Dales Jam with Richard Ormrod at Seven Arts today was possibly the most amazing musical experience I've had in years if not decades. Amazing! Everyone should see the Dales Jam. Check it out!
Had a superb gig today with my 'Django Project,' featuring some fantastic playing from all the the musicians I've been fortunate to work with! I can't thank everyone enough who came down to support the gig - Ben
An excellent night of superb musicianship. Kudos to all concerned with making this night happen. Hope to see Mr Toussaint back there again in the near future- Danny
Thanks again to everyone last night at Seven Arts What a great audience! Jay Phelps
Soweto Kinch/Abstract Hip Hop Orchestra - What a brilliant night, still buzzing from it! Rob
Just back from seeing Ronnie Bottomley Big Band with Lee Gibson. Fantastic evening. Lee fabulous as ever. X Bev
Great Panjumby gig at Seven Arts today. Yet somehow I felt I was in my usual Sunday afternoon place. — Judith
"Microscopic" were brilliant this afternoon at Seven Jazz. I'd really been looking forward to this gig and it didn't disappoint. The playing was amazing and the compositions beautiful. Favourite piece was 'Silence' absolutely gorgeous... Bev Thoughtful, reflective music, delivered by musicians on top of their game- Joe
Art Themen and David Newton- A great partnership in rhythm at 7 last night ... thank you ...Louise
Nicki Allan's sextet- A great afternoon at Seven Arts Leeds! Couldn't have asked for more….. xxxx Nicki Allan
Impossible Gentlemen 19/10/13 "Brilliant, Just Brilliant" - Dave
Bruce Adams blog: "Just had two great nights in Yorkshire with Alan Barnes!!!! Seven Leeds Jazz Club on Thursday and Sheffield Jazz Club last night. Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe on Bass with Matt Home on Drums. What more can a trumpet player want".
Great gig this afternoon - the KIT DOWNES TRIO. Hugely enjoyed the session- Laurie
Had an amazing time yesterday playing with at the new Seven Jazz venue Inkwell. Special thanks to John Arnesen and Simon Read for their amazing playing, to Steve Crocker and Jean Watson for putting us on and to everybody that came down to listen! - Eirik Svela Photo by Anna Boam
Chapel Allerton Jazz Sunday 1/9/13:What a fantastic day was had yesterday! Los Camaradas were on top form, and i danced my bootie off to their fun filled beats. the blues band afterwards, closing the event, were on fire! James O'Hara? (Sorry didnt catch the name right) really enjoyed myself with good friends - Yara
Nik Svarc's Trio w/ Dave Walsh and Gary Jackson was amazing..Sonny Intervals
Top gig tonight at 7 Arts. Jamie Taylor's "Outside Line" paying tribute to our beautiful friend Colin Watson. Greatly Missed- Colin Byrne
It was just an absolute pleasure to be involved and it will rank alongside my most treasured musical memories for years to come. Jamie Taylor
To all those people who did'nt see Terri Shaltiel at 7 arts on sunday, you missed a treat. She was on top form with a great band. Best sunday afternoon I've had in ages. Deryk
Colin Hodgkinson and Back Door - If I grow up, I want to be Colin Hodgkinson. If I can't be him, I'd like to be able to play a 100th as good as him!- Wayne
The Printmakers 30 May-Tony wrote "Great gig at Seven Arts- the wonderful Norma Winstone and a talented band"; Laura wrote: "Really, really enjoyed the Printmakers gig tonight at Seven. Inspiring music and playing by such fantastic musicians"
Dave Kane Quartet 28 April:Amazing gig today at Seven Arts with Dave Kane, Alex Bonney and James Allsopp! Great new tunes from Dave and some hefty improv mash ups! Joost Hendrixx.(photo Andy Newcombe)
Eyes Tight Shut "The Leeds gig was really special.." Johnny Tomlinson
Ant Law Quartet 3 March Gig was really great, we sold loads of cd's and and the reception was warm - Ant
Matt Anderson's Wildflower Sextet 24 Feb 13 * This gig was a sell-out, and we were treated to a truly excellent performance by Matt Anderson's Wildflower Sextet, playing music of Wayne Shorter and some of Matt's own compositions.* Beautiful melodies played with a depth of feeling which certainly warmed away the late February afternoon chill. John Fisher - Seven Jazz club member* When it comes to dishing up tasty, high quality jazz, Matt Anderson knows a thing or two. The two great sets were full of quality and taste. Joe Warburton
Leeds University Big Band 17 Feb Just a quick note to say thanks for putting us on a couple of weeks ago - it's the kind of gig we love doing (where people listen) but never get chance to do. Also really refreshing to be at a venue where everyone's helpful. James- LUU Big Band
Ian Shaw/Georgia Mancio 21 Feb Thank you to a truly lovely audience at Seven Jazz Leeds and another blast playing with ian shaw!- Georgia Mancio
Kevin James Quartet 13 Jan:Thanks to everyone at Seven Jazz for their kindness and hard work today. We had a ball! Top club! Kevin James
It was indeed splendid, more of that please-Jacqui
Ronnie Bottomley Big Band gig 23 December Steaming band and great charts plus the lovely vocals of the (post) birthday girl Nicki Allan- Dave
Yes yes yes! Love it, massive Ronnie Bottomley chops, happy Christmas- Andy
Pete King Quartet I've seen Pete play this many times but this (...Lush Life) was a sensational rendition. Many thanks Chris
(6 for 7): "Thanks to everyone who came to the gigs this week at Seven Arts. Thursday was fantastic, playing with a great band that I'm really excited about and playing our own music to a receptive audience.
