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Friday 7 November

Millennium Hall

Beats & Pieces Big Band

Ben Cottrell: director

Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte: saxophones

Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh: trombones

Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters: trumpets

Anton Hunter: guitar

Patrick Hurley: piano

Harrison Wood: bass

Alex Tod: drums

Gale-force energy plus startlingly original material has won them dozens of awards during their six years, including Jazz Ensemble of the Year in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. With influences from Ellington through Loose Tubes to Radiohead, their vivid ideas and brilliant mood changes have redefined the big band for the twenty first century.

Thursday 13 November

at 20.00

Auditorium, Sheffield University Students Union

Polar Bear

Mark Lockheart: tenor sax

Pete Wareham: tenor sax

Tom Herbert: double bass

Leafcutter John: electronics, guitar etc.

Seb Rochford: drums

One of the most exciting bands of their generation, and nominated for a 2014 Mercury Prize, Polar Bear continue to experiment with electronics, their new music moving between jazz and avant techno, more spacious and more intense than previously. Transcending genre, they connect with jazz, rock, hip-hop, electronic and mainstream audiences alike.

Friday 21 November

Millennium Hall

Benn Clatworthy Quartet

Benn Clatworthy: saxophones

Cecilia Coleman: piano

Simon Thorpe: bass

Matt Home: drums

Storming post-Coltrane energy to beautiful ballad playing, Los Angeles-based Clatworthy has matured into a truly great tenor player. A favourite with Sheffield audiences for many years for his emotional playing and dry sense of humour, supported by a top-class US/British rhythm section.

Friday 28 November

at 19.30

Crucible Studio

Gwilym Simcock/Yuri Goloubev Duo

Gwilym Simcock: piano

Yuri Goloubev: bass

A pianist of exceptional and dazzling ability, Gwilym Simcock’s music has been acclaimed as ‘engaging, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible'. Celebrating the much-lauded new album with long time collaborator Yuri Goloubev, the duo bring music which navigates an intriguing route through jazz, chamber music and contemporary classical.  

Friday 5 December

Millennium Hall

Neon Quartet

Stan Sulzmann: tenor sax

Kit Downes: piano

Jim Hart: vibes

Tim Giles: drums

Absorbing and technically brilliant interplay are the hallmark of this elegant, forceful music. A remarkable concentration of talent, Neon boasts three great composers, combining the value of experience with the freshness of youth. “..rhythmic flexibility, imaginative interplay and lyrical, inventive soloing”. (Irish Times)


Friday 24 January 2014

Millennium Hall

Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw: vocals

Barry Green: piano

The UK's finest and most inventive male jazz vocalist. Exciting, edgy and provocative, he blends jazz with elements from soul, blues and pop with a nice line in sharp wit, honed during his days on the Alternative Cabaret circuit!

Friday 31 January

Millennium Hall

Gary Crosby’s Groundation
Gary Crosby: bass

Nathaniel Facey: alto sax

Moses Boyd: drums

Shirley Tetteh: guitar

Acclaimed bassist and band leader Gary Crosby, famous for the storming Jazz Jamaica All Stars, shifts his focus for this new, more intimate project. A group discussion between four great players - progressive jazz with some Afrobeat accents interspersed with thoughtful ballads.

Friday 7 February

Millennium Hall

Kit Downes Quintet
Kit Downes: piano

Calum Gourlay: bass

James Maddren: drums

James Allsopp: bass clarinet

Lucy Railton: cello

One of the most brilliant musicians of his generation, a gifted composer and sparkling improviser. With Neon, Troyka, or his own trio, he brings an under-stated verve and earthy brilliance to the music. The current quintet expands his musical palate - rich, deep, expressive sounds.

Friday 14 February

Millennium Hall

Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio
Dennis Rollins: trombone & electronics

Ross Stanley: Hammond organ

Pedro Segundo: drums & percussion

Virtuoso trombonist at the forefront of UK jazz, funk and pop for 25 years. A brilliant marriage of refined contemporary jazz and simmering funk grooves. This unique trio line-up honours the jazz tradition and pushes it forward at the same time.

Friday 7 March

Millennium Hall

MJQ Celebration
Jim Hart: vibraphone

Barry Green: piano

Steve Brown: drums

Matt Ridley: bass

Fantastic celebration of the MJQ, formed by Michael Garrick a year before his tragic death in 2011. After his death the band determined to continue, recruiting fine young pianist Barry Green and still featuring some of Michael’s finest compositions alongside MJQ favourites.

Friday 14 March

at 19.30

Crucible Studio

Jay Phelps Sextet: Projections of Miles
Jay Phelps: trumpet
Denys Baptiste: tenor saxophone
Logan Richardson: alto saxophone
Jonathan Gee: piano
Tim Thornton: bass
Shane Forbes: drums

Jay Phelps (formerly of Empirical, star of BBC’s ‘Dancing On the Edge’) brings an all-star line up to re-arrange the classic music of Miles Davis. The world-class front line includes US alto-man Logan Richardson and British tenor star Denys Baptiste.

Friday 21 March

Millennium Hall

Jean Toussaint Quartet
Jean Toussaint: tenor sax

Andrew McCormack: piano

Larry Bartley: bass

Troy Miller: drums

Seriously exciting music from a tenor player of international stature - from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the mid eighties, to high profile collaborations in many jazz styles. Today he works out of London and his playing goes from strength to strength.

