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Benet McLean Band
Gareth Williams / Dave Green Short Story
Double bill - Jamil Sheriff Trio and Microscopic
Liane Carroll Trio
Frank Harrison Trioe
Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock
Roger Beaujolais Quartet
Newest Clark Tracey Quintet
Gabrielle Ducomble's Notes from Paris
Ronnie Bottomley All-Star Jazz Orchestra

Summertime Blues Specials
Still Jumping summer
Groove Indigo

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Benet McLean Band

(Friday 14 March)

Singer pianist with the sound of a new master.

London born pianist & vocalist Benet McLean has been involved in music since the age of 3. He began on violin, and while training to become a concert violinist he also became interested in other forms of music such as bebop and a young genre rising under the name of hip-hop. Teaching himself other instruments such as guitar, piano, electric bass, alto saxophone, as well as of course singing and composing, a musical 'melting-pot' began to 'cook'. His own band was formed in 2003.

His second CD "In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee" was given a 4 star review ending: "...with his own trio, as on this album, he's simply sensational." He now tours his third album released in August, which is said to establish his credentials as one of this country's unique talents.

"Fast-rising young pianist Benet McLean has a piano technique that seems to bring Art Tatum's music into the 21st century, drawing on classical music, postbop, hip hop & beyond" - TheGuardian

Benet McLean - piano and voice
Duncan Eagles - sax
Max Luthert - bass
Mark Mondesir - drums

Latest CD: Live at the 606

Web: www.benetmclean.com

Web: www.myspace.com/benetmclean


Benet McLean

Benet McLean

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Gareth Williams / Dave Green Short Story
- With support from Ozzy Moyse's Bijou Big Band (11 piece)

(Friday 21 March)

Reimagining the music of Bill Evans and Scott LaFaro.

This ambitious project sees the amazing Gareth Williams out front and playing the subtle and demanding compositions of one of jazz's greatest pianists. He named the project "Short Story" because there is all too little of that original pair's music on record. They recorded only 4 albums in the early 60s in trio with Paul Motian, two of them live. Gareth may also play a standard or two as Bill and Scott did.

Winner of the piano category in the 2013 British Jazz Awards Gareth's name is becoming separately recognised beyond his brilliant work with Claire Martin. Who better than the UK equivalent of Scott LaFaro, Dave Green, to spur on and inspire Gareth to the most musical of tributes? His understanding of the genre and ability to complement the most sophisticated playing are second to none.

"A joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality and muscularity." - Chris Ingham - Mojo

Gareth Williams - piano
Dave Green - bass

Latest CD: None in this format

Web: www.garethwilliams.biz

Bijou Big Band

A J Nash - alto sax
Luke Ledger - tenor sax
Ali Adair - baritone sax
Jack Davis - trumpet
Peter Johnson - trombone
Chris Dale - bass trombone
Joel Stedman - guitar
Ashley Henry - piano
Sam Quintana - bass
Matt McGraw - drums
Oscar Moysey - composer / percussion


Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

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Double bill - Jamil Sheriff Trio and Microscopic

(Friday 28 March)

A joint presentation with Jazz North.


Richard Iles is a Manchester based trumpeter who has been a figure on the Northern Jazz scene for 30 years. He is also a member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. A highlight of the 2012 Manchester Jazz Festival was a set by this new band playing originals conceived for his larger Miniature Brass Emporium as well as pieces for this line-up. Mike Williams is an unsung hero of UK jazz saxophone. The band will play unamplified, balancing their output against the piano only - hence the absence of a drummer. Percy is as well known as a trumpeter as he is a bassist and equally interesting on both instruments.

Richard Iles - trumpet & flugel
Mike Williams - alto sax
Les Chisnall - piano
Percy Pursglove - bass

Jamil Sheriff Trio

Jamil leads the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music and has consistently played as often as possible with a wide variety of bands. His composing has steadily gone from strength to strength - viz. the commission for Wakefield Jazz to write for Big Band which was premiered at the Club in 2010. The work he presents with this trio is as musically inventive as anything he has done so far and is a suitable challenge for his partners in the trio. It is also eminently listenable music which will intrigue as much as it entertains.

Jamil Sheriff - piano
Pete Turner - bass
Dave Walsh - drums

Latest CD: Luminessence

Web: www.bennclatworthy.com


Richard ILes

Richard ILes

Jamil Sheriff Trio

Jamil Sheriff Trio

Liane Carroll Trio

(Friday 4 April) - All Ticket Gig

With support from Rory Ingham Quintet at 7:30pm

Exceptional artist brought to Wakefield by a generous sponsor.

