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DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION OF LIVE MUSIC!

Sessions are on Saturday nights (usually twice monthly) encompassing a variety of musical styles including Traditional, Mainstream, Big Band, the American Song Book, Rhythm and Blues, Boogie Woogie & Gypsy Jazz. Something here for most tastes!

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Boston Spa Village Hall

199 High St, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA

Pay on the door admission...
£12.00 cash or card

DOORS OPEN 7.00pm

MUSIC FROM 8.00pm - 10.30pm

    OUR STORY    

Jazz in The Spa – formerly Jazz at The Crown – began in the autumn of 1987 with regular Saturday sessions alternating two local Traditional Jazz Bands. From this beginning with modest attendances, the venture slowly flourished. The organisation of the sessions was subsequently taken over by two local jazz enthusiasts, Les Brown, and the late Tim Mallinson. Their efforts proved successful, and the venture matured over the years to gain national recognition and to have one of the most appreciative and supportive audiences in the UK. As the same time, the Club began to present bands and world class solo artists from around the UK and abroad.

 

In 2004, following renovations at the hotel, the club was forced to seek an alternative venue and with the enthusiastic help of local entrepreneur, Ken Waller, relocated to the local Village Hall. The move coincided with the introduction of Cabaret Club style seating and a ‘Bring your own Bottle’ policy which have proved to be a winning formula.

 

THE VENUE

Right in the middle of the village is the spacious, recently refurbished Village Hall which is the venue of Jazz in the Spa. Ample parking is available at the rear. Access and facilities for disabled visitors are guaranteed. Cabaret style seating and subdued lighting add to the ambience of each session and a warm welcome is certain.

 

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We feature a different band or group every session playing in a variety of exciting and melodic styles. Visitors can expect Traditional and Mainstream formats interspersed with Rhythm and Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Big Bands. Not only are we proud to feature talented local musicians but welcome musicians from other parts of the UK and overseas.

Don't forget to bring your favourite tipple. We don't have a bar but you are welcome to bring along your own alcohol, beverages and glasses. Please take all bottles and cans home for recycling as there are no facilities at the Village Hall. 

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Going to Jazz in the Spa alone is better than missing out. Don't be shy, come along and we'll meet & seat you to ensure you enjoy every minute of your Saturday night in good safe company. 

Groups are also very welcome. Why not bring along some friends to celebrate a birthday? With notice we can arrange a special area for you all to sit together.

Come and Join Us. You’ll love the friendly atmosphere! 

Ring Ken on 07775 984907

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Saturday night at the spa...JUNE 2024

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Gypsy Jazz

emma fisk's hot club du nord

June 22nd|8.00pm

about the band

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord bring to life the classic 1930s and 40s repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's Hot Club de France. Featuring British Jazz Awards Nominee Emma Fisk on violin and the exceptional talents of James Birkett and David Harris (guitars) and Bruce Rollo (double bass), the band encompasses a wealth of experience, knowledge and love of the hot club/ gypsy jazz style. Their musically sparkling performances; engaging manner and infectious joy in the music have made them a popular choice across theatres, art centres, festivals and jazz clubs.

www.hotclubdunord.co.uk

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Jazz

spats langham's hot fingers 

with emily campbell

June 29th|8.00pm

about the band

Hot Fingers welcomes you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music. As well as the red hot jazz of 1920’s New York, there will be sophisticated 1930’s Swing. The band re-create the ‘French Coffee House’ sound of the king of gypsy swing Django Reinhardt, the blues guitars of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson and the syncopated Latin rhythms of Argentinean Oscar Aleman. This is mixed with vocals from the song-writing greats, crooners such as Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly. From Jump-Jive to swing, from the Charleston to Bossa nova, Hot Finger’s wide range of styles and rhythms makes them popular with both sit-down audiences and dancers alike. The band comprises Spats Langham (banjo, guitar, ukulele), Danny Blyth (bass clarinet, guitar) and Malcolm Sked (sousaphone, double bass). They will be joined by the superb vocalist Emily Campbell who adds a touch of class with her plaintive vocals, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.

Saturday night at the spa...JUly 2024

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Jazz

kate peters & derrick harris

July 13th|8.00pm

about the band

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As part of the annual Boston Spa Festival we are excited to present the combined talents of Kate Peters and Derrick Harris.

Kate Peters is a uniquely talented and versatile vocalist based in the north of England. A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Kate has worked in a wide variety of styles and areas of the music industry. Her versatility as a vocalist has enabled her to perform and record everything from Dance Music to Jazz to Musical Theatre.

