Current Programme

June 2018

2nd – Leeds Jazz Orchestra – another first appearance at JITS by this Big Band formed originally in 1990 and associated for many years with Leeds College of Music. Now a fully independent unit, the band performs in a variety of formats which includes the classic Big Band numbers plus an extensive repertoire of ballads, blues and standards. Another gem for the Big Band fans amongst you.

9th – Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies – one of our favourite Yorkshire groups. Our local hero, Frank leads a star line up which includes Greg Wadman on trumpet, Jim Wright on guitar/banjo, Phil Kampen on bass and all driven along at a pace by our favourite drumming man, Rod NacNamara. As we have said before – Happy Chappies equals happy sounds!

16th – Hot Club du Nord – a really swinging group from the North East which re-creates the classic sounds of the 30s and 40s of Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli’s Hot Club of France. Led by the talented Emma Fisk on violin, the group includes the superb guitar of long standing friend, Jim Birkett plus the inimitable bass of Bruce Rollo. Superb sounds as the group performs jazz on strings of the highest order.

23rd Jazz Connection – a stunning jive and swing show from this outstanding group from the Netherlands which has played for us previously to massive acclaim. Jazz Connection is a swinging group par excellence which recreates the Jump/Jive and R and B sounds loved by so many. You are guaranteed a spectacular and memorable evening. As the song says,……”an A1 combination!”

30th – Sorry – No Jazz

July 2018

7th - Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell – and a warm welcome for the UK group led by maestro “Spats” Langham on guitar/banjo and most requested by our audience. The music is described as “vintage acoustic swing” – the red hot jazz of 1920’s New York. Be that as it may, this is a truly class act with the added bonus of classically trained vocalist Emily, who raises the temperature significantly and who draws her inspiration from Ella and Peggy Lee.

14th – Stephanie Trick + Paolo Alderighi – once again, we are delighted to join in the festivities as part of the Boston Spa Festival Weekend by presenting Stephanie & Paolo from the USA. Two young musicians of outstanding talent playing singly and duets in the ‘Harlem Stride’ piano style. Think Fats Waller and, latterly, Jeff Barnhart. Here’s a ‘taster’ from You Tube - International talent right here on your doorstep in Boston Spa – not to be missed!  And – we have a two person piano stool!

21st – Sorry – No Jazz

28th – Keith Nichols + John Hallam + Graham Smith – the Blue Three – the rearranged session following the weather cancellation in March. It’s a first appearance in Boston Spa for Keith – one of the UK’s most respected musicians and an exceptional pianist. Here he joins forces with our favourite reeds player, John Hallam to provide an evening of outstanding classical jazz. This will certainly be a memorable session.


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