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Trish Clowes’ My Iris @Seven Arts 14-1-18



Trish Clowes: sax; Chris Montague: guitar; Ross Stanley: keyboards; James Maddren: drums 

Saxophonist Trish Clowes returns to Leeds with her new group, My Iris, drawing inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring.

 ‘An awesome foursome… With just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’ …**** Dave Gelly, The Observer

Well-known and acclaimed for her orchestral arrangements and work with string quartets, Trish Clowes now explores smaller scale arrangements with equal confidence, her gifts for melody, form, improvisation and leadership coming further into the foreground. Clowes’ intricate compositions juxtapose startling melodies and ethereal whispers with gnarly lines and earthy grooves.

My Iris features the talents of Chris Montague (Troyka, Colin Towns, Benny Greb), Ross Stanley (Jim Mullen, Dennis Rollins, Will Vinson) and James Maddren (Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes). Dave Gelly, jazz critic for The Observer, wrote that ‘with just four players, the variety of tone colour is quite remarkable and the playing…is impeccable’. Past appearances include Gateshead International Jazz Festival, EFG London Jazz Festival and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Bremen (Germany).

Trish Clowes is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and has recorded four albums for London-based jazz label Basho Records. Her other activities include curating her own Emulsion series of cross-genre music festivals and performing with pianist Gareth Williams in the Glow Quartet. Trish has also worked extensively with larger ensembles, incorporating orchestras on her earlier albums ‘Tangent’ (2010) and ‘Pocket Compass’ (2014), and a string quartet on ‘and in the night-time she is there’ (2012).  In December 2015, Trish won a BASCA British Composer Award for ‘The Fox, The Parakeet and The Chestnut’, her work for the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Critics’ praise for My Iris ‘Clowes’s emphasis on composition, and the reserved evenness of her delivery often get her a “chamber-jazz” label, but the Englishwoman’s quirky songwriter’s ear, subtly sleepy tenor sax sound and bright intensity on soprano are anything but cerebral.’ **** John Fordham, The Guardian ‘

‘How much other contemporary music has such adventurous or eclectic intellectual horizons?’ – **** Matthew Wright, The Arts Desk

‘What’s going on in this band equates to some kind of magic’ – Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz

 ‘My Iris is masterful musical wizardry and it sounds fascinating’ – Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, All About Jazz

 ‘…a cornucopia of musical riches’ – 5/5 Alan Musson, UK Vibe

 ‘Clowes’ most accessible, consistent and satisfying release so far’ **** Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann


Support from – Jasmine Whalley Quintet  

Alongside our international artists we always have a "JazzLeeds Introduces" slot for up and coming young Leeds bands and this week is no exception. With Trish Clowes's "My iris" on Thursday we feature saxwoman Jasmine Whalley with her quintet - Jasmine on alto sax Ben Haskins guitar, George MacDonald piano, Owen Burns bass and George Hall drums. Their spot is 8-8.30pm Fancy coming along?

Tickets for the gig can be purchased on the door or here


Trish Clowes "My Iris" Thursday evening 18 January @Seven Arts

31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4PD

Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)


Piero Tucci's Canadian Quartet@Seven

JazzLeeds presents:

Piero Tucci piano Anthony Michelli drums, Mike Filice tenor sax, Pete Turner bass

Piero Tucci is a highly talented Canadian pianist and sax player based in Sheffield who has appeared many times at Seven Arts. He has been a major figure on the Toronto music scene as musical director, keyboardist, saxophonist, accordionist and arranger in many jazz and R&B bands. He has played with and backed a diverse range of musicians that include The Drifters, The 5th Dimension and has opened for James Brown.

He has backed many top front liners including Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Jim Mullen, Digby Fairweather and has supported a variety of distinguished jazz stars such as Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, Claire Teal, Courtney Pine, Humphrey Lyttleton, Georgie Fame and Acker Bilke.
Piero can be seen playing locally with The Nicola Farnon Trio.


This time he is bringing over to the UK a group of talented Canadian musicians he has worked with on and off for 30 years.  Anthony Michelli Mike Filice have toured widely in Europe playing with UK musicians like Nikki Isles, Stan Sulzmann, Martin Speake. 

Piero Tucci's Canadian Quartet@Seven Arts 31 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3PD Sunday 14th January 2018

£10/8 concessions NUS £5 kids under 16 free


Jazz Voices Choir - Autumn 2017

The Autumn Jazz Choir at Inkwell will start again with Tessa Smith on September 25th Mondays 7-9pm then continues on Oct 9 and 23, Nov 13 and 27 Dec 11

There is a performance at the end - the performance date is the autumn Jazz café at Inkwell on the afternoon of December 17th afternoon

Cost is £5 per session or £25 for the series 


See clips  from our previous Jazz Voices Choir performances here -


@Inkwell 13/3/16 Puttin on the Ritz, When Sunny Gets Blue, Tuxedo Junction:;

@Seven Arts 6/12/15 Don’t get around much anymore  Wonderful world Luck be a lady -

@Seven Arts  30/6/16 "Dukes Place, Girl from Ipanema, "A Train"

@Inkwell 18/12/16 Sixteen Tons, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, Moon River

@Inkwell 2/7/17  Song for My Father, Too Close for Comfort, So What, Wade in the Water- conducted by by Nikki Allen, Martin Townshend sax, Ed Barnwell piano, Dom Moore, Cajon.

Hope to see you at Inkwell!

Text me if you need any more information 07544 352594 - Steve Crocker -  or just come along to one of the sessions



Emma Fisk & James Birkett play Venuti and Lang@Inkwell

Emma Fisk (violin) James Birkett (guitar)

The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz. Less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso. 

Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. A typical performance includes  original compositions by Venuti/Lang including Cheese & Crackers, Sunshine, Black and Blue Bottom; jazz standards of the 20s and 30s such as Pardon Me Pretty Baby, Hiawatha's Lullaby, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Dinah and I've Found A New Baby ; original compositions that explore the duo's soundworld, and some of James and Emma's favourite tunes played a la Joe and Eddie.

Emma Fisk has attracted critical acclaim for her performances of Venuti’s repertoire at UK jazz festivals and was featured in the musical role of Joe Venuti with The Jazz Repertory Company at Cadogan Hall as part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. James has been performing Lang’s repertoire since he was introduced to this music in the late-70s. However, it is only now that he has realised his ambition to recreate the duo repertoire of Lang and Venuti in concert in the original duo setting with Emma.

Dazzling violinist Fisk plays the classic early fiddle jazz of Joe Venuti with guitarist James Birkett.” – Guardian Guide, Editor’s Picks

“…the brilliant Emma Fisk played the (musical) role of Joe Venuti..” – Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio 3

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Emma Fisk & James Birkett play Venuti and Lang

@Inkwell Sunday 7 January 2018 1.30-4pm

31 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton Leeds LS7 3LW Tickets £9/7 conc, NUS £5, kids under 16 free


Christmas Jazz Café and Jam session @Inkwell Sun 17 Dec 1.30pm

Bring your horn or your voice or just come down and watch the fun! The Seven Jazz Workshop and Seven Jazz Voices Choir will be performing and the Seven Jazz trio led by George Macdonald on piano, Steve Crocker bass and Steve Hanley drums will be there to support the jam session

Christmas Jazz Café and Jam session: Sunday afternoon 17 December @Inkwell 1.30pm start £7/5 (concessions including performers)