A Podcast for jazzheads by jazzheads coming from the heart of the world famous Wakefield Jazz Club


November 24, 2022 47 min

Ben chats with Pianist, composer and Head of Jazz at Leeds Conservatoire, Jamil Sheriff ahead of his Five Gold Rings set at Wakefield Jazz Club.



Future Car - Jamil Sheriff Big Band

Keith Jarrett - Country

Nikki Iles - Hush

Crazy Happy - Jamil Sheriff Trio



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Ben chats with Swedish singer, songwriter, composer and producer Liselotte Östblom.

Track listing:

St Louis Blues - Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder 

Sleepwalkers - Jarrod Lawson

Above - Liselotte Östblom 

What Say You - Robert Mitchell's True Think






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August 20, 2022 38 min

Manchester based singer songwriter Marco Woolf chats to Ben about his upcoming tour, his music and influences.

For all tour dates search @northernconnectionstour and @marcowoolf on all social media platforms. 


Nas (feat Q-Tip) - One Love (contains strong language)

Jyoti - Hard Bap Duke

Marco Woolf - Lets Build This House








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May 15, 2022 35 min

Drummer Robert Casteli chats with Ben about his upcoming UK live dates, his latest recording and more!

Visit www.robertcastelli.com for more about Robert and all of his projects



On Fire - Michel Camilo

Fire – Jimi Hendrix

Jazzayer – Karim Ziad

Vamos – Robert Castelli & Boom!


www.wakefieldjazz.org for gig listings, reviews, podcasts and lots of info about our great club!

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May 8, 2022 47 min

Saxophonist Iain Ballamy chats to Ben about his recent collaborations with Singer Ian Shaw and chooses some of his musical influences.


Once Upon a Summer Time - Ian Shaw

Bolivia - Cedar Walton

Jerusalem - David Rees-Williams

SET: Concerto for Tenor Sax IV and V - Gary Carpenter, Iain Ballamy

Visit www.ballamy.com for all things Iain.

And for more about our lovely little jazz club in Yorkshire go to www.wakefieldjazz.org


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May 3, 2022 44 min

Ben chats to Mancunian pianist Tom Harris about tours, education, and some of his musical influences.


Autumn Mood - Erroll Garner

On the Sunny Side of the Street - Sonny Rollins

Optimistic Voices/No Love Dying - Cecile McLorin Salvant

One - Wilkins and Harris

Modus Operandi - Marco Woolf

You can find tom on social media @tomharrisisacommonname and his website www.tomharrismusic.com

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March 11, 2022 36 min

Liam talks about his new album 'The Long Game' and chooses some of his favourite music.


Fig Foot – Paul Bley

Someday My Prince Will Come – Miles Davis       

The Front – Wayne Horvitz

Rain on my Birthday – Liam Noble

For more from Liam visit https://liamnoble68.wordpress.com/ or https://editionrecords.com/artists/liam-noble/

Come and join us for a warm welcome and some fabulous music at www.wakefieldjazz.org

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A celebration of some of the amazing female artists we've had the pleasure of listening to at Wakefield Jazz. Presented by our ever inspiring treasurer, Judith Waterhouse. 


Din and Tonic – Janette Mason

The Caged Bird – Nikki Iles & The Frankfurt Radio Big Band

Gravy Waltz - Ellyn Rucker

Fi-fi Goes to Heaven - Joanne Brackeen

California Dreaming – Clare Teal

Robin – Dinosaur

After the Rain – Alina Bzhezhinska



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March 4, 2022 41 min

Ben chats with Jazz Cellist Shirley Smart.

Track list:

Moritat – Sonny Rollins

Sot fi Sukkout El Layl (In the Silence of the Night) – Sabreen

Palmyra – Issie Barratt’s Interchange

A Son of Windrush Reflects - Shirley Smart, Robert Mitchell


Visit www.shirleysmart.com for more about all of Shirley’s music and you can find her on social media.

www.wakefieldjazz.com for gig listings, reviews, podcasts and to order food!

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February 23, 2022 62 min

Ben chats with Wakefield Jazz's promoter, Pete Rosser about his history, musical influences and rhubarb!

