Village Jazz and Blues Events
The Chapel Allerton Village Jazz and Blues Festival is programmed by JazzLeeds. JazzLeeds have been putting on live events at Seven Arts when regulations in 2020 and 2021 allowed as well as running a popular video archive online show and a Jazz Radio show on Chapel FM. Last year they also ran a JazzPicnic at the Gledhow Sport and Social Club
Lukáš Oravec Quintet featuring Alex Garnett
@Seven Arts Thursday 2 Sept 7.30pm
This concert forms part of the “Chapel Allerton Festival on Tour 2021”. We wish to thank Leeds Inspired and Arts at Leeds for their support in putting on this programme
Lukáš Oravec is a wonderful young Slovakian trumpet player who plays and writes with lots of fire and creativity. His music has a distinctive sound as does his playing. Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound.
Lukas established the ‘Lukas Oravec Quartet’ in early 2012, their quality immediately attracted the attention of jazz enthusiasts. The band played many clubs and festivals all over Europe and won prizes ‘Young Faces of Slovak Jazz’ and ‘Prize For Interpretation Performance’ for their work. In 2013 they released a debut album “Introducing The Lukas Oravec Quartet”, which won the prize ESPRIT 2013 for the best Slovak album of the year. The second album called ‘Piotrology’ was released in 2015 and features US saxophonist Vincent Herring. The third album ‘Kulosaari’ was nominated for the Radioheads Award prize and their most recent album ‘Ali’ features the great saxophonist Bob Mintzer and also won the 2016 ESPRIT for best Slovak album of the year
“Lukas Oravec is a wonderful young trumpet player who plays and writes with a lot of fire and creativity. His music has a distinctive sound as does his playing. He and the musicians Lukas surrounds himself with are a force to be reckoned with” – Bob Mintzer
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over 2 decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A hugely versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a professional creative jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless album sideman and recording credits along the way.
Easily performing over 200 events a year with many of Europe’s leading bands from underground to pop, he is also a regular sideman of choice for many of the top visiting American artists when touring in Europe, and has himself performed in over 30 countries worldwide appearing at such prestigious venues as the Blue Note, Birdland, as well as the Perugia, North Sea, Vittoria, Montreax, and Oslo Jazz Festivals to name but a few, with varied and diverse artists across the spectrum such as Sir John Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Humphrey Littleton, Scott Hamilton, Van Morrison, and The Rolling Stones, as well as with his contemporaries Gareth Lockrane, Seamus Blake, Phil Robson, Michael Janisch, Joel Frahm, and many more.
These two stars will be joined by the talents of Jamil Sheriff – Piano Jack Garside – Double Bass, Marek Dorcik – Drums
“I think you will enjoy this wonderful music as well as hearing the band play live” Bob Mintzer
Tickets £16/14 (25 and under £8) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds
Jazz and Blues Sunday picnic
The Jazz and Blues Sunday picnic this year takes place at Gledhow Sports & Social Club, Leeds, LS8 1NQ on 5 September. It starts at 1pm and finishes at 6pm
The line up will feature these ever popular festival favourites:
1.00pm Leeds Youth jazz Rock Orchestra directed by Brendan Duffy
The legendary Leeds youth band- they’ve not played live for ages so lets cheer them on
2.15pm James O’Hara Blues band
Superb Chicago blues from James O Hara guitar and vocals John Burr harmonica Paul Corry guitar and Chris Sykes drums
3.30pm The Big Easy
A lively five-piece swing band from Leeds, consisting of vocals, trumpet, guitar, double bass and drums. Music from the best swing swing from throughout the 20th century.
A vibrant seven piece Afro Jazz/dance band based in the UK, featuring threevocalists from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa and a four piece rhythm section. The music is an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi-traditional Zulu music-and Afro-pop. High energyAfrican beats and traditional sounds morph into more contemporary musical styles, telling stories of human struggles with themes of universal resonance
There will be at seat service from the Sports Club Bar. Let’s bring the sunshine!