Thursday 27 March

at 20.00

Auditorium, Sheffield University Students Union

Get The Blessing
Jim Barr: bass

Clive Deamer: drums

Jake McMurchie: saxophone

Pete Judge: trumpet 

One of the UK’s most exciting live bands – Jim Barr and Clive Deamer from Portishead joined forces with the two horns and took the jazz scene by the scruff of the neck. A unique sound - thumping tunes, infectious beats and joyous collective spontaneity.

Friday 4 April

Millennium Hall

Brandon Allen Quartet
Brandon Allen: saxes

Ross Stanley: piano

Mick Hutton: bass

Chris Higginbottom: drums

Powerful Australian saxist with a fiery quartet featuring the great Mick Hutton on bass. Emotional, blues soaked tenor style, firmly in the hard bop tradition - his rich sound lets him steam through up-tempo numbers and channel tenderness through quieter ones.

Friday 11 April

Millennium Hall

John Turville Trio
John Turville: piano

Calum Gourlay: bass

Ben Reynolds: drums

One of the UK’s leading contemporary jazz piano trios, using their rhythmic and harmonic depth to explore widely varying moods and ideas. A startlingly lyrical mix of contemporary tango, classical writing, and pastoral jazz.

Friday 25 April

Millennium Hall

Led Bib
Mark Holub: drums

Pete Grogan: alto saxophone

Chris Williams: alto saxophone

Liran Donin: double bass

Toby McLaren: keyboards

“A lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine” - Time Out. “Less interested in following anyone else's traditions than starting their own” - Yahoo Music. Groove, improvisation, thrash and everything in-between, carrying the audience with an energy more akin to their avant-rock peers than a jazz group!

Friday 2 May

Millennium Hall

Michael Wollny’s [em]
Michael Wollny: piano

Tim Lefebvre: bass

Eric Schaefer: drums

One of the most dramatic developments for the classic piano trio since e.s.t.. “Wollny's combination of hard-rock muscle, postbop articulacy, warped-classical tributes and blazing energy is one of the most exciting recent developments in European jazz”...John Fordham, The Guardian.

Friday 9 May

Millennium Hall

Julian Siegel Quartet

Julian Siegel: saxophones & clarinet

Liam Noble: piano & synthesisers

Oli Hayhurst: bass

Gene Calderazzo: drums

A welcome return by the band whose gig was a highlight of Sheffield Jazz 2011.Thrilling, deep grooves; memorable, adventurous melodic lines; engaging textures. One of the UK’s most powerful and exciting groups with music from their award winning 'Urban Theme Park' album.

Friday 16 May

Millennium Hall

Anita Wardell/ Dave O’Higgins Quintet
Anita Wardell: vocals

Dave O’Higgins: saxophones

Mike Gorman: piano

Oli Hayhurst: bass

Tristan Mailliot: drums

Anita Wardell, renowned for mesmerising vocal improvisation, won Best Vocalist in the 2013 British Jazz Awards. Dave O’Higgins has long been a major figure among British tenor players. High quality straight-ahead jazz with great vocals and outstanding improvisation.


Friday 4/10 2013

Millennium Hall

Tina May 4

Tina May – vocals

Nikki Iles – piano

Mark Hodgson – bass

Stephen Keogh - drums

One of the most popular jazz singers in the country - also one of the most highly acclaimed! Huge talent and vast experience, she’s seen here with long time associate Nikki Iles.

a rapport that takes singer and pianist far beyond mere voice plus accompaniment.” Dave Gelly - The Observer

Lesser artists may have grabbed the headlines, but Tina May remains the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the scene.” Kenny Mathieson – The Scotsman

Friday 11/10

Millennium Hall

Alan Barnes/ Bruce Adams 5

Alan Barnes - saxes/ clarinet

Bruce Adams – trumpet

Robin Aspland – piano Simon Thorpe – bass

Matt Home - drums

Ever-popular Alan Barnes returns with the straight-ahead hard bop quintet he’s been leading with Bruce Adams for 20 years - and this is the best line-up yet! A repertoire from the classic years of bop with an emphasis on accessibility, good humour and a conviction that jazz should swing. Barnes has dominated the saxophone and clarinet section of the British jazz awards throughout the '90s and beyond and is often seen compering as well as performing at major jazz festivals

Friday 18/10

Millennium Hall

Liam Noble 5

Liam Noble – piano

Shabaka Hutchings – tenor saxophone and clarinet

Chris Batchelor – trumpet

Dave Whitford – bass

Dave Wickins – drums

Liam Noble’s much-lauded “Brubeck” trio expands to a dynamic five piece, with a fantastic musical palette ranging between the avant-garde and Tin Pan Alley. Textural contrasts, unusual forms, fragments and riffs transforming into chorales, chord sequences dissolving into dense webs of sound then morphing into lyrical melodies and danceable grooves! And through all this, the spectre of the classic hard bop quintet is never far away.

“…a brilliant pianist…” John Fordham, The Guardian

'Shabaka is a veritable cauldron of creativity ... an emerging Brit-jazz star if ever there was one' ...Jazzwise

Friday 25/10

Millennium Hall

Louis Moholo-Moholo 4

Louis Moholo-Moholo – drums

Alex Hawkins – piano

Jason Yarde – saxophones

John Edwards – bass

One of that group of great South African musicians who lit up the British jazz scene in the 70s, a member of the legendary Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath, Louis Moholo-Moholo has worked with a host of world-class players, including Steve Lacy and Cecil Taylor. A welcome chance to see him in Britain following his move back to South Africa, revisiting the Blue Notes repertoire with a storming quartet of established collaborators.

