Spring / Summer 2016

New Season…New Venue…New Website…New Look

New Season…New Venue…New Website…New Look


February 26th, 2016

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There has been a lot of activity over at Huddersfield Jazz during the holidays with lots of changes.

New Website

The first, and most obvious, is the new look website.  We’ve worked hard to make it more dynamic, more interactive and provide more opportunities for members to share their voice.

New Venue

HQ_Logo_White_ProcessThe second, and probably most important, is the move to Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield.  Many of the members approached the committee last season saying they felt a little uncomfortable going into the centre of town on a Saturday night and that it was difficult to park.  It was with this in mind the intrepid committee members took it upon themselves to visit as many bars and clubs in the area to find something more suitable.  Many, many pints and glasses of wine later they came up with what they felt was an ideal solution – Heritage Quay.  Situated on floor 3 of the Central Services Building, Heritage Quay is ideally placed in the centre of the campus, with plenty of well lit free parking and easy access via stairs or lift (there is only one flight of stairs).

New Name

Jazz-Room-LogoThe new name for the venue is The Jazz Room, where, there will be café-style seating and a fully stocked bar.  For the moment we’ve decided not to provide catering but this may change following overwhelming feedback from members.

CafeSocietyMainImageAnother new idea for this season is a Sunday afternoon gig at yet another new venue.  Café Society on Byram Street, in the centre of town, will be playing host to the fantastic double bassist and vocalist Nicola Farnon. Although there is just the one Sunday gig this season, if it proves popular there will be more.

martin-speake-saxophone2Speaking of fantastic performers Huddersfield Jazz have come up with some incredible acts for this season kicking off with alto saxophonist Martin Speake who will be bringing his quartet, followed by the pianist Dan Whieldon and his trio with special guest Richard Iles, then the man who has been described as one the world’s greatest guitarists, John Etheridge.  The final gig of the season will be the Sunday afternoon gig at Café Society.

All performances will be at the usual time of 8.00pm (obviously apart from the Sunday one which starts at 2.00pm).  Full details are available within the Events section of the website in regards to directions and parking facilities.

Finally I think some special thanks are in order, first is Paul Wood, who played host to Huddersfield Jazz last season.  Then a very special thanks to Paul Scarth, for his tireless work on the website, scouting venues, invaluable suggestions and his liasion work with the University and lastly, the committee who have proved yet again their commitment to bringing top quality performers to Huddersfield.

By Maxwell

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