Leeds Jazz are Hanging up their Boots

The 2009/10 Leeds Jazz Twenty-fifth Anniversary Season will be its last.

Dave Hatfield writes:

THE FUTURE OF LEEDS JAZZ

We really hope that you enjoy our forthcoming gigs and will join us in celebrating our achievement over 25 years. However, it’s probably time to comment on those rumours you may have been hearing. OK, it’s true – soon Leeds Jazz will be no more. It’s been fantastic while it lasted but we’re all volunteers and it’s involved a lot of hard work, particularly in the face of diminishing funding over recent years. All organizations have a shelf life and at 25 years we’re satisfied with our achievement but not too self-satisfied hopefully!

It’s not quite the end. A few more concerts in early 2010 hopefully but this really depends on you. Please support our current programme to ensure we stay solvent to the end.

You may also see the name Leeds Jazz on some collaborative events in the future and it will certainly live on via our website with its archives, links, recommended gigs, etc. Also while Leeds Jazz may not be around anymore there’s certainly more jazz in Leeds than 25 years ago.

Check out LIMA, the Spinoff @ Santiago, the Turnaround @ Sela Bar, SevenJazz, LCM, Howard Assembly Room, Dean Clough, etc.

LEEDS JAZZ STORIES

One way you can personally contribute to our Anniversary celebrations would be to contribute your own memories of particular gigs, etc. Do feel free to name your favourite gig but do please try also to make it personal – amusing stories, disasters, life-changing events, etc. are all welcome.

October 7, 2009  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Memories, News, Post  2 Comments

Leeds Jazz’s Last Tweet

It’s just over three years since Leeds Jazz promoted its very last gig – Batchelor, Melford, Sanders on the 26th November 2009 at Seven in Chapel Allerton.

Since then the Leeds Jazz website has continued as a source of information, gig guide and home to various eccentric posts “mainly about jazz, mainly in Leeds”. We’re pleased to see that others have taken over those functions and are now better placed to continue to do so. So it’s time to close down the Leeds Jazz website events posting and point you to the best sources of similar information available.

We’d like to thank you all for your support and patience, and hope that you’ve enjoyed it all as much as we have. Rest assured that all the 25 year history of Leeds Jazz remains on the Leeds Jazz Archive which will continue to be available here: http://www.leedsjazz.org.uk/arch/

There will be no more tweets from Leeds Jazz, but we do hope you’ll want to subscribe to these Twitter feeds:

Dave Hatfield is now with the new Fusebox Leeds project which twitters at:
https://twitter.com/fuseboxleeds

Kim Macari twitters at:
https://twitter.com/k_macari

The Howard Assembly Room twitters at:
https://twitter.com/Howard_Assembly

Seven Jazz twitters at:
https://twitter.com/steve_crocker

Wakefield Jazz twitters at:
https://twitter.com/wakefieldjazz

Jazz Yorkshire twitters at:
https://twitter.com/jazzyorkshire

December 22, 2012   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Fusebox End of The World Gig: DAVE KANE’S RABBIT PROJECT + BUGNUTS, Fusebox, 21 Dec, 2012

Doors open 8 pm Music starts 8.30 pm. Admission price: £8/£6 on the door. At the Fox and Newt, 9 Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD (opposite Park Lane College) Tel: 0113 245 4527.

Possibly the greatest Bah Humbug excuse ever! Don’t bother buying any Christmas presents or making any plans, none of us are going to make it that far. Just in case you haven’t heard….

“The end of the world is nigh, or so apocalypse observers would have you believe. The Mayan and Hopi Mesoamerican Long Count calendar may have begun in 3114BC and continued unerringly ever since, but it comes to an abrupt halt on 21 December 2012. Hence, the belief gaining ground among those who fall for this kind of thing that the cosmos will cease to exist in 12 days’ time.”

So why not join us for a very special Fusebox night featuring a very special line-up of Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project which may literally be its only performance…here’s the latest.

DAVE KANE’S RABBIT PROJECT ORCHESTRA

Dave Kane – bass & conductor, Ollie Dover – saxophone, Si Kaylor – saxophone, Tom Challenger– saxophone, Si “Bobby” Beddoe – trumpet/flugelhorn, Oliver Dover – bass clarinet, Chris Sharkey – guitar,  Jonny Richards – keyboards, Joost Hendryks – drums, Semay Wu – cello (provisional line-up).

