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Phil Donkin Quartet
Duncan Lamont Songbook "The Other Side of the Rainbow"
Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble
Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra (W Y J O)
Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet
Liane Carroll with Julian Nicholas and Jam Experiment
Perico Sambeat / Arnie Somogyi Quartet
Simon Spillett Quartet
Nikki Iles 50th Birthday tour - the Printmakers
Snake Davis' New Band

Phil Donkin Quartet

(Friday 13 March)

Another British International star returns with American sidemen.

Phil Donkin made a name throughout the UK in the few years following his graduation. Since then he has worked for years in New York and then based himself in Berlin to play all over Europe.

He now has experience playing with the best musicians in the world yet is rarely seen in his home country.

Sunderland native Phil Donkin is one of the most in demand bassists in the World, and is embarking on his first UK tour as a bandleader promoting the release of 'The Gate,' his debut album for Whirlwind Recordings. The album features some of the most exciting talent in NYC, Ben Wendel, Glenn Zaleski & Jochen Rückert. The touring musicians are 50 / 50 U K / USA and will be up for a night of highly exciting, creative music .

'The Gate' is a work of extraordinary depth and maturity. Bursting with wit and intelligence, the pieces are navigated expertly by the four members, displaying a complex array of textures.

"Special mention though, to bassist Phil Donkin, who held down two sets of high energy jazz before revealing his light-fingered dexterity on the encore." - Mike Hobart FT

Phil Donkin - bass
Glen Zaleski - piano
Julian Siegel - tenor saxophone
Colin Stranahan - drums

Latest CD: The Gate (Whirlwind Recordings)

Web: www.phildonkin.com

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Phil Donkin

Phil Donkin


Duncan Lamont Songbook "The Other Side of the Rainbow"

(Friday 20 March)

A unique two-singer offering featuring the work of Duncan Lamont.

Saxophonist Duncan Lamont has worked with all the greats - Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra to name a few. As a gifted composer his songs have been recorded by Natalie Cole, Blossom Dearie, Mark Murphy and Dame Cleo Laine. Singer Esther Bennett has been presenting his work with a number of other singers around London for some time and now brings the project north with Yorkshire - based singer Beverley Beirne. Look out for their pianist John Crawford who is a real find of new talent and expect the playing of veteran Duncan Lamont to bring back some memories.

Esther Bennett - voice
Beverley Beirne - voice
Duncan Lamont - saxophone
John Crawford - piano.
Simon Read - bass
Matt Parkinson - drums

Latest CD: (none)

Web: www.beverleybeirne.com

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Beverley Beirne and Esther Bennett

Beverley Beirne and Esther Bennett

Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble

(Friday 17 April)

Ever-enthralling Gilad brings another slice of new work.

In the fifteenth year of an almost unchanging line-up, this exciting and entertaining quartet features yet more new music from the pen of its leader. In a four star review of the album in the Guardian, John Fordham said:

"This eighth album by Atzmon's powerful Orient House Ensemble goes in at least three directions: muscular Coltrane-like energy; melancholy tone-poetry drawing on the Turkish and Arabic inflections in the leader's playing; cheerfully subversive clowning."

Recognise the features? - we all know what to expect; plus the unexpected.

Exciting drummer, Chris Higginbottom, will bring a new dimension to the music.

Gilad Atzmon - saxes and clarinet
Frank Harrison - piano.
Yaron Stavi - bass
Chris Higginbottom - drums

Latest CD: The Whistle Blower

Web: www.gilad.co.uk

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Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble

Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble

Wakefield Express article - 10 April 2015

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra (W Y J O)

(Friday 24 April)

Wakefield's own young musicians showing the benefit of a major project.

In 2011 and 2012 the band was successful in reaching the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth and has performed alongside some of the country's leading Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras. The band, directed by Amanda Spalding and Stuart Wilkinson, formed strong links with Wakefield Jazz and has supported artists of international repute such as the Paul Booth Trio and the Brandon Allen / Quentin Collins Quartet.

In 2012/13, Jo McCallum commissioned twelve contemporary jazz composers to write an original piece of music for a youth jazz orchestra.

This Jazz North education project in partnership with Wakefield Music Hub, is giving the Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra the opportunity to rehearse and perform this Music for Life suite of music. Rehearsals began in September 2014 led by Jo McCallum. In October WYJO enjoyed a special day being coached by Mike Walker, Iain Dixon, Dennis Rollins and Jo McCallum as part of the 'Music for Life' project. The jazz orchestra performed a selection of the original music at the Music Hub Christmas celebration and will complete the project with this performance for Wakefield Jazz Club. It will be co-directed by Jo McCallum and featuring guest guitarist, Mike Walker.

Web: http://wakefieldmusicservices.org/music-centres/central-premier-ensembles/wakefield-youth-jazz-orchestra/

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Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra

Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet

(Friday 1 May) Our Founders' Day gig

Gascoyne  /  O’Higgins  Quartet
Co-led group specialising in "contrafacts" - new tunes written to changes of favourite standards.

This band has been having, and giving, fun for over four years and produced 2 CDs. The co-leaders take equal responsibility for writing the tunes which means not a little competition to produce the most "developed" alternatives to the familiar. Graham Harvey has been with Stacey Kent for eight years - and runs his own trio "Glue".

The masterful musicianship of these individuals is put to the service of very listenable and enchanting, not to say intriguing, entertainment.

