weds 25/9 and George Haslam at the Adelphi Thurs 26/9.
Peter King Quartet
Wednesday 25 Sept 7.30pm
Leeds College of Music Recital Room
Steve Melling - piano,
Michael Cody - bass,
Steve Keogh - drums,
7/5 conc
George Haslam
Thursday 26 Sept 8.30
Adelphi Pub. Leeds
George Haslam - baritone sax/taragato
Dave Kane - double bass
Paul Buckton - guitar
Paul Hession - percussion
4/3 conc
Singers' Night takes place a week late this month on Thursday 26 Sept at the Duck and Drake.
Russell Van Den Berg / Thurs 19 Sept 9/18
Russell Van Den Berg
Change of venue for LCM
graduate Russell Van Den Berg
Due to a pub booking at the Duck and Drake this gig will take place directly across the road upstairs at Sutra (formerly PLAYERS LOUNGE). This should be Singers' Night but schedule changed to accomadate this amazing band. As a schoolboy Russell won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz award three years running. In '97 he won the BBC R2 Big Band Soloist award. Mike Walker has had to pull out due to illness but he's replaced by Londoner Malcom Edmonston on piano (with Rob Mularky bass / Tony Faulkner drums).
9pm start. 3 / 2 concessions

Russell Van Den Berg Quartet Pictures
at Sutra, Kirkgate 19/9/02
Russell Van Den Berg Quintet  at Sutra, Leeds 9/02
Quartet 1
Russell with his quartet at Sutra, Leeds 9/02
Quartet 2
Tony Faulkner and Rob Mularky at Sutra, Leeds, 2002
A passing car, Carol Drake on door and Tony Faulkner...
Tony Faulkner
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The Cat Pack web site 9/17
The Cat Pack are an exciting new Leeds-based Big Band. Band leader Richard Blanchard says "It's a modern, cutting edge, hip version of the Big Band". The band has been reheasing over the last year and is ready for their first gigs. The web site has full details, pictures and sound clips from their new CD recording.

The Cat Pack Big Band take a break from rehearsing, Summer 2002
"5 honking saxes. 4 screaming trumpets. 4 roaring trombones. A thundering rhythm section. 2 dynamic guys and 2 gorgeous gals providing the vocals."

Chunky But Funky web site 9/14

Rev Chunky
Rev Chunky goes to South Africa
The five-piece band led by Rev Chunky play soul and funky blues and are familiar faces at The Hi-fi Club, The Atrium and The Wardrobe, Their comprehensive new web site has gigs listings, discography, biography, links and contact details for the band.

The site also has details of their forthcoming tour of South Africa (19/9 - 1/10). Broadcasts from the tour will be on Radio Leeds.

Visit >>

Live Latin Music returns to Leeds 11/9

Salsa DJ Lubi Jovanovic has teamed up with the The Hi-Fi Club to present a monthly session dedicated to live salsa/latino gigs. DESCARGA LATINA kicks off on Tuesday 24th September with a special launch party and then goes onto the first Tuesday of the month from October 1st. The September launch will feature, direct from Los Angeles, 12 piece salsa band JOHNNY POLANCO Y CONJUNTO AMISTAD

The HiFi Club have also just launched a new verison of their web site. In addition to full details of all their club nights, events, forthcoming live band dates and guest DJ spots there is an extensive photo gallery, a flyer gallery, message board and audio samples from the "Live At The HiFi Club" CD.

jonny polanco
Jonny Polanco is coming with his 12 piece salsa band
Tues 24th September
at Hi-Fi Club
More >> hi-fi press release |

Rod Mason's new Web Site 6/9

Rod Mason aka The Room Darkener
Move over Spiderman...
Rod Mason aka
'the Room Darkener'
Huddersfield based sax player Rod now has a personal web site with plenty of background information, pictures plus sound clips from his new album 'Return of the Room Darkener'. The album, which features keyboard player Steve Lodder with Rod's quartet (Jez Franks - guitar, Ben Crosland - bass, Dave Walsh - drums) received a rave review in the last issue of Jazz UK. The album was recorded at the Woodman Studio, Elland.
Visit >>

Jazz on a September Day in Chapel Allerton 1/9

The White Eagles Jazz Band
The White Eagles

Alamo guitar duo

The Jazz Choir before their Saturday gig
The Townsend
jazz Choir
A wonderful afternoon of jazz with plenty of sunshine for the last day of the 5th Chapel Allerton Arts Festival (thumbnails above). The day started with the 'legendary' White Eagles Jazz Band led by Martin Boland - once supported by the beatles, playing trad jazz. Followed by a mellow set from Alamo guitar duo - joined by Flugalhorn (Phil) congas (Dan W) and bass and then an all-star combination of 'Something Else' and 'Latino Express' - Brendan Duffy, Richard Hardy, Bones, Gary Boyle, Tony Leigh, Bernie Wild and Dave & Ros Lewis. The music continued after dark with the Richard Turner 'gangsta' Quintet. On Saturday a small version of the Townsend Jazz Choir performed in rather colder conditions. A great time was had by all. This festival gets better every year!

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival 19/8

Dave Shulman and Richard Turner on stage at Chapel Allerton Arts Festival
The Richard Turner Quintet at last years festival.
See them play at the Duck and Drake Thursday 22 August
This years festival runs over the last week of August and culminating in an afternoon of jazz.
Sunday 1 September
WHITE EAGLE JAZZ BAND 6 piece trad jazz band. 1-3pm
ALAMO 3 piece Latin /blues band. 3-4pm
LATINO EXPRESS 8 piece salsa /Latin band. 4pm
There are also two music workshops :
More >>   |   Festival Programme

Web site holiday 30/7

I'm in France for a holiday and a trip to the Marciac Jazz Festival. I was hoping to update via my mobile but technology has failed me. So please bear with me, I'll update at every opportunity. Normal service resumes after 22 August.

Thank's to the helpful folks at Montalivet who helped me get back online.

Seikou Susso - web site 11/7

African Kora player Seikou Susso Seikou is a Kora player (African Harp) from Gambia, West Africa who now lives in Leeds. He plays either solo or with a band which uses local jazz musicians, playing traditional 'griot' music.
In the past he performed at the old Corn Exchange Friday jazz night and at the Queen's Hotel.
You can see him in Leeds this summer in the Carnival Messiah at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

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In memoriam - Ray Brown 4/7

Sad news that the wonderful bassist Ray Brown died July 2. I've added a page with an email memoriam I received from Also link to obituary by Peter Vacher at The Guardian. So long Ray, thanks for the music.

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Ray Brown - In Memoriam

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