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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.

Posted by  as Memories, News, Post on October 7, 2009  
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2 Comments

  1. Mike Short - October 15, 2009

    I think its a shame that all good things must pass and I have so many fond memories of the good things that have passed over the last 25 years. So I thought I might share some with you……..

    Art Blakey being compared to buying a sofa
    Archie Shepp and his rider
    Barbra Dennerlein and ‘cake’
    John Scofield and ‘Elvis’
    John Scofield humping our PA down the Trades Club steps
    Abdullah Ibrahim calming a rain soaked audience
    Max Roach – well what can say about tricks on a hi-hat?
    Dennis Chambers and ‘Leeds Jazz groupies’

    and so many more stories that will be revealed one by one over the forthcoming month – don’t miss these stories they will not be available in good bookstores near you

    Cheers for now
    Mike

  2. Mike Short - November 23, 2009

    AFTER 25 YEARS LEEDS JAZZ FINAL GIG IS ON THURSDAY 26th NOV AT SEVEN ARTS FEATURING MYRA MELFORD’S ‘BIG AIR’ IT WILL BE OUR SIGN OFF I’D BE PLEASED TO SEE ALL FRIENDS THERE TO PERHAPS SHED A TEAR OR TWO…..

    mike