Friday 1/11

Millennium Hall

Sheffield University Big Band

Sheffield Jazz presents Sheffield University’s most active and exciting jazz ensemble, organised and led entirely by current SU students. It will include: drums, bass, guitar, keys, baritone/tenor/alto/soprano saxes, tenor/bass trombones, trumpets, and vocalists.


For more information about the band and about their new debut album go to:

Friday 8/11

Millennium Hall

Scenes in The City - The Music of Charles Mingus

Tony Kofi – saxophones

Karen Sharp – saxophones

Jeremy Price – trombone

Mark Edwards – piano

Arnie Somogyi – bass

Clark Tracey – drums

Mingus’s music was full of joyous freedom and drive with a deep feeling for the blues. Scenes in the City capture that spirit perfectly in a tribute to two classic albums from 50 years ago - Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus and The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. Great Mingus classics, played by an all-star lineup!
Soaring, beautifully realised interpretations … giving each musician enough space to create essential individual solos. “..Tim Wall.

Friday 15/11

Millennium Hall

Stuart McCallum Trio with Reel Strings

Stuart McCallum - guitars/laptop

Pete Turner – bass

Dave Walsh – drums

Thol Mason, Steve Cordiner – violins

Tanah Stevens – viola

Ben Cashell - 'cello

A presentation by Jazz North and Sheffield Jazz

Renowned for his playing with Cinematic Orchestra and remixing Radiohead, McCallum’s music embraces simple, memorable melodies, bass lines and drum beats, combined with electronica, improvisation and elegant orchestral writing - spacious and intimate or wildly energetic. Live strings highlight the rich orchestral textures, making the music simmer with tension, sharpening the dynamics and heightening the audience experience.

the feel of the Cinematic Orchestra, Brian Eno and Silent Way-era Miles” The Guardian, UK

exemplary of everything that is exciting about new British jazz.”Jazzwise, UK

Friday 22/11

Millennium Hall

Pinski Zoo

Jan Kopinski – saxes

Steve Iliffe – keys

Karl Bingham – bass

Stefan Kopinski – bass

Patrick Illingworth - drums

BBC Music Magazine said “uncategorisable, uniquely exciting, danceable and darkly atmospheric … irresistible pulses .. nebulous, magical, mysterious soundscapes…” Call it ‘Free-Funk Jazz’ or ‘Avant-Jazz’ they stomp with emotion and musical intensity. A unique sound with a cult-like following, Pinski Zoo are UK jazz originals, explosively dynamic jazz with a crafted, identifiable group sound, bristling with sonic tension. “Organic, no-surrender, spiritually uplifting music”… AllAbout jazz.

"... volatile mixture of freedom and funk."…  New York Times

Friday 29/11

at 19.30

Crucible Studio

Zoe Rahman Trio

Zoe Rahman – piano

Alec Dankworth – bass

Gene Calderazzo - drums

Return of the ever-popular pianist/composer. Deeply rooted in jazz her music reflects her wide-ranging imagination, classical background and broad musical taste. Awarded Best Jazz Act 2012 at the prestigious MOBO awards, her individual style, powerful technique and exuberant performance has led to work with George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers. 'Classically trained, Zoe Rahman can play with the attack and the power of McCoy Tyner....and the lyricism of Bill Evans' ..Jazz Journal Rahman is a total star’ …Independent on Sunday

a formidably talented pianist’ …Telegraph

Friday 6/12

Millennium Hall


Dave Hassell – timbales

Steve Gilbert – drums

Chris Manus – conga

Steve Williams – bass

Paul Kilvington – piano

Glen Cartledge – guitar

Nick Smart – trumpet

John Hinch - 2nd trumpet

Andy Scott – saxophones

John Barber – trombone

Orli Nyles - vocal

Apitos are back! Their last Sheffield Jazz gig saw a full house for a night of breathtaking Latin Jazz. Don’t miss this chance to catch them again. Led by Dave Hassell, renowned drummer, percussionist, and expert on Latin American music, Apitos is recognised as one of the leading Latin jazz ensembles in the UK, merging the rhythms of Latin America with jazz and improvised forms. “A good time will be had by all”.


Friday 18 January 2013

Millennium Hall

Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble

Gilad Atzmon: sax

Frank Harrison: piano

Yaron Stavi: bass

Eddie Hick: drums

The maverick, award-winning saxophonist returns. A regular with the Blockheads and work with everyone from Robbie Williams to Paul McCartney, he combines with sophisticated bebop artistry, Middle-Eastern roots and the instrumental power of Coltrane!

a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” John Fordham - The Guardian. “whirlwind approach ... dynamic and charismatic...” Brian Blain - Jazz UK “the expat Israeli saxophonist combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence...” The Guardian **** A subtle blend of East and West, that’s brutal and beautiful’… BBC.

Friday 25 January

Crucible Studio

Stan Tracey Octet

Stan Tracey: piano

Mark Armstrong: trumpet

Mark Nightingale: trombone

Sam Mayne: sax

Simon Allen: sax

Mornington Lockett: sax

Andy Cleyndert: bass

Clark Tracey: drums

Stan Tracey’s five decade career influenced generations. As house pianist at Ronnie’s in the ’60s he played with all the visiting American greats – Sonny Rollins said “does anybody here know how good he really is?” His brilliant style combines the percussive melody of Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington.
jazz highlight of the year. It doesn’t get much better than this”… South China Morning Post “I don't think anybody writes better within his style for large group”… Duncan Henning –Jazzwise

Friday 1 February

Millennium Hall

Karen Sharp Quartet

Karen Sharp; sax

Nikki Iles; piano

Dave Green; bass

Steve Brown; drums

In 2004 Karen Sharp came to prominence through a three year stint in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band. Her warm melodic style has featured in work with many of London’s top players including Scott Hamilton, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes and Mark Nightingale. Her quartet, with one of the hardest swinging rhythm sections in the business, features like-minded musicians with a wealth of experience and a shared love of great tunes.

an extraordinary talent”Phil Collins, BBC Radio 2 Karen Sharp seems to have the complete kit – warm, singing tone, melodic flair, great sense of swing and an ear for good material”…Dave Gelly, The Observer

Friday 8 February

Millennium Hall


Nathaniel Facey; alto sax

Tom Farmer; double bass
Shaney Forbes; drums
Lewis Wright; vibraphone

Multi award-winning jazz sensation Empirical need no introduction. Four young, British musicians emphasising equal contributions to the group sound, delivering original, sophisticated, jazz. In a few short years they’ve carved out a place as one of jazz’s most exciting young bands. Numerous awards including the 2010 MOBO for best jazz act and Jazzwise and Mojo albums of the year.
The coolest of Britain’s young jazz bands”... Daily Telegraph Empirical could turn out to be one of the most important bands in UK jazz history”... Jazzwise

Friday 1 March

Millennium Hall

Liane Carroll Trio

Liane Carroll; vocals & piano

Roger Carey; bass

Mark Fletcher; drums

Liane Carroll’s legendary passionate style combines soulful sincerity and a vocal flexibility that’s the envy of most other singers with a fantastically entertaining show. A regular headliner at Ronnie Scott’s and the 606, she’s picked up numerous awards and a rapturous reception at New York’s Lincoln Center. Don’t miss this chance to see her back with the trio.

"Highly recommended - I love it"...Michael Parkinson "The real thing.".... Sholto Byrnes, Independent on Sunday "Utterly brilliant."... Time Out “Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest”... The Times

Friday 8 March

Crucible Studio

Mark Lockheart’s Ellington in Anticipation

Mark Lockheart: tenor sax

Emma Smith: violin

Finn Peters: alto sax

James Allsop: clarinets

Liam Noble: piano

Tom Herbert: bass

Seb Rochford: drums

Mark Lockheart presents many of Ellington’s most revered compositions deconstructed and arranged into a fascinating set of new music, rich in orchestration and concept and entirely respectful to the beauty of Ellington’s original creations. This all star seven- piece group features some of the most exciting and original musicians in the UK.
affecting melodies, endlessly inventive”... The Observer “one of the most glorious bits of writing and playing you’ll hear this year”... Jazzwise

Friday 15 March

Millennium Hall

Paul Booth Quintet

Paul Booth; saxes

Phil Robson; guitar

Mike Janisch; bass

Ross Stanley; piano

James Maddren; drums

Paul Booth is firmly established as solo artist, and 'first call' sideman for many big names in both jazz and pop. His range covers work with Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, Basia, the BBC Big Band, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Riverdance, Eddie Henderson, Clarence Penn, Roberto Pla, Snowboy, Ray Gelato, Jane Monheit, Patti Austin, Madeleine Bell! Here he is in the classic jazz quintet setting.

Blistering young saxist, a genuine prodigy”. The Independent “displays a lyricism of the likes of John Coltrane and Stan Getz”... John Fordham

Friday 22 March

Millennium Hall

Get The Blessing

Jim Barr; bass

Clive Deamer; drums

Jake McMurchie; sax

Pete Judge; trumpet 

In 2000 Jim Barr and Clive Deamer from Portishead (Deamer now also plays with Radiohead) joined forces with McMurchie and Judge, to take the jazz scene by the scruff of the neck. Thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, joyous collective spontaneity. Their 2012 tour covered 12 European countries and 10 dates in North America. Influences from Ornette and Tortoise, to Blondie and Samuel Beckett!
"they may well be the most original and exciting band on the British scene at the moment"...Jazzwise "GTB harness rock and jazz with uncompromising power"...Time Out

Friday 12 April

Millennium Hall


Kit Downes: organ

Chris Montague: guitars, loops

Joshua Blackmore: drums

Exploding from London’s fertile jazz scene Troyka bring their visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music. Textural guitar loops, angular riffs and displaced drum grooves - the band everyone’s talking about - a compelling listening experience.

"a jazz sensibility .. deep improvisation and complex composition .. savage attack and impressively substantial mood-sculpting."... BBC Music Review “the power and sheer ‘size’ of the music they produce would be impressive in a sextet; for a trio it borders on the miraculous”... London Jazz Blog "spikily abstract at times, gracefully lyrical or traditionally rock-bluesy at others." ...The Guardian

Friday 19 April

Millennium Hall

Soweto Kinch Trio

Soweto Kinch; sax etc

Karl Rasheed-Abel; bass

Shaney Forbes; drums

One of the most exciting and versatile young musicians on the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Recognised as a great jazz player and equally at home with the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and championed by Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B. 5 star reviews for his recent live performances have confirmed him as a major figure on the UK scene.
it’s hard to imagine stronger contemporary jazz being played anywhere else in the world.”... Jack Massarik - Evening Standard

Friday 26 April

Millennium Hall

Peter King Quartet

Peter King; alto sax

Steve Melling; piano

Geoff Gascoyne; bass

Mark Fletcher; drums

Peter King is simply one of the best alto players in the world. His career has seen him with the world’s jazz greats – Bud Powell, Philly Joe, Elvin, Benny Golson etc.

Ladies and gentlemen,”… Wynton Marsalis invited him to guest with the Lincoln Centre Orchestra and introduced him as, “the legendary Peter King”. “Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world.”Lalo Schifrin. “Peter King is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England”… Elvin Jones

Friday 10 May

Millennium Hall

Alex Hutton Trio

Alex Hutton; piano

Yuri Goloubev; bass

Asaf Sirkis; drums

Sheffield born Alex Hutton has been firmly established alongside most of the leading figures on the London jazz scene since the ‘90s.
a vigorous rhythm section ... featuring classical virtuoso double bassist Yuri Goloubev and the high-class drummer Asaf Sirkis. one of the best and most interesting (piano trios) around at the moment...Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise cinematic, folksong-like melodies ... he likes improvisers of character around him ... melodic warmth... the kind of music that speaks to a wide listenership”... John Fordham

Friday 17 May

Millennium Hall


Norma Winstone; voice

Nikki Iles; piano, accordion

Mark Lockheart; tenor & soprano sax & bass clarinet

Mike Walker; guitar

Steve Watts; double bass

James Maddren; drums

Jazz vocal innovator Norma Winstone heads a group crossing the boundaries between jazz, folk and contemporary music - original works alongside pieces from people like Steve Swallow and Ralph Towner. 

" at the peak of her form... there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her"... Alyn Shipton, The Times "Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in recent times, a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing as an improviser"... The Guardian


Friday 28 September 2012

Millennium Hall

Iain Dixon/Mike Walker Quintet
Mike Walker: guitar

Iain Dixon: saxophones

Les Chisnall: piano

Gary Culshaw: bass

Caroline Boaden: drums

This quintet, featuring exceptional guitarist Mike Walker, is a new band of old friends from the North of England (including Sheffielder Caroline Boaden) playing a mixture of original tunes and arrangements of lesser known songs.
Mike Walker: "...nothing short of sensational..." - John Fordham, The Guardian

Mike Walker 's playing, for those who don't know it, is one of the greatest joys of British jazz. To say he's in the league of a John Scofield or a Mick Goodrick may mean little. But in the live situation he can lead the listener literally anywhere. There's a capacity to play on the borders of silence, and yet with an astonishing range of colour. And to build from there, organically to full-on Hendrix. He never disappoints." - London Jazz Blog

Iain Dixon’s tenor is hard hitting and he has that vocalised tone that defines the big-hearter, soulful saxophone” - City Life

Friday 5 October

Millennium Hall


Trevor Warren: guitar

Pete Wareham: sax

Annie Whitehead: trombone

Dudley Philips: bass

Winston Clifford: drums

Trevor Warren brings together a fusion of jazz, rock and ethnic grooves with this inspired quintet. The band take rhythms from modern dance music, minimalism, rock, African and Indian music, as well as many other forms. Trevor is joined by a group of A-list players including Pete Wareham from Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear, and Annie Whitehead who has played with everyone from Carla Bley through Elvis Costello to Jah Wobble.
The name suggests a bone-crunching thrash-metal jazz outfit - but British guitarist Trevor Warren’s group is actually a warm horn-dominated ensemble boasting some pedigree improvisers.”John Fordham, The Guardian

 "...picking out individuals isn’t the point – this is just a brilliant ensemble."

Friday 12 October

Millennium Hall

Kate Williams Septet
Kate Williams: piano

Gareth Lockrane: flute, alto and bass flutes

Steve Fishwick: trumpet/ flugelhorn

Ben Somers: tenor saxophone

Julian Siegel: tenor and soprano saxophones/bass clarinet

Oli Hayhurst: bass

Tristan Maillot: drums

Kate Williams brings to Sheffield a star-studded septet which has won rave reviews both for its “Made Up” CD and for its gigs across the country over the past year. A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.

A superbly lucid and inventive pianist and composer.” Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Radio 2

Friday 19 October

Millennium Hall

Christine Tobin: Sailing to Byzantium
Christine Tobin: vocals

Liam Noble: piano

Phil Robson: guitar

Kate Short: cello

Dave Whitford: bass

This gig will feature songs from Christine’s highly-praised new album “Sailing To Byzantium” which has been receiving great reviews and is an evocative collection of twelve poems by W.B. Yeats set to music by the Irish singer-songwriter and BBC award-winning jazz vocalist Christine Tobin. The poems set are chosen from Yeats’ early work through to his final collection, from love poems to works that chart his desire to find a deeper spiritual truth, as in the epic Sailing To Byzantium. Christine’s inspired settings and her "24 carat voice", backed by a superb band, bring great warmth and luminosity to his work.
In this beautiful collection of songs based on the poetry of W.B.Yeats, vocalist Christine Tobin has created an unqualified masterpiece” - JAZZWISE MAGAZINE.
"..a jewel of the London jazz scene, streets ahead of the pack. She should be on a global stage ...". The Guardian