As well as leading his own groups, guitarist Derrick Harris frequently guests as a soloist with bands up and down the country.  Derrick also works regularly with orchestras such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Halle Orchestra and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Most recently he appeared at Jazz in the Spa with the superb Georgina Jackson back in March.

www.kate-peters.com

www.derrickharris.net

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Latin Jazz

carioca soul

July 27th|8.00pm

about the band

We are super excited to present something new to Jazz in the Spa. Inspired by the music of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, Carioca Soul perform an eclectic mix of Bossa nova and Samba mixed with contemporary Brazilian music in a melting pot of Latin/funk and soul. Led by talented MD/pianist Wayne Pollock (support to Jools Holland at The Royal Albert Hall) and featuring the vocal harmonies of Jenny Chamberlain-Smith and Kate Peters with John Marley on bass, Danny Templeman on percussion and John Settle on drums.

So dust off your Cuban heels, those infectious Latin rhythms are going to be perfect for a hot summer's night!

www.cariocasoul2.com

Saturday night at the spa...AUGUST 2024

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Jazz

ROARING TWENTIES

August 3rd|8.00pm

about the band

Specialising in tunes composed and first performed in the 1920's we are pleased to welcome back the excellent Roaring Twenties for an evening of entertainment from the era of hot jazz. The programme highlights the trumpet and cornet sounds of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Bix Beiderbecke plus classic jazz songs in the blues and vaudeville styles of Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. The band features the vocals of Suzanne James along with husband Simon on trumpet, Dave Hepworth on reeds, his wife Liz on double bass and vocals, Andy Bramall on banjo and drummer John Arneson.

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Trad Jazz

the windy city weatherbirds

August 17th|8.00pm

about the band

Making their debut at Jazz in the Spa, The Windy City Weatherbirds are a sextet of young jazz musicians based in London, inspired by a mutual love for Chicago Jazz - in particular the music of Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet and Wild Bill Davison. Formed during their time spent studying at various conservatoires they now frequently perform at concerts and festivals around the UK

A bit of a "family business" the group features 3 brothers on the  frontline - Magnus, Joe and Daniel Pickering on trumpet, clarinet and trombone. 

They are come highly recommended so we hope you'll join us to give the band a warm Yorkshire welcome!

www.windycityweatherbirds.co.uk

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future dates at the spa 2024

The Honeybirds

September 7th|8.00pm

storyville jass band

September 28th|8.00pm

carl sinclair boogie band

October 5th|8.00pm

schwing

October 19th|8.00pm

red stripe band

November 2nd|8.00pm

the EUGENE Farrar band

November 16th|8.00pm

ALLIGATOR GUMBO

December 7th|8.00pm

THE SWING COMMANDERS

December 21st|8.00pm

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news

thanks les

Les Brown has decided to retire from running  Jazz in the Spa after, wait for it, 38 years!

He has been involved with the jazz since it's inception at The Crown all those years ago. Known as "Mr Jazz in the Spa", Les booked the bands and did all the administration involved in running the club so will leave a big void to fill. 

He was given a good send off on the 16th December 2023 at the club and presented with a card signed by the Jazz in the Spa regulars  plus a specially created book full of pictures of JITS from it's beginnings in The Crown through to present day in the Village Hall.

Les hasn't disappeared though, he'll still be in the audience whenever he can, just without the burden of previous responsibilities!

Thanks for everything Les, enjoy your retirement.

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Les Brown (left) presented with a card and specially created book of JITS memories by Geoff Shaw (Jazz in the Spa's chairman)

Jazz in the Spa donation

St John's School for the Deaf in Boston Spa has been raising funds to buy P:instruments - plastic trombones and cornets for the pupils to learn to play. 

Jazz in the Spa is extremely pleased to have supported this venture by donating £1,000 which was presented to the school at a concert featuring pupils playing pBones, pCornets, drums and piano.

Attending the concert were 4 members of Jazz in the Spa including Les Brown (pictured with Headteacher, Ann Bradbury and some of the performers).

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entertainment in the spa

Check out our sister site: www.entertainmentinthespa.com

 

Also run by the Jazz in the Spa team, we aim to bring you some of the best live entertainment from other genres such as Rock'n'Roll,  Pop,  Soul, Motown and Comedy.

Please visit our website for more information and to book tickets. Note that tickets are only available online for these events but our friendly team can do this for you at any of the Jazz in the Spa nights if you prefer.

Tickets are now on sale for our next show Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood on 21st September. Our shows do sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment!

    Contact    

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199 High St

Boston Spa

Wetherby

LS23 6AA

jazzinthespa@hotmail.co.uk

Ken: 07775 984907

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JAZZ, SWING AND BLUES

Dringhouses Sports Club

St Helen's Road, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1HR

Every Thursday 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Pay on the door admission... only £5.00 

Drinks at club prices. Club membership NOT required.

Tea & Coffee available. Free Parking

Next week's session 

13th June:  Ken Hickey Sextet 

Ken leads with voals and percussion, Stuart Garden on piano, Sean Hodgson on bass, Frannie Heywood on drums, David Camrass on violin and Jamie Gallacher on sax.

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For more information contact 07896 716856

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