10 reasons to visit the 2019 Leeds Jazz Festival this month

More than 30 performances make-up this year’s main and fringe programme at Leeds Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 11:51 am
Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the four day jazz extravaganza across the city from July 18 to July 21 as well as a week-long build up fringe festival.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the four day jazz extravaganza across the city from July 18 to July 21 as well as week-long build up fringe which is now up and running. Whole festival tickets, day passes and individual concert tickets are available at Ticketsource, Jumbo Records, Leeds College of Music and, for Wardrobe events only, Luna Tickets. All tickets for age 25-and-under are half-price. For the full line up, including ticketed and free events, visit: www.jazzleedsfestival.co.uk

Celebrate the lasting impact the Windrush generation has made on the UK jazz scene. UK jazz pianist, Trevor Watkins, performs a special musical retrospective of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Reece with his assembled Anglo-American band.
Experience a performance from a ECM record label artist, as Israeli-born pianist Shai Maestro collaborates with composer & saxophonist, Lee Konitz, drummer, Ziv Ravitz and Peruvian bassist, Jorge Roeder.
Take-in the leading female artist currently making waves in jazz, as Leeds-born Bex Burch appears with her band, Vula Viel, playing traditional music of North Ghana.

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Help a local jazz great celebrate their 90th. Ronnie Bottomley, will mark his milestone birthday by leading 18 of the norths finest jazz musicians in his Big Band.
Watch live artist Gina Southgate capture the energy and essence of the music through her paintings on canvas, creating a real feast for the senses.
Preview Trombone virtuoso, Kevin Holbroughs new jazz album influences, which hell debut at the festival with a little help from Dave Newton on piano, Zoltan Dekany on bass and Sebastian De Krom on drums.
Get in the community spirit as a whole host of young community bands, including the Chapel FM Jazz Collective, perform at the community jazz afternoon.
Feel the carnival vibe. Fresh from Glastonbury Festival, and having performed in Rio, the world-class New York Brass Band will take to the streets of Leeds as part of the festival.
Play bingo with simultaneous drumming and percussion. 81 year-old bingo caller, Mrs Eileen Boyes, will lead drummer and percussionist, Mark Sanders and bass player, John Edwards, in an hilarious game for all the family.
Get rocking with the all-star Electric Lady Big Band, as the 16-piece ensemble, featuring an all-star cast of leading jazz improvisers, tackle Jimi Hendrixs 1968 album Electric Lady Land.