We’re delighted to present details of the artists that will be appearing at the first Leyburn Jazz Festival in October 2021.

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The line-up includes cutting-edge contemporary jazz, classic trad and swing, fusion, funk and vocal jazz, and truly shows the depth and breadth of this amazing genre of music. Scroll down to see full details.

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This is a COVID-Safe event in line with Government guidelines in place at the time when the Festival performances will take place. The festival will be subject to any restrictions that may be in place beyond our control which prevents the performance from going ahead. As a valued member of our audience, we don’t want you to worry, just contact us with any queries or concerns you may have.

Appearing on Friday October 22nd

Josephine Davies ‘Satori’ – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 22/10/21 9.00pm-10.30pm. Tickets now on sale.

Winner of the 2019 Parliamentary Award ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the year’, Josephine Davies is a musical artist at the forefront of the UK contemporary music scene. Featuring drummer James Maddren, and bassist Dave Whitford, Satori is an ever-evolving ensemble that defies the categorization of either avant-garde or mainstream jazz, instead shifting deftly and dynamically through various imaginative soundscapes according to where their shared inspiration takes them.

Their third album ‘How Can We Wake?’ was released on Whirlwind Recordings in October 2020 to wide acclaim. Inspired by the writings of the Indian sage Patanjali, this suite of pieces was recorded live in the atmospheric setting of North London’s Oxford Tavern and is a beautifully creative and magical offering from this inimitable trio.

“Winning immediacy.” ★★★★ (Mojo Magazine)
“Refreshingly imaginative and invigorating.” (All About Jazz)
“Inventive, Lyrical.” (Jazzwise Magazine)

Hot Club Du Nord – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 22/10/21 at 7.00pm-8.30pm. Tickets now on sale.

Led by violinist Emma Fisk, Hot Club du Nord focus on the original repertoire of the Hot Club de France and take their inspiration from the swinging, musically inventive approach of Reinhardt & Grappelli. This repertoire consisted of instrumental versions of contemporary popular songs such as J’Attendrai/Tornerai, Si Tu Savais and Undecided; jazz standards of the 1920s and 30s –  It Had to be You, Body & Soul, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Lady Be Good and Sweet Georgia Brown, and Reinhardt /Grappelli originals such as Minor Swing, Sweet Chorus, HCQ Strut, Nuages, Oriental Shuffle and Belleville.

“There are few more joyous sounds than that of the sweet jazz violin and Emma Fisk plays the intricate lines once played by Stephane Grappelli masterfully, but with her own musical identity.”
Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival.

Edison Herbert – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 22/10/21 at 12pm-12.45pm and at 1.15pm-2pm. Free. Also at 6pm-6.45pm. Tickets now on sale.

Edison Herbert is a gifted and melodic guitarist. While studying classical piano at Yorkshire College of Music he began teaching himself to play the guitar. He gained valuable experience performing at church with small gospel groups and choirs. This passion for the guitar resulted in further studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he performed with The Guildhall Big Band featuring Randy Brecker at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.​ Edison’s album ‘Time For Love’ is a collection of originals and standards, and is being released in August. Edison will play two free afternoon shows in Tennant’s Café and will open the Friday evening triple bill in the Garden Rooms.

Two For The Road – at the Black Swan. 22/10/21 at 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Free.

‘Two for the Road’ is Ben Lowman and Sam Dunn; two superb young jazz musicians based in the North of England. They recreate the classic jazz sounds of a bygone era, playing music associated with jazz greats such as Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.  

Colin Bailey Band – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants 22/10/21 at 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Free.

Enjoy an afternoon of standards, songbook favourites and rarer gems with vocalist Colin Bailey. Colin hails from Wensleydale and has over 30 years’ experience as an entertainer, musician, and educator in and around the Yorkshire Dales. He is joined by Michael Yare (Guitar), Howard Harrington (Keys and Trumpet), David Dore (Bass) and John Raine (Drums). Their programme has been specially prepared for the Festival and celebrates the music and the artists of the Jazz and Blues era and present day.

Appearing on Saturday October 23rd

Ian Shaw – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 23/10/21 at 9.00pm -10.30pm. Tickets now on sale.
photo credit Lisa Wormsley

Ian Shaw has been described as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced, as well as being a talented pianist, song writer, actor, presenter and record producer. Twice voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the prestigious BBC Jazz Awards, the recorded output of the London based singer and consummate showman includes three US releases. His solo shows and performances with his regular piano trio become ever more popular but he is also much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally.

Over the years he has collaborated with the likes of Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nigel Kennedy, Kurt Elling and The Who’s Pete Townsend and has toured with Abdullah Ibrahim, The Boston Pops and Cedar Walton. A regular headline draw at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s (he presents their worldwide radio show also), Shaw has toured the US and Canada many times as well as across Europe, and more recently in Australia and the Far East also.

“a brilliant vocal chameleon . . . there’s actually more heart in Ian Shaw’s cleverness than in many singers who wear their hearts conspicuously on their sleeves” (The Telegraph)

Paul Edis’ Triptych -at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 23/10/21 at 7.00pm-8.30pm. Tickets now on sale.

As featured on BBC Radio 3 Jazz Lineup – North East-born Paul Edis (piano/clarinet/flute) Rob Walker (drums/percussion) and Paul Susans (electric and double bass) AKA Triptych bring a diverse repertoire and extensive experience to create original music that embraces a wealth of influences and different approaches.

Their music embraces long form composition, looking beyond the more conventional structures often found in straight-ahead jazz and including unexpected sounds and grooves.

The trio has performed at Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Darlington Jazz Festival, DJazz and various venues and clubs across the north (including Wakefield Jazz, the Jazz Café Newcastle, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Hexham Jazz Club).

