Leeds Jazz Festival returns for its second year from 25 - 30 May 2023, following the inaugural festival between 1st and 12th June 2022. The event aims to unite and celebrate the musicians, venues, promoters, audiences and organisations who are part of the Leeds Jazz tapestry - whilst showcasing the best of local, national and international music.
The first events announced for the 2023 festival include Rokia Koné at Howard Assembly Room, World Island presents: Headlined and Curated by Gilles Peterson as part of Belgrave Music Hall’s 10 year anniversary celebrations, Soft Machine at City Varieties, Mica Millar at The Wardrobe, Matt Anderson Quartet at HEART, PYJÆN at Brudenell Social Club, Vipertime Album Launch and Hyde Park Jazz Club presents John Cage’s Indeterminacy at Hyde Park Book Club, Snazzback at The Domino, DJ Lubi & Sunday Joint Presents: Grifton Forbes Amos at The HiFi Club and a film screening of Shove It: The Xero Slingsby Story at SevenArts.
Tickets for the first events are on sale now, with further details available through the Leeds Jazz Festival website. Follow @leedsjazzfest on social media, for the latest updates and announcements as the programme develops.
The Festival Coordinator, Ash Doherty says “We’re delighted to announce the initial events as part of Leeds Jazz Festival 2023! More events will be announced over the coming months, featuring a full array of partners and some exciting festival developments and new partnerships, representing the wide diversity of Jazz in the city; from trad jazz and contemporary jazz through free and experimental jazz, to the DIY, punky, spiky end of the jazz sphere and the music forms influenced by jazz such as hip hop, R&B and electronic music. You can expect to see the return of a certain free, outdoor stage in the city centre too”. Leeds Jazz Festival is produced by a city-wide network of partners, representing venues, programmers, musicians and more, coordinated by Music:Leeds and supported by Split Design, arts@leeds, Leeds City Council, LeedsBID, Leeds 2023 and bcausam.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Leeds this May for some fantastic events in the second city of jazz in the UK.