Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

Just recovering from a hectic weekend of haggis and music in Callander
The festival has been running for a few years with a heady mix of Blues, Jazz, Jive, Swing and everything in between, with various styles of the genres being performed.

The festival has a similar vibe to Marsden with the whole town seeming to get involved, definitely worth a visit if you've not been. I caught 10 acts of the 45 on offer over the 3 days here are some photos from the festival.

The Truetones in the crowded Crown
Jill Saward - Shakatak in the High School
The Jazz Pack (please give me the name) back in The Crown

Iain Ewing - Jazz and Swing

Kent Duchaine - Blues

Four of the Beverley Beirne and her Quartet - Jazz
 about town the morning after their gig
For more info about the festival keep checking

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Jazz at Heart

I had the pleasure of popping into the Heart centre in Headingly last weekend to catch Sam Watts and Mike Fletcher playing

Sam Watts

Mike Fletcher (Tenor and Flute)

The support act was Calvin Travers guitar trio

Friday, 14 June 2013

Northern Line in Leeds

Jazz North hosted a showcase for four of the Northerline bands:
Stuart McCallum + Strings
The Weave

Nigel Slee and Steve Mead our hosts

Stuart McCallum

James Birkett / Giles Strong - Guitars, Emma Fisk - Violin, Mick Shoulder - Double Bass

The Weave
Tony Peers (Trumpet), Tony Ormesher (Guitar), Martin Smith (Trumpet), Hugo Harrison (Double Bass)
And out of shot (sorry)
Rob Stringer (Piano) Tilo Pirnbaum (Drums)

Richard iles – trumpet/flugel, Martin Kershaw – alto saxophone, Les Chisnall – piano
Percy Pursglove – bass

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Celebrations at 606

The 606 jazz club has been celebrating 25 years in the present venue (Lotts Road, Chelsea)
Last Wednesday there where 4 Bass players, 3 Pianists, 3 Sax players, 2 drummers and a guitarist!
When muddled up and put into order this came out as:
Mark Lockheart (Tenor), John Parricelli (Guitar) with Darren Phillips (Bass) and Nick France (Drums)


The next set was the Gwilym Smicock trio which had Lawrence Cottle (Bass) and James Maddren (Drums)

Following on was Iain Bellamy 's Anorak with Gareth Williams (piano) Sam Burgess (bass) and Nick France (drums)


The final act of the evening, if the first three weren't enough, was Kit Downes trio with Julian Siegel (reeds), Yuri Goloubev (bass)? and James Maddren was back on drums

Thanks to Steve Rubbie and his team at the 606 for a great night.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Dave Kane 4tet at Seven Jazz

A couple of weeks back now I caught the Dave Kane Quartet at Seven Jazz as part of the Improv Fest.
The Quartet are:
Dave Kane -  bass and compositions
Joost Hendrickx - Drums
James Allsopp - Reeds
Alex Bonney - Trumpets

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sela Bar Jam

On Tuesday I made into the Sela Bar for the guest act and the jam

Jan Kopinski - Sax
Stefan Kopinski - Bass
Nik Svarc - Guitar
Steve Hanley - Drums

I also reviewed the venue - http://jazzleeds.blogspot.co.uk/
And more about Jan Kopinskis music - http://www.jankopinski.com/

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Jamil Sheriff Trio - Ilkley

The Jamil Sheriff Trio came to the Ilkley Manor House as part of the concert series.
Jamil Sheriff - Piano
Pete Turner - Bass
Dave Walsh - Drums



I caught up with the band for the Jazz Goes To Leeds blog where you can read a bit more,

The Trio has not recorded in the studio as yet however there are som You Tube clips: