Friday Studio Saver deal – two great gigs for £15

Make the most of our Friday Studio Saver deal and see two great shows for £15.

On Friday 17 November we’re taking over the studio at Hull Truck Theatre with a storming line-up of new music.

First up, at 7pm, a double bill of new music from the Cinematic Orchestra’s Stuart McCallum and Hull’s Revenu. Stuart’s creating a new surround-sound piece that’s a love song to the guitar, drawing on his recent work in ambisonics. And Revenu (Liam van Rijn & Joseph Bird) have created a haunting and vivid audio-visual work, inspired by the shapes and sounds of Hull. This is the world premiere of both pieces.

Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance

Then at 9pm we’ve got a solo show from Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance. The Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer will be exploring his first love, the piano, enhanced with the subtle addition of electronics. A rare chance to hear Bill play in such an intimate venue.

This ticket offer isn’t available online – you need to call the Hull Truck box office on 01482 323638 or pop by in person and ask for the Jazz Festival Friday Studio Saver deal.



Win tickets to see Robert Glasper this November!

Win tickets to see Robert Glasper Experiment in Hull this November!

As well as Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, it’s also Hull Jazz Festival’s 25th birthday next year and we’ve invited some incredible international artists to help us celebrate.

As we get ready for a big year in 2017 we’re updating our mailing list. We want to make sure you’re getting information about our shows in the way that works best for you.

It’s easy to join our mailing list. And if you’re already on our mailing list, it’s easy to check and update your details. Everyone who signs up to the mailing list or updates their details online will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to see Grammy Award winning Robert Glasper Experiment at Hull Truck Theatre on 18th November. 

 There are 3 simple steps to enter the competition:

  1. Go to and click on the sign up button at the top right of the home page
  1. Fill out the simple form (NB: if you’re already on our mailing list, check that the contact details we have are up to date)
  1. Type the code 25in17 in the box at the bottom of the form to enter our prize draw


Young People are the Future of Jazz

As our 2015 programme draws to a close, J-Night Director David Porter reflects on the importance of our work with young musicians:

The dust has just settled on our November festival which provided development opportunities to young local musicians at the start of their careers.

This is such an important area as we try and build a new jazz picture fit for the 21st century. Anyone who was in the building at the height of the festival couldn’t have failed to be excited by the energy and enthusiasm of the young artists and audiences who packed out Hull Truck.

And what artists! Gary Crosby presented an amazing band including star vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett, amazing guitarist Shirley Tetteh, stunning saxophonist Camilla George and extraordinary drummer Eddie “Dreadie Eddie” Hick on drums to give a snapshot into the powerful music of the Civil Rights movement.

Next up was a unique event that included young performers from Buckingham Academy, Kelvin Hall School, Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra and University of Hull students, accompanied by members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. This was the culmination of 4 days of workshops led by Mark Armstrong, Sean Miller, Alison James and Tom Grantham involving 70 young Hull musicians.

I was blown away by the results, along with a packed full house at Hull Truck Theatre.

And there were other highlights too! Jenny Smith, now an accomplished jazz vocalist, assembled a quintet featuring the cream of the Albermarle Alumni. Jazz North Introduces showcased the Royal Northern College of Music’s Artephis, a forward-looking contemporary jazz quintet with an innovative direction through original compositions and arrangements. The Albermarle-based Will King Band provided great foyer music throughout the festival and the Festival jazz brunch was a huge success featuring Leeds based – but Hull made – band Matt Holborn Quartet, with their gypsy jazz sounds.

The two headliners – Andy Sheppard and New York Standards Jazz Quartet – both wowed sell-out audiences – with an increasingly younger audience becoming excited by artists at the top of their game.

J-Night will expand our work with the Hull Music Hub at the Albermarle, schools, the University of Hull and Jazz North as we highlight the talents of young and local artists and audiences for our work. Our partnerships with organisations like Tomorrows Warriors and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra will continue into 2017 as we make sure that we remain relevant to new audiences and new artists alike.

You can see more photographs from our 2015 Winter Edition over on Flickr.

Northern Line – a thrilling journey into the unknown!

So, another great Jazz Festival over with lots of happy memories of great performers, but I really want to give a big brilliant thanks to the Northern Line bands – New York Brass Band, Unfurl, Dread Supreme and Zoe Gilby Quartet. What incredible talent we have living and working in the North and if you add the amazing 20-piece Abstract Orchestra, who played an absolute storming set at Fruit, plus Chiedu Oraka and Deez Kid, that will bring the total to 48 northern artists who graced our Hull Jazz Festival stage this summer! And all to sell-out audiences too!

