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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.


Coming Soon

Join us for the Ambleside Days festival at Zeffirellis in August and September.

  • The Ambleside Days Quintet & Creme Anglais

    More info
  • Joe Locke Quartet & Gwilym Simcock and Guests

    More info
  • The Printmakers & Gwilym Simcock Trio

    More info
  • An Evening with Dave Holland

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Our Next Event

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. 


Upcoming Events

Stuart McCallum

Jul
01

Best known to a wider audience through his work with The Cinematic Orchestra, tonight guitarist Stuart McCallum performs solo, introducing compositions that embody his trademark approach to music: ambient grooves, loops and slowly-evolving soundscapes. Sublime, savvy, subtle & smart.


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

Gilby-Law Duo

Jul
08

We welcome back rising star vocalist Zoe Gilby, presenting a special show featuring her interpretations of Beatles' repertoire and a mix of latin tunes inspired by pianist Alan Law's trip to Cuba in 2015.


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

Steve Oakes Quartet

Jul
15

A stalwart of the North West jazz community for many years, guitarist Oakes returns with his fine band and a repertoire not a little influenced by some of the great contemporary players of his instrument. Always a pleasure to hear.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

The Elderly Brothers

Jul
18

The Elderly Brothers

Here they are again to pleasure us with their music, charm and wit. 

As Confucious said

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

The Elderly Brothers - again!

Jul
19

The Elderly Brothers - again!

Goodness me here they are again.

As Budha said

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

  • 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

Liam Byrne Quartet

Jul
22

Saxophonist Byrne presents authentic renditions of classic bebop tunes with his highly skilled band. Not to be missed if you’re a fan of the sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic language of  Charlie Parker and many followers.


Andchuck

Jul
29

Andchuck is a quartet formed whilst its members were students at RNCM in Manchester, featuring  BBC Young Musician finalist Nick Seymour on saxophone, guitarist Jack March, bassist Tom Chapman and drummer Gabriel Alexander. Adventurous music characterized by intriguing melodies, funky grooves, colourful harmonies and the occasional earth-shattering riff.  


Wes Finch

Aug
04

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...)

  • free
  • 8:30 pm

Neil C Young Trio

Aug
05

Popular Grammy-longlisted guitarist returns presenting a varied repertoire showcasing his consummate skill. Incorporating aspects of the work of John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, George Benson and Billy Cobham, the music is ‘full of soul and energy’ and, ‘the arrangements are beautiful’, writes Eric Elias from the US magazine “Just Jazz Guitar”.

* Please note that the performance by the Alex Hutton Trio initially listed for this evening has been cancelled owing to circumstances beyond the venue's control.


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

Emily Francis Trio

Aug
12

First visit to the venue for a band with a fresh approach to the piano trio format, combining influences from jazz-funk, soul and progressive rock with inventive improvisation.


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

Performers to be confirmed

Aug
19

Details of this evening's performance to be confirmed. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 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

LWT

Aug
26

Lawrence Woof (piano), Ben McCabe (drums) and Andy Boothman (double bass) bring their distinctive and engaging energy to standards, popular tunes and original material.


Ambleside Days Contemporary Music Festival

Sep
02

Tonight's performances are part of Ambleside Days Contemporary Music Festival 2017. See the banner at the top of this page or click the link below for more detail


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

Perpetual Motion Machine

Sep
09

Keeping up the momentum from last weekend’s spectacular  festival (see links at top of this page), PPM is a vibrant and original sextet with unusual instrumentation - two saxophones, two guitars, bass & drums - led by composer-guitarist Jamie Taylor. Visiting Zeffirelli’s in the middle of its debut UK tour, the band creates a sound distinguished by its spatial & stylistic breadth, referencing  rock, spoken word, bebop and much else.

Presented in association with Jazz North’s Northern Line Scheme


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


Ben Crosland Quartet

Sep
16

Bassist Crosland presents his long-established quartet, featuring master saxophonist Rod Mason, in an evening of mature and energetic performance in which there are no conflicting egos, only a desire to enjoy each other’s company, play good music and entertain.

The band's repertoire consists of Crosland originals and compositions by contemporary musicians such as Michael Brecker and Keith Jarrett.


Will Butterworth Quartet

Sep
23

Pianist Butterworth leads his quartet through a complete performance of the music on its new album ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’. The compositions are based on Oscar Wilde’s story of the same name, and the music follows the story of the nightingale until her last song is sung. Each of the seven movements is used as a starting point for improvisation, covering a wide range of style and moods within a tight structure.


Gerry Richardson Trio

Sep
30

A very welcome return for Hammond organ virtuoso, singer & and long-time Sting associate Richardson, leading his superb trio featuring the sparkling alto saxophone of Garry Linsley and much-respected session drummer Adam Sinclair , through a set paying homage to the musicians he reveres, from Ray Charles to Jimmy Smith to Mose Allison and Donald Fagen. Great covers and smart originals - not to be missed if you love the evocative, steaming noise that is the old electric sideboard in full flight.


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

Ginger Tunes

Oct
07

Never having failed to bring the house down on previous visits, and possibly the staff's favourite band, tonight will see a barnstorming return for this high-energy jazz-funk whirlwind led by powerful & witty Liverpool saxophonist Mike Smith. Hang on to your seats!


