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Jazz at Boston Spa
Alan Barnes + John Hallam

Les Brown writes - we had a cracking start to the New Year on Saturday evening with the Savannah Jazz Band in excellent form. Over one hundred in the audience and a wonderful atmosphere. Please find attached the programme for January/February. The programme to the end of May is on the website ( Thanks for all your support in 2013. The good news is that we intend to hold the entry price at £8 for 2014 (specials excepted).

25th Jan – Alan Barnes + John Hallam + Tom Kincaid Trio – here’s a session to whet the appetites of Jazz aficionados. Two of the UK’s finest saxophonists plus the magical sounds of the Tom Kincaid Trio. No more need be said. N B £10

1st Feb - Maine Street Jazzmen – this band from the North East has quickly established itself as a real favourite of the Boston Spa audience. No nonsense, driving traditional jazz with the added bonus of some superb harmonica playing from trombonist/leader Herbie Hudson and a sprinkling of upbeat vocals from Olive.

8th Feb– New Orleans Heat – always welcome visitors to Jazz in the Spa is this seven piece group playing “old style” New Orleans jazz but with renewed verve and vigour. First class musicians led by pianist Barry Grummet, the band presents a programme of stomps, blues, spirituals and rags in the styles of Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas.

15th Feb – Spirit of New Orleans – and holding to the New Orleans theme, here’s a highly regarded Yorkshire based band with a delightfully relaxed, wide ranging and distinctive style. Led by trumpet maestro Dave Pogson, this band swings and entertains in equal measure.

22nd Feb– Boston Spa Real Ale Festival – featuring Ron Burnett’s Mardi Gras Jazz Quartet. No evening session this week as the Village Hall is transformed into a Mecca for Real Ale enthusiasts with up to 30 ales to choose from. The Mardi Gras Quartet will be on stage from 2.00pm to 4.00pm - the session being sponsored by Jazz in the Spa.
Entry £5 to include a Festival glass.

Jazz is at the Village Hall High Street Boston Spa LS23 6AA

We are situated just off the new section of the A1(M) at Junction 45 signed Wetherby and Otley. 

Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: January 17, 2014, 1:21 pm
Zoë Gilby chases away the January blues

UK jazz vocalist and songwriter Zoë Gilby, who has been making a real impression on the jazz scene is to perform at The Atkinson, Southport  on Friday 24 January.

With a constantly expanding repertoire that starts with her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion and performed by her highly accomplished band, which features guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown. Her stockpile of music reaches a wide range of more contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd through to Kate Bush. Also included in her varied programme are some superb interpretations of “The Great American Songbook“.

Emma Lloyd, The Atkinson Performing Arts, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager says: “We are looking forward to The Zoë Gilby Trio performing for our audiences. Zoë has a bluesy, sophisticated but powerful voice that oozes talent. She is one to watch for the future as she will be around for a long time!” 

The Zoë Gilby Trio perform at The Atkinson on Friday 24 January at 7.30pm, tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door. Come and forget your January blues!

"Sparkling debut by an exuberant singer whose lively personality comes across on every track. Sheer enjoyment throughout." - Jazz UK Magazine

Tickets are available online at or by calling The Atkinson box office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.
*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings.

The  Zoë Gilby Trio
Friday 24 January
Tickets: £8 adv / £10 doors

The Atkinson
Lord Street


Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: January 17, 2014, 1:07 pm
Jazz and Swing this Spring@Wilmslow!
Nicki Allan

Graham Brook promotes "Tuesday Jazz and Swing"  upstairs at Wilmslow Conservative Club,15, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow SK9 5EG commencing at 8.30pm. £7 on the door as follows. 

January 21st:- The Nicki Allan Quintet
January 28th:- Alan Barnes and John Hallam with the Tom Kincaid trio
February 4th:- Zoe Gilby and Dave Browning with the Steve Moore trio
February 11th:- Paul Duffy and Ed Kainyek with the Vinnie Parker trio
February 18th:- Tom Kincaid (solo keyboard)
February 25th:- Amy Roberts and Mike Hall with the Tom Kincaid trio
March 4th:- Peter Carlton and Bob Lloyd with the Tom Kincaid trio
March 11th:- Zoe Kyoti and Dave Browning with the Vinnie Parker trio
March 18th:- John Hallam and Terry Brunt with the Tom Kincaid trio
March 25th:- Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes with the Vinnie Parker trio
April 1st:- Rosie Harrison and Mike Hall with the Tom Kincaid trio
April 8th:- Ann-Marie and Dave Browning with the Vinnie Parker trio
April 15th:- Roy Forbes sings Nat King Cole with the Gordon Robinson Quartet
April 22nd:- Tom Kincaid trio 
April 29th:- The Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six
May 6th:- Suzanne Fonseca and Wally Davies with the Steve Moore trio
May 13th:- Lee Gibson and Dave Browning with the Vinnie Parker trio
May 20th:- The Julie Edwards/Kevin Dearden Quartet
May 27th:- Amy Roberts and John Hallam with the Tom Kincaid trio
Graham also promotes "The Sinatra Swingers" on the first Thursday of every month at Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club, Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 5AT. Show starts 8.30pm £6 on the door.
Gordon Robinson, Dave Browning, Vinnie Parker, Dave Turner and Nigel Cretney with guest vocalist. 

The guest for February 6th is Rosie Harrison. Shows also on March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th. 

Telephone:- 01625 528336 Web page:-

Author: Steve Crocker
Posted: January 17, 2014, 12:57 pm

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