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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

Ava Grace

Jul
27

Ava Grace

New and upcoming young singer, Ava Grace is accompanied by Robert Tharn on piano. Together, they bring a contempory yet richly soulful sound to throwback classics and original songs alike, in a style that is uniquely Ava Grace.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Black Pony

Jul
29

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
  • 8:30 pm

Sam Dunn Trio

Jul
30

Guitarist Sam Dunn's playing, informed by the history of the instrument, displays his mastery of contemporary harmonic and melodic languages. Tonight, on his first visit to the venue with his own band he leads an organ & drums trio through a range of original material & covers. 


Simcock-Walker-Dixon

Aug
04

The British 60% of transatlantic jazz supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen returns to Zeffirelli’s for a special one-off concert. As jazz fans will be aware, pianist Gwilym Simcock is just back from a world tour in a new band led by guitar legend Pat Metheny, a gig that has given him the international exposure and recognition at the highest level that he so richly deserves. The trio tonight with long-time collaborators Mike Walker (guitar) and Iain Dixon (reeds) promises diverse, witty and complex repertoire (and repartee!), and outstanding musicianship in every respect. This really is one you shouldn't miss.

Space limited, so book early.

Presented in association with Lake District Summer Music.


Elliott Morris

Aug
05

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
  • 8:30 pm

Trefor Owen Quartet

Aug
06

A superb guitarist and long-time crusader for the jazz cause, Owen has worked with most of the greats in the jazz guitar world, and to this day continues to run guitar courses, workshops and festivals and to encourage younger musicians to develop their craft. With playing very much in the vein of masters of the instrument such as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall & Joe Pass, tonight he leads his quartet through the standard repertoire featuring the second guitar of young virtuoso Andy Hulme, complemented by double bass & saxophone.


Project Jam Sandwich

Aug
10

Project Jam Sandwich

Jumping straight out of Manchester’s vibrant multicultural canvas is a dynamic quintet which views world music as its oyster.

Project Jam Sandwich (violin, cello, guitar, double bass, percussion and vocals) banishes the restrictions of genre and tradition to bring you music from around the globe, arranged to incorporate fusion, originality and above all – enjoyment. Offering everything from Celtic reels to Afrobeat, Middle Eastern melodies to gypsy jazz, Project Jam Sandwich dares its audiences to sample unconventional music.

Whether you’re a hard core folky, world music fan or simply a curious music lover, the eclectic programme that Project Jam Sandwich offers means that there is something for everyone.

Presented in association with Lake District Summer Music.


Mammal Hands

Aug
12

Mammal Hands

Mammal Hands are a trio of like-minded musicians: Nick Smart (piano), Jesse Barrett (drums and percussion), and Jordan Smart (saxophones). Drawing on influences from Steve Reich to Bonobo and Pharoah Sanders to The Cinematic Orchestra, alongside elements of North Indian and African music, they produce their own beautiful, inimitable music – at times wistful and melancholic and sometimes raucous, catchy and explosive, blending thoughtful compositions with spontaneity and interplay. On the road they have been wooing audiences from Montreal International Jazz Festival to Ronnie Scott’s; Mostly Jazz Festival to King’s Place London; and have received support from Jamie Cullum, Gilles Peterson and Bonobo. They were signed to Gondwana Records by Matthew Halsall and have released their sublime debut album, Animalia, to critical acclaim.


Compass Quartet

Aug
13

Chamber jazz from a drummerless quartet featuring Italian-Austrian guitar maestro Willy Fluss and virtuoso bassist Neil Harland, who makes a bit of a genre-shift from a world tour he’s just finished with ambient trance supremos Above and Beyond, a tour which sold out everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to Broadway to Hollywood Bowl to Sydney Opera House. So, a bit more sedate tonight, then. Perhaps.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Ben Williams

Aug
17

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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Kris Dollimore

Aug
19

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.
http://www.krisdollimore.com
info@krisdollimore.com

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Nicki Allan Trio

Aug
20

A welcome return for singer-pianist Allan, one of Northern England’s most respected and experienced jazz vocalists and vocal coaches. Tonight she selects from a wide and varied repertoire in the company of saxophonist Ben Lowman and bassist Paul Chamberlain.


Ava Grace

Aug
24

Ava Grace

New and upcoming young singer, Ava Grace is accompanied by Robert Tharn on piano. Together, they bring a contempory yet richly soulful sound to throwback classics and original songs alike, in a style that is uniquely Ava Grace.

