A four day Jazz festival held in July each year in City Centre Venues such at the College of Music and the Wardrobe 

This year’s Jazzleeds festival will run from Thursday July 18th-Sunday July 21 2019 in city centre venues including the Wardrobe, the College of Music and the Carriageworks with build up events at the main city jazz venues such as Heart and Hyde Park Book Club

Headline acts this year include  a Celebration of the Windrush Jazz generation with the music if Dizzy Reece, the all star Electric Ladyland Big Band, young sax star Leo Richardson and a 90th Birthday Big band celebration with Ronnie Bottomley. We’ll also have jazz and poetry, jazz and film and the New York Brass Band will be the band playing on the “Otley Jazz Run”! More information soon… 


Four days of the best jazz in City Centre Venues including The Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music and Carriageworks


Electric Ladyland Big Band

Jazz and the Windrush 

Ronnie Bottomley’s 90th Birthday big band 

Leo Richardson

New York Brass on the Otley Jazz Run

Fusebox improv bands

Jazz films

Poetry and jazz 

Busk Stops and late night Jam sessions  

plus many more…

About the Festival

The feedback from last year’s festival was superb : 

“Wonderful. Amazing. Energising. Musical. Epitomises Leeds”

“An excellent selection of artists. Inspiring and boundary-breaking”

“Absolutely stunning, effortless, laid back. Your volunteers were “gold””

For a city with such a buzzing jazz scene – almost 30 jazz venues, the UK’s best jazz club (official), the first (and still best) jazz music education courses in Europe not having a jazz festival was a big cultural gap for the city. 

What Leeds has is unique – a huge, successful and fascinating jazz story with inventiveness, skill and talent. 

Says jazz festival organiser Steve Crocker

The 2023 bid and the ambition to have a big Cultural Festival in Leeds was the catalyst. If everyone else in the city was up for it, why not us? Our ambition is to have a festival that by 2023 can really match the best in the world”

“Jerry Godley, the principal at Leeds College of Music, along with his colleague Jamil Sheriff have been fantastic supporters, allowing us use their venue for the whole four days. Leeds City Council have helped by encouraging with Arts at Leeds funding for the first time. The Wardrobe venue in Leeds city centre have welcomed us to festival events there on the Friday Saturday and Sunday.”

When is the festival and where will it be held?

It is over four days this summer – July 18-21. There are two main venues – the Wardrobe (Friday – Sunday evenings) and the next door Leeds College of Music (Thursday -Sunday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons)

Season tickets go on sale on Monday 4th February with individual concerts from Monday 4th March

Why not give the Jazz Leeds Festival a go this year?

It’s more than just another jazz festival – it’s a celebration of Leeds as a city! It’s also the start of something big– so be part of it!

Get Involved


You can buy online (a booking fee applies), or if you wish, you can reserve tickets to be picked up at the concert – half an hour before the start time- by email to [email protected]. We will email you back a confirmation

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On second and fourth Monday each month evening led by Tessa Smith @Inkwell Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton. 7-9pm, cost £6 per session £30 for the series e: [email protected]


on first and third Sundays each month @Inkwell 10.00- 12.00pm, cost £10 (or £8 conc) per session. e: j[email protected] tel 0113 2370700.


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We acknowledge the support and help from Leeds City Council, Leeds Inspired, Jazz North, Seven Arts and Inkwell. We are a member of NorVolJazz – the Northern Voluntary Promoters Jazz Network – blog http://northernjazz-live.blogspot.co.uk/ or website https://www.norvoljazz.org/

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