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Mike Pickering – drums

Trio WAH! is a chance to hear Yarde's playing and

compositions in an intimate and stripped down setting. From

tight and constantly shifting rhythmic patterns to free flowing

rhapsodic episodes.

Trio WAH! can cover the calm and the storm within a few

bars never losing the important elements of rhythm, melody

and even harmony in this exposed format.

'The group modulates easily from spacious post-bop to dirty

grooves via Ornette-ish noise, showing a creative approach

to form…' Jazzwise

Friday May 13th

Millennium Hall

Mike Walker Sextet
Mike Walker – guitar

Iain Dixon – saxes

James Maddren – drums

Les Chisnall – piano

Malcolm Edmonstone – keys

“One of the greatest joys of British jazz ... in the league of

John Scofield and Mick Goodrick, an astonishing range

of colour.” London Jazz. Walker has recorded and

performed with the likes of Peter Erskine, Steve Swallow,

Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell and George


“one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe ...

idiosyncratic contemporary fusion” John Fordham - The


Friday May 20th

Millennium Hall

Arnie Somogyi’s Scenes in the City

Alan Barnes – sax

Tony Kofi – sax

Alistair White – trombone

Mark Edwards – piano

Arnie Somogyi – bass

Clark Tracey - drums

Arnie Somogyi has brought some great jazz to the British scene, with a wide variety of bands. He calls this “A repertoire, rather than a tribute band”. The talents of some of the UK's leading jazz musicians combine to draw from the music of the great jazz composer and bassist, Charles Mingus. The band embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterise the music of one of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Lesser known Mingus tunes feature alongside familiar favourites.

Initially wary of taking on Mingus' music, Arnie eventually bit the bullet as a special fundraiser for Sheffield Jazz. The musicians and audience enjoyed it so much that he decided to extend the band beyond a one-off gig.



17th September 2010

Millennium Hall

Gilad Atzmon

Orient House Ensemble’

Gilad Atzmon – tenor sax

Frank Harrison – piano

Yaron Stavi - bass

Eddie Hick – drums

Return of one of the greats : "a jazz giant steadily

drawing himself up to his full height..."-John Fordham –

The Guardian. Since Atzmon founded Orient House in

2000 they've toured extensively around the world and

produced six albums.

Audiences are clearly bowled over with Atzmon's

whirlwind approach ...dynamic and charismatic...”

-Brian Blain - Jazz UK


24th September

Millennium Hall

Karen Sharp Quartet

Karen Sharp– tenor & baritone sax

Nikki Iles – piano

Dave Green – bass

Steve Brown – drums

Sax player with Humphrey Lyttleton's band from 2004 to

2007, Karen Sharp brings her current quartet: a

combination of Nikki Illes' subtle contemporary piano

stylings with one of the most buoyantly swinging rhythm

teams on the circuit.


1st October

Millennium Hall

Tony Kofi

Standard Time’

Tony Kofi – alto sax

David Chamberlain – bass

Rod Youngs – drums

One of the heavyweight names of current British sax

playing, Tony Kofi's present trio plays classic jazz

standards rearranged to give a fresh new sound. Have

a look at his website for news of his latest New York

collaboration with Ornette Coleman!


8th October

Millennium Hall


Tommy Evans - drums

Johnny Tomlinson –piano

Nick Tyson - guitar

Seth Bennet - bass

Simon Beddoe -trumpet

Simon Kaylor - tenor sax

'If Destroyed Still True', brings together some of the

most innovative musicians in the North. An orchestral

style, retaining a focus on improvisation, results in an

idiosyncratic meeting of jazz and folk.

the most exciting band I've heard for ages!” - Chris

Hodgkins - Jazz Services


15th October

Millennium Hall

Simon Purcell Quintet
Simon Purcell – piano

Julian Siegel – tenor sax

Chris Batchelor – trumpet

Gene Calderazzo – drums

Steve Watts – bass

A great pianist and leading Jazz educator (he's been

Director of jazz courses at Guildhall & Trinity Music

Colleges that have produced many of the fantastic

young musicians appearing in our programmes in

recent years!) Purcell brings a new quintet of

established musicians to explore a stylistic area

between Miles, Wayne Shorter and Dave Douglas.