For more about Pete go to www.peterosser.co.uk or come and meet him in person, every Friday at Wakefield Jazz.

For gig listings and tickets visit www.wakefieldjazz.org or find us on social media.


J.F. – Rosario Giulliani

Ain’t Misbehavin – Fats Waller

In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk

The Great Pretender – Lester Bowie


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February 13, 2022 27 min

Ben chats with Leeds based guitarist Nik Svarc about his albums, tours, lockdown projects and life as a musician in Leeds.

We also mention the Jazz North Northern Line Scheme - more info here: https://www.jazznorth.org/supporting-artists/jazz-northern-line/


Bemsha Swing – Nik Svarc Trio +1

Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix

Wade in the Water – Charlie Hunter

You Are Not Alone – Svarc/Hanley/Longhorn

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February 11, 2022 27 min

The UK's finest New Orleans style piano player chats with Ben.


Keep on Gwine - Dale Storr

Dr Jazz - Jools Holland and The Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Put Out the Light - James Booker

Boogie for Tuts - Dale Storr

Visit www.wakefieldjazz.org for all gig listings and news



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February 2, 2022 44 min

Ben's chats with Pianist David Newton and Guitarist Denny Ilett



I Won't Dance - Oscar Peterson

One Step - Cecile McLorin Salvant & Sulivan Fortner

Liza - Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea

When You're Smiling - Louis Armstrong

Gypsy in my Soul - Johnny Smith

Up in the Skies - Electric Lady Big Band



Visit www.wakefieldjazz.org for exciting news about our new season of gigs!


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January 17, 2022 36 min

Parliamentary Awards Jazz Vocalist of the year 2019 Zoe Gilby chats about her music projects and where she finds her inspiration! 


In the Heat of the Night – by Nancy Wilson

Autumn Serenade performed by Michelle Nicolle


The Sycamore from the Graeme Wilson Quartet.

Make sure you search Wakefield Jazz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our mailing list for gig listings and updates.



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January 15, 2022 36 min

Bass player, composer and band leader Ben Crosland chats about his latest album, 'Solway Stories'


The Cost of Living - Michael Brecker

Consolation - Kenny Wheeler

Driving North - Ben Crosland Quintet


Visit wakefieldjazz.org for gigs, workshops and more!

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January 13, 2022 32 min

Sax player and composer Emma Johnson chats with Ben about writing, the north, and a colouring book! 

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat's debut album 'Worry Not' is out now. 


Cheese Cake - Dexter Gordon

Julian - Nishla Smith

Hold Me Tight - Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat

Visit wakefieldjazz.org and subscribe to our mailing list and come and join us at the club 

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January 9, 2022 38 min

In this episode, Ben chats with Veryan Weston who visited Wakefield Jazz with a  group called Eternal Triangle.


Bohuslav Martinu - 'Allegro' from Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani

Ornette Coleman - 'Harlems Manhattan'

Eternal Triangle - 'Jara'

Sign up to the mailing list at www.wakefieldjazz.org for upcoming events at one of the best jazz venues in the UK.

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January 4, 2022 37 min

Leeds based drummer Caroline Boaden talks to Ben about her gigs, influences and favourite tracks.

Tracks: Eberhard - Lyle Mays A Moment of Quiet Resignation - Andy Schofield and Les Chisnell Hush - Nikki Iles

Sign up to the mailing list at www.wakefieldjazz.org for upcoming events at one of the best jazz venues in the UK.

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January 4, 2022 32 min

American sax player Greg Abate talks with Ben about his life as a touring jazz artist and his approaches to his music and live performances.

Tracks: Sunshower - Greg Abate and the Kenny Barron Trio Cheek to Cheek - Phil Woods Stardust - Artie Shaw Jazz Orchestra featuring Dick Johnson Voyage - Greg Abate and the Kenny Baron Trio

For more info visit www.gregabate.com

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January 4, 2022 30 min

Trumpet player, Mark Armstrong chats about some of his favourite tracks as well as his work as Artistic and Music Director for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

Tracks: Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra - Off the Cuff Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra - Quietude Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra - Venus (from The Jazz Planets)

For more information about Mark visit www.markarmstrongmusic.com and for NYJO visit www.nyjo.org.uk

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