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Zeffirellis Ambleside


Zeffirellis Cafe

The Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis

Enjoy contemporary Jazz and world music live performances most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's upstairs in the Jazz Bar at Zeffirellis.

The Jazz Bar offers great live music events, many of which are free, as well as bar and food menu including pizzas, pasta, anti-pasti and delicious desserts.


Our Next Event

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Apr
28

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com


Upcoming Events

Robin Sunflower: A Tribute to Toots Thielemans

Apr
29

Harmonica wizard Sunflower started playing the harmonica in the 80s, joining legendary bluesman Victor Brox &  gigging extensively throughout the UK. In the early 90s he made the transition to chromatic harmonica after hearing the amazing playing of Belgian maestro Toots Thielemans.

By way of recognising this, at the end of April each year since 2011 Robin has convened a band to play Thielemans’ repertoire. If you don’t know the player, you’ll certainly have heard his playing – think ‘Midnight Cowboy’, ’Sesame Street’. Thielemans’ first major gigs were with Benny Goodman in 1949; he went on to play with George Shearing ,Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Oscar Peterson & Pat Metheny and with pop acts such as Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Julian Lennon. A man at the top of his game for over six decades, and ennobled by the Belgian king in 2001 - he became a baron - Thielemans retired from public performance in 2013. He died in August 2016 at the age of 94. Today would have been his 95th birthday.


Jazz Jam

May
01

Jazz Jam

Are you a student of Jazz or Improvisation at any level? Any instrument or vocals? Would you welcome the chance to play with a professional rhythm section?

We can help you prepare any pieces, even your own compositions, and present you as a guest musician with our ‘trio’ rhythm section.

Contact Pete Major on 07799788777 with any questions or to discuss performance details

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

WithNay&I

May
05

WithNay&I

We are a Windermere based professional acoustic music duo specializing in high quality covers of some of the most beloved songs from this and the past century as well as some of our own compositions.

We carefully work each tune into our unique style and whilst not attempting a carbon copy of the original we showcase our strengths as career musicians, offering unique arrangements.

Some of the songs…    Moon River,  Make you feel my love,  The water is wide, Imagine,

Cry me a river, How long will I love you,  The closest thing to crazy, Ain’t no sunshine,  Free Flight,

Mystify, Songbird, Wayfaring Stranger.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Jiannis Pavlidis

May
06

A highly respected and versatile guitarist, as well as Principal Lecturer on Leeds College of Music’s jazz course, Jiannis has worked alongside some of the greatest names in contemporary jazz. Tonight he leads his own band through a repertoire referencing many points in the jazz canon.


Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins

May
12

Matt Cowe Plays Chet Atkins

Cumbrian based guitarist Matt Cowe returns to Zeffirelli’s with another show featuring the music of American guitar legend Chet Atkins, playing classic country and swing tunes from the 50’s as well other tunes from Chet’s long career.

 

Chet Atkins’ music has a unique nostalgic charm, full of melody and virtuosic playing and this will be a rare opportunity to hear this style live.  He will be recreating Chet’s retro sound with an authentic line up featuring local musicians Steve Simpson on double bass, Jack Davies on drums and Jon Moore on rhythm guitar.   

 

Check out Matt playing at last year’s prestigious Chet Atkins’ Appreciation Society convention in Nashville here:

https://youtu.be/iHzXPu8BhW8?list=PLXAZORK28Noutioyah-pPQsqPMXV42LsA

 

And Matt’s popular YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/W4YOxjo1PGs?list=PLXAZORK28NotZgbL9MhiJDBaBLIlL8voj


Tim Franks Quartet

May
13

A master of the groove, and it’s not hard to see why; Tim Franks has been Manchester’s go-to drummer since the late 70s. Tonight he demonstrates the breadth of his skill and sensitivity as he propels his superb all-star band featuring master saxophonist Mike Hall, Director of the jazz programme at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Asaxual

May
19

Asaxual

Asaxual was formed in 2016 with a view to paying tribute to some of the most magnificent two-brass front lines of the recent past, such as the great Jay & Kai, and heavyweights like Shew and Fontana. Toms I'Anson and Sharp draw on their considerable big band experience to bring arrangements with variety, contrast, dynamics and structure to the genre of improvisatory small band music. Asaxual stands in defiance of those who believe hard bop needs saxophones!