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.


Ongoing Saturday Contemporary Jazz Programme.

Oct
14

Details of performances in our continuing Saturday contemporary jazz season will be published here shortly. Please check back.

  • Free
  • 8:30 pm

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

New Jave Trio

Nov
10

New Jave Trio

Lancaster-based bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Jave formed the dynamic and innovative New Jave Trio 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 entry
  • 8:30 pm

Billy Kemp

Nov
17

Billy Kemp

From the Land of Pleasant Living, Baltimore native Billy Kemp is a musician, songwriter, singer, composer and producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing.


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

Ben Williams

Dec
01

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

Kikbak

Dec
22

Kikbak

A quartet of experienced Lakes based musicians: Pete Kassel -Guitar and vocals , ( Guitarist Magazines ' Guitarist Of The Year 1997 ) . Julie Rogerson - ( Alto, Soprano saxes and vocals ). Steve Wildgoose- ( bass ). Mike Kidson- drums, ( ex drum technician for Phil Collins / Paul Mcartney amongst many others and Tour Manager for many years with Genesis, Phil Collins, Mike and The Mechanics , Robert Plant , The Who , AC/DC...... and so many more ! ).

The band plays a vibrant and eclectic mix of their own versions of Blues , Soul, Jazz, Rock and Funk classics by such artists as Motown, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder , David Sanborn and Miles Davis.

  • Free entry
  • 8:30 pm

The Busquitos

Feb
02

The Busquitos

The Busquitos play a very catchy mix of brilliantly played music, sung with

an impressive Louis Armstrong like hoarse voice, and dazzling, funny

entertainment that will put a smile on everyone's face! And if the time is

right, they will mingle, wireless and play a serenade organize a limbo- or

line-dance or get the audience to sing along to one of their catchy jazzy

tunes.

 

Happy swingin' music for all ages!

 

 

 

The Busquitos are:

 

Jelle van Tongeren (winner of "The Golden Satchmo!", Hot Club De Frank)-

violin and Thomas Streutgers (winner of "The Big Boss Award", Big Jay Mc

Neely, JZZZZZP, Rude Rich & The Highnotes, The Soulsnatchers)- saxophone .

Two brilliant instrumentalists who have been showing their skills on stages

all around Europe and beyond... 

To round out this swinging quartet, they invited guitarist Frank Meester (Hot Club De Frank)

and bassist/vocalist Ronald de Jong (nominated for Holland's best

blues-bass-player 2010, Big Jay McNeely, Shane Mac Gowan, Boyd Small) to

join them.

 

The Busquitos play a large variety of music that goes back from anywhere as

far as the 'roaring twenties' until yesterday.  Hot Club, Jazz, Pop

Rock&Roll, Classical Music, you'll hear it all! Songs by Disney, Django

Reinhart, the Mills Brothers, Sonny Rollins, and Irving Berlin, just to name

a few as well as catchy tunes as Yackety Sax (Benny Hill), The Nanny,... etc

etc

 

And they play their own, very catchy, original tunes too!


Kent DuChaine

Mar
02

Kent DuChaine

Kent was born in Wyzata a town in Minnesota & was taught to play ukulele, guitar & clarinet by his father by the age of 11. He later learned to play piano & electric guitar at school. He played in a local band with school friends performing 60’s music. While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Blues

music & eventually he opened up for & performed with many of the greatest Bluesmen &

women, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White,John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans.

In 1979 Kent found his beloved “Leadbessie” a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with heavy gauge strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. He decided to move down South to be nearer to the roots of the Blues music he now embraced. Kent now lived the “Blues Life” riding the rails & running the roads, living in an old Cadillac then a tent & a motorhome playing venues all across the U.S.A  playing nearly every night.

1989 Kent met & established a partnership with the legendary Bluesman Johnny Shines

( a travelling companion of Robert Johnson “King of the Delta Blues” ) Together with harmonica great Snooky Pryor they were honoured with the coveted W.C.Handy award

for the best  country Blues album of the year. Kent & Johnny performed over 200 shows together across North America, while Kent also continued his solo career. In 1992 Kent was one of the pallbearers who carried Johnny Shines to his grave.

 

In the early 1990’s Kent decided to spread the Blues he loved in the UK & Europe & to date has well over 100 overseas tours completed & 8 solo CDS & 1 DVD under his belt.

The Sunday Times listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK in 2001 & a further crowning honour came when he was asked by Alabama’s State Culture Officer to represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy despite him no longer living in Alabama.

 

Kent had just finished a 6 week tour in the UK in 2015 & was about to fly home, when he was asked by Ben “Boogie” Waters if he would cancel his flight in order to play in a

B B King tribute concert in central London in aid of the British Heart Foundation together with a number of luminaries including music legends Bill Wyman & Elliott Randall. Kent was only too happy to be part of such a superb evening.

 

When not thrilling music lovers with Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original compositions Kent can be found in beautiful South Georgia pursuing his favourite hobby fishing, on the shore of a large lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama,

in a house which Kent has literally built with his own hands, reading D.I.Y. manuals along the way. Since the divorce from his fourth wife Sarah he has invested in a large motorhome in which he travels to gigs across the length & breadth of the USA & Canada.

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