Village Jazz Festival

Our second Village Jazz Festival is going to be a bit bigger than the first! It’s grown from that three days as part of last year’s Chapel Allerton Festival  last year to four this year and including various venues including Seven Arts (Thursday and Saturday evenings), Inkwell (Saturday afternoon), The Woods (on Saturday afternoon) , and the School of Philosophy on Woodland Lane (Friday night)  as well as the Regent Street Sunday afternoon on the main stage.  We’re featuring some of the best jazz musicians and stories from the local area.

Thursday 30 August

The Big Easy

Seven Arts 8pm - 11pm

Starting the Village Jazz festival is be popular Leeds seven piece swing band The Big Easy. Since the 1920s, swing has been music for celebration. The Big Easy have taken some of the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names to entertain us. Jon Scully – trumpet/vocals, Jack Chandler – alto/baritone sax, Ben Powling – clarinet/tenor, George Birkett – guitar, Chris Lloyd – piano, Sam Jackson – double bass, Jack Amblin – drums/washboard. The Emily Brown Quartet are in support 8-8.40pm with Jason Scott piano, Rich Hammond bass (a rare treat these days!) and Steve Green drums

£12/10 concessions students and under 25’s £6. Doors 7.30pm


Friday 31 August

Chris Lloyd  with “Lloyd Plays Peterson” + Festival Jazz Jam

School of Philosophy 7.30pm - 8.30pm: Lloyd Plays Peterson

Chris Lloyd piano Adam Richards bass and Ric Colley drums. Chris is a devotee of the late Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson - called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington. He was considered one of the greatest jazz pianists, and played thousands of concerts worldwide in a career lasting more than 60 years.

9-10pm Festival Jazz Jam

On the Friday there will be a chance for you to join in and sing or play at a Festival Jazz Jam at the School of Philosophy on Woodland Lane Chapel Allerton LS7 4PD – and to hear their Steinway Grand Piano!

Tickets on the door only - £5

Saturday 1 September

Julian Arguelles and his Quartet

Seven Arts 8pm - 11pm

Topping the bill at Village Jazz Festival 18 is Julian Arguelles Quartet at Seven Arts on Saturday 1 Sept 8-11. From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, UK composer, saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Argüelles has always spoken with a unique voice and is hugely influential to a new generation of British and European jazz musicians. His music has been described as supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliche free. His quartet has some of the UK’s best young talent namely; Ivo Neame (piano), Sam Lasserson (bass), James Maddren (drums). Currently on tour promoting his 15th CD as a leader, “Tonadas” (on Edition), which features strong musical influences from Argüelles’ Spanish roots, Julian will also be taking a masterclass on his music before the concert free to those attending the concert £5 to others (pay on the door)

Support is from Alice Higgins and “Tiptoe”

Tickets £12/10 concessions - in advance

Sunday 2 September

Jazz and Blues Sunday

Main Stage Sunday afternoon - Voluntary Entry Donation

The ever popular Jazz and Blues Sunday in Regent Street (2nd September) will run all afternoon with the usual entertaining eclectic mix featuring North Leeds Jazz Orchestra (led by local sax man and teacher Martin Townshend - with Festival Director Steve Hunter on trumpet!), the ever popular soul jazz band Atlantic Crossing, The Ancient Infinity Orchestra, Sueli Gil’s Africa-Brazil salsa band and Nic Svarc’s Blues Rock band “Who Knows”. Bucket contribution