July 9, 2016

Village Jazz Festival 2016

Leeds “Village Jazz Festival” 2016


Chapel Allerton has always been the centre for Jazz in Leeds. UK 2016 Parliamentary award winning Jazz Club Seven Jazz puts on lots of music year round at venues like Seven Arts and Inkwell. So this year The Chapel Allerton Festival is spreading it’s wings and holding a village jazz festival during the weekend 2- 4 September. The festival offers an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, Asian heritage and Cuban sounds.

We start on the Friday evening at Seven Arts with an evening of Jazz and Poetry featuring Leeds own poetry superstar Rommi Smith.

Friday 2 September       

Rommi Smith – poetry and jazz + support from the Chapel Allerton Festival Band

@Seven Arts Leeds £10/8 concessions. Doors open 7.30pm

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8.00 pm Chapel Allerton Festival Band

Pianist bandleader and arranger Dave Evans has been rehearsing a brand new community band – the first ever for Chapel Allerton Festival! Dave’s idea was to engage community musicians –  local people who play instruments but might not regularly play in a band. Dave wanted to bring people together in a joyful celebration of music and to demonstrate to them and to the community what can be achieved in a short space of time. The band only got together during August and have rehearsed intensively leading up to this performance at Seven Arts.

8.40pm Rommi Smith – Jazz and Poetry

Rommi Smith with Dave Evans keyboard, Kenny Higgins bass

Rommi Smith is a poet, a jazz singer and a writer.  She has written a number of sketches about jazz. She will be performing her poetry accompanied by two of the city’s best jazz musician – Dave Evans (Fruit Tree Project) on piano and Kenny Higgins (Corrine Bailey Rae, Pan Jumbi) on bass. Rommi has held numerous prestigious poetry residencies in the UK.  Rommi has written and performed extensively across BBC Radio. Appointed Parliamentary Writer in Residence, Rommi’s appointment was the first of its kind in both British and Parliamentary history. Inaugural Poet in Residence at Keats’ House, London Rommi also served as British Council Poet in Residence at California State University, Los Angeles. Rommi teaches creative writing for a wealth of organisations and institutions, including: The International Schools’ Theatre Association; The Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School. Rommi mentored Theatre Masters’ students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Hear her work here…

https://soundcloud.com/rommi-smith/take-a-pinch-of-by-rommi-smith; web: www.rommi-smith.co.uk

Rommi Smith will be running a Workshop on her poetry and performance at Seven Arts before the concert 6-7pm – cost £5 or free to those attending the concert.

Saturday 3 September

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Arun Ghosh – British Asian clarinettist and composer + support from Mixolydia

@Seven Arts Leeds £12/10 concessions. Doors open 7.30pm

8.00 pm Mixolydia

The support group is our own Mixolydia, the young jazz group from Roundhay School in Leeds led by Roddy MacSween on piano

Isabel MacSween – Alto Sax, Joe Hayes – Tenor Sax, Alexei Pisacane – Clarinet, Poppy Rowe – Clarinet, Roddy MacSween – Piano, Rayner Keyse – Bass, Jonah Evans – Drums and Toby Evans – Guitar.

8.40 pm Arun Ghosh Quartet

Arun Ghosh – clarinet Liran Donin – bass John Ellis – piano Dave Walsh – drums

Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist and composer. Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Arun Ghosh’s musical vision and vocabulary reflects his rich geographical heritage. In 2009, he was invited to perform at the jazzahead! Festival in Bremen, Germany as part of the UK showcase presented by Jazz Services. In 2008 he was selected for Edition IV of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation ‘Take Five’ initiative for emerging jazz musicians produced by Serious. His Indo-Jazz Quartet play original music of South Asian origin with a contemporary jazz attitude,rocking urban beats and the passion of punk. Sweet and timeless melodies give birth to soaring improvisations and raag explorations, driven by a heady mix of dub-reggae bass and ferocious drum explosions.


Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday 2016


Sunday 4 September @Regent Street Chapel Allerton

Starts 12.30 finishes 6pm. £3 contribution


12.30pm Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO)


LYJRO is a highly versatile big band. Their spectrum of jazz related styles ranges from swing to ‘hip hop’ and funk. They have been in existence since 1991 and were established by Education Leeds to cater for the increasing interest in jazz from young people. LYJRO’s aim is to offer young people of Leeds the opportunity to experience through performance, the spectrum of jazz related styles ranging from swing to ‘hip hop’ and funk. There isl also established a training band which introduces the young people to the first steps in improvisation and jazz ensemble work. Over the years LYJRO has organised workshops featuring eminent jazz musicians including Scott Stroman and Dave O’Higgins. LYJRO have also organised projects involving several ensembles – the most recent being the ‘Global Warning’ project. Brendan Duffy, charismatic Leeds sax player, is the band leader.

