During the first lockdown, since we could not open up our doors to you all, we poster weekly Jazz Leeds lockdown video programmes of bands from our extensive jazz archives. These are all on our YouTube or Vimeo channels and all last around one hour. We’d be really interested to hear your views about these – leave a comment on YouTube or contact us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at Jazz_Leeds
We’re leaving them up to be viewed for a few weeks – all we are asking you to do is to go online to the websites of some of the artists you are hearing and maybe purchase one of their CDs – it all helps support musicians in these exceptionally difficult times, plus you get to keep a great CD!
Watch our website for more lockdown things we are up to, including a monthly jazz magazine radio programmes with our colleagues on ChapelFM in Leeds…
Let’s help to unlock some jazz with our new monthly radio show all about jazz in Leeds, Leeds clubs, musicians and jazz fans! Welcome to the new weekly Jazz Unlocked programme on East Leeds FM. https://www.chapelfm.co.uk/elfm-player/
Presented by Steve Crocker from Jazz Leeds and engineered by Tony Mauluso from Chapel FM the show keeps you in touch with the jazz scene in Leeds during the lockdown. We have a broad definition of jazz so we’ll be including blues, big bands, and more along the way. Jazz Unlocked will feature 60 minutes of interviews, album recordings, and specially recorded performances
Leeds is a great place to play and listen to jazz – before the lockdown there were more than twenty venues where you could hear regular live sessions and the city has some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK too and we’ll be hearing from some of those people in the coming weeks.
pic from Jazz Leeds Festival 2019 by William Ellis
The first show on 16 April celebrated international jazz day and featured and interview with Leeds bass player Adrian Knowles, leader of the band “Sound of 59” with a live session from Jennie Smith (vocals) and John Chamberlain (piano)
The show on 21 May– main feature was an interview with trumpeter, big band leader and record producer James Hamilton with a live session from pianist and vocalist Nicki Allan
The June 18 show featured a lockdown solo session from Leeds based pianist Chris Lloyd, some archive material from sax legend Pharoah Sanders and an interview with Vipertime/World Service Project frontman Ben Powling
The July 16 show will feature an interview with Leeds pianist, composer and educator Jami Sheriff from Leeds College of Music, with Mark Beirne Smith from Ilkley Jazz Festival about the release of the album “The Yorkshire Jazz Suite”
Live on 94.6m on FM in Leeds and surrounding areas
Links to shows:
30th April: https://jazzleeds.org.uk/radio/30_april_20.mp3
All shows available on catch up here: https://www.chapelfm.co.uk/elfm-player/
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You can buy tickets for all our upcoming gigs here
JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOPS
Thank you to all participants in the Spring programme of the jazz vocal workshops! It’s been great fun, and if you’re interested in future opportunities to sing jazz songs in a group setting and learn more about the great jazz singers of history who inspire us then please contact the tutor Oliver Bolton.
JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS
Workshops have started again and run fortnightly at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (Barn Sugar Well Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG) on Sunday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm (future dates include: 22nd May and 12th June). Cost per session: £10/8. All instruments and standards welcome – all you need is a wish to learn how to improvise and play jazz tunes. There is a piano available and a drum kit, otherwise please bring your instruments. Limited spaces available. To join – contact the tutor Dominic Moore.
e: Dominic Moore – [email protected]
We acknowledge the support and help from Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired, Arts at Leeds, Jazz North, Seven Arts and Meanwood Valley Urban Farm. We are a member of the Northern Voluntary Promoters Jazz Network, and you can access their blog here: https://northernjazz-live.blogspot.co.uk/