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Village Jazz Festival 2018
30 Aug 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
Our second Village Jazz Festival is going to be a bit bigger than the first! It’s grown from that three days as part of last year’s Chapel Allerton Festival last year to four this year at venues including Seven Arts (Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening), and the School of Philosophy on Woodland Lane (Friday night) as well as the Regent Street Sunday afternoon on the main stage. We’re featuring some of the best jazz blues and salsa musicians from the local area and beyund.
We start with the Big Easy swing band on the Thursday 30 August featuring the swing music of the 20’s and 30’s with the greatest tunes by the giants of swing; Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Nina Simone and many more household names, added their own interesting arrangements to bring you a set of the finest swing tunes (at Seven Arts 8pm). Support is from jazz songstress Emily Brown with her quartet.
On Friday evening we feature Leeds pianist Chris Lloyd and his trio playing homage to Oscar Peterson “Lloyd Plays Peterson” (7.30-8.30pm) followed by a jam session (9-10pm) at the School of Philosophy 64 Woodland Ln, Leeds LS7 4PD - this is a new venue, immediatley behind the main festival stage (31 Aug 7.30-10pm). You are welcome to come and join in the jazz jam session just bring yourself, your voice, your instrument and your tunes you want to play. There will be a jazz trio there to support you led by Chris Bland on piano.
On Saturday 1 Sept during the afternoon we have a free performace by Alice Higgins and "Tiptoe" in the bar at Seven Arts 3-4pm. a jazz masterclass at Seven Arts (5.30-6.30pm) led by Julian Argüelles.
The headline festival act @Seven Arts on Saturday 1 Sept 8pm is the Julian Argüelles Quartet led by saxophonist, composer and Loose Tubes alumnus Julian Argüelles. Julian joins up with some of the UK’s leading younger jazz musicians in the form of Ivo Neame on piano and the powerful bass and drums duo of Sam Lasserson and James Maddren, displaying Argüelles’ consistent talent for freewheeling jazz ventures packed with striking compositions. Neame is a fluently inventive pianist. This is a jazz group to the core, yet it is full of non-jazz surprises!
The Sunday afternoon open air concert of jazz blues and salsa bands in Regent Street 12.00-6pm will get you dancing! It includes Nick Svark’s blues band “Who Knows” and popular soul jazz band “Atlantic Crossover”, Sueli Gil’s Africa- Brasil, local big band the North Leeds Jazz Orchestra and Leeds answer to Sun Ra – the Ancient Infinity Orchestra
Village Jazz programme schedule is as follows
Thus 30 Aug – Big Easy + Emily Brown Quartet Seven Arts (8-11.00) £12/10 (Under 25’s £6)
Fri 31 Aug – “Lloyd Plays Peterson” followed by a Festival Jazz Jam at School of Philosophy (evening 7.30-10) £5
Sat 1 Sept 3pm -4pm – jazz in the bar at Seven Arts with “Tiptoe” – free
Sat 5pm – Jazz Masterclass at Seven Arts by Julian Argüelles 5.30pm-6.30pm £5 (free to concert attendees)
Sat 1 Sept – Julian Argüelles Quartet + support from Tiptoe at Seven Arts (8-11.00pm) £12/10 (Under 25’s £6)
Sun afternoon 2 Sept – Jazz Blues and Salsa in Regent Street 12.00-6pm Bucket collection
12 North Leeds Jazz Orchestra
1.15 Atlantic Crossover”,
2.30 Ancient Infinity Orchestra
3.45 Sueli Gil’s Africa- Brasil
5 Nick Svark’s blues band “Who Knows
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
£12/10 (under 25's £6) for Thursday and Saturday evening at Seven Arts
£5 for Friday evening at School of Philosophy
Bucket collection on Sunday afternoon at Regent Street
- Family friendly
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