Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective Feat. Tony Kofi
Frank Griffith Trio
Mario Bakuna Band
ORB Trio + special guests
Svarc Hanley Longhawn
“You Are Here”: Kevin Figes Sextet plays the music of Keith Tippett and his comrades
Doncaster Jazz Orchestra
Scatter The Atoms That Remain (This gig had to be cancelled due to snow)
The Brass Monkeys
Annette Gregory


Alina Bzhezhinska & HipHarpCollective Feat. Tony Kofi

Friday 20 January 2023

Alina BzhezhinskaUkrainian harpist Alina, returns with her unique blend of jazz, funk and hiphop, promoting her latest album ‘Reflections’ – vibrant spiritual jazz in the line of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.

Alina Bzhezhinska – harp
Tony Kofi – tenor sax
Mikele Montolli – bass
Adam Teixeira – drums


Frank Griffith Trio

Friday 27 January 2023

Frank Griffith - wakefieldjazz.orgOriginally from Oregon, Frank Griffith moved to the UK after 15 years in New York, where he developed his distinctive NY jazz sound, working with luminaries such as Jon Hendricks and Ron Carter. He now lives in Liverpool and is renowned as an interpreter of classic jazz, particularly Ellington/Strayhorn, as well as being a composer/arranger for big bands across the country. He has had long associations with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine and the late Tina May, as well as Louise Gibbs, and is a well-respected jazz educator.

“Simply listening to the way Griffith lays out the theme of a standard such as Where or When is a pleasure in itself and his own tenor saxophone playing is a model of compact energy.” –  Dave Gelly, The Observer

Frank Griffith – sax
Richard Wetherall – piano
Dave Tompkins – bass


Mario Bakuna Band

Friday 3 February 2023

Singer/guitarist Mario Bakuna leads an inspirational quartet playing songs from across Brazil, from Forró and Ijexá to Samba and Bossa Nova, celebrating “the most musically rich territory on Earth”, as featured on his new album ‘Brazilian Landscapes’.

Mario Bakuna on acoustic guitar, vocals and mouth trumpet
Felippe Oliveira – electric guitar
Adriano Gaeta – bass
Uccio Gaeta – drums


ORB Trio + special guests

Friday 10 February 2023

Local heroes, Richard Ormrod (saxes/guitar), Pete Rosser (piano/accordion) and Paul Baxter (bass), bring their inimitable freewheeling approach to classic jazz, songs of liberation and self-composed anthems. The Trio will be augmented for this special gig by trombonist Jonny Enright and drummer John Arnesen, to provide an even fuller and more exhilarating musical panorama.

Richard Ormrod – saxes/bass clarinet/guitar
Pete Rosser – piano/accordion
Paul Baxter – bass


Jonny Enright – trombone
John Arnesen – drums



(See 3 more clips on our YouTube site)

Svarc Hanley Longhawn

Friday 17 February 2023

Guitar/organ/drums trio ranging from ethereal electronic grooves through heavy jazz and beyond funk, reminiscent of electric Miles Davis and John Scofield – legends of Yorkshire jazz!

Nik Svarc – guitar
Martin Longhawn – organ
Steve Hanley – drums


“You Are Here”: Kevin Figes Sextet plays the music of Keith Tippett and his comrades

Friday 24 February 2023

Kevin FigesGrowing out a celebration of the life of the vital improvising pianist/composer Keith Tippett (1947-2020), this sextet of Bristol-based musicians, including irrepressible drummer Tony Orrell, will also feature music by Elton Dean, the Dedication Orchestra and King Crimson.

Kevin Figes – saxes/flutes
Pete Judge – trumpet
Raph Clarkson – trombone
Jim Blomfield – piano
Riaan Vosloo – bass
Tony Orrell – drums


Doncaster Jazz Orchestra

Friday 3 March 2023

Doncaster Jazz Orchestra

Doncaster Jazz Orchestra celebrates Thad Jones Centennial

All-star big band celebrating 50 years of the Doncaster Jazz Association – featuring Wakefield alumnus Reuben Fowler on trumpet, plus the cream of South Yorkshire’s jazz musicians.

Since 1973, the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association have been supporting the young musicians of today who will help shape the jazz scene of tomorrow. With credits including Quincy Jones, Gil Evans, the BBC Big Band, Jools Holland, Jamiroquai and the Royal Philharmonic, DYJA have alumni all around the world performing at the highest level.

“…one of the most talented young bands Great Britain has to offer…” – Jack Bowers – All About Jazz

“There is not a working musician in London who doesn’t know someone that came through the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association.” – Charles Alexander – Jazzwise

Read a full description and gig bio here.


Mark Ellis
Catherine Miles
Sarah Potts
Rob McGrath
Myvanwy Smith

Tom Tait
Gareth Smith
James Hamilton
Reuben Fowler
Stuart Wilson

Lee Hallam
Ellie Smith
Dan Jones
Jonathan Read

Martin Longhorn (p)
Mark Fincham (b)
Joe Sykes (d)


The Brass Monkeys

Friday 17 March 2023

8 Brass MonkeysA brass band unlike any you’ve heard before, with a reverent but iconoclastic approach to original tunes and classics by Bill Frisell, Monk, Pukwana etc. Exciting spontaneous interplay, underpinned by the tuba of Ben Higham.

Charlotte Keeffe/Chris Dowding – trumpets
Paul Jolly – sax
George Murray/Raph Clarkson – trombones
Jim Rattigan – French horn
Ben Higham – tuba
Olly Blackman – drums


Annette Gregory

Friday 24 March 2023

Annette Gregory - BelieveRich soulful singing in the classic jazz style, with occasional Jamaican influences added in.

Annette Gregory – voice
John McDonald – piano
Joe Kessell – bass
Isaac Cortvriend – drums




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