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Steve Hanley Quartet
Jenny Smith Sextet
Liam Noble's Brother Face
Dave Newton Trio
Robert Castelli's Boom Quartet
Julian Arguelles Quartet
A C V (Joint promotion with Jazz North)
Andrea Vicari's Jazz Extemporé Quartet

Claire Martin with the Nikki Iles Trio
Laura Jurd's Landing Ground with the Ligeti string Quartet
Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Alex Garnett's Bunch of Fives
Matt Robinson Quintet & Dave Hamblett Sextet Double Bill
Allison Neale Quintet
Alan Barnes' Santas Sextet


Steve Hanley Quartet


High energy band of the North's most talented young musicians.


(Friday 6 September)

Steve is one of the most sought after drummers for jazz ensembles, constantly playing in a wide variety of styles. Riley was Yamaha Jazz Scholar 2011 and now holds the top sax chair in NYJO. Ant Law, from Edinburgh but living in London, had a Jazz Services tour with his own band this year and we narrowly missed featuring it at Wakefield. Tom is just the most accomplished bass player of his generation. We can anticipate brilliant, original sounds to open our new season.

Riley Stone-Lonergan - tenor sax
Ant Law - guitar
Brodie Jarvie - bass
Steve Hanley - drums



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Steve Hanley
Steve Hanley





Jenny Smith Sextet


(Friday 13 September)

Local bluesy singer with top rate support from Jim Corry.

Jenny has been a significant figure on the Northern scene for some years but attempts to book her have previously fallen through. On this occasion she has star altoist Jim Corry (from Al Woods 9) joining her in the front line to give a special jazz boost to the sound.

She has twice been nominated as vocalist of the year in the Jazz Yorkshire awards and has appeared on BBC radio 3, Leeds and York local radio.

Expect a strong ensemble sound and raunchy singing from the leader.


Jenny Smith - voice
Jim Corry - alto sax
Al Morrison - guitar
Andy Chollerton - piano
Adrian Knowles - bass
Paul Smith - drums

Latest CD: Love Holds Strong

Web: www.jennysmithmusic.com

Web: http://jennysmith.bandcamp.com

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Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith









Liam Noble's Brother Face

(Friday 20 September)

Fast-rising piano star may have created his ultimate band.

Since Liam was in Wakefield to play his Brubeck tribute, where familiar tunes were disguised and transformed into contemporary wonders, he has written original music for a newly augmented band.

His usual trio with the expert support of Daves Whitford and Wickens is joined by the amazing young saxist Shabaka Hutchings (last at Wakefield with Jay Phelps ) and experienced contemporary trumpeter Chris Batchelor.

"... a writer of considerable idiomatic and emotional range he knows the instrument's pantheon from Tatum to a Taylor." - Richard Palmer, Jazz Journal

Liam Noble - piano
Shabaka Hutchings - alto sax
Chris Batchelor - trumpet
Dave Whitford - bass
Dave Wickens - drums

Latest CD: Brubeck - Liam Noble Trio

Web: www.liamnoble.co.uk

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Liam Noble
Liam Noble

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Dave Newton Trio

(Friday 27 September)

UK's favourite jazz pianist visits Wakefield in a new setting.

One of the most sought after pianists in the country, Dave is busy accompanying singers, guesting with big bands, in duo with Alan Barnes and playing solo or with his long established trio. This new trio is drum-free, but with the sophisticated playing of guitarist Colin Oxley. The highly regarded guitarist plays in a warm and fluid style and will provide opportunities for gentle rhythm, unison virtuosity and further soloing. The trio plays a mixture of (less than hackneyed) standards and Newton originals.

Their new CD was recorded to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Trio records and acknowledges the standing of all three musicians.

David Newton - piano
Colin Oxley - guitar
Andy Cleyndert - bass

Latest CD: Out of this World ~ Trio Records (TR 590)

Web: www.davidnewton.biz

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Dave Newton
Dave Newton

 


Robert Castelli's Boom Quartet
- with support from the Jonathan Mansfield Quartet

(Friday 4 October)

Genial American drummer with a down-and-dirty sound.

Robert Castelli's Boom Quartet plays exciting groovy funky jazz. Their cohesion is exceptional through being a "working band" playing together regularly.

Robert first brought the band to Wakefield in 2011 and made a terrific impression. His affable style and work as a rhythm machine kept the band bouncing along. Now with Brandon Allen to duel with NicMeier we can expect fireworks.


Brandon Allen - saxophone
Roland Stonek - guitars
Davide Mantovani - bass
Robert Castelli - drums

Latest CD: Boom Quartet (Castelli in Cielo)

Web: www.MySpace.com/robertcastelli

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Robert Castelli
Robert Castelli

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Julian Arguelles Quartet

(Friday 11 October)

UK Jazz star makes a rare tour of the club scene.

