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Young Jazz Rebels 2: Portraits + Flood Company + Breck Stewart Quartet

After the success of the first "Young Jazz Rebels" showcase in autumn 2021, here's the next one from Leeds' "Mr Jazz" of the last 4 decades, DJ Lubi. Three bands featuring some of the top musicians from the young jazz scene of Leeds all doing their own unique things - Portraits play contemporary UK jazz fusion, Flood Company are left-field freedom jazz featuring vocals, Breck Stewart Quartet maintain the post-bop jazz tradition. A great snapshot of the diversity of sounds and styles in today's Leeds jazz scene.

Earl Okin

Earl Okin is probably the UK's premier Jazz and Bossa Nova singer, as well as one of our finest songwriters. He has also been a headline musical comedian on the UK's comedy circuit for almost 40 years.

After the disastrous year of 2020, when Earl's tour of Australia and all sorts of other nice things were cancelled at a stroke, we are looking to make 2022 a special one for Earl. As he reaches, unbelievably, the age of 75, we are delighted to welcome him back to Seven Arts after his 2021 post-pandemic sellout.

The Northern JB's:Live at Sela

The "Legends of Funk" - The Northern JB's will be hitting the Sela Bar stage, served up alongside the usual tasty pizzas & booze.

Our funky residents The Northern JB's will be returning to the Sela Stage on Thursday 13th January.

The Northern JB's pay homage to the founding fathers and behemoths of heavy funk, The JB's. Playing an exciting mix of classics from James Brown to Parliament/Funkadelic and many other funk icons (both past and present) this show will keep you moving all night!

The Northern Swing Orchestra with Michaela Smith

The Northern Swing Orchestra is a 16 piece big band and plays some of the very best in big band music.

On Sunday 6th February we will be joined by the fabulous Michaela Smith.

We have an extensive Swing Band library including numbers made famous by the bands of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to name a few. More recently, the band's library has grown to include new arrangements by some of the country's leading composers and arrangers.

Jason Rebello and Tim Garland’s “Duology”

Two of the UK’s most celebrated musicians in concert together at Seven Arts

Saxophonist Tim Garland is one of the most versatile musicians in the UK. Highly skilled as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader, Garland has developed a highly original voice with a marriage of diverse influences combined with unique and varied line-ups. With years on the road with Chick Corea’s Vigil, Garland has built a formidable reputation as one of the leading British Jazz musicians, equally at home with an orchestra or small ensemble.

ARQ (Alison Rayner Quartet)

Alison Rayner has been a leading light of British jazz for over 30 years, with the Guest Stars in the 80s and with the Blow The Fuse partnership. Strong heartwarming tunes and incisive improvising, with musical influences from around the world.

Alison Rayner – bass Diane McLoughlin – saxophones Deirdre Cartwright – guitar Steve Lodder – piano Buster Birch – drums

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Jazz-Folk four-piece Nefaerious hail from Leeds. They take inspiration from traditional storytelling, the free improvisation of Jazz, and alternative Folk. They have released their debut single ‘Above The Earth’ and are releasing a DIY-style music video produced during lockdown featuring stop-motion claymation reminiscent of Wallace and Gromit.

Featuring Genevieve Begley (vocals), Tom Woodhouse (guitar), Billy Sims (bass), and Bob Henderson (drums).

Arun Ghosh Quartet

Arun Ghosh is a clarinettist and composer whose style incorporates jazz; Indian and western classical; folk; hip-hop; rock and experimental sounds. A serial collaborator, Ghosh performs with an array of projects. He was Artist in Residence of Alchemy Festival at the Southbank (2010), and is an Associate Artist at the Albany Theatre, Deptford. He was a BT Celebrity Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympics, and a featured artist of the BT River of Music events as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.