"Friday was inspirational, getting to play alongside Gary Smulyan-an amazing musician and lovely man. A special thanks to Steve Crocker for hosting the gigs!" Kim Macari
I'm so proud of my Steely Dan Big Band. Thank you to Seven Jazz - can't believe the support - sorry to the folks that couldn't get in. Band - you rock!!- Katie Patterson. SDDB- The fans were pretty much pouring out the door - Melissa
Impossible Gentlemen: really enjoyed the gig last night.. Michael De Souza
Chapel Allerton Festival Jazz Sunday 2 Sept 2012 (pictured - Love Society, New York Brass Band (on the wall!)
"If Friday was nice, Sunday was brilliant: the sun had come out, the New York Brass Band (more accurately the new York brass band) were playing horn covers of A Message To You Rudy, Take On Me and Sweet Dreams" The Beer Prole
Claude Deppa/Al Macsween's tribute to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa- "Just like to say how much I enjoyed the two jazz afternoons I have been to recently, extremely entertaining, fantastic high standard and a very relaxing thing to do on a Sunday afternoon,and very motivating to get the jobs done in the morning to earn the rest in the afternoon! you have been telling me about it for years, dont know why it took me so long to get there but am glad I finally have done! "- Liz;
"Another great gig today, you put on some real beauties!" Barry
(Kim Macari Big Band video) - Nice charts. Some great soloists too :))-Stewart Forbes Band sounded great - Edd Maughan
Denys Baptiste was excellent and his special guest was the one and only Omar Puente. Chops a-plenty! alexis
(Los Cameradas) Why today's gig was so special? because it was a party...we had an audience from 6 to 84 years old...young and old enjoying themselves!!! that's right...a fiesta the way it should be!!! just like back home...Chile querido!!!- Ana
(Jean Toussaint and Dagda)..Great concert, especially for a sunday aftie. Thanks! Louise
(Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio) "This was great night at 7 Art Jazz.." John
Absolutely great gig at 7arts last night with Eric Alexander & Dave O Higgins- Ben Lowman
Went to Seven Arts (fab Sunday afternoon entertainment) where Leeds Jazz Orchestra were on the bill. They played a tune called Splanky, which I also played when I was 17 with Northumberland Youth Jazz Orchestra- Alexis.