Friday 9 November

Millennium Hall

Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Benn Clatworthy: saxes

John Donaldson: piano

Simon Thorpe: bass

Josh Morrison: drums

Always popular with the Sheffield Jazz audience, Benn Clatworthy brings a very strong UK-based quartet for this gig. Benn is a truly impressive modern jazz tenor whom Ronnie Scott rated as one of the best UK players he had ever heard
"A tenor saxophonist that is every bit the player that Joshua Redman is, Clatworthy has been a staple in Los Angeles clubs for the past two decades" -

"A master player” LA Weekly

With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary jazz pianists...” Dave Gelly, The Observer

Friday 16 November

Millennium Hall

Tim Lapthorn Trio with Bobby Wellins
Tim Lapthorn: piano

Bobby Wellins: saxes

Arnie Somogyi: bass

Stephen Keogh: drums

The Lapthorn trio play a smart mix of beautiful originals alongside reworkings of more standard material - featuring saxophone legend Bobby Wellins. Expect lyrical, melodic yet explorative and exciting playing from this group of highly experienced and talented musicians. Lapthorn has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s most highly respected piano players with his harmonic, soulful yet spacious approach to the instrument with his many influences ranging from Debussy to D’Angelo
Pure Class” - Jazz UK

..sparkles with originality and colour”. Humphrey Lyttleton

Friday 23 November

Millennium Hall

Stan Sulzmann: tenor sax

Kit Downes: piano

Jim Hart: vibes

Tim Giles: drums

Neon features one of the UK’s finest saxophonists in the company of three of the most in-demand young British jazz musicians. With three composers on board, Neon’s music is a rich pageant of sound and shifting rhythms. Neon is so much more than the sum of its parts.
The chemistry of 2010 Mercury prize nominee pianist Kit Downes, vibraphonist Jim Hart and drummer Tim Giles was an inspirational setting for the lyrical saxophonist Stan Sulzmann in his second edition of the Neon group”.The Guardian

Thursday 29 November

Crucible Studio

Django Bates’ Beloved
Django Bates: piano

Petter Eldh: bass

Peter Bruun: drums

A rare but welcome return to these shores by the former Loose Tubes etc. prodigy together with an international rhythm section, presenting both Charlie Parker’s and Django’s own compositions
Belovèd present the compositions of Parker and Bates from their new album Confirmation. Django’s originals stand in their own right but also serve to recontextualise Parker’s lines, using the same rhythmic and harmonic signature that is brought to bear in his astonishing re-workings of “Donna Lee”, "Confirmation", et al.
Bates now has one of jazz’s great piano trios on his hands...” The Guardian

Friday 7 December

Millennium Hall

Heads South
John Harriman: keyboards

Steve Waterman: trumpet

Buster Birch: drums

Chino Martell Morgan: percussion

Adolfredo Pulido: bass

Heads South’s music combines Cuban & Latin rhythms with tuneful melody in an enticing repertoire of new compositions and innovative arrangements of classic tunes. The Band’s reputation has grown fast in their relatively short existence. The line-up features top UK jazz trumpeter Steve Waterman, Cuban percussionist Chino Martell Morgan, Venezuelan bassist Adolfredo Pulido, drummer Buster Birch and pianist/ composer John Harriman.
"Cool, cultured and exhilarating... The start of something very special “The Musician

"An effervescent collection of Latin favourites and original compositions in the Cuban tradition with plenty of jazz content from excellent players...” Jazz UK

"The compositions and keyboard playing of John Harriman combine with the trumpet of Steve Waterman to create a spare, crisp invigorating set of Latin Jazz... Waterman’s mastery of this idiom suits Harriman’s deceptively simple melodies to perfection" The Observer


Fri Jan 20 2012

Millennium Hall

Alan Barnes Quintet featuring Scott Hamilton

Alan Barnes – alto, baritone sax

Scott Hamilton – tenor sax

Dave Newton – piano

Chris Hill - bass

Sebastiaan de Krom - drums

Top U.S. mainstream tenor man Scott Hamilton meets multi award winning UK reedsman Alan Barnes for an evening of straight ahead swinging jazz with the superb David Newton Trio. The repertoire drawn from their two Woodville albums focuses on Johnny Hodges' small band themes, standards and a selection of the beautiful ballads.

Fri Jan 27

Millennium Hall

Chris Biscoe Quartet
Chris Biscoe - saxes, clarinet, flute

Tony Kofi - alto sax

Larry Bartley - bass

Stu Butterfield - drums

Tony Kofi, fresh from high profile engagements with Ornette Coleman and the World Saxophone Quartet, joins the ever-inventive Chris Biscoe to explore the music of Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy.
“they turned in one blistering solo after another within ensemble passages of impeccable cohesion, the hallmark of the highest quality jazz.” Ivor Widdison - Jazz UK

"Biscoe's sparkling arrangements and splendid playing vividly capture Mingus's sprawling, rumbustious energy." Kenny Mathieson - The Scotsman