"The band were wonderful!! They brought real musicianship - power and subtlety to their set for the festival. Terrific improvising too! I would thoroughly recommend watching this band"
Jean Watson - SevenJazz Promoter

THE BAND:
Tom Sharp - Trumpet
Tom I'Anson - Trombone
Joshua Smout - Drums
Sam Jackson - Bass
Chris Bland - Piano

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Performers to be confirmed

May
20

Performers to be confirmed. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

May
26

Kris Dollimore

During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris Dollimore has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with many international bands and artists including The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Adam Ant and Del Amitri.
His guitar skills have always been admired in whichever genre he has played.
Now those skills are honed to perfection and they need to be, he has chosen a field where his playing is at its most exposed. A man, a guitar and sometimes a voice. No room for error and nowhere to hide. With a largely acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.
Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 10 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans which continues to grow. This is backed up by the stunning success of his first three albums, ‘02/01/1978’, ‘Now Was The Time’ and ‘No Ghosts In This House’, which all received great reviews from the music press both at home and abroad. His fourth album is due to be released later this year and is already attracting the same positive interest as its predecessors.
Kris was runner up in last year’s European Blues Awards, in the solo/acoustic category and was also nominated for a British Blues Award, in the best original blues song category in 2012.
Dollimore burns with a passion for his music and wants to bring it to as many people as possible. If you know Kris from his past life, don’t fear change. Follow Kris down new roads and you’ll feel all the richer for it.
www.krisdollimore.com
info@krisdollimore.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Freddie Garner Quartet

May
27

Veteran stalwart on the North-West jazz circuit, pianist Garner is much-influenced by the likes of Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner (no relation!). Tonight he leads his straight-ahead quartet through a delightful survey of the standard repertoire

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

Jun
01

Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot

GRAMMY-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer features scintillating and soulful vocalist Gillian Margot for an evening of duets.

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz.

Gillian Margot is the rarest sort of singer - the kind that makes people sit up and listen. She has an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in the tradition of the great jazz vocalists, yet she possesses a gift of storytelling and emotionally intelligent lyrical delivery that is refreshingly free of “jazz singer” clichés.

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About Time

Jun
02

About Time

‘About Time’ started just two years ago with a gig in The Brewery Art’s Centre’s, Warehouse Cafe in aid of The Down Syndrome Association. Following this success the band members wanted to continue performing together.

 

You can expect to hear lounge music with jazzy edge incl. songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carole King and others.

 

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Keith Redfern – who has been playing guitar for years in a variety of bands from punk to funk and now fuses it all into his own style..., Ken Johnston – Welsh born Anglo-Scot, first encountered a double bass 50 years ago after playing alto sax and guitar!  On the Lancaster scene since arriving in ’92.  Martin Chadderton, our drummer is never happier than when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats. His genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco!        

 

Vocalist Aggie has a warm and vibrant tone, coupled with sensitivity and musicality that shines out of her voice.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme

Jun
03

Details of our Saturday contemporary jazz programme into the summer will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Gobble de Gook

Jun
09

Gobble de Gook

Gobble de Gook is a 7 piece band which performs original material, from the powerful roots of unpredictable arrangements to complex melodies and rhythms. The result is surprising blend of musical styles which is guaranteed to get you dancing.’

Gobble de Gook was created 6 years ago by the French singer and band leader Xtof Lheureux. The band is composed of a group of talented and experienced musicians including: drums, percussion, keyboards, bass and guitar for the rhythm section, along with trumpet and tenor sax for the brass section. Xtof sings, plays guitar and percussion, as well as delivering an enthusiastic and energetic show.

Xtof’s influences range from Afro-Cuban, Indian, Jazz, Rock and obviously French music. It is these influences which characterise the unique atmosphere of Gobble de Gook.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Knusprige Wimpern

Jun
16

Knusprige Wimpern

Knusprige Wimpern is a five-piece band from Passau, Germany that bases their unique original compositions on bules, pop, jazz, the swirly sounds of the late 60´s and the progressive rock of the early 70´s. Psychedelic guitar, groovy percussion, playful bass, piano with a classical touch and angle-like vocals make up their weird and wonderful music. 