It is a rare event when : Julian Arguelles is in the country and available to tour with a band aimed at smaller venues.

His work as musical director of the Frankfurt radio Big Band and musician in residence at the Lucerne Jazz School keeps him away from these shores.

This quartet features stars of the new generation artists and is only visiting venues where Julian "has enjoyed playing in the past. Julian has a unique voice in the front rank of European jazz and with the considerable experience he has of playing with Kit this band has evolved naturally.


Julian Arguelles - soprano and tenor sax
Kit Downes - piano
Sam Lasserson - bass
James Maddren - drums

Latest CD: Ground Rush (with American trio, Michael Formanek and Tom Rainey)

Web: www.julianarguelles.com


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Julian Arguelles
Julian Arguelles

 

A C V jazznorth


A C V
(Joint promotion with Jazz North)

(Friday 18 October)

Geordie approach to gothic jazz with a grounded leader.

A C V is led by Andy Campio, the bass playing husband of Zoe Gilby; and there are five members (get it?). As well as being a very accomplished player Andy is a prolific composer and his writing forms the basis of this band's performances. He is keen to demonstrate the versatility of the musicians involved so the programme will range through sentimental ballads to heavy rock-influenced pieces with much in between but jazz improvisation at the core. This second album ,Busk, takes their noirish feel into some gentler and more complex areas.

"... Champion exemplifies his breadth of bass playing techniques, nevertheless allowing freedom amongst all of the musicians, and always ensuring a tight ensemble. Altogether Completely Virtuosic." - Plush Magazine

Graeme Wilson - tenor sax
Mark Williams - guitar
Paul Edis - piano
Andy Champion - bass
Adrian Tilbrook - drums


Latest CD: Busk (Babel)

Web: www.acvband.co.uk



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Andrea Vicari's Jazz Extemporé Quartet
- with support from 7:30pm by Will Powell's Short Story Quartet (see below)

(Friday 25 October)

Cross cultural and cross genre band brings new moods.

This is a pan-european band with Croatian Elvis, Dutch/Indonesian Rico and Bulgarian Hristo joining Andrea , "one of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer"as the Rough Guide to Jazz describes her.

The band was formed during a cultural exchange with Croatia and is difficult to get together and tour for obvious reasons. Their music draws on the folk traditions from the cultures represented but with a full jazz flavour.

"An important and enjoyable contribution to the new, emergent European jazz - full of confidence and creativity." Dave Gelly - Observer Jazz Critic)

Andrea Vicari - piano
Elvis Stanic - guitar & accordion
Rico de Jeer - bass
Hristo Yotsov - drums

Latest CD: Round Trip (Croatia Records CD5861225)

Web: www.andreavicari.com

Will Powell's Short Story Quartet

Will Powell - guitar
Andrei Celik - keys
Tom Welsh - electric bass
John Settle - drums


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Andrea Vicari
Andrea Vicari

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Claire Martin with the Nikki Iles Trio

(Friday 1 November) - All Ticket Gig

Founders' Day Presentation

Of the jazz artists who grew up visiting Wakefield and staying overnight with Alec and Faith few have become more well-known and successful than Claire and Nikki. This is a unique concert only possible because of their affection for the club. Claire is now a Radio 3 presenter and her new project is Chamber Jazz with the Montpellier cello quartet. Nikki (now patron of Wakefield Jazz) is respected throughout the world of Jazz Education and still finds time to play with a number of artists in addition to her own Printmakers project.


Claire Martin - voice
Nikki Iles - piano
Steve Watts - bass
Dave Ohm - drums


Web: www.clairemartinjazz.com

Web: http://www.nikkiiles.co.uk


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Laura Jurd's Landing Ground with the Ligeti string Quartet

(Friday 8 November)

Jazz and String quartets in perfect collaboration.

Laura is the hottest young trumpeter in London at present. Prodigiously talented on her instrument she is also an accomplished composer winner of the Dankworth 2011 Jazz Composition prize. This, her first recording, was shortlisted in the BASCA Jazz Composers Awards this year and is an example of beautiful cross-genre writing where the sounds and techniques of the jazz and composed worlds find synergy.

The Ligeti Quartet has been the Yorkshire Live Music Project's featured artists.

"Jurd stretched critics and musicians' repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session - on memorable originals with folk and contemporary-classical connections, delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improv original.'" - John Fordham, The Guardian

Laura Jurd - trumpet and composition
Elliot Galvin - piano
Conor Chaplin - bass
Corrie Dick - drums

Ligeti Quartet:

Mandhira de Saram - violin
Patrick Dawkins - violin
Richard Jones - viola
Val Wellbanks - cello


Latest CD: Landing Ground (CC001)

Web: www.laurajurd.com

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Laura Jurd
Laura Jurd


Benn Clatworthy Quartet
- with support at 7:30pm from the Matthew Aplin Quartet

(Friday 15 November)

Cockney ex-pat returns to spread his charm and vague humour.