Northern Line is the brain child of Jazz North, the development agency founded by J-Night, Jazz Yorkshire and Manchester Jazz Festival to give a platform to the hugely talented young performers that we have living in our region. We want to make sure that they do not have to leave the area to travel down to London, Paris or New York to be appreciated back in their own backyard. It was really rewarding to see our audiences lapping up such diverse and brilliant music – from the New Orleans sounds of a dirty brass band, through to the completely unique, only in Yorkshire Hip Hop Big Band – from Arabian influenced trance through the American songbook and original material of Zoe Gilby and finally the mighty dread ska jazz of Dread Supreme, led by Manchester’s finest Trevor Roots.

At J-Night we love to keep our influences broad and vital. Our audience lap it all up and we are committed to bringing more from Jazz North’s stable of incredibly talented artists. In November we welcome the amazing gypsy jazz violinist (and Hull born to boot!) Matt Holborn who will be joining a line-up that includes our youngest ever band Artephis, a forward-looking contemporary jazz quintet comprising musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music. Since its formation a year ago, Artephis has been distilling influences – including the Miles Davis and Christian Scott Quintets, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote and Pat Metheny – refining an eclectic sound of its own that takes a jazz quintet line-up in innovative directions. They were recently announced as the Jazz North Introduces act for 2015-16.

Our Yellow Bus stage at Freedom Festival in September offers the chance to see the Bugalu Foundation, creating the fresh new sound of Barrio Funk and Latin Soul, plus another chance to see the amazing Trevor Roots with Dread Supreme.

We want audiences to be as brave as our artists. Don’t wait to be told by others who you should be watching – take an adventure trip to new musical areas that you may not have imagined existed. You won’t be disappointed!


Hull Jazz Festival Winter Edition 2014, 20 – 22 November at Hull Truck Theatre

After an incredible three days of music on our Yellow Bus stage at this year’s Freedom Festival, we’re now warming up for our 2014 Winter Edition, as Hull Jazz Festival returns to Hull Truck Theatre from 20-22 November.

On Thursday 20th November, fans of Charlie Parker’s legendary strings recording are in for a treat as Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos String Quartet perform their interpretation of Parker’s much-loved album.

The University of Hull present a special lunchtime concert on Friday 21st November as part of this year’s festival, featuring Jonathan Gee and his acclaimed trio, performing tracks from his album Dragonfly.

A favourite at this year’s Freedom Festival, Arun Ghosh returns to Hull with his sextet on Friday 21st November, performing tracks from his acclaimed South Asian Suite album.

Next up, on Friday 21st November, Tim Kliphuis, one of Europe’s foremost gypsy swing jazz fiddlers, brings his trio’s tribute to the late, great Stéphane Grappelli, who changed the way people thought about jazz violin.

During the day on Saturday 22nd November, we’re delighted to present an incredible opportunity for guitarists and violinists to learn the ins and outs of gypsy jazz from two of the world’s top gypsy jazz players. Violinist Tim Kliphuis and guitarist Nigel Clark will lead this two-hour Beginner’s Guide to Gypsy Jazz workshop. Places are limited so please book early.

The closing event of the festival, on Saturday 22nd November, sees us showcase exciting new jazz talent as NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) perform alongside young musicians from the City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra and the University of Hull Big Band, with special guest Soweto Kinch.

Yellow Bus Stage at Freedom Festival Hull

After another fantastic in July, Hull Jazz Festival and J-Night are proud to present a stellar open-air line up at Freedom Festival Hull.

The Yellow Bus rolls into town once more from 5th – 7th September, parking up at the Pier on Nelson Street.

The party starts on the Friday night at 6:30pm with Hull Rhythm Pixies and their fusion of world and urban sounds; Riot Jazz Brass Band’s two sets of twisted mix of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz (at 7pm and 10pm) are guaranteed to get everyone dancing;  Hannabiell & Midnight Blue’s high energy fusion of Afro-psychedelic funk and jazz takes to the stage at 8pm; and an illuminating set (in every sense of the word!) from Spark! Drummers will light up Nelson Street at 9:30pm;

On Saturday 6th September, the fun kicks off with Lindy Hop with Kingston Swing at 12:10pm; more local talent follows, with Pearl’s Cab Ride‘s funk and soul at 1pm; Dread Supreme, where Coltrane gets the reggae treatment, take over the reins at 2:30pm; Hull Jazz Festival favourite, the ever-wonderful Ruby Turner performs with her band at 5pm; pop legend Roland Gift performs a rare live show at 7:30pm; and at 9:30pm Abstract Orchestra, with guest MCs Essa and Tor Cesay, bring Saturday night to a close with their late night show packed with live hip-hop with a big band punch!