 

The group formed in the winter of 2015 when Katharina Müller (piano/voc) and Mike Krompaß (guitar//flute/voc) decided to have a play together. Katharina brought her friend Hannah Paularsen (guitar/voc) along and later in the process Bernhard Senkmüller (drums/percussion) and Valentin Weber (bass) joined and they rehearsed existing material and soon started composing together.


Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Jun
30

Howard Haigh and the Men of the Hour

Howard Haigh & the Men of the Hour, featuring Rick Middleton on Bass, guitar & vocals, & Sam King Middleton on percussion & vocals. They'll present their own unique seasonal programme of delights. 


Elliott Morris

Jul
07

Elliott Morris

With hundreds of gigs behind him, Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter began playing electric guitar when he was 11, but launched his solo set at 17, just a year after starting to explore the possibilities of the acoustic instrument. Elliott taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.

He has supported Erik Mongrain, Andy McKee, Frank Turner, Seth Lakeman, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jim Bob (Carter USM), Jon Gomm, Paul Carrack, legendary Philadelphia soul groups The Stylistics and The Three Degrees, and revered folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. He gigs regularly with Dave McPherson (InMe) and has played many times with old friend, Ed Sheeran.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Ben Williams

Jul
14

Ben Williams

A Manchester based singer-songwriter who moulds the classic songwriting 

sound of Paul Simon with the laid back nature  of  Jack  Johnson,  Ben  Williams  is  a  difficult  artist  to  pigeonhole  and  is  all  the  better  for  it.  His  new  self-­‐produced  album,  ‘Who  Do  You  Think  You  Are?’,  has  been  seven  years  in  the  making,  as  Williams  –  earning  a  living  as  an  in-­‐demand  session  guitarist  –  wrote  his  own  songs  in  the  spare  time  he  had  between  playing  and  recording  with  other  artists.  With  a  clear  passion  for  music,  he  wrote  something  like  60  songs  over  this  period,  of  which  the  best  11  have  been  chosen  to  make  up  his  debut  album.  Self-­‐produced  and  featuring  a  selection  of  the  finest  musicians  in  Manchester,  Williams  has  delivered  a  genuine  gem  of  a  debut.  Often  quirky,  sometimes  funny,  and  occasionally  more  reflective,  the  songs  demonstrate  a  fantastic  range  of  approaches  and  ideas.  

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Jul
21

Black Pony

Indie-folk duo Black Pony are singer/guitarist Daniel Ray and Sarah Edmondson on violin, e-piano and organ. Together they combine elements of folk, country, and soul to create songs at once intimate and anthemic, rhythmic and melodic. Little aural movies.

Irish-Australian Daniel traveled a lot of miles to find such a simpatico musical partner in formally trained Sarah and her vivid sonic palette. A bit of lightning strikes every time they take the stage. Come along for the ride.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

String Zoo

Aug
11

String Zoo

Lawrence Woof on violin and Matt Cowe on guitar:  Gypsy swing, ballads, pop tunes and beautiful Cumbrian folk melodies.  Lawrence and Matt first played together at the Manchester International Festival and both maintain busy performing schedules playing across a wide range of genres.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

The Kilcawley Family

Aug
18

The Kilcawley Family

Friends of acoustic music, we are dedicated in bringing to the stage the authentic sound of the Appalachian Mountains.  Steeped in Old Time, Bluegrass, and cowboy ballads, you can expect an evening of foot-stomping rhythms, ear-catching melodies, and angelic three-part harmonies.  We’ve been working together for over three years now, and after having toured the country, it is our great pleasure to at last be gracing the stage at Zeffirellis.  

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Northern Sky

Aug
25

Northern Sky

Originally Abby Colombi and John Osborne, the band has expanded to become a five-piece.

Amy Beeton now joins them on cello with Lucy Johnson on additional vocals and Martin Kirton on percussion.

Their list of self-penned songs is increasing by the week from the delicate “Catch The Light” (Radio Cumbria’s Track of the Week) and the anthemic Technicolour Love to the stomp of “Leap of Faith”.

