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The Carriageworks Theatre
3 Millennium Square The Electric Press, LS2 3AD Leeds
It's been ten year since the last Leeds Jazz Festival — Big City Jazz — closed it's doors. Time to start afresh! A new organisation JazzLeeds will be holding a day of jazz to be held in Millennium Square and the Carriageworks as part of this year's Leeds summer music festival on 3 August. Next year we'll have a three day festival in July and from then who knows given the fantastic players, composers, promoters and jazz venues we have in Leeds.
Who better to be the headline act at the JazzLeeds day of jazz than the Snake Davis Band. In demand with the biggest names on the music scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas, Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today.
Snake is joined on stage by his band — Paul Birchall, keys, composer and lifelong friend, Simon Goulding, bass player extraordinaire with an impressive biography as long as your arm and Ali Thynne on drums, a most talented drummer who has also come out of Leeds College of Music and the new kid on the block. All are consummate musicians and clearly enjoy performing together.
Expect to hear anything from jazz standards to a Michael Jackson or Prince hit and lots of tunes in-between. Listening to Snake in concert is a moving, soulful experience – something for everyone.
“Snake Davis has one of the most passionate Sax styles and simple bluesy approaches a-la Sanborn heard in these Isles for a while.” TIME OUT
“A virtuoso saxophonist” Daily Telegraph
Support (8-8.30pm) is from the Ben Powling Quintet
Earlier in the day we have free concerts in Millennium Square for JazzLeeds Fest 17 featuring
12.00 Hyde Park Brass
13.00 The Big Easy
17.00 Slide Area
18.00 «Open Letter to Mingus»
19.00 Tom Sharp's Jazz Orchestra
There will also be a jazz workshop in the afternoon if you want to learn to play jazz led by Dom Moore 2-4pm too!