The Wakefield Jazz Christmas Gig, 10 December 2021

Patsy Gilbert and Jenny Smith, vocals.Richard Ormrod, saxes, flute and clarinet.Ben Gilbert, piano. Pete Rosser, piano and accordion.José Canha, bass.Caroline Boaden, drums. In a year marked by uncertainty and disruption, Wakefield Jazz didn’t escape entirely, but thanks to quick thinking by the Promoter and Treasurer and a bit of good luck, the peak of the…

19 November 2021, Eternal Triangle:

Trevor Watts, alto and soprano sax.Veryan Weston, keyboard.Jamie Harris, congas and percussion. A tireless instrumentalist, composer and collaborator, Trevor Watts has been at the leading edge of British and international jazz for more than fifty years—and on tonight’s showing, he’s a young lion still.  All of the familiar characteristics of his saxophone style were in…

Alison Rayner Quintet, 29 October 2021

Alison Rayner, bass.Diane McLoughlin, saxophones.Deirdre Cartwright, guitar.Steve Lodder, piano.Buster Birch, drums. There is a certain magic to some jazz performances which can’t entirely be put down to some combination of instrumental mastery, strong material and the coherence of the players as a fully realised band. For reasons never entirely clear, the band begins playing in…

Green Tangerines, Friday 22 October 2021

Sarah Sands,  vocals and sax.Sam Taylor,  trumpet.Jack O’Hanlon, guitar.Fran Mills, bass.Tom Hudson, drums. Jazz funk passed by a certain segment of jazz listeners; and those unimpressed probably never saw a live performance by a capable band. The uninformed expectation would probably have been propulsive but relentless drumming; rudimentary melodic lines and uninspired soloing. And then…

Ubunye, Friday 1 October 2021

Nokuthula Zondi-Kamudyariwa – vocalsXolani Mbatha – vocalsThandanani Gumede – vocalsDave Evans – keyboardsKenny Higgins – bassSean Hunt – drumsLiam DeTar- guitar Ubunye is a single, coherent musical group, not a vocal ensemble that happens to be backed by instrumentalists. After all, the name means ‘Oneness.’ And if the configuration is a little unusual, it’s a…

Alan Barnes Quartet, 4 June 2021

Alan Barnes–alto + baritone sax/clarinet  Robin Aspland – piano  Simon Thorpe – bass  Alphonso Vitale – drums The earth is back in its orbit,  Spring is well advanced and the Alan Barnes Quartet plays Wakefield Jazz.  Surely all three are connected… And what a great pleasure it was to watch and listen to a superb…

The Rory Ingham Quartet

Jonny Mansfield vibes Rory Ingham trombone Sam Quintana, bass Luke Tomlinson drums plus guest Jacob Cooper trombone Ah, live music at last!  Our collective release and relief from lockdown blues was probably best expressed by Rory Ingham in the first words he addressed to the audience ‘….This is really weird…’ But Rory and the band…

Hans Koller Quartet, 23 October 2020

Hans Koller, piano Martin Speake, alto sax Calum Gourlay, bass Shane Forbes, drums An evening of music-making of this calibre is at once both a fitting high note on which to end a truncated season and a good measure of the cultural riches we’ll miss under the cloud of the Covid pandemic. Still, there was…

Pigfoot, 31 January 2020

Pic by Pete Woodman   Chris Batchelor, trumpet Liam Noble, piano/keyboards James Allsopp, baritone sax and bass clarinet Paul Clarvis, drums You needn’t attend many jazz gigs before you’ll hear someone anxious to restore the music to its ‘true’ place. The line runs something like this: ‘The importance of innovation and the quality of the…

SogoRock, 24 January 2020

Ferenc Lakatos, synthesiser Krzysztof Urbanski, saxophone Nik Svarc, guitar Bela Horvath, keyboards Alexander Miller, bass Joshua Gumbs, drums ‘Difficult to resist’ might be the most succinct way of describing this band; and ‘’Why would I?’ a fair summary of the audience reaction. The music of SogoRock is not rock music—the name denotes the brother-in-law status…

Alina Bzhezhinska presents, ‘Alina Hip Harp’, 17 January 2020

Photo Pete Woodman Alina Bzhezhinska – harp Mikele Montolli – Electric Bass Adam Teixeira – Drums Joel Prime – drums Is it possible to review a concert by a harpist without deploying the term, ‘Glissando’? Apparently not. So having dispensed with the inevitable, we can now move to the unexpected and delightful. The harp is…

Dale Storr – The Sounds of New Orleans, 29 November 2019

Dale Storr, piano This was an evening of piano music that said: Welcome to Nawlins; welcome to a place, a people, a history saturated in music; hear the parade of piano luminaries as they move through time from “tradition” to invention until they assume their own places in an enlarged tradition; sit in wonder that…