22nd October

Millennium Hall

£5 / 3

Sheffield University Jazz Orchestra

A welcome return for Sheffield University's original Big

Band. Expect an evening of driving big band swing and

funk - accept no substitute!


29th October

Millennium Hall

Benn Clatworthy Quartet

Benn Clatworthy – tenor sax

Cecilia Coleman – piano

Simon Thorpe - bass

Gene Calderazzo – drums

London-born Clatworthy has been resident in LA since

1980. Every time he's played in Sheffield audiences

have been blown away by his brilliant technique and

engaging sax style.

"A master player" - LA Weekly

"Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of

Sonny Rollins" -Edinburgh Evening News

"Sublime" – Jazz Times

"Brilliant" - London Evening Standard

"Astounds everyone" - London Observer


5th November

Millennium Hall

Kit Downes Trio
Kit Downes – piano

Calum Gourlay – bass

James Maddren drums

Young players who met at the Royal Academy in 2005

develop the piano trio for a new generation. Influences

from Jarrett & Peterson through folk melodies to Ravel

& Debussy. Kit Downes has been nominated for a Mercury prize

"a breathtaking improviser...Kit Downes is world class" - Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

"an exceptional talent"  - Stuart Nicholson, The Observer

'A skilled and fluid pianist ... bursting with fresh ideas "

Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise.


20th November

at Crucible Studio

Stan Tracey Octet

Stan Tracey – piano

Andy Cleyndert – bass

Clark Tracey – drums

Guy Barker -trumpet

Mornington Lockett – tenor & soprano sax

Sammy Mayne – alto sax

Simon Allen – tenor sax

Mark Nightingale – trombone

Stan Tracey is an outstanding figure in the jazz world.

His career, spanning five decades, has had a huge

influence on both his peers and successive

generations. As the house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s

in the 1960’s he played with all the visiting American jazz greats – Sonny Rollins said “Does anybody here know how good he really is?” His capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington resulting in a brilliantly idiosyncratic style. For tonight’s concert, a fantastic octet comprising the cream of British jazz talent perform two of Stan’s commissioned suites: The Hong Kong Suite was commissioned by Governor Lord Pattern to mark the British handover back to China in 1997 and the Amandla Suite in 1993 by the Trade Unions that merged to become UNISON - “Amandla” is a Zulu word that became associated with the anti-apartheid struggle. This latest Octet line-up have just released a new double CD recording of the two suites, titled “Later Works” to rave critical reviews.


26th November

Millennium Hall

Sweet Chorus

John Etheridge - guitar

Christian Garrick – violin

Dave Kelbie – rhythm guitar

Pete Kubryk-Townsend – bass

Etheridge would have achieved lifelong fame for his 70s

work with Soft Machine and others, but he went on to

spend 5 years touring the world with, Stephane Grappelli. Christian Garrick joins him to pay tribute to that experience.
"... the Etheridge-Garrick partnership is one of the most

fertile in jazz today..." Charles Alexander - Jazzwise
"...Garrick's ideas are in the tradition but arrestingly

modern in their incisiveness." John Fordham - The



3rd December

Millennium Hall

Mike Walker Sextet

Mike Walker – guitar

Iain Dixon – saxes

James Maddren – drums

Les Chisnall – piano

Malcolm Edmonstone – keys

Steve Watts - bass

Don't miss this: “one of the greatest joys of British jazz...

in the league of John Scofield or Mick Goodrick ... an

astonishing range of colour...he never disappoints." -

London Jazz.

Walker has recorded with Peter Erskine,

Steve Swallow, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor and

performed with Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton and

Bill Frisell! In the last decade he's worked in the States,

and Europe as George Russell's guitarist.

one of the most powerful jazz guitarists in Europe, …

soaringly confident ...idiosyncratic contemporary fusion"

John Fordham - The Guardian


10th December

Millennium Hall

Michael Janisch Quintet

Michael Janisch – bass

Paul Booth - tenor sax

Jay Phelps - trumpet

Jim Hart - vibes

Andrew Bain - drums

US native Janisch currently lives in London where he

provides a powerful force in many top class rhythm

sections (often seen at Sheffield Jazz in the last few

years). His own quintet provides his most creative musical

adventure to date, cutting a wide swathe through the

broad stylistic continuum of jazz history!

A muscular, fluent player with an irresistible

pulse and virtuosic soloing technique,” JazzWise

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