Award-winning friendly jazz club presenting the best in jazz from the UK and beyond

 

Jazz Trainee Post

JazzLeeds and Wakefield Jazz are currently supporting a one year joint one year traineeship to help gain experience in running a jazz club. The position is one of four such posts on offer throughout the North of England. The scheme has been made possible by funding through Arts Council England and is managed through the Northern Jazz Promoter network.

 

Annual Report

Jazzleeds annual report: this is  the annual chair’s report of the JazzLeeds charity for the year Oct 2019 to Sept 2020, presented and approved by the JazzLeeds Trustees on May 6 2021

Don Weller – 19/12/1940 - 30/5/2020

British saxman Don Weller has died on 30 May 2020 after a long illness aged 79. He was a great favourite amongst jazz fans – he memorably appeared for us in Leeds at Seven Arts on 15 Dec 2009 with his good friend Bobby Wellins on tenor sax (picture is by Colin Watson).

When I lived in Sheffield during the 1980’s I arranged for Don to play at many of the venues in that city – including his own quartets, quintets, Major Surgery , Rocket 88 and several bands led by pianist Stan Tracey. Here’s music from a couple of those concerts. 

The first is Don with Bobby Wellins Quartet on tenor saxes, Errol Clarke piano, Andy Clyndert on bass and Bryan Spring 12/10/83 and “Promised Land”. This was a concert featured in the BBC2 Jazz at the Leadmill series broadcast by Charles Fox on Jazz Today on BBC radio 3, 15/04/84 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTD5BSGyw54

The second is an hour long performance from the Radio Hallam Airwaves Jazz festival at the Leadmill Sheffield on 28/11/84 – a quartet with Errol Clarke piano, Andy Clyndert on bass and Bryan Spring. I was the jazz presenter on Radio Hallam at the time so the introduction at the start is by a much younger me! The tunes he played were were “Sudden Discomfort, Softly as in a morning Sunrise, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, The Red Zinger and one other unnamed tune. The original broadcast was on my Jazz Unlimited show 8 Dec 1984 (https://www.jazzleeds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/DON-WELLER-BRYAN-SPRING-QUARTET.mp3)

An obituary for Don Weller by Pete Vacher in Jazzwise magazine is here https://www.jazzwise.com/news/article/don-weller-19-12-1940-30-5-2020

Steve Crocker
Jazz Leeds

New Trustee January 2022

Jazz Leeds is pleased to announce it is appointing a new Trustee to the Board of Trustees: Ramesh Narayanan. Ramesh has extensive experience in in international business, has degrees in music, and plays the saxophone (“To level grade 8 he says – I still don’t know how!). He has worked with Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra and ArtForms and is a Trustee of Yasmen, an organisation that helps bring music to people with special needs.

Ramesh will join Jamil Sheriff, Steve Crocker, Steve Ross, Karen Gourlay Rosemary Holmes on the Jazz Leeds  

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JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOPS

Thank you to all participants in the Spring  2022 programme of the jazz vocal workshops! Watch this space for further announcements .

JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS

Workshops will start again fortnightly at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (Barn Sugar Well Rd, Leeds LS7 2QG) on Sunday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm from Sunday 11 September . 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]

Acknowledgements

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/

Contact Information:

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