White Swan Jazz Festival

50 years of LCoM celebrated with our own Jazz Festival

We thought we'd push the boat out and celebrate our fiftieth year by launching a festival around the music that paved our way in 1965 - jazz!

Housed in one of Leeds city centre's favourite pubs The White Swan, our festival will see two whole days of the best new jazz musicians and bands perform just next door to the iconic City Varieties venue.

Check out the full line-up for Monday 9 May and Tuesday 10 May.

Acts include:

Beta Quartet - a band based on vocals and piano trio, covering an array of jazz standards and contemporary jazz.
Alzbeta Turcanyiova – vocals
George MacDonald – piano
Manraj Lall – bass
Jordan Dinsdale – drums

Tim Malkin - taking inspiration from artists such as Jacob Bro, Bill Frisell, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Andy Leggett – Bass
Jordan Dinsdale – Drums
Joe Boyes – keyboard
Katie Heap – vocals
Charlotte Jones – vocals
Holly Matthews – vocals

Stuart Wilson Group - Hip-hop influenced, funky beats, and a killing band.
Stuart Wilson – the root-a-toot
Patrick Martin – the guessing game
Laurie Covell – all the notes
Alan Goodwin – hits stuff
Will Stock – it doesn’t matter what he plays, he’s a vegan
Joel Robinson – tinkles ivories

Kieran Gunter Faction - contemporary jazz, drawing influence from Europe, North America and Latin America. Unorthodox use of timbre to challenge the listener.
Kieran Gunter – guitar
Joe Boyes – piano
Andy Leggett – bass
Greg Gallagher – drums
Rebecca Frodsham – vocals
Alex Fisher – alto sax

The Latin Lumberjacks - playing standards from the American song book, with a Latin twist.
Danny Wares – drums/band leader
Tom Sharp – trumpet
Laurie Covell – tenor sax
Dan Brunskill – alto sax
Andy Leggett – bass
Joe Boyes – piano
Kieran Gunter – guitar
Brendan Bache – percussion

YesNoMaybe - a snake that plays guitar, sax and drums at the same time.
Tom Glazebrook – guitar
Alex Warren – saxophone
Sean Howe – drums
Frazer Kerslake – bass

The Andy Leggett Band - jazz fusion, Latin, jazz music
Andy Leggett – Bass
Dan Brunskill – alto sax
Chris Williamson – trumpet
Chris Bland – Flute/keys
Joe Boyes – piano
Greg Gallagher – drums

Matt Simm Quintet - a call back to the straight ahead era of jazz, with a few modern twists thrown in along the way.
Alex Fisher – alto sax
Joe Lockwood – guitar
Charlie Smythe – piano
Frazer Kerslake – bass
Matt Simm – drums

D S Murray Quartet - performing original compositions by d s murray, the band combine acoustic jazz and electronic textures to create a vibrant and engaging new sound.
d s murray – guitar, synths
Alex Warren – tenor sax, synths
Fergus Quill, bass, synths
Sean Howe – drums, sampler

Funky Junk - have the funkiest junk
Akin Amusan – sax
Joel Rovinson – keys
Joe Whettam – guitar
Manraj Lall – bass

Minus - focuses on creating original own music and rearranging standards in their own style, inspired by the Scandinavian jazz movement.
Bard Fransson – guitar
Tom Alderson – piano
Marius Grindflek – bass
Jostein Braaten – drums

Joe Boyes Trio - taking a contemporary approach to playing typical tunes, in turn developing them into a fresh idiom.
Joe Boyes – piano
Andy Leggett – electric bass
Danny Wares – drums

Jack Wilson Quartet - ‘fast-flowing’ and ‘full of energy’.
Jack Wilson – tenor sax
Ben Haskins – guitar
Fergus Quill – bass
Dan Shearer – drums

Fiorino Trio - Piano trio with Matt Simm on drums and Alistair Rhodes on bass. Various jazz standards and one currently untitled original composition.

Coulthurst Quintet - arrangements of classic standards as well as some more modern tunes.
Dan Coulthurst – trumpet
Jasmine Whalley – alto sax
Nick Ward – piano
Jack Garside – bass
Luke D’Aulerio - drums

Laura Beth - a mixture of covers and originals including tunes by John Coltraine, Laura Mvula, and Joni Mitchell.
Laura Beth - voice
Joel Fellick – guitar
Josh Smout – drums
Andy Leggett – bass
Becca Dunn – backing vocals
Chris Williamson – trumpet
Pat Martin – trombone
Luke Foreman – tenor sax

Danny Sanders Quartet - arrangements of Jazz standards.
Alex Fisher – sax
Lewis Downs – guitar
Danny Sanders – drums
Thomas Rhodes – bass

Crispy Others - jazz-rock group playing the electric music of Miles Davis, Sun Ra, and original material, led by James Milligan.
James Milligan – guitar
Matt Cliffe – saxophone/flute
Joe Simmons – guitar
Joel Stedman – keyboard
Ozzy Moysey – percussion
Elliot Rolfe – bass
Simon Henry – drums
Laurie Covell – tenor sax

Helena April Quintet - inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Gretchen Parlato, performing a mixture of original music and jazz standards.
Helena April - Vocals
Chris Bland - Piano
Jack Hartigan - Guitar
Roz Macdonald - Double Bass
Conor Magi - Drums

Joel Fellick Organ Trio - playing a mixture of original music and standard compositions
Joel Fellick - Guitar
Martin Longhawn - Organ
Jordan Dinsdale - Drums

The Big Beat Quintet - hard bop
Tom Smith - Trombone
Alex Fisher - Sax
Joel Fellick - Guitar
Angus  Milne - Bass
Jordan Dinsdale - Drums



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