Liane's album, " Ballads" released last April, confirms her position at the top of the UK jazz tree as a vocalist of lasting talent and expressiveness. She is now a headline act wherever she appears around the world and has contributed hugely to the development of talent among younger musicians through her workshops, summer schools and masterclasses. It took around 10 years from her major breakthrough at Ronnie Scotts (though she had appeared at Wakefield before that) to her first award, but she has now collected so many that her shelves must be groaning.

A sell-out local launch of "Ballads" was held at St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings with a 40 strong orchestra, including the East Sussex Youth Orchestra string section and Mark Fletcher, Mark James, Mark Edwards, Simon Gardner… and conducted by James McMillan. This was followed by five sell-out launch nights at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Each night featured musicians from the Ballads recording, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Edwards, Ben Castle plus a seven piece string ensemble.

"Beautifully sung and played with a voice that exudes passion and warmth. Without doubt the finest female jazz vocalist in the country... and an amazing person as well." - Joel Wata

Liane Carroll - voice and piano
Roger Carey - bass
Mark Fletcher - drums

Latest CD: Ballads (Quiet Money Recordings)

Web: www.lianecarroll.co.uk

Rory Ingham Quintet

Rory Ingham - trombone
Alexander Bone - saxes (BBC Young Jazz Musician of The Year 2014)
Toby Comeau - piano
Felix Moseholm - double bass
Jonathan Mansfield - drums


Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll

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Easter Break


Frank Harrison Trio

Gilad Atzmon's right hand man plays his own attractive music.

(Friday 2 May)

Frank is just releasing the third CD under his own name and brings that music to us for an early outing. He is an intense and imaginative player and his own compositions have an immediately intriguing and engaging nature.

His work with Gilad has meant that he has few opportunities to go out on his own but his last visit was so well received that we had to have him back as soon as possible. Dave Whitford and Enzo Zirilli complete a wonderfully sympathetic unit.

"The most elliptical, preoccupied overtures develop unexpected fireworks." - The Guardian

Frank Harrison - piano
David Whitford - bass
Enzo Zirilli - drums

Latest CD: None

Web: www.frankharrison.net


Frank Harrison Trio

Frank Harrison Trio

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Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

(Friday 9 May)

Two giants of the burgeoning Scottish Jazz scene in intimate conversation.

Internationally successful Tommy Smith has been in the public eye since the community action which raised money for him to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston before he was twenty. He was soon touring the world as a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton's most prestigious band. CDs under his own name followed for the Blue Note and then Linn labels with top American musicians. His creative achievements were recognised by a string of awards in Scotland and England. This millennium has seen his creation of the record label Spartacus, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Youth Orchestra and academic appointments culminating in his present post as head of the Jazz Department at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

As well as a punishing schedule of writing, international performances and teaching Tommy has always kept excellent relations with the best of Scottish musicians. He has recorded two previous duo albums with top Scottish pianist Brian Kellock and wrote an expanded jazz arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for him and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - awarded huge acclaim whenever it is performed. This summary barely scratches the surface of the jazz activism of a true hero of the music. To come and perform with Brian for us and relax into the comfort of mutual understanding will be a treat for them and particularly for us.

"full flight, spontaneous invention."

Tommy Smith - tenor sax
Brian Kellock - piano

Latest CD: Whispering of the Stars (with Kellock 2014) ( Spartacus STS)

Web: www.tommy-smith.co.uk


Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock

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Roger Beaujolais Quartet

(Friday 16 May)

Master of the vibraphone with his regular quartet.

Roger Beaujolais has been a stalwart of the UK Jazz Scene since the 80s. His usual bands have been quintets but this one has the same line-up as the Modern Jazz Quartet. The sound however is more muscular and benefits from Robin Aspland's sensitive, irreverent piano with the tight, crisp drumming of Clifford and the propulsive Thorpe driving proceedings with exemplary vim throughout.

A few original compositions will be heard among a range of modern classic pieces including some with a distinctly Brazilian tinge.

This, his 18th album, is a good representation of where modern music with swing fits into the jazz repertoire.

"Beaujolais frequently used his vibes atmospherically, lacing his cohort's solos with glowing clusters and graceful little counter-phrases. But he also turned on the heat: in full flight with two mallets in each hand, he gives the world's best vibes players a run for their money." - James Griffiths (Guardian)

Roger Beaujolais - vibraphone
Robin Aspland - piano
Simon Thorpe - bass
Winston Clifford - drums

Latest CD: Mind the Gap (Stay Tuned Records ST 009)

Web: www.rogerbeaujolais.com


Roger Beaujolais

Roger Beaujolais

Newest Clark Tracey Quintet

(Friday 23 May)

Clark's latest collection of most promising newcomers.

Since losing his father late last year Clark now inherits the mantle of a great British Jazz legacy.

