Check out the demoinaday blog for an update on the musicians who have visited Leeds Media Centre studio as part of our Demo in a Day project. Most recent bands have been Colin Byrne's UK Mingus Project and the new Rob Lavers Quartet (featured). www.demoinaday.blogspot.com
The jazz community in York now have an impressive 24 page magazine featuring everything you need to know about their lively scene. Editor Anna Lacy says
"A lot of fantastic jazz is being created in and around York but not a lot of people seem to know about it. YJS will be an outlet for the different jazz streams to come together, and to create a stronger feeling of community amongst those who are enthusiastic about jazz".
Read the first issue online at issuu.com/yorkjazzscene or yorkjazzscene.blogspot.com/2009/03/read-yjs-online.html
Save £3 on the £12 ticket price when you purchase tickets for Jellymould Jazz record label artist Jenni Molloy's Bach Uploaded debut live album recording at the Howard Assembly Room, the new arts venue at Leeds Grand Theatre on Sunday 22nd March at 8pm. Read more.
After nine years the annual September Cleethorpes Jazz Weekend will not be taking place this year. Organisers N.E. Lincolnshire Council have handed the running of the event over to Grimsby Jazz and the North East Lincolnshire Arts Forum. At short notice the new organisers are putting together an alternative jazz weekend 10-12 July at a smaller 250 capacity venue during the month long Arts Forum Festival.
Check out the Wakefield Jazz YouTube website for video clips from recent Friday night gigs. Bands featured: award winning Yorkshire band IDST, Anita Wardell, Jim Mullen, Zoe Gilbey and drum solos from Luke Flowers and Martin Drew. www.youtube.com/wakefieldjazz
The application forms for this year's Voluntary Promoter Award are now available for download from this website. Go to promoters
Ruby Wood and Jenni Malloy featured on the Yamaha New Jazz Sessions CD and performed at London's 606 Club. LIMA member guitarist Chris Sharkey joins Acoustic Ladyland. Matthew Bourne is preparing for his 'Songs from a Lost Piano' tour - using a variety of old broken Yorkshire pianos. The World Premier is at LCM on 27/2
Musicians from the Leeds' LIMA scene feature in a list of musicians to watch for in 2009 according to a panel of journalists and jazz insiders in Jazzwise magazine. Names include: If Destroyed Still True (IDST), Trio VD, Bilbao Syndrome, Minghe Morte and Andrew Plummer (Bilbao Syndrome vocalist).
The Worshipful Company of Musicians annual 'John Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition' has increased to Â£1,000 www.jazzorg.com.
Internationally acclaimed composer/ arranger John Warran has released a new cd "Finally Beginning". Originally from Montreal, John came to England in the sixties. Currently based in York, John is musical director of the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra, comprised of the best players in the North East of England. fuzzymoonrecords.co.uk
Promoter's Choice Award winners IDST cd 'Seven Dials' has now been released on GLP records and is available to buy and download from a number of places including amazon. Nick Tyson of IDST says "It has been a very exciting few months for us, and hopefully the momentum will continue in 2009".
If Destroyed Still True (IDST)
10 Musicians / projects awarded places on the Jazz Yorkshire 'Demo in a Day' scheme. This is a partnership project with Leeds Media Centre. read more...
The long running Wednesday night Jam Session at the Black Swan, York is back after a recent halt when the pub closed. www.yorkjazz.com
JATP continues programming jazz in Bradford inspite of the uncertainty of the future of Priestley Theatre since it went into liquidation.
From October 2012 Jazz Yorkshire and the other northern jazz development agencies are replaced by Jazz North. Read more: news/jazznorth
Recognising who made exceptional contributions to our jazz scene in 2011-12. facebook group Jazz Yorkshire Awards.
An intensive, one-day big band workshop for young musicians aged between 12 - 18 playing Big Band jazz jazzyorkshire.org/jazzjamboree
Mentoring and professional career development for jazz musicians in the early part of their career. jazzyorkshire.org/futures
Listen to a selection of tracks recorded by musicians who have taken part in our 'Demo in a Day' scheme. jazzyorkshire.org/demo
Did you know that Yorkshire and The Humber has the strongest network of promoters outside London?
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