Centre-Line gig at Seven was brilliant! More of that please :-)
Just rocked out at 7arts and loved the gig- thanks for coming along x -Russell Van Den Berg
Jim Mullen was a total joy. This eve I was lucky enough to go and see him play with three gob smacking musicians! (Mick Hutton, Gareth Willams Gary Husband) .. and on a drummie drummer note, Gary Husband ... Hells bells. What a feel. - Dave Walsh
Jim Mullen reunion band- Great playing and interesting interpretation. The Seven Arts is one of the best venues I have been to in the North of England. There are some fantastic players in the area also- Mike
Once again I'm at Seven in Chapel Allerton and this time I'm watching Yoruba, a Latin band made up up graduates from Leeds College of Music. They had a special guest in the form of Omar Puente, whom I and many others have had the privilege of learning from him during our time at LCM. It was a fabulous gig showing the huge talent that emerges from the music college in the heart of Leeds- Alexis
I went to Seven in Chapel Allerton to listen to the Nicki Allen Sextet and took a sneaky little picture. Fab tunes and arrangements played brilliantly by everyone- Alexis
Phil Meadows 3.1 with Stuart Macculum : "Really great gig this afternoon, very moving in places; intricate drum work and soaring, soulful, saxophone" - Rommi Smith
What a fantastic evening. Hats off to all those in the James Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Awesome, awesome gig. Jenny
Excellent gig with James Hamilton Orchestra, its nice to be playing great music with a great band - Greg Nicholas
"Lovely gig at 7 this afternoon; big thank you to Steve, Jean, Colin and Connor and to everyone who came down and bought CD's. First gig in the tour and all is well" - Kathy Dyson/Deidre Cartwright (picture taken by Denis Dalby, Seven Arts 7 November)
Incredible debut gig Thursday (20th) with the new Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra played to a full house at Seven Arts in Leeds, apart from some new stuff of mine, music by and featuring brilliant singer Louise Gibbs, and music by Brazillian composer Zezo Olympio. Gig was recorded and filmed so watch out for video clips in due course. I'm still trying to wind down two days later! - Tony
.......Gilad Atzmon and Orient House - Absolutely wang dang doodle gig tonight and a bit of green eye too..Martin
gilad Atzmon did a fab gig at 7 last night ... knock-out!- Louise
Mark McKnight, Seamus Blake, James Maddren and Ross Stanley....
Was ridiculous - Ben
All sounded killing - Kim
Chapel Allerton Festival
Jazz Blues and Salsa Sunday
"It was a great festival! Especially Al Morrison's Blues Experience! Always sound great live! :-)" Soundgirl
Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra "This young band is amazing .. and very, very loud! Can't wait to see them again."
We really enjoyed a great vibe - Nik Svarc trio
Matt Roberts Sextet : "you can travel round the world and you'll not hear better than that"" - Jo Warberton
Great fun, great audience too - Sam Gardner
"My first visit to Seven Jazz and the gig was fantastic. Lovely friendly venue and under 18s are allowed to listen to great live music. Shame more music venues don't follow suit. Will definitely be back!" - Tracey
"My first visit also to Seven Jazz last night - the gig was out of this world, the musicians were so talented, seen them all seperately, not playing together, thought they were amazing! The venue was full of atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. Looking forward to my next visit" - Pam
“Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for a great gig at the Seven last night. What an amazing artist Ian Shaw really is and it was so lovely to meet him and hear his critiques at the masterclass beforehand.I had a great night last night, but I always enjoy coming to the Seven. It's such an amazing space! I think it's slightly theatrical feel really appeals to my sensibilities, being from that background, I feel so at home there” Beverley
Always pleased to see 'proper' music still being championed! It's a beautiful room to play in! Every success for you in 2011! Billy Jenkins Jan 2011
I meant to send you a message at the end of the last workshop series, to thank for your efforts in putting it together. I know that in some respects these things are not easy, but certainly I greatly appreciated the range of visiting musicians as well as the inputs from Martin & Colin. For me, Michael Janisch's workshop was the most challenging musically but also the one I took most from, possibly because it was very focused on playing the music. Also his recommendation for Mark Levine's Jazz Theory book was an excellent one - I got it & there's a lot to go at in that book but it's highly accessible. So - thanks again best regards - Ian
Just the best Chapel Allerton Sunday festival jazz ever with the North Leeds Jazz orchestra plus Lindyhopper dancers, Richard Ormrod's "A Dread Supreme" - dub meets John Coltrane - a great party band, Rod Mason's awesome Elements, Jenny Smith's sextet with Al Morrsion joining in on guitar and Jim Corry blowing an exquisite alto sax, the 'too young to be that good"' Magic Hat ensemble: magic bands, magic weather...
