Every Wednesday The Lescar is home to the best weekly jazz night in Sheffield. With a diverse range of music from local, regional and national touring artists who showcase the depth and vibrancy of the UK Jazz scene, it's an all year round jazz festival on your doorstep!

Music starts at 8.45 pm, doors 8.15 pm.

Advance tickets are available for all Jazz at the Lescar gigs from Porter Brook Gallery (Sheffield Music Shop), Hickmott Road, (open 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday).

Contact

Jez Matthews
Email: lescarjazz@gmail.com
Telephone: 0774 020 1939

The Lescar Hotel
Sharrowvale Road
Sheffield
S11 8ZF
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    www.thelescarhuntersbar.co.uk


Jazz North


Sheffield Jazz
You can also catch some great jazz at Sheffield Jazz, with two seasons running annually throughout the Spring and Autumn at three venues: Millennium Hall on Ecclesall Road, the Auditorium at Sheffield University Students Union on Western Bank, and the Crucible Theatre Studio.
    www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk




Please note: from January 2016 the music will start at 8.45 pm (15 minutes earlier).

4th May 2016
Sloth Racket7
Sloth Racket A brand new quintet featuring five of the country's most energetic and creative improvisers, with a strong Sheffield connection, and promoting the release of their debut album 'Triptych' (on the Luminous label).

Sloth Racket are led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts (Quadraceratops, and co-promoter of the London-based Lume nights), and features Anton Hunter (Beats & Pieces Big Band) on guitar, Sam Andreae (Trio Riot) on tenor saxophone, Seth Bennett (Metamorphic) on bass, Johnny Hunter (Nat Birchall, Johnny Hunter Quartet) on drums. Originally composed for the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival, their heavily improvised music ranges from fiery free jazz to sparse, minimal improv and deep grooves and riffs.

Visit: cathrobertsmusic.co.uk/sloth-racket

11th May 2016
Lilli Unwin6
Lilli Unwin Certain to be a big name, we're delighted to welcome a young singer, composer and arranger with a wonderfully enchanting and soulful voice. Lilli brings a brilliant young band from London, featuring bassist Flo Moore, drummer Corrie Dick, and pianist Matt Robinson, mixing subtle grooves with a strong sense of narrative. A member of the London Vocal Project, she recently performed with Dave Holland, Norma Winstone, Nikki Iles at the 2015 London Jazz Festival, as well as with the New York Voices and Swingle singers, and at the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scotts. Catch her while you can in the intimacy of the Lescar!

Visit: lilliunwin.com

18th May 2016
Perpetual Motion Machine7
Perpetual Motion Machine Two guitars and multiple horns!

With a great line-up featuring some of the finest Northern-based talents, this new band brings an original and energetic take on old and new jazz songs, with an electric, rock aesthetic, exploring the textures possible within a line up that features two brilliant guitarists (Sam Dunn and Jamie Taylor), and multiple horns, including bass clarinet (rising stars Ben Lowman and Riley Stone-Lonergan), plus Garry Jackson on bass, and Steve Hanley on drums.

Informed by the music of Brian Blade and Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, expect music that is both nuanced and exploratory, and ultimately, unexpected.

25th May 2016
David Lyttle Trio featuring Tom Harrison6
A brilliant trio led by MOBO Award nominated drummer David Lyttle, who's album 'Faces' attracted international attention, with Rolling Stone magazine describing it as 'one of the best listening experiences you're likely to have all year'. He's collaborated with international stars Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Soweto Kinch, Terell Stafford, Cleveland Watkiss and Jason Rebello. This group also features two of the country's finest rising star musicians, both on a real upward trajectory, alto saxophonist Tom Harrison, a fearless and swinging improviser, and Conor Chaplin on bass, known for his work with Laura Jurd, Iain Ballamy and WorldService Project.

'...notably assured technique, greased lightning reflexes and an unfailing sense of swing.a prolific composer too.' - Jazzwise

1st June 2016
Olie Brice Quintet7
A simply unmissable all-star band, led by a fine innovative and adventurous bass player, Olie Brice, with brilliant US drummer Jeff Williams (Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Bill McHenry, Ethan Iverson), and a trio of the finest UK talents in Mike Fletcher (C Melody and Alto Sax), Alex Bonney (trumpet), George Crowley (tenor sax). Their music mixes accessible themes with inventive exploratory soloing, played by five incredible musicians capable of making the most out of the open spaces in the music with their own highly individual statements. Olie's album 'Immune to Clockwork' released on the Polish record label Multikulti Project was one of the best of 2015, along with Mike Fletcher's 'Vuelta' album, which also featured Jeff and Olie.

8th June 2016
John Martin's Hidden Notes6
John Martin has visited us before with Laura Cole's wonderful Metamorphic band. With this band he presents a unique, beautiful and emotive sound world, based on a personal exploration of his chosen instrument, the tenor saxophone. Resulting from this is a highly original set of varied and lyrical compositions; rhythmic, melodic, and affecting. The band is first class, featuring some of the finest talents on the London jazz scene, Ralph Wyld (Vibraphone), Rob Updegraff (Guitar), Tim Fairhall (Double bass) and Tim Giles (Drums).

'The lyrical sway of Andy Sheppard, the atmospherics of Jan Garbarek, the pensiveness of Kenny Wheeler and the country-chime of early Keith Jarrett' John Fordham, The Guardain

15th June 2016
Michelson Morley6
Michelson Morley did a brilliant gig for us a couple of years ago, mixing jazz with electronica, and creating a highly individual music that's melodic, atmospheric, explorative and minimalist. They've got a new album 'Strange Courage' out on Babel in Spring 2016, and this gig follows a recent appearance at the London Jazz Festival. Led by saxophonist Jake McMurchie (Get The Blessing, Portishead), the band also features Mark Whitlam (Dave Newton, Alexander Hawkins, Alan Barnes) on drums/percussion/electronics, Will Harris (Tina May, Alan Barnes, Moonlight Saving Time) on bass, and Dan Messore (Indigo Kid, Iain Ballamy).

Page last updated: 29th April 2016