Seven Jazz is an independent jazz club promoter in Chapel Allerton Leeds. Our aim is to promote high quality contemporary jazz and related musics. We started at Seven Arts, then a recently built suburban Arts Venue, on September 20, 2007 -our first concert was jazz/blues guitarist Billy Buckley and his trio. In 2008 we started to promote the "Jazz Sunday" as part of the Chapel Allerton Festival. In 2009 we ran our first workshop groups, and added a second group the following year. In 2012 we were pleased to win the Jazz Yorkshire award for Jazz Club of the Year at their event in Dean Clough Halifax; Jean Watson also won the Jazz fundraiser of the year. In January 2013 we also started our "Jazz Voices" choir. Also in 2013 we opened a second jazz venue at Inkwell Arts, and ran our first summer "BluesFest" of blues related music.
We now promote jazz an two main venues. Seven Arts has great acoustics and a cafe with a wide range of drinks and food. It is at 31 Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton, close to the city centre with good public transport and free local parking. Here we promote our Leeds International Jazz Concert series featuring the best bands from around the word on Thursday evenings 8.30-10.15pm - we promote around 20 such gigs every year.
Our other main venue is the inspirational Inkwell Arts, not far from Seven Arts at 31 Potternewton Lane, also in Chapel Allerton. Our Sunday afternoon gigs are held every Sunday between 1.30pm and 4pm with the best of the rich and creative elements of the Leeds and Yorkshirejazz scene, with 40-50 such gigs per year alternating between Inkwell and Seven Arts.
Our instrumental workshops are designed for people who want to learn more about the music or to play with other musicians. We also run a monthly "Jazz Cafe" jam session at Inkwell where we encourage people to play and sing with a top local rhythm section - a jazz talent show. We also organise the bands at the open air Jazz Sunday at the Chapel Allerton Festival in September and run our own BluesFest in July most years.
Our choir, the "Seven Jazz Voices Choir" meet in Inkwell, tutored either by Nicki Allen or more recently Tessa Smith and it now perfoming at places including The Venue and the Garforth Arts Festival.
We want people to come and enjoy the music and have fun - our afternoon concerts are family friendly and kids under 16 can come to our Sunday concerts free of charge. We also have concessions for people who are unwaged and for students and have a loyalty card for our Sunday gigs (the 6th gig is free!). We offer reduced price season tickets for our evening gigs and full time students can get into our evening gigs for £5 if we have tickets left.We have an online sales service for TICKETS AT SEVEN ARTS and for all our gigs here at TICKETS FOR SEVEN JAZZ
Seven Jazz is run by volunteers - the people who help and you will see at gigs are Martin Briggs, Steve Crocker, Phil Green, Steve Ross, Tony Walsh, Will Powell and Jean Watson . Our Saturday workshops are run by a range of top Leeds jazz educators - young saxman Will Howard and guitarist Dom Moore. Guitarist Dom Moore also runs a series of popular improvisation groups at his venue in Meanwood. We also have lots of people who just come and support us by coming to the club and enjoying the music.We are always looking for help - just come to one of our gigs and offer!
The Jazz Committee band is pictured above playing at Seven's third anniversary party on 7th July 2010- Jami Sheriff from Leeds College of Music (keyboards), the late and much missed Colin Watson (guitar), Steve Crocker (double bass), Paul Smith (drums) Jean Watson (vocals) and Martin Townshend (tenor sax) - photo by our cameraman Tom Swire.