And yes it may well be the only gig with this special Line up!! N.B I  didn’t mean this quite so literally when I first wrote it as below:

Rabbit Project’s initial CD “The Eye of the Duck” was released in 2009:
http://www.editionrecords.com/artists/dave-kane/

and new material is being prepared for another recording in early 2013. This will be the music’s first performance and may well be the only appearance of this special line-up.

BUG NUTS

James Mainwaring – saxophone, Jonny Richards – keyboards, Mick Bardon – bass, Tim Horne- drums/electronics

After Roller Trio and Space F!ght, another band featuring the talents of James Mainwaring  ”playing jazz disasters and free improv”. Jazz disasters seems particularly appropriate as BugNuts seem to have also
been inspired by the news….

“Yeah we were talking about the end of the world thing and we were going to base our set on it, maybe making a video to project and yeah advertise it abit..
James”

THE BAD SANTA COLLECTION

Seeing as the end is nigh, Armagedon beckons and Christmas is under serious threat, you’ll just have to put up with selections from my vast collection of dubious Christmas recordings between the bands. After all, it could be your last chance. How can you resist titles and artists like these?

SANTA CLAUS GOES STRAIGHT TO THE GHETTO – Snoop Doggy Dog
YULESVILLE – Ed “Kookie” Byrnes
JOY TO THE WORLD – Lalo Schifrin
DECK THE HALLS WITH BOOGIE WOOGIE – Katie Webster
THAT CHRISTMASY FEELING – Johnny Cash
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN – Booker T. & the MG’s
LET’S UNITE THE WHOLE WORLD AT CHRISTMAS – James Brown
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN LOUISIANA – Johnny Allan
I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS – Terry Hall & Lenny the Lion
WHITE CHRISTMAS – Jimmy McGriff

 

Fusebox…the organisation that will stop at nothing to promote a gig and urges you to do the same. Spread the word by all means necessary!

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Peter King Quartet@Seven Arts Thusday 13 December 2012 8pm

Your last chance to buy tickets for this Thursday’s  gig – don’t miss the legendary UK saxman Pete King making a rare Leeds appearance. Pete King alto sax, Steve Melling piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, and Mark Fletcher drums

Phone 0113 26 26 777

“A wonderful musician, Peter King, of course, is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England” – Elvin Jones

“World’s great Altoist” – “My Man!” – Nat Adderley

Details here…

http://www.sevenjazz.co.uk/whats-on/evening-concerts/703-pete-king-quartet

Pete King and his Quartet play at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS73PD on Thursday evening December 13th at 8pm. Tickets are £16 full price, £13 concessionary price, available in advance from Seven Arts or by ringing 0113 26 26 777

Full time student standby tickets available on the door only £

 

 

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Gilad Atzmon’s “Orient House” at Seven Jazz Leeds 17 January 2013 8pm

Gilad Atzmon, saxes, Frank Harrison, piano, Yaron Stavi, bass, Eddie Hick, drums

The thrilling Israeli-born British saxophonist and Blockheads member brings his Orient House Ensemble to Leeds presenting his unique blend of bebop jazz and Middle Eastern music for what promises to be a stunning night at Seven Arts. The Orient House Ensemble was founded in 2000 and is renowned as one of the world’s most brilliant and inspirational jazz groups, touring constantly all over Europe and the UK and recorded six albums to date, winning many awards and receiving constant worldwide critical acclaim. Their musical history is a story of a relentless attempt to cross the divide, blending East and West and forming a new improvisational language out of Jazz and ethnic music.

For the last 12 years the quartet have been touring all over the world, stunning audiences with their firebrand performances packed with drama, pathos, luscious harmonies and wit. Atzmon’s latest compositions are a sweeping homage to our great cities, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and beyond. Each tune is at once reminiscent and hopeful; in a time of great uncertainty and turbulence Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble deliver melodies that provide an anchor to wherever it is that we call home. Their performance will include tunes from latest album “Songs Of The Metropolis”

‘A subtle blend of East and West, that’s brutal and beautiful’ BBC.

‘A formidable improvisational array…a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height…’ The Guardian.

‘The best musician living in the world today’ Robert Wyatt

 

Orient House are at Seven Arts Leeds 31 Harrogate Road LS7 3PD

Thursday 17 January,£16/13 concessions, kids under 16 free, full time student standby £5 on the door only.

Doors open at 8pm, music 8.30-11pm

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Recognise these guys?

This is the way to do your Christmas gig! See here 

 

 

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