Seven Jazz is an independent jazz club promoter in Chapel Allerton Leeds. Our aim is to promote high quality and accessible jazz and related musics. 2014 is our seventh anniversary year. We are pleased that we won the Jazz Yorkshire award for Jazz Club of the Year at their event in Dean Clough Halifax in 2012; Jean Watson also won the Jazz fundraiser of the year.
We 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. We also run some sunday afternoon gigs at Seven Arts.
Our other main venue is the inspirational Inkwell Arts, not far from Seven Arts at 31 Potternewton Lane, also in Chapel Allerton. Our Sunday gigs are 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.
We also run instrumental workshops for people who want to learn more about the music or to play with other musicians, and run "Jazz Cafe" jam sessions 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 Chapel Allerton Blues Festival in July every year.
Our choir, the "Seven Jazz Voices Choir" meet in Inkwell, tutored either by Nicki Allen or Tessa Smith and are 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 Robin Porter 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 are pictured 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. Perhaps we'll take a photo at our Seventh anniversary this year too!