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Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts

Tom Ridout saxophones and recorders, Rob Luft guitars, Will Barry piano and Rhodes , Flo Moore electric basses, Phelan Burgoyne drums , Billy Marrows guitar, Anastasia Stahlmann  lead violin, Didier Osindero 2nd violin, Anita Kurowska  viola, Cecilia Bignall  ‘cello , Alexandra Ridout  flugel and trumpet, Anna Drysdale french horn, Elliot Pooley trombone.

Tom Ridout is a 23 year old saxophonist/recorder player and composer from London. “No Excuses” is his 13 piece ensemble with influences including jazz, folk, 60’s rock/pop and early 20th century tonal classical music. It includes some of the brightest young jazz musicians on the London jazz scene at the moment such as Alexandra Ridout winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2017. 


Tom Ridout was predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for. A recent graduate from the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016,Tom is a prolific composer who fronts his own bands playing his original compositions.

Tom Ridout’s “No Excuses” Thursday evening 19 April @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £16/14 (NUS £5)

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" @Inkwell 15 April 1.30pm

Alain Brenzikofer tenor saxophone, Florian Weiss trombone, Will Powell guitars, Matt Jenkins piano & Rhodes, Alexander Rawlinson bass, Mike Roy drums

Swiss saxman Alain Brenzikofer formed Tonejuice as an international band project consisting of six musicians from Switzerland and England including our own Will Powell on guitar. Tonejuice plays groove-centered music in a warm and dark mood, with deep ballads, bouncing rhythms, odd meters and modal harmony offer a tasty juice for brain, body and soul. 

The new album "Rouge Fonce" was given a 4**** star review in this months's Jazz Journal. "This Anglo- Swiss sextet play smouldering groove-based music with beguiling modal harmonies that suggest a soundtrack to a late night drive around a modern European city. I like it more each time I play it, as the snaky melodic hooks of the original compositions insinuate themselves. Up front Brenzikofer's sound has a mellow bur mellifluous tone...." Garry Booth

This roadtrip will start off in Switzerland and end in England. On the road, finest Tonejuice shall be served every night - a European project full of relish!

Alain Brenzikofer's "Tonejuice" Sunday afternoon 15 April @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 students £5

Ron Burnett's Mardi Gras Band at Inkwell on Easter Sunday


Personnel is Greg Wadman (trumpet),Bob Smeaton (piano), Ray Cooper (bass),Ron Burnett (trombone and vocals),Paul Smith (drums)

Something different – York trombonist and singer Ron Burnett brings his traditional jazz and swing band to delight your Easter Sunday at Inkwell. Mardi Gras covers a range from 1920s to 1990s; Bix, Louis Prima, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, and such maverick choices as Paul Simon’s Take Me To The Mardi Gras.

Ron Burnett spent his jazz apprenticeship in the late 1960s/early 70s and 80s playing with Martin Boland White Eagles, the Wool City Jazzband and occasional sit-ins with the Cherry Tree band and at the famous Coburg. He had (1978-1983) an 8-piece Jazz/funk band, Best Friends, which started at the Cherry Tree, then to the Victoria, York Road and finally the Warehouse club, close to the old  Leeds International Pool. Most of these were Sunday lunchtime gigs, but with occasional evening gigs elsewhere in Leeds.

Come and see the band in their Hawaiian shirts! Lots of fun

Ron Burnett's Mardi Gras Band at Inkwell 1 April 1.30-4pm £9/7 concessions kids under 16 free, NUS £5

Inkwell : 31 Potternewton Lane Leeds LS73LW


Jon Shenoy’s “Draw by Four” Sunday afternoon 8 April @Seven Arts

Jon Shenoy tenor saxophone, Will Bartlett organ, Sam Dunn guitar, Chris Draper drums

With a line-up steeped in tradition, Draw By Four take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Jon Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.

Due for release in March 2018 on Jellymould Jazz records, Framework is the 10-track debut album from Draw By Four, recorded hot on the heels of their UK tour of the same name. As well as showcasing formidable performances from the quartet members it also includes a suite of compositions written in response to paintings by three British painters: Winifred Knights, JMW Turner & Gill Holloway.
“Dynamic and evocative adventures from soulful and skillful players – a refreshing and groovy band.” – Chris Cheek (Rudder)
“Shenoy plays with great assurance, power and fluency.” – Ian Mann (

'Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners.’ - Judy Carmichael

Jon Shenoy’s “Draw by Four” Sunday afternoon 8 April @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)

Estonian singer Maria Vali with David Ferris Septet @Inkwell


Maria Valli vocals with David Ferris piano Nick Jurd on bass, Euan Palmer on drums, Hugh Pascall on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, and Vittorio Mura and Chris Young on woodwinds. 

Maria Vali is a member of the critically acclaimed Estonian Voices and is a busy performer in Estonia. 

Originally from Cornwall, David Ferris is now resident in Birmingham, where he graduated from the Jazz Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire in Summer 2015.  He has been taught by musicians such as Mark Turner, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard, and performs regularly both with his own groups and as a sideman. 

The music will be inspired by the work by various British poets.


Estonian singer Maria Vali +David Ferris Septet  Sunday afternoon 4 March @Inkwell 1.30pm start £9/7 (NUS £5)