Saturday Night ‘Emerging Artist’ Support Slot – Jack Pearce Quartet – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 6.00pm-6.45pm

Jack Pearce is a multi-instrumentalist from Stokesley with an established connection to the North East music scene. From age 14 he joined Richmond Jam to develop his interest in Jazz and improvisation and soon progressed to regularly performing at community events with BlueBoxt Productions. Jack plays in numerous school bands such as Egglescliffe School Big Band, with which he’s played gigs across the North East and most notably with the NYJO Big Band (National Youth Jazz Orchestra). As well as school bands Jack successfully auditioned for Jambone at the Sage Gateshead 3 years ago and was soon travelling up and down the A1 on a regular basis.

More recently he is establishing himself as a solo artist and session musician playing gigs and street entertainment at events around his local area . September 2021 sees Jack commence the next chapter of his musical journey as he embarks on his first year studying Jazz Saxophone at Leeds Conservatoire.

Local performances include Leyburn Arts Centre, Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond, Dales Festival of Food and Drink and the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival, Hawes.

Voodoo Brass Band – marching in Leyburn marketplace 23/10/21 at 11.00am (free) and in concert at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants 23/10/21 at 2.30pm – 4.00pm (tickets now on sale).

Featuring the popular young musician Simon Chorley from Thornton Rust in Wensleydale, Voodoo Brass Band is already one of London’s freshest and most exciting new brass bands. They have seen their reputation go from strength to strength following sell-out shows all across London, including regular performances at venues such as Hootenanny (Brixton), Underbelly (Hoxton), Matchstick Theatre (Deptford) and Pizza Express (Soho).

Their repertoire includes both inspired arrangements of pop and rock songs as well as original material drawing on a wider ange of influences reaching from London based jazz-fusion bands, such as Ezra Collective, to American brass bands, such as The Soul Rebels and Youngblood Brass Band. The band’s music is arranged between Simon Chorley (Bass Trombone) and George Jefford (Trumpet).

In the last several years, Voodoo Brass Band have been building a presence on online streaming platforms with the release of their cover, Earthquake (Labrinth) and original, 12 Years, both having been hit with critical acclaim.

Danny Pye Duo – at The Golden Lion. 23/10/21 at 3.00pm – 5.00pm Free.

Even though he is only 24 years old, over the past 8 years Danny has become a very popular and highly-respected vocalist. He won the approval of audiences and the respect of his fellow musicians at the start of his career, in particular for his unique and entertaining performance style, as well as for the high quality of his singing and musicality. Now he is considered a great contributor to the North West’s Jazz Scene.

Danny creates, records, and performs modern Jazz, in collaboration with his friends and other musicians. He does this whilst maintaining a noticeable sound of his vocal influences, which include Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Jeff Buckley and Sam Cooke. However, Danny has created a vocal signature that is truly his own, and which is now reaching an increasingly wide and very appreciative audience.

“Danny Pye is one of the new generation of great, young singers with a sense of where the music has come from.” Steve Parry, vocal arranger, The Voice UK

Alligator Gumbo – at The King’s Head. 23/10/21 at 12 noon – 3.00pm. Free.

Appearing at Leyburn Jazz Festival as a 5-piece band, Alligator Gumbo have been playing together since the summer of 2011. Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, they have played extensively around the country to rave reviews – from rowdy bars to some of the UK’s most prestigious jazz festivals.

Playing jazz from the hey-day of the New Orleans swing/jazz era, in particular the “roaring 20s”, when music was raw and largely improvised with melodies and solos happening simultaneously which has now become defined as the ‘New Orleans’ sound. Alligator Gumbo strive to keep this style alive in their renditions of popular songs from this unique time and place.

Colin Bailey and Friends – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 23/10/21 at 11.00am – 2.00pm. Free.

2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of BlueBoxt Productions, a not for profit creative and performing arts organisation. Based in Wensleydale, they provide workshops, mentoring and performance opportunities for young creatives, and the young at heart, across the region.

As part of the celebrations, Colin is delighted to be hosting an informal concert presentation that shines a light on local performers and their contributions to the Dales music scene. Throughout the day there will be solo and ensemble performances from established artists, emerging artists and members of the Play>Record>Perform project.

This event has been made possible with the support of our BlueAngels, The Wensleydale Rotary Club, NYMAZ and Youth Music – using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Appearing on Sunday October 24th

Pedigree Jazz Band – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 24/10/21 at 2.00pm-3.30pm. Tickets now on sale.

Leader Chris Walker and Pedigree Jazz band recreate the hit tunes of the British “Trad Jazz” boom of the 50’s and 60’s. In their show “Salute to Trad Jazz” they play the most popular tunes of the era, such as ‘Midnight in Moscow’, ‘Petite Fleur’, ‘Green Leaves Of Summer’ and many others. The band has proved to be a resounding success, with rave reviews and repeat bookings from nearly everywhere they perform.

Edison Herbert – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants24/10/21 at 11.30am-12.15pm and at 1.00pm-1.45pm. Free.

Two more opportunities to catch the wonderful guitarist Edison Herbert. See Friday listings for full artist details.

Young Musicians Showcase – at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 24/10/21 at 12.30pm.

Following on from their workshop session with local young musicians, Paul Edis’ Triptych will lead a showcase performance with the young people highlighting their skills.

Paul Edis’ Triptych – musician’s workshop session at the Festival Stage at The Garden Rooms at Tennants. 24/10/21 at 10am.

Sunday morning workshop for young musicians, with an open performance to end the session at lunchtime. More details on the workshop page.