Dave O'Higgins - saxophone
Graham Harvey - piano.
Geoff Gascoyne - bass
Sebastiaan de Krom - drums

Latest CD: The Real Note vol. 2

Web: www.daveohiggins.com

Web: www.geoffgascoyne.com

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Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet

Liane Carroll with Julian Nicholas and Jam Experiment

(Friday 8 May) - All ticket gig

A benefit gig thanks to the generosity of Liane Carroll.

When Liane Carroll was last at Wakefield Jazz a support band from Chetham's School (Manchester) was on the same bill. Its alto player (Alexander Bone) had just won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in competition with several others in the band. Liane invited the band to join her on a couple of numbers in her second set; it went well. Since then Jam Experiment have been selected by Jazz North for "Jazz North Introducing" and have several Festival gigs lined up. Later, at Liane's suggestion, this benefit gig with Jam Experiment was arranged to help boost the club's funds. Julian Nicholas (Loose Tubes) was invited to join the ensemble and an uproarious night is expected. As a charismatic teacher and performer, Liane is a very popular jazz vocalist in the UK and increasingly worldwide (she has recently returned from a performance in Hawaii). We are extremely grateful to Liane for her support.

"She seems in some magical way to be made out of music." - The Observer.

Jam Experiment:
Rory Ingham - trombone
Alexander Bone - alto sax
Toby Comeau - piano
Sam Quintana - bass
Oren Mc Loughlin - drums

Latest CD: Ballads (Quiet money recordings)

Web: www.lianecarroll.co.uk

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Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll

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Perico Sambeat / Arnie Somogyi Quartet

Spanish International star alto player returns to the U K.

15 May)

The U K became aware of the prodigious talent of Valencia-born Perico Sambeat with Guy Barker's band during the early 1990s. He is now considered Spain's greatest jazz musician having played worldwide with the likes of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Maria Schneider and won numerous awards. However he has rarely been seen here since. Arnie has worked with him at European Summer schools and this hook-up is to our distinct advantage. A truly great band is the result with masters of the drums and piano in Keogh and Green completing the line-up. They will play a mixture of classic and original material, the latter composed by both Arnie and Perico especially for this band. A world-class performance can be expected.

Perico Sambeat - alto saxophone
Barry Green - piano.
Arnie Somogyi - bass
Steven Keogh - drums

Web: www.arniesomogyi.com

Web: www.blueartmanagement.com/featured-artists/perico-sambeat-italian-quartet-2

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Perico Sambeat

Perico Sambeat


Simon Spillett Quartet

(Friday 22 May)

The hyper-fluent devotee of hard bop with his high energy band.

Simon has established a permanent place at the top of UK jazz and has the pick of first call musicians when putting a band together. This combination of top rank players has the perfect insight into his performance to be able to support his playing and drive things along. It is almost the line-up celebrating Tubby Hayes at 80 (with Martin Freeman) which sold out at Ronnie Scott's in February. A classic night of exciting music is in store.

"A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper, he has examined and absorbed all the greats... generates huge excitement, passion and swagger." - Chris Ingham - Mojo

Original music of a melodic nature to give everyone an opportunity to show off their soloing capabilities.

Simon Spillett - saxophone
John Critchinson - piano
Dave Green - bass
Clark Tracey - drums

Latest CD: Square One (Gearbox records)

Web: www.simonspillett.com

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Simon Spillett

Simon Spillett

Nikki Iles 50th Birthday tour - the Printmakers
- with support from Leeds College of Music FE 'Next Generation' Big Band at 7:30 pm

£17.00 (Friday 29 May)

Our patron with her most successful six piece project.

Nominated as "Best Band" in 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, this collection of the cream of UK Jazz has played together for enough years to have that instinctive empathy that makes for great jazz. The tour is a continuation of celebrations begun in 2013 (the actual age marker) - Nikki jokes she's had the longest birthday ever (and it's hard to believe she will ever exceed 50 years). They play tunes composed by Iles and Walker as well as by Ralph Towner, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Fred Hersch.

"Iles displayed the rhythmic suprises, shape shifting phrases, playful dialogue with partners and a mix of ruggedness and reflection that at times make her comparable with the great John Taylor." - The Guardian

Nikki Iles - piano
Norma Winstone - voice
Mark Lockheart - saxophone
Mike Walker - guitar
Steve Watts - bass
James Maddren - drums

Latest CD: Westerly , the First Printmakers CD was recorded in the Lake District in September

Web: www.nikkiIles.co.uk

Support - Leeds College of Music FE 'Next Generation' Big Band



Alex Fisher

Jasmine Whalley


Jasper Cole


Andy Berry

Rhythm Section:

Drums / Percussion:

Kai Chareunsy


Ricky Westrip

Electric or Double-Bass:

Tommy Fuller


Charlie Smythe

Guest Vocalists:

Millie Crowther

Charlotte Hall

Nina Bannister

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Nikki Iles 50th Birthday tour ~ the Printmakers

Nikki Iles 50th Birthday tour - the Printmakers

Nikki Iles

Nikki Iles

Snake Davis' New Band

(Friday 5 June)

Ever-popular player on an overdue return to his favourite club.

The longevity of Snake's popularity is due to the immediate accessibility of the soul-jazz he enjoys most and the fact that he is in enormous demand as a session musician in the commercial world.

This new band (well, you'll all remember Paul, also from M-people) is to showcase the singing of guitarist Gareth on the Classic Sax Solo tour - get your ticket(s) early.

Guaranteed to be an evening of extreme groove and melody.

Chris Davis - saxes and flute
Gareth Moulton - guitar/vocals
Paul Birchall - piano
Simon Goulding or Ed Poole - bass guitar
Ali Thynne - drums

Latest CD: Mascara

Web: www.snakedavis.com

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Snake Davis

Snake Davis


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