Fri Feb 3

Millennium Hall

Zoe Rahman Quartet

Zoe Rahman – piano

Idris Rahman - clarinet

Davide Mantovani – bass

Gene Calderazzo - drums

Welcome return for always popular, effervescent pianist Zoe Rahman. Tonight’s music is a powerful and fresh portrait of her combined English, Irish and Bengali heritage. Her regular jazz trio adds her brother Idris on clarinet.
"..her fine quartet began with a set of life-affirming music that was never less than entertaining and intellectually stimulating." Peter Collins, Western Mail reviews from Brecon Jazz 2011

Fri Feb 10

Millennium Hall

Arnie Somogyi – bass

Paul Booth – sax

Tim Lapthorn – piano

Dave Smith - drums

Described as “four of the UK’s most exciting young jazz musicians”, Ambulance was launched at Ronnie Scott’s in 2004. Years of successful development has seen all of them leading their own bands. The original quartet returns to Sheffield as part of a UK tour performing a mixture of new original compositions and more familiar jazz standards, in their own inimitable open style.
“Hip as hell” Jazzwise

Fri Feb 17

Millennium Hall

Jim Mullen’s Reunion Quartet
Jim Mullen - guitar

Gareth Williams – piano

Gary Husband - drums

Mick Hutton - bass

Formed in 1996 this group developed an extremely powerful musical identity during its six years lifetime. Reformed for this tour, the band will be playing a mixture of new specially written music and pieces previously recorded. Mullen’s legendarily melodic improvising is supported by the wonderfully creative Gareth Williams and driven by powerhouse drumming and one of the hardest swinging bass players the UK has ever produced.

Fri Mar 2

Millennium Hall

Damon Brown’s International Quintet
Damon Brown – trumpet

Christian Brewer – alto sax

Yutaka Shinna – piano

Martin Zenker – bass

Matt Skelton - drums

A fantastic British front line is joined by German bass virtuoso Martin Zenker and Japan’s premier modern jazz pianist Yutaka Shinna. Their original compositions show a love of the great Hard Bop performers, with the spirit and energy of the seminal recordings of Blakey, Hubbard and Shorter.
“Shiina .. maintains a hip expressiveness.. (he) suggests the graceful delivery and pearly sound of Wynton Kelly - the perfect foil for Damon Brown .. The effect is to give bebop a light and diaphanous quality.” John Fordham – the Guardian

Fri Mar 9

Millennium Hall

Dave O’Higgins Quartet with Eric Alexander

Dave O’Higgins – tenor sax

Eric Alexander – tenor sax

Andrew McCormack – piano

Arnie Somogyi- bass

Kristian Leth - drums

New Yorker Eric Alexander has developed a distinctive voice in the bop-based tradition. He makes an ideal front-line companion for Dave O’Higgins, resulting in some roaring two-tenor blowing in the time honoured tradition.

“(Alexander) is a commanding improviser with a hard-edged yet warm sound … their booting ensembles recalled the past glories of two-tenor groups such as Stitt and Ammons or Johnny Griffin and “Lockjaw” Davis.” Jack Massarik - Evening Standard

Fri Mar 23

Millennium Hall

Kit Downes Quintet
Kit Downes – piano

Calum Gourlay – bass

James Maddren – drums

James Allsopp – bass clarinet

Lucy Railton - cello

The gifted composer and sparkling improviser, brings this new line-up to showcase his latest compositions - material with a story-telling quality that draws the listener in. The rapport between the trio is clear but adding cello and horns really brings Downes' music into deeper focus.
"Pianist Kit Downes' slender frame and shy demeanour hide a lightening musical intelligence and an engagingly slow-burn energy." The Daily Telegraph

“A brilliant soloist who builds slowly into cascades of melodic ideas... highly imaginative tunes and expansive, melodic solos.” Time Out

Fri Mar 30

Millennium Hall

Ivo Neame Quintet
Ivo Neame – piano

Tori Freestone – sax

Jim Hart – vibes

Jasper Hoiby – bass

James Maddren – drums

One of the flagship bands of London's LOOP collective, this features some of the finest young UK jazz musicians. Contemporary music, far-reaching in its scope, highly personal, allowing each member space to shine individually and as part of the ensemble.

“A showcase for Neame's blossoming keyboard powers. It's a set full of edgy and characterful themes, matched by resourceful, conversational improvising” The Guardian ****

Fri Apr 13

Crucible Studio

Gwilym Simcock / Klaus Gesing

Gwilym Simcock – piano

Klaus Gesing – saxophones and bass clarinet

Their hugely successful Wigmore Hall concert in 2011 has led to both audiences and the two musicians wanting more. Gwilym Simcock has been described as ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’, ‘dazzling’ - able to move effortlessly through jazz and classical. His magnificent 2008 premiere “Progressions” enthralled a sell-out Proms audience. Klaus Gesing’s long-standing playing and composing partnership with Italian pianist Glauco Venier led to the stunning trio with Norma Winstone and a Grammy nomination and the prestigious Académie du Jazz award for their CD "Distances"

Fri Apr 20

Millennium Hall

Michael Janisch New York Standards Quartet
Michael Janisch – bass

David Berkman - piano

Tim Armacost – sax

Gene Jackson - drums

NYSQ was formed to tour Japan in 2006, reinterpreting music from the standard repertoire. Janisch brings another top-flight group, all associates of jazz’s household names: Armacost-Billy Hart, Ray Drummond; Berkman-Tom Harrell, Cecil McBee; Jackson-Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland!

