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Darius Brubeck Quartet @Seven Arts Thus 17 May



Darius Brubeck piano, Dave O’Higgins saxes, Matt Ridley bass, Wesley Gibbens drums

Son of the famous Dave Brubeck, Darius has developed his own reputation as a great, swinging pianist. Darius was ushered into the international jazz scene in the Seventies as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet (Dave, Darius, Chris and Dan Brubeck) under his father’s leadership. It represents a considerable coup for us to persuade Dave’s eldest son Darius Brubeck, a respected pianist and composer on his own account, to bring his quartet to Chapel A for a  headline concert. There will be a real sense of occasion about this keenly anticipated concert and the Brubeck Quartet that won’t disappoint for a mixture of Darius’ own highly credible original compositions and  classics from his late father’s pen.

Born in 1947 Darius Brubeck has been based in London since 2006 and has assembled an excellent band of musicians from the capital’s jazz scene including the experienced saxophonist Dave O’Higgins, rising star bassist Matt Ridley and the South African born drummer Wesley Gibbens. This line up has recorded two excellent albums, 2014’s “Cathy’s Summer” , dedicated to Brubeck’s wife and manager Catherine,  and the recent follow up “Years Ago” (2016).

The concert will include audience favourites, standard jazz and some ever-popular Dave Brubeck music plus new compositions and soulful renderings of ballads like "Flamingo" and "I don't stand a Ghost of a Chance with You".

Support from Alex Fisher trio with Leeds saxman Alex and Sam Williams on bass, Jordan Dinsdale drums

Darius Brubeck Quartet Thursday 17 May @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £18/16 (NUS £5)

Leeds University Union Big Band @Seven Arts 13 May 2018 1.30pm


Leeds University Union (LUU) Big Band Sunday 13 May @Seven Arts Doors 1.30pm £10/8 (NUS £5)

The LUU Big Band plays a wide variety of dance band/big band repertoire including swing, funk and jazz. Formed in 1987 as part of the Leeds University Union Music Society they have moved from its humble beginnings to an independent, semi-professional band gigging around Leeds, the wider Yorkshire area and further afield.

This 22 piece Big Band plucks the best jazz players from the University of Leeds to play for the forthcoming year. The repertoire features tunes by the likes of Count Basie and Thad Jones, and with Big Band arrangments of pop tunes ranging from Michael Jackson to Justin Timberlake.



Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts

FRIDAY 4 May @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Stan Sutzmann tenor sax, Michael Arbenz piano, Thomas Lähns bass, Florian Arbenz drums

Saxman Stan Sulzmann joins the Swiss trio “Vein”, to produce a powerful, passionate quartet. A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock. Vein are a magnificent Swiss trio led by one of the best drummers in Europe, Florian Arbenz

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader. Always moving forward, Stan’s Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album “Subjekt” explores Stan’s ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival. Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans.

‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this’ John Kelman

Vein are a great trio with drummer Florian Arbenz at the helm.  Arguably one of the best drummers in Europe and winner of a European Culture Award, Florian is joined by his brother Michael Arbenz on piano, for whom too international stardom beckons.  The trio is complete with bassist Thomas Lähns who equally deserves the prodigy status.

Today most jazz piano trios are deeply attached to musical interplay (And yet, even with the most subtle, most distinguished form of interplay there is always one in the trio who plays the part of the primus inter pares – the pianist, of course (usually and by definition leader of the group). That’s exactly where pianist Michael Arbenz, drummer Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lähns come up with their own idea of musical interplay. In fact, what they aim to achieve with their music is the greatest possible balance of their three voices – starting with the way they work out their own compositions and arrangements, and going right through to the soloistic parts, fully assigned to all three of them. The result is impressive musical togetherness, packed with surprising melodic, rhythmic and dynamic turns, played with highest precision even in the most complex, distorted and twisted passages of their compositions, arrangements and solos.

“Another European piano trio and yet another fresh angle on this time-honoured instrumental format.

Support Ozzy Moysey Ancient Infinity Orchestra 8-8.30pm James Milligan - Guitar, percussion, Joel Stedman - Bass Clarinet, Flute, percussion, Andy French - Tenor Sax, Flute, Joe Love - Drums, Elliot Roffe - Double bass, Giorgos Kravvaritis - Synth, Keys, Percussion, Gongs, Ozzy Moysey - Double bass, Cornet, Percussion, N'goni

Stan Sulzmann and Swiss Trio "Vein" Fri 4 May, Seven Arts £16/14 (NUS £5)

Andy Schofield with Jamil Sheriff Trio @Inkwell 6 May


Andy Schofield sax with the Jamil Sheriff trio

Andy is a saxophonist/composer/arranger from Manchester, now living in Prague. He has been active on the UK jazz scene for many years and was a long-time member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, working alongside such international artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, John Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs and Vince Mendoza.

Andy Schofield Sunday afternoon May 6 @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (concessions including performers)

Leeds College Collection part 2 @seven Arts 29 April

Leeds College Collections part 2

These two Sunday afternoons at Seven Arts give us an opportunity to hear some of the best students from the current crop of the Leeds College of Music jazz degree final year. Hear the jazz stars of tomorrow, today! 

1.30 Dan Coulthurst (pictured)

Gifted trumpet player who has been before to Seven Arts with the Eastgate and LUU Big Bands, leading his own group

2.25 Morpher  

Born in Leeds, fusing acoustic instruments with electronic effects, they blend their Jazz upbringing with hints of Drum and Bass, Hip-Hop and electronic music. Their live performance is an unforgettable experience where you will be exposed to unheard sounds and grooves that are guaranteed to blow your ears off.

One year on from their debut gig supporting a sold out show at Belgrave Music hall and Canteen, they have travelled the country. With highlights such as London Jazz Festival, Opening up Lancaster Jazz Festival.Releasing a debut single last May, with more music on the way this Easter and a UK Tour planned for October 2018.

3.15 Maya Kally

London-born Maya Kally, with her smooth yet gritty vocal style influenced by such legends as Nina Simone and Otis Redding, is spreading her wings to launch her solo career with her impassioned debut single ‘Another Time.’

“At the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival last year, Maya sang with eclectic jazz ensemble Nag Champa in the late summer sunshine. With her bright smile and long woollen cardigan, Maya Kally ghosted to the front of the stage and delivered some assured vocals into the Sunday afternoon crowd, providing the perfect outlet for the vast array of musical talent on stage behind her”

FMS magazine

Sunday afternoon 29April @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £7/5 kids under 16 free