Benn's residence in Los Angeles since 1980 has done nothing to eradicate his origins from his voice but playing regularly with American musicians has served to raise his game considerably. We have missed out on some recent visits and so are very pleased to welcome him now. He will delight us once more with his straight ahead playing and off-the-wall anecdotes.

His rhythm section is composed of the cream of the UK's players and it is always a treat to have John Donaldson to coax fun out of our wonderful piano.

"Some of the most creative and emotive jazz this side of Sonny Rollins" - Edinburgh Evening News


Benn Clatworthy - tenor sax & flute
John Donaldson - piano
Simon Thorpe - bass
Josh Morrison - drums

Latest CD: Luminessence

Web: www.bennclatworthy.com

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Benn Clatworthy
Benn Clatworthy


Alex Garnett's Bunch of Fives

(Friday 22 November)

Tenor player whose time has come goes international.

Alex was kick started towards proper recognition by Mike Janisch who insisted that he record under his own name for his Whirlwind label. New Yorker Tim Armacost has come over to join Alex for this tour. Alex has visited Wakefield often, always as a sideman but never overlooked, he makes a strong impression every time. Now leading a band with probably the strongest rhythm section in the UK he is destined to impress us beyond measure.


Alex Garnett - tenor sax
Tim Armacost - tenor sax
Liam Noble - piano
Michael Janisch - bass
James Maddren - drums

Latest CD: The Serpent (Whirlwind Recordings - WR 4615)

Web: www.whirlwindrecordings.com/serpent

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Alex Garnett
Alex Garnett


Matt Robinson Quintet & Dave Hamblett Sextet Double Bill

(Friday 29 November)

New generation jazz stars in overlapping bands.

Wakefield's Matt Robinson has played for us many times. Since studying at The Royal Academy of Music he has achieved huge success, winning their top student award (Yamaha Jazz Scholar) when he graduated last year. He has also been working regularly with the best graduates from other Conservatoires around London. These bands represent those connections. Drummer Dave Hamblett uses some of the same musicians in Matt's Band so a double presentation made sense.


All of them put the musicality of jazz above the contemporary trend towards noisy youth appeal - they play advanced well-written compositions and exciting jazz.



Matt Robinson's sextet:

Matt Robinson - piano
Alex Munk - guitar
Ivo Neame - alto sax
Sam Rapley - bass clarinet
Tom McCredie - bass
Dave Hamblett - drums


Dave Hamblett's sextet:

Sam Rapley - tenor sax
Joe Wright - tenor and soprano sax
Alex Munk - guitar
Ivo Neame - piano
Calum Gourlay - bass
Dave Hamblett - drums



Latest CD: Light at Night (Whirlwind Recordings) ~ Dave

Web: www.mattrobinsonmusic.com

Web: http://www.davehamblett.com


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Matt Robinson and Dave Hamblett
Matt Robinson and Dave Hamblett


Allison Neale Quintet

(Friday 6 December)

Devotee of Art Pepper and Lee Konitz joined by bebop vibist.

Allison has visited Wakefield with her previous quartet including guitarist Dave Cliff. She has a new band with a wonderful rhythm section led by Leon Greening and augmented by a vibes player who will lift the laid back West Coast style of Allison's previous sound as Milt Jackson did for the MJQ.

Gently swinging jazz with style.

"Allison plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy that it melts at the edges" - Dave Gelly, The Observer


Allison Neale - alto sax & flute
Nathaniel Steele - vibraphone
Leon Greening - piano
Julian Bury - bass
Steve Brown - drums

Latest CD: Blue Concept (33 Records ~ 33Jazz103)

Web: www.allisonneale.com

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Allison Neale
Allison Neale

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Alan Barnes' Santas Sextet

(Friday 13 December) -Ticket only gig - book online, by post, or at the club.

Our Christmas Party -
Three sets, a buffet and monster raffle starting at 8:00pm

The Wakefield Jazz Christmas Party is always a popular and rowdy occasion. This year's will be no different as we have an excellent band whose members are well known for delivering jazz with fun. Alan Barnes has kindly collected a group of musicians and an exceptional singer who will help us get into the Christmas spirit with musical esprit.

Note our early start. After that expect anything - we might be raising the roof.

Alan Barnes - saxes & clarinet
Martin Shaw - trumpet
Dave Newton - piano
Andy Cleyndert - bass
Matt Home - drums
Jessica Radcliffe - guest vocalist


Web: www.alanbarnesjazz.com

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Jessica
Jessica Radcliffe



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