  • Free entry
  • 8:00 pm

Kikbak

Aug
26

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced “Lakes” based musicians.
Pete Kassells – (Guitar Magazines’ – Guitarist of The Year 1997) and Julie Rogerson (Alto, Soprano Saxes and vocals) have played together in many Jazz, Rock and Blues bands over the last 30 years.
They have teamed up with the dynamic and exciting combination of Gareth Bullock,( Bass,  graduate of  L.I.P.A. ) and John Powney , ( Drums)- both of whom have toured and recorded extensively with some of the North West’s leading musicians.
The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues, Soul, Jazz Rock, and Funk classics by such artists as - Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free
  • 8:00 pm

Quay Change

Aug
27

A vocal-led set of well-known classics from this popular Lancaster-based quartet, delivered with coolness, skill & panache. The perfect accompaniment to a couple of cocktails and this weekend's perfect Bank Holiday weather.


Benjamin Robinson

Aug
31

Benjamin Robinson

Sullivan & Gold released their debut album 'For Foes' in 2013 to critical acclaim. The album received airplay on Radio 1, Radio Ulster, RTE Radio 1 and was nominated for the 2014 Northern Ireland Music Prize. Sullivan & Gold have toured and played in many unusual venues/spaces; including Tipperary bookshops, a Derry thatched cottage and a Norwich cathedral. Most recently, Sullivan & Gold travelled to some of the UK's most remote islands off the west coast of Scotland on a yacht to film a tour of the Inner Hebrides.

 

"If sumptuous and carefully crafted songs are your thing, For Foes will make for a pleasing listen ... including soaring falsettos and lovely lyricism." 

The Sunday Times

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

String Zoo

Sep
02

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.


Towndrow-Hamilton Duo

Sep
03

Two of Scotland’s finest instrumentalists unite in this intimate setting. Paul – a long-standing member of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and “a turbo-charged amalgam of all your saxophone heroes!” (The Guardian) – teams up with Steve, pianist for Van Morrison and Billy Cobham. Demonstrating the art of the duo with lyrical pieces and dazzling flourishes, they exude relaxed company, producing music of great beauty, lush harmony and sweet melody.


Jon Daws

Sep
09

Jon Daws

Hailing from the South of the Lake District having written and released his first few EPs with Paper Cranes playing nationally and internationally, Jon Dawes is now set on a new venture.  Forming conventional acoustic guitar playing with the ideology and rhythm of a drummer, this unique take on folk warms the soul, empowered by a passionate delivery.  Flanked by Mike Fearon and Dan Large, who ensure the feel, finesse and energy of their music are handed right to the audience.


Dixon-Chisnall Duo

Sep
10

An unsung hero of British contemporary jazz  - he was selected by the great Michael Brecker to play bass clarinet in his extended band, and was here recently with Gwilym Simcock – saxophonist-clarinettist  Dixon returns with his long-time collaborator, pianist Les Chisnall. Widely experienced and astonishingly skilled musicians, as likely to play pieces by classical composers  Messiaen, Finzi and Walton as by British jazz artists John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler. The duo often plays music connected to its own roots in the north, performing pieces made famous by northern composers, arrangers and singers, including an arrangement of 'Drink to me only with thine eyes' by Roger Quilter, written for the Lancashire singer, Kathleen Ferrier, or a version of 'Sally' by northern guitarist, Mike Walker, in tribute to the Rochdale-born film star, Gracie Fields.

Turn up and see what happens; you won't be disappointed!


Fran Wyburn

Sep
16

Fran Wyburn

Fran Wyburn music is characterized by charming melodies and subtle instrumentation that provide a dreamy backdrop to her poetic lyrics and quirky story telling tales. Inspired by the 1960’s folk revival, her style is current, original and spirited. She has been gigging across the UK over the last 18 months charming audiences with her unique blend of folk and  warm personality and have collected a strong and passionate fan base. 

 

April 2016 has seen the release of her much antipicated second EP 'Postcards' written as the Trio outfit of 'Fran Wyburn and the Indigos; which is a beautiful collection of pensive and uplifting songs with harmonies to die for, melodies that dance the soul and lyrics that will speak straight to your heart. The EP has been produced by the very  accomplished producer Toby Davies (Gentlemans Dub Club, Maveric Sabre, Ranking Records) and is set to be put them on the musical map as a exciting new band to watch out for in 2016. 

 

Fran came to music after working in London for several years as a theatre practitioner and then setting off around the globe with her guitar on her back, returning a fully fledged songwriter. She further honed her skills at the prestigious Leeds College of Music, where worked with Ivor Novello Award winning Iain Archer (Jake Bugg, Gabrielle Aplin, Snow Patrol)

 

“Fran Wyburn has a unique, engaging voice and lyrical tales to share, a rising Yorkshire talent”

BBC Introducing West Yorkshire

 

"It’s a captivating listen and one I could happily lose myself in and well beyond the five tracks on offer on this EP" 

Folk Radio Uk 

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme.

