JazzLeeds at the “Welcome To Leeds” Jazz Festival stage, Cookridge Street. Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 1-8pm

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JazzLeeds@ Welcome to Leeds tent – Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2024

  • Hot Club of Halifax 1pm
  • Viridian 2pm
  • Salsa Como Loco 3pm
  • Maranello Trio 4pm
  • Instant World Orchestra 5pm
  • Olivia Cuttill Quintet 6pm
  • Vipertime 7pm

On bank holiday Monday 27 May, JazzLeeds welcomes you to the Jazz Festival Welcome to Leeds tent in Cookridge Street. What better place to be! We’ve reallly enjoyed our last couple od takeovers of the tent and this will be another afternoon to savour – the sort of eclectic popular mix of jazz styles you’ve come to expect from us. Free, payf collection, and this year with a bar, so we won’t have to drink the Radisson dry!

Born out of the snake pit of LS6 house parties, Vipertime draw from the depths of spiritual jazz and post punk to create improvised music for the dance floor, combining the mesmeric forms and harmonies of 70s Addis with the ferocity of 60s Detroit.
Ben Powling on tenor saxophone, Matías Reed on bass guitar, Luke Reddin-Williams and Charlie Grimwood on drums.

Olivia Cuttill Quintet
Originally from East London Olivia Cuttill arrived in Leeds in 2020 to study jazz at Leeds Conservatoire and quickly immersed herself into the vibrant local jazz scene. She released music in 2022 with her fusion jazz band Mangorata (co-led with drummer and musical twin Miles Pillinger), alongside her debut solo album ‘Three’s A Crowd”, a series of duets with some of her favourite musicians she works with in Leeds. Her influences range from Chet Baker, Miles Davis and Chick Correa to Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell. These inspirations have sculpted her playing, composing and overall love for music. Since the post-pandemic re-opening, she’s been setting the jazz scenes in Leeds, Manchester and London alight with a variety of line-ups. Today she is joined onstage by her quintet.
Olivia Cuttill – trumpet/leader, Issey Chivers – vocals, Tom Harris – keyboard Fergus Quill – double bass, Miles Pillinger – drums

Instant World Orchestra
On a whistle-stop musical tour of the globe, this Chapel Allerton based 20 piece Instant World Orchestra touches down in Jamaica, India, Brazil, Cuba, South Africa, Ethiopia, The Balkans, Japan, Trinidad, New York and all points between to sample the finest sounds around and deliver them in our own inimitable way; world rhythms with jazz vocabulary, improvisation and celebration. A community band that anyone can join and everyone can enjoy led by multi- instrumentalist Richard Ormrod

Maranello Trio
The Maranello Trio play swinging jazz standards, in the style of the Oscar Peterson and Nat King Cole trios All three members of the trio are professional musicians who graduated from Leeds Conservatoire; in addition to playing in the trio they all work with other professional musical ensembles, having played at some of the U.K.’s most prestigious jazz venues, to include Ronnie Scott’s, the Dean Street Pizza Express in London, and Peggy’s Skylight in Nottingham.
Will Powell -guitar, Adrian Knowles -double bass, Jason Scott- keyboard

Salsa Como Loco
A 10 piece Salsa Band playing a mix of New York and Cuban Salsa. Set up by members of various bands including The Peace Artistes, Bassa Bassa, Duende, Red Herrings, Small World Band and Bradford Samba band, with an overpowering love of, and desire to play, Cuban style Salsa dance music. The band have been playing for dancers and latin music lovers at many venues and parties around the North of England

Coming from contemporary jazz scene of Leeds, Viridian have influences from wide ranges of genres – from math rock from artist like Chon and Tigran Hamasyan, the modern jazz scene with musicians like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Romain Pilon and Reinier Baas, to Persian classical music with iconic musicians like Kayhan Kalhor and Faramarz Payvar. Pedraum Agahi plays this on the ‘Santour’, the Persian hammered dulcimer.
Pedraum Agahi- guitar and Santour, Jaden Hart – bass, Dom Neeson- drums

Hot Club of Halifax
“Deep and danceable swing interlaced with thoughtful arrangements of Jazz and Latin infused standards, mesmerising Gypsy waltzes and delicacies from many places” The Hot Club of Halifax are an exciting collective of seasoned Jazz musicians offering dynamic and charismatic renditions of songs and tunes from the Django ‘Gypsy Jazz’ repertoire.
Vernon Bigsby -guitar, Gerard Cavallari- vocals/guitar, Susannah Simmons- fiddle/vocals, Helen Hutchy – double bass /vocals, Christine Pinkard – clarinet