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Jazz Sessions 2018 @ The Grove Inn

Sunday 18th February 2018

King and I .
...back with their own take on vocal standards and a trombone driven vibe. Always a fine set. Come and join the typically rowdy audience.
Support from Abtuse from 8 pm
jazz at The Grove Inn

This Sunday 18th Feb was the last Grove New Jazz Session. The growing number of jazz gigs on a Sunday night has reduced the regular audience and the gig is no longer viable.

Thanks to all the great musicians who have made these sessions impressive and a delight. And thanks to all of you who came , enjoyed the music and supported us over the last 18 months. Particular thanks to the house band Abtuse, who supported the featured bands each month for the simple pleasure of playing.

Sunday 21st January – The Mabgate Swingers Party - 8pm

The Mabgate Swingers Party are bringing jazz back to the party. Jazz was invented for dancing and that's the way they want to keep it!

Taking influence from New Orleans jazz, Kansas City swing and all the big band greats, this young energetic septet will turn any night into one worth remembering and leave you wondering what made you ever think Jazz was boring

  • Alex Fisher - Sax
  • Tom Richards - Clarinet
  • Dan Coulthurst - Trumpet
  • Ed Allen - Guitar
  • Nico Widdowson - Piano
  • Tom Rhodes - Bass
  • Richard Moulton - Drums

Sunday 17th December 2017–The Kicker - 8pm
The Kicker

Jazz at The Grove Inn

Four of Leeds hardest bopping jazzers. Expect arrangements of rarer jazz songs and standards with swinging intensity that will get listeners grooving.

Ben Powling - Tenor Sax
Jeff Hewer - Guitar
Chris Bland - Organ
Joshua Smout - Drums

Support from Abtuse from 8pm
Sunday 15th October – The Band Upstairs - 8pm

The Band Upstairs play an eclectic mix from Billie Holliday to Bob Dylan, from trad to the Cure. For this gig they promise a mainly vocal set, including some jazz standards."

  • Nan Brimble - Vocals
  • Barbara Galtress - Alto Sax and Clarinet
  • Les Goldman - Tenor Sax
  • Denis Fleisch - Keyboard
  • Harvey Bosomworth - Bass
  • John Douglas - Drums


The Band Upstairs
*All the gigs include a support set from the house band : Abtuse
  • Brian Whittington – Tenor Sax
  • Alex Celik – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
  • Joe Wistow – Keys
  • Steve Hemsworth – Guitar
  • Trev Prinn – Bass Guitar/Double Bass
  • John Bradford - Drums
Sunday 16th July – Duo Diletto
Duo Diletto are a recently formed Leeds based duo with Robyn Saunders on piano and Ella Healing on vocals. They specialise in classic jazz standards. They combine eclectic influences and experiences beyond jazz , from working with show bands and choirs to performing spoken word poetry and classical singing , to bring a gentle and melodic clarity to their music.

Support from Abtuse from 8 pm."
Sunday 18th June – Will Powell Quartet
"It is great to welcome this line up to The Grove Inn. You may have seen them in a number of other bands as they are in great demand as individual musicians. Together, they are recognised as among the best jazz quartets on the Leeds jazz scene. Not a gig to miss."
Will Powell - guitar
Ben Powling - tenor sax
Sam Jackson - bass
Luke Reddin-Williams - drums

Support from Abtuse from 8 pm.
Sunday 21st May – Fruit Tree Project
"Fruit Tree Project is a contemporary piano trio made up of pianist /composer Dave Evans, bassist KennyHiggins and Alex Wibrow on drums - three musicians who each span a wide range of different musical styles. Their music is melodic, cinematic and often structured around song forms and group interaction. As one reviewer put it: " The live show is a rich tapestry of moods, different textures and dynamics. They are difficult to categorise. But always inventive, always melodic and full of surprises".
Sunday 23rd April – Jiannis Pavlidis Trio
This month an international talent leads a new young band. Jiannis has performed and recorded with greats such as David Liebman, Adam Nussbaum and Greg Hutchinson. His “Migration “ album, through FMR records was released all over Europe and the USA. He is based in Leeds and as a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music, he encourages the developing talent of jazz students and alumni by bringing them into his projects. This trio comprises alumni bassist Sam Quintana and LCM student Jordan Dinsdale, on drums. They play original material and their own take on jazz standards.
Sunday 19th March – Phil Green’s Quiet Jazz Project

This promises to be an intriguing evening of music. Phil Green offers the following taster: “In an increasingly noisy world, the Quiet Jazz Project offers a respite, a brief period of calm. We have been exploring ways of physically playing our instruments very quietly, and ways of playing and interacting as a group, to produce an overall effect of quietness. And yes we really do have 2 electric guitars, a trumpet and drums ! Come and see what it ‘s all about. You may be surprised.....” The band play their own compositions, jazz standards , and free improvisation.

  • Phil Green – Trumpet\Flugel
  • Les Goldman – Tenor Sax\Bass Clarinet
  • Jonathan Lindh – Violin
  • Jeff Hewer and Jules Marley – Guitars
  • Steve Crocker – Bass
  • Dom Moore – Drum
Sunday 19th Feb - The Jeff Hewer Quartet

A line up of talented Leeds College of Music alumni who are establishing, both as individuals and as a band, a growing reputation in Leeds and beyond. Jeff is a jazz guitarist and composer from Toronto, Canada who now lives in Leeds. The band plays his original material as well as their arrangements of jazz standards, matching exciting group interplay with modern jazz styles and grooves.

  • Jeff Hewer – Guitar
  • Steve Hanley – Drums
  • Eliot Richards – Tenor Sax
  • Alex Podraza – Piano
  • Tom Riviere – Bass
Sunday 22nd Jan King and I

Adding new ideas and arrangements to the benefits of an established band , King and I come to reconnect with the Grove, “one of our favourite small jazz venues”, where they played at the old Grove Jazz Club. And they play jazz you will know . But with vocals and lead trombone , they bring a distinctly different style to the party.

  • Sammy King – Vocals
  • Steve Simkins – Trombone
  • Les France – Drums
  • Joe Kent – Keyboard
  • Ruth Ker – Double Bass
Sunday 18th December
The George MacDonald Trio
This Sunday (18th December) we welcome THE GEORGE MacDONALD TRIO to The Grove. This recently formed band are a heavy swinging jazz outfit led by talented pianist George MacDonald, with Jack Garside on double bass, and Jordan Dinsdale on drums. They 'll be playing a mix of jazz standards and latin numbers, and their own inventive renditions of some festive tunes to start Xmas week off with a swing. So come and join us ! Support from Abtuse from 8 pm . Featured band at 9 pm. Facebook Event
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