A staple of BBC Introducing, they are not to be missed

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

New England

Sep
08

New England

New England have been entertaining audiences at Zeffirellis for almost three years now.

Over this period, the band  have steadily developed their own brand of contemporary country rock. Alongside an exciting mix of songs from artists such as, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown and Keith Urban, New England also feature an ever growing collection of original material, highlighting  the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

New England have also just released their first album ‘Driving South’ which will available on the night. 

George Moulder on Lead Vocals, Guitars and Harmonica

Nick Cripps on Bass Gtr and Vocals

Phil Middleton on Drums and Lead vocals

Richard Greenough on Lead Gtr and Vocals

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Sep
15

Stevie Williams Unplugged

Stevie Williams is a talented UK bassist, singer and songwriter. As well as his solo work, he also fronts The Most Wanted Band, testament to his tireless work ethic and devotion to his craft. A life long devotee of the ageless blues, alt country and americana sounds, he has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.

Stevie Williams and his latest project ‘Pockets Full of Gold’ featuring the song ‘She Don’t Do’ was produced by Stevie, engineered and written entirely by Stevie with the exception of one track. The hands-on approach with this album pays off, as he seem's completely in tune with the sound he want's to project. ‘She Don’t Do’ is a moody, stripped back and somewhat dark track complete with soulful delivery from Stevie and touches of psychedelia that just add to his quirky appeal. It’s catchy without trying to be.  http://forthecountryrecord.com


Leeds City Stompers

Oct
06

'The red hot blues band, conjuring the spirit of prohibition America. Real 1920s drum kits, slapped double bass, metal resonator guitars from the 1930s and three voices—making old sounds in a new way. From bars and pubs, to outdoor festivals. From vintage events, to big white weddings.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Retrosettes

Oct
13

The Retrosettes

After getting back from their European tour promoting the release of their first album in Germany, The Retrosettes will appear at Zeffirellis as a stripped back duo.  Lead singers Helen and Paul Bytheway (also a married couple) are the driving force behind the vintage themed band, and they will appear playing piano and guitar with 2 lead vocals.

 

The couple will take you through their influences from 50s rock n roll, to 60s pop, right through soul, country and disco.  Their acoustic versions of popular songs from the last 60 years show off some of the best songwriters of all time from Bowie, to Bob Dylan, the Animal, The Beatles and everything in between.


Hunter Muskett

Oct
20

Hunter Muskett

After having released excellent albums in 1971 and 1973 the band disappeared. Great multi-part harmonies, fluid electric guitar and strong songs with a rustic vibe and twist of West Coast rock (a bit like Decameron). Their second album, was produced by Keith Relf of the Yardbirds/Rennaisance. And Michael Giles (ex. King Crimson) appears as guest drummer.

One of the better British folk rock rarities of the classic ‘70’s folk rock era.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Balkanics

Oct
27

The Balkanics

'With their unique blend of sizzling Eastern European music The Balkanics deliver a big-band seven-piece sound ranging from driving dance rhythms to dreamy interludes. Expect banging Balkan and Klezmer tunes with an unusual twist that reflects the band members' diverse backgrounds in traditional folk, rock, dance and classical music.'

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

About Time

Nov
03

About Time

‘About Time’ started just two years ago with a gig in The Brewery Art’s Centre’s, Warehouse Cafe in aid of The Down Syndrome Association. Following this success the band members wanted to continue performing together.

 

You can expect to hear lounge music with jazzy edge incl. songs from Burt Bacharach, Bob Dylan, Carole King and others.

 

The Band consists of experienced local musicians although the vocalist Aggie originates from Poland. Keith Redfern – who has been playing guitar for years in a variety of bands from punk to funk and now fuses it all into his own style..., Ken Johnston – Welsh born Anglo-Scot, first encountered a double bass 50 years ago after playing alto sax and guitar!  On the Lancaster scene since arriving in ’92.  Martin Chadderton, our drummer is never happier than when he is quickening the pulse with his infectious beats. His genres include Brass, Community and Flamenco!        

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Washboard Resonators

Nov
24

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. The band has played many gigs, including Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, C FAB Folk Festival in Lincolnshire and may pubs and bars. This duo is perfect for situations where something acoustic, but energetic and lively is required.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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