Seven Jazz in Partnership with Love Pass Music to bring you the best in jazz.


LoveMusicPass are very pleased to announce their new partnership with Seven Jazz to offer you the very best of jazz music coming to Leeds.

Seven Jazz Leeds won the UK Parliamentary Award for best UK jazz club, so you will be welcome to join with us to enjoy our success at our Leeds international jazz series at Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton in Leeds over the next three months 


The first concert is Paris based vibraphone supremo Jim Hart and his group Cloudmakers “Five” on Thursday January 19th 2017.  The group features MOBO award nominated American bassist Mike Janisch and special guests Antonin-Tri Hoang (France) on alto sax and Hannes Reipler (Austria) on guitar. Their music draws from such diverse musical worlds—including free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation.


On Thursday February 9th we welcome back to Seven Jazz for New York based saxophonist/composer Seamus Blake, who is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. He has been a feature on the New York scene for 20 years, especially as a featured soloist with the Mingus Big Band who has performed with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. With James are Ross Stanley on Hammond organ, James Maddren on drums.


On Thursday February 23rd we feature one of our own – Leeds bassist Dave Kane’s with his Magic YaYa Band. Dave is rightly gaining international recognition for his playing and compositions. His Magic YaYa Band are an octet of players from the burgeoning Leeds jazz scene. They have a great groove and feature punchy and brassy unison passages that led into some collective improvisation and then into individual solos.


The Music of Duke Ellington featuring Cleveland Watkiss (vocals) and Tom Harrison (sax) will be a  joyful celebration of the music of the jazz legend Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn. The band features internationally recognised vocal star Cleveland Watkiss, whose credits include, Stevie Wonder, The Who and many more, as well as MOBO nominee David Lyttle and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. The concert in on Thursday March 9th.


Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams bring generations and styles of musicians/music together in a fascinating encounter on Thursday March 23rd. The Glow Quartet features these two exceptional musicians, Trish on tnor saxophone and Gareth on piano in an interactive band that combines the good stuff from both more traditional improvised jazz music and contemporary ideas.


Jazz pannist Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra will feature Leeds own steel pan maestro Dudley Nesbitt with the brilliant Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra to perform a special programme at Seven Arts showcasing the jazz steel pan. Dudley was the arranger for Steel Orchestras in Panorama in his native Trinidad, their equivalent of the Proms. This evening will be a chance for Dudley to play with the young musicians of the Leeds College of Music in their award winning Big Band led by tenor saxman, staff member and alumnus Rob Mitchell on Thursday April 27th


Each of the concerts will be at Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD and will start at 8pm, finishing at 11pm, (doors open at 7.30pm). There will be a support act between 8 and 8.30 for each concert featuring a new group from the Leeds area.


Seven Jazz also run Sunday afternoon concerts at Seven Arts and Inkwell in Chapel Allerton, and organise jazz workshops for musicians, a big band and a jazz choir. Further information is available on uk


You can see all six concerts at a discount rate of 30%. Alternatively, choose from any of the six concerts at a discounted rate of £1 off per concert for LoveMusicPass members (two discounted tickets per Single membership and four discounted tickets per Joint membership). 

Cloudmakers Trio “Five” – Thursday January 19th

Seamus Blake – Thursday February 9th

Dave Kane’s Magic YaYa Band – Thursday February 23rd

The Music of Duke Ellington featuring  Cleveland Watkiss and Tom Harrison–  Thursday March 9th

Glow Quartet feat Trish Clowes and Gareth Williams – Thursday March 23rd

Dudley Nesbitt and Leeds College of Music Jazz Orchestra – Thursday April 27th

Steve Crocker

Organiser, Seven Jazz Leeds