19th to 24th July 2018


Our second JazzLeeds festival is a bit bigger than the first! We’ve grown from that one day in Millennium Square in 2017 to five days this year at the Wardrobe, Leeds College of Music, and TWO days in Millennium Square. We’ll be featuring International stars but also featuring some of the musicians and stories from this great city of Leeds

Events happening across the city!

Top Jazz Names for 2018

Alan Barnes’ Elingtonions Octet celebrating 60 years since the visit of Duke and his Orchestra to Leeds. Ian Shaw & Friends, with his new album “Shine Sister Shine” with the Leeds Jazz Voices Choir

Band of the moment

Soweto Kinch – saxman, rapper and BBC jazz broadcaster award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes.

Nerija – Nerija are are a collective of London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. 

Pigfoot – Chris Batchelor’s band for partying Pigfoot take classic early jazz material associated with Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and others and gives it a fiercely contemporary twist.

Jazz Galore

Atlantic Crossover – A Tribute to Atlantic Jazz from an octet of Leeds best

Greg Abate Quartet – Jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

Raefe’s Dilemma with Jamil  – Leeds pianist Jami Sheriff with his homage to playwright Bill Naughton

Celebrating Leeds

New Briggate Blues by Chris Nickson, music from Jenny Smith Quintet celebrating Xero Slingsby, Leeds’ original sax rebel with former “Works” members and friends

New Stream

Jazz Improv headlining pianist Matthew Bourne, Bassist Dave Kane and Shatners Bassoon

Festival Fringe

At the ‘Busk Stop’ in Lands Lane, in Millennium Square, at Cafe Lento LS6, Hyde Park Book Club and a late night jam session at the Domino Club.

Learn to improvise at the Improvisation Chamber!

Rising Northern Stars

Tetes De Pois –  A new Leeds-based 8-piece on the Tight Lines label, mixing jazz, Afrobeat, hip-hop, and neo-soul

Archipelago – The Archipelago sound fuses jazz, garage-rock and the avant garde into a fluid collage, somewhere between the fixed and the floating.