Local 8-piece outfit, Octopus, start proceedings on Sunday 7th September at 12pm with classic Ellington and Duke Basie tunes; Arun Ghosh, Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, brings his sextet’s trademark IndoJazz sound to the Yellow Bus at 1:30pm; a special Tribute to South African Township at 3:15pm sees Al MacSween bring together a quintet featuring South African Brotherhood of breath star Claude Deppa; and we wrap things up in style at 5pm with the incredible vocal talents of Naturally7, flying in from New York for their only UK show of the summer – you won’t believe the sounds they can create!

We can’t wait to get the party started and we’re dusting off our dancing shoes already!

The whole weekend is FREE as part of Freedom Hull 2014. Now in its 7th year, in 2014, Freedom Festival will build on what’s been achieved to date with a festival line-up that continues to excite, surprise, engage and involve. Within an eclectic, family-friendly and largely free programme, directed and produced by Festival Directors Walk the Plank, Freeom Festival will once again bring renowned national and international artists to Hull, alongside leading local and regional talent. Freedom Festival 2014 will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. You can check out the full Freedom Festival programme on the festival website.

New season shows announced

Snake_Davis_bwJ-Night announces a new season in Hull and York featuring Snake Davis, Funmi Olawumi, Tim Kliphuis, Paulus Schaffer plus not one…not two…but three great Festivals for 2013!

Check out our Giant Steps programme of emerging artists every Sunday afternoon at the wonderful Pave Cafe Bar in Hull!

All this and much more will be unveiled on the web site so sign up for our latest news by registering for our e-newsletter at the top right hand side of the home page.

Hull Jazz Festival headline programme

J-Night announce the 2012 Hull Jazz Festival headline programme.
Top international artists come to Hull to celebrate Festival’s 20th anniversary.

The 20th Hull Jazz Festival takes place between 20th and 29th July and welcomes an incredibly diverse range of artists from across the world to the city including legendary American star Bobby Watson, who will play the 20th anniversary festival concert in a double header with Abram Wilson’s Running the Flame septet that features Pete King and Jean Toussaint on the 29th July at Hull Truck Theatre.

Bobby Watson joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He stayed with the Jazz Messengers from 1977 to 1981, eventually becoming the musical director for the group. After completing his tenure as a Jazz Messenger, Watson became a much-sought after musician, working along the way with many notable musicians, including: drummers Max Roach and Louis Hayes fellow saxophonists George Coleman and Branford Marsalis, Sam Rivers and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. His Jazz All Stars will include American pianist Bruce Barth from the Mingus Big Band, Canadian Duncan Hopkins and Irish drummer Stephen Keogh.

Also headlining in Hull will be Jazz Jamaica, in a special Jamaican 50th performance of Tighten Up! featuring Jamaican Lovers Rock star Myrna Hague July 28 at Truck Theatre.

New Orleans clarinetist Evan Christopher’s Django a la Creole, fusing the gypsy jazz of Reinhardt with the syncopations of New Orleans and the Creole style of the Caribbean, will open the Festival on July 20 at Truck Theatre.

Nigerian faaji queen Funmi Olawumi will lead the 18 piece Yoruba Women Choir in a special festival concert that will feature local Hull community choirs on July 22 at Truck Theatre.

Other artists coming to the Festival include Irish BBC vocalist of the year Christine Tobin singing the songs of Leonard Cohen in A Thousand Kisses Deep featuring guitarist Phil Robson and Dave Whitford on July 21 at Truck and Lyn Acton’s Bossa Revista, celebrating the songs of Horace Jobim.

A major feature of this year’s 20th anniversary festival will be Freedom Chorus does Jazz! a two day event for 120 local singers, led by Jilly Jarman, culminating in a performance with the Yoruba Womens Choir on July 22.

The Festival will be centred on Hull Truck and Pave Café Bar and full details will be available from Easter at and tickets will be available from the Festival box office at Hull Truck Theatre 01482 323628

Further press information from J-Night 01904 466527

Hull Jazz Festival 2012 day by day

Friday 20 July 7.45pm Django a la Creole Truck
Saturday 21 July 7.45pm Christine Tobin Truck
Sunday 22 July 2pm Michael Cretu Trio Pave
Sunday 22 July 7.4pm Yoruban Women’s Choir Truck
Monday 23 July 8pm Bossa Revista Truck
Tuesday 24 July 8pm Jazz Jam Pave
Wednesday 25 July 8.30pm Eclectic 4 Goodfellowship
Thursday 26 July 8pm Owl Ensemble Pave
Saturday 28 July Jazz 7.45pm Jamaica Truck
Sunday 29 July 2pm Abram Wilson’s Jazz Junior Warriors Truck
Sunday 29 July 2pm The Give A Little Love Jazz Orchestra Pave
Sunday 29 July 5pm Abram Wilson Running the Flame Truck
Sunday 29 July 8.30pm Bobby Watson International All Stars