Sep
17

Details of the Autumn programme for our ongoing Saturday contemporary jazz season will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Wes Finch

Sep
30

Wes Finch

"Wes is a Midlands based singer and songwriter, travelling often to play around the UK, sometimes solo and sometimes with various combinations of his group 'The Dirty Band'. The music has strong folk, Americana and pop influences but always retains it own sense of Englishness and individuality. Wes will play a mixture of his original compositions and a range of covers from Hank Williams to the Arctic Monkeys. Quality musicianship and entertainment guaranteed...)

https://twitter.com/wesfinch - twitter
http://www.wesfinch.co.uk/ - website
wesfinch.bandcamp.com
http://soundcloud.com/wesfinchuk/
http://www.reverbnation.com/wesfinch - videos, gigs, info
http://silveryrecords.com/ - buy music
http://www.amazingtunes.com/users/wesfinch - buy mp3s
http://www.facebook.com/pages/wesfinchmusic

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

Gobble de Gook

Oct
07

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

Washboard Resonators

Oct
14

Washboard Resonators

'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

Blue Blood Blues

Oct
21

Blue Blood Blues

Fronted by Lauryn Graves. this duo look back to the sound of the blues from the 1930’s right through to the present day. Lauryn’s stunning vocals are beautifully enhanced by Steve Strachan’s energetic yet sympathetic accompaniment on the piano. This duo is a must see for any lover of the blues.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Hunter Muskett

Oct
28

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

Howard and the Men of the Hour

Nov
04

Howard and the Men of the Hour

Having played for H.M. The Queen, appeared on Blue Peter, worked with Bert Jansch, Antonio Forcione, Gloria Gaynor, Screaming Lord Sutch, and ... Er... Alan stitch arch, the ever-popular Contemporary Spanish guitar maestro returns to Ambleside. mixing rumbas, tangos, flamenco, with blues and jazz and thrilling spontaneity. Joining Howard on this occasion will be the French dynamo  Gobbledegook Xtof on guitar and percussion.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Black Pony

Nov
11

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

Elliott Morris

Nov
18

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
  • 8:30 pm

Northern Sky

Nov
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


Secret Combination

Dec
02

Secret Combination

Adele first met John in 1980 when  she auditioned for his dance band (The Dave John Band). The band played in many Northwest venues including Mecca dance halls, until 1997 when the band split up. Since then John has been teaching piano in their home town of Bolton and in South Lakes, where they moved to in 2006 . They now perform mainly in hotels in the area as a duo, covering vocalists such as :- Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan,Randy Crawford,Alicia Keys,Amy Winehouse,The Carpenters and many more.

 

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Balkanics

Dec
09

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.'


New England

Dec
23

New England

The formation of the Keswick based band ‘New England’ has been waiting to happen for a long time. Now it has.

‘New England’ are four very experienced musicians who play a fresh exciting mix of American influenced rock music in the style of the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Keith Urban Etc. One of the key features of this band is the strong vocal harmonies that they bring to the music.

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 Vocal

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

New Jave Trio

Jan
06

New Jave Trio

The dynamic and innovative New Jave Trio is making its debut at Zeffirellis. Lancaster-based bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Jave formed the group a few years ago in order to explore his love for improvisational "in-the-moment" music whilst not being confined to any one style or genre. Expect an eclectic blend of instrumental original and covered Funk, Rock, Blues, African and Island, delivered with a healthy dose of imaginative improvisation. NJT are no strangers to anything from Latin to Reggae, Afro-Cuban to Acid Jazz.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

Threeway

Feb
03

Threeway

THREEWAY  BIOGRAPHY

Ben Crosland – Bass

Steve Lodder – Piano/Keyboards

Steve Waterman – Trumpet/Flugelhorn

After leading his Quintet, Octet and Quartet for 15 years, Crosland formed Threeway in 2004 with Waterman and Lodder, two long term associates, in order to explore the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics. The variety of the original compositions, contributed by all the group members, and the different tone colours created by the instruments ensure a satisfying and well rounded performance. The group also includes contemporary readings of choice standards in its repertoire.

Threeway’s music is heard to best advantage in the concert setting. Accordingly, this is an ideal group for ‘listening’ jazz venues, arts centres, music festivals and concert societies.

The group recorded its debut album, ‘Conversations’ JCCD 110, in 2005. The CD has attracted considerable critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and Jazz Record Requests. Threeway undertook a national tour with Jazz Services’ support in the autumn of 2007.

Threeway’s second album, ‘Songs of the Year’ JCCD112, attracted four star reviews from several jazz writers and was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up and during a national tour in the autumn of 2010, again with Jazz Services’ support. 

The group recorded its third album, ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back’ JCCD 115 in 2013. The CD features vibraphonist Jim Hart as special guest and again attracted four star reviews. Once again, the album was featured on Jazz Line Up.

Threeway continues to perform around the country at festivals and club dates to enthusiastic audiences.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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