Seven Jazz Leeds is a highly successful and popular voluntary jazz promoter based in Chapel Allerton in North Leeds. Our aim is to bring the best of jazz to Leeds. We started in September 2007 and are now one of the major jazz promoters in the North of England . In May 2016 we won the Parliamentary Jazz Award for the best UK Jazz venue at the House of Commons.
We organise events in the Chapel Allerton (LS7) area of Leeds, hence the "Seven" in our name. Our main venues are Seven Arts on Harrogate Road and Inkwell on Potternewton Lane. We also organise the Jazz Sunday at the Chapel Allerton Festival. We started in 2007 and have had a lot of help from Seven Arts, Jazz Yorkshire and latterly by Inkwell in establishing us on the national and international jazz circuit.
Seven Arts, our main venue, 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. Our other, smaller, venue is the inspirational Inkwell Arts, not far from Seven Arts at 31 Potternewton Lane, also in Chapel Allerton. We run about 60-70 gigs per year and about the same number of workshops. Our Sunday gigs are every Sunday between 1.30pm and 4.15pm with the best of the rich and creative elements of the Leeds and Northern jazz scene. Some of these are totally acoustic "unplugged" gigs that feature live unamplified jazz using the brilliant acoustics of Seven Arts venue. Our evening concerts are on Thursdays 7.45pm -11.15pm featuring national and international jazz stars. We have an "Seven Jazz Introduces" series of bands that are new to our audiences and that support the main evening acts.
We are keen to support jazz education - our programme of instrumental workshops is designed for people who want to learn more about the music or to play with other musicians. We promote "Jazz Cafe" jam sessions where we encourage people to play and sing with support from high quality local rhythm sections. We also promote the open air Jazz Sunday at the Chapel Allerton Festival in September. Our choir, the "Seven Jazz Voices Choir" meet in Inkwell, tutored by the fantastic Tessa Smith and have performed widely, at Seven Arts, Garforth Arts Festival and the Venue in Leeds City Centre
We want people to come and enjoy the music and have fun - our afternoon concerts arefamily 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 .We have an online sales service for tickets at SEVEN ARTS. We also run an regular BLUESFEST event, and IMPROV FESTs of free jazz. We have special sessions featuring he latest crop of bands for Leeds College Of Music Jazz degree - these are our COLLEGE COLLECTIONS and take place in April and May each year
Seven Jazz is run by volunteers - the people who help and you will see at gigs are Phil Green, Steve Crocker, Steve Ross, Will Powell, Trevor Prinn, Tony Walsh, and Jean Watson. Our Saturday workshops are run by a range of top Leeds jazz educators. Guitarist Dom Moore runs a very popular improvisation group on Friday evenings held at the Methodist Centre, Chapel Allerton. We have two excellent photographers - Alex Hemingway, Tom Swire. 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!