See Mark Beirne-Smith's photos here . Spear in Dread Supreme is the photo above- Sept 9th 2010
"Top drawer line up for the festival. Great balanced programme. Lots of good comments from people. Well done. I was watching the lightness of the drummer's left foot in the 'too young to be that good band' (..Magic Hat..). I have been practicing that technique for 35 years and still can't do it" - Paul
"A fantabulous day of jazz at the festival...many thanks" - Martin
"Top afternoon at the Chapel Allerton Jazz Festival, top acts, brilliant! 'The Magic Hat Ensemble' made it for me though, love these guys....a huge thank you for yesterday afternoon, I stayed for all of the festival and had a great time and I know how hard you must have worked! So, thank you so much for such a great event" - Beverley
"Thanks for Sunday, good stage, crew, crowd and good weather! We all enjoyed playing and then hanging out backstage listening and socialising, a very pleasant afternoon.- Steve Chadwick (Magic Hat)
"The intensity of the positivity of the responsivity was a bit of a surprise, but hell; we like it too! Thanks :-))- Richard Ormrod (Dread Supreme)"
"I'd like to say how much my wife and I enjoyed the Jazz Cafe. Can't wait for the next one..." John
"'we really enjoyed playing at Seven and look forward to coming back again soon! Gracias La Charanga del Norte
"We all had an amazing time and everyone I spoke to said how great an afternoon they had, not just the music but the whole vibe of Seven Jazz on a Sunday afternoon, a massive thanks to you an your team for putting on and organising such a great afternoon for people" - James Hamilton
"The vibes were good" - Kathy Dyson and Deidre Cartwright
"Just a line to say that the Sunday concerts are an absolute gem! Louise Parker - it's no surprise that Humph took her under his wing. I think she's world class and her group were hot. I hope you get them back next year .... but it'll probably cost you more! Gary Boyle is another world class musician - today's gig was stirring. Hard to believe it was only their second gig. Seven Jazz - two world class artists within the space of a fortnight. All for £4 each - what more can you say? Amazing!! Seven Jazz are at the centre of a flourishing jazz community in and around Leeds. Thanks again to everyone involved" - Barry
"I've seen some really talented musicians over the past year- keep it up" - Ray
"The Arts Centre and Jazz is a great addition to Chapel Allerton" - Maria
"Lovely venue! Love the excellent jazz and the friendly atmosphere. Always feel welcome. You've created something very special" - Liz.
"Great venue. Two second hand CD's for £5 was great!" - Robert
"Enjoy the jam sessions - they let people join in and give a nice variety"- Alison
"Good venue, good music, good food" - Pat and Steve
"What a wang dang doodle gig that was yesterday afternoon - based on previous knowledge, recommendation of others etc, I was expecting a knock-out do but I thought they surpassed all expectations. The only ever so tincy wincy downside was that I did not grab a front-row spot to actually watch James Maddren play - I gather from Tom Gallagher that he was dragging harmonics off his cymbals with his thumb nails and quite how do you brush so brilliantly and dynamically with your sticks under one arm ?? I mean there's not enough fat on him against which to lodge them whilst drumming takes place so it's all musculo-skeletal - it's all bloody impressive. Keep up this good work" - Martin
"Kit Downes . . . WOW . . . star rating? . . . er, . . . off the scale, I reckon! I'd travel distances (and I hate travelling) to hear him and the rest of the trio. Thanks for putting them on"
Just an amazing club, absolutely brilliant- seriously... Liane Carroll
Fantastic venue, lovely place to play - we'll be back! ....Pete King
I wanted to let you know that I found the jazz instrumental workshop I attended really excellent - learnt a lot from the different tutors and enjoyed the whole experience including the 'gig' on Sunday. So thank you for your organisation and support.
Pete Churchill gave a jazz singing workshop at Seven on Saturday 27 February (pictured). It was inspirational. Four hours of superb tuition - here are some of the comments from the 50+ people who were there
"Fantastic - thanks!
It was excellent. Pete Churchill was great. It has re-awakened my desire to sing - thank you!
Such an inspiration - really enjoyed it and felt I did really well (whether I did or not!!).
Great experience - as always with Pete.
Run it again - as soon as possible!
A really pleasurable afternoon. Excellent. Recommend it to anyone.
Great day - well worth travelling from Hull for! Can you do it again. please?!
A really fantastic informative and fun workshop from a great teacher and communicator!
Absolutely marvellous. Nothing so therapeutic as singing!
It was brilliant. Please bring him back again!
Fabulous afternoon - would be so great to have a local jazz choir or more of these.
Absolutely brilliant - as an ex-choral singer it was great to loosen up and get a feel for singing jazz/rhythm music. Thanks! I will look out for any workshop/courses with Pete as tutor.
Fantastic - bring him back!!"
Pete Churchill's Trio also played at Seven on Thursday 25th February. Steve Watts was on bass, Dave Wickins on drums. Barry Travena said
"This was one of the best jazz gigs I’ve ever been to in my life …. Beautiful relaxed vocals and piano, very solid tuneful bass and the most swinging and sympathetic of drummers. There is a whole world of jazz in this Trio" . Read Barry's full review of the gig here