As a leader of his own bands, he continues the Art Blakey tradition of bringing together groups of outstanding young musicians to play accessible, exciting post-bop jazz, including some of his tunes and standards. He encourages the members to write for the band too.

This band contains the cream of the recent output of UK conservatoires. In the same way that Art Blakey constructed various editions of the Jazz Messengers Clark is now reconstructing his quintet to give the new generation of musicians a high profile opportunity to perform widely in a wholly professional context.

Clark Tracey - drums
Henry Armburg Jennings - trumpet
Chris Maddocks - alto sax
Harry Bolt - piano
Daniel Casimir - bass

Latest CD: (New release due)

Web: www.clarktracey.com


Clark Tracey

Clark Tracey

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Gabrielle Ducomble's Notes from Paris

(Friday 30 May)

French themed gig as our contribution to the Yorkshire Festival (Le Grand Départ).

This is a fringe event which is part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, the first ever arts and cultural festival preceding the Tour de France.

Gabrielle is a jazz singer who has dedicated her work to French sounds. Singing in English and French, she performs Parisian-style jazz and tango, giving a fresh interpretation to classic songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Serge Gainsbourg, Astor Piazzolla and others. Her band, including some of Europe's finest musicians in an authentic line-up, provides the perfect anchor for her superlative vocals.

Technically gifted and artistically at home in styles ranging from contemporary jazz to French popular song, in 2003 she reached the final of French "Pop Idol". However since moving to London in 2009 she has immersed herself in the jazz idiom. She released her first CD "J'ai deux amours" in 2011 and now her new release (a Jazz FM album of the week) is fresh for us this year.

An irresistible contribution to the landscape of the Yorkshire Tour de France.

Gabrielle Ducomble - voice
Luca Boscagin - guitar
Dan Teper - accordion
Nick Kacal - bass
Saleem Raman - drums

Latest CD: Notes from Paris

Web: www.gabrielleducomble.com


Gabrielle Ducomble

Gabrielle Ducomble

Yorkshire Festival 2014

The Tour de France will start in Yorkshire on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to enjoy the sporting spectacle.

Yorkshire is home to some of Europe's most stunning countryside and coastline.

The route takes cyclists through great and vibrant cities, including York, Leeds and Sheffield, complemented by pretty market towns.


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Ronnie Bottomley All-Star Jazz Orchestra

(Friday 6 June)

The drummer who has done it all brings a powerful 19 piece band to swing us on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Ronnie Bottomley has been a professional since 1960 and was the inaugural winner of the Jazz Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award. Here's why. Friendship with the late Phil Seaman helped him into jazz when work was decided by where the money was. During the 60s, 70s and 80s he played for a variety of stars on the cabaret circuit like Matt Munroe, Johnny Ray, The (original) Drifters, Howard Keel, Edmund Hockridge, Alma Cogan, Ruby Murray, Dorothy Squires, The Beverley Sisters, Bruce Forsyth, Bob Monkhouse and toured Europe and Australia five times with Gene Pitney. Regular TV work came via the Les Dawson Show, Emmerdale, The Royal and Stay Lucky. When fusion, or jazz/rock, emerged in the early 70s he embraced it whole-heartedly. He was on the staff of Leeds College of Music for 33 years and ran Big Bands for most of that time writing hundreds of arrangements for musicians wanting to immerse themselves in the classic big band era sounds. This has continued since his retirement and he can collect an orchestra of top musicians from a nationwide list of contacts.

M D / Arranger: Ronnie Bottomley

Vocalist: Nicki Allan

Neil Morley
Gareth Smith
Steve Parry
Kim Macari

Jim Corry (alto)
Bill Charleson (alto)
Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor)
Joel Purnell (tenor)
Tony Harper (baritone)

Brian Archer
Kevin Holbrough
Matt Ball
Tony Smith (bass tbn)

Graham Hearn (piano)
Derrick Harris (guitar)
Adrian Knowles (bass)
Peter Fairclough (drums)


Ronnie Bottomley

Ronnie Bottomley

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Friday 13 June - Hockey Weekend


Summertime Blues Specials

(Fridays: 20th June and 27th June)

Still Jumping (20th June)

Jon Taylor has been around the Northern scene for many years of down and dirty playing and shines when in a band with similarly blues inflected players such as these. The vocals added to this band's performances are fun enticements to get involved ourselves.

Jon Taylor - saxes
Pete Wade - guitar and voice
Ian Rose - organ
John Heap - bass guitar
Bernie Wild - drums

Groove Indigo (27th June)

A seductive blend of vitality and experience this band is a tight professional outfit playing a contagious mix of swinging blues and soul-jazz grooves.

Adrian Ingram - guitar
Ian Rose - organ
Paul Chamberlain - electric bass
James Robinson - Drums


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