Seven Jazz - The Leeds Club for Quality Accessible Jazz

Afternoon Concert

Piero Tucci's Canadian Quartet@Seven

JazzLeeds presents:

Piero Tucci piano Anthony Michelli drums, Mike Filice tenor sax, Duncan Hopkins 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 and Duncan Hopkins 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


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

Website / Social Media:


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


Jazz Xmas Party - Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra+ Kate Peters Septet @Seven Arts Thus 10 Dec 7.45pm

Our tenth anniversary Christmas party is a specially extended double header jazz afternoon!

Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra - some of the best classic big band charts performed by some of Leeds top young musicians who recently won the "best big band" award in the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival.

Kate Peters Septet - a collection of some of the finest young jazz musicians in the country, fronted by Kate, an exceptional and versatile vocalist: Ben Lowman on tenor sax, Ian Chalk on trumpet, Sam Dunn on guitar, Martin Longhawn on piano, John Marley on bass and Tim Carter on drums. The debut album of this impressive band is available for download from their website.

Jazz Xmas Party with Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra+ Kate Peters Septet: Sunday afternoon 10 December @Seven Arts 1.30pm -5pm

£15/13 (NUS £5)

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 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)

“Latchepen” Gypsy Jazz @Seven Arts Sun 26 Nov 1.30pm

Matt Holborn violin, Kourosh Kanani and Jeremie Coullon guitars Simon Read  bass

Latchepen are a band born out of a collective admiration of Django Reinhardt and anything that swings, the word Latchepen is an exclamation of happiness in the Romani language. Acoustic by nature but with a projection and heart beat that can rival any amplifier or drum, this is jazz on a string with influences ranging from Romani music to bebop. Welcome back to Chapel Allerton to for Kourosh Kanani who was born in the village and played gypsy jazz guitar since the age of eight. Also a welcome return to Leeds to Matt Holborn and Simon Read both graduates of Leeds College of Music . 

Hear their music here

Sunday afternoon 26 November @Seven Arts 1.30pm start £10/8 (NUS £5)