“Janisch’s virtuosity has put him in the UK’s top flight since his arrival in 2005 .. an impact beyond his hard-driving bass playing, with his high profile matching of American and British talent.” Jazz UK

“clearly relish the opportunity to stretch out … showing how standards can serve as a foundation for exploration, not just museum pieces.” Louisville Music News

Fri Apr 27


Dagda Quartet featuring Jean Toussaint
Jean Toussaint – tenor sax

Tom Harrison – alto sax

Billy Adamson - guitar

Tom West – bass

Mike Clowes - drums

This quartet, based on young rising stars recently out of the Royal Academy Jazz course, has been getting rave reviews for what TIME OUT called “Energetic modern jazz with a rocky edge.” Influences range from Coltrane and Rosenwinkel through Led Zeppelin to Velvet Underground. Tonight sees them augmented by the phenomenal sax talent of ‘Jazz Messengers’ veteran, Jean Toussaint!
"... Toussaint has found a language that gracefully spans the gap between straight jazz and funk - it makes for some of his best playing..." The Guardian

Fri May 11


Chris Allard Band
Brandon Allen – sax

Chris Allard – guitar

Ross Stanley – piano

Oli Hayhurst – bass

Nick Smalley – drums

One of the UK’s most exciting young jazz fusion outfits, fresh from tour dates at Ronnie Scott’s, and the International Guitar Festival. Fine contemporary jazz guitar with the formidable sax tornado, Brandon Allen.

“Full-blooded solos...right on the money” Jazzwise

"His tone varies from warm jazz to bluesy angular lines .. compositional and stylistic colour.. for fans of Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Andy Summers” Guitarist magazine

Fri May 18

Crucible Studio

Tina May Quartet
Tina May – voice

Nikki Iles – piano

Julie Walkington –bass

Karen Street – accordion

'The Ox on the Roof'

A joint promotion between Music in the Round and Sheffield Jazz

First Concert 7pm. The Creation of the World

Ensemble 360
Second Concert 9pm.  Americans in Paris

Tina May Band

Tina, who lives 50% of her time in Paris, was recently asked to sing and host an evening of songs made famous by the great 'chanteuse'. The evening soon sold out as did the next night. Such is the enduring power of Piaf's music.

Tina has now recorded a selection of Piaf songs with some of her favourite musicians who regularly tour with the show: Nikki Iles on Piano, Karen Street on accordion and Julie Walkington on bass.

"That great rarity, a singer who enhances a song." - The Observer

Superb tonal range, elastic phrasing, faultless diction and barrelfuls of individual style." - The Herald

Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalist's the UK has ever produced." - All Music Guide

Handles the classics as the gems they still are. - The Guardian

Fri June 8


Martin Speake Trio

Martin Speake – alto sax

Mike Outram – guitar

Jeff Williams - drums

“Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.” Thomas Conrad - Jazz Times
This great trio brings two long term collaborators to performs Martin’s own music in addition to some carefully chosen standards they make their own. Jeff Williams has enormous experience over several decades, including renowned work with Dave Liebman, Stan Getz and Lee Konitz. And as for Mike Outram: “World-class” The Guardian

“the sweetest wailing rock guitar in Britain. It’s a sound of great beauty.” Seb Scotney, London Jazz


September 23 2011

Millennium Hall

Mark McKnight Trio with Seamus Blake

Mark McKnight – guitar

Seamus Blake – saxophone

Ross Stanley – organ

James Maddren – drums

New York resident, Seamus Blake, a mainstay of

the current Mingus Big Band, has played with all the

big names from Brecker to Meldhau. His recent CD

was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat - “one of the

elite albums of the year”. Mark McKnight, still in his

20s, came 3rd in the Montreux International Jazz

Guitar Competition in 2008, and has been touring

Europe to great acclaim.

“The future of Irish jazz guitar.” Irish Times

September 30

Millennium Hall

Denys Baptiste Quartet
Denys Baptiste – saxophone

Andrew McCormack – piano

Gary Crosby – bass

Rod Youngs - drums

From his work with The Jazz Warriors in 1993

through his multiple prize winning debut album in ’99,

acclaimed Cheltenham Jazz Festival commission in

2003 and numerous subsequent awards, Denys

Baptiste has proved himself to be an outstanding

player. Tight ensemble playing by this highly intuitive

band provides the perfect setting for his melodic,

free-flowing compositions and fiery solo


October 7

Millennium Hall

Jay Phelps Quartet
Jay Phelps – trumpet

Jonathan Gee – piano

Tim Thornton – bass

Matt Home – drums

Canadian-born Phelps distinguished himself as the

youngest band-leader in the Vancouver International

Jazz Festival's history. Moving to London at the age

17, he was immediately absorbed into the UK scene,

performing with the likes of Courtney Pine,

Guy Barker, Jazz Jamaica and John Dankworth. As

co-leader of the young jazz sensation Empirical, he

spent two years enjoying the kind of international

success that UK jazz musicians haven't enjoyed for


“Phelps exhibits much of Wynton Marsalis's

fluency and vocalised tone” John Fordham –

The Guardian

“sounds like a mixture of Freddie Hubbard, Booker

Little and Terence Blanchard” John Murphy – Jazz


“an acrobatic solo displayer, cutting and fiery, and

certainly not afraid of extended bouts of self-

expression” Martin Longley - BBC

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