1.40pm Enrico Marchesi’s  Bourbon y Tequila


Enrico Marchesi  trumpet and musical director, James Russell  tenor sax, Jim Corry baritone  sax, Stuart McDonald  alto sax, Andrzej Baranek keyboard, Richard Hammond  bass, Chris Sykes timbales, Geoff Winckless congas

Bourbon et Tequila are an exciting  nine  piece band offering a unique blend of Salsa and Jazz –   the very best from North and South America. They play mainly original tunes with a dash of Salsa classics thrown in for good measure and their sets are rapidly earning them an impressive reputation with audiences around the UK and Europe.

“Enrico’s men make you want to dance. Imagine Big Band mixed with chilli seeds and soaring temperatures” The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

2.50 pm Chapel Allerton Festival Community Choir


Jazz singer, lindy hopper and choir director Tessa Smith has been rehearsing the latest edition of Chapel Allerton Arts Festival’ community choir –  open to everyone – people who just want to sing! In previous years the repertoire has include tunes by Bill Withers, Candi Staton, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Emile Sande, Jessie Jay. This year Tessa promises a bit more blues and soul too!

3.30 pm Lauren Kinsella Quintet

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Lauren Kinsella vocals,  Tom Challenger tenor sax, Dan Nicholls keyboards, Conor Chaplin bass and Simon Roth drums

Lauren Kinsella is a contemporary new jazz music vocalist and composer. She is a tutor at Leeds College of Music. Hailed as ‘a completely down to earth and exquisitely vivacious young Irish singer’ (New York City Jazz Records), she has performed in venues across the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Hungary, France, Germany, Portugal, Norway and India. She is the 2013 Kenny Wheeler Prize winner and performs in many groups including Thought-Fox, Blue-Eyed Hawk, The Bears and Alex Huber / Lauren Kinsella Duo . Her music regularly appears on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, RTE Lyric FM and BBC Radio Scotland and she has released albums on WideEar Records and Diatribe to critical acclaim.

4.40pm Steve Philips and Brendan Croker

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Brendan Croker played with Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, and now here he is playing for us! He’s back together with his longtime blues buddy Steve Phillips, described by Folk Roots magazine as ‘one of Europe’s most impressive Blues performers’. Two of Leeds’s favourite sons and founder members with Mark Knopfler of the “Notting Hillbillies”, their country blues singing and guitar playing are legendary – don’t miss this!


All Sunday afternoon gigs are @Regent Street

Sunday 4 September Bucket donations £3


Other jazz events:

There will  be Jazz and blues in the cafes and bars of Chapel Allerton – at ¬Inkwell, House of Koko, the Mustard Pot, Woods and the Holistic Centre

Wednesday evening 1 Sept jazz at the Holistic Centre Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton 8pm featuring ASAXUAL

At Chapel Allerton Holistic Centre, 144 Harrogate Road, LS7 4NZ, on Wednesday 31 August, 8.00 to 10.30 pm, by donation. Light refreshments and hot drinks. Text 07912 680726 to reserve.

Tom I’Anson, trombone

Tom Sharp, trumpet

Chris Bland, piano

Sam Jackson, double bass

Jordan Dinsdale, drums

ASAXUAL pays tribute to some of the most magnificent two-brass frontlines of the recent past, such as Jay and Kai, and Shew and Fontana. Tom I’Anson and Tom Sharp draw on their considerable big band experience to bring arrangements with variety, contrast, dynamics and structure to the genre of improvisatory small band music. ASAXUAL stands in defiance of those who believe hard bop needs saxophones.

contributions welcome PAYF

Saturday afternoon jazz at Inkwell 1.30-3pm featuring PLAY OR DIE QUINTET

Sat 3 September, 1.30 to 3.30 pm, at Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3LW. Collection for band. Inkwell Cafe open 10 to 4.

Will Blackstone, trumpet
Will Howard, tenor sax
Harley Johnson, piano
Roz MacDonald, double bass
Tom Higham, drums

The PLAY OR DIE Quintet play grooves and melodies designed to connect with a listener and take them somewhere. Their music is inspired by the sounds of Miles Davis, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Michael Jackson, J Dilla, all other music, nature and life. Expect to hear original music and a different perspective on some standards.

Contributions welcome – PAYF


Saturday 3 Sept afternoon at THE WOODS Stainbeck Lane Chapel Allerton Centre

2pm Leeds City Stompers

3.30pm Devil’s Jukebox 


Contributions welcome – PAYF



Seven Artspace: 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD.Tel 0113 2626777.

Inkwell: 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3LW. Tel  0113 3070108.

Regent Street Festival site: Chapel Allerton, LS74PE

Promoted by Chapel Allerton Festival  with support from Leeds Inspired

Programmed by Seven Jazz Leeds www.sevenjazz.co.uk

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